Sunday 28 February 2010

Bev's Birthday Card

Today is my lovely and special daughter-in-law's birthday. Happy Birthday Bev. She will be returning later today from a 'hen' weekend to have dinner with us all (that includes my very lovely daughter Maddie, my super son Ben and special grand-daughters Becca, Ella and Maddison, oh and I mustn't forget my super-star hubby Ken).

I have used pink in this card as it is Bev's favourite colour and kept it fairly simple and clean - that is compared to some of my recent distressed examples. The rose paper is from a CD by Papercraft World and the sentiments are pre-printed and foiled. I used a swirl stamp by Anna Griffin and heat embossed it using a sparkly embossing powder, I then embellished over it. The small black mounts have been edged with MS Tourmaline glitter glue and the silver mount is edged with Star Dust Stickles. Some beads, tiny hearts, ribbon, flowers and gem stickers finish it off.
Contrasted with the black I think it looks quite good. Enjoy.
Luv Bxxx

Challenge List
Gingersnap Creations GC 44 - To make a birthday card
Crafty Creations challenge 56 - Cut it out, pop it out
Cute card Thursday challenge 101 - Ribbon-tastic
Saturday Spotlight SSHP20 - Clean it up
One stop craft challenge 69 - Optimistically pink

Thursday 25 February 2010

I have won a prize - how cool is that?

I have been so lucky. I entered the Simon Says Stamp blog hop and sketch challenge with the Butterfly Joy card and won a Cuttlebug embossing folder from Jo's blog at .
I am very excited about this and a big thankyou to Jo and Simon Says Stamp for arranging the hop and giving such lovely blog candy. I chose the swiss dots folder and can't wait to get it and have a play.
Hope your week isn't too busy doing other things (mine seems to be). Enjoy yourself.
Luv Bxxx

Wednesday 24 February 2010

Shabby Chic??

Wow, busy day today. I have been to see my sister and off to the hospital again soon, but just wanted to post this card.
This started as a simple card following the sketch at Pink Elephant and I wanted to add some polka dots and plaid to enter Frosted Designs and If the Shoe Fits challenges and some embossing for the Sophisticat challenge, but I couldn't leave it and added the embellishments so that it became more shabby chic in style. I have dry embossed some card and some DIY silver pipe lagging tape for the back layers. The stamp is from Personal Impressions, I coloured it using the Whispers pens and then edged it with MS glitter glue and misted it with Tattered Angels Vanilla Breeze and Rose Tea. The scalloped border is MS punch which I edged with Scattered Straw and Worn Lipstick distress inks. The 3 roses in the bottom left corner I handmade, the others are ones from my stash but I have altered them with inks and mists adding other embellishments etc to them. The black swirls ared cut on the Cricut using the Home Accents cartridge.
I am starting to see the finished card in my mind when I begin, but this didn't end up exactly as I had imagined it. But I think it is better, so I am pleased with the colours and the end product. Hope you like it too.
Take care and don't work too hard, have some fun when you can.
Luv Bxx

Challenge List
If the shoe fits - Mad for Plaid
The Pink Elephant - Sketch
Sophisticat - Embossing
Simon Says Stamp challenge - Simon says vintage with flowers
Just Buggin - Emboss it
Crazy for Challenges C4C26 - It's all about texture
Theme Thursday - Flourish

Monday 22 February 2010

Time and Again (Miss You) - distressed card

I find it so amazing the way the brain can take you off in so many different directions when starting a new design. I had found the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge for 'Going in Circles' and thought I would like to use the shape in a new design. So having seen the great examples from the DT, I started to collect bits together, 2 pieces of cream card cut into 5in circles, expecting to make a round card, plus a piece of dark brown paper with circles on which would lend itself nicely to a distressed look. I cut a nesties scalloped circle from it and a plain circle. Here we go, bits to start me off.
Hey ho - not to be. I went off in a completely different direction and decided to experiment with a new Tim Holtz mask of a clock that I have just received. Using one of my pieces of cream circular cards I inked it using Antique Linen and Vintage Photo. Mmmmm, quite liked that. Ok what could I add to it? I remembered I had some TH clock faces, found those and chose one to use. I also found my Paper Artsy rubber stamp of a clock and thought - what else can I stamp with this? Out came the vintage car and vintage bicycle, great, wheels are round. I looked for other bits and pieces to go with it. Of course I had to have some flowers but I knew it shouldn't be too flowery so, I made a small rose using the brown paper with circles on. Oooh, I need some clock hands, but I don't have a die and nothing on my Cricut cartridges, so what else is there? I found a pack of Kanban adhesive hinges with a pointer that would do perfectly and a metal card holder in my TH bits and pieces. Wow getting somewhere. I then searched a box of K&Co embellishments and found the 'Time and Again' and chipboard circle. Loved the circle but how could I use it? Another paper flower using the technique I have just learned, tearing different sized circles - that fits well. In my vintage brad box I found a great round one that I mounted on a spot cut from the brown paper. I cut a circle from an old book and inked it. I knew I had some clock paper somewhere so I found that and whilst I was waiting for all the Stickles and glitter glues to dry I cut and distressed the backing papers to go on the card and I made the sentiment using my Justrite Stampers set. 
Now it's complete you can see how different it is compared to my original ideas. Nothing like it in fact. Well that's how my brain led me and I'm still pleased with the effect and with what I have learned.
So now to enter it into the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #46 - Going in Circles!
Tuesday Taggers - Getting messy hands
Cupcake Craft Challenge - Round and round
Thankyou for looking and for all the lovely comments I have been receiving on my creations.
Have a good week crafting. Take care. Luv Bxx
Take a look at The Craft Barn website, they have a great range of goodies - I want to get to the shop when I can get to the other side of Surrey.

Sunday 21 February 2010

Distressed flowers

Happy Sunday

I am really into making flowers as embellishments at the moment and when I came across the sketch with a twist of flowers at The Sweet Stop, I just had to have a go. Totally Gorjuss and Pile It On also have a flowers theme and Saturday Spotlight's is MESSY, wey hey that's what I like. So this is it, what do you think?

This type of flower is totally new to me and they have been made with roughly torn cirles of card which have been curled around the edges and I added sparkle (of course) with the Cosmic Shimmer Aqua twinkles. There's lots of glitz on here as the nesties labels (used on my Big Shot) have been edged with Stickles Waterfall and Holly as well. I used the distressing tool on the flowery backing paper from K&Co and it has been misted with Glimmer Mist Blue Skies and Cosmic Shimmer Mist Golden Mint. Two of the corners have been distressed with Pine Needles ink and printed with a leafy twig stamp from Art Impressions. I added the ribbon and backing paper (edged with Lime Zest Pearlidoodles) to complete the look.
Experimenting with colours in the same range seem to be a thing for me at the moment and I enjoyed putting these together.

Challenges I am entering -
The Sweet Stop - SSS44 Sketch with a spin on flowers
Totally Gorjuss - Flower Power
Saturday Spotlight - Doing the Mess Around
Pile It On - Let us see flowers
Our Creative Corner - Try a new technique
Lots to do - Use a machine
Anyone For Anya - Something completely different

Saturday 20 February 2010

Butterfly Joy Card

Good morning, what a wonderful bright and sunny day in this neck of the woods.

This card has been a real experiment for me as I have used a number of challenges to complete it. I looked for those that I liked and thought I could incorporate into one card and I can't believe what I have come up with.

I initially started with the sketch from Willow Sketchie to give me my layout and I have been a bit crafty here as you will see. This is not the flat design that it may look like here. I have carefully put the pieces together to show the design as you look straight at it but when you open it up the elements fit together to form a Joy Card, the inspirarion for this came from Project Tuesday.

I stamped the butterfly image, embossed it with bronze embossing powder and masked it off to brayer the background using Big and Juicy Soothing Senset keeping to the pink end of the colour range. I used distress inks Shabby Shutters and Dusty Concord to pull the ink in from the edges. I then stamped the foliage using several stamps from my collection. Having completed that I painted the butterfly using cosmic shimmers and edged it with a MS glitter glue called Kunzite. Simon says Stamp has a recipe challenge this week which is to use three different embellishments, two patterned papers and one image, so this fits the bill, I have used the brads, ribbon and flowers for this. I included some stitching to meet the Cuttlebug challenge and metal in the form of the brads and flower stems to meet the Cute Card Thursday challenge. Gingersnap Creations challenge this week is to use three of your favourite colours so I chose pink, for all the girls in our family, lilac, as it is one of Mum's favourite colours to wear and brown because it reminds me of the 70's and is my surname. So that all fits together well.
I found this really sweet birthday poem on the internet which was free and used it in the centre and this meets Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge for birthday layouts, gifts and cards.  The flowers were cream and pink so I used lilac pearlidoodles to add the mauvy colour and sprayed them with Rose Tea Glimmer Mist. I have also used the Sakura glitter pens to fill in some of the flowers on the patterned papers and although you can't see it here I printed the foliage and a message of 'explore, image, dream on the left inside page over the patterned paper.
I am pleased with the overall outcome and I hope you like it too. Have a great saturday.
Luv Bxx

Challenge List
Willow Sketchie Challenge - Layout
Penny's Paper-Crafty challenge - Happy Birthday
Little Red Wagon - Ribbon
Cuttlebug Challenge - Stitch it and be inspired
Crafty Creations challenge #55 - Stitching
Creative Belli Challenge #85 - butterflies and dragonflies
Cute Card Thursday challenge 100 - Metal Mania
Treehouse Thursday Challenge #037 - Paper Piecing
Project Tuesday - Joy Fold Card

Friday 19 February 2010

Quick card for a man

Hi everyone
I am still visiting my Mum in hospital twice a day, so it is having an effect on the amount of time I have to design new cards, however I am working on one that should be finished tomorrow. I thought that for today I would post a simple card that I made recently that could easily be given to a man - so many of mine are very feminine and this is something completely different.
This really won't take very long to make and consists of a piece of green card, two patterned papers, dark green paper and some matt silver card. The papers have been cut into strips and layered. I used a pre-printed sentiment and a flourish which was heat embossed.
Eh voila, done!

Challenge sites are becoming a big thing for me and I am loving the way they help me to channel my thoughts and creativity into new designs. There is a whole new world that has opened up for me which I have never had time to explore before, and what wonderful inspiration I have found, just absoluely fabulous. I hope you visit again to see what else I am doing.

Have a fun weekend and enjoy whatever you have planned to do. Thankyou for looking.
Take care, Bxx

Thursday 18 February 2010

Sparkly stars

Good morning one and all. What does the day have in store for you??

I didn't get a chance to create very much yesterday but I have been working on a card for a funky young lady who loves stars. This is my simple but sparkly design. I used glitter card to get the extra sparkly effect and found some paper with stars on in my stash. I also have quite a collection of stars in different designs so I have mixed and matched to get a more textured effect. The sentiments are pre-printed and again from my stash of bits and pieces. I've added a button and ribbon, a paper clip and small tag. Guess what her favourite colour is - yes it's pink.

I am including this in the Frosted Designs Star challenge.

I thought I would also add a photo of my gorgeous rose that I received on Valentine's day from my hubby. It is sitting in my craft room where I can see it whilst I am designing and creating. It was so lovely to receive this. Ta Darlin' xxxx.

Well have a great day, don't work too hard and happy crafting. Luv Bxx

Wednesday 17 February 2010

Lady in Red

Well I've had great fun designing and making this card. I've taken inspiration from a couple of challenge sites and I used the recipe from 'Die-cut Dreams' - three different patterned papers, two different ribbons, two flowers and some gems if wanted and also the sketch and DT creations from 'Everybody-Art-Challenge'. I particularly liked the card by Nixe-Moni which really helped me put mine together. All the challenges I am entering are -
Die-cut Dreams Challenge Blog - Challenge #35 Recipe 
Everybody-Art-Challenge - #78 Sketch
Crafty Angels - Week 22 Fantastic Flowers
La-La's Weekly Wednesday Challenge - Red
Weekly Wednesday Challenge - Recipe
A Handful of Stamps - open challenge

I have used papers from Dovecraft, K&Co and a CD from Papercraft World. The distressed effect on the papers was obtained by using the Tim Holtz distressing tool. The stamp is from Hero Arts and called Gracious Lady. I've used a variety of sparkles including Cosmic Twinkles Aqua and Autumn, Martha Stewart glitter glue Garnet, Pearlidoodles Baby Pink and a Sakura Jelly Roll pen. The vellum was ink distressed using Distress Ink Worn Lipstick and torn using the Whispers layering templates. The ribbons are from my stash and I used Whispers Strokes, Copics and Promarkers for colouring in the stamp which was stamped in black Archival ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.
I am pleased with the colours and patterns and the way it all fits together. I love the distressing and I am experimenting with my colouring in and know I still have some way to go, but feel I am getting there.

The tag removes easily and I stamped it using four small stamps in my collection using the Aged Mahogany (I do love this shade) and the sentiment is 'Thinking of you'. The flowers are partly bought and handmade and I added Stickles to the petals, punched the stamens and covered them with the Pearlidoodles. I punched two flowers using the Nellie Snellen floral punch that also embosses and used underneath, again ink distressing them with the Aged Mahogany. Some gems and a corner finished it off.     

Thankyou so much for looking and for all the lovely comments I have been receiving, I really appreciate them. Have a great day. Luv Bxx

Tuesday 16 February 2010

One Stop Craft Challenge

Good morning Tuesday followers. It's grey and miserable here but my crafting keeps me happy and I have been working on a card to submit to the One Stop Craft Challenge site. As some of you know this is all a new venture for me and I am relishing the challenges which make me think and are getting my creative juices flowing again.
This card has inspiration from the One Stop Craft Challenge and their sketch for the week. A lovely simple design but made me think about colour as well. ( )
I also found Totally Papercrafts challenge of 'Buttons and Bows' and think it will fit in nicely with that too.
( )

I used a 6x6 scrapbook paper by 'Papercraft 4 You' and distressed it with Adirondack Denim ink and then edged it with Waterfall Stickles. The stamp is from Personal Impressions and the first time I have used it. I used the Denim ink to stamp it but I only have a limited number of Promarkers for colouring (must invest in some more but spent so much money on bits and pieces lately, perhaps I could ask for some for my birthday he he) I used chalk pencils for the skin tones and for some of the shading in the coats and gloves. I then distressed with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Antique Linen and edged again with Holly Stickles. On the border at the bottom I used a Martha Stewart punch, distressed it with Shabby Shutters and Denim and added a bit of bling. I have a reel of the blue and green ribbon and I cut down the edges and frayed it to give it a more distressed look, I also added the green and blue cotton knitting wool, which is great for some different texture. The buttons and thread are from my stash and I punched three flowers using a MS punch, used the Shabby Shutters and a glazing pen to finish them off. The sentiment is from a set of six I acquired from Ebay and on this one I used Peeled Paint with the Denim and edged using a Sakura clear sparkle pen.  Hope you like it. Have a good day. Love Bxx

Monday 15 February 2010

Monochrome card

Good Monday morning everyone. Hope you had a good weekend and had a chance to do some crafting along with everything else.
I have made a card to enter the Sketchie Challenge on and have had a whale of a time. This challenge really got me thinking about what to do to be creative but I challenged myself with the monochrome as well. I think it turned out rather well and I am very pleased with it.

See the challenge sketch at

The focus was to make a handmade embellishment as the central feature and stamping could be used for the backing and sentiment.
I stamped white card with a flourish stamp and used my new Stampin' Up Wonderful Words ll for the sentiment. I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the central mount and matted it onto black and white, both have been edged with Sakura Jelly Roll pens. The ribbon across the middle was made by folding white paper and using a Martha Stewart punch which I then stuck onto black paper. I distressed the edges of the black and white spotted paper and the sentiment and then edged them with silver stickles. My central embellishment looks like a tag with another of my handmade flowers - but look what I have included here, just a little secret.

My gorgeous girls with beautiful smiles on their faces. In this photo Becca is twelve, Ella is three and Maddison is 1, taken last year on our way home from Lanzarote. It's wonderful having grand-daughters, they are such fun and an opportunity to spoil every now and then.

Here is the card with the phot tag out -

I think I will look for some other challenges to enter with this card. I hope you like it.
The card has been entered for A Handful of Stamps - open challenge
If you are blog hopping today you might like to check out Sarah Wright's blog - she has some free candy
which will be available for entry until the 27th february  -

Friday 12 February 2010


Happy Friday folks. Hope all is well with you and yours. Hi to Lauren, thanks for joining my blog, I shall be over to yours later to see what you are up to.
I am being impatient whilst waiting for my new mobile phone to arrive. Having got totally fed up with my current one that keeps crashing on me, I have ordered the i-phone and am joining my son, daughter and daughter-in-law as they all have one too. The door bell has gone twice already today so I am hoping it will be third time lucky.
I am posting my Valentine card today, which actually is card no:2 for my hubby. I made him one way back at the beginning of January but having looked at it again I am not so happy with it. So here is the one I have been working on. The photograph does not do the colours justice, but I have used red and grey with black and white. The distressed heart background is another from a CD by Papercraft World and I have edged it with silver stickles. The grey, mottled centre mount has been edged with a Martha Stewart punch and a matching one used for the two corners. The heart and key charms are silver and I have used a variety of hearts punched or cut on the Cricut.
I am entering this for the Cute Card Thursday Challenge -
This will be my second entry to a challenge, so lets see how this one goes.
I must say a big thankyou to everyone on Craftbubble who have sent me such lovely messages about my work. Thanks girls they have really made me feel good (much needed this week with Mum in hospital).
Yey my phone has just arrived so I need to go and set it up. Well I might get on here again over the weekend - we'll see, if not have a great saturday and sunday to you all. Bxx

14th February.   I have just used this card to enter the 'Simon says Stamp What's Love got to do with It!!' challenge.
Also to Totally Gorjass Feel the lurve
And ..... Crafty Creations Lotstodo challenge Love is in the air
Also - Dutch Dare challenge Valentine Day card
And - Crafty Calendar challenge - Love and Friendship

I am so enjoying this!!!! Bxx

Thursday 11 February 2010


It's been a very busy week going up the hospital twice a day to see Mum. She seemed quite a bit better again yesterday but healing 2 broken ribs and a punctured lung is going to take some time.
In-between times I have been working on this card for my very first challenge. I hope to submit it on Craftbubble today as I used the sketchie challenge layout which also has a little twist of 'wings'. I wanted a distressed look and have tried out the Tim Holtz distressing tool which worked well, the stamp is one from my stash and I used the nesties labels to make the frame. The flowers were made from ordinary photocopy paper and aged mahogany and antique linen distress inks. Papers have been edged with gold stickles and vintage photo distress stickles. It's another different style for me - I am learning so much and enjoying all the experimentation. Thanks for looking. Bx

Tuesday 9 February 2010

Free digistamp

This is just an adorable free digi stamp available from . Have a look and save to use later on if you can't use it right now.

Sunday 7 February 2010

A Bookmark

Hope you're having a super Sunday. Today's post is of a bookmark and the idea came from an American friend of mine. Last year she suggested this was something I could make and I haven't got round to trying it out until this week. I think it's really cute and I have put her name on it and will send it to her for her birthday - so Joni if you reads this you know what will be winging it's way to you in the post.
 I have kept the embellishments flat so the bookmark will fit easily between the pages without marking them.

I hope you like the designs and colour pallettes. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Bx

Saturday 6 February 2010

My little work of art.

It's the weekend, another week gone and a whole week since I started the blog. My son Ben is in Newquay with a group of friends on Matt's stag weekend and they have just come out of the sea having had a surfing lesson. Apparently it was warmer in the water than out, but a great time had by all.
The card I am posting today has taken me all week to finish, admittedly I have been doing other things in-between, but it has taken a great deal of thinking time as well as time given to the details. I am really quite pleased with it now that it's completed.
I guess this type of card will have a name, but I needed a way of making the card larger than a straight A4 piece of card would allow for and this is what I came up with. I took time to decorate the inside as well.

I used a stamp I already had and having inked it up I then masked it to complete the distressed background. I have used the Nestabilities for the message (Justrite Stampers) and the mount for the stamped image. The papers are from sets I have already bought and from a CD by Papercraft World. On the creamy flowers I have used gold Stickles and Adirondack Espresso, the smaller centres I made and then put it all together with a red brad. The green flower I made using flower shapes cut on the Cricut, distressing with the Espresso and misting with Cosmic Shimmer Mist, Lava Red. The leaves have been punched and misted with Golden Mint Cosmic Shimmer Mist. The hearts were cut on the Cricut and I used Aqua Cosmic Twinkles and Baby Pink Pearlidoodle. I used silver liquid pearls round the edge of the paper. I really enjoyed making and putting this card together and feel that it truly is a piece of art.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Take care. Bx

Friday 5 February 2010

Quick card for today

Good evening. Life certainly can take a turn so quickly can't it. Suffice to say I was almost ready to post a new card yesterday and then had to deal with a family emergency. As you can see from todays card it was Mum who needed some help having had a fall, so here is the card I made for her today.
My lovely daughter Maddie, who studied design at university, has already critiqued it and told me there are several different styles in there. However I needed a main picture quickly, and these flowers has already been done, really I should have used a different patterned paper for the main mount but I had already chosen it for Mum as I thought she would like the roses. I have used the Cricut and nesties, my new Justrite stampers and embellished with Stickles and Cosmic Twinkles. The front is actually cut shorter than the back so that when flat you can see the Mum border at the side.
Hope you like it. Have a great weekend. B xx

Wednesday 3 February 2010

They've arrived.

I can't believe it, my Justrite Stamper kits arrived today and now I am going to play, what fun. I must say I am very impressed with Craftbox for getting the order out so quickly, I only confirmed it yesterday morning on the phone and here they are, thanks everyone.
What inspiration I am getting at 'Cards by Kim', I just love her work. I am not a stamper and I very rarely colour in and Kim does, but how she puts her designs together, the distressing and embellishing and colour themes are amazing, her cards are so scrummy, go have a look . I am hoping the cards I produce will now change and improve using the influence of Kim's creativity to enhance my own. This is a very apt quote.
 "Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study.
Be a student so long as you still have something to learn,
and this will mean all your life."
Henry L Doherty.
I want to continue to learn new things and for me that's about looking to see what others do, not to copy, but to adapt and apply to my own style. We'll see what happens over the coming weeks.
My card today is one I finished yesterday. It is simple and provided me with an opportunity to think about how to put elements together. This is not a 'star' card but is one that has enabled me to think about how I put a design together and at the moment that seems to be taking me the most time. I do not seem to be able to see a finished creation in my head from the beginning, I start to put something together and it changes and goes through a metamorphosis, ending up to be something quite different. This one started with four circles and the quote in the middle of them, but look at it now, no circles, it has been put together in a completely different way. Even today I added more bling.
Can you see the difference between the two photos from one day to the next?
Hope you like it.
Thankyou for stopping by.
Take care. Bx

P.S.  I have just found Tabby Craft Designs as well, more gorgeous cards, oh so much inspiration out there. I spend more time looking than creating at the moment. Hey ho never mind, I am taking in sooooo much. Bx

Tuesday 2 February 2010

A stamped notelet

Hi on this damp Tuesday morning. I have been working on a set of notelets over the past week and finally got them finished on Sunday night. The stamp is a new one I bought recently from my local craft shop, I just love the delicate head of the flower. Does anyone know what type of flower it might be?
I stamped it onto pearlised card using black Stazon then used my new Promarkers to colour it in, it was fun blending the greens together on the leaves. The ribbon is a reel I've had for ages and it fitted in well with both the design and the colours I chose. There are now 15 in my collection and I have numbered them on the back, I think it makes them seem like a limited edition set!! If I make some envelopes for them (as they are not a standard size) I could give them as a little present to my friends.

Monday 1 February 2010

Vintage theme

Happy February, one month gone already, I can't believe it. Just as we thought we had got rid of the snow we awoke this morning to find we had half an inch covering everywhere. It was a glorious bright morning , and the sunshine was beautiful reflecting on the white snow, but it didn't last, it soon melted away. My son Ben, though, has gone to Poland today and it is -8 degrees, so he will feel the chill.
I just can't wait for my birthday and I have ordered some Justrite Stampers, so I shall be watching for the postman every day waiting for them to arrive. I hope you like the card I have uploaded today, I got home from work and wanted to get into making something with a vintage feel, so here it is. I love the distressed look and I think this goes a long way to achieving it. I also wanted to use my new borderabilities and nestabilites. Enjoy. Bx