Cute 1st Birthday

Hello Everybody,

thanks for all your lovely comments, they are very much appreciated.

Just a quick post today. I needed to make a 1st Birthday Card for my hubby’s nephew’s daughter. Of course when they are so young one has to go for out and out cute.

Here it is:

cute 1st birthday

As you’ve probably noticed I don’t make many children’s cards hence I haven’t got much in my stash that would be suitable. Luckily I remembered that I had a set by Adam Prescott which came as a freebie with the Quick Cards Made Easy Magazine ages ago, which would fit the bill. I used two of the stamps to create my focal image. I simply stamped one, masked it off and then stamped the other image before colouring the lot with Promarkers. I also had some pretty pink paper which was suitable. I cut it to size, rounded the corners, added the daisy corners and matted & layered my image and paper on bright pink card adding a punched border (using a Tonic Studio Punch) in contrasting white as I went along. I the die-cut and stamped the ‘1st’ (Xcut dies and stamps by docrafts) initially in a lighter and then over-stamped it in a darker lilac. I then arranged them on my card and stamped the ‘Happy Birthday’ (VIGNETTE Chevrons and Arrows by STAMPlorations) before attaching my die-cuts using 3-D foam. To finish I added two punched hearts (small heart punch from Stampin’Up!) and some glossy accent highlights.

I want to enter this card into the Moo-mania challenge where the theme is Africa hoping that the zebra and giraffe will qualify.

Hope you enjoyed my card and that you feel inspired … back soon … until then …

Happy Crafting!!! ūüôā

Cupcake Anyone

Hello Everybody,

thanks for all your lovely comments. Hope you all had a nice summer, unless you’re on holiday right now, which means you’re still having a nice summer. It has gone cold here over the last couple of days with all that rain moving in … on the upside it means more time for crafting as the outdoor activities slow down or come to their natural Winter Break.

I have a quick card for you today, which I emailed to the Quick Cards Made Easy for their Facebook Monthly Sketch Challenge

There's still time to get your sketch challenge entries in! If you fancy seeing your card in print, just email your take on this sketch to

… it is very pink and girly or shall I say for cake lovers …

Cupcake Anyone

I was working on a card for next week’s ATSM challenge using this lovely digi stamp from The Paper Nest Dolls, when I had the inspiration for working with the sketch. It is something I’ve never done before as I usually find it challenging to get my head around other people’s ideas. Maybe I am just too strong willed … or is it that I am too set in my ways … who knows. ūüėÄ

Leaving you to muse that one …

Have a great weekend and Happy Crafting!!! ūüôā

Summer Time

Hello Everybody,

Thanks for popping by and all your lovely comments, they were very much appreciated.

As promised, I have some more of the wonderful ‘Summer Time by Agnes Richardson’ cards for you. Again I am using the lovely Nicecrane Designs¬†Images. Initially I thought that ‘Summer Perils’ would be a fitting post title …

… the first one is going to school when it’s hot¬†and one would rather play outside, very dangerous for a child’s mood!¬†… LOL …

This card is based on a sketch I saw on Nonni’s Blog, one of my fellow DTs at Addicted to Stamps and More. I liked it so much, that I wanted to give it a go. Here is my take:


School Time

It is very easy to make and would be a good Beginner’s Project. Layer some pretty paper on some dark brown card and attach to your base card, then layer the three strips across and add some faux stitching (dashes) using a fine liner pen. Cut out your image leaving a narrow white border, attach to some dark brown card and affix to card as shown. To finish off add some flowers, buttons and sentiment as shown. ūüôā

For my next card the chosen peril is bees. Bees are actually quite lovely and if one keeps still they usually leave on their own accord, which can also be said for wasps … but then there was a time when I too was afraid of them and ended up like this …

Stinging Bees

This image makes me smile. Not that one would get hands and knees bandaged in such a way after a bee sting, this come more from falling whilst running, my knees were almost bandaged up … hmmm … maybe that’s why I prefer crafting to running …

For my last card I played around with the diamond shape card from Quick Cards Made Easy’s Card School (issue 116). It’s the one I used for the Fairy Garden card. I played round with the design and altered it a bit … just couldn’t help myself …

Sweet Friend

I leave it to your imagination what the peril in this one could be ….

Please pop by the Nicecrane Designs Blog for more Vintage inspiration.

Have a great day and

Happy Crafting!!! ūüôā



Fun in the Sun

Hello Everybody,

thanks for all your lovely comments.

Today I got another Quick Card for you. It is one I made after reading the Joy Fold Card Tutorial in the May issue of the Quick Cards Made Easy Magazine. I used some of the free Pink Petticoat papers that came with QCME.

Fun in the Sun

It is a sort of a card within a card, if that makes sense. You got your base card, which rather than being fully double, folds across only half way. To the full size base you then attach a smaller card, mine is square, in a way that the half-size panel of your base card sits within the opening of your smaller card. You might see it a bit more clearly in the following picture:

Fun in the Sun II

I added some pretty papers to my larger base card and edged them with some faux stitching. To decorate the smaller card I stamped the sentiment in yellow, red and blue before using my rope stamp to edge the opening side of my card. I cut out a tag, stamped the boat on it and coloured it in using Promarkers. I then edged my tag with some faux stitching, punched a hole and added an eyelet and ribbon. I then tried different positions for my tag. Once I decided on the one I was happy with, I stamped the seagull and added some faux stitching before adhering the tag with some 3-D foam pads.

The stamps I used are from the current issue of the Creative Stamping Magazine.

Enjoy & Happy Crafting!!! ūüôā

More Quick Cards

Hi Everybody,

in my second post today I want to share a card with you, which uses the blackboard technique, as I call it. Basically you stamp your image using versamark on black card and emboss it using white embossing powder. You then can colour it in using either chalks or watercolour pencils.

I find it easiest using the watercolour pencils. There is no need to blend the colours using water either, it is just a dry application which adds a subtle colouring.

loads of love lackboard

For my card I stamped and coloured my images and sentiment as mentioned above before layering it on some brown card. I then added a couple of eyelet near the upper corners and attached a piece of twine. I cut some gingham paper to size, slightly sanded the edges and layered it onto my Kraft base card. I then attached my blackboard sign using 3-D foam pads with a Card Candi as my hook. I then added some daisies to the top left hand and the bottom right hand corner and finished off highlighting the daisies and some of the flower centres with glitter glue.

Initially I intended to add some pearls to the daisy centres, but then found that simply glittering them worked better with the outdoorsy look I wanted to create.

When I first saw these pretty Pink Petticoat stamps, which came with the new issue of Quick Cards Made Easy, I thought of Country Cottage, Garden Centre, Farm Shop & Café.

I am¬†entering this card in the ‘Anything Goes’ challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More. Please feel free to pop over and see what everybody else has done.

Back soon …

Happy Crafting!!! ūüôā

…almost forgot: The sentiment stamp is from the ‘Loads of Love’ set by Stampin’Up!