Showers of Love

Hi Everybody,

thanks for all your lovely comments. So glad you liked the cards I made using the papers from the Quick Cards Made Easy Magazine.

Today I have a real cutie for you: Emily, Showers of Love

Emily Showers of Love

I just love how Emily is being showered with hearts, you can find her here in the Lacy Sunshine Shoppe.

I basically sized and printed her, then coloured her and used my Floral Frames to die cut her before blending the edges and layering my card as seen.

I would like to enter her into:

Lacy Sunshine Challenge #38 – Flowers

Inkspirational – Splash

Enjoy and have a lovely weekend!

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂


Sizzix Floral Frames Framelits, Wisteria Wonder and Rose Red card and ink, flower punches large and medium all from Stampin’Up!

Xcut daisy punch by docrafts

floral corner punch from HobbyCraft

Flourishes by Marianne Designs

gems and base card from stash

Happy Birthday Vicki

even if it is two days late …. Hope you had a fab day!

Hi Everyone,

we are having a belated Birthday Party over at the STAMPlorations Blog for our Teamie Vicki.

Nonni made the fun suggestion of CASEing one of Vicki’s cards as her surprise if we could.

Here is my CASE-Selfie

Vicki's Birthday Card

Well, it’s not a proper selfie more like a montage I made in Paint using a photo Nick took of me on Aberdaron Beach early last year. Here is the card in more detail

Vicki's Birthday card 1

It is based on the card Vicki made for the Sketch #12 Challenge at STAMPlorations, you can see it here.

I used a texture plate with a graphic feel instead of an honeycomb patterned embossing folder for my background. The strip of Washi picks up the blues and greens from Vicki’s card. Hope she’ll like it.

Have a great weekend and

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

I used:

Flower Power Texturz Embossing plate by Sizzix

Sentiment Builder: Happy and Vignette Chevron & Arrows stamp sets by STAMPlorations

Washi tape from Cwt Tatws, my favourite beach cafe/shop in Tudweiliog

Pool Party, Smoky Slate and Rich Razzleberry inks by Stampin’Up!

Sequins and gems from my stash

One Layer Flowers

Hello Everyone,

today I would like to share a card with you which is:

– very quick and easy to make

– very economical to post as it is a one-layer card

– suitable for guys and I’m saying that because I know a few people who struggle using flowers in masculine cards

– very suitable to be entered into the following challenges:

One-Layer Simplicity – Fabulous Flowers

CASology – Flower

Less is More – Flowers

Addicted to CAS – Off the Edge

STAMPlorations – Sketch #12

Happy Birthday

I first inked up my Flower Power texture plate (Sizzix) using a light turquoise ink (Pool Party by Stampin’Up!), aligned my card front with it in such a way that the pattern would run off the edge and pressed down to print the pattern onto my card. I then stamped the splatter pattern from the Holiday Artsy Set by STAMPlorations in green (Wild Wasabi by Stampin’Up!) before adding my sentiments from the HAPPY Sentiment Builder again by STAMPlorations in brown (Chocolate Chip by Stampin’Up!) and the card was finished.

I rather like the graphic circular flower pattern from the texture plate and combined with the green and brown it makes for a great masculine feel.

Stamping with three shades, light – medium – dark, can add an enormous amount of depth without having to use lots of layers.

I took my inspiration for this card from the sketch and some of the projects my teamies made over at the STAMPlorations Challenge Blog. As you can see instead of having three lines down I opted for having three rows of flowers, which means the element of ‘three’ is still there.


Thanks for stopping by and leaving such lovely comments. They are very much appreciated.

Have a lovely weekend and

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂


ATSM Challenge 84

Hi Everybody,

Thanks so much for your lovely comments. They were all very much appreciated.

It is Wednesday again and time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More …  Challenge #84 – CAS!!!

Another great challenge for you, one you’re surely like! Please take the time to check out the full details of the challenges and their rules, which can be found here.

Kathryne from StampArt Design is back again this week as our sponsor. 

The winner will receive 5 digis from her store.

We are also welcoming again Cathy R from  Cathy’s Card Spot as our guest designer for the week.

This week I’ve done something different. After the cute outdoorsy LITTLE BEAR CANOE ADVENTURE and LIZZIE on the beach I went for for a more grunge-retro look, at least that’s my name for it. Here it is …

Wherever you go


I thought this could be quite a good encouragement card for some one leaving a job or moving away for example.

This week I worked with a sentiment from StampArt Designs. Again it is one from the FOR FUN AND ADVENTURE SENTIMENT sheet. I cut it out with using a tag shaped die and used it as a starting point and allowed the rest of the card develop around it. I stuck 2 pieces of Washi tape to a piece of white card, stamped the circles in Sahara Sand, placed my tag into position without adhering, maked the sentiment off and stamped the chevrons in Island Indigo. I then removed my tag and stamped some more chevrons in Sahara Sand and the dotty stripes in black. I then stamped some splattery spots in Island Indigo, added a die-cut heart and adhered my tag into position before finishing off by adding some black gems and silvery metal embellies. I rounded two corners and adhered my topper first to a piece of Island Indigo and then to my white tent-fold base card.

Hope you like it!

Hope that you feel inspired to enter this week’s ‘CAS’ challenge at ATSM, please pop over and see all the other creations of the fabulous ATSM DT Team.
Please join the fun … look forward to seeing your creations … and
Happy Crafting!!!!
Here is what I used:
Sentiment by  StampArt Design
Chevron and Arrows Stamp Set by STAMPlorations
Grunge Me stamp set by Papertrey Ink
Inks and Island Indigo card stock from Stampin’Up!
small heart die by Sizzix
striped washi tape from Cwt Tatwus
car washi tape was a birthday present from Sue
tag die was a freebie from Simply Cards & Papercraft I think
corner rounder, gems and white card from stash

Magical Shrink Plastic

Gremlins moving in and getting side tracked …

Hello Everybody,

have you ever had days where the best plane just had to be put aside, because something else just wanted to be done???

Well I had a week of it, and I don’t know where my time has gone. On the upside I ended up making a beautiful book which I shall share with you later in the week.

First I have a card for you made using the beautiful Wishing Tree by Lavinia Stamps. I always wondered how it would look in shrink plastic, and if I could give it the 4 season effect. I thought I’d start with Winter as I wanted to enter it in the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge, but I didn’t get it ready in time … the gremlins had started to move in and things started to go wrong, never mind, here it is anyway:

life is magic

I first cut the flower shape (sizzix floral framelits SU) from frosted shrink plastic and stamped the tiny snowflake all over. Next I stamped the tree in a darker colour and used my heat tool to shrink the plastic … and the snowflakes started to look like blossoms lol. I die-cut another blossom shape from blue glitter paper and layered my tree on top. I then stamped some tiny stars on white card, hand wrote my sentiment, rounded some corners, layered as shown and added some gems to finish off.

I am entering the above card into the Lavina Stamps Challenge Blog, where the theme is ‘add glitter’.

I did try to make another card using the stars instead of the snowflake, but the gremlins were still active and it ended up looking somewhat differently arty from what I had intended. Basically the shrink plastic got a bit stuck together and then wouldn’t flatten fully … and I used the wooden bit of a stamp to flatten it down … this transferred a flower image onto my plastic plus a piece of paper got stuck to the other side … well from now on I shall use my heat resistant craft mat and on old acrylic block when working with shrink plastic … here is how it turned out anyway …

dreaming tree


The sentiment I added is from the VIGNETTE Artful Flutters set by STAMPlorations.

I also made two sets of note cards in a little wallet for a friend of mine, something I posted about last year when I first made them using the stamps from the first issue of the Get Stamping Magazine. They were inspired by the Purse Paper Tutorial which you can find on Splitcoast Stampers, you can find the link to it in my previous post here.

Feather Note Cards


This is the outside of the wallet. I simply stamped the feathers in pink, rounded the edges and blended two of the corners with pink for some subtle shading. I did the same for the cards on the inside, but added the ‘just a note’ sentiment to them. I also stamped the feathers on the envelopes to match. Here is a brief look of the inside:

inside of feathers note cards


I want to use the opportunity to remind everyone that there is still time to enter the ‘Stamps and Feathers’ challenge over at the STAMPlorations challenge blog, plus the bi-weekly Sketch challenge. Links to the individual challenges are on their home page.

Oh, by the way the stamps I used for my note cards are VIGNETTE Trendy Feathers by STAMPlorations, but you do not have to use their stamps to enter the challenges!!!

To create the beautiful border and paper ribbon, I used a Tonic Studio punch.

… and here is the outside of my second set …

dandelion note cards


I used the free stamps from the Get Stamping Magazine, the current issue, plus the cute daisy corner punch which I acquired on Sunday whilst visiting the nearest Hobbycraft Store in Chester. This visit left me feeling very smug …

… when my hubby asked me how much I paid for my folding daylight lamp which I recently bought from The Daylight Company with some of my Christmas money …

It turns out that it was more than twice of what I paid according to my hubby, who saw it in the shop … or was the whole thing more about the right timing given that I had toyed with getting one for a looooong time …

Hope you got your bargains!!!

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

More Cupcakes

Hello Everybody,

thanks so much for your lovely entries and comments. It’s been very hard to choose with so many lovely entries.

It’s Wednesday again and time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More. It is challenge #62 and Make your Mark!!!

This means colour to your heart’s content. For detailed rules of the challenge, click here.

Our sponsor for the month of September is The Paper Nest Dolls … and the winner’s prize will be a $25 gift voucher.

paper nest dolls blog

I found this lovely girlie image called Cupcakes Anyone in The Paper Nest Dolls’ shop a couple of weeks ago … and here is my DT piece using it:

Cupcakes Anyone

I coloured the image using some Promarkers before die cutting the shape. Then I used my favourite technique for adding a faux layer, which works well if the image you’re using fills the frame well. I pierced a border as a frame inside my cut out shape making sure to omit the bits of my image which are ‘overlapping’ my pierced border. I then mat and layered my image on die-cut and pierced pink card.

For the background, I cut some strips of patterned paper and layered them on light pink card. I finished my card as shown by adding die-cut shapes and a flower.

Over to you now. I love to see your creations.

If you need more inspiration check out the fabulous projects by the very talented DT Ladies at ATSM.

That’s it from me for today.

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!!! 🙂


What I used: Image – The Paper Nest Dolls; patterned paper, promarkers, button, card blank, white card – my stash; pretty in pink and melon mambo card, sizzix window frame collection, festive paper piercing pack, sizzix flower die – Stampin’Up!; flourishes – Marianne Designs

TARDIS the next Generation

Hi Everybody,

Thanks for all your lovely comments on my Butterfly Meadow Post. So glad you like the card.

… and no I am not going all TREKKI and SCIFI on you … but it is a card I have wanted to do for a while, and given that this weeks theme at Out of a Hat Creations is ‘Transport’, I thought now or never.

Tardis series 2

This one is for my nephew over in Bavaria, who recently discovered the joys of watching DR Who, unfortunately he is not allowed to watch it on BBC iplayer as I so innocently suggested, he hasn’t got a British IP address!!! So I hope this will do the trick.

Nick and I had a real giggle last night when I got about passing an old fashioned phone box off as an even older police phone box, hence ‘series 2’ … which in itself is modelled on BMW’s typing of cars. (BMW roughly translates as Bavarian Motor Industries). I am not so sure it works that well as a joke, but I am sure he’ll see it as one.

Here is what I used: X-cut triboss embossing folder and cogs cutting dies; Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Swirl; LOTV grunge corners stamps; SU feeling sentimental stamp set, night of navy card, night of navy, pool party and island indigo inks; Crafter’s Companion core-dination card; white card and nail heads from my own stash and the sentiment is one I made up on my computer.

Hope you like it. Enjoy!!!

Have a great weekend and

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂



Paper Clip Bookmark

Hello Everybody,

thanks for all your lovely comments.

Today I have a project to share with you which is probably the quickest I’ve ever made for a challenge.

This morning I logged on to see what the latest challenge at Out of a Hat Creations is and found that it was ‘decorate a peg or paper clip’. My initial thought was ‘oh no, what am I going to do with this … no wooden pegs in my house … large enough paper clips, to my knowledge …’

As I was scrolling through the page to have a look at the design team’s projects, I noticed something silvery from the corner of my eye lying right next to my laptop …

here is what I made with it:

Paper Clip Bookmark

I simply die cut 2 scalloped hearts using my X-Cut nesting dies -yes, Keren I had to buy them after your demo at Burleydam the other day- and some swirls using my sizzlit die from Stampin’UP! to decorate the hearts. I also punched a couple of flowers using Tonic Studio punches, added them to the hearts and finished them off by adding buttons to the centres. I then sandwiched the paperclip between the two hearts … that meant my bookmark was finished.

Just in case you wonder … the book in the picture is ‘The Soul Loves The Truth’ by Denise Linn. I only started reading it, and the bookmark will be the perfect companion.

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!!! 🙂