Tuesday 31 July 2018


We have a sketch for you today at Hand Stamped Sentiments. I'm sure your imaginations can run riot with this sketch.

I decided to use my new SU set Dandelion Wishes - this one was out of stock in the UK for a while so I've had a bit of a long wait but it was worth it.  I'm sure it's going to be a firm favourite.  I actually don't have any stamps that have any Get Well wishes on them so that's a plus.

I used a trio of SU inks for this card - Lemon Lime Twist (one of my favourites) Tempting Turquoise and Bermuda Bay - I think they go really well together.  The background dots inked with Lemon Lime Twist are an old non SU stamp called Splatter Pattern - it's always come in useful as a background stamp!  I bought it years ago when I lived in Houston.  I added a touch of the Copper thread behind the sentiment and some non SU rhinestones.

We look forward to seeing your creations - do pop along and leave a message for the rest of the Design Team - we love to hear from you.


Monday 30 July 2018


A great sketch again over at Case This Sketch for us to work with.  I decided to have another play with the Stampin Up set Apple of my Eye.

I've used some of the new Stampin Up DSP Tranquil Textures which I was gifted by a member of my Joy of Sets Facebook Group.  I've used two of the designs - and stamped the leaves from this set on some whisper white cardstock.  The Apple stamp was first inked in Pear Pizazz and then the words were stamped i Tranquil Tide.  I cut out the stalk and the little leaves and added them all on dimensionals.   This is a great stamp as it includes the sentiment - a touch of very old SU checked ribbon finishes off the card.



I've been having another look at a retired set from Stampin Up from a few years ago I think.  I thought it was the perfect set to use for the challenge over at Color Throwdown #503 this week which gave us these seasonal colours to work with - I thought I'd do something other than obvious Christmas even though they are my favourite Christmas colours.

I thought I'd stamp the cherries from the set rather than the obvious apple.

I've added some Dazzling Diamonds to them also to give them a bit of a shimmer.  The card stock is all SU and the background paper is some of the new DSP Under The Mistletoe - it is a Christmas set but the lovely dots could be used for any project.  The red and white thread is old SU but I love its sparkle.


Friday 27 July 2018


My post the other day told of my daughter having to go through a major operation - thankfully the operation was successful though not without its complications.  I think one of the hardest things a parent has to do is see their child ill no matter how old they are.

My daughter was still on my mind I think when I made this card.  I'm loving the Stampin Up Dandelion Wishes - its such an ethereal image and I keep playing around with ideas for it.  This is a one layer card which is unusual for me.  I had a play with some new Watercolour Pastels which I bought for a real bargain.  I used three of the colours of out the 24 pack and they look very similar to SU Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Basic Grey.  I used my aqua brush to merge the colours and simply stamped the dandelions in black over the top.  I add the sentiment in Bermuda Bay and had some teal and yellow thread in my stash.  The added pearls are non SU.

I'm adding this into a few challenges :

TGIF - #tgifc170 - Repeat stamping
As you See It #181 - Obsession - I'm a bit obsessed with this stamp set!


Wednesday 25 July 2018


It's a difficult day for me today - my darling daughter who is 27 is undergoing a five hour operation this afternoon. I can do nothing but sit and wait by the phone until I hear it was a success.  Those of us who are parents know you always want to take their pain away and you feel so helpless when you can't.  I have received so much love and support from my Joy of Sets members I can't tell you.  I have a dear friend who always lifts me up when times are tough which has been a lot lately.  My daughter makes me smile.  These are the projects I have done today.

A scrapbook page for my dear friend.  I've almost followed a sketch from Sketches In Thyme #332.  My friend is very girly, loves the colour pink and loves roses so this page is just up her street.  She is not a crafter but still appreciates the love behind the page.  My page uses some of the gorgeous Kaisercraft Rose Avenue Collection.

My card is a CASE for Global Design Project #148 and was made with my daughter in mind.  I have used Textured Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder for the background and embossed it with Copper Embossing Powder.  I've added some retired lace and one of the new Pearlized Doilies.  The sentiment also embossed in Copper is from Colourful Seasons.  I've used some of the new DSP and cut out the flowers and there is also a touch of Copper Metallic Thread behind the flowers.

As I say..... crafting helps.  

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday 24 July 2018


I'm just in time to join in with this week's Case this Sketch Challenge

I've chosen a new little stamp set I've just acquired from Papermania and used my Tim Holtz stamping platform to position the stamps just where I wanted them.  Simply stamped onto white card stock and matted onto a Navy cardstock with just a very tiny bit of bling with two rhinestones in the flowers.



An unusual title you may think but it's the challenge over at Try It On Tuesday this week - I love books and, like most, hate to think of destroying them but I do have a little book I picked up in a charity shop for 10p which I use for crafting with.  It's an old tourist book of Rome from the 1950's.  Hubby loves Rome and was devastated when he saw me cutting it up!  But I'm giving it new life!

As it's to do with Rome I chose to use the colour purple - they liked purple in Roman times - especially the Emperors.  I've used the flower from an old Stampin Up set called A Touch of Nature.  The background paper was torn and then sponged and inked in another old SU colour More Mustard.  A touch of Lace Ribbon and some gold thread adds to the vintage look of this card.



Another scrapbook page from me today.  I love this picture of my daughter and her dog Cooper at the beach last week - I can't take credit for the lovely photo - it was taken by her partner.

I've taken my inspiration from Let's Get Sketchy and their challenge for my page.  

I'm also including this in the CSI challenge 

And also for the Inspired By challenge 

And Time Out Challenge - taking inspiration from those lovely striped blues

I used a page from Bo Bunny Love and Lace for my background paper and then added various Kaisercraft Beach Shack papers and accessories.  I love the sentiments they give you with this paper - it's so fitting as my daughter is a real water baby.

Thanks for looking.


Saturday 21 July 2018


Another outing for the new stamp set from Stampin Up Dandelion Wishes - I can't put it down at the moment.  This card combines two challenges - a colour challenge from Fab Friday and a summer embossing challenge from TGIF.  These are the colours we were to use from Fab Friday- I had all of them bar Mint Macaron - I know I had an ink in this colour but it's disappeared.  I did have some ribbon left though.

I started off my card by using the Tim Hotlz blending tool to blend some Mossy Meadow on to white cardstock.  Inspired by the image for the TGIF challenge I used the sun from Kinda Eclectic and using Powder Pink I clear embossed it. It gives off a lovely sheen to the card.  My PP ink is very dry and it sometimes needs a helping hand from Versamark to help it show up.  I used Tranquil Tide stamped off for the dandelion stamps.  The sentiment is from Jar of Love and this was inked in Tranquil Tide but not stamped off so it's a bit darker.  Some coloured rhinestones in the daffodils finishes off the card.  I hope it looks summery enough for the challenge.  We are certainly experiencing hot weather here in the UK and melting - it's even too hot to craft especially when you take into account our homes do not have air-con!

What we need is a good summer thunderstorm to water all the gardens and cool us down.  I never thought I'd hear myself say we needed rain lol!


Friday 20 July 2018


The challenge over at Less Is More is the following colour challenge 

I'm sure you know what I'm going to say - yes I'm using Dandelion Wishes from Stampin Up again - it's my new set and I haven't got fed up of it yet!  I'm no longer an SU Demo so the sets I buy now are few and far between and will be those I want to have rather than things I think I need to sell.  The pressure is off!

I've kept the card relatively simple - I used Tim Holtz Bundled Sage Distress Ink for my olive background - the dandelions were inked with SU Tangerine Tango and some Dazzling Diamonds added to make them sparkle.  This was cut out with an SU Stitched Framelit and the background paper is new SU DSP. The colours don't look as orangey and green as they do in real life - my phone hasn't done a good job of taking this image sadly.  


Thursday 19 July 2018


Another outing for this lovely Dandelion Wishes set - I knew it would be a favourite of mine. This time I've been playing along with Case This Sketch #CTS280

I used some Night of Navy cardstock as the dark matting.  The inks used are Crumb Cake and Soft Suede with some retired Crumb Cake ribbon.  The DSP is one of the new ones - I thought the little circles goes so well with the dandelions.  This is actual the only SU set I have that has get well wishes - I was sorely lacking in my stash for any sentiment like this.  A touch of Night of Navy dots finishes off the card.


Wednesday 18 July 2018


When I first saw the new Stampin Up catalogue there was really one one stamp set I had my heart on which was Dandelion Wishes.  As it was out of stock for a while in the UK I've had to wait patiently but finally I get to play with it.

My card today uses this stamp set as well as another SU one called Fairy Celebration.  I don't actually have this set but a fellow SU demo Jane Allmark who is part of my Joy of Sets Facebook group very kindly RAK'd me this gorgeous 3d Fairy she had made with this set and I really wanted to add her to the Dandelion Wishes. 

Another SU demo friend Andrea Parr also very kindly RAK'd me some of the new SU papers and in particular I was drawn to this gorgeous one which I think is called Twinkle Twinkle.  I decided to tear the paper and ink the edges with SU Night of Navy.  I added a Pearlized Doily which was also gently inked with the Navy just to soften the colour.  

I used Versamark to emboss the dandelions onto the card and used non SU silver powder.  I used the Stitched Framelit dies to cut out the sentiment and silver embossed the sentiment and the flowers.

I'm adding this card into the following challenges:

Make My Monday - #75 - Fantasy
As You See It - Old is new again - paper tearing is definitely making a comeback
SUO Challenges - your favourite stamps 
Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes 
Try Stampin On Tuesday - Tic Tac Toe - Tearing, Blue, Die Cut


Tuesday 17 July 2018


Our challenge this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments #294 is the following image. I never really got on with  the flamingo craze so had to think outside the box for this one.

Inspired by some imagery on Pinterest I used the Beautiful You set which is still current. I cut out some of the feathers from Feather Together stamped in Melon Mambo and Regal Rose and then added some smaller feathers in Bermuda Bay which had been stamped and then inked off.  I've used some retired SU DSP and a retired hearts embossing folder for the background. A touch of pearls around her waist finishes her off and then I cut her out and added her with some dimensionals.

Do check out the rest of the Design Team - and we hope you have fun with this challenge.


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.