Thursday 25 July 2019


I reckon this cactus should feel at home with the high temperatures today - ought not to complain but I'm not a fan of extreme heat I must say.  However I've managed to make a card this morning even though it seemed to take me forever with breaks to cool my sticky hands!  The stamp and die set I've used was one of my magazine freebies from quite a while ago and to my shame the pack hasn't been opened until today.  I stamped a cactus onto a piece of white card and coloured using watercolour markers before die cutting a banner shape.  The teacup, flower and heart tag were all part of the die set and these were cut using a few scraps.  I managed to find some suitable designer paper and a piece of pink card which I embossed before assembling things for the completed card.

Cactus and sentiment stamps - magazine freebies
Teacup, flower and heart tag - matching dies which came with the stamps
Designer paper and card - from my stash
Banner - Sue Wilson die

Sunday 21 July 2019

Snippets Playground # 357

If you follow the lovely Di on her Snippets Playground Challenge you will have heard lovely stories about her adorable dog called Dudley and the super card she has made this time is made using the prize which one lucky winner will be able to own.  This set of stamps could have been made just for Dudley - Happy Birthday Dudley - he is a year old tomorrow.

I was going through some boxes of miscellaneous papers in an effort to prune them down somewhat because there are far more than I will ever use, all collected over the years.  I found lots of snippets in the boxes too - mostly part sheets of images which I'd printed from various CD's and part sheets of matching (sometimes) backing paper so I decided to use one such find for my Snippets card this time.  The image and background paper are from a Joanna Sheen CD which from memory has mainly silhouette images although I can't remember the title and it must be buried deep in a cupboard because I've not used it for years.  The paper was trimmed to fit a card blank and the image mounted onto a snippet of black card.  I then used the remaining scraps of the paper ( fairly heavy pearlised cream) to stamp some flowers on the reverse - these were then punched out.  The sentiment was printed onto a snippet of cream pearl card and cut out with a banner die and finally a couple of fern leaves die cut from a tiny scrap of black.

Image and Background - Joanna Sheen CD from way back
Sentiment - freebie sentiment set of stamps
Large Flower - Flower Shop stamp and punch from Stampin' Up
Small Flowers - Petite Petals stamp and punch from Stampin' Up
Banner and leaves -  dies from Sue Wilson