Saturday, 29 April 2017

LIM week 326 - Shadow

The challenge at Less is More this week is "Shadow. I've gone digital for my card using a CC Frou Frou cdrom for all the elements and adding a "shadow" using Craft artist software. A one layer card - even when it didn't need to be LOL!

Thursday, 27 April 2017

These are a few of my favourite things

I've been meaning to do poppies using Yupo paper and red ink for ages and seeing something in blogland yesterday made me get on with it.

I've used a tonic fashion stamp onto Yupo paper and then used red ink to drop onto the paper to create poppies, adding some black pearl drops for the centres. I sprtized the background with TH ink and then mounted onto a piece of red card with a border cut into it from CE Australian background die.

I'm entering this into the Fashionable Stamping challenge - I've taken the line "A few of my favourite things" as my inspiration. They are fashion, poppies, the CE die and SU sentiment.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

April Rudolph Day

I've used my Card-io stamps for these cards. The second card is the first one I made - I had a smudge at the very last minute so had to add some extra stamps and then to my eye it look crowded. So I added a vellum wrap to hide some of the detail - but by then I had also done a second take of the scene as I had originally intended it, so that is the first card.
For both cards I used an embossing folder background with CE glitter kiss applied over the top. On the first card I used an embossing folder on vellum, cut out the greeting and again used glitter kiss over the top. 
I'm entering these cards in Mo's Rudolph Day challenge and also in the Stamping Sensations challenge which is for "anything goes".

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

LIM #325 Stripe

The challenge on the Less is More challenge blog for "stripe" had me thinking - but no - couldn't think of any supplies I had that would do. Instead I took my TH distress crayons and swiped them over the card then using a SU set stamped and embossed over the top, cut out with a die from Swedish House Crafts. I then used a sentiment die and drew over with the crayons again.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Get Well Wishes at Ooh la la Challenge blog

It's Wynn's turn to choose our challenge over at Ooh la la challenge blog this time. She's chosen "Get Well Wishes".

I've used Yesterday's Memories cdrom for my image which I think fits Wynn's challenge perfectly.
I printed the background DP and then inked around the edges adding some faux stitching with a fine liner pen. I mounted the main image onto some silver burnished card and then added the faux bow and sentiment - all from the cdrom.

Hope to see you over at the challenge this time.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Architecture at The Male Room

I've had this X-cut die set for a long time, and finally it has been put to use! I cut out using CE midnight blue pearlescent card rather than using black card. I then cut the other elements using some red card and using a PB London scene stamp added the "London" and tower bridge.

My card is for the current Male Room challenge of "Architecture".

Friday, 21 April 2017

A nice cuppa on national tea day

It's National Tea Day today - so I thought it fitting - albeit a bit late in the day to make a card to celebrate and also fit the challenge at Cuttlebug Mania which is "a nice cuppa".

I had a card mapped out in my head and when I went to get the die I found I don't actually own it!!! I appear to have the others in the Tonic set with a shoe, a cocktail etc but not the tea cup? So instead I used these dies and stamps from Sheena Douglass and a sentiment from a Whimsey stamp set.

The papers are some very old Anna Griffin which I have in a pile to be used - today was finally the day.

I do have a cuttlebug but used my Spellbinders manual platinum machine to cut the dies.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Hiding snippets

My card has a little bit of an autumnal look about it today - that's because I needed to make a card featuring acorns. I found a digi of some acorns and then wondered what to do with it. I remembered I had this spellbinders confetti die, which if I cut up the digi I could actually stretch the snippets from the first cut to fit in three circles on the card. I used a sheet from my new SU pad which has this lovely bokeh effect paper in it. I also had some autumn snippets left but they weren't all complete leaves, so again - I hid part of them behind the die. Finally I finished by adding a SU sentiment.

Off to to the snippets playground.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Mid month reminder for Spring at Penny Black & More challenge

A little reminder of our challenge over at Penny Black & More challenge blog, this month the theme is Spring.

For my DT card I went with the colours that I associate with Spring and also what would have been known as "Sunday Best" dress and hat back in the day. This reminds me so much of Easter Sunday.

To make my card I used another one of the pre printed parchment panels I had - you can see another I used here. Again I used pan pastels to colour it and then using the PB set 30-115 Lace Delight I stamped and paper pieced the dress and hat.

Hope you can join us over at the challenge blog, or if you've already entered it would be lovely to see you again. As always we have fantastic prizes on offer from our generous sponsors who this time are Penny Black, Crafty Ribbons, Tattered Lace and Stix2.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Happy Easter

Happy Easter everyone -hope you are having a nice break and not eating too many chocolates!

My card is for the CD Sunday challenge - Spring colours. I've used Pollyanna Pickering's British wildlife cdrom for the printed elements. I chose the "embossed" topper so that is why it has a little bit of a grain to the picture.

I've added a few die cuts and double mounted "Easter" so it stands away from the image.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

LIM #324 Spring Walk

My card today is for the new challenge at Less is More - Spring Walk. I always seem to see daffodils when I go on a walk at this time of year, so that was my starting point. I've used a Penny Black stamp with a favourite sentiment from Gourmet Rubber Stamps. I used SU daffodil ink pad to stamp the head of the daffodil two more times. Using various green ink pads for the leaves and then dragged the colour into the image with a paint brush.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

LIM week #323 Curve

I sat down to make a card for Less is More challenge using curves - all was going well, when at the back of my mind a niggle formed that it was one layer week. I went and checked and of course it is! So that card will be for another day. Instead I dug out one of my favourite Chocolate Baroque sets and teamed it with a Woodware sentiment stamp. Coloured with TH distress crayons.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

H is for home

The other day I made this card here using the Sizzix house dies. I had some left over as I cut a few to get the different colours. I decided to make them into a Christmas card with the addition of some sparkles for snow. This is a gatefold card and so inside is the Christmas greeting and Santa.

I'm entering this into the ABC Christmas Challenge H is for home.

Monday, 10 April 2017

"Birthday" at Ooh la la creations challenge

Pauline has chosen our theme over at Ooh La La Creations challenge blog and it's "Birthday". Lots of scope for this challenge and something we all make all the time.

For my DT card I decided to make the words the focus of my card both for the sentiment and the backing paper. The topper is actually one of the tags from the cdrom but I enlarged it for the card. I just love that little house, so reminiscent of the work of Clarice Cliff. I then added a ribbon and three tiny embelishments all from the cdrom. I added a little clear glitter pen over the wording but it doesn't show up in the photo.

We would love to see you over at the challenge blog with your "birthday" creation. We also have lots more inspiration over there too.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Any old iron @ CD Sunday challenge

It has taken me some time to get around to a card for the theme at CD Sunday challenge which is "any old iron". I decided to take a look at the Thomas Kinkade cdrom which I have only used once. I'm doing a jigsaw of one of his paintings (doing and have been for nearly a year!). I hadn't realised that there were some cities on the cdrom.

I've chosen San Francisco Golden Gate bridge - I know it's not iron but I felt it was going with the general theme! I've added the City name using a Penny Black Stamp and drew in the three birds. I printed from the same cd rom a sky background and used the CE Australian background die to cut a frame into it. I've edged with a black marker pen, the sentiment is from the now closed Waltzingmouse stamps and finally part of a Memory Box tree die.

This will be a nice card for the OH and bring back memories of our trip there.

I'm also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge for "birthday" to celebrate their 8th birthday.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

LIM #322 3 Pastels

The challenge on Less is More is to use 3 pastels. I dived into my snippet box and with my NBUS Sizzix house dies and a stamp came up with this. There will have to be another card as I can't throw away the other versions that I had to cut to produce these combinations!
I think the stamp is meant for a wedding card, but I thought it could equally mean New Home.

Entering into the Less is More challenge - 3 pastels and Darnell's NBUS - I mean really she could set up a linky just for me and my NBUS! I couldn't find a die the other day. I had decided that the NBUS needed a draw as it was falling over. I looked everywhere for the die - then I remembered the NBUS draw!!!!!! and whilst in there spotted a die I was contemplating buying the other day.

When my memory was sharp it was easy to remember what I had, now - not so sure. I'm thinking of photographing everything to aid my memory.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Black, white and a splash of one colour

I bought the Sheena set of silhouette stamps to make a card but decided that really only one of the images fitted a 17 year old and this is it complete with sentiment. I added parts of a grunge frame from another stamp set and cut around it and mounted onto a Spellbinders circle die. The Happy Birthday die is from Swedish House Crafts.

I'm entering this at the Male Room where the challenge is Black, white and a splash of one other colour - mine is red. Thanks for the challenge as I'm not sure where I would have gone with this card otherwise!

Monday, 3 April 2017

Food @ Allsorts challenge

I've had this embossing folder for ages - bought I admit because it was part of a set on sale. I realised it would go rather well with my CE Baked with Love die set and a little Graphic 45 snippet. In fact all the dies were cut from snippets so as well as entering into the Food challenge at Allsorts this week I am popping into the Snippets playground too.

I went with some friends for an afternoon tea on Friday - here's a little picture of part of what was on offer. I thought it went with the food theme!

One of the ladies is visiting from Canada and it made me laugh that when she saw the "milk bottle" she said her friends at home would think it rude that a milk bottle was on the table - as I told her "that's retro!" as we don't get our milk in bottles any more.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Spring at Penny Black & More challenge

Our new challenge at Penny Black & More begins today and this time the theme is "Spring".

Well it had to be done - after my recent visit to Japan for my DT card I just had to use the Penny Black Stamp 4265H Dress Up Mimi in her little kimono. I've coloured her with promarkers and CC sparkle pens.  I added various Spellbinder dies and of course the cherry Blossom dies!

We didn't get to see Cherry Blossom on our recent trip but we did see plum blossom.

We'd love to see you over at the challenge blog with your interpretation of Spring. Just remember please that we are a stamping challenge and the focus of your entry must be hand stamped.

As always we have wonderful prizes from our sponsors who this time are  Penny Black, Crafty Ribbons, Tattered Lace and Stix2.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Iris folding

I found a kit with these Iris folding cards - I had forgotten all about it. I decided to get them made up and it was so relaxing just following the patterns.

I'm entering them into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge which is Anything goes.

After a reminder I remembered it is the start of the new NBUS challenge at Darnell's blog. So I am going over there to enter. I had it in my head that it was for Boo-Boo makes only - but Darnell has illustrated that is isn't, with her perfectly easy three legged stool analogy!

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Cakes, cupcakes and sweet treats

When I saw the biscuit stamps from Hunkydory I just had to have them, it took me a while to stamp and colour then cut them all out though! I decided to do a scrap book page from our visit for afternoon tea at The Savoy a couple of years ago (we also managed to stay overnight!) coupled with a visit to Twinings teashop. I decided the perfect paper pad to use was this Craftwork card one and a couple of Whimsey stamps. All finished off with a Sheena teapot and die/stamp set.

I'm entering this into the Allsorts challenge for Cakes, cupcakes and sweet treats.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

LIM #321 - use a frame

I was itching to use this window frame die so that was my first thought when I saw the challenge on Less is More to use a frame.
I was also thinking of using a stencil frame but it wasn't going to leave much white space, but while going through them I came across this sunrise stencil which I used and then die cut out to fit into my frame recess. I used a CC gold sparkle pen through the stencil after trying a few other things, but this seemed to give the best result. Then I added the die cut "Easter". Bonus is I now have an Easter card that I needed to make without thinking about it too much!

Monday, 27 March 2017

Layer it up @ Ooh la la creations challenge blog

It's time for our new challenge at Ooh la la Creations challenge blog. My top three for the last challenge are on the blog - such a difficult choice as we had so many beautiful entries to choose from.

For the new challenge Michelle has chosen the theme of "layer it up". I chose to use one of the decoupage images from the Yesterday's memories cdrom to create my card..

Thanks so much for looking at my creation and I hope to see you over on the blog for the challenge. Don't forget my teamies all produce fantastic creations for your inspiration over there too.

I am also entering into the challenge at

Sunday, 26 March 2017

March Rudolph Day

It's Rudolph Day time again over at Scrappy Mo's blog. For my card this month I used an embossing folder for the door and surround which was a free gift with a mag. The wreath was part of it too - I began to give up when I realised how many times I needed to cut it out - but got there in the end. I mounted it onto a piece of card with a snowfall embossing folder from CC and then used CE Glitter Kiss over the top - leaving it a little random so it looked even more like snow.
That was going to be it - but then I decided to use one of the TL lady dies and a sentiment which I drop shadowed.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Use more than one die or punch

A special card to share with you today. My friend has a new grandchild and this is the card for her son and partner. I used my go to baby stamp from Hobby Arts as the starting point. Then I used base dies from Tattered lace and a spellbinders die for the stamped image. Added a few little gems and coloured with promarkers. The wording I did on the PC.

I'm entering this into the use more than one die or punch challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Wood @ The Male room and a book you should read!

The challenge at The Male Room is to show wood on your project - faux or real. I've used a Sheena Douglass embossing folder on Kraft card and then rubbed over with a gilding wax to enhance the grain, then used the same wax to distress the card base. As  cut the card it left behind some stray edges at the bottom which I kept as I thought it made it look even more like wood.My tools are cut from mirri and the same cardstock. Finally I used a sentiment die from Swedish House Crafts to cut out from some more of the embossed card, which is where I also got the skull buttons from.

I have a book review blog at and don't often promote books on this blog, but this book is a must read if you are a crafter. Based on Christine Emberson and her crafting role.

As I used snippets for this card I'm also off to the Snippet Playground to show everyone my make.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Enjoy tea/coffee @ CD Sunday challenge

When I saw the challenge on CD Sunday was "enjoy tea/coffee" I knew I wanted to use this stamp but needed to combine it with something from a CDrom.

I used the MCS Deco follies cdrom for the background and imposed one of the frames from the same cdrom over the top using MCS - hoping my stamp would fit in the centre! It did but I am not sure it works as well as I hoped. To begin with the ladies looked like they had sleeve tattoos! very on trend I know but I decided to use a TH white distress pen to cover them up and then go over with a tea rose promarker, using promarkers to colour the rest of the image too. I left the legs as I thought they didn't look too bad. Finally a stamped sentiment along the bottom of the base card.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Anything but a card @ Allsorts challenge

I have to admit to not making the actual box - I bought it with tiny pieces of note paper inside and thought it would be good to alter. So here it is - the jar is actually a gift tag from the same shop. I've used some Ken Oliver paper and poppy stamps and die to decorate, along with paste through a stencil and some brushos. Finished with some twine and buttons.

I'm entering this into the challenge at Allsorts which is for "anything but a card".

Sunday, 19 March 2017

LIM #320 Washi Tape

Having just returned from Japan (you can see pics here) you would think the challenge at Less is More of washi tape would be perfect for me. The thing is I didn't buy any washi tape! Over there it's called masking tape and although I saw a lot of it - it was very expensive and nothing caught my eye that I had to have. One of the chain stores "Tokyu Hands" has the most amazing stationery section, complete with washi tape and a few small stamps, but as the OH had been around the store and I still was in stationery I decided it was time to move on. I didn't really see any craft stores, they were more for traditional Japanese crafts when I did come across them.

So my cards are using my existing washi tape supply. The first one uses a MFT stamp together with a sentiment from another set and free glasses from a mag.

Next I decided to put the tape on a piece of card and then cut out with a die.

Finally I stamped onto the washi tape and pieced it back onto the stamp design.

I'm just going to share one more photos of Japan with you as I amazed to see these fresh Chrysanthemum heads for sale. I have had them in a salad before and they are lovely but not seen them for sale like this.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

mid month reminder for Anything goes at Penny Black & More

I'm here with my mid month reminder for our challenge over at Penny Black & More for "anything goes".

For my card I used a pre printed parchment panel I had been given and rubbed pan pastels over the reverse. On one of the panels I stamped and embossed with ivory powder Penny Black Soft Wings 40-099. I layered up the parchment onto some burnished gold card and set them at an angle over one another. Final touch some gems and a sentiment stamp from Phill Martin.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

LIM Leaves and a trip to Japan

I made this card using Penny Black stamps. I embossed the leaves using ivory powder and then rubbed distress pens over the top. I stamped the sentiment and then scribbled with the pens over the top. I'm entering this card into the one layer challenge at Less is More for leaves.

I've been missing from blogland with just scheduled posts as I have been to Japan - a wonderful time, such a different culture and so much to see and experience.

I took over 300 photos but I will just share a few with you here. We began our trip in Tokyo.
Tokyo Shinjuku area - night and day
 vending machines are everywhere
 A glimpse of the future - a robot at Miraikan Museum. We also saw ASIMO the human robot in action but were not allowed to take photographs.
 One of many figures above a shop in Asakusa
 Tokyo Tower which was the tallest mast
Tokyo Skytree - tallest mast in the world

 Senso-ji temple
 The famous Shibuya scramble crossing
We visited Hakone by Shinkansen (Bullet train) and were lucky enough to see Mount Fuji as the weather was clear.
Famous Black sulphur eggs - we didn't try them!
Pirate ship cruise across Lake Ashi
The Japanese like to show you what your food is going to look like
 The house we stayed in Kanazawa
The toilet sippers - especially for use in the toilet area
 Screens in the house
 Girls hire kimonos and have their hair done and walk around the area
 The even walked around in the snow blizzard we had
 Kenrouken gardens one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan. This is the oldest fountain in Japan. The ropes are to protect the trees from snow and they put them up every November.
 The fish market
 The Higashi Chiya Tea District
 Gold leaf ice cream
 Samurai House

 Shirakawa-go - A Unesco world heritage site in the Japanese alps

 A closer look at one of the houses in Shirakawa-go
Beautiful sweet treats