Friday, 16 December 2011

Card Patterns

I hope I can get this one in before the challenge closes at
The colours match a lot better IRL - my scanner is getting a bit old! but never mind - it happens to all of us!!!!

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Mr Snowman

This is just the most adorable snowman, who can rock on his base. The template can be found at the member's area at Cardmaking Paradise (see link on sidebar) I have made him for my Grandson and is in the post to him now. I would like to enter the challenge at    for Snowman    for Christmas images and colours  Winner!    for Christmas shape

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Christmas Simplicity

For this card I have used a bauble and chain from the set 'Christmas Decorations and Embellishments' by My Paper World, and the Merry Christmas is from Kaiser, which I have had for a couple of years, but still find it useful.. I have stamped them in red and clear embossed. edged with a silver pen, and layered onto red card from stash.
I would like to enter the following challenges at   for heat embossing   for something old (Kaiser stamp)  for Christmas (no green)   for Christmas Wishes   for Christmas

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011


Todays card is for the challenge at   for 'Let it snow'

I have stamped the background with my PB snowflake stamp, added a layered PB stickeroo, and embellished with a simple embossed snowflake.

Using leftovers

I was so pleased to see the Cuttlebug Spot Challenges are back again. I missed the first one as we were away, but have entered the current challenge with this card.
The paler card is embossed with swiss dots, and because it wasn't big enough, I tore it across the bottom to extend it, and put the  greeting in the space. The Penny Black stickeroo is also on a leftover piece that toned in with the other colours

Monday, 5 December 2011


Today's card has  a type of 3d decoupage known as a pyramage I think. It has seven layers all getting progressively smaller. I have layered the image on a piece of a paint sample from a hardware store, and tied with a narrow pink ribbon from my stash. The base card I have recycled from a photograph album.
I would like to enter the following challenges  for decoupage  for recycle   sketch #144

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Another Christmas card

After being away on holiday for over 3 weeks, it is great to get back into cardmaking again. I am now so late with my Christmas card makes!!
I saw this challenge on
for green and trees.
I can also enter at
for anything goes
and at
for Christmas or Winter

I used 3251H Garland Tree, and stamped it 3 times on the card, and 3 times on different green papers, which I then paper pieced. Finished off with some green spotty ribbon, a gold metallic snowflake, and  Christmas words. Quite simple really, but looks very nice IRL

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

from a delightful sketch!

For this card I have used the free digi offered by Letraset. After colouring I cut it out and mounted it following the sketch from Pink Ink. I am entering the following challenges  - use free digi from Polkadoodles   - two's company - (I have used 2 decorated pins, 2 corner stamped flourishes, and 2 pieces of orange ribbon)   - sketch

Thank you for your kind comments

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Back to cardmaking.......

It has been quite a while since I have been able to update my blog, as we have had family home from overseas to help celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary. They have all gone home now, so it's mountains of washing, and cleaning sticky fingermarks off windows etc!!
Anyway I have been seeing lots of Halloween cards on blogs, so thought I would have a go - although we don't really celebrate it here in NZ
I would like to enter the following challenges  - a coloured in image - Autumn colours  - pumpkins - Fall theme  - halloween  - halloween  - punches/diecuts  - halloween

I have used a lovely Whimsey stamp called Cat O Lantern, and used nesties for the circles, and an Emagination punch for the leaves
I hope you like it

Saturday, 24 September 2011

daisies, daisies, daisies.....

For this card , I have followed the sketch from Stampendous, using lovely autumn colours. The daisy (SU) is stamped with Impress coral pink, and I have added gems to the centres.
I am entering the following challenges   - sketch  - anything goes  - fall colours

Friday, 23 September 2011

Fancy a Treasure Hunt?

Craft-room challenge are having a treasure hunt. check it out here

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Sparkly Butterfly

This is such a beautiful sentiment, it only needed the butterfly as a embellishment. I made this for the challenge at  - sparkle and shine (I have added sparkle to the butterfly wings)

Friday, 2 September 2011

'Sailing Away'

This card has been made in a similar style that we did at card/coffee group last week.
I have embossed the bottom edge with my shell collage CB folder and rubbed in a little metallic rub-on. I have forgotten the brand of stamp, but it is very useful for mens cards. I have added 3 eyelets at the top.
I would like to enter the following challenges  - for their blog hop  - anything goes  - emboss it  - go mad with embossing  - 2 or more circles

Tuesday, 30 August 2011


A very quick post today with this card. I have used a stamp set from Recollections called Going Places, and the background is a very useful stamp called "Mini Polka Dot Background' that I won from the lovely Jennie at The Artistic Stamper. I would like to enter the following challenges which are all for a travel theme.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Bart's BBQ

Isn't he just the cutest? I won this stamp recently from Chrissy Armstrong, and this is the first chance I have been able to colour him up with my new copics. I have followed the sketch at Sketch Saturday. The background papers are from my stash.
I would like to enter the following challenges.  - show us your wild side  - sketch #169  -summer  -brown and orange  -teddy bears or picnic (is a BBQ a picnic?)

Monday, 15 August 2011


It is so hard to capture a white image on a scanner to show the details, so I had to adjust this a little in PS
I have basically followed a sketch from Sketch Saturday and used white lace with ribbon insertion, sissex folder for the cupcake, Go Create die, 3 shell buttons, and the word 'giggle' is embossed with 'winter illusions'
I would like to enter the following challenges  'White on White'     'Ribbons'  '#168'   'No patterned paper'  ' use ribbon'

Pretty in Pink (and black and white)

For this card I have used a pink base card, layered with white card embossed with a Sissex folder.The PB stamp 'constellations' was embossed with 'Winter Illusions' which gives a beautiful pink shimmer in certain lights. I then used  little dabs of pink pearl paint here and there on the flowers. Finished off with a fabric flower which has a pearl in the centre.
I can enter the following challenges.  touchy Feely   embossing   black and white with a pop of colour 

The power went off while I was typing this, so hope it posted OK

Friday, 12 August 2011

Cup Cakes

Just a quick post to enter this in the sketch challenge at

Thursday, 11 August 2011

ATC Challenge

Here is my entry for the current ATC Challenge - All thing Summer over at

Tuesday, 9 August 2011


This sweet little girl is 'Lola with bird' from Sugar Nellie. I have coloured her with copics (thanks so much Audrey) and layered on to various pieces of mauve paper from my stash. The ribbon is roughly pleated and edged with glitter. Finished off with a wee dragonfly charm.
I am entering challenges at the following:-   - ribbons, stamp & glitter   spots and charms  buttons or ribbon

Sunday, 7 August 2011


The beautiful glitter that I used on this card (Crystal Glitter Ritz) does not show up very well in the scan, but I can assure you it is a great product. The background is stamped with Christmas words (Viva Deco - My Paper World) and the star is drawn by hand.
 I would like to enter the following challenges   - Frosty Day - Christmas in August Free Theme

Monday, 1 August 2011

Tagging again!

Another Christmas card, this time with a stamped background of snowflakes (Penny Black) and the tag made with stamps from My Paper World.
This one is for   PB backgrounds  tags   tags

Sunday, 31 July 2011


This is the first of some tags I have been making. I used distress inks for the background and then edged it with gold paint. The wee stamp is by Magenta. I restamped the cat on to plain paper and glued him over the image. Finished off with a circle cut from a gold doyley, and a decorative button.
I would like to enter the following challenges. 'use a tag'  'tags'  anything with 4 legs

Friday, 22 July 2011

Fluttering By

I have made this lovely butterfly from a template provided by Sara at
Cardmaking Paradise (see link on my sidebar)
The front is embossed with Tim Holtz Damask folder. and then heat embossed with Winter Illusion ep. The body is made from little beads and the antennae are flower stamens which just happened to be a matching colour.
There are a number of challenges I can enter this in.  - things with wings -wings shaped cards some texture

I hope you like it - I do!

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Playing with alcohol inks

I have been following with interest, The Craft Barn blog this week, which is all about alcohol inks. I tried Andy's technique, and this is the result, which I have made into an ATC. I am sorry the colour does not show up very well. I would like to enter it in
and also at
 for anything.
Thanks for looking, and thanks for your lovely comments

Tuesday, 19 July 2011


There are a couple of challenges I can enter this card in. I have used Spellbinders scalloped circles, standard circles, and the stamp is 'Lola with bird' from Sugar Nellie.
for Spellbinders.
going round in circles
I hope you like it.

Monday, 18 July 2011

The Stampman Challenge

The challenge at The Stampman is 'Anything By Tim'
I have used my new stamp COMO33 birdsong, stamped it again, and cut out the bird and layered it.  Also the words are from another Tim stamp set., stamped in distress ink (weathered wood) Part of the background was done with distress inks also.

I can also enter it at
where the challenge is 'Anything Goes'
                                        for "Free and Easy

                                       Thanks for looking

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

I'm back again

After a long overseas trip, it is good to be home again.
I have made this Christmas card - first for this year for the challenge over at
They are wanting 'Christmas in July"
I also followed the sketch from

I hope you like it

Promarkers and a cricut cartridge

Enfys at
has some wonderful candy on offer.
Why don't you check it out

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Penny Black Saturday Challenge

This week's challenge is 'distressing'
-I have used a stickeroo - "Vintage Sailing"
-layered onto cork with distressed edges
-added a piece of corrugated card (also distressed)
-added lines of Tim Holtz Distress stickles
-embellished with a wee circular paper clip

Friday, 6 May 2011

It's been a while.......

....since I have been posting, as we have been overseas visiting family.
However I have found a few lovely challenges, and decided to make this card today. It follows the sketch from 
and must include fairies.
has 'free for all'
has 'show us your style'
has 'anything goes and circles'
has 'purple'

Sunday, 10 April 2011

A simple card
has a challenge to use a colour palette. To make mine, I masked off a rectangle and used my chalks to make the palette. I then stamped with my Darkroom Door stamps (Full Bloom collection0
I can also enter the Clean and Simple challenge at

Friday, 8 April 2011

Penny Black stamp

I have created the background using distress ink, glimmer mist and then my favourite Penny Black stamp 2642K daisy pattern. I found some matching ric rac which I glued down the side, cut 2 ovals with nesties, the bigger obe is embossed with Swiss dots folder, added some matching flowers trimmed with pearls, stamped friend in the smaller oval, then added Kindy Glitz to the daisys and around the ovals.
This follows the sketch at
I can also enter
for Inspired by Spring
for Spring Blossoms
for Spring Celebration
use pearls

Sunday, 27 March 2011

How distressing!!

I have had a lovely messy time at clas, learning how to use Tim Holtz distress inks. I made several backgrounds, but rather liked the colour combination of the one. The image is stamped in black, and I have layered it onto some pretty green vellum that I have had for a long time. I also used it to punch out 2 scallop circles to make the flower. I folded it just off centre and attached it to the corner, finished off with a shiny star.. I can enter the following challenges
using anything Tim at
Make your own embellishment at
and go green at

Monday, 21 March 2011

birthday card

My eldest grandson is turning 20 soon, so I have been making this card for him. I have used a Penny Black sticker for the image, layered on black,and raised over the background layers of a scalloped edged strip, a cream embossed (in my c/b) strip and a black strip. Finished off with a black bow.
I have used the sketch from
Something for the boys at
Embossing at
and at

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Concertina Flowers

I almost forgot about this card I had made for
the craft barn
They have had some lovely ladies demoing different flowers and I was quite taken with the concertina one. The flower is 2 layers, and is finished off with a matching button. The card itself has been embossed in my cuttlebug, and I printed the lovely vintage image onto photo paper and then matted onto blue paper.
I am also entering it at 
as I have used a tie on the button

Monday, 14 March 2011

Going green now!

This is a change from my last orange shades!
I have used the sketch from
What a lovely layout. I used my Penny Black stamps  and green colours to enter at
And because the tag is a lovely metallic vellum I can enter at
flowers are required at
also at
and Welcome Spring at

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Amother one in orange

I seem to have a 'thing' for orange at the moment. This one uses a piece of patterned card from my stash, which I stamped with acouple of the flowers from my Daekroom door set. The butterfly is made from metal using a nestie die and the run through my c/b to emboss it, then swiped with the same colour as the flowers. I have used the lovely sketch from can also enter the following challenges -
use some metal at
use flowers at
and last but not least - butterflies - at
where the prize is not one - but four lovely stamp sets from Crafty Individuals

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Orange and Yellow

This is such a great sketch - I couldn't resist using it in these lovely bright colours. I have made it for the sketch challenge this week over at

A favourite card

I started from scratch with this one, by using some of my own handmade pale mauve tinted paper. I then stamped the images on to white card and coloured the lovely cherry blossoms with fabric paint - it has a pretty pearl-like sheen. Matted on to pale pink card and finished off with a peeloff butterfly stuck onto acetate and glittered. I am able to enter the following challenges - Make the card you would like yourself-
use a stamped flower at
Anything goes at

Friday, 4 March 2011

A new pendant

I have made this pendant for the challenge over at
I was so impressed with the ones shown.
I have actually used a red bamboo tile from a table runner that my lovely friend Colleen dismantled and gave several to her friends.
Because I do not have all of the items in the demo's I had to compromise using whatever equipment that was in my stash, so hope this still qualifies for the challenge.
I used a silver pen to paint it, and then went over it with Inca Gold (silver) Then, using Dimensional Magic I applied the torn out cat image, added some silver beads at the bottom, then using a dismantled earring, I threaded the jump rings onto wire and through the already drilled holes, and finished off with another bead at the top, and a jump ring so that it can be threaded on to a chain.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

lace and pearls

I am really pleased at how this card turned out. I have managed to combine several challenges with it. I edged the blue papers with a darker blue ink pad, and also the nestie scalloped oval which I cut on my lovely cuttlebug (however did I manage without one!) The stamp is a Penny Black one called Constellations, and I have added a little sparkle with a Sakura pen. I made the hat pin by adding some pretty blue beads and pearls to a long pearl headed pin. Also added pearls to the bottom strip.
First up for Pearls and Lace
Next - using hatpins
The layout is a sketch from

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Easel card

I had a little time for myself today, so had a play with one of the templates from
Cardmaking Paradise (link on my sidebar)
Sara designs templates for all occasions and is well worth a visit.
I covered the apron shape in a striped paper and the stamp is from Darkroom Door. The watering can stamp is coloured with Sakura pens and the wee fabric flowers are from my stash.
I can enter the following challenges -
an easel card at
fun folds at

Saturday, 26 February 2011


I needed to make some birthday cards this month, and this is one of them. The background is stamped with a Penny Black stamp, and the large flower I have stamped on plain pink, and then on white, which I trimmed back and layered. I finished off with a stamped message. I can enter the challenges at

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Birds on a Wire

To me, men's cards are a problem, but I was quite pleased with this one. The pale blue crackled paper is stamped with Penny Black's Bird on wire, then layered onto pale cream card which I edged with Martha's copper ink pad.The 'holy' piece is a cuttlebug die-cut, also rubbed with the copper pad, as is the wee tag. All layered on to kraft base card.
 I am entering the following challenges
All creatures great and small is the challenge at the Stampalot blog

Sunday, 13 February 2011


Following Poupette's instructions for my first attempt at colouring with distress inks.
I stamped the image with Ranger Industries Emboss It pad on watercolour paper, then sprinkled Winter Illusion EP, and heat set. Next sprayed with water, and used a watercolour brush and worn lipstick and peeled paint distress inks to colour.
The pink paper is embossed with swiss dots folder, and the butterfly is one layer pink and the top layer vellum.
Finished off with a piece of lace from my stash. I would like to enter the following challenges.
and embossing at

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

My new stamp (again)

I am just loving this stamp set that I won - it is so versatile. Today I have stamped it with black brilliance pad on to white paper and mounted it onto black which I edged with gold Krylon pen. I glued some Japanese paper on the left hand side, added the image and also the little shrinked embellishment, which I edged in gold as well. I hope you like it. I am entering in the following challenges
for Oriental
for seeing red
for red

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Simply Less is More Challenge

There is a new challenge blog called Less Is More and the have set their first challenge as 'pink black and white' I have used my new stamp from the Oriental set that I won, and just tinged the flowers with pink chalk. I then added 3 pink diamantes at the bottom. I think this should fit the challenge
I can also enter the 'stamp it out' challenge at

Sunday, 6 February 2011


For this card I have tried to follow the 'sketch + red' over at
I can also enter' Anything goes' at
and 'Friendship' at
self-made flowers at
                                                       and Cherry Pie Inspiration (I have taken the colours) at

Friday, 4 February 2011

A scrap card

This card was made using leftover pieces from a card from a card I had previously made. I tore them into strips and then ran them through my cuttlebug to give some extra texture. The darker pieces I then swiped with a copper metallic stamp pad. I arranged them on the card with the lighter pieces vertical and the darker ones woven through. I then sprayed with glimmer mist (which doesn't really show up here) added a wee tag and a sentiment. I am entering it at

Sunday, 30 January 2011

I have made this cute card using my cuttlebug for the background, black and white striped ribbon, a sheep clipart,to which I have attached 'wool' and wiggly eyes I hope you like it.
animal antics are wanted at
 and green is wanted at 
and Anything goes at