Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Neat and Tangled and Papertrey Ink balloon birthday card

Hello everyone and welcome to a very special Photo Inspiration challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More. We have reached our 300th Challenge on our 6th birthday and Kylie is kindly sponsoring a prize from Happy Little Stampers

All you have to do is create a birthday card, link it up, and you could be the prize winner. I came up with this card because nothing says happy birthday like a balloon!

1) Take a panel of white card and apply the balloon stencil from Neat and Tangled. Sponge ink through the stencil using Distress Oxide Inks.

2) Add bows to the balloons using the end of a stamp from Papertrey Ink Banner Builders, and the strings from PTI It's a Celebration. I used Versafine Smokey Grey ink for this.

3) Die cut the PTI One Liner Happy die 3 times from white card and ink over one of them using the DO Picked Raspberry ink. Stack the dies together.

4)  Stamp 'birthday' from PTI Birthday Bash Sentiments in the lower corner and glue the happy die above it.

5) Stamp the stars from PTI Scene it: Celebration along the balloon strings.

6) Finish off by cutting 2 white rectangles and ink the edges with the Distress Oxide inks before stacking them together at an angle. Place the decorated panel on top, raising it with fun foam.

As usual, my talented teamies have lots of inspiration for you over on the ATSM blog, and you can help us celebrate and link up your entries there.

I'd like to play along at

The Paper Players 400th Challenge - It's a celebration!

Alphabet Challenge - H for Happy Birthday

4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #410 - Happy Birthday

Creative Knockouts Challenge #253 - Birthday wishes.

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x 

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Tim Holtz Santa's Sleigh Christmas card

Hello there, and welcome to the July Christmas Challenge over at Happy Little Stampers. We are an anything goes challenge but each month we have an optional twist and this time we have Santa!

Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.


I used the twist this time and came up with this card

1) Take a square of watercolour card and mask off a moon shape. Create a background wash using Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens in cobalt, iris and arctic. Spatter on some water and dab it off to create some stars.

2) Remove the mask and stamp the moon with the Inkylicious Cloudy Moon stamp using pale grey ink. This shows up well on the moon but is lost on the background, so stamp it again with white pigment ink.

3) Use the Inkylicious cloud stencil and sponge through it with white ink to create clouds.

4) Die cut the Clearly Besotted Cityscape die twice from black card and adhere it to the bottom of the card.

5) Die cut the Santa Sleigh from Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits set in black card, and emboss it to give it a little dimension. I wanted to put some white highlights on the sleigh to imply some reflected moonlight but my white gel pen had dried up again grrr - so I die cut it again in white card and offset it behind the black sleigh. Raise the sleigh on some thin foam tape and adhere to the card.

6) Mat the panel onto black card and adhere to the base card.

The HLS blog has lots of inspiration from the team and I hope you will join us this time.

I'd like to play at

Craftaholics R Us challenge #27 - any holiday card

Little Red Wagon Challenge #453 - Christmas in July

The Merry Christmas Challenge #26 - anything Christmas

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #32 - anything Christmas

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

My Favorite Things and Crafter's Companion Dashing By Christmas card

Hello everyone and welcome to the July Challenge over at ABC Christmas Challenges. The aim of our challenge is to help us avoid the Christmas rush and stress of getting all our cards ready at the last minute, and I hope you will join us so you'll have a growing pile of lovely cards to send out.

Our themes this time are

N for Name
O for On... Skates etc


A little prize from Samantha who is our host this month 


Neat & Tangled

"We are a small company located in Northern Delaware, and have been in business for 5 exciting years! Our focus is on producing products that inspire creativity, and help to spread happiness! We carry a versatile mix of photopolymer clear stamps, steel craft dies, and stencils. Not only are they the best quality, but they are also produced right here in the USA! We are also known for our large variety of one of a kind sequin mixes! All of our products can be used together to create endless possibilities! We love interacting with our card making friends, so be sure to keep up with our blog, and follow us on our social media channels!" 


I went for O for On and have my little friend here having fun on her toboggan.

1) First, create the background by taking a square piece of white card and ink up the clouds using a stencil.

2) Add double-sided adhesive film to some white card and die cut the hillside from it. Remove the film and sprinkle glitter all over it to create the snow. If you have glitter card, you can use that instead. Raise the hill on foam and add it to the cloudy square.

3) Die cut the tree frame using Crafter's Companion/ Sheena Douglas Christmas Deer die and ink the bark through the die before removing it. Snip off the deer from the bottom of the frame and keep it for another project. Go over the trees with some glue and sprinkle on some more glitter.

4) Layer up the card with a blue pierced mat on the base card, then put on the hillside and finally raise the tree frame with some foam tape.

5) Stamp and die cut the little girl using the MFT Dashing By set and colour with Copic markers. Raise her on foam tape and place her on the hill.

6) Stamp, colour and fussy cut a little bird and place it in the tree.

7) Finish off by fussy cutting a blue banner and stamp and emboss the sentiment in white. Add this to the card and glue a couple of tiny snowballs to either side.

The ABC Challenges DT have lots of inspiration over on the blog and you have until 31st July to add your entry over there. It could be you winning one of the prizes!

I'd like to play at

12 Months of Christmas challenge #43 - anything goes

Christmas Cards All Year Round July challenge - use a tree

The Merry Christmas Challenge # 26 - anything Christmas

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' June challenge - anything Christmas

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Monday, 2 July 2018

Sue Wilson Shadow Box You're a Star birthday card

It's time for challenge #140 over at Simply Create Too and this time we are challenged to use no patterned paper!

Simply Create Too Challenge Blog

I must confess that I don't often use patterned paper on my cards, even though I have an enormous stash and still buy it from time to time. I really must stop admiring it and start using it! However, I made this card for my tennis mad daughter's birthday and thought I'd share it with you just in time for the Wimbledon Championship:-

 1) Take a rectangle of paper and repeatedly stamp the Papertrey Ink Basic Background: Twinkle stamp in turquoise ink until it is filled.

2) Die cut the frame die from My Favorite Things Blueprints 29 in turquoise card and glue the twinkle paper behind it.

3) Raise the frame onto a white stitched scallop mat cut from MFT Blueprints 27, and glue that to a stitched rectangle cut from turquoise card.

4) Cut the tennis racquet twice, ball and #1 once,  and you're a star die three times from white card using the Sue Wilson You're a Star Shadow Box Accessory die set. Colour the die cuts with alcohol pens and a metallic silver pen for the racquets, and stack the 'you're a star' dies to give some dimension.

5) Stamp the birthday greeting from Happy Little Stampers Doodled Flowers set towards the top of the lower aperture, and arrange the die cuts in the frames.

6) Finish off by adhering everything to the base card.

There is some fabulous inspiration from my talented teamies over on the blog, and you have until 27th July to add your card to the challenge.

I'd like to play along with

a2z Scrapbooking challenge July  - birthday bash

Dies r us Challenge #100 - use dies carried by the Dies R Us store

Bastel-Traum Challenge #66 - hobby/leisure

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Chloe Leafy Wreath and Avery Elle birthday card

Hello and welcome back to the July challenge at Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge We are an anything goes challenge but each month we have a fun twist for you to join in with if you wish, and this time our twist is 'birthday'. After Christmas cards, I make more birthday cards than any other, so if you are like me, this will be a good incentive to build up your stash.

I love mixing up my stash, especially when I can use new items, then add older titbits and breathe new life into them. That's what I did here

1) Die cut a pierced square and sponge the corners with some yellow ink. I stamped my new Chloe Leafy Wreath stamp using Zig watercolour pens directly on the stamp, spritzed with water and then stamped. I turned the square a little and then stamped again for a second generation impression.

2) Die cut several Chloe Mini Flowers, colour the petals with a Quickie Glue Pen and then ad some fine glitter. Colour the centre of each flower with an orange marker. When everything is dry, shape the flowers and stick them around the wreath.

3) Die cut a stitched circle and stamp the sentiment from Happy Little Stampers Thinking of You set in the centre. Stamp the Happy Birthday using the Clearly Besotted So to Speak stamp set in black ink, fussy cut it to lose the speech bubble part, and add it to the circle underneath the sentiment. Raise the circle on fun foam in the centre of the wreath.

4) Die cut a pierced square in yellow card and mat the wreath onto it.

 5) Take a Die'sire stepper card and lightly watercolour the sides with yellow watercolour diluted from a Zig pen.

6) Once it is dry, stamp the flower spray from the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set and watercolour with Zig pens.

7) Finish off by adding a couple of birds and butterflies from the Avery Elle Storybook stamp and die set. Layer up the squares in the centre on the card raising the white panel on fun foam. Use a Quickie Glue pen to add dots of glue around the wreath and add some glitter.

There is a lot of inspiration over on the HLS BlogHLS Blog, and I hope to see you over in the gallery.

I'd like to play along at

Moving Along With The Times challenge - June Blooms

The Crafty Addicts Challenge #49 - say it with flowers

Paper Minutes Challenge #543 - summer meadow
Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Clearly Besotted Love You Tons Father's Day card

Hello and welcome to Challenge #302  over at Addicted to Stamps and More. This time we have a 'make your mark' challenge so it is time to pull out any markers, paints, chalks etc, in fact anything to help you make your mark.

I decided to use my Copic alcohol pens and came up with this card 

1) Take the elephant stamp from the Clearly Besotted Love You Tons stamp set and stamp it with Memento ink.

2) Colour the image with Copics and add some grass for them to sit on. Make lots of dots around the elephants with a blue pen to resemble sky.

3) Use some rectangle dies to cut a frame to go over the image and a larger one for the background.

4) Cut 3 tiny banners from blue card and stamp and emboss the greeting from the same stamp set with white embossing powder. Trim the banners and add them to the framed image. 

5) Finish off by adding a little bow to the baby elephant's hair.

I thought I'd pass this on to my new Grandaughter, Alice to give to her Daddy for his first Father's Day.

How are you going to make your mark? Why not pop over to the ATSM blog and see what my talented Team Mates have to show you this week.

I'd like to play at

Artist Inspiration Challenge #202 - Father's Day option

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

My Favorite Things and Clearly Besotted Christmas card

Good morning everyone!

Welcome to the ABC Chrismas Challenge and thank you to everyone that played along last month. We had some wonderful entries and it was very difficult to select winners, but you can check if you were one of the lucky ones over on the ABC Christmas Challenges blog.

This time we have two letters to choose from: 

L  for Leap


M – Mouse

Our sponsor this time is

and for the June Challenge, one lucky entrant will win 
Festive Florals 6x6 Paper Pack and a Teddy Baubles Clear Stamp

There will also be a little prize from Helen who is our Hostess this month.

I decided to go with the mouse theme and came up with this card. I stretched my supplies by using a non-Christmas stamp set call Harvest Mouse from My Favorite Things.

1) Prepare the background with some card and patterned paper to resemble a sitting room wall.

2) Stamp colour and die cut the rug from MFT Merry Christmoose and place it on the card.

3) Stamp, colour and die cut the Christmas tree from Clearly Besotted Merry Little Christmas set, curve it around a little bottle, and then build up some silicone glue behind it to maintain the dimension. Place it on the rug.

4) Stamp, colour and fussy cut the harvest mice. To get two of the mice facing each other, I stamped one the normal way and then stamped it again onto the back of a larger stamp and used that to stamp again, getting the image in reverse. To them a bit Christmassy, I stamped a little snowflake on one of the jumpers and placed tiny gifts, coated with glaze pen, in their hands. The original stamp has the mouse holding an apple, and I left that in place but cut a tiny slit behind the fingers, so I could slip in the gift and hide the apple. Place the mice on either side of the tree.

5) Die cut one of the Frames dies from Penny Black and hang it on the wall. Stamp the picture part with the greeting from Happy Little Stampers Mixed Christmas Sentiments, and finish off by adding a couple of little holly sprigs to the corners using some Nuvo drops for the berries.

Why not have a look through your stash to see a stamp that could be adapted for Christmas? You'll get lots of inspiration over on the ABC Christmas Challenge blog, and it would be great if you joined in with us this time.

I'd like to play along at

Christmas with the Cuties #16 - Festive furry friends

The Merry Christmas Challenge #23 - anything Christmas goes

Christmas at Sweet Stamping May Challenge - anything Christmas goes

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #30 - anything Christmas goes.

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x


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