Using Santoro Mirabelle papers for some bunny love!

Using Santoro Mirabelle papers for some bunny love!

I absolutely love all the Santoro papers- I think it is because they are good quality, have great patterns and subtle sparkle. The front covers are also works of art by themselves…simply stunning.

They are the kind of papers that tend to sit unused because you can’t bear to cut them up and then worse give them away! My SANTORO Mirabelle Pad had the perfect papers for our challenge theme of stars and stripes this month with the unusual star background paper so I decided to use them for a very special anniversary card for my brother and sister-in-law.

Santoro Mirabelle for Bunny anniversary

I keep forgetting to mention that I tend to work on scalloped 8×8″ square card blanks. The papers are all from the Mirabelle pad and I matted onto pink card and then used Tattered Rose distress stickles glitter glue around the edges. I made the topper using CraftArtist 2 Professional using an image from the digikit WH Stamps 1. I added pearl gems.

I’d like to enter the following challenges

Creative Loops Challenge- Stars and Stripes

Hanna and Friends– Animals

As You Like It– Favourite papers and why

4 Crafty Chicks– Your favourite designer/paper/company

Simply Create Too– Lots of Sparkle

Aloha Friday Challenge– All About Animals

Dragon’s Lair– It’s a Zoo Out there.


Thanks for reading and for any comments…they really brighten up my day.










Pearls in my hair by A Day For Daisies- pretty in pink.

Pearls in my hair by A Day For Daisies- pretty in pink.

Our Creative Loops Challenge here this month is stars and/or stripes. This is my first card for the challenge using the beautiful digi called Pearls In My Hair from Day For Daisies. It is a birthday card for my lovely sister in law.


The stripe and floral papers were from the Victorian Roses by Make & Create. All the layers were matted onto pink card and the card was distressed using my Tim Holtz distress tool. I used a lovely translucent shimmery ribbon. All of these were from my extensive stash :-). I added three star gems and also some flowers from wild orchid crafts to embellish the card.

I used Craft Artist to create the top layer with the digi stamp and coloured the image using Promarkers.


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges

Creative Loops- Stars and/or stripes

Use Your Stuff- Floral prints

Tuesday Throwdown- Happy Birthday

Freshly Brewed Designs- Birthdays

Craft Rockets Challenges- Spots and/or stripes

That’s Crafty Challenge- Bird’s of a Feather Challenge











Minions birthday card

Minions birthday card

I made this Minions birthday card for a lovely boy called Joe 🙂 I designed and created it using the Scan’n’cut and got to use up lots of small scraps of card.
Minions birthday card 1

I added some detailing using gel pens. I recycled a small plastic washer from an electric toothbrush and painted it silver using a my silver Promarker. I used glossy accents inside it to give a glass effect.

Minions birthday card2

I’d like to enter the following challenges

Crafty Girls Corner- use yellow

Moo-mania and more- Masculine cards

Challange up your life- Repurpose household items

Di’s Digi Designs- For the boys

Send A Smile for Kids- Bright cards for kids


Daffodil on vellum for Mother’s Day card

This is the Mother’s Day card I made. I embossed the daffodil on vellum and coloured and blended with layers of polychromos for the flower and Pan Pastels for the background.

Daffodil vellum Mothers day cardI don’t have time to write a full post tonight but I’ll try and finish it asap so please reread it if you want to know more! Here are a couple of close ups.

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I’m entering the Creative Loops challenge- flowers



Love is caught in crystal

Love is caught in crystal

The February challenge for Creative Loops is hearts– perfect for a Valantine’s Day card. I decided to attempt the caught in crystal technique for the first time and although I was happy with the results there is room for improvement on my next try!


I used my Indigo Blu poppy heart stamp and Blazing Poppies stamp with Versamark Watermark Ink
on Heat Resistant Acetate and I heat embossed using WOW! Blue Pearl Embossing Powder. I then started painting from light to dark on the images. I started with the highlights on the poppy using Acrylic Pearl Liquid in Volcano Red.
I then mixed two shades of Daler Rowney acrylic redsto paint the mid and shadow areas. The lighter areas are more sparkly in real life and of course the acetate adds some shine. Although I used the mid shade behind the edges of the pearlescent areas I would have liked to achieve a more subtle blend so I’ll have to play further to see if that is possible. I used Pebeo pearlescent green and Daler Rowney Graduate Acrylics for the leaves and am happier with the blending I achieved here.


Once dried I added Pledge Klear Multi-surface waxand used Spectrum Noir Aquatints to get a blend of colours. I also added some Glamour Dust Glitter which is difficult to see in the photos. I went for shades of red but the differences were quite subtle once they all mixed and didn’t show up as well as I’d have liked. Greens or contrasting colours may have been better. I also wonder if I used too much of everything.

I crumpled up my tissue paper and splodged it on to the Pledge paint mix making sure it was saturated. I left it to dry overnight.

I attached it to the metallic blue mat using Screw Brads. I embossed the sentiments from the Phill Martin Baroque Every Day Corner range onto the mat corners. I coloured the card edges with Peeled Paint distress ink and then embossed metallic green card with my Tattered Lace Fretwork Lace embossing folder.

Heartcaughtincrystal1I would like to enter the following challenges

Creative Loops challenge– Hearts, love etc.

Creative Playground Challenge– Show us your heart

Pattie’s Creations Challenge– Love is in the air

Cuttlebig mania– I {heart} you

Stampin’ Royalty Challenge– Sparkle and shine




Minecraft card- new layout and new style

Minecraft card- new layout and new style

Creative loops challenge newThe theme for the Creative Loops challenge this month is New. In this card I have tried a new card fold and style. It is a bit out of my comfort zone and I always struggle a bit more with male birthday cards. I CASED (Copy And Share Everything) this card from Pinterest, originally pinned from SouthShoreStamping.

I made the card using Kraft card and also used it to mat the Creeper.


I created the backing paper and creeper by scoring/ embossing lines every mm across the green and black card both vertically and horizontally. I used Promarkers to colour the green squares on the creeper and cut the eyes and mouth from the black card. I mounted the eyes and mouth on foam pads.

Creative loops minecraft card

I made a matching backing paper for the inside using Craft Artist 2. I used the Minecraft font- love it!

Creative loops minecraft card2

Finally a look at the card standing up.

Creative loops minecraft card3

I’d like to enter the following challenges

Creative Loops Challenge- New (JFF)

Cardz 4 Guys- Happy Birthday

613 Avenue Create- Anything goes with an optional twist of birthday/ anniversary

Crafting When We Can- Something New

Craft Rocket Challenges- Happy Anything


Thanks for reading.




Sun, sand, sea and Wee Goldie the mermaid!

There are lots of inspiring summer challenges at the moment so I decided to use my Goldie digi stamp by Sylvia Zet at Wee stamps for a summer themed card. Unfortunately this shop seems to be down at the moment but an alternative is to get the rubber stamp or buy the topper at Hobby House. I created a background for the image using Craft Artist 2 with sea in the circle and sand outside it in the square.


I coloured the image using Promarkers. I pushed myself to try some different colours and I like how it turned out.

Hair: Honeycomb, ginger, spice and terracotta

Skin: Ivory, blush, dusky pink, tea rose

Tail: Amber, pumpkin, orange, burnt orange

Flowers: Artic blue, sky blue

Hearts: Antique pink, ruby

Snail: Blush, dusky pink, putty, tan

Bubbles: Aquamarine, soft aqua, turquoise

I added some highlights to the hair using Letraset metallic red gold and to the bubbles with Letraset metallic green and Sakura Stardust green star. Finally I covered each bubble using Sakura Stardust clear star.


I created the background paper and sentiment using Craft Artist 2. I used digital starfish embellishments to match my theme. I edged the papers using Promarkers and matted them onto plain yellow card. The sentiment looks like a sign on weathered wood with chalk writing. I curled the sentiment to make it ‘pop’ and added pearl embellishments.

I would like to enter the following challenges

Pinspirational challenge– I used the colours from the photo to colour my digital papers and designed my sentiment to look like one of the signs on wood.

Crafty sentiments challenge– sketch

City crafter challenge blog– mood board inspired my sand paper and starfisk embellies

The house that stamps built- Sun sand and surf

Passion for Promarkers- Fun in the sun

Crafty boots challenge- Life’s a beach

Eureka stamps challenge- Hot, hot, hot

Incy wincy designs- Sea, sun and sand

Thanks for popping by.






Diamonds and pearls- Hepbern dress


This card is full out girly- diamonds, pearls and lace!  I used the beautiful image Hepbern dress by A Day for Daisies.

Hepburn dress  Day for Daisies

I coloured the image with Promarkers, Collectors ProMarkers and flexmarkers (Hair: canary, sunflower, yellow, vanilla. Skin: Almond, putty, dusty pink, tea rose. Dress: Duck egg, oasis, honeydew, aquamarine). I painted some highlights onto the dress using pearlescent waterfall green acrylic ink.

I used Craft Artist 2 to make the image background and background paper. I made them both by sampling the colours from the Our Daily Bread Colour challenge.

I used my Cougar electronic cutter to etch a frame design on lilac pearlescent card. I used Spun Sugar Distress Sticklesto outline the frame design and around the outside of the card.

Hepburn dress a day for daisiesI created the digital backgound paper featureing a lace ribbon, strings of pearls, glitter and diamond and pearl embellishments. I colour matched these for the ODB challenge. I created a mathing paper for the inside.


I would like to enter this card for the following challenges. Please do go over and check out all the wonderful inspiration there.

Paper Minutes- Lyrics I went with Diamonds and Pearls by Prince
Top Tip Tuesday- Ribbon & Pearls (gutted this is the last challenge as I love this blog)
Incy Wincy Designs- Frame It (always good to have a frame around an image)
Lost Coast Designs – Circles
Perfectly Rustics-Anything Goes With Glitter
Whoopsi Daisy- Make it Girly

Diamond fold Christmas card

This is the design I used for all my Christmas cards last year but unfortunately I forgot to take photos so I could blog them! I thought I’d make another one while I still remembered how I did them!

I made the card base using 12 by 12 inch pearlescent card. I cut this at 4 and 8 inches so I could make three cards. I used this tutorial at splitcoaststampers on making diamond fold cards and scored it using my Big Score Scoring Board. This is the folded, front  and rear views.

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diamond fold christmas4

I used an old image, papers, card and a stamp which were all from magazines and unfortunately I have no idea which magazines or the designers. I also used old ribbon and punches. I added new adhesive pearls and coloured them with a metallic red Promarker.

diamond fold christmas2I used corner punches on my layers under the image. I used a holly punch and added more adhesive pearls coloured with a metallic red Promarker as berries.

diamond fold christmas6I stamped and embossed the sentiment image onto card which I cut with a scallop edge circle punch.

I made a box envelope with card from this lushFirst Edition Scrapbook Paper Pad- Love Letters.

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If you’re interested in trying out different card types and folds you might want to check out my Pinterest board with them.

I’d like to enter this card to the following challenges

Creatilicious Challenges- more than one fold

Whimsy stamps inspiration challenge- Christmas in summer

Crafting when we can- ribbon, twine, washi taps or a combination of the three

Paper creators crafts- dies and/or punches

SLS lines challenges- Christmas or creepmas in summer