Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Happy Birthday

This week I have made a birthday card for one of my nieces.

  I wanted a gold and white card with a tiny pop of colour, then found I onky had scraps of gold card so I cut and then coloured the outer layer of the white diecut frame with a gold leaf pen ( they are so useful!) et voila one gold frame. I water coloured a bit of watercolour card for the coloured birds and and used the scraps to cut the other birds. The sentiments are simply stamped and gold embossed.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Washi and die cut....

card today. I covered a piece of scrap card in wash tapes that were differing widths and designs but coordinated colours...I then die cut a simple butterfly to show off the colours and designs and cut a coordinating heart shape in turquoise to pick up the lovely shades of turquoise in the washi tapes, ( having just got back from Cuba I still have the bright colours of the classic old cars and buildings and turquoise sea in mind!!)

To pull the card together  I decided to cut off a half inch strip on the front ( as I love to see and make off the edge cards) and I covered the piece that showed behind the heart in a 1/2" strip of one of the washi's. Simple but effective, I hope you'll agree....and a card that will cover numerous occasions....

I am entering this card in the following challenges

Less is More Washi tape,  and AAA  die cuts

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Sketch time...

keeping it clean and simple and following the less is more sketch this week, here is my take on it

A simple retirement card for a friend - I simply stamped and embossed in platinum once on watercolour card and once on Vellum. I watercoloured the pink flower added the sentiment in grey to match the grey layer then cut the card with a stitched rectangle to look like a photo frame added the fussy cut vellum flower falling off the edge of the card and a few gold sequins...not very good at photographing my cards ...but...I think I might have done a bit better with this one haha!

Friday, 24 February 2017


my first try at watercolouring using a clear embossed stamp image. Loving this hydrangea stamp and I have tried to capture the delicate lavender pink shading some of ours have..I just added a few clear dewdrops, and a Vellum stamped tag hope you like.  I am entering into the aaa card challenge which is watercolour s and Case this Sketch

Sunday, 19 February 2017


 It's been a while, but I now have some free time once more..lots going on including some special times with my grandchildren both abroad and here in the U.K. 

I've also actually made some inroad into cataloging my stamps and dies...they are mostly now neatly filed in a couple of great little wooden boxes  my husband made and painted for me......but what a job - so time consuming and I don't really have that many!.and  what a lot of changes too over at "Less is More", I still take a peek nearly every week. 

 This weeks challenge is perfect as I have 3 male cards to make for my brothers in law. And the theme this week made me think of this...Alphabets at Less is more challenge

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Christmas is a coming....

one of my Christmas designs for this year, very simple bird stamp (from one of the Altenew sets wild-hibiscus HERE isn't she beautiful, looks very hand sketched....

I stamped the bird in charcoal grey and added some glamour dust and left it at that, to finish it's mounted on a stitched square diecut and sprinkled with glamour dust for a bit of Christmas! A computer generated sentiment to finish

I've also just had lesson number two at a friendly little art group I decided to join....this is one of my results as we were doing watercolour Christmas I'm hopeless at drawing I went for a simple wet on wet design and again glommed it up for a Christmas effect with some glamour dust ...again I added a little computer generated sentiment....

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Poinsettia and tinsel....

after a wonderful few days last week firstly at my Nephews wedding and what a wonderful day it was, in a stately home hotel which we had all to ourselves...amazing! Followed by some time catching up with family (sadly only 1 Aunty and 2 Uncles now) and a bit of Christmas shopping in Leamington Spa and Stratford upon Avon.  And some grandchildren sleepovers this week as it's half term..a fun filled time all round!

My card for this week is for a couple of challenges simply using a poinsettia stamp I bought last year to make my Christmas cards,

 I love simple elegant (well I try!! Haha) cards so I stamped the poinsettia on a scrap of Acetate with versamark, sprinkled and heat embossed with my new wow touch of midas (so sparkly and not quite gold or silver just simply gorgeous), a computer generated sentiment and a tiny little red robin to finish it off it et voila... I hope you can see that beautiful subtle sparkle (there are quite large pieces of sparkle in this wow embossing powder which subtly
sparkle in the light..)

I have already made about 36 Christmas cards to date before thinking of this design, but funnily enough they also use my favourite vellum as a pink snowflake in the background and my beautiful leaping reindeer and the little red robin to finish.....I have attached a little photo of them too as this is also a simple idea..

Challenge; Less is More, recipe to use Acetate or Vellum
I found this Christmas challenge by accident: october -rudolph-days-challenge
And this one is soft and The bits I have chosen to interpret are the banner (side on instead) & just one glorious flower Fusion soft and subtle