Thursday, 19 January 2017



Hi there!

Can you believe we are half way
through the first month of the
New Year?

Time just goes whizzing on.......

Except here, where we aim to
help you rest and relax for a moment

Today, Claire Jackson has an idea
for to take away the "difficult" from
those difficult men's cards.....

 "It’s often difficult to think of designs for men 
but Card-io stamps are very versatile and combine together 
to create an endless variety of scenes, 
which can instantly become more masculine 
with different colour inks. 

Cut a 5” square of white card. 

Stamp the buildings in the foreground in eggplant.

Mask the foreground buildings off and stamp the church 
and a small building in perfect plumeria

Leave the masks in place and use a 
torn piece of card to create a hill line. 

Using a sponge add Spanish olive to create hills and grass

 Stamp the branch around the top in jumbo java,
 repeat each time before reinking to get second and third impressions. 
This helps to add depth. 

Add a row of bottles at the bottom

Cover over the bottles with a piece of card 
so that the bottom edge lines up with the base of the bottles. 

Stamp the leaf in different colours to create a shelf. 

Add the glass and bottle opener

Stamp the leaves and hops over the branches in different colours, 
each time stamping two or three times before inking the stamp again

With a sponge gently add diffuse green ink over the leaves and branches 
and around the edge of the card to create a border. 

Add a sentiment around the edge.

These stamps are great for quickly making batches of cards. 
Play around with different colours for different seasonal effects.

Materials used: 

Thank you Claire for a super card
with a masculine feel.  Normally
so hard to do 

'Till tomorrow everyone

Mickie xx

Wednesday, 18 January 2017



Hallo Everyone!

We have a new theme this week:
Card-I-O stamps 

The DT have been keen to show
what they make of these stamps - 
and it is all good..............

We start off with
Louise Thomson

One of the lovely things about versa magic ink pads 
compared with others is that they maintain their colour 
when stamped on dark card. 

I wanted to make the most of this quality for my project 
and so worked with a black base card for a bit of a change.

Start by inking up a branch stamp with clear embossing ink. 
Sprinkle with white embossing powder, 
tap off the excess and heat to set. 

I used branches from two different Card-i-o sets stamped several times, 
but one would do fine. 

Stamp the small flower from the sakura blooms set using spring pansy ink 

Stamp the side-on flower in pink petunia. 

Add more flowers using purple hydrangea. 

Finally add in some leaves using Aloe Vera. 

Now for the slightly nerve wracking bit... 
line up two nesting square dies 
and cut your image in to three squares. 

Mount each square on a piece of white card with a narrow border. 
Layer them up together and stick down with double sided tape.

Add finishing touches with a stamped butterfly 
and dots of stickles glitter in the centres of the flowers."

Materials used

Card-io Stamps: Summer wreath, Sakura blooms, Pleasant Pastures
Versamagic inks in spring pansy, pink petunia, purple hydrangea and aloe vera Nesting square dies
Stickles – diamond

Lovely project Louise.  Thank you.
Makes me think that Spring is not so
very far away......

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Sunday, 15 January 2017

The Song Challenge

The Song Challenge

Hi there!  Happy Sunday everyone!

Thought we would be snowbound today
but all the weather forecasts didn't include
this little bit of England ...................again!

I find snow on the beach to be quite surreal
especially if there is a blue sky and the sea
is that lovely mix of greens, purples and 

So we come to the other new 
challenge of 2017.  

I've called it the Song Challenge and 
I will give you the lyrics of a song and
Karen Gist will provide  a little bit 
of inspiration in the form of a decorated 
Tando Coaster

All you have to do is create your project
based on the song, or an aspect of it and
you have two weeks to upload it via the

Your project must show the Song Title
and who sang it ..... be warned some
songs have been done by more than one
person.  You don't have to add all of them
just the ones who made the song famous 

So here goes:

Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we've no place to go
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

It doesn't show signs of stopping
And I've bought some corn for popping
The lights are turned way down low
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

When we finally kiss goodnight
How I'll hate going out in the storm!
But if you'll really hold me tight
All the way home I'll be warm

The fire is slowly dying
And, my dear, we're still goodbying
But as long as you love me so

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

and here is Karen's Coaster:

Good luck everyone
Looking forward to seeing
your creations

The link closes on 29th January 
at midnight

Winner will be announced on
31st January


'Bye for now

Mickie xx