Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Elephant emboss paste

Hi Everyone my DT card today is for
I hope you'll join us, there's great inspiration throughout the blog for
 that masculine card so many find difficult.

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My take on the embossing, is to use "paste" which I made myself, by using talcum powder and watered down UPVC glue, I also added fine silver glitter into it, I didn't measure! just got it to look like the right consistency to spread! 

Then I spread onto patterned paper through a stencil I cut out with my Cameo. I mounted it onto black paper and added it to the card. I printed out the Elephant with the added sentiment, (cased from the web). I coloured the Elephant with marker pens, and mounted that onto black paper. Ribbon added voila! I have to admit I'm loving this card. It's off to my Niece's husband.
Elephant QKR digi stamp
coloured with Spectrum Noir Marker pens
stencil pattern - Silhouette Design Store
paper - Craft Sensations
black paper - stash

I was hoping this photo would show more of the glitter, 
oh! well at least you can see the patterned paper - a little LOL.

I followed this sketch, but was too late for the challenge :(

Monday, 17 February 2020

Picture heavy

Hi Everyone, you'll be glad to know this is the last of my etching that I have done in the last couple of months. This was for an old work colleague who was retiring. There was a mishap with arrangements for her party and old work colleagues were crossed of the list!  Because of that I still have it a month later, so I hope she doesn't read this before I see her! I'm trying to get together with her, but with her grandchild  sitting, it's quite difficult, she'll have it one day LOL.

Anyway, I designed it in Silhouette design space with flowers that I have in my files, and now can't find! I traced the outline of one of the flowers and added  them to the vase with her name and wishes. I then cut it out on the Cameo as a stencil with Oracal  651 vinyl.

After it was all etched and washed off I saw I had made a few errors grrr. They  were quite large, so it was do I throw it away OR rescue it? I decided to try and rescue it. I added butterfly shapes to the marked areas, I'm so pleased I made the errors as I prefer them on it. This was difficult to do because of the rounded shape and I think that's how I had large "splot"  areas marked. The black spot is a label saying the glass is hand made.

The etching is so difficult to photograph, this the best I could do. 

Of course I had to make a box for it too,
 it's made from Navy card and Craft Sensations card pack. 
Shame is I am nearly at the end of the pack now, I hate when that happens.

AND then -
I used the shape cut out for the stencil to add to my Cameo and the little bin which holds my WRMK foil pens, win all around methinks.

I thought I would add a few piccies that were taken near us,
it was the result of storm Dennis!

After the water had gone down!

Even the geese have no where to go!

this area hadn't been flooded before, at least not that I remember.
Thankfully just mess left on the main road.

Left behind debris

 Shows the strength of the water!

debris left behind on the canal viaduct, there are bridges under the water!

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Female 21st

Hi Everyone, my card today is for my GNiece 21st birthday tomorrow, she won't see my blog so I'm safe posting it here. I always start my cards with going through my files first, this time I went through my Silhouette files and found the Cheers and decided to cut it out of vinyl and add it to the card. I still haven't got the way of adding it to card right yet, I have a tiny fold in the 21 somehow, but I don't think she will look too hard, at least I hope not.

The drink glass is one I had as a Progressive freebie from The Outlawz and used on a card in 2011, old stash? I've tried to find the card I did with it then. I've found it in my files but not on my blog, sorry about that.

The glass was coloured and paper pieced in Photoshop in 2011, I just copied it for this card. But, I did a print and cut and layered the glass and added layers of the details. Crystal drops covering the glass. Then added some sequins. After placing everything inside the embossed frame.
Cheers - Silhouette Design Store
I added the 21 to the cheers
digital stamp - April Rawlings
vinyl - Oracal 651
glaze - Nuvo Crystal drops 
frame die cut - Crafting Magic
embossing folder - Bubbles by Scruffy Little Cat
blue paper - Craft Sensations

This was the original card.
July 2011

Thursday, 13 February 2020

1 year old

Hi Everyone, another GNiece has her birthday, this one was the one we were worried about last year who had to have surgery as soon as she was born. Thankfully this little darling is doing well with no lasting effects. She is ONE and this is the card I decided to make for her.
I used this colourway for the bear.

print and cut Silhouette Cameo 2 x 3 times
rainbow paper - Snickerdoodles
birthday and number cut out with Silhouette Cameo 2

added some glitter to the greeting name and number

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Blue Robins?

Hi Everyone, my first Christmas card of the year, came about entirely by accident, I was looking for a colour combination for me to stamp on, saw this colour combo at the challenge and thought yep! go with that. The colours were added onto acetate, watercolour card placed on it but, it turned out not as I would have hoped. Well it was my first try! Then thought how about a die to cut the colours out, I chose a die which really is so inappropriate for the colours, but I decided to go ahead and this is what happened! Must have been storm Ciara affecting me LOL.
Robin die - Cut & Make mini die
Distress Inks -
Broken china, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans
stamps - Magazine Freebies
navy card - stash

Christmas Card Throwdown
You can slip by this, it's picture heavy!

In the middle of the storm I looked out of the conservatory and saw these pigeons looking so forlorn, as if they are saying to the one sitting under the birdhouse roof - "C'mon it's our turn to be out of the storm!" They sat there for at least 20 minutes like that. Sorry about the not too clear piccies, blame the heavy rain and being taken through the window.

I hope you were all safe and sound in the Storm.

Our Daffs held up quite well.

Storm Ciera from my TV 
with thanks to the Porthcawl RNLI live feed camera
The waves obscure the Lighthouse at the end of the pier.
 These were as the tide was 1/4 way out.

Sunday, 9 February 2020


Hi Everyone, my card today happened when hubby was putting plastic into the recycle bin and I noticed some plastic that I thought would be very handy and it turned out to be yes!

We had a business folder for a couple of years that he decided we had had long enough, so the paper and card were cross cut for the bin and the plastic as I said was going in too. I took it and, with my Silhouette Cameo, I cut a couple of stencils out to see if it would and it did! I also tried die cutting, but it wouldn't go through! Here is the result of one stencil. The numbers are what setting I used to cut it, so I can remember for the next cut.
 design -  Get Silvered blog

Here is the card using -
Ranger Distress Inks
Shaded Lilac, Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar
makeup sponges used
stamps - Magazine freebies.
gold embossing powder - Dovecraft
gold mirror card - The Range
purple card - Craft Sensations
sentiment - computer generated,
 printed onto vellum then heat clear embossed

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Valentine request

Hi Everyone, today my card is to do with a request by Darnell for Valentine cards for a Marine who is 104 years old, - I had to, - so here is my simple card, with a bit of vintage and shabby edges, that I have sent to him. I hope it will be OK for him.
image - TLC Creations 
the hat has Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pens.
die - Tattered Lace
cut out of Crafters Companion Centura Pearl card
background paper is 
listed as Valentine, unknown set.

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Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Heart You

Hi Everyone, my DT card today is for

My card is for my hubby, of course. He is definitely the right one to grow old with, and we have grown old together, after 54 years of marriage in June, he is a keeper! I knew I had a paper pad that had hearts in it, so decided to go with that, I looked to see what sketches I had and came across this sketch nice and simple!
 FMS 419
paper - Bold & Beautiful - B&M stores
heart - magazine freebie die
sentiment - computer generated, I cased an unknown sentiment I have in my files
I added a fine line pen border to the edges of everything.
then filled 2 hearts with white pen and added Nuvo Crystal drops to them

Sunday, 2 February 2020


Hi Everyone, a card today that I did for a  friend, I keep forgetting her birthday as it's the 2nd of January, with all the Christmas things going on it passes me by. Anyhow I made this card for her, she is owl mad and collects anything to do with owls, so I hoped this would make up for my forgetfulness?
The owl image and the paper are magazine freebies
the ribbon - Dragons Lair Designs.
sentiment - computer generated
It's a one layer digital card designed in Photoshop, I added Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen to the image and ribbon and Nuvo Crystal Droops to the "sorry".

I hoped you could see the raised word and gloss on the "sorry"

I haven't shown you photos for a while, so thought I would take this post as an opportunity to show you what the crazy weather we are having, is doing to our garden.
Daffodils flowering. Hubby planted them like soldiers on guard duty LOL.

hyacinths poking their heads through

even the roses have new growth and in the pot is a purple crocus, you may just be able to make it out on this photo.

 Lupins are well on their way
Fuschias are budding, but will be cut back in March!

Wednesday, 29 January 2020


Hi Everyone, I've not been crafting much, but saw a challenge and thought seeing as I hadn't shown you these, I would add them here and enter the challenge. they were just a little gift for my brother and SiL when they came to visit before Christmas. I've done a few etching, so expect another soon!

quotes are from Creativefabrica, which I added to the design space in Silhouette using  Oracle 651 vinyl,
 cut on the Cameo 2 as a stencil, then added to the glass  and using Armour Sketch cream to etch.

the boxes were made by me measuring the glasses and 
cutting the box out with the Cameo 2 the bow is a Silhouette Store Design I hope these count as crystal :)

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Polar Bear and Ice!

Hi Everyone, my card today is for the Limited Runs FB page progressive challenge.  I think this bear is one of the cutest I've seen, but had to see him on/in some ice, hence the sentiment.
Polar Bear 3D'd - Limited runs
coloured with Ranger Pumice Stone, very watered down!
embossing folder - Crafters Companion
ice 3D'd- Laurie Furnell Hugware
Spectrum Noir TB3 - on snowflakes
Nuvo Crystal Glaze

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Stamping and watercolouring!

Hi Everyone, my card for

I  had a looky through my files, then the stamps I have and decided on the bird on a spade handle! It took me a while to put it together as the theme is snow, so I tried, what a lot of you do, and watercolour brushed the background. I have to say I am pretty pleased with myself, it's something I have tried over and over to do and failed, but it seems to have worked on this background, I even masked the bird and handle off, to do it. I may make a stamper after all - well, maybe! I can only hope.

I then decided to add a snow background with a stencil I have, but it didn't work, so I used a glue pen through the holes and added silver glitter, I thought it may have spoiled it, so I added white pen onto the glitter, mmmm! it seems to have hidden a bit of glitter. I cut it all out using a die added it to silver mirror card and it was done.

(The card looks curved as I hadn't flattened it in my Calibur, before taking the photo.)

Blue Tit bird, handle, see head and sentiment - magazine freebies.
snow stencil - magazine freebie
Distress ink colours - Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed, Gathered Twigs
glitter - Nuvo silver
white embossing pdr - Papermania
die - Card Making Magic