Thursday 30 July 2015


Evening all.
The sun may be shining but there is a stiff breeze and rumour has it that the temp is set to drop like a stone tonight to single figures.
Well this card I'm posting started off as something completely different, a DT project. I was sort of carried away with the idea and forgot that it needed to be a stamped project!
Anyhow I kept going as I thought it would do very nicely for a couple of challenges out there.

Sorry about the glare on the embossing but the sun was so bright and I was in a bit of a rush to get this posted.  I was trawling through t'internet for inspiration when I remembered a WOW card by my bloggy friend Loll. As she CASed one of my cards for my birthday I thought I would do one of hers!
It's also appropriate 'cos she also CASed a card by Chrissie at Less is More and it looks like we have the same birthday! Happy belated birthday Chrissie,
I used all sorts of bits of white card from my desk top and vellum from the bits box to make this, except for the base card. I also added a few crystal bugle beads that were in the bottom of the bling box!

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Tuesday 28 July 2015


Welcome to a scheduled post to show a card I made for this weeks challenge at ATSM.
This week it is our photo inspiration challenge

This is the inspirational photo.

You can see where I'm coming from with my card!
This week we are sponsored by
 with a prize of 7 digis.

I used my Uniko gerbera daisy stamp set using both the outline and the solid stamps.
I stamped the solid images in a variety of bright colours on a white card panel, then one outline flower embossed in white EP on a scrap as well as a couple of leaves. After colouring with w/c style in DI's I fussy cut and added them to a die cut tag (Marianne) which I had stamped with a STAMPlorations greeting and embossed in white.
I trimmed the top panel down to leave a gap then mounted it on pads over a kraft base card.
The ribbon and burlap twine I had in the stash.
I did try using a paler gerbera at first but went with a bolder bloom in the end! However I decided to make a softer background to go with the pale daisy and mounted everything flat this time on a white base, adding a thin strip of green card down the edge. The greeting was stamped with Iced Spruce DI and clear embossed.

I quite like the soft look of this one but Al preferred the bolder one. What about you?

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Tour de France

Good morning.
Well the summer seems to have deserted us this week and a frost is forecast for Wednesday!
Well a good excuse if you needed one to get in your craft room and play along with this week's challenge over at Cardz4Guyz. This week we would like to see your projects for the men in your life

Beginning with the letter T

Now I scratched my head and came up with quite a few options, Teddies, Ties, TV, Transport, Toys, Tots. Tractor but just as I was deciding what to use from my stash the news came on about the results for the latest stage of the TOUR DE FRANCE. My hubby loves this and was a tad disappointed last year that we had moved away from Yorkshire and could not use it as an excuse to visit the Grande Depart. (I think he could have made the effort but between you and me his knees aren't up to it!) Anyway he watches the hi lights programme every night, so I went with that as my beginning with T.

My card uses the colours of the jersey's awarded to the top competitors,
YELLOW - Race Leader
WHITE with RED polka Dots - King of the Mountain
GREEN - Most points won (in sprints usually)
WHITE - Best Young Rider
and a little bit of blue for the SKY team of the eventual winner Chris Froome,
as well as a little boy (LOTV) who could well be a future star!
I used the sketch over at Sketch Saturday as the basis for my design, the DP is from NitWits, image coloured with Copics as usual and a few bits of Card Candi.

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Friday 24 July 2015


Morning all and welcome to post to remind you of the latest challenge over at Uniko where I'm GDing this month.

Here is my  card for their challenge -

BLACK and WHITE with the optional twist of  a COLOUR

I made this for my daughter's friend's retirement. She likes gardening and wears a lot of bling, this seamed quite appropriate.

The starting point was the same as my previous card for Uniko (here), a die cut panel framing the gerbera daisy stamp. This time I chose a larger die and kept it monochrome but decoupaged a couple of extra layers to give it added depth and added a bit of Glossy Accents in the middle.  I filled in the background to the stamp with a black Copic pen and mounted it along with some black die cut flourishes on a white card base. A few silver diamontes and a simple sentiment completed it.

I'm sure the girls over at Uniko would love for you to pay them a visit and join in the fun. You have until next Friday to link up.

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Tuesday 21 July 2015

Kraft Christmas

Good morning again. If you are looking for my Cards und More post please scroll down.

Tuesday, 9 o'clock means a new challenge over at Cardz4Guyz.
This week we would like to see your projects on the theme of -


Any Christmas project for the men in your life, young or old.
I went with a more mature male in mind with my card.

I was inspired by the challenge over at MUSE: Christmas Visions with this super card.

I took various elements from it, such as the kraft panel, white die cut circle, deep red banner, and gold embossing, not forgetting the shadowed Christmas tree.
For my card I die cut the kraft base card to create an opening and stuck my white circle on the inside. I kept the card just kraft and stamped snowflakes over the base then heat embossed in gold. The banner was cut and stamped with a LOTV greeting then the edges lightly embossed in gold. The tree was cut from a scrap of dark green glitter card and gold mirry. I liked the way the edge of gold was peeking from behind the sparkly green one so glued the green over the gold one so a little bit of gold was showing then attached it to the base together with the banner.
As it was a masculine card I kept embellishments down to the minimum, you can always get away with a little bling on a Christmas card I think. The CAS style, kraft and dark colours used make for a more masculine feel.

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Christmas in July

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Bingo @CuM

Good morning.
It's been a month since my last post to share a new challenge for Cards und More, so it's a double post Tuesday. (Come back later for part two!)
This time we have a bingo board for you to try, this is my take.

Here's the bingo board

I went diagonal, BLUE / PINK /GREEN for my card using a digi from this week's sponsor, 

who are offering 2 digi's of your choice to the winner.
My image is called Dunderton's - Summer Holiday, which I coloured with Copics on a die cut panel of DP in the colours. The background is dark pink but looks a little red in the photo!
I also used the sketch at CAS(E) this SKETCH for the layout.

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Monday 20 July 2015


Good morning all.
Just popping by to post a card I made yesterday evening while AL was messing about in the pond clearing the weed.
I saw the card by Ardyth over at Muse but hadn't got the right stamps then yesterday I stumbled on a die that I have never used and forgot about. Anyway better get on and show you or I will miss the deadline!

This is Ardyth's fab card I loved the colours, so summery just like a wild flower meadow. Mine looks a tad more English in a softer kind of way, no bright sunshine today for the photo!

For mine I inked up Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass DIs and blended them in to the background then I die cut the daisies and the coloured them with Copics before sticking them doen on the inked panel. Quite simple really, the sentiment is from my new SU set Endless Birthday Wishes.
OK, better get a wriggle on.

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Sunday 19 July 2015

Life's a Beach

Evening all.
Just got in from rounding up the sheep to their over night quarters, don't like to leave them in the house field, just in case one or two seek the juicy pastures that are the lawn and wildflower meadow! 
We had over 50 chopping their way through the grass on Boxing Day!
The quiet has descended following a super day for Ben's birthday yesterday. The sun shone but it was just right not too hot and the kids had a whale of a time with the water pistols,clambering over the old tractor and train spotting.
I spent a little time in the craft room this aft playing and relaxing after the birthday boy got his Mum and Dad up at 5 and us at 6. This is the result.

I don't have much in the way of beach stamps so I went with a little sponged inky scene and a shaker. The darker granules are some teeny tiny glass beads I bought 10 years ago and have been languishing in the bits box. Wish I hadn't started 'cos it gets everywhere and adheres to any sticky surface!The lighter 'sand' is a bit of sandpaper, fine grade that I was using to sharpen a punch. I used the wrong side of some linen effect card for this as the pattern was a little harsh but the wrong side gave enough texture to give added interest. Sentiment is from STAMPlorations.

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Saturday 18 July 2015

Blooming Buds

Good morning crafters.
I'm scheduling this post because in all the rush to get ready for my Grandson's party I may forget!
As I write this the weather should be kind to us, so no need for littlies to be careering around inside!
This week sees the start of a new challenge over at Fantasy Stampers. This time we would like to see your projects on the topic of -


So lots of flowers please!
Here is my card.

For my card I pulled out my Dee's Arty Inspressions Blooming Buds from STAMPlorations.
I love these stamps, they are so easy to use and give fantastic results. The layout of the card was based on a card I saw online and decided to create the top panel out of one piece.
I cut a panel from some scrap card then placed it over where I wanted to stamp the flowers. I then ran a fineliner around the edge of the aperture to frame the image then removed the mask and drew another around that. To get the slots in the top panel I used the smallest of my MFT pierced rectangle stax to cut away the strips, careful to line the top and bottom cuts up first! 
I coloured the flowers using the colours from Colour Me in Copics and stamped the sentiment from the same set as the flowers. The embossed panel was made using a offcut and a freebie narrow ef, Sheena Douglas I think. The whole panel was then popped up on pads.

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Friday 17 July 2015

Happy Birthday Becca

Hi crafty friends.
This is a little extra post to say Happy Birthday to one of my fab teamies from STAMPlorations, the wonderful Damsel of Distress herself, Becca.
As I'm a bit slow on the uptake this year I hope she will accept this virtual card as it hasn't got a cat in hell's chance of getting there on time!

This is the second outing today for Uniko's gerbera stamp, but I do love it!
I made the panel using Kylie's Starch and Brusho technique (see techniques for more info) on some w/c paper. Yes you read correctly, I finally bit the bullet and bought some 300gsm HP in an A1 sheet from the Art supply shop where I get my card. So much cheaper than pads or A6 pieces but a devil to get in my cutter! The flower and leaves I embossed in white then wet with water and sprinkled Brusho on and left to dry before fussy cutting. The sentiment is from a new set from STAMPlorations- Balloons And Banners - Dee's Artsy Impressions.

Pop over to her blog and join in her birthday celebrations. I've got my Grandson's birthday party tomorrow so better pop out and get some food in!

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Uniko Guest Designer

Morning all.
Just a quick post to let you know about my GD spot over at Uniko!
I love the stamps that Bev has put out but haven't had any 'til I won their May challenge with this card. I won a gift voucher for the shop and decided to indulge! As I had won the challenge Bev also asked if I would GD for their July challenge and of course I said yes.
Here is my card for their new challenge -

BLACK and WHITE with the optional twist of COLOUR

I used the fantastic Gerbera Daisy that I had been coveting for sometime!
I wanted it to be the star of the show but was unsure where to go, then I remembered a card I'd seen that used an image that was divided into sections. Sorry but I don't have the link to it to give the appropriate acknowledgement. 
( 29/7 Thanks to my ATSM teamie Monika here is the link here. )

I first stamped the image in Grey Flannel Momento ink then again in black. I coloured the background of the black stamped image in black Copic pen but left the grey one free of colour. Using Copics I coloured the gerberas before die cutting a panel in each flower using a MFT pierced rectangle stax die then sliced up the image . I reassembled the flower, alternating strips from each colourway, popping some of the layers up on pads. I also mounted the finished panel on a black piece to frame it. The greeting is from STAMPlorations.
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