Saturday 20 April 2024

Inkspirational Challenges - Moodboard


Our new challenge at Inkspirational is this mood board:

For my DT card I was inspired by the playful feel and the lovely colours. The idea was to look into a door that's all set up for a party, but I'm not sure if that quite comes off! I stamped a door, then masked it with scrap paper and stamped the balloons inside. I coloured them with markers and stamped a sentiment. 

I hope you'll pop over to Inkspirational to see what the rest of the DT have made, and join in the challenge. 

Sunday 14 April 2024

Believe in Father Christmas

Here, I stamped and masked Santa (MFT) and white embossed a load of elements (foliage, sentiment, stars, snowflake) from a Lil Inker set. Then I coloured in with markers. 

I'd like to enter:

Christmas Kickstart Santa 

Krafty Chicks  Christmas 

Christmas Cards All Year Round 

Saturday 13 April 2024

Build a Pond and They Will Come


The title of this post comes from an online article giving advice on how to attract frogs to a new pond... "build a pond and they will come". We used to have a pond in our old house and my partner always loved the frogs, He's now created a pond in our current house and we're waiting for the frogs to arrive, 

Meanwhile, for his birthday, I've made him a frog shaker card, using stamps from Newton's Nook and Marianne, and a rain stencil - we've had so much rain and I think the frogs will like that, 

I'd like to enter: 

Stencil Fun 

stencil, green, foliage and stencil , die cut, critter

Tuesday 9 April 2024

Happy Birdie

Here, I've gone for a spring feel, with a Catherine Pooler bird stamp and stencilled background, with a birthday sentiment and a strip of dry embossing (beneath sentiment).

I'd like to enter:

Stencil Fun - Spring 

Make My Monday   national picture of a bird 

Sunday 7 April 2024

Masked Snowman

Here, I stamped a Picket Fence snowman and masked it. Then I made a rough mask with some scrap paper and stamped an Aall and Create background. The colour of the base card looks wrong - it is more teal than blue - I've had this same problem photographing this cardstock before - I have no idea why! 

I'd like to enter:

Krafty Chicks  stamp act 

My Time to Craft  snowmen

Crafty Calendar  dry embossed base

Sparkles Christmas Challenge   non-trad colours 

Saturday 6 April 2024

Inkspirational Challenges - Fold

 Our new challenge at Inkspirational  is:

I do like to make cards with an extra fold or two - I always feel it adds something a bit special.

For my DT card I used a mix of five sets from different companies, the biggest being a Colorado Craft bunny. I coloured all my images with watercolour pencils. 

I hope you'll visit the Inkspirational blog and see the rest of the DT's fabulous folds. 

I'd like to enter:

Aud Sentiments  watercolour /spring

Double D  cute little animals 

The Sisterhood of Crafters bunnies 

Little Red Wagon  fun folds 

Moving Along with the Times  fancy folds 

Thursday 4 April 2024

Just Dropped

 Here I made masks out of a punched circle and some ripped paper and inked over them to create the moon and snow. Then I stamped the santa sleigh and stamped and cut out the polar bear (MFT I think). 

I'd like to enter:

Jingle Belles 
inspired by sleigh cookie in centre

Alphabet Challenge - Zoology

Once Upon a Time 


Saturday 9 March 2024

Inkspirational Challeges - CAS with optional balloon

 It's another challenge at Inkspirational  and this time we're looking for: 

Optional: Feature a Balloon

For my DT card I kept it very simple by printing a digi stamp from Mo's Digital Pencil onto a card base, deliberately printing it slightly off the page. Then I stamped the sentiment on the balloon and coloured in with Promarkers. 

I hope you'll come over to Inkspirational  , see what the rest of the DT have made, and join in. 

I'd like to enter:

I spy with my little eye........... "Something beginning with B".

Krafty Chicks   Stamp Act 

Once Upon A Time 

Sunday 3 March 2024

Being Green


I stamped, coloured and cut out these Penny Black frogs a while back, and they've been looking for a home ever since. The back ground, is a big Catherine Pooler stamp and I added two sentiments. 

I'd like to enter: 

Shopping Our Stash  green 

Allsorts  spring 

CASE-ing Carol


I don't usually like CASE challenges but when I saw my crafty friend Carol's beautiful card at Just us Girls , I got inspired. Here's Carol's creation:

I designed and cut the NOEL on my Silhouette digital cutter; stamped, coloured and cut out two Penny Black Christmas stamps and added some punched stars.

I'd like to enter: 
Jingle Belles die cuts 

Penny Black anything goes 

Saturday 24 February 2024

Inkspirational Challenges - Moodboard


Our new challenge at Inkspirational  is to be inspired by this moodboard:

What lovely colours! I decided to make a Mother's Day card for my partner to give to his mum, as Mother's Day in the UK is in about two weeks. So I stamped the flowers, coloured them with markers, used some gold and mint spotty paper as the background and added them to a pink card base. 

I'd like to enter:

Krafty Chicks  occasions 

Double D  patterned paper 

pink, bouquet, woman

Thursday 15 February 2024

40th Birthday


This is the card I made for my daughter's 40th birthday which was yesterday - Valentine's Day.  As she was born on the 14th February, I always like to incorporate a heart or two on her cards. 

Here I used a Lori Whitlock digital cutting file, which I cut on a Silhouette digital cutting machine, The original design is a Valentine's card, with two heart-shaped balloons and other little hearts. However, I hope that by changing the colours and papers, and adding the numbers, I've made it suitable for a birthday. 

As I mentioned in a previous post, we had a surprise party for her last weekend. It was in a private room in a cocktail bar and there was lots of fun and cocktails. 

Here are some of the decorations I made for her cake:

I would post a photo of them in the cake, but my phone was kept behind the bar playing a 'hits of 1984' playlist I'd put together for the occasion, so I didn't get a photo.

I'd like to enter:

Cut it Up  have a heart 

Monday 12 February 2024

Inkspirational Challenges - Hearts


Sorry this post is late - I was away all weekend at my daughter's surprise birthday party (it was a surprise to her, not me, so I suppose a poor excuse for me not planning ahead) but more of my daughter's birthday in a later post. 

This is my DT card for Inkspirational Challenges : 

For my card I used an old Docrafts Thank You stamp and die, coloured with markers. The background is a heart stencil that I used multiple times using different ink colours. 

I'd like to enter:

Stencil Fun hearts 

Saturday 27 January 2024

Inkspirational Challenges - Paper Piecing


Our new challenge at Inkspirational  is my own 'Designer's Choice' - Paper Piecing. 

Paper piecing is usually thought of as 'colouring in' stamped images by cutting out patterned paper. I think though there is an older definition of using different papers to 'piece together' an image. 

For my DT card, I used some (very old!) patterned paper to 'colour in' a floral stamped image and added black dimensional drops (Nuvo?) to add back the flower centres. I used markers to colour in the rest of the image and added a die-cut sentiment. 

I'd like to enter:

Make My Monday  birthday

Krafty Chicks  all occasions

pink, patterned paper,die cut


Friday 26 January 2024

Darts Card


It's my son's 17th birthday today. He's recently got into playing darts (in his bedroom , so far!) , no doubt inspired by the 17 -year-old champion, Luke Littler. 

It was a bit of a challenge to make a darts themed card. I found a games picture font by Lettering Delights and one image was the dartboard, which I cut out on the Silhouette digital cutter. The swing card was cut with a die and I added the numbers (cut on the Silhouette), patterned paper and punched silver stars.

I'd like to enter:

Cardz 4 Guys no balls sport 

My Time to Craft  hobbies 

Saturday 13 January 2024


 I ran out of Christmas cards last Christmas and I'm determined not to make the same mistake at Christmas 24. So I'm already on it!

I'd like to enter:

Krafty Chicks  Christmas 

My Time to Craft Christmas  house

A Barrel of Monkeys  sled 

Inkspirational Challenges - Stencil


Our new challenge at Inkspirational  is to use a stencil- with the optional twist of using more than one stencil. 

I must admit, stencils are not really my forte so, for my DT card, I just played about with some random stencils I have in my stash and created a collage background, which I splattered with some inks. My image is an A Day for Daisies stamp, coloured with Promarkers. 

I hope you'll go over to the Inkspirational blog and see what the rest of the DT have made, and enter your own stencilled creation. 

I'd like to enter:

Stencil Fun  birds 

Daisy Chain  no design paper 

Thursday 11 January 2024

Surprise Party Guest - Seize the Birthday


I'm delighted to be a Surprise Guest at Seize the Birthday! 

The challenge is:

For my Guest card I chose dry embossing with embossing folders. I used a birthday folder on vellum and then cut a balloon shape out of silver card and embossed it with stars. 

Thanks for having me at the party, Seize the Birthday! 

I'd like to enter:
Double D  birthday