Monday, 11 December 2017

Creative Stamping Stockings

Third card in the Creative Stamping series, think this version is definitely my favourite and this image is the reason I bought the magazine in the first place. Of course then I was intending colouring each stocking but there is always next year.

Image: "Creative Stamping 49"
Paper: "jingle all the way" First Edition
Dies: Blueprints 27 from MFT
Card: "Kraft" Recollections from Michaels 

Sunday, 10 December 2017

We have a new addition to the family and they always get a card for themselves on their first christmas. I bought this magazine just for this image and sentiment and I am so glad I did as there are loads of other images to enjoy too.

I originally coloured the hair blond but once she was born she had beautiful dark hair so her card was changed to match, i love that you can achieve this easily with copics.

Image and Sentiment: Creative Stamping
Dies: Blueprints 29 and small scalloped circles from MFT stamps and XXL stitched circles from Crealies
Card: "pink lemonade" Mft and "smoky slate" Stampin Up
Embossing Powder: "blushing bride" Stampin Up

Skin - E11, 21, 00, 000, 93
Hair - E35, 57, 59
Babygro - R22, 21, 20, 30
Ground - W2, 1, 0

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Tatty Ted Christmas 2

As I already had the Tatty Ted set from Papermania on my desk I decided to make another card, I did choose a different image but the design was exactly the same.

I have had these stamps for at least six years and I am amazed I have never coloured them before.

I am hoping that I will start my christmas cards earlier in 2018 so I can at least colour some of the stamps I already possess.

Image: "tatty ted" christmas by Papermania
Paper: Tatty ted free papers (from last year)
Dies: Scalloped rectangle from MFT
Sentiment: Creative Stamping magazine

Friday, 8 December 2017

Penny Black Birthday Bears Again

You might recognise this design from one I made in October, in case you were wondering yes I made them at the same time but I waited to show this one until after the recipients birthday.

It was a fairly simple card to construct and the shaker pouches are so easy and effective, I have the heart ones and now I might buy them all.

This one has more sequins, it was the second one I made and I realised you could add extra so of course I did. Nothing remains except to wish Cheryl a very happy 40th Birthday xx

Image:  "birthday bears" Penny Black
Sentiment: "happy birthday circle frame" MFT
Paper: "Party Patterns" MFT
Dies: Blueprints 13 and shaker pouch dies all mft
Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Creative Stamping Bauble

Second of the Creative Stamping cards, this time its the bauble and again I think this would look awesome white heat embossed and watercoloured. 

Not much else to say except I can't believe it is the 7th already, wow this month is flying past.

Image: "Creative Stamping 49"
Paper: "jingle all the way" First Edition
Dies: Blueprints 27 from MFT
Card: "Kraft" Recollections from Michaels 

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Creative Stamping Tree

I made several variations of this card design, all using the same set of stamps and papers. I love the look of heat embossing on Kraft card and I was pleased with how simple yet elegant they turned out.

So today I am showing the tree version, this tree would look beautiful coloured with copics or pencils and that maybe a design I use next year.

Image: "Creative Stamping 49"
Paper: "jingle all the way" First Edition
Dies: Blueprints 27 from MFT
Card: "Kraft" Recollections from Michaels 

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Tatty Ted Christmas

This design seems to be my go to this year, I was trying to be more organised but in the end I was more disorganised than ever. In the summer I completely lost my mojo and my tradition of completing the birthday cards for the entire year by the end of August slipped away.

So because of that my christmas cards needed to be simple and quick. Over the rest of the month I will be showing these and yes they do all look very similar lol.

Image: "tatty ted" christmas by Papermania
Paper: Tatty ted free papers (from last year)
Dies: Scalloped rectangle from MFT
Sentiment: Creative Stamping magazine

Monday, 4 December 2017

Deer Christmas

In the January sale i bought a pack of ten christmas cards that had colour your own designs, they reminded me of the Tim Holtz hipsters and I knew exactly who I was making the cards for. The paper was a bit porous so I wasn't able to blend as normal but I think that adds to the charm. I do wish I had cut the bit behind his glasses before I added the nuvo glaze but never mind.

Image: "colour your own" christmas cards from The Range
Sentiment: Woodward Die
Background: Knit stamp and cornflower blue ink from MFT

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Making Cards - Birthday Bears Version 5

When this magazine came out I couldn't wait to use the bears and promptly made four cards, well a few weeks later I was filing the set away and the unused bear looked so forlorn so I made another card. I knew who it was for so I decided not to show it on my blog until after their birthday. So here is version five and I hope that these bears come back out to play again soon as they are uber cute.

Image: Making cards magazine
Papers: Snap from Simple Stories
Dies: Blueprints 15, basic stitched edge and basic stitched scalloped edge dies all mft
Sentiment: Dovecraft die

Bear - E44. 43. 42
T-Shirt - RV14, 13, 11

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Holiday Hello

You may recognise the style of this card from the one shown yesterday. Now you could be forgiven for thinking this was made at the same time but it wasn't, I was taking part in a monthly christmas card making challenge and this was February's design.

I went with the same design as last month as I was designing my payday cards and this style was my final choice.

Image: "holiday hello" Your Next Stamp
Paper: "tatty teddy"
Die: "small scalloped rectangle" MFT stamps

Dog - W2
Scarf and Present - G28, 46, R39, 37
Antlers - E37

Friday, 1 December 2017

Tweet Holiday Greetings

I was so behind with my christmas cards last year that when my good friend Kay suggested doing a rudolph day challenge on the 25th of each month I knew I had to take part.

This was my first card and made in January but I decided to wait until December to show any of the makes. I hope that I managed to take part each month and that it means that I am not stressed this year, who am i kidding I will still be stressed.

I am thinking that this might be my payday design this year, I have three stamps the same size that would work perfectly for these, look out for the others soon. Plus it would use up some of the mountain of patterned paper I have accumulated so I think its a winner lol.

Image: "tweet holiday greetings" Your Next Stamp
Die: "small scalloped rectangle" MFT stamps

Bird - E79, 77, 74, R24, 27
Scarf and Hat - YG67, 17, 03, 01

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Flowers Behind My Back A Bella

Ok so where do I start, I suppose at the beginning lol.

Here goes, I have always been a Stamping Bella fan and have a few of the original Bella's so when I heard they were resigning them I wasn't to sure, however after seeing them I'm not only impressed but utterly converted.

I based the colours but not the colouring on the package from the stamp set, I had a blast colouring this girl and even managed to get pretty good pleating on her dress and that is where it all went wrong.... I was too pleased and was wondering if I could bear to part with this one when nature intervened and I coughed coffee all over the image. Rather than cry over spilt coffee I decided to colour her again but this time paper piece her dress lol.

I guess the moral to the story is.....if you have a rule that says no drinks in the craft room you should stick to it lol.

Image: "flowersbehindmybacka bella" Stamping Bella
Sentiment: Making cards Magazine
Dies: A2 stax set 2 from MFT
Card: "Hawaiian Shores" Papertrey Ink
Paper: "party patterns" from MFT

Hair - E59, 57, 35
Skin - E11, 00, 000 93
Hairband, belt and shoes - BG49, 57, 53
Flowers - Y17, 15, 13, YG17, 03, R39, 85, 81, BG49, 57, 53

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Greeting Card Kids

I so wish that Stampin Up still did digital stamps, there are a few of their sets that I would like but in digital form rather than rubber. The ability to resize would help a lot for the intricate details. The digital stamps weren't available in the UK, I'm not 100% sure of that though, all i know is I purchased mine from the US site. Maybe one day they will be available again, we can but hope.

I was obsessed with this die last year and I think the obsession might be returning lol. I coloured the image at playday and had no idea what papers I would use so this seemed an easy and quick option.

Image: "Greeting card kids - valentines" Stampin Up (digital)
Sentiment: "handwritten notes" Avery Elle
Dies: "diagonal sentiment cover-up" MFT stamps

Stripes - B63, 66, 69, 79
Hair - E34, 31, 30
Skin - E11, 00, 000
Pink - RV09, 06, 04
Blue Violet - B79, 69, 66

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Bye Bye Boy

Mo Manning draws the most stunning images, I have never found one I don't like and if I bought all the ones I wanted I would need a second mortgage lol. I love the versatility of being able to make them whatever size I like, more often than not though I go with the same size lol.

I am pleased with the hair on this one, its a new to me combo and I'm liking the results.

Image: "bye bye b" Mo's Digital Pencil
Paper: "little boy" Echo Park at Jessica Sprague
Card: "midnight muse" (retired) Stampin Up
Dies: XXL square stitched from crealies and "wonky stitched rectangles" from MFT

Hair - E59, 57, 35
Skin - E11, 00
Jeans - B99, 97, 95, 93, 91
Backpack -  R08, 05, 14, E09
Jumper -
Bike -
Ground - E44, 43, 42

Friday, 17 November 2017

Tried and Tested 1st Birthday Boy card

Well I sound like a broken record but if it ain't broke don't fix it lol. This is my tried and tested design for 1st birthdays and although the image, papers, card colour changes the basic design does not. 

I do enjoy adding names and ages to kids cards and I know if their name is unusual that they don't receive much with their names so its my way of making that happen.

Not much else to say except I enjoyed making it and I hope that they enjoy receiving it.

Image: "' Digital Pencil Too
Paper: "Party Animals" Nit Wit
Dies: Crealies XXL stitched squares and stitched circles, Basic edges and scalloped basic edges both from MFT
Card: "new leaf" Papertrey Ink

Skin - E000, 00, 11
Hair - E59, 57, 35
Ground - W3, 2, 1
T-Shirt - YG03, 01
Dungarees - B04, 02, 01, 00, 000
Balloon - YG67, 17, 25, 03

Wednesday, 15 November 2017


I love me some unicorns and at the moment so does everyone else as they are everywhere lol.

The person I made this card for isn't into the cute type so when I bought this magazine I already knew who the image would be used for.

Of course once it was coloured I had no idea what to do with it and then I remembered that I had made a background for a fairy card and thought give it a go.

Image: Creative Stamping
Sentiment: Woodware
Dies: "scalloped frames" Gina Marie
Background: "worn lipstick" and "wilted violet" distress oxides

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Bobby Socks

I was inspired by a card I saw where this stamp had been coloured in grey with a highlight colour, I decided to try this myself and it was easier than I expected. I wish I could remember who coloured the image originally so I could give credit where it is due.

I was inspired to try this again with another of the girl images from Lili of the valley so you may see that one soon too.

Image: "Bobby Socks" Digistamp from LOTV (lili of the valley)
Sentiment: "big birthday wishes" MFT, stamped with "lovely lady" ink from Papertrey Ink
Paper: "party patterns" MFT
Dies: Blueprints 16 and scalloped basic edges 2 both from MFT

Grey - T9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0, blender
Pink - RV14, 13, 11

Sunday, 5 November 2017


I have made an almost identical card to this before but last time I went with more random colours, this time I tried to recreate the real colours of an equaliser not sure I prefer this version lol. 

I used a die from a friend and cut two, one in silver and one in white. I coloured the white one with N10 copic and then added novo glaze to make it shiny.

A simple, card without any fuss, my usual style lol.

Sentiment: "keep it simple birthday 3" paper trey Ink
Dies: A2 stax 1 and 2
Card: "dark charcoal" Michaels
Stencil: "equaliser" MFT
Inks: Twisted citroen, Squeezed lemonade, carved pumpkin and candy apple all distress

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Squidgy and Teddy

The new squidgy range (ok so not really new just new to me) from Stamping Bella is gorgeous. I have liked a fair few but this was the first one I bought, it appealed to me because of the huge teddy bear and like my struggle with chocolate stamps I just can't resist a cute teddy.

The stamps contain a sentiment, large image and smaller one, I used the smaller one to create the background after seeing Faye create a similar one.

Not much else to say except I liked colouring the bear, can't wait to use it again and lets see how long that wait is.

Image: "Squidgy with Teddy" Stamping Bella
Sentiment: "birthday bears" MFT
Dies: Square Staxs, A2 rectangle staxs and blueprints 31 all MFT
Card: "island indigo" Stampin Up
Paper: "Squidgy with Teddy" stamping Bella stamped in tropical teal dye ink from MFT

Skin - E11, 00, 000, R02
Hair - E59, 57, 35
Dress - BG49, 45, T4, 2
Ground - W2, 0
Bear - E49, 44, 43, 42, 41, R39, 37

Monday, 30 October 2017

Sherlock the Cat

I've had this idea in my head for ages, originally I was going to use a Mo Manning image but as soon as I saw this cat I knew it was perfect. The young lady who is turning 21 loves all things Sherlock, purple and her big fluffy grey cat so I had to include all of these on her card.

Not a lot to say except this has been my go to style for a few cards now so I need to change it up and try something different.

Image: "basik and sparrows" Scrapberry
Sentiment: "all in onsie" Clearly Besotted
Numbers: "A la mode big birthday numbers" (retired) from MFT
Dies: XXL Stitched squares from Crealies
Card: "grape jelly" MFT
Paper: "tiny check brights" MFT

Numbers - V17, 15, 12
Birds - R89, 39, 37, B26, 23, V17, 15
Cat - T7, 6, 5, B26, 24, 23, C3, 2, 1, E09, 07

Friday, 27 October 2017


Mo Manning manages to capture such joy and exuberance in her images, they are always a joy to colour and bring a smile to everyone. This is a very early image and I've owned it for quite a few years, it was an image that scared me to colour but not anymore, you never know I might colour more scary images soon lol.

I went with a tried and tested design again, only one more of this style I promise.

Image: "engineer" Mo's Digital Pencil
Sentiment: "marker felt" computer generated
Dies: XXL stitched squares from Crealies
Card: "enchanted evening" Papertrey Ink
Paper: "Birthday Blowout" MFT

Skin - E11, 00, 000
Hair - N6, 4
Shirt - N2, 1, 0, blender
Hat and Dungarees - B99, 97, 95, 93
Ground - E35, 34, 31
Train - R89, 39, 37, N9, 7, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1, 100
Shoes - E49, 79, 74
Kerchief - R89, 39, 37
Sky - BG11, 10, blender

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Birthday Bobbi

I stopped taking part in the September 30 day colouring challenge around day 12, life got busy and my mojo went missing so I decided to stop pressurising myself and just colour as and when I wanted to. I missed taking part though and have decided to be more organised next time. I know famous last words lol.

I was crafting with friends and one had used a mojo monday sketch and I thought why not try to recreate it, I used sketches a lot when my mojo was missing but since I have moved more to clean and simple cards its not something I think of using. It was fun to look through the sketches and choose one to kind of replicate, I have never been able to copy 100% but its close enough.

I was saddened to hear that Mojo Monday has stopped but with the move to CAS its not surprising. The creation of a new sketch each week can't have been easy and they should be applauded and thanked for that.

Ok enough rambling onto the card, its simple and follows (sort of) the sketch below. As i was printing hubbies image I added a few others to the sheet so as to not waste the card and this is one of those images.

Image: "birthday Bobbi" Digistamp Boutique
Paper: "party patterns" from MFT
Dies: blueprints 15 from MFT and XXL inside out circles from Crealies
Sentiment: "party animal" Avery Elle stamped with "winter wisteria" from Papertrey Ink

Bear - E44, 43, 42
Nose - E47
Ground - BV02, 01, 00
Balloons - Y17, 15, 13, R85, 83, 81, BV02, 01, 00
Present - Y17, 15, 13, R85, 83, 81

Saturday, 21 October 2017

IT Ant

It was recently my Hubbie's 50th Birthday, how did that happen, he was only 21 when I met him and that only seems like yesterday.

He is a gamer/IT/gadget guy and all of the cards I've made for him over the years have reflected that and this one is no different.

I saw this image ages ago and as the guy was wearing an Atari t-shirt I knew it was perfect. My hubby has been an atari fan since the first days of the 2600 machine, in fact we have all the variations of all the machines atari produced, yes he is a collector lol.

Image: "DIY Ian" Doctor Digi
Dies: XXL Stitched Squares from Crealies
Card: "dark charcoal" 65lb Recollections from Michaels
Paper: "mankind" Simply Creative

Skin - E13, 11, 00, 000
Hair - T6, 5, 4, 3, 2
Jeans - B99, 97, 95, 93
T-shirt - N9, 7, 6, R29, YR07, G28, G17, B26, B24, Y15
Ground - E43, 42, 41
Computer - N6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Jungle Friends Elephant

Another inspired by Therese, she thought the elephant would look good sat on top of the MFT happy die, now I didn't have that die but I remembered I had the Papertrey Ink One Liner dies. This worked out perfect and the card was a dream to make.

This is day 6 of the colouring challenge, so far more than half of the images have been made into cards, I am hoping that by the end of the year I will have made them all and shown them here too.

Image: "jungle Friends" Katzelkraft
Sentiment: "label maker" mft and "one liner" Papertrey Ink
Paper: "mankind" Creative

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Hero Arts Goldfish

This was the first stamp layering set, that wasn't flowers, that I ever really wanted. I ummed and ahhed over it and it had been out quite a while before I bought it and I am so pleased I did. It lined up a dream and looks so effective too.

I was inspired by a card in Septembers Making Cards magazine and it made me want to pull out this set and get making, thats the beauty of magazine, blogs etc it helps you rediscover forgotten stash or buy new stuff too lol.

The watercolour background was achieved with cheap Aldi tube paints and two layers I was so surprised that they kept their colour and were so bright after they dried, I was expecting a more muted look. Not much else to say except I enjoyed making this card and its one more of the list.

Image and Sentiment : 'Goldfish" Hero Arts
Dies: "wonky stitched rectangles" MFT
Inks: "jellybean green, gumdrop green and sour apple" all MFT, "cocoa bean, summer sunrise, Orange zest and smokey shadow" all Papertrey ink
Paints: Aldi watercolour

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Take Control

I am a fan of your next stamps and as soon as I saw this set I bought it. I then proceeded to loose it and it was gone for six months. I was about to order it again when I cleared out a forgotten bit of my room and there it was. I was so shocked and happy. This was the first set I had ever lost and not found shortly afterwards. I did think maybe I hadn't bought it and I dreamed it lol.

Anyway the remote control has arms but no legs and he looked a bit odd to me so I stamped and added the legs from the stamp a character set. I then used blueprints 31, this is by far the quickest and easiest blueprints to date, and viola a card is made.

Image: "boys toys" Your Next Stamp and "stamp a character" Also Your Next Stamp
Sentiment: as above
Card: "charcoal" from Michaels
Paper: "mankind" Simply Creative

Dies: Blueprints 31

Monday, 9 October 2017

Dolls House

I have always loved dolls houses, as both a child and adult I have been fascinated by the items that you can make and buy to fill the rooms. One of my crafty friends shares the same passion and fascination although she does have an actual house whereas I only dream about one lol.

I had bought the decoupage version of this a few years ago and when there was a sale at just inklined I bought the digi stamp version. It was quite a challenge to colour as the image is fairly small (well the size i printed it lol) but I did like the finished result.

Another of the 30 day colouring challenge images made into a card, woohoo.

Image: "dollhouse" Just Inklined
Sentiment: "keep it simple - birthday 3" Papertrey Ink
Paper: 'Bonnets and bowties" Nit Wit for Lili of the Valley
Card: "grape jelly" MFT
Dies: Crealies XXL Stitched square and basic edges 2 and scalloped edges 2 both MFT

Roof - BV29, 25, 23
Brickwork - E43, 42, 41, 40
Grass - YG17, 25, 03
Path and Base - W6, 4
Blue - B06, 04, 02, 01, 00, 000
Pink - RV14, 13, 11
Shutters - V29, 25
Door - Stampin up Winter Wisteria Markers

Friday, 6 October 2017

Birthday Cheers

Day 4 of the challenge and although I did colour on day three they haven't made it onto cards yet, I add yet as I have cards planned.

I love Digistamp Boutique images especially the guy ones, they seem to capture the comic element without being harsh. I haven't made this for anyone but more to have in case, I don't normally make cards without a person in mind but as I am constantly chasing my tail this year maybe I ought to.

Good old blueprints 31 again but I changed up the sentiment strip and I like it, might be a go to design for quite some time.

Also this is a new paper pack, opened today I have left it on my desk as I can forsee lots of guy cards with this one.

Image: "harry with Beer" Digistamp Boutique
Sentiment: "wet paint holiday tags" Papertrey Ink
Card: "midnight Muse" Stampin Up (retired in colour)
Paper: "mankind" Simply Creative
Dies: Blueprints 31 and sentiment label strip all MFT

Skin - E13, 11, 00, R02
Hair - E59, 57, 35
Shirt - E09, R08, 05
Jeans - B99, 97, 95, 93
Beer - E35, E57, B93, R08, E51

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Penny Black Birthday Bears

I have been watching a lot and I mean a lot of youtube recently and I discovered Therese from Lost in Paper, she is based in Australia and her laugh makes me giggle too. I saw a card she made with the bears and circle sentiment and I immediately thought I could use that idea for my friends 40th Birthday card, I have two friends turning the big 4 0 this year so I made two but I won't show that until after her birthday.

This was day 2 of the colouring challenge in September and woohoo more made into cards.

Image:  "birthday bears" Penny Black
Sentiment: "happy birthday circle frame" MFT
Paper: "Party Patterns" MFT
Dies: Blueprints 13 and shaker pouch dies all mft
Sequins: Neat and Tangled and Pretty Pink Posh

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Amazing Tween Card

I started the 30 day colouring challenge on the 1st September and made a challenge to myself to make the images into cards rather than just sit in a box unloved. These were the first images and I made a card the same day. Hopefully this will continue.

The design is fairly simple as I wanted the sentiment and images to be the focus. I did discover that I don't own any square trio dies only the interactive one, which worked as I cut the scored edge with a knife and ruler but I might have to go looking, not that is was difficult to be honest but I'm all about the convenience lol.

Image: "tween time" Clearly Besotted
Sentiment: "bold sentiments" MFT, smoke ink from Simon Says Stamp and raspberry Fizz from Papertrey Ink
Card: "110lb and 65lb white from Recollections at Michaels
Paper: "bonnets and bowties" Nit Wit
Dies: Blueprints 13 and ditched interactive window trio all mft

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Growing Up is Optional

A friend of ours is celebrating a birthday and as I say this sentiment to his son to describe him all the time it seemed fitting to use it on his card, he isn't that old but you can only really send images like this to people who don't look like it lol.

Its a fairly simple design as I didn't have a lot of time or mojo but I'm pleased with how it turned out.

Image: "gus birthday - optional" Bugaboo
Sentiment: as above
Paper: "team dad" Mini digi kit by Echo Park from Snap Click Supply
Card: "nightshift blue" MFT
Dies: Blueprints 1 and 2 both mft and banner from Gina Marie

Skin -
Hair - N4, 2
Hat - BG57, 53, B99, 95
T-Shirt - B95, 93, 91, 99
Shoes - E77
Plane - YR07, 04, Y13, W9, 8, 7, 6, BG49, 57, 53

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Up We Go

This is another of the Florida stamp purchases and I am so glad I persevered and found all the Mama Elephant mini sets, I still have two sets to use but I am determined to use them before I put them away.

This card is fairly simple and I haven't used the dies to cut it out, I did find the dies leave a larger white border than I expected and I am not sure I like that lol.

Image: "up we go" Mama Elephant
Dies: Blueprints 31 and cloud border dies both MFT
Clouds: Cloud border stencil from MFT with tumbled glass distress ink

Cat - T6, 5, 4, 3, R20, T1
Balloons - R89, 39, 37, R29, 24, 14, YR07, 04, Y15, 13, YG17, 25, 03, G28, 16, 14, B26, 24, 23, BG15, 13, 11, BV04, 02, 00, V17, 15, RV09, 06, R85, 83, 81

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Dos Amigos

Another inspired by Nichol Sphor card, I have had this idea in my head since I bought the stamps in Florida, it took the mojo challenge to kick start my creativity and actually make the card though. I have quite a few ideas of cards I want to make but my issue is they aren't the cards I need lol. So the age old dilemma do I strike whilst the iron is hot and make what I want or put that aside and make what I need lol.

Images and Sentiments: "dos Amigos" Mama Elephant
Dies: Blueprints 27 from MFT and Inside out stitched circles from Crealies
Distress inks: Cracked pistachio and Lucky clover

Bunny - T3, 2, 1, 0, R20
Black Bear - W8, 7, 6, 5, 4
Grey Bear - W6, 4, 3
Banners - G02, 00

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Final Mojo Challenge

As the title suggests this is my final mojo challenge using the making cards magazine, however I might do this again in the future as I enjoyed it so much and also it helped reduce the amount of stuff I have.

Image: "making cards" Magazine
Card: Micheals recollections white 65lb and 110lb
Dies: Crealies inside out stitched circles and mft scalloped stitched frame (leftover from previous card), backgrounds present from a friend.
Sentiment: "labels" Craftwork Cards

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Mojo Challenge 4

Two more cards from that same Making Cards Magazine, this time I went with square cards as the images were considerably larger and would have filled an a2 with no space to spare.

I am more impressed with myself than I can possibly tell you that I have made these cards, with stuff and styles that are not my normal go to's. You never know this might even happen again.

Image and Paper: Making cards Magazine
Dies: Crealies XXL Square and cross stitch rectangle from MFT
Card: "Harvest Gold" Papertrey Ink

Image and Paper: Making cards Magazine
Dies: Crealies XXL Square and blueprint 20 from MFT
Card: "Harvest Gold" Papertrey Ink

Sunday, 10 September 2017


The list of ingredients for this card is low but that is outweighed by the copic list lol. I recently saw a video by Kelly Latevola where she built a scene and I thought wow she makes that look easy but I bet it isn't. Well it isn't as difficult as I thought and definitely more fun than I expected. Of course there is no perspective on mine but for my first attempt I am more than happy.

I drew the hills and the road myself. I used my T-square ruler for the road but the hills are freehand. I don't think I am ready for a full on scene card but you never know lol.

Image: "roadtrip" Art Impressions (AI)
Dies: Blueprints 1 from mft

Road - T8, 7, 6, Y15, 13
Car - RV09, 06, 04, N4, 2, N9, 8, 7, 6, Y13
Sky - BG11, 10
Hils - YG17, 25, 03
Driver - E34, 31, 30, BG13, 11, E13, 11, 00, R20, RV09
Baseball Hat - E11, 00, 000, R20, BV02, 00, R85, 83, BG13, 11, G43, 40
Red Hair - E09, 19, 17, E11, 00, 000, R20, RV09, N1, N8, 6, G43, 40
Brown Hair - E13, 11, 00, R20, R85, 83, 81, E59, 57, 35

Friday, 8 September 2017

Mojo Challenge 3

Another instalment of the mojo challenge. I am only left with about four images and I know I want to make cards with those but I am inspired now to get on with other types of crafting as well. I haven't felt that way in a while so this exercise was truly worthwhile and will get repeated again if I find myself in this position again.

I haven't put any sentiments on these ones as I don't know what I am going to use them for yet.

Image: making cards magazine
Stencil:making cards magazine , wilted violet oxide ink
Glitter Tape: B&M Bargains
Dies: "stitched circle scallop frames" from MFT

Image: making cards magazine
Stencil:"argyle" tim holtz, peeled paint and faded jeans distress oxide ink
Dies: blueprints 1 and 2 from MFT

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Mojo Challenge 2

This is my second mojo challenge post and again I have included two cards. It has definitely reinvigorated my mojo and I don't have many of the images left to use either. Hopefully I will use them all as that would be a first for me.

So today I was inspired by the cards made in the magazine by the design team. I haven't followed any exactly but it gave me a starting point. I had forgotten how much an embossed background makes a card pop.

Images:"making cards" magazine
Paper: "making cards" magazine
Dies: blueprints 1, 2 and 3 and basic border scalloped edges 2 all MFT and "happy birthday" from Dovecraft
Card: "dark pink" Recollections from Michaels
embossing: "dots" from cuttlebug

Monday, 4 September 2017

Mojo Challenge

I have mentioned previously that I am struggling with my mojo, I am trying very hard to remedy this and I thought one way might be to challenge myself to use new stuff as soon as it arrives. I only subscribe to one magazine "making cards" and as soon as this arrived I decided I was going to use the pre-printed elements to make a few quick cards. I have made a few so far and have plans for a few more. I actually enjoyed this and I now if I hadn't made the decision I would never have used any of these elements. Every image was mounted onto white card and cut out, the paper whilst a lovely quality isn't strong enough for the images without assistance.

I am going to spread the cards over a few days so as not to bore you in one go lol.

Todays offering uses both the papers and elements from the magazine, I cut the papers using a border die and used both sets of papers to make two cards, this was so much easier and quick way to do this, why haven't I used this before lol.

Image: "making cards" magazine
Sentiment: "keep it simple:birthday 3" Papertrey Ink
Papers: "making cards" magazine
Dies: Blueprints 1 and border basics both MFT

Friday, 1 September 2017

Manatee Mischief

I think this is the first card in a long time that has no MFT products on it. I have so much MFT stuff that it is impossible to ascertain how this card has none lol.

I bought the hero art Manatee stamp set on my recent florida visit as I thought it would be perfect for my floridian friends and the Clearly Besotted came out with an even cuter one so I went from no Manatee stamp sets to two lol.

Image: "manatee mischief" Clearly Besotted
Sentiment: "manatee" Hero Arts
Dies: Crealies XXL stitched circles and Clearly Besotted scalloped edges (retired)

Manatee with Grass Skirt - W6, 5, 4, 3, 2, YG17, 25, E77, 74
Manatee with Headband - W6, 5, 4, 3, 2, RV09, 06, Y15, 13, YR07, 04

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Pirate Party

Yet another inspired by Nichol Sphor card, I find her style to be one that I gravitate to and hope to someday achieve. Her scene building leaves me in awe and isn't something I am ready to try at the moment. She makes it look so easy but you just know it isn't.

Anyway onto the card, I used the distress oxide inks for the background and i do like the look these give, I did forget to sprinkle with water though but hopefully next time I will remember. The rest is pretty straightforward really, just my normal coloured images and job done.

Image: "party like a pirate" MFT stamps
Sentiment: "pirate party" Clearly Besotted
Dies: Blueprints 1 and rectangle word window frames both MFT
Stencil : "radiating rays" from mft with fossilised amber and spiced marmalade distress oxide inks, ground is vintage photo distress oxide ink

Parrot -  R29, 24, 14, YG17, 25, 03, Y17, 15, 13, E77
Chest - N3, 2, 1, E79, 77, 74
Coins - YR23, Y21
Pirate 1 - E13, 11, 00, 49, 59, N9, 7, 6, R29, 24, 14, Y15, 13, B93, 91, E74, 77, N5, 4, 3, 2
Pirate 2 - E13, 11, 00, B99, 97, 95, 93, R29, 24, 14, N2, 0, Y17, 15, 13, 11, E74, 77, N3, 2, 1
Flag - N9, 8, 7, 6, 2, 1, E74, 77

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Pizza Passion

I have been wanting this stamp set since it was released but I kept telling myself I didn't need it. In the end the need to make this card was too strong and I gave in and ordered it. I am so glad I did as well as it is even better than I hoped or expected.

I am very impressed with the quality of these sets especially for the cost, so if you are hesitating I say go ahead and buy you won't be disappointed.

I did add a sentiment after I took the photo and I totally forgot to take another one before I sent it out.

Images: "pizza passion" Hunky-dory
Card: "charcoal" Michaels
Dies: Blueprints 1 and 2 both MFT

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Lounging Leopard

This card was inspired by my friend Kathleen she made a very similar card and I thought it is perfect for this image. Its a fairly simple design so there is no room for error and I am pleased it all went without a hitch or a smudge in sight. I am so happy with it that I might make a few more.

Image: "lovable leopards" from MFT
Sentiment: Keep it simple-Birthday from Papertrey ink
Dies: Blueprints 13, grass border and safari edges all from mft and crealies stitched xxl inside out circles
Distress inks - twisted citroen, mowed lawn, tumbled glass and gathered twigs

Branch - E74, 77, 79
Leaves - YG67, 17, 25, 03
Leopard - YG27, 24, 23, Y21

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Zero Calories

Sometimes you see an image and all that springs to mind is rainbow, well this was that image. I enjoyed colouring them all and I love this design of card, it is very much inspired by Nichol Spoor who makes this design look effortless but believe me it isn't. When its this simple every mistake shows up, I can tell that the border isn't quite straight, when I measured it is is less than 2mm but I can still see it lol.

Image: "zero calories" Your Next Stamp
Dies: Basic scalloped border edges from mft
Paper: "rainbow plaid" Lawn Fawn
Sentiment: "comfort food additions" Papertrey Ink

Red - R29, 24, 14
Orange - YR09, 07, 04
Yellow - Y17, 15, 13
Green - YG17, 25, 03
Aqua - BG15, 13, 11
Blue - B26, 24, 23
Violet - V17, 15, 12
Pink - RV09, 06, 04
Brown - E35, 34, 31

Monday, 14 August 2017

Another Get Well Wish

I needed a get well card quickly and as I just got this image I decided to use her again. I have been inspired by the MFT design team for the layout and as my mojo is still missing I can see being inspired is going to become a feature lol. 

I am not going to let my lack of mojo stop me creating or playing though. I don't struggle with colour or papers even just the layout so if being inspired helps me make cards and I am happy with the result then long may it continue to inspire me.

Image: "bed rest" Pure Innocence for MFT
Paper: from MFT
Dies: Crealies XXL stitched circle and Basic scalloped borders from MFT
Card: "grapesicle" MFT