Tatty Twinkles – Shoes


Hello again.  Today I am sharing my first make using this Tatty Twinkles stamp. This was a completely experimental piece for me as I never ever shade my card before or after stamping but I did this time.

I used she Tim Holtz Distress ink to colour my background before inking the stamp. I was in a red and black mode for some reason so I used some Hunkydory Adorable Scorable as my base and worked the colours from that. I cut out some images from the set to use as embellishments and I chose some red ribbon to highlight the sentiment. I literally winged it with the border and I’m thrilled with it. Sometimes winging it works, sometimes it doesn’t but I’ve been lucky with this make. Even though I have been making cards for about 14 years I haven’t had the confidence to experiment until the last 2 years.


Pretty Tatty Twinkles

imageWell I did promise you that I would give you a blog post but unfortunately I cannot find what I had written about this card, so hang in there with me and I’ll see what I can recall.

I used a combination of Promarkers and Distress Inks to colour in this pretty image from  Tatty Twinkles (and the name of the stamp escapes me so I apologise).  I wasn’t sure how to mount it on this card from my stash (which I know is Hunkydory card I purchased from Create and Craft).  The paper and sentiments are by Craftwork Cards Fab Fabrics and I chose this not to distract from the image. I think its worked out very well indeed.  I hope you like it.

Bookfolding, MIxed Media, Papercraft

Believe in Christmas

This is my first design using the Christmas designs from Peerless Designs.  I was really thrilled with the ease of the pattern and the way in which just a few small additions could make this into a rather fantastic Christmas ornament.  I never thought I would enjoy book folding and to be honest if I hadn’t seen Sarah Hallam of Peerless Designs demonstrating on Create and Craft I don’t think I would have bothered having a go because the only book folding I saw was the one where you had to measure everything and I just couldn’t be measuring and folding a whole book, that would take forever.  Peerless Designs don’t do that. Great fun and all those books that would have ended up in the charity shop are now being recycled for craft!


I decorated the book using papers from Graphic 45 which I had left over from last Christmas. The ribbon is from personal stash.  The poinsettias I made using the Poinsettia die from the Couture by Create and Craft range. I used some seed beads from personal stash and glued them to the centre of the poinsettias.  They looked lovely placed on the top and in the centre of the ribbon.

Stay tuned for some more bookfolding makes very soon


Happy Birthday little sister

Today its my little sister’s birthday and this is the card that I made for her.

This tag card is a first for me and I think its worked out well even though I am still terrified that it will fall apart.  Of course I used my go to Craftwork Cards kit and again chose Velvet Plum but I also chose to use the lovely Scrumptious clear stamp sets to add a little design of my own on the card as I was using both sides and I’d never done anything like this before.  I also used my SISTER stamp from the lovely range of stamps from Phill Martin (Elegant Family Collection) and it has all worked out nicely.

Another first for me…masking, I was very nervous masking my stamps but look it has worked and I will use the method again now that I have made a success of it.  I needed to break up the wonderful colours of the Velvet Plum without leaving something stark white or using more papers.  For me it has to be different and I think I have achieved thisSAM_2604SAM_2605Products used for this card

Craftwork Cards – Velvet Plum Paper pad, Scrumptious Clear Stamp Set, White Tag Pad

Distress Ink – Black Soot

Promarkers – Plum, Purple, Violet, Lilac, Aubergene

Flexmarkers – Wild orchid, red violet

from Phill Martin – Sentimentally Yours (elegant Family Collection)


Hello and welcome to my crafting world

Hello and welcome to my crafting world.  Thank you for taking the time and the trouble to visit and I hope some of you will become regulars as I continue to share my makes with you.

For my first blog post I want to share the birthday card I made for my Nan who was 93 on Sunday 25th January.



This entire card is made from elements of a white kit I purchased from Create and Craft, and made by my favourite craft company, Craftwork Cards. The challenge was to alter it sufficiently to make it stand out but keep some of the white.  I used just the one colour of Distress Ink by Tim Holtz (Stormy Sky) and one piece of almost identical card stock to show off the white. Nan and 93 I cut out of white cardstock using my new Cricut Mini.  The texture I added by embossing through an embossing folder and then inking gently with the Ink. Again I didn’t want too much texture and chose the name, number and bow to do just that. Simple and effective and she loved it.Thank you for looking and I hope you like it.