15 September 2020

Book Bear

Hi Everyone, sorry for my lack of visits, I'm still not 100% and the beautiful weather we are having is helping me to sit outside to read and relax, I have been forgetting housework etc and saying to heck with it. Which is not me at all, I could get used to it if the weather keeps like this though LOL. 

Anyhow my DT project for today is for the new challenge at QKR . After the Summer break it's been decided to have our challenge as bi-weekly. On the 1st and 15th of every month, so you have 2 chances every month to enter the challenge.
We will select two winners each of the weeks 
1 using QKR Stampede  or Eureka Stamps image
 and 1 using any image!

Anything Goes every 1st & 15th of the month

Something a little different for me today. I made a bookmark! nothing fancy, but great to keep my pages marked whilst outside. I love this little bear sitting on his books. The photo hasn't come out in the colours very well, he has more colour than this and you can see the shadows more, why does that happen?

I paper pieced him in Photoshop with book papers and coffee papers, both suit each other I thought LOL. I added a couple of elements and of course a tassel.

image - QKR Digital Stamps - Book Bear
papers & elements - Pixelscrapper
tassel - stash

09 September 2020

Quilted Cow

 Hi Everyone, having the flu! I have been not very creative. Hubby was ill last week so much so, we both went to have a Covid test, thankfully it is just the flu, however it's had its effect on us, with cough and sneezes by the hundreds! It's so wearing, the years tell when this happens. 

Anyhow, I had a visit to Beccy's Place and saw this quilted cow that I just had to have, after seeing, a while ago on the web, a saying, that I saved for future use, I'm sorry I can't give credit. There are both ready coloured and one to colour images, but feeling like I do I used the ready coloured, it's a card for a friend of mine. I found a paper in my files that went to so well with the image, it's as if it's made for it (I thought). I did a print and cut on my Silhouette making it easier to layer like a die, so there are 4 layers of each of the cow and the sentiment, I then used distress ink on the edges to "distress" them a little sorry about the pun. I added 3D gel to the eyes and sparkle pen to the heart flowers. Lots of puns too

dp - Beth Yarbrough at Hugware, no longer available
sentiment mix of my own and the web
font - Cow Spots 
3D gel - Nuvo Crystal Glaze
sparkle pen - Spectrum Noir

here's the insert before printng

Through the Craftroom Door

Crafty Animals

07 September 2020

Bare tree

 Hi Everyone, I seem to be in an Autumnal mood. I was at a loose end on what to do and thought I would have a look at sketches I save, to see if something got me thinking. One in particular caught my eye and I decided to do some real playing.

I have recently bought some Pixie Powders, now I see why quite a few of you have been raving about them. I water brushed a masked area and threw sprinkled them on them on to the wet area. The result blew me away. I hope you like it too. 

The next thing? what was I to do on top to complete the sketch? The stamps I used on my last card got me and I stamped a bare tree onto the powders. I then water brushed a piece of card and copied what I had done on the main card, stamped a sentiment and die cut it. A piece of ribbon, when did I use ribbon last? and onto a black layer to match the stamps and my card was complete. 

Being a CAS card is unusual for me, but I really like this card and with the result that I never expected.

Pixie Powders, Burnt Orange & Rich Gold - Cosmic Shimmer
stamps - Tonic free Simply Cards & Papercraft #208
label die - Tonic
ribbon - stash

I had to show you, but I expect many, if not all of you, who have used these powders knew, that when I stamped (with Stazon) the powder showed through the stamping, even though I did the watercolour etc. before the stamping. I am mesmerised LOL.
I will enter the challenge of the sketch

Just a little something else -

My Gniece who is off to train as a midwife asked me if I would do a label for a jar she has, to hold 40 baby feet, why 40, because she has to deliver 40 babies before she qualifies. She is three and a half hours from us, so it had to go into the post asap. I emailed her a few ideas and she liked this one then sent her it and instructions/ What am I on about?  she's a teen she'll know what to do and think me a fussy old woman including instructions.

Anyhow here is her choice of design and colour of vinyl. I cut it out of gold vinyl on my Silhouette and added it to transfer paper so all she has to do is place it onto the jar. The backing comes off and she just adds the image and the transfer sheet to the jar, then removes the transfer sheet. I cut the shape the same size as the area she needs to cover on the jar, the image will then fit the jar - IF I have done it properly.

I had finished this post and then received an email with the jar finished, she's a clever girl.

05 September 2020


 Hi everyone, my magazine subscription came with the most beautiful stamps, so I had a play. I've seen lots of cards with stamps around the edge of card recently so thought I would have a go. I'm not sure I've succeeded, but I still quite like it. I had a couple of pieces of spare card on my desk so went with the colours of those and added a little green. I used the sentiment included in the pack and added a birthday sentiment with more of the card. I thought it needed something with the red card so I embossed it. It already had a curved corner so I went with that too. Somehow the photo has distorted the card and the centre looks like it's not straight? it is, as I used my T square ruler LOL.

stamps - Tonic, mag freebies
distress inks - Candies Apple, Twisted Citroen, Rusty Hinge
emboss folder - John Next Door, mag freebie
sentiment - mag freebie
Kraft card - Dovecraft
red card - Lidl 
I know I followed a sketch, but have forgotten which - sorry.

02 September 2020

Travel TMR #142

Hi Everyone our challenge today is to do with travel and as it hasn't been possible to do much of it this year for all the obvious reasons!  I think a dream travel will do for me, so I'm off to somewhere that is green today!

I have had this image a long while and bought him when the designer was closing down. I love the "bumptious" image. With the theme as Travel, he had to be used. I used the embossing folder in my subscription magazine, for the background. I found the tent in my files, (he's off glamping), the suitcase I made in Silhouette, so simple, it took about 4 rectangles to make it. I found the fabulous sentiment online, it's a quote by W. C Fields. 

I really wanted to try and brayer the EF, but I didn't have a brayer, so I asked hubby if he had one in his tools - Yep! a wallpaper roller, which we used to press the edges of wallpaper when hanging the pieces - so many years ago. It's only one and half inches, but cleaned up, it worked a treat, especially as my inks are only the one inch size. Hubby saved me a few pounds there! 

Safari Guy - Kenny K digital stamp
coloured with Distress inks
embossing folder - Simply Cards & Papercraft #205
coloured with Distress inks
tent - Digilicious
case - my own in Silhouette
cut out of kraft card and inked.
sentiment - W.C. Fields

This is the insert
tag image - Wishing Well Creations
leaves - Pixelscrapper blog train 2018
sentiment - web

I hope to see you over at 

01 September 2020

2 DT cards

Hi Everyone, I have 2 DT cards today this is for

Anything Goes but
they MUST feature a critter

Whether Furry, Feathered, Fantasy, Fairytale, Scaly, or Insect, there must be a critter featured...

... and 

 We are excited to be sponsored this month by 
the company which handles digi stamps from both
Eureka Stamps and QKR Stampede!

 Stamp On It 
My card today is with the thinking of, it's been a hard year for everyone and I believe Ice Cream helps? As you can see, the wonderful image is giving you an ice cream and I've added a spoon so you can eat it LOL. I looked for some sprinkles in my files and found this sprinkle paper, another forgotten file. I copied the colours onto my image and painted him. I tried the "fur" effect with dotting the ink, I'm not entirely sure it was successful. 

I cut him out with an oval die and as I had printed the image out a little large, I cut the die around his foot and ear. I then added a pen "stitched" line into the die, as I didn't have enough room to layer. The papers were cut out with a die, as was the sentiment. The spoon was cut out on the Cameo.

coloured - Distress Inks
dies -  Sue Wilson Noble & Tonic
sentiment - TLC creations
spoon - Aida Scrap Designs,
 I added the image to the Cameo design space and traced the spoon, 
then cut out of mirror card and shaped it.

hopefully you can see the shape of the spoon here.

here are the spoon sizes after cutting out of scrap mirror card

My #2 DT post today

Hi Everyone, my second post for today and it's for the
 New challenge at QKR and it's my DT card
We will select two winners each week 1 using QKR Stampede
 or Eureka Stamps image and 1 using any image!

We have changed our challenge to the 1st of every month for the Summer,
 on a trial basis but, it's still Anything Goes.

Anything Goes every 1st of the month

I have had this bunny a while and had to use it for the challenge, I think she is so cute! She has to be a she, as she has the most beautiful bow around her.  The paper set had individual flowers, so before printing her out I added the clover to her paw and paper pieced the paper into the bow. 

I coloured her, and then fussy cut her out and 3D'd her onto the centre, which had been die cut around the wreath. I also used a die to cut the background paper, placing blue card for layering, I was lucky enough to find a piece of ribbon just the right shade of blue to match.

image - QKR Stampede, Bunny with Bow
coloured with Distress Inks
paper - Creativefabrica
blue card - stash
circle dies - Tonic
ribbon - stash

this is the insert I did, before it was printed

30 August 2020

DL Christmas card

 Hi Everyone, before I start on the subject of my card, I have to give you an update on my orchid. I don't want to bore you, BUT! LOL. I really am thrilled that having never had one flower for me, I have one that flowered and not only that still with buds to come, here is my floral success and with another leaf too.

OK enough of me boasting of my unlikely floral achievement. On to my card. 

This is cased from Karen, she has step by step instructions on each card and I thought I would be able to do it and this is my result, OK, I forgot to add the tape in the correct place, but I think it's OK. I'm pleased with the result and would haven't have thought of doing this with the inks without seeing her card. 
The sentiment was going to be black, and I thought I would emboss it with clear sparkly powder, it turned out to be white sparkly! so I added black ink to the sentiment again (thank goodness for a stamping platform) and used clear sparkle this time and this is the result. The snowflakes are cut from holographic card.

DL ready card
black paper - stash
sentiment stamp - mag freebie
emboss powder - WOW clear sparkle
Distress inks - Broken China, Peacock Feathers,
Stormy Skies, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch.
dies - Crafters Companion
gem - stash
holographic card and blue mirror card -  B&M

27 August 2020

Sheep 3 ways!


 Hi Everyone, my card/s were influenced by Sally, as when I visited and saw this image, I had to have it. As you know and I keep telling you, I'm Welsh and we have a lot of sheep in Wales and the image had such a gorgeous look, I fell in love with it and it makes me smile too. 

Anyhow, when I stamped it, I had to see what it would be like on white and black card, so 3 very different cards for you. I went wild and you know? I like them all. 

The first one to show you is this new to me technique, if there is one, that I used. I stamped the sheep in black onto black card, then used watercolour pencils, which didn't come out bright enough, so I added a sheen and that brought the white up a bit. I actually liked it, so left it as it was. I added it to an green embossed wall background, as if he was in a sheep pen up in the mountains? I added a 3 layer sentiment on a plain banner die.

sheep - Woodware
embossing folder - Crafters Companion texture wall
sentiment and banner - Card Making Magic by Christina
colour - Nuvo Vibrant watercolour pencils
sheen - Lust Rub ons Craf-T Products
eye - Uniball gold glitter pen
highlight - Uniball white pen 

This one, I stamped and embossed onto white card, coloured with Distress inks, added a stencil to the Kraft card, which I shadowed as shown by Jennifer Mcguire. I stamped the "Happy" and cut the sentiment with the Cameo from black card adding gloss to the letters.  I had inspiration from CTS#66 sketch.
CAS(E) this Sketch!: CAS(E) this Sketch #66

Distress inks -  Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Hickory Smoke
eye - Spectrum Noir marker
stencil - Ranger, Mag freebie 
happy stamp - mag freebie
baaaa-thday font - Fluffy Slacks
gloss - Nuvo Crystal Glaze

This one was stamped onto black card and embossed then, fluffy stuff added, I stamped the happy onto the card and cut the sentiment out on the Cameo adding gloss to the letters. I doodled with a fine line pen around the edge of the card in a similar design to the edge of the stamp.
embossing powder - Papermania Seafoam white
fluffy stuff - Cosmic Shimmer
happy stamp - Altenew mag freebie
baaaa-thday font - DS Snowman Kisses
gloss - Nuvo Crystal Glaze
fineliner pen 

I think #3 is my favourite only because of the fun fluffy stuff I think. However each makes me smile, so perhaps I haven't a favourite, their too different? Mojo went wild with these, I wonder if it will stay. LOL
Here they are together.

25 August 2020

Baby Boy

 Hi Everyone, I had promised you a few days back to show you the batch of cards I made, however I gave them to my SiL and then realised I hadn't actually taken one photo of any of them. Duh!

I do have the baby boy card I made. I have used this adorable image a few times in the past and love him just as much today. I was completely flummoxed with what to do with the card. After much research! I buckled down to make this and it's all from items I have had for many, many years. Although I saw a few cards After!!!! I had finished it and maybe could have done something different.  However I am pleased with it. I also made a box for it, so it wouldn't flatten in the post. I hope I have everything as I should have here, I am going into a visual migraine as I write, so please excuse if there are any errors.

images and paper, frame - Gina Jane at Daisie (many years old)
all print and cut on Silhouette Cameo
layered 3 times
sentiment & balloons - Shirley Young (approx 2010)
gold pen - Uniball gold glitter pen
stamp - mag freebie
sparkle - Spectrum Sparkle pen.
gloss - Nuvo Crystal Glaze

22 August 2020


 Hi Everyone, I'm having trouble with the 'puter, so getting things together is a little fractious on occasions. Anyhow, my card today is one I made for our GNiece who has gained great results and can now go on to her Midwifery training in a London Hospital, we are all so proud of her. It's something she has wanted to be since a little girl.  The image is one I have had for many, many years, one in waiting I guess LOL. I print and cut it on the Cameo (so much easier) and layered 3 images, making texture and easier to post.

image - Getting Weighed, could be Laurie Furnell?

 Off ... font - KLSweetBerriesPlump, Congratulations font - Sweatty

I thought I would share our front drive garden with you 

and the view I get from my craft room. 

After our beautiful Acer was cut down we were left with a part of the trunk, too much for hubby to dig up with large roots, age does that doesn't it? Anyway we were out in a garden centre, when we were able to get out after lockdown, when we saw a pot that looked like it was made with grey slate, which we loved. We filled it with plants, can't remember the name and as it's raining a LOT! so I won't go and check the name! I'll edit the post and let you know. We placed it on top of the trunk and hubby made it safe somehow and I think it now looks like a large mushroom, I love it and the plants are so pretty. They'll hang down when grown  bigger.

20 August 2020

Emboss frame

 Hi Everyone, I have nil mojo again, but because I was trying to make another card, this came about. I embossed the frame, wasn't happy with it, then tried colouring it, wasn't happy with that, a few days later still on my desk, I looked at it and thought it looked pretty and decided to just add a centre with a trial I had made with Pixie Powder. I die cut flowers 3 times, (which I thought looked similar to the embossed flowers) and coloured them sameish. An embossed sentiment and it was done and I'm sort of happy with it.

A short post, as I have to come up with a baby boy card, one of my nieces has become a Grandmother for a second time this Monday. He is a handsome 8lb 2oz  lad (of course LOL). All I need now is inspiration from somewhere, I have looked  everywhere, think that's a good idea, then ah! that's a good idea and get myself confused, it will be interesting to see what comes through to my mind, it had better be good, as the first baby had what I would call an extra special card here from me and I don't want this to be less.

embossing folder - Crafters Companion
sentiment stamp - John Next Door
dies - Tattered Lace
Pixie Powders - Creative Expressions

showing layers

showing the shine of the powders, but under a different light.

17 August 2020


Hi Everyone, I have just realised I haven't blogged for nearly a week, I have been around blogland and have been making cards, just not getting them on here. I've also added inserts to masses of cards I have made in the last couple of months, also making a batch make, that I will show another day.

Anyhow, my card today came about in a matter of seconds, OK maybe a minute or two. We are carers for our son and we had a phone call the other day from the local Carers Association. One of their "days" was card making, well! I couldn't say no to that could I? it was a Zoom call due to Covid etc. They delivered a few things to everyone before hand and we were supposed to use them to make a card. 

During the call however everyone else was making what they wanted, only one was a cardmaker and not that often. I was a bit disappointed and tried to make things with what I had from them, it was a complete disaster, (all the others produced great cards) and when we were told we had 2 minutes to go, I threw placed it into the bin. I got the kraft card and washi tape that also came from them and got some stamps out and just went for it, this is the result. The blue circle I admit was done later to "finish" the card off.

I wouldn't say it's one of my best card by any stretch of the imagination, but for being done so quickly I was pleased so was the host. (He was probably pleased I had produced something LOL). The next one is in October, we'll see what happens then. They also rang last week, saying the next "day" was cooking? Whaaaaat? No thanks, Hubby is the main cook here LOL

washi tape - unknown
stamps - Simply cards and Paper craft # 207

12 August 2020

Another Lion

 Hi Everyone, I have another lion today, made for a reminder of our very generous prize at The Male Room. I'm not going to tell you what, you will have to follow the link! LOL.

I really hope you will join in, you have a little time left to enter. 

Funky Fossil

I used a stencil by our sponsor and coloured it in Distress inks, 3D layered onto paper and another 2 layers to match the sketch. Quite simple, but I am pleased with it.

stencil - Geometric Lion  Funky Fossil

I've used this before here

 inks - Distress inks

paper - Papermania

black & gold card - Stash

the sketch

it may not be spot on, but near enough?

11 August 2020

Bad Mother!

 Hi Everyone, It's my Son's birthday today and he hates being reminded he is getting older. However I have to keep reminding him and will, as long as he objects. 

I confess I am a Bad Mother.

I usually like to use a lion on his birthday card, as he is a true Leo of his star sign, he loves "Space", so an addition of the Leo star sign was added with gems. For my badness, I added his age, as I do most years! However this year I also added the time to the second! I had seen it on the web and who couldn't use it? Not me. 

I added a great paper which I felt was artistic and represented the heat of Africa. I had this majestic lion in my files, I think he has a kind and intelligent face, so I added it to my Cameo and cut it out in vinyl, I've added how tiny some of the pieces were, I had to remove to make the shape of the head, I even used a magnifying glass. I hope he won't be too angry with me (of course not LOL) He will raise his eyes up and say "Muuuum". I used a glitter pen to accentuate the age and the Leo. Quite a simple card, because he doesn't keep them around long, except one I framed HERE which he still has in his room here at home. 

paper - Gina K Designs digital Paper

Lion head - free vector files

age words - web

star sign - scrumptiously celestial constellations @ Pixelscrapper

font for age and Leo - Titania Shadow

I don't know why these items are so far apart, I can't get them closer no matter what I do - strange!

this shows the shine of the vinyl and the glitter pen

here are some of the pieces I needed a magnifying glass for, 
it's incredible how small the pieces are that the Cameo cuts.
Don't look at the wrinkly thumb, LOL

09 August 2020

Tropical stencil

Hi Everyone, my post today was inspired by Sally I really liked what she did and as she had an easy tutorial, I thought I would try it. It worked like a dream, then on my last stamping I made a mistake. Do I do it all over again? nope, I added stamped and die cut flowers, to cover the fault. I really enjoyed doing this and will try and do it again sometime.

I didn't have a large leaf stencil, so I used a digital die leaf and cut it with my Cameo out of acetate. I've also cut a smaller leaves stencil, so I can use them again. I used the large leaf style stencil, to match a leaf stamp I have, which is in the set of tropical stamps, with the hibiscus flower stamp. The Aloha was a digital die cut I have used before.
stencil - Planeta Silhouette 
stamps - Magazine freebies Simply Cards and Papercraft # 205
Distress ink 
sparkle pen - Spectrum Noir
pink card - The Works
black card - The Range

these are the stencils I cut out of 140 micron acetate. 
(Ashamedly the leaf still has some ink on it.)
I've bought or had a few freebie stencils to cut out recently, 
all I have to do now is get them cut and use them.

Seeing as we have some heat, not as hot as some parts of the UK, but very nice heat for us, to make us feel a little tropical, I thought I would share some piccies of Sparrows enjoying the feeder and the water we have for them. There must be at least 25 who visit every 2ish hours in the garden to feed off the feeders. They are so quick and are eating us out of house and home LOL.
They are not edited, sorry, I just wanted to add them before I posted this.

They fly into and out of the Physocarpus "Diabolo" shrub, the perfect hideaway for them.

some decided to have a bath

and then some more decided to join them!

I hope you'll be OK in the thunderstorms and heavy rain promised this next week.

Krafty Chicks Stamp Act

Inspired by  Endless Summer - Tropical