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

06 August 2022

Stencil & tags and something different

 Hi Everyone, my card today was inspired by looking through challenges and I decided to try and make something quickly, this is the result. I've definitely been in a "make it if it HAS to be made" mode for a while now. I'm hoping this will start something off in me to just make cards for whenever.

I stencilled some card and die cut labels out, then got stuck and tried everything. I would be better off planning a card, but that's not me. In the end I added some dotty buttons, to match the dotty stencil and some die cuts that were leaf shape and one was dotty, then added some gold leaves for luck! Simple, even nearly CAS? 

I missed the challenge, OH! well, at least I have a card. I found another though!

stencil - Craft Sensations Deco Stencil set
tag die - don't know - sorry
leaf dies - Magazine Freebies Die Cutting Essentials Magazine #86
sentiment stamps and die - Julie Hicky
buttons - stash

Addicted to Stamps and More #435

Carlins Card Paradise #49

I also have something different! You know me hahaha. Anyhow, I was looking for something little and different to add to presents for my Son's birthday, and thought a T-shirt. I bought a plain white one, as I had had a freebie through my email. The face originally was white, so I coloured it in a lion colour in Photoshop and added a quote I saw on the web. 

I didn't have Heat Transfer Vinyl to use the svg cut file, so I used Transfer sheets to print it onto, then ironed the sheet onto the T-shirt to make the print permanent. SO easy and quick to do with the correct paper. Print, iron for 20 seconds - done. I've included the links for these, as it was so easy for anyone to do with any image.The print lasts through a LOT of washes too, I've had one for a number of years, used around the house now, that still has the print showing well. I hope my son gets the same usage out of this T-shirt hahaha

 Lion Aviator - SoFontsy
Transfer sheets for light fabrics Red grid for Inkjet printers - Crafty Computer Paper

Carlins Card Paradise #49
As it's ATG, I am going to enter both of these projects
(Oh! I am a daredevil hahaha)

03 August 2022

Seahorse ATC TMR

 Hi Everyone, my post today is for 

I'm not one to do ATC's, BUT, here I am with my version. I just thought of the sea and looked through my stamps, then stamped 2 shells and the sentiment, I coloured the shells in, so they could be seen.
I found a snippet of paper I could cut down to the size of the ATC and remembered I had a cut file of swimming fish, which I made smaller in Silhouette and cut it to make a stencil. I used one of the cut out fishes to add to the die cut leaves in the corner, which is also a cut out from a larger die. 

I die cut the seahorse, out of another small piece of the paper, but it didn't look good, so I cut it again out of cream card and coloured it slightly. The darker first one was used as a shadow. I then decided to add some twine and made it into a Figure 8 knot, that is used while sailing. (That's what it said in the instructions on how to tie it.) In the end, I am quite pleased with how it looks.
background paper - Craft Sensations
stamps and the seahorse die - Crafters Companion Magazine freebies
inks - Distress Inks & Oxide's 
fish stencil - Lizzie Mayne Silhouette Design Store

01 August 2022


 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 have a lot of animal digital stamps from many designers, and this was one I found by looking for "animals" in my files. It has been ignored for too long. I took it into my Cameo and added 3 layers of the monkey, the background and a sentiment, to which I added a banana frame I made. I printed them all out, then cut them out with my Cameo.  

I coloured the background in different greens and coloured the monkeys top layer and attached it to the other monkey layers and 3D'd glazed the noses, before adding it to the background layer. It was attached to a printed background of banana digital paper which had been attached to a brown layer card. The sentiment was 3D'd then attached to the bottom of the card.
Cheeky Monkey - Hunkydory mag freebie 2020
sentiment - Create with TLC
banana paper - Font Bundles
inks - Distress Inks
3D gloss Nuvo Crystal Glaze
 Just a note, I was told by 2 of you that you use the Reading List, I hadn't even realised it was there or what it was for - duh! SO! You should be seeing me now, even those I haven't visited in maybe years, that I followed and lost. My apologies to you all.


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

  This is such a great image to add any message under the News headline. I decided that the card I was making would be great for some men in the family who are getting a little older! I like to rub it in, hahaha.

I took the digital stamp into Silhouette and cut out 3 layers of the News Boy and the sentiments, in a speech bubble shape, I got from Photoshop. I coloured his face in water colour pencils and the rest of the image in DI's and added some tiny wobbly eyes I have had for an age. All pieces were glued together and 3D'd to a background which I had dry embossed and shaded with DI's.   

image - News Boy QKR Stampede
Inks - Distress Inks mermaid lagoon, tumbled glass, carved pumpkin hickory smoke.
watercolour pencils - Nuvo Skin tones
embossing folder - Dry Stone Wall Crafters Companion
It would be great to see you at the Challenge.