Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Painting your own watercolour image...

I was in two minds whether to post these photos. I haven't done any drawing or watercolouring for ages and was just playing around with some new watercolour brushes. Before I knew it I had painted these little flowers, and after die cutting the image onto a stitched rectangle I kinda liked it so I thought I would create a card with it.

I know the idea of stamping is to save having to draw or paint your own images, but there is something very satisfying about creating your own image, knowing it is truly unique. I think also you can add so much more shade and colour that can be very difficult do with a stamp.

Of course, there is one thing using someone else's design, but when I create an image myself, it feels like I'm kinda laying myself bare because it has come from me, and at the moment I'm certainly not confident!

  Watercolour flower handmade card 1a

I like the idea of merging my love crafting with drawing and painting, but I am definitely out of practice of the latter. Also, there is one thing watercolouring onto an A4 sheet of paper, but it is challenging downsizing the images to incorporate them into a 6" x 6" card. 

  Watercolour flower handmade card 2a

I know I can do better than this, this really was just a little practice, but I hope it gives a flavour of hopefully things to come as I do intend to do more painting this year.

Anyway, I hope you like, see you soon x

Saturday, 14 January 2017


Hi everyone, hope you are well and haven't suffered too much with the bad weather this week. 

I'm still in Valentine's day mode with this creation...

  Valentine's card 1c

I masked off the side of the card and then used Lindy's Magical Cape Cod Coral powder paint from the Nantucket Pearls set. I spritzed a small amount of water on top of the powder from the side of the card to give this explosion of colour.

The "love" die is from Hero Arts Love Stamp and Cut set, and the bracket is by Stampendous called Fanciful Frames.

  Valentine's card 1b

Finally the Truly, Madly, Deeply stamp is by Papertrey from the Side By side sentiment stamp set.

  Valentine's card 1a

Hope you like, and thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Valentine, be mine...

A very happy New Year to everyone!

I'm glad to report I am feeling a bit better and have been able to get back into my craft room. Having been in Christmas crafting mode for the last few months it is refreshing to focus on something else, and as Valentine's day is not that far away I thought I would make this my next project.

I do love this collage style of card making, although I do not find it easy to master. 

The first thing was to create an inky background but in a very small area so I used my smallest acrylic block to apply some Lindy's Magicals in Salt Water Taffy. You can see the technique I used here

  Valentine card 1

The lovely bracket stamp is by Technique Tuesday called Functuation. I have had this stamp set for at least 10 years and never used it. I always knew one day I would find a use for it.

  Valentine Card 2

The arrow stamp is from Kaisercraft Edges stamp set, and the "be mine" die cut is Penny Black.

  Valentine Card 3

Well, it's good to be back. I hope you are all enjoying your weekend, see you soon x

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

One I made earlier...

...or rather three I made earlier. Having been laid up in bed with this horrid virus I have not had chance to go into my craft room, so the only photos I have are these little creations I made a while ago but hadn't got round to posting.

I bought this lovely Pinstripe background stamp by My Favourite Things and decided to put together some Christmas cards. I haven't used stripes that much in my crafting so it took me a while to come up with some ideas.

  Christmas tree 3

The card below was made using the lovely Winter sentiment die by Elizabeth Crafts, and the fab sparkle sentiment is an old stamp by Memory Box.

Christmas tree card 1 

The little die cut Christmas trees are by Nellie Snellen to which I've added some white glitter. The Very Merry Christmas and A Time To Remember Stamp are both by Penny Black.

  Christmas tree 2

Well, I still have to recover from this bug so I doubt I will be posting any more before Christmas as we are so close to the big day.

I wish you all a fab Christmas and I will be back in the New Year!

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Christmas Hugs Gift Tag...

I thought I had escaped all the nasty bugs this year but I have been struck with a horrid bug, one of those viruses that is not quite flu but worse than just a cold, it has completely wiped me out the last few days.

Anyway today at least I have been able to complete a little project I had started a while ago. A Christmas gift tag using Altenew Four Scoops inks. I love these pink and yellow pastel colours teamed with the mint ribbon and button I've used.

The background was created using Penny Black Winter Bough stamp and I've used Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia die.

  Christmas hugs tag 3

The Hugs die is by Papertrey, proving to be a very versatile little sentiment die in my collection.

  Christmas hugs tag 2

Although I haven't wrapped this present yet, you can see that this is quite a large tag great for showing off the lovely background stamp.

  Christmas hugs tag 1

These colours may not be traditional Christmas colours, but I really like all the soft pastel tones.

Well I can't believe Christmas is now so close. I'm off to curl up on my bed and rest in the hope that I can shift this virus thing before the big day arrives.

I hope at least you are all well and enjoy your weekend x

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

DIY Christmas gift wrap...

Christmas wrapping is not my thing, I'm generally just not very good at it, but I have enjoyed making some bespoke gift wrap.

You may think this took ages, but it really didn't. I just took an A3 sheet of paper, got all my sentiment stamps ready on individual blocks and then just randomly stamped all over, only taking a few minutes to complete the whole sheet. In my experience A3 paper is difficult to find on the high street, all I could find was not very good quality 80gsm paper, so I ordered some really good quality 120gsm A3 paper from Ebay. I was concerned whether it would turn up without being damaged, but it arrived in perfect condition. Although I don't use it that much it is very handy for this kind of project.

To make my gift warp I've used the entire set of Penny Black Yuletide Wishes stamp set...

DIY Christmas gift wrap 1a  

The lovely Poinsettia was created using the Elizabeth Craft Garden Notes Poinsettia die. I just kept adding extra petals to make it larger. I've used cardstock inked in Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade, and my fave Adirondack ink in Wild Plum. To finish I added the lovely Penny Black holly branch and some silver metallic cord.

  DIY Christmas gift wrap 2b

I think most people would be wowed if they received their present wrapped like this!

As before, the stamp set and poinsettia die are all from the Foiled Fox so do pop over to their fab online store and blog for inspiration,

See you soon x

Saturday, 10 December 2016


There are some stamps that are just so lovely and so versatile that you know you will use them over and over again.

This is so true for me with this beauty of a stamp by Penny black called "Skyward". Simply stamped in Tim Holtz Rusty Hinge ink using first and second generation stamping, so that with a little imagination you get a hint of the impression of the sun shining through the branches!

The sentiment is from the Penny Black Yuletide Wishes sentiment stamp set.

I shall be entering this card for this week's Less Is More One Layer challenge called "Outlines".

Christmas Penny Black Skyward 1

The second card could not be more different even though I have used the same stamp. A real wintry feel to this one, by using the heat embossed resist technique and sponging with Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass ink.

  Christmas snowflake card 2

I've added some die cut snowflakes using the Penny Black snowflake duo and simply added a button and some silver cord to finish.

  Christmas snowflake card 3a

All the stamps I've used and the snowflake die are from the Foiled Fox, so do pop over and check out their fab online store and blog.

Thank you as ever for taking time out of your day to come and visit me. I will be back soon x

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Snowflake Glass Garland

I was thrilled to be asked recently by Shauna if I would like to be a guest designer for The Foiled Fox and I jumped at the chance.

Shauna is one of the lovely ladies behind the Foiled Fox fab online store and blog. Here I have used the beautiful Penny Black Snowflake Duo and sentiment from the Penny Black Yuletide Wishes stamp set, both from the Foiled Fox.

I decided to make a snowflake garland for a wine glass, with white and bronze coloured snowflakes, to which I've added some glitter for a glam look.

Snowflake glass garland 1a 

These would look so good in any colour, especially if colour co-ordinated with other Christmas table decorations. I think most guests would be impressed if presented with these garland adorned glasses over Christmas!

The garland was made just using a strip of card and is not glued to the glass. Because the glass is wider towards the bottom it is holding the garland in place and can easily be removed and used again.

  Snowflake Glass Garland 2a

I think these snowflakes dies are just about the prettiest I've ever seen and know that I will use them over and over again.

Well, I hope you like. Please do pop over to The Foiled Fox blog for fab inspiration and their online store for loads of lovely craft stash!

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Wine Bottle Tag...

I've had this Wine Bottle Tag die by Papertrey for sometime now but just never got round to using it. Having never made a bottle tag it took me a while to think of how to decorate it.

But eventually I got there and here is what I came up with...

  Bottle Tag 1  
I've colour co-ordinated my tag with the bottle...

Wine Bottle Tag 2 

The lovely large snowflake is from the Snowflake and tag die by Justrite and the smaller one is by Crealies. The gift sentiment is from the stamp set by Taylored Expressions called "Wine a Little".

Then I found a beautiful heart button and finished with some silver cord.

  Wine Bottle Tag 4

A lovely way to give someone a bottle of their favourite tipple.

Thank you for stopping by, see you soon x

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Christmas Hugs...

I have been very under the weather this week so could only manage a very simple card today.

However, I do like it's simplicity. Just a couple of Sue Wilson holly die cuts from card inked in Tim Holtz Evergreen Bough and Faded Jeans, and the lovely Hugs sentiment by Papertrey.

Christmas Holly Card

Just tiny amounts of 3D Collall decoupage glue adhere the holly and Hugs sentiment to the card so that it all has a bit of dimension and creates lovely shadows too.

  Christmas Holly card 2

Well, I hope you like this super quick CAS card, I hope to be back soon when I feel a little better x

Monday, 28 November 2016

Poinsettia Garland

I'm always looking into how I can incorporate my crafting into home decor. I thought these Poinsettia garlands would look great on any Christmas table, especially if made up in co-ordinating colours to match the rest of the Christmas decor.

Cake dome 1 

I could have gone really bright but instead chose these muted colours using Tim Holtz distress inks in Wild Honey, Aged Mahogany, Victorian Velvet and Worn Lipstick.

Cake dome 2 

I have used these little cake domes in previous posts, they were bought for a few pounds at a local shop and I just love them. I have used 2 different Poinsettia dies, the smaller one is by Impression Obsession and the other is by Leanne Creatief. The sentiments are by Kaisercraft.

  Cake Dome 3

These garlands could be used to decorate in so many different ways, I think a large garland with Poinsettias going right round a large cake dome would look fab.

Anyway, I hope you like them, see you soon x

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Emboss resist technique...

Every time I think I've made the last autumn card for this year, another idea pops into my head.

The challenge over at Less Is More is to use the emboss resist technique, a technique I really love but haven't done for some time.

I've used the lovely delicate twiggy branch by Inkylicious, heat embossed with white embossing powder.

Autumn 3a

I then sponged Tim Holtz distress inks in Victorian Velvet, a lovely dusky pink colour, and Wild Honey, just down one side of the card to keep it CAS. I also overstamped the branch in both colours on top of the white embossing to add to the effect.

  Autumn 1a

It was a last minute decision to add to the little deer, by Impression Obsession, a perfect excuse to use them.

  Autumn 1b

A really beautiful stamp and I love these two colours together.

Have a great weekend, thank you for stopping by!