Clean and Simple Life

Well, I have discovered a new site called Clean and Simple. So today is my first ever online challenge participation. This is such an easy layout, I just had to have a go. I really like the end result.

Today is very much a day of first’s. It is the first time I have used this Hostess set “Live like you mean it”. It is only a level 1 Hostess set, so it is very easy to achieve with a workshop, or as some of my regular customers have found out this month, just with a qualifying order.

It is the first time I have used my new Bold Brights Markers. I have used 4 different colours, including Gable Green, Green Galore, Pixie Pink and Pink Passion. The Bold Brights colour range is the least used by me. My 10year old daughter just loves all the bright colours, but I just always go for something else.

And it is the first time I have used my new Eyelet Border punch. It is such a lovely alternative to the scallop edges.

Birthday Butterfly


I had to make a young funky birthday card for my 10 year old niece.

This is a colour combination I haven’t tried before, but it is quite fresh. Butterfly’s and swirls just go together nicely. And I wanted opposite colours for the butterfly. Markers are great for adding different colours on the one stamped image.

I added some non SU self adhesive jewel’s (for some funky bling) and non SU ribbon for a contrast in texture.

90th Birthday



What to do when your grandmother turns 90?

I wanted to put something together that was nice, not too “old fashioned” looking but remains sophisticated. This is what I came up with. I stamped the main image from Fresh Cuts in basic Black, and then added colour to part of the image by colouring in with markers (Old Olive, Regal Rose and Pretty in Pink). Layer on matching card stock.

I stamped a flourish from Baroque Motifs onto the base card, and added some punched flowers to the opposite corner to balance the colour, and to finish added a saying from Sincere Salutations.

Rock n Roll Angel Fish


MultiAngelFish.RockandRollI made this card for my DH on his birthday. I am still experimenting with Tangerine Tango, and certainly making the most of  “Ocean Commotion” for male cards. I combined two techniques for the fish. Firstly I used Sahara Sand, Basic Grey and Going Grey markers (from the neutrals set) to colour the fish, and then I used a technique called Rock and Roll to add a contrasting colour around the edge.







After cutting out the fish, I adhered one flat, another with a dimensional, and the third with a non SU dimensional which has a greater depth. This gives a greater 3D effect adding to the realism of the fish. Combine this with some DSP and an embossed greeting from the set Sincere Salutations and your finished.

Mothers Day

May is also when we celebrate Mothers Day.

We all like to do something nice to make our mothers feel special. To make them feel as if they are the best person in the world, the only person who could love us unconditionally.

I believe that if I make something myself, it becomes that thing that is extra special. Maybe it is the love with which it is made.

I am not a big fan of Chrysanthemums, but  a lot of mums do. The Hostess set Autumn Flair has an image which on closer inspection could be used as a chrysanthemum. So I have used that image to create a card for Mothers Day.


MothersDayPinkHostessI have used only markers on this card. Markers to colour in, and markers to shade different parts of the image before stamping. All different shades of pink (Rose Red, Regal Rose, and Pretty in Pink).The centre flower is cut out and a dimensional is used to make it “pop” off the page.  The ultra soft images on the bottom of the card are by using Versamark. It leaves a “watermark” effect which can be subtle on the lighter coloured card stock. I have used the scallop edge punch as well.

Ocean Commotion is in


ocean.markersOcean Commotion was featured in the Summer Mini Catalogue and has made it into this years Ideas Book and Catalogue. It is a great set for some male cards. I love using my Markers. There is so many possibilities to how you can use them. One is to use contrasting colours and colour in different portions of your stamp image. Then “huff” on your stamp to re-moisten the ink before stamping.







wishbig.commotionYou can easily make your own background paper/card by using a couple of different stamps in a two or three colours and randomly stamping the same images across the page. It sometimes works best if done in softer colours so your main image stands out.