Masculine Make Monday: Quirky Critters Narwhal

Hi folks,

I hope that you are well and are enjoying some fun and crafty times!

Todays masculine make includes an adorable Narwhal from the Stampin’ Up! set called Quirky Critters:


A tonal colour scheme shows of this image perfectly.

I knew that to keep this card on a masculine theme required simple embellishments and a fresh colour scheme. That being said, I didn’t want it to be so plain that it was dull.

I decided to use a grey, striped card to make the card base itself, to add both interest and the appearance of texture.

Simple layers were built up to add a focal point. I die cut the Narwhal image using an oval die, after I had coloured it using my pro-markers. Whilst colouring I decided to add a few splash shapes by the tail – I drew them with my black Memento ink pen which is alcohol marker safe. I then layered the image die cut, onto an aqua, scalloped oval die cut shape.

For the sentiment I used the word ‘happy’ as a die cut and paired it with the word ‘birthday’ stamped in the same black Memento ink onto white card. Card complete!

I hope that you have enjoyed todays card share and will come back again soon!

Take care folks and Happy Crafting!



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Friday Fun: Halloween House!

Hi Crafty Folks.

I hope that you have been having some fun and crafty times!

Today I’m going to share an altered art project using a plain, wooden house that you assemble yourself. The product is made by docrafts and is a 3D decoration. Now, I forgot to take a before picture of what the flat pack house looked like  so I have photographed other houses from the collection:


The one I picked for this project is the tall, town house 3D decoration.

Here is the how to:

I primed the house panels by painting them all on both sides, two layers,  with Black Gesso. You could also use acrylic paints for this – I just used what I had 🙂 :


I then decided to add a touch of something special – I decided to heat emboss all the panels. For the sides of the house I used a large,  music note stamp and Ranger Platinum embossing powder:

For the roof I used a white embossing powder and a scalloped border stamp:


I chose this border for two reasons: firstly the scallops emulate roof tiles and secondly the dots make me think of a snowy night.

Before I assembled the house together, I backed the front and back panels with white vellum. (You may know where I’m going with this now…).


Once I’d added the vellum and let the panels dry, I put the house together:


This house is now, almost, ready to be used as a Halloween decoration. I lightly sanded the tabs on one of the roof panels to make it easy to take off and add back on. The reason for this is so I can add a battery operated tea-light – remember battery operated NOT a candle.


Lit via a battery operated tea light.

With the tea light turned on the vellum glows and you have a spooky house!

Battery operated fairy lights would also look great – especially in different colours. If you only have the battery tea lights available, you could either colour the vellum with markers or even use coloured tissue paper.

I do plan on creating more of these and I am thinking of adding a few bats and even tiny ghosts to the overall effect.

Thank you for stopping by today folks,

Take Care and Happy Crafting!


(aka Jenny!)


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Friday Fun: Traditional Christmas Cards

Hi Folks,

I hope that you are enjoying some fun and crafty times? 🙂

I am continuing in my plan to be prepared for Christmas this year with regards to my creative projects. With that in mind I shall be sharing some A5 size Christmas cards that I have created using the rest of my Project Life, (PL), memory card pack:


I chose neutral, textured A4 card to create the A5 card bases. I picked a bright textured white plus a parchment colour/patterned card. Once again I wanted the PL cards to take centre stage with coordinating colours and simple mat layers.

Embellishments were kept to a minimum and I also used a Clear, Wink of Stella glitter brush pen for some subtle shimmer and highlights.

Here is a close up of the cards that I made:

Project Life memory card packs are a great way to make a group of coordinating cards that have a lot of different images. Grouping them together works wonderfully as the cards are designed to compliment each other. They coordinate and offer a vast array of choice.

I have enjoyed working with memory cards for card making and I shall do so again. As memory keeping has become more popular, the choice of memory card packs has become large and varied. Have fun looking!

Thank you for stopping by folks,

Take Care and happy Crafting!





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Switched Up Sunday: Foiled Kraft Cards

Hi Crafty Folk,

I hope that you are all well?

Todays Switched Up Sunday focuses on an alternative way on using the We Are Memory Keepers, Aqua Foiled mini card stack. To see the previous post using this card stack click on the following link:

The switch up here is with the card bases themselves. I wanted to show that the mini foiled sheets look great on a variety of card styles and patterns. I choose two card stock styles for bases – Striped grey and white card and also a shiny, smooth grey card:

I once again used vellum as a mat layer, to showcase the different card choices without being a distraction. As grey is a neutral colour, it lets the foil stripes really shine and stand out.

I added yellow for a pop of colour and kept the sentiments simple:

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I really enjoyed making these cards and I really love these mini card stacks with foiled stripes.!

Thank you for stopping by folks,

Take Care and Happy Crafting!


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Friday Fun: CASE’d Cards

Hi crafty folks,

Today I am sharing a project that I have made by CASEing someone. To CASE someone means to be inspired by their work and to make it in your own style, (or even recreate it exactly the same!). CASE stands for Copy And Share Everything.

As with other creative mediums, there is always going to be an element of reproduction of work. In some negative cases, just copying and taking full credit for the whole design or concept.

When CASE’ing someone else’s work, it is always polite – and professional – to give credit where credit is due and name the person who inspired you.

Today I am going to do just that; I have CASEd two projects from a good friend of mine, who also happens to be my Aunty 🙂 Her name is Donna and she is a talented creative artist.

Here are the original pair of cards that I decided to CASE:


Both of these Cards were created by my friend Donna.

I love all the cards that Donna has made me but these are two of my favourites and are always on display.

I have wanted to CASE these two projects for quite a while. So, I grabbed my supplies and just got to it:


As you can see, the cards are very similar but I have added my own twist to them.


For this card, I wanted it to still essentially be a one layer card. I decided to create the scene on a slightly smaller – than the base – panel of white card and created a border with score lines. This is something I do to add extra depth and dimension on one layer cards. I added this panel onto the card base just using glue. This achieves the layered look I wanted without the bulk.

I chose similar colour inks and a scene silhouette stamp and recreated the cards main image. I added a Black stamped sentiment, which I chose to add in a different location to the original.

Now for the second card design:


For this card design I chose my colour palette by first picking out the card colours that I wanted to use. I then matched the inks that I would be using to the card I had already selected.

In the above images the first card on the left was created by my daughter, (15). The two I made used different supplies to each other. The ‘you warm my heart’ card was made with Stampin’ Up! supplies, whilst ‘The beauty of nature…’ card used supplies that were a free magazine gift. Both cards achieved the look that I wanted with great results.

CASEing cards is a great way to both learn what your own creative style is like and to also kick-start your creative mojo if you find yourself stuck in a creative slump.

Here is a side by side photo of both sets of projects:

Cards made by Donnna.                        Cards made by me.

I hope have enjoyed todays blog post and thank you for stopping by!

Take Care and Happy Crafting!





















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Friday Fun: Project Life Christmas Cards

Hi Crafty folks,

I hope that are all doing well and that you are managing to enjoy indulging in any art or craft mediums that you love. 🙂 I would love to hear about some of your projects – or even pop over and visit you if you have a Blog, Facebook page or website.

Well, I know it’s a little early in the year but I have been getting a major head-start on my Christmas makes. A lot of companies have Christmas in July specials and this year I got into the spirit of all the promotions. I decided to start early. Yes I know, lol, very early 😀

I’m going to share something personal about myself : I have two Chronic health conditions – Endometriosis and M.E. These both sap a lot of energy from me. Although I started my Christmas makes in mid October last year, I still struggled to finish them and it became quite stressful.

So here I am, being prepared! I had a stash of Project Life memory keeping cards that I had bought a couple of christmas’ ago. I really wanted to use them and I initially bought them for card making and tag making purposes. so I got to it.

I started by sorting the Project Life cards – they came in four sizes –  so I started to organise them into piles of two or three, ready for the card bases.

I had decided to use A6 sized card bases and grouped the Project Life -PL- cards accordingly. I wanted one PL large card with one or two of the smaller PL cards layered on top. Here is what I came up with:


A selection of A6 cards and some tags too!

I kept the cards and embellishments tonal using the same colour palette through out. I added a few gems and some shimmer using the Clear Wink of Stella glitter pen. These Pl cards were bought from Stampin’ Up! but they are now longer available. there are however lots of alternatives out there so I am sure that you will find something that take your fancy. If you do not want to spend any money or you already have too much Christmas stock left from then last year, then you can always cut down your Christmas patterned paper or perhaps stamp cardstock to simulate the Project life effect.

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Thank you for popping by today folks,

Take Care and Happy Crafting!


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Friday Fun: Kraft Cards + Foiling

Hi folks,

I hope that you are all well and are having some fun and crafty times 🙂

Today I am sharing a card using the same We Are Memory Keepers aqua foiled, kraft card stack. I really love this little mini stack!


I wanted to make a selection of cards using die cut circles and greetings.

Now as you may be able to tell, there is some slight warping to theses cards. I had used a new wet adhesive for the first time without pre-testing it. The kraft foiled panels are thinner than the card stock that I normally use and it absorbed the glue too much. This resulted in the warping and also the glue lines being visible in some places. The glue I used was Tombow aqua glue – it is an excellent wet glue with thick card and embellishments but is worth testing on the more lightweight papers first. I usually use tape on the thinner papers but like I said, I forgot to test it first 🙂

Okay, so here is a close up look of the finished cards:

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I stuck to a simple palette of colours running through all the cards – I used vellum to layer the foiled panel onto the kraft card base. This breaks up the kraft colour without overpowering the card.

I also used the same die set through out – Swirly Bird die set by Stampin’ up!, for the swirled and solid circles.

The papers and the card die cuts are both the focus and the embellishments of the cards:


Subtle shimmer has been added to the sentiment.


The papers are simple but still coordinate.


Thank you for stopping by today – I hope that you are inspired and have enjoyed todays post.

Take Care and Happy Crafting!





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