Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Thanks a Latte

Hello blog friends!

It has been some time since I last posted. We've been on holiday, had a few classic car rallies and I've been busy with magazine work. I've been doing Christmas stuff since May and the last half of the year is always extra busy as we have a couple of extra issues to get out, so that means tighter deadlines.

I made a fun little card for some dear friends, so this is what I want to show you today.

What you need...

Cardstock: Kraft, white

Stamps: Cool Beans ST-17-43 - Avery Elle; Breakfast Club - The Alley Way Stamps; Shadows - Paper Smooches

Dies: Cool Beans Ellements D1743 - Avery Elle, 3 Nested Squares Small 18009 - Gina K; Stitched - Paper Smooches

Ink pads: Smokey Gray, Vintage Sepia - Versafine; Extreme Black - My Favorite Things

Copics: E23 Hazelnut, E25 Caribe Cocoa, E27 Milk Chocolate, E29 Burnt Umber, B0000 Pale Celestine, B000 Porcelain Blue, R24 Prawn, R27 Cadmium Red, R29 Lipstick Red


What you do...

1 Stamp the cup, labek, large heart, a double and a single coffee bean in black ink onto white card and colour in.

2 Die cut the stamped images.

3 Die cut the largest of the stitched squares in white card. Stamp a shadow in Smokey Gray at the lower right corner and a coffee stain at the lower left and upper right in Vintage Sepia. Stamp the sentiment in black in the upper left corner.

4 Assemble the coffee cup and fix to the lower right over the shadow, place the coffee beans around the base. 

5 Die cut two stitched lines approximately 1cm and 2cm up from the bottom of an 11cm x 13cm top fold Kraft blank. Fix the coffee panel above.

6 Finish with two coffee stains at the lower right corner.

And there you have it, a perfect card for coffee lovers. Sadly The Alley Way Stamps is no longer in business, so this stamp set is no longer available. You could draw in some coffee stains or dip the base of a small glass or espresso cup into brown ink and 'stamp' the stains.

John & Peter were thrilled with the card as I was thrilled with the handmade chocolates they got me for my birthday.

Well, that's me for now. I will try and post again soon, thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, 17 May 2019


Hello blog friends!

I hope you are all well! I have a great ghoulish card to share with you today. It's very clean, simple and cute. Plus it's perfect to send to a male recipient.

What you need...

Stamps: Ghoulfriends, Shadows - Paper Smooches
Ink pad: Extreme Black - My Favorite Things; Smokey Gray - Versafine
Cardstock: white, shades of lime green
Gems: black

What you do...

1 Stamp a ghoul in the bottom right corner of a 10.5cm x 14.5cm white blank in black ink and stamp the shadow in Smokey Gray ink. 

2 Stamp another ghoul at the left about half way up the blank and another at the top right.

3 Add a 2cm deep strip of lime card across the middle ghoul so half of him is peeking over the top.

4 Add a 3cm deep strip of paler lime card across the top ghoul just his eyes are peeping over.

5 Stamp the sentiment above the lower ghoul and add gems to each of the eyes. Place a few gems on the green strips.

And there you have it. simple, quick and easy. Ghouls and monster aren't just for Halloween.

Thank you for stopping by and I'll be back soon with another cute make. TTFN!

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

You're So Sweet - Crafts Beautiful May 2019

Hello blog friends!

It's been a while since I shared with you one of my projects from Crafts Beautiful. This month (May 2019 issue) my masterclass shows you how to do resist stamping using white embossing powder and some fruity, zesty inks along with a cute stamp set featuring citrus fruits.

This month's issue comes with an exclusive free gift from docrafts which contains layering stamps, papers, card blanks and die-cut sheets. On the Crafts Beautiful website there are some projects that I did using the free gift.

This issue is jam packed with some beautiful projects and there are some great makes from my favourite talented designers Tracey Daykin-Jones, Keren Baker and Cathie Shuttleworth.

Of course there are lots of other crafts featured such as sewing, cross stitch and brush lettering. There is also the usual features, hints, tips and how to's.

There are lots more to be found on the Crafts Beautiful website, click here to take you to the home page. If you wish to download any of the templates or free papers you will need to sign up, but it is free.

I hope you like my makes and thank you so much for popping by. Until next time!

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Fishy Wishes

Hello blog friends!

I do hope that the weather where you are is as bright and sunny as it is here. It's so lovely to see all the plants and trees bursting open with colour.

Talking of colour, I have a fab colourful card with a fishy theme to show you. One of my favourite stamp sets is the That Bites by Avery Elle. I just find the faces of the fish so comical and the images lend themselves to male cards very well.

What you need...

Card stock: aqua, white
Stamps: That Bites - Avery Elle; Birthday Buddies - Paper Smooches
Copic: C1 Cool Grey 1, RV06 Cerise, YG13 Chartreuse, YR16 Apricot
Promarker: Purple
Ink pad: Extreme Black - My Favorite Things
Gel pens: Signo White UM-153 - Uni-ball, Glaze Clear #800 - Sakura
Dies: circle 8.5cm

What you do...

1 Stamp the fish over white card with black ink and colour in. Stamp the angler fish, colour in and cut out. Colour over the eyes with the clear glaze pen.

2 Die cut a circle in the centre of aqua card 12cm square.

3 Trim the fish panel to 10.5cm square and mat centrally onto a white blank 12.5cm square.

4 Mat the aqua panel onto the blank with foam tape.

5 Mount the angler fish at the lower left of the circle.

6 Stamp the sentiment in the top right and draw some bubbles with the white gel pen.

There you have it!  A bright, colourful card suitable for anyone of any age. 

I did use this stamp set in a previous post where I masked off the fish and inked the background. This made an effective, yet simple card. Here is the link to that post

Thank you for dropping by, I hope you all have a lovely Easter! 

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Monster Hugs

Hello blog friends!

Happy Saturday to you all. It is a bright, sunny Spring morning here.

I would like to show you a card I made for a male friend. I purchased a cute monster themed set of stamps and couldn't wait to use them.

What you need...

Card stock: white
Stamps: More Monsters (CS-222) - My Favorite Things
Ink pads: Extreme Black - My Favorite Things; Mermaid, Celery, Fizz - Avery Elle
Patterned paper: Daily Details 12" x 12" (Spooktacular Collection) - Bella Blvd
Dies: circles
Flat back pearls: black

What you do...

1 Stamp the monsters onto white card in the coloured inks, then stamp the faces onto the monsters in black ink.

2 Cut a strip of spotty paper 6.5cm x 10.5cm and die cut three circles across it. Back each circle with a monster.

3 Fix the paper strip to a white landscape blank, leaving enough space at the bottom for the sentiment.

4 Stamp the sentiment and some stars in the lower right corner and add black pearls to each of the eyes.

This stamp set is so cute, each monster has his own unique face that you can over stamp. The faces would look good stamped onto pumpkin motifs. There is also a die set available to go with the stamps.

I think monster cards are fun to give to adult males rather than the generic car, sport and golf cards. Men are all big kids at heart. I've done a monster card for my husband's birthday, so I'll share that with you soon.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you like my little monster card. TTFN!

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Hello blog friends!

Happy St Patrick's Day to you all! I sketched, inked and coloured an Irish themed illustration for my dear friends June & Stephen. Stephen is Irish and I send him a card every year - it's tradition.

I wanted to incorporate the wonderful & magic things we associate with Ireland. I finally decided on doing a signpost directing you to things such as the 'End of the Rainbow', 'Leprechauns' and not let us forget the wonderful 'Guinness'. I kept the colours subtle and fresh.

Items I used...

Own illustration
Card stock; white digital
Copic markers: Pale Celestine B0000, Pale Porcelain Blue B000, Mignonette YG11, Chartreuse YG13, Lettuce Green YG09, Cool Greys C-0, C-1, C-2
Gems: clear

What I did...

After sketching out a rough illustration, I then re-did it in pencil. I then scanned it and re-drew it digitally following my original sketch in Photoshop. I added the sentiment at the bottom using a Photoshop font (FF Providence Sans Pro).

I printed it out onto digital cards stock. If you are using alcohol markers, a good tip here is to heat set the image with a heat gun. This helps to stop the ink smudging, though it is always best to test first as some card stock doesn't hold ink well for colouring with alcohol markers.

After colouring, I trimmed the illustration to 10cm x 14cm and matted it onto a white side fold 10.5cm x 14.5cm blank. I finished with three little gems in the top right corner to add that little bit of magic.

I received a text from June & Stephen to say they loved it. You are more than welcome my lovelies x

Hope you like this little make, I think it turned out quite cute.

On another note this blog post has taken me about four attempts as we now have a new 6 month old black kitten adopted from the RSPCA. She loves the laptop! I know it's not craft related but here is a sneaky pic....

I have to temporarily cover the keyboard as she puts me in Flight Mode, Caps Lock, enters gobbledeegook passwords and shuts me down!

She is adorable, but she is completely deaf, so it is hard to tell her no sometimes. If you use hand signals she thinks it's time to play. She has settled really well and we love her to bits. I missed having a cat so much after Bazoo died last November. We have always had black cats and it's great to have one around again.

Anyway, thank you for popping by, I have cute monster card for you next time. TTFN!