Monday, 21 October 2019

Sympathy Stork

Sympathy cards are probably some of the hardest to do - especially when it's someone you know. This is a card I made for a friend who sadly lost her husband.

No sentiment or words - what can you say - but just quiet and peaceful.
Lily Pad Lake was used and teals and blues for the colour. My stork was stamped and die cut on the Big Shot as this set has marvellously matching dies.

See you soon - j xx

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

This is a card I made fro a recent Face book swap. The brief was Stars and this little image seemed perfect.

Night of Navy card stock matted onto silver mirror card makes a fab base for the cute baby image (Moon Baby) which has simply been stamped, coloured and fussy cut. Punched stars are added along with the sentiment and voila - the perfect baby card.

j xx

Beautiful Friendship in Green and Pink

So my last post was Beautiful Friendship but in black - today I've stepped it up a notch and it's in green and pink.

I also used my new Stitched Nested Labels for this - perfect for quick and easy matting and layering.

Thanks for stopping by to visit - see you soon - j xx

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Brazenly Black

Our challenge over at

Rainbow Card Challenge


Oooooh I thought - grab a stamp, some black ink, bish bash bosh job done!
It doesn't happen quite like that though does it?

I did some masking and only just left enough room for my sentiment and left  a finger print on the card so I had to add to add some gems!!
Never mind though take a look at my card

The set I used is Stampin' Up Beautiful Friendship. I haven't used this nearly enough yet as it looks great coloured.

I've been gardening today - clearing some of the old finished flowers. I was having great fun in the sunshine and even managed to avoid the neighbours' bully of a cat. He's a huge ginger tom named Tigger and it's his life mission to attack me at least once a day. Today though I thwarted him - I had on my gardening gloves  - too thick for his grabbing paws and teeth. He left very disappointed!

Thanks for looking - see you soon - J xx

Monday, 23 September 2019

Remember Me?

Yes it's been a while to say the least! I had decided to take August off - my daughter was coming to visit and I was taking time off work so it seemed a reasonable thing to do.  However September arrived and as I was thinking about getting back to blogging business I was struck down with a mystery ailment. 

To cut a long story short no one knows what this ailment was, what caused it or how to cure it. Therefore I have taken matters into my own hands and cut out anything I use that contains chemicals  ie make up, shower and hair products and also laundry products. They have all been replaced with natural plant based products and the problem is easing. Next to be tackled is what I put in my body so watch this space. 

The good news is that I am now feeling up to crafting and blogging again so once more watch this space!

Thanks for baring with me  - I hope that you are all still out there reading this  - see you soon  - J xx

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Tutorial Tuesday - To a Wild Rose Penny Slider Card

Today's post is a tutorial on making a Penny Slider card - very easy to do and very effective.
Let's go!

Gather a few items - card base, coloured and white card stock, inks and a stamp set with large floral images. I used To a Wild Rose.

Take your card base and mat and layer coloured and white card stock.

Next take a piece of card stock and create a piece to cover at least half of the card front - the wavy line is optional - you can leave it straight if you wish.

Now we are going to make a small slot - use a die, punch or do it just by eye but the width must be narrower than your penny.
I did mine with a circle punch: punch the holes at the ends of the slot and connect them using a craft knife.

Now it's time to do some stamping.
Add a background to your card and then make some elements to add to the front of your card and most importantly the things that you want to be able to slide.
I want my sentiment to slide and I will also add the butterfly to the slider too.

Place the sliding element of your card over the slot and add a 3D foam pad to the back.

Remove the backing of the foam pad and attach a penny.

Add 3D foam tape around your card stock being careful not to impede the movement of the penny.

Remove the backing and attach to the card front.
The sentiment now slides smoothly across the slot.

Add all the other elements to the card and you are good to go!
I have added my butterfly so it looks like it is flying to the flower!

I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial and that you will have a go.
See you soon - J xx

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Retired Stash Saturday - Fabulous Flamingo Birthday Card

Today's card uses one of the sets that recently retired - one that I'm not ready to let go of just yet!
It's Fabulous Flamingo and today I've teamed it up with the Tropical Chic set - still available.

So this card is mad up of several layers. The first is a Pale pink card stock on to which I have matted a layer of white. This has been stamped with green inks and the leaves from the Tropical Chic set.
On to this I have layered a piece of vellum. This has been die cut with one of the dies from the tropical Dies set. Finally the flamingo was stamped and fussy cut and added along with some die cut flowers and leaves.

I love flamingos so I can see this set remaining a favourite for a very long time!

See you soon - J xx

Friday, 16 August 2019

Fancy Fold Friday - Free as a Bird Never Ending Card

Today I have a card to show you that I made for a Facebook swap a while ago.
It's a Never Ending Card: it opens and folds in a continuous manner giving it the name "Never Ending"
This is the front of the card which opens down the middle

This is the next piece - this one opens horizontally across the middle

As the card continues this bit opens across the middle again where the two large squares meet.

This is my favourite bit and this opens down the middle

This is the last bit but this just opens across the middle for it all to start again!

For this project I used the gorgeous Free as a Bird set. Although it is primarily a bird set it does have some beautiful floral images as you can see above. Also they are perfect for colouring with your Blends.

There are lots of videos on Youtube for you to follow to make this card and it is pretty easy too.
Hopefully you will have a go and I will see you soon - J xx

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Perennial Essence Follow Up

Following on from my Spotlight post yesterday I have a card to show you using the Perennial Essence DSP - take a look

Calypso Coral is a perfect match for this paper and my Floral Essence flowers were stamped with it and then fussy cut to create a cluster. The Paper formed the background along with the Calypso Coral card stock. Also used was the Leaf Punch and Mossy Meadow ink and although this looks fairly OK for the front of the card - just take a look inside

More flowers and leaves were made and mounted on to pop-out panels to create this wow card. It folds flat when the card is closed so it's really good for posting.

Check out the whole Perennial Essence Suite in the catalogue in my side bar - there's 10% off some of the bundles.

Hope you enjoyed today's card - see you soon - J xx

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Spotlight On - Perenial Essence DSP

I've some more beautiful papers to show off today: Perennial Essence DSP.
Twelve exclusive designs that are absolutely gorgeous - take a look

Very Monet - esque these papers co-ordinate with the Floral Essence stamp set which also has a two matching paper punches: Leaf Punch and Perennial Flower Punch.
it's all part of the Perennial Essence Suite - lots of perfectly co-ordinating products which makes your crafting both professional and effortless.

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Thanks for taking a look today - see you soon - J xx