Wednesday, 8 April 2015


My scraps basket is getting very full and I have decided its time for a purge!!  I need to tidy up my craft room big time!!  Here is my first card using some scraps and die cuts from my basket, a little
 4 x 4 birthday card.  The background stamp is Hero Arts as is the digital image of the birds. 

I am adding this card to the Simon Says "Birthday" challenge this week.

Its another beautiful day here in Surrey and I am off to sit in the sun for a while, have a great day.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Spring is on its way!!

I had fun playing with some distress ink and the Poppy stamp from Hero Arts today, This card is for the current challenge over at Die Cut Divas "In the garden"  I was inspired to get out my flower dies as I think Spring has arrived in our neck of the woods and all the flowers and trees are coming to life.
I am also entering it in the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Happy Birthday".

I spotted these lovely Primroses on my walk yesterday a sure sign that the warmer weather is coming.

I love these pretty yellow flowers.

I thought I wouls also show you another of my painting projects, we have had this old dark wood coffee table for years and it definitely needed updating.  I sanded down the top and applied some Danish oil, the grain really looks fantastic and it was hidden under all that dark wood stain!

I then painted it in Annie Sloan chalk paint, my fav new product, so easy to use!!  No piece of furniture is safe in my house now lol!!

Friday, 3 April 2015

A card and a project!!

Just thought I would share this card, I made it for the "Unexpected " challenge at ABNH but I was too late uploading it to add it to the challenge.  Never mind it was fun making it!  Another shaker card with my new Congrats die from Hero Arts.

Here is a close up!

Last Friday I retired  after working as a school Admissions officer for the last 20 years, I will miss my job and all the people and children , but now I have time to try lots of new projects.  My first is to up cycle some furniture , I really enjoyed doing this and have lots more pieces lined up to do.

Here is the before picture although I had already sanded down the top before I remember to take this!!

Here is the after, I used Annie Sloan chalk paint in cream, painted it twice and then distressed it before waxing.  I then treated the top with Danish Oil. I am thrilled with the end result.

Hope you are all enjoying the Easter break.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Thanks card

I need a few Thank You cards for my stash and so I dug out this old Hero Arts background stamp.  I inked and embossed then just added the sentiment and some sequins..

Quick post today as I have lots to do.  Have a great week.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Note Cards.

Happy Mothers Days ladies!!

I have had time to play with my stamps today and created this note card, I plan to make a set of them for a friend.

This card uses some old favorite Hero Arts stamps plus the new Engraved Frame stamp.  The background is created from lots of distress inks water and the Classic Fabric Cling.  The butterflies are from the Antique Engravings set.

This card is for two challenges the Nature Challenge at Hero Arts and the Things That Fly challenge at Simon Says.

Hope you are having a great weekend.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Spring is on the Way!!!

At last its beginning to get warmer and Spring is definitely in the air.  I am looking forward to brighter days and have made this card with Summer in mind. Lots of old Hero Arts favorites here, the lovely Hydrangea stamp and the butterfly from the Antique Engravings set.

This card is for two challenges, the "Nature Challenge" at Hero Arts  and the "Girly Challenge" at Simon Says.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Butterfly Shaker Card.

After seeing Lucy's card on the Hero Arts Blog I was inspired to make another Shaker Card, this time using a Hero Arts Silhouette Butterflies cut file.  I re sized the image and cut from some Bo Bunny paper. The background patterned paper is BasicGrey and the Hello word die is also Hero Arts. 

A simple but effective design! 

I am adding this to the "Nature Challenge" over at the Hero Arts Blog. Also the "Girly" challenge at the Simon Says Wednesday challenge bog.

Yeah its Friday, hope you all have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

I am back in the swing!!

At last I am back in the swing of card making and have three cards for you today, the first is using all my new Hero Arts stamps and is for the challenge "All Things Embossed Challenge "over at Virginias View.  The background circle is stamped with the Tropical Background and the "Stamp your Own Plant" set.  The embossing sentiment is added onto the vellum.

I am also adding this to the "Girly Challenge" over at the Simon Says Wednesday Blog.

This second card is just a bit of fun, I have a new two new Stitched Die sets from Memory Box and had to play with them.

The third card is another Shaker, just love making these, its a very simple design but all the sparkle makes me smile!!  

Hope you are having a great week.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Birthday Shaker Card

I am really in to Shaker Cards and decided to make one for my friends Grandsons 2nd Birthday.  I found a really fun design in my Silhouette library with lots of balloons and streamers and knew it would be perfect.

I am really pleased with the finished design, its such a sparkly card.

I am adding this to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, "Anything Goes".

Hope you are all having a great weekend, its a beautiful day here in Surrey, Spring is on its way!!

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Tropical Birthday

If you are looking for my Hero Arts Blog post
 please look here!

I decided to have another play with my new Hero Arts Tropical Background stamp, I wanted to try and create an ombre effect but it didn't turn out quite as expected!!  I still liked the result so just added the sentiment on a banner ans some bakers twine.  A simple card but I am pleased with the colourful result.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend.