Monday 30 June 2014

One of my favourite stamps

I bought this stamp in 2009 and I have used it every year since then as she is one of my favourite images. It just shows how some stamps get used a lot and others have only been used once and some have been stamped and are still waiting to be coloured. I do love colouring her and each time I get a little better, she is a challenge with all those pleats. I love this card, in fact it is the card I would send to myself as it has so many of my favourite things on it.
Image - Elisabeth Bell for Whiff of Joy
Medium - Copics
Papers - Bo Bunny Snowfall
Lace and ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Die - Spellbinders poinsettia with stamens from The Ribbon Girl
Other - Stickles, Viva pearl pen, charm, baker's twine

Graph'it Anything goes with an alcohol marker 
Sister Act Anything goes 
Stampin' for the weekend Anything goes 
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Let's get sentimental 
Divas by Design Use your favourite stamp 
Papertake sketch 91 
Simon Says Anything goes

Sunday 29 June 2014

Another Wedding Card

As you can see by the date on this card the Wedding was on Friday so I can safely show the card I made for an order. I was told the invitation had purple butterflies on it so I took that as my theme.
Image - LOTV
Medium - Copics
Papers - Papermania Henbury Lane
Corner punch - Martha Stewart
Dies - Joy butterfly border, Spellbinders heart
Roses - Wild Orchid
Other - Viva pearl pen, Stickles, charm, ribbon and seam binding from stash

Simon Says Anything goes 
As you like it Favourite die (I have wanted this die for ages as I love butterflies. However I already have lots of butterfly dies but in the end I couldn't resist and I know I will be using this one a lot.) 
Bunny Zoe Layers

Saturday 28 June 2014


Yellow is probably the colour I use least on my cards but I rather like the brightness of it with the aqua and brown and I like challenging myself to use different colour combos sometimes. I love kites on cards and I love spots and stripes for everything. I am always drawn to them in clothes shops. I think it may be the symmetry that I like.
Image - Penny Black (another of my fave PB images)
Medium - Copics
Papers - Echo Park Bundle of Joy dots and stripes
Sentiment - LOTV
Die - Memory box kites

Creative Knockouts Make it masculine 
Sketch and Stash Great sketch (this image has been sitting waiting to be coloured for months) 
Simon Says Anything goes 
Penny Black Boys, boys, boys 
Penny Black and more at Allsorts Use your favourite stamp
Let's Craft and Create Spots or stripes

We had a lovely meal out with friends last night and tonight we are out again with different friends.
Enjoy your weekend.

Friday 27 June 2014

Dinkie Washing Line

Have you seen the new dinkie washing line from Little Claire? These dinkies are such good value at just £2 eachand as this card shows they are big enough to use on a 6"x 6" card. I paper pieced the clothes using some scraps of paper. I also used one of the new sentiments. These are fabulous sets as the words and circles are separate so you can mix and match the circle with various sentiments. Check them out here.

Image and sentiment - Little Claire
Medium - Copics, Sakura gold star pen
Papers - Papermania Henbury Lane and scraps
Die - Memory Box with centura Pearl card
Scrim - B&Q
Ribbon, buttons, bow, baker's twine and rose from stash

Sweet Stampin' Paper piecing 
Oldie but a Goodie Baby (very old papers used) 
Simon Says Anthing goes 

Thursday 26 June 2014

Love Birds

Challenge time again at Crafty Ribbons and we want to see stitching (real or faux) plus ribbon of course.
Image - LOTV
Medium - Copics
Papers - Wild Rose Always and Forever
Ribbon - new from Crafty Ribbons
Birds on a Wire Die - Marianne Designs
Wooden hearts - Studio Calico from Little Claire
Other - Letraset fineliner for faux stitching, DI Vintage Photo on birds, gauze from LOTV shop

Simon Says Anything goes 
Aud Sentiments 2 word sentiment (Happy Anniversary)
TTCD Anything goes 
Di's Digis Lots of layers

Wednesday 25 June 2014

Thank goodness for the blender pen!

I was determined to make at least one Christmas card this week, hopefully more than one. I had this digi printed in my folder and I don't know what card I used but not my usual Diamond White from The Papeterie that's for sure. The image almost ended up in the bin as first the green bled and then the red. I used the blender pen and at first it made it worse. Thankfully I managed to save it and very cute they look.
Image - Pollycraft Mouse carol singing
Medium - Copics
Papers - Bo Bunny Rejoice
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Holly - Woodware punch and card candi
Die - Marianne icicle
Sentiment - bought years ago

Winter Wonderland Christmas choir 
Little Miss Muffet Anything goes 
Sparkles Christmas Favourite colour combination (I have several, one of which is traditional red and green)

Tuesday 24 June 2014

Vintage Campervan

Here is something I haven't done for a while, just used a diecut as the main focus of my card. Isn't this campervan fabulous. It is a Tattered Lace die, not one I am sure I would use that much so when I saw somebody selling diecuts on Facebook thought that was better than spending out on the die. I asked for them to be cut in Core'dinations so I could sand and distress it. The papers are MME Portobello Road, ribbon from Crafty Ribbons. I also used a MS border punch, MB banner die and a Dovecraft Curiosity Corner doily.

Simon Says Monday I ought to use this more often (diecut as main image) 
Rhedd and Rosie Anything goes 
Sister Act Anything goes 
Bizzy Becs Anything goes

I am out for the day today, breakfast at Cafe Rouge and a haircut and then food shopping.

Monday 23 June 2014

So sweet

This is possibly my favourite of my Penny Black stamps, mind you there are so many adorable ones aren't there. I do love colouring these cute hedgies too. I decided to go for a more varied colour scheme than just blue for this baby boy's card.

Image - Penny Black baby hammock
Medium - Copics
Papers - Echo Park Bundle of Joy dots and stripes
Dies - Spellbinders heart circle, Doohickey lace border, Memory Box baby
Lace - Crafty Ribbons
Other - flowers, teddy charm, baker's twine and pearls

Crafty Calendar Petals and pearls 
Natalie and Amy Four legged friends 
Penny Black Boys, boys, boys 
Penny Black and more at Allsorts Use your favourite stamp 
Stamping Sensations Animal antics 
The Squirrel and The Fox Use something metal
Papertake Lace and pearls

Sunday 22 June 2014

Something new from Funky Kits

Have you seen the fabulous new stamps now available at Funky Kits, the home of Sugar Nellie? You will recognise the artist I am sure as it is the same artist as some of the SN stamps but this is a Scrapberry's stamp. Funky Kits are selling them and I just had to buy them.
Image - Scrapberry's
Medium - Copics, Sakura clear star pen
Papers - First Edition Floral Pavilion
Punch - MS border
Dies - Go Kreate
Other - brads, pearls, lace and Viva pearl pen

The Sugar Bowl Anything goes 
Bunny Zoe Layers
Dream Valley Monochrome 
Papertake Lace and pearls 
Divas by Design 3 or more layers 
In the pink Flower garden 
Southern girls Dying to see those punches 
Crafty Calendar Petals and pearls

Isn't it annoying when colours are not true in photos. Just realised the top paper looks red not deep pink. Oh well, never mind. Enjoy your Sunday.

Saturday 21 June 2014

Set Sail

At A Gem of a Challenge we want to see you creations for a child. Of course at Pink Gem there is so much choice but I decided to go with Pirate Andy. I love using red and blue on nautical cards as do many of you I have noticed.
Medium - Copics
Papers - Papermania Ahoy There
Die - Marianne Designs

Crafting from the heart Anything goes 
Creative Moments One for the boys 
MAWTT I do like to be beside the seaside 
Bunny Zoe Layers
 Country View Only men allowed 
ALBC Childs play

I am selling at a craft fair this afternoon. It is a new venue for me, only about a mile away from 2-6. I am booked in for two more there later in the year and it has been well advertised, is near Sainsbury's so fingers crossed it will be a good one.

Friday 20 June 2014

Harbour Scene

This is my second card today. I love the Delicious Doodle scene digis especially for male cards and this is one I chose when I won the challenge a couple of weeks ago. Isn't it tranquil.
Image - Delicious Doodles harbour scene
Papers - Nitwits Country Gent from LOTV
Dies - Go Kreate seagull, Cheery Lynn lighthouse both edged wit DI Vintage photo
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards

Delicious Doodles Make a scene 
Cute Card Thursday Beside the seaside 
MAWTT I do like to be beside the seaside 
Country View Only men allowed 
Let's Craft and Create Spots or stripes

We are out for a carvery this evening with some friends so I will catch you later.

Eat Cupcakes

Another Birthday card for a friend whose Birthday was on Wednesday so I know she has opened it. She loves going out for tea/coffee and cake and loves flowers and plants so this image is just perfect for her. 
Image - LOTV Art Pad
Paper - First Edition Rose garden
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Flowers - Wild Orchid and I am Roses
Die - Creative Expressions faux quilled leaves (I have seen these so many times on Sue Wilson's blog I just had to buy them, aren't they lovely and very reasonable too)

Crafty Sentiments Cas or full on 
Craftyhazelnut's patterned paper Anything goes
Simon Says You gotta have friends

Thursday 19 June 2014


Yes this card was my first attempt at colouring on kraft. At first I wasn't really sure about it and debated giving it to the friend I had made it for. I kept looking at it though and after a while the effect grew on me. I found shading much more difficult as the colours soak into the kraft and I didn't achieve the level of shading I like but I like to try something different but not sure I would make another.
Image - LOTV
Medium - Copics
Papers - Craftwork Cards Time Flies
Dies - Tim Holtz star clusterwith sanded Core'dinations, Cheery Lynn faerie mushrooms which I cut out of DCWV gauze paper, another experiment but I am really happy with this one
Other - stickles

Sorry if I haven't visited but we have been away since Saturday. We went to a concert in Ipswich Saturday night and stayed in a Premier Inn. On Sunday we headed off to Bourton on the Water in the Cotswolds for 3 nights. I have scheduled posts for while I have been away as well as this one and hopefully I have managed to do some commenting whilst we have been away.

Crafty Catz 2 different dies 
A Creative Romance Anything goes 
Sister Act Anything goes
Crafts and Me Add wings 
Simon Says Monday Anything goes 
Simon Says You gotta have friends

Wednesday 18 June 2014


These are some noteholders I made recently to sell at craft fairs. They are another attraction for people to the stall as well as the cards, bags and plaques. Cards are obviously my biggest seller but it is good to have some different things and I enjoy trying out different ideas. The top 4 have pegs for holding notes. The bottom ones have post-its. All the ribbons are from Crafty Ribbons.

This is my second post today. We have been away since Saturday and will be returning home this afternoon. More on that in tomorrow's post.

More gifts

A couple of my plaques today. The first is a Wedding one using a cute LOTV diecut which I fussy cut. The paper is Wild Rose Always and Forever and I added a large white rose from I am Roses and some pearl hearts and silver ribbon.

The second plaque uses Marianne dies and stamps, a butterfly, ribbon and flowers which I have had in my stash for a while.

I would like to enter these into the pretty gifts and packaging challenge at  The Shabby Tea Room.

Back this afternoon with another post.

Tuesday 17 June 2014

Keys to the home

I really love this Inkylicious stamp and have stamped it in white on kraft for a change. A simple but effective card I think. The chandelier is a Memory Box die and I added some baker's twine and a key charm. The shaped card which I bought at a show adds a bit of interest.

Monday 16 June 2014

View from the lounge

Today I am sharing a sample I made for Little Claire using one of the room with a view stamps. This one is Four Seasons so you can choose which of the 4 stamps to use behind the window. I chose Summer.

I wanted to make it look like a lounge window and found this paper in my stash which looks like wallpaper. I cut a flower from another oddment and put it behind a small frame, added some die cut bunting and some tassels to the curtains.

Sunday 15 June 2014

Zentangle and flowers

Yes I have been having a go at Zentangling again and this time doodled around the edge as well and made a girly card with lots of flowers.
Image - Woodware
Paper - MME Sky's the limit
Crispy lace ribbon - Dreamees
Flowers - Wild Orchid and the Ribbon Girl
Pearl sprays - Wild Orchid
Other - pearls and ribbon

Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Black, white + one 
Sweet Stampin' Say it with flowers
We Do Doobadoo Ribbons
Crafty Calendar Petals and pearls 
Let's Craft and Create Spots or stripes 
Stampin' for the weekend Anything goes
Vintage Stamping Summer Blossoms

Saturday 14 June 2014

Tulip Bunny

Challenge time has come round again at Little Claire and this time we want to see lots of bright colours and we also have an optional sketch for you. I used the sketch and flipped it and as you can see I have used several bright colours, including yellow which is probably the colour I use least.
Image and sentiment - Little Claire
Medium - Copics
Papers - Papermania Happy Days
Tulips - I am Roses
Other - pearls and ribbon from stash

Here is the gorgeous prize

Di's Digis Ribbons 
Bizzy Becs Anything goes 
Stamping sensations Animal antica

Friday 13 June 2014

Catching snowflakes

I hope you have been enjoying the lovely warm sunshine we have had here in the East. I cooled down with a Christmas card for today's post.
Image - LOTV diecut
Papers - Echo Park Keepin' Cozy
Die - Magnolia Doohickey slender firs sprayed with silver Spray and Sparkle, Spellbinders labeks dies
Other - snowflake and patterned tree from old stash, stickles, Viva pearl pen

ABC Christmas L is for little gifts 
Charisma Sparkle and shine (glitter) 
Fan-tastic Tuesday Anything goes 
The Ribbon Girl Lovely Lili-girlie 
Bunny Zoe Layers 
Crafts and Me Add wings 
Sparkles Christmas Favourite colour combo (love blue and white for Christmas)

I am waiting for the logo but have put the news on my sidebar that I am officially a member of the online DT for Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine. Exciting times.

Thursday 12 June 2014

A boy's best friend

Well I am having an exciting week as I have been asked to make another project for Cardmaking and Papercraft online.  I have also been making samples for the new release stamps from Little Claire for July so busy, busy, busy. I took time out yesterday to make this card to add to my stock for the next craft fair.
Image - LOTV sketch pad
Medium - Copics, Sakura gold star for buckle and buttons
Papers - Nitwits Country Gent from LOTV
Sentiment - LOTV grunge
Die - Impression Obsessions puppy set with sanded Core'dinations
Other - burlap, button, raffia

Lili of the Valley Male or sporty
  A Creative Romance Anything goes option Happy Birthday 
Oldie but a goodie Father's Day/Masculine (nothing on this card is new) 
TTCD Anything goes 
Country View Only men allowed
  Natalie and Amy Four legged friends

Before I go I must tell you about the new launch at Crafty Ribbons

Gorgeous new wedding ribbons and more scrummy new ribbons to come shortly.

Wednesday 11 June 2014

Baby Birdhouse

I had a very exciting email yesterday as I had submitted two cards for a magazine commission and they like them so I had to send them the cards and email them the product list and instructions. Not sure when they will be published but watch this space. I hope this is the start of more magazine work. What an exciting week.

Something different from me today, a large tag for a baby's present using the Little Claire Changing Birdhouse stamp with Baby Birdhouse 2. The tag is Prima and the image has been coloured with Copics. I have used one of the new sentiment stamps. These are a brilliant idea, each set has 6 different circles and lots of sentiments which all fit in the circles so you can mix and match. I used some strips of paper, ribbon and a peg from stash and a Memory Box die with DCWV gauze paper for the banner.

Dream Valley Baby 
Delightful All tied up 
ALBC Child's play 
Bizzy Becs Anything goes

Tuesday 10 June 2014

Bargain Stamp

I haven't had a new home card on my blog for a while but I do need to make a few more for stock. Last week we went to look at the car boot sale and as it was busy we decided we will have to do one soon. One lady was selling some wooden stamps as she can no longer make cards and this one caught my eye as I don't have that many images for new homes. A bargain for £2.
Image - Create-It
Medium - Copics
Papers - Teresa Collins Fabrications
Dies - Doohickey fence, Die-namites birdhouses

Creative knockouts Die cut/punch frenzy

Monday 9 June 2014

Another Male card

About time I had a distressed vintage card on my blog and I must say I really love how this one turned out. The stamps, clock die and mini gears are Tim Holtz of course. I stamped the truck using Memento Rich Cocoa onto kraft. I bought a white ink pad recently and used that to stamp the sentiment and I think it looks really effective. Lots of DI Vintage Photo, use of the TH distressing tool and some tearing too. The paper is Dovecraft Curiosity Corner and the wooden arrows are Studio Calico from Little Claire.

Crafty Catz Inspired by a song (Time after Time by Cyndi Lauper) 
Country View Only men allowed 
My Mum's Craft Shop Ink it up 
Papertake Anything goes
Simon Says Father's day/Masculine 
Rhedd and Rosie Back in time/vintage style 
Aud Sentiments Any sentiment for a guy

Sunday 8 June 2014

Pleasure Boat

What strange weather we are having, poured with rain at times yesterday and then sunny and warm. At least we only had a little thunder and lightning, not too keen on that. I love red, white and blue on cards especially nautical ones and this card was one that sold last Wednesday.
Image - Kraftyhands postcard topper
Papers - Papermania Ahoy There
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Dies - Go Kreate Seagull, Die-namics anchor and ship's wheel with sanded Core'dinations

Crafts 4 Eternity For the boys 
Simon Says Father's Day/Masculine 
Divas by Design Red, white and blue 
Creative Card Crew Nautical 
Papertake Anything goes option Summer
 Country View Only men allowed

Not sure what we will be doing today but enjoy your Sunday.

Saturday 7 June 2014

Mollie in purple

Our new challenge at A Gem of a Challenge today is to use gingham papers and/or ribbon. Some of you may not recognise this gorgeous girl as a Pink Gem image but she is one of a range of vintage images available and I love them all. They are a joy to colour and great for practicing skin colouring.
Image - Pink Gem Mollie
Medium - Copics
Paper - Papermania Capsule Heather
Ribbon - candy win
Wooden hearts - Little Claire coloured with Copics
Flowers - Prima and The Ribbon Girl
Other - Doily and diecut from a DTDF order

TTCD Anything goes
 Papertake Anything goes option Summer
A Creative Romance Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter Flower power

Friday 6 June 2014

Candy Winner

Thanks so much to everyone who entered my candy. I am sorry I can't send you all something but there can only be one winner and that is 

Yes that is you Deborah A. I had the pleasure of meeting Deborah at the LOTV Birthday Party. Luckily she recognised me as she has a picture of a tiger on her blog so I had no idea what she looked like nor even knew she was going to be there.

Congratulations Deborah, please email me with your address and I will post your candy off to you. I am sure I will be having another giveaway before too long.

Please scroll down for today's card and my exciting news.

Thanks for all your support everyone, welcome to my lovely new followers, hope you will stay with me.
Have a good weekend.


I am very excited to bring you my first, and I hope not my last, magazine commissioned card today. It is for Cardmaking and Papercraft online. I was asked to make a modern Father's Day card with shopping list and instructions. 

Sentiment - Woodware stamp
Papers - First Edition Man Made, DCWV Burlap paper
Dies - Sizzix primitive stars, Tim Holtz star cluster
Other - baker's twine

Bearly Mine One for the boys 
Country View Only men allowed 
Charisma Father's Day 
Allsorts For the guys 
Sweet Stampin' Father's Day/special man/boy
Simon Says Father's Day/masculine
Fab n Funky Father's Day/for the man in your life
MAWTT Father's Day

You can find my post here and I would really appreciate you hopping over to the online magazine to take a look.

Thanks for all the Anniversary wishes. We had a lovely chilled out day with a lovely lunch at Cafe Rouge.

Thursday 5 June 2014

Anniversary candy

To enter my lovely Summery Anniversary candy please click on the candy page above. You must enter via the link on the candy page.

I would love you to leave a comment on this post but please note this will not be counted as a candy entry.

Good luck and please spread the word.

This post will stay at the top until 5th June when the candy closes.

Please scroll down for newer posts.

Happy Anniversary Hubby

Today is our Wedding Anniversary and this is the card I made for my hubby which is also my DT card for 2 challenges. I don't normally combine my DT work but they both fitted the card idea I had and I only want this card on my blog today. I distressed all the edges and used sanded Core'dinations and challenged myself to only use browns on the image, apart from the tree. The card is a 7x7 which meant I coud use the gorgeous, but rather large butterfly die.

The challenge at Crafty Ribbons is fluttering by (include a butterfly) and at Crafty Little Fairies it is spots and stripes. Maybe you would like to combine the challenges for your entry too. And don't forget there is still time to enter the Little Claire challenge of spots and stripes where there is also a fab prize on offer.

Image - LOTV
Medium - Copics, Sakura gold star pen for the spots
Papers - Nitwits Country Lady and Country Gent from LOTV
Ribbons - Crafty Ribbons
Butterfly - Doohickey
Other - pearls

Sister Act Anything goes
Papertake Anything goes, option Summer
TTCD Anything goes 

At the time of scheduling this post we are planning to go out for the day somewhere to celebrate but if I have time this evening I will catch up with some blogging then.

Wednesday 4 June 2014

Wish upon a star

Yes another Christmas card today but this time with one of my lovely new Sugar Nellie digis. I love the pinks of these gorgous papers and they match up beautifully with Copics.
Image - Sugar Nellie wish upon a star
Medium - Copics, Sakura clear star and rose star pens
Papers - Nitwits Woodland Wishes from LOTV
Sentiment - LOTV
Die - Memory Box precious stars
Other - raffia lace, ribbon, pearls, glitter and Viva pearl pen

The Sugar Bowl Anything goes 
Sketch Saturday sketch 236

Winter Wonderland No red or green (hope the tiny bit on the backing paper is allowed)
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas 3 of something (papers, pearls) 
Crafty Creations S (stars, sparkle, snow)

Tuesday 3 June 2014

Magical Christmas

Time to get cracking on those Christmas cards or I won't have enough to sell when the Christmas fairs start. I used my favourite Christmas papers as I love blue and brown together. I wish I had another pad of these papers as mine are almost used.
Image, Postcard and Sentiment - Pink Gem Barclay with bauble
Medium - Copics, Sakura gold star pen
Papers - Bo Bunny Snowfall
Punch - MS deep snowflake border
Other - Stickles, Viva pearl pen

Craftyhazelnut 3 of something (3 Pink Gem digis) 
Natalie and Amy Four legged friends 
ALBC Child's play 
Sparkles Christmas Favourite colour combination 
Stamping Sensations Animal antics 
Delicious Doodles For the love of animals 
Winter Wonderland No red or green
As you like it Favourite colour duo (I have several but blue and brown is one of my very faves especially for bears and Christmas, the rich browns go so well with soft blues)

Monday 2 June 2014

Something blue

I love using these Inkylicious stamps and for this card I used on of my favourite Sellbinders, one of the resplendent rectangles. I heat embossed the corners and then used DI Weathered Wood. The paper is Carftwork Cards Time Flies, butterfly ribon from Crafty Ribbons, rose from Wild Orchid, chipboard hearts from Simon Says and lace from stash.

Simon Says Anything goes 
Crafty Catz Anything goes 
  MAWTT No image 
Cute Card Thursday Blues and hues

Sunday 1 June 2014

Glamorous Emma

What a gorgeous sunny day today. We have been out and about and hubby is now putting some plants in the garden so I popped upstairs to make a card with this gorgeous new image from Pink Gem which I coloured yesterday. There are 3 new Emma images and there is 20% off all digis this week so treat yourself.
Image - Pink Gem Glamorous Emma
Medium - Copics, Sakura gold star and rose star pens
Papers - MME The Sky's the Limit
Die - Memory Box banner
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards
Other - lace, baker's twine, charm

Graph'it Frilly and fancy 
That Craft Place Ribbon/lace 

This is my second post today. Please scroll down for a Little Claire card and up to enter my candy, ending in a few days so don't miss out.

Baby Birdtable

The first of the month means a new club stamp from Little Claire and what a fun stamp this month, a bird table. There is also a baby bird house and more stamps will be added. The bird table comes in 2 parts so you can have different tops and for my card I have used the baby stamp.
Image and sentiment - Little Claire
Medium - Copics
Papers - First Edition Rose garden (oh dear, again!)
Card blank - Samuel Taylor
Punch - MS border
Rose - Wild Orchid
Other - lace, wooden hearts, baker's twine, DI tattered rose

I think the die cut hearts come from the Doohickey fence. I have a box on my desk with odd die cuts in as sometimes I cut something and change my mind or cut more than I need or as in this case they are the waste from a die cut.

Simon Says Anything goes
In the pink Shabby chic/vintage 
Crafty CatzAnything goes 
Fussy and Fancy Outdoors
We Do Doobadoo Different shapes