15 September 2022

The one holding it? QKR

Hi Everyone, my card today is a DT card this one is for  

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 still trying to combat my fear of CAS cards. Should I have added the gems & flower die? Anyhow, I love the sentiment, and it needed a simple card.

I die cut the centre layers after printing out the sentiment, I underlined the "ONE" it needed something else. I tried the piece of ready embossed card on my desk, thought it worked, so die cut it to size. I should have stopped then? Nope I didn't, I looked through my dies and found the corner floral and die cut it out of matching plain card, it was embossed and then added DO's to the raised embossing. Gems to finish. Trouble is, I don't know when to finish CAS. 

centre frame die - Dovecraft
background die - Sue Wilson Noble Square
spotted paper - Craft Sensations
embossing folder - Crafters Companion
flower corner die - Tonic
ink - Distress Oxide - lucky clover, faded jeans

Yes! I am still AWOL. I have been glued to the TV for the past week, not wanting to miss a piece of history being made.

09 September 2022

HM The Queen

 A post I have to do, with reverence to Her Majesty The Queen. I cannot go without publicly proclaiming my sadness at our loss.

Whose duty to her Country and the Commonwealth and people she met in her long life and 70 years on the throne, was admired by many.

I hope she is now with her beloved husband Philip, and others in her family she loved.

God Bless Queen Elizabeth 11

God Save the King

07 September 2022

Song Title TMR

 Hi Everyone, my post for today is for 
 I had a few choices in my head as to the title of a song, but this kept coming back to me, so here it is. Hubby guessed straight away, so I should think you would too?

I have had this wonderful image since 2011. I've used him twice before here. I cut him out with my cameo 3 times, just like a die cut, then coloured him with DI's, layered him up and then added 3D glaze to the puddle and his specs, the umbrella handle and frame, were painted with a silver glitter pen.
I wasn't sure what to do for the background but, when looking for rain in my files, I saw there was a group of drops, adding quite a few to the piece to be printed and cut, thinking I will add the drops individually! After cutting them out, I decided to use the cut-out as a stencil. Yep! I decided I wasn't that patient!

image - Mr Jones, Nana Vic
sentiment - mine, computer generated
inks - DI's tumbled glass, faded jeans, candied apple, chipped sapphire, mowed lawn, squeezed lemon, dried marigold
silver glitter pen - Uniball

 this is the cut showing the raindrops
 here you can see the tiny cut-outs, nope! not for me, so a stencil it became.

You must have guessed the song title it's 
"Singing in the Rain"

05 September 2022

Radio Birthday

 Hi Everyone, sorry I've been AWOL. A couple of weeks ago I was out watering the pots on the edge of the lawn, hubby called, I turned and was closer to the edge of the step than I thought. Over I go onto the concrete. It was a bad fall and may have broken one or two ribs. I also pulled my lower leg muscle and my poor knees had a bad time too, also my left breast it really has been an ouch time. I didn't attend A&E as I was convinced it was just a bruised muscle, but the pain became worse last week and I had to attend A&E. I was told it was probably broken or fractured rib/s, but an X-Ray was not required, as there was no treatment even if it/they were broken and to just keep taking painkillers, although I was given stronger ones to help me sleep. 

Anyhow, that's my reason for not visiting, although I did manage a little time on some days and tried to comment on some blogs, those I didn't I apologise.

Now onto why you are here, my card. I made it before my fall and can't remember why I did it? Maybe a challenge or something? I had this radio digital stamp a long while and used it for this card. I followed a sketch, used my Cameo to cut out 2 layers of the Radio and then coloured it with inks. Using clear powder to heat embossed it, although I don't think you can see the shine in the photo. I had a vintage paper pad and die cut pieces to make the sketch. I took a Kraft scalloped ready card and splattered it with gold ink, added the radio with 3D pads and the sentiment I also made and cut with the Cameo and also heat embossed all over. Quite simple really. 

sketch = Paper Play Sketches #08
image - Dr Digi
inks - Distress Inks, vintage photo, gathered twigs, walnut stain, ground expresso
markers - Spectrum Noir markers 
Silhouette Cameo
paper - Craft Sensations.
gold ink - Kuretake

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #217  B is for Birthday

01 September 2022

Cottage QKR

Hi Everyone, my card today is one of 2 DT cards this one is for  

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've had this lovely Cottage a while and I have, at last, used it. It's so pretty and reminds me of places in England we have visited. I am in a CAS mode or at least trying to be. I used a sketch to help me and adapted it a bit for my use. The  cottage was printed, including the sentiment and shape, with 2 layers of the cottage and were cut with my Cameo. (I really do not like fussy cutting). I coloured the Cottage with DI's and added a shaded base for it onto the shape. I added the shape to the die cut Kraft card, placed and adhered the Cottage on top of the grounding and stamped some birds in the "sky".

sketch -
 inks - DI's (Lots)
bird stamp - Magazine freebie
sentiment computer generated 
Kraft card - stash
die - Sue Wilson square Noble die

Wise Owl CC

 Hi Everyone, I have 2 DT cards today, I hope you will be able to visit each of them, this is for -

Anything Goes but they MUST feature a critter as the main focus
Whether Furry, Feathered, Fantasy, Fairytale, 
Scaly, or Insect, there must be a critter...
I had this wonderful owl die from my magazine subscription and decided to do a simple card with him. He was cut out from Kraft card and inked and shaded on his chest and around the edges and to show a little of the embossing in the die. I then added the frame die supplied with him. I added an inked piece of paper behind his eyes, I found the white made him scary. I added alcohol maker to the black of his eye and to his nose then added a white gel pen to highlight the eye.
I needed something for him to sit on, so went into my Cameo and cut a branch for him, I added the individual leaves, but forgot to shade it all!!! duh!
I used a die cut as a stencil for the background, using the top of the card which was above the branch. The sentiment was included in the die pack, so stamped it out onto a simple white card and placed it onto the card. 
I love how textured the owl is and how I can open up the tiny features. To keep those feathers and feet up, I added him to the background card with 3D pads.
Owl and sentiment stamp -  Lou Collins (Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine)
inks - Distress inks tea dye, vintage photo, mustard seed, shabby shutters
marker pens - Spectrum Noir
white gel pen - Uniball 
background die, for stencil - Tattered Lace
branch - Vinyl Designers

19 August 2022

Rose Hip House Mouse

Hi Everyone, Well! me and my Blogger problems. I went in yesterday to add comments, and each Blog I went into that had Captcha on it, wouldn't let me comment. I did go back in after a little playing and I think I corrected it? BUT, if you haven't had a comment from me it's because I am still trying to fix Captcha with Firefox. I seem to be having one issue after another. My apologies. I have seen your cards and they are awesome, BUT sorry about the comments.

My card today has something I haven't used in a while, background paper! I have had this little mouse on my desk for an age, he deserved to be used, I made a comment on Lee's blog a while ago and she kindly sent me a few different stamped images I could colour. This was amongst them. SO cute.

I decided to use paper with roses on, he is in a cup of Rose Hip Tea after all. I printed the digital paper and cut it to fit a 5 x 7 card. I then went looking for rose dies, I don't have any the size I wanted, so digital dies it had to be, I cut them with my Cameo and layers to add some sparkle. I die cut the image to size and coloured it with markers for the pattern on the cup and DI's for the rest. After assembling it all, I added it to the card. I was really pleased, then noticed I hadn't added the banner straight! I don't think the recipient will notice, I hope!

image - House Mouse Designs
circle die - Tonic
dp - Lucy's Papers (2007)
markers - Spectrum Noir BP2 PL1
inks - Distress Inks - brushed corduroy, aged mahogony,spun sugar,mowed lawn.
digital die roses - Jillibean Soup Silhouette Digital Store.
sparkle - Sissix

17 August 2022

Blogger Help

 Hi Everyone, I've been having trouble, as you know, with Blogger and commenting etc. I couldn't get into a Blog to leave a DT comment and emailed the owner, as I thought her card too good not to leave a comment.

Anyhow, I had a reply from the administrator of her blog, who turned out to know, as far as I am concerned, all the answers. She not only got me into the blog, but has a blog of her own to help other bloggers in my situation. 

I thought I would add a link to her blog, so that anyone else in my situation of not being able to comment will have the help to do so.


Thank you Linda for all your help.


Now about the garden - again! After digging up everything and replacing at the beginning of the year, we are thrilled that the shrubs and plants have made such great growth this year, the next few years or so should it all filled out. - Don't worry I'll keep you up to date hahaha

hubby also made the border straight to help keep work down.
Hubby grew a lot of these from seed, and they are around the garden. 
I call this my "Trifid" plant, it's actually an Aramanthus  
I found out on Google that - 
"Amaranth is rich in antioxidants, including gallic acid and vanillic acid. Antioxidants help fight free radicals, which are damaging by products of normal cellular activity, helping to reduce everything from signs of ageing to heart disease."
Mmm reduce ageing? perhaps I had better eat a few tons? 😉
this is Hydrangea paniculata "Limelight". The flower is about 12 inches (30 cm) long and huge as are others on the shrub, it's only been in a couple of years and is filling out well from being a small shrub to start.

 I could go on and on about the garden, but will leave it for another time, you'll be glad to know. I also hope the link above will help if you've been in my situation. 
Until next time, keep safe and well.

15 August 2022


Hi Everyone, my card today is a DT card for  

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 love this old snail, he makes me smile, so he had to have a fun sentiment, didn't he?  I decided I needed to do simple CAS, so I cut 3 layers of the snail and sentiment with my Cameo and adhered them all. I then coloured the snail with DI's and added gold ink to his shell to give a bit of shine, shame you can't see it. I also added  3D glaze to his eyes, love doing that, I think it brings them alive. Before attaching him to the card I blended a grounding for him also with DI's. That's it. VERY CAS for me.

inks - DI's (lots)
gold ink - Kuretake
3D glaze - Nuvo Crystal Glaze
speech shape from Photoshop
all cut with Silhouette Cameo

 How have you all been coping with the heat? We have been sitting in the garden with a book and doing nothing much else I have become quite lazy, BUT, yesterday I decided to get up early, do the washing and do some cleaning. WOW! then nothing to do all day, must do that more often, hahaha.  I hope the impending thunderstorms don't do the damage they are expecting. 

Have a GREAT week and I hope to see you in the challenge.

Jan's Digi Stamps Challenge Aug 2022 ATG

613 Avenue Challenge 202208 ATG

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #187 ATG

We Love Stamping. Garden My snail belongs in the garden.

We Love to Create Wk 8 ATG mixed media, I think so?


09 August 2022

Gas leak plus a card.

 Hi Everyone, as this is a scheduled post, I can tell you about our emergency last Friday night. My son went into the kitchen and said "Mum I can smell Gas". He's not been well recently, so we thought maybe he was smelling it "in his mind" I know strange thing to say, but he is bipolar and autistic and we expect the unexpected. Anyhow, off I go, and he was correct, there was a smell of Gas in the kitchen. Thankfully a Summer night, as it meant all doors and windows open at 11pm. I called the Emergency number and within half an hour they arrived and spent nearly an hour checking everything. They checked the meter and Yes! we had a leak, although they couldn't find anything in the house or outside, because of this they sealed off the Gas meter meaning we can't use it until the leak has been found. Our usual Gas fitter is very busy and will try to get to us as soon as possible. I hope I remember to update on when he came and the outcome? EDIT, Our Gas man came yesterday and put us all together, I had forgotten how lovely a shower is hahaha

We are left in the position luckily, where we have electric to cook, however it leaves us without hot water and a shower. So if you smell something, it could be from our household hahaha

Anyhow, my card today is another trial at CAS cards, I'm trying, don't know how successfully, but this is my “try” for today. I started with this lovely image and a sketch. I printed out the image, with a piece of patterned paper and used both to make the sketch? The image was coloured in DI's, definitely my preferred mode of colouring. I added gold ink to the pot and clear sparkle pen to the holly and ribbon, then scored two corners. 

I scored lines either side of the paper which had been adhered to a piece of card and stamped the sentiment, then added the image onto 3D pads to the card. The card was then 3D'd to the main card. 

image - Patti Gomez
inks - Distress Inks - pine needles, peacock feathers, bundled sage, 
candied apple, wild honey. 
gold ink - Kuretake
paper - A.J. Roberts
stamp - magazine freebie
sketch -  Case this sketch #287