Saturday, 16 October 2021

Inkspirational Challenges - For Boys or Men


Our new challenge at Inkspirational  was chosen by Pia , and it is:
My 14-year-old son has been part of a football team since he was about 7 years old, and it's run by Alan. I thought for his special birthday, Alan deserved a trophy, so I cut him one using my Silhouette Cameo and personalised it with his name and age. It's actually quite a small card! Hard to see on the photo, but it's silver mirror card on black. 

I'd like to enter:
Make My Monday  Outdoor Sport - I hope it's acceptable for the challenge, although from the trophy you can't really tell it's outdoor! 

Sunday, 3 October 2021



My daughter asked me to make a card for her to give to a colleague who is having time off for cancer treatment. She described the woman as an 'earth mother', who's very nurturing of the team, bakes for them and keeps chickens at home. She asked for no sentiment on the front. 

Inspired by the chickens, I found some images online and traced them in Silhouette Studio, welding on the curved ground and cutting it electronically.  For te background I used homemade sun and cloud stencils. I distressed some patterned paper and doodled faux stitches. Finally, I added a resin heart. 

I'd like to enter:

Sun and silhouette 

Saturday, 2 October 2021

Inkspirational Challenges - Photo


Here's my Design Team creation for Inkspirational  Challenges, where the challenge is to be insired by:

I heat embossed the trees (pink Fresh Studio)  in copper on kraft cardstock. The fox is a very old magazine freebie stamp. 

I'd like to enter:

(trees in silhouette and wooden stars) 

Monday, 20 September 2021

Impressionist Improvisation

 Oooh lala - I've taken my inspiraton from the impressionists in creating some autumn leaves on this card! 

I'd like to enter:

Make My Monday 

Sweet Stampin 

Four Seasons Challenge 

Sparkles Forum 

Saturday, 18 September 2021

Inkspirational Challenges - Retro


Our new challenge at Inkspirational is: 

For my DT card I used an SVG in my cutting machine , a Hero Arts background stamp with glitter glue and a sentiment by Avery Elle. 

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Snowman Snowglobe


I made this card to enter some challenges. I adapted an old Creative Pointe SVG cutting file for the snow globe. The snowman is a Purple Onion stamp and the sentiment is Hero Arts.  Finally, I used lots og white gel pen.

I'd like to enter:

Jingle Belles :

Monday, 6 September 2021

Cheesy Birthday


I made this card for my grandson - when his mum asked him how he wanted his birthday cake decorated, he said he wanted it like a big cheese! I don't know why! But it gave me the idea for this card. 

I used two sets from Heffy Doodles - the mice and cheese stamps, coloured with Promakers, were easy to  cut out with scissors, and the sentiment was put together using stamps from the other set.  The number 11 is shiny dimensional stickers. 

I'd like to enter:

Passion for Promarkers

International Art and Soul 

Krafty Chicks 

Little Red Wagon 

Saturday, 4 September 2021

Inkspirational - Autumn Leaves


Our new challenge at Inkspirational  is Autumn Leaves. 

In our garden we have a huge old oak tree that sheds zillions of leaves every autumn and guess who gets the thankless task of clearing them up every autumn weekend? Not me, I can tell you!  Well, thankless task no more - this year, my dear partner will receive a thank you card for his labour! 

So, for my DT card I used fox and leaves stamps by Sugar Pea Designs, coloured with Promarkers and framed with a stencilled leaf  shape that I cut on my Silhouette cutting machine. 

I'd like to enter:

As You Like It  - fave wild animal is the fox as we get a lot of these in the garden too. 

Friday, 27 August 2021


I made this card for my partner's mother's birthday. I had previously scanned the Avery Elle butterfly stamps into my PC, so I used the welding tool on Silhouette Studio to cut a card blank using their outline to make a border. Then I lined 3/4 of the inside with some scrap patterned paper, stamped the butterflies onto the same paper and cut them out. 

I added colour and highlights using Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. The reason the big butterfly is assymetrical is because I followed the line of a pattern that I'd stamped it on. It was only afterwards I thought -oh, butterflies are symmetrical! Then I thought- who cares? !

Finally, I stuck on the butterflies, propping one of each butterfly's wings up with a foam pad. 

I'd like to enter: 

CAS on Friday - Butterfly 

Sunday, 22 August 2021

Inkspirational Challenges - Cup Photo


Our new challenge at Inkspirational  is:

For my DT card I used a Stamping Bella stamp, decorated her cup in black and white, used Promarkers to colour her in black and white and add spots. The sentiment is Clearly Besotted, I think. 

I'd like to enter:

Krafty Chicks - CAS 

Sparkles Monthly - monochrome 

Monday, 9 August 2021

Tartan Outfits


Here's a little Christmas card, using a W plus 9 image , coloured with Promarkers and paper-pieced, and a Concord and 9th sentiment. 

I'd like to enter: 

Jingle Belles - Red and Green 
Sweet Stampin  - tartan/ plaid 

Saturday, 7 August 2021

Inkspirational : Journey


Here's my DT card for Inkspirational .   The little stamped plane? The artful splotches? The beautifully handwritten title? All fake! It's just a piece of patterned paper, the dregs left from an old Papermania set from which I'd used my favourites long ago. All I did was ink the edges and add a plane paper-clip. 

The character is a Stamping Bella stamp which I coloured with Promarkers and paper-pieced the case and scarf, with more paper from the paper pack. 

I'd like to enter:

International Art and Soul- Mode of transport 

Krafty Chicks - Stamp act

Monday, 26 July 2021

Merry Berries

 Here I used a Concord and 9th sentiment and a Penny Black berry stamp, repeatedly stamped around the edges. (It's actually a sort of bouquet of berries, so I just avoided the tied together bit.)  I coloured with a Zig Clean Colour marker and a white gel pen and added some wooden stars.

I'd like to enter:

Penny Black Saturday Challenge  anything goes 

My Time to Craft  kraft 

Christmas Cards All Year Round  M for merry 

Saturday, 24 July 2021

Spotty and Stripy Flowers

 I can't remember the last time I made a card just for fun but I made this today using the first things that came to hand. The flower stamp is Altenew.

I'd like to enter:

Inkspirational Challenges - Spots and Dots

Hi everyone. I've unintentionally had a few weeks off card-making and blogging. Yesterday I found the time to make an Inkspirational DT card, inspired by Carol's Designer's Choice : Spots and Dots. 

Actually I had time for two reasons - firstly, I'm off work and secondly, I've been pinged! UK crafters will understand that means I got a notification through the NHS Test and Trace app, telling me I have to self-isolate. As I won't be going anywhere this week, I hope I can keep the creative juices flowing. 

Anyway, here I used a bear and sentiment by MFT and a triangle tree stamp by Craftwork Cards plus white gel pen and some gems. 

I'd like to enter:

trees, polkadots and sparkling gems 

Saturday, 12 June 2021

Inkspirational Challenges - Slimline Cards

Marlena chose slimline cards for our new challenge at Inkspirational.  Although I've made tall cards in the past I've never made one that was officially slimline. I can't help noticing that my slimline card looks slightly chubbier that the rest of the DT's cards! I copied the measurements I found online but I've never been great at measuring! 

I used a Stamping Bella skier, paper-piecing her jacket and colouring with Promarkers. The background scene is Neat and Tangled trees, Promarkers and a white gel pen. 

I'd like to enter:

Krafty Chicks - Christmas 

Make My Monday  outdoor fun