Friday 30 March 2018


The Challenge over at CAS Colours and sketches is a sketch this week 

Quite a simple layout which you would expect from a CAS challenge but with a wealth of possibilities - my problem with the CAS cards is knowing when to stop.  I know it says lots of space and few embellishments but I thought my card needed just a tiny bit of bling!

I've been doing a few purple cards this week as its Epilepsy Awareness week in the UK and my gorgeous daughter suffers with this hateful condition.  Maybe this was on my mind when I reached out for the purple yet again.

I've used some SU DSP from Delightful Daisy - I'm slowly running out of my DSP and using it all sparingly.  I used the Butterfly framelits to cut out the butterfly out of the DSP and a little butterfly punch I had for the small one.  I'm not sure it shows up on the small one but it also has a layer of vellum on top.  I love the sentiment in this set so have used it here, cutting it out with the stitched framelits - I think this card will be winging its way to my daughter for a "Just Because" card.

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Thursday 29 March 2018


I do find one layers very challenging but its nice to stretch yourself sometimes and know when to stop also.   The challenge over at Less is More is exactly that - one layer but also using a stencil.

I've been playing a lot with my new Tim Holtz Dot Fade stencil so I've used it again here - stamping it in SU''s Daffodil Delight.  I then used SU's Bookcase Builder to make a matching pair of shelves featuring bottles and a plant in yellow to tie in with the challenge over at Time Out Challenges.  I've used Crushed Curry and Pear Pizzazz for the remaining colours and just kept it to those two colours.  I wanted the dots in the background to look a little like an old stone wall in an old farmhouse.

I had to then walk away so I didn't add anything else - especially a layer!!



What a lovely challenge over at Inkspirational Challenge this week - definitely a chance to use some of my Cherry Pie Art Stamps which formed the background for this card and also this unicorn stamp.  I have had this stamp for over ten years and never inked it!  It just goes to show keep things for long enough and they become useful!!!

The Unicorn stamp came from a company years ago called Scottish Borders Stamping - I don't even think they are still going.


Wednesday 28 March 2018


A strange title for my blog post today but this card I'm showing took me ages!  I just couldn't seem to get it to do what I wanted it to - I knew I definitely wanted to use the image of the girl which is an old Cherry Pie Art Stamp and I was inspired by the gorgeous colours on Addicted to Stamps Challenge blog.  Eventually I produced something I was half way happy with so I'm going to put it into two challenges.

Addicted to Stamps gave us these inspiring images to work with.

As well as the Cherry Pie stamp I've also used one from Stampin Up's Beautiful You set for the sentiment.

The image of the girl was versamarked in SU Pacific Point ink and then clear embossed so she has a shine to her.  The background on the card stock uses Tim Holtz Dot Stencil.

I'm also adding this into the Retro Rubber's challenge this week which is Anything Goes.


Tuesday 27 March 2018

Watercolour Wings - Just For You!

Sunday Stamps has an inspiring colour palette for their challenge this week with a proviso of using at least three of the colours shown.  

My three colours are Stampin Up's Daffodil Delight for the yellow, Perfect Plum and Bordering Blue which is an old SU colour.  I used the Tim Holtz Splatter's stencil for the background and the dot stamp and the butterfly are from Watercolour Wings.  The butterfly has been given some shimmer with some rhinestones.



Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge - SK286

I'm delighted to tell you that I've been accepted on to the Design Team for the Hand Stamped Sentiments' Challenge blog.  It's such an honour as I've loved playing along with their inspirational challenges.
  My first challenge to join in with is this sketch challenge SK286.  Click here to play along.

I've used the Bookcase Builder for my card - I think this set is seriously under-used.  It has such great images for all sorts of occasions - I've done mine as a masculine card and kept the colours quite masculine.  Early Espresso, Crushed Curry and a touch of Island Indigo.  The DSP is Wood Textures.  I've used all Stampin' Up products here.

Do pop along to Hand Stamped Sentiments and check out the other inspirational designs from the Design Team.  Make sure you share your projects with us!


Saturday 24 March 2018


The Challenge over at As You See It is a colour challenge and it is a wonderful serene palette as shown below and titled Serenity!

I opted to use one of my Cherry Pie Art Stamps from the Abundance set which I haven't used in a long time. I think she looks rather serence don't you?  I've kept to the palette of pink, green and grey as per the challenge, although annoyingly my Powder Pink which isn't that old is completely dry already.  So I switched to an old SU ink which I have had over ten years which is still going strong - Regal Rose.  The ribbon and the cardstock though is still Powder Pink.

I've added an old sentiment from SU which was from a set called Small Script for the love at the bottom of the card.  The background uses Tim Holtz Dot Fade stencil again which I inked in Grey.  It's nice to get old stamps out and give them a new lease of life.


Friday 23 March 2018

Masculine Cards

Masculine Cards - - they often give us trouble.  I love the set Feather Together from Stampin Up which also has a sentiment which is suitable for masculine cards.  I've used it here in this example of a CAS card which I'm putting forward for Addicted to CAS.  Their challenge is Birds - well feathers are definitely associated with birds!

I'm also adding this to Watercooler Wednesday's challenge which this week is Masculine - it's been a long time since I've been able to join in with the challenges and its so nice to get back crafting again.

I've just kept to two colours on this card - the background dots were made with Tim Holtz stencil Dot Fade.  The colours I used are an old SU one More Mustard - one of my favourite colours.  I joined this with Island Indigo - I kept lots of white space for the CAS challenge.

Now all I need is a man to give this to lol!


Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge #285

It's been a while since I've entered a challenge - now that I have more time on my hands after having given up the day job I can start joining in again. This one over at Hand Stamped Sentiments caught my eye because of the beautiful imagery they used.

I've used the lovely Floral Statements set from Stampin Up here with a slightly different folded card.  The daisy is from Daisy Delight and the sentiment is from Feather Together.  I quite fancied using lots of different pinks and repeating the wording for a change.


Stampin Up A Nice Cuppa

I set a quick challenge yesterday on my Joy of Sets Facebook page - for everyone to grab their first stamp set nearest to them and make a card.  Mine happened to be the retired Stampin Up set A Nice Cuppa.  I used some of the DSP from Stampin Up and the background is a stencil from Tim Holtz - I thought it looked like tea stains.


Friday 2 March 2018


This month's challenge over at Joy of Sets Facebook group which I run is a colour challenge.  The colour choices are Stampin Up's Crushed Curry, Tranquil Tide and Night of Navy.  Quite masculine colours really but I wanted to try and produce a non-masculine looking card.

I've used a combination of stamps for this one - the wording is from a retired Project Life set by Stampin Up called Remember This - the easel is from Painter's Palette, the image of the woman is a Cherry Pie Art Stamp and the background is made with Tim Holtz stencils.

We have had a snow day in the UK because of the storms bringing us a lot of snow which meant I couldn't get out of my village to get to my part time job - hence I've been able to get inky fingers again which has been a long time coming.  It's been so nice to have a day of crafting - and I've caught up with some scrapbooking pages and some projects.

I'm adding this to the Time Out Challenge which is looking for something bold - I think these colours count as bold colours.