Monday, 8 January 2018


I don't normally colour my cards with my pencils but wanted a different look , don't get me wrong I love my alcohol markers but they do have the problem of showing on the reverse of the card you are colouring. I used a kraft base card and stamped the golfer image directly onto the card in black ink and coloured with my oil based pencils, love the shine they have.

I stamped the golf bag onto white card again in black ink and again coloured with pencils then fussy cut the image out. I wanted to create the effect that the golf bag was more in the foreground.

I finished the card with a blue peel-off 'happy birthday'. Another quick CAS card and perfect for the golfing recipient.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Unicorn crafting - anything goes

naughty or nice - celebrations

Cards galore encore - anything goes

Take it make it - anything goes with a stamp

Brown Sugar - Birthday

A bit more time to craft - anything goes


I love these £D folders from crafters companion and the big die is also from there too and the matching stamps. I used this fab centura pearlised card and after embossing layered onto a plain white card base.

The word die 'snowflakes' I cut in holographic mirri-card and then on plain white card I stamped the accompanying sentiment in plain black ink. All in all a quick CAS card that I think has a bit of wow factor too.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Cards in envy - winter chill

Stamplorations  CAS - anything goes optional silver

Craft Rocket - winter

Little red wagon - winter wonderland

The Crazy challenge - winter wonderland

 Cupcake inspirations - photo inspiration

Friday, 5 January 2018

words of encouragement

I found some fab stamps by Sheena Douglas at Crafter's companion and just had to make something with them, we all know someone who sometimes needs a kick up the rear to get them motivated for something or just to show them that life is really not that bad and there is always a way to solve problems no matter how big they seem.

I decided to use this stamp first as especially with the dull winter weather it would be so easy to hibernate.

I stamped in versamrk ink and used violet obsidian moonglow embossing powder, it doesn't show very well on the photo but it looks black until it catches the light and then looks purple. I stamped on white card and once I'd embossed the words I used distress inks to create the soft background.

Once the ink had dried learning from my mistake as I tried the next bit before I'd left it long enough and covered the whole thing with the next embossing powder) I used a hero Arts dandelion stamp and stamped again in versamark ink and embossed with stardust embossing powder. It gave such a delicate effect that when I put it in the frame it wasn't really visible. I enhanced the dandelion clocks using  another distress ink this time winter spruce and not ever so accurately stamped over the embossed dandelion clocks. I really love how they turned out. 

The frame is one I have had for ages from IKEA, it was just plain wood but I used some glitter gel paint for glass to colour it just as an experiment and love the textured look it created with the sparkle too, I finished it with some butterflies I won from squirrels not so random challenge a wee while ago and I think they just add the finishing touch.

Not sure if to keep this myself or give as a gift , guess if I find a friend in need it might be just the thing to help them along to a brighter time.

I would like to enter this project into the following challenges:-

CASology - encourage

MAWTT - flowers

Country view - anything goes

QKR -anything goes

Anniversary wishes

I made this anniversary card using just dies alone for a change , some basic heart dies from memory box and 2 edgeable dies from die sire at crafter's companion (part on my Christmas gift from my wonderful son).

 I used cream base card as its for a 14th wedding anniversary and traditional colours are gold and ivory so I used that for my monochromatic colour palette. I love how it turned out and know it will be different from all the other cards the couple will receive.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Tuesday throwdown - silver and or gold

Dies R us - anything goes

Crafty catz - anything goes with twist of add sparkle after Christmas

Creative Knockouts - celebrations

craftaholics R us- celebrations

creative inspirations - something new
(2 of the dies)

CASual fridays - all that glitters

Friday, 29 December 2017

What's black,white and red?

The Christmas cracker answer would be a newspaper but in my world its three birthday cards from one die. I love this die from poppystamps makes the perfect guy birthday card and looks so different when you change the colours and can also make pretty girly cards is softer colours with added butterflies  and flowers too.

I used white , black and mirrored red card to cretae my 3 cards.I used different out cuts from each of the die cuts to inlay contrasting colours and I so love how they pop and the best bit is they are perfect for sending through the post too

I would like to enter this card design and these cards into the following challenges:-

creative knockouts - anything goes

craft - anything goes

craftaholics -birthday

crafty gals corner - anything goes

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Shades of autumn

I have some candles that are battery operated so much safer when you have a cat that is inquisitive and likes to jump onto the mantle piece so real lit candles are a big no no.

I love the glow they give all orangey and thought how it reminds me of autumn leaves so had a wee play and this is what I came up with. 

I used some cream leather textured paper and a poppystamps autumn leaves collage die and randomly cut leaves into the paper. 

 I measured and cut the paper to fit as a collar around the candle.I initially tried the collar just as it was but it didn't have the effect I wanted so I added some red vellum behind the die cuts and that worked perfectly.

I love how the leaves glow and as the light flickers the leaves almost seem to change colour and dance in a non existant breeze, but they certainly make a change from the plain cream wax,

I would like to enter this project into the following challenges:-

Scrappyland - anything goes

crafty calendar - autumn colour

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Bunny winter wishes

I don't tend to make Christmas cards in the summer , I prefer making them when the days get darker and miserable, but as we have had some days like that here is a Christmas card.

I bought this die from amazon it was less the £5 with shipping and although it took a while to get here from China for the money its great value. I cut it out in white card and stuck strips of black behind for contrast. I attached to a blue distress ink blended background.

I decided to create a winter scene so cut a window in my base card using an oval die.
The foreground I created using a Martha Stewart punch to cut leaves which I coloured with spectrum noir aqua glitter pen to give a frosted look. I created some bushy undergrowth and added some winter wildlife in the form of bunnies coloured with distress ink.

Although I made the card with the intention of it being a Christmas card, without the sentiment I think it would make a fab winter month birthday card too, so I'm keeping my options open and will add the sentiment later.

I thought I'd seen a design that inspired me to create this card and was sure I had saved it on my Pinterest inspiration from others page so I could credit the designer and say thank you but not sure if I dreamt that as I don't  seem to be able to find it so if I did use your design as my inspiration thank you and sorry but I can't find you to link your inspiring card 

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;-

Allsorts - Christmas creatures

Daring card makers - DIY blended backgrounds

Brassy fern

More cards for my mum in law in Tenerife ( see post here).

This card uses a simple but fairly large fern die from memory box cut from a white base layer and also from copper mirri card which is then inlaid into the white base.

I Although the card has the appearance of a matt to keep the card light-weight I removed the centre of the blue matt layer which was made from pearl blue paper again to keep the card light weight for overseas postage.

I finished the card with a Brittania die sentiment 'happy birthday' and that was another light weight male card designed for my mum in law and her ex-pat friends.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

creative craft cottage - use a sentiment

creative fingers  -anything goes

Dream valley -birthdays

Who gives hugs like a favourite teddy

Two cards ,same image ,different colours and how different they look, well I think so.

I used white base cards and stamped the images in black memento ink  and coloured with promarkers adding high lights with sakura gel pens. 

I kept the design really simple and no sentiment so it could be added when needed as I think it could be used for a male birthday, father's day or even retirement or just a simple hello or thank you.

I would like to enter these cards into the following challenges:-

Colour crazy -anything goes

QKR - halloween or anything goes

Lemon shortbread - anything goes

Rubber dance - animals