Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Lets Celebrate Family!

Hello my crafty friends,

Today I received a crafty present in the post from my cousin Lynn and decided to have a play with it straight away. I made this card:

I have made this card to celebrate my Family both here and across the pond. I am blessed with a big and loving Family and what better way to celebrate this than to make a card made with love!

The sentiment set that Lynn gave me is from Winnie and Walter (thank you Lynn!). I was again inspired by the colours and circles in the photo at Just us Girls. I have heat embossed the sentiment in pink on vellum and added a few grey enamel dots to represent the circles in the photo. I will also enter this into the 'Family' challenge at Less is More

I hope you are all still having a wonderful Festive time x

Sunday, 28 December 2014


How did your Christmas go?

I had a lot of fun with my Family and am now at home recovering!

Santa dropped off some new craft storage units for me as little hint to get my craft area tidied. I have done a little today but took some time out to make a quick thank you card.

Here it is:

This card was inspired by photo this week at Just Us Girls. I love pink and grey together. I followed the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch.

I have used some SN@P stickers that my crafty buddy Kim gave me for my Birthday in May-sorting things today I came across them and thought the dots would be great for the JUGS challenge! So thank you Kim!

The sentiment is from STAMPlorations so I will enter this into their Anything Goes Challenge


Thursday, 25 December 2014

A very Happy Christmas and a reminder for TIME OUT!

A very Merry Christmas to you all!

I know many of you will be far away from blogland today but also there may be some who want to escape the madness and relax for a few minutes in blogland. Also for all of you who are not so busy today, I hope our little reminder post brightens your day.

I am here to remind you that you still have time to enter our 'Inspired by Words' challenge at TIME OUT Challenges. Our words are:

'Christmas is Love with all the Trimmings'

Use any of these words to inspire you!

I went with my very loved wreath stamp. So quick and easy to use. This was stamped using the gorgeous Delicate ink-it really does look like you have embossed.

I know you have seen this before stamp before but I have used it in so many different ways and I still love it!

Check out the wonderful cards from our DT here

I will enter this into:

CAS on Sunday-Christmas

And a very Merry Christmas xx

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Inkspirational #72

A very Happy Weekend-the last one before Christmas!

It is time for our photo challenge at Inkspirational and I just love this photo and lets see if you can guess why?

Get it?

Yep, purple and a Cityscape-you know I love both!! Sort of weird then that I feature neither on my card!!

The splatter stamp is from Paper Artsy and the sentiment stamps are from STAMPlorations

This stamps really does look like fire works to me and the pink does sparkle IRL as it is covered with Wink of Stella-shame you can't see it so well.

This week we are joined by one of my favourite crafters Karen. Her blog Made by Meadie is full if the most inspiring projects. I am so very blessed that Karen and I have recently become blogging friends and her Christmas card was my first Holiday card this year arriving just as December hit. She is very organised! I hope you have your card now Karen!

Our DT have all made fabulous projects and you can check them out here

I am entering this card into the sketch challenge at STAMPlorations and their Dec challenge (July-stamps and glitter) and their AG challenge.
And Crazy for CAS-Anything Goes

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Time Out #21

Happy Friday Eve!

It is our last challenge this year at TIME OUT Challenges and we want you to be 'inspired by words' and these words are:

Christmas is Love with all the Trimmings

You can be inspired by the whole phrase or just a one or two of the words. If you need more Christmas cards then just go with the word Christmas and make any kind of Christmas project. If you have finished all your Holiday cards why not go with 'Love' and make a Valentine's card. Trimmings....what could you do with that...perhaps Christmas day dinner or how about ribbons? I am sure you are all full of so many ideas.

Our Guest Designer this week is Shirley. Her blog Shirley-bee is just so full of creative and inspiring projects-take some TIME OUT and visit, you will come away ready to create!

This week I used the 'rustic Christmas'  and 'Simply Said' Christmas stamp sets from Uniko.

A quick CAS card!

Once more our fabulous DT have out done themselves with amazing cards to inspire you. Check them out here and take some time out and play along.

I will enter this into the 'Winter Inspiration' challenge at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge

Check out the mood board:


I went with the little red bird!

Have fun xx

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Addicted to Stamps and More #126

It is time for our 'Anything Goes' challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.This week we are adding a little twist as we are celebrating the Wedding of our fabulous team member Marina. Our twist is to make a Love/Marriage card to help us celebrate Marina's Wedding on the 27th December. You don't have to twist with us and you can still make an anything goes card. I went with the twist and I am hoping this card has reached you Marina!

If you do twist you have the chance of winning a watermark and blog signature from Kylie-chosen at random!!

Very CAS but it just seemed right to me for a Wedding.

We are sponsored this week by QKR Stamps and you could own 3 of their fab digis.

Check out the projects from our DT-some have twisted, some not but we all want to congratulate you on your Wedding Marina.

So will you twist with us??

Sunday, 14 December 2014


I hope you are all having a good weekend.

I have a card today for Fusion's last challenge of the year. As many of you know I love to play along with Fusion but this challenge I found a challenge! I loved the photo and really wanted to go with the gingham however creativity escaped me. After thinking of ideas for over a week I decided just to forget about gingham and re-look at the photo. This turned out to be a good idea as I immediately came up with this idea and combined it with my favourite sketch out at the moment from STAMPlorations

I went with the pine cones!

The cones are from Clearly Besotted Stamps and the sentiment from Uniko

Just simple stamping plus a touch of white pen, Wink of Stella and sequins for a little touch of interest. I was pleased how it turned out and especially pleased that I got to play along in the last challenge this year at Fusion.

I will also enter this into:

Crazy for CAS-something old (my CBS are over a year old)
Crazy for Challenges-Winter Themed Birthday card-this is for a Birthday in Jan


Saturday, 13 December 2014

Addicted to CAS #54 and Goodbye

Today at Addicted to CAS our challenge is hosted by the very creative Shana and she has chosen the following code word:

I decided to use my new die from Clearly Besotted Stamps for this code word-all families live in 'Homes!!'

I have gone a bit crazy with the embossing here and although hard to see from this photo I have popped the little houses up on foam pads for dimension. The snowflakes and sentiment are both from Uniko Studio.

We are sponsored by Stamp Art design and you could win some of their fab digis!

Our DT have all made some great cards and you can see them here

Now it is your turn!
I will enter this into:
Just us Girls-mixed media

This is my last DT post for Addicted to CAS and I would love to thank all the team for their support and inspiration whilst I have been on this amazing team. And finally to thank Kylie for being such a super team leader-highly organised, efficient and full of fun-thanks for choosing me to be on this team. I am still on Kylie's team at Addicted to Stamps and More so you can't get rid of me too easily!!


Friday, 12 December 2014


Happy Friday!

Today I am sharing a card I made after a 'ping' moment! I haven't had one of those for a while.
I am also here to celebrate our 2 new DT members at Uniko. Want to know who they are?? Check it out here.

This card came about after seeing a reminder post for the sketch challenge at STAMPlorations just after seeing the silver challenge CASology. And 'ping' the idea for this card!

I have combined STAMPlorations stamps with the some old Fresh Squeezed stamps (no longer in business). A mixture of stamping, embossing, sequins, rounded corners and made in 10 mins-the kind of card I love to make and love to look at!!

I will also enter into:

STAMPlorations-Anything Goes
STAMPlorations-December Challenge-Designers choice-stamps and embossing (Oct)

Enjoy your Friday

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Uniko Christmas Blog Hop

Are you ready to hop to win the entire Uniko Studio Christmas release?

I hope so and I am here to share a few cards I have made using stamps from this release.

First up I have used the set Big and Bold-Snow to create this CAS card using my fav Christmas colour combo for 2014!

Next up I have used the Rustic Christmas set.  I have seen some stunning cards in blogland using this set.

If you hop with us, leaving comments on the DT blogs as you go you could win the entire set or if you already have this you can get win a Gift Certificate of the same value.

Here is the hop list:

Sandie-you are here!

You have until Mon 15th to comment.

And don't forget their is still time to enter our challenge to win more Uniko sets-you can find all details and enter here

Good luck and Enjoy x

Time Out Reminder

Have you been taking Time Out to join in our latest Challenge at TIME OUT Challenges?

We are CASEing a card by the creative wonder Aimes.

This week I went with the pastel colours blue and pink and the snowflakes to create this one layer card:

The stamps are all from Uniko-Pure Florals and Background Builders-Christmas.

Here is the card we are CASEing

Let it Snow

Our DT have got more inspiration for you-check it out here then take some TIME OUT and join in the fun xx

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Addicted to Stamps and More #125

How are those Christmas cards coming along?

I am still plugging away and here at Addicted to Stamps and More we have a photo challenge that we are hoping will inspire you to make the last few cards. And here is the photo:

This photo might inspire you to make a different kind of card but I went for Christmas and was inspired by the ribbon and the gold. I heat embossed a large ribbon stamp to make a one layer card:

This week we are sponsored by Stitchy Bear Stamps. You could win 3 of their fabulous images-check them out here.

Need some inspiration? Pop over to Addicted to Stamps and More and see what our team have created.

I will enter this into:

Just Us Girls-sparkle

Have fun!

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Inkspirational #71

At Inkspirational this week we have our colour challenge. We want to see:

Gold with any other other colour

Perfect for this time of year and I used it as a chance to continue on with my Xmas cards.

A few weeks ago I used turquoise and gold on a card and loved how it looked so had another go to make this one layer card using the 'Peace on Earth' stamp set from Uniko Studios. Perfect for mailing and I love the gold embossing-quick and easy card but I think makes for a unique take on a Christmas card.

This week our Guest Designer is Deborah. She is a very creative designer and her blog Deborah's Gems really is full of inspiring gems!

I decided to make a few more of these cards with different coloured bases for my sister and a girlfriend. I am hoping to make another one of these for my neighbours-3 guys-I thought grey with silver or navy blue with silver-watch this space!

I will enter my first card into:

House of Cards-photo challenge-see below-I went with the blue colour and the leaves (yes this card stock is blue)
Curtain Call-clearly Christmas
STAMPlorations-Dec challenge-a previous challenge-I am going for Stamps and Embossing

Our DT have made some fabulous gold cards for you, feast your eyes on them here.

Have fun!


Thursday, 4 December 2014

TIME OUT Challenge #21

It is time for our 'CASE with your twist' challenge at Time Out Challenges.

For this challenge we are very excited that the super talented Aimes is our designer to CASE. I have followed Aimes ever since I have been blogging. I adore her CAS style and her blog Crafting Confessions is so full of wonderfully creative gems you just have to visit it!

Here is my take on her card using Uniko Studio stamps.

And here is the Aimes's card:

Let it Snow

My twist is to swap the colours around and add some embossing on the cloud and pink card base. I had to use the PTI impression plate as Aimes was the first person I saw using this and if you follow my blog you know I love it!

Our DT have all got their own special twists that you can check out here

You know what to do now-kick back, take some TIME OUT and create!

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Kylie's Christmas Card Challenge

Well this is it, December is here!! Are you ready my friends? Are all your cards made?

My answers are no and no!

However Kylie is here to help us safe the day. She is running a Christmas card challenge and offering a fabulous prize (chosen by random) of a custom designed watermark and signature worth $40!!

Kylie designed my water mark to my exact wishes-to reflect my blog name and therefore we have Big Ben!!

I decided to create a card that was very close to my watermark and here you go:

I hope you can see the similarity??

And here is my watermark on its own:

She even got the font the same as my blog header....pretty cool. And how talented is that!

So do you fancy your very own watermark??

Treat yourself to a Christmas pressie and enter Kylie's Xmas card challenge here

You have until the 21st Dec 6pm (AEST)

I am also entering this into the Muse challenge. I loved Caroline's card and was inspired by her tag and the grey and red-I really am liking the use of grey as the base card!

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Addicted to CAS #53

Our new challenge is hosted this week by the very creative and inspiring Loll. She has chosen for us this fun code word:

How dotty are you feeling??

I went all out dotty and super CAS and created this:

I love this polka dot Clearly Besotted stamp and die. I decided to use the negative die for this. I went crazy dotty trying to line up the die and stamp but got there in the end. I then embossed the top card with a dotty folder (how many times can I use dotty in this post!). I decided just to stamp the inside 'party time'

This week we are sponsored by the fabulous Inspired by Stamping.

We have a DT call going on at ATCAS, check out the details here

Our Guest Designer is Linda, you can see what she and the DT have created here and then it is time for you to go all dotty on us! (I knew I could get it in again!)

Friday, 28 November 2014

A few of my favourite things!

A very Happy Friday my crafting friends

I made a card yesterday full of my favourite things and inspired by the photos of 2 of my favourite challenges, Fusion and Festive Friday.

Here it is:

The stamps are Uniko 'All Occasions #4'

My last entry to these challenges was so very far from my CAS style that I decided this time I wanted to make a card that made my heart happy-do you know what I mean?

I used all the crafty things that make me happy-scored lines, linen impression plates, silver embossing, enamel dots, one rounded corner and lots of white space. Oh this card feels so much more me. I know it is very CAS but it makes me smile!

Fusion-inspired the dots like the dots on the wreath and the use of silver and red plus the white space.
Festive Friday-inspired the use of pink and the white space like the plainly but classy wrapped presents.


Thursday, 27 November 2014

Time Out Challenges Reminder and Uniko Studio Reminder

Have you joined in the challenges at Time Out Challenges and Uniko Studio yet? If not you still have time.

At Time Out Challenges we are asking for:

Embossing with the optional twist of sparkle and we are sponsored by Avocado Arts

And at Uniko Studio we are asking for:

Anything goes or Anything Goes using this sketch:

I made a card that is suitable for both challenges using the sketch above.

I have gold embossed and then water coloured this butterfly from the Uniko  stamp set English Country Garden and the sentiment is from Uniko Flower Power #1.

I will aslo enter this into CAS(E) this sketch with my sentiment moved to the middle.

Both DT have made some outstanding cards for these challenges. Take a peek at them and then get crafting and join in the fun x

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Addicted to Stamps and More #123

It is our 'Holiday' challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.

It can be any holiday you want. I am still making Christmas cards and here is my very CAS card for you today:

I have always loved cream and white together but often forget to use it. But today I decided to die cut this bauble with some white glitter card and pop up on some gorgeous textured cream card. I love the elegant look of this card. I scored the line for the string and just used a felt pen on the score line. The layout is based on the sketch at Happy Little Stampers and the sketch at Cas(e) this sketch-they are both very similar and I have just moved the postion of the bauble for both sketches.

This challenge we are sponsored by Rick St Dennis.Their digital stamps are so funky, check them out here.

Our DT have some great holiday projects for you this week,you can see them here.

We are also having a DT call. Check out the details here


Sunday, 23 November 2014

Fusion and Festive Friday inspired!

Hello my friends,

My card today was inspired by the photos at Festive Friday and Fusion.

Can you believe it-I have patterned paper, die cuts, glitter card, embossing and a decorative background, all in one card! Yes, I really did make this! It turned out completely differently than I imagined but once I started I just kept getting different ideas and I have even followed the sketch at Fusion-not done very often! 

Here is where the inspiration came from:

Fusion-the doilies in the bacground, the silver, the music paper and based on the sketch

Festive Friday-the presents wrapped in pink and Kraft, the stars hanging on the tree-even my pink DSP has baby stars, the touches of gold-my sentiment.

I will also enter this into the 'Krafty Christmas' at The Card Concept. I am struggling with what style this is?? I would say it is clean and layered however not enough white space for this really...so have I made a 'Shabby, Vintage' card-doilies and the music sheet are kind of vintage-The Card Concept DT would love to know your thoughts!

I will also enter into Festive 48-Any Xmas card

The stamps I have used are all from Uniko-'decorative doilies' and 'Love Label-Christmas'

An unusual card for me but really fun to make on a dreary Friday afternoon and quite surprisingly, I like it.