Just for Weirdchild…

…because I love her too much to see her fail, I have decided to extend the challenge!! (i’m sure she’ll be grateful)

In the meantime, a couple of shares from me as my beautiful kiddies are now back at school so I have more crafty time available 🙂


This is a lovely Crafters Companion stamp which is coloured with oil pencils, distress ink and foiling for some pretty accents which was commissioned last week; however I am also including it a one of my challenge entries.


My second is another wedding card featuring a Lili of the Valley digi-stamp; a Sheena stamp and a variety of dies which I will list below. I have also used a mixture of sequins, gems, hard pearls and liquid pearls; the tag in the small pocket die is also removable both for added interest and to make it easier to write on.

Base Materials:

  • Crafters Companion gatefold card blank
  • My Craft Studio Super Smooth Card
  • Create and Craft Mirricard
  • Sheena Douglass Stamping Card
  • Marble Paper

Colouring Mediums:

  • SN Alcohol Markers
  • Crafters Companion Sparkle Pens
  • Distress Ink (Vintage photo)


  • TL Flower Panel
  • TL Gold Lace Butterfly
  • Heart felt Creations small Pocket Die
  • Crafters Companion Lacy Daisy Die


  • Craftmania Sequins
  • Hunkydory Glitter
  • Ranger Liquid pearl
  • Adhesive Pearls and Gems
  • Ribbon

Challenge Failed

As has been pointed out to me I have totally failed the current challenge 🙂

My one and only and for my first attempt at colouring not too bad.


What I have done is a special birthday card that I cannot share for the time being, thereby making a mess which today I have tidied and re-arranged.

Oh forgot the Cuttlebug disaster when it went clunk and no longer worked EEEEEk. However a quick youtube search found the problem and resolution. 30mins later all fixed and I could breath again.

So to today ….. apart from having to tidy I had decided on a bit of re-arranging. My cut’n’boss has lived on my desk all the time I have had it (and was worth the cost when I broke my shoulder) but I find that I use my baby blue or cuttlebug most of the time so felt it needed a new home but still easily accessible.

So here we go a small trip round my crafty space.


The Baby Blue now where the Cut’n’Boss used to be with the plates for the Cuttlebug in a letter rack. On the right is my unit showcased in a previous post now sat on top of a couple of landscape A4 trays that have an A5 storage box lid with my corner punches and clamps on the left and the base with 3D pads of various sizes all to hand. On the bottom is an A4 lid with scraps ready to rifle through. (the base is on another unit with all my acrylic stamping blocks)


Moving round to the left I have two hi-fi units from Argos configured two different ways with my card stash (well most of it). On top of the one in the corner are tubs with embossing folders, HD Little books, miri mats, gilding flakes and Candi. On the other one is my Cutterpillar Crop. The Cuttlebug is happy in its home on the floor very easily picked up to be used.


And turning further round is the Cut’n’Boss in its new home. I have even had cause to use it since I moved it and all is fine. The tubs are full of punches. The small set of drawers have pens such as Wink of Stells with transfer foils in the top drawer. The second shelf is Christmas. In the filing cabinet I keep my card blanks, envelopes and corresponding celo bags.

And just because it would be rude not to ……


While clearing the desk I made these toppers with ‘things’ I found which seemed to go together.



More Stamping!

With the Summer holidays almost over I am trying to squish a couple of extra photos into the challenge; unfortunately I have had to abandon a couple for looking a bit rubbish, but I am happy with the two below so felt they were worth posting 🙂


This is a lovely Crafters Companion stamp which I have used before but felt was well worth using again.I used polycolours and extended the scene around the stamp to fill the topper space. I have also cleverly covered up an unfortunate ink smudge with a ribbon 😉


This second one is a Lili of the valley digistamp; also coloured with polycolours but with wp-image-1923221322some Wink of Stella glitter pen; glue drops to which I have added some glitter and some foiling (difficult to see on the photo) and a couple of liquid drops for the hair and toe bells. This particular one had two rescues, the first being that I over coloured my fairy’s face, which I managed to fix using a rubber (proper artists putty rubber, not a hard pencil eraser) which worked very well and the second being that although I have a stamping platform I forgot to use it, so when the sentiment only half stamped I had to try and line it back up. As is nearly always the case I ended up with a ghost image of some of the sentiment, but this has been covered by adding a green shadow effect to the text.


Something Different

Well today I have dipped a toe into scrapbooking.

Draft Page


This was my original layout. Well technically my second one but really didn’t like the first one at all. The main image is the notice I sent out to Mum’s friends, there was also a letter giving more detail.( I may print it out and fix it under the tags) The tags are the cards that were on the family flowers, fortunately they were all on the same size card and I have a tag die that they fitted.  They are held by a brad so you can read them all if needed. Mum loved yellow flowers and always put yellow roses on Dad’s resting place. Having got this far I stopped for lunch so that I came back to it with fresh eyes.

Final (ish)


The seed pods and purple are both dried parts of my parents funeral flowers. The spiders web is not yet fixed, it was on my desk and I put it there for fun and I think I like it but the grown up part of my head is saying ‘you cannot put a spiders web on this page’…………… Not sure which part is going to win.

What Challenge?!

Having seen the lovely xmas card Weirdchild has been making I found myself a little confused as I am sure that the Challenge was to be using something new…. However the challenge is only a guideline anyway so who cares?!

Every month I do my best to set myself a specific Crafty allowance ( I am sure many others do too) and so I am ashamed to say that I blew the whole of August’s allowance in one blow 😦

Some of you will have seen the new Crafters Companion Christmas Stamps that launched a couple of weeks ago which I had been merrily ignoring; unfortunately I was then lured into purchase by a really good deal (with a set of sparkle pens) and an additional discount available on the site through other means. I have been drooling a little over the sparkle pen sets for a while so I finally succumbed.

I have done two cards so far and a possibility.

The First I did was a craft along whilst watching Hochanda on rewind


This is the first time I used the glycerin-with- spectrum-aqua technique and was happy with the result. The rest of the colouring is also spectrum aqua and I have used pebeo’s liquid foil relief paste to ‘flick’ (as you would water) to make the foil droplets which I think is really pretty; I shall definitely be using the technique again!



This Second one was also coloured with spectrum aquas but was essentially just colour and stick; I have also added liquid pearls for a bit of dimension

This last one isn’t finished because I cannot decide whether or not my Tatty Ted colours match the background. They were created separately so the colours were not done to match to start with, but I can’t quite make up my mind…


Another of those days …………

Well I had to tidy properly from last time and what better way than using up the spare bits 🙂

IMG_1517  Size 8″ *  8″

Having received my new HunkyDory dies just had to try at least one of them out. It is a shaker card using the new die and some HD snowfall acetate. The addition of a green background and wide xmas ribbon. The sentiment die is also HD, and finally you may recognise THAT die again.

IMG_1520  Size 7″ * 5″

Base card has been silver embossed (still magic to watch). Unclear in photo but image is decoupaged with a snowfall acetate dome added.

IMG_1522   Size 7″ * 5″

The embossed card was intended to be the base of the previous card but decided I liked it too much to cover so just added a snowflake corner.

IMG_1525   Size 8″ * 8″

Left over HD card from last years makes. Added an embossed image, sanded back and silver gilding wax added, mounted on HD rainbow mirri.

IMG_1527   Size 7″ * 5″

And to finish the tag is the last bit of of the HD used last week, the image is from the little book just simply matted onto a gold mirri mat on a red card base.

Crafting area is nearly tidy(ish) so might need to do some more today.

Foot Note: I have HunkyDory mats in Rainbow and Gold Little Book size and also Rainbow in 8′ * 8″ and find them invaluable. Depending on what I am adding I often take die cuts out of the centre. The last card I didn’t as I was adding a paper weight topper.

Handmade Cards for every occasion

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