Tuesday, 28 February 2017


Good evening!!

It is now!  Unfortunately there have been technical problems with my PC connection and this post was scheduled for 6am this morning!... it never happened!
So, here we go with our first tutorial

I started with an 8" square white card base and added a pretty pink paper, from my stash, to it leaving a narrow border.  I die cut the Umbria set from SW's Italian Collection, in ivory card.  I used all 3 dies but omitted using the centre one on my card.  I used the same coloured card for the flower at the top right as I already had the bottom left flower made and stored

I also die cut several pieces from the Spring Foliage ~ Finishing Touches Collection  and again using the Blossoming Branch from the same collection by SW in ivory card
I dusted two of the flowers with Tattered Rose and Victorian Velvet Distress Inks by Ranger.  I added a rose centre to the larger pink flower and a flat back pearl to the smaller pink flower
I added ivory stamens to the bottom left flower 
I stamped the sentiment, from Phill Martin's Baroque Border Sentiments, again using Tattered Rose, onto ivory card (in hindsight I should have used a darker shade or even a coffee coloured ink) and die cut it using the middle pierced flag, then added mounting foam to the back and placed it within the left side of the main focal point.  I then added a pink dazzler onto the edge of the tag
The remaining ivory flower and leaves were arranged and adhered to the bottom left of the card plus a little metallic gold linx by Creative Expressions was also added to opposite corners

More tomorrow

Thank you for visiting

June x

Monday, 27 February 2017

And The Winner Is...

Good morning friends

Using Random Name Picker.Org
the person who will be giving
 Saturday's Card Give-Away
 a new home is...
Angela Radford
Congratulations Angela!

Please email me your postal details to

Our Saturday Give-Aways run every week throughout the year so please call back next week (daily would be even better lol)

My post for today will be showing at 1pm

Thank you for visiting...

June x


Today is a new challenge at Crafty Cardmakers,
the theme is 'Go Green'

Please pop over to their blog, Crafty Cardmakers, to see the other designs and inspiration from my very talented design teamies
I chose to make a tag showing lots of green but also to incorporate stash I had stored!
I covered the tag using white Gesso, then gave it a coating of Distress Ink in Pine Needles.  When dry I randomly smoothed a little more of white Gesso 

The paper flowers are made free hand, as are the leaves.  The foliage is also from my stash
I matted a piece of orange paper onto black card and adhered it to the tag.  The flowers, leaves and foliage were arranged and also adhered to the tag
I used an old stamp set to stamp the word FUN, each letter on a different coloured paper, then matted to black card.  I tweaked two letters for a little dimension
To complete I covered each letter with Glossy Accents and left
them overnight to dry completely.  When dry I adhered each letter to the tag

Thank you for visiting, I do read all your comments

June x

Saturday, 25 February 2017


Hi... thanks for popping by

If you would like to give this card a new home leave me a comment and the winner will be announced Monday
I will post to any country!

Next week will see the first of my 'Tuesday Tutorials'... keep visiting!

Hope you all have a great weekend

Thank you for visiting my blog

June x

Friday, 24 February 2017


Hi blog followers, apologies for there not being a card posted for today but please come back tomorrow as it's the
Saturday Special Give-Away Card

June x

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY..... again!

Hi and welcome, thanks for popping by

First things first, my apologies for not posting yesterday, the card above was for yesterday!  I'm afraid the 'old war wounds' were pretty bad etc etc
So let me get straight down to the card.
Using A4 Baby Pink Foundation Card I scored it in half to create an A5 portrait card.  I also cut several thin layers of the pink and white card. On a piece of white foundation card I stamp and heat embossed the sentiment Happy Mother's Day by Clarity using WOW Gold Satin Pearl Embossing Powder.  Next I cut the Cascading Butterflies Die using White Foundation Card, I didn't use the outer cutting die as I wanted the image of the butterflies only.  I then embossed this card with one of my folders from my stash.  I cut 2 of the same elements from the Kinetics - 3D Window Box & Accessories in white card.  I used 4 different shades of ProMarkers to colour the flowers  and window boxes, highlighted the tulips using a white pencil, added mounting foam to the back of the window boxes, from that set and adhered 3 small flat back pearls to each box and to the centres of the smaller flowers.
I chose 3 of the butterflies, sprayed them with adhesive glue and sprinkled Diamond Sprinkles Glitter Jewels over them.  I then removed the excess, applied Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear PVA Glue to the centre of each butterfly and added white flat back pearls.
Where the butterflies had been cut., on the white card, I applied some double sided adhesive sheet to cover the cut image on the back of the card, then working on the front of the card I used Golden Jewels Gilding Flakes to the butterfly shapes, and, with a piece of Rubit Scrubit I burnished the gilding flakes.
I used one of my tag dies from my stash to cut and emboss the sentiment then gently dusted a little distress ink, around the edges, using one of my smoothies that already had Victorian Velvet Distress Ink on it.  Mounting foam was applied to the back of the sentiment and adhered to the card.  I also adhered the smallest butterflies to the edge of the sentiment.
I applied Cosmic Glue to the spine of the two remaining butterflies and adhered to the matching gilded images.  The window boxes were adhered to the base of the card, a verse attached to the card inside and that was the card finished

Thank you for visiting, I do like to read all of your comments and it also lets me know you've called

June x
Materials & Suppliers

  •   white and baby pink foundation card:  Creative Expressions
  •   Cascading Butterflies Die Set:  CE
  •   3D Window Box & Accessories:  CE
  •   Gilding Flakes:  CE
  •   Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear PVA Glue:  CE
  •   flat back pearls:  CE
  •   Happy Mother's Day Stamp:  Clarity Stamps
  •   Golden Satin Pearl Embossing Powder: WOW
  •   Watermark Stamp Pad:  VersaMark

  • Wednesday, 22 February 2017


    Hi... thanks for popping by
    This is a cute Mother's Day Card especially if the recipient is a baker!
    I love this Sherbet Foundation Card by CE.  I folded an A4 piece of this card to create a portrait A5.  Using one of the  pierced oval dies from SW's collection, I cut a piece of white foundation card then embossed it using Cascading Hearts EF by SW.  This was then adhered, at a jaunty angle, to the card base.  I then cut and embossed several pieces from the Necessities - Apron Die Set by SW for CE.  I used paper from Smirk 6"x6" Designer Paper Pack to cut the apron.  I also cut an extra piece for the 3 pockets and cut these landscape.  Mounting foam was attached to the back and adhered to the apron.  The single pocket, rolling pin, mixing spoon, spatula and oven mitts were cut and embossed on white foundation card.  I used an already inked smoothie to add some colour to the single pocket, mitts, spatula and mixing spoon.  I also used some pre-cut mini, mini hearts, adhered two together and placed them on the centre of the single pocket.  Using silver mirri card I then cut and embossed the set of measuring spoons and whisk.  The apron strings were cut from very narrow white satin ribbon.  The You're One In A Million sentiment is from SW's Kinetics Range - Candy Machine.  I cut and embossed it onto sherbert foundation card then using the outer die cut another piece of white foundation card and adhered the sentiment to it.  Mounting foam was also added to the back of this to give dimension.  I typed Happy Mother's Day onto copy paper and adhered it to the rolling pin

    Thank you for visiting and taking the time to leave me a comment, which I do appreciate

    June x

    Tuesday, 21 February 2017


    Hi... thanks for popping by

    For this particular Mother's Day Card I cut an A4 piece of white card, landscape, to measure 7.25".  I then used the first two score lines (A6 and A5 Gatefold) to create folds on either side of the card.
    I choose a pretty green paper by docrafts CAPSULE collection for the centre of the card and used a Martha Stewart Corner Punch on all four corners of the paper.  I then adhered to the centre of the card.  I cut and embossed the centre piece using the Gillian Die from SW's Frames & Tags, one in white card and one in a matching green paper from the above collection.  I adhered these together and gently smoothed a little Mustard Seed Distress Ink using the blending tool from yesterday's card (I did not apply more ink to the blending pad).  Mounting foam was adhered to the back of the centre piece then attached to the card.  I next cut several swirls from the Daisy Flourish Rhinestones Collection by Hobby House and added these to the focal point.
    I cut and embossed two Wispy Fronds from SW's Finishing Touches Collection and adhered one to both side panels.  I also added a little Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue to the outer sides of the Wispy Fronds and sprinkled Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels in Diamond Sprinkles to the glued areas.
    I used a Clarity Stamp for the sentiment and this was heat embossed after I applied WOW Gold Satin Pearl Embossing Powder.  I cut several flowers from the Spring Foliage - Finishing Touches Collection by SW, shaped them using a small ball tool, adhered several layers then used a spray adhesive by Crafter's Companion over the flowers then sprinkled Diamond Sprinkles Glitter Jewels over them.  I added a small gold sequin to the centre of each flower then adhered these to the card. 
    To complete I stamped a verse onto the back of the card using another Clarity Stamp for Mother's Day.

    Thank you for visiting my blog, I look forward to reading all your comments and will always answer any questions you may have

    June x

    Monday, 20 February 2017


    Hi... thanks for popping by

    Firstly though, my apologies for late post!
    I thought I'd bring a splash of sunshine to this dismal wet day so let's get started.

    I started with a white, 5"x7" card base and cut a strip off the front measuring approximately 2" plus.
    I stamped the remaining card front using VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad onto Heartfelt Creations's Sunflower Stamp Pad. Once stamped I sprinkled WOW Embossing Powder in White Pearl Regular over the stamped image, removed the excess and heat set it.  With the excess card I cut another two thin strips but varied the width of these.  Next I applied plenty of ink to my blending tool using Tim Holtz Distress Ink 'Mustard Seed' and applied it to the bottom half of the stamped image.  I then applied Tim Holtz Distress Ink 'Scattered Straw'  to another blender pad and covered the remaining image.  I did the same to the two thin strips of card stock.  I used a paper towel to rub the excess inks from the stamped image.
    I measured a piece of acetate and cut it to fit to make a 'complete' card.  I used red line double sided tape to adhere the acetate onto the edge of the cut piece of card and then adhered the wider of the two strips of card over it.  I added the smaller strip of card to the outer edge of the acetate (hence creating a 'complete' card).
    On white foundation card by CE I cut  the Cascading Butterflies from Sue Wilson's Finishing Touches Range for CE.  I used both the outer and inner dies to do this. I inked the butterflies, on both sides,  using the pre-inked blending tool.  These were adhered to the acetate using Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue by CE.
    On a sheet of A4 white foundation card I typed Hello Sunshine,  I then copied and pasted it to the whole card  (I will store the other strips for future cards or classes).  I used the smaller ribbon tag die by SW to cut the sentiment and inked around it, using Mustard Seed Distress Ink, whilst keeping it in the die.  Next I used the same tag die to cut a piece of vellum that I adhered to the sentiment (to give it a softer look) and added two tiny hearts and one tiny circle to the edge of it.  I added mounting foam to the sentiment and adhered to my card.
    Finally using a small rubber stamp named 'Tapestry', and Rusty Hinge Distress Ink, I stamped several images to the inside of the card that could be seen through the acetate.
    Compared to the stages shown to make this card it really did not take that long to make it!

    Welcome to Julie and Angela my latest blog followers, thank you for joining me

    Thank you for visiting, I hope you may have gleaned a little inspiration, your comments are always welcome and I read them all 

    June x

    The winner of Saturday's card is...


    Please email me with postal details to

    If you click on the card you will see a more clear image and should you wish to save this, or any other card, there is a Pinterest button on the left hand-side, below the details, of each post I display :)

    Saturday, 18 February 2017


    Hi... thanks for popping by
    I hope you enjoy my blog and get a little inspiration from my cards.
    Your comments are always welcome...

    I really love this particular embossing folder by Couture Creations, namely 'Breeze'.  You may remember another card I used a few days ago with the same folder!  I also have another card using it again and will post that tomorrow.
    Once I embossed the design onto coconut white foundation card by CE, I used Spectrum AQUA Pen in 'Peach' to add just a little colour to the bottom of each petal, then with a water brush I pulled the colour over each petal.  I heat dried the petals add applied Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue using the fine line brush by CE then sprinkled Glamour Dust by DecoArt over each petal.  This was then adhered to pink card creating a thin layer of colour and added to a white 5"x7" base card.
    The sentiment is from John Lockwood's Pierced Flag Sentiments Stamp Set for CE.  I stamped this onto coconut white card using Adirondack 'Slate' Dye Pad by Ranger.  I used the smaller Pierced Flags by SW for CE then the next larger size for the pink card creating a border.  Mounting foam was attached to the back and adhered to the top of the card with an addition of 3 flat back pearls adhered to the bottom right

    If you would like to give this card a new home just leave me a comment and I will announce the winner on Monday

    Have a good weekend...

    June x

    Friday, 17 February 2017


    Hi friends.... thanks for popping by
    I used a Clarity Stamp for the heart image and the sentiment for today's card.  Stamped them onto ivory card then used ProMarkers in red and grey to colour the large heart and red only for the smaller heart.
    Thin mats of red and ivory card were applied and I then adhered these onto a white 5x7" card.

    Tomorrow is Saturday Special Give Away so if you would like to give tomorrow's card a new home  be sure to pop back then, leave me a comment and your name will be added to Name Picker on Monday morning and I'll announce the winner

    I do appreciate you visiting my blog and hope it gives you a little inspiration

    June x

    I am entering this card in the following challenge:

    # Challenge #328 Clean and Simple (CAS) - I Love Promarkers

    Thursday, 16 February 2017


    Hi... thanks for popping by
    This is another quick make card, you could have several pre-cut, embossed and stamped with your choice of sentiment and coloured card and stored with an envelope ready 'to go'.
    I have used coconut white, milk and baby blue foundation card by CE.  The embossing folder is 'Breeze' by Couture Creations, the stamp by Phill Martin from his Sentimentally Yours Range, the gems are from my own stash.
    The finished card measures 5"x7"

    Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog, please leave a comment as I do read them all

    June x

    Wednesday, 15 February 2017


    Hi... thanks for popping by...
    Another quick card to make and ideal as a male card.
    I scored an A4 piece of navy foundation card by CE in half to give me an A5 size then added a thin mat of white foundation card from CE's range.  I secured two pieces of white ribbon to the back of the final mat of navy card  prior to adhering this to the card base.  Using the double pierced square dies by SW for CE I chose 3 different sizes of dies to create the focal points of the card and on the top pieces of white card I used a selection of  Phill Martin's 'Sentimentally Yours' stamps to stamp the sentiment using Tim Holtz's Distress Ink in 'hickory smoke'
    Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog
    If you would like to leave me a comment as I do like to read all of them
    June x

    Monday, 13 February 2017


    Hi... thanks for popping by
    This is a DL size card with mat and layers of black and white card.  I cut and embossed the filigree vase by Spellbinders for CE on white card without using the outside cutting edge.  I then made a cut on the top of the vase using a craft knife.  The flowers are also dies by Spellbinders and I cut and embossed these in black card and placed them through the top of the vase and adhered them in place.
    A very quick card to make
     I do appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog and leaving me a comment, thank you
    June x


    The winner of Saturday's card is...
    Congratulations Jane, please email me at:

    Today's card will be posted at 1pm

    June x


    Happy start to the week bloggers and thanks for popping by...
    A new challenge starts today at 'Crafty Cardmakers', the theme being 'texture' and this is my contribution as part of the design team.  Take a visit to the blog and see the fabulous ideas and creations from the design team members.
    My card is an 8" square with several mat and layers in white and purple.  I used a mask to create the main focal point, and my apologies as I can't find the name of it anywhere!  I applied Cosmic Shimmer Texture Paste by Creative Expressions (CE) over the mask then carefully removed it to allow the texture paste to dry.  I used a Memory Box Die to cut the smaller focal point, 2 in purple card and 1in white card, overlapped them slightly and once the texture paste was dry I adhered the swirls to the card.  The sentiment is from my stash and stamped onto vellum.  A finishing touch of purple gems to two of the corners completes the card
    Thank you for visiting my blog, I always look forward to reading your comments...
    June x

    Saturday, 11 February 2017


     Hi... thanks for popping by
    Today's 'give away' card is a very pretty 7" square card with thin mat and layers of pale blue and dark blue card stock.  I've used 2 dies from SW's collection for Creative Expressions, adhering the 'pointed' ones to each corner then filling in the spaces with the remaining scalloped edge one.
    I've used a Memory Box Die for the centre and cut this once in the 2 blue cards and 1 in white card.  I stamped the sentiment onto the pale blue card then off set the 3 layers prior to adhering to the card
    If you would like to give this card a new home leave me a comment and a name will be picked at random on Monday morning and announced here

    It's not a problem if you live over sea as I'm happy to post to you
    Have a great weekend
    Thank you for visiting my blog...

    June x

    Tuesday, 7 February 2017

    KNIT 1 PURL 2

    Hi... thanks for popping by

    I made this card for a relative's birthday, who is an avid knitter.
    It's a 6" square white card base and I added a thin pink mat (pink card from my stash).  I cut a smaller piece of white foundation card by CE and embossed it using the Nordic Tiles EF by SW for CE and adhered to the pink card leaving a narrow border.
    The ball of wool and knitting needles come as one stamp by Woodware.  I stamped the image with Clear Perfect Medium Stamp Pad, sprinkled WOW Embossing Powder in Princess Pink over the wool and heat set it.  I then very lightly sprinkled a few colours of the Pixie Powders by CE and spritz the image.  I used a water colour pencil to colour the needles then cut out the whole image, added mounting foam to the back and adhered to the card.  From my stash I added a few sequins and added a Birthday Wishes sentiment by CE

    Thank you for visiting
    Your comments are always welcome and I do love reading them...

    June x

    Monday, 6 February 2017


    Hi... thanks for popping by

    I thought I'd show you just how, by adding a little extra light to the same card, can make a huge difference!

    The top one is too dark and the bottom too bright LOL!  The colour of the card is actually a very pretty pink

    Let me know which you prefer

    Thank you for visiting

    I always look forward to reading your comments...
    June x 


    The winner of Saturday's Give Away Card is:


    Congratulations, please email me at with your postal details

    June x

    Saturday, 4 February 2017


    Hi... thanks for popping by

    Today's give away card is made using several new dies by SW for CE.  From the Kinetics range I've used the 3D Window Box and Accessories and the Arched Window/Door.  From the Finishing Touches range I used several elements from the Spring Foliage Dies Set.  I added a piece of acetate behind the windows to give the appearance of glass

    If you'd like to give this card a new home all you need to do is comment below and a winner will be picked Monday morning, so don't forget to come back then to see if it's you!

    Thank you for visiting, have a good weekend
    June x

    Friday, 3 February 2017


    Hi... thanks for popping by
    Teal foundation card by CE is one of my favourite colours and adding white and a little black to the card really enhances the design.  I have to confess of this being one of my older cards so I'm struggling to name the dies used!! The striplet die is by SW for CE and I added Cosmic Shimmer Twinkles in teal to the inner diamond shapes of the striplet card.  A *handy hint is to cut a second striplet and adhere over the previous one and in that way it makes for a neater image.  The flowers and swirls are Spellbinder Dies as is the topper for the sentiment
    Thank you for visiting, I really do appreciate you checking in to my blog and taking the time to comment
    Tomorrow is the Saturday Special Give Away Card... all you need to do is come back here tomorrow and if you would like to give the card a new home leave me a comment.  The winner will be picked and announced on Monday

    *The handy hint is an original by Sue Wilson

    Have a great weekend
    June x

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