Butterfly Congratulations

Hello once again. I have a card to share today I made for a particular person. It is for a man – but who says a man can’t like a CAS butterfly?

One of our dear registrars has just successfully obtained a consultant post – he is going to be a Consultant Neurosurgeon with us – after years of specialist training. We are all so pleased for him, and particularly pleased he is staying with us in Sheffield……………..it also means his girlie can stay with us too! A win-win situation!

The card is one layer, the leaves and butterfly stamped as you see, and the sentiment added from an Altenew stamp set.

CAS – I’m trying hard to conquer this type of card-making – sometimes I win, sometimes I lose – but I keep trying! And – enjoying the process. I do have to restrain myself sometimes – but I like how this turned out.

It did take me a while to figure out where I was going to stamp which element – and there’s only four of them for goodness sake – the actual stamping went quickly though……is that the way with CAS? Is that also the way with one layer cards?

Anyhoo, I shall be entering the following challenges:

AAA Cardsone layer card with twist of using the graphic

Aud Sentiments anything goes with a sentiment

Moving Along With The Times things with wings

Stamplorations CAS Challenge Anything goes CAS with option to use purple (option not taken)

Beautiful Heart Birthday

Hello. I have a card to share inspired by several challenges.

I used Altenew ‘Beautiful Heart‘ stamp and matching die set. I stamped the outline in a grey ink, and both layers of the flower, but only the outline and detail layer of the leaves – not the main base layer. I wanted there to be quite a bit of white on this card, to ensure the colours stood out.

The sentiment is also from Altenew and stamped directly onto the base card.

I ‘found’ this stamp set again whilst putting my stash into Color My Life organisation app – I am ‘finding’ quite a bit of stuff to use again. Not necessarily that I had forgotten they were there – but seeing them again and going through them again makes me use my older stash – not a bad thing. But – it doesn’t mean I don’t buy new stuff………………..

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Watercooler ChallengeOccasions

Freshly Made Sketches sketch

Seize The Birthdayanything goes birthday (option summer not taken)

Color Throwdown blue, purple, light blue, green

Peaceful Scene

Hi there. I have a CAS card to share today. Here is the card:

I used an image from a Funky Fossil stamp set called ‘Adventure’ , and a little masking of the stamp.

I first masked the bottom half of the stamp – the water – then inked the trees – and remembered to remove the masking tape (!!) before stamping. Then I masked the top half of the stamp, inked the top half – again removing the masking paper – then stamped the bottom half.

I had to ink the stamp a couple of times – I think my ink pads are getting a little dry………….but they are old. I may have to see of they have been retired or see if they still sell the re-inkers.

I stamped the bird, then die cut the image using a square off-set to make a triangle.

I don’t have many washi tapes, but after using my one and only washi tape as a DT card and struggling a few months ago – I ordered some more. This washi is quite wide, so I cut three strips down the length…..my goodness that stuff is sticky! I ended up with bits all over the place initially….

Then I stuck three pieces down along the edge of the card, overlapping a little. The washi has images of the world, an old fashioned map, which I thought suited the stamp set and image quite well.

I then turned to the sentiment – I know, it seems it’s always the last for me to stamp…..but if I use my Misti it seems to work each time. Thank goodness. Just imagine if I messed the sentiment stamping and the card had to be binned – or at least have an extra banner placed over the mess……

Anyhoo – it stamped correctly!

There are few adventure sentiments in this set, about exploring, but with the current global situation – I went for one which meant you didn’t really have to leave home – maybe?

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Freshly Made Sketches sketch

CAS Colours and Sketches pool party, crumb cake, pear pizzazz (Substitutes used)

Creative Knockouts Challengeuse washi tape

Roses everywhere….

Hi once again. I have a couple of cards to share today using the same stamp set – but different layouts. The reason I made two cards is because I absolutely loved these roses once I started stamping them, and I used a variation of the template technique that I saw Jennifer McGuire do a few years ago.

I first used the roses die cuts to cut into a piece of white card, then die cut loads of the rose shapes. I then placed the template in my Misti, and stamped the base layer of colour onto every rose die cut, then swapped to the second layer, and stamped them all again – and so on. I did the same with all the leaves.

I made lots of roses – but used them all on my two cards. The first card is using the colours from the current challenge at Color Throwdown:

And this second card using the left-over red roses for another look, and another sentiment:

I didn’t realise how many rose stamp sets I owned – until I was putting everything into the Color My Life app – I have quite a few! My favourites are the layering stamps from Altenew, as they give such a realistic and vibrant look – and using these colours really made the detail stand out, I think so anyway.

One of the bonuses of creating two cards into one session, is that I can enter different challenges for each of the cards. I seem to be on a crafting weekend marathon – and putting my stash into this cataloging app has reminded me what I have, what I haven’t actually used yet (!!!) – and what I probably won’t ever use. I feel some de-stash selling coming on……

The first card will be entered into the following challenges:

Color Throwdown red, orange, green

Hand Stamped Sentiments – photo inspiration (red and orange flowers)

Krafty Chicks Challenge use a stamp

Time Out Challengesinspiration words

The second card will be entered into the following challenges:

Aud Sentiments Challenge flowers and a sentiment

Watercooler Challenges feminine

ElliBelle’s Crafty Wednesday Challenge In the summer garden

CCEE Stampersroses

Just Add Ink add an ‘F’ (flowers)


Elephant Birthday

Hi there. There is anew challenge beginning at The Alphabet Challenge. This time I am the host and have chosen the theme for the letter ‘E’ as being ‘Earthbound Animals’. Here is my card:

I use the ‘Color Layering Elephant’ stamp set from Hero Arts to produce this quite CAS card – the splash of rainbow colour as a layer making it quite playful I think.

The sentiments are both from the same stamp set, and I like the scripty look to these.

I hope you can come and join us for this challenge – there is some fabulous inspiration makes from the Design Team and you have until the 18th June to share your creations.

I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Addicted to CAS CAS rainbow

AAA Cards CAS Birthday

CAS on Sunday CAS animals

Cardz4Galz – more than one fold

Hello there. I have a bright card to share today for the new challenge beginning at Cardz 4 Galz. This time we want to see your girlie cards with more than one score/fold. Here is my card:

After creating the card base I looked to use a large image for the rectangle on the front. I used the Tracey Hey Designs ‘catitude’ stamp set, and coloured the lion image with Copics – some minor shading, but not too much.

I then looked through my paper stash to fins some colours to match, and found a selection of purple and oranges which seemed to fit the bill perfectly.

These were measured and cut using my Cutterpillar, then stuck down.

When I closed the card it looked a little bare to me, so I also added some scalloped purple borders using a die set from Lawn Fawn – which I think kinda matched the shape of the mane.

I hope you can come and join us in our challenge and I hope to see you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Always Fun Challengeslayers

2 Crafty Critter Crazies anything goes with a critter

Crafty Animals Challengeanything goes with an animal

A Perfect Time To Craft – anything goes

Christmas Love and Movies

Hi there. A new challenge has begun at ABC Christmas Challenge. The letters this time are ‘L’ and ‘M’ – and we want to see Love and Movies with your Christmas creations. Here are my cards:

‘L’ for Love

‘M’ for Movies:

The first card was quite simple and easy to make, using an MFT Stamps Die-namics and two pieces of patterned paper.

The second card took a little more time, mainly the colouring part of it. I didn’t know what to make for the ‘M’ for Movies part of it, and spent some time searching the tinterweb for Christmas movies…..when I saw the ‘Elf’ movie – though I haven’t seen it – I remembered this stamp set from MFT.

The image was stamped with Gina K Amalgam ink and coloured with Copics, then die-cut with MFT ‘Wonky Squares‘.

I have no idea where the patterned paper came from but I felt the colours and theme matched the little elfies, and the sentiment is from the same stamp set.

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

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Card 1:

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge anything goes with patterned papers

Just Us Girls 2 or more patterned papers

Card 2:

Colour Crazy Challenge week 20 – anything goes with colouring

Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge anything goes with option of at least 2 layers

Lil Patch of Crafty friends anything goes

Crafters Cafe anything goes

A Bit More Time To Craft anything goes

Stuffed Stockings

Hello there. There is a new challenge beginning at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is always anything goes as long as it’s Christmas related. Here is my card:

I used the Concord & 9th ‘Stocking Stuffers’ stamp and die set. The stockings and ‘stuffing’ bits were stamped with Gina K Amalgam ink and coloured with Copics. After die-cutting with the matching die set, I added a glittery silver cuff to the top of each sock – but didn’t add the heel and toe pieces as I didn’t want to take away from the colours and colouring.

As I used a piece of patterned paper for the background which had some dots – I added some to my images of the stockings, and some ‘Stickles’ glitter to parts of it too.

There were a few stamps and dies in the set which I had no clue what to do with – nor what they were. So I went and consulted the You Tube oracle – and found that there was a die to add the little ‘pull me‘ tag – and that you could also add a sentiment to pull which goes behind a stocking………….well – I had to have a go, didn’t I?

Here is the result:

I am loving this stamp and die set – I can see me using this for more cards. The most time-consuming was the colouring – but I’m getting into that now. I keep trying, I keep playing – and even though colouring is a means to an end – I’m liking it a little more…….!

I do hope you can come and join us for this challenge – get your stash ready for the end of the year. There is some fabulous inspiration from the Design Team – I encourage you to go and check them out. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Fab’n’Funky Challenge Christmas

Krafty Chicks Occasions

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge – anything goes Christmas – option of a bear not taken

Kraftin Kimmie Stamps Challenge something that moves

Colour Crazy Challenge week 21anything goes colouring

Color Throwdown Featured Stamper

Hello once again everyone. I am extremely pleased to announce I am the featured Stamper for the new challenge beginning at Color Throwdown, after winning the challenge with this card HERE.

This week, the swatch is:

Black, Turquoise, White

And here is my card:

I was drawn towards a Christmas themed card and decided to use my Simon Says Stamp Card Kit of the month from January 2020. I remember the colours in that kit, and the range of layering snowflakes.

I began by stamping the snowflake background in a light grey ink (neutral fee colour) using most of the layering snowflakes in the stamp set. I then used a couple of rectangles from a stitched die set – but putting the central piece back in.

The turquoise shiny card stock was embossed using a dotty embossing folder – I think it looks like little drops of snow in the background – and placed so it peeked through.

The same turquoise card stock was used to die cut the three snowflakes, adding some double sided tape on the back in case I wanted to glue the down completely – but I only stuck the centres down, leaving the rest kinda just hanging there – more dimension.

The sentiment and the banner outline heat embossed in Wow! embossing powder white detail, and then I actually fussy-cut the banner out. Yep – another but of fussy-cutting….wonders will never cease!

So there we are – I hope you can join this challenge. These colours are amazing, and leave a lot of scope for different themes – I look forward to having you join us this week. xx

I shall also be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge atg Christmas – option to use silver

52 card Christmas Challenge – Christmas and Embossing (wet and dry embossing)

Merry Little Christmas Challenge atg Christmas

Sending You Sunshine

Hi there. I have a card to share completely different to the card from yesterday – CAS AND one layer……..:

The theme from CASology, and the one layer and dots from Simply Less Is More. I used the colours from the current challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches, though I don’t have the actual colours, I have obviously tried to match as best I can………..

The stamp set I used is from Clearly Besotted – and a little bit of masking and creative license with the colours…………

I first stamped the sunflower in a yellow which I hope matches enough for Crushed Curry, and stamped the second layer with the red. After masking, I stamped the second layer of the leaves – I didn’t want full leave shapes – then masked these leaves fully and stamped some dots in grey. The dots are from Concord & 9th ‘Stuck On You‘ stamp set.

Again, I am using encouraging sentiments as much as I can, to try and spread some smiles…..

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CASology PLANT

CAS Colours and Sketches Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler

Simply Less Is MoreCAS one layer, going dotty