Sunday, 21 July 2019

Electric socket thanks

Hi Everyone, another card I found while going through my files, that I haven't posted, it was a thank you card for the electricians who worked on our new kitchen.
I had seen a USA version on Pinterest,
 but adapted the design to the UK version of electric sockets in Silhouette.
I think the background paper is off the web
sentiment designed in Photoshop CS6

this is the insert

If anyone would like the Silhouette cut file of the socket and plug,
 I am more than happy to send it to you.

Friday, 19 July 2019


Hi Everyone, I've been experimenting after watching a few tutorials by Toni Darroch and came up with this card casing a couple she has done.

floral stamp & sentiment stamp - Stamps by Me
embossed with white embossing powder
leaf die - Tattered Lace
cut and layered onto card
label die - Card Making Magic
watercolour pencils - Nuvo Brilliantly Vibrant
image fussy cut and 3D'd
gems - stash

something else I have been busy with identifying our rubbish/garbage bins that are supplied by the Council, the blurred bit is our road name. Have to say the neighbours have been asking where we had them done! I'm chuffed with them.

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Balloon birthday

Hi Everyone, well! we have Summer at last, although only for a few days, but gorgeous weather the last couple of days.

Anyhow you are here to see my card? I made it a couple of months ago and forgot I hadn't posted it, so here it is, I have to thank Jennifer Mcguire for the inspiration for this quick card.

I designed the balloon in Silhouette and cut both the balloon and and sentiment out to place onto the card, I added some bakers twine and it was done. Just as well as I had completely forgotten a GNephews birthday, so a quick card was needed and handed to him later that day without him knowing I had forgotten whew!
card - Dovecraft
glitter pen - Spectrum Noir
bakers twine - stash

I managed to catch the incredible view of the eclipsed moon last night, it was awesome, I had to go for a walk before seeing it, as we have a lot of trees around us and the moon was low in the sky. Such a shame that I didn't take my camera just my phone to take the photos, I thought it would be better, I should have known better. These are a couple of what I took, just a shame they are so blurred. However I saw it in all it's glory and wonderful red colour.

Sunday, 14 July 2019


Hi Everyone, a card made in the mood that I felt! I made it for the Outlawz Sketch Challenge, I haven't visited there in a while and it helps me so much with designing a card.

Anyhow as things have been difficult recently, I was looking through my files for something bright to make for the challenge and to cheer me up, I actually saw the border image first which looked like the ribbon we were shown was on the sketch, it went from there, the sentiment outside and inside reflected what I felt then. I'll keep the card to send to someone going to through rough times too LOL. The card is made up of  digi images and papers printed and cut on the Silhouette Cameo.
Digital kit - "Squeeze" Amanda Creations
front elements 3D'd
insert sentiment - the web
gem - stash

the insert

this is the sketch

Friday, 12 July 2019

Christmas card in July #2

Hi Everyone, keeping up with the Christmas in July theme, it's doing me good, at least I have started making the dreaded Christmas cards. I decided to do a wobble card. I don't use these colouring book images enough, they are fun and easy LOL.

I also thought I would show you a bird doing what to me is a strange thing?

On to my card.
image - Elizabeth Dulemba colouring pages
coloured in PS CS6, for some reason the yellow is orange and the orange is red in the photo, maybe because it was very heavy cloud when taken?
sentiment - Create with TLC
tree background - Marisa Lerin Pixelscrapper
wobbly eyes - stash
Action Wobble for movement #julyawc
wire glued to star and back of tree to hold star.

Now for the bird a pigeon!
The photos were taken from inside the conservatory, he settled down on top of the box hedge making himself very comfortable and stayed for about half an hour, I've never seen this happen before, they usually stay for a feed and jump at the slightest noise, but nothing seemed to startle him. Then he just flew away. I thought he may be injured at first, but there was no problem with his flying. Maybe it was a female practising nesting?

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Christmas in July

Hi Everyone, my DT post today is LATE! my apologies to my Teammates, but I had an emergency with my son, he lives with us, so it had to be dealt with immediately. He is OK and safe now and that is why I haven't been visiting, so with huge apologies to everyone, I hope that normality can resume now!

Enough of all that, here's my DT card for

For some reasons Blogger isn't letting me add a photo to my post, anyone else having problems? I can't even add placement ie. left centre right, without a lot of carfuffle, I'll try and add it again tomorrow, but I have to get this to the Male Room, EDIT, tried today and it worked - contrary thing LOL

I used magazine freebies of the stocking, the stamps and
 the cable embossing folder
paper - Wonderland by Helz Cuppleditch
You can see my card on -
The Male Room challenge blog or  Facebook The Male Room

Saturday, 6 July 2019


Hi Everyone, I hope you're all OK.

I saw a challenge I hadn't entered for ages, hence today's card. I have seen so many dandelions and daisies looking like jewels on the side of the road, I decided to make something with my digi stamp and here it is. I think it will brighten my Goddaughters day, at least I hope so.

Dandelion Sprite - Aurora Wings
coloured in Photoshop CS6
Dandelion watercolour images - Creativefabrika
doodles background paper - Creative Market
gems - stash
black card - stash


Thursday, 4 July 2019


Hi Everyone, I have been lacking mojo for a long time, but just hanging in there to make something, well yesterday morning I decided to have a clear out, I wasn't going to use those scraps in the box on my desk was I? Nope, they had to go, but, I may as well have a look at what I had first, you have to don't you?

It turned out that I used 2 of my scraps and actually really liked my card in the end. I did a stamping the other day that I thought had gone into the bin, I had water coloured it and decided I didn't like the pale colours, I had also done a Silhouette cut file, which in the end I didn't know what to do with, they both appear here!
"Made with Love" stamp flowers and sentiment - Stamps by me
water colour pencils - Nuvo Brilliantly Vibrant Pencils
Silhouette cut file - Wonky Plaid, Paige Evans,
swiped over with old Whispers Ink pads,
I used the white paper part under the inked cut file, for the sentiment
gold card - stash
Kraft card - Dovecraft
cross stitch embossed card - stash
the photo doesn't do it justice, it's so pretty in real life and the stamping doesn't look as pale as it did on it's own!

Monday, 1 July 2019


Hi Everyone, my DT post today lets me go back to my late teens / early twenties, I was brought up without phones in the homes, it was letters or a phone box for contacting anyone. When hubby and I had our own home after 5 years of saving and of marriage, we had our own telephone in the house, not that there were many people to call LOL. Ah! how times change, now everyone is attached to their phone inside and outside the home.

Anyhow on to my card.

I felt I had to use the colour of the first phone we had and a retro wallpaper, can you believe we had similar paper on the walls of our homes like this? The doily was also on the table, usually made by MiL or Aunt, they worked beautiful crochet. I still have some of their work.
telephone - Morgans Art World
coloured in Photoshop CS6, fussy cut and 3D'd
paper - Sweet Digi Scraps Designs
wood effect paper - Kim Broedelet
doily - A. Wolff designs
all from a Pixel & Co blog hop August 2014
sentiment - with gradient effect to match wallpaper, 3D'd.

the design was influenced by this sketch

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Saturday, 29 June 2019


Hi Everyone, I had a wonderful day yesterday, besides the superb heat 27C and the SUN! it's so welcome, there was even a cooling wind, a perfect day. Due to personal circumstances we can't get to go anywhere too far that often, but as hubby's sister had asked if we would take her, we did. Her hubby has been stopped driving due to onset dementia, so sad.

We went to the Royal Mint in Llantrisant, if any of you can make a visit then it really is worth it, so much history with coins on show and one made during the time of  King Alfred in 800 AD, over a 1000 years of history in coins, we saw how they were made and designed and were even given the chance to "try" and lift a gold bar, I lifted one side of it! Also I hadn't realised The Royal Mint make coins for the USA and Russia, amongst the 50 countries in all they make for. They also make medals and awards, I hadn't realised they made them for the Olympics in London in 2012, all of it I found absolutely fascinating.

We then went on to "Afternoon Tea" at The Mint, which is dainty sandwiches and a selection of cakes, ALL Yummy, all downed with tea from a beautiful teapot and set of plates and cups and saucers. Very civilised LOL. On the way home, we went via Porthcawl, so lovely to be beside the sea, a lovely day had by all. Sorry no piccies, I left my phone "on charge" aarrgghh! and my camera behind, in a way not so bad as we weren't allowed to take photos due to security issues.
 this is the actual seating area we sat at

Anyhow onto today's card.

The stamp came in this months magazine as a freebie and I just had to use it, it's so pretty. I also took inspiration from the magazine and cased one of the cards inside.

The only thing is I am limited on colouring things, I tried watercolour, but it was yuck! in the bin. I then tried markers and this is the result, not the colours I would have liked, but as I said my supplies are limited. However I'm sure I've seen perennial foxgloves this colour for sale at the garden centre, so that's what they are LOL. The card is simple, but by the time I had it coloured I couldn't think what else to do with it! I wish my colouring was better, I suppose practice is what I need a LOT of, but it's not my favourite pastime.
foxglove, sentiment and bee stamp - magazine freebies
markers - Spectrum Noir 
red card -Dovecraft
sequins - stash
clear sparkle pens - Spectrum Noir
white gel pen - Uniball

Friday, 28 June 2019

90th birthdays

Hi Everyone, instead of spreading these cards out, I decided to blog them all, as I had made them for 3 90th birthdays within days.
This is made from a Hunkydory kit
the centres are 3D layered
90 was made with magazine freebie dies
ribbon - stash

 I  used the WRMK foil pens and silver foil, for the sentiments and square border
cut with the Silhouette Cameo
card - Hunkydory Springtime card block
Nuvo drops for corners
bow - Lil'inker
button - First Edition die
ribbon - stash

This card was meant to be the same as the previous, but went wrong for some reason, thought I could still use it, waste not want not???
I think it worked OK.
WRMK foil pens and gold foil for the sentiment and borders
paper pad - B&M
blue card - stash
gems - stash
bow - Lil'inker
twine - stash

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Tea popup

Hi Everyone, my DT post today is for

The Male Room

I had a few ideas, but wanted something a little different for me. I needed a challenge and this seemed just right, not too hard and still making me think! 

Anyhow on to my card,
 I count 9 layers, (front and inside) so it has the required "multiple layers".

There are quite a few templates and tutorials on the web for pop up cards, but I got mine to be used on the Silhouette Cameo 2, from HERE
Stamps are magazine freebies
so is the "steam" die, cut with vellum
All coloured with Spectrum Noir markers
paper pad - Crafty Creations
dies - Tonic pin dot

I hope we'll see you in the challenge, many struggle with masculine cards and there are lots of inspiration on the challenge blog post.

Monday, 24 June 2019

Tiger Grrrr!

Hello Everyone an extra post today as I have been wanting to make another wobble card for ages, but delayed having the wobbles!

The FB Wobble challenge this time is Zoo, so a looky through my files to see this image I haven't used before, such a happy tiger. A simple card, but fun I think?
I used a digital kit by Digilicious, "finsfansfurfeet"
designed in Photoshop CS6
printed and cut on the Silhouette Cameo
with extra images for layering.
clear gloss on the nose - Anita's
Wobble which you can see in the video below is 
Action Wobbles mini size
clear sparkle pen on "Grrrr" - Spectrum Noir

I thought I would share a couple of photos of the garden, it's been a dreadful Summer so far, cold and wet, so cold we have had the heating on until last week on most days, only for a short time, it seems old age is letting us know the lack of summer temperatures. (until the weekend it seems?)

Anyhow, my beautiful Japanese Acer has decided it's Autumn and has  decided to change colour, as have a couple of other plants in the garden. Here are a few piccies to show you.


I haven't seen so many seeds on it before, but look at the end of the leaves!

even our blue hydrangea leaves are turning it hasn't even come into flower yet and they are so small this year.

We have a Virginia creeper that is travelling through the hawthorn tree that looks like it's turning to it's Autumn colour too.

Is anything happening like that in your garden?

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Wacky Lady?

Hi everyone, I have a "wacky" card for you today, it's for the Progressive Challenge at Limited Runs FB page. You can join and get the image HERE.

Zetti 1 image - Limited Runs digital Stamps
coloured in Photoshop CS6, I even gave her a gold tooth?
frame made in Photoshop, fussy cut out, 
covered with Versamark and clear heat embossed powder added, 
3D'd over the image
layered onto black paper - stash
button shapes - stash

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Japanese boxes and the story!

Hi Everyone, I have something I haven't done for a couple of years today, I hope you like them. It's a long post with a few piccies.

Visiting my youngest brother and SiL a couple of weeks ago, she asked, as they have been adding an extension and decorating a new bedroom suite, that I make her a copy of boxes I did for her a few years ago, but in a Japanese theme. I was thrilled she had asked.

This is the story - so off I go to get supplies, but I searched and searched for the 4 x 4 boxes in a tray for days, nothing in crafty shops  and nothing on line either, seems the previous supplier had closed down.

Then a follower email arrived including what I thought I wanted. I rang the local shop, nope, they don't have them, I knew I hadn't seen them LOL. He said that a shop further away had them, so off we go for a car ride and there were similar ones but no tray. I bought them anyway and have to say the lad assistant was so very helpful, even looking in the shop back store, searching for a tray which may fit the boxes.

Japanese paper wasn't available around here either! I had beautiful paper in my files, but didn't want to use it in case the inkjet ink ran when covered in the glue.  So a LONG online search found it, whew!
boxes - The Works
 Kaisercraft "Hanami Garden" paper pad - Ebay
let me know if you need the seller info
PVA glue, watered down

I forgot to take a piccie of the before, except of one box.
I painted the boxes with acrylic paint, then realised I didn't need too as I was papering all surfaces - duh!
 although I also painted the inside 

These are the boxes covered and inked on the edges. There were a few pages with gold embossing, so I decided to use them for the tops.

here they are with their tops attached and after being covered with the watered down glue which strengthens the paper, making it very hard wearing in use.

side views too

I still felt they needed a tray as the originals had, so into my Cameo and designed one that JUST fitted the 12 x 12 mat, to enable a one piece tray. I did strengthen it by adding another layer on the bottom and the sides before using PVA glue, watered down to add more strength, as I had done on the boxes.

I added a peel off, which added to the gold embossing I felt. This was also covered with the watered down glue.

Here they are complete.
 I glad to say she was over the moon with them.

Monday, 17 June 2019

Rose Gold!

Hi Everyone, I am in my bed/craft room where the heating has just been switched off after an hour to take the chill off the house! Yep! it's Summer in this part of Wales. Temperature outside as I type has risen  from 10C / 50f to 15C / 60F it's risen to that after heavy rain with heavy clouds have passed over and lighter ones have arrived, but the wind is strong and cold. It's mid afternoon, I would love some sun and warmth from it.

This is for the Outlawz Sketch Challenge, thankfully it's every 2 weeks now, which means hopefully I can enter each one now. I was thrilled to have been showcased in the last one with this card.

On to today's card. I decided to combine the challenge with a birthday card for a Great Niece.

I was also lucky to win a digital kit from Valentina, who I have been a fan of for quite a few years and have several of her kits already. This card is made from elements and papers from her beautiful kit EVA which is on sale atm.
papers and elements, sentiment - Valentina
I arranged the image and flowers and the other elements
adding a centre border then printing and 
adding the foil from We R Memories Keepers Foil Quill 
and then cutting with the Silhouette Cameo and 3D'd one of the flowers
 I then added a border of rose gold card by Dovecraft.
ribbon - IKEA
 I have hopefully in the closeup shown you the shine of the foil.