Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Always be a mermaid

Hi everyone. Today is the hottest day so far of our heatwave and I have to admit that I'm struggling a bit! I'm all for sun and heat when I'm by a pool all day but this temperature doesn't suit real life at all.

Today's card was inspired by the latest Daring Cardmakers challenge "Out of this World":

I've wanted to make a mermaid card since I was sent mermaid ephemera as part of my June Brimble's Box. I just love Anna Brim's fab drawings and this one was perfect for the them.

I began by inking the centre of  a 16.5cm square of watercolour paper with Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean and Shaded Lilac Distress Ink. I spritzed with water, allowed to dry then flicked a gold Wink of Stella pen over it for a bit of sparkle. Before adding to my 7x7 card blank, I inked the edges with Salty Ocean DI.

Next I cut a circle aperture from a 16cm square of card and fixed this to my background. I added the mermaid with foam pads. The sentiment is a freebie from Creative Stamping and I stamped it with Versafine ink. The mat has been inked with more Salty Ocean.

To finish I added 3 Dovecraft sequins from my stash.

I unashamedly love this card- who wouldn't want to be a mermaid? I could certainly do with a dip in some cold water right now.

Thank you for visiting today x

I would like to enter this card for the follwing challenges:

Daring Cardmakers Out of this World

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Out of this World

Hi everyone. I've used some of my free time this week to have a play with stamps and inks. One thing I was keen to try was a space background, inspired by some I saw on my crafty friend Jennifer Kray's blog. I combined my finished background with Hunkydory For the Love of Stamps Out of this World stamps.

For the space background, I used Distress Inks on watercolour card. I began by blending Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves inks. I then darkened the background with Faded Jeans DI, then used Black Soot around the edges and in the corners. I spritzed with water, allowed it to dry and then used a toothbrush to help me flick white acrylic paint over the background.

For the moon I cut part of a circle from watercolour card. I scribbled a grey Spectrum Aqua marker onto my glass mat, spritzed it with water then dipped in some bubble wrap. I pressed this onto my card for a crater effect.

The stamps were stamped using Memento and coloured with Spectrum Noir markers. I had to hand cut them as my Scan n Cut won't cut at the moment so they're a bit rough!

My eldest son is going to give this card to his Dad for Father's Day- though he'll be doing it on Sunday evening as he is off to his very first Cub Camp tomorrow. I will admit to being a very nervous Mummy today!

Have a lovely weekend, whatever you have planned x

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Christmas in June

Hi everyone, it's great to be back blogging after a little break. I decided to take some time away as work got a little crazy and I had no time to craft. Things are much calmer now so I'll be catching up with your blogs later today.

I make no apologies for sharing some Christmas cards today- everyone knows us crafters have to start early! Yesterday saw the launch of this year's Hunkydory Christmas collection and I was thrilled that I got to make some samples for the launch.

I actually made 17 samples from the Cuddly Christmas set in total- and every one made on the hottest days of the year! It was great fun though, even if I did keep humming Christmas songs all the time.

I am extremely lucky that I actually already have the entire collection- a very kind thank you gift from the folks at Hunkydory. I can't wait to make more cards now.

Thanks for visiting today, have a lovely day. Cathy x

Friday, 26 May 2017

In a teacup

Hi everyone. It has been a difficult week here in the UK- the news is full of Monday's terrorist attack and my heart goes out to all affected. I went to University in Manchester and know what an amazing place it is.

Today we are going to take advantage of the fabulous weather we are having and go camping for a few days. I'm not the keenest of campers but the boys love it, especially as we are going with lots of friends.

First though, I'm sharing my final GDT for Daring Cardmakers. This week's dare is In a Teacup and this was what I made:

These fab papers are from Stampin Up and are called Have a Cuppa- I won them ages ago but haven't used them before. I love the colours.

Originally I was going to use the stamp set which goes with the papers but it didn't work out. Instead, I used my Scan n Cut to cut the cup and hearts and just stamped the sentiment.

You can check out all the amazing DT cards and join in the challenge here.

Have a very happy weekend whatever you have planned. Cathy x

Monday, 22 May 2017

Sweet Nothings

Hi everyone. We have had a lovely weekend in Charmouth but of course I had no time for crafting anything new. Today then I'm sharing some cards from last week's Trimcraft demos.

I really love the First Edition Sweet Nothings papers, particularly as they can be used for anyone. With Father's Day coming soon I used them for this card for Dad:

My second card shows you how different some of the papers are- these are very opulent and so beautiful, meaning I kept the design very simple:

The stamp I used is one of the range of Dovecraft big word stamps- they stamp so beautifully and make a fabulous focal point for any card.

Hope you all have a lovely week. Cathy x

Friday, 19 May 2017

Two's Company

Hi everyone. Today I'm sharing my GDT card for today's Daring Cardmakers dare. This time we were set the challenge of only using two colours on the card and boy was that a challenge!

I actually had two attempts at making a card and this one in blue and white was my favourite:

I started with a smooshed background using Broken China Distress Ink and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide. I then used the free stencil from Making Cards magazine with some Salty Ocean Distress Ink to add some detail.

I found the sentiment stamp, which was a free gift at some time, when I had a tidy up on Monday. I have been using a lot of motivational sentiments lately so I thought I'd keep up that trend! I stamped it in Memento Barbados Blue ink.

Using a Dovecraft Floral Muse butterfly stamp I stamped 3 butterfly with Perfect Medium, then used Wow white embossing powder and heat embossed the butterflies.

When I was finished, I felt I needed a little more blue so smooshed some Salty Ocean on and used the same ink to ink the edges of my panel. I did enjoy making something so different for me and I'm really enjoying the way doing these dares is taking me out of my comfort zone.

After a busy week, I'm looking forward to going to Charmouth later for two nights. My parents have just bought a static caravan there so we will be staying there. Charmouth is on the Jurassic Coast so the boys are looking forward to some fossil hunting. We found an ammonite last time we visited.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Cathy x

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Timeless Elegance At Home

Hi everyone. I've had a busy weekend of Trimcraft demos. Both days were a little quiet but I had fun anyway. I'm definitely in need of a quiet day at home today though.

On Friday, Hunkydory launched their second At Home USB. I think my favourite collection on this USB is Timeless Elegance and here are 3 of the samples I made:

With less than two weeks until the GCSE maths exams, I have lots of students to tutor this week. Hopefully I can help to keep them calm and confident- even if I don't feel that way! I always wish I could take their exams for them.

Have a lovely week, whatever it brings. Cathy x

Friday, 12 May 2017

All that glitters...

Hi everyone. Today's card is my latest for Daring Cardmakers. Our new challenge, set by Shabneez, is 'All the glitters is not gold...'- in other words use lots of glitter as long as it's not gold. It was a bit of a challenge for me as I don't really do much glitter, so I hope you like my take on the theme.

For my card, I've used some fabulous glittery washi tape I found in The Works. I think I may be becoming a washi tape addict, I've started to buy rolls of it whenever I see it and will be drowning in it soon.

The flower is a Crafter's Companion stamp. I coloured it with Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens and cut it out using my Scan n Cut (which I am starting to love at last!). Hopefully you can see the sparkle more clearly here:

It is Mental Health Awareness Week this week, so I wanted the card to have a positive statement. I've suffered from depression and anxiety in the past, so I know how much positive words are needed sometimes. The word stamps are by Craftwork Cards, stamped using Versafine ink using my Tim Holtz stamping platform. 

Unfortunately, I found out last week that my time on the Craftwork Cards DT has come to an end. Although it is actually a good thing in many ways, I do feel a little sad and will miss being on the team. Sometimes keeping positive is hard but I am very lucky to still work for two fabulous companies in Hunkydory and Trimcraft. What an amazing 12 months it's been.

I do hope you will join in the dare at Daring Cardmakers this week. Have a fabulous weekend.

Cathy x

Friday, 5 May 2017

Live a happy life

Hi everyone, hope you've had a great week. Mine has been a bit mixed but amongst the good things that have happened Kathy from Daring Cardmakers asked me to stay on as Guest Designer for another month. I was delighted to be asked and just loved the inspiration picture for this week's dare. You can take a look and join in here.

Here's my card:

As you can see I was heavily inspired by the peacock feathers- I used an actual feather, peacock feather paper (from Hunkydory), Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and chose Tim Holtz words inspired by two of the traditional meanings of peacock feathers (kindness and gratitude).

I also gained inspiration from the pattern on the socks and from the bow on the cat.

Another busy few days ahead for me with a craft demo on Sunday and some DT work planned. Hope you all have a great weekend xxx

I'd like to enter this card for the following challenges:
Daisy Chain Challenge Anything Goes

Friday, 28 April 2017

Superheroes at Daring Cardmakers

Today I'm sharing my last guest designer post for Daring Cardmakers, as April is nearly at an end. The theme this week is Superheroes.

I have made my card using Hunkydory For the Love of Stamps Superheroes stamps. I began by stamping the word stamps onto white card for the background. I coloured 3 squares using Distress Inks (Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean. I stamped these with superhero images and a sentiment, layered them on black card and added them to the background. Finally I added a sentiment.

I used my new Tim Holtz/Tonic stamping platform a lot whilst making this card. It really does make stamping easier, particularly when stamping words.

I have really enjoyed my stint at Daring Cardmakers and hope you will join in this challenge.

Goung to take a few days away frim blogging, as it's my son's birthday this weekend (he's a May Day baby). I'll be back in the middle of next week so enjoy the weekend, especially if you have a Bank Holiday like we do. Cathy x

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Circles at Craftwork Cards

Hi everyone, hope you are all well. Today I'm sharing two cards I made for the Craftwork Cards blog. You can read more on there.

Both cards were made with the Julie Loves Hearts and Flowers collection. The great news is that the Julie Loves collections are now going to be available as a monthly subscription box. I must admit I've signed up for 6 months already!

Thank you for visiting today. I always appreciate the lovely comments you leave.

Cathy x

Monday, 24 April 2017

Make me a love card Mummy...

Hi everyone, hope you are all well. I have had a busy, but lovely weekend, doing two Trimcraft demos in Range stores. Before I set off on Saturday my 5 yr old asked me to make him a 'love card' whilst I was out, "because you love me so much". He melted my heart a little, so today I thought I'd share what I made him:

The papers I used for this card come from the First Edition 12x12 Sweet Nothings paper pad. I just love this pink and green colour combo.

One of the papers has tags, frames and sentiments to cut out so I used one of these in the centre. The sentiment stamp is by Dovecraft and stamped so well on this paper. I added a heart shaped pearl from the Dovecraft Kiss and Make Up range to finish.

On Sunday, I decided to design a scrapbook layout made with the same paper pad, so made this simple page:

I'm not sure how I will use it yet- maybe I'll put a Disneyland Paris photo on there.

I am very behind with my blog visits again so I'm hoping to catch up with your projects today. Have a lovely day xxx

Friday, 21 April 2017


Hi, a quick post to share my guest designer card for the new challenge at Daring Cardmakers. The new challenge is to use five different papers from your scrap box.

My card is a birthday card for a boy:

Materials used:
Crafter's Companion Sara Davies Signature Range Happy Birthday 12x12 Papers and Embossing Folder
X Cut Nesting Star Dies
Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink

Thank for visiting today x

Monday, 17 April 2017

Leave a little sparkle...

Hi everyone, I hope you have had a lovely Easter weekend. I have enjoyed a few days off but it's back to tutoring today. The GCSE exams are looming so I need to support my students as much as possible.

Last Friday saw the launch of Hunkydory's first ever die range, Moonstone Dies, and, lucky me, I got to play with them first. 

For this card I began by layering a Twilight Kingdom Sunset Edition Stamping Background sheet and black Adorable Scorable card onto a 6x6 card blank.

I used the fairy dies from the Fairy Wishes die set to cut three fairies from black card. I added these to the background. To finish off, I used stamps from the Fairy Sparkles stamp set to add the fairy dust and fabulous sentiment.

I was excited to see this card on the counter throughout the Create and Craft shows this weekend, even though the dies sold out so quickly. They do cut so well and I hope there will be more Hunkydory dies to come.

Have a great week. Cathy x

Friday, 14 April 2017

Spring flowers

Hi everyone. I've had a few days off this week so have enjoyed some time out with the boys. Today we are off to their favourite place in the whole world, The Tank Museum in Bovington.

Today's card is my guest designer card for the latest challenge at Daring Cardmakers. The challenge set by Kathy is to use spring flowers.

I knew straight away that I wanted to use this Craftwork Cards Julie Loves Flowers and Hearts collection- those little flowers look a little like tulips I think! 

I added some lilac paper to a tent fold card blank, then added some white card I embossed with a flowery embossing folder. I cut 3 diamonds from the Julie Loves...papers and added them down the centre. I added a sentiment and flowers from the collection, along with matching Candi.

This was actually one of the quickest cards I've made lately but also one of my favourites. I do love this collection.

Have a lovely long weekend, however you spend it. Cathy x

Monday, 10 April 2017

Ombre, ombre...

Hi everyone. What a beautiful weekend we've had here in Somerset. On Saturday we took the boys to Stonehenge- it's about an hour from us and we pass it often when we go to London so we thought it was time to visit. You can see from the photos how glorious the weather was.

After that lovely trip the rest of the weekend was spent in the craftroom making samples for a super secret launch coming soon (if I told you, I'd have to kill you!).

Today's cards are last weekend's work and are my DT samples for the launch of Hunkydory's new Ombre Mirri card. This card is absolutely stunning but so hard to photograph, so my photos really don't show it off.

The images are from the Little Books of Nautical and Boutique Chic. 

Luckily I've completed all of my samples due tomorrow so I'm looking forward to a couple of fun days with the boys. Hope you all have a good week x

Friday, 7 April 2017

GDT at Daring Cardmakers

Hi everyone. Today I'm really pleased to share the news that I have been asked by Kathy at Daring Cardmakers to be their Guest Designer for April.

If you're unfamiliar with this fab blog, then all you need to know is that every Friday one of the team post a dare and everyone else makes a project to fit with that them. This week was an elemental challenge- pop over to Daring Cardmakers to see the dare and to join in.

From the inspiration we were given, I chose to use ducks, daisies and the colour pink for this cute wedding card:

The cute image is from Hunkydory's Little Book of Patchwork Forest. The papers are from Sara Davies' Little Angels 12x12 pad and the Daisy dies I used are by Sue Wilson.

I hope you will join in with this week's dare. Have a great weekend, Cathy x

Monday, 3 April 2017

Filigree Frames

Hi everyone. Hope you've had a lovely weekend. We were away for my father-in-law's 70th birthday party. As soon as we got home and unpacked, it was time to pack again as the boys are going away for a few days today with my mum and dad. It will be a quiet start to the holidays, but I have lots of DT samples to make to keep me busy.

Today I'm sharing some samples I made for today's Hunkydory launch, Filigree Frames:

I didn't have much time to work with this collection- I had to make all my samples in the eveningsafter my demo days a couple of weeks ago. It was so easy to work with though and I love the way you can change the look of the frames with inks and even use them for home d├ęcor.

I will use some of my quiet time today to visit all of your blogs, I really hate it when I get so behind and can't wait to see what you have made. Have a fabulous week x

Friday, 31 March 2017

Happy Smooshing!

Hi everyone. Another busy week but finally the last school run before the holidays. I was supposed to have a whole day off today but instead I'm teaching in Gloucestershire so will be out all day.

Yesterday I had a happy delivery- my parcel containing the latest Julie Loves Kit from Craftwork Cards. I loved it as soon as Julie showed the DT a sneak peek and ordered the main kit and stamps. I couldn't wait to get started so made this card straight away!

I started off by 'smooshing' some Distress Inks onto watercolour card. The colours I used are my absolute favourites: Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves. I then stamped these fabulous words using Staz-on black ink. To finish I randomly added a sequin in each colour (I literally threw them on!) and added my panel to a tent fold card blank.

This is a very different card for me but I'm really happy with it. The process was so much fun too!

Hope you have a lovely weekend, whatever you have planned. Cathy x

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Super Cool Robot

Hi everyone, hope your week is going well. Today I'm sharing a card I made for Quick Cards Made Easy magazine as part of their Reader Design Team. 

I was really pleased to see that the papers we were using were these cute robot designs- perfect for the kind of cards I make all the time. I just decided to layer the papers up before adding a robot image and sentiment. My only embellishments were some cogs cut from kraft card.

As you may know, each issue's DT has 10 members with 3 cards being chosen for the magazine. I was thrilled when I got my copy and found that my card had been published. You can also see everyone's cards on Quick Cards Facebook page- there are some brilliant designs.

Have a lovely day. Cathy x

Monday, 27 March 2017

Happy Mother's Day

Hi everyone. Yes I know I'm a day late but I didn't want to share the card I made for my Mum until she'd seen it!

The papers, topper and flowers are from Craftwork Cards Shabby Chic collection, with a Dovecraft doily. I fussy cut the roses from a second sheet of matching paper to add some depth. I added lace to the topper and cut the letters on my Scan n Cut. I added Liquid Pearls to finish.

I think this is a real 'me' card and especially love this pink and green colour combo. My Mum loved it to. 

I also thought I'd share something new I did this weekend- I created a layout for my planner for the first time.

My husband bought this planner for me in the US last year and I've been meaning to work on it for a while.  This weekend I felt I needed some relaxation and me time so this is what I chose to do. Unfortunately, I fear this might become a bit addictive as I enjoyed it so much.

Hope you have a lovely week- only 5 more school runs until the Easter hols and I can't wait! X

Friday, 24 March 2017

Kiss, kiss

Hi everyone. Today I'm sharing two of my cards from my Trimcraft demos last week. I took the photos whilst I was there, hence the unusual background.

Today's cards were made using the fabulous Kiss & Make Up range. At the first store, there were no paper pads in stock so I made this card to show how to work without designer papers:

I cut a rectangle of card to sit behind the frame and covered it with strips of washi tape before adding it to the back of the frame. I added more washi tape to the side and bottom of a card blank. The stickers, gems and fabulous lip brad are all part of the collection.

My second card is from my second demo and uses the 8x8 paper pad layered on a pink card blank.

The chipboard stickers from this collection are great fun- I love the make up and brush stickers on this card.

This collection was definitely a big hit with many girls I saw at the weekend, it's something fun and very different I think.

Thank you for visiting today, I always appreciate your comments. Cathy x

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

My first mini album

Hi everyone. Today I have a post on the Craftwork Cards blog and I'm sharing my very first mini album, using the very pretty Meadow collection.

I have writted a tutorial on the CWC blog but here are some pictures of my final album:

Thanks for visiting today and for your lovely comments. Cathy x