Monday, 23 September 2019

Anniversary card!

After another busy couple of weeks and some lovely time away in Cornwall I have found time to make an Anniversary card for a friend.  I used Simon Says stamps and stencils to create this card.  
Embossing the flowers in gold and colouring with Zigs.

I shall enter this in the current Simon Says Flickr Challenge.

Hope to get back to my card making this week, the weather has turned Autumnal now and we have rain forecast for the next week or so.  Missing the summer already!!

Have a great week,

Sunday, 8 September 2019


We are off on holiday next week but before we go I wanted to make another card using the Autumnal colours and theme as I love oranges and yellows, so bright and pretty!!

For this card I use the Simon Says "Centre Cut Flower" stamp again and just embossed in gold ,coloured and cut out the leaves, I also used the leaves from the "Even more Spring Flowers "set.

The frames was made from a scrap from my basket, its just the edge of a panel I made for another card.

As you can see I also added some splatters and the die cut sentiment, also from Simon Says.

I am adding this to the SSS Wednesday Challenge "Stamp It" and the SSS Flickr challenge "Falling for Fall", I will also add it to the SSS Instagram challenge.

Looking forward to my holiday hope you all have a great week too.


Friday, 6 September 2019

Autumnal Birthday!

I have been struggling with my card making as I lost my reading glasses last week, I am using an older pair until I get my eyes tested again in a couple of weeks but these are really old and not so good!!
I did manage to get this autumnal Birthday card made using Simon Says Centre Cut Flowers stamp.

I embossed in gold and then coloured in autumnal colours using my Zig markers, I then fussy cut the image and layered up onto some purple card stock.  I then stamped a few extra leaves coloured and layered up onto the image.

The die cut sentiment is also from Simon Says.  I am going to add this to a couple of challenges,  the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Stamp It" and the Simon Says Flickr Challenge "Falling for Fall"

I am going away for a few days holiday next week to St Ives in Cornwall, just hoping the weather perks up as its been really autumnal here today.


Thursday, 29 August 2019

A card at Last!!

Its been such a busy Summer and I have had hardly anytime in my craft room, we have had lots of visitors ( that's what happens when you live near the sea lol) and the weather has been glorious.
At last I had time to make this card for the "Christmas Kickstart Challenge #18".

The challenge is to use their header as inspiration.

So I decided to make a shaker card using the Simon Says Stamp "Holiday Frame" die and adding lots of sequins for sparkle. The background paper is  turquoise and sparkly which doesn't really show up in the photo.  The snowman is from the Heffy Doodles "Wanna build a snowman" stamp set which I have coloured with Zig markers.  I then layered up onto a Turquoise card base.

I am also adding this card to the current Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Anything Goes"
We have another couple of busy weeks coming up but I hope to fit in some card making too.


Sunday, 11 August 2019

New Cards!!

It seems ages since I have posted on my blog!!  We have been away for a while house sitting at my cousins house again and looking after all his animals and then when we got home we had a major computer failure!!  It was a complete disaster but after a week at the repair shop it seems to be up and running again although the computer techie man says its getting old and we are going to need a new one soon!! Aaaagh I hate having to set everything up again, lets hope it lasts longer than he thinks!

At least I have had time to make a couple of cards although I have also had trouble with my mojo !  This first card is for the Simon Says Flickr Challenge "One Layer" .  I used the centre Cut Flowers and stamped and embossed in white.  I then coloured with my Zigs and cut out the hexagonal shape,  adhering another hexagonal to the back to form the card.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts and  embossed in Rose Gold powder.

This second card used a panel that I had coloured in my stash made from the Simon Says Gerbera background, I layered it up and added the die cut sentiment.  I will add this to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge  "Add a Die Cut".

Hope you are having a great weekend


Sunday, 21 July 2019

Gerbera Flowers!!

I have another new stamp to play with, "The Gerbera Daisy" Background from Simon Says, I love Gerbera's so couldn't wait to buy this stamp.  I inked and embossed in white then coloured with Zig Brush markers in lovely bright oranges and yellows.

I then added a panel in white and a trellis die cut before adding the sentiment.  I am adding this card to both the Simon Says Flickr Challenge "Anything Goes" and their Instagram challenge "Water colouring".

Enjoy your Sunday.


Friday, 19 July 2019

Christmas in July!!


After a busy couple of weeks I have had time to spend in my craft room and decided to play again at the Christmas Kickstart Challenge, this time the theme is "Festive things with wings" so I had to ink up these cute penguins from Heffy Doodles.  

The die cute frame is by Simon Says and the letters Altenew.  I coloured the penguins with Zig Markers and added snow to the letters with Nuvo Glimmer Paste.

While I had the set out I also made this card , the background is created with Distress Oxide Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserve.  I have added sparkle to the penguins scarves with a sparkly Gel pen, although its hard to see in the photo.  I shall add this card to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Make your own Background"

Its raining hard here today so I am hoping to make some more cards this afternoon.

Have a great weekend


Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Watercolour Flowers!

Had fun colouring my new Centre Cut Flowers  stamp from Simon Says.  Stamped and embossed in Wow white powder then water coloured with Zig Markers.

I then fussy cut the image and layered it onto some dusky pink card, before layering onto my white base.  Added the Gold embossed sentiment.

Also used Simon Says Stitched Square dies.

Just a quick post today as its another glorious one here and we are hoping to pop to the beach.

Have a great day.


Saturday, 29 June 2019

50th Birthday.

Just a quick post today as we have a beautiful day here and I want to get in the garden.  I was asked to make a summer birthday card to include flowers and cocktails , I had fun with this one.   The "Maria" is cut from some card that I had already stamped and embossed with the SSS Kaleidoscope pattern and then coloured with Zigs.  I also added some glitter paste and when dry cut with Altenew's letter dies.  The flowers are from SSS "Centre Cut Flowers" gold embossed and coloured with zigs.  For the cocktails I found a free image online, printed and fussy cut and added to the card on foam tape so they stand out.

I am pleased as I think it portrays the tropical theme I was after.

Have a great weekend


Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #2

I had time to make another glittery Christmas card for the Christmas Kickstart Challenge #13 again using my Simon Says Snowflake dies.

I cut the large "Alicia" snowflake in gold glitter card and also twice in white card , then layered up,  The Christmas words stamp is an oldie from Hero Arts called "International Christmas Script".  I stamped this in gold then added lots of gold splatters.  Pleased with this card and it will be a great one to produce multiples of.

Also adding this card to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Anything Goes".


Tuesday, 25 June 2019

New Stamps!!

I was lucky enough to win the Simon Says Flickr group challenge a couple of weeks ago and received my new stamps this week.  I couldn't  wait to ink them up.  This is the "Centre Cut Flowers" cling stamp.

I have embossed in white then coloured with Zig Markers.  Used the SSS Square cut dies to form the layers and the Thanks die is also Simon Says.  Had fun colouring this , I am sure its going to become a favourite.

I shall enter this in the latest Flickr Challenge, which is "Crazy for Colour".

Now to play with my other new stamp.
Have a great week.


Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Christmas in June!!

Time for another "Christmas Kickstart Challenge" and the theme this time is "Glitter Sparkle and Shine", my perfect challenge as I love a bit of sparkle and shimmer!!!

For this card I got out my trusty Simon Says Snowflakes and cut one image of the larger snowflake in white and used the negative image.  I then lightly distressed with some Salty Sea blue Oxide ink,  I cut a smaller snowflake in white glitter card to layer up.  The background card also has a lot of shimmer as I used Nuvo Glimmer paste over the SSS Falling Snow stencil.

The Merry Christmas window die is also from Simon Says. I then added a pearl to the centre of the snowflake.  Lots of glitter and shimmer , just how I like my Christmas cards!!

Looking forward to the weekend as at last it looks like the weather is on the turn and we are expecting some long awaited sunshine!!


Friday, 14 June 2019

Anniversary Card.

A quick Anniversary card for a young couple I know, I wanted a modern bright looking card, not the best photo as we are having terrible wet and dull weather here at the moment.  Its quite a bright card with lovely silver embossing, so hard to get the shimmer!!

The stamp is Simon Says , not sure where I got the heart dies, think they may be Memory Box.
I am adding this to both the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge and the Simon Says Flickr Group challenge.

Hopefully the weather is going to brighten up tomorrow as we are of to a summer Fair, (its not very summery at the moment).

Have a great weekend


Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Ink Blending.

The challenge over at the Flickr blog this time is "Ink Blending" and its not one of my favourite crafting techniques, mainly because I always struggle to blend the colours with out a marked line.  So I challenged myself to have a go !!  I know these are Autumnal colours but its so cold here today I needed to use  these warm oranges and yellows!  The dies are both by Simon Says, I am pleased with the blending and am off to have another play!

Hope its warmer where you are.


Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Summer Birthday!!

I needed a summery Birthday card and although the weather here isn't very summery at the moment I decided to ink up this older Simon Says Stamp set called "Lemonade".  First I used the SSS "Falling Snow" stencil to create the bubbles in the background.  So pleased this stencil can be used for other things too!!  Next I stamped and die cut the lemons, oranges and limes, I layered these up with pop dots, adding the computer generated sentiment.  Lastly I added the stamped glass of lemonade.

I am adding this to both the Simon Says Flickr challenge and the new SSS Instagram challenge. 

Waiting for Summer in Dorset, its cold and cloudy here , so different from last summer!!  Hope its better where you are!


Monday, 3 June 2019

New Challenge!!

Simon Says has a new challenge on Instagram and I was keep to take part, so inked up my SSS "Even More Spring Flowers" again.  I stamped embossed in WOW gold powder and fussy cut the flowers.  I then layered up on a hexagon pearl pink card.

I also have a new camera and struggled with getting a good photo, I think the shiny gold confused the camera and lots of the photos I took were over exposed.

I shall also add this card to the current Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says and also their Flickr Group Challenge.

Off to practice some more with my camera!!


Friday, 31 May 2019

Cute Penguin Stamp!

After a really busy couple of weeks I have at last found some time to get in my craft room only to find my mojo was some what lacking! I decided the easiest thing was to try a challenge so headed over to the Christmas Kickstart Challenge . The theme this time is "Christmas Kids" and I knew this cute penguin from Heffy Doodles would be perfect.

I stamped and coloured the image with Zig Markers before die cutting, the balloons are also from a Heffy Doodle set called "Elephant of Surprise"  I used the Simon Says Falling Snow stencil and some Nuvo glimmer paste to create the snowy background and then pop dotted the Merry Christmas Die cut , also from Simon Says. I pop dotted the penguin and layered all up on my red card.

 I will also add this card to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Anything Goes" and the Simon Says Flickr Challenge which is also "Anything Goes".

Hoping to catch up on a few of my favourite blogs now and hoping to make some more cards too.

Have a great weekend

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Flowery Birthday!!

The Simon Says "Even More Spring Flowers" set is my favourite set at the moment and I can't stop trying to think of new ways to use it.  After browsing some card sites I decided to make a window card, not something I have made for a very long time.

I stamped and embossed in gold the flowers and coloured with my zig markers before fussy cutting out.  I then cut the hole in the front of my card with the SSS Stitched rectangles and made a frame with them from some pink pearl card.  I then layered up my flowers on the front.

I then cut another white square and embossed in gold the sentiment from Hero Arts and adhered to the back of the card.

Off now to sit in the garden and enjoy the sunny day.


Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Bouquet of Flowers!

Got out my Simon Says "Spring Flowers" stamp set to make another card for my stash,  I created the background using splotches of Zig markers on some water colour paper and lots of water.  

Next I embossed the flowers in silver coloured and fussy cut, I then layered up some of the flowers and then glued to the background card.  Adding a die cut SSS sentiment,

I will add this card to both the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and also the Simon Says Flickr Group challenge.

Enjoy your week.


Monday, 6 May 2019

Birthday Flowers!

I am still playing with the Simon Says "Even more Spring Flowers" set , colouring with zigs and fussy cutting before layering up onto patterned paper.  I haver a few birthdays coming up for some elderly relatives and flowers are always popular.

This is eligible for a couple of challenges, the Simon Says Flickr challenge "Mothers Day/ Flowers and the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Happy Birthday".

I was inspired for the colours by my garden at the moment, lots of purples, yellows and oranges, just love the Spring colours!


Thursday, 2 May 2019

Happy Birthday!!

The May flowers are in full bloom down here in Dorset and I was inspired to colour up the SSS "Even More Spring Flowers" set again.  This time I embossed in gold and coloured with Zigs to create a colourful bouquet.

I also embossed in gold some of the leaves from the same set onto a die cut card, then layered up the flowers to create the bouquet.  I then layered the card onto pink card and adhered to the card base.  The sentiment is computer generated.

Love the bright colours you can achieve with Zig Brush Markers.

Next is a shaker card I made for my cousins Grand Daughter using the cute elephant set from Heffy Doodles.  Used some patterned paper on this card (I have loads in my stash and it felt so good to actually used some).  Love making shakers and they are always a hit with little ones!

I shall also add this to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge.

Looking forward to the weekend as we are travelling back to Surrey for some wedding celebrations,  Hope you have a fun weekend.


Monday, 29 April 2019

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #9

Time for another "Christmas Kickstart Challenge" and this time the theme is "Christmas Bunnies", luckily I have an older and greatly used wooden stamp from Penny Black dated 1996!! Not sure where I got it but its well loved and perfect for this challenge!

I stamped onto card and coloured the image with Zig markers then cut the framed image, I then stamped again and layered up for more dimension.  I then layered the image onto some glitter card stock for lots of shimmer.  Lastly I added the bells and ribbon, quite a thick card now and impossible to post in the mail but I know the perfect recipients that I can hand this to at Christmas!

I am also adding this card to the "Anything Goes" challenge at the Simon Says Blog.

Off to do some gardening now, we have had lots of April showers here and the weeds are coming up in droves!

Have a great week.


Friday, 26 April 2019

Wedding Card!!

My son asked me to make a Wedding card for his friends in bright colours and with some flowers sitting on my desk from my last card here I decided to use the same colours!  I stamped and embossed in gold more flowers and leaves from the SSS "Even more Spring Flowers" set and then coloured with Zigs and fussy cut.

I then created the words on my computer and cut the hearts.  Then all I had to do was stick the elements to the card base in a design that I liked and added some sequins for sparkle.  Luckily I can post this now as his friends aren't followers!!

I am adding this to both the Simon Says Flickr Group challenge "Flowers" and the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Anything Goes".

Its turned colder here after a glorious Easter so I am back in my craft room catching up.

Have a great weekend.


Monday, 15 April 2019

Spring Flowers!

I was keen to enter the Simon Says Flickr Group challenge which this time is called "Die-ing for Creativity"  I already had this "Even more Spring Flowers"stamp out on my desk so got to work stamping and embossing in gold.  Then I fussy cut all the images and coloured with Zig Markers.

The base and frame  are die cut using the SSS Stitched Square dies, the frame has been stamped with an older SSS Stamp "Bubbles and Bars"

Pleased to get this done as we have a busy week leading up to Easter with lots of visitors.

Have a great Easter