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!



Thursday, 10 June 2021

Christmas Stockings!


The Christmas Kickstart Challenge this month is "The Stockings were hung by the chimney with care"

I looked through my stamps and found this really old stocking stamp from Hero Arts so I stamped it five times and fussy cut then coloured with Zig markers.

I decided to make a small slimline card and made my background using the Simon Says "Outline Merry" background and embossed in white before distressing with Spiced Marmalade and Pickled Raspberry Oxide inks. I then die cut the Chunky Merry die also from Simon Says in Gold and gold glitter cardstock.  I adhered it to the card base with foam tape for dimension.

I then added the stockings also on foam tape.

Another card for my Christmas stash which is always a good feeling.



Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Birthday Shaker!

I love making and giving shaker cards and after seeing an idea online I made this card with the circle shaker window.  The stamp is "Cosmos Background" from Simon Says and I have stamped and embossed in clear powder then coloured with Zig Brush markers and distress oxides..

Next I die cut five circles and layered them up adding some acetate between the top two layers.
I then added the sprinkles from "Lucy's Little Things" before adding the sentiment from Simon Says.

 I am adding this card to both the Simon Says Flickr group challenge and also the Love handmade cards Flickr group.  I had fun with this card and have my mojo back after my weeks break.



Monday, 7 June 2021

Masculine Birthday!

 I have had a very busy week with my family coming to stay , its been so long since they were able to stay for a week  but at last they could come down, we had a fabulous time.  The sun shone and we were able to get to the beach which was lovely. My card making took a back seat but now I am back on it with a simple masculine birthday card.

For the background I used a Poppy Stamps "Happy Birthday background" die cut in blue.  I then added an cycling image I found on google raised on pop dots. Its a very simple card but hopefully is getting me back into crafting after a week off.

I am adding this card to the "Happy Birthday" challenge over at Die Cut Divas. and the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge "All things masculine" also the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Masculine"

Have a great week



Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Flower Vase Card!

I had a second go at the flower vase card after following Jennifer McGuires technique video here. 

I found some more flower dies that I got years ago from Sizzix and Cuttlebug and cut loads of bright coloured flowers, colouring some and adding pearls for sparkle.  The box for the base I made up myself.

I am thrilled with this second effort, its so pretty and a perfect card for my SIL's Grandma's birthday.

 I am adding this card to the SSS Wednesday Challenge "Use dies or punches"

Looking forward to half term next week as at last my family can come and stay for a while, Its been 8 long months and I can't wait to have them stay.  Looks like the weather might cheer up at last too.

Enjoy your week



Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Stencilled Slimline card!

I was lucky enough to win a gift card for Simon Says last month and my goodies arrives yesterday so I couldn't wait to have a play with them .

I cut some card blanks with the Mini Slimline Rectangles and also cut the Mini Slimline Window.  On the background card piece I used the Spring Flower stencil and Oxide inks and then layered up the window die on foam pads.

The flowers and leaves are from the "Even more Spring Flowers " stamp set and I have embossed in gold, coloured with Zigs Brush markers and fussy cut.   The thanks die is also by Simon Says.

I am really pleased with my purchases and am sure they will get a lot of use! 

 I shall enter this in both the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Stencil it" and the SSS Flickr challenge "Flowers"



Monday, 17 May 2021

CAS Christmas!!

The CAS Christmas challenge for this month is "Foliage and Berries" and lurking in a box I found this really old Hero Arts holly stamp.  I stamped and embossed in gold onto my base card and water coloured with Zig markers.

I then added some red crystals for the berries for extra sparkle.  The sentiment is also Hero Arts and I embossed it in gold onto some vellum before attaching to the base.  I then layered it all up on a red card . 

 Another card to add to my Christmas stash, its a steadily growing pile which makes me happy!!

At last we have reached another stage out of lockdown and we will be able to have visitors at home!  I am really looking forward to my kids joining us as they haven't been able to visit since last October.  We are going to celebrate Christmas in May lol!!

Have a great week



Thursday, 13 May 2021


My daughter needs lots of Thank you cards for the end of term, she is a primary school teacher and there are always lots of people to thank at this time of year, so I set about making some cards for her.  

Made this shaped one using an older Spellbinders die to create the shaped card and the cut a circle out of the front of one of the shapes and ran it through with an embossing folder from Cuttlebug.  I then stamped and embossed in gold  the flowers from the Spring Flowers stamp set by Simon Says colouring them with Zig markers and fussy cutting.

I then arranged them on the front of the card and added some pearls and the die cut sentiment, also from Simon Says.

 I am adding this card to the challenge at "Lets Squash it" "Lets make some space and bring on the bling"

Also the current Simon Says Flickr challenge "Flowers". lots more crafting today as we have another wet and dreary day here.



Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Baby Girl!

There is another challenge up on the "Lets Squash it" blog, this month the theme is "Lets make some space and bring on the bling".  

I decided to make a baby card using this sweet button border folder from Cuttlebug.  After embossing the edge of the square cut blank I added some Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink.  I then stamped the Elephant and Balloon from the Heffy Doodle "Elephant of Surprise " stamp set, coloured with Zig Brush markers and die cut.

The banner die is one I got second hand on Ebay so I am not sure of the brand, I cut two colours of pink and then added the sequins and pearls.  The sentiment is computer generated.  The base card is then layered up on some pink glitter card for even more sparkle.


I love how this turned out and will have to make it in blue too !!  I will also add this card to the Simon Says Wednesday challenge "Feminine" .