29 May 2019

Computer Geek?

Hi Everyone, my DT post today is for

With so many of the males of the family interested in computing, I thought this may apply to one of my brothers, seeing as they are, shall we say, elderly?
I was looking through my files for computing and came across a card I did in 2013 for my son, I love "IT Ian," I also liked the colour combination and papers so why not make another card with him and the papers, YEP! I cased my own card. 
Here is the cased card.
IT Ian - Dr Digi coloured in Photoshop CS6
his top paper - Just So Scrappy
background paper -  Booland Designs
background card - Dovecraft
sentiment - computer generated, with amalgamated jokes off the web -
sentiment background - Jessica Dunn Pixelscrapper

 I hope you "get" the joke LOL

28 May 2019

Sheep counting!

Hi Everyone, my card today for the Limited Runs FB progressive, we were given this very expressive sheep to play with and I thought she was an old ewe, so she's forgotten how old the recipient is! hence the sentiment.

sheep - Limited Runs
coloured in Photoshop CS6, fussy cut and layered
papers and elements - just So Scrappy - Pixelscrapper


I forgot I hadn't blogged these, they were little gift baskets I made for Easter (that seems such a long time ago), they were cut out with my Silhouette Cameo to hold an Easter egg flavoured sweet/candy. They were the same images as this card

27 May 2019


Hi Everyone a quick post today as I had thought I had entered the Outlawz sketch challenge and found I hadn't even taken a photo of the card - duh!

The piggy was sent to me by a blog friend Connie, she knows I'm a Chinese calendar pig LOL

Anyhow here is my card, I hope the challenge is still open!

pig dreaming - QKR stampede
coloured in Photoshop CS6, fussy cut and layered 3 times onto dimensional
papers are from different digital artists which I had many years ago
ribbon and gems - stash

this is the insert





26 May 2019

Stamped flowers

Hi Everyone, - Yes! - stamped.
I have had this gorgeous stamp set a while and just had to bite the dust and use it. It's a simple card, but I'm a definite learner as far as stamping is concerned. I stamped it in gold onto vellum and coloured on the back, then stuck down the piece on top of the card with spots of glue under the embossed area.

I am really pleased with it and if every stamping attempt came out like this, I may do it more often, so much easier with a stamping platform!
stamp set - Made with Love by Stamps by Me
embossing powder - Dovecraft
vellum - Crafters Companion
Spectrum Noir markers

17 May 2019

A mixed post!

Hi Everyone, I've done a few things in the last few days, so thought I would share a little with you. This is a picture heavy post. I'll put a bullet dot before the stories and headed them in bold, so you can skip any as you want to.

  • A Beautiful day out
We went for a car ride up to the Brecon Beacons, it is a barren, but so beautiful place, with plenty of sheep and wild horses, we saw a few new foals, but as we couldn't stop on the road I couldn't get a photo of them boo hoo, they were so beautiful. This was taken on the move in the car.

we arrived at the Cantref Reservoir,
 this is toward the little island of conifers at the end, 
because the water was so high, we couldn't make it out!
 the other end, where it overflows

while there, a goose, was going to each car, I suspect for food


There is always a lot of cars in the vicinity to climb Pen y Fan mountain. but today it was spread a long way from the parking area, along the road.
 Pen y Fan is the highest peak in South Wales, situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park. At 886 metres above sea-level, it is also the highest British peak south of Cadair Idris in Snowdonia. 

still in the Brecon Beacons National Park, about a mile away,
 we stopped and I had to take this of the valleys.

this little road of typical Welsh terraced cottages on the edge of Brecon town.
 I thought they looked beautiful with their painted fronts.

this was from Brecon to the Heads of The Valleys A465 road, 
just a gorgeous ride.

AND THEN - we were told the road to home was closed due to major engineering work going on with the A465, the work involves cutting away the mountain, so I should think it safer to close it. LOL. They have been on it for about 2 years already and I think at least another year to go. 

We decided, as we were about an half an hour from home, we would follow the diversion signs, although we could have gone onto the M4. It took us nearly an hour to get about 2 or 3 miles further than we had been before the diversion. 

BUT, it was through Valley villages we hadn't seen before and it was such a beautiful ride on a beautiful day, we didn't mind, but felt sorry for people who followed the signs and had to get somewhere by a certain time or were on a long journey and hadn't looked up on the web if the road was closed, like us!.

  • Our garden this week
 I haven't altered the photos,  so lots of sun flair - sorry. 
The Hawthorn (May) blossom at the end of the garden

Roses in bloom on the arch

Phlox and Saxifraga make a great pair?

two Azaleas 

  • After decorating a refresh
We have been decorating the living room and putting everything back, I realised how washed out the framed pictures had become, so off to my files to see if anything would be suitable and found these, which were perfect for the colours of the room. I was checking if the image would be OK and realised I should take a photo to remind me of what they were, AFTER I had already replaced one LOL
Roses watercolour - scarlett - Creativefabrica


I added a frame around the image, which had been in the old ones and was thrilled with the result. All designed in Photoshop, I wish I could paint like this!

  • AND - finally -
you remember the cards I threw away? I redid it and got the result I wanted. My buying of the Foil Quill was NOT a waste, I am thrilled with it. I can now foil whatever my Silhouette will cut or write.
This is the card I redid, I haven't altered the photos in any way. 

images - Love Spring Florals - Creativefabrica
I hand "stitched" with my Uniball pen the gold stitches around the blue card.

If you made it to the end of the post well done, I hope you enjoyed my mix up.

15 May 2019

NO computer was harmed in this process!!!!

Hi everyone, my DT post for today is for
We have Anything Goes or Origami. My first choice is origami, my Great Nephew loves it and has a piece of paper making animals and other things all the time, so if an 11 year old can do it, so can I right?

Well I did it - jumping frogs, but was I successful? I think not, I'm afraid I'm picky about the folds, even though it was copy paper, it was difficult to get them perfect. They do jump though, have a looky at the video down below. It made my men in the house laugh, as did I.

Here's the link on how to make them.

I then thought perhaps I should try a card. This is the result. With no computer used for any of these? Are you proud of me?
card - Dovecraft
stamps - magazine freebies
ink - Whispers (very old ink)
paper - Craft Sensations
Spectrum Noir markers.
Tonic & Sue Wilson pin dot dies

09 May 2019

Dress Rehearsal

Hi Everyone, I am completely lacking any mojo, but have to get these family cards done. It seems to me that my Cameo is coming up trumps each time, I have hundreds of digi stamps, hundreds of magazine freebie clear stamps, but I am throwing away more than I ever have, samples at the end of the post.

This is a card I did recently for my Great Niece on her birthday. I didn't know what to do, she is a beautiful girl in looks and ways. Then looking through my digital stamps I came across this gorgeous image and was going to print and colour as I usually do, but an idea came and I decided to try it and it worked!

I used a Silhouette sketch pen and drew it onto the card with the Cameo. To keep it as CAS as possible I also decided not to colour it in except for gold on the 17 and a couple of other highlight areas. I found metallic paper to match and kept it all simple.
Dress Rehearsal digi stamp - A Day for Daisies
font - Floryfic
Uniball gold metallic pen
Silhouette sketch pens
metallic paper - stash

These are from today! thrown in the bin!

  1. The 2 with a bear on, I used the Quill pen with the Cameo to get the gold foiling, but it was "off" the lines, I must have moved the image somehow, but I love that I can do it, perhaps better next time, I also ripped the bottom of the card removing the foil.
  2. The flower and leaves were stamped, heat embossed and coloured BADLY. 
  3. The stamped flower on the printed watercolour drips, is so boring and I don't like it at all.
Any ideas to get the mojo working would be greatly appreciated. I need to get me motivated in lots of ways too?

07 May 2019

A Dress!

Hi Everyone, my card today is for The Outlawz Wednesday sketch challenge.
I haven't joined in for ages, due to other factors in my life and, thought it about time I made it happen again.

Here is the card
image - Creative Mind of Sylvie
sentiment - Create with TLC
papers - Gina Cabrera
vellum - Crafters Companion
dies - Tattered Lace
pearls - stash
Sparkle pen - Spectrum Noir

05 May 2019

Used up piece!

Hi Everyone, back to my post about foiling HERE where I said I could use the centre cut bit! Well here is the card with that bit and I think it's worked out well, you will be my critics?
paper - Craft Sensations 12x12 pad
stamps - Magazine freebies
I used my old Whisper inks and did a second stamp with Versamark then
 clear embossed to get the colour somewhere near the paper. 
Thanks to my Tonic stamp platform.
wide ribbon - IKEA
narrow ribbon stash
dies - Tattered Lace
pearls - stash
I followed Freshly Made Sketch #32

here is a closeup of the stamp embossing. I'm thrilled with that.

Another little piece
these are photos of a spider we noticed the other night INSIDE the screen, we have had the TV a few years, so how he got inside goodness knows, I just hope the spun web doesn't deteriorate our picture!

03 May 2019

Foiling - lessons learned!

Hi Everyone, I haven't bought anything expensive crafty for a long while, in fact I am on a crusade NOT to buy anything, as I have so much unused. BUT, when I saw the We R Quill foiling kit for my Silhouette Cameo, and it was on special offer - well! I HAD to have it. I used it a couple of hours after I received it, other things prevented me from using it before - drat! LOL.
flower circle sketch pattern - Silhouette Design store
font - BernardFasD

This is the result of my first attempt, I used the thickest pen - 4 lessons learned.

  1. DON'T measure it on your sticky cutting mat, the foil comes off and doesn't come off the mat, thankfully it is a well used one.
  2. Always ensure you have a "sticky" tape, making sure you have the foil fully stuck down, if the tape comes off, you don't get good adhesion of the foil and pen to paper/card. 
  3. Don't go cheap - I used the purple masking tape not the WR one included in the kit! After watching a couple of Youtube videos, most use washi tape.
  4. You CAN cut the foil in place, it cut beautifully as you can see. If it had done the sentiment properly I could have used it as a topper maybe?

This is the completed card AFTER I had redone the centre and layered it. I was going to border everything in rose gold card, then realised I haven't got any. I think it's OK as it is though?
background paper - Modern Deco Papermania
butterfly die / background die   - Tattered Lace

This shows the shine from the foil on the cut and the paper.

01 May 2019

Age card

Hi Everyone, this is my second DT card today, all or nothing ay? LOL.

Anyhow I made this card recently and realised it fitted the theme for
I made it for our Great Nephew, who rang me and told me it was the best card he had ever had, I was well chuffed with that. He is a Junior Champion Rower and taken by his Dad, goes all over the country, he has lots of cups and medals, so making the trips worth it LOL.

I started with a silhouette of a rower that I made into a frame and added a shadow of gold card in Silhouette Cameo, I also cut the star shape and the 16 on the Cameo.

The background stamp, is one of the 3 I won recently from Chocolate Baroque. It's made by Crafty Individuals. A REAL red rubber stamp, and, I have to say it stamped beautifully. I suppose you could call this card "mixed media?"
background stamp - Crafty Individuals
gold card - stash
rower - unknown
Action Wobble - stash

this is the 16 in action


Hi Everyone, my  DT card today is for

image - Sunflower in a bucket 
coloured in Photoshop CS6 then print and cut with Silhouette Cameo
seed packet - Hugware, I added the Latin name of the flower and the seeds,
 printed onto cross stitch embossed card.
then print and cut with Silhouette Cameo
butterflies - PS shape coloured to match 
sentiment - mine
sentiment banner - Sil Store design, print and cut

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