Saturday 30 August 2014

Twinkling H2O's

Lucky me won a free seat at Craft Classes Online a few months ago and the class was Twinkling H2O's which started last week.


Our first lesson covered getting to know your H2O's and trying them out on different papers. It was quite funny as I had just found a brand new box of 12 H2O's in one of my local charity shops for £2.25 so I was ready to play !!

First I tried a water colour wash of two colours on water colour paper and then a marble effect onto plain card

 Me being me had to now make them into something, so they changed into these....

Not bad for a first play........

hugs Diane xx

Friday 29 August 2014

Sneak Peek ?????

............this is a naughty sneak peek of just one of the soon to be released new stamps from Little Claire called "Penguin Hugs "  Isn't it cute !!

I've made a shaker card and used some flower soft for the snow inside with glitter.   I embossed my card and the frame with dots then glittered them with stickles,  its super sparkly in real life  !!

All the new release stamps will be for sale on 2nd Sept !!

Would love to enter:
4 Krafty Girlz: anything goes
Simon Says Stamp: anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown: anything goes

Thursday 28 August 2014


Not quite as OTT as one from yesterday........processed the same with foil tape,  then embossed and painted with black acrylic paint rubbed back.  Die cut two baubles which are hung by chain.

Would love to enter:
Fan-Tastic Tuesday: anything goes (must be square/ rectangular)
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas; merry and bright ( I think it's merry and very shiny bright)

I won Top 3 !!

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Oh my.....OTT

Well I did warn you !!    I wanted some chain for another piece I am working on and found a horrible necklace ( well I thought it was horrible)  in a charity shop for £1, well I got left with this huge stone and a smaller one and couldn't throw it away......

I'm also playing with foil tape, the kind you buy from Wicks or B&Q   God knows what you are suppose to use it for in DIY...

Anyhoo.....I decided to marry the two together and made this metal effect bling Christmas card !!  The stones look very brown, but their not, it just the light....

The tape is sticky backed so you just cover a piece of card with it, run it through an embossing folder, paint it with black acrylic paint, then rub off as much as you like to get the pewter colour effect.  the flowers I just die cut, but didn't paint so they stayed shiny.

Well there never be another card like it............

would love to enter:
The Corrisive Challenge: "b" unique (bells, blooms,bling,bow)
Completely Christmas: anything goes
Craft For the Craic; ctaft item you have never used before
Winter Wonderland; anything goes for xmas

Monday 25 August 2014

New Gnome !!

Thought I would make this "New Gnome" card for three lovely peeps who have just moved into a new SHED !!  Yes I did say SHED !!

 Welcome to your new gnome Gill, Steve and Carol !!

Lots of fussy cutting, decoupaging and colouring with Spectrum Noir pens !!  The scene through the window is a stamp from the fabby do set from Little Claire called "Sunflowers" and "A Little Gnome " stamp is by Francoise Read from Woodware

Would love to enter:
Allsorts: bright sunshiny colours
Crafting At The Weekend: anything goes
Kitty Bee Designs: in the garden
Alphabet Challenge: n is for natural (mine is raffia )

Saturday 23 August 2014

Nicki and Jess

Morning peeps !!

Nights have been a bit chilly of late and are beginning to draw in, had to get my woolies out........hay ho !!

It was scrap club and few weeks ago at my local craft centre and I took along my friend Nicki for the first time. Nicki has been a scrapper in past and now mainly does card making.

The theme was "Happy " and Nicki didn't know I was using a photo of her and her super cute cat called Jess which she had sent me. Jess came with the house Nicki bought !!

We are all given a basic kit and lay out idea which you can play around with or not as you like. I kept to the basic lay out design and just added a bit of my own.

With some of the scraps of paper we made flowers, but had the two felt flowers in our kit.

The lay out has a pull out tag to add more photo's and journling.

I didn' have any more photo's so Nicki dropped me in a few more of Jess. They are wonderful as Nicki is taking a photo course at the moment.

Actually I am very pleased with my blog photo's and love my lay out of them both !!

hugs Diane xx

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Last one

 of my Dylusion ink backgrounds...

Hope this puts a smile on your face as it's sooooooo me...I might start off with a craft idea, but never know where I'm going with it and what I will end up with !!

Again swooshed my inks with water to make the background, then used a Tim Holtz splatter mask.  Also used "Whassup? Who Me" / "Hippetty Hoppetty"/"Create" stamp sets by Lindsay Mason.  Fussy cut out my boy and mounted him on 3d foam tape ( I'm not keen on flat cards and I really ought to have shares in Woodware as I buy alot of their tape because its the best !!)
Would love to enter:
My Craft Creations; anything goes
Stamping Sensations: anything goes

Monday 18 August 2014

Sometimes I just.....

Another one of my Dylusions spay bachgrounds and I have used two of Lindsay Mason stamp sets , "Piffy on a Rock Cake" and "Hippetty Hoppetty".

Coloured my images with distress inks and fussy cut some of them so I could mount them on 3d foam.

I love this one because of the fab colours.....and you know how much I LOVE COLOUR !!

Would love to enter:
My Time To Craft; usually coloured hair
That's Crafty Challenge Blog: stamping ground


Saturday 16 August 2014


It's time for another monthy challenge at Little Claires and this month the theme is Birthday cards for Men.

I made my card for my nephew Geoffrey who's birthday was last Thurday !!.   I've used the "Good Times " set and a sentiment from " Rebecca's really useful sentiment Male set "
 Good Times clear stamp set
For a change I have used distress inks to colour with and the papers are by Papermania. Lots of faux stitching and I also stamped the watch on the background paper.

There is a WHOOPING PRIZE up for grabs !!
TEN Dinky stamps of choice worth £15 !!

How fantastic is that, pop over to Little Claire Designs now and see all the fabulous stamps !!

You've got to be in it to win it..........

Would love to enter:

Wags 'n' Whiskers ;  birthdays
4 Krafty Girlz; anything goes
DRS Designs: they say its your birthday
Little Red Wagon: happy birthday

Thursday 14 August 2014

Been playing

with my Dylusions ink sprays and making a few backgrounds with different colours...

I thought this one looked a bit like a summers evening so got out my Lindsay Mason stamp set called "Hippetty Hoppetty " and created a simple bunny scene and how true is that sentiment by Stampin Up ....

Would love to enter

Fan-tastic tuesday: anything goes ( must be square)
Create a scene: animal (must create a scene with a four legged animal in)
Crafting When We Can: bright colours

Wednesday 13 August 2014

Thinking of You

Morning peeps !!

Well it turned a bit chilly yesterday, but the sun is out again today  and guess what I have to share with you this morning........

a christmas card  !!

And a super cute one at that with my fav House Mouse Designs again !! This one is called " Carrot and Friend "

The House Mouse and Friends Monday challenge is No colouring of images on a Thinking of You / Get Well theme. Check the blog as the team have some fabulous takes on this to show you !!

Loads of embossing,  die cutting,  glitter ( stickles ), frantage,  fussy cutting,  bobble trim  ( my fav thing at mo ) and ribbon.

I'm a great bunny fan and used to have 7 rabbits all rescues and when I found some bunny dies in a sale I just had to have them all !!

Would love to enter:
Gruffies and Guests: anything goes/option one for the boys
Creative Card Crew; embossing wet or dry
Penny Black and more; anything goes

A winner at
Help spread the FUN!! Post our HMFMC Button and link it back to us!

Top 3 at

Monday 11 August 2014

Prima Doll

I fell in love with the Prima dolls as soon as I saw them .  They bring back memories of my childhood of getting my weekly mag and cutting out the paper doll with her clothes that had little tabs on so you could dress her up !!   Boy they were the days !!

Plus as you know I love paper piecing, so her is my first card with a Prima Doll and I've made a tag shaped christmas card.

Now I will admit things didn't go to green crackle paint went pink ,  think I should have primed my card first, but hay ho just went with it !!

The sparkle doesn't show up, but the tress and Jingle Bells have been covered with stickles and the berries on the dolls dress. I've also used frantage chunky white embossing enamel which makes great snow and die cut the flowers and leaves.

Would love to enter:
Artistic Stampers; anything goes
Bearly Mine: anything goes
Completly Christmas: no24 anything goes
Winter Wonderland: anythings for Xmas
Southern Girls; christmas is a-coming

Tuesday 5 August 2014

Thank Whoo

I've been playing with the watercolour background Francoise Read from Woodware demonstrated on Saturday at my local craft centre.

 Hero Art's have a video showing the same background technique HERE if you would like to try it yourself.

My friend Tracy knows I love owls and this fab Papermania Urban Stamp was a present from her .

 For my first card I've used three distress ink colours to make the background and then used the same colours to colour my owl.

 Here's a bit closer view so you can see the sutle leaves I have stamp on the background as well.

 Francoise used finger daubers to add colour and so did I. It's strange how on the first card the colours bled out more and on the other two I ended up with dots of colour which I love as well as they remind me of smarties !!

Well you have to admit, 3 very different and very colourful " Thank whoo " cards !!

My friend Nicki came with me to the demo and she has some fab photo's of Francoise cards on her blog !!

Would love to enter;
Craft-Dee Bowz: anything goes with a handmade bow
Crafting from the Heart: anything goes
My Craft Spot: bright colours
Stamp and Create: anthing goes

Sunday 3 August 2014

Two more....

My word did it rain yesterday !! I was at my local craft centre AMOM in the morning as Francoise Read from Woodware had come to demo in the morning and held a master class in the afternoon. I love Francoise work as her colouring is amazing and stamp images are such fun  !!  Driving home was terrible becausse it was raining so hard you couldn't see all the flooding till you hit it !!

Anyway sharing with you two more cards made with this months Sunflower Little Claire stamp club set.

Lots of my usual fussy cutting to decoupage the sunflowers on this easel card, coloured in with Spectrum Noir pens and finished with a big gingham bow !!

 Now when is a sunflower not a sunflower.....when you colour it red it looks like a gerbra to me !!  

What do you think then ??

A simple kraft card with lace and pearls ( I did say I was into my pearls at mo ) and another big bow to finish off !!
Would love to enter:
My Time To Craft: use kraft

Friday 1 August 2014

Sunflowers !!

What always puts a smile on your face...but Sunflowers !! And this months Little Claire Stamp Club set is all about Sunflowers.

 I love this set and have had a ball with my repeat stamping and fussy cutting to create this 3D shadow box card which does fold down flat for posting !!


I have just used the little scene stamp, die cut a couple of trees and fence, stamped and fussy cut out the one sunflower, faux stitching coloured in  using Spectrum Noir pens  and finished off with a big gingham bow !!

My second  make is this cute corner bookmark.

A bright and cheerful gift for any book lover !!

Lots more fabulous inspiration to be found by the team over at Little Claires !!

Would love to enter:
4 Crafty Chicks; anything goes
Divas by Design: anything goes
Wonderful Wednesdays: always anything goes
Digi Choosday Challenges; lots of layers

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