Friday, 1 September 2017


Hello and welcome...
I used a 6" square red card

I also used a new die from a new company (for me) that's  named 'The Art Of Craft. The die was cut and embossed on a  piece of white card.  I cut a piece of double sided adhesive and applied it to the die cut card, on the back.  The backing paper was then removed and I liberally sprinkled Glitter Jewels 'Icicle Sparkles' over the exposed sticky area and burnished them in

The die  also has a circular centre die but I didn't want to remove the centre form this card, instead I die cut a piece of shiny red card with this die,
I then  added a small piece of double sided adhesive onto a piece of white card stock, added the second circular die from my set and die cut it.  It then had the backing paper removed and Glitter Jewels 'Diamond Snow' applied to it.  I glued this to the round red die cut, added mounting foam to the back and adhered it onto the centre of my card

In this month's 'Creative Stamping Magazine, Issue 47' there is a fabulous free sentiment set by Altenew.  I will be showing all what's available in Sunday's post

In this set I used the scroll banner and stamped it onto white card using an Archival Ink Pad in crimson.  I then placed and positioned the sentiment, from the same set, and embossed it using a VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad, I then covered it with a black twinkle embossing powder and heat set it

I then fussy cut out the stamped banner, edged around it with a Promarker 'Berry Red' Pen

I added small red gems to the centres of the snowflakes and slotted a piece of red florist ribbon through the loop of a metal Christmas stocking and adhered the stocking behind the banner

A dries clear glue was applied to both ends of the banner then adhered to the card

To complete I used another stamp from the set, stamped it onto a lightweight white card using an Adirondack Ink Pad in Slate.  I then coloured the image in using several ProMarker Pens.  I used the same sentiment for the verse and this was stamped with an Archival Ink in Crimson.  The envelope was also stamped, front and back, again using one of the stamps from the set

We hope to see you back here tomorrow for our Saturday Special Give-Away Card

  • red card and envelope ~ Craft UK
  • white card ~ Papermill Direct
  • die set ~ Amy Design/The Art Of Craft  ADD10109
  • Glitter Jewels, Iced Snow & Icicle Sparkles ~ Creative Expressions
  • Black Twinkle Embossing Powder ~ WOW
  • VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad ~ Tsukineko
  • Archival Ink Pad 'Crimson' ~ Ranger
  • Adirondack Slate Ink Pad ~ Ranger
  • Christmas stocking ~ Hobby House
  • red gems ~ my stash
  • red florist ribbon ~ my stash
  • double sided adhesive ~ Woodware
  • Berry Red, Poppy, Leaf Green, Pear Green, Soft Green, Grass & Pine ~ ProMarkers/Letraset Limited
You should be able to see some of the lovely sparkle

Card inside

Envelope front

Envelope back

Thank you for taking the time to visit, I hope my designs have given a little inspiration.

 I read all your comments and really appreciate you leaving me a message.                                              
June x

Thursday, 31 August 2017


Hello and welcome...
It's Team B's turn again for the new challenge at MAWTT, the theme is 'Add A Number' and my contribution to the design team is a card commission I was asked to make for a very special dad's 80th birthday.... also ideal for our challenge

If you click on the link below it will take you directly to MAWTT and you'll see the fabulous designs from the rest of the team, it would also be wonderful if I saw one of your cards entered too!

53. Add a number

I was told dad liked gardening and the seaside but that I also had 'free reign'

I used elements from The Shadow Box Collection  for the front of the card.  The card is an 8" square ivory card and I created 2 further channels in the middle to enable me to add more pages

I embossed a piece of black card and adhered that to the card base.  The shadow box was die cut and embossed with teal card and for the background I embossed more ivory card with a brick design embossing folder.  I added mounting foam to the shadow box and glued it in place on the card front

Using kraft card I die cut 3 plant pots, 2 leaves and the fork and trowel, but also die cut the last 2 in silver mirri.  I used Promarkers to colour the leaves and the handles on the fork and trowel and glued those pieces onto the silver mirri

In this particular set there is one single flower and I die cut this 3 times in green card, removed the flower head to expose the two leaves then glued them into place behind each planter.  I also die cut the butterfly in silver mirri and added that to one planter

There is also a ladybird in the die set but I used one from my stash as I have a small box full of them

The rose heads are also part of the set and a little of my left-over card was used for the those.  The 80 is from my stash, the sentiment was also stamped on kraft card and I cut the tails with scissors

The side panel is a crinkle light brown paper and I embossed it and added a little distress ink to the leaf pattern
DAD was die cut in silver mirri,  3 times for each letter and glued together prior to adhering to the panel and I added 3 tiny red hearts to each letter

On the inside of the card I added a photograph of the 'birthday  boy' then typed 'Happy 80th Birthday Dad' on cream paper.   At the top of the following page I typed 'Happy Memories' and adhered a photo of their wedding day as well as creating a frame around it, as this was personal I covered the photo which is why you can see a dark shadow behind the page below

Finally, and to complete, I typed a verse onto more cream paper and secured all the pages into place


  • ivory card stock ~Craft UK
  • black card ~ Creative Expressions (CE)
  • kraft card ~ CE
  • teal card ~ my stash
  • Shadow Box - In The Garden Die Set ~ Sue Wilson/CE  CED9309
  • Art Deco Alphabet - Upper Case ~ CE CED5423
  • wood affect embossing folder ~ Crafter's Companion
  • brick affect embossing folder ~ Cuttlebug
  • leaf embossing folder ~ freebie from Crafter's Companion
  • Berry Red and Dark Brown Felt Tipped Pens ~ Promakers 
  • green card, silver mirri, brown crinkle paper and pink paper ~ my stash
  • red hearts ~ my stash
  • cream paper ~ my stash
My apologies for being missing a few days, all down to health problems, so when this happens again you will know why

I would like to enter the following challenges:
  • Seize The Birthday/Ocean Colours
Thank you for taking the time to visit, I hope my designs have given a little inspiration.
I read all your comments and really appreciate you leaving me a message.
June x


Hello and welcome...

Today's post is scheduled for 9am, hope to see you back then

June x

Monday, 28 August 2017


Hello and welcome...
I am at my 'wit's end' with the formatting of this blog!! lol  I can honestly say it has a mind of its own.  When I type a post, to how I want it to be shown when published, there are many times when I preview it it has changed the format etc etc!  Yesterday's post was the last example, before publishing it the format was showing how I wanted it to.  Hit the publish button and there's a huge void before any photo or text! grrrrrrrr.  OK, that's my gripe over and onto today's card that one of  my sister in laws asked me to make for their friends'  pearl wedding anniversary
This is an 8" square white on white card.  I actually made a very similar card to this several years ago, that time without the addition of a few coloured pearls, and thought it would be good to make a similar one.  I'd forgotten how laborious it was adding each individual pearl to the heart outline, worth it in the long run, in my opinion, but you do tend to get a little 'pearl eyed'.  I spent 4 days adding them and actually it is lovely seeing how it takes shape.  Hubby was very good in collecting all the ones that just shoot off the carrier sheet, you crafters know what I mean, they can be found in all sorts of, shall I say, unusual places! lol

I die cut a heart onto white card then drew the outline of it onto another piece of white card then fussy cut that out.  I then glued to two pieces together.  With a collection of various sized pearls, and a few coloured ones, I added the pearls to the heart.  I also put a dab of adhesive to the area to ensure the pearls would not come off.  I kept putting this to one side to continue with the design of the card.

Using two of the double pierced squares die set I added a piece of double sided adhesive to white card and die cut a border.  I removed the  backing from the adhesive sheet and sprinkled glitter jewels 'iced snow' over it.  I wanted the border to be raised but not by adding mounting foam so another four borders were die cut, glued together and the glittered border added to them

On the heart shape die I had used there were several off-cuts of other heart shapes and I chose three of them, added glitter jewels diamond snow to only  the middle one with mounting foam added to all three.  These, along with the sentiment, were put to one side until I assembled the card

I typed the sentiment onto the same white card and added mounting foam to the back.  This now brings me to the close of the front of the card, you would think it to be two different cards, it isn't, it was all the pure white as shown above, no filter etc etc had been used (I would know how to add a filter!) so it is a tad annoying when the images are not clean and crisp, and most importantly, looking as if they all belong to the same card!
close up of the same card!

For the insert I typed a personal message/verse onto a pale grey marl paper and to add to this, in one of the craft magazines last week, the freebie set was of a wine bottle and glass, so I die cut the glass twice and adhered these to the bottom right of the insert.  I added several tiny pearls for the 'champagne bubbles' then half covered the 'inside' of both glasses with Glossy Accents to give the appearance of liquid

Now with all the pearls added to the heart shape I glued the heart in place and glued the border in place so that I could add the sentiment and the hearts and that was the card completed

It really is a shame you are not seeing it in its true colour as it is rather a pretty card and, most importantly, my sister in law thought it to be lovely

Using Name Picker it has chosen



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  • white card ~ Craft UK
  • grey marl paper ~ my stash
  • heart die ~ Crafter's Companion
  • double pierced squares ~ Sue Wilson/Creative Expressions (CE)
  • individual pearls ~ CE and CraftStash
  • double sided adhesive ~ Woodware
  • glitter jewels 'iced snow' ~ CE
  • glossy accents ~ Ranger
  • wine glasses ~ Die-Cutting Essentials Issue 27/freebie gift
  • Platinum Machine ~ Spellbinders

Thank you for taking the time to visit, I hope my designs have given a little inspiration.
I read all your comments and really appreciate you leaving me a message.
June x

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Hello and welcome...

We have sunshine today and it reminded me of this card that I'd made when my Distress Oxide Inks first arrived!

The finished card is 6"x8" and I added a black panel and a smaller white panel and on this panel I stamped 3 lillies  with a Versa Mark Watermark Stamp Pad

At the bottom of the panel I then stamped the sentiment using a Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad.  I covered the sentiment then the flowers with  WOW CLEAR Embossing Powder and heat set.  If you immediately cover your stamped sentiment with a clear embossing powder you are able to colour over it without any colour change to it, then give it a little polish with some paper towel

I used 4 oxide inks on the background then spritzed water over the full panel and this particular time I dried it with my heat tool.  I was then getting a little 'carried away' with the colours, or enjoying myself too much and added yet more colour and spritzed again as well as heat drying it.  I added red line double sided tape to the back of it, adhered to the black then both onto the base card

To complete I randomly added several dots of NuVo Crystal Drops

  • white card stock ~ Papermill Direct
  • black card stock ~ Creative Expressions
  • distress oxide inks/broken china, fired brick, fossilized amber, worn lipstick ~ Ranger
  • VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad ~ Tsukineko
  • Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad ~ Tsukineko
  • clear embossing powder ~ WOW
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops 'Morning Dew' ~ Tonic Studios UK
  • red line tape ~ Woodware
Tomorrow's post will be available at 11am along with the winner of yesterday's card

Thank you for taking the time to visit, I hope my designs have given a little inspiration.
I read all your comments and really appreciate you leaving me a message.
June x
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