Thursday, 29 July 2021

As Cute As ABC

I took the plunge last week, and bought some Clearly Besotted stamps - 
WITHOUT dies!!  Eek!
I really couldn't resist them, but I'm going to have to
brush up on my fussy cutting skills.

I stamped and fussy cut my letters, coloured them with copics and
attached them with foam pads to a distress oxide, stenciled background. 

Then I found a sweet sentiment that was just perfect for 
what I needed.

I don't want to jinx it by saying too much, 
 but I think I've finally found a white pen that really works!!
This is a Uni-ball Signo Broad pen.


Simon Says Wednesday Challenge

Anything Goes, with the option of Slimline

clearly besotted - cute as abc
mft - sunray stencil
altenew sentiment - hug me
distress oxide - fossilized amber
copic markers

Sunday, 25 July 2021

Flowers Make Me Happy

Flowers definitely make me happy  -  creating flower cards, not so much!! 
I find them so tricky.
Fortunately,  Altenew has a great layering guide for these garden picks dies.

After die cutting all those pieces, I coloured them with copics
and then layered them up.
This literally took me hours!
But what took longer was the search, on every table top, over every floor,
and even through the kitchen bin, for one of those teeny, tiny dies.
It never did turn up!

Note to self: do not let these dies out of your sight for a single minute!


Addicted to Stamps and More

altenew - garden pics, coloured with copics
pinkfresh studio - diagonal stitch rectangle

Friday, 23 July 2021

Sew Much Fun

Phew... is anyone else melting?
My craft room is in the conservatory - which is a total no-go zone in this heat.
So, I've been sat in front of the fan with this little stitching project.

This was a great stitch to use, it took me a while,
but it's much faster than an all over cross stitch.
I played along over at the color hues challenge, so my colours are lime green,
a blue aqua, with a neutral shade just to break things up.

Tip: glossy accents is great for getting that sentiment to stick to the yarn.

Lime Green & Aqua

mama elephant - pegworks die, labeled messages
altenew ink - lime

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

Happy Anni-bearsary

It's my Anniversary today. 
36 years married to my soul mate.

For my hubby's card, I had to reach for my favourite bears.

Momma bear gets to wear a pink jumper - in this heat!!
And daddy bear gets some cool shorts.

The shorts were easy to create, using the stamp for the bottom of the jumper,
and just drawing in the legs and some ties with a fine liner.


Watercooler Wednesday

sugarpea designs - hey winter
waffleflower crafts - rainbow paper

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

A Little Bird Told Me

Usually, if you want a plant killed, I'm your man!
However, this year, I have manged to not only keep some house plants alive,
but also to grow some tomatoes and green beans. 
I have excelled myself :o)

That's why this week's Inkspirational theme caught my eye.

Hmmm... now I look at this card again, I wish I had added a lot more plants,
but, I'm new to gardening, so maybe next time!  ;-)

Inkspirational Challenge

mft - sittin' pretty, cat & plant perches
mama elephant - labeled messages
pinkfresh studio - diagonal stitched rectangles

Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Let's Hear It for the Boys

Hello. I've always struggled with masculine cards, but now that I have a grandson,
I'm looking at them in a whole new light.
Cards for boys can be cute too. 

This little guy is just hanging out, on the doorstep,
with his best buddies.


Addicted to Stamps and More

mft - sittin' pretty / woof pack / little buddies
rectangle stax dies

Tuesday, 15 June 2021


I dug extra deep into my stash for this CAS card
and came up with this little, car die.

It's from a set that was one of my first ever die purchases - 
back when I told myself that I probably wouldn't use dies that much.
Ha ha!

I sat a little piggy inside the car and, as luck would have it,
his trotters were in the perfect place to draw in a steering wheel.
Then I added the balloons and a tiny bow.

I did really struggle to add a few highlights.
The pen just wouldn't work properly.
It was only when I was clearing away that I realised I'd been
trying to use a glue pen, instead of my white gel pen.  Duh!


Less is More

Provocraft car die
mft -party animals/ bow from bundle of baby clothes
sentiment - mama elephant, birthday messages

Sunday, 13 June 2021


Now I've had my 2nd COVID jab, I'm looking forward to
a fiesta filled summer. 
Lots of picnics and BBQs, and fun time with the family - 
starting next weekend with Father's Day.

This fun card is for my hubby, from the dog !   :o)

It's just simple die-cuts, coloured with copics
and popped up on foam tape.
Argh! I managed to smudge the sentiment all over, when I was
adding some last minute white highlights.

Inspired By Challenge

I was inspired by masculine, food, and red checks.

hero arts - it's fiesta time
pinkfresh studio - diagonal stitch rectangle die
copic markers

Wednesday, 9 June 2021


Today I'm sharing a very simple card, for the 

Less is More Challenge

where they want to see your favourite technique.

My favourite thing is die-cutting. Is that even a technique??
Hopefully, this inlay method makes it one.

This sentiment has a few layers.
The 'base' pieces were die-cut from a foam sheet, with a layer of white card on top. Then the top pieces were cut from card and coloured with zigs.

I cut the sentiment into a white card panel and then inlaid the letters.
This is a great technique for me - if I just add letters on top of card
I really struggle to get them all lined up perfectly. 


Less is More 

the stamp market -  2 piece hooray die
zig clean color real brush markers
mama elephant - birthday messages

Saturday, 5 June 2021


Masculine cards can be tricky for me,
so I was happy to get some inspiration from this week's

Inspired by Challenge

and get a twofer, into the bargain.

I don't have any skating images, so I took my inspiration from the white shelves, the teal blue colour,
and the tiny splashes of orange and yellow that I spied on the skateboards.
I couldn't bring myself to leave the card simple, with just the sentiment, so I ended up adding the cute fox and balloon.

It also seemed a shame to waste the strips that I had left over,
so I die-cut the panel again, in the dark teal, and used them in another card.


mft - diagonal sentiment strip
altenew - hug me, coloured with copics
colorado craft company sentiment - citrus berry cupcake

Friday, 28 May 2021


This little teepee stamp doesn't get inked up very often,
but it was the first thing that popped into my head
when I saw the 'triangle' theme at the INKSPIRATIONAL CHALLENGE

Just to add a few more triangles, I used a tree die from a Christmas set,
 snipping off the trunk piece at the bottom.

Now, looking at the card, I'm not sure if these triangles are trees, or mountains!!
But I like the way they turned out.



avery elle - home sweet home, coloured with copics
mft - oh christmas tree
pinkfresh studio - diagonal stitched rectangle