Saturday, 10 April 2021

Guest Designer


I am thrilled to be the Guest Designer over at the "Lets Squash It " Challenge#7 for the month of April.  Gail and Jo have set the challenge and  would like to see you:-

"Use at least three different embossing folders and include a person"

I had this cute free wedding digital image in my stash and was keen to use it, so I printed it out and coloured with Zig Brush Markers, I the cut with a rectangle die and embossed the corner with a small Cuttlebug corner embossing folder.  I am not sure of the name but it came in a set of four , possibly wedding ones!  I also added some small pearls for a little sparkle.

Next I die cut three strips of white card using a banner die that I have had for years and proceeded to emboss them with some strip dies , also from Cuttlebug.  These came in a set of five originally and I think they were called "With Love" 

I used a square card blank and added my strips at varying heights on the base and then added the main panel raised on foam tape for dimension.

I had fun making this card and I hope it has inspired you to play along this month, I look forward to seeing all your cards!!



Friday, 9 April 2021

Birthday Shadow Box Card!

I had so much fun making the Shadow Box Card here that I decided to have another go and make a child's Birthday card with the Heffy Doodle " Elephant of Surprise" stamp set.  I wanted to make it look like the elephant was floating away with the bunch of balloons.

I created the background using a handmade cloud stencil and the Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink I then added the die cut village scene.  I stamped and die cut the elephant and balloons and coloured with zig markers.

I also decided to add the dry embossed panel to the front as the circles made me think of more balloons.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is from Simon Says and I have cut this in glittery orange card for added sparkle.

I am thrilled with the end result, such a fun card and perfect for a child!  I am adding this card to the Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says which is Happy Birthday. and the Die Cut Diva's challenge "Window or Aperture card"


Have a great weekend



Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Shadow Box Card !

After watching Jennifer McGuire's video on making shadow box cards, I was desperate to have a go and after seeing the new "You Sleigh Me" challenge over at "The Christmas Kickstart Challenge Blog " I knew it would be a perfect subject for my card.

I haven't got any Christmas sleigh stamps so I found a free digital one online and printed and coloured it with Zig markers, adding some Nuvo glimmer paste for extra sparkle..  I then created my card front and back as in the video and decided to stick my extra card panel to the front, that way I could emboss it with the Tim Holtz Icy Frame folder.

Next I created the backdrop using a handmade cloud stencil and some Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink,  The snowy scene is all die cuts.

I then added the gems and , glued the back to the front, the sleigh on the acetate moves really well when you shake the card.


I had a lot of fun making this and will definitely be making more!

Sorry about the long post.



Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Stencil Fun!

The current challenge at the Simon says Flickr group is " use a stencil" and as I don't have many stencils I decided to make one with the Simon Says " Modern Flowers Wrap die" I cut the stencil and used it twice to create the circle , inking with Cracked Pistachio Oxide .

 I then stamped and embossed in white the flowers from the SSS "Spring Flowers" set colouring with Zig markers and then fussy cutting. I layered these up the centre of the circle to hide the join. The sentiment is cut in gold mirror card and the gems are from Lucy's Little Things.

I have lots of Birthdays in April so its a busy card making month , I really need to make some masculine cards but I really doo find them a challenge LOL, I am a flower girl at heart!!

Have a great week


Friday, 2 April 2021


The current challenge at the SSS Flickr group is "Use a Stencil" , I only have a couple of stencils but this one called "Tap Dance" from Simon Says is a great one for all types of cards. 

I used an old  spellbinders die to cut the shaped card out of some Antique linen cardstock and then stencilled in various Oxide colours.  The flowers are from Altenew and Simon Says and I have embossed in gold and coloured with Zig markers before fussy cutting and arranging on the card.  The thanks sentiment is also Simon Says and the pearls are from Lucy's "Little Things"


I shall also add this card to the SSS Wednesday challenge "Anything Goes"

We are having a really quiet Easter weekend as the family are still not allowed to visit, that's the second Easter we have missed out on , fingers crossed that we will be able to see them soon.

Hope you are enjoying your Easter break.


Sunday, 28 March 2021

Spring Flowers!

Looking at the SSS Wednesday Challenge mood board and I was inspired to make this Spring Birthday card.

First I created the back panel by distressing the slimline blank with Cracked Pistachio Oxide ink and then using the Simon Says Tea Dance stencil distressed again. 

I then Stamped and embossed in white the flowers from the "Even More Spring Flowers" stamp set, I then water coloured with Zig Brush Markers and fussy cut out.

I next layered and glued the flowers to the card base and then added some pearls. The scalloped base was distressed with Squeezed Lemonade Oxide ink  and then foam taped them together for added dimension.

I shall also add this card to the current SSS Flickr Challenge "Use a Stencil" , These colours really make my heart sing, Spring at its best!!!

Have a great weekend


Sunday, 21 March 2021

Hello to Spring!

Always trying to build up my stash of cards I decided to make some non specific designs to send at any time.  This is the first using Simon Says "Spring Flowers" stamp set, an oldie but I love the pretty flowers in this set.

First I used some masking to stamp the flowers straight to my card base , then embossed in white. I then masked again and used some Cracked Pistachio Oxide ink for the distressing round the flowers.  I then coloured the flowers with Zig Markers.

I then added the Hello sentiment from Hero Arts layering it up for dimension. Love the soft colours.

Have a great week



Thursday, 18 March 2021

Thank you !

My stash off cards was running short of  Thank You cards so I got to work and made these two.

For this first one i used the Kaleidoscope Background stamp from Simon Says and stamped and embossed in silver.  I then coloured in parts of the image with some pink Zig markers. Also adding some pearls and Silver Nuvo drops some areas.

Lastly I added the SSS die cut " Thanks " sentiment in silver and mounted it to a pink card base.

For the second card I stamped and clear embossed a panel with the Simon Says Cosmos Background and coloured with a mixture of Zigs and Distress Oxide inks.  I then cut the three squares with the SSS Stitched Square background die and added to a card base with foam tape.

 I then added the die cut Thanks sentiment, also from Simon Says.  I shall add both these cards  to the current Flickr Challenge "Spring Fling"

We have been out in the garden all day today and it was glorious, so pleased to be out in the fresh air!  Looking forward to some more good weather at the weekend!



Monday, 15 March 2021

It's Margarita Time!

Inked up my Tim Hotz "Cocktail Blueprint" stamps again to make this Birthday card, I have used a more neutral palette so could be used for male or female birthdays!

The lime slices are from an older Simon Says stamp set called "Lemonade" and they are stamped in green although it looks yellow in the photograph.  I have also added Nuvo Glimmer paste to the rim of the glass for a touch of sparkle and to represent the salt!

 I coloured the drink with with Zig markers .  I shall add this card to the current Wednesday challenge over at Simon Says.

Have a great week



Sunday, 14 March 2021

Little Easter Boxes!

I decided to make these table treat boxes for Easter that can be filled with mini eggs,  although I am a bit disappointed as my family wont be able to visit at Easter due to the Lockdown rules!

I found the pattern for the little box online and hand cut four in bright spring coloured card.

Next I embossed all the sides with an older embossing folder from Cuttlebug and highlighted the embossing with Distress Oxide inks.

I then made the labels by stamping this really old Rubber Stampede image in black and colouring with my Zig Markers. adding some glimmer paste to the seed head.

I found scraps of matching ribbon for the boxes and attached the label.

Really pleased with how they turned out and quite simple to make too.

Sorry for the photo heavy post!
I am adding these to the current challenge at the "Lets Squash it" blog "Boxing clever with floral embossing"


Happy Mothering Sunday to all the UK Mothers out there!