Sketch 16 Challenge at STAMPlorations

Hi Everybody,

hope you all had a great weekend. Hoylake is calming down now after the Golf Open which finished yesterday. Luckily the weather was holding up alright apart from Saturday, when we had lots of rain, but not the lightning we were supposed to get. Did I say rain … it was a perfect day for crafting and catching up on a few things! 🙂

Back to the Sketch Challenge … we had lots of fabulous entries in our last sketch challenge, thanks to all who entered … hope you’ll join us again this time …

Next I would like to welcome my new Teamie Deepti Malik from Dee’s Art Utopia who’s stunning creations have long been a favourite of mine.

Here is our current sketch to take your inspiration from:

The challenge will run until 1st August and the winner will be announced 5th August. The prize package is sponsored by our sister shop All About Scrapping and the winner will get to pick 3 digital goodies of their choice plus you’ll be invited to be our Guest Designer in an upcoming challenge, this time we are welcoming Sue VanDeVusse from Cards by Q.

Here is my inspiration for you …

shrinked cupcakes

I have been working with the SKETCHED Cupcake and Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds sets … again … I just love using them together.

My Background is inspired by a Tim Holtz Tutorial. I found the link on Monika’s blog ‘Stamping with a Vengeance’. She very kindly shared it in her post here. It was right up my street given that at the moment I am into lifting prints off different surfaces such as embossing folders or plates, my Splodge Away Mat …. I love to explore the different effects one can get. This time I used my crafting mat, brayer, Baked Brown Sugar ink and a water spritzer. The edges are blended using Strawberry Slush ink and a shaving brush. I then stamped my sentiment in Brown Sugar, added some dots and spots from the Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds in Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana and Strawberry slush and layered onto Soft Suede and Coastal Cabana card. I then stamped my cupcake in black Memento ink onto white card, coloured it with Promarkers and fuzzy cut it. Next  I cut 3 circles from frosted Shrink Plastic, attached my coloured cupcake to one using double sided tape and attached it to my base card using 3D foam. The remaining two circles were stamped onto the rougher frosted side with my cupcake in Strawberry Slush and Coastal Cabana before heating them with my heat tool to make them shrink. Once cooled I edged them with metallic markers and attached them in place. I finished off by adding some glitter glue and a sequin to my large cupcake. Which reminds me, there is still time to enter our STAMPS & GLITTER July Challenge.

Please check out the beauties my teamies came up with on the STAMPlorations Blog.

Also just a quick reminder before I go, if you enter all three challenges in a month, you’ll be entered into an extra prize draw which this month is a lovely set of Spellbinders Borderabilitie Dies.

I shall be back again on the STAMPlorations Blog on Thursday with my Spotlight Project, until then …

Have a lovely week and Happy Crafting!!! 🙂


SKETCHED Cupcake and Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds stamps by STAMPLorations

all inks and coloured card from Stampin’Up!

white card, shrink plastic and sequins from stash

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!!! 🙂

Mixed Bunch and Shrink Plastic

Hi Everybody!

First of all ‘Thank you very much’ for all your lovely comments on my last post. I am glad you liked it. I have to go on tomorrow and check all your latest ones out.

As promised another button card for the Challenge. If I get time tomorrow I shall update the picture. This is just a quick one I took with my mobile in the small hours. Today’s card is inspired by Heather’s blog and her creations of course. So here it is:

The button is made of Shrink Plastic. I like the way it matches the pattern of the flower stamp. Next time I will have to punch the holes a bit larger, of course they did shrink too and it took me about an hour to feed some yarn through … I see another purchase coming on … a larger tiny hole punch! I quite enjoyed making this as it is somewhat different to what I normally do. I find it good to stretch myself at times. I look forward to the next challenge.

Here is what I used: sentiment stamp from Cardwork Crafts; Shrink Plastic, white card, white card blanks, gems and yarn from my local craft shop; Everything Eleanor & Mixed Bunch stamp sets, so saffron, wild wasabi and rose red ink pads, Blossom Punch from Stampin’UP!

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!!!