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

Wednesday 30 November 2022

Christmas Penguins


Hi all, it has been a while since my last post, but I have been busy with Christmas items.

I have made these cute penguins for my four youngest grandchildren. I will pop in some chocolate and some Christmas spending money.

The belly band slips off and they open up.

I have used a lot of scraps from my scrap mountain for these, cut on my Cameo and glued together.


Snippets Playground #442

Allsorts - wings or tails

pammiesinkypinkieschallenges. #2248

wordartwednesday.blogspot. #571/572

Thanks for visiting

Monday 31 October 2022

Scorpio birthday


My youngest son's birthday was this month, and this is the card I made for him.

The design was from an old magazine called 'Cardmaking with Paper Sculpture' and includes all the Zodiac signs by Greg Sukendro.

I used some yellow scraps to cut out the scorpian, but did not reduce the pile much!


Allsorts #700 - Let's celebrate

Snippets Playground #440 - using snippets!

Welove2create #11 - a/g

Saturday 29 October 2022

Hugs and Kisses


Another cat card for the cat lovers hop

The cat is from a set by Ranger - 'Puddy Cat' that I coloured  with copics.The banner is hand-cut and stickers attached, finished with a strip of washi

Crazy for Cats #1 - a/g with a cat

Friday 28 October 2022



Another entry for the Cat Lovers Hop!

I made this one after seeing this design on Pinterest, and thought it was so cute.
The cats were cut by hand, and the edges sponged

Also entering the challenge at Word Art Wednesday for a/g
and PIP #2243 - a/g

Wednesday 26 October 2022



Hello all, and a very big welcome to my new followers
Today's card is for my entry into the 2022 Cat Lover's Hop organised by Janis from Her Peaceful Garden
The cat is from Stampers Anonymous and I printed the message using my Sillhouette software

PIP #2243 - a/g
Stamping Sensations - all things Autumn (I coloured the cat in brown and gold)
Allsorts #699 - Colours of Autumn

Saturday 22 October 2022



Good morning ceafty friends, I can't believe it is two weeks since I have been on here!

I quickly made this card yesterday as the House Mouse challenge finishes tomorrow.

I do not appear to have a number for this stamp, but it is rather cute. I have coloured it with Copics - B29,V17,R17. Creative Graphic Markers - 120, 35, 174. Artmarker BG1, and Touch Marker R131

I also used chalk for the sky and paper pieced the kite, and the word stamp is from Kitchen Sink


House Mouse #374 - a/g I did not use the option

Digi Chooseday #42 - a/g

Word Art Wednesday #565-566 - a/g

PIP #2242 - a/g

Sunday 9 October 2022

Buttons and bows


Hello everyone, back again today with a card for some more challenges.

After a long conversation with Canon (printers) I have managed to get my scanning sorted, thank goodness!

The background is some spotty paper which I swiped over with Honey Dew Mist, Glimmer Mist, so it has a very subtle sparkle. I selected butterflies from various stamp sets, stamped onto blue card and embossed with white detail EP. The sentiment is on a piece of torn vellum and I have added a strip of blue card overlaid with sheer ribbon, a lace motif, and a blue button


Art Impressions - buttons and bows

Allsorts #697 a/g (I did not use the option)

Thank you for visiting

Friday 7 October 2022



Hi there, sorry I have been missing in action.

I recently purchased a new PC which runs win 11, and it has been quite a change from my old win 7 PC.

I have had to resolve a number of issues, mainly with help from youtube, and now I have struck another problem where blogger won't upload photos. For this one I had to copy and paste, and I am not really happy with the process or the result, so I apologise if it is not a clear picture.

For the left side I used a piece from my scrap box, and just had enough to die-cut to fit. The stamp is a very old one, which I have removed from the block, and did  not keep a record of the maker. If anyone knows, I would love to know too. The centre piece was stamped onto shrink plastic, shrunk, then layered with mounting tapeonto the stamped panel.

Challenges :-

Snippets #438 - using scraps from the scrap mountain!!

Rabisco #38 - a/g

Creative Knockouts #473 - a/g

Wednesday 28 September 2022

Thinking of you


Hi everyone, and welcome to my blog today

I have made this card by diecutting an oblong in a left-over piece of textured card. Behind the aperture I attached  piece of tissue that I made some time ago, by crumpling, adding colours, and embossing with gold EP. I then added a diecut flower and a gold peeloff


Friday 23 September 2022

Just for you


Hi crafty friends. It has been a while since I have posted on here

I made this card very similar to a birthday one earlier in the year

The stamp is Indigo Blu and the message is from a Woodware set

I have highlighted the image with a white Sharpie paint pen

Challenges - 

Colorful Options - beautiful brown

Scribbles Design Challenge #112 - a/g

The Crafting Challenge - a/g

Sunday 28 August 2022

In My Garden


Today's card uses another of my 'plays', experimenting with ink, sprays, and water
I decided to pair this with a Paper Artsy stamp - Jofy JM34, which I stamped with Memento tuxedo black. I stamped again on some scraps, lightly tinted in the centre of the flowers, and layered onto the card. The small circles are filled with Dimensional Magic, and I finished off by drawing some wriggly lines for a frame

We Love Stamping - in my garden

Thursday 25 August 2022

Birthday Balloons


Hi Everyone
Today's card features an image from Dr Digi that I won recently
I have coloured him using various markers , and ran a black marker around the edge. I attached to the base card, positioning more towards the top left. The message is a peeloff which I coloured black

Allsorts #690 - a/g ( I did not use the option)
Creative Fingers #257 - a/g
Thanks for visiting, and I appreciate your comments

Monday 22 August 2022


Hi everyone

First of all, welcome to my new follower, Carla Aerts, thank you

Today's card is the result of playing with some paints to make backgrounds. I first used 3 colours of Fresco paints, dotting them onto my card and then scraping across with an old credit card. I decided that I didn't like the colour combo, so mixed some perfect pearls into a little white paint and painted over the top, dabbing in some places to give a slight textured look

The circles from 'Round in Circles' (Rubberdance) were stamped with Brilliance graphite black, and the words from 'Affirmations' (Rubberdance) were stamped and embossed in detail white EP. I also coloured the large word lightly with a Sharpie paint pen


Art Impressions #334 - Dynamic Duo (use 2 different stamp sets)

Rubberdance - a/g

Time Out #220 - make your own background

C.R.A.F.T. #648 - a/g option

TTCRD - a/g

Thanks for visiting

Saturday 20 August 2022

Tranquil Turquoise


Good morning crafty friends.
The stormy weather of the last few days has seemed to have stopped, and the sun is shining!
I trimmed my white piece to layer onto my turquoise base card, and added some diecut leaves, a sparkly flowere and a peeloff message trapped in 2 clear peeloffs.
Colourful Options #8 - tranquil turquoise
PIP #2233 - a/g

Thanks for visiting

Thursday 18 August 2022

Stitched Swans


First of all, a big welcome to my newest follower, Meg Patterson, thank you for joining

A last minute entry for the challenge at Creative Knockouts, where they have asked for 'all stitched up'

I have used a lovely sparkly black thread for this design, but it doesn't show in my scan. The edges are sponged with black soot DI and attached to a white base card.

I would also like to enter at Carlin's Card Paradise Challenge for a/g

Friday 29 July 2022

Happy Happy Happy


I am back today with a card for the Stay Crafty/Hero Arts challenge.
They are wanting cards representing 'another year older'

I stamped 'happy' 3 times on the left, and then cut nine circles with my cuttlebug in two sizes. After layering them I added some little stickers, and glitter on the dark edges.
These were attached to a piece of dp and edged with a scrap of cotton ribbon

Thursday 28 July 2022



Another entry for the BYSHCardmakers linky party

The snowman is a die from Creative Expressions, which I cut from a soft pearl card, and adhered to the red base. I ran a narrow piece of ds tape down the left edge and sprinkled with holographic glitter. A peeloff finished it off

Wednesday 27 July 2022

Summer Birthday


Hi there crafty friends

Today's card was made using one of the first stamp sets that I bought (more than 20 years ago)
I stamped with Memento and coloured with markers as follows
Promarkers - praline and pastel beige
Copics - ultramarine and lipstick orange
Creative Graphics - green bice
I used a stitched circle die to cut it out and layered onto a stitched edge DP. Then added a peeloff coloured with the ultramarine

Friendship Challenge #79 - summer, sun, beach
Cut it up #256 - Summer Lovin
edited to add

Art Impressions #332 - Summer fun