Sunday, 17 June 2018

Mr & Mrs

Hi there chums!

My gorgeous and beautiful Zumba instructor Sally got married to Jib (nickname - everyone calls him Jib) yesterday. As I'm not into overdone or mushy cards I wanted to illustrate one for them.

I came up with a simple, yet cute chapel that only used three colours, pale pink, pale green and pale grey.

What you need...

Card stock: white 
Digi stamp: chapel (I used my own)
Promarkers: Pink Carnation, Meadow Green, Ice Grey 1
Gems: clear

What you do...

1 Print the chapel onto white digital card.

2 Colour in the stained glass windows, the door and the trees with the pink and green. Use the grey to colour in the windowsills and add shadows.

3 Hand cut the image out following the line of the border and stick to a 10.5cm x 14.5cm blank. Add some gems to decorate.

And there you have it! I was really pleased with the way this turned out. It's quirky and simple. 

If you would like a free copy of this illustration drop me a line using the 'Contact Me' page and I can email it to you - this will be for a limited time only. The illustration is in PNG format.

Thank you for popping by, see you soon x

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Floral Thank You

Hello lovelies!

I needed a simple and quick thank you card, so I decided to raid my stash and I came across a cling stamp that I've had for some time and not used (yes, I know, I'm naughty for doing that). 

I wanted to keep the card really simple with a Kraft blank and delicate white inking. I also decided to make the envelope too.

What you need...

Card stock: Kraft
Patterned paper: Darks Color Basics Paper Pad 12" x 12" - K&Company
Stamps: Small Striped Flower (CG256) - Hero Arts; Many Thanks - Paper Smooches
Dies: Labels Fancy #2 (with stamps - 657582) - Sizzix
Ink pad: Pure White Pigment Ink Pad - Avery Elle 
Envelope maker: Envelope Punch Board - WRMK
Gel pen: bright pink

What you do...

1 Create a top fold blank in Kraft card 8.5cm x 12.5cm.

2 Stamp the flower at the lower left corner making sure it goes off the edges. Stamp the sentiment in the top right corner. 

3 When the ink is dry, colour in the centre of the the flower with the gel pen.

4 Following the guide on the Envelope Punch Board, cut a piece of tan patterned paper, score, fold and stick to form the envelope.

5 Stamp the label in white ink onto Kraft card, use the coordinating die to cut it out. Stick centrally to the front of the envelope.

I think making your own envelopes is a great way to use up those papers that you like, but wouldn't use as a scrapbook page or add to a card. The Envelope Punch Board makes it so easy as it has practically every size you could want printed on the maker, plus it has the punch to cut out the indents where the score lines meet and one to round off the flap.

I really enjoyed making this little card, one tip I will give you is that the white pigment ink can smudge. I give a light squirt of hairspray to help fix it in place - it also makes the card smell nice!

Thank you for popping in and I'll be back soon - ta ta for now!

Friday, 8 June 2018

365 Day Trip

Well hello there peeps!

Today I would like to show you a lovely card I made for my dear friend June. It's a cute mix of stamping and die-cutting.

What you need...

Card: white, pale blue, pale yellow
Stamps: 365 Days (3944H) - Penny Black
Dies: Hello Sunshine - Lawn Fawn
Ink pad: Onyx Black - Versafine
Gems: clear
Fine liner: black

What you do...

1 Trim a piece of pale blue card to 9.5cm x 13.5cm and stamp the sentiment centrally.

2 Die cut the sun in pale yellow and the cloud in white card. Place the sun and cloud above and to the left of the sentiment. Use foam tape for the cloud.

3 Mat the pale blue panel onto a top fold 10.5cm  x 14.5cm blank. Draw a face on the sun and add a few gems to decorate.

I love this little card and it's so cute, it's a subtle way of telling someone that they are a year older! I'm not sure how available the stamp is now, you may be able to grab one on Ebay. The die set is still available, there is also a stamp set that goes with the dies - it's adorable.

I'm going to sign off for now, hope you like my little make and thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Crab Thanks

Hello lovelies!

I want to share with you today a simple little thank you card adorned with a cute crab.

What you need...

Card: white digital
Stamps: Chubby Chum Pals - Paper Smooches; Sketchy Thoughts - Winnie & Walter
Ink pads: Chateau Gray #83 - Versacolor; Onyx Black - Versafine
Copic: R05 Salmon Red, R27 Cadmium Red
Promarker: Ice Grey 1, blender
Punch: corner rounder

What you do...

1 Cover a 10.5cm x 14.5cm top fold blank with white digital card and round off the bottom two corners.

2 Stamp the crab in Onyx Black near the lower left corner and the speech bubble in Chateau Gray near the top right corner.

3 Colour the legs and the top of the crab in Cadmium Red, stipple with the blender pen to add texture. Shade in the bottom of the crab in Salmon Red. Add some shadow around the eyeballs, mouth and underneath the crab with Ice Grey 1.

5 Stamp the sentiment with Onyx Black over the speech bubble.

I adore this cute little fella. Stippling an area with the blender pen gives the look of a 'rough' surface because the blender lifts out the colour. This is perfect for the texture of a crab shell.

The crab is part of a fab set from Paper Smooches which also includes a bear, bird and moose with some little accessories and words.

Hope you like this little card and thanks so much for popping by. See you soon!

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Funniest Bird

Good afternoon!

I'm back with a funny card I made for my wonderful and gorgeous friend Chris. I purchased a cling mounted rubber stamp set from IndigiBlu called Funny Bird. It was because of this particular stamp that I had (yes had) to buy it, you know me and my chickens.

Sorry for the poor quality of the photo - the lighting wasn't brilliant and I'm no photographer ;o)

What you need...

Stamps: Funny Bird (IND0156PC) - IndigoBlu
White card - digital smooth
Coloured pencils: Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Olive Green Yellowish, Burnt Carmine, Indian Red, Sanguine, Light Yellow Ochre, Brown Ochre, Pale Geranium Lake, Scarlet Red - Faber-Castell Polychromos
Ink pad: Onyx Black - Versafine
Garden twine - brown
Button - brown

What you do...

1 Stamp the image onto white card, when dry colour in the chicken using the colours to blend and highlight.

2 Trim the image to 10.5cm x 14.5cm making sure the image is near the top.

3 Mat onto a 10.5cm x 14.5cm blank.

4 Separate the twine, wrap around the blank, tie in a bow and add the button.

I coloured this image to look like one of my Rhode Island Reds - Babs. She is the most beautiful deep red brown. It's a shame that the photo doesn't really do the colouring and shading justice, as the finished card looked exactly like her.

This stamp set is great value for money as it is quite a large set - you get a cling mounted A5 sheet that you cut out the individual stamps. Make sure you use some non-cling scissors, this will make life much easier.

Visit IndigoBlu to see their wide range of products. You can find the Funny Bird stamp set here. Prices start from £17.99 for the uncut stamp set.

I am pleased that Chris loved the card, the sentiment suits her to the ground and she knows Babs quite well. 

Thank you so much for dropping by. See you soon!

Monday, 14 May 2018

Magnificent Magnolia

Hi there lovely people!

I'm back with an elegant card featuring a beautiful magnolia. Our tree in the garden is clinging onto the last few flowers, it's a shame the flowers don't last longer. I'm still enjoying going through my craft stash and using stamps that I haven't used yet or haven't used in a long time.

This magnolia stamp I've had for a while, I think I grabbed it in a sale online.

What you need...

Stamps: Outline Magnolia (CG193) - Hero Arts; Sentiments Stamp (#10105761) - Bo Bunny
Card stock: white, pale pink
Embossing powder: Detail Clear - Stampendous
Ink pad: Onyx Black - Versafine
Copic: Begonia Pink (RV14), Macadamia Nut (YR30)
Promarker: Pale Pink
Gems: clear

What you do...

1 Cover a 12.5cm square blank with a 12cm square of pale pink card.

2 Stamp the magnolia onto white card and cover with the embossing powder, heat to melt.

3 Shade in the magnolia.

4 Cut out the magnolia and stick to the lower right of the blank, overlapping the bottom and right edges. Trim away the excess.

5 Stamp the sentiment in the top left corner. Add a few gems to finish.

I know that the magnolia stamp is no longer available, but this card would look lovely with any large outline flower stamp. I've got a few of these floral outline stamps from Hero Arts in various sizes. They make a beautiful simple and elegant card that is quick to make.

I'm going to say ta ta for now, thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, 26 April 2018

That Bites!

Hello lovelies!

Sorry I haven't checked in for a couple of weeks, I've been busy with commissions and we also had a long weekend away. Anyhoo, I'm back now with the card I created for my husband's birthday.

What you need...

Stamps: That Bites (ST-16-17) - Avery Elle; Alphadot - Paper Smooches
Ink pads: Onyx Black - Versafine; Tim Holtz Distress Ink Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers - Ranger; Emerald Envy - Stampin' Up!
Masking paper: Inkadinkado

What you do...

1 Stamp the fish onto the lower right corner of a piece of white card stock, 9.5cm x 13.5cm.

2 Stamp again onto the masking paper and carefully cut out. Stick onto the original stamped fish,      making sure you line it up perfectly.

3 Rub the surface of the card with a blend of the inks with the colour deeper at the bottom.

4 Peel away the mask. Stamp the age at the top left corner and the 'that bites!' below the fish.

5 Mat the inked panel onto a white top fold 10.5cm x 14.5cm blank.

Needless to say, Simon thought it was great. I had been wanting to get this stamp for quite a while and it always seemed to be out of stock, but I managed to get a set at last. There are still some out there waiting for a new home!

Hope you like my little card, thank you for popping by and I'll see you soon. x

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Spiffingly Good Easter

Hello there!

I'm back with the second card I did for Easter. Again this is a remake of a card I did a couple of years ago. 

In my last post, I changed the colour scheme of the original card but kept the same layout. With this one I have done the card exactly the same as the original because I just love the colours.

What you need...

Stamps: Claudine Hellmuth Doodles, Claudine Hellmuth Nature - Ranger; Cheree the Chicken - The Rubber Stamp Gallery
Embossing folder: Spots & Dots - Cuttlebug
Card stock: white, lime
Ink pads: Key Lime - VersaMagic; Onyx Black - Versafine
Buttons: orange, pink, yellow
Crochet cotton: white

I have the original card with full instructions here. For the sentiment banner, I created the sentiment on the computer, printed it out and then trimmed into a fish tail banner shape. I recommend printing a full sheet of sentiments, so that you have them to hand for future.

I am loving these bright zingy colours for Easter. This card could also be adapted for a birthday and you could use more muted colours for a male card.

I'm going to sign off now. Thank you for popping by and I'll be back soon with the birthday card I did for my husband Simon.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Easter Eggs

Happy Easter all!

I hope you are having a wonderful time and not getting too overstuffed on chocolate! It has been a very wet Easter here in Norfolk and I suspect much of the UK, at least the snow kept away.

I have been going through some old posts/photos of past makes and decided to revamp/redo some of them. I decided to redo two Easter cards, this being the first one. I did exactly the same layout with stamps but changed the colour scheme.

What you need...

Stamps: Picoti Picota - Artemio; Doodles by Claudine Hellmuth - Ranger
Alcohol markers: Promarkers - Cool Aqua, Ice Grey 1, Lime Green, Magenta, Mandarin
Ink pad: Onyx Black - Versafine
Washi tape: magenta/white dotty
Baker's twine - orange
Easter rub-on sentiment

You can find the original post here with instructions on how to create this little card. Of course you don't have to use the exact same stamps, any chick themed stamps could work. I love the bright zingy colours for Easter, it makes a nice change from the usual pastel shades.

My chicken girlies lay the most lovely pinkish buff or ivory eggs, it would be so much fun if the laid the bright colours on the card. I wouldn't want to crack them open.

Well I'm going to sign off now, enjoy the rest of your Easter and I'll be back soon with the next Easter card. Thanks for stopping by! x 

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Worm Birthday Wishes

Hello all! 

I hope you have all had a good week. I've been busy with magazine work and coming up with some illustrations for a future issue of Crafts Beautiful.

The last card I posted was the birthday fishes using the Birthday Buddies stamp set by Paper Smooches. Well I have another little card created using the same stamp set. This features an adorable little worm popping his head out of the ground.

What you need...

Stamps: Birthday Buddies - Paper Smooches
Card stock: Kraft
Alcohol markers: Copic
Fine liner: black
Gel pen: white
Ink pad: Onyx Black - Versafine

What do you think? I think he's perfect for a male birthday card, especially with the Kraft card blank and the muted colours. 

This card is a small one, it measures 8.5cm x 12.5cm (3 3/8" x 5"). As it such an unusual size, it's the perfect opportunity to create a snazzy envelope. I love the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board. 

As I tend to do quite a few unusual sized cards it means I can create the perfect sized envelope. The board has all the measurement printed on it for quick reference and a punch to make professional rounded edges.

I'm going to head off now, I made a brill birthday card for my husband Simon. I keep looking at it and giggling. It's his birthday on Tuesday 27th March, so I'll post it up soon after.

Thank you for popping by, see you soon!

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Birthday Fishes

Happy St Patrick's Day my lovelies! I would like to wish June & Stephen a special hello today (your card is on it's way).

One of my fave stamp set brands is Paper Smooches and there is a set that I have had for a while and hadn't got round to using...until now.

What you need...

Stamps: Birthday Buddies - Paper Smooches
Card stock: white, mid aqua
Dies: circle
Alcohol markers: Copic
Ink pad: Onyx Black - Versafine
Gems: clear
White gel pen

This cute set includes some adorable characters such as a gopher, worm, chick, fish and pooch with birthday pun sentiments. There is also a die set available that  co-ordinates with these stamps. Check out the Paper Smooches website for more great stuff.

Sadly the photo makes the aqua of the card stock bluer than it is. I added the smallest star to the top of the fish hats and used the bubbles on the main card highlighted with white gel pen.

I've done another little card using this set, so I'll be back soon to share it with you. Thank you so much for stopping by! 

Wednesday, 14 March 2018


Hello peeps!

I have another Christmas card to share with you. Again I have used stamps that I've had for a while. I'm trying not to buy anymore as I have so many that I don't use enough. Of course, being a crafter, if a gorgeous set is released by a manufacturer, I may have to have it :o) 

What you need...

Stamps: Snow Day - The Cat's Pajamas
Patterned paper: Fa La La 6x6 Paper Pad - Crate Paper
Dies: circles
Alcohol markers: Copic
Ink pad: Onyx Black - Versafine

I have a couple of stamp sets by this artist from The Cat's Pajamas and it is still available from their website (click here). The other one is the adorable bunny too.

The Fa La La paper pad is full of cute images and patterns with a soft colour palette of pinks, reds, greens and some with gold foiling. Not sure how available this pad is now, but this stamp set would look good with any colour palette.

I hope you are all having a lovely day, thank you for stopping by and see you soon! x

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Mother's Day - Lovely Day

Hello peeps!

Happy Mother's Day to all you lovely Mums out there. I am Mum to a cat, chickens and fish :o)

I created this card for my Mum. I was inspired by a card I did sometime ago for one of my Cosmic Colours Challenge. I loved the colours I used and the stamp set by Paper Smooches is just adorable.

Here is my card...

What you need...

Stamps: Blossoming Buds - Paper Smooches
Embossing Folder: Layered Scallops - Echo Park
Card stock: aqua blue, white
Ink pad: Onyx Black - Versafine
Alcohol markers - Copic

The colour scheme I used in the Cosmic Colours Challenge was the Cassis Color by Design Seeds®.

It's so bright, fresh and Spring like, perfect for Mother's Day. I'm sure she'll love it.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I'll be back soon with another cute card.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Exploding Easter Box Card - PaperCrafter Issue 119

Hello again my lovelies!

The new issue of PaperCrafter is out today and I have a couple of projects to share with you. The one I want to show you today is my Easter chick exploding box card. All my digi stamps and templates to create this cute card are available to download for free from PaperCrafter.

Everything you need to create this cute card along with step by step instructions can be found here. You can download the templates here along with lots of other templates, papers and images. You will need to register, but it is free, quick and easy to do.

The beauty of this card is that it will fold flat and fit in an A5 envelope.

I also have an adorable cat shaped card in this issue, so I will be back soon with images and details of that card.

Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to check out the PaperCrafter website for oodles of inspiration and ideas!

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Snow Happy!

Hello there peeps!

As you may know, I'm trying to make a stock of Christmas cards throughout the year, as I always run out of time when it gets nearer to Christmas.

There is a cute little stamp that I've had for a couple of years and have never got round to using it (I can't be the only one who buys stamps when they see them in case they run out of stock/get discontinued).

What you need...

Stamps: Frostier (KS207) - Stamping Bella; Believe in the Magic (CD001) - Your Next Stamp
Patterned Paper: Sugar Plum 6x6 Paper Pad - My Mind's Eye
Ink pad: Tuxedo Black - Memento
Alcohol markers: Copics
Coloured Pencils: Polychromos - Faber-Castell

I coloured the base colour on the image with Copics and then added the shading and highlights with pencils and blended. I tried to match the colours of the image with the beautiful colours of the paper.

I hope you like this cute little card, I  thought the snow was apt after the weather we've had lately!

Thank you for stopping by, see you soon! x

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Happy Mother's Day

Hello luvs!

I hope you are all well. I've had this cough virus that's going around and it's not pleasant! Plus, it lasts about two weeks, so keep wrapped up folks!

Back to cards...Mother's Day will soon be upon us (in the UK) and I have a card to share with you that I did as a 3D flower card tutorial in the March 2018 issue of Crafts Beautiful.

This card was made just using scissors, a ball tool and card. You just need to add gems, a sentiment and ribbon. You can find the templates for the petals and leaves in the March 2018 issue or you can download it for free from here.

Why not check out all the other free templates, papers, hints tips and ideas over at the Crafts Beautiful website? You need to register, but it is quick and free. There are lots more of my makes and templates too.

The new April issue is out on the 1st March and you get a free floral pop-up box making kit. I did the makes for the issue using the free kit. They are a lot of fun to create. I'll post up them as soon as I can.

Thank you so much for popping by. See you soon!