Happy Birthday Balloons and Stars…..

mft-happy-birthday-to-you Hi there!  Another quick card from me today – I have used my new MFT Die-namics  ‘Happy Birthday To You’ die here with papers and die-cuts from a collection called ‘Celebrations’ from Craftwork Cards.  The twine is from Lawn Fawn as is the Cross-Stitched Rectangle die that I used for the star mat.

That’s all from me today.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great week.  Take care – Karen 🙂

Love you a Latte – lawn Fawn


Hello there, how was your weekend?  Our Saturday was spent shopping for school uniform for my daughter – apparently blazers and stuff all need ordering asap for next term.  Yikes – I hope she doesn’t have a massive growth spurt during the holidays!  Friday was the last day of term and because Libby is leaving to go to secondary school it was quite an emotional day ( I meanwas quite emotional!). I know that she has lots of happy memories from her old school but now it’s time to make some new one’s at her new school 🙂 She spent a couple of days there before the end of term and loved it – I hope she  always feel like that!

Right, getting back to today’s card!  This has been made using Lawn Fawn’s Love you a Latte stamps and dies.  I had only used the odd element here and there on other cards so thought it was about time to make a full-on card with this fab set!  I love the cute little faces that you get here too!  I just randomly stamped all over my card, coloured the cups in with Spectrum Noirs and then used the Die-namics Stitched Interactive Window Die to cut out the panel on the front. I die-cut 3 of the cups out and popped them under their own little window like so:-

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The sentiment is from Craftwork Cards and I stamped that onto a banner of Neenah Desert Storm card using Lawn Fawn’s Everyday Sentiment Banner Die.  I really like the window die – it just adds a little something to a really easy to make card.

That’s all for today.  I really appreciate you stopping by and I hope you have a great week.  Take care – Karen 🙂


Craftwork Cards – Bohemian Dreams…

Craftwork Cards WheelHi there! Today I’m back with a card that I have made using another set from Craftwork Cards called Bohemian Dreams.  The colours are very rich and vibrant and the papers include lots of spots and checks which I love.  This card was made for my sister to give to her Mother-in-Law.  Everything that I have used here is from this collection apart from the bow which I made using a die by L’il Inker, the tag is from Spellbinders and the sentiment is a mix of Mama Elephants Mini Messages and a set from Clearly Besotted which they have now retired.

That’s all from me for this week.  I hope you have a crafty weekend! Take care – Karen 🙂


Craftwork Cards Camper Card…

Camper card

Hello there craft fans!  It’s Monday – again!- so I’m here today with this card that I made for my sister’s friend who has a motorhome! However, I’m pretty sure that her motorhome doesn’t look anywhere as pretty as these two campers:-)  I love the colour palette  of this set from Craftwork Cards which is called Seaside Summer. All the die-cuts, frame, candi and papers are part of the collection which unfortunately isn’t available from them anymore but I have seen it around on-line to purchase. The only other item that I have used here is the Camellia Die from Sue Wilson.

That’s all from me for today.  The children are back at school after their half-term break so now it’s the last stretch until the start of the summer hols – hurrah! Oooh, if only we had a campervan to go off in…..

Thanks for stopping by, take care and enjoy the rest of your week – Karen 🙂

Grandma Griffin…

Grandma Griffin


Happy Monday to you!  I hope you had a lovely weekend 🙂  I’m back today with a card that I made for my Mum from my kids as it was her and my Dad’s birthday last Friday – Friday the 13th!!!  This was made using an old Kanban kit called The Griffins which are rather cute looking dragons (not that I’m saying my Mum’s a dragon of course!)

May is a busy month for birthdays and what with the one’s that I need to give myself and the one’s that are commissioned, I must have made around the 35 mark!  I have a birthday book so that I can work in advance and thought that I had June free – not so as I had forgotten  Father’s Day! I was hoping to get ahead for July’s birthday’s as that is another busy month. Sometimes coming up with card ideas can be challenging for me –  especially when there have been times when I have had to make 8 cards or so for the same person’s birthday!  Anyways, I’m pleased to say my Mum and Dad had a lovely day 🙂

For this card I also used Craftwork Cards Card Candi, twine, Spellbinders tag die and the sentiment was created on the computer.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I’ll be back on Thursday with the card that I made for my Dad from my kids.  Enjoy the rest of your week, take care – Karen 🙂


‘Feel Better Birdbrain’ – From the Heart Stamps

FTHS Get Well Soon


Hi there!  Today I’m sharing this card that I made for a friend of my Dad’s who recently suffered a stroke.  I have also used this image for my Father-in-Law who was rushed into hospital last month.  I’m pleased to say they are both doing really well and are now on the road to recovery.  ‘Get Well’ cards are hopefully not one’s that we need to send a lot of but when we do isn’t this a fabulous image to use?!  It’s called Feel Better Birdbrain and is available at From the Heart Stamps.  I used a Craftwork Cards sentiment with this one but you get a great selection in the set and  here it is!

There are some great new digital images in the store so it’s well worth having a little peek, and of course the lovely ladies on the DT always provide great inspiration on the BLOG.

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I also used Spellbinders Square Dies, Spectrum Noirs, an epoxy sticker and the papers are from My Mind’s Eye – ‘Kate & Co’ Oxford Lane.

I am entering this in the new weekly Sketch challenge at From the Heart Stamps where the twist is to use a die-cut and here’s the sketch if you want to play along too!  Challenge rules can be found HERE but everyone who enters gets $1 credit for the store!Sketch149

Thanks for popping by today, I hope you have a great weekend 🙂  Take care – Karen 🙂

Craftwork Cards – ‘Have a Happy Day’

Have a Happy Day

Hi there!  I hope you’re well and looking forward to the weekend – not long to go now 🙂  Today I’m sharing a birthday card that I made for my sister to give to her friend last month using Craftwork Cards ‘Fancy a Cuppa Collection’.  I don’t think that this collection is still available from them as I had this last year some time but I just love the papers and pastel colour palette here.

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Everything here is Craftwork cards apart from the tiny bits of twine that I used at the ends of the bunting.  My sister and her friend like to catch-up over a cup of tea/coffee so I thought this was rather an apt choice of card!

That’s all from me for today – thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend – Karen 🙂

Altenew…Day 3

Free Altenew

Hi and a happy Wednesday to you!  I hope your week is progressing nicely 🙂  Today I’m sharing my third and fourth Altenew cards, this time using the free stamp and die set that I received with my latest copy of Simply Cards and Papercraft.  Please note, that some – and not all subscribers got this gift  this month, it should have been next months gift but I was glad that I got it early!

For the card above I also used Avery Elle’s Banner and Wreath stamps and dies, ribbon, Papermania Dew Drops, Coredinations cardstock and Memento ink pads (Summer Sky, Nautical Blue, Bahama Blue, Tuxedo Black, New Sprout, Bamboo Leaf and Cottage Ivy). The flowers on the banner were coloured with Spectrum Noirs.

My second card was again made using the freebies along with papers and cardstock from Craftwork Cards ‘Seaside Summer Collection’.  The inks used here were Memento – Tuxedo Black, Angel Pink, Rose Bud, New Sprout and Bamboo Leaf.  The sentiment is also a Craftwork Cards stamp.

Have a wonderful Day Altenew

I am really pleased with this stamp and die – even better when you think that it was free!  I have a feeling that I will be using this a lot!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Tomorrow I will be sharing a card using the Painted Flowers and Painted Butterflies sets.  These are obviously in the same style and so work beautifully together.  I hope you’ll be back to see that.  Take care – Karen 🙂