Friday 28 December 2018

Three of a kind

A friend asked me for a card for one of her chums and this stamp from Art Impressions came to mind. She actually thought it was perfect for her friend. It was coloured with alcohol markers in colours chosen by the sender and the sentiment was added via the computer. A little cutting out and mounting on dimensional pads and it was done.
This image reminds me of spending time with two of my dear  friends. We went to the Christmas Market in Winchester a little time ago and I spotted a stall which sold Raclette cheese. The girls immediately requested that we had some for our New Year's Eve Meal this year. It's an occasion that we have celebrated together for about 17 years.  One brings the first course, one brings the dessert and I provide the bit in the middle! Four couples around the table (Phil's brother and his wife come too) is a recipe for lots of fun! Great food, plenteous drinks and silly games make for a most enjoyable time!
I hope you all have fun this New Year too!

Thursday 13 December 2018


There's still time to play along with the challenge at TIME OUT where I am Guest Designer.

The challenge is to be JOYFUL!

Well I must say that there are many Penny Black Stamps which give me joy and I hope that  this one together with the sentiment from Paper Smooches will bring a smile to someone's face!
Actually I have a smile on my face today as I am off on a cruise aboard Queen Victoria to the Canaries. Our friends will be coming to take us to the terminal in Southampton just before noon!
 We are celebrating our 45th Wedding anniversary on the 15th and as we went to the Canaries for our honeymoon it seemed like a good place to go!

To get back to the card... the image was coloured with alcohol markers and gently twinkled in a few strategic places with a clear Wink of Stella pen! The Christmas duck was put behind an aperture on the front panel which was cut with SSS dies.
Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!

Sunday 9 December 2018

Naughty or Nice

I have long admired this super set of MFT Santas and could resist no longer, so this year quite a few have found their way onto my cards.
Here he is simplicity itself... an image, a sentiment and that's it!
I'm submitting it to a couple of challenges My Favourite Things sketch
Muse ..Anything.  Addicted to Stamps and More ... Anything Goes
Just a few more days and we'll be off on our cruise! 

Thursday 6 December 2018


I was lucky enough to be chosen as the winner at Time Out Challenge and offered a Guest Spot for one of their challenges... and here I am!

The challenge this time is to be Joyful!

For my card, I inked a piece of glossy photographic paper in various shades of green using alcohol inks  and let it dry. It leaves a beautifully shiny finish with great depth of colour. I used uncoloured glossy photographic paper for the berries and the sentiment. I added a little colour to the tips and stems of the berries using an alcohol marker.
The die set is from Crafter's Companion. I came across some dies from this set at a crafty day in Amesbury and my friend Julia offered to let me borrow hers, but in the end I caved and bought a set for myself. Because of the vibrancy of the greens on the glossy paper, it looks quite dramatic against the black backdrop.
Don't you just hate it when dies go AWOL!
I bought a set with lots of family names... mum, dad, brother, sister etc and used some of them once and thereafter the Dad went walkabout! It could have fallen in the trash I guess, but both me and my husband went through the bins but to no avail.  It could be anywhere... these things often hide in plain sight!
Hey HO!

Tuesday 4 December 2018

Let it Snow

The December Christmas Challenge at Happy Little Stampers is Anything Goes with the optional twist of using SNOW as a theme!

Here I used some Artemio stamps, clear embossed using Versamark ink and then coloured with Distress inks using sponge daubers. After inking I buffed up the embossing with a paper towel to remove any excess ink from it. The die-cut sentiment is from CUTplorations.

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


It's practically time for our Anniversary cruise and I'm really looking forward to it! Warmer climes here we come!

Sunday 2 December 2018

Letterpress Emboss

For the Emboss Challenge at Happy Little Stampers this time I decided to use my dies to emboss with... but with  twist... I inked the backs of the snowflake dies, then used them to impress the colour into the card. I then cut the snowflakes from card, twinkled them with Glamour Dust and added them over the matching impressions. A few gems and a sentiment from CUTplorations and the card was just about finished!

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