Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Addicted to Stamps-sketch

Hi and welcome to our first sketch challenge at Addicted to Stamps. Here is the sketch that we'd like you to follow, although you can twist it around as you wish as long as the basic layout is there.

I have used a yellow base card and the white card I cut out a shape using Spellbinders label die and then a smaller one to mount in the centre. I cut two smaller ones again and matted them onto the same yellow card that I embossed first. The stamped images are by Chapel Art embossed in clear EP and inked over with Shabby Shutters DI. Green seam binding and some little punched flowers and leaves complete the card.

Pop over to Addicted to Stamps to see what the rest of the team  have produced there are some fabulous cards!
I do hope you'll join us this week, we love to see your entries and good luck with the challenge:)

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Make My Monday - colour wheel

It's the fourth week at Make My Monday with a focus on the color wheel!  This week the main focus is on ANALOGOUS COLOURS.

Analogous colors are colors that sit in a group of three right next to each other on the color wheel.  We usually use these combinations when doing monochromatic artwork.  This week we are focusing on blues and Mynnette would like to see creations using turquoise, light blue, and dark blue with white or cream as your neutrals. You may stamp lined images and sentiments in either black or brown, but solid images should be stamped in one of the three blues.

My card this week started off as a bunch of flowers and ended up as a Christmas card!! 

White base card
Dark blue and Turquoise coredinations card
Embossing folder
Whimsy die
Banner from SU Pines and Poinsettias

This was the best photo I could capture and the turquoise card looks more like a pale green but IRL it's blue! I sanded the embossing to get the paler blue and paper pieced the bank at the front. This is the first time I've used this EF and I may make a few more for Christmas as I like the depth it gives:)

Thanks for taking the time to visit and hopefully let me know what you think!

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Less is More week 77-Theme

"Hey there Mister Blue I'm so pleased to be with you
        Look around see what you do, everybody smiles at you"

This song is stuck in my head so apologies folks:)
At least it's true today!
The LIM challenge this week is a theme and it's

For this it could be machine or hand sewing.. faux or stamped... you could even use sewing related images... just let your imagination roam!

I've never stitched on a card before although I can use a sewing machine but I remembered I had a little hand machine that I could use. Perhaps I should have got my big machine out the stitching would have been straighter:) Anyway I liked the final result, what do you think?

The poster found on a sewing blog
Digi stamp from Vintage Stamps
Green thread

Check out the amazing cards that Chrissie and Mandi have produced and thanks for taking the time to visit I appreciate any thoughts you may have:)

Friday, 20 July 2012

Make My Monday Colour Wheel Challenge

Afternoon everyone from a dull, drizzly London, although Mister Blue Sky is supposed to be here for the weekend! That song is driving me mad I love it but we have sung it so much this term and now it's on the British Gas advert!! Maybe we sang it too much and frightened him off:)
Anyway back to the challenge. I moaned about the colours last week and came in the Top 3 and I can't say I love this weeks colours either! This week it's complimentary colours of :

Now let me think, when was the last time I wore these colours? 1964 maybe:)
Just joking Mynnette! I quite liked it once I started thinking about what to do. Here is my card, what do you think?

White base card
Coredinations in purple and yellow
Anna Griffin punch
Free stamp from Creativity mag
SeeDee sentiment and brad

I masked the first stamped image and stamped the skirt again for extra fullness. I coloured with PM's and added gold glitter with my glue pen and fussy cut and mounted with pinflair.
Thanks for visiting and hopefully leaving a comment:)

Scrapbook Challenge #2 Holiday time!

Hi everyone and here we are with our 2nd scrapbook challenge at Addicted to Stamps.  Victoria has chosen this months theme and it is HOLIDAYS.  We want to encourage reluctant scrappers so it can be anything holiday related and either hand or digitally scrapped. Thanks goodness for that as digitally scrapping is all I do:)
Here is my layout showing a holiday last May in the South of France.

I used Craft Artist and the photos bring back lovely memories:) Hopefully you will be encouraged to give scrapping a go and join our challenge this month. Check out the link for the rest of the DT layouts:)
Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog and hopefully leaving a comment so that I can visit you.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Less is More week 76 - one layer

Wow huge freedom this week with the LIM challenge although it's a bit like a large menu when you have too much choice:) 

Everyone's favourite... the 
One Layer Challenge 
and this week it's really simple

Three of anything that is, three colours, three images, three stamps, three words, the number three.... it's up to you, but don't forget the white space, a simple design and just one layer!

I've gone for a butterfly theme using a set of stamps from Little Claire Designs. I used the tree and the cat and added a sentiment to the butterfly trail, so that's my three stamps.
I coloured the images with PM's and rounded the opposite corners.
I'm also entering this in the CASology challenge where the cue card is HAPPY. Happy is in my sentiment, a butterfly tree makes me happy and the cat is smiling!! Probably ate the only bird in the tree:)
Thanks for visiting me and be sure to leave a comment so I can repay the favour;)

Addicted to Stamps week 5

Morning everyone and welcome to week 5 at our new challenge blog, Addicted to Stamps. This week we'd like to see a CAS card, clean and simple with minimal layers or embellishments. This style of card works very well for male cards and  I know lots of us struggle with them:)
Here is my take on the challenge and I hope you like it!

Square base card
Tim Holtz stamp
Freebie watch and sentiment stamp from Craft Stamper
Silver mirri mat
Black Memento ink

I do hope you'll join us this week I can't wait to see what you come up with. Don't forget to check out the blog to see what the rest of the DT have come up with for your inspiration.
Good luck!

Saturday, 14 July 2012

A wedding card for one of my all time favourite students!!

One of my loveliest hairdressing students is marrying her fiancé, Dan, on Saturday and here is the card I made for her.

The stamp is La Blanche embossed in silver and with a few added pearls, blue gems and silver glitter. Also peeloffs for the names and royal blue ribbon to close the card.

The inside has a cut out heart and the BP is vellum with Martyina and Dan's photo printed in a heart frame. There is a silver heart charm hanging from the centre.
The butterflies ( a freebie by Indigoblu from Craft Stamper ) are stamped and decoupaged with a gem at the head.
I made a box with Centura pearl card and my Enveloplus board and added a little dry embossing .

Thanks for looking and I love to read your comments:)

Wednesday, 11 July 2012


A brand new challenge blog started this week called CASology and each week they will post a cue card containing a single word, for you to interpret as you wish, as long as you keep it CLEAN and SIMPLE.
One of my blogging friends, Rosemary, is on the DT and I'm always blown away by her cards so I thought I'd join in:)
The cue card this week is SUN. Hilarious or what? I don't think I can remember what it looks like!! I tell a lie it came out for about half an hour this afternoon before the thunder and rain:)
Anyway here is my offering for this challenge:

The colour is not as vivid in real life, it seemed to get brighter as I took the photo! The EF is a Tim Holtz one with Mustard Seed DI. The die is a Memory box one and the sentiment is created with my Xyron digital printer and cut out with an SU label punch. Hope it's CAS enough for the challenge!
Thanks for taking the time to look and I love to read any comments you may leave:)

MMM colour wheel challenge!

Hi everyone well I usually look forward to Mondays to see what the new challenge is over at
 Make My Monday but this month is proving difficult for me! The whole month is based around the colour wheel and this week we have to use secondary colours of PURPLE, ORANGE and GREEN. Not a colour combo that immediately springs to mind:) Well this is what I came up with and I'm afraid that there is only a hint of green to be seen!

Square base card
Coredinations card with punched edge
Little Claire Designs butterfly border with 2 decoupaged
Sentiment same stamp set
Green brad and glitter

Here is a close up of the butterflies with their green glitter!

Thanks for looking and please let me know what you think!

Addicted to Stamps week 4 colour

Hi everyone and welcome to week 4 of our new challenge blog Addicted to Stamps. This week it's a colour challenge and the colour is BLUE.  I hope my photo shows that my card is blue as my sister thought it was gold!

Base card covered with Anna Griffin paper
Edges distressed with Pumice Stone DI
Stamps: Mixed Bunch and punch
Su ink Pool Party and Baja Breeze
Marianne die

We'd love you to join us this week , there is plenty of inspiration from the DT so pop over to Addicted to Stamps and check it out. 

Monday, 9 July 2012

Less is More week75 colour

Wow the tennis was amazing!! I was listening to it all the time but kept popping into my craft room where I was rearranging everything, although at one point my desk was stacked about a foot high:)
It's a colour challenge this week at Less is More and Mandi and Chrissie have asked for 'Gold'.
I had quite a few ideas and I was able to create a card quicker than last week!
Here is what I came up with:

DL base card
Embossed gold mirri heart
embossed pearl heart
punched flowers
SU Live your dream stamp
SeeDee sentiment/gold ink
gold pearls

Thanks for taking the time to visit and I love to read your comments:)

Saturday, 7 July 2012


Hi everyone and welcome to this month's challenge at Creations by Gill McCall. The challenge is to use acetate on any project you like. Not my favourite medium to work with but here is what I came up with:)

Apologies for the poor photo quality but the acetate glares  in the exposure!
This is a sort of stepper card and the acetate is attached to the front and back which prevents it from collapsing!

the butterflies are from a  Joanna Sheen cottage garden cd and printed on acetate.
A couple of punched strips and a few punched flowers decorate the front edge.
The sentiment is stamped onto an SU label stamp

The large flower was punched out 3 times and layered up with a brad.
Pearls are added to the butterflies and the punched flowers.

Please check out the rest of the DT cards for inspiration and hopefully you will join us in this challenge. Just remember you need to be a follower of Gill's blog to be considered for the challenge, good luck!

Friday, 6 July 2012

Less is More week 75 Lucky dip

Afternoon from a sunny Enfield and some great tennis! Gosh I'm really late with the LIM challenge but nothing came to mind at all although each of the elements of the header were things I liked! Anyway the challenge was to create a card using the LIM header as inspiration and this is it:

I tried lots of ideas and they all ended up being too fussy and it's fatal to look at everyone else's cards as you end up plagiarising someone's creation! Trouble was I was trying to use all the elements in the header and I don't think that was the idea:)

Eventually I was playing around with Craft Artist and this is my final attempt. I was quite pleased with it although the background looks a bit yellow in the photo and it's definitely more kraft like IRL!

I printed out the ornate frame, cut out the centre, fussy cut it ,added a few pearls and popped it up with silicone glue.

Thanks for taking the time to visit and I love to read any comments you may leave:)

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Addicted to Stamps week 3 Christmas in July

Welcome everyone to our third challenge at ADDICTED TO STAMPS! This week our challenge is Christmas in July and hopefully it will encourage you to start your Christmas cards early:)
Here is what I came up with:

Darice EF
SU Pines and Poinsettias stamps
Little Vermilion stamp
Leaves from SU bird and branch punch
Shabby shutters DI

Please check out the wonderful creations from the DT and good luck with the challenge. Remember to check out the housekeeping rules to be in with a chance:)

Make my Monday week 55

Hi everyone it's a new month at MMM and Mynnette has chosen the Colour Wheel as the theme for this month's challenges.
 This week we are to use only these three primary colours with  white or cream as a neutral.
These are not colours I'm particularly comfortable with but I quite like my card now it's finished!

PB stamp
SU and Coredination cardstock
Martha Stewart punch

Thanks for taking the time to look and hopefully leaving a comment so I can visit you:)


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