Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Stencil Tracing

Well the gals at CAS Mix UP have done it again... they've come up with another technique which is new to me.

For this card I cut a stencil from a piece of vellum and then brushed some Distress Ink over it and then traced partway around some of the apertures with a fine watercolour marker. I have to say it really did highlight some of the cells of the hive for these two fiddly Memory Box bees! I cut the bees from a piece of white card and coloured the individual components with alcohol markers. Once stuck together, I covered them with some Nuvo Crystal Glaze. I used brown and white for the sentiment to keep the colours in line with the theme.
I have been doing more sewing than card making of late... desperately trying to get lots of masks made. I did make some for my son with a clear window in. He is a GP and some of his patients need to lip read, so this one should help.
He has to use some sort of anti-fogging, but a little liquid soap seems to work quite well!

Wednesday, 24 June 2020


For some weeks my attention has been turned to sewing rather than card making. After getting out my machine to make lots of scrubs, I made a little dress for my 3 year old granddaughter and this was swiftly followed by a request from my 11 year old granddaughter for something for her. I couldn't make anything for her without making something for her brother and so it went on!  I managed to get these things done just before my machine developed a problem and had to be taken into the shop for repair.  I think it may prove rather expensive, but hope that it can be fixed as the cost of new ones rather took me by surprise.
Anyway back to card making!
This one is for the challenge at Christmas Craft Creations where the theme this month is Christmas trees.
This card was made with simple masking, some distress inks and an old stamp from Memory Box. I added a die cut deer from Sizzix and an equally simple sentiment. Black seemed a little harsh for the silhouette and the sentiment, so I used a deep grey instead!
DO join in the fun!

Saturday, 20 June 2020

Jingle bells

I have just got a new phone but haven't quite come to grips with the capabilities of the camera just yet. The exposure is totally different from my previous one and when I attempt to photograph my cards in the same situation as with my previous phone, the outcome is totally different, so I think a little experimentation is called for!
This card is for the challenge at CAS Christmas

These Memory Box bells are some of my favourites, I use the thread die from the needle and thread set, also from Memory box. I love the way it swirls. I use a large embossing tool to add a little dimension to the bells and popped them onto tiny foam squares to lift them from the surface of the card. The sentiment is from Cutplorations.
I have been conspicuously absent from my blog of late but my time has been spent doing lots of sewing. I began by making scrubs for the NHS For the Love of Scrubs initiative and went on to make some dresses for myself... (lockdown has a weight increase to answer for!) Then my grandchildren wanted some things made for them... I even embarked on my first attempt at a t Shirt. My grandson has hardly had it off his back since he received it! All this was followed by a production line of masks, then my machine went into meltdown and had to be taken in for repair. Fortunately my neighbour had a spare machine which she las loaned to me whilst mine is hors de  combat, so that the face covering production can continue!
So now I have taken over and wreaked havoc in two rooms in the house... my craft room and the dining room!
I am very grateful for a patient husband!

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Fa La La

I came across this holly die in my stash and I have absolutely no recollection of buying it, or receiving it as a gift or freebie. It looks like a large holly spray but in fact is lots of smaller components and I thought that this portion fitted quite well with this sentiment, which is from Penny Black! I cut it from Glittery gold card and it looks really great IRL. As this die is so fiddly I put some double sided sheet on the back of the card before cutting it so that it make adhering it to the card a much simpler operation!
It's my DT card for Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge
Recently I have been spending more time on sewing projects and have just completed a little dress for my younger granddaughter, needless to say her cousin now wants me to make one for her too! I have also managed to make a number of sets of scrubs for my son's surgery and a few dresses for myself, the latter using fabric which has been in the loft for years!
Speaking of scrubs... my son, a GP,  has just created a Podcast website and proposes to produce interviews with other medics on subject pertinent to family health. His first one is linked here. I should be really interested to hear anyone's reactions to it!

At least we have had some wonderful weather, which has added to the enjoyment of our daily constitutional walks.
Stay safe everyone.

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Party time!

What is a party without presents?
Here I paper pieced a stamp from SU which has been in my stash for many years and is a favourite of mine. Paper piecing is something I haven't done for quite a while and is something I should try to remember to do more often!
It's is my DT card for Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge!

I have continued my reconnection with sewing... something I went back to when there was a recent nationwide call for scrubs for NHS workers. Having made a few sets which I have sent to my GP son's practice, I think I may actually try to make something for myself too... I need a few larger clothes after weeks and weeks of lockdown, when one of our secret pleasures was daily preprandials then wine with our meals!
Cheers... and stay safe!

Wednesday, 27 May 2020


Sometimes I try new techniques or products and discover that my efforts look dreadful! However, I don't always just bin the results, I feel that somehow they may come in useful. Once upon a time I think I tried to do the technique where you dip a piece of string into some acrylic paint, drop it onto a piece of card, cover with another piece of card, then drag it out between the two! Well the result looked evil, but I kept the card nevertheless.
Here is that piece of card which I decided to cut the pine branches from!
The corner which is missing, was the part of the card from which I cut the sentiment... I wanted it to match the white of the berries. You can see that the overall effect of the acrylics is awful, but I think that the branches look really good!
It's my DT card for  Christmas Craft Creations where the theme is to use a die cut!
I have been fascinated by die cutting from the first time I saw it demonstrated many years ago and my shelf is groaning with the weight of my supplies... I think all the magnetic sheets have a lot to do with that however!
Do join in the fun and get all the pressure of making last minute Christmas cards off your shoulders!
Stay Safe everyone!

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Count on me

I was delighted to find this free download of friendly frogs! I had tried drawing some myself but was singularly unsuccessful, so was delighted to find these. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp. I simply cut out the frog which I had coloured with alcohol pens and popped him onto some dimensional dots.
It is my DT card for Perfectly CAS which as you can see is Animals this time.
Recently my time has been spent reacquainting myself with  my sewing machine. I started making scrubs as there is a real need at the moment amongst many health workers. The first set I made was from some fabric I had stored away, plus a bed valance which was no longer used.

I ordered some fabric online and once that arrived I began making some with that.

Since then I have made a few more and they will all be going to my son's practice in Worthing. As a GP, he hasn't had to wear scrubs for many years, in fact not since he was a newly qualified doctor working in hospital, but due to the situation at the moment everything has changed, hence his need for scrubs.
We are lucky to have our hobby of crafting to keep us occupied during lockdown, so do stay safe everyone!

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Gesso Resist

Have you ever purchased some crafty product that you thought you should have... and you would use... but never have?
Gesso is one such item in my case. I had to dig deep to find it and then hope that it was still workable. I don't believe that I have ever used it before, but thanks to the gals at CAS Mix Up, I have been urged to get on and have a go!

I began with a stencil from Marianne Designs and applied some Gesso though it with a piece of sponge. When dry I applied some Distress Ink over the stencilling using a sponge dauber.  Following this I stamped some random spots using stamps from SU's French Foliage, long retired but one of my favourite 'go to' sets.
The die cuts by Alexandra Renke, were also coloured with DIs and a tiny smear of gold ink was added to the edges. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted.
These CAS challenges from Loll, Bonnie and the girls help me to produce some of my best work. I feel inspired to use different products or techniques to produce my submissions for their challenges.. and for that I thank them all most sincerely!
I must try technique this again, that's for certain!

Monday, 4 May 2020

Be merry

I guess Christmas does seem a long time away, but getting cards done in plenty of time does save a lot of frustration by the time November arrives and posting deadlines are approaching.
Here is my DT card for the challenge at Happy Little Stampers

As ever it is anything Goes but you may choose to do the optional extra which this time is 'Ornaments'.
Last year my daughter treated me to a Wreath Making session at a florist in Bath. We had great fun and I put my 'ornament' on my front door with pride. Here is a card version of a wreath  'ornament'.
I don't remember the make of this die, I think it may be an Alexandra Renke, but I'm not too sure I think the sentiment is Penny Black... I can't find the packaging!
Take Care and stay safe!

Saturday, 2 May 2020


I think this frog is a real cutie., I got him from a download of colouring page images, free for personal use. He's simply coloured with alcohol pens and popped onto dimensional pads. I have three large 'smile ' word dies and I think this one is from Creative Cuts.
I love the flow of this one!The challenge this time at Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge is SMILE!

We could all do with a smile at this present time... so consider this one for you!

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Happy birthday

Whenever I see an interesting simple sketch, I really feel the need to have a go... as was the case after seeing this from Freshly Made Sketches
It rang a bell for another challenge at Inkspirational to use Ink Splatters, so here it is!

In fact the splatters are stamped and not splattered, but I don't suppose that matters! I used a stamp from the SU Gorgeous Grunge set, which has been a favourite of mine for quite some time now!
The butterfly was cut with a Memory Box die from some smooshed card and given a plain mount so as to show up the filigree against the splatters.
The other day a friend asked me to make a card for her DIL's 30th birthday. She gave me pretty much free rein to do what I pleased but quite liked the  idea of flowers. I decided to make something that I thought she would like.
As it was a special birthday (it is today in fact) I thought we would go the whole hog and do something with a little dimension and make a box for it too!
This is a large card, (A4 sheet of card folded in half) and I had the idea that I wanted to use a soft blue and kraft for the colour scheme. I used Sahara Sand card from SU but didn't have any blue that I felt was quite right so I printed a sheet in Pink Petticoat's 'Ocean' shade. As I made the rolled flowers from this, I could use exactly the same colour for the sentiment. I pick up the RGB numbers by opening something in the colour into Paint and then using the dropper tool pick up a little of the colour to see what the combination of RGB is!
I used a bunch of dies, mainly Memory Box I think!
I thought I would add it to the challenge at Simon Says Stamp
Anything Goes

Friday, 24 April 2020

Doggy Birthday

I love Bugaboo digi images, the style and humour of many of them really appeal to me. This, however is the first time that I have entered into one of their challenges!

My card is following this sketch.
I think this is one cool hound, he has such an adorable look on his face!
The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted and the pawprint die from Memory Box. 
I have been waiting for for a week, for a pattern to make some scrubs. I had a message last Friday to say that it had shipped.... still no pattern, I know that postal deliveries have been all over the place, but hopefully it will come today! I have fabric ready to cut and some specifically ordered should be here in a day or so! 
Fingers crossed it all comes soon!

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Christmas Craft Creations

I have recently joined the Design Team at 
Christmas Craft  Creations.
I really enjoy making Christmas cards and it's great not to have the mad dash just before mailing deadlines, making last minute cards when December arrives.
This is my first creation for them!
The theme is to Use a Stamp
I used a bunch of stamps in fact. Santa is from MFT, the tree from an Impression Obsession stamp which has 5 trees on it and the sentiment from Mama Elephant. I divided 
the front panel into two with a double pierced die and embossed the top half with an EF called Snow, from Sheena Douglass. I love this folder and have tried several times to get one for a friend, but it seems to be discontinued.
I do hope you'll join in with this fun challenge!

Create  a scene

CAS Christmas - Santa Claus is coming to town or Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas ... (because of the sentiment)

Merry Little Christmas - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 21 April 2020


Poppies are a symbol of remembrance!
I don't really think that this flower die is supposed to be a poppy but I thought it looked poppy shaped, so I coloured it appropriately with Distress inks. I cut it first with a larger circle die, but it seemed to overpower the size of the card base, so I re-cut it with the next size down. Although the die cut practically fills the circle, I still prefer the proportions of it on the card.
It's another beautiful day, we had a lovely walk through the local pathways for our daily exercise and now it's nearly time for preprandials!

I have the sexiest legs ever...

Yesterday I wrote a post submitting two cards to various challenges, adding all the badges and links only to find that Blogger could neither publish nor save it. I thought it had been saved as a draft and I gaily came out of the page only to discover that there was no trace of it! SO I went outside and sat in the garden and enjoyed the fine weather for a while!
Today I thought I would try again!
Actually I think that one of the challenges I was entering has finished, but hey ho there are actual things to worry about in the world at the moment... missing blog posts are certainly not included in that list!
This card was made with the challenge at AAA Cards in mind.

I know that chickens aren't the greatest of fliers but they can flap their way up into low branches and up onto their roosts.
As a chicken belongs to the animal kingdom I thought I would also add it to Addicted to CAS 

 The sentiment reads 'I have the sexiest legs ever!' which I printed from the computer. The stamp is from Artemio and coloured with alcohol markers.

Mod Squad - Birds

I missed the sketch deadline for this card but am entering it into the challenge at Color Throwdown.

Actually this colour combo is very familiar to me as they were the colours of my college scarf!

The plank stamp is from IO, the cat die from Simply Graphics (France) and the sentiment form Avery Elle. I think a lot of people are thinking about that at this time!
I have just discovered that I have not only missed the sketch challenge for this card but the colour one too!
Hope you like it anyway!

Saturday, 18 April 2020

Thinking of you

Here is another card for the CAS Stencil Challenge which is to use Gilding Flakes.

I used a Sizzix die to cut a stencil from vellum and then applied Versamark through it. After removing the stencil I added Stamp 'n' Bond and heat set it.
I sprinkled on the remains of some gold and some green Gilding Flakes which were mainly dust, but they seemed to work well enough for most of the stencil. As I wasn't too happy with the complete thing, I decided to cut it down and just use part of it! The filigree layer of the butterfly was cut from one of the less successful areas.
It was difficlt to know what to do about the embossing for the sentiment in order to have it tone with the gilding, so I mixed some silver and gold embossing powder together and I was pleased with the end result.
I am waiting for a pattern for some surgical scrubs to arrive, it's on its way apparently.  I have dug out some fabric from the loft which was been stowed away for years (some was bought in the US in about 1978) it's fabulous stuff so hopefully I'll be able to make some up jolly ones and then offer them to any takers. My son (a GP) is well supplied apparently so I'll have to see who would like them! Let's hope the pattern comes today!
Crafty Calendar - Add a Butterfly

Friday, 17 April 2020

Just a note

One of the joys of being a squirrel is that one day, stuff that you have stashed away will come in handy!
I made the panel on this card ages and ages ago and it has sat in a little cache of stuff, to be used when appropriate! This is that time!
This is the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch and so you can see how my little panel came in useful!
I don't remember the make of the stamp, I have a feeling that it was a clear stamp, probably bought on eBay, but I can't actually put my hands on it at the moment. I think I coloured it with watercolour pencils, blended with a water brush and then once dry it was glazed with Glossy Accents.
I looked for a 'Just a note' sentiment (because of the musical association) but could't find one in a sympathetic font or size so I did this one on the computer.
The card base is Hammered white card from Paper Mill Direct. I think that several members of my choir will like this one... once we get back to real rehearsals, rather than virtual ones!


When I saw the challenge at CAS on Friday, I immediately thought of Lili of the Valley images... their bunnies are so cute!
I stamped the image onto watercolour paper using Memento London Fog ink. I added colour with watercolour pencils and blended gently with a waterbrush.
The sentiment is from Sugar Pea Designs.
Addicted to CAS
Today is the first day of rain that we have had for some time. We are lucky that since staying at home, we have been able to spend
time in the garden or have short walks around some of the local pathways. When our area was developed, the council decided to include lots of walkways between the various groups of houses.

They make for very pleasant walks. People are very courteous when passing each other and make sure that social distancing is observed, but always exchange a friendly greeting.
Stay safe everyone!