Sunday, 23 April 2017


Whoop - I got picked as top 3 from Try Stampin' on a Tuesday!  

I am so chuffed because it was my card that caused all sorts of hassles for me!

thanks ladies

Ruthie x

Sunday, 16 April 2017


This image makes me laugh so much - and I love the sentiment.  Unfortunately, I seem to be living my life by this sentiment at the moment - which is great, but not so good for the waistline!  It is from Stamping Bella - I have just discovered these and love them!

I coloured this using my lovely copics....
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13
Hair: BV23, BV04, BV25
Dress:  G14, G07, G17 (colourless blender for texture)
Coat: BG01, BG05, BG09 and Y06, Y08 and Y38,

I'm entering this in the following challenges: 

Gotta run - off to have Easter Lunch with my brother - Easter Blessings to all 

Ruthie x

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Just going to leave this here...

OK -  I haven't done anything with it yet...but I coloured this!  Yep! ME!  Whoooop!  No, it isn't perfect.  Yes, I would change things.  But I am still really proud of it!  Now, I just need to pop it on a card...not tonight though...zzzzzz.


Ruthie x

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Phew! Just like buses....

I'm not sure if this is a universal saying, but my blogposts are just like wait for ages and then three come along together!  

So, I realised that my card probably didn't meet the sketch criteria for Try Stampin' on Tuesday - so I thought I would have another crack!  

So, this time, I downloaded the sketch into my scan n cut and used that as the basis of the card front.  I have a friend whose daughter has just been accepted into a drama school to do her degree there, so I thought that I would go with a spotlight theme.  

I am still learning so much about this machine, so everything takes ages for me to do, but I am getting there (slowly!).  I started off cutting the design out of black card, thinking I would put yellow behind it - but the stripes were so tiny that it ripped.  So I thought I would do it the other way - but then realised that all the yellow pieces were separate and would be a nightmare to realign once they came off the cutting mat - cue the masking tape - I stuck it over all the pieces, took everything off the mat and then put glue on the pieces I wanted to keep - stuck it down, peeled the rest off and there you go!  

I'm chuffed I worked out how to make it work for me - and I think this is key with the scan n cut - it is fantastic and you just need to make it work for you and the way your brain works! 

I then got the machine to draw the sentiment and colour it in (and add the edging) and a quick scan in and I was able to cut it out with an offset line!  YAY! 

So this is being entered into the sketch challenge over at Try Stampin' on Tuesday *  And, also, it fits in with My time to craft* as well - no designer papers!  And Crafty Addicts* want to see a sentiment!

I WILL get there with this crafty lark!



Ruthie x

Clean and simple card

So, while I was over looking at the challenge for Try Stampin on Tuesday*, I spotted their new challenge - Ray of sunshine - so I thought I would make a sunshine card (it is very grey here today!).

Yeah, then I realised it was another sketch challenge!  Sigh!  

But it DOES meet the brief for no designer paper over at My time to craft!*  YAY! 

And, since the sun is forecast to peep out for Easter - I am going to claim this as an Easter themed card too!!!  So, that means I can pop it into the Creative Moments* challenge too!

Enjoy your day and I hope you have lots of sunshine!

Ruthie x 

Having a play - not overly successful!

I saw a sketch challenge I I thought I would use my scan n cut to try and design a card for it.  All went reasonably ok...things cut out and drew as I wanted them to.

Then I saw another challenge to not use designer paper - wow, I thought, two for one - I can do that!  Yeah, well, not so sure I can!  

Out came the distress inks and off I went....hmmmm, looked a bit muddy - oh well, brighten it up with some gold methinks...hmmmm looks a bit nicer, but still everything is indistinct - go over it with some black pen doodles....okaaaay....ermmmm.  Maybe if I distress ink the sentiment to tie the front to the inside....hmmmm, looks a bit indistinct....lets go for black again!  

Oh you know those cards - the ones that you try to fit everything into....yep, well this is it!  The good news is that I have got a card that meets the criteria for two challenges...the bad news....this is the card....

So the two challenges are My time to craft - do designer papers*.

Well - it is all a learning curve! 

Have fun!  
Ruthie x

Monday, 10 April 2017

Post copic course!

I have been following the rather fabby Faye Wynne-Jones for a while now - stampinfluffnstuff is her blog.  Lovely hubby said that I could go on some of her copic colouring courses for my Christmas pressie.  If you are considering doing these then please do - Faye is a great teacher and her classes are great value for money - lots of goodies and resources! 

This is one of the first images I have coloured since I did the course - and I think I have got better since this one too!  The image is a stamping bella stamp from dies to die for (who had a pop up shop at the copic days).  

Copics used: 
Skin: E51, E00, E02, E71
Hair: E13, E23, E57
Cushion: R35, R46, R59
Dress:  B000, B41, B02, B05
Wings: R000, B0000 (and clear spica)
Leaves: YG06, YG09
Ground: C0, C02
Box and Ribbon: V06, V09
Chocs: E27, E29, E49

I cut out the "bits and bobs" using my scan n cut machine.  

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Crafty Purple Frog - Lovely Ladies*
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes* - Crafty Creations * also have an anything goes challenge too!
Give a Crafter a Cookie - Inspiration was chocolate for Easter *
Creative Moments also have an Easter challenge *

I feel all inspired to use my copics again after the course with Faye!

Expect to see a few more bits and bobs

Have fun!

Ruthie x