Wednesday, 21 March 2018



This new 'Party Animals' set, has been sitting on my craft desk for over a week now, and I finally got time to get in there today and ink them up.

This is the result.

I'm trying to add more colour to my cards, but also keep them quite simple with plenty of crisp, white space.
Does that make sense?   ;-)

I die cut my stitched square and used distress inks for the background. Then layered up my birthday cow, banner, presents and sentiment with foam tape.
At the last minute, I inked around the edge of my base card in twisted citron, just for that extra pop of colour.


How adorable is this week's Muse card from Kim Heggins?

I focused on...
1. black and white animal
2. balloons
3. birthday sentiment
4. green border

mft - in and out stitched squares / stitched scallop basic edges / party animals
distress ink - tumbled glass / twisted citron

Friday, 16 March 2018



I've combined my two favourite stamp sets here,
for this UNDERCOVER YETI card.   

Can you spot him?    ;-)

I keep seeing these all-in-one stamps, of groups of cute pups and cats, and even bunnies,
so I decided to create my own little gang of pups, with a yeti thrown in for fun ;-)

It took a little masking as I went along, but was easier than I thought.
I used ordinary post-it notes for the masking and found that you don't need to cut out the whole pup, usually just the head, or one side will be enough.

I coloured them with Copics,  added one of the cute sentiments and my scalloped edge.


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MFT - Stitched scallop edge rectangle die. Four legged friends. Beast Friends

Saturday, 10 March 2018



This Sunday is Mother's Day, here in the UK.
And today I'm sharing with you the card I made for my mum.

Instead of struggling with flower stamps, I went for a pretty, feminine background.

This was my first ever attempt at a bokeh technique.
I love it!

If you haven't already, you should give this technique a try.
It's much easier than I thought, and there are some great videos out there, showing how it's done.

This is the basics of how I did mine.

I taped down a piece of watercolour paper, and gave it a brush with water.
I chose a few distress inks, and smooshed them onto my acrylic block.
Then I lifted the colour off with a brush and dabbed it onto the watercolour paper. Continue doing this until the paper is covered.
You can keep the colour light or add extra ink for darker shades.
Allow to dry (or use a heat gun).

Then I used my nestie circles to create a circles template, with a piece of plastic packaging that I found in my craft bin!!

I placed the circle template over my now dry, inky panel, and used white ink to make the circles, moving it around randomly, and overlapping some circles.

This gives such a pretty effect and it's definitely something I will try again.


Girl Power

Distress Ink - Pickled Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Seedless Preserves
MFT - Stitched Alpha Dies
Nested Circle Dies
Mama Elephant - Labeled Messages

Tuesday, 6 March 2018



I'm excited today to be joining the awesome CASology team
as this week's Guest Designer.

And the cue card this week is : ABSTRACT

Yikes!  I definitely found this one a challenge :-)

In the end I decided to go with the dictionary definition of abstract,
rather than a more arty abstract style.

Abstract : existing in thought, or as an idea, but not having a physical or concrete existence.

I hope my Bartender Pooch qualifies as abstract.  :-)

I used an old Bartender Edwin stamp I have from Magnolia,
masked off the head, and stamped onto my die cut panel.
Then I added the dog's head from MFT stamps, popped up on foam tape,
for some added dimension.

I've just noticed that, because of the slight bow in the stripes on the shirt,
my dog looks a like he has a little pot belly. Ha ha ha!
He better get down to the gym  :o)

I hope you'll join in the challenge this week.
I can't wait to see where this cue word takes you.

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Magnolia Stamps - Bartender Edwin.
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Rectangle
MFT - Four Legged Friends.   Mama Elephant - Labeled Messages

Saturday, 3 March 2018



I'm sitting in my conservatory today, with a large mug of tea and
some chocolate chip cookies,
enjoying the view of the snow covered garden.

I do love snow - especially when I don't have to go out in it   :-)
but it's caused a fair bit of disruption to travel etc, here in Yorkshire.
I hope everyone affected by it is keeping warm and safe.

I'm waffling... 
here's my card for this week's CASology Challenge

The cue word this week is FIT
and I've gone with a dictionary definition -
be of the right size, shape, or number to occupy a particular place

I used the inlaid die technique, to fit my inked letters
 into the space made from my Happy Birthday To You die.

Then, to keep things CAS, I just added an extra sentiment and my pieces of cake - chocolate red velvet, if you're wondering    :o)

Hero Arts - Eat Cake All Day
Avery Elle - Postage Stamp Die
MFT - Happy Birthday to You Die
Distress Oxide Ink - Worn Lipstick
Copics.   Glossy Accents (on the cake icing)

Thursday, 1 March 2018



Yay! I think I've done it.
I may have finally found a set of blooms I can work with  :o)

I get myself into a pickle with those 2/3 step stamping flowers,
but the easy, sketchy style of this set seems to suit me more.

This is my entry for this week's MUSE card club challenge.

I found that, when I stamped my black outline over the colour, my black ink bled a little.
This might be resolved if I allowed the coloured ink to dry first, but I'm too impatient for that.
So, I simply clear embossed the black outline before adding colour  ;o)

The blooms and leaves were then die-cut and popped up with foam tape.

I took inspiration from Bunny's dimensional, die cut blooms and leaves, on a black background.

MFT - Sketch Flowers.
Various Distress Inks.
Sentiment from Winnie & Walter, Big, Bold & Party.

Sunday, 25 February 2018



I've had one of those weeks, when most of my makes
have ended up filed, in the bin.
And this one was going the same way.

A simple CAS card, for the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge.

After 2 attempts, one messing up the YAY die cuts, 
and two, dropping the 'cake' stamp, I thought I had it nailed.
Then I looked at the card and it was just all lopsided.
Everything was scrunched up to the right, trying to escape off the edge :o)

I wracked my brains for how to add more balance, and in the end
I re-stamped my sentiment on a stitched, edge square and added it, over the old one, with foam tape.

Not as CAS as I would like, but I think I salvaged it? 
What do you say?

MFT - Sow Much Cuteness, Handwritten Happiness, In and Out Stitched Squares, Stitched Alphabet
Avery Elle - Postage Stamp Dies
Lawn Fawn - Beep Boop Birthday ( the cupcakes)

Thursday, 22 February 2018



Cute critters are the order of the day, over at the Muse card club challenge.
But, can you believe I have no mixed animal sets?
One's just been added to my wish list, but for now I'm using these sweet elephants.

A super, cute card from Kim Heggins is this week's inspiration.

I've focused on - 
a grass background
fun animals
and a sentiment placed in the upper left

MFT - stitched rectangle scallop frame
WPlus9 - unforgettable
Lawn Fawn - stitched hillside borders 

Thursday, 15 February 2018



Are you playing along at MFT Stamps?
They have a fabulous competition running right now -
it's their 2018 Creative Olympics, with different challenges,
where you could win yourself a 'medal'    :-)

Here is the Valentine card I made for my lovely hubby.

Create one card that includes at least three separate stamp sets — any three MFT sets in your collection!

The 3 sets I used -
1. Four Legged Friends
2. Mini Well Connected Alphabet
3. Beast Friends ( the heart stamp and die)

I also used the MFTdienamics Peek A Boo Striped Heart
Distress Ink in Barn Door and Copics

Saturday, 10 February 2018



You're killing me over at MUSE this week.
Flowers AND butterflies :-)

Arghhh... it's taken me all week to come up with something.

That's me using a butterfly!! I think for the first time ever.
My daughter, Annabel, hates them, so I never put them on my cards.
But considering she is now 28 and married, I might have to review that policy ! :o)

I focused on the birthday sentiment, stamped slightly over the image,
and of course, the shaker butterfly.

Thanks for the inspiration Anita.
 I really love your pretty, soft foliage,
and it's made me want to try again with flower/leaf stamps.
So, I've ordered what look like some easy to use blooms.
Fingers crossed :-)

lawn fawn - stitched rectangle.  copics.
mft - sow much cuteness.   simonsaysstamp - thoughtful messages

Sunday, 4 February 2018



Is anybody else feeling the urge to spring clean?
This morning hubby and I have completely changed around our bedroom furniture.
Which meant hoovering under the bed.   Urgh!
And actually dusting the drawers and wardrobes!
I know. I need to lie down now.
Maybe open some wine  :-)

But first, my card for this week's MUSE challenge.

How cute is Vicki's card?

I took inspiration from
the colours (which I used in my background)
the circle
the trio of animals
the birthday sentiment

MFT - Four Legged Friends / Stitched Scallop Rectangle Die / Stitch Scallop Basic Edges
Spellbinders - Circle Die
Distress Ink - Ripe Persimmon / Pickled Raspberry / Mustard Seed