Magical Shrink Plastic

Gremlins moving in and getting side tracked …

Hello Everybody,

have you ever had days where the best plane just had to be put aside, because something else just wanted to be done???

Well I had a week of it, and I don’t know where my time has gone. On the upside I ended up making a beautiful book which I shall share with you later in the week.

First I have a card for you made using the beautiful Wishing Tree by Lavinia Stamps. I always wondered how it would look in shrink plastic, and if I could give it the 4 season effect. I thought I’d start with Winter as I wanted to enter it in the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge, but I didn’t get it ready in time … the gremlins had started to move in and things started to go wrong, never mind, here it is anyway:

life is magic

I first cut the flower shape (sizzix floral framelits SU) from frosted shrink plastic and stamped the tiny snowflake all over. Next I stamped the tree in a darker colour and used my heat tool to shrink the plastic … and the snowflakes started to look like blossoms lol. I die-cut another blossom shape from blue glitter paper and layered my tree on top. I then stamped some tiny stars on white card, hand wrote my sentiment, rounded some corners, layered as shown and added some gems to finish off.

I am entering the above card into the Lavina Stamps Challenge Blog, where the theme is ‘add glitter’.

I did try to make another card using the stars instead of the snowflake, but the gremlins were still active and it ended up looking somewhat differently arty from what I had intended. Basically the shrink plastic got a bit stuck together and then wouldn’t flatten fully … and I used the wooden bit of a stamp to flatten it down … this transferred a flower image onto my plastic plus a piece of paper got stuck to the other side … well from now on I shall use my heat resistant craft mat and on old acrylic block when working with shrink plastic … here is how it turned out anyway …

dreaming tree


The sentiment I added is from the VIGNETTE Artful Flutters set by STAMPlorations.

I also made two sets of note cards in a little wallet for a friend of mine, something I posted about last year when I first made them using the stamps from the first issue of the Get Stamping Magazine. They were inspired by the Purse Paper Tutorial which you can find on Splitcoast Stampers, you can find the link to it in my previous post here.

Feather Note Cards


This is the outside of the wallet. I simply stamped the feathers in pink, rounded the edges and blended two of the corners with pink for some subtle shading. I did the same for the cards on the inside, but added the ‘just a note’ sentiment to them. I also stamped the feathers on the envelopes to match. Here is a brief look of the inside:

inside of feathers note cards


I want to use the opportunity to remind everyone that there is still time to enter the ‘Stamps and Feathers’ challenge over at the STAMPlorations challenge blog, plus the bi-weekly Sketch challenge. Links to the individual challenges are on their home page.

Oh, by the way the stamps I used for my note cards are VIGNETTE Trendy Feathers by STAMPlorations, but you do not have to use their stamps to enter the challenges!!!

To create the beautiful border and paper ribbon, I used a Tonic Studio punch.

… and here is the outside of my second set …

dandelion note cards


I used the free stamps from the Get Stamping Magazine, the current issue, plus the cute daisy corner punch which I acquired on Sunday whilst visiting the nearest Hobbycraft Store in Chester. This visit left me feeling very smug …

… when my hubby asked me how much I paid for my folding daylight lamp which I recently bought from The Daylight Company with some of my Christmas money …

It turns out that it was more than twice of what I paid according to my hubby, who saw it in the shop … or was the whole thing more about the right timing given that I had toyed with getting one for a looooong time …

Hope you got your bargains!!!

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Dragonfly Patchwork

Hi Everybody,

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

A very quick post today. I have been patchworking again using the lovely Graphic Squares Set from STAMPlorations. It is fast becoming my favourite set!

Dragonfly I

From another angle …

Dragonfly II

I want to enter this into the Artful Times Challenge 46 which is BLUE.

I also want to encourage everybody who is visiting my blog to enter into the Challenges at the STAMPlorations Challenge blog. There are lots of prizes up for grabs, each challenge has one plus if you enter all 3 challenges in January you’ll be entered into an extra prize draw, details below:

January Prize Pack – Enter In All 3 Challenges This Month

Hello! As we have mentioned in previous posts, we’ve got a twist in our challenges. We host 3 challenges every month: 1 monthly challenge that starts on the 1st Friday, and 2 bi-weekly sketch challenges that start on the 1st and 3rd Monday. Anyone who participates in all 3 challenges for the month gets a chance to win a prize package from our sister shop, All About Scrapping. We’ll randomly pick one winner and announce who that is on the first week of the following month.
For January, here’s what the winner will get:
1 package of Artisan Ribbons (Pink Paislee), 1 package of Gold and Silver Luxe Rub Ons (Pink Paislee), 1 package of Artisan Corners (Pink Paislee), 1 package of Outdoors Ribbon Quintet (Cloud9 Design), and 1 package of Round Clips (Heidi Grace Designs).
Our challenges this month:
(ends January 31)
Link up your project(s) here
(ends  January 17)
Link up your project(s) here
starts on January 20 so be sure to check back for the sketch!
Tip: Make a feather-themed paper craft project based on the sketch and you can enter it to both challenges!

FYI: You can use stamps by other companies to create projects that you enter to our challenges, although if you have our stamps in your stash, we’d be tickled if you use them!

We’re looking forward to seeing what you create! Happy stamping!

~The STAMPlorations Design Team


Hope to see you there …
Happy Crafting!!!! 🙂
What I used:
Graphic Squares Stamps from STAMPlorations
Dragonfly and sentiment from Get Stamping Magazine issue 6
Marvy Brush markers 6 – blue, 36 – manganese blue, 60 – salvia blue
Bashful blue and concorde crush inks from Stampin’UP!
Versafine Majestic blue ink, clear embossing powder

Birthday Candles

Hello Everybody,

Thanks for all your lovely comments. It is Wednesday again and time for another challenge again at Addicted to Stamps and More, which this week is Challenge #55 – Photo Inspiration.

This means, you have to take inspiration from this photo:

Lots of inspiration there, I would think: candles, colours, stripes, dark background and Happy Birthday as far as I can see at a glance.

Our sponsor … Melonheads will be sponsoring the whole month of July, and each week the winner gets one bundle of their choice.


Feel free to check them out, funky stamps for lots of uses.

Here is my DT piece for the week:

Birthday Candles


As you can see I went for candles, stripes and dark background. To be honest, this is my 3rd attempt at making this card. Initially I intended to chalk the candles directly onto black card, unfortunately my cardstock wasn’t smooth enough. Then I tried some freehand drawing with my finetip glue as I thought maybe glittery candles might be nice, it didn’t work out either. For this card, I went back to using the chevron and leaf stamps to create my candles and stamped them in versamark onto white card before colouring them with chalks. The versamark pick up the chalk quit easily. It is a good alternative to stamping with coloured ink and it gives the picture a softer more ethereal look.

I then cut my candles out and glued them directly onto my black base card, whilst slightly curving the tip of my flame up. I then rounded three of the corners, added the organza ribbon and finished off with a touch of glitter.

The chevron and leaf stamp I used came with the first issue of the ‘Get Stamping’ Magazine where one of the projects combined both stamps making a candle. Can you believe it, I do not have a single candle stamp or die in the house!!! … so much for my husband thinking that there is too much crafting stuff in our house 😀

Please check out the designs of the team. They’re as always fabulous and will get your creative juices flowing.

Hope you join the fun at Addicted to Stamps and More.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Great British Seaside

Hello Everybody,

thanks for all your lovely comments … and most of all thanks for popping by. It is very much appreciated.

Today I have two cards for you, made using some lovely Nicecrane Designs images.

I have been working with the ‘Summer Time by Agnes Richardson’ Set, which contains 5 beautiful vintage summer images, two of which I have chosen for today’s post.

Both cards were inspired by the beautifully hot weather here in the UK!!!

Great British Seaside

This card is a celebration of the British Seaside. I had to use the lovely Papermania Portobello Road Papers. They were just perfect to go with this lovely seafront scene. The best thing about these Summer Time images is that they are already pre-coloured, and of course, being digital, they can be easily resized to whatever fits your requirements. Perfect for quick and stunning cards.

As you can see I’ve only just got back from holiday … still in beach mode, I guess … hmmm

The Kiss

This one is all about Summer, Sun & Fun! The image reminds me of those Arcade Boards where you can stick your face through to have your picture taken. I suppose you could re-create the effect by cutting the faces out and sticking some other faces in their place …

That’s it from me for today, back tomorrow with some more of these fabulous Summer Time by ‘Agnes Richardson’ images.

For more inspiration and to see what the Nicecrane Designs Design Team has bee up to visit the blog by clicking here.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂


The ‘Live Laugh Love’ sentiment stamp was one I got with the Craft Stamper Magazine and the stamps used in the second card came with the ‘Get Stamping’ Magazine.

Get Stamping Notecards

Hi Everyone,

thanks everyone for all your lovely comments.

Today I want to share a notecards set with you. It is slim and small enough to easily fit into any handbag.


I stamped the cards using the swirl stamp of the ‘Get Stamping’ magazine freebie set and the sentiment from Wild Rose Studios, of course you can use whatever you like. For an added twist I shaped the corners using two different sized corner rounders. Then I stamped the swirl on some envelopes too.

All that was needed next, was a sort of pocket envelope to protect them.

envelope pocket inside

envelope pocket outside

I used some earthy colours for the whole project … simply because I started off using some ‘older’ card stock for the pocket envelope. It happened to be in a burnt orange colour. Whenever I start off on a project, designing a new box or something like that, I tend to use some older card stock for my first attempt, just in case things go wrong. In this case everything went smoothly, and I decided to stick with the earthy theme using some natural ivory card, really rust and chocolate chip ink, all from Stampin’Up!.

The lace ribbon was made using a Tonic Studio punch, and it acts as my fastener, it simply slides on and off. The flowers are from the same stamp set as the swirls, and I finished by adding some sequins and gems to the centres.

For a bright and up to date look you could try something like this:

just a note

Enjoy and have a great day.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂