Christmas Mouse!

I am seeing more and more Christmas card creations popping up on lots of different blogs. I already feel behind and it’s only October! Yesterday I got a chance to play along with the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches 259 and was determined to make sure I made it a Christmas card.

Here is the sketch…


And here is my Christmas card…


I’ve stamped the trees and sentiment directly on to the background and then used foam tape on the silver strip and the mouse to give some depth to the card.  They are all coloured with Copic Markers. The stamps are from Clearly Besotted who sadly have shut shop for the remainder of the year. I absolutely love their stamps and always find them such good value.

Have a great day! Em

Just Add “G”

It’s been a little while since I played along at the Just Add Ink Challenge. This week for the challenge is to “just add g.” I have had some small stems of dried grain sitting on my desk for quite some time. I picked them when I was out on a walk with the kids. We quite often bring home bits and pieces like pine cones and gum nuts to make crafty creations with and these were one of the treasure we found. I hadn’t found a use for them until now…


I started out with a piece of vellum that I ran through my Cuttlebug with an embossing folder. Then I used a small piece of a card stock to make a custom paper.  I created this using a cross-hatch stamps that I stamped over and over to get a very random and rustic feel. I’ve used some Distress Ink and water as well as some copper Distress paint. It is very different to my usual style but I had some much fun and love the masculine look of it. I really struggle with masculine cards!

As you can see I also used a stick pin that has a real vintage look to it along with my “just add g” item being my two stems of “grain”. I completed it with a small gold foiled piece of card mounted with a sentiment.

Thanks for stopping to look. Em

October Create Along With Us

Wow I can’t believe it is nearly release time again at Papertrey Ink and once again there are some gorgeous new products. My credit card is already groaning – or is that my husband?! Good thing that just like my kids I have selective hearing!

There were some pretty amazing projects this month but I was particularly drawn to  a card by Melissa Phillips and decided to case it for the PTI October Create Along With Us Challenge. Here is her stunning card…


Melissa’s beautiful card!

For my card I decided to go with the Best Wishes split set heat embossed in white  with a sprinkle of gold glitter powder – you have to look closely to see it! I then coloured with my Zig Markers and cut this out. I stamped a sentiment saying “wishing you” which is from the PTI All Through The House Set onto a kraft circle. I heat embossed this in white.

The card is simply finished off with some similar patterned paper and a bow.

Here is is…


Thanks for looking! Em

Guest Designer At Case This Sketch

I was so excited to be invited by Case This Sketch to be their Guest Designer for the week. I always love playing along with their challenges and seeing all the amazing talent by the design team and all the fantastic entries.

So for the Case This Sketch #194 Challenge they are using this fun sketch…


I still have a few sets from Clearly Besotted that I purchased and have never used. I thought this was a perfect time to create a card with a brand new set.


This gorgeous little skunk is from the Clearly Besotted Forest Friends set. I think that little face is simply adorable. Originally I coloured him in with black but it looked too dark so I went with the blue instead. I kind of figured he was supposed to be cartoon like so I could use a bit of creative license! He is coloured with Copics and then I have used some leaves from a Simon Says Stamp set and layered them to create a little nest of leaves for him to be standing on.

Thanks so much to the team at Case This Sketch for having me as Guest Designer this week. I am so happy to be featured. Em

Cheering For You!

I saw a great tutorial on Jennifer McGuire’s Blog using off cuts to create stripey backgrounds. I created quite a few different pieces and decided to use one as my background for the current challenge at Casology Week 218 with the theme being support. I really liked that I could chose the exact colours I wanted for the background and also the different textures and widths of the cardstock I used which adds some subtle interest to the card.



For my actual card I die cut a white rectangle using a Lawn Fawn die and used one of the very sweet panda images from Clearly Besotted. This was such a quick one to colour with some very simple Copic Markers blending.

Thanks for taking the time to visit. Em


Make It Monday #263

This week at Papertrey Ink Amy Sheffer is showcasing background building with frames for Make It Monday #263.


I made a pretty simple card using the rectangle dies from Shakers and Sprinkles and the stamps and dies from Super Succulents to create some cute little potted plants to sit on my frames.

It was a very quick card to make. To be honest I wasn’t sure that I would get a chance to play along as it is school holidays here and I have been so busy entertaining the kids. Week one down and  one more week to go! I am already exhausted but we’ve also had a super fun week of reading about Miss Peregrine, going for walks, building a fort out of sticks and branches, cooking slices, planting out the summer vegie patch and so many other fun moments that I cherish. I am so lucky to be a mum my only sadness is they are growing up so fast!

Thanks for visiting my blog! Em

House of Cards September

I have been playing around with a cut file from SVG cuts which is a lovely layered bird. Putting it together was quite fiddly and I had one of those horrible moments where I dropped one of the tiny pieces and couldn’t find it again! In the end and after much frustration I finally got my bird put together and I was keen to pop him on the front of a card.

I thought he was perfect for the current challenge at House of Cards September Challenge

0916birdcolors I was also inspired by the pretty colours that could be used as inspiration!

Here is my card…


For my background I used a woodgrain stamp and also a die cut and stamp from Papertrey Ink Super Succulents.

We have had terrible storms here so it has been tricky to sneak outside and get a photo in between the rain. It has been a long winter here and I can’t wait for Spring to make her late entrance!

Thanks so much for visiting. I very much appreciate all your kind comments. Em