Friday 28 February 2020


The inspiration for my card today came from a number of challenges.  I chose to do a landscape image with Stampin Up's Waterfront set.  If I'd had more colour options I would have chosen a different blue for the reflection of the mountains but I just stamped off the Night of Navy to make a lighter colour.  The trees were coloured with a wash of Spectrum Noir Sparkle to give them a little shine.  

I stamped all the images first on to white card stock and then cut out the middle with a stitched framelit and layered it and added it back into the image.

I''m entering this into the following challenges:

Global Design Project - I used their colours
The Paper Players for their sketch
 Inspired By for their colours
Time Out Challenge - I used the frames as inspiration 
Try it on Tuesday - the colour green


Tuesday 25 February 2020


                                                           Optional Theme - Flower Power

Our sketch over at TSOT this week has an optional theme of Flowers.  I used the cute little birds from Clearly Besotted's You're So Tweet II and as I needed a new home card this sentiment was perfect.  I used some of the SU Perennial Essence DSP as the background.  I used the die cut branch from Seasonal Thinlets and used some retired wood DSP from SU to have the birds look as though they are sitting on the branch.  The used an SU blender pen in Daffodil for the yellow shading on the birds.


Saturday 22 February 2020


We are all about the birthdays for girls over at Sweet Stampin this week. I grabbed a set I haven't used in a while which was Stampin Up's Beautiful You.
I chose to do the Shadow Technique.  I made the background with sponging some Tim Holtz Distress Inks in similar colours to SU's Essential Essences DSP which I used for one of the layers.

The image of the girls is stamped and then re-stamped in Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder.  I'll add an old video I did to show the technique at the bottom.  I used some framelits for the layers and popped them on dimensionals.

The sentiment is from the same set and is added to some of the retired silk ribbon in Powder Pink.  Some pinks pearls finish off the card and it is layered onto purple card stock.


Tuesday 18 February 2020


I've had this set from Pink Ink Designs called Bird Sprite but haven't really used it much.  The bird stamp is rather large so suits a square card rather than my usual size.  There are some lovely additional stamps that go with it which I also need to ink up.  I decided today was the day and used some Copper Embossing powder from SU.  I used Spectrum Noir pens to colour the bird and the sprite in and added some sparkle to her wings. 

I then used some Tim Holtz Distress Inks and a cloud stencil to make the background over the embossed image.  It didn't affect the colouring which was great.  The bird sentiment comes with the set - the It's Your Day is from Clearly Besotted.  I layered it onto some bronze card stock.

I'm adding this into the following challenges:

Make My Monday - Critters
A bit more time to craft - anything goes



Welcome to another challenge at Stampin Up Only challenge which is all about Anything 3D!

I found a wonderful tutorial over at Splitcoaststampers for this gorgeous 3d Frame Display.  I turned it into a birthday card with a birthday greeting on the back and it was sent to one of my Birthday RAK members on my Joy of Sets Facebook Group. It received a great welcome and she said every time she looked at it she saw something different.  This would be a great piece for lots of occasions not just birthday and the more you do the more fun you seem to have.

I started off with some of the wonderful SU Perennial Essence DSP and some Powder Pink  card stock.  I used a framelits to cut out the shapes on the front of the DSP and used them for the inside of the piece.  I cut out some of the flowers from the DSP and added them to the front together with some butterflies and punched flowers.  You can really decorate this as much or as little as you want.  It folds flat so is great for mailing.

Here's a link to the SCS tutorial if you would like to have a go - let me know if you do I'd love to see it.



We have a colour challenge for you today at Hand Stamped Sentiments - #CC333

Don't be put off by the colours if you don't have the exact ones - I'm no longer an SU Demo and don't always have the new in-colours but some of my old ones are so similar I use artistic licence and you can too.  So for my card I used Mint Macaron, Melon Mambo and Perfect Plum.

I think this style of card is known as an envelope card.  I used some Mint Macaron card stock for the base and cut the top part of the card into a 'V' to form the envelope.  I then added a piece of Kaisercraft paper which is also a very Mint Macaron type of colour to the inside of the card.  I used a retired set called Choose Happiness for the flower which was stamped off in Perfect Plum.  I then stamped another flower and cut it out and layered it.  I coloured it in with a blender pen and Melon Mambo and added a glitter embellishment for the inside.  

The sentiment was stamped on to a retired banner with Melon Mambo and I added some plum hearts.  The ribbon is metallic edge.


Thursday 13 February 2020


This is this week's challenge over at Global Design Project #gdp227

I thought rather than just do flowers I would add some fruit also and went to my retired SU set Fresh Fruit for inspiration.  I used a background stamp set from another retired set Build a Bouquet for the dots and used Pear Pizazz and Crushed Curry.  I used Old Olive and Pear Pizazz for the pear and Chocolate Chip and Soft Suede for the leaves.  The peach was inked with Tangerine Tango and some Wink of Stella applied over to make it shine.  I used the same colours of green and yellow for the flowers and added some small yellow pearls and a few sequins.


Wednesday 12 February 2020


I was inspired by someone I found on You Tube Sandy Allnock @sandyallnock to get out the Tim Holtz Crazy Birds and have a messy play.  I used some water colour paper and made my background using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in Fossilized Amber, Chipped Sapphire and Mustard Seed.

I used a stencil from Visible Image stamps called Atomic Flower and used Distress Ink Picked Raspberry with a sponge.  The sentiment is from Visible Image stamps called Stay Weird.  I stamped it with SU Taken with Teal.  The balloon was stamped with Distress Ink Ripe Persimmon.

I stamped the birds onto some Whisper White cardstock and used an aqua brush  and Distress Inks to colour them in.  I used the matching dies to cut them out.  Where there was a bit of white still showing I went over it with a black marker pen. There's a touch of Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen over the balloon.

I'm adding this card into the following challenges - 

Craft Stamper Magazine - Anything Goes as long as it's stamped
Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes
Double Trouble - Repeat - repeated birds and repeated bubbles partnered with:
Use Your Stuff - Critters
Pinspirational - Photo image 
We love 2 Create - Anything Goes
The Artistic Stamper - Words

Delighted to have been chosen as one of the Top 3 for Double Trouble


Tuesday 11 February 2020


                                                    Optional Theme: Use Up Your Scraps

A great sketch for us to work with this week at Try Stampin on Tuesday together with an added challenge of Use Up Your Scraps. Well I was really up for the extra challenge as we all hoard lots of tiny pieces of paper just for....well you know... just in case we need them! 

 I used some retired SU designer papers from the Sending Love Suite.  Such lovely bold reds and whites and great to mix and match.  I added some non SU ribbons into the stripes too.  

I cut out the heart from Whisper White with a stitched framelit and sponged the edges to soften it in Crumb Cake. I added the sentiment from Jar of Love in Real Red.  Another touch of the brown ribbon and a beige button just to soften all those bright reds.  Can you tell I'm not really a Brights girl lol!


Saturday 8 February 2020


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Welcome to another month of the Joy of Sets Blog Hop.  You've landed on my blog Fiona Whitehead and I am the owner of The Joy of Sets - a Facebook group full of paper crafters who love to stamp and create beautiful things whether it is cards, 3d projects or scrapbooking.  Originally for Stampin Up both current and retired we now are open to all stamp companies.  There is lots going on within the group with swaps, RAK's, challenges, our own challenge blog as well as our blog hop organized for us by the fabulous Angie McKenzie. 

Our theme for this hop is Love Is In The Air.  I've used a lovely rose stamp from Kaisercraft Rosabella stamp set.  I coloured it in with Derwent Metallic pencils and blended with a Derwent blender pen. I added a touch of Glossy Accents to the rose buds and some Tri Spectrum Sparkle pen for the large rose.  

The sentiments are from SU's Amazing You.  I used the die cuts to cut out the You and Amazing from SU Lovely Lipstick foil and layered them onto white card stock.  I added some sequins to finish off the card and layered it all onto some Rich Razzleberry card stock.

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Love is in the air in most places at the moment and Sweet Stampin' is no exception.  I chose to do a wedding card as you never know when you might need one!

I used some of the retired wood paper from Stampin Up and stamped some of the sentiments and hearts from SU's Jar of Love.  The little birds are from the Best Birds framelits and the flowers and branch is from SU's Colourful Seasons framelits.  I kept the colours to a soft brown and pink and used some label framelits for the senitments.  A few little pearls and hearts keep the vintage feel going.


Wednesday 5 February 2020


This is a lovely retired Stampin Up set I've just found and wanted to have a play with it.  I've used a piece of Kaisercraft Paper from their Enchanted paper pad with is very pretty - bronzed with sponged edges.  

I cut a similar piece with a stitched framelit and stamped the bird from the set and fussy cut it out.  I added a small brad and some bronze thread behind the tag.  I added some lovely leaf cut outs that I was gifted from an Envelope Craft Swap we did on my Facebook Group The Joy of Sets.

The designed is stamped across the bottom with Early Espresso from SU . The sentiment is from another retired set Lotus Blossom.  I added a bronze embellishment and added it to some Crumb Cake card stock.

I'm adding this into the following challenges:

Retro Rubber's Tic Tac Toe challenge #rrcb127 - I chose pattern paper, thanks, nature

As You See It - Quick challenge - shades of brown - just over 9 minutes

Allsorts Challenge - Vintage

Winners Badge 2016


Tuesday 4 February 2020


My card today was inspired by The Global Design Project sketch - #GDP226

I wanted to do a field full of spring flowers -there are a few snow drops peeking through in my garden so maybe Spring isn't too far behind.  I don't seem to have a SU set that has a whole lot of flowers so I used four retired sets for this!  The sets I used were Cottage Greetings, Nature's Perfection and Background Bits.  The sentiment is from Cottage Greetings.

I stamped all the flowers onto some Whisper White and used some SU Blender Pens in Daffodil and also some Tri Blends from Spectrium to colour in the flowers.  I then cut them into four panels.

I used my small butterfly punch to cut out the butterflies from some retired DSP.  A touch of Spectrum Sparkles Crystal clear over the flowers and the butterflies give a lovely shine.  The thread is Baker's Twine in basic black.  I layered it all onto some Perfectly Plum cardstock.

I am delighted to have received a Special Mention from GDP for this card - my first one ever from them!  #gdpspecialmention



We are feeling the love over at Stampin Up Only challenge #SUOC242 with our challenge of Love Theme.  I've used a much loved set from SU which recently retired - Jar of Love.  

I started off with some DSP sponged at the edges in Crumb Cake.  I used Powder Pink and Fresh Fig for some of the flowers and Island Indigo and Early Espresso with Pear Pizazz for the leaves.  The jar was stamped in Pool Party and I added a touch of the lovely metallic edge ribbon.  Some pearls finished off the flowers.



A wonderful sketch to play with from Hand Stamped Sentiments this week with so many interpretations.  I wanted to use the gorgeous Everything is Rosy Foil paper - I only had one piece of 6 x 6 so didn't want to waste it.  I used a retired butterfly framlet from Watercolor Wings to cut out the butterfly in the paper and used the co-ordinating side for the background and the strip at the bottom. 

 I added a piece of retired SU paper All My Love DSP for the backing and some flowers cut with Tim Holtz framelits and used the shiny paper for the inside of the flowers.  The Sentiment is from Watercolor Wings stamped in Melon Mambo on the heart paper.


Sunday 2 February 2020


What a challenge over at Less is More this week and I hope I was up to their challenge. Not only CAS but Less and Tiny! 

I dug out my stamps from Card-io Majestix who do lovely little stamps and used the Bullfinches and Blooms set.  I used a retired SU ink - Brocade Blue, together with Pacific Point, Elegant Eggplant and Pear Pizazz.  It was so difficult for me to leave all that white space! Eek!  The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted You're So Tweet II.


Saturday 1 February 2020


Another new month brings us another new challenge over at Sparkles Christmas Challenge - this month we are focusing on ornaments.  I started off with some paper from Craftwork Cards called Festive Chalkboard.  I only have a few sheets of this paper left and have loved using it.  

My ornament dies are from Tim Holtz and are a set of three ornaments with various dies for decorating them.  I started off with white card stock then cut out the ornaments and sponged them in pale blue, pale pink and pale green.  I added some silver paper and glitter paper for the various decoreations.  I added some silver thread to let them hang.  I then added lots of rhine stones on the paper and on the ornaments.