Monday, 27 February 2017

Baa Humbug!

Hello and thank you for your visit.

I'd like to welcome my latest follower Janet who I met last year when she did a class at a Retreat I went to in November.

As I was so behind with Christmas cards last year I've made a good start for 2017 and already have 75 done.  Another 35 and I'll have them all finished!

I have done lots of batch making and made a dozen similar to this card (not all the same sentiment!) using  Hobby Arts stamps set.  It is a favourite of mine and  has  several sheep and different hats in the set.

The background was done with distress inks and flicked with water and the hills die, which I've used over and over again I won in one of Darnell's NBUS challenges some time ago.

I would like to join in with Mo's Rudolph Day Challenge which she runs each month from 25th till the end of the month.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Home Tweet Home

Hello and Welcome!

I had a play this afternoon with my Crayola Stix crayons and acrylic paper.

I scribbled lots of colour onto the paper then blended with my fingers.  It looked very bright so I gave it a coat of white Gesso and when it was dry did some stencilling with Milled Lavender DI for the background .

Then using a Jofy set I stamped the tree sideways to make branches and added the birdhouse.  I extended the branches at the bottom with a fine marker then coloured with Promarkers.

The bird was stamped onto a scrap of white card and watercoloured  with a bit of clear sparkle pen on top then cut him out and stuck him to the branch with foam pads.

To finish I put purple crayon round the edge and again rubbed with my finger.  The heart is punched from white card and also has a bit of sparkle pen on top of the milled lavender DI.

I think my card might have been more suitable for Halloween, don't you?

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Stamping Sensations - February (Animal Magic) 
Make My Monday challenge #40 (Birds)
The Alphabet Challenge - Y for You Choose
Brown Sugar challenge #239 - Anything Goes)

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

The Little Deer

Hello and thank you for visiting my blog.

I chose the title for this card as it reminds me of  my hubby's Nan.  I knew her from the age of fifteen.

  She was the sweetest person and very special to me.  She used to say it when referring to babies, dogs, cats and even the birds feeding in her garden (the spelling of cause would have been dear).

The image is a Hobby Art  stamp and was dug out of a box of numerous stamped images that I'm trying to use up.

It was cut with a Nellie Snellin die and the heart was punched  from the kraft circle.

The papers are from my snippets box and the flowers were punched from the strip of paper then shaped from behind.

I am popping over to join in at Pixies Snippets Playground - Weeks 269 & 270
I would also like to join in at   The Cuttlebug Mania Challenge - It's a Zoo Out there

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Out for an inking!

Good Afternoon and I hope you're having a good day.

I decided to get some of my old stamps out for an inking.  This card was made using a Hero Arts stamp and Sizzix die from a set I've had for quite a few years.

I stamped the background card with a versamark pad and embossed with clear embossing powder. I used three marker pens to ink up the same stamp then diecut the image and layered up with foam pads.

I gave up on trying to photograph this after a while as either the heat embossing on the background didn't show or the flower image looked blown out.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge blog - Week 403 (anything  goes)
 Sweet Stampin'  - Flowers
Shopping Our Stash #290 - No Hearts

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Lots of Paper Piercing !!!

Good Morning and today I'm sharing with you a blast from the past.

I was just commenting on Mrs.As blog and was reminded of  some cards I made ten or more years ago. Hence, a very wonky and fuzzy photo.

I bet some of you will remember when Petra, a lady from Holland was on Create and Craft regularly with all sorts of kits, stamps and especially brass stencils for doing all sorts of things.

Well I bought a kit of these pricking cards and really enjoyed making them at the time.

A sentiment was added later.  What a shame I didn't put a butterfly on this one!

Did anyone else buy these?  I'm off to watch Chocolate Baroque on Hochanda now.

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope you have enjoyed your day.  I've had a good one.

We had our weekly lunch meet-up with friends and today I had my first pizza for a long time and a big glass of red wine.

This is the card I made for my hubby this year.

It is quite a small card and my first using an Elizabeth Crafts die.  The set includes the main two working pieces, the frame and several small charm pieces, including the little heart.

Although  I had seen it demonstrated on The Craft Channel (now no longer available, sadly) it took a bit of working out and I cut my own base pieces.

I used a small amount of Stampin' Up paper and lots of small pieces of card plus the peel off (silver) hearts and some strips of peel offs from my stash.

This is how the card looks when the ribbon is pulled.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Sole Mate!

Hello and Welcome!

There's not a lot I can say about this card really.

It was made with a Woodware set.  After stamping the boots I coloured them with Promarkers then tangled onto them.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Sweet Stampin' (Masculine)

Creative Inspirations #268 - (Anything Goes)

Creative Craft Cottage #81 (Anything Goes)

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, 10 February 2017

Butterfly with Ferns!

Welcome and thank you for visiting.

Well the exciting news is that earlier this week I was one of the very lucky winners of Rachel's Mystery Candy box - a very generous gift voucher.   I've enjoyed hours of browsing!

I made this card to enter into Mrs A's
Butterfly Challenge  #72 (P for Paper Piercing and/or  colour Fern.

 I know I've got a fern stamp lurking somewhere but this is the best I could come up with after a major hunt and I was obviously having a senior moment as I just needed the colour fern, not a stamp.

 I already had  the background which is white card spritzed with a green spray,  years ago so I stamped round the edge and pierced the corners.

I also pierced a circle on the green scalloped mount but I need not have bothered as it doesn't show up on the photo because I used a very fine pokey tool for that job.  I added some sparkly pen to the dragon flies and underside of the butterfly wings then went over the top with distress inks!!!

I hope you like my card.   I wasn't too unhappy with how it turned out in the end.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Woolly Jumper

Hello and Welcome!

I actually bought this Elizabeth Crafts  sweater and hanger set in December to use for Christmas cards as it comes with the cutest little reindeer head.

It didn't get used at Christmas time so I thought I ought to use it before the warm weather arrives .....

I used a scrap of smooshed card which was on my desk to cut out the jumper then embossed it together with a snippet of black card which I then rubbed over with pink Inca Gold.

I put it together on a Presscut stepper die cut and added some snippets of SU paper with the knitted pattern to decorate the sides and bottom.

I will certainly be making some Christmas sweaters for my cards  Christmas cards this year.

I'd like to join in with the following challenges:
Pixies Snippets Playground - Week 267 & 268
Crafty Creations #334 (Anything Goes
Craft Hazel's Patterned Paper - February  

Monday, 6 February 2017

Love Hearts

Hello and thank you for your visit.

This is a card I made a while ago  using a piece of acrylic paper which I covered with Crayola Slick Stix in a few hot colours then blended  with fingers and an almost dry babywipe.

I dry brushed on some white gesso then when dry stamped with some script and a few stars in black before distressing the edge.

The large hearts were stamped and embossed using one of Leonie Pujol's stamps then fussy cut.  I added some red pen to the edges then some glossy accents.

the little hearts are punched from a scrap and the Happy Anniversary stamp is by Hobby Art and I put some glossy accents over that too.

I would like to join in with the following challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers  #181 - Love, love love
Crafty Calendar Challenge - February (Love is in the Air)

Saturday, 4 February 2017

That Panda Again!

Hello and thank you for taking the time to pop by and visit today.

Yesterday I had trouble with my laptop and kept losing internet connection so I apologise if I've not got round to visit you yet.  I'll be catching up with you over the weekend

A few days ago I shared a card I'd made where I used this little panda.
  He came with a few other stamps and the embossing folder as a freebie with a magazine recently.

I was so taken with this cute little chap that I started using the set straight away and made several card with the set.

For this one I used the paws, randomly for the background and cut a Nellie Snellen heart die from some silver mirri card.  I replaced his balloon with a sentiment from a Paula Pascal set and coloured it with a red sparkle pen.

For the second card I embossed the waste and put some red card  at the back.  Both cards were made with white card stock although they look more cream coloured in the photos which were taken in the evening.

I would like to enter the first card into  the Sweet Stampin' challenge - Love is in the Air

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

New Baby

Hello and Welcome!

This card was made last year but hasn't been shown on my blog before.

It works well for Darnell's  NBUS Challenge # 10 as I used a piece of bubble wrap on some gelli plate print which I cut out with a De'Sire  scalloped die.

I used the same die to cut out the frame for  the stamped image.  This was raised up on sticky pads although it looks as if it is inset.  A strange optical illusion!

The baby in the hot air balloon is an old stamp which I bought second hand but have only used the once.  It's wood mounted but I don't know who the maker is.

The little puffy fabric stars are embellishments that were in a packet given to me by a friend who was having a clear out.

I would also like to join in at:
The Allsorts Challenge Week 400 - Lets Celebrate

Tuesday, 31 January 2017


It's one of those  miserable murky days here today so I decided to have a lazy one.

I had a nice lie in and shortly we're off to the pub for our regular Tuesday lunch date with friend.

My heater is on so this afternoon the plan is to spend several hours crafting in my snuggly cabin watching the birds feeding  ... what more could a woman want.

Late last year I needed some quick cards to fill up my charity box so I made a selection of toppers like this one.

Just some distress inks rubbed through holes I punched on a scrap of card then overstamped with a selection of stamps using black Archival ink,  I punched the corners and mounted onto black card then stuck them onto white A6 cards - finished!

I'm joining in at That's Crafty challenge - Round and Round

Friday, 27 January 2017

Rudolph Day - 2017

Hello Everyone!

I borrowed this Cardio Christmas tree stamp from my friend Jacky.

Whilst sorting out my peel off  boxes I found several packets of these holographic dots in various colours and thought they'd be perfect for batch making.

I  stamped a dozen trees and took them, with the peel offs, to the village craft club on Monday and made the toppers in two colourways.

The colours of the large dots are pink and blue although the holographic hasn't photographed too well and the small ones are silver glitter and blue.

The other batch I made in traditional colours - red, green and gold.

I'd like to join in with Mo's Rudolph Day challenge where Maureen invites us to show Christmas cards in her challenge from the 25th until the end of each month.  

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Happy Panda!

Hello and thank you for your visit.

First I would like to warmly welcome my two new followers Maxine and Sue .  I'm sure lots of you know them both well.  Both make super cards so do pay a visit.

Having seen lots of cards made using Sue Wilson's  Shadow Box dies I just had to get a some.  This is the first card I've made with the set and it was great fun although it took much longer than expected.

I used snippets of paper from my stash behind the main die and scraps of white card for everything else using glitter pens and a Wink of Stella gold pen for colouring.

The panda stamp came free with a magazine. I paper pieced his balloon and added clear sparkle pen to his white bits.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Pixies Snippets Playground Weeks 265 & 266 
Darnell's NBUS Challenge  #9
Sweet Stampin' - Dies and punches   

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Tag Die Card

 Hello and thank you for visiting me today.
Today I'm  catching up with housework and laundry today but I spent yesterday playing in my cabin.

The die is a new purchase from Elizabeth Crafts. The main die makes a tag flip card which can be used on any size card although I choose to make mine A6.  There are several other dies in the set.

All the stamps are from the same set which came with a Creative Stamping magazine and it was the first time they'd been inked up.  Goodness knows why as it's a very pretty Deco set of stamps.

I began by colouring the front and inside of my card with Distress ink although it looks a bit pale in the photo. All tags were cut out using a scrap of card from my snippets box which had previously been coloured with an old tea bag.  I used to do that a lot before  Distress inks became available.

I  would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Craft Rocket Challenge  #31  (Add a bow)

The Ribbon Girl  (Any Image

Stamping Sensations January (Coffee and Cream)

Crafty Addicts Challenge #32 (Monochrome)

Sunday, 15 January 2017

You're a Star!

Hello and welcome!

First - I managed to track down my newest follower Anne and she is quite new to blogging so I do hope you will be able to pay her a visit.

My card today was made for my brother in law's birthday this month.  Believe me, he really is a star.

I retrieved a piece of a gelli plate print from my snippets box.  I used a mask to add the texture paste and when it was dry added inka gold and stickles to some of the stars then rubbed inka gold round the edge.

The planet is cut from scraps of used envelopes.  I added a little sparkle pen on the planet and also onto the happy birthday sentiment although it doesn't show up well in the photo.

I used the cleaned up star mask with Pumice Stone DI to decorate the background.  Unfortunately the photo is a bit blown out on the right hand side.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
The Male Room #51  (Anything Goes)
Shopping Our Stash #285 (Stickle Me Elmo)
 A Bit More Time to Craft #36 (Anything goes)

Monday, 9 January 2017

Caught in Crystal

Hello and thank you very much for your visit today.

As I was out for most of the weekend  I'm still  catching up with visits so I apologise if I've not visited you recently.

I've been trying to think about what I could do for the Butterfly Challenge as I wasn't quite sure what colour to use. Then I remembered the caught in crystal technique which I've not used for several years.

Using some acetate packaging I got out a small selection of green and yellow ink pads, spread the colour randomly onto the acetate and then spritzed with water.

I zig- zagged on top with Glossy Accents and sprinkled on a little glitter then laid a piece of crumpled up tissue on top, pressed down a little and left for a day to dry.

The butterfly was cut with memory box dies from scraps of card and paper and the right hand panel is a scrap of white card which I embossed and rubbed lightly with metallic rub ons.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
 The Butterfly challenge #69 - Z for zero and/or zucchini
Pixies Snippets Playground Weeks 263 & 264 
Making Memories Challenge #1 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Enjoying the Snow

First of all I'd like to give a very warm welcome to my new follower Anne.

Sorry I can't find you Anne but I wonder if you are the Anne I met at the Loobi Craft classes.  If so I hope we'll meet up again soon.

There's a bit of a story behind this card.  As there's just the two of us and a bachelor friend for Christmas I make it as easy for myself as I can.  Instead of baking I buy it all now - including mince pies.

The image began life as half the front of a Waitrose  mince pie box.  I love to recycle  so  after cutting up the box I selected the piece I wanted to use and trimmed to size.

I stuck a piece of double sided adhesive paper on top, peeled off the the back and covered the image with glitter.

I matted onto black card and tore along the bottom.  After adding the ribbon I mounted onto a long card (A6 folded the other way).  The centres of the snowflakes are dots of Cosmic Shimmer glue sprinkled with glitter.

Now the other side of the box had a different image on which became another card but I'll save that for another day.  As I bought several boxes of mince pies  I "batch baked" cards.

Now for my first public "Ooops" of the year.

  For those of you who didn't find my mistake on the previous post - I made a masking mistake with the umbrella.   I've made it look as if  the handle of the umbrella is going down inside the front of her coat ....

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Christmas Sparkles  #72 (Lots of Glitter)
Christmas Cards All Year Round - January  (add Snowflakes)
A Gem of a Challenge #184 (Anything Christmas)

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Under the Weather!

As this is my first post of 2017  I'd like to take the opportunity to wish everybody a very happy and healthy New Year with lots of crafty fun.

There seem to be so many bugs around at the moment.   If  YOU are under the weather  I do hope that you will soon be feeling well again.

I made this card using the stamp set that came with my Creative Stamping magazine a couple of days ago.

I did some masking, a bit of colouring and paper piecing for the umbrella, coat and wellies.

I used my MISTI to stamp the raindrops and both sentiments.  "Sending Hugs" is from a Hero Arts stamp set.

I'm popping over with my card  to Pixies Snippets Playground - Week 262

Ooops! have you noticed the mistake!!!!  I'll give you a clue - it's a masking mistake .........