Friday 21 June 2024

Birthday flowers


Todays card was made using part of a very old stamp from Inkadinkadoo 'Gardenia' I coloured the stamp using my small Memento ink pads in Dandelion, Olive Grove, Bamboo Leaves, Rose Bud, and Lilac Posies.

Layered onto some pink textured card and added a sentiment from Natash Foote


We Love Stamping - fabulous florals

Stamping Sensations - mood board, I used similar colours of the flowers

Beautiful Blossoms Challenge - mood board, I used similar colours of the flowers

Tuesday 18 June 2024

'Good Shot'


Hello and welcome back
One of my grandsons has his 15th birthday next week, so I decided on a basketball theme as this is the sport he plays.
I cut the ball and the person on my Sillhouette, and stamped the sentiment ( from Paperbabe Stamps) in orange to match and then used clear detail EP to give it a lovely sheen
Allsorts #785 - masculine
Creative Moments #259 - men and boys
Crafty Calender - for a child

Tuesday 4 June 2024

Just For You


Hello and welcome back
Today's card is the result of browsing through a catalogue of Penny Black from 2004. One of the examples was quite appealing so I cased it for this card. I used a stamp on the left side and then adhered four different washi tapes for the vertical stripes. I mounted the two stickeroos onto some toning cream card and adhered to the card base.

Thursday 23 May 2024

The older I get!

Hello fellow crafters
A quick card that I made this morning using a background that I previously made after watching Kate Crane demo for Paper Artsy, using Infusions. This was the orange colour but a bit more of the walnut crystals showed through. I stamped the image (Paper Artsy Zinis ZN30) on a scrap and coloured with markers
Creative Graphic markers - 35 lemon yellow, 6 pale pink, 46 vivid green, 23 orange, and Copic R01 pinkish vanilla
The wording is stickers by Ranger
We Love stamping - vintage or a/g
Stamping Sensations - mood board (I used orange and green colours) 


Monday 20 May 2024

Thank you


I am back again today with another entry for Allsorts 15th birthday celebration.

I stamped the flower and the message using my Misti, and added a little colour randomly to the flower. Lastly I added the lines with a fine black pen

Sunday 19 May 2024

80th birthday


Hello and welcome

I don't usually make 8x8 cards, but was asked for a big size so that the choir members could sign it. It was for the choir leader who is also fond of reading, so I used both suggestions to make the card. The pile of books is 3d layered so that it stands off the page. 80 was cut with my Cameo Silhouette, and the word was stamped and embossed with bright gold EP

Allsorts - 15th birthday

Friday 10 May 2024

18th birthday


I have not had much crafting time recently, but this is one that I made for my only gd's 18th birthday.
The file was on a facebook group that I belong to and I will try and find the designer's name.
Here we go ----
It is called Birthday Fold by Sabine Harris, in the Sillhouette Card making and Papercraft group
I used a lot of scrap pieces for the letters and their bases so I would like to enter in
Snippets Playground - using scraps
Allsorts - more than one fold
Lets Craft and Create - a/g + pretty pink or baby blue (I used both)

Tuesday 23 April 2024

Celebrate balloons


Hello and welcome back
I have made a card to enter into a few challenges, using one of the crazy cats from TH
I haven't used one for a while so I think they were feeling a bit neglected!
I have used all kinds of scraps from my scrap pile

I have coloured the cat with Copic Y26 and Creative Graphic Marker Y343
"Celebrate' is from a set by Paperbabe

Allsorts #777 - balloons
Snippets Playground - a/g with snippets

Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment so that I know you have been!

Thursday 28 March 2024



Hi all
I am back again today, trying to get some challenges completed before the end of the month.
For this one, I have tried the fractured technique for the first time. I used a Stickeroo trimmed down to a square and added black strips cut from some scraps. The sentiment is an old one from Hero Arts

Creations in Pink - a/g using mainly pink

Wednesday 27 March 2024

Colourful Spots!


 Hi all and welcome back.

I have made the background for this card using Memento inks, rose bud, love letter, cottage ivy, and new sprout. I used circular ink blending sponges to create the spots. After cutting the 'happy' I embossed it twice with detail black ep, and the birthday is embossed with detail white

Inspiration Station - I was inspired by the colourful dresses

The Paper Funday #63 - a/g or optional, use dies
Lets Craft and Create - a/g 2nd entry

Sunday 24 March 2024

Yellow Daisy Trellis card

Hi there
A design that is new to me, but there are a few tutorials on YouTube if you want the instructions.
I attached a piece of unknown DP to the top to cover the upright supports, and added a pretty yellow daisy and green leaves to complete.

Lift challenge - trellis card
Creative Crafting Uncles - Spring or Easter
Lets Craft and Create #205 - a/g or Thank you


Thursday 21 March 2024

Blue Butterfly


Welcome back
Today's card is made with a TH set that I won from Holley earlier this month
I stenciled with Memento summer sky, stamped the butterfly with Memento teal zeal and the sentiment with Versafine onyx black. I also stamped the butterfly again on vellum with summer sky and added some wee pearls to finish
We Love Stamping - 2nd entry
Lost Coast #183 - let's fly

Monday 11 March 2024



Welcome back, I have not posted anything for over a month as have had family staying since early January

I saw the challenge at Allsorts is for yellow, so decided to case one of the cards that I made a couple of years ago, but this time I used yellow tones of distress inks. The stamp is an unknown one and I added some detail with Smooch ink in a gold colour. The sentiment is from Paperbabe

We love stamping - feminine
Stamping Sensations - Spring or A/G
Allsorts - yellow or A/G
Simon Says Wednesday - add a sentiment

Thanks for visiting and leaving me a comment so I know you have been!

Monday 29 January 2024

Three dragonflys


Welcome to today's card

I have followed a design by Monika Weclewska in an older Papercraft Essentials magazine.
I had to compromise and 'use what I have'
The background splotches are from a set by Paperbabe, the dragonflys are unnamed, and I also used a peeloff to finish off. The dragonfly panel was a scrap layered onto the piece cut from the end of the card base
Stamping Sensations - a/g option
Allsorts 765/6 = anything but square

Friday 12 January 2024

I'm Cute!

Welcome bloggers

A quick post to show this cute Llama which I coloured with my markers
Reno Art - 271 cool grey 5,  24 lettuce
Copic - E21 baby skin pink, 110 special black
Thatcolor - CG1 cool grey
Promarker - R766 molten red
I love Promarkers - a/g or animals


Monday 1 January 2024

Birthday Butterflies


Hi and welcome, and Happy New Year to all my friends and followers

 I have been missing again for a while, but have a few January birthday cards to make, so this is the first
My lovely image is an oldie from Crafty Individuals which I purchased whilst in England for a visit a number of years ago.
I stamped and embossed with bright gold EP and coloured the butterfies with Smooch paint, using the red and the gold, After it was dry I added Stickles for some lovely sparkles, and then another blast from the past - peeloffs!
Stamping Sensations - favourite colours
Allsorts - a/g option

Sunday 3 December 2023

Brighter Days


Hello and welcome

For this card I have used a SU set and paper pieced the dress and umbrella with the scraps from the base layer


Snippets Playground #468

Allsorts #757

Creations in Pink

Crafts Galore Encore

I also entered at UKStampers

Monday 27 November 2023



A 40th birthday card for the daughter os one of my work colleagues.

I cut the base card and also the DP on my Cameo and sponged the edges for a bit more dimension. The message is actually gold mirror card, but it does not scan well.


Papercraft - Happy Birthday

Word Art Wednesday - a/g

613 Avenue Create - a/g

Sunday 26 November 2023

Merry shaker



Welcome crafty friends, I have been missing again for a while but wanted to show this card.

It is quite some time since I have made a shaker, but I saw this design by Christine Werner, and altered it a bit. The green background was made using two different Memento inks to create an ombre look. The Merry was cut with my Cameo Silhouette and I also added a stencilled part of a snowflake in the corner, and the sparkly Christmas word.


The Crafting Challenge - a/g

Rudolph Days

Allsorts - Colours of winter

Through The Purple Haze - a/g

Friday 20 October 2023

Cats and Mouse

 Hi everyone

I wanted to use the sketch from MFT for this cat card, and decided to use the colours from their colour challenge also

I cut strips for the background but the metallic card I used for the teal colour has come out more of a dark green!

I diecut some stitched circles and stamped the cats from a set by Magengo designs. The background is coloured with "Thiscolor" pale pink, and the cats and mouse are coloured with "Promarker" silver lining

Challenges -

MFT Sketch 668

MFT Color Challenge 221

I Love Promarkers - a/g - wings/tails

Passion for Markers #712 - dies/punches

Sunday 15 October 2023



Hi everyone. I hope you are all keeping well

I saw a card made with this die some time ago on a CAS facebook group, and when I saw it come up on a local selling site, I just had to have it

I cut it from a piece of patterned card, which I added a bit more colour to with a copic marker. I also ran the top wings through a textured embossing folder, and touched it up here and there with some gold paint. The honeycome die cut is from a Sizzix set by Tim Holtz. To finish off I added a gold peeloff from my vast collection


Allsorts #750 - add some texture

Word Art Wednesday #617/618 - a/g

Snippets Playground - using up scraps

Sunday 24 September 2023

Birthday hedgie


Hi everyone, long time no see!!!

This is one of a series of cards that I made using Penny Black Stickeroos.

I would like to enter it into the challenge at Penny Black Saturday with the subject, anything goes or lots of layers

Thursday 10 August 2023



I am back today with a card using a 'new to me' stamp by Art Impressions. Don't these friends look like they are having fun!
I have made my background by cutting some scraps into strips and adhering to the base card. After colouring with markers I die cut and layered to the background. A sticker finished it off. 
Passion for Markers #702 - use dies or punches
Lets Craft and Create #198 - a/g with polka dots and/or stripes
Stamping Sensations -mood board (I have used the sunshine colours)
Allsorts - Anything but square
Snippets Playground #460 - using some scraps

Monday 24 July 2023

Christmas in July


Welcome crafty friends, I hope you are all doing well.
I have just purchased this die, so this is the first time using it
I have added a foam poinsettia shape with gold sequins

This is my first Christmas card make for this year, especially for the Christmas in July blog hop at BYSHC

Other Challenges

Thanks for visiting, leave me a comment so I know you have been

Sunday 16 July 2023

Scrap time!


Hi everyone.

After watching a video from Natasha Foote (a fellow kiwi), I thought I would have a go!

I sponged the edges of the base card with distress ink (dusty concord) before adding my top layer

The stamp is by Woodware


Thanks for visiting and leaving me a comment

Thursday 25 May 2023

Best Wishes


Hello again, second post today

I have used one of my 'experiment' backgrounds, made with Brushos on a heavy watercolour card.

The stamp is 'constellation' by Penny Black, embossed in white detail EP and highlighted with a white Sharpie paint pen.

A gold thread is wound around, sentiment layered on mounting tape, and all adhered to an orange toning card base


Penny Black Saturday (2/2)

Allsorts #729 a/g (2/2)

Stamping Sensations (2/2)

Crafty Gals Corner #243 - flowers for Mum

Simon Says Stamp - add a sentiment

Word Art Wednesday a/g

With Love


Hello all

Today's card uses a stamped image that I found while sorting out a box of bits, so don't know the manufacturer sorry. I have coloured with Promarkers, buttercup, red, orchid, french navy, and Copic Ciao, honey.

Edged with gold and layered onto a piece of embossed DP and then onto a mauve card base.Attached a recycled tag with a gold diamante

Challenges, both of whom are celebrating birthdays, so Happy Birthday to - 

Allsorts #729 - a/g

Passion for Markers #691 - a/g

Monday 15 May 2023

I'm Back!


After such a long absence, I have managed to make a few cards.We have had a number of health problems recently, particularly with my OH, but he is slowly on the mend now, but still quite weak.

I found this image in my stash, as I was doing some tidying, and decided to make it into a card. I coloured the hedgie and flowers with copics and promarkers and also added some WOS to the flowers so that they are really sparkly, but of course the pic does not show this! I attached to a red card base to tone with the flowers.


Stamping Sensations (did not use the stencil option)

We Love Stamping - in the garden

Creative Knockouts - a/g

Art Impressions #351 - use an animal

Allsorts #728 - a/g + embellish it (Iadded sparkle to the flowers)

Penny Black Saturday - a/g

Thank you for visiting

Friday 17 February 2023

New Arrival


A CAS card today to enter into a few challenges.

I have used the sketch from MFT for my design, and found a pretty textured scrap of pink card to use for the background. I trimmed the top with a SU scallop punch, and adhered it on an angle. I stamped the wee bunny and the sentiment on a scrap of white (Inkadoo - baby love)

I then coloured with Promarkers, rose pink for the pink dots and silver lining for the bunny. 


Colourful Options - pink

MFT sketch #633

                                                            I love Promarkers #528 - a/g

                                                            Stamping Sensations - a/g

                                                            We Love Stamping - a/g

Tuesday 14 February 2023



A quick post today, as the challenge #632 at MFT closes tomorrow. I have used a stamp by Chocolate Baroque for the tree and sentiment and followed the sketch from there and the inspiration is from Inspiration Station, where I was inspired by the trees in the example

Sunday 12 February 2023

Birthday Wishes


Welcome everyone

We are at home today awaiting the arrival of Cyclone Gabriel which should be at it's worst tonight and tomorrow.

I decided to make a card for the Uniko 11th birthday challenge, using one of Bev's digi's -  'Spring Botanical Crocus'

I printed the sentiment using 'Amalfi Coast' font

The crocus is coloured with Promarkers, herb green, tea green, pastel green, marine, lemon, and outlined withsilver lining.

Challenges - Uniko birthday month

                      613 Avenue - a/g (did not use the option)

                    Carlins Card Challenge #55 - green and blue

                    Crafts Galore Encore #108- a/g

                    I Love Promarkers #528 - a/g

Happy crafting!

Thursday 9 February 2023

Happy Birthday


Welcome back to my blog

Todays card uses another Penny Black stickeroo which is adhered to a scrap of cream card,

My background is a piece of DP and I have used some rub-ons to embellish. I still have lots to use up!


Penny's challenge #539 - a/g

Allsorts #714 - a/g with love option

PIP #2305 - a/g

Penny Black Saturday - a/g with hearts and flowers option

Monday 30 January 2023

Let Your Feet Wander.....


Hello everyone.

Today's card uses a stamp from Papermania Square Urban Stamps - Chronology (Looking Glasses) which I stamped with Versamark onyx black, and embossed with clear detail EP. I think the verse is from a Unity Stamps grab bag. 

The bottom edge was torn and the rest edged in a black marker.Layered onto a base card which has cogs randomly stamped on it


 Creative Knockouts #486  - Celebrations

                                       Allsorts #713 - for boys or men

                                       Papercraft Challenges # 90 - a/g

Wednesday 25 January 2023

Paris again


Back again today with another Paris themed card
The background DP is stamped down the left side with Stampin Up stamps and Memento 'nautical blue'
I think the Paris stamp is from Hampton Arts, but not positive on that. I dug into my box of brads that haven't been used for so long and found some little bronze coloured ones to use. The snippets of ribbon were cut and attached to the back. The letters in the black squares are shiny silver, and my scanner did not like them at all. It says WISH in case you can't see it.
Allsorts #712 - spots/stripes

Saturday 21 January 2023

Romantic Paris


A few free hours today so made this card, roughly following one from "Creating Cards with Stamps' magazine

The DP background had the addition of some splotches of Peeled Paint DI and a touch of metallic rub as well. I edged it with a brown copic.

I stamped the Eiffel Tower (from Stamp It) onto the white scrap that you can see peeking out from under the cream scrap, using Versafine onyx black.the ticket is from a Tom Holtz set, the round date stamp is from PA Hot Picks. 

I also used vintage photo to highlight edges and soften the white background of the tower, and added some embellishments to finish off.

I would like to enter the following challenges

timeoutchallenges. - inspired by words
Snippets Playground 11th Anniversary

We Love Stamping  - favourite colours (green and cream, another favourite combo)

Monday 2 January 2023




Wishing all my blogging friends a happy and healthy new year

It has been a while since I made a card, as all our family are back in New Zealand for a Christmas holiday which has been a bit hectic to say the least! but lovely to see them all, after covid has kept them away for 3 years
My card is made using some scraps for the tag and the stamped bird
Dp is by BasicGrey 'Out of Print'
Bird - Dina Wakley "Little Birdies'
sentiment - GinaK 'Owl always love you'
Tag - Sizzix 'tag set'
Promarkers - C729,B318,B336,R866
Branch die - unknown

Challenges I would like to enter
Snippets Playground#444 - anything but Christmas
We Love Stamping - favourite colours (Ilove blues and greens)

Thank you for visiting and I appreciate those of you who leave me a comment

Sunday 11 December 2022

Happy Hedgies


Hi everyone

I have been working on a challenge to myself! 

Whilst tidying I found 2 pages of Penny Black Stickeroos, so challenged myself to use them all up, and ended up making 13 cards. I tried to use up bits and pieces from my scrap pile and also buttons that I have had a long time. The papers are mostly Studio K


Rabisco #40 - a/g

Penny Black Saturday - a/g

Perfect Time to Craft - a/g

PIP #2249 - a/g

Allsorts #706 - a/g (did not use the snow option)

Snippets Playground #443

Thanks for visiting, I may show some more of the cards in the future