Tuesday, 31 January 2012


Hi lovely bloggers, it's lovely to "see" you, and many thanks for popping by. 
My card today is for week 52 at LESS IS MORE
where the challenge is to work with a sketch. Do pop over and visit the wonderful Mandi and Chrissie for full details, and some inspirational cards.  
Huge congratulations to Mandi and Chrissie, on the 1st Anniversary of LESS IS MORE - thank you for all the wonderful challenges you have given us.
As it is almost Valentine's Day, I have used lots of hearts, and lots of red! Hubby and I don't send Valentine's cards any more - well after 46 years of wedded bliss, it seems kind of unnecessary!! (I would love to know what you think about that)!!!!!!!!

Cream base card.
Tiny Hearts - Woodware cartridge punch. Attached with 3-d pads.
Paper used for the hearts - SU "Love Letter" designer paper set, plus 3 hearts cut from red glitter card.
Red card layer - SU Real Red.
Sentiment - PSX (from 1999, so probably retired), inked with ColorBox Pigment Brush Pad - Scarlet, and heat embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Berry Red Aurora  EP.
I am also entering my card into Pixie's Crafty Snippets #5 
Have a great week - Love to all ~
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Thursday, 26 January 2012


Hi lovely bloggers - hope you are all having a happy day. My fingers are inky, so I have definitely had a happy day!!
I  recently discovered a fabulous challenge blog called FYI   - FOR YOUR INSPIRATION, where the challenges are to work with photo inspiration - here is the current challenge photo:- 


So peeps - here is my take on the above picture:-


Orange card from Stampin' Up (sorry - not sure of the name of this shade).
Backing paper from a very old 6" Basic Grey pad - "Sublime"
Image from the beautiful Chocolate Baroque "Fantasy Meadow" stamp set, inked with Coffee Archival.
Distress inks used - 
Antique Linen, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, 
Old Paper, Bundled Sage, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint. 
The flowers were coloured with Distress Inks and Ranger Cut'n Dry pen nibs.
Sentiment from Wendy Vecchi's "Nature's Art" stamp set.
Machine stitching around edges.
I would also like to enter my card into the following Challenges:-
Make My Monday - Flowers and Leaves (week 33).
One Stop Craft Challenge - Stitching, Faux or Real.
Update, 31st January - Placed in the Top 3  at Make My Monday - thank you ladies!
A warm welcome to my new Followers - Jean and Aileen.
~ Love to all ~
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Wednesday, 18 January 2012

BIRDS Sing Like There's Nobody Listening ..............

Hi lovely peeps - hope you are having a happy week. I am just popping by with a card for this week's challenge  at LESS IS MORE
The wonderful Mandi and Chrissie have set all those Limettes out there, the challenge of using a BIRD, or BIRDS on our projects. It is also ONE LAYER week - yikes!!

The wording was typed on my 'puter and printed directly onto the card.
According to my Google search, the complete quote was originally
created by Mark Twain, or maybe someone by the name of William W. Purkey.
I just used the last two lines, which I thought were quite apt for this card.
I then inked my brayer with Kaleidacolor Desert Heat, brayering the excess ink onto spare paper before brayering the coloured panel onto my card. This gave me the soft look I was aiming for. ( If you have never used this particular ink pad, it is quite a vibrant mix of reds, pinks and oranges). 
I used two Crafty Individuals stamps, inked with Ranger Jet Black Archival.
The birdcage was stamped first, and masked before stamping the birdsong musical score.
I added a little of the pink ink onto the Rose petals, using a Ranger Cut'nDry pen nib.
Cardstock - SU Whisper White.
I would also like to enter my card into the following challenges:-
The Cheerful Stamp Pad - Birds of a Feather.
Card and Scrap - Clean and Simple.
Bloggers Challenge at Splendiferous Creations - Wing and Things.
A warm welcome to my new followers - Delphine, Teresa, Marie  and Terry.

Love to all ~

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Thursday, 12 January 2012


Hi lovely peeps - this is a very quick post tonight, as we are dashing out to babysit, so musn't be late!
This is a card for the PREDOMINANTLY PURPLE CHALLENGE at Less Is More.. 

I have inked one side of an acetate strip with Alcohol Inks - Wild Plum, Raisin, Denim and a touch of Stream and Butterscotch, with a sprinkling of gold leaf flakes here and there.
Acetate attached to the white card with black brads.
A black line drawn onto the card along both long edges, using a Pilot Hi-Tecpoint Extra-fine pen -  a very handy little crafting tool.  

The Chocolate Baroque stamp on the front is from the Floral Bouquet set, and inked with Black Staz-on.
Sentiment from Hero Arts (must buy some new sentiment stamps - I keep 
using the same old stash - sorry)!
Evening indoor lighting isn't the best for photographing acetate - may try again in the morning!
Hope it doesn't look TOO bad!
Friday Update - have changed the photo - it's a bright sunny morning so managed to take a picture I'm happier with! 

I would also like to enter the following challenges:-
CRAFT ROOM - Clean and Simple.
CRAFTY CARDMAKERS - No Floral Embellishments.
Update - Jan. 30th - my card won the Craft Room Challenge - thanks ladies!
Bye for now - love to all ~

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