Friday, 19 July 2019


There is a colour challenge over at Retro Rubber this week -

RRCB 115

My card uses a retired SU set called Amazing You together with the matching framelits - this retired in March 2018 I think so it is just over the year old.  I used Spectrum Tri Blends to colour in the flowers and some SU Wild Wasabi ink for the green.  The thinlets were first cut out of the yellow and then the purple and layered on top of each other so that both colours would show.  A touch of sparkle on the flowers and some glitter circles inside the flowers finishes off the card. 



The challenge over at Try It On Tuesday is colours of the rainbow.  I was inspired by Jennifer McGuire to do a rainbow card out of scraps of card stock - something we all have lots of I'm sure.  This was such a simple technique I'm going to be doing a lot more of them.

After I had glued all my different strips I cut the card stock down to the size I wanted and glued it to the base.  I then used one of the SU thinlets from Amazing You for the word Celebrate and a butterfly thinlet for the butterly. I added some rainbow coloured enamel dots to the butterfly.

I'm also entering this into the Less is More Celebrations challenge #399


Thursday, 18 July 2019


I've been playing with my new Cardio stamp sets again - such great stamps that allow you to make a scene but I don't have enough of them yet. However, I chose just one from a set called Garden Hosedown for my card for two challenges - Watercooler Wednesday #WWC230 who wants male cards and Addicted to CAS #163 which had the challenge word of Heat.

I started off my sponging the background with some Tim Holtz inks - Bundled Sage, Barn Door, Worn Lipstick and Fossilized Amber.  I then stamped the BBQ with Black Momento ink and added the flames in the red and yellow inks.  The smoke stamp was inked off SU Basic Gray.  The sentiments come from Clearly Besotted.  This was then simply added to a white background to keep it CAS.


Wednesday, 17 July 2019


My card today has been inspired by two sketches  Global Design Project #GDP198 and #TGIFC220 sketch challenge

I've used the Floral Essence Stamp set by SU together with the matching DSP which is called Perennial Essence.  I stamped the flowers directly onto the DSP.  I stamped off the larger flower first with Blackberry Bliss then stamped the smaller one in Blackberry Bliss on top.  The flowers were inked with Tranquil Tide and coloured in with Tri Blend Spectrum Noir pen in Dull Green blend.  The sentiment was cut out with a stitched framelit and added to the reverse side of the paper.  I added a few sequins and some twine just to finish off the card.


Tuesday, 16 July 2019


Our sketch for this week's Try Stampin on Tuesday comes with an extra element of Summer.  We've actually enjoyed some sunny weather here in the UK.  Unheard of but Wimbledon actually went the whole fortnight with no rain!!!

I started off by sponging my beach image onto some white cardstock.  I used SU High Tide to create the scene.  I then cut it into three with some Stitched Edge framelits.  The chair is from Seasonal Thinlets together with the little drink.  The Summer sentiment is from an old SU set called Season by Season and the little strawberries came from a Clearly Besotted stamp set.


Look at this gorgeous mood board we have for you this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  

I took my inspiration from those lovely photo frames and the soft colours.  I pulled out an old favourite Painter's Palette which I haven't used in a while and teamed it up with Dandelion Wishes.  I kept the colours soft and muted with Powder Pink and stamped off Early Espresso. for the dandelion. I added a touch of pearls here and there to complete the look and some twine for the frame.


Sunday, 14 July 2019


Now how is this for a challenge from Sweet Stampin? Wonderful Women - I'm sure we all have a few of those in our lives that deserve a mention - the trick is adding them to a card!

For  my choice I went with an old stamp from Cherry Pie Art Stamps which shows the Mona Lisa.  Arguably one of the most famous women in the world just for sitting there almost smiling. I have seen this painting in real life and was surprised at how small it really is!

I started off the card by sponging my card with some Tim Holtz DistressInks.  I then used an old set from Tim Holtz which has the image of the Eiffel Tower on it keeping in with the French theme.  I used a stitched thinlet to cut out the image of the Mona Lisa and poppe dher up on dimensionals.  The word Amazing is from SU and I cut it three times and layered it on itself and then added some Dazzling Diamonds as she is a dazzler of a painting.

I'm looking forward to your take on this challenge.


Friday, 12 July 2019


It's been a while since I joined in with the Cas Colours and Sketches challenge but I always like to try CAS cards  In my Facebook Group The Joy of Sets we have a RAK group - Random Act of Kindness where we send cards to fellow card makers all over the world.  As postage overseas is quite costly I'm always look for one layer cards to help.  Saying that though this card isn't one layer - but there aren't many layers.

This is the Sketch we had to work with 

I used a couple of Stampin Up retired stamps for this card - the background in Powder Pink is from Timeless Textures - the lavender is from Lots of Lavender which I cut out and layered.  The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted.


Thursday, 11 July 2019


A couple of challenges have gone for the Christmas in July theme - I'm not averse to making Christmas cards any time of the year and it just so happens I just received a retired set from an ex SU Demo today called Merry Mistletoe and was eager to have a play.

I took my inspiration from the As You See It challenge #204  which had quite a detailed brief: Use all the elements shown below!

I started off with some Very Vanilla card stock from SU and stamped the main greetings in Real Red.  The mistletoe was stamped in Pear Pizazz and I added some pearls for the mistletoe berries.  I added some red and white ribbon/twine at the top of the mistletoe.

I then stamped the reindeer and reversed the image so it looks as though they are kissing under the mistletoe.  I used a stitched die cut for the extra sentiment and added some stars.

I'm also adding this into Retro Rubber #114 who are also asking for Christmas Cards.

Just Add Ink are asking for a seasonal card.

Little Red Wagon - are also looking for Christmas Cards

Christmas at Sweet Stampin - Anything Goes


Tuesday, 9 July 2019


Something a bit different from us this week at Stampin Up Only Challenge as we CASE a card from SU'S current catalogue.

I started my card with some of the new DSP from the Come Sail Away series.  I wanted something that looked like a map and this was pretty close.  I've used Animal Outing for my main panel colouring in the Rhino with some SU watercolour pencils.  Lots of sponging around the edges and multiple layers of the leaves - even the little frog made an appearance.    I used a stitched framelit for the sentiment and added some Old Olive baker's twine and a heart. 



Our sketch challenge at TSOT #416 this week had the optional theme of adding Christmas in July.

I wanted to have a go at using white ink and coloured pencils.  I've used a set from Gina K Designs called Season of Joy as I just adore these little mugs!  I stamped them first in Brilliance Moonlight White ink and then coloured them in with SU colouring pencils. I used a white gel pen to write over the letters.  I used Versamark to add the snowflakes as a background for the red banner.

The background paper is from a set called Festive Chalkboard from Craftwork cards and I think it echoes the idea of the chalk in the main image.  



I adore mosaics - especially the ancient Roman ones. I'm lucky enough to have volunteered a few years back at our local Iron Age museum where we have a 2,000 year old Roman mosaic of Jupiter found near where I live. It's one of the things on my 'to do' list - try my hand at mosaics.

So when I was gifted some of this gorgeous papers from SU called Mosaic Mood I sat and stroked them - especially as they have texture!

I decided to play along with CASE this sketch using the following:

I turned the sketch on its side for my card and decided to do some paper piecing which I haven't done for a while.  I used the Beautiful You stamp set from SU and cut out her dress from the matching papers. I used the reverse side of the gorgeous paper also as her hat and added a simply stylish sentiment.

I really then had to walk away and other than the small pearl in the corner I resisted the temptation to add anything on the left hand side for balance.


Monday, 8 July 2019


I've been having a play with the Floral Essence stamp set and am really loving it.  I decided to pair it with some of the new Pressed Petals DSP rather than the Perennial Essence paper.

I started by stamping the flowers on some Very Vanilla using an old SU ink Rose Red.  I'm not sure if the smaller flowers are supposed to be two stamping but that's what I did with them - stamping the larger one in Powder Pink and the smaller one inside in Rose Red.  A touch of Daffodil Delight was used for the centres and I added an old Dazzling Glitter dot in yellow for the centre of the main flower.  

I layered up the DSP and used a framelit from Colourful Seasons to add the detail at the bottom.  The leaves were embossed onto Wild Wasabi with white embossing powder.  All the leaves and flowers have to be fussy cut as there aren't any framelits with this set.  I added a touch of Old Olive twine at the top.  I embossed the beautiful sentiment also in white powder and layered it all onto Wild Wasabi card stock.

I'm adding this into the following challenges:

Global Design Project - #gdp196 - Case the Designer

Inkspirational Challenge - #190 - 3 or 5 of something

Inspired By - Strawberries - I've used similar colours

Time Out Challenge 139 - Quote 

Watercooler Challenge - Feminine Anything Goes


Saturday, 6 July 2019


Our grid over at Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe challenge this month has been chosen by Laura Awsome Geffert.  Each month one of the Design Team gets to choose their own grid.  We had this fabulous choice this month :

I've used a Clearly Besotted stamp set here called Warm Solutions.  My dear mum really believed that a cup of tea solved everything so I knew I had to use this sentiment when I saw it in the set.  It has matching framelits too so the little cups were stamped and some of them cut out and added with dimensionals.  Some tea coloured paper and twine was added to the bottom - the little cut out of the tea bag came from Stampin Up's A Nice Cuppa.

We look forward to seeing what you do with this grid.  Don't forget we choose a winner each month who is invited to be Guest Designer for the following month.  


Tuesday, 2 July 2019


A colour challenge for you this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments 

I recently managed to buy a copy of this retired set Background Bits from a demo friend who was resigning from SU.  I really like sets which have script in them and I'm surprised I didn't spot this set when it was current.  I often seem to do that though - buy sets once they've lost their popularity.  That's why I set up my Facebook Group The Joy of Sets so we could still show and share the retired sets.

I don't have Calypso Coral ink either so I had to improvise with a very old SU ink I still have which is called Cameo Coral - and to be honest there is very little difference in the inks sometimes, apart from their name!

I used Powder Pink card stock as my base and added some Tranquil Textures DSP.  I used the retired cable knit embossing folder and added the image on to that as a background.  I used all the ink colours mentioned and added some Powder Pink sheen ribbon and some sequins.  I love the soft muted colours in this card/,



A real challenge this week at Try Stampin On Tuesday - I tried to add the word melt in my card but just didn't have anything that would fit so I decided to go just with the sketch.

I already had the little basket from a retired SU set Blossoming Basket already on my desk ready to do something with.  I decided to fussy cut it all out to represent the circle in the sketch.  I coloured it originally with some pencils but wasn't happy with it so went over it again with the Tri Blend colouring pens. I popped it up on dimensionals and added some twine and the little heart tag stamp. I added some of the lovely papers from SU Everything is Rosy DSP and finished it off with a few Happiness Blooms dots.


Monday, 1 July 2019


Another new month which means another Christmas card for Sparkles Christmas Challenge - the challenge this month is to add a tree.

I've used a set from Stampin Up which is think is actually still current - it's called Winter Woods.  

I started off by masking the top and bottom and sides of some white card stock.  I then used some Tim Holtz inks for the background - including Chipped Sapphire, Aged Mahogany, Fossilized Amber and Black Soot.  I also masked off a moon.  The tree was simply stamped in Memento Tuxedo black ink.  I added some glue with a glue pen and covered the card in Dazzling Diamonds.  I added a strip of some lovely glitter white ribbon and two sparkly glitter dots. The sentiment is from a Gina K Designs set called Season of Joy.

I'm looking forward to seeing all your Christmas cards in July! 


Saturday, 29 June 2019


Just in time for our challenge over at Sweet Stampin this week - the sun has arrived in the UK - but it's come in with a bang and temperatures have soared - we get all or nothing over here!  Our challenge is Fun In The Sun.

I chose to use one of my all time favourite Stampin Up sets which is very old. So old in fact it's on wooden blocks - at the time I thought I would never move away from wooden stamps but it just goes to show how you change your mind.

I started off my card using a cloud stencil and some Distress Oxide ink from Tim Holtz in Salty Ocean.  The sun is from another retired SU set called Kinda Eclectic and I've just used half of the stamp in SU More Mustard.  The beach scene used a few more SU sets - High Tide and Wetlands to create the sea and the sand.  I added some paper from Kaisercraft at the bottom with a rope effect and a touch of blue twine.  The sentiment is also from Kaisercraft paper set called Beach Shack.


Wednesday, 26 June 2019


I recently found a new stamp company when I was at a craft fair called Card-io.  I have seen some lovely examples of how to use their stamps and managed to get a set to play with recently. It is perfect for the challenge over at Inkspirational which is Garden.

The set I've used is called Garden Hosedown.  I masked off the top and bottom of my card.  Using some Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Bundled Sage and Fossilized Amber I gently sponged the background.  I used various inks for the images and masked off a part for the sun.  The sun's rays are from a Stampin Up retired set Amazing You.  I added some flowers and leaves and the birds from SU High Tide.  The sentiment is from another retired set from SU called Cottage Greetings.  I added a few coloured rhinestones to the centre of the flowers.

I think I'm going to need a bit more practice with these stamps and maybe some more which include their lovely flowers and leaves, but it's a start!