Tuesday, 3 May 2022

Blogging Break


 I am taking a blogging break for a while,  last month my lovely  husband was diagnosed with cancer and unfortunately it was very aggressive.  Sadly he  passed away this weekend.

I find card making very therapeutic  and hope to be back real soon .

Monday, 11 April 2022



The challenge over at the "Lets Squash it " blog is "Without Geometry life is Pointless" well this Simon Says Cracked Distortion embossing folder is my absolute favourite, I have used it on so many cards and it is perfect for this challenge.
The background colour is also my favourite two oxide inks Cracked Pistachio and Salty Ocean I have put it through the folder using the reverse image so the lines are more defined.
I then stamped this Tim Holtz Margarita cocktail on the back ground and then a second image that I have coloured and fussy cut, layering onto the card with foam tape. I also added some Nuvo glimmer paste to the edge of the glass to look like the salt on the rim.  Added lots of sequins for even more sparkle and a computer generated sentiment.

I think this card could be perfect for a masculine or feminine birthday!


Friday, 8 April 2022

Christmas Gnome.


I recently went on a craft workshop in Devon learning about Gelli Plate printing, it was a great class and I was really inspired by the images you can create using simple household items plus acrylic paint or even Distress Oxide inks.  Of course I got home and ordered my own Gelli Plate straight away!!

When it arrived I had great fun making loads of card backgrounds with my Oxide inks.  This one uses Salty Ocean and Cracked Pistachio inks and a Snowflake die from Simon Says , I also used bubble wrap which creates a fabulous effect in the ink.

With this background I also ran it through my Crystal Distortion  embossing folder for added texture. I then die cute this cute Li'l Gnome also from Simon Says in this beautiful pool coloured glitter card.

Just a heat embossed sentiment and some sequins and a very simple card.  I am going to have lots of fun with my Gelli Plate!!

I am adding this card to the "Christmas Kickstart Challenge  "From my Gnome to yours" and also the SSS Flickr challenge "Anything Goes".

Enjoy your weekend.

Saturday, 2 April 2022


This is a card I made for my daughters Birthday back in February, she loves a cocktail so I knew this set from Tim Holtz would be perfect for her.

I was lucky enough to get a Spellbinders hot foil machine for my birthday and wanted to use one of  my trial pieces in the design.  This is the Elegant Oval plate and I have used silver foil, it was the perfect background for my cocktails.

I stamped and coloured with Zig markers my cocktails and then fussy cut , I added them to my card using foam tape for some dimension.  The sentiment is also hot foiled and lurking in the back of a drawer I found some really old foiled sentiment sheets that I used when I first started crafting, luckily I had a silver Daughter sticker which matched perfectly, ( so glad I held on to the sticker sheets, I knew they would come in useful again one day!!).

She was thrilled with her card and although not my usual style I had fun making it.

Have a great weekend



Sunday, 27 March 2022

Another Slimline!!

Getting my mojo going so decided to make another slimline card for the SSS Flickr Challenge again using a piece of stamped card from my scrap basket.  I had stamped and embossed in clear the Cosmos flower background from Simon Says on some card smooshed with Distress Oxide inks.  I had graduated the colours so cut the three pieces to go behind my windows.

 I then added the flowers and leaf cut using the Arched Leaf  and Flower Blooms die.  The sentiment is a foiled set from Spellbinders.

Its good to use pieces from my scraps as the basket is rather full at the moment!!



Saturday, 26 March 2022

Slimline Flowers!!

After a few days away in sunny Devon I am back to my crafting and have found by mojo is still away lol!!

I found this panel in my scraps box that I  made using the Simon Says Gerbera Daisy background stamp a few months ago, I had used the other half of the panel on a thank you card and thought that this would help to kickstart my mojo.

I layered the card onto a slimline base and added the die cut "Happy" and computer generated "Birthday" also added lots of sparkly sequins.

Love the bright sunny colours, they match the sunny weather we are having at the moment, although I think its set to change next week.

Adding this card to the Simon Says Flickr Challenge "Slimline and Spring". and the Die Cut Divas challenge "Birthday".

Off to sit in the garden now and make the most of it.  Have a great weekend



Wednesday, 16 March 2022



A card for the current "Lets Squash It" challenge which is to use the same embossing folder to emboss and deboss on your card. I decided to use a flowery cuttlebug border folder embossing on the top of the card and debossing on the bottom.

I then cut a strip of card with an older wavy cutting die and then stamped and white embossed with the Simon Says "Gerbera" background stamp.

I coloured with Zig brush markers and added a hot foil sentiment and a few sequins. 

I am off to visit a friend in Devon for a few days and the weather is set fair, looking forward to some long beach walks. 



Sunday, 13 March 2022

Good Luck

Definitely not my normal colour scheme but I am always up for a challenge!!  The Heffy Doodle facebook challenge is Green and Gold and maybe a shaker! I have had this little elephant from Heffy Doodles for a while now and often use it on baby cards, I just thought it would make a great Good Luck card too.

I found this one really hard to photograph with the acetate , the background paper is really a lightisg green but looks olive in the photos.

 I always love making shakers , such a fun process!!

This card is also for the Simon Says Wednesday challenge "Bit O' Green"



Friday, 11 March 2022

Lucky Find!!

I was lucky enough to find a couple of intricate corner dies from Crafters Companion in a local Charity shop, they were both , very cheap, unused and still in their packets,  so I had to bring them home with me!!

I particularly love this first one which is very intricate and couldn't wait to use it for a card.


A very simple design using a square die and layering the corner die on the card.  I then just added the SSS die cut flowers and leaves and a hot foil sentiment using my new Spellbinders set.

 I am adding this card to both the Simon Says Flickr group challenge "Favourite Technique" I always love die cutting, such a simple way to make a card.

Also the Simon Says Wednesday challenge "Bit O' Green".

Its a miserable wet day here in Dorset and it looks like its not getting any brighter over the weekend so I will be in my craft room this weekend!



Wednesday, 9 March 2022


Today I am joining the LOVE flickr group challenge for Ukraine The lovely LaVon is going to donate $50 to a charity to help the Ukrainian people.

Here is my card using Simon Says stamp Gerbera Daisy background coloured with Zig Brush markers to represent Sunflowers, I think the stamp works  very well for this purpose.

I have run my background card through the Cracked Distortion embossing folder before adding the sunflower strip.  I next added some gems and a hot foil sentiment from spellbinders designed by Yana Smakula.

 Sending love to all affected by the conflict.