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.


Monday 21 February 2022


I really love making Christmas cards as I know that they are one of the few designs that I make which I know will find a recipient! |For this one I began by using some snowflake embossing dies from Creative-depot and then adding the layered snowflake by Birch Press in gold, silver and twinkled white card. I simply cut out the word JOY from an alphabet set and added some tiny gems.
ABC Christmas C ~ Clean and Simple
Addicted to CAS  - Snowflake

Happy Little Stampers  Anything Goes with Dies


Tuesday 15 February 2022

Just Because

Here is another card using the Faux Cloisonne technique. It's the challenge this month at CAS Mix Up. For this one I used an old calendar from Guide Dogs for the Blind. When I first started contributing to this charity, the dog I was sponsoring was a German Shepherd with a floppy ear, called Monty, but after about a year or so, he didn't make the cut as he was too nervous in traffic and so now lives with a family. My new puppy is a black lab called Niko. Anyway enough of this, this stamp is from Rubbernecker, which was stamped onto a calendar page and embossed in gold.  They are cut out and mounted over a strip of hessian and given a sentiment by Memory Box.
Why not join in the fun with this terrific challenge! 
Here is a video I made showing the process


Monday 14 February 2022

Happy Birthday

The challenge at Just US Girls this time is to make your own stencil. I didn't actually use dies, as I often do, but used my cutting machine instead. I didn't do a brilliant job and and I've since ordered a new blade, but there was enough which cut properly for my purposes. I used my home made embossing paste and twinkled it with Glamour Dust. This is a link to a video which shows how I made the paste.
The flowers are by Alexandra Renke and I shaped the bells with an embossing tool and added a little foam tape behind them to keep the shape.


Saturday 12 February 2022

Happy BIrthday

How could I not join in with this challenge at Less is More.... the challenge I created with Mandi 11 years ago! That's such a milestone in Blog challenge terms. Thanks SO much to the fabulous crafters who have continued the tradition since I stepped down... quite a few years ago now. 

This card is made mainly with dies by Charlie and Paulchen. The window was made from a large arched window die by Memory Box, but I shortened it and removed the arch by partially cutting from each end. It turned out to be just the right size for the roman blind die from C&P. I thought the dresser might come in handy for some baby cards and there are all sorts of other bits and bobs which go with this set.
Long may the CAS tradition continue at Less is More and thanks once more to those carrying it forward!


Friday 11 February 2022

Thank you

This is the card which evolved after making my video yesterday on the Faux Cloisonné technique. It’s strange how things happen… I decided to put a ‘thank you’ sentiment on it and thought it might be suitable for a chap. Last night I was presented with the perfect opportunity to use it. I have a friend whom I met through card making, whose son is now a respected and acclaimed crime novelist. Last night my daughter informed me that he had taken the trouble to write to my 13 year old granddaughter to encourage her with her writing. It was an amazing letter and Daisy was absolutely thrilled.

Co-incidentally, the stamp I used was one I bought on an occasion when I met up with my friend at Ally Pally. This card was obviously meant to be! I was introduced to the technique through the challenge CAS MIX UP, so I thought I'd add this there, although I am on the DT and have made another couple of cards using the same technique already!
This link will take you to my video


Monday 7 February 2022

Joy to the world

Recently I discovered a site in Germany where they produce the most enchanting dies. The company is called Charlie and Paulchen and this little chap is one of theirs. I coloured him with Copics and assembled him to stand before the little scene comprised of dies by various manufacturers, but I quite like the combo. It's like white on white with a splash of colour, which I thought went quite well for the challenge at AAA Cards which is for Black and White plus one.

The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.
I think Christmas cards are one of my favourite themes to make!


Tuesday 1 February 2022

Thanks so much

Host - Susan

Mixed Media Challenge

Susan's Message
For my challenge I would like you to recycle glossy Magazines, Advertising material or you could use Designer Paper that has been hiding in your stash.  Most cards I have seen are embossed with Gold embossing powder but you could use other colours too.  

Video Tutorials: 

Well, I had never heard of this technique before so I had to look at a video to see the effect. I found that stamping onto a magazine was a trifle difficult with my stamping platform as the paper was so thin that it tended to stick to the stamp, which made a secondary stamping impossible as the paper   had moved. Anyway this seemed to be OK. I used an advert for loose covers for a sofa, but I quite liked the pattern. Having the cut out the image, I found that the feelers were somewhat problematic as they are so skinny, so I actually cut them off and stamped the image in position onto the base card and embossed it, then stuck the butterfly over the top, aligning the feelers with the body. I wasn't completely happy with the position of the sentiment but I found that it had stuck too securely with my first positioning... I usually cover the foam tape with a little glue stick, to give me a little more manoeuvrability, but I'm afraid I forgot!
Anyway there's another technique to add to my resume!
Why not head on over to CAS Mix Up and join in the fun!