Sun, sand, sea and Wee Goldie the mermaid!

There are lots of inspiring summer challenges at the moment so I decided to use my Goldie digi stamp by Sylvia Zet at Wee stamps for a summer themed card. Unfortunately this shop seems to be down at the moment but an alternative is to get the rubber stamp or buy the topper at Hobby House. I created a background for the image using Craft Artist 2 with sea in the circle and sand outside it in the square.


I coloured the image using Promarkers. I pushed myself to try some different colours and I like how it turned out.

Hair: Honeycomb, ginger, spice and terracotta

Skin: Ivory, blush, dusky pink, tea rose

Tail: Amber, pumpkin, orange, burnt orange

Flowers: Artic blue, sky blue

Hearts: Antique pink, ruby

Snail: Blush, dusky pink, putty, tan

Bubbles: Aquamarine, soft aqua, turquoise

I added some highlights to the hair using Letraset metallic red gold and to the bubbles with Letraset metallic green and Sakura Stardust green star. Finally I covered each bubble using Sakura Stardust clear star.


I created the background paper and sentiment using Craft Artist 2. I used digital starfish embellishments to match my theme. I edged the papers using Promarkers and matted them onto plain yellow card. The sentiment looks like a sign on weathered wood with chalk writing. I curled the sentiment to make it ‘pop’ and added pearl embellishments.

I would like to enter the following challenges

Pinspirational challenge– I used the colours from the photo to colour my digital papers and designed my sentiment to look like one of the signs on wood.

Crafty sentiments challenge– sketch

City crafter challenge blog– mood board inspired my sand paper and starfisk embellies

The house that stamps built- Sun sand and surf

Passion for Promarkers- Fun in the sun

Crafty boots challenge- Life’s a beach

Eureka stamps challenge- Hot, hot, hot

Incy wincy designs- Sea, sun and sand

Thanks for popping by.






Holly birthday!

Holly birthday!

I wanted to make a Winter birthday card for a change. I used a sketch from Sketch Saturday and the Sylvia Zett digi Holly. This picture gives you an idea of the sparkle and shine when it catches the light!

The papers are from Nitwits  and I used a red glaze pen and Lime star pen to give them some extra zing by colouring the berries and leaves around the outside. I used Peeled paint distress ink around the edges of the card.

 I designed the sentiment on Craft Artist and then highlighted the words with lime star pen. I used a ribbon from stash and coloured gems with flexmarker. I’ve taken a close up without flash. I coloured with Promarkers and flexmarkers. I also used my Sakuras over the top of the Promarkers but the effects of these show up better in the other photos with flash! I used a red glitter pen for the hair band, blue stardust for the wings, red glaze for the berries, white souffle and silver star for the snow and metallic red for the bells.

I made a single layer inside using maching elements.

I’d like to enter the following challenges

Stamp and Create Winter Wonderland 
Crafty Sentiments – Anything goes
Card Mania – Happy Birthday
Simply Create – Anything goes for digital papercrafting
Sketch Saturday – Sketch
Pink, pink, pink and orange!

Pink, pink, pink and orange!

As you can see I’m getting back into my blogging every day! Another birthday card for Think Pink using Sweet Sketch (a really fun sketch to work with) hopefully I can raise some cash for cancer research with them. I’m finding the murky lighting difficult for photos at the minute- might have to build a mini studio when I have time!

I used the photo of the Stampin’ royalty colours to colour match my digital papers I made on Craft Artist. I used a pink frame with circles. as the basis of my patterns. I then used a pink Sakura glaze pen and orange Sakura souffle pen to add some detailing and to make it pop. I tore some pink fibrous paper and stamped orange circles on it using a wine cork.

I made circle embellishments by printing from Craft Artist and then adding pearls I had coloured orange. I mounted them and my image using foam pads. I then attached my sentiment using pearl brads I had coloured orange and fixed it with a curve on it to add dimension.

I also used a pink sakura glaze pen to highlight the middle of the sentiment.

I coloured the image with Promarkers and flexmarkers.

I designed a matching inside but put all the elements on 1 layer to print.

A good few hours of fun! I would like to enter the following challenges

Sassy Studio Designs –  Think pink
Stampin’ Royalty – colors. Thanks picking me as a ‘top pick’ for this challenge.

Sweet Sketch – Sketch


Summer Ladybugs

Summer Ladybugs

I’ve been so bust crafting I haven’t had time to blog. Was determined to post one of my latest creations today so apologies that it is short and sweet!!
This is a 60th birthday card for someone who loves the coast, sailing and used to go ballooning so the Ladybugs digi from Wee stamps was perfect. As usual I coloured with Promarkers, flexmarkers and also pearlescent ink.
The edge of the card was blended with distress ink. The papers were created using Craft Artist.

I added pearls coloured to match with Promarkers.

The inside of the card…

I would like to enter the following challenges

The Crazy Challenge – Summer/Beach
SquiggleflyPink and Blue
Anything Goes Challenge – Things With Wings
Creative Belli – animals
Penny’s Paper-Crafty – happy birthday 
Simon Says Stamp – birthday
Let your light shine picture

Let your light shine picture

The last in the matching set for the 21st birthday is a picture.
I made the paper using Craft artist. The digi is from Sylvia Zet.

I used Pro and flexmarkers to colour the digi. I highlighted using pearlescent inks. I used glossy accents on the necklace gem, centre of the flower and the lantern glass.

Last picture is at an angle to try and show the pearlescent highlights on the digi and the large flower.

I would like to enter the following challenges

Tuesday Throwdown – Pastels
Creative Mondays – Anything but Card
Totally Stampalicious – Anything but a Card 
Sassy Cheryl’s -Soft Pastels
Crafty Creations – Spring
I Love Promarkers – Spring
Creative Craft Challenges – Anything But A Card


My first use of my Goldie digi from Wee Stamps and designed my background paper on the computer. I added the Time to Relax sentiment stamp by Lili of the Valley to a pearl. I inked the edges of the card with China Blue Distress ink.

I’ve just got Flexmarkers so I decided to colour using only Flemarkers!!

I added stickles to the bubbles

I decorated the inside of the card to match.

I would like to enter the following challenges
Sisterhood of Crafters  – use a digi
Truly Scrumptious – All creatures great and small
There’s Magic in the Air – Critter in the image 
Paper Crafting JourneyMake it cute
Digital Tuesday – include a digital element – Make It Sparkle
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge – must use digi – “Color Your World” (no brown or black) 
Fab ‘n’ Funky – Green, White, Blue
TCP Tuesday – Colour
Black, white and a splash of pink.

Black, white and a splash of pink.

I love challenge inspiration photos- these have beautiful pink flowers and I decided to use pink flowers for a splash of colour in my cards.

Sweet n sassy challenge- see link at end of post
Just inspiration challenge- see link at end of post

So this is my card- unfortunately the colouring doesn’t show so well in my photos as I used pearlescent paper- there is much more depth to the monochrome colouring 😉 The celebrate sentiment was embossed on pink glittery paper and the corners punched with a Martha Stewart punch..
I used the Wee Suzi digi stamp and used Craft artist to design and colour the papers. I distressed the paper edges. I inked the card edges with black pearlescent ink.

I coloured the image with Promarkers.

I would like to enter the following challenges
Sweet n’ Sassy Digi Challenge – photo inspiration at top of post
Just Inspirational Challenges – Inspired by picture  at top of post
Robyn`s Fetish -Pretty In Pink
Our Creative Corner –  Black and White with a splash of Colour
Craft Us Crazy – Favourite colour (pink)
Card Makin’ Mamas -Happy Birthday


I love trying to take photos of reflective surfaces and seeing this inspiration photo reminded me that I’d been meaning to try this as a way of putting 2 identical images on a card.

This is the card I made. Since our local pond is frozen over I tried a Winter scene for a Christmas card with frozen water reflecting. I’m not sure if I’ve captured it! I designed the card using Craft Artist, adding the Sylvia Zet Silver Fairy and inverting it to make the reflection. I coloured the image using Promarkers and then highlighted the image, water and snow using pearlescent ink.

I also used pearlescent ink dabbed round the edges of the card. I took another photo at an angle to give an idea of the effect the ink gives!

I would like to enter the following challenges:
For your inspiration– I was inspired to use a tree and the idea of reflection (see photo at top of post)
4 crafty chicks- double down (use 2 of something) 

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas – must be Christmas Create a Scene
Craft a Scene- Winter scene

Di’s digi designs- Something to do with Snow

Paper Shelter Challenge – Winter blues
Ditzy Craftymess –Winter + Snowman or Anything goes
I Love Promarkers – nature
Hiding in my Craft Room – Glitter Glitter
One Stop Craft – Create your own background
Top Tip Tuesday –  Magical, Mysitcal, Fantasy
Flutterby Wednesdays – anything with wings
Divas by Design –  wings
Birthday box

Birthday box

I made this gift box for the card I made in my last post. I’m hoping the box will be reused!!
I glittered the turquoise card I used.

I printed the paper and added a digi from the paper shelter. I used a floral font. I added gems to make it extra special.

I would like to enter the following challenges
Top tip Tuesday- gift
Fairytale challenge- gift or gift box
Card crafters circle- celebration
Paper sundaes- celebrate
Totally Gorjuss- for someone special
Sparkles forum challenge- anything but a Christmas card
Corrosive challenges- anything except Christmas

Box for Birthday card for hubby!!

Box for Birthday card for hubby!!

Another quick post so hubby doesn’t spot any pictures!! I made this box to put his card in. I wanted it to match to a certain extent but to be something he could use all the time.
This is the card in the box base. I used lots of glitter spray on the base to match on the card (although it doesn’t show well in the photo).

The card folded down in the base.

This is the top of the box. Hubby loves watches so I added my favourite embellishment- the brass clock and added a vintage clock face to the heart paper I made and had used on the card. I thought seize the moment fitted the time theme well but is general enough for the box to be useable.

A close up of the top. You can see that I used punches on the corners of my card and a MS scroll punch on the corners of the paper.

From the side you can see that I used scalloped blue paper for the box lid. I used corrugated paper from some packaging cut with scalloped scissors at the bottom around the side.

I would like to enter the following challenges.
Mark’s finest papers challenge- use your favourite embellie
Simon Says Stamp and Show- elements of time
Paperplay challenge- tags and wrapping
Christmas blog challenge- Christmas/ Winter birthday
2 sisters challenge- punches and or dies
Anything goes challenge- decorative or altered corners
Craft your passion- anything goes plus glitter
Cupcake craft challenges- DIY papers
Colour combo challenge

Clour Q challenge- I wasn’t sure if using most of the colours was ok as I couldn’t get green in! If not please delete my entry