cards and other happy thoughts

Och aye – some Scottish themed cards

Hello friends.  I’m back today with some Scottish themed cards I’ve made for my S-I-L.  Late last year I made some note cards with wee kilts on them and gave them to S-I-L to sell at the Highland Gatherings she goes to in Victoria, Australia, where she sells knitted tartan berets (or did until someone thought they should have the pattern and stole it from her stall – I thought crafty folks were kind and honest, but apparently not all).   She has asked me to make some more “kilt” cards but I thought I would do some different designs, I get bored easily and don’t particularly like making multiples.  So here is what I came up with –


I made this Scotty dog card using a die from Tonic Studios UK- “Rococo Pampered Pets – Scotty Dog”.


I die-cut one dog in black and another in red then placed the small red pieces into the black die cut to make his wee coat stand out.


The next card was made using the stamp from Stampendous House Mouse “Cling Sing a Song”. Gorgeous stamp I think.  Coloured with Zig Clean Markers and then fussy cut the image.


I hope she likes them ……… well either way I had fun making them.

Bye for now,


Zig Zag Mini Albums

Hello all,  I am enjoying myself making little albums at the moment.  Here are a couple of very easy Zig Zag Mini Albums which I’m loving.


The first album is for my youngest grandchild.  I’ve used papers from Graphic 45 “Mother Goose”.  Love the papers and stickers which come in this collection.  The papers aren’t new but now is  the time to stop collecting and start using.  It is so easy to store them because they are too pretty to use 🙂


Each page measures 10 x 12 cm so it was fun adding little 8 x 10 cm photos to each page. I’ve only completed one side and his mum can fill the other side with more photos of his first year.


Here is the back, or is it the front, depends which way you open it I guess.


The next zig zag album is for a dear friend who’s dear pet has passed away.  “Albie” was a great companion, chatting away, for many years and his company is missed.  I thought that photos in this mini album might be a nice way to remember him.


I made the album and decorated it before I knew what colour Albie was.  Apparently he had a yellow head, black beads around his neck and his body was green/blue/yellow.  I hope something like the photo I put on the front of the album.  I was hoping he was a blue budgie, that would have matched the papers much better, but you can’t help that. 🙂


He was truly loved and much missed.


That’s all for today, so bye for now,


Easter/bunny diorama

Just hopping by with a little Bunny Diorama I have finished.  I think it is so cute, but it was very fiddly and my old eyes and fingers struggled.  The end result is very pleasing to me though, so all worth it.

I’m sorry that this photo is very bright around the outside but that was the only way I could get the inside to be at least half-way decent.


I based this idea on a fish scalloped shaker card I saw recently on the WWW.  Do you think I can find it now to acknowledge the talented artist?  NO.  I’ve spent an hour searching – anyone know the post I am looking for, it was blue/aqua with fish.  I’ll get back to you when I find it.


The bunny scene is made in a little round tin with acetate lid.  You will see the side of the tin below.


In this photo I’ve taken the lid off the tin so you have a better photo of the bunnies and surrounds.


I added a strong magnet to the back of the tin so that it can be put on the front of the refrigerator for the grandchildren to peep into.


Bye for now,


Hey there, chickadee

A dear friend just celebrated her birthday and this is the card I made for her.  It is a Stampin Up stamp set and I just had to use it, ‘cos it is so cute.  The sentiments are from various older sets from my stash, can’t remember brand names.


I stamped, coloured and fussy cut the chooks and egg.  Zig markers were my colouring medium this time and loved how it was so easy and how it turned out.


Next I took a stylus and rubbed over the centre of the back of each chook to make them a bit dimensional. Then I attached some foam tape to the centres and glue to the edges  to adhere them to the front panel.


Finally I made a matching envelope with a Kaisercraft wooden template.


I loved making this card, it was a happy little project.  P.S. a big thank you to Pam (you know who you are 🙂 ).

Bye for now,



Pretty Papers Collage

Hello all.  What do you do with the box when you buy a pair of shoes?  Some shops will give you an alternative to the box, which is good, but for this pair of shoes they gave me the box and it was a nice study one.  Just couldn’t put it in the recycling bin so came up with this.


I had purchased a class from NataliesStudio HERE  (I thoroughly enjoyed it).  One of the classes was a collaged stool. I thought the stool was spectacular but  I wasn’t brave enough to tackle such a large project but a shoe box was possible.  I painted the inside of the box with aqua acrylic paint and the bottom part of the outside with pink acrylic. To the top I added a variety of torn papers, tissue paper, images and old book pages. I used Mod Podge to adhere and glaze the pieces.


When the top was finally dry (I left it over night) I added some Kaisercraft rubons  and a black sharpie to draw around the edge to give it a frame.  After a while I decided that a white gel pen would add the final touch on the black pen.


It is in use already holding some of my precious crafting goodies. The final result makes me smile.  Why not try some collage, I think you will find it great fun.

Bye for now,


Card challenge – Scrapbook B

It seems a very long time since I made a card just for the fun of it but today finally, that is what I did.  Woo hoo, loved it.

I’m entering a challenge over at Scrapbook Boutique HERE .  This is the “mood board” which was the inspiration –

And here is my version –


I used watercolour paper for the focal panel because I wanted to use Distress Inks and ZIG markers.  I masked of a rectangle in the lower half of the panel and blended 3 bluish distress inks – Peacock feathers, Tumbled glass and Salty ocean.  I then placed a stencil over the panel and blended  Broken china through the stencil.  Next a few drops of water which were blotted up  added to the watery look.


I stamped out the images from the Altenew set “Peony Scrolls” using VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with Nuvo embossing powder “Glitter Noir”. Very pretty and sparkly.  I coloured the images with Zig pens.  The flowers I used “Bright Yellow” and “Yellow”  and a water pen, so easy compared to some other colouring methods.  I did the same with the leaves using “Pale Green” and “Cobalt Blue”.  Once they were die-cut I glued them to the panel leaving a flower and leaf which I then attached using foam tape.  The leaves then had some clear “Wink of Stella” brushed on.  The flowers were quite bright enough without more glitter  😆

Finally I matted the focal panel with blue and black card and then adhered it onto a white card base.  I wish you could see how sparkly it is in real life.  I took the card outside to try to catch the glitter but you really still can’t see it clearly.


Here is the inside of the card.

I enjoyed myself today and feel a crafting splurge coming on 🙂

Bye for now,


A little flip album

I’m back today to show you a cute little Flip Album I made.  A couple of other friends made them too so I’m hoping they will show us their versions as well.


I found the wonderful tutorial for this project  HERE.  I would recommend you check it out.

A close-up of the belt and sentiment.


The inside.


The Waterfall section.


Tags to add extra photos or to do some journaling.


We were all thrilled with the project and intend to make more.  I’m hoping to make one for each of my grandchildren.  I haven’t quite finished this, still have to add the child’s name  to it.

That’s all for today,

See you soon.