Posting as I go….

I’ve decided that, unless I’m entering a particular challenge, I’m posting my cards on this ‘ere blog as I make them. Here’s a couple I made last weekend;

Margaret C

Image: Wetlands by Stampin’Up

Margaret C

Pattern; Papertrey Inks Guidelines

Flower: Peaceful Petals by Papertrey Ink

Sentiment: umm….. ?


Is Spring here ?

I made three cards this afternoon, and when I laid them all out, I realised they were all very green….

Now, I like green – probably one of my favourite colours – but its never been a colour I’ve really focussed on crafting with. And I didn’t today. I guess I’m just craving light… and signs of growth… and Spring !!!! We have been lucky not to have had the horrendous weather that other parts of Britian and the world have had, but I’m tired of damp, cold and dark. Bring on Spring.

Anyhow, here are the cards –

Margaret C

Stamps and sentiment – There She Goes (not available anymore)

Margaret C

Stamps and word ?

Margaret C

Stamps and sentiment – Wetlands by Stampin’Up



Welcome Home Wreath

Oh my. This card was a nightmare to make. You know how, when you’re a card-maker, you no longer get away with any old card for special occasions ? Yeah, this is one of those occasions where every idea I had was so duff !!

My FIL recently moved into a new house, so this is to celebrate that big event. They’ve been trying to move now for a couple of years ( housing market ? what market ?) so it is quite an event. I based the card on Debbie’s beautiful layout

*Images: wreath base is Wreath For All Seasons by Papertrey Ink, flowers/leave/etc miscellaneous but mostly Rubber Tapestry

* Sentiment is Wreath For All Seasons by PTI

Incidentally, a little cheeky detail I added was the insert. The house is called Nutwood, as in Rupert Bear, who was obviously popular with the previous owner. They are currently de-Rupert-ing the house… but I have scanned DD’s Rupert book and made the insert from a couple of comic pages… Tee-hee !!

Very Simple… PTI Roses blessings

I was commisioned to make a birthday card for a “Christian, 80 year old lady”

Here’s the result:

Okay, you need to click on the photo to see the outlines roses – this card ain’t that simple !!

* Roses are Papertrey Ink’s YOF: Rose

* Sentiment is Papertrey Ink’s Beautiful Blessings

It’s very simple ( perhaps too simple ? ) but based on Laurie’s beautiful card Hope it’s ok !!

Best Fishes…

I was commisioned to make a fisherman’s card for a 60 yr old. I think this hits the targets !!

*Image: fisherman and fishes (behind 60) – Papermania (Man’s World?)

Diecuts: Papertrey Ink By the Number

I hadn’t originally thought about this image, wanting to use another polyer image. However, I have had a storage issue. I keep my stamps on both sides of CD cases, and the top layer of polymer on one stamp has stuck to the top of another stamp and ruined it 😦 So today will be spent putting acetate sheets in all my CD cases. Miffed, but hopefully that’ll sort it.

Have a great day !

Pink Birthday

Margaret CThis is a birthday card for my bestie, Liz. It’s a CASE of this card by Chat ( cool name !!) LOTSA layering !

*Images: Mehndi Medallion Mini Set by Papertrey Ink

*Sentiment: old Hero Arts  – this is one of the first stamps I ever bought !

Fusion Card Challenge #4

First time I’ve ever played with this challenge ! Check it out here !

I chose to use both the sketch and the colours from the picture to create this:

Margaret C

*Butterflies: Papermania

* Sentiment and dies: Papertrey Ink

Gosh, this card is so beyond my colour comfort zone ! I picked out the distress inks I had in the colours of the picture and smooshed them on my craft mat before spritzing with water and dragging my cardstock through it. I LOVE this technique;it looks so arty for something so simple !! After mounting my stamped panel, I thought it looked too stark on the plain white background so I did a second generation stamping using the same stamp and the distress inks – it just lifted the white from the white.

Anyhow, I like ! maybe I should come out of the comfort zone more often…



Gotcha, didn’t I ?

Hi mum!!! Yes, I’ve posted something !

Margaret C

* Sentiment: Inkadinkadoo

* Negative Banners: Stampin’ Up Sale-a-bration punch

This card was made because I simply felt like it. This is my new kind of thinking. I came into my 40th year with the usual list of things to achieve, and, pretty quickly in, life threw me a curve ball when my CFS walloped me. I’m still in recovery mode, some days are better than others, but I feel like I’m inching forward. S-L-O-W-L-Y. I’m trying to be in the moment, not constantly chasing the never-ending list. And that’s hard sometimes…

Anyhow, this card was inspired by the new RetroSketches challenge. To be honest, at first look, the sketch was one I didn’t think I’d ever get. You know how some sketches just resonate? Not this one. Nope. But, whilst in my craft room yesterday, I glimpsed a sheet of ‘had-to-have’ DP that ended up a busy nightmare to work with, and I realised that it could totally work with this sketch. And then I was using my new SU banner punch and I thought it would be cute to use the negative spaces, and then I just needed a sentiment ! Love it when it works like that !

I used this sentiment simply because it fit the space, but I’m now thinking it would be a great cheeky card for a friend of mine who is a coeliac ( not that I am making fun of the condition, we were around through the lengthy diagnosis and know how hard it is to live with it. I bake for our bible study group that he attends, and, after promising him the cheese scones he craved, he couldn’t eat them as they had worcestershire sauce in them. Which is not gf….)

Anyhow… I’m making a few more cards tomorrow as it’s half-term. (oops, after I phone my mum….) so perhaps I’ll get another post written too ! But no pressure….