Thursday, 28 August 2014

As You Like It

The challenge at As You Like It is to use your favourite season and say why it's your favourite.  I love spring.  The newness of everything, the pastel colours that are all around, Easter and what it means to me as a Christian and the promise of the summer to come. I am also entering my card into the following challenges

Divas by Design  Happy Birthday
(Shopping our stash)SOS #166  to use items with A,B,C- acetate, butterflies, Card Candi. A new challenge blog for me
The Pink Elephant #265  anything goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs  Animal crazy
613 Avenue Create #86 anything goes
Sister Act #71 Anything goes
Addicted to CAS geometric
Top Tip Tuesday  anything goes and I have a tip

When Card Candi first hit the shelves I bought quite a few different colours but never seemed to have the exact shade that I wanted.  I have now bought a big pack of white and I colour them myself with my Promarkers so I have the perfect colour every time. This also leaves me with pennies to spend on the fancy Candi, spots, stripes etc Now my card

When I first started with stamping and colouring I would always colour the image and then search through my papers for something to go with it.  I usually found this quite difficult and would get a bit frustrated with it all.  Then I came across a tip from a more seasoned crafter to choose your papers first and colour your image to match.  Perfect!  I wish I'd come across that one earlier than I did.  The papers I've had in my stash for quite a while and I can't remember anything about the designer etc.  The image is a pre-stamped LOTV design, from a magazine cover gift, and I coloured it with ProMarkers.  I also coloured the Card Candi with a Promarker to match the colour in the papers.  The peeloff butterflies I put onto acetate and cut them out.  This meant they were stronger and I could bend the wings up for dimension.  I finished the design with a sentiment stamp from Polka Doodles, the 'wishes' is only an outline so I filled it in with another matching ProMarker.  The image and the backing card were cut using Spellbinders Nestabilities.

PHEW!!! all finished, thanks for staying until the end
Margaret xx

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Quick(ish) and Easy

The challenge at ABC Christmas is Q for Quick  and easy.  My card started out as quick and easy but from making my card blank to sticking my contact details on the back actually took three and three quarter hours!!!!  Not because the card is in any way difficult but a friend called in for a coffee and was here for a few hours lol

I am also entering it into the following challenges

Sister Act #71  anything goes

613 Avenue Create #86 anything goes with the option to create a post it note holder

Christmas Card challenges #39 anything goes with the option of following a photo inspiration

Top Tip Tuesday  anything goes .  Also at Top Tip Tuesday (as the name implies) love to showcase peoples hints and tips for better creations. So before I show my card I'll share a tip that I have used in it's creation

Top Tip Tuesday
I have been using peeloff stickers on my cards for many years and have never had an issue with the adhesion properties of them apart from the translucent glitter ones like those on my card. I only realised this a couple of years ago as I was writing out my Christmas cards and some of the stickers came off.  Rather than throw the stickers out I now apply a few dots of Glossy Accents or Glitter glue to them before putting them on the cards.  Since doing this I have had no problems with the stickers coming off no matter how long in advance the cards were made.  So, now to my card

To create my landscape card base I cut two pieces of card 10cm x 21cm and on one of them scored a line 2.5cms in from the left hand side.  I stuck them together along the small panel.  I cut the background paper slightly smaller than the card base for both the large and small panels of the card and attached them using a glue runner.  The decoupaged bears were die cut so it was just a matter of popping them out of the carrier sheet which is part of a Forever Friends paper stack.  Rather than using 3D foam pads I stuck the layers together using Letratac from Letraset which is a dry adhesive which becomes permanent once it is burnished down.  Unfortunately this is no longer in production but I have managed to get hold of a few packets which should last me a while :o)  This still gives some dimension to the element making it more like a chipboard sticker.  I attached the peeloff trees and sentiments using Glossy Accents as an added security for them not to fall off the card (see my top tip above).  I then punched two holes in the small panel and threaded through some paper ribbon and tied it in a knot.  Once I had trimmed the ends to the desired length I spread the ribbon out and tore them back to the knot making it look as though there were a few strands together.  My final addition was some spots and lines drawn with a Quickie glue pen and then added some Glamour Dust to give the card some sparkle. I think that writing the instructions for putting this card together makes it sound a lot more tricky than a quick and easy card but, honestly, it took hardly any time at all

Sunday, 24 August 2014


I'm not a very adventurous crafter so straight lines are good for me.  Saying that it took a while to get this idea onto a card.  I do hope that it still fits in the remit for the challenge at

Addicted to CAS  geometric

Paper Pretties #324 black, white, plus one

The Pink Elephant #264  sketch

Sister Act Card challenge #71  anything goes

613 Avenue Create #86 anything goes with the option of making a post it note holder.  No holder from me this time but maybe next time :o)

My base layer is a piece of black and white gingham paper, that I've had what seems like forever :o) I knew I would need it one day! I inked the edgers using Memento Cottage Ivy and then used the same ink with a border stamp that is in the Woodware Grasses set to create the panels.  I'm definitely going to be using this stamp again to create a background paper.   I cut the four panels and inked them up around the edges and attached them to the card with 3D foam pads.  Finally I added the sentiment panel which I had stamped using the Woodware Tiny Phrases set and inked the edges too.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Christmas, again!

Quite a few challenges for this card

Sister Act Card Challenge #71  anything goes

Top Tip Tuesday  anything goes

Papertake Weekly to die for

Christmas Card challenge #38  embossing, wet or dry

Creative Card Crew #68  embossing, wet or dry

613 Avenue Create #'85   anything goes

The George stamp from Molly Blooms was stamped with Memento ink and coloured using ProMarkers and a white gel pen.  I used the Memory Box small Circle Burst and Nestabilities circle die to create the wreath effect and coloured it with a couple of green Memento inks which was attached to the card using 3D foam pads.  The background was made with the Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder and matted onto green cardstock.  It is finished off with a gold peeloff sentiment on a strip of green card.  I'm pleased with the way this card looks and may possibly do it again but with a different image

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Quick and Easy

Well I've not managed to find the lead from my camera but I have found two other leads that do fit. They're in the drawer with my glue gun and heat gun if I can't find them too lol So I've been able to download my cards just in time with a couple of challenges ending tomorrow

ABC Christmas challenge  Q for quick and easy

Less is More #185 to have an animal theme

613 Avenue Create anything goes

Top Tip Tuesday   anything goes

Papertake Weekly  to die for

The stamp I've used for this card was a freebie with Craft Stamper and must be the one that I've used more often than any other freebie stamp.  I used a Memento ink pad to stamp the image and then I used the Memory Box small circle burst lining it up over the image and then squared it off to the size I wanted.  After attaching the backing paper to the card I placed the die cut centrally on top and then attached the the stamped image in place.  The circle burst was attached using 3D foam pads

Tuesday, 19 August 2014


I've taken photos of my latest makes and I can't find the lead to connect the camera to my laptop. I think I've looked just about everywhere but no luck.  If you find it will you send it home please?

:o) xx

Saturday, 16 August 2014

One for the boys

Making cards for the males of the species has always been difficult, there is such a greater amount of resources for women and children. So I'm always on the lookout for things to help make it easier.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges

Paper Pretties #323  Boys cards

Word Art Wednesday #145 anything goes

Sister Act #70  Anything goes

I have used the cd Boys 2 Men by Ella's Design for everything on this card.  there is an amazing amount of choice on this cd for every card.  It goes from the simplest pre-made just print to printing off the images as digi stamps to colour any way you choose.  For this card I chose a decoupage topper and two of the four papers that are linked with this design, each card has a choice of four backing papers but you can choose from any of them on the cd.  The only additions are the 3D foam pads and a Memento ink pad to go round the edges of the papers

Friday, 15 August 2014

Here comes summer

As a family we haven't spent much time together over the past three years with Michael being posted overseas and Martyn and Elizabeth being in Abingdon.  Now that Michael and his little family are posted on mainland UK, albeit still down south, and Elizabeth and Martyn have moved up near us we're hoping that we will be able to get together more often. The last time we were all together was for F-i-L's funeral in February :(
When we went on our holiday in July Michael, Aisling and Bronwyne and Elizabeth and Martyn came to spend the weekend with us.  We had a lovely time together and it was a pity that they all had to go back home so soon.  Hopefully it won't be too long before we are together again. We visited the Sea Life centre and had our photo taken before we went in, we had to pretend that we were frightened of the plastic shark that the photographer was waving at us lol.  When we saw the photos we could choose a frame to suit it.  We decided that the piranha frame was the best and we bought a couple of them.  It's perfect for a scrapbook page.

I'm entering it into the challenges at
613 Avenue Create  anything goes with the option of sights, sounds of summer

Word Art Wednesday #145  anything goes

Divas by Design  so charming, to use a charm

I can't remember which designer created the background paper, I've had so long and it was before I started keeping a record of items for writing up on challenges.  The bathing huts and the starfish corner were taken from the Seaside paper pad from Crafty Individuals and the bunting and seagulls from a collection by Emma Ball.  I mounted the photo onto kraft card which I had distressed by rubbing the edges with the blade of my scissors.  The journalling is hidden under the photo and is more or less what I had described earlier in the post.  I created the writing on the left hand side using my computer, printer and Safmat film from Letraset.  It is one of my favourite things to use on my pages and cards when I want to put writing on or make my own stickers.  In the photo below you can see the letters in more detail.  I used alphabet stamps from Dimension Stamps to print the letters onto sandpaper and I then cut them out.  Using Versamark ink pad and a few layers of ultra thick embossing enamel on the bottom half of the letters gives the effect of them being in water.  I was really pleased with how they turned out.  I used 3D foam to attach them to the page.  And lastly, I added a charm in the bottom right hand corner of a sandcastle

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Penguin card

You'd be forgiven to think that I could have enough of penguins after making my daughter's wedding stationery, over two hundred pair of penguins all hand coloured with my trusty ProMarkers lol but I have to make sure that I make at least one Christmas card with them on to give to Elizabeth and Martyn!  So the challenge at ABC Christmas this time was perfect for me, it being P for penguins.

I am also entering it into the challenge at Christmas Card Challenges #37 which is anything goes with the option of using the colour combo suggested.  I've chosen not to use the option this time

I love using landscape cards but I always have a problem keeping them upright!  I now cut my cards so that I can stick the front and back together down the left hand side and decorate the small panel as the main body of the card.  This means that they open the same way as a portrait card, simples :)

The papers and the penguins are from the Nitwit Great White North collection and I printed the penguins three times so that I could decoupage them using 3D foam pads.  The image did have printed thread between the two penguins but I decided to cut that part off and use silver thread instead.  The white panels I distressed around the edge with my scissors to 'fluff' them and then added Glamour Dust after applying a Quickie glue pen.  The three backing papers I tore into strips and layered them.  I applied the Quickie glue pen and Glamour Dust to the torn edges.  I finished the design using a holographic peeloff sticker

Wednesday, 13 August 2014


Where would we be without our friends?  The sentiment on this card sums up how we should be a good friend to others.  I've done this verse  (or a version very similar) in cross-stitch before and framed it as a gift.

I'm entering it into the following challenges

Allsorts #271  All sentimental

Crafty Sentiments Designs  anything goes

Word Art Wednesday #145  anything goes

I've kept the design of this card quite simple as I wanted the verse to be the focus of the card.  I used a Spellbinders Decorative Labels 8 die cut and the stamps are from Dimension Stamps and I used a Memento ink pad to print them.  The backing paper is from my stash, possibly K & Co,  The gems were also from my stash and the ribbon was taken from a top.  Don't you just love the way clothing companies are giving us the ribbons for free lol 3D foam pads were used to attach the die-cut to the card

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

What's on your work table?

The challenge at The Kraft Journal is to make something with what's on your table using kraft card or other items that can be bought from their store

I am also entering the card into the Creative Card Crew challenge which is to use wet or dry embossing

and Crafty Sentiment Designs  anything goes

Earlier in the week I made a card for the challenge at Less is More, a one layer card.  You can see the card here  Unfortunately I managed to get a smudge of ink on the first card and had to re-make it.  The messed up card was still on my desk as was a box of scraps and some sentiment stamps. I cut away the card with the mark on it leaving a small border along the stamped edge. I found a piece of kraft card that was big enough to be attached to the border creating a full front for the card .  Using a white pigment ink I stamped the sentiment which was from Polka Doodles and embossed it using Stampendous Opaque white embossing powder.  I love using white on kraft card

the original supplies for the card were a leaf stamp that had been a cover gift with Craft Stamper magazine and a selection of distress inks from Tim Holtz

Monday, 11 August 2014

Something Sweet

If there's one thing I can't resist it's something sweet, especially chocolate and ice cream! So when I saw the challenge at Top Tip Tuesday entitled something sweet I saw it as a way to indulge on something sweet but with zero calories :)

This was a very quick and easy card to make just using the Hunkydory Tea Party Collection. I used the base layer and the next one in size for the topper and the sentiment button using 3D foam pads for dimension.  The edges of the backing papers I inked with a Memento ink pad and I finished it off by adding some gems from my stash

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Happy Anniversary!

This week Adrian and I will be celebrating our 36th wedding anniversary and I always try and do something different for his card.  When I saw the challenge at Papertake Weekly was an anything goes challenge with an option of using torn paper I thought that I would give it a try.  I've used torn papers before but it's been a while since I've used that technique.

I am also entering it into the challenges at Sister Act #69 and Word Art Wednesday which are both anything goes challenges

The colour doesn't show very well on my screen, although it might be because of the light, but the light papers are white with a pale denim blue pattern and the others are a deeper denim blue.  The papers, topper and sentiment panels are all from a Hot Off The Press paper pad that I've had for a very long time.  I'm not 100% certain but I think it was called the Heritage collection.  I mounted the tag and word panels onto black card for emphasis and used my Perfect Layers rulers to get the same size borders.The ribbon was upcycled from some gift packaging and I used a heart charm from another old and ancient purchase this time from QVC.  I am trying my best to use up old stash and not purchase anything new other than the basic items, adhesives, envelopes and suchlike.  I used 3D foam pads for the toppers and finished the whole thing off by adding gems to the word panels and the top right-hand corner for balance

One layer card

After starting back crafting regularly I've had another week of no cards.  I had emptied my craft room on Sunday as I was expecting delivery of a work table on Monday that would take up the whole wall so needed the room clear to give us room to fix it all up.  Cutting a long story short the table finally arrived on Wednesday evening and my daughter and son in law fixed it up for me.  Thursday I was out all day so only started to put everything away on Friday.  As always with such a task it took longer than I thought it would and I finally sat down Saturday morning to play in my craft room.  I am entering this card into the following challenges

Less is More  One layer card with the subject of foliage

Sister Act #69  Anything goes

Crafty Sentiments Designs  Add a sentiment

I used a leaf stamp that had been a cover gift in Craft Stamper a few years ago.  I inked it up in several Distress Inks from Tim Holtz to create the border.  The sentiment stamp is from Sweet Stamps, an American company.  I was fortunate enough to win a challenge prize with them and chose a couple of different Happy Birthday stamps

Friday, 1 August 2014

Red and green

Red and green together means two things for me.  The juicy redness of strawberries with the green courts of Wimbledon for one and the other, of course, is the colours of a traditional Christmas.  Well Wimbledon has been and gone so I suppose I'll have to go for Christmas :) for the following challenges

Paper Pretties  Red and green

Creative Card Crew #67   Christmas

Christmas Card Challenges #35  Anything goes

Once again I've used the Forever Friends A Christmas Tale paper stack.  This time I have used the 3D foam for the decoupage as this one will be hand delivered.  I added shading around the gingham paper with a green Memento ink pad.  In order to keep the gold chord in place after wrapping it around the layers I used a Fiskars tiny hole punch to cut little notches along the edges of the card pieces.  I hate it when the chord slips around when I'm trying to wrap it so this method saves me some aggravation!  And it adds a decorative touch too

Materials used

Forever Friends A Christmas Tale paper pack
3D foam 
Gold chord from stash 
Memento ink pad
Fiskars tiny hole punch