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Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Best moments!


Our new challenge theme over at
has been chosen by Valerie and she wants us
to use spots and/or stripes.

I found some scraps which worked perfectly.
They have been layered up then I added the die cut
butterflies. The sentiment was stamped onto white card,
punched out and layered onto black card.
I finished with some cord.
Quick and easy theme this fortnight for sure
so I hope you get time to have a play.

I am entering this into


 

Sunday, 7 August 2022

Something magical!


Our new challenge for August over at
is ANYTHING STAMPED option make it magical.

We have a great prize for one lucky winner!!

For my card I printed out a Lavinia background then using
Lavinia stamps I stamped the toadstools and fairy along with the little stars.
Using gel pens I added some texture to the toadstools
and the fairy's wings and stars.
I then stamped the sentiment to finish.
The edges where all inked up before sticking to my base card.

I hope you get time to join us!

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Thursday, 4 August 2022

Here comes the sun


I have another tag for Michele's theme
Here comes the sun over at

I have used Lisa Horton aperture circles to create the sunshine.
I then stamped over it using Cracked Bark Texture stamp.
I added the rays of sunshine using bumblebee ink (SU)
and inked around the whole thing using misty moonlight ink (SU).
The sentiments are from Stampendous tropical trees,
stamped in black and inked up in bumblebee.
I finished with a stapled matching ribbon.

I'm a bit late posting as I have been away for a
wee break in Bundoran, County Donegal,  with hubby.
Very relaxing, just lots of walking and our hotel room had the most
gorgeous sea view!

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Thursday, 28 July 2022

Carved wood technique!


So I had a little play on Sunday past as the weather
was atrocious with thunder, lightening and torrential rain!
What's a girl to do other than craft??

Anyway I decided to have a go at the carved wood technique.
I used items from Lisa Horton:
Poinsettia & Holly embossing folder
Painted Stripes texture stamps
Nested stitched bubble squares.
The inks I used are soft suede and bermuda bay (SU)
and matching ribbon and card from SU as well.

I did make a mistake when putting it into the embossing folder 🙈
should have been indented!!
But I still like the finished effect.
Another excuse to try again lol.

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Tuesday, 26 July 2022

Here come the sun!


Our new challenge over at
is Here come the sun (option add a sun).

For my tag I went with a beach scene. I tried to add waves coming
into the shore lol and a cloudy sky with a big sun setting.
I did my best 👀.
I used Lisa Horton double aperture circles to create the sun,
the sand was made using blends and the sea and sky with my stencils.
I then stamped the man and child from a set called A Good Man (SU)
and coloured them with my markers.
The sentiment came from a Stampendous Tropical Treetops set.

I hope you can come and join us.

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Welcome to my newest follower Pauline!
Thanks so much for following my blog!!


 

Thursday, 21 July 2022

Christmas in July cards



I took a bit of time out to start on my Christmas card stash.
Both these cards were made using Lisa Horton's
Poinsettia and Holly stencil/emboss/diecut set.

One has been stencilled then embossed
the other has been embossed then stencilled.
There are subtle differences to the finished look and
I'm not sure which I prefer. More practise needed!
The sentiment is from an SU set called Itty Bitty christmas.
The ink colours I used are
Garden green, old olive, early expresso, poppy parade
and cherry cobbler. All from Stampin' Up!

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Wednesday, 20 July 2022

Believe!


I spent a nice 15 minutes making another tag for my challenge
over at Tag Tuesday which is
Christmas in July.

I inked up my background using misty moonlight and bumblebee inks (SU).
I then stamped the images using my new  stamp from Creative Expressions
called Above the Roof Tops in black memento ink.
I added some light to the houses using gel pens
and added some snowflakes using  a chalk pen (SU).

I finished by stapling some spotty ribbon to the top.

I hope you get time to join me. Not a lot of entries this time round!!
Did I scare you all???

I would like to enter this into

Update on Ruth (DIL's Mum).
They have now got things under control and hoping to move
her out of ICU into a ward.
She has now been diagnosed with systemic pneumonia
and the antibiotics are hopefully doing their job well.
She is not allowed to fly home on her set date so will
hopefully be happy to stay with Rachel for a few more weeks.
They reckon the plane journey may have brought things to the fore
as she has been suffering with repeated chest infections for the last
18 months. Fingers crossed this will see her get a chance at a good recovery.
Thanks for all your kinds thoughts.


 

Tuesday, 19 July 2022

Cute mini tags


It's the second week of my challenge theme
Christmas in July
over at TAG TUESDAY.

I have used these cute little tags from the same kit as last week
(Brenda Pinnick Christmas card kits)
and decorated them up.
The pink one has had a piece of torn paper added for snow.
The background has been stamped using a snowflake stamp
and the little snowperson has been stamped, coloured and cut
and set in place. I finished with a piece of twine and highlighted
the snowflakes with a white chalk pen.
The stamp set used is called Spirited Snowmen (SU).

The second tag has been decorated using
Dashing Deer stamp set, some faux stitching and finished
with some bakers twine.
All very quick and easy and I have a load more of these
mini tags which I intend to use up!!

I hope you get time to join us!

I am entering these into


I have not been around much lately as we had a bit of a
drama in the family.
My daughter-in-law next door had her Mum arrive last
Sunday for a 3 week visit from Wales.
Unfortunately she took very ill the day after she arrived
and had to be rushed to hospital.
She ended up in ICU with sepsis and was very poorly indeed.
We had to step in and mind the kids as Rachel has no
other family over here so hence no crafty time.
Thankfully Rachel's Mum is out of the woods and will be
transferred from ICU to a ward for a few days, then hopefully back home.
Not much of a holiday for the poor woman and a very worrying
time for her family!!
Life has a way of surprising/shocking us all at some stage.
Take care out there.



 

Monday, 18 July 2022

Midway Summer Flowers


For my midway post at
where the theme is summer flowers
I have gone with a Lisa Horton set again.

Remember we have a great prize sponsored by
Crafty Individuals
so be sure and get your entry in.
Any project at all so long as you have a stamped item
as the focal point.

For my card I decided to do a quick video to show
the process I have gone through.
Sorry for the voice, I was knee deep in a very bad cold.

I would like to enter this into

It is super hot here today, hard to stick
but seriously not as hot as in England.
I hope you are all keeping cool and safe!


 

Tuesday, 12 July 2022

Christmas at Tag Tuesday!


It's my turn to choose the challenge theme over at
this time and I have gone with
Christmas in July!!
I do like to torture the design team ladies lol.

For my first tag I have gone with a traditional feel.
The papers and card came from a very old kits again
(Brenda Pinnick I think) which I chopped up to make a tag.
The angled front was already cut so just use it.
The background has been stamped using cherry cobbler
and the poinsettia has been stamped and coloured using wink of stella.
The sentiment chipboard came with the kit.
The stamp set used is called Poinsettia Petals (SU).

I would like to enter this into




 

Tuesday, 5 July 2022

Let's go camping!


It's the second week of Sandie's
holidays/travel challenge over at
and I have gone with a couple of little campers.

The stamps are very old and from a set called
Patchwork Pals from Kanban.
I coloured them up with markers and attempted to add
grass 🙈 and  stencilled some clouds.
The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps.

I hope you get time to join us.

I would like to enter this into

We had a great time at the INSIDE bbq  (windy and wet) on Sunday
BUT just had a phone call from one of my sons to say he
has COVID!! Fingers crossed no one else gets it!


 

Sunday, 3 July 2022

Summer Flowers


Our July challenge at
is summer flowers.

We are sponsored by
Crafty Individuals with a £25 gift voucher!


I was lucky enough to win this beautiful stamp
from Chocolate Baroque and thought it would be perfect
for this challenge.
The image has been stamped directly onto my card,
then coloured with blends.
I then inked around the edges in matching colours
and even coloured the white ribbon with the blends
so it all tied in.

I hope you get time to play along with your
summer flower stamps!

I would like to enter this into

Off out to a barbecue for my son Milo's birthday today.
Here's hoping the rain gives us a break!
Have a lovely week.

Welcome to my two new followers Carol W and VineArtist.
Lovely to have you here!!





 

Thursday, 30 June 2022

Sunflower & Roses


I had another play with my Lisa Horton supplies,
this time making a quick birthday card to gift to a customer.

I have used the Sunflower & Roses set.
The stencilling was done first using real read, granny apple green,
lemon lime twist, poppy parade and bumblebee inks (SU).
I then embossed it using the matching folder then die cut it.

For the card base I embossed half of it using my score board,
stamped the sentiment  and added faux stitching
in the opposite area.

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Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Holiday season!


It's time for a new theme over at
and Sandie has chosen
Holidays/travel!

For my tag I have used a very old stamp set from
Whiff of Joy called fun in the sun.
The images were stamped then masked so I
could create a sandy background and some sea and clouds.
The images where then coloured with promarkers.
I used a LH stencil circle to create the sunshine
and some torn papers and cloud edges for the sea and sky.
The sentiment came from the same stamp set.

Hope you can join us this fortnight.

I would like to enter this into

Finally seemed to be recovering from my flu,
husband just a day or two behind me!
That was a full two weeks and I am hoping my energy
levels return quick haste!
Thanks for all your lovely comments,
really appreciate them.


 

Friday, 24 June 2022

Camellia get well soon


I finally got time to play with my Lisa Horton
Camellia Cluster set.
You get the stencils, dies and embossing folder
and they are just a joy to play with and experiment with.

I kept to the pink colour for this one to start me off
but will be a bit more daring the next time lol.
I added some line embossing using my score board
instead of leaving the card flat.
The flower has been chopped so I could make it fit my card
fully and I added a stamped sentiment and some pearls
to the centre border.

I would like to enter this into




 

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Card and tag set


So, as I said yesterday, you get two of each card in the box
(see yesterdays post)
and the second one
was just lying looking at me all forlorn lol.
So I made up the card to look the same as the tag,
(Itty Bitty Christmas and From Our House to Yours stamp sets SU),
added some wrap around ribbon with a bow
and stamped the sentiment and laid it across the tree.
I even added an insert! Go me!!
They make a nice little pair I think.

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Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Celebrate with a die cut!


It's the second week of Valerie's theme
use die cuts
over at TAG TUESDAY.

I found a box kit full of Christmas card packs which
I must have bought many many many years ago.
The name on them is Brenda Pinnick and I am sure
it was from QVC!!
You get two of each design so decided to chop one
and use for a tag.
The background has been stamped with snowflake stamp from
a stamp set called From Our House to Yours (SU).
The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Christmas (SU).
I inked up the edges, added the die cut tree and star
and finished with some ribbon, stapled in place!

I would like to enter this into





 

Sunday, 19 June 2022

Masculine Fun Fold


Pop Up Pillar card.

Side view.


Folds flat for posting.

Today, for my midway post at
STAMPING SENSATIONS
I have gone with a funfold birthday card for my son Milo.
He is very in to his cars so I have gone
with a car theme.

The papers I used are retired SU ones.
The stamp sets used are
Geared Up Garage  (SU) for the car and all the embellishments.
I used a Lisa Horton stamp set (Linen Texture)
for the sentiment.
I added chalk pen lines up the sides and
there is a verse on the back of the card!.
I used promarkers, silver gel pen and memento ink to colour
and alphabet dies from Helen Griffin for his name.

Took me ages lol but I do like to give a funfold
card to all my kids for their special days.

I hope you get to join us this month with your
masculine themed projects. Remember we have
a lovely prize up for grabs too!


I would like to enter this into

Thankfully I did not test positive for Covid.
Hubby now has sore throat though so he is probably
coming down with whatever this is I have!
Enjoy your day. Ours is pretty wet so bit of
housework and crafting for me.





 

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