Sunday, 19 January 2020



Is anyone planning on moving house this year?
It's a stressful time, isn't it?
No moving on the cards for me but, I confess -  I love all that wrapping and packing, and boxes piled everywhere :-)

Here's a new home card to add to the pile.

Today I'm playing along at the  CAS Mix Up Challenge, where the technique they're looking for is PARTIAL DIE CUTTING

My house was stamped and partially die cut, then popped up on an inked background.
The other little dies - fences, flowers and bushes - were added in afterwards, to create a bit more interest.

Partial die cutting, stamping, ink blending, copic marker colouring

wplus9 - neighbors, coloured with copics
distress ink - stormy sky, salty ocean, tumbled glass

Monday, 13 January 2020


It's been a while.
I've almost forgotten how to post!

Here's my first card of the year.
(I'm hoping to grab some more time in my craft room this year, now that the puppy is a bit older!)

My daughter and son-in-law are getting regular visits from a fox at the moment.
He likes to patrol the garden and wind up their dog and cats.
So, I thought this fox, hiding in the trees, would be perfect for my sil's birthday card. 


Wplus9 - feathers and florals
Mama Elephant - 3 Amigos 
Versacolor - Cyan, Turquoise, Celadon, Lime, Green Tea

Tuesday, 22 October 2019



Today was the first chance I have had to craft in ages.
I know it sounds ridiculous, but I was really nervous to make a card.
It's like I'd forgotten everything.
Does anyone else feel like that, after a time away?

To help me get started, I turned to the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge.

It was also my first time inking up this Christmas Moose - 
isn't he the cutest - and so easy to colour.

clearly besotted - happy christmoose, coloured with copics
mft - inside and out stitched squares

Sunday, 8 September 2019



There's no excuse not to join the Library Challenge this week.
It's a 'reader's choice', so you can choose any book you like for inspiration.

I have been trying to guess the books from the current entries, 
but have failed miserably  :-)

Can you guess my inspiration book?

It was my first time inking this stamp set up, so I stamped every image a few times, die-cut them all, and then played around with them until my country house came together.

It's a simple design, but creating 3D elements by using foam tape, gives it more interest.

Did you guess my book?
It's what I am currently reading...

Jane Austen's Mansfield Park.

Wplus9 - neighbors stamp and die set.
Copics.   MFT - rectangle die 

Sunday, 1 September 2019



This week I ended up down a rabbit hole of quilt patterns.
Hubby told me not to get excited - I don't have time (or money) for another hobby :-)
So, I satisfied my craving by quilting with paper.

Here's the card I made for my dd and sil's 3rd wedding anniversary.

I began by inking up a panel with a rainbow of distress inks. 
I then used a small, stitched die to cut little squares.
I love how the stitching on the die, adds to the 'quilt' look.
Then I cut the squares into triangles, and with some plain white die-cuts, made up my 'quilt' pattern.

I added the letters for Annabel and Andy, and popped the whole thing up on my card base.
Finally, for some extra interest, I stuck some plain, white, leafy dies underneath.

This was fun to make, and there are so many quilt patterns out there to guide your design.
It's definitely something I will revisit.


Anything Goes

mft stamps - in and out stitched square dies, stitched alpha
distress ink
the works - leaf die

Sunday, 25 August 2019



I actually made it into my craft room today!
I let the puppy in and tried to persuade him to sit in his bed.
No such luck. 
After 10 minutes hoovering up every scrap of paper and sequin on the floor, trying to drag things off shelves, and then weeing on the carpet (him, not me!) 
I gave up.

I managed to make this card whilst he was sleeping.

I'm playing along at The Library Challenge, 
where the inspiration is a terrific sounding kids' book..
'Don't Let the Pigeon on the Bus'

My card was quick and simple.
I die cut lots of clouds and stuck them to a card panel.
Then I added my 'pigeon', a branch for him to perch on,
and an embossed sentiment.

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!: Mo Willems: 9781844285136: Books

Wplus9 - Happy Birds, coloured with Copics
The leaves die is from a set I got at The Works
Copics.   Wow Embossing Powder

And if anyone is wondering how the puppy is getting on, here he is with his best mates.
You can follow his antics on Instagram at Buster Paton

Saturday, 10 August 2019



I'm heading to the library again today,
with an all time classic for inspiration...
The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

As usual, I had to get creative with my supplies,
using copic markers to turn this cat image into a tiger.
I think I might have got away with it  ;o)

Image result for the tiger who came to tea 

Cat/Tiger -  MamaElephant 3 Amigos, coloured with Copics
Cupcake - Lawn Fawn, Beep Boop Birthday
Hi + Sentiment - WPlus9 Friends for all Seasons
Clouds Dies - Memory Box

Tuesday, 30 July 2019



Flying by today with a simple card for the 'small images' theme,
at Less is More.

FACT : Having a puppy makes it easier to create CAS cards  :o)
I have no time to overthink what I'm doing - just straight into my craft room - a simple image and sentiment - 
a touch of colour - and BAM! 
I'm done.
What works for you?

mft - hello little one, coloured with copics
mft - stitched scallop basic edges die
echo park - bundle of joy dp

Thursday, 25 July 2019



Phew! It's a scorcher here today.
I definitely wanted to sit in the cool of the library
and read the afternoon away.

I dug deep into my stash for this week's challenge
and found this little, fish stamp in an old Papermania set.

I stamped him all over my card panel, and used Copics for the colouring.
Then I simply popped up the panel on some coloured card and added the sentiment banner.
It would have been cute to change the sentiment to say..
a million birthday fishes... but in the end it was too much fiddling about!  :0)

papermania - stamping for him.   copics
mft - fish tail flag die     mama elephant - birthday messages

Saturday, 20 July 2019



I'm still struggling to get into my craft room, with the new puppy running around.
It's another week before he can go out for walks, and I can tire him out!  :-)

Here's another card made in between his naps.

I didn't have time to colour the leopards before it had to be posted off,
but I kind of like the simple look of them.


mft - cloud stencil, loveable leopards, 
neat and tangled - journaling alpha
distress ink - tumbleed glass

Sunday, 7 July 2019



Eek! New puppy in the house!
Watching a pup and trying to craft are mutually exclusive,
so I nipped into my craft room every time he was napping,
to create this simple belated birthday card.

I managed to find a couple of old strawberry stamps in my stash -
sorry I don't know what make they are.
I stamped and masked the back ones, and then fussy cut the others and popped them up with foam tape.
Originally the cake stand was a flat, black stamp, but it just needed a bit of a lift, so I covered it with one stamped in green and also fussy cut.

Not perfect, but I was in a rush :-)


And here's the guy who's keeping me out of the craft room...


plate stand - stampin' up, on a pedestal
copics   altenew fresh leaf ink
Sentiment - mama elephant birthday messages