Friday, 25 May 2018

Alphabet Challenge - E for Ebony

Good Morning everyone

Time for the Alphabet challenge again, i had the choice to pick for the letter 'E' so went with 

Use a Majority of black

I had great fun with this one.

6x6 Black base card.   I used an old core'dinations cardstock pack called gemstones for all the coloured card here they have a lovely shimmery finish which pops against the black - photo really doesn't do it justice!.  

I cut a square slightly smaller than the card front and die cut the leaf die from it 3 times, i then added 3d foam on the back and mounted onto a panel of lime green card and added to the card front.  I stamped the greeting onto yellow card and die cut into a fishtail banner.  I die cut the butterfly from 3 colours of card and added onto a white circle.  I added a white pen doodled border to finish. 

A close up showing the layers of the butterfly. 

Items Used:
Core'dinations gemstones cardstock
Memory box 'cottage leaf' die
Spellbinders butterfly die
Dienamics fishtail banner die
Justrite sentiment stamps

So if you fancy joining in and seeing what everyone comes up with using mainly black please do hop over to alphabetchallengeblog

If you are wondering where the letter D went as i last uploaded C for cows we work in a 2 team rotation so im doing every other letter. 

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Emma

Tuesday, 22 May 2018


Good Morning everyone, i hope you had a good weekend. 

Today im sharing my first post after being invited to join the design team for 
the cardz4guyz challenge blog.  As most of you know i make alot of male cards so quite enjoy making them.  

The theme this fortnight is

Science-Fiction Or Steampunk

both are a bit of a challenge for me, after searching all my stash I found these steampunk digi images as the starting point. 

7x7 White cardblank.  I first designed the background using serif craft artist & the digi kit by daisytrail 'Steampunk Emporium'  I cut this into a square and mounted onto Navy blue cardstock and then the base.

 I then printed the crow off twice and decoupaged him, i added a die cut hat and some glossy accents to him.  I die cut cogs from silver mirror card and added a touch of blue paint to them, to tone down the silver and tie in with the blue in the crow.  A couple of bolts cut from orange mirror card, these i used a permanent pen on to tone the colour down, add the pen wait a little for it to start drying and then rub off - gives a nice aged effect on mirror card. 

I added a metal word band with screw top brads to finish.  It says ; 
'Possibility begins with imagination'

A close up.

Items Used:
Serif Craft Artist
Daisytrail 'Steampunk emporium' (discontinued)
Cheerylynn cog dies
Spellbinders 'nuts & bolts' die S2-288
Hat die - unknown 
Tim Holtz ideology word band
Screw top brads
Glossy Accents

So if you fancy joining in and see what the rest of the design team and entrants come up with do hop over to cardz4guyz 

Thank you for stopping by, i hope you all have a good week and the sun shines on you all. Emma

Monday, 14 May 2018

Make My Monday #71

Good Morning all, i hope you had a good weekend.  

Can you believe its a fortnight gone again and time for a new challenge at
The theme this time is:

A Hint of Summer to Come

I found a lovely summery floral paper with blue cornflowers in my stash to go with.  I picked out co-ordinating cardstock and dies to go with.

5.5 x 7" white cardblank.  I first stamped my sentiment direct onto the cardfront and then die cut my pattern paper with a MFT edge die, layered it onto blue cardstock cut with the same edge die,  i added this to the cardfront with foam tape. 

I made up a cornflower using my old Tonic cornflower die and added a button centre.  I die cut different foliage from orange and yellow cardstock to pick up on them in the paper.  Ive had the Sue Wilson foliage die years but its such a pain to cut cleanly that i rarely use it but its perfect with this paper. 

I added a thin strip of blue to the top edge and 3 yellow buttons to finish. 

Exactly the same details as the first one but just reversed with the paper at the bottom and white linen card on top.  

Hopefully summer will arrive soon and i have lots of beautiful flowers in the garden!  So if you fancy joining our challenge or just want to see what the rest of the DT came up with and all the amazing entries, please do hop over to 

Items used:

Paper - B&M
MFT scalloped edge die
Tonic cornflower die
Sue Wilson Fern Trio die set CED1401
Tattered Lace - ferns die set
Clearly besotted sentiment stamp

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Thank you for stopping by and all your visits and comments last week, i hope you all have a good week. 

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Monday, 7 May 2018

Just Wanted to say Hi!

Good Morning everyone, i hope you are enjoying a sunny bank holiday.  

Today im sharing some simple hello cards trying out my new Katzelkraft stamps and my old favourites of brushos & pixie powders.  

6x6 white cardblank.  Using the stamp platform i first stamped my 2 dogs onto white card, being silhouettes the stamp platform is ideal for repeat stamping to build up a nice even black image and then added the sentiment.  After die cutting into a square i used turquoise brusho and purple pixie powders and spirzed with water and left to do its magic.  Adding the pixie powders adds a lovely pearlised shimmer.  Mounted onto black card and then the base card.  Orange gems to embellish.

Same as above just using gambage brusho and red pixie powder, blue gems to finish.  On each of them i doodled in some ground for them to sit on with a black fine liner pen.

and now the cats..

I first stamped the cat stamp, again using the stamp platform so i could get them nice and back.  I then die cut into a stitched octogen and added gambage brusho and red pixie powder.  I love the gambage brusho as its has a mix of colours in it.    Mounted onto black and then a 5x5 white card blank, cutting to the octogen shape. Blue gems to finish.

and a blue version.  

Items used
Katzelkraft stamps - cat 'Solo27'.  
Dogs - Solo30 & Solo31
Penny black stamp - 'Kool Kats' - the sentiment
Memory box stitched octogen die
Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders

Thank you for stopping by and all your comments last week.  I hope you all have a good week.  Emma

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craftyanimals 14 - anything goes

daisychainchallenge - Animals

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Flower Pots

Good Morning everyone and im back, glad to see my scheduled posts went ahead as planned while i've was 'away'.  Thank you to those of you who popped by, I will catch up with you all soon.  

Today im just sharing a little best wishes card i made for a friend just to let them know i was thinking of them. 

DL white card blank.  I cut a white panel slightly smaller than the card front and stamped my greeting, I then embossed the top section above the sentiment with a brick style embossing folder.  I die cut the flower pots twice from white card, i coloured all of the first one with alcohol pens and then just the pots on the 2nd one.  I then cut the pots out and mounted on top of the first one with glue gel to add some dimension. 

I die cut lots of little butterflies from scrap of card coloured with the same colour pens.   

A close up of the flower and pots, this shows the true colour better.  I added touch of glitter glue to the flowers. 

Items Used:
Unbranded Flower pot die
Memory box mini butterfly dies
Sizzix embossing folder
Phill Martin sentiment stamp

Thank you for stopping by, I haven't done any crafting for about 3 weeks now so need to find some mojo. I hope you all enjoy the bank holiday weekend. Emma

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moo-mania - Flowers

Monday, 30 April 2018

Make My Monday #70

Good Morning everyone.

Don't the weeks fly by, its time for a new challenge over at Make My Monday
The theme this fortnight is


Heat Embossing or dry Embossing

 Ive gone with dry embossing and dug out some old favourite embossing folders

5x7" white card blank.  I die cut panels from some white card and then embossed them with the leaf design, i then added green shades of inks.  Mounted onto silver mirror card and added to the card front.  I die cut the hello sunshine sentiment from silver mirri card and mounted onto a white wonky stitch circle and added to the card front with 3D foam tape.

I inked white card with orange, terracotta & red inks and die cut into flowers,  I have then debossed them with a swiss dots embossing folder.  I layered them up with some dark green foliage around the sentiment.  Yellow enamel drops for the flower centres to finish. 

Just a close up, sorry for the dark photos they were taken way back in all that rain. 

Items used:
Sizzix foliage embossing folder
Cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder
Sizzix flower die
Foliage die
Die-namics stitched panel dies
Sunshine sentiment - had it years i think it was die-namics
Spectrum Noir Aquatints

So please do hop over to Make My Monday to join in with your embossed creations.

Thank you for stopping by, i hope you all have a good week. Emma

Friday, 27 April 2018

Alphabet Challenge - C is for Cow

Good Morning Everyone.  

So today is my first post after being invited to join the design team at the Alphabet Challenge blog.

  Im looking forward to joining in as we follow the alphabet as the theme.  Today its

C for COWS

Ironically even though my family are Dairy Farmers im very limited on Cow crafting items.  Luckily i had just aquired a set of stamps by the card hut called farmers dilemma which had this raging bull so decided to use him to make a card for a male. 

I first stamped the bull and the sentiment and lightly coloured with inktense pencils and die cut with a stitched rectangle die.  I then die cut a rectangle from rusty coloured paper and matted both onto black cardstock.  I then wrapped with brown and black cotton cord. 

A5 black cardstock base, layered with a wood panel effect paper, the paper has pastel shades of pinks, blues and greens so picks up on the colours in used in the topper, i doodled a stitched border around the outside edge.   I threaded brass buttons with green twine and attached. 

Close up of the image.

Items Used:
TheCard Hut stamps  - Farmer's Dilemma
Derwent Inktense pencils
Double stitched rectangle dies
Papermania Mr Smiths Workshop papers
Urban Style papers from poundland

Have a hop over to The Alphabet Challenge  to join in this fun challenge and see what the rest of the design team came up with.

Thank you for stopping by.  Emma  

Monday, 16 April 2018

Make My Monday

Good Morning all.

Its time for a new challenge over at Make My Monday 
The theme this fortnight is


5X5 Octogen Card.  I first die cut a stitched octogen from white card.  I then stamped the leaf stamp with embossing ink and added clear embossing powder.  I then added colour to the background with H2O's that ive had for years, this year im trying to use all those ink products hiding at the back of the cupboard!  These ones are full of mica and sparkle.

I added green and ochre around the leaves to give the feeling of depth and surround greenery.  Blue for the sky, once dry i added water drops to the blue to add interest. 

Butterflies stamped in blue ink on a scrap of card coloured with oxide inks and cut out.  Die cut sentiment from the same piece of red/pink card and added on a strip of vellum to help it stand out from the background. 

Ive then matted onto a very dark green cardstock and then the white cardblank.  

Just showing it stood up. 

Items Used:
Stampin Up Kinda Eclectic
Clearly besotted butterfly stamps
H2O's Radiant Rain inks
Oxide ink Candied Apple & Raspberry
Memory box stitched octogen dies
Thank you die

Please do pop over to Make My Monday  and see what everyone has come up with and to join in, we always love to see your entries.  

I hope you all have a good week. Emma

Monday, 9 April 2018

Cattitude Canvas

Good Morning all, don't know where the weeks are going as its Monday again.

Today i am sharing a canvas ive been working on for Weeks/Months - i think its now finished, my first real attempt at lots of paint, stamps and layers of mixed media in the background.  The original idea was to use all the different quirky cat stamps ive collected lately.  Nothing like i imagined! 

10x14" Canvas, once building up the background (see below) i stamped and coloured the cats with inktense pencils as these are permanent & colour fast once water is added.  I then cut them all out.  I die cut white circles and added a little background stamping to them, i added the circles and cats to the canvas.  

I added black around the circles to help them stand out from the background.  I then die cut the title in black card and added with gel medium.  I computer printed out lots of little words associated with cats and added again with gel medium.   To finish i sealed the whole canvas. 

Just showing from different angle.

Close up of the Ginger Tom - leader of the gang๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Just a close up of the left side

close up of the right side. 

This is the background before adding the cats.
1. I attached various shapes i found in my stash of grunge board - flowers & swirls

2. Texture paste added through a 'dots' mask & free hand

3. Coated everything in gesso and then once dry I added yellow, orange, purple & blue acrylic paint - picking up on the colours of my cats.

4.  Added tissue paper with a script pattern.  I wet around the tissue paper i wanted with a brush and water and once it has soaked in gently tore it out - the ends blend in better with the background that way instead of using scissors. 

5. Added Stamping of butterflies, alpha stamps with black paint. Then dry brushed with white to soften that layer.

6. Added tissue paper paw prints using gel medium.

7. Using the edge of a card i added black 'scratches'

8. Edged the whole canvas in black acrylic paint to frame the edge.

Items Used:
Tim Holtz crazy cat stamps
Katzelkraft Cat stamps
Paperartsy Zinski art cat stamps
Small cat stamps came free with a magazine
Stampin up 'kinda eclectic'
Alpha stamps
Tim Holtz word play bigz die & Small Alpha dies 
Circle dies
Tim Holtz grunge board shapes
Script & paw print tissue paper
Golden Texture paste
Spot/dot stencil
Pebeo acrylic paints & gesso

I think i will try a canvas with dogs on now.

2 of my nieces are coming down to spend the day with me today so im looking forward to that, they are growing fast.  

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you all have a good week. Emma

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Thursday, 5 April 2018

This Little Piggy....

Good Morning Everyone, i hope you are having a good week. 

Today im sharing 3 little pig CAS cards. 

6x6 white cardblank.  I stamped the pig and coloured in with a mix of aqua tints and wink of stella pens to get the shade i wanted.  I doodled in grass for him to sit on.  Added a pale blue sky with tumbled glass distress ink diluted with water.  I then die cut into a wonky stitched circle and matted onto a bigger circle in silver mirror card. 

I embossed a panel of white card and layered onto card coloured with the same inks as the pig and then onto silver mirror card layered onto the card base.  I stamped my greeting in black.  Pink sequins to add a finishing touch. 

Just a different pig and sentiment.  I watercoloured in a blue sky and dabbed out some clouds with tissue.  To me he looks like he is attempting to fly๐Ÿ˜€

Again a different sentiment and pig. 

Items used:
Pig stamps Unbranded
Clearly besotted sentiment stamps
Sizzix Embossing folder - '658455 - Basketweave'
Wonky stitched circle dies
Spellbinder circle dies
Wink of stella pens
Distress inks - tumbled glass

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you all have a good weekend.  Emma

Monday, 2 April 2018

Make My Monday '68

Happy Easter Monday everyone, i hope you are enjoying the Easter weekend.

Where do the weeks go, its time for a new fortnightly challenge over at 

The theme this time is


Ive made a fun cheerful card with children in mind but of course would fit many different people Male or Female. 
This quirky bird stamps came free with the most recent craft stamper magazine.  I stamped him 3 times in black ink and then coloured in primary colours with wink of stella pens so they have a lovely sparkle in the light. I doodled some ground in for them to walk on and added a little green for grass. 

I then mounted the topper onto mid blue cardstock, stamped the sentiment onto white linen cardstock and wrapped with red and yellow twine and mounted onto a blue DL cardbase.  (DL is just over 8x4" or 21x11cm in size)

Items Used:
 quirky bird stamp -Craft Stamper Magazine (April 2018 Issue)
Kuratake Wink Of Stella pens
Justrite sentiment stamp
Red & Yellow waxed cotton cord
Black fineline pen
Blue card from Payper Box
White linen card by craftUK 

So please do pop over to Make My Monday to join in and see what everyone is creating.  

Enjoy the rest of you long weekend and have a good week. Thank you for stopping by and supporting my blog.  Emma

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Male Birthday cards

Good Morning..

Today im sharing 2 male cards i made, once again i used alcohol inks on silver mirror card, its a nightmare to take decent photo of it though.  The finished effect is brilliant.

6x5.5" white cardblank.  I then embossed a piece of silver mirror card and used purple, blue & green shades of alcohol ink on a blending pad to colour it.  I then cut it into 3 panels and mounted onto grey pearl card and added to the card base.  This embossing folder from spellbinders is actually 5x7" so on cutting up the sections i used the label section to add my sentiment.  

I die cut various cogs from white card and layered up with 'screw tops' die cut from silver mirror card.

This 2nd card is made the same way but mounted on a black 6x5.5" card base instead. 

Close up trying but not really succeeding in showing the colour better! 

Items Used:
Spellbinders Mbossibilities folder - EL-017 Industrial
Spellbinders De-lites 'S2-228 - Nuts & Bolts'
Cheerylynn cog dies
Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol inks
Birthday sentiment die

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Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you all have a good Easter weekend and enjoy whatever you get upto.  Emma

Monday, 26 March 2018

Easter Bunnies

Good Morning all, i hope you had a good weekend.  

Easter will soon be here now, this year seems to be flying so far. 

6x6 green cardblank, i die cut the foliage from the same green which is much brighter than the photo shows, i layered up several of the branches to get the wreath.  Little 'primroses' die cut from yellow card, inked the centre and pearls added to match my bunny.  The bunny was cut from card coloured with oxide inks. 

Sentiment stamped in green archival. 

A close up on the wreath.

and below i made little tags for my nieces 

I first die cut a fishtail banner, glued on a die cut sentiment and then i embossed it.  Little die cut bunny rabbits in various colours, i then mounted them onto matching coloured card.  Ribbon to finish. 

The same as above but just in a large tag shape.  3 are made in the girls favourite colours, of course little baby not got a fav colour yet and she's obviously not getting a chocolate egg from her aunt, ive got her a little something else! She is growing fast, nearly 1 month old now. 

Items used:
Impression Obsession Easter die
Rabbit die
Foliage die
Sizzix flower dies
Justrite sentiment stamps
Sunrays, puff ball, leaves, birds embossing folders

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Thank you for stopping by and thank your comments.  I hope you all have a good week. Emma

Id like to enter the following challenges

Friday, 23 March 2018

Doodling fun

Good evening all, back with another upload this week.  

I saw the challenge for Zentangle and had to join in, Id forgotten how much i enjoyed doing it and its so calming, ideal for passing time in waiting rooms as all you need is paper and a fine pen. Its certainly encouraged me to get 'tangling' again. 

This time i started with a stamped image, then just picked up the black fineliner and doodled, i then doodled a border to frame it.  Stamped sentiments.  I did add a touch of pencil shading blended with a paper stump.  Matted onto black and then a white A5 cardblank.

Just a close up of my doodling. 

This is the stamped image i started with, it was perfect already having lots of lines to guide me.  

I would love to enter this at 

Items Used:
Honeydoo stamps - fancy flourish
Clearly Besotted stamps - little sentiments
Uniball black fine liners 0.2, 0.5 & 0.8
4B pencil & paper stump

Thank you for stopping by today, i hope you all have a lovely weekend. Emma

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Thursday, 22 March 2018

Sympathy Cards

Good Morning all, i hope you are having a good week.

Today im sharing those cards we don't like to make.  I kept them very simple. 

5x7" card, i used a leaf patterned pearl ivory cardstock for the base.  I then embossed a cross stitch rectangle into the front of the card.  Stamped greeting.  Feathers cut from cardstock coloured with oxide inks in cracked pistachio & twisted citron. 

Pale grey pearlised base card 5x7", the feathers die cut from card colours with purple brushos & copper pixie powder. 

Items Used:
Joy crafts feather dies
Memory box cross stitched rectangle dies
Distress Oxide inks - cracked pistachio, twisted citron
Brusho Powders
Cosmic shimmer pixie powders
Cardstock by payper box

Thank you for stopping by. Emma

Monday, 19 March 2018

Make My Monday #67

Good Morning everyone, i hope you had a good weekend and not too much snow.  

Its a new challenge at Make My Monday   The theme this time is 


I decided to have fun with the Tim Holtz hipster animals and my wink of stella pens.

6x6 Teal cardblank.  I stamped the chic chick in black and coloured in with a mix of alchol pens for his outfit and then wink of stella for his feathers.  Glossy accents on his glasses.  Die cut into a wonky stitched circle.  Then mounted onto a teal card circle.  For the background i first computer printed the sentiment & then die cut into a square, embossed a larger wonky circle die so that it will frame the topper.  Then using ink splat stamps with distress ink i lightly stamped in a diagonal across the front just to add interest.  

A little 'primrose' flower made up from yellow, lightly inked the centre in orange and a little glue dot centre.  A couple of die cut leaves to finish. 

A close up of the chick, you can just about see the sparkle of the wink of stella pens. 

A second version, this uses a little artistic license as you don't normally get ostrich's at Easter but i decided to colour her yellow and she could be a chick, duckling or maybe even a gosling or a hybrid!๐Ÿ˜€.
Made the same way as the first one just using a square topper instead. 

Items Used:
Tim Holtz Hipster Animals stamps
Stampin up Gorgeous grunge stamps
Peacock distress ink
Wink of stella pens
Wonky Stitched circle and square dies
Sizzix flower dies

So please do pop over to MMM and see what the rest of the team came up with and also to see all the entries, always very inspiring. 

I hope you all have a good week, thank you for stopping by. Emma

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Take One Paper Pad....

Good Morning all, i hope you are having a good week.

Today im showing a batch of cards all made from the same paper pad, after using it for make my mums card for Mothering Sunday i thought it would be a good challenge for me to try and use up all the papers on different cards and in different ways.  I actually enjoyed the challenge.

The paper pad is 6x6" 'On the Bright Side' by My Minds Eye

Its a pad ive had years and loved so used it sparingly as us crafters do. 

This first card i made for mum, 7x7 white cardbase.  I die cut some of the papers with various stitched dies, all matted onto chocolate brown cardstock and layered up.  I die cut the flower from white card so it would stand out against all the busy patterns, i edge it with blue and added blue pearls to the centre.  Die cut mum from white too and then added blue pearls to finish.  

I then made a very similar one for the box just using different papers from the pad and orange pearls.  Im not usually one for adding lots of busy patterns together but found using just bits of them that it wasn't too OTT.

6x6 Chocolate Brown basecard.  New home card.  I die cut various stitched shapes from the papers and layered them up, this first takes a while playing with the shapes and placements until it works for me.  I then stamped the greeting in brown ink onto beige faux leather effect card and mounted onto the card base.   I then die cut my little house from 2 papers and stuck together. 

6x5.5" Brown card base.  I again cut some patterend papers and layered onto chocolate brown cardstock, added onto beige card stamped with the greeting.  I die cut my cat twice, ones from orange and again brown papers and off set so he stands out more. Blue pearls to finish. 

6x6" chocolate brown cardbase.  I had lots of little bits of paper left, not big enough to do much with so cut them into tiny little flowers.  I then die cut green leaves, a stitched rectangle which was left over too made a great flower planter!  All layered onto wood grain paper that also comes from the pads.  Die cut greeting and cat both in the brown.  I added liquid pearls to the flower centres which dried weird with a dent in the middle but after contemplation i think it looks like little seed beads so have left it.

5x7" Brown base.  Lots of papers die cut into various fishtail banners and layered up onto a beige floral pattern paper.  Again it took a while to get an order which worked for me.  Stamped greeting.

4x6" (A6) card, this one used all the left over banners from the first one.  

4x6" (A6) card, i had lots of little strips of paper left so did a little weaving, layered onto woodgrain paper.  Die cut cat as before and stamped greeting. 

And last but not least a gift tag, all the little scraps i die cut into banners, as most weren't long enough for the whole length of the die, I just die cut the tips with the fishtail end.  For the vertical strip i cut them off the front cover of the pad - not waste with any of this paper pad.  Ribbon to finish. 

This last card was made for a colour challenge with friends of using apricot, peach, anthracite and ribbon, the papers fitted perfectly instead of the brown card i used a dark pearl grey, i had matching ribbon in my stash and added loops of them along the top and bottom edges of the middle panel.  Die cut sentiment and flower. 

Items Used:
My Minds Eye 'On the Bright side' paper pad
Chocolate brown cardstock, Beige leather cardstock, grey pearl- payper box
Various Stitched dies, squares, rectangle, circle
Flower dies
Cat dies
House die
Pierced & cross stitch fist tail banner die sets
Clearly besotted fancy sentiment stamps

Thank you for stopping by, i hope you all have a lovely weekend. Emma