Thursday, 17 August 2017

Time Out Challenge #90

Hi There,

We have a new Theme Challenge starting today and the Theme is:

Autumn with the optional twist of Speed Stamping

We are defining speed stamping as making your card in 10 mins or less. This excludes the time you need to plan the design and get all your products ready to make the card.

So get all your cardstock, dies, inks etc ready before you start the clock!

This speed stamping is optional and purely just for fun. We would love you to tell us how long it took you to make your card. We have a prize for all those who choose to speed stamp but this will not be for the fastest just chosen randomly from those who just have a go!

Here is my card

Once I had my stamps (from Altenew) and Inks ready, this took me 8mins and 26 seconds to make. It would have taken about half this time but after finishing stamping it I decided it needed more texture. So very quickly I got out my linen embossing plate and dry embossed it! Good job I always have these tools near by and emboss like this so much, I can do it in my sleep. However I had aimed for 5 mins but because I wanted texture, I didn't make this target!

Our Guest Designer for this challenge is Elaine and her stunning blog Craft-E-Place is a must to visit. Her designs are always so creative and we are honoured she is joining us for this challenge.

This challenge is sponsored by Happy Little Stampers

All the DT have made super cards for this challenge-some have been speed stamping, some not-you choose!

I will enter this into:
Altenew August Challenge-using the colours from the photo

Take it, it's yours       

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

That Prickly Age!

Hi All

Today my card is for a friend who is about to hit that 'prickly' age of 50!

I thought a little sparkle and shine might ease her into this new decade.

I got the idea of the 'prickly' age from Sherrie's card at CASology and followed the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch.

Here I played with more goodies from my Birthday pack from Jill and had a lot of fun adding dimension and shine and sparkle (Thank you Jill)

I will also enter this into:

Just Us Girls-add some shine-lots here!


Sunday, 13 August 2017

You are Terrific

Hello there crafting friends,

Just to let you know you are all terrific!

Goodness me, watercolouring, embossing, die cutting...lots of detail for me but I just loved making it! Plus a square card...very unusal for me and you would laugh if you saw me trying to cut the base card for this!!

All these stamps and dies are from CAS-ual Fridays-Pretty Posies. A new to me set but as soon as I saw the latest 'Friendship' challenge at CAS-ual Firdays I knew I had to break into them.

I had a hunt around my left over water colour stash and found some colours that fitted the Encouragement Challenge at CAS-ual Fridays Calling All Sistahs photo. I went for the yellow and green mix that you can see in my water colour card and popped my circle up by using a thick piece of foam pad so it is floating like the balloon. The purple flower is also popped up so this card will have to be given by hand rather than posted!

The flowers and leaf were heat embossed in white and then die cut. The same with the sentiment.

The sun ray background card is from Birthday stash from Lynn (love this Lynn-thank you)

This card took me a long time to make for me but I have to say I am very happy with it and hope the recipient will be too!

I will enter it into:


Saturday, 12 August 2017

Inkspirational #141

Hi All

Time for a new challenge at Inkspirational.
It is our word prompt challenge and the word is:


I went with a wavy die and created this Summer themed card:

I water coloured some card with sunshine colours then used this as backing to my wavy die cut panels. The sunglasses are dies and I coloured them with copics. The front panels are linen embossed for texture.

Our Guest Designer for this challenge is Helen. Her blog is full of inspiring projects. Take a look here. I am sure you will love what you see.

Our DT have all made amazing cards-check them out here and then get inky!

I will enter this into:

Fusion-using the sketch
AAA Cards-Summer Fun
Addicted to Stamps and More-CAS challenge
Just Us Girls


Saturday, 5 August 2017

Rainbow Summer Shoes!

Hi All,

Don't you just love shoes??

Today my card is full of Summer open toes shoes, rainbow colours....what is your favourite pair?

For this card I followed the sketch at Fusion.

My colours are from the 'rainbow' challenge at AAA cards.

I chose all open toe shoes so it would fit in the Summer Challenge at The Ton-all these stamps and sentiment are from The Ton-what a cool stamp set!

I couldn't decide what was my fav set but in the end went for the bottom strappy green shoes...I have lots of coloured shoes but green I do not..time to shop I feel!
I would love to know what is your fav???

This is another card for my niece who hits 19 in a few weeks.

I will also enter this into Muse Anything goes challenge

Have a fun weekend.


Friday, 4 August 2017

A Friday Make!

Hi There,

Just popping in with a card I made yesterday for a few challenges:

I had this flower (a gift from Joyce) out on my crafting desk as I wanted to use it for the Curtain Call Challenge as the leaves look more like herbs to me!

Then I saw the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch and knew exactly how to use flower! The curved pierced die edge was a pressie from Nonni and I just linen embossed it so I had the lovely textured look I like. I was going to have the card base coloured but after playing around for a bit, I decided the softly textured white card worked much better. 
The sentiment is from Uniko-Flower Power 2

Have a fun Friday

I will enter this into:


Thursday, 3 August 2017

Time Out #89

Hi There

Time for a new challenge at Time Out Challenges. We have a photo challenge today and here is the card I created.

And here is the photo:

21 Ways to Make the Industrial Look Work for You including brick veneer, pallet coffee tables and map walls:

I hadn't made a card for such a long time and then I saw this card by Pia and just loved it. I asked her if I could CASE it for a DT card and with her permission here is my take-a huge thank you to Pia for inspiring me.

This card came at the perfect time as one of my niece's is off on a trip around the world and I thought this would be a fun card to give her. The photo is pretty masculine looking but I went with a feminine touch. I think it is clear I was inspired by the map. There is so much more in this photo that could catch you eye and I am looking forward to seeing what you make.

This challenge is sponsored by STAMPlortations and I have used their stitched border die on my card.

Our Guest Designer for this challenge is the very talented Trinia. I have been following Trinia for a while now and she is so very creative and her blog is so inspiring. Take a look at it here. I know you will love what you see.

Then pop on over to Time Out and you will see what Trinia and our amazing DT have made to inspire you to play.


I will enter this into:

Muse Card Club-anything Goes
CAS on Friday-exotic-travelling to exotic places and my niece sure will be!
City Crafter-Pretty in Pink


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Happy Little Stamper August CAS Challenge

Hi There

We have a new challenge 'Clean and Simple' challenge starting at Happy Little Stampers.

This month we are asking to see flowers on your cards.

Here is my card:

All the stamps and sentiment are from the Happy Little Stamps set Doodled Flowers

I water coloured them all and then just added a few slashes of the same colours.

The winners of this challenge will get $20 gift voucher-check out the details here and see all the amazing creations made by our fabulous Design Team. Hope to see you play along.

I will enter this into:


Saturday, 29 July 2017

Inkspirational #140

Hi All

Time for a new challenge at Inkspirational. It is our photo challenge.

I focused on the colours, the wood and the graphic feature of the panels and created this:

And our photo:

Hey, I found this really awesome Etsy listing at

To be honest I had forgotten I hadn't made a card for this challenge! I like to prepare DT cards ahead of time and thought I was well ahead for Inskspirational until I realised the other day I had missed this challenge. Thanks to all the goodies I got for my Birthday from so many of you, I hunted through my stash of these and found all these elements for this card. So all I needed to do was put these all together and add my own sentiment. I had a go at using the nuvo drops that Stephanie gave me. I added a few drops onto the wooden dots and then one directly onto the card. I love how easy it is to use the nuvo drops and you will be seeing more of these.

Jaydee is our fabulous Guest Designer for this challenge. Check out here amazing blog here. Then head on over to Inkspirational and see what the DT have made to inspire you.

Enjoy your weekend x

Sunday, 23 July 2017

No Stamps!

Hi All,

I actually got some crafting done for fun inspired by a few challenges.

Here is what I made:

Not often do I make a card using no stamps but the challenge at  Less is More was to do exactly that. This fell in with an idea I had for the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch. I was originally going to stamp a sentiment but changed this to a die to fit in with Less is More. I got the colour idea from The Challenge-black/white/one other colour

I cut the tag die in white and gold. Cut the butterfly in the same. The bottom part of the sentiment is vellum. I do love the texture of the base card (a pressie from Nonni-thanks hon), although hard to see in this photo. It is a little dull here and it was hard to get a good photo.

I will enter this into:
Less is More-no stamps
The Challenge-black, white and one other colour

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Time Out Challenges #88

Hi All,

A new challenge starts today at Time Out

It is our 'Inspired by Words' challenge. The words this week come from the Children's novel 'Twits' by Roald Dahl:

'If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely' 

You can use any of these words or the whole phrase to inspire you. You might want to go with 'shine' or 'sunbeams' as many of you are seeing that this time of year. Or why not remind someone they 'look lovely'....perhaps send someone 'good thoughts'. So many possibilities with this one quote!

Our Guest Designer for this challenge is the very creative Toni.

Her blog Frankie Helps Craft is a delight to visit. Take some Time Out and pop over there and have a browse. We guarantee you will love what you see. We are so happy Toni is joining us for this challenge.

I went with sending someone positive thoughts and created this card:

I heat embossed, in white, this fab sentiment from The Ton. Then dry embossed the white background to give a lovely light, floaty feel to the card-like being cuddled with positive thoughts. I just added this star paper click and a few enamel dots to finish off.
I really love how this turned out.

Our DT have all been inspired differently by this quote-pop over to Time Out and have a look.

Then take some TIME OUT and play along with us x

I will enter this into:
Cupcake Inspirations-black, yellow and white
Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge -picking out the yellow from the photo and my embossed background could be the floating clouds!
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge-seeing stars


Monday, 17 July 2017

Christmas in July

Happy Monday,

I actually got some crafting done this weekend after weeks of doing none. I made a few DT cards and then joined in a few challenges with this Christmas card:

I wanted to play along with the joint challenge at Less is More and AAA Cards-coloured card base and one layer. I love one layer cards and love using coloured card base so had to join in. Then I saw CAS-ual Fridays were having a Christmas in July Challenge. Well inspiration finally spiked and I had a go at CASEing one of my own cards but made it harder for myself by wanting to use embossing and this is not so easy on one layer! Also doing this meant changing the lay out of my card-this took a lot of messing around but eventually I got the placement of the sentiment where I liked it...see I know CAS cards look easy but often take a while just planning where you want to place elements so they are pleasing to your eye!

These stamps are all from CAS-ual Fridays and I heat embossed them in a sparkle snow powder on blue card base. I actually love how it turned out, all sparkly and know that makes me happy. Plus with the postage costing so much at the moment I am trying to make all my Christmas cards for abroad one layer!

I will enter this into: