Friday, 31 March 2017

Pretty Poppies

 A very CAS card today using Memory Box 'Row of Poppies' die
I first cut the die into the front of my white card, then diecut again in red and green card. I have trimmed the coloured pieces and inlaid them into the card front. I cut a small piece of green to ground them.
Challenges - AAAcards - diecuts
Southern Girls - use a diecut

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Coffee lovers

Hi everyone.

I have made this card so that I can join in with the coffee lovers blog hop, and also the challenge at Verve stamps
 I have printed some of the images from Verve, onto a cream cardstock, and used yellow and orange markers to highlight. I used wink of stella to add sparkle, and sponged the edges with walnut stain DI

Wednesday, 29 March 2017


Hi everyone. I have had a productive week - it is good getting back into the swing of cardmaking.

Today's card is for the challenge at Allsorts, they are wanting cakes etc, so I thought this would be a good stamp to use. I stamped it 3 times and coloured it with copics. The 3 sticker was glittered with KindyGlitz, and I used clear Wink of Stella over the icing.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Twist and Pop!

 Hi everyone.

Today I have made one of the popular 'twist and pop' cards, it was a lot of fun to do, especially trying to get the mechanism right!
Sorry I can't remember who the DP is from.

I would like to enter this into the 'More than one fold" challenge at Scor Pal
StudioZ - fun fold cards

Monday, 27 March 2017


Hi everyone, I hope you are all well.

Today's card features a beautiful stamp by Indigo Blu. I first made my background using distress inks on my craft sheet, spritzed with water and smooshing the card through several times. I then stamped with Shades Dye Ink (citrus oranges) and stamped again on some scrap paper, so that I could fussy cut the flowers and layer them up. I added some micro beads to the centre of them and also some white splatters to the background.
Challenges -
Rubberdance - everything spring
The Artistic Stamper - springtime
Emerald Creek Dares - splatter some fun
Pixies Crafty Workshop - snippets

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Architecture, and the key of the door!

Hi everyone.

The challenge at Paper Artsy is for 'doors, windows, and arcitecture. I have chosen to use this lovely print of a Venetian scene. I have lightly tinted it in places with Marvy Markers, distressed the edges with Vintage Photo DI, and layered it onto a background which I stamped in French Script. I finished off by adding a little   key (for the door)

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

CAS and sky blue

Hi everyone, I hope you are all well.
Today's card was an experiment - stamp and emboss with white detail ep, and then colour. I used copics and Promarkers to shade the leaves and flowers. This is a stamp that I won from Holley's blog, I do not know the brand.
I will enter in the following challenges
Stamplorations CAS and sky blue

and also
Stamplorations, stamps and spring

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Celebrating a birthday

Hi everyone.
I am back with a card I made after a little shopping spree.I purchased the EF and the stamp set on sale in a local chain store, both are by Ultimate Crafts
After I had embossed the blue card, I highlighted the design by swiping it with Brilliance Pearlescent blue. I also trimmed the flowers from the top so that I could layer it over some pretty dp. I stamped the birdcage in Brillance Lightning Black and fussy cut it. The bird is stamped in black Memento, and shaded a little with Copics. I added an organza ribbon across the embossed piece, and shock! horror! I added a peeloff!
I would like to enter in the challenge at Scrap and Craft for Celebrations,  Noor Design for Spring, And Penny Black and More for anything goes with stamping

Take care and have a great week

Friday, 10 March 2017


I have been playing with my Infusions this afternoon. What a fun product!
The background was made a while ago, using a paint medium and a brush to spread the colours. Istamped the flowers etc from my Jofy set, and then mixed the colours with an acrylic paint medium so that I could paint the flowers.
colours used:-
emerald isle (leaves and grass)
are you cerise (some of the flowers) then added blackcurrant to the mix (for some of the circles)
then added violet storms to the mix for the darkest part of the flowers. I added atouch of Wink of Stella in gold to highlight parts of the flowers.   I will enter this at Paper Artsy.and also Craft Stamper


I have done some recycling with this card by cutting out the butterfly, and tearing the stamped words at the bottom. With the addition of some washi tape to form an edge, and adhering to a mint coloured card, I have given it a whole new look.

I would like to enter the Butterfly challenge
and also a second entry for Stamping Sensations

Thanks for visiting, and have a great week

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Hi! I'm back!

Hi everyone. I am back after a couple of weeks away in our motorhome.
A very warm welcome to my new followers as well.
The challenge at Rubberdance this month is to use these 3 colours.
I had fun making a background using Brushos, turquoise and lemon. I stamped the flowers (from Stamplorations), embossed with white detail ep, and swished over with some magenta paint, and then wiped it back a wee bit with a baby wipe. The leaves are from a die, which I have forgotten the name, and the stamp is also unnamed. 
challenges - 
The Artistic Stamper - Springtime
Stamping Sensations - close to nature
Simon Says Monday - make your own background
Pixies Crafty Workshop- I used snippets for my flowers

Have a great week, and thanks for visiting

Monday, 6 March 2017

Blog Candy

The Craft Barn has a wonderful candy. Go here for the details

Monday, 13 February 2017

you can do it!

Good morning everyone.
I had a little play this morning and made a tag. The background was 'smooched' with 3 shades of DI.
The little sketchy bird was stamped,both on the tag, and a snippet of pink card. I added some extra colouring with my Promarkers. The branch is by Memory Box, and I coloured it grey with a copic marker. The words are by Rubberdance.
Rubberdance - pink, green, and grey
Stamping Sensations - animal magic
Stamplorations - Cas with hot pink

Friday, 3 February 2017

lavender and lace

Hi everyone, are you all looking forward to the weekend?
Today's card features a background 'stamped' with bubble wrap and Brilliance Pearlescent Purple, onto a textured card base. I added a doiley diecut (NBUS), a flower diecut, some pretty lace down the side, and then the stamped greeting.

Challenges -
DoubleD - lavender and lace
Allsorts - lets celebrate
Djkardkreations #10- bubblewrap

Thanks for looking

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Pink and Orange!

The first challenge for 2017 at Paper Artsy is for 'pink and orange' What a fun colour combo!
I made a A4 background sheet using Brusho's and cling wrap. When it was dry I chose a spot that I liked and trimmed it to fit my bright pink card. The stamps I used are by Rubberdance, and I stamped onto coloured card in the theme colours. The paint spills are just randomly cut from the card as well.
Have a great week and thanks for visiting

Friday, 27 January 2017

Play time!

Good morning everyone.
I have been having a play with my new infusions that I chose as my prize from Paper Artsy.
I used an A4 size glossy card and sprinkled various colours. I the used a gel type medium and brushed it through the colours to get a variagated background. I also used a stencil to add the green leaf effect. I stamped with Memento my new stamp (Paper Artsy HP1301EZ), and then, because it all seemed a little sticky, I clear embossed the whole piece. I stamped the butterfly again on a scrap, coloured with copics, and 3d'd it, adding a little brass piece for the body. I also added a little colour to the flowers, and attached the whole piece to a black card.
Mixed Media Monthly #32 - put a stencil on it
Creative Artist - mixed media
djkardkreations#9 - new stuff ( I did not go for the option)
Penny Black and More - anything goes
Pixies Crafty Workshop #265/266 - using snippets

Have a great week and thanks for visiting

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Even more 'new stuff'

Hi everyone, and thanks for visiting. I managed to fit in some time yesterday to make this card, using a new set of stamps by AladinE which I bought in Montreal last year.
I stamped with Memento on kraft, and coloured with pencils. The faux stitching is done with a Sharpie paint marker. It is simply attached to a black card base, and a silver sticker added.
Allsorts  - Wings on things
Southern Girls - Stitch me up
djkardkreations - NBUS + kraft and coloured pencils

Monday, 16 January 2017

more new 'stuff'

Hi every one, and welcome to my new follower, Maxine from Kiwime Creations a fellow crafter from 'downunder'

I won this lovely embossing folder from Di at Pixies Crafty workshop (thanks Di), so was keen to try it before I pack away my Christmas things. I rubbed Peacock Feathers DI on one side of the folder and ran it through my cuttlebug. I was pleased with the result as it highlighted the design beautifully. I added some diamantes and diecut words which I won at Holley's blog (thanks Holley)

I am entering at
Cuttlebugmania for Winter Wonderland
Pixies Crafty Workshop - the red was a snippet
Scrap Fun for Winter Wonderland
Cards and Scrap for January Winter

Have a great week, we have visitors, so it is hard to find some crafting time!

Friday, 6 January 2017

Coffee and cream and new stuff!

Greetings all for the New Year. I wonder if this one will go as fast as 2016 did!

I recently had a win at Paper Artsy, and this is from the stamp set (Hot Picks HP1301EZ) I chose as part of my prize.
I have stamped onto pearlescent card with Adirondack 'Espresso' and as it would not dry I embossed it with clear EP I stamped the butterfly again on a scrap and raised it over the image. After roughening the edge, I ran a little walnut stain DI over, and adhered to my base card. I also added a scrap of lace on the side and used a cotton bud to add some Shades dye ink 'vanilla cream' to the flowers and butterfly.
Challenges -
Stamping Sensations - coffee and cream
Cute Card Thursday - what's new
Allsorts - a/g

Thanks for looking and have a great week

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.