Tuesday 30 June 2015

New !!

Sorry to moan guys, but I don't do and out of an oven ( car ) all day. hot hairdryers and ladies feeling ill because of the heat is no fun for me !! But I do love it when I'm home....

Anyhoo hope all you guys are enjoying some of the sun too...

Now Little Claire have some new christmas silhouette stamps out so please pop over and check them all out HERE  !!

Here's one called " Snowman Tree " and I've stamped him onto one of the new  Dinkies Falling Snow papers in pale blue.

The rest of the papers came from my stash.  I love the blue and purples together and have inked all the edges with purple. Die cut the big snowflake and added stickles to make it sparkle, a ribbon bow with a big gem and a line of gems to add more sparkle !!

Would love to enter:
Christmas Card  Challenge: anything goes ( must be christmas)
Simply Papercraft: anything goes

Saturday 27 June 2015

Lavender 'n' Lace

Lavender is my fav colour,  guess its my age and love it with green  !! 

Did some water colouring on these cute little guys and mixed in with Spectrum Noir pens. Made the flowers with a punch and then shaped them, the centre is a fringe die. Also used a die to cut the leaves.

Embossed some patten paper and card with an embossing folder and topped it all of with a lacey bow !!

Would love to enter:
Gruffies and Guests; lavender and lace
Live & Love Crafts; in the garden

Whoohoo !!


Friday 26 June 2015

12 Tags 2015 June

This was fun to do as the main thing was to make your own ink pad and plaid background. had to be a bit inventive as I had to wrap elastic bands round a Mod Podge pot to create my plaid effect, very inky fingers !! Don't drink coffee so my tag was all about TEA !! Roughly hand drew a mug, the morning token was given to me by a friend which was just right for the tag.

Here's Tim's inspiration for us this month...

12 tags of 2015 - June by Tim Holtz |

Thursday 25 June 2015

Fiskars Butterfly Punch

is a neat handy punch to have. I was very lucky and won mine on Fiskarettes UK Community fb page recently and just had to have play !!

You can use the punch waste...

  or the punched out butterflies

or go just use one by itself....

Love this last one, made the background with distress inks, then splattered with water, stamped in grey with a scrip stamp, did some faux bleaching effect with a small swirly stamp and then stamped it again using black ink. Finish off with the sentiment and then coloured my punched butterfly with the blue distress ink and added three little pearls.

3983 - SAP 1016281 Squeeze Punch - XL - Butterfly

As I said a handy punch to have in your stash......thanks Fiskars !!

Wednesday 24 June 2015

One sardine tin....

 ..yes it started out life as a plain sardine tin, but then I attacked it !!

First I covered it with texture paste, let it dry then gave it a coat of brown acylic paint topped of with Rusty Hinge distress stickles. Then glued two large beads for feet.

The stamp set I've used is "Hoist the Flags" by Lindsay Mason

 I cut an oval of white card and a strip to fit inside the tin, then stamped the scene so it carried on all round the tin. I'm amazed I got it all to match up !!  Stamped the little boy, girl plus bunting onto some more white card, coloured using pastel promarkers and fussy cut out.

From paper clay I made some stones to go in the bottom and then covered with stickles so I could stand the little boy up
Using a Marianne die I cut a tree out,  coloured it and chopped it up and re-arranged it on the left.

Finished off with stamping the sentiment, cutting it out, adding the bunting and little girl, topped out with some green stickles !!

Ta dah.... one decorated sardine tin !! 

 Would love to enter:
Mirror Cracked; shadow box
All Crafts Challenge: anything but a card
We Love 2 Create: anything goes/ mixed media goes
Simom Says Stamp: anything goes

Monday 22 June 2015

Congratulations !!

 to you if you are celebrating something, be it your Birthday, Wedding Anniversay or passed an exam !!  At House Mouse Monday Challenge our teamie Kate has chosen the theme "Congratulations" for this fornights challenge and I've made an Anniversay card for a friend of mine.

I've made a circle side stepper card which will rock as my base. Stamped my lovin mices, coloured and then fussy cut out and added some frantage embossing powders, well actually a lot of frantage all over the place !!

It was my Birthday two weeks ago and my sweet friend Nicki gave me as part of my birthday present a flower die so just had to give it  a try !!

  Added a strip of burlap, ribbon and pearls to finish off and the quote was by John Lennon which fitted my card perfectly..

We have four fabulous sponsors this week !!

Winner will receive a Fabulous $20 Value Reward Card
(Winner must be a USA Resident, it's Territories and, or, Canada) 
  STAMPENDOUS! is the next company manufacturing our beloved House-Mouse Design StampsHouse-Mouse Designs® stamps can also be purchased
 For more inspiration and challenges, check out our official Blog HERE.

2nd Sponsor 

  Winner will get a surprise package of embellishments from Pizzazz Aplenty (of Judy's choiuce(, worth $15.00.

 Pizzazz Aplenty is the place for embellishments of all kinds... Flat-back Pearls and Rhinestones, Charms, Ribbons, Laces, Twine, Flowers, Stickpins, Beads, and more.  

 Pizzazz Aplenty is generously offering a random prize package of goodies worth $15.00, (surprise package is of Judy's choice).  

3rd generous Sponsor

Di's DigiStamps
Winner will receive a $12 voucher to shop at  Di's DigiStamps 

Also Proudly Sponsored by...

One lucky winner will receive a free seat to a Craft Classes Online online workshop valued up to $25.

Craft Classes Online (CCO) brings multiple Creative Arts Instructors together on one site to provide students with the best choice in online craft workshops. Our instructors offer online workshops that are engaging, affordable, and time-saving. Students from across the globe can learn any number of techniques and creative projects from the comfort of their home and on their schedule.

Come join us on our blog, Everyday Moodlings, where we will have a theme of the week and offer challenges to help us use all of our craft supplies during the coming year. We  offer ideas, tips, tutorials, and crafty inspiration. You can view our class list on our website at We continuously update our website with new workshops, so check back often. Become a subscriber to our newsletter and gain access to our FREE class, “Ink Essentials”! Come visit us on our Facebook page, too.

WOW! That's 4 Prizes, and that means 4 big chances for YOU to win, so be sure to PLAY! 

Remember to enter you must use a House Mouse, Happy Hopper or Gruffie design !!

Would love to enter:
Allsorts: use a stamp not a digi
Crafty Calender: june-fancy folds
Cute Card Thursday: add a quote

Sunday 21 June 2015

New Indigo Blu DT

no not me, but my lovely crafty friend Rachel !!

Just had to do this quick post to say how happy I am for her...I've known Rachel for some time now , we have been on a few design teams together and I have watched her go from strength to strength with her crafting and as a person !!  Life hasn't been very kind to her, but she just keeps going, I call her "Super Women" just don't know how she fits everything in,  just visit Rachel's blog and you'll see what I mean !!

Big hugs and congratulations sweetie !!

Friday 19 June 2015


Oooooo don't you just love scraps of paper !!
 These were the bits.....       
...... I had left from my dog lay out a while back..

 and I always challenge myself to use them up !!  Its a fun way of trying to be creative and sure does get the mind going, at the end of the day I have three (not bad) cards !!

So next time you finish a project,  don't throw the scraps away !!

Monday 15 June 2015

May's ATC swop

at Jo's, was "Flowers" and I did the same sort of water colour technique we did on Tim's tag the month before, but ATC size.

I thought they were really pretty in a grungy sort of way,  if you know what I mean....just stamped my flowers and then water coloured them adding a blue wash background and some ink splatters and then distressing the edges before mounting them onto a kraft act blank.

Thanks to everyone for my fab swops back !!

Saturday 13 June 2015

Fathers Day

 Whoohoo .......time for another fab challenge at Little Claires and this month its " Fathers Day "

 The prize up for grabs is this fab set of stamps !!

I've used LC "Good Times" which is a very useful manly set to have on my card !!

Stamped and coloured my grand old owl using Spectrum Noir pens, added loads of layers with patten papers, some texture with some mesh, made my own candy dots out of the papers too !!

Finished off with some elements from the paper pack and a few bits of ribbon at the bottom.

A grand card indeed I think....but fun !!

Would love to enter:
Polkadoodles: fathers day/ anything male
Simply Create Too; musculine
Papertake Weekly: something for the boys

Thursday 11 June 2015

Enough said...

...well I don't know why I'm showing you this old photo of me and my brov...

yes I do, to give you a laugh !!

 My brov liked to take part in the local pubs New Year fancy dress do's and guess who had to make his outfits !! This year he wanted to go as a lion so I did no more than dye an old sheet brown and make him a romper suit adding a tail and then this head piece...

Which had to be trimmed into shape ( good thing I'm a hairdresser, pity about my bad hair do ). Shame I don't have a photo of him in the whole suit !! Before my scrapbooking days.....

Anyhoo for the lay out I just did some ink splatters in blues and oranges round the out side, cut 1/2" strips of patten papers and folded in half, then punched buttons from some of the papers. Did two circle matts for centre, matt my photo and hide a journerling tag underneath. Cut the title on my cricut and finished with a twine bow through one of the paper buttons.

Hope it made you smile.....

hugs Diane xx

Monday 8 June 2015

Holidays !!

be it Christmas, Easter, School, Summer you choose as our theme for you at House Mouse Monday Challenge is any " Holidays "

I chose Christmas !!

Is it just me or is that hammy thinking " please don't take my candy cane !! "

Stamped and then coloured using spectrum noirs, then used some frantage white embossing powder for the snow ( just love the stuff )

Die cut and then glittered a couple of snow flakes, use some ric rac and jems, topped off with a ribbon bow...

We are super happy and very proud to welcome back the wonderful, the One and ONLY, the Official Mousey Family...
Offering one Lucky player a $20 Gift Certificate to HMD.

Simon Says Stamp 

We are very happy to welcome back Heidi and Simon Says Stamp!!  
Winner will receive a RANDOM ASSORTMENT of some of their Premium Dye Ink Pads
 Simon Says Stamp has over 100,000+ items in stock along with the latest and greatest releases from Magnolia, Whiff of Joy, Tim Holtz, Spellbinders, Copics, House-Mouse Designs and so much more.  With such an amazing variety and awesome deals on shipping, it’s always good timing to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp store!
Sure are fabulous prizes, so come and have some mousey fun with us  !!


Would love to enter:
Simply Papercraft: anything goes
Thats Crafty : all that glitters
ABC challenges; k is fur kritters
The Ribbon Girls: animals


Sizzling Summer Offer !!

Here's a special one day sizzling summer offer just for you:

Spend £20 (or over) when you place an order with us before 6pm today (Monday 08 June) and choose any stamp to the value of £5.50 FREE!  Just email us with your choice of stamp and we will add it to your order.

So stock up on your stamps, paper pads, stickers etc and grab a bargain at the same time - hurry, offer ends 6pm today (subject to availability).

Wednesday 3 June 2015

Lovely Hedgehogs !!

And aren't they gorgeous guys !!

 Sorry about the poor photo lighting, it was a very wet and windy day when I took these photo's

 Anyhoo the new Little Claire Club Stamp set is out now, so pop over and check it out HERE !!

Lovely Hedgehogs stamp set

 Had great fun making my stepper card with my usual fussy cutting out. also used LC " Bunting" set which goes so well with the  "Lovely Hedgehogs ", a really handy set to have in your stash !!

This time I coloured in using promarkers pastel set.

Can't wait to see what fab creations you come up with and if you need some more inspiration, then check out what the rest of the team created HERE !!  Heidi has made a wonderful note card holder with two cards with instructions and you will find it  HERE !!

Would love to enter;
Papertake Weekly: anything goes
Dream Valley: anything goes
Stamp and Create: summer fun
Scribble and Scrap: always anything goes

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