Friday, 13 July 2018


Yesterday my dogs and I went to our local Iron Age Hill Fort - aha you know the way you do!  It's a very peaceful place to walk and with all this glorious weather we have had in the UK the wild flowers are profusive.

I took a wonderful photo of my Welsh Springer Spaniel Tegan in amongst the Wild Thyme - a close up of the picture actually shows her licking her lips too.  I loved the photo so much I decided to do a Scrapbook Page for her and add it to a few challenges.

The first one is a Sketch Challenge for my own Facebook Group - The Joy of Sets.  

The other is for Just Add Ink whose challenge is the Letter T

I've used some retired Stampin Up papers here together with Kaisercraft Memory Lane.


My card today uses a new set of stamps and dies which I recently purchased from a new company I found - called Clearly Besotted - and when I saw their stamps and their matching dies and the prices it's safe to say I was clearly besotted!

The set I have used is called Thanks a Bouquet and it has a matching set of dies - I think both cost me just over £10 in their sale - what a bargain.  And they stamp lovely too.  

I'm using the Fab Friday Challenge Sketch #141 for my inspiration for this card 

I inked up the stamps with some SU Basic Black ink and watercoloured the roses with an Aqua painter and two retired SU colours - Pretty in Pink and Regal Rose.  The leaves were painted in Pear Pizazz to match the cardstock. I stamped teh flowers twice and added an extra dimension by cutting some of them out and popping them up on dimensionals.  I love the round little vase that comes with the set and its matching die.  

The background uses a retired die from SU from the Banner's collection and some of the current Share What You Love DSP.  I think the ribbon in Pear Pizazz is also retired as is the gorgeous little rose brad.  The chevron stamps are from Kaisercraft Gypsy Rose and the little pear drops are from Charmed Cards and Crafts who gifted them when I placed an order.  So quite a lot going on in this little card but I love the colours and I can see me using these stamps quite a lot.


Thursday, 12 July 2018


Challenge blogs!  There are lots of them out there and I was just musing over what I expect from playing along with them.  Is it the anticipation that your project may get chosen and clicking back on and seeing your name as the winner?  That's a great incentive I must say.  I love the fact that members of the team take the effort to come onto my blog and make a comment.  I'm on a Design Team myself and I ensure that I always comment if people have taken the time to join in.  There are a few blogs however that never seem to comment or choose winners and I'm slowly giving them a bit of a wide berth.

  Global Design Project   challenge this week is a sketch 

I wanted to use some new products from the new catalogue but I am still waiting for my order to arrive - two weeks so far - eek I'm normally quite patient!  So I decided to use some of the new Share What You Love DSP which was gifted to me.  I used some old SU punches to cut out the flowers and a retired SU embossing folder for the hearts background.  The sentiment is from an old SU set called Riveting.  The lace ribbon is also retired but the pearls are Share What You Love pearls.  A mix of the old and the new! 


Tuesday, 10 July 2018


I'm delighted to have been asked to be a Guest Designer over at Try It On Tuesday - for their Quotation theme. 

I chose to use Stampin Up's retired In This World stamp set for my card.  The little chair reminds me of one my dear mum use to own and I wanted to add it to my card.  It was cut out and embellished with some tiny SU pearls.  The brad is also a retired SU antique brad with some retired ribbons.  The Quotation came from Kaisercraft Memory Lane paper and I thought it was apt for us crafters.


Tuesday, 3 July 2018


A new challenge this week for us at Hand Stamped Sentiments and it's a fabulous colour challenge

I decided to go with Jar of Love as I haven't used this set in a while and it's nice to see it's still in the current catalogue.  I used my paper crimper to give the background cardstock a bit of texture and kept the colours of the flowers to Pool Party and Daffodil Delight.  My Pool Party ink is very dry - it's not that old but I think I must have had a bad batch of inks cause quite a few of them have dried out - and yet I have SU inks going back to 2004 that are still going strong!  I added some of the new twine and some Wink of Stella on the flowers and the bow.

I hope you play along with us this week and get some great inspiration from our Design Team - we love to see what you come up with.


Saturday, 30 June 2018


If you are regular reader to my blog you will know I'm all about the cats - a bit of a mad cat lady. As well as my own two I am a fosterer for our local cat's protection charity.  That means I voluntarily have two cat pens in my garden and look after cats while we try and find them homes.  I have had one particular cat called Scrumpy with me now for nearly three months - the longest I have had so far - all the others have been going within two weeks.  Scrumpy bless her is a special case because she is a grumpy old lady.  Turfed out of the home she'd know for 10 years because a baby came along, she has a tendency to be a bit free with her claws and we are finding it difficult to re-home her.  We have a Facebook page and I added a little poem for her this week - so far we've had a bit more interest and we have someone coming to see her on Tuesday- so paws all crossed - I hope she behaves. Here's my little poem

An Ode To Scrumpy:

I'm 10 years old, A Female Ginger
And my given name is Scrumpy
I'm looking for
An Experienced Owner 
Who doesn't mind I'm Grumpy!

On my own terms
I like a fuss and I like to play
But if you see my ears twitch
It's time to back away
I'd like to sit and play outside
And be part of all I see
So if you think I'm the cat for you
Please... Take a Chance On Me!😹

And a 

And here's a picture of the lady in all her glory - 

So as I am in a cat mood I decided to have another play with Pretty Kitty from Stampin up!  I used the challenge from Just Add Ink for my inspiration and added the flowers from Colourful Seasons.  

I've kept the colours soft for the card and the pink I've used is a very old SU one called Regal Rose.  The pearls are from the new catalogue from the Share What You Love suite.  The flower pot is also an old colour called More Mustard - one of my favourite colours of all time from SU.

Friday, 29 June 2018


It's late here in the UK and once again I can't get to sleep.  Hubby is fast asleep as he works so hard during the day that as soon as his head hits the pillow he's gone.  I then toss and turn so this evening I decided to come into my craft room and do something productive.

One of the sets I love from Stampin Up is Thankful Thoughts - so often the word stamp sets don't get as much attention as the ones with the images but this great set is always my go-to for thank you cards.  I love all the different sentiments.  My card today uses one I've never actually used before.  I'm not even sure that 'fabulosity' is a word lol!

I was thrilled then to see that What Will You Stamp challenge #174 has this set as their example this week.  I've wanted to play along for ages with them but I've never had any of the sets they've chosen.

I've used some of the new DSP Share What You Love which was gifted to me by a member of my Joy of Sets Facebook Group.  The sentiment for this card then is right up her street and will be winging its way across the sea to the US to say a big Thank You to her for her generosity to me and others in the group.  She has become known as our RAK queen and her name is Margaret Reuter.  I've added a touch of the new twine and used Bermuda Bay for my ink.


Thursday, 28 June 2018


The Challenge over at Global Design Project this week is a Case the Designer challenge.  The card on offer is very similar to one I did last week so I thought I'd better not replicate that one and try and do something different.  Here's the challenge card:

Here's the card I did last week - quite similar. 

I steered away from the Share What You Love papers and had a look to see what other current papers I had I could use and found my Wood Textures DSP.  I've added some Burlap Ribbon and cut out a frame for the sentiment with the Stitched Framelits.  The Sentiment is from Colourful Seasons and I've added the branch from the matching Seasonal Layers framelits and a cute little button with some linen thread.


Wednesday, 27 June 2018


Summer has definitely arrived in the UK with temperatures soaring into the high 20's and, as often happens when it's hot, everyone is complaining about the heat!  It's really the fact that our country is not set up for this sort of heat - few homes have air conditioning and at the moment not even my car has it as it has decided to stop working - aarggh!  It's a full time job also trying to keep my little foster cats cool in their pens - lots of iced water and damp cool towels for them to sleep on seems to be helping them.

So with summer in mind my card today has a definite summer feel to it - It uses one of the new colours from Stampin Up which is called Pineapple Punch and lots of other retired SU products going back years.

The cardstock is the new colour - I've then used some of the retired DSP Color Theory, Colourful Seasons stamp set and matching thinlets, retired banner thinlets, retired Summer sentiment comes from Season By Season and the little flip flops is from an old set called A Little Love.  The gorgeous Bermuda Bay ribbon is also retired. Luckily the ink is still current.

I'm adding my card into the following challenges:

TGIF Challenge -     Summer Inspiration
Fab Friday -            New SU In Colours
The Paper Players - Sketch 



Over at my Facebook Group The Joy of Sets we have just done an ATC swap with the theme of Wings.  The challenge over at Try It On Tuesday this week is also Wings.

I used Tim Holtz distress inks for the backgrounds and various stamps I had in my stash.  I think the Angel is from Cherry Pie Art Stamps - I can't remember where the little girl stamp is from, and the butterfly is from Stampin Up In This World. The background words stamp is another old one from my stash called Manuscript Background from Hero Arts.



My page today is of my daughter and her Graduation in 2012 - how quickly the years go - it really does seem only yesterday she was having her first day at school and I was in tears having to leave her in the hands of others.  Now she's all grown up - the words of that old song Sunrise Sunset really are very poignant.

I think Scrapbooking can bring with it a real sense of nostalgia - I'm a person who sadly lives in the past and it doesn't really do me any good - I need to look to the future but I find that difficult.  That's probably why I like to scrapbook - I can get lost in the past again for a while.

My page has been inspired by the Let's Get Sketchy sketch - 

I've used the lovely Kaisercraft papers in from the Memory Lane Collection together with other added bits and bobs, the butterfly from SU Bold Butterfly Framelits and the tags from an SU punch. The title stickers are called Thickers from American Crafts.

I'm also adding this into Kaisercraft's own challenge of a Tic Tac Toe box - I've used the bottom row.


Thursday, 21 June 2018


Inspired by a couple of challenges that have asked for us to scrap ourselves I've done this page. I have done a page about myself before but that was about 10 years ago and to say my style has changed since then is an understatement!

I've used a piece of Basic Grey Periphery for my background and various bits and pieces from my stash.  I have been away from scrapping for a while and have really missed it - my stash is now very slowly growing with lots of lovely goodies to use.  

I'm putting this into the following challenges:

Challenge Yourself - 

The Studio Challenge Their theme is You.



I'm using this new set I've got my hands on again - I always seem to love sets once they retire - what does that say about me? I'm behind the times maybe!  

My cardstock base is one of the new colours from SU - I think it's called Pineapple Punch.  I've used some of the new DSP Share What You Love which has been torn and inked as a background. I've also used SU Kinda Eclectic - another retired stamp set.  I've stamped the large sun from this set behind the butterfly and a retired butterfly punch to punch out the mini butterfly.  The sentiment is from a very old SU set - I'm not sure of its name.

There is a touch of the Copper Thread behind the butterfly and some new twine.

I'm adding this to the following challenges:

 Double D Challenges butterflies 
Try Stampin on Tuesday - sketch
Time Out Challenges - Warm 


Wednesday, 20 June 2018


A simple thank you card from me today using a lovely little set from Penny Black stamps called Enjoy.  I've also used a retired Spectrum Ink Pad from Stampin Up - these were great inks - it's a shame they are not around any more - they have a choice of five inks in them and when you push them together you get  a rainbow effect on your stamps.  I've had this ink over 10 years and it still inks really well.

 I stamped the image onto a piece of white cardstock and then ran it through the crimper.  The edges were also inked with the ink giving the different colours all around the edges.  I used an SU banner punch for the sentiment and simply sponged the edges.

The inside is stamped with the word Friend from Stampin Up's Jar of Love.  The flowers have been stamped again but this time the other way round on the ink so the colours are different.

I'm adding this into the following challenges:

Addicted to CAS - Rainbow 
Less Is More - Friend 



The Challenge over at Try It On Tuesday is entitled For The Boys.  I chose to do a Scrapbook Layout for this one and, as it was Father's Day on Sunday here in the UK I did a page for my husband - the best Dad to our two children - not children any more though.

I used some of the gorgeous Kaisercraft paper for the 12 x 12 and some papers from a small block of 4x4 I had in my stash.  

Gifts from the kids for Dad for Father's Day were goodies to do with Fly Fishing - his favourite pasttime - so while I was at it I also did a page just for him - best type of fishing as far as I'm concerned is where the fish swims free.  I love the way hubby managed to capture the image of the fish underwater being released back into the wild river Test in Hampshire.


Tuesday, 19 June 2018


I always seem to be a bit behind the times when it comes to Stampin Up sets - I seem to fall in love with them after they've retired!  This is what happened with In This World - a set I've only just started using and I love it.  It gives me the chance to do the sort of cards I really love - which is lots of layers, inking and vintage style.

I started off with a piece of ST Cardstock in Pool Party - with some retired DSP which has been torn and inked up in Soft Suede.  I stamped the butterfly image and the key from In This World and used the dots from Painter's Palette.  The door was inked sponged and cut out and added on top of some Burlap Ribbon.  The butterfly was cut out of Bold Butterfly thinlets and the small butterfly punched out with a retired SU punch.  A touch of ribbon and thread is added to the butterfly.  The words are from the set and were stamped and cut out and added on dimensionals - very fiddly.

This card shows my love of crafting and what got me into it - I love the inking and when I first got my Big Shot it was a revelation.  Global Design Project  #143 have asked us to show what got us into crafting and this has all the elements for me.

I'm also including this into the following challenges

As You See It Challenge - FRESH - this was a fresh stamp set for me 
TGIF Challenges - Doodle - I doodled on the door adding inked bits for shading