Thursday 29 December 2011

"JUST ONE WORD" .......

Hi there lovely bloggers - hope you had a wonderful Christmas?  
Have all those mince pies sent Mr. Mojo to sleep?  Yep - same here!
Fear not - the lovely Chrissie and Mandi - those fabulous  Less Is More Divas have given us all a kick-start with a fab. challenge - to use "JUST ONE WORD" on your card. 


Recipe: -

Very Vanilla SU cardstock
Inkadinkado stamp, which I have used on my blog a couple of times before - sorry, but I love it!
Stamped with Ranger Jet Black Archival ink then brayered with Weathered Wood DI to give a cloudy effect. (I think there may be a couple of thumb prints in there too but they are of course meant to be small clouds)!!!
A soft touch of Victorian Velvet DI to colour the dress.
"Forever" from the Anna Griffin stamp"Forever and Always". ("and Always" was masked with sellotape before inking, then removed before stamping).
The finished piece was layered onto black card and attached with 3-d foam pads.
I would like to enter my card into the following Challenges:-
Dutch Dare Challenges - Favourite Things (This "Monsieur and Madame" stamp, and Distress Inks).
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes.
The Artistic Stamper - Vintage.
Hi and welcome to my new Followers Kim, Shirley and Laura.
Love to all, with wishes for a happy, healthy and peaceful 2012.

Thursday 22 December 2011


Hello fabulous friends, followers and visitors!  
I am popping by with a card, to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and 
a very happy and peaceful 2012.
Thank you so much for your wonderful inspiration and friendship during the past two and a half years - some on-line, some in real life - all of it has been appreciated 100%. 
 My Christmas card has been made with one of the beautiful stamps I was lucky enough to win  at  Glenda's  "Chocolate Baroque White Christmas Challenge" (please see the link in my sidebar). The  image is from a set called "Christmas Angel of Light".


Image stamped onto cream card with Black Versafine ink and heat embossed with clear powder. 
Coloured with Distress Inks - Antique Linen, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, using Cut 'n Dry Foam, and Ranger Pen Nibs.
Edges distressed with scissors.
Image layered onto a roughly torn piece of "My Minds Eye - Mabel" paper, also distressed and inked around the edges.
Sentiment - two HOTP stamps.
Gold leafing  Krylon pen around edges of  black base card.
~ Have a wonderful Holiday, wherever you may be ~
~ Lots of love ~

Sunday 18 December 2011


Hi peeps, hope your weekend has been brilliant, and are we all ready for Christmas?!!
(Did I hear someone say "NO")?!!
 A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to win the Plain and Simple challenge at QUIRKY CRAFTS, (thanks DT ladies), and as well as three fab. digis, my prize  included a Guest DT spot in this week's Challenge. 
Hope you will join in the fun - just pop over to Quirky for all the challenge details. The theme is  Quirky Christmas or Steampunk New Year, and this week's generous sponsor is
 Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps .  
The fabulous "Steampunk Fairy" and "Steampunk Corner" which I used on my card are from Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps, and although Steampunk is something new for me, I thoroughly enjoyed working with these images, and the Fairy was a joy to colour. 

 I used Copics to colour the Fairy image, cut her out with the Stampin' Up "Top Note" die,  inked edges with Vintage Photo DI. 
Base Cardstock - SU Baja Breeze, layered with Co-ordinations Cappucino.
Tim Holtz Idealogy Findings on the Steampunk Corner.
For the larger cog, I printed an enlarged Corner image, punched out the main cog, added an eyelet and a circle border from the Cuttlebug "Stamps" set of dies. It always reminds me of a cog but looks great round a circular sentiment too.
The tiny calendar page is a snippet from a sheet of TH paper.
Sentiment from Layers of Color Art Stamps, inked with Jet Black Archival.
Sequin waste inked with Vintage Photo DI.
I ran a black extra-fine Pilot Pen around the die cut after attaching it to the card. 
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:-
THE SECRET CRAFTER - New Year or Celebration.
CRAFT ROOM CHALLENGE - Die Cuts and Punches. 
Update - January 1st 2012 - 
Artist's Choice Award from Sundays With Crissy,
and a Top 3 Badge from Craft Room Challenge - many thanks!

Have a wonderful week everyone - lots of love ~
post signature

Thursday 15 December 2011


Hi lovely Bloggers - hope you are all having a happy week?
LET IT SNOW is the theme chosen by Chrissie and Mandi this week at 
LESS IS MORE,  and guess what -  we woke up to a thin coating of the white fluffy stuff in this part of West Yorkshire this morning, and very pretty it looked too. 

This gorgeous Hero Arts Penguin is another of my all-time favourites!  
I masked the central  image, and then there were three!
Images stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink.
Lightly coloured the hats and scarves with Copics. 
 SU Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the "snowy" ground and hat bobbles. 
Sentiment from Lili of the Valley.
I would also like to enter the following Challenges:-
Oldie But A Goodie - Christmas Animals (image must be over 6 months old - my Penguin is 3 years old)!
Paper Minutes - Clean and Simple, not much colour but lots of white!
~ Love to all ~ 

Thursday 8 December 2011


Hello lovely bloggers - hope you're keeping warm, dry and safe in this wet and windy UK weather.
A short post today, with my offering for the GREEN challenge at LESS IS MORE.

The image is Indigo Blu "Tree-mendous", inked with Versafine Spanish Moss, Color Box Moss Green and  Color Box Olive. I applied the inks to give a slightly darker shade towards the tree trunk.
The layers of cardstock are left-overs  of River Rock (love this colour) from SU, and a dark green from Bazill (no idea what it's called)!
The heart is punched from a snippet of red glitter card which I LOVE.
Ribbon from stash
Sentiment from a fabulous set by Layers of Colour Art Stamps.
I am also entering this card into Jules' Snippets challenge at Always with a Heart
Hope you are all ready for Christmas now, with cards made, cakes baked and all that jazz - 
have a great weekend - love to all ~

Monday 5 December 2011


Hello lovely bloggers -it's jolly cold in this part of the world today - we had lots of white fluffy stuff this morning so the hilltops in the distance look fabulous in the winter sunshine. Hope you are all warm and cosy wherever you are!
At THE STAMP MAN ,the challenge this fortnight is to Create An Ornament - it doesn't necessarily have to be Christmassy, but I just happened to have this Medallion Stamp, (the design is called "Raintree") which makes a rather nice festive ornament and looks a bit like a large snowflake (kind of)!
For anyone not familiar with Medallion stamps - the idea is that you stamp the image several times, cut out different sections from each stamped image, add glitter or colour, then layer up with 3-d foam pads, starting with the largest sections at the base.
I have also repeated the snowflake back-to-back so the ornament looks the same on both sides.
If you are into box making, the medallions make a beautiful box topper too.

Not a very good photograph, but here it is!

A very warm welcome to my new followers - Cazzy, Marja and Claire.
Have a happy week everyone ~ love to all ~

Thursday 1 December 2011


Hi lovely Bloggers - I am not  normally one for "blowing my own trumpet", but I am Soooooooooo excited, and I just had to share this with you - hope you don't mind.  
Here is a  little snippet from the January 2012 Craft Stamper, (page 39)!!  
This is the first time I have submitted my work so I am over the moon.  I  am not allowed to  show you the full image - you will have to buy the Magazine!! (on sale now)!

~ Love to all, and a warm welcome to my new Followers - Carla, Miranda and Michelle ~

Monday 28 November 2011

BLING IT ON ............

Hi there lovely bloggers - hope the week has started well for you. 
Before I post my card for this week's LESS IS MORE CHALLENGE, for anyone visiting Harrogate, (in Yorkshire) a new branch of Samuel Taylors opened 8 weeks ago on Commercial Street. I found it quite by accident on Saturday, as it's a street I don't often go down - but of course I will now!  Maybe I'm the only person in the area who didn't know about it, but I thought someone out there might welcome the news!!
OK - down to business - the Lovely Mandi and Chrissie have asked all Limettes out there to use BLING on their cards this week - yaaay how could anyone resist ! 

So peeps - when I popped into Samuel Taylors in Harrogate on Saturday (ha-ha)! I just couldn't resist buying this fabulous Indigo Blu stamp - she is called "Rebecca - Snow Queen". 
Ink used - Ranger Archival Jet Black.
Soft touch of Weathered Wood Distress Ink on the background applied with Cut 'n Dry foam.
Sentiment - Anna Griffin
Pale pink and blue gems from stash (they are much more sparkly in real life)!
Cardstock from Stampin' Up.
I would also like to enter the following challenges:-
Glitter Fairies - "Non-Traditional Christmas"
Craft Your Passion - "Tis The Season"
Dream Valley - "Sparkle".
Stamptacular Sunday - "Anything Christmas" (with a stamp).
Have a great week everyone ~ 
post signature

Tuesday 22 November 2011


Hi peeps - hope you are all well and enjoying some winter sunshine wherever you may be.
I have been searching through that dark corner of my craftroom again, and found another
forgotten, yet suitable stamp for this week's challenge at LESS IS MORE - which is SILHOUETTES!
Mandi and Chrissie, the lovely LIM Divas, have some fabulous inspiration for us, as always, so do pop over to take a peek. 

Flutterby stamp from Imagination Crafts, stamped with Ranger Jet Black Archival ink onto rectangle of white cardstock.
Punched circle mask for the setting sun, then the sky was created with Distress Inks - Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, a soft touch of Fired Brick, and Weathered Wood - all applied with Cut 'n Dry foam.
More butterflies stamped above the rectangle.
Sentiment - one of my all-time favourites from PSX (dated 1999 so probably discontinued) ?
A little Glamour Dust added to the sun.
I am also entering this card into the following challenge:-
Quirky Crafts - Clean and Simple!
Update - December 5th - my card won 1st Prize at Quirky Crafts - thanks DT ladies!
Love to all, and welcome to my new followers -  Geraldine, Vicky, Debbie and Joan !
post signature

Thursday 17 November 2011


Hi there lovely Bloggers - wow, we have sunshine in West Yorkshire today, and here I am making a Christmas card - doesn't seem right somehow!!  
Anyway, this will be a rather quick post (sort of) or I shall  be too late to enter my card into the Collage Challenge at The Stamp Man , so here goes!


Base card - Real Red from Stampin' UP
Backing paper - Bo Bunny
Machine stitching
Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel on the top corners (applied over a Versamark ink pen)
A distressed snippet from my (very) old school dictionary - the meaning of Christmas
Nestabilities - Labels One
Distress Inks - Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Brushed Corduroy, Fired Brick.
Stamps from:-
Anna Griffin (angel)
HOTP (tiny words)
Crafty Individuals (vintage text)
Chocolate Baroque (Holly)
Layers of Colour (main Christmas sentiment and Post card stamps)

Do pop over to The Stamp Man Blog - the DT inspiration is fabulous.
I would also like to enter this card into the following challenge :-
Samuel Taylors - Christmas.

Last but not least - a warm welcome and a huge thank-you to my new followers.
PS: Won't be around for a few days (unless there's an Internet Caff in Scarborough!)

~ Love and Hugs ~ 
post signature

Sunday 13 November 2011


Hi beautiful bloggers - what a great day for crafting - the sky is thick with mist, it's wet and cold, and hubby is glued to the motor-racing on TV!

My card today is for the challenge at LESS IS MORE, and the theme is a one- layer card, with LEAVES. 
 I hope I have left enough "white space"  - got a bit carried away with my brayer!! 

Recipe (using a resist technique):-

Christmas Flourish stamp from Chocolate Baroque - stamped with Versamark, heat-embossed with white EP.
Brayered over the image with  Distress Inks - Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive and Old Paper, then spritzed with a mixture of water and bleach in a Mini Mister to give a soft snowy look.
A little SU Dazzling Diamonds glitter added to Holly leaves.
Sentiment by Layers of Color Art Stamps.
I would also like to enter my card into the following Challenges:-
Let's Ink It Up -  Favourite Technique.  
Update 25th Nov. - my card was awarded a Top 3 Badge at Let's Ink It Up - thank you DT!
Just For Fun - Favourite Colour - green!

Glenda Waterworth - White Christmas.
Update - 17th December - winner of the Glenda Waterworth White Christmas Challenge- whoo-hoo!
Have a wonderful week everyone ~

Wednesday 2 November 2011


Hi peeps - hope you are all having a happy week ?  
This week, Mandi and Chrissie, the LIM Divas, have set us the challenge of using STARS at
LESS IS MORE.  So after searching through my stash and finding very little star-inspired goodies, I went once again into that darkest corner of my craft room, and re-discovered this Woodware Cassette punch, which has several tiny interchangeable punches, including a tiny STAR!!   Yaaay!
Update - 7th Dec, - my holly wreath was chosen as a runner-up in the St. Luke's Charity November Challenge. Thanks ladies!

But what to do with it was the question!!  But then I spotted a small Holly punch (All Night Media) - also very old, and so, a wreath was born!!  
The holly leaves are punched from snippets of  various different designs from the Papermania Verde Capsule Collection, and the Stars are punched from leftovers of red glitter card.
Ribbon from stash - sentiment from Hot off the Press (which is also quite apt for Mandi as she sails off into the sunset - have a great one Mandi)!

I am entering this card into the following Challenges:-
 Jules' Snippets Challenge at ALWAYS WITH A HEART
WINTER WONDERLAND - Clean and Simple.
ST LUKE'S CHARITY - Christmas.
Love to all ~

Sunday 30 October 2011


Happy Halloween to all  you Halloween fans out there!  
Sorry I didn't get around to making a card this year, but I'm going to cheat and share last year's Halloween card instead!!  Well - some of you new bloggers out there may not have seen it, and it's just for fun, and you don't even have to leave a comment!


Love to all ~
Sylvia xx

Thursday 27 October 2011


Good afternoon lovely bloggers - hope you are all having a happy week. 
It's wet wet wet in this part of Yorkshire, but the leaves are turning into the most gorgeous Autumn colours, which really brightens the day.
I am just popping by to share a Wedding card a friend has ordered - she is going to a
Wedding in Florida quite soon, and asked for something simple and elegant, with a splash of colour to match the bridesmaid's dresses.  Who says simple cards are easy to make?!! I do hope she will like it!! 


Recipe: -

Very Vanilla cardstock from Stampin' Up - a mixture of textured and smooth.
Nestie Labels 18. 
Anna Griffin Sentiment inked with Onyx Black Versafine and heat embossed.
Deep purple satin ribbon.
Nestie Fancy Tags 2 separated down the centre and placed under the folded ribbon.
Eazi Score Board used to create two simple lines of embossing at the top and bottom of the card.
Two cream pearls to finish.
I printed the insert with personalised details, and a simple heart and pearl embellishment bearing the wedding date - (of course I can't share due to privacy reasons). 
I would like to enter this card into the following Challenges:-
Lexi's Creations- Just a Sentiment.
CES Challenge - New Beginnings.

Love to all ~
post signature

Sunday 23 October 2011


Hi peeps - hope your weekend has been fabulous! Just popping by with a fun card for the LESS IS MORE Challenge, which this week is POLKA DOTS. Thanks to Mandi and Chrissie for another great theme.


Two very old stamps from that darkest corner of my craft room which I only visit now and again (but really should visit more often) - Dotty Shoe by All Night Media, Sentiment by Impression Obsession, stamped with Coffee Archival ink.
Worn Lipstick Distress Ink applied through sequin waste for the Polka Dots.
Shoe also coloured with Worn Lipstick DI, a paint brush and water.
I would just like to say a big Thank You to all those wonderful friends and followers who leave kind comments - I really do appreciate it .
My card is also entered into the CAS Sunday Challenge #24 - CAS - Think Pink
Have a wonderful week - love to all ~
post signature

Sunday 9 October 2011


Good afternoon lovely bloggers - hope you are all having a happy weekend. I have really missed you all and it's great to be back. I will get around to see what you have all been up to, as soon as I finish the ironing! 
Just popping by with a card for this week's challenge at Less is More
It's a one-layer card week, and Mandi and Chrissie are asking us to use HEARTS, which I absolutely love!
Update!! 19th October - my card made the Top 3 at Creative Inspirations

I have used three shades of Versacolor inks (the small square ones) in Lapis Lazuli, Topaz and Cardinal, "direct to paper", shading each colour slightly from light to dark by using less or more pressure on the pad. Hence the rather random look!
After several failed attempts at measuring the spacing of the inking, I decided to go for it "by eye" - wish I had done that to begin with!
The tiny heart is from the French Mail clear stamp set by Crafty Secrets.
Sentiment is from Hot off the Press.
I would also like to enter my card into the Creative Inspirations Challenge - A Single Layer Card.
Just thought I would share this holiday pic. with you - the life-size dress form was standing outside a gift shop and I couldn't resist taking a photo of it. It was covered with fabric flowers and looked so pretty - very fashionable in the crafting world at the moment - thought you might like it!
Welcome to my new followers - Janet, Liz and Dorte. 
Click the pic. to enlarge.
Love and hugs to all - have a happy week ~
post signature

Tuesday 20 September 2011

LESS IS MORE - 1,000 ENTRIES???? (CARD 2)!!

Hi lovely bloggers - this is card no. 2 today (yes - two in one day - that has to be a first for me)!, so please scroll down if you would like to see the 1st one!
At LESS IS MORE Chrissie and Mandi now have 1,000+  Fab. Followers, so someone suggested it would be fun to aim for 1,000 entries into this week's challenge! PHEW!! Hence my two cards being posted separately!
As from tomorrow, I won't be around for a couple of weeks, as hubby and I are going in search of that big orange thing in the sky! So I am wishing Chrissie and Mandi good luck in advance, oh and if any of those Blog Candies in my sidebar are coming my way - please hang onto them ladies - I will be back to collect!!!

Very Vanilla cardstock from Stampin' Up.
Postcard stamp - Crafty Individuals.
Sentiment - Wendy Vecchi Nature's Art set.
Vintage Photo DI.
Flowers coloured with Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade DI, applied with a
Cut-n-Dry Nib. A soft touch of Crushed Olive on the leaves.
DI applied with Cut-n-Dry foam onto Sequin waste (found this in the kiddies' craft section at Boyes store - very cheap)!
Hope you will all join in - as long as your card is Clean and Simple, Anything Goes!
See you soon - love to all ~

post signature

LESS IS MORE - 1,000 ENTRIES???? (CARD 1)!!

Hi lovely blogging friends - hope all is well with you today? 
This is the first of two short posts - both of them for this weeks challenge at LESS IS MORE.
The Limette Divas, Mandi and Chrissie now have a very well-deserved 1,000+ Followers, and someone suggested that it would be fun to see if we could
help them reach 1,000+ entries into this weeks challenge - Wow!
I am posting separately to help the cause! 
The challenge by the way is: "ANYTHING GOES", as long as it is CAS.
I think Mandi and Chrissie may have writer's cramp by the end of the week!!
So, here is my first Card.

Wendy Vecchi stamps from the Nature's Art set.
Base butterfly coloured with Copics.
Black Glaze pen on the top layer dots.
Swirl - freee-hand doodle!
Embellishment - an old press-stud.
Hope you will all join in the fun!
post signature

Friday 16 September 2011


Hi peeps - sorry I haven't been around for a few days - had a very busy week with family "things"! 
Just managed to squeeze into this week's LESS IS MORE Challenge, which is SEEING DOUBLE SEEING DOUBLE!

This reverse stamping technique is one which I haven't used for ages - it's similar to the brayering reverse stamping technique, but I have used a very old Hero Arts "Shadow Stamp", which is basically a plain square of wood-mounted rubber. The Anna Griffin blue pram was inked up with Versafine Majestic Blue, then stamped onto the Shadow Stamp. The image on the shadow stamp was then stamped onto the card. This "reverses" the image.  The pink pram was stamped with Staz-on Blazing Red, directly onto the card.
The Twins stamp is from a New Baby set by Kars.
A warm welcome to my new followers - Elizabeth and Maria.
Have a wonderful weekend ~ love to all,
post signature

Monday 5 September 2011


Wow lovely Bloggers, Friends and Limettes - what a fabulous challenge Mandi and Chrissie have set for us this week over at Less Is More - METALLICS!!  And here is my card, which took longer to photograph than it did to make! The SU card looks rather orangey in the photo, but it's a lovely Christmassy red IRL. (Tuesday - Update - have managed to take a slightly better photo in daylight today)!
ANOTHER UPDATE - 13th Sept. - My card has been ShowCASed - Thanks Chrissie and Mandi!
As I have used very old bits and pieces, I am also entering this into Jules' lovely Snippets Challenge at
Always With a Heart. Do pop over to see what Jules is up to!

So peeps, for the LIM METALLIC challenge, I dug deep into my cupboards, drawers, boxes, shelves etc. and re-discovered these chunky metal initials C and H, which were originally hanging around the neck of a bottle of Carolina Herrera perfume (see the picture below for a "before I used them" shot).  The perfume is long-gone, but I just couldn't bear to part with the initials as I thought they would come in useful one day!!

I printed   appy hristmas  in gray Parchment font, onto white cardstock and cut out with a Nestie Labels 18 die.
Edged the Nestie with Versamark ink and heat-embossed with Judikins Metallic Silver EP.
Chopped off the little metal circle from the "H" before attaching to the card with glue.
Attached the chunky metal snowflake (I think this came from an old Xmas card) to the "C" with silver
metallic thread then attached these to the card.
Wrapped silver metallic thread around the card and attached the Nestie with 3-d foam pads.
Edges of card coloured with a Pilot Silver ink pen.

and here is a picture of the Carolina Herrera perfume bottle (found this on the internet today):-
A very warm welcome  to Tilly and Jo, my newest followers.

Have a wonderful week everyone ~ love and hugs,
post signature

Thursday 1 September 2011


Hello peeps! Hope you are having a fabulous week. 
Several weeks ago, I was lucky enough to withe Sir Stampalot  "Magical Worlds" challenge,  and as well as receiving a parcel of crafting gorgeousness, I was thrilled to be asked to join the Team for a one-off  GDT spot as part of my prize.  
So peeps, here I am with my GDT card for September's  Stampalot challenge, and the theme is "IT'S A FRAME UP". 
Do pop over for all the details, and some fabulous DT inspiration.
My Card Recipe:-
White and Black cardstock - Stampin' Up.
Backing paper -  Springtime Vintage from SU.
Stamp - "New York Diva" from Hampton Art, softly coloured with Copics and Distress Inks.
The rectangular FRAME was created by cutting, and joining together, two Nestie Lacy Squares. 
The "brads" on the frame are made from black card, punched with a Woodware
small circle punch, shaped with an embossing tool and spritzed with Perfect Pearls Mist - Heirloom Gold.
Postcard stamp - Crafty Individuals, distressed with scissors and inks. 
Flower - TH Tattered Florals die.
Circular sentiment - HOTP.
All edges inked with Versafine Smokey Gray.
Black lace - from my ribbon box.
So lovely bloggers - start thinking about FRAMES (whatever your interpretation of that might be), and join in the fun!
I would like to enter my card into the following Challenge:
Fashionable Stamping - Ribbon or Lace.

Love to all, 
and a warm welcome to my newest followers - Hazel, Tracy and Suze.