Monday, 21 August 2017


Hi Everyone,  a card today of "Fishes" LOL. The progressive challenge at the Outlawz has both these fish as images to use, a zentangle and a simple image, I loved playing and colouring these. I found the perfect paper, (I think) for them, which is one paper out of 2 sets I won in a challenge a few weeks ago. The angle of the photo has somehow made it look like the layered background paper isn't straight, I used my "Perfect Layers" ruler to do it so I know it is, why do cameras do that, OK! why do I take photos at the wrong angle? LOL

After layering it onto the card, I sprayed it with CC's Spray and Sparkle, so it has a lovely all over sparkly effect. 

Fish - Jean Chaney
Sentiment - Create with TLC
dp - We are 3
fish coloured in PS, 
sentiment with gradient overlay in PS

hope you can see the sparkle in this closeup

Now onto another digital scrapbook page of our weekend away, this time more personal, we had such a lovely time and were so spoilt by my family.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

floral Sympathy

Hi Everyone, my make for the Outlawz Sketch challenge today is very, very simple, a couple of layers and one paper and something from my first crafting experiences, to embellish a card - gold stickers! The die cutting took ages though, getting the right sizes to fit LOL. I wanted, so much, to put more on, a die cut or something, but I resisted and the end result is something I am pleased with.
dp - Fontbundles Pattern flowers 3
square pieced dies - Sue Wilson
gold stickers - Dovecraft

I thought I would add another digital scrapbook page of our weekend away, aren't you thrilled? AND I have a couple more to share - all say Yippee! LOL

Friday, 18 August 2017

Her Horse

Hi Everyone, I have done a digital scrapbook page for the Digitally Made challenge, which is asking for pets or animals. We unfortunately don't have any pets now, but I do have a niece who is head over heels in love with her Spanish horse. This was a photo I got recently and I decided to use it to enter the challenge.

I used texture and masks in Photoshop to get the end result
Scrapbook page layout Marisa Lerin Pixelscrapper
mask over photo - Angelle Design
canvas texture - Fuzzimo
horse paper - Melo-Vrijhof at Pixelscrapper
mask over horse paper - SugarPlum Paperie
mask over background paper - Sheila Reid at Pixelscrapper
horseshoes - Moms Graphics
various Blending options

Wednesday, 16 August 2017


Hi Everyone my DT card today is for
Isn't that giving you a HUGE choice of drinks to play with?

My card? I decided to go with "Wine" and a little tribute and thanks to Faith Skrdla who sadly passed away in July.
image and sentiment - Birdbrain Wine, From The Heart Stamps
coloured in PS
dps -  Delicious Scraps
bubble embossing folder - Scruffy Little Cat
border embossing folder - Tattered Lace
rectangle die - Tonic
corkscrew - Font Bundles, DesignBundles-Wine-Watercolors 
I made it into a cut file on the Cameo
I followed Mojo 452 sketch

Monday, 14 August 2017

Tiger Tiger

Hi Everyone, my DT card today is for

Anything Goes Challenge
you can use any image.

It's a late card as I got the date wrong for posting, oh! well here it is, the wonderful tiger image, I coloured it and played around in PS to get the effect I wanted. I wrapped twine around the embossed card and added the sentiment. A sort of quick card except for the colouring which took a long while. I hope it looks "wild" with the twine.

Image - Wild 3 Morgans Artworld
embossing folder - modern stripe Craftwell
twine and black card stash

Sunday, 13 August 2017


Hi Everyone, I'm back with the Outlawz sketch challenge this week and decided to add to my slowly growing Christmas cards.

A search through my files for digi Christmas paper and I came across this lovely digi kit with unusual colours for Christmas. It was bought in 2014 so I don't know if it's still available. The pine needles in the digi paper are the same colour of green in the scarf, but they look green in the photo for some reason. AND when I was posting this I noticed that I hadn't added the ribbon!! Oh! well I tried LOL.

Image - SpydersCorner-Top Hat Snowman 
coloured in PS
Sentiment - Create with TLC
digi papers - NibblesSkribbles Christmas Sparkle  digi kit
snowflake dies - Die'sire
square dies - Sue Wilson pierced dies
oval die - Tattered Lace pindot die
glitter - Tonic Pure Sheen

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Our weekend break

Hi Everyone, I've had a little rest from blogging and it was quite pleasant, BUT gotta get back to it, to show you what I've been doing. I hope I've caught up with your blogs, but if I haven't I will try too soon.

Here's a scrapbook page of our 4 day break with my Brother and SiL in Linconshire. We had the most wonderful weather after all the rain we have had here, it was wonderful to feel the warmth of the sun and see blue skies ahhhhh!
I recently sent photos to be printed in a book, it came back so beautifully I decided to do another, this will be one of a double page spread. I intend to add digital pages of our weekend photos, so look out to be bored LOL.

The flag on the left is St Georges the English flag
the top right is the Royalist flag and the one under it is the Parliamentarian flag 

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Boxes and bags

Hi Everyone, as we are away for a few days I thought you would like, as promised a looky at what I had been making with my unused files. So I've scheduled posts the last couple of days.

Here they are, random 250g pages from pads I bought in The Range. I reversed the card for the labels and added white paper to write on. I prettied them up a little with die cuts.

They are lovely sizes, I haven't changed them from the original size, they are from large to small for any impromptu gift. I now have some spare expensive choccies to hand to fill some of these boxes. The large box on the right is 8 inches by 4.5inches, the smallest is the square with cut outs in the front which is 2.3/4 inches x 2 inch high AND all resizable on Silhouette Cameo.

I was thrilled with the results and as the pads were only £2.99 for 24 double sided designs they are cheap as chips, as they say, and make a little gift into something special.

I still have more designs in my files, but I think a Christmas pad will be required next LOL.

another I did at a different time

Male theme? boxes

Friday, 4 August 2017

Hydrangea Sprite

Hi Everyone, another card with old files, I'm doing well - so far LOL. Blue is also a neglected colour and now - so  Very blue.
Hydrangea Sprite - Aurora Wings coloured in PS to match the photo 
background paper - my own garden hydrangeas, using a blur in PS
now for the neglected files
embossing folders - Tattered Lace
border - Shirleys Cards looped border
dark blue card - Tonic
ribbon from stash

Seeing as this has our hydrangeas in it I thought I would share this years blooms, we haven't had as good a show as we usually do, as a late frost caught the tips of the new growth and I think the rains have encouraged growth, but not flowers.
I think this is the largest this year, you wouldn't think it in the photo,
BUT look below this one where I've measured it.

over 7 inches

 you can still see the burnt tips, very few and small flowers, but the spiders like it.

Also thought you may like to see some of the rain we have had in the last few days, it's been more like Autumn than Summer, with awful thunder and lightening at times.
puddles on the patio

lashing like stair rods, you can see it bouncing up from the patio

even bouncing on the roof

Yep! it's raining!

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Maps / Coordinates The Male Room

HI Everyone, my card today is for

I decided on a birthday card, depicting Wales, with a Welsh sentiment for Happy Birthday. Pronounced 
"Pen-bloo-uth Hap-iss"
Dragon - Elizabeth Dulemba coloured in PS then 3D'd 
map and compass - off the web
globes paper overlay in PS - Janet Scott at Pixelscrapper
green 3D effect on globes - Pixelscrapper
die - Tattered Lace tuck in.
sentiment - computer generated 
bakers twine - stash

Monday, 31 July 2017

Joy this Christmas

Hi Everyone, my card for the Outlawz sketch challenge is for Christmas, I'm in the mood and at least it won't be a mad panic, last minute makes at this pace, hopefully!
Elves - Kenny Kay, sadly no longer doing digi stamps 
coloured in PS and Spectrum Noir markers, following 
sentiment - Create with TLC
3D embossing folder - Crafters Companion 
snowflake die - Die'sire
snowflake overlays in PS on plain paper - Snickerdoodles & Pixelscrapper.
ribbon stash
 silver card - Anita's

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Over the hill you go!

Hi Everyone, my card today is part of a plan I hope to keep to, but saying that plans are meant to be broken aren't they LOL. My plan is to hunt out old bits and pieces and use them. My bits today are
balloon - magazine freebie
sentiment Create with TLC
dp's  pistachio - The Lovely Studio (formerly Pink Petticoat)
sky dp - Numb Bumm, no longer trading
embossing folder - Cuttlebug
balloon double sided paper (both sides used) - The Range

Friday, 28 July 2017

Summer living

Hi Everyone the challenge at Digitally Made is "Summer Fun / Patriotic". My make is of The Mumbles on the Gower Peninsula, such a lovely place to visit. Which means I'm going for Patriotic with a bit of Summer.  I used a scrapbook layout to put all this together, I'm not sure I will get the hang of scrapbook layouts, but I do enjoy doing it when I decide to.

scrapbook layout - Marisa Lerin Pixelscrapper
lollipops - Beach Set at Fontbundles
umbrella, bikini, lifebelt - Designbundles Summer time - Fontbundles

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Advice from the Cat!

Hi Everyone, my card today is quite simple, but I love the image and as it's a "soft" cat, thought the sentiment suited it..

Image - Ike's Art
coloured digitally
sentiment - Create with TLC
dp's and elements - Dawn by Design
lace tuck in die - Tattered Lace
ribbon from stash
3D gloss on eyes and nose

Monday, 24 July 2017

Robin Christmas Card

Hi Everyone, firstly I have to welcome a few of you who have chosen to be my new followers, I very much appreciate your trust in me keeping you interested. Thank you xx

My card for the Outlawz sketch challenge this week is for Christmas, yeah! must have got at least 3 ready now LOL.

Anyhow, something different, I have been going through the vast amount of cutting files I have, even made a few boxes, (another post) shamefully, most not used before, these are 2 of them.

One that I came across started it all, that was the Robin on a branch, so easy, even to layer, and the holly frame which was just as easy. I've added a link and as you can see I have had them for years and not used them, isn't that disgraceful?

My biggest choice was what to use for the diagonal backgrounds of the sketch. I decided on a "snow" background, I wasn't sure of the colour choice, but thought I would go with it.

robin on a branch a freebie 2012 - Shirley's Cards
holly frame 2009 - Einne digital cutting files
ponsettia die - Tattered Lace
background paper - The Lovely Studio (previously Pink Petticoat)
ribbon from stash
eyes and touch of beak - Uniball glitter pen
berries - Stickles xmas red

Sunday, 23 July 2017

CREATE with TLC Blog Hop and freebies

Here's my card with the image freebie, for the Blog Hop at
Hope you'll join in, there's lots of freebies at each stop.

image and sentiment from TLC
paper templates - Pixelscrapper, using image colours, done in PS
dies  - square Sue Wilson
dies- circle Tattered Lace
Nuvo Crystal Drops in corners

There's lots to collect and enjoy on your travels.
Here's your freebie to enjoy and make an even better card or project LOL.

this will be an additional freebie at TLC

Edwina you came from here
Hetty your next stop
Lisa D
Lisa Lynn
Tlc if you get lost

Friday, 21 July 2017

Little things?

Hi Everyone, my card for you today is for the Outlawz progressive challenge, we were given a wonderful image of a dog, I really wanted to bring him to life.
By chance and a little playing, I did something I haven't done before in PS and I am really pleased with the result....

I used a digi paper - I added the stamp to the paper as you would do with a rubber  or clear stamp, then shaded where needed and more lines (a lot) to him. I used a plain PS brush to add the green under him and to the tennis ball, well it was in the middle of Wimbledon when I made him. It took a long time to colour him, but worth it to me.
dog - Anne Fenton
digital colouring
dp used for dog - Hugware no longer available
I have shown what paper I used, it may come
 in handy to use something similar yourself?
all other dp - Marisa Lerin Pixelscrapper
sentiment - CREATE with TLC
Tonic scallop layering dies
ribbon from stash
3D gloss used on eyes and nose.

Here is a close up, I also made it a little lighter so you can see the texture of the paper clearer.

Don't forget

Summer Fun Blog Hop~! ...........

YAY!  we haven't done a hop in a lonnnng time~!
For those of you that are familiar with our hops....there will be lots of freebies along the way.  A Freebie at each stop.  So get ready, empty out those folders....the hop starts Sunday, July 23nd 

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

My first mixed media????

Hi Everyone, I know you all are really clever with your stamping and mixed media, painting etc. Me? I'm happy with my digital, BUT, being part of The Male Room DT, this month called for -
Oh! NO was my first reaction, I like a challenge and this was a HUGE challenge for me. BUT, I didn't realise how much fun it would become for me.

I also looked Mixed Media up so I could use things I am comfortable with and have hanging around, this is what I found.

Question - Is mixed media art just limited to papers and cardboard? Or does it include fabrics and other mediums as well? Is there any limits to what you can and cannot use?

Answer - Mixed Media Art includes all and anything you can think of! My preference is for paper....

That made me happy, on to my card - 
Not the usual paints and slosh, mixed media is generally known for!!!!
 but, I think I can call it mixed media, it certainly was for me.

Dies and stamps - Magazine freebies
Car, wheel hubs, wheels and "vroom, out of an old can, held over the gas burner (carefully) until it turned colour, I have done this before and it turned a better colour, must have been the can!
label sentiment - stamping heat embossed 
stamped on the tin Vroom with Stazon
road and happy birthday - digitally made in PS with help from here
cloud dies - felt die cut
background - Reeves watercolour pencils spread with water on crosshatched card
framing - out of metallic paper dry embossed
I think that counts for 7 types of media, UNLESS you know different!
C'mon, give me a break - I tried!

waiting to be put together!

I hope you can see the colour change in the tin in this photo

Monday, 17 July 2017

Strong Floral Lady

Hi Everyone, my card today is for the Dragons Lair Designs FB progressive challenge, the image we were given to play with is just beautiful and I had ideas how to colour her, but it didn't go that way.

I was looking for dp's in my files and came across a blog hop set of files, from DigiChick named "Playful" in it was a paint splatter and my card was born! This card is going to a friend who always has bad things happen to her big and small, but thankfully with lots of prayers, always comes out on top.

image - Dragon's Lair Designs
paint splatter - Alexis Design Studio
grey striped paper - Gina Cabrera
yellow paper - Sweet Caroline Studio
grey paper - Creative Victorian by Lonetta Avelar
die - Tattered Lace
glitter - Tonic Pure Sheen glitter
all printed and layered onto black paper
sentiment from the web

Also don't forget

is holding a Blog Hop, with lots of freebies
Here's what she says -

Summer Fun Blog Hop~! ...........

YAY!  we haven't done a hop in a lonnnng time~!
For those of you that are familiar with our hops....there will be lots of freebies along the way.  A Freebie at each stop.  So get ready, empty out those folders....the hop starts Sunday, July 23nd (more details as we get closer)


Saturday, 15 July 2017

Create with TLC

Hi Everyone, great news, Paulette at
is holding a Blog Hop, with lots of freebies
Here's what Paulette says -

Summer Fun Blog Hop~! ...........

YAY!  we haven't done a hop in a lonnnng time~!
For those of you that are familiar with our hops....there will be lots of freebies along the way.  A Freebie at each stop.  So get ready, empty out those folders....the hop starts Sunday, July 23rd (more details as we get closer)
Looks like we have 13 HOP STOPS at the know what that least 13 FREEBIES~!  Spread the word.


If anyone is interested in doing Mixed Media as a Guest Designer for the hop, please let me know......lots of traffic to your blog if you are selected.  
So email me if you are interested in being that Guest Designer for the HOP. 

POP over to Create with TLC  where you will find the link
It's Summer, so I made a Summer card,
with image and sentiment from  Create with TLC 
I coloured the image digitally
used a "grungy plaid paper" template by Holly Wood at Pixelscrapper 
using colours to match the image.
flower and leaf dies - Tattered Lace
border die - Johanna Sheen

This could be a scene from a British beach in mid Summer LOL

I'll be entering the Outlawz sketch challenge