Friday, 13 September 2019

Party at your own pace!

Hello lovely people,

I heard a little rumour that the DL size card may be making a comeback and I have to say that I'm not sure I'm into it as I always found it hard to design on this shape card...

...but I'm always up for a challenge so thought I'd give it a go for my Dies to Die For DT card this week.


I've combined the tortoise from one super cute Stacey Yacula MFT stamp set with a balloon from another to create my image and gosh, it felt like so long since I did any colouring!

I tried out adding a little white gel pen for highlights and really like how it turned out :-) There is also a tiny touch of glitter on the party hat pom pom.


One of the major drawbacks of this size card is that all my papers are 6" square and therefore not big enough for a DL card, so I had to get creative!

You may also notice the return of stitching on this card! I realised I had missed doing it so will be using it again on some of my designs :-)


If I've tempted you with any of the lovely supplies I've used then you can go straight to the individual products via the links below or just pop over to Dies to Die For and have a little browse around!

Thanks for popping in and I hope you have a great day!



Lovely things I've used from Dies to Die For;
Sending sweet celebration wishes - My Favorite Things
It's a mice time to celebrate - My Favorite Things
Blueprints 29 - My Favorite Things (for fishtail flag)
Copic colours;
Body: E50, E30, E31, E55
Shell: YG01, YG03, YG25, YG17
Balloon: R24, R29, R46, R39
Hat: red as above, B02, B04, B06
Party horn: red as above, T2, T0
Ground: T0, T1, T2, T3, T4

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Something new...(or old?)

Hello lovely people,

I have something a little different for you today...although if you've been following me for a while you'll know this is more like a throwback than something new for me!

I have admired the gorgeous Tracy Hey stamps for such a looooong time so I finally nabbed myself some, and this is the result...


I loved using all the little elements to build my scene.

I added lots of tiny glitter dots; you can see some of the ones at the bottom of this photo but they are all around the image.


And yes, the stitching has made a comeback! I used to do this all the time but it's pretty time consuming and stitched dies took the place of a lot of it...but for this special card I wanted to throw it back in the mix :-)


If I've tempted you with any of the lovely supplies I've used then you can go straight to the individual products via the links below or just pop over to Dies to Die For and have a little browse around!

Thanks for popping in and I hope you have a great day!




Lovely things I've used ;
Rocking the wreath stamp set - Tracey Hey in association with Alpaca Pals
Hugs and kisses 6x6 paper pad - Your Next Stamp
Stitched borders 3 - Pretty Pink Posh
Stitched ric rac - My Favorite Things
Birdie Brown alphabet and numbers - My Favorite Things
White blizzard Nuvo glitter drops

Circle dies, Kraft card, twine - from stash

Copic colours;
Bear: E41, E42, E43, E44 (R30 in ears)
Flowers: R81, R83, R85
Leaf sprays: YG01, YG03, YG23
Flower leaves: YG03, YG25, YG17

Friday, 6 September 2019

Oceans of love

Hello lovely people,

It's shocking how long it takes me to get round to using the crafty stash I buy sometimes...like these gorgeous little mermaids!

They finally came out to play for this Dies to Die For DT card - yay!!


I am enjoying inking sooooo much more now I have the lovely Taylored Expression brushes :-)

It was so quick and easy to brush patches of colour over card and blend them together for the ocean background, which I then spritzed and splashed with water.

It's probably not very obvious in the photos but I added glossy accents on the stamped bubbles.


If I've tempted you with any of the lovely supplies I've used then you can go straight to the individual products via the links below or just pop over to Dies to Die For and have a little browse around!

Thanks for popping in and I hope you have a fabulous day!



Lovely things I've used from Dies to Die For;
Little mermaiden agenda - Mama Elephant
Little mermaiden agenda matching dies - Mama Elephant
Mermazing - My Favorite Things (for the sentiment)
Gill Friends - My Favorite Things (for the plants and bubbles)
Stitched hillside borders - Lawn Fawn
Blender brushes - Taylored Expressions (available for pre-order and due in 15th Sept)


Other ingredients;
Distress Oxides in Tumbled glass, Broken china, Mermaid lagoon, Shaded lilac and Wilted violet
Glossy accents (on the bubbles)

Copic colours;
Skin: E51, E11
Pink: RV52, RV55
Green: YG03, YG25
Blue: B02, B04
Yellow: Y15

Friday, 2 August 2019

Inky Hey!

Hello lovely people,

WARNING: this post contains a lot of enabling because I have been playing with lots of new stash for my Dies to Die For DT card this week.

I'll show you what I made first and then we'll talk details :-)


I love the idea of creating inky backgrounds and effect, but am usually disappointed with my efforts when I give it a go. I'm left wondering if  it's my tools or my cardstock, or maybe my technique is just rubbish.

So, I took the plunge and bought a set of the Taylored Expressions blender brushes to see if that would help...and OMG, they are a HUGE game-changer for me!

I think I still need some better cardstock but I found that they made it easier to blend colours into each other, didn't leave any 'edge' marks on my card and required a lot less pressure to get a smooth blend.

For the background I placed a square of card onto a glass mat, popped the the star stencil over the top and taped it down. Then I just brushed 3 or 4 shades of inks in diagonal stripes over the stencil and that's it!


I brushed stripes of the same inks onto a strip of card and die cut the letters from that, then added them to my card with 1mm foam pads to make them pop out.


Oh, and the additonal enabling (other than the brushes)...those alphabet dies. They are definitely an investment but I just know how much I am going to use them so it is 100% worth it.

They team up so beautifully with the new bitty birthday wishes sentiments too...yes, more enabling!

The brushes are available for pre-order and are due to arrive in August so go and check them out! 

If I've tempted you with any of the lovely supplies I've used then you can go straight to the individual products via the links below or just pop over to Dies to Die For and have a little browse around!

Thanks for popping in and I hope you have a wonderful day!





Lovely things I've used from Dies to Die For;
Blender brushes - Taylored Expressions
Impact alphabet - My Favorite Things
Bitty birthday wishes - My Favorite Things
Inside and out stitched square STAX - My Favorite Things

Distress oxides;
Combo 1 - picked raspberry, spun sugar, peacock feathers
Combo 2 - mustard seed, spiced marmalade, ripe persimmon, candied apple
Combo 3 - cracked pistachio, broken china, faded jeans

Friday, 26 July 2019

Unicorns, cupcakes and sparkle!

Hello lovely people,

Do you like unicorns, cupcakes and sparkle?

If so, you are in the right place because I have a Dies to Die For DT card featuring all those things!


Oh, and I certainly love all those things PLUS I love rainbow colours, polaroid frames and cute # captions so you can probably get a good idea of how happy I was creating this card - lol!


If I've tempted you with any of the lovely supplies I've used then you can go straight to the individual products via the links below or just pop over to Dies to Die For and have a little browse around!

Thanks for popping in and I hope you have a fabulous sparkly day!



Lovely things I've used from Dies to Die For;
Party unicorns - CC Designs
Polaroid shaker frame - My Favorite Things
#captions - My Favorite Things
Stitched borders 3 - Pretty Pink Posh
Sweet Celebration 6x6 paper pad - My Favorite Things

Other ingredients;
twine, glitter card - from stash

Copic colours;

Unicorn: C00, C0, C1
Hooves: C5, C7
Nostrils / inside ears: R00, R30
Mane / tail: R81, R83, R85
Hat / cupcake top: Y21, Y35
Cupcake tops: BG32, BG34
Cherry: R85
Cupcake wrappers: BG0000, BG000, BG01

Friday, 14 June 2019

To plant a garden...

Hello lovely people,

I suppose all the recent (and seemingly never ending!) rain is very good for the garden but I do wish the sunshine would come back now!

This gorgeous Curvy Girl Gardener on my Dies to Die For DT card looks like she has been having a lovely time outside though!


It's not often I use so many colours all together but I was very much inspired by the pretty floral paper that I chose.

I also don't often reach for the sequins but they seemed just right to finish off this card :-)


I always have the best time colouring Stamping Bella images, and isn't that just the loveliest sentiment too?


If I've tempted you with any of the lovely supplies I've used then you can go straight to the individual products via the links below or just pop over to Dies to Die For and have a little browse around!

Thanks for popping in and I hope you have a bloomin' lovely day!



Lovely things I've used from Dies to Die For;
Curvy girl gardener - Stamping Bella
Spring fling 6x6 paper pad - Lawn Fawn
A2 stitched rectangle STAX 1 - My Favorite Things
Scallop borders 2 - Pretty Pink Posh


Other ingredients;
twine / sequins - from stash

Copic colours;
Skin: E50, E51, E21, E11
Hair: E53, E35, E59
Dungarees: B00, BG01, BG02, BG05
Pink: R81, R83, R85
Green: YG03, YG25, YG17
Yellow: Y15, Y19, Y38
Flowerpot: E97, YR27, E99
Watering can / trowel: C00, C0, C01, C02, C03
Flower centres: C5, C7

Friday, 7 June 2019

Heart tree

Hello lovely people,

It's back to die cutting this week for my Dies to Die For DT card because I fell in love with this cute little MFT tree die; it's not new but I somehow missed it at the time it came out.

There are lots of options for using this die...but I limited myself to just the one card this time!


I've inked a slightly shimmery card with Distress Oxides and placed that behind the die cut tree, then die cut the trunk in Kraft and hearts in silver to piece back into the holes.


If I've tempted you with any of the lovely supplies I've used then you can go straight to the individual products via the links below or just pop over to Dies to Die For and have a little browse around!

Thanks for popping in and I hope you have a fabulous day!



Lovely things I've used from Dies to Die For;
Heart tree - My Favorite Things
A2 stitched rectangle STAX 1 - My Favorite Things
Inside and out stitched rectangle STAX - My Favorite Things
Mini tags - Mama Elephant
Mini everyday messages - Mama Elephant

Other ingredients;
Distress Oxide ink pads in Twisted citron and Mowed lawn
twine - from stash