Wednesday 31 May 2017


 It's a free for all Challenge over at Watercooler Wednesday this week - anything you like - we'd love to see it!  

I've chosen to use the lovely Pretty Kitty set - this is such a lovely set for colouring and although it's not new to the catalogue its new to me so I'm still in that Honeymoon stage with this set.  I used some now sadly retiring DSP as the background and Island Indigo as the cardstock.  Stitched Framelits also got a look in here.  The Watercolour Pencils are great at colouring in these little kitties.

 This is a great single Fun Fold card and always gives a bit of that Wow factor.

 Come along and join us and let us see your creations.  Pop over to the rest of the Design Team and see what they have for you.



Tuesday 30 May 2017



How exciting to be chosen as winner at CAS Colours and Sketches again this week for my butterfly card.  It's a great honour especially as I'm still learning the art of Clean and Simple.  

My next card is definitely neither Clean nor Simple.  It is however going in to the Global Design Project #GDP089 challenge this week which is a colour challenge.  I was sad to hear Kylie Bertucci is leaving the group which I believe she set up. I've 'met' Kylie through FB and belong to a few of her groups - it sounds as though she is moving on to something exciting and I wish her lots of luck.

I had actually just made this card this morning and started to do a video tutorial but my phone died so the tutorial will be added later.  It was just lucky I had been using these colours anyway -apart from the black which had to be just sneaked in there somewhere! lol

Anyway my card is a Tri Fold Shutter card - it looks complicated to do but isn't really once you get going and it definitely has the Wow factor.    It also uses lots of small pieces of DSP so go one get cutting - and it doens't actually use a lot of DSP.

 Trying to take decent pictures though is a whole other problem.  For this card I used some of the Delightful Daisy DSP - I love this - I've nearly gone through a whole pack already.  I also used the Daisy Delight stamps, some of the sentiments from Colourful Seasons and Beautiful You.  I used my now retiring butterfly punches, I'm keeping hold of those though.  And the butterfly on the front was from Bold Butterfly Framelits.

 Here's another example of the same type of card using different papers in this DSP.

Here is the YouTube tutorial for you


Sunday 28 May 2017


A timely card theme over at Addicted to CAS this week with their theme of Graduation although for the UK this really comes more into effect in late summer but we can always be prepared.


 I have done a Graduation card previously which was for my son last year which made it more of a Cap style card.

but I wanted to try another style for the CAS challenge.  There is a tutorial in my tutorial page above for this style of card.

For the Challenge, I kept to a black and white scheme and used the Stitched Framelits for the Mortar Cap.  I used the Falling Petals Embossing Folder, sadly retiring, but I'm keeping hold of mine.  The wording actually comes from a retired Project Life set Remember This.  Another set I'm keeping hold of because the sentiments in it are wonderful, not just for scrapbooking. I added a touch of our White Organza ribbon - shh don't tell I cut the organza bits off (!) and added a Metal Rimmed Pearl for the middle.


 Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog.  I love to hear from fellow crafters.



Friday 26 May 2017


Well its safe to say I haven't used this set for a little while but it was the one set that came to mind when I saw the challenge over at Global Design Project this week which is the CASE the designer

 I used some of our watercolour paper for the rose and initially embossed it using Clear Embossing powder and the new lovely Lemon Lime twist.  Did you know you can emboss any of our colours using clear embossing powder.

I then used Old Olive for the leaves and Powder Pink and Berry Burst for the rose and a touch of Dazzling Diamonds in the middle.

This was layered onto some of our new In-Colour cardstock - Fresh Fig and Lemon Lime Twist - I am so loving these new colours.  A few of the lovely Glitter Enamel Dots and a banner from Banner Framelits in the same Lemon Lime Twist finishes off the card. The sentiment is from Colourful Seasons.



Thursday 25 May 2017


I can't seem to leave this little Daisy set alone - and I love the papers which go with it. 

The challenge over at CAS Colours and Sketches this week is a sketch - how simple is this? Click on the image to go to their site.

 I kept my card as a one layer and added a strip of the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper in the gorgeous Night of Navy colour.  I then added two punch outs of the daisy both still in the DSP and added them back to back and curled their petals.  A simple pearl in the middle and the sentiment finished off the card.  I then walked away lol!

All products will be available from my store on 1st June!  Not long now!

Wednesday 24 May 2017


Click on the image below to be taken to this week's Challenge

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 I know - I bet that surprised you all - Christmas in May!  But it's never too early to make a start on those Christmas cards, right?

I've thought a little outside the box for my card this week - using Pretty Kitty Stamp Set for the cute little cats, Foxy Friends for the lovely Trees, Sweet Home for the little banner and Banner's For Christmas for the Christmas word.

 I must admit it does feel strange making Christmas Cards when the weather is lovely and warm outside - reminds me of being back in Houston when we used to live there - our weather there was so different from the UK!

I'm looking forward to seeing all your Christmas cards.  Just think if we all made a few a month it would take all that pressure off come December!


Tuesday 23 May 2017


A new stamp set meets an old favourite.  The Watercolor Wings works so well with our gorgeous new In-Colours - for the butterfly here I've  used Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink and stamped off Fresh Fig, just to soften the Fresh Fig a little.

This set works well with the Bold Butterfly Framelit Dies which I used to cut out the little butterfly.

I've been doing a few CAS challenges lately and its nice to throw loads of goodies at a card for a change.  This is definitely not CAS!

I've also used the Daisy Delight stamp and the Designer Series Paper.  I can see that these two combined are going to prove to be some of my favourites this year.

The cardstock is Fresh Fig.  There is some Wink of Stella on the petals of the daisy, and on the butterfly.  A Glitter Enamel Dot is used in the middle of the daisy and a few enamel dots on the butterfly.

I'm including this card in the challenge for #TGIFC108 - They have a sketch challenge this week.

I'm also including it in Stamp Ink Paper's challenge this week which is Card Maker's Choice - click on the image to be taken to their site.





Sunday 21 May 2017


It has been a while since both of these sets have had an airing from me.  Both lovely stamp sets in their own right but they do also go so well together.

The challenge over at Inkspirational Challenge this week is Urban - hmm - tricky one for me but then I remembered the lovely street scene from Mediterranean Moments.

 I used the gorgeous Island Indigo for my card - both as the cardstock and for the accent colours in the imges.  I used some of our lovely Copper Embossing Powder and the now retired Delicate Details for the lace embossed iamge.  The wording is from a Project Live set.  A touch of the Copper Metallic thread finished off the card.  She looks Adventure Bound, don't you think?


Saturday 20 May 2017


I enjoy joining in with the various challenge blogs - they take me out of my comfort zone and encourage me to try something I wouldn't normally - especially the Clean and Simple ones - I'm delighted that my card was chosen as Winner of the Week #222 - Thank you!!!

I've found another two new challenge blog on my travels -  one is Color Throwdown

Their Challenge #443 is the following:Turquoise, Lime Green, Yellow and White

The other is Sunday Stamps

Do you see a bit of a theme here?  I love the way Stampin' Up! is bang on trend with their colours!!  h Lemon Lime Twist - have I mentioned how I adore this colour previously?  Lol - followers of my You Tube will know how much I love this colour and I'm not normally a lemon/lime girl unless it's in a Gin and Tonic! 

So for my card I've used Lemon Lime Twist, Tempting Turquoise and Daffodil Delight, all Stampin' Up! inks.

 I used Tempting Turquoise cardstock as my base and White Watercolour paper to do a colour wsh of the Tempting Turqoise and Lemon Lime Twist.  I used the new Daisy Delight stamp set and matching punch. I punched out the daisy four times - two in Whisper White cardstock which I inked up with Daffodil Delight and a touch of Lemon Lime Twist.  Two daisies were punched out of our retiring Designer Series Papers.  A Glitter enamel dot in Lemon Lime Twist was added to the centre of the flower and it was popped up on dimensionals.

Such a bright fun card - hopefully it will brighten someone's day.






Friday 19 May 2017


This is the sketch over at CASE this Sketch this week #223

I decided to go with the Colourful Seasons  set and use just the flowers and the stem.  I first used the background crackle stamp from Best Birds - I love this stamp as a background image.  I used the lovely Pink Poweder to stamp it direct onto Whisper White cardstock.  The branch was inked in Early Espresso and I used the other two new In-Colours for the flowers, Berry Burst and Fresh Fig.  I am loving these new In-Colours this year.

I continued the small dots going up the card and finished it with just a few glitter dots as it still had to be Clean and Simple.


Thursday 18 May 2017


One of the other good things about a new Catalogue is you sometimes see some stamp sets with fresh eyes.  Watercolour Wings is not a new set - its carrying over into the new catalogue but I had completely missed it last year and I don't know why.  I love butterflies - they are the only sort of insects I can do (I don't even think they are classes as insects as such but you get my drift)

So this is a new set for me and I thought it was time it got an airing.  The colours used for the main butterfly are Rich Razzleberry, Sahara Sand and Sweet Sugarplum.  This is by design because it Is the challenge over at CAS Colours and Sketches this week.  These colours look so lovely together.

I stamped it onto some Very Vanilla, layered onto Rich Razzleberry and then Sahara Sand.

A small bit of embellishment with the Enamel glitter dot finished the card off.

I am also putting this in for the following two other 

Addicted to CAS - which is Pink 

Less is More - which wanted spots/stripes One Layer

 Less is More challenge wanted spots/stripes but with one layer so I have taken the same card and just changed it round a bit.  I've stamped it onto Very Vanilla but no layers and I've changed the colours of the butterflies to include Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst and Fresh Fig.




This is a new Challenge blog to me so I thought I would give it a go.  Their theme is  Sympathy or Get Well - click on the image below to go to their challenge.

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I don't actually have any stamps with any of those sort of sentiments on them so I turned to Best Birds for the sentiment and the lovely Daisy Delight for the images.

I wanted to show there is more to this set than the large daisy and the punch.

The square images actually came about by accident - I had cut out three square framelits with the Big Shot and was left with a piece of paper with three holes which I thought aha - that could make a great frame so I kept it!  Never waste anything!  I used it as a mask for the square.

I inked the background with Pool Party and Soft Sky.  I used Old Olive for the stems, Fresh Fig for the flowers and the sentiment and Daffodil Delight and More Mustard for the daisies.  The Whisper White was adhered to a piece of Pool Party cardstock.  I was tempted to add Wink of Stella but as this is a more sombre piece I've left it off.

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Wednesday 17 May 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #119 - Judy's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

Our challenge over at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #119 - Judy's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

We all seem to get a bit stuck with men's cards unless the stamps are obviously masculine.  My card here hasn't really used any such stamps per se.  I have used some of the new lovely Wood Textures Designer Series Paper - coming soon - 1st June!!!  I've teamed it up with two sets - Sweet Home Thinlets and Bookcase Builder.  I find the images in the Bookcase Builder set so versatile and I just love this sentiment - I have a husband who is a hoarder!!!  Am I alone?

 The little door opens to give you a welcome into the shed!

We hope to see you play along with us and I look forward to coming and visiting your blogs.

I am also putting this card in for voting at Kylie Bertucci's International Highlights blog hop - I hope it gets a few votes.  Click on the image below to be taken to all the entrants.  Click on this link below to place your vote

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