Wednesday, 24 June 2015


Once again I'm joining in with What's on your work desk Wednesday. The one day of the week when we get to nose at everyone's works in progress and occasionally feel that we are not the messiest crafter ever...
Today my kitchen table, which was stripped clear due to the leak in the bathroom on Saturday had already developed a healthy layer of crafting clutter. I've been working on a card swap for the forum and so have been playing with my new Chloe stamps and my spectrum noir pencils. Not sure how the end result will turn out, but I'm having fun playing!

Monday, 22 June 2015

52 Christmas Card Throwdown

After weeks of admiring their challenge I've finally got myself organised enough to join in at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. Their challenge this week is Christmas Elves.
It took a bit of rummaging but I knew I had an elf in a stamp set that had been a freebie with a craft magazine. Finally found it it was a nit wit freebie and it included the Christmas trees. The sentiment came from another freebie stamp set (I obviously buy too many magazines!)
I stamped the elf  and the trees on white stamping card and then coloured them in with copics and fussy cut them out. I trimmed a layer off one of the trees and added the trunk back on to make it smaller than the rest. I matted the card up on green coredinations card stock and freehand cut a white hill, which I stuck on top of the square of blue sky card. I stuck the trees in place with a mixture of flat glue and foam pads to add some dimension and added the elf on foam pads. I added glossy accents to the elf's boot and the candy cane and glossy accents and glamour dust to the stars on the trees. I stamped the sentiment in the bottom corner and job done!

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Happy Fathers Day

This is that card I made for Dad today. The image and sentiment are from a Sam Poole for Creative Expressions set. I don't usually do soppy sentiments, but I liked this one. I embossed the image and sentiment on glossy white card with detail white embossing powder. I used gold gilding flakes and flake and glitter glue from Creative Expressions to show the light coming from the lighthouse. The background is white card which I stamped in versamark one of Sheena Douglass stamps of a sailing ship and map image, repeated to cover the card and heat embossed with white detail powder. I matted and layered everything up with the same black and white card and using my oval dies. I used some white bakers twine and a black anchor to embellish and a black pearl in each corner to finish.
I hadn't intended on seeing my Dad today but we had a water pipe split in the bathroom last night (so lucky we were in and got it turned off in 2 minutes or the kitchen ceiling would have come down, rather than just water dripping through the light and down the walls). Dad bless him came round this morning and helped hubby to fix it. Definitely a day to be grateful for Fathers!

Monday, 15 June 2015

Best Wishes

I got around to playing with my new card-io stamps last weekend. I had great fun rummaging through my ink pad collection and found a few that had dried out (is that an excuse to buy some more?).
The red based card was made with pigment inks and the two others with distress inks. I used a sentiment stamp from Clarity and stamped in black archival. I trimmed them down to fit on a 6x6 card base and added a mat of coredinations paper to finish.
I definitely had great fun playing, the remains of my inky fingers can still be seen on my white table. Oops,

Friday, 12 June 2015

Oldie Friday

I'm joining Erika again for oldie Friday.
This is a card I made for my Mum's birthday a couple of years ago. The stamps and papers are Lili of the Valley, and I'm pretty sure I CASE'd the layout from their inspiration gallery. I'm still doing the faux stitching on my cards!
Apparently it's going to rain over the weekend, so hopefully I can get some crafting done.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015


I'm joining Julia for WOYWW again this week. So, what is on my work desk today....
I had a lovely surprise when the postie knocked this morning. Hubby and I went to the Great British Craft Festival at Bolton a couple of weeks ago. If you handed In the stub of your ticket you got a free card making gift from Hunkdory worth roughly the same as the admission cost. You could fill in your details on the stub to be entered in a free prize draw to win some craft goodies. You've no doubt worked out by now that I won some goodies!!! All lovingly displayed on my work desk. Oddly the stamp included was one that I have been lusting after for a while now. It really made my day, been tidying the house today, but I shall be playing with it after work tomorrow. Hope you've all had a good day today and have had a share of the sun.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Have your cake...

This card was made for a card swap on one of the forums I post on. The theme was "Have your cake and eat it".
I used an art pad from Lili of the Valley for the image and the background paper is also LOTV. I used Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles to frame the image, Sue Wilson's ivy flourish die and ready made paper flowers to co-ordinate. When I cut the image with the die I chopped through a butterfly on the design and so I added some butterflies, cut with a Joanna Sheen die to hide it and added a couple of extras to give it a little more interest. Finally I got out my Quickie Glue Pen and added a little Glamour Dust to highlight the bows and cherries.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015


Whoops! I didn't realise it had been so long since I last blogged. I've been having problems with my pain management and so have pretty much been getting home from work and crawling into bed. We then had a few days up in Scotland for the Scottish and British Goldpanning Championships. Hubby won the British Open title again. I took some crafting with me to do in the evenings, but it stayed firmly in the bag.
Anyway, despite the lack of crafting I thought I'd join in with What's on your workdesk Wednesday.
The majority of what's on my desk is my haul rom last weekend's Great British Crafting Festival at Bolton. Hubby put up with being dragged around it as I went to Scotland with him. We each got the free gift from Hunkydory and I stocked up on red liner tape and glue. Unusually for me I didn't buy any dies, but bought some card-io stamps that I've been eyeing up for a while, some of Chloe's flower stamps and some fab stamposaurus stamps which might end up on cards for my Dad...