Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Christmas Words

Another of my Christmas cards using  Hobbyart stamps, Christmas words this time heat embossed with gold WOW powder.  The little robin and holly are also from this set and the pointsettia flower is a Creative Expressions stamp which I stamped onto red card and heat embossed with the same gold WOW powder.  

Thank you for looking, your comments will be very welcome.

I am entering this card into the following blog challenges:
Fussy and Fancy - Words
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas Card

Christmas Robin

Well this is hopefully the last of my Christmas cards, the last few I've made using the lovely set of Hobbyart Robin Stamps and this is one of the styles I've made.

The robin and foliage were heat embossed using Versafine sepia ink and coloured with promarkers.  I die cut a circle out of the red dotty card and used a smaller fancy edge circle die to cut out the robin.  The pointsettia is die cut from some lightweight card coloured with a ruby promarker and the foliage is a Heartfelt Creations die. Sentiment also from Hobbyart.

I hope you like this as much as I do, and would love to hear your comments.

I am entering this card into the following blog challenges:
Crafty Boots - Christmas
Thats Crafty - Seasons Greetings
That Craft Place - Christmas
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
Natalie and Amy - Christmas
Just Keep on Creating - Anything Goes

Saturday, 28 November 2015


I've been keeping busy this week working on some more Christmas cards using these lovely stamps from Hobbyart.

I stamped the snowflakes with versamark and think the pad is running out as I had a few attempts that didn't quite give the best results.  I used some silver wow powder to heat emboss onto some white card which I've inked first with Adirondack Stonewash then matted onto dark blue card.  The snowflakes on the side panel are stamped with Faded Jeans Distress ink. The sentiment and little robin are also stamped with Hobbyart stamps.

Thanks for looking, your comments will be very welcome.

I am entering this into the following blog challenges:
Country View Challenge - Colour Blue
Natalie and Amy - Winter Scene
Crafting When We Can - Dont forget the animals

Friday, 27 November 2015

Clean & Simple

This is my entry for this month's Clarity Stamp Blog Challenge Clean and Simple.  I stamped and heat embossed the flower with clear embossing powder onto cream card and coloured the flowerhead with mica powder and a water brush and a lilac colour. Finally I used some deep plum coloured card to mat onto.  This is about as clean and simple as I can, hope you like it.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015


Hello there this is the first of my Christmas Cards for this year using this lovely Hobby Art Noel stamp and some green card.  I've just made over 20 of these so wanted to keep it simple. I've used some pencils to colour the image and some Stickles to add a bit of sparkle around the edges. On with the next design now.

I am entering this card into the following blog challenges
Vintage Stamping - Traditional Christmas
Stamping Sensations - Christmas florals and foliage
Through The Craftroom Door - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes

Thank you for looking your comments will be very welcome.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Thanks in falling leaves

For today's card I'm showing a one layer card I made recently using all Clarity Stamps.

I created the background by brushing Stonewash ad Lettuce Adirondack inks onto a piece of Clarity Geli Card. I stamped and heat embossed the words onto the background and then used a couple of blue pencils to fill in the ribbon wording.  Finally I randomly stamped the medium and small Maple Leaf stamps in a variety of different Distress Ink colours to give an autumnal effect. Oh and not to forget the little bird from the Bird Table and Garden set.

Thank you for looking, your comments will  be very welcome.

I am entering this card into the following blog challenges:

Crafty Cardmakers - Thank you
ABC Challenge - Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Thanks/Thanks Giving
Sweet Stamping - Autumn Leaves

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Need for Speed

I am trying to be more disciplined and blog at least once a week, so that I don't lose sight of the projects I complete.

So for the background on this card I used a cogs embossing folder on red card matted onto black and added some gilding flakes to the cog pattern on the middle border.  The central picture is from a sheet of decoupage papers matted onto a black die cut shape.  The sentiment has been stamped and heat embossed.

Thank you for looking, your comments will be greatly appreciated.

I am entering this card into Kraftyhands Blog Challenge - Need for Speed

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Roses and Die Cuts

Here is a card I made using some papers from Which Craft Doncaster, some die cuts and ready made flowers which I think were a free gift with a magazine.  The only stamping on this card is the sentiments.

For the inside of the card I've used more of the papers and a sentiment stamp which I believe came from Inkylicious.

Thanks for looking, if you choose to leave a comment it will be very welcome.

I am entering this card into the following blog challenges.

Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes - Birthday
Simon Says Wednesday Challange - Anything Goes
Through The Craftroom Door - Anything Goes

Stencils and flowers

This is my entry for the October Clarity Blog Challenge.  For the background I've picked out some of the flowers on a Clarity flower stencil in Milled Lavendar Distress ink with a stencil brush.  The vase is also a Clarity Stencil and I've put one of the small flowers from the same stencil I used for the background in the centre of the vase and again I used Milled Lavender.  For the banner I used the words that come with the Vase stencil in Meadow Adirondack for a contrast.  Finally I stamped the Clarity
floral Bouquet stamp into the vase and coloured with Spectrum Noir pencils. I've covered the big flowers with a Wink of Stella clear pen to give a bit of a shimmer but that may be lost in the photo.

I hope you like the finished card, thank you for looking, any comments you leave will be very gratefully received.

I am also entering this card into the Fussy and Fancy blog challenge - Flowers

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

A Gift For you

A little gift bag I made this week using some Lili of the Valley papers with die cut edges on a white bag.  I made the flowers using Heartfelt Creations Botanical Rose stamps heat embossed with sparkling white WOW powder on Vellum and coloured with lavender chalk inks then die cut with Heartfelt botanical rose dies. The swirls are also cut with a Heartfelt die in purple card.  For the sentiment on the tag I used a Clarity Stamp and Adirondack Egg Plant ink and tied with a lavender ribbon.  There is also a lavender ribbon bow on the bag.

Thanks for looking, your comments will be very welcome.

I am entering this project into the following blog challenges:

Crafty Cardmakers - Anything but a card
Crafting When We Can - Ribbon, Twine or Washi
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Floral Heart

This is my second MDF decorated shape, well the second one that's good enough to be seen.

This time I've not used papers but painted with Acrylic white paint and used some Dusty Concorde Distress ink to shade the edges.  The flowers are Heartfelt Creations botanical rose stamped and embossed with sparkling snow WOW embossing powder onto acetate, something I've not tried before.  The flowers and leaves have been coloured from the back with some lavender, pink and green chalk inks.  The swirls are also cut from a Heartfelt die and inked with Dusty Concorde.  The verse is from Clarity. A lavender ribbon finishes off the heart.

Thanks for looking your comments will be very welcome.

I am entering this into the following blog challenges:
Alphabet Challenge - L is for Lavender
That Craft Place  - Words
Crafty Cardmakers - Anything but a card
Fantastic Tuesday - Anything Goes make it feminine
Make My Monday - Flowers
Through The Craftroom Door - Anything Goes
Fantasy Stampers - Pretty Petals

Memory Box

This is a new venture for me into the world of decorating mdf shapes.  In this instance I've used some House of Zandra papers to cover this MDF box having first coated it with Acrylic paint.

This is a view from above of the lid of the box although I'm not sure the photograph shows the detail well enough.  The flower is created from one of the House of Zandra flower sheets and I've used some glitter glue on the petals to give it some sparkle.  The words made using the Clarity Stamp alphabet set covered with Glossy Accents. I've also cut out a butterfly and some of the foliage from the papers to add dimension but it is difficult to see in the photo.

Thanks for looking, your comments will be very welcome.

I am entering this into the following blog challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers & More - Anything but a card
Artistic Inspirations - Anythig Goes

Monday, 6 July 2015

Cycling Fun

Hi, this is another card made using the Craftwork Cards Al Fresco paper pad, this time with a travelling theme.  I've used the bicycle papers to cover the inside of the card and cut an aperture in the front of the card with a fancy edged circular die. The front of the card is covered with pink paper and I've fussy cut out the bicycle, tags and bunting from another sheet of the papers.

Thanks for looking.

I am entering this card into the following blog challenges

Country View Challenge - Travel
4 Crafty Chicks - No Stamping
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Crafting when we can - Summer Fun

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Strawberries and Cream

A lovely basket of fresh strawberries picked from the Craftwork Cards Al Fresco paper pad which I've had for a year and hardly used.  The papers are matted onto a cream card although it looks white in the picture. and finished with some little flowers also in cream with a red gem in the centre.

Thanks for looking.

I am entering this card into the following blog challenges

Through The Craftroom Door - Anything Goes
Crafters Cafe - Summer Fun
Natalie and Amy - Summertime
Crafty Sentiments - Summer Challenge
Make My Monday - Summer Treats

Friday, 19 June 2015


This is a card I made (at the third attempt) using all Clarity Stamps and stencils.  It's a one layer card, I used a cobolt blue pro marker round the edge to create the illusion of a mat.

I stamped the Kingfisher into the centre of the card and the 3 boxes and letters from the letterbox kit and coloured the bird with Spectrum Noir pencils.  Then using the Clarity circular aperture stencil I brushed momento Teal ink into the center after masking off the kingfisher and words.  After removing the stencil I made a wreath around the outside of the circle using the small leafy swirl stamp and some Meadow Adirondack ink.

Thanks for looking.

I am entering this card into the following blog challenges:
Clarity Stamp Challenge - Boys, Boys, Boys
Kraftyhands Blog Challenge - for the Dads
Crafty Boots Challenge -Fathers Day
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge Blog - for a man or boy

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Black Eyed Susan

We had a very relaxing week away in the sun in May, and I took with me some of the Crafters Companion Spectrum Noir Pencils to try out. This is a Just Rite stamp stamped with Archival black ink onto some white cardstock.  It took just a little while to get the blending right with the pencils and I think I need to invest in some of the blending solution, but I was very pleased with the results.

I used a Spellbinders Die to frame the flowers and brushed some Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink around the fancy border.  I don't know if you can see it clearly enough but there is a little bee just about to land on one of the flowers.
I am entering this card into the following blog challenges:
Ladybug - Use your dies
Artist Inspiratios -Anything Goes with a twist - Use Dies

Monday, 1 June 2015


This is a card I made for my daughter's birthday.  Although its difficult to tell from the photo, the white background is embossed with a cherry blossom stamp from Stamps by Chloe and some white glitter wow embossing powder making a lovely sparkly background.  I used a template for the handbag and embossed this with a lattice stamp and more wow embossing powder.  The birthday sentiment is from Lili of the Valley and the beading on the handbag and small metal butterfly are both from Hobbyhouse.

 For the inside I used a Sheena Douglas sentiment which came in a free pack with a recent magazine and the flower background was made using a Clarity stencil and Teal and Raspberry inks.

Thanks for looking

I am entering this into the following blog challenges
Alphabet Challenge - H is for Hats and Handbags
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Sunflower Box

Hi, this is my first attempt at decorating a box, which I've had hanging around for a couple of years and never got round it.

I have covered the top and sides with papers from the Heartfelt Creations Sunflower paper pad and the flowers and butterfly are made using the Heartfelt Sunflower stamp and dies. I stamped the flowers onto some white card, cut out with the co-ordinating die and coloured using Adirondack Terracotta and Caramel inks and some copper coloured glitter for the centres.  The leaves are stamped onto green card using the  Clarity large Maple Leaf stamp and hand cut.  The butterfly is cut from the paper pad. I'm really pleased with the result.

Thanks for looking.

I am entering this into the following blog challenges
That Craft Place - No Cards
Vintage Stamping - Handmade Flowers
Crafty Boots - Things with Wings

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

New Home

Its been a hectic few weeks when, among other things, I've been helping my Dad and Sister to down size and move house.  This is a card I made for them to wish them well in their new home.

The card itself has a pre cut centre front embossed in a lattice pattern, which I found in my box of bits. For the inside of the card I drew around the shape of the front aperture onto a piece of white card and cut to fit. Using stencil brush I applied some Adirondack Mountain Rose and Aubergine inks onto the card after putting a moon mask in the middle.  I stamped the birdhouse,fence, squirrel and bird using Clarity Stamps then added the sentiment, also a Clarity stamp, into the moon area.  For the background I brushed some Mountain Rose ink through a Clarity dotty mask before gluing the picture in place.

Once the card is closed the picture is framed by the lattice embossed front onto which I added some handmade flowers and foliage cut with a die and coloured with the same inks as I used in the centre.  The sentiment on the front of the card is LilioftheValley.

Thank you for taking a look, your comments will be very welcome.

I am entering this card into the following blog challenges
Crafty Calendar - Add a Sentiment
Vintage Stamping - Handmade Flowers
Krafty Hands - Natures Work
Natalie and Amy - Frame It
Crafty Cardmakers - Dots

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Dream of a kitten

This a card I made recently using just Clarity Stamps and black Archival ink onto white card matted onto black card.

I am entering this into the following blog Challenges
Less is More - Predominantly Black
Crafty Calendar - Use a sentiment
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Simon Says Monday Challenge - A is for (Animal?)

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Easter Flowers

This card is inspired by something I saw designed by Emma Williams in the April issue of Making Cards magazine which I thought looked really lovely and just had to have a try making.

I just happen to already have the Easter Cross Stamp by Wild Rose Studio so I stamped this onto some white card cut into an arched window using the inner part of a Clarity shape stencil.  I drew a green line around the arch with a Pro marker and coloured the stamp with promarkers.  I dry embossed the white background with an lattice style embossing folder on some pearly white card and matted onto a light green pearly card.  The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley and I made the 3 little flowers using The Sunflower matching stamp and Die set from the Heartfelt Creations.  I finished off with some green and silver ribbon from my stash.

Not quite as good as the one Emma Williams made of course but I hope you like it as much as I do, your comments will be very welcome.  Happy Easter,

I am entering this card into the following blog challenges
Addicted to Stamps Blog Challenge - Holiday Time
Crafty Boots Blog Challenge - Easter
Crafters Cafe Blog Challenge - Easter
Fantasy Stampers Blog Challenge - Easter Time

Monday, 30 March 2015

Easter Candles

Hi hope you are well and looking forward to Easter.  After studying a U Tube demo or two I've been experimenting with candle decorating and the results are below.  My 3 Easter candles are all made using Clarity Stamps only and this is my entry for the March Clarity Blog Challenge Anything but a card,

For the tallest candle I stamped the Clarity Daffodils several times onto a strip of white tissue paper and coloured with Promarkers. For all 3 candles I stamped the Happy Easter stamp all around the top of the tissue paper with Versamark and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

For candle number 2 I stamped the rabbits and grasses from the Clarity Bunny set, onto a strip of white tissue paper onto which I had brushed some Stonewash and Lettuce Aderondack ink.  .

And for candle number 3 I stamped the Celtic Square which is an old Clarity Club stamp using Versamark and heat embossed using gold embossing powder.  I used the Spectrum Noir pencils to colour in parts of the Celtic Square which I think gives it a stained glass effect.

Final step is to roll the tissue paper around the candle whilst using a heat gun so the wax of the candle gentle melts and the tissue paper sticks to it.

Thanks for looking, your comments will be very welcome.  I've added the Google Friend Connect button to this blog now and it would be great if you joined.