Monday, 30 December 2019

bbq master

Hello and welcome. 
This is possibly my final post for 2019 - I can't believe where this year has gone!!!!

I have 3 family birthday's in January, so this is the first of them.
I have made this one for my Son-in-law who loves cooking on his BBQ
The whole card was cut out with my Cameo and I raided my snippets box for the black and grey card. I hope he likes it!

Allsorts - a/g
Arty Divas - a/g
Creative Knockouts - celebrations
Southern Girls - a/g

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Thursday, 19 December 2019


Welcome and a Merry Christmas to all my lovely followers

A quick and easy Christmas card today using a piece of DP layered onto a red base card. I scuffed up the edges with my Tim Holtz tool. I then added  Merry Christmas peel-off which I coloured with an a red Sharpie alcohol marker, and some gold stars to finish.
I would like to enter the following challenges

Unstampabelles - Star Struck Starry Night
Emerald Creek - a/g - Christmas - Winter
Uniko #56 - Christmas
Creative Inspirations - a/g

Monday, 9 December 2019

Be Merry

Hi everyone and welcome

Today's card features the cutest little robin from a set called 'Rockin Robin' from Clearly Besotted that I won recently. I also won the matching die set
I used a piece of DP for the lower piece of the background and used a stitched edge die for the upper half
I stamped the branch, holly, and words directly onto this and stamped the robin on a separate snippet and used mounting tape to raise him up a little
I have coloured with Promarkers, but forgot to take note of the colours, I think the red is R766 Molten Red, and the brown O837 Praline.
 I also added some white spots with my Sharpie paint pen

Passion for Promarkers - Christmas Critters
Takes from the craftroom - It's Christmas
Creative Knockouts - Christmas Delight
The Artistic Stamper - Christmas is Coming

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Saturday, 7 December 2019

happy everything

 Hi everyone
I am back today with a card that loosely follows the instructions by Tracy Evans in the magazine Australian Simply Cards issue 117
For my stencil sponging, I used cracked pistachio, spun sugar, and abandoned coral, distress inks. The random stamping was also with the coral, and I used a very old Paper Artsy stamp from a set
The cat is from Inkadinkadoo 'Catitude', stamped onto a snippet, heat embossed and cut out with my Scan n Cut, happy is a die cut and 'everything' was computer generated.
I am very pleased with the end result.


Lavinia World #15- a/g
Art Impressions #27 - animals
Cardztv #104- a/g

Friday, 6 December 2019

Textured Poppies

Today's card was made with my poppy die using a technique I saw recently, where a tissue was folded, layered onto a card and then cut. The texture was formed by applying paint lightly so
 that the top layer wrinkled. I also added some gold paint to highlight.
The background I found in my 'spares' box, and I never made a note of how I did it, but it looks as though I have swiped ink pads lightly over a textured card. I added a ribbon to finish.

Crafts Galore #70 - a/g
Creative Fingers  #176- a/g

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Monday, 25 November 2019

Masculine birthday

Welcome all

Today's card was made for a fishing buddy of my husbands, who turned 79 this week.
The base is a rocker card and I added some dp cut with a stitched die. I then diecut a stitched circle in kraft, and added my stamped image which I coloured with Copics and cut out with my Brother Scan n Cut
He was very thrilled with it
Lost Coast Designs #88 - for the men
Watercooler Wednesday #248 - masculine / a/g
Crafters Castle #23 - a/g 2nd fortnight
Southern Girls - a/g
Also adding Art Impressions a/g challenge as I could not read it before

Thursday, 14 November 2019

white on white


White on white is very difficult to photograph, so hopefully you can see this one clearly
My base card has a slight texture, and I have diecut my leaf background and flowers in a pearlescent heavy paper.
I have embossed 'with love' along the bottom edge and also added a straight line just above using my Martha Stewart Score Board
To finish a glued a tiny pearl button at the centre of the flowers


Allsorts - white on white
Happy Little Stampers - a/g with dies

Monday, 11 November 2019

Pretty Pink Flamingo

Welcome back and also welcome to my new follower Karen

Today's card follows the theme for Unstampables - Paradise Pretties with a twist of into the wild, which I did not do
The background paper certainly reminds me of paradise with flamingos and palm trees. Wish I was there, as today we are experiencing thunder and heavy rain!
I cut out my fringed flamingo with my Cameo Silhouette cutting machine then layered it onto a sponged shape. I also added the word 'Aloha"


Unstampables #95 - Paradise Pretties

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Sunday, 10 November 2019

Happy Couple

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog

Today's card features one of the very first stamps that I bought, and sad to say it has been reclining in a box for a number of years. However I thought it would be perfect for the challenge at Art Impressions where they are asking for 'Couple' cards
I stamped onto a 'messy play' background, and again onto a separate scrap  so that I could colour them, and glue to the card. 
A little yellow to ground them and a peeloff added. 
All layered onto a black base card
The boy cat is a deeper blue IRL

Art Impressions  #270 - couple cards
Pixies Crafty Workshop #365 - using snippets
Crafts Galore # 69 - a/g
Crafty Catz #482 - a/g (did not do the option)

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Thursday, 7 November 2019

Flowers of Nature


Today's card is so pretty IRL I love the soft greens on my panel, the result of a play with Brushos. I ran a black marker around the edge to make it stand out. The flower is the result of my first play with foamarin, I added some tinting, some stamens, and some little blue glass beads. The leaves are die cuts (unknown) and the verse is from a Darkroom door set I have also added some sequins. I followed the sketch from Tuesday morning sketches, but reversed the position of the flower and the message

Allsorts #544- make your own flowers

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Monday, 4 November 2019

Winter Christmas

Hi everyone
This is my second post today, CASing a lovely card I saw on the internet.
First of all I made a water coloured background to sit behind the cut-out oval of my card. I then stamped the tree twice with Hickory Smoke Distress oxide, and once with Forest Moss DOX. The word Christmas was cut from a clear stamp and merry cut twice and layered

Art Impressions - holiday cards
Southern Girls - Christmas
Fab & Funky - Christmas

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coffee lovers time #2

Card #2 for the current coffee lovers blog hop
Although this looks crooked, I can assure you it is not!
A piece of unknown DP layered onto white card and another coffee sticker from Stamplorations adhered to white card and then layered onto black

Sunday, 3 November 2019

coffee lovers time again

It's coffer lovers hop week and this is my first entry.
My piece of designer paper reminded me of coffee beans, the watches are randomly stamped, and the sentiment is a sticker from Stamplorations
Mod Squad challenges - sentiment says it all
Hopefully I will be back tomorrow

Tuesday, 29 October 2019



I saw this idea in one of the card magazines that I read, and loved the look, so I decided to replicate it.
I selected some spotty DP for my background, and then blue check to represent the sea, attached to a rectangle of white card which has been die cut. I cut a circle for the body of the boat and then cut it in half. The sail is drawn freehand, as are the flags. The mast is a toothpick and the 3 portholes are 'Candi" which I added dots and stripes to. I finished off with a birthday peel off

TTCRD # 02319 - a/g

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Friday, 25 October 2019

Cat lovers


Janis is running again her cat lovers blog hop and this is my entry.
It is a quick and easy card made with a die cut cat and a message from a Inkadinkadoo set called 'catitude'

Thursday, 17 October 2019

spots, but no stripes


The challenge at Allsorts this week is for spots and/or stripes.
I have made this cute baby onesie card using some pretty pink spotty paper. I added a rub-on message, did some faux stitching and then added the tiny buttons and lace

Allsorts - spots and/or stripes
TTCRD - a/g

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Thursday, 10 October 2019

Cute Owl

Hi everyone

Today's card features a lovely stamp and die  set that I won from Di at Pixies Crafty Workshop.
Although it is for Christmas, I have used Autumn colours for my background DP and I coloured with Promarkers, cinnamon, praline, and chilly red. I layered the owl with mounting tape and added some looped thread as well.  All layered onto a white base card.
Paperbabe #103 - autumn colours
Uniko #55 - a/g or autumn (2nd entry)

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Sunday, 6 October 2019


Welcome to today's card

I have used a HOTP stamp set that came free with a magazine a few years ago. I stamped with Versamark and used detail white and bright gold embossing powders

Uniko - a/g or Autumn

AAA cards - 1 layer optional Autumn

CASology - feather

Tuesday, 17 September 2019



Today's card features a beautiful stamp which I do not have a maker for. If anyone knows I would be very grateful.
I stamped directly onto a piece of DP from a 6x6 pad by Lawn Fawn called Watercolour Wishes that I won last year., and coloured with copics.
The message is a clear sticker which I adhered to a scrap of the same paper and cut out with a die. Both pieces have been edged with a black copic and then layered onto a card base

Penny Black and More - animals
Paperbabe #102 - a/g
Cardztv  #98 - a/g
Bizzy Becs challenge - a/g

Friday, 13 September 2019

Black and White

Hi everyone
Today's card is for the challenge at Artistic Stamper.
I have CASed a card that I saw on Pinterest, but used  different stamps. The top panel has a splatter stamp from Paper Artsy (with extra dots with a copic), the middle one is from Simon Says Stamp, (flowers coloured with a black copic), the bottom one is unknown, and the bigger butterfly is from  Cornish Heritage Farms set called All Things Considered., which I embossed and then also coloured with a black copic
They are all stamped with Gina K amalgam.
The ribbon trim is actually black card, and the 2 small butterflies are punched. I also used some spotty washi tape
The Artistic Stamper - black and white
Time Out Challenges - black and white
Pixies Crafty Workshop - using up snippets

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Thursday, 12 September 2019

Under the sea

Hello and welcome
This was a commissioned card - the request was for two diving buddies and underwater
I made a background in sea-like colours using various inks and paints and then stamped with my Kaisercraft stamp and versamark. I used 2 different ep colours for the seaweed. I found the diver images online, printed and fussycut, and also adhered some diecut starfish. All mounted onto a dark blue card
They were very thrilled with the result

CountryView - Under the sea
Southern Girls - a/g
Craft Stamper - a/g
Through the Craftroom Door - a/g

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Friday, 6 September 2019

Funky Flowers

Hello and welcome

Today's card was inspired by a video I watched by Gerry Van Der Velden. I have followed her instructions to make my background using distress oxides and a brayer. I then did my own thing by stamping with Stampers Anonymous word stamp through a stencil. I then stamped with these delightful flowers by Jofy and stamped again on scrap paper. I used the following Promarkers to colour the flower heads which are fussy cut and adhered 
C446 Marine
C426 Verdigris
C719 Pastel Blue
G956 Ocean Teal
I have added some cute buttons and also layered my sentiment with foam tape.
Passion For Promarkers - add buttons
Stamping Sensations - a/g with flowers
A Blog Named Hero - stretch your stamps
Bastel-Traum - use a sentiment
I Love Promarkers - a/g option 3 layers

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Saturday, 31 August 2019

Sail Away

Hello and Welcome
Today's card features a stickeroo from Penny Black (Vintage Sailing) which I have layered onto a strip of navy blue leather look card. I stamped the words (from a Kaisercraft set - Sail Away) onto a scrap of white card. with black amalgam ink from Gina K. clear embossed, and attached under the image. A wooden ships wheel was added to finish off

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Tuesday, 27 August 2019


Hello and welcome back
Today's card was an experiment using paint and a brayer for the background. I made four while I had the equipment out, so you will see some more cards coming soon! I added some drops of water and some pearl embossing powder. This was a technique that I watched by Sara Naumann on her YouTube channel, but of course mine turned out a little differently. I stamped my flower with Brilliance 'pearlescent sky blue' and cut it out with my Scan and Cut. I added some diecut leaves and also some micro beads in the centre of the flower. This stamp is an old favourite that I have had a number of years

Southern Girls - Spring is in the air
Allsorts - Feminine
International Art and Soul - flowers
Addicted to Stamps - mood board (I chose to use the colour)
Ally's Angels - a/g

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Thursday, 15 August 2019

one for the guys!

Hi everyone
There are a few challenges at the moment for guy's cards, so here is my entry.
Stamped and coloured with copics and promarkers and cut out with a die from Stamplorations. I always have to adjust this to fit our size cards, as they are different from American sizes. I then layered onto a dark green card base.
Southern Girls - masculine
Lost Coast Designs - a/g with stamps
TCP#360 - CAS
Penny Black and More - Boy's and Men
Emerald Creek - High Hopes (Ithink he was hoping for a great fish!)

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Sunday, 4 August 2019

Buttons and Bows

Hello and welcome

Today's card is for the Allsorts challenge, which is to use buttons and bows.
I cut a piece of DP and a matching plain colour which I used my scallop punch on. Layered onto white card and added a ribbon and buttons. I am not sure who the sentiment is by

Other challenges

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Monday, 22 July 2019



I have made today's card for the challenge at UnstampaBelles where the option is stencils and spray. I created the background using Dylusions Shimmer sprays in 'Postbox red' and 'Pure Sunshine', and then oversprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist 'Iridescent gold'. I the used 'worn lipstick' DI and my new makeup brush(life changing for me) to colour the background as the white was too stark  I took an extra photo to try and show the gorgeous colours and shine.
I punched out a dragonfly twice, painted it gold and also painted the chipboard word as well. All layered onto a black card base

UnstampaBelles-Stunning Stencil Play - option sprays
Crafters Castle - share your favourite - (sprays)
Allys Angels - a/g

Sunday, 21 July 2019


Today's card has somehow managed to scan on an angle, it is not really crooked like that.
I have made this using the Tuesday Morning Sketches challenge. My base card is kraft and have layered a small check dp on top. My flags are also cut from dp and the image is from a set of stickers that I won recently from Stamplorations. (Thanks Shery)
other challenges
Stamplorations - neverending a/g

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Monday, 15 July 2019


Hi everyone

Today's card is a fun one that I have made for the challenge at Emerald Creek Dares, where the subject is Rhinestone Cowboys.
The mood board had boots, so I went with that. This is a digi from Clarity stamps that I printed onto some DP, and coloured with copics. Ialso printed the quote that I found online. 
I then sponged with Versamark and used Seth Apter Baked Velvet - Sedona which I won from Emerald creek a while ago. It gives a great effect over anything.
I then adhered it to a black card base.
Emerald Creek Dares - #ECJuly2019
Southern Girls - Boys are the bomb

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Thursday, 11 July 2019

summer fun

Hi all!
A very quick post this morning as I am running late!
I made this for one of my family, using a die cut sun, velum for the glass, a plastic straw and the letters were cut with my cuttlebug

Allsorts - summer fun

Monday, 8 July 2019

Summer flowers

Hello and welcome

Today's card is a stamp from Hero Arts which I have coloured with promarkers, and then cut into 3 pieces. I layered them onto some scraps of black card and then onto my base card which is a matching blue. I also layered the message to match and added a pretty flower from my stash

Mod Squad - Just in CASE
Stamping Sensations - The earth laughs in flowers
Penny Black and more - summer colours

Sunday, 7 July 2019


Hi everyone and welcome to my blog
Todays card follows a layout that I saw somewhere in blogland! It really appealed as it is a way of using designer paper (of which I have rather a lot!)
Celebrate is stamped with Gina K amalgam and clear embossed - I love embossing as it adds such a classy effect.
The eiffel tower was cut on my Cameo using a sparkly glitter paper

Southern Girls - Stripes
Crafters Castle #19 - a/g

Friday, 28 June 2019

Party Time!

My second post today!
The challenge this week at Passion for Promarkers is '4 legged friends' so of course I had to make a card with this stamp from one of my favourite sets. I have the bird crazy set and the cat set as well, and use them a lot.
I stamped onto a piece of DP and again onto some specialty (for markers) card. After colouring with
O345 saddle brown
O427 cinnamon
O727 caramel
R766 molten red
B346 azure
I fussy cut and glued into position. The Never too old is from Art Impressions and the happy birthday is from an old set that I have lost the name from. I added some sparkly gems too.
Stamping Sensations - show your colours

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vintage pastels

Hello and welcome to my blog

Todays card uses some very old music torn at an angle for the background. I have used a craft individuals stamp for my focal image and coloured with promarkers from the pastel range. I added some soft lemon ribbon overlayed with some soft green lace for trim

Allsorts - soft pastels
Mod Squad challenge- use a flower

Monday, 24 June 2019

Birthday Boy

Hello everyone
Today's card is for one of my grandsons, whose birthday is today. I have cut the design with my Silhouette and added his initials to the sail. He has been learning sailing for the last 2 years, so I thought this would be appropriate.

Crafty Calender - masculine
Papercraft Challenges - Happy Birthday

Friday, 21 June 2019

Sympathy card


I recently needed a sympathy card to send to a friend. I masked off an area and sponged on distress inks to make a background. The birds and the sentiment are from A SU set called Wetlands


Monday, 17 June 2019



Today's card is all about travel, something that we now find difficult to do as the flights are so long from New Zealand.
The base is from a masterboard that I painted some time ago, and not sure what acrylics I used. The smaller stamped pieces are from a Recollections set called 'Going Places'
I handmade the tag from some kraft card and used a stamp that I bought in USA by Hampton Art, embossed with black filigree ep

Allsorts - travel

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Sunday, 16 June 2019

Make It Pink

Hello and welcome to my blog

Today's card features a sentiment by Lawn fawn, the flower is an unknown brand, and if I remeber correctly the spots are from The Artistic Stamper.
I have used the following Promarkers
Pastel Pink R738
Dusky Rose R327
Antique Pink R346
I stamped and fussycut the flowers seperately and raised them with mounting tape

Passion for Promarkers - Make it Pink
Southern Girls - Spots and Dots
Uniko - #53 a/g ( I did not use the masculine option)

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Thursday, 13 June 2019


Hello and welcome to my blog
Todays card is a Lavinia image which I flipped to look the other way. Layered onto some pretty pink striped dp and then onto a pink card base. I stamped the sentiment down the side and added 3 pink sequins. Also coloured the wings and flowers with a pastel pink Promarker, and then coated with clear WOS, which does not show in the scan
Allsorts - fantasy world

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Thursday, 6 June 2019

B & W + 1

Hi everyone

The challenge at Allsorts this week is for black and white plus one. I have used a geometric background die in black and layered onto a white base card. My butterfly (from an old Martha Stewart set) is stamped in Mermaid Lagoon DI onto turquoise card and embossed with dye boss ep. I left some of the shapes in to give the butterfly some ground

Allsorts - black and white plus 1
Uniko - a/g

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Saturday, 1 June 2019


Today's card features one of the first stamps that I bought. It is by a company in Australia that no longer exists - Paper Pleasure Plus
I have printed the message on my computer and coloured with Inktense pencils

AAAcards - CAS
CASology - summer (I used summer flower)
TimeOut - phhoto challenge (I used the flower inspiration)

Thanks for visiting today - the first day of winter for us!! Brrrr!

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Pretty Poppies

Hello and welcome

I have had this card sitting on my desk and I don't think I have blogged it yet. The stamp is from Stampin up and called Pleasant Poppies and I have separated this bunch from the rest. I have coloured with Promarkers, trimmed and layered onto black card and then a white card base. I have cut the 'happy' 3 times on my new Scan n cut and glued together, and stamped birthday in white detail EP

Allsorts 10th birthday - birthday cards
Paperbabe - a/g
Cardztv - a/g

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