Tuesday, 31 March 2020


I'm trying to post fairly regularly so that people who are good enough to follow me will know I'm still OK and of course I'm hoping you are all OK as well or at least as OK as you can be in these awful times.  On Sunday my internet connection decided to start working at snail's pace which is a pain and everything is taking much longer than usual, but then again - silver lining - time is something I have plenty of at the moment.  This is a card a made a little while using  alcohol inks on some sparkle card and this is what was used as a background to these die cut trees.  A simple sentiment and that's it really, a fairly simple card but for this sort of thing I feel that simple is often best.

Take care everyone and stay safe

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Floral Card - Again

I've made a second floral card using yet another set of stamps and dies which I loved when I bought them but which have languished in a drawer for too long.  This one is quite different from the earlier floral one and I started with a panel of white card which would fit nicely onto the blank and sorted out some papers as a background.  Next move was to root out some snippets of pink and mauve card to stamp and die cut the flowers.  The jar was also stamped and die cut, lining up some stamped stems using the Misti, which was also used for placement of the greenery stamped as a backdrop for the blooms, which were added using thin foam pads. A couple of tiny tags were punched and applied with a die cut bow.  The words were stamped onto card before punching them out so that they lined up because they really are quite tiny. As it came together I thought it just needed something else so I added a white doily for the jar to stand on.

It's another bright day but my goodness the wind is bitter so indoors is definitely a good place to be.

Stamps and Dies - Jar of Love sets from Stampin' Up
Tag Punch - also from SU

Friday, 27 March 2020

Floral Card

I've spotted that quite a few of us are re-visiting items in the stash which maybe haven't seen the light of day for a while and it is good to be reminded of things which were 'must-haves' in the past or techniques which have been temporarily put to one side.  I've used a set of dies which has a matching stamp set although on this occasion I've die cut the flowers and leaves from scraps of coloured card so the stamps haven't actually been used for this card.  The darker flowers have  been sponged around the edges with white as a change from the more usual darker colour highlight..  I'm sure with so much 'stuff' to use there is no excuse for feeling 'stir-crazy' and I feel for those who have no interesting hobbies to keep them occupied in these strange times.  Stay safe everyone, follow the guidelines and we will beat this!!

Die set used - Botanical Builder from Stampin' Up
Sentiment - free stamp used with SU punches

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Pixie Snippets Playground

When I die cut a window to make a scenic card recently I was left with four little rectangles of card - could I drop them into the bin??  No of course not, so this card is designed around those four white pearl snippets.  I found another die slightly larger and cut a  layer for each using snippets of red card and also stamped and embossed four ladybirds on other matching scraps.  The bug stamp set comes with an interesting text panel stamp so so I cut out a larger rectangle from the same set of jagged edge dies for this text, backing it with a plain red rectangle slightly larger.  A narrow fancy border strip was added to the mix and for the background I used a larger piece of text paper, over-stamped with some bees.  Everything on this card is a snippet apart from the card base and the large text background.  Mind you I am now left with a snippet of said text paper to use on something else - snippets breed more snippets - proven fact!!!

I know we aren't allowed out to play now but thank goodness for the virtual Playground provided by the lovely Di and which I imagine is quite large enough for us to visit and share with the others who visit regularly - keeping the regulation distance.  Di has made a super card in bright colours and of course the prize is equally super as always.

Ladybirds and Text Panel - Tim Holtz Entomology stamps and dies
Rectangle dies - Tim Holtz Sizzix dies

Monday, 23 March 2020


I believe it is now officially Spring so I'm posting this card which I made a couple of weeks ago using yet another freebie stamp and die combo. The stamped flowers were coloured lightly with watercolour, die cut and layered.  The background oval had some text stamped to give it some interest and the narrow panel of test was produced using a small text embossing folder and sponged with some matching green.  A banner sentiment and a little bow complete this fairly quick card.

Snowdrops and Text - stamps/dies given free with magazine
Ovals - Tonic dies
Banner - Sue Wilson dies

Friday, 20 March 2020

Shaker Card

I can't remember when I last made a shaker card but having done this one I realise it is a bit of a faff, so that's probably the reason why.  This particular one is a CASE from one made as a magazine sample by the clever Jules using a set of freebie dies and stamps which came with Cardmaking and Papercraft #206.  She was featured in this issue and has made a lovely selection of cards demonstrating various ways of using the freebie.

As I'm well within the category of 'oldies' who have been asked to stay indoors and avoid people I'm so glad that I have so many interesting things I can be doing to keep myself occupied - beats daytime TV any day!!   I'm probably going to have to clear a space to store the cards I'm making and just hope I don't run out of raw materials ... or ideas.

Papers - from Stampin' Up in my scraps box
Dies and Stamps - free set with magazine and by Crafter's Companion.

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Caged Owl

After having a bit of a sort out of my 'stuff' I had an idea for a card using a couple of sets of stamps which I've had for simply ages, neither of which has seen the light of day for some time and in fact some of the stamps in the sets have never seen ink - how bad is that???  Having played around with them on some scrap paper I came to the conclusion that for once the Misti wouldn't do the job but luckily I still have a 'Stamp-a-ma-Jig' gadget so resorted to using that on this occasion.  After a few trial and error efforts I managed to get things lined up and this card is the result - quite pleased with it eventually and it certainly kept me occupied for a while.  I cut the resulting image with an oval die and a scalloped layer using the next size up; found some background papers in the right colours; added some die cut corners and that's it.  I like to keep some cards in my box with no sentiment and no words inside and this one fits the bill. In hindsight (a wonderful thing) I think the leafy branch would have been better in green but I didn't feel up to doing it all again so soon but maybe a variation will appear at some point.

Stamps - World of Dreams Stampin' Up for leaves
Stamps - Aviary Stampin' Up for stand, cage and owl
Butterfly - punch from SU
Corners - die from Whimsy (very old)
Ovals - die set from Tonic

Friday, 13 March 2020

Witty Words

I've used another stamp from the 'Word Wit' set to make a birthday card.  Not much to say about it really, the dog was stamped onto a scrap of watercolour paper and coloured using water-based pens and the witty words were stamped onto another piece and cut out with scissors. used a piece of dotty paper and embossed some larger dots onto a scrap of toning card with two little banners punched from yet another scrap of brown card.

A lovely bright and sunny morning but yesterday started like that and later on we had some heavy showers/storms - hopefully it will stay dry today.

Words - from Word Wit stamp set by Stampin' Up
Dog -  from Tim Holtz dogs stamp set
Banners - punch from Stampin' Up

Monday, 9 March 2020

Under the Weather

There was a magazine freebie recently which I was unable to resist - a stamp and die set with a weather theme.  What particularly pleased me was that the umbrella die included both a whole shape of the open umbrella and also the part which could be cut separately for the coloured sections - very good for a freebie I thought so thanks Clearly Besotted for such a good die.  I cut two layers in white and carefully lined them up and glued together before cutting out the top sections using scraps of blue and pink card so that these could be 'paper-pieced' into the shape; finally I used one of the stamps to add grey to the handle (using the Misti) which made that straightforward.  The wording at the top, the clouds and raindrops were from the stamp set, although the clouds had to be fussy cut with scissors.  The message at the bottom used a stamp which I've had for ages.  The sky effect was achieved by smooshing some distress ink onto a glass mat, spritzing with water and then sort of mopping it up with a square of watercolour paper.  There are several umbrella stamps within the set which I've not used yet - plenty of possibilities.

Stamps and Die set designed by Clearly Besotted - free with recent magazine
Get Well - stamp from a really useful free set which I've had for ages
Background made using Faded Jeans Distress ink on watercolour paper

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Snippets Challenge #373

I have my snippets card ready to take along to the Playground this week and if you take a look by following the link you will see the great prize(s) on offer this time - no less than five unusual cat stamps.  There is the usual great card for inspiration.

For my card I've used a fair few snippets - the background paper is from a pad I've had for ages - long since lost the cover and there are only a few oddments left.  I've also managed to use up a good number of white card snippets because I stamped the main word image on one in black and then die cut into a banner shape; this was followed by inking in various colours and stamping again on different pieces of white card so that I could cut out the words to apply making the 'message'  multi-coloured.  Of course I still have all the other pieces left so that I can cut them all out and use for several more cards in the future.  I found some bright pink snippets to cut a layer for the banner and also an oval for the sentiment.  Finally used some snippets of ribbon to add a bow.

Stamps used - from Birthday Wit set by Stampin' Up
Banners - Sizzix dies for SU
Ovals - die set from Tonic

Saturday, 29 February 2020

Floral Theme

I 'found' these two stamped and die cut flowers and a leaf amongst the bits and pieces littering my work space along with some scraps of blue and green card with of course the inevitable pieces of white - always plenty of those around.  Far too many to be hoarding really if I'm honest but 'old habits' and all that.  Anyway I've put together a card with a bit of a Spring feel about it matching up with the colours outside the window at present although it has been coming over dark and chucking hail-like showers at us.

Started with a piece of toning background paper remaining from a pad I probably bought years ago; cut a couple of circles, a square and a birthday sentiment.  Once assembled I thought it just needed a little something more so stamped and punched a couple of small butterflies and tied a little blue bow using organza ribbon finishing off with blue sparkly gems as flower centres.

Flowers - Dies by Sue Wilson, Creative Expressions
Butterflies - stamp and punch from Stampin' Up

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Snippets Challenge #372

I've realised that I seem to have missed the previous challenge - not quite sure how it happened, a senior moment maybe!!  Anyway I have a  card to take along to the Playground for the current one.  This was made using up bits and pieces which were lying around left over from recent projects.  I do try to clear up my working space when it shrinks too much but these bits hadn't even made it into the 'store' of snippets.  The ovals were cut out from a scrap of text paper (quite heavy weight, almost card) and then the flower silhouettes were stamped in black.  A larger snippet was about the right size to fit onto my normal card blank and some over-stamping was done using a text stamp. The piece of brown card was run through an embossing folder for a  bit of texture and a narrow snippet of the same card was used to die cut the sentiment.  Do pop along to the Playground to see the adorable Easter card which Di has made to showcase the great prize on offer for a lucky winner.

Stamps - an old set of Stampin' Up stamps Silhouette Sentiments
Embossing Folder - Hessian texture from Embossalicious
Sentiment - Source forgotten, sorry
Text Stamp - set from Phill Martin

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Filling Gaps

I've been filling  gaps in my box of cards and this time I noticed a shortage of sympathy cards which unfortunately are needed from time to time and it is good to have some ready to hand.  For this one I started by using a textured stamp inked up in two colours to make a section of background following up with stamping the tree, birds and sentiment..  This is a fairly simple card but I feel cards for these occasions don't need to be too elaborate.

Background - textured stamp from Clarity
Tree - Sheltering Tree by Stampin' Up
Birds - from a Lighthouse stamp set by Stampin' Up
Sentiment - from a set of free stamps which came with a magazine some time ago

Saturday, 1 February 2020


This week seems to have gone by in a flash but I do have a card to share today.  I've used another piece of the card which I embossed and coloured in an inky session with male cards in mind although I think this one would work for anyone really.  The books and sentiment were stamped onto scraps of watercolour paper and the colouring done using Distress inks and a water brush.  The embossed card was also coloured using Distress inks and gilding wax added afterwards for definition and a bit of subtle glitz.  The background is a piece of script paper and I've added a cog which has been embossed and gilded after die cutting.  In case you are wondering - the sentiment is deliberately 'messy' because that's how it stamps out!!

Stamps - by Phill Martin
Embossing folder - from Sizzix
Cog - Bigz die from Sizzix
Background paper from Prima.

Monday, 27 January 2020

Challenge #370 Pixie Snippets

Time for new challenge in the Playground and this is another dragonfly card but nothing like my previous one.  I used a die which came free with a magazine and which partially cuts out a 'flight' of dragonflies - cut it twice on a square snippet of white card.  There was a matching set of stamps and thank goodness for the Misti so that I could line things up (more or less anyway) to stamp over the cut out dragonflies.  A blue glimmery embossing powder was used throughout.  A couple of larger dragonflies were stamped. embossed and layered up for some dimension and tiny pieces of 3d foam were popped under all of the wings.  A greeting was stamped onto a small snippet of white, backed with some blue and put into the centre of the card. A few matching gems were scattered around.

The lovely Di has made a super cheery card using some cactus stamps - very colourful and just right to brighten the dull days we seem to be having.  Of course that set of stamps with matching dies is the prize on offer for the lucky person who is drawn at the end of the two weeks.

Die and Stamp set - from Stamps by Chloe
Embossing Powder - Cosmic Shimmer Tropical Aqua Blaze

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Dragonfly Love

I've had a change from making male cards and this card could be ready for Valentine's Day which isn't really all that far away.  The various elements were die cut from cream and gold pearl card and layered up onto a pink butterfly background paper.  We've had quite a change in the weather today - nice blue sky and some sunshine but very cold with quite a frost first thing this morning which hung around for quite a while.  It is nice though to see the sunshine after a week of grey and rainy days.

Background paper - from Polkadoodles
Dies - all from Tonic

Tuesday, 14 January 2020


Today's card is similar to the previous one but with different colours, different embossing folder used and a stamped image added instead of a die cut.  Again the embossed background strips were coloured using Distress Stains.  The steampunk image was stamped and heat embossed onto a piece of text card, then backed with a purple oval mat.  A stamped sentiment on the same text card and that's another one for the box - could be suitable for male or female I think.  The purple background technique has shown up more brightly on screen than it is in real life. It was touched with some pewter stain to highlight the texture.

The weather here has again deteriorated into relentless rain and wind and I hope it isn't too bad where you are.

Embossing Folders - Tim Holtz Alterations
Sentiment - Tim Holtz stamps
Text background - from a Prima paper pad, more card weight than paper
Stamp - from Steampunkery stamp set by Chocolate Baroque

Monday, 13 January 2020

Inky Session

I decided that my box was short on male cards so yesterday I set about making some backgrounds by embossing white card using various 'industrial' style embossing folders and then colouring with Distress stains and inks along with some metallic stain.  Good idea to do most of the inky jobs in one fell swoop and then have a major hand cleaning attempt.  So far I've put together three cards and this is just one of them - they have similar components but are not all the same.  For this one I cut three strips from the inked card, die cut a motorbike and added a bit of over-stamping to some text background paper. Of course most of this is covered up with the strips but not to worry. The bike was layered onto a scrap of text paper which in turn was layered onto another left over strip of a different text paper.  A selection of cogs were die cut from black card, embossed with 'industrial' folders and rubbed lightly with Treasure gold. Sentiment was produced on the computer and punched out.  I had intended going for a walk today but became engrossed in making these cards - now it is lashing with rain so the furthest I will be going is to put the wheelie bin by the gate.

Embossing Folder - Tim Holtz Alterations by Sizzix
Cogs - Sizzix Bigz Die
Text Papers - Prima pad which I've had for a long time
Motorbike - unbranded die
Sentiment - Stampin' Up punch with ends trimmed off

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Playground Challenge # 369

The lovely Di of Pixie's Crafty Workshop fame has been taking a short break but it is lovely to see her back today with a beautiful Christmas bauble card which of course is a big hint as to what the prize will be for Snippets #369.  My make this time is a relatively CAS style of card using what I thought was an interesting set of geometric dies and something a  bit different.  I die cut the openwork layers twice and layered them together for a bit of extra dimension - using snippets of white pearl card.  Then found a snippet of card which I'd coloured with Distress Oxide and Pixie powders some time ago - this was a left over piece which of course I saved and it has come in handy for this card.  I stamped a narrow border three times onto a large snippet of white card using similar colours before arranging the triangles and a message banner, finally adding a few left over 'jewels' scattered in between.

Triangles - set of unbranded dies
Banner - Sue Wilson die and stamp from Tim Holtz
Border stamp - from a Stampin' Up vintage stamp set from several years ago

Saturday, 11 January 2020

As Promised

I believe I promised to show the other card which I made using the Christmas wreath die which is a good one for using up tiny scraps of card.  This time I popped the wreath onto a layered red and white scalloped circle, adding a punched bauble attached with some baker's twine and with a printed sentiment in the centre.  I've had problems getting going again with everyday cards but at last I've made a start and the mojo is drifting back slowly so watch this space.

Wreath die - Sizzix thin die set
Bauble - punch from Stampin'  Up from a few years back
Scalloped Circles - dies from Tattered Lace, also several years old
Sentiment - downloaded from Netty's Cards, resized to fit a punch