Friday 31 October 2014

Santa's back

Just spent a messy hour playing about making this card and now I'm quite disappointed at how it looks on here, maybe I should have gone in a bit stronger with the colours, I wanted a vintage, faded effect but looks a bit wishy washy to me.  However I made the card for a challenge so here goes

Make My Monday - Shabby Chic

Craft Room Challenge - vintage Christmas


Wednesday 29 October 2014

Freebie stamps

Just been having a little play with the lovely Penny Black stamps that came free with Papercraft Essentials, love this poinsettia stamp, the little sprig is from an imagination crafts decoupage set, I've hardly used the main image but this little stamp is so useful and I've used it loads.  The strange thing is I've used the same ink to stamp the sprig as I've used to stamp the sentiment and yet they look totally different on here but just the same in real life!   Just sneaking in at last minute on the Penny Black and allsorts challenge

Penny Black And Allsorts - Get ahead for Christmas

Paper Minutes - Christmas/Red

Tuesday 28 October 2014

Enjoy the journey

This is my final card as a guest designer for Cardsz4guyz, the theme this week is metal . I got so engrossed in making this card I must admit I almost forgot what the theme was! just remembered in time to add the metal wheel and spinner .Randomly stamped background using Stampin Up gorgeous grunge with iced spruce distress ink and then some Tim Holtz stamps using memento cocoa brown and archival jet black .Loved making this card, change from Christmas stuff I'm surrounded by at the moment.

Sailingpineapples - newsprint/wording/sentiment/quotation

Thursday 23 October 2014

whatever the weather

Thought I'd just have a bit of a break from trying to make Christmas cards, can't really seem to get in the mood, last year I romped through making them and just wanted to carry on even when I had more than enough, this year its a struggle, can't get inspired even though I have enough Christmas stamps to stock my own shop.  Anyhow this is a set of stamps from Inkylicious that I bought at the Harrogate show, thought it was about time they saw some ink.  I'm not sure I should have added the pink umbrella but its well and truly stuck on so there it stays ! Couple of challenges to enter it in

Fashionable Stamping - Weather forecast

City Crafters - A piece of sky ( sun/moon/stars/rain/snow etc )


Tuesday 21 October 2014

More spooky stuff

This is my third week as a guest designer for Cardz4guyz challenge and I've enjoyed joining in with the team. THis week the challenge is Its Spooky/ Halloween.  I don't really have anyone I could send a Halloween card to but I do find them fun to make. The Tree and the bats are from a Hero art set I found at a bargain price at Port Sunlight show and the rest of the stamps are stampendous Halloween charm set. I'm quite enamoured of the spooky cats as I have my own "familiar" whitchy cat who arches his back just like that, he's a bit mad, today he leapt off the conservatory roof trying to catch a bird, don't think he quite understands he can't fly, silly boy ! Would also like to enter it in the following challenges

Shopping Our  Stash  - Halloween

Artistic Inspirations  - Halloween

Wedodoobado - Halloween

Fussy and Fancy - orange and black

That's Crafty - Spooky

Tuesday 14 October 2014


A while ago I was asked if I would like to do a guest spot on Try It On Tuesday and I was very happy to accept.  The theme is Spooky ao a good chance to have a place with my Halloween stamps. Stencilled the ghostly trees in the background and kept the stencil on while I coloured the background with distress inks.The wicked witch is from Graphic 45 and the rest of the stamps from Stampendous Halloween charms, I just love the cat and the rats LOL

Easel card

I haven't made an easel card for ages and had almost forgotten how to make one.  This is my second Guest Designer card for cardsz4guyz challenge. The background papers are from DoCrafts chronology pad and all the stamps are Indigo Blu. It was a nice change to make something like this but I didn't like having to take a photo instead of scanning, my desktop computer is very contrary and its takes for ever to to get a photo onto it.  I'm looking into buying a new all in one wi fi printer and it really needs to be one that will upload my photos without a load of messing about!

Tuesday 7 October 2014

Guest DT

This month I am happy to be a Guest Designer on Cardz4guyz, I actually enjoy making cards for men which is maybe just as well as I do have to make lots for all the men in the family.  This weeks challenge is Time To Relax and I think this stamp just about says it all. Background inked with distress inks. The stamp is Inkylicious as are the birds, the wording stamp is from an old Hero Arts set.

Sunday 5 October 2014

Warm Autumn Colours


The Challenge This month at Stamping Sensations is Warm Autumn Colours and this month we are sponsored by Imagination Crafts who are offering a very generous £35 store voucher.

These are my design team cards both made with Imagination Crafts products

This one using one of their lovely decoupage stamps, the wording also comes with the stamp, all coloured with various distress inks.

and this one using their bullrush stencil and more distress inks

Friday 3 October 2014

No cards this time!

I've been struggling with a flare up of my rheumatoid arthritis , the worst part is the terrible tiredness, if I sit down I fall asleep!   BUT, it's Port Sunlight Happy Stampers tomorrow and I'm going if I gave to crawl on hands and knees LOL.  Can't believe that it's Port Sunlight and Great Northern papercrafts on the same weekend, the only two shows I can ever get to. Might manage an hour on Sunday at GNPS if I can.  Hope to come back all inspired and raring to go.