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Tuesday, 15 May 2018


There's a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday today and the theme is Destinations.  I couldn't make my mind up what to do but eventually settled on this Penny Black stamp called Venetian Summer. and coloured it with Polychromos pencils.The background paper came from the scrap box, the weekend piece is a clothing tag and I have no idea what the two at the top are,they were in the drawer where I keep all sorts of bits and pieces that I might use one day. I have collected clothing tags for years, even made my husband buy a shirt that I knew he would never wear because it had a bunch of grungy type tags on it,needless to say I haven't used the tags either !  Do pop by the challenge blog and see the great pieces made by the team and then I hope you will join in our

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Just for fun

A few more cards to add to my charity box sales, this is some of the second batch of these I've made, the first ones were gone before they got chance to get to the charity box!  I joined a new little group in our village last night, its called a craft group and everyone takes something they are working on, I was the only card maker there , mostly knitting and sewing BUT it was such a lovely chatty meeting I don't think anybody actually did much!  We have a lovely room attached to the church and right by the river, our lady vicar thinks it is not used enough for socialising and it was her idea to start it up,we get to use the room free of charge and free tea/coffee and biscuits, whats not to like !

I'd like to enter my first card into the Watercooler  Wednesday Challenge - All about occasions

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything goes with option of using favourite PB Stamps  I don't usually have a favourite stamp as I love all my stamps but at the moment these are my most used PB stamps
Penny Black And More - anything goes

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Close To Nature

This month at Stamping Sensations the challenge is Close To Nature.  Please remember we are a Stamping Challenge and the Stamping must be the main part of your entry, small stamped sentiment or added butterfly will not see your entry considered for the prize.  We are sponsored this month by Chocolate Baroque who are offering a lovely prize  for the winner

For my Close to nature cards I have gone with butterflies and flowers ( and a little bee) The top card uses stamps by Imagination crafts, the background is a small sprig stamp from the set stamped randomly over the paper, was a bit fiddly colouring all those little flowers and leaves but I did like the finished effect.  My second card is ,of course, the ever popular garden flower stamp from Stampers Anonymous.Both cards water coloured using distress ink pads.  Hope you will join us in our challenge .

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Stencils/Die Cuts

New challenge at Try It On Tuesday today is Stencils/Die Cuts or both.  For my piece I have used  stencil and die cut, background is a mixture of paints and inks, texture paste through stencil and once dry replaced the stencil and coloured the flowers with Distress Oxide inks. The butterfly was in the bits and pieces box along with several others, seems I can never just make one of anything which is why I end up with so much clutter. I am always telling myself to use up some of this stuff but as fast as I use some, more appears !  Do visit Try It On Tuesday challenge and see what the design team have been up to.


This month at Christmas Sparkles ,Lynne has chosen Reindeer for our challenge.  I have used topper and papers from an old Making cards magazine for my card.  The merry christmas is a very old rub on and I'm amazed they still work.  Hope to see you joining our challenge this month.

Monday, 30 April 2018

It's All About Pets

 Since Mr Mojo has still not returned from his extended holiday I have been making up a few cards from images I had already stamped and coloured and were sitting in a folder, amongst them was this Penny Black cat riding a bike, as it was already coloured I have just matted and layered it, added some glitter to the cup cakes, a few sequins and a stamped sentiment. I thought I could enter it into Allsorts challenge this week which is All About Pets.  I do have two cats and although they do get up to all sorts of mischief I haven't yet caught them riding a bike.

Allsorts Challenge - All about pets

and also

Fashionable Stamping - Animals

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Rudolph Day


Well I don't know where Mr Mojo is, he seems to have gone on holiday yet again leaving me with not one iota of inspiration.  I realised it had got round to Rudolph day once again , where does the time go?   I have a load of Making Cards magazines from a few years back so I sorted through them and found a few (lot!) Christmas toppers, amongst them was this snowman scene which I've just matted and layered onto my card blank.  The wording is from some really old Rub Ons, I was amazed that they still work, punched the snowflake from glitter card and card done. I did make another couple but they are for some later dates.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

One For The Boys

I made this card for one of the adult Grandson's birthday. All the stamps and papers are from a Creative Stamping magazine , I am always happy to find new stamps for masculine makes and I particularly like the sign post stamp that can have different words added. Just had a lovely afternoon walking round the water gardens at Fountains Abbey, it is one on my very favourite places, it wasn't too busy this afternoon but it always has the most peaceful atmosphere of any place I know, good for the soul. We didn't actually get as far as the Abbey this time, next time we will start from the Abbey end. We did manage a visit to the tea rooms though for coffee and scones!
 I'd like to enter these challenges

Watercooler Challenges                  -  Anything goes Masculine
Cardsz4guyz                                   -  Travel or transport
Shopping our Stash                         -  Yo Dude - Masculine

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Nature's Beauty

New challenge at Try It On Tuesday and this time it is Nature's Beauty.  For my card I have used a bigger card than I usually do in order to use this bird stamp which I have had for a while and only used once before.  I have no idea what type of bird it is so have used artistic licence to colour it..Lots of layers of foliage ,mostly Inkylicious stamps but the bird and flowers are Hobby Arts Nature Reserve. Do pop over to Try It On Tuesday and see the rest of the design teams art.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Any occasion

I had some fun creating these cards with some free images that came with a craft magazine, I made these last night and lo and behold today my friend arrived with a birthday present for me including two of these fun Katzelkraft stamps so expect to be seeing more of them. I'd like to enter my card into these challenges

Watercoolerchallenges - occasions (get well card)
4Crafty Chicks challenge - raining cats and dogs

these are the other cards I made

(I did rather case this one from the magazine)


Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Diamonds Are Forever

This Penny Black Cat stamp is called Diamonds are forever, I've had it a very long time but every now and again it gets another inking. Just stamped in Versafine and added some flowers round the
the bottom of the card, coloured with Pro Markers and a little bit of inking round the edges.  I'd like to enter this into

Fashionable Stamping Challenge        -  Animals 

Thursday, 5 April 2018

New beginning

Just had a quick play with some of the stamps from this months Creative Stamping, I wasn't going to buy it this month but I wanted to make a new baby card and I have to say it does have some very useful stamps with it, also some lovely papers so even though it has gone up in price yet again it fell into my shopping bag!   I'd like to enter my card into two challenges

cardz4galz  - Button and/or bows
Allsorts - New beginnings

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Glamourous Day

I've seen a couple of challenges for Black and White plus one other colour, I do love a Black and white card and I knew immediately which stamp I wanted to  use.  This B Line Design stamp was sent to be in 2007 by a friend, I had just been diagnosed with breast cancer and was not in a good place. I found out then who my friends were and who were there for me, they are all still around today and even if we don't see each other as much as we used to I have always appreciated them.
Anyhow back to my card, very simple as I don't feel it needs any embellishing. The Glamorous Day stamp is from a free set from Creative Stamping.  I'd like to enter my card into these challenges

Penny Black and more  - Black and white + one

Retro Rubber Challenge - Anything goes with an old stamp (2007)

Shopping our Stash - Black and white + one

Tuesday, 3 April 2018


At Try It On Tuesday today the challenge is to recycle something. I have been gradually sorting out my dies and transferring them into DVD type boxes with magnetic sheets.  The ones I had already done have been sitting in an old cat food box for a few weeks now so thought it was time I smartened it up a bit, here's the original box

 I gave it a coat of white acrylic paint, inside and out (gesso was all dried out in bottom of jar)then two coats of a green pearl paint which I have had for years, its quite transluscent so didn't get a very good cover

Then I covered all of the outside with some patterned tissue paper using gel medium to apply it, finished it off with some tissue type washi tape round the edges. Its still needs a coat of either PVA glue or something but I'm waiting to make sure everything is totally dry before I do that.
Here's the finished project.

Do visit the Try It On Tuesday page to see the rest of the design team projects and join in our challenge.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Bird and blossom

I've had this Crafty Individual stamps from before Christmas, sitting amongst a pile of unused stamps. I had a couple of pieces of inky paper laying around on the table so thought I would try stamping on it, the idea being I could bleach out the bird and flowers to colour them, didn't work as planned, I had used some of my home made ink sprays and whatever I had used wasn't going to shift.I ended up colouring the bird and flowers with distress inks, I rather like how the birdie came out  even though the colours were not what I intended, I used Salty Ocean on the bird and it came out this pretty greeny colour instead,one of those happy accidents to my mind, the flowers on the branch and the ones at the bottom were both coloured with Festive Berries and look totally different.

I'd like to enter my card into 

Make My Monday - Things with wings