Sunday, 11 December 2016

Birthday Wishes

I made this for one of my ladies and, with her having a December birthday, wanted it to be as un-Christmassy as possible. Easier said than done when you are surrounded by Christmas stash and everything red, green and gold.

Flower stamp is by Woodware and the sentiment stamp is by Waltzingmouse.
I coloured the flower using Colour Cloud inks and added some Glamour Dust for sparkle.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Christmas Stocking

This one was totally copied from a Sue Wilson video.
Dies are obviously SW and the A4 embossing folder is by Docrafts

The slot in the stocking is the perfect size for a store gift card or cash to be slipped in.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Puppy Love

Looking like butter wouldn't melt...and the reason I am so behind with my cards.

'Nana and Grandad' helping me out walking Fletch, I think they like the excuse to get out for a stroll.

Merry Christmas

Sorry for the long absence, I think I underestimated just how demanding a new puppy is - good job he is very cute!

As of tonight I have made the grand total of two Christmas cards, better get my skates on...

This was a club project, we used Chloe stamps for the flower and sentiment.
The card base is from Samuel Taylor,  I really like these as I'd need to buy A3 card to make them myself.
We folded the front back on itself, then added silver mirri card (hence the mad reflections here)

Thursday, 17 November 2016


I needed to make a card mega-quickly.

Background was made using two Pixie Powders dropped on to card that had been misted with water.

Monday, 14 November 2016



This is a Stampendous stamp that I bought a few years back, I've used it before but can't find it on the blog for some reason.

I've stamped it here using black ink then coloured with Colour Cloud for a subtle effect (so subtle it's impossible to see it here but it's pale blue in places and the holly is pale green)

Then I've covered the whole image with a piece of double-sided adhesive sheet and smothered it in Glamour Dust.

I've mounted it on pearlescent midnight blue (again hard to see here) and silver but am not sure if it needs something else?

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Season's Greetings

Another club project.
This one uses a die by Chloe Endean, cut three times on different card-stocks and then the leaves snipped off on two of them and attached to the third.

I'm not sure I like the colours used, I think silver and blue might have been less Autumnal?

My card-making has gone out of the window lately because of this little chap.
We've had him for two weeks now and normal life has been completely turned upside down, I feel like an extra pair of eyes and hands would be very handy at the moment.

He's eleven weeks old today, just been on his first proper walk outside (on the beach no less), and we've had plenty of complete strangers cooing over him!
Even the vet, who must be looking at dogs all day, took a shine to him this morning and we had two ladies literally run across the car park to come and say hello. Can you tell I am a proud puppy mama?

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Magic and Sparkle

Project for card club.
We used a Chloe stamp and coloured it with Colour Cloud inks. The trees have been decoupaged and Glamour Dust-ed, and a score board was used to create diagonal lines on the background mat.

Card is 7 x 7 inches and we used a Misti tool for the stamp as it's quite large - much easier than an acrylic block.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Merry and Bright

Colour are out of whack on this one, in reality the poinsettia is a much deeper red.

I made the card blank, two from a sheet of A4, and then trimmed about an inch off the front layer on the right-hand side
A strip of gold mirri card was then added to the underneath layer.

All stamps used are Altenew, I've added a little gold gilding flake to the centre of the poinsettia.

The card is quite flat so will be used for my 'need to post several' Christmas card design this year.

Friday, 14 October 2016


Background card was made with spritzing inks, Tim Holtz Mixed Media die was used at the bottom.

Sentiment stamp is by Hero Arts.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Anniversary stamp is by Chloe Endean
Flower from The Range, leaf is an old punch (Woodware?)

I've used Colour Cloud ink to colour pearlised white card and also for infilling the sentiment.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Sue Wilson

More or less a complete copy of a Sue Wilson design (hers is a bit more layered and fancy), all products...Sue Wilson.

Sunday, 2 October 2016


I bought this Woodware snowmen stamp with the intention of making acetate cards at card club.
It's quite a long stamp so I thought C5 landscape would be perfect. I sat making the card and then when it was finished ...realised it wouldn't stand up as the acetate wasn't quite thick enough.

Plan B - make the card portrait instead, using part of the stamp instead of the full image.

Eventually I managed to get the original card to stand by adding a couple of strips of card along the bottom edge. I do prefer this version but it was nearly thrown out of the window at one point!

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Merry Christmas

Back from our last visit to the Lakes this year and time to crack on with Christmas cards!

Poinsettia and branch stamps are by Chloe, sentiment stamp is by Sweet Dixie. I've also used a set of SU snowflake stamps with clear embossing powder on the red background.

The branches have been stamped on heat-resistant acetate and the gold spirals were made from off-cuts of gold card wrapped around the handle of an embossing tool.

I mixed some fine gold glitter in with normal gold embossing powder to give it a little sparkle.

This is what I get up to in the Lakes, although obviously that's not me, it's my husband.

Last week we climbed Blencathra which is a prominent fell just outside of Keswick, not much of a view due to mist and cloud but it was a good day's walking. At 2848 ft it's officially a mountain and one of three we climbed that day.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Not a card...

Okay so it's nothing at all to do with card making but I couldn't resist...this little chap should be coming to live with us in just over a month's time.

He's an apricot Cockapoo and his name is Fletcher.
I know I'm going to have my hands full, I need to puppy-proof my craft room and definitely need to crack on with my Christmas projects for the club before he arrives.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Leaf stamps and matching dies are from the latest Crafter's Inspiration magazine.
I used spritzing inks to colour plain white card before stamping the leaves.

Sentiment is a Cuttlebug die.
Card is 7 x 7 inches.

Sunday, 21 August 2016


This was a card for one of my ladies. Joan has been attending our card-making club almost since the very start, January 2004, and has followed me about with the various venue changes.
She is always willing to help put the equipment out and pack away and she adores poppies.

Here I used a Papertrey Ink sentiment embossed with shiny black powder and Heartfelt Creations flower stamps.
The decorative oval die is by Spellbinders, not sure of the make of the scroll die; it's not one I use very much because it's so fiddly.

Finished card is 8 x 8 inches.

Friday, 19 August 2016


This one was a bit of a happy accident, I was playing with some spritzing inks on watercolour card.
The bottle of ink hadn't been used for a while and the nozzle was clogged so when I sprayed it I produced a big blob of ink on the card, I put it to one side but because it was such a blob it ran down and made a 'stem'.

From this I thought it looked like a dandelion and so decided I would stamp an actual dandelion over the top.
I used Personal Impressions stamps and instead of using ink and embossing powder I tried using glue direct to the stamp and then copper gilding flakes.

The sentiment die is by Cuttlebug.
I did try recreating the card but with green ink and this time with embossing powder but I prefer the look of the gilding flakes as the shine is much better.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016


Another card club project, idea is based on one in a project book from Stamps by Chloe
Orchid, foliage, and sentiment stamps are all from Chloe too.

We stamped the orchids on vellum and heat embossed with white powder. We then used pencils to colour in on the back of the orchids and layered up before adding dots of glitter.

The foliage stamps were used with heat-resistant acetate and WOW powder.
Finished card is 8 x 8 inches.

Sunday, 7 August 2016


I was in a huge rush to get this finished as a sample for card club (hence the mistakes!)

I've used Sue Wilson stitched lattice dies and the sentiment stamp is by Kaisercraft.
The flower stamps and dies are by Heartfelt Creations - the die didn't quite cut all the petals properly and I snipped it very roughly with my scissors that's why it looks so odd.

Friday, 5 August 2016

Scenic View

Stamp is by Creative Expressions and is called 'Scenic View', dies are also by C.E.
To make the quickest background ever I swiped three colours of Colour Cloud Blending Ink across the panel.

Card is 7 x 7 inches, ribbon is from SU.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016


Background made with various inks, smooshed about a bit with a spray of water.

'Hugs' die is by Simon Says Stamp. I've layered three or four of the die-cuts, heat-embossed with gold powder, and then covered with Glossy Accents.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Bottle Box

I made a quick box to house a mini bottle for a gift
The stamps used on the tag are by Altenew.

Birthday card made using free papers from a magazine
(didn't realise the card blank was wonky until I saw this pic, how annoying)