I Thank My Lucky…..

Hello. A short but sweet post to share a card for the the current challenge at Cupcake Inspirations:

I had stamped the star image yesterday, and this morning took some Copics and coloured them as you see. The sentiment was heat embossed and all layers die cut with MFT stitched rectangles.

I was going for a dramatic look with all the black and white – with pops of colour on the stars themselves.

More crafty play today, then off for a meal out with hubby tonight to celebrate our 34th wedding anniversary – 34 years! Where has all the time gone? I obviously got married very young! 🙂

Hello There…..

Here is a card created using the colours for the current Color Throwdown Challenge:

I wanted to get messy and create an ink smooshed background, so I looked through my Distress Ink swatch, and found two colours which would represent the yellow and the tan colours – and played….

I actually liked how these two colours mixed well together I created a few of these backgrounds for future use.

Once this panel was dry, I stamped the sentiment onto the bottom using Versafine ink, then die cut it using an MFT stitched rectangle die and layered it with some foam at the back onto a white card base.

The leafy square is from Simon Says Stamp and die cut out of some dark grey card stock.

I played around with the placement of this square a little, and settled for it being where you see it.

I noticed when writing this post that the past few cards seem to have a theme running through them – hello, hi etc – it would appear my mind is turned towards ‘just because’ cards at the moment and not for specific occasions.

I’m already planning what to do with the other similar coloured backgrounds….. and I even did some using the same colours of Distress Oxide – but the inks are my favourite for this – well, at the moment, anyway.

Color Throwdown

Butterfly Thanks

Hello, I have a card to share which turned out looking quite simple – but took lots of die-cutting, snipping, and many a change of mind.

I want to make more ‘thank you’ cards for my friends who have been there for me over the past couple of weeks after my mum passed away – and if I can continue to craft to help get through this and create my own little way of saying how much I appreciate them – then all the better.

I used the colours from the Color Throwdown challenge to create this, and I knew I wanted to use this die from Memory Box – the problem was – which colour for which layer…….?

I actually die cut out of all four colours for the challenge – pink, red, cranberry, Kraft – and finally – yes finally – decided on the way you see here.

On a white card base I adhered the Kraft piece, onto which I adhered the die cut using Concord & 9th ‘Ballet Slippers’ for the pink.

The inset ‘cranberry’ butterflies were die cut out of a dark red glitter card from Crafters Companion and paper-pieced into place – to leave the pink outline round them.

The red ‘Poppy’ card stock butterflies were snipped off from the whole piece I had die cut and stuck down onto their respective position, which was on top of the pink card stock already there.

The sentiment is from Time For Tea Designs – the bold ‘thanks’ word stamped with ‘Poppy’ and ‘Cranberry‘ Concord & 9th inks to match the card stock – creating an ombre effect on the word, with the smaller words stamped in black. This sentiment stamp set comes with matching dies – always a bonus.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown – red, pink, Kraft, cranberry

Creative Knockouts lots of layers

The Card Concept photo inspiration

TTCRD anything goes

As You Like It Challengetrue love or fabulous friendship

Just Us GirlsFriends

Creative Knockouts

Thinking of You

Hello. I have a CAS card to share today, veering away from the Christmas card making for a short while:

Having received a delivery from Simon Says Stamp, I wanted to use the die sets quite quickly – but time over took me. So today, I had time to play.

The Etched Laurel Leaves were die cut from Concord & 9th card stock – loving the detail on these leaves – using colours which matched the current challenge at Color Hues.

The sentiment is from a Uniko stamp set – heat embossed using a Brutus Monroe white embossing powder – and die cut using MFT stitched rectangle dies.

Even though CAS – it took me a while to decide on placement on each element – as per usual – and gluing only part of the leaves down, not all of them, to create some flow and movement.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color HuesKraft and yellow

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday ChallengeThinking Of You

Altenew Perfectly Perfect stamp set

Hello again everyone. I have been making a card to enter a colour challenge and a sketch challenge:


I knew I wanted to use the colours from Color Throwdown and use flowers, and I knew I wanted to base the layout on the current sketch from Freshly Made Sketches – but which flower stamp set just kept me thinking and over-thinking…..I couldn’t decide.

Then – Mr Postie arrived…..with a delivery from Seven Hills Crafts…..this stamp set was inside the package……. I just had to use it straight away.

I stamped the images onto water-colour card, in a grey from Stampin Up, then stamped again with an embossing pad and heat set with clear. I then coloured with my Zigs using a couple of yellows, and a couple of greys  to tie-in with the colours from the Color Throwdown challenge.

I die-cut the rectangle out of Kraft card with my stitched wonky rectangle from MFT, stuck that onto a white card base, and glued my flowers and leaves down with 3D glue. I only put the glue in the centre of each flower, as I was playing with the sentiment and leaves to decide where I wanted them to go, so no pads near the edges gave me more lee-way. I like to put leaves and flowers on top and underneath other flowers, as I think it adds more interest and dimension.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set, white heat embossed, and glued in a jaunty angle to match the sketch. I think it’s quite ironic that the stamp set is called ‘Perfectly Perfect‘ and the sentiment is wonky. (Maybe it’s my sense of humour! 🙂

As mentioned, I shall be entering into:

Color Throwdown – grey, yellow, kraft, white

Freshly Made Sketches – sketch

Clean and Simple colours


Hi there. It’s been an absolutely fabulous Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK – temperatures in the mid to high twenties (centigrade) – very hot for me. I spent some time in my craft room as it is shaded and not too warm, and also because the current CAS Colours and Sketches challenge is coming to an end today.

The colours to use are Soft Sky, Berry Burst, and Sahara Sand. I chose to go the the rose from Uniko, because I have been getting lots and lots of Instagram postings from them for their new release coming very soon – all looks amazing – and it reminded me I have this rose stamp set.

The rose is actually an outline and base stamp set, but I really like this as it is – no inside colour at all on the rose or the leaves. I think it is very effective, and keeps things clean and simple.

I used Berry Burst to stamp my flower outline, then masked it off and stamped the leaves. I had to use an Altenew blue and brown, as I don’t have Soft Sky or Sahara Sand ink pads.

The MFT stitched rectangles cut my layers for me, and the sentiment is from Altenew. I was going for a one layer card – but realised I had cut my flower layer down before I remembered. Hey Ho! Them’s the breaks!

Have a good one, and I’ll hopefully catch you soon. 🙂


More Monsters


Hell again. I have been doing a little crafting over the weekend, but nothing too major. I may be able to craft more later today, and I am sure I will let you know what I come up with.

This layout of this card was inspired by the sketch challenge from MFT, but initially I didn’t really have a clue about what theme I wanted to go with. My obvious go-to would be flowers, but I had a think about it for a few days.

Whilst I was sorting my stamp sets out into make, then alphabetical (OCD much??) – and found this ‘More Monsters’ stamp and die set. I then thought about a galaxy background – which I haven’t done many of – and decided to take an hour or so out of sorting and tidying to play.

I used Distress Oxides then Gansai Tambi splatters for the background, sticking that down beneath a plain white rectangle.

There are six monsters in the set, so I took 6 Catherine Pooler inks and stamped them all out. As these monsters are solid images, I knew these inks would be more suited for coverage.

After die-cutting them, I then played with the lay-out, stamped a greeting – there are quite a few in this stamp set – and there we are.

I obviously have 6 monsters of 6 colours, so I am currently playing with putting some more cards together along the same lines, and if I complete them today, I may add them to this posting later. Here is a close-up of the shiny splatters, using gold and white:


I shall be entering the following challenges:

MFT sketch challenge –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: anything goes

JUGS CAS challenge: