Friday, May 26, 2017

CASology: Loud...


Happy Friday.

I am super excited, long weekend ahead that Sam and I are spending with the Nixon's - whoop whoop.

Last week I got an Honorable Mention over at CASology - for my Warm card, how lovely is that!

The cue card this week seemed perfect as I have a piece of second-hand NBUS by CAS-ual Friday Stamps that would be perfect here -

I love this set, it's called Ka-Boom and I've been itching to use it, but didn't have the right occasion.

My card is super CAS for me..I was so tempted to add bling, but the simple black heat embossing on the kraft cardstock (super bargain sale from Paper Source) really popped, so I left it alone.

I was laughing to myself about this card, because I remembered that about 7 years ago, it was Christmas Eve and I was away and I saw a reasonably priced heat embossing kit, heat tool, powders and embossing ink. I tried it. I hated it. I sold the kit. LMAO..look at me now ;)

This is why I love cardmaking - I get to learn so many new things.

Anyway, I am super pleased with my card, I love working in the bottom right corner and the whole card is so clean..

Have a great Memorial Day weekend, whatever you are doing and wherever you are.


Thursday, May 25, 2017



So last weekend I managed to get my hand on these awesome Hipster stamps by Tim Holtz..

I love them, they are so weird!

I promptly created x5 cards (one for a friend and a set for another friend).

They don't need much work, stamp and simple colouring. I added fun words from other stamp sets as well as using the sentiments that came with the set.

The white panel was die-cut using an MFT wonky stitched die and I coloured the Hipsters using Distress Inks and an aquabrush.

Here is a closer look at one of them -

Love these, more of these being made this week.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

4 Cards, 1 Stamp Set: Avery Elle..


Recently I have been inspired to pull out stamp sets and make 4 cards using the 1 set.

I plan on doing this a lot more and I have pulled out some older items so they get a bit of a new lease of life.

This time I used Hogs & Kisses by Avery Elle -

This is a reasonably new set for me, but I love it and have already used it a couple of times..

I'm pretty pleased with all 4 of my cards, but my faves are these two -

Cracking myself up with the floating Cow.. Balloon dies by Papertry Ink, gift from the wonderful Darnell

Background created using a Prima Floral background stamp with distress inks and water
All of the background were either previously made or papers. I coloured everything with a mix of distress ink, Zigs and Promarkers. All the panels were die-cut with MFT stitched rectangle dies

I am thinking I might leave these as a set and gift to a friend.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Retro Rubber Challenge #63...Photo Colour Inspiration...


Time for another awesome challenge with the Retro Rubber team.

This time, we have a colour challenge for you, use the photo for colour inspiration..

I picked out the grey, yellow and turquoise from the image and used these three colours to inspire my card.

I went nautical because the awesome digital boat stamps were already on my desk uncoloured. They are by Pink Petticoat and are part of the Beach Cottage set and I have had them since 2013.

I die-cut my panel using a MFT wonky stitched die first, so I could see where the waves should go.

I used a fave Simon Says Stamp set called Sailing from 2015 for the waves and the stars. I stamped both in the three colours from the image.

The boat I coloured using Promarkers and then fussy cut it out (despite hating fussy cutting I seem to do a lot of it..)

Final touch was to add the sentiment, which came with the digital stamps, I affixed it to my card using a tiny staple.

I love this card, the colours make me so happy. I recently acquired a penpal (LONG story) and so I think this will be going to her

I hope you are going to show us what you can do with the colours and pop over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things my teammates have made..

Challenge ends June 2nd. Don't forget to tell us the age of your stamp, that is part of the fun (and our rules) of our challenge and please only enter 10 challenges including Retro Rubber.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Craftgang May...


Happy Monday to you.

Surprise! I am already posting last week's Craftgang playdate makes.

Funny I had felt it was a slow day for me, as I was helping out Jocelyn and her Mom Joanne, who are relative newbies.

It was a fun day, so much food! Lisette made the infamous Lemon Bars...they are like crack!

I made the top row of cards during the day and the two cat ones I finished off at home.

The new home card was made using a Sizzix stamp and die set that Ava gifted to me!! How awesome and it just so happened I needed to make a new home card.

The next two cards are using stamps I came across in Jamey's stash whilst I was nosying around for backgrounds.

The cat stamps are from Cheiron's stash and they are by Mama Elephant and called Nom Nom Kitties.

The background from the first cat card is from Gina's stash and the sentiments on both cards are mine.

Fun cards and a few of them have left my desk already.