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.

A Mixed Bunch

Hi Everyone,
Thanks so much for all your lovely comments, they are very much appreciated.
Today I want to share with you a few cards I made a little while ago, but haven’t posted as yet.
First up is this little romantic beauty…


I blended some yellow, orange and red on a piece of white card and stamped a plain square in orange to create a bokeh style background. I then stamped the couple in red and grounded them on a stitched border before adding the sentiment in orange and rounding two of the corners. To add extra interested, I decided to attach slightly tilted to my red base card.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Allsorts – no designer papers

My next card is another colourful one….


… this time using a brayered background on which I flicked some water before stamping my silhouette stamp in black. Again I rounded some corners and layered on a white base card to finish.
My last card is a little less bright…


A simple wreath with flowers, leaves and greeting. I stamped the circle, die cut the leaves, stamped the sentiment and stamped and punched the flowers before assembling and layering as seen. Adding some gems was the perfect finishing touch.

I am entering this card into to following challenges:

Allsorts – no designer papers

Less is More – Jingle all the way/Christmas

CAS(e) this Sketch – 

Hoped you enjoyed my little sharing today. Here is what I used:

First card:
Graphic Squares and Ever After stamp sets by STAMPlorations
Stitching stamp by Polkadoodles
Greeting by Inca Stamps
Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Real Red inks by Stampin’Up!
Second card:
Stamp by IndigoBlue
Black Versacolour and Big & Juicy Inks
Third card:
Daydream Medaillon, Petite Petals stamps, punch, Always Artichoke card and ink, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobler inks and Sizzix leaves die by Stampin’Up!
Sentiment by Crafter’s Companion
Before I go, just a little note, that there is a Black Friday offer over at the STAMPlorations Shop.

Have a lovely evening and weekend.
Happy Crafting 🙂

A little update:

graphics of the complete STAMPlorations Sets, see below, for everything else check at your local craft shop or with a Stampin’Up! demonstrator

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Sketch 19 Challenge at STAMPlorations

Hi Everybody,

Hope you had a lovely weekend. The Summer seems to have re-appeared in the UK again over the weekend, which was very nice. Thanks Shery for sending some sunshine over from California!

It’s time for another sketch challenge at STAMPlorations, what a good way to start the week!!!

Sketch #19 will run until 12th September and the winner will be announced on 14th September.

Carol from Just Me C is back as our guest designer and a wonderful creation of course!

Ax you can see there is lots of scope with this sketch, and here is my take on it …

Christmas Block 1


I simply stamped the snowflakes form the VIGNETTE Christmas Block set in pink down one side of my base card. I then stamped my sentiment in brown on a separate piece of white card and partially cut around it before adding some faux stitching and stamping the bell border in green. I then added a strip of brown card, layered using foam tape and finished off by adding some glossy accents and sequin.

Below is another card I made in the same style using a slightly different colour scheme. You can find a full list of materials and measurements here.

Christmas Block 1a

VIGNETTE Christmas Block is part of the September Stamps Release Bundle which you can purchase at a reduced rate until 5th September. We will also invite you again to hop with us from 10th September … so get ready for lots of festive inspiration!!!

Pop over to the STAMPlorations challenge blog for more inspiration, my teamies have made some fab projects, information and details about September’s prize bundle, as always there will be a winner drawn at random from everyone who entered all of our challenges during the month of September. Good Luck!

Happy Crafting!! 🙂

what else I used:

pretty in pink, certainly celery, early espresso ink and certainly celery and early espresso card and Stamp’n’Write markers from Stampin’Up!

Artiste berry red metallic pigment ink from docrafts

glossy accents, white card and sequin from my stash

the stamps I used:


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

Happy Birthday Nonni

Have a wonderful Day!

doggy birthday

Well, initially Nonni’s birthday card was going to look completely differently, but then I saw Raffa’s picture on Facebook …. 🙂

Nonni also loves using doilies and lace which was a bit trickier rooting through my stash, luckily I found these retired SU papers, add a bit of grassy washi tape, a fence, speech bubble and the card was ready.

I made a little video on how to fold the dog a little earlier just after getting up. A day’s work done before I even had breakfast! LOL

Nonni, hope you enjoy your day and that the weather in Finland is better than here in the UK. Have fun …


Monika xxx

Before I go I would like to remind you about the new bi-monthly STAMP CLUB over at STAMPlorations,  info is here. It is fantastic value for money and best of all no extra shipping costs plus you get a 15% discount on all the other stamp sets from the shop …

what I used to make Nonni’s birthday card:

VIGNETTE Eclectic Florals                         VIGNETTE Chevron & Arrows

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Designer paper, Sizzix Framelits die –  Stampin’Up!

speech bubble – Sizzix Eclips shape

fence die – Magnolia DooHickey

daisy pucnh – Xcut by docrafts

Showers of Love

Hi Everybody,

thanks for all your lovely comments. So glad you liked the cards I made using the papers from the Quick Cards Made Easy Magazine.

Today I have a real cutie for you: Emily, Showers of Love

Emily Showers of Love

I just love how Emily is being showered with hearts, you can find her here in the Lacy Sunshine Shoppe.

I basically sized and printed her, then coloured her and used my Floral Frames to die cut her before blending the edges and layering my card as seen.

I would like to enter her into:

Lacy Sunshine Challenge #38 – Flowers

Inkspirational – Splash

Enjoy and have a lovely weekend!

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂


Sizzix Floral Frames Framelits, Wisteria Wonder and Rose Red card and ink, flower punches large and medium all from Stampin’Up!

Xcut daisy punch by docrafts

floral corner punch from HobbyCraft

Flourishes by Marianne Designs

gems and base card from stash

Up-cycled Ink Pad Storage

Hi Everyone,

Thanks so much for all your lovely comments. I am so happy that you felt inspired by some of my recent projects.

Today I have another one for you which I ‘m hoping will do the same. I’ve up-cycled an old washing powder tablet box to make a storage box for some of my new model (which has been out for 2 years) Stampin’Up! ink pads. I know some of you will notice that I seemingly store them the wrong way round, but there is reason in my madness. I simply find them easier to use that way. I get a better impression from my stamps and I am less likely to over-ink my stamps which leads to blotchy images. Well I am quite light handed when inking up my stamps too, so initially I was very disappointed when SU changed their ink pad design and I didn’t get the crips images I was so used to. But with perseverance and a bit of lateral thinking, I now have ink pads I can use! 🙂 I only needed to make another storage for them as my SU storage won’t take it upside down. Well it is full anyway, but  I might have been seriously tempted to buy another one.

Enough of my rambles, here it is:

ink pad storage 1


This is the front view. It takes 10 ink pads and turns out to be space saving too. The pads slide in and out quite easily despite there not being any little shelves for them to sit on.

ink pad storage 2


This is one of the side views. I didn’t want any of my embellishments to stick out to much hence they’re all glued into place. I used some DSP to cover my box, blended the edges, stamped some grungy bits (Grunge Me stamp set by Papertrey Ink), attached some ribbon (SU) and my self coloured swirl die cuts (eclips cartridge by Sizzix), covered the swirls with glitter glue, stamped, punched out and attached my flowers and finished off by adding some sequins.

Here is the other side view …

Ink Pad Storage 3

There is also a craft-along video I made with lots of hints and tips for for grunge look stamping and a more detailed explanation on how I made my Ink Pad Storage Box of course.

Hope you feel inspired to up-cycle some packaging of your own. Back soon with some more projects … until then …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

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

Still Time To Celebrate

Hi Everybody,

back again with more inspiration and another reminder …

Celebrate Gift

I simply stamped the SKETCHED Simple Gift, masked it off and and stamped the large celebrate from the SENTIMENT BUILDER Celebrate in rainbow colours (inks from STAMPIN’Up!, retired Earth Colours and concord crush), removed my mask, rounded some corners and layered as shown before adding some glitter to finish. Interestingly the glitter looks either pink or green depending on how it catches the light. A craft along video tutorial for this card can be found here.

My Teamies have worked wonders using the new stamps in their projects. During the Hop you can buy all the stamps as a bundle at a 17% discount for only $30 and very reasonable shipping too.

There is still time to join the STAMPlorations Birthday Blog Hop with lots of prizes o be won. Simply start at the STAMPlorations Blog, leave a comment and then hop to Cornelia, leave a comment, hop to Debra …. and so on

*** The stops in the hop***
Design Team:
Cornelia | Debra | Kylie | Maria | Monika | Nonni | Shery | Shirley | Vicki
Guest Designers:

Ardyth | Chrissie | Deepti | Melissa | Mynn

Have Fun and Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

ATSM Challenge 101

Hi Everybody,

Thanks so much for your lovely comments. They were all very much appreciated.

We had some fab entries last week. Thanks to everyone who entered, hope to see you again this week.

It is Wednesday and time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More …  Challenge #101 – Anything Goes!!!

This means freedom of creation! Please take the time to check out the full details of the challenges and their rules, which can be found here.

Eureka Stamps is back again as our sponsor this week! The winner gets 3 digis. There are some fab images in their shop, you can check them out here.


I liked their Butterfly Background image so much that I used it again for this week’s challenge. Here is what I made …

Butterfly Background 2

This time I cut part of the image off to make it look as if the butterflies are flying off the edge. I coloured my butterflies using Promarkers and added some shading around them before partially blending the edges with distress inks. I added some faux stitching and layered my card as shown before finishing off by adding some crystal effects to my pink butterfly.

The slight texture on my base card is achieved by inking up a texture plate, placing my card onto it, pressing it down using a roller and lifting the printed card off.

Here is a reminder of the card I made a few weeks ago for Challenge #97 using the same Butterfly image …

Butterfly Background 1

Hope that you feel inspired to enter this week’s ‘Anything Goes’ challenge at ATSM, please pop over and see all the other creations of the fabulous ATSM DT Team.

 … look forward to seeing your creations … and
Happy Crafting!!!!