Sunday 28 October 2018

Happy Halloween

I hope all my blogging friends in the UK remembered to put their clocks back last night and made the most of the extra hour in bed.

Another Halloween card today.

The pumpkin is from the Obsession Impression 'Halloween Set' of dies. The pumpkin was layered on die cuts using Memory Box 'Postage Rectangle Layers' and 'Postage Square Layers' dies.  The embossing was done a pumpkin Cuttlebug e/f.    The sentiment is from the La-La Land 'Lil' Devil Marci' set of stamps, stamped using Versafine 'Onyx Black. Five punched circles finished off my card.

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Saturday 27 October 2018

Trick or Treat

A Halloween card to share today to join in a few challenge.  My Halloween themed dies and stamps are quite limited, but this is what I came up with.

I used a Poppystamps 'Stitch Wreath' die with orange card and die cut into a square with a Memory Box 'Stitched Square' die.  This was matted on a black MB 'Stitched Square; die cut. The witch and bats are from the Impression Obsession 'Halloween Set' of dies.  The sentiment is from a La-la Land 'Lil' Devil Marci' set of stamps and was stamped with Versafine 'Onyx Black'.

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Thursday 25 October 2018

Glitter, glitter and more glitter!

The Rudolph Days October Challenge starts today and runs until the end of the month.  I can't believe there is only one more month of this challenge before Christmas!  A quick and easy card today, upcycling an old Christmas card that was too beautiful to throw away.

I covered a card blank with a square of white glitter card, die cut with a Sue Wilson 'Double Pierced Square' die, after gutting a smaller square in the middle so I didn't use a whole big square of my precious white glitter card.  I filled in the gutted part with another square, cut from a spare snippet of ordinary white card.  I cut off the front of the bought Christmas card, attached it over the gutted section.   The Memory Box 'Twilight Snowflake' die cut is attached with foam pads to add dimension.

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Wednesday 24 October 2018

New Baby

My hubby and I have taken advantage of the Indian Summer we seem to be having lately and have been on quite a few walks in the sunshine, enjoying the beautiful Autumn Colours.  I'll post a few photos at the end of this post.

My friend's daughter gave birth to her first child last week and this is the card I made for the proud parents.
The frame is from the Sue Wilson 'Celebrations' set of dies and the toy animals and heart buttons are Sue Wilson 'New Arrival' dies.  The pink card is pearlised and the silver is matt silver card.  The computer generated text is printed in grey.

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Monochrome Magic ~ Challenge #16 Monochrome or Monochrome with a TWIST of Pink (please delete if silver is not a neutral colour for the challenge)

A few photos taken at Westonbirt Arboretum this week.

Tuesday 23 October 2018


A CAS card today to join in a few challenges.

I used a very old Sizzix ghost die, the sort that were around before thin dies came on the market.  The tag is a Poppystamps 'Stitched Main Street Tag' die cut, with a piece of thin, white Ric Rac threaded through a hole made in the top.  The letters are from the Memory Box 'Parker Upper Alphabet Set' of dies.

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Sunday 21 October 2018

Halloween Treat Boxes

I made these Halloween treat boxes for three special little people in our family and filled them with chocolate goodies.

 I used a 8" x 8" piece of black card, an envelope punch board and a circle punch to make the boxes.  I decorated the boxes with snippets of white, orange and black card.   The die cuts are from the Impression Obsession 'Halloween Set' and I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder 'Spider Stew' for the background.

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Thursday 18 October 2018

Elvis the Elf

Welcome to my new follower, Lynn B.

A Christmas card to share today, with a design I'll probably batch make.
I used a digi stamp from Dr. Digi's House of Stamps, 'Elvis the Elf'.  The sentiment is computer generated.  I coloured the image with Promarkers and used Memory Box 'Stitched Oval' dies for matting and layering.  The embossed background was done with a Sue Wilson 'Snowflake Lattice' e/f. A strip of Dovecraft ribbon finished off my card.

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Monday 15 October 2018

Crafty Retreat

I've just had a lovely weekend at a fairly local Stampin' Up Crafty Retreat with a Christmas theme.  A place came up early last week on Facebook and, despite not knowing anyone going, I decided to go.  What a lovely, friendly group of crafters they were!  It was quite a small group of about a dozen or so which made it  easy to get to know everyone.  We stayed in a little hotel for the weekend and the staff made sure we were well fed!  This is a photo of everything I made, which included another 12 cards to add to my pile of Christmas cards.

The bottles are for display purposes only! 😉

Thursday 11 October 2018


A CAS card today, to join in with a few challenges.  I thought this card would be particularly suitable to send to a man.

My card used dies from two Tonic sets and a sentiment from HLS 'Doodled Flowers' set of stamps.  The branch and acorn were die cut using snippets of different shades of brown card.  I used Distress Inks to randomly cover a sheet of white card, before die cutting the leaves.  The leaf die cuts out the veins, so I inked a piece of white card with brown Distress Ink, cut the veins again and inlaid them.  The sentiment is stamped using Versafine 'Onyx Black'.

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This is LIM GD's card I've CASE'd.

Wednesday 10 October 2018

Twofer Harvest

As one of the recent winners of the Geometric Twofer Card Challenge, I was delighted to be invited by Darnell to be a Guest Designer for this month's Twofer Card Challenge.  The theme is 'Harvest' which can be interpreted as anything reflective of the fall season: bountiful crops, pumpkins, scarecrows, crinkling leaves, hot apple cider, etc.

For my cards I settled on an old Art Impressions wood mounted scarecrow stamp which I bought on eBay many years ago.

The image is stamped with Memento 'Rich Cocoa' and coloured with Promarkers.  The background is embossed with a Creative Expressions 'Zig Zag Squares' embossing folder.  Three punched leaves finished off my card.

I made an 'Impossible Card' for my second card.  The image was stamped with the same ink pad and again coloured with Promarkers.  The carrots were stamped with a stamp from the Woodware 'Hoppy Bunny' set, coloured with Promarkers and popped up on foam pads to add some dimension.  The patterned papers are from an A4 paper pad, but I'm not sure of the brand. 

This is the side view of the card.  I altered the standard measurements slightly to make the image part slightly taller than usual. 

The Twofer Challenge is open until the 24th October and I'm looking forward to seeing how everyone interprets this theme with all their beautiful creations.

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Monday 8 October 2018

Horsey, Horsey!

A birthday card for my great niece.  I can't believe she's 10 years old already!!  She loves horses and as she's past the fairies and princesses stage I wanted to include a horse.
   At the top of the cream card base, I attached a strip of embossed cream card from my snippets box.  I used a Memory Box 'Grand Happy Birthday' die with green card, which I attached over the embossed background.  I added the name with Memory Box 'Parker Alphabet' dies, cut twice and layered to add some dimension.  I didn't have a suitably sized horse die, so I use a Sweet Dixie 'Fairytale Coach and Horse' die.....
.....and snipped off the carriage.  The horse was a perfect size and I inlaid dark brown little pieces in the mane.  Everything, apart from the card base, was snippets so I'll be off to share my card in the Playground.  While I was making the card, I couldn't get the children's song 'Horsey, Horsey, don't you stop....', out of my head.  It was a song my Dad often used to sing to me when I was little.

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Saturday 6 October 2018


The October Crafty Calendar Challenge begins today with the theme 'Autumn'.  We are sponsored this month by Lemon Shortbread Digi Stamps and Pages  and the randomly drawn winner will receive three images.

For my card a decided to make a Dutch Fold card.   I used one of  the sponsor's digi stamps, 'Hedgehog Leaves', which I coloured with Promarkers.  I used Spellbinders Nestability dies for matting and layering. 

I added a die cut scalloped oval inside the card for the message.

Please pop over to the Crafty Calendar blog to see all the fabulous cards the DT have made.  I'm looking forward to seeing all your wonderful creations this month and you could win a lovely prize from our generous sponsor.  The closing date is 28th October.

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Monday 1 October 2018


Welcome to my latest follower, David Jefferson.  If you have a blog, please leave me a comment so I can return the favour an add a link to your blog in my next post. 

This isn't the good luck card I'd planned to make for my daughter who is starting a new physiotherapy job today, working in the community.  I planned to make a card during our short break our caravan, but I forgot to pack the dies I intended to use.  So, I had to think of a Plan B!  On the way to North Devon we stopped at a craft show and I treated myself to a set of Trimcraft alphabet dies which were half price.  I picked up a paper pad for £1 in The Works with patterns that I thought would go with the dreamcatcher die I happened to have with me.  As my daughter is continuing her dream of being a physiotherapist after completing a second degree several years ago, enabling her to have a complete change of career, I thought a dreamcatcher would be an appropriate image to use.

This is my finished card. 

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