Monday, 19 April 2021

Perfectly Pantone


I am using this beautiful stamp again from Paperbabe. I stamped it on yellow card with a slightly deeper yellow ink and then fussy cut. I positioned it in the bottom right corner and trimmed off the excess, and added a touch of yellow Wink of Stella to highlight

I then used an embossing folder to make the flag message and mounted on a scrap of the yellow card, and adhered to the pale grey card base.

These are the current Pantone colours as requested for

The Mod Squad challenge

Paperbabe #142 - a/g

Bizzy Becs Store challenge - a/g

Friday, 16 April 2021

Bee Happy!


Good morning all
Today's bright and cheerful card is all about the bees!
I first stamped a portion of honeycomb background ( Indigo Blu) to the right, and then diecut a circle from a scrap that was lying on my desk.
I stamped it with the hive and smaller bee, and edged with a black marker
The words were stamped directly onto the card, and the larger bee on a scrap and the fussy cut
They were all embossed with detail clear ep and the large bee is raised on mounting tape
Allsorts #619 - butterflies, birds or bees
Crafters Castle #40 - Spring/Mother's Day/Summer
Crafty Calendar - spring/easter

Monday, 12 April 2021

Happy Birthday doggie!


Hi everyone.

It is good to be back home after a 10 day road trip in our motorhome

This quick and easy card was made with Penny Black stickeroos adhered to some scraps of white card. 

I diecut the dog with a die that I won from Stamplorations and edged with a red copic marker

The bone is edged with a black marker and I used an offcut of striped card for the layering

Challenges I would like to enter

Penny Black Saturday - a/g or cute

Pixies Crafty workshop #400 - use snippets

Ally's Angels #45 - a/g

Crafter's Castle #40 - a/g

Crafty Catz #546 - a/g

Thursday, 25 March 2021

Spring Summer coffee lovers #4


My fourth entry for the Spring/Summer coffee lovers hop.
I printed my digi and coloured with copics, sharpies and WOS, then fussy cut and attached in the corner of the bright base card
The message and bee are from a freebie set from a magazine, and stamped with Brilliance graphite black

Passion for markers #584 - bunnies or blooms
The Cats Pajamas #277 - use florals
Allsorts #616 - spring flowers

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Spring summer coffee lovers #3


Another entry for the Spring/Summer coffee lovers hop
I printed the digi and coloured some of the words etc with copics
Distressed the edges and sponged with walnut stain DI
Adhered to a brown textured card base

Monday, 22 March 2021

Spring Summer coffee lovers #2


My second entry for the Coffee Lovers blog hop
I printed a Stamplorations digi onto Fabriana card and coloured with copics.
Attached to a pretty coral colour base card

Sunday, 21 March 2021

Spring Summer coffee lovers

Hi everyone, I have been away, so had to make a card quickly this evening for this fabulous hop.

I stamped the background using a very old un-named stamp and expresso ink pad.

I then added a strip of washi, and my lovely Stamplorations sticker which I attached to some kraft card

Coffee Loving Cardmakers


Thursday, 18 March 2021

pillow box


 hi everyone

Today's project is not a card, but a pillow box that I cut out on my Cameo Silhouette, using some Coredinations card that I have been hoarding for many years. I used a funky flower embossing folder on the front and sanded to expose the underlying colour.

The flower is a Dreaming Tree design that I cut using scraps from my never shrinking scrap box, and the stamens are made with a punch


Let's Squash it #6 - boxing clever with floral embossing

Pixies Crafty Workshop #398 - using scraps

Sunday, 14 March 2021

Shadow stamping


 My first attempt at this technique after watching a video by Natasha Foote, a fellow kiwi

I used a very old pink stamp pad and part of a set by Rubber Dance (round in circles) to stamp directly onto my base card 

Then I used versamark and  a cherry blossom stamp from a Flourishes set, and then shifted the stamp slightly and stamped with a white  ink pad. The sentiment is stamped onto velum, trimmed and wrapped around, and I also added some white highlights with a white Sharpie pen


Ikes World #142 - a/g / opt monochrome

Stamping Sensations - monochromatic

Cute Card Thursday #677 - Celebrate

Allsorts - a stamped image

Allys Angels #44 - a/g

Thanks for visiting today and stay safe

Monday, 8 March 2021

shabby chic


Hi everyone and welcome back

Today's card was made using a scrap of a pretty designer paper (unknown) with a torn edge that I sponged with walnut stain DI. I attached the picture and added a pink sponged butterfly, a matching flower, gold peeloff sentiment and a gold strip down the right hand side.


Creations in Pink #31 - a/g

The Funky Junkie Boutique - a/g/vintage/shabby chic

Creative Sketchy Girls #57 - girls only

A perfect time to craft #3-2021 - a/g

Bizzy Becs Store challenge - a/g

Saturday, 27 February 2021

Birthday Girl


I made today's card for my dil's birthday
I cut a square of patterned paper slightly smaller than my card base, and then used a matching plain paper to die cut the zig zags and the TH flowers. The centres are brads.
The black happy day is made from wood, and a made the 'birth' piece from scraps and peel off stickers

I would like to enter the following challenges
Unstampabelles #108 - a/g (2nd entry)
Uniko - 9th birthday celebration
The Cats Pajamas #376 - use patterned paper (2nd entry)
AAA Birthday #22 - a large sentiment

Thanks for visiting today

Friday, 26 February 2021

Birthday Boy


Hi everyone, I am back again with another last minute card for the challenge at Sketch Saturday
I have used a textured brown card as my base, added a layered strip for my peeloff sentiment. a diecut circle and a fussy-cut dog picture that I had in my 'things to use' box


Time Out #182 - 7th birthday

Thanks for visiting

Thursday, 25 February 2021



Good morning all, I hope you are enjoying your day.

We will shortly be going to do our weekly grocery shop, so just time to do this post beforehand

This design is similar to one I saw recently

I stamped my flower (Paperbabe) onto a scrap with Shades Dye ink in purple majesty, coloured with  Promarker orchid and Copic Sketch amethyst, and the centre with Wink of Stella gold.After trimming down I edged both layers with gold pen and marked out a square onto the first layer. I also outlined with gold the message piece and used a peeloff for the message. I have hundreds of these to use so you will be seeing a lot of them!!


3 room studio #24 - use purple

Pixies crafty workshop #397 - using snippets

Passion for Markers #580 - feminine

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #152 - a/g

A Perfect time to craft - a/g

Monday, 22 February 2021

Blue Lily


Good afternoon all

I found some time today to have a play with some of the goodies I received from Mrs A for winning one of her competitions recently

I wet  lines through one of the pretty papers, so that I could pull off a strip to layer across my card.

I have coloured the flower with the Spectrum-Noir  'Starry Sky' Sparkle pen and dragged out the colour with water. I then used the Nuvo glitter Marker 'Imperial Blue" to highlight the edges.

The green leaves are painted with  Magic Colour 'grecian olive'

I have added a peel-off which I coloured blue to match

Challenges I would like to enter

Stamping Sensations - colour my world

We Love Chocolate Baroque - flower, butterfly or birds

Bastel-Traum #98 - birthday

TTCRD - a/g

Paperbabe #138-a/g

Sunday, 14 February 2021

Best Wishes


Welcome back
I am quite disappointed with the result of this scan, it looks so much better IRL
I have used the same die again as in my last post, which was a freebie with a magazine, and loosely followed the directions from there .
I used a white card base, a diecut rectangle frame, and a piece of dp for my background. I also added a silver peeloff to finish

Unstampabelles #108 - a/g
A Perfect Time to Craft #2 - open challenge
The Cats Pajamas #376 - use patterned paper

Thanks for visiting

Monday, 8 February 2021

With Love


Hello again

To make the background for today's card, I first swiped Broken China and Peeled Paint distress inks onto an acrylic block and spritzed with water. Then pressed onto a piece of watercolour card. When it was dry, I trimmed it and layered it onto black card stock, and then onto my card base.

I used my Misti to stamp the words, and added the diecut flower panel and 3 red heart sequins. Unfortunately they show black in the scan!

Challenges I would like to enter

Creatalicious #204 - a/g opt kisses

Crafts Galore Encore #84 - a/g

Stamplorations - Love challenge (2nd entry)

Mod Squad - all about love

Allsorts - Love is...

Bastel-traum #97 - love

CRAFT #585 - Love/Valentine

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

With Love


Hi everyone
Seeing that it is Valentine month, I thought I would make this card with a cute pair of cats that I have had for too many years that I care to remember!

I used a heart stencil (unknown) on my background, and then stamped and embossed the 2 cats on a scrap of black card
They were then fussy cut and attached over the hearts, and a little gold paint added to the eyes
Finished off with a couple of peel-offs and then attached to my black base card


Simon Says Monday - love and/or hearts

Stamplorations - love challenge

Sweet Stampin - love

Allsorts #609 - 4 legged friends

Pixies Crafty Workshop  #395- snippets

Wednesday, 27 January 2021



Hi everyone, I hope you are all keeping well and safe

Today's card features a Paper Artsy stamp that I have had for a few years. I had to buy it when I saw Leandra demonstrate it when she visited New Zealand
I stamped it twice with my Misti, so that I could fussy cut the butterfly and layer it
After colouring in shades of orange, I layered it with mounting tape and also added gold micro beads to the body. The flowers were lightly coloured too.
I trimmed down to a square and distressed  the edges before  attaching to the base card. A strip of Washi tape finished the bottom nicely matching the gold and orange

The Cats Pajamas #375 - think spring (2nd entry)
Creative Fingers #200 - a/g (2nd entry)
Stamping Sensations - favourite stamp

Sunday, 24 January 2021

Never too old!


Hello all, I hope you are all keeping well

Today's card uses one of my favourite Art Impressions stamp sets

I have coloured using Promarkers, chilly red, cadet blue, pastel blue

Reno Art natural grey 2 (hair), lettuce

Touch, sun white (flesh)

I trimmed the image layer and attached to a matching blue card before attaching to my base card

Challenges I would like to enter

Art Impressions #300 - Celebrate with AI

Creative Fingers #200 - a/g

Passion for Markers #575 - a/g

Cute Card Thursday #670 - birthdays

THTSB # J2021 - a/g

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

A home without a cat!


Welcome back

Today's card features a cat from an Indigo Blu set that I have had for quite some time.

I stamped him on a scrap and coloured with markers - one of my favourite combo's of  Promarkers, pastel yellow, summer sun, and tulip yellow, and copic ciao Y38. I love how I can graduate the colours on this stripey cat!

I layered him onto a diecut stitched circle of white scrap, and then onto my yellow embossed background (Craft Concepts 'sun rays')

The sentiment is from a set by The Ink Road Stamps


Passion for Markers #574 - favourite colour combo

Stamping Sensations - favourite stamps (I love cat stamps)

Dare to be Artsy - a/g

The Cats Pajamas #375 - think spring (I have used spring colours)

Pixie's Playground #394 - use snippets

The House that Stamps Built J1321 - a/g

Lets Squash It #4 -  ef and an animal 2nd entry

I apologize that I cannot get the link function to work, I will try again later

Thursday, 14 January 2021



Hi, and welcome back

Today's fun card uses one of the very first dies that I bought, many years ago. I decided it needed an outing once again

The background dp has been embossed in my cuttlebug, and the top corners rounded. The folder does not have a name, but it is by Cuttlebug

The cat and mouse were die cut from scraps, as was the 'grass' piece at the bottom.

I did some faux stitching with my Sharpie white paint pen, and attached all to a black card base


A perfect time to craft #1 - a/g

Classic Design challenge -a/g

Crafts Galore Encore #83 - a/g

Crafty Friends #148 - a/g

Lets squash it #4 - ef and animal

Get Creative #97 - a/g

Thanks for visiting

Monday, 11 January 2021

Open your heart


Hi everyone
Today's card is based on the sketch from Sketch Saturday.
I trimmed some navy card slightly smaller than my white card base and added the two pieces of designer paper. I wound some sparkly gold thread three times around on the left and then attached a butterfly that I had stamped and fussy cut. I stamped the sentiment onto a circle of white, using Brilliance 'pearlescent sky blue' for both. Finished with three gold raised pearls for decoration
I would like to enter the following challenges

Mod Squad - must have wings (my butterfly)
Art Impressions - resolutions
Allsorts #606 - favourite colour (I love this shade of blue)
Sweet Stamping - new (my sentiment is new)
Lost Coast #113 - starting with 'B' (my butterfly)

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Flying high


Hello all and welcome back
Today's card uses a cute stamp that I won from Mia at Craftartista. 
It is  a House Mouse design, so now I can enter their challenge
I have coloured with Promarkers, IG07 silver lining and G956 ocean teal
The teal matched my background paper nicely

Creatilicious #202 - a/g (I did not use the option)
Simon Says Monday - use something new (my new stamp)
House Mouse and friends #331 - new beginnings (my new stamp)

Thanks for visiting

Monday, 28 December 2020



Hi and Welcome

Today's card features mainly TH products. 

I diecut the white piece on the top and the bottom. The crazy bird was stamped onto a scrap and coloured with Promarkers - C729 pastel blue, G829 pastel green, G827 soft green, G956 ocean teal and Y247 summer sun

I added dimensional magic to his eyes and beak.

The sentiment is from Unity, stamped in DOX cracked pistachio and embossed with 'dye boss'

Then layered onto a toning green card base


Passion For Promarkers #572 - add a sentiment

Stamping Sensations - anything with wings (2nd entry)

We Love Chocolate Baroque - a/g (2nd entry)

Cardztv #130 - a/g

Thanks for visiting

Monday, 21 December 2020

A change from Christmas


Welcome back

Only five more sleeps, I am sure all the littlies are starting to get excited

My card today has a background piece, where I coloured one side of the EF with a mauve ink pad, before running through my cuttlebug. It has highlighted the design nicely

I stamped my butterfly (Martha Stewart) onto a scrap of card that I had been experimenting with different sprays. I also cut some narrow strips to use as a background to the butterfly. The sentiment is die cut from a scrap of black card


Stamping Sensations - anything with wings

We love Chocolate Baroque - a/g

Lets Squash It #3 - Embossing folder & dies/fussy cutting (I did both)

Lavinia World#42 a/g

Pixies Playground-using scraps

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you have a Happy Christmas and a safe and healthy 2021

Friday, 18 December 2020

Merry Christmas

 Welcome everyone, I hope you are all feeling festive!
I made this card for my sil who is also a cardmaker
I used a starry patterned paper for the background and cut the words from some pretty mauve card, which I then 'twinked' with Wink of Stella The holly leaves are punched, as are the sparkly berries

Allsorts #602 - a/g (2nd entry)
Art Impressions - Reason for the Season

Sunday, 13 December 2020



Welcome back to my blog.

This is one of the cards that I have made to send this year

I masked off a strip along the centre and coloured with distress oxides

I cut the j and y from a scrap of navy basil card using my Cameo Silhouette, and the snowflake from a scrap of pale blue card, I double embossed the snowflake with some sparkly ep and attached with some mounting tape.


Unstampabelles - Joy (I did not use the twist)

Show and Share - use velum and/or glitter

CardzTV #129 - a/g

Allsorts #602 - a/g

Friday, 4 December 2020

....and again

I'm back with another Christmas card for my box
I have used the sketch from Sketch Saturday, and used papers from a Christmas pad by Rosie's Studio.
After cutting the pieces, I edged them with a gold metallic pen
I finished off with some gold metallic embroidery thread for the tie across the bottom

A Blog Named Hero - glitter and sparkle

Christmas again


Welcome, and thanks for visiting
Another card to add to my box., 
This time I have used an older stamp by PSX that was given to me by a friend, and partially stamped on both corners. I used versamark and white detail EP


Bye for now

Saturday, 28 November 2020

Another Christmas Card


 Hi everyone
Sorry I have been MIA for a while as I have been unable to use my right arm and hand properly after an angiography which left me black and blue from hand to elbow. It is slowly healing but still quite technicolour!

Back to my card, which I had made before this happened.
I followed a design I saw from Liz McGuire at buttonsforbrains as I really liked the layout.
I raided my scrap box to find some suitable papers, used some washi tape, stamped and embossed snowflakes, stamped my snowman on a scrap and cut him out, coloured his scarf and hat with Promarkers  R766 Molten Red and added some sparkly KindyGlitz to his hat.
Thanks Liz for a lovely design

Pixies Playground #391 - using snippets
Passion For Promarkers #570 - glitter and sparkle

Sunday, 8 November 2020

coffee time


back today with an entry for the coffee lovers blog hop

I have printed a digi that I won from Stamplorations directly onto a textured cream card.
The image is lightly coloured with pastel pencils
and the message is from a set by Uniko


Friday, 6 November 2020

Christmas wishes


Welcome back, and I hope you are all well

Today's card uses a stamp from a set by Penny Black called 'Holly Jolly'
I coloured his hat, scarf and stocking with a pink marker, and added some sparkle to the hat trim and also to the snow he is standing on
I diecut the message from a black glitter paper and cut out the panel with stitched die, then adhered to a black card base

Stamplorations - CAS + pink and black
Pammy's Inky Pinky #2044 - a/g
AAA Cards #177 - maximum white space (I did not use the option)

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Blue and Green


Welcome, I hope you are all well.

Today's card was made with an embossing folder That I had sponged ink onto, to give my pretty blue/green background. I then used markers to colour the raised areas. Blues and greens are my favourite colours, because we live at a beach, and I love to watch the changing colours of the water - so soothing 

Challenges - Fab n Funky #500 - Favourite colours

Penny's Paper Craft # 483 - a/g

Sunday, 1 November 2020

Cat Lovers Hop (4)


Welcome back, and this is my final entry for the Cat Lovers Hop
I have coloured the image with Promarkers and layered onto a red card base

Allsorts #596 - for children or teens

Saturday, 31 October 2020

Cat Lovers Hop (3)


Hi, and welcome back to my third post for the Cat Lovers Hop
For this card, I have cut a piece of blue DP (unknown) for my background, and then diecut a scrap of green for my cat to sit on.
I have coloured him in pale grey copics and fussy cut
I coloured the balloon and also fussy cut and then coated it in Dimensional Magic.
The message is from an old clear set.
I have layered onto a dark blue card base but looks like my scan is crooked!

Nordsalten Hobby Club - use 2 different papers