Thursday, 22 June 2017

The yearly piggy card!

Hello :o)  I have a midweek post for a change, maybe I'll be back to daily posts one day, you never know!

Here's my 'yearly piggy card' - one of my mum's friends loves pigs, so I make a pig themed card for her each year (suggestions for next year's image gratefully received!).  This one's a wee bit bright, but Petunia's got her sunglasses on so she's fine lol.

Items Used
Stamp - Petunia in Love - Stamping Bella
Colouring - copics
Papers - Sunshine & Happiness - Simple Stories
Stitched frame & flower dies - MFT die-namics
Banner stamps & dies - Whimsy
Doodlebug enamel dots, twine & gems from my stash

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says - use patterned paper
Dream Valley - square cards only

Thanks for popping in :o)

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Sweet Stampin' - children's birthday

Happy Saturday :o)

I really must get into the habit of blogging regularly again - I have cards to blog, but just forget to do it!  It's become a once a week thing, instead of a daily one... must try harder!!

Anyway... our challenge at Sweet Stampin' for this week is 'children's birthday', and I've no idea how I ended up with a girly one as I actually needed a card for a boy, but never mind lol.

I've used all older stash on this one, apart from the image which I just couldn't resist - she's called Helga Hippo and she's from Polkadoodles.  The papers are Forever Friends, sentiment is Paper Smooches and the die is Memory Box... image coloured with copics.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Cutie Pie Challenge - all creatures great & small
Crafty Catz - anything goes + optional spots & stripes
Polkadoodles - anything goes

Thanks for popping in :o)

Saturday, 10 June 2017

60th Birthday Fancy Fold

Happy Saturday :o)

I found some photos of cards that I must have forgotten to blog... here's one that I made using Crafter's Companion goodies when I was on their DT.

It was made using the Big Score board and was nearly 12" tall, so I had to alter an A4 envelope to fit it!  Products were mostly from the Birthday Party range.  I can't remember what the fold's called, if it has a name... any ideas?

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says - make it masculine
The Male Room - off the edge
Crafty Cardmakers - for a special man/boy or Father's Day
Pile It On - fancy folds

I haven't updated on the dreaded diet thing for a while, so for anyone who's interested, I've now lost 31 lbs... slow and steady, I'm in no mad rush lol.

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Monday, 5 June 2017

Sweet Stampin' - for Dads or Special Men

Hello :o)

I'm a bit late with my Sweet Stampin' DT card, as it was our 10th wedding anniversary this weekend and I just didn't manage to squeeze in blogging.  Our theme for this week is 'for Dads or special men', so I made Pav's anniversary card using a fun new stamp I bought recently...

It comes with a few different sentiments... I've just repeated the 'love you' one.  It's also huge, so I adapted a 6" square card to fit it.  Coloured with copics (badly, as one of my pens started to run out halfway through colouring!), the papers are scraps from an old My Minds Eye pad.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says - anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers - special man/ boy or Father's Day
Addicted to Stamps - animals
Crazy 4 Challenges - repeat 3 times (stamped 'love you' 3 times)

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Pink Cosmos Flowers

Hello again!  I've been a bit quiet lately, don't tend to make much when it's hot... I get very very slow...

I did manage to finish a card at last, so here it is.

I played with a leafy stencil and some distress inks to make the 'paper', and inks again for around the flowers.  The flowers were embossed in white and then painted with distress crayons (scribble them on a craft mat, pick up with a water brush), then covered in a fab new sparkly shimmer pen (wish photos would show the shimmer!).  The flower centres and tiny white dots around the image were made using Nuvo Crystal Drops... I just bought them in white to try them out, and I really like them - they dry a bit like enamel dots, but in whatever size/ shape you need, so now I want more colours!

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says - anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers - floral profusion

It's our wedding anniversary at the weekend, so hopefully I can make a card for Pav a bit quicker than I took with this one!  Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Sweet Stampin' - things that go round

Happy Saturday :o)
Our theme for this week over at Sweet Stampin' is 'things that go round' (so wheels, clocks etc), which I must admit had me stumped for a while.  I rummaged through some images and spotted this one... hula hoops go round, don't they?  Well they do if you can keep them up long enough...

Items Used
Image - Hoop Rosie - DigiStamp Boutique
Colouring - copics
Papers - Echo Park Happy Summer
Sentiment - Clearly Besotted
Bow & Sun dies - Lil' Inkers
Doodlebug enamel dot
I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Crafty Friends - summer colours
Addicted to Stamps - make your mark
Little Red Wagon - you are my sunshine
Colour Inspiration Monday - anything goes with hand-coloured image
Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Tuesday, 16 May 2017


Hello :o)
I thought I'd never get this posted!  Blogger just wouldn't work using Chrome... got fed up watching the whirring thing (technical term lol) while it tried to load, and then gave up and tried through Explorer, seems to be working so far.  I seem to remember that I originally swapped over to Chrome because Explorer wouldn't work for Blogger though!

Anyway!  I bought some goodies from Craft Stash recently, so here's a card using some of them.  I'm really pleased with the stitched scalloped dies - they're great sizes, this one is the 3rd largest die (on a 6" square card), they'll come in very handy I think.  Every now and then I get an urge to sand down some core'dinations cardstock, and I think it works really well with embossing, especially for men's cards... I never seem to have enough male cards even though I really like making them!
I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says - going dotty
The Male Room - stars
Cute Card Thursday - dies & punches
My Time to Craft - masculine
Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Sweet Stampin' - cats and /or dogs

Happy Saturday :o)

Today's card is for our challenge over at Sweet Stampin', where our theme is 'cats and/ or dogs'.

Please excuse my awful colouring!  I coloured it a while ago and must have been in a rush, it looks very patchy... oh well, can't be helped now.

Items Used
Stamp - Little Claire (can't see it now, so possibly not available anymore)
Papers - LOTV (retired)
Sentiment stamp - Clearly Besotted
Flower - Wild Orchid Crafts
Flourish die - MFT
Heart Banner die - Memory Box or Poppy Stamps?

We've been out for a meal today with Pav's family... tried to choose diet friendly options, and then got talked into cheesecake lol, so now I'm very full!  I've lost 23lbs so far, so not doing too bad.

Thanks for popping in, hope you're having a lovely weekend :o)

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Sweet Bird House - DigiStamp Boutique DT

Hello :o)

My mum asked me for a new home card, which gave me an excuse to colour this adorable Sweet Bird House image from DigiStamp Boutique.

Items Used
Image - Sweet Bird House - DigiStamp Boutique
Sentiment - Sketchy House - DigiStamp Boutique
Colouring - copics
Papers - Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness
Flowers - MFT Die-namics Flower & Leaf Trio
Doodlebug enamel dots
Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says - showers or flowers
Moving Along With The Times - birds & feathers

I'm feeling a bit sorry for myself today... in pain due to a dog walking accident yesterday.  It could only happen to me lol!  I was walking with a friend, and her dog's quite young and giddy, and getting fairly big (lab cross)... the dogs were running and playing and we were chatting.  The next thing I knew I was flat on my back!  My friend's dog had run into the back of my knees at full speed, and because I wasn't expecting it I went straight down, but my head hit the ground first.  So I appear to have a sort of whiplash injury from walking the dog lol.  It was very funny though, took us ages to be able to carry on walking because we couldn't stop laughing :o)

 Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening!

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Sweet Stampin' - I wish I could fly...

Hello :o)

Our challenge for this week over at Sweet Stampin' is 'I wish I could fly...', which is open to interpretation I suppose, but basically things that can fly!

I've used an old Elzybells stamp that I've had for many years... I soooo miss Elzybells!

Items Used
Stamp - Elzybells (now closed)
Colouring - copics
Sentiment - WPlus9

I'm slightly dreading this week's weigh in, as I've relaxed things due to the overwhelming urge to eat Easter eggs and Pav's had the week off too which always means more food.  I suppose a week off won't hurt too much, I'll cut back again next week!  We've walked for hours most days though, so maybe I'll be lucky and that'll be enough to counteract all the excess...

Thanks for popping in, hope you're having a lovely weekend :o)

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Cute Easter Banner - DigiStamp Boutique DT

Happy Saturday :o)

Here's a last minute Easter card using a super cute image from DigiStamp Boutique - available for just 50p at the moment HERE, if you also have last minute cards to make!

Items Used
Image - NEW Cute Easter Banner - DigiStamp Boutique
Colouring - copics
Papers - Echo Park Happy Summer
Doodlebug enamel dot

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says - spring colour inspiration
Animal Friends - spring/ Easter
Cutie Pie Challenge - bunnies & chicks

We went to see Sheffield Sharks play last night... my first basketball match (game?? lol) and I actually really enjoyed it.  I usually hate watching sport, apart from tennis (loathe and detest football!), but it was lots of fun and probably helped that they won.  It was Morgan's treat as we had a 'star of the half-term' card home from school for him... he seems quite pleased that we all enjoyed it, as it means we'll go again!

Thanks for popping in... hope you all have a fabulous Easter weekend :o)

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Sweet Stampin' - mellow yellow

Hello at last!  Ooh I've got really bad at this blogging lark, haven't I?!

Today's card is for this week's challenge over at Sweet Stampin', where our challenge is 'mellow yellow'... one of my favourite colours so an easy challenge for me.

I popped up the yellow layer on foam pads with the sentiment behind it, to make a simple card a bit more interesting... but my biggest critic (Dex) said it was boring and I should add 'some beads or buttons or something'... so I did lol.

Items Used
Digi sentiment - NEW Large Brush Script Sentiments - DigiStamp Boutique
Flower - Single Daisies - DigiStamp Boutique
Colouring - copics
Paper - Simple Stories 'Sunshine & Happiness'
Buttons from my stash

Anyone else doing the dreaded dieting thing at the moment?  I've let the weight creep slowly on over the last few years, and keep saying I'll do something about it and never do... well I've been very determined this year, and have lost 18lbs since mid-Feb... there's a fair bit left to go though!  Lots of long walks and logging everything on My Fitness Pal - it seems to keep me on track when I can see exactly what I've eaten... oh and my Jawbone tracker (like a Fitbit) to keep me moving more.

Anyway... hope you're all having a lovely weekend so far.  Thanks for popping in :o)

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Sweet Stampin' - one layer

Ok... so I got out of the habit of blogging again!  Let's have another try...

Here's my card for the new challenge at Sweet Stampin', which is to make a 'one layer card'.  I should have posted this on Saturday, but there are still a few days left to play along (if you're quicker than I am...).

I prefer not to make one layer cards really, although I don't find them as scary as I used to.  I did end up cheating slightly with this one though, as it didn't feel quite finished without the twine.

Items Used
Stamps - Clearly Besotted
Inks - Stampin' Up 'soft sky', 'night of navy', 'crumb cake' & 'baked brown sugar'
Stitched wavy line die - L'il Inkers?
Enamel heart & brown dot - Doodlebug
Navy twine from my stash

Off to finish clipping the dog's hair... I started hours ago, but have to take plenty of breaks because he gets fed up.  Must get it finished today though, or he'll be lopsided for his walk tomorrow and all his doggy friends will laugh at him ;o)

Thanks for popping in... hope you have a lovely evening!

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Sweet Stampin' - masculine

Happy Saturday :o)

This week's challenge at Sweet Stampin' is 'masculine', which is probably one of the easiest themes for me as I love making male cards... I know I'm a bit strange though!

Items Used
Image - My Batty Hero - Tiddly Inks
Colouring - Spectrum Noir Illustrators & Colourblend Pencils
Papers - Echo Park 'Magical Adventure'
Sentiment stamp - Paper Smooches
Banner die - Memory Box?
Doodlebug enamel dots

We've hardly stopped today... took Dex for a haircut, then to a Lego Batman 'make & take' at Toys'R'Us, then went shopping to spend some of his birthday and Christmas money, then straight out for a very wet, muddy walk with the dog... I now have a wet, stinky dog snuggled up next to me!

Thanks for popping in, hope you're having a lovely weekend :o)

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Jasper and Flower - DigiStamp Boutique DT

Hello :o)

I'm here with my DT card for DigiStamp Boutique, using one of my favourite older images Jasper & Flower.

It was my mum's birthday yesterday, so this one was for her... anything with a cute creature on is perfect for her (she currently has 6 cats and 1 dog, but that's actually quite a reasonable amount for her, she's had far more in the past!).

Items Used
8" scalloped card blank
Image - Jasper & Flower - DigiStamp Boutique
Colouring - Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers & ColourBlend Pencils
Papers - LOTV (now retired)
Sentiment Stamps - LOTV & Clearly Besotted
With Love die (cut 4 times & layered) - Penny Black
Doodlebug enamel dots

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Playing with Gilding Wax - The Inspirers DT

Hello :o)

I've got so behind with blogging, I've lost track of which cards have been blogged and which haven't... will try and catch up with them all over the next couple of weeks!  Here's one I made for The Inspirers DT for Crafter's Companion.

I bought some gilding wax last year and haven't really done much with it yet, then spotted a card in Crafter's Inspiration Issue 13 that inspired me to dig it out and have a play.  I embossed a couple of pieces of black card with the embossing folder that came with the magazine, then rubbed the gilding wax on with my fingers and gave it a quick 'buff' with a sheet of kitchen roll... love the effect with the spotty embossing!  I did the same with the die cut pieces - it's all cut from black card with gilding wax rubbed on.

Items Used
Embossing folder - FREE with Crafter's Inspiration Issue 13
Sara Signature Birthday Party Collection - Birthday Wish die
Sara Signature Autumn Morning Collection - Flourish Leaves die (cut up)
Gilding Wax - Empire Gold

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Sweet Stampin' - spots & dots

Hello!... I'm hanging my head in shame, it's been so long since I blogged anything.  I'm aiming to craft and blog much more often this year though... and now I've said it I'll have to stick to it!

I'm here with a card for our latest challenge at Sweet Stampin', which is 'spots & dots'.

It's a while since I've done much colouring, so I'm a bit rusty... forgot how much fun it was!

Items Used
Image - Snoozing Louie - DigiStamp Boutique
Coloured with Illustrator markers
Bear: GB2, EB1, EB2, EB4, EB7 Chair: VB1, VB2, BT9, blender (spots), MB4, GB11 Book: YG1, YG2, YG3, GG5 Cup: GY1, GY4, OR2 Shadow: IG1, BG1, BG2, BG6, BG8, blender
Papers - Simple Stories 'So Rad'
Sentiment stamp - Little Claire
Buttons from my stash

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)