Monday, 19 February 2018

Make My Monday #65

Good Morning everyone, and welcome to a new week.

Its time for a new challenge over at Make My Monday  with the theme this time being


So go and dig out all those inks, paints, pencils, texture pastes, pastels and and have fun.   As most of you know i love my brusho's and pixie powders but decided to go with something different and dug out my stencils, texture paste and paints.  There is something satisfying starting with white card and completely transforming it.

6x6 white cardblank.  After making my background (details below) i added it to the card front.  Then die cut lots of small white flowers, green foliage and little berry branches in yellow.  I added yellow enamel dots to the flowers.  I die cut a black glossy pot and then built up my flowers.  Black glossy sentiment and white butterflies to finish. 

Close up of the flowers. 
I didn't have a suitable size flower pot so dug through my die collection and came across this die - it comes from a tea party set, i turned the die cut upside down and cut the bottom of it - i then had the perfect size pot.  So don't forget to look at your dies and see if you can easily turn them into something else. 

below is details of my messy background

I first added texture paste through a brick stencil onto white card.  As you will be painting over it you can use any colour texture/modelling paste you have.  I wanted it rough around the edges so added less paste there and then before removing the stencil use the pallet knife to add texture to the bricks.  Set aside to completely dry. 

Once dry i added imagination starlight paints in red and orange, blending together in places.  I only needed to add one layer of paint as its highly pigmented.  The photo doesn't show the amazing shimmer this paint has. 

Once the red dried, I then added touches of green paint to look like mossy and more weathered bricks, then i added black archival ink by dry brushing over all the bricks to again add that weathered old brick look, adding more ink between the bricks.  Adding the black really brings up the texture in the bricks i added with the palette knife.  I then cut into a square.  

Items used:
Imagination Crafts starlight paints, red, orange and green
Cosmic Shimmer texture paste
That Special touch - brick mask
Memory box massa leaf die, meadow bird branch, mini butterflies
Xcut teaparty die set
Small flower dies
Viva yellow paper pen (enamel drops)

 Please do pop over to MMM and join in and see what everyone else came up with for Messy Backgrounds, i think this challenge will be really fun. 

We had some beautiful weather at the weekend so hope to see some more of that sunshine this week so i hope you all have a good week too.  Thank you for popping by. Emma

Monday, 12 February 2018

Cat & Bird Card Box Sets

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

Today im sharing 2 box sets ive made as gifts.  

The first one is using 2 different cats stamps from Zinski art and the second set is using the Crazy bird stamps.

I decorated the lid of my box with the cat stamps.

I first stamped the cat, doodled in a ground and coloured with wink of stella pens.  I lightly watercoloured blue background and green to the grass.  Die cut into a doublestitched rectangle.  Stamped greeting. Then matted onto black card and coloured card to match the topper colour.  

Im on a mission this year to use up some of the hundreds of coloured card ive amassed over the years!  

As above, the 2nd zinski art cat  stamp, again coloured the same way and matted onto purple card to match the wink of stella pens.

And below shows all cards i made for the set

This shows all 8 of the A6 (4x6) cards i made for the set.  The sentiment stamps came free with a magazine, but i like how they are all different fonts.  This set is for a friend who has a couple of cats and no birthday cards in the set as she always asks me separately to make those. 

and below on to the birdie set

Basically the same as the cat set just using the Tim Holtz crazy birds, as their is 6 different birds and i made 8 cards i used a couple of the birds twice.  This set does have a couple of birthday cards in it. 

Again i coloured them with wink of stella pens, shame the photos don't pick up the amazing sparkle they have. 

I kept the cards completely flat for ease of posting. 

Items used
Paperartsy Zinski art Mini stamps
Tim Holtz crazy bird stamps
Sentiment stamps
Wink of stella pens
Distress inks tumbled glass, cracked pistachio & lucky clover
Double stitched rectangle dies
Coloured card by payper box
Glossy accents

Thank you for stopping by and all your comments last week, also thank you to all of you that are following me by email.  If you are off for half term this week i hope you enjoy it, i shall be spending time with my lovely nieces.  Enjoy your week. Emma

Thursday, 8 February 2018

CAS Hipster Animals

Good Morning everyone, i hope you are having a good week and keeping warm.

Today im sharing my first outing of my new Tim Holtz Hipster Animals stamps.  Ive turned them into CAS male cards for the charity box.  I had originally planned to completely colour the image in but after making up the card thought they worked well left mostly white, just their outfits coloured in. 

6x6 card size.  First stamp the image and add some colour, i used alcohol pens simply on the outfit and eyes, i added glossy accents to the spectacles. Then die cut into a wonky stitched circle.  

I die cut a square and stamped the greeting, i then die cut an aperture slightly bigger than my topper, i then embossed the bigger size of wonky stitched circle around the aperture.  A cheats way if you don't have a set of in/out stitched dies! Then mounted onto blue card to match his outfit with foam pads.  I then added the topper again with foam pads.  The 'moat' around the topper just adds some interest to this simple design. 

All 4 blue circle cards.

Below a green/square version

Made exactly the same as the blue ones just using wonky stitched squares and green outfits/card instead. 

Just showing all 4 of the green ones.  

Items used:
Tim Holtz Hipster Animals stamps
Clearly Besotted Sentiment stamps
MFT wonky stitched circle & square dies

Thank you all for stopping by for a peek.  Keep Warm. Emma

Monday, 5 February 2018

Make My Monday #64

Good Morning all and welcome to a new week.

Today is a new challenge starting at Make My Monday

The theme this fortnight is


Make a project using at least 3 circles.  You could go quite simple or all out with lots of circles.  I decided to go circle mad with circle toppers, circle inking and a spotty embossing folder.

Make an XL DL card by folding black A4 cardstock in half lengthways.  

I first stamped the crazy dogs and then die cut into a circle.  I then masked the dogs with drawing gum, using a dotty stencil i applied ink through some of the circles and then stamped in the same ink with a dictionary stamp.  I removed the stencil and drawing gum and watercoloured the dogs with distress inks. 

I then inked around the edge and mounted onto black circles.  Die cut a round birthday sentiment in white and matted onto a black circle.  I then used a large spots embossing folder on a white panel for the background and used the same blue ink on the edges.  

I stamped and coloured some of the tennis balls from the stamp set, covered in glossy accents and used them in the corners to embellish.  A few extra balls and bones to finish. 

Close up detail of the dog and inked and stamped background behind him.  I also added glossy accents to the eyes and nose. 

Items used
Tim Holtz Mini Crazy dog stamps
Distress inks - tumbled glass, peacock feathers, ripe persimmon, picked raspberry, smoked chicory, black soot.
Stampin up - dictionary stamp
That special touch - spot/circle mask
Crafters companion 8x8 spotty embossing folder
Circle Happy Birthday die.

I started seeing dots before my eyes with this one, but enjoyed getting inky.  Please do pop over to see the rest of the teams projects and to join in

I hope you all have a good week. Emma 

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Carabelle Stamps

Good Morning everyone,

Today i am sharing my first outing of my new carabelle stamps, continuing my new found like of quirky.  Their mermaid set is next on my wish list😉. I have coloured them all with Wink of Stella pens, sadly the photos don't show up the amazing sparkle these pens have and aqua tints.  

One of my new year craft resolutions is to use the aqua tints that have been at the back of my cupboard for years.  They are in large open pots so i was always terrified i would knock them over and the ink go everywhere, so i have decanted them into little bottles with tiny nozzles - much safer for me to use!

7x7" white card blank.  I die cut a square and then stamped my little scene, first stamping of them came out perfectly.  I used a black fine liner pen to add some ground and a few extra little plant tuffs.  I used aqua tints to do a wash of the sky in blue and the grass in greens.  

I then went over the flower stems with a green alcohol pen - just easier than tackling with a brush! I also did the girls skin with an alcohol pen.  I then added various colours of wink of stella to a craft sheet and water coloured the images with them. 

I edged the panel with dusty concord and black soot distress inks to help frame it.  Mounted onto black card and onto the cardblank of which i had stamped the greeting in the corners. 

5x7" card.  After die cutting a rectangle i stamped my little scene, again doodled some ground in.  I coloured the same as above, i went over the lines of the yellow flowers as wanted the feeling of dandelion type heads, fluffy.  Once dry i stamped the greeting, this is where the stamp platform comes in great as i could over stamp the sentiment on the unsmooth cardstock until i had it perfect.  Mounted onto black card and then the cardblank. 

As above just a different sentiment.

6x6 card.  Again i stamped the image (don't know the make), its all in one stamp this - then watercoloured with aqua tints and wink of stella pens.  Mounted onto black and then stamped greeting onto the cardblank.

Trying to show the sparkle, think you can just about catch it on the flower heads. 

Items used:
Carabelle 'Zinouk du Jardin'
Clearly besotted sentiment stamps
Stampin up work of art sentiment stamp
Dovecraft friends sentiment stamp
Wink of stella pens
Spectrum Noir Aqua tints.

I am finding stamping so much more fun with the stamp platform, no more dropped inky stamps or smudging.  

Thank you for stopping by and any comments you leave.  

One of my inspirational craft buddies set up a blog this week, if you were on docrafts you will know her as SomersetSteph, im sure she would love to see you if any of you fancy a peek in a spare moment.   Good Luck with your blog Steph. 

Wishing you all a good weekend, hopefully we get to see some sunshine. Emmax

Monday, 29 January 2018

Seahorses & Flowers

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

Today im sharing another batch of cards that are similar to a design i did before which was popular in my box so just a different theme this time. 

6x6 white linen cardblank.  Brusho/pixie powder mix backgrounds, inverted scallop squares left over from another project.  I die cut into them with the memory box collage rings die and then stamped a greeting.  My seahorse is die cut from contrasting inked card, i then embossed the seahorse die into silver rainbow mirri card and cut around the outside, i then slotted the coloured seahorse over the top and glued together. 

Opposite colour combo

All the blues, 

and on to the flowers

I die cut the tim holtz mixed media dies into the inverted scallop squares and then stamped the greeting.  Flowers made up using stitched daisy dies, die cut foliage from silver rainbow mirri card.

Reds and greens.  

and on top little notelet cards

2 little cards. 3.5x6" white linen base. I die cut the white border using spellbinders lonely hearts die set, and then just cut the outside edge die from inked cardstock and off set them slightly.  Die cut sentiments from the same inked card.  I then added viva enamel drops and a white stitched daisy.

The same as above just a different colour combo.  The first outing of the spellbinders die, so just trying it out.    

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Items used:
Memory box ring collage die
Cheerylynn seahorse die
Tim Holtz Mixed Media dies
Stitched daisy die
Memory box Massa leaf die
Simon Says stamp sentiment die
Spellbinders 'loney hearts' S4-483
Stampin up - wetlands (sentiment stamp)
Justrite sentiment stamps

Thank you for stopping by.  Also an apology after Steph (thanks Steph) mentioned comments not always getting through since the moderation is on, so i went investigating and found lots of you in the spam bin😢 - so now ive found a spam bin i will keep an eye on it.  Why it doesn't actually send the true spam (very naughty adult content!!!) comments there i don't know!  I switched on the moderation as got lots of weird messages left with links attached and didn't want any of my followers clicking on a link and something dodgy happening!  So i do apologise those of you who've had to come back several times, shouldn't happen again - hopefully! 

I hope you all have a good week and see some sunshine.  Hugs Emma

Monday, 22 January 2018

Make My Monday #63

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

So its time for another new challenge over at Make My Monday, the theme this fortnight is:


I made this DIY themed shutter card for my brothers birthday, he is an engineer and often fixing something or other.  

Using the tattered lace shutter card die i cut the blank from white card.  Then using the matting dies in the set i cut them from wood panel pattern paper.  I then die cut lots of tools, cogs, nuts from silver holographic card and turquoise pearl card.  I then cut the handles from the tools and glued onto the silver version.  

Using mixed alpha dies i cut 'Mr Fix It' from green cardstock.  Id had the landrover decoupaged made up for months and thought this card was perfect as my brother also drives a landrover. 

Showing the left hand side of the card, i added the landrover so it looks like its driving out of the card.

Showing the right hand side better.  Shows the colour better.

And the back of the card, i die cut another woodpanel patten paper in a paler colour so that the greeting can be written on easily.  I then added all the left over tools, die cut birthday sentiment.  

Items Used: 
Tattered Lace Shutter die set
Various tool dies
Papermania Mr Smiths Workshop papers.
Dufex landrover decoupage

So if you fancy joining in and to see the rest of the DT's work just pop over to make my monday


and below is the second card i made for my brother. 

Black A5 cardblank, i then matted corrugated metal pattern paper onto copper satin card, added screw top brads to the 4 corners and matted onto the black base.  The robot topper i printed out twice from a daisytrail kit and decoupaged the 2nd one and added glossy accents.  I placed him behind a black glossy cog frame and matted onto copper satin card before adding the the base.

Items used:
Daisytrail Robot Rust digikit
Papermania Mr Smiths workshop papers
Cog frame die
Birthday sentiment die 

Thank you for stopping by and all your wonderful comments last week.  I hope you all have a good week and the weather is better.  Emma

Monday, 15 January 2018

Thank You cards

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

Today i am sharing some thank you cards i made for the lovely Christmas gifts i was given.  

This first one i made for my uncle.  Blue card cut to a 5x6 cardblank, i then die cut the memory box circle burst in the middle.  I used yellow spotty paper as the insert to act as the sun.  Then die cut lots of seagulls and a sentiment from white. 

Side view so you can see the insert. 


Little cat thank you.  Russet card cardbase.  I then stamped and coloured the zinski cat with inktense pencils, i then added a pale sky and grass with watercolour.  Die cut with cross stitch rectangle die.  Glitter glue to finish


Little 3x4" thank you made from leftovers.  I used the dienamics border die on the front, then die cut the flower into the front.  I then backed with a left over peice of purple brusho card, also cut with the same angle die.  I then die cut the flower overlay from orange brusho card.  Greeting stamped in grey. 

I loved how this one came out in that the stripes are all little stripes of left over brusho card which i then stuck onto white card to make a new 'paper'.  Only trouble is do i then keep all those little strips of paper now!  Card made in much the same way as the one above. 


Now these next too came about completely from wanting to use up left over die cuts i amassed during last year.  The only extra i added was the sentiment. 

4.5x5.5" white linen card blank. The inverted scallop square i gently inked in blue distress ink.  I then used a scalloped border die to cut the grass from a scrap of brusho card.  The tree, flowers & rabbits had also been cut from brusho/pixie powder colour cardstock. 

and the same as the one above i just swapped the layout to the sentiment above the topper square. 


4x4" card base, die cut into a octogan.  This one came about again after finding the die cut viola and octogan in my left overs draw.  Again all coloured with brusho/pixie powder mix.  I added extra the hello and little butterfly.  Gems to finish. 

Items Used:
Memory Box dies - large circle burst, darling viola flower, stitched octogens, 
Obsession Impression dies - seagulls, mini rabbits, 
Spellbinders dies - de-lites whimsical tree, thank you sentiment, fall foliage, 
MFT dies - basic stitched edges, 
Sizzix - forsythia build a flower dies, 
Simon Says Stamp dies - thank you sentiment
Justrite sentiment stamps
Paperartsy Zinski art stamps ZN09

Thank you for stopping by, i hope you all have a good week and see some sunshine. Emma

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Daisy Birthday Card

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

So today im sharing the birthday card i made for my mum.  Lots of handmade daisies. 

Using Sue Wilson Nobel die i die cut a shaped card from white pearl card.  I then die cut the fancy frame also from white pearl card, backed with a pale green daisy pattern paper.  Stamped sentiment mounted onto a gold oval.  

I then layered up my daisies with gold mirror card foliage. 

Close up of the daisies.  I made these using a small daisy die, cutting 2 layers from white pearl card and shaping the petals on a foam mat.  i offset the 2 layers to make a fuller flower. Centre die cut from yellow, edged with a little orange ink and shaped into a dome.  Glitter glue to added texture and sparkle. 

Items Used:
Sue Wilson Noble Rectangle die set
Daisy Flower & Foliage die
Stitched Oval die
Clearly Besotted Sentiment Stamp
Crafts you Create paper pad - 
Stickles Diamond Glitter glue

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Thank you for stopping by and all your comments on my blue cat card.  Emma

Monday, 8 January 2018

Make My Monday #62

Good Morning all, i hope you've all had a good first week of the year, seems to have flown by.  

So today its the first new challenge of the year at Make My Monday
The theme this time is:


I also wanted to try out my new stamps.

5x6" Blue cardblank.  I stamped the cat and flowers in colbalt archival ink, doodled in some ground and little extras with a blue fineliner to make a scene for the cat to stand on.  

I then water coloured the cat and foliage with colbalt blue watercolour and turquoise blue wink of stella pens on the flowers.  Once dry i added blue glitter to hightlight the flowers and glossy accents on the cats eyes. 

Die cut sentiment to finish. 

Items used:
Paperartsy Zinski Art ZA09 & ZN09
Spellbinders Sentiment die
Inktense pencils
Wink of Stella pens

So please do pop over and join in at

Wishing you all a good week.  Thank you for popping by. Emma

Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy New Year!

 Good Morning all and welcome to 2018.  May it be a Happy & Healthy Year for you all.  

I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas.  We had a lovely time.  

To kick start the year im sharing this summery card i made for a friend.  Hopefully the warmth of sunshine arrived as she opened it.  Using those wonderful house mouse images.

I first printed the house mouse image off from the cd-rom, it was a little too pastel for me so i added some extra colour using coloured pencils on the flowers only.  I cut out extra mice and decoupaged them. 

A5 white card blank.  Patterned paper which i then dry embossed, matted onto gold glitter card and wrapped with pink chiffon.  I made up some daisies using white pearl card and yellow card.  Stamped LOTV centre.

Close up, i added glitter glue to the daisy centres.  After die cutting them i used a ball tool to indent along the centre of each petal. 

and below i did a matching chocolate bar wrapper as a little gift. 

I first wrapped the chocolate with paper, stamped the sentiment and die cut into an oval, matted onto gold glitter card.  6 little daisies to frame.  These daisies were rather time consuming to make but was rather pleased with them. 

Items used:
Joanna Sheen House Mouse CD-Rom
Papermania paper pad - Elements pigments
Derwent Inktense pencils
Spellbinders M-bossibilities EL-005
Heartfelt Aster die set
Daisy die set
LOTV sentiment stamp

Thank you for stopping by, thank you for all of your visits and comments over the last year, I look forward to seeing you all again this year.  Emma

So Wishing you all