Saturday, 23 February 2019


We have an unusual challenge for you today over at Sweet Stampin - Dr Seuss or Graduation.  Now I have a mental block with Dr Seuss - I'm not sure where it stems from but it gives me the creeps - even the mention of it can turn me in a jelly so my choice had to be Graduation.  I don't have any stamps at all that can be deemed Graduation so I had a think out side the box and decided to use Beautiful You.  I can still remember what it felt like over 30 years ago to graduate from University with that all important qualification which sadly I never really used.  I studied languages, French and German but today they are most decidedly rusty through lack of use.

My girl, however, is full of confidence that she is going to put that qualification to good use.  I kept it simple with blacks and blues - and added some blue thread to her hat and her rolled up qualification.  The sentiments are from Yay You and Remember this -retired Stampin Up sets.


Wednesday, 20 February 2019


That title was a bit of a mouthful!  We all like to see new ideas for Male cards and The Male Room challenge is a great place to start.  Their challenge this week is to make a card without any papers.  Not too difficult for me as I don't always use them.  I decided to add this challenge to the one over at The Paper Players which is Monochromatic - Shades of the same colour.

My card uses the Stampin Up Set High Tide.  I have used an old ink I think- Always Artichoke and my ink pad is quite old and quite dry - however using Tim Holtz stamp positioner is a great way to bring life back to old inks.  You can stamp them as many times as you like and as the stamp is always in the same position the ink gets darker.  I'm sure that's not what they all had in mind when the various companies developed the stamping positioner tools but it's what I use mine for the most.

I did add black as an extra colour so I hope that was ok.  The centre was punched out with a stitched framelit and I sponged the edges and popped it on dimensionals.  The button and thread is from my stash and was inspired by one of the cards from the DT at the Male Room.  I like to use buttons and it's nice that they seem to be having a revival.  


Tuesday, 19 February 2019


We are celebrating the new Sale-A-Bration 2019 catalogue today at Stampin Up Only Challenge.  I chose to use some of the new Botanical Butterfly DSP which you get free.  I'm no longer an SU Demo but I do still have friends who are and I was lucky enough to receive some of this lovely paper from them as a RAK.

The black and white paper intrigued me as I found it unusual for something as colourful as a butterfly so I challenged myself to use it.  It goes really well with the purple which is another colour I rarely use so that decided my colour palette.  I used the small butterfly image from a retired set Kinda Eclectic and used Versamark ink to stamp the purple card stock.  The larger butterfly was from another retired set Nature's Perfection.  I was excited to find that this stamp actually fits my retired Butterfly punch perfectly.  I coloured the butterfly with a Wink of Stella dipped into Perfectly Plum ink to give it a shine.  The other butterfly was simply punched out of some of the black and white paper.  The sentiment is from Jar of Love.

I'm also adding this to TGIF Challenge #TGIFC199 which is also looking at Sale-a-bration goodies.



I'm playing along with Global Design Project #GDP177 with this card and decided to do an aperture card as I've never done one before.

GDP has a colour pallette for us to work with - 

I used a combination of thinlets from two sets for the foliage - Jar of Love and Colourful Seasons.  The butterfly is from a retired set Nature's Perfection which fits the retired butterfly punch perfectly. I coloured in the balloons on the sentiment with some of the Melon Mambo.  A touch of copper thread and some Wink of Stella on the flowers and the butterfly just gives that touch of sparkle.

I run a Facebook Group called The Joy of Sets with over 3,000 members where we celebrate all things SU both retired and current so I'm often seen using my old set.  As I'm not a Demo there is no pressure to keep using new stuff and I love to use old favourites.

Monday, 18 February 2019


It's been a while since I did some paper piecing and it was great to see it as part of the challenge at Back to Basics and Beyond - a new challenge which I found today.

I decided to use Stampin Up's Beautiful You as it's a set I haven't used in a while and it really lends itself to paper piecing.  I used some retired papers from SU - yellow is not really a colour I use very often but it's a good one for Spring  I think.  I've also used the retired Botanical Blooms on this card.

Once I started I couldn't stop and ended up doing another one - using another retired Stampin Up set called Painter's Palette but in different colours - again no colours I normally use.

I'm going to go through my stamps and see what others I could use for this technique.



Over on my Facebook Group The Joy of Sets - every Monday I set a Make It Monday challenge.  This Monday I have challenged everyone to make a project using a template or stencil.   

There is a sketch challenge over at Sunday Stamps#SSC198  this week called from the heart - very apt for the month of February.  I tried to think outside the box for my entry and was inspired by something I saw Kristina Werner doing and I also wanted to try and use a template.

I started off by cutting a template out of a heart shaped thinlet. I fixed this directly to my Very Vanilla cardstock and started to stamp the images on the border of the template.  As the stencil is revealed you can see the shape of the heart - sometimes there is a bit of touching up at the middle and the bottom just to make sure the shape is there but I loved how this turned out.  I added some SU Tutti Frutti washi tape to the side and stamped and cut out some roses and leaves and added a touch of sheer ribbon.  I used four SU inks for the heart - Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Old Olive and Tranquil Tide.

I'm also adding this into the As You See It Challenge #194 who have challenged us to keep things simple - for me simple for crafting is paper and ink.


Saturday, 16 February 2019


We are celebrating National Pet day today at Sweet Stampin challenge- shh I'm keeping it quiet from my two dogs and three cats!  Well, maybe they will get a few treats!

I chose to do a Waterfall card for my card today as it's a while since I made one.  As I'm also a volunteer for my local Cat's Protection I chose to use Stampin Up's Pretty Kitty stamp set for my card.

I started off with a base card stock of Lemon Lime Twist by SU and added some of the lovely retired Designer Series Paper called Naturally Eclectic.

The images were all coloured in with SU watercolour pencils.  The sentiment is from another retired set called Build a Bouquet.  There are plenty of YouTube tutorials showing how to make Waterfall Cards - I love to watch Dawn Griffith as I find hers easy to follow.

Friday, 15 February 2019


....the challenge by Inspired By I've moved away from those bold colours of my last card to the more muted tones of browns and pinks.  The image they gave us were of cacti but I don't have any of the latest craze of cacti images so I went with the soft muted colours.

I chose a stamp set by Clearly Besotted called Thanks A Bouquet and the sentiment is from their set called Mini Basic Banners.  Both sets have the matching dies.

I started out by embossing my flower images with white embossing powder on to SU's Crumb Cake cardstock.  I used some SU inks and an aqua brush to colour in the images.  Although this wasn't water colour paper it still with stood a bit of water for the water colouring.  The banner was stamped onto Vellum.  I added a few pearls and layers in White card stock and Always Artichoke.


Thursday, 14 February 2019


Happy Valentine's Day everyone.  I'm feeling rather sorry for myself as I fell down my stairs on Tuesday and hurt my back.    I still managed to do some crafting today though - inspired by the Tic Tac Toe grid over at Retro Rubber.  Tic Tac Toes are one of my favourites which is why I started up my own Challenge blog with my Joy of Sets FB page where we do one every month.  I love how many different elements you can choose and everything is so different.

RRCB 104

Well I went completely out of my comfort zone with the colours on this card.  I chose to do the diagonal of butterflies, birthday and washi tape and my card was inspired by my washi tape. I'd recently purchased some retired SU Tutti Frutti washi and this was its first outing.

I started by adding five of the colours to a small piece of white cardstock - I then used the framelit from the retired SU set Watercolor Wings to cut out the small butterfly out of the Washi tape.  I stamped the larger butterfly in SU Fresh Fig and added the washi butterfly to it.  I also added some of the washi tape in the same order that I cut out the butterfly and layered it behind the larger butterfly.  

The background embossed piece is from Kaisercraft and is a gorgeous folder called Tiny Floral.  I've gone over the embossing with a Tim Holtz Distress Crayon in Antique Linen. I'm always late tot the party in crafting it seems and I've just discovered Distress Crayons. I love that you use your finger to move the ink around. Feels just like a kid and I've been doing lots of experimenting with them - I'm sure more cards will follow using them. I just need to get more colours as I only have the muted set.  Anyway back to my card - the sentiment came from a retired SU set called Cottage Greetings - I added a few of the Tutti Frutti sequins and some pearls to the card.


Tuesday, 12 February 2019


Fill in the blanks lol!  In my case it's chocolate - I have a definite weakness but as I'm dairy intolerant it has to be dark!   This is my take on our sketch this week at Try Stampin on Tuesday #TSOT395

The sentiments come from Clearly Besotted stamp company.  I used some papers I had been RAK'd by a friend and turned them into a small envelope.  I then used some Early Espresso card stock from Stampin Up, added some squares with dimensionals and sponged the edges to make it look like a bar of dark (!) chocolate.  I then just made a wavy edge to make it look as though it had been bitten into.  I added some hearts which had been cut with some stitched framelits - the smaller one uses glitter paper and I added a heart embellishment.  Some ribbon and a few extra pearls finished off the card.  This is one hubby is getting this week! 

I'm also adding this into the following Challenges:

DoubleD - Hearts with a mood board of brown 
Try it on Tuesday - Romance 
Time out Challenge - #128 - Home Sweet Home and chocolates!
Inspired By - Hearts 
As You See It - Eclectic - I've used all the elements in one card



We have a sketch for you today at Hand Stamped Sentiments  #308- I had to do a lot of thinking over this one! 

I chose to use some retired Designer Series Paper from Stampin Up for the background piece - I love the colours in this paper but it can be a bit full on but I thought it was just right for this project.  I used a stitched framelit to cut out the shame and have the paper peeking through.  The large butterfly was cut with a butterfly framelit and shows the reverse of the paper.  The little butterfly was cut with a punch.

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


Saturday, 9 February 2019


We are celebrating Valentine's Day here at Sweet Stampin this week. I decided to go with something slightly different with a Triple Fold card.    I've used a couple of Stampin Up sets for this - the sentiment on the front of the card comes from a retired set from Stampin Up called In This World. The You Complete Me comes from Clearly Besotted.  

The image of the couple is a very old SU set called Summer By The Sea.  I used the ink pads and a blender pen to colour in the images .  I've also used Timeless Textures to give a subtle background.  The lovely ribbon is very old SU.

I look forward to seeing all your entries - this is such a great theme and it's always nice to see how it is interpreted.


Friday, 8 February 2019


Even if you didn't know February was the month of love you'd soon realise it when looking around the challenge blogs.  We are all spreading the love.  Valentine's in the UK is really only about the love of a partner - a romantic love.  When we lived in Texas I was pleasantly surprised to see how it is the love of all things and cards are sent to all loved ones.  It would be nice if that did take off here in the UK  - it would make it more special, especially for those who may not be in a romantic relationship.  Saying that, my card is really for a romantic relationship.

I chose to use the old SU set Summer By The Sea - a goody and a favourite of mine.  I used some Crumb Cake card stock as the base  and embossed the image with some retired SU embossing powder in brown.  I then used an aqua brush and coloured in the images with some SU inks.  I used a stamp from High Tide to add the image of the water.  The sentiment is another old SU one - I'm not sure what set as I only have the one word.  I added the image to some gorgeous paper from Dovecraft and added a little heart and some ribbon to finish it off.

I'm adding this into the following challenges:

The Paper Players PP427- Love is in the Air

Aud Sentiments - Love or Valentine Sentiment 

Craft Rocket Challenge - Valentine 

The Card Concept - Love is in the Air 

The Male Room - Love Your Men

Ellibelle's Corner - Something with Hearts


Tuesday, 5 February 2019


I received some lovely free goodies from an SU demo friend of mine Andrea Parr with some of the new colours and new foils and couldn't wait to try them out. I chose to use Colourful Seasons and the matching thinlets as I really wanted to use those intricate leaves.  

I started my card using some of the new Lovely Lipstick as my base cardstock and I used some Versamark to add the sentiment Thinking of you in the corners. 

I then used the two different leaf thinlets to cut the images out of some of the new Needlepoint Nook DSP.  The finer leaf was layered onto some of that gorgeous Grapefruit Grove Foil sheet - it gives the leaf a lovely shimmer.

I used a Stitched Framelit for the circle and stamped the branch and leaves on with Melon Mambo as I don't have the matching new ink yet.  The chair was cut out of Wood Textures DSP.  I added the little cup and some flowers in the Lovely Lipstick foil sheet.  A few pearls and the sentiment stamped and cut out with a stitched framelit finishes off the card.

I'm adding this to the following challenges - 

Just Add Ink #442 - I used their sketch for inspiration.

Global Design Project - #GDP175 - Down the Garden Path

Sunday Stamps -SSC197 - Pretty in Pink

Always Fun - Anything Goes



A challenge for you today from Stampin Up Only Challenge #SUOC216 which offers a world of possibilities - Flowers.

I've used a lovely retired set for my card called Nature's Perfection which I think was a Sale-A-Bration item back in 2017.   I inked up the big flowers in Pear Pizazz and the buds in Rich Razzleberry.  These were colour in with a blender pen just picking up the ink from the image stamped.  I used some stitched framelit dies for the sentiment in some retired  Coffee Break Series DSP.

The butterfly comes from the same set.  What I loved was I found out my retired Butterfly Punch fit this butterfly perfectly!  I inked it in Fresh Fig and Creamy Caramel and added some Wink of Stella and some tiny pink pearls.  The ribbon behind is also retired and is the Rich Razzleberry Stitched-Edge.

As you may know I am no longer an SU demonstrator which allows me to still use and show off all our retired goodies.  My Facebook Group The Joy of Sets celebrates all things SU both current and retired as well as other favourite stamps companies so if you need extra motivation and inspiration why not come and join us.

I look forward to seeing all your lovely Flower cards this week.


Monday, 4 February 2019


The challenge over at Addicted to Cas #152 this week is birds.  I had just received this lovely little stamp set from Clearly Besotted with these super cute bird images on and just had to ink them up.  The set is called You're So Tweet II.

I started with a background stamp using SU's Winter Woods and those lovely birch trees inked in Early Espresso.  I then used some dimensionals to add an extra layer of white card stock as a frame.  The little birds were stamped in SU Pacific Point.  I then used a Spectrum Noir pen to colour them in - the pen picks up the ink but adds a shimmer to it as you colour them.  The sentiment is from the same set.  I used a circle punch to punch out the birds.  A few shiny embellishments finish the card.  


Saturday, 2 February 2019


We are on to month two for our Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe challenge - we had a great response to our first ever challenge. This month's grid has been chosen by Andrea Parr of Crafty Little Things blog - with a nod to Valentine's Day I think.

I chose to do Heart, Pink, Lace.

I started my card by using a piece of Stampin Up card stock and using a retired hearts embossing folder direct to the card.  I then used the Pearlised Doily as a mask and sponged the image on to the card.  The backing paper is from My Mind's Eye.  The little bunny is from Reverse Confetti and was something I won in a challenge from them.  I used SU inks and a blender pen to colour her in.  I've cut out the same paper for her bows and added some sparkle with a Spectrum Noir glitter pen.  A touch of lace and some embellishments finish her off.

I'm looking forward to seeing all the different interpretations of this fabulous grid.


Friday, 1 February 2019


This proved a tricky challenge for me this month at Sparkles Christmas Challenge as I actually found I don't have any stamps with a poinsettia on it. Hunting through all my stamps I came across an old Stampin Up set Season of Joy which thankfully had one in it.  Saved!

I've used an old SU embossing folder with holly on it for the background in white.  The poinsettia was inked and fussy cut out twice and layered on top of each other - with some added yellow enamel dots to represent the stamens.  I added some extra holly leaves behind them and used the stitched framelits for  the sentiment which comes from the same set.  A little heart and some Spectrum Noir glitter pen gives the card some sparkle!

I think it might be an idea for next year to hunt out a different type of poinsettia flower to play with.  I look forward to seeing all your entries and I may get some inspiration of what stamp to get.