Quick Challenge

Hello Everybody,

Just a quick post today.

I wanted to enter 2 challenges

the first one is at Addicted to Stamps and More and requires you to use markers

the second one is at Out of a Hat Creations and is all about Hearts & Swirls.

I got loads of ideas about both, some more time consuming than others, so I decided to combine both and use one of my old favourites … the stamp I mean. It is one of my first ones and still going strong, Motif Blocks by FUNSTAMPS it is.

Hearts & Swirls

For the background I stamped the image several times in London Fog Memento ink onto the base card, roughly masked some white borders off at the top and bottom before spraying over the stamped images with Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue and So Saffron Stamp’n’Write Markers (by Stampin’Up!) using my colour spritzer tool (also SU).

I then stamped the image again this time in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and coloured some of it in using Promarkers. I then cut the coloured in image out and mounted it on my base card using 3-D foam pads. Adding some gems, glitter glue, ribbon and peel off finished the card off.

That’s it from me for today.

See you soon … Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Fun in the Sun

Hello Everybody,

thanks for all your lovely comments.

Today I got another Quick Card for you. It is one I made after reading the Joy Fold Card Tutorial in the May issue of the Quick Cards Made Easy Magazine. I used some of the free Pink Petticoat papers that came with QCME.

Fun in the Sun

It is a sort of a card within a card, if that makes sense. You got your base card, which rather than being fully double, folds across only half way. To the full size base you then attach a smaller card, mine is square, in a way that the half-size panel of your base card sits within the opening of your smaller card. You might see it a bit more clearly in the following picture:

Fun in the Sun II

I added some pretty papers to my larger base card and edged them with some faux stitching. To decorate the smaller card I stamped the sentiment in yellow, red and blue before using my rope stamp to edge the opening side of my card. I cut out a tag, stamped the boat on it and coloured it in using Promarkers. I then edged my tag with some faux stitching, punched a hole and added an eyelet and ribbon. I then tried different positions for my tag. Once I decided on the one I was happy with, I stamped the seagull and added some faux stitching before adhering the tag with some 3-D foam pads.

The stamps I used are from the current issue of the Creative Stamping Magazine.

Enjoy & Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Time to Celebrate

Hi Everybody,

This is the last of the cards I made on Saturday:

Time to Celebrate

They are invitations I made for someone’s special Birthday in a few months’ time. Sorry about the picture looking a bit dull, it was taken in bright daylight … promise …LOL … it might have been a bit overcast.

For this card I used a simple yet effective masking technique. I started off stamping the sentiment, masked it, then stamped the scalloped circle, masked that one, stamped the bubble circle and so on …

This technique is very effective to give the illusion of layers without adding bulk and a large letter postage.

What I used: Circle Circus stamp set, daffodil delight, lucky limeade, primrose petals, tempting turquoise and concord crush inks from Stampin’UP! plus the sentiment circle stamp from Craft Stamper Magazine (past issue).

That’s it for the moment. Hoping to be back soon with more … until then

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂


CAS Flower

Hello Everybody,

back again for more. I had a very constructive Saturday making cards, two of which featured my couple of posts with two more to come today.  Is there any better way of chilling out …

My third card from Saturday’s crafting session is a CAS Flower which I am entering in the current Addicted to CAS Challenge, where the theme is ‘Flower’.

CAS Flower

I cut a tent fold card from grey cardstock, stamped the flower image on white card and cut around it on one side. I then stamped the sentiment into the bottom left hand corner before layering the image onto my base card using 3-D foam pads.

What I used: Field Flowers stamp set, basic grey card stock, calypso coral, riding hood red, lucky limeade and basic grey inks from Stampin’UP! plus white card stock from my own stash.

Please feel free to pop round at ATCAS to either join in the fun, see what everybody else has done or both.

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!!! 🙂


More Quick Cards

Hi Everybody,

in my second post today I want to share a card with you, which uses the blackboard technique, as I call it. Basically you stamp your image using versamark on black card and emboss it using white embossing powder. You then can colour it in using either chalks or watercolour pencils.

I find it easiest using the watercolour pencils. There is no need to blend the colours using water either, it is just a dry application which adds a subtle colouring.

loads of love lackboard

For my card I stamped and coloured my images and sentiment as mentioned above before layering it on some brown card. I then added a couple of eyelet near the upper corners and attached a piece of twine. I cut some gingham paper to size, slightly sanded the edges and layered it onto my Kraft base card. I then attached my blackboard sign using 3-D foam pads with a Card Candi as my hook. I then added some daisies to the top left hand and the bottom right hand corner and finished off highlighting the daisies and some of the flower centres with glitter glue.

Initially I intended to add some pearls to the daisy centres, but then found that simply glittering them worked better with the outdoorsy look I wanted to create.

When I first saw these pretty Pink Petticoat stamps, which came with the new issue of Quick Cards Made Easy, I thought of Country Cottage, Garden Centre, Farm Shop & Café.

I am entering this card in the ‘Anything Goes’ challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More. Please feel free to pop over and see what everybody else has done.

Back soon …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

…almost forgot: The sentiment stamp is from the ‘Loads of Love’ set by Stampin’Up!

Simple Circus and using Stash

Hello Everybody,

thanks for all your lovely comments.

As the title is already giving away, the card I want to share with you in this post is one I made for the ‘Circus’ challenge at Out of a Hat Creations.

Despite the Circus theme being quite popular in the stamping world, I must confess that I don’t possess any circus themed stamps. The challenge I set myself was to come up with a card/project that would fit the circus theme using bits I already had in my stash.

circus card

Well, what do you think?

The lion is from the Fox & Friends set by Stampin’Up! (SU). The other bits like the bunting have been stamped and either masked off or chopped off using the Pennant Parade set again by SU. I took a picture to make it a bit clearer what I did:

Circus card with stamps

As you can see the cling stamps are a lot larger than it would appear from looking at the card.

I decided against putting on a sentiment at this stage, because it could be a Birthday, Get Well or Congratulations card, and I am not sure yet what I’ll be using it for.

Hope you like it.

Back later with more … off to cook dinner now …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Light My Way

Hello Everybody,

I finally made the card I want to enter into the Lavinia Stamps Blog Challenge which this month is ‘Bright & Beautiful’.

Here it is:

Catty Shadow Box Card

Yes, I know, it is yet another shadow box card … I just can’t stop making them!!!

This one here is meant to be less of a card and more of a picture … at least that’s my intention. I made it for my friend Katy. We were talking cats today … need I say more?

For this card I used my whole range of Lavinia Stamps from one of my very first ones to some of my latest purchased ones from just before Easter. The sentiment one is the one I bought some years ago and the ivy and the star circle were amongst my recently acquired ones. The cat and the tiny stars are ones you might have seen in previous posts.

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Paper Clip Bookmark

Hello Everybody,

thanks for all your lovely comments.

Today I have a project to share with you which is probably the quickest I’ve ever made for a challenge.

This morning I logged on to see what the latest challenge at Out of a Hat Creations is and found that it was ‘decorate a peg or paper clip’. My initial thought was ‘oh no, what am I going to do with this … no wooden pegs in my house … large enough paper clips, to my knowledge …’

As I was scrolling through the page to have a look at the design team’s projects, I noticed something silvery from the corner of my eye lying right next to my laptop …

here is what I made with it:

Paper Clip Bookmark

I simply die cut 2 scalloped hearts using my X-Cut nesting dies -yes, Keren I had to buy them after your demo at Burleydam the other day- and some swirls using my sizzlit die from Stampin’UP! to decorate the hearts. I also punched a couple of flowers using Tonic Studio punches, added them to the hearts and finished them off by adding buttons to the centres. I then sandwiched the paperclip between the two hearts … that meant my bookmark was finished.

Just in case you wonder … the book in the picture is ‘The Soul Loves The Truth’ by Denise Linn. I only started reading it, and the bookmark will be the perfect companion.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Get Stamping Notecards

Hi Everyone,

thanks everyone for all your lovely comments.

Today I want to share a notecards set with you. It is slim and small enough to easily fit into any handbag.


I stamped the cards using the swirl stamp of the ‘Get Stamping’ magazine freebie set and the sentiment from Wild Rose Studios, of course you can use whatever you like. For an added twist I shaped the corners using two different sized corner rounders. Then I stamped the swirl on some envelopes too.

All that was needed next, was a sort of pocket envelope to protect them.

envelope pocket inside

envelope pocket outside

I used some earthy colours for the whole project … simply because I started off using some ‘older’ card stock for the pocket envelope. It happened to be in a burnt orange colour. Whenever I start off on a project, designing a new box or something like that, I tend to use some older card stock for my first attempt, just in case things go wrong. In this case everything went smoothly, and I decided to stick with the earthy theme using some natural ivory card, really rust and chocolate chip ink, all from Stampin’Up!.

The lace ribbon was made using a Tonic Studio punch, and it acts as my fastener, it simply slides on and off. The flowers are from the same stamp set as the swirls, and I finished by adding some sequins and gems to the centres.

For a bright and up to date look you could try something like this:

just a note

Enjoy and have a great day.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂




Port Hole Window to the Open Sea

Hello Everybody,

first of all thanks for all your lovely comments and sorry for not being able to join in to last week’s challenges.

Anyway I am back from holiday now, and I got some real beauties for you today. They are two more shadow box cards with a nautical theme:

Open Sea Port Hole Cards

These cards were inspired by friends of mine who have a connection to water. Dianne owns a narrow boat, Sue’s partner is a river pilot and Tracey’s son wants to join the Navy … plus I do like the look of Tall Ships. They make me think of old times and explorers travelling the seas to discover what was out there … hence the old antique looking coins paper for the card on the right.

More recently, a sort of 28 years ago, I had a bit of a seafaring life working on a cruise liner .. didn’t last long tough … even more recently, we went on a couple of Narrow Boat holidays.

As you can see, there is definitely a connection to boating and travelling as far as I am concerned … and that’s why I enter both cards in the ‘Suitcase/Travel’ Challenge at Out of a Hat Creations.

Stamps I used for the cards were The Open Sea set by Stampin’Up!, Timeless Tags by Stampendous and the one with the World Map from the DoCrafts Travel Range (used for the back ground).


Back soon … until then …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂