Friday, 25 May 2018


I adore mosaics - I have a mosaic table in my garden and have often fancied actually doing my own with the tiles but I've never got round to it. My son is an archaeologist and I always nag him to see if he's discovered a roman mosaic on his travels - but sadly not yet.  I used to volunteer at our local Iron Age Museum and there is a fabulous mosaic that was discovered not far from where I live depicting Mars the Roman god of war - it was discovered on the floor of a house about 5 miles away from where I live - it is over 2,000 years old.  An amazing piece of art and can't you just imagine ancient peoples sitting there patiently putting each piece in place.

The challenge over at As You See It is Mosaics.  My mosaic card is no-where near as detailed or fiddly.  I've used SU's Birthday Blooms which has been coloured in with Watercolour Pencils layered onto a black and grey background.

Thursday, 24 May 2018


Seven years ago we rescued a very scared little English Springer Spaniel - then aged 18 months. He was to be a companion dog for our Welsh Springer Tegan- she was only two but we had just lost our old girl and our pup did not like other pups so we thought an older rescue dog might be better.  And as a mixed English/Welsh household we knew the two countries could live happily side by side lol!  And so it proved to be - they have been the best of friends and never a cross word between them.  He is a gentle soul and although manic in true Springer style he has come on in leaps and bounds - quite literally.  When we first got him he hated water now we can't keep him out of rivers.  He loves to play and although he still has issues such as loud noises, bangs, anything that looks like a stick which make him run a mile he's a great dog.  That's the trouble with rescues - you don't know their history and they can't tell you why they are fearful.

So in recognition of Bracken I've done a page layout for him following the sketch at Stick It Down.

I've kept the colours monochrome as much as possible in keeping with his own colour of brown and white.  I've used some of the gorgeous papers from Kaisercraft from their Lake House collection.  The scrabble words are from an old set I found in my cupboard as are the chipboard words.  It's amazing what you can find back there!

The dots and the hearts have been inked in old SU Going Gray Ink and stamps from Painter's Palette and Jar of Love.



My card today is for the above challenge who asked us to choose a favourite sketch -  I must admit I'm kind of new to the whole sketch idea - apart from the challenges that ask for them I rarely look at sketches to follow!  Seems I've been missing a trick as I've now found them for scrapbooking layouts also  All those hours scratching my head trying to think of something and all I needed to do was go on Pinterest - in the words of the immortal Homer Simpson - Doh!

I found this sketch which actually fitted the card I had just done - I think I've really done that the wrong way round but hey - it worked!

I've used a lovely new set for me from Penny Black with some really lovely flowers stamps on it - my stash was actually short of flowers and I just couldn't find exactly what I was looking for until I saw this set.  I think it was called Enjoy.  I used the little daisy stamp and used some SU marker pens to colour it in - the background was sponged in Pear Pizzazz and the outer layer of the oval sponged in Tangerine Tango - with its matching ribbon - this is the last of this bit of ribbon I have and I'm gong to miss it.  The flower was one I had in my stash and I inked it in the same Tangerine Tango and added a brad - #bringbradsback!



Just as we thought spring was on its way in the UK we got hit with winter and lots of snow.  I chose this theme and my photos of my son, hubby and the dogs as we enjoyed the snow.  As you can see the dogs had a fabulous time.

My layout was inspired by the Let's Get Sketchy challenge blog and their sketch 

My background paper was one that I had in my stash - I've added some DSP from Stampin Up and some stamps from Project Life Remember This.  The snowflakes have been cut out with the Seasonal Thinlets.


Wednesday, 23 May 2018


Those of you who know and love the film Mamma Mia will understand my reference in the title - for those who don't last year hubby son and I went to Skopolos the Greek Island where Mamma Mia no 1 was filmed.  I adore Greece - we've been going there on holiday since 1984 and no-where compares to it. 

Hubby and I always wanted to retire there but sadly I don't think that's ever going to happen - for one thing how could we choose just one beautiful Island over another though, if we were pressed, our favourite is Paxos.

Today though I have done a layout on Skopolos.  The beauty of not being with SU anymore means that a whole world of products has opened up and I've just found Kaisercraft.  I adore these papers and although at the moment I only have two packs to my name I'm loving them.  So I was delighted to find they actually have a challenge blog and this month's challenge is a sketch. Click Here to be taken to their blog.

Wow - just Wow - so much in here to challenge me.  And as they ask you to use at least 80% of their products I was a bit limited but I did my best.

I've used two Kaisercraft packs here - the first one is the absolutely gorgeous Memory Lane pack with those beautiful mint colours.  The second one is The Lake House collection.  I've added some of their Alphabet stickers too in Natural and a star stamp and some stars from my collection.  Safe to say I think I need more stuff!  



Challenging myself with the very detailed CSI scrapbook challenge blog - at first look this challenge seems so daunting

but luckily they do break it down for you and give you ideas to hone in on - I can get overwhelmed sometimes with so much to work from.  I decided to focus on the book but in a slightly tenuous link.

I have done lots of Scrapbooks as presents for family members and one especially for my daughter for her 21st 6 years ago and it is updated regularly.  When my son was 21 and I asked him would he like one he said typically " no not really mum!" Gutted!!!  However, that's not going to stop me doing pages which one day could be put in an album and given to him when he's older and appreciates these things more.  He's an archaeologist - he should appreciate history!  So my page celebrates his Graduation as an Archaeologist.  There were many books that he had to read in order to get his Degree so that is my tenuous link.

I've also chosen some lovely striped paper that I had in my stash and I've used some antique tag for some of the journalling.  I've kept the colours in line with the stripes and added elements which to me shout history. 


Tuesday, 22 May 2018


I love Lilac and a few years ago I planted one in my garden and now it's full of gorgeously scented purple blooms. It was also one of my dear mum's favourite flowers and I remember lilac trees in the garden when I was growing up.  I'm not the only one who seems to like it either as lately I've found three of my four pets sitting near these lovely scented flowers so I decided to do a scrapbook page.

I adore the lovely soft mint colours of this paper from Kaisercraft from their Memory Lane collection and it shows off the lovely purples of the lilac.  The sentiments come from SU Colourful Seasons and I've used the leaf stamp from Kinda Eclectic on the Title background and on the tag. Both were inked and sponged with SU Crumb Cake and Pool Party and the ribbon is Pool Party shimmer.  The butterflies were some I had already in my stash.

I'm adding this one into the 13arts challenge #66 which has given us a mood board of lovely pastel colours and I've used the soft greens and the butterflies as my inspiration.

I'm also adding this into the Rubber Buggy challenge for their feminine/mom's challenge as these flowers remind me of my mum who I lost 8 years ago this month.



Look at these gorgeous colours we got to play with over at Hand Stamped Sentiments this week 

My card uses Marina Mist for the background and for the dots from Painter's Palette.  I've also used the ink stamp from the same set but I've stamped it off in the Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive just to give it a softer background look.  The feathers have been inked in the same colours and cut out.  The ribbons are Old Olive Mini Chevron and Rich Razzleberry Stitched Edge layered on top of each other.  A few little glitter dots finish off the card.

Do check out what my fellow Design Team members have done this week and join in with us - we love to see your creations.


Friday, 18 May 2018


I think I'm right in saying Painter's Palette is on the retirement list - I quite like this set luckily I can still make use of it as I don't have to stop using retired products on my blog.  I'm home feeling sorry for myself with a bad back at the moment - hurts to walk but not sit and craft lol!  Well it does but I'm battling through the pain and here are three posts in one day.

This card is for the CAS colours and Sketches challenge which this week is the colour challenge of the following:

Don't these go lovely together?  I decided to have another play with Painter's Palette cause it hasn't come out in a while.  I've just used the background paint swipes and the dots.  The banner is from Birthday Banners thinlets and the sentiments are non SU.  The flower was one in my stash and I've sponged it with So Saffron and a touch of Pear Pizzazz and cut out two leaves from Colour Seasons thinlets.  I've layered it all onto Pacific Point.



The imagery over at Inspired By never ceases to inspire me - I'm sure that is Laurel's intention and it certainly works.  Her gorgeous image for this week's challenge of Floral Clusters is as below:

The challenge at TGIF this week is Wood.

I decided to do a U fold card and have my flowers on the outside panels of the card.  I started off with SU Very Vanilla and some of their Wood Textures DSP for the panels and some of the Delightful Daisy DSP for the background. 

I'm nearly down to just scraps of all my SU DSP now!!  I used a scrap of some of the Falling in Love DSP for the flowers which were cut out with the Colourful Seasons thinlets.  I sponged round the edges with some retired SU Regal Rose ink and added some non SU pink pearls.  The stem and the leaves were also cut out with the thinlets.  The inside panels was sponged on the edges with Tim Holtz Bundled Sage and the sentiment inked in Tim  Holtz Tattered Rose and another flower added to the bottom.

I love how this card turned out - it's very pretty in real life and looks like my clematis climbing up my pergola in the garden.



Mother's are everywhere at the moment especially with it being Mother's Day recently in the US and possibly Australia too? Mother's Day in the UK is always in March.  For me it's always a difficult day cause I lost my darling mum 8 years ago this month.  She actually died two days after my birthday  - I know in her heart she hung on cause she didn't want to die on my birthday- my sister had died on my son's birthday and it always makes it even more poignant. 

Anyway enough of my sad musings, my card for Case This Sketch is a mum's card of sorts - and one hopefully most of us can relate to the sentiment.

I've used the very versatile little set of stamps from Rural Springtime again.  I was inspired by my card by Donna Mikasa's card on the DT and her little bear.

Here's the sketch for the challenge 

Here's my take on the sketch - I even got a chance to use some more of the hardware from SU's Hodgepodge kit from years ago.

I'm also adding this into Addicted to CAS #136 whose theme is Mom/Mum 


Thursday, 17 May 2018


One layer cards can be tricky - but necessary sometimes especially as the postage costs in the UK have risen if you have a card with a 'bump' on it!  I found a new challenge to me today which is asking for one layer card - Cards In Envy with the Envy meaning envelope.

They do allow for a mat layer but I've kept my card one layer.  I've used some stamps from a set I got from Clear Impressions called Rural Springtime.  There are some lovely stamps on it and I chose to use three from the set.

I first used some Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Bundled Sage and Tattered Rose to make the background. I used Tim's new, to me, Stamping Platform to add my stamps.  I found the platform great for this type of stamping where I was positioning a few stamps to make sure they ink correctly and in the right place.

I used some of SU Melon Mambo for the sentiment and a touch of Wink of Stella on the trees just to make them sparkle and give the card a bit of interest.


A masculine style card from me today using SU Colourful Seasons stamp set and thinlets and the sentiments from SU Jar of Love.

The card is layered onto Early Espresso cardstock and I've used some of the Wood Textures DSP.  The leaf has been cut out and embossed with the beautiful  SU Copper Embossing powder and some of the matching Copper Metallic Thread.  The small leaf was cut out of the same cardstock - Soft Suede and I sponged the edges and just added the little Hey.

The ribbon is Classic Weave Crumb Cake and I've used a piece of hardware from a very old set Hodgepodge which I found in my cupboard.  The beauty of no longer being an SU demo is that I can still use and show old stuff!  

Does anyone else have this in the cupboard - I posed the question on my Joy of Sets Facebook group and the amount of people who said they had it and had never used it!!! It must be nearly 10 years old.

I'm adding my card to the following challenges this week - 

Global Design Project #GDP138- their challenge was a sketch which I've followed

Watercooler Wednesday#WWC170 - their challenge is Penny's Masculine challenge.


Wednesday, 16 May 2018


Over at my Facebook Group The Joy of Sets - we run monthly swaps and this month's swap is Tags.  My previous post shows the Tag my partner is going to receive but she is also getting the card I've made for the Tic Tac Toe challenge following the top line.

I've used purple for my background cardstock - I hope it's considered bright enough for the bright colours - it's not a colour I often use.  The DSP is from SU's Delightful Daisy collection which is a lovely collection of spring flowers and the stamp set is SU Lotus Blossom.

The interactive part of this card shows itself when you pull on the ribbon at the bottom of the card and a tag pops out.  The stamp is the lotus from the Lotus Blossom set.

My other card today for a couple of challenges also uses a type of tag on it.  The Colour Throwdown has given us these colours to work with 

and Case this Sketch has given us this 

so I've combined the two in my next card.

I've kept it simple with some SU Vanilla Cardstock and SU inks Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party colourwashed direct onto the cardstock.  Sadly my Pool Party ink is quite dry already - I have had some issues with last year's inks.

I used SU Lotus Blossom and just added some neutral colours to ink the flower - artistic licence here cause I know lotus blossoms aren't usually shades of brown - my three colours were SU Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Early Espresso with the greens for the stems.  A touch of Pool Party shimmer ribbon around the bottom and some non SU pearls which really go well finish off the tag. The sentiment in lemon lime twist is from SU Feather Together with just the first word 'and' uninked!


I have a bit of a soft spot for Paris - on my first wedding anniversary back in 1986 (!) my darling hubby took me there as a complete surprise. The weather was kind, we sat on the left bank opposite Notre Dame drinking red wine and eating a baguette and fromage. We saw the sights, sailed the Bateau Mouche, visited Folie Bergere, gazed at the Mona Lisa and had a thoroughly lovely weekend. Three years ago our daughter sent us back there for our Christmas present - January was not quite so kind weather wise but Paris still had its charms.

Why am I telling you all this?  It's because the challenge over at Try It On Tuesday is Destinations.  

Rummaging in my craft cupboard I found an old faithful set by Tim Holtz which hasn't been used in a while - it's main image is the Eiffel Tower. I used a piece of Very Vanilla card stock and decided to do a tag rather than a card.  I used some of my new Tim Holtz distress inks for the background, Tattered Rose, Bundled Sage and Antique Linen.  I used SU Fresh Fig for the tower stamp.  I also used an old SU stamp from Project Life Remember This which says Adventure Bound.  The little tag has the perfume bottle from an old SU Set A Little Love .