Saturday, 24 February 2018

A party without cake....

Hello. Today I have two super quick, super easy cards to share. The images are from the 'cake and friends' set from Mama Makes. I simply stamped all the images onto watercolour card (using a Versafine ink pad), coloured using my ZIG Real Brush markers and carefully trimmed around. They were then attched to the card using 3D foam pads to make them 'pop'! I love that this set has loads of quirky matching sentiments.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

March Sweet Treat Box

Hello. Today I'm sharing what's in the March Sweet Treat Box from Paper, Pen and Plan. The theme for this box is Get Lucky, I love the strong, fresh modern colours. The box includes a little kit to make a ribbon charm for your planner.
Look how well it matches my Lyradora!
You can see the full contents of the box in my unboxing video here.

And, as if the gorgeous contents of the box are not enough, the girls at Paper, Pen and Plan make these digital downloads available to all subscribers!

You have until 28th February to subscribe or you can buy a one off box from the Etsy store here
Best be quick though 'cos I know they are selling fast!

Tuesday, 20 February 2018


Hello. I daren't say it but today there seemed to be a little touch of Spring in the air. There is certainly love in the air! I made this card for my lovely sister in law who recently got engaged to her handsome beau.

The hearts, flowers and matching dies are from the 'sweet celebration' set by Lil'inker Designs.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Winter Wonderland Challenge

Hello. Today I'm sharing my card for the Winter Wonderland Challenge.
The challenge for the next two weeks is...anything goes! Although, of course, it has to be Christmas themed! 
The sponsor for the challenge is Imagine That Digistamp who are giving one lucky winner a voucher to spend in their store. I used Polar Fun which you can find here.

Thursday, 15 February 2018


Hello. I think the raindrops on this card should really be snowflakes! There's not been this many snow showers here for a long time. So this little guy is called 'sunshine in the rain' and he is by Penny Black. I used my Inktense watercolour pencils to colour.

I am entering the challenge at Cute Card word sentiment.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Plan with Mama Makes

Hello. The eagle eyed among you may have spotted a new badge proudly displayed on my blog. Yep, there it is, just on the right hand side, a little way down. That's because I am now on Team Mama making pretties using MamaMakes stamps. 

My first project is a planner spread for next week, although while I was working on this I had a great idea for a card design, but more of that later. The stamps are from two sets - Doodle Dreams and Cake & Friends.

The background numbers are by Dhali Art and I stamped using chalk ink. All the other stamped images are from the MamaMakes sets and I stamped them using Versafine. I added a touch of colour with my Zig Real Brush pens. A little strip of washi tape down the sides of the pages adds a finishing touch.

There is loads more inspiration over on the MamaMakes blog here. And if you search for Mama&Friends over on Facebook you can join a lovely group of crafty ladies ready to share their gorgeous makes. See you there!

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Re:Craft at The Hidden Lane

Hello. We often visit the Finneston area in Glasgow. There's quirky shops, great eateries and, most importantly, a brilliant selection of independant coffee places. Just off the main drag is The Hidden Lane. Up to now this meant, for us, a visit to the vintage tea room! But now there is the added bonus of Re:Craft.
Re:Craft is a Community Organisation and you can read all about what that means on their FaceBook page here but basically it's an arts and crafts materials reuse and recycling shop. They accept donations of second hand, part used arts and crafts materials. They also take items such as wine corks, cardboard tubes, tin cans etc. which they resell at reasonable prices. They are an Aladdin's cave of goodies such as beads, fabric and yarn, paint, card, buttons and thread, anything and everything crafty! They even take items you might not expect such as used postage stamps, used train tickets, empty jars and bottles, damaged books, used magazines and newspapers, bottle tops (both metal and plastic!), bubble wrap and old jiffy bags. 

After a good old rummage around I bought this little lot...

...a stamp set, chalk ink pads, buttons, stickers and tags made from train tickets! Next time I will be taking a bag of crafty stuff I'm finished with because the lovely lady at Re:Craft said we could negotiate a swap, and that sounds like fun!

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

hugs and kisses

Hello. Today I have gone all lovey dovey for the upcoming Valentines season. The stamp and sentiment is a Penny Black 'purr-fect message' and I used my Inktense pencils to colour.

The card is for the monthly Creative Inspirations Challenge...
Love is in the Air or Pink/Red colour scheme.

There are two prizes up for grabs...

 A 30% discount voucher for Petal Lu
A jar of pink and red ribbons from Crafty Ribbons

Hope to see you over at the challenge blog!

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Flowers and Toadstools

Hello. Yesterday was my Craftaholics Anonymous meeting. I was doing a little watercolouring demo for eight of the ladies. I think, I hope, they enjoyed it. I know I did, who doesn't love an afternoon of colouring in! Here are my completed cards. The stamps are 'Three in a Box' by Woodware and 'Zendoodles Toadstools' by Personal Impressions. I went a bit crazy with my colour choice for the toadstools but hey, I think it works!!

Friday, 2 February 2018

Winter Wonderland Challenge

Hello. Today I'm sharing my card for the Winter Wonderland Challenge.
The challenge for the next two weeks is 'All Boxed Up'. That means there must be a box somewhere in your creation! Of course it has to be Christmas themed as well! 

The sponsor for the challenge is Sasayaki Glitter and you could win one of their super cute digi images. I used Christmas Amy and you can find her here.

How organised am I going to be for this Christmas? It'll be here before you know it!!

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Magazine Article

Hello. Have you seen the latest box set magazine to hit the shelves? This time it's a Joanna Sheen Cardmaking Collection. Along with the magazine you get a 4-in-1 die, an A6 embossing folder, a 5-in-1 stencil, 9 stamps and 134 papers and toppers! My article is all about big birthdays. So, if you fancy a great crafty read, and all those free gifts, why not treat yourself?

It's my monthly Craftaholics Anonymous meeting on Saturday and I'm doing a stamping/colouring demo' for eight of the ladies. Here's a sneak peek.....

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Plan with me!

Hello. Here are next weeks planner pages. No colouring this week I simply stamped using Versamagic Dew Drop chalk inks - 'red brick' and 'aegean blue'. And look, how gorgeous is my pen? All gold and black and shiny and glittery! If you fancy a fancy pen then get yourself over to Paper, Pen and Plan Etsy shop here and quote LIZ10 for 10% off!

My February Sweet Treat Box arrived. Packed with delicious goodies. I'm loving the colours in this box. My February planner pages are going to look really smart! If you would like a closer look at all the goodies I have an unboxing video here on my You Tube channel.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

hello friend

Hello. A super quick card today. Just dusted the background with chalk ink and the two little bears are from 'Friends for all Seasons - Fall' by Wplus9. I gave them a wash with my Zig pens. Job done.

I have a dental check-up in the morning so fingers crossed for me that nothing needs done!

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Enjoy the small moments - it's all good

Hello. I have two cards to share today. Both using stamps from many years ago. I've often thought I should clear out my old stamps but you know I'm sort of attached to them all. And, as long as I have enough space I will continue to be a stamp hoarder.

And, I'm sorry to say, the names and makers of the stamps are not on the packaging but I think the one above is Daisy and the one below is Longsocks, but I might be wrong! I don't even know if you can still get these anywhere, they might even be crafty antiques! I know at the time Daisy was quite sought after.

I stamped using Versafine and coloured with Zig Real Brush markers and water.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Plan with me!

Hello. Today I am sharing next weeks planner pages. I am hoping this will become a regular feature on a Friday! Once again these are my pages 'before the pen'. This week I used stamps by Julie Nutting and coloured with my Prismacolour pencils and blending solution. I have made a quick 'how to' video here on my You Tube channel.

The new Julie Nutting Doll Stamp sets are available to pre-order over at Paper, Pen and Plan.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018


Hello. Today I have created a little scene on my card. The cute gnome and snail are stamps from 'You Gnome Me' by My Favourite Things. The tree and fence are dies and the teeny daisies are punched. I coloured everything using my Inktense watercolour pencils.

I am entering the Cutie Pie challenge....January Blues

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Chubby Chums

Hello. I have two cards to share today. Both of a similar style and both using stamps from the Chubby Chums set by Paper Smooches. The chums have both been given a quick wash with my watercolour pencils. The backgrounds have been cut using My Favourite Things Blueprints dies. The background papers are 'feels like fall' by Pretty Little Studio.

I am entering my card into 'If You Give a Crafter a Cookie' challenge. This is a new challenge to me but my friend Debra is on the design team and I just had to enter. Do pop over and enter if you get a chance.

I am also entering the Paper Smooches 'anything goes' challenge.

Have you noticed my posh new background? My old homemade lightbox finally collapsed. It served me well for 9 years! This one is homemade as well but using a sturdier box and lined with faux wood paper. I'm pretty chuffed with it.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Plan with me!

Hello. Today I am sharing next weeks planner pages. These are the pages 'before the pen' as we say in planner world! They have been spoofed up with stamps, colouring and washi tape but my actual plans for next week have not yet been filled in. Well, I don't want the whole world to know what I'm up to!

If you are keen to know more about how to stamp and watercolour on your planner pages then have a look at the quick video I made here on my You Tube Channel. All the details about the products used are in the video.