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

Sunday, 24 July 2022

Merry Christmas


Hi there

I am back today with another entry at BYSHCardmakers linky party

I cut this design from Special Heart Studio using my Silhouette Cameo and some snippets from my scrap box. I love the CAS style of it

Other Challenges

Word Art Wednesday #533/534 - a/g 2/2

Snippets Playground #433 - a/g

Saturday, 23 July 2022

Christmas in July linky party


This is my first entry for the BYSHC party

Stamp by Penny Black, stamped with Memento - bamboo leaves and lady bug

Other challenges entered

Ally's Angels #60 - a/g 3/3

Carlin's Card Paradise #48 - a/g

Lost Coast - Christmas in July

TTCRD - a/g

Creative Fingers #236  - a/g

Word Art Wednesday #533/534 - a/g

Monday, 18 July 2022

Christmas in July


Hi everyone and welcome 

There are a lot of Christmas in July challenges at the moment, so I made this card to enter some of them

I have used the sketch from BYSHC and some scraps from a SU pad

My Snowy is from a Penny Black set called holly-jolly and I coloured him with toning markers. The sentiment is a peeloff which I coloured


BYSHC sketch 24 (on facebook)

Christmas Kickstart #64 - show us your snowfolk

Lost Coast - Christmas in July

Allsorts #685 - Christmas in July

Dare2BArtzy - Christmas in July

Christmas Craft Creations - patterned paper

Crafty Gals Corner - Christmas in July

Friday, 15 July 2022



Good morning all

Today's card uses a background from my large box of trimmed backgrounds. I added some colour with fossilized amber DOX , a little frayed burlap, and a few water splashes

I stamped directly using Adirondak Espresso, and heat embossed with detail clear EP

The markers used to colour were Copic Y26 mustard, E79 cashew Y38 honey, and Creative Graphic 163 green bice

The branch was freehand cut from a scrap of paper and the sentiment is from an EF which has a lot of different words on it.

Outlined with a black marker and adhered to a white base card


Allsorts - #684 - allsorts of animals

We Love stamping  - a/g (I did not use the option)

 Paper Funday #43 - a/g (I did not use the option)

Ally's Angels #60 - a/g 2/3

Carlins card Paradise #48 a/g

Thanks for dropping in and leaving me a comment

Tuesday, 12 July 2022



Hello all

After watching a demo by Eileen Goodwin, this is my attempt at her style.

I cut a circle template with a die and coloured the part circles with various shades of Memento ink

The stamp is from LaBlanche, and does not appear to have a name

After rounding the corners, and sponging with DI worn lipstick, I attached to my base card, and added some WOS to the butterflies and some enamel dots to the circle edges


Stamping Sensations - summer flowers

Hero Arts - birthday

Allys Angels #60 a/g

PIP #2228 - a/g

Simon Says Monday  - fabulous florals

Sunday, 10 July 2022

Pink Butterfly


Hello crafty friends

Today's card follows a sketch from Cut It Up and I have used some scraps from a 6x6 pad by Prima. I diecut the rectangles using a stitched die and adjusting the size to what I needed. The circle is a stitched circle too. Sorry I don't know the brands as I have discarded the packaging long ago! The edges are sponged with DI worn lipstick, and the scrap for the butterfly was coloured with this also. It is a very plain butterfly shape, so I embossed it and highlighted the raised areas with some silver metallic paste. The body piece is covered with pink 'bling' but it has changed colour in the scan.


Bastel-traum #114 - things with wings

Cut It Up #255 - sketch

Creative Knockouts #460 - diecuts or punches

Creations in Pink - a/g in pink

Friday, 1 July 2022

Gorguss girl


Hi everyone

Just sneaking in at the last minute with my entry for Allsorts where they are asking for 'girly'
I have had this stamp set for quite some time, and this is the first time I have used it.
I coloured with a mix of copics and promarkers, and was quite pleased with the hair, although I probably need more practice yet.
A piece of sparkly trim and a gold embellishment finished the bottom

Monday, 27 June 2022

Christmas Santa


Hi everyone

I am back today with mu Rudolph Days entry

I used a piece of DP for my background and outlined the images with a gold pen. The cute Santa is made from felt and the sentiment is a peeloff.


Rudolph Days

Jingle Bells - the man with the bag

BYSHC on facebook

Monday, 13 June 2022

By the Sea (or in it!)


Welcome, I hope you are all well
I have made this shaker card  for one of my grandsons, who has a birthday later this month.
I followed a tutorial from Jennifer MacGuire, so that the fish also shakes but stays upright. The sentiment is computer generated.

CRAFT #640 - male
Bastel-traum - summer
Cardz 4 Guys #297 - On the water

Friday, 10 June 2022

Happy Birthday


A birthday card that I made for my daughter using a cupcake die set
I would like to enter this one in
Double D - white plus one other colour
PIP#2223 - a/g

Thursday, 2 June 2022

That Bird!



Today's card uses a stamp from one of my favourite sets - "Crazy Birds"

I keep going back to this set, as there are so many ways to use these birds!

I stamped onto a piece of kraft card, and coloured him with stencils, and added some 'google eyes' just for fun.After layering onto some lime green card, I also added a little flag with a gold star to mean 'well done', then attached to a white base card


Allsorts #678 - anything but birthdays

Crafts Galore Encore #100 - a/g

Creative Inspirations - masculine

Thursday, 26 May 2022

All The Best


Another birthday card made with several layers, sponging, die cutting, stamping, peeloff trim, and a butterfly to embellish

TTCRD - a/g
Allsorts #677 - anything for a birthday 2/3
Creations in Pink #46 - Mainly pink
Colourful Options - pretty pink

Monday, 23 May 2022




My first entry for Allsorts 13th birthday celebration
I masked a diagonal area and then stamped with Brilliance graphite black, using my misti to get a good impression. After removing the mask I stamped the sentiment (Woodware) and outlined the edges with a black marker. To finish, I highlighted some areas with a white pen, and layered onto a black card base
This is from one of Natash Foote's tutorials, a fellow Kiwi, who you can find on Youtube

Allsorts #677 - anything for a birthday
Double D - Monochromatic
We Love Stamping - for a lady/girl
Stamping Sensations - a/g with option of flora and fauna

Thursday, 12 May 2022

It's Your Birthday


Welcome Bloggers

Today's card was made for the challenge at AAA Cards. I have chosen the balloons and the colours from the moodboard to make my very CAS card

Other Challenges
Rabisco #30 - a/g (I did not use the option, but I have used thread for my balloons))

Monday, 9 May 2022

Specially for you


I found this pretty mauve piece in my backgrounds box, and have no recollection of how I made it. However, it matched nicely with my stamped image, so decided to use it. I used a pretty piece of lace from my scrap box too
Stamp - Distressed Trio Framed by Stamp-It Australia
Ink - Elderberry by Memento
Sequins from my stash

We Love Stamping - for a lady
Dare 2B Artsy - flowers
Allsorts #675 - favourite stamp (they are all my favourites)

Friday, 6 May 2022

For You


Welcome everyone, I hope you are all keeping well
Today's card follows loosely one of Tash Foote's YouTube videos.
I randomly cut the shapes from 3 colours of card and adhered them to acetate leaving a little gap in between The circle of vellum is a diecut, and the bird and branch from is from a Stampin Up punch.
I added some colour using copics and then attached a simple sentiment

Double D - birds
Creative Moments #233 - things with wings

Saturday, 30 April 2022

Orange flowers


Good morning all

Today's card follows the sketch from MFT #591

I have used a piece of left over designer paper for the lower portion and die cut it with a stitched edge die (unknown brand)

The flower is one of the first stamps that I bought, and it is still one of my favourites. I stamped it onto a scrap of orange card with Brilliance graphite black. I outlined the edge with an orange marker and yellow WOS The birthday sentiment is from Woodware and I finished off by adding some black sequins to the centre of the flower

Other Challenges

Snippets Playground #426 - using scraps

Sognando Scrap #101 - a/g with a flower

TTCRD - a/g

Rabisco #29 - a/g

Friday, 29 April 2022

Christmas Memories


Hi everyone

Another entry for the BYSHC linky party

For this card, I followed one of Tash Foote's tutorials and used designer paper from Kaiserkraft (Christmas Carol 6x6 pad)

Other Challenges
C R A F T #635 - Christmas

Thursday, 28 April 2022

Joy, Faith, Love, and Peace


Hello all

 I am back again with a card I have made for the BYSHC Spring into Christmas Linky party

I have used the sketch from BYSHC challenge #21.
The designer papers are from Stampin Up and the stamp is from Stamp-It (Australia)
I used Memento teal zeal and also outlined the layers with Promarker verdigris, which matched perfectly
I would also like to enter this into the Rudolph Days challenge which runs until the end of April

Wednesday, 27 April 2022


 Hi crafters, It's been a while since I posted, I hope you are all well

Today's card has a piece of yellow card which I ran through my cuttlebug with a folder from Provo Craft, it does not have a name. I swiped over it with dried marigold DI to high-lite the pattern.

My little robots are from a set by TPC Studio, which I stamped in black, cut around, and adhered.


Colourful Options - yellow

Classic Design #4 - 6th birthday challenge

Crafty Catz #592 - a/g (I did not use the option)

Lets Squash It #19 - geometry and repeating patterns

The Male Room #161 - dry embossing

Do-allKreatives - embossing folders

Monday, 11 April 2022

Sail Away


Welcome, I hope you are all well

Something different for me today, and something I haven't done for a very long time, as I have arthritis, and find it difficult to prick the holes manually. I experimented using my Cameo Silhouette, to see whether I could scan the design and then cut it on the machine. I was pleased at the result, so you may see more stitched cards in the future. I mounted the panel on a dark blue card base, after sponging the edges with walnut stain DI. The words are stamped with a red Memento ink pad and clear embossed


Mod Squad Challenge - a/g

Allsorts - masculine

Dare 2B Artsy - for kids (2/3)

Ally's Angels #57 - a/g

Thursday, 7 April 2022



Welcome back

A very CAS card from me today, I think it took me less than fifteen minutes to make, so quick and simple too!

I used distress oxides - faded jeans and wilted violet through a stencil across the corner.

Then stamped one of Tim Holtz's crazy dogs with memento ink and coloured with copics


Time Out #210 - Happiness is a warm puppy
Allsorts #670 - a real animal (2nd entry)
Stamping Sensations - I love.........stamping and colouring

Wednesday, 6 April 2022

Easter Bunnies


Hello, I hope you are all well. A warm welcome to my newest follower, Diana Moriel

My card today is simple design for Easter

I printed the digi (unknown) and also the sentiment from my computer

I have coloured the bunnies with Promarker - silver lining

Grass Copic - lime green

flowers and butterfly Promarker - cloud blue and summer sun

After trimming, I layered onto a lovely deep yellow base card


Allsorts # 670 - a real animal

Word Art Wednesday #537/538 - a/g

Crafty Calendar - anything but square

Rabisco #28 - pink is forbidden

Dare 2 Be Artsy - for kids

Saturday, 2 April 2022

going shopping!


Hi everyone and welcome
Today's card is suitable for a little girl's birthday, and I can add a greeting when I know who I will be giving it to.
I cut out the shape with my Cameo and sponged the edges,
 the flowers were punched from vellum and then embossed with a swiss dots EF. I used a blue pen to outline the edges and then added some blue punched circles for the flower centres.
A ribbon tied to the handle is the finishing touch.
Double D - something with a handle

Wednesday, 30 March 2022

Red Poppies


Today's card uses a background that I coloured with shaded lilac and bundled sage distress inks
The poppy stamp is from Stampin up and I have coloured with the following markers
Promarkers - Chilly red, Molten red, Herb green
Copics - lime green and lettuce
I have coloured my peeloff greeting in green to match the poppy buds, but it looks black in the scan. I sponged the edge with walnut stain distress ink, then adhered to the white base card

Allsorts # 669 - in the garden

Tuesday, 29 March 2022

Peace, Love and Hope


Hi everyone and welcome

A very quick post from me, as I have lots to do today

This is the sketch from BYSHCardmakers , and I have used a 6x6 pad called Metallic from My Minds Eye. Instead of matting, I edged the pieces with 'chilli red' Copic marker, and adhered to a red card base

The stamp is from stamp-it, which I stamped with red versamark and clear embossed


BYSHC # 20

Bizzy Becs Challenge - a/g

Scraps of Life - Rudolph Days

Sunday, 27 March 2022

Birthday Greetings


Welcome, and thanks for dropping in today
Today's card uses a die from Serendipity Stamps, which I cut in a scrap of red card and again in white
After roughly sketching some rocks and the sea with my copic markers, the lighthouse was adhered and the white pieces filled into the gaps.
I used a little WOS in gold for the lights and windows to give a touch of colour, then added the birds from Stampers Anonymous and the greeting from Stampin Up

Die Cut Divas - birthday