Monday, 30 April 2018


Morning and welcome....

Our only grandchild, Max, who you may remember moved to Dorset just before Christmas, (we and Max's dad (my son) live in the north east), it's so very hard for us coping with this distance

Last Thursday was parents' evening and Max received an excellent report.  The teacher said he was a credit to his parents as well as being "an awesome little fella".... very proud parents and grandparents as you'd expect

This is way I've made today's card to send to him and I've also shown what I added inside 

The background is created using Distress Oxide Inks, I did block a border around the whole of the card but must not have pressed the lift off tape hard enough because the ink spilled onto the bottom of the card and one side, hence the wiggly black border

The card is a lot brighter too in the 'flesh'

The stamp set is unknown, which is annoying!  I used 5 different colours for the stamping on the card front and typed the insert

Until tomorrow....

June x

Sunday, 29 April 2018


Morning all....

I have a 'swing panel' card for you today!  I have seen this type of card on Pinterest but a lady called Edith has also made a tutorial and I'll link her blog below

It's a cute little card, 
14cm x 11.5cm 

The lilac card is from Papermill Direct, the patterned paper is from my stash

The white panel card was embossed using a 'Couture Creations' embossing folder named 'Encaustic'

Instead of matting onto black cardstock I went around the edges with a ProMarker in black

I've also used a new type of glue, and I think it's fantastic!  It's called Fabri-Tac by Beacon Adhesives, and when applied to paper it does not warp it!  I bought mine from Amazon

I was intending to add a strip of lilac cardstock to the inside edge but when I moved some card the black strip fell out of the pile so I used that instead!

Now for the winner of the stamp set....

Random Name Picker

Enter all names in the field below, each on a separate line:

Jane R


Please email your postal address and claim your stamp set to:

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Completed mini album for my brother's 60th birthday

Morning everyone....

This is a short video on my completed mini album that I gave to my brother for his 60th birthday.  He is a man of very few words but beamed all the way through looking at it and he said he loved it, that made me so happy

The video is under 5 minutes and I've actually left the photographs in.... lol

I hope you enjoy seeing it

Now for Wednesday's card winner....

Random Name Picker

Enter all names in the field below, each on a separate line:



Please email your postal details and claim your card to:

Until tomorrow....

June x 

Friday, 27 April 2018


Morning crafters and visitors....

I love CAS cards and think today's offering may just fall into that category

I've used Papermill Direct's linen card a beautiful cardstock, and made a 5"x6" card base.  On top of that there is a smaller panel of the same cardstock and this is how I made the card:

Mask, approximately, three quarters of the way down the panel as well as both sides

Using a Clarity stencil brush add some 'broken china Distress Oxide Ink'  to it and gently brush it along the area you want to add some colour

Now add a little darker shade of blue, I've used 'faded jeans Distress Oxide Ink', again using light brush strokes.  When you're happy with the amount of colour remove the tape and set to one side

Using the large alphabet dies by Sizzix (the make of dies you use is not compulsory, use whatever you have) die cut the 'J' and 'Y' 4 times each using the same cardstock and adhere each letter together

Using the middle size snowflake die by Spellbinders, die cut this 4 times using the same cardstock, glue them together then add a little liquid glue to the top snowflake (I used Tonic's Nuvo Glue Pen for the adhesive) and sprinkle 'Iced Snow Glitter Jewels by Creative Expressions over the snowflake

I used a piece of lightweight cardboard packaging, from a recent delivery, to add dimension to this panel.  I cut a little smaller than the panel and adhered the card to it then onto the base card.  You can't even tell what it is

To complete I made 3 small white pearls using Cosmic Shimmer Cosmic Pearl PVA by CE.  These dry rock hard and have a lovely 'pearly appearance' 

Just for a change this week I've a set of Christmas stamps by Katy Sue Designs, these are really excellent stamps and are also clear.  There are 9 stamps in the set

Leave me a comment on today's post if you'd like your name added to the draw for this prize, you have until 6pm Saturday night to do so, the winner will be announced on Sunday's blog

Until then....

June x

Thursday, 26 April 2018


Morning all....

Today is the start of a new challenge at MAWTT, I'm the host for this fortnight's challenge and my chosen theme is FANTASY

This is my contribution....

I applied Ranger's Glossy Accents to the mermaid's body

I also applied 'Wink Of Stella' to the hair

I hope you can see a little of the 'Glossy Accents' I've added on the the body of the mermaid.  It's actually changed the colour of her altogether!  You will see on the last photo what she looked like before apply the glossy accents

I applied a very thick layer and it's so gorgeous to touch

This is the original colour of the mermaid before I applied 'glossy accents'

I used a digi stamp, by Sheepski Designs,  for the image, and printed it onto pure white watercolour card by Ranger

I masked the image using liquid masking film by Talens, I applied this with a brush then created the multicoloured sea using several distress oxide inks by Ranger: broken china, cracked pistachio, faded jeans, spiced marmalade, worn lipstick and wilted violet.  I also added a little black soot distress ink (not oxide) to the bottom of the card

Once all the card was coloured I spritzed water over it using my Tim Holtz's Distress Sprayer, blotted the excess then gave it a quick blast of heat 

I removed the masking film and coloured the mermaid using Spectrum Aqua Pens by Crafter's Companion:  blossom and crimson (hair), purple (body) and peach (skin)

A ProMarker in black was applied around the edges of the card then it was adhered to white card

When you have a few minutes please take a stroll to MAWTT and see what the rest of 'Team B' have created for this challenge.  It would be good to see one of your creations there too


Until tomorrow....

June x

Wednesday, 25 April 2018


Morning Crafters.....

This first card I made for Papermill Direct is the one I'm giving away today.  So if you would like to give it a new home just leave a comment on today's post, you have until 6pm Friday then the winner will be announced on Saturday's blog

Tomorrow's blog is scheduled to show at 9am as it's a new challenge at MAWTT and I'm the host for the next 2 weeks

Until then....

June x

Tuesday, 24 April 2018


 Morning crafters....

I was delighted when Papermill Direct contacted me asking if I would make a card for their blog.  I love their card stock, it really is excellent quality, naturally I said I would

I made 3 cards, with instructions, yesterday's card was one of them as is today's card

 Create a 15cm square card base, top folding, out of black card then one piece of  black card 3cm x 13cm and another 2cm x 12 cm.  Using the lime green card cut 2 pieces of card, one 13.5cm x 3.5cm and the other 12cm x 2cm

Adhere the black card onto the respective green card then onto the card base

Use an anti-static tool on the bottom right hand corner of the card and stamp the sentiment (name unknown), with a clear embossing ink pad, apply WOW Olive Regular Embossing Powder, remove the excess powder and heat set

Using the die set ‘Arianna Blooms’ by Heartfelt Creations, die cut the flowers onto the green card

Once cut discard the two largest petals, shape the remainder flowers with a ball tool      and use either a Japanese Hole Punch or a pokey tool to make a small hole in the base/centre of each flower.  Pinch each individual petal for dimension then, using a smoothie by CE or a blending tool (Ranger) brush the tips of each petal, lightly, with  Ranger’s Black Soot Ink Pad

Assemble each layer ensuring the centre remains clear.  Take 3 or 4 green stamens, fold in half, snip off a little from the bottom then feed them through the centre of the flower, if there is too much stamen on the underneath of the flower snip more away then apply enough glue to secure the remaining stamens and adhere the flower to the top right of the card

Using 3mm green flat back pearls by Hobby House add them to the card front as shown

Cut 2 pieces of green card 10cm square, 2 more pieces 9.5cm square, and 2 pieces of black card 9.5cm square.  Adhere the card pieces as green, black, and green, to make  2 combinations

Stamp and emboss a flourish design onto one set of the above combinations then stamp and emboss the sentiment onto the remaining combination.  Adhere to the inside of your card

Use a small round corner punch to the bottom corner of your card to complete

Until tomorrow...

June x

Monday, 23 April 2018


Morning crafters....

I think this is a stunning shade of pink, or would you call it fuchsia?  Either way it's a beautiful colour

I created an 8" square card base, top folding.  Then a smaller panel of white card another smaller panel of pink.  This card was embossed

Then a 6" square panel of white card, followed by a smaller piece of pink card, were adhered together and on the back of the card I added lightweight card to give it dimension

This was adhered to the base card in a diamond shape

The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed onto white card and die cut using an oval die by Creative Expressions

I made a white frame by die cutting 2 oval dies 4 times and adhering them together .  A smaller pink oval frame was die cut.  This was adhered to the white stamped card then the white frame glued around it was glued into place

I used the Starflowers Die Set by John Lockwood to die cut numerous layers of pink flowers, shaped the petals and glued the layers together finishing with a white centre and a tiny black gem placed into the middle of it

The Starflower Leaves Die Set was used 3 times on white card then each leaf was shaped

The flowers were adhered to the card then the leaves and to complete 3 tiny black gems were glued into place inside the plaque

All the card used is by Papermill Direct and the texture and finish is gorgeous.  It is excellent using a top quality card for your makes

Until tomorrow....


Sunday, 22 April 2018



The image below does not do justice to the original piece, my printer is on its last

I follow this very talented lady, her name is Lisa Hetrick and she gives you a free image, via email, to use personally.  She does ask you not to copy "with intent to distribute" which is quite understandable, and I've had lovely images from her in the past, although I've never used any!

The flowers on the image below are a vivid fuchsia on the original email, and I'm sure someone would love to receive it from you

Check her work out and why not sign up for future emails and enjoy what this lady creates

You can find her at:

Names have been added to Random Name Picker for the Chloe stamp and......

Random Name Picker

Enter all names in the field below, each on a separate line:

Sue M


Your stamp will be winging its way to you

Until tomorrow....

June x

Saturday, 21 April 2018


Morning all....

I have my latest, completed album to show you today.  I made it for my stepson's birthday, he loves 'bling' so you see it on most of the pages in one way or another.  It's shown without any photographs as my stepson has yet to receive his album which is why I'm unable to enclose any pictures

I hope you like it

Names have been entered into Random Name Picker and it has picked....

Random Name Picker

Enter all names in the field below, each on a separate line:
Aunty Millie

Your card will be winging its way to you

Until tomorrow....

June x 

Friday, 20 April 2018

FESTIVE FRIDAY 13 - How To: Easy Make Diamond Shaped Card

Morning all....

Another easy make/batch card for you today that, obviously does not have to be a Christmas card

The video isn't very long and shows you where to score for this particular card and you don't need any adhesive, unless you are decorating LOL

Until tomorrow....

June x

Thursday, 19 April 2018


Morning all....

The poppy stamp is one of a set of flowers by Sheena Douglass and is my favourite flower too!  There are 4 varieties of flowers with coordinating dies.  I don't have the dies and fussy cut this image

I stamped the flower onto the smooth side of  Ranger's, white watercolour card.  This card is a true white and the best quality I've ever used

I used several shades of Derwent's water colour pencils for both the flower and foliage then left it to one side to dry

The black card was cut to size for the 5"x7" base card and a Martha Stewart punch gave the filigree edge.  I also rounded one corner with a Woodware punch

The sentiment was embossed and heat set using VersaMark clear stamp pad and Hero Arts white embossing powder.  This is a true white embossing powder, I love using it

I also partially stamped the flower on the inside of the card

Before assembling the card I gave the flower a quick blast of heat then debated if I should add 'Glossy Accents' to it or a 'Wink Of Stella', the latter won this time.  It really does give a great shimmer, I usually use the clear and when I ordered it, from Amazon, I ordered clear but a gold shimmer was delivered!

Until tomorrow....

June x

Wednesday, 18 April 2018


Morning all....

You may remember this technique I should you a while back, using elastic bands.  I think it does create good backgrounds

Distress inks were used for the background and the stamp is by Woodware

If you would like to give this card a new home please leave a comment on today's post

It doesn't matter where you live, we ship internationally, at no cost to you,  or if you have won in the past

The draw closes at 6pm Friday and the winner will be announced on Saturday's blog

Don't forget that every Friday we also have a 'freebie stamp' give-away too

Until tomorrow....

June x

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Using A Selection Of The 'Sport Stamp Set' From Joanna Sheen

Good afternoon!..... 

The stamp set with this month's Creative Stamping Magazine Issue 56, is by Joanna Sheen, and it's a fabulous A4 page of stamps, ideal for making cards for the male population, as we do struggle with those at times

I have a slider card to show you and the card I demonstrated on the video after I repaired it!  There's also 2 ways I've used distress oxide inks for a background

I hope you enjoy it....

Until tomorrow....

June x

Monday, 16 April 2018


Morning all....

Apologies for not posting a card yesterday as I was having a real 'off' day

This stamp set was a gift from Making Cards Magazine, I think a couple of months ago.  I've been meaning to finish several of the made cards and add a video, but as time is getting on I decided that I would show you two of the finished cards

This ivory base card is an 8" square and I added a smaller panel of red 'corrugated' card that I've had in my stash for ever and a day

The other papers are from the same issue in Making Cards and I added black panels to each paper

When I'd finished colouring the young ladies, using the Derwent Watercolour Pencils, shown below, I die cut the image and ran a black ProMarker pen around the edge

Handy tip:  I save some of the lightweight cardboard packages I receive and these are ideal to use when you want to add dimension to your card makes, it also saves using your mounting foam, I also use a wet glue when using lightweight cardboard

I used the same size circle die (CE) as the one for the image and die cut a piece of cardboard, I also ran the black ProMarker around the edge of this too, added wet glue to it, adhered the topper onto it then adhered it to the card

The sentiment and 2 hearts are from the same stamp set, stamped onto ivory card then I used a circle punch to give me the shape on the left and fussy cut the flag on the right.  Black ProMarker was again used along the edges, mounting foam on the back and adhered to the card

I stamped directly onto this 5" square card and used the same make of pencils for the colouring in

The sentiment and the other stamped images are from the same set

I used a Pilot Pure Liquid Ink Pen, in red, to add the squiggle border

Until tomorrow....

June x

Sunday, 15 April 2018


Morning all....

The winner of Friday's Chloe's stamp is



Your gift will be in the post to you

Until tomorrow....

June x

Saturday, 14 April 2018


Morning all....

I've seen a similar design of this card, by Sue Hughes, in one of the craft magazines and liked it so much I thought I'd make my version.  I had made a plain set of drawers, a long time ago, for a male card and had a tie, socks and a shirt sleeve hanging out of the drawers, but I think baby cards are so much prettier

It's such a pretty paper, from the 12"x12" Oh Baby Paper Pad and I adhered it to a 6" square card base.  Before I added the paper I used a large circle punch to make a semi-circle at the bottom of the 'drawers' and did the same with the paper

I cut 2 strips of the same size and a deeper one for the bottom drawer.  To outline the drawers I added a little light brown, with a ProMarker, around the edges.  Mounting foam was then added to the backs and adhered to the card

Flat back pearls were added for drawer handles and a cute sparkly teddy at the top of the drawers

The white die cuts come from the Shadow Box Set by Creative Expressions

Wednesday's names were have been added to Random Name Picker and the winner is....

Random Name Picker

Enter all names in the field below, each on a separate line:

Aunty Millie


Your card will be winging its way to you

Until tomorrow....

June x 

Friday, 13 April 2018


Morning all....

This is a quick make and ideal for batch making, it does look much prettier in the flesh too!

I 'found' this card in my box of cards to finish.  I'd already embossed it and wish I'd photographed it before I coloured it in as it would make another ideal 'batch make' 

So, this 5" square white card had been embossed, and I'd like to say the folder is/could be by Crafter's Companion.  I used a gold ink pen to colour the 'ribbon' then used a NUVO glue pen by Tonic to cover the bow prior to applying Glitter Jewels by Creative Expressions

I used the pointed end of a small smoothie (CE) to add colour to the bauble, using Cosmic Shimmer Colour Cloud in 'soft cerise' (CE)

The bauble was then covered in adhesive and more Glitter Jewels applied to it

I used a Paper Mate pencil to gently outline the bow and added a pearl heart to the centre

I heat embossed the sentiment with WOW 'gold satin pearl' embossing powder

If you have this embossing folder or something similar and there isn't a coordinating die you could emboss several, fussy cut them then apply a colour of your choice, this way you don't have to be so careful if you go over the edge.  Add foam pads to the back and you'll have a 3D design

Today's freebie stamp is a snowflake background

Leave me a comment on today's post if you'd like your name to be added to the draw and the winner will be announced on Sunday's blog

Until tomorrow....

June x

Thursday, 12 April 2018


Hello crafters.... oops, I hadn't clicked on the publish button!!

We have lots of elements in today's make!

A 7" square white card base then a smaller panel of white card, and a smaller panel of lilac glitter card then the top panel of white card with corners all punched (Woodware punch)

Working on the top panel I used a mask and Lilac Blush Sparkle Texture Paste (Creative Expressions) on two sides of the card.  It blends in so well (too well on the photograph) with the glitter card!

I added a piece of cheesecloth (my stash) on the solid piece of white card then adhered the frame and slotted a tag, that had been stamped, into it.  Pearl hearts were added to the top and bottom of the tag

A selection of flowers were glued into place, then a butterfly and an decorative wooden heart

To complete, tiny pearls were dotted around the card

Until tomorrow....

June x

Wednesday, 11 April 2018


Hi crafters....

Unfortunately I had to make one of these cards recently and whilst I always think it is such a sad card to make and send to someone we should possibly keep one or two in our card supplies which is why I'm offering this as this week's 'give-away'

It is a complete stamp by Woodware, and I've stamped it with an Archival Ink Pad in Coffee by Ranger

I used 3 shades of green ProMarkers to colour the leaves and filled a few of the tiny circles with green

The card base is 5"x7" and I adhered the top panel onto a slightly larger piece of black card

As usual, leave me a comment on today's blog if you'd like your name entered into the draw, the winner will be notified on Saturday's blog.  You have until 6pm Friday to comment

Until then....

June x

Monday, 9 April 2018


Hi, welcome and thanks for stopping by....

The base is an ivory DL card with a smaller panel of black card then the pretty paper

I added black tulle lace to the centre, 3 peach roses and 2 pieces of barley all by Wild Orchard Crafts

The black twine was adhered under the flowers 

I typed the sentiment onto an off-cut of the same ivory card, created flags at each end, added mounting foam and adhered to the card

The same ivory card was used for the inside (minus the off-cut for the sentiment), I used a pair of the fancy corner scissors on all 4 corners then went around the edges with a ProMarker in black ink

The verse is from the 'Amazing Sentiments' collection by Creative Expressions, stamped in black pigment ink and heat embossed with a clear WOW Embossing Powder

Until tomorrow....

June x