Sunday, 17 October 2021

Another Gnome card!

Made this card for a couple of challenges, the "Lets Squash it " challenge this month is "Double Emboss"

So for the base of this card I have dry embossed using the Tim Holtz Border folder (I always think this looks like ice!) and then I brushed with my embossing pad and heat embossed with gold.

I then added the die cut gnome and snowflakes all from Simon Says.  Just love this gnome in gold and pink, so pretty!

 I am also adding this card to both the Love Flickr group challenge and the Simon Says Flickr group challenge!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend.



Saturday, 16 October 2021

Christmas Gnome

Love this cute "L'il Gnome" die from Simon Says , it makes a great santa !  Made this card using lots of glittery card stock and the Outline Merry stamp , also from Simon Says, I stamped and embossed in gold for even more shine!

Also decided to make a slimline card, such a fun shape !

 I am adding this card to the current Christmas Kickstart Challenge "Make for a loved one" and also the Simon Says Flickr Group challenge "Anything Goes"

I am still building my energy up and also finding my mojo again after the operation.  Slowly getting there!



Tuesday, 5 October 2021

White and Gold!

After making the green tree shaker card I decided to make this white and gold one for a more elegant design.

I die cut the tree and then ran the card through my Tim Holtz snowy edge folder, I also added some glimmer paste to the edge to give the card lots of shimmer.

I added gold sequins behind the shaker element and then added more trees using the same Chunky tree die from Simon Says.  The sentiment is computer generated.

 Really pleased with this card , I will definitely make this again in other colours. I am adding this card to both the Die Cut Divas challenge of "Anything Goes" and the SSS Flickr group challenge "Emboss it"

Hope you are enjoying your week, I am getting stronger by the day and managed a 3 mile walk at the weekend!



Monday, 27 September 2021

Christmas Shaker

Had fun creating this Christmas shaker card with stencils and dies from Simon says.  First I die cut a square with the "Stitched Square Dies" and then distressed with Cracked Pistachio and Salty Ocean Oxide inks.  I then used the "Falling Snow" stencil and just used Salty Ocean for the snow.

Next I die cut the tree using the "Chunky Trees and Holly" set and fixed some acetate to the back of the hole.  I then added the three die cut tree shapes. after choosing my sequins I foam taped the top to the card base.  lastly adding the sentiment.  I am adding this card to the Simon Says Flickr group challenge "Use a Stencil".

I love these Distress Oxide inks together, such a pretty colour. 

 I am still convalescing but did manage to walk a mile today and also picked some lovely wild blackberries for a crumble.  Slowly getting there!  Enjoy your week.



Wednesday, 22 September 2021


Time to crack on with my Christmas cards,  I have made quite a few throughout the year but I always need more! 
I decided to make a mini slimline card so die cut the front panel and distressed with Salty Ocean and Cracked Pistachio Oxide ink.  I then used the Simon Says Falling Snow stencil with more Salty Ocean ink.

I always have a box of snowflakes already cut for my cards, so I just arranges a few on the card base and added some sparkly gems and sentiment.

 Love this colour combo and i am sure its going to feature a lot in my Christmas cards this year.

I am adding this card to the current SSS Flickr challenge "Use a Stencil"



Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Happy Birthday!

The "Lets Squash it " challenge this month is to use an embossing folder with numbers or letters and sand it. I only have one large folder with letters and its this cuttlebug Happy Birthday folder. In my stash I found an old pack of Whitewash Colourcore cardstock and chose this gorgeous pool colour.

I embossed and sanded it down to reveal the core colour and adhered it to my pool coloured card base. 

Next I stamped and coloured this cute elephant from the Heffy Doodles "Elephant of Surprise" stamp set and stuck with the balloons to the card using foam tape to add more dimension.  Lastly I added the glittery stars.  Quite a simple card but fun to make!
I shall also add this card to the SSS Wednesday Challenge "Lots of Layers"

 I am gradually recovering from my operation and managed to walk to the end of the road and back today. Slowly does it but I am missing my long walks in the countryside, hopefully soon!!



Sunday, 19 September 2021

Layered Flowers!

I have been missing for a while as I have been in hospital an operation ( not great timing with COVID as it meant no visitors ), hopefully its sorted now.  The hospital staff were amazing and still so upbeat considering their current workload.  The convalescing means that I have to isolate and stay on really light duties for about 4 weeks.  I am hoping card making counts as light duties otherwise I am going to get very bored.

I had started to make this card a while back and it was perfect to get my mojo back in gear. 

The background is the Simon Says stencil Spring Boho circle, I then added the Hi using Altenew's letter dies and some scrap patterned paper.  I then stamped and embossed elements from the Simon Says Spring Flowers set and fussy cut then coloured with Zigs.  I layered up and fixed to the card also adding lots of sparkly gems.

 I shall add this card to the Simon Says Flickr challenge "Use a Stencil" and the SSS Wednesday Challenge  "Lots of Layers"

Have a great week



Thursday, 2 September 2021

Autumnal Colours.

The weather is starting to feel Autumnal now and inspired by a field of sunflowers near here I made this thank you card using the Simon Says Gerbera Daisy background coloured up in yellows and oranges to look like the gorgeous field.  I made a mini slimline card and after embossing in white I coloured with Zig brush markers and added the strip of vellum with the die cut copper thanks sentiment.  Finally I added some sequins for sparkle.  

I shall add this card to the SSS Flickr challenge "Fall Colours" and the SSS Wednesday Challenge "Stamp it"

Have a great weekend



Saturday, 14 August 2021

Birthday Girl!

Its the school holidays and we have our daughter staying with us for a couple of weeks so I haven't had much time for crafting!  I did manage to make this card for a sweet little girl who had her first Birthday at the end of July. 

I used the Poppy Stamps Happy Birthday Background die and used it with my rubber mat to emboss the base of this card. I then distressed with Oxide inks in Squeezed Lemonade ,Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry.

I then stamped the Critter Crowd image from Simon Says , coloured with Zig markers and fussy cut, layering up on the card with foam tape.  The glittery name is cut on my Silhouette machine.


Saturday, 24 July 2021


After a gorgeous week of glorious sun we now have more rainy days due,  disappointing but I have had more time to get in the craft room and make a card.

I love Distress Oxide inks and the blend beautifully, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade and Squeezed Lemonade make a fabulous bright and summery mix when blended a perfect backdrop to the Gerbera Daisy Background.

I stamped with embossing ink and the heat embossed with clear powder. I then added a small border of patterned paper to the side before mounting on my card. I then just added the sentiment and sequins.


I shall add this card to the current Simon Says Flickr challenge "Emboss it"

Looking forward to watching some of the Olympics today, have a great weekend.


Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Shimmer and Shine!


The theme for this months "Lets Squash it" challenge is "Shimmer and Shine". I found this challenge quite hard as I only really have embossing powders that shimmer and I couldn't find a way of those looking good on my dry embossed card.  Then sorting through my crafty drawers I found a really old tub of gold Perfect Pearls and decided to give this a go.

First I distressed a pice of card with Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide inks, I then ran this through in an old Embossing folder from "Design Objectives", not sure of the name of the folder.  I mixed my Perfect Pearls in a spray bottle with water and spritzed the card with lots of spray and then dried with my heat gun.

Its quite hard to photograph but is really shimmery in real life. Next I added a couple of die cut circles and the layered up die cut Thanks sentiment from Simon Says which I also added the perfect Pearls to.

Now I have rediscovered the Perfect Pearls I shall be using them again, such a lovely effect and would look fabulous on my Christmas cards.

It looks like we are in for some good weather at last so I shall be out in the garden ,Woo Hoo!!



Sunday, 11 July 2021

Summer Cocktails!

Its definitely not cocktail weather here at the moment, just rain and cold but fingers crossed it looks like it might change next week!!
I decided to make this bright cocktail inspired card and stuck to summery yellows and oranges to cheer myself up ! 

The background is Spiced Marmalade and Squeezed Lemonade Distress oxide inks and the orange slices are from an old Simon Says stamp set called "Lemonade". The cocktail glass is a Tim Holtz set which I stamped twice, coloured with Zig Markers and fussy cut to layer up. I also added some Nuvo glitter for a sparkly drink!  The Birthday sentiment is also Simon Says!



Saturday, 10 July 2021

Christmas Kickstart Challenge!

This months Christmas Kickstart Challenge #52 is "Woolly, Fluffy or Furry"   , so I looked through my Christmas craft supplies and found this really old Penny Black stamp from 1996 called "Don't Peek, Don't Shake, Don't Tell", its one of my favourites and was great to ink it up again.

I decided to make the mini card and stamped the image twice and coloured with my Zig markers. I then fussy cut the three bunnies and layered them up on pop dots for a bit of dimension.

I then punched the holes in the card and added the gingham ribbon. I might make a collection of these ready for the presents!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend.



Tuesday, 6 July 2021

Summer Flowers!

The weather in the UK at the moment is wet, windy and dull,  not like summer and really quite depressing.  I needed something to cheer me up so made this mini Slimline card with dies and the So Beautiful stamp set  from Simon Says, lots of summery flowers to colour.  All my flowers are getting spoilt by the rain at the moment! 

The background is salty ocean distress Oxide ink and I have coloured the flowers with Zig marker and gouache paint.  I then added a few gems for sparkle and the Thanks sentiment, also Simon Says.

I am adding this card to the current SSS Flickr challenge "Celebrate Summer " and the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Anything Goes".

Hope the weather is better where you are, have a great week.



Saturday, 26 June 2021

A Pink Christmas!!

This months Simon Says Instagram challenge is to use pink and aqua, I love using pink on my cards but not often with aqua so I thought I would really challenge myself and make a Christmas Card!

I inked up the background with Altenew Lagoon ink and then used the SSS Tap Dance stencil.  Next I die cut the Li'l Gnome in white and coloured with Distress Oxide Frosted Raspberry and Altenew Purple Wine.  I added Nuvo glitter paste to the hat for some sparkle and also some sequins and pearls from Lucy's Little Things.

The sentiment has been computer generated.

 I like these colours together and am pleased with the alternative Christmas palette. I will also add this card to the current SSS Flickr Group challenge "Anything Goes".


Friday, 25 June 2021

New Dies!

I have just got the new Mini Slimline Rectangle and the Mini Slimline Windows dies from Simon Says  so have made a pop up Christmas Scene  card to try them out!  I have made myself a cloud stencil with some card and a cloud punch so the background sky was easy to make using Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink.  I then added some splatters of white gouache. The house and tree die cut is an older one from Memory Box and I have coloured this adding some Nuvo glimmer paste for added sparkle. The two reindeers are stamped and coloured with Zig markers.  They are from the Lets Prance set from Clearly Besotted.

 This card folds flat for the envelope but pops up when out,  I was inspired by this card from Bibi Cameron.

I shall add this card to the Simon Says Flickr challenge "Anything Goes".

Looking forward to the weekend when hopefully I can get in the garden, hope you have a great weekend.



Sunday, 20 June 2021

Let's Squash It!


The "Lets's Squash it "Challenge this month is "Nature and Watercolouring", so I decided to make a Christmas card using my Simon Says Forest Border die. First I inked the embossing folder with Mowed Grass and Salty Ocean Distress inks , spritzed with water and ran through  my Sizzix machine using water colour cardstock.  I then used these colours on my acrylic block added water and coloured the background to make the colours richer.

I then added the Christmas tree from a really old Hero Arts stamp set raised on pop dots for dimension. I added some gem stones for a little sparkle and the gold sentiment is cut from the "Holiday Frames" die also Simon Says. 

Its cold and wet here today, not like summer at all so I am in my craft room creating and wishing for the sun to return soon!



Saturday, 19 June 2021

Birthday Cocktails!

I decided to ink up my Tim Holtz cocktail stamps again and make this feminine Birthday card. I created the background by making a stencil with this Happy Birthday die and rubbing with Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink.  Really pleased with how this turned out and I shall be hunting through my dies to see if there are any others I can do this with.

I then stamped and coloured the Tim Holtz Margarita cocktail and fussy cut, I also stamped directly onto the card, that way I could add the image on foam tape for added dimension.  I then added sequins and some nuvo glitter to the rim of the glass for some added sparkle.


I shall add this card to the Die Cut Divas challenge of "Birthdays" and also the Simon Says Instagram challenge.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!