Wednesday, February 29


Sugar Nellie Stamps : Charity - It's a girl thing
Memento & Promarkers
Backing papers - Papermania Blueberry Hill
Stash - peeloffs (shhhh I'm still using them), mini jelly-stickers
Submitted to I love Promarkers #106 Sketch

Again I'm having problems with the image representing true colours this one was scanned


Magolia Tilda - Happy
Embossing folder - PaperMania
Memento and Promarkers
White Peeloffs
Stash, bling, ribbon, punches
Submitted to Creative Inspirations #152 Anything Goes

I think I must have been in the crafting wilderness until I found Tilda and Promarkers.  My earlier colouring was with various mediums, in particular shimmer type paints, more forgiving than water colour.  Newer Sony digi camera \ day light

Tuesday, February 28


Magnolia Tilda   :   Bunny hugs
Rainbow background - Paint Shop Pro - varigated tool
Sizzix Alphabet dies  :  Monkey Tails
Submitted to Paper Pretties Monday Challenge Rainbow PPCM  28

I know, don't I wish I had an alphabet die set,  seldom used because they really are too big for anything under an A5 (A4 folded) card and even then it would be difficult to squeeze in a five letter word.  Newer Sony digi camera\day light

Monday, February 27


Joanna Sheen's CD  :  Daisy and Friends  :  ''Grace'
 GR Backgrounds Paint Shop Pro
Spellbinders  Ovals
Unknown thin butterfly die
Stash  :  bling,  embossed gold paper  & ribbon
Submitted to Sunday Sketch & Stamp #95 Sketch

Oh Dear, oh dear, oh dear!  I am now using my newer Sony Digi Camera,  the background paper is a very pale GREEN!

As in

This is the ''tiled'' download from GR, using the fill\pour tool in Paint shop Pro, it will create the pattern you see on the card,  but what has happened to the colour on my card !!

From the weekend

Totally and utterly M's age 4 own work

Thursday, February 23

Challenge two

Mary Baker Flower Fairy :  Lavender
Memento with Promarkers
Handmade paper
EK Large Butterfly punch
Metallic Rub-ons Iris
Submitted to Cute Card Thursday #205 Winged things


Joanna Sheen's CD  :  Daisy and Friends  :  ''Daisy''
Papermania Blueberry Hill
Spellbinders Beaded Ovals
EK Success Large Butterfly punch
X-Cut  Flower Punch
Embossing folder  Universal
Stash  :  bling, beads,  & ribbon
Submitted to Sunday Sketch and Stamp #94 Katherines Sketch
Cute Card Thursday #205 Winged Things

Always an opportunity to make a butterfly.  The background to the image has also been created in Paintshop Pro.

Wednesday, February 22

Challenge time

Joanna Sheen's CD  :  Daisy and Friends  :  ''Daisy''
Handmade paper  :  Mini Papers
Spellbinders  Butterflies
EK Success Large Butterfly punch
Embossing folder :  Crafts Too
Stash  :  bling, beads, ribbon and flowers
Submitted to Passion for Promarkers #137 Black and White
Paper Pretties Wednesday PWC192 Punches and die cuts

Daisy is my favourite of the digi-stamp set,  probably again a bit like SugarNellie ''Molly''  Just a hint if you are thinking about buying the Spellbinders Butterflies, it's very difficult to get out of the die - lots of pokey holes, but difficult & you might be restricted to the type of card & paper you could use.  As a butterfly person it was a must have, but on reflection I probably would have preferred the 'hearts'

Tuesday, February 21

Plain & simple

Acrylic Stamp  :  Kanban  :  11062
Memento and Promarkers
Standstone & Cinnamon
Background  :  created using PSP varigated & fill tool
Submitted to Pans Pastel Challenge #6 Animals
I love Promarkers  #104 Nature

I suppose I really only do simple,   first a slight improvement with the newer Sony Digi camera.  These cards were created making a very simple background in two colourways, hence the two cards.  I've a brayer, but not the colour combinations of inkpads to achieve sky-ways.  Anyhows, I do like to mix and match.   I purchased this stamp after Christmas and seemed just the opportunity to use.  


Magnolia Tilda  :  Writing Diary
Promarkers & Memento
X Cut  :  flower punch
Summer Breeze Background papers
Submitted to  Crafty Card Makers #62 Kim's 1,2 3 must include a 'heart'

Again, despite another digi-camera this image is not reflective of the beautiful Summer Breeze papers,  but I'll keep trying.

Monday, February 20

Girl in blue

Sugarnellie Stamp : ''Molly''
Embossing folder  :  Crafts Too
Promarkers with Memento
Stash stuff
Always my very favourite stamp,  I must investigate if there are more in the range. I did try adding a few more embellishments, my 'customary' butterfly, but it was all OTT

Thursday, February 16


Joanna Sheen's CD  :  Daisy and Friends  :  ''Grace''
Pattern card circle - Paint stop Pro - GR Backgrounds
Spellbinders  circles
Luster Rub ons - Cameo Pink
Stash  :  bling and flowers
Submitted to My time to craft challenge #173 Bring on the Cake
Paper Pretties MONDAY challenge  PPM26 Use flowers

Tuesday, February 14


Joanna Sheen's CD  :  Daisy and Friends  :  ''Grace''
Backgrounds & flowers created in Paint Shop Pro
Neglected  :  Punched flowers  :  Carla Craft
Neglected :  Original Sizzix (Green) double heart diecut
New  :  Embossing folder  :  Crafts Too

Submitted to Sketch and Stash Challenge #81 Daniels Sketch

How very depressing this has turned out, not only did my PSP & inkjet throw up some dull miserable colours, so has my photography... done flat, I thought I'd give that a try to avoid shadows, the background cloth is actually WHITE!   really white & cotton.  Avoided the scanner on this occasion since the flower centres are pink glitter

To demonstrate the contrast between anticipation and reality :(,  this is what the images looked like in PSP, the card is somewhere between the two

The  background is created by taking a varigated fill tool, bottom to top: i.e. green to blue, then adding a small flower which has been tiled - this allows for it to be repeated.  The background then applied to the image and to create the bottom box, as seen on the card.

Monday, February 13


Paper Nation Stamp  :  Kimono Blue
Small stamps  : part of a larger selection I think Anita's Docraft
Spotted backing paper  :  Back to basics Docraft
Promarkers on Memento
Stash stuff
Submitted to  Sunday Sketch and Stamp  #93 Maggie's sketch

Thing orient and Eastern make me think of strong colours,  I was thinking along the lines of black and red.... don't ask what happened.

Saturday, February 11


Magnolia Tilda  :  ''Sweet''
Promarkers on Memento
Backing paper  : Docrafts Back to basics
EK Success  :  Large butterfly punch
Stash pink pearls, lace, beads & wire
Submitted to Just Magnolia #143 Pink, Pearls and Lace

I have attemped pyramid cards by printing off X number of exact same images.  But doing this with a stamped image presents it's own problem,  sure someone has worked it out before me, but this is how I did it.  I stamped up my layers, cutting the smallest\TOP first, then placing it on top of the next exactly, then cut that one bigger and so on.

Thursday, February 9


Crafts-Too embossing folder  :  Happy Birthday
Insert from paper I made yesterday :  Paint Shop Pro
Marianne diecut  :  LR0115
Stash  :  a hint of bling
Submitted to PCW 192 Paper Pretties Add texture to your card

I don't usual make inserts as I go along but as this is obviously a Birthday Card,  I used the grey dot paper from yesterdays Paintshop Pro to contrast the plain white of the front,  hence the way I've tried to photograph it.  It does spring to mind whether a similar wedding embossing folder or folders exist, would be great for wedding stationery.  On a word of note this is an A6 (folded) card, the butterfly is large and not that easy to find use.

Wednesday, February 8

Looking for a challenge, shall I or shall I not?

Just occasionally I'm full of Eastern Promise, nothing more than to dabble around with Paint Shop Pro and create some backgrounds for the New JS CD

Joanna Sheen's CD  :  Daisy and Friends  :  ''Rosie''
Backgrounds created using Paintshop Pro
Spellbinders Lacy circles
X-cut small flower punch
Promarkers :  Ice Grey 1 Warm Grey 4
Orchid, Amethyst and Lavender
Satin & blush
Stash  :  bling
Submitted to Passion for Promarkers #135 Grey & Purple

Tuesday, February 7


Easy, lazy but know how and where, I suppose

A simple card  :   Cryogen*
Inkjet, created from microsoft clipart
Craft concepts Embossing Folder  :  Flutterby
Submitted to PanPastel UK Challenge 4 Happy Birthday

Microsoft provide and easily accessible clipart,  which can be searched according to type or colour.  The one below I saved on a previous looksee,  doesn't seem to be available now,  so if you wish to save it,  right click the image, select ''save as'' then download to your computer.  I usually put everything in a folder on desktop then file it later.  The above image has been scanned, but the rendering has made it a lot darker than the original graphic, but having said this, it's also the effect of the *Cryogen card to mute the colours, but worth the sparkle finish.

I can't find to hand at the moment the Microsoft clipart copyright policy, but it's basically based on an individual not claiming it to be theirs or to use it for commerical purposes.  When I come across it, I'll
post the link.

Just a general note, I don't usually make my inserts as I go along.  I make them according to the person I send them to, so the insides are personalised.  Occasionally I make up boxed sets of cards and the inserts will be in 'general terms' but the senders address is printed on the left inside.  A simple card like this, would normally have the image repeated on the inside,  so the theme is carried through the whole card.

Monday, February 6

Challenge three

The weather outside is frightful, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Magnolia Tilda  :  Bon Voyage collection  :  Japanese #630
Promarkers with a hint of Copic on Memento
Crafters Companion  :  Neenah Classic 216 gsm
Spellbinders  :  Oval Deckled
Stash - black cardstock, bling & flowers
Submitted to Crafty Card Makers #62 Monochrome Magic
Hosted by Beth
Wiff of Joy #122 Black and White

I really did enjoy this one,  really shows Tilda's at their best,  less is more!  I have been trying various cardstock to stamp on.  I do have my favourite which is Cryogen (sparkle on both sides), but I really have to rave about the Neenah these are two complete opposites Cryogen you can't work layers of Promarkers to give depth to colour,  but you certainly get a different experience with Neenah over any of your basic white cardstock. I have acquired Copic card on my last purchase at srstampalot, yet to try.

Challenge Two

Magnolia Tilda  :  ''Dreamy''
Promarkers on Memento
Marianne diecut :  -  Butterfly LR0115
Spellbinders Oval Deckled edge 
created on acetate
Stash  :  bling
Submitted to Crafter's Companion Monthly #21 Anything goes

Fun but not the easiest cards to make, how to keep your finger prints or other gunge off the acetate, but quite a beautiful card


Just to start the week of right

Magnolia Tilda  :   ''Dinner''
Promarkers with one Copic using Memento ink
Backgrounds paper & border  :  Old C&C Butterflies & fairies
Card tint : Luster Rub ons ''Amber''
Butterfly  :  EK Success Punch
Stashy stuff
Submitted to Sunday Sketch and Stamp #92 Emma's Sketch

Are peel-offs past their sale by date, I wonder?   We see fewer and fewer around these days as embellishments.

Saturday, February 4


Rubber Stampede  :   Suzy's Zoo A1804E
GCS Artstamps : N0125 M Ivy Corner 
Promarkers :  Memento stamp ink pad
Small Punches Heart & Butterfly
Card tint : Luster Rub ons ''Russet''
Stash: Bling
Submitted to Joanna Sheene's Monthly Challenge Love is in the air

Friday, February 3

Altered art by M - HELMET

Bike Helmet
This is from the school of we share everything, ''don't we nanny''
Enjoy those developing years, they don't last forever and grand children are a second chance

Thursday, February 2

Digi images

Cuddly Buddly  :  Digi  BS-DMsmsquare3
Printed on 210 computer card
Stash :  Ribbon & gold merri card
This unfortunately does not represent the beautiful soft tones of this digi-image I gave up trying with or without flash on the camera and decided to scan instead. When I purchased the set with horses and some Christmas theme ones,  I was very sloppy in storing them on the computer and lost them for a while, so the lesson is make a folder & back it up. One highlighted layer of the mouse & horse-shoe

Submitted to Paper Pretties PWC 191 Ribbon or Twine

Wednesday, February 1

Play time with graphics

Paint Shop Pro Graphic - Design by Katie
Handmade :  Mini paper
Inkjet printed
Submitted to My time to Craft #172 Adorable

Printed on Cryogen cardstock
(Hence the sparkle)
Both graphics taken from an online Paint Shop Pro community sharing, I'm not sure of the copyright, since I have recognised some very well known images on some sites.  But I don't propose to go into mass production or reproduce to sell, merely to play with.  A ''tube'' is a graphic that has a transparent (or been rendered to have) background.

This is the Paint shop Pro programme,  I've slipped in a background and the grey check, printed directly to the cardstock, so it's totally flat. Then what appears to be a sample of the check, is picked up by the ''pattern'' tool, then 'filled' into the background as an automatic repeat

EK Success Butterfly
Layered with printed velum & gold card, beaded and wired


Magnolia Tilda : with a bundle
Promarkers & copic on Memento stamp ink pad
Sizzix Papers & Sizzix double heart
Stash : rafia ribbon, bling
As I've mentioned before I'm not that good at photographs, even though I've two digi cameras - may be I'll go back to scanning.  I've taken this to a graphics programme to crop & tart up, but it still doesn't really reflect the colours, although I have to say they are muted reds and blues.  Tilda is stamped on Cryogen cardstock and you can see the sparkle effect, but for the life of me, I've no idea why that's picked up on the red.
Second thing to flag up is I treated myself to a selection of Copic pens, on my last adventure to srstampalot, I purchased all though light muted tones and they work well with Promarkers, but a completely different experience, I'll write about that on a page.

Submitted to Just Magnolia #141 Janes sketch