Thursday, 18 January 2018

Oh Joy!


I'm happy to be playing along with one of my favourite challenges today -

I do love to see the inspiration card and how people interpret it into their own work.
I admit though, I sometimes end up going off on a tangent, and have to explain when my attempt looks nothing like the designer's card !   
I'm working on that   :-)

This time I've pretty much stuck to Tracey's overall design,
using a blue background, a central image and the sentiment embossed onto black card.

For my own spin, I clear embossed the sentiment onto my panel,
before inking it up lightly, with blue distress ink.

MFT - Sow Much Cuteness.      Lawn Fawn - Stitched Rectangle
Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass     Copics

Tuesday, 16 January 2018



Just sharing a simple card today,
using these cute 'Strike up the Band' bunnies.

Before Christmas I invested in a Tim Holtz stamping platform,
and it's just brilliant for stamping sentiments like this one.
No more smudges from dropping the stamp, and you can stamp several times
to get a really crisp image.


MFT - Handwritten Happiness / Strike Up The Band / Stitch Scallop Edge Rectangle

Saturday, 13 January 2018


I couldn't resist this cute, chameleon from Your Next Stamp - 
even if he does take me an age to colour!

Here he is doing his little PEACE sign    :-)

It's hard to tell from the photo, 
but I added lots of dimension to this card.
The chameleon (and birthday message) is popped up on foam tape 
and, for the PEACE sentiment, I made a sandwich from 2 layers 
of letters cut from foam sheet and then the inked letters on top.



Your Next Stamp - One in a Chameleon, coloured with Copics
Mama Elephant - Labeled Messages
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Rectangle        MFT - Stitched Alphabet
Versacolor - Orange and Canary         Distress Ink - Spiced Marmalade

Saturday, 6 January 2018


Wishing you all a very happy, healthy New Year.
It's nice to be back in my craft room, but I feel a bit rusty.
I need to have a good tidy up and put some Xmas stamps away,
but I just couldn't bring myself to stop using these Yetis  :-)

Sorry about the photo.
It's a nice, bright day here today, but I seem to have a bit of a blue tint going on!!
Urgh!  Who else finds taking decent photos the hardest thing?


Anything Goes  + Christmas
Optional - Happy New Year

MFT - Beast Friends, Stitched Scalloped Edge Rectangles and Basic Edges / Handwritten Happiness
Distress Ink - Shaded Lilac.    Memory Box Number Dies.   Diamond Dust.

Saturday, 16 December 2017


Today I'm sharing my last holiday card of the season
and, of course, it's a Yeti. 
This is for my DH - my soul mate and 'beast friend'.

How fabulous are those background trees?
They're a wonderfully cute stamp from Clearly Besotted,
which I think will be well used next year.
After stamping the trees onto my die cut background, I simply added the Yeti,
a couple of parcels and a white embossed sentiment.


Any Holiday Card

This challenge doesn't close til December 23rd,
so there's still time to check out the awesome entries,
get some last minute inspiration and join in the fun.

MFT - Beast Friends / Stitched Scalloped Edge Rectangle
Clearly Besotted - Into the Woods Again
Versa Color - Laurel Leaf.    Copics

Saturday, 18 November 2017


Just sharing a simple card today with an old-fashioned, wooden block stamp,
 that I've had since dinosaurs roamed the earth.
It's one of my absolute favourites.

I stamped my ForeverFriends bear onto a card panel, then masked it and added a little distress ink background.
The bear was then coloured with Copics.
I used to hold my breathe at this point - when I stamped a sentiment - as most of the time I would mess it up and drop the stamp, smudge it, or it wouldn't come out quite right,
but now, I have one of those stamping platforms and it makes things so much easier.

Lastly,  I attached my postage stamp border and then popped everything up onto a card blank with foam tape.


Forever Friends Stamp, coloured with Copics
Avery Elle - Merriest Sentiments and Postage Stamp Die
Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass

Saturday, 11 November 2017


Just a slight break in Christmas card production today,
for a bright and cheerful birthday card.

My inspiration came from a fabulous Laura Fedora project video,
that you can see at the Simon Says Stamp Blog

I started by covering a card panel with distress inks and some water splashes.
On another panel, I die cut my 'Happy Birthday to You' a few times.
The top and bottom of the panel just had small pieces of the letters visible, so I decided to cut these off, and actually, it allows the distress ink to show through nicely.
I used tiny pieces of foam tape to pop this up onto the distress ink background,
and then tucked in a few random sequins.

I finished by adding my Yeti, and a little, labeled message.


MFT - Beast Friends / Happy Birthday To You Die
Distress Inks - Festive Berries / Pickled Raspberry / Spiced Marmalade / Mustard Seed / Twisted Citron / Cracked Pistachio / Salty Ocean
Big Hugs Sentiment is Mama Elephant, Labeled Messages

Friday, 10 November 2017


I've had dogs on the brain this week  :-)
I'm bombarded with the family wanting me to get a new puppy,
and I do want one, I'm just dragging my heels a bit,
knowing that I'm the one that has to train it and take it out every day.
It's a lot of work.

So, when I found time to craft I reached for this holiday pup :-)

I saw this card from Ashley Marcu, where she cleverly trimmed off the head and scarf from one dog, and re-attached them in a slightly different place.
This means you get 2 dogs for the price of 1  :-)
I gave this a go and it looks great.
Now I'm wondering if I have other stamps I can try this with!

My pups were coloured with Copic markers and attached with foam tape to the stamped tree background.

I die cut a large frame from coloured card to go on top of the background, and then slid the sentiment banner under the dogs paws!


Avery Elle - Happy Howlidays, coloured with Copics
Clearly Besotted - Into the Woods Again, stamped in Distress Ink - Iced Spruce

Monday, 6 November 2017


Hope everyone  in the UK had a great Bonfire Night.
It was suitably chilly and muddy here and we had a lovely time -
oohing and ahhhing at the town firework display for 20 minutes,
followed by a brisk walk back to the pub.      ;-)

Today I had chance to finish up this card for the

Muse: Christmas Visions Challenge

These arctic penguins featured heavily in my Christmas cards last year,
and it was nice to get them out again and have a play.
I love them for quick cards because they stamp and die-cut easily and just need a little bit of colouring.

Cornelia's Muse Card

I followed Cornelia's overall layout, with a bold sentiment at the bottom and 3 main stamped elements.
I tried hard to get my letter die cuts to spell out 'Christmas' along the bottom, but they are just a tiny bit too big to fit on, so I ended up stamping my 'christmas' with individual letter stamps.

Mama Elephant - Arctic Penguins / Labeled Messages
MFT - Well Connected Alpha / Stitched Scallop Rectangle Die
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Hillside Border.
Copics. Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass

Saturday, 4 November 2017


I'm just having a little play today with an older Clearly Besotted set.
I saw this quote on a Christmas jumper and thought I would
try it out on a card.

I stamped and die cut my cocktails, then attached them to a piece of water colour paper with foam tape.
Not sure why that paper shows up grey in the photo - IRL it's white!
I smooshed some distress ink onto an acrylic block and added a little water, then painted round my glasses. I wanted to go for bold colour so I added very little water.
Hmmm...   this is one of those cards that definitely looks better in your hand than it does in the photo.



Clearly Besotted - Raise A Glass
MFT - Stitched Scallop Border Rectangle
Distress Ink - Festive Berries / Salty Ocean / Mowed Lawn

Friday, 3 November 2017


I'm out of my comfort zone today with a Christmas card for my Mum.
She likes more traditional type cards with the usual reds, greens and golds,
so those are the colours I went for here when building up my bouquet of anemones.

I began by stamping 'Mum' onto a piece of card.
Then, I stamped and gold embossed a selection of flowers and leaves from the WPlus9 modern anemones set.
I coloured the larger blooms in shades or red, and the leaves in greens.
For the smaller blooms I used a little grey shading and went over it with a white Wink of Stella brush.
This looked great when it was wet, but when it dried the glitter just disappeared, so I ended up going over it with a small glue pen and sprinkling on my favourite Diamond Dust glitter.

IRL this is really pretty and sparkly.

I arranged my blooms and leaves on the card piece and attached them with foam tape for some 3D effect.
Finally I attached the scalloped frame around the edge and stuck the whole piece to my card base.


WPlus9 Modern Anemones
MFT - Well Connect Alphabet and Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frame
Copics.  Diamond Dust.  Wow Gold Embossing Powder.