Friday, 2 March 2018


This month's challenge over at Joy of Sets Facebook group which I run is a colour challenge.  The colour choices are Stampin Up's Crushed Curry, Tranquil Tide and Night of Navy.  Quite masculine colours really but I wanted to try and produce a non-masculine looking card.

I've used a combination of stamps for this one - the wording is from a retired Project Life set by Stampin Up called Remember This - the easel is from Painter's Palette, the image of the woman is a Cherry Pie Art Stamp and the background is made with Tim Holtz stencils.

We have had a snow day in the UK because of the storms bringing us a lot of snow which meant I couldn't get out of my village to get to my part time job - hence I've been able to get inky fingers again which has been a long time coming.  It's been so nice to have a day of crafting - and I've caught up with some scrapbooking pages and some projects.

I'm adding this to the Time Out Challenge which is looking for something bold - I think these colours count as bold colours.


Monday, 29 January 2018

Happy New Year

Oh my goodness - I'm still just about in January to wish you a Happy New Year - where did the time go?  I can tell you where - I started work in the real world at the end of November - after 27 years of being at home and with home based businesses I had to put myself out there and earn a proper wage.

Sadly - I am not in a crafting capacity and where I work I am not allowed to have inky fingers so you can imagine the trouble this has caused me for crafting!  I am also working five days a week and am so tired of an evening I have had no motivation to craft.  Now that I'm no longer with Stampin Up and with a crafting business to run I have had to re-evaluate my crafting and re-discover the love of it for crafting's sake and not for any other purpose.  Quite tricky really - especially where cards are concerned?  What do I do with them all once I've made them?

Well - for one thing I am still running the Joy of Sets group on Facebook and we have a RAK group - a RAK in case you don't know is a Random Act of Kindness - so we send out the cards to people we don't know - what we do know is that these people are fellow crafters, they 'get' the whole craft card thing - realise how much time, effort and love goes into making the cards.  Finding you are the recipient of such a card in the mail and that it has winged its way to you from  either within the UK, Europe or as far flung as the USA, New Zealand or Australia is such a fabulous feeling.  Let me share with you just such a card I received today from Judith McPherson in New Zealand - This looks like a new Stampin Up set to me but I'm not sure.  

What I have managed to do today is a Postcard for a postcard swap I am doing with Stamper's Forum FB group - this is also something I haven't done in a while.

I was very lucky before Christmas to win some Tim Holtz goodies from a blog I visit.  I've used two of the stencils sets I won to make this postcard - the rest is all Tim Holtz old stamps I had in my stash and the inks are all Stampin Up.  

Thanks for stopping by - I hope to be back on track again posting a lot more often.


Tuesday, 5 December 2017


I am the owner of the very popular Joy of Sets Facebook group - it started out as a group purely for Stampin Up sets both current and retired.  It has now grown into a group which celebrates all makes of stamp sets and is a great resource for ideas thanks to all the very generous members who share their creations.  If you are on Facebook and want to join in with us click on the link above or on the image.

This is our first Blog Hop and we thought what better idea than to use Christmas to get us all in the Festive Spirit.

In the spirit of the Joy of Sets I have used a retired Stampin Up Set and a Non Stampin up Image that often gets used by me and I think a lot of others around this time of the year. 

My SU set is Winter Post - I have had this set many years and have made lots of Christmas cards from it.  I do like Reindeer on cards too which helps but I love the nostalgic feel to this stamp set.  Here I've used it with Rubber Stampede's popular Santa Collage stamp.  Such a fabulous image of Santa - here simply inked and coloured in and a touch of sparkle on the snowflakes. 

Do pop along the hop and see what other goodies the FaceBook members have for your Christmas inspiration.  

I'd like to wish you and yours a very Blessed Yule and a Merry Christmas.

Thursday, 23 November 2017


The challenge over at Inkspirational this week is neutral colours for a Christmas card. I really loved this challenge as I normally grab reds and greens and maybe blues and doing a neutral card was a revelation.

 I've used one of my favourite Christmas sets from Stampin Up which is an old one called Winter Post.  The image of the skaters is so nostalgic and it really lends itself to these neutral colours.  I've used a Holly Embossing folder for the Very Vanilla which had a circle cut out.  The skaters are behind it with dimensionals to give this an impression of a bauble.  The stamping at the top is another old set Autumn Days which had this stamp of fir cones to give the impression of a Christmas tree branch for the bauble.  The touch of gold thread just finishes off the card.

As I'm in a neutral mood I decided to do another neutral card for Addicted To Stamps challenge which is a CAS challenge.

I've used a very old stamp I dont even know where its from - I've added an old metal brad to the top of the tag simply layered it onto dark brown and used the Holly Embossing folder direct on the Soft Suede.  



Tuesday, 21 November 2017


I'm digressing away from Christmas cards with my next take on the CAS Colours and Sketches challenge which is the following primary colours: 


 I do have all these colours but not sure I have ever used them all together and I did feel a bit stumped for trying a Christmas card with them.  So I got Stamipn Up's Bookcase Builder out of the cupboard. I think this is a rather under used stamp set and its images are great for so many things so here I've gone with a very simple card for a baby.  It's also a congratulations card for the challenge blog as they are celebrating their 5th year!

 I've used SU's stitched framelits for the squares to make them look like building blocks and a simple sentiment inked in Pacific Point.



My Christmas card today is inspired by a sketch at Sunday Stamps All Lined Up.
As I've used all old stamps on my card I'm also adding it to Retro Rubber whose challenge is Anything Goes.


  I've used some old Stampin Up stamps on here - the snoman on the right and the snow flake.  The other snowman is an old Rubber Stampede stamp called Merry Snowman.  I've layered them with SU stitched framelits and coloured them in with retired SU marker pens in Real Rust and Night of Navy.  

The background has been embossed with an SU Embossing folder, I've torn the edges and inked it with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Weathered Wood and added Dazzling Diamonds all over the top to make it sparkle.  The Warm Wishes sentiment is also an old SU stamp.  Some Glitter Enamel dots finish off the card.

 It's nice to be able to get to use these small stamps - so often they get left uninked in favour of their larger cousins don't you think?



Well this was indeed a challenge - from Cards In Envy who challenged us to make our cards only out of paper - there could be no stamping, no embellishments, no ribbon unless they were made of paper.  How hard is that to have no stamping!!! gulp.

I decided to get out the Envelope Punch Board and make a Christmas tree card out of bows.  

I used the Stampin Up Merry Christmas Designer Series paper for all the bows - I have an old little Christmas Tree punch so I decided to use that at the top instead of a star.  I used some SU paper to cut out a pot for the tree.  It's just as well I haven't found a good Oh Christmas Tree stamp yet as I would have been itching to use it on here. 


Monday, 20 November 2017


 I was delighted to be chosen as one of the Top Cups over at Sunday Stamps this week.

Carrying on with my theme of Christmas cards for the challenges I enter - I must admit its a great way of getting so many varied styles of Christmas cards - If I didn't have the parameters of the challenges to work to I may just do the same old thing! 

 The challenge at The Paper Players this week is Clean and Simple but inspired by the theme of Warm and Cosy and their image.

 I've added both the mittens and the cup in my card.

 I've used some of the Stampin Up Merry Christmas Designer Series Paper from this year's main catalogue and used the framelits from A Nice Cuppa to cut out the tea cups.  A touch of the matching mittens paper at the top and a ribbon in Cherry Cobbler and gold just add a bit of sparkle - but not too much as this also has to be CAS.  The Sentiment is from Merry Little Labels and was inked with marker pens in both Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive for the holly - put on dimensionals and added to the ribbon with a bit of gold thread to make it look like a bauble. 

I like using sets that are not necessarily Christmas to give us more options and make us think out side the box.


Sunday, 19 November 2017


Digging deep into my boxes of old stamps I found this one of the stockings hanging up ready to be opened. It doesn't matter how old my kids get - (26 and 23) I still do stockings for them and hubby and I always give each other stockings too - admittedly I have to give him ideas even after 32 years of marriage lol!

 The challenge over at Less is More this week was to CASE the designer who had done this delightful card


 I don't really have any cutesy type stamps - I did have the SU mice last year and wish I had kept them so I opted for the stockings.  As this is Less is More I stamped it direct onto the card and tried to keep a lot of white space.  Tricky for me. 

 I used just three colours to ink the stockings all Stampin Up - Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and So Saffron with just a touch of  Creamy Caramel for the branch.  The sentiment is from the current Merry Little Labels set and it was inked with marker pens in Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive.  Just a few glitter enamel dots finish it off to give it a bit of sparkle. 

I'm also adding this into the Stamping Sensations challenge which is asking for one layer Christmas Cards.


Friday, 17 November 2017


T'is still the Season for Christmas cards on my blog - I hope you are not getting fed up of seeing them all yet - This one is for CASE this Sketch challenge and here's the sketch.


 I'm using an old SU stamp set called Season of Joy for my card.  I've kept it to the one colour of Old Olive and used some of the Old Olive Color Theory DSP.  I've just added some pearls and a piece of thread as if the sentiment is hanging on a wall.  I used the largest of the Stitched Framelits to cut out the sentiment.  I quite like how this turned out and may have a go at doing some different colour ways.


Thursday, 16 November 2017


Something a little different from me to day - some Christmas tags rather than Christmas cards.  My inspiration came from Stamping Sensations challenge blog which wanted single layer stamping so I thought I would make a start on some tags.

I've used the very popular Santa Collage stamp by Rubber Stampede - a firm favourite for me for Christmas.  I've paired him up with a Reindeer stamp and used lots of Tim Holtz distress inks on them.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017


Well I've gone from Winter and snow to back to Autumn again - two seasons in one day lol! 

This time I'm joining in with Retro Rubber challenge again and they had a picture for us to take our inspiration from with the colours of Fall or Autumn as we say over here in the UK. I'm also including this in Inkspirational Challenge this week whose theme is Trend.  Well I'm right on trend here with Autumn and I'm thinking retro stamps are trendy right now too!

I turned to my trusty Cherry Pie Art stamps again and some old rubber stamps I've had for over 10 years but they are still going strong.  I think the main image of the girl is called Flora - I've also used an old Hero Arts collage stamp called Love, Life, Beauty and a Cherry Pie stamp with the butterfly on it comes from a set called Art and Butterflies.

 I used some SU Island Indigo as the cardstock and embossed the sentiment from Beautiful You in Copper embossing powder.  Some copper thread wound round the cardimage also adds a bit of detail.  The stamping of the girl was done with an old SU spectrum Stampin Pad - its a shame you can't get these any more - its a great way of getting different colours on one stamp.



It seems I have snow on my mind - yesterday and today's post all about snow!

This card is for the Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge this week - it isn't snow - its a sketch but these little snowmen came to mind - an old SU set called Flaky Friends.


I inked them up in Island Indigo by SU and then coloured them in with some old SU markers using the following colours:  Not Quite Navy, More Mustard, Ruby Red and a touch of Close to Cocoa for the bird.  The backing paper is some old SU with clear acetate that has snow on it layered over the top.  I think the ribbon looks like snowballs across the bottom.  The greeting is non SU and has been cut out in the Island Indigo and covered with glitter.


Tuesday, 14 November 2017


White Christmases are few and far between in Hampshire and if snow does come it tends to come in January February, not December.  May I digress for a moment and tell you about the most magical White Christmas we did have as a family.  It was 2003 and we were living in Houston Texas.  It was Christmas Eve and we had taken the children to see Polar Express, the new movie just for Christmas.  When we went into the cinema it was a normal Houston evening - after watching that magical film we came outside to find snow!!!  None of us could believe it - that really has to be the ultimate White Christmas!

The challenge over at Paper Players is White on White so I chose to do a White Christmas card - my first ever and oh I think I may be hooked.  I love how peaceful they look.  Although my supplies for producing white on white are a bit limited I'm going to try and have another play and see what I can come up with.

I still had another one of the cut out reindeers and trees from when I crafted with a friend a few weeks ago - the words I think are Tim Holtz cut outs.  The snowflakes are from SU as is the ribbon.  There is a wash of Wink of Stella over the deer, the snowflakes and the words just to make the card sparkle and the deer have been layered with dimensionals to give some depth to the card.

I'm also entering this for the following challenges:

Sweet Stampin Christmas - Anything Goes 
CHNC Challenge - Christmas with an option of Reindeer
CHNC Challenge Extra - Christmas 


Sunday, 12 November 2017


 As yesterday's card was a CAS  today I've gone all out for "let's get everything on there" sort of card!  This one is going into the Country View Challenge which asked for stencils. And Creative Artiste Mixed Media which is anything goes.  Craft Stamper is also new to me and their challenge is Anything Goes.  I've also been told about a new challenge called Frilly and Funkie whose theme is Timeworn.

Somewhere in the back of my cupboard I remembered I had a Tim Holtz clock stencil.  As I'm still in Christmas card mode I thought this would make a good base for a Christmas Time card - excuse the pun!

 I inked up my background water colour paper over the clock stencil with Tim Holtz distress inks in Aged Mahogany, Antique Linen, a touch of SU Pear Pizzazz and Soft Suede. The greetings is a die cut and was inked with SU Cherry Cobbler.  The Tree was also die cut, inked in Pear Pizzazz and covered in Dazzling Diamonds.  I got very inky making this card and I love the way it has come together. 



Saturday, 11 November 2017


I find CAS a challenge style for me but I like to challenge myself so often try and join in with the CAS challenges - just to try a different style.  I'm really happiest sponging inks and making collage cards but its nice to do something a bit different.

So today I have joined in with Addicted to CAS whose challenge this week is bows.   As I'm still on my mission to make Christmas cards, a Christmas bow was my choice.

I have this lovely tag stamp with the vintage style woman on it - I'm not sure where I got it from as I've had it a long time, so wanted to use it.   I chose to use it with some of SU's Designer Series Paper cut out with Stitched Framelits to look like presents all wrapped up with some glittery red and white thread.

 I had to restrain myself from putting anything else on the card and walk away and leave it.


Friday, 10 November 2017


In my quest to make as many Christmas cards as I can by joining in Challenges I was pleased to find Christmas Card Challenges - right up my street.  They gave us the following image for our inspiration which is cute animals.


 I'm also adding this into the Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper challenge

Initially I was stumped as I didn't think I had any stamps that could work for this challenge but then I remembered Pretty Kitty and there is no reason why they couldn't be changed into Christmas Cats.  I've used some of the Merry Christmas Designer Paper from Stampin Up and the Joy is from Inkadinkadoo.  The swirl is from Season of Joy. 

The ribbons in the kitties and the bauble in the sentiment have been given a bit of glitter with some Dazzling Diamonds and layered on to the stitched framelits.  I'm a member of our local Cat's Protection here in Hampshire and I am excited and extremely honoured to have been chosen as a Cat Foster.  That means that in January I will be looking after cats that need homes and fostering them until new homes can be found.  So this card is perfect for me at the moment because my life is all about the cats!


Thursday, 9 November 2017


I have yet to find a nice stamp with the wording Oh Christmas Tree on it - I'm sure there are lots out there - it would have been handy for this card for the As You See It Challenge this week - which is a panel card and a sketch.

I've used an old SU stamp set here Season of Joy for the trees and Merry Little Labels for the Just for You.  The colours are the lovely Lemon Lime Twist ink, paper and ribbon.  The sentiment is stamped in Fresh Fig and Old Olive and is from Inkadinkadoo.

A touch of bling on the stars from some Rhinestones finishes off this card.

I'm loving joining in with all these challenges - I'm getting a really nice assortment of Christmas cards ready for the season.


Wednesday, 8 November 2017


I love reindeer at Christmas - whether it is cards or decorations - I try and fill the house with them of all sorts.  The Challenge over at TGIF Challenges isn't reindeers but it is a colour challenge of muted colours which I think lend themselves to reindeer cards.

My reindeer is an old stamp by Anita.  I've used the suggested colours of Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand and Soft Suede with a touch of Early Espresso.  The music stamp is from Cherry Pie and the Bronze Thread which you can just see is SU.