Saturday, June 29, 2019

happy thoughts

I loved the strong colours in this months Altenew challenge -

I was a bit disappointed as my card dried  it was a bit paler than I would have liked. To keep it CAS I left the flowers centres white . I used one flower and two leaf stamps from the 'smile more ' set along with a sentiment and matching die.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Trial and error

I love this cute image from LOTV  - my first attempt the sentiment was a bit too high -  the second was much better and went off to my FIL with a cheeky message inside. not sure what I can do with the top one- it may have to go in the bin.

all about the papers

I've just bought a 6x6 pad of papers from Couture Creations - it's called Gentlemen's Emporium- the papers are vintage based and soft blue/grey - light browns - the paper above is a dark green .The clock face was cut out and raised on sticky dots.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Race Day Hats

embossing folder 'rambling rose' from sara davies -this is such a beautiful design - a pity I covered so much if it.

I love the wonky letters on this 'celebrate ' stamp - it looks as if I've had a couple of drinks already. 
Double D challenges - off to the races- inspired by the pic -

Monday, May 6, 2019

Your special day

Lets Craft and Create - challenge 147 - AG + option  motherly love - it's ages since I did any iris folding - I loved the colours in the paper so it was easy to put together.


Altenew  - May challenge inspired by the top pic - I used Altenew 'SMILE MORE ' set with matching dies. I have just bought this set and love it already - I can see lots of pretty cards in the making.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

just a bear

This little bear is so cute - coloured with promarkers - it's for my MIL - I hope she like it . After almost 20 years of crafting I have finally bought a machine to emboss and die cut - I have only bought a few things but I love being able to cut out this lovely nesting shape to add to my cards.The tiny butterflies are from a punch and the sentiment is a stamp.

My Time to Craft - challenge 393 - mothers day or female

Southern Girls - Someone Special - for my MIL

Double D challenge - gingham - this paper is so pretty with the tiny hearts

Crafty Animals - challenge 24 - anything goes with an animal

Friday, January 11, 2019

lots of paper

I haven't made a card this shape before but it's always good to try something different - not sure if I would make another one - I used 5 co-ordinating papers from a 6x6 pad- the chair image is from A Day For Daisies.
Southern Girls challenge - Anything goes

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Not my finest work

I hope you all had a good and relaxing time over the holidays - we don't 'do' Christmas so when everybody was rushing around buying presents and organising mountains of food I thought I would chill out and make some cards UNTIL my husband said he would be working at home due to renovations at the office.
He took over my craft space and all I could was sit quietly and read - not a bad thing, I do love a good murder.I think all the noisy jobs have been done and so I can to desk again.
This was supposed to be a quick card to make but turned into a monster - I wanted pink paper for the chair - only pink would do and it had to have a small pattern - I only had white so out came the Aquamarkers in blue and red. I rarely sew on my cards and you see why -its all wonky - why didn't I draw pencil lines on the back of the paper - a blonde moment I guess.
The image is from A Day For Daisies
Passion for ProMarkers - week 474 - add a sentiment

Monday, December 24, 2018

Little bird version 2

 After my first real attempt at multiply stamping on patterned paper I decided it was worth a second try. I picked a paper with just a hint of a pattern and then went mad with multiple stamps - all shown below


 I used 9 different stamps - a gold stamp pad and a white gel pen. I'm not sure it's  quite right but I am getting better with practice.

keeping it simple

 My husband makes fun of me  - in the nicest possible way - food should always taste yummy but it does no harm if it looks good as well - a simple can of vegetable soup - I always add a drizzle  of cream or crème fresh or yoghurt add then a sprinkle of paprika - picture perfect. Have a look in your fridge and at your spices next time you open a can of soup.

It would be lovely if I had a big freezer -I would make my own soups - I do like to make savoury flans ( who decides if it's a quiche or a flan ) I made 3 sizes - some have bacon - some have spinach and some have chorizo - the thing they all have is cheese - eggs and onion - I never fry the onions - I boil small amount of milk in pan -add the chopped onions and turn off the heat - I leave it to go cold then strain out the onion keeping the milk to add the eggs.

I also made a whole orange cake and to make a drizzle I boiled down some freshly squeezed orange juice along with a tablespoon of orange marmalade . I don't think this will around for very long - it is yummy.

Friday, December 21, 2018

A little bird

Most of my cards are very simple and also very boring - I don't added lots of flowers or bulky embellishments , I like things that are easy to post. I decided to have a go at stamping and shading onto patterned paper. I think this is a sheet from Graphic45 . I added the bird stamp and blue shading round the bird - the sentiment - white dots and the blue diamonds - I'm not sure if I should have added more but I quite like results .

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

A few cards to use up my stash

I have no idea when I bought this 12x12 pack of Christmas papers, there are 5 patterned sheets and one with images to cut out-  it came from my local discount store. Some of the papers are a bit drab and some are fuzzy ,obviously badly printed. I can probably make quite a few cards with the good bits .
I chopped out the reindeer image and mounted it twice - on red then white cardstock - the bottom section of the card looked a bit empty so I punched a few shapes (stars,snowflakes , tiny trees ) from the same paper and glued them on.

The santa and the reindeer strip were cut from the image sheet and stuck on one of the background sheets. The white bits on the santa and the deer were a beige colour and didn't really stand out so I used a white gel pen to add a bit of contrast.

This stripey paper already had the baubles printed on it - I just cut out the Christmas stockings from the image sheet and added a sentiment .

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

christmas candles

I used coloured pencils for this image - the background paper is very dark green which looks  almost black in the pic.
Incy Wincy - Square Cards

Beccy's Place - November challenge day 3 - C is for candles

Friday, November 2, 2018

Christmas baubles

A chance to use up some peel offs - the white base card seems to have a slight sheen to it and the inks just didn't want to play nice - the sentiment stamp is a bit wacky - not sure if I like it .

Beccy's Place - November card challenge - day 2 'B' is for BAUBLES .

a little bit christmas


This sweet little angel was coloured using my AquaMarkers - glossy accents added to the berries and her pink cheeks - a wink of stella added to her wings.
Beccy's Place - a month of holiday cards- day 1 using the letter 'A'for ANGEL
Passion for ProMarkers-  week 467 - Christmas or Winter