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