Saturday, 16 February 2019

Best Fishes

A very quick card to share today for the CASology challenge and the cue word is wave... yep I went with the obvious.

The stamp set is by Clearly Besotted called Best Friends, the little splashes also come from a CB set called April Showers and the sentiment is from Lawn Fawn.

The shark and fish have been coloured using Prisma pencils and I've added a little sparkle to the waves and splashes but its impossible to catch on camera.  

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Delightful Day

A very quick card to share today in pastel tones as we edge ever nearer to Spring on the 20th March, just over a month away... Hooray!

The bouquet of flowers (may you all get a big bunch soon - wink, wink) is from Clearly Besotted along with the sentiment.  I've used Prisma pencils, a stitched square die and a little twine for a very simple birthday card or just to say 'have a delightful day'.

Challenge Links...

Fusion - Tea and Bouquets
PINspirational - Photo

Saturday, 9 February 2019

I Love You

More specifically... my husband 😉 and this is his Valentines Day card.

This is a set from Stacey Yacula for MFT called Joyful Heart Bears and I wanted to keep the card as simple and direct as I could make it.  I don't do squishy sentiments and long verses, all you need is three words and a cute bear.

This little fella, who is now known as Valentino was coloured using Prismacolor pencils after stamping him on top of the 'O' and it was that simple.  

Challenge Links...

Inspired By... Love 
Time Out - Home Sweet Home Photo
Card Concept - Love is in the Air (clean and simple, minimal layers)
Sweet Stampin' - Valentines
Uniko - Anything Goes optional twist Love

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Thank You

There is a blog hop over at Darnells for Di from Pixie's Snippets Playground to thank her for taking over and running the challenge for the last 7 years.

Now I've decided to use the very same Butterfly that I used the first time I played along, things have changed somewhat - I'm more a CAS kinda girl now so the challenge was on to create a CAS card and use snippets.

This is what I came up with...

I first found the Playground after getting a little fed up of talking to myself, I do enough of that around 2 kids, 1 husband and a cat if you know what I mean... wink, wink!

I'd seen quite a few challenge blogs but some seemed a little less than friendly to someone coming back to blogging after taking a decade long break.  The rules were, lets say a touch harsh with comments like... we will remove entries that do no follow the rules/theme or we will not comment.  As someone who was finding her feet again in blogging, I was rather perturbed by the strict rules for a hobby, I just wanted somewhere to play with kindness being at the fore front... enter Di.

After stalking the Playground for a few weeks, I did eventually enter the challenge and thoroughly enjoyed looking through all the inspiration.  I will admit to cocking up my link, silly me - still getting back into the swing of things linked my whole blog and not my blog post... Di was observant enough to realise I'd been a blogger before and very kindly corrected my mistake and left me a message and guess what... I've only ever linked my blog post since that day.  So you see you can teach an old dog new tricks :)

I don't play as often as I should, but most of my cards are plain and I rarely use snippets but I wanted to take part in this hop because it was where my love of challenges started and only through the relaxed way in which Di runs the challenge, making it very friendly for new crafters/bloggers and doesn't mind the odd mishap/mistake.

The butterfly is made up of lots of off cuts of black cardstock for the dimension, actually its been cut six times and out of those six times, I found just one antennae... go figure!

I coloured the base in a rainbow mix of alcohol markers and stacked five butterflies together then added a good layer of Glossy Accents, left to dry overnight then rinse and repeat.  I added the sixth butterfly on top to hide all my gloopy accidents.  Created a textured wall as a backdrop and added an Altenew sentiment and voila.

Long post, very sorry but very worth it... don't you think?  You still have time to play, run along before the gates close 😉

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Stylised Pinwheel

Pinwheels, they make you smile and I used to make these for fun and interactive elements on my scrapbook layouts and challenged myself to make a more static stylised one for a card this week.

Once I started this, it was a pretty quick card to put together.  To keep it simple I die cut the triangles and then inlaid the framework so it was flat on the card and not dimensional.  I then cut another four triangles from some very old colourful textured patterned paper and inlaid the little cut aways.

I added a bright brad to the middle and drew the stick, the sentiment is from Lawn Fawn and voila... pinwheel :)

Challenge Links...

CASology - TURN
Watercooler Wednesday - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Saturday, 26 January 2019


A super quick card made to take part in a few challenges.

I've used MFT Snuggle Bunnies and the delightful sentiment is also part of the set.  The little bunny has been coloured using Prismacolors in pink, purple and grey tones.  Don't you just love his little pose with his ears dropped down.

For a final touch I added a pink heart brad between his paws ❤

Challenge Links...

CASology - Smile
MFT Colour Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Have a Heart (little brad)
Crazy for CAS  - Animals

Thursday, 24 January 2019


I'm back for some more inspiration as a Guest Designer for Time Out.  

This time I've used the phrase 'The Drinks you Mix' as my inspiration featuring Newton in a Martini glass :)

I'd made up my mind late one night in bed that this was going to be monochromatic, yes my cards are that pre-prepared.  I used Distress Oxide in Hickory Smoke to create the bokeh effect background.  Newton and his Martini have all been coloured with alcohol markers.

The 'Cheers' die is from Mr Favorite Things and has been cut in silver glitter cardstock also some Wink of Stella has been added to the liquid in the glass, hard to see but its there glistening away.

Thank you to the Sandie for giving me the opportunity to be a Guest Designer and I hope you'll all stop by and be inspired by the Design Team to take part :) 

Challenge Links...

Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Daisy Chain - Add Some Sparkle
Watercooler Wednesday - All About Holidays (HNY)