Wednesday 24 April 2024


Good morning,  a new challenge begins today at Fab'n' Funky.
The theme chosen by our lovely N-Eva is
I haven't used my Lavinia stamps for a while so I thought it was time to give them an airing. I stamped some leaves across the top of a square of white card using Versamark ink and then embossed with white EP, then did the same along the bottom edge using a buttercup stamp. I sponged Distress inks in shades of red, orange and purple around the edges of the square fading out towards the centre which is lightly sponged in yellow. I stamped more leaves and some grasses using purple Versafine Clair and the fairy image in black, her wings are coloured with Distress Ink , details and highlights added with sparkle and white gel pens. A stamped sentiment (also Lavinia) and a few clear gems to finish.

For more inspiration please check out the Challenge blog, as always the ladies have produced some fabulous cards.
Thanks for visiting.

Challenge entries:
avenue613 April Challenge

Friday 19 April 2024

For a boy...

 Morning all, hope you've had a good week. It's been busy here as Hubby has been away for a few days- a little jolly with his besties! So  apart from the day my friend stayed over I've been home alone...with Marvin! He was such a good boy, he did sulk a bit and lurked around by the front door for most of the first day, but after that he decided that I needed to be protected and didn't leave my side, he even slept in my bedroom, which he never does normally. We were up and out early as that's his normal routine (not as early as my husband takes him...but he's an alien and gets up at the crack of dawn- I am definitely not a morning person but it didn't seem fair to make Marvin wait for too long! I've lost count of the number of times I've walked around the woods with him but it was a pleasure, everything is so beautiful just now, lovely fresh new leaves and plenty of bluebells. As a bonus we didn't get wet once- so lucky!

Now onto my card- it's my DT make for this fortnight's challenge over at Crafty Catz, no sponsor and no prizes this time, but you could be one of Top 3 and win a fabulous badge for your blog!

Rhoda is hosting and has picked the optional twist of 'For A Boy'

I made this card for my teenage nephew, it was so quick and easy to make as there's no image or colouring...or even any stamping,. I used a brick wall EF on the white panel and flicked a little ink on it,  apart from that it's all die cuts.

Thanks for visiting today, have a great weekend



Challenge entries:

lilredwagon #752

unicorn #97

classicdesign #04

pearlysparkles #94

dragonflydreams -use a die

craftrocket #113


Thursday 18 April 2024

Birds and blossom


Morning everyone. I'm here with a mid month reminder for our April Challenge at 
The theme is Spring or Anything Goes
sponsored by Crafty Individuals.
There is a lovely mood board to use if you wish

I took my inspiration from the bird, blossom and colours.
The little birds and birdhouse are Molly Blooms stamps I have had for ages, coloured with Copic Markers, the clouds are stencilled. The flowers are stamped and embossed onto pink cardstock and fussy cut, it's an even older wood backed Magenta stamp. The background panel was made by smooshing Distress Inks over a square of white card  and some added stencilling.
For more inspiration and details of the prize on offer please hop over to 
Thanks for visiting
Challenge entries:
allsorts #776
thefourseasons April Challenge
tripleb April Challenge
hereisaplacetostart April- add flowers

Saturday 13 April 2024

Just one Earth

 Morning everyone, there's a new challenge beginning today at Sweet Stampin', this fortnight we are celebrating Earth Day (April 22).
I made a journal page using several stamps and stencils from various companies. I did intend to add something recycled but got carried away and forgot! The central image, a digistamp (DigistampAtelier is one I coloured literally years ago, then abandoned the half made card as I wasn't happy with the design. I used a circle die to cut out the image and added some stencilling and a few tiny stamped flowers, so it is sort of re-cycled!

Please take a look at the main challenge blog for some lovely ideas and inspiration from the rest of the team.
Thanks for visiting,
have a great weekend

Wednesday 10 April 2024

Your wings exist...

Morning everyone, today we have a new challenge starting at 
with the theme of 'Add a Sentiment
chosen by our lovely Pat K who is hosting this fortnight.
I used a fabulous Mo Manning digi, Feronia, that I've been itching to colour up ever since she arrived.
I printed her quite large and used my Copics to colour, adding wink of Stella to her wings for some sparkle, which of course doesn't show in the photo! I die cut with a stitched rectangle die, allowing her wing to protrude over the edge. The background DP is from a very old Anna Marie Designs pad, all panels matted onto dark brown cardstock. The sentiment is from a Crafters Companion stamp set.
It's a lovely easy challenge theme this time so I hope lots of you will play along, just click here to hop over to the Challenge Blog for some ideas and inspiration from my lovely team.
Thanks for visiting

PFM #734

HQFCB #4 (A/G)

unicorn #97

letscreate #206 A/G

morgansartworld #75

sheepski #85

worldwidecrafters #15

mirtillamente #30

Sunday 7 April 2024

April Challenge at Stamping Sensations

 Good morning, the April Challenge at Stamping Sensations begins today.

The theme for this month is Anything Goes, there is a  spring mood board for added inspiration should you choose to use it.

Our sponsor for this month is
(£25 voucher)
Here's my card, inspired by the daisy on the mood board.

I used stamps from Aall Create, the panel with the frame was cut from watercolour paper which I'd previously coloured using brushos and water. The daisy is paper-pieced.

There's plenty of inspiration to be enjoyed over at Stamping Sensations so why not head on over to take a look.
Thanks for visiting
enjoy the remainder of the weekend.

Challenge entries:
avenue613 April Challenge
welovestamping April Challenge
thefourseasons April Challenge

Saturday 6 April 2024

Crafty Calendar April Challenge

 Good morning, today sees the start of our April Challenge at Crafty Calendar, our lovely sponsor for this month is 
The theme is 
'Embossing- wet or dry'

I chose to use a sweet little fairy image, Flower Dreams. I printed the digi onto a square of white cardstock, then used a metal stencil to emboss the floral border. Keeping the stencil in place, I used Distress Inks in shades of pink and green to colour the lightly embossed image, I really like the softer effect. I coloured up the image using my markers and stamped the sentiment. The two butterflies were stamped and embossed onto white vellum. I used a maker to colour the underside after they had been cut out.
The rest of the Crafty Girls have produced some stunning cards this month, click here  to check them out!
Thanks for visiting
Challenge entries:
alldressedup March Challenge
MTTC #531
stencilfun April Challenge
tripleb april Challenge
aplacetostart. April Challenge
HQFCB #4 (atg)
ilovepromarkers #556 (atg)

Friday 5 April 2024

No such thing!

 Good morning, my card today is for our new challenge at Crafty Catz,
sponsored this fortnight by 

 and hosted by Nana Connie.
The optional twist is Cute Critters.
I used an image I've had for some time, coloured the cute bear with my markers, fussy cut and popped up on foam. Background books are an image I found online, sentiment stamped with tiny alphabet stamps.
Please do hop over to the challenge blog to see the lovely creations from the rest of the team, you have two weeks to play along- remember the twist is always an option!
Thanks for visiting

Tuesday 2 April 2024

Guest Design for T.I.O.T.

 Good morning,  back in January one of my cards was chosen as a Top 5 pick at TIOT, I was delighted to be  invited to Guest Design for them, thank you ladies. 

The theme for the challenge, which starts today is

 Rainbow Colours.

I recently succumbed to temptation and treated myself to a new stamp set from Colorado Crafts- no way could I resist these cute bunnies! They bring to mind Morecombe & Wise as they skip  offstage singing 'Bring me Sunshine'' which inspired this card. 

I blended Distress Inks in rainbow colours onto a panel of white card cut slightly larger than the  diecut sunrays. Bunnies were stamped, coloured with markers and fussy cut, then popped on top of the die cut.  I  finished with a  sentiment from the same stamp set.

Sending you all some sunshine wishes



Challenge entries:

aperfecttimetocraft #4

classicdesign #3

craftyanimals #82

critter crazy #85

incywincy- inspired by song- Bring me Sunshine

thefourseasons April Challenge

craftinghappiness #168

polkadoodle #13