Different Flowers

Hello again. I have a couple of cards to share with you today.


The first card is using the Altenew Ranunculus stamp and die set, and stamped using a more teal colour. The leaves I just used the outline and the detail stamps, not the base colour, as I wanted them quite muted.

The layout is for the current challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches, with the circle from  a Stampin Up/Sizzix set. I realised I don’t actually have any larger circle dies – something I must change!

The sentiment is from the same stamp set.



The second card is using the colours for the current Color Throwdown Challenge, and the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. I used the MFT ‘More Rustic Flowers‘ but again only using a couple of the layers for the flowers, not all of them.

The greenery is from the same stamp set, with the green dots supposedly being part of a branch in that set, but I used it as you see here. I bent the stems for the flowers in different ways, which is so easy to do with photo-polymer sets.

The sentiment is from the die set for Concord and 9th ‘Painted Rose‘….the rose card from yesterday, in fact, is that stamp set. I die cut the sentiment several times in black card with a double sided sticky sheet on the back, and stuck them together, so it could have a little dimension.

Now – I’m not really sure about this card. It took a little moment or two for me to actually think whether or not to post it. I’m not sure whether it’s the grey background card, or the purple/lilac card – but I’m not sure I like it! Maybe it’s the plain-ness of the background – I just don’t know.

I may try this layout again, with different ways of doing the background, but here it is. In all it’s glory!





Good evening all. My craft room has seen some use today, and I have two cards to share with you today.

The first card was inspiration for the current Double D challenge, with a clean and simple route for the 4 Craft Chicks challenge, and the current Inkspirational challenge was to create a card with a cue word of ‘play’.

The sentiment is from a set I have had for years, from Hampton Art ‘Laugh Out Loud‘ collection. This set has a few sentiments suiting friends, but I particularly liked this one. It certainly suited my bestie and I on occasions over the past 27 years, let me tell you. Actually – I don’t think I will tell you!! 🙂

I stamped the sentiment and added to the card with 3D glue, so I could arrange my leaves around as you can see. The leaves are actually extras I had from previous cards – I always stamp and cut more than I think I am going to need, just for this reason.

No embellishments, no Nuvo drops or sequins, very little dimension – quite different to my recent postings.

The second card I am posting today:


This is for the current challenge at Die Cutting Divas – to use a die cut and birthday, and CAS(E) This Sketch for the layout, and Cards In Envy – flat and birthday.

The rose is from Concord and 9th – ‘Painted Rose‘ and comes with a matching couple of dies. It is supposed to give an effect of water-colour and completely fill the outline. I like this effect, and have stamped it in several colours.

The leaves were also stamped and die-cut separately for the top left corner, and also to add a couple more under the rose itself. The set also comes with a little splatter stamp, which I used to add some more interest, as the die cuts off the splatters which are stamped when filling-in the rose.

Tomorrow, I’ll be putting some more cards on show, as I have – again – left it to the last minute to join some challenges. The cards are made, I just didn’t get around to posting them.



Under the Cherry Blossom tree


Hello again. After the huge and colourful flowers and huge card the other day, I have gone for a more clean and simple look for the card today. The inspiration for the colours and choice of stamp set is from the current Card Concept photo inspiration.

The branches and blossom fill-ins are from Altenew ‘Under The Cherry Blossom Tree‘, using Altenew inks. Die-cut using the matching die set, and arranged as you see – some cutting and faffing along the way.

The blue section is Distress Oxide blended and softly coming down to nothing. The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

I have still been going through some Altenew Academy classes, and I plan on playing a little this weekend, but for now this is the offering for today.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Card Conceptphoto inspiration

Always Fun Challenges CAS

Addicted to Stamps and MoreCAS

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeanything goes


Ornamental Flower


Hello again. I must ask – has anyone seen this stamp set from Altenew yet? The Ornamental Flower? OMG! Good grief! Hubba hubba! (and all other statements of wow!)

I received a delivery from Seven Hills Crafts, forgetting this was in it, and when I saw it – I played straight away. I am so loving this flower, and I want to stamp it in all my colours. The first sets of colours are as you see here, as I wanted purples for the Just Us Girls challenge, a mixture of purples and pinks for the current Altenew challenge, and decided to use the sketch from Crazy 4 Challenges. All-in-all I am pleased how this turned out.

I cut my Altenew Watercolour Stripes Cover Die out of black card stock, and cut it into the shape of the sketch. I then stamped some of the leaves from the Ornamental Flower stamp set in the lightest purple Altenew ink on the remaining white space.

Then it was the flowers…….I just can’t say any more than I have already….. The leaves I stamped using my new set of Green Meadows inks from Altenew (turning into an Altenew card, innit?) Now these greens are GREEN! They are definitely for the more vivid and colourful cards you put together.


I’m off to use more colours for this flower now, and to see where that takes me.

I will be entering the following challenges:

Just Us Girlsprominently purple

Crazy 4 Challengessketch

Altenew April Inspiration Challengephoto inspiration

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challengeflower power

Fusion Inspiration Challenge


Hello again. Here is another card I started at the weekend, and finished tonight to enter the Fusion Card Challenge.

Here is the inspiration – sketch and/or photo:

I decided to use both the sketch and the photo as inspiration for this card.
The flowers are Altenew Gardenia and stamped with the grey inks, but one of them using the darker colours, and the other two with the lighter three inks. The leaves were also using Altenew inks and I went for the more teal as opposed to green.
I die cut the Avery Elle Polka Plate die twice out of grey card stock, and trimmed it to fit the card width underneath the circle die cut.
The circle was half embossed with another die from Crafters Companion – I didn’t want it too obvious, but did it because I thought the white circle would otherwise have been too plain. The sentiment is from Stamps By Me.
This card is the last of my weekend card making marathon, and I really enjoyed sharing them with you. Here’s to continuing mojo…….

Cat agenda

Hello everyone. I have a couple of cards to share today, as part of the Twofer Card Challenge, and Seize The Birthday.


Both of these cards are using the Little Cat Agenda from Mama Elephant, and both are using the MFT Horizontal Collage plate – but using the cover plate squares which are cut out for one card, and the remaining frame of water-colour card for the other. So – two fer one using the cover plate die. I think the cut-out squares are meant to be discarded – but I always keep them for adding to cards.

I wanted the cards to be quite vibrant, so chose my Distress Oxides accordingly for the backgrounds, and whilst having the cats quite similar in colour, I used the zigs in vibrant colours too for the objects they are holding.

In the first picture you can see one of my new cats. We had two humongous cats, but lost one of them suddenly in January, so we bought not one – but two more cats. Well – what’s three cats compared to two cats, right?

That’s why I chose cats for the Two fer challenge…..

I quite enjoyed colouring the little blighters – but they are small, and it took me a while to figure out how to use some dimension when colouring when they are so small, but I tried…..and enjoyed the challenge….and that’s what it is all about, isn’t it?

Have a good day, and I will see you tomorrow – I still have a couple of cards to post from my Marathon session on Sunday!! That mojo returned with a vengeance!


Little candles, big sentiment


Hi there. A short and quick posting of just one card today, to enter the current CAS Colours and Sketches challenge to use Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, and Flirty Flamingo.

I used a Uniko stamp set for the candles, and a different set for the yellow ‘bursts’. I think these are meant for the centre of a flower, but I thought they looked like fireworks going off in the sky. I may try these with a dark background and possibly embossed at some point in the future.

I had to use a Catherine Pooler ink for the blue, as my Pool Party has dried up, but I did use the appropriate colours for the others.

Have a great day. 🙂