Tuesday 28 October 2014


Yes a strange combination but couldn't resist
referencing both cards in the title.

So hopefully Mr Blogger is working and this post
has been scheduled by him on time!

So first up here is my card to enter the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge 
and as soon as I saw Hannelie's creation (Desert Diva) I couldn't wait
to have a go. I tried to CASE her divine colour scheme too but mine
perhaps isn't so striking.

Card Recipe:
Uniko Studio: Snowflake Dies
Clearly Besotted: Sentiment
Doodlebug: Design paper - mounted on 3d foam for dimension 
but not sure it's obvious from the photograph.
MFT Die-Namics - Sentiment strips
The mini stars in the centre of the snowflakes are covered
in wink of stella then glossy accents with a silver pearl to the middle.
To finish some gold metallic twine from my stash.

And next up a second entry to The Timeout Challenge
'Birds of a feather flock together'

Grab Our Badge!

Card Recipe: 
Backing paper from Doodlebug
WPlus9: Fanciful Feathers & Dies embossed in silver, gold & copper
Clearly Besotted: In the Frame Die set with DCWV Glitter card
Sweet little sentiments - 'thinking of you'
embossed in WOW silver sparkle although not that clear
as all the metallics are fighting against each other in the picture
MFT Die-namics: Sentiment Strip
and to finish some twine and gems from Stampin' Up.

Thanks once again for stopping by and hope to catch up again soon.


Sunday 26 October 2014


Happy Sunday all ... hope you are making good use of the extra hour today 
(well those of you in the UK anyway)
I've had a little time in my craft-room but really need to move on now
as I've got things to organise for going away in the morning.

I've got Mr Blogger (fingers crossed) lined up to share a few posts
this week in my absence and I'll try to check out your 
creations too wifi connection permitting!

So a bright and cheery new home card despite the dreary day!

CASology - Home

Card Recipe: 
Clearly Besotted: Home Sweet Home & Frame Mat Die
I've used lots of snippety bits of DP from Doodlebug 
to die-cut my little home and tree scene 
which is mounted on the Frame Mat and embossed 
with a Woodgrain embossing folder from Cuttlebug.

The heart in the centre is die-cut from glitter card, 
winked with stella and drizzled with glossy accents.

To finish I've added a chimney with mini hearts escaping at the top.
The sentiment is from the CBS: Home Sweet Home stamp set.

 Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog 

Next up a very quick make to link up to the Freshly Made Sketches challenge
Using the colour scheme from Uniko Studio's Monthly Challenge
For added texture I've used Papermania textured cardstock for my panels and some
stitched dies from MFT Die-Namics

The stamps are Uniko Studio - Flower Power 6


Ok that's all for today, thanks for stopping by and have a good week


Saturday 25 October 2014


Happy Saturday all and I'm so pleased you've stopped by.

It's time for another challenge at Less is More
and it's recipe week - so please use some NEWSPRINT on your cards

Here's my offerings

Having picked up an old and yellowing book in the charity shop,
then carried out the sinful act of tearing a page out and die cutting
with 2 Clearly Besotted Standalone Butterfly dies!!!
These were aged even more with a sponge daubing of Memento brown ink

Aside from the heart-shaped button and twine from my stash it's a
Clearly Besotted collection of additional stamps:
Fancy Flourishes, Building Blocks & Simply Quilled

Another Christmas opportunity ... whoopie!
This time my newsprint is in the form of printed vellum
with a Christmas song - I picked this up years ago from 
The Papermill Shop before it became an 'online' only store.
I've heat embossed, in WOW Sparkling Silver EP, an image from the
 newly released Clearly Besotted - Joy to the World set
then re-embossed with cranberry EP for the berries & ribbon.
The sentiment is from the same set and it's mounted on 
die-cut panels from Mama Elephant Index Card set, 
with the rear one being silver vellum ...

... as the current theme at Addicted to CAS is vellum  
I'm heading across there to link up my card to the challenge.

... also over at Addicted to Stamps the theme is
'Holiday' so I'll be heading there too with this card


Thanks for all the fabulous 'mini creature' cards;
some were terrifying and some utterly adorable and cute!

So let's see what you make of this week's challenge.
Have a fun and crafty weekend.


Friday 24 October 2014


Hi there hope you are all well and looking forward to the weekend!
It's half term for me next week but sadly not much crafting
as I'll be away in York - one of my favourite UK cities!

I had a little time yesterday so trying to enter a few challenges to
make up for next week's absence.

No doubt In a few weeks we'll all be 'Christmassed-out' but 
I've still plenty of cards to make so can't pass up any opportunities.

This one is for a couple of challenges:


 'Birds of a feather flock together'
(although there's no feathers I couldn't resist using these 
little wooden cuties from my stash)
Clearly BesottedChristmas!!!!
(if I can sneak in before time's up with a 3rd entry).

Card recipe:
Clearly Besotted: Christmas Word Die
'Greetings' sentiment also CBS from the Signature Christmas set
Branch / Tree die also CBS from the Paired Up die set
MFT Die-Namics - Photo frame die
Crafts Too embossing folder
Gems from my stash for a touch of bling!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog   Grab Our Badge!

Ok that's all for me today but I'll be back tomorrow
with a new Less is More Challenge.
Thanks for stopping by and have a fun day.


Thursday 23 October 2014


Hello there, just posting a very quick card today 
and fingers crossed I've still time to join this week's
where the the theme is Clean & Simple with Gold or Silver

I decided to use both metallic colours and it's another 
Christmas card for me which means I've made 
one third of my cards for this year!!! Whoopie!

Just noticed this card is also Clearly Besotted heavy so if there's still time 
to play along I'll be heading over to add a 2nd entry to this month's challenge 
 where the theme is Christmas

Card Recipe:
Clearly Besotted: Christmas Sparkle Tree
this has been heat-embossed in WOW silver sparkle EP
Clearly Besotted: Merry word die & Christmas
sentiment from the Rockin' Robin set
To finish I've added a bit of bling using gold and silver pearls.

Thanks for stopping by today and I'll be back soon.


Monday 20 October 2014


Hi there, I'm zipping by with a quick card for you to celebrate Halloween.

Here's one I've made for my eldest niece ... don't you just love those tights!

The colour scheme is from this weeks Simon Says Stamp challenge so   
I'm heading over there plus I've water-coloured the image using my
Derwent Inktense Pencils with 'winks of stella' instead of water
so hoping that counts over at Addicted to Stamps this week too.


I've also used several snippety bits from my stash so I think
I'll pop in at Pixies Snippet Playground too for a little trick or treat!

Card Recipe:
Image: Free Digi from The Alley Way Stamps
Sentiment: Clearly Besotted - Sweet Little Sentiments
Dies: MFT Die-namics - Photo Frame & Sentiment Banners
The 'BOO!' & 'TRICK or TREAT' stamps to the background
are from my fabulous American Crafty Auntie
To finish I've added some twine from my stash and glossy accents
to make those boots shimmer even more!

Ok that's all for me today, thanks for stopping by.


Saturday 18 October 2014


Morning Crafty Pals
Here we are again ... Saturday which means

and this week it's all about Little Creatures
 so dig out your stamps and goodies and get busy!

I've raided my digi images and this one is a pre-coloured
stamp from Pollycraft which I've embellished with 
Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents.
The sentiment is Clearly Besotted: from the In the Frame set
stamped onto a mini banner die from WPlus9
To add a little interest to my card I've embossed a horizontal strip
using a die from the MFT Die-Namics Blueprint 13 set.

I'm also entering this card at CAS on Sunday where the
current theme is 'Emboss It' and hopefully this little strip will suffice!

Next up I've used another digi stamp - this one was free 
but I'm sorry can't remember where I picked it up from.
The sentiment is Clearly Besotted: Sweet Little Sentiments,
Scalloped die also Clearly Besotted then for added interest
bakers twine, gems from my stash and glossy accents.

I've gone a bit crazy on the colour for this one as I'm following the 
colour palate at ColourQ plus the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches but
hopefully you can still make out my little bugs!


Stamps Used: Clearly Besotted: Build a Bug with matching dies
& sentiment from: It's Your Birthday
Uniko Studio: Flower Power 6
Design paper is Doodlebug and the caterpillars are drizzled with
more glossy accents.

Ok that's all for me so over to you talented people
and I can't wait to see your creations - you certainly pulled
all the stops out with the 2 of something challenge last week.

So have a fun and crafty weekend and I'll be back soon. 


Sunday 12 October 2014


Hello All

Hope you are having a lovely Sunday and enjoying some sunshine although a little chilly.
I'm just quickly zipping by to share a couple of cards for some challenges before my tea!

This one is for my cute 3 year old niece - she's so cheeky and I imagine she'll
 love all the silly faces on this card.

Card Recipe:
The Alley Way Stamps: Face It
Clearly Besotted Sentiments: Happy Days & For Everyone
Sizzix Framelit - Circle Dies

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Addicted to Stamps: Anything Goes



And here's the next one ...

Card Recipe:
MFT: Hearts Stencil
MFT: Pierced Rectangle Dies
Clearly Besotted: Love Hearts Stamps & Dies
Clearly Besotted: Scalloped Border Dies
WPlus9: Basic Sentiment Banners
Echo Park: Design Paper
Gems from my Stash

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Addicted to CAS - Stencil


Ok that's all for me today ... need to catch up on some TV this evening.
Yes ... have to admit I like Strictly Come Dancing 
then Homeland starts again this week!

Catch up with you all again soon and thanks for stopping by.


Saturday 11 October 2014


Whoopie it's Saturday!
Don't you just love the weekends?

So are we all 'Autumned' out after last week's 
You certainly created some super-duper creations and I do love the colours
I've had terrible trouble with blogger commenting this week so
if I didn't get to you... apologies ... it certainly wasn't through lack of trying
but a techi issue that hopefully gets sorted quickly.

So onto this week's Less is More Challenge and it's a
One Layer Card - showing 2 of something

I've gone into a Christmas frenzie BUT
(I seriously need to get some Christmas cards in the bag)
and especially as I received some new goodies from the Clearly Besotted release 
that I simply couldn't wait to ink up ... so here goes 

Cute as a button (don't you think) the Rockin' Robin set from CBS 
which consists of mini building stamps to create different looks.
The images are inked with Memento Inks with some extra inking for shadow
The spotty red tummies are 'winked' with Stella and I've added
fluffy stuff and glamour dust to the branch to give it that snowy effect.

I'm also linking this card up to the latest Clearly Besotted Challenge,
where the theme is Christmas...I mean with all these gorgeous CBS products
used in this post it would be rude not to!

For this one I've used a technique by Jennifer McGuire seen here called
Partial Stencilling using a 'wave' stencil from Memory Box and 
a Sizzix Framelit Triangle die; inked with TH Mowed Lawn.
 To make the snow mounds I've used Mama Elephant: Landscape Trio dies 
to create a mask and inked with TH Salty Ocean.
 The Sentiment is Clearly Besotted: Sweet Little Sentiments
and to finish some glamour dust and gems from my stash. 

Next up is another Clearly Besotted creation using the
Signature Christmas stamp set and sentiment from Christmas Sparkle.
The baubles are embossed in metallic silver sparkle EP from Ranger,
hand-drawn strings and a few gems for added sparkle.

Ok lovely crafty people it's your turn now and I can't wait to drop in 
on your blogs to check out your creations.

Have a fun and crafty weekend and thanks for stopping by.