Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Embossing and a Heart

Hi everyone, hope you're all keeping well and emjoying the good weather if you're here in the UK. Not sure that my laptop is happy with all this heat though..... I can't use it for long before I have to switch it off and let it cool down so I'll keep this post short.

First off I've got a male card using a Uniko stamp 'Natures's Treasures II' which I heat embossed onto a 3 inch snippet of Neenah cardstock and then coloured with Memento inks. Then I cut it into three pieces and stuck to a card base with sticky pads and to finish I stamped a sentiment from HLS 'Mix Mash' set

I've made this for

Uniko challenge 'masculine with optional twist father's day'

AAA Cards challenge 'cas + resist technique'

Allsorts challenge 'male birthday'

Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use snippets'

Crafty Purple Frog challenge 'make it manly'

Addicted To Stamps and More challenge 'make your mark and 5th birthday celebrations'

Time Out challenge 'photo inspiration'  (I was inspired by the green plants)

 Up next I have a papier mache heart which I found in the back of the craft cupboard so I decided it was time to have a play. I used a Penny Black 'Jubilance' stamp (heat embossed) on one side and an image and sentiment from my Sarntangles set stamped on the other side.

This is for the following challenges

Country View challenge 'hearts'

Words 2 Craft By challenge 'keep love in your heart'

Cards Und More challenge 'antything but a card'

That's it from me for now, thanks for popping by and for taking the time to leave a comment.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Butterfly and Birthdays

Morning everyone. I don't know about you but when Mojo goes missing I look for challenges to help inspire me and my card today was inspired by themes of blue + white, bugs / butterflies, dies and last but not least birthdays. Two of the challenges are celebrating birthdays..... Penny Black and More is 7 and AAA Cards is 3.... Congratulations and 'Happy Birthday' to them both.

I stamped a Tim Holtz butterfly, coloured it with Promarkers and stamped a HLS sentiment from the 'mix mash' set. Then I used a die from Die-namics 'surf n turf' set to cut down one edge and stuck a strip of blue card behind so that it would fit a C6 card blank. I (accidentally) reversed the thin bit of the die-cut but luckily it looks okay. I've not added anything else as I want to keep it CAS and flat for posting, although I may add a touch of glitter to the wings - what do you think?

I've made this for the following challenges

Penny Black and More challenge 'anything goes' 

AAA Cards challenge 'birthday'

Double D challenge 'blue and white'

Happy Little Stampers Dies challenge 'anything goes'

Passion For Promarkers challenge 'birds, bugs and butterflies'

CASology challenge 'insect'

Thanks for popping by and I hope you all have a great weekend

Sunday, 4 June 2017


As Mojo has done a disappearing act on me again I thought I'd start a sort out of my crafty cupboard and found this Hunkydory decoupaged topper, and a bit more rummaging produced some pink patterned card which was given a bit of texture with a dotty embossing folder. I used some cream card snippets to die-cut some butterflies and also a tag which I stamped a Penny Black sentiment on before tucking it behind the topper. Then after adding a few gems and some pink ribbon tied into a big bow I'd managed to make a card.

and this one shows the embossing on the pink card

I shall head over to the following challenges with this card

In The Pink challenge 'embossing'
Butterfly challenge 'L is for layers and/or the colour cream'
Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use snippets'
Cute Card Thursday challenge 'bugs and butterflies'
Scrap and Craft challenge 'anything goes adding string/twine or ribbon'
Tuesday Morning Sketches challenge 

and here's a quick card using a decoupaged image from the Joanna Sheen Giordano Christmas cd that I'd made up some time ago. All I needed to do was layer it onto some gold card and add a piece of Tattered Lace die-cut holly.

this is for the following challenges

Allsorts challenge 'christmas in June'
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge 'anything goes christmas + option winter fun'

Okay I'd better get back to my sorting out now as I've got all my crafty stash spread out over the kitchen table and Hubby keeps asking if it's waiting to be thrown in the dustbin!

Thursday, 25 May 2017


I'm popping by with a very quick post today to show you a couple of flower themed cards I've made for challenges - one of which is for Allsorts who are celebrating their 8th birthday.

The first is Penny Black 'poppy gems' which I stamped using the Misti with green and red Memento dew drop inks, then coloured with Promarkers. I added a Penny Black sentiment using black ink which looked 'flat' but luckily I'd used the Misti and still had the stamp in place so was able to clear emboss on top to give it a bit of life.

I shall enter this in the following challenges

Allsorts challenge 'happy 8th birthday Allsorts'

Penny Black and More challenge 'photo / colour inspiration'

Country View challenge 'flower power'

Time Out challenge 'flowers and ffriends make life a garden'

Now for even more flowers with a decoupage image from the Joanna Sheen 'House Mouse Decoupage' CD

This is for the following challenges

CD Sunday challenge 'say it with flowers'

Double D challenge 'flowers galore'

Words 2 Craft By challenge 'springtime = party time'

Sorry I'm not managing to get round to visit you at the moment but Dad is back in hospital again. My sister and I are taking it in turns visiting him and also taking care of his house and all his plants and vegetables - they're needing lots of watering and looking after with this glorious weather we're having.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Ring a Ring o' Roses

I do love old nursery rhymes and this one possibly comes from the Great Plague, but whatever it's origins I can't get the tune out of my head after seeing it as a challenge theme.... so I had no option but to join in. I used the very last two of my large roses (still got a big tin of other flowers to start on now) and the wonderful sentiment is from Penny Black.

I shall enter this in the following challenges

Allsorts challenge 'ring a ring o' roses'

Country View challenge 'flower power'

That's Crafty challenge 'back to black'

The Ribbon Girl challenge 'any type of card'

Rubber Dance challenge 'rule of three' - I used 3 roses, 3gems, 3 die-cuts

I was a bit late heading over to the Playground last fortnight so I thought I'd better get my act together this time around and I had a play with some snippets of LOTV papers and mirricard along with some LOTV artpad toppers. The embossing folder is Tattered Lace and the 'joy' die is Penny Black.

I shall enter these in the following challenges

Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use snippets'

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge 'anything goes christmas + option a tree or two'

 And my fnal card is a LOTV image coloured with my usual Promarkers.

I shall enter this in the following challenges

Passion for Promarkers challenge 'bingo'  I went polka dots / kraft / dies

Fab 'n' Funky challenge 'kids and teenager birthdays'

Well it's a wet start to the week here and the forecast is for more of the same for the next few days.... oh well, at least I won't have to rush out to buy a new watering can now! Thanks for popping by today and I hope you all have a great week.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Snippets and More

Well that was an unscheduled break from Blogland but I'm finally back with a mixed bag of cards that I've mangaged to get made. It's a bit of a photo heavy post so I'll keep the waffling on down to a minimum so as not to bore you.

First is my snippets card using (of course) snippets of paper and card, card candi and a Lawn Fawn 'scripty thanks' die. I love the versatility and fun style of this die.

I'm heading over to the following challenges with this card

Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use snippets'

Lawn Fawnatics challenge 'black / white and bright'

As You Like It challenge 'favourite die and why'

Next up is a Penny Black stamp 'happy bliss' - embossed and watercoloured with TH distress crayons (birds and flowers) and Aquamarkers (the sky) - and a HLS sentiment stamp. Any advice on the best brands of embossing powders would be greatly appreciated. I have a clear and a white from Hero Arts which are great, but I'm not to keen on this glittery black from Sweet Dixie and I think you can see where it rubbed off especially at the botton of the stems when I came to watercolour it.

I'm heading over to these challenges with this one

AAA Cards challenge ' bright and beautiful'

Country View challenge 'flower power'

HLS Watercolour challenge 'anything goes with optional twist of red' I didn't twist

Next is a LOTV art pad topper with Tim Holtz and Tattered Lace dies and a Clearly Besotted sentiment stamp.

This one is going over to the following challenges

Feeling Sketchy challenge 

Scrap and Craft challenge 'hand made flowers' - the Tattered Lace poinsettia

HLS Die challenge 'anything goes with dies'

And finally (as I hear you let out a sigh of relief) a card using up bits and bobs from my stash and a Woodware sentiment stamp cut with a Tim Holtz stitched oval die.

and this is heading over to these challenges

Cuttlebug Mania challenge 'have wings will fly' - oval die cut with TL Baby Blue machine

Noor Design UK challenge 'add lace'

Cards und More challenge 'cards for women'

Crafty Purple Frog challenge 'fabulously floral'

Wow, you managed to stay to the end so a very big thank you for you're visit today and I'll be popping round to see you all over the weekend. Take care and for those of you with sunshine... enjoy it!

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Numbers, a Sketch and a B

Hi everyone, firstly thanks for all your well wishes and I'm pleased to say Dad is being discharged from hospital tomorrow. Lately I've been blogging 2 or 3 cards at a time and I've decided to keep on with this so that I'm not posting as often..... hopefully it will also make it better for you (time-wise) as I do appreciate your continued visits.

So here goes with the first of three cards and this is my 'B' for boy, birthday and blue card which is an Elisabeth Bell image coloured with Promarkers and die-cut with a TH die.

This is for the following challenges

Allsorts challenge 'I spy something beginning with B'

Crafty Purple Frog challenge 'time to celebrate the little people'

Cute Card Thursday challenge 'birthdays'

Now for the 'numbers' card using a decoupage image from the Joanna Sheen 'House Mouse Decoupage' CD with some die-cut numbers and letters and a paper that I found on the internet.

This is for the following challenges

Words 2 Craft By challenge 'N-U-M-B-E-R-M-O-U-S-E'

That's Crafty challenge 'outnumbered'

And finally my 'sketch' card which uses another of the decoupage images from the  Joanna Sheen 'House Mouse Decoupage' CD and magazine freebie papers with a LOTV stamped sentiment. I've got quite a few of these decoupage sheets that I made up a while ago so I'm trying to use them up!

This is the sketch I followed over at CD Sunday challenge

I'm off to have a search through the crafty cupboard as I've been seeing quite a few LOTV images around Blogland lately and I know I did buy some artpads but not sure where they've hidden themselves! Enjoy the rest of your week and thanks for your visit today.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Spring and a Tag

Morning everyone, hope things are going okay for you all. I feel a little frazzled today as it has definitely been one of those weeks with Hubby's back causing him a lot of pain, Dad in hospital with pneumonia and this morning some more sad news....... but we are built to plod on regardless so here are a couple of makes that I finished at the weekend but not got round to showing you.

The first is a tag using some of my NBUS goodies and heat embossing. I'm very new to heat embossing and only have a pot of white powder so I used Uniko 'stunning snowflakes' (love those snowflake designs) to stamp, heat emboss and then sponge Memento inks on a circle of card before matting onto a gold mirricard circle. Then I die-cut the Poppystamps 'country houses' and 'country houses background' and layered them up but decided I wasn't keen on the white in white so used Memento inks to add some colour and then added another white 'country houses' die-cut on the top before sticking to the tag and adding the bow.

I made this for

ABC Christmas challenge 'H is for home, I is for informal'

Poppystamps challenge 'gift it'

WOW Embossing challenge 'favourite embossing technique'

Addicted To Stamps challenge 'not a square card'

And here is an easter card using a decoupage image and papers from the Joanna Sheen 'House Mouse decoupage' cd with just the addition of some flowers and ribbon to finish.

CD Sunday challenge 'spring colours'  my 2nd entry

House Mouse & Friends Monday challenge 'stop and smell the flowers'

Noor! Design challenge 'flowers'

Thanks for popping by today and for taking the time to leave me  a few words. I'm off to have a nice quiet (I hope) and much needed cuppa tea. Take care and I'll catch up with you soon.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Colourful Birthday

Not sure if I've overdone it but these Bugaboo monsters were screaming out for a splash of colour with the Promarkers. All my papers are snippets with some careful placing under the image to hide the fact that some were a bit too small. I used a TH Stitched oval die and a Paper Smoochies die for the balloons which were all cut from snippets of card, a gold peel off sentiment and the last little bit of green ribbon from my stash.

I made this for the following challenges

Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use snippets'

Allsorts challenge 'sketch'

Double D challenge 'neons / brights'

The Ribbon Girl challenge 'use any image'

That's it from me for today. Thanks for popping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of the easter weekend and have lots of choccie eggs to devour.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Spring. Spring. Spring

I've been very good this year with keeping my New Years Resolution - it was to buy lots of crafty goodies! - so as you may guess I've got rather a lot of unused goodies to play with and I'm heading over to Darnell's Playhouse to join in with her fabulous NBUS / Boo Boo challenge.

My first card is a one layer CAS design on a deckled edge card blank and using NBUS Penny Black stamps 'First Waltz' and a sentiment from the 'Happy Thoughts' set.

I shall enter this in

Penny Black and More challenge 'spring'

Stamping Sensations challenge 'anything goes'

Penny Black Saturday challenge 'spring or easter'

More NBUS for another one layer CAS card - Uniko stamps 'flower power 1' and 'flower power 7' and 'background builders: round in circles'. The sentiment is also from Uniko 'pure florals Gerbera' and I added some gemstones to add sparkle.

I shall enter this in

Uniko challenge 'spring with an optional twist of easter'

Allsorts challenge 'bring on the bling'

AAA Cards challenge 'CAS shiny spring'

And finally I've got a card using up some of my old stash and an image printed from the Joanna Sheen 'House Mouse triple cd collection' The paper is from a House Mouse CD along with a LOTV snippet and the sentiment is left over from a decoupage sheet (but I can't remember which). This is my Boo Boo card as when I added the image it ended up dropping and sticking towards the top of the card and no way was it going to be lifted off without ripping the whole thing. So after a search in my stash I found the flowers that I added along the bottom and with just a few gems to finish I managed to save it.

I shall enter this in

CD Sunday challenge 'spring colours'

Crafty Catz challenge 'anything goes with optional twist of easter'

I've still got an evergrowing pile of NBUS but at least this is the first New Years Resolution I've been able to keep right into April..... and I'm having guilt free fun keeping it too! Thanks for popping by today and for all your lovely comments and encouragement.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Mousey Fun

Morning to you all on this lovely sunny morning and I hope it's as nice where you are. I've got a couple of House Mouse cards for you today and both feature decoupage sheets from the Joanna Sheen 'House Mouse decoupage' CD.

The challenge theme over at CD Sunday is 'any old iron' so I thought 'pumping iron' and just could not resist these little meecies in the gym running that wheel and getting themselves fit. The papers are LOTV and the pearl hearts are from the Hobby House.

Now after all that excercise what does any self respecting mouse think of ?.... food and drink of course. So what better than a big mug of hot cocoa overflowing with marshmallows. The papers are Dovecraft 'Princess Fairytale', the bow is my NBUS Joanna Sheen Signature die and I added a couple of pearls to finish it off.

This is for Allsorts challenge 'food, food, glorious food' and also House Mouse & Friends Monday challenge 'food and/or drink'

I know they should have been excercising after over-indulging but that would have been no fun now would it?

Thanks for popping by today

Sunday, 2 April 2017

NBUS Trio with a Boo Boo

I've been using my NBUS (Never-Before-Used-Schtuff) crafty goodies for my trio of cards today so that I can go over and join in Darnell's fabulous NBUS and Boo Boo challenge. I must admit to making several online shopping trips in anticipation of the event !

I was very lucky to win a voucher from Uniko in their birthday challenge and was able to add some fabulous stamps to my stash and also in the last NBUS challenge I won a Mini Misti - so again a big thank you to Bev and Darnell as you both made this first card possible. I used my NBUS Uniko 'Paradise Hummingbird' stamp set along with the Mini Misti and Memento inks to stamp the image and used chalks for the background. I would never have been able to stamp all the different colours with an acetate block and I'm loving being able to try new stamping techniques. I was so pleased with the way this turned out but I just could not get a photo that shows how lovely the colours really look

I'm also entering this in

Uniko challenge 'spring with an optiona twist of easter'

Stamping Sensations challenge 'anything goes'

My next card is a snippets make so I shall head over and see what the Playmates are up to in Pixie's Snippets Playground. I used my NBUS Woodware 'snow' stamp for this along with some LOTV paper snippets, the last snippet of silver ribbon and silver mirri-card for matting and punched snowflakes. I managed to pick this stamp up half price on sale so pretty pleased about that.

And I made my final card today for the Time Out challenge where the theme is 'inspired by words'

When it rains look for rainbows, when it's dark look for stars

I was inspired by the rainbow part of this and using one of the stamps from the Uniko 'Background builders, round in circles' set I stamped rows of dots in rainbow colours. Then I went on to make a Boo Boo......  I used white embossing powder to stamp a sentiment from Penny Black 'Happy thoughts' stamp set (another NBUS) and of course it got completely 'lost' in the background. Determined not to be beaten I stamped the sentiment again on to a Marianne Design die-cut tag to hide the mess up and to finish I added an Impression Obsession cloud die (yet another NBUS)

and here's the boo boo

Thanks for popping by today and I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. The sun is shining here and Hubby is getting restless so I think we'll be going out for a little stroll now.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Flowers and Butterflies

Hi everyone, hope you've all had a good week and ready for the weekend. Fingers crossed the nice weather we're having will last.

I've a couple of cards to show you today and the first uses some more of those large roses I'm trying to use up. The image is from a LOTV art pad, the dies are Tim Holtz stitched rectangles, patterned paper may be from The Hobby House (but not certain) and I added gold peel-off corners and sentiment and a butterfly to finish.

 I shall enter this in the following challenges

In The Pink challenge 'flower power'

Deep Ocean challenge 'flowers everywhere'

And my second card uses a leftover paper which may be Hunkydory (but again not certain) with Marianne Design butterfly dies and a Tattered Lace happy birthday die. I added quite a lot of Stickles around the butterflies and it looks much better IRL than in the photo.

I shall enter this in the following challenges

Butterfly challenge 'butterflies + R for repeat and/or the colour night sky'

Double D challenge 'things that fly'

Thanks for popping by today and if you hadn't already heard there's a NBUS / Boo Boo challenge starting tomorrow over at Darnell's blog.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Winter followed by Spring

Well I know the clocks went forward in the UK but it feels like mine went on a whole week instead of an hour..... that last week really zipped by in a flash and I'm still trying to catch up with it! But I'm finally here and have a couple of makes to show you today.

The first is winter and I've used all Tim Holtz goodies for this one. I recycled the back of a very thick shop bought card to make a tag and gesso'd through a TH mini stencil 'holiday script'. When that was dry I heat embossed the TH 'holiday joy' snowflakes stamps around the edge (taking Darnell's advice to wipe first with an antistatic cloth) and then used 3 different blue Memento inks to add colour. Using the same TH 'holiday joy' set (which I won some time ago in the Playground) I stamped the trees, stag and snowflakes and cut with the matching dies. I added a good helping of Stickles to the snowflakes and then finished it all off with a piece of lace tied with some baker's twine. Not my normal style but I'm rather pleased with the way it turned out.

and here are a couple more that have caught the light and show up the layers and sparkle a little better 

I shall enter this in the following challenges

Country View challenge 'inspired by Tim Holtz'

Rudolph Days March challenge 'anything goes christmas'

Stamping Sensations challenge 'close to nature' my 2nd entry - I hope this fits the theme but if not please delete

Simon Says Wednesday challenge 'use more than one die or punch'

..... and following quickly on the heels of winter is spring (thanks goodness). Up until 1752 the first day of the new year here in England was 25th March (Lady Day) and to me it does feel more like a new year with the winter coming to an end and all the wonderful new growth and colours of the spring bulbs. I especially love the lilac and yellow crocuses, so they are the colours I picked to use with the wonderful Uniko 'beautiful blooms III' stamp. A very CAS card with a couple of lines embossed and a leftover sentiment from a decoupage sheet - this is definitely more my style. I was very lucky and won a voucher in Uniko's Birthday challenge so I have lots more fabulous stamps that I'll be able to show you next week when Darnell hosts her super NBUS challenge

I made this for the Uniko challenge 'spring with an optional theme of easter'

So that's it from me for now -  I'm off to take all the batteries out of the clocks as I reckon that's the only way I'll manage to have 24 hours in a day! Thanks for taking the time to call by today and I hope you all have a great week.