Tuesday, 30 June 2015

On A Roll

Despite my crafting mojo being on a roll, this card went down like a lead balloon with those I call 'family'.
I am now officially putting myself up for adoption and seeking a family capable of hiding their gaffaws and able to hold their sniggers in.

I found this gorgeous piece of wrapping paper and used the colours for inspiration.

I used this beautiful floral stamp set called 'Peony Scrolls' from Altenew and their  'Invisible Alphabet' set for the sentiment.

I used Versacolor inks to stamp the leaves & flowers on watercolour card, embossed with clear embossing powder and 'painted', again using my new Faber Castell Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils. I used the same technique as my last card, slightly colouring the image then adding water with a waterbrush pen. To be honest, I'm struggling to get that proper watercolour look that I see in my head but can't get on paper. I'm not sure waterbrush pens are for me, gonna try another technique on my next card...watch this space.

So despite the rude comments from my EX- family, I'm quite chuffed with the final result. Hopefully a member of my NEW FAMILY will appreciate it for their birthday.
Right....I'm off to pack....see yer!

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Prouder Than a Proud Thing

Today is our daughter's 18th birthday and this is the card I made for her featuring a Stamping Bella Uptown Girl stamp called Abigail the Artist.
I just adore these Uptown Girl stamps as some of the sentiments are so touching. This one couldn't be more perfect as our Sof' has just finished her A-Levels , including Fine Art and is about to start the next chapter of her life, leaving home (sniff!) and going to Uni' (sniff!).
She's worked so incredibly hard and we're all so proud of her.
As I scribe, she's away on her first holiday abroad with her buddies in Tenerife, hopefully having the time of her life!

I used my new Faber Castell Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils to colour the image. 
I'm going to try different methods of using them...this was direct colouring before using a waterbrush pen to 'move' the colour about. 
I love these pencils!!!

Happy Birthday Sophie!!!!!
Live, Laugh, Love ....You deserve every happiness.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Fanciful Feathers

It's been a few weeks since my last card as the ol' craft mojo has been on vacation. 
I've been spending my time wisely though looking for inspiration, some new stash and trying to create cards that make it to the mantelpiece rather than the bin.

Thank goodness there's an endless supply of inspiration out there and a whole heap of craft stash looking for a new home.
For both of these cards I used a beautiful stamp set from WPlus9 called Fanciful Feathers, sentiment stamps from Paper Smooches and Versacolor inks which I embossed with clear embossing powder.

The ol' mojo is back in town....ok, ok...my bank balance is slightly down (lol) but it feels ohhhhhhhhhh sooooooo good.

Can't stop....I'm on a roll.

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

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