Thursday, 9 April 2020


I saw this sketch from MFTWSC on Bloglovin and thought I would love to have a go!
Here I used a bunch of MFT dies and a sentiment from Clearly Besotted. I keep my dies in themes on magnetic sheets, in A4 plastic files. One of these is the stitched and pierced  die box. Because our card sizes in the UK are different from the USA, I need to adapt lots of these stitched and pierced dies to fit my cards. I used a square stitched die from one of the Blueprint sketch sets to make the front panel, elongating it slightly by partially cutting from each direction to make it fit. I had stamped the IO plank background with SU Smoky SLate ink before cutting.  I got the two fishtail dies out of their box, but by the time I came to use them, the small one had disappeared. (It's the story of my life  in my craft room.) I searched all over the place to no avail and then had the bright idea of looking to see if it had been attracted to the outside of one of my die boxes... in fact it had stuck to the underside of my magnetic stamping platform. Quelle relief! I hate losing dies, and have lost a few over the years. I think some tiny ones have gone out with the trash after falling into the bin with scraps of card!
We have had some lovely weather recently which makes sitting in the garden more of a pleasure, especially as the chap who comes to do our garden hasn't been affected by the stay at home policy as he is working alone in the open air!
I don't often cover the whole of the front of a card, in fact I don't remember the last time that I did it, but here is a second with quite a bit of coverage and is using the same Impression Obsession plank background as the previous card. Makes me realise how much I like it!
This card was inspired by the challenge at The Card Concept

I thought that the wood of the console table was rather like this stamp so I added tulips and a cross and an Easter sentiment. I thought that the tan base of the card was rather like the frame in the photo too!
I hope everyone manages to have a peaceful Easter.
Do stay well everyone and take care!

Wednesday, 8 April 2020


I have a set of three rather old Hero Arts Santa stamps... his hat, his jacket (on a hanger) and his boots. I think they are great fun!  I had to mask the stamp before inking to print the boots and the Ho Ho Ho separately as they were very close together on the same stamp.
I did the hand drawn frames, cut out the images and distressed the edges,, before mounting onto the black background. I seem to have been using a lot of black recently!
Very simple, but it pleases me... not a lot of my work has done that of late.
ABC Christmas...H - Hand Drawn
I hope everyone is keeping well!
Take care!

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Gilding Flakes

It's a while since I used gilding Flakes and I don't believe that I have ever used them with a stencil before, I think that I have mainly used them with stamps. So to begin this project I cut a stencil from vellum using a Sizzix die. This is actually a die which normally leaves an aperture so it is perfect for using to make a stencil.
I inked through the stencil with Versamark, sprinkled on some Stamp 'N' Bond and heated it. I tipped on some Gilding Flakes and pressed them down firmly, before brushing away and then burnishing with a scoochie thingy. I was really pleased with how it turned out. I wanted to do a sentiment in embossing powder rather than flakes but neither the gold nor the copper were a good match for the flakes so I mixed some of each together. It's not a bad match IRL.

I really love how the girls at CAS Stencil make me think outside the box.
Thank you SO much!

AAA Cards

Monday, 6 April 2020

Jingle Bells

I came across this stamp (from Stampendous) amongst my Christmas collection and thought it would be a good idea to use  it for the challenge at CAS Christmas

I have lots of dies which cut wavy lines so I thought I would use one of those to use for the mount. Nearly ALL of them swirl in the opposite direction to the wave of the music stave! Finally I found one which almost echoes it... if you don't scrutinise it too closely.
 The MFT Santa looks as though he's pointing to it so I thought I would add a sentiment to put into  words what I think he could be saying! I tried to use a font for this which was in keeping with that on that on the music stamp. 
I hope you're all staying safe!
Take Care!

Wish I was there!

I think that many of us have had this thought recently. 
We haven't seen our grandchildren for weeks.. apart from Facetime chats, but it's not the same as having a cuddle. It's a difficult time for everyone and I hope that we all emerge at the other end with smiles on our faces. In many instances communities have become supportive of each other which is positive indeed.
This card will be on its way to our grandkids very soon!
The challenge at Just US Girls is for Feathers
It's also the theme at Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge which is quite a coincidence!

Stay safe everyone!

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Festive animals

The Christmas challenge at Happy Little Stampers as ever this time is Anything Goes but with the optional twist of Festive Animals.
This is actually the third card I made for my DT sample for this challenge, my mojo has been missing for a while and I just wasn't satisfied with anything I produced, however I think this little guy is cute and does look rather festive... but is he an animal I ask myself? He belongs in the animal kingdom I guess. He is from Poppy Stamps and I believe that the sentiment is a freebie from Altenew.

I hope everyone is faring well during this unprecedented time, it is good to hear of neighbours helping one another, I know of several groups which have been set up, including one in our close... so look out for each other and stay safe!

Different seasons

Here is a simply coloured SU image for the challenge at CAS Watercolour.
I stamped the image, masking off the sentiment, so that I could add my own. I used Watercolour pencils and a waterbrush to add colour and made a sentiment on the computer with a font to reflect that of the newsprint in the image.

This next one is for the challenge at ABC Christmas

The image is from A Day for Daisies, and as the teddy is inside the stocking, I thought that it would qualify for the 'I for inside' part of the challenge.
It was simply coloured with alcohol markers (I say that rather than using any particular brand name , as I have had many different sets of markers, some of which have dried up over time and been tossed, so I mix and match the brands to try to get the colours I want.)
I added a little Fun Flock to the band on the stocking for a little more interest, so I am also entering this into the TEXTURE challenge at Addicted to CAS

Friday, 3 April 2020

Using Bleach

The gals at CAS Mix Up are always coming up with terrific ideas for their challenges and this time it's bleaching.

It's a while since I did any of this technique and it's really fun.
For my card I used a stamp from Blockhead. I tested out my base black card to check what colour could be achieved with my bleach, before stamping in Versamark and then clear embossing the image. 
I applied bleach with a tiny paintbrush and used my heat gun to accelerate the process somewhat. I was able to get different levels of colour by overpainting, to give the effect of shading. Once the bleach was dry and the colour I wanted achieved, I added colour with watercolour pencils and blended with a water brush. I think it gives a really subtle effect. The sentiment is from Sugar Pea Designs.
I decided to use an ivory card base (Hopsack from Papermill Direct) as the bleached part of the flower was a similar shade. 
Thank you CAS Mix Up for another really fun challenge!

A touch of purple and more

I think that these images from Jane's Doodles are such fun! Here they were just coloured with purples and cut out, before being gently twinkled and mounted on dimensional pads, then popped onto a card stamped with a Stampendous sentiment. I think my granddaughter would love it!

It fits well with TIME OUT's challenge

Black White and one colour

This simple card was stamped with a Docrafts stamp, which was a gift many moons ago from the lovely Julia Budd (Dunnit) of WOYWW fame. I just coloured it with pencils and blended the colours with a water brush, pure and simple. The sentiment is a composite of two different 
companies, I liked the  script'hello' from a SSS Baby set and the friend from Clearly Besotted.

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Keeping in shape

Those of you who know me of old probably know that I have a bit of a thing for chickens... especially Penny Black ones and here are the girls doing their daily exercise. I was asked to make this card by a friend for a friend of hers. It's simply coloured with alcohol markers and mounted on a pierced rectangle. I just use any of my pierced dies for this which is closest to the size I need and I either extend them or reduce the size accordingly.
The sentiment was computer generated and I decided to make the background black and have the text in white, I think it makes a change.. and no need for extra mounting to make it stand out!
The challenge this time at Happy Little Stampers CAS is Feathers
Well there are quite a few of these lasses!

For some reason, since we have been confined to quarters, I seem to have been in my craft room far less, I think mojo has been somewhat lacking, something I hope to remedy really soon! It actually needs a good sorting out, maybe that is what is putting me off!

Sunday, 22 March 2020

You're so Special

I've had this Indigo Blu stamp for ages... years I guess... and it has never before seen ink. In fact it is a largeish background stamp, but here I just used the top bit to make an 'along the edge' card for AAA Cards.
There are some great expressions on these little guys' faces and I decided to highlight just a couple of them and add a sentiment from Sugar Pea Designs. There are so many sentiments in this set (Everyday Sentiments) and I find them really useful.
Yesterday we ventured out for a walk in the sunshine along the front at Lee on the Solent. Lots of people had the same idea, but there was plenty of room for everyone without encroaching on anyone else's space. Apparently some National Trust grounds have had to be closed today as so many ventured to them yesterday. We are fortunate to have a garden where we can sit in the better weather and get a little fresh air. Some of the Spring flowers are just emerging!
  Stay safe everyone!

Saturday, 21 March 2020


I hope everyone is OK and not running short of essential supplies. We have managed one week of our own company and are still smiling! I had a long chat with my neighbour yesterday on WhatsApp, we were just checking that all was well with each other! Now that the better weather is approaching hopefully we'll be able to chat over the garden fence!
Here's a little flower to cheer the day, I think that the backdrop almost looks like a field of flowers... with a little imagination!!
The background is in fact a print from acrylic paints off my Gelli Plate. Whilst I was making a mess I took a load of prints in various guises, which will doubtless be appearing from time to time in future.
The flower I believe is a Simon Says Stamp die cut, then cut with a Framelit and then added to an embellished square cut with a Pink Fresh die.
CAS Mix Up - Acrylic Paints

I did begin by adding a stamped sentiment from Sugar Pea Designs
...but I didn't like the way it didn't lie flat... I should have either glued it directly onto the card or reinforced the tag with extra layers, anyway it had to go! Fortunately it left no mark!

Addicted to CAS - Circle

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Christmas Spirit

The challenge at Christmas Kickstart this time is 
Christmas Cheer AKA Alcohol!
I love the images from Bugaboo and having coloured this one I wondered what sentiment I should add, I thought that this one seemed somewhat appropriate!
When making computer generated sentiments, I try to match the weight of the font to the line of the image and the character of the subject matter. Here I used  Mahoni Free. I set my computer to see the page at 105% which makes the image I see on screen, the same size as a sheet of A4  (the size card I cut my card bases from). SO having coloured and cut out my image, I can hold it up against the screen of my computer and see if I like the placement and move the text around in text boxes to fit. All very technical ... NOT! But it works.
Stay well everyone!

Monday, 16 March 2020

Leafy Birthday

I don't seem to have had lots of inspiration lately, but finally I've produced a card which I think is OK.  I used a die by Alexandra Renke cut from a piece of card which had a print of some smooshing, using Inka Gold and Aquatint inks. I couldn't find one tiny piece of leaf when doing the inlay and  so decided to leave another piece out to make it look intentional! Behind the aperture is a download of some newsprint. The sentiment is from Avery Elle.
It looks like we may be 'confined to barracks' for 4 months as we are both over 70. Fortunately I have crafting to fill my time and hopefully the weather will improve so that we can spend some time in the garden. I hope that the supermarkets will have sufficient grocery delivery slots for everyone!
Here are the challenges which I am linking this card to.

Use Some Green
Stay Well Everyone!

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Happy Anniversary!

I really enjoy colouring die cuts in various ways. Here I used some watercolours to add interest to this pansy die cut by Alexandra Renke. I also stamped a Gorgeous Grunge stamp in the background and added a simple narrow frame also coloured with watercolour. The sentiment is from Avery Elle.
It's my DT card for Perfectly CAS where the challenge is to use die cuts.

Do come and join in the fun!

Simple, simple, simple

Here is a very simple card... a simple die cut, a simple bit of inking with a simple birthday sentiment!

Stay well everyone!

Gold Embossing

Here I combined a few challenges.

I made a stencil from a die using vellum and then inked through it onto black card and embossed in gold. I found an odd snippet of manuscript card in my left over card drawers and so utilised the sketch from Fab Friday... I had to alter the positioning a little because of a) the tiny back sentiment strip and b) the position of the staves on the manuscript die cut. I hope this is permissible. I would have liked to use the sketch exactly, so I may do another card for that.
My son and family should have been flying to friends in the States for a skiing break in Maine today, but their host found himself in quarantine (with flu like symptoms) and so they have had to cancel and remain home... not very happy bunnies! Not very happy for their friend either!

               CAS Stencil                      

 Fab Friday Sketch        

       Embossing & Gold