Monday, 16 May 2022


Our first port of call was Oporto, a very pretty town, built on the banks of the Douro. We did an organised tour here then had some free time in the town itself.

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Scrapbook layout

I decided it was high time to start another scrapbook. This time to cover our cruising holidays over the last four years, with a two year Covid break of course. 
Our first cruise, done with some trepidation, was to the Canaries in 2018, so I have started with that and the ship we sailed on.

A lot of snippets were used, albeit some large ones. All the papers were out of my scrapbooking snippets drawer. The ship was cut out of snippets of white card on my Cameo then coloured with Copics.


Monday, 2 May 2022

Collage flower

I've had this stamp from Chocolate Baroque for sometime waiting to be used and I've finally got round to inking it up.

After I had stamped it I added a stencil background around the image with DI Antique Linen. The image was watercoloured with DI Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint. Then I cut it out with a Julie Hickey die.


Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Sympathy for Less is More

That is of course a sympathy card for the latest challenge at Less is More. I didn't set out to make a sympathy card, it just sort of evolved.  I decided to use a NBUS stamp from Visible Image and stamped in black and clear embossed it. I had intended adding some colour to the flower and making a birthday card.

However after I had done that I rather liked the look of it as it was and thought it would make a good sympathy card, and as I have sadly had to use a few just recently my supply did need topping up.


Less is More


Tuesday, 26 April 2022

Help Wanted!

I am currently having a major purge in my craft room as I have decided I have far too much stuff, and a lot that I know I will never use. Items will be appearing on here and on eBay if you are interested. 
The rest needs to be totally reorganised so that I know what I have got. So I’m looking for ideas and suggestions from all you fellow crafters. 

What I want to know is:

Do you store your stamps by make or theme? 
If it is a set containing images and sentiments do you split them up? 
Do you catalogue them?
If so what do you use ? 
I’m sure I’ll think of more things to ask but that will do for now.

Monday, 25 April 2022

Rudolph Day April 2022

Once again it's time for Rudolph Day. This time I have taken ispiration from a number of posts where a shadow box die has been used. Amongst my stash of NBUS I had this Paper Rose die and thought it could be used in a similar way.

In my other stash I have a pad of Christmas paper with Scandinavian designs that I seem to find difficulty in using. Ithink it's the colours that throw me! So I cut a frame in cream to tone with the papers and then cut strips from two sheets and positioned them in the cut outs.The frame is a perfect fit for a DL card. A fairly simple design but a bit fiddly getting the papers just where I wanted them.

Challenges entered:
Snippets Playground - the frame was a snippet and I've now got snippets of the papers!

Sunday, 17 April 2022

Giveaway Results.

Happy Easter to all my readers!

Thank you to the people who commented on my Giveaway post. I have now done the draw the old fashioned way!

Congratulations to no 1 - Liz
Please email me at zouavecardsdotgmaildotcom with your address and I will get them in the post next week.

Thursday, 14 April 2022


After a fraught few days - five- I finally managed to get back into Bloglovin yesterday. As I use it to read all the blogs I follow I have had quite a few to catch up with.

I finally got round to using this lovely Penny Black stamp. I used Zig watercolour markers to paint the image and a water brush to blend and move the ink around.

I actually stamped it on white card but it looks very creamy on the photo. The mat is also much closer in shade to the purple on the flowers than it looks here. Both the white and purple mats are out of my snippets drawer.

I would like to join in with the following challenges:

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge 

NBUS Challenge

Pixies Snippets Playground

Monday, 11 April 2022


Anybody else having problems with Bloglovin? I haven’t been able to access my feed for the last two days. I just get a message saying Sorry can’t find that page . Help ! 

Tuesday, 5 April 2022

Jamie’s Card

April's a busy month for making male birthday cards for me. Three in nine days!  This one is for my stepdaughter’s boyfriend. 

I created the image on Craft Artist then cut it out with a stitched rectangle die and mounted it onto a yellow mat .

Challenges entered: Fab ‘n’Funky - masculine


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