Tuesday, 2 June 2020


Celebrating 3000 wonderful cards shared across the world with

And to mark this amazing occasion Gail and Jo have arranged a BLOG HOP, with games and prizes throughout the month.... for details pop over to the CCC blog, check out the cards exchanged for May

This is the card I made and sent to Cat in the USA for the May challenge... I roughly used the sketch and the colours for my card.
I decided to make a floating frame card and to use the cutout section for Cat's card.
I stamped, coloured and die cut the flowers and leaves multiple times and then arranged them on the card front panel and keeping them in place with washi tape, die cut the centre rectangle.  Then carefully removing the tape and replacing the flowers mounted with foam tape.  I used gold Washi tape to create a border on a larger rectangle and attached the floating piece with foam sheet.  Then to finish stamped and gold embossed the sentiment and added gold Washi tape strips to top and bottom of card front.

This is the frame card I made with the outer section.

This is the lovely card Linda sent me... it's gorgeous

I hope you have time to leave a comment and maybe visit the CCC blog to join in the celebrations.
Thanks for stopping by my blog    ---   have a Happy Day  and stay safe

Card Recipe 
Stamps:   Altenew - Focus on You, Power Poppy - Everything's Even Rosier - sentiment
Dies: Spellbinders - nesting rectangles
Inks: Distress Ink - Old paper, Spun sugar, Pickled raspberry, Seedless preserves, Versamark
Other: Gold embossing powder, gold Washi tape

Monday, 1 June 2020

Sending All My Love

WHHOOOA - 1st of June.....already
this year seems definitely to be flying by
How do you feel about it?  and do hope life still continues well for you.

Today I have a card using the Just Add Ink sketch  and also bits from my stash...  the patterned paper scrap, the already coloured flower which I fussy cut which I used because the colours seems to match the PP, and the stamped sentiment- already die cut too  ... not too difficult to piece this together with the sketch in mind.
The Protea flower was stamped with Antique linen Distress Ink and coloured with pencils.

I am playing along with Just Add Ink challenge #507 - sketch    ...  AND   ...   Watercooler Wednesday WWC273 - Marsha's Challenge: All About Occasions   ....    ALSO  ...  Pixie's Snippets Playground, 
Snippets Playground Badge
Thanks for stopping by my blog  ...   have a Happy Day and Stay Safe


Card Recipe 

Stamps:   Ultimate Crafts - L'aquarelle designs - Protea, Close to My Heart - Typed Note - sentiment
Dies: Kaisercraft - nesting frames
Inks: Distress Ink - antique linen, Versamark - black
Other: coloured pencils, patterned paper

Saturday, 30 May 2020

Merry Christmas wreath

Thanks for popping in and hopefully you're well and keeping busy with some card making or craft....  I'm seeing a lot more finding time to try something new or pick up an interest from ages ago.

I have another Christmas card to add to my stash today... a quick and easy one.
Stamped and silver embossed my wreath image and watercoloured it with Twinkling H2Os, then added a touch of Crystal Drops.  Die cut the panel and used a bright matching PP for the background.  To finish I added a die cut sentiment.

I am playing along with Rudolph Days May challenge and have another card for the
Christmas Kickstart challenge #31  -- Wreathed in Christmas Smiles where you still have a few days to join in,
Thanks for stopping by my blog  ---   have a Happy Day and stay safe.


Card Recipe 
Stamps: Creative Stamping - Merry & Bright Christmas
Dies: Poppy Craft - Christmas sentiment, Poppy Craft - double stitched square nesting dies
Inks: Versamark
Other:  Silver embossing powder, Twinkling H2Os, Nuvo Clear Crystal Drops

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Heat embossing resist

How was your weekend??
Well it felt like a lazy Sunday here... but in actual fact I got four loads of washing done and dried..  because yesterday's drizzly cold weather has turned into a sunny Autumn day... bit cool but breezy for the washing...so I'm a happy person getting some crafty time too.  

 I was every bit inspired by this inspirational photo over at Just Add Ink #506 challenge --  great the colours - a lovely combination I would not think to use.

I started stamping the white flowers with Versamark and heat embossing with white embossing powder.  Next to get aubergine colour I mixed two shades of Distress Oxide ink on a small flower stamp and one by one I stamped and heat embossed with clear EP.  Then with a sponge I blended over Crushed Olive Distress Ink - and wiped away the excess when dry with a baby wipe.  I used blue DI to sponge in the bottom of the panel..
I die cut two vase in navy and purple card and used an embossing pen and clean EP to add dimension to the jars...and to finish stamped on the sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by my blog  ----    have a Happy Day and stay safe

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Darcie's Heart & Home - sentiment stamp
Dies: Build-a-Bouquet - vases
Inks:  Versafine - black, Versamark, Distress Inks - Crushed olive,  Distress Oxides - Wilted violet, Seedless preserves, Storm sky
Other:  White embossing powder, clear embossing powder 

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Stencilled butterfly

Hello and hope you're enjoying a spot of nice weather...
here we've had to dig out the warm clothes as the temp drops to the low teens (low 50sF) -
that's quite cold for us and we've shut the windows too and we don't heating to warm up the house..
so that's nice weather to do some crocheting..
here are my two latest squares for the Moogly event.

Now here is my card for the CAS Stencil challenge this month - Layered Stencilling

Not sure this makes a CAS card.. but I did have fun layering  a couple of stencils..
The big butterfly stencil was first attached to white card and blended over with Hickory smoke Distress Oxide.. then I searched out a flourish stencil to add some swirls to the wings. I positioned this stencil under the butterfly one so I wouldn't get ink outside the image... I used red and green inks and flipped the stencil to do the second wing and the colours have really softened since.

It was a bit tricky then to make a card with this large image, so I just framed it with lime green card and a slash of red to pull it all together.

Thanks for stopping by my blog  ---  have a Happy Day and stay safe.

Card Recipe 
Inks: Distress Oxides - Hickory Smoke, Candied Apple, Twisted Citron
Other:  Visible Image - Butterfly, Kaisercraft - Swirl flourish

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Two cards featuring Flowers

The monthly theme at
Twofer Card Challenge #27 - is FLOWERS
and right now we could all do with a bunch of flowers to brighten our days....
and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to use my favourite stamp

For my first card I inked the stamp with Festive berries Distress Ink and using the Misti stamped the image, a couple of times to get a good coverage.  I used coloured pencils to add depth and details and shading to the background (did you ever used blotting paper - as a student, to scribble colour onto and then lightly blend colour over the background).  To finish I die cut a square frame and attached these to a square red card, then added the stamped and white emboss sentiment on a strip of black card.

For the second card I stamped the image in the Misti with Antique linen Distress Ink and  then gave the flowers a light wash using Twinkling H2Os.  Then with the pencils I added depth and details.  I wasn't happy with the layout so I trimmed the panel and fussy cut the one flower. I stamped and silver embossed the sentiment on the panel then chose a lavender blue card layer to frame it onto a soft purple background and arranged the cut flower in the corner.

I am playing along with Twofer Card challenge #27 - Flowers   ....   The Flower Challenge #44  - Monochrome with my red card    .....   AND  ....   The Rainbow Card challenge for May - Vivaciously Violet with my purple card.
Thanks for stopping by my blog  ---   have a Happy Day and stay safe

Card Recipe - Red card
Stamps:Penny Black - Spontaneous Joy, Happy Little Stampers - Dandelion wishes (sentiment)
Dies: Poppy Craft - stitched square nesting dies, 
Inks: Versamark,  Distress Inks - Festive berries
Other:  white embossing powder, coloured pencils

Card Recipe  - Purple card
Stamps: Penny Black - Spontaneous Joy, Papercraft Essentials mag - Meadow Flowers (sentiment)
Inks:  Versamark, Distress Inks - Antique linen
Other:  silver  embossing powder, coloured pencils, Twinkling H2Os