Sunday, 9 September 2012

Birthday Easel

I made this for a friends 65th Birthday this week - she'd kept it very quiet! Hope she liked it!!!

Products Used:
  • Stamped image - Dimension fourth stamps,  Wrinklies Beach Party set
  • Coloured with promarkers
  • Memento Ink Pad
  • Dovecraft Tea Party backing papers
  • Prima Flower
  • Martha Stewart border punch -scalloped dot
  • Button, string bow, Happy Birthday ribbon, vellum butterfly, glossy accents

Challenges entered:


Birthday Wishes

Needing some inspiration this week so found this sketch on Sketch Saturday

Products used:

  • Scalloped white card blank 15cm x 15cm
  • Dovecraft purple paper
  • Backing paper -Wild Rose Studio, Spring Fling
  • Martha Stewart border punch -Scallop dot
  • Stamped image -Wild Rose Studio, Girl with Cake
  • Memento and Varsafine ink pads
  • Stamped sentiment - Unmounted stamp company, circadesign
  • Coloured with promarkers
  • Embellishments: Card Candi, Pink gngham ribbon from stash, Prima flower, Glossy Accents.

Challenges entered:

Friday, 10 August 2012


I made this using a friends stamp. Its a Sarah Kay stamp and it's called 'Writing to Grandma'. I don't usually do vintage cards but I think this is a really sweet image and I really love the blue/ brown colour combination.

Products used:
  • Sarah Kay 'Writing to Grandma' stamp.
  • Sentiment stamp from circa design
  • White and brown card.
  • Backing papers -Hot of the Press, soft nostalgia.
  • Recycled ribbon
  • Mulberry paper roses
  • Image coloured with promarkers and vintage photo distress ink.
Challenges entered:

Sunday, 29 July 2012


I've been wanting to use this stamp for ages and hadn't got around to using it. I've used a couple of challenges for inspiration and I'm really happy with the result.

Products used:

  • White card blank
  • Red card
  • Martha Stewart Scalloped Dot border punch
  • Lily of the valley stamp -Bunch of balloons
  • Memento ink pad - tuxedo black
  • Promarkers
  • Lets fly away paper stack - (free with quick cards magazine)
  • Card candi
  • Small Balloon punch
  • Ribbon from stash
  • Yellow stickles
  • Glossy accents
  • Spellbinders nestabilities, Standard Circles Large

Challenges entered:

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Bird table

Products used:
  • Scalloped square white card blank
  • Pink card
  • Trimcraft First Edition 6x 6 papers 'Bird Song'
  • Washi tape - free with Issue 99 Papercraft Inspirations Magazine
  • Little Claire 'Bird Table' stamp
  • Coloured with Promarkers
  • Mulberry Roses
Challenges entered:

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Under The Sea

Well I enjoyed 'Happy Stampers' at Port Sunlight so much that I've got the crafting bug back. I couldn't wait to try out my new stamps and the stampendous embossing enamel I bought. I love the effect its created on this card and can't wait to use it again. I stamped the mermaid image with memento ink and coloured her with promarkers. I've decoupaged her tail  and used Wow embossing powder to create the look of shiny scales. The tail has been attached with foam pads and the edges stuck down to create a 3d effect.  The background has been created using distress inks to give a watery feel. The embossing enamel has been applied in several layers and mica fragments applied while still hot. The card has been completed with the addition of pears, shells and mosaic tiles stuck down with glossy accents. I've also use a strip of netting and a string of pearls to finish off.

Products used:

  • White and Tourquoise card
  • Western romance/ all about me paper stack
  • Ranger distress inks -Pine Needles, Broken China, Faded Jeans
  • Stampendous Mermaid stamp- CRP151
  • Mementon Ink
  • Clear pigment inkpad
  • Wow embossing powder - Blue Blast
  • Promarkers - Mint Green, Soft Greeen, Tea Green, Cocktail Pink, Almond, Sunflower, Lemon, Bright Orange and Mango.
  • Stampendous Frantage Shabby Blue Embossing Enamel
  • Stampendous Frantage Silver and Gold mica fragments
  • Shells, Pearls, Pearl rope, mosaic tiles and netting from stash 
I will be entering this into the following challenges:

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Bird Cage

Thought I'd try something a bit different after I went to 'Happy Stampers' rubber stamp show yesterday in Port Sunlight, Wirral. I bought this beautiful stamp from Dimension Stamps and, after watching their You Tube tutorial, had a go at creating this. I've tried to add my own mark on the card and changed a few things. The stamped images were heat embossed using clear pigment ink and black embossing powder directly onto the background paper. The images have been cut out and the bird cage attached to the flourish with jump rings. The flourish is attached to the card using foam pads. I had difficulty getting the right colour on the card candy -they looked a bit flat, so,  they have been heat embossed with black embossing powder also - a bit tricky, but worth it! Hope you like it. 

Products used:

  • White and dark green card from stash
  • Trimcraft, First Edition papers 'Bird Song'
  • Paper embossed using 'Flower Fantasy' Cuttlebug embossing folder
  • Artemio swirl stamp -ref 10001038
  • Dimension Stamps -Bird cage
  • Ink it up clear embossing stamp pad
  • Stampendous 'detail black' embossing powder
  • Green Ribbon from stash
  • Punched flower border using Martha Stewart Floral Lace border punch
  • Craft creations black border sparkly peel off
  • White card candy -heat emobssed with black embossing powder as above
Challenges entered:

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Summer Buddy

Looking for inspiration I came across this sketch on the Ready, Teddy go challenge blog

I've used it to make this card.

Products used:

  • Nutcrafters Summer Buddy Stamp
  • Card and paper from stash
  • Memento ink pad
  • Promarkers - Terracotta, Burnt Sienna, Cocoa, Sandstone, Spice, Pumpkin, Amber, Dusky Rose and Coral,Cornflower, Powder Blue and Pastel Blue.
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels 10
  • Glossy accents (to Ice Lolly and nose)
  • Flower Embelishments from stash

I will be entering this into the following challenges:

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Pastel Sketch

Good evening everyone and I hope you all had a wonderful Mothers Day. I had a lovely Mothers Day lunch with my family and I was so happy today to see that I made top 3 on stamptacular Sunday challenge blog with my last post. I also managed to have a play with my new nutcrafters stamps that I bought recently from their online sale. I created this card using Nutcrafters stamp 'Thankful Rae'. I think she's really sweet.

Created with the following products:

  • Nutcrafters stamp 'Thankful Rae'
  • Nestabilities large standard circles
  • Pink Petticoat Wild Blossom Collection Papers
  • Image coloured with promarkers -Meadow Green, Pastel Blue, Cool Aqua, Maroon, Buttercup Yellow, Pastel Yellow, Baby Pink + Pale Pink and Copics E000 and E00
  • Prima Flowers
  • Ribbon from Creative Pastimes
  • Buttons from stash
  • Glossy Accents
For inspiration I used the following sketch from the Pixie cottage blog

Entered into the following challenges:

Monday, 12 March 2012

Mothers Day. 12th March 2012.

Sorry I haven't posted in a while, but, lifes been busy! Must try harder!!!

I made this today and thought I'd enter it into a few challenges. The image is a cute Nutcrafters image,coloured with promarkers, and the papers are various papers in my collection. I used the sketch on Stamptacular Sunday Challenge blog as inspiration and as it's Mothers day next Sunday, I have used a Mothers day theme. Hope you like it.

I'll be entering this into the following challenges:

Sunday, 22 January 2012

So So Sweet!

Hi there everyone. Had a great week this week. Firstly,  I found this lovely Lavinia Pine tree stamp waiting for me in the post when I came home on Friday! I was lucky enough to win this from Creative cardmaking magazine back in November, so that was a nice surprise, and secondly I made top 3 in the latest Nutcrafters challenge.
 As its so cold and windy here today, I made this card to remind me of sunny days ahead and looking forward to some warmer weather!

This card was created using the following items:

  • Nutcrafters stamps, Ice cream parlour and Nutshells -Tash
  • Coloured with Promarkers
  • Stamped with Memento inkpad
  • Papers - Dovecraft Glamour Prints
  • Glossy accents
  • Martha stewart punch

I will enter this card in to the following challenges:

Monday, 16 January 2012

Golfing Al

2 cards in 2 days, unheard of! I made this card surprisingly quick with the Nutcrafters challenge in mind, 'anything goes'. I paper pieced the stamped 'golfing Al' image and coloured with promarkers and copics. I have used paper from ' Lets fly away' paper stack which came free with Quick cards magazine this month. I really like the clouds and hot air ballon images that came with this pack.

Products used:

  • Nutcrafters, Nutshells, Golfing Al stamp
  • Golf bag stamp and sentiment stamp from Papermania - stamping for him stamps
  • Lets fly away paper stack
  • Promarkers
  • Copics
  • Core'dinations colour core card

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Favourite LOTV stamp

Hi Everyone. I was so pleased to make Nutcrafters top 3, last post, with my New Years card, so thank you to Nutcrafters for that! I was getting short of inspiration so did a little blog hopping yesterday and found this lovely sketch on Bev Rochesters blog. Bev has some great tutorials on her blog and absolutely beautiful creations,  and so, as I need help with  my colouring, 
watched her colouring tutorial. My colouring isn't great yet but I'm hoping it's improving with practice!!! I was pleased with the result of this card. I find sketches really help with inspiration when you're stuck for ideas. I didn't have any paper doilies when I looked through my stash and came across an old fiskars punch that I haven't used for ages. I think it makes a great doily, so I'll be using these old punches again! Sometimes things you think you won't ever use again come up trumps. My motto -never throw anything away, it might come in useful. Unfortunately thats why my house is such a mess, LOL!!!!!

I created this card using the following:

  • My Minds Eye 'quite contrary' summer papers
  • Mulberry paper roses, from Nutcrafters
  • Lily of the valley stamp ' Little Ballerina' and sentiment stamp 'time to celebrate'
  • Stamped with memento ink
  • Coloured with promarkers
  • Fiskars border punch
  • Martha stewart border punch ' floral lace'
  • Paper adhesive ribbon K + C company 'wild saffron'
  • embellishments from stash
  • Sketch by Bev Rochester, below

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Monday, 2 January 2012

Happy New Year

Hi everyone. Hope you all had a very Happy Christmas and wishing you all good health and happiness for 2012. I had a lovely Christmas but have been so busy I haven't had time to make any new cards recently. Looking forward to the New year now and getting back to normality!

I have made this card using the following:

  • Papers from ' The frosted ice collection' - Creative Cardmaking magazine
  • Nutcrafters free bonfire party digital image
  • Promarkers
  • Stickles
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities eyelets squares
  • Embellishments from own stash

I will be entering this card into the following challenges: