Tackling the digis challenge

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Time to celebrate the first 1,000 visitors for Urban Moose! Thanks so much for stopping by and returning and I hope you find some inspiration for your own projects on my blog.
 
My friend Diane came around last weekend with loads of craft goodies. There were so many papers, I didn't know where to start! I had been asked to make a communion card for a boy who likes football. I still had one sheet with footballs left from Wild Rose Studio Man About Town which were just perfect for the job. I bought the digi stamp Soccer Boy from Milk Coffee on etsy, my favourite place to hang out.
 
I started with a woven background in black and white papers and coloured Soccer Boy in light blue and red, until I spotted the matching papers in my craft goodies. The background was woven with papers from The London Line and My Mind's Eye Meadow. The footballs were die cut.

 
Isn't he adorable? I had so much fun colouring this little fella.
 
This long weekend project will be all about New Baby designs (here's a hint: "Think outside the box") and a few birthday wishes. Next on this blog Cuteness Alert! Curious? Stay tuned.
 
Nic

Three little beauties

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Off to a not so promising start of the weekend yesterday as nothing seemed to work out. I had found some cute digi stamps which I decided to use for my upcoming designs. I'm not an avid stamper although my stamp collection seems to grow and I couldn't resist downloading so many digis this week. Anyway, nothing worked out with the stamps as I had hoped, so I started working on a new woven design (and tackled the digi challenge when I was in high spirits again).
 
When I make a card, I never know how it will turn out. For these cards, I started die cutting a flower shape with Spellbinders Medaillion One. Then I added a snowflake made with a punch in the center. I used the Sizzix border dies as shown in my butterfly designs and played around with some gemstones until I came up with the idea of making a stem. I added a bow for the cuteness factor.

 
The first flower was made with floral papers that came with a magazine and My Mind's Eye Meadow papers. 
 
 

The second flower was made with papers from Basic Grey Picadilly - my all time favourite!
 
The third flower was made with papers from Picadilly and Basic Grey Hello Luscious.
 
Pick your favourite! Next time, I will reveal one of my digi stamp cards.
 
Nic



Mind the gap

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Lately, I've been busy with all sorts of stuff. There were photos to sort out and put together into albums (my other time-consuming hobby), our Home Sweet Home gets a makeover and I have gone picture crazy with our cat (more photos to be put into albums). Oh, and then there is work, let's not forget about that!
 
My head is buzzing with new ideas and I've been excessively surfing the web for cute free digi prints. There will be also more New Baby designs coming up within the next month.
 
So... just to fill the gap in the meantime, I wanted to share with you two cards made from Tilda Winter Bird papers. I love the colours and you can use them for winter greetings, winter/spring theme birthdays or how about some elegant Christmas cards?
 

 
Don't forget to pick your favourite!
 
Nic


Spring collection

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I was tempted to stay outside all day and soak up the sun, but as soon as the first thin clouds arrived, I was back crafting in no time. Jess made the most of the fine weather today. This is how I found her this morning: Sunbathing on the roof.
 
 
I wanted to make birthday cards with a spring theme and try weaving on A6 format. I always keep paper leftovers and cut them for weaving. All designs shown on this blog are made from 1.5 cm wide strips. The butterfly comes from Marianne design and is made of pergamano paper, then stuck to the card with 3D foam pads. The border was made with Sizzix border dies. 
 
Have a look at these beauties:




 
 
 
It's a little tricky to get the delicate butterfly out of the die, but a piericing tool will do the trick. You can even use it to clean the edges of your die cut.
 
Have you spotted your favourite?
 
Nic



Blooming beautifully

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Back with some fresh spring ideas this time, but let's first check what our little sunshine Jess was up to today:
 



 
Looks to me like someone enjoyed this sunny spring day! She likes rolling around on the pebbles and having a little nap (well, several little naps) in the shade.
 
Here are two simple designs with flowers on a woven background. The first card was made with Spellbinders Layered Flowers and papers that came with a magazine (which I also used in my Easter bunny design). I can't seem to part from this little beauty yet and I'll keep it to drop someone special a little note.


 
My second card was made with paper leftovers from my scrapbooking days. For last year's Christmas cards, I had bought Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia which was probably the best investment ever, because it's perfect for simple yet elegant designs... all year around! 
 
 
I hope you found some inspiration on my blog today. Pick your favourite!
 
Happy blog hopping.
Nic



Softie

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Spring has finally arrived and we were busy with spring clean last weekend. I finally unpacked the last boxes from our move in December. Phew!
 
Today, I've got two quick makes to share with you. I adore the baby elephants from Woodware as you can probably tell from this blog. I'm a big fan of Vixx Handmade Cards and have been following Vicky's blog for a while. I like how she uses the brown tones which inspired me to make these cards. I used my new Sizzix border dies and the background papers came free with a magazine. Couldn't resist adding a few half pearls and even make a heart out of them:

 
Hope you like the results. Pick your favourite!
 
Next time back to weaving. Stay tuned!
Nic

The Gruffies are coming

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It's Gruffies time! When I was asked to make a male 80th birthday card with a Thank You note, I immediately had the Gruffies in mind. Diane introduced me to these furry friends.
 
My first idea was to go on easy with the colours and use brown, beige and black, but it wouldn't be me if I didn't pick something more cheerful. I found the Portobello Road  papers from Docraft Papermania in my stash which I hadn't used before and made this simple card with Joanna Sheen's Bearytastic Day stamps. You will love to hear that if you order directly from her website and spend more than £9, postage & packing are for free. Got out my bunting stamps as used before and made a tube sign with the other sentiment. I'm always temped to add a bit of bling, but this being a male card, I decided to stick to white half pearls.
 
This card is now on the way to Belgium and let's hope that the Gruffies will arrive in time with their load of presents.



Keep on crafting!
Nic

Spring clean

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Hope everyone enjoyed the Easter celebrations. I did some sort of "spring clean" yesterday, would you believe it? Well, I collected all my papercraft magazines and flicked through every single one of them while I was searching for new ideas and techniques. That's when I stumbled across some pretty papers that came with each magazine and I removed them and sat there all evening, trying to coordinate all the different papers and make something out of it.
 
I haven't done tea bag folding in a long time and this flower is easy-peasy to make. Just make sure that you use lightweight paper. I found that origami sheets are best if you don't have tea bag folding papers. I was tempted to add tons of embellishments, but a thin circle around the weaving is effective enough.
 
 

Have you picked your favourite yet?
 
Have a good week and take it easy tomorrow if you have to work.
Nic



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