Sunday, 5 April 2020

Rainbow Background

A craft group I belong to had another cyber challenge evening as we can't meet in person at the moment.  The theme was 'Rainbow' and this is what I came up with.
The black/grey patterned paper die cut was in my bits and bobs box and had been in there for quite a while!  I used the die again with snippets of colours card to create a rainbow effect.   The flowers are Memory Box die 'Chloe Stem' die cuts.  The die was one of the first Memory Box flower dies I bought and it is still one of my favourites.  The stamp is from the Stampin' Up 'Vertical Greetings' set which I inked up for the first time using Versafine 'Onyx Black'.

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Saturday, 4 April 2020


The April Crafty Calendar Challenge begins today, with the theme 'Add a Butterfly'.  Our generous sponsor this month is SheepSki Designs, who kindly gave the DT digi stamps to work with.
After making a twisted easel card for the first time recently I decided to make another for my DT card. I chose to use the Sheepski digistamp  'Poppies', which I coloured with Promarkers.  The image was die cut with a MB 'Stitched Circle Layer' die and layered on a black MB 'Stitched Scalloped Circle' die cut.  I added a black butterfly gem and drew a flight path with a fineliner pen. The patterned paper is from Stampin' Up and I used a Spellbinders 'Dainty Dots' embossing folder. The sentiment is computer generated.  I sent this card to my daughter, who is self-isolating at her home with symptoms of the coronavirus.  Thankfully, after feeling pretty rotten for most of this week, she is feeling much better.

The Crafty Calendar Challenge ends on April 28th.  Please visit the challenge blog to see all the wonderful creations the DT have made.

Friday, 3 April 2020

Owl Card

It's my great niece's birthday today and this is the card I made for her.  It's a shame she won't be celebrating in the way she'd hoped, but I'm sure her family will make sure she enjoys her day.

The image is from a Woodware set of stamp.  I stamped the owl with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured it with Promarkers, using the colours as in the Stampin' Up patterned paper.  The wings are attached with foam pads to add some dimension.  I used Memory Box 'Stitched Octagon Layers' dies to layer and mat the image.  The sentiment is computer generated.

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..... and finally, a word of advice. 😉

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Poppy Flip-It Card

A Flip-It card I made today.
I used a Sizzix Framelits 'Circle Flip-its #2' dies for the base card and circles.   The patterned paper is from Stampin' Up 'Peaceful Poppies'.  The sentiment stamp is from the SU 'A Good Day' set of stamps and I added a touch of red with a ultra-fine Sharpie.

The image on the back of the flipped circle is a stamp from the SU 'Painted Poppies' set, coloured with Promarkers.

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Thought for today.....

Monday, 30 March 2020

Hello Friend

Welcome to my new follower.  Please leave me a comment, I'd love to visit your blog too. 

I made a couple of cards to send to friends who are self-isolating and live alone.  Although I've kept in touch by phone, I thought they might appreciate a card too. 

I was kindly sent a preloved Stampin' Up set of  stamps,  'A Good Day' a few days ago and used the rabbit and sentiment stamp on both cards. The rabbits are coloured with Promarkers.  The long chain stamp is from the Stampin' Up 'Thought Blooms' set and I added a little colour with a Promarker in the chains to match the patterned paper.  The patterned paper was also from Stampin' Up.

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Thought for today.....

Saturday, 28 March 2020


A CAS masculine card to share today, made for a friend who used to ride a scooter back in the 1970s. 

The background paper is from Anna Marie Designs.  The scooter is an Intricut die cut,  using matt silver mirror card.  I think this range of dies is only available in Hobbycraft stores.  I layered the image on Memory Box 'Stitched Circle Layers' die cuts.  Two black and one silver Card Candi finished off my card. 

I am joining in the following challenges:
HLS March Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

Thought for today....

You're not stuck at home, 
you're safe at home.  One word 
can change your attitude.

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Teepee Card

I hope everyone is keeping safe and well and finding lots of time to craft.

After a successful Cyber Craft day with our craft group last Saturday, another one was held yesterday evening with just one challenge.... to use hexagons and/or triangles.  I decided to make my first Teepee card, following the instructions in this YouTube video.   using both triangles and hexagons.  I was lucky enough to be sent the card in the video!  😊

After watching the video, I realised that the card is so much easier to make than it looks. The patterned paper is from SU.   The poppy stamp is from the SU 'Painted Poppies' set of stamps, stamped with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured with Promarkers.  I used Memory Box 'Stitched Hexagon Layers' dies to die cut the image and sentiment.  The red mats were hand cut and the sentiment is raised up on foam pads. I added a few red pearls for added interest.   As poppies begin flowering in May, I'm hoping my card qualifies for a few flower challenges where the theme is Spring Flowers.

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Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Rudolph Days

This blog post is my 1000th post! 😊

The March Rudolph Days Challenge begins today and runs until the end of the month. I'm getting my entry in early this month, but with 31 days in March, there's plenty of time for everyone to join in.

Last Saturday, I should have been crafting with a local craft group.  There are mainly scrapbookers in the group, with a few other different crafts.  The group meets monthly and it's fun seeing what everyone is making. With the current situation it was decided to hold a cyber craft day, with challenges held throughout the day and photos of our makes uploaded onto the Facebook page.  The first challenge was to use a craft tool we hadn't use for a long time.  I decided to blow the dust off my Edge Master, which is a trimmer with about ten different fancy blades.  I had it for a birthday present in 2003 and for a long time it was my all time favourite craft tool, making my fancy scissors pretty much redundant.  However, I can't remember the last time I used it.

I used a scalloped blade to cut off about an inch from the edge of the card blank.  I used the same blade to cut along a thin strip of red card and a piece of silver foil with stars on and layered them on the card.  The image is from the SU 'Snowman Season' set of stamps, coloured with Promarkers.  The sentiment is from the SU '#Elfie' stamp set.  I finished off the card with five silver Card Candi. 

This is what the card looks like when it's open.

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Tuesday, 24 March 2020


Looks like lots more crafting time after listening to the Prime Minister's 'talk to the nation' yesterday evening.  There will be plenty of time to join in more cardmaking challenges, every cloud has a silver lining.  We've been mainly staying in for the last week, although we did go for a walk along a fairly deserted beach on Friday to get some fresh sea air.  I hope you are following whatever the advice is in your country and fingers crossed it won't be too long before things get back to normal.  Thank goodness for crafting and all our wonderful blogging friends!

The Twofer Challenge this month is 'Spring Animals', two cards with different designs, for two different occasions, using the same stamp, die or stencil using the prompt word.   I decided to use a bunny stamp on both cards.  It's a NBUS stamp, part of a set that came as a magazine freebie.  The date on the packet is 2014, so it's about time with was inked up!

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

My first card is for friends who are about to become grandparents any day now.  Having seen twisted easel cards on various blogs, I decided that today was the day I was going to attempt my first one.  The image was coloured with Promarkers and matted and layered using Memory Box stitched dies.  The sentiment was computer generated and raised up on foam pads.  I add five punched flowers along one edge, the flower shapes matching the flowers in the image.

I am joining in the following challenges with this card:
Craftlandia Challenge 2 ~ Pink and/or Blue
Allsorts Challenge Week 564 ~ Anything In The Animal Kingdom
Simply Create Too Challenge #158 ~ Shaped Card
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper March Challenge
Tales From the Craft Room Challenge #3 ~ Furry Friends

My second card uses the same stamp, but this time I've used it for an Easter card.  Again I've used Promarkers to colour the image and I used two of the Promarkers to colour some white pearls. The ribbon was a snippet, just long enough to go across the card and as the yellow and green card was also from my snippets drawers, I'll be sharing my card over in The Playground.

I am joining in the following challenges with this card:
Let's Create and Craft Challenge #157 ~ AG + Option Easter
Sparkles Monthly Challenge #126 Easter

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Mother's Day

Welcome to my new follower, Creative Em.  I hope you can visit my blog again soon.

Today is Mothering Sunday in the UK. Thinking of all the Mums and children who will not be able visit each other today.  We are all living in unusual times and many people are self-isolating, but it's good to see communities pulling together to help each other. 

For my card I used a die from the Memory Box 'Distressed Windham Collage' set in the corner.  The Memory Box 'Sofia Heart' die cut is inlaid into the top white layer.  The computer generated sentiment is hand cut into a flag shape.

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Thursday, 19 March 2020

Special request

When I was trying to get find my crafting mojo, I saw a request on a local Facebook page today from a mother who's daughter, Erin is celebrating her 5th birthday on Saturday.  The daughter has a cough and so the whole family is self-isolating and the planned birthday party with her friends is cancelled.  The mother asked if one or two people could send a card to help make the birthday a special day, as her daughter didn't really understand why everything is cancelled.  So, that was enough to get my mojo back again and with only about 40 minutes before the last post collection, this is what I came up with.  I've never met Erin or her mother, but having taught four and five year olds for many years, I know that turning five is a big deal!  I hope Erin likes the pack of cute stickers I popped inside the card too.

The image is a Sweet Dixie die, 'Fantasy Castle' cut using silver mirror card and raised up in foam pads.  I used the same mirror card for matting the sentiment and die cutting the number 5 with a die from The Works.  The pink card is recycled from an old file divider and embossed with a Couture Creations 'Fireflies' embossing folder.

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Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Special Birthday Card

I've just realised that I haven't posted on my blog for over a week or done much blog visiting.  I'm sure I'm not the only one who has had coronavirus on my mind and I seem to have lost my mojo for crafting.  I hope everyone is staying safe and following the advice issued by their government.  Last weekend we spent a lovely couple of days with friends in mid-Wales, but since we've been back the recommendation is 'social distancing'.  On Monday we went for a long walk in a local arboretum where we could get some fresh air away from any crowds and since then we have decided to stay home.   I'm hoping later today that I can motivate myself to make a few cards.

In the meantime I'm sharing a card I made recently for a special lady who was celebrating her 86th birthday, which I can post now that I know it's been received.

The turquoise and pink card is pearlised.  I used the following dies:
Sue Wilson - Ornate Pierced Rectangles
                    Scalloped Lattice Frames 
   Pinwheel Floral

Cherry Lynn - Sunflower

Sizzix - sentiment dies

I inlaid the white leaves and the corners of the frame with the pink pearlised card. 

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Monday, 9 March 2020

U Fold Card

I'm on a mission this year to use up more of my patterned papers, Card Candi and brads, use some of my neglected stamps, reduce my pile plain snippets, as well as try out some 'new to me' folds.  So this card ticks all the boxes. 😊 

 The theme for the current Butterfly Challenge is 'U for U Fold Card'.  Although I've seen this fold a number of times in blogland, I haven't made a card with this fold.....until now.  The card folds flat for posting and there are instructions to make the card HERE.  I followed the instructions, but changed the base card to 9" x 6" so the finished card is 6" x 6" when folded.

The stamp is a Woodware one, 'Bubble Bloom Carol', with the flower heads just the right size for Card Candi.  I coloured the leaves and border with a green Promarker.  I embossed snippets of pink card with a Spellbinders 'Dainty Dots' embossing folder.  The snippets of patterned paper were from a Lili of the Valley paper pad, which from memory came as a freebie with a craft magazine a few years ago.  The two butterfly brads came from Lakeland, when they used to have a craft department.  A computer generated sentiment finished off my card. 

This shows the card from a slightly different angle.

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Sunday, 8 March 2020

Interactive Cute Penguin Card

I'm sharing a card today which I made for a friend's birthday.  My friend is a Teaching Assistant in Penguin Class and was my Teaching Assistant when I taught Sunflower Class.  I wanted to incorporate a penguin and sunflowers in my design and this is what I came up with.

I used a MFT 'Cross-stitch Tag Die' with a snippet of thick white card and cut off the top to make it into a rectangle.  The penguin was cross stitched with crochet cotton.  The striped patterned paper was from my snippets drawer and I added three black pearls.

This photo shows the front of the card when the tag is pulled, revealing the stamped sentiment and the tiny punched sunflowers.   The card opens like a conventional single fold card to write the message.

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Last weekend I had to cancel a Stampin' Up 'Timeless Tulips' workshop I'd booked in for, as my hubby and I were invited to a special celebration lunch on the same day.   A friend collected my stamps and card from the workshop for me, so I could make the cards at home.   I copied the designs made at workshop, with a few tweaks here and there to use embellishments and a punch I had at home.  Here are the finished results. 

Saturday, 7 March 2020

More Than One fold

The Crafty Calendar Challenge begins today with the theme 'More Than One Fold'.   Our generous sponsors this month are Lili of the Valley and Crafty Ribbons

I decided to make a Joy Fold card, which has two folds.  Lili of the Valley kindly gave the DT  digi images to work with and I chose to use 'Watch the Birdie', which I coloured with Promarkers.  I used two coordinating papers from the Dovecraft 'True Blue' paper pad and added five Card Cardi down the right hand side.  The sentiment is computer generated and raised up on foam pads.  A brown brad keeps the card closed. 

This photo shows the card open, revealing the space to write the message.  

The Crafty Calendar Challenge ends on the 28th March, so please pop over the the blog to see all the beautiful cards the DT have made.

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Sunday, 1 March 2020

Card for a Football Fan

 A card for a female football fan whose team plays in blue and white quartered shirts.

I used a Die-namics 'Quilt Square Cover-Up' die.  The black frame was attached to an adhesive sheet, the die was used again with blue and white card and I inlaid the pieces in a quartered design. The background was embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder.  I die cut the sentiment and mat with Memory Box 'Stitched Circle Layers' dies, added three little black pearls and raised it up on foam pads.

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Friday, 28 February 2020


A birthday card today for a friend who enjoys rambling.  His 'shortcuts' usually turn out to be a longer way round!
The image is from craftsUprint 'Old Rambler Dude'.  I added some texture for the background using an old Cuttlebug 'Forest Branches' embossing folder.  I used a punch for the leaves. 

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Tuesday, 25 February 2020


I'm sure I'm not the only one who saves shop bought Christmas cards received, with the intention of recycling  them and turning them into handcrafted cards...... only to still have most of them unused in December!  This year I'm determined to use more of them.  With the February Rudolph Days challenge beginning today and finishing on Saturday, it was the perfect time to recycle some shop bought cards and join in the challenge.

 The first one is a card front trimmed to size, matted on dark green and attached to a card blank.  I added a few tiny white pearls where the larger berries were in the design.

For my second card, I used a Memory Box 'Stitched Rectangle Layers' die to die cut the image.  This is when I had a Senior Moment..... as the card was going through my Big Shot I realised, too late, that it was going to flatten the red pom-pom nose!  So I prised off the flatten nose and replaced it with one punched from red glitter card.  I used the red glitter card for a mat and with a left over piece die cut a scalloped strip using a die from the Memory Box 'Stitched Country Border' set.  The non-shed glitter card is from Hobbycraft and is a beautiful shade of red.

For my last card,  I made a green frame using a die from the MFT 'Stitched Circle Scallop Frames' set to frame the image I'd already cut into a circle.  The background is embossed with a Couture Creations 'Great Zane' embossing folder.  The framed image is raised up on foam pads to add some dimension.

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So that's three more Christmas cards finished to add to the box for next Christmas.