Sunday 28 January 2018

Turn Back Time!

Hi All

I saw the challenge 'Late' at CASology this week and had no ideas for it. I tend to be a planner and knew I would hardly ever need a 'belated' Birthday card and this was all I could think off. Then I remembered a sentiment I had from Visible Images and thought it would be perfect-see what you think and where my thinking was going!

Got it??

This is for my husband. We met late quite late in life. I was heading towards 40 (he is a little younger-yes, my toy boy!!). And I think this sentiment sums us up. I wish we hadn't met so late so I could love him longer.

I have used this sentiment with this image before-usually one layer- so struggled to design it differently than before but played around a bit and managed to get a lot of dimension and instead of stamping the image I heat embossed it onto kraft. Usually I use a white card base and brighter colours for this image and sentiment combo. I feel I did end up stretching my design skills a bit...I so wanted to just 'stamp and go' but I preserved!

I was helped along by the sketch at CAS Colour and Sketches-I had intended to add a little heart where there is a small banner in the sketch but decided I liked it just the way it is.

Have a good day x


Saturday 27 January 2018

Inkspirational #153

Hi All

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


I made a Christmas decoration that was attached to my Christmas Tree last year.

Yes, it is not the best but I wanted to make a decoration myself-I had a go and yes I did hang it!!

I die cut this Uniko snowflake from glitter card and stuck it to a die cut circle and just added some ribbon.

Here it is on my tree:

It was fun to make this. Although not my best work, I thought it suited our word and sometimes, why not share our 'not so good' projects!

I am sure the DT have done a better job than me-check them out here and then get inky!

Monday 22 January 2018

My CAS loving Heart!

Hi There,

I hope you all had a great weekend.

Popping in to show you a card I made inspired by a few challenges.

Here it is:

I based the lay out on the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. I knew I wanted to use this sketch and had the idea for this card in my head for a while. I have a few heart stamps and wasn't sure what one to use until I saw the pretty picture at Inspired by All The Little Things-I liked the soft pink and green and the patterns on the cookies. So I went with this heart as I thought the pattern suited the picture. I added the 2 different pinks and a green enamel dot to reflect the colours in the picture.

I will also enter this into:


For your blog

Saturday 20 January 2018


Hi All

Quick pop in to share a card I made yesterday.

I wanted to make a card for the Viva La Verve Sketch Challenge. These I find a real challenge as they are quite layered. But I wanted to give it a go as best I could making my, kinda, CAS version! When I saw the amazing photo at Addicted to Stamps and More and idea popped into my head. This card took me ages to make but I quite like the finishing touches.

This gorgeous sentiment is from Verve. I used a sriped border stamp from Winnie and Walter gold embossing it on the black card. I then used the same stamp inky it onto white card and die cut it with stitched dies from Lil'Inkers. Tag is from CAS-ual Fridays

I think you can see how the photo inspired me!
I will also enter this into AAA Card Challenge-Quote-gotta love this quote-hopefully hubby will too!! (thanks 


Thursday 18 January 2018

Calling All Sistahs Encouragement January Challenge

Hi There,

I am here with our monthly Calling All Sistahs Encouragement challenge from CAS-ual Fridays. Our little bunch of Sistahs are all about raising awareness for Breast Cancer and would love you to join our monthly challenge.

  On the 18th of each month we will start a new challenge with a new inspiration photo.

We all need a little encouragement now and then. Wouldn't it be great to have a stash of cards to send to a friend when they needed that encouragement from us?

Well that is what this challenge is all about-making those kind of cards for our friends near and far!

Before I go into how you join in this challenge, here is my card:

In this card I used the CAS-ual Fridays stamp and die set Mon Ami.

And the photo and colours that inspired it:

Here is how you play along:

1. Make an encouragement card inspired by the photo or colours or both.
2. Link up here by 12am EST on the 13th
3. Share with your friends and followers so we can get the word out about our challenge.

One person will win a $25 gift code to use on anything in the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps store.  All products are welcome, but if you use CAS-ual Fridays stamps or dies on your card, Michele will DOUBLE your prize!!!

My fellow Sistahs have all made amazing cards-check them out here and then get inky!

I will enter this into:

CAS Watercolour Challenge-Birthday-I think this makes for a good Birthday card as well as an encouragement card
AAA-quote-new DT and all new stamps


Time Out Challenge #101

Hello There,

Time for a new challenge at Time Out Challenges. It is our 'Inspired by Words' challenge.

First up my card:

And here are the words-use any of these words or the whole phrase:

I decided to focus on 'Celebrate'.

Using dies and sentiment stamp from My Favourite Things.

Our Guest Designer for this challenge is the fun and creative Michele. I have been a fan of Michele for a long time. Her cards are an inspiration to me. Check out her blog I Card Everyone and you will see why!

This challenge is sponsored by the amazing Birch Press Design with the winner getting a $20 gift voucher for their store.

Our DT and Michele have made some fabulous cards to inspire you-check them out here.

Your turn to take some TIME OUT and craft with us.

Enjoy x

I will enter this into:

Watercooler Wednesday-Masculine-this is off to a guy who has a Feb B'day

Wednesday 17 January 2018

Calling All Sistahs Jan Reminder

Hi There,

I am very excited to tell you that I have joined the amazing Design Team at Calling All Sistahs.
I am honoured to be part of this creative bunch of crafters-thank you for asking me to join you.

As it is my first time on this team, I will tell you a little about it before my card:

 Calling All Sistahs is all about raising the awareness of Breast Cancer throughout the year

We will be here every month with a reminder to do those breast self exams. It takes 5 mins to do! If you are not sure how to do this then check out this link.

Michele, owner and designer of CAS-ual Friday Stamps designed a special line of stamps and dies to help raise awareness of Breast Cancer-you can check them out here. Michele donates 50% of the profit from these to National Breast Cancer Awareness.

If you want anymore information on this please just email me at

Now for my card:

I have used the stamp from Word Ribbon. The sentiment is from the stamp set Mon Ami and the baby tag is from the Fri-Die set Tag Bundles

All our Design Team have made amazing cards-check them out here.

We would love you to go shopping from this range to help us raise awareness of Breast Cancer and if you do and use the code 'cas comfort' you get a discount!

Come back tomorrow as I will be here with our monthly 'Calling All Sistahs' challenge!!

Have a super day and don't forget to put 5 mins aside to do that self exam!


I will enter this into:

Less is More-Purple-my little ribbon, enamel dots and strip of purple(....card 2 Nonni-challenge you set me done!)
CASology-Glimmer-I am using this in the terms of 'glimmer of hope'. Some may feel when they get the diagnosis of cancer that there is no hope but there is always hope and even if it is a late diagnosis there is always a glimmer of hope and increasingly so with all the research that has been done. Plus if you do your regular monthly breast chest- that we are here to remind you about-then that glimmer becomes a bright shining light.


Saturday 13 January 2018

Inkspirational #152


Time for a new challenge at Inkspirational.

This time it is our photo challenge.

Here is my card:

And the photo:

This photo just spoke texture and frills to me and I wanted to make something that was way out of my comfort zone. So out came the lace, doilies and a pretty embossing plate.

The sentiment here is from Verve and the tag from CAS-ual Fridays. I used a scrap of water colour card to cut the tag and stamp the sentiment.

This card was made especially for teamie and friend Shauna for her Birthday. She often uses ribbons and texture on her cards....although recently I have noticed more water colouring and CAS designs sneaking in. Basically she is very creative and can make cards of all styles. I wanted to try to make something for her that was different than my normal style.

Actually in the end I was happy with how it turned out.

Our Guest Designer for this challenge is the talented Charlotte-check out her blog here. It is full of amazing projects.

Then pop over to Inkspirational and see what the DT have created using this photo as their inspiration.

Have fun x

I will enter this into:

Sunday 7 January 2018

Choose Happy!

A very Happy Sunday,

My dear friend Nonni set me a challenge yesterday to make 2/3 cards for the latest challenge at Less is More. Well I have 2 made already Nonni!!

Here is my first card:

I wanted to use this grunge stamp because Nonni gave it to me!!

I simply stamped this grunge stamp using purple ink and then over stamped with this sentiment from STAMPlorations-first time it has been inked up.

I used 3 different shades of purple enamel dots just to make the point......I love purple in all shades!!

This sentiment really hit home to me as sometimes it is really hard to 'choose happy' when things are feeling tough. I am sending this off to a friend for some encouragement but have decided to make myself a postcard version of this and stick it onto my craft board so that on those tough days, it reminds me to 'choose happy'!!

So friends...lets 'choose happy' today!!

I am going to enter this into:

Less is More-purple
AAA-Quote-a new sentiment stamp plus a new way to encourage myself on the tough days!


Friday 5 January 2018

Time to Encourage!


We all need a little encouragement now and then! And I think this sentiment is just perfect to encourage someone to just take that one little step to get nearer to what it is they really want or dream about.

I have made this card large so you can really see the sentiment. 

The sentiment comes from a set my dear friend Nonni gave me a while ago. 
The green background stamp is the Modern Petals stamps from CAS-ual Fridays

I took inspiration from the latest Calling All Sistahs Encouragement challenge photo using the red and green and the petals as inspiration-as well as making an encouragement card for a friend-still time to join in this challenge and goodies to be won!

The layout is from the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches

I will also enter this into:

Happy Little Stamper-CAS-Friendship.


Thursday 4 January 2018

Time Out #100!!

A very Happy New Year to All!

At Time Out Challenges we are celebrating our 100th Challenge!

I want to thank you for for supporting us and I hope you have had fun and I have been able to supply you with some inspiration to play along.

And to celebrate we decided to introduce a new challenge to replace our CASE challenge.
To check out the details of this new challenge go on over to Time Out where we explain it all to you.

Here is my card:

Using stamps and dies from our fabulous sponsor Verve. I have used the stamp set Button Best and Bloom Brighter. Plus their die set blooming Die Set

And the challenge is:

My card is to show you I am 'Thankful' for my Mum.....she really is the one that holds things together not only with me but within our whole family.
For our 100th challenge I can think of nothing better to be 'Thankful' for!

Julee the owner and designer of Verve will be joining us for this challenge. Her blog Poetic Artistry is full of creative projects. We urge you to visit it and guarantee you will come back ready to get crafty!

Our Guest Designer for this challenge is the very creative Bobby. Bobby is a long term supporter of Time Out and has played in most of our challenges-of which we are 'Thankful' for! Check out her blog Bits and Pieces and you will see why she is such an inspiration to me and all at Time Out.

Take a look at Time Out and see what Julee, Bobby and the DT have created to inspire you.


I will enter this into:

Freshly Made Sketches-using my score lines for the background strip and flipping the sketch.

Monday 1 January 2018

Happy New Year!

A very Happy New Year to you All,

My first card for 2018!

These stamps are all from The Ton. The stars are actually stamped in delecata ink which sparkes IRL and my enamel dots also sparkle. A little dull here in London so it was hard to catch this.

The layout I used was inspired by the sketch at Less is More

Have a wonderful day today and enjoy the first day of 2018!

I will enter this into:

The Ton-cheers, my card is being sent to a friend for her Birthday, so cheers to her!