Happy Halloween (again)

Hello again!  Here I am sharing my first ever Halloween card, which, as I write has not yet been received, and that is happening too much lately!

I’ve never made any Halloween things before and this was a rather messy attempt at a card, however my niece liked it a lot.

I took a piece of card just smaller than the size of the 8×8 card and I had a scrap of paper torn to make a division between the sky and the ground.  It was a haphazard thing but it worked.  For the sky I used Black soot, Seedless Preserves and Faded Jeans to make the sky and for the ground I used Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain. Once I had dried these I made the mistake of stamping the haunted house on it but used the wrong ink and I could barely see it so I then stamped the house onto some card, coloured it in and then mounted it over the image and it had a nice effect, so I made the same mistake with the tree.  It makes them stand out a little.  I tried to stamp a moon but it’s rather wonky!  I ended up using a White Jelly Roll pen to colour that in.  The witch on her broom with her cat I stamped with Versafine and then added some extra black to make her stand out but not too much .  The other images were stamped separately and then added onto the card with the Tim Holtz Halloween ribbon.  Oh and I added some bats too.  I didn’t want to crowd it.


There we have it, my first ever Halloween card and if it doesn’t reach my friend I shall be really upset.  Good job I took a photo of it!

Thank you for stopping by again and I look forward to your next visit.




Sophia – Wonky Tonk Girls

Hello again.

Today I am sharing a card I made for a dear friend of mine who was celebrating a special birthday recently and now its been received I can show it.

I fell in love with the Wonky Tonk Girls by Tracey Easson when they were featured in a recent edition of Making Cards Magazine and I knew that I would make plenty of cards using them, you will see some other designs in future posts.

For the background of this card I played with my Distress Oxides as I wanted something earthy.  I chose Broken China, Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint, Iced Sprite, Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo.  I was very pleased with the result and I used what I had for the base card and to matt and layer before mounting my main image.  The stamps from this kit worked like a dream and I was so pleased with the effect.  Brave Spirit suited this card and once I had coloured Sophia in and mounted her onto the card it all came about perfectly.  I used black for the matt as I felt it suited the card.  So pleased with it and I know my friend liked it too.


Thank you for stopping by once again.





London and Paris

Hello and back to blogging after a break.  I have a number of projects to show you and today I am starting with these makes featuring London and Paris skylines and which, if I am honest, I really am not to sure about.  I say not sure, I mean I am not sure if they look good and I am not sure if I like them.  It just shows that sometimes us crafters really have days when we don’t know if our work is any good.

Both designs use dies by Joanna Sheen, and backgrounds and cut outs  made using Distress Oxides. All my lettering is from the Leonie Pujol Typography set.

Below is my take on London.  I have used three distress oxides on the top (Faded Jeans, Antique Linen, Black Soot) and three on the bottom (Pickled Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Wilted Violet). On another sheet of paper I used  Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide and cut out three sets of the die. I am not sure if you can see but I have decoupaged the skyline and tried to show the different colour.  There wasn’t much else I felt I could do with this design so I cut out the words from scraps of paper which had been left over from Distress Oxide experiments.

Paris I have used the same technique for the background using Broken China, Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans for the top and Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Lucky Clover for the bottom.  For the cut out I have used Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide.  This time I cut out three images but decided to use two only and again made the writing using offcuts of papers  I had experimented on.

Some people may like these designs whilst I am indifferent but I would love to hear your comments on them if you have time.

Take care and I look forward to your next visit.




All that Jazz

Hello and yes it has been a little while since I posted but I took a little break and decided that I would revamp the look on the blog (I hope you like it) and then start with some posts.

This first card I am sharing with you is one which I made for my mother to give to a friend for his 60th birthday.  I admit that I struggle with make cards and this was no exception and I played around with a few ideas before I hit my Hunkydory box.  There I found the All that Jazz stamp and then I looked on their members area to see what the design team had come up with and went with my ideas from there.  I had plenty of inspiration and I was also playing with my distress oxides at the time so I came up with the background and the design went from there.

I used an A3 sheet of Hunkydory paper which is my go to for Distress oxides.  I have enough for a card and bits left over for experimenting or keeping if I need them.  This background was made with just two colours – Broken China and Faded Jeans.  I love the way it turned out.  To make the card I covered the whole of the 8×8 card with some black adorable scoreable and then cut the oxide paper to 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches. I then used another piece of black and scored that to 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches.  Then I cut the oxide background again to 7 5/8 x 7 5/8 inches.  On this background I used the buildings from the stamp and used these along the bottom.  For the rest of the card I used a mixture of notes and instruments and the numbers 60 (from another set) to form the background.  I then placed this onto the black adorable scoreable.

The middle of the card I cut a piece of the back adorable scoreable to 7 5/8 x 3 inches and then cut my oxide background to  7 1/2 x 2 7/8 inches.  On the oxide background I added the jazz musicians and more of the notes and the wonderful sentiment that is on the stamp set.

I have to admit that this is one of my most favourite makes this year.  I also admit to being obsessed by the Distress Oxides and the effects that I am getting from them.

I hope you like the card and the new blog layout.  Stop by again soon.




Its been a while…….teenage boy birthday

Hello again!  Yes its been a little while since my last blog.  My crafting has been sporadic of late because I’ve had a few things to go to and have been too tired to think for a little while after. However I’ve got back into my stride and this post is showcasing the card I’ve made from me for my nephew’s 13th birthday which is next Monday.  I adore my Josh but I can’t believe he’s 13 and bigger than me now.  I knew that one card would have to be a football theme and that I am posting next time but I was stuck on what to do from me. However Making Cards Magazine to the rescue.  I was having a mammoth catch up and there was a set of cards made by Tracey Evans showcasing Mini Mike for Indigo Blu cards.  I had to order them and make a card for his birthday.  I also had to play with my Distress Oxides.  It has taken me ages to get them ( and so I don’t miss out the next set is on pre-order thank you!!) and I had not  had a chance to play with them until this weekend.

What a mess!  There was ink on my hands, in fact  more of it than on paper but for once I didn’t give up.  I referred to Tracey’s tutorial in Making Cards magazine and went for it and this is my first inky background proper! Its made up of Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Faded Jeans and Peeled Paint.  I had also played a little with a blue theme at the same time and had inked the phrases onto this sheet but I don’t think you can see the extent of that particular experiment. It’s not too bad but I think there is room for improvement. I matched the green to a piece of Hunkydory 50 shades of Mirri Darker and used some black card as well, just to balance the design and not over Green it (I do not use a great lot of green so this has been out of my comfort zone).

For a change too I used some Neenah Classic Crest Card to ink my images and I used my Spectrum Noir Colourblend pencils for a change and I think I was right in using them for this image.  There is another image on this card and its on the inside and I’ve forgotten to take a photo of it but its plain and I really wanted the front of the card to be in this and not the inside (although its tidy)


I hope you like what I have shared this time and I look forward to your next visit, I do appreciate you taking time to read my blog.