Monday 31 December 2012

Happy New Year

Lol I didn't get anything made did I? So nothing to show but there should be plenty in the New Year.

Happy New Year to everyone , have a great time tonight if you are going out.

If not you'll be like me having a quiet one in with the family, my favourite. Staying warm as it's blowing a hoolie out there!!

I hope all your dreams and ambitions come true in 2013.


Friday 28 December 2012


Hello everyone

so sorry I haven't been round to your blogs but we have been so ill here since just before Christmas. We've all had the flu and sickness bug all rolled into one. I think it's the worse we've all felt in a very long time. No Christmas dinner and we still have no proper appetites.
I'll be glad when this year is over to be honest, it hasn't been one of our best , so I'm looking forward to 2013.

I will be making a list of , not resolutions but of things that I would like to happen in 2013. They won't happen straight away but hopefully at the end of 2013 they will be ticked off and we will all be happy. Time to get rid of  things that are making us all unhappy and are tying us down. I WILL make them happen :0)

I'll hopefully make something before the end of this year but if I don't I'll be back to wish you all a Happy New Year.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas!!!!


Friday 21 December 2012

Creative Expressions

My DT project for this week uses the gorgeous "If the crown fits" unmounted stamp set.

I used a manilla tag and sprayed inks over the surface combined with water. I then dried it with a heat gun. I then splodged the dried marigold distress stain over the ink. The edges were then edged with old paper distress ink. Next  I stamped the top of the key image from the stamp set all over the tag. Taking a sheet of old book paper I stamped the decorative edge, the key and sentiment with memento ink and then cut them out, I also gave them a little colour with the old paper distress ink. I cut out two strips of words from the old book and coloured these also. I then place them on the tag. . I also splodged some of the distress stain over the sentiment.

This is probably my last post now till Christmas so Happy Christmas and hope you all have a wonderful time.xx


Thursday 20 December 2012

Cute Card Thursday

The days are going much too quick!!! Thursday again and it's time for another Cute Card Thursday Challenge and the theme is............

Eat, Drink and be Merry

I have made a little cupcake box with my Cameo. The file is by Rivka Wilkins.

Papers: Dovecraft - Tea Party
Images: Magnolia
Sentiment: Cameo Silhouette

I've used Copics to colour the images.

We are sponsored this week by Whimsy Stamps, so one lucky winner will win a Whimsy stamp. You can see all the DT projects on the blog here, Hope you find time to join in too.


Saturday 15 December 2012

Autumn Frame

Today I wanted to show you a Cameo Silhouette project that I've been working on over the last few days. I really loved making this once Xmas is over and funds allow I want to have  a go at the ones with more boxes and do more themes.
This one is an Autumn one because I've had these pics a while but I love the colours on them. Everything is made with a good sturdy card except the toadstools which are made from wood.
The box frame is a Lori Whitlock file. The rest are all available files from the SIL store.

You can have it as a hanging. I used twine in keeping with the theme or............

you can have it free standing.

Have a great weekend and thanks for looking.


Friday 14 December 2012

Card Makin Mamas

The Card Makin Mamas theme is

A Holiday Theme

so it can be Christmas , New Year etc. The challenge will be on for 3 weeks as we are all so busy!!

We are sponsored by Tiddly Inks stamps and I've used Wynter Wryn and snowman for my card.

Image: Tiddly Inks - Wynter Wryn and snowman
Papers:- Stampin Up - I Wish
Bling:- Stickles - Crystal
Colouring medium: Copics

Hope to see you join in, remember you have 3 weeks to do the challenge.


Thursday 13 December 2012

Cute Card Thursday

Thursday again, not at all ready for Christmas, it's gonna be last minute , very last minute I think!! So today is Cute Card Thursday Challenge time and the theme this week is........

So Charming

Image: Latte - Saturated Canary
Papers: Stampin Up - I wish
Die cuts: Cameo Silhouette

We would like to see some charms on your projects this week. The other DT girls have made some beautiful projects again this week, really gorgeous. Why not take some time off from the stress of Christmas and go take a look and join in with us?
You can find us here. One lucky winner will be picked at random and will receive a Whiff of Joy stamp.

I'll be back tomorrow with my Card Makin Mamas DT card.


Wednesday 12 December 2012

Creative Expressions

Gosh long time no post been too busy I'm afraid. But today I'd like to show you a card I made with my second part of stamps from my December Creative Expressions DT stash. This set is called Masquerade.

Stamps;- Creative Expressions - Masquerade A5 stamp plate
Papers:- TH Idea-ology paper stash Vintage Shabby
Inks:- TH Distress Inks
Pigment Powders:- Ranger Perfect Pearls

The peacock feathers from the stamp set have been stamped onto the TH paper with distres ink and I've stitched around them with gold thread. There is a lovely square background stamp in the set which I stamped onto the papers and cut around to make the backing for the mask. The mask is stamped onto one of the papers with clear embossing ink and then I've gone over it with the perfect pearls. The sentiment is also from the set. I used the same square background set to layer the sentiment , just cutting off the ends to fit the sentiment.


Tuesday 4 December 2012


I know this bit of driftwood would come in handy!!

Just been having a play around and all I did was dried the wood out for a couple of days on the radiator. I then gessoed it and applied 2 layers of the grey/blue paint. I then sandpapered it. Thinking about it I could have gone over it lightly with distress ink, oh well next time maybe. The stick figures are from the SIL shop. They've been cut from black vinyl.

Hopefully in the New year I'll be doing lots more, need to find a good supplier of "stuff".


Saturday 1 December 2012

Card Makin Mamas

Morning , I just got out my bed to do this post as Im full of cold. Back to bed with a cuppa for me I think. Hopefully the kids will entertain themselves.
So onto the Card Makin Mamas Challenge and this time the theme is


We want to see sparkly, shimmery cards with silver and/or gold on it. Now you don't have to go with a holiday card if you don't want to. Just anything following the color theme. Also silver an/or gold MUST be a main color. I don't want to just see a tiny bit.
Now I don't use silver or gold card so I had to compensate with embossing powder, pen and stickles.
We are sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps this time and I have used the image Snowglobe Winter Bird. I've coloured it with Copics.
We have a prize of 7 free digis from Bugaboo for one lucky winner. You have 2 weeks to take part in this challenge. So what you waiting for come and join us. All details are here.

Friday 30 November 2012

Creative Expressions DT post

Friday again and it's time for me to show you my weekly Creative Expressions DT post. This month we are working with two new stamp plates and today I'd like to show you a project I made with the "If the crown fits" plate.


Firstly I went over the whole tag with TH distress ink in Peacock Feathers and then I spritzed the tag with a Dylusions spray ink. I then splattered some water over to give it some texture. I then stamped out the border stamp in black ink along the right hand side. I stamped two of the crowns onto shrink plastic, shrunk it and then coloured them with a clear star gel pen. I then stamped, cut out and coloured the lady stamp which comes from the Sam Poole Artful Ladies stamp plate. I adhered her to the tag and attached one of the shrunk crowns onto her head.The other went around the hole in the top of the tag.  I stamped the sentiment from the if the crown fits plate onto white card and cut it out, inking the edges too. I cut out each individual word to help it fit onto the tag.

More Creative Expressions projects next week.


Thursday 29 November 2012

Cute Card Thursday &Sketch Saturday

Morning sorry quick post today as everything is going wrong!! Hubby supposed to go to work but the £$&** car won't start which means more money we don't have!!!
Anyway onto this week's Cute Card Thursday Challenge and the theme is


Image: Magnolia
Papers: Kasiercraft
Die cuts: Cameo Silhouette.

You can find all the details of this week's challenge here.

I've also followed the sketch on the Sketch Saturday Challenge.


Thursday 22 November 2012

Creative Expressions

The weeks are flying by, I can't believe it's time for another Creative Expressions project but it is!!

So today I made 3 ATCs using canvas, acetate and the gorgeous Heartfelt Creations Medalion set.

I first clear embossed the smaller images onto each of the cards, they are canvas ATC blanks. I then went over each one with TH distress inks and then with a darker shade around the edges. I then cut out the heat resistant acetate to fit around the ATCs making sure I cut them a bit larger so I could dome them. I stamped out the larger images onto each one with an embossing ink and then heated with a white embossing powder. I did the same for the sentiments which are from the Let it snow stamp plate. Then adhere each side to the back side of the ATC making sure you leave a dome effect in the middle. I really love the look of the medalions in white.
I was thinking that maybe you could make these as tree ornaments too. Just add a hole and some ribbon, you could even add a little glitter for the tree lights to dance off.

I''ll be bringing you more Creative Expressions projects next week.

Have a good weekend.


Cute Card Thursday & Sketch Saturday

Today it's time for another Cute Card Thursday Challenge and the theme is

Girls Only

I've also combined my DT card with the Sketch Saturday challenge. Here's the sketch

Here's my card
Image & Sentiment: Kraftin Kimmie - Lovely Lulu
Papers: Prima - Rondelle
Decorative edge: Martha Stewart punch
Lattice die cut & Flourishes: Silhouette Cameo
Colouring medium: Copics

I hope you join in with us at Cute Card Thursday , the other DT girls have made some gorgeous cards. You can get all the details here.

Monday 19 November 2012

Let it snow

Morning, wet and wild here this morning!! Today I'd like to show you my Creative Expressions DT project using the gorgeous Creative Expressions unmounted Let it snow stamp set.

Here's the finished card and I have made a little tutorial for you too, hope it's helpful in some way!!

Put some Faded Jeans distress ink onto your craft sheet and spritz with a little water. Using a slightly smaller piece of watercolour paper than your blank card, smoosh it through the ink.

Lay down some Dusty concorde distress ink onto the craft sheet and using a scrunged up piece of cling film apply the ink to the paper randomly. Next "splat" straight onto the card with picket fence and victorian velvet distress stains.

Take the holly stamp and stamp two images in the left top and right bottom corner with Adirondak berry purple ink.

On a piece of watercolour paper stamp out the snowman in Faded Jeans distress ink and using a watercolour brush , paint in some shadow using the ink from the outline. Ink the edges of the paper too.

Take some crystal stickles and apply to all the "swirly" bits on the snowman and a little to his shadow on the floor.

Paint around the snowman with Distress Crackle Paint. I had some hard bits around the lid so I used them along the bottom of the image. Set aside and let dry.

Stamp out two of the holly images onto Kraft paper with faded jeans distress ink and cut out just the berries and leaves.

Appy peeled paint distress stickles to the leaves.

Colour in the berries with a red pen and then appyly glossy accents

Stamp the let it snow sentiment along a piece of white cardstock with the faded jeans distress ink.Adhere to a slightly smaller strip of Kraft paper.                                                                                 

To finish the card, adhere the inked watercolour paper to the blank card. Adhere the sentiment and place the image slightly over the sentiment strip using 3D pads. Now place the holly over the inked images of the holly using 3D pads.

Another Xmas card made!!


Thursday 15 November 2012

Fab News - Creative Expressions Project Book

I had a lovely surprise pop through my letterbox today the brand spanking new Creative Expressions Project Book and...................... I have a project in it. Chuffed to bits I am. It's absolutely stunning and nothing like there is on the market at the moment, no adverts too.

Great designers , Hels Sheridan, Sam Poole, Sue Wilson to name a few. It's a lovely coffee table book , glossy and the photography is stunning. I couldn't believe the price either £4.99 and I know the usual mags are this much, but I think this is so much more.

I can't show you my article as I don't want to spoil it for anyone as the book has only just gone on sale.
I hope lots of people buy it and I'd love your feedback.


Monday 12 November 2012

Countdown Calendars

Monday rolls around again but as it's grey and dreary outside I stayed in and made something nice for the kids. You know how you buy the advent calendars from the shops and you end up trying to fish out the nasty tasting chocs that have slipped to the bottom ? Well this year no more!!! I've made these with a Lori Whitlock countdown calendar file. They are by no means perfect but I did learn alot about my Cameo in making them.



I've used First Edition papers as some have glitter and some are embossed. Of course I had to do my normal thing and ink around the edges with distress ink.
Hope the kids like them , it's a surprise for them.

Friday 9 November 2012

Card Makin Mamas - Thank you & Mojo Monday

Friday again?! :0) I've not bought a single Xmas pressie yet, me thinks there might be a bit of a panice very soon!!
Onto today's Card Makin Mamas challenge and the theme is
Thanksgiving/Thank you
I've also followed the sketch for the  Mojo Monday challenge blog
I got a bit of a bargain at the SECC. I picked up a 12x12 First Edition Animal Antics paper pad for a fiver. I've picked out all the generic papers for my card, most have like animals on. I've stitched around them with a turquoise thread. The image is a Magnolia stamp and she's been coloured with Copics. The sentiment is from Lily of the Valley and the flower is punched from 2 Tonic punches.
This week CMM is sponsored by Digi My World, so the prize will be a digi bundle from them. My teamies have done some great cards , mostly thanksgiving as they are from USA. Please go over and take a look and join in with us. You have plenty of time as this challenge is running for 3 weeks as it's a busy time in the US right now.

Thursday 8 November 2012

Cute Card Thursday

Another Thursday rolls round, how quick??? This week's theme is a lovely sketch on Cute Card Thursday.


Here's my card

Now I wouldn't have picked these sort of papers but...... when I went into WHSmith I saw this mag set called Molly Blooms Carnival and do you know what caught my eye??? The bow with the button and jute!! So I had a go and I think it looks quite folksy? I stitched around the papers as I do :0) and also added red gems and some corners that I cut out with my Cameo. The image is coloured with Copics.

You can turn the sketch , add whatever do what you will with it as the other DT girls have done. They have made some fab cards again this week. You can see them all on the CCT blog. Hope to see you join in.


Tuesday 6 November 2012

Deck the halls

Morning on a wet and wild morning!! Just took Milly out and nearly got blown away!!
Today I'd like to show you my Creative Expressions DT project for this week.

A bit of a different style from me but I was quite pleased with how it turned out. I kinda took the photo at an odd angle because I wanted to show the shimmer on the card. It is all one shade over the card!!

I took a piece of black textured card and versamarked it all over and then brushed over 2 colours of mica powders.  I then stamped out the beautiful snowflake bauble from the Heartfelt Ornamental Medallion stamp set randomly with versamark and then used white embossing powder. Because the versamark was still wet the powder sprinkled a bit but I think it looks ok as it looks like fine snow. Next I stamped out some of the more solid snowflake stamps onto black card with versamark and then used the white embossing powder. I cut around them and poked a small hole in the top of each of them. I then threaded through some twine and added a blue bow to each. I then just hung them from the top of the card. The sentiment is from the Let it snow stamp set and I've just done the same , stamped onto black card and embossed with white embossing powder.

Don't forget to check out the other DT girls projects, all stunning!! I'll be showing you more from Creative Expressions next week.


Friday 2 November 2012

Papertake Weekly Challenge

Wow another post from me today, what's the matter with me?? It's pouring down and gloomy so what better way to cheer yourself up than going into your craftroom and playing.
I still have goodies left from the SECC that I haven't used yet so wanted to use a particular stamp that I love.
This card is for the Papertake Weekly Challenge. Here's the sketch

sketch #73
And here's my card

Image: Gorjuss - The white rabbit
Sentiment: Sam Pooles Art Sayings
Papers: Theresa Collins - Now and Then
Butterfly strip: Crafty Too washi tape
Clock hand dies: Cameo
Flowers: Tonic punch
Leaves: Martha Stewart punch
Pearls, silver findings from my stash

I have stitched around the papers. The flowers are punched with a Tonic punch, I've punched out 5 of them and glued them into layers curling as I go. I distress inked them around the edges. I'm not 100% happy with my technique yet but practise makes perfect!!


Creative Expressions monthly DT project

Another Friday comes along and I can't believe this time last week I was on the train to SECC. It's gone so quick!!

This month the Creative Expressions DT were lucky enough to receive 2 stamp sets to play with, The Heartfelt Ornament Medallion set and The Let it Snow set.
I've used a bit of both this week.

So I cut a tag on my Cameo with the Inkessentials speciality stamping paper. I then used Tim Holtz distress inks to colour the blank tag, just rubbing them over with a blending tool. You can't really see in the pic but I then inked up one of the ornaments from the Heartfelt ornament medallion set with versamark and stamped randomly over the tag adding clear embossing powder. I love the flourish on Sam Poole's Art ladies , so I stamped that in black again randomly.
The reindeer and sentiment from the Let it snow set were stamped onto an old book page with versamark and white embossing powder. I tore around the images and added some gold pen around the outlines. I adhered them with 3D pads. To outline the actual tag I used versamark and a detail gold embossing powder. I then added a jingle bell, which was silver so I used the detail gold embossing powder to cover it. A ribbon was added and voila that's it!!

Hope you like my tag, I'll be back next week with my next Creative Expressions DT project.


Thursday 1 November 2012

Cute Card Thursday & Sketch Saturday

Morning hope your Halloween went well? Unfortunately due to some teenagers ours didn't. After all the work we put into our pumpkins they decided to smash them!! Watch out next year is all I can say!!
Anyway onto this week's Cute Card Thursday DT card , the theme is

Fairies & Angels
and I've also used the sketch at this week's Sketch Saturday Challenge.
I've gone a bit overboard with the embellies this week so I've listed them all at the bottom of the post.
Papers: LOTV - Nitwits Petal Fresh
Stamp: LOTV - Never too old for cupcake
Postcard stmp - LOTV - Grunge postcard
Flourish - Cheery Lynn dies
Roses - Tonic punch
Stickles - Crystal
Ive stitched around the edges of the papers and coloured the image with Copics.
We would love to see your fairy and angel cards at Cute Card Thursday.
I'll be back tomorrow with my Creative Expressions weekly DT post.

Monday 29 October 2012

Spooky House

Something a bit different from me today. A project I did for the kids for Halloween. It's a spooky house cut on my Cameo Silhouette.

The file was from Samantha Walker and I've used Co ordinations cardstock. I've inked around the edges with distress inks. The light is a little battery tea light.


Saturday 27 October 2012

Card Makin Mammas


I had a great time yesterday at the SECC and got lots of goodies and today I'm off to see Skyfall. So a great weekend for me but before I go I wanted to show you my Card Makin Mammas Challenge DT card.
We are sponsored by Squiggle Stamps so I have used one of their images today. The theme is

Anything Goes
Die cuts: Cut with my Cameo Silhouette
I've used Coordination cardstock for the die cuts and distressed it. I then added white highlights.
Squiggle stamps are closing at the end of October so their is a fab sale now on of 50% off all images.
The prize this week on Card Makin Mammas is a fab mystery digi bundle so come along to the challenge blog and take a look at the gorgeous cards the other DT girls have made and join in with us.

Thursday 25 October 2012

Cute Card Thursday

This week's challenge on the Cute Card Thursday Challenge is

Something Scary

I've been trying out my Cameo so I decided to make something different from a card for the challenge. This is a juice carton that I downloaded by Samantha Walker. I used cordinations card stock and distress it to make up the blank carton. I put a piece of grey c/s behind the letters to help them stand out. The digi images are by Stamp Fairy and have been coloured with Copics. The moon has some lace stickles on it too. I attached them to the carton with 3D pads. The words are by Echo Park.

There are some fab Scary cards over on the Cute Card Challenge blog that the other DT members have made. You can find them all here.

I'm off to the SECC tomorrow so I will schedule my Card makin mamas post and hope it works!!


Friday 19 October 2012

Creative Expressions DT Project- A Tutorial

Hi Friday at last! Today I would like to show you a tutorial that I've made on 3 ATCs I designed for my Creative Expressions DT project.

Blank ATCs
Creative Expressions - Sam Poole's Creative Studio stamps: Steampunk Christmas & Art Sayings
Distress Inks
Perfect Pearls
Memento Ink
Tissue Paper
Multi medium Gel

    1. Take your 3 blank ATCs and using cut and dry smooth your chosen colour distress inks over them, overlapping a little. Spray your fingers with a little water and flick over the ATCs. Blot dry and allow the inks to dry completely.

  2. On each ATC take a contrasting distress ink and ink up the grid stamp from the Steampunk Christmas set and stamp onto the ATC. Go over the ink with your chosen perfect pearl. Brush off all excess.
3.  Using the two smallest cogs from Steampunk Christmas stamp and ghost stamp randomly over your ATC.
4. Stamp the tree, bird and 2 sized bulb blooms onto different coloured tissue paper. Cut out carefully.
5. Using a gel medium adhere the stamped tissue to each of the ATCs and then add another layer on top. (My bird bled a little because it was pink tissue but it doesn't look as bad in real life).
6. Stamp out sayings from the Art Sayings set onto white card. Cut up each word and edge with distress inks.Add to ATCs and finally add some highlights with a white pen to the tree. (see main pic).
 I hope this has been useful. My last 3 DT projects have been all about Christmas but  I wanted to show you how versatile Steampunk Christmas was and doesn't have to be all about Christmas.
Have a good weekend.x