Saturday, 21 February 2015


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Saturday, 14 February 2015


It's one layer week over at Less is More with the theme of "Love". This was a really quick & simple card involving a Stampin' Up! stamp heat embossed in white, a mask cut with a Spellbinders heart die & Hero Arts Pale Tomato Shadow Ink sponged through the mask.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
Less is More - One layer "Love"
CASology - "Love"
Addicted to CAS - "Mask"

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Hugs & Kisses

The latest challenge over at Addicted to CAS is Hugs & Kisses; I liked the new sketch over at Tuesday Morning Sketches so I decided to play along there for the first time. The only image stamp I had which fitted the hugs part of the challenge was this old Forever Friends one.

I stamped the image in Memento Toffee Crunch onto Limetree Crafts card, then dug out my Promarkers for the first time in a while. I used Oatmeal, Vanilla & Ivory for the fur, Sand Dune for the noses & envelope, Oasis & Cornflower for the gift. The sentiment, by Francoise Read for Woodware, was stamped in Hero Arts Pastel Blue Shadow Ink. The backing paper was a Forever Friends one from my stash.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Key to my Heart

Wonders will never cease - two cards in one day, and a week early for Valentine's day rather than my usual last minute rush! A very quick card for my husband using some recently-purchased Clearly Besotted stamps.

As with my first card of the day this is based on the sketch over at Case this Sketch. The stamps were simply inked in Memento Tuxedo Black & Love Letter; using dewdrop ink pads made it easy to ink the "key" in the sentiment a different colour to the rest. A strip of backing paper which has been in my stash for ages, plus a strip of textured black cardstock kept it CAS, and I carefully covered the padlock in Anita's Clear Gloss.

Happy Birthday Less is More!

One of my favourite challenge blogs, Less is More, celebrates its 4th birthday so what better way to mark the occasion than to make them a birthday card? The theme is pink & grey, and I've combined this with the current sketch over at Case this Sketch.

Two things about this card are unusual for me: one, I knew exactly how I wanted it to look and two, I was able to devote enough time this morning to making it! I started off with the Clearly Besotted "Full of Surprise" present & balloons. The present was stamped in Hero Arts Soft Granite, the balloons in Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. I then painted the ribbons to match. 

The number 4 (by Kirsty Wiseman for Personal Impressions) and the greeting (maker unknown) were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. The paper by Teresa Collins was fussy cut, then I painted one of the stripes in Picked Raspberry, and the edge in Wink of Stella which unfortunately doesn't show up in the photos. I finished off with a black sequin in the centre of the bow. 

Happy Birthday Less is More - long may you continue!

Monday, 2 February 2015

I Heart Fuchsias

Another day, another challenge! At the moment I'm trying really hard to use up some of the stash I've accumulated over the last few years but never touched, also mixing it with some of my newer acquisitions. This card is based on the sketch over at I {Heart} Card Sketches although it can't be entered into the challenge there as I didn't use one of their images.

This card uses the Clearly Besotted stamps free with this month's Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine, stamped in Memento Bamboo Leaves & Angel Pink. The backing paper, flowers & jewelled brad have been in my stash for a very long time. I added a touch of Wink of Stella to the main fuchsia, which I hope you can see in the picture below.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Crackle Flower

I'm determined to use up some of the (many) patterned papers I've hoarded for a very long time, and the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches seemed like the ideal way to do that. If I'm not too late this will be my second entry for the current challenge over at CASology where the cue card is "birthday".

I'm not sure who the papers are by, but I added a subtle touch of bling to some of the stripes & diamonds with my Wink of Stella. The greeting is by Paula Pascual & it's stamped in Lulu Lavender. I'm also not sure who made the chipboard flower, but I added a little bit of texture to it by painting it with Distress Crackle Paint and added a jewelled brad by My Mind's Eye.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Snippets & Sparkle

I loved the simple sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch this week but I also wanted to go over & join the fun in the Snippet Playground. With this card I've managed to do both, and as it's a birthday card I'll enter it into the challenge over at CASology, too, where the cue card is "Birthday".

The snippet of paper has been in my stash for ages, I'm not sure of the maker. You can't see it in the photo but I added a touch of Wink of Stella sparkle to some of the stripes. The chipboard flowers have also been in my stash for years; I painted them with a couple of coats of gesso then once that had dried, coloured them with Mulberry Promarker. I found some Crackle Accents and decided to see what that looked like, so here's a close-up:

To be honest the flowers didn't turn out as I'd imagined at all but I really quite like them - I think they look a bit weird in the photo but trust me, they look much better in real life!

The greeting by Clearly Besotted was stamped in Memento Lulu Lavender, and the Happy Birthday was given the Wink of Stella treatment, too.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Sweet Sunday Sketch

I needed a quick card & I liked the sketch over at Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge, coming up with this:

The card base was from my stash; the patterned paper is from the Teresa Collins Urban Market pad, and the stamps were by Papertrey Ink & Paula Pascual  for Personal Impressions, inked up in Memento Paris Dusk. The embossing folder is by Papermania.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

New Beginnings

The challenge over at Less is More this week is "New Beginnings" & as some stress-relieving crafting was required I put my thinking cap on. This is what I came up with:

The words were computer-generated; the butterfly stamp is by Papermania & the buddleia stamp is by Unity Stamps, coloured using Cotman watercolours with a very pale watercolour sky to set the scene.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Best Dad!

Another card for my husband's birthday tomorrow, and this time I decided to play along over at Stamplorations as I really liked the current sketch. A really simple card, and very quick to do.

Card recipe:
Cardstock - Limetree Crafts, Crafters Companion Kraft
Stamps - Papremania, Woodware, Kirsty Wiseman for Personal Impressions
Inks - Memento Rich Cocoa
Promarkers - Promarker Caramel
Embossing folder - Sizzix Alterations Wood Planks
Screw brads - Creative Expressions

Friday, 9 January 2015

Golden Oldie

It's my husband's birthday on Sunday but as he never looks at my blog I'm quite safe to post his card here! A looming Ofsted inspection at the school where I'm a Governor has kept me too busy to craft just lately so I decided to stick to quite a simple card, although it seemed to take a long time to put together. The "record" consists of simple Spellbinders circles cut on my Cuttlebug and is in fact a pocket, in which I'll be putting some tickets to a concert I've bought him tickets for - if they arrive in time!

The notes were either cut on my Sizzix Eclips or stamped in Memento Lady Bug. The black sentiment using Anna Marie stamps was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black, the "golden oldie" was cut in gold mirri card on my Eclips using Penultimate Light.

I'm hoping I'm not too late to enter this into this week's challenge over at Less is More where the theme is black, metallic & one.