Saturday, 3 April 2021


Just recently I was lucky enough to have a card selected as the winning entry into a challenge at  
Their challenge this time  is this sketch.
I decided to use a square card base rather than a rectangle and kept fairly close to the original design. Hessian and gold card seem a little far removed from each other, but I think that they team up reasonably well here. I wanted to to add the sentiment 'peace' but the dies I have with this word on were all too large so I decided to make it using my Silhouette Portrait,  cutting the word several times and stacking them to give a little more dimension. Looking at my card I think that the stars may have worked a little better slightly closer together... maybe next time!
I love making Christmas cards and this one is a little unusual!


Thursday, 1 April 2021

Thinking of you

Downstairs there is a hive of industry as three chaps are on their knees laying my new floor through the hall, dining room and kitchen. I can't wait to be back to normal. Our living room looks like a furniture depository as we have crammed everything from the kitchen, hall and dining room into it! I can't wait to be using my new kitchen, there are just three more doors to arrive (I changed my mind about a couple of layout choices and so some new doors had to be ordered), apparently they have arrived in stock and can be fitted as soon as the floor men have finished!! Phil and I will be heaving a great sigh of relief that we have our house back to ourselves...
..but in the interim, my craft room is my escape!
Here is a card for the challenge at Just US Girls
There is some amazing inspiration from the DT and I chose to use the tulips plus the circle of leaves as my starting point!

Hopefully we'll soon have our house back to ourselves!

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Be Merry

Today I am trapped upstairs until about 4pm whilst the screed on the floor downstairs 'goes off', which probably means that it changes from liquid to solid.. We will be having a new floor through the hall, dining room and kitchen and that will be laid starting tomorrow. Downstairs, there is no way of getting to a loo without going over some of the screeded area, so I'm playing it safe and staying upstairs, with my picnic! We have also got problems with our internet and the Virgin engineer has been around to try to suss out the problem and it seems that during our kitchen refurbishment something untoward happened with the cabling and we need to get a new bit of cabling done... but of course the engineer can no longer get into the kitchen until the screed there has 'gone off'!
Such are the joys!
Anyway here is a card for a couple of challenges.  I used the colours from Fab Friday
and the stash Challenge from 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

I'm not sure of all the makes of the dies etc, I think the bow is from a bra set from MFT, the sentiment I think maybe from Penny Black and I can't remember the origin of the wreath die either. The wood plank stamp is from Impression Obsession.
At least the sun is shining!


Saturday, 27 March 2021

Birthday Wishes

I was lucky enough to have one of my cards chosen as the CAS Perfectionist at Addicted to CAS.

 Kylie very kindly invited me to be the Guest Designer for the current challenge which is  

I don't know if any of you know the stories of Little Nut Brown Hare in the 'Guess How Much I Love You' series, but Anita Jeram, the illustrator, has designed lots of stamps for the Colorado Craft Company. The one I have used here, plus its matching die are from that collection!
I simply coloured the image with alcohol markers, die cut it and mounted it on dimensional pads. I say alcohol markers as I have to use a cross section of makes lately, as I have many different brands... Copic, Promarkers, Chameleon, Spectrum Noir, Mirage ... to name a few, but as I have had them all for quite some considerable time, many are drying up and so certain shades are missing, so I just mix and match where I can! I imagine that some time I will need to just throw out the lot and start from scratch! I probably would have done it sooner if markers were not so expensive.
The tiny sentiment is from Sugar Peas Designs.
Although I have a MISTI, I bought a Vaessen stamping platform some time ago which I actually prefer, as it is a little more versatile. It automatically adjusts to different thicknesses of stamps as the cover is spring loaded and it doesn't have a well or recess as the MISTI does, so an opened out card will fit into it, or rather will extend beyond the edges without getting creased!
I have been using a Scor-Pal to crease my cards, (which I cut from A4 sheets of card) for many years and is now becoming rather beaten up. I thought I would try the Vaessen version for a change as I was so pleased with the stamp platform, but stupidly ordered the imperial version instead of the decimal one, so I'll have a trip to the post office later to send that back. The proper version for me should arrive tomorrow. For some reason the imperial version was cheaper, which is probably what caught my eye rather than the dimensions!
Thanks once more to Kylie for allowing me to join in the fun with this challenge!