Saturday, 19 August 2017

CCT August Technique Challenge

Hello! We have a really fabulous technique for you this month. I hadn't tried it before and it's a lot of fun!


Here is a link to the technique if it is new to you too. It's a great way of extending the use of your die collection! I used SU's Delicate Ornament Thinlits with gold embossing powder. I've managed to pick up some random areas of gold, but I quite liked the distressed look of the bauble so I went with it! I used a stamp from Ornamental Pines for the background which was clear embossed in the more usual way.

 I'm sure we will see some amazing examples of this great technique!

Happy crafting, April x

Monday, 14 August 2017


Hello! I haven't done much blogging lately because we were on holiday in New York and Columbus, Ohio. We had the most wonderful time and lots of the food was very inspirational...

I had also seen the doughnut cards made from a recent SU Paper Pumpkin kit. Sadly we don't have that subscription service available to us in the UK, but I do like having a nosey at the kits and being inspired!

This little birthday card has some full-on snippetage pedigree!

Everything came from a snippet and there's still lots of eating left on that piece of card! I am sending a tray of doughnuts to Di and Parsnip at Pixie's Snippets Playground because the last I heard Parsnip was threatening to strip and this may provide a welcome distraction. What's all this about not liking black puddings Miss Di??

Saturday, 5 August 2017

CCT August Theme Challenge

Hello! As it's August it seems quite appropriate that we should be looking to warmer climes for the inspiration for our theme challenge over at Christmas Card Throwdown.

How cute is this little guy in his Christmas Hawaiian shirt and straw hat? I just love him. He is from an Inkadinkado set called Warm Wishes. The sand dollar and sentiment are from the same set (there is also a fab flamingo wearing a scarf and a Christmas tree made from driftwood and shells!)  We are looking forward to seeing your tropical Christmas creations! Happy crafting, April x

Wednesday, 19 July 2017


Hello! This card is a kind of tribute to the really huge dragonfly that seems to have taken a liking to our drive at the moment. He follows you round like a small aircraft and it's slightly off-putting as he makes a bee-line for your head! I looked him up on a dragonfly identification website and he's a southern hawker apparently.

This card uses the lovely Wood Words stamp set for the background and sentiment. I really love this stamp set and have used it for all kind of cards recently. The colour scheme here was inspired by the challenge over at Sunday Stamps. Such a pretty combo of colours!

The design of my card was inspired by this week's Global Design Project where it's a 'Case the Designer' challenge.
I love this type of challenge because I tend to start off with one idea in my head and it often becomes something completely different as I go along!
I'm also sending my dragonfly along to see Di and Parsnip at Pixie's Snippets Playground because I've been AWOL lately. I know if there's anyone who would appreciate being dive-bombed by a large dragonfly, it's Parsnip!

Saturday, 15 July 2017

CCT July Colour Challenge

Hello! We are having a fun challenge over at Christmas Card Throwdown. It certainly challenged me with my addiction to subdued hues!

We would like to see at least five of the colours on your Christmas card. I seem to have got all seven here - I was certainly saying, "Richard of York gave battle in vain" over and over in my head!
I used Stampin' Up's Jar of Love stamps with Everyday Jar Framelits and both the stars in the jars and the larger ones are stamps from the new Wood Words set. The holly leaves and berries are from Holly Berry Happiness. I embossed the Island Indigo background with the Stylish Stripes folder.
I hope you will have as much fun making your colourful creations. Please visit the DT's inspirational examples. Happy crafting, April x

Saturday, 1 July 2017

CCT Sketch Challenge

Hello! We have a sketch challenge for you at Christmas Card Throwdown this week. Here is our lovely hostess Alison's sketch:


I love these cute robins and their cute Christmas sentiment. It is a Woodware stamp set that I was very lucky to win from the lovely Di and Parsnip at Pixie's Snippets Playground. I thought they would be perfect for this super sketch. They are very simply stamped and coloured with Copics. I thought the bird at the bottom looked as though he was searching for a snack, so I have added a couple of tiny sequins.
This great sketch has so much potential for all kinds of festive designs. We look forward to you joining us! April x

Saturday, 17 June 2017

CCT Theme Challenge

Hello! It's a theme challenge this time at Christmas Card Throwdown and we are looking for:

 I have made a folded circle card for my DT effort, with a combo of Marianne Design paper and the Nutcracker guy from SU's Sparkly Seasons. There are some amazing creations from the rest of the DT to inspire you! I hope you'll join us! April x

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Spring Awakening

Hello! While I was blog hopping around I came across a tag challenge that I fancied having a go at.

 The theme of the challenge over at Just Tag It is 'Przebudzenie wiosny' which means Spring awakening. I created some pieces of card spattered with water and various Distress Inks. The background was also stamped using SU's Timeless Textures and embossed with a very pretty pale pink embossing powder - Donna Salzar's Mix'd Media Inx embossing powder in Chiffon. There was also a lot of liberal spraying of Hero Arts Metallic Shimmer in Gold. Details were added in copper ink with my fountain pen. I have a super cute mint green Kaweco Sport fountain pen and I got some copper ink as a way of encouraging myself to write my Christmas cards last year!
I'm also going to send my tag to Di and Parsnip at Pixie's Snippets Playground because I think this might actually be my first 'distressed' style creation after the trauma of the gold embossing paste on the carpet slipper debacle...
Happy crafting! April x

Saturday, 3 June 2017

CCT Stash Challenge

Hello! We have a challenge to use up your stash at Christmas Card Throwdown this week!

You don't need to use all three! I have gone for sequins and gems combined with a Memory Box die and a colour scheme of Bermuda Bay and Soft Sky.
We look forward to seeing your blingy Christmas cards! April x

Saturday, 20 May 2017

CCT May Colour Challenge

Hello! It's a colour challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown and it's an unusual one...

I made my card using SU's Pretty Pines Thinlits. There is actually gold card behind one of the pine cones but the photo hasn't picked it up. The washi tape is gold too. Lots of fun to make and interesting to use these dies with colours of cardstock that you wouldn't usually think to use! We are looking forward to seeing your interpretations of this colour combo. April x

Friday, 19 May 2017

Ahoy There!

A nautical card from me today! Inking up bits of cardstock to resemble pieces of wood has been my obsession of the week. I used a Gina K tutorial that you can find here.
The sailor guy here came free with a magazine. It's really bugging me that as I type this I realise I haven't coloured in his chest. If I was a perfectionist I would have to re-do this photo. Sadly I am not, so you will have to imagine it's cold on deck and he is wearing his thermal vest...or it's so cold he is gradually turning into a block of ice!
 My card was inspired by a few wonderful challenges. The sketch is from Sunday Stamps
The colour scheme is for the Favourite Colour Combo challenge at Cards in Envy. I have chosen turquoise, red and shades of brown.
 Last but not least, my card is quite snippety, so it is sailing through the gates at Pixie's Snippets Playground!
Here are my other 'woodgrain' cards of the week!

They are lots of fun to make as they involve nothing more technical than a scoreboard and swiping an ink pad around. Sadly I was too over-enthusiastic with the 'swiping' and have temporarily broken my Sahara Sand inkpad! :-)

Happy crafting! April x

Saturday, 6 May 2017

CCT May Sketch Challenge

Hello! We have a sketch challenge for you at Christmas Card Throwdown brought to you by our lovely hostess, Lucinda -

 The perfect excuse (if you need one) for really going to town with all those festive layers! I've used lots of bits of leftover dsp combined with some punched holly leaves, ribbon and sequins. Lots of fun to make! I do hope that you will join us there, April x

Friday, 5 May 2017

In the Meadow

 Hello! Here is a card made with the lovely In the Meadow stamp set. I did some masking with a Post-it note and a bit of brayering. The colours are Soft Sky, Sahara Sand, Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate and Early Expresso, with some gold sequins and washi tape thrown in too! There was also some additional stamping on the background using Timeless Textures.
I was inspired to make this card by the theme over at The Male Room which is 'Many Legs', so I thought I would enter these eight legs! Happy Friday! April x

Saturday, 22 April 2017

CCT Technique Challenge Reminder

I couldn't resist making another shaker card for our technique challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown. The DT cards and cards already entered are so inspirational - I hope you will join us there! April x

Thursday, 20 April 2017


Hello! I hope you had a lovely Easter. Here is a card I made for my friend's daughter. It was her sixth birthday! I came across these cute unicorns here made by a German demonstrator called Dani. They are made from a combination of pieces punched with the Owl Builder (very sadly retiring) and the Fox Builder punches. Super-cute I think! Here is a little herd of them galloping across the grass:

We had some very nice weather just before Easter. Here is a photo from a lovely walk around the marine lake at West Kirby.

We also did some pottery painting. Here is my finished pineapple!
The unicorns are very snippet-friendly of course, so they are off to visit Di and Parsnip over at Pixie's Snippets Playground. I think Parsnip should be able to catch the pink unicorn for a quick trot around!!
Happy crafting! April x

Saturday, 15 April 2017

CCT Technique Challenge

Hello! We have a technique challenge for you at Christmas Card Throwdown -

It's time to dig out those sequins and sparkles and if you're anything like me, stand there puzzling for a while about just which bit gets stuck where! They do look impressive when they are completed though and I am sure we will see some amazing examples of this (fiddly) technique :-)
I have used SU's Santa's Sleigh for the reindeer and the tree background. All kinds of sequins and glittery bits were also dredged up from the corners of the craft heap! Lots of fun to make (and shake!)
Have a lovely Easter! April x

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Tie Dyed

Hello! This card was inspired by the sketch for this week's challenge at Global Design Project.

 Such a great sketch! I used two of the stamps from Tie Dyed to create the background for the label. The row of hearts comes from Birthday Blooms and the sentiment is from the Watercolour Wishes kit. I used dsp from the Serene Scenery stack and some Bermuda Bay sequins to finish it off.
I hope you like it!

Saturday, 1 April 2017

CCT Theme Challenge

Hello! It's a theme challenge this week at Christmas Card Throwdown. We would like to see your musical Christmas cards!

The musical part of my card is "Silent Night" from a piece of SU dsp. The village scene is a Penny Black stamp from a set called Gleeful and colouring it in with Copics was a lot of fun!
We are looking forward to seeing your musical notation cards! Happy crafting - April x

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Fabulous Flora

Hello! Thank you for dropping by. I did a bit of water-colouring with the Fabulous Flora hostess set yesterday. I used an Aqua Painter with Watermelon Wonder, Delightful Dijon, Pear Pizzazz and Pool Party inks.

The overall design was inspired by a lovely card by Louise Sharp for this week's challenge over at the Global Design Project.

I have kept the floral theme and also the spotty background paper and tag element. It was lots of fun to make!
My card was also super snippety, using up some bits of dsp and a left-over strip of Bermuda Bay cardstock that was squished through the hexagonal embossing folder. I am presenting the flower to Parsnip and Di over at Pixie's Snippets Playground of course! It's certainly nice to return to making more flowery cards as the spring weather gets a bit better. Happy crafting! April x

Saturday, 18 March 2017

So Succulent

Hello! It's raining and miserable here so perfect for making a cheery birthday card! I have used SU's So Succulent bundle which is a lot of fun to use.

I've used Flirty Flamingo cardstock and dsp combined with Mint Macaron, Perfect Plum and Emerald Envy. The sentiment is from Rose Wonder and I have also added some linen thread and silver sequins. The sketch for the card is from this week's challenge over at the Global Design Project - a pretty cool sketch that would lend itself to lots of cards I think!

I'd also like to send my card along to Cards in Envy where the challenge is to 'Keep it Simple'.
Happy crafting! April x

CCT Colour Challenge

Hello! We have a colour challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown for you this week.

Now I may be hosting this challenge but I didn't actually choose the colours, so it made me go hmmm! The closest I had colour-wise was SU's Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla and Tim Holtz's Twisted Citron. I'm really pleased with how it turned out! I have of course used that old favourite - Lovely as a Tree for the image.
Looking forward to seeing your cards! April x