Thursday, 9 April 2020

Spots and stripes

I've made this card using some NBUS - check here NBUS challenge if you don't know what that is. Now this isn't that old NBUS but apart from the sentiment it's the first outing for it all.

The diecut flowers are JND Beebalm dies and instead of using the stamp I have inked through the die with TH distress inks. The stencil using the same inks was with a magazine. The Stripes are courtesy of Uniko and I am entering into their current challenge of Spots and strips with the option twist of a stencil.

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Easter snippets and NBUS

I was lucky enough to get this die in the Sizzix sale - it comes with a hummingbird and butterfly too. I used snippets from my box to make the whole card. I'm entering this into the NBUS challenge as this is the first outing for all of the dies on this card. If you didn't know NBUS has it's own blog now - pop over and check it out.

Originally I was going to leave all the bunnies as open spaces, thinking I would need a lot more concentration than I currently possess to get all those pieces back in the die. I decided to cut some extras of the other dies to send with the card to my crafting friend. (which I promptly left out of the card I realised when I returned from the Post Box on an exercise walk). It was trying to cut more than one layer of card with one of the other dies that I realised it kept all the pieces in the die!

So, that's what I did for the centre bunny, I did put a lot of glue spread out on the back just in case some pieces did work loose. I used a CC die set for the letters and did them by eye. I know if Miss Di was doing this card she would have them measured with military precision! but not me! Finally a piece of ribbon I rescued from another make I made ages ago and was recycling.

With all this talk of snippets I guess you know this card is for the Snippet playground challenge.

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Anything goes at Penny Black & More challenge

Hello everyone, I hope you are all staying in and staying safe. It's time for our new challenge at Penny Black & More. Nice and easy - anything goes. Just remember that we must be able to see stamping as the focal point of the make and no digital images are allowed.

I used my brushos to create a background masking off a circle at the mid point of the card which I then filled with the bright orange and yellow colours. I then used Penny Black stamp 40-606 All Fours, In Paris 40-609 over the top of the background. Using faux bleaching to take the colour out of her dress etc and recolouring with brushos.

I used 30-103 wishes for the sentiment. I mounted onto an A4 preprinted blank from my stash that I folded in half.

Thanks for looking and I hope to see you over at the challenge this month.

Saturday, 4 April 2020

#566/567 Something old /something new at Allsorts challenge

The new Allsorts challenge will run for two weeks this time. Kath has chosen the theme of Something old, Something new.....

I took inspiration from the full rhyme for my card. I used a borrowed fence and swirl die, blue flowers and DP. Then for old I used the die behind the fence that you can see below. 

A friend send me the backing paper scene and all the elements (old) except the sentiment which is from the Phill Martin Mag (new)

This week we will have two winners chosen by They will win these stamps from our sponsor Craft Stash. 

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Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Make me Laugh week #133 At the Male Room Challenge

Time for our new challenge at The Male Room. 

I used the  CD Rom Bloke from Craft Artist for this card.Well it made me laugh! 

I added the Spellbinders dies of fries in their carton. The extra fries at the bottom are actually the straw that comes in the set,  but I coloured to make look like fries. I dug out my labeller for the birthday greeting.

The recipient of this card is fond of pun jokes so I am hoping this will go down well with him.

I'm also entering this card into the CD Sunday plus challenge #32 anything goes.

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

How to embroider.... @ The Library challenge

When I saw The Library Challenge had this book as the prompt I was always going to enter! I have so much sewing related craft stuff.

How to Embroider Almost Everything

I had this off cut of kraft card from another card and it was to hand - originally I thought it would be the wood of the embroidery frame - anyway, I ended up using it for the whole card. I embossed using gold powder some of the stamps to brighten it up and added some white pen too. I found a few shaped sequins in a mixed bag that added some interest.

The little piece of twine was on part of the packing I received for a handmade present at Christmas. It's sat on my desk ever since waiting to be put in the bit box - but I thought it fitted this card.

Monday, 30 March 2020

Retro vibes

I've made this card for the latest Inkspirational challenge where the prompt is this photo.

My first thought when I saw the photo was the TH retro die set that I used. I added some gummiapan stamps and a PTI sentiment stamped in watering can and then versa fine clair black ink.

Sunday, 29 March 2020


When I saw that the new theme at CASology challenge was tea - I just had to play along. I have a lot of tea themed dies, stamps and papers. I decided to use this Spellbinders die with a stamp from a PTI stamp set. 

I cut out from card and paper and the spoon from mirri card. I hope this doesn't count as too many layers though?

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Week 565 Men and Boys at Allsorts Challenge

This week at Allsorts challenge Wendy has chosen the them of "man or boy".

I decided to use a CD rom for my DT card. It is from a collection called Downtime and was with  Crafters Inspiration vol 22 magazine.

I took the two sentiment toppers and then imposed them onto a background from the collection. It's for a young man so nothing fancy added to it.

Our winner this week will receive this fabulous set of A4 stamps by Rare Earth from our sponsor Tattered Lace .

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I'm also entering this card into the challenge at CD Sunday plus #31 anything goes as I used a cdrom.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

March Rudolph Day

It's time for Rudolph Day on Mo's blog.

This month I have used some images from Making Cards Magazine that came with the mag ages ago and I keep meaning to use them - so I did! I think they are just right for younger people. The first one I put with a papersmooches sentiment and a CE die cut which I bought again for the younger look to a card.

For this one I used a sentiment from Clarity Jumper stamp set. Then I added some elements from TH dies cut from silver mirri card.

Final two! On one I used white gloss card for the die cuts and the other one I layered up silver mirri on navy card.

Stay safe at home everyone.
 L x

Saturday, 21 March 2020

Anything in the Animal kingdom at Allsorts challenge

Hello! It's Tracy's turn to host the challenge at Allsorts this week. She's chosen the theme of Anything in the Animal Kingdom - so plenty of scope there.

For my DT card I decided to use stamps that came with Creative Stamping mag last year - not got around to using them, but they were perfect for this challenge.

The Koala is coloured with grey promarkers, background card is grey! Just not showing that well in the photo. I used Phill Martin embossed circle dies and a Paper Smooches sentiment.

This card is for a friend who cuddled a Koala in Australia a couple of years ago so I hope she will like it and be a reminder for her.

Our winner this week will win a £15 voucher from our sponsor Stamp Addicts.
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Wednesday, 18 March 2020

At my Grandfather's House week #132 at The Male Room Challenge

Our new challenge begins at The Male Room today. I know there are lots of concerns in the world right now - but I am continuing with challenges and hope you will too, or join in if you haven't before. Crafting can be so beneficial.

I took the challenge prompt a little literally as my starting point was the house die which came with the Paper Discovery Magazine kit. I cut the outline die in kraft to co-ordinate with the base card.

I took a piece of card and used distress oxide spray inks over it in pumice stone and peacock feathers. Then stamped the image which is a Tim Holtz inventor stamp. Just reminded me of an old house with a grandfather clock in it.

The tree die is also from the Paper discovery kit and the iron railing die is Memory Box. I added a sentiment from an old Uniko stamp set. Final touch was a little button with some twine.

What Grandfather's house means to you will be different for everyone and certainly younger people will not have in mind an old Victorian house I am sure. Hope to see you over at the challenge with your interpretation of the theme. 

Spring Flowers at Penny Black & More - mid month reminder

I know there are lots of concerns in the world right now - but I am continuing with challenges and hope you will too, or join in if you haven't before. Crafting can be so beneficial.

So, today is the mid month reminder for our challenge at Penny Black & More. We want to see spring flowers please and as always there are super prizes on offer.

For my DT card I used the same set as my card for the start of the challenge PB 30-342 Love art. I wanted to see if I could do something with it that wasn't using the flowers in the traditional way. So this is what I came up with. 

I took a piece of card and used distress oxide spray inks for the background and also sponged over some DI inks. I then stamped just the daffodil head from the stamp set and added a tiny butterfly from
30-572 Tea Party. Then I used some water and kitchen towel to lift the ink from the stamped areas and coloured them with watercolours. 

The sentiment uses stamps from Penny Black set 30-103 wishes. I never used to get a good impression for the background of this stamp but since I have had a misti several repeat inkings give a nice black background. 

Last touch was to use a stencil with the same inks on the background card.

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Week 563 Lots of Dots at Allsorts challenge

Mervi is our host at Allsorts challenge this week and she's picked the theme of "lots of dots".

My starting point for my DT card was the background paper which is part of a 12 x 12 scrap book pad. I liked the way it had some distressing to it and so cut it so it was on the corners and edge.

I love this set of stamps from The Ton, you can also have her carrying a big bouquet and change the pattern on her skirt. I obviously went with the dotted stamp for her skirt and added more dots by using an Altenew snow stamp in watering can grey ink to add some interest to the background.

I found this piece of paper which is something like a vellum and used it stamp on so you can see the dots through it, adding to the them of lots of dots.

The die cut books are from magazine dies, sentiment banner die a freebie with an order. I used a TL Diamond card die for the corners.

Our winner this week chosen by will win these two lovely Woodware stamps from our sponsor Craft Stash.

Image result for woodware stitched daisiesWoodware Clear Magic Tiddler - Happy Birthday

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Friday, 13 March 2020


I made this card for another challenge that I have seen people entering around blogland this week. It's the CAS-ology challenge for Skyline.

I love skylines and have lots of stamps and dies I could have used. I opted for this TL die and cut it from a piece of black gloss card that I had previusly used to cut out the banner for this card the other week. The curve of the banner die had left a curve in the card I decided to go with it to create my skyline.

I've added two stamps from a set that came with a magazine last year.

Because I used a snippet I am also going to enter into the Snippet Playground just for fun.