Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Playing With Paper For CAS-ual Fridays

Good evening,

I can't believe this is my third post of the day, I'm really on a roll, if only I could do this everyday!
My final card of the day is combining two challenges, CAS-ual Fridays whose challenge was three shades of one colour plus brown. I have chosen Pool Party, Marina Mist, Island Indigo and Crumb Cake.

and a sketch from The Paper Players

I have changed the sketch a little, I wanted my shades of blue, to get gradually larger as they went down the card front. I have also used my sentiment as the central focal point of the card to keep it quite simple.

I stamped the flower image onto each layer of coloured CS in the same ink to give a tone-on-tone pattern, then decided to use it as an accent as well which I just couldn't resist glittering!

I know I probably shouldn't say be I'm really pleased with how it turned out. When I started I didn't think it was going to work, but somehow it all came together in the end, yay!

Well that's all from me today, hope you will come by and see me again soon. xx

A Freshly Made Card

Hello again,

My day is panning out quite well this is my second post for today, and I'm back with a card for a challenge that is new to me, it's called Freshly Made Sketches. Each Wednesday a new sketch is uploaded for us to play along with , this is a fairly new challenge, I'm joining in with week 4, so I'm sure they'd love you to stop by and join in.

The sketch features a tag, I don't put tags on my cards very often but I always like the effect when I do. Here's what I came up with.

A non-crafter may think that all the elements of a card like this are already printed and you just cut and stick, but I really enjoy starting with a plain white piece of paper and ending up with something pretty, which is just what I did with this tag. I decided to leave the image uncoloured, as there was quit a lot of detail in the background. I'm so sad that Bella Toile will be gone forever after Friday, boo hoo.

See you again soon, I hope. xx

Calypso Coral Cupcakes

Good morning,

After a horrible day at work yesterday and a walk-a-bout cat I was so glad that I had booked today off as holiday a while back. Not only is the weather lovely, but I'm planning to spend the day crafting and possibly watch the king's speech later, just what I need!

I'm hoping that this won't be my only card I get completed today, I have been looking at the finale Viva sketch I still had to complete to enter the months competition for some time, but nothing was coming to me. So while I was looking at some challenges this weeks Color Throwdown combo jumped out at me, it contains 3 in-colours 2 of them brand new ones available to you from Saturday!

I wasn't sure that Poppy Parade and Calypso Coral would go together but actually I think they are a great match, they layer together perfectly. I didn't want to go too over the top with the Chocolate Chip so I just stuck to stamping and inking edges with it. I have added Dazzling diamond glitter to the cupcake frosting, a girl can't have a cupcake without glitter. This card is for my niece Beth, whose birthday is early next month, so I have added a monogram to the tag which I rubbed over with Champagne mist shimmer paint, looks lovely IRL.

Here's the sketch the Viva La Verve sketch that I was working from, as you can see I have swapped that flower element for you a bow tied with Poppy Parade ribbon.

Why not give it ago yourself, xx

Monday, 26 September 2011

Something For Christmas

Good evening,

Tonight I'd like to share with you a card that I have made using a brand new a la carte stamp called Something For Christmas, it features three sentiments Christmas sentiments all in a row with baubles hanging from the last one.

For this card I have used marker pens to colour each of the sentiments a different shade of blue, Night of Navy, Marina Mist and a new in-colour Island Indigo, stamped repeatedly to make my own backing paper.
I have mixed this new stamp with a current one, Tree Trimmings, Serene Snowflakes and a little shimmer paint for that added Christmas sparkle.

Hope you like it, xx

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Viva La Throwdown

Good evening,

I really wanted to get another of this months Viva La Verve sketches done, the end of the month is fast approaching and I still have another to get finished before Thursday!

 I needed a great colour combo to go with it so headed over to Color Throwdown where they have a gorgeously girly one.

I have swapped the large tag for three small ones, and do you spy new product?? Yes the punch is a brand spanking new one, it's also great for threading ribbon threw!

Are you ready for Monday? Coz it's just around the corner, see you then. xx

Simply Stampin' CASE


I got up early this morning and intended to have a card ready to post much earlier than this, but I couldn't stop myself adding a bit more detail, once I'd decided on some hand stitching I knew it was going to be a while.

This mornings offering is combining Simply Stampin' who have given us a colour combo right up my street,
You may have noticed that I have posted a few cards lately featuring the neutrals, and I have taken my card inspiration from this weeks CASE Study, This card is very much my style so I get great fun with the combination this week.

I love cards with butterflies, so I pulled out my All a Flutter stamp, Beautiful Wings embosslit, and Botanical Gazette. I've also taken the opportunity to use the beautiful Parlour Prints background stamp on the Choc Chip layer.
I'm hoping that this card may get me noticed for the Simply Stampin' DT call, I've followed the challenge since it began and I'd love to be part of the team, so fingers crossed!

See you again soon, xx

Friday, 23 September 2011

My New Favourite Christmas Stamp

Good Afternoon,

I can't hold it in any longer, I have to share a new stamp set with you. This is my favourite new Christmas stamp set, it has a gorgeous image and several great sentiments, and I'm sure by Christmas you will be sick of the sight of this one!

I have combined this new stamp set called Beautiful Season, with the final Viva La Verve sketch for this month, I must get around to making the other two that I haven't done for this month yet!

I have taken my colour palette from The shabby Tea Room, this week's challenge is entitled 'Vintage White', and the colours I have chosen to use from the selection are, Vanilla, Crumb Cake (Kraft), and Chocolate Chip. I have also used another new stamp, called Parlour Prints. I love the vintage style of this stunning background stamp.

 I wanted to show you a close up of the image it is so delicate, this time I have left it uncoloured except for a little Champagne shimmer paint which I've applied to the berries which a cotton bud to get little perfect circles of shimmer.

Of course it looks even more pretty and sparkly in real life.

I hope my little sneak peek has you even more excited about the new catalogue, only a week to wait, yippee!! xx

Monday, 19 September 2011

Mojo's Back!

Good Evening,

I'm not just talking about my personal mojo, I'm talking about Mojo Monday, they have been taking a little break for the past 2 weeks but they have returned to help us get the grey matter working, and I for one am relieved they are back!

Here's the sketch they are designed for us to play with

Isn't it fab, a perfect for sketch for me because I love to matt and layer so I decided to make a card with an autumnal feel, I know many of you will be holding onto the last days of summer, but I quite like autumn. I love the colours of the leaves changing, snuggling under a duvet with my fluffy slippers on, and its means that I can start to get excited about my all time favourite part of the!

I have taken the colour combo from my colour coach and tweaked a little, the colours I have used are, More Mustard, Not quite Navy, and Garden Green.

The eagle-eyed among you will have spotted the ribbon and may be thinking to yourself, Stampin' up! don't make that colour ribbon, and you'd be right, I have taken the white organza ribbon and colour tinted it with More Mustard to make a matching ribbon for my card. I also blasted the tails with my heatgun until they curled up, but unfortunately they were too long for the card so I had to chop them down a lot.

Hope you have a great week, xx

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Colour Q Sail Away


I wanted to play along with a couple of challenges, a colour combo from Colour Q and a sketch from Simply Stampin. When I first saw the colours I wasn't quite sure how I was going to put them all together, I was fine with the green blue and grey, it was the red that threw me.

However when I popped over to check out this weeks challenge at Simply stampin they had a great sketch and I knew that the strips along the bottom would be a great way to use all the colours!

I have changed the sketch just a little bit, I wanted to make a masculine card and I wasn't sure about the scallop trim along the bottom of the image panel so instead I've added a little row of jumbo eyelets.
I can't believe that I haven't used this stamp before, I've had it for ages!

Now it's seen ink once I'm sure I'll be reaching for it more often, I've seen it used in so many different ways!

See you again soon, xx

Masculine CASE Study

Good Afternoon,

Sorry for my absence the last week, I don't know where the time has gone?? But I'm back now with my take on this weeks CASE Study challenge, I loved the simplicity of this weeks card and I've tried to stay close to the original with mine as it was so pretty, here is the card the lovely ladies gave us to work with

I have used the Lovely As a Tree stamp for my image which means I can also enter this card for the Paper Players challenge, which is clean and simple with an animal or plant theme.

So here is my card,

I must say I'm very proud of my bows lately, before I just used to tie a knot, which I still do if I'm in a hurry, but I think with practice I'm getting better at bows, I'm hoping that I can get away with a bow on a masculine card because its not a girly colour, what do you think? Am I kidding myself?

Hope to be back later with another card, xx

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Sketch and Stamp

Good evening,

I'm back with another sketch and colour challenge combo. The sketch is taken from a new challenge I've found called Sketch and Stamp, as you may have guessed they ask that you follow the sketch and use stamping, either traditional or digital within the design.

The colour combo I have used is this weeks challenge over at the Play Date Cafe, I wasn't sure if I could pull off the bright blue with the other colours, but I don't think I've done to badly with it.

Once again I have used the Garden Whimsy set from my card, I have used a sponge dauber to get the two toned effect on my butterfly and to colour the tulips. The colours I have used are Night of Navy, Tempting Turquoise and So Saffron.

 I have swapped the scallop circle element of the sketch for the popped up butterfly, which fits in perfectly for this weeks Simply Stampin' challenge which this week is Flutterby Butterfly, I'd also like to thank for ladies for naming me top 3 for last weeks challenge!

Hope you'll pop back and see me again sometime, xx

In a Flash

Good morning,

I was all excited for the Viva la Verve first sketch of September, I logged on the the website, saw the sketch and felt my heart sink. Firstly it was a DL card, I always find these cards difficult for some reason. It also had three shaped elements on it and I don't have any shaped dies that were small enough to have three on the front of the card.
I couldn't get past the mind set of 'I can't do it', I've been looking at it over and over again hoping that inspiration would strike me. Well last night, when the cat was being particularly annoying I suddenly thought Fun Flowers die!

I wanted to combine my idea with a great colour combo, and this week The Paper Players have just that, I do love Razzleberry and Olive together, and I'm really warming to grey.

So I grabbed my Fun Flowers die and set to work. My next problem was deciding which stamp set to use for the centres, I decided upon Garden Whimsy, I wish that I'd used this set a lot more, it really is a great little set with great insect and flower images and two sentiments too.

I'm so pleased that I gave this one a go, I think this maybe the fist DL card I've made that I really quite like.

Thanks for stopping by, xx

Friday, 9 September 2011

CASEing with Garden Whimsy


I've been nearly all week without doing any crafting, so I had to combine a couple of challenges to get a quick fix, I love this weeks CASE study card, the layout is gorgeous so I have decided to use that with the colour combo from Simply Stampin'.

Here is my creation

I am loving using stitching on my cards at the moment so I sat and stitched the triangle piece onto the Bashful Blue base last night while watching TV, and finished off the details this afternoon.

Here is the gorgeous CASE card

and the colours of the challenge
I have cheated a little because I've used all the colours above plus a little Elegant Eggplant for the sponging on the butterfly and sentiment. I'm so sad to see this set go, it was the very first SU! set I bought and I think the little dotted details are so cute. The sentiment is also retiring it's from a hostess set called Afterthoughts.

Hopefully I'll be back more often over the weekend to share some more cards with you, xx

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

More Sell Out News

Good evening,

Just a very quick post this evening as I have not been well all day today.

The following items have also sold out from the retiring list

Choo Choo stamp set
Jolly Holiday DSP
Silver elastic cord

See you soon

Monday, 5 September 2011

Sell Out News

Good evening,

I have news of the first sell out items from the retired list

Sense of time stamp set
2010-2012 in colour re-inkers
Riding Hood red 12x12 cardstock
Jumbo eyelets, both colourways
Star punch

We are only days into the sale and already having sell-outs, I'm not surprised about the Sense of Time set at all.

On to a card I have made using a set that will be staying out in the new catalogue, Just Believe,

Although this wonderful stamp set is staying with us, unfortunately the beautiful Springtime Vintage DSP is not :(

See you soon, xx

Sunday, 4 September 2011

CASE Study with Natures Walk

Hello again,

I forget to share with you in my earlier post I was very excited to find out that this weekend I have been awarded top 3 at Simply Stampin', and as if that wasn't enough I also was awarded 'cut above' at The Paper Players, what a weekend, because of my good fortune the last couple of weeks I have added a tab to share my challenge wins with you. Yay!

Anyway back to business, I am LOVING this months muse CASE Study, her style is right up my street, and this weeks card is a beauty. Here is the card in question
Isn't it gorgeous, it was a breeze to make a card for this challenge I immediately thought of the birdcage from the Natures Walk set, and I loved the musical notes stamped over the polka dots, so I have added this to my card too.

I have used similar colours, Old Olive, Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip. I'm very proud of my bow I normally cheat and just tie a knot, but because of the beautiful bow of the inspiration card I wanted to at least give it a try. If you look close you will see music notes stamped onto polka dot Old Olive DSP, and I finished my card off with a hanging strip of rhinestones. I will also be entering this card for the Our Creative Corner challenge of over stamping on DSP. Finally the greeting is from Occasional Greetings which is retiring at the end of this month, boo hoo!

See you later in the week with some more cards, xx