Time Challenge

Hello Everybody,

first of all thanks for all your lovely comments. They are as always very much appreciated.

For this week’s challenge on ‘Out of a Hat Creations’ I’ve come up with a tongue in cheek interpretation of the theme ‘time’.

This one is for all the ones who don’t have time …

… initially I thought of adding ‘crafting in progress’, but I might keep that idea for some presents … this one will be for my treatment room door.

The reverse side will show ‘Welcome’ as soon the crafting table is cleared ready for the ‘Eclipse’ to cut some letters, the ones from my alphabet dies will be a bit too small. I shall add a picture once it’s ready.

The idea was that there is a time when one welcomes others being open to socialising etc.  … and then of course there is a time for crafting, work, meditation etc. simply when one might want to be alone and focus on the task in hand …

Here is what I used: Well Worn Designer Papers, early espresso, cajun craze and river rock card stock, early espresso stamp’n’write marker, cajun craze ink pad, Blossom Party Sizzix die, antique brads and jumbo eyelets (retired) from Stampin’UP!; Tim Holtz Elegant Flourishes Sizzix die, Wallflower sizzlits alphabet dies, cream organza ribbon and tea dye distress ink from local craft shop; baker’s twine from Fantastic Ribbons.

Just a short post today, will be back later in the week.

Until then

Happy Crafting 🙂

Hidden Twinchies

Hello Everybody,

so here it is my interpretation of this week’s Out of a Hat Creations Challenge. Remember in yesterday’s blog I mentioned that I was waiting for some spray-on varnish, well the postman tried to deliver it yesterday when I was out. After picking it up from the sorting office this morning, I finally finished the card. It is based on the ‘Hidden Panel Card’ I saw demonstrated on one of the Crafter’s Companion Ultimate Pro DVD’s. Part of the card looks like wowen squares. I changed the measurements to fit the decorated ‘Twinchies’.

Below is the front of the card. I wanted to keep is simple to reserve the wow-effect for the twinchies.

This is what it looks like from the inside …

… and here they are the hidden twinchies … appearing after gently pulling the tabs .. 6 2×2 inch decorated squares.

The varnish was sprayed on the butterfly panels only to give them a bit of a lift. The leaf panels were already highlighted by being fitted to the golden mirri card.

Here is what I used: burgundy card stock and sentiment stamp from Craftwork Cards; bravo burgundy ink, bravo burgundy Stamp’n’write marker, En Francais, Woodgrain and French Foliage stamps from Stampin’UP!; golden mirri card, ribbon, white card stock, sepia versafine ink and clear embossing powder from my stash; check paper from the Bouffle Papers by DoCrafts; crushed olive and tea stain inks by Tim Holtz/Ranger; Butterfly stamp from this month’s issue of Craft Stamper Magazine; Spray-on Varnish from Crafter’s Companion

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

One Layer Wonders

Hi Everybody,

Back from my holidays and enjoying crafting again!!! Holidays tend to be a bit of a craft-free zone and I didn’t get round to fully trying my new Ultimate Pro out to feel confident enough to take it on holiday to do some crafting. Never mind there is always a next time …

For today’s post I want to start with the cards we made in last Saturday’s Class. They were all one layer only to make them very postage friendly. We used some clever sponging and stamping to create some interesting cards. It just goes to show that one can create interest and detail without putting layer upon layer. See what you think and please let me know.

 This card makes me dream of far away places and adventure … I used the ‘Open Sea’ stamp set from Stampin’UP!. The inks I used are pool party, island indigo and night of navy also from SU, peel off border and white card from my stash.

This is a card I love sending to friends … the little sentiment stamp from Wild Rose Studios expresses it very well. Again the panel is sponged using river rock, old olive and always artichoke ink from Stampin’UP! so are the always artichoke stamp’n’write marker and the stamps All a Flutter & Beautiful Thing (retired); white card from Craftwork Cards.

 This pink wonder uses the pocket silhouettes stamp set, pink pirouette, rose red regal rose inks plus rose red stamp’n’write marker from Stampin’UP; the sentiment stamp is from Wild Rose Studios and embossed using versafine crimson red ink and clear embossing powder from my stash; white card is from Cardwork Crafts.


I love the sunny colours of this card. For contrast I sponged a border on the inside of the card using the same colours as for the main image. The pre-shaped blank card and the sentiment stamp are from Craftwork Cards; daffodil delight, tangerine tango & cajun craze ink pads, cajun craze stamp’n’write marker, mixed bunch stamp set and blossom punch from Stampin’UP!; glitter pen from my stash.

And here is the same idea slightly different, I used a square card and a corner rounder punch from Xcut.

I hope you liked what we made in our last class. Just a quick reminder the next card class will be on Saturday 11th August 3- 6pm. I am just in the process of planning the projects we will make and I shall post them soon on my stamping classes page.

Right it’s time to go and cook dinner now. I shall be back tomorrow with my entry to the ‘Out of a Hat Creations’ Challenge, I am just hoping that the spray-on varnish I ordered from Crafter’s Companion will arrive in time for me to finish and post the card tomorrow otherwise it will have to be a half-finished project to be updated later in the week. Keep fingers crossed.

Until then ..

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂