Those Crazy Birds – in a Grid

Hi, quick post today.  A card I made for my younger brother who is sick in hospital at the moment.

Get well soon Buddy.

Crazy Bird Grid Card

Gotta love those Crazy Birds.

Happy Crafting Everyone.

Products Used

  • Tim Holtz – Bird Crazy Stamp Set and Dies
  • Ranger Distress Oxides
  • Ranger Distress Markers
  • Sharpie White Paint Pen
  • Grid Die from My Favourite Things
  • Neenah White Cardstock
  • Stampin’ UP! Black Cardstock
  • Como Sketch Pad Card base



World Card Making Day

I’ve created a special card for this special day.

I did some gilding and flower making – I made a frame and forgot to add it to my card, but then added it later.  and I like the effect that created.

WCMD flower spray card

I may do a picture tutorial on the gilding and flower making for those who haven’t tried these techniques.

The background panel is vellum laid over a piece of designer paper, I really like the soft effect this creates.

A closer look at the flower spray and again with the frame.

N.B. I used Glossy Accents to be sure the flowers stayed in place.  I had a strip of leftover gilding which I trimmed to 1/8″ to complement the black of the frame. I think it brought everything together nicely.  A few diamonte and sequins finish this card. The leaves are metal filigree elements from my craft stash.

I hope you had time to get crafting on World Card Making Day.  I would love to see your creations.


Happy Crafting, People


Question: Do pets grieve?

I googled this question during the weekend and there were no really conclusive answers, though many people, vets and animal psychologists had their opinions.

So let me add my own personal answer to the question.

This is Pebbles (AKA Fluffystuff).

Fluffystuff Where is my sister

Outgoing, playful, enjoys her food, not a talker but leaves you in no doubt as to her feelings about anything.  Loves to be outside no matter the weather.  I adopted her and her sister Ebony (AKA Black Cat) together, sixteen or so years ago, from a backyard breeder.

Sadly Black Cat died of various ailments a few weeks ago, and if Fluffy isn’t grieving then I don’t really have an answer for the way she is behaving.  I left Black cat’s bed where it was for a few days after she passed, thinking it may be easier if everything didn’t change quite so fast for Fluffy.  However, the morning after there was no Black Cat in her bed, I woke to find that Fluffy had pulled out her bed and disrupted all of the bedding , clearly confused as to where her sister was.  I removed the bed and bedding at this point.

Meal times were always spent together.  Black cat, being the talker, would come and find me (Fluffy in tow, simply observing quietly), and make a hustle in whatever way she could to get my attention.  We would all three of us proceed to the kitchen where I would do my duty as cat mum, and provide tasty meals. They had designated places on the mat where the food bowls are kept.  Having all the space to herself has made no difference to Fluffy, she goes to her place and if the bowl is not where it should be, she is confused again.

Fluffy has become a talker, looking at me and miaowing, which wasn’t really a feature of her personality before.  She is staying inside the house most of the day, again not really like her old self at all.  She is more clingy than before, and sits almost on top of me in the evenings when we are watching tv.  She follows me around in the mornings for about half an hour before going to her daybed and staying there all day.  This is not how she was before Black cat’s passing.

Clearly my girl is missing her sister and so am I.  I have heeded some of the advice in the articles I read, spending more time with Fluffy, I am talking to her but trying not to indulge the behaviour so that it becomes habit.

Do I think pets/cats grieve?  Oh yes I do. In fact I know they do.  It’s quite heartbreaking because I can’t change the situation, I can’t explain.  I hope that time is a healer for cats too.



It’s my Brother’s Birthday

And It’s a special one, so I had to make something a little special.  This card is 5″ x 7″.

Len's Card

I thought I would share with you my method for making the background.

The card itself is made from a piece of drawing paper which I trimmed to 10″ x 7″ and scored at 5″.  I wasn’t sure what medium I would be using when I started so it seemed like a good idea to use something that gave me a few options.  I didn’t end up using any watercolour but I do like the heft of the card and the slight textured finish. This is the sketch pad I used.sketchbook

Step 1. I started by masking off the rectangular area with 1″ low tack painters tape.   I left a larger border at the bottom of the card so that I could stamp the greeting.



Step 2. Collage Stamping – Using one of my favourite Stampin’ UP! stamps, Off the Grid” (ret). which I stamped twice. I turned the stamp so that I didn’t get two identical images next to each other.

Off the Grid added

Step 3. Adding more stamped images using Tim Holtz Collection “Shabby French” I used the three script stamps and placed them randomly around the card.

Adding more collage stamps   Tim Holts Collage set

Step 4. I selected a few mini Distress Ink pads also from Tim Holtz and the small Ranger round ink blending tool for this step. Ink colours used are Antique linen, Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade.  I was not looking for a well blended finish at this stage because the final colour Vintage Photo would finish off the edges perfectly.



Step 5.  Versamark and Embossing:  On my brothers card I used copper embossing and copper foil paper for the numbers.  For this card which has a brighter background, I decided to use gold embossing powder. The stamp is from Stampin’ UP! and is called Flowering Flourishes.

Final image

I think you can make out the gold embossed image sitting on the top here. Trust me it does have some shine, but I am on the look out for some really nice gold embossing powder.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

I added some black rhinestones and a greeting on my brothers card, which you can see in the top image.


I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and give this technique a try yourself.


Happy Crafting everyone and don’t forget it is World Card Making Day on October the 7th.  Make cards with your friends, or just head into your own crafting space and make a card for someone.  Barbara






Twinkling Christmas – for Meg’s Garden Design Team

These simple cards have been created using the new Meg’s Garden  Christmas Collection called Twinkling Christmas.  They are truly pretty and quite different with a vintage feel.

When you have such pretty papers to work with, it is easy to create gorgeous cards with just a little layering. This collection also includes pages of ephemera to cut out and use in different ways too, so lots of options.


Card No 1. using the 6″ x 6″ card pack papers, trimmed down to size.  My finished card is 5 1/4″ x 5 7/8″.  I  layered  the trimmed piece onto kraft cardstock before attaching it to the card base. I trimmed one of the cut outs from the embellishment sheet and also layered it onto kraft card stock and then red to match the base of the card.  I used dimensional foam and a 1/8″ red ribbon tied in a double knot before attaching it to the front of the card.


Card No. 2  I think this is my favourite –  Another piece trimmed out from the embellishment sheet of these fine ladies, shopping, trimming the tree and generally looking absolutely fabulous.  I decided to leave the image together and not to separate it into three individual pieces, as they seemed so right together. I took the dimensions of the trimmed piece to decide on the size and orientation of the card. The base of the card is black card stock to which I adhered the cut out piece onto.   I placed the design towards the top of the card leaving room for the greeting, which is silver embossed.  A simple red ribbon bow on the side finishes this card.  How simple is that?

Xmas for Megs 3

Card No. 3  Again a very simple card.  This card measures 5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″.  I thought the background paper was too pretty to cut, but I did trim it down slightly.  Again two images trimmed from the ephemera/embellishment sheets are the decorative features.  I have used a blue card base and layered the two smaller elements onto the same colour blue. The larger piece is adhered directly to the base while the smaller one has dimensional foam attached.

Blue Christmas card Megs

These are the first of this years Christmas cards, and I know, as the next few months get underway, there will be many more.  I hope you find a moment to pop across to Meg’s Garden and to check out the lovely “Twinkling Christmas” Paper collections, there are several options to consider. Meg also has some lovely embellishments and ribbons to choose from.  And if you are not ready to do Christmas yet, there are loads of other options for getting your creativity going.


Until next time, happy crafting everyone.


So very sad to say

Black Cat last day


Beautiful Black Cat Girl

Couple of weeks ago, I detected a lump on the side of her face. A visit to the Vet confirmed that this wasn’t normal and a needle aspiration was taken and sent to the lab. At the weekend I learned that Black Cat had a very aggressive form of cancer with a long name that I can’t pronounce or even remember.  We spent the weekend knowing that this would be our last with our lovely girl and so we made the most of it before our appointment on Monday.

She left us peacefully having enjoyed a wonderful 16 years with us.  Here are a few photo’s from our final weekend.


I can’t even begin to tell you how difficult it was knowing the weekend was our last, and I miss her so much. Her sister seems to be coping ok.  In the end, with the prognosis we were given I know it was the right decision, but that didn’t make it any easier.