Happy Birthday ickle cus!


Today is my youngest cousin’s birthday! Happy birthday Shel!

Here is the card I made for her!


A lovely simple card, with a lovely colour combo of Tangerine Tango & Basic Grey using the Pleasant Poppies stamp as the main feature! With a bit of the Dictionary thrown in there on the topper panel!

Hope Shel likes the card I made for her!

Happy crafting!


ATC swap: Books


Following on from yesterday’s time ATC for August I have the September ATC which had a theme of books (Karen I think suggested this?!)

I knew immediately that I wanted to use a particular Gorjuss stamp for this, and to play with my Promarkers and I also knew what quote I wanted to use! But a small problem presented itself… I couldn’t find my gorjuss stamps… Not a single one of them! Fortunately a few weeks after starting to look for them I decided to completely rearrange the shelves and found them filed away right at the bottom and the back of one of the shelves! Horrah! Excitement at finding them led me to start this ATC batch straight away – even though it was only the end of June.

I used Baked Brown Sugar for the stamping onto Whisper white cardstock. Then coloured the girl in with my Promarkers keeping to a neutral colour scheme!



Next to create the background. I found some brown paper, and stamped in Crumb Cake the fabulous World Map, then using Baked Brown Sugar stamped the speckles from Gorgeous Grunge and then used some gold pigment ink to stamp the splodge. Then I inked round the edge in Soft Suede. Next a strip of torn book print … Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator in this case. And a brown organza ribbon wrapped around it.

Now all that was needed was to cut out the girls, print off the quote and cut that out and stick together, well I got my prototype done… Including mounted onto More Mustard cardstock…


But fussy cutting her our takes time… So it took me another week to finish them all off. Final touch was to add some liquid pearls to the heart in her hair. Love the final piece and how it all came together.


Happy crafting!


ATC August … Time


To account for holidays etc we carried over the ATC swap for August to September so here is the delayed August swap I made! No work in progress photos I’m afraid … Just ploughed through and made them without stopping this time! They haven’t actually been swapped yet… But thought I would share them now anyway!


I started with some Whisper white cardstock and used Dylusions sprays and a the clock and cog mask to create the first layer of colour. Then I cut the cardstock into the size I wanted including rounding the corners.

Next I inked the edges with some distress ink and then started adding some stamping. First Dictionary in Midnight Muse, then the swirl from Everything Eleanor in Pacific Point, then a clock stamp from a random set of stamps in Gumball Green.

Then I took some pages of book print (Charlie and the Great glass Elevator to be precise) and stamped the fabulous jigsaw clock heart that my lovely friend Darcy designed in Memento ink onto it. I coloured one section in Island Indigo and then covered the book print in Versamark and clear embossing powder to make the ink pop and the heart shiny once I had heated it. I then cut out the heart ready to adhere to the stamped and inked background. I used Mod Podge for this to make sure it stuck nice and flat.

Then I cut the mounts to size 1/8″ bigger than the stamped pieces in Midnight Muse. I then took some silver coloured clock charms, threaded them onto silver bakers twine, and adhered them over the clock in the heart, wrapping the twine round the back. Then stuck them onto the mount.

I love how these turned out and of course because the mask and ink pattern on the first layer is different for each one they are all a little bit unique whilst remaining very very similar of course!

Happy crafting!


Playing with Darcy stamps!


I realised the other day whilst sorting out some of the mess of the craft room that I hadn’t used one of the gorgeous stamps that Darcy designed for Paperartsy so decided to stamp it out and colour it in. As a result I made this very simple card.


I used my Spectrum Noir pencils to colour in the stamped image… Very very easy to achieve good results with these pencils so I am pleased I invested in some. I mainly use them in my journalling if I am honest, but love colouring in images like this too.

I finished the card by stamping the Beautiful Birthday sentiment in Blackberry Bliss with a mat of the same colour cardstock underneath the stamped image.

Happy crafting!


Colour my Monday! Pink Pirouette!



Happy Monday everyone!

Time for some colour … Well I say that but the colour this week is probably the wishiest washiest colour in the SU collection … No surprise it is in the SUBTLE collection then!


This is definitely not one of my favourites …. But it does have its uses!


This pink thing is becoming an issue in our house now as the princess has decided in the last few months that she doesn’t like pink …. After loving everything pink for years! I don’t have an issue with this… Except clearly I can’t afford to go and rebuy a whole load of stuff just because she no longer likes the colour! Ha ha!

But I still like to make pink girlie cards for her friends regardless! Not that girl cards have to be pink… My favourite colour is blue for example, but sometimes pink dresses are the best!


A Gorjuss girl, coloured with SU write markers, with a Pink Pirouette dress! Perfect! I then teamed it with a panel stamped with the Soft Sky Hello, Doily and another panel where I added some of the pink using the acrylic block watercolour technique. Added a little tag for the sentiment and some bits of blue ribbon to break it up… Perfect girlie card!

Happy crafting!


Colour my Monday! Marina Mist!



Happy Monday everyone … Scratch that … Happy Bank Holiday Monday! Oh yes … I do love a bank holiday!

Monday’s are my colour play days… And even though it is a bank holiday I still have some colour to share! This week I have gone for a SUBTLE one … Lovely and relaxing this one…


A lovely blue which to me reminds me of the sky on a lovely spring morning! Having said that I went for a Christmas card … So maybe also the sky on a clear frosty morning too!


I was actually using the sketch from Tinsel Tuesday as I hadn’t got round to making any this month yet… Go check out the sketch here.

I started with the linen cardstock and stamped the beautiful Ornament Keepsakes bauble in the Marina Mist. I decided to handcut it out as was being lazy and not getting the Big Shot out … Silly because when I then created the three strips behind the bauble I decided to emboss them so I got it out anyway! Doh!

The strips were embossed with a random snowflake folder I’ve got, and then edged with the same colour blue. I then took another piece of linen cardstock and stamped the Sanded background stamp on it in the same colour and edged the piece with blue again.

I mounted this onto the card, and then decided that I needed a sentiment, so grabbed some new Papermania ones I got as a bargain and stamped it onto a strip, which I edged and then placed on the card. Finishing touch… A bit of bling!

Love how this came together… Beautiful, subtle and calming card!

Happy crafting!