Monday, 29 February 2016

Singing in the Rain

Mine is Singing in the Rain
(I wish I was singing in the rain, we are still very much a country in the grip of a drought. So sad.) 
I love how the lady turned out but think some sections of the umbrella are a bit untidy. Will do this pattern again sometime and see if I can sort them out.
Pattern: Pintrest
Thread: Flesh: Anchor 501
             Pink: DMC 4108 
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Flower washi tape
Flat backed gems

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Flowery bower

I'm spending the weekend writing reports for school. Can hardly believe that we are this far into the first term. I thought a little break was in order so that I could share this card with you.
Stamplorations CASeplorations February challenge is to CASe this beautiful card
I choose to CASe the heart idea and to keep to the same kind of colours
I'll also be entering this over at Simon says stampblog Work it Wednesday February where the challenge is something "Floral".
Oh well, back to reports!!! Have a good weekend everyone
Pattern: Pintrest
Thread: All colour codes and brands unknown
Card stock: 200gsm in ribbed cream
                   160gsm in white
Crochet cotton in white
Button from my stash

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Shades of blue

Pinterest inspired challenge. have this as their inspiration
I decided to concentrate on the different shades of blue shown here
I am really enjoying stitching blue flowers at the moment. It's not something that I would normally do but I have seen so many lovely cards in this colour scheme lately so decided to give it a go.
Pattern: Pintrest
Card stock: 160gsm in blue and white
flat backed pearls
Thread: Light blue DMC 3810
             Medium Blue: DMC 2910
             Dark Blue: Unknown
             Green: DMC 704

Friday, 26 February 2016


Split coast stampers Featured stamper 472 is Jenny Alia. I decided to CASe the birdhouse from this lovely little scene.

Here is my card

and with some flat backed stick on flowers instead of the stitched ones.
Threads: all colour codes and brands unknown
Card Stock: 180gsm in blue
                    160gsm in white
Gold peel off for edging
Flat backed gems in red for flowers
Beads for eyes

Thursday, 25 February 2016

5 masked flowers

CASe this sketch have this cue sketch

I made this card

I used masking tape and ink to make the stripes and then I pricked and stitched the flowers over the stripes.

This card was inspired by one seen on Ardyth's blog Maskerade
Masking tape
Ink: Color box
Thread: Black
Flat backed pearls

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Cherry blossoms

I absolutely loved the challenge over at Share joy challenge there where so many options that appealed to me. Look for yourself

In the end I decided to go with  the ribbon, flower and embossing row and made this

I combined the ribbon and flower bit and made flowers out of ribbon. The embossed paper is store bought
I'll also be entering this at Simply less is moore. where the cue is to "Add some Texture". There is a lot of texture on this card, the twine, the ribbon and the embossing and at
 Color throwdown where the cue card is
Ribbon: 5mm silk ribbon
Card Stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: 80gsm in cerise
Store bought embossed paper
Pattern: Silk Embroidery by Ann Cox

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Saphire Butterflies

Butterfly spot challenge have a new challenge, it's a Butterfly with a Stamp and/or the colour sapphire.
I really fancied winning the prize for using all three options but as I don't often use stamps on my cards, once again I came up with something without. Guess I missed out on that one. 

To make this card I reduced the pattern to 50%. The corner embossing was done by hand using my Crafter's Companion
and up close
             Sentiment:  Stitching cards Words wishes art nouveau
Thread: Colour codes and brands unknown
crafter's Companion
Flat backed gems
card stock: 160gsm in white
paper: 80gsm in red or blue

Monday, 22 February 2016

Happy, Happy......

TGIF challenges's latest challenge is this sketch.

I made a very simple card

using this one as my inspiration.
Source: Unknown

I only have one alphabet die and as the letters where too small to add the twine over the top of them I added it at the top of the card instead.

Card stock: 160gsm in white
                    200gsm in navy
Scrap of striped paper
Quickutz Manhattan Die
Baker's twine


Sunday, 21 February 2016

A chirping Happy Birthday

What a great sketch Freshly made sketches has this week. Pop over to their site to see some stunning examples from the design team.
Here it is

I turned it on it's side

Thread: All colour codes and brands unknown
Card stock: 160gsm in white
                    Upcycled oatmeal from a calendar
Peel off sentiment
Paper: 80gsm in black
           80gsm in green look like marble effect


Saturday, 20 February 2016

Key to my Heart

I have discovered a new challenge and it's Color throw down.
Here are the colours for this week
  and here is my card

I tried attaching the little key charm with both wire and thread to see which worked best. The one attached with thread hung better. I also fussy cut one and used foam dots to give it some dimension. I prefer this finish to the 2D option.
I'll also be entering this over at Stamplorations CAS challenge were the challenge is
Thread: Colour code and brand unknown
Key charms
Double sided foam
Flat backed gems in black and red

Friday, 19 February 2016


I finished making my Easter cards this week so I definitely had one to enter in the challenge at CASology which is
Here is the first of my Easter cards for this year

Card stock: 200gsm in aqua.
                    160gsm in white
Washi Tape: pink with white dots

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Flowers and pearls

CASe this sketch.

My take. I turned the sketch upside down and used a ribbon instead of the sentiment.

Prior to stitching  I smudged a little pale green pastel pencil in the centre of each flower.

Thread: DMC in blanche
Satin ribbon
flat backed pearls
Pastel pencil
Card stock: 160gsm in mint
Double sided tape


Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Pretty in pink

Splitcoast stampers Free for all F4A312 challenge is Pretty in pink
Here is my card

Another card made using one of the oval dies left over from when I made these cards.
I love the delicate look of this one

Pattern: Easy Embroidery on paper by Joke de Vette
Thread: All brands and colour codes unknown
Cuttlebug embossing folder daisies
Die: Sixxizz 5 oval dies
card stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: 80gsm in pink and white

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Black and White Butterfly

TGIF challenges have this sketch
I made this card
 To make this card I started with a white card stock base. I then adhered half of the original size paper in black to the left side. Next I trimmed off a 1cm from another piece of black paper and repeated the process with a piece of white. I then matched them up in the centre. Once again I repeated this process with a third piece of black and white paper. Next I pricked the pattern and then stitched it. A bit fiddly but I am happy with the result
Thread: Black: DMC in Noir
             White:  in blanche
Card stock: 160gsm in white
paper: 80gsm in black and white 
Clear glass beads

Monday, 15 February 2016

Black and White bridal couple

Simply less is moore have a challenge of White on White. Metallic or Black accents are allowed.

Here is my card

Pattern: Pintrest
Thread: White: DMC Blanch
              Black: DMC Noir
Card Stock: 160gsm in white
Silver peel off
Button from my stash

Sunday, 14 February 2016

A heart full of flowers

Time out challenges have this quote as their inspiration
"Love is the flower you have got to let grow"
I made this card for my niece's last birthday and it fits this theme beautifully
My inspiration
Source: Helen Geddes

This would work just as well as a Valentines card and as that is the challenge at  CAS on Sunday and CASology  I will be entering it there too.

Card Stock: Pink 200gsm
Flowers: Bought
Satin ribbon for bow


Saturday, 13 February 2016

Negative space flowers

Tic tac toe challenge have this challenge.
When I saw the bottom line with the word 'stitching' I knew that it was tailor made for me. Below is the sketch they mention.

and here is my card
I did some faux stitching around the edge to complete.
My inspiration

Card stock: 160gsm in white
Pattern: East Embroidery on paper by Joke de Vette
Thread: White: DMC in blanch
              All other colour codes and brands unknown
Paper: 80gsm in black
Sizzixx circle die 8 piece
Pentel fine liner in black

Friday, 12 February 2016

Embossing and ribbon

Freshly made sketches have this sketch for the week

My take

I adhered the ribbon to the card stock prior to pricking the pattern. It as quite a tricky business sticking over the ribbon as the holes where rather hard to see. I hand embossed the leaves. 
Thread: Brand and colour unknown
Card stock: 160gsm inwhite
Satin ribbon
Hand embossing tool medium


Thursday, 11 February 2016

Ivy leaves

CASe this sketch have a new sketch
Here is my take on it

A while ago when I was a guest designer ( here and here ) I had to make a couple of Autumn inspired cards, this was one of them but as I made far too many before I made up my mind on which to send for inspiration, I didn't use it in the end. So I'll enter it into this challenge instead.
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: Gold 80gsm
           Green spotted paper
Button from my stash
Thread: All colour codes and brands unknown

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Love that Guy

Split coast stampers Free 4 all 311 have "Love that guy" as their cue for this week. The challenge is to make a Valentines Card for the man in your life. We don't really do Valentines (I'd much rather be spoilt because DH thought of it himself than for him to be prompted to spoil me!) but if I was to make him one it would probably be something along these lines.

I took the hearts from a Stitching Cards pattern and changed them up a bit.
Thread: Black:DMC Noir
             Red: Brand and code unknown
Card stock: 160gsm in red and white


Tuesday, 9 February 2016

In Sympathy

Another colour challenge at TGIF challenges
This card was made as a Sympathy card.

I rather stupidly didn't check that the stitched flowers would fit into my oval die and true to form once I had stitched them they didn't. I had to "make them fit" and ended up cutting the oval by hand.
I will also be entering this over at Addicted to CAS where the cue is
Card Stock: 160gsm in white
Scrap of bottle green ribbon
Flat backed pearls and champagne coloured gem
Pattern: Easy Embroidery on paper by Joke de Vette
Envelope: Purple paper 80gsm
                 Green spotted paper 80gsm (source unknown)
Glitter: Kindy Glitz in crystalina
Thread: All colour codes and brands unknown


Monday, 8 February 2016

Yellow Tulips

Freshly made sketches have this new sketch
and Share joy challenge have this one

I decided to combined them. Here is my card

cardstock: 160gsm in white
Baker's Twine in green and white
Thread: Green DMC 669
             Yellow: Unknown
Clear flat backed gem
Double sided tape

Sunday, 7 February 2016


Isn't it amazing how some weeks the challenges are all rather similar and you are able to make one card work for more than one challenge and then other weeks nothing seems to link up? Well this week is one of the latter. Not much is gelling for me.

But not to worry I'll give it my best shot starting over at CASology where this is their cue
I made this card
I recently went to a closing down sale and managed to pick up some lovely things for next to nothing. This was one of them. It was a fraction too big for the card stock size that I use so I chopped off a bit of the nose of the car.
A quick, easy card but lots of fun to make. 
Card Stock: 160gsm in white
Glitter: Kindy Glitz in Crystalina
Liquid pearls in platinum and gold
Border Punch
Stickers: Jolee's Boutique Dimensional stickers Honeymoon begins EKWJJ026

Saturday, 6 February 2016


Addicted to CAS have one word as their cue this time and it's....... 
It fitted perfectly with the birthday card which I made for one of my nephews. He loves cricket and plays the position of wicket keeper so I decided to make him a cricket ball,
I used a pre cut card base and covered it with red paper. The sentiments were computer generated and I did some faux stitching in black around them. I used the same fine liner to rule a "join" down the centre of the ball.  To depict the stitching on the ball I used a white gel pen.
Pre cut ball shaped base card
Pentel white gel pen
Pentel black fine liner
Red paper 80gsm