Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Stars and Stripes


 There are more boys and men in my family then girls and I’m always on the look out for ideas for masculine cards. Saw this idea on Pinterest and knew I could make work. 

I used Simon Says Stamp Stitched Banners in various blues and a silver which the camera shows up as grey.  I also used the stars from the Holiday Shapes and I used the different sizes although the original one used the same size.

Finally cut out the Birthday die a couple times to layer together to show up better.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Birthday Flowers


 I made this card again with Freshly Made sketches but it was from a few weeks ago. The flowers are MFT, I brought the set just for these flower didn’t like the leaves so used an old set of MFT leaves.

The Happy Birthday circle stamp is a really old one that actually fell out of a box of stamps I was looking through and I decided to use it. The dots were from a Stamping up set.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Mistletoe and Holly


 A couple of clean and simple Christmas cards using the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for this week. I couldn’t find a square sentiment so that part of the sketch became a rectangle using the Simon Says Stamp Inside Christmas Greetings stamp set.

The holly and mistletoe are Sizzix dies, the holly I used die cut berries and the I used self adhesive pearls for the mistletoe.

Hubby is off to get his second jab this morning and I get mine at the end of May.

Friday, May 07, 2021

Penny Black Mice


 Finally loaded Blogger with some photos of cards, yes they may be quick and easy ones like this Penny Black one. It’s a fairly large stamp and I forgotten how cute these  mice are. The sentiment is Penny Black too.

Hoping to get to the craft room today although will be thinking about my son who is having yet another surgery on his knee.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Butterflies


 Ok not my best work and it looks pretty more in real life. Stencilled the brick wall in matching colours.

The butterflies are Newton Nook and I love the sentiment that comes with it.

Ive struggled for a few weeks with my shoulder, it settled a bit now but I’m still looking for mojo.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Born to Ride


 A couple of Men cards that I made using a couple of old Stamping Up stamp sets. Took some inspiration from Pinterest too.

I wasn’t that keen on the embossed one but the other one is Ok. Why are men’s cards so hard and I have more men on my Birthday list than women probably why my mojo is missing and a dodgy shoulder.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

White Rabbit


 Did I mention there was still a bunny card in my drafts and here it is. I have cheated and only coloured a bit in his ears and his nose.

The sketch was Tuesday Morning sketches from a few weeks ago but wasn’t keen on the white space so a few few mini flowers and leaves to break it up.

Bunny is of course from Rachelle Anne Miller but one from her MFT stamps and I got the matching die.

Went to Wisley yesterday, we picked a lovely day for it but does mean no crafting was done. 

Friday, April 16, 2021

Footballer


 So this was the card I decided on for my Gt Nephew, it’s a Mo Manning image and when I brought the new footballer this came with it so I’ve got an image for next year the same but different. 

I kept it simple boys cards are just as difficult like men’s cards but I used the Cloud Edges die from MFT with a scrap of blue patterned paper for the sky.

The sentiment is a Creative Expression die and a few tiny stars from the Holiday shapes dies from Simon says Stamp.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Happiest of Birthdays


 Remember the background stamp Spring Flower from the new release from Simon says Stamp well this time I coloured in the flowers and leaves.

I used watercoloured pens having decided it would be easier than pencils. Again I used the Freshly Made 
Sketch but missing an element because I didn’t check.

I wanted a good size Birthday sentiment to fit the stitched rectangle and to bring a bit of interest a couple of Flickering Butterflies. 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Altenew Cosmos


 The Altenew Create a Flower dies are expensive but they are fun to make I just hope I can think of crafty ways to using them rather than collect dust.

This one is the Cosmos one and I thought they would work better on a slimline card. The embossing folder is an old Sizzix one I brought an Altenew one recently but it was far to busy. 

I made the stripy paper by cutting strips of white and blue and the sentiment is a Newton Nook one from their butterfly set.

Friday, April 09, 2021

Flying Birthday


 Decided to post the card that didn’t make it as my nephews card. Ki guess I’m a bit disappointed int the splatter stamp it doesn’t really look like I splattered ink which is what I hoped for. Do like my plane die that turn out well, yes it is a bit fiddly the wheels and propeller.

The cloud edges and plane both from MFT and the sentiment on the plane but I think the one on the clouds are Simon says Stamp Tiny Words.

Thursday, April 08, 2021

New Home


 I needed to make a New Home card luckily I had just recently received this cute house die in a craft order, it’s an Impression Obession die. 
I used a stitched rectangle die and matted it to help it stand out. Used an old Memory Box branch die to hang the house from which now I thinking why.
I can’t remember where I got the sentiment from as it’s tiny it could be Tiny Words set from Simon Says Stamp.

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Ooops Another Bunny


 I’m sorry I forgot about this bunny from MFT and I used their sketch with some old Doodlebug paper.

The stitched rectangles and the leaves are also MFT but the tiny scallop border is an old Lawn Fawn. The birthday sentiment is from the MFT but another stamp set.

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

All the Feels


 Simon Says Stamp sent a fabulous background stamp Spring Flowers from their All the Feels release. It’s especially handy when making cards that have to be made quickly.

I stamped the stamp with a white ink pad and WoW bright opaque embossing powder and I was inspired with this weeks Freshly Made Sketch but realised I missed an element. I decided it worked better without it.

I used the leaves in the Simon Says Stamp Circle Leaves die carefully cutting them off the circle. I did have lots of leaves dies to chose from but thought these match the stamped ones better. The sentiment is another Simon Says Stamp die, the white background helping it stand out.

I hope you all had a good Easter and so pleased for the lighter evenings.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Trio of Bunnies


 My final bunny card this time I used Impression Obession bunny dies. I inked round them but that was it. Papers are Lawn Fawn, trees MFT dies and cloud are Memory Box. To make rectangle frame stitched rectangles from Simon Says Stamp.

I do feel bunnies shouldn’t just be for Easter we always had rabbits when I was child and my children had rabbits to. 

I’m hoping to make a Birthday card for my nephew today because I’m not keen on the one I already made so that’s my plan today.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Floral Bunny


 Another MFT bunny and some pretty paper from Doodlebug. You can see my crafting mojo still hiding. The scallop frame and sentiment banner both MFT. 

The flower die is unbranded and I couldn’t decide whether to use yellow as the centre like paper in the end I went with white now of course I think it should be yellow.

I’m really excited to go and see my sister today, it’s going to be lovely in the warm sunshine.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Fenced Bunny


 I finally had a play in my craft room with the help of some MFT bunnies. Not sure on the pattern paper now but it’s still cute. The fence and grass dies are both old MFT, the paper is or was Doodlebug and finally the clouds are old Memory Box.

I going to see my sister tomorrow in her garden and I’m really looking forward to seeing her.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Snowflake


I have been making cards although not many and they are earmarked for April Birthdays although I not keen on any of them.

Even this card is a bit of a failure it was meant to twist, this Simon Says Stamp Snowflake as a reverse side but obviously I needed to make a see through card. Honestly I don't know what my brain was thinking.

I did have a morning colouring although my hands are not that keen so I had to keep stopping for a rest in between images. I pulled out some old Penny Black stamps I have a whole cupboard full so it was nice to colour up some mice.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Golden Butterfly


 Remember the simple card with the pretty paper last week well I couldn’t waste the leftovers. The papers are Altenew while they are all gorgeous they didn’t work well together only separately. Luckily there was enough left over for a strip in the middle and to back the butterfly.

The butterfly is an old Memory Box die one that I cut out of glitter gold card from Hobbycraft, I think it works better the smooth gold card. Under the solid base is some 3D foam to help the wings stay up a bit but the body is stuck down.

Finally cut out of the sparkling gold card a Creative Expression Birthday sentiment. 

I may not be making many cards these days but it’s not curbing my spending, brought a few Sizzix dies along with a few from MFT release just need the inspiration to use them.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Hope



 
I’m not sure which Grace this LOTV image is I think it could be Hope. Anyway I used my favourite bit of lace, have only one bit left so need to have another go at sourcing it, have plenty of cream but have a real job getting white. The bit of ribbon to hide the rough edge. 

The leaves are Simon says Stamp that are new to me and they were sitting on my desk to be used. The stitched oval is MFT and the sentiment is an old stamp set of LOTV.

Cardmaking and Scrapbooking hasn’t been going well, in the case of Scrapbooking I haven’t done any for a whole year. My mojo for Cardmaking as been hit an miss too. I have some birthdays coming up, tricky men’s ones so will see how they work out.

 

Friday, March 12, 2021

Freshly Trees



I think it was last weeks Freshly made Sketch that inspired my card but I’ve seem similar cards without the scallop frames and wonder if I should have left them out.

The Scallop frames are MFT along with the trees and grass dies. I simply blended some blue ink for the sky. Sentiment from Simon says Stamp.

I so pleased that I’ve now had my vaccination well one of them and all goes well in a few weeks time, I shall have some immunity and a little peace of mind.
 

Tuesday, March 09, 2021

Blue and White


 I have been inspired by some card on Pinterest although I can’t use the same stamps or dies, I found some items in my stash that might work instead.

I stamped part of a background stamp in white and the blended some ink. Then using various leaves from Memory Box and Simon says Stamp in white card to make my cluster of leaves. Finally an old Birthday sentiment on matching blue card.

Monday, March 08, 2021

Gold Happy Birthday


 A few weeks back there was a Freshly Made Sketch that was perfect for CAS card when using pretty Altenew paper that was hard to cut into.

My gold mat had to be cut a certain size to hide the double faux stitching which got me thinking that I need some single stitched frames dies but everywhere seems out of stock.

I cut the Creative Expression sentiment in white card and then cut and layered the gold card.

Friday, March 05, 2021

Fairy Maxi


 I should of placed the image higher up in the circle so I could stamp a sentiment under the ribbon, hindsight is a wonderfully thing.
Otherwise this is a Mo Manning image Fairy Maxi I think she’s called. Papers are some Doodlebug ones.
The heart banner is Lalaland die and I tried to match the papers flowers using MFT dies.

At last I’ve managed to book a Covid vaccination near home and go on Thursday. That’s eased my anxious mind, even was able to book my second. 

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Baby Gender Reveal


 Oh heck I thought I published this, I received the Gender Reveal stamp set from Simon Says Stamp from their latest release.

It has this really cute pram stamp which this time I coloured up in pink and made it the main feature of my card. You can buy the dies for the stamp set too but I’m writing this up on my i pad and will link to the store later. There’s some really cute dies to buy too.

I used their swirl background die plate and a few Holiday shapes to give the card some background interest.

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Hugs and Kisses


 This a Patreon image from Mo Manning not sure I’ve done it justice. The paper are leftovers Doodlebug and I paper pieced her top.

Finished off with a daisy die flower with a Poppystamps leaves die, a few tiny stars and an old LOTV sentiment which I now wish I backed with purple to help it stand out.


Friday, February 26, 2021

Turn a Dove into a Robin!


  

When is a dove not a dove, when I colour it with robin colours. What do you think have I got away with it.

This is another LOTV Grace release called Kindness and once again I paper pieced her dress to match the papers. The circle and square scallop dies are MFT and the Holly is Penny Black.

I’d think she works as a Christmas card just.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Altenew Rose


 Tulips last week this week it’s the rose even more tricky, I needed four colours to make the rose. Of course the rose die is Altenew expensive die and quite large too. This time I found an old floral embossing  folder.

Sentiment LOTV and MFT banner die. I think honestly I love the tulips better but I have been a bit naughty and brought the Tim Holtz rose that I’ve yet to try out but I blame Kath for that I loved her slimline card she made with it.


Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Paper Piecing


 I love the new LOTV digital stamps, their dresses perfect for paper piercing. I used a piece of patterned paper with a small pattern. 

My biggest dilemma was whether my flowers centres should match the flowers on the pattern paper or red  for the heart and bows. Part of me really thinks I should of gone for red.

The hugs is an old die from Simon says Stamp which I layered twice, corners are old favourites from Lalaland, leaves dies Poppystamps.

So lockdown 3 is slowly opening doesn’t really effect me yet still waiting to be vaccinated although hubby as had his first one

Friday, February 19, 2021

The Owl and a Penguin


 I still had an owl and a penguin left for the Christmas batch I coloured up so I decided to put them together on a card. Still not sure of the floating penguin.

The sentiment is Simon says Stamp and of course my critters are MFT. I found a tiny bag with snowflakes and sequins and decided to use them in hindsight I should of used real snowflakes.

I’ve got some new images that I’ve coloured up to be made into cards so that she keep me busy. Also I need to make a wedding anniversary card for hubby.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Altenew Tulips


 I really liked the look of Altenew create a flower tulip dies, yes they are a bit on the expensive side and I kept putting of buying them but as you see I eventually brought them.

The tricky part was finding contrasting colours which why they are purple. Yes it was fiddly but the instructions were easy to read but they are huge an it was hard to emboss to give the shape after you stuck the layers so possibly will do it again but emboss each layer to give some more of a rounded shape.

I used an old embossing folder for the background, an old LOTV sentiment on a MFT banner die.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

ipod and coffee


 Haven’t used a Saturated Canary image for awhile and this one was coloured up and ready to be made into a card. I lacked inspiration last week so kept it simple with a few Musical Notes die cut from a very old MFT die. Sentiment is Tiny Word from Simon Says Stamp.

Thankfully Hubby got his vaccination yesterday, still not sure when I’ll get mine but feeling a bit more positive especially now we have a Wedding to look forward to.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

An Owl cluster


 I still have a couple of MFT critters left over from Christmas last year and I was inspired with last week Splitcoast Stampers sketch SC839 which is a centre small square. I basically just make a cluster of details and ignored the square.

A couple of small Christmas trees cut in a scrap of pink Snowflake paper, layered my Owl made a sentiment strip with white embossing powder. Finally cut a snowflake in glitter card. I think it turned out well but that’s not always a good sign.

The inky embossing folder didn’t work out to plan and all ended in the bin will keep ink pads firmly separate from them in future.

Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Girl with a Present


 I can remember what sketch I used for this card it was splitcoast stampers although it was from memory so I probably got it wrong but the card is made. 

The papers are so old LOTV I’ve still got bits off with a Mo Manning image. I decorated it with holly made with an old Martha Stewart punch which is still working and the sentiment is a Creative Expression layered twice to help it stand out.

I don’t know how many cards I’ll make today I’m experimenting. With the renew interest in embossing folder I’m going to try and ink some up and make some backgrounds. I’ve always failed in the past but I’m going to have another go.

Monday, February 08, 2021

Twins!


 The idea for the card was the Less is More challenge a few weeks back for five in line. So I made an extra long washing line there’s a join in the line under one of the garments.

The scallop border and stitched mat are both from Newton’s Nook, the branches holding up the line is from MFT Holly Jolly cardinals. The clothes are of course MFT baby set with scraps of Echo Park.

To finish I used an old Memory Box Alphabet, in hindsight I should of cut down the card a bit rather than try and stick it in the centre.

Wednesday, February 03, 2021

Rock a bye Baby


 This is one of the new baby digi images from LOTV and whilst I love the image the ocd part of me wasn’t happy with a floating hammock. To rectify this I looked in all my dies to find a way to make it look it was hanging in branches. In the end I found this weeping leaves ones from Memory Box or it could be PoppyStamps they’re kept in the same box. I had to cut it twice so I could layer some over the ends of th hammock. In the end I’m quite pleased how it turned out.

The pattern paper is a leftover scrap from Echo Park and the sentiment is a very old LOTV stamp.

Tuesday, February 02, 2021

Little Bear


 Not sure if this card works or not. It’s base on a sketch I’ve forgotten whose, I know it have three lines at the bottom which I have used MFT die, the a circle which I’ve used as my image a bear from LOTV.

All at the top I think was blank but I’ve used a Creative Expression birthday sentiment die and as I wasn’t feeling good about the card I added small stars in matching blue card.

Oh well maybe someone will like it!

Monday, February 01, 2021

Trio of Elephants


 Well we made it out of January and the first day of February starts with it being a special day for my daughter as it’s her birthday.

The little elephants are from LOTV they are individual which I put to together, I did try to make them overlap but couldn’t remember how to merge but decided they would have to work like this instead. I did use a black pen to join up the ground.

My daughters living room is grey and white with a touch of purple so the colours on my card matched that. I had some 12 inch purple polka dots card stock and used my old Lalaland filigree corners, with a bit of ribbon job done.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Robins


 I wasn't going to post these robin, the card is a bit rough around the edges but when you have new dies and experimenting turning cardinals into robins you just have to use them. However it wasn't a quick card those pesky birds are fiddly.

The dies are from MFT and were in my Simon Says Stamp parcel since they were the only place I could get them from. The plan was to use a Freshly Made Sketch which didn't work because they are so big.
The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamps and when it was all stuck I was impressed with the plain white card which is why I faux stitched round the card with a pen. Also the reason why my stitching is crooked must remember to draw a faint pencil line round the card next time if there will be a next time.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

A bit of Pink


 I recently received an order from Simon says Stamp it got caught up in the post so took a time to arrive but this plate background die makes a plain card more interesting.

The little mouse is from LOTV and I tried to match the flowers by using a Daisy die folded in half also the flower centre. I can’t remember now what I used for stalks but the leaves are Memory Box.

Although I have made a few cards in the last week they can’t be posted till they have reached their destination.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

It's My Birthday


 Another image that as been waiting in the wings to be turned into a card. Although once I put the card together i didn’t feel I could put any embellishments on it. So for me it turned out a simple card that looks busy because of the pattern paper.

The image is a Mo Manning digi image and the sentiment came with it. The scallop frame is MFT and the scallop edges are Lawn Fawn all pretty much old dies so it sure they are still available.


Thursday, January 21, 2021

Baby Shelf


 I'm late I know but I load my cards old school with a camera and they have to be lighten a bit (I don't have any fancy lighting gear either) and resized before upload to blogger. Not helped that the PC is in dining room corner and hubby is trying to decorate at the same time I'm trying to do stuff.

So my card is made by using the Freshly Made Sketch for last week I think, image is from LOTV digi images, papers are probably Echo Park but its lost it cover and it seems I only have a few scraps left.

The scallop Frame is from MFT and the sentiment die is Simon say Stamp and I decided on stars because there are stars in the parcel forgot they were blue.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Boys Thank You Card


 I’m hoping this card I posted is now where it’s suppose to go now. I thought it would be nice to receive something in the post for a little chap missing his friends at school instead of a thank you over the phone.

Another Penny Black dog stamp, can’t remember whose paper but the sentiment is Simon says Stamp and the grass die is an old MFT one.

Hope everyone is Ok just wishing for some sunshine all we have had are dark, dank days.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Fake Flowers


 These flowers have been sitting on my desk possibly for years occasionally I blow the dust off and keep meaning to use them. It was only when I saw the Tuesday Morning sketch I decided to make a quick card using them.

Mmmm quick card pushing out the little petal shapes out of die I used took a little while then it was all systems go. The sketch used half an oval of pattern paper to one side which meant covering most of all my hard work so I didn’t bother just laid out my flower and leaves to the shape. Luckily finding a perfect colour match with the card stock and a large sentiment die finished it off.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Christmas Fairy


 I still have coloured images waiting to be turned into cards they are mostly Christmas images. This image although looks like LOTV but she isn’t I’ve had her a while and though I’m not sure I think she could be be Sugar Nellie.

Anyway she turned out OK I would change a couple thing the gold and silver pens didn’t work well for the stars in the box or snowflakes. I used the Mojo Monday sketch and the poinsettia you must know by now they’re Simon say Stamp, leaves  are an old die with CC written on the back with a sharpie.

Rediscovered my La land corners and my scallop border Lawn Fawn with a Craftwork Cards sentiment to finish.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Laughing Dog


 I’ve eased myself into cardmaking by making a simple card. I need a dog image for another card so I found my Penny Black ones and stamped a few.

Luckily the dog I had in mind was mainly white it didn’t need much colouring, this one didn’t get use which is why it’s so simple. I just used Simon says Stamp Wonky Rectanngles, found an old Paper Smooches stamp set with the fun sentiment on. The stars are the waste from Falling Stars background die.


Friday, January 08, 2021

Pile of Piggies


 I’ve had a bit of a tidy of my blog, for example all the challenges are all current and I moved them up a bit.

I also check what drafts I had and I had forgotten all about this pile of piggies from Mo Manning.

I used the cloud edges from MFT and scallop border from Lawn Fawn. Oh almost forgot the sentiment is MFT too. 

Mmmmmm this post also says it was publish so if I have apologies. I have been in my craft room and made a couple of cards one I can’t post till they receive and one very simple but I’m saving it for next week. 

I still not promising to post everyday because I don’t need that pressure at the moment.


Monday, January 04, 2021

Crackle Poinsettia


 Welcome to 2021 although I haven’t played in my craft room yet here’s a card that was in my drafts ready for this year’s Christmas.

I’m sure it’s based on a challenge sketch no other reason to have three strips at the top. The crinkle stamp Simon says Stamp and so is the sentiment. The fir leaves and poinsettia are again SSS but no idea for Holly leaves, I try to keep them in original packets or mark the back with a sharpie but found a few with nothing.

I have to stamp and print out some images ready to colour, I need to make a few thank you cards.