Sunday, 22 May 2022


The theme for this challenge is 'Flowers' and was chosen by design team member Josephine/Tricia. Come along and join us at International Art and Soul.

My card blank is a 7x7 by Crafts UK.

I chose a bright pink card by Papermill as the base mat for the image. This image of tulips is one of my favourites and is by Bugaboo. I coloured the tulips with my Promarkers and did them in a gentle pink. This was then matted on to the bright pink base and a simple card was almost finished. I added small pearls to the bottom right hand corner and that was it. Unfortunately the pearls were on an unmarked card so I can't remember where I bought them, sorry.  I love detailed cards but sometimes I opt for simple and I think this image shouts out simple - but beautiful.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Crafty Catz - Anything Goes with a Touch of Pink
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
My Time to Craft - Thank you occasion
I Love Promarkers - Anything Goes with Promarkers/Option Girly card
Pink Gem - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore - Anything Goes
Creations in Pink - Anything Goes in Mainly Pink
Dragonfly Dreams - Butterflies and/or Flowers

Thank you all for visiting. 

Sunday, 8 May 2022


Come and join us at International Art and Soul with Mimi's challenge of '3 Things'. I had to rack my brain for this one. 

I didn't want to use three individual items so looked through my stamps. I eventually found this one which I bought at Ally Pally a good few years ago. It had no name on the stall but a lot of the stamps were American as I found when I checked their spelling on some. To add to the confusion they had no name on the wrapper, just a plain cellophane bag. This one of the three stark trees attracted me so it was perfect for this challenge as far as I was concerned.

I stamped it in Versamark 'Cocoa'  ink before tearing out and edging with a 'Mahogany' Distress Ink. The sentiment is from Visible Image and was stamped in the same ink and the same process as the image. The brown paper is from Costco and was matted on to bright green card by Hobbycraft before being set as the mat on the 7x7 Crafts UK card. 

The image was set to the right side of the mat and the image slightly overlapped top left. I used three large gems in the bottom left corner - job done. Two weeks before the challenge goes live so maybe I'm beginning to feel a little better.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Krafty Chicks - Stamp Act
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Path of Positivity - Anything Goes + option of something special about friends
Arty Divas - Anything Goes
Classic Design Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes with option of floral and fauna

Thank you all for visiting and for your comments. I hope to see you again soon. 

Sunday, 24 April 2022

INTAAS - Things with Wings

The challenge over at International Art and Soul is 'Things with Wings' chosen by design team member Christine. 

I'm not quite back into crafting, managing only an hour at a time so another simple card from me. Once again my photo is not up to scratch, my scanner is playing up for me so I've had to make do with the less than perfect image. 

My card blank is a scalloped 7x7 card by Crafts UK. I used Brushos on the actual card base as a sunny background to the actual mat. The muted green paper is from Costco and I've had a case of it for years. I cut it with a Spellbinders scalloped die and fixed it to the sunny background. The lace butterfly is by Craft Box UK but don't know where the small butterflies are from as I was given them by a friend. They were added to the bottom corners and then a small stamped 'Happy Birthday' was added, again cut with a Spellbinders scalloped die. The yellow card used to stamp the sentiment on is by Hobbycraft. The stamp was a freebie from a magazine many years ago.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - Use a Birthday Sentiment
Creative Knockouts - Things with Wings or Furry Friends
Seize the Birthday - Birthday + Signs of Spring
Crafty Gals Corner - Spring or Easter
Craft Galore Encore - Anything Goes

Sunday, 10 April 2022

INTAAS - Landscapes

Come along and join us at International Art and Soul with the challenge of 'Landscapes' set by design team member CraftyGirl.

This is the first card I've made for a few months due to my back problem which, I hope, is on the mend.
The photo is a bit lopsided but I hope you'll bear with me until I get back into the crafting groove!

The card blank is a 6x6 by /Craft UK. The green base mat card is by Hobbycraft, the dark green card is by WH Smith but I have no idea where I got the black glitter card which is the tiny border backing the image. The image was taken from Joanna Sheen's CD 'Dancing with Shadows'. After matting and layering I added some tiny green gems, from Mei Lower, to the left column. It's not a very adventurous card but it's not too bad considering it had to be made in as short a time as possible due to the said back!

I'm not sure whether I dare enter it into any challenges but here goes:

Crafting Happiness - Anything Goes
CD Sunday - Anything Goes with item from CD, USB , etc
Taylormadecards4u - Anything Goes with option Great Outdoors
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes

Sunday, 27 February 2022

International Art and Soul

I'm sorry to say that I haven't a card for this challenge over at International Art and Soul. My back still isn't quite right and I haven't been able to sit comfortably anywhere apart from the sofa. Please pop along to INTAAS and see what my team mates have made.

I hope to be back soon after I've managed to catch up with my crafting.

Sunday, 13 February 2022

INTAAS Light and Dark

I set the theme over at International Art and Soul and chose 'Light and Dark'. This means however you interpret these words = light and dark card, light and dark moods - which I chose to use, or daylight and darkness or maybe you would interpret the words differently.

My card shows that there may be dark clouds behind you but there is light ahead of you so 

'No matter how you feel..........

My card blank is a 7x7 card by Crafts UK. The dark navy card is by Stampin Up and I embossed it with a Crafter's Companion embossing folder of 'clouds' before setting it as the mat for the large sentiment by Visible Image. I stamped it in black Memento ink and then cut it with a Hobbycraft die. I used a bright yellow Promarker to edge it.  The light bulb is also a Visible Image stamp which was stamped in black again and then after cutting it out I used the yellow again to highlight it.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Unfortunately since writing up this post I've had an accident in the garden and therefore have not been able to use my laptop for a while. I attempted to pick up a breeze block to put on the cover of my garden bench to prevent it flying away in these high winds. I'd forgotten my age and my back reminded me. I have lumbosacral strain so need to rest, heat pad on my back with only gentle exercise. I've been almost immobile for two weeks and cannot bend so most of my hobbies are 'out' for now. Looking at my card now I realise that this sentiment may apply to me. 


Sunday, 30 January 2022

International Art and Soul - Hearts

This theme is 'Hearts' and was chosen by Debbie, our DT member, over at International Art and Soul.

The card is a 7x7 blank by Crafts UK. My first matt layer is a red card by Hobbycraft with another, pale yellow card by Hobbycraft that was embossed with a Crafter's Companion embossalicious folder, set as the second layer. On top of that I added the Spellbinders intricate Hearts dies cut in red again. I thought it did need a sentiment but didn't want to spoil the effect of the beautiful frame. I decided on the small Crafter's Companion 'Love' die which was cut in gold and was a perfect fit for the centre of the large heart.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges: 

Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes + a sentiment
Modsquad - Valentines
Arty Divas - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes