Thursday, 24 March 2016

Happy Birthday - CAS colours & Sketches

Hello and welcome to my 4th and final card as Guest DT member for March. I have had such fun creating my cards and this last challenge really streatched my imagination!
I would like to thank the DT over at CAS Colours & Sketches for inviting me.  please pop along to the blog and see what the DT have created to inspire you for this challenge.

Now onto my card

To create my card I used stampe set Know what I love from stampin up, just using the first outline flower stamp and then heat embossed, I did the same with the leaves.
I have used Jennifer Mcquires Distress ink lifting technique to create the panel and when it was dry I cut into 5 strips.  I then mounted these onto some white cardstock and then onto some Pacific Point card stock.  I adhered the whole panel to the front of my card and stamped Happy Birthday in Pacific Point.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016


I have a one layer card to share made following the theme over at 
One Layer Simplicity it seems ages since I had a play in this challenge.

The theme is 
 Let Green 'March' In

I am also playing along at Less is More

What's outside your window

the green leaves and shoots are just starting to pop through the soil in our garden

I have used one of my favourite stamp sets Awsomely Artistic from Stampin Up.
I created my panel by first scoring two lines across the front of my card and then masking of the centre.  The larger leaves where stamped in Old Olive, I then used Wild Wasabi for the smaller leaves and Mint Macaron for the grunge pattern.  I stamped my sentiment in Old Olive.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Celebrate Spring

This week the theme over at The Paper Players is Celebrate Spring.

Nothing reminds me more of spring then daffodils, I always have them in the house they are so cheap to buy and so cheerful if the days are still dark and gloomy.

They also remind me of my childhood when we would be given a small bunch from Sunday school to take home for our mums on Mothering Sunday.

I have been having a little play around with watercolouring, trying to improve my technique!!
I have used a new stamp set from Clearly Besotted 'You are Wonderful'.
I stamped onto watercolour card and used Distress inks to colour in the flowers and leaves. adding a wash of antique linen to the background.
I added a little bit of string around the stems.
I created a frame for the front of my card using two stitched rectangle dies.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Happy Birthday Kim

Kim Heggins of Cupcakes, Cards and Kim is celebrating her birthday today 


Kylie from Addicted to Stamps and More is hosting a surpirse Linky party here on her blog. 

Here is my card for Kim -

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Birthday Greetings

Hello .......

Today is the start of a new challenge over at 
CAS Colours & Sketches
and my 3rd week as GDT member.

I have used petite petals stamp set from Stampin Up, and stamped my flowers in Marina Mist and Night of Navy before punching out with the co-ordinating punch. I used a curved border die from Spellbinders to create the edge in coral card and then die cut a curve from my white panel to match.
The grunge stamp is from the awsomely artistic set stamped in Calypso Coral ink.
I have used the same sentiment as my previous DT card, I just love the font on this sentiment from Wetlands stampe set.

In the garden - MAWTT

Welcome to a new challenge at MAWTT.

It is the turn of team A to host the challenge, and Zoe as set the theme 

In The Garden

I decided to create a little garden scene using Gleeful Gardens stamp set and matching die cuts by Lawn Fawn.  I coloured my images with pro markers before die cutting, the grassy hills are die cut from Old Olive card stock, I also die cut the little clouds, and sun.
I used a card base of pool party.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Happy together

I can not believe that I have made this card so quick!! I was browsing the challenges that I sometimes enter and when I saw the new challenge over at The Paper Players I knew that I was going to get out the sale-a-bration stamp set Pedal Pusher.

This week is a colour challenge and I decided to keep my card very CAS, I stamped the bicycle in black and then added the basket in Bermuda Bay followed by the hearts in Calypso Coral.
The sentiment is from the same set stamped in black.  I nearly made this as a one layer but decided to give it a little dimensions by mounting my panel onto foam pads

Distress ink lifting

Hello .............

I have made it back to blog land!  and will hopefully catch up with you all over the next few days.

We decided to have a week away in the caravan (last min) so we went off to Sandringham in Norfolk for a week.  We had a great time even though the weather was a little cold, we managed to get lots of walks with our dog Millie, who loves running around on the beach, and we even managed fish & chips sitting on a bench in the sunshine.

I only took a few craft supplies with me and I did not have my laptop because my son was in the process of cleaning it up.  While away I decided to have a go at Jenifer Mcguire's Distress ink lifting technique which is available HERE

For this first card I used a stamp from Clearly Besotted winter blooms.  I stamped the image in versa mark ink and then heat embossed in white.  I used chipped saphire distress ink to cover the whole card panel (2.5 inch by 5 1/2 inch), then added water as per the video.  I loved playing about with this technique although it does use quiet a bit of ink !!

For this card I embossed some lines to form a rectangle in the centre of my card, cut the panel down and adhered to the centre, the sentiment is from Crazy about you stamp set.

For my second card I used You've got this stamp set and again used some white embossing powder,  this was actually my first panel that I created!  the inking is not so good (need practise)
I created a little frame for this card using two stitched rectangle dies, and then adhered with some foam pads.  

I did try this technique using some ink pads from stampin up but you don't get such a good effect.

I am adding this into the 

Thursday, 10 March 2016

CAS Colours & Sketches

Today is the start of a new challenge over at CAS Colours & Sketches, and this is my 2nd card as GDT

I have used a panel of cardstock that I created using Melon Mambo and Daffodil delight ink pads and a littl bit of inka gold mixed with some water and then smooshed my card onto it.
I used a stitched square die from Simon Says Stamps and the butterfly is a from Cheery Lynn and I just added some little gems.  I used some fun foam behind my panel.
The sentiment is one of my favourites and is from Wetlands stamp set stamped in Melon Mambo ink

Do visit the blog and see what the DT have created for your inspiration.

I am also linking this card to the CAS mix up challenge, stamping - sentiment, watercolouring - panel, and my choice is die cut

Friday, 4 March 2016

Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge

Welcome to a new challenge at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge, this month the theme is shaped card,

I don't tend to make many shapped cards so I have opted for a quick and simple Z fold card.
I started with a piece of cardstock 11 inch x 41/4 scored at 51/2 inch and then scored the front of the card at 2 3/4 and folded to make the Z.

for my image I created a stencil from christmas ornament die, placed it over a piece of craft card and sponged with white pigment ink.  To create a more defined outer edge I used a white pencil around the stencil before i removed it.
The image was stamped in Crumb Cake and then highlighted with some white pencil and gel pen. I also added some glitter to the roof and over the bauble.
I used a sentiment from the same stamp set for inside the card, and then added some gold ribbon around the front.
I was inspired by a card on the Inkylicious blog for my card today.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Painted Petals

I have some exciting news to share..........
Last week I was asked to be the guest DT member for CAS Colours & Sketches challenge blog for the month of March.  I jumped at the chance... This is my first card for the GDT

The Stampin' Up colour names are for reference; however, you may use any companies' products for your cards as long as you match our colours as closely as possible. Lighter and darker shades of the three challenge colours, such as derived from watercoloring an image, are allowed. You may also use white, ivory, kraft, or black for your card base and layers, for image outlines, or for sentiments. However, in order to be considered for our weekly winners, you must not use any other colours.

When I saw these colours I knew that I wanted to use a flower for the Real Red and the darker green for leaves but I was unsure how the Mint Macaron would fit in, until I remembered that I had some DSP in Mint Macaron.  
I created a small panel by matting my Mint Macaron DSP onto green card stock and adhering onto my card base.  I then cut a panel from Whisper White and using Painted Petals stamp set, green and red ink I stamped my flowers, I then stamped the 3 circles in Mint Macaron ink these are part of the same stamp set.
The sentiment was stamped in black ink over the flower stems.

Please visit the blog HERE and see what the DT have created for your inspiration