Saturday, 21 May 2022

Hand Over The Donuts And No One Gets Hurt!

Today I have some calorie free cakes for you.
So, put the kettle on and grab a donut  :o)

I stamped and die-cut enough treats to fill a small cake shop, then picked my favourites and layered them up on my card panel. It's a birthday - you can never have too much cake :o)


the greetery - sweet tooth and piped sentiment
various altenew inks
pinkfresh studio - diagonal stitch rectangle

Thursday, 19 May 2022

Congrats On Your Baby-Saur

Who knew dinosaurs and babies could be so cute together?
Today, I'm keeping it simple for the Les Is More Challenge, where they would like you to 'use a tag'.

I started by adding some paper strips to my card panel - then I die cut the tag in the centre, and popped it back up on some foam tape. Then all it needed was a little dino scene and a cute sentiment.  Job done :o)

mft - babysaurus, coloured with copics
mft sentiment - hello little one
avery elle postage stamp die

Sunday, 15 May 2022

A Great Big Thank You

Do you ever buy something and then have no idea how to use it ? That's me with these 3D embossing folders. I have no clue what I'm doing with them, or if they really fit my 'style'. But, I need to persevere and give them a chance.
For my first attempt I kept things very simple. I do love the gorgeous texture.

I began by die cutting the big 'thank you'  into a piece of cardstock and then embossed it with the herringbone folder. I popped it up with foam tape and added a border. Then I die cut the smaller 'thank you' piece from gold glitter card and inserted it into the space.


***Add Some Sparkle***

altenew - 3D embossing herringbone folder
avery elle - postage stamp die
the stamp market - great big thank you

Friday, 13 May 2022

It's Your Birthday - Let's Pawty

Hello. Is it even a party if there's no dog there? ;o)

I had fun today with mix and matching stamps for this all over background. I started with the pup, ball and flower, then filled in larger spaces with the 'woof' and bone. 

I found that I still had some gaps, so I filled these with the heart, and then used a black fineliner to add the dots. Sometimes it's hard to know when to stop!!



mft stamps- dog (little buddies) flower (sow much cuteness) heart (sweet somebunny)
ball and sentiment (woof pack) 
bone - hero arts it's fiesta time
copics, gems ,white gel pen

Monday, 9 May 2022

Let's Run Away And Live In The Woods

We've just had a lovely few days away in our caravan. The weather was gorgeous and we found a great new way to get to the beach, along a golf course and through some woods. So, when I saw the 'vacation' theme at 
Time Out this was the scene that popped into my head. 

I inked up the background and used a small, circle die as a mask, for the moon. I really love those die cut trees. They're a new purchase and I can already see they're going to get lots of use. My caravan was coloured with copics, fussy cut and popped up with foam pads, and the sentiment was heat embossed.

Then..... I blew everything at the last minute by trying to add some stars to the night sky, with a white gel pen!! Argh!  How DO you draw stars????
I tried to make it look better by adding some white spots, but by then I was just digging a deeper hole.


Time Out 

avery elle - home sweet home, coloured with copics
altenew blue inks      mft - tall trees dies
pinkfresh studio - diagonal stitch rectangle 
sentiment - clearly besotted, time to relax

Saturday, 30 April 2022

You're Old... But You're Still Roar-Some

Today I'm saying Happy Birthday to my dh, who turns 60 today!!
That's old!  Obviously, I'm a lot younger than him 😉

I thought it would be fun to create a little dinosaur scene, and I made the sentiment up with some tiny alphabet stamps.
'You're so old...  and inside it says 'but you're still roar-some' :o)

Optional Scenic Theme

mft - babysaurus coloured with Copics and  tall trees dies
circle nestie     pinkfreshstudio - diagonal stitch rectangle

Friday, 29 April 2022

Welcome Little one

What a joy it was last week to welcome our gorgeous, new grandson.
After a few days in the neonatal unit, both mum and baby were released home and are doing well.

I used this cute, giraffe die for their card  - keeping it very simple and opting for soft colours with that little bit of baby boy, blue for the background.


mft - joyful giraffe, in and out stitched squares, fish tail flag die

Tuesday, 26 April 2022

Reading Is My Favourite Sport

Hello. Are you a reader? I love books, but I don't have the physical space for them anymore, so I treated myself to a Paperwhite. I love it! It goes everywhere with me, and is perfect for reading outside, even on sunny days.
So, this image called to me - books and coffee - what could be better?

It's the dreaded one layer challenge at Less Is More this fortnight - and they'd like to see an off centre image. I did a little bit of easy masking with some post-it notes, and held my breath as I stamped right onto the card base! I'm amazed! Not a smudge, or random blob of ink anywhere :o)

I coloured the images with copics and added some glossy accents to the glasses.


waffle flower crafts - books and coffee, coloured with copics
glossy accents.

Sunday, 24 April 2022

Have A Dino-mite Birthday

I'm having some fun with colour again today, and going  for the bold, bright shades of pink, orange and green from the Color Throwdown Challenge

This Birthday stamp had been a bit neglected because I found it tricky to line up and get a good image. Now though, I have a stamping platform that makes the job much easier. It's so nice to be able to stamp over in the same place for a crisper image.

My camera skills (such as they are) escaped me today - and everything looks a bit flat - all the elements are die cut and popped up with foam tape though, so it has some dimension.


Color Throwdown

mft - happy birthday blend stamp and die 
mft -  babysaurus stamp set coloured with copics
distress ink - pickled raspberry, carved pumpkin


Thursday, 21 April 2022

And That's A Wrap

Today I'm sharing a simple snippets card with you, that I made for my eldest daughter.
She completed her PhD, in cardiac physiology, a while ago, but the ceremonies were cancelled, due to COVID.
A couple of weeks ago she finally got to wear the floppy hat ! :-)

Alphabet dies are great for using up even the smallest snippets of card.
Here, I layered a few pieces together, and coloured the top layer with my ecoline brush pens (great pens if you want a bold, vibrant colour).
Getting the letters in a perfect line is always tricky, so I didn't even attempt it here - and I like the more relaxed result.


And here's a photo of my daughter in her coveted floppy hat and gown,
with my grandson, Bailey.

mft - stitched alphabet dies, coloured with ecoline brush pens
lower case 'a' sizzix bug in a rug, alphabet die
avery elle postage stamp die
star from clearly besotted

Monday, 18 April 2022

Have A Roar-Some Birthday

Hope you've all had a lovely Easter. The weather here in Yorkshire has been gorgeous, and yesterday we enjoyed a stroll in Roundhay Park. Today I am enjoying some bank holiday peace and quiet, and absorbed myself in some copic colouring.

These cute dinosaurs are my latest purchase -  I thought they would be great for all the little boy cards I am going to need. Here, I have just stamped them straight onto a card panel and coloured them with purple and green copics. 


 #39  Purple & Green
mft - babysaurus coloured with copics
mama elephant - labeled messages stamped in altenew ink ultra violet
pinkfresh studio - diagonal stitch rectangle