Wednesday, 9 November 2022

The Greetery Twinkle Background and Pinkfresh Studios Hanging Florals Christmas cards

Hello everyone and welcome to the penultimate challenge of the year over at

Our host this time is the talented Marie

and she has a prize for the lucky winner.

Our themes this time are 

W for White


X for Xtra Special

and I came up with this 

W for White

I used the beautiful new Twinkle background die from The Greetery and put some glitter card behind it for some sparkle. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and I backed it with a glimpse of blue to help it stand out before winking it with some Wink of Stella. You can see the sparkle a bit better in the next photo.

 X for Xtra Special

For this card I cut 3 circles of white card and one of red. I used a cut-in Card Making Magic die on the top circle and glued the red behind it. I folded another white circle to create an easel shape and glued it between the 2 circles to create an easel card. For the embellishments, I stamped and die-cut the Pinkfresh Studio Hanging Florals image and coloured it with Copics. I stacked several of the die cuts to give some dimension and glued them to the card after stamping the sentiment from Clearly Besotted. Even though I coloured the image in reds and greens, it didn't look very Christmassy so I die cut some poinsettias from the Spellbinders Etched Holiday Blooms and placed them over the other flowers.

I stamped a simple sentiment from Papertrey Ink to create the stepper, added some glitter drops and a sprig of holly then called it done. There is room for my personal message on the base circle or on the back of the red card.

You'll find lots of inspiration over on the ABC Christmas Challenges blog and you can enter your cards over there too if you decide to join us this time.

I'd like to play along at

Try it on Tuesday - Sparkle and Shine

Unicorn Challenge #83 - Christmas is Coming

The Flower Challenge #74 - add embellishments

Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - anything Christmas Goes

Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge #27 - anything Christmas Goes

International Art and Soul #146 - Christmas card

Dragonfly Dreams Challenge - Christmas

Thanks for stopping by.


Carol x

Wednesday, 26 October 2022

Anita Jeram Stay Curious and Mama Elephant general multi use card


Hello everyone, and welcome to another challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More. This will be the last challenge of the year but it will be back after Christmas. I hope you are all well and if you are in the UK, I hope you are coping with the VERY strange political times we are in!

This time we have our Make Your Mark Challenge so we'd like to see you use your inks, paints, markers, pencils etc.

I came up with this card

I began by stamping the NBUS image called, Stay Curious from Colarado Craft Company, colouring it with Copics and fussy cutting it out.I then lightly inked the background with Distress Oxide inks. I die cut some white card with the Papertrey Ink Aztec die and then die cut the aperture with one of the My Favourite Things Stitched Arch Stax dies.

The sentiment comes from the Mama Elephant Up and Away stamp set and I decided to use this so the card could be adapted for many occasions depending on what I decide to stamp inside. I like to keep a few cards like this in my stash so I can quickly come up with a card in an emergency. I used one of the green Copic pens to provide a layer that matched and then mounted everything up using some foam tape for dimension.

As always, my talented teamies have some fabulous inspiration over on the ATSM Blog, and you can link your card up over there if you decide to join us.

I'd like to play along at

NBUS Challenge #43 - image is NBUS

Cardz4Guys challenge #307 - autumnal colours

Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge # 400 autumn colours

Use Your Stuff #469 - die-cuts

4 Season Challenge #61 - Pets

Thanks for stopping by.


Carol x

Wednesday, 12 October 2022

Lisa Horton Christmas Wreath stepper Christmas card

Good morning and welcome to another challenge at ABC Christmas Challenges.

Wilma is our host this time and she has a lovely little surprise for the winner of the challenge.

Well, we only have 2 more challenges for the year after this one and I know my stash isn't as big as I would like so I need to get a move on! If you are like me and you need to get a wriggle on, I hope our themes this time will encourage you to dive in. We have

U for Unusual Christmas Colours
V for Velvet

I went for unusual colours and came up with this card.

 I began by making the background paper using Oxide spray inks and then die cut and matted it onto silver mirri card.

For the wreath, I used my NBUS Lisa Horton Christmas Wreath set that consists of a die, layering stencils and a 3d embossing folder. I really enjoyed using the set and it has great dimension in real life but my photo hasn't captured it, although the close-up at the top gives a little flavour of it.

I finished off by die-cutting the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp and laying it across the centre.

You'll find plenty of inspiration over on the ABC Christmas Challenges blog and you can post your entries there too.

I'd like to play along at

Thanks for stopping by,

Carol x

Tuesday, 11 October 2022

Spellbinders Be Bold Blooms and The Greetery birthday card


Hello everyone and I hope you are well and happy. I'm always a happy bunny in autumn when the leaves turn and we have cooler, crisp days before the real chills start. We have another challenge starting over at Addicted to Stamps and More, and this time we have our Die Cuts and/or Stencils theme.

I came up with this birthday card using my NBUS Be Bold Blooms set from Spellbinders.

I  die-cut many pieces in yellow, aqua and green and made up the flower clusters. I used the Elegant Twist Rectangle dies to create the frame and stamped the sentiment from The Greetery in the centre. Then I simply arranged the blooms in opposite corners and finished off by adding a few enamel dots. Although it was fiddly to cut so many small pieces and build up the flowers, I just put on an audiobook and had a very peaceful couple of hours playing, and I still have lots left for another card.

You'll find lots of inspiration over on the ATSM blog and it would be lovely to see your die-cut/ stencil card in the gallery if you decide to join us.

I'd like to play along at

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Wednesday, 28 September 2022

My Favorite Things Better Together new baby card

Hello everyone and I hope you are all well.

I'm back to tell you about the new challenge just starting over at Addicted to Stamps and More

This time we want to see a card for any occasion, giving you plenty of options to join in this time. I came up with this new baby card.


I started by creating the background with a cloud stencil for the sky and I reversed it at the bottom to give a loose impression of waves for my boat to sit upon.

The sweet image is from My Favorite Things a fairly recent release which I couldn't resist and is called Better Together. I stamped and coloured it with Copic markers before cutting it out on my Scan n Cut. I raised it and placed it on the card before adding some glossy accents to the portholes.

I finished off by adding the sentiment from the Welcome Wagon set from Paper Smooches and layered up the card.

As always, my talented teammates will knock your socks off with their inspiration cards over on the blog, and I hope you will join us this time.

I'd like to play along at

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Cardz 4 Gals #82- shades of blue

MFT Colour Challenge 195 - blue brown black and green

Dare 2 B Artzy challenge - animals

Thanks for stopping by.


Carol x

Wednesday, 14 September 2022

Sheena Douglas Evergreen Trees Christmas card

Hello and welcome to a new challenge at ABC Christmas.

Fabiola is hosting this month and she has a lovely surprise prize for the winner.

The year is whizzing by and we have reached S and T already so we have:

S for Snow
T for Trees

I made one card that embraces both of the themes

I began with the background by masking off a square shape and adding moon and snowbank masks before taking a snowfall stencil and pressing versamark ink through it to create a resist. Once it was dry, I blended ink to create the sky using Distress Oxide inks and added a few water drops to add to the snowy feel. I then added versamark ink to the snowbank and embossed it with Wow Sparkling Snow glitter. The panel was cut with a scalloped square die and the Clearly Besotted sentiment was added at the bottom.

I cut the Sheena Douglas Evergreen Trees 3 times and left the top one in the die and pressed versamark through the die holes so I could add the same snow embossing powder to the trees.

I finished off by adding a little pink and grey ink to the moon and inking the edge of the mat with blue ink to create a frame.

As always, you'll find lots of inspiration from my Teamies over on the ABC Challenge blog and I can't wait to see what you have to show us this month.

I'd like to play along at

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Tuesday, 13 September 2022

The Greetery Floral Arches birthday card


Things seem very strange at the moment, with the passing of HRH Queen Elizabeth. She was crowned in the year I was born and as I am not particularly a follower of royalty, I was surprised by my tearful reaction to the news. I feel sad for all the royal family, both in their grief and in the burden of the new roles they must now undertake. Although they have been preparing for it, I don't think they can fully understand the changes they will have to accept until they have stepped into the next phase in their lives. I wish them well in roles most of us would never want to undertake. 

Anyway, I'm here to welcome you to another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More. I hope you are all well and getting some crafty time to yourself. There is a definite autumn vibe going on with the trees in my garden but the weather is still beautiful and summery without being too hot so that suits me down to the ground.

This time we have our Birthday Challenge and I came up with this card

I used my new The Greetery Floral Arches layering stencil set and a variety of ink colours to create the floral surround and then cut it with the accompanying die. For the centre, I used the Arched Sentiments stamp and die set and added the white embossed stamped and die cut sentiment which I stacked a couple of times to make it pop. This was placed on another arched die before laying it on the card base.

To finish off I added some stickles to the centres of some flowers and die-cut a few of the tiny flowers and leaves included in the set to add to the centre arch to create a bit more dimension.

September is always a busy month for birthdays and my stash is running so low that this one has already been posted in time for a special birthday!

If you visit the ATSM blog, you will see lots of birthday inspiration and you can enter your contributions to the gallery over there.

I'd like to play along at

NBUS Challenge #42

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - die cuts

Happy Little Stampers Stencil Challenge - anything goes

Dragonfly Dreams Challenge - Happy Birthday

The Flower Challenge #72 - add sparkle

Thanks for stopping by.


Carol x


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