Monday 30 December 2019

Good to be back....

The great thing about being away is coming back to see all your amazing creations....

As I wasn't around to wish you all Happy Holidays
I thought I would post my Poinsettia tag to end the year.......

I used two colours of Brusho's, starch and cling film for the poinsettia and made a few backgrounds.
 The Poinsettia was stamped three times, heat embossed in silver 
and fussy cut out, to achieve the layering effect.
I die cut lots of dies and melted embossing powders, 
using my pancake maker as a constant heat source.
The background tag has been stenciled with black paste 
and sprayed with Lindy black sprays.
I cut out the number 25 from the stencil 
and hi-lighted it with a chrome pen, along with the word Merry.
The starch, Brusho's and cling film produces unique and unexpected results.
A Non Traditional colour of Poinsettia and one very textural and contemporary tag.

Thank you all so much for your wonderful and generous comments throughout 2019...
You are all so kind and I appreciate each and every one of you.
Here's to a Healthy, Happy and Crafty 2020 x.
Sending love and hugs.

Challenges I would love to enter.....
A Vintage Journey - Holly Jolly Christmas - Anything goes and mine is in A Mixed Media Style
Thrilled with my Pinworthy shout out....Thank you x
Stamplorations Stencil Challenge - Anything Goes so long as you use a stencil
Day Of The Month Card Club - Poinsettia Day
I found this challenge via a dear blog friend Cornelia's blog.....Thank you.
Delighted with my  shout out....Thank you x

Saturday 9 November 2019

Monochromatic Mushrooms

I have been playing with a fun technique for today's Monochromatic Mushroom card....
I have used one colour of Bistre powder, activated by water 
and wrapped in cling film for the technique.
 I also used mica powder in the water and also on the card to produce a really pretty effect.
Hard to show but it is there.....
I stamped the Rubber Dance Mushrooms on two sheets of card 
so that I could have a contrast with the background and the mushrooms. 
I also cut the mushrooms up so the tops where different from the bottoms.
The mushrooms have been popped onto foam for dimension
and to make them the focal point.
Such a fun and unique effect with the technique.

Challenges I would love to enter
CAS Watercolour challenge - Monochromatic
Take it Make it Challenge - The Craft stamper - Anything goes so long as you include stamping
Stamplorations CAS Challenge with the option of a shade of brown
Country View - Hand stamping must be the focal point
Rubber Dance Challenge which is over on their facebook page

Wednesday 23 October 2019

Maple Leaf Stencilling

Today's card was inspired by the wonderful Loll....Who needs no introduction x.
For the mid month inspiration post Loll did a fun technique, which I was keen to try.
I loved the idea of the background not being black.
If you want to see CAS at it's best pop over to Loll's Blog.....

Here is my card....

I used a maple stencil and Lindy Magicals for the water colours.
I popped on transparent paste through the stencil and let it dry completely.
I then sprayed the whole card with 'Dark Chocolate Truffle' from Lindy's.....
Wiping away the spray from the resist of the paste.
I loved how the gold from the spray pooled around the stencilling.
I attached the panel to foam and heat embossed the edges with gold.
I finished off with stamping the sentiment three times to represent 
The CAS Watercolour celebrating their third birthday....Where does time go? x

I would like to say at this point that I had intended to cut the panel in half 
and make two cards........ I loved it so much I couldn't!
To try and keep it CAS I made a larger card.........!
Happy Birthday to the very creative Design Team over at The CAS Watercolour x.

Photographing the bling from the Lindy's was hard so squinting a little might help!......
Thank you Loll for the inspiration x
Challenges I would love to enter....
The CAS Watercolour - Maple Leaf 
Watercooler Wednesday - Helen's All about Occasions Challenge
Always a fun challenge to enter
Stamplorations Stencil Challenge - The stencil and the stamps are by Stamplorations
You do not need to use their products to enter their fun challenge
Uniko - Anything goes with the option of Autumn, which I have used this time
Take it Make it Challenge - Anything goes so long as you include stamping

Monday 21 October 2019

Time to Celebrate

Today's card was inspired by a fun challenge over at
 The CAS Stencil stencil over patterned paper.
Something I had never even thought to do....
I have had this two part metal stencil for ages, so I thought I would make a masculine card.
Layer one - Blending a couple of shades of brown inks.
Layer two - Copper embossing paste.
A little foiling for the hands and the top of the watch.
I also stamped and heat embossed in copper the circles and around the edges
 and finished off with stamping the sentiment three times.
What a great way to use up some of my hoarded paper.
I am looking at my patterned paper in a whole different way now......
Thank you ladies for the inspiration x.
Challenges I would love to enter....
CAS Stencil - Stencil over patterned paper
Watercooler Wednesday - Heidi's Masculine Card
Uniko Challenge #55 without the optional twist
The circle stamp and the sentiment are by Uniko

Saturday 19 October 2019

Flower Foiling

I have so missed crafting and joining in my favourite challenges....
Meet today's card......
Joining in my favourite Challenge, which this month is foiling .....
There are so many ways to do foiling and 
if you are looking for more inspiration pop along to The CAS Mix Up Challenge to see more.

After masking off the card I blended Oxide inks and splattered with a tiny amount of water.
I stamped the pretty flower image and the butterfly and then used bleach to whiten up the areas.
After stamping again with flitter glu I popped on the mica flakes.
Finishing off with the stamped Hello sentiment in gold and a little doodling in white.

I want to take the opportunity to thank my dear blog friends for their very kind messages.
I have been so busy lately
and have had no time to join in my favourite challenges.
We have such a friendly and supportive crafting community
and I cherish all my blog friendships.

Sending love and hugs and a heartfelt Thank you x
Challenges I would love to enter.....
Anything goes so long as you include stamping

Thursday 29 August 2019


I was inspired by the CASology challenge theme of Water 
and Less is More challenge using one layer and stencils....
When I saw the theme of 'Water' I thought of this sentiment and the tear drop.....

This is my card.....

I have used a Funky Fossil Stencil for the face, a Ryn stamp for the tear and
An Art Journey stamp for the sentiment.
Finishing off with a wash of pink watercolour, gloss on the tear 
and black perfect pearl as the eye liner.
I have always loved this sentiment......
Thanks for stopping by.
Challenges I would like to enter
 CASology challenge theme of Water 
Thank you so much for the honourable mention x
 Less is More challenge using one layer and stencils

Friday 23 August 2019


It's taken me awhile to make these two cards but I didn't want to miss
Darnells' Twofer Challenge, which is Nautical and these are my two cards....
Two different cards, Two different designs, Using the same stamp...The Seahorse.
Using Lindy Sprays, perfect pearls, crackle paste, stencilling, stamping and fussy cutting, 
stamping and heat embossing and die cutting for this 
Just a Note Card.....
You might be able to see a little more detail with this photo....
I had so much fun making this collage card.
I have used lots of different stamps from different company's.......
Ink blending, splats, die cutting and stencilling.
The shell on the bottom right is stencilled.
The contemporary colour combination was inspired by a paper napkin I have at home.
The main red coral has been fussy cut from the napkin and glued on.
Finishing off with the die cut sentiment.

The card is for a family member who is embarking on a cruise shortly 
and I thought it would make a good travel/Bon Voyage card......
I had tons of fun making these cards.
Thank you for stopping by x
Challenges I would love to enter......

Just a Note Card......
Watercooler Wednesday - Marsha's Masculine Anything Goes challenge with The Just a Note Card
Country View - Texture with The Just a Note Card

Bon Voyage Card......
Inkspirational Challenge - Travel - with my Take me to The Ocean card-Bon Voyage card
Stamplorations - Mixed Media - Using a stencil
ModSquad Challenge - Travel/Vacation

Sunday 18 August 2019

Beautiful You....

Today's card has been inspired by a few challenges.
I've had fun with a Stencil and Water colouring......
Here's My Card.....
CAS Stencil challenge is to use Sprays and CAS Watercolour is Colourful Butterflies.....
I sprayed the Face stencil with Black 'Flat' spray from Lindy's, onto watercolour card.
I then flipped the stencil over and pressed it onto another card to use at a later date.
I have used several shimmer green sprays from Lindy's for the bottom of the card, 
applying with a water brush directly from the bottle.
The same with the 'eye shadow' and the stamped fussy cut butterfly.
The gold butterflies have been stamped and heat embossed.
The butterfly stamps along the bottom are by Stamplorations.
The butterfly in the hair is by Clearly Besotted.
Finishing off the card with gold perfect pearls and a little doodling.
In the interest of honesty......I made this card twice........
If you look at the photo on the left you will see 'grey' smudging at the top of her head.
Getting progressively worse with the photo on the right....
My advice with using sprays through a stencil.....
Leave alone and keep fussing to a minimum, as not to re-activate the spray!

I hope you've managed some crafty time this weekend 
and thank you so much for finding time to stop by.
Challenges I would love to enter.....
Watercooler Wednesday - Dawn's All About Occasions
My card is for a dear friends birthday
Take It Make It - Craft Stamper - Anything goes so long as it includes stamping
The stencil and the stamps are by Stamplorations
Paperbabe Challenge- They are celebrating their 100th Challenge with a 'Gold' theme.....

Stamplorations - Never ending Anything goes - The stencil and stamps are by Stamplorations

Thursday 15 August 2019

CAS Mix Up August reminder post

Time for the reminder post over At The CAS Mix Up Challenge 
with the fun Paper Towel Technique....
Betty from created by BJK is our talented guest designer 
and lots of inspiration from the team over on the blog.......
Paper Towel Transfer, Stamping, Die cutting, Heat embossing and Doodling
Sorry the card looks bendy in this photo ......
I used the mop up paper towels with lots of water, scrunched them up 
and thumped them down onto my card.
It took awhile to get the depth of colour but I loved the random effect.
I used a little water colour around the edges to enhance the shape.
I unscrewed a Lindy spray bottle and used the end of the spray tube to doodle a horizontal line.
There must have been a lot of mica in the bottom of the tube as the effect was really sparkly.
The die cut sentiment was coloured with the Lindy and a liquid chrome pen.
Finishing off with stamping and heat embossing a mixed media stamp in silver.

It's a great way to use up those mop up paper towels instead of just popping them in the bin.
Thank you for stopping by....

The gallery is looking so creative and fabulous.
I hope you find time to join in.....
Challenges I would love to enter....
Craft Stamper - Take It Make It Challenge - Anything goes so long as you include stamping
The mixed media stamp is by Stamplorations
Dawn's All about Occasions over at Watercooler Wednesday