Wednesday, March 25, 2015


So, I joined a moo swap. Yep, I know I know... what's a moo? Well it's very little swap card- teeny tiny really- 2.9x6,9cm. Sounds a bit too small, but actually I loved working in miniature. MInd you, I am an ATC girl at heart! 

The theme was the sky's the limit, so obviously I went for dragons. Well, you do, don't you?

These are probably larger on the screen than they are in real life!

The background is splodged Distress Inks and the images are miniature ones from Lavinia. The edges are heat embossed with gold, although it's not showing up, grrrr. Oh, and I sparkled the moon.

I'll enter this in to the Simon Says Wednesday challenge, which is anything goes 
and into the Sprinkle of Imagination monthly anything goes challenge- I hope I'm allowed to enter more than once.

Friday, March 20, 2015

I'm a fantasy fan. Love me a spot of fantastic fiction or an epic fantasy film. When I'm feeling particularly inspired by castles and kings and fairy domains, my Lavinia stamps tend to get inked up.

I've said it often (and this isn't something I say lightly- those who've seen the size of my stamp collection will confirm that I know what I'm talking about), Lavinia stamps are some of the most precise stamping stamps out there. They stain and look like they'll be squidgy and wobbly edged, just like most other clear stamp you've tried, but trust me, they stamp perfectly. I use a versafine onyx black ink pad and the cobination is superb.

I should be on commission!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Bz bzz bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. I read a superb book recently called The Bees by Laline Paull, click on the picture for an Amazon link. It was fascinating and strange and compelling and unnerving all at once. 

Made me want to get my big bee stamp out! So I did.

Background created with the help of my daughter, from Distress Inks, punchinella, stamps and splodges.

Bee courtesy of Stampotique.

I'm entering this into the Simon Says Wednesday challenge- things that fly.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Pink and yellow and blue and green

I do adore colour. Bright as you like.

The background for this card makes me smile- the colours are all Distress Inks, and picked raspberry is my absolute favourite. 

The central image and top foliage are Lavinia stamps, with a faithful Stampin' up set (Pocket Silhouettes) at the bottom. 

I made this for the Sprinkle of Imagination challenge- it's anything goes, and they sell the Distress Inks I've used- click here

Monday, December 29, 2014

Taekwondo Christmas

Grrrr, why are things always last minute! 

My lovely husband asked me to make some cards for his taekwondo students (Tipton TKD club, click here if you want to know more!), unfortunately he didn't give me much notice! So, I worked out a simple design and we set up a little production line one evening in front of the telly. I quite enjoyed it in the end.

Taekwondo snowman!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Stampotique Christmas houses

I bought these little Tando houses on a whim. So glad I did!

Christmas houses with my beloved Stampotique boys!

The houses are covered with paper, lot of stickles bling on the snowy eaves. The boys are watercoloured, with extra corpse green around the eyes......

The edge of each roof is stamped and embossed with another Stampotique image- white embossing powder and then a few snowy pearls for added texture. 

And of course they all needed a few words to finish them off!

The Stampotique designer challenge this month is anything goes, so I'm off to enter :)

Sunday, December 21, 2014

New York socialite

I was asked to make a 50th birthday card for a lady who was going to New York. 

I went for an elegant style, but quite bold colours, with black to set it all off. This is an 8x8" card. It works well on smaller ones as well though.

I made this one for my smashing Mom, whose birthday is today!

Must admit to being kinda chuffed with my bow tying!