Saturday, April 25, 2015


A bit different than my usual Penny Black card this morning but this is a slapstick stamp called Tiger Lily and I used copic pens to colour. I do find their caps slightly easier than Promarkers and Spectrum pens but I would only colour one image with not too many colour changes so for the flower I managed OK.
I decided that I wanted the lily to pop out of a circle and I made the stitched circle frame using Simon Says Stamps Stitched Circles it times like these I think I should have brought a magnetic plate but on the second attempt I cut a frame that I was happy with.
I found the right coloured patterned card in a Taylor Expression pack just to give a finishing edge to the whole card and I cut the Simon Say Stamp Wishing die twice to stick together, if I was using white I would perhaps cut out three times.
I always decide on the sentiment last when everything is stuck and almost finish, big mistake to then try and actual stamp on something thats been raised by sticky fixers which is why there is a fishtail banner hiding the mess underneath.
I haven't been able to link any more supplies because Mr Virgin is only working now and again and I want to post this before he disappears again.

Friday, April 24, 2015

You Have My Heart

You may have noticed there wasn't a card this morning but I have made one in the mean time. I was lucky enough for Simon Says Stamp to send me one of their new releases Falling into You. They sent me Lila's Heart stamp set, you can also get the dies.
I thought I would be clever and use the falling hearts stencil but my pale pink doesn't show up well, there's a whole set of background stamps which is sitting in my cart waiting for my craft pennies to add up so please leave me a set.
The patterned papers is Simple Stories I am and I used the Small Heart Doily and the tiny heart is Holiday Shapes. If you pop over to Simon Says Stamp Blog I believe there's a MEGA BLOG HOP with the new release.
Now really I should of been making a Penny Black card for tomorrow but who can resist new stamps, its OK I have made a card for tomorrow.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Boat Boy

This is about my limit of making cards at the moment clean and simple. I quite liked the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches the other week but only had time to use it now. Since the image mat is at an angle I always try to cut it so the image is actually straight. Of course the camera isn't helping much but that is the finished look.
The cloud papers is LOTV along with the boy image and the waves are MFT with a bit of Doodlbug twine to bring in the red colour for his boat. The sentiment is permanently on my desk and I've no idea now whose it was now and I stamped it in a postition that if I made a mess of it I could easily make a fishtail banner to hide it.
My routine is changing although I said when hubby retired he would have to fit in with me but he's working evenings so we changed things around. We are doing more in the day together and when he goes to work I try to make a card or two. But it also means later mornings so I must try to remember to schedule my posts to catch the early risers.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Hero Arts


Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Make Your Own Background Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
We will be back soon with the name of the lucky winner of the $50 Voucher
This week the challenge is


We are showcasing HERO ARTS PRODUCTS  this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have some we would love to see them used
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

When I checked Simon says Stamp shop to make sure the Hero Art Antique Engravings stamps were there they were still in stock as luck would have it they are now out of stock. But to be honest there are loads of butterflies that are very similar but different wing patterns in the shop. This was the search I did hopefully the link will work. Do like the look of the Tim Holtz and the Clearly Besotted ones you can never have too many butterflies stamps.
I actually used copics to colour my butterflies not my best idea since I've been struggling with shoulders but the depth of colour is very striking against the white.
Wasn't sure how to use my butterflies but decided to go with some favourites like the Simon says Stamp Cluster of Leaves just inked a little green round the the leaves. The card was quite plain at this point so I used a scoring board to make my embossed lines. I first made a line where I wanted the lines to end then turned the card and made the rest with one final score over the first line I made. Now all it needed was a sentiment and I used Simon Says Stamp Birthday Message and made a fishtail banner with a square punch.

This was actually my first card but I thought it would be too plain just using on the butterflies but thought it would be nice to show anyway. The oval is the Floral Oval from Spellbinders and although the camera didn't pick it up well I blended some ink in the centre before taking the die off the card. I used It's Your Birthday sentiments for the sentiment.
The Onyx liquid pearls I got out of a Card Kit but you can buy it anyway here, the paper is Kaiser.

So now it's YOUR turn.  Happy Crafting
Simon Says Stamp 
You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in
No backlinking allowed, Only 5 new creations will be eligible in the prize draw


 It's suppose to be a bunny but I've been informed it looks more like an Alien, may have to put him down to being a bit of a failure. I'm making a turtle at the moment it will be interesting to see if he turns out OK.

We are going to have a couple of weeks with no flying visits, MIL is doing well can't believe how far she has come we nearly lost her at least twice. But its been decided she can't go home and due to her old health problems and new she will need to go into a care home unfortunately she also needs nursing care and there are not too many of these ones so she's bed blocking at the moment.
To be honest I'm struggling at the moment my shoulders have decided to have a complete hissy and painkillers, heat pads are the order of the day. I did manage to make a card but not sure thats going to happen every day.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Waiting for Rain

Since I never know how I'm feeling when we return from MIL I decided to schedule my Everybody Art Challenge card and this week its a sketch. Yes I know I cheated a bit my clouds replace one of the mats, a bit of artistic licence.

My papers are LOTV and I used Mo's Waiting for Rain image, her raincoat cried out to be paper pieced. Originally I used the white paper with the flowers on but it didn't show up well so I had to start again using the white daisies paper worked out much better.
Yep that Upsy Daisy flowers from MFT again and the fence is from the same company really do need to try and be a bit more originally. Oh dear my clouds are MFT but I have used the two smaller clouds of the three that the die cuts.
Do pop over and check the team, also hope you can join us this week.

Monday, April 20, 2015

For Mr KCS

I had made my BIL his card using random numbers but he sponsors football team at the one of the Leisure Centre his company cleans. They are mainly made up with lifeguards that work there. The first year they actually made it to the final, I remember it well, we all turned up and it was flipping freezing I said if I had to go again I was bringing my duvet. Luckily that didn't happen till this year and I was coming back from the Craft Retreat so wasn't up to going which is typical because they won!

Without being rude my BIL is the old guy holding the cup! I decided to change his card to the one above. I've used Dr Digi Mr Dumberton since I think next year he should join them.
Not sure on the papers I think they could be Echo Park but the number border is a new die but I cut it out a couple of times in different coloured papers and cut out a few of the numbers.
Fence is MFT and I made the rosette with various punches but the word champ was computer generated although the sentiment is a Simon Says Stamp. And it simply wouldn't be right not to add glossy accents to his glasses.
Hopefully BIL had a good Birthday no doubt I will hear all about it when he comes home from his holiday.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Christening pocket pages

I've made some Christening layouts but still had loads of pics I wanted to use so once again I've made a couple of Pocket Pages. Although I'm kicking myself because for some reason I thought Love pocket was a large one instead its two and I had to cut my foam word in half to fit.
The words are Kaiser, the flower is Simon Says Stamp and the Cross is Cottage Cutz die. Celebrate is a Penny Black word die and the grass on the cross is MFT.

Again the flowers are Simon Says Stamp and words are Kaiser, the teapot and cup are MFT the swirl is too. The cutlery I found in a box of odds and ends, I should in theory painted these white but they I think I can get away with doing nothing with them, well I have to now they're truly stuck now.
Coloured letters are out of pot of excess letters I keep when cutting with alphabet dies and the black stickers are some tiny letters I've had for ages.
The photos may look crooked but I have taken them out of their pockets to photo they alway look clearer this way but they are now back safe and sound in their correct place.
I think there is another set of Pocket Pages waiting to be done for the Christening and then I need to look at the Harry Potter photos to decide how I want to scrap them.