Last Minute Stocking Fillers

Hello Everyone,

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

Today I want to share some quick last minute presents with you. I made these for some friends using the Sugar Rush set by STAMPlorations and some pretty papers I had. They also form part of today’s Spotlight Feature over on the STAMPlorations Blog, where you an find a more detailed description on how I made them.

I wanted to give these calendars the feel good factor and went with a summery theme and a slight retro feel. There are some variation in colours and layout, like on my first one the ‘sundae’ sentiment is black embossed to make it stand out more …

2015 calendar 1


whereas in my second one here I played more with different colours for the ice cream and the sequin sprinkles. The papers have also a slightly different tone of colour.

2015 calendar 2


For my last one I used a different stamp and gems instead of sequins, all little ways of making each one of them unique whilst still keeping roughly the same layout.



Looking forward to 2015, I shall be making some changes in as much that I shall be moving away from WordPress for my blogging. I have decided to use my TinkerCards Blog instead, mainly because I want to streamline things a bit more. Commenting has become a little difficult recently, and I had to use my google account instead of WordPress to be able to leave comments and stay in touch. Things like this can get a little confusing hence I decided to move over to blogger completely. I know, it has its hiccups too, but at least I want to give it a go.

For the time being this will still be work in progress as I am planning to make changes to the template and layout plus moving some of my posts from here across too.

Thanks to everybody who followed me on Monika’s Blog, I hope that you will pop over to TinkerCards and follow me there too plus you will have Tinker, the black virtual cat, to play with whenever you visit. :-). I shall be putting up a blog candy, a calendar similar to the ones above, and a winner will be drawn from among my followers on the TinkerCards Blog at 10 am (GMT) 30th December 2014. 12 noon GMT on Sunday 4th January. I extended the deadline because ever since I decided on the move over to my TinkerCards Blog, I had been looking for the Google Friend Connect button and finally found it!!! YAY! Given that it has taken me so long to find the little gadget I am extending the Blog Candy, one of my hand made calendars, deadline until Sunday 4th January 12 noon GMT. I shall be drawing two lucky winners of one calendar each. This should give you all plenty of time to join and follow me on TinkerCards.

Until then,

Have a lovely Christmas!


Monika xxx

If you are still looking for that special crafty gift … click here for details


stamps I used:


calendar tabs – Poundland

papers – downloads from docrafts Creativity Club

washi tape, promarkers, tinge markers, gems etc from stash

Love You Like Coffee

Hi Everybody,
Thanks so much for your lovely comments, they were very much appreciated.
Today I have a coffee & doughnut card for you. It is one that I want to share over at the Coffee Lovers Holiday Blog Hop hosted by Amy Tsuruta.

OK, I know it’s not a christmassy card, it has more of an old-fashioned tea room/coffee house feel to it. For me coffee and any type of cake always go well together….
Here it is


I loosely played with the current sketch from the STAMPlorations Sketch challenge for my layout. I stamped, part coloured and paper pieced my doughnuts slightly offsetting the icing to add more depth before fuzzy cutting them. I heat embossed and fuzzy cut my coffee cup and then stamped my sentiment in black archival ink directly on a piece of vellum. I finished by layering all my elements as shown and finished off with some punched red hearts, sequins and a touch of glossy accents.
Make sure you pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog to leave a comment. Shery has lots of goodies and prizes lined up for you to win during this hop.
That’s it from me for today, back again soon with more inspiration. Until then
Happy Crafting!!! 🐱

The sets I used

Eat Drink Be Merry and Sugar Rush bySTAMPlorations

 Papers – docrafts Creativity Club downloads

Doily – Sizzix Eclips Shape

Hearts – owl builder punch by Stampin’Up!

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!!! 😀



Going Festive

Hi Everybody,

Thanks so much for your lovely comments, so glad you liked my artsy Christmas cards. Today I’m getting into the festive spirit by looking at quick and easy table decorations using the new VIGNETTE Eat Drink Be Merry set. When I first saw this set I knew it was perfect for adding that finishing touch to any festive table hence we are making place cards and napkin rings, a couple of projects you can quite easily mass produce even for larger parties. It should only take you a couple of hours. Well it took me a lot less because this year we’re having a quiet Christmas with a little self-pampering to make it special.

Here are today’s projects:


I am entering the place card of this project in the Photo Inspiration challenge over at House of Cards where any card style is welcome hoping that my place card will qualify. 🙂

For a written description on how I made my pieces check out the STAMPlorations Blog here plus I made a little craft along video giving my usual pointers as I go along …


Before I go, just a quick reminder about the STAMPlorations DT call, if you’re interested in joining this amazingly creative team, check out the details here.

Also the new STAMP CLUB sets are out soon, one of which I’ll be using in tomorrow’s project ….

until then …

Happy Crafting 🙂


alphabet dies – Memory Box

label die – Katie Label Accordion by Karen Burniston/Elisabeth Designs

border punch – Xcut by docrafts

snowflake punch – Creative Memories

Pool Party ink – Stampin’Up!

ATSM Challenge 124

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

This week it’s Team A’s turn, and here are my pieces of inspiration for you:


This first one is really easy to make plus I was able to use a couple of never used before tools one of which I’ve had for about 3 years! I simply die-cut a piece of white card in half using one of my new Lil-inkers Border Builder dies from Make The Day Special. I then punched the angel from one of the pieces, stamped my sentiment (Christmas Flower by STAMPlorations) in Pool Party (Stampin’UP!), attached the pieces of white to a piece of light turquoise card and then to my base card before finishing off by adding a dashed line and gem.

For my next two cards I put my artsy experimenting hat on …


… I have often wondered why STAMPlorations Holiday Artsy set is called Holiday Artsy, graphic for which will be at the end of the post. Well I guess I figured it out now by creating a Christmas Tree using the brush stroke stamps from the set.

To start I inked up one of my acrylic blocks and stamped it on a piece of white card. This block of mine has a little ridge around one of the sides which gave a nice frame. I then placed the brushstroke on my block inking them up individually as I went along finishing off with the little circle at the top before stamping the tree inside my frame. I then added the half circle and sentiment before finishing off with some sequins and touches of glitter glue.

For my next card, I changed the colours (Strawberry Slush and Baked Brown Sugar by Stampin’Up!) and heat embossed my sentiment in copper. I also added a touch of glamour by spraying some of my favourite Gold Artiste Spritzing ink (docrafts) over my panel.



That’s my inspiration for you today …


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!!!!
The STAMPlorations Sets I used:
If you like STAMPlorations as much as I do, why not join their STAMP CLUB, for a host of member benefits!
Shery is also having a DT call, should you fancy becoming part of her team, more details can be found here.

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 at

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.


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

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


Docrafts Monday

Hi Everyone,

Just a quickie, sharing a super speedy card with you using the snowflake die from the current issue of the Docrafts Creativity Magazine, available at good High Street news agents such as WHSmiths, combined with the stamps from the last month’s issue and the Holiday Artsy stamp set, another favourite of mine, by STAMPlorations.

cut snowflake

I would like to enter this card into the August Challenge at House Of Cards – a sketch

…and of course I’m going to share it at #docraftsmonday on Facebook.


and Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Sketch 17 at STAMPlorations

Hi Everybody,

it is time again for another sketch challenge at STAMPlorations and we are welcoming Kim from Art Keeps Me Sane as our guest designer. We also have another fabulous sketch for you to take your inspiration from, here it is …

As always there is still lots of scope to put your own stamp on it. This time I didn’t play quite as much with it and only slightly turned the topper to make this elegant monochrome card with a few sprinkles of colour.

Christmas with sprinkles

I used Oh, Christmas Tree! and PATCHWORK FRENZY Graphic Squares to stamp my Christmas Tree topper in black. The fainter coloured trees are stamped using the generational stamping technique, where you stamp an image again without re-inking the stamp first. This is a great technique for lightening a colour and to add dimension to your stamping. I then embossed a piece of white card with some stars, layered my card as seen with pieces of black and silvery glitter card, added a peel-off greeting and a sprinkle of sequins to finish.

This is about the only time I ever use peel-offs, to make Christmas cards. I am not sure stamping or heat embossing would have worked on this card as the stars are almost dome-shaped.

And here is my card without the sprinkles …

monochrome Christmas trees

I thought I’d show you the card in its original monochrome look to demonstrate the difference a few sequins can make.

This sketch challenge will end 15th August and the winner will be announced 17th August. For information about the winner’s prize and our August Prize Bundle draw pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog where of course you’ll find some more inspiration from my talented teamies.

Back soon with some more inspiration, until then …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

what else I used: Xcut embossing folder from docrafts, card,  peel-off and sequins from stash.