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Monday, 26 June 2017

Snowy cottage in the woods

Just been playing with a, new to me, stamp from Crafty Individuals. Tried stamping it in various colours,this one is versafine smokey gray, just a few little touches of colour and lots of glitter,piece of star embossed blue card and a surround of silver glitter card, if I make more of these would probably add a sentiment.

This one actually looks a lot better in real life, stamped with encore blue ink, embossing folder inked with the same colour.  I like the top one better but the actual image stamped in blue is lovely, just needs a less busy background I think.

I'd like to enter the first card into Mo's June Rudolph challenge

Dressmakers Corner

Seem to be stuck in the doldrums again recently and even though I have lots of new stash I  can't get motivated.  To give myself a kick up the  ********  I thought I would try and enter a few challenges and this is my card for Cardz4galz challenge which is Sew and Sew.  Oxide ink background ,stamps from Inkylicious and Indigo blu,free border stamp with Card Making magazine,tape measure and cotton card a magazine freebie. The dressmakers corner stamp is from a very old SeeDees stamp set.anyone remember them. I had forgotten I had any until I unearthed a box full of them in the back of the cupboard, never know what else is hiding in there ! I'd also like to enter

Eclecticellapu challenge - Touch of pink and/purple


Fashionable Stamping - Make it feminine

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Letters/numbers or both

Woops ! forgot to publish my post for Try It On Tuesday challenge starting today, think the heat has addled my brain.  The challenge this time is Letters/Numbers or both.  For my card I have used one of my old Stampers Anonymous stamps which has both letters and numbers on it. Stamped it onto an oxide ink background. The base layer is anothe inky piece, some numbers stamped down one side and layered with some tissue paper,another couple of pieces of inky card, plasterers mesh and a couple of die cuts. Thanks for visiting and hope to see you on our challenge

Friday, 16 June 2017

Under the sea

I haven't made a tag for ages so it made a change to have a play, It's quite a small tag (3"x 6" ) The tag was a dark brown so I started by painting it with gesso ,first mistake as then of course it resisted the oxide inks I wanted to use. eventually with a bit of perserverance I got a decent coverage,I had not planned what I was making but the colours looked like the sea to me.I stamped the large seaweed and shells stamp from Kaisercraft and white embossed it. Next mistake was to stamp and white emboss a sea horse which looked awful,decided to cover  it up with frantage marine embossing powder,heated it up and embedded a white die cut sea horse,die cut the anchor and shells and coloured them with aquamarine treasure gold,added a few sequins for bubbles and a scrap of meshy stuff to finish. I'm entering these challenges

Go Tag Thursday  - Anything goes
Moo-mania - Under water
Tag Tuesday - Texture
Sparkles Monthly challenge - embossing ( heat or dry)

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Fairy Edna

A couple more cards for the charity box, I'm not doing very well with it this year so I need to get on and make some more.  I bought this Stamping Bella Edna stamp at Port Sunlight and this is her first outing, although she comes with a Martini stamp I decided she was drinking wine as our ladies in the village get out the wine at the slightest opportunity !

Moving along with the times -  Embossing wet or dry
Watercooler challenges -           Feminine

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Family Portrait

A just for fun card using Kevin's gang cats from Indigo Blu, I'm not sure what the background is as it's from "the stack" but I think its distress inks on glossy card, a couple of torn scraps across the bottom for the grass and the gang are coloured by dabbing with spiced marmalade and cracked Pistachio DI, made a mess of stamping the sentiment as I used versafine forgetting it doesn't dry on glossy card but it almost wiped off with a baby wipe and I re stamped with Memento.  I'd like to enter my card into

That's Crafty Challenges - Feline fine


Addicted To Stamps - Animals.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Happy Post

I'm delighted to be able to say that I have been invited to join the Design Team at Try It On Tuesday, well it took me all of 3 minutes to say yes !  I have followed this challenge ever since I began blogging so I was super excited to be asked.  The first challenge I was asked to join in with is right up my street , I love Steampunk but hadn't done any for ages so it was fun to dig out some old supplies and ideas.  My base card is a piece of Mirri card dabbed with alcohol inks and embossed with a cogs EF. The clock and the big cog die cuts are triple embossed with some very old metallic EP,some of the other cogs have gilding wax applied..The lady is a Hampton Art stamp and I glued watch parts to the cogs on her head.Big Sizzix butterfly and teeny tiny flowers and the word soar cut from a Adage tag.  Do pop over to the challenge site and see the fabulous examples by the design team

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Favourite Stamp

This month at Stamping Sensations the challenge is to use your favourite stamp.
For my card I used quite muted colours for the background,oxide distress inks twisted citron and worn lipstick and a bit of text stamping. I love this poppy stamp from Carabelle Studio, whats not to love about a poppy stamp LOL. I had a bit of a problem painting the poppy head over the oxide inks,everything I used seemed to just disappear into the background, eventually used my very old charisma pencils.  Do hope you will join us in our challenge this month, we are a stamping challenge so your entry must have stamping as the focal point.


We are sponsored this month by Visible Image who are offering  a prize of £35  to  spend in their store

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Pink Angel

This month at Sparkles Christmas , Helen has chosen the theme of Non Traditional colours. Struggled to think of what I could use for this as I must admit I'm very old fashioned regarding Christmas cards,however looking through my box of 12x12 Christmas papers I found several sheets of pink and green papers and remembered making cards years ago with them. A friend had borrowed my favourite angel stamp and brought it back last week so it was still on the table, found some pink Brilliance ink ( must say my Brilliance inks are very old but still stamp beautifully). I hope you will join us with this months challenge and add to your Christmas card stash.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Winter Wonderland

Time for a card for Mo's Rudolph challenge, always catches me by surprise as I can't believe it's already another month flown by.  This stamp is new to me, one of  several purchases from Crafty Individuals at Port Sunlight, haven't got round to using any of the others yet. The colours look a bit muted on here but are brighter in real life. Some papers from LOTV a couple of years ago , a die cut snowflake and some glamour dust glitter.I have several white pns and I could not get any of them to do white dots that showed up on the umbrella!

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Magical Day

Well, tonight I should have been getting on with making a few cards to put in the box down at our local hairdressers who kindly sell my cards for me, all the money goes to a named charity ( this time its the Yorkshire Air Ambulance ) but couldn't really settle down to it, can't stop thinking of all those children and young people killed and injured in the Manchester terrorist atroctity.
Finally had a play with some free stamps from Creative Stamping Magazine, I do love unicorns and this one is a real beauty.  This card will probably go to one of the great grand daughters, a couple of birthdays coming up next month.  
There is still time to enter Stamping Sensations May challenge which is Butterflies,fairies and fantasy.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Favourite Stamp

My turn for mid month motivation at Stamping Sensations, we are asked to choose our favourite stamp, an impossible task for me as I love so many different ones but I do have a bit of an obsession with poppy stamps so I have used one on my favourite ones here. This one is Inkylicious Botantical Poppy which I have stamped onto an distress oxide background,added an embossed piece of oxide paper and a square of hessian, finished off with a hessian butterfly. 

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Mixed Bag

Been a funny old week so far, I've got a lot of family birthdays etc this week and next so been making quite a variety of cards. First one is for a Great Grandsons 4th birthday.  Got these cute animals free with a magazine and while they are not my normal type of stamp I think I will be using them quite a lot for kiddiewinks cards.

 I'd like to pop this card onto Fashionable Stampings Challenge - Lets Go Wild

and here's a few more

21st for Great Grandson

1st Birthday for Great Great Grandson

30th Birthday for Grand daughter


and our daughters dog's 2nd birthday LOL

forgot to scan some of the others, caught up now until June so time to play now I hope.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Little Things

I was thrilled to be asked to do a guest designer spot for Try It On Tuesday, a challenge I've followed for years.  When I was told the theme I was in a bit of a panic about what to do but while searching around I found this little chipboard frame with the nine squares, I think from Crafty Individuals a long time ago.  I used to make inchies quite a lot at one time so dug out my 1" square punch and punched out nine squares from bits of brusho papers in "The Pile" and stamped various little bits and pieces, the white embossed ones don't show up very well on here though.The orange button from my button tin seemed a perfect match, threads from box full of fancy knitting wools never used as I can't knit LOL 

Sunday, 7 May 2017

No Place Like Gnome

This month at Stamping Sensations the challenge is Butterflies/fairies and fantasy.  For my DT card I have used Stampendous Whisper Friends for the gnomes and flowers and Sweet Dixie stamps for the fairy door,notice,leaves and grass.  I am not normally much into cute stuff but I fell in love with the gnomes at first sight and then the fairy door took my eye too!  Hope to see you on our challenge this month, there is this fabulous prize for the winner

Just remember we are a stamping challenge and we must see stamping as the focal point of your entry, digis are accepted if they are hand coloured,

Monday, 1 May 2017


Time for a new challenge at Sparkles Christmas Challenge and this month it is my choice and I have chosen snowflakes.  The snowflake embossing folder was already out from making my last card so I embossed a piece of Silver white shimmer card with it. I wanted to use teal with it and this was the nearest I could find in my stash. The large snowflake die is Tonic winter snowflake which I cut in the shimmer card and the teal and slightly offset them.  The sentiment is from a very old set of Hero Arts stamps. Hope you will join us in this months challenge.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Rudolph Day Again

Time for another of Scrappy Mo's Rudolph day challenges again. I'm determined to keep up this year even if its just another one card to add to the box.  I already had some Hobby Art Stamps out from the last card I made so decided to do another little scene. This is much smaller than the one done with the stencil, its a 5x7 card which is a size I'm used to working with.  Used the cuttlebug embossing folder (I think this was the first embossing folder I ever bought ?) The little deer at the front is from a freebie set from last year and its just a nice size to fit in with the other stamps I've used. I'd also like to enter these challenges

A Snowflake Promise - anything goes  Christmas or winter theme
The Holly and Ivy Christmas challenge - anything goes as long as its Christmas

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

The Great Outdoors

This week at Cardz4guyz, the challenge, chosen by Julie is The Great Outdoors. I had really wanted this Clarity Stencil for a while but kept telling myself I didn't need it but last weekend I found myself clicking the buy now button once again !  Actually its a lot bigger than I thought and I've had to make a  7x7 card to accomodate it, not fan of big cards so may not be using it much ! The stamps are from Hobby Arts other than the rabbits which are Inkylicious.  Hope to see you on our challenge with a card for a Guy in your life.  This is my last DT card for Cardz4guyz as I have reluctantly decided to step down, I've enjoyed being part of the team for the last couple of years but I'll still be making lots of cards for the men in my life.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

I Spy........

Not been doing much crafting this week as I've been trying to get some work done in the garden most days, the last few days have been really sunny although its still cold out of the sun.  My usual annual fight with celandines ,know I'll never completely eradicate them but have to try and keep the numbers down. Could not believe there are already greenfly on one of my clematis, must remember to go and spray them tomorrow. usually try first of all with soapy water but if that doesn't work its out with the bug spray!   Last night I did manage a little play with my oxide ink pads, for some reason I forget to get a yellow one so as I was ordering that I thought I might as well have the others I don't have ,just waiting for them to arrive now, always think a bit of yellow lifts things. Anyhow this is my first play with my new Indigo Blu stamps( another  birthday present), do love the flower stamps in the set. The butterflies looked a bit dull so I added a bit of wink of stella, wasn't too impressed with that so added some glamour dust glitter as well.  I'd like to enter my card into

Allsorts Challenge - I Spy ........... something beginning with B-  Blue and butterflies

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Shades of brown

This week at Cardz4guyz Caz has chosen Shades of Brown for the challenge. For my card I have used the sand pipers and reeds from Stampin Up Wetlands set and the sentiment is from another set.
Kraft card base and a bit of corrugated town card. The two background papers are actually a light brown although they look grey on here.  Hope you will join us in this weeks challenge with a card for a Guy in your life..

Black and white

Saw Rubber Dance challenge for Black and white with one other colour and thought I'd have a go at it. Then I didn't know what stamp to use, first p
of all I found this Stampendous Dance in the rain and thought I'd use that and then I found another stampendous  Steampunk lady and after that a couple of creative expression ones I thought might do, Ended up making four cards in all but I had also got out some Banksy style ones that I've never used but thought I'd better stop now as its well after midnight.
Here are the other three cards, no idea what I'll use them for but enjoyed making them

Rubber Dance  Challenge - Black and white plus one colour of your choice

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Raindrops on roses

A friend has just sent me two sets of Rose stamps, they are just beautiful!  For my card I stamped the smaller rose head in versamark and white embossed, the coloured the card with Distress oxide worn lipstick ( goes on like a dream !) gave it a bit of a spritz and wiped off  the embossed images. The main rose done in exactly the same way and fussy cut. The leaves are from an altenew set,used the D.Oxides again for them. The Die cuts were a birthday present from another lovely friend(they are spellbinders marvelous squares)  The raindrops are glassy accents with a bit of glitter added.
I like to enter my card in these challenges

Fashionable Stamping _ sound of music-my favourite things (raindrops on roses)
My Time to craft - No designer paper

Thursday, 13 April 2017


Found time for a bit of inky play last night.  This card didn't work out at all like I planned but then my cards rarely do.  I think the background is made with distress oxides but it was in a pile of papers so I'm not sure. Stamped the Beautiful you girl and coloured her with Inktense pencils, the puddle is from some free stamps and once I'd stamped it I wished I hadn't ! but carried on regardless. I stamped the whole quote on the piece I had cut off the background paper but it looked too heavy in one piece so chopped it up . Stamped round the edges with a Kaisercraft edge stamp and stamped a few blotches which don't really show up on here.

I'd like to enter this into

                                            Addicted to Stamps Challenge - Make your mark (Inktense pencils)

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Animal Antics

The challenge at Cardz4guyz this week ,chosen by Sian, is Animal Antics, for my DT card I have used a very old Penny Black stamp and a sentiment stamp by Butterfly Kisses.  I have had a very busy weekend and had to make this card in a hurry late at night but even though its quite simple I was quite pleased at how it turned out. Now I've just had my customary fight with Windows 10 to try and edit it !  My daughter has taken my old laptop to a friend who has a computer shop to see if they can remove all the photos from it and install Windows 7 on it .  I'm getting too old to fight with all this technology !  Hope you will join us this week with a card for a Guy (any age) .

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Easter Bunny

This week at Cardz4guyz the challenge ,chosen by Cyndi, is Easter or Spring. I have lots of flowery stamps etc that I could use but struggled to find something masculine. Came across some serviettes a friend sent me last year or maybe the year before, she had made some lovely cards with them which gave me the nudge to make this. The background is embossed but it doesn't really show on here,the foliage at the bottom is a little stamp from creative stamping magazine. Hope you will join us in ou challenge this week.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Daisies ?

We have an anything goes challenge at Stamping Sensations this month so |I've gone with my favourites  of making a messy background to stamp on.  This is my second go at making this card, first one I started with a brusho background and started to paint with brusho paint but it bled all over the place ! I have never had that happen before and can only think it was because I had used water colour card whereas I normaly just use my ordinary stamping card. This background is a mix of dylusions with a lot of water added to dilute the colour and a homemade ink spray. The stamp is Stampendous Daisy Thanks,bees from two different sets and the greeting is a magazine freebie

There is a fabulous prize on offer this month

PDA sell quality cardstock, pre scored cards and envelopes, essentials such as Spellbinder dies and embossing folders, Imagination Crafts beautiful Sparkle Medium, and some cute charms and crystals from Hobby House. The website is always changing, so call back regularly for all the latest products. There is a fabulous £40 voucher for the winner.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Christmas candy canes

This month at Christmas Sparkles the challenge Chosen by Sandra is Christmas Candy.  I was a bit thrown by this as I've never really thought about candy canes in respect of Christmas although I think they are more popular in the States but its surprising what turns up when you start rooting through stash! firstly I found the candy cane paper freebie ages ago from Simply Homemade magazine (when did that one disappear ?) and then among a box of freebie stamps I found a set of Nitwit stamps which had also come from the same magazine, probably together.  I stamped the Santa onto a new die  ( from The Works, they had lots of different sets at very, very good prices and they cut beautifully )coloured with Promarkers. The small candycanes are from the same set.  Look forward to seeing you on this challenge getting ahead with your Christmas card stash !

Friday, 31 March 2017

away with the fairies

I've never really been into making anything with fairies but I have to admit to taking a liking to fairy doors, I have a lovely wooden one waiting to be decorated (sometime!) but somehow I seem to have suddenly enjoyed playing with this set which were free with a papercraft magazine a few weeks ago.
I have made these four atcs for a friend who has just sent me some lovely ones, I haven't made any for ages but these were so quick and simple, using my Misti I did have to stamp the fairies a couple of times to get a really black silhouette.  Coloured with promarkers and lots of glitter added.  I'd like to enter these in a couple of challenges

Cardz4galz - fairy nice  (hope this is ok as its not a card ?)
ilove promarkers challenge - Angels/fairies

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Rudolph day robin

Since I got Windows 10 I can't get at my pictures in the editing programme I used to use and I find it really irritating!  Anyhow just made this card from bits and pieces from an old Making Cards magazine, do like the Robin images from this one . While I was searching for bits of DP I did bring myself to throw some of the images from a couple of the other magazines away, I need to stop hoarding !  Don't think I'll be making anymore like this as I'm not that happy at how it turned out but its another one in the box LOL  I wanted to get entered into the Rudolph Day challenge as I've made myself a promise I will enter it every month

In The Country

Oh my goodness, I forgot to make my DT card for Cardz4guyz this week, didn't remember until 11pm last night so its a very hasty put together one this time. The challenge this week by Sue is In The Country so lots of scope there.For my card I have used a topper from Making Cards magazine and some woodgrain paper from my stash. Hope you will join us in this weeks challenge.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Pretty In Pink

I got this Woodware stamp  at the Harrogate show this month, i do have quite a few bike stamps but I liked that this one is big enough to need nothing else but a sentiment.  Coloured in with Karisma pencils and added a few sequins. I'd like to enter my card into 

Cardz4galz challenge - pretty in pink


Craftygirlzchallenges - anything goes

Tuesday, 21 March 2017


This week at Cardz4guyz it is my turn to choose the challenge and I have chosen the theme of Trees.
I have had this Craftty Individual stamp over a year and have not really used it but today I tried stamping it on a piece of background paper that I had coloured with distress oxide inks and I really like how it looks. The background is Stampin up hardwood stamp which I use such a lot for male cards and the sentiment is a freebie stamp. Hope you will join us this week with a card for a guy in your life  I'd also like to enter my card in the Male Room challenge

The Male Room  Challenge- Wood

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Lady In Red

I was lucky enough to manage to get some oxide distress ink pads at the Harrogate show last Friday, I only bought six as I was not sure I needed them, oh yes I really do need the other six now, I love them!  On this background I have used faded jeans, wilted violet and cracked pistachio ,liberally spritzed with water. I stamped the Justrite Paris Boutique background stamp very lightly as I didn' t want a strong print and then I went back in and restamped the tower and Paris bit again so it showed up more. I stamped the runway girl directly onto the background but them I tried to bleach out her face and ended up with a hole in the paper LOL. stamped her on a bit of card and cut out most of her,the legs ,hand and dog are the original stamped bits.Coloured her with festive berries distress ink.
I'd like to enter my card into Try It On Tuesday Challenge - The Lady In Red

Tuesday, 14 March 2017


We have a lot of family birthdays in February and March so I've been having to make a lot of masculine cards lately, got a bit of an overload with cars and motor bikes so thought I have a play with this old steam train collage stamp, stamped onto a piece of inky paper from "the pile" and just tore off the top bit as it had a yellow sun on it for some reason.The embossed cog piece is also from "the pile" as it the piece of background paper which is actually a bit more purplely than it looks on here. Die cut the cogs ( a cheap die from the works which cuts really well) and just rubbed them with inka gold and green. I would like to enter this card into a couple of challenges

Fashionable Stamping - Modes Of Transport



This weeks at Cardz4guyz the challenge, chosen by Jan, is numbers.  I've made my card for a Great Grandson's eleventh birthday next month,  Now what I know about football could be written on a sixpence bu I know at Christmas he came all togged out in a football strip which I think was Leeds United, couldn't get hold of his Mum to check so hopefully I've got it right. Had to look up their colours on google so just gone with yellow and blue and hope it's right. The image is from a Making Cards CD, I've used a numbers embossing folder,stitched stars and some numbers from a bits and bobs box.  Hope you will join us this week with a card for a Guy in your life.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Beautiful You

I made this card a couple of weeks ago when I first got the Beautiful You stamp set but I hadn't blogged it for some reason.  Thought I could enter it onto Allsorts Challenge this week.

Allsorts Challenge - Ladies and girls
Penny Black and More - Anything goes
Daisy Chain Challenge - Make it Feminine

Saturday, 11 March 2017

more inky bits and pieces

Had a friend round the other day for a bit of crafting, we haven't seen each other for ages so it was more talking than stamping but while I was looking through a file full of inky backgrounds I found these white embossed images so last night I decided it was time to make something of them. Added more distress inks to the backgrounds as they were a bit pale, bleached out the flowers and painted them with distress inks,then just matted and added the sentiments and a few punched butterfles.
Went to the Harrogate Papercrafts show yesterday, not the best of shows, gets smaller every time BUT Inkylicious were there so spent quite a lot of time watching Emma do some fabulous demonstrations, of course I did have to buy a few more stamps and they actually had the Oxide distress inks so loaded up with them, will be interesting to see how they work. More Woodware stamps from the Stamp Hut and own make stamps from Whichcraft ,plus after seeing their demonstrator using the Neo Colour water soluble wax pencils I now have them to play with ! just need more hours to play LOL