Hello Beautiful….

Well hello there. A new challenge has started at Cardz 4 Galz and this time we want to see your girlie slimline creations – or DL card if you live here in the UK. Here is my card:

This card has no stamping on it at all – just die cuts – and it took quite a while to figure out what I was doing here, let me tell you…..

I first die-cut the foliage frame in white card, then coloured it with a couple of green Copics. I added it to a white slimline card base using 3D foam to raise it a little, and create dimension and some shadow.

The flowers were die cut from Altenew card stock, as were the two words., with some extra foliage added.

It seems quite simple now I’ve written this post – but it did take me a while…..

I hope you can come and join us – I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Paper Playersspringtime flowers

Crafters Cafe Challenge anything goes

Colour Hues Challenge pink and green

A Bit More Time To Craft anything goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Layer It

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‘H’ for Houses/Homes, and/or ‘I’ for Icicles

Hello once again. It is my turn to host the challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge. We have reached the letters ‘H’ and ‘I’, and we want to see your Christmas and festive creations with the themes of Houses/homes and/or Icicles. Here is my card:

I’m trying to use my patterned papers – I have loads, and sometimes struggle knowing what to do with them. This background paper came as part of a Simon Says Stamp card kit, and is from Whimsy Stamps – I had no problem with using this and the rest of the papers won’t last long, especially when creating festive, winter or Christmas creations.

I hope you can come and join us with your Christmas/Festive makes following one or both of our two themes. The Design Team has created some fabulous inspiration – and very different makes. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

My Time To Craft Christmas Christmas and make a scene

Just Us Girls stripes

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge – anything goes with patterned paper

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Lot’s Of Birthday Wishes

Hello there. I am very pleased and excited to announce I am going to be a Surprise Party Guest and Design Team member at Seize The Birthday for the next couple of months.

Here is my party guest invitation and challenge theme for the next two weeks, followed by my card:

The invitation to join this challenge came just a day or two after I had received this ‘Lift Flap Grid‘ die from Mama Elephant – it’s almost fated…..

I started with a piece of Distress white heavy card stock and ink blended three Distress Inks, then cut that with the lift flap grid. I initially placed a piece of white card behind the back, but I thought this was going to be a little stark, so I used some ‘Dove‘ card stock from Concord & 9th.

The white grid I had die cut – I do this just to see how things cut and how they look – I placed on the grey card, drew a little pencil line around each opening – so I knew where I wanted to put each of the tiny little sentiments.

I hunted through my stash – using the CML app – and found a multitude of tiny sentiments – I was stuck deciding on which to use – but just went with it.

I then stamped a few of the images from ‘Little Cat Agenda’ – well I stamped them all actually and picked which I wanted to use -then coloured as you see – quite muted colours, but I think they stand out well on this flap background.

The theme of this challenge is always birthday, with an optional topping each challenge. I am looking forward to be a part of this challenge, and I look forward to seeing you in the gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Watercooler Challengeoccasions

Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge anything goes

Lil red Wagon ChallengeHappy Birthday

Die Cut Divas window or aperture card

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Happy Christmas Deer

Hello. A new challenge has started at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. As always, the theme is anything goes Christmas/Festive. Here is my card:

I started with ink blending the background using Distress Inks Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feathers. Just the two colours – and where they met, a light coverage, as I knew I wanted to stamp the hillside there.

Once the panel was dry, and the hillside stamped, I die-cut the rectangle with a stitched die to add some interest, then stamped the sentiment.

The three deer were stamped in Gina K amalgam ink, then coloured with Copics, adding some blush to their cheeks, and some white gel pen for highlights.

I thought the two prancing deer were looking down at a very drunken deer – but maybe that’s the way my mind is working currently……..

I hope you can come and join us and add some festive creations to your stash – I look forward to seeing what you create. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty Chicks Challenge occasion

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge atg Christmas

Watercooler Challenge – Occasions

Aud Sentiments Challengeanimals and a sentiment

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Monster hugs and love….

Hello. I have a monster slimline card to share using the colours from the Color Throwdown Challenge:

This stamp and die set from Concord and 9th was one of the freebies when I attended the Virtual Crop On The Cape last weekend, hosted by Jenn Shurkus. I mean – how generous was this? Concord and 9th also included the matching die set too…………There was a session with Becky Roberts showcasing this stamp and die set, and I couldn’t wait to play with it using these colours.

The papers I stamped the images on are from Lawn Fawn, and those dots shine – as you can certainly see from the uppermost heart.

The monster has a stamp for it’s belly – even though mostly covered up – and those fingers? A separate stamp and die for those.

The background circles/bubbles die – I did toy with the idea of a colour behind it, then toyed with the idea of paper piecing all those circles in – some of them coloured……..well, that didn’t happen.

All the circles fell out when I die cut it – and even though I tried to match some up – I was getting a little frustrated…….so I left them all out. I like the tone on tone white I must say – the monster and hearts are the centre of attention!

I managed to find some purple polka dot ribbon – perfect for the balloon ribbon. I decided to attach arms to the hearts too – it made me giggle…….monster hearts……

I enjoyed creating this card and shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownpink, yellow, purple, aqua

Die Cut DivasSlimline card

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Z is for Zoology

Hello. The Alphabet Challenge has reached the end of the alphabet, and for the letter ‘Z’, Caz has chosen ‘Zoology‘ (Study of Animals). Here is my card:

I actually struggled with this theme. I have lots of animal stamps and dies, but I didn’t know which direction to go in. In the end I went with a rainbow selection of animal from Clearly Besotted. A simple layout and design, with simple colouring.

I toyed with adding die-cut letters, but when I was sorting the layout, it didn’t look right – sometimes you got to go with your gut!

I hope you can come and join us with your ‘Zoology’ inspired creations. The design Team has some amazing creations – we all seemed to go a different way……. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

A Bit More Time To Craftanything goes

Shopping Our Stashrainbow or rainbow colours

Colour Crazy Challenge anything goes colouring – week 11

Lots of sneaky kitties

Hello. It’s been almost a week since I last posted, but I have just spent the past three days virtually attending the ‘Crop on the Cape‘ hosted by Jenn Shurkus……….and I am absolutely shattered!

A fabulous two full days, and one evening – all at Eastern Time and I am GMT – so later start – but finished the day at 2am, 1am, and 11pm respectively…….chock-a-block with inspiration, laughs, a little time to create – but all worth it. Learnt so much, and some techniques I’m going to have to have a better try at – but all-in-all a great virtual event.

I was also on Whatsapp with my sister the whole time – she lives in Canada so ET was her time – but it meant we were crafting and getting involved together.

Anyhoo – back to my card. I cleaned and sorted the mess from the weekend – the ‘Craftermath’, as it were – , and decided to do a very CAS card – two cards for the price of one actually:


I started by creating white card base, then die-cut the Simon says Stamp ‘Sneaky Kitties‘ die out of dark blue card. The eyes stayed in the kitties – so I decided to leave them there, adding some tape to the back so they stay in, then cut the strip to a couple of inches and added foam pads to stick down to the card base. The sentiment is also from Simon Says Stamp, stuck down after running it through my Xyron.

The left-over piece of blue card – I used that for the second card. I glued it straight down onto the card base, put the die back in place and dotted where the eyes would be – then used a black gel pen to make them just a little more noticeable. The sentiment is from Mama Elephant.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty Chicks – CAS

The Paper PlayersCAS Animals

AAA CardsCAS, along the edge, with a twist of using only die cuts

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Scruffy Cat Christmas

Hello there. The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge has started a new challenge for the next couple of weeks. The theme is always anything goes Christmas/festive. Here is my card:

I bought this digital image from Whimsy Stamps quite a while ago, but as with most of the digital images I buy – I forget I have them. I was sorting out my files and folders – cos what else am I going to do to keep busy at the moment – and ‘found’ lots of images I had completely forgotten about…….there will be more of these in the future, I’m afraid. 🙂

Once printed , and coloured with Copics, I die-cut with MFT wonky rectangles for a little more interest, and then used some patterned card-stock – I forget where from, and found a sentiment stamp from a previous Simon Says Stamp card kit which matched perfectly the colours and the gingham effect.

So this Christmas Scruffy cat turned out to be quite dramatic in the end.

I hope you can come and join us and increase your Christmas stash – I look forward to seeing what you create. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty Chicks Challenge Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeatg Christmas

Cup Cake Inspirations Cats

Colour Crazy Challenge atg colouring

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Bee Happy…..

Hello once again. The Alphabet Challenge has started a new challenge, and having reached the letter ‘Y’ – Dawn has chosen ‘Yellow’ as the theme for the card. Here is my creation:

I really enjoyed creating this card. I recently attended a Jenn Shurkus online class about Distress Inks and Distress Oxides. During that class, we made lots and lots of different background ink smooshing, blending, water-colouring with both, and also used Distress water-color card stock, and also Distress heavystock – which I have never used before. I learnt to dry between each layer, to not think too much about what goes where – and just to play….

That class reminded me how brilliant the Distress products are – and how much fun it was to create a background – and to have an inky mess. Now I just can’t stop myself – any excuse to get inky and messy – loving it!

This yellow layer is using two Distress Inks – and layering at least 5 times…….just two colours of yellow. I was also ‘Jennabled’ to purchase the Ranger Heat Tool – so much better than trying to use my embossing tool – much gentler, less warping.

The honeycomb die was cut from white card stock, and those greeny/browny pieces? Well that was another messy ink layered background also die-cut with the same die, and just adding some of the pieces. The white was too stark on it’s own.

I hope you can come and join us with your creations featuring yellow – I look forward to seeing you there. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Addicted To StampsDie cuts or stencils or both – die cuts for me

Crafty Sentiments Designsanything goes

We Love 2 Createatg mixed media – (lots of ink smooshing, splattering, watering – inky messing!)

Mix It Up Challengeatg mixed media with option inlaid die cut – option not taken

Crafty Creations Challenge anything goes

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Spring Rain at Cardz 4 Galz

Hello. Cardz 4 Galz has started a new challenge, and this time Misti has chosen the theme of ‘Spring Rain‘. So – we want to see your girlie cards with umbrellas, rain boots etc. Here is my card:

I used a digital image from Jan’s Digi Stamps, ‘April Showers’, printed then coloured with Copics. As the rain drops on the umbrellas got lost whilst I was colouring – I really did try to go round them but they were too small – I went back in with a white gel pen to make them stand out more.

I also played a little with the size and placement, also adding the sentiment which comes with the same digital set. That’s something I really love about these digital sets – as well as the images, you get a range of matching/suitable sentiments to use too. Jan also supplies some great video teaching on how to layer, and re-size etc – which I find I have to watch every time…………I just can’t remember from one time to the other.

I decided on a dark blue, then googled which colours work best – saw orange was a good suggestion – so here we are. A blue and orange card. The outer layer is white card-stock coloured with a blue Copic to match the image – something I am finding works really well when layering digital images like this. Both the image and blue layer die cut with a stitched rectangle.

I look forward to seeing your creations in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Pink Gem Challenge anything goes

A Perfect Time To Craft anything goes

Cards Galore Challenge anything goes

Jan’s Digi Stamps Challengeanything goes