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!!! 🙂

Summer Sun and Sea

Hello Everybody,

just a quick post, as I want to get a card into the CASology ‘Wet’ challenge which closes in a couple of hours. Shery from STAMPlorations is the sponsor of the challenge, and I count myself lucky to be on her Design Team. What better way to showcase her stamps!

When I read the word ‘wet’ on the cue card, all I could think about was sunshine! Who could blame me after the wet winter the UK has just had! Well, I think, it is worth remembering that the sun always shines above the clouds.

With my card, I tried to capture that philosophy plus I like living by the seaside where you can have both on the same day … the wet sea and the hot sun …

… hence I called my card ‘Sunshine by the Sea’

Sunshine by the SeaTo stamp my card I used the pearlescent Artiste Inks by docrafts and the slight shimmer reminds me of the sun glistening on the sea. I inked up an acrylic block using Mantis Green and Aqua (more wet 🙂 ) Artiste Inks and stamped directly onto my base card. I ten inked up a butterfly from the VIGNETTE Artful Flutters Set by STAMPlorations using Soft Pink and Dusky Rose Artiste Inks and stamped  my image three times down one side. I then added my sentiment from the VIGNETTE Tree Silhouettes Set by STAMPlorations in Dusky Rose and added the splashes of ink using my Colour Spritzer Tool and Pool Party and Island Indigo Stamp’n’Write Markers by Stampin’Up!. To finish I added a few sequins and photographed the card in our court yard, 2 minutes walk away from the sea front.

I had to come back and edit this post, I only just realised that I could also enter the Artful Times ‘Spray Away’ Challenge! I got some sprayed ink on the card from using the spritzer tool.

Enjoy and

Happy Crafting! 🙂


Quiet Strength

Hello Everybody,

thanks for popping by and leaving such lovely comments.

Today I have been playing with some STAMPlorations stamps mainly to get a project done which I could enter into the CASology Challenge, where the code word is ‘roots’.

Shery from STAMPlorations is sponsoring the challenge, and I am counting myself very lucky indeed to be on her DT. I thought that this would be a good opportunity to show off some of her stamps.

For my first card I combined the VIGNETTE Tree Silhouettes with one of the new  Mom Subway Art #3 to create this ethereal card …

Quiet Strength

… I simply stamped one of the tree stamps three times in Wild Wasabi ink (Stampin’Up!/SU) onto light blue card. To create the softer look I first stamped some of the ink off onto a scrap piece of card before stamping on the blue. I then inked the ‘Quiet Strength’ from my MOM stamp using my Melon Mambo marker (SU) and stamped it onto a piece of white card which I cut into a banner shape and finished off by adding two lines. I then slightly shaped my banner and attached it below my trees using 3D foam. Rounding three of the corners was all that was needed to finish off my card.

On my next card I was using the Tree Silhouettes set on its own and played with colour to create some interest …

Wishing you well

… again I stamped onto blue card for this one layer creation. The ink I used are Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Melon Mambo and Elegant Eggplant, all from SU. Again I felt that this card didn’t need any further embellishing.

For my next card I used the  Mom Subway Art #3 stamp in its entirety plus the VIGNETTE Eclectic Florals


… again I used blue card as my base, of course you can use a different colour, I just sometimes challenge myself to use blue as it is a colour I don’t seem to naturally want to use. The MOM stamp is stamped in Elegant Eggplant (SU) straight onto my blue base card. I then added some scored lines, stamped my flowers from the Eclectic Florals set in Strawberry  Slush (SU) onto some white card before fuzzy cutting, shaping and adhering them to my card. I finished off by adding some gems and a rounded corner.

On my last card I tried to include some symbolism …

Mother 2

… it might be a bit too fussy for the CAS look, but you never know. I combined my  Mom Subway Art #3 stamp with the VIGNETTE Tree Silhouettes and Artful Flutters Sets.

The colours green and pink are for the heart connection (Wild Wasabi and Melon Mambo by SU), purple for the spiritual connection (Elegant Eggplant by SU), yellow for sense of self (Daffodil Delight by SU) and blue for true communication.

The trees are symbolic for grounding and being well rooted yet flexible and strong to withstand the storms of life, the butterflies stand for change and embracing the unknown.

I could write a lot more about this, but it’s getting late here in the UK and I can hear my bed calling …

If you are interested let me know and I shall write it all up for you.

Hope you enjoyed the little journey today…

Back tomorrow with the new Sketch Challenge at STAMPlorations … hope to see you there …

Happy Crafting!!!