Sunday, 7 February 2016

Valentine Shaker !

After a couple of busy weeks I have had time to make a Shaker Valentines card for hubby, the pink panel is made from a piece of card covered in Raspberry Distress ink, once dry I then applied Versamark ink to the Hero Arts Leaf and Floral Background cling and sprayed it with shimmer mist before stamping on the card.  It creates a lovely shimmery background,  I used Avery Elle dies to cut the banners and rectangle.  The heart sprinkles I have had for ages and have been waiting for the perfect card to use them on.  I then cut the sentiment with my Silhouette.

This card is for the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Have A Heart"  and also Die Cut Divas challenge "Love Marriage and Anniversary's"

Have a great Sunday.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Cards from Friends!!

No cards from me today as I have been busy making 95 wedding and evening invitations for a work friend. Luckily she chose a CAS design with pink and white hearts (Sorry stupidly I didn't take any photos !!!)  I have really enjoyed making them and its practice for when my son gets married!

I have just had a big Birthday and have be thoroughly spoilt by my friends and family!! I received these  beautiful handmade cards from two of my best blogging friends. This first one is from lovely Jo you really should visit her blog as her cards are always beautiful! Thanks Jo for this stunner!

The second is from lovely Heather in Ireland, we became blogging friends after both being chosen to be a Hero Arts Hostess back in 2011.  She again is a very talented crafter and card maker as you can see by this beautiful card.  Thank you Heather!

I just thought I would add a few photos from my surprise Birthday trip to London all organised by my Daughter.  Here we are in a cocktail bar overlooking St Pauls Cathedral , all very sophisticated!!

Here are the boys!

Next we walked to Georgio Locatelli's  Michelin Star restaurant Locando Locatellis , and had a fabulous meal, I love Italian food and it was delicious!! 

Here I am with Tristan and Katie enjoying some Birthday treats!  All very fattening but soooo nice!!
It was a fantastic day thanks kids!!!

Hopefully this week I will get back to crafting for fun and visiting a few blogs, have a great weekend.

Sunday, 17 January 2016


The Simon Says Wednesday challenge is "Ombre" this week  and this is my entry.  Not a great photo as the light was bad today hense the shadow!   I am also adding this to the new colour challenge at Severn Hills Crafts.

The  Avery Elle  die cut background has been stamps with an ombre Tsukineko green pad, I then added the banners cut with an Avery Elle Die called Dotted ELLE-ments,  The flower is a Simon Says Die and the greeting I cut with my Silhouette.

Just a quick post today as I have housework to do :0(  Have a great weekend.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Colour Challenge.

 Last year was a quiet year for my card making as I spent time on lots of other projects.  I was keen to update all my orange pine furniture and spent ages painting it, I also found time to make two quilts and also do lots of baking .  I have missed my cards and have decided to enter more challenges this year to keep my creativity challenged.

I saw this Colour Challenge at the newly named Seven Hills Crafts  and decided to have a go.  I was immediately drawn to the warmer colours and decided to go with the Chili Wheel!!

Here is my card , I found it hard to photograph well as I used some vellum with a sheen on it!  Both the banners and backing sheet was cut using my new Avery Elle Dies Pierced Rectangles  and Dotted ELLE-ments.  The large banner was stamped with the Tim Holz Garden Flowers and coloured with distress inks. I then distressed the background with Scattered Straw. 

Finally I embossed the Hero Arts Happy Birthday in gold and added the die cut leaves.

I hope you are all enjoying your week, it has turned really cold here after a mild wet December, so I can feel more card making coming on!!

Sunday, 10 January 2016

More Flowers!!

More fun with my new stamps and I have also dusted off an old Hero Arts stamp for this card.  The challenge at A Blog Named Hero this month is One Layer.  First I masked off the edges of a card blank with low tack masking tape.  Next I stamped and white embossed the Old Letter stamp from HA , I then over stamped in Black ink the flower stamp from Tim Holtz. Next I distessed the masked square with Scattered Straw and Spiced Marmalade and finally roughly coloured the flower designs with distress ink and a cotton bud. I then removed my masking tape and added the Hero Arts sentiment.

I was so pleased with how the card worked out that I made another square but this time cut it out and layered on white then fushia card before adding the vellum and card background.   I am adding this card to the Simon Says "New " Challenge.

Hope you are having a good weekend.

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Something New!!

I was lucky enough to receive some new crafty bits for Christmas, this stamp set that had been on my wish list for ages ( Flower Garden by Tim Holtz) and some dies from Avery Elle.  The flower stamps are so beautiful and I can see this set becoming a favorite of mine.
Here I have used the Post Card stamp from Hero Arts as my base and then have added these lovely echinacea images which I have water coloured.  I then distresses the background and added some ink splats. Finally I mounted the image onto some white card stock. and added my die cut sentiment.

I am adding this card to the current challenge at Simon Says "Something New"as I used my new stamps!

Thursday, 31 December 2015

More fun with my new stamps!!

I am having great fun with my new stamp set Flower Garden by Tim Holtz, I was also lucky to get some new Dies for Christmas and I used this "Dotted Die" Avery Elle for the base card and the  banners. I have watercoloured the flowers and distressed the card with Scattered Straw Ink.  The
 " Happy" was cut using my Silhouette .

I can see that this stamp set is going to be used alot!!


Monday, 28 December 2015

New Stamps!

Hi, I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and you had time to relax before you had to start work again!
I was lucky enough to receive some new stamps for Christmas and couldn't wait to ink them up. They are the Tim Holtz Flower Garden set and I have had them on my wish list for ages. I love this Echinacea flower and am please with my two cards.  I am adding them to the challenge at Simon Says this week ,which is "Make it Sparkle"

 I would like to wish all my followers a Very Happy and Healthy New Year.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Last Minute Christmas

I knew I would need more Christmas cards after my daughter had been to see me ( she raided my stash!!) so I quickly made these two yesterday, I might still need a few more lol!  Just when I thought I had finished for this year.
These two were quick to make, I used a Tim Holz embossed background and just added some sparkly die cut snowflakes and an embossed sentiment.   I shall add this to the Wednesday challenge at Simon Says which is Die Cuts.

The second card is similar although I have used a home made stencil and silver ink for some of the snowflakes.  The sentiment is one I have had for a while in my box. 

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend.

Monday, 14 December 2015


After seeing this article and beautiful card by Debby I was inspired to colour on some vellum, first I stamped and embossed the Poppies by Hero Arts with Antique Verdigris embossing powder and then coloured in with a mixture of Distress markers and Copics. After cutting with a fancy edge die from Avery Elle, I then layered up the image onto some linen look grey card stock .  Finally adding the pearls and bakers twine, I have left off the sentiment as I like to have some blank cards ready to add the sentiment when needed.

Here is a close up of the image, I love the effect of the embossing powder, so pretty.

Here is a second card for the Simon Says Tag challenge, I have also based this on Debby's gorgeous card, I have cased her sketch.  I was fun playing with non Christmas stamps for a change!!