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.

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

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Finally a look at the card standing up.

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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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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








Summer hydrangea card using watercolour

I’ve been through one of those patches where I’m creating lots but never get round to blogging it! I’ve used clever group of hydrangea stamps by inkylicious which allow you to build up an image. I stanped using distress inks.

I have all the Zig art and graphic twin ZIG Art and Graphic watercolour markers and I used various pinks, purples and greens to watercolour. I used my trusty marble heart as my pallette rather than applying the ink directly.

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I made the background papers and sentiment using Craft Artist 2. Lots of lovely purples! I matted the layers with platinum silver Centura Pearl card.

Watercolour hydrangea 1

As you can see I rounded all the corners with a Corner Punch. I used my round Ranger blending tool (I’m finding this so much easier to get a smooth blend compared to the rectangular one) with Victorian Velvet distress ink to add a hint of colour to the card scallop edges.

Inside the card I used more papers I made up in Craft Artist 2. I forgot to take photos before I wrote in it so I’ve blurred my writing out 🙂

Watercolour hydrangea 3

I would like to enter my card for the following challenges

That’s Crafty- purple passion challenge

Chocolate, coffee and cards challenges- a flower in your image

Penny Black and more challenge- summer flowers

Lacy Sunshine’s colour your world- anything goes

Whoopsie Daisy challenge- make it girly

Thanks so much for reading and commenting x



Braid in my hair by Day for Daisies for Spring

I first saw the stamps by A Day For Daisies being used by the wonderful Coops– I always love her cards and I fell in love with the stamps. This stamp is called Braid In My Hair and I thought it was perfect for a floral Spring birthday card.


The image was coloured with Letraset Promarkersand FlexMarkers and I used Sakura Souffle Pens on the birds to give some contrast to her hair. The flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts. The yellow paper is from the first edition paper pad- hideaway
and is layered onto black card from my stash. I used a flower petal punch with Papermania Parkstone Paper to create the sentiment flower and the sentiment is from Lili of the Valley.

Braidinmyhairdayfordaisies2I would like to enter the following challenges

Sentimental Sundays- Springtime flowers

Come and Get It Challenge- One for the girls

Make My Monday challenge blog- flowers

Deep ocean challenge- Easter/ Spring

The Shabby Tea Room- Beautiful Blooms

Sketch and color challenge number 10

An odd discovery!

An odd discovery!

The other day as I walked up the garden I spied lots of wood shavings of the lawn. This was very odd and confusing! I looked up into the tree and realised that quite high up their was a perfect circular hole- it looked like it had been done with a tool. The only possible explanation was a woodpecker but it was hard to believe. I sat down with some binoculars and sure enough a woodpecker was happily drilling out a hole in the tree. Hubby set up his camera inside the house and managed to get some photos. I couldn’t resist using one to make a  card for my dad’s birthday.

I designed my papers in Craft Artist using the Autumn colour pallette from the Craft Room challenge blog

and the layout from Sketch Saturday Challenge

Here is the finished card with matching inside

The edges of the card were inked with peeled paint distress ink and the papers edged with marsh green promarker. The gems and button were from stash.
I would also like to enter the Things With Wings challenge at Sparkles monthly challenge.

Wee dreamy dragon recuperates

Wee dreamy dragon recuperates

This is a get well card for a friend recuperating from an operation. I was inspired by this photo and colour scheme from the Fun with Shapes and More challenges.

The colours were perfect for the little wee dragon and I loved the photo so much I wanted to use the elements to make some papers in Craft Artist.

I used the colour matching on the software to get the right colours for the papers. I added a starfish motif to the background paper and coloured it orange. I then used a waves and chevron paper recoloured to match the challenge pallette. I layered onto shimmery mango card from my stash and coloured all the edges and sponged the edges of the card with Spiced Marmalade Distress ink.

I added sweetheart bloom flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and flower gems from stash.
The Dreamy Dragon image is from Wee Stamps and I coloured it with Promarkers. I added a touch of glitter to the middle of the flowers using my Sakura Glitter Pen. I painted the sky using alcohol blending solution to get a sky effect and then painted colouds using my new Molotow white acrylic pen.

I also made the inside. Using Craft Artist meant I could save ink and money by digitally layering the inside.

I would like to enter the following challenges
Digi sketch challenge– Get Well Soon with layout sketch

Fun with shapes and more– colour challenge (inspiration photos and colours at top of post!)
Papertake weekly– Oh how cute
Live and Love Crafts inspiration– things with wings
Natalie and Amy’s Challenge– things with wings

A bright pattern watercolour card

A bright pattern watercolour card

Another attempt at a watercolour card today. I felt like trying something a bit different so I decided to use a Faber-Castell Pitt permanent Pen to build up a pattern based on circles and flowers. I then used my ZIG waterolours to paint it.

I wanted to make all the papers so I echoed my main design and used my Sakura Stardust Gelpen to make them. I coloured the edge of my scalloped card with an Aubergine ProMarker.

I cut a purple and yellow ribbon for the central band. I didn’t have any buttons in my stash that were a good match for the card and since I wanted it to be as handmade as I could I decided to make the buttons. I had previously made a mould of an old button using Siligum. I used Martha Stewart paper clay (red, yellow and white to get orange)  and pressed it into the mould. When it was dry I rubbed some Gold Gilding Wax over the top to bring out the details.

This is a very different style of card for me and I’m not really sure about it!

I would like to enter the following chllenges:-
I followed this sketch from Sketch and Stash Challenge

The colours I used were from the Love to Create colour challenge

A Random Fan challenge- bright colours
Stamp and Create challenge- circles and dots
Crafting for the Craic- something with circles
A Creative Need challenge- textures and/or patterns.

Hydrangea watercolour resist card

Hydrangea watercolour resist card

I’ve found a new challenge blog today which inspired me to try a new technique. It is a challenge blog for watercolour cards and the challenge is watercolour resists (there are useful links to videos on the blog as well as examples). Since I have just started learning to watercolour this is perfect for me to try!!
I had decided to use a sketch for the card layout from the CAS Colours and Sketches challenge but to adapt it for a square card.

I used talc on my watercolourcard before embossing for a clean finish. For my main layer I tried using Sequin Waste as my mask, stamped through it in a slightly random fashion with my VersaMark Dazzle ink pad and then used Ranger Clear Embossing Powder and heat embossed it. I deliberately left the area that was going to be covered with a layer clear). I have all the Zig art and graphic twin ZIG Art and Graphic watercolour markers and decided to use various blues and purples to watercolour (the embossed areas resist the watercolour). I like to make craft area as beautiful as possible so I use this Marble Heart Chopping Board to mix and water down my watercolour pens! I use a Derwent Waterbrush to paint with.

This is my sequin waste layer.

On my next layer I used my Ranger Perfect Pen to make a swirl pattern and then heat embossed with clear powder. I used the same pens for my watercolour wash.

For my image I used the hydrangea stamp by inkylicious. I watercoloured with the same blues and purples plus greens.

As you can see I rounded all the corners with a Corner Punch and used Violet Metallic Marker on the edges. I did the same with the Lilac Pearlescent Card I layered them on. I used Brilliance Pearlescent Lavender ink for my sentiment and mounted it in the same way. I used a Round Watercolor Brush with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to add a hint of colour to the card scallop edges. I stuck it all together using foam pads (edges coloured with the metallic marker) for the image and sentiment layers to help them ‘pop’.

Here is a close up!

Inside the card I randomly washed the watercolours I had used for the front to help tie it all together.

I would like to enter my card for the following challenges
Allsorts challenge- masks and stencils
SweetPea Stamping- embossing wet or dry
Eclectic Paperie- embossing
CAS colour and sketch sketch challenge (see layout picture above)
101 Watercolour challenge- watercolour masks