Inspired by Love



I have another card here which is romantic, and all lovey-dovey, and I am sure I have mentioned a couple of times I don’t ‘do’ Valentines Day…….yet I seem to be following that love theme recently…..I’m definitely having a change in personality happening at the moment.

I used a base card of green, then added a layer of pink card embossed with Spellbinders M’Bossabilities folder ‘Regal‘. I haven’t used this for as long time, and have forgotten how deep the embossing is with these.

The flowers and leaves are from MFT ‘More Rustic Flowers’ stamped in Altenew inks, and die cut with the matching dies.

I arranged them in the shape of a heart – lovey-dovey – with a cute little sentiment in the centre. I didn’t want a large sentiment, and I didn’t want to cover any of the heart up, and this fits perfectly in the centre. The sentiment is from the Stampin Up ‘Jar of Love’ which is still on my desk from the card a few days ago. (That’s why I only tidy away once in a while, as I can still use things unexpectedly)

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Inspired by all the little things

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge 155 – Anything Goes

Moving Along with the Timeslove 






Hello everyone. I have been in my craft room all day, to try and get away from the fact we had to put one of our beautiful cats to sleep last night… has been quite therapeutic, and it managed to let me recover – somewhat – for the odd few minutes.

As I have made multiple cards, I have entered them into different challenges, so please bear with me for the organisation of it all….


This card was made using the Lawn Fawn stitched wood grain backdrop, blending two blue distress oxides, then cutting the backdrop and layering this with the mountains from the Get Yeti stamp set.

Challenges entered into:

Cards In Envywinter chills

Simon Says Stamp Monday challengeuse some blue

20180114_155504This second card was made using MFT Painted Flowers, and Altenew inks, and will be entered into:

Watercooler challengesoccasions

CAS Colours and Sketches sketch (flipped onto it’s side)

Seize The Birthdayanything goes birthday

20180114_162212Third card made using MFT More Rustic Flowers and the matching die set. Catherine Pooler Aquatini, Stampin Up Night of Navy, and Altenew pink ink.

Challenges entered:

Color Throwdownnavy, aqua, pink

Fourth and last card:


MFT More Monsters stamp and matching die set, Altenew inks.

Challenges entered:

Addicted to Stamps and more CAS


Simply Less is MorePurples

4 Crafty Chicksno blue colour






Three colour card

Good morning all. I know this looks like a very simple and easy card, but I like that about it. I took inspiration from a couple of challenges with the colours and the theme, but in general I really like how this flower turned out.

I have used the Altenew stamp and die set ‘Extra Special’. (Yep – another new buy from Doncaster Dome/Which Craft show from last Sunday.) For the first card, I stamped onto a piece of white card in Versafine black onyx, then stamped the solid base layer for the flowers in yellow, using a Catherine Pooler ink. I added the second layer of the flowers, not with the layering stamps, but with a Zig marker.

The leaves I did the same way – layered with the solid stamps, then added further green with a Zig marker.

I die-cut the flowers with the matching die, and added to a piece of plain white card I had die-cut with my MFT Die-Namics ‘Wonky Stitched Rectangles’, raising the flower with some small foam pads, and adding the whole panel to a white card base.

For the second card, I stamped and coloured onto some water-colour card, as I didn’t know which way I was going with the colouring, but in the end I went with just the stamp and colour. Nothing fancy, and cut that panel out sticking directly down onto a white card base.

I haven’t added a sentiment, because I didn’t really know what sentiment to add. I like it as it is – plain, no sentiment, ready to be sent. For any occasion. Perhaps as a little note card. I may make several of these and package them together in sets of four.

I shall be entering into the following challenges:

Color ThrowdownGreen, Yellow, Coral (all the three colours used)

Time Out challengesphoto inspiration (flowers)

Crafty Catzanything goes (optional dies/punches)

Colour Crazy Challengeanything goes


Shiny Christmas

It’s a cooler day here in Chesterfield UK, so I’ve decided to do a Christmas card. I have no idea where the logic came from in that sentence. It just seemed to fit. There are a few challenges out there with the theme of Christmas, so I’ve been playing with some of my crafty goodies.

I have also tried another way of taking a photo. What do you think? My sister sent me a link to a blog by Yana Smakula – I think she is bored with my previous background!! – and I’ve had a play with out house wall and a stool outside…….do you think it works better?

It actually took me a good couple of hours to conceptualise (what a word!) and come up with this. I wanted to do snowflakes, and I wanted them laying over the edge of the main piece of card, but other than that I just played.

I started by die cutting all five of the snowflakes from Sizzix/Tim Holtz ‘Paper Snowflakes’ – randomly – from a piece of white card.  After die-cutting the snowflakes, I then stuck a piece of double-sided sticky sheet on the back, which meant I could add some gilding flakes to the apertures left by the die cuts. (I’ll be using those on another project)

I applied IndigoBlu ‘Yorkshire Dales’ gilding flakes as I liked the multi-coloured effect these created. After adding the flakes, I smooshed them down and then embossed the sheet with a Sue Wilson 8 inch square embossing folder called ‘Snowflake Mosaic’. Then I decided what size I wanted the actual card to be – 8.25 inches by 6 inches. (Pre-bought card bases)

To follow the sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, I then cut some circles from the MFT ‘Stitched Circle Frames’ out of the same ‘greeny’ card I used on my jungle themed challenge. I just love this colour – kinda shimmery, olive/greeny/browny.

I attached the circles to the bottom left of the card, leaving one of the smaller circles out for added interest so the circles weren’t so boring, and die cut one of the snowflakes out of Stampin Up glimmer paper, sticking that down with one of their dimensionals.

I cut the circles and snowflake to match the edge of the card, then peeled off the other side of the double-sided sticky sheet (already on my white card if you remember – and stuck that down to yet another layer of the greeny card, then onto white base card.

The sentiment is an X-Cut die, which I cut out three times from card with double-sided sticky sheet on each layer to make it easier to stick one on top of the other, then added to the card.

From the front, the sentiment isn’t quite that obvious – which I wanted – and doesn’t detract from the snowflakes, but turn it to the side and get the shine from the gilding flakes – I think it works well.

I shall be entering this card into the following challenges:

Altantic Hearts Sketch Challengesketch

Watercooler Wednesday challengeChristmas

Addicted to Stamps challenge Holiday

Mix it up challenge anything goes option embossing

Christmas Cards all year roundprecipitation (snowflakes)




Starry Sketch


I seem to be having a purple passion moment or two. Both yesterday and today I have made cards with purple. I think I’ll have to move my purple card stock away from me for a while……….Until then, here is a small little card inspired by Watercooler Wednesday and Time Out Challenges. Both of these challenges I have been thinking about for quite a few days, and finally – as hubby is watching the golf catch-up – I have sat down to create this card.

I started with a light pink card base then matted this with a black layer and purple layer. On the purple layer, I die cut three strips from Crafters Companion Die’sire ‘Simple Stitched Edges’ dies. These strips are actually 12 inches long, and you could cut several make a couple of cards at the same time.

The two circles are cut from my ever favourite, and so aptly named MFT – ‘Zigzag stitched circle’ dies. I stamped and embossed the large star from MFT ‘Stars Above’ die set, using my sparkly Wow powder ‘Grape Crush’, then die cut the star with the matching die.

The sentiment is from that same stamp set, stamped with Versafine black onyx, another of my favourites.

I added a black layer as I wanted the sentiment to be in black, and thought a black layer under the purple would bring it together, and also make the stitched and crossed stripes stand out a little more.

The addition of the sequins added an extra something, and for once – they weren’t added because I smudged! I just wanted them there! Talk about pressure for stamping again and not smudging. I think I’ll have a little bet with myself how many I can stamp in a row without smudging…….




Mojo Sketch

This card was inspired by Mojo Monday Sketch challenge. I have turned the sketch around 90 degrees but you can still see the inspiration sketch in there.

It seems I am staying with my darker vintage look for today, completely different to the cards I made several posts ago. I don’t know why I am going that way currently – the sun is shining, the birds are singing, the pheasants are making a blinking racket(!!) – all a good thing, though.

For this card, I used an 8 inch square Kraft base card, and cut a smaller square in a deep purple colour which I think matched the tone of the rest of the card. I embossed this smaller square with the Tattered Lace ‘Autumn Leaf’ embossing folder, which has a gorgeous imprint of different leaves, and attached that to the base card.

The layers are from a patterned paper pad from Be Creative. The second layer had a couple of birds on each edge, so I just took the middle out of the paper and stuck them down together so it looked like they were still connected. The circle is stamped with a Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous set ‘Phrases 2’, and cut using my MFT ZIgZag Stitched Circle die set. This circle I raised with 3D foam, but the rest of the layers are flat to the card.

I don’t very often used patterned paper, and yet I have stacks of pads and collections I absolutely MUST get around to using. Maybe this is the start of a patterned paper thing. You never know. I don’t think I can be predictable with my crafting – it is all in what inspires me for the day. I may set off doing one thing, then get completely turned-around and go onto another thing.

Does anyone else have a stack of toppers they have made, and yet aren’t attached to cards yet? I am sure it isn’t just me. I know my sister in Canada has the same sort of collection. We see it as cards yet to be made, but can easily be grabbed for emergencies. (Not sure what those emergencies will be, though!

The more I set out my items to make this card, I realised how versatile and it could be, for any occasions, and so I shall also be entering this card into the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge with the theme of ‘Anything Goes’, and Moving Along With The Times, with the theme of ‘Into the Woods’.

Embossing background

Looking around today for inspiration for making a card, so went to the Paper Playful web site. This site lists a range of challenges for crafters. They post a list every day, so there are certainly quite a few to choose from.

The inspiration for this card came from two challenges – Simon Says Stamp and Cardz4galz. The challenge from Simon Says Stamp was to create a background, and the second challenge was to use embossing powder.

My idea on the background was to create a dimensional background. I used the MFT Fancy Flowers stamps and coordinating dies. First stamping the images with Ranger Perfect Medium clear stamp pad, and adding my ‘Wow’ embossing powder, heat setting it, then using the matching die set to cut them out. I wanted a tonal and quite monochromatic look to my card, with added bling with the ‘Wow’ embossing powder.

For the central element, I cut a square of the same card, and ran ‘Be Creative’ double sided sticky tape around the edges, added the same embossing powder, and again heat set it. This tape is my tape of choice for matting and layering my cards, as I find it quite strong, and the added bonus is that you can use embossing powders to it and heat it up. I don’t know if there are any other sticky tapes around that do that, but I find it helps to create cards which have the edging the same colour as other elements on the card.

The sentiment is from a ‘Chocolate Baroque’ stamp set called Rose Script, and I am sure I will be using the main stamps on that sheet in the very near future. The embossing powder for the sentiment is from Creative Expressions – detail silver, as I thought the Wow powder had a tint of silver and I wanted it to match. I did think of gold or bronze, but decided they would be too different to the rest of the card.

The way I put this card together was to use a base craft card 6 inches square, almost as though there is earth beneath the flowers. I wanted the flowers as the background, and to be dimensional, adding some flat with glue, some with one layer of foam pads, and some with two layers of foam pads. I wanted the flowers to look as though they were bursting from the base card, almost pushing the sentiment forward.

I know most backgrounds are quite flat when it comes to cards, and are mostly stamped images, but I thought I would make a quirky twist to the usual way of doing things.

I have used both of my favourite embossing powders for this card ‘Wow’ and ‘Creative Expressions’. The glittery embossing certainly adds the bling, and the detail the silver powder brings out – especially with words – is ideal.