Sketch 21 Challenge at STAMPlorations

Hi Everybody,

it’s time again for another sketch challenge at STAMPlorations and we are welcoming Elaine from Craft-E-Place 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 17th October and the winner will be announced 19th October.

Here is my piece of inspiration for you:

Christmas Flower 1


It is pretty straight forward …. spray two pieces white card with red and green Artiste Spritzing Ink and allow to dry. Stamp the poinsettia from the Christmas Flower set twice in black and layer onto a piece of red card. Attach the panels to your white base card and add some faux stitching before stamping the sentiment from the SB Christmas & New Year down the side in black and attache the die cut ‘happy’ and some pearls to finish.

Here is an idea to give the inside of your card a make over too …

Christmas Flower 1 inside

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!!! 🙂

the stamps I used:



‘happy’ cutting die by Clearly Besotted

Artiste Spritzing Inks by docrafts – check here for your local stockist

Cherry Cobbler ink and Stamp’n’Write Marker by Stampin’Up!

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!!! 🙂

the stamps I used:


Saturday Playtime

Hello Everybody,

It’s Saturday and I finally got some playtime 😀 … and some quick projects to share.

First of all I want to thanks you all for all the lovely comments you left this week, they were very much appreciated. Reading them always gives me a great lift especially when I am busy doing the things that earn me some money, but then we all have to do them ….

I decided to take some inspiration from a couple of challenges for today’s cards:

the first one is being entered into:

Case This Sketch – 

Happy Little Stampers – Sketch , I moved the sentiment, hope this is ok

Cardz4Guyz – no patterned paper, mine is an all stamped card

old type


I stamped my BG using the VIGNETTE Old Type stamp set (STAMPlorations) in Crumb Cake (Stampin’Up! ink), I then added some dots in black using the Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds (STAMPlorations), stamped my sentiment from the Graphic Squares set (STAMPlorations) on a strip of white card, slightly distressed the edges using my finger nails simply because I couldn’t find my distress tool … LOL … and edged it with black before attaching is to my card. I then stamped nad fuzzy cut the type writer, adhered it using foam dots and finished off rounding one of the corners.

My next card is being entered into

CASology – Grass, this is where I have to mention that I’m so lucky and blessed to be on Shery’s Design Team for STAMPlorations

Case This Sketch – 

squares grass


I used the plain square from the PATCHWORK FRENZY Graphic Squares set to stamp my BG using the generational stamping technique in Bashful Blue (Stampin’Up! ink). I then added some stitching and a sentiment from the same set in Wild Wasabi (SU ink), die cut and added my grass (die from Clearly Besotted Stamps) and finished off by adding some punched daisies and gems. Another quick and easy card for you.

Hope you enjoyed my little offering today, back soon with more inspiration.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Here are all the sets I used as graphics, please click on individual images for more information.

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So Besotted

Hi Everyone,

thanks so much for all your lovely comments, so glad you liked my last two projects. Today I got another one to share with you …

I am so besotted with the new Christmas stamps from STAMPlorations, my Tree Landscape die from Clearly Besotted and my recently acquired Artiste Spritzing Inks from docrafts, hence I had to share another card I made whilst playing with these goodies. Others are in the pipeline, and I have already scheduled a few more posts using these amazing new additions to my stash.

Christmas landscape 1

For this one I spritzed a piece of white card with some ocean blue and forest green artiste ink, which has a lovely shimmer. I think you can just about see it in the photograph. Once dried I stamped a strip of snowflakes using white craft ink for a nice subtle effect, sadly it isn’t very visible in the photo, before adding my die cut tree landscape and curved border (I simply die cut two and snipped the trees off one). I decided not to trim them for an exact match as I like the movement that is created by the off-set look.

Before I go just a little reminder, there will be a Blog Hop over at STAMPlorations starting 10th September 2pm British Summer Time.  For more information click the graphic in my sidebar. Hope to see you there.

Happy Crafting!!!

the stamps I used