Thursday, 31 March 2011


Well, this card follows the same theme again - one image used more than once. I used a set I haven't used for ages, which was from the now deceased Elzybells, even the background to the card was made using one of the smaller stamps of an individual cookie and crumbs. The backing paper is from the now infamous Papermania Claire Curd signature range of 200 sheets, which I'm still trying to get through!

The punch is one of my new X-Cut border punches and then overlayed with chocolate coloured satin ribbon, finally the sentiment is also from the same Elzybells set.

I have been working on some cards, but they are for mother's day so I will wait until the recipients have them before posting (that's if I remember to take pictures!), have to say though, they will be worth waiting for, I think they are the most beautiful cards I have ever made!

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Variation on a Theme

Well, I said I had more cards along the same theme as the last one, and this is the next in the series. The image was again a freebie, this time with the Docrafts magazine (really shouldn't spend so much on magazines!), and the embossing down the sides was done using one of their embossing folders which I then chalked - I'm really happy with the way this turned out.

I coloured the images using my promarkers and then used glossy accents to colour the cherries on top, mounted onto red card and popped up on 3d foam pads, it has a lovely summery feel to it, which seems to fit well with the weather we are experiencing at the moment, just hope this isn't our summer!

Monday, 21 March 2011

Triple image

I saw a card on the docrafts website, which I really loved, and it used the same image several times. I really liked the idea, the number of times I've received freebie stamps with magazines, but they're tiny and I'm left wondering how I could ever make use of them. So when I saw this idea I just had to use it to create some cards of my own (more will follow in the next few days - I have been busy making but not taking pictures yet - speaking of which, sorry this is slightly fuzzy).

This one was used a set from Simply Cards & Papercrafts and was an Adam Pescott image (I should get some more of his images as freebies next month as they will be in Quick Cards Made Easy). The punch to create the edging on the paper is my new XCut border punch - think these are just as beautiful as Martha's but a fraction of the price (complete win - win there!). So that the mats matched the images I actually used white card and coloured the edges using my promarkers - was really pleased with how that turned out. The card base I stamped with some of the tiny butterfly images that were also free with the same stamp set, and I used a very pale cream and peach chalk ink from a colourbox queue set. The dots are card candy, which I've had for several years - you get so many in a pack that I think I will have them till the day I die!.

Anyway, hope you like - will be back soon with some new cards & next weekend will probably be getting some new stamps as Tracy is releasing her own range at the shop, will definitely have to get some!

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Eskimo Kisses

I've had this digital image since just after Christmas as I was given a gift voucher for Mo's Digital Pencil (BTW she has a special stamp available for just $1 with all proceeds to the Japan earthquake). This was one of those rare cards that just made itself - I had the Sketch Saturday sketch, the stamp, and from that I just knew what colours I wanted to use. The papers were from the DCWV Christmas stack called 'Rose Tinted Christmas'.

I used watercolour pencils to colour the image and stuck to just a very few colours, then used glossy accents with glamour dust over the top. The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley (again!), the snowflakes were created using a punch from XCut (now Craft Tonic).

Well, I hope you like it as much as I do!

Sunday, 13 March 2011


Well, as I was awarded a 'Top 5 Funkette' award last month on the Get Funky challenge blog, I really thought I ought to have another go, though I am leaving it a bit late this month.

I also wanted to test out my new Gypsy machine and spent ages playing with circles to create the card and all the layers for this card, though it worked brilliantly and the card came together in no time. The stamp is from a Kanban set that was the TSV on QVC last year some time. I just had to play with the freebie backing paper from Funky Hand and used glossy accents on all of the red hearts (could have been a bit neater with that!). I've used another favourite of mine to create the copper coloured dots, which is my Viva Paper Pen - can see me collecting all of them, they're great!

I have noticed a bit of a flaw with the Kanban set, the birds don't fit in the cage - you'd have the RSPB onto you if you had two birds in a cage that size! - never mind, it's artistic!

The hearts and sentiment on the base were from another Kanban set called 'Wooly Bears - Isobel', anyway, thanks for stopping by & hope you like.

Friday, 11 March 2011

Toby Birthday

Well, this card was actually made last week, but it was for a friends birthday and so I couldn't post a picture of it until she had received the original, which she really loved.

The image used was a new stamp bought from my favourite shop, Just Tracy's called 'Toby with Bottle' and made by Wild Rose Studios. All of the papers used were from a freebie set with one of my magazines a few moths ago and are a NitWits collection. The sentiment is a Lili of the Valley stamp, and I think that's about it really - I used an old Sketch Saturday sketch for the layout. All colouring with my trustee promarkers.

I love the Wild Rose Studio Milton and Co range as they are so easy to colour, and having met Dulcie Jackson, it makes them even more special - she's a lovely person and her stamps are fab, love the cute bears and dogs!

Anyway, I suppose I should go and get ready for work, but YAY! its friday, and tomorrow is crafting with my buddies day!! (woop, woop!!!) so hopefully I should have some more cards to show you soon.


Tuesday, 8 March 2011


I'm so pleased with this card, it's not often that a card turns out better than you expect, but this one I am sooo happy with.

The image is a Lili of the Valley stamp, which has been coloured with promarkers. The backing paper is from a papermania capsule collection pad, and I've also used this when making the flowers (yes I made those flowers - really chuffed with them!). The pink/lilac layer across the middle started out as a plain piece of white paper, which I stamped over with a Viva background stamp using versamark and then chalked over with shimmer chalks. The white layer has been punched using one of my favourite Martha Stewart punches, the sentiment is Lili of the Valley again and all of those pearl dots are from a Viva paper pen.

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:

Hope you enjoy

Saturday, 5 March 2011


This image was given to me by my lovely friend Alison, who has some amazing stamps, in case you're wondering, this one is from a company called Sweet Pea Stamps (they can be bought in the uk here).

I followed an old sketch challenge for the layout & keep wondering whether I should have added a sentiment, but I can always add that if I find the right person and occasion to use it - that's part of the problem, I keep making loads of cards (probably have over 100 already made) and only have a few occasions to use them, by which time I've made loads more. Card making is a very dangerous addiction, steer well clear!

As usual I have coloured the image using promarkers and copics - I've even managed to run out one of my copic pens through using is so much, ah well, it was bound to happen sooner or later, another trip to the craft shop me thinks!

I could not tell you the company that makes the papers I've used but they are soo gorgeous, they are glittered so beautifully, but I do know that I bought them at Just Tracy's, and if she doesn't have these, she always has the most beautiful papers in stock (along with everything else designed to keep us in the poor house, but craftily happy!).

Tracy is also releasing her own range of stamps at the end of the month, and I can't wait to get to see them all - have seen a few designs and they look absolutely fab.

I've started to do my own doodling again - haven't done any for years and have found that if you don't use it you lose it, but hopefully as I do more, it will get better and then I may be able to use my own images on cards, now wouldn't that be brilliant!

Anyway, hope you love the dragon. Will be back soon, off to have a play with a couple more challenges and see if I can get to grips with my new Cricut Gypsy - may even have to treat myself to the SCAL software now that my Cricut firmware is up to date.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011


Well - I've made a card! (actually I've made several now, but only got time to post this one). I made this for a challenge over on DoCrafts, which was an animal challenge. The image was from Bugaboo and was one of her lovely weekly freebies, which I coloured with my copics and promarkers. I used an old Sketch Saturday sketch for the layout - the papers I think are from a set I've had for ages from Trimcraft (I think). The sentiment was produced on the computer and those gorgeous little dots are Viva paper pens in gold and copper, which I bought at Just Tracy's - bricks and mortar shop (because I love to browse).