Friday, 19 October 2018


I must admit I have a weakness for Christmas cards so once the season is nearly here I'm off making loads of them.  However, not everyone wants to see Christmas cards in October so I've forced myself out of the Christmas grotto and on to something else for the Watercooler Wednesday Masculine Challenge - the hint was in my title - I've gone with Stampin Up's High Tide.

I did lots of sponging for the background for the Lighthouse scene using all Stampin Up's colours.

I used a retired dots embossing folder and folded down the top right hand corner of the card.  The birds were continued on the inside which shows up.

and the inside of the card was also stamped and sponged.

I think this set makes great masculine cards and I love this style.


Thursday, 18 October 2018


I found a different style of card on my travels round blogland and You Tube. It seems this style of card was popular a few years ago - so I thought I'd have another go at trying it out and I love it - I've done a few so far with different themes. I think it's known as an envelope card but I'm not sure.

I've done mine as Christmas cards as Christmas is on my mind at the moment and it's my most favourite type of card to make.

The papers I've used for my card are from Marianne Designs called Artic Winter - probably a few years old now.  The Reindeer is from Stampin Up' Merry Patterns - now retired.  I sponged the edges of the Very Vanilla cardstock with More Mustard (an old SU colour) and Early Espresso to give it a soft vintage look. I stamped the deer in Early Espresso and then coloured in his sweater with More Mustard and Night of Navy marker pens and then added some glitter.  

The little snowflake was made using SU Seasonal Thinlets and the dazzling embellishments in that gorgeous gold are non SU.  The Merry Christmas sentiment is also from an old Set and I've added a touch of More Mustard twine.

I'm adding this into the challenge over at Cards In Envy - they ask for your favourite Holiday cards - in the UK we don't know Christmas as the holidays and Hallowe'en is not considered a holiday over here and we don't have Thanksgiving - holidays to us are vacations to the US.

Here's another similar card but this was done with one of my favourite retired SU Sets for Christmas, Winter Post.   I sponged the background and did some reflection inking for the trees from Winter Woods and the skaters.  The papers are Artic Winter again and this time a slightly larger snowflake.  I can see I will be making a few more of these type of cards.


Wednesday, 17 October 2018


The challenge over at CAS Colours and Sketches #294 this week is their Colour challenge and I loved this colours together.  I knew straight away what set I wanted to use and it was Stampin Up's retired Merry Patterns and those gorgeous candles.  When I first got this set I wasn't really that fussed on them but as soon as I started using them I fell in love with them.  I thought they would be lovely for this challenge and give an alternative Christmas colour.

I used Very Vanilla for my card and card base and layered it with some Soft Suede cardstock.  The candles were inked with the soft suede and then I used the Berry Burst for some of them.  The others were inked with an old SU colour Regal Rose as I don't have Blushing Bride but I think it's very similar.  I then simply added the sentiment in Soft Suede.

To stop the card being too flat - I re-inked another of the Regal Rose candles and then cut them out and placed them individually on some dimensionals to give the card a bit of depth.

A touch of Wink of Stella on the flames to make them glitter and the card is finished.

I adore these colours together and will be trying out some more cards.

I'm also including this in the challenge for Addicted to Stamps which is asking for a CAS card.


Tuesday, 16 October 2018


I've turned to Stampin Up's Winter Woods for my card for the Global Design Project  #gdp160   challenge today - it's a Case the Designer challenge

I first stamped in Pear Pizazz the bare trees from an old SU set Warmth and Wonder.  I cut out the large conifer tree from Winter Woods - mainly because I don't have the matching framelits.  I used an X-Acto knife to cut a small slit in the tree and slid the greeting inside the tree.  The sentiment is also from Warmth and Wonder. 

I used a piece of burlap ribbon for the background and popped it all up on dimensionals.  The background in Soft Suede has been embossed with the holly embossing folder and I've added some non SU dazzling rhinestones in copper to add a touch of bling.  The tree is also covered in Wink of Stella.


Thursday, 11 October 2018


A new type of fold card from me today - I do like different folding cards.  This one I think is called the flip fold card.

I've used a retired set from Stampin Up called Merry Patterns - at first I didn't like the little candles in this set but now I've started to ink them up I adore them.  I love the way they are two set stamping sets and they make inking them up so easy - the colours I've used here are traditional Christmas (my favourite) of Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke.  I've used More Mustard for the flames and a touch of Cherry Cobbler in the middle of the flame.

I used a retired SU embossing folder for the holly background and the holly cut outs are non SU - little dies I found in my local craft shop for 99p!!  I added a touch of Cherry Cobbler cardstock behind the berries and added Wink of Stella to make them glisten. 

The Sentiment on the front is from another retired set Warmth and Wonder  and the sentiment inside is from an old Inkadinkado set.  I've re stamped the candles inside - cause I love them! 

I'm adding this into the following challenges:

TIME OUT #120 which is looking for Colour.
Addicted to Stamps #313  - Holiday
Tuesday Throwndown - Anything Goes


Tuesday, 9 October 2018


I love Autumn - it's my favourite time of year and I fall in love with it every time it comes round.  The challenge over at Global Design Project #GDP159 this week is very similar - Fall in Love - 

My card was inspired by one of Michelle Zindorf's cards using Beautiful You and I used the trees from the new Winter Woods set. I used one of the stamps from Timeless Textures to add the leaves at the bottom.  The sentiment is from another retired set Yay You.

I used a mixture of some old and current SU inks for the leaves - Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard and Really Rust.  I used a leaf from the retired set Apple of my Eye and some versamark ink to create the background on the backing paper.

I'm also adding this into the following challenges - 

Sunday Stamps - Colour Challenge - Fall
The Paper Players - Trees and Leaves
Allsorts Challenge - Trees and Leaves
SU Only Challenge #SUOC209 - Holiday Catalogue - I've used Winter Woods



We have a sketch for you to play along with at Try Stampin on Tuesday #TSOT381. I've taken a Christmas set from Stampin Up and turned it into a masculine card.  It gives you the idea that with a few tweaks Christmas cards don't always have to mean Christmas themes.  

Here I've taken the lovely deer from Merry Little Labels and using marker pens turned it into a birthday tag.  The sentiment is non SU.  I used some of the Wood Textures DSP and some retired ribbon keeping in line with the masculine feel.

I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with this sketch.



Our challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments #300 this week is this gorgeous image to inspire you.

I've inked up Stampin Up's Winter Woods for this card.  This stamp set caught my eye because, although it is in the Christmas catalogue, I think it's a set than can be used at other times not just for the Christmas season.  

I started this card by masking off the white card stock and, using a sponge dauber, I inked up the background.  I used retired SU Ink Really Rust, More Mustard and a touch of Old Olive.  The trees were simply inked in Early Espresso - not quite as harsh as black ink.

The ribbon is some I had in my stash but I think it's Stampin Up.  The little pumpkin is a very old eyelet, I added a red brad to the centre and the leaf was cut from  SU thinlets.  The sentiment, which I love, is from a retired SU Set Yay You.  

I hope you like my card - I'm looking forward to seeing how you are inspired by our lovely images.


Monday, 8 October 2018


I don't often do Black and White cards but I was inspired by the photo challenge at Angie Mackenzie's Facebook Challenge Group Nature's INKspirations for this month.  She gave the option of the photo in black and white or colour but I went for the black and white and added a touch of grey.  I'm also including this in the Try It On Tuesday challenge which is asking for black and white and one colour.

Image may contain: plant, flower, outdoor, nature and text

I chose to use Dandelion Wishes for my card - I think it lends itself to monochrome cards.  I used a heart framelit to cut out the heart and then used it as a stencil to ink in the heart.  I used an old SU colour Going Gray - I've had it 15 years so far and it's still going.  

I used some Dovecraft Pigment black ink to stamp the dandelions and the sentiment.  I used some SU faceted gems just to add a bit of interest so it's not quite so flat.  I then layered it onto grey card stock rather than black just to give it a softer look.

I'm also adding this into the Sweet Stampin Challenge blog who have asked us to use stencils.


Sunday, 7 October 2018


 Joy Of Sets

It's time for another Joy of Sets Blog Hop. Joy of Sets is my Facebook group where we celebrate all things Stampin Up both retired and current. We also celebrate other stamp companies and products also.  Everyone shares their cards and their scrapbook pages and it's a wonderful resource.  If you're on Facebook and not a member then come and join - we have loads going on with monthly sponsored challenges, worldwide RAK, swaps, blog hops!  We even have a Secret Santa, worldwide, arranged for this Christmas. Just click on the logo above to request to join the group.

So for this Blog Hop we are celebrating Stampin Up's Winter Catalogue. I am no longer a Stampin Up Demonstrator so I must admit I have limited supplies for my own challenge!  In fact I only have Winter Woods.  Such a lovely set that I could see being used far beyond just Christmas.

I decided to go all out glitter for my card - I started with a base of Night of Navy card stock.  I then took a piece of Whisper White and stamped the two trees in Night of Navy - I added a mask for the moon and then sponged the card with the same coloured ink.

I then took some Heat and Stick powder - I have had this years and hardly ever used it but decided it was time it had an outing.

To use it you cover your project with Versamark ink.  You then apply the Heat and Stick Powder and, using your heat tool, heat it until it gets shiny.  Don't overheat or it will loose its glue affect.  Then add Dazzling Diamonds - all over it!  They will stick like magic.  Then just run your heat tool over them again to help them stick.  I kept the mask in place so that they didn't go over the moon.

I then used the Versamark again for the sentiment and heat embossed it in Silver Embossing Powder.  I added some silver twine to the top. 

For the inside I half stamped the tree and added a touch of Wink of Stella.  I used the sentiment from an old set Warmth and Wonder - although I love the greeting which goes well with this card I really don't like when SU add full stops (periods) to the end of sentiments.  It's one of my pet hates and once you notice it you see it done quite a lot!  So I added a little silver dot to hide it and added a few more for good measure.

I hope you like my very glittery card.  Do pop along on the hop to see what great inspiration the girls have for you.  Don't forget if you would like to join in our next hop just come and join us at Joy of Sets.

Click on the button below to move forward in the hop to Jackie Lawless' blog

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Friday, 5 October 2018


I'm playing along with the challenge at Global Design Project #GDP158 this week which is a sketch challenge.  I'm also adding this into the TGIF challenge #tgifc180 which is a colour challenge - all of the colours they've asked for are in the background paper - I wonder if that's cheating? lol! 

I've chosen to use a retired stamp set from Stampin Up called Warmth and Wonder - I just love the little trees in this set.

I inked them up with some Kaisercraft Ink in Lagoon, and the dots were added in SU Island Indigo - these colours go so well together!  I kept them simply inked in a line and added some detail with some Rhinestones from Kaisercraft and a touch of Wink of Stella.

I've used some Share What You Love DSP from Stampin Up for the background continuing the theme of those little dots on the trees.  I've used some Island Indigo card stock to back the trees - but not before cutting out some shapes with the stitched framelits.  I always do this with card stock I use for backing - it's too precious and expensive to waste and then you always have a little stash of cut outs.  The thread is some I had in my stash and works perfectly and, as the sentiment has a full stop (period) at the end of it - my pet hate - I've added another rhinestone there to cover it.


Thursday, 4 October 2018


When my children were little one of their favourite books was Old Bear by Jane Hissey.  One of the animals in the book was a giraffe called Jolly Tall. As their Dad is 6'5" they used to love this tall giraffe and hubby's name is Jonathan so he often got called Jonny Tall!  My card today is using the giraffe from Stampin Up's Animal Outing set. 

The challenge over at Make My Monday #81 is animals so I'm adding this into their challenge. 

I chose to use Orange and Grey cardstock for my card in keeping with the colours of a Giraffe.  The circle was cut using the Stitched Framelits and layered with the Giraffe glued in between the layers so he doesn't show on the reverse of the card.  I added the little branch with the frog on it.  I used an embossing folder for the dots to represent the dots on a giraffe.  The sentiment is from an old SU Set called Riveting and fits this card perfectly.


Tuesday, 2 October 2018


The Technique Challenge over at Try Stampin On Tuesday for the month of October is Stitching.  Sewing needles and sewing machines and I are not best friends so my stitching always either involves stitched framelits or dies and the use of a white gel pen.  I learned this technique from watching Kristine Werner's videos - especially her Christmas card videos.  If you've never seen them I would encourage you to check her out on You Tube.

My card for today therefore includes stitched framelits from Stampin Up and the use of my white gel pen. I've used a retired stamp set called Merry Patterns - I'm a sucker for Reindeer.  I love the way this reindeer stamp has the two images and his little body looks like he's got his Christmas jumper on!

I used the gorgeous Christmas colours of Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler for the cardstock and the colours, adding a touch of Pear Pizazz for an extra green.  The embossing folder is a retired holly folder from SU.  I used Early Espresso ink for the browns.  I added some red glitter dots to his antlers and the ribbon.  The white gel pen I used for the faux stitching is from Signo - I find it's the best.  There was a time when I added faux stitching to all my cards!

I hope you have a go at our Challenge this month - I'm looking forward to seeing all your designs.


Monday, 1 October 2018


I thought I'd have a play at making a card in Sepia Tones - and I think this set by Stampin Up High Tide lends itself to this type of card. I've chosen just two colours from the SU range of inks - Crumb Cake and Soft Suede.

My card was inspired by the sketch over at Fab Friday #147

I used a piece of the background paper from Kaisercraft Beach Shack  - that rope is just perfect for this card.  The dotted background paper is SU DSP and I've fussy cut the leaves out of some retired DSP from SU.  I've used a stitched framelit for the image and inked it in the two neutral colours.  The sentiment is also from the Kaisercraft Beach Shack pad of papers.  A touch of twine behind finishes off the card.  I love its muted colours.  I hope you do too.

I'm also adding this into Addicted to Stamps and More which is asking for Anything Goes


Friday, 28 September 2018


My card today is for the challenge over at As You See It #185

This was an interesting challenge for me as I don't often go for blue cards - although I love Lemon Lime Twist!  I only have Dapper Denim as a marker pen so I decided to use that for the sentiment.

I've inked up High Tide by Stampin Up and this is the first time I've used this set.  I got my inspiration from Pinterest and tweaked it to suit me and this challenge - I've used a neutral of Crumb Cake - if I could have used more colours I would have added some sky but for this I've left it blank.

I did a lot of tearing on the card using Crumb Cake as a base and then the various inks for the lighthouse and the sea.  There is a  touch of water on the ink for the sea just to blend it in using an aqua painter.

I'm also adding this into a new Challenge I've found on my travels - The House That Stamps Built - their challenge is Anything Goes 


Thursday, 27 September 2018


I've used the sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch #290 for my card today - with a slight change - I turned the image on its side.

I wanted to do something with the tree trunks from Stampin Up's Winter Woods - although this is a Christmas set I chose it because it has so much versatility with the images of the trees.

I cut the leaves with Stampin Up's Seasonal Framelits from a mix of cardstock and papers and inked all the edges.  The wording is from a retired SU Set Yay You and I stamped it onto one of the larger leaves.  A touch of Wink of Stella on the leaves and the card is finished with a very delicate shimmer.

I'm adding this into the Cards In Envy challenge too - I'm allowed to enter up to three times for the challenge.

Make My Monday is also looking for Fall cards

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes