Sunday 23 May 2021


The challenge theme at International Art and Soul was set by DT member Debbie and is 'Graduation'.

I used a small 6x6 Crafts UK card blank. The base mat was bottle green card from W H Smith and on top of that I added a small sheet of Simply Cards & Papercraft checked paper. Before fixing the base mat to the actual card blank I added a strip of dark green satin ribbon across the bottom section of the mat. I've had the ribbon so long I'm not sure where I bought this one. The graduation stamp is from a sheet of Clear on Clear (?) stamps by Dimension Crafts which I've had since I first started card making maybe 25 years ago, After stamping and cutting with a small Spellbinders scalloped circle I added gold glitter, from Create and Craft, to the edge of the sentiment plaque. Have you noticed that I'm using my ribbons and glitter now? I've not used them for quite a while but I'm finding items I'd forgotten about until I reorganised my craft room - although I have to say  I hadn't forgotten my ribbons. I've got so many rolls of ribbon I could never forget them or misplace them. lol That's job done, quite a simple card.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Creative Craft Cottage - Use Ribbon and/or bow
Daisy Chain - Add Ribbon
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams - Add Some Sparkle

Sunday 9 May 2021

INTAAS - Your take on a Nursery Rhyme

I set the theme for this challenge over at International Art and Soul and I chose 'Your take on a Nursery Rhyme'. 

It seemed a good idea when I chose this theme at the beginning of the year but when it came to making it well, that was a whole different story. I had so many rhymes going through my head I couldn't decide. One that was eventually forefront was Monday's Child which was a favourite one for my mother to recite. My late husband and I were both born on a Thursday so it had to be that - and then I discovered that one of my DsiL was also born on a Thursday so her card is ready for her birthday later this month. Here is the inside in case you don't know this rhyme. 

My card blank s a 7x7 by Crafts UK. A sheet of postage stamp images from various countries was fixed on top of a sheet of red card from Papermill - I have no idea where I got the postage stamp paper from and if anyone knows please tell me. That was the base mat taken care of before I started colouring the little hobo. This is an image I won from Lacy Sunshine a few years ago and I love it. After colouring with my Promarkers I cut the image out with my Spellbinders circle die and set it against a Spellbinders scalloped die cut in bright orange card, again from Papermill. It was centred on the base mat and then a small sentiment stamp - which I think may have been on a freebie stamp sheet from a magazine - was stamped, coloured, cut with a small circle die and set on a turquoise scalloped circle. I love how this turned out, by using all the colours in the image on the backing card it makes it very colourful. To top it off I added some glitter to the centre of the flower in her hat and on the sentiment. I bought the glitter MANY years ago from Create and Craft.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes with a critter
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Crafty Animals - Anything Goes must include animal
CCC Digi Creations - Must include sparkle/shine
Digi Doodle Studios - Bring on the glitz/must use glitter and hand coloured image
Colour Crazy Craft - Anything Goes with hand coloured image
I Love Promarkers - Anything Goes with the option of a girly card
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams- Add some sparkle