CAS Congrats!

Front of card

One of my son’s best friends achieved his third dan black belt at karate a week or so back, with a little help from my son who gets beaten up by him regularly! In the interests of working out self defences,of course;-)

It takes 3 years of hard work to get to this level so I created this card to say “congratulations”. With each dan grading, an extra red tab is added to the belt so this was an easy design to think of.

This will be my second entry into challenge #102 at Addicted to CAS.


Front of card

No, clearly not a Christmas card, which many card makers seem to have started making long ago! Our nephew passed his driving test a week ago but today is the first opportunity I’ve had to make his card. I’m entering it into this week’s challenge at Sketch Saturday. The map shows the streets where he will have practised most as they’re close to his home.

Close up of L plate


Cute Kitty for Mojo Monday

Main card image

My son asked for a cat-themed card for the 18th birthday of one of his friends. Choosing the stamp to use was easy – I only had one of a cat! I stamped him in black, then coloured his eyes green and used Anita’s Clear Gloss to add a little dimension. I drew in some grass and stamped a few flowers. Then I sat & looked at the image for ages but couldn’t decide what to do next. Searching the blogosphere led me to Mojo Monday’s sketch and the rest was easy, using stamps, patterned paper & ribbons I’d had in my stash for ages.



Guitar Love

Front of card

This is an ultra-quick post, as we’ve had the builders in this week so the house is in need of some TLC! It was our son’s 17th birthday yesterday; he adores his guitars & music, so that had to be the theme of his card. My original plan to use a new guitar die was foiled when I broke one of my Cuttlebug plates in my Fiskars Fuse! So this was plan B: a stamped, embossed guitar and background made of embossed mini musical stamps. The embellishment was stamped & embossed also.

I’m entering this into the challenge over at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

Detail of card front

Christmas Westie


My son loves Westies, so when I saw this little cutie over at Little Claire, I knew instantly how I wanted his Christmas card to look. I kept it simple using paper piecing for both the dog & his little coat. The collar and baubles were coloured using a combination of Zig Clean Color Brush Markers (which work well on kraft cardstock) and a gold gel pen. I also “grounded” him with a little grey pen although I had to be careful to avoid it looking like a puddle!

I’m entering this into the “A special Christmas card” challenge over at Little Claire’s blog. Here’s a close-up:


Teenage Grunge



This card takes me right out of my comfort zone! The sketch over at Sketch Saturday drew my attention again this weekend, so it seemed appropriate to use one of the stamps which was my fantastic prize for winning over there a couple of weeks ago.

This main image is by the Greeting Farm (Special Autumn), coloured in Promarkers then fussy cut. The white background cardstock was sponged in Memento Grape Jelly through a stencil by TCW called Coffee Splotch, then stamped with a few stamps from Phill Martin’s Teenage Boy’s Montage range in Hero Arts Charcoal. The purple Coredinations cardstock was run through my Fiskars Fuse with a Sizzix Alterations Ink Splats embossing folder, then sanded back a touch. The greeting is a mix of an unknown “Happy Birthday” stamp & letter stamps by Craftwork Cards.