Saturday, January 31

Cuddly Patchwork Snowman

© Cuddly Buddly - Patchwork snowman Digi
Inkjet printed
 download also includes outlines to colour
Blue\silver gilding wax -Phill Martin colours

Matching insert

Looks simple, looks quick, but was it?
hint:  the next one will be


Completely Christmas - Challenge 48 ATG Square\rectangle

I always make separate inserts for cards, gone are the days of trying to put cards through printers, ain't worth it.  I do make some inserts as I go along, but mostly I don't.  This is because if I give cards to other people as gifts (i.e. boxed sets)  I like to put their address on the left hand side.  Dedications inside are always very simple, since a good card is often ruined by ill-fitting\inappropriate sentiments.  So, having gone to the trouble of setting up the graphics programme to make a card, resize\scale to a 5'' square, it's just as easy then to make the insert.

I use several programmes for inserts and cards generally.  Anything from simple Word processor \ using text boxes, Paint shop Pro graphics programme and probably one of my favourite's Microsoft Publisher. There is also a lot of free programmes out there, like paint.nett.

It's strange to think I'll dabble with anything from using the computer, to splashing around dies & paint etc to make my own backgrounds.  Yep!  Jack (Jill) of all trades, master of none.

Many layers, but just a puss

Sizzix - Original Green Die cut
Tonic - various embellishment die cuts
Dovecraft Princess Fairytale - Main backing paper
Spotty backgrounds - home made computer
Stash stuff

Think I might be able to boast of '7' layers !! (incl card)


Winterwonderland - Challenge Lots of Layers

Friday, January 30

Valentine Hearts with a twist & turn

© Magnolia Tila - ''Sweet''
Stamped with Memento
Promarkers colouring
Punch hearts
Tonic - With love set three
EK Success - Butterfly punch
Stash stuff

Easel fold


Tilda's Town  -  Challenge 139 Be Mine Valentine 
Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine - Monthly Challenge Romantic\Heart themed

Lucky random winner of Tilda's Town


WOW this really was my lucky day
February: 26th Just received a letter from Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine
as lucky winnder with a wonderful gift of
Belle and Boo crafting items

PS:  in another life I also worked at ''Tower House'' Faifrfax Street, Bristol

Thank you

Garden Life

© Cuddly Budly Digi (pre coloured available) - Garden Fairies 
Coloured with Promarkers

Joy fold


Passion for Promarkers -  281 Challenge Garden Life

Purple and Blues

© Mo Manning Digi  -  Spring Fairy Aleta 
Various Spellbinders diecuts


I love Promarkers - Challenge 254 Purples and Blues

Friday, January 23

Life's best job

© Mo Manning Dig - Love you Daddy
Coloured using Promarkers


I love Promarkers Challenge - 253 Men at Work

Thursday, January 22

Rainbow Winter

© Mo Manning Digi Images  -  Kai in the Snow & Little elf Mim
Coloured with Promarkers
Crafts Two Die cut  -  Merry Christmas
Marianne Die cut - Snowflake set 125

Created using Joy Fold - You Tube demonstration

Mo Manning Challenge - Anythng Goes, optional\Warm\ Mo image

Duffer gallery TWO

For some reason, probably the brightness of the card, you just don't particularly like the project, but continue to go with the flow.  Keeping with my obsession with the joy fold.

Joy Fold Card
Spellbinders - Anemone Flower Topper
(see below for ideas on colouring & shaping)
Spellbinders - Blossom, tags & accent
(left tag to hold card flap)
Base card, double side sparkle (recommended) -  Cards of Distinction
Docrafts - backing papers (probably a goody bag)
Stash - bags of bling (via Amazon)

Demo ONE flowers

Shapeabilities - Anemone Flower topper

 Colouring, soaking!
mould whilst damp

Same technique as I use when making coloured card.  I've used Stamples white 200 gsm on these.

Wednesday, January 21

Baby Fairies

You feel it's almost spring..... well it will not be long

Mo Manning ©Baby Fairies (part of a set)
Forever Friends Summer Time Backing papers
Spellbinders dies - Shapeabilities


Passion for Promarkers - Challenge 280 New Beginings

I stuck the little top card the wrong way round,  actually I think I prefer it!   Since I did the other days challenged to use a different fold - I've been totally enchanted with this one.  It's an excellent platform to use all those heavy, double sided card that isn't suitable for matting and layering.


Joy fold this completes the card fully with no need of an INSERT.  

A4 good quality card:  Cut a 5'' (or any size)  strip from portrait A4.  Score & fold at about 51\2'' 

Cut another piece 4'' strip.  Depending on your top embellishment \adjust,   Fold in middle this could be say: 8'' following the youtube demo 

So, you have a big card and a little card.   I don't think it matters which way round the little card is fixed to the big one, above is a mistake .... but it works.

Mix and match according to your design pattern papers.

Monday, January 19

Joy Fold

Magnolia Tilda Stamp - Dreamy
Hobby Craft Stamp - I love you  40872
Unknown - It Makes me happy just thinking of you
Whispers Docraft - Small Ivy stamp
Stamped using Memento
Coloured using Promarkers
Dovecraft - Back to  basic background papers IV
Cards of Distinction - Double sided sparkle card
PG Payne Crafts - cream sparkle 'Cryogen' card
Hobbycraft - simple round punch

Technique and thanks to
''Forloveofpaper'' on Youtube


Totally Tilda and friends - Challenge #112 Easel, stepper or Joy Cards
(any stamp, not digi)

A note of using cryogen card &\or paper.  It's cream white, it slightly dulls both Promarkers & Inkjet. But there is an element of magic about it, that the sparkle remains on the surface and the colour pigment doesn't either dull  or alter it's luster\sparkle.  There is only one draw back with Promarkers, you can't over work it and it will bleed more than most.  But it really is a joy to work  with.  And with the matching paper, would make wonder wedding stationery.

All purple Happy Birthday

Papermania -Happy Birthday Stamp
EK Success -butterfly punch
Crafts-Two  -  Embossing folder
Stash - beads, bling & ribbon


Pans Pastel UK - Challenge 2 Happy Birthday

Lucky random winner
with thanks

About Love

Magnolia Tilda - Writing Diary
Tonic Die - Die set three sentiments
Backing paper from inkjet stock\made using Paint Shop Pro


Tilda's Town  -  Challenge 138 It's all about Love

Saturday, January 17

Cute Pixi

Karen Middleton - © S.Xmas_pixi Digital
Card made using Paint shop Pro

How's it done

© Karen Middleton - S.Xmas_pixie

This first graphic\image is that from the online digital selection by Karen Middleton, google, but there is a link below on another of hers, her work is varied but a joy just to look through - you'll never come away without a must have.  

From the first image, I have given it a light blue background with a white blur behind the baubles. The programme I use is Paintshop Pro 5.  Then from image two, the programme has produced a repeat as a pattern.  I have then placed image two on image three, to produce the last and final one.

I have however added some borders which can be seen on the final card.

Needless to say with all the artwork at your finger tips, it's very easy to produce a matching insert for the card, to make it complete.

Long Agapanthus

Stampendous - ©Long Agapanthus
Black - Heat up
Elzabeth Craft Designs Diecut 'Happy Birthday'
EK Success punch - Butterfly
Handmade colour card - description above

Metal components:  florist wire as part of butterfly & 'handmade heart'

Winterwonderland - Challenge Show us some metal

Thursday, January 15

Bentley Bear

Cardmaking & Papercraft Mag\complimentary - Bentley Bear
Artstamps - Ivy NO125M
Coloured with Promarkers
Papermania - background papers 'Blueberry Hill'
EK Success - Butterfly punch

submitted to

Passion for Promarkers - Week 279 Teddy Bear Challenge

Hopefully - I've got the hang on these links to and from other blogs. 

Tuesday, January 13


Regan Kubecek -  © Owl Always Love you  Digi
Paper Mania - Merry Christmas Stamp


Winter Wonderland - Things with Wings, Challenge

Sunday, January 11

Duflex Robin

Entirely Duflex stickers & homemade stepper card

Dufex Stickers
Cardstock bundle Create & Craft

Not as easy as it looks   I used an old card that was sent to me in a previous year as a template.  Needs to be 100% exact with cuts & folds.

Floral wreath Tilda

Tilda Magnolia - Floral head wreath and Welcome to a lovely home stamps
Coloured with Promarkers
 Crafts-Too  Backing paper designer 
Tonic - Butterfly die set Ulyssses


These are my new stamps, I was so pleased to get Floral Tilda, it was the first card I had ever received introducing me to the Magnolia Tilda range.   I can imagine this particular one is almost an original.

Saturday, January 10

Mo Manning - Talva Fairy

Mo Manning Digi - ©Talva fairy
Spellbeinders - die cut
Stash -  bling ribbons

Friday, January 9

Simply kitty kitty

Kitty Kitty Mewo Mewo die  - Cheery Lynn Design
G4917 Dandelion -  Hero arts
Butterfly - Tonic dies
Subtle and out of sight Stickles Black Diamond

  Panpastel UK Challenge  -  Challenge 1 Clean & Simple

Probably one of my favourite stamps, that don't need colouring - but adds that finishing touch to many projects, particularly textured hand-finished papers.  I have two Cherry Lynn dies and have to say they cut so beautifully clear with no effort to remove or deface the lush finish.  Some cards need to be seen and I've made several attempts to capture the finish on this card, but without success  settling for a scanned image in the end.

Thursday, January 8

Fairy 3

A real fairy, in my likeness ;)

Mo Manning Digi -  ©Fairy three
Coloured with Promarkers
Pretty papers & peeloffs from stash

Anything Goes - Thursday 8th Mo Mannings Challenge

Just sit back and imagine, if I had wings this is what I would look like

Hints of colour

Hints of Colour

Karen Middleton (Cuddly Buddly)  Forest Friends
Digi image coloured with promarkers
''Greetings'' Elizabeth dies


CHNC (Craftyhazelnutes) - January Challenge

Christmas stepper card

Mo Manning Digi images - © Miki's puppies & Snow Pals
Tilda Magnolia winter scene
Stamped with Memento (masking digi)
Coloured with Promarkers
Marianne Diecuts
Silver glitter Peel offs (matching fine glitter on the card)

This is, even if I say so myself a very pretty little card, unfortunately my photography doesn't match.  Some I photograph, some I scan - depending on embellishments or natural light available.  I do try to bring them back to a natural appearance by putting the photographs through Paint Shop pro, but it doesn't always work :( ... considering these are stood a brilliant white card ... makes you wonder where the colour goes. I made and didn't photograph, can you believe 8'' display box collage, as an everlasting card.  I suppose another foible of mine is the eye on the postage & damage in the post.  Having just paid £2.70 for three thin cards (one outer envelope) to France.  Much respect therefore goes to suppliers who offer exceptional prices & free P&P.

Wednesday, January 7

Spots Challenge

Spotty bow & Teddy Ted 
Tatty Teddy Stamp ''Me to you''
Coloured with Promarkers
Die Cut Best Wishes - Elizabeth designs
Bling & ribbon from stash box

Cardmaking & Papercraft   Craft Spotty cardmaking challenge

Tuesday, January 6

Happy Two

Happy Two

Tilda Magnolia ''Happy''
coloured with Promarkers
Tilda diecut Fence
Tonic diecuts
Card tint - Rub ons
Backing card stock: has a very luxurious appearance & feel (not picked up by scanner) 

Submitted to
Totally Tilda and Friends ''Anything goes'' challenge

Card Inside
using Publisher with wordart