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

Art Impressions and Christina Griffiths hexagon flowerpot get well card

Hello there and I hope you have enjoyed this bright, sunny day. At least I hope it has been sunny where you are! I'm here to share another challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More, and this time we have a photo to inspire you.

Sadly, I don't have any succulents stamps, so I went with flowers for my pot, and I loved stamping each little flower separately.

1) Die cut a medium stitched hexagon from the Fancy Nesting Hexagons by Christina Griffiths in white card. Then cut the largest die in green card and run it through again with the scroll pattern cut in die.

2) Stamp the pot from the Art Impressions Watercolour stamp set and then stamp it again on a post-it note and cut it out to use as a mask.

3) Colour the pot with Zig Clear Colour Brush pens and then mask it off while you stamp the flowers and foliage. I used a variety of leaves and flowers and stamped them using my Ziggies directly to the stamps until I had a pot of flowers that pleased me, and I then removed the mask.

4) Place the green hexagon on the base card and raise the flower panel onto it using fun foam.

5) Finish off by embossing the greeting from PTI Fillable Frames #10 in white EP, and cut it into a half banner shape.

Those Art Impressions stamps have been languishing in my stash for far too long, and I really enjoyed using them so you may see them pop up again soon.

There's lots of inspiration over on the ATSM blog, and I can't wait to see how you will be inspired by the photo.

I'd love to play at

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - All things bright and beautiful.

Penny Black and More June Challenge  - in the garden.

As You Like It challenge - Flora or Fauna and why. I chose flora because I had not used these stamps for ages and rediscovered how much fun they are to stamp.

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Monday, 4 June 2018

Happy Little Stampers Merry Kissmas Christmas card

Hello everyone, and if you are in the UK, I hope you have been able to take advantage of the amazing weather we've been having lately. Crikey we had two bank holiday weekends and a royal wedding with glorious weather and who would have thought that could happen?  I love the smell of line dried laundry so I think every single washable thing I own has been washed and hung out to dry, just in case the wet weather comes back! Well, the time has come for another challenge over at Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge, and our optional twist this time is Joy. Wow, how did we get to June so fast - I can't believe we are halfway through the year, and although it does seem a tad perverse to sit inside making Christmas cards when the sun is blazing down, I'm feeling a bit smug about how my Christmas card pile is growing! How about yours?

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

I didn't go with the twist this time, but I came up with this card using my new Merry Kissmas stamps from Happy Little Stampers.

1) Die cut a stitched square in white card.

2) Stamp the poinsettia swag from the HLS Merry Kissmas set 4 times around the edge of the panel to create a frame. Colour it with Copic pens and then add dots of glue in the flower centres and on the berries, and add some glitter.

3) Die cut a red scalloped oval and white plain oval shape, and stamp the greeting from HLS Let it Snow stamp set in red ink and emboss with clear embossing powder. Place this in the centre of the panel.

4) Stamp and die cut a red bow using the PTI Bells and Boughs set, and a green fern from the MFT Leafy Greenery die set and adhere these at the top of the panel.

5) Die cut another stitched square die, this time from red card and stick it to the centre of the base card. Finish off by raising the centre panel on fun foam and add it to the card.

I really love the new Christmas sets from Happy Little Stampers and can see them being pulled out lots of times for my Christmas cards this year.

Why not hop over to the HLS blog to get some inspiration for the DT, and you can link up your entries there if you decide to join us this month.

I'd like to play along at

The 12 months of Christmas challenge #42 - anything Christmas goes with an optional theme.

Crimbo Crackers Challenge #159 - anything Christmas goes

The Merry Christmas Challenge #22 - anything Christmas goes.

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Inkadinkado Humorous birthday card

Yay, it's time for another challenge over at Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge, and this time we are hoping to bring a smile to your face.

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


I pulled out a very old stamp set from my stash and came up with this CAS design for my friend who loves tortoises.

1) Die cut two of the Stitches Arch Stax dies from My Favorite Things out of white card.

2) Stamp the tortoise and greeting from the Inkadinkado Humorous Birthday stamp set in permanent black ink onto the smaller arch.

3) Once it is dry, colour the tortoise with Zig watercolour brush pens and add a shadow underneath.

4) Emboss the arch with the Papertrey Ink Canvas Impression Plate.

5) Watercolour the edges of the larger arch with the same blue colour used on the tortoise and use it as a mat.

6) Finish off by attaching the arches to the base card and stamp Happy Birthday from the Happy Little Stampers Doodled Flowers stamp set - I love that font!

Why not click over to the HLS blog to see what the team have to show you, and then create a card to bring a smile to someone who needs one.

I'd like to play at a couple of great challenges that have big birthday celebrations going on

AAA cards #116 - 4th-year birthday bash

Casual Fridays Challenge #200 - 8th-year birthday celebration

Creative Moments Challenge #144 - anything goes with an animal

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Sue Wilson Happy Easter cards


Hello everyone and welcome to the holiday challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More

I don't make many Easter cards but I did make a couple this year, and I'd like to share one that I made with just die cuts! Yes - I know. My wonderful stash of stamps was woefully neglected in the making of this card.

1) Take a 7 x 7-inch base card and mat some yellow card onto it. 

2) Cut a smaller square of white card and emboss it with a Cuttlebug folder. Sorry, there doesn't seem to be a name on it and I have lost the packaging.

3) Take the Sue Wilson Fillables Collection Happy Easter die set and cut the egg frame in white card and adhere it to the embossed background.

4) Die cut the egg in yellow card and raise it on some fun foam before fitting it into the frame.

5) Die cut the greeting in white card and stick it on the egg.

6) Die cut some eggs and arrange them in the corners, then finish off by die cutting the bow from the set and stick it above the large egg.

You will see a variety of holidays covered by my talented teamies over on the ATSM blog, and we'd love it if you shared a holiday card with us this time.

I'd like to play along with

The Cat's Pajamas Challenge #346 - use your dies

Happy Little Stampers May Die challenge - anything goes with dies

Always Fun Challenge #59 - anything goes

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Papertrey Ink and Silhouette Cameo Art Deco wedding card

Helle there and welcome to another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More. This time we have an Anything Goes theme so why not show us what you have been working on lately.

Our next door neighbour's son got married recently and the theme was very glamorous black and gold art deco, so I dug deep into my stash to design a card that fitted the theme.

1) I took an 8-inch square card blank and matted it with some gold textured card and a black stitched square die cut.

2) I cut a deco fan shape on my Silhouette Cameo in the gold card and black shapes to mat onto it.

3) I found several old Papertrey Ink stamp sets that came in useful for this project. I stamped the rays from the Hello Sunshine set; the flourishes from the Fancy Flourishes set; the heart from Heart Prints and the sentiment from Quilled Elegance. These were all heat embossed with gold embossing powder and then adhered to the gold fan mat, which I raised on black fun foam and attached to the card.

4) I finished off by cutting the Paper Smooches Congratulations die three times in the gold card and stacking them to make them pop.

I thoroughly enjoyed going outside my comfort zone for this card. I would never have dreamed of sending a black wedding card, but when I got to the wedding and saw all the decorations and glamorous clothes, it really fitted.

You will find lots of inspiration over on the blog, and I can't wait to see what you link up this time.

I'd like to play along with

Time to Craft Challenge #370 - stamp or colour on anything but white.

Through the Craft Room Door - anything goes

Try it on Tuesday - stencils or die cuts

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x


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