Wednesday, 30 January 2019



This is one of those cards that nearly ended up in the bin several times.
I had SO much trouble with that sentiment.

I die-cut it from the cloud background and it just refused to come out of the die cleanly.
I ended up having to rip it in a few places, so don't look too closely!

Then, I cut a piece in foam and put that back into the space and the 'cloud' piece would not stick to the foam. Argh!
I tried several glues, and in the end glossy accents did the trick.


mama elephant - 3 amigos
mft - happy birthday script die, clouds stencil, scalloped edges die
distress ink - tumbles glass, mowed lawn

Saturday, 26 January 2019


It's the weekend.

What do you think of when you buy a stamp set?
I don't have a big budget so I think...
Can I use it for both male and female cards?
Can I use it for more than one occasion (birthday, anniversary, valentine)?
Is it easy to colour?  ;-)
Does it have extra elements that help bring a card together?
Will I use the sentiments?
etc etc.

I looked at this 'loveable leopards' set for ages before I decided to get it,
and I'm not disappointed.
It ticks all the boxes.


I flipped the sketch, so that the larger strip ( my sky )
was at the top.

mft - loveable leopards, clouds and grass stencils
distress ink - tumbled glass and twisted citron
copic markers

Wednesday, 23 January 2019



I'm out of my comfort zone again today,
playing with watercolours.
I bought a set of the zig clean color real brush markers -
so I have to learn how to use them, right?

After watching a gazillion videos, here's my attempt at a watercolour background  ;-)

After playing along at CAS Mix it Up last week, I stumbled across 
their watercolour challenge.
Perfect for getting lots of inspiration and seeing how it's done.

clearly besotted - into the woods again, stamped and embossed in white
wplus9 - winter wonderland
mft - snow globe sentiments
zig, clean color real brush markers

Sunday, 20 January 2019



Inspiration was a bit lacking this morning,
so I went in search of some.

I ended up at the Less Is More challenge,
where this week's unusual sketch caught my eye.

This is my interpretation of it...

mft - loveable leopards, coloured with copics  rectangular stax1
distress inks - spiced marmalade / pickled raspberry / peacock feathers / salty ocean

Friday, 18 January 2019



One of our tribe is 30 !
Not sure I can remember that far back 😀

I kept the card nice and simple, with some popped up die-cuts and
a tweaked sentiment.

The stamping tool is definitely my best friend when I add sentiments like this.
They stop me from buggering the whole thing up! 😁


hero arts - it's fiesta time, coloured with copic markers
mft - banners and balloon from party animals, 

Monday, 14 January 2019



Oh Gosh! I am in love with this bokeh effect.
Doesn't it create the prettiest backgrounds? And it's so easy to do.
Hey, If I can do it, anyone can :-)

Here, I used my new Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, on some watercolour paper.

I LOVE these brush pens. 
I'm finding them kinda tricky to use (especially when I've only used Copics before), 
but I do love the colours and I feel all 'arty' when I get them out ;-)


Thanks to a heads up from Michele at I Card Everyone
I'm also entering a new (to me) challenge

CAS Mix Up 

Bokeh, Stamping, and Die Cuts

MFT - love you a bunch / sentiment from party animals / basic circles stencil.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019


... or NOT so happy petals in my case!

I am determined to get to grips with florals this year.
So, I'm playing along at the flower challenge,
in the hope that some of their bloom inspiration rubs off on me :-)

This card was a bit of a disaster, and nearly went in the bin several times.
I managed to mess up the white embossing in places, and get bits all over my sentiment.
(Note to self: stamp sentiment after embossing).

I also intended to add the grey just around the blooms and leaves. But I had a rush of blood to the head, and scribbled it all over. Why ???
In an attempt to salvage it, I added some water and brushed the darker grey out.
Of course, it isn't watercolour paper, so this proved a bit tricky.

Thanks for looking. I'm now going to lie down in a dark room :-o)


wplus9 - modern anemones
mft - handwritten happiness
zig clean color real brush 

Saturday, 5 January 2019


Hello, and Happy New Year to you all.

I was straight back to crafting today,
to try and prevent my usual January doldrums.

Argh! Is it just me that is struggling for inspiration?

I turned to my favourite sketch challenge to get me going.

I'm aiming for more fun, and more colour this year.
How did I do with this first make?


mft - llama love, handwritten happiness, in & out stitch rect.
distress ink - worn lipstick
zig clean colour real brush