Friday 28 September 2018


My card today is for the challenge over at As You See It #185

This was an interesting challenge for me as I don't often go for blue cards - although I love Lemon Lime Twist!  I only have Dapper Denim as a marker pen so I decided to use that for the sentiment.

I've inked up High Tide by Stampin Up and this is the first time I've used this set.  I got my inspiration from Pinterest and tweaked it to suit me and this challenge - I've used a neutral of Crumb Cake - if I could have used more colours I would have added some sky but for this I've left it blank.

I did a lot of tearing on the card using Crumb Cake as a base and then the various inks for the lighthouse and the sea.  There is a  touch of water on the ink for the sea just to blend it in using an aqua painter.

I'm also adding this into a new Challenge I've found on my travels - The House That Stamps Built - their challenge is Anything Goes 


Thursday 27 September 2018


I've used the sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch #290 for my card today - with a slight change - I turned the image on its side.

I wanted to do something with the tree trunks from Stampin Up's Winter Woods - although this is a Christmas set I chose it because it has so much versatility with the images of the trees.

I cut the leaves with Stampin Up's Seasonal Framelits from a mix of cardstock and papers and inked all the edges.  The wording is from a retired SU Set Yay You and I stamped it onto one of the larger leaves.  A touch of Wink of Stella on the leaves and the card is finished with a very delicate shimmer.

I'm adding this into the Cards In Envy challenge too - I'm allowed to enter up to three times for the challenge.

Make My Monday is also looking for Fall cards

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes 


Tuesday 25 September 2018


I received a Christening invite for my great niece and wanted to make a nice RSVP - I thought the Kangaroo from the Stampin Up Animal Outing would suit.  As she is a girl Gigi I kept the colours pink - just because!  

I cut out the little Kangaroo and coloured it in an old SU pink called Pretty in Pink and a touch of Early Espresso from the Watercolour Pencils.  I used a Heart framelit as the background and edged it in the Pretty in Pink.  I added a Pearlized Doily behind and used some SU DSP for the background.  I love that spotty paper.

I dotted a few more hearts around - added some Powder Pink ribbon and some non SU pearls to finish off the card.

I then found out that the challenge over at Just Add Ink is to use the letter K!

I'm also adding this into the Stick It Down challenge for their Card Sketch which uses a Heart.



Another Colour Challenge this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments #299 and we are offering these gorgeous colours to tempt you.

I didn't have all the colours - Gorgeous Grape is not in my stash yet so I used Fresh Fig but stamped it off to make a lighter purple shade.    My card uses two retired Stampin Up sets - as you know I'm all about the old as well as the current!  The first set I used is Build a Bouquet - I'm surprised I've not seen this set used an awful lot around blog land.  I think it's a great set - I chose to use one of the smaller flower stamps and used Flirty Flamingo in full ink and stamped off to make my background design.  I also used the butterfly from this set in Night of Navy and the Heart in Fresh Fig.  

I then used the sentiment from Watercolour Wings and the matching butterfly framelit which was layered onto squares cut with the Stitched Framelits.  The butterfly was cut out of some new DSP Twinkle Twinkle.  The sentiment was also cut out with the framelits.  A touch of pearls down the middle of the butterfly finishes off the card.


Wednesday 19 September 2018


A scrapbook page from me today for the challenge over at Challenge Yourself #57

I love the way this Challenge encourages us to put ourselves on our pages - not something I do unless I just happen to be in the picture. I had to scroll through my photos on my phone to find this one of my Welsh Springer Spaniel Tegan and me.

I've used some Bo Bunny papers for my layout, cutting up some for the background squares.  The tag pulls out with some extra info on it.  The words Cariad and Cwtch are Welsh words - Cariad means dearest and Cwtch is hugs.  The Welsh stamps are from an old stamping company that I don't think exist anymore called ScottishBordersStamping.  I've had them about 20 years or more.

Just editing this to say WOW I was featured on Challenge Yourself as one of the participants this month - thanks ladies - I love your challenge and it's got me scrapping again.

Tuesday 18 September 2018


We have a sketch for you to work with at Try Stampin on Tuesday #TSOT379 this week.  The Sketch also has an optional theme of Fall Favourites.

I used a lovely little stamp set from a British company called Clearly Besotted - they do some lovely stamps and matching die cuts and at such great value too.  No I'm not affiliated with them in any way lol!The set I've used is called Thanks a Bouquet and has matching die cuts.

I've used some papers from Kaisercraft - from their  6.5" paperpad called Take Note.  I thought these look like autumn colours and I've kept the flowers in the autumn oranges and gold colours of autumn.

The flowers were inked up with some old SU inks of More Mustard and Really Rust with a touch of Pumpkin Pie.  The little ribbon is just some I had in my stash.  I love the sentiment that comes with this set too.

I look forward to seeing what you all do with this sketch.


Monday 17 September 2018


I love Autumn - it's my favourite time of the year.  I actually quite like the slowing down of the year as the wheel turns towards winter and rest, as it used to be.  In our modern era where everything is available all year round we don't get the chance to rest and recuperate in the winter as our ancestors did.  I love to prepare my larders for the winter at this time of year and it is already bursting with chutneys, jams and spirits ready for the winter ahead.

There are a few challenges around at the moment which are asking for autumn type cards.  I've chosen to use the sketch from TGIF #tgifc177 challenge as the basis for my autumn card.

I've used the tree image from Stampin Up's new Winter Woods set.  I've added dots from SU Warmth and Wonder to represent the leaves turning colour and added them in various SU coloured inks - some retired from years ago Really Rust, Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip, and a touch of Wink of Stella to make them glisten. 

I've used some papers from Kaisercraft's pad called Take Note.  I was going to use a doily behind but the SU pearlized was too shiny so I just used it as a stencil and inked it with SU Early Espresso.  The leaves are from SU Colourful Seasons Thinlet.  The sentiment is from another retired SU set Yay You.  The pearl embellishments are from Prima. 

I'm also adding this into the following challenges:

Make My Monday#80 - Autumn/Fall colours
Time Out Challenge#118 - 
Colour Throwdown #510
Cards In Envy - Feels Like Fall


Friday 14 September 2018


The Challenge over at Inkspirational #169 this week is to use a doily on your project. I'm a bit behind the times as I've only just got into the doily craze.  I have some lovely pearlized ones from SU and some silver ones from Kaisercraft so I guess I'm loving the doilies.

My card today uses Stampin Up's Dandelion Wishes.  I used one of the smaller stamps to ink the background and create my own background paper.  I've used Kaisercraft's Lagoon ink here - such a gorgeous soft blue.

I used some SU Tempting Turqoise cardstock for the stitched framelit and the leaves behind the doily.  They were cut from the Seasonal Layers Framelits.  The silver embossed banner was actually one I had done a while ago and it was in my scraps box!  A touch of bling to finish off the card.


Tuesday 11 September 2018


We have a sketch for you this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments #298. I chose to do a Christmas card as I'm starting to make sure I don't run out when the time comes.  Added to the fact that I love making Christmas cards.

I started off my card by using a retired SU Holly embossing folder direct to the base of my Very Vanilla cardstock.  I then added a strip of Old Olive cardstock and some of the new Designer Series Paper Under The Mistletoe.  I love this checked paper - I softened the edges by sponging some Old Olive on it.  The sentiment is from the retired Merry Little Labels stamped onto a sttiched framelit- I love this set and will use it again and again.  The Santa is from Cookie Cutter Christmas and the little gingerbread man is a die cut from The Works.  He has little tiny red hearts down his front.  

I look forward to seeing what you all do with this sketch.


Monday 10 September 2018


As You See It Challenge #184 has asked us to go back to basics this week  - stamps, inks, paper, ribbon.

I have just been using my new set from Stampin Up Called Winter Woods - although this is meant to be a Christmas set I bought it for its versatility - I love tree sets and they can be used for any season - not just for Christmas.  I've had a great time here inking up my trees in all sorts of different colours - greens, golds, rusts, brown to give them an autumnal feel.  There is a touch of Wink of Stella over them just to give them a bit of a sparkle - then I tore the edges and sponged - one of my favourite things to do.  A simple bit of ribbon on the bottom with the sentiment and a leaf brad from my stash finished off this card.


Friday 7 September 2018


My card today is showing the versatility of stamps and taking one stamp and making it do something other than its original purpose. I've challenged my members on Joy of Sets  Facebook Group to give some more examples.  I can't wait to see what they all come up with.  If you love Stampin Up retired and current , and other stamp companies, why not come and join us.

My card was inspired by the imagery on Inspired By Challenge this week 

My card has used a stamp from the Stampin Up Build a Bouquet retired set - the stamp in question I believe is a wood grain stamp.  I've used it here to create the picnic blanket.  I used a total of 5 SU colours to create the blanket - Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler, Fresh Fig and Pacific Point.  I even frayed the edges to give them the effect of the blanket.

I used the retired Apple of My Eye set for the apple image and kept the colour theme going with the embellishments.  I wanted it to look really autumnal and hopefully that's what I've achieved.

I'm also including this card into The Paper Players #pp408


Monday 3 September 2018


Our challenge this week over at Try Stampin on Tuesday #378 is a Sketch with the option of the theme of School Days. We are also pairing up with Double Trouble Challenge Blog and here are their details:

   Trouble Maker is celebrating "School Days". Whether you have a preschooler or you have been out of school for years, September always brings to mind the sound of the school bell. Use a theme showing teacher appreciation or reminders of school days. Twisted Sister challenges you to stay out of detention and include a bookmark or tag that your card recipient can remove and use. This twist is optional.

So in total you have a sketch, a theme and the option of adding a bookmark or tag.  Well I was definitely up for the challenge.  The only set I thought I could use was the retired SU Apple of My Eye - well apples are for teachers are they not?  I'd love to know where that idea originated!

I used a piece of SU Designer Series Paper for one of my side panels, the other I stamped some of the leaves from the set in SU Pear Pizazz.  I added a stitched framelit of the DSP for the back of my apple and stamped the image and the words on another stitched framelit.  The leaves and stalk were cut out and inked in SU Tranquil Tide and finished off with Wink of Stella.  I used some of the lovely SU Satin ribbon and a diamond embellishment to finish off my card.  Inside the card is a bookmark,  which easily slides off the card ready to be attached to a book.

The sentiment inside is from another old SU set Build A Bouquet - well maybe the teachers are not quite so happy to be back after their break!


Saturday 1 September 2018


September's Technique Challenge for Try Stampin on Tuesday is a Fold Card.  I think we all have our favourite folds - the ones we go to most often and it's nice to see some other ideas.  Mine is known as a Squash Fold and is so simple.  

Start off with a piece of  6" x 6" or 8" x 8" square cardstock or patterened paper.  Basically you fold it in half then half again - and then corner to corner and then squash in two of the corners to make it all fold up.  A piece of ribbon wrapped around it helps to keep it closed.

I've done mine here as a Christmas card with some of the new Designer Series Paper from Stampin Up called Under the Mistletoe.  The images are from an old retired set called Warmth and Wonder.

I've added one of my you tube tutorials to give you more information on how to do the squash card.  This one was a baby card.

Let me know if you have a go - I'd love to come and have a look.