Monday, 13 July 2020

Snippets Challenge #382

Don't you just hate it when colours which look fine together in real life seem to change tones when photographed or scanned.  I can assure you that these pale aqua tones really do match in the actual card.  This was made for the latest challenge over in the Playground and apart from the base card everything else is from my snippets collection..  I started by multi-layer stamping the flowers and leaves using snippets of cream card  before die cutting them with their matching dies. Next step was to cut the circular frame from a larger cream snippet and a smaller circle using a snippet of aqua card which was then embossed with a floral embossing folder before popping behind the frame..  Next I found an even larger snippet of some aqua paper which was in a booklet of papers which came free with a magazine.  This piece was lightly stencilled using a leaf stencil and ink the same colour as one of the flower layers.I then set about arranging the various elements until I was satisfied with the layout.  As usual there is a super prize this fortnight for the lucky person whose name gets picked so well worth having a go.

Flower stamps set - Modern Blooms from Altenew (with matching dies)
Embossing Folder - Crafter's Companion
Circles - dies from Creative Expressions
Sentiment - computer generated using Word

Saturday, 11 July 2020

Free as a Bird

The image for this card was stamped onto a die cut oval of white card and the flowers were also from the same stamp set.  Everything coloured using pencils and the flowers were fussy cut with scissors.  I found a suitable piece of designer paper amongst some which came as a magazine gift some time ago, a piece of matching ribbon and that's it really.  I do enjoy colouring and strangely also the fussy cutting even though both techniques take time to do.

Stamps - Free as a Bird set by Stampin' Up
Sentiment - from a freebie set of stamps
Colouring - done using Polychromos pencils

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Lace Border

I've enjoyed adding a fancy pierced and picot cut border to a parchment card even though it is a precise process which seems to take quite a long time.  I do like the end results and feel they justify the time taken.  The centre design has simply been embossed and coloured from the back using Distress markers.  This is another card without a sentiment because they always come in handy, leaving people to write their own personal greeting or message inside.  Adding words to parchment designs is another technique which requires concentration so that the letters aren't 'back to front' - very easily done.  Also some precision is necessary to keep the letters nicely spaced and in a straight line.

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Floral Spray

I started this card by making a background using various distress inks and a stencil, finally over stamping with some text and a crackle stamp.  I saved a piece of the inked background without stamping and cut an oval and also a larger oval in purple.  The floral spray was cut from a snippet of white pearl card and finally a computer sentiment was added.

Background - Distress inks and stamps from a free magazine gift set
Ovals - Tonic die
Floral Spray - die from Tattered Lace
Sentiment - created in Word

Saturday, 4 July 2020

More Parchment

I've been enjoying getting back into parchment work and have had a go at building up a design using elements from several plates although quite a bit of concentration is needed.  It is so easy to let the mind wander a little and before you know it some of the lines have crossed into what should be a space or strayed into the border.  Never mind it is all good practice.  This floral design was coloured on the reverse and just the smallest amount of white work done on the dots.

Friday, 3 July 2020

Fun Card

A birthday card today which should raise a smile or two using another of the crazy bird stamps. and some fun word stamps as well.  The background paper was over stamped using a couple of feather stamps.  For some reason the accessory stamps seem to be a bit larger than necessary but I've used a hat and bow tie anyway to add to the bird.  These were stamped, coloured and cut out with scissors.

Bird - Crazy Bird stamp set Tim Holtz
Accessories - stamp set also Tim Holtz
Feathers - stamp from a free set given with a magazine
Words - Word Wit stamp set Stampin' Up
Ovals - dies from Tonic

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Challenge #381 Pixie Snippets Playground

The lovely Di has made a super card to showcase the prize on offer for this challenge.  Worth taking a look if you are a fan of Art Deco - it is certainly a set which I would like to I've made my Snippets card to take along to the playground.  I started with with the stamped flowers which were made from snippets of white card quite a while ago - no dies available for these so they were literally 'snipped' using scissors.  Amongst my box of miscellaneous pieces of patterned paper I found a suitable piece of floral paper and trimmed to fit the card but as it was a bit smaller than I like I found a snippet of yellow card slightly larger but which had the middle missing and as it is the bottom layer, of course no-one will know!!  Snippets of white card were used to die cut the fancy bordered piece and the label on which the sentiment is stamped.  Another snippet of matching yellow was used to back the label and finally a snippet of ribbon.  Oh and I nearly forgot the green snippet which was used to die cut the leaves.

Flowers - Greenhouse Garden stamp set Stampin' Up - retired a long time ago
Background - floral paper from Buddly Crafts
Decorative Panel - die from Crafter's Companion
Label Shapes - dies from Creative Expressions, Sue Wilson
Greeting - from a set of free word stamps given as a magazine gift, long time ago

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Parchment Card

I can hardly believe that I've done absolutely no parchment work since last year which was when I had cataract operations on both eyes (at different times) and had real trouble seeing properly in the months between the two treatments and until my eyes had settled after the second one.  I abandoned all thoughts of doing that sort of close work and put the things away but  I've decided it was about time I got it all out again. I now realise that I'm almost back to square one and the learning curve has to tackled again - surprised just how much I'm out of the swing.  I persevered and have actually produced a card but lots more practice will be needed before it returns to it being a relaxing and mindful exercise.  Various Groovi plates were used to compose this image.

Thankfully the weather is a bit cooler now thanks mostly to the rain which we've had overnight and this morning.

Friday, 26 June 2020


I must say that this heatwave we are having isn't good for me, when I feel hot sitting still that is just too much and as for trying to sleep at night - enough said.  It has taken me a couple of days to make this card but pleased that it is finished at last.  The stamp set is an old one and long retired but it is a favourite of mine especially now that I have the Misti to help with positioning for the multi-layering involved.  I die cut a circle and then did the stamping, adding a sentiment and then layered this with a larger scalloped circle.  Found some toning background paper which was over-stamped using one of the flower outline stamps to give a bit of interest.  A scrap of toning ribbon, a couple of metal dragonflies and that's that -I'm off now for a sit down with a cool drink.

Flower Stamps - from Penned and Painted by Stampin' Up - retired
Circles - dies from Sizzix and Tattered Lace

Monday, 22 June 2020

Floral Card

I have another floral card today, again using some of a batch of stamped and die cut flowers which have been coloured using water colour pencils.  While I had these stamps out I stamped a whole lot of the flowers and seem to be gradually working my way through them making a variety of cards.  I started by stamping some textures onto a piece of white card using Distress Oxide inks in various colours before punching a decorative border down one edge.  Eventually I seem to have covered this with the flowers so it hardly shows - it happens!!  This piece was layered onto a background which was left from a previous project and then I arranged the flowers and leaves using thin foam pads, finally adding a computer generated birthday greeting.

Background - printed from Essence of Nature CD, Artylicious
Textured area - stamp by Clarity
Flowers and Leaves - from Christina Griffiths Spring/Summer set
Greeting - produced using Word
Colouring - using Inktense water soluble pencils

Friday, 19 June 2020

The Gardener

Sharing a card today for which I've used one of the many digital images available and which are handy when you need a card themed in some way and don't have stamps which are suitable.  I've used some woody background paper which I thought was appropriate and added some twine along with a couple of die cut wellies and a watering can.  Not much gardening to be actually done today because it is far too wet - any excuse eh??

Image - Digital download from Lili of the Valley
Background paper - from The Works small pad of papers
Embellishments - from Robert Addams garden themed die set
Rectangles - die set from Tonic

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Dangerous Occupation?

Who knew that following blogs could be a dangerous thing to do - for the bank balance!!  Seeing the cards which blogging friends post puts temptation in front of us every time we look and sometimes something is spotted which can't be resisted, like the cute stamp used on this card.  The lovely Jules - Always With a Heart posted a card recently showing a really super sheep image and very helpfully gave details so that I was able to order the same set which included a pig and some words as well.  Image was coloured with alcohol pens and I found some papers in a little freebie pad which I've had for ages and came from Sizzix with a Big Shot.  The words .were stamped onto some scraps of white  to complete this card which I think would raise a smile when received

Stamp - by Woodware (pig, words and also a sheep included)
Papers - from Sizzix
Layers - Wonky Squares dies from Spellbinders
Coloured with Copic pens

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Angelic Cat??

This cat with the halo looks as if butter wouldn't melt, despite the evidence!!  This was an image which I'd printed a really long time ago and not used.  Often when images are printed from CD's you actually get four or sometimes six to a page and I for one don't really want to make that many cards all at once using the same image.  These were obviously stored away in a box for future use and needless to say I'd completely forgotten about them until I was looking through various boxes to remind myself of their contents.   An interesting exercise I must say, surprising what turns up!!  Anyway I cut the image and backing using circle dies.  Found some toning background paper and a strip of paper which obviously came on the CD to match the image.  Sentiment was stamped and added in a fancy tag shape.

Image and backing paper - from a CD with other cats - title forgotten I'm afraid
Sentiment Tag - Spellbinders fancy tag die set

Sunday, 14 June 2020

Playground Challenge #380

Time to visit Pixie's Crafty Workshop for the new challenge and this card has used up quite a few snippets but of course the pile doesn't appear to have diminished.  The little bird and branch come as one die so I cut it out in four different snippets of card then set about chopping it up so that I could re-assemble it. Found a snippet of white and coloured that lightly by smooshing into some Distress Oxide ink and water, followed by stamping a few 'blobs' with matching ink.  This was cut into a circle and then another kraft circle was cut and made into a frame before attaching the branch. A snippet of pink card was embossed and layered with yet another snippet of kraft.  All in turn layered onto a stray piece of background paper from my stash.  Finally a punched sentiment and a couple of tiny corners were added.  Apart from the base card everything else here is from my snippets collection.

Do take a look at the super card which Di has made for us to showcase the prize - some unusual balloon stamps with matching dies - they look like a fun addition to anyone's stash.

Circles - Sizzix dies
Sentiment - computer generated, Stampin' Up punches
Corners - SU punch
Bird - die from Hunky Dory
Embossing Folder - from Hunky Dory

Friday, 12 June 2020

Christmas in June

I was amazed this week to spot that one of the Craft Channels is having a Christmas week and it is early June - I'm sure they get earlier every year.  It so happens that I was lucky enough to win a give-away from the lovely Christina's blog.  This arrived and as it is a Christmas magazine with stamps and a die I thought I'd have a play and make a quick card - very similar to one of the examples in the magazine. It did feel odd making a Christmas card so early and I've now put the items away into my Christmas crafty box until a bit closer to the time.

I used some of the background paper which was included and also one of the toppers which has been die cut so that the petals of the poinsettias will stand up when tweaked and yet be flat for posting.  The sentiment was also amongst the paper pack and I've added some Glamour Dust and Stickles to the flowers for a bit of glitz


Items used all from Stamps by Chloe magazine kit

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Trio of Birds

More birds on a card today but very different from my previous one.  Looking through some boxes of stamps I came across this one which - again - hasn't seen ink for quite a long time.  Could this mean that I have too many stamps do you think???  Anyway I used some watercolour card and inks to make a background on which to stamp the birds. Once stamped the square was cut using a die with one slightly larger for a second toning layer.  A scrap of card in a tone similar to the image was embossed to pop behind.  Finally adding some patterned paper, a lace border and a sentiment.

Birds - stamp from Crafty Individuals
Squares - Noble Pierced Squares die set Creative Expressions
Embossed panel - Embossing Folder by Creative Expressions
Lace - Elegant Border Die from Crafter's Companion Downton Abbey Range
Background - Paper Printed from Artylicious Essence of Nature CD
Sentiment - Computer Generated, Stampin' Up punches used

Monday, 8 June 2020


The stamp used for this card came with a magazine some time ago.  There were four little sets of stamps and stencils and I've often used the little stencils but the stamps remained uninked until now when I spotted these two little birds amongst them.  I added the hearts using a fine black pen and then coloured using pencils before die cutting the double pointed banners.  I tried several ways of using this without success until I suddenly thought of using a large heart behind the image and a couple of flowers and a leaf which were hanging around on my desk and now it has turned out as a 'congratulations' card for maybe an anniversary or engagement.

Paper - from my stash
Large Heart - Tonic dies
Birds and Wording - stamps from the freebie set given with a magazine
B\anners - Creative Expressions dies
Flowers and Foliage - Cardmaking Magic Spring/Summer Floral stamp and die set
Image coloured with Polychromos pencils
Flowers coloured with Inktense pencils

Saturday, 6 June 2020

Birthday Words

I have another card to share today using one of the stamps from this witty word set combined with another of the crazy birds I stamped and coloured recently.  I had a selection of these words already stamped, left over from the first card I made using the set when I stamped the whole thing in several different colours so that I could cut them out and use a different colour for each word.   The bird was coloured using pencils and has been layered up with three different circles.  Background paper was from my stash and has had a scribbled line drawn around the edges.

Quite a windy day here today and none too warm.  Started out with sunshine and blue sky but now it is clouding over and think there is some rain on the way so that will put paid to any outdoor garden visitors.💧💧

Words - Birthday Wit stamp set Stampin' Up
Bird - Crazy Birds set by Tim Holtz
Circle Dies - Sizzix

Thursday, 4 June 2020

A Hoot

Looking through a box of stamps for some inspiration I came across the set which included this quirky owl.  I seem to remember that at the time this was a definite 'must have' and to my shame it has probably languished out of sight for longer than I'd like to admit.  However I stamped and coloured this one and I must say I was a bit disappointed that the outline is rather thick but nothing to be done about that although I do wish it had been a much finer line. Nevertheless I did enjoy colouring it to while away part of a hot afternoon. Coloured with pencils and then trimmed into a rectangle - had intended using a shaped die but couldn't find one of suitable shape and/or size.  When putting the card together I thought it just needed an extra something so I die cut two feathers and added them along with a sentiment from a different stamp set.

Thankfully it seems to be rather cooler today after the wet day we had yesterday - gardens were badly in need of some rain even if it does make the grass grow!!

Background Paper - Artylicious from my stash
Owl Stamp - by Sam Poole for Creative Expressions
Words - from Owl Stamp set by Joanna Sheen
Feathers - Hot Off the Press die
Coloured - using Polychromos pencils

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

New Look Blogger

Hopefully this post will appear as it should - just trying out the new face of Blogger to see if I like it.  I understand it is possible to revert to the original if all goes pear-shaped so here goes.

For this card I've used a digital image which I downloaded some time ago, cut out and layered using rectangle dies.  Background paper was left from some given away with a magazine and the smaller panel is an off-cut from one I printed using a CD.  Sentiment stamped and cut out using a couple of banner dies.

Image - Digital download from Sassy Cheryl (I think)
Dies - from Tonic and Creative Expressions

Well I think that was OK - at least composing the message seems to be the same but looking around I notice that the comments section looks different and I'm not sure where to find how to 'approve' of comments before publishing but perhaps that will become evident once I actually have some new comments on the new system.  Fingers crossed eh??

Sunday, 31 May 2020

Snippets Challenge #379

Quite a lot of snippets used for my Playground challenge card today, mainly snippets of some watercolour paper which I'd coloured recently using Distress inks - there are still a few pieces left so no doubt you will be seeing them before too long.   I made a similar floral card to this recently but for this one I decided to die cut a textured area in a scrap of.cream pearl card, backed with a snippet of some designer paper before adding a floral bouquet in a little jar with a bow (all snippets).  The sentiment was stamped onto the 5 x 7 base card.  There are three opportunities to maybe win a prize this time around - what looks like a very handy item for cleaning stamps..  Do pop along and see the pretty card which Di has made using some floral die cut tape.

Flowers and Foliage - Tim Holtz Sizzix Wild Flower dies
Texture Panel - Sheena Douglass die
Jar and Bow - from Jar of Love Stampin' Up die set

Friday, 29 May 2020


I do enjoy a bit of colouring so I stamped these poppies onto white card and spent a quiet afternoon colouring them with pencils.  The background paper was printed from a CD and the lace border, rectangle and sentiment were all produced from pieces of card in my snippets collection.

Background - printed from Artylicious Essenced of Nature CD
Poppies - stamp from Chocolate Baroque
Lace border - Sizzix die
Rectangle dies - Tonic
Sentiment - computer generated cut with punches from Stampin' Up
Colouring done with Polychromos pencils

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

While They Were Out ...

While these stamps were out on my desk I decided to make another card using two of the smaller ones from the set and of course three more pieces of my huge supply of card candi.  Similar in colours to the previous one, I used a piece of dotty paper as a background, stamping the oak leaves and acorns on a cream rectangle and the oak tree onto a small circle.  The sentiment was also stamped onto the rectangle - made so much easier by using the Misti stamp positioning gizmo.

It seems to be wall to wall sunshine here at the moment and luckily the stiff breeze seems to have died down which is good.

Stamps - Lovely as a Tree from Stampin' Up

Sunday, 24 May 2020


The stamp used on this card is one of my all time favourites and I've had the set so long it is one of the original wood-mounted kind.  I'm not too sure if it is still available but I know it was fairly recently because I spotted it in a catalogue.  On this occasion I've used it for a 'Sympathy' card although it is very versatile. I feel this type of cards needs to be fairly simple so I just stamped onto some green card, die cut into an oval and backed it with some brown.  A simple banner with the stamped words and a couple of pieces of  'card-candi'.  Reminder to self - I must try to use this more often because I have probably thousands of these embellishments in many colours.

Stamp - Lovely as a Tree from Stampin' Up
Ovals - dies from Tonic
Banner - Sue Wilson dies

Friday, 22 May 2020

Crazy Birds

These bird stamps can be used for all sorts of cards and this time I've combined two of them along with suitable words.  Stamped onto white card stock and coloured with pencils.  A 'brick wall' was embossed and sponged and some rectangular dies used to cut out the image.  The main part of the wording was stamped onto the bird plaque (using the Misti of course) and the second part of the phrase stamped onto some white card and cut into a banner.  The simple addition of a die cut feather completes this quirky card.  I stamped and coloured a couple more of the birds so the next job is to make something different with them. before they find their way into 'snippets storage'.

Background Paper - magazine freebie (good quality one)
Birds - Crazy Bird stamps - Tim Holtz
Brick Wall - Tim Holtz embossing folder
Feather - die from The Works
Wording - stamps from a magazine freebie set (from really way back)

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Wild Flowers

Yesterday I spent some time using Distress Oxide inks to colour up a couple of pieces of watercolour paper, then couldn't decide what to do with them so they were left on my desk and I sat down and did some crochet instead.  Today I decided I really must get motivated to see what they could be used for and I settled on die cutting some flowers and foliage.  Luckily I'd coloured a piece using greens and the other in various pinks, mauve and yellow.  The butterfly background was a piece from a quite old pad from Sizzix (Tim Holtz) and I added a strip of die cut lace and a Birthday greeting before arranging the leaves and flowers, tying a bow in some jute string to finish it off.  I still have some of the inky pieces left so they will probably appear on another card or two before too long.

Quite a dull start to the day today but now the sky is blue and the sun is shining again.

Flowers - Wildflower Stems #2 Sizzix Thinlits
Lace - Crochet dies Sizzix Thinlits
Sentiment - Stamper's Anonymous stamp set Tim Holtz
Background - Kraft Resist, Tim Holtz Idea-ology

Monday, 18 May 2020

Snippets Challenge #378

My card for the Pixie Snippets Playground Challenge this time has only one snippet which is quite unusual for me because I do try to use up my snippets mountain whenever I can without cutting into new pieces of card or paper.  The snippet used was the black piece for die cutting the roofscape - not sure if this is actually a word but you will see what I mean.  This was quite a quick card to make and is quite simple really using a strip of sky paper which came from a magazine freebie and just layering the die cut on top.  The moon was achieved by sponging some yellow ink through a mask made by punching a circle into a piece of scrap paper.  The sentiment was made on the computer using 'Word'.  Again there is a great prize on offer for the person whose name is pulled out of the hat and Di has made us a super card using lots of narrow strips of patterned paper - such accuracy and so much patience.

Roofscape - die from Britannia dies
Sky - paper from magazine freebie booklet
Sentiment - Computer generated

Friday, 15 May 2020


I've not posted on the blog for over a week due in part to the fact that I've  not been feeling too good this week - no not the dreaded virus thank goodness but an attack of vertigo which is no fun at all.  It seems to have passed and I'm back to what passes for normal!!  I looked through my photos and spotted this card which I made a while ago.  I started by using a circular stamping plate (like a mini gel plate) which was inked with Distress Oxide inks and stamped onto a scrap of white watercolour paper.  I then added a few stamped splodges using the same colours.  The die cut frame was one which was lying around just waiting to be used.  A dandelion die set was used to cut the decoration from another scrap of pearl card and a computer generated sentiment cut out and added.

I beautiful sunny day in this part of the country but none to warm with - quite a frost first thing this morning. 

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Playground Challenge #377

Time for another card to take along to the Playground for the latest challenge and if you call in you will see a super card with rainbow umbrellas - something to brighten the day with its cheery colours.  If you enter the challenge your name could go into the 'hat' for a chance to own the umbrella die set.

My card has used up quite a few snippets.  The background paper was an off-cut of reasonable size from papers given away free with a magazine; the flowers and leaves were residing in a little tray on my desk - leftovers from other projects.A search through my snippets 'blue' container found enough of a matching blue to cut the label shapes and a small snippet of white was used to die cut the words.

Background - free with Phill Martin magazine
Flowers - stamped and punched using different Stampin'  Up sets
Label Shapes - Spellbinders dies from way back

Saturday, 2 May 2020

Another Bag Made

I've had it in mind to make this particular bag for some time so I set about sorting through my scraps of Batik fabrics to cut out 48 squares which I thought would go together colour-wise, adding just a border of black as a contrast.  Fortunately I had a piece of suitable colour to make the lining, button loop and the little side ties.  The basic pattern is one which I bought from Juberry Fabrics a few years ago at a show but I've adapted it somewhat, particularly on the inside where I've added two zipped 'letterbox' pockets.  The original pattern was made up in one overall fabric with an external plain pocket in contrasting fabric.but I'd spotted one made up with multicoloured squares so that is what I wanted for this version.  The two panels were made up and then quilted before tackling the construction.

You will have heard of 'extreme' sports, and possibly 'extreme' ironing - well this turned out to be 'extreme' bag-making because I used some foam interlining.This makes a beautifully firm bag that will stand up on it's own but my goodness I found it hard work manipulating it under the machine (age could be a contributing factor here!!).  Actually stitches easily but the general unwieldiness was definitely a battle although I am happy with the result.   The ties at the sides can be unfastened so that it opens out to be a more capacious bag - final measurements are approximately 12" x 11" x 6".

Pattern for Bag Shape - Juberry Fabrics
Foam Interlining - Bosal single side iron-on foam
Batik fabrics - from Hannah'sRoom

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Change of Activity

I've not done any stitching since I went into lock-down - couldn't get motivated somehow but I thought it was about time I changed that situation.  I'm very fond of Redwork embroidery and I knew that some time ago I had embroidered some panels with different quirky cats so I went in search of them to remind me how many I'd done and to maybe decide what to actually do with them.  There were six finished panels but three were landscape format and three portrait format  which I thought would cause a bit of a problem trying to incorporate them into a small quilt so I decided eventually that making some bags with embroidered panels on the side might be the way to go and so far I've made three.  When you see the photograph the eagle-eyed amongst might observe that the cat is actually purple and not red.  Redwork was indeed traditionally carried out using red thread - Turkey red I think originally - but I chose to make all my cats purple in a break from tradition.

Fortunately I had some purple fabric and also some lining with purple colours in it for the linings.  Having worked out a suitable size for the tote bags I cut various strips and panels to build up the front and back.  I'm aiming to make four altogether; two with a vertical cat design on each side, two with a horizontal design on each side and one each using the two left over panels one one side with a plain piece on the other.

My next job is to clear up the chaos left in the living room from my mad sewing session!!

Monday, 27 April 2020

Anniversary Heart

Just realised I've not written a post since Thursday so here is an Anniversary card which was made recently using an embossing folder which came as a free gift a few years ago and proved so popular that there are several variations available which are very similar but with varying textures in the two areas.  Also stamps available to go with this style.  I've simply die cut a heart with a sentiment and butterflies, one layer in cream and the top layer in the same pearl card as the embossed background.  The words were stamped onto some cream card and die cut to match the curve.  The tiny heart on the sentiment banner was 'waste' from the main heart motif - just felt I should use it!!

Embossing Folder - several variations available from Craft Stash
Curved banner - die also from Craft Stash also word stamps available
Heart die - from Tonic dies, another freebie.

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Floral Bouquet

I watched a video recently from the talented Christina and have CASE'd one of the cards which she made - at least it is quite similar.  Like Christina I too have a few flowers and leaves left to make another card.  I brushed some colour onto a piece of white card and then stamped with a tiny 'splodge' stamp for a bit of detail.  The flowers were all stamped onto white watercolour card, coloured using Inktense pencils and a paintbrush with water. Not all of the flowers have matching dies and some had to be fussy cut with scissors but they were quite easy to do. The foliage was die cut from green card.  The bouquet was assembled and adhered using glue and foam pads when I was happy with the arrangement.  A few sparkles were added using stickles.

Flowers - Flower stamps with matching dies Card Making Magic

Monday, 20 April 2020

Playground Challenge #376

Time again to pop along to the Pixie Snippets Playground and this time I've made a scene - that phrase always makes me smile!!  I came across a set of Woodland themed dies which were given as a free gift with a magazine probably around this time last year (maybe even before that) - unused, packet unopened would you believe.  Anyway I decided to combine them with a couple of toadstool dies which I particularly wanted to use in some way.  Bought them on a whim and then couldn't think what to do with them - typical!!  Anyway apart from the base card everything else has been cut from snippets of white or coloured card.  I found a piece of blue card which fitted and started by stamping the greeting and a flight of birds using the Misti of course.  All the other pieces were die cut, coloured as necessary and shuffled around to make a pleasing scene, gluing them down when I was happy with the result..  The woodland set has quite a range of dies included and now they are out of the packet and stored away I'm sure I will be using them again soon for different scenes.

Woodland Scene die set given free with magazine last year
Birds - stamp from High Tide, Stampin' Up
Toadstool dies - from well known online source

Friday, 17 April 2020

Birthday Wit

I've used another stamp from the Birthday Wit set to make this card - these stamps are quite fun and cards made using them seem to be suitable for male or female, young or old.  The dog image was one I stamped and coloured a while ago and found amongst some of the bits on my desk.  I simply added a bit of textured colouring to a scrap of watercolour paper before stamping the little motif (also from the set), layering it up with some toning designer paper and that's it really for today.

We've lost the beautiful sunny weather and today is dull and rather wet in this part of the country.

Stamp Set - Birthday Wit by Stampin' Up
Dog - from a set of stamps by Tim Holtz, Sizzix
Texture stamp - Clarity

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Two to Share

Two cards to share today with a little explanation of how they came about.  Sorting through some of my dies I kept spotting a floral one which I seem to remember came with a 'print and go' CD to produce a sheet of  decoupage images and some background papers to match in various colours.  As far as I can remember this set was used once to make one card at the time and it has lain unused for some years.

Needless to say it took me a while to unearth said CD from amongst many that I've had forever and which I imagine may or may not work with Windows 10 so I guess a little ruthless weeding out is needed sometime.  Anyway, once found I printed off a sheet of floral images and two different backgrounds all in the same colourway and in an effort to use up most of them I decided to make at least two cards.  The decoupage was duly die cut then layered up onto some die cut shapes with toning layers behind, papers cut to size and sentiments sorted out resulting in two cards which are 'the same but different'.  As the decoupage printed 6 to a sheet I still have four of those remaining and a few oddments of the two background papers to add to my every growing oddments.

Making these has nicely filled part of the morning and part of the afternoon and now I should take a look and try to decide which CD's to discard.  You've probably guessed I'm one of the world's hoarders so that's probably the most difficult task for me!!

Decoupage - Tattered Lace Charisma die with Print and Go CD
Diecut Shapes - dies from Tonic and Spellbinders
Sentiments - Stamp from Stampin' Up and download from Netty's Cards

Monday, 13 April 2020


Sometimes I find it difficult to decide just what to make and I imagine many others feel the same but  making cards - or anything else creative - can be quite therapeutic and helps to keep the mind off the current situation even if only for a while.  I've been looking through my collection of crafty stash seeking inspiration and trying to use items which have perhaps lain undisturbed for some time and that was the case with this set of feather stamps with matching dies.  I've left the card without a sentiment for the moment because it is handy to have a few without words although there is room to add one later. I've gone for black, white and grey with a touch of red here and have used up some scraps of white card along with a strip of black and a strip of grey both of which have been embossed.  The bird is from a different set of dies.

Feathers - Four Feathers set from Stampin' Up
Bird - from another die set by SU

Saturday, 11 April 2020

Lucky Win

I was lucky enough last week to be drawn to win a prize (a copy of a Craft Magazine complete with free gift) in the Friday  Freebie run by Christina.  Of course we all know that no matter how much 'stuff' we have it is always exciting to have something new and different to play with.  The gift was a 5" x 7" embossing folder which also had a heart-shaped cutting area embedded into it and there were some stamps as well.  I've used it fairly simply by embossing onto some cream pearl card, stamping wording onto the heart and also using some of own dies to cut out a foliage spray and a flower from the same cream card. The panel was raised up on some foam pads and the heart dropped into the aperture - finally a couple of the stamps were used to put the wording onto a banner.  I can see other possibilities with this lovely folder and will enjoy trying out some ideas.

Embossing - emboss and cut folder free with magazine
Stamps - also part of the same free gift
Floral Spray - dies by Sue Wilson.

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Butterfly Challenge #140

I've not made a card for the butterfly challenge for some time but today I decided to join in. You can read all the details HERE and maybe you'd like to have a go..  The letter this time is 'W' and I've chosen the colour Wisteria and I hope the deep cream used could be classed as Wheat colour - of course I've added a butterfly.  Started with an embossed background, then die cut a floral spray which actually includes a small butterfly although I've added a larger one for a bit more impact.  A simple stamped sentiment and there it is - my challenge entry.

Embossing - All Occasions folder from Apple Blossom (one of many to chose from)
Floral Spray - Tonic die
Butterfly - Tim Holtz for Sizzix
Sentiment - Stamp and two punches from Stampin' Up

Wednesday, 8 April 2020


No I'm not feeling blue, this is just the colour of the card I've made to share. Yesterday I decided to go through all my boxes of snippets and scraps of various colours of card and - shock, horror - I actually threw many of the really small bits into the recycling. Mind you that was difficult!! Never fear I still have plenty of snippets left to be able to visit the Snippets Playground on a regular basis.  Needless to say the largest amount was white or cream scraps and I really am aiming to use them all up.

This card started from the small scrap of embossed card and the already cut sentiment shape and it sort of grew into this blue DL card.  I acquired this stamp quite recently but sadly have completely forgotten where it came from and there is nothing on the packaging.  I sponged the embossed scrap of card using the same colour of ink and stamped the 'Happy' word onto the sentiment shape, adding a computer printed 'birthday' word and sticking it in place.  Another thing I'm aiming to do is to try to use up some of the many card blanks I have in sizes which I rarely use these days - one reason being that my stock of preferred square cards is running low and I feel I should use what I have rather than buying more for the time being.

Take care everyone and stay safe

Monday, 6 April 2020

Pixie Snippets #375

I've used up several snippets of watercolour paper to make some of the components for this card, together with some cogs and a snippet of embossed background all left over from previous projects.  The embossed piece was coloured with various inks and the cogs, once die cut were embossed and swiped with some gilding paste.  The postcard was made using watercolour paper and a selection of stamps, as was the sentiment - the watch was stamped and fussy cut with scissors.  The text background was a fairly large snippet saved from some free magazine papers (good quality ones) rather than the flimsy glossy pages that are sometimes given away.  All of the watercolour paper elements were sponged with antique linen distress ink to age them.

There is a great card for inspiration made by the lovely Di and if you visit the Playground you will be able to see what prize is on offer this time.

Stamps - Postcard from Tim Holtz, rest from Phill Martin
Cogs - Sizzix dies
Embossing folder - Tim Holtz, Sizzix

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Sea View

It is quite a long time since I actually saw the sea and I guess now it will be some considerable time before an opportunity arises but I have made a sea view through the window on this card.  I die cut the window and then cut a scrap of white card to fit nicely behind it, lightly marking the position of the window panes with pencil before dusting the sky with blue ink and stamping the details.  Two pieces of patterned paper were found to form the background and a narrow punched strip hopefully looks like a dado rail.  Lucky the black cat was added to the window sill, gazing out at the wading birds.

Window - Memory Box die
Stamps - from Stampin' Up High Tide set

Thursday, 2 April 2020


I seem to be in floral mode with the cards I've been making and this is in part due to the fact that Mr Mojo seems to be taking a break and I'm having trouble thinking of something to make.  However I have a little plastic tray on the desk containing quite a few miscellaneous flowers which I've either stamped and coloured or die cut from coloured card - some of the stamped ones don't have matching dies so were fussy cut with scissors.  I thought if I used some of them up it might get me going again and hopefully I might have something more interesting to share - not that there is anything wrong with flowers and floral cards are always popular anyway.  For this particular card I've die cut an iris, cutting the whole thing in green then trimming off most of the flower heads before cutting some more heads in mauve card, sponging the edges and layering them together.  A panel of white card was embossed, sponged with the same colour ink and everything was layered onto some scraps of green designer paper and matching card.  Sentiment was stamped using the Misti for placement and a small butterfly added.

Dies used - from Joanna Sheen
Embossing Folder - also from JS

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.