Welcome to my blog where I post regular photographs of cards I have made. I hope you enjoy looking through my cards and I would like to thank you for taking the time to stop by and also for leaving any comments and following my blog. I shall also be posting a few of my knitting projects too.


Friday, 31 May 2013

It's Your Day

Good evening crafters and followers.  Hope you are all well today.  It has been beautiful here in the West Midlands, not too warm, nice breezy, blue skies and sunny.  Hope you are having similar weather wherever you are.

For my post today I have chosen a simple card but hopefully you will think it is effective.  I have chosen a 6x6 base card, layered some gold pearlescent card and then using a piece of black card and a stencil from Imagination Crafts I have stencilled with their gold glitter paste.   I left it overnight before placing it onto my base and topping it off with a spellbinders die cut and a sentiment.

I have only recently started to stencil using various pastes as I thought it would be too messy but I was so wrong.  It doesn't have to be, just make sure you have the right tools, a spreader, stencil masking tape, a knife to put your paste onto the top of the stencil and a bowl of warm soapy water ready to place your tools and stencils in to clean them straight away and that's it.  Very easy but lovely effects.

Thank you for stopping by and for any comments you choose to make.  Do take care.

Monday, 27 May 2013

You Make Me Proud

Good afternoon crafters and followers.  Bank holiday Monday almost over, doesn't it go quick?  Hope you have all enjoyed the bank holiday weekend and have had good weather too.  I was going to spend all day crafting but started watching a Catherine Cookson film on Yesterday channel which I hadn't seen before, quite a novelty just lately watching something new, mind you it will be repeated about 3 times more during the day but I enjoyed my relaxing morning followed by a relaxing crafty afternoon.
My post today was made using some freebies from Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine issue 111.
I began with a C5 white pearlescent card and matted some plain black card onto it.  I then used an Imagination Crafts stencil called Daisy Swirls and stencilled using distress ink - mustard seeds and embossed it with a 6x6 embossing folder which came free with the magazine.  The topper is a stamp which also came free with the same magazine - definitely good value.  I stamped using a pearlescent yellow ink and then clear embossed it before die cutting it out.  I matted that onto some black card which was also a die cut shape.
Yellow ribbon around before die cutting my flower which was a d-lites medallion four and Marianne dies topped off with some card candi.
Thank you for stopping by and for any comments you choose to make.  Take care and see you soon.
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Saturday, 25 May 2013

Leafs Galore

Hi everyone, hope you are enjoying the bank holiday and I hope you are all having some lovely weather.  Here in West Midlands it has been a beautiful day, we even had lunch outside - ooooooooooo - heaven. 

Mind you  our baby Enya was not impressed, would you believe our briard, Enya, is frightened of flies, wasps, bees etc in fact anything that buzzes.  She did stayed outside with us but under the table and that was only because we were eating lunch and her stomach won out.  When she eventually went into the house with me she was quite relieved until I shut the door to keep her downstairs, clearly a fly must have wandered in and wandered out but I heard her banging the door with her paw to get upstairs to me.  As soon as I opened the door she was out and up the stairs like a scalded cat.  As I was going back upstairs there she was standing at the top poking her head around the wall with a bubble coming out saying ' I am not coming down, so there'.  She promptly fitted into my craft room and stayed there for the rest of the afternoon - now she is a big dog (37kgs) and my craftroom is, as you can imagine, crowded, but she managed to squeeze in bless her.  So my big, bold, briard is a big, weak wussy, but very lovable.

Now I have bored you to death, I had better tell you about my card for today.  I began with a C5 plain white pearlescent card,  followed by another piece of white pearlescent card which I have pricked around the edges in Sue Wilson style.  I then embossed a piece of navy card using an A4 leaf embossing folder.  Now my toppers, I started with a piece of 6x6 plain white card and using a leafy stencil from Imagination Crafts I stenciled it using their gold glitter paste.  Very easy to use, not too messy and dries quite quickly, although I did leave mine overnight.  I cut that down to a suitable size.

My swirls are spellbinders using cream glitter card.  My flower is Martha Stewart crafters clay which I made last week and left to dry.  I made quite a few in white and as it is just paper I have been playing with various mediums.  This one I painted some of the gold glitter paste onto it with a paint brush, topped it off with a blue flower gem and fixed it to my card using pinflair and left to dry.  This clay is so light and will add nothing to postage and it is beautiful to use.

Hope you like this.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  Take care of yourself.

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Thursday, 23 May 2013

Party Girl

Hi guys, hope you are all well.  Boy am I glad it's Thursday and I am finished for the bank holiday.  It has been an awful two days, I scanned 80 pages into the computer on Wednesday, or thought I had, turns out the system threw a wobbly, only scanned 5 pages, not the first 5 or the last 5 but 5 in the middle-go figure.  I tell you the air was slightly blue.  So finished late today so I could get that scanning finished.  Oh well, no more work until next Wednesday now so chilling out and crafting time me thinks.

Today's post seemed suitable for the bank holiday.  The image is a digi stamp from Mo's Digital Pencil called Party Girl.   She has been coloured in using copics and was a delight to colour.
I then started with an 8x8 plain white card, matted another piece of white card which I pricked in Sue Wilson style followed by a piece of red card topped of with a piece of white pearlescent card embossed using an A4 mbossibilities folder.  I die cut my image using a spellbinders die and made a faux mat out of red card.  I then die cut my flourish in red card.  Now I cannot remember who made my flourish but I did buy it from The Stamp Man at a recent show and it is a beautiful flourish with a flower in the middle.  I have covered that up with my own flower made out of the Martha Stewart paper paste, a flower mold and some glitter.  That paper paste is everything Mel said it was, gorgeous to work with and sooooooooooooo light it is unbelievable.

Hope you like this card.  Thank you for stopping by.  Do take care.

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Monday, 20 May 2013

Thinking of You

Hi fellow crafters and lovely followers.  Hope you are all well.
Today's card is another one I made whilst I was playing with my stencils etc.  Again I used an 8x8 white base card followed by a piece of blue card.  I then embossed a piece of white pearlescent card and inked around the edges to make it pop with stormy sky distress inks. 
My image was made using Sweet Poppy pearlescent stencil paste and a stencil from Stamps Away.  Once I had stencilled it with the paste I used some royal blue glitter from crafters companion and then let it dry.  I used a scalloped square die grande die cut and matted that onto some more blue card which was also die cut.  I followed up with my sentiment.  Finally I used some cosmic shimmer pink pearlescent glue and put some pearl dots around the edge, now I have always like this effect but never done it before hence some of them are smaller than others and I haven't quite got the corners as good as I would like but for a first attempt I don't think it is too bad.  You know what they say 'practice makes perfect'  Clearly I need ALOT of practice.
Thank you for stopping by and do take care.  See you soon.

Friday, 17 May 2013


Good afternoon crafters and followers. Hope you are all set for your weekend.  I have had a lovely day with my mum after we visited the hairdressers we went out for lunch.  I then tried to get some curtain material to make some curtains for our motorhome, gosh what a load of rubbish the material was.  So still looking.

If you remember a couple of weeks ago I mentioned I have bought some stencil pearlescent paste from Sweet Poppy Stencils, well this is one of the cards I made.  The stencil is from Stamps Away.  After I spread the paste on and took the stencil off I covered it in brown glitter from crafters companion and just left it to dry.  This was my 2nd attempt at stencilling and I was so pleased and it was so easy. 

This is an 8x8 card matted with some brown pearlscent card followed by some white card which I have embossed using my favourite embossing folder from crafters companion.  I then inked around the edge with some spiced marmalade distress ink to make the embossing pop.  The flower is a spellbinders one and the leaves are from marianne dies.

Hope you like this one.  Take care.

I have entered this card into the following challenge: -

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Under the Brolly

Good evening crafters and followers.  Hope you are all well.

Today's post was made for a friend who having a very busy time in her life at the moment.

I started with a plain white 8x8 card, matted some red card followed by some gold pearlescent card followed by the white card which has been embossed with a crafters companion embossilicious embossing folder, a particular favourite of mine.

The stamp is from Sheena's latest set and I have used gilding flakes - lancashire rose from indigo blu.  Die cut using a plain oval die and matted it onto an oval scalloped die in gold mirri.  The flourishes are from cherry lynn designs and are also gold mirri as is the flower which was a marianne die.

Thank you for stopping by and viewing my blog and for any comments you choose to make, I do so love your opinions.  Do take care.  See you soon.

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Saturday, 11 May 2013

BIrthday Wishes Sis.

Hi everyone, how are you all?   Hope you are having a good weekend.

Today's post was made for my sister-in-law's birthday using spellbinders and embossing folders.  I was using my d-lites which I had had for a while.  This one was inspired by a design I saw on one of Jo Channon's shows.  The tiny flowers was a tonic punch finished off with some gems.  Quite alot of gems for me as I am not known for putting loads on a card - bit of a gem scrooge- hee hee.  My sister-in-law happens to be worth it though so no problem.

Thanks for stopping by. Take care.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Fancy in the Pink

Good afternoon crafters and followers.  I don't know about you but it has been awful here, high winds, rain this afternoon so I hope you have all managed to get some crafting done.  Unfortunately I wasn't so lucky - working. However, tomorrow will be another day and I shall manage some then.
My post today is digi stamp from saturated canary, one I absolutely adore and it is so versatile depending on your colour co-ordination.
I began with an 8x8 plain white pearlescent card followed by some pink card pricked around the edges.  I then embossed some white card using an 8x8 crafters companion embossilicious  folder, and wrapped some pink organza ribbon around. 

I coloured my image in with copics, die cut it out and inked around the edges with some spun sugar distress inks.

I had such a lovely time colouring her in.  I hope you like her as much as I do.

Thank you for stopping by.  Take care.

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Monday, 6 May 2013

Miss Blanche

Hi fellow crafters and followers.  Hope you are all well and have enjoyed the bank holiday.
I had a lovely time on Saturday at the craft show in the motor museum near the NEC.  It is a small show but because of that I was able to watch 3 demonstrations and see everything clearly, ask questions and chat to the demonstrators plus I had a lovely talk about pan pastels with a very helpful lady at the Creativity Store Ltd.  I haven't yet got into pan pastels, don't know why to be honest other than I never liked chalks and I think I associated pan pastels with chalks.  Well this lady was extremely helpful, I watched her demonstrator and had a feel of the pan pastels. I was then given some advice on a starter kit, she steered away from a bigger set towards a smaller set which gave me all the tools and two colours so I could go away and have a play.  I then went to the Sweet Poppy Stencils stand and watched a demo their and bought a stencil and some pearlescent paste which I played with on the afternoon and I was delighted with.  You will see those results in the weeks to come.  A cup of coffee and another tour around with another demo about some new glitters which I will definitely look at in July as there were some lovely colours that need to be added to my collection. It was a lovely way to spend a Saturday morning.
Today I have gone for another digi stamp from Saturated Canary - I just love those images. Miss Blanche here was coloured in using a mixture of spectrum noirs and copics.  She was die cut out using spellbinders oval and matted onto a piece of black card die cut using spellbinders oval scalloped die.
 I then started with a C5 plain white card followed by a piece of black card followed by a piece of plain white card which I have embossed using a swirl embossilicious folder from  crafters companion.  I then cut a strip of black card and placed a piece of pink ribbon around and put that onto my card.  My flowers are made from marianne dies and the swirls are from cheery lynn.  A topped of with some gems and card candi.
Hope you like it and thank you so much for stopping by.  Take care.
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Saturday, 4 May 2013

Cooked to Perfection

Hi crafters and followers, hope you are all well and enjoying your crafting.  While this post is scheduled I shall hopefully be mooching around a small craft fayre at the Motor Museum near the NEC and no doubt carrying out some retail craft therapy.

For today's post I have used a digi stamp from Mo's Digital Pencil called Perfection.  Yes I have used it before and this was one I coloured for Dilnoza's card but was too big so I did another one.  It really is a gorgeous stamp to colour in but then Mo's digi stamps are beautiful.

Because it was a large print I kept it simple with a little matting and laying using red card, plain white card embossed but I inked up the embossing folder first.

Like I said, simple but hopefully effective.  Thanks for stopping by.  Take care.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Butterflies and flowers

Good morning folks.   I am having one of those sleepless nights so I thought I would update my blog and schedule it.

My post this time is using a beautiful stamp from Chocolate Baroque.  I have used it before but used guilding flakes so this stamp is definitely flexible.

I began with a basic C5 white card and matted some backing paper from my crafty stash, now it would have been a freebie from a magazine but I cannot remember which one.

I then stamped my image using brown sepia versafine ink and clear embossed it.  I coloured it in with copics, matted it onto some pale blue card.  The flourish is a sizzix one and the sentiment was a freebie from another magazine.  My flowers were made using flower stamp from dimension stamps - petal passion and some more paper from my crafty stash.  I sprayed them with silver crafters companion glitter spray.

Hope you like it.  Thanks for stopping by and take care.
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