Friday 29 January 2021

Another commissioned card

Yes another commissioned card today using the Inkylicious sentiment and a Lee Holland digi coloured with Copics. The papers are some odd ones which I rounded the corners with a punch.  I used a MFT stitched rounded corner square die, added some very old mulberry paper flowers, pearls and a butterfly from an old pack from Poundland, which is dark blue but looks almost black in the photo.   

I have used several of these mulberry paper flowers recently. I remember when I used to have loads of them including jars full of different colour small flowers like these. They make a change from punching, diecutting or Wild Orchid flowers. It is also good to use some old stash.


Thursday 28 January 2021


Another commissioned card today for the same lady. I used an old Whiff of Joy stamp which is by Elisabeth Bell.  I coloured her with Copics. The papers are Craftwork cards and I used Go Kreate large labels 9 and MFT stitched oval dies.  The sentiment at the bottom was specially requested and is from Inklyicious. The Happy Birthday is LOTV teenage girl sentiments.  I used Martha Stewart fern, daisy and cosmos punches and a couple of butterfly punches.

Today's exciting outing is our weekly click and collect from Tesco. Stay safe everyone x.


Monday 25 January 2021

Home is where your honey is

You may have seen the bee plaque I posted the other day. Whilst I was printing out the elements for that I decided to print out a sheet to make a card. The Nitwits collection is called Bee-Lightful. I really enjoy making this style of card as a complete change from colouring images.

Everything apart from the pearls is from the digi kit. I fussy cut, inked the edges and layered using foam pads. I diecut the banners using offcuts of paper from the plaque and MFT pierced fishtail dies. This set must be one of my most used die sets.  I was so pleased that the when I diecut the bee using a Lawn Fawn stitched circle die it fitted perfectly into the centre of the flowered circle.

Sunday 24 January 2021

Look for the rainbow

This is one of two plaques I made for the order using the same sentiment. They were very similar so I am only blogging this one as I liked this one the best. The paper is an old magazine freebie, the sentiment and silhouette are from an Inkylicious set. I diecut them using a stitched square die from The Works. 

The rainbow was stamped and diecut using a set from Avery Elle which I coloured with Copics. The umbrella is an old Memory Box die and the clouds are MFT stitched cloud dies.  I added a rainbow charm, some puffy heart stickers and enamel dots.  The grosgrain ribbon is from Craft Label.

She received them yesterday and is so pleased with them she wants another for herself as the two she ordered are for presents.

Saturday 23 January 2021

Lovely Lavender

This was one of the cards I had to make for the order and she was delighted with it. I used an old coloured art pad from LOTV but you can buy this image as a coloured digi from their Etsy store.  The papers are LOTV from one of their old paper pads.  I am doing quite well using up some old stash lately. I added cheesecloth, lace from Crafty Ribbons, flowers from Wild Orchid and diecut leaves using Joy dies.

We are having a treat tonight, afternoon tea delivered from a local small business. That will make a nice change from cooking. Enjoy your weekend.


Friday 22 January 2021

Bee sweet

Well hello after a week of no blog posts I have 4 scheduled for the next 4 days. I don't do many orders but the lady I made several cards for last year who normally buys at the hospital craft fair as she works there, asked me to make her some. The order kept growing until it got to 9 cards and 3 plaques. I sent her photos of some cards and luckily she chose some I had already made to which I just had to add personalised sentiments. However it left me with a few to make plus the plaques. I finished them on Wednesday afternoon so yesterday afternoon I found time to schedule some posts.

She chose the sentiment which I printed from the laptop and diecut with an old Spellbinders die. As she wanted a bee themed plaque I decided to buy the Bee-Lightful digi pack from Nitwits. I really wanted to use bee themed paper and didn't have any big enough and I thought the pack would come in useful for cards and scrapbooking too. 

I fussy cut the heart and beehive and thought how am I going to cut out the bees antennae so decided to diecut them. I inked all the edges and added some flowers I must have bought when I first started cardmaking 15 years ago.  The grosgrain ribbon is from Craft Label.

Back tomorrow with a card. 

Friday 15 January 2021

Birthdays are good for you

Another card for the order. This one for a man in his 40's. With no specific subject to work on I thought this Inkylicious sentiment would make a nice card. I used a MFT stitched rounded corner die set to make the frame. The papers are MFT. I love their bright coloured papers, and many of the geometric designs are great for male cards. I used Hobbycraft star punches and MFT pierced fishtail dies.

Well that's the end of another week in lockdown. It doesn't seem so bad this time of year as many days are pretty miserable outside and very cold so we wouldn't be going far anyway. We are missing going out for meals but our local pub does a great delivery service so we have ordered roast pork dinners for Sunday. It makes a nice change from cooking and washing up.


Thursday 14 January 2021

Game Boy

I have an order for 8 cards. Luckily 4 of them I already had made up so am working on the other 4. This is for a 13 year old who likes gaming on his computer and luckily I had this LOTV stamp Game Boy in my collection. It is now available as a digi. I used MFT papers which give an optical illusion of not being straight in the photo but I promise they are. I wasn't sure how to embellish it then remembered I have an old set of Spellbinder arrow dies which I have used a lot. So three black arrows and job done. The image as always is coloured with Copics.


Tuesday 12 January 2021

Robins are not just for Christmas

I made this for a male friend's Birthday. He loves birds so I thought this stamp was perfect for a Winter Birthday.  It is an old stamp by Sheena Douglass which I coloured with Copics. The paper if First Edition Gardenia and the sentiment is Little Claire. I used a new tree die I bought form someone recently on Facebook. It is a lovely set called Autumn. The pots are old Memory Box dies.

Sunday 10 January 2021

First Christmas card of 2021

I really enjoy cross stitching small pictures and they are ideal for making into cards. This is from a pattern by Durene Jones and is a freebie on her FB page. The papers are some old favourites Bo Bunny Altitude. I made a frame for the image using stitched square dies from The Works. I used white glitter card with a Martha Stewart snowflake punch and tree dies by Marianne and Doohickey.

I belong to a cross stitch group on Facebook and I am amazed by the time some people spend cross stitching. I love crafting but I don't want to do it all day every day but some of these people are obsessed. They begrudge anything getting in the way of them stitching and some of them have head torches for stitching in the evenings. I want to laugh at some of the posts like the lady who said when you make a hot drink, fill a flask as well so you can make another drink quicker than waiting for the kettle to boil again allowing more stitching time! That takes obsession to a whole new level I think.  I am glad nothing obsesses me that much.

Thursday 7 January 2021

Cute Bear

I have another of the new images launching on Friday to share with you. This is cute bear 4, coloured with Copics. I found the gingham paper, think it came from an old LOTV pack. I love gingham for baby cards. The sentiment is LOTV, ribbon from stash and square doily from Ebay. I used Dovecraft 3d pearl effects around the image and kept the layout simple.

Had a lovely visit to my Mum yesterday as we are in a support bubble. She continues to keep herself busy painting, knitting and puzzling. Today's exciting outing is to get our click and collect shopping at Tesco. Stay safe everyone x


Tuesday 5 January 2021


I have another of the new digi stamps from LOTV to showcase today. The launch date is 8th January and there are cute bears, elephants as well as babies. I coloured Elephant 4 with Copics then diecut it with a Lawn Fawn pierced rectangle die. The papers and Birthday balloon die are all MFT.  I added an enamel heart from Tiger.

Nothing much to report here. Every day is much like another. Apart from the usual household chores to be done we go for a walk some days, practice our line dancing, read, craft, do jigsaw puzzles and watch TV. I am working on a small snowman cross stitch which I will be making into my first Christmas card for this year. Today we have a click and collect from our local farm shop/butcher. We tend to stock up for the freezer so we go as little as possible. That and a trip to the small Co-op nearby for a few things will be our trip out for the day. Stay safe everyone x.


Sunday 3 January 2021

Baby hammock

I got into the craft room as planned on Friday and really enjoyed using one of the new baby images launching soon from LOTV. This is baby hammock coloured with Copics. The papers are First Edition It's a girl. I used MFT stitched ric rac, Your Next Stamp heart banner and Lawn Fawn stitched circle dies along with a Hobbycraft heart punch. The flowers are from Hobbycraft but they had glitzy centres which I didn't like so I took them out and added some enamel dots.

There are some really cute stamps in this launch, not just for babies so I will be back with more to show you soon. Hopefully I will get another made today.


Friday 1 January 2021

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone. Let's hope for a much better year. Judging by the lack of blog posts many of you like me haven't done much crafting between Christmas and New Year. I have been cross stitching but only went into the craft room to make this cross stitch into a card. I do plan on getting back in there this afternoon after we take down the tree and cards in the lounge.  We took the other decorations and tree from the conservatory on Wednesday. I love them but it is nice to have a good clean and get straight. I can't bear decorations left up after today. New year, clean start.

I really enjoy sewing small cross stitch images and this owl is from a free pattern from Durene Jones. I changed the colours as the owl is purple in the pattern which I thought rather odd. I also like using whatever colours I have and that I feel suit the image.  I made a frame using a stitched square die. Unfortunately I didn't have the right size square die to cut out the centre so had to measure and cut the centre out. The paper is from an old pad by Nikki Sivils called tree love. I punched some stars and made the moon using a small circle die.

I didn't make as many cards as usual last year, though I still made 163 plus various other items. I didn't do as much scrapbooking as planned either. I start every year with good intentions but last year was such a strange year that I didn't always feel like crafting as much. We did 86 jigsaws, mostly 1000 pieces, which is more than we usually do. Many afternoons were spent puzzling and playing music. A good way to forget what is happening in the world along with reading. I must have read around 50 books I reckon.

Yesterday we printed out some photos from our Cornwall holiday and I have sorted them into a new scrapbook along with photos from the previous two years. I will be making a start on that soon and will endeavour to be a better scrapbooker.

 The next two months will be mainly spent at home I think so plenty of time for crafting, puzzling, cross stitching, reading, listening to music, going for walks and watching TV.  Thank goodness for Netflix and Amazon Prime. We have enjoyed some great shows on there since we subscribed last March.

Stay home, stay safe and happy crafting.