Tuesday, 22 October 2019



Today was the first chance I have had to craft in ages.
I know it sounds ridiculous, but I was really nervous to make a card.
It's like I'd forgotten everything.
Does anyone else feel like that, after a time away?

To help me get started, I turned to the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge.

It was also my first time inking up this Christmas Moose - 
isn't he the cutest - and so easy to colour.

clearly besotted - happy christmoose, coloured with copics
mft - inside and out stitched squares

Sunday, 8 September 2019



There's no excuse not to join the Library Challenge this week.
It's a 'reader's choice', so you can choose any book you like for inspiration.

I have been trying to guess the books from the current entries, 
but have failed miserably  :-)

Can you guess my inspiration book?

It was my first time inking this stamp set up, so I stamped every image a few times, die-cut them all, and then played around with them until my country house came together.

It's a simple design, but creating 3D elements by using foam tape, gives it more interest.

Did you guess my book?
It's what I am currently reading...

Jane Austen's Mansfield Park.

Wplus9 - neighbors stamp and die set.
Copics.   MFT - rectangle die 

Sunday, 1 September 2019



This week I ended up down a rabbit hole of quilt patterns.
Hubby told me not to get excited - I don't have time (or money) for another hobby :-)
So, I satisfied my craving by quilting with paper.

Here's the card I made for my dd and sil's 3rd wedding anniversary.

I began by inking up a panel with a rainbow of distress inks. 
I then used a small, stitched die to cut little squares.
I love how the stitching on the die, adds to the 'quilt' look.
Then I cut the squares into triangles, and with some plain white die-cuts, made up my 'quilt' pattern.

I added the letters for Annabel and Andy, and popped the whole thing up on my card base.
Finally, for some extra interest, I stuck some plain, white, leafy dies underneath.

This was fun to make, and there are so many quilt patterns out there to guide your design.
It's definitely something I will revisit.


Anything Goes

mft stamps - in and out stitched square dies, stitched alpha
distress ink
the works - leaf die

Sunday, 25 August 2019



I actually made it into my craft room today!
I let the puppy in and tried to persuade him to sit in his bed.
No such luck. 
After 10 minutes hoovering up every scrap of paper and sequin on the floor, trying to drag things off shelves, and then weeing on the carpet (him, not me!) 
I gave up.

I managed to make this card whilst he was sleeping.

I'm playing along at The Library Challenge, 
where the inspiration is a terrific sounding kids' book..
'Don't Let the Pigeon on the Bus'

My card was quick and simple.
I die cut lots of clouds and stuck them to a card panel.
Then I added my 'pigeon', a branch for him to perch on,
and an embossed sentiment.

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!: Amazon.co.uk: Mo Willems: 9781844285136: Books

Wplus9 - Happy Birds, coloured with Copics
The leaves die is from a set I got at The Works
Copics.   Wow Embossing Powder

And if anyone is wondering how the puppy is getting on, here he is with his best mates.
You can follow his antics on Instagram at Buster Paton

Saturday, 10 August 2019



I'm heading to the library again today,
with an all time classic for inspiration...
The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

As usual, I had to get creative with my supplies,
using copic markers to turn this cat image into a tiger.
I think I might have got away with it  ;o)

Image result for the tiger who came to tea 

Cat/Tiger -  MamaElephant 3 Amigos, coloured with Copics
Cupcake - Lawn Fawn, Beep Boop Birthday
Hi + Sentiment - WPlus9 Friends for all Seasons
Clouds Dies - Memory Box

Tuesday, 30 July 2019



Flying by today with a simple card for the 'small images' theme,
at Less is More.

FACT : Having a puppy makes it easier to create CAS cards  :o)
I have no time to overthink what I'm doing - just straight into my craft room - a simple image and sentiment - 
a touch of colour - and BAM! 
I'm done.
What works for you?

mft - hello little one, coloured with copics
mft - stitched scallop basic edges die
echo park - bundle of joy dp

Thursday, 25 July 2019



Phew! It's a scorcher here today.
I definitely wanted to sit in the cool of the library
and read the afternoon away.

I dug deep into my stash for this week's challenge
and found this little, fish stamp in an old Papermania set.

I stamped him all over my card panel, and used Copics for the colouring.
Then I simply popped up the panel on some coloured card and added the sentiment banner.
It would have been cute to change the sentiment to say..
a million birthday fishes... but in the end it was too much fiddling about!  :0)

papermania - stamping for him.   copics
mft - fish tail flag die     mama elephant - birthday messages

Saturday, 20 July 2019



I'm still struggling to get into my craft room, with the new puppy running around.
It's another week before he can go out for walks, and I can tire him out!  :-)

Here's another card made in between his naps.

I didn't have time to colour the leopards before it had to be posted off,
but I kind of like the simple look of them.


mft - cloud stencil, loveable leopards, 
neat and tangled - journaling alpha
distress ink - tumbleed glass

Sunday, 7 July 2019



Eek! New puppy in the house!
Watching a pup and trying to craft are mutually exclusive,
so I nipped into my craft room every time he was napping,
to create this simple belated birthday card.

I managed to find a couple of old strawberry stamps in my stash -
sorry I don't know what make they are.
I stamped and masked the back ones, and then fussy cut the others and popped them up with foam tape.
Originally the cake stand was a flat, black stamp, but it just needed a bit of a lift, so I covered it with one stamped in green and also fussy cut.

Not perfect, but I was in a rush :-)


And here's the guy who's keeping me out of the craft room...


plate stand - stampin' up, on a pedestal
copics   altenew fresh leaf ink
Sentiment - mama elephant birthday messages

Monday, 1 July 2019



Today I'm sharing a quick, and funny (I hope) card,
for the Time Out Challenge

I used a piece of graph paper in the bottom of my stamping platform, to line up all those letters (one row at a time), because they can be tricky little things. Annoyingly they stick to your finger, tweezers and just about anything, when you're try to adjust them.
I find a piece of card is best to push them into place, and I don't worry too much if they're not perfect.
It all adds to the 'handmade' look, right?

mama elephant - tiny ninjas     copics
lawn fawn - violet's abcs

Friday, 28 June 2019



I stan laurafadora (in a good way!)   :-)

and when I saw THIS stunning card, I wanted to CASE it.

Here's my attempt...

To make the 'quilt' I covered a piece of card with small strips of dp then cut it into two 2" x 2" squares. 
The squares were then cut into 2 triangles, 
and then these triangles were each cut into 2,
giving you 8 pieces in total.
Then you simply arrange the pieces into your 'quilt' design.
(Laura has a great step by step video to follow).

I used a textured cardstock, for added interest, 
and some glitter paper for a touch of bling.


Anything Goes

papermania textured card stock
mft - in and out stitched square die
mama elephant - birthday messages

Tuesday, 25 June 2019



It's chucking it down here in Yorkshire today,
and the only chance of a rainbow, is this one coming out of my craft room!

I know. I know.
Those damn rainbow sentiments aren't quite lined up perfectly, 
are they?
It's so annoying. 
But they're stuck down fast. Argh!

I'm entering this for...

An Unrushed Walk Through A Very Different Time - The Rainbow by D.H. Lawrence | Byte The Book

mft - love you a bunch, coloured with copics
mama elephant birthday messages - embossed onto mft fishtail flag dies and then coloured over with zig clean color real brush markers.

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: Amazon.co.uk: 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