Thursday, 13 May 2021



Hi everyone

I am sharing a card today that I made for a friend's birthday

I stamped the background with one of my large background stamps and added some punched layered flowers and leafy diecuts


A blog named Hero - shaped cards

Through the craft room door - a/g

The Paper Shelter #469 - shaped cards

Ikes World #144 - a/g

Crafty Creations - a/g

Thanks for visiting

Sunday, 9 May 2021

Nautical Napkin


I am sharing a male card today using the napkin technique which I was reminded about recently.

I applied it to a card slightly smaller than my base card and sponged the edges with Faded Jeans DI

I then added a knotted piece of string and the birthday peeloff


Girlz Creative Crafts #12 - Mens cards

Creative Fingers #400 - a/g

CardzTV #140 - a/g

AAABirthday #25 Birthday

Thanks for visiting and your kind comments

Friday, 7 May 2021

Best wishes


Hi everyone

I have just returned from Radiology where I had an ultrasound on my thyroid. They found a couple of 'lumps', so now will await another Doctor's appointment. It seems to have been a never-ending round of specialist appointments  in the last six months!

Back to my card.

 I adhered a piece of DP to my black card base and then added the 3 green strips which I coloured by swiping with my Memento 'bamboo leaves' ink pad. I then added a double layer flower from my embellishments box, and the peeloff which I had coloured black.


The Paper Funday Challenges #29 - a/g/flowers/floral

Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend

Sunday, 2 May 2021

Birthday Wishes


Today's card is made from a piece of DP (Colorbok) cut out with A Stamplorations die and layered onto the base which has had the edges sponged with 'Shades' dye ink in Orange

I stamped the flowers onto orange Bazill card and fussy cut them, and the 2 big leaves onto a green scrap of Bazill. The other green leaves are diecut. I then added the white and black dots and stamped the sentiment with Brilliance Graphite black


Mod Squad - flowers, spring has sprung

Allsorts #622 - spring blossoms

YNS #163 - burst of colour

Friday, 30 April 2021

Christmas again


Another card for the Christmas box and another entry for the Spring into Christmas blog hop
I diecut the snowman from white card and layered onto a red card base. I then added some black buttons and the bird's eye with Enamel Accents I drew around the edge with a white Sharpie and filled in to make the design as per a suggestion by Natasha Foote
(BYSHC) hop - spring into  Christmas (2nd entry

Monday, 26 April 2021

Christmas Wishes

Hello everyone, I hope you are keeping well
My card today follows the sketch from Sketch Saturday
I have used a New Zealand made stamp of a pohutukawa blossom, which is better  known as our New Zealand Christmas tree, as it blooms at Christmas time and is a stunning sight, usually found in coastal areas. I highlighted the ends with red Kindyglitz, which doesn't show so well in the scan.I also trimmed some sparkly washi tape to edge the sentiment which was stamped with Brilliance, I think the colour is called red gold
BYSHC - Spring into Christmas hop

Saturday, 24 April 2021

Lets Squash It #7


Hello all and welcome
This is one of the cards that I have made for Mother's Day, which is May 9th in our country
I have specifically made it for the 'Lets Squash It challenge' where we have been asked for 3 embossing folders and a person.
I cut my background piece and inserted a dotty one in the gap so that it would fit in my card
I then embossed the floral strip, computer generated the message, and added this lovely little vintage girl.

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