Tuesday 29 March 2011


Hi peeps - just a quick post tonight (did someone say Hoorah)?!!
This week at Less is More,  Chrissie and Mandi have given us the challenge of working with a sketch on a DL size card, so if you haven't heard of this fabulous challenge blog, do pop over and see what it's all about.

 My card recipe:-
Base card - SU Very Vanilla cardstock.
For the flower - SU "Love Letter" double sided paper, two circle punches, a water spritzer and an old fabric covered button, (plus lots of squeezing and teasing).
Paper from the same SU range for the dotty strip, edged with black ink.
Sentiment from Penny Black.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Lady Bug Crafts - Handmade Flowers.
Have a great week ~ 

Sunday 27 March 2011


Well lovely Bloggers, it's that time of year again - one hour less to sleep in this morning, but on the plus side, have you seen all the fabulous Cherry Blossom trees in flower - don't you just love them?

So - onto this week's Challenge at Sentimental Sundays which is an easy-peasy theme of CUTE AND CUDDLY (with a sentiment of course). More prizes to be won this week, and more freebie sentiments.

For my DT card I have used this oh-so-cuddly image from Meljens Designs coloured with Copics
Cardstock - Very Vanilla from SU.
Papers - MME Stella and Rose "Mabel".
Antique Linen DI around edges.
Machine stitching (wonky variety).
Ribbon from stash.
CB die cut hearts.
Look forward to seeing more of your
beautiful creations at Sentimental Sundays.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:-
Totally Papercrafts - Cuddly and Cute.
Southern Girls - Add an Animal.
Have a happy week ~ love to all.

Wednesday 16 March 2011


Hi peeps, just a quick post today - hope you're all having a great week, with more sunshine than we are having in foggy West Yorkshire at the moment.
I'm sure you will all have seen the Less Is More Challenge Blog, run by Chrissie and Mandi, but if not, do pop over for details and fab. inspiration. The current challenge theme is "Off The Edge". and I used two images from a very old Habico stamp set - Chinese Flowers 2, plus a sentiment from a set by K and Co. The flower petals were painted with Spun Sugar Distress Ink re-inker.
 Must say - it's nice to de-clutter for a change! 

Sunday 13 March 2011


Hi lovely Bloggers - hope you are having a relaxing weekend, and some sunshine in your part of the world.
S0 - another Sunday, another Challenge, and at  Sentimental Sundays this week we would like you to Go Green - either use the colour green, or recycle something (or both)! As always, there are prizes to be won, and freebie sentiments too. Pop over to SS for all the details and some fab. ideas from the DT.
The challenge immediately brought to mind images of green fields and wild flowers, which is quite a happy coincidence as I bought this Hero Arts "Blooming Meadow" stamp recently (plus a few other things!), when I spent the voucher I won from
The Stamp Man (Thanks so much Jill and the DT).
White card from Stampin Up.
The beautiful digi sentiment is from Ann Vento at Raindrop Echo Designs, printed directly onto the card.
The flower panel was created by stamping the image twice onto a separate peice of white card, using Versamark Ink, then heat embossing with White powder, which creates a "resist" when inks are applied over the image.

The top edge was roughly torn, then Distress Inks were applied with a Tim Holtz Blending Tool - colours: Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive and Mustard Seed.
The piece was then spritzed with a mixture of water and Green Patina Perfect Pearls (which doesn't show up in the photo)!!
The flowers were wiped over with kitchen tissue to remove excess ink , and the panel was attached to the base card.
Linen twine (from SU) was added, and a small butterfly which was created with a Wendy Vecchi butterfly stamp (from "Natures Art" set) stamped with Olive Green Staz-on onto white shrink plastic which had firstly been inked with Spiced Marmalade DI.
After shrinking, and curving it whilst warm (nearly burnt my fingers off), I coloured butterfly edges and some of the spots, with Cadmium Orange Copic then added a teeny bit of Glamour Dust.
I would like to enter the following challenges:-
Meljens Designs - Green,
Update 21st March - my card won 1st prize at Meljens Designs - whoo-hoo!
Sir Stampalot - Spring is in the Air,
Lets Ink It Up - Embossing.
Did I hear someone snoring"?? Well, it was a bit of a loooong Post today - sorry!!
Love to all, and have a happy week ~

Friday 4 March 2011


Hi peeps - hope you are all having a great week.
I am so happy to be sharing this card with you today - I won a Guest Design Team spot at Phindy's Place when my entry for the recent Distress challenge was chosen as Card of the Month, and was later chosen as overall winner of the month, with a prize of a Guest Designer spot in March.
So, I chose to use this adorable image, "Little Squirt", from  Phindy's shop - don't you agree, he is just soooo cute!!

The theme of the challenge this week is Oh Baby!, which could be a new arrival, a 1st Birthday, etc., - if you are looking for the perfect baby/small child image, do pop over to Phindy's shop (see link above). Check out the new "Wee Babbies" range too - they're adorable!
Card recipe:
Image coloured with Copics.
Sky created with a "mask"of roughly torn paper, a piece of Cut'n Dry foam, and Versacolour Sky Blue ink.
The image is die cut with Nesties Labels #1.
Blue cardstock - Stampin Up.
Patterned papers - Nitwit Big Top collection, distressed and machine stitched.
Sentiment - my own (computer generated).
Two buttons and white Ric-Rac to finish!
I would like to enter my card into the challenge at Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes + the option of Something Old (the blue button is VERY old)!
Have a fabulous weekend - love to all ~