Saturday, 24 July 2021

Hope your day is Fabulous

It's already week four of my Guest Designer Spot at Just Us Girls.
There is a picture for inspiration this time and the theme feels decidedly Nautical!

I chose the colours, some elements and the stripes as inspiration for my card.
My son's birthday is upcoming, he is very fond of boats and all things nautical so I think that this card may be finding its way to him!
Do join in  with the fun over at Just Us Girls, we'd love to see your creations.


Sunday, 18 July 2021

Scandinavian Holiday

A simple 'Twinchie' card for the challenge at AAA Cards

Simple stamping from Hero Arts stamps, and mounted on a die cut square. I was grateful for my stamping platform to get a good impression of these solid stamps!

Happy Birthday

This background for this, is from a piece of card created by what I call Relaxed Shaving Foam technique. If a print is taken from shaving foam immediately after mixing in some colour, a marbling effect is achieved, however if the foam is left to sit for quite a few hours before taking a print the outcome is very different. The foam starts to break down and does not hold the colour in  swirls, anyway I rather like it, I find the results a little more subtle than the marbling. The daisies are from dies by Memory Box
This card is for the Occasions challenge at Watercooler Wednesday.

I was fortunate enough to have my card for their last challenge selected as the winner, for which I would like to thank the DT enormously. I really appreciate it!
Addicted to CAS Geometric (Hexagonal aperture)
The sun is shining, seems like a good day for a barbecue!

Saturday, 17 July 2021

Have a lovely day

It's week three of my Guest Designing spot at Just Us Girls and this time it's a colour challenge.
This is the first outing for my Concord & 9th Sketched Dots Turnabout stamp. I used SU Lost Lagoon, Smoky Slate and Barely Banana inks. I think I must be a bit of a messy inker as I had to wipe the stamp between the dots as I had managed to get ink on the gaps and I was worried that if I pressed too hard I would get smudges on the print. (SU stamp pads are quite large... that's my excuse) Fortunately it worked well!
I had recently ordered some teal card from Paper Mill Direct, which is where I source all my cardstock and so wanted to use it for this project. Hence the die cuts and the mats.
Colour challenges are always interesting, why not give it a go and join in the fun!


Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Have a lovely day

Recently I discovered a new (to me) challenge blog called Global Design Project so I entered a card for their challenge... to my delight, that card was chosen as one of the winners. This week I thought I would enter their new challenge which is to 
 CASE = Copy And Selectively Edit 
one of their designers, all of whom are extraordinarily talented.
This is the card to be CASed
For my submission I chose dies by Simply Graphic, some of which I stacked, and kept the whole thing monochrome. The part I have omitted is the splodge background, I did toy with the idea, but that that  is the bit that I decided I would 'selectively edit'.
Our granddaughter will be coming today for a stay, her school term has finished but her brother is still at school for a while longer, so she has us to herself for a while. I'm looking forward to a bit of fun!

The Flower Challenge 
Spots or Stripes
Anything with Dies

This card has some of the same elements, same colourway, but a different challenge. It follows the sketch from FAB Friday ish.
This one feels a little trendy for me, I'm usually a bit more trad, but I think it kinda works! Just love dies by Simply Graphic!


Saturday, 10 July 2021

The sun will come out tomorrow

When my daughter was small, she loved the film Annie. The song which is quoted on this card was one of her favourites and I think that the sentiment is very upbeat and it's an attitude I have had all my life. If today is not a good day... then tomorrow will be better!
I cut a stencil from Mylar using a die to do the raindrops. I simply dabbed some Versamark through the stencil ... I did think of leaving it to dry but decided to add a little clear embossing powder for a little extra shine. The sentiment was computer generated in 'Are you serious' font.
I won a challenge at CAS on Friday a little time ago and so this time I have a Guest Spot with them.  I feel very honoured.



Here I am in my second week as Guest Designer for JUGs, this time the theme being Recycle.

For my card I took the packaging from a shipment which arrived today from Amazon. The card itself is apparently already recycled material, so this is Recycle x 2!
The skeleton leaves are from Sizzix dies  and the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp. 
Once this was made, I was umming and ahhing about whether or not it needed a little something, so I added a few cascading dots.

Which is best? With or without dots?
Why not join in the recycling fun over at Just US Girls... you know you have something just itching to be recycled into a card!


Friday, 9 July 2021

Happy Birthday

Here I began by inking a background with a couple of shades of Distress Oxide inks and then heat embossing a WOW background stamp in silver. From this I cut the butterfly die, plus 2 more from white card. I stacked the white die-cuts and inlaid them with the inked versions. The frames of each butterfly are quite flimsy, so in order to get them stuck to the card front accurately, I dry embossed the die into the card to give me the exact position for securing outlines. This meant that all the inlays fit perfectly.

Be Merry

Since stamping this polar bear from Hobby Art, I've completely lost him. I have the carrier sheet ready for him to go back but the stamp is nowhere to be seen. I have had my granddaughter here doing some 'making' but I don't think I can blame this on her.  
You may wonder why a bear has antlers... this stamp doesn't have antlers, but my grandson has a Christmas tree ornament of a polar bear with antlers, so I thought I would try to make him a card to go with it. To make him I found a copyright free image of antlers on the internet and dropped it into Word. I had stamped the bear image onto a piece of copy paper (which is thin and allows the image on my laptop screen to show through when held against it) so then I adjusted the size of the antlers until they fit the bear's head. Once printed, I could then stamp the bear to fit with the antlers.
I thought that I would enter this into the challenges at 
O Off to One Side
Anything Goes
Christmas in July


Tuesday, 6 July 2021

You are my Sunshine

Recently I discovered that my usual supplier of cardstock, Paper Mill Direct, had ceased producing their hopsack and hemp textured cardstock in white, so I have been searching for a replacement. This particular card by Papermania has a reasonable texture, but there my love for it ends.  It's rather a stark white, not easy in the eyes, (I prefer a softer white) and it is very flimsy. I think I was caught up in the look of the texture online without noticing what the gsm was. SO for this card, the square panel is double stacked and the sun and the sentiment label triple stacked.
The rainbow is by Taylored Expressions, although I lost the heart from that die cut so this one is just another heart (the TE die has the rainbow and the heart in one and I didn't want to cut out another rainbow! 
The sentiment is computer generated in 'Are you serious' font.

This is rather unenterprising in that it's the same layout as my last card for CAS Christmas, but I just fancied trying a poinsettia in white! I used a really deep green for the back panel and some tiny sprigs of holly as garnishes. The 'joy' on this card was considerably easier to stack, as the letters are all in one piece!

Monday, 5 July 2021


I have made a card similar to this before, using this MFT die set. The insert of the bra is just plain, but I wanted to give a lacy effect, so I looked through my embossing folders to see if I could find one which would give that lacy look. I have used a different one previously, but discovered that this one of Small Flowers from Nellie's Choice fit the bill admirably.
The die set is called Support Hope and I think was intended to support women with breast cancer, but this sentiment, which was shown to me by a friend who was going through another sort of cancer, expressed just how important the fellowship and strength of friends are when times are tough!
I generated the sentiment on the computer in Formal 436 font, which I thought matched the black bra well.


Get Well Soon

I saw this sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and thought I would have a go.

I found a piece of scrap card which I had smooshed with Distress inks and some Inka Gold. It didn't look incredibly exciting so I over-stamped it with some script and a few splodges. The flowers are by Memory Box and I simply added a few tiny die cut circles as their centres. They are the waste from a border die (the holes)
This month I am the Guest Designer at Just Us Girls and this week's challenge is Script, so I think I'll add it to that as well!


Sunday, 4 July 2021

Sending Prayers


This is another card for the challenge at CAS Mix Up

After I had coloured the vellum by dropping on various colours, plus a little Ranger mixative, I allowed it to dry before die cutting. I couldn't decide whether the butterflies would look best with the vellum as the filigree layer or the under layer, in the end I decided to use both versions on the same card. My friend, who is a priest, said that sadly she needed some bereavement cards. I thought that this sentiment would be fine for either illness or bereavement.
The background panel is dry embossed with a Cuttlebug folder and the butterflies are from Simon Says Stamp.
Today I have been working on some 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration invitations and I've developed a real crick in my neck, I could do with a massage!


Here's a card for the challenge at CAS Christmas.

I've had this poinsettia die for a very long time and I don't actually remember the make. At some point there may have been some little dots for the centre of the flower, but I couldn't find the die, so I used the waste from a border die with holes in as the stamens etc. The flower is coloured with a couple of shades of red and a couple of shades of green alcohol pens. The die itself is a trio of petals/leaves in one piece so I cut three for the flower and two for the leaves.
The sentiment was not exactly a 'joy' to make as I got it into my head that I wanted a certain size and a certain type of font, which I didn't have in my die stash, so I did this with my Silhouette Portrait.  Cutting something this fiddly from 250gsm card is quite tricky. The bits are tiny and I stacked the letters three times ... it was a real tweezer job! I was however satisfied with the overall look at the end.
Addicted to CAS - Christmas

Big Hugs

I began this card by following the layout of the sketch as Fab Friday
Having decided to keep the colour palette to monochrome, I looked for scraps to use up. I had the remnants of some newsprint card, which I had used some of for a Paper Anniversary card, some music manuscript left over from a birthday card, some bits of plain white and black card plus a sentiment which is a negative image. It looks a little busy, but maybe the recipient will spend some time looking closely at all the elements, trying to work out what they all are!
I have some Golden Wedding Invitations to make, I'd better start getting creative!


Saturday, 3 July 2021


Some time ago I was selected as Chic of the Week for a challenge at Just US Girls. With that accolade comes the chance of being selected to be their Guest Designer for a month and that honour has also been bestowed on me and here is my first contribution for the month of July!


For the script element on my card I used a really old stamp from  Hero Arts which is written in old French script. To continue the French theme, I used a couple of fab dies from Simply Graphic, a French company introduced to me by one of JUG'S fabulous designers... Cecile. Her work is totally inspirational.. and she has been the reason that I've found myself spending a considerable number of Euros on their fabulous merchandise. 
If anyone would like to join in with this fab challenge follow the link to Just US Girls!


Friday, 2 July 2021

With Love

I just love how I really am challenged to either try new, or revisit old techniques for the challenges at CAS Mix UP!

My fingers now are a rather unpleasant shade of algae! A mix of the blues and greens I used for this card. In fact this is not my first attempt at this challenge today, there were quite a few abortive tries with a few ideas, none of which was particularly successful. The bin has had a generous donation or two! Anyway there's not a lot to show for the technique here but I dropped some small amounts of  alcohol inks and  some surgical spirit (rubbing alcohol) onto some vellum and just swished it around a little until it dried, which took just a moment or two. From this paper I cut the bases of the butterflies, plus some in plain white card. I also cut out the filigree sections from the white card and stacked the three together with the vellum in the middle.
I cut two pennants, shortening one slightly and stamping the sentiment on the other. It really is simplicity itself, but I kinda like it that way!
The butterfly dies are from Memory Box, they're part of a set of three.


Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Happy Birthday

Here I used a little more of the distressed shaving foam technique print, (which I used on the card in my last post) but sadly picked a background stamp to emboss over the top which was too busy, so you actually can't see too much of the blues beneath...But I thought I would use it anyway!
I took a strip of card and die cut the tips of the butterflies' wings from it then dry embossed it. I cut two butterflies from the blue/gold embossed card and popped them into the gaps, adding bodies and a sentiment.

Do butterflies count as critters? I guess they might!

Here is another card made with a similar layout, similar shaving foam print and similar technique of partially inlaying the dies. This is my attempt at the Photo inspiration at Just Us Girls.

I think it's quite a tricky one! The DT inspiration is awesome... do take a look!

This card base is one of the two different types of linen-y card that I'm using to try to replace the one that Paper Mill Direct has ceased producing... much to my chagrin. This one is from Amazon.