Wednesday, 21 June 2017


My card today was made with three challenges in mind, all asking for Summertime themed cards. I used Janet Kruskamp collection by Joanna Sheen, Printing the main image onto Glossy photo paper and the matching backing paper onto ink jet paper. I mounted these onto gold mirri card and before putting the topper down onto the card base I added a doily cut using a Marianne die which was distressed using Distress ink pads. I then added some flowers made using a Tattered Lace die and coloured using distress inks. I added some stickles to the flower centres to finish. As yet there is no sentiment, I shall pop this into my ready box for when I need a card like this.

I'm entering this into the following challenges.
My Time To Craft ... Summertime
CD Sunday ... Sun/Sand/Sea (I have sun and sea in this)
Ooh La La ... Summertime

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Monday, 19 June 2017


Today I'm sharing the card  that I made for my son to give to his Dad yesterday for fathers day.I started with an 8x8 card base and a stencil/background that I cut out on the scan-n-cut, this was from a site where the pattern was free. I then cut a piece of white card the same size and coloured with distress inks. I stamped the background using stamps by Ryn, before picking a slightly lighted shade than the background and distressing the (I'm going to call it a mask rather than stencil) mask. Next I stamped  twice onto a scrap piece of card one of the fish from Ryn's stamps and coloured both the same before fussy cutting them out. I cut the DAD on my cricut using the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge and the For You and With Love using dies from my huge stash. I then matted and layered using silver mirri card and black card to finish.

I am going to enter this into Ryn's challenge which is to make something using her stamps.

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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Birthday Boy At Allsorts

This week the Allsorts Challenge is Birthday Boy, this could not have come at a better time for me as I have two Birthdays in just over a week away. For this card I started with an 8x8 card base and cut a piece of Sheena's stamping card just slightly smaller. I then coloured the background by using distress inks in various colours. Then taking one Sheena's swinging sixties stencils I inked through this to add to the the background. Next I took the Mod stencil with Moped and inked through this with Archival Black. I then just dusted around the outside with black ink. The sentiment was made on the PC and mounted onto a small scrap of black card. I'm sure I shall be back again later in the week with another card for this challenge.

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Fathers Day

A quick post from me today. This is the card that I have made for Father-in-law for Sunday. He is Cornish and loves the beach. The image in the card is one that looks similar to a beach that was close to where both of my in-laws lived for many years. It's from Joanna Sheen's Janet Kruskamp collection. I also used some shell stamps from Chocolate Baroque which were stamped onto card scraps and embossed with silver EP then fussy cut and used as embellishments. The with love is from a Tonic Die and the DAD from a Sapphire set, which came with the machine when I bought it. As I have used snippets on the card I shall be entering this into the Pixies Snippets Playground challenge.

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Monday, 12 June 2017

2 Dies Or More

I had a few hours in the craftroom over the weekend and managed to create this card to enter into the Allsorts Challenge this week. They are asking for you to use 2 or more dies on your card, I used 4 different dies on mine - 3 from Heartfelt Creations and 1 from Marianne. I used an 8x8 card base for this card, so I cut a piece of Sheena's stamping card slightly smaller than the base and started inking the background with distress inks. I then used a couple of stencils and inked though them for the background, I then coloured my flowers and added a little glitter with a stickles bottle to the edges of them and added some gems to the middles. I then arranged the doily's in the middle of the card and placed the leaves and flowers around the outside. The sentiment "Make a wish and unwrap a Magical Day" is one of my favourites and is from a set of small sentiments from Chocolate Baroque. I finished by matting onto a piece of black card and them onto the card base.

I am also entering this into the Artistic Inspirations Challenge, which is:
Anything Goes/optional use dies or stencils, (I've used both).

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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Good To Be Back Home

Well we made it back home in one piece with loads of washing (which I'm glad to say is now washed, ironed and put away). We had a fantastic time, but 5 1/2 weeks went by far to quickly. We have been so busy since returning on Sunday that I've not had time for any crafting yet, so this post is full of photos from the trip (hopefully not to boring for you). The first is of the beautiful Buffalo in Yellowstone National Park, it was great to see so many of them just wandering around grazing. We bought an Annual park pass when we went here, $80 dollars but well worth it, it was $30 dollars just for this park, after visiting three at this price the ticket had payed for itself and all the National parks after that were free for us. Well worth doing if you are thinking of doing a trip like this.

 Next we have Horseshoe Bend on the River Colorado.

Then it was onto the Grand Canyon, which was truly amazing.

Sunset on the way back to the hotel after spending the day at the Canyon.

The Hoover Dam.

Coyote at the edge of the road while driving through Death Valley.

The Queen Mary at long Beach LA. I visited on this ship at a five year old when an Aunt and Uncle who lived in the US returned on her in the sixties, also when I was eight on a school trip before she sailed to the US to her present position.

Sea Otters swimming in Morro Bay California. There were also a lot of Sea Lions there too.

Another wonderful sunset in Morro Bay this time.

Whale watching at Monterrey Bay, Hubby was the only person on the boat that managed to catch this image of the whale breaching.

A rather misty Golden Gate Bridge, we were there for 3 days and she was in the mist every day.

The famous Lombard Street in San Fransisco. We had hope to visit Alcatraz but we needed to have booked in advance as there was a weeks wait for tickets.

Hubby standing in the tree that we had just driven through.

Timberline Lodge, some of you might recognise it from a film staring Jack Nickolson. 

The Space Needle in Seattle, this was taken from our hotel bedroom window.

And finally, we spent a wonderful Wednesday evening with Maureen Kane and her Husband Al and then Maureen and I went craft shopping the following morning before we returned to stay with our Son-in-laws Uncle and Aunt prior to returning the car and flying home. We drove 10806 kilometers before returning the car which was in need of a very good clean.

This is just a glimpse of some of the places we visited, there were many more but that would have bored you.

 If you've stuck it out until the end, Thank You. Hope fully I'll be back with something crafty next time.


Friday, 12 May 2017

Hello From Pheonix Arizona


I have tried to keep this post light on photos, I have taken hundreds but am having trouble uploading them to my tablet. So here is a pick of some of my favourites that I have managed to upload.  Both the first and the second are from Monument Valley, we had a fantastic 2 1/2 hour trip driving around the base of these iconic monuments. They were so very impressive, I'm sue that many of you will remember seeing western films with these in, you can just imagine cowboys and Indians riding around these on horseback. And yes I was stood in the middle of the road when I took this photo, the two figures of to the right are Hubby and Dave our friend who is travelling with us.

Below is Mesa Verde, a very interesting place to visit if you are ever in the US. Natives originally farmed and settled in brick structures on the tops of these cliffs going back as far as 500AD. They then built these home into the rocks and dwelt there until about 1300AD. This is just one of the many places built into the rocks. You could have a guided tour of some of the places but as there was quite a climb down and up to these we chose to view from the top.

The final photo is one from the Sunset Crater Volcano just outside of Flagstaff, Hubby and Dave are standing in a lava field, a very strange looking landscape. This was another climb to the top to see the crater, so again we chose to do one of the walks in this beautiful park.

At this stage I had hoped to be showing you photos of the Grand Canyon, but you might have to wait for those when I'm back at home, or I work out why I can't download my photos.

Thanks for reading this and to those of you who know me on FB you've been lucky as I have been posting photos straight from my phone. So you've seen the best ones.


Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Absent For A While.

My card today was made at the weekend, using one of the gorgeous corner stamps from a set called Art Deco Floral Corners by Chocolate Baroque. I stamped onto a scrap of cream card stock and coloured the image with some pencils. I then just matched the colours in the image to some scraps of card for the matting and then added it to a 5x5 cream card base. The sentiment is from an old set that is also from Chocolate Baroque.

I have taken a small break (with a cup of coffee) from running around today to tell you what I will be getting up to over the next few weeks (just over 5 in fact). Hubby and I along with a friend of ours, Dave, are going on a road trip. Some of my older followers will remember that we did this in 2012 as well, last time we flew into Boston and travelled down the east coast of America before going up the middle to Chicago across to Toronto and Niagara Falls before returning to Boston and home. This time we are flying into Vancouver and starting our journey there. We plan to travel along the border until we get to the Glacier National Park and drop down into America, then travel down taking in Yellowstone, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. We then intend to go across to Los Angeles and take the coast road back up to San Fransisco, Seattle and finally back to Vancouver before flying home again on the 4th June. I've been busy making sure that we have everything packed that we will need for Five weeks. Also that there is enough food stored away in the freezer for our Son who will be at home while we are gone. I'm hoping to post some pictures on here during our travels, but you know what Internet services are like in Hotels, so this might not always work out. I know that I'm not going to have time to get around to visiting you all while I'm away, but I will enjoy catching up with everyone once we return.

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Rudolph Days

This month has flown by and I can't believe that it's time for the Rudolph Days challenge once again. This month I've used a stamp that I bought in the sale in January at Oyster Stamps, it's by C C Designs. I stamped it four times onto an A4 piece of water colour card and then coloured by using my Spectrum Noir Aqua pens, I then went over the snowy areas with a clear sparkle pen (this doesn't show up in the photos). The sentiment is from Chocolate Baroque and seemed to go so well with the scene. Once finished I cut them down slightly and with the addition of some red card stock from the scrap box I popped them onto some A6 card bases.

 Below is my small collection for the box this month.

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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to my wonderful Husband, who hasn't seen this card yet as he's still away today playing golf. I made this card (an 8x8) by first cutting a piece of Sheena's stamping card to just over 7x7, then I used stencil paste through a Dylusions stencil which was over sprayed with Dylusions when the paste was dry. I then used Stamps by Ryn to for the background scene. The giant turtle is also a stamp by Ryn that I stamped onto a separate piece of card and then fussy cut it out and added it with glue gel. The Happy Birthday die cut is from Tonic.

I would like to enter this card into the Customer Creation Challenge over on Ryn's blog and also into the Stamping Sensations challenge which is Anything Goes (this will be my third entry into this challenge this month)

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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Something Beginning With B

This is the theme for this weeks challenge over at the Allsorts blog. I actually made this card last weekend for my Father-in-law to give to my husband for his birthday tomorrow. I had not posted it on here just in case he happened to see the blog before getting the card, however he's just left for a golfing weekend with his buddies and won't be home until tomorrow evening, so I feel safe now. My something blue is the background, the bird and blossoms. The paints, stencils and stamps are all recent purchases from Crafters Companion and are from the Sheena Douglas range. The bird and blossom were coloured using Spectrum Noir sparkle pens.

Must rush off now as I'm expecting some crafting pals for a play day today. While the cats away the mice shall play, I believe the saying goes.

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Sunday, 16 April 2017

Pixies and Allsorts

I've had a busy week this week, as we had our grandson for four days rather than the normal two. This is because his other Nanny is away at the moment, in fact we have him up until we go away ourselves at the end of the month. But then she returns and has him while we are away. This means that I have been playing catch up with everything this weekend. I can't post what I've made just yet, as it's for Hubby's birthday next weekend. He doesn't read my blog but has a habit of creeping up behind while I'm on the PC, so to be on the safe side I thought I would leave it. My card today is for two challenges, Pixies Snippets Playground and Allsorts Challenges. Pixies is to use snippets/scraps Allsorts this week is to follow the sketch on the blog. With the exception of the card base, flowers, ribbon and pearls the rest came out of my scrap box. The printed papers were left over from previous projects, the card was off cuts and the sentiment is Fiskars from a set I bought in the states.

I'm dashing off now to finish a couple more projects that are under way. Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Sparkle And Bling, Buds And Blooms

While I was making this card I had two challenges in mind, Allsorts where the theme is Bring On The Bling and Lavinia which is Buds and Blooms. Then I realised that I could also enter it into the Stamping Sensations challenge which is Anything Goes and My Time To Craft with No Designer Papers. I started with an 8x8 card base then cut a piece of card that would fit, about 7 1/2 inch square. I blended distress inks all over the card. Then cut out one of the files from Lavinia on the Scan N Cut. I didn't just want to put this onto the top of the blended background, so next I used a circle die from Crealies and cut a hole in the centre that I could place the cut image under. Next I stamped onto both the circle cut with the die and the background and coloured with Pro Markers. I then cut a piece of black card to matt the background onto, but before doing this I place the circle onto the black card in the middle and then placed the cut image on top. I then glittered the wings if the fairy and with foam tape on the back placed the background over the top. I finished by adding some gems from my stash.

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Monday, 10 April 2017

Happy Birthday

I've made this card with the CD Sunday challenge in mind, which this time around is Spring colours. I love seeing the bluebells in the woods at this time of year with all of the trees leaves coming out and giving a lovely dappled light on the ground too. I knew exactly what CD I was going to use for this challenge as  soon as I saw it. It's the Pamela West Collection from Joanna Sheen. I used the matching backing papers that went with the topper for this card and some corners that I had cut in white card that I colour matched using a pro marker. I found some ribbon in my stash that matched so made a bow and added that too, plus the Happy Birthday which was cut from an All Occasions die. It's also CD Sundays 7th Birthday, so I would like to wish them Many Happy Returns.

I'm also going to enter this card into the Ooh La La Creations challenge this week too as they are asking for Birthday cards.

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Thursday, 6 April 2017

Berry Happy Birthday

My card today has been made for the Allsorts Challenge this week, which is Food, Food Glorious Food. The first thing that sprang to mind when I sat and thought about this challenge was the Berry Cafe Collection by Heartfelt Creations. Now I will admit to owning quite a few (OK a lot) of the Heartfelt Creations collections, the stamps and dies get used but very rarely do I touch the paper pads that come with the collections. But for this card I broke with my normal behaviour and used a backing paper and topper, I even used one of the sentiments too. I also used the stamps and dies from the set to embellish the card, I must admit that the strawberries do look good enough to eat, with that in mind it's nearly lunchtime I wonder what I can have today. I've also just noticed that my card was pick at random last week for one of the prize's, that was a nice surprise.

I would also like to enter this card into the Stamping Sensations Challenge this month, the theme is Anything goes.

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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Any Old Iron - CD Sunday

I've just finished this card which was a commission and looking at it thought it would probably be OK to put into the CD Sunday challenge. At present it is Any Old Iron, well the cars are old (they're metal) and the rings around the tub of flowers must be iron. It's on an 8x8 card base and the CD's that I used are Nostalgia from Joanna Sheen and also a favourite of mine Sue Smith's Plaid and Co. I used various Crealies dies to matt and layer with and the sentiment was computer generated.

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Monday, 3 April 2017

Workshop Makes

On Saturday morning I was up with the Lark and driving around the M25 to Kent as it was Eileen Godwin's first workshop of the month. It was raining when I started off but as I got to the M25 it stopped raining and very shortly the sun came out. Our first projects for the day was the top card, which is the Black Magic technique and we used Sweet Poppy Stencils, Imagination Stencils and Lavinia Stamps (all designed by the talented Tracey Dutton of Lavinia Stamps).

 Next we played with pan pastels and texture paste again using the lovely designs from Lavinia both stamps and stencils

 We also made a tag using the black magic technique to put into out technique tag books that we are making during the year at workshops.

 Finally we made tiny cards with frames on which measure 2 3/4 by 4 inches.

The day just flew by and all to soon I was back on the motorway heading home.

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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Pixies Snippets Playground

Having just made the last challenge over at Pixies Snippets Playground last week, I'm ready to post my card this time right at the beginning. My base is a 6x6 card and I then cut out a square from some silver mirri using a Crealies die. Next I took the new Tattered Lace Magazine (exclusive to Create and Craft) and using one of the papers from the middle cut a smaller square for my backing. Then using the free die that was on the front of the magazine I cut out two of the beautiful snowdrop one in white and the other in green, both of the pieces of card used were from the scraps box. I then cut the flowers off of the white  one and layered onto the green. I then cut out two ovals from the left over pieces of card too matt and layer the sentiment which was was from a Flower Soft set.

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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Just In Time.

Just in Time for the Pixies Snippets Playground, I can't believe that I've left it so late. The topper for this card came from the same sheet as my last card (there were four different altogether) so rather than pop it into a box for later use I thought I would get on and make a card with it. I used a 6x6 blue card base and printed off a backing paper from the same CD as the topper came from (Makey Bakey Mice from Crafters Companion). After cutting the paper to size I edged with a blue promarker. I put the topper onto the card using a little glue gel, just to raise it slightly then added the Best Wishes. This was cut from a scrap of mirri from the box, then with more scraps from the box and my Cricut I cut out the small cupcakes. The great this about the Cricut is I could size the cakes to fit the space that I had at the side of the card.

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Sunday, 26 March 2017

Cake, Cupcakes And Sweets At Allsorts

My card today is for the Allsorts Challenge, which this week is Cake, Cupcakes and Sweets. I found this lovely image on The Makey Bakey Mice CD from Crafters Companion. I printed the topper onto some glossy photo card and the backing paper onto super smooth paper. After cutting the backing paper to size it was stuck onto a 6x6 card base with some ribbon wrapped around the middle. With the small piece of ribbon that was left over I tied a knot and stuck it onto the ribbon. I added the topper with a little glue gel to lift it slightly, made the sentiment on the PC and colour matched to the image. Then I punched some small flowers from a piece of the left over backing sheet and a Tonic punch and inked with a matching ink pad, before adding some pearls to the centres and some small leaves from a Nelli Snellen punch.

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Saturday, 25 March 2017

Rudolph Days - March

This month has flown past and I can't believe that it's time for the Rudolph Days challenge already. For my cards this month I have used Craft card blanks (6x6) and the Christmas Tree Tangle stamp from Chocolate Baroque. This was stamped onto some white card stock and embossed with wow Gold embossing powder. I stamped and embossed Merry Christmas, also a stamp by Chocolate baroque onto the bottom corner and added some gold ribbon between the two.

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Friday, 24 March 2017

A Great Weekend At A Craft Retreat

Last weekend saw me heading up the motorway to Nuneaton and the 3rd Annual Craft Retreat with the UKSN group that I belong too. Two days of crafting with friends, a recipe for fun. We started off on the Saturday by making our own texture paste and making some backgrounds to use it on. The first  (below) was Brushos onto watercolour card. Once the paste was dry it was coloured using promarkers.

 Then we made a faux wood effect background, which again once the texture paste was dry was coloured with promarkers.

 Next came two canvas's one 5x7 and the other 8x10. This time we used bleeding tissue, texture stamps with distress inks, stencils and  Black Archival ink pads with a few touches of white Acrylic paint.

Then on the Sunday we played with Gelli plates and acrylic paints to make pages for making a Mojo book. Once we had filled our papers both sides with the painted backgrounds they were cut down into smaller pages and then put together with a bind it machine.

I came home very pleased with my makes and some very dirty stencils and brayer. I'm glad to say that they have cleaned up very well with a little help from some Murphy's Oil Soap. 

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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Make A Wish

I made another card today using one of the cutting files from Lavinia called Star Gazing, but this time I've made it to enter into the challenge this month over on the Lavinia Facebook page. The theme this month is Sparkle and Bling, so as well as glitter on the wings I've used Gold Sparkle embossing power for the stars and added some gems to the centers of the flowers. I laid the cut image over the top of a background that I had made using various Dylusion sprays. With the piece that was left over I cut out the sentiment "Make A Wish", a die that I bought on my recent visit to Canada made by Poppy Stamps and also the flowers which were made using a Tonic punch. All popped onto a 7x7 white card base.

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

More Playing With Scan-ncut

While my Scan-n-cut was out the other day (I have to put it away after using it as we look after my 20 month old grandson two days a week) I went through the designs and cut most of them out. Mostly in black as I was just enjoying playing and trying out the cutting files. I love the square shaped designs on the Lavinia USB, I can cut them so that they fit onto a 4x4 card or I can pop them onto a larger *x8 card like this one and decorate the edges. With this design I created a little scene behind the cut out using Lavinia stamps. After layering it up with the scene I added glitter with dries clear glue and iridescent glitter. Then matted with black a gold card stock. On the USB there is a lovely corner cut out that is just foliage, so I cut this out in a dark green and placed in the corner before adding some more leaves that were cut from a Tattered Lace die and flowers also from Tattered Lace, I coloured the flowers to match the colours within the scene. Finally I added the sentiment which I made on the PC. The card is for my sister who's birthday is in April (good job she doesn't look at my blog).

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