January Challenge at STAMPlorations

Happy New Year, Everybody!
Hope you all had a great festive season.
Just a quick post today with a little teaser of one of my projects I made as my DT pieces for the January Stamps & Ink challenge over at STAMPlorations.


This is a little corner of one of the cards I made. To see the whole card and find out how I made it, pop over to TinkerCards.
Thanks for all the lovely comments you’ve been leaving, they were very much appreciated.
That’s it from me for today.
Have a lovely day and Happy Crafting!!! :mrgreen:

This and That

Hi Everyone,
Thanks so much for your lovely comments, they are very much appreciated.
Today I want to share a few cards with you which were the projects of last Saturday’s Make & Take Class. It also be gives me the opportunity to try out my new tablet which arrived today. 😉
This is where I had intended to make some cards, but hey …. Loving it so far especially as using the tablet provides me with a more natural reading position.
Back to the cards …


This is my favourite, looks like a lot of work, but is very easy to do. I simply inked up an acrylic block and stamped it onto a piece of white card. Yes, I used the one with the ridge again. I then stamped the Christmas Tree and sentiment in a darker blue and my card was finished. Tree and sentiment are Penny Black stamps which came as a gift with a magazine recently.

Given that the tree is a kind of dotty, I would like to enter this card over at Addicted to CAS where the theme is DOTS.
On to my next card which uses an Inkwell stamp that came with the Craft Stamper magazine a while ago …


This is another easy to make card. I stamped the stars in black on a piece of white card, layered on a slightly larger piece of black and then onto my base card. Doodled border, gems and peel-off complete the look.
Next up are a couple of projects using the penguin papers from the docrafts creativity club.


I fuzzy cut the smallest of the penguins and added a shaped decoupaged layer over its face and belly. I then die cut my border using my new Lil-inker dies from Make The Day Special, stamped my greeting in black and layered it onto my base card using blue dotted paper as background before finishing off with an orange star.
The next card is a bit of fun …


Simple fuzzy cutting, ink spritzing and stamping … The keen observer will have noticed that I used my favourite stitching stamp from STAMPlorations too. It is always good to build it n for grounding images. 🙂
Last up is one where I tried my hand at colouring on vellum …


Hope you enjoyed my little offering today, back soon with more makes, until then
Happy Crafting!!! 😀



In Love With Cats

Hi Everybody,

First of all a massive THANK YOU to all of you who left such lovely comments, they were very much appreciated.

After blogging all week about the fantastic new STAMPlorations stamps, I thought I’d give you a bit of a break today. 🙂 Those of you who are interested can find more details at the end of this post.

Back to my initial intention … it is an open secret, that I LOVE cats. Big or small, I must be there No 1 Fan!

catty birthday

Hence I couldn’t resist these great Xcut dies by docrafts. 13 cat silhouettes plus 3 accessories should provide me with ‘cats for all occasions’! A quick and easy card to make. The sentiment is a Papermania stamp by docrafts simply stamped and decorated with my new catty friends. Oh, and I did add a couple of dashed lines and gems too.

Ooops, I almost forgot, I promised to share this link for MISTI pre-orders, the most amazing stamping tool ever. If you are not familiar with MISTI check out Iliana’s video. It is her product, she invented it and has now finally found a manufacturer who can reproduce the high quality of her previously hand assembled ones:

This is the day you have been waiting for!  I will be taking preorders for the screen printed MISTIs.  The estimated delivery date is December 17th.  I have made this video explaining the difference and how to care for MISTI.  PLEASE watch and also PLEASE read the product description before purchasing.  Thank you so much for your patience.  It has been a long process.  You can preorder athttp://www.mysweetpetunia.com.

GIVEAWAY:  I will be giving away one MISTI, one magnet, one cleaner, and one grid pad to one randomly selected person that places an order by December 1st.


That’s it from me for today. Back again tomorrow with some more inspiration … until then

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Blog Hop details

The STAMPlorations November Stamp Release Blog Hop celebration is still happening under the following links Day1Day2Day3Day4 Day5. You still have until Tuesday 25th 11.55pm PMT (that’s Wednesday 7.55am GMT) to join the fun.  During the hop the November bundle will be $50 (15% off), that’s for all five stamp sets.


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 at Addicted to Stamps and More …  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 Design is back with us again this week as our sponsor, 

and the winner will receive 5 digis from her store.

Hope that you feel inspired to enter this week’s ‘Photo Inspiration’ challenge at ATSM, please pop over and see all 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

ATSM Challenge 118

Hi Everybody,

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

It is Wednesday and time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More …  Challenge #118 – Holiday!!!

Please take the time to check out the full details of the challenges and their rules, which can be found here.

Eureka Stamps is back again as our sponsor this week! The winner gets 3 digis. There are some fab images in their shop, you can check them out here.


Here is what I made to help your creative juices to flow …

Joyful Gift 2

I’ve been working with STAMPlorations current STAMP CLUB set ‘Joyful’ recently and today was no exception. I used some of the sentiments from the set to stamp my star through a mask which I made using a cutting die. The gift is stamped and coloured using Twinkling H2O’s. a touch of glitter glue on the bow and some sparkly stars complete my card.

Hope that you feel inspired to allow your imagination to flourish and enter this week’s ‘Holiday’ challenge at ATSM, please pop over and see all the other creations of the fabulous ATSM DT Team.

 … look forward to seeing your creations … and
Happy Crafting!!!!
For details on the stamp club or the set simply click on the images.

Autumn Magic

Hello Everybody,

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

I’ll keep this one short and sweet today as I finally went down with a cold after fighting it all week. Guess my body is telling me it wants some rest …

and of course I shall oblige after I shared some cards with you.

The first one is one I made as my entry for this month’s Autumn Colours challenge over at the Lavinia Stamps Blog.

Autumn Magic

Next up are the cards I made last week when I was one of the lucky ones who were able to attend a workshop run by Tracey and Kevin from Lavinia Stamps.



For the first one, my background was created using my brayer …



for the second card, I used one of their background scenes and stamped the stars, mushrooms, circles and borders …



for my third and forth card, I used a gelli printing plate to create the background and some gold foil to frame.


Hope you enjoyed my little offering. Here is the craft-along video on how I made my first card. Enjoy!

Have a lovely weekend everyone …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Before I forget, if you love Lavinia stamps as much as I do, you’ll find a link to their main site/shop at the top of their blog.


ATSM Challenge 116

Hi Everybody, it’s time again for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More, Challenge #116 – Anything Goes.

Rick St. Dennis is back again as our sponsor with his funky images, pop over to his shop here to see which 3 you would pick, if you were the winner.

Here is my DT piece for you:

Life 1

I simply stamped the wood BG on River Rock card and then stamped my flower directly over it using the generational stamping technique (Hardwood and Flower Shop sets by Stampin’Up!, inks River Rock, Rose red and Elegant Eggplant, card stock River Rock all by Stampin’Up!). I then stamped my sentiment (Amazing Inspirations by Inspired By Stamping), layered on purple card (from stash) and added a sequin to finish.

Hope you enjoyed my piece of inspiration. Pop over to the Addicted to Stamps and More Blog to see the fab creations my teamies have come up with and, of course to join into the fun too.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

The Fairy and the Chocolate Monster

Hi Everybody,

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

Today I have two projects to share with you. First up …

the Fairy …

Fairy tag

I made a tag for a change. It is one I had wanted to do for a while, ever since I started re-organizing or should I say re-chaosing my craft space. I wanted to make tags for my stamp boxes, and I made this beauty for the box containing my Lavinia stamps. All the stamps used for my little tag are by Lavinia Stamps, and I am entering it into their ‘add a ribbon‘ challenge over at their blog.

Next up is the Chocolate Monster …

chocolate monster

To make this card, i joined the digital revolution, the little monster is by Create A Smile Stamps and the sentiment …. well, I made it up myself whilst thinking about the Chocolate Challenge over at CASology  which of course I’m going to enter. I was looking up quotes about chocolate, when I came across one by George Lang and the idea for this card was born. The original quote was only half of my sentiment, the rest is born out of me reading too many Fairy tales when little … Rumpelstiltzchen kept on creeping in. That’s when this little monster came to mind, it looks a little as if it could be dancing around a fire singing this little song … what do you think?

I am also entering the challenge at Less is More where they want ‘mostly words’.

Hope you enjoyed today’s offering, back soon.

Happy crafting!!! 🙂

Sunday Playtime

Hi Everybody,

back again with a couple of more projects, and yes, hooray! I had more playtime today. Thanks again for your lovely comments, hope you’ll like today’s offering …

first up is a Monster Birthday …

Monster Birthday

… on a simply stamped BG combined with a digi sentiment and fuzzy cut digi monster, courtesy of  Create A Smile Stamps. The stamps used to stamp the BG are Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds and PATCHWORK FRENZY Graphic Squares  both by STAMPlorations, inks (Basic Grey and Tangerine Tango) and old olive card are by Stampin’Up!, white card and metal embellies are from my stash.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Cardz4Guyz– no patterned paper, think this would be a great boy’s birthday card

House of Cards – colour palette , hope that this is still ok despite me having used a touch of purple

Happy Little Stampers – Sketch , slightly changed it, but hope it’s still ok

My next card is one I made using the freebie stamps which had landed on my doormat yesterday, when the postman dropped the newest copy of Papercraft Essentials through the door. I thought it was perfect for the following challenges:

– Addicted to CAS – cuddly

Time out – double the joy, use two of something  – my card features two bears

Christmas Bears

I stamped and coloured my image using a mixture of Promarkers and Tinge Alcohol Markers, rounded some corners, layered on Real Red (Stampin’Up!) and then onto my base card, stamped my sentiment, cut it into a banner, attached it using foam dots and finished off by adding a red gem and twine.

They both have been very easy cards to make. Have fun making yours.

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!!! 🙂


These are the STAMPlorations stamp sets I used for the background in my first card:

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Sketch 19 Challenge at STAMPlorations

Hi Everybody,

Hope you had a lovely weekend. The Summer seems to have re-appeared in the UK again over the weekend, which was very nice. Thanks Shery for sending some sunshine over from California!

It’s time for another sketch challenge at STAMPlorations, what a good way to start the week!!!

Sketch #19 will run until 12th September and the winner will be announced on 14th September.

Carol from Just Me C is back as our guest designer and a wonderful creation of course!

Ax you can see there is lots of scope with this sketch, and here is my take on it …

Christmas Block 1


I simply stamped the snowflakes form the VIGNETTE Christmas Block set in pink down one side of my base card. I then stamped my sentiment in brown on a separate piece of white card and partially cut around it before adding some faux stitching and stamping the bell border in green. I then added a strip of brown card, layered using foam tape and finished off by adding some glossy accents and sequin.

Below is another card I made in the same style using a slightly different colour scheme. You can find a full list of materials and measurements here.

Christmas Block 1a

VIGNETTE Christmas Block is part of the September Stamps Release Bundle which you can purchase at a reduced rate until 5th September. We will also invite you again to hop with us from 10th September … so get ready for lots of festive inspiration!!!

Pop over to the STAMPlorations challenge blog for more inspiration, my teamies have made some fab projects, information and details about September’s prize bundle, as always there will be a winner drawn at random from everyone who entered all of our challenges during the month of September. Good Luck!

Happy Crafting!! 🙂

what else I used:

pretty in pink, certainly celery, early espresso ink and certainly celery and early espresso card and Stamp’n’Write markers from Stampin’Up!

Artiste berry red metallic pigment ink from docrafts

glossy accents, white card and sequin from my stash

the stamps I used: