Monday, 30 March 2020



I can't seem to concentrate on much at the moment, 
so for inspiration I've turned to my favourite sketch challenge,

I found this a tricky sketch,
 but thought I couldn't go wrong with a pop of bright yellow and a puppy :o)

mft - 4 legged friends with flowers from 'sow much cuteness'
copic markers

Friday, 27 March 2020



I think we could all do with an extra hug right now.

I love designer paper pads,  but it's been a long time since I used any on my cards.
This seems as good a time as any, to drag that dusty box out from under my craft desk and start using them up.

The image was stamped once in fuchsia and turquoise inks, 
and then the fox was stamped and fussy cut, coloured with Copics and placed on top.
I added some lovely, glossy accents to the letters.


altenew - hug me   and inks, fuchsia and turquoise
copics     white gel pen   

Saturday, 21 March 2020



I blew the crafting budget this month - why the hell not?
And, these ice lollies are from my new 'summer scoops' set by SugarPea Designs.

I kept my card nice and simple for the CAS(E) this sketch challenge, but I did manage to try 2 new tips that I picked up from the amazing Jennifer McGuire

You've probably all been doing these clever things forever, but if not give them a go... 

1. Each lolly only needed one ink colour. Stamping over your ink with Versamark gives you a darker shade. This is brilliant for layered stamps.

2. For the lolly sticks (for example) I usually stamp each stick, then place the die over the top, tape it down and cut it. Fiddly, yeah?
Instead, I die cut a template that I stuck down into my stamping platform. Then, I die cut all the sticks from white card, inlaid them into the template one at a time, and stamped them.
Does that make sense? 
I will definitely do my die cutting this way in future, it was so much quicker.


SugarPea Designs - Summer Scoops
Inks - Altenew - Sea Breeze, Citrus Burst, Baby Pink
          Versacolor - Lime, Lavender, Bisque

Wednesday, 18 March 2020



The latest Less is More challenge 
is a colour palette of red, raspberry and grey.

This was one of those cards that, for some reason,  proved really tricky to photograph.
IRL the raspberry frame has a lovely texture to the card, and it's popped up with foam all the way round.

My hippo was coloured with copics, and a little gold embossing for the sprinkles.


clearly besotted - 'cooling off ' with sentiment from 'time to relax' and striped stencil
copics     wow metallic gold embossing powder
mft rectangle stax dies

Tuesday, 10 March 2020



Just a quick and simple card today,
for this week's Inkspirational Challenge
where the theme is animals - real or magical.

I guess this cocktail, drinking hippo would fall into the 'magical' category!
He was coloured with a combination of copics and zig markers, then popped up onto a distress ink hillside.


clearly besotted - cooling off and scene it more
mft - happy birthday script die
distress ink - twisted citron
copics and zig clean color real brush markers

Sunday, 8 March 2020



I DO love flowers, but floral cards are my nemesis.

I have banned myself from buying any more flower stamps,
but every now and then, I dig deep into my stash
and try again.

I got all my inks out and played around with various colours.
A stamp platform is brilliant for this, it makes it so much easier to line up those layers and stamp multiple roses and leaves.

Some combos worked - others were binned filed :-)

Overall, I'm pretty chuffed with how my card turned out.


******Spring Florals*****

altenew - vintage roses
sentiment from wplus9, modern anemones
mft - stitched rectangle scallop die
inks - altenew, spring bouquet, deep blue seas
          distress ink combos - mustard seed, spiced marmalade, ripe persimmon
          abandoned coral, barn door, fired brick,
          spiced marmalade, ripe persimmon, barn door