Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Tall Trees

 I decided to have a bit of inky play and have come up with a card which I thought might be good for someone who doesn't celebrate Christmas in the usual way but would appreciate a card anyway.  I've been debating with myself whether to add a sentiment or not - maybe something like 'Winter Wishes' but will give that a bit of thought.  I cut a piece of card to the right size to fit the card blank and then added colour with Distress Oxide inks as well as finally using some Distress ink.  Once this was thoroughly dry I built up the scene by sponging in the 'ground' and then stamping the trees and deer.  A circle mask was used to sponge the halo around the trees.  I must say that my fingers were an interesting colour once I'd finished πŸ˜‰

Trees - stamp by Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous
Deer - stamps from Card-Io
Text over-stamping - freebie stamp from magazine set Phill Martin

Sunday, 19 September 2021

Pixie's Playground Challenge #412

 I came across a snippet of left over card which had been coloured using Pixie Powders and as it was quite delicate in colour I thought it would be ideal to use as a backdrop to this dancing lady.  I used a die to cut it into a circle and lightly stencilled using some lilac ink, followed by random stamping in light grey with some music.  The lady was stamped onto a snippet of white card and coloured using a water brush with some of the same lilac ink. The toning lilac circle was also cut from a snippet of card but I must admit that the butterfly background was most of  a whole piece from a pack of 6" square papers.  As soon as I'd decided what to do with the coloured piece of card I thought this would be ideal for Challenge #412 in the Pixie Snippets Playground.  Finally the sentiment was stamped onto the remaining small snippet of the 'pixied' card and fussy cut.

Dancing Lady - stamp from Beautiful You set Stampin' Up (retired)
Circle - Cross stitch circles dies from Daisy Mae

Friday, 17 September 2021


Yes, I'm still making Christmas cards and for this one I've used a lovely die set which has lots of small components to make either a gnome or Santa - you can see which I've chosen this time.  I added a tree with star and arranged everything onto a stitched circle die cut with a scattering of snowflakes.  The sentiment was stamped and fussy cut.

 Santa and Parcels - Karen Burniston die set
Tree and Star - Sizzix dies
Circle - Cross stitch nesting circles Daisy Mae dies

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Home for Christmas

I have another of my scenic Christmas cards to share today even though with the sun shining it certainly doesn't look very Christmassy outside.  Mind you it was very foggy earlier on this morning  - very Autumnal and the evenings are drawing in too as this year just whizzes by.  The snows-cape was die cut and the houses, car and trees were stamped, coloured using alcohol pens and die cut.  The sentiment was taken from a book of stickers.

Sky - DSP from Stampin' Up
Houses, trees etc - also Stampin' Up Coming Home set (retired)
Words - sticker book by Clarity

Monday, 13 September 2021

Flowers for a Change

 I decided to make a floral card as a break from the Christmas flurry of late.  The flowers have been stamped (two-step style) and die cut before arranging them onto an embossed and inked oval, backed with die cut shapes and a piece of patterned paper from my oddments box.

Dies and stamps from Colour and Contour set Stampin' Up

Saturday, 11 September 2021

Class in the Post

 I treated myself to another class in the post from the lovely Jenny - see her blog HERE.  I've made up the three cards and will probably put the gift box together later on.  Two of the cards were only A6 size so I've adapted them slightly to make them a bit larger. Obviously we can't always purchase every new stamp and die set, tempting though they are, so having a class like this is an opportunity to use some lovely Stampin' Up products without adding even more products to the crafty stash.  That's another three cards for the Christmas box.


Friday, 10 September 2021

Penguin Fun

 Can't seem to get away from making Christmas cards and of course the tidy up hasn't really happened either πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰.  A couple of penguins at play in the snow today.

Tuesday, 7 September 2021


I decided to have a bit of a tidy up and to take a break from making Christmas cards, at least for a short while, but you know how it is.  I kept coming across bits and pieces which I'd maybe die cut and not used, papers and card just crying out to be used up and also stamps and/or dies which I'd taken out to use because there were ideas buzzing around in my head.  The result is that I now have a few more Christmas cards to pop into my box and the desk remains in a state of 'Christmas Chaos'.  Too hot for tidying today as the heatwave seems to have returned - any excuse 

The die used on these two cards was one which I won in one of the grand Christmas prize draws on Pixie's Playground Challenge - must have been about three years ago I think and I'm ashamed to say when it arrived (just after Christmas) I put it away ready to use for the following year's cards but somehow that didn't happen.  Shame really because it is a super one to use and quite fun - at least it has had two airings so far this year.  It would be a good one to use for 'batch-baking' although that is something I very rarely do.   More little white 'dots' saved from the first one (see my previous post) 🀣

  Noel Die - from L'il Inkers
Papers and Card - ,mostly from my large snippets box

Sunday, 5 September 2021

Snippets Playground Challenge #411

 There is another challenge this time in the Playground for Ruby's Memory - read all about it by following the link and maybe have a go to be in with a chance of winning some great Halloween goodies.  I imagine pretty well every card maker will have a supply of 'snippets' to use - we can't bear to throw out even the smallest pieces!!  For my card I've cut into a sheet of design paper for the main background and used a card blank but everything else came from my snippets mountain, even down to the tiny dots used as flower centres.  I have some dies which cut out rows of tiny holes around shapes and I save all the tiny dots  and store them in small zip-lock style polybags - sad or what but it is a sort of compulsion which some of you will understandπŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰.  I promise you these are the smallest pieces which I 'save'!!The white circle was embossed with 'falling snow' before adding the wreath and the tiny flowers.  Snippet of a different patterned paper was placed behind the circle and I've added a die cut bow and star.  No greeting on the outside of this card because it says 'Christmas' I think.

Wreath - die from Tonic (just the leaves)
Flowers - Tiny flowers dies from John Next Door
Bow and Star - dies from a magazine freebie set (not recent)
Embossing - Falling Snow folder from Stampin' Up 

Friday, 3 September 2021

Deer in the Woods

 Yet another card for my Christmas collection, again using a variety of dies from different suppliers.  I started with a square cut to fit the card blank (blue layer) then a smaller frame in light cream pearl card using two different dies.  Next was a piece of paper printed from a favourite CD which I don't think is available any more but has been so useful over the years.  I then cut the trees and the two deer, stamped a greeting and die cut into a label shape before assembling everything together layer by layer onto a kraft card blank.

Frame - dies from Tonic and Creative Expressions
Trees - an unbranded die purchased last year I think
Deer - Sizzix die set
Background - printed from Season's Greetings CD Artylicious
Greeting - from Contempo Christmas Stampin' Up (retired)

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

A Different Scene

 While the snow globe die set was on my desk I fished out yet another of my magazine freebie die sets and made a  scene for another Christmas card.  Different colours, different scene, variety is the spice of life! Time now to tidy up and put a few things away before taking out items to use for my next project. No ideas going round in my head at present but hopefully something will come to mind.

Snow Globe - Crealies die set
Scene - magazine freebie set from Christmas 2019
Words - stamp from the same freebie set
Sleigh in the Sky - stamp- from an A4 Christmas stamp set, again a freebie

Monday, 30 August 2021

Peace on Earth

Working my way through my seasonal crafty stash and this time I've tried combining a large snow globe die with a magazine freebie set from 2018.  I wasn't quite sure how they would work together so I had a sort of dummy run using some odd pieces of card and paper to try out a few ideas and I finally decided that I needed a circular die as well which would fit behind the aperture in the globe (which cuts only one layer) so the various layers of the scene were die cut from three separate circles before being layered up onto a grey whole circle (the sky).  This was finally assembled using a mixture of thin foam pads and glue to account for the different thickness.  The words were stamped and embossed in silver.  I'm so pleased that the idea which I had in my head actually worked out and I think there could be a few variations being made using other small die sets within the snow globe.

Snow Globe - die from Crealies a few years ago
Nativity Scene - freebie die set from magazine Christmas 2018

Saturday, 28 August 2021

He'll Never Get Through That Door!!

 Following blogs and watching crafty videos can have consequences on the bank balance and this was the case here when I spotted this gingerbread house die set which I thought would be fun for Christmas and maybe even for other occasions if made in non seasonal colours.  Large enough to pop a little gift or a few chocolates inside but not too large that it uses loads of card to make it.  I cut out the gingerbread man with the intention of tying him to the top with ribbon but somehow that didn't work too well so I quickly glued him to stand beside the front door - immediately realising that he is larger than said door.  Never mind, we are allowed a bit of crafty licence I think. Each year I say that I don't need any more Christmas crafting stash but usually something or other is just too tempting.  I get the feeling that there should perhaps be a crafters' version of 'parental control' on our computers so that we are unable to visit sites which tempt us to buy even more 'stuff' πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰ - what do you think??  I'm not sure the designers and retailers would agree somehow.

Apologies for the poor photograph, not yet quite got to grips with the camera on my tablet.  I was so used to the old one but, like everything else, this seems to have become more high tech and complicated. A case of 'if in doubt read the instructions' I think rather than just 'winging it'. See edit below - third photo is the original not so good one!!

EDIT - I've taken two more photos using my camera this time - can't seem to delete the original though!!

Spellbinders Gingerbread House die set
Holly - dies from Joanna Sheen

Thursday, 26 August 2021


 Still producing Christmas cards with a fairly simple one today using a selection of seasonal die cuts popped into little circular windows cut into a piece of white card, backed with a scrap of snowflake paper for a background..  I didn't think this one really needed a sentiment as the characters along with the green and red background speak for themselves.

Background - seasonal DSP from Stampin' Up
Characters - all from a magazine freebie die set which I've had for a few years I think

Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Plants on the Wall

 I had a session cutting out quite a pile of small die cut leaves and plant containers and believe me it took some time and of course I then had to assemble them before they could be used to put a card together.  I've used two different embossing folders, one for the finer detailed 'wall' behind the actual plants and one with larger detail as a general background, both cream card sponged with ink to bring out the detail.  All this certainly helped to while away most of an afternoon - time flies when you're having fun πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

Embossing Folders - from Sizzix and Crafter's Companion
Plants and Pots - set of Botanical dies from Sizzix


Sunday, 22 August 2021

Playground Challenge #410

Time for another Playground Challenge, do pop along to see the lovely card by a guest designer.  This card of course features the prize which is on offer this time around. 

My offering this time is another Christmas card and I've used lots of snippets but as they are seriously teeny-tiny there is no significant decrease in the size of my 'snippet mountain'.  The die cuts were a tad fiddly to deal with but I think the result was worth the effort and I reckon whoever receives this card will smile when they open it.

Character dies - Santa's Workshop die set from Sizzix

Friday, 20 August 2021


 Yet another Christmas card to add to my collection, this time using an embossing folder and stamp set which came free with a magazine a few years ago.  White card was embossed using the igloo folder and then brushed lightly with ink to show up the detail.  Penguins and snowballs were stamped, coloured with alcohol pens and then fussy cut - looks as if they are having fun playing in the snow!!

Igloo and penguins - free gift from magazine a few years ago
Greeting - label dies from Stampin' Up
Snowballs - stamp0 and die set from Memory Box

Wednesday, 18 August 2021

Mixing it Up

I'm still ploughing on with a few more Christmas cards and I find it interesting to try and mix things up a bit by using dies and/or stamps from various sets to see how they can work with each other for a change. I rarely make more than one of any design although of course there are bound to be some similarities. The only thing I'm very careful about is returning them to their correct sets straight away so that I don't lose track of any of the often quite small items because that could be so annoying. For this card I've used the die which cuts three little windows and combined it with some stamps from a set of  penguin stamps which came free several years back.  No dies with these critters so as well as colouring there has been a bit of fussy cutting.  The trees were die cut as was the little label for the words and the final addition was a punched silver star. Colouring was done using alcohol pens

 Windows - die from Have a Hoot set Stampin' Up (retired)
Trees - from set of tree dies by John Next Door ( good assortment of sizes)
Critters - Magazine freebie set from a few years back

Monday, 16 August 2021

Mr and Mrs Gnome

Having delved into my box (boxes!) of Christmas crafty bits has inspired me to make a few more seasonal cards even though I already seem to have quite a few left from last year.  This time I've made a little scene with a gnome couple - unusual to see a lady gnome but just had to go for this stamp set when I spotted her.. Images were stamped, coloured with pencils and either die cut or fussy cut.  This was an inexpensive stamp and die set and unfortunately the gnome dies didn't really match up very well with the stamped images so it is lucky I enjoy a bit of fussy cutting.

Images - unbranded stamp/die set from Amazon last year
Snow - dies from Stampin' Up and Lawn Fawn

Friday, 13 August 2021

Sympathy Card

 Today's card is one which I really hope I don't need any time soon although it is always handy to have one or two in the box just in case I get a request for one.  I've used stamps and a selection of dies for this and chosen my favourite shade of blue with cream which I think is a bit softer than using a bright white. Items used from several different sets and suppliers so plenty to put away tidily so I can find them again πŸ˜‰

Background - paper from Stampin' Up Boho Indigo suite with some misty moonlight card
Leaves and Berries - stamps and dies from Forever Fern also SU
Smallest Berries - from a Sizzix die set
Square dies - from Phill Martin and Tonic dies used for plain squares
Smaller Square - embossed with Bark 3D folder from SU
Sentiment - stamp from my favourite freebie set from years back
Shaped dies - Stitched so Sweetly from SU (retired)

Wednesday, 11 August 2021

Coming Home

 Last Christmas I had some Designer Papers, some of which had several buildings and trees which could be fussy cut to add to cards and I went a bit mad and cut out far more than I could use at the time.  However in true 'never waste anything' style I have brought them out of hiding to use on some of this year's cards.  For this particular DL card I've used some of the smaller houses as well as a regular sized one in the foreground.  The snowy slopes were die cut using a variety of dies and a greeting sticker added to finish off the card even though there isn't much doubt that it is meant for Christmas πŸ˜‰.   There are two more slightly less complicated cards which I will show you in due course and I still have a few stray buildings to be used up.

Snowy Slopes - dies from Crafter's Companion, Stampin' Up and Lawn Fawn
Houses and trees - mostly fussy cut from the Coming Home DSP Stampin' Up (retired) 
Sky - scrap of DSP from the same DSP pack
Sentiment - sticker from Clarity sticker book

Tuesday, 10 August 2021

Time Flies

 Somehow a week or so has whizzed by without me having made a card, due in part to my mojo taking a break.  I struggled a bit to get back into the swing but after a couple of false starts I eventually came up with this card using a selection of dies and stamps.  I started with the background fancy die cut which I backed with some blue card, no problem there, but then it was a case of what else would work on this tall slim card.  I eventually settled on cutting two smaller tall slim shapes then stamped the vase and die cut the leaves finally adding a couple of small flowers.  The sentiment tag was left from cutting some windows for a previous card so I decided to use it with the addition of a piece of ribbon and a computer printed sentiment.

 Tall dies - Paper Discovery Slimline set from Craft Stash
Tag - from Have a Hoot die set Stampin' Up
Vase and Leaves - from Boho Indigo Suite Stampin' Up

Sunday, 8 August 2021

Pixie Snippets Playground - Challenge 409

 I'm here in the Playground again making use of more of my snippets of card and paper and apart from the base card everything else came from my snippet mountain, mainly white pieces this time.  I found pieces on which to stamp the words in several different colours and then fussy cut them all so that I had a selection of different coloured strips to build up the tag. Of course I now have quite a little collection of these variously coloured words to use on other cards. The stamp comes as a whole and was stamped onto a tag (die cut from another snippet of white) so that I could place the different coloured pieces, adding a punched heart and three tiny punched banners to tone in.  Similar colours were used to stamp the tiny motif over the background.  There is a really fun stamp as the prize this time around so do have a go if you'd fancy possibly being able to add this to your collection - someone has to win!!

Stamps - Birthday Wit set from Stampin' Up (retired)
Punches - heart and small banner Stampin' Up
Tag- die from Tim Holtz, Sizzix

Tuesday, 3 August 2021

Christmas Tomte

Another quick card for my Christmas collection, this time with stamping, colouring and fussy cutting.  Image was stamped, coloured using alcohol pens with the addition of some coloured pencil here and there before fussy cutting.  Found some paper which was a magazine freebie from some time back and as this had words incorporated there was no need for a sentiment.  A scrap of kraft card was embossed with a brick wall E/F and a sprig of holly die cut from scraps.  A fairly quick and easy card to make once I'd gathered all the bits and pieces together. 

Background - paper given \away free with magazine
Brick Wall - embossing folder from Stampin' Up
Holly - dies from a magazine freebie set
Gnome - Tomte (gnome) from Woodware Fuzzies range of stamps

Thursday, 29 July 2021

Playground Challenge #408

 My card for the Pixie's Playground Challenge this time is another version of a recent Christmas card but using a whole different selection of snippets.  Again, apart from the card blank no whole pieces of card or paper have been cut into to produce this one.  The owls have been stamped and die cut but on the stamps they are surrounded by stars and sitting on branches so I was very pleased I have a stamp positioner gizmo to make sure the stamped images are in the right place on the background and sitting within the die cut 'windows'.  To do this I cut two squares of the same size, one in white and one in the patterned paper.  Windows were cut into the patterned layer and then I lined both layers up in the Misti to position the stamps, carefully removed the top layer and stamped owls complete with backgrounds before stamping them again onto snippets of card so that the owls themselves could be die cut.  As usual there is a lovely prize on offer for the lucky person to be pulled out of the hat so why not have a go - this one is a Ruby's Memory challenge, follow the link to read all about it.

Images - Have a Hoot stamp set Stampin' Up last Christmas (retired)
Snowflake - X-cut Papermania die

Friday, 23 July 2021


 I have the heatwave to blame for my lack of blogging this past week - in fact a lack of everything really.  When I feel hot and uncomfortable just sitting still that is really too much for me so in fact I've achieved nothing beyond the bare essentials although I have read a couple of books.  Suffering from sleep deprivation as well as I guess are many others.  Anyway there is at least a little bit of breeze about this morning and I've actually managed to produce a card even if it has taken me much longer than normal.  This one is for my Christmas collection and has used up a few more of my snippets for the stamping and die cutting - no whole pieces of paper or card have been cut into this morning πŸ˜‰

Owls, frame and sentiment - Have a Hoot Stampin' Up set from last year (retired)
Holly - part of a die set which came with a magazine last year

Saturday, 17 July 2021

Bird House

 Yet another of my gelli plate experimental backgrounds titivated up with some stamping - it has been good to get back into stamping as a change from endless die cuts although there will be a variety of techniques used here from day to day.  Variety is the spice of life!!

Bird House - stamp from a magazine freebie set which I've had (unused!!) for a long while 
Cat - Lavinia Stamps
Foliage - mix of Lavinia stamps and others from my collection
Words - Phill Martin freebie stamps

Wednesday, 14 July 2021


 The idea for this card isn't entirely my own, spotted it a little while ago and decided to give it a try although I must apologise for not crediting the source.  You know how it is - you see something that sticks in your mind and then cannot find it again πŸ™„.  What I did remember is that you start out with a stencil and ink up a piece of card and then some of the motifs were cut out and used as 3-D 'trees'.  I inked a piece of cream card to give the impression of a landscape and then stamped a couple of trees to form a backdrop..   I chose three sections of the stencilled piece and cut them out, inking the edges slightly.  Popped them into place and then stamped a couple of hares and some flying birds to complete the scene.  I dithered a bit about adding a sentiment, eventually deciding I would.

Stencil - Pods from Lavinia Stamps
Bare Trees - stamp from an Autumnal set which were free with a magazine last year
Hares - Lavinia Stamps
Birds - Card-io stamp
Sentiment - from magazine freebie set Phill Martin

Monday, 12 July 2021

Christmas Snippets

My card for the latest Pixie Snippets Challenge is a Christmas one - thought I'd make a start and make one or two in between other projects and they will soon add up to what should be enough for this year when the time comes.   There is a super prize this time with inspiration from a guest designer - this one aims at using up some of our smaller snippets which we can't bear to throw away. Why not take a look and maybe have a go yourself.

For my card I turned to a set of dies and stamps which came as a magazine freebie perhaps last year or even maybe the year before that - all I know is that the packet had remained unopened in my box of Seasonal stash.  I sorted out some snippets of blue and white card which I used for the small square motifs but unfortunately I didn't have a large enough piece of anything matching for a background so I simply printed off a sheet from a favourite CD, cut a piece to fit this card and now I have yet another good-sized snippet for one or two more cards.  The sentiment was one from the gift set and was stamped onto the background paper and white embossed.  The small blue squares were snippets left from a piece of  card printed from the same CD on a previous occasion. For the scenes I cut stitched squares from white pearl card snippets and then used parts of the dies to produce the separate buildings and trees to fit the blue squares.

Backgrounds - printed from Season's Greetings CD Artylicious (Chocolate Baroque)
Squares - dies from Tonic and Stampin' Up
Scenes - die cut in white pearl card using die/stamp set given with a magazine

Sunday, 11 July 2021

Stencilling and Stamping

 This clean and simple card is more or less CASE'd from one made by the talented Eileen Godwin who has made lots of YouTube videos well worth watching for inspiration. (Just Google her name).  I didn't have the stencil or all the stamps which she used but managed to improvise πŸ˜€.  I started off with brushing two colours of ink through a stencil to make a partial impression, followed by using the Misti to position the stamps.  The stars and the word were second generation impressions.  The image was mounted onto a piece of paper which had just the right colours to tone with the inking.

Stencil - Berry design from Lavinia stamps
Cat - also from Lavinia
Butterfly - from a Penny Black silhouette floral set
Word - from a stamp set which I've had for many years (Chocolate Baroque)
Stars - stamp from a large sheet of Christmas stamps, magazine freebie
Background - paper from Clarity stamps

Saturday, 10 July 2021

Sense of Time

 Stamps which I've had for a long time are featured in another card which has a masculine feel about it. The clock face and wording were both stamped onto a piece of patterned paper and another paper was then over printed collage style with a selection of stamps which came as a magazine gift.  The greeting stamp was also part of the set and these were stamped onto tiny scraps of DSP and cut out.

Background - Paper and various stamps from a Phill Martin magazine gift
Clock and wording - Sense of Time stamp set Stampin' Up (long retired)

Thursday, 8 July 2021

Man's Best Friend

 Just realised that I've not posted for over a week but I've had a bit of domestic catching up to do after suffering a week or so of vertigo which tends to make even the simplest of tasks something of a challenge. Most people like animals and dogs in particular so here is a simple doggy card to share today.  I found some scraps of patterned paper and used a stamp to add pawprints to the smaller piece.  Image was stamped onto a scrap of white and dies used to cut out the rectangles.  Colouring was done with alcohol pens.

Papers - from my scrap mountain
Image - Daisy Mae stamp set

Wednesday, 30 June 2021


 Another Gelli plate card to share today, made sense to do a few pieces while I was in the mood and before I tidy it all away again and get onto another favourite technique or maybe I'll try something new., who knows?  This time a favourite die cut flower has been added once the background was completed and the raindrop stamp is one which I've had for many years although it's not been used for a while.

Raindrops - stamp from Stamps by Ryn which I've had for many years
Flower - die cut from Tim Holtz wild flowers die set
Sentiment - from a magazine freebie set

Monday, 28 June 2021

Clean and Simple

 Sharing a card today in the CAS style - managed without any smudges too which is a result πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰. Thought it was about time I looked out my Gelli plates and for this card I've used a 3 inch square mini plate along with a stencil and a bit of stamping.  Original Distress inks were used on this occasion. The effect of the stencil is very subtle and actually shows up better for real than it does on the screen - think I need more practice with this technique.

Stencil - Imagination Crafts
Stamp - Silhouette floral set by Penny Black

Sunday, 27 June 2021

Pixie Snippets Challenge #406

 My card today is for the latest challenge over at the Playground and there is a lovely prize on offer this time, well worth popping over to take a look if you are a fan of inky backgrounds and don't like getting messy.   I do enjoy a bit of inky play I must say but for my card today I've been stamping, colouring and fussy cutting as well as using up some of my snippet mountain.  As is usually the case, everything came from my snippets collection, apart from the base card.  This is a favourite stamp set and the birds can be any variety, real or imagined, depending on the way they are coloured.  The floral background was the last remnant of a 12" sheet which has stretched to several cards, and the curvy green piece of card was also a leftover.  Birds were stamped onto snippets of watercolour paper and I finally cut a label for the sentiment and punched a couple of tiny hearts.

Green Section - Curvy die set Stampin' Up
Birds - Free as a Bird stamp set Stampin' Up

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

More Inky Play

 As promised here is my card made using the gelli plate background - using some stamps which I 'found' while I was going through my boxes to find suitable stamps for this technique;.  I honestly can't recall buying this set and they must have been languishing in the bottom of this box for many years.  Anyway it was a lucky find even though I'm not particularly into fairies.  The background was done with Distress Oxide ink and Brusho dissolved in water - quite exciting to do because it is so unpredictable and each print is unique.  I cut a piece of the background to size before making the scene using a variety of stamps and masks for the ground and the moon.  I was in two minds about adding the words and dithered over this for a while - still not too sure about this but it's done now.

Fairy and Castle - Lavinia stamps purchased many years ago
Foliage - selection of stamps from various sets
Words - from a magazine freebie stamp set designed by Sheena 

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Ink and Stamps

I've been having a bit of inky play and have produced a couple of reasonably interesting backgrounds, one using a gelli plate and the other using a brayer.  For this card I chose the brayered background, cut it to fit a tall DL card and set about composing a little scene using a selection of stamps, some of which I've had for many years (they are from several different stamp sets).  I started by making the uneven 'ground' at the bottom using torn scrap paper and a brush to apply the ink, followed by stamping the tall toadstool in black then gradually building up the rest of the foliage using a variety of shades of green ink, popping the two hares into place.  Final touch was to add the overhanging leafy area and lightly brushing right around the edge with the darkest green, then mounting onto a larger piece of black card.  My original intention was to maybe put the whole thing onto a kraft card blank but I discovered along the way that not all DL cards are created equal πŸ˜‰.  I have white, cream and kraft and they are all slightly different in size.  What is it they say about 'best laid plans' - this is now on a white background.  In future I must check the sizes before I start if I definitely want a particular colour of card blank for the finished project.  Ideas are going round in my head for using the gelli plate background next.

Toadstool and Hares - stamps by Lavinia
Foliage - variety of stamps from a wide selection of different sets
Greeting - sticker from Clarity

Saturday, 19 June 2021

Just to Say

 A card to share today which could do for many occasions - made using mainly die cuts.  The flowers and leaves are multi-layered and the words have been cut twice and stuck together to give them a bit more substance. 

 The wall to wall sunshine seems to have disappeared for the moment and it is quite dull this morning - hopefully we can avoid the thunder storms and lashing rain which is predicted in many places but of course there is nothing we can do.  If it rains, it rains πŸ˜‰ Enjoy your weekend

Panel and Flowers - Beautiful Brushstrokes dies Stampin' Up
Words - Floral Gallery dies Stampin' Up
DSP - Boho Indigo also SU

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Playground Challenge #405

 Time again to visit Pixie's Playground for another Ruby's Memory challenge and as usual my card has been made entirely from snippets from my bits boxes - apart of course from the base card.  There is a lovely prize on offer this time around which I'm sure the winner will enjoy.  I started with a snippet of patterned paper trimmed to fit the card and then die cut a smaller piece on which to pop the flowers.  These were stamped (three stages to each) before being fussy cut and arranged with some die cut leaves and a strip of 'ric-rac' all cut from snippets.

Flowers - Penned and Painted stamps from Stampin' Up (retired)
Leaves - from Curvy die set Stampin' Up
Ric-rac - cut using border die from a Daisy Mae Set

Saturday, 12 June 2021

Too Nice to Use???

How many of us I wonder have some wonderful background papers which are 'just too nice to use'?  Well I've decided that if they are that nice then maybe they should be used to bring pleasure to the person who receives the card or whatever else we make, rather than remaining hidden in our craft rooms.  Today I received the Hand Penned DSP and have bravely cut into  a sheet  to make this card, teaming it up with some toning plain card and stamped floral motifs.

Hand Penned - from Stampin' Up
Oval - embossed using 3D bark embossing folder also SU

Wednesday, 9 June 2021


 As I look out at the lawn I can see plenty of daisies and a few dandelions and very pretty they look even if they aren't really supposed to be there.  In fact they don't worry me - my garden is far from pristine and must be good for small wildlife.  There are also dandelions on the card I'm sharing today (no daisies) but there is a tiny dragonfly.

Curved Card - cut using Stampin' Up Quite Curvy die set
Floral Paper - From Stampin' Up to match Garden Wishes stamp set
Flowers - dies from Dandy Wishes die set Stampin' Up
White Background Shape - Apothecary Accents die set (SU long retired)
Dragonfly - X-cut punch which I've had forever

Monday, 7 June 2021


I received another class in the post recently but decided to 'break free'  and do my own thing with some of the die cut flowers which came with it using up some scraps of card and paper from my oddments boxes.  As the flowers were all white my initial idea was to colour them but once I'd found the paper and card I wanted to use, decided that they would be fine left as they were although I did die cut some leaves using one of my dies and also cut some coloured centres for the flowers.

Background papers - scraps from some long retired DSP Stampin' Up
Flowers - Pierced Blooms dies Stampin' Up (class in the post)
Leaves - die from Curvy die set SU
Flower Centres - from retired SU floral die set

Saturday, 5 June 2021


A friend commented on my recent Garden Snail card that it could be used for an anniversary so as I had some more stamped and coloured images handy I gave it some thought and came up with this one for a bit of fun.  Hopefully it will make someone smile.

Images - Snail Mail stamp set by Stampin' Up
Hearts - dies from Crafter's Companion
Sentiment - download from Netty's Cards resized to fit a punch.


Thursday, 3 June 2021

Garden Snails

 I've created a little garden scene with a couple of snails and a few other bits and pieces - always a bit of a fiddly job gathering everything together and arranging  to make a pleasing scene but this is something |I enjoy doing.  I started with a square of white card and blended blue in the sky area and some earth effect for the ground before digging out various die sets to build up the scene as well as stamping the snails which are coloured using alcohol pens and then fussy cut.  Lots of 'stuff' to tidy away after making this one and care has to be taken with the tiny dies so that they don't get lost - might need them to build a different scene πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

Snails - Snail Mail stamp set Stampin' Up
Trees, Fence, Flower Border - from two Sizzix die sets
Bird, Toadstools, Grassy Tufts - Dies which I think came as  magazine freebies 

Wednesday, 2 June 2021


Another masculine card to share today using up various bits and pieces .  Started with a piece of cream heavyweight paper which came from a pad of text designs and the Steampunk 'airship' was stamped and embossed on this before cutting it into a circle. A larger circle was cut into a scrap of kraft card and then the whole thing was popped onto yet another piece of text background.  This pad seems to go on forever and has proved so very useful.  Finally a small sentiment was stamped onto another scrap added.

Image - from Steampunk stamp set Chocolate Baroque
Text Papers - Prima designs paper pad