25 September 2023

Motobike stamping

 Hi Everyone, I saw a stamp on someones blog and had to buy it, we have a few old bikers and new bikers in our family, so thought it would come in useful. 

I stamped the bike then die cut it. I looked through everything to see if I had some tyres, the only thing I found was this frame, which is an image from a digi kit. It was sized it to fit behind the bike die cut, in Photoshop, then printed out and fussy cut. 

Some silver card was embossed and die cut from the same set I did the motorbike layer. I inked both die cut layers around the edge. They were all layered and attached to the base card. I then stamped the sentiment die cut it and 3D'd it to the corner of the bike stamp layer.

stamps - Indigo Blue "Ride Along"
tyre frame - Lindsay Jane "In the fast lane" digi kit
inks - Distress Oxide, lost shadow
dies - Sue Wilson, Noble squares
silver card - The Range
embossing folder - Craftwell Modern Stripe

22 September 2023

A different Thank You

 Hi Everyone, something you wouldn't normally think about today, but my "quirky" sense of humour made me do it. 

The family decided to spruce up my Grandparents and Mother's grave, it was so black, it was impossible to read the headstone. It was done last week and was like new, we were all so thrilled with it. Anyhow, I decided to give a little thank you to everyone at the stonemason's, as I didn't know how many worked there, I decided to do 6. I thought maybe it would be about that. I know that Funeral Directors and Stonemasons have a good sense of humour, because I knew one a few years ago, and she told me a few things, but that's beside the point.

My idea was, these, I hope it doesn't offend anyone here, but they had a good laugh when I gave them, I hope you can have a chuckle too. I used a paper pad and cut them with my Silhouette. I cut a strip of card and stamped the sentiment, but I had cut it too close to the edge, before I die cut the label, I don't think they noticed as they were laughing a lot. As you can see they are coffins, well it's nearly Halloween and I don't do anything Halloween because we have no callers. A bite size Twix was placed inside, for their coffee break. It's the thought that counts?

paper - The Range
coffin template - Birds Cards
stamp - Uniko
ink - Whispers Pigment Ink
label die - magazine freebie
twine - stash

18 September 2023

Tree/Leaves midmonth WLSC

Hi Everyone, my DT card today is for We Love Stamping 
the theme this month being "Anything stamped, option, Trees/Leaves"

 I saw a tree card a while ago and saved it, as I thought it gorgeous, and would give me practice at shading. 

I started off choosing what colours to use for the circles, after viewing a few mixes of DO's on the web, I decided on this Autumnal scheme. A circle was die cut out of card, and I used it to blend the colours onto the card. 

Next, I stamped the trees and the sentiment in gold ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  

Then I added the stamped layer to a piece of gold card and layered them onto the main card. 
Quite simple, but I'm pretty happy with myself at shading the colours. The trees stand out more in real life.

stamp - trees, Magazine freebies 
sentiment - John Next Door
inks - Distress Oxide, squeezed lemonade,spiced marmalade,wilted violet
circle die - Tonic
gold card - stash
showing shine of embossing

A fabulous prize for the Winner, it's from
 AALL and Create, A4 stamp set Plant your Dreams

The theme of your entry can be any of your choosing and we would love to see "Anything stamped, option, Trees/Leaves", but most important is that the focal element is hand stamped as our preference (or digital). A small added sentiment or other element to an otherwise non stamped card will be ineligible and may be deleted.

16 September 2023

Thank You card

 Hi Everyone, I'm hoping you have better weather than us today, we have had rain, although it stopped dried up and came down again, and it's quite chilly too, a real Autumnal day in this part of Wales.

I had a “Thank You” card to make for a lovely blog friend who helped me out with an image she stamped and sent to me for birthdays due next year. It was perfect for the men it goes to. Many thanks, you know who are you are.

I inked an embossing folder and, and as it had a heart die cut centre design, I put it at an angle, it wasn't as successful inking as I wanted. This is the best, the third time of trying. 

I had seen the sentiment stamp and bought it a while ago, because I thought it conveyed the thanks beautifully, in the lovely, twirly, special design. 

The embossing folder was inked with DO's matching the gold, I hoped, and as I said, placed onto the card diagonally, then I stamped and embossed the sentiment in gold, isn't it gorgeous? I added the layer to gold mirror card and then onto the base card. Quite simple, I wish it had been that simple to do, how do you ladies get such perfect inking on your embossing folder?  

embossing folder - Magazine freebie SC&P
ink pad -  Distress Oxide mustard seed
sentiment stamp - Inkylicious
embossing powder - Altenew Antique gold
gold card - The Range


13 September 2023

60th Anniversary

 Hi Everyone, well the heat has broken, why was I complaining? Now I miss it! I suppose the upside is, we don't have to water the garden.

One of my old work colleagues celebrated her 60th Wedding Anniversary and this is the card I made for her.

I went looking for a heart and found this in my stash, a NBUS, I've not got any identity for it, so if anyone knows, I can edit and add the information here. Anyhow, I started with embossing the outer edge, another NBUS, both had for at least 3 years, then stamped the sentiment and die cut the heart and 60 twice. Then layered them together and added them to the embossed card. I cut a silver layer for it, then added them to the main card. Only then did I decide to add gems and as the hole was too large for the silver gems, I added a pearl. Not sure that it's right, but? I also added silver glitter gel pen to the tiny flowers and the bottom of the centre heart. 

The envelope sentiment, which I have meant to show before, was sent with a prize I received from The Snippets Playground. I love it and use it on most of my envelopes. I couldn't get a good photo of the card standing up, so used the one I laid the card onto the envelope.

embossing folder - Crafters Companion
heart die - unknown
sentiment stamps - Magazine freebie
number die - First edition
gems - stash
silver card - The Range
silver glitter pen - Uniball
In case some of you don't know NBUS means Never-Before-Used-Schtuff!
 Darnell coined the acronym NBUS in 2013

10 September 2023

Something different!

 Hi Everyone, are you still enjoying the heat? I think it will help us go into cooler temperatures and Autumn easier, we’ll be glad of cooler temperatures? I've decided to stay in a cooler zone, my North facing craft room.

Anyhow, a win prompted my card today, Leslie at Love to Scrap, offered some digital images by My Scrapchick and I was lucky enough to win them. It's only now I have been able to use one. I love the colours and the quirky images. I decided to fussy cut, ugh!, I was so brave, the large flower, the yellow leaf and 2 of the small "lemon" flower with their stems and leaves. Then decided to stamp some quirky stamps I have in random areas.  Next, I added a sentiment to the lemon flower. The flowers, and leaves were layered with 3D pads. 
I don't think I have added stamps, apart from sentiments, to digital backgrounds before, but thought the stamps suited it. They were all layered onto black card and attached to the base card.
image - My Scrapchick
stamps - Polkadoodles

06 September 2023

Leaves TMR

 Hi Everyone, my DT card today is for -

What a great subject, especially this time of year. I decided to use dies this time. I had in my head gold and black, so off to get gold card, one shiny, one matt and one rose gold. Next, I cut the black card with a bottom layer and a shaped layer. After cutting various leaves out of each gold card, I added them to the black shape in various colours and designs. 
I then stamped the sentiment and framed it in rose gold. I felt the card needed more, so I stencilled some leaves and embossed them with gold embossing powder, not being fussy on whether they were full leaves, I just wanted a simple layer behind the main leaves. Just adding the layered leaves and sentiment and the card was done.   
all leaf shapes and stencil - magazine freebies
all gold card - The Range
embossing powder - Altenew Antique Gold
sentiment & sentiment die - - Julie Hickey

02 September 2023

Trees/Leaves WLSC

Hi Everyone, my DT card today is for We Love Stamping 
the theme this month being "Anything stamped, option, Trees/Leaves"


I have quite a few leaf/leaves stamps, so decided to use a couple of them today in different  ways.

I cased a card from a magazine that I have a subscription for. The leaves were stencilled in different colours, Distress Oxide base with fossilised amber, adding shading of lucky clover and peeled paint, then I heat embossed the leaves. Next, I shaded the background with dusty concord. I layered it onto a similar shade card and shaded it with dusty concord. 

The leaf stamp was then stamped, with lime green, with a very old Whisper pigment ink, onto white card. I then added a purple shade of the same ink for the stamped sentiment and die cut with a Tonic die. This was layered onto the same purple card, again shaded with dusty concord.

A few spare leaf dies also coloured with shading of the leaves and added onto the corner. Now I look at it, I wonder why I did it? Oh! Well, too late now!

stamps - Chloes, Simply cards & Papercraft #217 
stencil - from the same magazine
inks - Distress Oxide 
Whisper pigment Ink
dies - Tonic

The theme of your entry can be any of your choosing and we would love to see "Anything stamped, option, Trees/Leaves", but most important is that the focal element is hand stamped as our preference (or digital). A small added sentiment or other element to an otherwise non stamped card will be ineligible and may be deleted.

 Another fabulous prize this month from AALL and Create
 A4 stamp set Plant your Dreams

01 September 2023

Bunnies CCC

   Hi Everyone, my DT cards today is for -

Critter Crazy

Whether Furry, Feathered, Fantasy, Fairytale, 
Scaly, or Insect, there must be a critter...

I've had this card in my mind since I won the stamps at Uniko, but, just couldn't get it together. Then going through my paper pads, I came across the bunny paper, which led to the colours on this card. I followed this sketch.
FTH 160

I stamped the bunnies onto matching card, and one, using the same pad I found the bunny paper. I stamped the plain bunnies with white ink, then clear embossed them. The patterned one was stamped and embossed in silver ink. They were then fussy cut. I added "tails" to them and a bow for the patterned bunny.

I die cut a piece of card and then die cut a smaller piece matching the sketch. The bunnies were 3D'd onto the smaller piece and then attached to the larger piece. Next, I stamped the sentiment and die cut it out, adding a tiny piece of the banner paper behind the heart.

The banner was die cut at the top to match the base layer, I then cut it into an arrow shape. This was attached to the larger die cut piece and placed onto the main card. The smaller die cut, with the bunnies, was placed onto the banner shape. The sentiment was placed beneath the bunnies. Quite simple really, but why did it take so long? Nearly three hours! Anyhow, here's the card.

paper pad - Craft Sensations Kids
stamps - Uniko
 dies - Card Making Magic
sentiment stamp hoppy - Uniko
sentiment stamp birthday - Altenew 
sentiment die - Julie Hickey
pom poms - The Works


I hope to see you at the Challenge, don't forget animals to the fore!

27 August 2023

Baby Boy

 Hi Everyone, a quick one today, as I'm expecting my eldest brother for lunch. Hope you are warmer than us today, it's 15C /59f and raining.

 I was told by my neighbour that she had a new Great Grandson, so I had to make a card for them, I needed it quickly as she was going to see them the next day. 

I have had all the ready coloured elements of the card from 2005 / 2007, Yep! I'm using old stuff. They were placed in Silhouette and print and cut. The frame was 3d'd onto the base gingham layer and the baby was layered and 3D'd onto the gingham layer also. Then all placed onto the blank card base, I added blue ribbon onto the label, next I added 3D glaze to the baby eyes and safety pin and the boy on the label.  The congratulations was die cut out of blue pearlised card 3 times and placed onto the bottom right corner. I designed an insert shown below in Photoshop.
baby - Hobbytool
gingham paper - unknown
border - Audrey Roberts
label and images on it - Eline's At the waterside
the verse reflects their beliefs, I got it from the web.

18 August 2023

Fitness Star WLSC mid month

  Hi Everyone, my DT card today is for We Love Stamping 
the theme this month being "Anything stamped/Masculine "

 I went looking for masculine theme stamps and came across these fitness stamps. As I have a few serious fitness men in the family, I thought I would add it to my ready made stash box, for one of them, maybe?

I stamped the sneakers and die cut them with a cross stitch die. Then my mind wandered, and I didn't know what I intended to do. So off to view some sketches and came across this Mojo '537, and knew it would be just right. 
I die cut another larger circle and painted the edge over the cross stitch pattern. I layered the first circle onto it. Then stamped another pair of sneakers and coloured them with DI's, they were 3D'd onto the first set. 

The cup was stamped and painted with silver ink. I chose a star stencil, well, a champ is a star right? I used 2 of the colours on the sneakers. 

 The circles and cup were added to the main card, all re the sketch.

stamps - Magazine freebies
inks - Distress inks, chipped sapphire, hickory smoke, lost shadow 
silver ink - Kuretake
stencil - a gift, no packaging

I hope to see you at the challenge
Highlight Crafts two prizes, collection of masculine themes dies and Poinsettias
 The theme of your entry can be any of your choosing and we would love to see Masculine creations, but most important is that the focal element is hand stamped as our preference (or digital). A small added sentiment or other element to an otherwise non stamped card will be ineligible and may be deleted.

06 August 2023

Masculine WLSC

 Hi Everyone, my DT card today is for - We Love Stamping 

the theme this month being "Anything stamped, option, "Masculine"

Please share our challenge logo

 You know I like making masculine cards, however I had a struggle with this, and then realised I hadn't used a stamp I won from Stamp Addicts in February. 

I stamped it twice with Oxide to make a longer mountain range. I dragged the colour out, then used a paintbrush to add green to the trees and grassy land, as I saw it at the time. 

I added blue for water, stamped a sailing boat and fussy cut (UGH!) it, and to give it slightly more prominence. Then added it to the card. A stencil sky, cut with Silhouette and laminated sheets, was added, a few more colours and a few cloud stamps, I thought an early evening sky was called for? 

The birds and the sentiment were stamped, then the scene was die cut and added to black paper to match the birds and sentiment. 

stamps - Stamp Addicts, mountains and sail boat 
all other stamps - Magazine freebies 
stencil - Sarah Hurley Silhouette Design store #89710 
inks - Distress Oxide, pumice stone 
distress inks - chipped sapphire, stormy sky, tumbled glass, squeezed lemonade, candied apple, bundled sage.
I look forward to seeing you at the Challenge, don't forget the theme of your entry can be any of your choosing and we would love to see Masculine creations. The most important is that the focal element is hand stamped as our preference (or digital). A small added sentiment or other element to an otherwise non stamped card will be ineligible and may be deleted.
The Winner of the challenge, will receive these fabulous prizes from
two prizes, a collection of masculine theme dies and Poinsettias

02 August 2023

Little Things - TMR


Hi Everyone, my DT card today is for  
 A great challenge ay? I had too many options, so decided to go CAS.

 I haven't a clue how this card came about, as it started as something else, then I saw the bee, Ah! stripes! I have a dots embossing folder, dots and stripes, of course! And so it began. I used some scrap card and stamped the bee, then coloured it and used sparkle ink for the wings and 3D glaze for his eyes.  I fussy cut it. The scrap card was even big enough to cut a square, which I embossed with the EF.

 The sentiment was stamped onto another piece of scrap, with a stamp I was very lucky to win in the #455 Snippets Playground Challenge, I even got a glass of champagne in the treehouse! Then noticed even the sentiment has dots.

I needed something to "ground" the dots square, so I embossed a square die (with stitched dots) into the card. The dots square was placed inside it and the bee and sentiment was 3D'd onto it. A few more dots than stripes, but I think it's OK, seeing as the stripes are more prominent?
bee stamp - QKR Stampede
 inks - Distress Ink, mustard seed, fossilised amber, tumbled glass
sparkle pen - Crafters Companion
3D glaze - Nuvo
sentiment stamp - Woodware
 sentiment die - Tonic
dots embossing folder - Cuttlebug
square die - Tonic
outer die embossed - Sue Wilson Noble Square die
The square looks on a tilt, I measured and it's straight! My photography I guess?
I'll play at Snippets Playground 
 these are the snippet pieces of card I used

01 August 2023

Handsome Lion!

   Hi Everyone, my DT card today is for -

Critter Crazy

Whether Furry, Feathered, Fantasy, Fairytale, 
Scaly, or Insect, there must be a critter...

This is the other Lion, I told you about in this post.

My Son's 47th birthday is this month, I usually add his age, and he hates me doing it, so I thought I would be kind to him for a change. hahaha. I had an incredible win from Stamp Addicts in February and after seeing this magnificent Lion, I decided to have him included in my winning stamps. I kept him especially for my Son's birthday.

He was stamped and coloured in DI's, adding a stencilled grass base and patchy colouring for the sky, then I 3D glazed his nose and eyes. He stayed like that for about 2 weeks, with me not knowing what to do from there on. I was looking at sketches online, and came across this lovely card, that I decided to case.

I die cut him, layered him onto brown card and used card the same colours as the grass, 2 colour greens, and the blue of the sky. I stamped the sentiment, used brown card to layer that also, and it was finished in no time. Thank goodness for the case. Although, now looking at it, perhaps the blue piece should have been on top! Oh! Well, he won't notice.
Lion - Stamp Addicts
inks - Distress Inks. wild honey, tea dye vintage photo, walnut stain, salty ocean, black soot, 
mowed lawn, twisted citroen, forest moss
3D glaze - Nuvo Crystal Glaze 
 sentiment stamp - Magazine freebie
all coloured card - Lidl
grass stencil - Funky Fossil 
die - Craft Making Magic

I look forward to seeing your animal as the main focus in our challenge at Critter Crazy .

Crafting Happiness Challenge #145

Crafty Animals #75 

NBUS Challenge #53 

31 July 2023

An Mmm card!

 Hi Everyone, my card today was to pick some snippets, and make a Christmas card for The Playground. I got the snippets, used an embossing folder, used some bakers twine, which was far too stiff, stamped the sentiment in gold, to match the gold edge snippet. I added a die cut poinsettia, left over from last year, from my bits box. But do I have a half decent card? Mmm. You will have to judge that. I got it done in double quick time, maybe it looks it. 
Never mind, it's going into the Playground and I know with all the mud around, and with the rain we have been having, it may be blurred out, if most of them there have glasses. OH! They will, there's eggnog, that's OK then, they'll be drunk. Ah! That puts my mind at rest.
embossing folder, stamp - Magazine freebies
poinsettia die - Cut & Make mini die
bakers twine - The Range
I nearly forgot, here are the snippets used.


28 July 2023

Little lion

 It's LEO time and I have 2 lion cards, one a DT card in a few days. This little lion is for my Niece's grandson. The image is an old one, and I haven't used it before. I am ashamed that so many digi stamps have been left in files, not even looked at. Something I am trying to rectify.

Anyhow, I print and cut 2 layers of the lion and the circle, with 3 layers of the 3, in Silhouette and coloured him in DI's. Next I blended the edge of the circle, to match the papers I had chosen and die cut. I also printed the title of the card.  They were all then attached to the main card. I used this MFT sketch to help with the design, not followed to the letter as such.

stuffed lion digi stamp - Meljen's Designs 2014
inks - Distress Inks. wild honey, rusty hinge, carved pumpkin, scattered straw
 card - crossed stitch embossed
paper - Craft Sensations, Kids
dies - Tonic
googly eyes - stash

Cut It Up #283 Animals on Parade.

25 July 2023

Gingerbread Men

 Hello Everyone. My card today was especially made for a challenge that I came across through reading another blog. I haven't many Gingerbread images, but I do have this from 2006! Never used. Bad girl!

I printed the main image and then edited the image down, in Photoshop, to get 3 on an A4 sheet. Next I did my favourite thing, I don't think! And fussy cut them out, gluing them together and attaching them to the main image. I die cut a blue card to add the main image. These were then attached to the main card. 

I stamped a sentiment and, using the same blue card, layered it. Next, I added 3D glaze to the eyes and clear sparkle pen to the bows and candy cane.
image - PC Hugware, Laurie Furnell (2006)
glaze - Nuvo Crystal Glaze
sparkle pen - Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle pen 
blue card - Lidl
sentiment - Magazine freebie, Papercrafter Xmas 2022
here you can see the sparkle

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #76

22 July 2023

Little birds! And Steam Engine

 Hi Everyone, I had a play on my computer, done all I needed around the house, it was raining and chilly, so computer it was.

I looked through my digital images and found these birds, never used! So with Silhouette opened, I played with them until I was happy, this is the result!

I print and cut 2 of the background circle wreath and sentiment, and 3 of the edge birds and flower. It was just layering and gluing them together and placing onto the card. A card for my stash of just in case cards.
images - PC Hugware, no longer available
the artist hasn't been identified on the images.
I've had these unused images, plus others, since 2007. I really must go through my files and use more.


Now for something completely different, but still relating to old things. I thought I'd share a few photos of a trip we had recently. Hubby gave 2 huge boxes of his old tools, to The Gwili Railway, as he couldn't use them any more, due to modern sizing of machinery. However, as the railway has old machinery, they were thrilled to have them. As a reward, he was given a Cream Tea and train ride for the both of us. He and I were thrilled.

When we went, hubby had also decided to give them two massive vices too. It took 2 men to carry one of them.

Anyhow, hubby's Great Nephew, is a Volunteer and qualified Fireman on the Steam Engine, he's only 20 so did well. (He's also a student Pharmacist). When the Engine was moved from the front of the train to the back, on the return journey, hubby was asked if he would like to board the footplate while they did it. He was thrilled, so here are a few of the photos of hubby, train, and Nephew.

The Engine RSH 7849 Moorbarrow approaching the platform.

Nephew uncoupling the engine and coach, to enable the engine to return to the front of the engine.
Here he is changing the points for the return journey.

Hubby and Nephew

A typical waiting room, of the time, at one of the stops in the journey

Nephew on a deserved break at the same stop, he had got up in the early hours to start the engine. Hubby wearing Nephews Fireman hat.


One of the Engine's awaiting Restoration


I took a few more of the old engines and wagons awaiting restoration, but this is one I wanted to share, as it had a sad story.


 A beautiful day, which we ended driving through gorgeous countryside, in glorious sunshine, from the Railway at Carmarthen to Llandovery and home.