Friday, 21 July 2017

Little things?

Hi Everyone, my card for you today is for the Outlawz progressive challenge, we were given a wonderful image of a dog, I really wanted to bring him to life.
By chance and a little playing, I did something I haven't done before in PS and I am really pleased with the result....

I used a digi paper - I added the stamp to the paper as you would do with a rubber  or clear stamp, then shaded where needed and more lines (a lot) to him. I used a plain PS brush to add the green under him and to the tennis ball, well it was in the middle of Wimbledon when I made him. It took a long time to colour him, but worth it to me.
dog - Anne Fenton
digital colouring
dp used for dog - Hugware no longer available
I have shown what paper I used, it may come
 in handy to use something similar yourself?
all other dp - Marisa Lerin Pixelscrapper
sentiment - CREATE with TLC
Tonic scallop layering dies
ribbon from stash
3D gloss used on eyes and nose.

Here is a close up, I also made it a little lighter so you can see the texture of the paper clearer.

Don't forget

Summer Fun Blog Hop~! ...........

YAY!  we haven't done a hop in a lonnnng time~!
For those of you that are familiar with our hops....there will be lots of freebies along the way.  A Freebie at each stop.  So get ready, empty out those folders....the hop starts Sunday, July 23nd 

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

My first mixed media????

Hi Everyone, I know you all are really clever with your stamping and mixed media, painting etc. Me? I'm happy with my digital, BUT, being part of The Male Room DT, this month called for -
Oh! NO was my first reaction, I like a challenge and this was a HUGE challenge for me. BUT, I didn't realise how much fun it would become for me.

I also looked Mixed Media up so I could use things I am comfortable with and have hanging around, this is what I found.

Question - Is mixed media art just limited to papers and cardboard? Or does it include fabrics and other mediums as well? Is there any limits to what you can and cannot use?

Answer - Mixed Media Art includes all and anything you can think of! My preference is for paper....

That made me happy, on to my card - 
Not the usual paints and slosh, mixed media is generally known for!!!!
 but, I think I can call it mixed media, it certainly was for me.

Dies and stamps - Magazine freebies
Car, wheel hubs, wheels and "vroom, out of an old can, held over the gas burner (carefully) until it turned colour, I have done this before and it turned a better colour, must have been the can!
label sentiment - stamping heat embossed 
stamped on the tin Vroom with Stazon
road and happy birthday - digitally made in PS with help from here
cloud dies - felt die cut
background - Reeves watercolour pencils spread with water on crosshatched card
framing - out of metallic paper dry embossed
I think that counts for 7 types of media, UNLESS you know different!
C'mon, give me a break - I tried!

waiting to be put together!

I hope you can see the colour change in the tin in this photo

Monday, 17 July 2017

Strong Floral Lady

Hi Everyone, my card today is for the Dragons Lair Designs FB progressive challenge, the image we were given to play with is just beautiful and I had ideas how to colour her, but it didn't go that way.

I was looking for dp's in my files and came across a blog hop set of files, from DigiChick named "Playful" in it was a paint splatter and my card was born! This card is going to a friend who always has bad things happen to her big and small, but thankfully with lots of prayers, always comes out on top.

image - Dragon's Lair Designs
paint splatter - Alexis Design Studio
grey striped paper - Gina Cabrera
yellow paper - Sweet Caroline Studio
grey paper - Creative Victorian by Lonetta Avelar
die - Tattered Lace
glitter - Tonic Pure Sheen glitter
all printed and layered onto black paper
sentiment from the web

Also don't forget

is holding a Blog Hop, with lots of freebies
Here's what she says -

Summer Fun Blog Hop~! ...........

YAY!  we haven't done a hop in a lonnnng time~!
For those of you that are familiar with our hops....there will be lots of freebies along the way.  A Freebie at each stop.  So get ready, empty out those folders....the hop starts Sunday, July 23nd (more details as we get closer)


Saturday, 15 July 2017

Create with TLC

Hi Everyone, great news, Paulette at
is holding a Blog Hop, with lots of freebies
Here's what Paulette says -

Summer Fun Blog Hop~! ...........

YAY!  we haven't done a hop in a lonnnng time~!
For those of you that are familiar with our hops....there will be lots of freebies along the way.  A Freebie at each stop.  So get ready, empty out those folders....the hop starts Sunday, July 23rd (more details as we get closer)
Looks like we have 13 HOP STOPS at the know what that least 13 FREEBIES~!  Spread the word.


If anyone is interested in doing Mixed Media as a Guest Designer for the hop, please let me know......lots of traffic to your blog if you are selected.  
So email me if you are interested in being that Guest Designer for the HOP. 

POP over to Create with TLC  where you will find the link
It's Summer, so I made a Summer card,
with image and sentiment from  Create with TLC 
I coloured the image digitally
used a "grungy plaid paper" template by Holly Wood at Pixelscrapper 
using colours to match the image.
flower and leaf dies - Tattered Lace
border die - Johanna Sheen

This could be a scene from a British beach in mid Summer LOL

I'll be entering the Outlawz sketch challenge

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Fae with Glitter wings

Hell Everyone, my card today is for the
Anything Goes Challenge.

I decided to use an image I haven't used before and I LOVED colouring her, I wanted the card quite simple, I hope I achieved that.
Fae excl 3 - Morgan's Artworld
coloured digitally in PS
dp's - Amanda Creations
dies - Tattered Lace
Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels.

I hope to see you over at Morgan's Artworld, any designers image is OK for the ATG challenge, my Team mates have produced really beautiful work.

Just a note on a different subject - 
When I made yesterdays Sunglasses card, I wasn't sure if it would be used, it was! my Niece lost her Rayban sunglasses that her son had bought her, he also had them engraved "for Mum, I love you", when home for Christmas from Australia. Well she lost them and was extremely upset, but after crawling through every shop in the shopping centre (Mall), someone had handed them in, how honest was that person, I wonder if it was the inscription that did it?

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Always have sunglasses with you!

Hi Everyone, my post today is for the Outlawz sketch challenge. I decided to do a Summer card, then realized the challenge sketch would suit perfectly and I wanted "hot" colours, so here it is.
image - Create with TLC 
I added a gradient overlay in PS
dp's and elements- Summertime Designs (appropriate?)
 sadly no longer available.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Sympathy Sprite

Hi Everyone, my card today is for the family of my cousin, who died a last week, a beautiful gentle soul, who I loved a lot, even though we saw her rarely and was 20 years older than me. She had suffered with Alzheimer disease for 6 years, a tragedy for anyone, but I feel more so, of someone so lovely.

This image is exactly how I felt when I heard she had passed. I saw the image HERE and chose it as my favourite card on Morgan's Artworld challenge HERE and had to choose it for this card.
image - Pierrot Sprite Aurora Wings
coloured digitally in PS
dp's - The Lovely Studio used to be Pink Petticoat
 dies Tattered Lace
pearls from stash

If the card looks a little wavy, it was, because of wet glue, but after gentle persuasion it is now straight.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Bird house

Hi Everyone, the challenge at
The team have done fabulous work go have a look, hope to see you enter too. The bonus of doing that, is you have me commenting on your post! That would put anyone off LOL.

Anyhow, here's my card
cut shape is Bird House - Birds Cards,
I cut it out beautifully on the Cameo, then drew lines on the roof, wrong move!!!!
so had to cut it out again, OK this time, just the ink spread, but I can live with that.
birthday bird - Paper Garden Products
print and cut the bird on the Cameo, it was too big to go into the hole in front of the card, so had to stick it on over the hole. lesson, measure properly!!!!
happy birthday die - Tattered Lace

I'm happy with the overall effect, I love the texture effect of it all, next time I won't leave it so late to do my DT card, just a couple of hours to go, phew and write a post too. Now I can think of lots of ways I could have done this card, but time escaped from me.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Shell -ebrate!

Hi Everyone, my card today is for The Outlawz sketch challenge I always try and enter and most times I do, I love a sketch LOL.

Shell and sentiment - Create with TLC
coloured digitally and 3D'd with added glitter glue
dp's part of a collaboration at Pixel & Co, sadly no longer trading.
I used the "paradise" because this will go to a friend who is off to Disney, Florida and I'm green with envy after visiting it a LOT of years ago.
dies - First Edition

forgot to add the sketch duh!

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Monster Christmas

Hi Everyone, today I have a Christmas card, well I thought I had better start LOL. This image came from the Limited Runs FB progressive challenge, isn't he the smile-iest monster ever? I think he could make anyone smile.

image and background - Limited Runs
I copied a few to make the scene, coloured digitally in PS
I decoupaged the image
after placing it on the card I added Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels 

Friday, 30 June 2017


Hi Everyone, had time on my hands and rather than do the ironing! UGH! I decided to make another scrapbook page for the digital blog challenge at Digitally Made. I saw this quote recently and made a note of it, that's what started the story on my page. 

A lot of things we read about and experience can give our lives excitement, danger, love and hate, just by turning a page, don't you just love reading? 

This page contains a lot of digital papers, elements and masks, so rather than list them, if you like the look of an image or paper, let me know and I will tell you where it's from and who by.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

A Perfect Pear!

Hi Everyone, today's card is for a challenge that I was told about, the theme being "Fruit". I had SO many choices, but in the end went for an image I love. I MAY even do another, it made such a change of subject.

Image - Meljen's Designs,
sadly no longer available, coloured digitally
background dp - Fontbundles
embossed banner - Tattered Lace EF border
hearts, eyes and stems Anita's 3D gloss.

I thought I would show you the difference in temperatures in a week here, in the shade. the 21st record temp for 40+ years, on the 25th back to British Summer.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Trees and apples!

Hi Everyone, today's card is for the Dragon's Lair FB progressive challenge, we had this lovely scene to play with, I added another image. I think the trees could be used as a background quite often.

both Dragon and trees images - Dragons Lair Designs
coloured digitally in PS
dp's and sentiment - Dawn by Design
dies - Tattered Lace

As this is a "garden card?" I decided to show you a plant we have that has such a fabulous name to show off it's fabulous show of flowers.

It's a "Salvia" who's name is "Hot Lips", isn't that a wonderful name. It's a wonderful plant too, flowers from now until the frost and stays about 3 feet high with pruning in March. I've done a closeup to show the "lips"

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Thankful Heart

Hi Everyone, I have just realised that this is my 1001 post, incredible, I can't believe it, it's one of those things I do without thinking of numbers. I want to thank you for your support and seeming to enjoy what I post. AND I just realised that this is a Thank You card, well I never, coincidences continue to happen.

Anyhow onto my card today which is for the Outlawz sketch challenge
Image freebie colouring page from - Tiddly Inks
coloured digitally in PS
dp's - Marisa Lerin Pixelscrapper
layered onto black paper
Nuvo Crystal Drops

Friday, 23 June 2017

Baby card

Hi Everyone, my card today was done on a whim, I saw the image and decided to make a card with it, sadly no babies around us at the moment.  I haven't used Elizabeth's Dulemba's images for ages and they deserve a post.

This is another of my scheduled posts, as I can't find a reason for the random non access to the design area of my blog and DT blogs. So when I can access my blog dashboard I keep it open all day, so that any project I may do, I can make a post with it. Anyhow on to my card.
coloured digitally in PS
sentiment - Create with TLC
dps - The Lovely Studio used to be Pink Petticoat
ribbon - Dovecraft
3D gloss on eyes and pin
Sue Wilson square Noble dies

Wednesday, 21 June 2017


Hi Everyone, my card today was delayed as I couldn't get into the design area again, so annoying. Anyhow, I made this for

background digital paper - Marisa Lerin Pixelscrapper
with a gradient overlay in PS
I made the sentiment in PS
fireworks - are the BIG kind, the kind that go with a BIG BANG!
I cut them out with the Cameo, then twisted some brown packing paper I had, to make it look (hopefully) like the big  expensive fireworks. (In my mind)
I added silver card cut offs, which I lined with Spectrum Noir markers, added them to the "fireworks" and added a star button.
Stunning makes again from my Teamies, go have a looky.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Make a wish

Hello Everyone, if you're in the UK, hope you're coping with the heat, which we are not used too, very unusual to have 30C at 4pm, which it was yesterday, still we know it won't last LOL.

On to my card today, which had me struggling for some reason. Then a spark ignited and here it is. It's for the Outlawz Sketch challenge. It's not a good photo as I took it quite late, apologies for that.

All dp's and elements by Katie Creates
cakes 3D'd 
candle die Tattered Lace
all layered onto silver mirror card
made into a tent fold

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Quote Scrapbook page

Hello Everyone, a digtial page for you today as I want to enter the "Quote" theme at Digitally Made, it's a purely digital blog, just my thing LOL.

Anyhow, here's my digital scrapbook page, with photos of hubby's plants and beans this year. 

I have used a template # 717 by Marisa Larin @ Pixelscrapper 
I have used numerous designers for the various elements and papers, if there are any you particularly like, please email me and I will let you know the designer.
The quote I had off the web.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Country Scene

Hi Everyone, my DT card today is for

Anything Goes Challenge
you can use any image.

I chose this image as, to me, it is an English river scene, so lush and green, where you can go for a river boat ride and enjoy the the peace and beautiful countryside. Are you transported to it? My card is very simple, but I really like it.

coloured digitally
I added a digital frame and let the roses fall over it
DP The Lovely Studio (used to be Pink Petticoat)
gems from stash
all layered onto black card

Tuesday, 13 June 2017


Hi Everyone, my post today is for the Outlawz Progressive challenge and we have the most beautiful image from Andrea at Sheepski Designs.

I wanted this image to be light and floaty, don't ask me why, I'm quite the opposite, I wanted her to merge with the background and I think I got there in the end.

After finding paper I liked from a mini digital kit, I followed the colours of it, colouring it digitally, then added a gradient overlay, I added the elements from the kit, PS brushed a shadow effect to the image all in PS. Because I think she's beautiful, I added the word "beauty" then printed it out.

I used grey and red card which luckily matched the image, then die cut into the card and cut an edge from the same die to add to the bottom, now I'm not sure if I should have done that, oh! well it's done now.

image - Sheepski Designs
mini digital kit - Follow your dreams - Tiramasu Design a newsletter freebie
die - freebie with Johanna Sheen magazine
font - Levibrush

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Blooming Tag

Hi Everyone, my card today is for the Outlawz sketch challenge and this week it was a Tag, my mind went wild, a tag card, a tag for numerous occasions, add a tag to a card? that's what I went with, but to what card, I hadn't used my Cameo for a few days or so, so decided to have a look at what I have, found this pretty cut file and then went for images in my files to match. This is the outcome and I'm quite pleased with it, I even used a "real" stamp! can you believe it?

Card cut file - Shirley's Cards  
to which I cut in half and placed over green card, I added mirror gems
 and yellow centres to the flowers with Spectrum Noir pens.
tag dp and images - Carin Grobe Designs
sentiment stamp was a freebie in a magazine stamped with Stazon

Saturday, 10 June 2017

A little bug

Hi Everyone, another scheduled post, because of my blogger problems. This is for the Limited Runs progressive challenge, I had forgotten I had this to do and it's nearly the end of the challenge. Anyhow, here it is and very CAS for me, it still took ages to do though.

bug - Limited Runs
coloured digitally and the wings paper pieced in PS
sentiment, paper pieced in PS  - Create with TLC 
dp - SnickerDoodles
Sue Wilson Noble square dies
glitter glue - Dovecraft
clear gloss - Anita's

Thursday, 8 June 2017

An A-mews-ing card?

Hi Everyone, my card today was done while I was playing with ideas for my Brother's birthday. I just got around to doing the insert, but forgot to take a photo of it! Anyhow, here it is quite a simple card for me, but I thought it could be, as the image and sentiment says it all.

image and sentiment Create with TLC
coloured with coloured pencils (Yep!)
background cat paper used as an overlay in PS - Stitchy Bear 
dies - Tattered Lace (could be bubbles?)
all layered onto black paper

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Off The Edge TMR

Hello Everyone, my post today is for the
I decided to make a card for Father's Day for my hubby and use an image I've not used before. I also did something I've not done before, that was to part cut a die. (Off the edge) I did it 4 times, before it was right, well you have to don't you LOL. After I managed to get the image cut out, I added another circle to layer it on, 3D'd the girl, glossed the water and bubbles, added Dovecraft 3D pearl effects. I then added the insert, I know hubby will enjoy the joke.

Please go and see what my wonderful teamies have done, they are all so VERY imaginative .
image - Ikes Art
coloured digitally
paint spray bricks background - DigiDewi
tyre tracks - ScrapOrchard
insert bear - Hugware, no longer available.

This is the insert - a reality check LOL.

I Won at Ikes World!

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Cuppa tea

Hi Everyone, my card today is for the Outlawz sketch challenge, I've got in just in time again. I have decided to try and use items that I haven't used or haven't used for a while, I have so many digital stamps and papers, that should be used, so here is a start.
image - Beyond the Fringe
paper pieced and shaded in PS, the cups cut out and 3D'd
dp - Valentina's Creations Soul in Bloom digi kit
tea pots and name papers - Marisa Lerin @ Pixelscrapper
ribbon from stash
sparkle glue - Stickles 
all layered onto black card.

I thought I would show you our garden, hope I don't bore you with these photos. They were taken over the weekend, when it was cloudy, but still looked lovely I think. Hubby has worked a lot of hours and there isn't a weed to be seen. BUT the washing line is there ready for me to hang out when the rain stops LOL.

Clematis, roses, aqualegia and sweet peas to grow up the frame

fabulous flowers this year on the Physocarpus

Acer tree, runner beans with tagetes in front, Rhododendron going over, orange Azeala, Fatsia Japonica, Pieris, Sedum, Spirea, Solomons Seal, and a few others.

Another view of the border into the garden, so lush this year

I love this combination of the Kniphofia, the orange rose, which I don't know the name of and the pieris. Lots still to come here.

This is the orange rose with a strong beautiful perfume.

This is a David Austin Old Rose, with a heady perfume, and I've forgotten the name!