Category Archives: cards

Male birthday cards x 3



I have had a few male birthdays this month, so I thought I would share my cards with you.

I started them at a workshop then finished them off at home.

For the first one I have used a Sweet Poppy Stencil, the Dolphin

I used distress oxides for the background and stenciled the dolphin in black archival ink, but used grey for the rays, then I cleaned it off and flipped it over and did the same image in grey for a reflection.

I added a sentiment to finish


This 2nd one I have used Visible image Jazz it up stamps and visible image stencil, strobes.


I coloured the background in distress oxides and inked up the Jazz it up stamp in versa fine black onyx ink, then with the strobes stencil I inked my darker colour then drew around the strobes with a white pen and stamped some random shapes, which I outlined in both black and white pen.

I had a cello made from greyboard which I painted black and added the music stamp to it, which I heat embossed in gold embossing powder.

I added  the music sheet paper for the main image to be mat and layered onto,

and finished off with a pre cut sentiment and letters.


My final card for the month was made using the same method as above and the visible image Jazz it up stamp, and strobes, I finished this one off by stamping some circles using bottle tops and added my sentiments.

Happy Crafting



London here we come


Hi visitors

I am a little late in posting this card as the event is now over lol, but I made this card for my friend Allison to keep us motivated and focused as we were taking part in the London Winter run 2019 for Cancer research.

It was our 1st 10k run and we both had a great time running with our club B2R (Beginners2runners)

I stamped the Stampendous London image in black versa fine ink and heat embossed it then coloured it with inktense water pencils.

I masked up the main image and covered the top area in distress inks, sapphire blue and broken china, then using a stampscapes stamp for the clouds I randomly stamped over the sky area.

Then finished off with the sentiment

Thanks for looking today

Happy Crafting


Visible Image Peace Love and Hope


Hi crafty friends

Here are some more samples that I made on Saturday at Eileen’s workshop.

Christmas cards using visible image stencils.

I have used the fibres stencil and the strobes stencil.

I taped off both ends of the card and secured the stencil, then used distress inks, I stamp the words and images in black versafine ink and finished of with some glitter. (larger reindeer is from Lavinia stamps)

Quick and easy cards but very effective.

Love this set of stamps.

Using the strobes stencil

Using the fibre stencil

Reindeer by Lavinia stamps

Visible Image stamps and stencils

Crafty hugs


little gems


Hello crafty visitors

Today I am sharing two cards I made a while ago at Eileen Godwin’s workshop.

I have used distress inks to colour the background, then stamped the image with versamark and used white embossing powder.

Then I coloured the flowers and leaves using distress ink and a brush.

thanks for taking a peek

enjoy your day



Delightful Daisy Anniversary Card


Hello visitors

I would like to share this Anniversary card with you today, It’s for my Mum and Dad to take out to Australia for their friend’s anniversary later this year.


I hope they all like it as I didn’t know what colours they would like so I tried to keep it fairly neutral.

I mat and layered my 6×6 card and made 2 more 4×4 then centred one piece to the main card and off set the other.

Then I stamped the set of rings and made a mask so that I could stamp the glasses on top making it look like the rings were around the stems of the glasses. Using pro markers I lightly coloured the image and then covered the glasses in glossy accents.

I painted the wedding rings with Imagination crafts starlight gold metallic paint and finished off with distress ink to the edges.

I made two sets of Heartfelt creations delightful Daisy stamp and dies, and coloured these with Scattered Straw and Spiced Marmalade distress inks, and peeled paint on the leaves.

I shaped the flowers with a ball tool, glued them together and painted over them with a varnish

To finish off I added some gems and a Happy Anniversary sentiment.

Thanks for popping in


Card for Mathew



I was asked by a lovely Lady (Tai ) to make her son Mathew an 18th Birthday Card.

A few Ideas came to mind and so the card turned into more of a six page keepsake.

Happy 18th Birthday to Mathew.

I hope you liked it, and here is how I made it.

18th-cardI made two 6×6 cards from Kraft card and joined them together so I had six pages to work with.

I have used distress inks on all of the edges and papers to give a worn look.

I covered the front with Heartfelt Creations cogs and gears paper, heat embossed some cogs in gold and added the golden key, then from Grey board I cut the cogs from Tim Holtz Gadget Gears #2 dies, and made them gold using gilding wax, and did the same for the number and words.

I attached the bead to some raffia to use a fastening.

travel-cardFor the inside I chose some vintage papers and added the tag to the first page, spelling Mathew and adding scattered type keys.

The next two pages I managed to find some paper that had travel related images, I added sentiments to the passport page.

For the centre page I made a lift up panel, on the outside I used glossy accents on the glasses and added the camera and sentiment.

mens-cardInside I made two panels, one with a pocket for the removable tag saying:

‘look in here for yester-year’

And then used glossy accents again on the watch face.

For the upper side I added a verse ( I had to wrap the fastening around it just to keep it up for the photo)

memoriesInside this I added some personal details, Mathew as a toddler and two of his favorite toys.


Using Kraft card I cut the frames from Spellbinders labels eight, distressed it with inks then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

For this page I heat embossed Mathews birthday date and month the used distress inks over the top.


I used a Tim Holtz clock die ‘tick tock’ coloured it with distress inks and heat embossed this with clear embossing powder. I cut the numbers from black card and set the clock hands to the time Mathew was born.

I added the star sign and the number 15 to finish off.

And then lastly for the back page I added a lovely family photo


using paper for the bottom half and hessian for the top I made a pocket for two blank removable tags.

I covered the tags ( Sizziz tags #5) with lines paper and left blank for mum and dad to write their own personal messages

Then the frame was cut using Tim Holtz Ornante frame die and some Tim Holtz sentiments to finish off

I really enjoyed making this card and feel very honored to have made it.

Thanks for looking in today



Shans 25th Birthday Card


Hello visitors

Its been a while again! haha.

I’ve been so busy and haven’t blogged in over month so I have some catching up to do.

I wanted to share this card with you, I made it for my daughter Shannon, for her 25th birthday.


I used an 8 x 8 scalloped card and layered it with a 7.5 x 7.5 pink card, which I distressed with seedless preserve and ripe persimmon distress inks.

I took a piece of white card and ran it through a Sheena Douglass dry stone wall embossing folder and cut the shape with spellbinders grand scalloped squares. Then coloured it with distress inks in the same colours as above and added some picked raspberry.

I cut a rectangle from the brickwork card and put some silver mirror card behind it, then glue all this in place.

I used some paper that has script printed on it and distressed the edges with a Tim Holtz paper distresser. I used inks in Spiced Marmalade, Black Soot, Vintage Photo and Seedless Preserve.

Using the doll stamp ‘Megan’ from the Julie Nutting collection ( I love this and need to buy another ) ! I stamped the image onto a piece of white card, then again onto some patterned paper. I cut out the skirt twice and layered it, and the top once making sure the little frill covered the skirt waistband then the boots and hair band.

I have given the link below from Prima Marketing, I found it really helpful.

Once all glued together, I used copics to colour the skin, pro-makers on the hair and water pencils to highlight the clothing and boots.

The leaves are from Heartfelt creations and coloured with peeled paint and scattered straw distress ink, the flowers are a mixture from my stash. (including a little bit from my wedding bouquet from 25 years ago lol)

I glued these in place with some silicon glue as it gives time to move things around.

I added a metal embellishment handbag, ribbon, some wooden butterflies a die cut ‘Happy Birthday’ and Daughter.

I hope you like it, my daughter loved it

thanks for popping in today

Happy Crafting x


For my Dad


Hello visitors

As it is Fathers Day today, I am sharing with you the card that I made for my dad.

Although it is pretty basic I just love to make the paper cogs look old and giving them some texture.

I mat and layered the brown paper and green card onto a white card.

I cut the cogs from black card and used the left over piece in the top corner.

To give the cogs texture I used art Extravagance graphite paste ( I love this stuff) ! Once dried, I lightly rubbed over some wax to give it a rusted look and glued them into place.

The pocket watch I cut out and covered with some glossy accents, I added some cardboard letters ‘dad’ and a Happy Fathers Day sentiment that I printed onto patterned paper.

I found an old watch and the metal rim was a perfect fit for it.

cogs card

Happy Fathers Day Dad


Fathers day Cards


Hello visitors,

I’ve not blogged for a while! I don’t know where the time went, I celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary last month in Tuscany, very beautiful and relaxing, had a very busy week returning to work, and now I have had enough of this bad weather:( where is our summer !!

I made this card for Fathers day a while ago as part of a card challenge, we had to use certain ingredients, ie: gold, blue, cogs, ink etc, so I thought I would get one of my father’s day cards ready as I knew I was in for a busy time doing other bits and pieces.

For this card I used chipped sapphire and broken china distress inks for my background.

Then randomly stamped the splattered patches with distress ink, and highlighted them with a white gel pen, using an old glue lid I dipped it into some gesso, white and black to add the circles.

I used a timepiece stencil with white embossing powder, and Andy Skinner’s cog stencil with gold paste.

 To finish off I added some words.

fathers day cards

This one is for my father in Law

Happy Fathers day Bill