Friday, 12 August 2022

Indian beauty


A quick one today sharing a card made with GiogioCraft stencils and DaliArt stamps.

For the figure I used Inktense pencil through the stencil and then watercoloured over it to set the ink. Detail was added with gel pens and a gold glitter pen.

The sparkle was very difficult to capture in the photo!

Hope you have a lovely crafty week. Thank you for stopping by xx

Friday, 5 August 2022

Fabulous at 50


Today I'm sharing a birthday card which I very much hope has arrived on time (as last year it was weeks late). 

First I stencilled the figure and masked it off, before adding the background with Distress Oxide through one of the new GiogioCraft stencils. I left the mask in place while I stamped some pink dots and spattered some ink. Then I added the flowers using stamp pairs with the solid and outline shapes. The numbers are die cut from glitter card, with a bit of Wink of Stella on her flowers to tie it all together.

I used pencil for a little shadow to give depth, but the card is actually flat apart from the numbers.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by. Your comments are always welcome.

Have a lovely week xx

Sunday, 31 July 2022

Polar bear


Now that a birthday has passed I can share this card using a Hobby Art stamp and watercolour, with a few splashes of acrylic white paint.


 I made another version with Inktense pencil, gel pen and slightly different colours. 

I found it really difficult to choose between the two. Which do you prefer?

Now that's enough polar bear cards as I have to get packing for a very long awaited trip to Spitzbergen to see the real thing. Wish me luck!

Have a lovely week xx




Thursday, 28 July 2022

July tagalong minis


I'm back with some more tags for the tagalong challenges set by Isa. For July and August the tag challenge is a mini-tag a week. The tags have to be no bigger than 10cm.

Week 2 - wings

Using DaliArt stamps, Distress Oxide ink and Inktense pencils.

Week 3 - pastel

Using Creative Stamping magazine stamps, Distress Oxide ink and watercolour pencils.


Week 4 - water

Using Creative Stamping magazine stamps, pencils, gel pen and Distress Oxide ink.

It's been a challenge to find time even for a small tag a week at the moment!

I had some happy mail from the ATC swap on the theme of music and stiches...

...all the way from Belgium. Thank you Hilde.

That's all for now. Time for a tidy up in the craft room which doubles as a guest room. I do hope my guests don't mind a bit of glitter on their clothes! Thank you for stopping by. Have a great week xx

Friday, 8 July 2022

July Tagalong


If you've stopped by before, you'll know that this year I've been joining in with challenges set by Isa. For July and August the tag challenge is going to be a mini-tag a week. A good idea as life tends to get a bit busy in the summer. The tags have to be no bigger than 10cm.

The first theme is nice and straightforward 'black, white and one colour.' Perfect for me to use some DaliArt stamps I've had a while.

I've also made a co-ordinating card, but haven't added a sentiment just yet as I don't know what its ultimate purpose will be.


Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely week xx

Sunday, 3 July 2022

Musical stitches


I'm all a bit out of sync this week as I have come down with a horrid cold. The result of being cocooned for more than two years and then daring to mingle with people...and their germs!

I've been joining in with the #tagalongwithIsa challenges on FB and this month I thought I'd have a go at the ATC swap. The theme is music and stitching.

I started with a background stamp over Distress Oxide ink, and coloured the keys in with white gel pen. 

I used gel medium through a GiogioCraft stencil and sprinkled over red embossing powder. When heated it gives a lovely bubbly textured finish.


I'm not a big sewer and although I have a sewing machine, it's not been out in decades. I pricked a pattern out on card and then sewed through the holes to create the chevrons.


Last of all I added the words from a set of Joy! stamps and a few red spatters. I'll find out in due course who I am swapping with.

Hope this week brings you some fine tunes to dance to. Thank you for stopping by xxx

Friday, 24 June 2022

Garden painting


Today I'm sharing a painting I did over the recent long holiday weekend in the UK. It was inspired by the Place2Be garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, which was about highlighting children's mental health.

It was my favourite garden and I took lots of photos!

The painting has lots and lots and lots of layers...

I had a lot of fun. I must thank our Queen for staying on the throne long enough for us to get some bonus crafting days. Thank you Your Majesty.