Monday, 28 October 2019


I have been practicing my water colouring with Zig markers and made this card for a couple of current challenges.  The first is the SSS Wednesday Challenge "Fall/Autumn"  and the second is the SSS Flickr Challenge which is "Grateful/Thankful" for this fortnight.

I used the centre flowers from the SSS "Centre Cut Flowers" set and stamped in Scattered Straw Distress ink, then I carefully water coloured with my Zigs.  I then layered the panel up on some mustard card and added the die cut sentiment.


Saturday, 26 October 2019

Christmas Kickstart Challenge!!

I always like to try and take part in Jo's Christmas Kickstart Challenge if I can , but this fortnights challenge is "Jingle all the Way".  Unfortunately I don't have any stamps with bells on and couldn't find any digital ones that I really liked.

I found in my bits and bobs draw some mini metal bells so decided to make a card and add these as decoration.  I already had a bunch of these cute reindeer from Clearly Besotted stamped and coloured ready to go.  I created the background by making a stencil using an oval die and then distressing with Cracked Pistachio and Salty Ocean Oxide ink.

Next I added the snow with a Simon Says stencil called "Falling Snow then adding the small village die cut and highlighting this with Nuvo Glitter paste.  The Sentiment die is also Simon Says.

Next I layered up the image onto a red card blank, adding the gingham ribbon and my miniature silver bells.

We are having another wet day here and its really miserable, so I am snuggled up in my craft room having fun!!

Hope you are having better weather where you are.


Monday, 21 October 2019

Blue Snowflakes!

As my stencil I made for this card was still useable I decided to have a go and make a blue version.

I used the waste card from cutting some snowflakes as a stencil and rubbed through Distress Oxide ink, I then laid the snowflake in the stencil and rubbed again to create the shadow effect. Next I lightly rubbed the whole card base with Cracked Pistachio and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink, and splattered some white gouache over the whole card.

Added the glittery snowflakes and sentiment to complete, a very simple card to make but I love the finished card.  I shall add this card to the current Simon Says Flickr Challenge "Let your Stencils Shine".

At last we are having some decent weather here and I am hoping to get down to the beach tomorrow for a walk .  Have a great week.


Saturday, 19 October 2019

Pink Snowflakes!

I was keen to play along in the Simon Says Flickr group challenge "Let your stencils shine"again but I don't have many stencils.  I decided to make my own with a couple of their snowflake dies.

I cut the "Kate" and "Eliza" snowflakes into some cardstock and used the outline of the cuts to rub some Raspberry Distress ink through, I then lay the cut snowflakes over the shape and carefully rubbed the ink over to create the shadow effect.

I then just added the die cut sentiment and some sequins, loved the effect it created and I am sure I will try this again.

I am also adding this card to the Simon Says Monday challenge "All things Pink"

I am still suffering with a nasty cold so am going to relax now with a Lemsip and a book.

Have a great weekend

Friday, 18 October 2019

Christmas Penguins!!

Unfortunately I have a head cold, the first of the winter and hopefully the last!!  Not really felt like doing much , but did find time to make this little card using some Heffy Doodle penguins that I coloured a couple of weeks ago.

Created the background using Simon Says "Falling Snow " stencil and Cracked Pistachio and Salty Sea Distress Oxide ink. Added the Simon Says die cut snowflake and pop dotted the penguins and snowman. Decided to use a red card blank for extra colour.

Adding this to the SSS Flickr challenge "Let your stencils shine"

Off to relax with a hot drink and a book, have a great weekend.


Monday, 14 October 2019

Its still raining here!!

The weather here is still awful so I am back in my craft room making cards :0) .  This first one is a new home card for a friend who is moving to Dorset soon.  I used and older Hero Arts stamp called " Row of Houses" I stamped onto a piece of distressed cardstock in Altenew "Volcano Lake" highlighting one of the houses with a red Zig marker.  The sentiment is computer generated and I have layered up on some patterned paper.

My next card is another snowflake Christmas card,  I have used this gorgeous Aquamarine cardstock from Papermill Direct, love the colour and the slight rib texture.

I then used the SSS "Falling Snow" stencil and some Cracked Pistachio and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink. Next I added the glittery snowflakes cut using SSS dies, the sentiment is also Simon Says.

I shall be adding this card to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Christmas" and also the Simon Says Flickr Challenge "Stencils". 

Hopefully we have better weather forecast for later in the week so I can get in my garden.

Have a great week


Saturday, 12 October 2019

More Christmas Cards!

Another wet miserable day here in Beaminster so I have had time for lots of crafting, here are two Christmas cards I have made for a couple of challenges. I have two Distress Oxide inks, Salty Ocean and Cracked Pistachio and I love the look of them when blended together, so pretty!

For this first card I have blended the background then added two Zig coloured reindeer from the Clearly Besotted "Lets Prance" set.  The sentiment is a die from Simon Says.

The reindeer have been pop dotted up for texture.  I shall be adding this card to the current Christmas Kickstart Challenge "Woodland Creatures"  and the current Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Christmas".

For my next card I have again used the pretty distressed background, this time adding a SSS Snow Flake and Holiday Frame die, I then also mounted the base onto some silver glittery card for extra sparkle.

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

Off to make more cards now, a perfect distraction from the weather!!


Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Christmas Kickstart Challenge !

I love this  "Lets Prance" set from Clearly Besotted the reindeer are so cute and perfect for this theme!  I created the background with Salty Ocean and Cracked Pistachio Oxide inks adding some splashes of colour and then Nuvo glitter paste and the SSS falling snow stencil. The house and tree die is from Memory Box and the sentiment is also Simon Says.

Another card for my Christmas stash which is building nicely now.

I shall also add this card to the Love handmade cards Flickr challenge and the Simon Says Instagram challenge.


Saturday, 5 October 2019

Its World Cardmaking Day!!

Today is World Cardmaking Day and I couldn't let it go by without getting in my craft room and making a couple of cards.  I decided to make Christmas cards as you can never have too many in your stash ( especially when it gets raided by your daughter lol ).  For both cards I have gone for white and lots of sparkle!

For the first card I have used Gold foil to create a shimmery backdrop to my die cut NOEL.  I have then added some sparkly snowflakes using Simon Says dies.

For the second card I have cut three circles and backed with acetate before adding lots of sparkle with Nuvo glimmer paste and the SSS falling snow stencil. I then added my snowflake dies and some pearls.

I love lots of sparkle and shimmer and that's why I love making Christmas cards!!
Adding these to the World Cardmaking challenge at Simon Says. 

Have a great day


Friday, 4 October 2019

Pink Gerbera !

The Simon Says Wednesday challenge this week is "Think Pink"  for my card this week I chose to use the lovely Gerbera Daisy Background stamp from Simon Says.  I white heat embossed it onto some water colour card and coloured with Zig brush markers.  I then cut a white panel using the SSS Wavy Scallop Stitches die and added it to the coloured panel.  Then adding some sequins and a Die cut Hello from Hero Arts.  I used a grape coloured card base to high light the pretty flowers.

I am also adding this to the SSS Flickr group challenge "Emboss it like a boss".

We have another wet and windy weekend ahead so I will probably have lots of time to craft,  Autumn has arrived in earnest and I am missing the sun!!

Have a great weekend

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Christmas Poinsettia!!

I don't usually play along with this challenge but when I saw the theme was Christmas and I decided to play as I still have lots of cards to make.

I used the SSS Winter flowers stamp set and stamped and embossed in gold randomly of a piece of water colour paper.  I then loosely coloured with my Zigs and lots of water.

then splashed the panel with some white paint and adhered it to a purple card blank. The sentiment is the SSS Holiday Frames die cut down and then layered up twice.

Have a great day