Tuesday, 19 May 2015

A Year in a Day



Here’s something a bit different…a set of sentiment stamps, celebrating the 4 seasons, from Winnie & Walter called ‘The Big, The Bold and Seasons’.

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Here’s my spring card using leafy stamps & dies from Clearly Besotted and Versacolor inks.

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Moving on to summer.
This time my background was made using Majestix peg stamps.

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Autumn (in case you hadn’t noticed…lol)
These Majestix stamp sets are so versatile.



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And finally, winter.

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Brrrrr….feel cold just looking at this one.
Off to warm my cockles…



Saturday, 25 April 2015



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My card today was made using a stencil from Memory Box ‘Texture Wave’ and stamping through the gaps with a variety of clear peg stamps from Cardios’ Majestix range using Versacolor ink pads….Simples!

Can’t stop…things to do, places to be.
Have a groovy weekend!

Friday, 17 April 2015

Distressed Water Colouring



Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by.
It’s been a fabulous week for gardening, although Wednesday was a tad too hot for me (25C) and weirdly hot for mid April. Of course, once I get home from work there’s also lots to do in our garden, but I did get one
evening free to play with some new crafty goodies.


Yes, it’s another floral image, but I’m a sucker for them!
This set is called Persian Motifs from Altenew…


… & I used a fabulous gold, glittery embossing powder from Wow - Pearl Gold Sparkle (thank you Kate for the heads up on this amazing product).


I have finally caught up with the rest of civilisation & got my mitts on some (ahem!) distress ink pads. I say ‘some’…. cough…


…cough… I mean all of the distress ink pads. These are the mini versions that come in packs of 4…


…and I got them from the USA via Amazon UK, so there wasn’t any customs to pay, free P&P and in many cases they were at least £2 cheaper than anyone sells them for in the UK.

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Having embossed my image (on water colour paper), I painted the flower with water (see left-hand image), then, using my mini distress ink pads, I pressed my chosen colours onto a craft mat, added a bit of water then very lightly added the ‘paint’ to my image, allowing the water to move the colour about.


Easy water colouring.


Time for the foliage…


‘Watering’ the image beforehand creates such a beautiful effect, no need to brush.


When the card had dried I felt it needed a splash of extra glitter so I put the teeniest pinch of perfect pearls powder into some water & just went over my colour again to add a touch more sparkle.


Finally a sentiment from Winnie & Walter & a few blobs of an orange perfect pearls here & there….ooooh…and there too…lol.

Hope you like.
Have a groovy weekend everyone.







Friday, 3 April 2015

Green Spots


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Hey Peeps!
I hope, if you’re in Blighty, that you’re enjoying the long Bank Holiday weekend.


For my card today I used a stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop ‘ Mini Circle Explosion’, to draw the circles.


Next I coloured some of the circles with a lush, lime green Sharpie & glazed them with 3-D gloss & mounted it to my card base.


Then I added a frame & 2 Memory Box ‘Chloe Stem’ flower dies.

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Sentiment sticker is about a million years old (give or take…).

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Friday, 27 March 2015



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Tiz the weekend…Yay!
Hoping to have a weekend of crafting, planting veg & who knows…I may even have a go at making a cake.
(Get the Gaviscon ready!)


My card today feature stamps from Altenew’s  ‘Painted Flowers’ set & Winnie & Walters ‘The Big, The Bold & the Happy’ sentiments set.


I’ve just used 2 cheery Versacolor inks, orange & marigold & a Versafine black for the outline & sentiment.

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Have a good weekend everyone.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Challenging Colours

It’s been a while since I took part in a crafty challenge but I rather liked this one over at Make The Day Special.

It’s a colour challenge, in fact a choice of 3 colour challenges, all out of my comfort zone.
As well as picking a colour option, you have to use a product bought at MTDS.

I thought I’d have a go at 2 of the colour options.


I chose the colour challenge on the left for my first card and used stamps from the Paper Smooches ‘Botanicals 2’ set & sentiment from the Winnie & Walter ‘The Big, The Bold and You’ set


These were the closest colours I could get to using Versacolor pigment inks.



I gave a few of the leaves a bit of extra Va-va-voom with a white Sakura.


Feeling a little braver with a colour challenge, I thought I’d have ago at the middle colour option, this time using Promarkers.
Sheesh…it’s been a while since I used the ol’ girls & I don’t know why but they seemed a bit tired, dare I say ‘dated’. I think I’ve enjoyed working with inks & paints so much just lately that somehow they seem ‘so last year’ (d’ya get my drift?)

Anyway, I digress.
This floral stamp set is from Altenew, again from MTDS.

I had planned on tackling the 3rd colour option but I went down with a flu virus, so ran out of time but I might  have a go at that another day for my own personal challenge.

Catch yer next time Smile

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Greatest Give-Away Ever!


Before I get to my AMAZING give-away, here’s my card for today.
Another gorgeous floral stamp set, this time from Mama Elephant ‘Freestyle Florals’ with a Winnie & Walter ‘The Big, The Bold and Party’ sentiment.
I had planned to colour in the flowers but fav’ daughter walked in the room & said ‘Ooooh,  Très sophisticated, leave it like that’.
Who was I to argue?

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So, our house is full of lurgy.
In order to rid chez-nous of said lurgies, I will be offering all of you, yes you lucky readers, the chance to get your grubby mitts on one of the many symptoms on offer in…

“The Great British Virus Give-Away.”

There’s lots of opportunities to win, lots of ‘prizes’ on offer, you just need to follow this blog & leave a comment stating which prize you’d like to win.

Dripping tap nose
Annoying cough
Aversion to light
Shaking with cold
Hot sweats
Red nose

I think you’ll agree, a give-away NOT to miss.
But wait!
One lucky person will receive ALL, yes you read that right…ALL of the symptoms above!!
So what are you waiting for?
All prizes will be dispatched with the utmost hasteWinking smile

Good luck!!

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Blue Is The Colour….


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I’m really into rubber stamps at the moment and big, bold sentiments.
Of course, as a gardener, the more ‘florally & foliagey’ the images, the better…lol.


On this card I’ve used just 3 inks in lush shades of blue.
I love these mini pads from Versacolor…


… and I can’t get enough of these amazing sentiment stamps.
Look how many you get on just one set!!



I’ve given the darker leaves some leafy veins using a white Sakura pen.

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The trouble is, I’m looking at my cream living-room walls now & thinking….hmmmm, shades of blue.

Until next time.

Foliage stamp - Botanical 2, Paper Smooches
Sentiment - The Big, the Bold & Party, Winnie & Walter
Versacolor Mini Ink Pads
White Sakura Pen
Glass Gems

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Floral Gorgeousness


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Oh boy….I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this beautiful floral stamp set from Altenew & the large sentiment sets from Winnie & Walter.


This is the Peony Scroll set & you can see I used just 4 pens to colour the flowers with… Lime Zest, Lime, Pear & Olive green.

Beautiful, beautiful stamps.



Saturday, 14 February 2015

It Must Be Love


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Here’s the card I made for Mr C for Valentine’s Day.
I’m a lucky gal…I got breakfast in bed & a dozen, red roses.
Hope your day was full of love.


Heart stamp from Hobbycraft
Sentiment stamp from Winnie & Walter ‘The Big, The Bold & You’
Stamped with Versacolor & Versafine inks

Friday, 13 February 2015

Love Is In the Air


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Tiz Valentine’s Day tomorrow.
A day for love & romance.
A day for roses, heart-shaped chocolates & a candle-lit dinner.

Personally I’m hoping to have a serious card-making session & an early night.

What ever you’re up to, enjoy!

Flourishes ‘Cherry Blossoms’ stamp
Watercolour paints
Clearly Besotted sentiment

Friday, 6 February 2015

Punching n’ Die-ing


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Greetings peeps.
The weekend’s here…Yay!

Here’s a card made up entirely of die-cutting & punching (no one was harmed in the making of this card)….oh….and a wee stamped sentiment.

So not ENTIRELY made up of die-cutting & punching, but you get the picture.

Fav’ daughter has finally confirmed her university choice for September this year, so this weekend I will be starting a string of training sessions on ‘How to Survive Living Away from Your Parental Slaves’ (Catchy title Huh!)

Lesson 1 will be an introduction to furniture polish & that yellow rag we call ‘Duster’.
Have a great weekend all.

Letters & Fence dies – Memory Box
Grass & Sentiment – Clearly Besotted
Butterflies – Ancient X-Cut punch

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