Tuesday, 22 May 2018


I love Lilac and a few years ago I planted one in my garden and now it's full of gorgeously scented purple blooms. It was also one of my dear mum's favourite flowers and I remember lilac trees in the garden when I was growing up.  I'm not the only one who seems to like it either as lately I've found three of my four pets sitting near these lovely scented flowers so I decided to do a scrapbook page.

I adore the lovely soft mint colours of this paper from Kaisercraft from their Memory Lane collection and it shows off the lovely purples of the lilac.  The sentiments come from SU Colourful Seasons and I've used the leaf stamp from Kinda Eclectic on the Title background and on the tag. Both were inked and sponged with SU Crumb Cake and Pool Party and the ribbon is Pool Party shimmer.  The butterflies were some I had already in my stash.

I'm adding this one into the 13arts challenge #66 which has given us a mood board of lovely pastel colours and I've used the soft greens and the butterflies as my inspiration.

I'm also adding this into the Rubber Buggy challenge for their feminine/mom's challenge as these flowers remind me of my mum who I lost 8 years ago this month.



Look at these gorgeous colours we got to play with over at Hand Stamped Sentiments this week 

My card uses Marina Mist for the background and for the dots from Painter's Palette.  I've also used the ink stamp from the same set but I've stamped it off in the Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive just to give it a softer background look.  The feathers have been inked in the same colours and cut out.  The ribbons are Old Olive Mini Chevron and Rich Razzleberry Stitched Edge layered on top of each other.  A few little glitter dots finish off the card.

Do check out what my fellow Design Team members have done this week and join in with us - we love to see your creations.


Friday, 18 May 2018


I think I'm right in saying Painter's Palette is on the retirement list - I quite like this set luckily I can still make use of it as I don't have to stop using retired products on my blog.  I'm home feeling sorry for myself with a bad back at the moment - hurts to walk but not sit and craft lol!  Well it does but I'm battling through the pain and here are three posts in one day.

This card is for the CAS colours and Sketches challenge which this week is the colour challenge of the following:

Don't these go lovely together?  I decided to have another play with Painter's Palette cause it hasn't come out in a while.  I've just used the background paint swipes and the dots.  The banner is from Birthday Banners thinlets and the sentiments are non SU.  The flower was one in my stash and I've sponged it with So Saffron and a touch of Pear Pizzazz and cut out two leaves from Colour Seasons thinlets.  I've layered it all onto Pacific Point.



The imagery over at Inspired By never ceases to inspire me - I'm sure that is Laurel's intention and it certainly works.  Her gorgeous image for this week's challenge of Floral Clusters is as below:

The challenge at TGIF this week is Wood.

I decided to do a U fold card and have my flowers on the outside panels of the card.  I started off with SU Very Vanilla and some of their Wood Textures DSP for the panels and some of the Delightful Daisy DSP for the background. 

I'm nearly down to just scraps of all my SU DSP now!!  I used a scrap of some of the Falling in Love DSP for the flowers which were cut out with the Colourful Seasons thinlets.  I sponged round the edges with some retired SU Regal Rose ink and added some non SU pink pearls.  The stem and the leaves were also cut out with the thinlets.  The inside panels was sponged on the edges with Tim Holtz Bundled Sage and the sentiment inked in Tim  Holtz Tattered Rose and another flower added to the bottom.

I love how this card turned out - it's very pretty in real life and looks like my clematis climbing up my pergola in the garden.



Mother's are everywhere at the moment especially with it being Mother's Day recently in the US and possibly Australia too? Mother's Day in the UK is always in March.  For me it's always a difficult day cause I lost my darling mum 8 years ago this month.  She actually died two days after my birthday  - I know in her heart she hung on cause she didn't want to die on my birthday- my sister had died on my son's birthday and it always makes it even more poignant. 

Anyway enough of my sad musings, my card for Case This Sketch is a mum's card of sorts - and one hopefully most of us can relate to the sentiment.

I've used the very versatile little set of stamps from Rural Springtime again.  I was inspired by my card by Donna Mikasa's card on the DT and her little bear.

Here's the sketch for the challenge 

Here's my take on the sketch - I even got a chance to use some more of the hardware from SU's Hodgepodge kit from years ago.

I'm also adding this into Addicted to CAS #136 whose theme is Mom/Mum 


Thursday, 17 May 2018


One layer cards can be tricky - but necessary sometimes especially as the postage costs in the UK have risen if you have a card with a 'bump' on it!  I found a new challenge to me today which is asking for one layer card - Cards In Envy with the Envy meaning envelope.

They do allow for a mat layer but I've kept my card one layer.  I've used some stamps from a set I got from Clear Impressions called Rural Springtime.  There are some lovely stamps on it and I chose to use three from the set.

I first used some Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Bundled Sage and Tattered Rose to make the background. I used Tim's new, to me, Stamping Platform to add my stamps.  I found the platform great for this type of stamping where I was positioning a few stamps to make sure they ink correctly and in the right place.

I used some of SU Melon Mambo for the sentiment and a touch of Wink of Stella on the trees just to make them sparkle and give the card a bit of interest.


A masculine style card from me today using SU Colourful Seasons stamp set and thinlets and the sentiments from SU Jar of Love.

The card is layered onto Early Espresso cardstock and I've used some of the Wood Textures DSP.  The leaf has been cut out and embossed with the beautiful  SU Copper Embossing powder and some of the matching Copper Metallic Thread.  The small leaf was cut out of the same cardstock - Soft Suede and I sponged the edges and just added the little Hey.

The ribbon is Classic Weave Crumb Cake and I've used a piece of hardware from a very old set Hodgepodge which I found in my cupboard.  The beauty of no longer being an SU demo is that I can still use and show old stuff!  

Does anyone else have this in the cupboard - I posed the question on my Joy of Sets Facebook group and the amount of people who said they had it and had never used it!!! It must be nearly 10 years old.

I'm adding my card to the following challenges this week - 

Global Design Project #GDP138- their challenge was a sketch which I've followed

Watercooler Wednesday#WWC170 - their challenge is Penny's Masculine challenge.


Wednesday, 16 May 2018


Over at my Facebook Group The Joy of Sets - we run monthly swaps and this month's swap is Tags.  My previous post shows the Tag my partner is going to receive but she is also getting the card I've made for the Tic Tac Toe challenge following the top line.

I've used purple for my background cardstock - I hope it's considered bright enough for the bright colours - it's not a colour I often use.  The DSP is from SU's Delightful Daisy collection which is a lovely collection of spring flowers and the stamp set is SU Lotus Blossom.

The interactive part of this card shows itself when you pull on the ribbon at the bottom of the card and a tag pops out.  The stamp is the lotus from the Lotus Blossom set.

My other card today for a couple of challenges also uses a type of tag on it.  The Colour Throwdown has given us these colours to work with 

and Case this Sketch has given us this 

so I've combined the two in my next card.

I've kept it simple with some SU Vanilla Cardstock and SU inks Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party colourwashed direct onto the cardstock.  Sadly my Pool Party ink is quite dry already - I have had some issues with last year's inks.

I used SU Lotus Blossom and just added some neutral colours to ink the flower - artistic licence here cause I know lotus blossoms aren't usually shades of brown - my three colours were SU Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Early Espresso with the greens for the stems.  A touch of Pool Party shimmer ribbon around the bottom and some non SU pearls which really go well finish off the tag. The sentiment in lemon lime twist is from SU Feather Together with just the first word 'and' uninked!


I have a bit of a soft spot for Paris - on my first wedding anniversary back in 1986 (!) my darling hubby took me there as a complete surprise. The weather was kind, we sat on the left bank opposite Notre Dame drinking red wine and eating a baguette and fromage. We saw the sights, sailed the Bateau Mouche, visited Folie Bergere, gazed at the Mona Lisa and had a thoroughly lovely weekend. Three years ago our daughter sent us back there for our Christmas present - January was not quite so kind weather wise but Paris still had its charms.

Why am I telling you all this?  It's because the challenge over at Try It On Tuesday is Destinations.  

Rummaging in my craft cupboard I found an old faithful set by Tim Holtz which hasn't been used in a while - it's main image is the Eiffel Tower. I used a piece of Very Vanilla card stock and decided to do a tag rather than a card.  I used some of my new Tim Holtz distress inks for the background, Tattered Rose, Bundled Sage and Antique Linen.  I used SU Fresh Fig for the tower stamp.  I also used an old SU stamp from Project Life Remember This which says Adventure Bound.  The little tag has the perfume bottle from an old SU Set A Little Love .


Tuesday, 15 May 2018


I get a real buzz out of joining in with the Twofer Challenge blog - they ask you to use the same stamp but in two different ways.  Now we all do this lots of times otherwise all our cards and stamps would be the same.  What they also challenge you to do though is think outside of the box with your second card using your stamp.  In other words, an Unconventional way of using your stamp.

Butterflies are really the only insects I don't mind stamping and, to be honest, I'm not sure if they are actually insects anyway.

I've gone for an old Stampin Up stamp here which is in the Touch of Nature set - the butterfly in this set is so pretty with lots of little details.  So here are my cards and I've attempted to go for the Unconventional route.

My first card uses the Emboss Resist technique - the colours I've used here are SU Tempting Turquoise, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and a touch of Tangerine Tango.  I've also used some silver embossing powder to stamp the smaller butterfly from the Kinda Eclectic set.  This was then layered onto a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock and the sentiment is from the A Touch of Nature set.

I'm adding this one into the Make My Monday#71 challenge which is Hint of Summer to come.  I'm also adding it to the Try Stampin on Tuesday Colour Resist challenge they have running - that is what inspired me to try this technique.

My second card is a Centre Step Card.  I've used Lemon Lime Twist as my base - the cupid stamp is an old one I had in my stash and I'm not sure where its from.  I'm not sure where the background paper is from - it was something I found in my cupboard but the colours really lend themselves to Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst from SU.  I've used the butterfly here as the wings for the little cupid.  I cut it out and inked it with Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist using a blender pen.  There are some Silver Dots from Papermania down the body of the butterfly.  The little flower is from an old SU Set called A Little Love and it has been finished off with a tiny pink pearl.  I really love the colours on this little card and the way it turned out.

Thank you for stopping by my blog.


Monday, 14 May 2018


Apologies first of all for the quality of my photos.  My iphone 5 ended up in water - for all of 3 seconds but enough to do damage it seems.  I'm now using an old phone for my photos and it's nowhere near as good. :( 

The gorgeous colour challenge over at Just Add Ink this week had me itching to have a go.  I loved the look of those soft colours and then that bold Melon Mambo added to it.  Don't they look gorgeous together?

I started off with a circle mask which I cut out of some old card with the largest circle Stitched Framelit. I then sponged in this circle with Pear Pizazz and stamped one of the stamps from Kinda Eclectic over it in the Wild Wasabi.

The flower stamp from Stampin Up's Lotus Blossom is a three stamp set.  The first stamp has been inked in Powder Pink.  My Powder Pink ink isn't very old and is very faint - I wasn't a great fan of the new ink styles last year so I'm hoping they've improved them this year.  I then continued the three stamp stamping with the second stamp inked in stamped off Melon Mambo and then the final stamp in the full strength Melon Mambo.  The stems are inked in both green colours.  

I added some Powder Pink ribbon and a little hear detail I had in my button jar and added some buttons to the bottom.  I'm all about bringing the buttons back into my crafting at the moment #bringbackbuttons.  The Sentiment is from Watercolour Wings inked in Melon Mambo.  The card was then layered onto Wild Wasabi and Powder Pink cardstock.

I'm also adding this into the Allsorts Challenge blog which I found today - their challenge is In The Pink.

While I was playing with this circle mask I chose to do another card for the Inkspirational Challenge this week which is purple and gold.

I inked up the circle with some Perfect Plum and a touch of Elegant Eggplant around the edges for a bit more definition.  Then I covered that ink with the embossing buddy and stamped the flower in Versamark and embossed in Gold Embossing Powder.  This stamp is from an old SU set called A Touch of Nature.  I used Perfect Plum and Elegant Eggplant to stamp the three way butterfly from Watercolor Wings and used the Bold Butterfly framelit to cut it out.  The sentiment is from Colourful Seasons.

The little gold ribbon at the bottom uses an embellishment from an old set called Hodgepodge Hardware - does anyone else still have and use this?  I found it at the bottom of my cupboard and thought it could do with an outing!

Saturday, 12 May 2018


I was thrilled to be chosen as one of the winners over at CAS Colours and Sketches for my Butterfly Inlaid card - I do find CAS quite tricky as I love to pile stuff on my cards a la Tim Holtz but its nice to be challenged so its a great boost to have one of my cards chosen as a winner.

I'm entering again this week and my card is super simple.   I used one of the Stitched Framelits to make a mask for my squares - and inked them up in So Safron and a touch of Crushed Curry by Stampin Up.  I've used the butterfly from Kinda Eclectic - yes my favourite Go-To stamp set at the moment and kept it in the same ink colour of Crushed Curry. The sentiment is from Lotus Blossom and a touch of Dazzling Diamonds on the full butterfly in the middle finishes off this simple but effective card.  I've layered it onto some Crushed Curry cardstock.

I'm also adding this one in to Addicted to Stamps #291 whose theme is Anything Goes 
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Friday, 11 May 2018


The challenge over at The Paper Players #PP392 this week is a theme challenge of a tea party 

I've used an old retired set from Stampin' Up for my card which also includes the thinlets - the set is called A Nice Cuppa and its a fabulous little set.  I've kept my card to three SU Colours, Pool Party, Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry.  I've used some of the framelits from Colourful Seasons and Jar of Love for the cut out flowers.  Some DSP and the beautiful Rich Razzleberry ribbon adds a softness to the card.

I'm also adding this into the following challenges

Double D challenge this week which is May Flowers.

 Time Out Challenge - what better way to celebrate friendship and flowers than with a cup of tea! 

Try It On Tuesday - which ask for Stencils or Die Cuts 

Retro Rubber Challenge - which has asked for flowers