Friday 24 December 2021

Joy to the World


Somehow the end of the year has crept up on me. Just in time I managed to get all of my Christmas cards made AND sent.

I finished off with some snow globe cards using an Apple Blossom die set and stamps from Card-io and various magazines.

I'm looking forward to using the Card-io stamps for some spring birthday cards, so watch this space.

One last festive card using Sizzix dies.

I wish you all happy holidays and best wishes for the year ahead xxx

Tuesday 14 December 2021

Polar bears


If you've been following my recent posts you'll have realised I have been playing with dark backgrounds and opaque media. Here are my last two cards, at least for now, using my favourite bear laser cuts from Giogiocraft.

The sentiment stamps are by Lou Collins from Creative Stamping magazine and they stamp really nicely.

I should have seen polar bears this summer but it's been postponed until next summer...fingers crossed it can go ahead next time.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely week xx

Friday 10 December 2021

O Christmas tree


I'm still having fun making cards and tags with dark backgrounds using opaque media. If you are interested in seeing how it started off you can see Isa's tutorial in the link. 

I had forgotten how mesmerising heat embossing is.

I batch made the backgrounds so there are still a couple more cards to show you. Must get myself sorted and actually send some cards before it's too late.

Hope you have a lovely week xx

Sunday 5 December 2021

Opaque materials



A quick post today with another couple of tags made after Isa's tagalong last weekend. You can follow the link to see the video and there's still time to enter the competition. The theme was using opaque materials on dark backgrounds. 

Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day xx

Wednesday 1 December 2021



I've been having more of a play after joining Isa's tagalong at the weekend and trying to decide on one competition entry. You can follow the link to see the video and enter the competition. The theme was using opaque materials on dark backgrounds. 

I've made quite a few backgrounds so I can do a few cards as well as tags. Watch this space.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day xx

Sunday 28 November 2021

What's good for the goose is good for the gander


I've been busy crafting away, making Christmas cards, but never getting the time to share on the blog so there's a bit of catch up to do.

Yesterday I joined Isa for a Facebook Live craftalong. You can follow the link to see the video and enter the competition. The theme was using opaque materials on dark backgrounds. There is a competition and the entry has to be a tag (not a card).

So here goes my first two attempts...

I won't explain the process as it's all in Isa's video but I will say that I have fallen in love with Dr Phil Martin's bleed proof white, which is really white even on porous card.

So which of these two do you prefer? Your thoughts and constructive comments are always welcome.

Thank you for stopping by xxx


Friday 12 November 2021

Winter stag


I've been making a few Christmas cards with the Gelli plate by printing straight on to the card blank. I've used Distress ink with a Giogiocraft stencil and some stamping on top. Where I was generous with the ink it has created speckles and texture, with less ink I achieved a smoother, flatter finish.

Some cards use the print and others the ghost print.

No two are exactly alike.

I used a stamping platform for the stag and stamped it twice, once in a lighter colour and then again with darker ink around the edges to give a little depth. I used a stencil brush with the stencil to add a little extra colour and stencilled some ground with a scrap of torn paper.

I really can't decide which I like best. As always your thoughts are very welcome.

Thank you for stopping by xx

Friday 5 November 2021

More Christmas critters


I'm sharing a couple more samples for the up coming Christmas card making night at Chertsey Museum that I mentioned in the last post.

Over the years I have tried different styles and designs but realise that as long as there's opportunity for lots of sparkle everyone will be happy.


Now it's time to think about making some Christmas cards for myself. I usually make about 80 so I'd better get cracking! 

Thank you for stopping by. Your comments are always appreciated. Have a lovely day xx

Sunday 31 October 2021

Cute critters for Christmas


I only seem to have time for crafting or blogging, not both. Today I'm going to try and make time for a bit of each. 

I've been making samples for a Christmas card making night in a few weeks time at Chertsey Museum. It's become an annual thing, but of course we couldn't do it last year. There will be fewer places this year to help with distancing and I've been warned the doors will be open...but hardened crafters won't feel the cold when the glitter is out!


I try to come up with ideas that don't need a lot of crafting expertise, take about half an hour a card, I have the equipment for and won't cost the museum too much in consumables. Over the years I realise that cute and sparkly is a definite favourite.

As I have an abundance of stamps from magazines this style is something we have done before, and there is plenty of scope for individual variation. I hate going to a class where you have to copy the tutor exactly, no creativity in that. 

I've used Giogiocraft stencils for the backgrounds.


If you live near Chertsey Museum it's worth a visit. They have a nationally important costume collection and frequently change the history exhibitions so there's always a reason to revisit.

I'm off to make more samples. Thank you for stopping by xx

Sunday 10 October 2021

Shoreditch Street Art


My lovely husband bought me a street art experience which I was eventually able to do a few weeks ago. Unfortunately it was a rather wet and wild day so the photographic opportunities were a bit limited. Steve Bell of Digital Denizens rescued the day from being a wash out with lots of interesting facts about  London street art history.

There were a few stand out works for me and an introduction to Otto Schade.


And I loved this one from Dan Kitchener...

 Always good to see old favourites...Stik


...and Thierry Noir 



Mr Cenz always one of my favourites...

...and so many more...

I love the philosophy of street art, free for all, ever changing, vibrant and often has a really thought provoking message. 

Hope these photos have brightened your day.