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!

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 116

Hi Everybody, it’s time again for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More, Challenge #116 – Anything Goes.

Rick St. Dennis is back again as our sponsor with his funky images, pop over to his shop here to see which 3 you would pick, if you were the winner.

Here is my DT piece for you:

Life 1

I simply stamped the wood BG on River Rock card and then stamped my flower directly over it using the generational stamping technique (Hardwood and Flower Shop sets by Stampin’Up!, inks River Rock, Rose red and Elegant Eggplant, card stock River Rock all by Stampin’Up!). I then stamped my sentiment (Amazing Inspirations by Inspired By Stamping), layered on purple card (from stash) and added a sequin to finish.

Hope you enjoyed my piece of inspiration. Pop over to the Addicted to Stamps and More Blog to see the fab creations my teamies have come up with and, of course to join into the fun too.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Saturday Playtime

Hello Everybody,

It’s Saturday and I finally got some playtime 😀 … and some quick projects to share.

First of all I want to thanks you all for all the lovely comments you left this week, they were very much appreciated. Reading them always gives me a great lift especially when I am busy doing the things that earn me some money, but then we all have to do them ….

I decided to take some inspiration from a couple of challenges for today’s cards:

the first one is being entered into:

Case This Sketch – 

Happy Little Stampers – Sketch , I moved the sentiment, hope this is ok

Cardz4Guyz – no patterned paper, mine is an all stamped card

old type


I stamped my BG using the VIGNETTE Old Type stamp set (STAMPlorations) in Crumb Cake (Stampin’Up! ink), I then added some dots in black using the Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds (STAMPlorations), stamped my sentiment from the Graphic Squares set (STAMPlorations) on a strip of white card, slightly distressed the edges using my finger nails simply because I couldn’t find my distress tool … LOL … and edged it with black before attaching is to my card. I then stamped nad fuzzy cut the type writer, adhered it using foam dots and finished off rounding one of the corners.

My next card is being entered into

CASology – Grass, this is where I have to mention that I’m so lucky and blessed to be on Shery’s Design Team for STAMPlorations

Case This Sketch – 

squares grass


I used the plain square from the PATCHWORK FRENZY Graphic Squares set to stamp my BG using the generational stamping technique in Bashful Blue (Stampin’Up! ink). I then added some stitching and a sentiment from the same set in Wild Wasabi (SU ink), die cut and added my grass (die from Clearly Besotted Stamps) and finished off by adding some punched daisies and gems. Another quick and easy card for you.

Hope you enjoyed my little offering today, back soon with more inspiration.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Here are all the sets I used as graphics, please click on individual images for more information.

stmp1041.jpeg  stmp1034.jpeg  stmp1004-a.jpeg

Wonderful Vellum

Hi Everyone,

thanks for stopping by and leaving such lovely comments, they are very much appreciated especially after the crafting marathon I had last week making 40 cards as a gift for Nick’s nice who celebrated her 40th birthday with a big bash in London last Saturday. It was a sort of a last minute decision …. need I say more 😀

Back to the fun stuff again …

Today I want to share a couple of cards with you I made as my Spotlight Project for STAMPlorations working with their new Bloom Sketches stamp set.

wonderful vellum 1

wonderful vellum2

These are perfect if you want something easy and/or if you don’t like colouring in. Using stamped vellum over a coloured background is a great way of adding colour to stamped images without having to get your pens out. You can find the details on how I made the cards including a little video tutorial over on the STAMPlorations Blog here.

Back soon with more fun projects …

Until then

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Bloom Sketches stamp set from STAMPlorations


inks used for BG blending: daffodil delight, pumpkin pie, melon mambo and pacific point

white craft ink used for stamping on vellum in the first card and black memento for the second

all inks and vellum from Stampin’Up!

white card from stash


Cherish The Little Things

Hi Everybody,

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

Today I want to share something different with you: My second ever 12×12″ Scrapbook page. I’ve made some mini books before, but somehow still felt a bit daunted by the large expanse of Whisper White card … and that wasn’t even the difficult bit … deciding on the photo was one, and finding it was a completely different story. One thing I can say for sure now, my pictures are all backed up, doubled up and all … LOL

The sorting out can wait until another day!

I had this idea that I wanted to use one of our ‘Happy Times At The Caravan’ pictures. My fondest memories are of our days on Sander, when Boris was still with us … those barmy Summer days.

We had a great spot there overlooking the field by some hedgerows, sheltered from the wind which on the Llyn Peninsula, North Wales, can at times be quite relentless. Thinking of Wales naturally makes me think of daffodils, Wales’s national flower. They are also standing for change and new beginnings, and with our caravan now sold, I felt this was a good starting point.

One thing that always made me tickle was when Boris tried to outsmart us. He always appeared out of nowhere as if he had been waiting for me to get up, so he could jump on my chair and go to sleep, which he frequently did of course … and here is the proof …

Cherish Scrapbook page

I quite like the ethereal look of the ink blended BG, it perfectly captures the the atmosphere of the Llyn peninsula which sticks out into the Irish Sea just south of Anglesey. Sea air always seems to be a bit translucent even when it’s heavy with rain and seeing a rainbow out at sea is just magic!

As you can see I have been using stamps only for this layout, Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments, Holiday Artsy, SENTIMENT BUILDERS Celebrate,VIGNETTE Celebrate Artsy, Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds all by STAMPlorations of course. My little venture into Scrapbooking doubles up as my Spotlight Project for STAMPlorations this week. You can find it here including a description on how I created the page plus a video tutorial on the basics of my layout and how it came about. I used ProMarkers to colour my daffodils, the inks (Daffodil Delight, Melon, Mambo, Pacific Point, Early Espresso), Markers (Early Espresso, More Mustard) and card (Early Espresso, Whisper White 12×12″) are from Stampin’Up!, black Memento and sequins from stash

I am entering my scrapbook page into the following challenges:

Crafty Girls Challenges #24 – Anything Goes

Delightful Challenges – Anything Goes

Back soon with more inspiration, until then …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂


If you want to know how I made my scrapbook page simply click on the banner below …

Splashing about with Ink

Hello Everybody,

Just a quick post today. I have been playing about with ink … again!

At the moment I seem to be in a pink & yellow phase, well at least that seems to be true for three of the cards I want to share with you today.

First up a couple of cards I made today …

friends eat cake

This was such a speedy and fun card to make … a bit of stamping, masking, blending and splashing/spraying and you’re done. I thought about adding gems, sequins or pearls, but it somehow seemed to start fighting with the cake hence I decided against it and simply added some glitter instead.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Inkspirational – Splash

Case this sketch  I turned it upside down

Next up is another card I made today …

celebrate you

This time I used a mix of pink and blue, some stenciling, stamping and punching and you’re done.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Addicted to CAS – celebrate

House of Cards – Add a Bow

CASology – Run

Time Out – Photo Inspiration, I went with the chevron/arrow theme and overall graphic feel of the image below

Next up are a couple of projects I made for my STAMPlorations Spotlight Post which went live today …

Shrink Plastic Liliy

There are detailed instructions on how to make this card plus a craft-along video tutorial on here the STAMPlorations Blog.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Inspirational – Splash, there are some very visible splashes in the background

Case this Sketch – same sketch as above for my first card, I have taken some liberties with it, but I hope it will still qualify

… and now to my last card …

hello Lily

Again there is an in depth tutorial plus craft-along video here on the STAMPlorations Blog.

Hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration.

Thanks for popping by and leaving such lovely comments, they are all very much appreciated.

Back soon … until then

Happy Crafting 🙂

Materials used:

1st card: VIGNETTE It’s Your Day stamp set by STAMPlorations, sentiment by Polkadoodles (was freebie from Simply Cards & Papercraft Magazine), stencil for border was die cut using Sizzix Eclips, black Memento Ink, Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight Stamp’n’Write Markers and Ink pads from Stampin’Up!, glitter glue, white and yellow card from stash, colour spritzer tool, shaving brushes for blending

2nd card: VIGNETTE Celebrate Artsy, Trendy Feathers (both for sentiment) and Chevron & Arrows stamp sets by STAMPlorations, Stencil by Clarity Stamps, Twine, paper clip, Melon Mambo and Pacific point ink pads plus pacific Point card stock from Stampin’Up!, corner rounder punch and white card from stash, shaving brushes for blending

3rd card: Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments  stamp set by STAMPlorations, Melon Mambo card and Ink, Daffodil Delight ink by Stampin’Up!, Splodge Away mat from Clarity Stamps, black card, shrink plastic, black Memento ink, sequins and gems from stash

4th card:  Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments stamp set by STAMPlorations, Stencil by Clarity Stamps, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight inks by Stampin’Up!, shaving brushes for blending, sequins, corner rounder punch and white card from stash

Sketch 15 Challenge at STAMPlorations

Hi Everyone,

we have another sketch for you here at STAMPlorations

Again lots of scope here … this sketch challenge will run until 18th July and the winner will be announced 20th July.

The month of July is a sort of one large extended Birthday Celebration, so many people I know celebrate their birthday this month. If you feel like joining the party, do join us for this and any of the July Challenges, it will make our month.

For this sketch challenge we are joined by Monika Reeck from Creative with Monika. Yes, there are quite a few of us Monikas floating about in Blogland, even I get a bit confused at times …. 😀

Here is my celebratory DT piece:

Artsy Birthday


To create this beauty I simply stamped the large brush stroke from the Celebrate Artsy Set in Rose Red, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie and Summer Sun (all Stampin’Up!), before stamping the SKETCHED Birthday Cake and sentiment (VIGNETTE Celebrate Artsy) in black (Memento). I then highlighted some elements of the cake using Cocktail Pink, Antique Pink and Cool Grey 2 & 3, added a Pastel Blue (all Promarkers) shadow, layered as shown and finished off with some glitter glue on the candles. You can find my craft along video tutorial here.

This card is very easy to make and best of all … no great colouring skills needed!!!

Hope that my friend Sue will like this … She’s just ordered all the new July sets and is after ideas …

If you want more ideas too, pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog and have a look at the beauties my Teamies have created for this challenge.

Remember if you enter all 3 challenges in a month, you’ll be in with a chance to win a fabulous prize courtesy of our sister shop All About Scrapping.

Good Luck and Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Happy Birthday Sandie

It’s Sandie’s birthday today and we are having a blogland party ….

Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Sandie, happy birthday to you ….

Birthday CAS

What better card to make for the Queen of CAS than a CAS Card.

I simply stamped my splash of colours using Holiday Artsy and Chevron & Arrows sets from STAMPlorations towards the bottom third of my card using Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green (both by Stampin’Up!) and Tuxedo Black (Memento) inks. I then added de-bossed lines at the top and down the two sides, layered it on my base card and finished off by adding a tiny pink heart (owl punch by Stampin;Up!).

I am linking this card to the Birthday Party hosted by Nonni and I am entering it into the ‘Off the Edge’ Challenge at Addicted to CAS (the de-bossed lines are running off the edge, hope this qualifies) and the CASology ‘Splash’ Challenge which is sponsored this week by Shery from STAMPlorations. What a great way for me to help showcase her stamps, I count myself so lucky to be on her design team. If you want to see what we have been up to over there just pop round to our Challenge Blog.

Have a fabulous day Sandie!


Monika xxx

ps I’ve just seen that I’m in the top 3 at Cardz4Guyz with my CAS Grunge card here. Thought I’d share the good news! 🙂

Just in case you wondered, I’ve changed the look again simply because I wanted a sidebar displayed. The header image is part of a project I made for the STAMPlorations Stamp Release Blog Hop in May 2014 which can be found here.

Happy Easter

Hi Everybody,
Just a quick post to wish you all a very happy Easter!
.. and to share some good news with you.
My copy of the May issue of Quick Cards Made Easy came through the post today, it’s due in the shops next week Thursday, 24th April. As always there is a great cover gift, embossing folder and stamp, it’s packed with great care ideas and best of all a card of mine features in the ‘Designer for a Day’ feature on page 73.
Here’s a pic to proof it:


Have a lovely Easter weekend. I shall be back soon with more makes.
Until then
Happy Crafting!!!! 🙂