Thursday, 9 July 2020

You are amazing!

Good afternoon, fellow crafters!  Who else is like me and loves Thursdays, because it is the beginning of the weekend?!  I just think Thursdays are great because the whole weekend is still there, waiting for us to jump in - no work, and hopefully lots of play!

Today I'm sharing a card I've made for:

The colours are Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green and Melon Mambo.  The stamps are Concord and 9th and the die is from My Favorite Things.

I don't know who the recipient will be yet, but I've a few ideas!

Thank you very much for visiting today xx

Monday, 29 June 2020

29 again!

Good morning, folks.  What a change in the weather, again.  It's been a wet and windy weekend here in Northern Ireland.

Today, I'm sharing a card that I made for my daughter's birthday this week.  She always jokes that she is still only in her 20s so I made this for her. 
I used a background stamp from Taylored Expressions which I heat embossed in gold onto Bockingford cold-pressed watercolour paper and then watercoloured it, using Stampin' Up! ink - Blushing Bride, Lucky Limeade, Marina Mist and Mango Melody.  I have to say, I am very impressed by Stampin' Up!'s quality of products.  Two of these ink pads retired a while ago and yet the pads are still juicy with ink and I haven't had to re-ink them.  In fact, I've learned a valuable lesson and that is to purchase the ink refills for all of my ink pads because, even if they retire and you have the refill, you can still use them for some time to come.  The sentiment and number dies are from Stampin' Up! - Number of Years (photopolymer stamp set and matching die).  This is a very versatile set that can be used for many different occasions.  I cut the numbers from Blushing Bride Glimmer Cardstock.  I also die cut the speech bubble from a My Favorite Things stitched die.

I'm entering this card into the colour challenge at Colour Throwdown #599 and also at Seize the Birthday with a topping of watercolouring #193

Thank you for visiting today xx

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

My beautiful girl!

Hi folks!  I hope you are all keeping well.
Today I am sharing a card I made for my lovely daughter.  Do you ever find yourself making one of those 'just because' cards for everyone else and forget to do it for your nearest and dearest?  I try to surprise her with a 'just because' card every so often and here is today's.

The flowers are from a My Favourite Things (MFT) set from ages ago, the ink and striped paper are Stampin' Up! in Tempting Turquoise (yes, my ink pad is still inky after about 8 years!) and Crumb Cake.  The sentiment is a more recent set from MFT with the matching die YOU.  The beautiful turquoise glitter card is from a trip to USA a couple of years when I went into a Hobby Lobby store!

I am entering this card into 4 challenges:

Thank you for visiting today xx

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Golden YOU!

Good morning, everyone.  I hope you are all staying safe and well and enjoying some extra crafting time.

Today I'm sharing a card I have made for my friend, who will be 60 in a couple of weeks' time.  I was going to put the numbers on the front of the card but I decided to put them on the inside instead as I wanted Y-O-U to be the highlight, not the age.
I blended my pink and aqua shades on to watervolour paper using Distress Inks then die cut this using a Chevron Die from My Favorite Things.  I splattered gold paint all over it then painted the outside frame in gold too.  I die cut the word using gold sparkly foam that I picked up in a Hobbycraft store and finally heat embossed the sentiment and die cut it, popping it up on foam.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Thank you for visiting my blog today x

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Birthday for a special friend

Hi friends, I'm just popping in with a card I made for my friend's birthday tomorrow.  Would you believe that, even though it is so simple, it actually took me hours to make!  I sometimes think I just have so much stuff that I don't know where to start.  Initially, I started out using Pool Party and Pink Pirouette Stampin' Markers but they just looked washed out so in the end I used my Polychromo pencils.  The stamps are from ages ago, I think perhaps Clearly Besotted.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by today x

Tuesday, 16 June 2020


Good evening, folks.  Today I'm sharing a card that I made for my friend to let her know that I'm thinking about her during a time of need.
I have used some pretty pastel colours (not the actual Stampin' Up! colours, except for the sponged background, but the nearest I could get using my Polychromos).  I love the scalloped frame from My Favorite Things.

I'm entering this card into the Just Add Ink Challenge #509 - Colours.

Thank you for visiting today x

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Simple thinking of you card

Good evening, everyone.  I hope that you are all safe and well during these difficult times.

Today I would like to share another card for the CASe This Sketch challenge #374, using the below sketch.  I coloured the little leaf (MFT's Geometric Greenery) with Copics and die cut it using the matching die.  Then I popped the leaf up on foam.  The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn at Dies to die for.
I'm also entering the Word Art Wednesday challenge where Anything Goes.

There's a very sad story behind sending this card.  Seven years ago, my brother-in-law and his (ex) wife had a little boy, who was born at full term but had anencephaly.  The doctors discovered this diagnosis when she went for her 20 week scan.  Mum chose to go ahead with the rest of her pregnancy, knowing her little boy would not survive.  He was born on 5 June 2013 and died 75 minutes later.  Heartbreaking.  I had never heard of anencephaly before, but I just happened to be reading a novel in which the same thing happened to one of the main characters, so I had a bit of an idea about it.  Every year, I like to send him a card just to let him know we haven't forgotten his wee son or the loss and grief that he still lives with.  We believe that this wee man is now happy in heaven with other family members who have gone on before us.

Thank you for popping by today x