Stamp Festival Treasures

Hello Everybody,

Thanks for all your lovely comments, they were very much appreciated.

As some of you already know, I went to my local Stamp Festival at Hulme Hall in Port Sunlight last Saturday and came home with some goodies of course.

I count myself very lucky indeed to have such an event on my doorstep, well a 20 min drive away. It was very busy, but it was great to see some new artists showcasing their gorgeous stamps. Needless to say I had a ball ….

Here is a card I made using one of my new goodies …

Take Time


The set I used is called ‘Flowers Grow’ and is by Crafty Roo Designs.

For this one-layer card, I inked an acrylic block with bashful blue and pistachio pudding and stamped directly on my base card. I then used wild wasbi and marina mist markers to colour my stamps to stamp the growing plant, flower and sentiment.

I like the card in it’s simplicity and for the soft almost watercolour look. Initially I thought about adding a doodled frame, that was before I finished stamping. I now feel that it would be too heavy and detract from the simple beauty.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

House of Cards – photo inspiration, any style             

CAS(E) this sketch –       

Hope you feel inspired! Back soon … until then

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

all inks and markers by Stampin’Up!

all stamps by Crafty Roo Designs


ATSM Challenge 88

Hi Everybody,

Thanks so much for your lovely comments. They were all very much appreciated.

Hope you like my new look! If you’re looking for my pages/sidebar, simply click the little circles at the top and there they are. It needs a bit more tidying and re-organizing, but I like it. How about you? Please let me know …

It is Wednesday again and time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More …  Challenge #88 – Holiday!!!

Wonder what Holiday you’ll be choosing! Please take the time to check out the full details of the challenges and their rules, which can be found here.

The fabulous Shery from STAMPlorations is sponsoring again. The winner will receive a stamp set called “It’s all about You”, You can check out all her fab stamps in her shop here.

This week Anni from Annikarten joins us again as our guest designer …

and I pushed the boat out making two projects to inspire you,

here they are:

Happy Easter 1

Happy Easter 2

For my first card, I went for white with a splash of colour. I edged the front right hand side of my tent fold card with a pretty punch (Xcut by docrafts) and stamped my flowers using the VIGNETTE Eclectic Florals Set from our sponsor STAMPlorations on a separate piece of white card, stamped my sentiment (Teeny Tiny Wishes by SU) in black, attached some ribbon and added it to my base card using 3D foam pads.
For my second card I used the VIGNETTE Eclectic Florals Set again to stamp my blossoms in yellow and the clear emboss them on pearlised card before blending the edges with some yellow and stamping the stems and leaves in green. I then stamped my sentiment (freebie from past issue of Creative Stamping Magazine) twice, slightly off set the second time to give the illusion of depth, added some faux stitching and layered first on a pice of green and then on my base card.
You might have noticed that my faux stitching doesn’t go over the flowers, I did this to give added depth without having to add another layer.
Hope that you feel inspired to enter this week’s ‘Holiday’ challenge at ATSM, please pop over and see all the other creations of the fabulous ATSM DT Team.
Please join the fun … look forward to seeing your creations … and
Happy Crafting!!!!

Singing in the Rain

and playing along at Time Out

Hi Everybody,

thanks so much for your lovely comments, they are all very much appreciated.

Hope you like my new look! If you’re looking for my pages/sidebar, simply click the little circles at the top and there they are. It needs a bit more tidying and re-organizing, but I like it. How about you? Please let me know …

Over the last few days I have been trying something new in the way of editing photos. I downloaded an app for my phone called Pixlr Express, you might have seen the recent pictures I posted on Facebook, it’s a lot of fun. Well I’m now having a go at trying out different ways of posting my pictures on WordPress too.

I simply took my picture with my mobile instead of my separate camera, edited my pic using my pixlr app and was able to upload it directly to my library on WordPress … Yeah!!!

Cardmaking & Papercraft had a post on their Facebook page yesterday about the importance of watermarking the pictures of one’s work. Well following on from that too, I decided to make my watermark larger.

Here is what I ended up with:


Still a bit of fine tuning to do, but very pleased with my first attempt!

Yes, I would like to enter this card in the Dancing in the Rain Challenge at TIME OUT.

I came across this little turtle whilst searching for some digis to use for some DT projects. I found this little cutie here at QKR Stampede and found her/him irresistable. Exactly that’s why! It is one of those digis that can be used very flexibly for male – female – young – old the choice is yours.

She turned out to be female for this one more out of my own curiosity, when, after I had already coloured her in, I used a pale pink brush marker to give her some eye shadow followed by red lips and finger nails with added glitter on her shell for the glam effect.

I then simply stamped my sentiment, die cut and embossed some yellow card and added some faux stitching. I then layered my image on artichoke card stock, added my doily and my promarker coloured floral corner, which I cut over the weekend using my eclips, layered everything as shown and finished off by adding some sequins, a bargain buy from Poundland on Monday. 🙂

That’s another story …

Back Soon, until then …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

here is what else I used:

sentiment from VIGNETTE Chevron and Arrows set by STAMPlorations

Doily, Sizzix framelits, early espresso, riding hood red and pink pirouette Stamp’n’Write Markers, always artichoke and so saffron card stock all by Stampin’Up!

Sizzix Texturz embossing plate, Sunflower Photo Corner from Sizzix All Occasion Cartridge for Eclips all from Sizzix

Woodware medium daisy punch and Craftwork Cards shaped base card from local craft shop

Lacy Sunshine

Hi Everybody,

this is my fourth and last post of today, had to do some catching up … lol

Well I recently cam across the Lacy Sunshine Challenge Blog and thought I’d play along, I made a card using one of their cutie images and didn’t get it ready in time to post …

… luckily, they have an Anything Goes Challenge on at the moment …

so here is my card:

girl with daisy hat card outside


Where is the cutie image, I can hear you say … well, here she is …

girl with daisy hat inside card

The gate fold outer card once opened gives this cutie her grand entrance.

The little beauty is Gemma’s Spring Gumdrops by Lacy Sunshine and coloured using Promarkers.

The sentiment is from the MOM SUBWAY ART BUILDER #4 by STAMPlorations, daisy ribbon punch by Tonic Studio and all other flower punches from Stampin’Up!

The oval dies are Nesties from Spellbinders and the pretty paper was a freebie from a magazine, sorry can’t remember which one.

Hope you enjoyed this little inspiration.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

More Kittens

Hi Everybody,

back with my third post of the day …

I know I could have combined my cards, but I wanted each of them to stand out on their own.

more kittens

You might remember the image by A Day for Daisies from a recent post of mine. For this card here I used some patchwork papers for the background hence I allowed for more white card around the image. I then simply finished off with a flourish, some faux stitching, daisies and gems.

I would like to enter this one into the Childhood Challenge at Moo-Mania.

Enjoy and

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

image by A Day for Daisies coloured with Promarkers

DSP – Boofle by docrafts

Flourish – Marianne Designs

small daisy punch – Xcut by docrafts

large and medium daisy punch by Woodware


Heartfull of Buttons

Hi Everybody,

welcome to my second post for today.

Tanks for popping by and leaving such lovely comments.

Yes, you might have guessed from my first post today (the handbag), I had the Eclips  out to play yesterday. Mind you, about time too. I’ve had the machine for a few years now and hardly used it. I cut some shapes, I’m hoping to use in forthcoming projects. Watch this space!

Oh, before I move on to the cards … if you live in the UK and want a crafty day out this coming Saturday, 29th March, I got a spare ticket for the Stamp Fair at Hulme Hall in Port Sunlight, Wirral, it is a ticket only event organised by Happy Stampers North West, a FAB Day Out.

If you’re interested, please leave a comment and I shall get back to you asap. First come, first served basis only.

Now to my card, which I want to enter into the House of Cards Challenge for CAS and/or Classic Elegant plus add a button

heartfull of buttons


As you can see there is more than one button added. 🙂

The heart is a stamp by Woodware, a gift from the lovely Sue, and is perfect for adding buttons, pearls, Card Candi etc. I simply layered three strips of Washi tape, stamped (Artiste Evergreen Pigment ink by docrafts) and clear embossed my heart before fuzzy cutting and layering it on my card. I then rounded a corner and added a length of pink ricrac ribbon plus buttons, pearls and sequins to finish.


Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Happy 50th, Maria!

Hi Everybody,

It’s Maria’s Birthday today and Shirley is hosting a virtual party ….

Here is my surprise …

… in a very girlie handbag …


… now look inside …

scottie 1

… Happy Birthday to you, Happy …

scottie 2

Here they are together

scottie 3

Have a fab day!!!

hugs Monika xxx

I would also like to enter my bag and card combo into the CASology ‘Blush’ Challenge.

Hope that my CAS style bag and easel card will be ok.