Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Black and White

Hi everyone.

I managed to find time today to make this card, especially for this weeks challenge at Allsorts
The topic is black and white, and only gold, silver, or skin tones added.
I needed a sympathy card so used my Darkroom Door orchids and a very old word stamp from R & R Pocock (dated 1996) The ink is Memento Tuxedo Black, and I used my Misti to get a good coverage. I added a little touch of Wink of Stella gold to the centres of the flowers

Allsorts -black and white

Monday, 26 March 2018


Hi everyone.
Today's card features my new die  from Serendipity. I cut it twice, once in red and once in white, so that I could inlay the stripes. For the background, I sponged on various DI's and used stamps from SU Wetlands set, and also a Stampers Anonymous set.

Paper Artsy - nautical colours
Southern Girls - die cuts

Thanks for visiting. I am away on holiday for a couple of weeks, so will catch up when I get back

Friday, 23 March 2018

Sea dreams

Hi Everyone, sorry I have been absent for a bit.

Today's card is the result of having a play with Brusho's and Infusions and plastic wrap, for the background.  I did not like the walnut brown that came through with the infusions, so wiped it over with a baby wipe, which softened the colour a lot. I then went all over with DI cracked pistachio. I stamped the seaweed from Kaisercraft 'Coastal escape', added some diecut leaves, seahorse and shell (cut from scraps) from the same stamp set and the message from a TH set, stamped in Adirondack 'espresso'. I layered it all on to a pale cream card base.

Paperbabe #69 - green palette
Pixies Crafty Workshop - used snippets
Penny Black and More - Feature a creature

Thanks for visiting and enjoy your week

Monday, 5 March 2018

Cats and dogs!

Hi everyone.
Today's card is similar to one I made last year, but this time I have coloured all the cats with my Promarkers. I used Saddle Brown, Caramel, and Cinnamon for the focal cat and Silver Lining for the rest. This fabulous set is by Indigo Blu.

Challenges -
The house that stamps built - anything goes
CardzTV - anything goes

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Best wishes

A simple card today, just in time for a couple of February challenges.

I sprayed water on the card and then scribbled lime green, turquoise, and orange watercolour crayons in a diagonal pattern. When it was dry I stamped with a turquoise ink pad, the script and the birds from Stampers Anonymous Mini Ornates CMS064 set. I tied a matching ribbon around and added a diecut which has not scanned true to colour. I then adhered it to a turquoise card base.

Rubberdance - orange, turquoise, lime and/or hearts
Paper Artsy - watercolour
Allsorts - starting with 'b' - birds and best wishes

Thanks for visiting

Monday, 26 February 2018

reach for the stars!

Hi everyone, sorry I have not been around for a few weeks.
Today's card was made for a February birthday. I used a snippet from my ever-growing scrap box and printed an image that I found on the internet.
I used some sparkly gold thread to link the stars together, and the attached some little gold stars over the holes. I used my gold pen on the edges and then attached it onto my base card.

CardzTV - monthly birthday
Southern Girls - Nature (stars are nature!)
Pixies Crafty Workshop - using my snippets
DLArt - a/g
Crafting by designs - card for a friend

Thanks for visiting and leaving comments for me, very much appreciated

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Roses Are Red....

Today's card features a lovely rose stamp that I found at a charity shop. My background was a combination of DI's and Dylusion sprays. I stamped again on an old dictionary that I use when I am spraying, so this is the same red dylusions. It is embossed in bright gold. I do not know who the sentiment is from, as I bought it from a fellow crafter. It is stamped in red and embossed with detail clear.


The Artistic Stamper - Roses are red
Bizzy Becs - a/g
Stamping Sensations - anything with flowers
Penny Black and More - Love, hearts and flowers
Stamplorations - paint it red

Thanks for visiting, your comments are always welcome

Sunday, 4 February 2018

round in circles!

Hi everyone 
I have cased this from a card I saw somewhere, and loved the style. If anyone knows whose it is, I would love to acknowledge them.
I typed the sentiment onto the card first, then diecut 2 circles, one black, and one using some of my Brusho's playing, using my stitched circles dies, and glued them in to position, after tying a spotty ribbon around. 
Using my Misti, I first stamped onto the card, and then onto a snippet, which I coloured with copics and overlaid onto the card. Doing it this way means I don't have to cut out the feet and tail!

Challenges -
Southern Girls - circle embellishments
Cuttlebug Mania - happy birthday
CardsTV - a/g
Noor Designs UK - celebrations

Wednesday, 31 January 2018


A card I made this week using some lovely cream metallic card stock. the background piece is diecut from the same card, sorry I can't remember the brand, someone may be able to help with that!
I added a pretty piece of gold ribbon, tied in a bow, and the glasses of bubbly, which is a very old stamp from Artee Stamps (Australia), stamped in gold.
A peeloff congratulations finishes it off. (I must start using up these, as I have so many!)

Pixies Crafty Workshop - I used a snippet to stamp the glasses
CardzTV - a/g
Allsorts - old favourite (my stamp)

I may add some more later, as my granddaughter has just arrived, it was her first day at Intermediate school today

Thanks for visiting

Thursday, 18 January 2018

A little bit vintage

This is my second post today, so I am catching up a little!

I have used my brand new stamp that I won from Serendipity, and stamped it on a 'mop-up' piece of card from my previous post. I coloured the bike purple, and cut it out with my wonky stitches die. I attached a pretty piece of lace to the base card, and attached the bike on top. The flowers were a pale green, so I tinted them olive with a copic marker and glued pearls to the centres.


Rubberdance - use purple, blue, and olive green, and make it vintage
Happy Little Stampers - watercolours (in my background)
Penny Black and More - use something new


Hi everyone, I hope you are all well.

Today's card features one of the birds from the Stampers Anonymous 'bird crazy' set.
I made my background using 2 colours of Brusho's on watercolour paper. The HB2U was then printed from my pc. I used my Misti to stamp the bird, and stamped another on a scrap paper. On the second bird I reversed the colours, and glued it over the first image. The little parcel is a peel-off and I coloured just the ribbon with a sparkly blue pen. The whole piece was then attached to a black card base.

Challenges -
Bizzy Becs - a/g
Colour Crazy challenge - a/g with colouring
Allsorts - no patterned papers

Thanks for visiting

Friday, 12 January 2018


The challenge at Paper Artsy this month is ATC's, small pieces of art measuring 2.5 x 3.5 inches.
I chose to use pieces of an A4 background that I had made with Brusho's, stamping and doodling. I thought the colours were quite peaceful. I printed the quote on my computer, then smudged some blue/purple ink pad using a baby wipe to take the brightness from it. The butterflies are cut from velum (a spellbinders die) and then embossed in my cuttlebug, then adhered over a piece of white feather.

Challenges - 
Paper Artsy - ATC's
The Artistic Stamper - a/g with stamps (I used them on my background)
Stamping Sensations - cold frosty colours
Cardztv - a/g

Thanks for visiting and happy crafting

Monday, 8 January 2018


Hi everyone, I hope you are all ready for a new year of crafting!
This one is my first for 2018.
I have printed off this image for the first time from a set I won from Charmed Cards and Craft 4 years ago!!!!
I used the following Promarkers - B318,  B336,  Y337,  O837,  O727,  O345,  Y524,  R555,  and blender
I used a Stamplorations die to cut out the rectangle, added a strip of DP down the left side, then mounted all on kraft card after adding a little string tie

Challenges -
Passion for Promarkers - make it digital
Pixies Playground - using up my snippets
Paperbabe - anything goes

Thanks for visiting

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Love, Laughter, Luck always

Hi everyone, I am back with a second post today

I have mostly used snippets on this card, stamped with a lovely sparkly EP, and added a layered message

Pixies Crafty Workshop - using snippets

Thanks for visiting

Sunflowers for summer

Hi everyone, I hope you have all recovered from the Christmas festivities, and are all prepared for the New Year.

My card today features a stamp set from Creative Expressions that I won some time ago. I have coloured with the following Promarkers - G817, Y524, Y247, Y337, O837, and R555. 

Passion for Promarkers - add a sentiment
Allsorts - seasonal flowers
CardsTV - a/g
Bizzy Becs - a/g

Thanks for visiting

Sunday, 24 December 2017

pretty flowers

Hi everyone.
First of all I would like to wish you all a healthy and happy Christmas, and thank you for your lovely comments throughout the year.

My card today is a favourite stamp from Stampin Up and I have coloured it with Promarkers and Copics using the theme from the Rubberdance Challenge - rose, light blue, peach, and glitter. I blended the rose and peach to colour the flowers, and layered onto pale blue card which I coloured with chalk pastels. The glitter comes from Wink of Stella, which is on the flowers, but doesn't show very well in the scan, and also the 3 diamantes.

Rubberdance - colour theme
AAAcards - sparkle
Southern Girls - all that glitters

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Christmas snowflakes

Hi everyone, I am back with a last minute card for Christmas.
The background is stamped with Brilliance 'pearlescent sky blue', stamp by Kiwi Stamping Company
The Tree is 'cling tinsel tree' by Stampendous, embossed with Ebony Shimmer EP. (it sparkles nicely IRL)
Words from a Penny Black set
Christmas lights is a Cuttlebug border embossing folder and I have colored with Smooch paints

Challenges -
Cuttlebugmania - snowflakes or snow
Allsorts #445 - snowflakes
CardsTV - a/g

Have a great week, and happy crafting

Friday, 8 December 2017

No cards today!

As I have had a lump removed from my foot, and have to keep it elevated for a few days. ☺

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Art quote

Hi everyone
Today's card uses rubbish!
The background is some sheet music that I used when I was spraying flowers (orange/green speckles) painting something blue, stamping in gold, and some gold ink.
It looked a bit 'arty' so I cut a piece to fit my card base and the stamped the paint brushes to the right. The quote is stamped and then cut out with a Stamplorations die  

The Artistic Stamper - use a quote
House That Stamps Built - a/g
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - snippets

Take care, and thanks for looking

Thursday, 23 November 2017


Hi everyone, I am back again with a Christnas card this time.
My background is from a Kaizercraft 12x12 pad, I distressed the edges and adhered to a plain cream card base. 
The Santa is from a Tim Holtz set, which I stamped with Adirondack 'espresso', then cut out with a stitched circle die. I cut the edge of the holly and leaf and slipped the circle behind. The bauble diecut was given to me, so I am not sure who makes it. I rubbed it with some Treasure Gold 'spanish topaz' before adhering it

DoubleD - use a Santa image
Happy Little Stampers - a/g with dies

Thanks for visiting and thanks for your lovely comments

Wednesday, 22 November 2017


Hi Everyone.
Today's card uses a piece of card that I was using up some paint on. The grandchildren were a bit too enthusiastic with their craft projects, so I picked up the extra onto an a5 card I had handy, rather than waste it!
I trimmed it down and layered onto my base card, then stamped my fairy from a Craft Sensations set with Memento tuxedo black. I used Kindyglitz on the wings, added some washi tape, a nrrow strip of purple glitter card and 3 clear gems.
Joyclair - a/g
Southern Girls - inks and paints
CardzTV - a/g
Ribbon Girl - use an image
Allsorts - glitter

Thanks for visiting and have a great week

Saturday, 18 November 2017


Hi Everyone, sorry I have been missing for a while, but flew down to Christchurch to attend to some family matters. Unfortunately, I had a dizzy spell when I got up to go to the bathroom, and landed on the suitcase, so I am rather battered and bruised!!

My project that I have been working on for some time, and finally finished, started as  an ugly brown tray that I rescued from my work.

I sanded it down, applied 2 coats of gesso, and then used my homemade chalk paint for the final coat. The design is from the Graphic Fairy, and is my second attempt at image transfer. I am really pleased with the result, and would like to enter at Paper Artsy for the current challenge 'white'

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Mauve and pearly

Hi everyone

I am just sneaking in at the last minute with my entry at Paper Artsy.
I made this card for a co-worker who's husband passed away.
I coloured the beautiful image from 'Flourishes' with pearlescent paints, added the sentiment, sponged the edges and layered onto a violet card Base
Other challenges
Cardztv - a/g
 Thanks for visiting

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Autumn leaves

Hi fellow crafters
Todays card started with a piece of watercolour card that I coloured with Brusho's and Infusions.
I then applied the peel-offs and fussy cut around them, also added the word from the same peel-off sheet. The card was then trimmed and added to a cream pearlescent card base


We love to create #1 - anything creative/mixed media
CAS watercolour - fall leaves
Double D - 'leave' it to me
JoyClair - anything goes

Thanks for visiting

Monday, 16 October 2017

Je t'aime!

Hi everyone.

I am back again with a cas card for the challenge at AAAcards. The theme is 'Inspired by a film' and I have chosen An American in Paris.
The two stamps are from a Penny Black set and I cut the eiffel tower with my Cameo. The striped trim was from my snippets box.


AAAcards - Inspired by a film
Southern Girls - stripes

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Sparkly Christmas

Hi, I am back again today with a last minute entry at Paper Artsy.
They are asking for glitter which I have added to this card made from free papers from a magazine. There is glitter on the wee snowflake corner domes, and I also used Wink of Stella around the image, although it doesn't show up much in the photo

Paper Artsy - glitter
CardsTV - anything goes

Friday, 13 October 2017

Mr Fox

Hi everyone

Today's card follows the sketch at Paperbabe
I have used washi tape, a circle die, happy birthday stamp from stampinup, splatter stamp, and a printed image from google images


Paperbabe - sketch
Cardstv  - a/g

thanks for visiting and have a great day

Thursday, 12 October 2017

The owl!

Hi Everone.
I needed to make a card for a birthday, and wanted to use this owl stamp that I bought in Montreal nearly 2 years ago, which had not seen ink!
I stamped on the grey card and then again on my base colour, and also white. I fussy cut the owl, and then the eyes and layed them onto the die cut branch.

Rubberdance - dark blue, burnt sienna and grey
Pixies Playground - snippets
Happy Little Stampers - a/g with dies
Allsorts - trees and leaves (I hope my branch counts)

edited to say that I have added some leaves to the branch 

Friday, 6 October 2017

CAS lily

Hi everyone

Today's card was the result of having a little play with my distress oxides.
I masked off an area and applied the dox with a sponge, then sprayed with a little water. I then used my misti to over stamp with this lovely lily from Creative Expression "festive florals'  I stamped a little on the background with Brilliance 'lightning black' which has a lovely gold look in certain angles. The message is stamped in the same ink. I then coloured the lily with promarkers, and added gold 'smooch' to the stamens.


AAAcards #100 - sketch
Penny Black and More - close to nature (my lily)
The Flower Challenge - favourite flower (playing for prize no 5)
Addicted to stamps - favourite Stamp
CASual Fridays - sketch

Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment

Wednesday, 4 October 2017


Hi everyone.

A last minute entry for Darnell's NBUS challenge.
I made this card for my bil's 80th birthday. The stamp was given to me by a friend, and it was so appropriate for this card, as he is certainly one of a kind!!
Sorry the scan is a little wonky

Sunday, 1 October 2017

pinks and purples

 Hi everyone. 
The first day of October!!!  Where has this year disappeared to?

My card today features the colours for the challenge at Paperbabe. I have used a purple base card, and layered it with a paler mauve embossed with my swiss dots ef. I also embossed my birthday folder, and trimmed it down. The die from Memory Box is called 'stitched aster corner' I cut it twice, first in green (for the leaves) and then in pink for the flowers, which I trimmed off and layered. I added some pink gems to finish.


Paperbabe - picture inspiration
Southern Girls - driving me dotty
Cuttlebug Mania - fruit, berries leaves etc, I chose leaves
Darnell's NBUS - The first outing for my corner die

Thanks for visiting

Sunday, 24 September 2017

wings and metallics

Hi everyone.
This is a fabulous picture I made using the swallowtail stamp from SU, and Indigo Blu's gilding flakes, on a black card. It is hard to show the lovely metallic look in a photograph.

Paper Artsy - metallics
Allsorts - things with wings
Rubberdance - favourite stamp

Friday, 22 September 2017

Autumn colours

Hi Everyone

This is a lovely set of ATC's that I made for a challenge. This month the topic was 'creator's choice'
I took an A4 size sheet of watercolour paper and sprayed it with dylusions.
I quickly sprinkled some rock salt on and left it to dry overnight.
Next day I cut to ATC size (3.5 inches x 2.5 inches) and used my Misti to stamp the birds from a set I bought in Montreal - Clear Oiseaux by Aladine, a French company. I also added words from another set, but I have lost the packaging.
The white highlights were done with my Sharpie paint pen

Paperbabe - anything goes
Allsorts - Autumn colours
Scrap and Craft Inspiration - colours of Autumn

Take care and have a great week

Monday, 18 September 2017


Hi everyone. Sorry I have been absent for a bit as we went on a short break in our motorhome. Unfortunately it was cold and wet, but spring is starting to warm up a little.

I cased this card from someone in Australia I think, and I have forgotten the tutorial link. However, mine is a bit different, as I cut the shapes from some black scraps on my Cameo and raided the garage for the washers to give a bit of weight. It spins on the centre mount, and was a great hit for my grandson's birthday.

Southern Girls - something moveable

Take care and thank you for commenting, it is appreciated

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Hybrid Inks

Hi everyone.
I am sneaking in at the last minute with my entry at Paper Artsy. The challenge this time is for Hybrid Inks.
I used a stencil on the left side of the card, then wiped up the leftover inks on the rest of the card.
I then stamped onto a small piece coloured with distress oxides, made at a play day at my friends house.
I added a small flower to finish

I would also like to enter this one at The Artistic Stamper for 'take a little colour'

Thanks for looking and happy crafting

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Under the Sea!

Today's card was an experiment to see how rock salt affected a watercolour card sprayed with Dylusions. I loved the result, and as it looked a bit like underwater, I used my new stamp set from Kaisercraft called 'Coastal Escape' with Memento 'tuxedo black'. It didn't show up very well so I went over it with my white Sharpie paint pen(love this pen) I stamped the seahorse on a scrap, coloured with copics and clear embossed, then layered him with mounting foam

Challenges - 
Rubberdance - embossing
Penny Black and More - all creatures
Pixies Crafty Workshop - using snippets
That's Crafty Challenge - only cards
Country View Challenge - blues and greens

Have a great week and happy crafting

Sunday, 20 August 2017


Hi everyone.

Today's card uses a fabulous stamp from Paperbabe called 'Peony & bud'. I used a lemon coloured card and stamped it with 'Shades die ink - Vanilla Cream.
I glurd it slightly over the edge, then added a printed word and a layered butterfly.

Challenges - Scrapbook Boutique - Grey and lemon
Paperbabe #54 - Picture inspiration -yellow flower and butterfly
Happy Little Stampers - CAS flower

Thursday, 17 August 2017


Hi everyone, I hope you are all well.

Today's card uses an old untitled Great Expectations stamp ( I din't think this company still exists, but correct me if I am wrong) I have coloured it with Smooches (red) anjd water colour crayons and added a little sentiment in the corner
I am entering the following challenges
AAAcards - summer fun

Thanks for visiting, your comments are appreciated

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

A card for Max

A lovely design from Cardmaking Paradise that I used to make for Max's 17th birthday. I used some DP for the M and then matched the colours for A and X. I sponged the edges with DI walnut stain, and the hung the numbers from the X. He was thrilled with it.

I am entering this at Allsorts for name or number, (I have used both)