Sketch 22 Challenge at STAMPlorations

Hi Everybody,

it’s time again for another sketch challenge at STAMPlorations and we are welcoming Leslie from The Crooked Stamper 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 31st October and the winner will be announced 2nd November.

Here is my piece of inspiration for you:


Joyful Present 1

It is pretty straight forward …. emboss a piece of card using a suitable embossing folder, stamp the gift from STAMPlorations current STAMP CLUB set ‘Joyful’ onto your matching die cut – here is me hoping that Shery has already added them to the shop LOL, if not she’ll be doing that very soon-, colour the gift using Spectrum Noir Markers, stamp sentiment, attach your gift using foam dots and finish by adding a couple of gems.


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:



Spectrum Noir markers by Crafter’s Companion

Xcut embossing folder by docrafts – check here for your local stockist

Elegant Eggplant ink and River Rock card stock by Stampin’Up!

Base card and gems from stash

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!!! 🙂


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

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. 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. 🙂

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

Have a lovely day and Happy Crafting 🙂

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, 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

Heart Full of Love

Hi Everybody,

thanks for all your lovely comments. They are very much appreciated.

Today I got 2 cards for you …

… the first one is catty … and I love it …

Heart Full of Love

I coloured my image using Promarkers mounted it on so saffron card, attached it to my green base card, stamped my sentiment in black, added some crystal effects to the sentiment and once dry finished by adding some green twine.

My image is from A Day For Daisies, the sentiment is from STAMPlorations (MOM Subway Art Builders sets), card is from Stampin’Up! and twine from The Ribbon Girl.

I want to enter this card into the following challenges:

Less is More – green and yellow

Allsorts – Spring – green and yellow for me are the Spring colours

CAS(e) this sketch –   I a sort of jigged it a little bit round.

And now to my next card …

Cute as a Button

For this card I simply layered some subtly patterned paper on pink card and added some faux stitching. I then stamped the pram on a small piece of pink card, added some sparkle using a gel pen before adding some crystal effects. I stamped three banners and the running sentiment before assembling as shown and adding a tiny button to finish.

All stamps are by Woodware and paper by Crafter’s Companion.

I want to enter this card into the following challenges:

House of Cards – cute/shabby and add a button – I went for cute and button

Addicted to CAS – baby

CAS(e) this Sketch – 

That’s it from me for today, back tomorrow with my DT piece for the Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge and Friday with another green and yellow beauty (not the challenge theme) as my DT piece the STAMPlorations Challenge Blog, where the bi-weekly Sketch Challenge is already in full swing. Hope to see you there …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Fairy Christmas Tree

Hello Again …

… for my second post today …

I have been using up odds and ends in an attempt to make some quick cards … and I got somewhat side tracked. 🙂

Let’s start with card where I used the odds and ends:

Fairy Christams Tree I

I recently tried out my flitter glue starter kit with this Lavinia Stamp.  Normally I would only use it with rubber stamps, but I decided to give it a go anyway. I promise I washed the glue off straight away as I didn’t want to damage my stamp. I wanted to see how it would turn out on white, but I wish I had tried it on darker card instead, never mind. I started making this card by lamplight -not daylight- and the colours seemed to match quite well only for it to have to go into the rescue pile. Above is the rescued version, initially I had used some pink ribbon and no faux stitching. To blend the colours better I used a green fine liner pen and added the faux stitching and changed the ribbon from pink to dark green. To finish I added a few touches of glitter glue.

Anyway, this card inspired me to make the card from my previous post – CAS Snowflake- plus the following two cards too:

Faiiry Christmas Tree II

I want to enter the above card into the following challenges

Lavinia Stamps Blog Challenge – Anything Goes (Hi Eileen, please let me know if you want me to email you any of these for the gallery.)

Stamplorations – Stamps & Silhouettes (Hi Shery & Nonni. I made this just as inspiration. Looking forward to get designing for you!)

52 (Christmas) Card Throwdown – Any Past 2013 Challenge Anything Goes (mine is January 2013 – metallic silver, purple & white)

Fairy Christmas Tree III

Hope you feel somewhat inspired.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

embossing folder for the first card: Darice – Crafter’s Companion

pretty papers: docrafts creativity club exclusive downloads

CAS Snowflakes

Hi Everybody,

thanks for your lovely comments.

I have been busy making more Christmas Cards after I discovered that I didn’t have enough to send.

This one here is a super quick make:

CAS snowflake

The Darice embossing folder (Crafter’s Companion) I used for this card has so much detail, that I always try to make a feature of it. For this card, I simply used it to emboss the front, rounded some edges and attached a strip of pink card to the back leaving a narrow border. I tied my ribbon Stampin’Up!) to cross at the front and attached a snowflake charm and gems to finish.

This is what the card looks like lying flat:

CAS snowflake 2

I would like to enter my card into the Addicted to CAS challenge with the theme – Snowflakes.

Hope you like it. Back soon with more.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

ATSM Challenge 72

Hi Everybody,

how time flies, it’s Wednesday again and time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More, Challenge #72 – Make your Mark!!! This means you can use the colouring medium of your choice, be it alcohol markers, water colour pencils. distress markers … the choice is yours. The full details of the challenges and their rules can be found here.

Our sponsor this week is Fresh Squeezed Stamps.

Fresh Squeezed Stamps

The winner will receive one stamp set of their choice.

Here is my DT piece for this week:

Peace on Earth I

This week I tried something new … Metallic Gelato Markers. I was inspired by this tutorial by Lydia Fiedler.

Gelato Pens are soft creamy markers that can be applied directly to your stamp, they can also be used with a water brush to colour in any stamped images. The metallic ones have a subtle shimmer similar to Twinkling H2O’s.

The above card is my 2nd attempt at stamping and colouring. I went for a softer look than in the card below which is my 1st attempt, where the colour for the background/shadow is much stronger.

I decided to attach the image on one side only. This really gives a good impression of a dove in flight flapping it’s wings. A great 3D effect without using foam pads …

Peace on Earth II

… another couple of quick and easy, postage friendly cards!

Hope you like it!

Hope that you feel inspired to enter this week’s ‘Make your Mark’ challenge at ATSM, please pop over and see all the other creations of the fabulous ATSM DT Team.
Please join the fun … look forward to seeing your creations … and
Happy Crafting!!!
Here is what I used to make my card:
grape metallic Gelato Pen
black memento ink for stamping dove on first and 2nd card plus sentiment on 2nd card
elegant eggplant SU ink pad for stamping sentiment on 1 card
sentiment stamp by Stampin’UP!
Dove stamp from current issue of Creative Stamping Magazine
round eraser from the back of a pencil for stamping
plus for the 2nd card only Die’sire die cutting frame from Crafter’s Companion and pearlised card from my stash

Card Class Makes

Hello Everybody,

thanks for all your lovely comments.

Today I would like to share something from today’s card class with you. As you probably know, I intended to make a Lever Card inspired by a tutorial by Laura Lipe, which you can find HERE.

As always I had to tweak it and do it my way. It went from rectangle to square and from using paper to a stamped background.

Lever Card I

This is the card I originally made. In the class I wanted to demonstrate how the look can change a lot by changing just a couple of things. For my next card I used a different flower for the background, changed the colours and didn’t round all the edges.

Lever card II

As you can see I also positioned the flowers slightly differently and added an extra faux stitched border. Here they are both together:

Lever Card III

I really couldn’t say which one I prefer.

Hope you like them.

Have a great weekend.

Happy Stamping!!! 🙂

For the pink an yellow card I used: Mixed Bunch Stamp Set, Melon Mambo Card, So Saffron, Melon Mambo and Gumball Green Ink from Stampin’UP!; Glitter flowers from docaft Papermania; sentiment Stamp from Dimension Stamps; swirl stamp from Creative Stamping Magazine; white card black fineliner pen, gem, black memento ink, xcut small corner rounder punch and Zutter corner rounder from my stash

For the card with the more autumnal feel I used: Dahlia stamp from Crafter’s Companion Inspirations Magazine; crushed curry, tangerine tango, chocolate chip ink and tangerine tango card from Stampin’Up!; flowers, sentiment and swirl stamps as above; everything else from my stash

Patchwork Pink

Hello Everybody,

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

Today I got a very pink card for you which I want to enter in the ‘Patchwork’ challenge at Out of a Hat Creations. Sorry girls I didn’t join in last week, but I was busy preparing for a party, and it took me all this time to recover …

Anything with a patchwork pattern. There would have been lots of possibilities ….

Patchwork Pink

I decided to use a pink card blank, I embossed a while ago (patchwork embossing folder from the Inspiration magazine, Crafter’s Companion), but hadn’t used as yet. I simply highlighted the pattern with some faux stitching, added some scored lines top and bottom before finishing off with a flower (mixed bunch stamp set by Stampin’Up!), button and ribbon.

Hope you like it!

What else have I been up to … I have started a bit of a craft clear out and shall add a new page to my blog to post items for sale, please feel free to check out my ‘Items for Sale’ Tab.

That’s it for today.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂