Summertime’s Challenge

Hello Everybody,

this week’s challenge on ‘Out of a Hat Creations’ is summertime … and what a challenge it was … The first thing that popped into my mind was ‘wellies’, probably due to the amount of rain we recently had. But jokes aside, when I think of summer the first thing coming to my mind are the colours yellow and orange followed by sun, flowers and sea … here is what I came up with:

The medallion stamp always reminds me of the sun. To start with I sponged some white card with Daffodil Delight (DD) and Tangerine Tango (TT) ink, then I stamped the ‘En Francais’ background stamp in DD onto the sponged card. I thought this was a fitting stamp to use. It talks about summer, and some years ago I spent one very hot summer working by the seaside in France. The flowers in the background are stamped in TT. Then I stamped the medallion in versamark and clear embossed it. To bring the image out I used a darker shade of orange (Cajun Craze) and sponged it all over, finishing off by removing excess ink with a clean tissue.

All the inks and stamps used are from Stampin’UP!, so is the olive-green ribbon and DD card stock; the organza ribbon and baker’s twine are from Fantastic Ribbons; embossing powder, gem and card blank came from my own stash.

Until next time

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Wishing Tree

… I thought this would be perfect for a Birthday Card. Again I am using just one layer. After my initial apprehensions, I am really enjoying making these one layer wonders.

The background is sponged using Almost Amethyst and Lavender Lace inks (both retired) from Stampin’UP!. I then stamped the Wishing Tree stamp from Lavinia Stamps using Onyx black Versafine ink and decorated it using the mini Flower stamp, again Lavinia, first in red and then in purple Versafine ink. The sentiment is from Wild Rose Studios and stamped in purple Versafine ink. To finish the card off I doodled around the image using a purple fineliner pen and added some glitter glue. The glitter glue might look a bit overpowering on the picture, but I had to take it yesterday before the glue had time to dry, so the dots are looking a bit bigger than they will once the glue is dry.

Part of the enjoyment of making these cards is that they are relatively quick to make and they almost look hand painted once they are finished.

I hope you like it.

Back soon … until then …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Hobbit Magic

Hi Everybody,

I had so much fun yesterday preparing for my next card making class ‘One layer Wonders’ which is Saturday 14th July 3 – 6 pm. It is something I always wanted to do, but I thought I’d struggle with. Once I got going, it was hard to stop. I got everything prepared in one go – that’s a first 🙂 It left me with a some spare time to prepare a card for a friend, who after years and years finally sold her house. As she is renting to allow her to have a thorough look around before buying a new one, I thought that a ‘normal’ ‘Good luck in your New Home Card’ wasn’t what I wanted to do. I went for Hobbit Magic instead and got some of my Lavinia Stamps out to play. Here is what I made:

I sponged the background with green and blue inks before stamping the images with versafine ink. I love this little Hobbit House Door, as a huge fan of ‘Lord of the Rings’ what does one expect. 🙂

Hope you like it too.

The sentiment stamp is from ‘Wild Rose Studios’, all other stamps are from Lavinia Stamps. For the backgound I used Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Baja Breeze and Marina Mist inks plus for the door and the finishing touches Early Espresso ink all from Stampin’UP!. To stamp the images I used Onyx Black, Olymia Green and Imperial Purple Versafine inks which you can get from Lavinia Stamps or any good craft shop. Little spinkles of Stickles glitter glue to finish off. White card and glue came from my stash.

That’s it for today. off to watch over the dinner whilst trying to TIDY the crafting table. LOL

Until later in the week …

Happy Crafting!!!


Olympic Torch, Criccieth and Portobello Road

Hello Everybody,

What a week it has been!!! After coming home from the caravan on Tuesday, I immediately got stuck into the mountains of washing that had accumulated or more like I got the washing machine to do it. As we all know rain was forecast for the rest of the week …. and rain it did!!! But that’s only half of the story, the rest of my time got more or less divided between working and preparing for a Mind-Body-Spirit Fair where I had a stall. I felt I needed to do some advertising. There I went, all excited and thought that I could get a bit of work done … you can guess what is coming now … or so I thought. It was very quiet and I ended up wondering if it hadn’t been better to stay at home and do some crafting.

Luckily I had already made this week’s entry for the ‘Out of a Hat Creations’ Challenge. It got finished the previous night whilst watching tele, and it was a project I intended to do anyway, what better synchronicity does one want!!! Alas, an opportunity to catch up with projects in the planning.

I went for an all British theme. The mini scrapbook measures 7 x 7 cm or just under 3 x 3 inches and was cut from an A 4 sheet of sturdy paper, a larger size of the Union Jack, which I used to embellish the front cover. Both, front and back covers, are made from card which again was covered in a matching paper.

Here is what I used: Pictures from our visit to Criccieth on that lovely sunny weekend before the Jubilee; my latest eBay purchase Tim Holtz Typeset Alphabet Strip by Sizzix; Papermania’s Portobello Road papers a gift from my friend Sue; white card, red gingham ribbon, gems, small daisy punch, red fineliner pen from my stash (or local craft shop); ruby-red ink pad (retired), itty bitty shapes punch pack, natural ivory and riding hood red cardstock from Stampin’UP!

Until next time …

Happy Crafting!!!


… and now … may I introduce you to ‘London 2012’:

Mixed Bunch and Shrink Plastic

Hi Everybody!

First of all ‘Thank you very much’ for all your lovely comments on my last post. I am glad you liked it. I have to go on tomorrow and check all your latest ones out.

As promised another button card for the Challenge. If I get time tomorrow I shall update the picture. This is just a quick one I took with my mobile in the small hours. Today’s card is inspired by Heather’s blog and her creations of course. So here it is:

The button is made of Shrink Plastic. I like the way it matches the pattern of the flower stamp. Next time I will have to punch the holes a bit larger, of course they did shrink too and it took me about an hour to feed some yarn through … I see another purchase coming on … a larger tiny hole punch! I quite enjoyed making this as it is somewhat different to what I normally do. I find it good to stretch myself at times. I look forward to the next challenge.

Here is what I used: sentiment stamp from Cardwork Crafts; Shrink Plastic, white card, white card blanks, gems and yarn from my local craft shop; Everything Eleanor & Mixed Bunch stamp sets, so saffron, wild wasabi and rose red ink pads, Blossom Punch from Stampin’UP!

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!!!


Sense of Time

Hello Everybody!

Where is time going, it seems to be racing away with me. Had a busy week at work. Nevertheless I got something done with a button (this weeks theme of the challenge at ‘Out of a Hat Creations’) and I might even get done something else which I am hoping to post on Wednesday. 🙂

Not having much luck with posting today, somehow managed to lose the whole post. Well never mind!

To todays project. It is based on something Dianne showed me on Monday and I’ve turned it into gift wrapping for my husbands birthday present or at least one of them. I love using Stampin’UP!’s natural ivory card stock to create aged looks. It slightly mutes the colours when you stamp on it, so you’re already half way there. Most of the supplies for today’s project came from SU apart from the raffia, the corner rounder punch and the burgundy card. The stamps/stamp sets I used are: Woodgrain, En Francais, French Foliage, Sense of Time (retired), So Happy For You (retired); the inks are: more mustard, bravo burgundy, Sahara sand, crumb cake, close to cocoa (retired), tea stain distress ink; plus the punches: word window and spiral border (retired); twine; designer button (retired).

Off to Wales again. Until next week. Happy Crafting!!!

Finally, here it is:


New Favourite Stamps

Hello Everybody,

just a quick post to join into the ‘Out of a Hat Creations’ Challenge which this week is ‘favourite stamps’. Well it a sort of was a difficult one for me as I like all my stamps. I go through phases when I prefer one to the other. So for this week I decided on a recent purchase of ‘Moggie’ stamps which I got from the LOTV eBay shop over the Jubilee weekend. Unfortunately work got quite busy, and I couldn’t finish the planned project, I will have to give it to you bite-sized. So here is the 1st page of what is going to be a little book:

This cute character came as a foursome and I felt that I wanted to tell a little story. Please look out for the next installments.

For this page I used some other favs like ‘Pocket silhouettes’ and ‘Hopeful Thoughts’ from Stampin’UP! and the Tree Trunk/Root stamp from Lavinia Stamps. The sentiment is from the ‘Loving Life Collection’ which came free a while ago with the ‘Simply Homemade’ magazine. What else did I use: crumb cake, bashful blue, certainly celery and old olive ink pads, crumb cake, real red and old olive card stock, Sizzix butterfly embosslit from Stampin’UP!; black StazOn ink pad, promarkers, red fine liner pen, gem, white card and Bouffle Paperstack from your local craft shop.

Happy Crafting!!!