Sunday, 31 December 2017

Happy New Year. ..

Hello everyone xx

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy New Year. I hope 2018 is a year full of good health , happiness and lots of crafty fun.

As this year draws to an end I'd like to say a huge thankyou to everyone who has followed my crafting journey. Following me on here and on Instagram and on my crafty FB page. Your support means a lot xx

However it would not have been as amazing as it has been, if it was not for the following people, who believed in me, liked my work and allowed me to work with and promote their products. I am still overwhelmed by their belief in me and I feel very humbled and blessed.
So a huge thankyou, and much love, to
Toni from Stamps By Me
Sam, Bev, Julie-Ann from Bee Crafty
Amanda from Honey Doo Crafts
Katrina from Bumbleberry Papercrafts

I'd like to share a few of my favourite makes from 2017. There were so many but these are just a few.....

I look forward to seeing you all here, on my blog and on my other social media sites as I continue my crafting journey in 2018

Crafty hugs

Karen xxxxx

Thursday, 28 December 2017


Hello everyone xx

How was your Christmas?  Hope you had a wonderful time with family and friends. I did, lots of eating was involved.

As it's Thursday I'm back showcasing the fabulous Bee Crafty  products. Today's make is using the fabulous music collection ... i LOVE them all lol. And there was lots of music and dance over the festive period

For this card I used the following :
Guitar stamp
WORDage stamp: ROCK
Backdrop: Stars stamp set
Mondrian Inkable
Distress Oxides : Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet
Versafine : Smokey Grey.  Black onyx

Ink through the Mondrian Inkable with Twisted Citron Distress Oxide,  then blend the Wilted Violet DO just around the outer edges of the template. Remove template
Stamp the Guitar in Black Onyx Versafine,  and the backdrop stars in Smokey Grey versafine
Stamp the Rock stamp in Smokey Grey versafine on a seperate piece of white card, cut out each word and adhere with foam pads, down the side of the card

I hope you enjoyed today's post and I'll be back next Thursday with another Bee Crafty make

Crafty hugs xx

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Happy Holla Days...

Happy Christmas Eve everyone  😍😍

As my post normally falls on a Monday, but like many others I will be celebrating with friends and family tomorrow,  I am showcasing my Bumbleberry Papercrafts make today xx

And nothing could be more apt than a couple of cards I made using the absolutely brilliant
Happy Holla Day stamp set made by
The Ink Road. I have to say the sentiments in this set have had me laughing out loud.  I've had soo much fun working with this set..I'm sure you will do too

Also used:
Black onyx versafine
Kuretake clean colour pens

Both cards are simple but fun to make, using Black onyx versafine to stamp with, and my Kuretake clean colour pens to add that hint of red

Many thanks for popping by today and may I once again wish you all

Crafty hugs xx

Saturday, 23 December 2017


Hi everyone xx

I'm back with a couple of samples I made to showcase the beautiful and versatile
Enjoy stamp set by Stamps By Me 

Also used:
Beautiful word stamp set
Love word stamp set
Distress Inks
Distress Oxides
Leaf stencil from my crafty stash

Panel was created using Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide. I used Smokey Grey versafine to stamp the outline and sentiment,  and Mermaid Lagoon DI and Peeled Paint DO to stamp the solid stamps

I blended Brushed Corduroy and Squeezed Lemonade DI, and Fossilized Amber DO, through a leaf stencil
The outline stamp was inked up in Vintage Sepia Versafine and Fired Brick DI.  The solid stamps were stamped in Cracked Pistachio and Worn Lipstick DO
I stamped the sentiment in Vintage Sepia versafine to complete

Thankyou very much for stopping by. .I hope you enjoyed today's post

Crafty hugs xx

Friday, 22 December 2017

Graffiti paint...

Hi there crafters

How's your week been? Are you all set for the big day..I am. Presents are wrapped. .cupboards are full. Family have arrived xx

Ive been playing with the fabulous Graffiti Area stamp, inspired by Banksy. I made a sample similar to this for the Hochanda show and wanted to make another for a male friend...

Also used :
Dinkable : Brick wall 
Distress Oxide : Faded Jeans
Watercolour paints
Versafine : Black onyx
Black pen

Usee water colour paints to create drips runnig from the top of your card. You can use any colours and let them drip as much as you want..just have fun
Ink Faded Jeans DO randomly through the Brick Wall Dinkable
Stamp Graffiti Area in black onyx versafine
Adhere this to card blank then draw wiggly lines around it, with a black pen

I hope you enjoyed today's make

Crafty hugs xx

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Golden Butterfly. . From Bee Crafty


It's me again and I'm back with another blog showcasing the beautiful products available from Bee Crafty 

For this week's post I got out those gorgeous
Birds and Butterflies 

I also used:
Script background stamp
Ticker Tape Stamp set
Golden Gate Lustre Luxe 
Pixie Powders
Distress Ink: Black Soot
Black onyx versafine

  • Create a random background using Pixie powders (I used gold). Then splatter Black Soot Distress ink over the area
  • Use black onyx versafine to add some random Script on opposite sides 
  • On a seperate piece of card stamp a butterfly in Black onyx versafine. Colour in with the Golden Gate Lustre Luxe,  mixed with a little water. Cut out.  Stamp a second butterfly and heat emboss in black. Use the Lustre Luxe again to colour in. Cut out and adhere on top of the first butterfly,  with 3d glue gel, ensuring the wings can lift up. Adhere to card 
  • Stamp and cut out the Ticker Tape sentiment and adhered with foam pads
  • Mat onto black card and adhere to card blank 
Well that's this week's sample for you. I really hope you enjoyed today's post. .many thanks for popping by 

Crafty hugs xx 

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Life is to short to drink cheap wine..

Hello everyone xx

Anyone got any crafty plans for today?

I'm here with a couple of samples to showcase the fun and elegant
Life Is too short to drink cheap wine stamp set by Stamps By Me 

Also used:
Newspaper Cuttings stamp
Distressed Patterns stamp
Gold embossing powder
Acrylic Dyna paints
Distress Oxides

The newspaper cuttings, distressed patterns  and sentiment stamps, were inked up in Iced Spruce DO
The outline stamp was also inked up in Iced Spruce and the solid stamp in Aged Mahogany DI

I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment and outline image in gold embossing powder.
The solid stamp was inked up with Dyna acrylic paint.
To complete I randomly splattered gold Dyna acrylic paint

I hope you got liked today's' makes using this versatile stamp set

Thankyou for stopping by
Crafty hugs xx

Monday, 18 December 2017

Whimsical Winter

Hello crafters xx

How is everyone?  Almost ready for Christmas?
I'm back today with my weekly blog for Bumbleberry Papercrafts  and I've gone all festive with the adorable
Whimsical Winter  set by Mama Elephant

Also used :
Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Peacock Feathers
Kuretake clean colour pens
Water brush
Vintage Sepia versafine
Oval die
White gel pen

Smoosh the Distress inks on a glass mat, spritz with water and mop up the ink on your card
Cut your oval die roughly in half, mark off on the card where you will be adhering them as "hills", then use this as a guide to stamp your trees
Colour in with Kuretake pens
Adhere your "hills"
Stamp your characters on seperate card, colour in with your pens then cut out
Assemble your card and add Stickles to add some festive sparkle

I hope you enjoyed today's festive make and I will see you soon

Crafty hugs xx

Saturday, 16 December 2017


Hi everyone xx

Thought I'd share a sample I made to showcase the beautiful new
Snowdrop stamp set by Honey Doo Crafts 

Also used:
Pattern paper
Versafine : Smokey Grey
Kuretake clean colour pens
Clear gems
Rainbow mirri

The Snowdrop was stamped in Smokey Grey versafine and then coloured in using
Blue Haze and Green Shadow Kuretake pens, and a water brush
The sentiment was also stamped in Smokey Grey versafine

I hope you love this beautiful stamp as much as me lol

Crafty hugs xx

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Together we so rock

Good morning everyone

Hope you're all well.  As it's Thursday I'm back with my weekly blog for Bee Crafty and today I'm sharing a card I made using the fabulous music stamps..which I have to say I LOVE lol

For this card I used:
Microphone stamp
WORDage stamp: Together we so rock
Soundwaves: Wibble
Dinkable : Sunset
Inkable: Circle easy frame
Distress Oxides: Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint
Black onyx versafine

The distress oxide was blended through the circle easy frame template then Peeled Paint was blended through the Sunset Dinkable.
The template was removed then the Microphone,  Soundwaves and sentiment stamps were all stamped in Black onyx versafine

Such an easy card to make but the look is so effective and can be varied using different shape templates and coloured inks

Thankyou very much for stopping by and I'll be back next Thursday with another Bee Crafty make

Crafty hugs xx

Monday, 11 December 2017

Whimsical Winter

Hello crafters xx

Today's Bumbleberry Papercrafts post  is using the adorable Whimsical Winter by Mama Elephant. Although many of the characters have presents I made this sample to show that they do not need to be used

Also used:
Mica Powders
White ink
Distress Oxide : Iced Spruce
Kuretake clean colour pens

The background was created by using a big brush and mica powders
I then splattered white ink all over
The trees were stamped in Iced Spruce Distress Oxide and coloured in with Kuretake clean colour pens
The characters were stamped in Smokey Grey versafine, coloured in with Kuretake pens and cut out
The card was assembled and Stickles added to finish it off

Many thanks for popping by and I'll be back with another Bumbleberry Papercrafts make next Monday

Crafty hugs xx

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Skull verses nature's beauty

Good morning 😊😊

Been playing with my  Bee Crafty stamps and thought I'd blog what I made for you xx

I combined the darkness of the Skull with the beauty of nature, and the gorgeous Ground Elder. How well do they go together. ..

Stamps used:
BEAUtanicals: Ground Elder
Life &Rain

Also used:
Distress Oxides: Fossilized Amber, Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet,
Vintage Sepia versafine

  • I cut some white card slightly smaller than my card blank and a piece of kraft card slightly smaller than this.  I set the white card mat to one side
  • I stamped the skull in the versafine ink and then masked it off, together with a horizontal panel
  • Within the panel I blended Fossilized Amber DO 
  • I spritzed the cog stamp with water, stamped it into the DO, holding it there for a few seconds, before lifting it off. This gives a water bleach type stamped image. I repeated this several times
  • I then stamped the Cogs in Wilted Violet and Peacock Feathers DO 
  • I carefully removed the masking tape 
  • The flowers were also stamped in the DO's as well as the sentiment,  which I stamped in two parts 
  • This was then adhered to white card mat and then onto card blank to complete the sample

I hope you enjoyed today's blog 

Crafty hugs xx 

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Inspired by Banksy

Hi crafters.
Hope you've all had a lovely week so far. Mine's been busy as usual lol

As it's Thursday I'm back with my weekly blog for Bee Crafty  so you'll find me over on their blog

I'm excited to be able to showcase my samples for the fabulous inspired by Banksy stamps and products, being demoed on Hochanda by our lovely Bev tomorrow  xx So please make sure you tune in and get wont be disappointed xx

Products used:
XL Boy with dog stamp
XL Girl with club stamp
XL Greatness Words stamp
XL Graffiti Area stamp
Inkables: Act of Kindness a5/A6
                  Photo Opportunity a5/a6
                  Skylines 1&2
Dinkables : sets 1,2,3,4
Backdrop stamps
Mdf Artboard
Mdf door hangers
Highlighter pens
Lustre Luxe 
Distress Oxides 
Distress Inks 
Gilding Wax
Embossing powder

Highlight pens
Versafine : Black onyx 
Dinkables : Brick wall, Regular Dots, star lattice

MDF tag Artboard 
White embossing powder 
Dinkables : Splatter,  Distressed Harlequin 
Lustre Luxe : Moonstone 
DO: Iced Spruce 
Silver gilding wax 

Mica Powders 
Dinkables : Hearts,  Circles 
Inkable : Act of Kindness A6
Lustre Luxe : Golden Gate 
DO: Black Soot 
Versafine : Black onyx 
White gel pen 

Watercolour Paints
Dinkable : Brick wall 
Versafine : Black onyx 

Highlighter Pens 
Dinkable : Brick wall, Feathers 2, Hearts 
Versafine : Black onyx 

Acrylic Paint
Dinkable : Splatter 
Lustre Luxe : Moonstone 
Backdrop texture stamps 
DO : Black Soot, Iced Spruce 
MDF cogs
Silver gilding wax 

Mica Powders 
Inkable : Skyline 1&2
Backdrop stamps 
DO: Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans,  Iced Spruce 
Versafine : Smokey Grey,  Black onyx 
White gel pen 

Dinkable : Honeycomb,  Distressed Harlequin 
DO: Fossilized Amber, Iced Spruce, Candied Apple
Backdrop stamps 
MDF cogs
Silver gilding wax 

Pixie Powders 
Inkable : Circle easy frame 
Glad I Did It - Inspirational Words 1
Versafine : Deep Lagoon 
Versafine Clair : Purple Delight 

Inkable : Photo Opportunity A6
Dinkable : Drops 
DO: Candied Apple, Iced Spruce 
Gel pens: Black,  white

I hope you have enjoyed looking through today's post and my samples have given you some ideas/inspiration 

I'll be back next Thursday with another Bee Crafty blog 

Crafty hugs xx 

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Amazing Daisy

Hello everyone xx

Today I'd like to share a couple of samples I made to showcase the beautiful
Amazing Daisy stamp set by Stamps By Me 
This is such a pretty stamp and comes in two parts, the solid stamp and the outline

Also used:
Distress Inks
Distress Oxides
Clear gems

I used Smokey Grey versafine to stamp the outlines and Spun Sugar, Salty Ocean Distress Inks and Iced Spruce Distress Oxide, spritzed with water,  to stamp the solid colours

Wilted Violet and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks were used to provide the colour, against the Smokey Grey versafine outlines.
I used some circles stamps, from my crafty stash,  to create a background to the flowers

I hope you'll agree this stamp is just gorgeous. Many thanks for popping by

Crafty hugs xx

Monday, 4 December 2017

X's and O's

Good morning everyone

It's Monday which means it's my turn to showcase products from Bumbleberry Papercrafts. 
Today I'm showcasing the very versatile
X's and O's and I've combined it with the pretty Doodled Blooms, both from MFT

Also used:
Kuretake clean colour pens
Smokey Grey versafine

I love the combination of these two stamp sets..pretty and versatile
I've coloured the flowers in with my kuretake clean colour pens but you can use any medium

Thankyou for stopping by and I'll be back with another mske using products from Bumbleberry Papercrafts next Thursday  xx

Crafty hugs xx