Friday, 20 October 2017

Hugs and kisses

Hello lovely people,

I'm here this morning with my Dies to Die For DT card and you probably all know by now how much of a sucker I am for cute punny cards so there was no way I could resist the Tic Tac Toe stamps and dies from the latest MFT release.

I've used mainly the stamps for this simple design.

Tic tac toe card design using Xs and Os by MFT

I've added in a few other dies to create the design and at the last minute I thought a couple of sequins would finish it off nicely.

Tic tac toe card design using Xs and Os by MFT

If I've tempted you with any of the lovely supplies I've used then you can go straight to the individual products via the links at the end of my post or just pop over to Dies to Die For and have a little browse around!

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Lovely things I've used from Dies to Die For;
Xs and Os - My Favorite Things
Tic tac toe dies - My Favorite Things (for the heart)
A2 stitched rectangles 1 - My Favorite Things
Hip clips - My Favorite Things
Blueprints 13 by My Favorite Things (for the sentiment strip)
Pink lemonade sequin mix - Neat & Tangled

Other ingredients;
Be mine 6x6 paper pad - Echo Park
Notebook edge die - from stash

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Thoroughly Modern Misses from LOTV

Hello lovely people,

I have something very exciting to share with you today...we have NEW images on the way from LOTV so myself and the rest of the Design Team will be sharing some sneak peeks with you over the next week until their launch on Mon 23rd October.

We are introducing the Thoroughly Modern Misses; there's one for each month of the year so I thought it appropriate to start with November!

WARNING!!!  They are a little bit different so I'll just show you my card and then we can talk...

Autumnal CAS card using Thoroughly Modern Miss November by LOTV

Now, I know some of you will be a bit taken aback by the lack of facial features other than eyes but I have totally been won over by the gorgeous modern style of the images and the fabulous clothing and am loving them.

I've given this little lady a long coat but it could just as easily be a jacket over a skirt/dress, and you could give her tights instead of bare legs...so many choices!

Autumnal CAS card using Thoroughly Modern Miss November by LOTV

Oh my goodness...I nearly forgot to mention that there are some beautiful new sentiments coming out too, and you can see one of them on my card here.

Autumnal CAS card using Thoroughly Modern Miss November by LOTV

Watch this space for more sneak peeks and do check out the samples from the rest of the DT too.

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Copic colours;
Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04
Eyes: B0000, B000
Hair: E50, E53, E55
Coat: E41, E42, E43
Scarf: YR21, YR23, YR24, & R05/E07 for stripes
Pumpkin: E97, YR24, E99
Jumper: B91, B93, B95
Hat: YR21, YR23, YR24, YR27
Shoes: E42, E43, E44
Ground: W00, W0, W1, W2, W3


Lovely things I've used;
Thoroughly Modern Miss November and sentiment - LOTV (coming soon!)
Autumn Spice 6x6 paper pad - Lilybee Design
Stitched jumbo fishtail banner STAX - My Favorite Things
Ivory hemp twine - The Ribbon Girl

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Acorn angel

Hello lovely people,

We have a new 'Use any image' challenge starting over on The Ribbon Girl blog, so you can enter with any type of project as long as you include an image.
I hope you will come and join us as there are three fab prizes on offer this time :-)

It's well and truly Autumn here in the UK so I was inspired to dig out my cute MFT hedgehogs from last year to make this card.

Autumnal hedgehog in acorn pile card using Happy Hedgehog stamps by MFT

I started by stamping a few acorns on white card and coloured those in.  Then I stamped, coloured and die cut a whole load more acorns to add with foam pads. Finally, I stamped, coloured and die cut the hedgehog to go on top...he is making an acorn angel!

I ended up shading the background too because it looked too bright white against the ivory and brown of the papers.

Autumnal hedgehog in acorn pile card using Happy Hedgehog stamps by MFT

I really liked the simplicity of using all white cherry blossoms and blossom flowers to embellish...oh, and that uber cute little acorn charm...sooooo sweet!

Autumnal hedgehog in acorn pile card using Happy Hedgehog stamps by MFT

If you find yourself tempted by any of the pretty supplies I've used then you can go straight to the individual products via the links at the end of my post or just pop over to The Ribbon Girl and have a little browse around!

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Copic colours;
Green acorns: YG93, YG95, YG97
Brown acorns: E33, E23, E25
Acorn cups: E43, E44, E47
Hedgehog spikes: E33, E25, E59
Hedgehog tummy: E40, E41, E42, E43
Background: E40, E41

Lovely things I've used from The Ribbon Girl;
Denim & friends 6x6 paper pad - Maja Design
White cherry blossom
White small blossom flowers
Miniature white blossom flowers
Ivory hemp twine
Small silver acorn charm

Other card ingredients;
Happy hedgehogs stamps and co-ordinating dies - My Favorite Things
Spring foliage die - Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions

Friday, 13 October 2017

Oh deer!

Hello lovely people,

Friday is here again so I have a Dies to Die For DT card for you and I have been playing with my new MFT stash :-)

I *almost* couldn't decide what to play with first...ok, who am I kidding?  It was always going to be those darling deer!

CAS Christmas card using Dashing Deer by MFT

I had my first play with my new Distress Oxides, which I totally did NOT need until I saw them being demoed at a craft show...and 12 of them came home with me - lol!

I've used just one colour to lightly ink around the background panel and added a few very light water splashes.

The gorgeous deer is joined by his little birdie friend for my scene and they were so fun to colour...I just had to add pink hats and scarf, and a tiny sprinkling of sparkle!

It may be stating the obvious but just in case anyone is wondering, I made the spots on the deer using the blender pen after I had coloured the image, and I did this a few times over to get a slightly clearer spot.

CAS Christmas card using Dashing Deer by MFT

I had a lightbulb moment where I realised that I might be able to stamp sentiments nicely with the DOs because the colour is so much creamier than the normal DIs...and yes, you can!
It does take a little longer to dry though...I found that out the hard way - lol!

I was really unsure if I *needed* to buy the stitched rectangle dies but am delighted that I did as they are going to be so useful for creating mats and layers on cards.  I do already have the inside & out stitched rectangles but these new ones are bigger and there are more of them so I needed them too!

CAS Christmas card using Dashing Deer by MFT

If I've tempted you with any of the lovely supplies I've used then you can go straight to the individual products via the links at the end of my post or just pop over to Dies to Die For and have a little browse around!

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Copic colours;
Deer body: E30, E31, E34, E35
Deer chest / face: YR30, E50, E30
Deer spots: blender pen
Bird: E31, E34, E35, E37
Hats / scarf: R81, R83, R85

Lovely things I've used from Dies to Die For;
Dashing deer stamps - My Favorite Things
Dashing deer dies - My Favorite Things
A2 stitched rectangle STAX 1 - My Favorite Things
A2 stitched rectangle STAX 2 - My Favorite Things
Stitched hillside borders - Lawn Fawn
Blueprints 31 - My Favorite Things (for the sentiment strip)
Stylish snowflakes dies - My Favorite Things

Other ingredients;
Distress Oxide pad in Faded Jeans

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

LOTV Celebration Bear

Hello lovely people,

I'm just popping in with a reminder of our LOTV October Facebook challenge as you have just a few more days to come and join in as it ends on 15th October.  We are going all retro, so would like you to share a project using your first ever LOTV stamp...or one of the first if you can't remember exactly!

Celebration card using retired bear stamp from LOTV

I am about 99% sure this was my first LOTV stamp, and it is certainly one of my most used, although sadly it's now retired so I'm glad I hung onto it!

Celebration card using retired bear stamp from LOTV

I've used some beautiful papers, ribbons and sparkly things from The Ribbon Girl to give this a gorgeously girly feel.

Celebration card using retired bear stamp from LOTV

I hope all is well in your worlds and if not, sending hugs.

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Copic colours;
Bear fur: E40, E41, E42, E43
Dark pink daisies: RV19, RV09, RV55
Mid pink tulips: RV09, RV55
Light pink tulips / daisies: RV52, RV55
Aqua flowers: BG10, BG11, BG13
Foliage: G40, G12
Envelope / plastic wrap / tag: RV0000, RV000
Ribbon: RV09, RV55, RV52
Ground: W00, W0, W1, W2, W3

Lovely things I've used from The Ribbon Girl;
Daydream 6x6 paper pad - Lemoncraft
38mm Pale pink sugar sprinkles sheer ribbon
15mm Pale turquoise No.48 Berisford satin ribbon
7mm Pale turquoise No.48 Berisford satin ribbon
Round 14mm diamante buckle slide
Lucy's Princess Sparkly Shaker Selection
Lucy's Aquamarine Sparkly Shaker Selection

Other card ingredients;
Celebrate and enjoy dies - The Greeting Farm
Stitched mini scallop square STAX - My Favorite Things

Friday, 6 October 2017

It's pasture birthday!

Hello lovely people,

I just couldn't resist all the MFT gorgeousness released this week and just *had* to have a 'few' things - lol!

So, while those are on their way to me I thought I'd best use some bits out of my fairly large pile of unused MFT goodies on this week's Dies to Die For DT card.

I wanted a design where I could use several of the cute critters from the Farmyard Animals set and I haven't made a box card for ages so it seemed like a good opportunity.

Pop up box card using Animal Farm by My Favorite Things

This also happens to be a birthday card for my brother who thought this sentiment from the set was pretty funny...so he will be getting this card deliberately late just so I could use it - lol!

Pop up box card using Animal Farm by My Favorite Things

I've kept the design pretty simple with just a couple of hills on the tabs inside, a small fence and those gorgeously cute animals.  I couldn't quite squeeze in the horse though!

Pop up box card using Animal Farm by My Favorite Things

If I've tempted you with any of the lovely supplies I've used then you can go straight to the individual products via the links at the end of my post or just pop over to Dies to Die For and have a little browse around!

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Copic colours;
Pig: R00, R01, YR61, R02
Sheep / cow bodies: W00, W0, W2
Sheep legs: W5, W7 (&W8 for hooves)
Cow spots / nose: W5, W6, W7, W8
Chick: Y21, Y15, Y19, YR23
Chick beak / feet / carrot: YR15, YR68 (& YG17 for carrot top)
Signpost: E33, E35, E37 

Lovely things I've used from Dies to Die For;
Animal Farm stamp set - My Favorite Things
Animal Farm die set - My Favorite Things
Animal Farm fence - My Favorite Things
Stitched speech bubble edges - My Favorite Things
Stitched hillside borders - Lawn Fawn

Other ingredients;
Fine and dandy boy 6x6 paper pad - My Minds Eye

Monday, 2 October 2017

Time to sparkle

Hello lovely people,

Today I have a DT card for The Ribbon Girl and I wanted to use some of the gorgeous sparkly things to make a Christmas card.

I don't use gold a lot in my crafting but these papers are absolutely gorgeous and I have heat embossed the sentiment in gold to match.


I don't think the photos do the ribbon justice either!  It is simply stunning; the shade of gold and the subtle shimmer is so elegant.

I'm rather taken with the hemp twine as an alternative to the button twine I often use too.  I was going to tie a small bow with it but the long ends fell onto the card like this and I thought it looked pretty so I left them long!


Don't forget we also have our October Card challenge running over on The Ribbon Girl blog at the moment and we'd love to see you enter...all you have to do is make a card - easy!

If you find yourself tempted by any of the pretty supplies I've used then you can go straight to the individual products via the links at the end of my post or just pop over to The Ribbon Girl and have a little browse around!

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Lovely things I've used from The Ribbon Girl;
Time to sparkle 6x6 mini paper pack by Dovecraft Premium
25mm gold pearl sparkle ribbon
Ivory hemp twine
10mm silver jingle bells


Other card ingredients;
Traditional Christmas Greeting - Lili of the Valley
Stitched rectangle scallop frame - My Favorite Things

Friday, 29 September 2017

Santa overload!

Hello lovely people,

It's Friday (woohoo!) so it's time for me to show off some gorgeous goodies from Dies to Die For.

I was so excited to play with my new Tiny Santa Agenda from Mama Elephant that I couldn't stop making cards with them so I have 3 cards to share!

For my first card I have Santa standing on a triple stacked die cut word.


I used the same Authentique paper pad for my second card and this sentiment is included with the Santas.

I added some sparkle to the images because Santa loves a bit of bling!


Finally, I used a Blueprints set from MFT to create this layered design, and this is a different paper pad from Carta Bella.


If I've tempted you with any of the lovely supplies I've used then you can go straight to the individual products via the links at the end of my post or just pop over to Dies to Die For and have a little browse around!

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,




Copic colours;
Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11
Clothing: R24, R46, R39
Beard: W00, N0, N1, N2
White trim on clothes: N0, N2
Boots: N5, N7
Sack: E33, E35, E37
Presents: B14, YG17, R46

Lovely things I've used from Dies to Die For;
Little Santa agenda stanps - Mama Elephant
Little Santa agenda dies - Mama Elephant
Inside and out stitched rounded square STAX - My Favorite Things
Stitched mini scallop circle STAX - My Favorite Things 
Blueprints 13 by My Favorite Things 
Scripty Merry - Lawn Fawn

Other ingredients;
Bundle 6x6 paper pad - Authentique
So this is Christmas 6x6 paper pad - Carta Bella
Crustal Glamour Dust
Twine, Kraft card - from stash

Friday, 22 September 2017

Garden fairy

Hello lovely people,

I am running a little bit late with my Dies to Die For DT card today but I think this gorgeous little fairy might be worth the wait!

Birthday card using Tiny Townie Fairy Garden Fairy by Stamping Bella

I couldn't resist creating a little layered scene for her and that meant I could include the darling little mushrooms too!

Birthday card using Tiny Townie Fairy Garden Fairy by Stamping Bella

If I've tempted you with any of the lovely supplies I've used then you can go straight to the individual products via the links at the end of my post or just pop over to Dies to Die For and have a little browse around!

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Copic colours;
Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04
Hair: E21, E25, E29
Skirt / hat: BV0000, BV000, BV11, BV34
Top / tights: BG11, BG 13, BG23
Wigs / tights: B21, B32, B23 (&BG0000 on wings)
Leaves: YG11, G21, YG25
Mushrooms: C00, N0, N1, N2, N3
Mushroom spots as for lilac/blue areas of fairy

Lovely things I've used from Dies to Die For;
Tiny Townie Fairy Garden Fairy stamp set - Stamping Bella
Tiny Townie Fairy Garden Fairy die set - Stamping Bella
Tiny hearts pastels 6x6 paper pad - My Favorite Things 
Itsy bitsy polka dots pastels 6x6 paper pad - My Favorite Things 
Proper pinstripes pastels 6x6 paper pad - My Favorite Things 
Stitched mini scallop circle STAX - My Favorite Things 
Stitched hillside borders - Lawn Fawn
More Essential Sentiments - My Favorite Things

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Tiny mouse

Hello lovely people,

 We have a new 'Use any image' challenge starting over on The Ribbon Girl blog, so you can enter with any type of project as long as you include an image.
There are some lovely prizes on offer so I do hope you can come and join us :-)

Rustic card using Three Kind Mice stamp from LOTV

This is a pretty dinky image but oh so cute, and I had a feeling the little mouse would look lovely with these gorgeous floral papers from Maja Design.

Rustic card using Three Kind Mice stamp from LOTV

Since the image is small, so is my card, and I just added a few flowers, twine and a beautiful metal charm.

Rustic card using Three Kind Mice stamp from LOTV

If you find yourself tempted by any of the pretty supplies I've used then you can go straight to the individual products via the links at the end of my post or just pop over to The Ribbon Girl and have a little browse around!

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Copic colours;
Not a clue as I coloured this a while ago - lol!

Lovely things I've used from The Ribbon Girl;
Denim and Friends 6x6 paper pad - Maja Design
Ivory button twine
10mm ivory open roses
10mm blue open rose
Miniature pale blue blossoms
Miniature ivory cream blossoms
Daisy flower charm

Other card ingredients;
Three Kind Mice digital stamps set - LOTV
Inside and out stitched circle STAX - My Favorite Things
Stitched mini scallop circle STAX - My Favorite Things
Fab foliage - My Favorite Things

Friday, 15 September 2017

Warm wishes reindeer

Hello lovely people,

I have a Dies to Die For DT card for you today and I was desperate to use the Mama Elephant reindeer, which are not new but I have only just got them!

I really am enjoying more CAS cards lately...

Sweet and simple Christmas card using Reindeer Games  stamps by Mama Elephant

This sentiment set is my absolute favourite this year and I can't seem to stop using it!

This was a pretty quick make for me...just don't ask how long it took me to place those sequins...and I still don't know if I'm happy with them - lol!

Sweet and simple Christmas card using Reindeer Games  stamps by Mama Elephant

If I've tempted you with any of the lovely supplies I've used then you can go straight to the individual products via the links at the end of my post or just pop over to Dies to Die For and have a little browse around!

The brand new Mama Elephant release has just been added to the website so that's a good place to start your browsing...I treated myself to a couple of items ;-P

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Copic colours;
Reindeer: E53, E23, E33, E25
Antlers / lower face: E51, E53, E23
Nose / hooves: E25

Lovely things I've used from Dies to Die For;
Reindeer Games stamps - Mama Elephant
Reindeer Games dies - Mama Elephant
Jingle Greetings - Mama Elephant
Perfectly Plaid Winter 6x6 pad - Lawn Fawn
Stitched basic edges - My Favorite Things
Blueprints 29 - My Favorite Things
Mermaid Tail sequin mix - Neat and Tangled
Starry Night sequin mix - Neat and Tangled

Friday, 8 September 2017

Big wreath, little wreath...

Hello lovely people,

It's Friday which means that my week of holibobs is almost over and also that it's time for me to share my Dies to Die For DT card...actually it's TWO cards today!

Every year I say I really don't need any new Christmas stuff but every year I am tempted into buying new stash, and my resolve was totally broken this year by the gorgeous Lawn Fawn release.

So, I have a few new bits to play with and started with the super cute mini wreath, and since I don't have a die cut door, I made my own with a stitched rectangle aperture die and score board :-)

Contemporary Christmas card with door and mini wreath, using Mini Wreath by Lawn Fawn

This little die cuts the leaves all in one piece, and you could layer several of these up if you wanted a fuller wreath.  The bow is sooooo cute and the teeny berries are sweet...but a little fiddly to place!

Contemporary Christmas card with door and mini wreath, using Mini Wreath by Lawn Fawn

I also got the larger wreath and have used the new Knit Picky papers for this card.

Christmas card with layered wreath around text stamp, using Large Wreath and Knit Picky papers by Lawn Fawn

This wreath is a 'build it yourself' one and of course, that means the foliage will be useful all year round.  I cut some of the foliage to shorter lengths to add variation to the wreath.

I can see myself using that bow die a lot too, not just for Christmas, and it comes with another die option for the tails where they are in line with the loops of the bow.

Christmas card with layered wreath around text stamp, using Large Wreath and Knit Picky papers by Lawn Fawn

If I've tempted you with any of the lovely supplies I've used then you can go straight to the individual products via the links at the end of my post or just pop over to Dies to Die For and have a little browse around!

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Thursday, 7 September 2017

Creating a scene!

Hello lovely people,

So, did any of you get your hands on the lovely new Christmas images from LOTV?!

In my last post I said that I was going to have a play with creating a scene using the Woodland Scene collection and they really are perfect for doing this.

Woodland scene Christmas card with fox and squirrel, using LOTV stamps

I also got to colour up the cute fox and squirrel which I hadn't previously used :-)

Check out how the stamps have all the animals in size proportion to each other, which is brilliant if you want to use them together.

Woodland scene Christmas card with fox and squirrel, using LOTV stamps

I thought you might like to see how I created this scene using the rubber stamps, especially because they are not clear so you can't see where you are placing them.

I had decided on a circular scene so I cut a circle from scrap to the size I wanted then placed this underneath the top section of my MISTI (other stamp positioning tools are available!) and built up the scene I wanted using four different stamps.

I just put glue stick on the back of my LOTV stamps to stick them to the MISTI (or stamping block if I'm using one of those instead) as this is easily washed off with warm water afterwards.

So, you can see in this photo how I was able to position the stamps as desired, then I inked and stamped them all in one go...and yes, they all came out perfectly with just one single inking and stamping :-)

Positioning multiple stamps to create a scene using the MISTI

This turned out as quite a large scene so it really didn't need much in the way of detailing and I already had the paper picked out because I almost always choose my paper before I colour so I can co-ordinate everything!

Woodland scene Christmas card with fox and squirrel, using LOTV stamps

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Lovely things I've used;
Woodland scenes collection rubber stamps by LOTV
Snowfall 6x6 paper pad by Bo Bunny
Turtle Doves die set by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions (for the corner die cuts)
Circle die and Scalloped circle die by Tonic Studios

Copic colours;
Fox: E97, E99, E57
Squirrel / fox tail: W1, W2, W3, W4
Blue sections: B34, B95, B97
Dark teal: BG72, BG75
Light teal sections: BG11, BG23
Wood: E23, E25, E47
Leaves: YG45, G46
Berries: R46, R39
Snow: B0000, B000, B00