Wednesday, 23 April 2014


Hi there dear Bloggers, I hope you have a wonderful day, whatever you have planned.

The project I'm sharing with you today is the Birthday card I created recently for a pal.  I know she likes the CAS style and I wanted to use my recently acquired set of stamps and matching dies from Clearly Besotted Stamps, which were perfect for this style.

I love this sentiment and the feathers in the set of both stamps and matching dies are lovely.  I added the flocks of tiny birds using a stamp by Inkyliscious.

The background paper is by Stampin'Up! and I layered the stamped images onto a piece of Midnight Muse SU! cardstock.

A very simple but elegant design I think and I was pleased with the finished card.

I hope you've enjoyed your visit today, leave me a little comment if you have the time, I love to know what you think of my projects.  Thank you. 

Saturday, 19 April 2014


Welcome Bloggers, I hope you are enjoying a nice Easter weekend.

A couple of weeks ago I went along to a workshop at Scrapbook Magic in Mullion where we created tags using different techniques.

For the first tag we inked up the dress form stamp then, whilst the ink was still wet, 'kiss stamped' a reverse text stamp inked with Black Soot DI, onto the top of the inked dress form stamp.  The dress form image complete with text was then stamped onto the blank tag.

I then applied colour to the edges of the tag using Distress Inks and randomly stamped the postmark images around the edges.

I used Alcohol Inks to colour all over a sheet of glassine paper, then crumpled it up a couple of times, flattened it with my hands, then dragged a DI pad over the top to emphasise the creases.  I then used Sizzix flower dies to cut out lots of petals, from which I created three blooms, fastened together with a brad in the centre of each.  From the scraps of glassine left over, I cut out two spool shapes, again using a Sizzix die.Lengths of cotton tape were then wrapped around each spool and the spools and blooms glued to the tag.

Tag 2 was created using different techniques.
I first sprayed the blank tag with different colours of ink, holding the spray nozzle close to the tag, blotting and drying with a heat gun before adding the next colour.  I then dry embossed the tag with an embossing folder in the Big Shot machine.  I dragged a DI pad over the top to emphasise the embossed image.
The butterfly shapes were cut from Grungeboard using a die, I then painted them with white Gesso.  Once the Gesso was dry, I applied DIs to colour each one, applied Versamark all over and clear embossing powder and heated it.  Once cooled I then over stamped them with a crackle image using black Archival ink. 
I then attached a pen nib to each as a body and glued each butterfly to the tag.
Finally, Tag 3
For this tag I stamped the fancy flourish image onto the blank tag with Versamark, sprinkled on clear embossing powder and heated it.  I used nice bright colours of DIs to add colour all over the tag and  once dry I rubbed a soft cloth over the flourishes to remove any DI residue and bring out the white outline more clearly.
I then stamped various small images randomly over the tag using black Archival ink.  The birdcage and tiny bird were cut from Grungeboard using Sizzix dies.  I then covered them with Versamark ink and gold embossing powder before heating with a heat gun.   I cut a  small scrap of mirror foil to fit behind the birdcage and glued the tiny bird onto the cage.
Finally, I wrapped a length of twine around a small bunch of twigs and another length of twine around the tag and glued the twig bundle over the top.
I apologise but I'm unable to tell you which dies and stamps were used on the tags as they were supplied by Margaret at Scrapbook Magic for us to use during the workshop and I didn't take notes, just got very inky fingers  ! 
Thanks for dropping by to check today's project, I hope you've enjoyed your visit.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Many Good Things Come in Small Packages !

Hi there, I hope you've all had a great weekend, it has certainly felt as if Spring has well and truly arrived in my part of Cornwall, lots of lovely sunshine and clear skies.

As you may have guessed from my post heading, I've got a couple of small packages to show you for today's project.

I recently treated myself to the Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations match box die and I have to say I'm really pleased I did !
The first matchbox I made is the one on the right using some Stampin' Up! Crumbcake cardstock.  I firstly cut out the shapes using the Sizzix die then embossed the outer cover part using an embossing folder and my Big Shot.   I then distressed it a little using Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
After gluing the outer cover together I added a couple of pieces of cream lace, a daisy flower which I had created using air dry clay and a silicon mould and coloured with Promarkers and Treasure Gold paste.  I also added some leaves cut using a Martha Stewart punch.  I then cut out a lacy bow and ribbon using dies designed by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions and SU! Early Espresso cardstock. 
Here's a pic showing a close up of the open matchbox, I lined the box with some pretty pink paper and added a scissor charm with a piece of lace tied onto it.  I also put in a small oval plaque and a little bow which I created using the air dry clay and two silicone moulds, colouring with Distress Inks and Treasure Gold paste.  Finally, I made a handle using a scrap of lace and a brad.
I created the flower matchbox using some materials which my pal Linda had given me a very long time ago.  A group of my crafting pals and I had decided we would take it in turns to provide a set of materials to everyone else in the group and see how different everyone's projects turned out.  The materials Linda provided were a 12 x 12 sheet of kraft cardstock, some scraps of pretty papers, a couple of flowers, a length of ribbon and some buttons.

I used some of the kraft card to cut out the matchbox with the die, then covered the outside using the scraps of paper.  I wrapped the ribbon round the box two or three times and secured it under the flowers which I'd layered up.  I finally added the little buttons to finish off the design.

This is the opened matchbox showing the small organza bag of dried lavender I placed inside.  I decorated the organza bag with a small flower punched using a SU! punch and a scrap of the paper used to decorate the outside and a flower shaped gem.  Finally I added a flower shaped brad to the end of the inside box to use as a little handle. 

When you open the box, there's a lovely aroma of lavender, which I love.

Thanks for dropping by to check today's project, I hope you enjoyed your visit. 

Friday, 11 April 2014

It's a little early but..... Happy Easter !

Well, actually it's not early it's a bit late actually - my card that is!

The card I'm sharing with you today is my DT project for the Cute Card Thursday Challenge which started yesterday.  This week our theme is 'Easter' and our prize sponsor is Whiff of Joy Stamps.

I needed to get an Easter card made quickly to send to my Grandsons, my favourite method of card making is colouring images, however, I am currently having some dexterity issues and so am looking for other ways to create my cards.  I received an email from offering me free Easter downloads, so I thought I'd use some of these for my card.  Not my usual type of card design, does it work though ? What do you think ? 

To me it feels a bit like 'cheating' to use printed designs on a card rather than stamping and colouring images myself, so I like to add and alter things around and make it more my usual style. 

I cut out and attached various elements from the free downloads and added a few embellishments.  On the 'egg bunny' I added buttons for his eyes and nose and, as I do like a bit of bling, added Platinum Stickles around the edges of the layers.  The sentiment was attached using foam pads to lift it away from the background a little.

I am quite pleased with the finished card and at least it's ready to post in time to arrive with my Grandsons before Good Friday.

Do pop over to the CCT Challenge Blog to check out the amazing creations from the rest of the Design Team, it's well worth it I can tell you !

Thanks for dropping by here today, I hope you've enjoyed your visit.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Spring Colours

Hi Folks, it's been a while since I last posted anything on my blog, I have been crafting a little but just not had an opportunity to share any projects with you.

So, today I thought it was about time to post up something new.  Today's project was inspired by this month's Lavinia Stamps Challenge, which has the theme 'Spring Colours with the stipulation that only Lavinia stamps be used.

When I think of Spring colours I imagine yellows and greens, with just a hint of pinks and mauves as various wildflowers begin to bloom, so I have used these colours on my entry for this month' challenge.

I created the background using Distress Inks and overstamped various Lavinia images using black Archival ink.  I used a water brush to lift out a little of the colour in front of the Fairy Houses, among the trees and on parts of the stone path to create the impression of light and contours.  I also used the same water brush technique to create a horizon.

As a finishing touch I scattered Shabby White Frantage Emboss Enamel over the image and heated from underneath to melt it.

I'm enjoying playing with Distress Inks at the moment and having great fun !

Thanks so much for dropping by to check out today's project, hope you enjoyed your visit.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Floral Delights !

Happy Saturday dear Readers, hope you are having a great weekend.

I'm a couple of days late sharing this project with you - it's a small batch of cards I created as my DT project for this week's Cute Card Thursday Challenge, which started last Thursday.  The challenge theme this week is 'Floral Delights' and our prize sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps.

I used Distress Stains in Faded Jeans, Antique Linen and Fired Brick and the 'splat' technique - using the tip on the DS to 'smash' the bottle onto the cardstock with enough force to create a splattering of colour.  

Using a set of circle Nesties I diecut a circle from white card and a slightly larger circle from red card.  I then stamped onto the white circle using a stamp from the SU! 'Flower Shop' set and Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  I then added DS splats randomly over the circle.

I cut the white circle down the centre vertically and made horizontal cuts off-centre on each side to create an asymmetrical shape.  These pieces were then attached to the red circle, leaving a space between each piece to allow the red to show through.

Finally, I stamped another flower from the same stamp set using SU! Midnight Muse ink and scrap of white card, cut out the flower shape using the matching SU! punch and attached in the centre.  I then stamped the circular sentiment image using a stamp from a Hero Arts set and SU! Cherry Cobbler ink and punched out with a small scallop punch, again from SU!.  I attached this to the centre of the flower.

These card were created as Thank You cards as I needed a number of them to send to my lovely family and pals who spoiled me with so many fabulous Birthday gifts earlier this month.  Here are a couple of pics of my gifts - thank you all so much ! 

The 'eagle-eyed' amongst you will have spotted the Flower Shop stamp set and matching punch I used on today's cards.

Thanks for dropping by today, hope you enjoyed your visit.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Three Little Pigs

I have a real fun card to share with you today, how can you help but smile when you see these cute little piggies ?

I'm afraid I don't know the manufacturer of the stamp as I found this image in my box of stamped images waiting to be coloured and used in a project.  I wondered if it might be a Penny Black stamp, but so far I haven't been able to track it down.  If anyone recognises the image, please let me know the manufacturer and name of stamp an I'll update this post.

I coloured the three little piggies using my Promarkers, then layered the image on dark blue card.  I created the background layer using Distress Inks applied using a stencil brush through a Memory Box stencil.  This technique gave me a lovely subtle effect, perfect for a background layer.

The fabby Happy Birthday bunting was stamped from the 'Streamers' set of stamps by Shaggy Dog Tails, which my lovely pal Jacqueline gave me as a birthday gift recently.  I coloured the letters with Promarkers then added Stardust Stickles to make it a bit 'blingy'.  I added Gold Stickles on the bobble hat and Glossy Accents on all of the hats to give them dimension.

As the coloured image is quite 'busy' and I made the card for my youngest grandson who was 10 years old recently, I decided to keep all the other elements and layers very clean and simple.

My grandson was delighted with his card as it make him laugh and he particularly liked the piggy in the middle !
Thanks for dropping by to see today's project, I do hope you enjoyed your visit.