Wednesday 25 January 2023


Welcome to our January challenge over at Christmas Craft Creations.  I am on the Reminder Team which pops up half way through the monthly challenge to give you all a little bit of extra inspiration.  

I started my card by using the wonderful stamp set from Sunny Studio called Holiday Style.  It has the most wonderful realistic bell with the set which I've used before in projects.  This card uses the bough stamp and the ornament hangers.  I used Distress Inks for my boughs adding a touch of brown for the stems.  For my snippets I collaged a variety of old papers and then used a stitched circle to cut them out.  I love that tree paper in the middle.  I added a touch of silver thread to give the impression of hanging the ornament and used one of the sentiments from the same set.

This would be a great card to batch make with different papers for the ornament.

I'm also adding this into the following challenges:

Snippets Playground - the snippets are the papers on my bauble
ABC Christmas Challenge - both A anything Christmas goes and B for Bauble 


Tuesday 24 January 2023


I was delighted to be asked to be a Guest Designer at Try It On Tuesday for this week's challenge of Winter Blues.  Personally I'm not feeling the January blues as I've just become a grandma for the second time - my darling daughter had a bouncing baby boy on Wednesday amidst all the snow we had in the UK.  His name is Rowan Luke and completes her family now with her daughter Hazel.  Considering my daughter, like me, was told she would not have any children she has done marvellously.  

Anyway on to my card.  I masked off a space on some cardstock and used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink in Salty Ocean.  I spritzed it with some water to allow some of the white to show through.  I used the Poppy Seedheads stamp from Tracy Evans stamping it in Versafine Clair Medieval Blue.  I edged the card with some blue and layered it on to a white background.  The sentiments are from a Creative Expressions set Missy Mouse - I love that Oh Hi sentiment - I can see a lot of use for that.  I added some silver thread behind the Happy Birthday and popped it up on dimensionals.  A touch of sequins from my stash finished off the card.



We are all about the hearts at Hand Stamped Sentiments for this challenge.  My eye was drawn to that wonderful black cat  - being a bit of a cat lady.  I rummaged among my supplies as I knew I had a wonderful cat stamp I hadn't used in years made by Cherry Pie Art Stamps.  Yep there it was - keep a thing for 20 years and it comes in useful!  

I started by stamping the cat stamp and added the border around it.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink in Spun Sugar and then added some hearts and a stencil in Picked Raspberry.  I added a touch of script with some stamped off black ink.  The love hearts are from a very old Stampin Up set called Sweet Talk from 2004!  Very nearly 20 years old.  I stamped them and used a heart die to cut them out.  I added a touch of Nuovo Drops at the top and bottom.  The little added sentiment is from Tim Holtz Ideaology - hubby will be getting this Valentine's.

I'm adding this into the following:

Crafty Animals - AG Animals 
Colour Hues - pink and red 


Saturday 21 January 2023


One of my craft gifts was a set of Snarky Cats and stencils from Tim Holtz.  I'm joining in with the challenge over at Make My Monday - they've asked us to choose our favourite theme from last year - what a great challenge - I ended up doing two challenges in one - Friendship from September and Washi Tape from April.

I started my card off with the stencil that looked like string all tangled up.  I used three Distress Oxide Colours Peacock Feathers, Rusty Hinge and Saltwater Taffy to create the background.  I stamped the cat on top and coloured him in with some Rusty Hinge Distress Ink and some Luminarte paint for his eyes.  There is a touch of Spectrum Noir glitter pen on the ball of wool and through the string.

I added some touches of Washi tape from Aallandcreate - I like to tear little bits off the tape and use it just here and there.  This tape had the same blues I'd used which was a bonus.

I added the quirky sentiment with Versafine Clair ink in Warm Breeze - now who should I give this card to? lol! It will most probably go as a RAK card on my Facebook Group the Joy of Sets.  RAK stands for Random Act of Kindness and we send cards we make out to each other -it's lovely as a crafter to receive as well as give.

I'm also adding this into the following:

Just Add Ink - Favourite - cats are my favourite animals 
As you like it - favourite reason to send a card - as mentioned above as a RAK for my group members 
The sisterhood of crafters - something new - my stamps and stencil


Wednesday 11 January 2023


I was inspired to join in with Inspiration Station today on seeing their image above.  The cat spoke to me as my daughter had to put one of her fur babies down yesterday, an emotional time when you  have to say goodbye to them.

I found a background I had done on my gel press and I liked the colours, just adding a bit more Tim Holtz Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink to bring out the blues.  I used a tree branch stencil from my stash with Black Soot and stamped the cat image from Visible Image Curious Cats over the top.  I added some background stamping also from Visible Image and the sentiment is from their Brighten the World set.  The little bird is from a Tracy Evans stamp set.  I also added some Washi Tape from Tracy Evans.  I found some very old Luminart inks in my stash when sorting out and the green was just perfect for the cat's eyes.  I added a splatter of white paint just to finish it off.

I'm also adding this into the following challenge



Tuesday 10 January 2023


Happy New Year everyone and welcome back to another year of fun with Hand Stamped Sentiments.  We hope you continue to be inspired by our challenge.  We have a colour challenge for you to start us off - and such spring like colours will really help us during the depths of winter.

I started off by using some Petal Pink ink and adding it to some white texture paste then I spread this through an old SU stencil to create the background.  My little mouse is a delightful little set called Missy Mouse from Creative Expressions which is one of the new stamps I received for Christmas.  I stamped her in Versafine Ink in Acorn and coloured her in with Mango Melody and Pool Party with a touch of the Petal Pink also. I added a touch of Nuovo drops to the insides of the flowers in Wedgewood Blue.  I layered it onto some Pool Party cardstock and added a little tag with an old SU brad.

I'm adding this into the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge Blog - something new - my little stamp
Try it on Tuesday - Something New
Make My Monday - Something new

Friday 6 January 2023


Welcome back to another Color Dare Challenge but wait! Before you start your project, we are partnering with the Double Trouble Challenge "Cuddle Up" and you will want to start off with their 3-2-1 Recipe and our Colour Board gives you the first ingredient. All you need to do is add the other ingredients from recipe under Double Trouble Kitchen Clipart and end up with a warm and cuddly project, share with Double Trouble and be eligible for three chances at their random draw prize.

A lot of friends and family, including myself, have sadly been poorly over the Festive Season with Covid and flu so I seemed to be drawn to make a Get Well Soon card inspired also by our choice of colours.  

I grabbed a Clearly Besotted set I haven't used in a long while called Pawly Pals and stamped the little images and coloured round them and parts of them in the peach colour.  I edged the card stock with some of the Sage and added a piece of embossed card stock behind.  The embossing folder is a cable knit - just perfect for feeling cosy.  I then layered it onto some Desert Rose card stock and added a few drops of Nuovo drops.

I'm adding this into the following challenges:

Krafty chicks - Stamps 

Wednesday 4 January 2023


Happy New Year Everyone - I hope 2023 is a good year for you all.

We are back with a new challenge for  January for The Male Room Challenge. 

I chose to use the lovely set Stargazers from Anita Jeram for my card.  I used Chipped Sapphire, Black Soot and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Inks for my sky.  I stamped the image and masked it and used Bundled Sage Distress Oxide and Crushed Olive distress ink for the grass.  I left the little bunnies white.  I added extra details with some old grass stamps I have in my stash.   I used a star die to cut out the little stars and layered it on to some white glitter paper to have the stars shining through.

I'm adding this into the following challenges:

Paper Funday Challenge - AG optional - Starry Night