Tuesday 25 January 2022

Under The Sea

 I made this card for a challenge I just came across called Lets Squash It, intrigued I had a look and its a challenge for using embossing folders. One of the things I have promised myself to do this year is use my embossing folders (of which I have loads!) and also my stencils (ditto)   This card was one of those that really didn't want to be made and there are several glaring mistakes on it but I started so I was going to finish,  The embossing folder I've used for the background is High Seas from Stampin Up. The porthole stamp I've had for years, no idea where it came from and the fish and seaweeds are a cheap stamp set that came from The Range a couple of years ago, never used until now.

Lets Squash It Challenge - Under the sea

and also

Cardz4guyz -Something beginning with P (porthole)

Use a quote

 Its time again for a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday  and this time it is "Use a Quote"  We would like to see more than just a small sentiment for this challenge, any type of medium is welcome.  For my card I have used a piece of card smooshed with cosmic shimmer gilding polish, added some stencilled dragongflies with oxide ink and stamped the large dragobfly with versafine ink. Coloured the wings with glitter pens  and added a few sequins.  The word stamps are Inkylicious.  The design time have lots of inspiration for you over on the challenge blog so I hope you will visit them.

Thursday 20 January 2022


 This is a new stamp that my sister gifted to me at Christmas and I love it. It is a VERY big stamp so this is only part of it on a 5x7 card.  I really enjoyed colouring it with a mixture of Polychrome,Carisma and Coloursoft pencils, the sentiment is stamped and embossed on vellum and secured with a couple of brads. I wonder how many people have a large stash of brads and eyelets, wish their use would come back into card fashion !  I'd like to enter my card into My Time To Craft Challenge which is Floral and also
Seize The Birthday - embossing (flowers and sentiment are embossed)

Wednesday 19 January 2022


 A card for a family members birthday next month.  I've used a "cover a card" stamp for th background, the rest of the stamps are Stampin Up.  I'd like to enter my card into Creative Crafting Uncles challenge with is Masculine Birthday

Saturday 15 January 2022

Up Up And Away

 I don't often buy cute stamps but I did fall for the Little Folk mice from Pink Ink, love their skinny legs and cute shoes. There is a balloon stamp with the mouse set but I used an older stamp that was free with a magazine a  year or two ago as I felt she really needed a big bunch of balloons, looks like she is almost taking off !  I'd like to enter this into Daring Card Makers Challenge - Up Up and Away

Thursday 13 January 2022


 Quick last minute card for Grandson (adult)   I've had these Apple Blossom stamps for a long time but never used them,. Bit of quick colouring with polychromo pencils, embossed the top half and found a bit of toning paper for the bottom half.  I'd like to enter this card into Cardz4guyz challenge which is spots/stripes. 

Tuesday 11 January 2022

In with the new

 Time for the first challenge of the year over at Try It On Tuesday and this time it is " In with the new".  All kinds of medium are welcome as long as they comply with the theme.  For my card I have used new stamps which I bought just before Christmas and had not had time to use them until now.  The heap of cats is an AALL & Create stamp and the wording is by Stamp Market.  I got these stamps at a little Stamp shop in Skipton run by a lovely lady called Katy, I was so happy to be in a real bricks and mortar shop after nearly two years on only online shopping ! hopefully I'll be back before too long.  The design team have some great samples to inspire you over on the challenge blog so I hope ypu will pay them a visit.

I'm also entering cardz4galz challenge - New Stash

Sunday 9 January 2022

Monster Birthday

 Just a fun card I have just made for a Great Grandson's fifth birthday.  I'm getting a liking for slim line and quite simple cards at the moment, change from my usual "just have to add a bit more and a bit more too"  I'm ashamed to say while looking for ideas amongst my boxes of stamps I found a full set of Paper Artsy stamps unopened and unused. They must have been there quite a while as I've only ever bought their stamps at Port Sunlight shows, haven't been there for several years so must be at least five years old ! Simply coloured with Polychromo pencils and wording added.  Looks a bit blotchy on here but doesn't in real life.  I'm trying to get back to posting on my blog a bit more regularly now so hope there are still some folks out there looking in.