An Indoor Garden


Hi there. I really enjoyed making this card with the Altenew ‘Indoor Garden‘ stamp and die set. I have had this set for absolutely ages – and never used it. The opportunity came when I saw the current challenge at Addicted To Stamps, and the theme for Inkspirational.

I took all of the images from the stamp set, and didn’t realise until I started that each image has several bits to stamp to complete each one. Actually – I had so much fun with the images coming together, and I am sure I will make more similar cards. I did stamp and die cut at least three of each – you have to fill your Misti, don’t you?

I used the Altenew ‘Soft Scoop‘ ink set, as although different colours, they work so well together. I also used some of my other green inks, for more variety, as I wanted the cacti themselves to be quite bright – but not too much.

The lined background is me taking a die cut from the Altenew ‘Gradient Stripes‘ cover die – just laying there on my desk – and using that as a mask. Not too correctly, and using three colours, to give an almost water-colour effect. I liked how this turned out – not too precise, but certainly a little something extra to the background.

Once I had placed the die cut images down, I looked for a ‘power‘ sentiment to match. My thought process in this…..cacti are strong, durable, and seem to survive almost anything – that is my ‘power‘ idea. I have a couple of friends going through some personal issues at the moment – and I thought this sentiment was ideal, taking from Altenew ‘Bamboo Rose‘ stamp set.

I hope you like it, and I hope you come back tomorrow to see what I have created for my guest designer spot on CASology……

Challenges I will be entering with this card:

Addicted To Stampsphoto inspiration


Aqua flowers


Hi there. I was being crafty again yesterday, and also getting inky fingers again.

I made this card inspired by the colours for the current Color Throwdown Challenge. The colours to use are black, white, and aqua. I love aqua – one of my favourite colours. I wanted to use my newly purchased Uniko stencil, so I turned to my pastes. I didn’t have any aqua paste, so I took the glossy white paste, and added some Cosmic Shimmer ‘shimmer paint – green aqua‘. I didn’t know how much to add, so I kept adding, and kept mixing… the end I made several cards, but this is my favourite. I’ll show the others at the bottom.

Here is a close-up: (ignore the blue-tac on the bird bath!!!)


I cut the dried pasted card using my Sue Wilson ‘Stitched square‘ dies, and added a sentiment from my go-to stamp set from MFT – heat embossed in white.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown – (black, white, aqua)

Seize The Birthday – birthday (not with the option of beachy)

Here are the other cards I made using another Uniko stencil: these I smudged a little 😦

I think my paste was too runny at this point.



Forget Me Not


Happy weekend everyone. Some crafting time for me this weekend. I have been getting some inky fingers with some water-colouring again.

I saw this stamp last week at the Doncaster craft show, and fell in love with it straight away. It is from Honey Doo Crafts, called ‘Forget Me Not‘. I can see these flowers are sometimes yellow, after I did a little Google search, but it didn’t really matter to me. I was following the colours inspired by the current Card Concept challenge, which is mainly red and yellow.

I stamped in Versafine black onyx and heat embossed with clear. I took several similar colours from my Zigs and started to colour. I wanted the centre of the envelope to be a little lighter, and the edges darker, so it looks like it is full and dimensional.

Three colours for the flowers, to try to add some dimension also, but these are little flowers…..I kept going anyway. I didn’t colour part of the image which is around the closure of the envelop, partly because I didn’t know what colour to use, and partly because I liked the detail in there.

To add more dimension, I added some light grey around the image, and just let everything dry. Once dry, I took a Catherine Pooler postage die to cut it out, and then thought about the background. I thought it need some red around the image, but not a solid red, so I turned to Altenew and stamped the ‘Wood Pallet background‘ stamp after I had inked it up using the same red colours I had coloured the envelope in. It took a couple of stampings – using my Misti – and I really like the effect this gave.

I didn’t want to cover the image up with a sentiment, so I cut a larger base card, and stamped the greeting using a set of MFT stamps which I always seem to turn to.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Card Conceptphoto inspiration

Watercooler Challengesanything feminine goes

Lil Red Wagonflowers

Aud Sentiments Challengeanything goes with a sentiment

Lovely Piggies


Hello there. I hope everyone is doing alright, and hoping to get some crafting done over the next few days.

This card is made to enter the current challenges at CASology. The cue word is ‘farm’.

I don’t have many farm animal stamps,  but I remember purchasing this Mama Elephant ‘Lovely Piggies‘ stamp set a little while ago. I thought it would be easier to colour than the ‘Little Agenda‘ stamps I have – very fiddly they are – and it was better. Well, the heads were, anyway!

I stamped all the images onto water-colour card stock with Versafine Black Onyx, as I didn’t know how I wanted to colour them. I then heat embossed in clear, and looked at all my colouring options.

I decided to go with my Zigs, as I hadn’t used them for a while, and the tip of the brush means I can get into the fiddly areas when I needed to.

I used a couple of pinks for the pigs, and then played with the other colours for whatever the pigs were holding or wearing. I chose this little piggy as I like the little heart he/she is carrying. I die cut the piggies, and then looked to my layout.

How I could frame the little piggy? I remembered I had bought some square frame stamps last week at the Doncaster Dome craft show. There are two square stamps from Bee Crafty ‘Backdrop Frames – style wire‘ and I chose the larger of the two, stamped in Versafine black onyx again, and sat my little piggy inside it.

The sentiment is from a Honey Doo stamp set ‘Forget Me Not‘ which I also bought last week.

So, quite a clean and simple card for you today, but it actually took me longer than my more elaborate concoctions, because of the colouring, and the decision of where to place everything.

A last little bit of exciting news…..I have been asked to guest design for the next CASology challenge, beginning Tuesday 12th June……it’s another good ‘un………I hope you will be able to join us.


Flock Yeah!

Hello yet again. This week is getting to be a habit with the postings. Hubby is away for a couple of nights – yes, golfing – so here I am with time to play, and craft, and, well, whatever, really. Not that he has a problem with me doing crafting anyway……


I received this stamp and die set recently, and of course it was sat on my desk with all my other stuff, and then I saw the colours from the current challenge at CAS Simple Colours and Sketches, and the theme of ‘animals’ from The Paper Players, and hey presto, light bulb moment.

I put the green ink on my Tim Holtz mat, added water, and yet again smooshed some water-colour card into it for an uneven green background. After letting that dry, I die cut it with a circular Spellbinders die, then embossed it with a Tattered Lace embossing folder. Without the embossing, the green looked too plain for me.

This embossing folder also comes with embossing corners, and embossing strips, so I took one of the strips and embossed as you can see. I was struggling to come up with what lines to put on the card to follow the current sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, and I like how this turned out.

I stamped the flamingos in Catherine Pooler ‘Midnight’ ink – copic, alcohol and water-colour friendly. Fabulous ink…… then used the Melon Mambo and water-coloured the images, and used Pumpkin Pie for the legs and beaks.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set.#A close-up of the card:


I shall be entering the following challenges:

CAS Colours and SketchesMelon Mambo, Garden Green (I used an Altenew green), Pumpkin Pie

Freshly Made Sketchessketch

The Paper Players animals

Simon Says Stamp Monday ChallengeAll things bright and beautiful

Starry Flowers


Hell again. I have been water-colouring and ink smooshing and die-cutting…..phew. Great day!


I used the Stampin Up ‘Peekaboo Peach‘ on some water-colour card. Well, I wet the card, put the ink on a large acrylic block, wet the block and just put it down on the wet card. I waited 5 minutes or so, then lifted the block up.

I was going for a more uneven look, but when I saw the ink was quite even – I liked the colour. I didn’t mess with it, just let it dry. Whilst it was drying, I stamped the flowers in Catherine Pooler ‘Peppermint Scrub‘ and heat embossed over that outline with a clear embossing powder. I didn’t want the ink to move outside each flower when I water-coloured it, and I didn’t want black for the outline – a more colourful outline was needed here.

I used the ‘Peekaboo Peach’ again for the water-colouring, adding one layer, letting it dry, then going in again for some darkness near the centre of each flower.

And whilst this was drying – I can be impatient so I need to do things – I die-cut the Altenew water-colour stripes cover die, and then set-to putting my card together. Well – I did wait a few hours so things dried well and naturally. I find that heat setting it tends to reduce the intensity of the ink. I had to find something to do….so I made tea. 🙂

The sentiment is from my new purchase (Seven Hills Crafts – again) and I will be playing with that stamp set in the next few days. (‘Flock yeah‘ from W Plus 9)

The layout of the card is inspired by the current Fusion Card Challenge, but I didn’t use the sketch this time, just the photo inspiration.

This card also ties in with the current challenge at As You Like it. This challenge is to say flora or fauna – and why….I do have some animal stamps, I play with them a little, but my choice is flowers – any day of the week. I find them so much more versatile, any colours can be used, in any format and layout – it just seems to work. Clean and simple, or more elaborate – flowers all the way! (and I have three cats, too)

One layer card


Hi there. Despite going out this morning to a craft show in Doncaster – no, I didn’t really buy much! – I have had some time to craft.

I was inspired by the one layer card theme from Simply Less Is More, and the colours from Pinspirational.

I struggle with one layer cards. I like layers I can play around with, and I don’t really like masking – probably because I don’t always succeed with the masking. I still persevere, though, and watch numerous hints and tips on YouTube.

I either cut the mask too big, so there is white space between the flower and leaves, or I cut it too small, and the inks overlap – yep, despite having the matching dies as well. Who knew?

This flower is a recent purchase from Seven Hills Crafts, and I couldn’t wait to start stamping with it. I actually didn’t realise until I started, that there is actually seven layers to this flower. Seven – I repeat – seven!! The main flower image is four layers, and the layers I have stamped in blue are another three layers. Thank goodness for my Altenew inks…..!

There isn’t an outline layer for this flower, but I think it isn’t always necessary anyway, and gives a more muted look to the flower.

The green inks are – obviously – Altenew also, but the sentiment is from a Stamps By Me stamps set. I really like the sentiments that Toni puts on her stamp sets, as they are very versatile. The fonts are great, and stamp very well.

I’ll be opening up my purchases from today, and having a go with them later, so I am sure you will get to see what I purchased this morning.

The challenges I will be entering with this card:

Less Is Moreone layer card, thinking of you

Pinspirationalphoto inspiration