Tuesday 31 March 2020


Well I hope you are all staying safe amongst the madness and crafting is helping pass the time. Here in the UK we have been on lockdown for a week.  Hubby has lots of jobs to keep him busy though as he's self employed normally we are waiting to hear how he receives any money.  Worrying times indeed.  

At  Stampin Up Only challenge we have a bit of a twist for you today - we would like to you copy a sketch from one of the cards shown on page 42 of the Spring Catalogue.  In case you don't have a copy to hand here's a copy of the page.  I chose the card on the top left as my inspiration.

I used the Colourful Seasons stamp set and matching framelits.  I stamped my own background using Melon Mambo, Pacific Point and Tangerine Tango.  I cut out the little chair from the set and sponged the edges and added a flower and laid it all on a stitched framelit tag.  An retired SU jewel brad was added together with some linen thread.

I look foward to seeing what you take as your inspiration and hope you can Carry On Crafting! 

I'm adding this into the Make My Monday Challenge blog which is make your own background.



We have a colour challenge for you this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

I've done a Gate Fold card with the little Meerkats from The Gang's All Meer poking through!  I've used Poppy Parade as the main card stock and paired it with some of the DSP from Mosaic Mood.  I've used Daffodil Delight as the squared framelit for the front together with some Pool Party for the background and the sentiment.

The front tucks into itself for postage to make it flatter.

The inside of the card with the Meerkats coloured in with SU watercolour pencils.


Saturday 28 March 2020


What surreal times we are living in at the moment - most of the UK is in lockdown and we are told not to leave our homes unless for food or other emergency.  Yesterday was my mother in law's funeral - well burial really as that was all we were allowed and only close family so just four of us.  Not much after 94 years on the planet!  Everything going on at the moment was definitely on my mind when I was searching for sentiments for this card. I have sent out loads of cards this week to friends and family members who I won't get to see for a long while - just to keep in touch and cheer them up!

At Sweet Stampin Challenge this week we are challenging you to make your own background - I love doing this and as I've recently got myself a pot of Embossing Paste from Stampin Up this was definitely on the menu.  I coloured the paste with some SU Lemon Lime Twist and used the same colour for the card stock. I used the lovely medallion stencil from SU.

I then used the Floral Essences stamp set and stamped up some flowers in Melon Mambo and some leaves in Lemon Lime Twist and fussy cut them out.  I added some string and gems and dimensionals to give it all a lift.  I think the sentiments work just perfectly - the Life is Messy is from SU Pretty Kitty.  Keep in touch is from Clearly Besotted.

I hope you all get a chance to do some crafting and join in with us.  Stay safe and well.


Tuesday 24 March 2020


I hope in these uncertain times you are staying safe. Crafting is great to help with loneliness or boredom and we'd love to see you joining in with us here at Try Stampin On Tuesday.  Here's our sketch for you this week with the option theme of jungle fever.

My card uses Animal Outing stampset from Stampin Up. The giraffe was coloured in with some SU blending pens and Tri Blend from Spectrum Noir.  The background for the butterfly wings was made with some Tim Holtz distress inks and I used a Tim Holtz die to cut out the butterfly.  I cut it in half and added some coloured pearls.  The little butterflies are also SU dies from That's The Tag.  The happy birthday sentiment is from my stash.

I'm adding this into the Allsorts Challenge this week which is anything in the animal kingdom


Thursday 19 March 2020


I find I am always late to the party!  That goes for trends in crafting too - so here I am playing with Embossing paste for the first time.  And dare I say I love it!  I fancied using it on scrapbook pages but my first attempt was for a card.  

Over on my Facebook Page I have a challenge running just to keep us all busy whilst a lot of us are at home because of the dreaded virus.  It was a case of one of the cards out of the current catalogue, page 90.  It also fits in with the challenge over at Global Design Project #gdp232.

I used some of the embossing paste and added a touch of Soft Sky re-inker to get a gorgeous blue colour. I love how it shimmers!  I added this to a piece of Soft Sky using one of the masks.  I was surprised how quickly it dried!  I also had a new set The Gang's All Meer and wanted to use the little guy.  I stamped him and then cut him out and layered him up!  The leaves and flowers were from my stash.  The sentiment stamped in Early Espresso is from Kaisercraft Curiosity stamps and the background paper is also one of theirs.

I'm going to be playing with the paste a lot more I can tell.

I'm also adding this into the following challenges:

As You See It Challenge - my favourite type of card is a RAK which I send out on my Facebook Group The Joy of Sets - we have a RAK group and send each other cards all over the world

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes


Tuesday 17 March 2020


Here's our sketch for you this week for Hand Stamped Sentiments - #SC335

I've used Stampin Up's Dandelion Wishes for my card.  I started off by cutting out a circle with a framelit and used this for a mask.  I sponged with some Tim Holtz Distress Inks and stamped the dandelion with Early Espresso.  I then took a smaller stitched framelit circle and alternated the colours with the dandelion stamped in Old Olive and the background sponged in Crumb Cake and edged in Early Espresso.  The smaller circle was added with dimensionals. 

I added some Washi Tape for a bit of interest and a touch of DSP Magnolia Lane at the bottom.  The sentiment is from Kaisercraft and was inked in Ranger Archival Ink in Monarch Orange.  I added some linen thread behind it and some bronze embellishments.


Saturday 14 March 2020


We are celebrating Spring in all its forms on our Joy of Sets Blog Hop this month.  March is a busy time for me with both my children having been born in March 11 days apart and my daughter's partner also has his birthday nestled inbetween.  Add to that that it's Mother's Day in the UK on the 22nd March which just also happens to be my son's birthday and it's a busy time indeed. Sadly since I wrote this we have also had a death in the family with my mother in law dying suddenly.  At age of 94 it was a grand age but sadly she never got to meet her great granddaughter.

Today I have chosen to do some spring Tags - maybe even to go on some Easter Eggs come Easter time.

The first one has been sponged with TIm Holtz Distress Inks in pastel spring colours.  The writing has been stamped from Stampin Up's Background Bits.  The ephemera is from Tim Holtz as are the die cut snow drops.  The eggs are from Pink Ink Stamps.  The bird is from Stampin Up.

The second tag has slightly different colours - also first sponged with Distress Inks.  The feathers are from Stampin UP Feather Together.  The birds have been cut from SU DSP Bird Ballad.  The nest is from Pink Ink stamps as are the eggs.  The sentiment is from Kaisercraft.

To move forward on the hop click on the Next below to be taken to Rebeccca-Jo's blog 

I'm adding my tags into the Craft Stamper Challenge - Anything Goes 

Tuesday 10 March 2020


Our challenge at Try Stampin on Tuesday this week has the following sketch and image for you to work with.

I took my inspiration from both the images and the sketch and used the Stampin Up Bookcase Builder set.  Now retired - I loved this set and thought it had great uses and it still one of my favourites.  I also added some flowers from Clearly Besotted.


Saturday 7 March 2020


We are into another month's challenge over at Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe and our grid this month has been chosen by Laura Geffert.

I chose to go with the diagonal line of Birthday, Masculine and Paper Piecing. 

I started out with some old SU DSP for the background and layered some of the Come Sail Away DSP with the lighthouses on it.  I then used the lighthouse from High Tide for my tag and added some twine.  The paper piecing came with the same paper and the That's The Tag framelit and sentiment.  Quite fiddly putting all those little bits of paper back in but effective.  I added a retired navy brad to finish off the card.

If you would like to join our Facebook Group The Joy of Sets - just click on the link below.  There is all sorts of fun going on - SU both current and retired, together with other stamp companies, RAK's, challenges, swaps to name but a few. We also have our own Pinterest account.



Today is International Women's Day so over at Sweet Stampin we are celebrating wonderful women in our lives.  Mine without doubt is my wonderful daughter who is 29 next week and celebrating her first birthday as a mum!  Something we thought may never happen.  She is an inspiration to me as her mum and she is a great support of everything crazy thing I do next.

For my card I chose to use the lovely stamps and stencil from Visible Image.  The stencil is called Atomic Flower and has been sponged with Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  The stamp is from Mindful Moments.  In my day job I am a Reiki healer and this type of image is close to my heart.  We all need to take time out of our busy day to just breathe, and let go.

I stamped the woman image and added another stencil by The Crafter's Workshop called Mini Alhambra and fussy cut her out.  The sentiments were silver embossed and added with dimensionals.  Some sequins and jewels in purple shades finish off this hopefully serene card.


Tuesday 3 March 2020


Our challenge for you today at Stampin Up Only challenge is colouring.  The SU world is quite literally your oyster.  Saying that though, looking through my albums I didn't really have a lot that I could colour in.  And then I spotted this lovely retired set Blossoming Basket - just right for colouring and for spring.

I chose to do a z fold card using shades of purple.  I also used the lovely Basket Weave Embossing folder for the front of the card.  The yellow roses were coloured in with SU blender Pens in Daffodil.  The other colours I used ink and a  blender pen. The middle flower was fussy cut and added with embellishments to make it stand out more. The butterfly has a few pearls attached.  

I continued the butterfly theme on the inside of the card.  The sentiment is from SU Waterfront.



An inspirational challenge for you this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments - inspired by these lovely images:

Now I don't have any of the lily stamp pads or the flamingos so I really had to think outside the box for this challenge.  I took my inspiration from the water and the birds and used Stampin Up's Waterfront and Wetlands for my card.

I used a cloud stencil I have in my stash to make the clouds.  All my inks are Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  I stamped them mountains and the grass and the watery reflection using Waterfront.  I added the ripples from the water from SU High Tide.  I then created a waterbank with some of the tufts of grass from Wetlands and stamped and cut out the goose.  I just used a water brush to colour in part of the bird just using the ink he'd been stamped with.  The sentiment is from Wetlands and I added some linen thread and used a tag framelit.


Sunday 1 March 2020


What a great challenge we have for you this month at Sparkles Christmas Challenge - Anything but a card! I think Christmas is one of the best times to think outside the box as paper crafters.  So many ideas that could make excellent little table gifts or tree gifts.

I chose to make these oh so cute and simple Christmas Crackers - large enough to add maybe some chocolates, a lipstick - a re-inker (!) cufflinks, little toys - and they could go on the table or the tree.

I used Stampin Up's Envelope punch board to make mine.  The paper is from Kaisercraft and is their Wonderland collection - I thought the blues would make a nice change from the usual red and green. The labels are from an old SU set Merry Little labels which had a matching punch to make life easier.

Back when I used to do videos I did one for similar crackers and I'm adding the link here in case you want to have a go.