Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Christmas Bear

 Hi all!  Well normal service was resumed today with some rain and great to see it too, it has been weeks since we had any (almost unheard of here, we're not called the Emerald Isle for nothing LOL)!  We had a mad downpour of rain earlier with thunder and soft rain ever since, you can almost imagine you can see the grass greening up! 

Anyway I have a wee Christmas card for you this evening, using the Christmas sELFie set from MFT.  It kinda looked a bit meh until I added the stars and that was just what it needed to finish it.  I added chunky glitter to his hat, fine glitter to the ribbon and then covered the purple bit with my glitter pen - let's face it, you can never have too much sparkle on a Christmas card!!

Christmas Kickstart #52 - Wooly, fluffy or furry 

ABC Christmas -n for North Pole

The Male Room #152 - Christmas in July

Monday, 26 July 2021

Hydrangea Sympathy

 Hi all! Happy Monday!  Bit cooler here today thank goodness, a few days of those high temps are enough for me.  I see we're due some showers this week, the ground will be glad to see it, everywhere is burnt brown and the leaves are already dropping from some of the trees!

Anyway I've a wee sympathy card this evening.  I've used this old LOTV stamp - I don't think I've ever coloured the blooms in different colours before but I definitely will again!

Looking at it here I think I need to ground the image so I'll have to get my watercolour pencils out again.  I made my own stripey DP on a leftover bit of blue with one of my new stamps from Creative Depot.

Pixies Snippets Playground #408 - it's a Ruby's Memory challenge again, the 5th one, and each time lovely Di makes a donation to the USPCA.  It's easy to play along and there's a fabulous Gina K prize from Brenda up for grabs - all you have to do is use up a leftover piece of card or DP. 

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - out with the old in with the new ... My new stash is my stripey stamp and my old stuff is the hydrangea stamp and blue paper.

Cute Card Thursday #690 - anything goes

Thursday, 22 July 2021

Hello Sailor!

Hi all!   Hope you're all coping with the heat, it's too hot for me!  We've had record temps for Northern Ireland of over 31 degrees these past few days .. we're more used to the low 20s here so it's hard to stick! It has clouded over this evening though and there's the slightest hint of a breeze, it's just heavenly to get a breath of air at last!  

I've been shopping in Germany (it would be nice to actually be there rather than online LOL) and have some new stamps from Creative Depot which I'm lovin! ....  The tag stamp came along with my order as a little freebie and I know I'm going to use it loads 😁

Layout inspired by Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge #430 - my original plan was to have my anchor further down in place of the circle but I stamped my sentiment in the wrong spot and couldn't be bothered getting my heat gun out again! 

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - out with the old in with the new ... My new stash is my stamps and my old stuff is the sentiment stamp and the red enamel sticker

Love to Craft #60 - July anything goes

Monday, 19 July 2021

Tracey's Good Luck card

 Hi all!  Nothing from me for weeks and now 2 cards in 2 days 😉. This one is for a friend through work who's got herself a great new job.

I used this little mouse from Anita Jeram's St Patrick's Day set and masked off the background to add some stencilling - I kinda thought the swirl pattern reflected the shape of the leaves.

Sweet Stampin - create your own background

Daisy Chain Challenge #54 - dies +/or stencils

Stamping Sensations - June - for a lady

Word Art Wednesday #499/500 - anything goes

Sunday, 18 July 2021

Thank U Bear

 Hi all!  Sorry I've been MIA again, I have zero mojo but I have a rake of cards needing made so I need to get the finger out! I'm hoping our good weather will get me going, it has been scorchio here these past few days - we had our highest ever temp in NI yesterday with just over 31 degrees!  We've had no decent rain for ages, we were at a local reservoir last week and it was already well down so we'll be glad of a drop of rain when it arrives. 

Anyway on to my card... I've used this little bear and leaf stamps from Reverse Confetti that I think I've only inked up once before ... Why do we buy stamps that "will be really useful" and then don't even use them?!!!  I added a few die cut 'branches' and then stitched elements  (from Simply Graphic) as I had a scrap of the pink paper left - I love how they add a wee bit of interest to a plain space.

Pixies Snippets Playground - challenge #407

Allsorts #633/4 - feminine / for a lady

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - emboss it (I took the easy option for that one and just heat embossed my sentiment)

Word Art Wednesday #499/500 - anything goes

Sunday, 4 July 2021

Silly Elf

 Hi all!  Happy Sunday! I see there are some mad thunder showers about the country, but none with us ... yet anyway! 

I've been on the lookout for stamps for this year's Christmas cards, and decided on this sELFie set from MFT

There's 6 different images in this set, so you'll definitely be seeing more of these in the coming months, especially as I now have a total of one card in my Xmas stash!

My lovely DP is from Catherine Pooler which I haven't tried before but I'd definitely recommend as it's lovely quality.

Layout from MFT Wednesday sketch #548

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - anything goes

Christmas with the Cuties #50 - Christmas cuties

Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Strongman Birthday

 Hi all!  Can you believe that tomorrow begins July, this year has flown in!  I have a wee quickie card this evening with an old MFT set and a sentiment I'd diecut an age ago and never used...

I added a faint bit of stencilling to the BG and then cut this little strip of stars with a die from Simply Graphic.  Strongman dude popped up on foam pads.  Since taking the pic, I've added glitter to his 'tache and gloss to the weights.

CASology #392 - strength

Simon Says Stamp Monday - red, white, blue

Make My Monday #151 - cats or dogs (.... at least I think this dude is a cat!?)

Sunday, 27 June 2021

Big Wishes

 Hi All!  Happy Sunday!  We've had the loveliest sunny day today and more due for most of the week yippee, unfortunately I'll be working away looking out at it Boo!  Maybe I should relocate my laptop to the garden 😉

I bought this swirly stamp from Simply Graphic a couple of months ago and have been waiting for inspiration to strike, thankfully the sketch from AAA Cards did the trick!

I masked off my stamp, embossed in white and then inked up the background.  My whale is an oldie from MFT - I sometimes struggle with MFTs sentiments so used this one from another set.  It didn't look 'finished' until I added the grey semicircle, I guess that's the rule of '3' for you!  (though I'm not 100% positive that's the right spot for my sentiment)

Sketch from AAA Cards #193 

Sea/ whale theme from The Card Concept #158, and the colour from the inside of the mug was the exact match to my new ink pad 😁

Addicted to Stamps
#408 - birthday

Monday, 21 June 2021

A sparkly new home

 Hi all!  Just a wee quickie card from me this evening.  Well, when I say 'quick' this was version #3 before it satisfied me, so there was nothing quick about it really! 

I won these stamps an eon ago from Taylored Expressions - they belong to a set with a big tree die that never cut right on my slightly warped Cuttlebug plates, so I never actually used the stamps before! 

The sentiment is from an old Simon Says Stamp set - if I was making this again I would centre the words more over the house.  Gloss and glitter added to the red heart and house.

Oh, and just to share, here's the duds that hit the recycling pile ...

As You Like It - favourite tip - I love to use gloss+glitter on my cards and use a little cocktail stick to sprinkle the glitter into the gloss.  It's a great way to limit escaped sparkle as you're only really aiming it at the wet gloss, the little bit of excess can just be brushed off when dry. 

Allsorts #629 - anything goes

Addicted to CAS #200 - sun

Thursday, 17 June 2021

Card for Aunt Jean

 Hi All!  I'm still struggling with my mojo but needed to make a card for my Auntie and also wanted to make a card for Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge as it's a Ruby's Memory one - more details below.  I was lucky to get some new crafty goodies for my birthday so it was a good excuse to get them inky.  This is a new-to-me brand, Honey Doo Crafts - I wasn't sure what colour to do it so I went for the lot and just coloured it to match this scrap of fancy DP...

I added gloss to the cherry, glitter to the little sweetie balls, and sparkle to the icing, and a few inky splatters to the background.

Layout from Freshly Made Sketches #490 (though now I look at it again maybe my image is a tad too big!)

Crafty Hazelnuts patterned paper challenge June 2021

Word Art Wednesday #495-496 anything goes

Pixies Snippets Playground challenge #405 - every 3rd challenge the lovely Di hosts it in memory of our beloved Ruby, I can hardly believe she is gone 6 months now!  She is thought of and missed every day.  Di makes a donation to USPCA for this challenge as it's thanks to them Ruby came into our lives and the lovely playmates donate a prize - Val and Viv have fab goodies up for grabs and all you have to do to play along is to use up one of those scraps of paper on your desk!

I've had a busy week off work, managed to get out to an actual restaurant for my birthday lunch, got some gardening done and pots and baskets planted, started painting the fence, and a wee outing on the train with mum to Portrush.  The water was lovely but sooooo cold, we braved a paddle and I don't know how anyone goes swimming in the Atlantic Ocean without having instant heart failure!! (If you zoom in you might see the pile of surfers, the waves were fab!)

Monday, 7 June 2021

Just chicken in!

 Hi all!  Hope you're all well.  I'm delighted to say I got my 2nd jab on Friday and no side effects, just a bit of a sore arm so no big complaints from me.    I'm on the countdown to a week off work, bet it will be the longest week waiting for it! No trips abroad for me this year, I couldn't be annoyed with the hassle, I'm happy enough with a few day trips and lunch out!

Anyway, my card his evening uses my fun chickens from Gerda Steiner...

Don't you love it when you find some paper that matches your colouring perfectly!  Sometimes it's the little things in life make you happy 😉. Chooks coloured with watercolour pencils and gloss/glitter added to their red bits. 

Thursday, 3 June 2021

Aunt Renee's birthday card

 Hi All!  I'm not sure why my card this evening hasn't photographed well, must be the shock of having sunshine outside!!  We've had the most glorious few days, filled with sunny sunshine and blue skies.  It is so good to see it, hopefully it hangs around for a couple of weeks for my week's holiday so I get a chance to enjoy it, instead of working away at my laptop looking out at it!

So this is my card for my Aunt, using an oldie from Concorde & 9th. 

Make my Monday #149  floral birthday

Papercraft Challenge #70.  Anything goes

Friday, 28 May 2021

Perching Pelican

 Hi all, hurrah for long weekends, I love a Bank Holiday Monday especially when I treat myself to a wee Friday off work too! 😉.   AND it looks like summer is on its way with some sunshine and warmer temps due! (not before time, our weather has been pretty rubbish this year so far)

Anyway I've used a golden oldie stamp this evening (from High Hopes) 

I inked up this swirly stencil in an effort to look like water, I think it kinda works?

My dotty edge is from a set of new dies from Simply Graphic, I love their little accent pieces.

Thursday, 20 May 2021

Chocolate therapy

 Hi all 😁. Can you believe we're heading towards the end of May?! You definitely wouldn't have thought it was nearly summer today, such a drab dark wet and windy day, this time last Year we'd already had a heatwave! 

Anyway, I've dug out a real oldie this evening to send a smile to a fellow chocolate lover - I've checked back on my blog and the last time I used this dude was 2015, but it was already an oldie back then!  (Possibly from Inkadinkado but I wouldn't swear to it)

Sunday, 9 May 2021

Cactus birthday

Hi All!   Just a quickie post from me - the sun is shining and I need to tackle some of my weeds... though my neighbour's garden is a total wilderness so mine always looks not too bad in comparison ;)  Our weather has been a bit bonkers all week with mad showers and hail, but I'm hoping to finally get our winter coats away at last, fingers crossed! 

I'm struggling to make any cards at the minute, so any completed one is a result for me!  I love getting an oldie inked up (from Nellie Snellen) - if I was making this again I think I wouldn't have bothered with the leaves in the background.

Star of the show at the minute is my lovely rhododendron which is absolutely beautiful when the sun shines on it, though the blooms don't last very long and it's getting a bit big for the spot it's in

Sunday, 2 May 2021

A shoal of fish and some mice

 Hi all!  Happy Sunday and Happy Bank Holiday Monday too!  I love a wee free day off work even if it is due to be a stormy wet day.  Don't think I'll venture out as the shops will be too busy after only opening on Friday, I think I'll hold off till I get my 2nd jab next month.  At least I'm a bit more respectable looking after my haircut this week, I feel like a new woman! 😊

This card uses my new stamps and dies from Simply Graphic;  I found this really old DP that was perfect for it.  I've added some glitter to highlights on the fishes for a bit of sparkle.

I had a tiny bit of this striped DP left over, but it was just enough for what I needed.  I saw someone in blogland doing their sentiment like this, so I can't take the credit for it, but I love the effect!  Mice coloured with watercolour pencils.

Monday, 26 April 2021

A critters twofer!

 Hi all!  We've had a lovely spell of sunny Spring weather these past few days - I even got a few pots planted up and a few of the weeds tackled.  Great to see it!  Though I'm just back from a walk and it would have foundered you, such a cold cold wind, I needn't put the winter coats away yet!

My cards today use some of my new goodies from Simply Graphic, a new-to-me French store.  And no, I'd no customs charges so I reckon there will be a repeat visit after payday ;)  I'm loving my new critters, though I've just noticed the dog looks kinda sad compared to the kitty! 


This one's a more masculine version - I must have had my wonky eyes in when I stuck the panel on, it's so crooked!  I've used some black glitter card for the narrow strip and a couple of the stars, doesn't really show in the pic.

Monday, 19 April 2021

Sympathy lavender

 Hi all!  Well the good news is that I have a hair appointment booked yippee!!  Hopefully it won't be another 5 months till the next one!  Great to see our local garden centre open too, though I haven't ventured there yet while there's still a chance of frost.  And only another 6 weeks or so till my second vaccine, I can't wait!!

I have a sympathy card to share today ...

I've used this oldie from Taylored Expressions - I love inking up these oldies especially when I've a new order of goodies on the way ... my first order from France since lovely Brexit so I'm hoping it's not going to come with customs charges! 

Not sure of the make of the script background - I added some blue sharing behind the lavender and really wish I hadn't!  It kinda needed something to finish it and I had a little scrap of purple c/s left, just the right size for a few little butterflies :)

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Double sunshine

Hi all!  This was one of those difficult cards to make as it's for a good friend in work who has been made redundant and it has all been a very traumatic experience.   I think I was living in an alternative universe when I made it and have managed to give it 2 sources of sunshine!!.

It is of course one of the Colorado Crafts stamps - I got my watercol our pencils out to colour the mouse and the background of the clover and polychromos for the rest.  

  • Cut It Up #223 - what's your weather?  This was an easy challenge for me as our weather has been completely mad - sunshine and blue skies one minute, and dark as night with hailstones the next!
  • Your Next Stamp #161 - sunshine and smiles

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Floral sympathies

 Hi folks, it's been a brrrr chilly couple of days here, the weatherman definitely got it right! We had a bit of snow last night so it was all very scenic this morning, but I'm glad to say it's all away, bar a couple of sad looking snowmen ;)

I've a few sympathy cards this evening, I never seem to have any in my stash.  Both use an older stamp from Whipper Snapper - I absolutely love their stamps but I get whacked with customs charges every time, so I try to resist as best I can!

Bonus points for this one using up some DP that's been in my stash for years, I was lucky to have some pale blue card that matched it perfectly and just enough left over for my sentiment and corners :)

A couple of my chilly tulips with their snowy hats!

Sunday, 4 April 2021

Last Easter bunny!


Hi all, and a Happy Easter to you!  A quiet one for us with just me and his nibs for dinner - hopefully by next Easter we'll be more sociable!   I got my 1st jab last week, next ones due beg June, so I'll be sorted in time for my birthday 😁. We've had a lovely couple of sunny spring days, I even got out to the garden today to tackle a few weeds (some of the roots must go to Australia), but snow showers due tomorrow so it will be a stay home and turn the heating on kind of day! 

For this card I masked off a border (not a very straight one LOL) and inked up a swirly stencil.  Nice and easy and quick!

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

More Easter bunnies

 Hi all!  I'm back with another few Easter cards this evening, still have another few to make but it could be chancy if they all arrive in time!  This stamp from High Hopes is a real old oldie from my stash but still one of my faves.  My own tulips are almost blooming - we had a lovely day of sunshine today so hopefully that will bring them on.  

Bunny popped up on foam pads and I added clear gloss to the tulips and some chunky glitter to his tail. 

MFT Wednesday sketch #534
Your Next Stamp #160 - I used the pink/grey colour theme from the inspiration pic
Cut   it up #222 - spring flowers and butterflies

And here's another the same but different for my uncle!  I punched out a grass edge on my fancy DP but it's got a bit lost and probably wasn't worth the bother!

Word Art Wednesday #483-484 - anything goes

Tuesday, 23 March 2021


 Hi all!  Oooh it's as dark as night here and the wind has gotten up, looks like we're in for a splash of rain!  I can hardly believe that it's almost that time of year for the clocks to go forward, seems like no time since they went back!  But then every day is like Groundhog Day and they all kinda merge together, I think this entire past year I've hardly known what day it is any day!  Except the weekend, I haven't made that mistake yet LOL

Anyways, I've a few quickie Easter cards this evening...

I've used a real oldie for these - from Shirley's 2 Girls - it's at least 10 years old so it's good to give it an inking again!  Double bonus points for me for using up this DP which has been knocking round my stash for quite a while too!  I think I prefer this 2nd one with the stronger colour

Sunday, 21 March 2021

I spy with my little eye something beginning with C

 Hi all!  Sunday evening already, I've had a few days off work and had a lovely time faffing about and putting my time in rightly!  A bit of gardening, a bit of housework, walks in our local park and Lough shore, and the sun even shone today when I was out doing a bit of fence painting! 

Anyways, you might spot a few cats on my blog today...

The lovely Di at Pixie's Snippets Playground's challenge today is in memory of our beloved Rubydoo.  Hope you'll play along, all you need to do to join in is to use up a scrap of paper on your card, easy peasy!

I spotted this stamp from Kwan Crafts after seeing it on Cindy's lovely blog (Stamps, paper & ink) - a couple of the eyes don't stamp right but they're easy enough drawn in.  The floral kitty is popped up on foam pads and I added gloss and glitter to his flowers.  My card just didn't look finished, but I had a scrap of red card left that was just big enough to partially cut some circles and a bit of a scalloped edge and I think that's it done now 😁

And here's the same stamps again, thought I'd join the slimline card bandwagon, but a DL envelope was the slimmest one in my stash 😉  This time I glossed/glittered elements on all the kitties.  

I should have done my middle hill a slightly different shade of green.  I had thought the embossing would work, maybe I should have left the outer hills plain and just embossed the central none. Ah well, too late now!

I stencilled in some clouds and then also used my sunburst stencil as it looked a bit bare.

Layout from MFT Wednesday sketch #533
Fab'n funky #515 - no square cards

And finally, here's a wee pic of a few of the daffodils at our park.  They are even more fabulous this year than usual, must have been our nice damp winter!