Thursday 30 August 2018


A step back in time on my blog today to a very old set from Stampin Up called Summer by the Sea - one of my favourites and one that hasn't been used in a long long time.  I think it dates back to 2005!!  As you may know if your read my blog regularly I am all about retired sets - that's why I started my Facebook Group The Joy of Sets - to celebrate stamps old and new - particularly Stampin' Up as they change so often.  It's such a shame I think for demos to buy the stamps and not always get a long time to use them - on my Group you can still share your products made with retired stamps!

I was inspired by Dawn Griffith to do a step card.

I wanted to keep my card with the muted colours of sand and so used Very Vanilla for my cardstock base.  I then used some SU  DSP Wood Textures for my backings and some of the papers from Kaisercraft Beach Shack which has the lovely sand on the boardwalk paper.  

I stamped both the image of the boy playing in the sand and the little girl looking out to sea possibly and kept the colours muted.  I used some old SU inks here including More Mustard, Daffodil Delight and Creamy Caramel for the sand, together with Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso and Soft Suede.  There is also a touch of Flirty Flamingo inked off to make it very pale for the skin.  All the edges were sponged with More Mustard.  

The sentiments are from a small little set I have from Papermania and I thought they went perfectly with the imagery.  The little butterfly just finishes off the card as well as a touch of Wink of Stella on the sand to make it glisten.

I loved doing this card - it really took me back to when my children were young and a particular holiday we spent in Mexico when we lived in Houston.

I'm putting this card into the following challenges:

TIME Out Challenge - and their word prompt of Sand 
SUO Challenge - Babies and Kids 
Global Design Project - #gdp153 - Colour challenge 
Retro Rubber #rrcb94- Anything Goes


Wednesday 29 August 2018


Thanks to Watercooler Wednesday for choosing my Christmas card as one of their winning cards this week! Their Challenge this week is Anything Goes and my card was inspired by the colours in the Color Throwdown #CTD508 challenge - honestly they are!  However, whereas their's are vibrant, mine came out more muted but I still followed the brief of Red, Green, Yellow and Purple. It was probably my choice of Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

I started off using Bundled Sage by Tim Holtz for the background and edges and inked Stampin Up's Daffodil Delight and Summer Sun yellows in the dots.  I used the Bundle Sage again to ink one of the stamps from In This World - a retired set from Stampin Up.  The red is another Tim Holtz  Worn Lipstick which was sponged on and then, once the image was stamped, I used a SU Blender Pen to add more ink to the image.  The stamped butterfly was coloured in with SU Summer Sun so that it shows through the cut out butterfly.  I added some Dazzling Diamonds to the cut out butterfly and some Bronze Thread from SU behind.  Tricky stuff to try and keep it in place.  The sentiment is from another retired SU set Yay You and this was inked in Memories ink in Violet.

Not quite the vibrancy of the colours in the challenge but I still love how this card turned out.


Tuesday 28 August 2018


A big Thank You to Retro Rubber who chose my Retiform card as one of their special cards this week.

Another Christmas card from me today - using the SU retired Warmth and Wonder set.  This one is for two challenges - A colour challenge at Just Add Ink #423  - I loved these soft colours and, although not immediately thought off for Christmas I thought they would look nice on a Christmas card.   

The other challenge is for The Paper Players PP407 who gave us a sketch to follow.

I used the masking technique to mask off my lines and inked all the inks with a Tim Holtz sponge dauber.  I kept the colours light and soft and ethereal.  The tree was inked in Bermuda Bay and then I added some stars, the sentiment and the dots in the tree all in Silver Embossing Powder.  I think the colours look quite good for Christmas - I hope you agree.



Look at the fabulous images for our challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments this week - so many ways to interpret this one - a bit more of a challenge for me as I really didn't have any sort of Wild life stamps - then at the bottom of my stash of non SU stamps I found this little beautiful Panda and the matching sentiment written in Bamboo writing from Clear Impressions stamps. 

I used a piece of Whisper White for my background and sponged it with Lemon Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight and Mint Macaron.  I cut out a circle and stamped the panda and the sentiment on a piece of white attached to the back allowing the words to go over both pieces of paper.

I then used some more of the sponged inked paper to cut out some leaves from the Seasonal Layers thinlets and used one of the leaf stamps from the matching Colourful Seasons on the leaf to show the veins.  The background cardstock was stamped with Versamark and one of the matching leaves.  I then added some Burlap Ribbon tied with some thread to the side of the card.  There is a touch of Wink of Stella on the Panda just to give him a bit of sparkle.

I look forward to seeing what you all do with this challenge - do drop by the rest of the team and drop us a comment - we love to hear from you.

I'm also adding this into the challenge for The Male Room which is asking for wild and free.  As all Pandas should be! 


Saturday 25 August 2018


I am still in Christmas mode - this time inspired by the prompt at Inkspirational which is SNAP and by their Guest Designer Cathy's card of Cold Snap.  I haven't used the snowflakes much out of Stampin Up's Seasonal Layers thinlets and thought it was time they had an outing.  I was inspired by an all white card I saw on Pinterest.

I've used a retired set of Warmth and Wonder for the sentiment and an old SU embossing folder for the snow dots on the panels.  

I decided to add just a bit of colour with the ribbon and some enamel dots and chose blue to keep in theme with the whole cold snap idea.


Friday 24 August 2018


Well it's Christmas in August - and that was really inspired by the challenge over at TGIF challenges who asked us to use punches.  I don't have a lot of interesting punches other than circles, but I do have the matching SU punch for the Christmas set Merry Little Labels.  Watercooler Wednesday are also asking for Holiday cards.

A youtube search led me to find a project originally suggested by Sandy Carlson and then a few other SU demos had played with the idea but it's a new one to me and I think a lovely idea for a Christmas gift.  A bit tricky to put in the mail though so maybe something for a teacher or co-worker.

I used some of last year's SU Christmas DSP as I love the reindeers and have a soft spot for reindeers - they normally always feature on my Christmas cards.  I've used Cherry Cobbler for the card base and lid of the box.

There is a bit of silver edged ribbon underneath the DSP and some non SU silver sparkles. I used the Envelope Punch Board to make the bow on top and the Santa was a RAK gift from a member of my Joy Of Sets Facebook Group.

This was a really simple card to make - you just cut a 2" piece out of your main card and make a 2" sized box and voila!    The base of the box though is made with paper not cardstock so your gift would not want to be too heavy.  A lovely homemade chocolate or biscuit would be ideal! 


Wednesday 22 August 2018


It's a sketch challenge over at Less is More #378 sketch #24.

The Challenge over at Addicted to Stamps is Anything Goes. #306

I chose to use my Stampin Up Dandelion Wishes card and really keep it CAS.  I used the stitched framelits to cut out the squares and inked the dandelions up in Pool Party.  I add the word cut out of glitter paper to the middle and added some Dazzling Diamonds to the dandelions.  And that's it.  Then I walked away before I started adding more to it!


Tuesday 21 August 2018


A number of challenges have had Berries as their prompt for us this week.  I decided to use the retired Stampin Up Apple of My Eye set which I recently bought.  Such a great little set I'm glad I have it in my stash.

I went with CAS for my card and cut out a frame using the stitched framelits and used it as a template to sponge the background in SU Powder Pink.  I then stamped the cherries from this set in Crumb Cake for the stem, Pear Pizazz for the leaves and it had to be Berry Burst for the berries.  A touch of Wink of Stella added to them to make them shine.  The sentiments were also inked in Berry Burst.  The ribbon is in Powder Pink and that completes the card.  Berry Burst is not really a colour I use often because I'm not really a Bright's colours kind of girl - I much prefer to use muted earth tones - but Time Out challenged us to use bright and I think the cherries needed to be a bold colour.

And, as with all my CAS cards I have to walk away and not add any extras!

I'm adding this into the following challenges:

Addicted to CAS #143 - Berries 

Inkspirational - Ice Creams - My card uses the berries and the Sweet sentiment 

The Paper Players #PP406 - CAS Fruit and Veg 

Time Out Challenge #116- Bright

I've just looked at this card again and made myself laugh - it looks like a Mrs Potato Head without a mouth!  Not quite the look I was going for. LOL!



Did you spot the image?  I'm super excited to announce I am now part of the fabulous design team at Try Stampin On Tuesday challenge blog run by Kaylin Krawczyk.  Tuesday definitely seems to be my day!  My first challenge for them is a colour challenge - yummy colours don't you think?

I tried a couple of cards but just wasn't very happy with the results and then had a Eureka moment and decided to get sponging.  I used some SU colours for my inks - Mint Macaron, Daffodil Delight and Flirty Flamingo.  I used a Tim Holtz sponge dauber to ink my background papers in stripes and also an extra bit which was cut out using SU Stitched Framelits.  The image of the girl is from SU Beautiful You - I've used the Flirty Flamingo marker pen to ink up her dress and a touch of Wink of Stella to add some sheen.  I added a Pearlized Doily cut in half behind the image.  The tag is cut from an old tag punch I have and I've added a little heart brad.

I hope you agree my card looks as though this girl is having lots of fun and the sentiment fits just right.

I'm looking forward to seeing what you all do with these colours and I'll be along to leave a comment.  Thanks for stopping by - do leave a comment as I love to hear from you.

Til next time.........Keep Stamping!


Thursday 16 August 2018


It will be my 33rd Wedding Anniversary in September and I have been thinking of a card for hubby. One of my favourite retired sets from Stampin Up is called Summer by the Sea and stupidly I got rid of it when it retired all those years ago - 2006 I think!  Browsing ebay (shh) I spotted one which didn't cost the earth and was lucky enough to win the bid.  It was just the image I wanted for my Anniversary card as hubby and I are going to Wales (our home) for the weekend to celebrate and spend some time on the quiet beaches.

So I dug out my sponges and some inks and created a sunset theme - inspired by the wonderful Dawn Griffith.

I used Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Mango Melody and Rich Razzleberry to create the sunset scene.  The water was a piece of whisper white inked with Pacific Point and torn.  The sand scene is some crumb cake inked with a non SU dotty stamp I have and then some images of grasses from the Autumn Days set.  I then stamped the image of the pair onto the Crumb Cake in Early Espresso and coloured them in with watercolour pencils and the ink using a blender pen.

The birds image is a Tim Holtz one.  The Hugs was a RAK to me from one of my members of my Facebook Group Joy of Sets and I'd been looking for a great project to add it to.  I love how this card turned out and hope hubby likes it too!

I am going to add this into the following challenges:

As You See It #182- loosely following their Divided challenge
Cards in Envy - New Product - the cut out wording and the stamps are new to me
Global Design Project - #GDP151 - Take Me To The Sea
The Paper Players #405- Colour Challenge ( I have added the touch of blue which may not be allowed )
Sunday Stamps - Colour Challenge #SSC185 - Summer Splash
Watercooler Wednesday #WWC183- Masculine Challenge - this is for hubby!
TGIF - #tgifc173 - Beach scene

Thanks for looking and leaving a comment - I love to hear from you.

Tuesday 14 August 2018


Don't you find it amazing how the internet works?  How everything is connected and you can start somewhere and end up somewhere completely different!  It never ceases to amaze me how time consuming it can be also - surfing - no wonder I'm tired lol!  So what am I on about?  Well I started having a look at Retro Rubber today to see what goodies challenge wise they had for us and I ended up on YouTube discovering a new technique I'd never heard of which in turn led me to someone's blog which in turn led me to a new challenge blog I'd not come across before.  A bit like Snakes and Ladders!  Retro Rubber Challenge #93 has a tic tac toe - I love these.  I chose to go with the bottom layer for my card.


The new technique I came across is called Retiform.  I've been crafting for over 20 years and have never come across this idea and I had a lot of fun with it.

My retro stamps are very old sets from Stampin Up - one called Autumn Days, where that majestic pheasant is from, and the other is A Touch Of Nature offering up all those lovely leaves.

My choice of inks for this technique were Tim Holtz Bundles Sage Distress Ink, SU More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie and Early Espresso.  The twine is from my stash and the sentiment is non SU.  I've also coloured in the pheasant with some SU marker pens adding a touch of green, red and cold for his plumage.

So, as I said on my travels I found The Male Room - a challenge I'm guessing all about cards for men.  They are celebrating their 5th Anniversary and I've just found them. As I'm reusing an old technique which I'm sure goes back further than 5 years I'm all about the Retro.  



Our Challenge this fortnight over at Hand Stamped Sentiments is a Colour Challenge.


I must admit I don't have all of these colours and only have the Daffodil Delight in my stash so I went with the nearest SU colours I have.  It just goes to show that when doing challenges you don't always have to have the exact products - you can adapt it to what you have. 

I started off with some of SU's new DSP called Tranquil Textures and used the darker side of the paper as my background and the flip side as the base on the Navy cardstock.  I'm using a retired SU set here called Apple Of My Eye - I love to get old sets out and show them some love.  It's what we do on my Facebook Group The Joy of Sets.  

This time I used the Daffodil Delight to ink up the lemon - added some leaves in Certainly Celery and popped them on dimensionals.  I added a touch of thread, a glitter dot in the middle of the lemon and a glitter dot by the sentiment which was also inked in Daffodil Delight.

I look forward to seeing all your creations.  Do check out the rest of the Design Team and leave them a comment - we love to hear from you.

Wednesday 8 August 2018


It's always a nice thing to ink up some new stamps - I have a set of Clearly Besotted English Rose stamps that I haven't used yet and I thought they deserved an outing.  Cards In Envy are asking for us to use new stamps and my card is flat enough to fit in an envelope.

The Sunday Stamps Sketch motivated me today to get card making - a simple sketch but it made me use some papers.  I used some from My Mind's Eye Collectable Memorable collection - they were on my desk as I had just been doing a scrapbook layout so thought I could use them on the card too and it just so happened there was a lovely rose background paper in the collection.

I used some retired Stampin Up inks to stamp the roses, Pretty In Pink and Rose Red and another retired SU Ink Mellow Moss for the saying and the edges.  The sentiment is from Kaisercraft Gypsy Rose set of stamps - another new set for me.

I added a pearlized doily from SU and punched the little butterfly out of another paper from the set.  A touch of Wink of Stella and a ribbon finishes off the card. I love the way it has a sort of vintage feel to it.


Friday 3 August 2018


It's been an emotional week in our household but hubby and I are away this weekend to spend some much needed R&R with good friends. This must have been on my mind when I made this card for Global Design Project#149 and also Nature's Inkspirations - a Facebook Challenge run by the marvellous Angie McKenzie.  These are the colours we were given to work with - and although I don't have the lovely lipstick I swapped it for Melon Mambo.

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Can you believe I actually don't have any flower stamps from SU.  I have the Lotus Blossom but I didn't think that would work with a butterfly and then spotted the butterfly and the flowers in the lovely Pretty Kitty set so that came out for another inking.  I kept the colouring simple using a blender and just the two inks with a tiny touch of Crumb Cake for the base.  The background dots are from Watercolour Wings and there is a pearlized doily underneath.  


Thursday 2 August 2018


I know it's mad isn't it? Sun is shining but already across blog land we are starting to see Christmas themes. You have to be prepared for the big day!  My own Facebook Group Joy of Sets is running a Christmas Themed monthly challenge this month and we are delighted to be sponsored by Karen Mortensen of Charmed Cards and Crafts who is offering a fabulous £10 voucher to spend in her online store.  So come and join the group and get your entry in!

Addicted to Stamps is also running a Christmas themed challenge - well now here I go again - I've lived in the Stated I should know by now that it's known as the Holidays and actually covers more than just Christmas.  Holidays in the UK are vacations for our American cousins - Christmas is Christmas here in the UK.

Anyway my Holiday card is a Christmas card - phew that was long winded.  I was given a freebie of this cute little Santa from a Joy of Sets member in with a RAK I received from her and he's from the SU Cooker Cutter set.  I've used him with some of the new Under The Mistletoe DSP, together with some retired SU ribbon.  The sentiment is from a retired set called Merry little Labels and I've added part of the new pearlized doilies.  



The Challenge over at Inkspirational this week is make a card in 10 minutes or less.  Not very difficult for me because I do tend to rush through my cards - so I popped the timer on and decided to see exactly how long it would take me.  The challenge over at CAS Colours and Sketches is a double whammy of colours and sketches lol!  So I decided to combine both challenges and do a CAS card in under ten minutes!  These are the colours and the sketch to work to - I didn't have the correct SU colours but used some similar retired ones of Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa and Regal Rose.

I used some of the new DSP and used the Stitched Circle framelits to cut out the apple stamp and the background.  I used a new SU pearlized doily behind.  The leaves and stalk were cut out and added with dimensionals to the back of the apple.  I used the framelit from Colourful Season to add the detailed DSP.  All in all it took my a little over 8 minutes to do.

I'm also adding this into the Inspired By challenge which is back to school - that doesn't happen in the UK yet until September and, as my kids are now grown, school is no longer an issue.  I do remember the days though, as a stay at home mum, that I never wanted them to go back - no honest I didn't!  I loved having them home.  I quite like the idea though of giving the teacher an apple at the start of the year!  I wonder how that practice started and if it is ever done still.


Wednesday 1 August 2018


Hi and welcome to the Joy of Sets New Catalogue Blog Hop.  Thanks for joining me from Jane Allmark's fabulous blog.

I'm overwhelmed sometimes at how popular my Facebook Group The Joy of Sets is - it has grown so much in the year it has been going with over 3,000 lovely members. We do lots within the group from RAK's, to challenges to swaps. We decided to do another Blog Hop and celebrate the new Stampin Up Catalogue 2018/2019.  Everyone on the hop will have used something from the new catalogue, even if it isn't a new stamp set and you will hop all over the world on our International Blog Hop.

I'd been waiting patiently for my Dandelion Wishes set to come through - it was sold out in the UK but it was worth the wait.  My dear friend and SU Demo Andrea Parr ordered it for me as I'm no longer a Demo.

I was inspired by a card I'd seen by Dawn Griffiths - SU Queen as far as I'm concerned.  I haven't used the Copper Embossing Powder much really so it had an outing on this card.

The background was first embossed with a retired SU embossing folder with all the little dots on.  At Joy of Sets we celebrate all things SU retired and current.  I then covered this cardstock in Versamark and added the Copper Embossing Powder.  As it covers nearly all of it and I didn't want it completely covered I used a dry paintbrush to brush away some of the powder and then used my SU heat tool to dry it.  I embossed the Dandelions the same way and mounted them on some of the new DSP Share What You Love.  I used one of the Stitched Framelits to cut out the sentiment and added some Copper Embossing Thread behind it.  The little jewels are non SU.  This was all mounted onto some Very Vanilla card stock.  The shine to this card is so lovely with all that Copper.  

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