Thursday, 25 May 2017


I can't seem to leave this little Daisy set alone - and I love the papers which go with it. 

The challenge over at CAS Colours and Sketches this week is a sketch - how simple is this? 


 I kept my card as a one layer and added a strip of the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper in the gorgeous Night of Navy colour.  I then added two punch outs of the daisy both still in the DSP and added them back to back and curled their petals.  A simple pearl in the middle and the sentiment finished off the card.  I then walked away lol!

All products will be available from my store on 1st June!  Not long now!

Wednesday, 24 May 2017


Click on the image below to be taken to this week's Challenge

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 I know - I bet that surprised you all - Christmas in May!  But it's never too early to make a start on those Christmas cards, right?

I've thought a little outside the box for my card this week - using Pretty Kitty Stamp Set for the cute little cats, Foxy Friends for the lovely Trees, Sweet Home for the little banner and Banner's For Christmas for the Christmas word.

 I must admit it does feel strange making Christmas Cards when the weather is lovely and warm outside - reminds me of being back in Houston when we used to live there - our weather there was so different from the UK!

I'm looking forward to seeing all your Christmas cards.  Just think if we all made a few a month it would take all that pressure off come December!


Tuesday, 23 May 2017


A new stamp set meets an old favourite.  The Watercolor Wings works so well with our gorgeous new In-Colours - for the butterfly here I've  used Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink and stamped off Fresh Fig, just to soften the Fresh Fig a little.

This set works well with the Bold Butterfly Framelit Dies which I used to cut out the little butterfly.

I've been doing a few CAS challenges lately and its nice to throw loads of goodies at a card for a change.  This is definitely not CAS!

I've also used the Daisy Delight stamp and the Designer Series Paper.  I can see that these two combined are going to prove to be some of my favourites this year.

The cardstock is Fresh Fig.  There is some Wink of Stella on the petals of the daisy, and on the butterfly.  A Glitter Enamel Dot is used in the middle of the daisy and a few enamel dots on the butterfly.

I'm including this card in the challenge for #TGIFC108 - They have a sketch challenge this week.

I'm also including it in Stamp Ink Paper's challenge this week which is Card Maker's Choice - click on the image to be taken to their site.





Sunday, 21 May 2017


It has been a while since both of these sets have had an airing from me.  Both lovely stamp sets in their own right but they do also go so well together.

The challenge over at Inkspirational Challenge this week is Urban - hmm - tricky one for me but then I remembered the lovely street scene from Mediterranean Moments.

 I used the gorgeous Island Indigo for my card - both as the cardstock and for the accent colours in the imges.  I used some of our lovely Copper Embossing Powder and the now retired Delicate Details for the lace embossed iamge.  The wording is from a Project Live set.  A touch of the Copper Metallic thread finished off the card.  She looks Adventure Bound, don't you think?


Saturday, 20 May 2017


I enjoy joining in with the various challenge blogs - they take me out of my comfort zone and encourage me to try something I wouldn't normally - especially the Clean and Simple ones - I'm delighted that my card was chosen as Winner of the Week #222 - Thank you!!!

I've found another two new challenge blog on my travels -  one is Color Throwdown

Their Challenge #443 is the following:Turquoise, Lime Green, Yellow and White

The other is Sunday Stamps

Do you see a bit of a theme here?  I love the way Stampin' Up! is bang on trend with their colours!!  h Lemon Lime Twist - have I mentioned how I adore this colour previously?  Lol - followers of my You Tube will know how much I love this colour and I'm not normally a lemon/lime girl unless it's in a Gin and Tonic! 

So for my card I've used Lemon Lime Twist, Tempting Turquoise and Daffodil Delight, all Stampin' Up! inks.

 I used Tempting Turquoise cardstock as my base and White Watercolour paper to do a colour wsh of the Tempting Turqoise and Lemon Lime Twist.  I used the new Daisy Delight stamp set and matching punch. I punched out the daisy four times - two in Whisper White cardstock which I inked up with Daffodil Delight and a touch of Lemon Lime Twist.  Two daisies were punched out of our retiring Designer Series Papers.  A Glitter enamel dot in Lemon Lime Twist was added to the centre of the flower and it was popped up on dimensionals.

Such a bright fun card - hopefully it will brighten someone's day.






Friday, 19 May 2017


This is the sketch over at CASE this Sketch this week #223

I decided to go with the Colourful Seasons  set and use just the flowers and the stem.  I first used the background crackle stamp from Best Birds - I love this stamp as a background image.  I used the lovely Pink Poweder to stamp it direct onto Whisper White cardstock.  The branch was inked in Early Espresso and I used the other two new In-Colours for the flowers, Berry Burst and Fresh Fig.  I am loving these new In-Colours this year.

I continued the small dots going up the card and finished it with just a few glitter dots as it still had to be Clean and Simple.


Thursday, 18 May 2017


One of the other good things about a new Catalogue is you sometimes see some stamp sets with fresh eyes.  Watercolour Wings is not a new set - its carrying over into the new catalogue but I had completely missed it last year and I don't know why.  I love butterflies - they are the only sort of insects I can do (I don't even think they are classes as insects as such but you get my drift)

So this is a new set for me and I thought it was time it got an airing.  The colours used for the main butterfly are Rich Razzleberry, Sahara Sand and Sweet Sugarplum.  This is by design because it Is the challenge over at CAS Colours and Sketches this week.  These colours look so lovely together.

I stamped it onto some Very Vanilla, layered onto Rich Razzleberry and then Sahara Sand.

A small bit of embellishment with the Enamel glitter dot finished the card off.

I am also putting this in for the following two other 

Addicted to CAS - which is Pink 

Less is More - which wanted spots/stripes One Layer

 Less is More challenge wanted spots/stripes but with one layer so I have taken the same card and just changed it round a bit.  I've stamped it onto Very Vanilla but no layers and I've changed the colours of the butterflies to include Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst and Fresh Fig.




This is a new Challenge blog to me so I thought I would give it a go.  Their theme is  Sympathy or Get Well - click on the image below to go to their challenge.

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I don't actually have any stamps with any of those sort of sentiments on them so I turned to Best Birds for the sentiment and the lovely Daisy Delight for the images.

I wanted to show there is more to this set than the large daisy and the punch.

The square images actually came about by accident - I had cut out three square framelits with the Big Shot and was left with a piece of paper with three holes which I thought aha - that could make a great frame so I kept it!  Never waste anything!  I used it as a mask for the square.

I inked the background with Pool Party and Soft Sky.  I used Old Olive for the stems, Fresh Fig for the flowers and the sentiment and Daffodil Delight and More Mustard for the daisies.  The Whisper White was adhered to a piece of Pool Party cardstock.  I was tempted to add Wink of Stella but as this is a more sombre piece I've left it off.

I hope you like my card - all products can be purchased from me via my online shop!  Or why not join my team and benefit from all the perks of being a Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator.



Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #119 - Judy's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

Our challenge over at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #119 - Judy's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

We all seem to get a bit stuck with men's cards unless the stamps are obviously masculine.  My card here hasn't really used any such stamps per se.  I have used some of the new lovely Wood Textures Designer Series Paper - coming soon - 1st June!!!  I've teamed it up with two sets - Sweet Home Thinlets and Bookcase Builder.  I find the images in the Bookcase Builder set so versatile and I just love this sentiment - I have a husband who is a hoarder!!!  Am I alone?

 The little door opens to give you a welcome into the shed!

We hope to see you play along with us and I look forward to coming and visiting your blogs.

I am also putting this card in for voting at Kylie Bertucci's International Highlights blog hop - I hope it gets a few votes.  Click on the image below to be taken to all the entrants.  Click on this link below to place your vote

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017


I have just recently bought myself the Bella and Friends stamp set - yes I know I am late to the party - by well a year! but better late than never!  I don't normally do "cute" sets but this one and the Pretty Kitty really tugged at my colouring heart lol!  They are just such lovely images to colour in.

Now, stay with me - its not readily apparent as to why I am including this in the Global Design Project challenge this week which is: (click on the image to go to their site)

 So how am I managing to get Bella and friends into the Global Design Project - well there is a very cute little cupcake in this set!  That certainly comes under the heading of baking and I made the card so that is also making lol!

 The dutch fold is such a great fun fold and gives you the chance to use a few of the images from this lovely set.  Did you spot the cupcake?  Twice, I might add!

I've also used some of the new Wood Textures Designer Series Papers.  The images were coloured in using our Watercolour Pencils and blender pens.



My recent You Tube Tutorial shows you how to make the Endless or Never-Ending card.

I've made a few different styles of these - Pretty Kitty is my favourite so far. The Tutorial though shows me using the new Daisy Delight Designer Series Paper and stamp set.

There is also a video to show you how to make an envelope for a 6" x 6" card using the Envelope Punch Board

 I promised all the measurements - and here they are:


4 pieces of cardstock measuring 6" x 3" 

Score at 1.5" and 4.5"

Designer Series Paper:

8 pieces of DSP measuring 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" 

8 pieces of DSP measuring 1 1/4" x 2 3/4"

8 pieces of DSP measuring 1 1/4" x 1 1/4"


9 ½” x 9 ½” DSP


Monday, 15 May 2017


The Daisy Delight suite is such a fun set of stamps and I nearly over-looked it.  The punch is so easy to use and the punched flower is so versatile.

The challenge over at Time Out this week is to CASE the  card by Hannelie


I used Daisy Delight, Tangerine Tango and the new Berry Burst for my colour combination.  I cut out a circle with the Stitched Framelits and inked up the colours.  I first used the swirl framelit from the Seasonal Layers Framelits to add extra detail to the circle.  The daisies were simply punched out of Whisper White and stamped with Daisy Delight and Tangerine Tango.  The added dots and the sentiment were also stamped in Daisy Delight.

I love the way this card turned out - it looks such a fun card.  You can't go wrong with daisies really. They always remind me of Meg Ryan in You've Got Mail - love that film.

Sunday, 14 May 2017


This new set Colourful Seasons has a wealth of possibilties for all sorts of cards and I haven't even started yet on the snowflakes or the leaves.  This time however, instead of the chairs, I'm concentrating on the gorgeous flowers that you get along with the thinlets.

It also lends itself to lots of watercolouring possibilties.  The challenge over at SUO Challenges this week is just that - a watercolouring challenge.

I used some of our Watercolour paper for my card - it stands up to the moisture it gets from the Aqua Painter and has just such a lovely texture.

 I used the new In-Colours for my card - Powder Pink, Berry Burst and Fresh Fig with a touch of Lemon and Lime Twist - well I had to get it in there somehow.

 To start off your watercolouring - make sure you wet your paper first - this allows the ink to blend and merge together.  I say this because I forgot to do this.  It still works out ok but not quite as blended as it would have been  had I wet the paper first.  Do as I say not as I do as the old saying goes lol!  You can leave your paper to dry or use a heat tool to speed it up a bit if you are as impatient as me.

Our ink pads are great for watercolouring - before you open the pad squeeze it gently and when you open it you will have a little pool of ink - this becomes your container for your ink palette.

Once your background is dry you can then ink on however you choose.  I stamped the stem but cut out the flowers from the thinlets.  The sentiment was stamped in Fresh Fig.  The little dots of blossom are actually from Daisy Delight, another new set.

The paper was then added to Basic Black cardstock which shows off all the colours wonderfully.  A sprinkling of Glitter Embossed dots makes the card sparkle, as does the Wink of Stella on the flowers.

Here's the same technique using different colours - the new Lemon and Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide and a touch of Daffodil Delight and the leaves from the same set.

I hope you have a go at watercolouring - leave me a message if you do and I'll pop along and have a look.




May is my birthday month so I get to join in with the Pootle's Birthday blog hop run by Sam Hammond Donald who is my upline.

I've chosen to use Pretty Kitty again for my card but this time it is a magic card.  I first saw this done a while ago by Dawn Griffith whose projects I love.

 I showed the card to hubby who said "where's the magic?"  I had to actually point out to him that in card no 1 above the picture is in black and white - when you pull it out it is in colour. There's the Magic.

Pretty Kitty is such a great set - really lovely to colour in. If you don't have your copy yet click on the image below to be taken to my store.

 I hope you have a go at making one - do pop back and let me know if you do.