Monday, 18 June 2018



Recently we visited Germany with my choir to sing Vaughan William's Sea Symphony, together with some German choirs.
It was a wonderful trip and we made lots of new acquaintances and renewed some old ones. One of the latter was a lady whom I stood next to in the concert we gave 15 years ago on a previous visit to Osterode. It was strange how we remembered each other after such a long time.
She had decided to come to England to hear the performance we were giving of the symphony on our return. In fact she wanted to sing with us and that was also arranged. 
I offered to pick her up from the airport and offer some hospitality and in appreciation of this she made this beautiful painted silk scarf. It's really rather clever how she incorporated our choir logo into the corner of the scarf.

This is the card I made for her to thank her for such a thoughtful and creative gift.
As we were singing the Sea Symphony I thought that the anchor would be an appropriate image and after adding the chain I tried to make a play on words and added one link in the form of a letter 'd' so when read 'd'anchor would sound like the German for thank you!
It's the colours of our choir too... Red and black and here I added a little gold too.

This is a picture of the combined choirs in Osterode.

The anchor and chain are from Creative dies and the Danke sentiment from Mama Elephant.
It's for the challenge at Just US Girls

Saturday, 2 June 2018


Happy Little Stampers' CAS challenge this time has the theme SMILE!

Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.


I thought that this little Toucan from Paper Smooches looked as though he had a smile on his beak so I thought he would be perfect for this card.
I used a Lil' Inkers die cut for the word smile and wrote the rest of the sentiment on the computer using the font Sweet Hipster, which I think complements the die rather well.
The bird was coloured with Copics and simply cut out and mounted on dimensional pads.
I think it's really interesting how hard it is not to smile when someone smiles at you... love it!

Tuesday, 15 May 2018


Here is another card using Gelatos for colouring. I began by rubbing a few colours of Gelatos onto a piece of card, blending them together with my finger, I added a spritz of water and a few grains of Perfect Pearls (although some of my Gelatos are in fact pearlised) to give a lovely sheen.
I then cut the butterfly (from Concord & 9th) from this coloured card and another from the front panel of my card. I then inlaid the die cut pieces together and twinkled the centre parts with Glamour dust.
The sentiment was stamped using a couple of colours of ink to match with the colours of the Gelatos. This is easy to do when using a MISTI of course, as each imprint is in exactly the same spot.
It's another contribution for the challenge at CAS Mix Up. A few tiny gems added a butterfly trail.

This is another card for the Casology challenge with a Marine theme. The little whales is from Stampin' Up and the sentiment a die cut from Creative Dies, Craft Essentials. The waves were cut with a die from CUTplorations.

Monday, 14 May 2018

New Technique Old Stash

When I saw the challenge at CAS Mix up, bells began to ring as I seemed to think I may have had some Gelatos. I rummaged to find a set, bought a long time ago and hardly touched. After spending a little time on You Tube trying to find out what to do with them, this is the card I came up with (after several abortive efforts.).
I chose to use a colour block technique and overstamped a section of the card with some Stampin' Up stamps which I've had for probably longer than I've had the Gelatos. A Sizzix die cut leaf (also rubbed with gold Gelato) and a sentiment from Clearly Besotted completed the card. I did use a little black Gelato around the edge of the rectangle, pulling the colour in with my finger. I fixed the panel with a squirt or two of hairspray.