Wednesday, 1 April 2020


I will burn a candle
Place it in the window
So you can see the light
And find your way home

My dad is 85 today.   My daddy is a gentle man and a gentleman, with a ready smile and a twinkle in his eye.  I love you Daddy.  A wonderful father, grandfather, great-grandfather.  I am proud to be your daughter, and I know you are proud of me too.  I learnt a lot, but not enough, from you.  I should have taken time to listen to more stories and wisdom.   But I did learn from your example to work hard for the big things and the little things, to love the garden and nature, good food and time spent with you. 

 I lit you a candle.  Just the one.  But it's a big one.

Last Thursday my daddy had a catastrophic stroke.
My daddy has the heart of an elephant.
Big, strong, gentle, kind.

I know that I will take pleasure and pain remembering our times together and use my tears to mix the colours of my life into a new tapestry where you smile at me and walk with butterflies into infinity.

Today we should be celebrating, instead we hold ourselves together, but alone, waiting to mourn, yet already mourning.   So I'm going to make a cake and enjoy it and think of you.  What'll it be daddy, fruit or chocolate??  Let's dance down Wells highstreet daddy, have a cream tea, or fish and chips and compare notes on successes and failures in the greenhouse.

My only regret is that we can not be with you at this time. HUGZ

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Egg Harvest

Hello Nomad friends. 
I have a fun little artist trading card over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity today for the Winged Things challenge.

I stamped Harvest Angel on white card with brown archival and coloured with distress markers and Promarkers.  Her basket is full of eggs.  I am grateful for the hens in my garden and the eggs I harvest everyday.    

Join the Winged Things Challenge!  Stamp something with winged things as the focus and join the fun for a chance to win Lost Coast Designs dollars!!  Lost Coast Designs/Carmen's Veranda also have a sale ongoing until the end of the month.  
Use the code QUATANTINEUS to save 25% off unmounted and cling mounted Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda stamps.  Sundries, wood mounted and Kazelkraft stamps not included.

Thanks for dropping by.  Stay safe, keep well.  HUGZ

Joining the fun at

It Should've Been Grey

Hello Nomad friends.  I hope you are weathering these strange times.  Who'd have thought.  I am glad I have my crafting and my garden.  And you.  It's nice to know that normality is an option somewhere.  I got a card yesterday from my friend Cat for the March Card Chain Challenge card exchange.  The March exchange is in full swing and the April sign ups are ongoing, started before it all went pear shaped, and we are hoping it will all go to plan, but who can tell.   Anyway, Cat included some Crazy cats and dogs she stamped for me so I just had to include one on this card.  Thanks Cat.

I made this as a birthday card for my brother who loves dogs.  I stamped the sentiment from Rubber Dance Funny Birthday set and drew a box around it.  I masked it, inked a stencil with festive berries distress ink and stamped it on the card.  I coloured the dog and fussy cut him.  I added a wash of festive berries distress ink to the bottom of the card.

Thanks for dropping by.  Stay safe and keep well.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Creative Crafting Uncles #3 - Birthday 2/3
Allsorts Challenge Week 564 - Anything in the Animal Kingdom
Day of the Month Card Club #13 - National Puppy Day 2/3
The Cat's Pajamas Challenge 366 - Furry Animals
Stamplorations March Stencil Challenge

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Long Island Iced Tea

Hello Nomad friends.  Let's do tea!!   Ahoy, ship mates, land ho!!  Not sure this works but it was an idea.  My friends got married in Hawaii so I think this will be a suitable xmas card for them.  It's all Jo's fault cos over at the Christmas Kickstart challenge it all about Christmas Cheer, in particular alcoholic cheer......

So, my idea was Long Island Iced Tea.  There's a long island, courtesy of Gina K Island stamps.  And there's the crazy ocean going penguin filled tea cup!!!  I stamped The Cats Pyjamas Ship Happens tea cup stamp, coloured with Promarkers and fussy cut.  I added glitter to the sail and spoon and also to the inside of the cup.  It is Iced Tea after all!!!  The sentiment is from the Cats Pajamas Polar Holiday set.   I used Stamplorations Snowy Stitched hill die and edged it with blue ink to look wave-ish and also inked the bottom of the card with the same blue ink to see like sea.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Stay safe.  Keep Well.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
The Christmas Kickstart Challenge 29 - Christmas Cheer aka Alcohol 3/3 
CASology Week 364 - Tea
March Rudolph Days Challenge
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 482
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes 1/5


Monday, 23 March 2020

Birthday Breakfast

Hello Nomad friends.  April is the month for birthdays in my family and I still have a few cards to make.  I've used Ocean Heart Hobby's 003 beer drinking moose and sentiment from the same set for this fun card.

I started with a rust Bazzill dots base card and then cut some scraps of gold card using one of the dies from the Creative Circle and Waves set.  I stamped the moose and the sentiment on some empty weetabix box cardboard.  It is a really good quality card to stamp on and a favourite of mine.  I used Potting Soil archival and coloured the moose with Promarkers and gel pens.  I fussy cut the moose and sentiment and added them to the card.  The Norwegian sentment translates as Smile, it's your day today.  Cheers!!

Thanks for dropping by.  Be safe, keep well.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Ocean Heart Hobby Utfordring
Scrappelyst Grublis for Mars - Gjenbruk  used part of a Weetabix box
Creative Crafting Uncles #3 - Birthday
Time Out Challenge 157 - Birthday die and fussy cutting
Allsorts Challenge Week 564 - Anything in the Animal Kingdom

How Long Does Quick Take

Hello Nomad friends.  I love dahlias.  I love CAS.  Here's a card with both.

I started with a grey pearlised card base.  I cut a piece of raspberry card using Creative Plus wave die.  I stamped Gummiapan large dahlia stamp using Red Carnation archival ink, coloured with red Promarker and fussy cut.  I stamped Stamplorations Happy Birthday sentiment using Watering Can archival ink.

Thanks for dropping by.   Hugz

Joining the fun at
Scrappiness - Økeutfordring
Less Is More Challenge 415 - Red, Raspberry and Grey
Penny Black and More Challenge - Spring Flowers
Time Out Challenge 157 - Birthday die and fussy cutting
Stamplorations March Challenge - Stamps and Nature

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Everything Goes With Everything

Hello Nomad friends.  Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers who are celebrating today.  I spoke to my mum and dad on the phone.  We are socially distanced most of the year, but it's always lovely to have a chat.    

I am feeling the need to use colours.  I have never been a student of colour theory but something tells me all these colours shouldn't look so good together.  But Mother Nature manages to scatter them around the place with random abundance and it always seem to work for her.

I used a gold card base (it's a current personal trend) a blackberry Bazzill layer cut with Gunniapan's Sq. Postage die and a circle die and backed with hot pink cut using the same dies.   I was feeling the need for spring flowers, which actually are in abundance in the garden at the moment, and used the balloon and flowersun cloud from Rubber Dance In The Air stamp set.  The flowery hill is from their Whimsical Summer set.  I stamped the Norwegian birthday greeting using a stamp from Ocean Heart Hobby 002 set.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Stay safe.  Keep well.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Scrappiness - Økeutfordring
Penny Black and More Challenge - Spring Flowers
Time Out Challenge 157 - Birthday plenty die and fussy cutting
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Whatever The Weather