Thursday, 31 January 2013

Jugs Challenge

Not having been well this week I thought some Copic colouring would do me good;  I find it so relaxing.

This week the JUGS challenge was to be inspired by this great photo.
I could eat a slice of that right now!!

Anyway who wouldn't be inspired :)
This is my take on it - a bit of vintage  luxury.

I used brown card for the mats; dp was a freebie download from the net. I coloured the image using Copic pens then used the " Beyond the Border" technique to expose the lower half of the dress beyond the frame. The Art Deco images were given to me by a friend. - thank you Janet! The large flower and brad are from Gina K Designs.

Thank you for stopping by.  Hopefully I will be back to normal and stamping like mad by next week :)

Friday, 25 January 2013

Another block stamping card.

This has not been a good week for me  - not feeling 100%. yuk! However, I managed this card earlier in the week and am really enjoying this technique.  I have several birthday/name day cards to do for February and March so need to be really cracking on. Last night I did a mock up of a waterfall card and was quite impressed that it actually worked. Hopefully I'll get some done to show you.
Just been watching Andy Murray beat Federer to go into the final of Australian Open. Well done to Andy - I will look forward to seeing that on Sunday morning.

Thanks for stopping by xx

Saturday, 19 January 2013

JUGS Challenge

The Colour Challenge for JUGS was to make a card using White, Grey and Lime.
I used Memento ink pads - London fog, new sprout and bamboo leaves on a rectangular acrylic block and spritzed with perfect Pearls with water mix then stamped onto white card. The butterflies - from the set Dogwood and Butterfly at Gina K Designs, were stamped in bamboo leaves.  I shadow stamped the sentiment from Elegant Florals GKD with new sprout and London fog. The  corners were rounded using  Fiskars and XCut punches. The image layer was then popped up on the white card base using dimensionals.
I love this technique; I think I will be using it quite a bit  :)

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Condolence cards.

I don't really enjoy making condolence cards so I only make them when I need to. I have had to make three this last week for my husband's side of the family.
This first one is a stamped and sponged card using Theresa Momber's  heron from her set 'Follow your dreams'  for Gina K Designs combined with flora from 'Meadow Breeze'  by Inkylicious.
Theresa has her own site -  Crafting the Web

These next two  are using stamps again from Theresa Momber (I love her designs). Both flowers are from her set 'Elegant Florals'.  I  coloured them in using copic makers.  I drew some extra leaves with Copic Multi Liner on the first card and on the second cut out the bird of paradise and adhered it over the top of the spray of foliage. These were left in the oval die after being cut and embossed then sponged around the edge using  Jumbo spongers and Memento Ink Pads. I do love that Bird of Paradise image but my goodness I found it really difficult to colour :)

Thanks for looking in today; hopefully tomorrow I shall have some happier cards to show.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Successful Upload

'A Polish Heritage' is a booklet that I had published by My Canvas

I spent several hours over Sunday and Monday, whilst my husband was in Poland, uploading the pages to here. I must have done something wrong because today when I went to the page it had gone!!!!  Now I will have to start all over again. Not a happy bunny today!

The book follows my parents-in-law's extraordinary journey from Poland 1939 via the gulags of USSR to their final "home" in England in 1952. Hopefully I can get this up today.

 ...............................YAY! have uploaded it successfully.  Click button in the TABS bar above.


We had our first significant fall of snow this last weekend. We don't get very much here normally but the cold front from the north east clashed with a warm front from the Atlantic just above us and POW down it came! Makes the garden pretty though! Pity the washing line got in the way!

We heard last Thursday that a cousin of my husband died suddenly in Poland so we spent a good deal of Friday and Saturday finding suitable flights, car hire and hotels. The funeral was for Monday so it was a bit of panic stations here to get organised.
He arrived home here safely last night but totally exhausted!
We met up at my son's home as it was his birthday only to find that his train from Sheffield had been cancelled and would be an hour later than normal - 8pm ; we just can't cope here with a bit of snow!

Friday, 11 January 2013


A free afternoon all to myself! This is so unusual as I normally have to drive and pick up my grandchildren from school and look after them until about 7pm. I love having them here but I must admit it is nice to have the Friday afternoon off. SOOOO what to do? Why make cards of course - need one ask LOL.
This next birthday card is again for a friend and I just know she will love the style.

This will be my first card distressed in this way and I really enjoyed  making it. I used Tim Holtz Vintage Photo and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks around the torn edges of the dps having roughed the other edges up a bit first.
I used an EK border punch on two sides of the floral dp.
The image and sentiment were stamped on white card stock with Vintage Photo and again distressed. I used a copic marker E59 to colour in the border. This was then cut out with Spellbinders Large Ovals.
I should have distressed the dp oval but I had already stuck it down before I remembered!  I added a brown grosgrain ribbon, a chipboard daisy and a brad from Stella & Rose. This was all mounted onto a chocolate brown mat and attached to my white card base.

Overall I am quite pleased with the result but I think I will re-do it and this time distress the oval floral dp and reposition the white oval a bit more to the right. I think it will look a bit more balanced that way.
Not bad for a first effort tho'!

 I have entered this card in the Mix It Up Monday Challenge over at Stamp TV

Why not pop along there to see all the new Stamp Sets on offer.  Gina K Designs January Release Party was held last night and in addition to the new stamp sets, Gina introduced some fabulous new Stamp Pads and Re-inkers with co-ordinating card, ribbon and buttons. A WOW! Believe me.

Thanks for stopping by and do leave a comment if you like my cards!

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Emboss Resist Card

Birthdays abound this month so I am going to have to crack on a bit to get them all done. I lost my mojo somewhere during the Christmas holiday but this last week it has re-appeared out of the blue and I'm fired up ready to go. YAY!
This is a card I made for a friend recently using the emboss resist technique. I really love this technique so I'm using the card to inspire me to push onwards.
I stamped the butterfly on the strip card with Versamark Ink and applied some detail clear embossing powder. This was then embossed with a heat gun.  Using a variety of  Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads (Oooh I so love these!!) and some large spongers I gently rubbed and blended them over the butterflies in a random way. That's the fun bit - and no two cards are ever the same!

Before the inks dried I gently rubbed over the card with a piece of kitchen roll  to remove any ink from the embossing - now the butterflies really pop and shine.
Using my ScorPal I embossed some lines on some white card, matted both pieces on black layering card and then attached them to my turquoise card base.  I added a sentiment and some tiny pearls and WOW!  I love it :0

I entered this card in the SCS weekly Free For All Friday Challenge for Emboss Resist

The butterfly was floating around in my box and I honestly cannot remember where this is from!
Sentiment from "Hello Sunshine" - Gina K Designs
Versamark stamp pad
Tim Holtz Distress Inks : Antique Linen, Bundled Sage, Dusty Concord, Tumbled Glass, Chipped Sapphire and Weathered Wood. (LOL. I don't usually use this many together - I went a bit mad here I think!)
Stampendous detail clear embossing powder
Card from stash
Anita's fine pearls

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Man's Birthday Card

Next week my son will be 32 - I just cannot believe that - he's my baby!
Anyway this week I have been working on his centre step card and this is it.

Yes I know - another pictorial card but you know - this sort of card is sooooo relaxing to do.
This time my aim was to create a cloudy/stormy sky - I'm still working on it but hey, I'm really quite pleased with the effect.  I used a Sakura Gelly Roll pen to give the clouds a silver lining - that really needs working on!  I followed a tutorial from Theresa Momber on her website Crafting the Web.

This card was entered into SCS Saturday Mackenzie Childs challenge inspired by the Grey, Blue and browns in this photo:

The stamp set, "Wild About You" designed by Theresa, is from GinaK Designs at Stamp TV as is the Kraft heavy weight card used for the base.
I used Memento Inkpads, Copic Pens and a Button from Basic Grey. The dp was a freebie I downloaded from the net.

Have a lovely day :)

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Two more recent projects

Brickwall Technique.

I saw this technique demonstrated on SplitCoast Stampers and had to give it a go. I was quite pleased with the result but not quite so happy with the balance; the ribbon is set just a bit to low. I found it quite fiddly once all the pieces had been cut; one big sigh from me and they had blown all over the bench! I got round this by attaching them to some re-positional tape. Problem solved - I could huff and puff to my heart's content while I decided the final positions on the card.  I have seen some examples on the net where the edges of each 1"x1/2" brick are shown distressed and I might give that a go next time although that is going to be even fiddlier than the previous problem. Certainly not a card to make in a hurry but very satisfying if you have the time and patience.

Image stamps from Hello Sunshine and Elegant Florals' and Sentiment from Dogwood and Butterfly stamp sets all at GinaK Designs

I made this Card Box with 6 cards inside for my friend Janet's Christmas present.

Again this is a GinaK design. A free template (not to actual size) can be downloaded from
The instructions can be found here and here.
This will hold 6 cards up to7.25 x 4.25" (With not too many layers)
I wanted mine to hold  7.5 x 5.5" cards so I adjusted the measurements. However you would need 12x12" card stock to do this - also an extra panel would need to be made for the bottom flap. Use these instructions alongside Gina's.

 Thanks for stopping by :)

Morning Coffee Time

My first visit of the day together with my first coffee and a piece of toast has always been to visit GinaKDesigns to catch up with all the new chat, challenges and posts.

This last year I joined

This is a great community site run by Catherine Pooler. More fabulous and often funny card making videos to seek out  -I could be there all day!

So now my morning coffee runs to two or three. LOL or should I say LPL!!!!

With the New Year come resolutions that I always break. Giving up my secret smoking habit is one that I really am ashamed to admit to. BUT, it is really easy - I've done it hundreds of times. I WILL SUCCEED!!  Please help me with this???
I am setting myself one goal I really intend to keep and that is more ME time. With all the social and family commitments we often forget about ourselves. To me that means not feeling guilty putting my feet up for 1/2 hour during the day to read a few chapters from a book, to actually finish the Times crossword and put in an extra hour or two for my crafting.

If I accomplish that I will be a very happy bunny!

Thanks for listening.