Saturday, 24 September 2016

Who Let The Dogs Out? - Part 2

It would appear that Autumn has arrived! 

It had been unseasonably warm earlier this week but for the last two days it has been quite heavy rain and this afternoon it has started to become rather windy.  My wee apple tree has dropped a few of it's crop this week and I have enough to make an apple crumble.  My friend who is recovering from a stroke has been dropping hints for the last couple of weeks that she's running out of the last jar of the strawberry jam I made for her. I finally got some jam sugar and made some.  It was just cooling down as my son got home from school for lunch - the door opened followed immediately by "I smell strawberry jam!" as he headed straight for the kitchen.  I have to admit it went down rather well on a brioche bun washed down with a small pot of Earl Grey!

I have been playing with my Tim Holtz "Crazy Dogs" stamps & dies again this week  - I had stamped them out and when I haven't been able to sleep I've been colouring them in.  I decided that I would make a card as part of this week's Freshly Made Sketches Challenge 

I must admit I had a couple of goes at this one as I wasn't happy with the way the first card turned out but, finally, came up with this one.  I must admit brown isn't a background colour I would normally think of using:

Here are some more cards using "Crazy Dog" stamps & dies that I've put together.  The first is my original attempt at the Challenge sketch:

Still Talking?

Sitting Around

Mucky Pup

Rainbow Sprinkle

I Used

White 300 gsm Supersmooth - Fabriano
Ivory Hammered - PayPer Box
Brown- Crelando
Colours  - American Crafts Summer Collection

Stamps, Dies & Embossing Folders
Tim Holtz "Crazy Dogs" - Stampers Anonymous
Tim Holtz "Crazy Cats" - Stampers Anonymous
Woof, Woof  "In the Dog House" Set - Crafty Impressions
Dyan Reaveley, Dylusions "Laugh Til You Leak" - Ranger
Dyan Reaveley Dylusions "Quintessential Quotes" - Ranger

Tim Holtz "Crazy Dogs" - Sizzix
Tim Holtz "Crazy Cats" - Sizzix
Tim Holtz - "Scribbles & Splats" - Sizzix
Tim Holtz - "Handwritten Love" - Sizzix
Nesting Scalloped Rectangles - Tonic

"Ditzy Floral" - Crafters Companion

Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Ranger
Smokey Gray & Vintage Sepia - Versafine
Promarkers - Windsor & Newton

Monday, 19 September 2016

Who Let The Dogs Out? - Part 1

Finally, over a month after ordering them on pre-release, my Tim Holtz Crazy Dog stamps have arrived.  Seems to have been a bit of a mix up at the retailers.

Never mind they are here now and I've been having a play with those and my new A5 die cutting machine from the Aldi "So Crafty" range. Didn't know that Aldi did such a thing? Me neither but they do now and it's a rather nice piece of kit! It came with two A6 embossing folders and 11 small dies, 2 of which are shown in the photo below.  The machine takes all formats of dies. In the Facebook Groups I belong to there have been quite a few people who have purchased one.  So far, everyone has been really impressed by the quality of it.

Anyway, I digress, back to the "Crazy Dogs" - aren't they cute! Got a few ideas for them although only 3 finished cards are on here at the moment - more to follow!

I decided to try and fit one in the sketch for this week's Freshly Made Sketches Challenge

I decided to use the smallest of the dogs, not sure but it could be a dachshund I guess, and combine it with some stamps from the Crafty Impressions, Cathie Shuttleworth's "In the Dog House", set.  I think, perhaps, it's a rather loose interpretation of the sketch.

I Used

White 300 gsm Supersmooth - Fabriano
Colours - Crelando

Dies & Stamps
Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs - Stampers Anonymous
Barking Mad, "In the Dog House" Set - Crafty Impressions
Don't Tell Me, "I've Had Enough" Set - Lindsay Mason
Never Forget, "Smiles & Years" - Lindsay Mason

Here are the other two - not sure if they are meant to be a French Bulldog (or Pug perhaps) & a Bulldog or not: