Monday, 20 October 2014

STAMPlorations - Sketch Challenge #22

Hi everyone! Welcome back.

STAMPlorations has a brand new sketch for you for the next fornight.

I have used a brand new stamp from the Bee's Knees line created by our very own Shirley.

This set is called Rosebuds. It is beautiful.

Here is my DT card -

For my main panel, I used a piece of watercolour paper, smooched my ink pads onto my craft sheet, spritzed them with water and then used a brush to pick up the ink and randomly brush onto my paper. I kept using my heat gun to dry the paper and would add more colour here and there. I dried my paper again and then stamped the rosebuds and coloured them with a brush. The sentiment comes as one whole stamp but I snipped mine in half so I could stamp them before and after the stems. 

Once everything was dry (trusty heat gun again), I used an ink spray that was sent to me by my teamie Marina at ATSM. I held it up quite high and sprayed down on the paper so I could get some larger drops instead of a mist. 

I added three little raindrops from PTI and die cut a tiny butterfly from some leftover of the watercoloured panel. It's a little bit lost but it is there :) I also added a butterfly to the inside of my card.

I hope you will join us for this challenge. We have a wonderful guest designer - 

Leslie - don't forget to pop on over and say hi but here is a little bit about her first -

I started stamping in 2002 after I was sucked into it by a heat-embossing demo at a local craft store while on vacation in Florida. Then I discovered Stampin' Up! and joined "for the discount". I taught classes for 8 years before I resigned, mostly because I was an equal opportunity collector, and I really wanted to use ALL THE STAMPS. One of my customers suggested I start a blog. I joking said, "What would I call it, The Crooked Stamper?", which was an inside joke -- they accused me of not being able to cut parts for my kits straight. She said, "I'd read it." and my life entered Blogland. Then I discovered challenge blogs, and I'm now addicted to challenges. My favorites are sketch challenges.

I'm now retired from the Day Job, and I play in my craft room most days. I also run the Shopping Our Stash challenge blog, and I'm a designer and DT coordinator for A Blog Named Hero.  

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges -

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for looking xx

Inspired by Stamping - Day 1 Release Week!

Welcome everyone! I am so excited to be sharing with you my cards using the brand new release stamps from Inspired by Stamping. I am so in love with these new sets and I'm sure you will be too.

Today we are concentrating on the Sugar & Spice set – there are so many ways to use these stamps. My first card is lots of fun using 3 gingerbread men.

There are so many different ways that you can 'dress' you gingerbread. Aren't they the cutest!! I stamped my solid gingerbread man and then embossed the extras with white powder. I gave one a hat that was emobssed too. Then I fussy cut them out and popped them up on my embossed background using foam squares.

I stamped a couple of the sweet stamps and fussy cut them out. The sentiment was die cut at an angle to give it a bit more interest.

My next card also uses a cute gingerbread man and for this one I have created a fun shaker card!

I was so inspired by the colours in the photo for our IBS monthlychallenge that I used it for this card.

I stamped a background using the little sweet stamps from this set, created my shaker card by filling it with sequins and stars and popped it on the front of my card base. Below you can see all the little goodies inside once it has been shaken.

I created my gingerbread man the same as in my first card using the little stars for his front, fussy cut him out and used glossy accents to adhere him to the front of my card.

Wow! I had so much fun using this set. I hope you are enjoying the first two days of Release Week – strap yourself in because there is so much more to come! 

Thanks for popping in today xx

Copper Butterfly {Hello}

Good morning everyone. 

I was playing around in my craft room yesterday and got very busy watercolouring and using texture paste and other goodies. I was able to make a number of cards (some which will be shown later in the week) but here is one that I would like to share with you today.

(NOTE: If you would like a watermark created for your projects - like the one I have made for my cards, please email me at and I will give you 10% off the design price if you mention this post)

My generous friend, Loll sent me a number of stencils that she made with her Silhouette. I really wanted to use the 'brick' design.

I masked off my panel and then used texture paste through the stencil. Once it was dry, I sponged Baked Brown Sugar ink over the panel. 

I die cut a butterfly from copper sheets that Loll had also sent me many moons ago. I usually use them for leaves but I thought it made for a beautiful butterfly. 

The grass is an Impression Obsession die which I cut up a little to give me smaller pieces. 

The stitched rectangle is from Lil' Inkers.

The sentiment is from STAMPlorations.

A big thank you to Loll for my goodies. I really love them.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges

Eclectic Ellapu - Texture
Papertake Weekly - Super Fly
Emerald Faeries Challenge - Things with Wings

Thanks so much for looking xx

Saturday, 18 October 2014

ATCAS #50 - You're not my Friend....

Hello everyone. Another Saturday has come along so it's time for a new challenge at ATCAS. Has the title of this blog post got your attention? Onto to that shortly ;)

The hostess for our new challenge is the beautiful ugly bum Marie ;) Here is the code word she has chosen -

Vellum really scares me. I really hate that it is a bugger to adhere to the card. But I got around that little problem and ended up making not one but two cards!

This first one is so funny! I bought a stamp set from Lil' Inkers called The Fine Print. You really have to  read the fine print because you may get a bit offended if you don't, lol.

I have stamped the sentiment onto a little vellum envelope that came with my PTI Shakers and Sprinkles kit. It didn't dry too well so I tried to emboss it instead. That was worse.... So I went back to the original envelope and hoped for the best. 

Here is my card -

I filled the envelope with little sequins and adhered it with sticky dots.

Here is what is inside the card - 

This is important because if you don't here is where the offense may be taken.

The sentiment actually reads You're not just my friend. You are my best friend ever.

How funny!!!!

Here is my second card -


You may not be able to see where I used the vellum here. My backing piece is the vellum and I have gold embossed the sun and sentiments which are from PTI - Shakers and Sprinkles stamp set.

A cute little shaker card. 

I hope you will join in with our challenge for this fortnight. There is plenty of inspiration over on the challenge blog. 

Thanks so much for looking xx

Monday, 13 October 2014

Inspired by Stamping - Showcasing Aster

Hi everyone and welcome to you all. Today I am sharing with you a card I have made using the amazing and beautiful Aster set which is from the Inspired by Stamping September Release. This complete set is just wonderful – every stamp can be perfectly co-ordinated with each other to give you stunning effects.

I have used soft pinks and greens for my card with a bit of embossing.

I have embossed the chevron stamp over my die cut tag and then popped it up with foam squares. I embossed the Aster flower and used a cotton bud and distress inks to colour it in.

The sentiment was also embossed and then I scattered a few sequins about and adhered them with glossy accents.

A beautiful, beautiful set. If you don't have it in your collection, may I suggest you get this one!!

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

613 Aveune Create - Anything Goes optional twist of CAS
Eclectic Ellapu - I will be adding my card to both their challenges for this month

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope to see you again soon xx

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Name the New Technique

Hi everyone! Over at Happy Little Stampers I am having a giveaway. I have created a few cards using a brand new technique and it needs a name!

I use a baby wipe and touch it directly to an ink pad and then swipe it over the cardstock. 

Here are three cards I have made using this technique so far -

This first card was made this morning in a matter of minutes!

I have already blogged the next two cards - you may have seen them before ;)

I also made this card below this morning. Instead of swiping on to the cardstock, I dabbed the ink on.

For all these cards I have used a mixture of Stampin' Up, Memento and Distress Inks.

How to enter the competition? Just pop on over to Happy Little Stampers Facebook page or the Forum. Think of a name for this new technique and write it in the comment section. If your name is chosen you will win a mystery prize!!

Friday, 10 October 2014

More Sprinkles!

Hi there everyone. Just a quick post from me. 

I had to make another shaker card as I have another niece that celebrates a birthday next month and while I had all my goodies out from Papertrey Ink, I got cracking.

I was inspired by a colour challenge this time! This is new for me, lol

Here is my card -

And a close up of all the yummy shaker bits

The colour combo was inspired by

I would like to enter this card over at

Miriams crafting blog - Shades of Pink

Thanks so much for looking xx

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Happy Birthday with Sprinkles on Top

Hi there everyone.

I'm a little excited because I received my very first parcel ever from Papertrey Ink. I ordered the Makeit Market Kit: Shakers & Sprinkles and a couple other goodies.

When it all arrived yesterday, I calmy put the package in my craft room and continued to quickly finish up my housework. Once done, I zoomed straight in there to unpack everything.

This kit is so fun. There are a heap of dies, stamps, papers and sequins/sprinkles etc to make amazing shaker cards. Of course, you don't have to make a shaker card but I did for my first go.

Now I need more so my wishlist has grown again.

Just to get a feel of what I could make with all this, I headed on over to the designer Betsy Veldmans blog to get some inspiration and I CASED one of her cards.

Here it is -

Everything I used was from the kit (except for my base and scallop frame card stock). 

The kit even comes with double sided foam sheets for you to die cut to create your shaker. This stuff is very, very sticky and a bit hard to get everything straight. I did end up a bit lop sided but nevermind. 

I stamped the "Happy Birthday", "with" and "on top" and then laid my glittery die cut Sprinkles over the top of the acetate once it was all put together.

Here is another photo showing the sprinkles and stars I used within the shaker -

There are confetti dies in this kit too. The stars and hearts come from two different dies. Love them!

This card is for my niece who turns 11 next month. I have to say this is one of my most favourite cards that I have made. It is so fun.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges -

Love to Create - Dies and Sparkle
Moo Mania - Bright and Cheerful
Inky Chicks - Die Cuts only (no images)

(I also have to thank Sandie & Kim for my little addiction to PTI that I seemed to have developed. I used Sandie's PTI stamps while staying with her in London and a couple of weeks ago, Kim and I were emailing each other and talking about it and the next thing I knew my bank account was smaller!! Thanks ladies.....)

Thanks so much for looking xx

IBS - Australian Nature

Hi there everyone.

Just a quick post from me today to share with you a very quick and easy card using the New Release stamps from Inspired by Stamping - Australian Nature I and Teeny Tiny Greetings

Here is my card -

I have embossed the butterfly from the Australian Nature set and then used Distress Inks and a cotton bud to colour them in. I then took a baby wipe, touched it on the ink pad and swiped across the card.

The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Greetings.

Some little raindrops and rounded corners finished it off.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges -

Sparkles Monthly Challenge - Thngs with Wings
Emerald Faeries Challenge - Things with Wings
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Anything Goes with a Twist - Wings

Thanks so much for looking xx

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

STAMPlorations Sketch #21

Hi there everyone. Well call me silly because I thought I had scheduled this post to go live 10 hours ago but turns out I hadn't even written the bloody thing... So sorry, Shery!!

Over at STAMPlorations, we have a brand new sketch for you and it is a ripper.

I had so many thoughts go through my head for this one and here is what I came up with 

I stamped, masked and embossed the sunflowers and then used a cotton bud to apply distress inks. I then added a bit of ink to a scrunched up baby wipe and swiped it over the panel to give it that sun beam streaky look.

I embossed some strips of paper and then popped everything up with foam dots. This isn't exactly how I thought this would turn out and I nearly chucked it in the bin but it started to grow on me. 

I have used Bloom Sketches: Sunflower Artsy for this card.

I was once again inspired by the Fusion Challenge where this time I used just the photo

Thanks so much for looking xx

Saturday, 4 October 2014


Firstly, welcome and Happy World Card Making Day everyone.

Over at Addicted to CAS we have a brand new challenge and I am your hostess for this challenge. Due to a family emergency (and me not being very organised at the moment), I made this card earlier today in about 10 minutes flat. I didn't think I was going to make something in time but all the stars aligned and I was lucky enough to produce something that I was happy with.

Here is the code word -

Stencils are something I have only really just added to my stash. I first bought some from Shery over at STAMPlorations. Then I only bought my first Distress Inks not long ago, either. I know, I know I am a BIT slow. Anyway, stencils really weren't something that I thought I would really go for but then I found texture paste and all those goodies so the stencils were a must have ;)

Here is my DT card -

Firstly I cut my panel to the size I wanted and used painters tape to adhere my stencil (Faded Dots) so it wouldn't move while adding the ink. I blended Broken China, Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans for an ombre feel. 

The stars are Lil' Inker Dies (omg, I love this company and have a new order on the way which I can't wait for). 

The sentiment is from STAMPlorations and from the Sentiment Builders: Celebrate set.

I matted the whole panel onto black cardstock. I only wanted a very thin border of black so it didn't take away from the main panel. 

We also have the pleasure of a brand new guest designer joining us for the month of October - Hannelie from Desert Diva. Don't forget to pop on over and say hi.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges -

Thanks so much for looking xx

Friday, 3 October 2014

STAMPlorations Monthly Challenge

Hi there everyone. We have a brand new challenge happening at STAMPlorations. 

We want you to use

I have been embossing more than ever lately. I think my new Distress Inks have something to do with it. The two work so well together.

Here is my DT card -

I have used two stamp sets here. Bloom Sketches: Daisy 2 and Bloom Sketches: Sunflower Artsy
I tried to make my daisies more like sunflowers and to compensate I used the sentiment from the Sunflower set :)

First, I die cut a circle and then stamped and masked my three daisies. Then keeping the mask in place, I sponged Broken China distress ink for the background. 

To colour the flowers, I used a cotton bud with Mustard Seed and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks.

The sentiment was embossed too.

I used the Fusion Challenge as inspiration for this card - I once again, went with both the photo and the sketch.

I would also like to enter my card into these fabulous challenges -

Patties Creations - Embossing
TimeOut - Stamping
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes

You can find the new challenge for STAMPlorations HERE

Thanks so much for looking xx

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

ATSM #115 - Photo Inspiration

Good morning, how are you today?

It's a brand new challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More and this week we have a photo for your inspiration.

Take any of the elements from this photo to create something!

I have used the wood panels and the red colours in the photo for my inspiration.

Here is my DT card -

I have used the September release stamp sets from Inspired by Stamping!

I fussy cut my apples and then popped the middle one up with foam squares.

Pop on over to ATSM where you will find wonderful inspiration from the DT.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges -

Timeout - Stamping with optional twist of apples (my 2nd entry)
Catch the Bug - Photo Inspiration
A Gem of a Challenge - Clean and Simple

Thanks so much for looking xx

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Inspired by Stamping - Have a Sweet Day

Hi everyone! How are you today? It is the end of September! Holy guacamole.... Where has the year gone?

Today I am going to share with you a card I have made using one of the New Release sets from Inspired by Stamping. Even though I have used a set called Autumn Blessings, I am going to show you how to really change up your stamping to give your card a whole new look. 

I was going for a Spring / Summer picnic sort of look with this card. What do you think?

I have done a lot of stamping for this card. I used the 'checkerboard' looking stamp from this set to create my 'tablecloth'. I masked off the top and bottom of the card first and once I was finished my repetative stamping, I put score lines to give the stamping more definition.

I stamped my apples and fussy cut them out. The middle apple has an embossed flower (from the same set). 

The sentiment is from the Petite Banners set. They come with co-ordinating dies. I LOVE co-ordinating dies. 

One of the girls from IBS said this would make a great card for a teacher! I tend to agree :)

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges -

Timeout - Stamping with a twist of Apples

Thanks so much for looking xx

Monday, 29 September 2014

Inspired by Stamping - Aster

Hi everyone and thanks so much for popping by. 

Today I would like to share with you a card I have made using the New Release stamp sets Aster and Teeny Tiny Greetings from Inspired by Stamping.

Here is my card -

I started by embossing the flowers with white powder. Using Distress Inks and a cotton bud, I applied the colour. Then I fussy cut it out.

By adding the ink with the cotton buds, I was able to have good control over where I wanted my colour. I could even get a bit more definition by adding more colour in spots where I wanted shading.

The bottom panel looks very dark (nearly black) in my photos but it is a deep shade of purple. 

Isn't the Aster just beautiful!

The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Greetings set and was embossed with white powder.

Well, I bet you have been amazed by all the New Release sets you have seen over the last few days. I have been very excited to use them and hope to provide a little inspiration.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges -

Allsorts - Stitching Real or Faux
A Creative Romance - In the Garden
Cute Card Thursday - Dies or Punches

Thanks so much for looking xx