Wednesday 29 June 2016

Fiendishly Fiddly

Last night I amused myself by stamping this Indigo Blu crowd scene onto subtly patterned paper and then paper-piecing some of the dogs using two other patterned papers. It was fiendishly fiddly!

I was going to add a sentiment, but realised I hadn't left any room for one! It will have to go inside.

I'd like to enter:
QKR Stampede paper-piecing
Paper Artsy paper piecing

Tuesday 28 June 2016

City Crafter - Hang out the Flags

It's my turn to choose the challenge at City Crafter  and I challenge you to use bunting, banners or flags on your creation.

I made a wedding card, featuring a row of banners. It was made largely on my Silhouette electronic cutting machine and I dry embossed the banners in a manual die-cutter.

This week, our Guest Designer is Kelly, so I hope you'll come over to City Crafter and see what Kelly, and the rest of the DT have made, and join in our challenge.  

I'd like to enter:
Crafting When We Can   any occasion
Dragonfly Journeys embossing folder 
Eclectic Ellapu wedding 

Sunday 26 June 2016

Cas Wedding

Gosh, this is a CAS wedding card, using just two stamps. I did include a couple of luxe touches that are hard to see in the photo - embossed linen base and Wink of Stella on the drinks.

I'd like to enter:
Casology  congratulations
Addicted to Stamps  clean and simple
Sparkles Forum  wedding

Good Company

Another layout - this is me and my son playing with a selfie stick that was an impulse buy in the pound shop! I used a sketch from Like For Ever . The title was drawn with a sketch pen on the Silhouette Cameo.

I'd like to enter:
Lasting Memories  let me take a selfie

Saturday 25 June 2016

Tiniest Tent

I'm entering this into the moodboard challenge at Scrapbooking Top 50 . It's not winter here though, thank goodness.

Shabby Wedding (Conquering Paper Mountain #11)

My daughter asked me to make a shabby chic wedding card.

This card was great for my scheme to reduce my paper mountain , as it used 3 sheets from a 6 x 6 Prima pad. The  heart (dry embossed and coloured with mist) and leaf flourish are manual die-cuts and I electronically cut the sentiment on the Silhouette.

I'd like to enter:
Tuesday Throwdown distressing
Eureka  wedding
Craft Rocket  wedding
Eclectic Ellapu  weddings
Crafting Musketeers wedding

Friday 24 June 2016

Way To Go

Here's a card I made for a friend and craft teammie who has passed her driving test.

I smooshed pink and lilac inks for the background and stamped the row of houses (Little Claire) and the car (Stampin Up) . The 'youre amazing' is Waffle Flower.

I added 'way to go' (Avery Elle) at the bottom - it's not a very British sentiment! But I thought it had a double meaning of 'you've done great' and ' driving is a way to get places'.

I'd like to enter:
Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers vroom
That's Crafty   in the pink
Love to Scrap anything goes

Wednesday 22 June 2016

Runaway Baby

I've had this baby stamp a long time..the brand is 'Stamp World' and it says it was made in Australia ..I think I must have got it 2nd hand.

I welded the word 'baby' to the hill in Silhouette Studio and cut it out electronically.  The word congratulations was cut out of spotty paper and I used the same paper to paper-piece some of the pram.

I'd like to enter:
Aloha Challenge  baby
Casology congratulations
Addicted to Stamps  cas
Words to Craft By  new beginnings
Crafty Catz going dotty

Tuesday 21 June 2016

City Crafter - White and Bright

Stella has chosen 'White and Bright' as the new challenge at City Crafter and she wants us to 'create a card or project using lots of white and add an element or elements from the photo (below) .
For my DT card I used a very old Penny Black stamp, with paper scraps and ribbon to reflect the tea towels, and a splash of red on the tulips. 

Our Guest Designer this week is Sid, so I hope you will come over to City Crafter and see what he and the rest of the DT have created and enter your own project. 

I'd like to enter:
Fussy and Fancy  say it with flowers
Pile it On  old (stamp) new(diecut) blue
Retro Rubber red, white, blue - stamp must be over 5 years and maybe even 10!

Sunday 19 June 2016

It's Started to Snow!

If I have one overused motif on my Christmas cards, it must be the deer in the landscape! So I was looking for a way to give it a twist.

The deer and trees are a die-cu from Miss Kate Cuttables and I stuck it onto some snowfall acetate. Behind the acetate, I layered two colours of glitter card and then mounted it all on some gold mirror card.

I'd like to enter:
Jingle Bells  clear element
52CCT landscape
ABC Christmas L for landscape
Winter Wonderland sparkle
Addicted to Stamps  holiday


I spotted a challenge at Dragonfly Journeys which is to use a cactus...the perfect occasion to use my under-used succulents set from MFT.

If I wasn't on the DT there, I would enter this into the Inkspirational Challenge of Masking, because lots of masking was involved.

I tried to create a sort of Mexican feel and created the 'hola' sentiment on the Silhouette.

As well as Dragonfly Journeys, I'd also like to enter:
Cut it Up  sun and surf
Card Mania  around the world

Saturday 18 June 2016

Stripy Scarf

A while back I admired the colour co-ordination of someone's card and discovered they had started by choosing a patterned paper and then colouring their image to match. That's not normally how I operate but I tried it here.

The stripy papers were a magazine freebie from long, long ago, as were the chipboard embellishments. The image is from Pure Innocence range, coloured with Promarkers and I added a little Wink of Stella on the heart and snowball.

I'd like to enter:
Just Add Ink  stripes
Christmas Sweet Stampin  warm, winter clothing
Addicted to Stamps  holiday

Inkspirational Challenge - Masking

Kim has chosen this fortnight's challenge at Inkspirational - Masking.

Here I used masking to create a little story involving a cat, a mouse and a cake. The cat and mouse are by Katzelcraft, the cake is Stamplorations and the sentiment is Clearly Besotted.

We have a fabulous Guest Designer  Lisa , so I hope you'll come over to Inkspirational and see what she, and our hugely creative DT have made, and enter your own project.

I'd like to enter:
Seize the Birthday  anything goes
Broken Fairy celebrations
Stamplorations celebrations
Simon Says Wed animal magic

Thursday 16 June 2016

Tropical Punch

Here I've combined some challenges to make a summer-y card.

I used a digi stamp, coloured with markers and paper-pieced. I used a border-punch on some patterned paper and stamped 'Aloha' (Clearly Besotted).

I'd like to enter:
Addicted to CAS Aloha
Fairytale Challenge  cherry on top
Curtain Call - tasty tropics

Wednesday 15 June 2016

Friendly Florals - Embossed Background

Today, I've been posting cards I made using a card kit put together by Nonni, as part of a swap group we have formed with Pia .

The last item from the card kit was this white embossed background stamp. All I did to it was to colour it with two different shades of spray ink (with mica for shimmer) . I added some washi tape and a die-cut and glittered sentiment.

I'd like to enter:
Let's Create  flowers
CAS Mix up  stamping / embossing . die cut thanks. spray inks and washi

Friendly Florals - Masculine Floral

Flowers for men? - I say YES!  This dog is a Penny Black stamp (I think the sentiment may be PB too).

The patterned paper on the base is from the card kit  Nonni put together. The other background was a large background she stamped and I coloured using the same marker I used to colour the rose.

I'd like to enter:
Fantasy Stampers man's best friend
Creatalicious  animals
SSS Weds animal magic
Eureka  masculine
Craft Rocket  for a man

Friendly Florals - Flowered Turban

Here's another card I made using the kit from the card kit swap . The items from the kit were the two patterned papers and the stamped and die-cut flower, and I combined them with a digi stamp from A Day For Daisies.

I'd like to enter:
Chocolate Coffee and Cards  use a die-cut (it's the flower)
Alphabet Challenge  hand coloured image
ABC Challenge  just as you like

Friendly Florals - Floral Cards

The stars of the wonderful card kit put together by Nonni were these lovely stamped and die-cut flowers and leaves ...I think they are by Alte New?? I don't have any stamps like this.

For my first card I coloured a card base using distress inks and doodled a frame. I coloured the flowers and leaves with Promarkers and stuck them to an embossed panel (from the kit). I added a sentiment - part die-cut, part stamped.

I'd like to enter:
Addicted to Stamps  flowers
Penny Black and More flower power

The second card is actually a mini-card, using two more flowers, a leaf , some gems and patterned paper , all from the kit. I added a stamped sentiment.

Card Kit Swap - Friendly Florals

Breaking news! I am taking part in a monthly card kit swap with Nonni and Pia. 

The plan is that every month we take turns to create 3 identical kits - one for each of us - and then use the kit (mixed with our own stash if we wish) to make cards.

This month, Nonni sent out this kit, which she named 'Friendly Florals':
I'm happy to report that I've pretty much 'killed the kit' - this is all I have left:
A group shot of my cards is at the top of the page. I am going to link up the cards individually so that I can enter some challenges. (I'll link up when I get home from work.)

I hope you'll go and see what Pia and Nonni made!

Sorry Cat

I recently bought a set of Katzelcraft cat stamps, that are full of personality. I also got some polaroid -style frames in a scrapbooking kit. So I decided to put them together for Shopping Our Stash's challenge, which is to 'create a polaroid scene'.
I'd also like to enter:
Craftycatz animal magic
Stamping Sensations feature a creature
Get Creative  bingo - black/ stamp/ sentiment

Tuesday 14 June 2016

City Crafter - Let's go to the Beach

This week's challenge was chosen by Ros and she wants us to use a beach theme. My beach is NOT in England !

I made the background using distress inks. The surf board is an SVG electronic die cutting file from Miss Kate Cuttables  and the 'summer fun' e-die is by Juliana Michaels.  The flower and Aloha stamps are by Clearly Besotted.

Please come over to City Crafter and see the work of our Guest Designer Nicole Parmentier and our DT, and enter your own beach-themed project.

I'd like to enter:
Sisterhood of Crafters summer fun
Cute Card Thursday sport
4 Crafty Chicks vacation
Brown Sugar photo
Cut it Up  sun and surf

Saturday 11 June 2016

A Proper Cuppa

I'm sharing a scrapbook page I made for some challenges. Sorry about the lack of capital C in Copenhagen. Thank goodness none of my students will find me here!

I'd like to enter:
Shopping Our Stash   tea or coffee
KCC Layout Challenges about you
Challenge Up Your Life frame
Scrap it With a Song Staring at the Sun (from the lyrics - sun, distant town, good morning)

Friday 10 June 2016


I made this card for Paper Artsy 'Our House' challenge and Time Out  photo challenge. I used stamps by Paper Artsy, Inkylicious and Bo Bunny(? I think - the word 'memories') and a brick stencil -the brick shapes are very blurry due to the amount of water I used.

This is the kind of card that I think would totally bewilder any non-crafter who received it!

Tuesday 7 June 2016

City Crafter - City Scene

This week at City Crafter,Kirsty wants us to include a city scene or symbol of a city.

Here I used a Studio Calico digital city scene, coloured with alcohol markers, and stamped the sun (Hero Arts) behind it. The arc of hello words is also Studio Calico and the big 'hello' is Waffle Flower. I used Lindy's Stamp Gang spray for the background.

Our guest designer is Ellen  and I hope you will come over to City Crafter Challenge Blog and see what Ellen and the DT have made, and enter your own city-themed creation.

I'd like to enter:
Card Mania around the world
Time Out  photo
Artistic Inspirations  anything goes

Sunday 5 June 2016

It's all gone Star-shaped

Here I made a star-shaped card using the Silhouette. The mouse stamp is by Penny Black and the sentiment and additional star stamp are by Sarah Hurley.
I'd like to enter:
Sisterhood of Crafters shaped cards
The Craft Barn  stars
Crafting When we Can  stars
Die-Cutting Divas anything goes with a die-cut

Saturday 4 June 2016

Mop Up

My background here was made from a piece of watercolour card I used to mop up the spills from a previous project!

I actually used this sketch from Stamp Ink Paper 
Instead of having a front panel, I used text stamping (Finnibar) on the edges. I had intended to put the butterfly (Avery Elle)  inside the distressed circle  (Inkylicious) but it was too small and I didn't want to use a smaller butterfly, so stamped it offset from the top right wing.

As well as Stamp Ink Paper, I'd like to enter:
Crafty Catz add a butterfly
Crafty Boots butterflies and bees

Inkspirational Challenge - Word Prompt - Text

Our new challenge at Inkspirational  is:

For my DT card I used some paper I had leftover from a previous project - it is coloured with alcohol inks and has a Sarah Hurley text stamp randomly/ partially stamped on it. I stamped the boy, balloon, sentiment and string by Mama Elephant and paper-pieced the balloon, hat and coat. The text ob tge base card is a Hero Arts stamp. 

I hope you will come over to Inkspirational , see the work of the DT and our talented Guest Designer, Jen , and enter your own project.

I'd like to enter:
Shopping Our Stash  4 elelemnts - wind
4 Crafty Chicks masculine
Creative with Stamps masculine

Friday 3 June 2016


If you think this card has a bit of a messy look, you should see my craft room! Honestly, no matter how long I spend cleaning it up, it only needs me to make one card before it looks as if a bomb has hit it.

Here I used a boy with kite stamp by Papermania, Magicals powders, Distress spray ink, markers and stamps by Claudine Hellmuth, Paper Artsy and Clearly Besotted (the sentiment).

I'd like to enter:
Shopping Our Stash  4 elements - wind
Fashionable Stamping Challenges  blots and splashes

Thursday 2 June 2016

Strong Man

Here I've combined some challenges and (wait for it) stamps from SIX different sets. (I hear you gasp in amazement!) The stamps are by Avery Elle, W plus9, Hero Arts, Katzelcraft, Waffle Flower and Stampin Up.

I'd like to enter:
Handstamped Sentiments mood board (below)
Cardz4Guyz beginning with z - zesty colours and zig zags (embossed chevron)
Brown Sugar speech bubbles
Naughty or Nice Man Up
Tuesday Throwdown proud of you