Thursday, 24 May 2018

Twofer Butterflies

Finally I managed to get around to entering the current Twofer challenge of butterflies with a day to spare!

I had seen a new die that covered the whole card with butterflies - I decided (several weeks ago!) that I could do that look with my Martha Stewart punch. So I set about punching butterflies from my snippets. I didn't think too much about it just punched away. I then set about putting them all over a background and quite frankly it looked awful. Time for a rethink and a need (want) to use this new cover die I got with a recent gift voucher win. I decided the butterflies placed on this made a much better card. I also had this snippet of yellow card - it appears to be the last piece of yellow card I own!!!

For my second card I had already decided I was going to use this sentiment stamp from a set by Christina Griffiths. I stamped it and just added some green with a fine liner around it. I had lots of those butterflies left so I arranged them over the card and added a few sequins.

I used the same die on both cards so I guess that will satisfy the Twofer challenge rules, but I must admit despite Darnell explaining it a few times I am still not sure how much of the card can differ. Obviously if it is two different occasions the sentiment will be different - but do all the other elements have to be exactly the same as some I see this is not the case?

I'm also popping into the snippets playground if anyone there remembers me - as all my butterflies were made without the use of any new pieces of card.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Challenge #86 Gardening at The Male Room

It's time for a new challenge at The Male Room and this time the theme is Gardening.

For my DT card I used a selection of things from my gardening stash. Sheena Douglass seed packet die with co coordinating stamps, trug and gardening tools stamps which I cut out by hand. I used a metallic silver pen for the gardening tools. From Clearly Besotted the vegetables in the trug. The background paper is from a Hunkydory kit and finally I made my fence panels from a Concord and ninth stamp using kraft card.

I do hope you will be able to join us over at the challenge.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Happy 9th Birthday Allsorts challenge

I just loved these free images with a magazine recently and was inspired to use them for a little girl who like lots of others is caught up in the current unicorn trend. The princess image was originally with brown hair but I decided to change it to look more like the recipient. I used MCS and simply went around the hair lifted it away and colourized it then placed it back.

Then I used MCS to place the text - printed and cut out. Finally edged with a pink sharpie pen and a little wink of stella and glitter on the stars..

I'm entering this into the current Allsorts 9th birthday celebration challenge for of course "happy birthday". Congratulations to the Allsorts team on 9 years.

Monday, 21 May 2018

More Art Deco

As promised here is another entry for the CD Sunday challenge of Art Deco.

I was really just playing with all the elements from MCS Deco Follies cdrom on this one. I had already imported the main image from Debbi Moore Art Deco London CDrom and wasn't sure how I wanted to use it.

I printed it out and then used a Tattered Lace Art Deco paper pad for the background. I cut it out using a TL die as a guide - but the die itself was too narrow for my image, so I drew around it down one side, moved it along and did the same and cut out by hand.

I got out my Tonic Art Deco die set and was going to put corners at the top when I realised it had no mirror image! I did use half of another one of the dies at the bottom of the card twice. To balance up the design I finished with some sequins.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Maja Life by the Sea for Swedish House Crafts DT

I'm here today with a make for Swedish House Crafts DT using the new Maja Life by the Sea papers which I just love. There are so many different designs and they are useful for so many occasions.

I thought one of the papers looked liked sand and so I made a little beach for my Laserowe mermaid to sit on. I used one of the papers to look like stars in the sky and then angled it to look like the sea with star fish being washed up on the beach. I used the star die from Roxstamps nesting square die set to cut the star fish!

I used the star die again to make stars for the sky. I love the lighthouses that you get in the paper pad.
I used the Gummiapan Happy Birthday Text background stamp for the mermaid to be gazing out to at sea. I coloured her hair with metallic markers but left the rest of the chipboard as I wanted a natural look. I used some more of the star paper to back her.

This is a Happy Birthday die (lineart) from Gummiapan and the font is so contemporary. I cut it from some navy card as a contrast.

A final look at my finished card.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, 18 May 2018

mid month reminder for Penny Black & More challenge

I'm just popping in with a reminder of the current challenge at Penny Black & More which this month is "anything goes". As usual we have fab prizes and a chance to be a GDT if you use a PB stamp. But you don't need to use a PB stamp to enter the challenge - just make sure stamping is the focal point of your card and no digis.

For my card I used a PB stickeroo (which is also allowed) and the matching 3602K stamp dotted petals. I heat embossed the stamp in fossilized amber and peeled paint distressed oxide inks. The sentiment is from a sweet day 30-280.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Art Deco at CD Sunday challenge

When I saw the new challenge at CD Sunday was Art Deco I knew I would be making several cards! However, although I have been busy crafting,  because I am still recovering from my op and behind on other DT work this is the first chance I have had to share one of the cards I've made.

I used MCS Deco Follies for the elements on this card. Looking at it now you probably think I just printed it straight off the cd - but it is actually made up of the following scaled down components
  • Two separate figures which I placed together
  • a tiled floor
  • a car
  • pillared background
  • CRM style frame
  • art deco corner colourised to match the dress
  • birthday text
I'm pleased with how it came together and as I say I do have a couple more which I will be sharing soon.

I realised that this fits the "Brideshead Revisited" challenge at The Library Challenge so entering there too.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Anything goes at CD Sunday challenge

I'm entering this card into the CD Sunday challenge which is for "Anything Goes". I made this card using the Passion for Fashion cdrom from Ooh la la for the printed background. Adding one of my favourite dies in the foreground. The sentiment is from a set by WaltzingMouse who are sadly no longer going.

I was sorry to miss the birthday celebrations at CD Sunday - but I am really only just getting back up to speed after my open surgery. Hopefully I will be back to full strength very soon and posting more often.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Cars @The Male Room Challenge

Time for a new challenge over at The Male Room. This time it's Cars.

For my DT card I used a recently acquired pre-loved yet unused stamp called "old Crock"! I decided to try evoke a little bit of a scene where the cars had been left to go to ruin - the OH's idea of hell lol! I stamped and embossed the main image in clair nocturne ink and matt embossing powder. The back images I stamped with archival watering can ink. 

Then I used distress crayons and some silver gilding wax to highlight the areas of die cutting and parts of the car. The card behind the die cut is already a brick wall print which I lined up to try and look like a wall. I used the same card to cut the sentiment using a spellbinder die and the tiny Happy Birthday is by Gummipan as are the little "nut" stamps all from Swedish House Crafts and again I stamped in watering can ink, using several generations of ink.

Finally I edged the card with a black sharpie - less weight for posting!!

Thanks for looking and hope to see you over on the challenge blog.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Anything goes at Penny Black & More challenge blog

A nice and easy challenge for you this month at Penny Black & More as it is "anything goes"!

For my DT card I have used 5th Avenue by Penny Black. I stamped onto the base card and then using distress markers coloured the image with a little sparkle overlay. I also used some sparkle pens with a little water to colour too. I used a stencil to create the American flag elements around the image.

The sentiment is from PB sweet days set. Finally I inked over some blue ink for the sky.

I do hope you can join us over on the challenge this month, as always there are fantastic prizes to be won from our generous sponsors.

I'm also entering this into the CAS mix up card challenge as I used my distress crayons to colour and my plus one is the stencilling.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Published in June 18 Craft Stamper Magazine

Here it is - my published card in this month's Craft Stamper Magazine on sale today. This is the brief I worked to.

I used Lavinia stamps and a sentiment from a Holly Hobbie stamp set by Crafters Companion. To see the full instructions on how to make it see this copy of the magazine.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

sneak peek

I'm so pleased to be able to say that I have a card in the June edition of Craft Stamper magazine. I can't show you the full card at the moment, but here is a sneak peek.

The magazine is due out on Friday 4th May. You can get a copy of the magazine at to buy subscriptions, for single print copies, digital copies from

Overseas subscriptions are available too!

Monday, 30 April 2018

Gummiapan Mini Pizza boxes - no pizza! DT for Swedish House Crafts

Hi everyone! Lynn here with you today with some tiny tiny makes. When I got the Gummiapan Mini Pizza box I couldn't wait to make things to fit inside it. My first project was this little album. I used the packaging from the Celebration paper pad! In the lid of the box I put Magnolia Mini World - Boutique stamp and covered it with glossy accents to look like the glass in a shop front.


I used one of little Antique Luxury Corner - Mini on the cover. On the lid of the box I used one of the dies from Roxstamps - Keyholes 3 Dies/embossing cut from the celebration paper with a little silver gilding wax over the edges.

To decorate the pages I used :- Gummiapan Stamp - Text - Happy Birthday (mini straight hand) it is tiny so ideal for the pages, flat sequins, the smaller of the hearts from Gummiapan Dies - Longer Slim Hearts.

For my next box I decorated the top with the Gummiapan Die - Flower Blossom Lines using just the flower and cutting twice from different papers, placing the waste back into the die. I then used a sparkle pen on the outline part of the die. I wanted to get these Gummiapan Dies - Sewing Set inside the mini pizza box as a mini sewing set. But they are too big to fit  - right?

Here they are in the box! I used shrink plastic in black for the scissors and then a metallic marker for the blades. Also in there are some hexagon patches for Tilda to sew a quilt - they are the waste from the Gummiapan hens net die.

So that the contents of the box can be seen I made a little shelf for them. I used the die as a template as you can see below.

Now to see Magnolia Mini World - Tailor Tilda sewing - here she is on a card.  and her quilt pattern from the Gummiapan hens net die.

I used some of the waste to make a little quilt pattern and paper pieced the same paper onto the stamp so it looks like she is sewing it.

She has the Magnolia Mini World - Boutiques behind her that she is sewing for.

I used the Gummiapan Die - Little Flower die cut twice and overlapped them. Using a cup sequin in the centre. The buttons, ribbon and lace are from my own stash.

Finally I used that cute little mini Gummiapan Stamp - Text - Happy Birthday  stamp again.

Links to Products I Used:
Gummiapan Die - Mini Pizza BoxCelebration paper pad
Antique Luxury Corner - Mini
Gummiapan Stamp - Text - Happy Birthday (mini straight hand)
flat sequins
Gummiapan Dies - Longer Slim Hearts
Gummiapan Dies - Sewing Set
Magnolia Mini World - Tailor Tilda
Gummiapan hens net die
Gummiapan Die - Little Flower
cup sequin

Friday, 27 April 2018

April Rudolph Day

I was lucky to win the Rudolph Day challenge prize last month from Mo - thanks Mo. I had hoped to be up to using the stamps but I am afraid I am not well enough yet. So, here is one I made early that I haven't blogged before.

I used a cd rom from Ooh La La and the bow was recycled from some packaging. Happy Rudolph Day everyone.