Sunday, 4 June 2023

A new Design Team!

 Good morning, I have some exciting news today, I was delighted to be invited to join the Design Team at Stamping Sensations and here's the first card I designed for the challenge.

The theme for this month is 'Around the World' - I had to put my thinking cap on for this as I don't have many suitable stamps but eventually remembered this  one from Aall &Create - bought it from ebay without realising how big it was (some people never learn!) I had to chop a bit off the top to fit it onto an A5 card blank. I didn't need to add much to it, a bit of stencilling for background colour, paper-pieced the turtle, rocks and surfboard. A little water-colouring to the camper van and I die cut the right hand top corner- leaving all the pieces in place. 

Do take the time to hop over to Stamping Sensations Challenge to check out the fabulous makes from the rest of my new team, I hope you'll be inspired to join in with your own fabulous stamped creation.

Thanks for stopping by-



Saturday, 3 June 2023

June Challenge at Crafty Calendar

 Good morning, first Saturday of the month which means it's time for a new challenge at 

this month we are sponsored by 

Lili of the Valley

and our theme is SUMMERTIME.

Our lovely sponsor gave us some adorable images to play with, I chose Sweet Peas, the sweetest little mouse  enjoying a lovely summer day reading and snoozing in  his hammock surrounded by the lovely colours and scents of sweet peas- bliss! I coloured the image with markers, layered it up on some pretty DP and added some die cut flowers and leaves. It looks like the perfect way of spending a summer day to me!

As always there's more inspiration from the team over at Crafty Calendar, so please do hop over and take a look, I hope you'll be tempted to join in with a lovely summery creation of your own.

Thanks for visiting, have a lovely day



Challenge entries:

paperdragonfly #18

creativeinspiration #3

cutiepie #182

Friday, 2 June 2023

gone fishing

 Good morning, my card today is for this week's challenge at 

 sponsored by

 they are offering one lucky winner 3 digi images of their choice from their online store.

  the optional twist this time is 'Cute for a guy' chosen by Nanna Connie.

The image I have used is Fishing Gnome kindly given by our sponsor

I've used Copic markers to colour , layered the image into green background paper and added a little stamping with a Lavinia bulrush stamp. The sign post is die cut, coloured with markers and hand written with white gel pen.

We all have men in our lives so why not get crafting and make a masculine card or two to have ready in your stash if you don't need one now? If you're looking for inspiration hop on over to Crafty Catz to see what the ladies have come up with this week.

Thanks for visiting



Challenge entries

PFM #692

digichoosday #21

polkadoodle #21

pearlysparkles #85

Wednesday, 31 May 2023

One Layer CAS at Fab'n' Funky

 Good morning, a new challenge at Fab'n' Funky starts today, hosted this time by our lovely Buffy who has set a real challenge (for me anyway!) for this fortnight- she would like to see 

I love one layer cards- but don't make them often enough as I do find it quite a challenge- never know when to stop! They are much more difficult to design than they look. Anyway, this is mine.  I masked a white card blank and stencilled the circle in the middle using a Lavinia stencil and two colours of Distress Ink.  Stamped the flower silhouette and sentiment (both Tom Holtz) using Versafine ink in Twilight as I wanted a softer look than black. That's it. I'm so happy as I didn't cover it with inky fingerprints which is what normally happens....

I'm looking forward to seeing the entries for this challenge so please join in if you can- if it's out of your comfort zone the why not give it a go anyway, you might surprise yourself, there's some fabulous inspiration over at Fab'n' Funky if you're stuck for ideas.

Thanks for visiting



Challenge entries

stencilfun May Challenge

allsorts #730


LIM #484

Saturday, 27 May 2023

Things with Wings at Sweet Stampin' Challenges

 Good morning, it's time for a new challenge over at Sweet Stampin'- the theme for this fortnight is Things with Wings- so a nice easy challenge with lots of scope- all you need to do to join in is follow the theme and make sure there is some stamping included- digital stamps are allowed, as long as they're not pre-coloured.

I was lucky enough to win a prize from We Love Stamping Challenge a few weeks ago- and what a fabulous prize it was- a set of stamps called Follow Your Own Path from Aall & Create, this seemed a perfect time to have a play with them. 

I smooshed some distress inks onto a piece of white stamping card then let loose with the stamps- plus a couple of background stamp I've had for years and never used. The large woodpecker is water coloured and  I've paper-pieced the 'this way up' arrows. I'm  happy with the way this card turned out, hope you like it too.

Thanks for visiting today, enjoy the rest of the weekend



Challenge entries:

cardz4galz #199

I spy with my little eye #3

lilredwagon #706

thesisterhoodofcrafters # Birds

themaleroom #174

pathofpositivity #112

triple B may Challenge

Friday, 26 May 2023

Add some flowers....

 Good morning, today's card is my DT make for this week's challenge at Crafty Catz. Our host for this week is Janet, the optional twist for those who wish to use it is 'Add Some Flowers'.
 Our fabulous sponsor for this challenge is the

To make my card I used  a sweet sponsor image, Ellie- so cute. I coloured her using Copic markers and a sparkle pen on her wings.  I added a die cut flower border and some little yellow flowers cut using the same die.

Take a look at the challenge blog to see the lovely creations from my teamies- remember you can join in using any creation you'd like to share, hope to see you play along!

Thanks for visiting



Challenge entries:

kraftychicks #665

digichoosday #20

aperfecttimetocraft May Challenge

daisychain #74

papercraft #94

Thursday, 25 May 2023

Bee Happy

 It's been a beautiful week this week- blue skies and lovely warm sunshine, perfect for enjoying the garden- and where was I? Outside watching the birds busily to -and -froing as they feed their growing chicks? Happily reading in my favourite garden chair? Enjoying the flowers and doing a little light weeding?...Not a bit of it!! Hubby decided the decking needed replacing so lots of mess and noise and dust- the garden was not a nice place to be in. So craftroom it was, much quieter in here! Marvin kept me company for some of the time but spent more of it 'helping ' with the new decking- much more fun! Lots of new places to hide his ball and plenty of opportunity to help himself to unguarded tools and gloves! 

I had plenty of time to do a bit of colouring, so a printed out a few older Mo Manning digis. I coloured this little cutie with my markers and made a circular card with it. The sweet little bees are a Lavinia stamp.

I'm hoping for some sunshine this weekend, the decking should be finished by Saturday, fingers crossed!

Thanks for visiting



Challenge entries:

ilovepromarkers #535

I spy with my little eye #3

PFM #691

allsorts #729

polkadoodle #20

TFATU May Challenge

mirtillamente #20- fairy, bee

sparklesforum #164