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.

Friday, 8 May 2015

A Card and a Cushion!

In the past few weeks my card making has taken a back seat while I have been making other things, but I needed a card to give my DH for our Wedding Anniversary which is next week.  Something simple and fairly masculine, I decided to use my Hero Arts Tropical Background stamp and mt new Memory Box Stitched Heart Die. I managed to match the pattern of the stamp and I have raised the heart on foam tape for definition, I have also used a Wink of Stella to make it shimmer.

I am adding this card to the current Wednesday challenge at Simon Says.

I thought I would also share my latest cushion, the material is two more pieces from my scrap bag of fabric that only cost me £5.  That bag was a great buy as I have now made three cushions from it.
See my previous post here!

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

No cards, but other crafts!!

Since I have been retired I have been going through all the craft ideas I have pinned from Pinterest and never had the time to make.  This week its been sewing and Applique, I have always loved sewing but never tried Applique also I have never ,made a cushion with piping round it!!

Our local upholstery shop always has a remnants bin and I managed to pick up a bag of scraps for £5 , both these cushions were made using the remnants from the bag although I did have some felt in my box which I used for the pheasants head.

I also watched loads of videos on You Tube for tips on how to make piping and also how to actually attempt the Applique, the internet is amazing I have learnt so much this week.  Here are my two makes and I am thrilled with them both and made for a fraction of the cost of bought ones. Consequently my card making has taken a bit of a back seat for a while, although I will have to get cracking with it as I have a few birthdays coming up.

I hope you all have a great week.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Spring Flowers.

I have been retired a month now and I am loving it!!  I have had time to do all the crafts  and sewing that I have been wanting to do for years and the weather has been fantastic so I have also spent bl
Lots of time in the garden.  I have spent most of the time upcycling my tired and dated bedroom furniture and I am thrilled with the results.

Today the weather has changed and its raining so I have had chance to make a card, I needed to get my card mojo working so after looking online decided to make a card for the Simon Says Wednesday challenge "Clean and Simple"  I dug out these old Hero Arts stamps and played around with some Hero Arts inks and distress inks.  Very simple design but I love this flower image,

I hope to do some catching up and visit some blogs today. Have a great Sunday.

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.