Tuesday, 29 April 2014


Lori has set us the challenge to Pop It Up over at the House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge and I decided to take the title very literally and make a very simple pop up card for my Father in Law

I used this cute Gruffies image and a few die cuts to make the card

and made a simple sleeve to slot over the outside of the card instead of an envelope

Sincere apologies for the awful photography. Yesterday was too sunny for a decent piccy and today it's too dull!? I really must dig out the instructions for my camera and see what I'm doing wrong...

Have a great day everybody. I'm off to start colouring for next week's challenge ;oD


Friday, 18 April 2014


Since the sad demise of Craftbubble, a few of my crafty pals keep in touch to set the odd challenge and swap chat. This month's challenge is to make a Christmas card with lots of embellishments so out came the lovely acrylic snowflakes and the gems and pearls. The paper is out of my scrap box and if memory serves is by SEI. What a find! I had enough to do the inside and the outside of the card - Huzah!! I glossied up the berries on the image and called it job done.

Love the way the glossy accents bring out those berries and give them dimension.


Tuesday, 15 April 2014


I know you'll be surprised to hear that not EVERYBODY wants chocolate at Easter (Wierd huh ;oD) so here's a little gift I pimped up slightly for my lovely pal and her hubby instead of the traditional chocolate themed items.

Lovely M&S (all hail M&S!!!) have had the foresight to produce these gorgeous little ceramic paint pots containing the wherewithall for growing Sunflowers. Well, I had to have one quite frankly. It had a fairly boring label (sorry M&S) so I covered it with some scrummy paper, stamped out the only Easter Sentiment I've got (thanks Kathy), and I think it looks just fine. I've spent about an hour adding ribbons and bows and all manner of things only to remove it all again. I think simple is the key here and I'm happy with it just as it is.

All that remained was to make a card and I just can't get enough of this Sunflower image at the moment. Once again, out came the Copics and Prisma's but this time I thought I'd switch it up a bit so I fussy cut the image and mounted it on foam pads. I used soft creams and yellows for the colour scheme and I think it works.

Right, I promise to put that particular image away for a while now but it was just SO RIGHT for this particular project :oD. Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, 14 April 2014


Another great challenge over at HMFMC and I just HAD to use this image as we've been planting out our Sunflower seeds and they're one of my favourite flowers.

I used a mixture of Copics and Prisma Pencils to colour my image and I knew I wanted to use black so I tried to keep the colouring quite strong

Then I made a tag, being careful to put in some flourishes. I swiped the whole lot with a white ink pad to give a subtle chalk board effect

I added a little sunflower, mainly because I couldn't resist the scrummy dazzler thing that looks like a boiled sweet and is perfect for the centre of the flower

I wanted to make a box and a tag this week to give with an easter gift to my hubby. I kept the box quite plain because the tag is, admittedly, a little ooh la la for a man. I used a very simple matchbox design, so a box with a sleeve around it, then added a tassel as a kind of drawer pull. I'm pleased with how it turned out. I found some heavy 300gsm card so the box has a nice weight

Job done I think so I'm off into the garden to enjoy the sunshine. Have a great day whatever you're doing.