28 June 2021


 Hi Everyone, my card today is for a friend of ours who's 80th birthday is next week. I was looking for ideas on the web and saw this quote and straight away I knew what I wanted to do. Off to Photoshop to design it and then off to my digital cutting machine to cut it out. I added a wood overlay to a shape I made and printed both the temperature gauge, a freebie image off the web and the shape, which was cut with 3 layers to add a little strength, I did the same with the sun.

When printed, I added glaze to the red bar and added acetate to the back of the "wood" shape, I added 3D dimensionals to the shape and place it onto the gauge. It's not quite straight, but I don't think he will notice, I hope not! The cut sun was layered and I added the layers slightly offset to add more rays. It was then painted with clear sparkle pen and glaze added to the specs.  I also added a little DI to the sun's cheeks as the sparkle pen had diluted the colour. The sun is actually all yellow, but the photo has got it a little blue, maybe shadow off the lights?

sun - Imagine that by Chris
dp - Akizo
wood dp - Marissa Lerin
acetate - Stix 2
red card - stash
glaze - Nuvo
sparkle pen - Spectrum Noir

insert sentiment - hubby's idea - I couldn't believe it!
wishing you - Create with TLC

26 June 2021

Sewing PopUp card

 Hi Everyone, after a busy week I have time to do a post. This was for my youngest SiL, who is a marvellous sewer, so much so, she has been to Paris, yes in France! to have a lesson on a couture jacket and how it's made. Anyhow, because it was her birthday, I decided to do something different for her. It's a cut file that I put together with papers from my stash. I was lucky to find a piece of the sewing paper and just enough of it to make this box, I may even have enough (just) to make it for hubby's Sister, also a sewer, who's birthday is in November. After cutting it all out on my digital cutting machine, I drew the lines on the leaves and added gems to the flowers. It was fiddly, but the effect when finished is quite impressive, (I hope you think so too?) It folds flat for postage. I'm glad to say she was thrilled with it.

cut file - My Scrap Chick, Sewing PopUp
check & sewing paper - Craft Sensations
plain cards - Lidl
gold mirror card - The Range

I thought it was more like a gift than a card, so I made a quick digital card for her also.

image - Create & Craft TV download

I added a piece of gold thread to add a little interest.

Well that's all from me at the moment, we still have our family problems, but who hasn't at this time. Everyone I talk to has some sort of problem. I hope you're not one of them. Take care.

20 June 2021

Unexpected stamping

 Hi Everyone, as you know I have been without mojo for a while and thought it had gone for good, then a blog friend said she would send me Mr Mojo and she did! It ended up with this card, thanks Aimeslee.

I know it's father's Day, but my card has already been posted for that here.

I had a piece of card in my bits box, most of which I threw out last week as I never look in it, so why keep it ay? Anyhow I still keep adding and this piece was cut for some reason and I thought I would play and see what happens. 

This card happened, you can't see I stamped on the reverse before this! I got some inks out, grabbed them blind, as I did the other week and thought whatever colours come out will have to work or it's in the bin, what chance brought out these bright colours was certainly worth it. I also grabbed the stamps and hoped they would work, after adding the centre frame heat embossing in white, I decided to add more grasses and the sentiment and used black ink.

I looked for backing paper and found an old Japanese themed paper pad, which worked beautifully (I think). Looking for a square frame die I had forgotten about this corner die, so I added that with 3 layers and heat embossed it also, for a nice shine. Mr Mojo was certainly in the room and guiding my hands. I hope he stays a while. I missed him.

stamps - Oriental Grasses, Chocolate Baroque
sentiment stamp - magazine freebie
dies square - Sue Wilson Noble dies
corner die - Card Making Magic 6x6 collection
inks - Distress Oxide, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin
black ink - Stazon
white embossing powder - Papermania Seafoam White
black paper - stash
Japanese theme paper - Kaisercraft

17 June 2021

Bird on a wire!

 Hi Everyone, with mojo still in abeyance, I was lucky to see that my blog friend Shirley had done another wonderful design for me to play with. I had no thinking, in fact, that was a sad fact, because I cut the card 1mm short of the edge of the card I used, which meant that the beautiful small scallops were cut off one edge. I had to cut the other edges straight, as I didn't have time to cut another card. Such a shame, but I will use the card file another time and include the small scallops. 

A simple stamping in the centre which I heat embossed, then die cut the birds and added them to the 3D'd centre. I added black card to the inside of the cut pattern.

card is a freebie from HERE
birds - Dovecraft dies
sentiment stamp - magazine freebie

15 June 2021

Corner Mushrooms

  Hi Everyone here I am with my 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

I'm in the doldrums with mojo, I really don't know where it's gone, but it was made easier with a wonderful image from QKR that I chose to play with, then a visit to Pinterest, I found a die cut corner, simple card and decided to case it. 

The image was coloured with DI's, I added clear sparkle pen. I cut out the card with a pin dot die, the overlay patterned card was also cut with a pin dot die and the corner cut with a circle die. This was 3D'd. 

I added a chiffon ribbon and a bow tied with red glitter thread, added some tiny die cut butterflies from the patterned card and added a gem to each. I then stamped the sentiment and cut out with a sentiment die.
image - QKR Stampede Mushroom 
patterned card - Hunkydory
inks - Distress Inks
sentiment - magazine freebie
ribbon - stash
dies - 
square - Sue Wilson Noble, 
circle and butterflies -Tattered Lace 
sentiment die - Julie Hickey,  
gems - stash

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.

as I haven't used these stamps before I am entering the 

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