My lovely followers x

Friday 16 November 2018

Christmas is Coming.....

Hi everyone, I'm over on the PAPERMILLDIRECT blog today with a little tutorial for some Christmas cards.
Hope you have a chance to pop over and check it out.

Back soon,
Barbara x

Friday 9 November 2018

Lest We Forget.......

Hello bloggers....It's a long time since I blogged, but just wanted to say I'm over on the PAPERMILLDIRECT blog today with this card.
Each year I make a card for Armistice Day, just to help us remember.....
This is my card for 2018

All card is from PAPERMILLDIRECT and the stamps are from 
Hope you like it.
 Back soon with another post using card from Papermilldirect  and stamps from Inkylicious.
Barbara x

Friday 24 August 2018

Children's birthday cards for Papermilldirect

Hi folks, I'm back today with a couple of birthday cards for young children.....
You can see my full post & tutorial on the PAPERMILLDIRECT blog page.

Back soon,
Barbara x

Thursday 23 August 2018

Papermilldirect 2018 Calendar.....August

Hi everyone, I'm a bit late with this calendar page, but still thought I'd share it. 
It's my August page from the PAPERMILLDIRECT 2018 blank calendar....
The 2019 calendars are now available, so why not pop over and grab one before they're gone...
Hope you like it.
Back tomorrow with a new post for Papermilldirect.
Barbara x

Friday 6 July 2018

Round & round & round .......

Hi everyone, I'm back on the PAPERMILLDIRECT blog today with a circular card.......
I've used white 'Hopsack' for the 3 layers and cut them with Spellbinders Noble Circles.
 All stamps are from INKYLICIOUS
I used watered-down Brusho's to colour the flower, and Twisted Citron distress oxide for the leaves.
Why not pop over to the Papermilldirect blog.....there are some fab inspirational tutorials.
Back soon,
Barbara xx

Saturday 23 June 2018

It's JUNE.....if you didn't already know!

Hi bloggers......It's been JUNE for 3 weeks and I forgot to show you my calendar page for this month 😏
Every year PAPERMILLDIRECT make calendars which can be personalised......They'll be available soon for 2019, so keep popping over to check....they're fabulous to give as gifts. 
This is my June page....
HOPSACK textured & black smooth card from Papermilldirect, inked with Distress Oxides.
SEAHORSE stencil by Imagination Crafts (I think)
SEAWEED/TWIG stamp from Inkylicious
LEAF stencil from JOFY @ PaperArtsy
Ranger Glossy Accents.

Back soon with my July page....I'm having good fun catching up on my calendar πŸ˜€
Barbara xx


Friday 22 June 2018

More PaperArtsy @ Topflight Stamps

Hi folks, I'm back today with a tag I've made, using a few different PaperArtsy products.... from Topflight StampsπŸ˜€
(I'll list what I've used at the end of this post)
I started off by cutting a tag shape, and inking it with Brusho powders.
Using an old book page, I stamped two flowers from a set of stamps designed by Tracy Scott (I adore Tracy's designs). These were 'fussy-cut' and put aside until I'd finished the background.
Using stamps & stencils, I made a 'messy background on which to place the flower.
I must admit at this stage I'd made it too messy and didn't like it too much. Hey-ho, no time to make another, so I had to finish it.
I adhered the flower & stem, which I'd coloured with inks, 
then added a few drops of enamel accents in black & white, and a bit of doodling.
So, although I'm not altogether happy with it, this is my project for today.....what do you think??
I'll be back soon with something I like a bit more, hopefully 😁
Happy crafting,
Barbara x
Stencil- JOFY PS085
Stamp- Tracy Scott 08
Stamp- JOFY 51

Thursday 14 June 2018

Father's Day @ Papermilldirect....

Hi everyone, I'm over on the PAPERMILLDIRECT blog today with a couple of last-minute cards for Father's Day. 
My beloved dad passed away 22 years ago, but it's still a sad day for I'm sure it is for many people who haven't got their fathers around.
Anyway, these are the (very easy) cards......full details on the Papermilldirect blog.

Why not pop over to the Papermilldirect website & blog......the card quality is second to none πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
Back soon,
Barbara x

Friday 8 June 2018

PaperArtsy@Topflight Stamps

Hi folks, I'm back today with my usual Friday post for 
This week I've used a selection of stamp sets from 
card from
                                               The background is made with Brusho's, and a few smaller images.
                          The flowers were left white, to make them 'pop' against the coloured background
                                     A bit of doodling and a few sequins, and I was finished.
                                                              Hope you like it πŸ˜€

Back soon,
Barbara xx


Wednesday 6 June 2018

Bright & Not So Bright.......

Hi bloggers, I'm back today with two cards made using 
  stamps & stencils and 
card stock.
I've used almost the same stencils and stamps, but changed the colour of the background. It makes a massive difference.
I was inspired by a card made by the lovely ( SALLY HOLMES ) 
What do you think???
My fave is the brightest one, of course.....

Catch you soon,
Barbara xx

Monday 4 June 2018

Chippenham Workshop sample - Tissue Box

Hi everyone, a very quick post to show one of the projects I took to my Chippenham Workshop on Saturday.
All card is from
PAPERMILLDIRECT  (textured Hopsack)
All stamps are from
 1st Side
 2nd Side
 3rd Side
 Finished Box
I used Brusho's for the background.....stamped in black Versafine, then overstamped & heat-embossed in silver.
Thanks for looking today, back soon
Barbara xx

Friday 1 June 2018

It's Almost Summer with KAISERCRAFT STAMPS!

Hi everyone, I'm back again with a card made using stamps by KAISERCRAFT.....A few years ago, I was lucky enough to visit the Kaisercraft HQ just outside of Melbourne, Australia. It was amazing, I was like a kid in a sweet shop, so much to choose from. I've liked Kaisercraft stamps ever since and was very happy to see that TOPFLIGHT STAMPS 
carry a selection.
This week I've used a set called ISLAND ESCAPE - find them HERE
To make the background, I used Distress Oxides and blending brushes.
I stamped the palm tree images & sentiment directly onto the inked background, then added a bit of shading & doodling to give the beach & sea effect.
The flowers were stamped onto a separate piece of card, coloured, cut-out, then adhered to the main topper.
 I was quite pleased with the finished card, it turned out exactly as I had imagined it, thankfully. Hope you like it πŸ˜€
Well, that's all for this week......hope to catch you soon.
In the meantime, as always, have a great weekend and a crafty week ahead.
Barbara xx
This is the stamp set I used.......

Wednesday 30 May 2018

Back to 'Old School' with die-cuting and PAPERMILLDIRECT

Hi folks, just a quick post this morning......I'm over on the PAPERMILLDIRECT blog today with a CAS card.
I've used PAPERMILLDIRECT white 'hopsack' textured card and black smooth card.
(why not pop over to the PMD website and checkout the complete range of fabulous textured card's second to none! )
Dies used were :-
 Spellbinders - Noble Squares
Sizzix - Tim Holtz Flourish
Memory Box - Prim Poppy
A simple card, but quite effective, I think.
Back soon with a new project using stamps and stencil from Inkylicious.
Barbara x

Friday 25 May 2018

Carabelle Studio Art Stamps @ Topflight Stamps

Hi bloggers, I'm back today with a bright DT card for 
which I'm intending to frame......
I've had my CARABELLE STUDIO stamps out this week, they are superb quality, white rubber, and very detailed. (it's almost a shame to ink them up πŸ˜‰)
Anyway, I started my card by inking a piece of white textured card (Hopsack) from  
with Izinks ink pads, then made a few layers of colour using various stencils.
Once the background was finished, I over-stamped, using a couple of different sets of Carabelle Studio Art Stamps.
 I'll list at the end,  sets of stamps I used.....
Once the stamping was finished on the card, I stamped some of the images onto a printed book page, cut them out and adhered to the main topper.
A bit of doodling, some Ranger Enamel Accents, and I was almost done.
I darkened the corners with a charcoal pencil and smudged it a bit.
All I had to do was mount onto black, white, then black again to make an eye-catching frame.
Hope you like it. 
Have a great weekend and I'll catch you all next week
Barbara xx
Stamp sets used :-
 Leaves, by Birgit Koopsen - HERE
Circles & Stitches by Ana Bondu - HERE 
Heart & Bird by Zorrotte - HERE  

Friday 18 May 2018

IndigoBlu @ Topflight Stamps

Hi everyone, I'm today with a masculine card to show.
I've used a stamp from IndigoBlu called 'Fairway to Heaven', a golfing image, for all the men in your lives who love a round of golf!
IndigoBlu are an English company who make mounted, red rubber stamps.....they are very detailed and high quality. Checkout the IndigoBlu section on the TOPFLIGHT STAMPS website for a great selection.
To start, I laid a stencil over a piece of watercolour card, spritzed some water on the stencil then sprinkled on Brushos. Once the stencil was removed, it left the coloured background.
I stamped the image using Versafine Clair ink, in Twilight, then coloured the golfer with watercolours.
A little bit of inking around the edges, and a couple of layers of green & yellow card, (all from PAPERMILLDIRECT) and I was done. 
Let me know what you think, by leaving a comment......
Catch you next week, 
Barbara x

Tuesday 15 May 2018

Sunset...... with Inkylicious

Hi bloggers, a quick mid-week post from me with a little tag, using stamps from
We've seen some beautiful sunsets recently both at home in Wiltshire and on the coast at Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire where we're lucky enough to have bought a holiday home.
The sunsets have inspired this tag.
I've used the gorgeous textured card -hopsack- (225gsm) and Mocha Brown (240gsm), both from PAPERMILLDIRECT
The choice of textured card & colours over at Papermilldirect is second to none!
All stamps are from INKYLICIOUS
Pampas Grass,
Tiny Script,
Willow Twigs
Fern Leaves
Hope you like my little tag,
Barbara xx


Friday 11 May 2018

Rubber Dance @ Topflight Stamps

Hi everyone, I'm back with my weekly blog post for TOPFLIGHT STAMPS......I can't believe how quickly the weeks are flying by, it just seems a few hours since I did my last post 😏
Anyway, this week I've made a little tag/bookmark with some fabulous Rubber Dance Stamps, designed by Susanne Rose. I love Susanne's work, so when I saw these 'Textured Houses' I just knew I had to have them.
I inked up a piece of cardstock with Izinks , then laid a bubble stencil over the top and sponged through with white Gesso.
The houses were stamped onto an old book page,  cut-out and inked with contrasting colours, then adhered to the background. I mounted the coloured piece onto black card, as a base.
I inked a piece of seam binding to match.
I love these little houses, so this won't be the last time you see me using them πŸ˜€
Topflight Stamps have a good selection of Rubber Dance stamps, why not pop over and check them out?
Catch you soon, but as always, have a fab, crafty weekend.
                                                 Barbara x

Thursday 10 May 2018

New Inkylicious Products......

Hi everyone, well I've been stalking the postie this week, waiting for my new products from
They arrived this morning and I had to sit and play with them immediately!
We've just bought a holiday home this week, in Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire.... a minutes walk from the beach. These new stamps will be used to make some framed pics for the lounge πŸ˜€
On this project I used the clam stencil with Pampas Grass, Seagulls, and Willow Twigs stamps.
The inks are IZINKS.....very bright & juicy, I'm loving them!
I popped the completed card 'topper' into a cheap frame from Ikea....
So, the first art for our new holiday home, yeah!
Back soon,
Barbara xx

Friday 4 May 2018

Chippenham Workshop Samples

Hi bloggers, back again with a couple of samples I've made for my Chippenham workshop on May 5th.....
This month we're doing mixed media, but a couple of the ladies asked to make cards instead.....this is what I've done for them πŸ˜ƒ
 I'll be back after the weekend with pics of the workshop projects, until then have a fabulous weekend
Barbara xx

Barbecue Time at Topflight Stamps

Hi everyone,
 I'm over at the TOPFLIGHT STAMPS blog today with this card made from stamps by Joy Crafts.
 Pop over to see the full post, if you have time.
Have a great weekend,
Barbara xx

Friday 27 April 2018

Carabelle Studio from Topflight Stamps

Hi bloggers, I'm here again...... and this week I've made a couple of tags to show you.
I've used a fabulous new stamp by Carabelle-Studio.
This stamp is a complete image and makes for a very quick card or tag.
 I inked up a piece of cardstock with some new inks called Izinks......they are BRIGHT!!
I then applied white paint through an Andy Skinner stencil, from PaperArtsy.
With the card cut in half, the stamp was inked with Versamark, then heat embossed....... one piece in white and the other in black. I stamped the butterfly part on separate inked card, cut them out and adhered to the tag.
 I was just curious how different the tags would look, although they were identical apart from the colour of embossing powder.
I'm still not sure which one I prefer πŸ˜€ what do you think??
Topflight Stamps have a massive selection of Carabelle Studio stamps, why not pop over to check them out?
Catch you soon, have a great weekend,
                                           Barbara x

Friday 20 April 2018

More Paperartsy at Topflight Stamps

Hi blog followers, it's Friday already and I'm back with my TOPFLIGHT STAMPS post for this week.
 I live in the UK, and we've already had Mother's Day, but I notice it's coming soon in the US.
Because of this, I've made a couple of feminine cards, which could be used for Mother's Day, or even a birthday.
I've used Jofy stamps again, from Paperartsy, (link at end)
 These are simple cards, but quite effective.
I've used black smooth, and white Hopsack on these cards.
I stamped the large flower onto previously inked background, then cut it out. At this stage I added doodles, with a white pen. .....Using Distress Oxides and a blending brush, I lightly inked a small part  of white textured card stock, to give a very soft base for the vibrant flower. I splashed a bit of contrasting colour over the card, then adhered the flower to the background. 
I filled in parts of the image with Ranger 'Glossy Accents'.
The 'mum' was die-cut and adhered along with a small sentiment.
The whole 'topper' was mat onto black card, then a white card base of the same textured card. 
My usual few sequins and I was done.
Because I love this new stamp set, I made a second card whilst I had the stamps out, in a different colour.
I've also used a Jofy stencil on this one.....(the leaves are actually a pretty green colour, but look anemic in the pic πŸ˜•)
Well, as always, have a great weekend, with plenty of crafting if you get the chance.
Bye for now,
Barbara xx


Friday 13 April 2018

Paperartsy meets Topflight Stamps

Hi Folks, I'm back on the Topflight Stamps blog today with this card using Jofy stamps from Paperartsy, and Distress Oxides.
Full post at 
Have a great weekend.....we're taking our new caravan away for it's very first outing tomorrow....yikes!
Barbara xx


Sunday 8 April 2018

Charlie's 3rd Birthday

Hi folks, I'm on the PAPERMILLDIRECT blog today with this bright card I made for my grandson Charlie's 3rd birthday last month......I think he liked it πŸ˜€
All card stock from PAPERMILLDIRECT
There is some fabulous inspiration on the Papermilldirect blog, from the other girls in the DT.... why not pop over and check it out.
Back soon,
Barbara xx

Friday 6 April 2018

Paperartsy Infusions & Carabelle-Studio Stamps

Hi folks, I'm back from holiday and raring to go ....
I'm over on the Topflight Stamps blog today with a new post using Paperartsy Infusions and stamps designed by the amazing Birgit Koopsen for Carabelle-Studio.
Check it out if you have time...
Catch you soon
Barbara x

Friday 30 March 2018

Paperartsy at Topflight Stamps....

Hi everyone, I'm still on holiday at the moment, so it will be a quick blog today........
I made this set of tags using fabulous stamps designed by Jo Firth Young, available at  
Find them here-

Paperartsy have some fabulous designers and the stamps are brilliant quality, they will last forever. 
Anyway, this little trio of tags were coloured with Distress Oxides, then stamped using the Sunflower Set (51)......huge stamps with sentiments included. 
Each tag had it's own colour scheme - all I added was a few drops of water to make the splodges, a bit of doodling and some Ranger 'Glossy Accents'
 I layered onto black card from PAPERMILLDIRECT then made a tie using American seam binding which has been coloured with the matching Distress Oxides.
Here are some close-ups ..........
 I quite like the idea of using scraps of 'bookprint', too, so stamped a few bits, cut them out and adhered to the design.
 I filled some of the leaves with Glossy Accents, to make them stand out.
I had to add a touch of glitter too......
Hope you like them.....please leave a comment, good or bad, I'm a big girl, I can take criticism πŸ˜€
Catch you next week,
Barbara x