ATSM Challenge 114

Hi Everybody,

it’s time again for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More: Challenge #114 – CAS

You all know what this means, we want to see clean & simple cards with lots of white space.

Well, this time round I thought I’d give you two for one …

Christmas Landscape 2

Christmas landscape 3

As you can see I am still Clearly Besotted with this beautiful Tree Landscape die and STAMPlorations’ Christmas Flower from their Holiday Sketches range. I simply used the die to cut one piece of white card which I then layered on two my black base cards, adding the sentiment, ribbon and some white card to the inside finished my cards off nicely.

Look forward to seeing what you make for our CAS challenge, pop over to the ATSM Challenge Blog to see all the beautiful cards my teamies made and of course to link your projet(s) too.

QKR Stampede are back as our sponsors and you can win 3 digis of your choice from their shop.


Please check out our rules here before linking up.

Back soon with more inspiration.

Have a lovely day and Happy Crafting!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

the stamps I used:


ATSM Challenge 110

Hi Everybody,

it’s time again for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More: Challenge #110 – Photo Inspirations


Kylie has selected a real beauty of a picture to take inspiration from …

… well the dancer’s skirt certainly reminds me of daffodils, but you also have wood as texture, the black-grey-white colour scheme ….

here is what I made of it so far … I see some more projects coming up which I’ll have to add/post later as I was thinking again it’s Monday today when it actually is Tuesday! The joys of a Bank Holiday LOL

acetate flower

I have used black card stock which has a slight texture. The flower is embossed on acetate using Frantage powder, fuzzy cut and layered onto a black scalloped circle. The grey strip is Washi tape, and I used some silver glitter card to frame before layering on my black base card.

As you’ve probably noticed by now, in my interpretation I’ve mainly one with the flower and texture in general plus a little bit of grey/silver. The Frantage powder is actually a very pale blue which makes for a softer contrast than pure white would.

Look forward to seeing what you make of our Photo Inspiration, pop over to the ATSM Challenge Blog to see all the beautiful cards my teamies made and of course to link your projet(s) too.

QKR Stampede are back as our sponsors and you can win 3 digis of your choice from their shop.


Please check out our rules here before linking up.

Back soon with more inspiration.

Have a lovely day and Happy Crafting!!! ๐Ÿ™‚


what I used:

Everything Eleanor stamp set, scalloped circle punch and glimmer brad by Stampin’Up!

Heat resistant acetate from Crafter’s Companion

Frantage embossing Powder by Stampendous

Washi tape, glitter card, black card and gems from stash

Showers of Love

Hi Everybody,

thanks for all your lovely comments. So glad you liked the cards I made using the papers from the Quick Cards Made Easy Magazine.

Today I have a real cutie for you: Emily, Showers of Love

Emily Showers of Love

I just love how Emily is being showered with hearts, you can find her here in the Lacy Sunshine Shoppe.

I basically sized and printed her, then coloured her and used my Floral Frames to die cut her before blending the edges and layering my card as seen.

I would like to enter her into:

Lacy Sunshine Challenge #38 – Flowers

Inkspirational – Splash

Enjoy and have a lovely weekend!

Happy Crafting!!! ๐Ÿ™‚


Sizzix Floral Frames Framelits, Wisteria Wonder and Rose Red card and ink, flower punches large and medium all from Stampin’Up!

Xcut daisy punch by docrafts

floral corner punch from HobbyCraft

Flourishes by Marianne Designs

gems and base card from stash

Up-cycled Ink Pad Storage

Hi Everyone,

Thanks so much for all your lovely comments. I am so happy that you felt inspired by some of my recent projects.

Today I have another one for you which I ‘m hoping will do the same. I’ve up-cycled an old washing powder tablet box to make a storage box for some of my new model (which has been out for 2 years) Stampin’Up! ink pads. I know some of you will notice that I seemingly store them the wrong way round, but there is reason in my madness. I simply find them easier to use that way. I get a better impression from my stamps and I am less likely to over-ink my stamps which leads to blotchy images. Well I am quite light handed when inking up my stamps too, so initially I was very disappointed when SU changed their ink pad design and I didn’t get the crips images I was so used to. But with perseverance and a bit of lateral thinking, I now have ink pads I can use! ๐Ÿ™‚ I only needed to make another storage for them as my SU storage won’t take it upside down. Well it is full anyway, but ย I might have been seriously tempted to buy another one.

Enough of my rambles, here it is:

ink pad storage 1


This is the front view. It takes 10 ink pads and turns out to be space saving too. The pads slide in and out quite easily despite there not being any little shelves for them to sit on.

ink pad storage 2


This is one of the side views. I didn’t want any of my embellishments to stick out to much hence they’re all glued into place. I used some DSP to cover my box, blended the edges, stamped some grungy bits (Grunge Me stamp set by Papertrey Ink), attached some ribbon (SU) and my self coloured swirl die cuts (eclips cartridge by Sizzix), covered the swirls with glitter glue, stamped, punched out and attached my flowers and finished off by adding some sequins.

Here is the other side view …

Ink Pad Storage 3

There is also a craft-along video I made with lots of hints and tips for for grunge look stamping and a more detailed explanation on how I made my Ink Pad Storage Box of course.

Hope you feel inspired to up-cycle some packaging of your own. Back soon with some more projects … until then …

Happy Crafting!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sending a Hug

Hi Everybody,

Thanks for popping by and leaving me such lovely comments.

I have been invited to be the Guest Sunshine Girl over at the Lacy Sunshine Challenge Blog for their Challenge#34 – dies and/or punches.


I had the pleasure of choosing one of their Sweet Urchins Images.ย I picked Rory Love Letters …

here is what I made …

sending a hug

As you can see, I was very lucky as I was able to take my photograph outside in brilliant sunshine on Wednesday.

To show Rory off I decided to use a die-cut frame and some punched hearts on a background of pre-embossed and sanded core-dinations card stock. I sewed the larger hearts onto the card with an utterly wonky line, did some more wonky stitching around the outside, this time without twine before attaching my fuzzy fibers and my Promarker coloured image to which I had added the sentiment and a faux stitched border. You may have noticed that the border seems to have a couple of gaps … it’s a technique I tend to use to add depth and make an image stand out. Next I punched out some smaller hearts, slightly dabbed them onto one of my pearlescent pigment ink pads to give them texture and a subtle sheen and attached them as the finishing touch to my card.

Expect to see more of the super cute lacy Sunshine Images, I got a few more that I haven’t shown off yet. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for stopping by, please pop over to theย Lacy Sunshine Challenge Blogย to see the amazing projects of their Design Team. The ladies are just so talented at colouring ….

Have a lovely day and Happy Crafting ๐Ÿ™‚

I used

Rory Love Letters from Lacy Sunshine

Die’sire Nouveau Stamping Frame and core-dinations card stock ‘Pink Paisley Core Impressions’ from Crafter’s Companion

Large and small Heart Punches from Stampin’Up!

Sentiment Stamp from Wild Rose Studio

Dusky Rose Artist Pearlescent Pigment Ink by docrafts, check for your local stockist

DSP by Jennifer Ellroy was a freebie from the ‘Quick Cards made easy’ magazine

card blank, promarkers,ย black memento ink, fine liner pen and fibers from stash

Seize the Moment

Hi Everybody,

thanks for stopping by and leaving such lovely comments.

Today’s project is one to be entered into the Anything Goes challenge #33 over at Lacy Sunshine. It is a very girlie card for you inspired by the window of sunshine we had today.

Seize the Moment


Well I was hoping to capture the essence of the abundance of nature at this time of year. It is also lovely to have the windows and doors open to allow the sunshine into the house ….

Have a lovely day!

I used

Olivia’s Secret Window by Lacy Sunshine – challenge digi for challenge #33

Fence die by MagnoliaDooHickey

round Die-sire die by Crafter’s Companion

Xcut daisy palm punch from docrafts

sentiment from SUBWAY ART BUILDER: Dare by STAMPlorations

DSP and butterfly die cuts by Jennifer Ellroy – freebie from Quick Cards Made Easy Magazine

Artsy Notepad Folder

Hello Everybody,

Thanks for popping by and leaving me such lovely comments.

Today I want to share with you a notepad folder I made the other day. I thought it would be a nice idea. I went all messy and artsy on the front cover.

It also gave me the opportunity to use one of the newย Subway Art Buildersย from STAMPlorations’ May Release …

notepad folder 1


To create my cover i first stenciled the flowers onto white card before doodling the partial frame. I then stamped my sentiment and generally grunged it up using elements from the Holiday Artsy (STAMPlorations) and Grunge Me (Papertrey Ink) sets before adding the stitching (from the Graphic Squares set by STAMPlorations), cut out sentiments (Sentiment Builders), sequins, glitter and Flower. If you want to see how I made the flower there is a video here, all you need are some punched flowers, Artiste Pearleascent or Metallic Pigment Ink (docrafts) and the VIGNETTE Tree Silhouettes stamp set by STAMPlorations.


… and this is the inside …

notepad folder 2

I am planning on doing a step by step picture tutorial on how to create the folder itself which I shall post on my TinkerCards Blog at which point I will also insert a link in this post. As for the time being it will be one of the projects for May’s Card Class (Saturday 17th 1pm).

Something else to look forward to …


simply click on the image for more information …

Hope to see you there. Until then …

happy Crafting!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

inks used: wild wasabi, pretty in pink, wisteria wonder and concorde crush by Stampin’Up!

Artiste berry red metallic pigment ink pad by docrafts

Flower punch from Stampin’Up!

Sending Happy Thoughts

Hi Everybody,

First of all, thanks for all your lovely comments.

Finally I had some time over the weekend for some crafting, especially since I received some new goodies in the post last week …

Well at STAMPlorations we are getting ready for the New May Release Stamps, which this time we’ll combine with a Blog Hop. Keep watching this space!!!

My inspiration for today’s project comes from the following challenges

Inkspirational – Colour Challenge using Pink and Green

Less is More – using this sketch

Well I played a bit with the sketch in as much that my sentiment is inside the circle and a flourish was added instead … and here it is, my creation …

sending happy thoughts

I first sponged my turquoisey green panel, stamped the sentiments and flourish, added two blooms and finished off by adding some small gems … easy.

The punched flowers for my blooms were stamped using the medium sized tree from the VIGNETTE Tree Silhouettes set by STAMPlorations and pink pearlescent Artiste Pigment Ink by docrafts and layered with a bright pink sequin added to the center. If you want to see how I achieved the depth and texture in my stamping have a look on my TinkerCards Blog at this video, where you’ll also find a list of materials needed.

I have changed the card a bit after I finished recording, but, given that I used a large flower like the one seen in the video on another project due to be shared with you later this week, I thought I’d leave the video as is.

The bold sentiment is from one of the new STAMPlorations Sets


For more information about the sets and the upcoming BLOG HOP click here.


and Happy Crafting!!! ๐Ÿ™‚



Grace in each Step

Hello Everybody,

I’ve just finished colouring the beautiful Emily Spring Ladybugs by Lacy Sunshine and finally made the card I wanted to make last week … that was before I got stuck into re-organizing the house … LOL It is a sort of an ongoing project so far, I am moving crafting out of the dining room into our second bedroom upstairs … need I say more … ๐Ÿ™‚

Now Emily is ready to be entered into the Lacy Sunshine Challenge #31 – Make it Feminine

Here she is …

Emily Spring Ladybugs

I went with soft colours, fabric patterned papers, ornate frame, dry embossing and some tiny daisies with gems to add the feminine touches.

Hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by and leaving lovely comments, they are very much appreciated.

Happy Crafting!!! ๐Ÿ™‚


Emily digi by Lacy Sunshine

sentiment by STAMPlorations

papers – freebie from Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine past issue

cutting die from Crafter’s Companion

Embossing plate by Stampin’Up!

daisy punch – Xcut by docrafts

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!!! ๐Ÿ™‚