Thursday 29 September 2016

Time Out #67

Hello there,

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most people are aware of Breast cancer, many forget to take the steps needed to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. If you are not sure how to do a self-exam then click here and then tell your family and friends!

At Time Out our challenge is to remind you all to do this and help spread this important message. CAS-ual Fridays stamps are sponsoring us in helping to do this. Many of you know that on the 17th of each month CAS-ual Fridays run a blog hop in an effort to support Breast Cancer awareness all year around. To find out more about this and October's events at CAS-ual Fridays, check out this link- Calling All Sistahs

To help spread the word at Time Out we have a special challenge for you:

Theme of Breast Cancer Awareness and/or Friendship
with the optional twist of embossing and/or use pink.

The winner of this challenge will get a $25 CAS-ual Friday gift voucher.
We will also do a random draw for all those who twist with us. The winner of this draw will get a special package from the CAS-ual Friday Calling All Sistahs collection-this stamp set was designed to promote breast cancer awareness.

Here is the card I made using stamps and dies from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and I went with out twist.

Our Guest Designer for this challenge is the very talented Conil. I have for a long time admired her creativity and urge you to pop over to her blog Which Craft and find out for yourself.

Then visit Time Out to see what Conil and the DT have made to inspire you to play along.

Have fun x

Sunday 25 September 2016

Joy To The World

Hi All,

I don't usually post twice in one day but I just had a little play and wanted to share my card with you.

Earlier this week I saw a few cards posted for the latest Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge-water colour spritz. I decided I would make a Christmas themed sheet of card using red and green brushos and the spritzed with gold perfect pearls. To be honest this has sat on my craft desk all week until today I die cut lots of Xmas goodies from this one sheet-lots of different baubles and sentiments. It is amazing how much you can make from just one sheet of brushos!

Here I used the sheet to die cut my 'Joy' and followed the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.

I will enter it into:


AAA Cards #74 Masking

Hi All

Time for a new challenge at AAA Cards

Our challenge is:


Her is my card:

This card I made for a very dear friend who I knew needed to be reminded to believe in her dreams and remember that whatever she did she would shine!

I made it a while ago but wasn't that happy with it but am hoping the thought behind it helps her over look this! 

I also wanted to use my watercolouring masking paste that hasn't been used for a while plus some actual water colour paints (not brushos!). I used paste to mask off a rough area. I then watered this area and added a mix of water colour paints. Left this to dry over night and then heat embossed the sentiment. You can't see from the photo but each letter of the sentiment is covered in make it shine!

We are sponsored by Stampendous

Our Guest Designer for this challenge is the very talented Rahmat-check out her blog here I have followed Rahmat for a long time now and adore her creativity from cards to cooking!

Check out what Rahmat and the DT have made to inspire you here and then get masking!

Saturday 24 September 2016

Inkspirational #118

Happy Weekend my crafty friends,

At Inkspirational our challenge is our 'prompt word' challenge and the word is:


Here is my take on this word:

I went with the texture and colours of glamour as I see them. I have always thought purple, teal and gold as glamorous. I embossed the doily stamp in gold and then went to work with the brushos mixing the purple and teal. I really didn't know how it would turn out. I didn't like the splotches of deep purple at first but after leaving it to try over night decided they looked great. You really do need to leave those brushos to dry over night to see what they look like in the end!

I liked the background so much I didn't want to cover it with a sentiment strip so used deliacta gold ink and vellum.

Our Guest Designer is my fellow teamie and friend, Joyce, at Time Out Challenges. I know many of you know her but her creativity really does bloom-take a her blog Cards-by-the-Sea and you will come away inspired.

Then pop back to Inkspirational to see what Joyce and the DT have made to inspire you x

Thursday 22 September 2016

Time Out Challenges #66 Reminder

Hello All

There is still time to play in our 'Home Sweet Home' challenge at Time Out

 STAMPlorations are sponsoring this challenge and there are lots of prizes to be won.

Here is the card I made for this challenge using the new stamp from STAMPlorations Trendy Leaves 2.

The stitched die here is also from STAMPlorations

Here is our photo:

Our Guest Designer is the very talented Claire and her blog Life on the Scrap Heap is a delight to visit-full of inspiring projects.

Pop over to Time Out to take a look at what Claire and the DT have created to inspire you.

Then take some TIME OUT and join in the fun x

I will enter this into:

Uniko-Autumn Challenge
Addicted to CAS-stitched challenge


Wednesday 21 September 2016

The Card Concept #58

Hi All,

I hope you are all having a fun week. I am here with our new challenge for The Card Concept. We have a bright and cheerful photo for you this week.
Here is my 'Clean and Simple' card inspired by the citrus colours and graphic shapes in the photo:

The sentiment is actually heat embossed in orange but it is quite hard to see from the photo.

Here is our photo:

You can design your project in any style you want and you can see how we define these styles here. We would love to see you also combine the styles.

Our Guest Designer for his challenge is the very talented Laurie and she has created for us a freestlye collage card. Check Laurie's card and the DT cards out here

Enjoy x

Tuesday 20 September 2016


Hi All

I have a card today that I made for a few challenges:

A one layer CAS card that I really do like!
This clock really does look vintage but I decided I wanted to make it a bright colour and went hunting for a challenge to suit this-found a new to me challenge that looks a lot of fun The Heart Desires-check it out.

It was inspired by:

The Heart Desires Challenge-I used the colours and photo-my clock reminds me of the sun flowers and I chose 2 of the colours.

I am also going to use this card as my entry to:

Have a fun day x



Sunday 18 September 2016

You are Awesome

Hello There,

It seems ages since I made a card but I actually got some crafty time and here is what I created:

It is a shame from the photo that you can't see the texture of the linen embossed card stock but here in London it is dull and I wanted to edit the card to disguise this but in doing this I missed the texture.

I know this look like it took 5 mins to make but it was a quite difficult to line up the sentiment to the exact spot I wanted it (no misti for me yet!). Then I really wanted the bubble talk die to be exactly in the middle of the word-so that took some time. I just layered up more bubble talk to get the dimension. The stamps are from the set 'Wait for it' from CAS-ual Friday Stamps. I just finished off with a little bling.

The lay out came from the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch-thought this was a tough sketch at first then this idea just popped into my head.

Also want to enter it into the 'Dimension and Bling' challenge at CAS-ual Fridays Challenge.

Plus I am going to try out for the Monthy CAS DT call at Happy Little Stampers-I actually have made another card for this but thought my card today was super CAS and why not have a few goes.

It felt good to craft after a while of not being too creative.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend x


Thursday 15 September 2016

Time Out Challenges #66

Time for another challenge at Time Out Challenges.

This week it is our 'Home Sweet Home' photo challenge.

Here is my card:

And our photo:

I was inspired by the contrast of the grey of the brick wall and the burst of Autumn colours and leaves. I actually saw this card by Esther ad was blown away by her design and have CASEed it-thanks for the inspiration Esther. All the products I have used here are by STAMPlorations. The leaves are from the new set Trendy Leaves 2.

This challenge is being sponsored by STAMPlorations and the winner will get a $10 gift voucher to spend in their store. We will also do 2 random draws from all the entries. One winner will get the new stamp set Trendy Leaves 2 and the other winner will get the stamp set Holiday Expressions-Thankful

Our Guest Designer for this challenge is the very talented and long time supporter of Time Out, Claire. Her blog Life on the Scrap Heap is well worth a browse-take a look and you will come away inspired.

You have until 28th September 5pm GMT to join us.

Time to kick back and take that deserved TIME OUT and get inky.

I will add this into:

Stick it down Challenge-sketch
City Crafter Challenge-turning a new leaf
Addicted to Stamps and More-Anything Goes


Sunday 11 September 2016

AAA Cards #73-Upcylcing

Hi All

At AAA Cards we have a new challenge and are asking you to 'upcyle'.

Here is the card I made:

Here I have 'upcyled' this 'love' die. I made it over a year ago and did have it on a card but really was not so happy with the rest of the card. It has been in my box of cards since then. This challenge gave me the chance to actually use it again for a new card. It came just at the right time as it was my Brother's 25th Wedding Anniversary this year so I had a reason to recycle the die. Blogging friend Rahmat send me this gorgeous textured card so all I needed to do was stick the die to this card and add a few silver gems and a silver sentiment and done! Felt good to pop it in the post knowing I had finally made use of the die and this time loved the card I made!

Our sponsors for this challenge are Happy Little Stampers. The winner will get a $20 gift voucher to spend in their fabulous store.


Our Guest Designer for this challenge is the very talented Angie-check out her blog here

Angie and our DT have all made some superb cards-pop over to AAA and have a look. Then join in the fun and don't forget to make those cards 'clean and simple'

Can't wait to see them!

I will enter this into:

Saturday 10 September 2016

Honey I Shrunk the Kit-Monster Madness

A very Happy Weekend to all,

Our team of 'Honeys' have been virtual crafting again with what we call 'Honey I shrunk the kit'

This time the lovely Sarah supplied a fun kit that she called 'Monster Madness' and fun it was!

I am not so good at using cutie stamps but once I had a play I really did have a lot of fun.

Here is the first card I made:

I used the patterened paper Sarah sent plus coloured in one of the fun monster images, adding the googly eyes and just stamped some balloons...kinda cute!

And my second card-much more my style I think:

The idea for this second card came from fellow teamie, Coralynn, at AAA Cards. As soon as Sarah's pack arrived I remembered this card Coralynn had made which I loved. She very kindly said I could CASE it. And here is my version, practically the same with a few little twists-thanks for the inspiration Coralynn.

And my third monster card:

Here I used the frame Sarah sent and more monsters with my basic colouring plus some googly eyes and the twine Sarah sent.

Card number 1 and 3 really stretehed my creativity and I think not the my best cards but so much fun to do. Thanks Sarah for this.

Here is a photo and content list of what Sarah sent us:

Stamped images (in Versafine Onxy Black) – Stamped sentiments (in Memento Tuxedo Black)
Duplicate images stamped, one on watercolour card and the other on copic friendly card.
Clearly Besotted: Out of This World, Eye on You, Blast Off
Lawn Fawn: Monster Mash
Pretty Pink Posh Peek-a-boo & Stitched Frame
Bakers Twine
Design Paper

Misc. Googlie eyes

Now time to visit the other Honeys and see what they all created from this same kit:

I am also off to see what they have made. This is such a fun way to 'virtual' craft and I can't wait to play with the next kit x

Inkspirational #117

A very happy weekend to you all,

We have a new challenge for you at Inkspirational. This time it is our photo challenge.

Here is the card I made:

And here is our photo:

I was going to do a travel themed card but kept looking at the teddy and just wanted to pick him up and give him a hug. So I went with this idea. I got the brushos out and made the background by mixing a few colours. The 'hugs' die is also cut from a scrap piece of brusho and layered on a few back dies. I wanted to black to provide contrast with the citrus colours.

Our Guest Designer for this challenge is the very talented Linda, check out her blog here. We are so pleased that Linda is playing along with us.

Our DT and Linda have all made amazing cards. Take a look here and then get inky and join in the fun x

I will enter this into

Addicted to Stamps and More-photo-I got the turquoise of the duvet for the sentiment and the yellow and green of the back wall (can you believe I missed the purple!)


Thursday 8 September 2016

Time Out Challenges #65 Reminder

Hi There

Time for me to remind you there is still time to join in our latest challenge at Time Out Challenges. This time around we have our 'Inspired by Words' challenge and our words this week are:

'Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to grow again next year' (Chad Sugg)

You can use any of the words in the phrase to inspire you are focus on the whole phrase. I decided to go with the word 'encourage' and made a card that I thought could be used to encourage someone who needed it on a particular day...say for an interview,exam etc. But also I could use this for a Birthday-well lots of reasons really.

CAS-ual Fridays are our sponsors for this challenge and the sentiment stamp is from their stamp Butterbows. I water coloured the background card in rainbow colours then used the STAMPlorations stitched die to give it a funky edge. I then die cut this frame and butterfly out in white card. However the white didn't look quite right so I decided to colour it using promarkers and copics. Can you believe using copics and water colouring in one card!!

Our GD Rema is joining us again this week. Her blog Paper Panache is full of creative and inspiring projects-take a browse.

Our DT have all made superb cards, take a look here, then join in the fun.

Don't forget the winner gets a $25 gift voucher to use at CAS-ual Fridays 

I will enter this into:

Addicted to Stamps and More-photo-doesn't that back wall look so much like my water colour background!

Wednesday 7 September 2016

The Card Concept #57

Hi All,

I hope your week is going well and I am here to hopefully brighten your day with the new challenge at The Card Concept. Take a look below at our fabulous graphic that we have to inspire you to create.

I was inspired by the rainbow colours and made this 'Clean and Simple' card:

I got all these die cuts from my blogging friend Sarah-thank you Sarah! I had fun colouring the rainbow and hope this did brighten the recipients day.

Here is the graphic:

You can design your card is any style you want-check out the styles here.

Our Guest Designer for this challenge is the very talented Laurie and she has made an amazing 'shabby chic' card for us.

Take a look here to see what Laurie and the DT have made to inspire you to join us x

Saturday 3 September 2016

Sending Hugs

Hello All,

This afternoon I have had a little time in the craft room to play. 

This card was inspired by the colour challenge at Less is More-colours of peacock'r feathers. I thought this was a really original idea for a colour challenge and had to get straight to getting inky. I did have a hunt around blogland for a few more challenges to give me the lay out and final ideas.

This is what I created:

I apologise for the shadows but London decided to get cloudy and as I knew this was the only day I would get chance to blog for a few days I wanted to get this shadows we have!

I used the peacock colours of gold, turquoise and purple.

The solid butterfly is made from a larger piece of water coloured card that is a mix up bushos colours using the clingfilm and starch method which gives a stunning marble effect. The open butterfly die is cut from gold glitter paper. This was glued onto a STAMPlorations stitched rectangle following their Sketch Challenge for the layout. The sentiment is from Happy Little Stampers

It turns out that Less is More originally inspired the idea for this challenge and a little hunt around blogland gave me further inspiration to complete. Here is the list of challenges I thank for doing this:  

NBUS-Darnell's challenge of 'never been used schtuff'-these dies are newbies.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend x