Wednesday, August 01, 2018

New Baby Card...

...except she will be two on 11 November 2018!!!
This was made for my colleague Andy & his wife Rachel
to celebrate the birth of Austen.
Beter late than never, but I can assure you they got
it when it was made!!
I began by creating the basic easel &
die cutting the circle & bookplate.
I then stamped all the imagery
& coloured with Inktense pencils.

 I then set about handmaking the paper.
I had nothing in my stash that spoke to me.
So I used my favourite technique
Stamping and covering with perfect pearls.
I forget the colours used but the stamp was Tim Holtz.
Other stamps from Creative Stamping issue 22.

The star die cut below was another magazine
freebie but it was meant for Christmas
& I decided it was suitable for baby.

 This just shows another closer look at the card.
I die cut mini clouds from XCut to add depth.
I love how this turned out.

Monday, July 30, 2018

More of 2016!

This time I have a November birthday to share.
This one was for my friend, Donna Dale.
I masked off a piece on the card front & stamped
all over the area in Cherry Blossoms (Lakeland)
using Versamark and heat embossed with white.
I then blended over regular distress inks in 
Shaded Lilac, Wlited Violet & Dusty Concord.
(Oxides had not been born yet!)
I then stamped the bird on the branch
and cut out. I coloured all the flowers using gold
then added the tiny butterflies.
This is one of those designs that looked
far better in the hand than in the picture.

Friday, July 27, 2018

October 2016 Wedding Anniversary!

I thought this card had been blogged,
searching the blog, I can't see it!
This was my sister's 10th Wedding Anniversary Card.
 To create the front I stamped Tim Holtz Brocade
Stamp onto Watercolour paper using Versamark and
clear embossed the design.
I then blended Antique Linen & Pumice Stone
regular distress ink over the panel.
Spritzed with pearlised water and allowed to dry.
Once dry I added some gold spray.
I die cut Tim Holtz Wildflowers
fromorange/yellow card & spritzed those
with perfect pearls in water and then gold.
Added a Tim Holtz Celebrate die cut
and added a simple piece on the inside.


Saturday, July 21, 2018

Happy Birthday Katie

Today is my hair stylist, Katie's birthday.
She has two gorgeous horses,
so my theme was easy.
 I wanted to use the fabulous card design 
Inside Shadow Box which I saw
made by the fabulous
I have already made a square one Icreated after this one.
 I felt this original card size worked best to
show the horses running in the sea.
Horses Stamp Set by Inkadinkado
Sea and Birds - Cherry Pie
I kept the horses black & white so
the details were not lost.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Clean & Simple from 2016

A nice clean & simple masculine design.
Another of the lost 2016 cards.
This one for my Step-Nephew, Oliver.
 He was 18.
Kraft card with white panel embossed 
with a gorgeous tree.
Motorcycle stamp - Deep Red.
Picture a tad blurred at the bottom!


Monday, July 16, 2018

Another of the lost designs of 2016

Another fancy fold design.
This time for a 30th Birthday.
Hollie used to work with me, before leaving
to have her beautiful family.

This card begun as two square Kraft card blanks.
They were joined to make a gatefold.
The fronts were then folded back to create "doors"
from which I die cut the scalloped circle,
creating a window into the middle.
A die cut banner holds them closed.
I coloured Tim Holtz die cut Wildflowers
using Lindys Stamp Gang.

Inside was the main attraction! 
All imagery stamped from free magazine covers.
Creative Stamping issue 26 & 29
You can even see the date on my sticker!!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

A Card from 2016!

I thought I had lost the photos
of this card (& 4 others)
I misplaced the SD card from the camera.
I have two and use one for cards etc,
the other, the largest card is photos.
So over the course of a few days,
I will share the lost work.

This was made for a friend who was
a train buddy, Joanne.
 I was very much into fancy folds
(still am) when I made this.
Joanne is a Manager for Wallis Clothing,
hence the fashion theme.
 Cardstock - American crafts Purple
Die Cut panels of watercolour paper.
All images free with Creative Stamping 28
Dresses all paper pieced from glitter & patterned papers.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Happy Birthday to Fran

Our neighbour Fran had her birthday
and as she is never out of her garden,
I made her this.
 The papers I used were free with a magazine
some time ago. They are Botanical Collection Craftwork Cards.
The stamps & embossing were all using
another magazine free gift.

 This gives a better view of inside the window.
This is another card inspired by the amazing
This is the Inside Shadow Box Card.
I have already made one of these in the size
shown in Jennifer's video but I can't share it until 
21st July. This one I worked out the sizing
for myself to create a square card.
Handcutting all the sunflowers took a little time but
I felt the impact was worth it.


Sunday, July 08, 2018

Happy Birthday....

to my sister, Tracy.
She had her birthday at the end of last week.
I made her two cards.
This first card uses the gorgeous stamp from
Concord & 9th, Hello Lovely.
I stamped this in versafine clear onto 140lb 
watercolour cardstock. Heat embossed Ranger Rose Gold.
I coloured the image using
Prima Watercolours - Shimmering Lights. 
Finishing touches were Nuvo Drops
Morning Dew & Honey Gold Glitter.

 The second card was made to give her
from Kia, the cat.
Tracy originally adopted Kia and now she is
a senior animal she wants her own space.
So, I adopted her just over two years ago.
I chose this card design after watching the video 
I think she is amazing and I learn so many 
new ideas watcing her on You Tube.  
This card uses Cool Cats stamps & dies
by My Favourite Things.
Greeting was from Simon Says Stamp 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day

To my fabulous dad!
I made him this hidden slider card.
The slider is the lawnmower.
Cutting grass is one of his
favourite hobbies.
Trellis was made using a
Boxed kit Die Cutting Essentials
Issue 5 &
Hunky dory kit issue 3 was
The shed, hanging basket
& Lawnmower stamp.
Father's Day - Die'sire die
Happy - Avery Elle - Elle Ments.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

April Christening Card

I was commissioned to make
a quick Christening Card back in April.
Time was short so I purchased a Digi
Stamp from Lily of the Valley.
Teamed it with this gorgeous
Roses deep embossing folder
& Scrap piece of ribbon.

Added some pretty die cut pieces for
the date & name & my
Easel Card was complete.

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Couple of Cards

Just popping by to add more cards.
This first card was made in March.
I make these but then they go unshared
because I hate editing!
CAS Get Well.

I covered the front of a square card with
Stampin' Up So Saffron cardstock.
I then die cut a square of heavyweight
Stampin' Up Whisper White using my
Die'sire Edge die Victoriana.
The bow die was from The Works
cut twice in white backing it with the saffron.
Inside I used magazine cover free stamps.
I really love this one.

This next one was for a May birthday.
The recipient is another Queen Bee Salon lovelie.
Liz loves all thinks sugar skull & motorcycles
my inside source informed me.
So I made this.
The skull is a stamp made by a delightful little 
UK company Azeeda 
Motorcycle by Stampin' Up.
The background was coloured using
the smoosh technique with
a piece of acetate & distress inks.
Frame layered 3 times.
Think it is part of my Union Square set.
Mama Elephant.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Back with more art

Firstly, I am sharing the last page 
I made in my Dictionary Journal.
I shared Spring twice in error & not this
Summer one.
I plan to do 4 more pages to fit within
my homemade binding & will share
them soon.

This next piece is a card
for my ex train buddy, Claire.
I made it using Tattered Lace book dies.
I wanted it to be like a story book of friends.
These free stamps were perfect as she went
on holiday with her BFF's to celebrate her

 This one is also for my other ex train buddy, Rod.
He shares his birthday with Claire.
This was made with a favourite Cherry pie
waves stamp, some distress oxide 
beach blending & a previously loved 
Stampin' Up set Wetlands 
( gotta love second hand)

That is all for now but I will
be back soon as I have more
art to share 😊

Monday, April 02, 2018


Some bright & cheerful Easter cards.
Tim Holtz Mixed Media floral thinlit,
Various free floral stamps,
Inktense pencils. 

Finally, my fireplace.
I added bunting to bring
floral seasonal colour.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Quick Trip Back in Time..

to 2017.
I made the following cards
& thought I'd lost the photos.
Found them tonight.
First up a birthday for my
Dad's friend ( & now neighbour)

Stampin' Up One Wild Ride stamps
Papers: Mr Smith's Workshop.
Stampin' Up Cardstock;
Sahara Sand / Crumb Cake

Next is a thank you for my
friend, Sam. 

 Stampin' Up Beautiful You stamps
(I luckily received as a gift.)
Coloured with Inktense pencils
my "go to" favourite medium.
Below is the handmade envelope
as the card was too tiny.
Paper Lucy Cromwell.
Label Magazine freebie.

Lastly, a Christmas Card. 
I truly thought this photo
was gone for good.
This was made for my
very dear friends
Donna & Rod.
Sheena Douglass Cottage
Easel card with shimmer
& my favourite paper collection
Time to Sparkle.
Truly glad I can finally share
these designs.

Friday, March 23, 2018

More cards.

This first card was made for
Laura at Queen Bee.
She shares her birthday with me.
Stamps are free Creative Stamping 53
Die cut from Ali Express.
Sentiment free stamp from
Die Cutting Essentials 32

This next card was for my neighbour, Rose.
Paper Craft Consortium Tell The Bees.
Sue Wilson Delicate Adornment die cut x4
to make a frame.
Die cut Memory Box florals.
Banner stamped & die cut.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Previous Month's Cards

The first two photos are of Jenny's
Birthday card. The front decorated
with watercoloured stacked tea cups
(Lucy Cromwell stamp)
Tim Holtz Doily stencil & light
texture paste. Completed
using a placard for the sentiment
which was from a free stamp set.

 This is the inside.
Decorated with more of the
Free stamps.
Card die cut to give a pretty shape.

 Next up, a birthday card for
my beautician, Hayley.
Stamps were free with issue 53
Creative Stamping except for
the floral background I made using
Gold Brilliance ink & Tim Holtz stamp.

This last card is for Freya.
She is the nail wizard at my beauticians.
She loves glitter & shine!
Card was made using masking
to get the bottles close together.
Coloured using Inktense pencils
& Wink of Stella.
I embossed a shape into the
Card front & added a scroll detail.
Stars were added in the background & sentiment.
Stamps- Hunkydory For the love of stamps.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Happy Birthday, Dad

This is the second attempt at
a birthday card for Dad!
Having been a bit under the weather
with a sore throat, I managed to ruin
the original galaxy idea.

So, instead, I give you the Garden Shed.

Here is a peak inside.
All products used were in a 
Hunkydory kit.

Here's Dad enjoying his 
requested birthday meal.
Traditional Grimsby Fish & Chips.

Monday, February 26, 2018

New Creations

Two cards created using
Papermania papers,
Die cut doilies,
Embossing & stamping.

This first card has Viva Decor stamps.

This second card features
embossing from a free folder
I love the design.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

January Cards

First up is Lisa's card.
I used up some paper coloured
during a different project for the
ridiculously gorgeous Tonic tag.
Which proves you should keep scraps!
For movement & added colour 
I created a shaker pocket.
This was made using a glassine bag.
I added two mini Xcut fairies & butterflies 
& finished with Altenew stamps.

 This next one is a 21st birthday for Caitlin.
I stencilled with texture paste.
Added a doily to give a backdrop for my main feature.
Using a cabinet die, I added patterned paper
with stamping. I covered the piece with
Anita's gloss & dried overnight.
I then gently cracked it & to emphasise
them more I added gilding wax.
Finally adding Eiffel Tower die cut, which
had also been treated with gilding wax.
Splashes of Goldshine & 21 completed the piece.