Sunday, 25 July 2021

Rudolph Days - July 21

Hi there,

It's the 25th of the month once again and so I'm here to share with you a card that I've made for Scrappy Mo's 'Rudolph Days' challenge.  Here's the card that I've made:

The winter lodge and Christmas trees are by Inkylicious and the trees are the top of my card are by Stampscapes.

Short and sweet today and I hope to be back with you all again soon.  Many thanks for your visit today, I really appreciate it x 

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Twofer Challenge - Birds

Hi there,

I'm here today to share a couple of cards with you that I've made for Darnell's 'Twofer Card Challenge.' The theme this month is 'Birds' and so I thought it seemed like a great opportunity to add a couple of extra cards to my stash.  Here's what I've made:

The fabulous seagull stamp is one of the latest by Crafty Individuals (CI-576) and I have to say that I've really enjoyed using him.  It's a great size stamp and so useful, especially for making cards for the men in our lives. The backing paper that I've used on my retirement card is also by Crafty Individuals.

That's all from me for today, so I wish you all a wonderful end to the week and I hope that the sun shines for you xx

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

For Christine

No words today, just a card in memory of my beautiful Sister-In-Law, Christine on her birthday xx

Friday, 9 July 2021

CAS Alcohol Inks On Vellum Take 2

Hello there,

I mentioned in my last post that I would be sharing a second CAS card for the challenge over at CAS Mix Up Card Challenge so here it is:

For this one, I stamped a Chocolate Baroque stamp with VersaMark ink before heat embossing with some Vanilla embossing powder.  I then turned the image over and colours from the back using some Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  I cut an apeture in a single piece of white card, then plaved the vellum behind it before gluing it in place.  This is quite different from my first card and I have to say that I really enjoyed trying the two different techniques. 

That's all from me for today but I hope to be back with you all again very soon  xx 

Monday, 5 July 2021

CAS Alcohol Inks On Vellum

Hello There,

How are you all keeping..... good I hope.

I'm here today to share a card with you that I've made for this month's challenge over at CAS Mix Up.  I've actually made two cards for the challenge over the weekend, so I'll be sharing the second one in the coming week.

CAS cards don't come naturally to me, although I  have to say that the more that I've made, the more I'm enjoying making them and I'm really starting to like the end results too.  This challenge has now become one of my firm favourites as it really does challenge me to try something different, which is a good thing as it's very easy to get stuck in our ways.  This month's challenge is to use alcohol inks on Vellum.  I don't own any alcohol inks, but I do have a few alcohol markers, so that's what I used on this card:

I started by scribbling the alcohol inks onto the vellum, then I spritzed them with some surgical spirit to achieve the desired effect.  Next, I used an oval die to make an apeture in a single piece of card and then stamped the Inkylicious poppy and sentiment.  I then stamped and coloured a second poppy and again, I used a red alcohol marker to give it a great depth of colour.  I glued the vellum behind the oval, ink side down.  This card is a 5 x 7, which is a size that I find I'm using more and more.

So that's all for today and I have to say that I'm really happy with how the card turned out and I also had lots of fun making it.  I suppose using the alcohol colours on vellum is sort of like using brushos, in that you have no idea how they are going to turn out.

Take care and I'll be back with you all again soon xx

Saturday, 3 July 2021

Guest Designer At CAS Christmas Card Challenge

Hello there,

I was absolutely thrilled and surprised to find that I had won the May challenge over at CAS Christmas Challenge.  I'm fairly new to CAS card making, so it really was an honour to have my card chosen as the winner.  Shortly after winning, I was asked if I would like to be a Guest Designer for July and I was very happy to accept their kind offer.

The challenge for July is 'Poinsettia' and here's the card that I've made:

The Poinsettia stamp that I've used is by Crafty Individuals.  I stamped out the image on stamping card, then coloured it using Spectrum Noir pens.  The next part was definitely a labour of love as I spent ages fussy cutting out the flowers. Before adding the flowers to my card, I used some blue and yellow Distress ink which I dabbed on using a piece of cling film.  I think this is such a lovely effect and makes a great backdrop for the Poinsettia flowers.  I also did the same in the top left corner to give the card some balance.  I finished by adding the sentiment and a little grey shadow under the flowers to give them a little depth.  I hadn't intended to mount the card on red but I felt that it just brought everything together.  Well I've really enjoyed making this card and it would be lovely if you could join us to at:

I'd like to add this card to the following challenges:

That's all from me for today, so many thanks to the DT over at CAS Christmas challenge for having me as their Guest Designer.  Take care and I'll be back with you all again soon xx

Friday, 2 July 2021

Anyone For Tea?

Hi there,

I'm here today to share the last of my samples from the June shows that 'Crafty Individuals' had on 'The Craft Store.'  This one features the pretty tea cup. 

Just a short post today as I'm now busy making more samples for the next shows in August, so if I'm quiet, then that's why.

Hope you can all find some time to do what makes you happy xx

Tuesday, 29 June 2021

Howling At The Moon

Hello there,

How's life treating you today then?  It's hard to believe that we're almost half way through the year and what an interesting year it's been.

I'd like to share another of my samples with you using another older Crafty Idividuals stamp, drawn by Maria Kitano.  This one is the 'Holwling Wolf' (CI - 528.)  Again, it had a moon attatched but as I wanted to create a scene with my moon in a different place, I stamped the whole image and just used the wolf's head.  Here's my card:

I decided that I would use black card in my background for a change as I wanted to make a night scene.  To create the galaxy effect, I sprayed on some very old Starburst Stains.  I used green, rather than blue just for something a little different but I really like the finished result.  I stamped and heat embossed some CI trees in white, then Stamped a couple more in Distress Cracked Pistachio before fussy cutting them out and adding them with some hot glue to add a bit of dimension.  For the moon, I used a circle stencil with white ink and then stippled more white ink on a piece of cotton wool.  All in all, I really liked this finished card and I hope that you do too.

See you all soon  xx

Friday, 25 June 2021

Rudolf Day - June 21

Hi there folks,

Well, it's the 25th of the month again and that means just one's the 'Rudolf Days' challenge. Here the card that I've made:

This time, I've used the fabulous bauble stencil by Sweet Poppy Stencils and the Winter Cabin stamp by Inkylicious.  I have to say that it became a standing joke between some of my crafting friends that I tried to resist this gorgeous stencil as long as I could but in the end, I just had to have it.  It's so easy to use and I love the finished result and the colour possibilities are endless.  A very simple card but so easy to make a single layer card which are great for posting and actually saves on card at a time when we need to make lots of them.

I'd also like to add this card to the NBUS challenge - #27

That's all from me for today xx

A message for Magic Maggie: 

With regards to your question on my last post, I stamped the seagull onto acetate, painted him from behind, then cut him out and stuck him on :) x

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Let's Go Back To The Beach

Hello there,

I think probably one of the things that we've all missed most, apart from our loved ones during lockdown is the sea.  Just being able to have a day trip to the coast or a week's holiday.  We did one day trip to Whitby last summer but out trip was short lived as it was so busy and it just didn't feel safe as there were so many people not wearing masks and there wasn't much social distancing going on either.  Anyway, with the seaside in mind, here's the card that I'd like to share with you today:

As with my last seaside card, I stamped out the CI images and then fussy cut them before adding them to the background that I'd created.  I used some fluffy puffy stuff to make the incoming tide.  The group of girls is one of my favourite CI stamps.  It just shouts out fun, happiness and brings back memories of a carefree youth. I've used the seagull again in the foreground and as I wanted him looking into the scene,  I needed to reverse his image.  I stamped him out on acetate, painted the back with white acrylic before adding him to the picture. The sentiment on the bunting sums up the scene perfectly.  Here's to carefree summer days!

See you all again soon x 

I'd like to add this card in the following challenges:

Try It On Tuesday - Here Comes Summer

Friday, 18 June 2021

Oldies But Goodies

Hi there,

I've recently shared with you my most recent samples using the new CI stamps but I also have a couple of cards that I've made using some of their older stamps too.  Here's the first of them:

This is the lovely Hare stamp (CI-508)  by Maria Kitano.  It actually has a moon attatched to the stamp but as I wanted to create my own background, I cut that part off.  I started by stencilling a circle on the center of my card, then used a CI script stamp. (CI-436)  I have to say that this is one of my most used stamps as it's great for creating backgrounds.  Next, I stamped the flowers (CI-493) and the birds(CI-478) then added the hare to complete the scene.

My blogging buddy Sally has written a very thought provoking blog post today that’s well worth a read.  Here’s the link:

Enjoy the rest of your day and be happy xx

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

More Mushrooms

Hi there,

I'm here to share another one of my most resent CI samples with you.  Here's my card:

For this card, I stamped the whole mushroom stamp as I wanted it to be the main focal image.  I enjoyed creating a background using many other stamps by Crafty Individuals and I love the way that they all work hand in hand with each other.  The new mushroom stamp is lovely and with be just perfect for making autumnal cards.

That's all from me for today but I hope to be back with you all again very soon x 

Friday, 11 June 2021

It's Definitely Not A Robin!

Hi there,

How's your week going? Good I hope.

I'm here with sample number three.  The stamp that I've used to make this card is just perfect for a Christmas Card as it features a Robin, text about the Robin and holly around the bowl.  I decided to use it in another way, so I cut out the stamped image and covered the holly with other flowers.  Also, as you can see, the bird no longer looks like a Robin.  I really enjoyed making this sample as I got to use the new background stamp too and make an inky background.  Here's the card:


Sorry about the photo of my card. I didn't realise until I saw it on here that my blinds have relected on the card.  This card has lots of dimension and I've added a few die cut leaves that I watercoloured along with the lovely CI flowers.  I finished by adding a little glitter glue in the center of each flower.

I'll be back with you all soon xx

Thursday, 10 June 2021

CAS Snowman

Hi there,

I'm here to share a card with you that I've made for this month's challenge over at the 'CAS Christmas Card' challenge and their theme this time is 'Snowman.'  Here's the card that I've made:

I started by stamping the snowman by Inkadinkado in VersaMark ink, then I heat embossed it using white embossing powder.  Next, I used a stencil by Inkylicious and sponged white ink around the inside to create the bauble shape before creating the snow using a mountain stencil.  I then used a little Distress ink to colour his hat and scarf.  As this is a CAS challenge, I had intended to leave it there but I felt that it looked too bare, so I used a poinsettia stencil to add just a little extra interest.

I'll see you again tomorrow with another CI sample from the shows last week, so until then, take care and stay safe xx

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

A Seascape Tutorial

Hello there my crafty Friends,

I recently posted my latest set of samples on the Crafty Individuals FB private group page.  When I posted the first of my seascapes, I was asked by Chris Frazer if I had a tutorial.  I didn't but I said that I would be happy enough to do one if enough people wanted me to.  Well, the response was overwhelming and so in response to that, here's the card that I've made and how I made


Using a 6x6 card, use an Ink Duster of any type of ink blending tool to add some sand to the right hand bottom corner.

Use a sheet of copy paper to mask off the sky.  

I used two different shades of blue to create the sea.  Again, I used an Ink Duster but any blending tool will do.

This is how it should look now.  Try to leave a little space between the sand and sea as the acrylic paint that we will be using shortly will pick up the colour.  It's not the end of the world if it does but easier to avoid if you leave a gap beforehand.  You may also notice that there are now tiny streaks in the water. That is achieved by spritzing water onto the Ink Duster with blue ink, then dragging it across the water to give it some movement.  

Next, I used a cloud stencil to add a few clouds.  If you don't have a stencil like this, then you can just use a piece of copy paper and cut it into a similar shape.  This will work just the same.  Try not to keep it too straight so that it will look more natural.

Now comes the bit that you've all been waiting for.  I use a small amount of white acrylic paint and very roughly paint in the first incoming wave.  This needs to be irregular in shape as this will look so much more natural keeping it straight. Bring this forward a little bit onto the sand.

Turn the card upside down and push the paint forward using your paint brush and this will start to give the look of a real wave.

You can see on this photo that I've started to add the second wave but I would probably recommend just doing one when you're first starting out.  Once you feel a little more confident, then have a go at the second wave.

This is where the magic starts to happen.  Use some Fluffy Puffy stuff.  I got mine from Inkylicious but I believe that Creative Expressions also sell something similar.  This needs to be squeezed gently out of the bottle and keep moving as you add it.  You will then need to use a heat gun which will cause the liquid to puff up and it will set it. 

Once your Fluffy stuff is set, turn your card upside down again and add more white acrylic paint behind each of the waves.  When you look at the sea, it's really white and frothy, so doing this will help to give a more realistic result.

Here is the next photo where I've added the paint and a little more fluffy stuff.  I've also added more blue to the sea as it was looking a little pale for my liking.

Again using the white paint, I then used a straight paint brush to add some streaks to the water.  Do this by just moving the brush, side to side but dont add too mush paint or it won't look natural.

Nearly there now.  I used a white Posca pen and drew squiggles behind the waves.  When you see the incoming tide, there are often many little irregular shapes, so don't be precise at this point.

So here's my finished card.  The stamps that I've used are all by Crafty Individuals and they are; CI-283 and CI-284.  I stamped the images, then fussy cut them out before adding them to my scene.  The girls certainly look like they're having fun and I've really enjoyed making this card.  I even managed to take some photos along the way :)

If you've enjoyed this tutorial, then please leave me a comment, especially if you have a go at something similar after being inspired by what I've made here.  I'd love to see your makes.

Take care of yourselves and stay happy xx

Sunday, 6 June 2021

CAS Flight

Hi there,

Well, look at me, two posts in one day :)

I'm here with a very quick post to share a card that I've made for this month's challenge over at 'CAS Mix Up Card Challenge' and their theme this time is 'Flight.'  Here's my card:

The stamp that I've used is by Inkylicious and it's one that I haven't used for ages, so it was nice to take it out and have a play with it again.  I stamped the image with Versafine ink, then heat embossed it to set it.  I then masked it off before adding Blueprint Sketch and Mermaid Lagoon around the image.  Once this was dry, I then water coloured my image using Tea Dye and Walnut stain Distress inks.  The sentiment is also by Inkylicous.
Hope you've all had a lovely weekend and had some crafty time too.  See you all again soon xx

Mushrooms Galore!

Hi there,

I'm here today to share another sample that I made for the Crafty Individuals shows that were on 'The Craft Store' on Friday.  If you didn't manage to see the shows, then you can always watch them on Catch Up for the next month or so.  Here's my card:

There are just two mushrooms on the new stamp but I decided with this card that I would make a field full.  Again, lot's of fussy cutting but I actually quite enjoyed it and then deciding where they would all sit best.  As you can see, I've used lots of older CI stamps with the new ones and they all work perfectly together.  I finished off the larger mushrooms by adding some Perfect Pearls.

That's all from me for today but I'll be back later in the week to share more cards with you xx

Friday, 4 June 2021

Get your Telly On Today!

Hello there,

I'm here today to let you know that the lovely Jean Hardy from Crafty Individuals will be on 'The Craft Store' today at 10am and 2pm to share five new stamps, along with three older ones.  All the stamps that are on today have been drawn by the very talented Maria Kitano.  I have to say that I love using stamps made from her artwork as all of her drawings are so true to life.  Today, I'm sharing a card that I've made with the new seagull stamp.  The stamp has some lovely text around it but as I wanted the it to be a part of a scene, I stamped it and then fussy cut it out.  Here's my card:

The scene that I've created features many other CI stamps, including the recent boat stamp that was drawn by Sharron Bates, one of my favourites from that collection.  I love that you can cut bits off the full image and create totally different looking boats.  As I wanted to have lots of dimension in the scene, there was lots of fussy cutting but I'm happy with how it turned out.  What a great stamp for this time of year when our thoughts are turning to sun, sea and sand.  As always, I'll be sharing more of my samples once the shows have aired.  I hope that you can tune in and you never know, you just might see this sample.

Wishing you all a happy day x 

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Summer Sun

Hello there and a very happy Monday to you all,

I've really enjoyed making quite a few scenic cards recently and I'd like to share another one with you today that I made last week using stamps by Chocolate Baroque:

This one reminds me of a warm summer's evening....... I think I can just about remember what summer feels like :)

Crafty Individuals will be back on'The Craft Store' on Friday at 10am and 2pm, so I'll be back with you on Friday morning to share the first of my samples.  Until then, have a good week and do what makes you happy xx

Sunday, 30 May 2021

A Delicate Butterfly

Hi there,

Just a quick post from me today to share a card that I've made for the challenge over at 'Try It On Tuesday' and their theme this time is 'Butterflies.'  Here's my card:

The stamp that I've used is one of my favourites by Crafty Individuals.  I decided that for this card, that I would use warm colours, so I opted for yellow and pink.  The thing that I love about this stamp is that it can be made to look quite delicate or you can go mad and throw loads of ink at it and it turns out great every time.  As you can see here, I stamped the butterfly for a second time before fussy cutting it and adding it to my card.  

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I'll see you again on Tuesday xx

I'd also like to add this card into the following challenges:

Cards 4 Galz - Things With Wings

Friday, 28 May 2021

Sunset Tree Reflection

Hello there,

I'd like to share with you a card that I made earlier this week using a reflection stamp by Crafty Individuals.  It's one that I designed for them last year using one of their existing tree stamps:

This stamp is so easy to use, even if I do say so myself.  It's just a matter of stamping and embossing the trees, then adding whatever type of background you prefer.  I love my sunsets, so that's what I've opted for on this card.

Wishing you all a very happy weekend and I hope the sun shines for you xx

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Rudolph Day - May 21

Hello there,

Wow, it's only when I start putting my post together for the 'Rudolph Days' challenge that I realise how quickly the months are flying by.  This time next month, we'll be half way to Christmas, so it's a good job that we're getting ahead with our cards.  I don't know about you but I hate that last minute panic.  Enough said, let's get onto the task in hand which is the card that I've made for this month's challenge:

The card that I've made this month was inspired by a card made recently by my Crafty Individuals Teamie, Dena Rangely.  I love Dena's layout and each card can be made to look different, just by changing the colour of the parcels and scarves.  The stamps were birds that originally had long legs on but by removing the legs, they can easily be turned into quirky snowmen.  All the stamps that I've used here with the exception of the sentiment are by Crafty Individuals.

I'd also like to add this card into the following challenges:

Sunday, 23 May 2021

Stampscapes with Northern Lights

Hello there on this Sunday morning,

I mentioned recently that I'd won a set of Stampscape stamps at a card challenge at Ink Art Designs and I'm absolutely loving them.  Here's another card that I've made with them:

As you can see, I've inked some 'Northern Lights' in the background and as it's an evening scene, I've splattered on some stars.    The little fisherman in the foreground is by Inkylicious.  I'm sure that this won't be the last as I can't seem to put them down, so there may be more to see in the future.

Enjoy what's left of the weekend and I hope that the sun shines for you xx 

I'd like to add this card into the following challenges:

The Male Room - Water/Beach

Friday, 21 May 2021

Rainbow Cats

Hello again,

Haven't I done well blogging three times this week,  I'll probably need a sit down!  lol ;)

I realised earlier this week that I still have quite a few samples that I haven't shared on my blog, so I'll try and rectify that inbetween the other things that I post.  I'm really enjoying entering different card challenges lately as I find that they can take me out of my comfort zone, which is a good thing every now and again.

Here's the card that I'd like to share with you:

Featuring cats from CI-570

The stamp that I've used is just a pair of cats that I've masked off to create a DL card.  All the stamps and the background paper that I've used are by Crafty Individuals and it was the background paper that inspired this card.  It's so colourful, so I thought that I'd create a row of cats in rainbow colours.  I finished by adding the three blue stars as I thought they just finished the card off.

Okay, that's all from me for today, so I hope that you all enjoy your weekend and I look forward to having a look at your blogs to see what you've all been up too xx

Wednesday, 19 May 2021


Hello there,

I'm here today to share a card that I'd like to add the challenge over at 'Make My Monday.' Their theme this time is 'Sympathy.'  It's the one card that none of us card makers like to make.  I tend to have a few in my stash as I find it much easier to make them when I don't actually need them.  

For this card, I used an embossing folder for the sentiment (Sorry, I can't remember who it's by) and the stamp is by Inkylicious. 

That's all from me for today but I'd like to wish you all a very happy day, whatever you're doing xx

I'd like to add this card into the following challenges:

The Male Room - Water/Beach