Thursday, 2 September 2021

Autumnal Colours.

The weather is starting to feel Autumnal now and inspired by a field of sunflowers near here I made this thank you card using the Simon Says Gerbera Daisy background coloured up in yellows and oranges to look like the gorgeous field.  I made a mini slimline card and after embossing in white I coloured with Zig brush markers and added the strip of vellum with the die cut copper thanks sentiment.  Finally I added some sequins for sparkle.  

I shall add this card to the SSS Flickr challenge "Fall Colours" and the SSS Wednesday Challenge "Stamp it"

Have a great weekend



Saturday, 14 August 2021

Birthday Girl!

Its the school holidays and we have our daughter staying with us for a couple of weeks so I haven't had much time for crafting!  I did manage to make this card for a sweet little girl who had her first Birthday at the end of July. 

I used the Poppy Stamps Happy Birthday Background die and used it with my rubber mat to emboss the base of this card. I then distressed with Oxide inks in Squeezed Lemonade ,Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry.

I then stamped the Critter Crowd image from Simon Says , coloured with Zig markers and fussy cut, layering up on the card with foam tape.  The glittery name is cut on my Silhouette machine.


Saturday, 24 July 2021


After a gorgeous week of glorious sun we now have more rainy days due,  disappointing but I have had more time to get in the craft room and make a card.

I love Distress Oxide inks and the blend beautifully, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade and Squeezed Lemonade make a fabulous bright and summery mix when blended a perfect backdrop to the Gerbera Daisy Background.

I stamped with embossing ink and the heat embossed with clear powder. I then added a small border of patterned paper to the side before mounting on my card. I then just added the sentiment and sequins.


I shall add this card to the current Simon Says Flickr challenge "Emboss it"

Looking forward to watching some of the Olympics today, have a great weekend.


Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Shimmer and Shine!


The theme for this months "Lets Squash it" challenge is "Shimmer and Shine". I found this challenge quite hard as I only really have embossing powders that shimmer and I couldn't find a way of those looking good on my dry embossed card.  Then sorting through my crafty drawers I found a really old tub of gold Perfect Pearls and decided to give this a go.

First I distressed a pice of card with Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide inks, I then ran this through in an old Embossing folder from "Design Objectives", not sure of the name of the folder.  I mixed my Perfect Pearls in a spray bottle with water and spritzed the card with lots of spray and then dried with my heat gun.

Its quite hard to photograph but is really shimmery in real life. Next I added a couple of die cut circles and the layered up die cut Thanks sentiment from Simon Says which I also added the perfect Pearls to.

Now I have rediscovered the Perfect Pearls I shall be using them again, such a lovely effect and would look fabulous on my Christmas cards.

It looks like we are in for some good weather at last so I shall be out in the garden ,Woo Hoo!!



Sunday, 11 July 2021

Summer Cocktails!

Its definitely not cocktail weather here at the moment, just rain and cold but fingers crossed it looks like it might change next week!!
I decided to make this bright cocktail inspired card and stuck to summery yellows and oranges to cheer myself up ! 

The background is Spiced Marmalade and Squeezed Lemonade Distress oxide inks and the orange slices are from an old Simon Says stamp set called "Lemonade". The cocktail glass is a Tim Holtz set which I stamped twice, coloured with Zig Markers and fussy cut to layer up. I also added some Nuvo glitter for a sparkly drink!  The Birthday sentiment is also Simon Says!



Saturday, 10 July 2021

Christmas Kickstart Challenge!

This months Christmas Kickstart Challenge #52 is "Woolly, Fluffy or Furry"   , so I looked through my Christmas craft supplies and found this really old Penny Black stamp from 1996 called "Don't Peek, Don't Shake, Don't Tell", its one of my favourites and was great to ink it up again.

I decided to make the mini card and stamped the image twice and coloured with my Zig markers. I then fussy cut the three bunnies and layered them up on pop dots for a bit of dimension.

I then punched the holes in the card and added the gingham ribbon. I might make a collection of these ready for the presents!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend.



Tuesday, 6 July 2021

Summer Flowers!

The weather in the UK at the moment is wet, windy and dull,  not like summer and really quite depressing.  I needed something to cheer me up so made this mini Slimline card with dies and the So Beautiful stamp set  from Simon Says, lots of summery flowers to colour.  All my flowers are getting spoilt by the rain at the moment! 

The background is salty ocean distress Oxide ink and I have coloured the flowers with Zig marker and gouache paint.  I then added a few gems for sparkle and the Thanks sentiment, also Simon Says.

I am adding this card to the current SSS Flickr challenge "Celebrate Summer " and the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Anything Goes".

Hope the weather is better where you are, have a great week.



Saturday, 26 June 2021

A Pink Christmas!!

This months Simon Says Instagram challenge is to use pink and aqua, I love using pink on my cards but not often with aqua so I thought I would really challenge myself and make a Christmas Card!

I inked up the background with Altenew Lagoon ink and then used the SSS Tap Dance stencil.  Next I die cut the Li'l Gnome in white and coloured with Distress Oxide Frosted Raspberry and Altenew Purple Wine.  I added Nuvo glitter paste to the hat for some sparkle and also some sequins and pearls from Lucy's Little Things.

The sentiment has been computer generated.

 I like these colours together and am pleased with the alternative Christmas palette. I will also add this card to the current SSS Flickr Group challenge "Anything Goes".


Friday, 25 June 2021

New Dies!

I have just got the new Mini Slimline Rectangle and the Mini Slimline Windows dies from Simon Says  so have made a pop up Christmas Scene  card to try them out!  I have made myself a cloud stencil with some card and a cloud punch so the background sky was easy to make using Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink.  I then added some splatters of white gouache. The house and tree die cut is an older one from Memory Box and I have coloured this adding some Nuvo glimmer paste for added sparkle. The two reindeers are stamped and coloured with Zig markers.  They are from the Lets Prance set from Clearly Besotted.

 This card folds flat for the envelope but pops up when out,  I was inspired by this card from Bibi Cameron.

I shall add this card to the Simon Says Flickr challenge "Anything Goes".

Looking forward to the weekend when hopefully I can get in the garden, hope you have a great weekend.



Sunday, 20 June 2021

Let's Squash It!


The "Lets's Squash it "Challenge this month is "Nature and Watercolouring", so I decided to make a Christmas card using my Simon Says Forest Border die. First I inked the embossing folder with Mowed Grass and Salty Ocean Distress inks , spritzed with water and ran through  my Sizzix machine using water colour cardstock.  I then used these colours on my acrylic block added water and coloured the background to make the colours richer.

I then added the Christmas tree from a really old Hero Arts stamp set raised on pop dots for dimension. I added some gem stones for a little sparkle and the gold sentiment is cut from the "Holiday Frames" die also Simon Says. 

Its cold and wet here today, not like summer at all so I am in my craft room creating and wishing for the sun to return soon!