Monday 20 December 2021

Happy Christmas

 Well it's that time of year again and it's time to wish anyone who is still visiting my poor neglected blog a very Happy Christmas.  Like a lot of people it's not been a very good year for us and I've found crafting difficult. I'm hoping to try and do better next year 

This was a very simple card to make using the lovely Woodware collage stamp but I was quite happy with it. I'd like to enter a few challenges with it

Time to Start  Blue Christmas

My Time To Craft - Christmas animals

Sweet Stampin - anything Christmas

Peace On Earth - ATG Christmas

and a second card

Crafty HazelnutsChristmas challenge - Anything goes with the option of use the word Merry

Tuesday 7 December 2021


 The new challenge at Try It On Tuesday is Snowflakes, the design team have lots of inspiration for you over on the challenge blog so I hope you will pay them a visit.  This is our last challenge for 2021 but we will be back in January with new challenges.  For my card I have used a Tim Holtz stamp, the background is a 3D embossed piece coloured with metallic gilding wax, quite irridescent but that doesn't show up on here.  I'm hoping this will be the last Christmas card I make in 2021, I gor rather carried away this year and have probably got enough cards for the next few years !

Tuesday 23 November 2021

Winter Wonderland

 Christmas is fast approaching and I've been really busy making Christmas cards.  It's time for a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday and this time it is Winter Wonderland.  For my card this time I have used bits and pieces from a box I keep all bits kept over from Christmas card making and now and again I do try to use up some of them, The centre topper is from quite a few years ago and now I can't remember how I made it, know its using some two sided sticky paper and the glitter is trapped in between but don't quite know how , I'll have to look it up as it does give a lovely glittery finish without any glitter falling off. Why is it that I never notice a wonky layer until I put it on the computer? now it's really annoying me so might have to do a bit of taking apart and straightening up!  Hope you will visit the design team on the challenge blog and see the lovely samples they have to show you.

Tuesday 9 November 2021

Make It Magical

 The new challenge that starts today at Try It On Tuesday is to Make It Magical.  I thought I would choose a magical unicorn for my card, I love this unicorn stamp from Indigo Blu and it doesn't get much use now the great grandchildren are getting past these kind of cards !  The stencil and wording are both from Inkylicious.  The design team have some fabulous samples on the challenge site so I hope you will pay them a visit,

We have been to "Pawtry" this afternoon, a party for one of our Grand daughters Yorkie dog who is one year old today, whatever next !  LOL , was very nice if a bit hectic with four very excited dogs creating havoc but fun anyway.

Tuesday 26 October 2021

Its all about time

 The weeks are rolling by so fast and it's time again for a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday, this challenge this time is It's All About Time and please visit the challenge page to see the fabulous samples the design team have made.  For my card I have used a piece of a master card I made a long time ago, a stamp by Visible Image that I've also had a long time and a couple of pocket watches from another very old set that I've had so long I have no idea what make it is, computer generated the wording but seems my black ink is running out so it's rather grey !  Been busy the last few days between the rain showers trying to get the garden tidied up and plants cut back, the lawn is covered in leaves from a neighbours tree so just waiting until its dry enough to try and sweep them up, the blackbirds are busy raiding the berries off my shrubs and the little crab apples on my tree attract them too, not so cold this week either.

Tuesday 12 October 2021


 Today the new challenge at Try It On Tuesday is Halloween.  The design team have some spooky makes for you over on the challenge blog so I hope you will join them there.  For my journal page I have used stamps from Crafty Individuals and used the Edgar Allan Poe quotes as my inspiration.  I have struggled to get a decent copy of my page as the background is very irridescent and reflective, I maybe should have used lighter colours but it does look better in real life !

Tuesday 14 September 2021

Going round in circles

 The new challenge starts today at Try It On Tuesday and this time the theme is Going round in Circles, the design team have some brilliant samples over on the challenge blog so I hope you will visit them. My sample is nothing like I intended making but having left it to last minute as usual I couldn't find the stamp I wanted to use ,most annoying!.  So I have made a journal page using a distress oxide background and various stamps , there are lots of circles on there but quite hard to see on here, The man on the bike and the clocks are some very old stamps , I think they came from The Stamp Man but not sure.

Wednesday 8 September 2021


 I've not been crafting for a few weeks now, had a bad fall, small fracture in bone in knee and very painful torn ligaments in the back of my knee, other than issuing me with a Zimmer frame NHS didn't seem to be able to offer any other help. Anyhow I do need a few cards for later this month and after seeing one made by a blog buddy I have naughtily cased her card, hope she will forgive me.I have used different colours and changed the layout a bit. I used some brads to attach the bits and pieces, seem to have an awful lot of them and hardly ever use them nowadays, I think we all stopped using "bumpy" embellishments when the postage went up for thicker cards !

I'd like to enter this card into Sparkles Challenge - Monochromatic

Tuesday 31 August 2021

Use Book Paper

 It's challenge time again at Try It On Tuesday and this time we are asking you to use book pages on your entry.  The design team have some fabulous samples over on the challenge site so I hope you will visit them.  For my page I have used a page from my Art Journal that I had already got ink on from rolling off my brayer after making something else, I just added a bit more distress ink and some stencilling which doesn't show up too well on here and then stamped the whole page with an AALL and Create stamp( this stamp is huge!)  restamped the bottle on dictionary pages and added some words cut from a magazine.

Tuesday 17 August 2021

Summer Blooms

 Time for a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday and this time the subject is Summer Blooms . The design team have some fabulous samples over on the challenge blog so I hope you will pay the a visit. For my card I have used a Penny Black Wreath stamp coloured with water colour paints.

Wednesday 4 August 2021

Pretty Flowers

 First time using this stamp which came with the Indigo Blu 3rd box set and I love it, so easy as it fills a complete card and just needs a mount and sentiment to finish off.  I would like to enter my card into Make My Monday challenge which is slimline cards

Tuesday 3 August 2021

Keep it simple

 I,m late with my design team card for the new challenge on Try it on Tuesday which asks us To keep It Simple.  The design team have lovely samples on the challenge so I hope you will visit them..  For me card I have used some inky paper from my stash, an embossing folder and two butterflies from a Tim Holtz bigz die.

Tuesday 20 July 2021

Feathered friends

 Time for a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday and this time the challenge is "Feathered Friends"

For my card I inked a piece of card with distress inks to make the background for the lighthouse which I stamped , coloured and fussy cut, stamp was a freebie in a magazine, birds are an Inkylicious stamp.  The Tide table stamp and the seagull are both Crafty Individual stamps.  The design team have a great set of samples on the challenge blog so hope you will visit them there.

Tuesday 6 July 2021

Travel and Adventure

 The new challenge at Try It On Tuesday is Travel/ adventure. The design team have some great samples to show you over on the challenge blog so do pop over and visit them.  For my card I have used some papers from Heartfelt Creations that I have had for a very long time, the wording is also from their papers,the motor bike is a stamp from a Creative Stamping magazine a couple of years ago.

Sunday 4 July 2021

Hit The Road

 I thought I'd make a card for the Cardz4guyz challenge which is travel. I always seem to use trains,planes or boats for these challenges so for a change I've used this cute camper van that came fom a Creative Stamping magazine a couple of years ago as did the other stamps. We no longer have a car so don't need the map books anymore so I appropriated them for craft use, the piece I've used on here is an area where we used to spend quite alot of time with our caravan, happy days !

Wednesday 23 June 2021

Here comes Summer

 I’m a day late with my post for Try it on Tuesday challenge, lost track of the days!  This time the challenge is Here comes Summer, lovely samples by the design team on the challenge blog. Background is just card dipped in distress inks on my glass mat. All the stamps have been free from magazines.     

Tuesday 8 June 2021

For The Man In Your Life

 Its time for a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday and this time we are asking for your entries to be For The Man In Your Life . The design team have some great samples on the challenge blog so I hope you will pay them a visit. For my card I have used Crafty Individual stamps with the background made with smaller stamps from a different set.

Monday 7 June 2021


 I love this little motorbike and sidecar stamp, reminds me of when our parents used to pile us kids into the sidecar and off we went to the seaside, no health and safety in those days! The background is using a stencil I have had for years, no idea whose make it is.

Watercooler Challenges  - All things masculine

The House That Stamps Built - All about the boys

Simon  Says Stamp - Masculine

Sweet Stamping Challenge - Masculine makes

Stinkin Inkers  - You're the man

Tuesday 25 May 2021


 Cannot believe how fast the weeks rush by and here we are with a new challange on Try It On Tuesday.

This time we would like to see lots of butterflies on your entries.The design team have lovely samples on the challenge blog so hope you will pay them a visit. 

For my card I used some stamps that were free last year with a magazine , I wasn't impressed with them when I got them but now, having used them I am really happy with them.Coloured with water colour paints and some layered stencilling in the background.

I'd like to enter this card into Cardz4Galz challenge - Wings

Sunday 23 May 2021

We will always have Paris

 Sorting out some craft stuff I came across a file full of Justrite Stamps, can't believe I had forgotten I had them.  The Background is one large collage stamp, just added a bit of distress ink and coloured the crown etc.  Thinking of what to add I remembered the Lost Coast Can Can girls stamp, just coloured bits of it as its a bit sketchy in parts, the legs partly disappear so just have to guess where to cut !  I am entering this into 

Country View Challenges  - We Will Always Have Paris.

Thursday 20 May 2021

Sail away

 The title of my post today is very appropriate as we have had non stop rain all day and its cold too, hard to believe we are nearly through May.  Our lawn is starting to look like a hay meadow as its just too wet to cut and although I have got the plants bought haven't been able to plant out summer bedding.  

The card today is a Woodware collage stamp stamped onto an inky background made by dabbing the piece of card into various distress inks pressed onto a glass mat and sprayed with water, one of my favourite ways of doing backgrounds, never quite know what am going to end up with, the background mat is a done through a wave stencil with the same colour inks.Butterfly is 3d'd and Compass stamped and fussy cut. I'm entering this into Cardz4guyz challenge - make your own background and  The Male Room challenge - Water/Beach 


Friday 14 May 2021


 Sympathy cards are not the best things to have to make and I have been asked for quite a lot over the last eighteen months.  I always try to keep them quite simple with muted colours and this Penny Black stamp seems quite appropriate for either a man or woman.  I used a Lavinia stencil and distress ink for the background, the sentiment is from a set of Inkylicious stamps

I'd like to enter this into

Make My Monday Challenge - Sympathy

Tuesday 11 May 2021

Make It Feminine

 Its time for a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday and this time it is "Make It Feminine" .The desisn team have some lovely samples over on the challenge blog so I hope you will pay them a visit.  For my card I have used some scraps of Graphic 45 papers I had been hoarding and forgotten about, die cut doily and stamps from Crafty Individuals, the wording stamps are freebies froma a magazine.

Monday 10 May 2021

All things Feminine


Seem to be on a bit of a roll at the moment after been so unmotivated for a long time so making the most of it while it lasts. Made this card for Watercooler Challenge of All Things Feminine.  The stamps are from a magazine back in 2019 and the papers were also free from another magazine, waste not want not !

Water Cooler Challenge - All Things Feminine

Sunday 9 May 2021


 Trying to get back to using my blog again. its been very neglected so I thought I might try entering a few challenges.  This is a very quick card using an old stamp, just added a sentiment and a die cut anchor

I'd like to enter into Cardz4guyz challenge which is monochromatic

Tuesday 27 April 2021

Name that song


Time for a new challange at Try It On Tuesday and this time it is "Inspired by A song".  Please quote the song title and artist if you enter.  There are some fab samples for you to see on the challenge blog so hope you will visit.  My card is Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper.  I love this Art Impressions stamp, one of the ladies just reminds me of one of my neighbours and it is also just like our village ladies group meetings where the wine flows freely!  

Friday 23 April 2021


After all my good intentions I've fallen by the wayside again on the blogging front, just seem to be always running out of time and I don't know why as I'm not going out anywhere.  I had to order a stamp for a friend and as happens, a few more fell into my basket and this is one of them. Super easy card to make, bit of ink dipping and then just stamp the whole image. I did 3d the moth to add a bit of extra colour.  I'm entering this into  cardz4guyz  challenge which is wheels.  Long time since I was on their design team!

Monday 12 April 2021

Back again

 Back again after a long break! wonder if there is anyone still out there !  I've struggled with my eyesight since I had my cataracts done last year, long distance sight is great but I now need reading glasses and have not been able to get to opticians, finally now got an appointment in a couple of weeks time so hopefully will be able to see what I'm doing when I get some glasses.  This is a card I made for a neighbour to give to another neighbour, the lady really likes cat so Ie'm sure she will like this Penny Black critter.  The second card here is what I sent her, she is still teaching piano and rides round the village on her bike, amazing lady.

The cats are Woodware stamps, piano keys and music notes freebie stamps, Happy Birthday stamp from Butterfly Kisses.

I would like to enter my first card into

Dragonfly challenges  - Feature a creature

And this one into

Cardz4galz - slimline cards

Tuesday 16 February 2021

Oh So Cute

 Can't believe it's two weeks since I posted on here ! where does the time go?  It's time for a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday and this time we are asking for CUTE !  I was a bit stumped on this one as I always say I don't do cute but then I realised I do have quite a lot of Penny Black Critter stamps which I love, the sentiment stamp is a very old one from a company called Butterfly Kisses, I loved their stamps but they disappeared very suddenly from the craft scene.  Hope you will vist the design team they have some fab samples on the challenge site.

Tuesday 2 February 2021

Falling In Love

 Its time for a new challenge at Try In On Tuesday and as its coming up to Valentines Day the theme this time is Falling In Love.  I'm not one for making Valentine cards so thought I'd do a page for my journal. I haven't had these crazy bird stamps out for ages so enjoyed playing with them again. Background is brusho with various stencilling and a bit of ramdon text stamped. The design team have some beautiful inspiration for you over on the challenge blog so I hope you will pay them a visit.

Monday 1 February 2021

Fabulous foxgloves

 This is my first play with this gorgeous Pink Ink stamp. It’s a really big stamp so I had to make an A5 card, never made one as big as this beforešŸ˜€coloured with watercolour paints and a bit of background stamping with a Lavinia stencil.

Tuesday 19 January 2021

January Blues

 Well the title says it all !  I have never liked January, always a dull month after Christmas and New Year but didnt even have them to look back on this time. Did have a lovely Christmas day with our daughter and husband but that was it.   The title actually refers to the latest challenge at Try It On Tuesday and I chose to do a journal page, just sprayed with glimmer mists ,bits of stencilling, random stamping, some splatters which don't show up much on here and three jolly snowmen to cheer it up a bit. I'm sadly lacking in inspiration these days, Mr Mojo seems to have permanently disappeared. I hope you all will visit the challenge blog and visit the DT who have some lovely workon there

Thursday 14 January 2021

Just playing

 A couple of cards made with Crafty Individual stampsI got before Christmas, just having a play.

Tuesday 5 January 2021

An uplifting quote

 Time for the first challenge of 2021 at Try It On Tuesday and we are asking for Uplifting Quotes. The team have some fab samples on the challenge blog so hope you will pay them a visit/  I have done a journal page for my DT piece using papers and stamps from the first Indigo Blu box magazine.  I thought this quote was very appropriate for the times we are living in right now.

Saturday 2 January 2021

Happy New Year Everyone

 I'm hoping everyone is keeping safe and enjoying new Christmas crafty presents.  I didn't ask for any this year other that a new paper trimmer which my lovely daughter got for me, however I do have rather a lot of new stamps that I accumulated over the last few months.  This is one of the latest ones I got from Crafty Individuals and I love it .  I made a background with brusho powders and lots of water, stamped my flower and coloured it with brusho powders mixed with water, added a bit of stencilling and some doodling round the edge and mounted it on a piece of DP.  I'm going to try entering a few challenges this year and I'd like to start by adding this card into Happy Little Stampers water colour challenge