Saturday, 22 February 2020

SOSS #154 E is for Evil

This fortnight's challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is E is for Evil.



You'll need to read the sentiment to find out what's evil about this card!


And if you think the colouring is a lot better than my usual efforts, I followed a tutorial! I'm determined to properly get the hang of making fine strokes with Promarkers.

Now let's see what evil makes YOU can come up with - you could be crowned Queen or Princess of Snark and get the chance to display one of our exclusive new 2020 badges!

I am sharing this with

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark 

Thursday, 20 February 2020

On Safari

This cute little hunter and giraffe came from a magazine freebie set a couple of years ago.


I stamped, coloured and fussy cut them then added some die cut and embossed tropical leaves  to make it look as if the hunter (armed only with binoculars, which is as it should be) is peeping out through the leaves to get a close look at the giraffe.

I am sharing this with:

AAA Cards - one corner/use older supplies 


Allsorts - dies and/or punches

CASology - Tall 


Fab'nFunky - For a child 

Make my Monday - Critters

Sweet Stampin - Birthday Boys

Watercooler Wednesday - Anything goes with a masculine twist


AAA Birthday - Cute 

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Winter warmers

I'm loving the Clearly Besotted "Drink and be merry" stamp set that I won in the Playground - here's the second of many airings for it, this time featuring the cocoa mug images.


I chose the "eat, DRINK and be merry" sentiment because a well-laden mug of festive cocoa, with all the cream and marshmallows and sprinkles and edible stirrer is more of a meal than a drink. I used Versamark ink to stamp them randomly over the red card background  then trimmed it with fancy scissors and matted it onto green. Then I stamped the three mug images and sentiment and coloured them with Promarkers and matted the panel to match the background layers.

I am sharing this with

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Anything goes/use some green

52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Cocoa


Passion for Promarkers - Use 3 of something 

Jingle Belles - use a lot of red 

and a second visit to Christmas Kickstart where the theme is also red, because I've used a lot more than I did on my first entry (same set of stamps though!)

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Anything goes at CD Sunday Plus

Our latest Anything Goes challenge has just started at CD Sunday Plus. Do come along and join in - you don't have to use a CD, you can use a downloaded image or papers or something printed out from a USB .

I've used a CD called "Making cards for men" that was free with making Cards magazine a few years ago.


The apple is an image from the CD, fussy cut and added with 3D adhesive. I've used a scrap of woodgrain paper from the same CD to represent a teacher's desk and some brickwork paper from a previous project for the wall. I've used black card for a blackboard  and doodles on it with white gel pen.

Friday, 14 February 2020

Rose swag

In my last post I used an ombré stencilled kraft background - well, while I was playing around with the technique I also made a similar one in shades of pink, which I've used here.


After making the background, I used the darkest ink again to stamp leaf sprigs randomly over it, then added a birthday sentiment.

Next I stamped the rose swag onto watercolour paper. As it is a very stylised image I kept the colouring stylised too by first colouring each section lightly all over with a lighter shade of watercolour pencil then, section by section, blending it with a very wet brush. While still wet, I added strokes with a darker coloured pencil and allowed it to blend slightly, giving a bit of encouragement  where necessary with a fine, slightly damp brush.  All the stamps came from a recent covermount on Creative Stamping.

I  used the back of my scissors to gently curve some of the leaves before attaching with 3-D adhesive.

I am sharing this with

Alphabet Challenge - Anything you wish

Uniko Studios 8th Birthday Linky Party 

The Flower Challenge - Add Leaves


Stamping Sensations - Feminine 

Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything Goes

Cor(e) what a pear!


Here are the cards I've made for this month's Twofers Card Challenge, where the theme is Fruit. The stamp I've used on both cards is from a very old Studio G mini set. 


For my first card I used a technique I read about here on Nancy's blog  - blending several shades of green onto kraft card to make an ombré effect and then stencilling the darkest shade over the top.  I used the same inks to stamp the pear and the sentiment from the same set and then finished off with some candi. 

I am sharing this with 

Addicted to CAS - Ombré 

Now my second card


This time I stamped the first and last parts of the sentiment to gauge their positions, stamped pear repeatedly over the remaining card front in Versamark ink and heat embossed with gold powder, then the partridge (fussy cut from a larger image) and middle part of the sentiment on a separate scrap of card. I coloured the partridge with Promarkers and edged the sentiment with a gold Delicata pad. 

I am sharing this with

Christmas Crafts All year Round - Hearts/Love 

Fezziwig's Festive Frolics - Anything Goes

And finally, the two together


And of course I'm sharing these with the second birthday challenge at Twofers - Fruit.  

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Step Block Butterflies #2

I made this card from the rest of the sheet of  card that I started in my previous post, using Mrs A's second set of instructions for the card shape.




This time both sides of the card feature, and I've finished it with die cuts and pearls. The butterfly is a two layer die and I sponged the upper one lightly with green ink.

Again I'm just claiming the step block card although I've accidentally used all the colours too!

I am sharing this with

The Butterfly Challenge - Spin the wheel with  the letter S

Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - February anything goes 

Watercooler Wednesday - All about Occasions (birthday)

Step Block Butterflies #1

At the Butterfly Challenge this time the card shape is a step block card and Mrs A has given us tutorials for two different types of card, neither of which I'd tried before. I'm going to put them in separate posts because I know there's a knack for adding the same post twice to one linky - but I don't know what it is! So here is the first card.


I used a piece of NBUS  double sided 12 x 12 card to make the basic step block shape and decorated  it by sticking some old embroidery peel offs (they are so old that when I got them, Alan and Barry were still the main/only presenters on Create and Craft - do you remember them?)  then piercing all the marked dots and stitching through the holes. The Butterfly was cut with a Mackintosh style die - sadly I don't own a copy of the doe so a friend cut it for me, I keep checking Craft Stash to see if it's back in stock but no luck so far. It is cut in white and I sponged it randomly with pale blue ink.

I've just noticed two things: the first is that I should have folded the flaps front-over-back rather than back-over-front and the second is that the patterned paper contains all the colours from the challenge wheel, and  as I've used the card shape and some stitching I could have added some spots and claimed a full house. I don't suppose the dots to mark the stitch holes on the peel offs count as spots do they? Oh well, never mind!

And of course I am linking this up at The Butterfly Challenge

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Brads and/or Eyelets at Cardz 4 Guyz

This fortnight at Cardz 4 Guyz it's my turn to choose the challenge and I'd like to see some brads and/or eyelets somewhere on your card.


I've just treated myself to a pack of music brads, including treble clefs and various notes,  so naturally I had to use some of those. The tag stamp was a recent magazine freebie, and I dusted off the Cropadile and used it to add an eyelet to the hole at the top. An embossed background and a violin (an unmounted stamp older than the hills) keep the card looking CAS even though there's a lot going on here.

Monday, 10 February 2020

Mistletoe and Wine

Grrrr, that song, it's one we all say we hate, isn't it? Yet when it's playing in the shops in the run up to Christmas (so that's mid September onwards  in some shops) we always end up humming along. Or is that just me?

Anyway, it was obviously the inspiration for one of the sentiments in this gorgeous set of Clearly Besotted "Drink and be Merry" stamps that I won in the Playground. I promised Di that they would make their first appearance on a Snippets card and here they are.....


I used a very old Cuttlebug die - I think it actually came with my very first die cutting machine - to cut the squares from snippets of a set of Christmas papers that came with a craft magazine a few years ago.

Then I stamped the  ultra-cute drinks on to heavy duty watercolour paper and used watercolour pencils and my finest water brush to colour them. I fussy cut them - yes, even the hole in the wreath (well, actually I cheated a bit and used the Cropadile to cut that one)  and then attached them to the squares with 3-D adhesive.

I am sharing this with

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Cute/atg

Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge 371 

Christmas Kickstart - Red  (hope there's enough red on this - I just HAD to share it here as I know it will make Jo laugh!)

Fezziwig's Festive Frolics - Sing alonga Santa 

Saturday, 8 February 2020

For a wine lover's 40th birthday

It's my son in law's 40th birthday soon and as he's a serious wine lover I've made him this card:



I love making double easel cards with an angled easel and a straight one - non crafters think they look so complicated and yet they are so very easy! And of course they give you lots of surface to decorate which increases the impact of the card.

For the backgrounds I've used an old set of Card-io peg stamps to make a border on the base, an edging on the triangular easel panel and an all-over pattern on the rectangular easel panel. The bottle,  glass and bunches of grapes are stamped with a Honey-Doo crafts stamp set (and how I wish I had matching dies!) and then coloured with Promarkers and a white gel pen. The numbers are cut with Spellbinders dies.

I am sharing this with Passion for Promarkers - Fancy Folds 

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #153 - C is for Cat

I'm sure you all know how much I love cats so I'm very happy with Edna's choice for the latest challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - C  is for Cat.



I bet you were all expecting me to use my Grumpy Cat stamp again weren't you?


The image  and sentiment is a Hampton Arts  stamp set, coloured with Promarkers. The background is printed out from a Coosty Creations download that I've had for many years.

Now why not head over to see what the sistahs have created and share your own feline creations with us? You could be our next Queen or Princess of Snark!
 I am sharing this with

Use Your Stuff - Critters

2 Crafty Critter Crazies - February ATG challenge

Show us Your Pussycats - Furrything Goes

Friday, 7 February 2020

Ladybird Parade

Earlier this year I mentioned three NBUS stamp and die sets that I'd had for a while and not touched - you've seen the bees and the gnomes, and here is my first make with the final set, ladybirds.


I wet a scrap of watercolour paper and sprinkled it with Brushos, then when it was dry stamped and diecut the ladybirds. Up close you can see the lovely random patterns created by the Brushos. I stamped the sentiment on the card then used foam pads to attach the ladybirds.

I am sharing this with

Less is More - Less (tiny and few) 


CAS on Friday - Love 

CAS Watercolour - Red and Black 

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Is it a fruit or is it a veg?

I'm sure we've all heard the saying "Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad". But then the same could be said about many of the plants we treat as vegetables; in terms of meal planning, an aubergine, a pepper or a tomato all count as vegetables. 


These juicy tomatoes are stamped with a stamp set from the Sheena Douglass Kitchen Garden range and coloured with Promarkers. If you think the colour of the inside looks a bit odd, it's actually EXACTLY like the inside of the out-of-season supermarket tomato I had sliced open beside me to copy. If it had been a warm summer day and I had a home grown, sun ripened one posing for me I'm sure the result would have been much redder.

I am sharing this with
Alphabet Challenge - V is for Vegetables 

Creative with stamps - Red


Country View Challenges - Splashes, Spatters and drips 

Pearly Sparkles - Include some red 

Embossing with water

Inspired by a post on the WOW embossing powder blog I decided to  try what they call the crackle embossing technique which uses water in  place of ink.


I brushed heavyweight watercolour paper with water then sprinkled embossing powder over it - my powder is a very old one called Wild Tiger which is a blend of orange, brown and red. After heating, I didn't get the crackle finish that the people at WOW got, instead I got a matte, slightly rough surface  that, as you can see, die cut beautifully to give a really textured finish to my hearts.

To keep it as CAS as possible I simply attached it to a die cut stitched square then stamped the single word Love into the largest heart.

I am sharing this with:

AAA Cards - up to one third + optional hearts  (have you any idea how much you need to exercise your rusty brain cells to calculate the length of side of a square to make sure it is one third the area of a larger square? And I used to teach maths and physics! *sigh*)


Make My Monday - I heart you 

Tales from the Craft Room - Love is in the air

Carfty Calendar - die cuts or punches

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Pocket Watches and Penny Farthing

The other day I was trying to make a completely different card (depicting the story of Peter Pan) but it went all wrong and I was left with a card blank that I'd randomly stamped pocket watches all over. Here's  how I rescued it:



I cut masks for the watches then inked the surrounding area. I Die cut the Penny farthing bicycle and then cut a square of card slightly larger than it (large enough to cover the failed attempt at Tinkerbelle that's sitting in the middle of the background)  and stamped the Gentlemen definition repeatedly over it, then inked the edges.

The pirates that were meant for the Peter Pan card went onto yesterday's card, the crocodile is wating for future use. So nothing from my failure is wasted.

I am sharing this with:

Little Red Wagon - Aw, Man !

Allsorts Challenge - Vintage

A Place to start - masculine 

Monday, 3 February 2020

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of.... Vimto?

Well these cute little pirates are far too young to drink rum, but Vimto's about the same colour as the dark rum I imagine pirates choose!


To make the background I die cut the pirate ship using an old X-cut build a scene set (this set was discontinued, probably because there was a large "Ahoy there" sentiment die that was made back to front!) and assembled it, complete with puffy white cloud, onto blue card. Then I cut a scrap of sand coloured card into dunes and used it as a foreground, and then used a stitched square die to cut the whole thing out.

The pirate children, from a set of Clearly Besotted stamps, are coloured with Promarkers then hand cut because I don't have the matching die set. I used 3-d adhesive to attach the children and sails to give the card a little dimension.

I am sharing this with

Passion for Promarkers - For a child/Children images 

Sweet Stampin - Books   - despite being an avid reader I have absolutely no book related stamps or embellishments, and when I get my old Bookatrix scoring board out, all my inspiration flies out of the window, so instead of showing a book on my card I have represented the book "Treasure Island". Hope that's OK!

Sunday, 2 February 2020

Anything goes at CD Sunday Plus

It's time for our fortnightly Anything Goes challenge at CD Sunday Plus.  Don't forget our rule that whatever you make it must include something from a CD, a download or a USB.


Today I've used the "Tools of the Trade" Shabby Chic CD from Debbi Moore. I think my little granddaughter would love this card. She lives in France and has seen the Gilets Jaunes protesting on the TV news and decided it was a fashion statement rather than a political one, so she persuaded mummy and daddy to buy her a gilet jaune of her very own.

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Ornaments at Sparkles Christmas

This month's challenge at Sparkles Christmas is Ornaments.


I'm afraid I can't remember the make of this stamp set. I stamped each bauble in two tones,  first of all using the Misti to stamp the whole bauble with the lighter ink and then without cleaning or moving the stamp adding the darker shade to the top and bottom of the bauble and stamping again. Then I used a silver sparkle gel pen to draw in the threads and finished each one with a tiny silver bow.

I am sharing this with

Fab'n'Funky - Christmas 

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Quick and easy

Jingle Belles - Three 

Friday, 31 January 2020

Get well soon

When I saw that the latest theme at CAS on Friday was "Get Well", I simply HAD to get out the fun stamp set from Art Impressions even though several members of the CAS on Friday DT had already used it. So the challenge was to come up with something that wasn't a copy of a DT card yet still keep it CAS.


I decided to have the "nasty nurse" just appearing around the corner of the corridor - enough to strike fear into the heart of any patient! I used promarkers for the colouring.

I am sharing this with

CAS on Friday -  Get Well  

Addicted to Stamps and More - CAS 

Rediscovering an old pad

I always start the year determined to use up a significant amount of old stash, and while rummaging through it I found a beautiful K&Co pad that I bought on a trip to America about 15 years ago.

It's almost used up, and naturally all the snippets from the pages I've cut into are tucked into the pad. Among them was this tiny scrap of beautifully foiled paper that wasn't really big enough for anything except die cutting - which would lose some of that lovely pattern - or using behind an aperture, which is what I've done here.


I die cut the aperture from a scrap green card then embossed it with a thistle-seed embossing folder, then placed the paper behind it, mounted everything on gold mirri and finished all the edges with peel-offs (also ancient stash).  Then I added the die cut flowers and finally the butterfly which I raised from the surface with Pinflair glue.

I am sharing this with

Pixie's Snippets Playground  everything except the mirri is made from snippets

The Butterfly Challenge - Riffle green (and Rajah) and Raised Up

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Wine with friends

I've recently developed an addiction to Art Impressions stamps and here's a card I made using a fun image along with a Clearly Besotted sentiment.


I coloured it with Promarkers and added some ribbon to "frame"  it. 

I am sharing this with Use Your Stuff - Friendship 

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Sparkly crystal

Rummaging around in my old stash is certainly unearthing some treasures! This time I found a barely-used pack of heat embossable acetate and some sparkly washi tape that I thought I'd used up.


I used an anti static pad on the acetate then stamped the gem in black and heat embossed it with clear powder. Then I coloured it on the back with an alcohol marker and left it to dry - alcohol markers take a lot longer to dry on non absorbent surfaces than on card and paper.

Meanwhile I added a couple of strips of sparkly washi tape to the card and stamped the sentiment.

I decided the best way to attach the gem without the adhesive showing through was to use spray adhesive. I'd completely forgotten that, being solvent based, the adhesive would affect the marker i'd used. At first I thought I'd ruined it - then turned it over and got a surprise. The effect of the pooling ink is lovely, a subtly distressed look that makes the gem look as if it is twinkling. I could have tried for hours to achieve something like that and never got close!

I think I may have to start experimenting with alcohol markers, acetate and spray adhesive!

I am sharing this with

Alphabet Challenge - Use Washi Tape

CASology - Crystal 


Inkspirational - Glitz a Strip 

Bears at Cardz 4 Guyz

It's new challenge day at Cardz 4 Guyz and today our theme is bears - real bears or teddy bears, take your pick!


I stamped this little cutie - he came free with Making Cards a few years ago - and coloured him with Promarkers and paper piecing. The papers I have used all come from the Dovecraft heritage Press collection.

Monday, 27 January 2020

The one that went wrong

If you've read my previous post you will know that I tried the Embossed Impressions technique for 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. However I have to confess that the snowflake I used wasn't my first attempt. The first one used an Enchanted Gold embossing powder that I've never really got on with and turned out to be a complete mess.

However as i went to throw it in the bin I spotted the back and noticed what a lovely clear impression the die had made. That just HAD to  be useful, didn't it? The surrounding card was messy with the flakes from the embossing powder, so I fussy cut around the image.


I filled the grooves inside the lines with Stickles glue.  For the background, I sponged Versamark through a stencil onto the card and heat embossed with hologram powder. The sentiment is die cut then covered with Versamark then heat embossed with white pearls powder.

The amount of sparkle, shimmer and shine on the finished card really has to be seen in real life to be properly appreciated!

I am sharing this with

The Male Room - it's snowing


Christmas Crafts all Year Round  - anything Christmas or Holiday goes

Fezziwigs Festive Frolics - White Christmas