Tuesday 20 February 2024


Welcome back to another challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments #IC432.  We have a gorgeous board for your inspiration.  

I started by masking off my card stock which I then filled in with Distress Oxide in Victorian Velvet - one of my most favourite colours of this range.  I then took an old rose stencil and went over it again with the same ink.

The stamp is from Tim Holtz Flower Shop CMS401 and I stamped it in Versafine Clair Chianti and Shady Lane.  I added some background stamping with an Tracy Evans stamp in the same Chianti ink.  I added some drops of the Victorian Velvet around the outside and added some water droplet embellishments and a stamped sentiment. 

Monday 19 February 2024


We finally have a dry day here in Wales - so nice to see a bit of sun rather than this constant rain.  After a lovely long walk with the dog up the mountains it was home for a quick bit of crafting time.  I decided to play along with two challenges - Sunday Stamps for their colours and Freshly Made Sketches. 

I couldn't decide whether Sunday Stamps were purples or browns but went with the image of the plums and the wording I spotted Plum Tones.

I used Wild Honey Distress Oxide for the mustard colour and used a stencil for my background.  The bottom colour is Distress Villanous Potion.  I added a tag for the shape and used one of Tracy Evans stamps Tulip from her Elegant Spring Florals set as a perfect Harbinger of Spring.  I coloured the image in with Tim Holtz Watercolours pencils.  I added some washi tape from my stash, some plum ribbon I found at the bottom of the ribbon box and a few water droplets embellishments. 

Monday 12 February 2024

Auricula Hearts

I am loving the new little Auricula stamp from Tracy Evans Boutique Designs - it's even got me thinking I'd love an auricula theatre in my garden - I didn't even know there was such a thing.  

The challenge over at Inkspirational is hearts and they really only want to see a card with hearts on it - not necessarily a Valentine's card.  Well I've already made hubbies Valentines and I don't sent out any others so this little card will be just perfect for another occasion.

I've used some of Tracy's old stamps on this one as well but the star has to be that little auricula stamp.  

I made the background with my brayer and when I stamped the image and coloured it it didn't stand out enough for me against that background so I re stamped it and fussy cut out the image of the flowers in the pot.  I love those little hanging hearts.

I'm also adding this into the Flower Challenge 

Wednesday 7 February 2024


Our challenge this month at The Male Room is Valentine/Use a Heart.  I cut the heart die cut with it's matching edge from a Creative Expressions die and used the negative space as a stencil.  I used Distress Ink Mustard Seed, Fossilised Amber and a touch of Vintage Photo. I added some water to parts of the background to lift the colour and give it a bleached effect. 

As I was using the stamp set from Aida Domisiewicz for Aallandcreate #47 which had bees and honey I chose to use these colours rather than the usual red.  I think it's worked out lovely and hubby will be getting this for his Valentine.  I used a stamp set called Background Voices by Bipasha Bk for Aallandcreate for the background stamping.  A little bit of bling in some embellishments and gold Pebeo wax finished off the card. 

I'm adding this into the following: 
Just us girls - Love 
We love stamping - romance 
Stamping Sensations - Creatures 
Addicted to CAS - Heart 
CAS on Sunday - Heart 

Tuesday 6 February 2024


I loved playing with our sketch this month from Hand Stamped Sentiments.  So many possibilities!  

I started out by using a Creative Expressions Stencil for my background with Old Paper Distress Oxide Ink.  I then used three strips of washi tape in spring colours.  I wanted to use the flowers from Tracy Evans set Elegant Spring Florals for my shapes.  I fussy cut them out and coloured them in with Tim Holtz Watercolour Pencils in spring colours. 

I added some string behind them and used some pinflair glue to attach them to the card.   I then used the word Spring from the Seasons stamp set by Tracy Evans.  I added a few water droplet embellishments to finish off the card.

I'm adding this into the following challenges:
Try it on Tuesday - flowers 

Monday 5 February 2024


I'm delighted to be starting off the New Year with a new Design Team - Inspiration Station.  But oh I nearly stumbled at the first hurdle when I saw our photo for inspiration and realised I have absolutely no dog stamps whatsoever.  Even though I have two dogs lol!  So forgive me for just showing this gorgeous little cat on my card.

She is one of Anita Jeram's stamps called Watering Can Mini.  I decided to ink her a little off the one side of the page rather than in the middle to give more of an effect.  I added some little flowers under her watering can and used the sentiment from another Anita Jeram set.  The little xo's are from Clearly Besotted.


A recent purchase is the Tim Holtz Flower Shop stamp set CMS401.  I adore the rose in this set.  The background was made with a brayer and some Tim Holtz Paint as well as a Tim Holtz stencil.  I used the stamping platfor to stamp the image on using Distress Oxide Inks.  The paste has been coloured with Tim Holtz distress ink.  The sentiment is also from Tim Holtz. 

I'm adding this into the following challenges:

Triple B - one bloom 
The flower challenge - use a flower and add a heart - my heart is the little gem 
Crafting Happiness - red and pink 

Friday 2 February 2024


Welcome back to another month's challenge at Creative Artiste Mixed Media.  We hope you've had a nice break and are now raring to go with a Mixed Media project. 

I run a Facebook craft group called The Joy of Sets and I have set the ladies a challenge on there that will last us all year.  We are going to make our own 2025 calendars adding a page a month.  This is my January page.  The background paper was taken from a Somerset Studio magazine as my base.  I used various stamps from Creative Expressions.  I also added some pieces from Taperlogy.  The feather was from my stash and was inked in Tim Holtz Black Soot.  I stamped some of the sentiments onto some calico.  The January and date stamps are from Tracy Evans. Strips of washi tape have also been added.  I've added some Tim Holtz embellishments.  The calendar part was printed from my computer.

I'm making my calendar in a watercolour pad by Winsor and Newton which luckily has 12 pages.

If you would like to join us at my Facebook group you will find us here https://www.facebook.com/groups/1287196548026205

I'm adding this into the following:

Outlawz Challenge - not a card 
CRAFT challenge -winter 
The Four Seasons - Winter 

Thursday 1 February 2024


I've always loved Tracy Evans' stamps when she designed for Aallandcreate.  Well she is now branching out on her own - such a brave thing to do and her many followers are right there with her. She is now Tracy Evans Boutique Designs. 

Here I have a set of four cards which I have recently made with her new stamps - TE1 and TE4.  I have used some of Tracy's old sets for the backgrounds. 

Stamp Set TE1

The stamps come beautifully wrapped in tissue paper and with a tag and string and I just had to use these in my first card.

Stamp Set TE4 

I'm adding these into the following challenges:  

As You See It - my craft purchase is new stamps by Tracy Evans 
Krafty Chicks - Stamping 

Wednesday 24 January 2024


Welcome back to another year's challenges at Christmas Craft Creations and thanks for being with us.  Our theme for January has been Glitter and Sparkle and I am here to share my card.  I created a small background in colour wash for my glitter tree.  The die is from Creative Expressions.  The sentiment is an old Tim Holtz one and has been embossed in Copper embossing powder from Stampin Up.

I added a frame around the colour wash with a pen and added a few shiny embellishments at the bottom. 

We have two prizes up for grabs this month and don't forget to be in with a chance of the prize we do ask that you include our graphic in your post.  Good luck. 

Tuesday 23 January 2024


I loved the choice of colours we had for this week's challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments - I actually had two of them which is always a plus for me.  I used Bermuda Bay for the Pretty Peacock.  

I used a Creative Expressions stamp for my project.  I inked the stamp with all three of the colours.  I then picked out the butterfly and the bird in the Berry Burst and the Bermuda Bay and fussy cut them out and added some Glossy Accents to give them more definition.  The Hello sentiment is a die cut from my stash.

I then used an old Stampin Up Stencil for the dots around the outside of the image, which had been torn and inked on the edges with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain.

I'm adding this into the following challenges:

We Love Stamping - Something New - the stamp is new 

Tuesday 9 January 2024


Happy New Year and welcome back to another year's challenges here at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  We love having you with us on this creative journey.  We start the year with an Inspiration Mood Board for you.

I had a background I had created using a gel press and some Tim Holtz Distress Pain in Iced Spruce and Evergreen Bough.  I felt it worked perfectly for the background I wanted to create for my bird.  All the stamps used are by Tracy Evans - including the text stamps in the background.  I added some Glossy Accents to the little circle and how fortuitous were the numbers on this bird.  They already said 24 so all I needed to do was add a January tag and it is just perfect for my first card of 2024.

Wednesday 3 January 2024


Happy New Year - wow 2024!  Let's hope the year bring you everything you hope for and lots of lovely crafting ideas.  

Welcome to The Male Room.  We start our year's challenge off with a fun theme.   I've used one of Tim Holtz's Snarky Cats for my card.  The background was made with a gel press on some water colour paper and then I added a stencil on top  The colours I used for the background were Iced Spruce, Evergreen Bough, Salvaged Patina and a touch of Candied Apple Distress Oxide Inks.

Thursday 28 December 2023


This is my last week for being Guest Designer over at Krafty Chicks and it's been a pleasure to be part of their team for a month.  Our final one is All Occasions. 

I used this gorgeous mouse from Anita Jeram from the Colorado Craft Company.  I chose to do a Thank You card ready for all those cards needed for January to thank you for my Christmas gifts.  I stamped the mouse first then masked him off and added a Tim Holtz stencil behind him. 

I'm adding this into the Stencil Fun challenge 

Wednesday 27 December 2023


We hope you are still joining in with our theme of Christmas Decorations - such a busy time of the year but being able to sneak away for a bit of crafting can help keep you calm.  I'm joining in again with my die cut decorations from Creative Expressions. The sparkles in the paper was made by Tim Holtz Festive Micro Sprays.

Thursday 21 December 2023


Oh it's CAS over at Krafty Chicks where I am still the Guest Designer for this month.  As regular readers to my blog will know I'm not great at the CAS cards - I love to throw everything at it in a Mixed Media type of way and find it hard to just leave it alone.  Here I've used some old Kaisercraft stamps - they are individual stamps but when you put them together they do create a tree shape.  I stamped them in different colours of greens to create my tree.  I added the star and a water droplet to the top.   The little pot is from Tim Holtz.  I really had to walk away then and not add anything else.