Sunday, 23 February 2020


The theme for the Twofer Challenge this month is 'Fruit'.  Two different designs, for two different occasions, using the same stamp, die or stencil.  I didn't think I would be able to join in this month, but found a stamp with two small olives on a stick in the Stampin' Up 'Sip Sip Hooray' set.  It's quite tiny and it took a bit of thinking how I could use it other than in a cocktail glass.  However, when I looked again at the olives, they reminded me of a pair of quirky looking eyes.

Here is a close up of the olives/quirky looking eyes.

I am joining in the Twofer Challenge with this pair of cards.

My first card is a CAS congratulations card.  The cocktail glass stamp is from the same set of stamps as the olives, stamped with Memento 'London Fog'.  After stamping the olives, I made a mask to cover them before adding the 'liquid' to the glass with a pink metallic ink pad.  I then coloured the olives with a green Promarker.  The grey sentiment is a stamp from the SU 'Happiness Surrounds' set.

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I don't think there can be a child in the UK who doesn't know Eric Carle's story, 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'.    Although it was written over 50 years ago, it was always a favourite with the four and five year olds I used to teach.    The 'quirky olive eyes' were perfect for him. I stamped them on green card and fussy them individually and matted them on scraps of yellow card.  The head was an oval die cut and I used a punch for the oval body parts, in two shades of green.  The feet, nose and antennae were all cut by hand.   I added hairs on the back of the caterpillar with green and red fineliner pens.   The sentiment is a stamp from the SU 'Confetti Celebration' set of stamps, coloured with Promarkers.  Three Card Candi finished off my card.   All the card I used was snippets, apart from the red card base, so I'll be sharing my card over in the Playground. 

I am joining in the following challenges with this card. 

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Pop-Up Easel Card

I recently received a card with this fold, which I think is known as a Pop-Up Easel Card.  I've never tried this style of fold before, but thought I'd give it a try for a card I needed to make for card swap and this is what I came up with.

I started with a piece of cardstock 21cm x 21cm.  I used a Couture Creations 'Fireflies' embossing folder for the white panels.  The circles are all cut with Memory Box ' Stitched Circle Layers' dies and the flowers were made with punches.

The computer generated sentiment stands up as a little easel and the small sunflower is layered on a circle die cut and raised up on foam pads.  

The base of the card can be twisted round to reveal a plain white panel for the message.  The card folds flat for posting.

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As promised in a previous post, here are the cards I made at a Stampin' Up retreat the weekend before last.  I put the finishing touches to a few of the cards at home.

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Home of the Beatles!

More about our visit to the home of the Beatles at the end of this post.

A birthday card today for a friend who likes anything elephant related.
I used a Memory Box ' Grand Happy Birthday' die with yellow card and backed the bottom part with grey card before attaching to the white card blank.  The elephant is a die from the Sweet Dixie 'Toy Giraffe & Elephant' set.  I backed the elephant with yellow card, which shows through the flower pattern and added a tiny clear gem to the centre of the flower.  The three flowers were made with punches and I finished off my card with a grey strip near the bottom of the card. 

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My hubby and I spent four days this week in Liverpool, the home of the Beatles.  I must be 20 years since we last visited and it still is the friendliest city I've ever visited.

View from the top of the tower including the Catholic cathedral, known locally as 'Paddy's Wigwam'.

A brilliant exhibition with everything you need to know about the Beatles.

My hubby turning the Fab Four into the Fab Five!

The gates of Strawberry Fields.

A stop at Penny Lane.

On the way home from Liverpool, we took a 'slight' detour to call in Lavinia Stamps shop in Ruthin, North Wales.

 What a gem of a place to visit!

I bought a few crafty goodies, including a fan brush.  I remember seeing the brush used on a Lavinia video...... I just need to find the video again to remind myself what it was used for. LOL!


Sunday, 9 February 2020

Anniversary Card

An CAS anniversary card today I made for friends of ours.  

I used a Creative Expressions 'Swirling Heart' embossing folder and added tiny white pearls to the die cut heart.

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I returned home tonight after a lovely weekend at a Stampin' Up retreat.  I'll post a photo later of all the cards I made.  My friend and I intended coming home overnight on Saturday, but as the windiest day and night of the year was forecast, we decided to book a room and stay at the hotel.  I took these photos in the hotel grounds - so it looks like we made a wise decision!

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Flower of Scotland

I know my card has arrived at its destination in Scotland,  so I can share it now on my blog. 

As the thistle is the flower of Scotland,  I knew this was the image I wanted to use.  The thistle is a Woodware stamp and to make it two tone, I stamped it with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' after rubbing the ink off the flower ends and colouring with a purple Marvy pen instead.  The image was coloured with Promarkers.   I added a gold Card Candi to pick out the gold in the Stampin' Up plaid paper.  The sentiment is a Stamps by Chloe stamp and the matted sentiment is raised up on foam pads.

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Monday, 3 February 2020

Ladies' Night

Two VERY quick CAS cards to share today, which I made at the weekend.  My hubby and I went to an annual Ladies' Night dinner/dance on Saturday.  I woke up in the morning and realised I'd totally forgotten to make cards for the two Chairmen who would be giving a speech to wish them a great evening.  I needed one masculine and one feminine card and I decided to make them very similar.
The die I used is a Tonic die I bought a few years ago in sale, from memory it only cost me 50p!  I attached the die cut to the embossed background.  Five tiny clear gems added a little bling.

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I made the masculine card in black and white and used a star embossing folder for the background.   I added three black gems in the corner.

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Sunday, 2 February 2020

WINNER of my New Year Giveaway

Thank you to everyone who joined in my New Year Giveaway.  All those who left me a comment to say you weren't sure if you had left me enough comments in 2019 - all your names went in the cup as I know you've visited and left me lovely comments during the year.  

So onto the winner of the beautiful Poppystamps 'Stitched Wreath ' die.  The names were put into a large cup and out came..........

MAC MABLE of The Sweetest of Peas!  Congratulations Mac!  Please leave me a comment with your email address and I'll contact you to arrange sending off your prize. (All comments are moderated, so I won't make your comment live.)  I'm not sure where in the world you are, but hopefully your prize won't take long to reach you.

Before I finish my post, here are a few cards I made last Friday evening at a Stampin' Up class.  I know I'm really lucky to live near other crafters, so I have lots of opportunities to craft with friends. 

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Professor Wiggingson

The February Crafty Calendar Challenge begins today with the theme 'Use Die Cuts/Punches'. Our generous sponsors this month are Dr Digi's House of Stamps.

Our sponsor kindly supplied the DT with digi images to use and I chose 'Professor Wiggingson'.  I coloured the image with Promarkers and used Memory Box 'Stitched Rectangle Layers' dies for matting and layering the image.  The image is raised up on foam tape to add some dimension.  The yellow panel is embossed with a Cuttlebug 'Number Collage' e/f.  It's difficult to see in the photo, but the background was cut from a sheet of old graph paper, to keep the school theme.  

Here is a close up of the background, which is much clearer IRL.

The Crafty Calendar Challenge closes on the 28th February and the DT have made lots of cards for inspiration.  The randomly chosen winner will win digi images from Dr Digi's House of Stamps and the DT will chose a Top 3.

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Friday, 31 January 2020

New Year Giveaway

(This post will be pinned to top of my blog for the whole of January - please scroll down for recent posts.)

Wishing all visitors to my blog a Happy, Healthy and Creative 2020!

To celebrate 200 followers, a new year and a new decade, I've decided to have a little giveaway.  
Like most bloggers, I really appreciate all the lovely comments left on my blog, so this giveaway will be going to someone who has taken the time to regularly leave me a comment.   If you would like to be in the draw for this lovely die,  please leave a comment on this post.  There is no requirement become a follower or add a photo of the prize on your sidebar, although it would be lovely if you did.  The only requirement is that I have often seen your name pop up on the list of comments during 2019.   

I really like this die as it can be used for lots of different occasions.  Here are a few examples of how I've used mine.

You can leave a comment any time in January and I'll announce the winner shortly after.  If you leave a comment, please make it clear if you would like to be included in the draw for the prize. 


Welcome to my new follower, Diana Moriel of Pegostes y Colores.  Thank you for following me, I hope you can visit my blog again soon.

The Butterfly Challenge this fortnight is 'R for Rocker Card'.   It's a while since I last made a rocker card, so I decided to make card using all seven elements of the challenge: Rifle Green/Raspberry /Rajah/Ribbon/Raised Up/Rocker Card + a Butterfly. (Rajah = Light orange colour)

I used several Sue Wilson 'Double Pierced Circles' dies, the largest was folded in half to form the rocker part. The decorative circle die cut is a Spellbinders 'Butterfly Circle'.  I layered the white butterfly circle on a green circle die cut.   I used the butterfly circle die again with light orange card and used the 'waste' butterflies and inlaid them in the white butterfly circle.  The large butterfly was from the Stampin' Up 'Butterfly Gala' set of stamps, stamped with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured with Promarkers, using the three colours in the Butterfly Challenge.  I used the body from a Memory Box butterfly die to add to the stamped butterfly. The butterfly was raised up on foam pads to add dimension. I attached a strip of green and white gingham ribbon across the top of the folded rocker card before attaching the butterfly circle.  I didn't have any pearls in a matching green, so I coloured white ones with the green Promarker I used on the butterfly.  As the white, green and orange card was from my snippets drawer, I'll be popping over to share my card in the Playground.

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Saturday, 25 January 2020

Sparkly Christmas Tree

Welcome to my new follower, Ionabunny the Crafty Nomad.  I hope you can visit my blog again soon.

The January Rudolph Days Challenge begins today, the first one of 2020.  I decided to design a CAS card today, which would be suitable for batch making.

I die cut a white circle and a non-shed green glitter circle with Memory Box 'Stitched Circle Layers' dies.  The Christmas tree was die cut with a MFT 'Christmas Tree Window Die' in the white circle - a new die I bought a while ago and finally got round to using it.  After layering the white circle over the green one, I inlaid a gold, glitter star in the top.  The sentiment is a gold peeloff.  I'm planning to have less peeloffs in my stash at the end of the year than I do now! 

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Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Catching up.......

Welcome to my new follower, Mary McMillan of Glitter Grammy Plays With Paper.  I hope you can visit my blog again soon.

I'm catching up with a few challenges after suffering with a heavy cold for the last few days.  I haven't felt much like crafting and am behind with my blog visiting, so hopefully I  can find time to visit my favourite blogs this week to see what everyone has been creating.

The Butterfly Challenge finishes today and I was determined to join in this time as I've missed the last couple of challenges.
The panel was made with a Memory Box 'Lucienne Tile' die in pale pink and matt silver, with three tiny clear gems added along the panel.  I die cut the butterfly using Memory Box 'Pippi' and 'Isabella' dies.  The sentiment is stamped with a silver VersaColor ink pad.  I finished off my card with a grey fineliner pen to draw the flight path of the butterfly.

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The theme of the Twofer Challenge this month is 'Hearts', two cards, with different designs, for different occasions using the same die, stamp or stencil.
The heart I used for both cards is a die from the Spellbinders 'Lace Hearts' set of dies.

I am joining in the Twofer Challenge #23  with this pair of cards.

For my first card I used two of the dies, one cutting the outline and one cutting the lattice part.  I added a small punched red heart in the middle.  The heart was layered on Memory Box 'Stitched Square Layers' die cuts.  I cut off half of the front of the card blank and added a triangle of red card, embossing with an Xcut  'Polka Hearts' embossing folder.  The sentiment is computer generated, die cut with a Memory Box 'Stitched Rectangle Layers' die.

This photo show the card open.

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For my second card, I used the waste from the heart die cut in my last card as a stencil.  Using an Adirondack 'Denim' ink pad and a blending brush, I inked through the heart shaped aperture.  The Spellbinders 'Feathers' die cut was attached with foam pads to add some dimension.  The sentiment was stamped with Versafine 'Onyx Black'.  

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