ATSM Challenge 100

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 #100 – Photo Inspiration!!!

This time Kylie has chosen a fabulous picture full of rainbow colours for you to take inspiration from, here it is


Well you could also go with umbrellas, rain etc! Please take the time to check out the full details of the challenges and their rules, which can be found here.

Stitchy Bear’s Digi Outlet is our sponsor this week and the winner gets to choose 3 images up to $10 from their store, pop over and have a look … lots of choice!

It is ATSM’s 2nd birthday, hooray!!! To mark the occasion I have chosen to work with an image by BB Kakes called Flowerboy 1.

Flower Boy 1

Thanks to Kylie and all her hard work, ATSM is going from strength to strength.

I used mainly the blues from the photo as my inspiration and added a splash of colour with the flowers. I liked the sketched look of the image and high lighted it by adding some grey shading and doodling.

The background is printed directly onto my base card using an inked up texture plate.

Hope that you feel inspired to celebrate with us and enter this week’s ‘Photo Inspiration’ 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!!!!
Texture plate by Sizzix reverse of Flower Power
sentiment by Wild Rose Studio
smokey Slate ink by Stampin’Up!
Promarkers for colouring

ATSM Challenge 95

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 #95 – Photo Inspiration!!!

Our ‘Boss’ Kylie has chosen a fabulous picture for you to take inspiration from, here it is

Birds, trees, blossom, pink, wood etc, the choice is yours! Please take the time to check out the full details of the challenges and their rules, which can be found here.

Stitchy Bear’s Digi Outlet is our new sponsor this week and the winner gets to choose 3 images up to $10 from their store, pop over and have a look … lots of choice!


… and given that there is so much choice in their shop, I made 2 DT pieces for this week …

The first one uses a Hope Jacare image called Birds in a Tree 


Birds in a Tree

I simply coloured (Promarkers) and fuzzy cut my image and attached it to a square piece of white card on which I had already stamped my little border (stamp by polka doodles) and sentiment (stamp by Wild Rose Studio). I then simply rounded three of the corners and attached it to my base card. Easy …

My next card uses an Ike’s Art image called Blossom 1

Blossom 1

Again I simply coloured my image using Promarkers, layered it on a piece of baja breeze card (Stampin’Up!), stamped my sentiment (Wild Rose Studio) and layered it on my square base card to which I had already attached my ribbon. Another easy and quick card for you.

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.

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

Thinking of Christmas

Hi Everybody,

back again with a quick post. Thanks for your lovely comments!

Christmas is fast approaching and everybody is looking for stocking fillers and gifts. I tend to make some notecards in pretty boxes this time of year. They make great gifts for friends and family. This year I am also venturing into unchartered crafting territory, for me that is, by making some more ambitious projects … well I got them started and shall keep you updated on the progress.

For today it’s notelets and boxes. These are really quick to make and great if you need a good stash of them ready in time for Christmas. Here they are:

pink notelets

… and because it’s so nice in pink …

turquoise notelet

… I made another set in turquoise! 🙂

These are one-layer cards, the background is stamped in the lighter colour and the swirl in the matching darker colour right on top … no masking or layering!!! To finish I simply stamped the sentiment in black and added sequins in a contrasting colour … that was easy … and quick!!!

I would like to enter these cards in the ‘Stamps and Sequins’ Challenge at Stamplorations.

And now to the boxes I made to fit these notelets:

Pink notelet box

… the pink and the turquoise one …

turquoise notelet box

… sorry, the turquoise doesn’t stand out from the blue background, but I hope that you don’t mind …

I cut an aperture in the lid and recycled some acetate packaging to back it. To close the box I simply punched a strip of lace ribbon long enough to for a closed loop, which slides over the box, and decorated it with die-cut swirl and flower … oh, and of course, a matching sequin to finish.

Hope you like it!

Back soon …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂


here is what I used:

background stamp from Stampattack

swirl (Everything Eleanor), lace ribbon punch, card and inks from Stampin’Up!

sentiment stamp from Wild Rose Studio

swirl cutting die from Marianne Creatables

Nellie’s multi Frames die to cut aperture from Nellies Snellen

Flower die from Memory Box

white card blanks, black Memento ink and sequins from my stash

ATSM Challenge 54

Hello Everybody,

Thanks for all your lovely comments. Glad you liked my Joyfold Card last week.

It’s time for another challenge again at Addicted to Stamps and More, which this week is Challenge #54 – Addicted to CAS.

This means, it is time for a clean and simple card.

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:

lots of love

The inspiration for this card came from the little pieces of black card I had left over from die cutting a fence for my Lavinia Stamps Challenge Card. I thought they’d be perfect to do some bricking. Some of the pieces are cut smaller, I also didn’t mind that the cuts weren’t straight as it somehow makes the wall look longer than what you can see on the card. The flowers, gems and twine add a spot of colour.

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!!! 🙂


Flowers from ‘A slice of Life’ retired Hostess set by Stampin’UP!

sentiment by Wild Rose Studio

fence left overs from Memorybox die

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!!! 🙂




Pedal Presents Birthday

Hello Again,

the second card I want to share with you today is a Birthday Card with a fresh Spring feel:

Pedal Presents Birthday

It is another quick card. I coloured the image using dye ink and blender pen. You can get quite a bit of subtle shading with this technique, and I prefer using it for detailed images. My Stampin’Up! Blender pen has a finer nib than my Promarkers or Spectrum Noir Pens which makes it perfect for detail colouring.

You simply pick up a bit of ink with your pen and you’re ready to go. It is best to start colouring where you want the colour to be darker working into the lighter areas.

What I used: sentiment stamp from Wild Rose Studio; Pedal Presents (retired Hostess Set) from Stampin’UP!; circle border embossing folder for Cuttlebug; buttons from Fantastic Ribbon; wavy cutting blade and paper trimmer from Woodware; ribbon, inks and cardstock from my stash.

Hope you like it. Oh, before I forget, Buttons can sometimes be used to add messages. See, if you can see, which one I used …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Lucky Delays and Fishing

Hi Everybody,

Sorry, I haven’t been posting for a few days, which doesn’t mean that I haven’t been crafting. I simply didn’t get round to logging on and downloading the pictures.

Luckily our holiday had to be postponed by a day or so. Looking out of the window, seeing all that snow, one wouldn’t think that it is due to rain. Well, what can I say, the field is too wet for the caravan to go on … and there is me getting worried about snow on the A55 LOL

Hope we can get out there tomorrow otherwise Nick won’t get his Winter Caravaning in, something he’s been waiting for ever since the day we bought our ‘Dethleff’s’. 🙂 Lucky for me this delay gives me some time to pack some crafty bits to take … every cloud has a silver lining, even the rain clouds over the Llyn Peninsula.

Talking about silver linings … the card I would like to share with you fits into that theme too:

bad day at fishing

You may remember this cute little bear from my ‘Cute CAS’ post a few weeks ago. I had been playing round with watercolour pencils at the time, but decided against using the water coloured image for that post. It came in very handy, when I realised that I needed to make a quick birthday card for my sister’s husband, who incidentally likes fishing.

I simply blended and distressed the edges with Garden Green Ink (Stampin’Up!), stamped Happy Birthday (Wild Rose Studio) on, mounted it on card and pretty paper (Bouffle from Docrafts/Papermania), added the fishing sentiment (came as part of the stamp, Mulberry Wood, Crafter’s Companion) and finished off with two fishy skeletons from my stash … and hey presto in the post it went to Germany … hopefully it arrived in time for today.

Back later with another card to share … that’s when I finished packing!

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂



Black & White Elegance

Hi Everybody,

I did promise you some more ideas for today. This one is for Sue, and it uses the Wishing Tree stamp by Lavinia.

Actually the reflection off the glass table makes it look even more magical. As you can see the tree is embossed with silver sparkly embossing powder. I just added a few stars which are also embossed and some gems plus my favourite wonky line …

Well I thought I’d also share with you the cards from my Black & White Christmas Cards Class. I know it is early, I just couldn’t resist it after making the Box in a Box plus matching card the other week.

Talking about classes, I posted all the dates and classes up until the end of the year, so please have a look on the Stamping Classes Page.

Back to the Black & White theme, well not entirely as I added silver and grey. Here they are:

Hope you like them. Off to check out the recycling bin to see what I can make for the current challenge on Out of a Hat Creations.

Until then …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Box in a Box

Hello Everybody,

first of all: Thanks for all your lovely comments!!!

Next week I am meeting up with a friend for some crafting and today was planning day. I thought I’d do something a bit unusual and took some inspiration from The Ultimate Pro DVD (Crafter’s Companion) to craft a Box in a Box. Given that I was just that bit too late for entering my ‘Stash Raider Boxes’ into last week’s challenge at ‘Out of a Hat Creations’, I designed the whole project in ‘Black & White plus silver’ … and now I am able and in plenty of time to enter this week’s challenge 🙂 … which is ‘Black & White plus one colour’.

As you can see I have gone for a Christmas Theme with embossed mirri card and glitzy embossing powder. I was quite surprised as to how well the mirri card embossed, it has a kind of foil look about it which I like. Again I have been raiding stash as most of the materials and tools I used have been sitting in my cupboards for at least a couple of years. I am really enjoying looking through my bits and appreciating what I got.

Of course there is also another twist to it, I am also sorting some things out to go on eBay, some bits are already on … fingers crossed ….

… now back to the box. I am sure you want to know what it is like on the inside .. here we go

I think this box definitely has the ‘wow factor’ and I shall be making more of them. …and because I enjoyed crafting today how better to end than by making a matching card

This time I embossed some black core-dination card rather than the mirri card.

Here is what I used: mirri card, silver satin ribbon, white organza ribbon, rhinestone gems, Stikkles white lace glitter glue, sparkly silver and white embossing powder, versamark, versafine black and silver background inks, white card stock, white card blank, mirri card, Sizzix snowflake embossing folder from my own stash; Stampendous Timeless Tags stamp set from Creative Pastimes; Black & White Designer paper (retired SU), Contempo Christmas and Mixed bunch stamp sets, blossom punch, white craft ink, rhinestone brad, black & white ribbon from Stampin’UP!; snowflake punch from Creative Memories; Wild Rose Studio snowflake stamp set from Handy Hippo

That’s it from me for today

Back again soon

Happy Crafting 🙂

Wishing Tree

… I thought this would be perfect for a Birthday Card. Again I am using just one layer. After my initial apprehensions, I am really enjoying making these one layer wonders.

The background is sponged using Almost Amethyst and Lavender Lace inks (both retired) from Stampin’UP!. I then stamped the Wishing Tree stamp from Lavinia Stamps using Onyx black Versafine ink and decorated it using the mini Flower stamp, again Lavinia, first in red and then in purple Versafine ink. The sentiment is from Wild Rose Studios and stamped in purple Versafine ink. To finish the card off I doodled around the image using a purple fineliner pen and added some glitter glue. The glitter glue might look a bit overpowering on the picture, but I had to take it yesterday before the glue had time to dry, so the dots are looking a bit bigger than they will once the glue is dry.

Part of the enjoyment of making these cards is that they are relatively quick to make and they almost look hand painted once they are finished.

I hope you like it.

Back soon … until then …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂