Thursday 30 May 2024

Favourite way to Emboss

 Thank goodness it's Thursday  for two reasons, there's a new challenge at As You Like It Challenge and the weekend is looming, it's been a busy week at work!!

Our new challenge is to show us your favourite way to EMBOSS.

The process of heat embossing never fails to excite me, it's like magic!!

I used an ombre type paper pad (from The Range) and stamped the pretty flower from an old Woodware set  then heat embossed with white detail powder. The floral stem also came from the same set. Happy Birthday is from a Clearly Besotted sentiment set. I fussed and faffed with white and black mats and finally decided that the black looked much better!!

We very much look forward to seeing your favourite way to emboss, and your reason why.

See you soon xx

Monday 27 May 2024

Blue and White

Another Monday rolls around and a little bit closer to Christmas!!

There's bags of time to make your cards but if you want to get ahead of the game we have a new challenge starting at

the theme is Blue and White.

I made a sweet pair of cards using a Crafters Companion die set to make the penguin and a lovely background stamp from Hunky Dory. I heat embossed the background in white and used mica pearls wash over the top then rubbed it back with a soft cloth so that the embossed detail would show through.

Here is an angled close up so that you can see the sheen.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope the coming week is kind to you xx


Saturday 25 May 2024

Blast from the Past

 We are stepping back in time at Allsorts challenge this week where Ellie has chosen 

Blast from the Past (Vintage/Retro/Art Deco etc) as the optional theme. Anything Goes is also welcome.

I have gone back to the 70's with my card.

The adorable stamp is by Stampberry (it was part of a collection that I bought many, many years ago) and coloured her with Promarkers. The papers are equally aged and were within an 8x8 Paper Pizazz paper pad. 

Prizes from Stampendous

Thank you for popping in today xx

Saturday 18 May 2024

Happy Birthday Allsorts!!

There is a BIG party going on at Allsorts Challenge today where we are celebrating 15 years of challenges.

I am truly honoured to be a part of this lovely team and it was a pleasure to make my DT card to inspire you to join in!!

Obviously it says HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

I went a bit bonkers with the balloons, making a shaker with a Crafters Companion set that, I think, was a magazine freebie. The die cut Happy Birthday banner is also from Crafters companion and the little balloons were magazine freebies too. I cut those from rainbow coloured bits and pieces of cardstock and paper.

So it's an open invitation to join the fun.

As it's  our 15th Birthday there will be FIFTEEN prizes generously given by Aall and Create!!

See you there!! xx

Thursday 16 May 2024

Favourite Sketch

We have a brilliant theme for you this week at

Favourite Sketch.

I LOVE a sketch and never more so than when I am lacking crafty mojo. My first stop is always to Jules at Always with a Heart. She has a huge library of sketches and I have used many of them.

 On this occasion I used Square #37

I coloured a very old Bildmalarna rubber stamp using Promarkers and the papers are, I am pretty certain, from a Nitwits Digital collection.

I am really looking forward to seeing the sketches you use.

Thank you for your visit. See you on Saturday xx


Monday 13 May 2024

Bear Hugs

 Welcome friends and visitors.

I've another cute card to share with you today. It's my DT piece for

where the new theme is BEAR HUGS, now if that doesn't give you a warm fuzzy feeling, nothing will!!

Here is my adorable bear, Harry the Stuffie, another Stamping Bella set.

He's coloured with *Prism markers and matted to match the background paper. He came with the sentiment that I added to a banner. It looks flat but the mats are actually raised up with foam pads for a little bit of dimension.

We hope that you will dig out your cute bear stamps and bring them along.

I hope you have a good week xx

* ( I bought these to test the quality when my Promarkers of a similar colour were getting a little bit dry. If you are thinking about doing the same please don't, I have been really disappointed as they've dried up in months unlike my beloved Promarkers that have lasted fifteen years or more)

Saturday 11 May 2024

Spots &/or Stripes

 Happy weekend everyone.

Spots and/or Stripes is order of the week at Allsorts challenge although we welcome your Anything Goes makes of course.

I couldn't resist and used both by teaming some lovely (very old) Foundation papers. Remember them, double sided and in wonderful colours, I still have quite a few left that I discovered when tidying my craft room back in January!!

I don't normally choose lilac/purple tones but these colours went so well together that it was a shame not to. The adorable bunny and sentiment is a Stamping Bella stamp set that I coloured with Promarkers. 

Prizes from Stampendous

While you are here please take a look at the invitation to a rather special event that is happening next week.

Allsorts is 15!!!! and I can't tell you how proud I am to be on the Design Team.

It would be lovely if you could join the celebrations!!

Saturday 4 May 2024

More than One fold

Hello friends, hope you are well on this Saturday morning. I must first apologise if I've not been to visit you this week. It's been a little bit hectic at work so my crafty time has rather gone by the wayside. I will endeavour to have a blogging session when it rains, which it is sure to given that we have a holiday weekend to look forward to!! Anyway, on to the reason for my post today.

At Allsorts this week Liz has chosen the optional theme of

More than one fold.

I have used my trusty Presscut Stepper Die Set and made this...

...and here she is at a jaunty angle too

The pretty paper is from The Range and I found the sweet Marianne Designs cut up sheet in my stash. A freebie tag die and stamp set finished it nicely together with a trio of pretty flowers and a little piece of irridescent embroidery thread.

If you prefer, you can always take the Anything Goes option to be in with a chance of one of the prizes below. 

Prizes from Oakwood (2 x A5 stamp sets) and Highlight Crafts (3 x A5 stencils) 

Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend if you are in the UK.

See you soon xx


Thursday 2 May 2024

AYLI Soft or Bold

Hello, hello!! Welcome again. I have a man type card to share today as my Dt piece for

As You Like It.

This theme is SOFT or BOLD colours.

My "go to", in life actually, is bold. Clothing, home decor and the majority of my crafting will show bold colours. I have mentioned many times that back in the 80's days of shoulder pads and high heels, i had my "colours done" and to this day still choose bright, bold and clear colours.

 This little chap was pulled from an old LOTV sketch pad and coloured with Promarkers to match the MME paper pad in suitably bold and manly colours.

I hope you will join us this fortnight.

See you on Saturday xx