Sunday, 31 December 2017

Love, Laughter, Luck always

Hi everyone, I am back with a second post today

I have mostly used snippets on this card, stamped with a lovely sparkly EP, and added a layered message

Pixies Crafty Workshop - using snippets

Thanks for visiting

Sunflowers for summer

Hi everyone, I hope you have all recovered from the Christmas festivities, and are all prepared for the New Year.

My card today features a stamp set from Creative Expressions that I won some time ago. I have coloured with the following Promarkers - G817, Y524, Y247, Y337, O837, and R555. 

Passion for Promarkers - add a sentiment
Allsorts - seasonal flowers
CardsTV - a/g
Bizzy Becs - a/g

Thanks for visiting

Sunday, 24 December 2017

pretty flowers

Hi everyone.
First of all I would like to wish you all a healthy and happy Christmas, and thank you for your lovely comments throughout the year.

My card today is a favourite stamp from Stampin Up and I have coloured it with Promarkers and Copics using the theme from the Rubberdance Challenge - rose, light blue, peach, and glitter. I blended the rose and peach to colour the flowers, and layered onto pale blue card which I coloured with chalk pastels. The glitter comes from Wink of Stella, which is on the flowers, but doesn't show very well in the scan, and also the 3 diamantes.

Rubberdance - colour theme
AAAcards - sparkle
Southern Girls - all that glitters

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Christmas snowflakes

Hi everyone, I am back with a last minute card for Christmas.
The background is stamped with Brilliance 'pearlescent sky blue', stamp by Kiwi Stamping Company
The Tree is 'cling tinsel tree' by Stampendous, embossed with Ebony Shimmer EP. (it sparkles nicely IRL)
Words from a Penny Black set
Christmas lights is a Cuttlebug border embossing folder and I have colored with Smooch paints

Challenges -
Cuttlebugmania - snowflakes or snow
Allsorts #445 - snowflakes
CardsTV - a/g

Have a great week, and happy crafting

Friday, 8 December 2017

No cards today!

As I have had a lump removed from my foot, and have to keep it elevated for a few days. ☺

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Art quote

Hi everyone
Today's card uses rubbish!
The background is some sheet music that I used when I was spraying flowers (orange/green speckles) painting something blue, stamping in gold, and some gold ink.
It looked a bit 'arty' so I cut a piece to fit my card base and the stamped the paint brushes to the right. The quote is stamped and then cut out with a Stamplorations die  

The Artistic Stamper - use a quote
House That Stamps Built - a/g
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - snippets

Take care, and thanks for looking

Thursday, 23 November 2017


Hi everyone, I am back again with a Christnas card this time.
My background is from a Kaizercraft 12x12 pad, I distressed the edges and adhered to a plain cream card base. 
The Santa is from a Tim Holtz set, which I stamped with Adirondack 'espresso', then cut out with a stitched circle die. I cut the edge of the holly and leaf and slipped the circle behind. The bauble diecut was given to me, so I am not sure who makes it. I rubbed it with some Treasure Gold 'spanish topaz' before adhering it

DoubleD - use a Santa image
Happy Little Stampers - a/g with dies

Thanks for visiting and thanks for your lovely comments

Wednesday, 22 November 2017


Hi Everyone.
Today's card uses a piece of card that I was using up some paint on. The grandchildren were a bit too enthusiastic with their craft projects, so I picked up the extra onto an a5 card I had handy, rather than waste it!
I trimmed it down and layered onto my base card, then stamped my fairy from a Craft Sensations set with Memento tuxedo black. I used Kindyglitz on the wings, added some washi tape, a nrrow strip of purple glitter card and 3 clear gems.
Joyclair - a/g
Southern Girls - inks and paints
CardzTV - a/g
Ribbon Girl - use an image
Allsorts - glitter

Thanks for visiting and have a great week

Saturday, 18 November 2017


Hi Everyone, sorry I have been missing for a while, but flew down to Christchurch to attend to some family matters. Unfortunately, I had a dizzy spell when I got up to go to the bathroom, and landed on the suitcase, so I am rather battered and bruised!!

My project that I have been working on for some time, and finally finished, started as  an ugly brown tray that I rescued from my work.

I sanded it down, applied 2 coats of gesso, and then used my homemade chalk paint for the final coat. The design is from the Graphic Fairy, and is my second attempt at image transfer. I am really pleased with the result, and would like to enter at Paper Artsy for the current challenge 'white'

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Mauve and pearly

Hi everyone

I am just sneaking in at the last minute with my entry at Paper Artsy.
I made this card for a co-worker who's husband passed away.
I coloured the beautiful image from 'Flourishes' with pearlescent paints, added the sentiment, sponged the edges and layered onto a violet card Base
Other challenges
Cardztv - a/g
 Thanks for visiting

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Autumn leaves

Hi fellow crafters
Todays card started with a piece of watercolour card that I coloured with Brusho's and Infusions.
I then applied the peel-offs and fussy cut around them, also added the word from the same peel-off sheet. The card was then trimmed and added to a cream pearlescent card base


We love to create #1 - anything creative/mixed media
CAS watercolour - fall leaves
Double D - 'leave' it to me
JoyClair - anything goes

Thanks for visiting

Monday, 16 October 2017

Je t'aime!

Hi everyone.

I am back again with a cas card for the challenge at AAAcards. The theme is 'Inspired by a film' and I have chosen An American in Paris.
The two stamps are from a Penny Black set and I cut the eiffel tower with my Cameo. The striped trim was from my snippets box.


AAAcards - Inspired by a film
Southern Girls - stripes

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Sparkly Christmas

Hi, I am back again today with a last minute entry at Paper Artsy.
They are asking for glitter which I have added to this card made from free papers from a magazine. There is glitter on the wee snowflake corner domes, and I also used Wink of Stella around the image, although it doesn't show up much in the photo

Paper Artsy - glitter
CardsTV - anything goes

Friday, 13 October 2017

Mr Fox

Hi everyone

Today's card follows the sketch at Paperbabe
I have used washi tape, a circle die, happy birthday stamp from stampinup, splatter stamp, and a printed image from google images


Paperbabe - sketch
Cardstv  - a/g

thanks for visiting and have a great day

Thursday, 12 October 2017

The owl!

Hi Everone.
I needed to make a card for a birthday, and wanted to use this owl stamp that I bought in Montreal nearly 2 years ago, which had not seen ink!
I stamped on the grey card and then again on my base colour, and also white. I fussy cut the owl, and then the eyes and layed them onto the die cut branch.

Rubberdance - dark blue, burnt sienna and grey
Pixies Playground - snippets
Happy Little Stampers - a/g with dies
Allsorts - trees and leaves (I hope my branch counts)

edited to say that I have added some leaves to the branch 

Friday, 6 October 2017

CAS lily

Hi everyone

Today's card was the result of having a little play with my distress oxides.
I masked off an area and applied the dox with a sponge, then sprayed with a little water. I then used my misti to over stamp with this lovely lily from Creative Expression "festive florals'  I stamped a little on the background with Brilliance 'lightning black' which has a lovely gold look in certain angles. The message is stamped in the same ink. I then coloured the lily with promarkers, and added gold 'smooch' to the stamens.


AAAcards #100 - sketch
Penny Black and More - close to nature (my lily)
The Flower Challenge - favourite flower (playing for prize no 5)
Addicted to stamps - favourite Stamp
CASual Fridays - sketch

Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment

Wednesday, 4 October 2017


Hi everyone.

A last minute entry for Darnell's NBUS challenge.
I made this card for my bil's 80th birthday. The stamp was given to me by a friend, and it was so appropriate for this card, as he is certainly one of a kind!!
Sorry the scan is a little wonky

Sunday, 1 October 2017

pinks and purples

 Hi everyone. 
The first day of October!!!  Where has this year disappeared to?

My card today features the colours for the challenge at Paperbabe. I have used a purple base card, and layered it with a paler mauve embossed with my swiss dots ef. I also embossed my birthday folder, and trimmed it down. The die from Memory Box is called 'stitched aster corner' I cut it twice, first in green (for the leaves) and then in pink for the flowers, which I trimmed off and layered. I added some pink gems to finish.


Paperbabe - picture inspiration
Southern Girls - driving me dotty
Cuttlebug Mania - fruit, berries leaves etc, I chose leaves
Darnell's NBUS - The first outing for my corner die

Thanks for visiting

Sunday, 24 September 2017

wings and metallics

Hi everyone.
This is a fabulous picture I made using the swallowtail stamp from SU, and Indigo Blu's gilding flakes, on a black card. It is hard to show the lovely metallic look in a photograph.

Paper Artsy - metallics
Allsorts - things with wings
Rubberdance - favourite stamp

Friday, 22 September 2017

Autumn colours

Hi Everyone

This is a lovely set of ATC's that I made for a challenge. This month the topic was 'creator's choice'
I took an A4 size sheet of watercolour paper and sprayed it with dylusions.
I quickly sprinkled some rock salt on and left it to dry overnight.
Next day I cut to ATC size (3.5 inches x 2.5 inches) and used my Misti to stamp the birds from a set I bought in Montreal - Clear Oiseaux by Aladine, a French company. I also added words from another set, but I have lost the packaging.
The white highlights were done with my Sharpie paint pen

Paperbabe - anything goes
Allsorts - Autumn colours
Scrap and Craft Inspiration - colours of Autumn

Take care and have a great week

Monday, 18 September 2017


Hi everyone. Sorry I have been absent for a bit as we went on a short break in our motorhome. Unfortunately it was cold and wet, but spring is starting to warm up a little.

I cased this card from someone in Australia I think, and I have forgotten the tutorial link. However, mine is a bit different, as I cut the shapes from some black scraps on my Cameo and raided the garage for the washers to give a bit of weight. It spins on the centre mount, and was a great hit for my grandson's birthday.

Southern Girls - something moveable

Take care and thank you for commenting, it is appreciated

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Hybrid Inks

Hi everyone.
I am sneaking in at the last minute with my entry at Paper Artsy. The challenge this time is for Hybrid Inks.
I used a stencil on the left side of the card, then wiped up the leftover inks on the rest of the card.
I then stamped onto a small piece coloured with distress oxides, made at a play day at my friends house.
I added a small flower to finish

I would also like to enter this one at The Artistic Stamper for 'take a little colour'

Thanks for looking and happy crafting

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Under the Sea!

Today's card was an experiment to see how rock salt affected a watercolour card sprayed with Dylusions. I loved the result, and as it looked a bit like underwater, I used my new stamp set from Kaisercraft called 'Coastal Escape' with Memento 'tuxedo black'. It didn't show up very well so I went over it with my white Sharpie paint pen(love this pen) I stamped the seahorse on a scrap, coloured with copics and clear embossed, then layered him with mounting foam

Challenges - 
Rubberdance - embossing
Penny Black and More - all creatures
Pixies Crafty Workshop - using snippets
That's Crafty Challenge - only cards
Country View Challenge - blues and greens

Have a great week and happy crafting

Sunday, 20 August 2017


Hi everyone.

Today's card uses a fabulous stamp from Paperbabe called 'Peony & bud'. I used a lemon coloured card and stamped it with 'Shades die ink - Vanilla Cream.
I glurd it slightly over the edge, then added a printed word and a layered butterfly.

Challenges - Scrapbook Boutique - Grey and lemon
Paperbabe #54 - Picture inspiration -yellow flower and butterfly
Happy Little Stampers - CAS flower

Thursday, 17 August 2017


Hi everyone, I hope you are all well.

Today's card uses an old untitled Great Expectations stamp ( I din't think this company still exists, but correct me if I am wrong) I have coloured it with Smooches (red) anjd water colour crayons and added a little sentiment in the corner
I am entering the following challenges
AAAcards - summer fun

Thanks for visiting, your comments are appreciated

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

A card for Max

A lovely design from Cardmaking Paradise that I used to make for Max's 17th birthday. I used some DP for the M and then matched the colours for A and X. I sponged the edges with DI walnut stain, and the hung the numbers from the X. He was thrilled with it.

I am entering this at Allsorts for name or number, (I have used both)

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Red, white and blue!

This week's challenge at Allsorts, is to use the colours of your flag, which is of course red, white, and blue

I have used  older SU stamps for the words and the yacht, but first I made a background by swiping on some dox faded jeans, and di weathered wood. I restamped the yacht on white card and paper pieced the sails. The white highlights on the water were with a white sharpie, and I also added a wee bit of glitter on the water. Mounted onto white and then a red card base.
Allsorts - colours of your flag
Southern Girls - use any image
Pixies Crafty Workshop - the white was from my snippet box

Thanks for visiting and take care

Thursday, 3 August 2017


Hi everyone. I am just sneaking in at the last minute with this entry for the Allsorts challenge which is for poppies.
I have used a lovely stamp from Crafty Individuals, and coloured it with copics and promarkers. I then trimmed it to size with my stitched rectangle die from Stamplorations The gold in the layered piece does not show up so well, but it looks very pretty IRL!
I can also enter at Paperbabe challenge, which is for flowers

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Eiffel Tower

Hi everyone.
Today's card uses one of my favourite colours - I chose a piece of dp for my background, coloured a paper doyley with DOX inks, added a flower with a pearl centre, and an Eiffel Tower which I cut with my Cameo.
Challenges -

Paper Creator - anything goes
Scrapbook Boutique - colours from the moodboard

Friday, 28 July 2017

Birthday wishes

Hi everyone.
Another card to add today, as I have spent a few hours 'playing' in my craft room!

I have followed the sketch at Stamplorations, and also used warm colours - well you can't get much warmer than red!! The flowers are from a Stamplorations set, the words from a Paperbabe set, and all stamped with Versafine 'satin red' I added some washi tape, some white crochet cotton and 3 red gems. Then rounded the top corners and attached to a red card base.

Challenges -
                                         Stamplorations - July challenge
                                          Stamplorations - never ending challenge
                                     Rubberdance - July Challenge

Thanks for visiting and have a great week

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Black, white and pink

Hi everyone.

Today's card uses a NBUS stamp which I bought at Michael's whilst I was in Canada visiting my daughter. I stamped with Memento 'tuxedo black' onto a snippet that I had diecut with stitched rectangles from Stamplorations. I  embossed the black piece with my cuttlebug, mounted onto a white base card, and added a pretty pink flower.

Challenges - Pixie's Crafty Workshop # 291/292
                      Double D Challenges - Black and white and pop of colour
                     Cuttlebugmania - I included a bike
                     Southern Girls - flower power

Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Best wishes

Hi everyone.

Today's card is one I made for my sister's birthday. I found the instructions online, but forgot to save the site, so I cannot give credit to the designer. It is basically a step card, and the folds were marked on my Scorpal. I layered each section with a pattern paper on white, and then added a diecut scalloped oval and a patterned paper one and then added the message and the flower

Challenges - Scorpal #39 - diecuts
                     CardzTV - anything goes

Thanks for visiting

Friday, 21 July 2017

Lavender & Lace

Hi everyone.

Today's card is for the challenge at Allsorts Challenge blog. I created a 'dox' background and multiple stamped with one of the first stamps that I ever bought. It is called Lavender Flowers, by an Australian company - Paper Pleasure Plus Pty Ltd - a company that is no longer active. I attached some narrow broderie anglaise lace olong the edge and added a bow to the stems.
I will also add it to the Stamping Sensations challenge which is 'anything with flowers'

Have a great week

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Tissue technique

The challenge this week at CASmixup is for tissue, stamping, and your choice.
I have used a piece of my tissue coloured with brusho's, crumpled. and then embossed the higher 'bits' with gold embossing powder.
I trimmed a piece and edged it with gold, and adhered it with 'jac' paper.
I stamped the message and embossed with bright gold ep. and then attached a butterfly embellishment which is my choice

Friday, 14 July 2017

Sail Away!

Hi everyone, I hope you are all well.
I am hunkered down in my craft room, trying to keep warm,  with the heater on and a blanket over my knees - we are experiencing very cold winds, and snow in many parts of the country.

Today's card was inspired by the subject of 'aqua' at Paper Artsy. I remembered that I had this piece of card that I had played around with some aqua paint, so I die cut 2 pieces and layered them to make my sea. I highlighted the edges with a white Sharpie. The yacht was diecut from some textured white card, and the sky was sponged with an un-named ink pad. I added some clouds with the same ink pad,  and the seagulls and message were stamped with Memento tuxedo black.
Challenges -
Paper Artsy #9- aqua
Penny Black and More - for the boys
Happy Little Stamper - anything goes with dies
Pixie's crafty workshop #289/290- using snippets (the yacht)
Cards4Guys #173 -beside the sea

Thanks for visiting, and I appreciate any comments