Saturday 30 August 2014


Last year I joined in an ICAD swap (think it was last year ?) never being happy with what I make I had made several which were not used, found them the other day, along with a box full of tags, anyhow this topper is one of them, struggled to put it on a card until I suddenly realised I was trying to use it with a square card and it just didn't go! I hardly ever used anything but 6x6 cards but I did have a few 5x7 so tried it on one and yes, made all the difference. The two back layers are out of my mountain of inky papers, stamped the middle one with the same TH stamp as on the topper and mounted all the layers on black card, will maybe add a sentiment later.  Just squeezing it in for

Make My Monday - Tags or toppers

and also

Red Rubber designs - stay focused on stamping - anything goes

and after my yesterday post about my printer, my DH squirted some magic stuff  from an aerosol into various apertures in the printer and hey presto its working again! I am still looking for a wireless printer but can take my time in finding the right one.

Friday 29 August 2014


My trusty all in one printer decided to die a couple of nights ago, I have had it for 10 years and it has been excellent for all I needed it for. I have been wittering on about buying a wireless all in one so now it seems I have to make a decision!  Anyone bought one recently? any recommendations ?  Although my HP was high on ink costs it produced good quality prints and copies, quite true to originals , I'm dreading getting a new one and being disappointed !

Tuesday 26 August 2014

Pink Lady

I've been doing that boring task tonight of sorting out cards for another charity event, my daughter is doing a Strawberry Tea for MacMillan Cancer next weekend and she wants some cards to sell.  I'm always saying I'm going to actually finish cards at the time of making but I hate doing inserts and sorting out envelopes etc so inevitably I end up with a lot to do at once. I also realised I haven't blogged quite a lot of them either so trying to scan the ones I haven't used before. I'm pretty sure I haven't shown this pretty lady before so I'm entering her onto Sugarcreek Hollow challenge. All papers etc are Graphic45.

Sugar Creek Hollow - Lets celebrate - Birthday/anniversary

Monday 25 August 2014


 I have had two whole days in which I could have been creating all kinds of wonderful things and what have I done nowt! Well I did manage to put together this card which is made up of bits and pieces from previous projects. Don't know why I made the piece of paper with stamped leaves but it was in the pile, the next piece up is  resist stamped from when I first got my Hero flourish stamp and tried it out in all kinds of colours and techniques, there's still quite a few of them in the pile.The wording (Inkilicious) was already stamped on a piece of brusho experimental paper and the flourish is die cut from the same piece, all that is new is the card blank and the black card for matting,that said I put it together for Try It On Tuesday challenge -Use your stash

Try It On Tuesday - Use your stash
Country View Crafts Challenge - Word Play

Thursday 21 August 2014


I have had this cat stamp for quite a while but it doesn't get used very often, don't know why as he is rather smart, thought he fitted rather well on my new hardwood stamp, looks quite relaxed on there.

Craftroom Stamping - cats

Penny black and more -anything goes

Tuesday 19 August 2014


Looks like summer is over for us, its been quite chilly today even though the sun has been out most of the day, had to dig out my winter slippers and a sweatshirt tonight. I was tempted to turn on the heating but did resist.  Love this cheerful sunflower stamp, don't know why but sunflowers always make me want to smile ! Background paper stamped with versamark and coloured with pan pastels, the stamp is a Penny Black and is coloured with inktense blocks.Couple of challenges:-

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Floral Fantasy
Pan Pastels UK - bold and bright

Sew Special

Saw a couple of challenges that mentioned sewing and I don't need much encouragement to get out my sewing themed stamps.  This card is not as dark as it looks on here, the backing paper has a red stripe but it looks brown on here, can't get it to look any brighter! Justrite Grandmas attic stamp and a few bits of sewing theme ribbons.

Artful Times - Sewing
A Little Bit Crafty -Sew what?

A sequel to the shrew drama yesterday, this morning we were presented  with a headless corpse ! It was even smaller than the yesterday one, there are times when I just hate my cats !!!! We are keeping them in at night as it seemed to be then that they did their hunting, as shown by the times they brought in live mice in the middle of the night but it seems they have just changed their hunting times too.

Sunday 17 August 2014

Summer Fun

This card started with a piece of card I had used to play with Brusho paints, the girls stamp just fitted perfectly on it, I love this Crafty Individuals stamp its just so joyful ! Still not sure if it doesn't look a bit lost in the middle of this card but I enjoyed making it, distress inks, memory box stencil ,some stamps which were free with Creative Stamping and Inkilicious birds which you can't have a good seaside scene without.

Fantasy Stampers - By The Sea
The Artistic Stamper - anything goes
Our Creative Corner - Summertime

Capture the moment

We were supposed to be going to a 40's day at Pateley Bridge today but just as we were thinking about making a move one of our cats deposited a live shrew in my craft room! it ran behind my desk and sets of drawers, believe me if you saw what is there you would realise what a mammoth job it would be to move everything to get it, we shut the cats in another room and spent best part of an hour chasing it around the house, had to laugh afterwards at the sight of my husband with pint glass and feather duster chasing after this tiny little thing, they can't half shift! anyhow got it released into the hedge eventually. By which time we had decided we would stay home after all, its very,very windy and keeps raining. Anyhow made this card for Cardz4guyz challenge which is cameras/photos. The background is my new Stampin up Hardwood stamp which is going to be appearing on lots of stuff, I love it.

Friday 15 August 2014


Just a quick card for Fashionable Stamping Challenge - Make Us  Laugh

Hope you can read the wording its a bit cheeky!

The wine glasses were a late addition to cover up  finger print , clean and simple cards are so hard for a mucky tyke like me !

Wish you were here

Well this card is nothing like I started out to make, original bits and pieces just would not go together  so another root about found these stamps, the beach hut stamps unused for some reason and the very ancient  Pink Cat Studio beach stamps. I've decided to stop doing any more cards for my charity this year, seemed to be just churning out card after card with no enjoyment in the making, I have sold quite a lot although not as many as I usually do. Anyhow now I feel like I can have a bit of me time and just enjoy playing. I had started out with some Brusho pieces last night, I'm loving the stuff but I'm not very good with it as yet, quite a few pieces have gone in the bin up to now! Anyhow enough rambling, putting this on these challenges

Try It On Tuesday - Wish You Were Here
Eclectic Ellapu - Seaside or Nautical
Vintage Stamping - Summer days

Friday 8 August 2014

messing about!

A friend gave me this stamp of the lady with a fan ages ago as she didn't know what to do with it, neither did I!  Anyhow while looking for something else I came across it and thought she would fit Lunagirls challenge Victorian flowers and fans. Stamped the image on a piece of DP and then randomly stamped with an old set of Elusive Images (now Chocolate Baroque I think) Stamped some extra flowers and hearts and cut them out, added a few white highlights to the flowers and a bit of lace.  I Decided the lady needed some makeup but the eyeshadow looks a bit lurid on here, anyhow just a a bit of playing which I enjoyed. Oh I nearly forgot to mention its also ties in with the language of flowers bit as of course Roses = Love !

That's Crafty Challenge - Stamping Ground
The Artistic Stamper - anything goes

Thursday 7 August 2014

Antique bird

I love this Indigo Blu stamp but I never seem to be able to do anything with it!  This time I stamped it on a piece of card from my stack of inky bits and pieces, its very shimmery IRL ,coloured it with distress inks. The frame is cut from another piece of inky paper and just added a die cut tag with sentiment.

Make My Monday challenge - Birds
Rubys Rainbow - for the birds

Monday 4 August 2014


I've been playing with Brusho paints with limited success, I keep seeing fabulous pieces on various blogs but up to now most if my efforts have been bin fodder ! I finally made this piece which is at least passable, I do love the vibrant colours of the paints.  Cut a tag shape and mounted it another tag shape cut from a piece from my pile of inky bits and pieces, stamped with one of my favourite Inkylicious wording stamps and dyed a bit of seam binding for the bow.

Country View Crafts - Word Play

Sunday 3 August 2014

Summer fun

I was wanting to enter Fashionable stamping challenge but was struggling to find anything suitable, I had two stamps I could have used but both had already appeared in the challenge, I have a stamp of a little boy playing football, didn't appeal to me, then I remembered this stamp, its not mine but its been in residence in my house for a while! I do love these two off for a paddle. Stamped on a piece of DP, restamped, coloured and cut out, added a bit of frantage for sand, some birds from inkylicious and a seahorse from an Oxford impressions set. The wording is computer generated and is part of a little poem from a Childs Garden Of Verse.

Fashionable Stamping - Childhood games
Pan Pastels - Summer fun
Eclectic Ellapu - Seaside of nautical
Sugarcreek hollow - summer sunshine

Saturday 2 August 2014

Girl Talk

Oh dear me, I forgot to do this post!  I was asked to do a guest designer spot at Stamping Sensations
 but forgot it went live today so here is my belated piece. 
I don't often do girly cards but these stamps came free on Creative Stamping magazine and I rather like them,there's also a rather nice bicycle and wine bottles in the set, not doubt they will be making an appearance soon. I think the background papers were from craftwork cards  but I've had them a long time. Did the paper piecing with bits from my scrap box.