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.

Monday, 20 June 2022

Butterflies, bees and bugs...part 3


If you've been following recent posts you will have seen the samples for a card making night at Chertsey museum. 



The evening was good fun. It was on the hottest day of the year and everyone soldiered through the heat...some with the help of a little chilled white wine. It's always a sociable evening and often people book in groups (if you're thinking the tables are a bit cramped) and don't want to be spread out.

The group made some stunning cards, and I'm very pleased to say, they all added their own creativity and really experimented. I don't think I got them all photographed but here's a sample...

Thank you to everyone who came along it was a very enjoyable evening. 

There's one more butterfly card I made for the FB #tagalongcolour challenge with Isa last month. It had to have complementary colours and I've used one of the Katzelkraft butterflies designed by @Isa.C.ArtandCraft.

 Have a lovely crafty week. Thank you stopping by xxx



Friday, 17 June 2022

Butterflies, bees and bugs...part 2


I'm sharing a few more samples made for a craft night at a local museum.

These all use a mixture of stencilling and stamping in the background. The insects were stamped on the card to get the antennae and legs and then I didn't have to worry about cutting them out, before decoupaging a coloured version over the top.

Hopefully there will be plenty of inspiration to get everyone started for a fun evening of creativity.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by. I really do appreciate all of your comments xx

Monday, 13 June 2022

Butterflies, bees and bugs...part 1


I've been prepping some samples for a card making evening at a local museum. I've run two or three evenings a year there for quite a while now and we've built up a little crafting group. One or two were already crafters when they started but most were complete beginners. Each time we meet I try to introduce a new technique or new media.

This time I'm going for simple techniques with lots of scope for individual creativity. 

The first technique will be spotlight stamping...

This one also fits the bill for Isa.C Art&Craft #tagalongxmas05 challenge to use red and grey and a snowflake cluster on a Christmas card. The butterfly stamp is by Chloe's Creative Cards and was stamped in the centre of the card in grey, as well as on a separate peice of card in red, which was then die cut and overlaid. A little bit of shading was added with ProMarkers and the snowflakes and sentiment added in Distress Ink. There's a little bit of glitter too!

The second one was also pretty easy with the butterflies stamped first in pink direct onto the card, followed by the smaller beasties in bright colours. The butterflies were also stamped three times in black on card and die cut with different sized circles, which were overlaid so the images match up.

For the third one I stamped the butterfly directly on the card blank, again on a separate piece of card and again on a sticky note. The butterfly on the sticky note was cut out and used to mask the one on the card while I added some green ink through a stencil. This meant that the wings remained white once the sticky note was removed. Some splatter and spodges were stamped on in black. The separate card was die cut into a circle and the butterfly coloured in, before overlaying it on the card so it aligned with the one below.

One technique which can be colourful or monochrome and suit cards for all occasions.

Hope they like it! Thank you for stopping by xxx

Sunday, 5 June 2022

June Tagalong


This month the tagalong challenge set by Isa is to use paper strips or washi. I've been looking forward to using the 'Cats on Books' Katzelkraft stamp set designed by a Ukrainian artist Liubka.

I started by swooshing the tag in Distress Oxide ink spritzed with water, before sticking on the paper strips. I added stencilling with a new GiogioCraft book themed stencil, and stamped the leaves.

The cat was stamped, coloured and cut out of card and also stamped on the tag in order to get the whiskers. To finish off a border and a few flowers were added.

I had a request for a card for a book lover and used the same stamp with a different GiogioCraft stencil.

I'm looking forward to playing with the rest of the set.

Thank you for taking the time to pop by. Have a lovely week xxx