Sunday, 1 August 2021


Our challenge over at Sparkles Christmas Challenge #127 this month is Christmas Music.  I used a favourite set from Visible Image called Santa Claus - you can't help but start singing or humming this once you see this sentiment.

I started off with a piece of water colour paper and used the snow stamp from the set with some Versamark Ink.  I then heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  I used Tim Holtz distress inks in blues and blacks to represent the night sky.  

I used Stampin Up Watercolour Pencils to colour in the Santa and then cut him out.  I've added Stickles to his hat and fur on his coat and glossy accents on his beard and moustache.

To make the roof I used the chimney stamp upside down and repeated it and then added the chimney stack on top.  Liquid pearls were added to represent the snow on top of the roof.  

The sentiment in the banner was cut out and I used a stitched framelit for the remainder of the sentiment popping them up on dimensionals. 

We love Chocolate Baroque - Favourite Stamps
Love to craft - AG 
Send a Smile for Kids - Christmas 
Christmas Blog - Songs for Christmas 
Creative Knockouts - Christmas in July 

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes - Optional Colour Palettes

Welcome to another month's challenge over at 613 Avenue Create - as always it is an Anything Goes challenge but we also have the options of some wonderful palettes as inspiration for you.  I chose palette no 3 for my inspiration with that lovely image of the trees.

I started my card by laying down a soft layer of Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Salty Ocean. I then used a Stampin Up Mask as a stencil for the trees using Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  The blots for the leaves were made by a stamp from Visible Image set called Free Your Imagination - I used various Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber with a touch of Fired Brick to add a deeper depth of colour.

The birds are from another Visible Image set Leave Your Fears Behind and the sentiment is from yet another Visible Image Set called Tree of Life.

Saturday, 31 July 2021


Our challenge this week at Sweet Stampin is to use some gingham/plaid on your cards.  I cheated a bit by using a piece of old SU DSP I found in my stash in this gorgeous purple colour for my background.

I added a tag using some stamps from Simon Says Stamp Thoughtful Flowers and used some Tim Holtz distress inks and a watercolour brush. The sentiment is from the same set - the ribbon is very old SU which I found in my ribbon box.

Wednesday, 28 July 2021


I know that's not quite the saying and it should be a tiger but I love this cheetah image from Stamperia Amazonia collection.

I found a background I had  made previously in my paper stash - using Tim Holtz distress inks in Twisted Citron and Early Espresso.  I used Tim's stamping platform to stamp the Cheetah image in Versafine Clair Ink.  I wanted to use a stamping platform just in case the image wasn't clear enough on a first stamp and just as well I did as it took about three goes to get a clear enough image.  The sentiment is from the same set and I stamped it on to rice paper and then used Liquitex Acrylic medium to add it to the tag.

The washi tapes at the bottom are from my stash and the washi tape with the word Live is from Aallandcreate.  I added some charcoal pencil around the edges and some old Stampin Up sequins and some really bright orange gems for his eyes.

I'm adding this into the following challenges

Simon Says Stamp - Monday - Washi Tape 
Simply Create Too - Sentiment 
SUYP - Cat related

Tuesday, 27 July 2021


I'm joining in with Global Design Project #GDP302  today for their sketch below.

I saw trees in those stripes and grabbed my Stampin Up mask/stencil and some Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  The little owl and the sentiment is from Visible Image stamp set Into the Woods.

I'm also adding this into the following challenges

Always Fun - Use a Stencil


Look at our gorgeous colours for you this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  I'm not sure why these colours screamed autumn for me especially as we are only just enjoying some sort of summer here in the UK but they definitely influenced my choice of stamp set to use.

I headed straight for a Stampin Up set Country Home.  I've never really used the little tile stamp from this set so I thought it needed an outing.  A quick glance on Pinterest gave me the idea for this card to use the tile stamp as a border.  I stamped off the jug to give a more gentle colour of the Rich Razzleberry which seems to have changed its colour quite drastically.  A touch of thread and simple matting finished off the card.

This will be a great card to send out to someone in my RAK group on my Facebook group The Joy of Sets.  We send out Random Acts of Kindness to members all over the world in the form of cards we make and it's so nice to receive a hand made card.  Come on over and join us if you would also like to send and receive cards.

Monday, 26 July 2021


I love the whimsical stamps from Anita Jeram's illustrations sold by Colorado Craft Company.  My card today combines two challenges - The Paper Players and CAS Colours and Sketches. For the colours I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Mowed Lawn, Fossilized Amber and Peeled Paint.

I started off by stamping a mask of the mouse in Versafine Clair ink in Acorn the using it to cover over the mouse before I stamped the Wendy Vecchi word stamp all over.  This is a great large stamp so it was easy to cover the card stock.  I coloured the little mouse in and used the greens for the pencil and the words.

I found an old Sizzix embossing folder with all the dots on which looked to me like an extension of the mouse tail so thought it would be perfect.  I added some Washi Tape for the sketch challenge.

Tuesday, 20 July 2021


Optional Theme - Outdoor Fun

Here's our sketch for you this week from Try Stampin on Tuesday with the optional extra theme of Outdoor Fun.  I thought I would do a Christmas in July theme also which seems to be the thing in the crafting world and it gives me another chance to use this fabulous set.  It's an Anita Jeram stamp set called Snow Happy by Colorado Craft Company.

I started off with some watercolour paper and inked my background using Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  I stamped the image in Versafine Clair Acorn which is a bit softer than using a black.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks to colour in the images.  I added some Liquid Pearls in White Opal for the bunny's tail, the deer's tail and the snowball.  The sentiment is from the same set and I used an archival ink in Cobalt Blue by Ranger.  I added some dots to continue the theme of the snow around the edges and added some to the deer.

I'm adding this into the following challenges:

The Holly and Ivy - Anything Xmas Goes 
Christmas Kick Start Challenge - anything fluffy or furry 
Ike's World - AG option of Christmas 
Double Trouble - Christmas in July 
Inkspirational - Spots/Dots 
Creative Friday - Christmas 

Tuesday, 13 July 2021


Here is our sketch for you this week from Hand Stamped Sentiments.  I knew straight away which set I wanted to use and it's one of the new sets from Stampin Up called To The Moon.

I started off by making a galaxy background with Tim Holtz Distress Inks using Hickory Smoke, Dusty Concord, Fossilized Amber, and Black Soot.  I added water to create the water drops and some Dazzling Diamonds to add some sparkle.

I made another dark background for the moon and stamped it and used a stitched framelit to cut it out adding more glitter.  I used the star stamps for the background edges and some washi tape from my stash.  The sentiment was cut out with a Tim Holtz tag framelit.

I'm adding this into the following challenges

SU Only Challenge - Designers Choice
Make My Monday - Anything Airborne ! 

Tuesday, 6 July 2021


Here's our sketch for you this week from Try Stampin on Tuesday.  I've used all Wendy Vecchi stamps for my card this week. 

I started out with the large script stamp - one of my favourites which is from the Live and Make Art set.   I used the Country Flowers set which has the matching die cuts - it's a two stamp set for the flowers and the leaves. I've used Versafine Clair inks in Warm Breeze for the blue and Verdant for the green.

I made a border with some of the other stamps from the set and used a die cut from my stash to cut out the wavy line.  I added a piece of lace and some gingham ribbon to finish it off.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set. A touch of Dazzling Diamonds on the inside of the flower finishes off the card.

Sunday, 4 July 2021

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes with Optional Twist of Watercolour

Our optional challenge at 613 Avenue Create this month is watercolouring.  I love these new sets of stamps by Anita Jeram with Colorado Craft Company for their water colouring abilities.  This is a new set to me called Thank You and as an avid cat lover I just had to have this set.

I started off with some watercolour paper and stamped the cat in VersaFine Clair in Acorn - a little softer than a black colour for the outline.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks to colour her in. I added a blue colour wash to the background and stamped the sentiment in the same VersaFine ink.

I'm adding this into the following challenges:

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolour
SUYP - Cats

Saturday, 3 July 2021


A tricky challenge for you all this week from Sweet Stampin - Unusual Hair Colour - to be honest what hair colour doesn't get used these days - I actually have a friend who has her hair the turquoise colour my middle lady has! I'm not that brave!

For my card this week I have used some very old Cherry Pie Art Stamps and coloured the three muses of Art, Love and Beauty with their various unusual hair colours.  All the background stamps used are Cherry Pie also using Tim Holtz inks and a few of his old stamps.

Thursday, 1 July 2021


Welcome to another Christmas Challenge from Sparkles #126 - our theme for you this month is Snowflakes - More than One!

I've just bought this adorable set by Anita Jeram called Snow Happy and really wanted to use the delightful sentiment.  I started off by using a Tim Holtz snowflake stencil for my background using Distress Ink in Faded Jeans.  I added a strip of Night of Navy SU Cardstock along the front and added some die cut snowflakes covered in SU Dazzling Diamonds.  The little rabbit holding out the snowflake is from the same set - I coloured him in with Distress Ink and a water colour brush and used a stitched framelit to cut him out.

The sentiment was stamped in Versafine Clair Nocturne ink - my favourite go-to black ink at the moment. 

Tuesday, 29 June 2021


A very pretty pink moodboard to play with this week from Hand Stamped Sentiments.  I don't have an awful lot of pink in my stash - and as I was supposed to be moving home two weeks ago a lot of my crafting goodies are packed in boxes.  The house move collapsed and I have no idea when we will now be moving and living out of boxes is becoming very stressful.  I think it's probably time I grabbed all my stuff out of storage again.

I actually found this very old stamp set in with my stamps - I think it might have even come from a magazine a few years ago -it has a lot of oriental type stamps on it which are so pretty and I definitely wanted to use the lovely ginger jars.  I stamped them in Versafine Clair Nocturne and coloured them in with an SU water colour pencil in Melon Mambo and some gold ink from Liquitex Acrylic.  I used Versafine Clair in Verdant for the branches and the sentiment - such a lovely vibrant green.  I added some of the blossoms in Versamark to the edge of the card stock which is an SU card stock. 

I'm adding this into the following challenges:

Tuesday, 22 June 2021


A full on challenge for you this week as we partner with Double Trouble again - here's our sketch for Try Stampin on Tuesday - if you want to be able to join in with Double Trouble also here are all their details.

Thing 1 Trouble Maker 
says, "Twisted Sister has often referred to me as being a square and out of touch with the current trends. She tells me it's better to be a circle because it's cool and groovy. Whenever this happens I sing 'It's Hip to be a Square' and, at least for a while, she stops calling me a square.

Talking about squares and circles, our partner for this challenge has a great sketch.  Following the sketch, include at least two squares or circles on your project using dies, frames, paper, embossing folders, stencils, etc., and show us whether you are square, groovy, or both.  

Note: Feel free to change the orientation of the sketch... rotate the sketch or use its mirror image. You may also modify by using a mix of squares and circles as long as the basic sketch is visible in your project.  

Thing 3 Twisted Sister will be embossing, dry or heat embossing. 

Optional Theme: Embossing

I started off by using an embossing folder from Stampin Up called Painted Texture for my background card stock.  I then rubbed a small Tim Holtz Distress ink pad over it in Pear Pizzazz to add the extra darker green.

The stamp is from Chocolate Baroque called Garden Wall and was coloured with Distress Inks and I added a cut out stitched framelit as the border.  The sentiment is from a Simon Says Stamp set.

Tuesday, 15 June 2021


Here is our colour challenge for you this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  Such gorgeous colours that scream summer I think.  I found this very old stamp in my stash of a flower wreath and thought it was time it needed inking.  I started off by using the yellow ink and a blender brush to cover the background.  I then stamped the wreath with some VersaFine Clair in Nocturne - my new go-to black ink.  

I used a water brush to water colour in the flowers using the coral and the jade.  The sentiment in the middle is a new one from Visible Image stamps called Express Yourself. I added some yellow to the middle and some Wink of Stella to make it shine.

I used a Clearly Besotted stencil of the umbrellas to go over the background in the same yellow.

I'm adding this into the following challenges:

Aud Sentiments - AG plus sentiment 
Sparkles Forum - Floral Extravaganza
Simon Says Stamp Monday - Beautiful Blooms