Thursday, November 17, 2022

Slimline Ho Ho Ho

 I brought the Hope die from MFT because I saw a card had used the H and o to make a ho ho ho card but when I sat down to use it I couldn’t find it. So I made a slimline using either my Newton Nook or Lawn Fawn slimline dies can’t remember now whose I used. 

To stop it looking to boring I added some holly from a very old Martha Stewart punch and some red pearls.

I’m trying to keep things flat and bearing in my postage.

Wednesday, November 09, 2022

New Home

 I made a New Home card recently, the house is using Concord and 9th Christmas houses from last year. The tulips are from Lawn Fawn and the fence is Poppystamps and the clouds are Memory Box. The oval is from Simon Says Stamp and lightly blended some colour. I drew round the oval and cut round the outside of the line to give me a backing mat. Sentiment is Altenew is actually two sentiments and stamped at the same time so must remember to stamp separately to get them closer together.

Wednesday, November 02, 2022

Birthday Cake

 I needed a Birthday card  and finally decided on using this cake die from Sizzix. I’m not keen with with cream on white but in this case it helped the cake to stand out. I looked on Pinterest for ideas and loved the fact that someone made the top two tiers to tilt.

The flowers came with the set but I made the sentiment on the pc, I’m sure I had a relevant sentiment somewhere but could find it. The background is from Simon Says Stamp.   

I’ve had a count up of my Christmas cards it’s official I may need to buy cards this year.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022


 I brought the Lawn Fawn Snowflake background die but went back to the old favourite large Snowflake die from Simon Says Stamp for the main snowflake. I doubled layered the main centre snowflake to help it stand out. Then one smaller glitter snowflake and tiny one in a matching colour.

The sentiment is from The Greetery to finish off. Next week is November so I must check to see how many more there is to make. It may slow on the card making the next couple days, had my covid booster yesterday and woken up to a sore arm.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Skating Shoes

 The sleigh and skates are from Spellbinder but the background is a Sizzix embossing folder and the sentiment is from The Greetery. 

I really think I need to get out all my finished Christmas cards to see how many I’ve done. I make approximately 100 some get discarded because I don’t think they are good enough. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Winter Panels

 Weeks ago there was a sketch from Freshly Made Sketch which inspired these cards although it was week later. I cut strips out of card and edged together the different colours then use an embossing fold in this case it was a Sizzix snowflakes one. 

Then I cut them to size and using a grass die cut out the sparkling icicle border. The pink cards had a stamped large snowflake from MFT and the blue one had an old Simon says Stamp snowflake die. Sentiment from The Greetery which has become this years Christmas sentiment. 

I got quite a few cards made with these strips it’s got to a point I need to count out how many I’ve done. 

Wednesday, October 05, 2022

Cone Flowers

 A bit of change from Christmas cards needed a card for my sister’s birthday. Now I have the large cone flowers from Honey Bee but these ones from Concord and 9th are smaller and I can fit more onto the card.

I must admit I cased a card on Pinterest since I don’t seemed to have an original idea in my head at the moment. Admittedly I didn’t have the exact background die but any pretty one would do, or the sentiment die but the on from Creative Expression works just as well. Finally my bees have glitter wings for a bit of sparkle.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Stencil Bauble

  Finally the last of my Sweet Poppy Stencil, this one a bit more tricky to do since I wanted the holly green and red for the berries.

With the use of a few post it notes I sort of managed it. The stag is a Lavinda stamp and the sentiment is The Greetery.  

If anyone sees me adding pearls to stencil snowflakes stop me! 

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Snow Globe Bunnies

 Two cards one with the bunnies masked and one I’ve just stamped. I thought it would be more obvious. I do prefer myself the masked pair which is on your left if you can’t work it out.

Gone off withe pearls on the snowflakes too but can’t take them off now. The sentiment is from a Woodware one that came with an image but I reckon it’s going to be my favourite this Christmas. 

Need to get down to making more Christmas cards but I’ve a few family cards to make before I can get back to them.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Stencil Snow Globe

 I’ve had a couple of weeks away from the craft room but I’ve started to get back in the swing. Previously before my holiday I made a few Christmas cards using the metal stencils I brought from Poppy Stencils at Sandown.

It took some practice to even my blending I’m a bit heavy handed but got there in the end. They do make huge card not normal for me even 6inch square seemed large to me recently.  The stamped in the middle is a Lavinia one. Word of warning I made a few of these slightly different but still the same technique.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Blue Birthday Parcels

 I haven’t had time to load my Christmas makes yet so I leave you with the blue version of the Pretty Pink Posh parcels. I made it for my brothers birthday, unfortunately it arrived late. I had written the wrong postcode.
We’ve had a quiet August so far but suddenly it got very busy so not sure how much crafting will be done although I plan to do some today.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Pair of Floral Cards

 I need two cards for birthdays on the same day again inspired by Pinterest for card and colour combo.
The leaves die is a Simon Says Stamp die it was the only decent size one that would work with the stitched flowers from MFT. Took ages to stick them on a piece of matching card stock but worth it in he end.
I finally used the stamp and dies Birthday sentiment from The Greetery I got the Christmas ones as well but got them too late for Christmas.
Now the weather as cooled down a bit I got back in the craft room and made 8 Christmas CAS cards.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

For Mum

 There are lots of stitched flowers on Pinterest and although they are different sets I used the MFT with the same colour combo. Still working to get a clean foil image the reason for a flower to cover a corner of the B in birthday.

Got out my old nestabilities from Spellbinders to make the oval shape. The colours look a lot prettier in real life.

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

Game Controller (Blue)

 I made a green game controller card now I’ve made a blue one, only difference is I brought the headphones die which I think finishes the card off.

I’m still not brilliant at blending but getting better but I’m never happy when I splatter ink so I used an old Stamping Up stamp.

The main dies are MFT and the sentiment Creative Impressions.

For August I making Christmas cards, although I don’t have a single idea inside my head.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Wedding Card

 It made a nice change to make a wedding card and though I’m not keen on headless people once you get passed that it looks ok.

The background was made with Forever Fern from Stamping Up, which was similar leaves in their invitation. 

The Bride and Groom dies are MFT and I love that it comes with a swirl to fit inside the dress, just helps to finish the dress.

 The sentiment is theirs two but embossed on Vellum and wrapped around the card. It helped that I made all details on apiece of card then stuck that to an actual folded card.

The actual Wedding turned out to be a beautiful day and all went well.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Pretty Pink Parcels

 I finally got round to using the Pretty Pink Posh parcel dies, I missed them the first time round. So I cased a card from A blog called Wanda that I found on Pinterest

They came out for Christmas last year so I’m looking forward to using them this year. The birthday sentiment is MFT in matching colours.

Hope everyone survived the heat, hiding out for the last few days, my joints certainly not liking the heat. Maybe I’ll get round to some card making now.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Bouquet of Flowers

 I have to say how impressed with myself since I made the bouquet wrap it’s a circle folded over did it stop me from buying a proper die no it didn’t.

The flowers are my MFT ones cut from various colour code but I also had the stencil to colour the centres not sure that worked when I did it but love how the white flower turned out. The sentiment is also MFT.

Wednesday, July 06, 2022

Birthday Rememberance

 This is another card I made a few weeks back, you see I made two cards for my Dad and chose the one I liked best. This is the other card using an old Stampin Up stamp set but I think it would work for a man’s card too.

The green wooden card is again a Stampin Up large stamp, stamped using the matching green ink pad.  The stripy paper was Washi tape which I stuck to white card then cut it, simply don’t like the fact it’s see through.

Wedding card almost finished waiting for glue to dry before attaching sentiment band. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Birthday Candles

 I found this die in my MFT box and realise I never used them. So I cut them out with some MFT papers I have and yellow card for the flames but added a bit of orange ink to make them look lit.

The double stitched frame is again is MFT come to think of it so is the sentiment.

So I’ve been missing since we went to Weymouth for a week, we were so lucky with the weather, one wet day and one cloudy day. We found some lovely restaurants and cafes also lovely ice cream which we visited often. 

While there we got a call to say our new two seater suite was in so the house is in a complete mess while we get our old suite picked up and carpet cleaned. Maybe doing our bedroom carpet wasn’t such a great idea but someone split orange juice.  

Need to get back to card making asap have a wedding this month plus a really busy birthday month.

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Game Controller (Green)

 Another card I made that’s sitting in my drafts till it’s been delivered. I picked up the game controller dies from MFT at Sandown and the Birthday sentiment die is unbranded but I think it could be Penny Black.

The background I made myself after watching a reel on Instagram, you use circle punches or dies of different sizes and use it as a stencil. I then used some old Stampin Up stamps. 

It was while making this card MFT opened the vault and re-released some dies including a headphone die so I had to get it.

Wednesday, June 08, 2022


 I needed a card for my Dad’s Birthday that I leave at the crematorium, so I pulled out an old boat Stampin Up stamp. I was inspired by a card on Pinterest which used a paint brush ark stamp in different colours thinking I had that stamp set. Oh no I didn’t but I found this stamp and thought I could use it a similar way.

I stamped the boat a couple times on another piece of white card so I could cut and layer the sails. Finally the sentiment is MFT and backed the image panel with Kraft card it is the same size all the way round still a dodgy photographer.

Wednesday, June 01, 2022

Tool Time

 I think the receivers have now had their card and it’s safe to post now. I also made a red version. The tools and the background are both from MFT. I used silver card for the metal parts but found glue hated the shiny surface so used red double sided tape to stick the parts together.

The birthday sentiment is a Simon says Stamp it’s constantly in used especially for mens cards which swirly curly sentiments don’t work.

Extremely late at posting but we got up and went supermarket shopping before it’s gets mega busy, we didn’t need much so didn’t take too long but put me out sync. I wanted to make a card for my Dad to take to the Remembrance room at the crematorium for his birthday. So now all my June birthdays have been made so I will be thinking of  July Birthdays, majority of which are girl/women cards so shouldn’t be as difficult.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Anniversary Butterflies

 I was inspired by a card on instagram so I decided these MFT butterflies stamp and dies would work for the white embossing on vellum and cutting pretty pastel card to place behind the vellum. 

The base of the card was using Sunny Studio background die and the Hero Arts Daisy stencil. I embossed with the stencil, I did think about giving the flower centres a touch of colour but glad I didn’t it would look too much.

Since I needed a couple of Anniversary cards I found some anniversary stamps and embossed on matching card in white.

I spent yesterday working out how to use the Spellbinders Glimmer hot foil system, I did watch a couple of you tube videos but I’m so pleased with the results. I’ve ordered some sentiment dies so I can spend some time making sentiment strips.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Lilac Flowers


I’ll be honest I’m not keen on the tiny cute critters that Lawn Fawn sell but occasionally one the dies take my fancy. I love this frame but found it tricky to fin a sentiment to fit in the centre. Finally deciding on the Simon Says Stamp birthday sentiment die. 

I di find the large Lawn Fawn birthday die at Sandown so I will have to use the frame again and I especially love the flowers which you can use separately.

Having some time at home what with busy few weeks to catch up on ourselves so I’ve been catching up with birthday cards I have to make just wish there weren’t so many men in my family.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Pussy Willow

 Phew I had a few busy weekends some took longer than others to recover but all should settle down now. I finished off with a craft show at Sandown I was a bit anxious to begin with but it didn’t stop me buying stuff. 

Card making is still slow but each month I make a few birthday and anniversary ones only I can’t show till they receive them.

The card I’m posting is using the Greetery Pussy Willow die and I saw a fabulous card from Lin on instagram that I sort of copied didn’t use the exact same dies except the pussy willow. The frame is Altenew, sentiment is Creative Expression and the bow is Avery Elle.

After I made the card I found some flocked card that I could of used for the buds, I probably forget next time.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Spellbinder Christmas

 I treated myself to this die a few weeks back, my BIL gave us all a generous Amazon gift card at Christmas and this was one of things I managed to buy. 

I used the die first with traditional colours and my last bit of DoodleBug holly paper. I really did enjoy putting it together.

The Christmas sentiment is a Creative Expression die but I layered, you can just see that it was with white card stock obviously the angle of my camera.

While writing this post I've another idea to make a card with it but I've got a couple family birthdays to sort out first.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

For Keith

 Wish mens cards were easier there are so many needed in my family. This one is for my brother in law who runs a cleaning company. So I used a Dr Digi image and layered him up, the papers are MFT and I think the sentiment is a Creative Expression die..

Need to get back to card making haven’t done any for ages.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022


 Now that this card as been received hopefully, I can post it. Just as well I’ve not card make or anything for a over a week now. Haven’t really felt well enough, just over 11days ago Hubby took a covid test because he’s a volunteer helper to vulnerable people and came out positive. He had only mild symptoms over the next few days but I went down with it three days later, I ended up up feeling really rough and sounding terrible but I’m on the mend now.

So this chap is a Mo’s image which I received from Patreon and tried to colour him in my nephews dog Cheddar colours. I fussy cut him out so I didn’t have the falling leaf so he’s looking at the Birthday word.

The frame is Hero Arts, fence and grass is MFT and the Birthday is Simon says Stamp, finally the wishes are some small letters die which has long since lost its packaging.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022


 I had this idea for a card in my head for a while but the idea was to colour the leaves but when I put the card together I couldn’t do it. I think I’ve been brainwashed from all the beautiful clean and simple cards I see on the Facebook group.

It’s all been stamped and embossed with gold. The leaves are a Simon says Stamp which I stamped twice so I could cut out the leaves. The butterflies are MFT which again I stamped twice, the bottom layer was cut using the matching die and I fussy cut the top layer. Sentiment again is Simon says Stamp.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

For Mum

 It sad but I’ve not been making many cards and when I do I can’t show because they’re earmarked for family but this card will be taken down to the crematorium and can be shown.  The others when they’ve had their birthdays.
The image is Just Inklined not even sure they exists but is a beautiful image although not very simple to layer.
This is the card I started to make and knocked over the sansador so you can tell I wasn’t happy especially as it was for my mum. She likes fussy cards which why I added the frilly frame.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Balloons and Clouds

 Last ballon card and the one I finally decided to send. The balloon die is an old Penny Black one and the sentiment I think it’s from the new set from Hero Arts that I recently treated myself. 

The idea isn’t mine inspired by a card on Pinterest, just adjusting to fit whatever die and sentiments I have.

My mojo as definitely been lacking and when I do craft it all goes wrong. For example making my Mother’s Day card the background die wouldn’t cut well so I decided it was time to swop cutting plates but the one I swapped with needed a clean. I used sansador that I use for colouring to clean the sticky bits off but I somehow managed to tip the bottle over all over my coloured images, I could of screamed. Took a long time to clean everything up luckily only my coloured images suffered and was easy remedied by reprinting and colouring.

Wednesday, March 09, 2022

Balloon Trio

 I used some bright coloured balloons for this card still no clue what to do with them. Went to stick on a white card but thought it was too plain so I doodled a frame but now I’m not so keen may have to start again.

Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Balloon and Bow

 I brought this balloon die, I thought it would be handy. Now I knew it was large but didn’t realise how big and my brain went blank so I cased a DT card.

So I cut out the ballon with the stripes paper then I discovered I needed a bow which I didn’t buy. I hunted out my Avery Elle bow die and used that instead. The sentiment was a new MFT set that I though would fit the itty bitty die but it only just made it.

Well I thought I could make it to my craft room today but I feeling a bit yucky today.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

A Tweet of Birds

 I love the Clean and Simple group of Facebook so I originally coloured the MFT birds to use one at a time. But in the end I thought they would look cute together.

Both the cloud edge and grass die are from MFT, oh so is the paper. The sentiment is a Hero Arts a set I recently treated myself. I did try to stamp with two colours but failed miserably and had to cut the cloud again.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Heart Bear

 Can’t help thinking maybe my tiny hearts and stars should be purple and not pink but the idea at the time was to match the hearts in his jumper.

My little bear is a MFT and I thought he could work for birthdays not just for Valentines. Paper is also MFT but the stars and hearts are Holiday Shapes die from Simon says Stamp along withe the sentiment. 

I’ve kinda lost my way with card making do hope I find my way back in time to make a couple of Mens cards.

Wednesday, February 09, 2022

Purple Onion Trio

 Yep card making mojo definitely upped and left. Looking at this card now it does need a sentiment, when I made it I thought it was fine.

The trio are from Purple Onion, I do love Stacey’s critters they are so cute but fiddly to layer. Since they are singing I used a very old MFT music notes die with some glitter card along with some glitter glue for them to stand on so they are not floating mid air. The frame is MFT too.

Wednesday, February 02, 2022

Single Cosmos

 I finally decided on this Cosmos card with a single bloom. The 3d embossing folder is the Tim Holtz one and the sentiment is a Creative Expression but it was joined up so I carefully cut it.

We’ve been trying to get out a bit more even if it’s only to a supermarket if the pandemic highlighted anything was how much I suffer from anxiety. This does mean card making as taken a back seat but I hope to get back to it soon.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Double Cosmos

 I can’t post this on my other social media platforms because I might give it to my daughter for her birthday which is why I used purple.

The flower die is Altenew Cosmos and though you can barely see the blue background, I don’t know I’m either heavy handed or not enough at blending.

My vase is made with a bauble punch withe the top and bottom cut off. I wish now I used a 3rd Cosmos and maybe embossed the vase to make it more interesting.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022


 I post that I haven't forgotton my blog and disappear but slowly getting back to card making although the mojo seems to have left the building. So I've just been playing using some new dies that I've got but didn't get chance to use due to the big Christmas push.

This is from The Greetery that Seven Hills Craft are selling so I managed to get a few dies. I had to cut down my normal size card and its a bit wider that too, so I had to make a card specially to fit it. Its ideal for a quick card because you forgotton to make a card. I've seen it with the number colours and white background which I might have a go at. 

I made this card with the idea of a mans card which is why I used some white dotty paper from MFT. A reasonable match of colour card to finish off with a Simon Says Stamp sentiment .

I made a couple of cards not that impressed with them if I'm honest but I've photograph them and they are now sitting in my drafts waiting to be posted so no excuse for no blog post.

Friday, January 07, 2022

Leftover Patchwork card

 Just popping in to let everyone know I haven't forgotten my blog. I just closed the craftroom a bit earlier than normal because it takes me longer to do things round the house now with my dodgy joints and I wanted the house clean and tidy for Christmas.

Today I am putting my craftroom back in order since it was the dumping ground and for Hubbys beer fridge, don't worry there was a couple of bottles of the sparkling stuff that I love inside too.  I just hope I can find all the safe places I put things in.

So I leave you with one of the few Christmas ones that was left in my drafts that I forgot using scraps of pretty Stampin up paper. A Crafters Expression sentiment cut into some pearl silver card that looks better in real life than it does in a photo. I'm amazed the my very old Martha Stewart Holly Punch is still punching out OK and I used some pink gems for berries supposedly to match the pink ones of the papers.

Crafty plans for 2022 is to make Birthday cards for family, try to continue making Christmas Cards all year round so I don't have a mad panic in November but I say that every year. Also to get out my Scrapbooking Stuff I haven't done hardly any for two years. I need to have another go at making crochet clothes I'm collecting loads of finished blankets and have no idea what to do with them.