Thursday, 16 August 2018


It will be my 33rd Wedding Anniversary in September and I have been thinking of a card for hubby. One of my favourite retired sets from Stampin Up is called Summer by the Sea and stupidly I got rid of it when it retired all those years ago - 2006 I think!  Browsing ebay (shh) I spotted one which didn't cost the earth and was lucky enough to win the bid.  It was just the image I wanted for my Anniversary card as hubby and I are going to Wales (our home) for the weekend to celebrate and spend some time on the quiet beaches.

So I dug out my sponges and some inks and created a sunset theme - inspired by the wonderful Dawn Griffith.

I used Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Mango Melody and Rich Razzleberry to create the sunset scene.  The water was a piece of whisper white inked with Pacific Point and torn.  The sand scene is some crumb cake inked with a non SU dotty stamp I have and then some images of grasses from the Autumn Days set.  I then stamped the image of the pair onto the Crumb Cake in Early Espresso and coloured them in with watercolour pencils and the ink using a blender pen.

The birds image is a Tim Holtz one.  The Hugs was a RAK to me from one of my members of my Facebook Group Joy of Sets and I'd been looking for a great project to add it to.  I love how this card turned out and hope hubby likes it too!

I am going to add this into the following challenges:

As You See It #182- loosely following their Divided challenge
Cards in Envy - New Product - the cut out wording and the stamps are new to me
Global Design Project - #GDP151 - Take Me To The Sea
The Paper Players #405- Colour Challenge ( I have added the touch of blue which may not be allowed )
Sunday Stamps - Colour Challenge #SSC185 - Summer Splash
Watercooler Wednesday #WWC183- Masculine Challenge - this is for hubby!
TGIF - #tgifc173 - Beach scene

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018


Don't you find it amazing how the internet works?  How everything is connected and you can start somewhere and end up somewhere completely different!  It never ceases to amaze me how time consuming it can be also - surfing - no wonder I'm tired lol!  So what am I on about?  Well I started having a look at Retro Rubber today to see what goodies challenge wise they had for us and I ended up on YouTube discovering a new technique I'd never heard of which in turn led me to someone's blog which in turn led me to a new challenge blog I'd not come across before.  A bit like Snakes and Ladders!  Retro Rubber Challenge #93 has a tic tac toe - I love these.  I chose to go with the bottom layer for my card.


The new technique I came across is called Retiform.  I've been crafting for over 20 years and have never come across this idea and I had a lot of fun with it.

My retro stamps are very old sets from Stampin Up - one called Autumn Days, where that majestic pheasant is from, and the other is A Touch Of Nature offering up all those lovely leaves.

My choice of inks for this technique were Tim Holtz Bundles Sage Distress Ink, SU More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie and Early Espresso.  The twine is from my stash and the sentiment is non SU.  I've also coloured in the pheasant with some SU marker pens adding a touch of green, red and cold for his plumage.

So, as I said on my travels I found The Male Room - a challenge I'm guessing all about cards for men.  They are celebrating their 5th Anniversary and I've just found them. As I'm reusing an old technique which I'm sure goes back further than 5 years I'm all about the Retro.  



Our Challenge this fortnight over at Hand Stamped Sentiments is a Colour Challenge.


I must admit I don't have all of these colours and only have the Daffodil Delight in my stash so I went with the nearest SU colours I have.  It just goes to show that when doing challenges you don't always have to have the exact products - you can adapt it to what you have. 

I started off with some of SU's new DSP called Tranquil Textures and used the darker side of the paper as my background and the flip side as the base on the Navy cardstock.  I'm using a retired SU set here called Apple Of My Eye - I love to get old sets out and show them some love.  It's what we do on my Facebook Group The Joy of Sets.  

This time I used the Daffodil Delight to ink up the lemon - added some leaves in Certainly Celery and popped them on dimensionals.  I added a touch of thread, a glitter dot in the middle of the lemon and a glitter dot by the sentiment which was also inked in Daffodil Delight.

I look forward to seeing all your creations.  Do check out the rest of the Design Team and leave them a comment - we love to hear from you.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018


It's always a nice thing to ink up some new stamps - I have a set of Clearly Besotted English Rose stamps that I haven't used yet and I thought they deserved an outing.  Cards In Envy are asking for us to use new stamps and my card is flat enough to fit in an envelope.

The Sunday Stamps Sketch motivated me today to get card making - a simple sketch but it made me use some papers.  I used some from My Mind's Eye Collectable Memorable collection - they were on my desk as I had just been doing a scrapbook layout so thought I could use them on the card too and it just so happened there was a lovely rose background paper in the collection.

I used some retired Stampin Up inks to stamp the roses, Pretty In Pink and Rose Red and another retired SU Ink Mellow Moss for the saying and the edges.  The sentiment is from Kaisercraft Gypsy Rose set of stamps - another new set for me.

I added a pearlized doily from SU and punched the little butterfly out of another paper from the set.  A touch of Wink of Stella and a ribbon finishes off the card. I love the way it has a sort of vintage feel to it.


Friday, 3 August 2018


It's been an emotional week in our household but hubby and I are away this weekend to spend some much needed R&R with good friends. This must have been on my mind when I made this card for Global Design Project#149 and also Nature's Inkspirations - a Facebook Challenge run by the marvellous Angie McKenzie.  These are the colours we were given to work with - and although I don't have the lovely lipstick I swapped it for Melon Mambo.

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Can you believe I actually don't have any flower stamps from SU.  I have the Lotus Blossom but I didn't think that would work with a butterfly and then spotted the butterfly and the flowers in the lovely Pretty Kitty set so that came out for another inking.  I kept the colouring simple using a blender and just the two inks with a tiny touch of Crumb Cake for the base.  The background dots are from Watercolour Wings and there is a pearlized doily underneath.  


Thursday, 2 August 2018


I know it's mad isn't it? Sun is shining but already across blog land we are starting to see Christmas themes. You have to be prepared for the big day!  My own Facebook Group Joy of Sets is running a Christmas Themed monthly challenge this month and we are delighted to be sponsored by Karen Mortensen of Charmed Cards and Crafts who is offering a fabulous £10 voucher to spend in her online store.  So come and join the group and get your entry in!

Addicted to Stamps is also running a Christmas themed challenge - well now here I go again - I've lived in the Stated I should know by now that it's known as the Holidays and actually covers more than just Christmas.  Holidays in the UK are vacations for our American cousins - Christmas is Christmas here in the UK.

Anyway my Holiday card is a Christmas card - phew that was long winded.  I was given a freebie of this cute little Santa from a Joy of Sets member in with a RAK I received from her and he's from the SU Cooker Cutter set.  I've used him with some of the new Under The Mistletoe DSP, together with some retired SU ribbon.  The sentiment is from a retired set called Merry little Labels and I've added part of the new pearlized doilies.  



The Challenge over at Inkspirational this week is make a card in 10 minutes or less.  Not very difficult for me because I do tend to rush through my cards - so I popped the timer on and decided to see exactly how long it would take me.  The challenge over at CAS Colours and Sketches is a double whammy of colours and sketches lol!  So I decided to combine both challenges and do a CAS card in under ten minutes!  These are the colours and the sketch to work to - I didn't have the correct SU colours but used some similar retired ones of Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa and Regal Rose.

I used some of the new DSP and used the Stitched Circle framelits to cut out the apple stamp and the background.  I used a new SU pearlized doily behind.  The leaves and stalk were cut out and added with dimensionals to the back of the apple.  I used the framelit from Colourful Season to add the detailed DSP.  All in all it took my a little over 8 minutes to do.

I'm also adding this into the Inspired By challenge which is back to school - that doesn't happen in the UK yet until September and, as my kids are now grown, school is no longer an issue.  I do remember the days though, as a stay at home mum, that I never wanted them to go back - no honest I didn't!  I loved having them home.  I quite like the idea though of giving the teacher an apple at the start of the year!  I wonder how that practice started and if it is ever done still.


Wednesday, 1 August 2018


Hi and welcome to the Joy of Sets New Catalogue Blog Hop.  Thanks for joining me from Jane Allmark's fabulous blog.

I'm overwhelmed sometimes at how popular my Facebook Group The Joy of Sets is - it has grown so much in the year it has been going with over 3,000 lovely members. We do lots within the group from RAK's, to challenges to swaps. We decided to do another Blog Hop and celebrate the new Stampin Up Catalogue 2018/2019.  Everyone on the hop will have used something from the new catalogue, even if it isn't a new stamp set and you will hop all over the world on our International Blog Hop.

I'd been waiting patiently for my Dandelion Wishes set to come through - it was sold out in the UK but it was worth the wait.  My dear friend and SU Demo Andrea Parr ordered it for me as I'm no longer a Demo.

I was inspired by a card I'd seen by Dawn Griffiths - SU Queen as far as I'm concerned.  I haven't used the Copper Embossing Powder much really so it had an outing on this card.

The background was first embossed with a retired SU embossing folder with all the little dots on.  At Joy of Sets we celebrate all things SU retired and current.  I then covered this cardstock in Versamark and added the Copper Embossing Powder.  As it covers nearly all of it and I didn't want it completely covered I used a dry paintbrush to brush away some of the powder and then used my SU heat tool to dry it.  I embossed the Dandelions the same way and mounted them on some of the new DSP Share What You Love.  I used one of the Stitched Framelits to cut out the sentiment and added some Copper Embossing Thread behind it.  The little jewels are non SU.  This was all mounted onto some Very Vanilla card stock.  The shine to this card is so lovely with all that Copper.  

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Tuesday, 31 July 2018


We have a sketch for you today at Hand Stamped Sentiments. I'm sure your imaginations can run riot with this sketch.

I decided to use my new SU set Dandelion Wishes - this one was out of stock in the UK for a while so I've had a bit of a long wait but it was worth it.  I'm sure it's going to be a firm favourite.  I actually don't have any stamps that have any Get Well wishes on them so that's a plus.

I used a trio of SU inks for this card - Lemon Lime Twist (one of my favourites) Tempting Turquoise and Bermuda Bay - I think they go really well together.  The background dots inked with Lemon Lime Twist are an old non SU stamp called Splatter Pattern - it's always come in useful as a background stamp!  I bought it years ago when I lived in Houston.  I added a touch of the Copper thread behind the sentiment and some non SU rhinestones.

We look forward to seeing your creations - do pop along and leave a message for the rest of the Design Team - we love to hear from you.


Monday, 30 July 2018


A great sketch again over at Case This Sketch for us to work with.  I decided to have another play with the Stampin Up set Apple of my Eye.

I've used some of the new Stampin Up DSP Tranquil Textures which I was gifted by a member of my Joy of Sets Facebook Group.  I've used two of the designs - and stamped the leaves from this set on some whisper white cardstock.  The Apple stamp was first inked in Pear Pizazz and then the words were stamped i Tranquil Tide.  I cut out the stalk and the little leaves and added them all on dimensionals.   This is a great stamp as it includes the sentiment - a touch of very old SU checked ribbon finishes off the card.



I've been having another look at a retired set from Stampin Up from a few years ago I think.  I thought it was the perfect set to use for the challenge over at Color Throwdown #503 this week which gave us these seasonal colours to work with - I thought I'd do something other than obvious Christmas even though they are my favourite Christmas colours.

I thought I'd stamp the cherries from the set rather than the obvious apple.

I've added some Dazzling Diamonds to them also to give them a bit of a shimmer.  The card stock is all SU and the background paper is some of the new DSP Under The Mistletoe - it is a Christmas set but the lovely dots could be used for any project.  The red and white thread is old SU but I love its sparkle.


Friday, 27 July 2018


My post the other day told of my daughter having to go through a major operation - thankfully the operation was successful though not without its complications.  I think one of the hardest things a parent has to do is see their child ill no matter how old they are.

My daughter was still on my mind I think when I made this card.  I'm loving the Stampin Up Dandelion Wishes - its such an ethereal image and I keep playing around with ideas for it.  This is a one layer card which is unusual for me.  I had a play with some new Watercolour Pastels which I bought for a real bargain.  I used three of the colours of out the 24 pack and they look very similar to SU Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Basic Grey.  I used my aqua brush to merge the colours and simply stamped the dandelions in black over the top.  I add the sentiment in Bermuda Bay and had some teal and yellow thread in my stash.  The added pearls are non SU.

I'm adding this into a few challenges :

TGIF - #tgifc170 - Repeat stamping
As you See It #181 - Obsession - I'm a bit obsessed with this stamp set!


Wednesday, 25 July 2018


It's a difficult day for me today - my darling daughter who is 27 is undergoing a five hour operation this afternoon. I can do nothing but sit and wait by the phone until I hear it was a success.  Those of us who are parents know you always want to take their pain away and you feel so helpless when you can't.  I have received so much love and support from my Joy of Sets members I can't tell you.  I have a dear friend who always lifts me up when times are tough which has been a lot lately.  My daughter makes me smile.  These are the projects I have done today.

A scrapbook page for my dear friend.  I've almost followed a sketch from Sketches In Thyme #332.  My friend is very girly, loves the colour pink and loves roses so this page is just up her street.  She is not a crafter but still appreciates the love behind the page.  My page uses some of the gorgeous Kaisercraft Rose Avenue Collection.

My card is a CASE for Global Design Project #148 and was made with my daughter in mind.  I have used Textured Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder for the background and embossed it with Copper Embossing Powder.  I've added some retired lace and one of the new Pearlized Doilies.  The sentiment also embossed in Copper is from Colourful Seasons.  I've used some of the new DSP and cut out the flowers and there is also a touch of Copper Metallic Thread behind the flowers.

As I say..... crafting helps.  

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018


I'm just in time to join in with this week's Case this Sketch Challenge

I've chosen a new little stamp set I've just acquired from Papermania and used my Tim Holtz stamping platform to position the stamps just where I wanted them.  Simply stamped onto white card stock and matted onto a Navy cardstock with just a very tiny bit of bling with two rhinestones in the flowers.



An unusual title you may think but it's the challenge over at Try It On Tuesday this week - I love books and, like most, hate to think of destroying them but I do have a little book I picked up in a charity shop for 10p which I use for crafting with.  It's an old tourist book of Rome from the 1950's.  Hubby loves Rome and was devastated when he saw me cutting it up!  But I'm giving it new life!

As it's to do with Rome I chose to use the colour purple - they liked purple in Roman times - especially the Emperors.  I've used the flower from an old Stampin Up set called A Touch of Nature.  The background paper was torn and then sponged and inked in another old SU colour More Mustard.  A touch of Lace Ribbon and some gold thread adds to the vintage look of this card.



Another scrapbook page from me today.  I love this picture of my daughter and her dog Cooper at the beach last week - I can't take credit for the lovely photo - it was taken by her partner.

I've taken my inspiration from Let's Get Sketchy and their challenge for my page.  

I'm also including this in the CSI challenge 

And also for the Inspired By challenge 

And Time Out Challenge - taking inspiration from those lovely striped blues

I used a page from Bo Bunny Love and Lace for my background paper and then added various Kaisercraft Beach Shack papers and accessories.  I love the sentiments they give you with this paper - it's so fitting as my daughter is a real water baby.

Thanks for looking.


Saturday, 21 July 2018


Another outing for the new stamp set from Stampin Up Dandelion Wishes - I can't put it down at the moment.  This card combines two challenges - a colour challenge from Fab Friday and a summer embossing challenge from TGIF.  These are the colours we were to use from Fab Friday- I had all of them bar Mint Macaron - I know I had an ink in this colour but it's disappeared.  I did have some ribbon left though.

I started off my card by using the Tim Hotlz blending tool to blend some Mossy Meadow on to white cardstock.  Inspired by the image for the TGIF challenge I used the sun from Kinda Eclectic and using Powder Pink I clear embossed it. It gives off a lovely sheen to the card.  My PP ink is very dry and it sometimes needs a helping hand from Versamark to help it show up.  I used Tranquil Tide stamped off for the dandelion stamps.  The sentiment is from Jar of Love and this was inked in Tranquil Tide but not stamped off so it's a bit darker.  Some coloured rhinestones in the daffodils finishes off the card.  I hope it looks summery enough for the challenge.  We are certainly experiencing hot weather here in the UK and melting - it's even too hot to craft especially when you take into account our homes do not have air-con!

What we need is a good summer thunderstorm to water all the gardens and cool us down.  I never thought I'd hear myself say we needed rain lol!