Wednesday 27 March 2019


There is a Facebook Challenge group which I join in with sometimes -Colour Inkspiration run by Bronwyn Eastly. #CI51 - Their challenge this week was an image for our inspiration.

I chose to use Jar of Love and its matching framelits for my card.  The embossing folder is from Kaisercraft and is called Tiny Floral.  I used the colours as per the image above and built up the bouquet from all the parts.  I added a touch of the beautiful SU Polka Dot Tulle ribbon to represent the lace of the bride's dress.  The sentiment is from a retired SU set called Cottage Greetings.  

This group chooses its winners slightly differently - it chooses a top 5 and then adds a poll for its members to choose the winning card. I was delighted that my card won.


Tuesday 26 March 2019


A sketch for you today at Hand Stamped Sentiments #SC311

I've used a gorgeous embossing folder from Kaisercraft for my background for this card.  I've gently sponged over the white with some Pear Pizazz ink from SU.  I've used the same colour for the card stock.  The papers are from the new collection of DSP from SU called Botanical Butterflies. I used a retired SU punch to punch out more butterflies from the same paper and added some pearls.  


Saturday 23 March 2019


Welcome back to another Sweet Stampin challenge - This week the DT has been asked to include a Shakespeare Quote - that's why they are called Challenges.  Luckily I still have a very old SU set called A Touch of Nature that just happens to have a stamp with a Shakespeare Quote on it!  I knew it would come in handy one day.

I started off with a piece of Always Artichoke cardstock which was embossed with an embossing folder by Kaisercraft called Tiny Floral.  I added the stamps from the SU set to some 1" stitched framelits.  I used SU watercolour pencils to colour in the images and keep them soft and gentle.  A touch of ribbon and some pearls finishes off the card.

I look forward to seeing what you can do with this challenge.


Tuesday 19 March 2019


Our challenge this week at Stampin Up Only Challenge is colouring. I decided to do a Twist Fold card as I haven't done one in a while.  I've used Stampin Up's Pretty Kitty as I think this really lends itself to colouring.  The papers are from the new Botanical Butterflies DSP.  I used my SU Watercolour pencils and some marker pens to do the colouring.



A sketch to work off for our Try Stampin on Tuesday challenge this week.  

I've used some of the lovely DSP Botanical Butterfly papers from Stampin Up!  This pattern in particular with the flowers on is my favourite - although I've now used it all up!  It works really well with a retired SU Set called Nature's Perfection.  I used DPS for my first two layers but my top layer has been stamped with the flower from the stamp set.  I used SU Pool Party ink and a blender pen for the blue flower and a new Tri-Blend ink pen by Spectrum Noir in Dull Green blend for my green flower.  In case you haven't seen these new pens by Spectrum Noir they are three blending pens in one pen and very easy to use.

The little banner is from Clearly Besotted Mini Banners and comes with a matching die cut.  I also used Versamark Ink on the blue card stock to stamp the large flower.


Saturday 16 March 2019


It's time for another Blog Hop with the Joy of Sets Facebook Group.  Andrea Parr is our organiser and keeps us all on our toes.  Her theme for this hop is 3D Easter projects.

It's been a while since I've made a 3D project so I was really up for this and ended up doing 3!

My first one is a little box to add an Easter treat.  I used one of my favourite colours Lemon Lime Twist card stock for the box and some of the new papers from Botanical Butterflies DSP from Stampin Up.  These were a RAK from Andrea Parr when I placed a small order.  My box was inspired by Ann Melvin and you will find a video tutorial by her on You Tube.  I love the top part of this box which is like a concertina.  The little chick I added is a very very old SU stamp and the felt flowers are also old SU.

My second and third projects are baskets using the Envelope Punch Board.  When this first came out I was using it all the time for little projects but it has lain unforgotten for a while so it was nice to get it back out.  Both are made in a similar style but slightly differently put together - again there are numerous videos on You Tube showing how to do these.  My go to is always Dawn Griffith.
Again I've used the lovely Botanical Butterflies DSP.  I don't have the punches so cut out my butterflies by hand.  The purple butterfly however was also a RAK from Andrea and I think she did use the matching punch.

I hope you like my projects - to see some more 3D inspiration 

Click on the Next arrow to go to Andrea Parr's Blog 

Click on the Previous Arrow to go to Kaylin Krawczyk's  blog


Wednesday 13 March 2019


Sketch time over at CAS Colours and Sketches this week -#312

I was gifted some of this lovely Designer Series Paper from SU called Painted Seasons and I've used up all the sheets of this particular design - I love it - it works so well too with an old SU Set called Natures Perfection.

I kept my card CAS as I could - with a simple strip of the paper on the left hand side - the rectangle at the side was inked with Kaisercraft Lagoon and I used one of the stamps from Timeless Textures.  The Happy Birthday was cut out of the same paper and the sentiment is from Clearly Besotted Hello Cupcake.  And then I left it alone before I started adding anything.


Tuesday 12 March 2019


A mix up challenge today from Try Stampin on Tuesday #TSOT399

I don't have any cactus stamps but chose to use the colours shown to make my card.  I used this set of what I like to think of a folk art images - inspired by that bowl of succulents with all the lovely colours.

I'm still on the fence about investing in some copic markers for colouring but I think I may just have to try a few and see what I think - as the more I do colouring the more I think I'd like to get some!!



Some gorgeous spring images for you to work with for this week's challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments. 

My card uses two stamp sets - Colourful Seasons and Timeless Textures.  I sponged some Powder Pink Ink on to the middle of the white cardstock and added some stamps from Timeless Textures - the blue ink is from Kaisercraft called Lagoon.  I also used Berry Burst for the flowers.  I added some clear butterflies and added some pearls in pink and blue.  Some ribbon and the sentiment in the same Lagoon finishes off the card.  

I'm including this in Inkspirational's Challenge using similar colours and a chair instead of a bed!


Saturday 9 March 2019


At the moment in the UK we have both - the weather can't make up it's mind and it's not even April yet - this set from Clearly Besotted is well named though - April Showers.  I'm using it for my card for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week - 

I started off with some of the new Gingham paper from Stampin Up.  I cut two circles out of some white cardstock with a stitched circle framelit and then quite liked the idea of using this as a mask and inking direct onto the gingham.  I then cut another one and added that in the middle with dimensionals.  I added some Spectrum Noir glitter pen to the umbrellas for some sparkle and some sequins.  



You have the option on our challenge today at Sweet Stampin to choose Pancake Day or Mardi Gras.  After deciding I really couldn't think of anything to do with pancakes - I trawled through my stamp collection and found this very old stamp I bought years ago.  I have only ever been published in a magazine once and it was with this stamp - back in 2008 when I used it for an ATC - it was featured in Artful Blogging.  The magazine is still going strong too I think. Looking back on what I did then to what I've done with it now it's interesting to see how styles change and evolve.

As the stamp is so big and old - I wasn't sure whether it would completely ink so I started off with first embossing it in SU 's Copper Embossing Powder.  I used my new Tri Blend pens from Spectrum Noir for the colouring.  They are great in that they have three colours in one pen but I'm still not convinced on their blending abilities - hmm - maybe Copics is the way to go!  I added some purple ribbon and layered into onto black card stock and then some purple DSP I had in my stash.  I turned it into a square card which is not a shape I often use but it suited the stamp.

And here's a look back to 2008 when I was published in Artful Blogging! What a difference!


Wednesday 6 March 2019


I'm really liking this little set from Clearly Besotted called Hello Cupcake - and I don't usually go for cute images but there's something about this one. Global Design Project has the following as its theme this week and I thought this set was just perfect.

I used the sunburst stamp from SU Kinda Eclectic in Daffodil Delight on plain white card stock.  I then added an extra layer of card cut out with the thinlet from Colourful Seasons.  I inked the hippos and used SU watercolour pencils to colour them in.  I used SU marker pens for the icing on the cupcakes and covered the top with Glossy Accents.  I then cut them all out and added them with dimensionals.  The little sentiment and the raspberries is from the same set.


Tuesday 5 March 2019


We have a sketch challenge for you over at Try Stampin on Tuesday #398 - with the added option of Monochromatic if you're feeling extra brave!

I had this stamp set from Clearly Besotted that I had yet to ink up.  It's not often that I have uninked stamps - I don't have hundreds and do tend to use them as soon as I get them but somehow this little one had yet to be used.  Cupcakes are not really my thing - especially as being gluten and dairy free I rarely get to eat them - but I just adored this little set and I thought it would be perfect for this sketch.

I used a Stitched Framelit for the circles and used SU Very Vanilla - the hippos were coloured in with SU water colour pencil in Grey.  The cupcakes were coloured in with my new Tri Blend spectrum pens from Spectrum Noir.  I'm still not sure about these - with three blending colours in one pen they are a bargain compared to Copics but I'm still unconvinced about the blending ability to see the three separate colours.  Maybe I need more practice.  

The background papers were some from my stash from Docrafts - a really lovely selection that I will be using lots.  I added some ribbon at the bottom and a few little pearls.  I also added some Glossy Accents to the top icing on the cupcakes to make them shine.

I'm looking forward to seeing what you all do - thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment - I love to hear from you.



We have a colour challenge for you today at Stampin Up Only #SUOC218 challenge

Color Combo - Granny Apple Green, Pool Party, Lovely Lipstick (& optional Mango Melody)

I've used Colourful Seasons for my card together with the matching framelits.  The butterfly is from a retired set Nature's Perfection and the butterfly fits the retired butterfly punch - I was so happy when I realised that!

Spring is just starting to show its lovely head here in the UK and I wanted to try and make a soft flower card - I can't wait to see all the blossom on my apple trees - it is my favourite flower.  My niece has just had a baby and called her Blossom - how delightful! 

I look forward to seeing what you all do with these colours!