Thursday, 27 April 2023

Birthday Cocktail!

My best friends daughter was 40 this week and I wanted to make her a special card. I used my Quadrant die cut and hot foil plate form Pink Fresh Studios to create the shimmery background which I layered up on a background I made with Distress Oxide inks smooshed to make an ombre effect.

The cocktail stamp is from a set by Tim Holtz and its one I have used a lot, I water coloured the image and fussy cut before layering on my card . I then added the sequins and the hot foiled Happy Birthday.

I am adding this card to the Die Cut Divas April challenge " Water Colouring"as the cocktail is water coloured.


Looking forward to a visit from my daughter and granddaughter this weekend and hoping that the weather improves a little bit!

Have a great weekend


Monday, 24 April 2023

Christmas Kickstart Challenge

Its getting on for a year since I lost my lovely hubby and I have been lacking in mojo for a few weeks now, but after a refreshing and restorative weekend away in Devon with old friends I felt like making some cards again.

This card is for the current challenge at the Christmas Kickstart blog "Gnome for Christmas" . I dug out this older Simon Says Li'l Gnome die and decided to go with silver and pink for a change, I also wanted to make a shaped card.  The background is made using a Pink Fresh Studio hot foil plate and die. I then added my gnome , the sentiment is also hot foiled. 

Another card to add to my Christmas stash and its also got me crafting again!

I was also asked by my daughter to make a first birthday card for her friends baby daughter , I have used this design before, it is based on a card I saw on Pinterest a while back.  All the stamps are from Heffy Doodle and I cut the 1 shape and the name using my Silhouette machine.

Its a bank holiday weekend in the Uk and I am hoping for some better weather.  Have a great week.



Thursday, 23 March 2023

Thinking of Spring!

The weather here has been awful, wet and windy and I am desperate for some bright sunny days!  So I got to work and made another spring inspired card.  I had this gel press back panel already made up so decided to run it through my new Simon says Spun Glass embossing folder.  I then added the off cut of  a panel made using my Hot Foil machine and the Pink Fresh Quadrant plate. The flowers and leaves are cut using the Arched Leaf and Flower Blooms also Simon Says dies which I have coloured with Brush markers. Lastly I added the hot foiled sentiment.

I shall add this card to the challenges on the Simon Says Flickr group and the Love Flickr Group.

I am hoping the weather is going to cheer up a little for the weekend as I have friends coming to visit.
Have a great weekend


Monday, 20 March 2023

Spring is in the Air

We had a lovely sunny day here in Dorset yesterday and I was able to get out into the garden and do some weeding and tidying up.  I was then inspired to make a spring themed birthday card . I already had the Pink Fresh  foiled and stencilled back panel made ready to use ( when I have my foiling machine out I tend to make a few panels to have in my stash for later use) and I decided to cut it into a square shape.

I mounted it onto my card base and added this die cut flower from Memory Box , then added the pearls and foiled sentiment.

 I am going to add this card to the challenge over at Die Cut Divas "Anything Goes" and The Love Flickr Group Challenge.  
Unfortunately its raining again today , one small taste of Spring and back to the rain!
Have a great week.


Friday, 17 March 2023

Another Christmas Card!

While I had my Christmas stamps out I decided to make another card for the Christmas Kickstart Challenge using these cute reindeer wearing scarves, this is a really old set from Clearly Besotted.

I used a new stencil I have recently got from Simon Says which creates this squared background and some Distress Oxide inks.  I then die cute the Ho Ho Ho using a die also by Simon Says.  The reindeer have been stamped, die cut and coloured with my alcohol markers.


Another wet and windy weekend forecast here, I am in the process of making a quilt with some material scraps so this weekend seems the perfect opportunity to get some more done.
Hope you have a great weekend.


Saturday, 11 March 2023

Christmas Kickstart Challenge!

I was keen to join in the challenge over at the Christmas Kickstart blog which this month is "Wrapped up for Christmas". you need to include a scarf on your card and I knew straight away that I would use this stamp set from Heffy Doodles. I love these cute penguins.
I decided to go with this pop up design using the Lawn Fawn pop up dies, this card folds flat for postage in an ordinary envelope.
The trees are cut from some glittery patterned paper that I found in my stash. I then just added some die cut glittery snowflakes.

 I am off to see my Granddaughter again this weekend just hoping the weather is kind to me as its a bit of a drive . Have a great weekend.



Saturday, 4 March 2023

Looking forward to spring!

I have just got this new embossing folder by Simon Says Stamp, Its called Dibble Dot and looks  fabulous rubbed with Distress Oxide inks. 

After inking I added some die cut "Arched Leaf and Flower Blooms" also by Simon says which I coloured with my Zig markers. The sentiment is hot foiled and from Pink Fresh Studios, I also added the mini Die cut hearts.  It feels good to used these warm, bright pinks and reds. Hoping for some warmer weather here but we have more low temperatures predicted.

I am adding this card to the Die Cut Divas challenge which this month is "Anything Goes."

 Have a great weekend



Monday, 20 February 2023

Christmas Baubles

I decided to make a second card for the Christmas kickstart Challenge this month as I found some really old bauble dies in my stash, I haven't used these for a long time!  I die cut them in glittery card stock.
I also had this old embossing folder with baubles on it so I embossed my card and gently rubbed with some Distress Oxide inks. I then added my die cuts raised on foam tape and drew in by hand the string, lastly I added some sequins for extra sparkle.


I have just had a really busy week with the family visiting for half term, its my daughters birthday so lots of celebrating.  Trying to recuperate before I am off next weekend for a short break doing some wildlife photography (my other passion)!

Have a great week

Sunday, 12 February 2023

Baby Boy Card

My daughter asked me to make some new baby cards to have on standby so I decided to make a box card after seeing a few over the internet.

I made up my box after following a tutorial on Jennifer Mcguires You Tube channel I then added the embossed panel to the front of my box. The elephant and balloons are a set by Heffy Doodles which I have stamped coloured and diecut.  The BABY letters are cut using Altenew alphabet dies.  Such a fun scene and the elephant is on clear acetate so moves well in the frame.

 I am adding this card to Simon Says Wednesday challenge "Fun with Dies" and also there monthly instagram challenge "Blue".

My Granddaughter and daughter are visiting next week as its half term, hopefully the weather will stay nice and we can go for some long walks.

Have a great week 



Saturday, 11 February 2023

Two Birthday Cards !

This is a photo heavy post as I have been busy making Birthday cards, its a busy time of year for Birthdays in my family!

This first card is using the Pink Fresh Quadrant Background hot foil plate , foiled in gold and 
cut to a slimline shape, I have added it to my card base layered up on another piece of white card. I have then added my die cuts using Simon Says Leafy Branch and Memory BoxVerona Bouquet. I then layered the flower tops on foam tape and added the pearls and gold hot foiled sentiment.

My next card is for a little boy who loves his Lego,  I looked on pinterest for ideas for this one.

I die cut all the shapes and so many dots lol to create the Lego bricks just adding highlights with a white pen.  The sentiment is silver and hot foiled, very difficult to photograph.

Pleased with the end result, time consuming but worth it!
Off now to make more cards, hope you have a great weekend.