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.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Hero Hostess Blog Hop 2015

Welcome to the last stop on today's Hero Arts Hostess Hop, featuring stamps from the new 2015 release.  If you have been following along you should have arrived from Lins gorgeous blog  "Sending Hugs".

Hero Arts will be awarding prizes from randomly drawn comments.  For a chance to win, simply comment on ANY of the stops along the hop on any day, including each days starting post at the Hero Club Blog.  The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning!
If you find a broken link, you will find a master list of the hop links at the Hero Arts Club Blog.
Please report any broken links to

I was really excited to be asked to join in this annual blog hop for Hero Hostesses once again and couldn't wait to get started with the fabulous new 2015 stamps and die.  I have made four cards all on a similar theme just so you could see how versatile this fabulous new Hello "Stamp and Cut" (DC151) set really is!!

This first card is made using the die cut Hello layered up on green and then two layers of white card to make it really stand out.  I then stamped leaves from the new Stamp your own Plant (CL834) set in various shades of green added the hello cut out , then layered the white card on some more green card for added depth.

 This second card is a small 4 3/4 by 3 1/2 size, a little card to put with a gift perhaps!  I used some Raspberry Jam, Pale Tomato and Butter Bar HA inks to create the center panel and then die cut the word hello (DC151) saving all the small pieces from the letter centers. I then die cut a second white word, after adhering the panel to my card base I carefully stuck the small centers of the letters in place.  Lastly I added a few sequins.

I couldn't wait to use the coloured word left from the last card and quickly made this small note card, I decided to sew the word to the front for a change.

Lastly I made another quick card using the new Tropical Background (CG659) cling stamp, I stamped a panel with Butter Bar ink attached it to my card base and added a row of stitching down one side.  Next I stamped my sentiment from the Hello Stamp and Cut set (DC151) in black and added a few sequins.

I hope you have all enjoyed today's Hero Hostess Hop,  don't forget to stop by again tomorrow when eight more Hostesses will be joining this weeks Hop and showing you their fabulous creations with new stamps from the new Hero Arts Spring Catalogue.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Hopefully I am back!!!

I cant believe that its been nearly three months since I posted a card, a lot has happened over those months but hopefully I am back!!

I had been suffering a bad back and neck for about four months last year  and for a while  I was not able to craft at all but after some fantastic sessions of Shiatsu massage I seem to be on the mend!!

I have also decided to take early retirement from my job in the office of a local school, I have been there twenty years and it has been a hard decision to make but I am really looking forward to retirement and having more time for all my hobbies.  We have also decided now is the right time to move to Bridport in Dorset, its something we have always dreamed about a house in the country away from all the commuter traffic and hectic life style in Surrey, we had found a beautiful house and were set to move this month but unfortunately it all went wrong and the house we were buying was taken off the market at the last minute.  I have spent months decluttering and packing and now we have to start looking all over again.  Hopefully we will find another place soon!!

My first card in three months and my mojo has been a little slow to kick start but with the help of some fabulous new Hero Arts stamps and dies I have made this card with the perfect sentiment to all my blogging friends.

I have used the new Tropical Background cling with some Orange Soda and Cup o Joe Hero Arts inks, also my new Stamp and Cut Hello set. The die is cut using a lovely dark brown card.

Sorry for the long post and its good to be back!!!.

Saturday, 29 November 2014


Had time to make another card today, also my back is feeling a little better as I have been having a course of Shiatsu Massage.  At last I feel that something is working and I am slowly getting back to normal.  
This is a very simple card using two snowflake dies, one embossed in silver and the other in gold, its really sparkly and beautiful.  The sentiment is by Hero Arts and the background embossing folder is my Tim Holtz.
I am entering this in the Simon Says Wednesday challenge "Anything Goes".  Also the Less is More 200th challenge "Celebrations"

Have a great weekend.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Slowly but Surely

I am taking it slowly with my cards this year as I don't want to aggravate my back pain!!   I think that I will have to resort to some shop bought cards this year :0(  

I have managed to make two more this weekend, very simple cards with die cuts and stamping , Oh  and lots of sparkle!!!

Hope you have had a good week, 

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

More Christmas Cards!

Two more cards (Still loads to do)  This card has the words embossed in metallic gold (hard to see in the photo)  so I am adding it to the challenge at "Virginia's View.  Its good to be making challenge cards again , I really missed being tested with my designs! I am also adding it to the Hero Arts holiday challenge "Mad about Metallics"

This second card used the Hero Arts Winter Town stamp plus my memory box die.  I have added lots of shimmer with my Wink of Stella" pen although it doesn't show in the photo.

Thank you for all the good wishes I have received, hopefully I am on the mend now!

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Creating Christmas at last!!

My neck and back have been a little better this week and I have been able to make a couple more Christmas cards although I am still miles behind!!  Both these cards are made with inspiration from Pinterest (I love that site!!),

The top card is made using my Hero Arts "Merry backgound" stamp and some Memory Box snowflakes. I am going to enter this into the Die Cut Divas November Challenge " Holidays" and the Hero Arts Holiday cards "White Out"

For this second card I have used another Memory Box die and a Provo Craft embossing folder.

Have a great weekend.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Hopefully I am back Crafting!

 I can't believe that's its been nearly two months since I have posted any cards, unfortunately I have been suffering from a bad neck and shoulder and have been unable to sit for long at the computer or make any cards.   I have had some Physio and some massage sessions and hopefully its on the mend, although I can't overdo it yet :0(

Not only have I missed crafting I have also missed visiting everyone's blogs and I feel really out of touch, Christmas is also approaching and I need to make my Christmas cards.  I really don't want to have to buy them!!

I have been on a weeks half term holiday from school and decided to play around a little!  I have made one birthday card for a friend, her son is really into golf.  For this I used my Happy Birthday die and cut the golfer and Son with my Silhouette Machine.  Quite simple but she was pleased with the finished result!
 I have also made a couple of Christmas cards also using my Silhouette to cut the Merry Christmas Frame and adding some die cut baubles.

This card was harder to photograph as its a shaker and the acetate was really reflective!

Its been a while since I entered a challenge but I am adding this to the Simon Says "Anything Goes" this week.

Hopefully it wont be another two months before I post again !!

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Autumnal card!!

Its been another beautiful day here and not really very Autumnal yet, but I went again with the challenge at The Simon Says flickr group and made this card with a SS die that I have.

I used distress inks to colour the die cuts, the longest die cut is set into the card while the others have just been adhered to the front.  I seem to be going through a CAS phase at the moment!

Saturday, 6 September 2014

New Challenge!!

The Simon Says Stamp flickr group have just announced a new fortnightly challenge hosted by the lovely Barb Engler. Well I am always up for a challenge and although I don't currently own alot of Simon Says products as they are hard to come by in the UK I decided to play along with a couple of dies that I won a few months ago!

The first challenge is a colour challenge, you need to make a card using at least 3 of the following colours, Orange, Yellow, Green, Grey and Black. This is my card its very CAS but I am pleased with the result.

I hope you are all having a great weekend, its great weather here in the UK at the moment, long may it last!!