Writing Home For Christmas

Hi Everybody,

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

Today I’m sharing another one of my STAMPlorations Spotlight Projects with you, a vintage inspired collage style card. Here it is …

writing home for Christmas

I really left my comfort zone making this one. Well I guess it didn’t help that I made it early in the morning being tired and exhausted from three weeks of non-stop cleaning and decorating. That phase is over now and I can move on focusing on the things i’d rather do such as crafting šŸ™‚

I used the following sets by STAMPlorations Joyful, VIGNETTE Christmas Block, Oh, Christmas Tree!Ā and VIGNETTE Old TypeĀ to make this card, and here is the craft-along video with my usual ramblings.

You can also pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog for an in depth description on how I made this card.

Back soon with more inspiration for you, until then …

Happy Crafting!!! šŸ™‚


Here is what I used:

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Darice embossing folder – Crafter’s Companion

Star Stencil – freebie from Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine

Postage Clearlits Die – Sizzix

Snowflake and star punches – Creative Memories



ATSM Challenge 120

Hi Everybody,

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

It is Wednesday again and time for another challenge atĀ Addicted to Stamps and MoreĀ …Ā Ā Challenge #120 – Photo Inspiration!!! Please take the time to check out the full details of the challenges and their rules, which can be found here.

Kylie has chosen another great photo to take inspiration from, here it is:

There is lots of scope here, you could go with the bauble, stars or general Christmas theme or choose any of the colours in any combination. The photo looks really crisp and clean which would make CAS an option too, curls and swirls from the ribbon, a bow …. it’s up to whatever inspires you.

Here are my DT pieces for our Photo Inspiration Challenge …

red holly


green holly with bauble

They are a sort of two for one, when it comes to the holly. I simply die cut the holly from green card and then pieced the ‘left overs’ on a pice of red card to create my topper for my first card. To finish off i added some pearls, a bow and a golden peel-off sentiment.

For my second card, I attached my holly to a piece of designer paper, added a die cut bauble made up of a die cut circle with filigree bauble layered on top, stamped my sentiment and finished off with a gem, bow and some golden glitter glue.

Kathryne from StampArt DesignĀ is back with us again this week as our sponsor,Ā 

and the winner will receive 5 digis from her store.

HopeĀ that you feel inspiredĀ to enterĀ this week’s ‘Photo Inspiration’ challenge at ATSM,Ā please pop over and see allĀ the other creations of the fabulous ATSM DT Team.
Happy Crafting!!!!
Wild Rose Studio Holly Flourish cutting die – Dies To Die For
Die’sire Christmas Bauble die by Crafter’s Cpmpanion – recent freebie from the Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine
Circle cutting die from labels dies by Inspired by Stamping
Sentiment from the Holiday Sketches: Christmas Flower set by STAMPlorations
ribbon – Fantastic Ribbons
designer paper – free download for docrafts Creativity Club members
pearls, gem, peel-off from stash

Sketch 23 Challenge at STAMPlorations

Hi Everybody,

it’s been so nice to see so many of you using STAMPlorations Stamps in our challenges last month. There were so many beautiful projects, thanks for sharing them with us. Time has passed quickly and we’re here with another sketch challenge at STAMPlorations and we are welcoming Ingrid from Ingrid’s Crafts CornerĀ as our guest designer. As always the sketch on offer is very versatile and you can use any style of card or project as long as the sketch is recognizable. Here it is:

This challenge will run until 14th November and the winner will be announced 16th November.

Here is my piece of inspiration for you:

Trendy Leaves 1


I used one of the new sets called Trendy Leaves combined with SENTIMENT BUILDERS: Thanks You and BLOOM SKETCHES: Sunflower Artsy.

I simply inked up my leaf stamp using More Mustard and Tangerine Tango inks and used some generational stamping to create my layers before stamping my sentiments in Rich Cocoa. I then edged my panel using Rich Cocoa going easy and free hand to get some smudges, layered onto my Close to Cocoa base card and added some sequins to finish.

… and because I like the new stamps so much, here is another piece …

perking up

This time I worked with the VIGNETTEĀ Eat Drink Be Merry set. I thought it would be fun to have the shading of my cup reflect the perking up effect of coffee or more like the effect it has on me šŸ™‚ You might just about be able to guess how many cups I need before I’m fully awake.

This card is straight forward easy stamping with a little play on colour, a couple of rounded edges plus a Close to Cocoa card base and gem.

Both of the November Release sets are currently on Pre-Release offer until 11th November, and you’ll be seeing their full introduction later this month with a FIVE DAY Blog Hop ….

Hope you enjoyed my little offering. If you feel inspired to enter our sketch challenge, pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog to enter and join the fun plus of course to see all the fab projects my teamies have created for your inspiration.

This is also where you can find out about the great prizes you can win in our challenges. We always have several of them on the go such as the ANYTHING GOES Challenge which is open to anyone using STAMPloratons Stamps, links to all our current challenges can be found at the top of our Home Page.

Enjoy the fun and Happy Crafting!!! šŸ™‚

the stamps I used:

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Rich Cocoa (Memento Ink), Jet Black (Ranger Archival Ink), Raw Silk (Color Box Petal Point Pigment Option Pad Borcade) and Old Rose (ColorBox Pigment Brush Pad) from local stockist

More Mustard, Tangerine Tango inks and Close to Cocoa card stock by Stampin’Up!

corner rounder punch, white card, sequins and gems from stash