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

Saturday, 27 April 2019



It's my Wedding Anniversary in July,
but I've made my card early this year
just in case my dh decides to whisk me away
on a romantic holiday. 

I've played along at Inspired By again, this week.
This is fast becoming my favourite challenge,
cos it really gets my old grey matter going.
Are you playing along?

I took inspiration from the grid design and 
the white numbers on a dark background.

stamping bella - uptown girl ava / uptown couple brett and brenda
clearly besotted - basic banner
happy anniversary sentiment - papermania
copic markers
memory box - number dies    mft - in and out stitched square dies

Monday, 22 April 2019



We've had a gorgeous few days here, for the long Easter weekend.
The sun has been shining and, everybody and their uncle, have been out mowing their lawns. 

I have been wracking my brains to come up with something for this week's challenge at Inspired By

The theme is 'Earth Day.'

I didn't have any map/atlas/globe/watering can stamps,
so in the end I went with the inspiration photo's colour palette.
Blue, green and a good splash of bright yellow.

I kept it simple and only coloured one bloom,
and I was going to stop there, but I ended up using my Zig brushes
to add the blue, watercolour wash background.
This is where I normally mess things up, and they end up in the bin,
 but I actually really like how this turned out.


mft - brilliant blooms, panted petals
simon says stamp - thoughtful messages
zig clean color real brush markers
versa color ink - canary, celadon

Friday, 19 April 2019



The sun is out today,  and it's going to be a lovely sunny Easter,
so I'm sharing this spring bunny card
that I made for my niece.

I used the Spring Mood Board over at the 

I concentrated on the green/pink colour combo,
blue cloudy sky,  grass, bunnies, and flowers.

MFT - Sweet Somebunny (coloured with Copics) Cloud and Grass Stencils
Happy Birthday Blend.
Altenew Inks - Fuchsia, Limeade
Distress Inks - Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron

Sunday, 14 April 2019



Don't you just love the idea of a rainy day party?
As soon as I saw that theme at Inspired By I thought of cupcakes.
You can't have a party without cupcakes, right?

I attempted some water colouring.
It does NOT come easy to me.  This was my 3rd try.
I'm pretty happy with it, but still fighting the urge for everything to be neat and precise.

I also tried to stick to a similar colour palette, 
using blue, green and pink.
It turned out little brighter than I really wanted, 
but I found it tricky mixing the paints.

Simon Says Stamp - Savor Sweet Cupcakes.
Sentiment - Mama Elephant, Labeled Messages.
Mix of watercolour paints and Zig Clean Color Real Brish Markers

Wednesday, 10 April 2019



The sun is shining today, and spring is in the air
so I couldn't resist playing along with the {PIN}spirational challenge

I loved the sunny, inspirational picture (below) and for my card I focused on
the yellow background with a central, white, embossed sentiment.

For some interest, I added a border of simple flowers stamped in grey, a die-cut arrow and a few random sequins.

MFT - brilliant blooms, together forever,
Distress Inks - hickory smoke, mustard seed
Wow white embossing powder

Monday, 8 April 2019



I'm having a go at the dreaded CAS card today.
I try to keep my cards pretty simple on the whole,
but a full on CAS card is always a struggle for me.

I'm following the 'shine a light' theme at Less Is More,
so I created a little sofa scene, with the light coming from the lamp.
I think I kind of overdid the 'glow' from the lamp a little,
so I need to research how other people do that.

And now I'm sitting on my hands to stop myself from adding any extras to the card :-)

Clearly Besotted - Time To Relax, Shine Bright
MFT - Little Buddies
Altenew Inks - Fuchsia, Lime

Saturday, 6 April 2019



My eldest dd, Maria,  turned 30 yesterday.
30 ?? Eek!!
How did that happen?

I wanted to make her birthday card a bit more special,
so I went for this Inside Tunnel design.

(video with step-by-step instructions, from the amazing Jennifer McGuire Ink)

Here's the inside tunnel view.
This creates a fabulous 3D area where you can place your stamps.

The little bird on the left is attached to the side with a  narrow strip of acetate,
so he does a little flutter as you open the card.

 I kept the front kind of plain,
using the squares that were cut from the inside, 
with a mix of sentiments and some balloons.

Here's a close up of the inside,  just to show all that 3D effect.


Animal Antics

MFT - loveable leopards, clouds stencil, in and out stitched squares
WPlus9 Unforgettable 
SugarPeaDesigns - 'You' die
Copics.  Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers
Avery Elle - Numbered Balloons Dies

Saturday, 30 March 2019



Oh wow!
I am so excited today.
I may have finally cracked my issue with flower stamps ;-)

I invested in this set of 3D dies - and they are a-ma-zing!

I usually tear my hair out trying to match ink shades for those multi-step blooms,
but not with this set.
The pieces were all die cut in white card, and the colour was added after, with my zig clean color real brush pens.

They are a bit fiddly to piece together, but the set comes with a guide on how to do this.


Anything Goes


Altenew - garden picks 3d dies
Mama Elephant - labeled messages
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
Versa Color Ink Cyan

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Bloom and Grow


It's no secret that I'm rubbish with flower stamps,
I think the main problem is that I don't have a lot of inks,
so I struggle to match colour shades with these multi-step blooms.

With this new set, I tried.... and tried... and failed!
In the end, I just stamped the main image, and a contrasting centre,
and I think they look pretty good.

I arranged the blooms and leaves onto a die-cut frame, trimming off the outer pieces that hung over the edge.
The frame was then popped up with foam tape onto my base card,
and I added the die-cut MUM letters in gold card.

MFT - painted petals, rectangular stax1, stitched alpha
Versacolor inks - cyan, heliotrope, canary, orchid, sky blue, lavender

Saturday, 9 March 2019



If you ever need a plant killed - I'm the person for the job.
My family has banned me from buying plants, 'cos they only survive a few weeks.
But, today I have green thumb - thanks to all that stamping :-)

Once I'd arranged all the greenery where I wanted it, I took away the sentiment panel and gently put a couple of masking paper strips over the die-cuts.
This kept them all in place while I added ds tape to the back of them and then stuck them down.
The masking tape peels off, but you have to be slow and gentle with it.
(I know, in the US you have some cling filmy type all over sticky stuff for this, but it doesn't seem to have reached us yet).

The sentiment panel was stuck down with foam tape, for some added dimension.


mft stamps - sketchy flowers and handwritten happiness
various green inks
a few clear dew drops