Friday, 23 June 2017


A very good morning to you all and happy Friday.

Another week has flown by, not sure where it has gone. I still feel quite delicate and haven't quite got over my heat stroke yet, but I am a ton better than I was. Lesson well and truly learned..... don't garden in 30 degrees.

Anyhow on to today's card

It is the Tic Tac Toe Challenge #tttc003 and here is the grid

Here is my entry....

Clean and simple all the way today. Can you guess which line I chose?...... that's right  it's the Top line, across.  Blue, butterfly, bow.

I used one of the new hostess sets Background Bits for this card. Personally I love it! 

 I stamped the background element in Night of Navy and the sentiment underneath in the same colour. I just love the font, it looks as though it has been hand written.

Then I cut 2 butterflies using the Bold Butterfly Framelits out of Vellum. Next using a Stampin' Write marker in Pacific Point I coloured one of the butterflies in on the back. I stuck both butterflies together with a glue dot, dropshadowing them slightly so you can see more of the blue. I popped them up on a dimensional (I used the new mini dimensionals as the diecut butterflies are so delicate, they are great for this). I tied a bow with bakers twine and stuck this onto the front of the butterfly and metallic enamel shape to finish it off.

The cardbase I cut in Night of Navy, portrait style (I cut down the middle of a piece of A4 European, and scored it in the middle at 5 7/8", making the cardbase 4 1/8" x 5 7/8".

I cut a panel of Whisper White CS, (which I stamped on) to 3 /78" x 5 6/8". 

This completes the card and my entry for the challenge. Sometimes, less is more and I am very pleased with how this card came out.

Why don't you give the challenge a go? It is great fun.
As usual I have listed the items I have used to make this card below, if you want any of them, just press on the image and it will take you through to my online shop, where you can shop from the comfort of your armchair and have your goodies delivered right to your door.

I will be back soon. Thank you for stopping by today and happy stamping!

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017


Good Morning Everyone

Happy Wednesday to you all and I hope you are all enjoying this amazing weather, if you are in the UK. Unfortunately, on Sunday morning, I decided I was going to do some gardening and managed to get heat stroke which involved me having to go A&E. For those of you that have never had it, heatstroke is not a pleasant experience and apparently can take several days to get over. So today is a short post as I am still under the weather. This is something I made before the weekend, as I have been too sick to craft. 

This is a gift bag I made with the gift bag punch board, now I know the DSP is retired but I made it as a gift for a friend with some notecards inside, so I was using up the DSP I have left. You could use any DSP you have though.

I made the bag and then decided to make a belly band to hold it together, despite the fact I used bakers twine to hold the ends together you can just slide the whole band off, so you don't need to untie it.

I cut a strip of Daffodil Delight DSP 2" wide and approx. 12" long and using the Tab Top Punch to punch both ends.

Next using the Daisy Delight stampset, I stamped a daisy in Daffodil Delight onto Whisper White cardstock, and using the co-ordinating punch I cut it out. I also punched out 2 further daisies in plain Whisper White cardstock. I layered them on top of each other putting the stamped one in the middle and off set them slightly.

I used one of the new gold faceted gems in the middle of the daisy to finish it off. Then using a glue dot I fixed it onto the belly band.

There we have it. A delightful gift bag that took very little time to make with the punch board. When I gave this to my friend on Friday evening her face was a picture. It is such a great feeling to be able to make somebody happy with something that you have made, be it a card or a small gift like this.
 Go on, give it a try, who will you make a gift or a card for?

 Hopefully I will start to feel a little better soon and get back on track. In the meantime 
Happy Stamping!
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Monday, 19 June 2017


Morning Everyone

I hope you had a good weekend and are all set for the week ahead.

Today, I have an entry for a new challenge. It is called the Tic Tac Toe challenge, head on over HERE and take a look at what the Design Team came up with.

So how does it work? Well you take any three elements in a row of your choice and use them as a guide/inspiration for your card. You should give it a try, it is great fun.

I chose the Top Row Across as I wanted to use it to make my Father's Day Cards.
Here is what I came up with using the Guy Greetings Set, there really are some great traditional masculine images in this set and the Vintage Car is the one I decided to use. Great for many of the men in your life.

It is a very simple card, I cut 2 portrait style cards by cutting down the middle of an A4 piece of cardstock and 2 pieces of Whisper White  1/8" smaller to act as panels, I then distressed them. One using Pool Party ink and the other using Crumbcake, this is my wood element. Next I dry embossed them to make them look like planks of wood. This is my embossed element. I decided to cut a circle into each panel using the layering circle framelits and I used the 2nd largest circle. I placed the circle over the edge of the cardstock before running it through the Big Shot as I felt it created an additional design element.

I placed the panels with the cut outs over the cardbases and using my Stamp-Ma-Jig decided on the placement of the car and then stamped the image, this is my Masculine element.

For the greeting, I used a retired stampset and stamped it in versamark then used gold embossing powder to emboss it. I cut the words out separately and arranged them on the card. I didn't stick them down yet as I needed to put dimensionals onto each panel to pop it up. When I had done this I put dimensionals on the back of the Happy Father's Day and placed them on the card.

As a final touch on the inside of each card I stamped To A Classic, which is a sentiment from the Guy Greetings set, and marries perfectly with the image of the Car.

There it is my Father's Day Cards, completed and my entry for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge completed too. Why don't you give it a try. It really is great fun and is a great way of finding inspiration.

That's all for today Happy Stamping!

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Saturday, 17 June 2017


Good Morning Everyone

Well I am back refreshed from my break in Sardinia, which proved to be a bit of a whirlwind tour plus the fact that the Italian Rally Car weekend was taking in place in Alghero which is where we were. So, there was lots of additional traffic, roads cut off everywhere and many more people. Each evening in the Old Town the cars would line up to be viewed and admired..... music was played and massive floodlights lit up the Marina, it truly was a spectacle. The locals were very proud to be hosting the Rally and truly supported it to make it an all round experience.

The weather was gorgeous... around 29 degrees each day. For an English Gal, trust me this is hot.

If you have never been to Sardinia and you get a chance....GO.... you won't regret it, I promise you. 

Anyway, back to today's card it is my entry for the Global Design Project #GDP091, go and take a peek HERE at some of the fabulous entries from the Design Team.

This week it is a Theme Challenge

The Theme, as you can see, is wheels, which means you can make any project you like as long as it has wheels. Here is my entry :

I got it into my head I wanted to use the Baby Bear Stampset, which is a gorgeous triple layering stamp set and is a great one to have in your stash. Great for New Baby Cards and Cards for Infants birthdays, Christenings and that's before we get onto the nostalgia of the actual image itself. It is such a traditional Bear and doubtless reminds many of us of our childhood Teddy, it certainly does me.

Now, if you are of a certain age, (which I am), you will remember there used to be baby walkers which took the form of a cart like the one above with a stuffed animal on them. In fact, I used to have one, mine was a dog, and I adored it! When I saw the challenge, for some reason I remembered it and decided that I would make a card based on this and so here it is..... I decided to use the traditional Teddy Bear colours and the new Wood Crate Framelits is perfect for the body of the cart. I stamped the wheels from the Bike Ride stampset and cut them out with a circle die. I went around the edge of each wheel with my Stampin' Rite marker in Early Espresso to make them stand out more.

I embossed the background Blushing Bride panel with the new Pinewood Planks embossing folder, which carries the wood theme through perfectly to the cart. Thank you SU for this folder, it is an absolute staple!

I cut the handle of the cart by hand, out of Early Espresso Cardstock and fixed it behind the body of the cart. I stamped the Bear directly onto a Whisper White panel, I cut a piece of Doily to decorate the cart, then using Tombow glued the cart onto the Whisper White panel over the bottom half of the Bear. I popped the wheels up on dimensionals.

I stamped the Bear again on a scrap of Whisper White and cut around the head, I popped the head up on dimensionals and fixed over the head on the original stamped Bear, to give the image a little depth. I stamped the Bow in Powder Pink and Blushing Bride on a scrap of Whisper White CS. I fussy cut it and fixed it to the Bear with a glue dot. I put a white Perfect Accent on the Bow and one on each wheel. I stamped the greeting in Blushing Bride.

It makes me feel quite nostalgic looking at this card... I hope you have enjoyed looking at it.
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But before I go here are a few photos of Sardinia.

This is Capo di Caccia, there are steps right the way down to the sea through these rocks that lead to a labrynth of underwater caves.

This is one of the rally cars after a race that they are checking over to ensure no foul play.

We had dinner overlooking the Marina one evening whilst the sun was setting. A truly magnificent view.

Whatever you get up to this weekend, have fun & Happy Stamping!

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