Saturday, 3 February 2018


Hello and welcome to my happy place....

One of my great-nephews celebrated his birthday a few days ago, he was 14, and this is the card I made for him

It can prove to be difficult to make 'male' cards but using this embossing folder and, should you not want to add extra colour, you could change out the circular 'Birthday Wishes' and add tags or something similar.  I'm sure you'll have a suitable embossing folder in your stash

I embossed a panel of blue card and adhered it to a 5"x7" white card base

On another piece of white card I stamped the sentiment 'Birthday Wishes' then die cut it, and, keeping the card in the die, I inked it as shown, leaving a contrasting white border

I used my hole punch on the sentiment card and the blue panel and added a pale blue brad

I typed a personal message for inside the card and adhered the insert in place

I love this particular embossing folder and it looks great on its own but I wanted to add a pop of colour to a few of the circles and did so using my ProMarkers

I used a small circle punch and punched 4 circles in the same coloured card to what I coloured on the front panel.  These were adhered to the bottom left of the card, overlapping the edge slightly, then cutting the overhang away 

For the envelope I stamped 'Happy Mail' on the front and back then added drops of the 4 alcohol colours onto a blending tool and stamped both the front and back of the envelope in a 'confetti' design

  • white card base ~ CraftUK
  • blue cardstock ~ Creative Expressions
  • Buble Explosion Embossing Folder ~ Leonie Pujol
  • Happy Birthday sentiment ~ CE
  • Circle die ~ CE
  • Faded jeans distress ink ~ Ranger
  • blue pearl brad ~ Hobby House
  • cirle punch ~ my stash
  • ProMarkers ~ blue, green red, yellow shades
  • Happy Mail stamp ~ Gummiapan/Swedish House Crafts
  • Platinum machine ~ Spellbinders
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

  • Allsorts - Spots And/Or Stripes
  • Lemon Shortbread - Challenge #60 Anything Goes
Welcome to Judith who has kindly clicked the 'follow' button

The winner of Wednesday's card is....

Random Name Picker

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

aunty Millie 

Congratulations!  Your card will be posted to you Monday

The winner of the Chloe stamps will be announced tomorrow

until then....

June x

Friday, 2 February 2018

FESTIVE FRIDAY 2 - WITH DOMINOES (so not quite a 'proper' card!)

Hello and welcome to my happy place....

How cute is this tiny Christmas 'card'?

I used 2 dominoes to stamp and colour a scene for the front and back

Once the inks were dry I heated/melted some UTI embossing powder in my melting pot and gently covered the images

I used a bronze paint pen to colour the edges

On the inside of the back domino I adhered thin, ivory organza ribbon

I measured ivory pearlised card to the required length, then, using several varying stamps, stamped a scene on both sides of the card and added a little colour to certain areas

The card was then folded concertina style and down each fold I added more of the bronze paint pen

Last week's card winner claimed her card but chose not to keep the stamp so, whatever name comes out of the draw will receive the stamp from last week and todays

I will removed the outer packaging on the stamps for posting costs

The winner will be announced on Sunday's post

  • 2 dominoes - my stash
  • cardstock of your choice ~ my stash
  • selection of stamps ~ my stash
  • organza ribbon ~ my stash
  • UTI embossing powder ~ my stash
  • Melting Pot ~ Ranger
Welcome to Hazel L who has kindly clicked the 'follow' button

Don't forget you have until 6pm tonight to comment on Wednesday's freebie card if you would like the chance to give it a new home

Until tomorrow....

June x

Thursday, 1 February 2018


Hello and welcome to my happy place....

Today is a new challenge for Team B at Moving Along With The Times Blog.  Jackie is hosting and her the theme is
#64 Love

I've used an 'old' scrapbook page for my contribution, top left photo is of my son, Lee, and grandson, Max and another showing Max a little older.  The bottom photo is my stepson, Curtis, neither will be overly happy at me for showing their photo, but this is what mams/stepmams do.... right? lol and neither visit my blog so I'm safe! Max will be 10 in a few month's time

Tomorrow I'll be back with a 'proper' card

Until then....

June x

Wednesday, 31 January 2018


Hello and welcome to my happy place....

The card will also include a box, should you wish to send it on

As usual, if you'd like to give this card a new home please leave me a comment on today's post, posting as annonymous will eliminate you from the draw, you will need to leave some identification such as: initials, Betty from Blackpool etc etc

You have until 6pm Friday to comment and the winner will be announced on Saturday's post

It doesn't matter if you have won previously and, we ship internationally, at no cost to yourself

Until tomorrow....

June x

Tuesday, 30 January 2018


Hello and welcome to my happy place....

I've not been well since the middle of last week so we're back to photographs (big thanks to hubby, who also did all the assembling etc etc)  for today's tutorial.... I've trained him well LOL

 This is the original DL card with a smaller white panel then a smaller top panel of watercolour card.  Unfortunately the watercolour card isn't white

 Card nos 2

 White DL card, smaller white panel then the watercolour card

 On the watercolour card add the Distress Oxide in 'fossilized amber'

 Then add a little 'peeled paint'

Dab 'worn lipstick' Distress Oxide onto your craft mat and add water.  Pick up the paint with a paintbrush and tap the colour onto your card using another paintbrush to give a splatter effect

 Stamp the sentiment with a Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad

Sissel was adhered to the centre of the card and the flowers adhered over it

 I used Alcohol Inks in pink, green and yellow, on a blending tool, to add a border to the inside of the card

Happy Birthday was again stamped with the onyx black ink pad and a little of the alcohol ink colours added to the envelope as well as the 'happy mail' stamp 

Until tomorrow....

June x

Monday, 29 January 2018


Hello and welcome to my happy place....

Chanya is our host for the new challenge at CCM and her theme is 'Get Inky/Messy' and this is my take on that, somewhat of an explosion of inky colour!

In total I used 9 Alcohol Inks onto glossy white card.  I added droplets of 3 different colours onto a blending tool and dabbed the colour over the card, then another 3 colours, followed by the last 3 colours

This was then die cut and adhered to white cardstock

I used the same stamp, by Altenew, to stamp around the border

I added a panel of fuchsia card to the white card base and a smaller panel of sherbert card to that, finally adding the final top panel

I used only 3 colours to add a border to the inside of the card and stamped another sentiment from the same stamp set
A splash of colour to the corner of the envelope and 'Happy Mail' stamped about it

The same to the back of the envelope
  • white cardstock ~ CraftUK
  • Alcohol Inks ~ Ranger
  • glossy white card ~ my stash
  • fuchsia and sherbert cardstock ~ Creative Expressions (CE)
  • Emma/Frames & Tags Die Set ~ CE
  • Crafty Friends Stamp Set ~ Altenew SKU ALT1688
  • Platinum Machine ~ Spellbinders
Why not take a visit to the Crafty Cardmakers Blog and see the wonderful designs the other DTs have created?

Until tomorrow....

June x

Sunday, 28 January 2018


Hello and welcome to my happy place....

My friend's grandson was 18 yesterday and I made a cake for him, he likes his guitar and and his xbox, I went for the guitar theme.  They are having a family tea today with the cake

I can assure you the cake is not lop-sided, that's down to the photographer.... me LOL.  It had guitars and musical notes around it and like a 'swirly' pattern on the cake board

The darker blue panel was embossed with swirls, the 18 and guitar were die cut 3 times, each layer glued together then Glossy Accents by Ranger coated over the two images

I added the Friday names to the 'name picker' and it chose....

Random Name Picker

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

Mrs Duck
Congratulations!  Please email me your postal details and your stamp will be in the post.... (no pun intended!!) to:

Until tomorrow....

June x


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