Wednesday, 18 July 2018


It's taken me a while to steel myself for it, but I've finally cut into my wonderful Graphic 45 "French Country" pad.

I used papers from the 12x12 pad, fussy cutting lots and lots of sunflowers from one of the papers, playing around with the layers until I was happy with it and then finishing with a ribbon threaded through one of the matching chipboards.

I am sharing this with
Allsorts challenge - Flowers all over
Craft Rocket Challenge - Summer

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Men's Fashion at Cardz 4 Guyz

The new challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is Men's Fashion.

I used the Papermania Heritage Press  stamps, tag and a scrap of one of the matching papers along with more of my Hot Off The Press snippets and a collection of random buttons.

I am sharing this with
A Bit More Time To Craft - anything goes 
Just Add Ink - Just add T (tie, tag and tweed)

Monday, 16 July 2018

Butterfly in the Wisteria

I've spun the wheel of fortune at the Butterfly Challenge and came up with the colour Wisteria - mainly to give me the chance to use some of this beautiful double sided BoBunny paper which is not only wisteria coloured but features glorious wisteria blooms too!

By slashing the paper I was able to show off both sides of the beautiful paper, and it also gave me a great spot to position the sentiment. Rather than creasing the folded back paper flat, I've given the card dimension by gently curving it back and holding it in place with dragonfly brads. The butterfly is stamped with an old Linda Luckin stamp.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Gone fishin'

The school holidays are drawing near and, like many craft-loving parents and grandparents, I'm starting to think of some fun projects to keep the children busy on rainy days. That's if we ever get any rainy days ever again! One idea is to use stamps and/or digis to create some easy-to-colour toppers, then let them loose on the paper and ribbon scraps boxes and see what they come up with. Here is the card I have made to inspire them.

The image, complete with sentiment, is a digi - I didn't  keep a note of where it came from - which I've coloured with Promarkers. The fishy background paper is left over from a future project (well, I know what I'm talking about even if it doesn't seem to make sense!) and I've finished it with a scrap of ribbon.

I'll print off a selection of fairies, animals, superheroes and butterflies and let the children copy this simple card in their own way!

I'm sharing this with
The Male Room - Fish/Fishing
Sweet Stampin - Occupations or Hobbies (fishing)

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #114 - Colouring

Today at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Edna wants us to use our colouring skillz.

Now colouring isn't really my strong point, especially when it comes to detail, but I recently won some sweet large image stamps from Daisy Mae designs which just cry out to be coloured carefully, so I decided to play with the Owl On A Swing stamp.

I added a branch stamped with a magazine freebie stamp then coloured the image with Promarkers. I did worry about giving the owl blue eyes - I know owls don't have blue eyes, but then they don't wear dungarees either and  an owl would be more likely to stick a mouse in its beak than in its pocket, so I think those blue eyes are perfectly acceptable.

I fussy cut the branch end of the image and inked the edges of the rest, layered it onto wood grain effect card  then added flowers and snark - the latter being a Dylusions sentiment.

I am sharing this with
Crafty Creations Challenges - Anything Goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes with a creature

Guest Designer at Christmas Card Throwdown

I'm delighted to have been invited to be this week's Guest Designer at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.

The challenge this week is a colour challenge - black and either gold or silver, and I have opted for the black and gold choice.

I've used an assortment of dies cut and embossed in both black and gold, with the poinsettia centre finished with gold glitter glue. The sentiment is an Altenew one - I just love the way that set of sentiments performs, so clear and yet delicate at the same time.

I am sharing this with
CAS  on Friday - Christmas in July 

Friday, 13 July 2018

Champagne Corks are Popping

The new challenge at Twofers is Beverages, and I  just KNOW that Darnell and her team will be expecting to see my "lady drinking cocktails" silhouette stamp again - but I have many more alcoholic-beverage-related strings to my bow, so here is something completely different...

I've used the champagne bottle stamp and the champagne glass die - both magazine freebies - on both cards. The first is a Congratulations card and I've made the background by using a gold Delicata ink pad and a couple of "random blob" stamps from the Gentleman Crafter stamp set to make a champagne-fizz inspired background.
The second is a fun birthday card with the background made using the champagne bottle stamp and the topper made with the "tipsy friends" stamp and sentiments from a recent Making Cards freebie.
I am sharing this due with Twofers for the Beverages challenge.

Now a closer look at the individual cards.

Ah, those gold "blobby bits" show up a lot better now! I am sharing this with Watercooler Wednesday where this week's challenge is All About Occasions.

And finally the "tipsy friends" card.

I am sharing this one with
Alphabet Challenge - H is for Happy Birthday
Addicted to Stamps and More - Happy Birthday