If these cards were dogs….

….my mum would call them Heinz. For those too young to know what this means, a mongrel dog that was the result of generations of non-pedigree breeding was often referred to as a Heinz 57. Because Heinz made 57 varieties of soup, so the story goes, and the dog had about the same number of DNA contributors. Didn’t make the dog any less loveable though, right?

They are a bit more ‘random’ than I normally produce, with colours I don’t usually choose and brave (or misguided?) pattern mixing, plus some added textures. If paddling at the beach is my comfort zone, this is like swimming with great whites. With a paper cut.

I might go swimming more often! With plasters though….

In case you want to know:

Base cardstock from Hunkydory
Honeycomb embossing folder from Crafter’s Companion Embossalicious
Patterned papers from Louise Tiler (using Serif CraftArtist)
Circular greetings from Craftwork Cards
Butterfly die and embossing detail from Cuttlebug
Roses made with a Tonic mould and paper clay
Can’t remember where the miniature pegs came from!


Happiness is…polka dots??!

Ab-so-bloomin-lutely it is. Love, love, love a polka dot. Doesn’t everyone? Sure they do. But I really, reeeeeally love them. So picture the hand-clapping glee (and a tiny bit of jumping up and down) at finding an unapologetically simple dotty background stamp. It is going to change my world. And it starts right here:

dotty twins


I’ll be seeing spots before my eyes, and I can’t wait.

Background dotty cling stamp from The Ton. Hello die from Poppystamps. Love die from Memory Box. Tiny heart dies from Docrafts.


Step away from the word dies!


Can’t stop myself. Word dies are totally addictive. Match them with another craving – chocolate – and it’s all good.

Two versions of the same thing. For the chocolate brown card I cut the word twice from really thick packaging to give extra depth, then added the multi-coloured layer. For the sugar pink version I just inset the word die cut, because this is currently what rocks my world and makes me clap my hands like a kid who has just learnt to tie their shoes.

TL Love chocolate and pink

The die is from Tattered Lace and the cardstock is by Hunkydory.

Champagne to celebrate?

More fun with word dies

I wanted to try setting words into their negative shape. I love how the positive cut fits in, but makes such a satisfying contrast too. I chose a champagne coloured base, with pale lilac glitter card for the greeting. A bit unconventional but I wanted to make this one more suitable for a birthday than a wedding. Looks better in real life than in the photo. Honest!

gold inset celebrate