Saturday, 18 November 2017


Just sharing a simple card today with an old-fashioned, wooden block stamp,
 that I've had since dinosaurs roamed the earth.
It's one of my absolute favourites.

I stamped my ForeverFriends bear onto a card panel, then masked it and added a little distress ink background.
The bear was then coloured with Copics.
I used to hold my breathe at this point - when I stamped a sentiment - as most of the time I would mess it up and drop the stamp, smudge it, or it wouldn't come out quite right,
but now, I have one of those stamping platforms and it makes things so much easier.

Lastly,  I attached my postage stamp border and then popped everything up onto a card blank with foam tape.


Forever Friends Stamp, coloured with Copics
Avery Elle - Merriest Sentiments and Postage Stamp Die
Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass

Saturday, 11 November 2017


Just a slight break in Christmas card production today,
for a bright and cheerful birthday card.

My inspiration came from a fabulous Laura Fedora project video,
that you can see at the Simon Says Stamp Blog

I started by covering a card panel with distress inks and some water splashes.
On another panel, I die cut my 'Happy Birthday to You' a few times.
The top and bottom of the panel just had small pieces of the letters visible, so I decided to cut these off, and actually, it allows the distress ink to show through nicely.
I used tiny pieces of foam tape to pop this up onto the distress ink background,
and then tucked in a few random sequins.

I finished by adding my Yeti, and a little, labeled message.


MFT - Beast Friends / Happy Birthday To You Die
Distress Inks - Festive Berries / Pickled Raspberry / Spiced Marmalade / Mustard Seed / Twisted Citron / Cracked Pistachio / Salty Ocean
Big Hugs Sentiment is Mama Elephant, Labeled Messages

Friday, 10 November 2017


I've had dogs on the brain this week  :-)
I'm bombarded with the family wanting me to get a new puppy,
and I do want one, I'm just dragging my heels a bit,
knowing that I'm the one that has to train it and take it out every day.
It's a lot of work.

So, when I found time to craft I reached for this holiday pup :-)

I saw this card from Ashley Marcu, where she cleverly trimmed off the head and scarf from one dog, and re-attached them in a slightly different place.
This means you get 2 dogs for the price of 1  :-)
I gave this a go and it looks great.
Now I'm wondering if I have other stamps I can try this with!

My pups were coloured with Copic markers and attached with foam tape to the stamped tree background.

I die cut a large frame from coloured card to go on top of the background, and then slid the sentiment banner under the dogs paws!


Avery Elle - Happy Howlidays, coloured with Copics
Clearly Besotted - Into the Woods Again, stamped in Distress Ink - Iced Spruce

Monday, 6 November 2017


Hope everyone  in the UK had a great Bonfire Night.
It was suitably chilly and muddy here and we had a lovely time -
oohing and ahhhing at the town firework display for 20 minutes,
followed by a brisk walk back to the pub.      ;-)

Today I had chance to finish up this card for the

Muse: Christmas Visions Challenge

These arctic penguins featured heavily in my Christmas cards last year,
and it was nice to get them out again and have a play.
I love them for quick cards because they stamp and die-cut easily and just need a little bit of colouring.

Cornelia's Muse Card

I followed Cornelia's overall layout, with a bold sentiment at the bottom and 3 main stamped elements.
I tried hard to get my letter die cuts to spell out 'Christmas' along the bottom, but they are just a tiny bit too big to fit on, so I ended up stamping my 'christmas' with individual letter stamps.

Mama Elephant - Arctic Penguins / Labeled Messages
MFT - Well Connected Alpha / Stitched Scallop Rectangle Die
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Hillside Border.
Copics. Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass

Saturday, 4 November 2017


I'm just having a little play today with an older Clearly Besotted set.
I saw this quote on a Christmas jumper and thought I would
try it out on a card.

I stamped and die cut my cocktails, then attached them to a piece of water colour paper with foam tape.
Not sure why that paper shows up grey in the photo - IRL it's white!
I smooshed some distress ink onto an acrylic block and added a little water, then painted round my glasses. I wanted to go for bold colour so I added very little water.
Hmmm...   this is one of those cards that definitely looks better in your hand than it does in the photo.



Clearly Besotted - Raise A Glass
MFT - Stitched Scallop Border Rectangle
Distress Ink - Festive Berries / Salty Ocean / Mowed Lawn

Friday, 3 November 2017


I'm out of my comfort zone today with a Christmas card for my Mum.
She likes more traditional type cards with the usual reds, greens and golds,
so those are the colours I went for here when building up my bouquet of anemones.

I began by stamping 'Mum' onto a piece of card.
Then, I stamped and gold embossed a selection of flowers and leaves from the WPlus9 modern anemones set.
I coloured the larger blooms in shades or red, and the leaves in greens.
For the smaller blooms I used a little grey shading and went over it with a white Wink of Stella brush.
This looked great when it was wet, but when it dried the glitter just disappeared, so I ended up going over it with a small glue pen and sprinkling on my favourite Diamond Dust glitter.

IRL this is really pretty and sparkly.

I arranged my blooms and leaves on the card piece and attached them with foam tape for some 3D effect.
Finally I attached the scalloped frame around the edge and stuck the whole piece to my card base.


WPlus9 Modern Anemones
MFT - Well Connect Alphabet and Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frame
Copics.  Diamond Dust.  Wow Gold Embossing Powder.