Sunday 29 May 2011

Handy Man!!

Ok ,I have a little thing to point out before I go on......this digi image of a drill and tape measure is actually a drawing of my own tools which I work with every day but I've added them to the "male" section of my gallery because I know it's usually men who use them!! I have coloured them in gold but strictly speaking the drill is a Makita and teal /red. You can see I'm quite attached to my tools lol!
On to the card,  I just had to use this "metal grid" Cuttlebug embossing folder and added two little orange brads  to the corners. Big son was in a helpful mood and kindly made me a computer generated  measuring tape which I printed onto ribbed cardstock to make it more realistic looking. Sticking to the measurement/number theme,I also uased a sheet of numerical paper from the DCWV Black and White set.
Hope you like it and the details were not too boring!
Here come the Boys..Father's Day
Craft your Days Away ..Fathers Day /Special Man

You can see this image and all the rest of my "male " digi images which are suitable for Father's Day etc  HERE. Thanks for looking, Ruth

Thursday 26 May 2011

Morning Glory

I made this card tonight for this week's sketch challenge on PapercraftPlanet and I'm sure you can spot the mistake right away... I forgot to add the sentiment !!..but it's late now and I've to leave early in the morning for work...
Anyhow, I've used Morning Glory from A Passion for Stamps and coloured it with Promarkers, then mounted it on foam pads onto My Mind's Eye paper. The border punch is by Xcut and the corner die is by Cuttlebug.

 If I get a chance to add the sentiment tomorrow I'll take another photo.

Hi again...I've taken the new pic and put it at the top of the post; this is the original one.

I'm also entering this into the Stampavie

Wednesday 25 May 2011


I was out plundering the garden a few weeks ago looking for flowers to draw and found lots of little violets which had seeded themselves along the edges of a gravel path and they looked lovely. I brought a bunch indoors and THIS is the resulting digi image.

I made the rectangular card at the time but never uploaded a photo and tonight when I saw the ABC challenge  theme (violet) I made the other little card. So, really the first card above is the one for the challenges..
ABC ....v is for violet

Saturday 21 May 2011


Good evening! I just got my new Butterfly digi images drawn, finished and added to A Passion for Stamps and I made this card using one of them. I was really happy then to see that this week's challenge at Less is More is on the theme of..........butterflies!

I coloured my butterfly with Promarkers and added some Stickles to the wings and body but I wanted to emboss some buterflies and didn't have a butterfly embossing folder. I looked at it for a while ,then remembered my butterfly punch... (and most of you know by now that I like to make my punches work for their money!)

I punched out 12 butterflies like so:

Then I glued 3 sets of 4 on top of eachother like so

I arranged the new thick butterflies around the base of my paper and embossed it in my Cuttlebug

And the finished embossing turned out quite good!

These photos aren't too good as they were taken in bad light but I'll try to sort that out tomorrow.
You can do this with all sorts of punches........
Less is More
Alphabet challenge ...C is for Clean and Simple

Teresa Kline  has just made another beautiful guest DT card using my Rose cupcake  digi image.
Isn't it just gorgeous? Her cards are always so original and this one has so much beautiful detail..stitching, seam binding, pearls, button etc. Thanks again,Teresa!!

Friday 20 May 2011

New Puppy

I'm having a look at making different cards using the same image but with different colour combos so this is the first one and I'll save the other for a challenge that it suits..

This image is New Puppy  from my A Passion for Stamps collection of digi images but I think I've only ever posted a card using it as a Christmas image.
I love these colours together..

Divas by Design.. one for the girls
One Stop Craft... ice cream  ( mint choc chip colours)
Truly Scrumptious ...anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown ...for a baby/child

Tuesday 17 May 2011

Hawthorn Blossom

Good morning! I've just noticed a few days ago that my stock of cards is very low so I decided to get cracking and stock it up again. I always seem to need lots of Get Well and Thinking of You cards so I use plenty of florals.
This one is Hawthorn Blossom from my  A Passion for Stamps  digi collection and I have cut out several images and decoupaged some petals and leaves. I have used gorgeous Reeves bronze glitter in the centre of the flowers and plain glitter around the edges of the die cut.

Papertake Weekly  ...bloom and grow
A Spoonfull of Sugar ..anything goes
Kaboodles..  digi, die cut and glitter
Crafty Cardmakers  ..embossing
Cupcake Craft the garden

Sunday 15 May 2011


The card I'm showing today features a flower which has very special memories for me...
When I was 9 years old my lovely dad had a severe stroke and was in hospital for a long time. It was around this time of year and as he loved flowers I picked masses of bluebells and took them to his little ward and filled lots of containers with them. He was delighted and when I see them in bloom I always remember that time. He did recover well but,sadly, suffered another more severe stroke 3 years later and passed away after 10 days in a coma.

Well, as you can see he passed on his love of flowers and he also passed on his love of drawing them. This BLUEBELL  image is from my last batch of digi images available HERE.

I bought some more gingham paper as I think it really complements floral images.
Hope you like it.

Crafty Creations  ...anything goes
Creative Card Crew ....May flowers
Kaboodles ...Lots of layers
Moving along with the Times..2 B's (Bluebells and Bow)
Divas by Design ...anything goes
Everybody Art
Tuesday Throwdown ...diecuts

For those of you who asked on Docrafts, the tutorial of how I made these flowers can now be seen HERE. Thanks for all the lovely comments you've been leaving on my gallery over there!!!

Tuesday 10 May 2011

Is it "all white?"

I've been looking through my collection of punches and die cutters again to see if I could use any of them in ways I haven't tried yet. If you look HERE you'll find some other ideas which I tried before and made simple tutorials of. I have some more ideas ready to add and will do this soon if you want to keep an eye on the page.
Anyhow, back to this card.... I made the wedding dress using Nestabilities Scallop circles, Martha Stewart doily border punch and a little light embossing. I'll add the tutorial for this one later too!
I've added lines of glitter to define the edges and I quite like how it has turned out. However I think it might also suit a tiny pink rosebud in place of the white bow.

It fits in with the following challenges....

Less is More.    White on White 
Papertake Weekly ...Fancy a punch?
My Time to Craft ..Scallops
Woodware USA.  Wedding/ Anniversary

I've been drawing again and here is a sneak peak of what's coming soon ..some "male" images and some butterflies etc.

UPDATE... some of my new drawings have just been added HERE as digi images

 UPDATE...I have added the tutorial of the dress to my page HERE

Saturday 7 May 2011

Another new Guest Designer!! Julie'sInkspot!!

Since I joined the Docrafts forum a couple of years ago I've taken a lot of inspiration from Julie or UKJEM as she is known there. Her cards always have a touch of elegance and class, especially her "white on white" and pastel floral cards. She also makes the most amazing paper roses! A couple of weeks ago I asked Julie if she would make some cards using my digi images and was delighted when she agreed! I was really surprised then when she asked for my Baxter  images as I thought she would prefer the floral images.

So, I got a lovely surprise tonight when I logged in and found the two beautiful cards on her blog!! She really has made Baxter look a treat! Thanks so much,Julie!!

Crafty Calendar Challenge DT card and a new Guest Designer!!

Good morning!
Today's card is my DT card for the Crafty Calendar Challenge where this month's theme is to make a card with a teddy bear on it. The bear on my card is Baxter Gardening and you can find him HERE along with some others.
It's a very popular theme so you should be able to join in ...
This is also my 2nd entry into the HERE COME THE BOYS challenge.

I have a new Guest Designer from across the "pond"to introduce this morning!!..................Teresa Kline!!  To say  I'm flattered that she agreed to make some cards with my images is an understatement! Judging by the amount of blog followers she has, most of you will already know her wonderful, unique style. When she emailed me with a list of images she would like to use I knew right away that they would not appear in their "normal" colours but in her amazing stylised form.This one is fantastic and I can't wait to see the others!! Thanks so much ,Teresa!!

I've been drawing again and here is a sneak peak of what's coming soon ..some "male" images and some butterflies etc.

Wednesday 4 May 2011

Here Come the Boys ..

I have to make a few cards for men (and boys) this week so I'm entering this one into the new Here Come the Boys challenge where it's "anything goes" to get started.
The image is Fishing from A Passion for Stamps and I've coloured him with Promarkers.
I'm not sure if the little bucket of fish shows up too well in the photo, but I added glitter to the fish and they sparkle.
The embossing folder is from the new Forever Friends range used on Cored'inations paper and sanded a little to show up the boats better.

Here Come the Boys ....anything goes
Divas by Design....anything goes  (it's their 1st challenge, too!)
Creative Inspirations ...embossing
Moving along with the Times...anything goes
Papercutz...anything goes
Papertake  anything goes
Totally Papercrafts...glitter

Sunday 1 May 2011

Honeysuckle LIM card

I really didn't like the card I made for the Less is More challenge yesterday so it's in the bin now :(  and I decided to make another.
I need a Thank You card for a good friend and she loves flowers so , here it is.
The image is  Honeysuckle which I drew from my garden last year when it was in bloom. You can find it in A Passion for Stamps
I think I've been bitten by the "cut out" bug and have all sorts of cut out cards now sitting on my table ready for making up...
This time I cut out a circle, added thin strips of thin white card to form a lattice and stuck them down with tacky glue.Then I added a Nestie scallop circle cut out on the top.

 I've just added a pic of the inside to show Chrissie how it's finished!