Tuesday, 27 December 2016


Hi Everybody, I hope you have all recovered from the Christmas festivities!

Today's card features a stamp from a set that I bought a number of years ago. I have used various scraps for the background, and added a toning bow.

Pixies Crafty Workshop - snippets
Simon Says Stamp - Party Time
The Crazy Challenge - Everything Goes

Have a fabulous New Year

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Mail Art

I am just sneaking in at the last minute for my entry at Paper Artsy for their Mail Art challenge
I used Dylusions spray for the background colourand used Memento Tuxedo black for the stamping. I added a little white gesso in the centre so that the address could easily be seen
Other challenges
Fashionable Stamping - a/g

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Little red robin?

I have made this card using one of my older stamp sets. It is simply stamped with Memneto Tuxedo Black on to a snippet of white, layered onto black, layered onto an embossed piece of white card, and then all mounted onto a black card base. I added a little colour to the wee bird, perhaps he is not a robin after all!
Penny Black & More - b & w and one other colour
Southern Girls - a/g
Stamplorations - a/g - I only used the red option

Monday, 12 December 2016

Tis Christmas time

I won this lovely Woodware stamp a while ago from Di, at Pixies Crafty Workshop, and this is the first outing!
It is stamped onto a snippet of white card, and then again on some gold metallic scraps.
I paper pieced the numbers with the gold, coloured the holly and berries with copics, added some shine to the berries with 'Dimensional Magic' and filled in the dots with gold 'Smooches' Then layered it onto some pretty coral paper from my stash, then onto white card.
Challenges - Pixies Crafty Workshop
Addicted to stamps - Christmas challenge
Fashionable stamping - a/g

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Glisten and Sparkle

Hi everyone!
I was so thrilled to be asked by Nikki at Indigo Blu to do a post for the challenge. My background was a 'mop up' of DI Peacock Feathers that I had been using for another project. I then stamped this delightful image and embossed with 'bright gold' EP. I added some sparkly sequins, gold 'glitter glue', and using ds tape around the edges, I sprinkled on some holographic glitter and then mounted the panel on to a matching turquoise card
It is quite difficult to pick up the sparkle in a photograph, but it is very sparkly IRL

IndigoBlu - Glisten and sparkle

Sunday, 27 November 2016


When this set arrived, with some others that I bought on a Facebook group, I was a bit overwhelmed as it is much larger than I thought. However I used the folder to do the embossing, and stamped the flower into the centre. I stamped it again on a scrap and coloured with my Promarkers. I cut the flower and 3 leaves from this one and shaped and layered them, although the scan does not show the effect very well. I used 3 favourite colours, R766, R555, and C426, and the added a touch of Y524 to shade the leaves.
Challenges :
Pixies crafty playground, - snippets
Promarker challenge - 3 fav colours
Create and Makes #5 - a/g
Create and Inspire #56 - a/g

Monday, 21 November 2016

Merry and Bright

Hi everyone, I hope you are all getting the Festive Season feeling. Time is beginning to run short, and I still have more things to make.
Today's card uses a very pretty piece of watercolour card that I coloured with Brusho's. I trimmed it to size and rounded the corners. The sentiment is embossed with an EP called Christmas colours - basically green with specks of red and gold. I have added a diecut snowflake and some bling and stars.
Challenges -
Paperbabe - sketch
ABC Christmas challenges - Christmas Wishes
Pixies Crafty Workshop - snippets
Fashionable Stamping - Tis the Season

Monday, 14 November 2016

Cracking up!!

Hi Everyone,
I have been having a lovely messy time decorating this set of little milk bottles.
I started by coating with gesso, then a pretty teal/blue paint, followed by crackling medium, and then an off white paint over the top, which crackled quite nicely. I also overstamped with a crackle stamp by Indigo Blu. I then decorated by winding some sparkly blue thread around the neck, diecut leaves and flourish and a pretty flower.

Challenges - A vintage journey - cracking up
Happy Little Stamper - a/g with dies
Pixies Crafty Workshop - I used snippets for the die cuts

Thanks for looking and have a great week

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Lemoncraft candy

This is the wonderful prize for Lemoncraft's candy.
It is the latest collection from Lemoncraft
It closes on December 3
Here is the link
good luck!

Saturday, 12 November 2016


I had this lovely 12x12 scrapbook paper, and decided to utilise it for a card. I cut out the image and laid it over a strip of vellum, some music tape, and some sparkly thread. The striped background is from the same sheet. This is my third entry for

Virginia's View Challenge - Stripes and plaid

Friday, 11 November 2016

Christmas tags

Hi everyone.

There are a number of Christmas challenges about at the moment, so I thought I would join in with this tag. I stamped with versamark and embossed with detail white ep. I added some sparkles to the centre of the larger snowflakes, and drew 3 lines with a white Sharpie paint pen.
Penny Black and More - anything Christmas
Audsentiments - a/g + sentiment
Southern Girls - a/g

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

For the Christmas box!

Hello everyone!

I was very taken with this card design that I saw recently, and sorry I can't remember where. So simple and easy to make but looks so effective.

I have covered my card with a piece from my LOTV NitWit collection pad.
The Penny Black 'Brush Holly' stamp was coloured with watercolour pencils, spritzed with water, and stamped onto an oddment of white card. The faux stitching was done witha pen, and the words are a peel off that I coloured to match.
Challenges - A Blog Named Hero - for holiday theme
HLS Christmas - for watercolour
Virginia's View Challenge - for stripes or plaid
Pixies Crafty Workshop - use up your snippets!

Thanks for looking and have a crafty week!

Friday, 4 November 2016

Pink Stripes

Good morning all.
 I had some time to play yesterday and this was the result.
The DP is from a lovely Bo Bunny pad that I won. I have distressed the edges. My pretty image was layered onto a diecut that I cut and overlapped to suit the size. I then stamped and embossed my butterflyand padded the wings so they pop up.
I would like to enter this at
Virginia's View  - stripes and plaid
Southern Girls - pop it up
Pixies Crafty Workshop - I used a snippet of the jade card

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Mail Art

I am currently taking part in a mail art swap, and this is one of the envelopes that I have decorated.
I started by sponging some shades of distress ink on, using a baby wipe. I then stamped with Memento the cute cats from Indigo Blu, and coloured parts of them with my copics. The fish skeleton is a stamp that I hand carved a number of years ago, so I thought the cats looked like they had full tums after a meal of fish!! I also used a piece of the honecomb background stamp (also from Indigo Blu) on the top left, and overstamped with a postmark (unknown brand)

I would like to enter this at Indigo Blu for monochrome
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge for anything goes

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

More birds

Another card using the birds from my SU Wetlands set.
I printed the background paper and layered it onto the black card, after winding some baker's twine around it.
I have stamped the images on a snippet from my scrap box, and edged it with a black marker. I coloured three 'diamantes' with the same marker and added them to finish off the design.
I am entering this one at Paperbabestamps challenge, as I have used the inspiration colours, and the houndstooth design. I will also add this to Pixies Crafty Workshop.

Friday, 21 October 2016

A little birdie told me!

Hi there!
Some more of my shopping while on our travels. I bought this Sketchy birds and stencil set at Michaels in Halifax, Canada.
There are so many Autumn challenges around at the moment, so decided to enter a few of them.
I used DI sponged through the stencil for part of the background, and anothy dotty stencil for the other half. The branch is a die cut which I shaded with DI walnut stain. I stamped the bird so it stands on the branch, and stamped it again on a scrap. After colouring, I cut it out (without the legs) and glued it over the one on the card.
Challenges I would like to enter:-
Penny Black and More - autumn colours
Stamping Sensations - autumn colours
Happy Little Stampers - use dies
Lets Craft and Create #118 - I chose the autumn option
Bastel-traum#46 - autumn option
Stamplorations CAS - I did not take the option
Stamplorations - Stamps and sponging

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Squares and Grids

Hi everybody, it is so good to be home again after a month's travelling.
I was catching up on my blog reading when I saw the challenge at Paper Artsy was Squares and Grids. This was perfect to try out my new Magenta stamp that I bought in Montreal. I coloured the pieces with watercolour pencils and copics, and arranged them onto a black background.
My scanner is not picking up the true colours, so I may try and photograph this later today.
I would also like to enter at Pixie's Crafty Workshop, as I used snippets to stamp onto.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Things with wings

This will be the first time I have written a post with my Android Tablet, so bear with me if I have trouble working it all out.
This very CAS design was done by masking a shape, and using distress inks to apply the colours. The images are from my Stamping Up Wetlands set, which I really love.
I would like to enter this at the Things with wings challenge at Paperbabe

Thursday, 8 September 2016


Hello everyone
Today's card features a very pretty printed image from a sheet that I bought at SENZ. I have matched the colours with a piece of dp for my background, layered on a toning card base after sponging and distressing the edges, and used a snippet of a slightly deeper colour across the centre. I added some pretty lace and an eiffel tower (Marianne brand) cut from a black glitter card.

Challenges - Cuttlebug Mania - a/g
Southern Girls a/g
That's Crafty - all square
Pixies Crafty Workshop - snippets

Thanks for visiting and happy crafting

Friday, 26 August 2016


How are you!

Today's card follows the technique that is in the spotlight at the Stamplorations blog.
Flowers were stamped with Versamark, and embossed with detail white EP, on watercolour paper.
I then sprinkled a few colours of Brusho's, sprayed with water, and spread the colours with a paint brush. I diecut 'hello' on a creamy/white card, and also on black, so that I couls pop the black into the space. Trimmed and mounted onto a black card base. I have turned the design into landscape instead of portrait - I hope that is OK

Challenges - Fashionable Stamping - resist
- spotlight
AAA cards - blending

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Happy Birthday

The background for this card was an experiment by my granddaughter. She was using diecuts as stencils and spraying with Dylusions.
I decided to finish it by stamping a flower from a Stamplorations set that I had won, and happy from another set. I used the diecut that she had oversprayed with orange and just slightly offset it. Turned out to be a nice bright and cheerful card.

Pixies Crafty Workshop (a snippet for the diecut)
Southern Girls a/g
Penny Black a/g with a stamp
Creative Artist a/g mixed media

Thanks for visiting, and have a great week

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Pink and Pretty

Hi everyone.
I have had fun making this card. I chose some paper from my 'One Moment in Time' pad, and sponged and distressed the edges. I used a stencil from Pronty and sponged with DI spun sugar. I then die cut my corner from a scrap of pink card and sponged it with the spun sugar as well. Finished of with a scrap of string twirled and a pretty rose from my stash. I can assure you it looks much more pink IRL

Challenges - Scrap and Craft #1 - I have used stencil, rose, and paper from the options
Doing Life - a/g
In the Pink - pink!
Pixies Crafty Workshop - snippets
Mod Squad - use a die

Thanks for your visit and have a great week

Sunday, 14 August 2016


Hi everyone.
I have been a bit slack with my cardmaking this week, But I did manage to get this one done..
The floral image is from Crafty Individuals, and the words are from Rubberdance Affirmations set.
I have used a kraft card as my base and stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. My white colouring is a combination of a white coloured pencel, and a Sharpie waterbased paint pen.

Challenges - Rubberdance for black and white + one (my kraft base)
A Blog Named Hero - Pop of colour (white)
Paperbabe - Anything goes

CASplorations - a/g with the option of gold, which I did not do.

Saturday, 30 July 2016


I almost forgot to post this card. It fits in very nicely at CASplorations, where the optional colour is orange.

I have used my new (to me) SU butterfly which is very big, I stamped it on an angle while the card was opened out, and computer printed the message on the inside. I then trimmed along the edge of the butterfly, so that it shows the message.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Christmas in July

There are a few Christmas challenges in blogland at the moment so I thought I would join in.
I made a pretty Brusho background, and for the first time I added black into the mix of reds - it gives a great effect.
The stamp is by Hero Arts, and I used a sparkly Christmas embossing powder. I added stars to the corners.
Challenges -
Rubberdance - Christmas in July The starfish reminded me to use stars on my card
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas - Use a sentiment

So here is the start of my Christmas cards for this year. I hope you are all doing better than I am.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

No card today!

This weeks challenge at Allsorts is 'Anything but a card'
I have made this in a deep picture frame.
The green splatters are a stamp by Paper Artsy, and the 'Dream' is by Rubberdance
I cut a series of butterflies with my Cameo in various shades of green DP, sponged the edges of some, and arranged them as a flight of butterflies.

Here is a closer view.
                                                      I would also like to enter at Simon Says Wednesday challenge for Things with wings, and the butterfly challenge for dimension

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Birthday Wishes

Todays card uses a piece from an A4 'arty' background that I made useing various paints, sprays, and stamps.
I die cut 'birthday' twice, and glued them together, and stamped 'wishes' on Memento tuxedo black.The butterfly is sitting on a die cut branch and is highlighted with Wink of Stella in gold and clear.
Challenges -
Damsel Of Distressed cards (it's her birthday and my inspiration is the lovely bright hot colours)
CASEplorations - casing Elina Stromberg
Paperbabe #38 - anything goes

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Summer Florals

I was so excited to be asked by Nikki from Indigo Blu to be a Guest designer for the latest challenge 'Summer Florals'
 I used one of my new winning stamps 'Blazing Poppies'
I have used a little artistic licence in colouring, as this is not your normal colour for poppies. 
I stamped with Memento-tuxedo black, and coloured with a mix of Promarkers and a Wink of Stella pen for the wee lemon flowers. I stamped the image again on scrap card, coloured, and cut out the 3 mauve flowers and shaped and raised them with mounting tape to give dimension. I also sponged around the edges with a toning mauve Distress ink.
Challenges - 
Passion for Promarkers - summer flowers
Pixies Crafty Workshop - snippets
Paperbabe - anything goes

Thursday, 14 July 2016


I am having problems with blogger.

I am unable to write comments on some blogs, although I can write the comment and it just disappears,

It is not happening with all blogs.

Can anyone advise please

Monday, 11 July 2016

Teal butterfly

Todays card uses Indigo Blu stamps and a piece from a designer paper block. I stamped in Adirondack Expresso, and overstamped the flowers and butterfly (on a scrap of paper) with DI Broken China. Finished off with some toning bakers twine and a little bling

Indigo Blu - brown and teal
Southern Girls - flowers
Simon Says Stamp - colour inspired
Creative corner - anything goes
Pixies crafty workshop - snippets

Friday, 8 July 2016


This crazy bird which I have coloured with Copics has just popped in to say Hello!
He is popped up onto a pretty gingham background with the edges sponged in distress ink, and the hello is from a set by 'Wow'

Challenges - Allsorts - use gingham
Pixies Crafty Workshop - snippets
Penny Black and More - a/g

Happy crafting!

Sunday, 3 July 2016


I am running so late with my challenges this week - it has been a really busy week, plus we now have 2 grandchildren staying and their Dad.

I have used another of my Brusho backgrounds, and stamped one of the crazy birds. I stamped him again on a scrap, and coloured with copics to tone in with the background, cut it out and layered it directly over the image on the card. I added some googly eyes for the challenge at AAA cards.

The colours and bird are also perfect for challenge  #36 at Paperbabe

I hope everyone has a great week, it has suddenly turned very cold here, but then it is mid-winter after all!

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Who is for Coffee?

I have printed the lovely free image from Shery at Stamplorations, directly onto my card front. I printed it again on a scrap so that I could layer the two cups, which I coloured with copics. The dotty background is from a lovely stamp by Paperbabe, and the message I found on a quote website (I loved the pun) I am joining in at the coffee lovers blog hop
and also at Stamplorations Anything goes challenge, and Pixies Crafty Workshop

Saturday, 18 June 2016


My second post for today!
I used two of the stamps from the Wetlands set, that I have just bought, onto a scrap of white card, adding a little colour sponging with di's.
I diecut it with a circle die, and cut another slightly larger black piece. I then layed them onto a kraft card base, and added 3 black tiny circles to finish
This is my entry for the Caseplorations June challenge

And also Happy Little Stampers - Anything goes with dies