Saturday 31 December 2011

Last Post of 2011

It's been a very long time in between post for me, but I have been so busy with Christmas I just havent had time. I had to work right up until christmas Eve this year, and every time I came in from shopping I seemed to have forgotten something and had to go back out again. Still Santa did bring me some much longed for Prisma pencils this year so it was all worth it in the end.  The kids got their I pads and we have had all Christmas with my son secretly filming his sister and threatening to upload to you tube and much playing of the the fruit Ninja app.  We are all of out for a family meal tonight so I would like to wish every one in blog land a very happy New Year and a prosperous new year.

I have a small selection of Christmas cards to show you that I didnt get to post before and hopefully I should be back in a day or so with some with some cards coloured with my Prisma's.

This card has been made using a memory box die and dove craft papers.  The pretty Magnolia is a sweet Christmas stamp and has been coloured using Copic's

Again I have used a memory box die. The papers are MME Christmas and the cute image is Hanglar. 
I am not sure what it is called as it was given to me by my niece. The image has been coloured using Copic's.

I have coloured this Lili  of the Valley image with Copic's to match some Christmas papers that 
I found in my stash and forgotten I had. The snow flakes are a Tim holtz die that has been distress with picket fence crackle paint.

I really enjoyed making this card. It's been such a long time since 
I broke out the Cricut and it was really quick to make. The base card is from craftwork cards and the lace cut out is from the paper lace cartridge. The bird cage is from Joys of the season cartridge.  The border is a memory box die embellished with seasonal glitter.

Thank you for looking and once again Happy New Year


Sunday 4 December 2011


I have not been around much the last 2 weeks and I am so sorry but work has been absolutely manic and at the same time I am try to get the kitchen
 re decorated before Christmas!!   I am hoping that things settle down a bit at work but I am still going to be ultra busy until Wednesday at least, and then hopefully the pre Christmas wind down should kick in  ( i can hope at least )............

Any way onto the card. I have taken the plunge and bought several of the beautiful Saturated Canary Digi's by Krista Smith.  This beautiful Digi is called Sprocket the steampunk aviator.

I was so pleased when these Digi's arrive in my mail box. I have been aching to buy some after seeing the wonderful Creations being made with them in blog land..
 Isn't she cute?

I have coloured my image using Copics.
Because sometimes my Digi images smear when coloured I left it overnight to dry and then heat set it.
It seems to have worked a treat.

The pretty papers are from a stacked by Tilda called kitchen garden. i wasn't sure if they were going to work out but once I had grunged them up a bit with some Tim Holtz distress ink it all seemed to come together.

The clock die is a Tim Holtz by Sizzix's and the flower was made from a Marianne die. I ran my flower pieces under the tap scrunched them up and then left them to dry for a bit. While they were still damp I unrolled them and inked the edges. I also used a section of a large Prima invoice stamp for my background.

 Challenges I would like to enter

I hope you like and I will try to be a better blogger in future


Saturday 19 November 2011

Snow flakes

Good morning everyone what a beautiful start to the weekend. The sun is shinning here in London. I am off to try and do some Christmas shopping in a minute so to get me into the spirit of things I had on a Christmas CD which my husband promptly took off and said it was far too early.  What a killjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have a Teddy Bea Christmas card to share with you today. i have used one of my much awaited memory box dies and they only arrived yesterday.

The papers were a complete bargain, I found them in the clearance bin reduced from £7.99 the stack to £2.99. They are by Dovecraft. The card it's self is an easel cut from a piece of A4 white card stock in 380gm.

Lots and lots of embellishments on this one. A Sizzix die was used for the large snowflake, the snow flake boarder is of course Memory Box (I love how they look so delicate). Oval nesties have been used for the image base which has then been matted onto a scalloped oval nestie in kaleidoscopic silver.
The small snow flakes are wooden chip pieces that have been embossed. 
Then lashings of cotton lace and rose ribbon finished off with blue peals and cream peal stick pins. The snow flake charm is one that I found at the bottom of my craft draw.

This is Teddy Bea Snow flake flight, my husband think that it looks like the power of Grey Skull pose. ( For those of you too young to remember it was from He man the cartoon series!!! by the way I am far too young to remember this particular series so I am not listening too him!)
The Image has been coloured with Copic markers and embellished with lots of stickles.

Copic colours
Challenges that I would like to enter.
Hope you like it let me know if you do.


Friday 18 November 2011

Bike Ride

Good afternoon every one.  Friday is finally here and I can have a nice lay in in the morning.

Just a quick post as I am off to visit my mum and should have left already.

I have an Edwin card I want to share today. He has only ever been stamped once before and I thought that it was about time he came out of the draw to play.

I have used the sketch from the Just Magnolia challenge last week. 
The paper are all My Minds Eye Complete boy. 

I have used quite a collection of Magnolia stamps for this one and they are:
Old oak tree
Edwin on bike
Butterfly background
Magnolia ticket stamp

I then spent a good few hours colouring this lot in and cutting out. the tree took me ages with a scalpel.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Hope you like it 

Wednesday 9 November 2011

Sweet Christmas

Good evening everyone.

I am so sorry I have been such a terrible blogger that I haven't been anywhere near a blog in well over a week. My intentions are always good but there doesn't seems to be enough hours in the day. My family always seem to need me for something just as I am about to sit down and craft so I am afraid I just gave up!!!.

The card I want to share has taken me over a week to complete I am ashamed to say. I really must get my act together.....

I think with this card I just opened the craft draw and threw every thing at it and then sat back to see what had happened. i think I may have to call this a clutter card.

The papers for this one are Lost and found Christmas by My Minds eye. I have to say this is definitely one of my new  favorites. 
you cant quite see from this photo but it is an easel card cut from white card stock. 
(not that you can much of the base card anymore)

I don't have the Magnolia tree doohickey so I trawled through my Cricut cartridges and came out with the joys of the season for the trees which I cut out of grunge paper and painted with picket fence crackle.
The cute little ginger bread people are quick kutzs as is the poinsettia flower. I used the doohickey tag and lace dies as well. I did say that I threw the craft draw at this one!.

I've used some of the Sweet Christmas Magnolia stamps on this coloured with of course Copic pens.
I stamped Tilda with snow heart onto a piece of white card and then created a mask with a post it note. Once Tilda had been masked I used the welcome to a sweet Christmas background stamp over Tilda so it looks like she is standing at her front door.

I finished off with a bit of stickles round the door, a metal candy cane, a bling brad for the poinsettia and a huge pearl.

I hope you like it


Challenges that I would like to enter are:

Wednesday 26 October 2011

Lazy Days

Good afternoon fellow bloggers. I have had a lovely day off work today as its half term. My son thinks he is too old to do things with his mum at half term but I had other ideas. We spent a really nice day together and tomorrow its off to the British Museum with his cousin. His dad works next door to the museum so we can all have lunch together.

Enough waffle and onto the card. I really enjoyed making this card. I have rediscover the Gorjuss Girl stamps and fallen in love with them all over again.

I have used First Edition papers again. This time it's summer breeze. I didnt have a die big enough for the back ground so I used my Cricut with the sentimental s cartridge at 5.5 inches. I think the shape works quite well. The cloud and the bunting has been cut using a Magnolia Doohickey set.

The heart is a chipboard piece that has been coated with several layers of embossing powder by stampendous. I felt the need for a bit of glam on this card so I used a wide piece of cream cotton lace from Hobby house crafts and then added a small piece of my precious rose lace to compliment.
I have used Tim Holtz distress ink on the cloud and a little picket fence around the edges of the card.

The Gorjuss Girl stamped image has been coloured using Copic's in the following colours.
C7,C5,C3,C1, Black, W7,W5,W3,W1,


Monday 24 October 2011

Teddies little Christmas friend

Good evening every one. I have not been about for the past week because we have just had a major office relocation and time has been limited. I've been covered in dust most of the time so not felt much like crafting. But today finally all of the crates arrived at our new location and all of the important boxes got unpacked so back to normal!!!!!!!!!!! I will endevour to be a better blogger and shall be around over the next few days to have a look at your lovely creations.

Any way I managed to put together a Christmas card and would like to share........

I have cracked open a new Christmas pad from First Edition for this one. The pad is called Christmas Joy. I think it is going to be one of my favourites. As I was getting into the Christmas spirit I had to use this brilliant newembossing powder from Stampendous. It's called shabby white embossing enamel and I must say I love it. It really made the chipboard pieces on the card pop.
 The cute image is from Lili of the Valley (another of my addictions!!)

I've coloured the image using Copic's in the following colours:
R29, R27,R24,R22,R20, E37,E35,E33,E31,E30
E53, E51,E50, YG95, YG93

Card Recipe

papers - First Edition Christmas Joy
Card Blank and sentiment- Craftwork Cards
Stamp - Lili of the Valley
Oval Nesties 
Wooden snow flakes,charm and gems - From Stash
Scalloped chipboard piece - Woodware
Shabby white embossing enamel - Stampendous



Monday 10 October 2011

Pink Heart

Good evening everyone. I hope you all had a lovely weekend.
Today I would like to share with you a really simple card that I created for the Less is More challenge. The challenge was to use one layer include a heart and use minimal embellishments. Well I don't do well with one
layer challenges but hey ho you have to come out of your comfort zone some times.

I started rummaging around my craft draws looking for a suitable stamp for this challenge and found right at the back this beautiful floral heart by PSX stamps. I have had this stamp for years and it hardly ever sees the light of day. I am definitely going to us it more often now!

One I had found my center piece I just knew what I was going to do with it. I took a plain white D5 card and punched the bottom using the Martha Stewart garden trellis punch. I don't think that you can see in this picture but I have scored 2 lines for the ribbon to sit between. A little pink distress ink and a touch of stickles and I was almost done. Last but not least I added a heart and key charm to finish off.

I hope your like it.


Thursday 6 October 2011


A very Very quick one and then I must go hoover. Over at less is more they challenging you to create a card using the same colour as your eye's. Well mine are blue so here's my blue card

Sorry the photo's not very good

I have used a stampers anonymous stamp by Tim Holtz. The Bird has been cut out of chip board and painted with crackled picket fence with a light dusting of broken china distress ink.

I hope you like it 


Good afternoon everyone. I really don't seem to bale to get my act together at the moment.  Chris my son has just started a new secondary school and we are still trying to get a routine together. Work is manic and none of our software seems to work so I am slowly pulling my hair out.

Any way enough moaning here is my card for today:


I am try out some of that beautiful German glass glitter on my Prima flowers at the moment and to be honest I'm a little afraid of it. I am not sure you can see it that well in these photo's but it looks pretty in real life.
The gorgeous snow flakes are cut using a set of Sizzix dies that I bought last year.

The pretty stamp is one of my new babies that I bought from Lilli of the Valley at Alley Pally recently.
I have made the fur on her coat and hood look fluffy by using flower soft in white.


Take 1 6x6onch craftwork cards blank cover is pretty Christmas paper
Lilli of the Valley stamp - Lilli of the Valley
Spellbinders Nestie oval dies - Alexandra Palace
Spellbinders lace edge - The Glitter Pot
Crafwork card sentiment - Craftwork Cards
Sizzix snowflake dies - The Glitter Pot
Prima flowers - Stash
German clear glass glitter - The Hobby House
Metal corner - Wild Orchid Crafts
A touch of stickles and Copic's to taste!


Friday 23 September 2011

Happy Birthday

Hi just a really quick one. I miss the LIM challenge last week so I thought that as the challenge is anything goes this week why not.

It's just a simple 6 x6 inch white card that has been stamped with black ink and embellished with a touch of stickles.

The stamps came from Craftwork cards and the ribbon from my stash.

See ya


Fairy Teddy Bea

Good morning everyone. I hope you are all keeping well. I seem to have lost my mojo a bit in recent weeks months even. Hopefully that will be sorted out with a bit of retail therapy at the Alexandra Big stamp and scrapbooking show tomorrow. I have been promised some funds from my husband so all is well in the Ainsworth household.

Any way back to the job in hand. Today I an going to post a card that I created yesterday and its a Teddy Bea made using a gorgeous stack of Tilda papers call kitchen garden.

I have used these stunningly beautiful Tilda papers from the kitchen garden stack. They are so pretty and dreamy that they actual inspired me to pick up my crafting tools again.
Teddy Bea has been coloured  using Copic's to compliment the papers  
The paper lace is a spell binders die which I wasn't that keen on untill I used it yesterday now I'm in love!!!!

The little button I cut from patterned paper and then added some crackle glaze to give an aged effect.
I had to break out the picker fence crackle paint to go with it, which I went round the edges of my cards with.

The pink peg I found at the bottom of one of my craft draws and have no idea where it came from.


Tilda papers kitchen garden -  Hobby Craft
Spelbinders die set - The Glitter pot
Digital image - Teddy Bo online shop
Copic markers in the following colours
YG95,YG93,YG 91
and to finish just  splash of glitter

Challenges I am going to enter:


Tuesday 6 September 2011

Christmas in August

Good evening every one. What a horrible day it has been here in London. My garden gazebo is no more, completely ripped to shreds and all over the garden. Oh  well I suppose this means winter is on its way, only 109 days until Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and because Christmas is fast approaching us I decided to join in the Christmas in August challenge over at Div a's by Design.

I brushed of my favourite Lili christmas stamp that I bought last year and coloured her with Copic's. I'm not sure if you can tell from the photo but to give that extra Christmas bling I have used gold paint on the gift bag.
The papers where scraps from last year also so not sure where they came from. The charms I have had in my stash for quite some time and the shop that they came from has sadly closed down.

  Copic colours used
Paper lace die is by Magnolia

I am really please with this hand made flower. It is a sizzix die of different shaped petals. I cut the petals from Bazzil card and then spritzed with Cosmic shimmers, scrunched the shapes up in a ball and then unfurled them and shaped using a ball tool and an embossing mat.

Hope you like it 


Tuesday 30 August 2011

Thank you

Good evening everyone hope you all had a great day and didn't work too hard. I rushed home from work to quickly finish my Lilli of the valley entry before I missed the deadline. Talk about cutting it fine!!!!!!!!!!!!

I used some really pretty papers from Prima (fairy stack I think) and coloured this oh so sweet Lili stamp using Copics in co-ordinating colours. The lace edge is a Martha Stewart punch. Last but not least the wooden leaf embellishment I found at the craft barn on Sunday and could't resist buying several packs. They come as plain wooden shapes which you can ink or paint, very cute I think.

I am going to enter this card into the following challenges

Hope you like it


Sunday 28 August 2011

Happy Birthday

Just a real quick post just to get me back into the swing of things.
I started this card before I went on holiday but didn't know how to finish it. Then I saw the Spoon full of Sugar Challenge a few days ago and every thing clicked into place.

The challenge that I am going to enter with this card is A Spoon full of Sugar - Happy Birthday

Well here it is........................

I have used this really cute stamp by Penny Black and coloured her using Copic markers.
The papers are from a K&Co wedding stack which worked really well with the raffia ribbon from Wild Orchid crafts. Everything else came from my stash apart from the sentiment which is  Lili of the Valley stamp.

I really hope you like it and will try much harder to be more prolific in my posting.


6 weeks summer holidays almost over

Hi every one its been a long time between posts for me. I suppose that's what happens when the summer hols comes along and your little darlings need all of your attention.

We have had a great time this year though so mustn't grumble. We have been exploring the the jungles of Mexico and sampling the delights of Cenote swims. My son cant wait to tell all his school friends that he climbed the Pyramid of Coba and walked a Mayan football pitch.

My son discovering the delights of scuba

Grand Cenote

I really enjoyed my time here and the water was beautiful and cool.

Mayan villager near Coba making tortillas

This is the tallest pyramid at Coba called Nohoch Mul and it stands over 138 feet.

Hopefully I should be able to post a couple of cards later so see you all soon


Thursday 7 July 2011

Mermaid Tilda

Good afternoon everyone. Just a quick visit today. There just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day at the moment but I will endeavour to try and be a bit more conscientious I promise!!!!!!!!!

Todays post is for the TOMIC challenge, Simply Magnolia and the Just Magnolia challenge.

Right to the card. I have made and easel card using 2 square scalloped cards from Craftwork cards. The mermaid Tilda I coloured about a month ago and then left her languishing in a box (thats really bad isnt it?).
The shell at the top of the card was once a gold button. I just snipped of the loop and glued it on. A quick brush of picket fence and I think it worked quite well.

Why is it so hard to photography an easel card?

I have added some fantasy fibre behind the image to soften the whole effect a little.

The papers are DCWV Linen closet.

Card Recipe.
Papers DCWV - Hobby Craft
Clock die Tim Holtz - The Glitterpot
Stamp Mermaid Tilda
Trinket pin Tim Holtz

I have used copic's to colour but im sorry I dont remember the colours 

Hope you like it


Sunday 3 July 2011

Fizzy Moon

Good afternoon everyone hopefully you are all having a restful Sunday so far. I'm still totally disorganised I am afraid but hopefully normal service will resume soon!

I treated myself to a Fizzy moon stamp set recent and couldn't wait to us it. Enough waffle from me and onto the card

I used the sketch and stash sketch from this weeks challenge but have been so disorganised that I did not complete my card in time to enter the challenge!! Oh well that will teach me for not organising my time better.

I made this card for my mum who is in hospital at the moment. Your not allowed to take flowers onto the ward any more so thought Fizzy's big bunch of flowers would be a great alternative.

I have embellished using a Tim Holtz's trinket pin and some charms.

I really cant remember where the papers came from as they were scraps in my paper draw. I do hoe you like the card. stop by and leave me a comment to let me know what you think.

Card Recipe.
Papers - from stash
Pink Bazzil card
Metal corners - Wild orchid crafts
Length of  pink mesh - Crafts you love
Tim Holtz trinket pin  and ribbon- Alexandra palace raft show
Heart and key charm - from stash
Roses - the Craft Barn
Copic pens used.

Challenges that I would like to enter


Jewellery making, creativity and a whole lot of rambling.................

So its been quite some time since I posted anything here and although I still love card making I haven't made anything for about 3 years...