Sunday, July 29

Two Cute

This week we have a numerical Little Extra challenge for you:
"We've Got Your Number"
Numbers and Fun? Those two words don't often appear in the same sentence, do they?Well, we'd like you to have some fun with numbers and put a numeral on your card - it's as easy as that"

I thought this would be perfect for my little niece's second birthday. I used a 12 x 12 scrapbook sheet by me and my big ideas that had a cute had drawn scene on. I used it to cover card blank. I cut the clouds and sun out to put in place with 3d foam.

The lamb I die-cut with the grass at the base to make it look like the lamb was sitting right in it. I assembled and layered the lamb with 1.5mm 3d foam that's a little thinner and gives a much nicer finish and not so bulky. The number two I die-cut from whipper snapper dp and used my cuttlebug tag alphabet and trimmed to keep proportion. I punched the daisies and placed on 3d foam and drew in the stems.

Thanks for looking ;)

Check My Heart

DCM - All Checked Out

Its my turn (Jane) to dare this week. Okay -are you ready ? For my dare you can choose any theme for the card BUT it must incorporate 'Checks', whether it be gingham paper or ribbon or squares, any thing really as long as it incorporates some kind of shape with 4 equal sides....... so go on- I dare you to think outside the square/step out of the box ..............easy as, eh ?!!
I noticed in my yummy fancy pants stamp set that there are quite a few checks, the right hand side of the card is a small row of squares that I repeatedly stamped to create a background. The heart on the main motif has checks on one half and the designer abstract paper has a soft checked pattern.
The heart was heat embossed with red ep, and the shadow for the sentiment is a bit dark but I wanted it to be seen. They are quite dark colours and think it would definitely suit a male.
I realise I am addicted to challenges now and just can't help myself. Thanks for Looking

Saturday, July 28


It's Not All Black and White

This was the limited supplies challenge on SCS The main idea is to use black ink on white card stock and then pretty it up with other papers and some embellishments. No markers or coloring tools.
Stamps: any Paper: white for stamped images + additional colors or patterned papers Ink: black ink; no markers or coloring tools Embellishments: any Tools: any (except coloring tools)
I made this quite quickly for me, I used Anna Griffin Sisters collection clear stamp to create the background. I'm still not very good at joining up the pattern repeat so covered most of it with ribbon. I die cut the tag and stamped the butterfly with black ink, attached with brad onto handmade paper and placed over ribbon with 3d foam. Thanks for looking.

Friday, July 27

One Month

I realise that I started my blog just One Month ago. Yeah

I am really enjoying it, it's great to be able to share my work and your feedback and lovely comments have been so encouraging. I am also inspired by all your blogs too the competition and artwork is outstanding. I hope you keep looking and any comments are very welcome.

Christmas in July (shock!)

I started this card a while ago and just wasn't able to finish it until...................
I received my order of Fancy Pants Pollen Dust stamps from That's Crafty such a good deal check them out they have the best price and it's free delivery.
I have been eyeing these stamps up for ages. They are sooooo Yummmmmmmy!!!
To finish this card I used the big flourish and stamped over the decorative paper from DCWV Christmas stack and used red embossing powder. I stamped the little girl hanging up stocking onto red card stock with black ink. Then I applied about three layers of clear embossing powder to give it a glossy finish. It's a little hard to see in the picture.

Tent Topper Card

This for the Sketch Challenge on SCS to make a tent topper card. I've experimented a bit with the topper by cutting a funky shaped frame. As you can see I've used fancy pants "again" I stamped flourish in bottom right corner and heated in red embossing powder to compliment the red gloss card stock. I stamped the flower heads onto yellow card cut out and layered with 3d foam onto cut out stem. I used DCWV old stack for the back of frame and the butterfly.

Ways to Use it

The challenge on SCS is to parade your favourite product or just something you want to feature that you couldn't live without. Well seeing as I have my new Fancy pants stamps they are my first choice however I couldn't possibly live without my die-cut machine (Big Shot) I must use it everyday, it provides such a wide spectrum of uses with cutting and embossing.

The card above Is just using the stamps with black embossing powder I wanted quick and simple. I love this colour combination too.

Thank you all for your continued interest in my blog I am planing to showcase some of my other art work soon so keep looking.

Thursday, July 26

Happy Birthday Zita

Today is my sister's Birthday and I wanted to do something special for a wonderful special person. I wish we were with you to celebrate so this is as close as we can get till we come over enjoy your day. Mwah!!!

On your birthday I wish you much pleasure and joy;

I hope all of your wishes come true

May each hour and minute be filled with delight,

And your birthday be perfect for you!

Instead of counting candles, Or tallying the years,

Contemplate your blessings, As your birthday nears.
Consider special people who love you, and who care,

And others who’ve enriched your life, Just by being there.
Think about the memories Passing years can never mar,

Experiences great and small That have made you who you are.
Another year is a happy gift, So cut your cake, and say,

"Instead of counting birthdays, I count my blessings every day!"

Birthdays are happy events, Times when dreams come true.

So dream a good dream (and let someone know!),

It just might work for you!
Have a happy celebration One you’ll always recall,

And be aware on this day of days,You’re the most special person of all!

Have a Great day We Love You

Tuesday, July 24

Magic Rose

Mondays challenge on SCS to create a magic card.

It does take a little while to make but I like to construct things out of paper.
I started by stamping my card stock with Anna Griffin Meaning of flowers Rose and colouring my image with my coloured pencils.
Then cut it to size, a laid the acetate over coloured image to stamp rose in Staz On in the exact place.

There is a tutorial over at Beate's which is very good and quite easy to follow. I Adjusted mine because I had an aperture card that I wanted to use.

I layered DCWV Pocket Full of Posies patterned paper under the acetate and stamped sentiment Happiness on this piece to correspond with Rose image.

This changes to Happy Birthday as you pull the magic card through.

I attached a circle and eyelet for the pulley and threaded ribbon through.
I enjoyed making this and I hope you like it too. The front for me is a bit simple and I might consider adding embellishment or decoration.

Monday, July 23

DCM - Pockets of fun

POCKET full of Fun

I'm entering this card in Lynne's pocket challenge...
"I’d like to see lots and lots of pockets. Pockets full of posies, Brass in Pocket (love the Pretenders).Pockets on clothes, Pockets from clothes, Library Pocket, Pockets of this and Pockets of that. Get the idea? Pockets and Pockets of Pockets."
Wasn't quite sure what to do for this, I automatically thought of a denim pocket so I went with it. I used Fiskars Linen brayer with black dye ink onto 2tone bluebell card stock. This gave me my fabric texture. I cut pocket shape, stamped stitching with white chalk ink, applied eyelets and attached a 'Levi' tab with s.w.a.l.k and this gave me the idea for the hand (which I got by drawing around my three year old hand).
I adhered a strip of pocket full of posies decorative paper to the top of card and used it also for tab. I then applied rub on sentiment. I inked around the edges of the hand which can slide in and out.

Sunday, July 22

Card positioning systems

Card positioning systems - Circles

This is for the CPS challenge. I thought I would have a go. This is my first cps challenge and my first circle card... quite interesting.

I cut the base card into large circle with scallop scissors, I inked the edges in eggplant cats eye ink, then embossed swirls with silver ep. I then cut and layered yummy embossed vellum on top. The third circle I cut from silver card and stamped sentiment on and embossed. The flowers were cut with my Die cut machine and raised on 3d foam

Thanks for Looking.

There's More

I've been trying to catch up and made a few cards for challenges and fun

Jungle Sketch

This was for the Sketch challenge on splitcoast I turned it on it's side. The background I created with a homemade background stamp. I would have cut the patterned paper into strips but really wanted to keep the flowers so cut around them, next...

Keyring Corners

This is for the ways to use it challenge to concentrate on corners. This card didn't turn out quite as I had imagined and I haven't emphasised the corners as much as would have liked.

I love this patterned per from HOTP and recreated it with a large floral stamp onto shrink plastic and coloured as the paper. I made a hole and heat shrunk it so that it can be used as a keyring or something as it can detach from card. I used my cuttlebug dies for the decorative corners. next...

Monochrome Fish

This was for Limited supplies challenge to make monochromatic card with NO ribbon or NO embellishment. I went with the colour green and used different textures and hues. The fish stamp I stamped onto pale green paper with clear ep I replicated the bubbles with punches and circles. next...


This is for the inspiration challenge the Image Menorah I used my bug to cut cereal box card then covered with encore ink and heat embossed with clear ep. I adhered coloured card behind and filled the centre with glossy accents.

This is meant to be close up you might need to click on pic to see...

Thanks for looking and your continued interest.

Saturday, July 21

Rockin' Girl Blogger

"Wow" louly recently awarded me a 'Rockin' Girl Blogger' award lol!!! (Thanks Louly!).

So I can proudly display this little button thingy! All I have to do now is nominate another 5 people for this award and let them know about it!

I'll have a think about that, you are all too good. I want to direct you to some other Rockin' Blogger girls the following ladies - I regularly stalk their blogs so therefore I nominate:-

Just copy the Rockin Girl Blogger button, add it to your blog, then nominate 5 others.

I would also like to add a Rockin' Bloke Blogger....

Thursday, July 19

DCM - Haberdashery

This weeks Daring Cardmakers dare was set by Gillian......

"Your card can be any theme you like, just as long as it's got something you'd find in a Haberdashery Department on it
Alright then, grab that old sewing basket of yours or raid your sewing machine drawer, have a look at what creative bits are hiding away there....maybe it's buttons, a zip, hook & eye's, ribbons, braids, Dressmaking patterns, tape measures,Pins & Needles, lace, safety pins or embroidery thread....
so many wonderful little treasures just waiting to be added to your next card :O)
I'm going to add one more rule....
Yes you may stitch on your card, but that can't be your only haberdashery item...."

Classic Lady on Linen

I stamped the card bsae with paisley stamp masked it and stamped the rest with Fiskars Linen roller stamp. I also stamped the ricrac ribbon all in Brilliance Cosmic Copper ink Pad.

I cut linen from an old pair of shorts & I adhered it to a piece of greyboard and frayed the edges. I must have stamped the Lady image three times each colour just wasn't working so i finally tried the black and left it. Then used colourbox terra cotta ink around the edges.

I made the tassel with some old wool and threaded it through coordinating eyelet. Then applied silk flowers with a button brad.

Thanks for looking

Monday, July 16

Classic Lady

I made this for the UKscrappers July card Challenge;

"What I challenge you all is to make a card or cards using either one, or all of the following items:
Rubber Stamp



2 different Patterned Papers

If you are feeling really adventurous, you could make a set of four cards using all the above"

Well I used all the above...

First I stamped the image rubbadubbadoo Victorian classic lady stamp onto Patterned paper by DCWV old World Stack (loving this paper) then I went over whole image with Versamark and clear embossing powder and heated. I used this same method with the message stamp and matt and layered them.

I used my new cuttlebug dies to make the corners and the slider. Layered all onto Crate Avenue Collection Paper I have been dying to cut into this (loving this Paper).

Finished off with Ivory/cream ribbon and brads.

Thanks for Looking you can find this at UKScrappers

Saturday, July 14

Blooming Birthday


The sentiments are in the flowers! was the challenge.
Flowers: stamped flowers, punched flowers, silk flowers, etc. Bouquet: 2 or more flowers Stamps: sentiments or letters to spell out a sentiment + any backgrounds and flowers Paper & Ink: any Embellishments: 2 or less Tools: any

This was really fun idea. I love this bright paper by sassafraslass "in stitches" and I felt the text paper and flower followed the challenge.
To make the blooms I sandwiched bluebell 2tone card to back of text paper and made 5 4cm circles plus one out of card. Then sandwiched bananasplit 2tone card to back of text paper and made 5 31/2 cm circles plus one out of card. I adhered the print circles to the card circle and folded the edge close to centre revealing the other colour.
The central message was another circle I stamped HOTP sentiment onto and embossed entire circle with clear embossing powder and applied to centre of bloom with 3d foam.
I cut the stem free hand from green card stock embellished with faux stitching and die cut hearts form the same text print paper and positioned with 3d foam to represent leaves.
Thanks for looking and feel free to leave a comment or sign my guest book.

More Challenges


The challenge was to find way's to use a much neglected tool...your stylus! A stylus is an instrument with a round ball end that you use for dry-embossing and other ideas. If you don't own a stylus, there are fairly inexpensive and can be purchased at most craft stores. I've even used a dried up ball-point or gel pen nib in a pinch. Just make sure it really IS dried up!
For this challenge I punched the daisy from some cereal box card, (In Picture, need a bit of force but it will go).
I wanted to create a daisy chain effect, I started by drawing a faint line with the stylus and roughly judging where to emboss the daisy. I just followed the starting line and drew the swirls free hand. It's a little hard to see but I also put some glitter glue in the centre of each bloom.
I then glued some fabric onto more cereal box card, left to dry. When dry I die cut a large daisy and slide mount through my Big Shot. I embellished daisy
with an eyelet and faux stitching.
The Patterned paper is from DCWV Old World Stack and matt and layered onto 2tone Brownie card stock. The Tag was die cut, with embossed Wishes from HOTP sentiment stamps and inked the edges. Finished off with a little sheer ribbon.
Thanks for looking and I hope you like the result.

Friday, July 13

I have worked out how to do a watermark on my images. Very pleased with myself and need to thank Kurtis Amundson (check out his web page stampinkub) for his tutorial although I only have Paint Shop Pro I managed to work out the difference. Thanks Kurtis...

The Next Images are some Challenges I took part in over at splitcoaststampers I've really enjoyed them I hope you like them and feel free to ask any questions or leave a comment Thanks for Looking...

I made this card for my Great Aunty who God Bless Her isn't very well and I wanted to try todays colour challenge. I didn't have any olive paper but did have olive coloured pencil. I used dcwv old world paper to get close to olive.
The butterfly which is a little hard to see in pic is stamped with staz on onto shrink plastic coloured with peel off pens (permanent) cut out and heated & shaped over tweezers. (I will post a tutorial for making the butterfly very soon).
I cut the circle with my scallop scissors and matt & layered on 3d foam. I punched the daisies form the different card stock I had used on the card and layered on 3d foam. Then added the bling.
Stamps: Anna Griffin, HOTP,
Paper: AMM couture, dcwv Old World Stack
Ink: Black staz on
Accessories: Crystal, Daisy punches, scallop scissors,
Techniques: Shrink Plastic, Embossing, Punching, coloured pencil,

tfl my first challenge
GOOD LUCK - New Home

Ribbon challenge; there's not much ribbon but I like how the colours go with the patterned paper. I couldn't resist using the sizzix stuffed bear I stamped over him with linen stamp and layered him.

I stamped the home sweet home stamp and coloured and layered it with 3d foam. I created the hinge and attached with eyelets (because I like the flower on the patterned paper underneath and this way you can still look if you want). I coordinated the ribbon folded and attached with brads.

I textured the backing paper with distress embossing plate and inked the edges.The Good Luck is stickers, thanks for looking.

Stamps: home & heart Create-It, linen bg
Paper: amm couture, coloured cardstock
Ink: versamark
Accessories: brads, ribbon, 3d foam, sizzix
Techniques: stamping, Embossing, Die cutting, 3d, ribbon


This was for the sketch challenge

I folded Navy Card stock on the length to create a different card base. I embossed the decorative paper on the inside of card & outside edge with swirl HOTP stamp & Blue glass embossing powder.

I triple embossed the warm wishes HOTP sentiment stamp with utee & 2 different embossing powders onto square of grey board. I matt and layered onto gold paper then mounted on 3d foam.

I finished off by stamping faux stitching on the edge and heat embossing.

(I will post the tutorial for this very soon)

This is a close up it looks a little like a tile.


This was for the Inspiration Challenge on slipcoaststampers.

The Image was of a Christmas Bauble and when I saw this image for the inspiration challenge I thought of making an acetate card straight away to give the impression of glass.

I stamped over the acetate with white StazOn ink and some of the swirls with embossing powder.

I drew the tree free hand with a versamark pen and embossed with black embossing powder. Then I filled in with permanent pens and gelly glaze. It gives a lovely stained glass effect. The dots (baubles) are with gold glitter glue but is hard to see in the picture.

I punched different size circles in mix of colours edged in ink and layered on the acetate with re positional adhesive. I positioned the finished tree over with silicone adhesive so it wouldn't be so noticeable through the transparency.


I enjoyed this Challenge I like bright colours...

I stamped the flower on three coloured card stock and cut out at different sizes. I layered these and cut to fit in with the design on the card. With just ONE flower.

I scalloped the edge of the card with my corner rounder punch. I created a window with my frame and window circles on my Big Shot machine. With the turquoise card I textured with distress embossing plate and inked over with white chalk ink pad to represent water.

I die cut the frog an letters and embossed them with versamark and clear embossing powder.

Thanks for Looking, I hope you like It.


This was for the card sketch challenge on slipcoast stampers.

I really love the backing paper which is a floral embossed vellum. Soooo yummy I really wanted to use it.

I created the hat boxes by piecing and layering on the scallop matt I was feeling in girly pink mood. The stamps are from a set by See D's hats off to you. I only put double sided on the vellum underneath the shaped motif so the corners are still free.

This took a little while to post and I hope you come back to check for new posts I have lots more pictures to upload. Thanks for looking and feel free to add a comment.

Wednesday, July 4

Three More Cards

This is the first card of three that I entered into a competition, it didn't win, but was published in Complete Cardmaking magazine.

Supplies: Imagepac daylight stamp maker, acetate, stazon ink, gold leaf...

I used Imagepac daylight stamp maker and created stamp of my own art work. I stamped onto acetate with staz on and added gold leaf to the back of some of the image. I Matt and layered acetate onto gold textured paper, black card and fixed with red eyelets. Made 3D balloon out of polymer clay (fimo) and glued into position. Applied rub on hinges and peel off sentiment.

I'm affraid that this picture isn't very clear it looks better in real life;
Supplies: Anna Griffin dp & rubber Stamps, Shrink Plastic, Safmat, Silver ep, Craft wire & beads...

I started with dp and cut into create a slit to fit the bookmark which has description of style printed on to safmat. The sandal embelishments I created myself with shrink plastic, craft wire and beads. It was also published.

This is the third one:

Supplies: Oriental fabric, acetate, quilling, brads, Peel offs, leather effect & gold mirri card stock, gelly glaze sakura pens...

This was a slightly unusual card. I really enjoyed quilling the feathers they were inspired from the fabric sample I used. The Kimono was a peel off applied to card stock & coloured with glaze pens raised with 3D foam.

Thanks for looking and feel free to leave a comment

Monday, July 2

Just Testing picture uploading

Thought I would say hello and upload some pictures of cards I have made in the past because my blog is looking very empty.

Okay, this is just a test to make sure I know how to post a picture. I'm hoping this one is the happy birthday dad.

Yippee second pic....

I made the circle appertures with circle cutter and raised the picture on 3d foam. The embossed metal embellishments I created by copying the tool images from a catalogue and free hand over them. The little pencil is coloured from a cocktail stick.

Thanks for looking and welcome to my blog, keep posted I hoping to upload lots more

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