In a previous post I talked about the workings of the mind and how strange it can be!! A thought from here, an idea from there and the merest hint of something all leads to me producing something in my craft pit. My craft pit is never tidy!! I do try, but all my stuff seems to leap out and want to be used at the same time. Brian, I don’t think I have introduced you yet dear reader, but he is my tape runner!! , gets cross when I have made a mess and it was so bad today, I lost a pram in there!!!

Anyway enough of that…back to todays little offering. As I say ideas sparked inspiration. In Amanda Fowler’s class quite sometime ago, we made a card using the tile technique. I liked the effect very much and decided to combine it with a “block” card. These block cards seem to be all the rage at the momnet and i followed the very good instructions on a You Tube video from Dawn Griffith to give me the base for the card. Then I put four squares natural ivory cardstock, cut to size, together to form a square and carefully stamped the image and then coloured it in. I didnt like the harsh whiteness of the edges so i sponged all the pieces with Tangelo twist.

I then made an envelope for the card. If you wish to make a card like this or to buy any card on my website, please contact me on 07881027800 or email me,

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All Buttoned up

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This card is all buttoned up!! The buttons are no longer available from Stampin Up, as they were a promotional freebie in not the last Salbration, but the one before that! When I was tidying my craft pit, i found an unoped bag off them and thought what lovely colours they were and that led me to thinking of using them as some sort of flower head. I used the stem form “Stippled Blossom” and the words came from the ” Blooming With Kindness” Both these sets feature in the current cataloue and any buttons would be suitable for the flower heads.


When it was finsihed, I didnt like the holes on the buttons showing, so I stuck pearls over the top, creating a lovely centre for each bloom. The ink i used was Old Olive and I masked a straight line about three quarters of an inch from the bottom and used my Stamp a MaJig to get the prefect placement both for the stems and the happy birthday sentiment.



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Until next time, happy crafting xxx

Lest We Forget- a tribute to my Great Uncle PPA213

It is strange how our minds work. When I was thinking about the Pals Paper Arts challenge for this week, my mind seemed to be drawn to the First World War. This year sees the centenary of the Great War, with many stories and programs reflecting a history that all seems such a long time ago. But was it?  Have we learned from it? Conflicts are still happening all over the world and we seem to have not heeded the lessons of history.

My card is entitled “Lest We Forget” .The poppies in the Stampin Up Pleasant Poppies stampset just shouted to me when thinking of this challenge. I used Gorgeous Grunge and the stamping off technique to represent blood and framed the poppies using the masking technique. I kept the colours very limited, as I wanted the visual effect to speak for itself.



Horace Edgar Meers


I hope you like my tribute and I look forward to posting again very soon.

A Pretty Card

I saw this card by Linda Higgins on You Tube fell in love with it. Although the paper is retired, (Sweet Sorbet)

I have lots in my stash, so I need to use it up! But any pretty papers would be just as good.

It is a simple, yet classy card. To make this card go to




If you would like to learn how to make lovely cards like this one, or indeed others on my site, please contact me on 07881027800 or email me rosie@occassional or leave a comment on this post.
Happy crafting and I hope you enjoyed this post x