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Thursday, 20 December 2007


I can't say I enjoyed making this card as it was just a matter of pushing out the die cut bits and decoupaging them then adding a couple of peeloffs! Even so it took a while as I am a slow cardmaker. I have made so many Christmas cards lately that I am scarily sick of cardmaking so I couldn't have faced anything difficult. I quite like these Morehead images though, cute:

Monday, 3 December 2007


Here are 2 cards I have just made which I thought would fit in with this week's DCM challenge theme to make a card with birds on it. I did intend posting a pic of a goldfinch card I made for my son's birthday which was today but I must have forgotten to scan it!!! I am adding instead the parrot card I made for a friend's birthday. The cartoon robins I have just drawn straight onto a blank card just to see if I could actually make a card without sticking anything onto it:

Silver Wedding Anniversary Card

I enjoyed making this Silver Wedding Anniversary Bookatrix card as it was OK to go a bit OTT with sparkly embellishments. I didn't enjoy making the box as it took longer to make than the card!!!! My favourite bits are the lovely Joanna Sheen Victorian heart and rectangle doiley stamps used on parchment, they almost look like real lace and the fact they were very easy to do is a bonus.

Friday, 30 November 2007

Puppy Waterfall Card

Just made this card for my husband's birthday. Whilst searching the internet yesterday for 3D decoupage sheets I came across an excellent site called Myware Designs selling lovely download sheets and I couldn't resist buying a couple of the waterfall sets. I am not very good at resisting the temptation to buy anything and everything craft related!!!

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Victorian Birthday Card

I can hardly believe it is just over 2 weeks since I posted anything on my blog, been too busy!!! I spent a lot of time wondering what type of card to make for a friend and finally settled on this lovely rose image and papers from Joanna Sheen's Cardmakers Year CD. My first thought was to make a flower shop with the Helping Hands window template but I have had lots of cards to make and wasn't feeling brave enough to attempt using the template for the first time. I hope it will turn out to be easier than it sounds fingers crossed. I used the Keepsake Illusion board to make the letters inside the card and the bow on the back, the backing paper behind the rose image is parchment put through the Cuttlebug using the script embossing folder.

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Elusive Images Mackintosh Stamp Card

This is my first card using the wonderful Elusive Images Mackintosh bauble stamp set. I love these stamps as they can be used for any type of card without the hangers so they are not just for Christmas. I thought it would look good stamped and embossed onto heat resistant acetate before colouring and am pleased with the result as my first attempt at this technique several months ago resulted in a burned tangled mess!!! Just realised this is the first time I have made my own aperture card too, thanks to the Cuttlebug.

Saturday, 10 November 2007

DCM Corrugated Challenge

I enjoyed this week's DCM challenge (to use corrugated cardboard on a card) once I had found the corrugated card I banished to the depths of a craft cupboard last month convinced I would never ever use it! I have used it to make the bow and border across the bottom half of the card. The tree is a new stamp, the background was brayered onto paper and torn. The backing paper inside the gold frame is some I stamped last year with H2O paints, just added a couple of eyelets and some brown ribbon with copper wire twisted round it, oh and a button.

Sunday, 4 November 2007

Anniversary Card

In spite of having mountains of housework to do this weekend I manged a couple of cards today (well just 2) and here is one of them. A wedding anniversary card using an image from Casablanca on Joanna Sheen's Hollywood CD. The black and white paper is by Pink Petticoat and the white flowers are a self adhesive strip I bought last year just stuck onto the red card blank.

Saturday, 3 November 2007

DCM.....and cut!

This week's Daring Cardmakers challenge is to make a card (any theme) with an element of handcutting. Here is my attempt using cut out letters printed in a fancy font. I cut the deckle edge rectangle framing the stamped image, the lilac paper and the card edges. It was a huge relief to get away from Christmas cards!!!

Friday, 26 October 2007


I have several birthday cards to make but first I wanted to join in with this week's Daring Cardmakers make a Christmas card using ribbons. Here is my interpretation. I am not in a Christmassy mood at all yet so not sure what I think of it! The papers are Pink Petticoat chocolate and teal.

Friday, 19 October 2007

DCM 1st Anniversary Circle of Friends

First of all....congratulations to the Daring Cardmakers team. I enjoyed looking at their wonderful creations for some time before joining in recently. I had no idea the group had only been in existence for a year! Here is my circle of friends card using a bunny stamp stamped onto a white circle of card using purple Versafine ink. Just added a bit of colour with a pink brush marker and a bit of glitz with a Sakura clear Stardust pen. The torn paper is by HOTP and I have no idea where the little pink flower is from. I think the joy sticker is by K & Co. Just realised I've done it again! (used my 2 favourite and lilac!) That is how I came up with the name for my blog....just couldn't think of anything else at the time!

Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Baby Girl Card

I enjoyed making this card for my new great niece....the first one I have made using acetate as the card blank. I am always happy when I can use my favourite colours (pink and lilac) and am happy with the result overall.....bit of a nightmare getting fingerprints off acetate though!

Sunday, 14 October 2007


It seems like a very long time since I posted anything on here. We have been minus internet for a while but back on now so I checked out Friday's Daring Cardmakers challenge and here is the result (card with a wild animal theme). The polar bear is printed on furry paper but difficult to tell from the scan.

Saturday, 29 September 2007


Here is my card for the latest Daring Cardmakers Challenge (a card with frames). The wateroloured images are from a Penny Black stamp. I used my Cuttlebug to cut the silver mirror card frames, first time I have used that particular die and am pleased with the result. I finished it off with a silver peeloff border along the scalloped egde of the light green backing paper and attached green glitter borders either side.

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Parchment Butterfly

Today I felt like a change from stamping so I thought I would have another go at parchment and here is the result. The hardest part was finding the right colour of card to mount the parchment on!!!!!

Monday, 17 September 2007


The weather seems to have changed overnight and it is feeling decidely autumnal today so I thought I would make a suitably themed card using the free stamp from October's Craft Stamper magazine. It has been clear embossed on glossy card and inked over with various shades of chalk ink. The bird is a Crafty Secrets clear stamp.

Sunday, 16 September 2007


I had to have the new Pink Petticoat image stamps (Lola Rose for occasions) as I think they are very useful as well as pretty and I really enjoyed making my first two cards today using the rainy day image.

Friday, 14 September 2007

In A Word

I have only made one card today, due to spending hours tidying out my craft cabinets, managed to throw quite a lot of stuff away which I will never use. My card is for this week's Daring Cardmakers' make a card with one word as the focal point (WISH). I used a Stampa Rosa image of a little Victorian girl stamped onto various papers for her dress. The chipboard letters are by Anna Griffin.

Thursday, 13 September 2007

Christmas Card Time

I don't particularly like thinking about Christmas halfway through September but as it is fast approaching I thought it was time I made some Christmas cards. I used my new Hot Off The Press papers on all these cards and I tried very hard to use a variety of stamps but kept coming back to my favourite snowmen!

Wednesday, 12 September 2007


As I am not working this week I actually have time during the day to make cards, which does make a pleasant change I have to say! I thought I would join in the Daring Cardmakers little extra challenge to make a card using big and little items in pairs. The butterflies are stamped in brown onto pink card and decorated with sakura glaze and stardust pens but unfortunately this doesn't show up on the scan, nor does the lovely DCWV backing paper from their glitter stack but here it is anyway:

Saturday, 8 September 2007


I nearly backed out of this challenge then thought no!!! don't be chicken, just have to think about it a bit. Here is my card incorporating paper tearing, purple and holes on a Christmas card. I enjoyed the challenge, even though tearing into the new 12 x 12 gold and white holly paper sheet wasn't easy!!! The card doesn't have a black or silver edge by the way, just that the only place I could photograph it was resting against the PC monitor.

Thursday, 6 September 2007

Just because....

Tonight I have made this card for no particular reason other than that I love this image of Audrey Hepburn from Joanna Sheen's Hollywood Vintage CD.


Just had to make a card in a hurry after discovering I missed a family birthday last week! Hopefully Pink Petticoat's Lilli with flowers will save my skin!