Happy Birthday Wishes!

Just a short and sweet post for you today, my brother is staying with us after having a foot operation on Saturday so I’m a little rushed!

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Today’s card was made for my son’s friend, who turned 7 yesterday.  One of my favourite digi image cards for boys featured Rusty the Robot from Pollycraft, so I dusted the file off and printed him out once more!!

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I coloured the image with Pro-Markers and used backing papers from American Crafts and Megan Turnidge.  The layout was based on the current sketch over at Sketch Saturday:


I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Sketch Saturday – see sketch above

Pile It On – For A Guy


Our Little Elf

Today I’m sharing the first of a trio of special family Christmas cards with you.  I always seem to leave the cards for the children and my husband til last, and despite good intentions this year, here we are again in the last week before Christmas as I rush to pull it all together!

Today’s card was made for my son, Jack, who has not long turned 7 years old.  He is still very much a “believer”, so I’m squeezing as much magic as possible in this year as I’m aware it may be one of the last!  I bought both the children elf hats this week, complete with bells on – so when I saw this little elf, I knew it would be perfect for Jack’s card!

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The elf image is from the Pollycraft set that I bought before the shop closed.  I have coloured him using Pro-Markers, sticking to a traditional green and red elves outfit!  The spotty background paper is from a set called “North Pole” papers by Digital Bake Shop on Etsy.  The banner started out as an Echo Park banner from the Silhouette store, but I took it apart and changed it to suit my card.  Finally. the sentiment was cut from red glittercard by the Silhouette, mounted on a lightly felt-marked white card, backed by more glittercard (I think I’ll need weaning off the glittercard once Christmas is over…!).

I have based the layout around the current sketch challenge over at Seize The Sketch – it’s been a while since I played along, but it’s been great fun as always!


I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Seize The Sketch – see sketch above

Christmas Card Challenges – Make it Masculine

Tuesday Throwdown – What Christmas Means To Me

Passion For Pro-Markers – Mega Christmas: Include A Sentiment

Opus Gluei – Circles Everywhere

Scribble and Scrap – Anything Goes

Thanks for reading x

Blonde or Brunette Pixie Holly – Your Choice!

Today I have two fairly identical cards to show you.  A very good friend asked me to make Christmas cards for her daughter and niece, based around this card.

The girls are the same age, all but a day, but one is very blonde, while the other is much darker haired.  So I decided to incorporate this into the cards, to personalise Pixie Holly a little more.

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Pixie Holly was a freebie from Pollycraft earlier in the year before the shop closed.  I have made several cards with her this year, she’s a pleasure to work with!  As usual I coloured with Pro-Markers, adding some Stickles o the wings for a little magical sparkle.  The spotty and striped background papers were from Digital Bake Shop on Etsy, and were a sale bargain!  I cut the sentiment using some glittercard and my Silhouette, welding an offset version of the sentiment to a rectangle to create the red background.  I matted the image onto a little green glittercard too.  The little holly leaves have been abandoned in stash for ages, no idea where they popped up from!!  Glad they’ve been put to good use now though 🙂


I based the cards around Sketch #225 from Saturday Sketch, in the current challenge, you can pick from a back catalogue of sketches – there really is one to suit every card!!

Thanks for reading x

Rusty the Robot

Today’s card was made for another one of the children from my NCT group, Jacob, and features Rusty by Pollycraft.

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I coloured the image with the Cool Grey Pro-Markers, mainly the lightest three, with the 2 darkest tones for accenting.

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Then, using the current sketch from the Sketch Saturday challenge rotated anti-clockwise, I popped Rusty on a background of grey chevrons from Mel Stampz and celebration slogans from the Snippets Collection by Studio Calico.

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 Finally a banner, also from the Snippets Collection, with a 7 to show Jacob’s age and a little button from an American Crafts set I found in the clearance section at Homesense (I love a bargain!!).

I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Sketch Saturday – Challenge 288 (see sketch above)

Rory and Sketch Saturday

I fancied a break from Christmas cards this morning!!  It is my 2nd cousin’s 5th birthday on Wednesday, so I figured that would be an ideal direction for my crafting to take!

I decided to base the card around the current sketch layout over at Sketch Saturday – Sketch 286 is a very clean and simple layout, which I hope I can do justice to!

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Here’s my finished card:

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I used a square card blank, adding a yellow chevron embossed circle, with Rory (by Pollycraft) in the centre.  I coloured Rory with Pro-Markers, keeping things simple.  I popped a little green and white baker’s twine under the circle, which was raised with 3D pads.   The little dinosaur footprints were cut by the Silhouette – I found a set of three types of footprint in the Silhouette store and mix them up a bit, so that I have feet that resemble Rory’s dinosaur feet from the image.  I welded the toes on the the foot too, to make it a little easier when it came to popping it all together, and once mounted on the card, I coated them with Glossy Accents  The sentiment banner was also cut by my Silhouette, taking a crest and banner file from the library and getting rid of the excess pieces before I pressed cut.  I chose the free Jurassic Park font, just for a final dinosaur related touch!  Just in case you were wondering, the sentiment is in French – one of the benefits of making my own cards has always been the flexibility to personalise and tailor-make cards to their intended recipients, especially when most of the family (on my side, anyway) is across the Channel!

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I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges too:

Sketch Saturday – Challenge 286 (see sketch above)

Cards For Men – Challenge 24

Crafty Cardmakers – CAS

Incy Wincy Designs Challenge – For the Men In Your Life

Love To Scrap – Boyz Rule

Addicted to Stamps – Embossing

Partytime Tuesdays – Anything Goes

The Male Room – Little Boy and Babies

Thanks for reading x

The Christmas Crew

Hi all, another Christmas card to share today.  I fancied trying this week’s sketch challenge over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday and this cute Pollycraft image seemed perfect for the job in hand!

Here is the sketch the card is based around:

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And here is my finished card:

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The image was coloured with Pro-Markers – I used Berry Red and Ruby to colour Santa’s suit as I feel they blend well and show depth of colour and shade.  I resisted the urge to use black on Santa’s boots and his little penguin friend, opting instead to use Warm Greys 1,3, 4 to build up the colour.  For the fur trim and Santa’s beard, I used the same technique as I’ve used previously for snow – I laid a layer of blender down, then a layer of Cool Grey 1 around the edges and corners, then blended the edges to graduate the colour.  Once I had coloured Rudolph, I simply had to add a little glossy accent to highlight his red nose!

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The sketch shows a frame for the image – I chose to pop the Christmas Crew out of it by adding 3D foam pads and letting Santa’s hat and Rudolph’s antlers spill out over the edge of the frame.  The background paper is leftover from a Trimcraft set that has been lurking in my Christmas stash for a couple of years!  I added the green cardstock frame and made some small raised red dots from some red punched dots with a blob of glossy accents over the top  to echo Rudolph’s nose.

I’ll be entering this card into the following challenges:

Sweet Sketch Wednesday Challenge

Created With Love Challenges – Christmas Reds and Greens

Without Words – Getting Ready For Christmas

The Paper Nest Dolls – Anything Goes

Stamping Sensations – Christmas

The Squirrel and The Fox – Animal Antics

Kraftyhands Challenge – Classic Christmas Colours

Allsorts – Christmas Cheer

Silhouette Challenges – Anything Holidays

Thanks for reading x



Good morning everyone!  I’m here bright and early today to share a birthday card I’ve just finished for a very bouncy soon-to-be three year old!  I’ve based the card on the Sketch 40 layout from From the Heart Stamps.

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Russell is an image from Pollycraft (one of the bundle I snapped up before the shop closed!). He looks adorable playing in those leaves, doesn’t he?!  The papers are all by Harper Finch – sme from the It’s Easter solids set, others from In The Woods.  I love the bright, vibrant colours, and the chevron print reminded me of the long grass over at our local country park.

I’ll be entering Russell into the following challenges:

From The Heart Stamps

Crafty Sentiments – Anything Goes

Trimmies Craft Challenge – For The Boys

Through The Craft Room Door – Anything Goes

Partytime Tuesdays – Anything Goes

4KraftyGirlz – Anything Goes

Color Me Creative – Masculine

Little Blue Button Stamps – Fall Inspiration

Thanks for reading x