Monday 29 February 2016

Distress and more Distress!

A very happy Monday,

I had an idea for the 'distress' challenge at CASology last week when my laptop was driving me mad. I wanted to pick it up and smash it against the wall. I know you all know this feeling. What do you do when the computer is playing control, alt, delete and cross your fingers! I was very distressed. Light bulb moment which led to creating this card using the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch for my layout. If you have time and want a giggle carry on reading after seeing my card to see how distressed I really got making this card!!

The stamps are from CASual Fridays and inside the card I have used from the same set 'we all need a re-boot'. It will be a fun card for someone going into hospital for a minor op, to make them smile. I made a stencil after die cutting my splash die and just sponged with distress ink.

Now for the story behind the card:

Once I had the idea, this was meant to be a quick and easy CAS card-no. I got the stamps out and had a play so I knew where I wanted to position them. As I came to stamp them, I had lost the 'Ctrl' stamp. I looked everywhere for it-under the table, the bed, in every drawer. I was getting more and more distressed. And where was it-stuck to the 'delete' stamp. It took me over 30 mins to find.

While I was making the card I decided to run a bath and by the time I had finished the card the bath was freezing, so no bath.

There are a few other things that happened that made me more distressed making this but I won't bore you.

Today they seem funny and I like the card but yesterday I really was distressed with a card that should have taken me 5 mins!

Enjoy your day x


Saturday 27 February 2016

Inkspirational #103

Saturday morning and that means it is time for a new challenge at Inkspirational.

This week the super talented Pia has chosen our challenge and it is:


This basically means use shapes-circles, squares, chevrons etc. Here is a image link if you need some ideas:

Geometric images

I went with circles and chevrons. And used a scrap piece of card that I had previously been practising some distress ink sponging to cut my bubble die!

Not my best card but I hope it gives you some ideas.

Our Guest Designer this week is the very talented Justine-take a browse around her blog here for some inspiration.

Then pop over to Inkspirational and see what Justine and the DT have made to inspire you.


I will enter this into the distress challenge at CASology

Friday 26 February 2016

A Friday Make!

Hi All,

Yesterday I saw the sketch at CAS Colours and Sketches and an idea popped into my head. CAS Colour and Sketches was the first design team I joined a few years ago so it was fun to join in here.

This morning I made this card using the sketch and the colours at ColourQ

All of these stamps are from Uniko. I used the washi tape stamps, slightly over lapping them. I white embossed the flower stamp, fussy cut it out and then coloured the back of this in turquoise. I just got some new inks and luckily one of these was very close to the 'poppy parade' colour-I used this to stamp the sentiment.

I will aslo enter this into the 'make your mark' challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More


Have a fun Friday and enjoy your weekend x

Thursday 25 February 2016

Time Out #50 Reminder

A very Happy Friday Eve to all!

Time to remind you to take some TIME OUT and do some crafting and join in our latest challenge at Time Out

Here is my card:

And the photo that inspired it:

I went for black and white and London! This week I heat embossed the London city scape in white taking my inspiration from one of the pillars. I hadn't thought of embossing a city scape in white until I saw this pillar.

Our Guest Designer is the very talented Cornelia. Have a look here to see what Cornelia and the DT have created to inspire you.

Then kick back take some TIME OUT an join us.

I will enter this into the following challenges:

Addicted to CAS-home-well how perfect is that...London is my very special home!
Less is More-add some texture-my skyline is embossed.

Sunday 21 February 2016

Dare to be Fabulous!


This afternoon I was browsing blogland and saw the sketch at Can You CASE it? and suddenly I had an idea for using this with the challenge at Colour Q.

I flipped the sketch and made this:

I heat embossed this flower and stem in black and added the enamel dot for my one spot of colour for ColourQ. I really wanted to add a few more enamel dots but wanted to challenge myself to keeping to the 'one' spot of colour. 

When I was making this I kept thinking, why are you making a black flower? I decided I was being daring and then this thought led me to this sentiment. I have a few friends who I know this will be perfect for!!

I used this stamp earlier in the week and quite a few people have asked me where it is from-here is the store link:

I will enter this also into:

CAS on Sunday-one layer wonder
Less is More-texture


Thursday 18 February 2016

Fusion-Pretty in Pink

Back again today but this time with a new challenge at Fusion.

(if you are looking for my Time Out Challenge post-please check it out here

This week I went with the photo being inspired by the flowers and colours.

Here is my card:

I gave colouring a go. I am not very good at colouring but now and then try it out!

Here is our graphic-remember you can use the photo, the sketch or fuse the 2.

Our DT have all created wonderful cards-check them out here and then get inky.

Time Out Challenges #50

Ready to take some TIME OUT to craft?

We have a new challenge starting today at TIME OUT. It is our photo challenge. I love photo challenges and this one was right up my street!

Here is the card I created:

Here is our fabulous photo:

There were so many ways I could have gone with this-newsprint, black ans white, wood grain, the globe, Paris BUT London won hands down-yep no surprise there!!

I used the London cityscape stamp from Clearly Besotted Stamps. I used water colouring. I love how this turned out.

We are excited that this week we have the super talented and creative Cornelia joining us as our Guest Designer. Her blog Fun-Stamping is so inspiring, take some TIME OUT and have a browse.

Cornelia and the DT have all made wonderful, inspiring cards for you-take a look here and then get inky.

You have lots of time to take TIME OUT as the challenge doesn't close until 2nd March 5pm.

I will enter this into:

Wednesday 17 February 2016

The Card Concept #49

Hello All,

We have a fun challenge for you at The Card Concept.

Here is the card I made:

And here is the photo and colours to inspire you:

I don't have inks for most of these colours so had to hunt out some DSP. I die cut flowers from the DSP and just stamped the leaves. I managed to still make this Clean and Simple although I did have to mess around with the design until I was happy with it!

You can create a card in any design you want. These styles are defined here

Our Guest Designer for February is the very talented Rachel. Check out her inspiring blog here

Then take a look at our blog and see what Rachel and the DT have created to inspire us.

Tuesday 16 February 2016

Spring Colours!

Hello All,

Yesterday I saw Tracey's lovely card at Muse. It was the trio of flowers and the fresh Spring look of the card that inspired me. I had to CASE it and went hunting for a sketch and some colour ideas. I found some and came up with this:

I used the colours at Paper Players and the sketch at Sovushka Slavia.

The flowers are covered in WOS and IRL are all sparkly but I couldn't get the photo to show this.

I haven't made a square card for ages but I am happy how this turned out.

I will also enter this into the one layer stem challenge at Less is More. I do love the funky stems to these flowers.

Here is Tracey's card:


And the colour and sketch:


Have a good day x

Sunday 14 February 2016

Surprise Sweetie at Cupcake Inspirations

Happy Valentines day!

Hope you all have a fabulous day.

A few weeks ago I got an email from Naki of Cupcake Inspirations asking if I would like to be a 'Surprise Sweetie' for thier challenge today. Naturally I said yes and feel very honoured that I was asked.

The theme of the challenge is 'Love'. Perfect for today!

Here is my card:

And here is the graphic to inspire you:

I picked out the colours and the hearts to create my card.

My sentiment stamps are from STAMPlorations and they are sponsoring this challenge.

I actually made this card using 3 of their challenges this month:

CAS challenge-anything goes with red
Sketch Challenge-my layout is based on the sketch
Monthly challenge-stamps and triplets-I have used 3 stamplorations sentiments and 3 clusters of hearts (Uniko)

Thank you Cupcake Inspirations for asking me to be your 'Surprise Sweetie'. To see the fabulous DT cards, take a look here.



Saturday 13 February 2016

Inkspirational #102

Hello All,

We have a fun 'Word Prompt' challenge for you at Inkspirational

Our word is:


I went for the 'pop' you get when you open a champagne bottle!

Our Guest Designer is the very talented Tenia. Her blog Jazzy Paper Designs has the most fun and funky cards that I have seen in blog land!

Our DT have all all made excellent cards. Check them out here
I will also enter this into CASology-Valentine-I expect a few of us will be popping open a bottle tonight or tomorrow!

Thursday 11 February 2016

Time Out Challenges Reminder

Happy Friday Eve,

I am here with a reminder for our 'Inspired by Words' challenge at Time Out.

Our words are:

Love is the flower you've got to let grow' (John Lennon)

You can be inspired by the whole phrase or any of these words.

This week I went for 'Love' again and made this card:

I used left over hearts that I had used for a card earlier this month. Great way to use your stash.

Our Guest Designer for this challenge is the very talented Valentyna.

Check out here what Valentyna and the rest of the DT have made to inspire you.

Then take some TIME OUT and join in the fun x
Double D challenge-pretty pink hearts-these adorable pink hearts



Monday 8 February 2016

Honey I Shrunk the Kit!

Hi All,

I recently joined a few crafty buddies in a mini kit club. We call it 'Honey I shrunk the Kit' club.

In this club are:

Hazel-Hazels Paper Designs
Sarah G-Funky Fossil Designs
Shona-Twine Around
Sarah P-Sazzle Dazzle Crafts

This time Sarah G sent us all a pack of goodies and we all had some 'virtual' crafty time together. We had a lot of fun.

Here are the 4 cards I made:

This card I used this gorgeous glitter gem.

I will enter this card into the 'glitter' challenge at CASology

This second card I embossed splatter.

Sarah's pack of goodies was so inspiring. I enjoyed playing with all this sparkle and shine with my crafting friends and can't wait to play again soon. Please don't forget to visit, Sarah GHazelShona, and Sarah . You will love what you see.

And here is the pack of goodies Sarah sent us:

The kit is a mixture of goodies from Hero Arts, Lil'inkers, Avery Elle and W9plus

Enjoy your day xx

Sunday 7 February 2016

Less is More and CASology

Hi There,

Popping in with a card I made this evening inspired by 2 challenges:

Less is More-white on white-Happy 5th Birthday

Sorry about the shadows but it is dark now and I needed to photo tonight as tomorrow I have posts already scheduled and I didn't want to miss CASology.

I used glitter white card to die cut the bow tie. Then to add some interest and texture I die cut a stitched rectangle die and linen embossed the base card. I added dimension by using foam pads. I do like white on white and adding texture and dimension I think really helps.

Enjoy your Sunday x

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