Thursday, 13 November 2014


Sorry I've not posted for a long time a lot of personal issues over the last few months and will continue over the next few. As a result I've not done any crafting at all. I'm hoping that I will get the inclination back soon but until that happens there'll be not be anything to post.

Sorry x

Friday, 1 August 2014

August at Anonymous Stamps

Hi Everyone,

Another month has flown by and it's that time again for the next challenge for the Anonymous Stamps Blog. This time it's titled 'Falling into Autumn' and here's my DT card for this one.

I really wanted to colour this image so I know using autumn colours is a little tenuous but I really enjoyed doing this one as I've been doing an on-line skin and hair colouring class so wanted to see how I'd come along. I'll post more about that later. The image is called 'Flower Girl'.

The whole image has been coloured using Copics & Promarkers:

Almond, Satin, Tan, Cocoa

Antique Pink, Dusky Rose, Budding Rose
Apple Cider, Blender

E15, E18, YR23, YR21

E000, E00, E11, E21, E04
R20 (cheek, lips)

As the Anonymous Stamps digis are free you've really no excuse for not selecting an image, colouring and entering the current challenge.

Hope you all have a great summer.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Living the Good Life at Anonymous Stamps

Hi Everybody,

Wow! I can't believe a whole month has gone past and I've not posted on my blog, how naughty of me!! I've been suffering with badly with hayfever and have not done much crafting. Anyway back to the reason for this post. I'm hoping that you'll all pop over to Anonymous Stamps and enter the new challenge. My DT entry for this month is below.

I've used the 'From A Rose' digi stamp which I coloured 3 times with Promarkers before doing my bit of decoupage by cutting it above the banner and using Pinflair glue to add the dimension to it.

The colours used were:

Antique Pink, Dusky Rose & Budding Rose

Pear Green, Marsh Green & Olive Green

Here's a closer view of the digi stamp:

Right that's me done & now I'm off to enjoy the Tour De France this weekend. 

I hope you all have a good one.


Friday, 6 June 2014

Summer Loving at Anonymous Stamps

Hi Everyone, this is my DT card for the Anonymous Stamps challenge this month which is call Summer Loving. It's a little different this time, the challenge is asking everyone to use the same stamp to see what can be done with it. It's a new one designed by Sian called Blossom & I really enjoyed colouring it using a lot of bright summery colours.

I created the background with orange card as the base matt and then cut the yellow card with my craft knife to create the sun rays. I then die cut a circle with my spellbinders nestabilities and assembled as shown.

Here's a close up of the digital stamp which I've decoupaged with the Promarker colours listed down the side: 

Hat & Trousers
Pastel Blue, Denim Blue, Cornflower

Ivory, Raw Sienna, Terracotta, Chestnut

Ivory, Satin, Putty

Blossom, Pink Carnation, Fuchsia Pink
Pumpkin, Mandarin, Bright Orange

T-Shirt & Yellow Flower Centres
Yellow, Canary, Sunflower

The following shows the layers that I created for the decoupage:

The sentiment is a Tonic Studios Die and I've then used my Melt Pot and a Heart shaped mold to create the hearts. All adhered with PVA glue.

So pop along to the Anonymous Stamps blog to pick up the free digital stamp and enter the challenge it will be great to see how you all interpret and use the design.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

18th Birthday Card

Well yet another family birthday his time for my niece who is 18. The image is a digital stamp from Saturated Canary and was a freebie for Facebook group members. I just loved colouring this one using my Promarkers and I was so pleased with the result it was a while before I could bring myself to use it on a card but then I can always do another one.

The Promarker colours I used were:

Ruby, Cardinal Red, Burgundy

Cobalt Blue, China Blue, Midnight Blue

Ivory, Raw Sienna, Terracotta, Chestnut

Ivory, Blush, Oatmeal

Money Bag
Tan, cinnamon, Cocoa

Cinnamon, Cocoa, Umber

Ear Rings & Coins
Gold, Amber

The dies for the flowers, the corner & the numbers are Tattered Lace. The card is the linen look gold from create and craft so not as bright as usual mirri card, although it seems to be brighter in the photos than in real life.

The happy birthday die is from Tonic Studios and the backing papers we in my stash I think they're a Papermania design but can't be sure. The embossing folder was Crafters Companion Embossalicious Perfect Paisley.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Boudacious Bev Times Two

Well another family birthday card this time my 25 year old step-son. He's football mad but I decided to do something completely different this year so I used a Kenny K digi image that I've had for ages but never used. 

It's quite amazing how different an image can look just by changing some of the colours. All the colours for the hair & skin were the same I changed the Reds for Pinks & used lighter greys but that was all.

So on both images were:
Ivory, Raw Sienna, Terracotta, Chestnut

Satin, Putty, Oatmeal

Lipstick Red, Red, Berry Red,
Warm Grey 4, Warm Grey 5, Black

Cocktail Pink, Carmine, Magenta,
Warm Grey 2, Warm Grey 3, Warm Grey 4

All the papers and card backgrounds were from my stash. The dies were spellbinders for the cushions and the headboard & a tattered lace sentiment. The punch was a Tonic Studios.

This was one that turned out just as I hoped.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Mad About...

Here's another of my makes that I did in March. It was for my step-daughters 21st birthday. I designed the card as a gate fold as I wanted the inside to surprise her. The front of course had to be her favourite colour which is purple so out came my tonic dies for the plaques and borders and my Tattered Lace dies for the words and numbers all tied up with purple ribbon.

As I know she's a little mad about Giraffes I was desperately looking for an image I could use. Luckily Google came to the rescue and this absolutely gorgeous image popped up on Mo's Digital PencilI also made a concious decision to keep it simple so that the image inside stood out and wasn't hidden by a lot of embellishment (that was on the front of the card). It was coloured with Promarkers all shades of brown with the exception of the flower.

Burnt Umber, Henna, Cocoa, 
Caramel, Tan, Putty, Almond

Purple, Yellow, Leaf Green

The image was mounted onto black & then purple card before being added to the inside of the gate fold. I used the perfect layers rulers to do this matting and layering, I only got them recently and they are fab makes it so much easier to get everything right.

I do have to add that my step-daughter loved her card.

Friday, 2 May 2014

Anything Goes at Anonymous Stamps

A little news for you today, I was asked to join the Design Team of Anonymous Stamps and I say: Yes please & thank-you for asking! 

This came about after entering my Mothers Day card into one of their challenges. It's my first ever DT membership and this post is my first ever DT card so I hope you like it. The challenge this month is Anything Goes so hop on over to the Anonymous Stamps Blog pick up a free digi stamp and enter the challenge.

I've chosen Windswept as my main image for this months challenge but I've actually incorporated a second image Strawberry Blossom, it needed a little resizing and also flipping to fit but I thought they worked perfectly together. The colour combination is an unusual one for me but I'm really pleased with the outcome.

The card base was made using pearlescent copper card-stock and the largest Spellbinders Grand Stately Circle die. The second largest die from the same set was used to cut the green paper. Using some of the left over card-stock I then attached the two circle dies to create an easel card base.

The images were coloured with Promarkers the colours used are listed below:

Pastel Yellow, Raw Sienna, Terracotta

Almond, Blush, Dusky Pink

Dress & Bow
Lime Zest, Lime Green, Pear Green

Primrose, Soft Lime, Tulip Yellow
Eggnog, Apricot

Leaves & Stems
Lime Zest, Lime Green, Pear Green

The Windswept digi stamp was then attached to the front of the card as were the two floral stamps, the latter with Pinflair glue to add some dimension. 

I created the stopper using another Spellbinders die, Medallion One. which I attached to the base of the easel with foam tape. The flower I added to the top of this and the centre of the floral digi stamp was created using Crealies Creative Flower die number 10.

The design was finished off with a few gems, some ribbon and a sentiment stamped onto the same papers, these were also cut with Spellbinders Circles and Lacy Circles.

Now you've got through this long post don't forget the challenge over on the Anonymous Stamps Blog.

Sunday, 27 April 2014


This one was made for a friends wedding. The colour was decided when I found out the colour of the bridesmaids dresses but I didn't know what the outcome of the design would be as it evolved over time.

I started with die-cutting the base using Spellbinders Grand Decorative Labels One which I then embossed with a Die-sire A4 folder. I then threaded the ribbon round the edge, this had been coloured with the purple Promarker as it was originally white. The card base made with purple cardstock from Papermill direct and a larger spellbinder die from the same set as before.

I then printed 4 copies of a Just Inklined image of a wedding cake onto Neenah card-stock which I then coloured with Promarkers using Purple, Orchid, Lilac, Leaf Green and Bright Green. I then decoupaged the images and heat embossed the purple areas with a holographic embossing powder to add a little bit of sparkle (although this doesn't really show on the photo).

The roses were made using Martha Stewart paper clay and left to dry overnight. The edges were then lightly inked with Dusty Concord Distress Ink. I cut the leaves from Centura Pearl using the Tattered Lace Summer Rose die which I then coloured using the Leaf Green Promarker. The roses were then glued to the die.

All the words were cut using the Tattered Lace Sentiments dies and the whole things was glued to the topper base which was then added to the card base.

Due to the dimensions of the roses I had to make a box for it. This again has some more paper clay flowers and various dies all Tattered Lace. The initials are those of the Bride and Groom.

A special card for a special day.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Colouring Hair & Skin

After the enjoyment of colouring my Mothers Day Card I decided I wanted to colour some more as I find it very relaxing and therapeutic. I decided that I needed to improve my hair and skin colouring so I found a lovely digital image on Anonymous Stamps called Windswept which I printed a number of times to practice different colour combinations. All the images were coloured with Promarkers and in addition to the colours listed the blender pen was used in places for highlights.

Blonde Hair
No blender pen used on this one.

Sandstone, Mustard, Vanilla, Ivory

Dusky Pink, Blush, Ivory

Purple, Amethyst, Orchid

Brown Hair
I did struggle with getting the highlights on this one.

Umber, Cocoa, Cinnamon

Dusky Pink, Putty, Satin

Antique Pink, Dusky Rose, Pale Pink

Black Hair
Not sure if you can call it black or whether it should be grey! 

Black, Ice Grey 5, 
Ice Grey 3, Ice Grey 1

Coral, Tan, Putty

Duck Egg, Cool Aqua, Tea Green
I still want to do some other colourings of these like light brown or dark blonder and maybe a red head but I thought I'd get these up on the blog.