28 June 2020


Hi Everyone, well another lean time in card making or anything else actually. I've tried to keep up with comments, but if I've missed you, my apologies. Anyhow yesterday was not a lean time. I had images on my desk from digital stamps I bought and coloured a few weeks ago and as it was raining (hard). I decided to fill empty time with doing something with these images. 

I made an embossing folder and a stencil from horseshoes, well that took a couple of hours, then to put them to good use. I made 4 cards, yep! 4 I am so pleased with them. However I am only going to show you one, so that in lean times I will have something to show you. It has the horseshoes left over from cutting the stencil and ef. The photo isn't good, it was so dark, that even trying to do something in Photoshop to the colours didn't work, but you get the idea hopefully.
horseshoes - Silhouette Cameo
digital stamp Pony Mischief - Hetty Clare
coloured with Distress inks
embossing folder - Crafters Companion
grey card - Lidl

This is the sketch from The Outlawz I used.

24 June 2020

Dies TMR #139

Hi Everyone my DT card today is for 


Now this was a challenge for me! I have lots of dies, as have we all? I went through them and saw a bird that I liked and hadn't used, so many haven't been used!  Of course it had to be masculine, and I went through my pads of papers and found this vintage set. Which I felt had a masculine feel, I stamped the bird on part of the paper and layered it. I cut the paper out with a die, then used a digital die to cut the birdcage, adding some leaves after colouring part with a marker and then tying on the the stamped birthday wishes onto the cage. The bird's feet come as a separate die, so I stamped them onto the frame. It's a completely different card to any I have made in the past, with the colours and using so many dies.
paper - Vintage - Craft Sensations
bird stamp and die - freebie from Simply Cards & Papercraft #165
birthday wishes stamp and die set - Simply Made Crafts
leaves maybe - Tattered Lace?
birdcage SVG, using the same set of papers - Birds Cards
gold glitter pen - Uniball
eye - Dovecraft 3D Pearl effect
marker - Spectrum Noir
twine - The Range

here you can see the layers

23 June 2020


Hi Everyone, I hope you're enjoying the glorious sunshine and warmth. Sorry I've not been bloggin'. No mojo or even wanting to make anything, so I thought I would  share a photo that I had put on FB, for a 10 day "life is good challenge", challenged by one of my nieces. Not even a scrapbook page, just a photo! I saw on Darnell's blog she chose to use the words "melon collie", Yep! I know exactly what she means!

This is of me at 18, just engaged, taken by my now hubby. His old Morris Minor in the background. Don't you LOVE the hair? I loved the dress it had such lovely bright colours, which I still like to wear, colours not the dress, I couldn't fit into it anyway LOL

16 June 2020

Fathers Day

Hi Everyone, apart from DT cards I am in the midst of indecision! I have spent all day trying to make a card for hubby on Fathers Day. I think I have looked through everything and discounted them all too. I left it all to do lunch, have a chat with hubby, have a cuppa, make dinner, look at cards on the web and eventually gave up and went with one ready designed and all I had to do is choose the paper! that was not easy either! BUT it's done. Thank you Shirley Young! The only thing I did was make it slightly bigger, because I could!

 At last a post on my blog. With the sun shining and so quiet without any wind either. I LOVE these late light nights. Anyhow, here is the card, it's an old design since 2012 and a NBUS! as Darnell would say.
Card design - Shirley Young and here
card - Crafters Companion, Centura Pearl
paper - Craft Sensations
I added some glue and Tonic Pure Sheen glitter, to the gold bits on the paper
stamp - Card Making Magic, mag freebie
embossing powder - Dovecraft
Silhouette Cameo

ready for my son to write nice things, as he usually does.

13 June 2020

A new car!

Hi everyone, I have had nil mojo etc etc. However I was looking at what I could do, I looked through everything, digital, stamps etc and then realised a remarkably generous freebie had been given to newsletter subscribers, with lots of ideas and I saw something I just HAD to do.

It is a vintage car, so I asked hubby what colour vintage car he would like, he suggested maroon, everything from red to pink and even some shades of orange are maroon. LOL. Anyhow I looked through my card stock and there it was maroon! so I teamed it with cream and that was the start of my project, it now proudly stands on a coffee table in my lounge.

Vintage Car - Cre8ive Cutz 14 day Crafting Bundle 
Card - Lidl
mirror card - Dovecraft

It started like this
and ended up like this 

10 June 2020

TMR - The Sketch

Hi Everyone my DT card today is for 
the sketch -

It's been a few days since I added anything here, sorry about that, our son hasn't been well, however, as it's our 54th Anniversary tomorrow, I decided to make hubby a card, we don't usually bother, except for big ones! He tells me he loves me nearly every day so I don't need a card to let me know AW! 

I decided to make him one for a change. It will also make him feel guilty LOL. I have been looking through my old digital files and found this kit that I thought suited perfectly, it had hearts and masculine colours. With the sketch, a bit of layering and, a sentiment with help of my Silhouette, a touch of sparkle on the sentiment and heart - card done! Cheers to 54 years. (I was only a baby when we married!) You don't believe me?  Well I never!
digital papers and heart - Bekah E Designs 2015
black card - Dovecraft
sentiment - Silhouette Design store
 pen - Uniball silver pen
sparkle pen - Crafters Companion
all elements cut with Silhouette Cameo


04 June 2020

Cottages - LOTS!

Hi Everyone, a while ago, I saw a stamp and HAD to buy it straight away. This is the first time I have used it though! I STILL love it and just want to do more and more in lots of different colours and ways, I've never felt like this about a stamp, how silly. I'm not the best colourer, but I did my best with them. I decided to send them as a note card to my 3 brothers and their wives and coloured them to be similar to cottages or houses in their areas of the country.

But first, the one I did for myself, to match the colours of my lounge, which I ended up framing. I told you I loved this stamp. After colouring it, I decided to add a picket fence with a border of flowers, I shortened it to fit, I print and cut it out on my Silhouette. I also framed it with a stone effect embossing folder, then framed it in a frame I found hanging about, as you do!
house - Chocolate Baroque Poppy Cottage
coloured - Distress inks
picket fence and flowers - Laurie Furnell
ef - Dry Stone Wall, Crafters Companion

closeup, sorry about the glass reflection

I made this much darker, I hope you can see it clearer

House rubber stamp - Chocolate Baroque
coloured with - Distress Inks
black card - stash
sentiment - my take on a web sentiment

I coloured this one to be similar to a Welsh cottage, for my local brother

 This was coloured to look be similar colours to Somerset Cottages,
 I was thinking thatch cottage colours!

This was coloured to be in similar colours to the pink Suffolk Cottages, even though they live in the next County, Lincolnshire! SiL likes character cottages.

I hope you have liked my cottages

01 June 2020


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 saw this donkey and had to use him, he reminds me of me! I have a hearing aid and push it in more if I can't hear! I thought he was doing the same, hang on a minute, shouldn't that be "she was doing the same?" OH! well!

The card came together very quickly without me thinking about it really. I saw the cactus in the image, and took the colours from the "sand" and the cactus. Except I didn't have paper to match, luckily I have some paper templates I can colour in Photoshop, so that's what I did. I then cut the cactus on my Silhouette and coloured them in the same colours. 
Image - Scratching QKR Stampede
coloured with Distress inks
background paper - Marisa Lerin, Pixelscrapper geometric paper template
cactus - Amy Robinson Design ID #180367 Silhouette Design Store
brown layer card - stash
I based the card on Mojo Sketch 513
sentiment  - mine, computer generated

Whoopee good news (for me)

Hi Everyone, the first of two posts today. 
I have been asked to be a GDT, I was thrilled and said yes,
this is my card for the 39th challenge of 

The Sponsor for the challenge this month is Lily of the Valley and don't we all love their images? 
I chose to follow this sketch for the card. 
I have coloured this adorable image in Distress inks and markers, I added some flower and leaf dies, cut them to size and layered them onto card, a simple card in fact.
image - LOTV Spring Pup 
inks - Distress inks
markers - Spectrum Noir
papers - Jessica Dunn
card - The Works
flower die - Tattered Lace
leaf die - Card Making Magic
square pin die - Sue Wilson Noble die
sentiment stamp - Altenew, magazine freebie

AND I Have to add the latest poem from Gill Reed (my SiL's Sister)

Should I go out, should I stay in?
I’ll think it over with a nice little gin.
The doorstep delivery has been very handy
Some things are missing but they always have brandy.
Should I take part in the new world of sport?
Or stay on the patio with lemon in port?
If I meet with a friend, will I be fine?
Or should I make friends with a bottle of wine?
Should I travel some distance on an instinctive hunch?
Or throw a big party with cocktails and punch?
Should I go to the beach where people are rife?
Or stay home and ponder the Cummings and goings of life?