Friday, 25 September 2015

Its been a While!!

Its been a while since I entered a challenge at Simon Says, I have had a busy summer with lots of other crafting projects on the go, but after receiving some new Hero Arts stamps I was inspired.  This weeks Wednesday Challenge is " No Designer Paper"  This is my card using the Hibiscus stamp and die plus a really old stamp called Flower Box.

Looks like we are heading for a sunny weekend, I hope the weather is good for you too.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

New Stamps!

I have just got some new Hero Arts stamps and dies so have spent the afternoon playing with them.  I needed a Birthday Card so used the Colour Layering Hibiscus stamps, I can see I am going to get lots of use out of these, so pretty!

My next card is using The Poinsettia stamp , another pretty addition to my collection of Christmas Stamps. I have stamped and added a gold embossed border with the layering edge.  I have also added lots of sparkle with my Touch of Stella pen.

I wanted to add a few photos taken when we house sat last month.  This is my cousins beautiful cat Bella (very apt name).

He also has lots of visitors to his garden, here is the very tame fox , he also has badgers but I couldn't get a decent photo of them as they only arrive at dusk. 

Here also is a very tame pheasant, I love the stunning colours of this bird.

We are having good weather here at the moment so I am making the most of it and spending lots of time outdoors. Hope you are having a great week.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Makeover Challenge

I realized that it was about time that I started making my Christmas cards as I have lots to make, (I usually start in August)  I have made this card for the Makeover Challenge at Hero Arts and its based on a card I made last Christmas.  There is a photo of it at the end of the post.

It was very difficult to photograph so that you could see the shimmer of the gold embossing, hence the strange angles! The script on the card is a very old Hero Arts stamp called International Christmas Script and the Poinsettia is a new set , I don't have the matching Die yet so had to fussy cut the flower out, I also stamped it twice and layered up the inner petals. 

Here is the original card from last year.  Hope you are having a great week.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Missing in action!!!!

OM Goodness its been such a long time since I posted anything on my blog, I have had a long hot glorious summer with not much crafting time, more on that later!!

At last I am joining in some challenges and getting back into the swing of visiting some of my favourite blogs.  My first challenge has to be the Hero Arts one always my favourite stamp company.
This months challenge is a "Makeover Challenge" so I trawled through my cards and decided to give this card a makeover and hopefully a more modern CAS look.

I made this card back in December 2013 and was a card I had cased from one made by Jacqueline, I love the soft arty look but wanted to update it a little.

I am pleased with the cleaner look.

I wanted to add some photographs of my wonderful holiday in beautiful Lake Como ,Italy. 

Stunning Argegno, on Lake Como.

What a view!!

The food was amazing!

Pink Prosecco and Italian style Tapas!

The sunrise from our balcony was amazing!

Hope you have all had a great summer.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Poppies again!

Its my friends birthday next week and she really loves poppies so I have had a play and made two cards.  I am not sure which one to give her yet.

Hope you are having a good weekend, its just a quick post for me as we are off to a family barbecue.

Thursday, 16 July 2015


After all my sewing efforts I have come back to a bit of card making this week.  I made this circular card for the Wednesday Simon Says Challenge "Get in Shape".  I have used an old favorite wooden stamp "Petals of Beauty" from Hero Arts.  It is stamped with Pale Tomato and Red ink and then cut with some circle dies.
Hope you are having a great week.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

A New Project!!

I have not posted for well over a month as I have been busy with a new project, using up all my scraps of material that i have collected over the years.  This is my first ever quilt but I so enjoyed making it that I know there will be more!  Its only a simple square design and only a lap sized quilt but I am thrilled with the finished result. Also my scrap pile is alot smaller!!

This is a back view, to save money with buying a big piece of fabric for the backing I have used a bed sheet but just added a panel of more scraps of material.

For a finishing touch I also added a label!!

I hope to find time now to visit a few of my favorite blogs!

Monday, 8 June 2015

Tic Tac Toe

I have made up my mind to try and use my older stamps more, instead of letting them gather dust on my shelf! I found this Etched Flower cling from Hero Arts so decided to make another card for the Hero Arts Tic Tac Toe Challenge this month.  The line I have chosen is Circles, Birthday, Favorite Colour and here is my finished card.  The background on the flowers is made by making a square grid of copic colours and then splashing them with some alcohol blending ink. I then stamped in black my Etched Flower.  The out side circle is from my scrap basket and is the Graph Background, white embossed and then coloured with copics.

Have a great week.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015


After seeing some beautiful poppies growing on the grass verges as we drove back from our weekly shop this morning I was inspired to get out this old Hero Arts poppy stamp.  The new challenge at Hero Arts for June is Tic Tac Toe.

I decided to follow the bottom row, watercolour, tag and my favorite colour (RED).  The poppies were stamped using Distress Markers and when dry I added some water colour with a paintbrush and my Distress Stains. After lots of goes to get it right I am pleased with the final image (lots of smudged designs lol).

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Cards at Last

I have just noticed that its been three weeks since I have posted and weeks since I have looked at any blogs, I didn't realize that I would be so busy now I have retired, when did I ever find time to go to work LOL!!!

I have been looking on flickr for some inspiration and noticed a lot of cards with watercolour splashed so decided to have a go and its not as easy as it looks.  In the end I used a die cut as a mask and used my distress  stains for these two cards. I am pleased with the effect, especially the smudge on the second card.  I also used the masking die on the card for some texture in the background.  I am adding these cards to the Simon Says Anything Goes challenge

I have been busy making more cushions, I have re discovered my sewing machine and have really enjoyed making these.  The second cushion was a request from my daughter, she had seen all the amazing applique dog cushions on Pinterest and asked if I could make her one. It was quite fiddly but she is thrilled with it. 

Have a great weekend.