Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Geometric and metallic


There's a new challenge called "Let's Squash It!" which is all about using embossing folders. I have so many EFs and so this is the perfect challenge for me to get using them. 

This month the first challenge is for Geometric and Metallic. I've used a WRMK 3d embossing folder with a sentiment from MFT stamped in the aperture I cut in the mirri card.

My only challenge is going to be if I know where all my EFs came from as I don't have the packaging and it's a requirement to name the EF!

Sunday, 18 October 2020

Boutique window/a bird and apple makes for challenge reminders


Two reminders of the challenges at We Love Chocolate Baroque and Stamping Sensations

First my DT card for the We Love Chocolate Baroque challenge. I've used Chocolate Baroque The Sewing Room, Haberdashery, Dressmaker's Window. Then I used Mini scripts   on the corners in watering can ink. The sentiment is from Amazing Words stamps. I used heat proof acetate to stamp the window and place over my other stamped images. 

For my Stamping Sensations DT card I used another of Dora's images. This time Bird and apples but please don't go looking for this bird! I coloured it to match the background paper I created lol. I then used it to die cut leaves from. I also used a Clarity stencil to stencil around the image. Finally adding a sentiment from a Hobbycraft stamp set.

Saturday, 17 October 2020

Birthday Cake or Cupcakes week 594 Allsorts chalenge

Wendy has chosen Birthday Cake or Cupcakes (yum!) as the theme at Allsorts challenge  this week.

For my first DT card I have used images and papers from our sponsor. I used MCS to colour the cupcakes and add the cherries on top by using the plain files. The sentiment is a digi from TLC.

Pinksy DoodlesMaker of digital images and cutting files for card making and craft projects.

My second card uses an image from the Forever Friends cdrom. I just love this image and I found in my stash some dotty paper that I thought went well with it. The sentiment is two stamps combined from Stampingallday.

Because I have used a cdrom and a digital download I am also entering into the CD Sunday plus challenge.

Thursday, 15 October 2020


This month the Twofer challenge is for Silhouettes. I've used a set of Penny Black stamps for my cards.

For this thank you card I used the stamps in black ink and punch them out. Then I had some offcuts from what was a stationery box kit. I did some doodling with a red fine liner pen around the outside of the papers.

For my second card I used a 3d card blank. I stamped two of the flower stamps in purple ink and the sentiment blank in green ink adding happy birthday in black. 

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

All Hallows Eve with Lavinia stamps


This is my entry for the Lavinia Stamp challenge of All Hallows Eve. I used alcohol inks on yupo for the background and then stamped it using stazon and embossed the images. I mounted onto a piece of black glossy card. Then I used another stamp on the background card blank.

Saturday, 10 October 2020

Winter Scene or Snow week 593 at Allsorts challenge


This week at Allsorts challenge Tracy has chosen the theme of Winter Scene or Snow.

I used a piece of background paper that I have had for many years as it contains a lovely winter scene. I then simply added a TL reindeer die cut and the JND snowflake wreath and corner snowflake dies from one of his sets, the sentiment die is from a TH set.

I quite like this blue and white palette.

Our lucky winner chosen by random.org this week will receive this Clarity Woodland Animal stamp set.

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Sunburst butterflies and more news!

Hi everyone, my news today is that I am now a member of the Pinksy Doodles design team. I just love Clare's designs and have fun working with them. 

Those of you that have seen my digital work before will know I like to "mess around" with the files. I've taken two of the patterns in the What's the weather pack? from the store and superimposed one over the other. I used the raindrops at the back and took the opacity down from the bright blue and white you see in the pack online.

I then used the digi butterfly set reduced them in size and to add some colour I snipped part of the cosmos flower in the frame set and reduced that down - recolourizing for each butterfly. The sentiment is one I found and added in the MCS programme.

I was printing some additional sunburst papers when my print went a little haywire and took part of another sheet and this was the result. I liked how it turned out so using an old sticker I made it into a card also.

I am entering these into the #45 challenge at CD Sunday plus as I have used digital downloads.

Sunday, 4 October 2020

We Love Chocolate Baroque challenge and some news......


For our October challenge at We Love Chocolate Baroque challenge we have the nice and easy "anything goes!". 

For my DT card I used Chocolate Baroque The Sewing RoomHaberdashery and Words to Dazzle and Sparkle. I used three DPs from a co-ordinating pack and then ink and stamped over them. A great way to use up some papers and create an inky background. 

Lesley will be back on our screens on Friday 9th October with brand new stamps.

This months prize which is the winners choice of an A4 Chocolate Baroque stamp set, or stamps to the same value. We will also be on the lookout for our next Featured Designer selected from entries using Chocolate Baroque stamps.

Onto my news - I have joined the Stamping Sensations challenge blog design team. A challenge I have long admired and entered over the years, to be on the DT is a great honour.

Here's my first DT make for the new challenge of Autumn glory. I have used one of my new teamies digi stamps who is one of our sponsors this month. See below for the link to Dora's digital images.

I printed the digital stamp in brown ink and coloured with Coloursoft pencils. I took a piece of card and blended DI's, did a little faux bleaching and then ran it through a tree bark embossing folder. I cut a circle to place the bird behind. I then added some printed acetate at the edges of the design. The sentiment is an old Paula Pascale sentiment stamp.

I'm also entering this card into the Library Challenge - "What to Look for in Autumn" book theme. 

The sponsors for October are...

Please click here to find a huge collection of images hand drawn by Dora, a member of our Design Team. She creates beautiful flowers, animals and much more, many inspired by her love of Nature.

Stamp Addicts is a family run business based in Bedfordshire and have been in business since 1992. We have watched the popularity of rubber stamping and all papercrafts steadily increase over time and now manufacture our own branded rubber stamps which frequently feature on Hochanda TV as well as exhibiting at craft shows across the UK.

Saturday, 3 October 2020

Cute Christmas at week 592 Allsorts Challenge


Mervi has chosen the theme of "Cute Christmas" over on the Allsorts challenge this week which I am sure will be a very popular theme.

I've made two very similar versions of this card, only really the sentiment differs. For the graphics I used a MCS cdrom called Christmas with My Craft Studio. I chose the main image and then added some more parcels hanging down, originally there was just one and I thought it looked a little lonely!
I then cut it out using a tattered edge die and glued onto the background paper from our sponsor this week Pinksy Doodles. The little robin in the corner I added digitally to the background paper.

The sentiment on the first card is a stamp from a Lawn Fawn set and on the card below I used a sentiment from the MCS cd rom.

This week the winner chosen by random.org will receive Five items from Pinksy Doodles

Pinksy DoodlesMaker of digital images and cutting files for card making and craft projects.

Because I have used a cdrom and digital backing paper I am entering the CD Sunday plus challenge too.

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

What's the weather?


I've just loved playing with this digi downloads from Pinksy Doodles. I used the Cosmos flower frame and then recoloured the flowers in MCS graphics programme. I superimposed it over two papers the raindrops and the rainbow from the What's the Weather digital paper pack. I made my own sentiment.

I had so much fun that I tried a different design. this time turning the rainbow the other way and cropping it and adding the cloud paper. I mounted it onto some yellow paper cut with a pinpoint die. Sentiment mine own.

I've made these for the CD Sunday challenge plus for their anything goes #45 challenge.

Saturday, 26 September 2020

Autumn colours - week 591 Allsorts challenge

It's Brenda's turn to choose the theme at Allsorts challenge this week and it's "Autumn colours".

I've made two cards this week the first using a Penny Black stamp and some gorgeous background paper that complements the image and the theme so well. I also made my own brusho background which I directly stamped onto and then added a little colour to the embossed image.

For my second card I used a poppy stencil with paste and then used my go press foil machine to add the foil over the top. 

This weeks winner chosen by random.org will win this set of embossing folders from Tattered Lace

Tattered Lace is home to a range of beautifully delicate and detailed craft products, including the successful Tattered Lace Dies and Embossing Folders, designed by Stephanie Weightman

Friday, 25 September 2020

September Rudolph Day


This is my make for the September Rudolph Challenge over on Mo's blog here. Once again this is a design inspired by Maxine at Maximum Crafts - you can find her on You tube with a tutorial for this card search for MaximumCrafts (all one word). It's a lovely design as it arches out and then folds flat for posting.

I didn't have all the same dies but I did have the JND scene die and I also added some snowfall acetate to my design. The darker card is midnight blue metallic card, but looks black.

Monday, 21 September 2020

The Great Outdoors


The theme at Stamping Sensations this month is "The Great Outdoors". I used this stamp from Crafty Individuals and linked the images with a little doodling with a fineliner pen. To go with the wording that is at the bottom of the stamp I used the new CE mica watercolours to create some night time skies. These inks have loads of mica in them so this really has a sheen in real life. 

I then used my misti to position the sentiment stamp around the cut out image.

While using the stamp I had an idea to use it again this time with sunrise and sunsets. I used the same watercolours. The sentiment is from a very old Paula Pascale set. This is a sentiment that I seem to be using a lot at the moment.

Now after I amazed myself in entering the Twofer challenge last week for "trees" with an unconvential design.  I find myself in the happy position to enter again, this time for the conventional use of the stamp set on two cards. One for a Birthday and the other as a "thanks card". Never having been in this position before I did check the rules, and can't see that you aren't able to enter more than once.

Saturday, 19 September 2020

My lovely garden - week 590 Allsorts challenge


It's Helene's turn to chose the theme at Allsorts challenge this week and she's chosen "My lovely garden". For a change from flower gardens I have used a vegetable garden for my card.

I used the cdrom Forever Friends set Collector's Edition for the main image which I die cut with a pinhole die. The background images are from a friend and I printed them out and then used them to form the background.

The sentiment stamp is from Stampingallday and I used another of their stamps in the centre.

The winner chosen by random.org this week will win this lovely set of layered flower stamps.

As I have used a CDrom I am also entering this card into the CD Sunday plus challenge #44 anything goes.

Last week I ran a giveaway to win these stamps and ribbons to celebrate our belated 11th Birthday at Allsorts challenge. The winner from those who left me a comment is....... Jo Seafield. (Jo has now been in touch to claim her prize).