13 June 2021

Thumbs up

Hi Everyone, a card due to the photography I shouldn't really show you, but here goes, at least you will have an idea of how it sort of looked!

I had forgotten to make a Congratulations card for hubby's Nephew, who did very well in his exams and starts a 5 year University course after which he gets a Masters, so a sort of rushed card, designed and then printed from Photoshop, I had the idea in mind and was going to hand paint it, but with time of the essence, I did it digitally. I was pleased and also pleased when it was print and cut with a few layers on the digital cutting machine.

I put it all together and took a quick photo, before putting it into an envelope and delivering it. However I should have checked the photo before I gave it to him, as it has lost a lot of the colour. the second photo are the original colours, I expect I had the lights to bright in the light box. grrr. No amount of alteration in Photoshop could get it correct, must learn more methinks! You get the  gist I hope. I also wish you could see the layers and his "out front fist". Oh! well enough complaining I could have just forgotten it, but I was so pleased with the end result I had to add it. 

image - Thumbs up KennyK, sadly no longer available.
the labels are from various scrapbook kits. 
the pills are a free image on the web.

These are the colours I did and it should be.


11 June 2021

55th Anniversary

 Hi Everyone, my card is for my hubby, we are celebrating 55 years of marriage today. The sentiment "it was Mint to be" I thought apt, as we were introduced on a blind date we didn't know was happening! arranged by our mutual friends, who were courting (dating) at the time. He asked me on a second date, I had just finished with someone and wasn't ready to start dating again, my friend said just one date to make a foursome so I can go out (with her boyfriend). I said OK.

We've been together ever since, that was 1963. We married in 1966, my Dad said as we were leaving the house, you don't have to get married if you have second thoughts! (I didn't) Bless him. I'm so glad I went through with it, as Hubby has been my rock through all our ups and downs, actually more downs that ups, but I couldn't have done it without him. AH!

OK all that romanticism is over now, just the card for you to see.

I wanted to use stamps I had and had been wanting to use for a while, I saw a card I was going to case, then it went from there, although I used a different stamp! It was only whilst stamping the background, I realised a 55 year anniversary is actually an emerald, how lucky is that! Silly me.

Anyhow, I stamped a background and die cut it to sit on a green mirror card, which also had been die cut. I then punched the heart out, stamped onto it, embossed and added separate punched hearts from card, coloured with the darker green. I stamped lots of mint leaves, fussy cut them (I don't like fussy cutting!) and layered them behind the heart. Another sentiment added and embossed then cut out with a die. It may be different, but as a man who loves his garden, I hope he will appreciate it, especially as we only send each other cards for our anniversaries when their special! 

heart and die cut sentiment card - gold Crafters Companion Centura Pearl
stamps - Magazine Freebies
inks - Distress inks - Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn
green mirror card - Hunkydory
heart punches - sm ?, large Woodware
square dies - My Favourite Things, Sue Wilson Square Noble dies
number dies - Magazine freebie

this shows the gold pearl card, which doesn't show face on

this is the insert before printing.
 I'm not good at putting words together, so I copied a verse I found online, just changing a few words here and there.

08 June 2021

A gotta make

 Hi Everyone, well mojo has completely left me, so I decided to choose an image and go with it no matter what happened, even if I had to put it into the bin, at least it would get me started. I decided to go through my digital stamps and use something I haven't used before and I can tell you there are a great many. 

Anyhow, this is what I came up with, it has given me a spurt to do more, how long it will take to do is another thing.  I had seen a card on Pinterest with an image that was very simply done, so I cased it and this is the result. Not as good as the original but I'm pleased.

After I had placed the centre onto the card, it was a little too simple for me, so I made a frame and added it. Those thin frames are a bit wobbly, so it has a little ripple it, any tips on placing them?

image - Mr Mouse blowing candle - Gerda Steiner
inks - Distress inks
dies - Sue Wilson Noble square dies

02 June 2021

Dads & Grandads 2nd June

HI Everyone, my card today is for

As Father's day is due this month I decided to make a card for hubby, from our son, for this challenge, although as long as it's for Dad's or Grandads that will be good. As my man is one who likes to be busy, but also likes his nap, although usually in the evening! I thought this image suited him well. 

I printed the image out and coloured him in DI's, I matched the rainbow paper I decided to use and also a sketch, as I was lacking ideas of placement.  It's an old one, but I just liked the look of it.

image - Chap snoozing, DigiStampBoutique 
inks - Distress Inks
papers - Marisa Lerin Digital Scrapbooking/Pixelscrapper 
stitched die - Card Making Magic
triangles from a cut die.

01 June 2021

Hippo party

 I have 2 DT cards today this is the second, please scroll down for my first card,

Anything Goes but

they MUST feature a critter

Whether Furry, Feathered, Fantasy, Fairytale, Scaly, or Insect, there must be a critter featured...
We are sponsored this month by Beccy's Place and they have generously
provided images to our DT to use on their inspiration projects.

My card from Beccy features the fun Hippopotamus Live Large set, such great images, I chose 2 of them and also a digital paper from Beccy too, I thought they went well together? I print and cut the ready coloured images on the Silhouette, cut the background paper with a digital die. I cut 3 layers of the party Hippo, also her dress, nose and headdress, then added DI's to add shadows and glaze to her nails, well she has to have fancy nails doesn't she? She was 3D'd, I also print and cut the sentiment. It was fun to make.
dp - Beccy's Place February 2020 freebie, Croc image and paper.
digital die frame - Jamie Kay Silhouette Store #10534
Silver drops - Nuvo Silver Drops
dark grey card - Lidl

Weighing Bear

  Hi Everyone here I am with my first DT card for today, it's for the challenge at QKR. Our challenge is 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

My lovely image is a bear with a scales, I had a couple of quotes to go with it after pondering around the web and decided to go with this one, with a fun insert. I did a print and cut of the image and paper pieced his waistcoat before printing. I then coloured him with DI's added gold glitter pen to the scales and added glaze to them so they really shine, I added glaze to his eyes also, shame you can't see it in the photo. The background was printed with the sentiment, then added to the ready made card and the bear added and 3D'd. As the sentiment says no excess I left the card simple.
image - Weighing  QKR Stampede
inks - Distress inks
paper - Scrumptiously, Digital Scrapbooking Pixelscrapper
quotes - the web
glaze - Nuvo Crystal Glaze
gold glitter pen - Uniball


24 May 2021


 Hi Everyone, my card is a case today from HERE. It's rare I visit Pinterest, but it was the only way to get me going. I thought I would just get an ink pad any colour and go with it. I haven't labeled my ink storage yet, as it happens it was Chipped Sapphire. I grabbed stamps and went for it. Luckily I had a ribbon to match.

The script stamp, I stamped, then moved it twice to get the faded look. I then inked the blossom stamp and the birthday stamp, then over stamped with an embossing pad and clear powder, to clear heat emboss. I used DI's in the same colour to colour the bunches.

I positioned the ribbon and the butterfly, then added 3D tape along the entire back of the stamped piece and placed it onto the ready made card. I then decided to use the left over piece of card I cut the 2 others from and do something a little different, layered it onto navy card from which I also cut the butterflies.

I hope SiL will be happy with them, just to get a few more done for her. Maybe now I've started I can keep it up?

script stamp - Clearly Besotted mag freebie
sentiment - mag freebie
blossom - Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady mag freebie
ink - Distress Oxide
butterflies - Tattered Lace
ribbon - stash
pearls - stash

the white on the navy is central - honest! 
I think it misaligned by straightening the photo?

just to let you see my Oxide storage, so tidy and doesn't take up much space either. it's by Lisa Horton, just label them now and a few more to collect?

Hopefully this card is eligible for the Ombre challenge at

Here is a video of a shower of rain on Sunday afternoon. Just something to keep me active - taking a video of rain falling! Well I got out of my crafty chair to take it!