Saturday, 15 June 2019



When is a lemon not a lemon?
When it's a leaf die from the WPlus9 Happy Birds set  :o)

That's what I had to use to make this 'lemon' card for this week's
Inspired By Challenge

Not a perfect lemon shape, but close enough.
What do you think?

I have just realised though, that maybe those lemons at the bottom should be hanging down from the leaves. Duh!

mft stripes stencil with distress oxide faded jeans
leaves die from the works and 'lemons' from wplus9 happy birds set - coloured with copics
thanks die from lawn fawn

Wednesday, 12 June 2019



When I first started card making - many moons ago - 
I decided I wouldn't use stamps and ink, 
cos they were just too expensive.
Instead, I bought little, card toppers, a few cheap dies and some punches.
I could get by with those, I told myself.
Ha! Ha! Ha!

I think that lasted about 6 months!
So, it's been a while since I made a card with no stamping at all,
but those clever librarians at The Library Challenge
have pushed me to think outside the box.

The challenge book is To The Lighthouse, but
I don't posses a single lighthouse, sea, beach, or fish stamp,
so I tried to create a deep sea theme 
using a decorative punch in shades of green, to represent the waves.

There's a pretty touch of glitter, for added bling, on the hello sentiment. It just doesn't show up too well on camera.

martha stewart decorative punch
memory box hello die
various shade of textured green card and a sprinkling of glamour dust

Sunday, 9 June 2019



Plum coloured birds?  Are they a thing?
Apparently they are.
My friend google showed me some gorgeous, plum coloured Starlings.

I kept my card as simple as I could for the

where the theme is duck egg blue, plum and white.

wplus9 - happy birds
mama elephant - labeled messages
distress ink - tumbled glass
copic markers - v15/v17 

Saturday, 8 June 2019



Here's the card I made for my great-nephew,
who turned one this week.

I wanted to make it masculine, but keep it cute,
so I opted for those party animals and a green/orange colour combo.

Entering the

where the theme is 'Masculine'

mft - party animals, stitched alphas,

Friday, 7 June 2019



Here I am, back with another card using my new
waffle flower set.
It's my favourite.
(although, to be fair, I say that about every new stamp set I get)

I came across a lovely challenge, 
that I don't think I've taken part in before...

The premise is to use their chosen book cover as inspiration for your card.

This time the book is The Art of Stripes, 
and the cover is so great that I wanted to stick to it 
as closely as I could.

My main inspiration was the pink background, the girl with a 
black and white striped top, and the placement of the sentiment.

The Art of Stripes: Over 30 ways to wear stripes: Hardie Grant, Libby VanderPloeg: 9781784881511: Books

waffle flower- go girl
mft - in and out stitched rectangle
sentiment - clearly besotted, raise a glass
distress ink - spun sugar      glossy accents

Wednesday, 5 June 2019



I have been dying to play with this fabulous, waffle flower set, but it was just the perfect image for my daughter, so I didn't want her to see any of it before she got her birthday card.
Does that make sense?

Now that she's had her birthday I can share :-)

The set comes with other hair styles and glasses etc,
so you can mix and match other looks
and I can't wait to play with it some more.

Entering the challenge at...

waffleflowercrafts - go girl
mft - ray of light stencil, in and out stitched rectangle
ranger ink - wild berry    glossy accents

Saturday, 25 May 2019



I've seen a lot of shadow box cards recently, 
so I thought I would try one of these pop-up ones.

The good things about these is that they fold flat, 
to fit into an envelope.

I followed the instructions by the amazing Jennifer McGuire.

How cute are those little, baby clothes?
I got them to hang across the middle like that,
by attaching them to a strip of acetate,
which is almost invisible.


mft - in and out stitched squares, cloud stencil, scallop border die,
bundle of baby clothes, hello little one set.
distress ink - tumbled glass, twisted citron

Saturday, 11 May 2019



Today was a good stamping day.
I think I'm finally getting to grips with these painted petals.

Here's my entry for this week's 

It took me a while to think how to re-create the large, white, bloom,
from the inspiration picture.
In the end, I went with the palest inks I have, 
and I missed out a stamping layer,
so that more of the white base would show through.

I love those green leaves.
They were a budget find from The Works 
 6 different leaf dies for £4
We do love a bargain   :o)

mft - painted petals
mama elephant - labeled messages
avery elle - postage stamp die
versacolor - narcissus, bisque    memento - rose bud
distress oxide - walnut stain

Friday, 10 May 2019



"Keep your eyes on the stars
and your feet on the ground."
              Theodore Roosevelt.

That's this fortnight's inspirational quote over at

It had me reaching for this star, stamp set - an oldie, but a goodie!

Just for a bit of interest and added bling, some of the stars are
heat embossed with gold powder.

clearly besotted - superstar
altenew inks - sea breeze, starlight, tide blue
wow gold embossing powder
mama elephant - labeled messages
avery elle - postage stamp die

Wednesday, 1 May 2019



It's the dreaded one layer card challenge at 
Less Is More this week.
So, I put away the embellies, and the layering dies
and concentrated on some stamping.

I was really happy with how these roses turned out,
cos I've always had problems with them.
I think success this time was down to investing in a set of six inks
(3 pink, 3 green) that match perfectly
and, using my stamping platform to line the stamps up.

I love the little rose bud at the bottom of the card.
This was made by simply stamping a leaf design in the rose colours.
A little trick I picked up from the picture on the back of the stamp set.


altenew - vintage roses, spring bouquet ink set
mft - handwritten happiness

Tuesday, 30 April 2019



Me : Don't buy any more design paper. You already have a large box full and you hardly use it anymore.

Inner Me : But it's so beautiful  :o)

The inner me won. Ha ha!
I found this gorgeous paper pad at The Works, of all places.
And, it includes glitter and foil papers - how could I resist?

This was just one of those cards that did not photograph well.
The camera hasn't picked up the glitter on the paper,
and the heart, sentiment, and 'you' die are all popped up on foam tape
so it has much more depth than appears here.


Anything Goes

DP - The Works
Nested Heart Die - Spellbinders
Arrow - MFT Stamps Die
You - Sugar Pea Designs
Sentiment - Lawn Fawn, Smitty's ABCs