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.





Hello and thanks once again for stopping by.

Today I am showing my final card made using the Wonky Tonk Girls range by Tracy Easson.

For this card I used Black Versafine ink on some Neenah Classic Crest Card and used Spectrum Noir Colourblend to colour the design in.  I stamped a sentiment in four corners of the design but I felt it lacked some floral adornments so I used some paper I had left over from a Dreamees project and I ran these through my Big Shot using the Tim Holtz tattered florals die.  I haven’t used this die in a long time and I really should get this out again.

I like this card but I think I could have done something else to it, you know how it is, you sit and do something and something is not quite right and you wonder where you could have improved on it.  Anyway the recipient loved it so there you go!

Thanks once again for stopping by, I look forward to your next visit



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Aall and Create itac17 Challenge 1 – Europe

Hello friends and welcome to a different post from me as this time I am participating in a challenge which is something that I do not normally do.  I am still questioning whether it is a good idea to participate as I have seen the other numerous posts and mine is nothing short of substandard in my humble opinion.  Maybe if I could draw properly then I would have a chance, but here I am am showcasing my take on the Europe theme.

This MDF house shape was something which I had started to play with and it had paper on it.  I ripped off most of it and painted over it with what remained of Paper Artsy Blueberry Acrylic paint.  Its patchy in a lot of places but I just left it hoping that it would end up being effective.  Once that was all dry I had a look through some of my MDF shapes and all I can say is “Thank You Dreamees”.  All my MDF shapes have come from there and I was especially pleased to find the Eiffel Tower amongst the stash.

I decided to play with my distress oxides and chose Black Soot, Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap.  I activated it with water and dragged my Eiffel Tower through it.  I heat dried it and then continues to spray with water and build up the effects on the MDF.  I left it to one side as I could not think of anything else to add at this point.  However I then realised that I had some “faces” and chose a Wonky Tonk Girl set called “Daydreamer” and inked the face and added it to the Eiffel Tower, I like the effect.  This was set aside to be placed on the house later.

Next I decided to paint some clouds and some birds to add to a travelling theme.  I used two MDF hot air balloon shapes and I embossed them to look like they were coloured. I drew in the lines with a sharpie.  I wasn’t sure if the effect was there but it looks nice.  I used red and white ribbon so I had a red, white and blue theme.

The oval MDF plaque has been covered with an embossed piece of paper.  This paper was run through the same distress oxides that were used on the Eiffel Tower but I ran the scrap of paper through a Tim Holtz Paris embossing folder!  I then used a Tim Holtz stamp and embossing powder for  “Life was meant for a great Adventure”, I thought that it was appropriate.

Everything had dried and I placed everything and glued it with my hot glue gun.  I felt something could be added and I then realised that I had some Euro coin and some Polish Zloty.  So I got them from where they were sitting and glued them into the box by the Eiffel Tower.

So this is my challenge and I feel like I have done the best my can but my best would not be good enough, but if I don’t challenge myself then I won’t know how I do.

Take care and thanks for stopping by and I’ll post soon.




Fancy Coffee??

I’m really pleased with the card I have to show you today.

I was very blessed with a gift voucher from a friend of mine and she said she would collect and post me the craft goodies all the way from the USA.  Talk about a child in a candy store.  I chose some dies 2 by Tim Holtz and one Spellbinders.  As soon as the package arrived I wanted to play and this is what I have made.

This was a great card to make and I think I will be playing with this die and stamp set in the future.  Such a clever concept, dies, stamp and embossing folder all in one package.

This is a small card for me5x5, but it works well.  I stamped the images using some Staz On and then die cut what I wanted.  You cannot see it but the right hand cup is die cut.  The pieces left over I used to test my colours.  I then stamped the image on to a piece of 4×4 watercolour card.  I coloured in my images using Spectrum Noir Aquablends Naturals (Clay, wheat, Beeswax,Pesto Green,Oregano, Blue Marine, Cobalt Blue, Lagoon). I then stamped the sentiment and die cut that and used Clay to colour that in and to run a dash of watercolour around the edge.  I then mounted it on Adorable Scoreable but only showing a thin sliver of  colour.  Whilst the watercolours were drying properly, I used the cup stamp to make a background on my card, just with the ink and no colouring in.  Once these were all dried I mounted the cups onto the card and placed my sentiment.

I am really pleased with this card and I shall be trying to come up with some more card ideas using this set.

Thank you once again for stopping by.



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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.