You Octopi my Heart…


Hi!  Here is the card that I have made for my husband for Valentine’s Day using Lawn Fawn’s cute ‘Octopi My Heart’ stamp and die sets.


I coloured the octopi first then added lots of dots with the darker colour, then used a blender marker and dotted on top of them to give this effect.  I have seen a few samples where this technique has been used and I really liked it so I thought I’d give it a go here!

Other supplies used: Lawn Fawn Stripy Backdrop Die and Cross-Stitch Circle Die, Kaisercraft banner die, Spectrum Noirs and papers from Lawn Fawn – Perfectly Plaid Fall and Beachside. Also Lawn Fawn inkpads in Merman and Guava.

Thanks for popping by today, have a great week!  Take care – Karen 🙂

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 🙂

‘Happy Birthday To You’…


Hello there!  I’m back for a second visit this week with this quick card that I made using My Favorite Things ‘Adorable Elephants’ stamp set.  I didn’t get the matching dies at the same time – which now I wish I had!  Trouble is now I’ll have to wait until someone gets them back in stock! The greeting on here is also by MFT and is called (strangely enough!)  Happy Birthday To You!  This is one die that cuts all the letters out at once – or like I have done here, used the negative aspect. I think that I will be using this die a lot as it’s quite big so makes a good focal point on the front of a card. The patterned paper is by Lawn Fawn from their Perfectly Plaid Winter collection and I have also used the Cross Stitched Rectangle Die from them to cut it out with.   I coloured this sweet elephant and his balloon with Spectrum Noirs.


That’s all from for this week.  Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend – Karen 🙂

Clearly Besotted – English Rose


Hello!  I hope you had a great weekend and are having a good start to the week.  Today I’m sharing this card that I have made using Clearly Besotted’s English Rose stamps and dies and also the ‘Happy Birthday’ stamp and co-ordinating die.  Clearly Besotted are on a break at the moment but will be re-opening in April.


Other supplies used: Lawn Fawn – Let’s Polka in the Meadow (papers), Lawn Fawn – Stitched Rectangle Frame Dies. Memento inkpads in Tuxedo Black, Bamboo Leaves, New Sprout and Cottage Ivy.  I also used Altenew’s Red Sunset set of inks.

That’s all from me for today.  Have a lovely day, take care – Karen 🙂

Flip Flop Critters in the Forest…


Hello there!  Today I have a cute little critter card to share.  I used the MFT Flop Card Circle Die-namics  die to create the flip-flop part and the stamps and co-ordinating dies are from Lawn Fawn called Critters in the Forest. The plain cardstock is from my stash and the plaid is from Lawn Fawn again – Perfectly Plaid Fall.  The circle elements are Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Circle Die and I also used Lawn Fawn’s Cross Stitched Rectangle die.  As always I used my Spectrum Noirs to colour.

I have only used this flip-flop die a couple of times so I thought it was about time it came out again for an airing!



That’s all from me for this week.  Thanks for popping by today, take care – Karen 🙂

Manana Llama…..


Hello and a Very Happy New Year to you!  I really hope that you had a great Christmas and are now getting into the swing of a new year and old routines!

Today I am sharing 3 cards that I have made using the ‘Llama Love’ stamp and dies from My Favorite Things.  I’m finding this a very useful set at the moment with regards to making cards for men although obviously they’re great for women’s cards too 🙂

The first card above is for my brother-in-Law from my Mum and Dad.  I love the faces on these llama’s – they’re very comical! The card below is for a friend of mine and the last one is for my cousin’s son.



Supplies used: My Favorite Things – Llama Love stamps and dies and Free Spirit papers.  Lawn Fawn – Everyday Sentiments Banner die, Cross-stitched Square and Rectangle Stackable dies and Stitched Circle die.  L’il Inker – Sun die, Frantic Stamper – Stitched Scene Builder dies, plain cardstock from stash and Spectrum Noirs to colour.

Well, that’s my first post for this year!  Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you enjoy the rest of your week.

Take care – Karen 🙂


“Wishing you a Very Happy Christmas”…


Hello!  Well, we’re nearly there but are you actually ready yet?!  We have a few things to do and of course the BIG Christmas food shop but apart from that things are on track 🙂  The past week has been a bit up and down though as my son caught the dreaded sickness bug that’s doing the rounds.  As soon as he said ‘Orlaith was sick at school today’ I knew it was only a matter of time that he would succumb 😦  He’s getting back to his old self now so I’m keeping my finger’s crossed that my daughter doesn’t get it for Christmas!

Anyways, enough about yukky bugs, here’s the last card that I will be sharing this year!  This stamp set is called Winter Penguin from Lawn Fawn, I also used it’s corresponding die. Other items used were; Lawn Fawn Eveyday Sentiment Banner Die, Lawn Fawn Forest Border and Snowy Backdrop Die. Frantic Stamper Stitched Scene Builder Die, MFT Inside and Outside Diagnol Stitched Square Die, MFT Watercolour Brights papers, Lawn Fawn Let’s Polka in the Dark papers, Spectrum Noirs and a Memento Tuxedo Black inkpad.

Well, that’s all from me for today and indeed this year.  I just want to say thank you to everyone who has visited my blog over the past year and also for all the lovely, kind comments that you leave – they are so appreciated 🙂   I really hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful, happy and healthy New Year!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Everyone!