Monday, 19 February 2018

Enchanted Woodland


I'm sharing the card I've made for this month's Lavinia stamps challenge. The theme is Enchanted Woodland.

I used mainly distress oxide inks for the background. First I put them onto a block and swiped the colour and then used them to stamp with onto the background. All the stamps are by Lavinia but I think the sentiment may have been discontinued by them.

I was so lucky to win the random draw last month. I keep going to the site to spend my voucher but can't decide which stamps or goodies to get!

Sunday, 18 February 2018

mid month reminder for "Love, hearts and flowers" at Penny Black & More challenge



A little reminder of our "Love, hearts and flowers" challenge over on Penny Black & More this month.

For my DT card I used a Penny Black stickeroo called "in bloom". I mounted it over an inked doily and a background I stamped using the heart from the "clearly in love" stamp set.

I then used a few different die cuts around the card to finish it off.

Thanks for looking and I hope we see you over at the challenge.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Sport/Winter Olympics


The theme at the Male Room Challenge is Sport/Winter Olympics. I know I have used these toppers on my last couple of cards for the challenge, but they were on the desk still, and really this picture just seemed to fit better than anything else I had.

I had made my "wood" background a couple of days ago when experimenting with dragging oxide inks. I stamped over the top with my Concord & Ninth wood effect stamp in the middle section. Then whilst looking for something I "found" these circles which I had cut out and not used the whole thing. I thought they were reminiscent of the Olympic circles, so I put them behind my image.

Finally I used a Gummiapan Happy Birthday die from Swedish House Crafts.

I'm entering this into:-
Male Room Challenge for Sport/Winter Olympics
Simon Says Stamp - add a die cut

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Vintage Love - part 2


This is my second entry for the CD Sunday challenge Vintage Love. 

I used the same cdrom Opulent from MCS. I used one of the toppers and then put the letters of LOVE into each of the panes. I also added the square in the middle which was another design on the cdrom. Unfortunately it had a cream background and so I had to "cut" triangles of white, to fill in the outer edges, not too bothered about the inner ones as that looked ok.

When I came to print the design it was on the same sheet as the  last post, so again the colours were not the best. I doubt you can tell the different, this version just has the wink of stella on it.


However, as I was adding the wink of stella I noticed something was missing from the design! Was it my fault - had I covered it up somehow? But no - here it is in MCS.........
One of the lines going down is missing on the right hand side! I then noticed the top part of the deigns is not completely symmetrical, but I could not leave it, so I added it in myself.

Vintage Love - part 1


I set out to design a card for the CD Sunday challenge which this time is for Vintage Love. I've ended up with four cards - so I am going make two posts.

For this first post I used Opulent CDrom from MCS. I started with the floral frame and then added the word LOVE in the centre. It looked a little bare so I added a few red flowers around the inside of the frame and over the "O". I also added a little "blur" frame to the black part of the frame.

I printed it and edged it with one of the duo pens that is black/red depending on how the light shines and then added a squiggle too. By this time I felt I had gone too far with it. So.......

When I came to print out the design I had not altered my settings and so the print quality wasn't as good as I would have liked, so I had this second copy to use.


This time I added a wink of stella to the flowers so that the colour intensified a little and mounted onto black card, then I distressed the edges.

Which do you prefer?

I'm also entering this card into the  Allsorts challenge for Love is in the Air.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

LIM #364 - Music


The current challenge at Less is More for their 7th birthday is Music. Can't believe it is 7 years ago since it began - I've been entering all those years!

I decide to use a stamp from a Sheena Douglass set free with Creative stamping - there were so many I could have chosen but went with this one stamped onto some watercolour card as I was going to add a splash of colour but decided against it.

Instead I cut a musical die - which actually is for Christmas and has bows and holly on it. So I cut those bits off and covered with die cuts from a CC die in silver mirri card.

The main image I edged with  silver pen and then with a dual pen which is black/red.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Bark heart


My idea for this card was to make it look like a heart carved into a tree.

I used a John Lockwood "bark" stamp in sepia ink. Then I cut a heart from red card and watercoloured inside the heart area. Then I die cut the word "love" and added a simple stamped "U".

I'm entering this in the CAS Watercolour Card challenge which is for "heart".

Monday, 5 February 2018

It's on TV!

My card was inspired by the current Male Room challenge for "inspired by television". I have taken them rather literally but it's ages since I last used this TV die. I thought whilst I had the opportunity I would take it.

I've partnered it with my PTI On My Couch set which I paper pieced. The scale is not quite right but I decided to go with it. I also made the little frame with the set and used a piece of a Crafty Indviduals paper for the portrait. The shoes are from a TL clothes set.

My wall is sticky backed plastic and reminds me of paper from the 1960s. The "TV" show is part of a Hunkydory topper and I also added a little bit of acetate for the screen over the top. The sentiment is also fro the PTI set.

I'm also entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp - anything goes challenge.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Love, hearts and flowers at Penny Black & More challenge

Time for our new challenge at Penny Black & More challenge. This month we are looking for Love, hearts and flowers. Our sponsors this month are

Penny Black, Stamp Addicts, Crafts U Love 

For my DT card I chose to use a stamp that I have had for ages but has never seen ink! It's called "here's my heart" but as it is a wooden stamp and doesn't come with a sentiment I decided to put my new found calligraphy skills to the test and write the sentiment myself! I used a die cut speech bubble and then used a dual glitter pen which shows black or red ink depending on which way it hits the light.

The paper is from a PB coco paper pad and I thought it was all it needed to set off this fab image which I coloured with promarkers.

Thanks so much for looking and I hope you can find time to see more inspiration from my teamies over at the blog as well as enter our challenge.


Thursday, 1 February 2018

Winter in the Mountains @ CD Sunday


When I saw the challenge at CD Sunday was "Winter in the Mountains" the only cd I could think of looking at was my Thomas Kinkade one. This is what I found there - mountains albeit in the distance but I think the general feeling is that it is winter in the mountains.

I decided to use part of one of the backing papers that had the same image in a sepia tone for the background and then put the smaller coloured version on top. Various die cuts later and my card is finished.

It feels like winter in the mountains here today actually - freezing!

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Pion Mister Tom Motorbike for Swedish House Crafts Design Team



Hello everyone, 

Today my card is made using the Pion Mister Tom papers. I love the vintage feel to these papers. All the items I used can be found in the shop by clicking the text below.

First of all I used Distress inks on my base card and a few snippets of the papers. Then I distressed the 6x6 sheet, adding distress ink around the images and edges. Then I and fixed it at an angle onto the base card. I then cut some of the other images and the text and fixed onto the 6x6 sheet.


You may have noticed I do like filmstrips LOL! This was an element I cut from the co-ordinating single sheet Mister Tom's treasures. Then I used the Gummiapan stamp set "Text 16 words" to stamp onto the strip. I find this stamp set really useful as you can use different combinations of the words.

I used the Gummiapan Doodled frame cut from some co-ordinating card stock several times and then snipped it apart to place around the design.


I used two Gummiapan sentiment stamps. "You only as old as you look......" and the Happy Birthday". Finishing touch are a couple of pieces of hessian and twine from my own stash.


Thanks for looking today.

I'd also like to enter this card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge for anything goes.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

LIM #363 Cute one layer


The challenge at Less is More is for a one layer cute card. I decided to use this Clearly Besotted set which lends itself nicely to a one layer usage.

I coloured the images with Derwent pencils.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Journal page


I've been collecting "spare ink" from my mat when I have finished a project. It's been going in a book and this is the first page I have had a go at decorating. I used Visible image stamps with black clair ink and wilted violet and seedless preserves distress oxides. I also used some TH distress crayons and a purple glitter highlighter which appears to have just left the silver behind.

Hoping to do more of this and "learn" to get better at it. I'm trying to just do things instead of overthinking like I usually do!

I'm also entering this into the Countryview challenge for "anything goes".

Friday, 26 January 2018

Vintage at The Male Rooom



I was looking for something else when I came across a paper pad that I thought would be perfect for these pre-printed card toppers which I had ear marked for the challenge theme at The Male Room of Vintage.

I also had a hunt through my papers and found this Websters page with the numbers on which I thought could be the golf holes?  I have had all my lovely Websters pages so long (8 years maybe!) and notice now that the company have moved onto planners mainly, and their papers are so different. 

I took a piece of chocolate metallic foundation card and ran it through an embossing folder that mirrored the diamond pattern (which reminded me of golfing jumpers). Then I used some gilding wax over the raised areas and on some of the papers.The finishing touch is a little piece of Pion Mr Tom paper with the old ads on it and some twine.


Whilst I was in the swing of it I decided to grab another image and do another card.

Thursday, 25 January 2018

January Rudolph Day


It is the first Rudolph Day of 2018 over on Mo's blog.

For my card I used a stamp from Inkylicious that I really like using. I did a card with it a few weeks ago but this time I have used two types of glitter glue to fill in the image.

I've mounted onto some Maja paper called "I wish Christmas was today" which is on sale at Swedish House Crafts at the time of writing. I also used a Gummiapn  Merry Christmas die cut from the same paper.