Saturday, 14 May 2022

Merry Christmas

Recently I was fortunate enough to win a challenge at 52 Christmas Card throwdown, which came together with the invitation to be a Guest Designer for them. So here I am with a card for their colour challenge which this time is 

The red in my version is minimal to say the least. but where would \Rudolph be without his red nose! The deer die is by Gummiapan, I don't recall the origin of the tress, but they were coloured with Distress Oxide Inks.
I made a video on how I colour die-cuts here.

The sentiment is a foil plate from Spellbinders... I couldn't resist playing with my new toy... a Glimmer Hot Foil machine!


Friday, 6 May 2022

Get well soon

I do enjoy working from a good sketch and this one by Cecile is from Freshly Made Sketches.

I stamped the background using a stamp from Stamplorations, and used less ink and the secondary stamping to make the colours lighter nearer to the top. I still thought that the colours were a littl too intense so I tore a piece of vellum and added it over the top of the stamping.
The gently coloured die cuts are by Gummiapan and the sentiment by Poppy Stamps.
Daisies in a vase for a get well card always reminds me of You've Got Mail... one of my all time favourite films!


Tuesday, 3 May 2022


I have been having fun recently with my Gelli plate and some Nuvo Shimmer powders. This butterfly emerged from one of the prints. The die is by Sizzix and has tiny little overlay pieces which add considerable interest to the effect. The large fern die is by Charlie and Paulchen and the sentiment by Stamplotations,  both of which are stacked three times.
The challenge at Fusion called for a blue butterfly... always makes me think of my friend Jen,  a consummate designer who joined me as  at Less is More many years ago, whose blog is called the Tiny Blue Butterfly!

Friday, 29 April 2022

Have yourself a fabulous birthday

A short while ago I drew a sketch for the Facebook CAS Card Making Group, (where I am a moderator) using this card as the model. It is so similar to the sketch at Just add Ink, that as I haven't previously blogged this card, I thought I would do it now!
This is the sketch from Just Add Ink.

I was using up scraps to make this card... even the die-cut flowers are from very old Cuttlebug dies. There's something about kraft or this neutral shade and white which I find particularly pleasing. The ring is mounted on foam tape to add a little dimension.
The sentiment is by Personal Impressions.


Thursday, 28 April 2022


Today I saw the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and I loved it so thought I would make a few cards using it. This is the first of those.

I made a quick video showing a couple of ways to attach intricate die cuts to projects.

I think that the Micro Dots are a great idea.
The embossing folder is by Nellie Snellen and the sentiment by Penny Black.


Sunday, 24 April 2022


I have quite a few green flowers in my garden. Most of them are hellebores which are shade loving plants and thrive in the shadow of my neighbour's garage. This die by Simon Says Stamp was stacked a couple of times with the top layer being a piece of relaxed shaving foam technique card which I made quite some time ago. this is my video of that technique.

The embossed panel is from a Memory Box die, I usually only use a portion of the impression, as the size differs from the card bases used in the UK.
I don't recall the make of the sentiment die, but a chopped on part of one of the tails to add it to the card. Looking at the picture I may chop off a little more to make it flush with the edge of the embossed panel!

I went with the picture


Sunday, 17 April 2022


Some years ago one of my cards found its way to a recipient who lives in Ireland. I usually put a little sticker on the back my cards with my name, phone number and email details etc and in this case it has brought many, many commissions from this particular lady. Every now and again I will receive a text from her requesting a bunch of cards. Sometimes it will be months and months between requests but it's always good to hear from her. 
The stamp used here is an old wood mounted one from Inkadinkadoo, which I think was called My Mother's Dress. I have another smaller version of it somewhere which came as part of a clear stamp set, but I've always loved it. I stamped it in black Versafine ink and then embossed it with WOW Black twinkle embossing powder. I began by colouring it with watercolour pencils, but it was just too insipid for the effect I wanted to achieve, so went over it with a couple of shades of red Copic markers.
I embossed some black card with the same EP and cut the numbers (Sizzix) and the shoes (Britannia Dies) from it. I tired to be a bit subtle with the shoes adding a slightly offset, under layer of red to suggest the brand of rather special manufacturer!


Friday, 15 April 2022

Stille Nacht

Recently I have discovered quite a few new (to me) craft store websites in Europe and love the purchases I have made. The trouble is I get them muddled as to what came from where... so the sentiment and church  fall into that category. 
I prefer to sing this carol in the original German, it just seems more evocative somehow, so I was delighted to get the die of it. Many years ago we visited the little chapel in Austria commemorating the composing of this carol and although not exactly like it, (I believe that one has a domed roof,) the image on the bauble is to represent it.


Thursday, 14 April 2022

Celebrate right now

 I'm afraid the gold on this card is not very clear, but I used the alcohol lift technique on my background and whilst the ink was still wet, added some gilding flakes.
The foliage stamp is from Impression Obsession and the sentiment from Technique Tuesday, embossed in gold.

Tuesday, 12 April 2022

Have a magical birthday


This card is just a bit of fun. The rabbit was a 'thank you' freebie from Charlie & Paulchen with a recent order. I simply found a free piece of clip art of a magician's hat to pop him into, which I printed, cut out, and shaped, mounting it on some foam tape to keep the shape and adding a computer generated sentiment. The fonts used are Champagne and Limousines and Baby Lalisa.
The bunny was gently coloured with alcohol markers.
CASology - Fluffy


Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes

Less is More - Occupations .... Magician!

Monday, 11 April 2022

Just a note

It seems that I have been AWOL from my blog for a while so I thought I should remedy that. Here is a card made using part of a stencil, which I masked and inked with Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink. It was applied with a blending brush, using less colour the further up the stencil I went, to give an ombre effect. I added a couple of birds, stacked several times to give definition and a simple sentiment from Personal Impressions. I believe the birds are Memory Box.
CAS on Friday - Stencil
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies

Addicted to CAS - Animals

Monday, 4 April 2022


Not too long ago I discovered a craft company in Germany  called Charlie and Paulchen and was so taken by their die designs that I put in quite a few orders.  This little bunny was included with one of my orders as a 'thank you' and I think he is the cutest! The carton die is also by C&P. The 'hi' is from an old Cuttlebug die.  I coloured the bunny with some Copic markers. It's the simplest of cards but it gave me pleasure to make it!

I chose flower and paper


Saturday, 26 March 2022


This is another of the backgrounds which I made during my latest video. I used Nuvo Shimmer powders with a floral stencil and took a print from the stencil as well as having the design through it. This is the print version. The arched die is by Photoplay, I'm unsure about the butterflies and I think the sentiment is by Whimsy stamps. When I get these things, I think I'll remember, but often don't and end up rummaging through the packaging (which I keep separately) to try to find out!
I really love the delicacy of this one!


Friday, 25 March 2022


It seems that I haven't blogged for quite some time, so I want to put that right.
This card came about after looking at a couple of blog challenges.
CAS on Friday  - Flowers 

I took a little 'artistic' licence with the sketch I'm afraid, I turned it through 90 degrees and squished the panels closer to each other. The coloured card was from some stencilling using Nuvo Shimmer powders. I made this video on using them and achieving a similar effect using Brushos and mica powder.


Saturday, 5 March 2022

Happy Birthday

Here is a new die from Charlie and Paulchen, which is a circle with a few seagulls. I printed a piece of blue paper and cut one circle from that and another from white and inlaid the white seagulls into the blue sky. The lighthouse is a freebie die from a mag and I extended the cut slightly as the lighthouse was positioned on the right of the land and was in the way of the seagulls. The starfish is also by Charlie and Paulchen and the stamped sentiment by Avery Elle. The circle and square dies for the panels are from Presscut. Looking at this makes me feel calm somehow!
Seize the birthday - Ocean Creatures

The Male Room - Animals 
I hope the starfish and gulls count as animals!

Addicted to stamps and More any occasion 


Wednesday, 2 March 2022


I think that every one of us is appalled and saddened by the devastating invasion of Ukraine by the tyrant Putin. The card making community is showing its support for the  by making cards in the colours of Ukraine's flag. 
For my card I used an old pair of world map dies, whose origin I don't really recall, but I have had them for many years and scarcely used them. I simply printed the colours of Ukraine's flag onto some card for my die cut and made a sentiment to fit the circumference of the die-cuts using Word Art in Word on my computer.
The gals over at Color Hues Challenge quickly added these colours to their current challenge, so I'm delighted to be able to share my card with them!
I'd like to join in with their other challenge too which is green and gold so I'll be working on that today.
Let's all hope that sanity will prevail and this dreadful crisis will be peacefully resolved and SOON! 


Tuesday, 1 March 2022

Sending Love

I acquired a couple of small envelope dies quite some time ago and could never quite understand why they had a small slit in them. Suddenly the light dawned and I realised that they were supposed to be interactive, in that a message could appear from out of the envelope. I spent ages fiddling around to work out how I could make it happen and get the stamping on the message in the correct place, but I managed in the end. I have no idea where the dies came from.
The bow was made with my bow maker threading the charm on as it was tied. The 'Sending' is by Simon Says Stamp, I think the LOVE is an old Spellbinder die. I stamped the envelope paper with a background stamp from SSS and the card for the sentiment was gold embossed using the same stamp.

I cut a slit in the front panel of the card to align with the slit in the envelope, so that the long tag could be inserted and hide the message until it was pulled out. I did put a stopper on the tag so that it couldn't be pulled out completely!
Mystery of the slit resolved!


Saturday, 26 February 2022

Little Rabbit

Recently I discovered a website in Germany, which makes the most adorable dies amongst other crafty things. Since my discovery, I have visited the site quite a few times and things just seemed to find their way into my basket. This dear little chap was a little thank you with one of my orders and I think he is the cutest thing. The site is called Charlie and Paulchen   and they do stock other brands besides their own. For this simple card I used a pot die from The Greetery and coloured it with Copic markers and gently added a little watercolour to the bunny.
It's for a couple of challenges.