Wednesday 27 November 2013


Whoopie ... I've taken a day off making a Christmas card.

It's a treble challenge trio for me and I think both the sketch and colours would have made a fun Christmas card but when a birthday card is needed ... a birthday card IS needed!

So here's my card to enter the challenges at CAS(E) This Sketch, Dynamic Duos and CAS-ual Fridays where '8' is the theme so I've stamped 8, multi-coloured rows, using Uniko Studio Background Builders - Circles and 8 sparkling gems from my stash. The flowers and sentiment are another Uniko Studio set; Flower Power 2.

I hope to be back with another post tomorrow in between birthday celebrations for my biggest baby who will be 18 tomorrow! I don't know where the years have gone since he was a tiny bundle of cuteness and definitely feeling my age now!!!


Monday 25 November 2013


Hey it's cold today and I'm not one for feeling the cold - especially at work but the old fan heater had to come out of its box today! I guess it's just a a sign of December approaching.

Anyway I've a quick double challenge post for today then I'm off to make tea.

I'm entering my card into the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge along with Uniko Studio's monthly challenge of 'Winter Holidays'. I've used a brand new stamp set, for me, (Background Builders - Christmas) from Uniko Studio which I won on a recent blog hop and I'm thrilled to bits with it. I've used Sizzix Star Framelits with gems from my stash to complete the look.

Oh almost forgot - I couldn't resist posting this over at Pixies Snippet Playground especially as there's such a superb prize this week and next week and I did delve in the snippets box to make those stars!


That's all for me today so enjoy your evening and catch you soon.


Sunday 24 November 2013


As promised here's my second card for the Less is More, Christmas Bird challenge.

I've used a pre-coloured digi stamp from Pink Gem Designs, the same snowflake border from Uniko Studio as in my previous card with a sentiment from the Stunning Snowflakes Stamp set also from Uniko.

Just for a little added dimension I've used some fluffy stuff and glamour dust to the sign post and bob hats plus some pink twine from my stash. Not exactly traditional Christmas colours but I'm actually getting a bit bored of all the red and green so nice to have a change.

May catch you later if I manage to get anything else finished in time but if not enjoy the rest of your day and have a good week.



Happy Sunday

Hope you are all keeping warm and well. This month seems to be slipping away all too quickly and I'm not sure how much time I'm going to have for crafting / blogging in the next couple of weeks so apologies in advance if I don't get to commenting on your wonderful creations. I'll do my best.

So I've made 2 cards today, both with the Less is More Challenge in mind, with the theme being 'Christmas Cards - with a bird.' Here's the first one which I'm also going to combine with this weeks ColourQ Challenge.

I've raided the snippets box for this card so you know what that means! Yep I'm heading over to Pixies Snippet Playground with my card too. If you don't visit the Playground Challenge already then it's a must this week; not only is the prize made up of some wonderful Christmas dies but they are celebrating 100 weeks with some special goodies on offer over the next 2 weeks.

Finally, last but by no means least I've used the beautiful stamp set 'Peace on Earth' from Uniko Studio plus the snowflake border stamp from Christmas Background Builders so a fourth challenge with one card (don't you just love it when that happens) to enter the Winter Holidays challenge over at Uniko Studio.

The images and sentiment are both from Uniko and I couldn't resist adding some glamour dust to my beautiful doves. Then I've added pearls, gems and twine from my stash in the hope that I comply with the colour combo.

I'll be back in a minute with my second card for Less is More.

Grab button for Uniko Studio Challenge  


Saturday 23 November 2013


Hello all, back again with a mega quick post as I'm off for tea in a minute and to catch up on Strictly ...

This week I treated myself to the brand new Christmas papers from Pink Petticoat and couldn't wait to put them into use. I lurvvvve this Toy Soldier paper and the other designs too but this one was first up for a play and I've used this week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.

Card Recipe:

Image: Christmas Wreath & Bow from Signature Christmas Stamp & Dies set from Clearly Besotted
Papers & Sentiment: Pink Petticoat
Twine and gems from my stash

Enjoy your evening and catch you all tomorrow.



I'm bursting with excitement this morning crafters!!! WHY? 

This is my first GDT for A Gem of A Challenge - whoopie! When Mandy asked me to guest design for the challenge I was thrilled to bits and being close to the festive season I couldn't resist using this adorable image 'Mistletoe Kisses'. Aren't they just so cute wrapped up and snug.

Now if you follow my blog regularly you'll know I'm not keen on colouring - well I don't mind colouring it's all that blending and shading that bothers me BUT the beauty of Pink Gem Designs is you don't have to. You receive their images as a black outline and also pre-coloured, so job done.

I've used a pearlised card blank overlaid with a sheet of snow-patterned acetate for extra shine and to set the scene. I've added 2 Memory Box dies: the Country Landscape and the 'Happy' script. The word Christmas is a Pink Petticoat downloaded sentiment. 

I love my glamour dust so added some to the trees and little houses to make them shimmer and sparkle in the night sky plus a little drizzle on the penguins' bob hats finishing off with a piece of ribbon and metallic cord from my stash.

Hope you like it and please pop over to the other talented designers for some more inspiration.


Tuesday 19 November 2013


That's right I don't normally get to craft on a Tuesday with working but I've swapped a day this week and working Friday instead

On the plus side it felt like I had a bonus craft session today so here's my card entry for the joint CAS-ual Fridays and Curtain Call Challenges. I've got to admit that having seen lots of the Curtain Call inspirational photos, I've never sat down and entered their competition but the crisp weather today got me in the mood for a wintery Christmas tree. AND having used Clearly Besotted stamps for my card I'm going to be cheeky and pop another entry into their Christmas Challenge too.

I'm trying out a brand new challenge, for me this week, at Merry Monday and as the theme is 'Trees with Bling' I simply couldn't resist!

The Image & Sentiment are from the Clearly Besotted range - Autumn Flowers & Pretty Poinsettias stamps. Not sure if you can see from the photo but I've smeared fluffy stuff onto the 'branches' then heat embossed it to give a snowy impression. The 'baubles are some flower sprinkles from my stash with brads in the centre. I've also added some silver gems as sparkly lights.


Here's a second card which I couldn't decide whether to post or not but here goes - it's another entry from me to the Less is More challenge (using DP in a CAS way).

The design paper, ribbon and gems are from my stash, the sentiment is from Uniko Studio and I've used an MFT Die-namics sentiment strip for the greeting with a Cuttlebug swirly embossing folder.

Thank you for all your get well messages - my cough and cold seem to be clearing up so it's back to work tomorrow. Enjoy your evening.


Monday 18 November 2013


I've been working from home today as I'm still coughing and spluttering so rather than spread my germs at the office I kept myself to myself. No time for crafting though so I've just finished off a card I started yesterday which is to enter the Less is More Challenge where the theme is 'use DP in a CAS way' and the Paper Players Challenge where the theme is 'Leaves.'

Not sure if my card is entirely CAS because I can't help myself with a bit of bling! On the plus side my DP does have a beautiful leaf design so hoping it'll slot in nicely with the Paper Players.

And as it's made up of plenty of odds and sods of papers I'm heading down to Pixies Playground for a turn on the swings and to show my card to my friends there too. In fact I've had this paper for so long I'm surprised it's not gone yellow! It's one of those buys where it ends up in your basket at the checkout and you've no idea how it landed there!!!! Then when you get it home you can't stop touching and admiring it to the point that it's simply toooooo gorgeous to part with even a little snippet on a card!

Anyway the day has come to 'cut' into it! My card is going to my friend's mum who has been in hospital for 3 weeks so hoping she'll love it.

Card Recipe:

Butterflies: Stamps & Dies from Clearly Besotted
Papers: The Paper Mill Shop & Pink Petticoat
Sentiment: Sorry unknown FREEBIE
Sparkling brad from Stampin Up and gems from my stash

Right off to catch up on some TV and chill time and may tootle around your blogs too.


Sunday 17 November 2013


Yes it's late but I did break off from crafting for my tea then ended up watching TV for a while so thought I'd quickly post this before heading off to bed.

My card combines a couple of challenges and isn't it great when it works out with a card you need to make anyway? Anniversary card needed and whoopie a challenge over at Addicted to CAS (thanks Darnell for reminding me) There's a 1 year anniversary celebration going on over there so couldn't miss it. I've also combined it with the sketch from CAS Colours & Sketches and the colour combo from ColourQ.

I've used a stamped horizontal panel using the Background Builders - Circles set from Uniko Studio to which I've added some glossy accents. The Sentiment and Heart stamps are both Clearly Besotted then a couple of candy dots from Stampin'Up. The white panel is raised on 3D foam adhesive but not sure you can tell from the photo.

So that's all from me for today. Hope to be back tomorrow with my Less is More card plus one other if I can get my act together! See you then.



Friday 15 November 2013


I haven't been able to get into gear today with crafting hence my very late post. Think it must be the cold I'm still struggling with but I'm reasonably pleased with my little cards so thought I'd get them up here before I change my mind.

It's got to be a quick post as I've been one messy crafter since the weekend and haven't put things away or cleaned up my stamps properly! Tut Tut! So one thorough tidy-up session needed in a minute.

Onto my cards, which are both commissions and I liked this first one so much that I decided to make 2! I've used the sketch from the latest challenge at Seize the Sketch although I've switched it slightly with my poinsettia on the left.

and YIPPEE! I've finally opened the packet on my beautiful Pretty Poinsettia stamp and die set from Clearly Besotted which I've been itching to play with. I bought some white embossing powder recently; not sure why I've never used that before as I love how these flowers have turned out. I stamped the image onto red vellum before embossing, then placed a sparkling brad from Stampin Up in the centre and raised the layers on 3D foam. The leaves are the same stamp, this time on green vellum with a deep green EP. 

The sentiment is part computer generated and part from the Peace on Earth stamp set from Uniko Studio. I've added some gems and bakers twine from my stash and a Crafts Too leafy embossing folder to the white panel.

Clearly Besotted have a Christmas challenge this month so I'm going to head over there too with my card.


My second card is to enter the Colour Throwdown and Freshly Made Sketches Challenges. I've used a digi image from Pink Gem Designs which I've shrunk, flipped, duplicated and added a sentiment before printing. I've paper pieced the image using the RGB colours from Stampin Up then coloured with sparkling gel pens (tried to match the colours as close as possible).

Finally I've added a couple of gems and pearls from my stash.


That's all for me - off to tidy up URGH! Hope you all enjoy your weekend and get chance to have some crafty fun!


Wednesday 13 November 2013


Hooray! That's my 'proper' work finished for the week! Didn't think I'd get through today as I've come down with a stinking cold so feeling particularly sorry for myself ... just feel like curling up under the duvet!

Anyway I did put a very quick card together last night which is for two challenges; first up is Less is More and the theme this week is a One Layer Thank You card and there's another One Layer theme going on at CAS on Sunday so I'm dropping in there too.

I've used a digi-image with sentiment from Pink Petticoat which I've coloured with promarkers & Sakura gel pens then added a tiny gem to the flower and some fluffy stuff to my sheep for extra 3D. I decided the woolly sheep looked too bright and clean against the Kraft card so I've made him look more natural (I hope) with a few smudges of promaker to his fleece.

Off to have a look round your blogs now.


Sunday 10 November 2013


I'm afraid it's got to be Christmas again ... the weeks are passing me by! Think a couple of these will only be suitable for hand delivery otherwise I'll need a bank loan to pay the postage ... hee hee!

So here goes, following my busy crafting afternoon I've a trio to share and first up is my entry to CAS(E) this Sketch. I've half-sneaked an idea from the lovely Beverley at Uniko Studio by stamping one of the circles from the Background Builders set and using it as a bauble. I've also grabbed a trick I saw somewhere else (sorry forgotten where) which was to adhere coloured paper to a clear button so I've given this a go to make my bauble.

My 'papers' are Christmas washi tapes layered onto green and red cardstock then I've wrapped some metallic cord from my stash around the card, then a bow to top my bauble. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted and there's a couple of silver pearls.

Next up is a combined entry to the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge, Color Throwdown and a brand new Christmas Challenge from one of my favourites ... Clearly Besotted. Have I told you I'm besotted with their products???

Card Recipe:

Image & Sentiment: Clearly Besotted - Signature Christmas stamps & dies
Papers: Shelly K & The Papermill Shop
Gems and Metallic Cord from my stash.

I'm not sure if you can tell from the photo but I've layered my bauble up on several layers of cardstock to make it a bit more sturdy then added glossy accents to the bauble and glamour dust to the decorative centre.
Thanks to Michelle Short at The Card Grotto for her tip on layering up the die cuts, especially if you are adding glossy accents.


So last but not least, here's my entry to Pixies Crafty Snippet Playground and CAS Colours & Sketches. I ran another craft class last week for some friends and this card is similar to one we made. I had 3 friends over and they each made 3 Christmas cards. The standard was amazing so looks like I'm going to have some competition! OR maybe it's down the the fabulous teacher!!!!!!!!!!!

I've used the button trick again with a couple of clear ones glued to sparkly DP. I wish I knew where the idea came from so that I can acknowledge the blog here.

So I've used Buttons, Gems, Bakers Twine, Scraps of papers from my stash
Glamour dust at the snow level, glitter card and it's Clearly Besotted again for the sentiment
The tree is made from layers of triangle shaped dies using Sizzix Framelits

So that's all for me. Can't promise how many posts I'll have during the week but will try to pop around your blogs. Off for tea now then Sunday night TV is the best. Pity it's the last Downton Abbey tonight until the Christmas special though - I've only just got back into it! Typical.

Enjoy your evenings.