Saturday 31 October 2020


Our challenge over at Sweet Stampin this week had me a bit stumped. I must admit I don't often do children's cards and don't really have any stamps that fit.  So I did some punch art in every child's favourite toy - Lego.  

I cut out the shapes in prime colours and then cut out some circles in the same colours and added them with dimensionals - with a touch of same colour ink around each circle it gives the impression of a lego block.  I added some stamping around the outside and a big number for a birthday.  A very simple but effective card I think.

Tuesday 27 October 2020


A nice easy challenge for you this week at Stampin Up Only with the theme of Fall/Autumn.  My favourite time of the year.  I went for the cute Special Someone stamp set.

I started off by using an SU mask to stencil in the trees in the background with Soft Suede ink.  I then made my panel image of the squirrel and the mouse and used my SU watercolour pencils to colour it all in.  I added the grass stamps from High Tide at the bottom of the scene and added some old SU sequins. 

I layered it all on to Early Espresso card stock.  The sentiment is from the same set and I used an old ink Really Rust to stamp it.  The banner is an old SU die cut and I added some retired dots in the middle of the flowers. 



Our colour challenge for you this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments uses the following colours:

I'm sure I've mentioned previously that I am not an SU Demo so I don't always have all the new colours as happened here with Bumblebee so I used Crushed Curry instead.  I think it looks very similar.  Our colours are always guidelines and you don't have to use the SU colours exactly.

So I started my card off with using the Drybrush stamp and some Crushed Curry.  This stamp is so great for making backgrounds and I feel it is often overlooked.  I then used the lovely Country Home set and my first time for using those lovely jugs.  This is just my kind of stamp set and I'm surprised it took me so long to buy it but I'm glad I did.  I stamped the jugs in the Blackberry Bliss and Night of Navy and used the same colours to colour in the flowers.  That touch of green came about by mixing the Night of Navy and the Crushed Curry to give a green hue for the leaves.  The little sentiment is from the same set and I just added a few Night of Navy dots to finish it off.

I then added this to some Blackberry Bliss card stock and added some Linen Thread.  

I used the tile stamp from the same set to stamp the background in Night of Navy ink onto the card stock to give tone on tone - I think you can just make out the stamps.  I then added a cut doily and inked it with a light of coating of Crushed Curry just to soften the white.  I added a Blackberry Bliss button and some thread to the bottom.#hss


Tuesday 20 October 2020


I'm in Thankful mode for our sketch this week at Try Stampin on Tuesday #TSOT480.  I had these gorgeous papers for scrapbookingn that I wanted to use on this card. Paired with the lovely stamp set from Stampin Up called Country Home they just seemed to go so well.  

I started off by inking my background for the milk churn in Antique Linen Distress Ink.  The milk churn was coloured in with SU basic grey stampin blends and I used TH Distress Inks to colour in the flowers keeping the blues and oranges of the background papers.  The sentiment is from the same set - I stamped it and then cut it out to separate some of the wording.


Saturday 17 October 2020


Our challenge for you this week at Sweet Stampin in a Girly card or project, No Pink.  My card was actually a birthday card for my best girl friend who actually adores pink so she was probably surprised to get this one from me with not a hint of pink on it!

I'm not sure what this type of card is called - maybe a peekaboo card - I found it on Dawn Griffiths you tube site and just altered it for my own design.  It's not as complicated to make as it looks and I hope you have a go.

The paper is old SU and the stamp set is SU Happy Wishes - such a great set.

Tuesday 13 October 2020


A great challenge today from SU Only Challenge which gives you free rein for Birthdays.

I pulled out Floral Essence for my bold and bright card - using just two of the flower stamps and some Melon Mambo - in full colour and stamped off for the two colours.  A touch of Chocolate Chip for the inside and Pear Pizazz for the leaves.  This was layered onto Pear Pizazz card stock and then Melon Mambo.  The banner is an old SU die cut. 

There is a touch of Wink of Stella on some of the bigger flowers and a few pearls to finish off the card. #



Welcome to another Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge and our sketch for you this week 

I used a Tim Holtz stencil for my background plaid - inking it in Distress Inks in Speckled Egg and Shabby Shutters. I cut my circle out of a stitched circle die and stamped it with a TH Stampers Anonymous Christmas stamp and edged it in Speckled Egg.  Before cutting out the reindeer with TH dies I prepared the paper by stamping and inking to give a design to the deer rather than just plain paper.  I added some sparkle to her bow and her glasses.  

I used some TH Holiday Green thinlets for the foliage and kept it in white with some sparkle - the sentiment is from Visible Image called Sentimental Christmas. 


Saturday 10 October 2020


Autumn is my favourite time of the year so I was delighted that Angie McKenzie chose this as our theme for our Joy of Sets Blog Hop this month.

I've used a Stampin Up set here called Country Home - still current and such a lovely set - I'm so glad I got it - I love that milk churn.  I have a few ornamental ones in my garden.  I stamped the churn and the flowers first and then masked them off whilst I turned ot the rest of the tag. 

I used the Distress Ink colours shown in the picture - mixing until I was happy with the effect - I also added a touch of Mustard Seed.  I added some TH Distress Crackle paste which had been coloured with Walnut Stain and added with a Tim Holtz dot stencil. I used various TH stencils to add interest to the background including a splatter stencil, letter stencils and a Stampers Anonymous script stamp.  The flowers in the churn were also coloured in with the distress inks. I used the SU blender pens in Grey to colour in the churn.  I used the tiny TH letter dies to make the word thanks.  The quotes are from Tim Holtz Idealogy sticker book and the lower sentiment is a stamp from Visible Image.

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Wednesday 7 October 2020


I've been treating myself lately to some new goodies from across the whole of Tim Holtz's range of products.  Today I received my order of the Christmas Collage paper and the Christmas paper dolls and wanted to have a play.

I was inspired by the sketch over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown and based my card on that.

I started off with the smaller panel and used some TH cardstock and covered it first in Distress Collage Medium in Vintage and then added some of the Christmas Collage paper.  I added one of the little paper dolls and coloured her in with some distress crayons.  This image so reminds me of my daughter when she was younger as she had a lovely red coat similar to this at Christmas.  

I added some Crackle Texture paste to the background piece and once dry I added some distress crayons and some more paper and stamps.  The word JOY is from an old TH set which has a matching die and the snowflake is from my stash.  The snowflake was covered in Distress Metallic crayon and then some Stickles added to it.

Tuesday 6 October 2020


Here's our sketch for you this week at Try Stampin on Tuesday - with the added challenge of making something spooky!  I don't really have many Hallowe'en stamps as it's not celebrated in the UK as much as in the USA, especially in terms of sending cards. So I had a little think and came up with this.  I started off with that lovely green cardstock and used a Sizzix embossing folder for the background.

I then took some old SU DSP which was black and white and coloured it with Tim Holtz Crackling Campfire.  The BOO letters are Tim Holtz shadow letters and they were stamped in Black Soot and SU Lemon and Lime Twist, adhered onto a stiched circle and then added to an SU doily also coloured in the same inks.  I added a few old SU sequins to finish off the card.


Saturday 3 October 2020


Welcome to another month's Tic Tac Toe Grid from The Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe.

Our new Design Team member Beverly Cole has chosen our grid for us this month - what a beauty - I hope you have fun with this one. I chose to do a Christmas Tag for my project and had great fun making this one - I chose Ribbon, Window, Glitter.

I started off with a Tim Holtz tag and added a layer of TH Collage medium and Dina Wakley Gesso to add texture.  I then covered the tag with some Distress Crayons in Hickory Smoke, Vintage Photo - I used a TH stencil to remove some of the crayons with a wipe to leave some white parts.  The window is an old TH die and it was given the aged look with the Distress Crayons and some Gesso for snow.

The numbers and letters are TH dies.  The stars at the bottom is a TH 3d Impresslits folder - I love the way these emboss and cut out at the same time.  There is lots of glitter on the tag but I'm not sure it's showing up here. The ribbons were from my stash - black lace and grey satin ribbon.

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Our theme this week at Sweet Stampin is Babies.  I've used this lovely set by Clearly Besotted called Fun on the Farm.

I started off with an SU heart mask and stencilled the hearts in TH Speckled Egg Distress Ink.  I cut out three stitched square framelits and inked in yellow blue and pink for the three little animals.  I wanted to use the remaining animals in the set so stamped them and cut them out.  

The little Love die is one from my stash and I'm not sure where it came from. 

Thursday 1 October 2020


Our theme this month at Sparkles Christmas Challenge is A Vintage Christmas.  I've used lots of Tim Holtz products on my card - starting off with sponging the background card with Distress Ink in Rusty Hinge.  I then coloured some TH Crackle paste with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and used a brick mask to make the background.

The window die cut is an old Tim Holtz one and I used various papers to cut it out adding ink round the edges.  I used Gesso for the snow.  The little tag and the tree behind the window is from TH Christmas Noel Sticker book. I added some fine linen thread at the bottom.