Sunday, 22 April 2018

A Snippets Card

Pixies Snippets Playground has me this week to show what I have done using those odd left over bits of card - let's face it, we all have them and the challenge run by Di, is a fortnightly way of getting us to try and lower the scrap mountain!
If you have come across to visit from the Playground it's lovely to see you and hope you will come back soon.

My card uses a stamp called Cosmos from one of my fave companies - Technique Tuesday.  (Long admired the cards made by Birgit and some of her creations are made with stamps from TT - which got me started!)

Recently I have been practicing watercolour backgrounds so I now have odd bits of watercolour cardstock to add to the ordinary cardstock pile!
Stamped and heat embossed in white onto a scrap of watercolour card and coloured the flower heads with Peacock Feathers DO before fussy cutting.  

Used another oddment of watercolour card cut into a square and stamped and embossed the Cosmos flowers again. 
I then washed part of it with the same ink using lots of water to dilute the colour to create my background and positioned the stitched die frame (another leftover) over it.
The flower heads were popped up with foam pads.
The stitched rectangular piece was just another odd bit on the desk so I ran round it with a stitched die and used it! 
Finished it off with some liquid pearls in the centre of the flowers and a couple of bits of bling. 

Hope you like my make for the Playground this week and that you will come along and join us!

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Sailing

It's certainly sailing weather here today - I think Spring may finally be here in my little part of the world - we have glorious blue sky and warm sunshine.
I have had friends with me for a few days and the house is really quiet now they've gone home! One of them remarked that my poor husband must think he has now gone deaf! 

Used a stamp set purchased a little while ago that has never seen ink until now.
This was a simple card really.

Done on watercolour card and after stamping the lighthouse and boat, I simply masked and then sponged and painted.
I used Distress Inks - Salty Ocean for the sea, Tumbled Glass for the sky and Squeezed Lemonade for the sun, then watercoloured the cliffs, grass and boat with watercolour paints.
Some birds and the sentiment (which I really like!) and job done!

This has now been put in the 'man stash' section of my card box. 
It didn't take too long to do either - I never do enough male themed cards and need to improve this!


Sharing over at
Cardz 4 Guyz - Travel/Transport
Crafty Sentiment Designs - Only For Boys
SOS - Masculine
Crafty Cardmakers - Water
Watercooler Wednesday - Masculine

Hoping that you too have the lovely weather we have - and thank you for visiting me today! x

Friday, 13 April 2018

Blossom

Carrying on practising my backgrounds - am trying to convince myself that I do not need a mountain of paper to make nice cards.
I have so much patterned paper some of it is so old I cannot remember where/when I bought it and looking at the cards I have made in the last few months I have used probably 4 small pieces of it. The time has come I think to get rid - if I could only find a home for it!
For a long time I have wanted to subscribe to Technique Tuesday's 'Greenhouse Stamp Society' but as I have been away so much over the last 3 years there seemed little point - until now!
Although I still have some travelling this year it is not as intense as it has been so I took the plunge. It's nice to have something to look forward to arriving in the post every month and I have subscribed for both stamp and the matching dies.

This stamp is the March release called Cherry Blossom and I love it! I made a couple of cards with it and am sharing the first one which was just a basic design - but am pleased with how it turned out.

Stamped and heat embossed in white, then painted with DI's. I added a teeny bit of liquid pearls to the stamens of each blossom.
The circle frame was a left over!
I took some watercolour card and splashed/smooshed a bit of Spun Sugar on it and tucked it behind the die cut circle.
The sentiment is from the same set, cut from watercolour card and painted.
A few teeny pale green pearls and done!

Joining in at -
A2S&M - Make your Mark
Ellibelle's  Crafty Wed - Flowers + Sentiment
PDE - Flowers

I have a full house for the next few days - some friends coming to stay till the middle of next week and am looking forward to a bit of girly gossip and no doubt some shopping!
Have a great weekend and thanks for the visit! x

Monday, 9 April 2018

Still Life

Irt's been a beautiful 2 days here. We've had some nice sunshine and thankfully it's been a little warmer. It's such a change from grey damp and dreary.  A couple of visits to a garden centre and home with some spring flowers, (now all planted up in their pots) has cheered me up a bit!
I have also found some time to do a few more cards for the stash.
Some of them have been a bit of an experiment - some have turned out as a disaster but others have been OK.

I have a whole file of 'Inspiration' and this is my take on one of those cards I saved. 

I think I should have put some shading behind to make the design have a bit more depth but practice makes perfect (or in my case practice will make something passable - eventually!).
I used Hickory Smoke  and Pumice Stone for the background.

I die cut the 3 vases from watercolour card and coloured with Distress Inks.
I stamped the leaves (from a freebie set) on the front one and then used glossy accents over the vase. The other two were just left after painting. I used foam pads to stand the vases out from the background.

Although it doesn't show very well in the pic, the front one has a lovely glossy finish and really stands out.
The tiny branches are an old stamp from Chocolate Baroque (I think) and I used some Liquid Pearls to make tiny white berries.
Sentiment and vase dies are from MFT.

I have long been an admire of the awesome Birgit. I love her CAS but so detailed style and the way she combines different elements effortlessly. She has inspired me to keep trying with small watercolour backgrounds and add different elements to the focal point of the card. 
My 3 vases are not quite as good as Birgit's but it will do for me!
Sharing at -
Simply Create Too - Use Die Cuts
Creative with Stamps - CAS and Sentiment
Die Cut Divas - A/Goes
Allsorts - Square
Crafter's Castle - A/Goes

Hoping the sun is shining wherever you are - thanks for calling by and if you've left me a comment, thank you! x

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Asian Inspired

I notice that Oriental themed stamps seem to be making a little bit of a comeback just recently. At one time they were immensely popular and now are undergoing a bit of a revival.
I remembered my little stash of embossing folders and stamps which have been neglected for a while so I have made some giving the old stuff an airing.
Will post the others as and when - but here's the last one I did yesterday ('cos it didn't stop raining here), and it just used up the leftovers from the days crafty sesh!
Quick, simple and I like it!

Chinese script on vellum. The branches cut from a bigger die in black pearly card and the flowers also from the same die set.
The 'vase' was a sentiment die with an oval centre - just snipped it off! I added a little bit of gold embossing powder to give it some texture.
And that's it.

It's a stunningly lovely spring day here (finally) - we have blue sky and sunshine - although still not very warm it is lovely to see the sun!
Sharing my little oriental make over at -
S+F=C -  CAS
Use Your Stuff - Spring
P B & More - Black/White plus 1 (hoping that the teeny bit of embossing doesn't count as another colour!)
SOS - Black/White + 1 (ditto about the embossing)
Library Challenge - Memoirs of a Geisha (stunning black/white/red cover too)

Thanks for visiting - have a great day! x

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Stamping Sensations April Challenge

Our challenge at Stamping Sensations for April is 'One for the Girls'.

We are sponsored by Be Creative who are offering a whopping £25 prize to spend in their store - but remember you MUST follow our challenge rules to be eligible for the prize!
Although the challenge theme sounds simple, we do have some basic rules that we ask you to follow. This makes it fair to everyone who submits an entry! Please read our rules over on the blog.

I opted for a CAS card this month, done on a linen textured card base and using up some small pieces for the flowers.
(A visit to the Playground beckons!)

I love this layering set from Altenew called Peony Bouquet, although I didn't use all the layers for this card.

Treated myself to a set of 4 Hero Arts inks in lovely shades of green -  not a colour I use a lot of normally but I really like how this turned out.

The outline stamp was inked in 'Antigua'.
Then used two more of the layering stamps in 'Tide Pool' and 'Mint Julep'.
All fussy cut (not rich enough to buy the dies!).

Happily I managed to find a scrap of paper which matched perfectly so used that as a mat behind the stitched rectangle die.

Sentiment from Technique Tuesday inked in 'Tide Pool' and a couple of Dew Drops.

Please see what my teamies have delivered up this month to inspire you!

Crafty  Creations - A/Goes
Sisterhood of Crafters - Spring
Crafty Gals - A/Goes
Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Baubles

So -  it was wet this morning. I had a really good excuse then not to do a lot (I did the ironing though....😇😇)
Ironing completed I had a bit of fun messing about with faux snow. Well, we've seen enough of the real stuff lately (and more to come) but surprisingly I am not sick of it YET....and decided to remind myself what it looked like ahead of the forecast for later this week.
These were really cool to make and not bad for my first attempts. I am going to make some more and be more adventurous colouring the acetate a bit more - perhaps adding moons and stuff!

I need though to get some more of the ribbon that you can gather - it has string attached that you pull and does the gathering work for you (as shown on the right hand side one) - better pic here I think - so if anyone can help I'd be really grateful as I don't know what it's called to search!

I popped some tiny lights behind to take the pic - these lights are tiny battery operated ones and the battery compartment is really small and light so might try and make one with the lights inside and hide the battery compartment at the back.
I think these will look really nice on a tree!

Baubles and Fairies are of course from Lavinia. Faux snow and glitter was in my stash (now all over the table....LOL)

Sharing over at -
Inkspirational - Mythical
Not Just Cards - A/Goes
CHNC - A/Goes
LPOCF- A/Goes
Pile It On - Circles ( well a bauble IS a circle!)
Crafty Friends - A/Goes

Hope you are all enjoying yourselves whatever you're doing! Thanks for looking.x  

Friday, 23 March 2018

Stamping

I am still enjoying having some free time - although I am off to a meeting tomorrow once that is finished I am free then for another couple of weeks before my year as Immediate Past President starts. (Commonly called 'The Pasty'!)
I have been making the most of being able to just sit and play with inks - it's been lovely.

I saw this colour combo on Pinterest and thought I would try it.
The really bright blue and vibrant red appealed to me and although I get lots of inspiration from Pinterest I am very guilty of spending far too much time looking and not enough time doing!

I sponged the background then splashed some water droplets. This has given a real subtle effect and I am pleased with myself!
The Dandy stamp is by Inkylicious inked with Versafine Majestic Blue and Versamagic Wheat colour.
The red berry stem was inked with Dew Drop Rocket Red.
Sentiment stamped with Majestic Blue.
Another one for the stash!

Am sharing this over at
Cards In Envy - No patterned Paper
Craftaholics R Us - A/Goes
Crafty Addicts - A/Goes
Time Out - Inspired by Words (and I chose Birthday!)


Have a great day whatever you're doing - and as always I really appreciate you visiting and leaving any comments. x

Monday, 19 March 2018

Friends

We still have a little snow lying here, but the sun is out and the sky is a clear blue so no doubt it will all be gone by the end of the day even though it is still really cold.
As I was confined to the house because of the snow (!!😀😀) I made quite a few cards.
The sky might be blue but I had a terrible job taking this pic!
The butterfly stamp is an old one. Part of a set with flowers but no idea whose it is. I embossed it in white and then used my DOx Shaded Lilac.
Confess I am really like the oxides... need to get some more!

This is a really simple and quick card - I made another using a different butterfly and another colour.

The sequins are actually an incredible exact match to the lilac in real life although they do have a pinky tinge to them on here. But when all said and done - bling is bling!!

The sentiment is from SU - and I stamped it in Wilted Violet DI. Often when I use DI's to stamp sentiments they don't give a good impression but this time it worked perfectly.

Sharing over at -
CAS on Sunday - Sequins
Allsorts - Bling
TSOT (March Technique)- Embossing
Crafty Catz- A/Goes

Thanks for taking the time to visit - I hope you are all warm and well wherever you are in blogland! x

Friday, 16 March 2018

The Garden Wall

Almost the weekend! Altho how much of a good weekend will have to be seen as we have snow forecast again! So it will be a very very GOOD weekend if it does 'cos I can just stay in the craftie space!! (Probably in my PJ's too - sheer bliss!)

Made a card for this month's challenge at CAS Watercolour. The theme is 'Garden'.
I don't use digital images very often now but I remembered I had this one which was a freebie many moons ago - I think the company was Just Inklined - but am not sure.

The image is called 'Garden Wall' so am hoping it qualifies for the theme - if not never mind cos I have another card for my stash! 
It was quite a nice image to colour. I printed it out on watercolour card then left it overnight.
All coloured with Distress Inks.
I highlighted the wall with Old Paper DI creating a wash then going over the cracks again to give it more depth.

Am quite pleased with my colouring on this - I am usually guilty of being too heavy handed and using too much ink but this looks fine (to me!)

Also popping over to share at
The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes
Sparkles Monthly - Spring
Pearly Sparkles - Flowers

Hoping everyone is safe and well in their part of blogland. Thanks for calling in - I really appreciate your visits. x

Monday, 12 March 2018

Inky Shimmers!

This being able to relax at home lark is definitely very good for the card output. I suffered dreadfully last year as even when I managed a few days at home I couldn't think of anything creative at all - and on the rare occasions that I did I was too tired to do it!
But my card stash is building up nicely and I had a play today making a few cards with ocean themes. Be rude not to play with the stash bought last week wouldn't it?!

I also bought a magazine (a rarity for me) as it had some sea themed stamps and dies as a freebie.
This is a make not for the charity box but for me to use myself.

I bought some Distress Oxides (to start off my collection - LOL 😉😉). I confess I like them very much so need to get some more!

Cracked Pistachio and Mermaid Lagoon here on watercolour card.

The little seahorse was coloured using Mermaid Lagoon and Tropic Blue Cosmic Shimmer Powder. He's really shimmery in real life!
Added a bit of gold embossing and a few dew drops. (Strange thing about this die is that last week I bought a stamp set that has a seahorse on - facing the other way- so maybe I will use them both together soon!)

The sentiment is by Sweet Dixie (another set bought last week!) stamped with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink not Oxide.
I distressed the edges then matted onto another piece of card which had distressed edged gold embossing.
This is one of those rare cards that I am REASONABLY happy with - although I maybe should have put it on Kraft cardstock and not white (?) -  TOO LATE NOW!!

Thanks for looking today! x

Sharing my little seahorse with -

PB&More - Feature a creature
Craft Rocket - Something New
Create and Inspire- Anything Goes 
The Card Concept - Inspiration Pic

Friday, 9 March 2018

Wish......

A mammoth post!
Owing to lack of time, it's been a while since I have been able to join in over at CAS Mix Up.
Even though I am trying to expand into other inkiness (see post below!) I promised myself that I would support CAS Mix Up challenges whenever I could.
I was however tempted to run a mile from this months challenge! Acetate? Acetate???? Seriously??? Me and the transparent stuff have a Love/Hate relationship... 😖
But cos it's their second birthday and I promised - I made myself do it. In fact I did 2. 
And if I thought using Acetate was difficult, taking a decent pic was nigh on impossible!

But here it is.
I actually used a white linen textured card base  but it looks - well- not quite white here.

I had a small piece of watercolour card so it got the Pixie Powder treatment. (Am loving these Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders - the irridescent effect is fab in real life)
The colour I used here is called Plum Twist.

I took my acetate, and stamped the single dandelion  (a Lavinia Stamp) then heat embossed in white.
The sentiment is one of my favourites and I have had it a while - also heat embossed in white.
I attached it by a single glue dot placed in the middle of the dandelion head!

After trimming the panel, I had a teeny bit left over - hence the punched butterfly and topped this with acetate too before adding the little blingy.

As well as Cas Mix Up (Stamping/Acetate/Heat Embossing) am also popping into the Playground with my little snippet of watercolour card, also sharing at ATS&M - Make your Mark and Just Add Ink where the challenge is Add Water.
Second card coming up.......

My second effort used a whole sheet of acetate. If I thought the first card was hard to photograph - let me tell you - Acetate and Mirri - a recipe for disaster!
I ended up putting two pieces of white card behind it so that you could see that it is just made from acetate!

This was a simple card to make but I am pleased with it.

Stamping then embossing with Metallic Platinum in two corners using an old flourish stamp and a simple  Inkylicious sentiment embossed onto dark blue card.(Although it looks black - it IS dark Blue!)
Matted onto silver mirri and placed on the front.

A slightly larger blue and silver panel on the inside back - to write on!
A couple of punched out mirri card hearts finished this card which I thought might be nice for an engagement or anniversary.

Sorry this was another picture heavy post but if you're still reading then thanks for bearing with me- I appreciate you visiting. xx

Sharing at -
PDE Linky  - Emboss
Sisterhood of Crafters - CAS
Card Mania - Embossing
Creatalicious - A/goes

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Fly me to the Moon!

On Sunday morning dear husband took me to a local papercraft show. Only small but two of my favourite companies were there so  obviously I had a rather large spend.😳
Still it's been 5 years since I went to a show so I decided that if I spread what I'd spent over the last 5 years worth of shows it worked out at not a lot at all.....😀

Couldn't wait to get home to try out some of the new stash and so have two cards to share today so this is a picture heavy post.

I absolutely had to have these stamps!
The sentiment just jumped out at me.
All the stamps are of course by Inkylicious.

Stamped the moon with Tumbled Glass DI then masked. Sky colours used were Stormy Sky, Weathered Wood (DI) and Shaded Lilac (Oxide).

Hills were Shaded Lilac and Hickory Smoke (Oxide) and Weathered Wood/ Pumice Stone (DI).
Stamps are Bare Branches, Moon Detail and of course the sentiment, all inked with Black Versamark.

I edged the panel with Black Soot DI then matted onto black card.
I aimed to create a 'moody atmospheric' scene with these colours and am happy with the finished card - maybe a nice one to send to a man?

At the show there was a sample card done with really vibrant shades so I tried to replicate the colours. I am sharing this second card over at Time Out where the challenge is BOLD

Ink colours - Picked Raspberry/Carved Pumpkin/Spiced Marmalade for the sky
Squeezed Lemonade/Wild Honey/Picked Raspberry/Seedless Preserve for the hills.

A bit more stamping here too with more birds and the branches round the edges then the edge of the card sponged with Black Soot.
Think this one with it's lush colours would be perfect to send to a lady!

It's not often that I make more than one card of a very similar design but as you may have gathered by now I LOVE this sentiment stamp!
Some of my DT teamies at Stamping Sensations are awesome at scenes and are encouraging me to do more - SO I HAVE!!! LOL 


Also Sharing  over at
Crafters Castle - A/Goes with fave technique (and at the mo my fave is Ink Blending!)
Use Your Stuff - A/Goes
Creative Crafters - A/Goes
MIUCB #11 - A/Goes/Create your own background
Library Challenge - The Hobbit (Inspired by the moon and mountains on the book cover)

Well if you've made it all the way to the end of this mammoth post - THANK YOU!!!
Hope all is well in your part of blogland.
Have a great day. x

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Forest Friends

The March challenge at Stamping Sensations is for a project entitled 'Forest Friends'.
TALK ABOUT OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE!
Thanks to the teamie who thought this one up....... !!!
I am rubbish at scenes (unlike some of the others on the DT who are awesome - go look on the blog post) - but I thought it was time I tried  instead of just doing something CAS with lots of white space- so here is my offering for the DT this month
I can hear you saying right away - "there's a big space in the middle" - yes there is - I intend to put a sentiment of some sort in there when I've decided what the sentiment is going to be!!

This card was actually my third attempt - but hey ho at least I finished it.
Distress Inks used - Stormy Sky, Shabby Shutters, Old Paper for the background.
Trees are from Inkadinkadoo
Animals and Birds stamps are a mix from Card-io and Creative Expressions, coloured with Rusty Hinge, Fired Brick, Brushed Corduroy and Tea Dye.

A reasonable attempt for something I am not confident with!
Please do go and visit the blog and look at some of the inspiring work created by those who do scenes better than me!
Another good prize up for grabs this month - from the fabulous Tattered Lace - and who wouldn't want to win???
Just remember - we are a stamping challenge!!!

I am joining in over at
Crafty Animals - A/Goes with animals
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - A/Goes with a critter
Creative Crafters - A/Goes

Thanks for visiting me today - hope all is well with you whatever you're doing! x

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Stars

Have spent this week relaxing at home after a busy weekend (more at bottom of post).
We are currently under rather a lot of snow up here on the top of the moors - thought about going out for a few bits of shopping this morning but when I opened the front door about 18inches of snow was stacked up against it! Even if I'd made it down to the bottom of the hill there was no way I'd have got back up! Made a hasty retreat back indoors, heating turned up and donned the PJ's for the rest of the day.
So never one to miss an opportunity to make messy here is today's share!

Wanted to have a go at these 'galaxy' backgrounds for a while - and I can tell you I enjoyed it (even though my first 2 attempts were pretty rubbish).
Lots of inkiness - Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserve, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot.

Fingers dipped in some water and dripped randomly across, then once dry some white acrylic paint mixed with a little water and silver Cosmic Shimmer loaded onto a paintbrush and flicked across.

Left to dry then some white embossing. The big star was a cheapie one and the sentiment and star clusters were freebies.
Matted onto black before onto the white card base.
Quite happy!
Joining in at
ATS&M - A/Goes
Make My Monday - Messy backgrounds
Time Out - BOLD
PIP #1808 - A/Goes
Use your stuff- Movies (2001 A Space Odyssey)

So - following on from the ladies in November, this weekend it was the men's turn to have their National Dinner and Presentation on Saturday night in Coventry.
An emotional night, my final speech in front of more than 300 people(😳) as National President. Chain of office then handed over and I have a slightly easier job now for the next year as the Immediate Past where although I will be still doing a bit of travelling, I will be there in a supporting role and not in the limelight!

Pic is of me and my lovely man - and of course the long frock! (heels lasted only 4 hours - the dinner, my speech then the presentation -  then spent the rest of the night barefoot!)

I have had an amazing year, I am tired but would not have missed it for anything.
Met some wonderful people and have been overwhelmed by the warmth and friendship extended to me everywhere.
The icing on the cake was to have raised over £8,800 for my charity 'Prevent Breast Cancer', which is based in Manchester.

I am sharing the last few sentences of my speech here with my blogging buddies -  it sums up everything I think -

"Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish – but you can spend it only once. Every moment matters. Seize every opportunity you have and embrace every experience.
In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take.

Thank you for the opportunity you gave Graham and I to have our big adventure and to have had the privilege of representing Bowls England as your President.
I would not have missed it for the world.
I won’t be sad because it’s over, I will smile because it HAPPENED!"

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Inky Happiness

Some free time saw me get out the inks and watercolour card. It was really nice to make my fingers different colours!
I have many stamps.
Not all of them have seen ink.😏
Some of them have rarely seen ink.😞
Some of them have seen that much ink they cower in the back of the stamp box praying I don't inflict any more ink on them 😱😱

This SU set is in the middle category.
I think perhaps I have only used it twice before but Serene Stamper Tina has used it and I thank Tina for reminding me that it was time to 'get out your poor neglected stamp sets and DO something!!'

Watercolour card, after stamping the blossoms I took a wet brush, some Calypso Coral ink and painted.

Same with the leaves.
Once dry, I dry brushed Shabby Shutters DI over the rest of the front.

The sentiment is from the Faith in Nature set (First category - see above) stamped in Calypso Coral.

I tipped out all the ribbons and couldn't find a single one that matched. How can you have lots of lovely ribbons and still not have something that looks right??!!
So - the boring old white seam binding was given a sharp dose of Abandoned Coral DI.
Serves it right for being plain and boring!😲

Quite smug now 'cos it turned out better than I expected!


Challenges -
Crafty Sentiment Designs - Spring
A.I  - A/Goes with Flowers
Get Creative - use Ribbon
Path of Positivity - #56
Crafty Catz - A/Goes with Ribbon

Hoping that you all are OK in blogland. Thanks for any comments you leave me - love to read them and appreciate every single one. x

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Cakes!

A wedding card to share today made with a stamp set that was a freebie from a mag.
I very rarely buy the crafting mags but there were quite a few stamps on the outside of this one which were mostly cake/tea themed - and I don't own many of these types of stamps (sounded a good enough excuse to me when I put it in the shopping trolley - although doubt dear husband thought the same......😘😘)

It's amazing though that a stamp doesn't look very big when attached to a whole sheet but when you stamp it, it suddenly looks HUGE!!!
After stamping it, I then had to decide what to do with it... then I remembered this much neglected die set (most of my die sets are neglected - LOL).

I embossed the bottom under the stamp a little and coloured the stand with Spun Sugar DI and a pale grey promarker before die cutting.
Did some subtle sponging (Tumbled Glass) round the bare white background of the stamp although it doesn't show up very well in the pic - just to take away the starkness of the white.
Layered up the two die cuts on foam pads, added some stickles to the cake tops and a pink pearl.
Sentiment stamped in Versafine, die cut and more foam pads!
Looks OK I think?

Sharing over at -
Crafty Friends Challenge - Love is in the Air
MTTC - Love is all you need
Cut it Up - Layers of Love
Alphabet - 'X' = Xtra Special Occasion
Crafting With Friends - A/Goes

We have a lovely day here for a change - been out this morning and it was nice to see the blue sky instead of watching the rain!
Thanks for visiting me today - hope all is OK in your  corner of blogland. x

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

More Flowers

Mid month is here for our challenge at Stamping Sensations on the theme of 'Anything With Flowers'.

My turn to offer another card using a technique which I have only just perfected.
(After finding out I had been doing things incorrectly and abandoning the Brushos I now am having fun using them!)
So here is what I hope will inspire you to join in this month (if you haven't done so already!)

I liberally wet the watercolour card then sprinkled on the Brushos (Orange and Lemon).
I was really happy when it turned out like this!

Script stamp over the background then the flowers from the SU Helping Me Grow set.
I coloured the flowers with the Brushos too - Another first for me!

I hope you like my card.
Please pop over to the Stamping Sensations blog and check out the fab prize we have this month from Bee Crafty.
My teamies have posted some great cards too!

I am also sharing this make over at
Crafty Sentiments - Add Flowers
HLS Watercolour - A.Goes
Dragonfly Dreams - Flowers
Fashionable Stamping - One for the Girls
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope all is well with you in your part of Blogland. x

Friday, 9 February 2018

Charms and Sparkles

I've spent this week catching up on the big holes in my stash. I've finished off the New Baby cards and made a couple that I think can be used for Weddings/Aniversaries/Engagements etc.

I had some off cuts of some glitter card left and was just about to pop them into the drawer when I remembered the sketch this week over at Freshly Made Sketches.

With a little bit of fiddling, I managed to follow the sketch and make another multi purpose celebration card. So well pleased!

This was quick and simple to do and overall I am happy with the result ( and it used up some of those left overs which are beginning to create a mountain).
I used two stitched edge dies for the square and the rectangle -they were both recent bargains at The Works.

Stamped the sentiment ( a freebie from a mag) onto vellum and embossed  with WOW Metallic Platinum.
Two champagne glass charms and a couple of blingy's for bubbles - finished (and all done in less than an hour) and it looks rather good in real life!

Next time could someone remind me how hard glitter card is to photograph - I've made rather a lot of cards using it and they are all going to be a devil to share!

Sharing over at -
Freshly Made Sketches ~323
CAS on Friday - Use a Die Cut
MAWTT - Love (Wedding/Anniversary etc)
Cut It Up - Layers of Love
Time Out - Photo Inspiration (Gold,white and glitter!)

Thanks for looking today! x

Monday, 5 February 2018

3 in a row!

My goodness this is the third consecutive day of posting! (Making uo for all the time I was absent last summer!)
Have moved now from anniversary/love ones for the stash on to baby ones (will share later) but this is one of the smalzchy gooey ones.........
......made because the stamp set was still out on the desk from my previous 'love shower' card here!

Started by using Spun Sugar DI onto the stamping block and spritzed with water to create the watercolour wash background.
Stamped the handle of the brolly - considered colouring it but changed my mind!.
The umbrella canopy stamped and embossed with white onto a scrap of spotty paper and then popped up with foam pads.

Rummaged about in the 'scrap box' and found odd teeny bits of card (why I kept such small pieces I don't know but glad I did!) and then punched out all the hearts.
I punched out too many so now have a lots of these floating about in the scrap box too!

They were really fiddly to stick onto the card - I ended up using a pair of tweezers and dunking the heart into some glue as I gave up trying to glue the back of them whilst holding between my fingers - there was more glue on me......

Sentiment stamped and a few Dew Drops for a little bit more interest to the background.
Not too bad?

 Joining in at
CAS-ual Fridays - Hearts
Pixies Playground #319
CAS Watercolour - Heart
AAA - Love
Crafting W/Dragonflies - Valentine/Romantic
Daring Cardmakers - Pic Inspiration
House of Cards - Valentine background or colours

I have a nice lazy week planned - next duty is Sunday in the Midlands - so I have a little bit of messy inkiness time to look forward to! x