Sunday, 26 March 2017


Today is Mother's Day, here in the UK and here's the card I made for my Mum.
Without a doubt, this is the trickiest card of the year for me -
it's the dreaded flowers :-)

I was so happy to have this floral stamp set though -
the one step, coloured blooms make it so much easier for me.

I used various inks to stamp my blooms and added a little pencil colouring for shading,
which doesn't show up too well on the photo.
Then I layered them with foam pads, so the card has lots of dimension.
The sentiment is die-cut, partly inked and sprinkled with glamour dust -
gotta have a bit of sparkle somewhere :-)

Hope all you mums out there have a fabulous Mother's Day  xxx


Penny Black & More - Anything Goes

Simon Says Wednesday - Use more than 1 die or punch

WPlus9 - Feathers and Florals
MFTstamps - Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Dies / Stitched Alphas
Inks - Hero Arts, Butter Bar, Bubble Gum + Color Lights
Versacolor Magenta, Versafine Crimson Red

Friday, 24 March 2017


I was looking around at new stamp releases, when these cute piggys caught my eye
and here's my first card using them.
I was a little worried about colouring them, it's not my strong suit,
but they turned out to be easier than I thought.

This was a very simple make.
I took a piece of card and added a couple of distress inks and some water splashes.
This was attached with foam pads to my scalloped-edge rectangle base.
Then I die cut my elements, coloured them with Copics and arranged them
on the background with foam pads.

I had a tricky time taking the photo today. Would you believe it's too sunny!!
I thought I'd got rid of most of the shadows, but the bottom of the card seems to have taken on
a yellowy tint.
IRL it's definitely white.

MFT Sketch Challenge 325 #mftstamps
My Favorite Things - Stitched Scalloped Rectangles / Sow Much Cuteness
Distress Inks - Tumbled Glass/ Cracked Pistachio
Memory Box - Puffy Clouds Dies

Wednesday, 22 March 2017


Today I'm sharing a sweet and simple card with you
for the MUSE challenge.

I took my inspiration from Jenni Murray's sweet and pretty muse card -
going with the baby girl theme, the pink dp and the CAS style.

As usual, I had no similar stamps, so I opted for a ninja :-)

Mama Elephant - Tiny Ninjas
My Favorite Things - Stitched Scalloped Rectangles / Stitched Alphas

Thursday, 16 March 2017


Today I'm sharing a card for this week's MUSE challenge.

As soon as I saw Tracey's pretty card I knew I wanted to recreate that stripey, pastel paper with my inks.
So that's where I started.
(This was my second attempt. I learnt that you can't really use yellow - you end up with a muddy, greeny blend on either side.)
After that I was a bit stumped. I don't really send Easter cards so I had no basket, egg, chick type stamps.
After digging around in my stash I came up with these bunnies.
Bunnies in a marching band - that's got to say Easter - right?  :-)

My Favorite Things - Stitched Scalloped Border Die/Stitched Alphas/Strike Up The Band.
Distress Inks - Tumbled Glass/Spun Sugar/Shaded Lilac/Cracked Pistachio
Bunnies coloured with Copics.

Sunday, 12 March 2017


Boys like action cards - FACT.
So only a spinner card would do for my dd's boyfriend    :-)

I started with my favourite background of blended inks and water splashes.
Then, I used a black fineliner along an oval die, to draw my 'tightrope'.
I die cut a hill, with the slider part in the middle and popped this up on foam pads.
Finally,  I added my tiny ninjas, gold numbers, and sentiment to complete the scene.



Tic Tac Toe - Bold(hope my colours are bold enough!) / People / Die Cut

Penny Black & More - Anything Goes

(I've gone for the 2 ends of this colour scheme - pale blue and yellow)

Mama Elephant - Tiny Ninjas, Labeled Messages
MFT - Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Die, Surf & Turf Dies
Distress Inks - Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw
Memory Box Number Dies, Metallic Card.

Thursday, 9 March 2017


I've been struggling to find time to craft this week,
but when I saw Anita's gorgeous card at MUSE, I really wanted to play along.

This was a quick make for me. I stamped my florals onto my die cut,
heat embossed them, and then used distress inks to blend a background.
I attached a 'happy' sentiment in black card and popped up the 'birthday' on foam pads.

The inspiration I took from Anita's card was from the embossing,
the pink and orange colour combo, and the added splash of black.

I'm not sure what happened with my embossing.
I used a clear embossing powder to try and get a more subtle effect,
but it came out white!!
Maybe that's just the powder I'm using. or is it the Versamark??!!

WPlus9- Feathers and Florals
MFT - Sticthed Scalloped Rectangle Die / Brushstroke Birthday Greetings
Mama Elephant - Labeled Messages
Distress Inks - Pickled Raspberry / Spiced Marmalade

Friday, 24 February 2017


Having a little fun today, with a new baby card.

I'm always on the look out for cute, punny sayings to add to my cards
and I came across this baby one on Pinterest.  
It made me smile.

This was such a simple card to make. 
Mostly, just stamping and die-cutting my elements and adding them with foam tape.

The 'human' is die-cut, partly inked and then sprinkled with glamour dust.


I love this style for a nursery - grey chevrons and mint walls -
and that's the inspiration I used for my card.

WPlus9 - Friends for all Seasons, coloured with Copics
MFTstamps - Calm and Cozy Chevrons DP / Stitched Alphabet
Lawn Fawn - Smitty's ABCs / Stitched Rectangle Die
Versacolor - Mint / Scarlet            Glamour Dust

Wednesday, 22 February 2017


Eek! You're killing me over at Muse Card Club - another flower card ;-)
But, how could I resist Jenni's inspiration card. So pretty.

Here's my take on it.

  • Die-cut stitched, scalloped rectangle. Ink centre and add water drops (I used a toothbrush!)
  • Die cut one sentiment from foam and one from card. Partly ink the card sentiment and stick them together. (I have to do it this way because I find that a sandwich of card and foam just will not cut all the way through). Use a glue pen on the top half of the sentiment and cover with glamour dust.
  • Stamp flower stems. Die cut the sentiment on your inked card panel. Cover the back with tape and then press your glittered 'happy' in place.
  • Stamp and die-cut blooms and leaves. Attach with foam tape. 
  • Stamp 'birthday' sentiment and attach with foam tape.


WPlus9 Feathers and Florals.
MFT - Stitched Scalloped Rectangles, Brushstroke Birthday Greetings
Mama Elephant - Labeled Messages
Distress Ink, Spun Sugar.   Versacolor, Pink.   Memento Angel Pink,New sprout, Pistachio.
Glamour Dust.

Sunday, 19 February 2017


Just trying something very different today,
and creating my own background with nail polish marbling.

It's an easy process.
I used a small plastic container with a little water in the bottom,
added some drops of polish to the water, and swirled them with a toothpick.
Then I dipped my paper in.
It was a bit hit and miss for me (more miss really)
and I ended up with just 2 usable backgrounds from about 6 attempts.

The other problem I had, was that the paper was very warped from the polish.
I put several books on it overnight and it did flatten quite a bit.
I also taped it into my die cut all around the edge, to keep it in place.
Perhaps water colour paper would work better than my normal crafting card.

I've tried to capture the pretty metallic sheen that you get from the gold polish,
but the camera hasn't picked it up too well.


Use your favourite tool

My favourite tool, without a doubt, is my Big Shot.
I would be lost without it and I probably use it on every card I make.

Nail Polish in Black, and Metallic Gold.
Sentiment - Mama Elephant, Labeled Messages
MFT - Stitched Scalloped Border Die

Saturday, 18 February 2017


So, what's your least favourite stamps to work with?
Mine has to be flowers.
I am rubbish at flower cards, but I do love seeing them.

I searched for some blooms and leaves that looked easy to use,
and came across this Wplus9 set.
Yay! I made a half decent flower card :-)

During the process of making this card, and stamping about 100 leaves and blooms, 
I finally discovered where my problem lies.
It's colour.
I really struggle to get the right colours and matching shades, for all the elements,
especially with my limited supply of inks.
I think I need to follow some colour-combo challenges for a while.


Fantastic Florals

WPlus( - Feathers and Florals
Mama Elephant - Labeled Messages
MFTstamps - Stiched Scalloped Border Die
Inks - VersaColor  - Turquoise, Laurel Leaf.  Memento - Dandelion, Gray Flannel.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017


Sharing a fun card with you today,
for the challenge at MUSE card club.

As soon as I saw Tracey's terrific muse card, I knew I would be playing along.
This style of using random stamps as your background works so well.
You can use the 'main' stamps in sets, or all those extra little ones, to great effect.
Here, I went with a more regimented placement of my drinks.

Hope the photo below shows you the dimension better.
All the drinks and extras are die-cut and popped up with foam tape.


Clearly Besotted Stamps + Dies, Raise A Glass
Sentiment - Lawn Fawn, Violet's ABCs
Inks - Hero Arts, Color Lights by Lia + MFT Sour Apple and Ripe Raspberry
MFT - Stitched Scalloped Border Die

Tuesday, 14 February 2017


Happy Valentine's Day everyone 💗
I have a fun card to share with you today.
When the idea for this Pushmi-Pullyu popped into my head, I thought I was hilarious!  😊

To make my pushmi-pullyu I stamped 2 llamas back to back and quite close together.
Then I joined them up with a black fine liner and fussy cut them.
They were coloured with Copics and I added a little top hat to the 'guy' llama,
and a couple of packs (which help to hide the join).  :-)

I attached them with foam tape to a distress inked heart and my inked background.

The sentiment was heat-embossed in white and then sponged over with blue ink.


My Favorite Things - Llama Love + Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Dies
Sentiment - Clearly Besotted, Say It In Style
Top Hat from Mama Elephant, 3 Amigos
Heart Nestie Die
Distress Inks - Pickled Raspberry, Tumbled Glass, Spun Sugar