Butterfly Meadow

Hi Everybody,

back again with another Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge … and it’s Birthday time … 1st Birthday Celebrations are in order.

This mile stone was reached today. Hooray!!!

Congratulations to Kylie and the Team!!!

Now what’s the challenge this time. It’s about inspiration drawn from the following picture:

There are lots of bits in this picture to draw inspiration from … the colours, the butterflies, the grass, the cornflowers, the daisies, the bumble bee, the way the colours are shaded …

I picked some of these out to create a meadow feel …

Butterfly Meadow

How did I do this. I die-cut some with card and blended the inks for the background to start with (certainly celery, lavender lace and melon mambo by SU). I then stamped the grasses using different sets from Stampin’Up (pocket silhouettes, nature walk and charming) in certainly celery, wild wasabi and always artichoke. Using the shades of green with the darkest in front gives a sense of depth to the picture. I added some colour to some blossoms and leaves, stamped the butterfly  and coloured it in using inks and blender pen. To finish off I attached my picture to a lilac base card, added a ribbon, some rhinestones and a peel-off sentiment.

Hope you like it.

Our sponsor this week is Di’s Digistamps


The challenge winner gets a $10 voucher to spend in her shop on absolutely gorgeously cute images!!! I think that’s well worth having a go for.

Please join in the challenge, it will keep you young …  at least your brain … Promise. 🙂

Also pop over to ATSM and check out the beautiful work, that the other Design Team members have created.

Join in the fun and

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Simple Circus and using Stash

Hello Everybody,

thanks for all your lovely comments.

As the title is already giving away, the card I want to share with you in this post is one I made for the ‘Circus’ challenge at Out of a Hat Creations.

Despite the Circus theme being quite popular in the stamping world, I must confess that I don’t possess any circus themed stamps. The challenge I set myself was to come up with a card/project that would fit the circus theme using bits I already had in my stash.

circus card

Well, what do you think?

The lion is from the Fox & Friends set by Stampin’Up! (SU). The other bits like the bunting have been stamped and either masked off or chopped off using the Pennant Parade set again by SU. I took a picture to make it a bit clearer what I did:

Circus card with stamps

As you can see the cling stamps are a lot larger than it would appear from looking at the card.

I decided against putting on a sentiment at this stage, because it could be a Birthday, Get Well or Congratulations card, and I am not sure yet what I’ll be using it for.

Hope you like it.

Back later with more … off to cook dinner now …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Believe in Fairies

Hi Everyone,
as you know I have been rooting through my stamp collection recently … actually it is still an ongoing process …

For today’s post I have chosen a couple of the very first Lavinia Stamps I bought. I got them a few years ago … I think it is about 6 years or maybe 7 … on a trip out to LLangollen in North Wales. We stumbled across a little Art Galerie cum Crafty Type Shop with all sorts of handmade goodies and in it was this little corner selling Fairy Stamps … and of course I was hooked!!!

It is also a card for all those who find creating fairy-dreamy landscapes a bit daunting. Here is the good news: Lavinia’s stamps do work in other settings too. 🙂

I will enter this little fairy into the following challenges:

addicted to stamps and more, where the current theme is CAS

Lavinia Stamps Blog, where anything goes

Addicted to CAS, where the current theme is Wings

Here she is:

Belive in Fairies

I must say the picture doesn’t do the card justice … too many snowy clouds moving overhead today …

Well I stamped the image on pearlised card for added Fairy-Magic and coloured it in with inks using a blender pen, I then pierced the holes, added a hint of Baja Breeze blue to the edges and a hint of glitter to the fairy’s crown. The yellow card is slightly larger than the dark pinky one with a broad border to one side on which I stamped the sentiment.

Hope you like it!!!

Back soon … until then …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Partying Hedgehogs

Hi Everybody!

Apart from being in a ‘cute’ phase I am also going through a ‘going through my stamp collection and use one I haven’t used before or haven’t used in a long time’ phase. Somewhere hidden amongst my stamps, I found these trampolining hedgehogs. I got them a long time ago when Little Claire Stamps first started up, I liked it but never used it … until now, when it turned into a piece of not so obvious ‘Street Art’.

Partying Hedgehogs

This card came about, when my friend Sue mentioned that a friend of hers looked after abandoned baby hedgehogs and that she liked giving her cards with a hedgehog theme … hence, we made it in class yesterday.

Hmmm, I wonder if I could enter this one in the ‘friends’ challenge at Out of a Hat Creations … I think I will do just that. Chrissie, Janet and Sandra, you can always let me know if it is a bit too far-fetched and I shall post another entry …

I used my trusted Hougie Board to score the brick effect background from core-dination card stock. The hedgehogs are coloured in using Promarkers, and the stamp I used to frame the image with tiny leaves is from the Hopeful Thoughts set by Stampin’Up!

Back soon with more

Have fun and Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Birthday Flowers

Hi Everyone!!!
Hope you had a good weekend and enjoyed the weather. It’s been glorious again here in Hoylake.

Well what can I say, I am finally catching up posting my projects. This one here is for Dianne, we were talking about it the other day, when it wasn’t finished.

Stippled Blossoms Birtday

For this card I tried something new – stamping on pearlised card. I stumbled across it almost by accident, when I tried out some new stamps on little scraps (will post the projects tomorrow). I always thought that given the pearlised coating any ink stamping apart from Staz-on would smudge, but it didn’t. You end up with a subtle shimmer, you would normally achieve using a shimmer spray.

I used Centura Pearl Card in white from Crafter’s Companion for the stamping. Given that it is a 300gsm card, you can expect it to be a bit more difficult to cut, but it is well worth it. All other materials are available from Stampin’UP! (Stippled Blossoms stamp set, inks (blushing bride, regal rose, old olive, always artichoke and perfect plum), perfect plum and Sahara sand card stock, sizzix Labels Collection framelits dies, Festive paper-piercing pack plus the sentiment which is from the Elementary Elegance set of last year’s sale-a-bration).

Enjoy … back tomorrow with more projects …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Yet More Hougie!

Hi Everybody,

as you’ve probably guessed, I am in a phase of exploring creative uses of the Hougie Board for card making (it’s brilliant for boxes too, you can also use other score boards such as score pal, ultimate pro or Stampin’Up!’s score board).

I got two cards for you today.

The first one is the one I want to enter in the ‘Embossing’ challenge at Addicted to CAS, here it is:

Floral tile Thanks card

I basically used the Hougie to dry emboss some lines and in doing so create a frame for my stamped image. To give it a tile effect I inked the whole image square with versamak and double embossed it with clear embossing powder. For added shimmer I brushed some Ranger Perfect Pearls on and briefly reheated the tile with my embossing tool to heat set the perfect pearls. On the picture you can detect the slight shimmer towards the edges. I then mounted the tile using foam pads onto a slightly larger square of matching card stock before adhering it to the base card.

TIP: Don’t worry about any impurities in your embossing powder or if it is a bit uneven … it all adds to the character!!! 🙂

Here is what I used: Cream card blank with a slight embossed pattern 12x12cm when folded, Hougie board, scoring tool, versamark ink pad, Ranger Perfect Pearls and clear embossing powder from my stash; elegant eggplant card stock, rose red and elegant eggplant inks, so happy for you and botanical blooms stamp sets from Stampin’UP! (Both stamp sets are retired, but might still be available through eBay :-))

The second card is the one I want to enter into the Out of a Hat Creations ‘Most useful Stamp’ challenge. The stamp I used for the card is my most used stamp … and it truly is … from the Lovely as a Tree set by Stampin’UP!. Here it is:

Lovely as a tree cas

Again the image is framed by embossed lines, and I had to do some repeat stamping to get the border effect. Those trees have been popping up everywhere and they can be used as a feature, for collage stamping, as a background, as part of a scene, for Christmas cards …. the list could go on and on.

Here is what I used: always artichoke and really rust (retired) ink and lovely as a tree stamp set from Stampin’Up!; cream card blank, dark orange card and glamour dust from my own stash.

Hope you enjoyed my cards. Have a good weekend … until next time …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Coming of Age

Double Pocket Card

Double Pocket Card Tags
Oops! Just tried out my new WordPress app and hadn’t realized that it immediately posted rather than saving to draft. Also tried to upload the pictures fro my mobile, but couldn’t turn them, will do that tomorrow.
Back to the card. I made it for a friend’s 50th birthday, got quite a few of these this year. Last week it was Dianne, next week it will be Jan and so on … and of course mine will come along at some point too … a sort of coming of age I guess … or is it just time to get younger … hmmm … I might need to muse over this for a while longer.
The card itself is made from a piece of strong double sided paper 12×12″ and that’s including the tags, only the flowers used to embellish the front were stamped on white card. 🙂
Hopefully this edit will post ok, still not too sure about this app.
Anyway will finish the post off tomorrow and treat you to the tea party card I didn’t get round to posting last week for the hatters challenge … see you then. 😀

Well I am back for editing. had to delete and re-insert pictures as I was only able to edit them in the ‘Media library’. there is always something new to learn every day! 🙂

Well here is what I used to make the card: Double sided designer paper (sorry can’t remember the name, but it is a retired Stampin’UP! one), Outlined Occasions Stamp Set from last year’s Sale-a-bration, Everything Eleanor Stamp Set, Concord Crush and Peach Parfait Inks and card stock (both retired) all from Stampin’Up!; Tim Holtz Typeset Sizzix alphabetic strip; Memorybox Classic Number Set cutting dies; Glamour Dust; the sparkling ribbon from my stash

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Happy New Year!!!

Hello Everybody!

Happy New year to you all!

I know we are already a couple of days into the new year, and I haven’t done much blogging over the festive period … so it’s time to catch up now.

Inspired by a demo on Create & Craft and having the urge to do something that I normally wouldn’t do, I decided to put my Hougie Board through it’s paces and leave the cosy security going for ‘safe colours’.

Somehow I had this thing of using yellow and turquoise, one could safely assume that this wish was borne out of the grey winter we had so far …

in this spirit here is something to brighten up anybody’s day … sunglasses to the ready …

yellow butterfly

For the base card on which the background is scored, I used some Dovecraft yellow card. As you can see the card is not coloured through, as a matter of fact it is only coloured on one side which makes it perfect as a base card and for sanding too.

You might remember the butterfly stamp from my Hidden Twinchies card and post. This time I coloured it in with Spectrum Noir pens from the pastels and lights sets, something Santa kindly left for me under the Christmas Tree 🙂 (Thanks Brenda and Jan).

I die cut two deckle edged ovals (Nestabilities, Spellbinders), the larger one from white card and the smaller one from turquoise core-dinations card. Here is what else I used: Fresh Cuts stamp set (retired SU), bakers twine, Daffodil Delight and Regal Rose ink, certainly celery grosgrain ribbon and card all by Stampin’Up!; Tessatina Memory Box Die from Handy Hippo: the gems came from my own stash.

If you want to find out what else you can do with your Hougie or any other score board, we will explore several options in my next card making class which is Saturday 26th January 12 – 3pm.

Hope to see you there.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Using some Stash

Hello Everybody,

just a quick card using some of my stash, which incidentally is also the theme of the ‘Out of a Hat Creations’ challenge.

As always this time of year I have been making Christmas cards. The one I want to share with you today has been made using a stamp I had sitting in the draw for some years and I never managed stamping it properly until now. Well I suppose it is thanks to a stamping mat, something which has been on my horizon for a while, but I never thought I needed. I simply got it because I got a bit tired of EZ-mounting my unmounted rubber stamps. I must say it works perfectly well. So here is the card:

The stamp is by Inkadinkado and surprise surprise is still available from Crafty Devils. I just googled it 🙂 … it has been sitting in my draw for at least 6 or so years, I bought it at a Fair which at the time was organised by Courtyard Crafts in Brimstage, that was before they stopped trading and became Little Claire stamps. It tickled me at the time to think that I would be able to send Christmas cards, telling everybody that my husband is a ‘Saint’. 😀 lol

The doCrafts ribbon is from last year and got never used, the papers were freebies from last year … do I need to say more …

I added colour highlights using water-colour pencils and distressed the edges using tea stain and ruby red inks from Stampin’UP! (I think they are both retired). The edges were blended with white craft ink to give a snowy effect. The snowflake die is a Memory Box one.


Back tomorrow … until then …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

New Home in Nature

Hello Everybody,

back again. Where has the week gone … well I don’t know. thought I’d better get blogging if I want to join into the Out of a Hat Creations Challenge.

There is so much I could do with and say about Nature most of which is a sort of included in the card I would like to share with you. I made it for a friend who recently moved house after having sold hers. She moved to quite a rural location, plus we are on the same caravan site on a Farm in North Wales, well that is from Easter next year again.

So we got birds, flowers, trees, leaves, bird houses … nature in short. I lightly sponged the base card in turquoise, the pink background for the panel is stamped. I tried something new here, I applied ink to my splodge mat and pressed the paper onto the mat to pick up the ink. You probably get a similar effect by inking up an acrylic block and use that as a stamp. I got the mat after having seen it used in a demo at the Stamp Fair in Hulme Hall the other week. It is very good for achieving subtle effects when brayering, and I used it in that way to create the stamped paper for the inside of the birthday calendar in my previous post.

As I said for today’s card I used it as a sort of stamp. To colour the images simply pick up ink with a blender pen. The stamp is one I had for a few years, and it is by Magenta (0439), the tags are from my stash; bakers twine, ribbon punch and inks are from Stampin’UP!

That’s it for today. See you soon.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂