Monday, 30 March 2015

Best wishes butterfly

I cut and coloured a heap of butterflies on the weekend, it's good therapy!

I'm linking this card up to a few challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday has an anything goes challenge.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Time Out has a CAS theme with an optional twist of black and white with a splash of one colour.

Uniko Studio has an anything goes theme with an optional sketch.
Grab button for Uniko Studio

Hero Arts butterfly stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; Petal Pleasures embossing folder; Annabelle stamps sentiment; inktense pencils; stickles.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Green butterflies on vellum tag

Hi everyone, the weekend is coming to a close here. I've had a good day though, did a bit of everything, baking, housework and crafting!

A couple of colleagues at work are leaving, so this is one of the cards I've made.

I stamped and fussy cut the butterflies and coloured them with inktense pencils.

The challenge at Addicted to Stamps & More is to make your mark.


At Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge the theme is anything goes.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Darnell at DJKardkreations is hosting her 4th NBUS challenge, so unearth your never before used schtuff, (that you just had to have) and play along! My NBUS is the sentiment stamp from Mama Elephant. I got a few sets for my birthday but have not used them yet!

The green silk embroidery thread on this tag was a scrap that a friend from work gave me, It's a snippet so I'm visiting the snippets playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.


Hero Arts butterfly stamp: Mama Elephant Every day Greetings stamp; versafine & clear ep; MFT tag die; vellum; inktense pencils; bling; Darice embossing folder.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Floral tag

Hi everyone, hope your week is going well. I had some good news in that my sister who was retrenched a while ago has found a job! I'm so happy for her.

I made this card last weekend but our internet has been so slow that it's a long job trying to upload and link anything!
 I fussy cut the flowers and painted them with twinkling H2O's so they have a nice shimmer. 

I'm linking up to these challenges:
Addicted to Stamps & More where the theme is to make your mark.


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday where it's anything goes.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog
I used a snippet of ribbon from my offcuts box, so I'm also linking up to the snippets playground at

Heartfelt Creations flower stamp: versafine ink & clear ep: twinkling H20's; MFT tag die; Memory Box fresh foliage die; distress ink; Leafy Branch embossing folder; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Purple blossom

Hi, I've made another card to celebrate a family birthday, it's tomorrow so luckily I'm handing it over and not posting it! It's for my step dad who loves gardening, so I thought the purple and black
kept it masculine looking.

I stamped the image onto watercolour paper using twinkling H2Os, then touched it up with an aqua brush.

I'm linking up to the challenge at CASology where the theme is blossom.

At AAA Cards the theme is bare naked CAS.
Í've matted the image with a couple of layers, so I hope it's CAS enough.

At Fantasy Stampers the theme is Spring is in the air,  you do need to use a stamped image.

Rubbernecker blossom stamp; twinkling H2Os; tombow marker for the stems; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Big Blue Butterfly

Hi everyone, I hope you've been having a good week.
It's been flat chat at work, but the weekend isn't far away, so it's all good!

I stamped, fussy cut and painted this butterfly with twinkling H2O's a while ago, and have finally mounted it onto a card for one of our many March family birthdays.

I'm linking up to the following  challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday where the theme is the letter B. I've used a big bold blue butterfly!

Simon Monday Challenge Blog

 Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme is things that fly.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

I cut the 2 flourishes from snippets of silver shimmer paper, so I'm also visiting the playground at
Pixie's Crafty Workshop

Indigo Blu butterfly stamp; versafine ink & clear embossing powder; twinkling H2O's; Papertrey Ink woodgrain cover plate; Crafty Ann flourish die; bling; silver shimmer paper; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Ferns & Dragonfly

I spent some of today distressing some panels and tags.

On this one I used a few green distress inks then spritzed with some gold perfect pearls mixed with water. (There's a soft gold shimmer that doesn't show too well in the photo.)

I stamped and clear embossed the ferns, then added the dragonfly.
(It's covering a run of water that I didn't like!)

I'm linking up to these challenges:
At Simon Says Stamp Monday its time to use a hint of clover.
Simon Monday Challenge Blog

Addicted to CAS has a distress theme.

Addicted to Stamps & More has a CAS theme.


Virginia's View Challenge has an embossing theme.
My third entry uses dry embossing on the white base and wet embossing for the ferns.
March Challenge: All Things Embossed

At Cuttlebug Mania it's a monochromatic green colour challenge, and you need to use a manual diecutting/embossing machine like a Cuttlebug.
Papertrey Ink woodgrain cover plate; Memory Box dragonfly die; Penny Black Breezy stamp; distress inks; versafine olympia green ink and clear embossing powder; vellum; twinkling H2O's; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Green butterfly tag

This is the card I gave to my hubby for his birthday today. 
He loves gardening and wildlife, so I thought I'd use blues and greens to keep the card a bit more masculine looking.

I'm linking up to the challenges at Simon Says Stamp Monday where the theme is just a hint of clover. I've used green twinkling H2O's and distress inks.
Simon Monday Challenge Blog

At Virginia's View Challenge the theme is all things embossed. Congratulations once again on your first anniversary Virginia!
I've dry embossed my kraft card and brushed distress ink over it to bring out the pattern.
March Challenge: All Things Embossed

At Just us Girls the theme is masculine. I've kept my colour scheme to earthy tones to keep my card masculine looking.

At Seize the Birthday it's an optional toppings theme of masculine.

At Allsorts Spring is in the air.
Grab our logo

Birds & Swirls embossing folder:  Memory Box Grove branch (modified), Vivienne & Darla butterfly dies; Carl flower punch; vellum; twinkling H2O's; distress inks; bling; liquid pearls; sentiment sticker; scrap of silk ribbon.

Thanks for visiting, enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Cathy x

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Holey Cow!

Hi everyone, it's the end of my weekend and I'm glad I finally got to make a card!
March is a big birthday month in our family so there's a few more to do!

I'm hoping my niece likes this image. She'll be 19 this year but she has a quirky sense of humour!

I'm linking up to a few challenges.
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge has a no rules theme, so anything goes!
Simon Monday Challenge Blog
This is one of the first times I've used a digi image so some rules would have helped!!
I coloured the image with prismacolour pencils and gamsol but the OMS made the printed ink bleed if I got too close. Same with rubbing the distress ink on the sentiment, it was ok just dabbing it on though.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge also has an anything goes theme.
Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog
Virginia's View Challenge is celebrating it's first birthday! Congratulations Virginia!
The theme this month is embossing.
March Challenge: All Things Embossed

I've used dry embossing and highlighted the texture with distress ink.

My flowers are punched from snippets of cream card, so I'm visiting the playground at

At Seize the Birthday there's a masculine toppings option, I've gone with anything goes birthday.

Cow pack digi image from Squigglefly (I think the shop has now closed); prismacolour pencils; Cuttlebug embossing folder; distress ink; Carl flower punch; Memory Box grass die;
computer generated sentiment; twine; brad; stickles.

Thanks for visiting,
enjoy the rest of your weekend, Cathy x