Saturday 31 January 2015

Inkspirational #76

Our challenge this week at Inkspirational is to 
use rose shades of red and /or pink. You may also use green leaf colours, black, white or cream and realistic colours for skin, fur and hair.

I went with pink:

Yes, I actually got out my copics and used 3 shades to colour my flower. This is a boxed bloom from STAMPlorations. I haven't coloured for a while and am not so good at it but I did enjoy making this and do find colouring and blending relaxing.

For this challenge we are joined by the very creative and innovative Jill. She creates amazing cards and if you don't know Jill pop over to her blog My Life In Paper and you will be inspired.

Don't forget to check out what our DT have created for you here and then get stamping!

I will enter this into CASology-Birthday.

Friday 30 January 2015

Time for some 'Mytime'

Hello All

I am here today not with a card but to introduce to you to a new blog that Kylie and myself set up for my Sister-in law's organic skin care business. It is called 'Mytime'. Check out their website site here and their blog here.

The products really are good and they have a follower give away going on at the moment-details can be found here

I know we all like to spend our free time crafting but why not spend some time looking after our skin.

I will be writing 2 blogs a month for Mytime with lots of tips on how to look and feel healthy!

Thanks for dropping by and I will be back tomorrow with cards!!

Thursday 29 January 2015

Monday Mood Board

Hi All,

I don't normally post 2 cards in one day but I made this for The Monday Mood board and then realised it will be closing.

I hope you can see I was inspired by the lights in this picture:

Monday Mood Board #6

Have a fun day x

Time Out Reminder

Have you taken Time Out to join in our latest challenge at TIME OUT challenges?

Our challenge is:

Valentine's day with the optional twist of hearts

If you twist there are chances to win prizes from our fabulous sponsors STAMPlorations.

Here is my card using our sponsor's stamps:

I have masked a heart and just kept repeat stamping the sentiment stamp. And finished off with using my fav linen embossing plate.

Check out what our DT have made to inspire you here

I will enter this into the photo challenge at Just Us Girls-the black and pink hearts.

Isn't it time to take some TIME OUT to craft along with us??

Tuesday 27 January 2015

Addicted to Stamps and More #129

Hello my friends

It is time for our CAS challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.

For this challenge we are being sponsored by STAMPlorations. I love their stamps and have used them for my card today. I actually got this idea after I saw this tutorial by Vicki on their site.

This involves more masking than I am used to and even a homemade stencil!! However I love the look and made a few the same with the odd twist. I will be trying this again.

Our DT have all made fabulous cards, you can check them out here.

I am going to enter this into:

CAS on Sunday-stencil or mask-I have done both here.
Craft Stamper-take a stamp
The Card Concept-love, my card is Cas

Now it is your turn!


Friday 23 January 2015

Uniko Studio Challenge #17 Reminder

I am here to remind you that you still have time to enter the challenge at Uniko Studio

Our theme is:


This week I have gone with Friendship:

I have used the Uniko stamp sets Wonderful Washi and All Occasions Sentiments #3

There are lots of incentives to join us-yes lots of chances for you to win some Uniko goodies!

Need some more inspiration?

 Our Guest Designers and DT have made some cards to inspire you. Check them out here then get stamping. You have until Friday 30th Jan 8am GMT to join in.

I will enter this into:
Less is More-Friendship

Most of all have fun!!

Thursday 22 January 2015

TIME OUT Challenges #23

Happy Friday Eve,

Time to take some TIME OUT and join in the latest challenge at TIME OUT Challenges.
Our challenge is to follow this theme:

Valentine's Day with the Optional Twist of Hearts.
I have gone with the twist:

I have used Bold sentiments-cherish and Sentiment Builders-celebrate-both from stamplorations

As always in our theme challenges there is a prize on offer and this time we are happy to welcome back STAMPlorations as our generous sponsor.

For this challenge STAMPlorations are offering 2 prizes and here is how you can win these:

-If you twist along with us and use hearts in your project you could win a $15 gift voucher for  STAMPlorations .

-Or leave a comment here on the stamplorations post  to be in a for chance of winning a stencil pack from stamplorations (chosen randomly).

Our Guest Designer this week is Valentyna who makes the most wonderful cards. Check out what she and the rest of her DT have made here to inspire you.

Now go and take some time out and join in, can't wait to see what you create.

I am going to enter this into Fusion-the hearts from the photo and my card is a loose interpretation of the sketch replacing one of the shapes with a sentiment.

Craft Stamper-take a stamp
The Card Concept-love and my card is CAS
STAMPlorations-Jan challenge-stamp and Ink and their Anything Goes challenge


Tuesday 20 January 2015

Crafty Friends!

Hello Crafty Friends,

I have a card today for you that I made very quickly after seeing a few challenges over the last few days that inspired me.

This card is for us all!

I got this sentiment stamp from my lovely crafty friend Sarah and have been wanting to stamp it up (thanks Sarah). There are quite a few 'Friends' challenges in blog land at the moment so now seemed the right time! The washi tape stamp is from Uniko

I used the colour combo at The Challenge #23 and the sketch at STAMPlorations.

I will also enter this into the Friends challenge at:

And sentiment only challenge at Paper Players

And don't forget we are having a 'Love and Friendship' challenge over at Uniko Studio,you still have time to enter and there are lots of goodies to be won!

Enjoy the rest of your day my crafty friends.


Saturday 17 January 2015

Inkspirational #74

Hello my crafty friends,

This week at Inkspirational is our Designer's challenge week and it is the very creative Pia who has challenged us to create an 'ombre' project-that means when the colour is graduated in tone e.g. a colour that fades from dark grey to light grey." Of course any colour can be used on the project.

And here is my ombre card:

I have heat embossed a dotted border stamp from Uniko and then used watercolour paints adding the colour at the top near the birds and just adding more and more water to make the colour lighter. I got this idea when I saw this card from Greta. I loved what Greta had done so gave it a go but in a more CAS version. I ended up by adding a few splashes of the paint and some gems.

This week our Guest Designer is Deepti. Deepti is super talented and we are so pleased that Deepti plays along at Inkspirational in many of our challenges and has won on a number occasions.

You can see what Deepti and the rest of the DT have created here

I will enter this into the following challenges:

CASology-nbus-my bird die cut was a gift from a crafty friend and has been sat on my desks for month!


Friday 16 January 2015

Uniko Studio Challenge #17

A very Happy Friday,

It is time for our Jan challenge at Uniko Studio and we have the theme of

Love and Friendship

Perfect theme for this time of year. Here is my take on this theme:

I have used the Peace on Earth Uniko stamp set. The doves are actually heat embossed in turquoise. I loved how this looked on the grey card stock. I used Wink of Stella to add some sparkle.

For this challenge we are lucky to be joined by the following Guest Designers:

I urge you to have a browse around their blogs. They are 3 very talented crafters and we are honoured that they are joining us.

This challenge will run for 2 weeks until the 31st Jan. There are a few changes to our challenges this year and also lots of chances to win some Uniko products-check out the details here

Our Guest Designers and DT have some amazing inspiration for you. Take a look here then get crafting and join in the fun x

I have used this month's sketch at Happy Little Stampers to design this card.

And I am also going to enter this into the challenge at Fusion using the grey background behind of the photo and the hearts-perfect for an Anniversary card.

Thursday 15 January 2015

Time Out Reminder #22

Have you played along with our photo challenge at TIME OUT challenges?

Here is our photo:

Say Hello: Perk up your home with a friendly welcome sign. For an added boost, choose a bright, funky color. Source: Instagram user decorame

And my card using Uniko Studio stamps. Uniko are sponsoring us for this challenge-a fabulous reason for you to join us!

Check out the cards our DT have made to inspire you here and this week we are again joined by the wonderfully creative Chrissie 


Tuesday 13 January 2015

Addicted to Stamps and More #127

Welcome back to our first challenge this year at Addicted to Stamps and More. We are kicking off the New Year with our 'Make your Mark' challenge. This means your entry will need to contain the use of anything that can make a mark - Copics, Promarkers, Painting, Chalks, Watercolours, Sponges, Stencils, Masks etc.

I have gone with water colouring. I have water coloured my middle Humming bird.

The top Humming Bird has been white embossed on vellum, fussy cut and popped up using foam pads. This stamp is one of my favs from Uniko Studios.

This week we are very happy to have CASual Fridays as our sponsors. I love their stamps and you can check out their store here

This week we have some new DT members, you can check out their wonderful projects here

Now it is your turn to show us how you will Make your Mark!

I am going to enter this into the new CAS challenge at Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge who are asking for your CAS project to include some watercolouring.

Saturday 10 January 2015

First Christmas card for 2015!

Hello again,

I don't usually post 2 cards in one day but I was just about to schedule this post for tomorrow when I realised that Merry Monday Christmas Challenge closes today!

So here I am again with my first Christmas card for 2015

I have been wanting to enter the new One Layer Christmas Card Challenge all week but wasn't getting any new ideas. So yesterday browsed some other Xmas card challenges and saw this photo at Merry Monday-snowflakes

I used the sketch at CAS(E) this sketch using masking to create the centre panel and 3 different Uniko stamp sets (Big and Bold-SNOW, Background builder-Christmas and Stunning snowflakes).

I am also going to enter this into the 'new beginnings', one layer challenge at Less is More-this is the beginning of my Xmas card makes for 2015!


Time to Celebrate

The weekend is here at last!

Here is my card for you today...can you guess what photos inspired it??


Here we go:


Vintage pocket clock showing five to twelve. Happy New Year 2015!

I saw these 2 photos and knew I wanted to create something for both of them. I wasn't going to make one card until I saw this card from Michele who is GD at CAS(E) this sketch this week. It was her use of the clock that inspired me to combine these 2 photos using the sketch this week. Thank you Michele!

 I hope it is obvious which part of the photos it was that inspired me but a less obvious touch is that I used vellum as a hint to the gorgeous chiffon skirt.

Have a fun weekend x

Thursday 8 January 2015

Time Out #22 sponsored by Uniko Studios

A very happy Friday Eve to you all.

I am here with our very first challenge at TIME OUT Challenges.

We are kicking off the New Year with a special challenge. We are being sponsored by Uniko Studios plus their Design Team are playing along with us too!!

Our team member at TIME OUT Challenges Bev is the owner and designer at Uniko Studios and she is offering prizes for this challenge. You can win these in 2 ways:

1. Enter our challenge and we will do a random draw for a £15 gift voucher for Uniko Studios

2. Pop on over to the Uniko Studio blog, peak at all their DT cards and leave a comment on their to have the chance of winning another £15 gift voucher-chosen by random. Obviously we would also love you to visit their DT's blog and leave them some love!

So now for the challenge.

Both teams are being inspired by this photo:

Say Hello: Perk up your home with a friendly welcome sign. For an added boost, choose a bright, funky color. Source: Instagram user decorame

Lots here to inspire you!

I hope it is obvious what I was inspired by!

These stamps are all from Uniko-
All occasions sentiment #1
Wonderful Washi

Our Guest Designer for this challenge Chrissie. Her blog Simply One of a Kind is full of the most wonderful cards-pop over their and you will come away inspired!

Need some inspiration?

Check out the DT creations at:

Time Out Challenges
Uniko Studios

Then take some time out and enter the challenge and don't forget to leave a comment on the main Uniko blog to be in for a chance to win prizes!!

I will also enter this into the CAS challenge at Crazy for Challenges

Wednesday 7 January 2015

Thanks Kara

Hello all

This week I haven't had much time to craft but today I really wanted to make something but time was short and I needed some quick inspiration. Then I remembered that yesterday Lynn posted that Kara is running a challenge to be inspired by her Friday Inspiration File. I had a look through here and immediately found this card by Kim-loved it and went straight off and cased it using the sketch this week at STAMPlorations-I have used the long sentiment for the strip.

Now I look at this card, I realise how 'me' it really is and guess this is why Kim's card caught my eye...we are attracted to the cards we like to make!

Apologies for the darkish photo!

The sentiment and small circles are from STAMPlorations.

I got my crafting and blogging fix all in 30 mins-amazing what you can do when you get some stunning inspiration and just stick to what you love. For me that is a few stamps, some ink, CAS and pink and grey help!!

I will enter this into:

CASology-date-this is going to a friend who is celebrating a special 'milestone' Birthday!!
Virginia's View #11-clean slate

Tuesday 6 January 2015

Inspired by Many!

Hello my friends,

I have been making cards for my family over the last week and I had just one more to do. I got the idea for this after browsing some challenges. This card is off to my Uncle and Aunt. Very CAS but was inspired by quite a few challenges.

The sentiments are from Winnie and Walter and CAS-ual Fridays
The circles are from STAMPlorations-holiday artsy

I was inspired by the following challenges:

Less is More-black, metallic and one other-mine is the silver/grey ink. I stamped the 'family' in gold delicata ink but decided it wasn't metallic enough so added some gold metallic dots.
AAA Cards-a touch of gold
Curtain Call-this is where I got the idea to add silver (the silver can in the picture jumped out at me) although I had to go for grey as I don't have any silver ink and didn't feel like embossing. (must find some-any ideas?)
STAMPlorations-January challenge-Stamps and Ink. I will also enter this into their Anything Goes Challenge

Enjoy your day xx


Sunday 4 January 2015

Thank you!

How is your weekend going?

I have been doing some crafting which always makes us happy!!

For Christmas my dear friend Nonni sent me some crafty goodies and I was itching to try out this grungy clock image.

I used the sketch from Happy Little Stampers for my lay out. I stamped some gold splashes first and then heat embossed the clock stamp. I really wanted a grungy look and think I have pulled it off. 

A huge thank you Nonni for this set.

I will enter this into:

AAA Cards-use Gold
Crazy for CAS-Use splatters
Darnell's NBUS #3-new clock stamp.
edited to add Less is More-metallic, black and one other-grey (thanks Loll x)
Enjoy your Sunday x

Saturday 3 January 2015

Inkspirational #73

A very Happy New Year from all the DT at Inkspirational.

We are starting the New Year with a new look-check it out here. This new look was designed by Kylie-check out her blog here if you fancy a new look for your blog or a watermark to start 2015!!

We are kicking off 2015 with our 'word prompt' challenge and this is our word:

There are so many ways to go with this and here is what I came up with:

I have had these little pegs in my stash ever since I have been crafting and this is the first time I have used them. I also haven't used this text embossing folder for well over a year or the notelet stamp! I was really happy with how this turned out. It is all on foam pads so will not be good for mailing however I am sure it will come in use.

Our Guest Designer this week is Marika. She is a fabulous crafter and I urge you to check out her blog Me and Minime Crafting
Our DT have all come up with different ways to interpret this word-take a peek here

Friday 2 January 2015

Grateful for you!

Happy Friday to you all!

I was inspired yesterday by a few challenges and made this card:

These are the challenges that inspired me:

Winnie and Walter Birthday Bash-one challenge-one layer. This is my first Winnie and Walter set and I am loving it!

One Layer Simplicity Challenge-Opposite attract. I went for colours that are opposite on the colour wheel and 2 fonts that are very opposite but look so good together

Virgina's View Challenge-Clean Slate-lots of white space here!

Darnell's NBUS #3-I only got this sentiment set from Winnie and Walter the other day and haven't used these words yet!

Have a fun day x.

Thursday 1 January 2015

Happy Birthday Fusion

Happy New Year!!

I am here today to welcome 2015 with a very special celebration.

One of my favourite challenges Fusion is having its 1st Birthday and I have been asked to Guest Design. I am so thrilled to be asked. I am a regular at Fusion and was super happy to be joining in this party.

Here is my Birthday card for Fusion-totally inspired by the colours and the Birthday paper tassels in the photo.

And here is the challenge:

How to play:

1. Play with just the sketch challenge.
2. Play with just the inspiration photo challenge.
3. Or you can create FUSION by combining BOTH challenges into one card.

How you will be inspired?

Need some ideas?

Check out Fusion to see so many wonderful projects then get creating and join in the fun. You have nearly 2 weeks!