Monday, 17 February 2020


Following my knee surgery on Friday last, I am hobbling around, but it's not too painful thankfully. I didn't enjoy changing the dressings however, as there was some sticky stuff rather close to the incision site and  my skin hurt more than the joint when I was removing it. Loads of surgical spirit was needed! Thanks to everyone for your good wishes.
This card is for the challenge at CAS Christmas

It's funny but if I get an idea into my head I really have to go for it and after wanting to do something like this, I realised that I didn't have a 'joy' die which was either the right style or dimensions for what I had in mind. So I made this on my Silhouette. I cut out two and stacked them before embossing with a layer of Gold Twinkle embossing powder then a layer of UTEE. It's mounted on dimensional pads.
The die cut wreath is a stack of three cuts twinkled with Glamour Dust. A simple de-bossed frame finished it off!

Friday, 14 February 2020

What is the plural of rhombus?

I guess we could get into quite a discussion here... rhombuses or rhombi? Whatever the answer,
there are quite a few of them in this card, or rather they are absent but we can see where they were!
The trellis die is from Memory Box, cut from a simple panel and with just a couple of die cut sprigs of eucalyptus cut from a piece of photographic paper, which had been coloured with alcohol inks.
The foliage die is by Alexandra Renke and the sentiment stamp from Clearly Besotted.
It's my DT card for the challenge at Perfectly CAS, where the decoration must not take up more than a third of the front of the card. In other words we need to see lots of white space!
As you can see, the challenge is to include SHAPES!
DO join in the fun!
Today I am having an arthroscopy on my knee, something that has been needed for about 2 years, let's hope it will be successful! It's just day surgery so I'll be hobbling around at home again tomorrow!

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

I'll be your sweetheart

I seem to remember many moons ago that my dad used to sing this to me when I was tiny... and the thought brings a smile to my face.  He died in 1961 when I was just 16.
I love this dear little bear from Penny Black. I simply stamped, embossed and coloured him with alcohol markers then cut him out and added a little twinkle to the heart, then popped him onto some dimensional pads.
The sentiment was computer generated using Cheryl font.

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

9 Geese a-layiig

I love these Penny Black creatures. Isn't this goose jushis iine is for the challenge at HLS Christmas where the theme could include Christmas Wings, although as ever Anything Goes!

This is simplicity itself, I did add a panel to the front of the card as I used Copic pens to colour the image,  and even though it is only a small amount, it would show through to the inside of the card. This young lady makes me smile just to look at her!
It's such a great idea to spread the making of Christmas cards throughout the whole year to save the mad scramble to get enough done at the last moment.
So why not join us!
You may have noticed the typo in the title.... the wrong number and a spelling error... I didn't notice until after I had created the permalink for the Happy Little Stampers blog, so if I alter it now the permalink won't work...  So I'll apologise right now... SORRY!

Sunday, 2 February 2020


The challenge at HLS CAS this time has the word POSITIVE as the inspiration!

This time I decided to do both Positive and Negative. I used a stamp from Hero Arts, which I  stamped and heat embossed in black on white card and stamped and heat embossed in white on black  card, then I cut each piece and half and put halves of each colour together. I used a twinkly black embossing powder on the white card. The sentiment too is a mix of black and white and I distressed the edges slightly. The joy of this technique is that you end up with two cards.
The challenge may spark a totally different meaning of POSITIVE for you, why don't you join us!

Fun with stencils

Those gals over at CAS Mix Up certainly keep us on our toes. The task this month is to create a stencil from a die cut.

In fact the card which I made for the challenge at CAS Stencil last time would have fitted for this challenge too!
I'm very fond of creating stencils with my dies, particularly when using embossing paste as it reduces on clean up time as I just toss out the stencil, which I cut from vellum. However this time I decided not to use embossing paste (maybe that will come later) but to use gilding flakes.
Firstly I cut the stencil from vellum using a Sizzix die. Once cut, I taped it to a piece of black card and stamped over the die cut part with Versamark. After lifting the stencil, I sprinkled on some Stamp 'n' Bond and melted it with my heat gun. I added some gilding flakes and burnished them with a  scoochie or whatever it is they call those funny little pad thingies. I chose a die by Alexandra Renke, which I think echoes the shapes of the background, (to make the focal point) and stamped a simple sentiment.
Addicted to Stamps and More

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

A New Stencil

The challenge over at CAS Stencil is to use a new Stencil!

Well this one couldn't be much newer as I only made it this morning and I haven't previously used the die to make a stencil fact I think it's the first time the die has been used.
It's from Memory Box  and I cut the stencil from a piece of vellum. I wanted to use embossing paste but my homemade pot had dried up a little too much and although I tried to reconstitute it, it wasn't playing ball. I managed to dig out an old pot of Poppy Stencil embossing paste, but that too was on its last legs, but it just about coped.  I sprinkled on some WOW embossing powder and heat set it. The joy of using vellum stencils for embossing paste means that there is no clean up afterwards... I just toss the lot into the bin. The palette knife is the only thing that needs a wipe. The foliage die is by Alexandra Renke, which I stacked, adding a deep green bottom layer which I offset slightly. I simply added a few tiny pearls to the berry sections of the die cut.
The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted.
Job Done!
The design actually used the sketch from Case this sketch but inverted!

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Playing around with dies

Last week the lady sitting next to me at my choir asked me to make a 70th Birthday card for her sister. She comes from a very musical family! Their cousin was the much acclaimed composer, John Tavener.  Among a host of beautiful music, he composed the music sung by the choir at Westminster Abbey, Song for Athene,  as Diana's coffin was being taken from the church. 
The birthday girl is a pianist and loves plants and gardening. I decided to play around with my dies to see if I could make a piano. I used a curved die for the piano, extending it slightly by cutting with scissors and rounding the edge with an embossing tool to make it more like the die cut part.. I used a tag /frame die for the music stand and scattered a few foliage die cuts on the body of the piano. The keyboard is a proper die.. no alteration needed! I think it was from Memory Box.
I made the sentiment in Word and  cut the '70' with my Silhouette Portrait.

Loss of Mojo!

I seem to have had a little difficulty recently in making something which has really pleased me. I start off with what I think are reasonable ideas but somehow they just haven't totally come off. This has had the effect of me leaving with lots of projects either unsatisfactory in my eyes, or not quite finished. This is one such. In principle and in my head the idea seemed ok, but it's just not quite what I thought it would be.
It's for the challenge at CAS Christmas

ABC Christmas 'A' Anything Goes

This one follows the sketch at CASe This Sketch

I don't often use completely untextured card and for some reason when there's a lot of it in evidence it sometimes feels a little bland. I bought a pack of smooth card to fulfil a request to make large flowers for a charity I have supported by making Thank you cards for them, for sometime. I have a little left so I guess I must find the best way to use it. Some card is great for colouring  and blending with markers, some for use with watercolour, some for stamping, some for pastes etc. I think experimentation is called for.
The daisy die is from Pink Fresh Studios, mounted over a square die-cut, stamped with an SU grunge stamp. I don't recall the make of the foliage die. The sentiment is from a set of tiny, really useful sentiments from Sugar Pea designs.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Love Flowering

I haven't used this stamp from Penny Black for quite some time, but it is perfect for a one layer card. I stamped it in SU Crumb Cake and embossed the sentiment in gold. Simplicity itself. I can see where the manufacturer got the name of the stamp from... the blooms do look a little like hearts don't they!
It's my DT card for the Perfectly CAS One Layer challenge.
I added a little clear Wisp of  Stella over the image to add a little interest.

I'm sure that one layer cards are not as scary as they once were for many crafters, so do have a go and join us!

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Quick post

This will have to be a quick post as I'm about to set off for the Midlands. I'm off to see various family members. My brother has just been taken into a hospice, his wife is just leaving hospital after breaking her arm in a fall,  my other brother has just had a second hip replacement, his wife is receiving chemo following cancer surgery and I'm due for an arthroscopy next month! What a jolly family!
This card is for the challenge at CAS MIX Up.

Both the bunnies and the circle were partially die cut.. as in fact was the front panel... as I have an American stitched die from SSS which doesn't fit the front of a British card cut from a sheet of A4. I have to cut the die from both ends in order to stretch the die cut to fit the base.
The bunnies were just shaded gently with a little grey Promarker and the tails given a dab of Fun Flock.
The background was just a watercolour wash sky!
Sorry it's so brief but I must be off!

Saturday, 4 January 2020


I thought that this last year I was well ahead with Christmas card makes, but what with the ones that I sold at my choir to raise choir funds, requests from friends for sets of cards and ones for personal use, I had to start on a last minute production line once more. This year I will try to do better.
This is a very small card, about 10.5 cms square with which I used inlaid dies. Firstly I coloured a piece of card with Brusho and mica powder and  spritzed with water. When dry, I die cut the pieces and also cut a set from plain white card. The joy of this technique is that you end up with a positive and a negative so making two cards instead of one. The tiny tree is layered several times, so as it wouldn't sit neatly overlapping the plaque I die cut a space in the SSS die-cut for it to sit in.

It's such a good idea to join in with Christmas challenges throughout the year, so that you have a ready supply when required, so do join us at Happy Little Stampers!

Thursday, 2 January 2020

Totally excited

Those of you who are not new to my blog probably know of my penchant for chickens... in many forms and particularly those from Penny Black!
Here is a one layer card, coloured with watercolour pencils and a little water, (so as not to show through on the inside of the card). The sentiment, which also happens to be the name of the stamp, was done on the computer. I always try to match the font I use to the stamp... for style and weight of line etc. I think this one... Kristen ITC works quite well here.
The challenge at Happy Little Stampers CAS is for something with wings. So it doesn't have to be a one layer card, just something with lots of white space and .... wings of some sort!

Do come and join in the fun!

CAS Watercolour Guest Designer

Loll and Bonnie must put in hours of work to make their Challenge Blogs so informative, interesting, stimulating, challenging and downright fun!
The Watercolour challenge this time is to use Cool Colours and I am simply delighted to have been invited to be a Guest Designer for this challenge

For my card I began by stamping a My Favorite Things background stamp with Versamark and embossing in Silver.
I then spritzed it with water and added some sprinkles of Brusho powders and spritzed some more, dabbing with a paper towel and adding more powder and water until I got an effect which I liked. I then dried it off with my heat tool.
This kind of card always makes two versions.... the negative and the positive. I cut the SSS Tulip die from the centre of the coloured, embossed  card and then three or four layers from white card, which I stacked and then inlaid the coloured sections from the first cut. 

This is the card which I made with the remaining die cuts. I recessed the tulip die-cut and added a dry embossed backdrop for it, to add a little interest. I chose a folder with similar lines to the die cut and the original stamping. Not quite so CAS as the first card but still has fairly clean lines. The frame is mounted on dimensional pads.