Sunday 25 July 2021

Garden Delight

 What a splendiferous set Stampin' Up!'s Color and Contour is (goodness me, it's hard not adding the 'u' in color!). It just quietly minds its own business in the catalogue, but brings joy from the moment you open it, with its flowers and frames/borders. Here, I've used it to respond to CAS Colors and Sketch's #429: Bumblebee, Garden Green and Pear Pizazz, and Freshly Made Sketch's #495


Stampin' Up! card: (Garden Green, Pear Pizazz, Bumblebee, Whisper White), ink (Garden Green, Pear Pizazz, Bumblebee, Memento Tuxedo Black), Poinsettia Place DSP, Color & Contour Bundle, Petals and More stamp (sentiment). 

Saturday 17 July 2021

Global Design Project 300: CASe the Designer

 A lovely card from Steffi Helmschrott in GDP's Challenge 300:

prompted me to reach for the All About Baby bundle from Stampin' Up! This is a very sweet set, and I can see lots of happy times with it ahead. 

I found the symmetry of Steffi's design very satisfying to recreate:

Stampin' Up! All About Baby bundle, ink (Highland Heather, Old Olive, Memento Tuxedo), card (Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss), Watercolor Shapes stamps, Tasteful Labels dies, In-colour gems. Can't remember the DSP, but it has ice creams on other sheets
Other products - Kraft card

Monday 12 July 2021

Night Sky

 I'm loving Stampin' Up's Watercolor Shapes and To The Moon stampsets, and used them for this card, which is a response to Freshly Made Sketches' FMS493. After sponging the background, I used the two small star cluster stamps from To The Moon to create the 'Milky Way'. I cut the full and crescent moons from a larger circle in Watercolor Shapes, and silver embossed them over grey. 

Stampin' Up!: card (Whisper White, Misty Moonlight, Night of Navy), ink (Seaside Spray, Misty Moonlight, Night of Navy, Basic Grey, Momento Tuxedo Black), Shimmery White and Silver embossing powder, Layering Circles Dies, To The Moon and Watercolor Shapes stamps. 

Sunday 11 July 2021

Mid-century Vibe

 I was drawn to the Layering Diorama dies from Stampin' Up! not so much because they could layer on top of each other, but because I like the organic, flowing shapes. I've used them here with the 'Nothing's Better Than' set to create a retro style card. Thanks  CAS Colors and Sketches (#427) for the colour inspiration. 

Note: Here are another couple of cards on a similar theme, since I've been playing around.

Ingredients: Stampin' Up card: (Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Basic White, Merry Merlot), ink (Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso), Dies (Layering Diorama, Love You More Than), Nothing's Better Than stampset

Monday 19 April 2021

CASOLOGY 'Hello' and Just Add Ink #550

 Two challenges combined were the inspiration for this card: CASOLOGY 'Hello' and Just Add Ink #550. I loved the colours in Just Add Ink's challenge, and you can never have too many cards with a simple greeting - especially in these times, where we're all looking for human connection. Here's the card I came up with:

Ingredients: Stampin' Up card (Thick Whisper White, Whisper White), ink (Poppy Parade, Memento Tuxedo Black, Shaded Spruce), Petal Pink marker pen, Sweet Strawberry  and Around The Corner stamps, Strawberry Builder Punch, Stitched Shapes framelits.

Wednesday 31 March 2021

Paper Players #534

 This sketch certainly challenged me - I had fun trying to decide how to play. In the end, I turned the vertical rectangles into candles, and the rest followed. A great challenge from Paper Players (PP534), thanks!

Ingredients: Stampin' Up! card, (Just JAde, Whisper White, Basic Black, Bumblebee), ink, (Memento Tuxedo black, Poppy Parade), Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight and Bumblebee watercolour pens, Flowers in the Field DSP, stamps (Peaceful Moments, Birthday Backgrounds, Incredible Like You), Layering Circles and Swirly Scribbles dies, Dot to Dot embossing folder.

Monday 29 March 2021

Paper Craft Crew PCC419

 I loved Paper Craft Crew's sketch PCC419 - it's one I'll definitely be using again. 

I'm still getting my head around all the lovely berries in Stampin' Up's Sweet Strawberry bundle - and the add-ons from Sale-a-Bration, but the colours just make me happy! So this was a card that gave me pleasure to make, on both counts. 

Stampin' Up! card, (Whisper White, Pacific Point, Night of Navy), Ink, (Poppy Parade, Granny Apple Green, Memento Tuxedo Black, Petal Pink), Subtle embossing Folder, Sweet Strawberry DSP, Strawberry Builder punch, Layering Ovals framelits.

Sunday 28 March 2021

Sweet Birthday

 I loved the colours in the latest Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge, and thought they might be a good reason to try my 'Sweet Ice Cream' stamps and punch, which have been looking at me accusingly since I bought them. As have the many beautiful DSP's I've acquired recently. Anyway, whether you call my inspiration guilt or a creative challenge, here's the card!

Stampin' Up ink, (Pear Pizzaz, So Saffron, Highland Heather), card, (Whisper White, Pear Pizazz, Gold foil), embossing folders, (Subtle, Basketweave), Hydrangea Hill DSP, Sweet Ice Cream and Itty Bitty Birthdays stamps, and Ice Cream Builder punch, Layering Circles and Sending Flowers dies, 

Thursday 18 March 2021

Babies on my mind

 A 'baby' theme from Less is More #434, and a 'baby' amount of space to play with - just one inch - from AAACards #185 - what a challenge! It was certainly an exercise in self control.

The card:

The ingredients: Stampin' Up! card (Whisper White, thick Whisper White), stamps (Oval Occasions, Itt Bitty Greetings) and Melon Mambo Watercolour pencil. Memento Tuxedo ink

Sunday 21 February 2021

Strawberry Fields

 What a delightful new bundle the Sweet Strawberry is! I had a great time using it, including the Sale-a-Bration DSP, for this card, in response to Freshly Made Sketches' challenge #473 and #TGIFC304

The card:

Stampin' Up! card (Night of Navy, Whisper White, Soft Seafoam, Granny Apple Green), ink (Poppy Parade, Granny Apple Green, Night of Navy, Soft Seafoam) Sweet Strawberry stampset, Strawberry punch.

Wednesday 3 February 2021



Today I'm inspired by three challenges: Less is More #435, CAS(E) this Sketch #405 and CAS Colours and Sketches #405

I figured that, with the world in the state it's in, I'd invite you to find some little moment of celebration!

Here's the card: 


Stampin' Up card (Pacific Point, Whisper White, Brass), ink (Just Jade, Poppy Parade, Pacific Point), stamps (Nothing's Better Than, Sip Sip Hooray), Dies (Love you more than). 

Tuesday 26 January 2021

Hubby's Valentine

 It's that time of year again - time to make a Valentine's card that I like, but that is masculine enough to give my husband. I've chucked some flowers in here - but he's a gardener, so I reckon I can get away with it. Thanks to Sunday Stamps Challenge 249 and As You See It Challenge 242 for getting me started! 

There's quite a bit going on in this card that I'm not sure will photograph well - I hope it doesn't just looked like I slapped some Very Vanilla together! 😀 I embossed the heart and the card front with different folders, and also cut one sentiment frame into another. 

Here's the card: 

Stampin' Up! ink (Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Cinnamon Cider), card (Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler), stamps (Awesomely Artistic, Petal Palette), dies (Tasteful Labels), embossing folders (Hammered Metal, Subtle) Hearts punches, Cherry Cobbler watercolour pencil. 
Other products: francheville rhinestones. 

Thursday 14 January 2021

Paper Players and CAS Colours and Sketches

 With this card, I used two challenges as starting points: Paper Players 523 and CAS Colours and Sketches 402. These are not colours I'd naturally turn to, so it was fun to move out of my comfort zone. Similarly, I'm taking a while to get my head around the hydrangea suite - but having fun doing so. 

The card:

Ingredients: Stampin' Up! card (Whisper White, Misty Moonlight, Blackberry Bliss), ink (Misty Moonlight, Blackberry Bliss, Bumblebee, Memento Tuxedo Black, Stazon Black), Stamps (Hydrangea Haven, Needle and Thread for sentiment), Hydrangea dies, Textile Texture embossing folder, In Colour enamel dots, Bumblebee pen.