Balloon Celebration

Yay! I’ve had chance to try out my new Stampin Up! Stamp set called Balloon Celebration.

CAS colours and sketches inspired the three balloons down the left with their challenge #210 sketch.

Time out challenge #77 inspired the colours and Allsorts are running an ‘anything goes’ challenge this week.

Thanks for stopping by. I’m off for a quick nap as I’ve got a rare night out tonight!

Anyone ready for spring?

I’m definitely ready for spring and as my crocuses have started to pop up it can’t be too far away now!

I fancied a pop of colour to go with the lovely sunny (but cold) evening we have just had. This card uses the Woodware Hello Birdie clear stamp and I have coloured it using dye inks and aqua brushes. Let’s see what Time Out Challenges think of it!

Hopefully the husband will take the twiglets off my hands for a couple of hours tomorrow because I’ve got some new stamps I’m dying to try out!

Mother’s Day 2017

A little early but here’s my Mother’s Day card for my mother in law. I steered clear of pinks today and chose a blue palette.

The stamp set I’ve used is a lovely one from JustRite stamps called Winged Vintage Labels Two & Three. The centre stamp compliments the butterflies beautifully.

I’m not usually one for adding too many embellishments to my cards but I had the pearls to hand and thought ‘why not?’! I also added some fine ribbon to help the centre piece stand out.

I really need to think about moving away from the square white card bases now!!

A Special Birthday

A card for a special 90th birthday.

This card was done using lots of small stamps from various stamp sets all stamped around the off centre die cut circle. I stamped the sentiment straight onto the card front and attached the die cut panel to the card with sticky pads to give a raised effect. I added sequins for decoration. This was a fun card to make as I could get creative with the stamps.

Right, I’m off to browse the card making challenge blogs to give me inspiration for this weekends crafting!

I’m entering this card into the Uniko – Anything Goes Challenge

Valentines 2017

Trying to make a card for men is always tricky but especially so for Valentines. I knew I wanted to use my Sizzix Heart Lace Embossing Die with my Core-dinations paper. This lets the paper core show through on the embossed part of the heart. I looked through my papers and found some with a grey theme to make the card more masculine. I hope my husband likes it!

And a quick update as I’ve been a little naughty and not linked to the blog challenge I’ve entered this card into. It is of course the fabulous Inkspirational 😉

Growing the craft stash

So my craft stash started out small but soon grew! In order to make my wedding invitations I needed an embossing machine and after much deliberation I chose the Sizzix Bigshot. In addition I needed scoring board for making my own cards.

My collection of papers, stamps, inks, dies and embossing folders has expanded rapidly mainly thanks to the excellent craft magazines now available.

I also now have a heat embossing tool and powders which I love.

A good paper cutter is essential. I use both a craft knife and pad as well as a roller blade paper trimmer.

The next challenge for me is to learn how to use alcohol pens properly! Watch this space!