Tuesday, 3 August 2021

MFT Scene Builder and Penny Black cat general friend card

Hello friends and thank you for all your good wishes after my last post mentioning that we were self-isolating because our daughter had Covid. I'm pleased to report that isolation is over, my daughter has recovered well, we were spared getting the virus and the puppy has gone home!

Eddie is utterly adorable but phew - I needed eyes in the back of my head to rescue items from the chewing that he felt it his duty to do! I'm still at sixes and sevens but I'm getting there.

Anyway, we are here to announce a new challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More - this time it is our Make your Mark Challenge

I used a Stacey Yakula stamp set from My Favorite Things called Scene Builder to create the background and inked the grass and sky with Oxide Ink. 

The large tree is an old Papertrey Ink stamp and die, the dog is from a Christmas stamp set from Colorado Craft Company and the cat and butterflies are from Penny Black.

We are lucky enough to have Ashwini as a guest designer this time and you can find her gorgeous card and lots of inspiration from the team over on the ATSM blog.

I'd like to play along at

Crafting Happiness #107 - anything goes

2 Crafty Critter Crazies #53 - anything goes with a critter

Dragonfly Dreams August Challenge - summer fun

Stay well and thanks for stopping by.


Carol x

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Altenew Beauty Within general card


Hello everyone. Sorry for the brief post today but we are self-isolating because our daughter has covid, and we are looking after her 11-week old puppy who in spite of being adorable is also a cheeky little fella who is into absolutely everything!

It's time to start a new challenge over at ATSM 

and this time we want to see cards that use die cuts and/or stencils. I used both on my card. 

I die cut the scalloped frame in white and then cut it again from pink card. I embossed the pink card with an Apple Blossom square embossing folder and then cut off the bottom with some scissors before attaching it to the white frame.

The flowers (Altenew Beauty Within) were stamped and I then used the coordinating stencils to color them in with dye inks before die-cutting them. The foliage is from the same set and the sentiment is from another Altenew set but I can't find it right now to let you know which set. I left it as a general greeting card that can be used for many occasions depending on what I stamp inside.

You can join in over on the ATSM blog and see lots of inspiration over there.

I'd like to play along at

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Penny Black Nose to Nose and Crafter's Companion Christmas card and Sue Wilson Merry and Bright Christmas card

Hello everyone and welcome to another ABC Christmas Challenge where we are helping you to ease the holiday busyness by getting your festive cards done before Christmas.

Our July challenge runs until 31st July and is hosted by the lovely Wilma 

who has a prize for the lucky winner.

Our themes for this month are

N for North Pole
O for Off to one side

I came up with these cards

N for North Pole

The background snowflakes are from a Crafter's Companion embossing folder and I decided to use the debossed side for a change. The igloo is also from a CC embossing folder and I shaded it with a little blue ink and added some glitter before I fussy cut it out.
I looked up to ensure that Polar Bears live at the North Pole so I could use this cute stamp from Penny Black called 'nose to nose', and I coloured it with Copics before fussy cutting it and adding it to the front of the card. The sentiment is from the MFT Sweet Holiday Penguins stamp set.

O for Off to One Side

For this card, I used Oxide Sprays to make the background and die cut a rectangle aperture from it. I cut the Sue Wilson Poinsettia Garland die and layered it up before adding some glitter to the veins and some berries with Nuvo Drops. The sentiment is from Happy Little Stampers and I finished off by adding a trio of tiny hearts.

As always, you will find lots of inspiration from my very talented Teamies, over on the ABC Christmas Challenges Blog, and I hope you will join us this time.

I'd like to play along at

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x


Tuesday, 6 July 2021

Concord and 9th and Pretty Pink Posh rainbow new baby card

Hello everyone and welcome to a new challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More.

This time we are looking at cards for any occasion, and I went with a new baby card.

I used a stitched hexagon from Card Making Magic for the background and opened up my new Rainbow Stitches and Strings dies from Concord and 9th. I cut the rainbow from a few scraps of Crafter's Companion papers languishing in my stash and arranged them on the card. I decided to use a CC cloud die and after I cut it, I turned the die over and went around the edge with an embossing tool to give a little depth and dimension.

The sentiment from Pretty Pink Posh was cut three times and stacked, and to finish off, I scattered a sprinkle of stars around everything.

I can't wait to see which occasion you will choose to make a card for. It's an ideal opportunity to see where you have gaps in your card supply!

We are still waiting for the roof to be finished off (there is a shortage of building supplies because of Covid and Brexit) because we are waiting for end ridge tiles to come into stock. They tell us that they will finish everything off in a day once they have the tiles but they have been off-site for more than a week now. At least it has been quiet but it would be good to get the outside cleaned up!

I'd like to play along at

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x


Saturday, 3 July 2021

Crafter's Companion and MFT Big Birthday Wishes card

Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge at Simply Create Too.

This time we would like to make the sentiment the focus of the card so I came up with this card.

I used some Centura Pearl card and embossed the cupcake embossing folder from Crafter's Companion before sanding back some of the surface to reveal the white core.

I love the sheen the pearl card gives and it makes a great background for the simple white sentiment die cut.

The cupcakes are from an ancient Inkadinkado Hi Cupcake stamp set and I stamped the small ones, coloured them before fussy cutting, and added some glossy accents to the icing and cherry.

 You'll find lots of inspiration over on the Simply Create Too blog and you can link up your entries over there if you decide to join us.

Thanks so much for all your kind comments and for choosing to visit me - I really appreciate the time you take to do this💖.

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

MFT Strike up the Band kraft birthday card


Hello everyone and welcome to the ATSM birthday challenge. It's our 9th birthday so cause for lots of celebration and thanks to Kylie for organising everything so well.

I'm still at sixes and sevens with the reroofing going on long beyond the schedule and am not sure if I'm coming or going!

Anyway to my celebration birthday card

I used the MFT Strike up the Band stamps and dies, which are perfect for a summer birthday, and had the little mice play up a storm as they march across the card. They were coloured with Copics and I added some white gel pen.

The background card is one of my favourite design from Bright Rosa and I cut into it with an insert die before backing it with kraft polka dot paper for Papertrey Ink.

If you pop over to the blog you will see lots of inspiration and we are very pleased to welcome Nandini back to the team too!

I'd like to play along with

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Anita Jeram Christmas Presents Christmas card

Hello everyone and welcome to the next challenge over at ATSM.

This time we have our Christmas Challenge and I came up with this card. As we often don't have snow in my neck of the woods until after Christmas, I decided to put this cute dog in the garden without a snowflake in sight!

I used my new Colorado Craft Company Christmas Presents stamp set from Anita Jeram. I stamped the dog and presents and then made a mask before inking in the sky and using Copic pens for the grass. After the mask was removed, I coloured the dog and presents with Copics too, and added some glossy accents to his nose. To frame the image, I cut a stitched oval to create an aperture and raised this on fun foam to create some depth. The sentiment is from the same set and I added a few tiny stars from a Clearly Besotted set.

 My talented Teamies have some great inspiration for you over on the ATSM blog, and I look forward to seeing your festive contributions this month.

I'd like to play along at

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x


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