Another birthday card for my niece

I cannot believe that my adorable niece is 8 tomorrow, where the hell did that time go?  You’ve seen the card that I made from myself so now its time to see the card that I have made from my Nan.

I have used this image before, probably some time last year but I wanted to get this out again because I love the girl in this image, its meant to be all about the shoes but she could be getting ready to go out.

I used an 8×8 card again as my base and I cut my watercolour card to 6.5×6.5 inches so I had enough room to make a decent mat and layer effect with the Mirri card. Everyone tells me I work backwards when I am crafting different things and I guess me starting the border before stamping the middle may be considered one of those backwards things but I like to work like that.  I then stamped the middle and then I coloured the images in with a mixture of Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens and Spectrum Noir Aquablend pencils.  Once everything was dried (I always let things dry naturally as I tend to have a disaster with helping the drying along!) I cut my Mirri card to 6.7×6.7 inches and 6.9×6.9 inches before I placed it on the Mirri card I had chosen for the base layer on the card.  I stamped and mounted the sentiment on Mirri card and then placed it on the card .  I think someone will like it when she opens it tomorrow morning.

Products used

Tatty Twinkles – Shoes, Watercolour card,

Spectrum Noir Sparkle (Onyx Black, Red Berry Sterling Silver)

Spectrum Noir Aquablend Essentials (champagne, straw, squash, honeymoon, apricot), Naturals (Sorrel, oak, clay, hickory, brunette, cherrywood) Florals (Cherry, Strawberry, Hyacinth, elderberry, damson, blueberry) Primaries (red berry, ruby, indigo, grapefruit, carmine, currant, chrome orange)

50 Shades of Mirri Darker by Hunkydory.

So thank you again for stopping by, all your comments and views are greatly appreciated.



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My first stencilled card

imageHello and thanks once again for stopping by.

Today I am sharing my first ever card made using a stencil. Stencilling is something that I have wanted to try for a while but which I did not think I would be any good at. I have watched a few of the Sweet Poppy Stencil shows on Create and Craft and this time I decided to take the plunge and ordered some things. When it was time to play I followed all the instructions which appeared on their website and used some of the Texture Paste by Phill Martin which had been sitting in my craft stash for ages. This was the result and I was so pleased that I decided to make a card based around it using some odd bits from things in my stash.  The paper I used the stencil on was some left over from a piece of stamping and which fitted the size of this stencil.  Once it was dry I mounted it onto some left over card stock that was sitting in my stash and matched perfectly. The papers were left over from a Graphic 45 kit called Place in Time, the ribbon had been cut off from another project and my sentiment was from craftwork cards which I found when I was looking for something else.

I really like what I came up with although the card looks better in real life, I need to sort out somewhere to take some photos of my cards standing up so you can all see them properly BUT I hope you like the design that I have come up with for this particular one.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and I look forward to your visit again soon


Verity Rose – Sunbeam

imageToday I am sharing the first of two cards made for my niece’s 7th birthday which is later this month.  This one is my first make from the adorable Verity Rose collection by Crafters Companion. I really enjoyed making the whole card as the collection is very pretty and brimming with colour. Nia loves a sunflower and with a sunflower in this one I just couldn’t resist making it to her from me.

I took the Sunbeam images from the colouring pad and coloured them in with a mixture of Promarkers, Distress Markers and Spectrum Noir Sparkle and set them aside to dry whilst I made the rest of the card.  The card is a 7 inch x 7 inch and I covered it entirely with paper from the A4 coordinating  pad.  Then I took the remaining piece of it and cut it and mounted it onto a piece of light blue card from my stash. I then had a good look at my card and wondered if I could incorporate the lovely Ribbon die into the design.  I did so by making a frame from some more of the coordinating Sunbeam papers and cutting it four times and weaving some ribbon in and out. I glued the edges and set aside to dry and make my bow and to ponder on how to hide my joins!!!

I cut out my coloured images and decided that I would use them on the corners of the frame(you cannot now see the joins can you)  I then used some of the remaining paper and the Doily die to make a mount for my sentiment (from the Sentimentally Yours by Phill Martin Collection ) and I then added the flamingo and the sunflower before fixing the sentiment.

I love the way this card has turned out and the quality of everything in the collection really makes my hard work worthwhile.

Thank you for popping by my blog and please visit again soon


Who said a poppy needed to be red???

image imageI am sure its possible to have poppies in shades of purple, well at least you can in the crafting world.  I enjoyed making this gatefold  card even though for me it was very time consuming.  I have lost the written details of how I made this but I know what products I used and these will be detailed in the tags. However the poppy stamp is by Sheena Douglass which was free with a Crafters Companion magazine a few months ago and which I don’t have to hand right now.  The papers and sentiments are by Craftwork cards and I’ve also used some Cosmic Shimmer Sparkles by Phill Martin.



30th Birthday card

I was recently asked to make a 30th birthday card for a friend’s sister.  I know she likes crafts so I went with that theme for the card using the skein shaped card from craftwork cards and folded the square shaped box to match the card so that I could embellish the card without it being squashed in the envelopeSAM_2863 I used some spare metallic thread that I had in an unused skein and I wound it around the skein to give the illusion of it being a real skein and then I secured it with some white card cut to the shape.  From there on I built up the design using the embellishments included with the kit.  I stamped Sister using the Sentimentally Yours collection by Phill Martin. I then set this aside to dry whilst I decorated the box.

SAM_2861The box has been decorated using a number of elements from the Fab Fabrics Collection but I decided to make the sewing machine a feature of the card. I used the sewing machine card and mounted it to the top of the box and used a promarker to highlight the features of the sewing machine and a vintage button for the sewing machine wheel.  I stamped a 30 and used more vintage buttons to make the label part of the design.  The whole thing looks very complicated but in reality the card was simple to make, it was just the drying time that was the hard work.

I hope you like this card and will return to read about my next project.



Mr Speaker

SAM_2848This is a recent make made for someone else.  I’ve taken to trawling digi stamp websites recently as I have had a number of projects I haven’t been able to find suitable images for.  For this design I again turned to the Doctor Digi Stamps as I loved the images I downloaded recently and they print and resize so well.  This design is called Mr Speaker and I love the humour behind it!

I coloured my image in using a combination of Promarkers and Flexmarkers and then mounted the image onto a few different sheets from the Limited Edition Craftwork Cards Vintage Finds Pad and used some matching candi which I have enhanced with glossy accents.  The final touch was a sentiment from my go to sentiment collection by Phill Martin.  It turned out well and the recipient was hopefully pleased with the card.

Here’s what I used:

Image: Mr Speaker by Doctor Digi

Papers and candi: Limited edition vintage finds by Craftwork Cards

Card stock from stash

Wording: Sentimentally Yours by Phill Martin

Promarkers/Flexmarkers: sand dune, red, light fawn, antique white, coral, moss, marsh green, khaki, soft khaki, warm grey (1, 2, 3, 4 and 5), cool grey 5, sandstone, storm blue,


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)