Saturday, April 22, 2017

Sketch Saturday #460...Relaxing...


So it's time for another great Sketch Saturday...

Our sponsor this week is Digital Stamp Boutique and they are offering a £10 gift certificate for their store.

Here is the sketch.

I really liked the Alyssa relaxing stamp and felt like a perfect fit for the sketch.

I decided to go with a muted lilac / purple colour palette and that informed all my paper / colouring choices. I embossed the deep purple background using a Sizzix spot folder, the floral strip is from my scrap box and by Pink Petticoat.

I printed Alyssa a couple of times in different sizes, as I wasn't sure which dies I wanted to use. I settled for ancient Spellbinders Labels 4 dies and die-cut the two panels.

My final touches were the fun sentiment by Hero Arts, some stickles and a blingy purple heart.

This has already left my desk and is on its way to a friend.

What will you do with the sketch? Check out what the rest of the DT have made over at Sketch Saturday.

Challenge ends 28 April 7pm GMT / 2pm EST


Friday, April 21, 2017

Too early?


Happy Friday!

It has been a short week for me, so it's a bit cheeky to be glad that it is Friday, but I am.

Last month I bought a few new things from Lil Inkers, I coloured most of them including today's card as part of the 30 days of colouring.

I fell in love with the 'Oh Deer' stamp set and had to have it, it seemed a tad early for a Christmas card make, but I really wanted to colour it.

Isn't it gorgeous?

I used Zigs and an aquabrush - I have to keep reminding myself that Zigs work as watercolours.

I thought it was so beautiful that it should be made into a super simple card, so I die-cut it using a circle die and affixed it to a square craft blank.

I think I'll be making a lot of these come ACTUAL Christmas card making time.

Have a great weekend, I am hanging with the Craftgang on Sunday and tomorrow Lisette is coming to help me tackle the closet beast (ugh).


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Craftgang March Playdate..


I am a bit late posting these cards, especially as the Craftgang monthly meet-up is this Sunday!!

Jamey has a great craft studio space in Hoboken and once a month the Craftgang (there are several of us!) meet up to eat, gossip and make stuff.

It's also a great opportunity to play with everyone else's stash, especially Jamey's.

As I have mentioned before Jamey has the most awesome collection of background stamps and I always like to play with those when I am there.

I generally take NBUS with me, because then I get inspired by the gang and they can play with the new stuff that they might not have.

The main card today uses the Lawn Fawn Year Seven stamp and die-set. The background stamp is one of Jamey's and I stamped it and spritzed it to get a bit of movement. The small stitched rounded square die is also one of Jamey's - DO WANT.  I knew I wanted this card to go on one of my fave mini square craft blanks and so waited until I got home to assemble it.

The next card uses a great stamp set by Unity Stamp Co, it comes with several awesome sentiments. I think the bird is a lot of fun too and would probably make a great mixed media piece in my art journal. The background I stole from a stack of Oxide Distress Ink backgrounds that Jamey had previously made, it works perfectly here.

I am a bit obsessed with Reverse Confetti right now.. My friend Jen used the Later Alligator set recently and I had to have it!

I didn't buy the dies, so I fussy cut the Gator and the cake, both are coloured with Ava's Zigs, as I left mine at home! I used dies I found in Jamey's stash and some fun papers also from her stash. I added a few of the clear droplets by Pretty Pink Posh (the Craftgang liked these..) to finish the card off. I like the crazy mix of patterns and colours.

Final card today sparked much laughter, as I decided to use the teeny tiniest letters that I could find in Jamey's was an exercise in patience applying them!

This was the first time I had used the snail by Avery Elle and it was before the die arrived. The background piece consists of a die and a stamp again from Jamey's stash.

I love the variety of cards I get when we have a playdate and I also love all the food we eat!


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolour with a twist..


I am back in NYC now. It was great to go home after a 6 month absence and see my family, my friends and my work colleagues. Hubby also managed to come home for the last leg of the trip, so we spent part of Easter weekend with his family including our Niece and Nephew.

I have been dying to play along with at least one of the Happy Little Stamper challenges, but haven't been able to for a variety of reasons.

So I was excited when I saw the April Watercolour challenge, because I do love a rainbow -

It also seemed like a perfect excuse to break out a couple of fun dies and also enter the HLS April die challenge -

JT gave me a great set of dies by Simon Says Stamp as part of our $20 challenge. The set comprises of a circle die and the circle hexagon overlay. I die-cut the circle first and then using distress inks and an aquabrush I watercoloured the stripes onto the circle. I added the hexagon overlay using my Quickie glue pen..don't know how I would live without this glue pen!

It took me about 30 minutes to decide what colour the card blank should be.. I like the pop of colour on the flat neutral grey. I die-cut the celebrate die by Winnie & Walter in a slightly shiny grey/silver card.

Final touch was to add 2 of the Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets.

I am really happy with my card, it was nice to play with a couple of things that haven't seen the light in a while!


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Retro Rubber Challenge #60 Baby Critters..there is still time to play..


There is still time for you to join in with the current challenge, with the Retro Rubber team.

Your turn to show us your baby critter makes, but first pop over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things my teammates have made..

Challenge ends April 21st. Don't forget to tell us the age of your stamp, that is part of the fun (and the rules) of our challenge and please only enter 10 challenges including Retro Rubber.


Monday, April 17, 2017

Gnome Love...


So today Hubby, Wife and I are probably recovering as we went out raving last night and it didn't end until 6am this morning...

Hubby and I leave for NYC tomorrow, so I thought this card was fitting as it has been an awesome trip home, after 6 months of not seeing our people and families it was nice to be home, albeit for a short while.

I fell in love with this set of stamps by Memory Box, they are not my usual style, but I really liked them and so bought them and eventually the dies.

I decided it would be fun to mask the Gnome and the pot and stamp the flowers around them, I also stamped one of the toadstool with a mask, to give a bit more of a scene feel to the card.

It's so cute, I love it and I thought that mounting it onto a patterned card blank would enhance the colours I used for the flowers.

The sentiment and banner die are by Simon Says Stamp.

See you in NYC on Weds.


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Coffee Time..


Happy Easter..

Hubby and I have been in MM for the last couple of days and today we are heading to Lemon's to go raving finishes at 6am tomorrow...ouch..

Anyway, whilst I was on sick leave I realised that I seem to have a lot of coffee focused stamps..

So I decided to break them all out and have a play.

I made four cards in the end, but I could have made so many more!

The main card uses a sentiment stamp by Whipper Snapper, a Bo Bunny ring stamp and the coffee cup and the hearts on the sleeve of the cup are by Simon Says Stamp and came with the Feb cardkit. It is my fave card of the bunch.

Here are the rest of the cards -

Simon Says Stamp sentiment, Concord & 9th cup stamp, coloured with Distress Inks
Whipper Snapper Coffee Monster, Simon Says Stamp sentiment, coloured with Distress Inks
Background stamp by Penny Black, Cup by Simon Says Stamp, Sentiment by Lawn Fawn, Coloured with Distress Inks
I used eight different stamp sets to create these cards - crazy right, especially as six of them are all about the coffee!!

I love mixing and matching my stamps its so much fun, I really need to set a theme for myself more often..


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Hello You....


Recently I wanted to make a quick card for my Goddaughter, as she sent us a save the date for her wedding (2019!) and wrote me a letter.

I always think a handwritten letter deserves a similar response.

Obviously I have a large stash of ready made cards, but I wanted this one to be special.

I pulled out the Neat & Tangled 'Hello You' stamp set, I like the large sentiment and the star and the heart stamps fit what I wanted to make.

I stamped the star and heart using Broken China Oxide Distress Ink, then I spritzed it and patted it dry with a paper towel. I like the slightly bleached, smudged effect.

I die-cut the panel using a MFT stitched rounded rectangle die, then stamped the sentiment before affixing it to the card blank.

I am OBSESSED with the Pretty Pink Posh droplets right now, they seem to be making their way onto everything I make LOL.

Super quick and simple card, I love this set, it needs to be used more.


Friday, April 14, 2017

CASE Laura Fadora...


It is Good Friday today, I am still in London, heading up to my in-laws in MM today to reunite with Hubby and hang with his family for a couple of days.

I love Laura Fadora, she is totally one of my craft crushes, I love how she uses colour. She is very inspiring.

I loved this card she made -

I have the Give Thanks stamp set by Concord & 9th, that Laura used on her card and it has been a bit neglected, so I decided to have a play.

I made mine into a colourful birthday card. The Happy die is by Wplus9 and this is my first time using adhesive foam for dimension. I really like the effect you get and I am super happy with my card, I love the different shades of colour.

I use Tsukineko inks, I have nearly all of the memento dewdrop colours, they are easy to store as they are small and I love the colours. I do have the odd inkpad by other colours, but these and distress inks are my default. One day when I have more space I would love a set of Lawn Fawn inks..

Here is a variation using Amazeballs stamp set by CAS-ual Fridays.

Slightly different as the stamp is not solid, gives a more subtle effect..


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Art Crush....


Today is my last day working in the London office and this weekend is Easter, so I will be hanging with Hubby and his family, before we head back to London to party with the Wife.

I LOVE Helen Dardik's work, her Instagram feed makes me so happy and I was overjoyed when I saw that she was collaborating with Waffle Flower to make a range of stamps.

I immediately bought two of the sets on the day of release.

Today's card was coloured as part of the 30 days of colouring and I combined stamps from the two sets I have.

I added a sentiment by Simon Says Stamp, as I thought it was the perfect card for a friend who I miss every single day..

I love the MFT rounded stitched dies, they always make everything look so finished..if you know what I mean.

The spotty background paper is by Lawn Fawn, I love their Polka paper series..I have it all and it is rationed.

Have a great Easter. I'll tell you all about mine when I get back to NYC.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Oh Ship!!


I very rarely forget a birthday, anniversary, christening, bat mitzvah, etc but I did recently and was rather annoyed about this!

So I made this fun card for my friend to compensate for being a bad friend and forgetting her birthday after 20 years of friendship.

I love this set by Simon Says Stamp and the ship actually gets used a lot.

I thought stamping on a tag would be fun here and it works so well against the super bright card blank (from Paper Source).

Making this card made me want to be a bit more unorganised so I could use this stamp set more LOL!


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Retro Rubber Challenge #60...Baby Critters


Time for another fun challenge with the Retro Rubber team.

I knew I had the perfect stamp set for this challenge. I bought a bunch of random stamps from a friend early last year and the Lil Hoot set by Hero Arts was in there, so I have owned it about 14 months and I think my friend had it for a couple of years before that.

I decided to use the Owl stamp, the baby Owl is so cute. I created the background using a Prima Marketing background stamp, I added a piece of scrap paper by Lawn Fawn, the pattern seemed perfect for this card.  Final steps were to mount the fussy cut Owls with foam tape onto a piece of kraft card stock and stamp the sentiment, also from the stamp set.

It's so cute, it feels like a 1st birthday card..

Your turn to show us your baby critter makes, but first pop over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things my teammates have made..

Challenge ends April 21st. Don't forget to tell us the age of your stamp, that is part of the fun (and the rules) of our challenge and please only enter 10 challenges including Retro Rubber.


Monday, April 10, 2017

Welcome to NYC...


Happy Monday.

So I am in London until 18th Apr..doing a whirlwind family tour and working in the London office.

Because I am here this week, I thought today's card was topical.

One of my colleagues recently moved to the US, so now there are a few of us in the NYC office, which is nice. She manages myself and another girl I work with and we thought that we would make her a personal card from us.

Natasha had this idea that the card should have NYC and London on it and that was her brief... I realised that this would be a great opportunity to break out my old fave Penny Black London and NYC stamps.

I decided to use a much bigger card blank, because the stamps are quite large and I needed to have some space between the two images.

I kept the colouring minimal, because it felt like subtle pops of colour would work much better. I felt quite pleased with the fact that the lady in both has a red she really did pop from one city to the other!

I dug out my alphabet stamps and stamped the farewell and welcome using these.

I'm pretty pleased with how it came out and the recipient loved it too!


Sunday, April 9, 2017



I have a lot of bird stamps. I love large birds of prey, I am not so keen on smaller birds!

But my love of big birds does mean I am drawn to bird stamps.

I recently made two cards for friends, using bird stamps that are both really different.

The main card uses a mix of stamps - I love it when I can use my stash this way.

I started with the leaf stamp and to add interest to the leaves, I stamped it twice, once in a pale blue ink and then just the edges in a darker blue, the stamp is by Stampin Up and I love the effect I get when I use two colours. I stamped the sentiment in a coordinating blue, it is one of my faves by Hero Arts. Final touch was the bird, he was a gift from JT and is one of the Tim Holtz crazy birds. I love using the crazy birds, they make a slightly twee card a bit more edgy!

The second card today is a CASE, I loved the card I saw on Pinterest and decided to have a go myself.

I really like the final card, I used watercolours for the colour splodges and the stamps are by Pink Fresh Studio.

I love it when I get to make simple cards that are a bit different to my normal style.


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Sketch Saturday: #458 Coffee and Donuts...


So it's time for another great Sketch Saturday...

Our sponsor this week is Drawn with Character Digital stamps and they are offering a prize of three digital stamps.

Here is the sketch.
I used the awesome We go together like Coffee and Donuts stamp to create a fun background.
I coloured it with Promarkers and added glossy accents to the donuts to give a more glazed feel.

The strips of yellow paper are scraps from my scrapbox and I used the same scrap to die-cut the rectangle for the sentiment which is by Unity Stamp Co.

This card makes me smile every time I see it.

Your turn now, but first go over to Sketch Saturday and check out what the rest of the DT have done with the sketch.

Challenge ends 14 April 7pm GMT / 2pm EST


Friday, April 7, 2017

Cat treats...


Happy Friday!

As this posts I am landing in London, I have today off and will be hanging out with my folks.

I love Lil' Inkers and recently they had a great sale, so I bought a couple of new releases and an older Christmas stamp..

I stamped and coloured all of the stamps as part of last month's 30 days of colouring.

Today's cards were made using the Cat Treats stamps and dies. I love this set, so fun and has a lot of potential.

The main card was super simple. I have a pad of We R Memory Keepers gold and kraft papers and chose a striped one as the background and die-cut it using a stitched MFT rectangle die. I stamped one of the sentiments from the set onto a kraft stripe and added the cats.

The card below was a bit of an experiment -

I used a background that I stamped when I was at a craftgang playdate - I love Jamey's background stamp collection, I always make a beeline for it when we are at her place.

I die-cut the stamped panel twice, once with a stitched rectangle die for the edge and then I used my new MFT peek-a-boo circle die for the aperture.

The experiment part is the 'faux' shaker. I stuck the sequins to the card blank and added a piece of acetate to create the shaker illusion, but the sequin's don't 'shake'.

I added the cute kitty and a sentiment from the set.

I really like it, Hubby thinks it's too busy LOL...meh. What does he know.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Pretty Bleep Awesome...


Firstly, I have a potty mouth, so now and again on my blog you will see a card like today's using language that might not be for everyone.

I'm not apologising for that, it is my blog after all, I just want to be clear up front ;)

This card I made for one of the craftgang, we hung out one Saturday recently and it was such a fun day, I thought she should get a card that showed her how much I appreciate her friendship.

I used a pre-printed card blank that I got in a pack from TKMaxx for 99cents!!

I used the awesome Lil Inkers wonky dies to cut the patterned panel and the text panel (sentiment by Unity Stamp Co.) and added a teeny bit of bling.

Really simple way of showing a friend how awesome they are.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Fishy CASE...


I am working really hard to play with older items and limit my purchasing of new ones..

I love Yana Smakula's cards, she is so creative and recently on Instagram I saw this beauty -

I instantly wanted to break out the Simon Says Stamp set that she used and CASE this card.

I ended up doing it as part of the 30 Days of Colouring last month.

I love to CASE cards that give me new ways to use my stash and I always like to add something or change something to the CASE.

For this card, I decided that it would be fun to add the ugly fishes from the Avery Elle That Bites set..and I am so glad I did, they made the card hilarious..they are SO ugly.

I used Zigs and an aquabrush to colour the fishes, the teeny tiny fishes are from the SSS set and the bubbles are from the Avery Elle set.

I am so pleased that this stamp set got a new lease of life. Thanks Yana.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Retro Rubber Challenge #59..Get your Sketch on..There is still time..


Time for another fun challenge with the Retro Rubber team.

This time we have a sketch for you.

Show us what you can do with the sketch and pop over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things the DT have made..

Challenge ends April 7th. Don't forget to tell us the age of your stamp, that is part of the fun of our challenge and please only enter 10 challenges including Retro Rubber.


Monday, April 3, 2017

Snail birthday CASE..


Happy Monday.

Hubby and I will be heading back from Atlantic City today, no doubt with hangovers...

I have many craft crushes, one of them is Marion Vagg..I love her cards and she also seems to be a really nice person too.

I recently saw this tag she had made on Instagram -

I loved how she used the snail and having recently purchased the Avery Elle I'm late stamp and die, it seemed like a perfect time for a CASE.

I used a stencil by The Crafters Workshop for my sunburst with Oxide Distress Inks..I haven't been in love with these so far, but the Craftgang loves them, so I thought I'd try again and this is the first thing I have made using them where I love the results. The bleachy spots are great, so I am semi-onboard now!

I coloured the stamp using zigs and added some white gel pen spots to the shell, just like Marion's card.

I die-cut the panel using an MFT rounded stitched rectangle die, I die-cut it before adding the sentiment because I thought the Ohmygawsh might be too long..

The sentiment made me LOL, it is a combo of a CAS-ual Friday's stamp and a Simon Says Stamp one.

I love it, so bright and cheerful, a great interpretation of Marion's awesome card.


p.s Marion said on instagram that she loved it..swoon...

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches..Hipster Birthday..


Hubby and I are off to Atlantic City today, we are gonna party party and we have tomorrow off - whoo hoo!!

I really liked the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, so versatile -

I've been dying to use a new stamp from Technique Tuesday 'Hipster Birthday' and I recently dug out my MFT chevron dies, so I could have a play with them, they have been neglected..

The sketch seemed to speak to both of those items.

I started by die-cutting 3 chevrons in coordinating papers. I affixed them to some white cardstock and then die cut the panel using a MFT wonky stitched rectangle die.

I decided to use a blue circle for my stamp and I stamped it using navy blue ink.

The whole thing came together super it when that happens.

I love it, maybe the circle is a bit big, but I still love it...


Saturday, April 1, 2017

CASology: Text..


Welcome to April.

I really liked the CASology cue card this week -

I love making cards using just text and I had so many ideas for this one.

I decided to make a super simple and clean birthday card.

First I die-cut the panel using a Reverse Confetti lacy scallop frame die.

Then I stamped the happy birthday in various sizes and colours (stamps are by Lawn Fawn and Technique Tuesday).

Final touch was adding some blue bling and mounting the whole panel onto a card blank.

A really CAS card that is lifted by the fancy die.