My mum’s birthday card

This is the card I made  my Mum for her birthday which was yesterday. I am really pleased with the way this card turned out. I have used the Verity Rose collection by Crafters Companion (using Cupcake) and added other elements to make this card.


I cut some Hunkydory Adorable Scorable to fit my card and then cut my main paper to size just showing the Hunkydory coloured card. The lovely teapot on the paper I’ve highlighted with Spectrum Noir Sparkle in Clear. The image of Cupcake I’ve taken directly from the colouring pad and used Promarkers to colour the image, I then mounted this on the same shade of Hunkydory card, and did the same for the sentiments.

I mounted the design at an angle and used some numbered tiles I’d coloured in with an American Crafts Galaxy Marker, and finished it and finished it off with a bow. I added the sentiments and then finished off by adding some Tonic Nuvo in Carnation Pink in the corners.

i hope you like the card, my Mum certainly did.


Tatty Twinkles – Grace


Okay I confess I am not happy with this one because to me I think there is something very wrong with it. I love the design and the flowers but I cannot put my finger on what is wrong, flowers, colours, placement, whether it needs anything else. I know some people love what I do but don’t always like something. I think I need to revisit this stamp in the coming weeks and see what I can do to improve .

Catch you all again soon



Tatty Twinkles – Dreams


Today I am sharing a birthday card which ended up given to my niece’s best friend for her birthday,although I did correct the mess on the top right hand corner before I gave it to her!!

This card was a little different for me this time as I decided to use some of my Martha Stewart “around the page” punches for this design. I coloured the design in and various sentiments in various shades of pink and then black.  I cut them out before adding the nuvo crystal drops where I needed them.  I set these aside to dry.

I made the base of the card using my go to black card and the Hunkydory Adorable Scoreable which I have recently fallen in love with. The all around the page punch I used on my black card and layered it over the pink.  I then went to edge the pink and even though the corners took, the other punches didn’t so I ended up fiddling to make a funky base for the sentiments and ribbon (made with the bowmaker) . I added the sentiments and ribbon and my dried design which then hid the mistakes!!! I added some more embellishments on the side and finished off adding the crystal drops and didn’t realise I’d nuked one until I went to move it to the “drying area” (posh name for a place by the front door which I put my drying projects) so I added more.

I really like the way I made this card, and I know it was loved when she opened it.

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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.


I found my family in a book


Recently I have been going back to the crafts that I hadn’t really done much of in recent months and after a sort out it was a case of I must revisit these.

This stamp is by Santoro and is from the lovely Gorjuss range and when I bought it, they called it “I found my family in a book” and it may be the same now but I apologise if they are not. I cut a piece of stamping card 13cm by 19cm and stamped my main image into the corner. Using the cut bit I stamped various other images.  I coloured these in using my Promarkers, Distress Markers and my Spectrum Noir Sparkle and once finished I set them aside to dry.  I scored an A4 piece of cardstock in half to use as my base card. I had some scrapbook papers which were part of an initial set by Docrafts and I chose some of the paper to use for my card and also some of the pieces I cut out from the original packaging.  I cut a piece of the striped paper to 21cm by 14.8cm and placed this on my base card.  I took another shade of the paper and used it to mount the image and left a 1cm border. I then added the elements to finish my card. The stamp is from a set in my stash (could be an old Anna Griffin set but I cannot be sure). I did stamp some of the butterflies straight onto the stamping card and added some cut out bits here and there.  The bow I made from recycling the ribbon that came with the packaging.

This is a lovely card and I hope the recipient likes it!



Verity Rose – Cupcake

imageThis is the second of my Verity Rose makes for my niece but this one will be from her great Grandmother.

I used the colouring pad again but this time I only cut out the smaller images and left the image of Cupcake untouched. I used the Spectrum Noir Sparkle, Promarkers and Distress Markers again and I used some Liquid Pearls to highlight her headpiece. Using the A4 pad of Cupcake’s papers I covered another 7×7 inch card and mounted the cupcake design onto another piece of coordinating card stock.  Using the Lace Ribbon pack I glued a strip across the middle and mounted the design in the middle. I used my smaller cut out design over the card.

I took the Verity Rose Official Frame and cut out a piece of the left over paper and the centre I turned over and using some alphabet stamps put my niece’s name in the frame knowing it would fit to perfection.

This design is simpler than the previous one but I think its equally as pretty and I know my niece will love it.

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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.

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