Happy Easter

Hi Everybody,

take III for today.

Another one to enter in the Addicted to Stamps and More ‘Make your Mark’ Challenge …

and to wish you all a Happy Easter!!!

Easter Ducks

Just in case you wonder … the Happy Easter sentiment has a deliberate wonky effect. Thought it was more fun and fitted with the joy of Spring.

sentiment stamp from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set by Stampin’UP!, Ducks and basket stamps by Little Claire, Border Punch from Martha Stewart

Back after Easter … until then

Happy crafting!!!

Shadow Box Frame

Hi Everybody,

take II for today …

I made a Shadow Box Card for the Out of a Hat Creations challenge, which for me meant this week that I had to make something fitting the code word frame.

Initially I wanted to use one of the stamps I got at Saturday’s demo … that’s until I realised that my biggest acrylic block was too small!!! Interestingly now as I am writing this blog lots of ideas are flooding in, but I felt seriously stuck.

Luckily the new copy of ‘Quick Cards Made Easy’ arrived through my door yesterday … and inside I found a tutorial on how to make shadow box cards … and that sparked my imagination …

angelic shadow box card

Hope you like it!

Angel stamp and words by Stamp Camp (bought them last year at the stamp fair in Hulme Hall organised by Happy Stampers North West)

frame die is a Nellies Multi Frame one; the piano and notes cam free with a magazine; feather stamp and swirls by sizzix are from Stampin’UP!



Spring and being inspired by Untimely Weather

Hi Everybody,

well my crafting holiday is continuing, not that I did a lot of crafting …

On Saturday I had a real treat, I went to see a demo by Keren Baker at the craft shop in Burleydam Garden Centre. Of course I ended up buying some new goodies, more about these in another post.

The weather has been sooo untimely cold and snowy that I couldn’t resist making a spring card inspired by the weather. I am also entering this one in the ‘Spring’ Challenge at Addicted to CAS

Here it is:

snowy daffodils

I first thought of using a snowflake embossing folder instead of the one with the swirls and dots, but then decided to use pearlised card for the snow & ice effect instead. I coloured the daffodils picking up some ink with my blender pen before adding some glossy effect to the blossoms.

The second card is made using the same basic materials. Instead of picking the colour up with a blender pen, I coloured the image directly using mavry markers. This gave my image a stronger colour … so here it is:

bright daffodils

Instead of the pearlised card I used some bright yellow. This one I would like to enter in the Addicted to Stamps and More ‘Making your Mark’ challenge.

The embossing folder I used is from Sizzix, the daffodil stamp from Docrafts and the sentiment stamp is from the Easter Blossom stamp set by Stampin’UP!

Off now to type the blog for the Out of a hat Creations Challenge…

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Pedal Presents Birthday

Hello Again,

the second card I want to share with you today is a Birthday Card with a fresh Spring feel:

Pedal Presents Birthday

It is another quick card. I coloured the image using dye ink and blender pen. You can get quite a bit of subtle shading with this technique, and I prefer using it for detailed images. My Stampin’Up! Blender pen has a finer nib than my Promarkers or Spectrum Noir Pens which makes it perfect for detail colouring.

You simply pick up a bit of ink with your pen and you’re ready to go. It is best to start colouring where you want the colour to be darker working into the lighter areas.

What I used: sentiment stamp from Wild Rose Studio; Pedal Presents (retired Hostess Set) from Stampin’UP!; circle border embossing folder for Cuttlebug; buttons from Fantastic Ribbon; wavy cutting blade and paper trimmer from Woodware; ribbon, inks and cardstock from my stash.

Hope you like it. Oh, before I forget, Buttons can sometimes be used to add messages. See, if you can see, which one I used …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Lucky Delays and Fishing

Hi Everybody,

Sorry, I haven’t been posting for a few days, which doesn’t mean that I haven’t been crafting. I simply didn’t get round to logging on and downloading the pictures.

Luckily our holiday had to be postponed by a day or so. Looking out of the window, seeing all that snow, one wouldn’t think that it is due to rain. Well, what can I say, the field is too wet for the caravan to go on … and there is me getting worried about snow on the A55 LOL

Hope we can get out there tomorrow otherwise Nick won’t get his Winter Caravaning in, something he’s been waiting for ever since the day we bought our ‘Dethleff’s’. 🙂 Lucky for me this delay gives me some time to pack some crafty bits to take … every cloud has a silver lining, even the rain clouds over the Llyn Peninsula.

Talking about silver linings … the card I would like to share with you fits into that theme too:

bad day at fishing

You may remember this cute little bear from my ‘Cute CAS’ post a few weeks ago. I had been playing round with watercolour pencils at the time, but decided against using the water coloured image for that post. It came in very handy, when I realised that I needed to make a quick birthday card for my sister’s husband, who incidentally likes fishing.

I simply blended and distressed the edges with Garden Green Ink (Stampin’Up!), stamped Happy Birthday (Wild Rose Studio) on, mounted it on card and pretty paper (Bouffle from Docrafts/Papermania), added the fishing sentiment (came as part of the stamp, Mulberry Wood, Crafter’s Companion) and finished off with two fishy skeletons from my stash … and hey presto in the post it went to Germany … hopefully it arrived in time for today.

Back later with another card to share … that’s when I finished packing!

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂



Believe in Fairies

Hi Everyone,
as you know I have been rooting through my stamp collection recently … actually it is still an ongoing process …

For today’s post I have chosen a couple of the very first Lavinia Stamps I bought. I got them a few years ago … I think it is about 6 years or maybe 7 … on a trip out to LLangollen in North Wales. We stumbled across a little Art Galerie cum Crafty Type Shop with all sorts of handmade goodies and in it was this little corner selling Fairy Stamps … and of course I was hooked!!!

It is also a card for all those who find creating fairy-dreamy landscapes a bit daunting. Here is the good news: Lavinia’s stamps do work in other settings too. 🙂

I will enter this little fairy into the following challenges:

addicted to stamps and more, where the current theme is CAS

Lavinia Stamps Blog, where anything goes

Addicted to CAS, where the current theme is Wings

Here she is:

Belive in Fairies

I must say the picture doesn’t do the card justice … too many snowy clouds moving overhead today …

Well I stamped the image on pearlised card for added Fairy-Magic and coloured it in with inks using a blender pen, I then pierced the holes, added a hint of Baja Breeze blue to the edges and a hint of glitter to the fairy’s crown. The yellow card is slightly larger than the dark pinky one with a broad border to one side on which I stamped the sentiment.

Hope you like it!!!

Back soon … until then …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Partying Hedgehogs

Hi Everybody!

Apart from being in a ‘cute’ phase I am also going through a ‘going through my stamp collection and use one I haven’t used before or haven’t used in a long time’ phase. Somewhere hidden amongst my stamps, I found these trampolining hedgehogs. I got them a long time ago when Little Claire Stamps first started up, I liked it but never used it … until now, when it turned into a piece of not so obvious ‘Street Art’.

Partying Hedgehogs

This card came about, when my friend Sue mentioned that a friend of hers looked after abandoned baby hedgehogs and that she liked giving her cards with a hedgehog theme … hence, we made it in class yesterday.

Hmmm, I wonder if I could enter this one in the ‘friends’ challenge at Out of a Hat Creations … I think I will do just that. Chrissie, Janet and Sandra, you can always let me know if it is a bit too far-fetched and I shall post another entry …

I used my trusted Hougie Board to score the brick effect background from core-dination card stock. The hedgehogs are coloured in using Promarkers, and the stamp I used to frame the image with tiny leaves is from the Hopeful Thoughts set by Stampin’Up!

Back soon with more

Have fun and Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Cute CAS?

Hi Everybody,

welcome to my second post of the day. This one goes into the Masculine Addicted to CAS challenge.

Now is there such a thing as Cute CAS? I don’t know, guess I am still trying to find that out. Apart from occasionally going overboard, I like to use embellishments sparingly, for me it is more a case of supporting the stamp, and I am not sure whether lots of embellishments do that … but I also like cute stamps … and presently I am going through a cute phase … and the cute cards one sees around are mainly heavily embellished. Well I’ve decided to go against that trend …

Pertect Catch

I embossed the base card with some uneven dots (sizzix texture plate), then framed my image (Mulberry Wood, Crafter’s Companion) simply in black, adding the sentiment and button finished the card off. Oh and of course the image is coloured in using Promarkers.

Sorry about the slight glare, it is so dull and overcast here today that even the conservatory didn’t provide a surplus of daylight even on a lighter background than the one shown. 🙂

Anyway, please let me know what you think about cute, cas and my card.

Thanks for popping round.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Iridescent Pretty Petites

Hi Everybody,
time flies, I was meant to post sooner. Anyway I got some more projects for you:

treat boxes

These are just some quick and easy treat boxes, I wanted to share with you … and of course everyone coming to tomorrow’s class will get one.

treat box

This will give you more detail. these are the little stamps I used when I first tried to stamp on pearlised card as mentioned in my Birthday Flowers post. Using the stampnig-off technique, I stamped the image three times without re-inking the stamp. This gives you a graded shaded effect. I think Keren Baker called it ‘Ombre’ in her latest feature in the ‘Simply Cards and Papercraft’ magazine which incidentally I bought after I had stamped the labels. Anyway I liked the effect very much and thought that those little labels would go well with some rainbow coloured card I had. The boxes themselves are just a variation of the pizza box type and easily made from an A5 piece of card, ideal for fudge or nougat.

Whilst I am on the theme of stamping on pearlised card, there are a couple of cards I would also like to share with you:

Tretty Petites cards

Here the stamped labels are layered on an embossed panel of the same pearlised card. The cards are slightly different, one is made using teal coloured core-dination card and the other one uses embossed card stock.

In case you wonder how to get hold of this lovely stamp set, it is called Pretty Petites and is part of the free sets available in Stampin’Up!’s Sale-a-bration promotion. The pins are available from The Ribbon Girl and the centura pearl card from Crafter’s Companion.

Hope you enjoyed my projects.

See you soon.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂


Birthday Flowers

Hi Everyone!!!
Hope you had a good weekend and enjoyed the weather. It’s been glorious again here in Hoylake.

Well what can I say, I am finally catching up posting my projects. This one here is for Dianne, we were talking about it the other day, when it wasn’t finished.

Stippled Blossoms Birtday

For this card I tried something new – stamping on pearlised card. I stumbled across it almost by accident, when I tried out some new stamps on little scraps (will post the projects tomorrow). I always thought that given the pearlised coating any ink stamping apart from Staz-on would smudge, but it didn’t. You end up with a subtle shimmer, you would normally achieve using a shimmer spray.

I used Centura Pearl Card in white from Crafter’s Companion for the stamping. Given that it is a 300gsm card, you can expect it to be a bit more difficult to cut, but it is well worth it. All other materials are available from Stampin’UP! (Stippled Blossoms stamp set, inks (blushing bride, regal rose, old olive, always artichoke and perfect plum), perfect plum and Sahara sand card stock, sizzix Labels Collection framelits dies, Festive paper-piercing pack plus the sentiment which is from the Elementary Elegance set of last year’s sale-a-bration).

Enjoy … back tomorrow with more projects …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂