Sunday, 17 March 2019

CAS Christmas

There's still time to join in the fun over at the CAS Christmas Challenge where the theme this time is Deer!

Here I limited the colour palette to just two colours... white and navy. I used a circular die from Simon Says Stamp and added a backdrop piece of card coloured with Chipped Sapphire Distress ink applied via Sheena Douglass's Snow Embossing Folder. I inked the inside, flat side of the folder and ran the card through my Big Shot.
The sentiment from Cutplorations and the stag from Sizzix (which I have since misplaced Grrrrrr!) were simply layered and added to the front of the card.

It's such a good idea to prepare Christmas cards at leisure throughout the year, as for many years I've had a mad scramble to get enough cards made at the last minute.
Hopefully it will work well again this year!

Many thanks once more to the team at CAS Christmas for this wonderful invitation to join them!

Spring Flowers

It's always a little tricky when colouring a one layer card, as it looks horrid if the colour transfers to the inside of the card, which is why I have used watercolour here. Some times I use watercolour pencils and a brush and sometimes I use paints... here I used a combination of the two. I wasn't too pleased with the colours I had used from the pencils so I added a little warmth from the colours in my little paintbox.
The stamps are from Penny Black.
There's something a little odd about the bucket... There's a line around the back of the flowers which I think is supposed to be the rear  rim of the bucket, but the perspective is all wrong to my eye, so I ignored adding colour to the inside of the bucket as I thought that it would accentuate this anomaly!
The Paper Players - One Layer
Crazy for CAS - Watercolour
Addicted to stamps and More - Make your mark
Ike's World - Clean and Simple
Papercraft Challenges - Clean and Simple


It's a while since I used a digi image for one of my cards, but this is a favourite of mine from Fred She Said, Spring flowers are so delicate looking and these tiny snowdrops look beautiful. It's simply water coloured with a dash of Glamour Dust added to the petals. The sentiment was computer generated using Andalus and Alex Brush fonts. The front panel was cut with a Creative Dies die.
Mother's Day is celebrated in March in the UK unlike the US where it takes place in May. I have many friends from my choir who are particular about calling the special day "Mothering Sunday". It refers back to the time when servants in large houses were allowed to return home for one special day to visit and take a small gift to their mothers. Normally their work work be seven days per week!
Working in service is far less popular these days, as most of the help we have in our homes comes via other means...central heating, dishwashers, washing machines and dryers etc!
Back in the day, I think I would have been the one scrubbing the floors rather than having them scrubbed for me!
AAA Cards - Spring
Krafty Chicks - Shades of green
ElliBelles Corner - Think Spring... add some Green
Always fun Challenge - Add some Green
Addicted to CAS - Green

Friday, 15 March 2019


It's difficult to see from this picture but the ink of the sentiment and the ribbon are in a deep shade of purple... chosen to tie in with the lilac of the spotty paper. Just about everything in this card has been in my craft room for years. When I first started crafting, I used lots of papers. some of which I printed myself as here. This is from the remains of a sheet from Pink Petticoat.It was curled up at the edges and stained with ink in places but for a couple of die cuts it looks pretty good. The ribbon has been sculling around for years and I think it actually came from a box of chocolates. The dies are from Sizzix and the sentiment from Clearly Besotted. The ink used for the sentiment is Concord Crush from Stampin' Up.
I based it on the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches
The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes