Friday 24 January 2014

Its black and white

Made this black and white card for Crafty Card Makers And More Challenge. I love black and white cards, quick and easy but very striking.  Used this  B Line stamp that a friend bought me in 2007 as a cheer up gift when I had just been diagnosed with cancer, it has been well and truly used and I still love it. 
This afternoon I finally got around to playing with my gelli plate which has been languishing unused and unloved in a drawer, didn't produce anything wonderful but some pieces will be used no doubt. One good thing also came out of it in that while watching you tube videos I noticed one lady was using the back of 12x12 scrapbook papers, Now I have been wondering whatever I was going to do with my humungous stash of papers now I know! already cut a bunch of them in 6x6 pieces and used some of them, when I look at some of the papers I have I do wonder what I was thinking when I bought them!

Crafty Catz - Monochrome
Country View Crafts - Monochromatic


Saturday 18 January 2014

I Love Paris

Well I should have been getting on with making some birthday cards but instead I've been fiddlefaddling about with this card.  Saw a colour challenge on The Card Concept and have tried to use their colours of Espresso(base card is stampin up espresso which looks black on here) main image is stamped on vanilla cardstock, pink bits and pieces and the rose. I haven't used any Kraft but  hope the colours on the patterned paper will count for that. The stamp is another Inkilicious I got last September and hadn't used before, the papers are from Papermania Madame Payraud and the Eiffel tower is a die cut from a friend.

The Card Concept - Espresso/Vanilla/Kraft/Pink -  Collage
Paper Crafting Journey - vintage/distressed/shabby chic
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
Ali Crafts - anything goes

Thursday 16 January 2014


Need to get cracking on some birthday cards, we have a lot of birthdays in the first three months of the year and most of them are for the males. This one is for one of our Grandsons. I do enjoy making men's cards but I have been making cards for them for over 20 years and sometimes I struggle to do something I haven't done before! I have lots of male orientated stamps but nothing sprung to mind this time. The car is an image from Dover publications and the papers are some old Graphic45. Now I have to start on a card for a great grandson who is sixteen next week and I don't have a clue  . I'm entering this on Caz's new challenge , hopefully this challenge will give us lots of inspiration for male cards.

cardz4guyz - Happy Birthday

Make it Monday = anything goes cards for men

I've just noticed it looks like the car is flying through the air! need to put some shadow underneath to "ground" it  -

Sunday 12 January 2014


Just pottering about ,still not making cards for anything in particular, made this the other night using one of the Inkilicious collage stamps I got at GNP last September, think I might have used it once before but I'm on a mission to try and use my stamps more. I went to GNP and Port Sunlight with a week of each other and of course I ended up with so much new stash all at once it didn't all get used before I got stuck into the Christmas card making frenzy ! Very simple card but I do love nautical stuff and it didn't seem to need much embellishment.
Crazy Challenge BlogSpot - cards for men

Saturday 11 January 2014

Polka dots

Quite a change of style with this card, Stampin Up Polka Dot Pieces stamps were another of my Christmas presents, I already had the bird punch and the scallop punch so was well set up with this set. Used a craft concepts embossing folder on the background and a piece of very old papermania paper. I haven't put a sentiment on yet ,will add one when I decide where the card is going! See there are a few monochrome challenges at the moment so here goes

Fussy and fancy Challenge - monochromatic

Winter Wonderland - Monochrome   ( does not have to be Christmas this time)

Country View Challenges - Monochrome

Thursday 9 January 2014

chocolate and cream

I was lucky enough to receive Tim Holtz French industrial paper pad for Christmas, having spent ages admiring it and stroking the pages I managed to force myself to actually cut up one page to make this card, I'd just got the Joycraft stamp as well so it's all new stash. The hessian(burlap?) flowers are cut from a roll of the stuff I've had for years, don't know what it was meant for, it has quite a firm paper backing, took it off one flower and it started to fray so left it on the other one, the buttons are for the raspberry bit of Fashionable Stamping Challenge which is Chocolate,cream and raspberry. Also entering it on Try It On Tuesday challenge -In with the new  and
Shopping Our Stash - Use something new

Lavender and Lace

Finally got back to my poor neglected blog.  I've done very little since Christmas which I feel quite ashamed about as I got lots of lovely crafty goodies for Christmas plus all the extra bits that sort of fell into my baskets while I was shopping online for Christmas presents for friends, sure you've all had the same thing happen to you!  all that's been missing is Mr Mojo so in the end I just thought well I'll have to manage without him.
I made this card for Vintage Stamping Challenge which is Lavender and Lace

also entering it in

Make it Monday- anything goes

Make My Monday - embossing (the frame is heat embossed)