Saturday, 21 November 2009

Stampwithus Colour Challenge

If you have seen Craft Stamper this month there are some great designs using the Season of Joy Stamp set from Stampin Up and a few extra samples shown on their web site. I have used the design of one of the web extras for this card and my take on this week’s Stampwithus colour challenge. I have used the Stampin Up Circle Circus stamp set and words from Fun and Fast Notes. Base card is Sahara sand and other cardstock used is Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip and Ruby Red. Ink is also Ruby Red. I was quite pleased with how this turned out so hope you like it too.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Stamp With Us Colour Challenge

The Stamp With Us challenge this week is a colour challenge, shades of blues and greens and turquoise. Haven't yet worked out how to post their sample picture, but check out the Stamp with us blog - for all the great samples from the DT and entries to the challenges. I've based the idea for my card on the sample on page 80 of the new Stampin up catalogue, used this design a lot lately especially for children's cards.

Made the background by chalking with various shades of green and blue and stamped and embossed in white the snowflake from the Winter Post set, words from Season of Joy.

Card stock used is Not Quite Navy and Sage Shadow and Night of Navy ribbon. Also used scalloped punch and oval punches.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Basic Grey Sketch Challenge

Loved the sketch on the current Basic Grey challenge and have made quite a few cards using the design but as this is the only one with Basic Grey paper have entered this into the challenge. The paper used is an older collection, Sweatpea Alyssa that I've had for quite some time but really like.

Main stamp image is from Magenta, words and oval punched shapes are Stampin up.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Papertake Weekly Challenge Sketch

Just got these great new Inkadinkado filigree stamps and wanted to try them out on this week's Papertake Weekly Challenge sketch. Reversed the sketch though as the snowman image didn't look right on the left side. Quite like the colours and the way it's turned out but would use white embossing powder next time. Papers used are some old Sandylion winter paper I've had for sometime and trying to use up some of my old stuff.

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Christmas Ornaments

Stampwithus Challenge – Anything but a card

I knew I would be rubbish at blogging when I first started my blog and it’s exactly 3 months since I last made an entry. Now decided it’s time to do some more challenges so starting with the one from Stampwithus. This week the challenge is anything but a card and I’ve got some samples that fit the challenge perfectly. I’ve been trying to put together some craft activities I may be doing at a Charity function later in the year my daughter is organising through her business Musical Hands, the sing, dance and sign classes she runs for young children. (If anyone that may see this blog has babies or preschool children and lives in the Crawley or surrounding area, and may be interested in the classes run by Musical Hands, please check out the website,

I thought these Christmas Ornaments would be one of the activities I could do in a workshop possibly with older children, as well as cards and gift tags.

Supplies used from Stampin up:

More Mustard, Ruby Red and Garden Green Cardstock
More Mustard and White Ribbon
Season of Joy stamp set
Oval punch (used to make the star)
Scallop circle punch and circle punches

Friday, 10 July 2009

Favourite Things - Papertake Weekly Challenge

Kept this design simple using one of my favourite stamp sets at the moment, the High Heels set from Hero Arts. I’ve combined this with another great set - Autumn Leaves Spring Swirl. I saw a design using swirls and shoes in a magazine and adapted the idea to make this card and was very pleased with the finished result. I’ve used a white journaling pen on top of the swirl design which made quite a difference, together with some gems on the shoes.

Friday, 3 July 2009

Stamp With Us Sketch Challenge

June was a very busy month and it's been over a month since I've had a chance to see what's been going on with any other blogs or upload any thing on mine. I really like the Stamp With Us Sketch Challenge this week and as I needed a baby boy birth card, used the sketch design to create this card.

Papers used are Bashful Blue Designer Series, plain card brocade blue.
Ribbon is striped Bashful Blue
Stamps used are from the Fun and Fast Notes and Congratulations
Shapes used from Quickutz dies and brads - perfect match - from own supplies.

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Stamp With Us Recipe Challenge

For the Stamp With Us Recipe Challenge this week you are asked to use:

1 Patterned Paper
1 Flower
1 Button
2 Ribbons

I've used the Holiday Treasures designer series paper for the background and cut and decoupaged the flower from this series paper too and added the button to the centre. The ribbons used are Always Artichoke and Certainly Celery. Also used the round tab with a rub on greeting and stamp from the Yummy set. The whisper white centre embossed with cuttlebug swiss dots folder.

Monday, 25 May 2009

Wow, how chuffed and surprised am I to find I've made the Fave Five for last week's Stamp With Us Challenge. Thank you all at Stamp With Us for picking my card. I've even managed to put the blinkie on my blog, had to go right back to the start of the Stamp With Us blog to find the instructions for their blinkie, which didn't work for me before but now added that one too.

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Stamp With Us Colour Challenge

The Stamp With Us challenge this week is a colour challenge to use red, yellow, blue and green. The Junior Varsity Designer Papers were perfect for this challenge as it has all of the four colours and this was used for the background and to stamp the balloon from the Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set in different colours. Also used the oval stamp set and punches and old olive ribbon. The balloons were stamped on to whisper white card and then embossed with the Cuttlebug Happy Birthday folder.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009


A friend asked me to do a Dinosaur card for her grandson, so I decided to do the 3D style card similar to the previous princess castle, only smaller, using the Paper Dolls Cricut Cartridge and a Quickutz die. There are dinosaurs hidden in the back amongst the trees but they don't show up to well in the photo.

Sleeping Beauty Castle

I made this card for my grand daughter's 5th birthday using the Disney Dreams Come True and Paper Dolls Cricut Cartridges. I don't know what the style of card is called but it folds in layers and stands 10.5 inches tall. The Castle and extra turrets are cut from the Paper Dolls Cricut. As you can probably guess, my grand daughter loves the Disney Princesses, so she now displays this in her bedroom as all the wording was done on the trumpet type scroll, also from the cartridge, on the back of the card, so it doesn't actually look like a birthday card. Took me ages to do, but I was really pleased with the finished result and have just been asked to another one!

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Stamp With Us Sketch Challenge

Can't believe how quick this week has gone and not been able to do any posts or challenges. Just finished this card for the Stamp With Us Challenge, which this week is a sketch challenge.

Stampin Up items used
Sweet always designer series paper - I love this set of papers
Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set,

Also used two different Quickutz dies.
Doodling around the edge of the paper to finish.

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Stamp With Us Recipe Challenge

The challenge this week from Stamp With Us is a recipe challenge to use 2 pattern papers, 1 ribbon and 4 brads. This for me was the hardest of the challenges so far but finally came up with this after a few trial and errors.

Stampin up items used are:

Scallop Circle punch
1.25 circle punch
Boho Blossoms Punch
Old Olive and More Mustard Textured card and More Mustard Ribbon from Simply Sent Cards Elements.
Rainbow Sherbert Designer Papers
Riveting Stamp Set.

Non Stampin up items are gold brads, Fiskars punch, Quickutz Revolution Scroll and Amber Clay and Olive Pastel Colour Box chalk ink pads - which were a good match with the other colours until I can get the matching ink pads.

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Papertake Weekly Challenge Sketch 13

Still suffering from jet lag after my hols and can't sleep so finished of this card to post. Loved Dawney's Sketch on this weeks Papertake Weekly Challenge which inspired me to do this first birthday card for a little girl. Stamp is Penny Black unwrapped, papers are K & Co, distressed with Tim Holtz Tattered Rose Ink. The one is cut from Cricut and embossed with Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder. Finished off with doodling which I think made a difference to the end result.

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Stamp With Us Colour Challenge

Just got back from my holiday today and, as I missed last weeks Stamp With Us Challenge, I wanted to do this weeks colour challenge using a picture of a chocolate cup cake for inspiration. This is my interpretation - very simple last minute entry.

Stampin up items used:

Base card used is Kraft, papers are from the Chocolate Chip Designer Papers, Chocolate Chip Ribbon and stamp used is from One of a Kind set, stamped several times on Kraft card with Adirondak Espresso Ink and layered, (haven't yet got matching ink pads - on my wish list).

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Papertake Weekly Challenge - Sketch

Second challenge today but really wanted to get this card done today as I'm off on holiday Friday. I loved Dawney's Sketch design when I saw it so decided to enter the Papertake Weekly Challenge too. Background paper is My Mind's Eye, Stamps are La Compagnie des Elfes - Cannelle and spring outfit, wording is from a Stampin Up set.

A Spoonful of Sugar Challenge - How Old

Thank you to Tracy who saw my previous post and told me about the 'How Old' Challenge from A Spoonful of Sugar which asks for a card with the age of recipient on it. As I've made this card for a friend which fits the challenge set, thought I would have a go at this challenge too. Background paper is Basic Grey, the flowers are cut from Quickutz, the 50 is Bazzill card cut from my cricut, stamp is from Paper Inspirations.

Another challenge post to follow, two in one day, can't believe I've managed to do this as I'm off on my holiday tomorrow, and trying to do this in between packing.

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Princess Castle

My little 5 year old grand daughter goes to so many parties at the moment and is always needing cards for her little friends, so I have to keep them simple. Saw a similar design to this on a website, sorry can't remember which one, and have used it several times, especially with these cute little stamps from imaginisce. Papers are Disney Princess.
This is all very new to me and I was chuffed to bits to see that some lovely comments have been left for my first post. Thank you.

I'm not yet sure how to link to, or leave comments on other blogs. Took me ages just to find out how to post a picture with the text so I think it's going to take me a while to find my way around. Just tried to link the Stampwithus logo, followed the instructions and what appeared on mine, I haven't seen on any other blogs, so deleted it and will try again another time.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

First post, First ever card challenge

Having admired many blogs and been inspired by so much creative talent, I have now decided to take the plunge and start a blog.

The fab new Stampwithus Blog has set their first sketch challenge, so my first post is my first ever challenge. Have used mostly Stampin Up products and the frame shape is from Cricut Accent Essentials cartridge. I haven’t used these colours before on a card, bashful blue, blush blossom and chocolate chip, but had planned a baby boy scrapbook page with the same colours and liked the combination, so thought I’d give it a try for this.

Made the same card in silver for an anniversary card for a lovely couple who celebrate their first wedding anniversary this week.

Think I will be using this sketch design quite a bit!