Saturday, 17 October 2020



In honour of the spectacular Autumn weather we are having I have made a card using the Sunflower image from Pinksy Doodles

I call sunflowers 'happy flowers' as they have the most wonderful smiley face. There are so many varieties and I have seen some amazing pictures recently of big fluffy headed ones that look stunning. I have even seen a photo of one on Facebook growing out of someones's chimney. 

This digital stamp set from the Pinksy Doodles store has the leaves and flower head as separate image, also a page which is suitable to decoupage as shown below. It really is a very versatile set  and amazing value for money.

I printed the image of the full sunflower 3 times as I wanted to decoupage the head and leaves. The bottom layer was left whole, the 2nd layer is the middle petals on the flower head and I cut the set of leaves from this. The final layer is the seed centre and I used the leaves to create an extra embellishment.

I have coloured the image with my beloved Promarkers. I then fussy cut the layers as required and they are mounted onto thin foam squares.

In the close up below you can see the bead detail I added to the centre. I put a thin layer of Glossy Accents down to act as an adhesive. I then carefully placed seed beads on the markings on the stamp. The rest of the circle was then filled with tiny Accent Beads. I then added a thicker layer of Glossy Accents on the top to encase it all. This makes it so shiny and the dimension on both the petals and centre makes this a very tactile card.

I used one of the sketches from the latest challenge at Cut It Up for the layout and rotated it to fit my image.

I used a sheet of A4 card for the base and covered it with the coloured flower paper from an old pad Woodland Folk from Papermania. This has been one of my most used autumn themed pads over the years. The colours on the flowers are a perfect compliment to this Autumn themed card.

The second paper is from an old Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine freebie Home Grown by Hot Off The Press. It dates back to 2014! All my patterned paper pads have been split up and organised by colour and the type of pattern. I simply went into my section of 'orange/small flowers' and experimented with patterns and colours until I found the combination I was happy with. I have never been afraid to mix and match suppliers and collections of paper that are intended to go together. I use Evernote to organise my supplies and have a photo of the contact sheet on the front of the paper pad which is useful for matching up which pad the paper has come from.

I cut the image and the mat layer using dies from the Rococo Frames set from Crafter's Companion. I love how ornate it is and that you can see a lot of the papers through it. It is quite large as well which is perfect for me as I tend to make more larger cards. Digital images are especially perfect for this is you have the flexibility to make the image as big as you need.

With the spare leaves I made a corner embellishment using some 3d flower stickers I bought from the poundshop a million years ago. I am sure many UK crafters bought the same ones. The sticky pads gave up the ghost a long time ago but that is easily replaced. I added a sentiment banner that was mounted on a scrap of the brown card and finally I added some tiny glittery butterfly stickers because what sunflower would be complete without a little butterfly or 2?

Head on over to the Pinksy Doodles store to check out the digital images, papers and cut files. The collection is ever expanding and you can be inspired and see the examples from our amazing Design Team. 

Card Details -

Size – A5
Digital Image - Sunflower from Pinksy Doodles
Papers – Woodland Folk by Papermania & Home Grown by HOTP
Colouring Medium - Promarkers
Embellishments – seed beads, accent beads, glossy accents, 3 paper stickers, glitter butterfly stickers

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Colour Challenge at 12 MoC


Over at The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up it is the Merry Maidens turn to showcase some fabulous Christmas cards.

The optional Twist for this challenge is to use at least 3 colours from the swatch from Design Seeds

This paper pack Foil Textures Festive Colours designed by Decosse's Dynamite Doodles 
is up for grabs to the lucky winner who follows the twist.

If you want the chance to win this month's featured paper pack, be sure to create a card that features the twist.

The Sponsor for this challenge is Pattie's Creations who is offering 3 images from her Etsy store for the lucky winner.

I don't have access to a colour printer at the moment so cannot print out the digital papers so I have made a hybrid digital card. This way I can honour both the image artist, and use Lisa's digital papers. The added bonus is I then have the image already coloured to make into a physical card at a later date.

I started off by matching the swatch colours to my Promarkers and coloured the image Vintage Christmas Stocking by Pattie's Creations. I added some gold Stickles glitter glue to the intersections of the stocking. This coloured image was scanned in to make a digital copy which could then be made into a card on the computer.

I used Sketch 192 from Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 for the layout of this card.

The base layer is the sea green paper from the Foil Textures pack. 

To this I have added the Merry Christmas Words paper from the 
12 Months of Christmas 2014 paper pack. This was a great way of adding a sentiment.

From this same paper pack I used the paper with the Row of Ornaments and cropped it to just the baubles. I then added a mat of the Strawberry coloured foil paper.

I have used strips of the Sea Green & Mint foiled papers under the image. The image itself has been matted with more of the Sea Green to keep it consistent.

Finally I have added 2 strips of 'washi tape' using a cropped section from the Red White & Green striped paper from the Holiday Hoopla Patterned Papers pack 2. By reducing the opacity it makes it more see through like real washi tape would be.

I do hope you will take part in our challenge and look forward to seeing your creations.

Digital Supplies Used : 

Papers - Foil Textures Festive Colours, 12 Months of Christmas 2014 & Holiday Hoopla Papers Pack 2 by Decosse's Dynamite Doodles.
Coloring Medium Used - Promarkers
Embellishments - Gold Stickles glitter glue

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)

Monday, 12 October 2020

Hogs & Kisses


A very good friend of ours has asked me to make a load of Christmas cards for him and particularly liked one that was on my old blog using this image from Imagine That Digistamp. I have always vowed never to make 2 cards exactly the same so said I would do a variation on it for him.

This is the original card which I made all the way back in 2014! Kris had made this pack and asked us on Facebook to suggest sentiments for it. I had put forward 'Forget The Ham Eat Turkey' and she decided to put that in the pack so gave me a set for free. I adore pigs so it was really lovely. It has been retired now though so I am glad I already have it in my collection.

On this new card I have coloured using Promarkers and added a white gel pen to the eyes. I coloured the tree in alternating layers of colour and added some Stickles glitter glue to the leaves and the gold star. The image has been distressed around the edges with a black ink pad.

The base of the card has been made using an A4 sheet of matte gold. To this I added a layer using an offcut of the tartan cardstock leftover from a card I made last week to make it more Christmassy.

Finally the sentiment was trimmed and layered onto an offcut of mirror gold cardstock.

I really think that some of the piggies look like Percy Pig sweeties from M&S. They have just brought out a glass jar for £15 with a Percy Pig face on it with 1 KG of sweets in it. I was so tempted to buy one as I can obviously use the jar for allsorts of things in my craft room but resisted buying when I was in there last week. 

It took great strength to walk away I can tell you 😋

Card Details -

Size - A5
Image - Hogs & Kisses set (retired) - Imagine That Digistamp
Colouring Medium - Promarkers & white gel pen
Paper - Traditional Christmas Pad - The Works

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)

Friday, 9 October 2020

Kit Kite Valentine with a Christmas Twist

Allsorts challenge this week is sponsored by Pinksy Doodles with a theme of Cute Christmas.

I decided to use a non-Christmas image to show how versatile digital images can be with a little imagination.

Kit Kite Valentine has this cute little kitty sitting on a cushion with a heart balloon. For only £1.49 you too can give this delightful little kitty a home.

I printed out just the kitty part of the image and coloured it with Promarkers. With a little precision snipping with my newly sharpened blades on my Fiskars scissors kitty was cut out (even the little whiskers) and he wears a beaded santa hat that has been in my stash for a million years (alright exaggeration but definitely more than 10 years)

The main card base has been covered with some super glittery gold paper. To this I have added a really rich tartan paper from a recent purchase at The Works (amazing value for only £3 for a 12"x12" pad). My Mum used to dress me and my younger sister in matching pleated tartan skirts at Christmas and this really reminded me of that as it was a very similar pattern with the red and green colours.

The die cut tree is a recent acquisition too courtesy of birthday pennies to spend from family. This is a bit of a record for me as it only arrived on Tuesday and I have used it already. Yay !!! It is the Contemporary Tree die from Crafter's Companion. I was REALLY lucky as it was only £6 when I bought it and has gone back upto £12.99 SWEET! 

I die cut it with my new Gemini die cutting machine (thankyou wonderful husband) I am so very impressed with how crisp and clean it cuts super intricate dies. It's a massive improvement on my Big Shot.

I initially cut it in gold glittery card but as it is so fine it got lost on the background. I also cut it from a scrap of green card. The die cut is so fine I decided to mat it onto some more of the gold glittery paper. I have added loads of gems to decorate the tree. The sparkly star topper is a very old one from my stash which was sold as a sticky tattoo from the pound shop.

The little kitty has been popped up on 3d foam pads and gem buttons have been added to bling the cushion up. The holly corners are fabric stickers from The Works. The sentiment is fro Craftwork Cards and I matted this onto a scrap of gold card. Finally the parcel is a 3d sticker from a really old kit I had from QVC

For the month of October you can get a 20% discount from anything in the Pinksy Doodles Etsy store if you use the discount code PD20OCT

Card Details -

Size - A5
Paper - Traditional Christmas Pad - The Works
Colouring Medium - Promarkers
Embellishments - Beaded santa hat, self adhesive gems, holly corner stickers, embellished 3d sticker

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Mini Miss Superstar


 This should have been my 2nd card as a Guest Designer at The Paper Funday
However I am delighted to announce that they have asked me to stay on the team permanently and I have accepted. 

It is a great team, so friendly and supportive and I am so pleased they asked me to stay.

So this month we are sponsored by Hetty Clare Art. I have used a few of her designs in the past and they are really well drawn, great expressions and such a diverse range of images. 

The challenge this month is Anything Goes and the optional twist is Halloween. 

I have used this cute image Mini Miss Superstar. Don't you just love how sassy this little madam is? I can't imagine ever being as confident as this young lady.

I have coloured the image in with Promarkers. I decided to use a limited colour palette of pink & black as I knew I wanted to use lots of glitter on the background stars. I actually chose the bright pink glitter before anything else! I fussy cut around the image and it is mounted on foam squares.

I used a card sketch from Try Stamping on Tuesdays for the layout. I thought the bold design would match well with the image.

The base is made from a sheet of black A4 card. I have added some pink star patterned paper which is from a very, very old Papermania Pastel Colossal pack. This is from the days when I was making loads of commission cards for work colleagues and put the money straight back into cardmaking supplies. I went through a phase of buying so many paper pads it was ridiculous really......

I used some black card with metallic stars for the image background and cut into the pennant shape. I added contrasts of bright pink which is a textured cardstock and then a strip of black glitter cardstock.

Finally I added a Super Star sentiment ticket which is a free stamp from My Creative Side blog. Autumn has not blogged for a long time but this is still available as a freebie to download here.

I have the perfect recipient in mind for this card. The elder daughter of our neighbours has just had her previously very long hair cut into a bob and it has been donated to the Little Princess Trust as her cousin is suffering with childhood cancer. Cancer is such a cruel thing but in children...... it really doesn't bear thinking about.

Card Details -

Size - A5
Digital Sentiment - Freebie from My Creative Side
Colouring Medium - Promarkers
Embellishments - loose pink and iridescent glitter

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Anniversary Love Cats


It is time for another challenge for Team B at Through The Craft Room Door

The Sponsor for this challenge is Sherry West Art and the prize is 2 digital images from her store

Sherry is just in the process of setting up a new store which is due around the middle of October.

For this challenge I chose to work with this cute image Love Cats.
I coloured the image with Promarkers and used pencils to create a sunset scene in the background. I chose a set of 72 Arteza Expert pencils for my birthday from my sister and cracked them open. I'm not entirely sure my skills are there yet but I will keep practicing. They are blendable pencils and I was really pleased that I was able to use a Promarker blending pen on them to soften the lines. 

I used the latest sketch #630 from Sketch Saturday for the layout. 

I used an A4 sheet of a deep red card for the base. To this I added some offcuts of papers. The small red hearts I have distressed the edges with a black ink pad. The black paper has hearts that are flocked so it feels lovely. I used a Fiskars punch on the edge and added some self adhesive ribbon.

I matted the image on a scrap of black card and raised on 3D foam. The anniversary sentiment I layered onto a scrap of black card and added a small red heart puffy sticker. Finally following the layout I added a sentiment to the top left hand corner and satin fabric heart at the bottom right of the image.

Our challenges at Through the Craft Room Door are always Anything Goes so easy to enter. I hope you will join us.

Card Details -


Size – A5

Digital Image – Love Cats from Sherry West Art.

Punch – Treading Water by Fiskars

Colouring Medium – Promarkers, Coloured Pencils

Embellishments – Ribbon, fabric heart, puffy heart sticker

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)