Friday, 17 November 2017


T'is still the Season for Christmas cards on my blog - I hope you are not getting fed up of seeing them all yet - This one is for CASE this Sketch challenge and here's the sketch.


 I'm using an old SU stamp set called Season of Joy for my card.  I've kept it to the one colour of Old Olive and used some of the Old Olive Color Theory DSP.  I've just added some pearls and a piece of thread as if the sentiment is hanging on a wall.  I used the largest of the Stitched Framelits to cut out the sentiment.  I quite like how this turned out and may have a go at doing some different colour ways.


Thursday, 16 November 2017


Something a little different from me to day - some Christmas tags rather than Christmas cards.  My inspiration came from Stamping Sensations challenge blog which wanted single layer stamping so I thought I would make a start on some tags.

I've used the very popular Santa Collage stamp by Rubber Stampede - a firm favourite for me for Christmas.  I've paired him up with a Reindeer stamp and used lots of Tim Holtz distress inks on them.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017


Well I've gone from Winter and snow to back to Autumn again - two seasons in one day lol! 

This time I'm joining in with Retro Rubber challenge again and they had a picture for us to take our inspiration from with the colours of Fall or Autumn as we say over here in the UK. I'm also including this in Inkspirational Challenge this week whose theme is Trend.  Well I'm right on trend here with Autumn and I'm thinking retro stamps are trendy right now too!

I turned to my trusty Cherry Pie Art stamps again and some old rubber stamps I've had for over 10 years but they are still going strong.  I think the main image of the girl is called Flora - I've also used an old Hero Arts collage stamp called Love, Life, Beauty and a Cherry Pie stamp with the butterfly on it comes from a set called Art and Butterflies.

 I used some SU Island Indigo as the cardstock and embossed the sentiment from Beautiful You in Copper embossing powder.  Some copper thread wound round the cardimage also adds a bit of detail.  The stamping of the girl was done with an old SU spectrum Stampin Pad - its a shame you can't get these any more - its a great way of getting different colours on one stamp.



It seems I have snow on my mind - yesterday and today's post all about snow!

This card is for the Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge this week - it isn't snow - its a sketch but these little snowmen came to mind - an old SU set called Flaky Friends.


I inked them up in Island Indigo by SU and then coloured them in with some old SU markers using the following colours:  Not Quite Navy, More Mustard, Ruby Red and a touch of Close to Cocoa for the bird.  The backing paper is some old SU with clear acetate that has snow on it layered over the top.  I think the ribbon looks like snowballs across the bottom.  The greeting is non SU and has been cut out in the Island Indigo and covered with glitter.


Tuesday, 14 November 2017


White Christmases are few and far between in Hampshire and if snow does come it tends to come in January February, not December.  May I digress for a moment and tell you about the most magical White Christmas we did have as a family.  It was 2003 and we were living in Houston Texas.  It was Christmas Eve and we had taken the children to see Polar Express, the new movie just for Christmas.  When we went into the cinema it was a normal Houston evening - after watching that magical film we came outside to find snow!!!  None of us could believe it - that really has to be the ultimate White Christmas!

The challenge over at Paper Players is White on White so I chose to do a White Christmas card - my first ever and oh I think I may be hooked.  I love how peaceful they look.  Although my supplies for producing white on white are a bit limited I'm going to try and have another play and see what I can come up with.

I still had another one of the cut out reindeers and trees from when I crafted with a friend a few weeks ago - the words I think are Tim Holtz cut outs.  The snowflakes are from SU as is the ribbon.  There is a wash of Wink of Stella over the deer, the snowflakes and the words just to make the card sparkle and the deer have been layered with dimensionals to give some depth to the card.

I'm also entering this for the following challenges:

Sweet Stampin Christmas - Anything Goes 
CHNC Challenge - Christmas with an option of Reindeer


Sunday, 12 November 2017


 As yesterday's card was a CAS  today I've gone all out for "let's get everything on there" sort of card!  This one is going into the Country View Challenge which asked for stencils. And Creative Artiste Mixed Media which is anything goes.  Craft Stamper is also new to me and their challenge is Anything Goes.  I've also been told about a new challenge called Frilly and Funkie whose theme is Timeworn.

Somewhere in the back of my cupboard I remembered I had a Tim Holtz clock stencil.  As I'm still in Christmas card mode I thought this would make a good base for a Christmas Time card - excuse the pun!

 I inked up my background water colour paper over the clock stencil with Tim Holtz distress inks in Aged Mahogany, Antique Linen, a touch of SU Pear Pizzazz and Soft Suede. The greetings is a die cut and was inked with SU Cherry Cobbler.  The Tree was also die cut, inked in Pear Pizzazz and covered in Dazzling Diamonds.  I got very inky making this card and I love the way it has come together. 



Saturday, 11 November 2017


I find CAS a challenge style for me but I like to challenge myself so often try and join in with the CAS challenges - just to try a different style.  I'm really happiest sponging inks and making collage cards but its nice to do something a bit different.

So today I have joined in with Addicted to CAS whose challenge this week is bows.   As I'm still on my mission to make Christmas cards, a Christmas bow was my choice.

I have this lovely tag stamp with the vintage style woman on it - I'm not sure where I got it from as I've had it a long time, so wanted to use it.   I chose to use it with some of SU's Designer Series Paper cut out with Stitched Framelits to look like presents all wrapped up with some glittery red and white thread.

 I had to restrain myself from putting anything else on the card and walk away and leave it.


Friday, 10 November 2017


In my quest to make as many Christmas cards as I can by joining in Challenges I was pleased to find Christmas Card Challenges - right up my street.  They gave us the following image for our inspiration which is cute animals.


Initially I was stumped as I didn't think I had any stamps that could work for this challenge but then I remembered Pretty Kitty and there is no reason why they couldn't be changed into Christmas Cats.  I've used some of the Merry Christmas Designer Paper from Stampin Up and the Joy is from Inkadinkadoo.  The swirl is from Season of Joy. 

The ribbons in the kitties and the bauble in the sentiment have been given a bit of glitter with some Dazzling Diamonds and layered on to the stitched framelits.  I'm a member of our local Cat's Protection here in Hampshire and I am excited and extremely honoured to have been chosen as a Cat Foster.  That means that in January I will be looking after cats that need homes and fostering them until new homes can be found.  So this card is perfect for me at the moment because my life is all about the cats!


Thursday, 9 November 2017


I have yet to find a nice stamp with the wording Oh Christmas Tree on it - I'm sure there are lots out there - it would have been handy for this card for the As You See It Challenge this week - which is a panel card and a sketch.

I've used an old SU stamp set here Season of Joy for the trees and Merry Little Labels for the Just for You.  The colours are the lovely Lemon Lime Twist ink, paper and ribbon.  The sentiment is stamped in Fresh Fig and Old Olive and is from Inkadinkadoo.

A touch of bling on the stars from some Rhinestones finishes off this card.

I'm loving joining in with all these challenges - I'm getting a really nice assortment of Christmas cards ready for the season.


Wednesday, 8 November 2017


I love reindeer at Christmas - whether it is cards or decorations - I try and fill the house with them of all sorts.  The Challenge over at TGIF Challenges isn't reindeers but it is a colour challenge of muted colours which I think lend themselves to reindeer cards.

My reindeer is an old stamp by Anita.  I've used the suggested colours of Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand and Soft Suede with a touch of Early Espresso.  The music stamp is from Cherry Pie and the Bronze Thread which you can just see is SU.



How many of us have stamp sets that we've never used? Lots I guess - and how many of us have stamp sets that we've used some of the stamps but not all?  I was looking at the Paper Players challenge this week which is Holiday Pines thinking - hmm don't think I have anything with a pine on it.  Lo and behold I was using an old SU set Autumn Days and what should be in it but pines - never ever inked up!

 I used some marker pens to ink up the stamp to get the two colours of green and brown for the pines and inspired by a card on Pinterest I turned them into a wreath.  There is some Wink of Stella on the fir cones to make them sparkle.  The sentiment is from a set by Inkadinkadoo and it also includes those little pines.  Seems I do have stamps with pines on!



One of the things I liked about living in Houston for a few years was Thanksgiving in November. This is such a lovely Holiday - where everyone comes together and just gives thanks.  Sadly although other American traditions have come over to the UK this one hasn't yet.  Although my family and I carried the tradition on when we moved back home.

The challenge over at SU Only challenges this week is a nod to this sentiment and their theme is Being Thankful.  The challenge over at Global Design Project is to case their card.  I've used the autumnal colours and the thank you as my inspiration.  Crafty Calender Challenge is a new challenge to me and they are looking for Autumn Colours.

I had just been using this retired SU set Autumn Days for another challenge and it is one of my favourites with the pheasant so I decided to use it for this challenge.

 I used two old SU inks for this too - More Mustard and Really Rust.  The sentiment is from Feather Together and the leaves are from Colourful Seasons.


Tuesday, 7 November 2017


I was so excited to see I had been chosen as one of the top three from Retro Rubber challenge last week - it was my first time entering and my first real foray into live outside of SU - it couldn't have started any better.

My card today is to be entered into the Sunday Stamps challenge SSC165 - they have given us a colour challenge and this gorgeous image to work with  - such gorgeous rich colours.


I've used a very old but favourite stamp here called Santa Collage by Rubber Stampede - I think it is quite a famous stamp in cardland as you see it often and I've had it years.  I love adding it with a Believe stamp and that word always reminds me of Polar Express - one of my favourite films at Christmas time.


Thursday, 2 November 2017


Do you ever feel as though you are going round in circles? My life is a bit like that at the moment. The Try It On Tuesday challenge actually has circles as their theme this week.  Watercooler Wednesday has a Feminine Anything Goes. Moo Mania and More is a new challenge to me and their theme is Feminine.

I've pulled out my Cherry Pie Stamps again and a sentiment from SU Beautiful You for this card.  It was inked up with Tim Holtz distress inks and some SU Fresh Fig.  Layered onto some purple cardstock - purple isn't a colour I use very often but I think it shows off these colours really well.  The addition of a vintage style circle brad finishes off this card.  THere is a touch of Wink of Stella on the image of the woman but I don't think it shows very well on camera.



Wednesday, 1 November 2017


I love Reindeer at Christmas - whether its on cards or decorations.  Last week I spent some time with a close friend and fellow crafter at her house - well when I tell you her amount of stash is like going into a craft shop you will understand that I was like a child in a sweet shop.  I couldn't actually focus on making a decision of what to make as there was so much to choose from!!!

I did however find this gorgeous die cut of the reindeer and the trees.  Sadly I don't know what make it is.  I kept it simple with just backing it on to some Navy card stock and sparkled up the base with snow glitter.  The sentiment is embossed in silver and fits this card perfectly.

I'm including this in the Paper Players challenge this week which is a Tic Tac Toe


 I've gone for the Tree, Christmas, Silver/Gold option.  I love these Tic Tac Toe challenges and this is a great one to join in with.  

I'm also adding this to The Holly and Ivy Christmas challenge which is Anything Goes 

Over at CAS Colours and Sketches they have a double whammy of a sketch and colour challenge.  I don't have the exact colours they mention but I've used similar SU ones.

This card also features the reindeer from the Heart's Come Home stamp set - the Believe stamp is an old one I've had for a long time.

I've used Soft Suede as the cardstock - although it looks grey in this picture.  The papers are from Daisy Delight DSP and  Be Merry DSP with some gold thread tied around the middle.  A basic rhinestone gives the card a bit of sparkle.


Friday, 27 October 2017


Excuse the pun in my title but I couldn't resist it - another Christmas card from me today - well Yule card to be exact.  This one is inspired by the Paper Players who have a sketch for us to follow:

 I've used an embossing folder for the holly as a background - the papers are from the new SU designer series papers.  The Yule stamp is a very old one and I'm not sure where I got it from - the Christmas Tree is a Cherry Pie one and I love that it says Happy Christmas in lots of languages.

 Another card to add to my growing Christmas Card Stash!



Wednesday, 25 October 2017


I have a lot of friends who groan when I mention Christmas this early but really us crafters have to get ahead of the game - it's no use waiting until December to start making our cards is it?  So I am going to challenge myself to make some Christmas cards for some Challenge blogs over the next few weeks, that way I should have a good amount of Christmas cards in all different styles.

The challenge over at CAS Colours and Sketches this week is a Sketch -

 I often find Sketches challenging as I tend to follow them to the letter and really need to use them as guidelines rather than rules - you know the phrase out of Pirates of the Caribbean lol!

 My card uses a very old Cherry Pie Art stamp with all the Merry Christmas's written in different languages - it has been my go to stamp for Christmas for manyyears.  I masked it and stamped two trees full of glitter behind it - I'm not sure where the other tree stamp came from.  The sentiment is also one of my favourites as Meet Me In St Louis with Judy Garland when she sings that song is one of my favourite Christmas Movies.

I'm also including this in Watercooler Wednesday's Challenge this week which is all about Christmas .

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

All about the Boo!

It's no surprise there are a lot of Hallowe'en challenges around at the moment. As You See It Challenge is also using the theme and they have said Scary or cute Boo!  Not sure I do scary so cute Boo it is!

Hand Stamped Sentiments have given us a great image to work with also on this theme 


 This is an old Stampin' Up Set from 2003 I think which was called Bitty Boos.  I've kept it all these years because it's just such a fun set  - here I've used some SU inks of Lemon Lime Twist and Tangerine Tango.  I think my favourite little image is the cat!



I was so pleased to find this Challenge Blog - Retro Rubber - especially as I am returning to some of my old beloved stamps that I haven't used in quite a long while. 

Their Challenge this week is a sketch challenge -  I found this quite daunting at first until I saw the inspiration from their Design Team and decided to think a little outside the box.

 RRCB 74

 I have gone to my Cherry Pie Art Stamps here for this card.  These stamps have to be from about 2004/5 and could be even older.  The name of this set is Mix Collage #3 and I have also used the music stamp from a set called Renaissance.

 I've used three Tim Holtz Distress Inks on the Very Vanilla paper - Antique Linen, Spiced Marmalade and Aged Mahogany.  It is layered on to Early Espresso Cardstock from SU and some jewels added onto the stars.