Thursday, 30 May 2013


I have a new die from Cheery Lynn Designs - Heart within My Heart  - so thought today I would give it a run out as there is a challenge on Crafting For All Seasons with a Wedding/Anniversary theme. The butterflies and flowers are from Spring Garden by Colour Collection. I cut the two hearts from Glimmer Silver Paper from SU! and backed one of them with blue card. The dp is French Script from Pink Petticoat.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend :)

If all else fails - eat chocolate

Friday, 24 May 2013


This cute image 'Purrr-fectly Delightful' was designed by Theresa Momber for Gina K Designs. A simple CAS design in black and white using a red mat to emphasize the flowers.

Other products used:
Versafine Onyx Black, Clear Embossing Powder,green and red Copic Pens, Fiskars Round and Flower Corner Punches, Rhinestones and dimensionals. 

Entered into the following challenges:
Make it Monday
Less is More
Addicted to CAS

I decided I wanted this as a Thank You card so added another GKD sentiment.

Entered into Stamp TV Challenge STV13MON20
 - Mix it Up Monday
SplitCoastStampers Free for All  - Repeat after me  F4A170

If all else fails - eat chocolate

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Birthday Butterflies

I love butterflies on cards and todays challenge at SCS - Ways to Do It - was a Garden Theme but without any flowers.
For my background paper I first stamped French Script from IndigoBlu on white card  with Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder. Then I sponged with Ranger Distress Inks - Victorian Velvet, Bundled Sage and Memento Teal Zeal.  The border punch is from EK.  The butterflies were cut from previously sponged scraps using SU! butterfly punch. The sentiment from GKD Elegant Florals was stamped onto white card and cut out on my Big Shot using a Spellbinders die. This was edged with some more Victorian Velvet. Some rhinestones and white baker's twine to embellish and then mounted onto turquoise  with dimensionals then white card stock .

Challenges entered:
Challenges 4 Everybody
SCS Ways to Do It WT428
Make it Monday #141
If all else fails - eat chocolate

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

I was thrilled this week to be a winner of  'For Your Inspiration' Challenge and can now display their 'Lovely Lotus' Blinkie!   Thanks so much to Stephanie and all the team.
Also a DT Top Pick at Paper Crafting Journey - thanks to you Cathy  for choosing this card:

If all else fails - eat chocolate


I received this new release from IndigoBlu this week - Wild Flowers - absolutely gorgeous.
I can see a great many possibilities for this stamp. I couldn't wait to get started!

The challenge on IndigoBlu this month is 'backgrounds' and as I wanted to use this stamp I decided a very plain background would be best to show off these beautiful flowers.  Out comes the ScorPal and a diamond background created with gems added to the bottom row.  I used Copic pens to colour the image which was then mounted on black card.  I used a Fiskars Corner Punch on nearly all the corners.  The SU!  tag was stamped with Happy Birthday from GKD and faux stitching added.  A small heart gem secured the tag. Unfortunately I had to crop my image as a fingermark appeared out of nowhere!!!????  Never mind eh! Just goes to show you can use a partial image and still get great results.:)

If all else fails - eat chocolate

Monday, 20 May 2013

the earth laughs in flowers - e.e.cummings

For SplitCoastStampers sketch SC436  and For Your Inspiration Challenges #46

Details to be added soon.

If all else fails - eat chocolate

Thursday, 16 May 2013

More Pink!

I'm not really a pinky person but I thought these stamps from Gina K Designs - Hello Sunshine - would be perfect for some pink challenges.
For this first one I stamped the chair, brolly and sun with Memento Tuxedo Black and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I coloured with Copic RV06 and added some shine using Diamond Glaze. The waves at the bottom were dry embossed using the Simply Scored Embossing Plate from SU!  I then mounted on black and white card having first used Fiskars corner punch. Cute huh?
This card was entered in the SplitCoastStampers CAS 220 challenge - no sentiment.

I added the two sentiments Relax and Enjoy from Hello Sunshine for this next card.
Challenges entered:

Stamp TV Monday Challenge - Give me some pop!
Crafting for all Seasons #52 Think Pink
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes #20
Make it Monday 

Enjoy the rest of your day and thanks for coming by

If all else fails - eat chocolate


Stamped small flower from Secret Garden - SU! using Weathered Wood, Victorian Velvet and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks. This was then embossed with SU!s Honeycomb ef.
The grey and white spotted  DP is from Pink Pettycoat  from which the butterfly and banner were cut. The sentiment is from SU! Bloomin' Marvellous.
This is entered into the following Challenges:
SplitCoastStampers Colour Challenge -  CC425
Crafting for All Seasons - #52 Think Pink
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes  #20

If all else fails - eat chocolate

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

White Challenge

For these challenges I chose to colour my Santa Rosa Border stamp on white card with Versamark and white EP.  I used Copic Pens to colour. The sentiment from GKD Hello Sunshine was stamped in Distress ink Peacock Feathers and Memento Tuxedo Black. Then I used a Fiskars border punch and corner punch on the white card and this then mounted on turquoise card. A bow made from baker's twine and diamond gems were the finishing touches.
This card was entered into the following Challenges:

SCS CC426 

JUGS #188

If all else fails - eat chocolate

Tuesday, 7 May 2013


Today I tried another blending technique using Colorbox Stylus tool with white oval sponge tips, glossy paper, distress inks and following these great tutorials from Stampscapes 
The stylus tool is wonderfully ergonomic but I found the oval sponge tips don't last too long if you use too much pressure on the ink pads. ie the pads need to be nice and juicy! I used ScorePal to add interest to the top corners and along each side of the sentiment.
Anyway this is my fourth attempt and I feel quite pleased with the result.
I am entering this in the Colour Challenge on SCS  ,  For your Inspiration #45 , Make it Monday and Paper Crafting Journey

The inspiration being this photo - very moody!

Stamps: Cove, clouds, ripples and branches from Stampscape,  Heron - Follow Your Dreams and sentiment - Hello Sunshine from Gina K Designs,  Bullrushes - Meadow breeze -Inkylicious.

If all else fails - eat chocolate

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Blog Candy up for grabs!

 Pop across to Joanna Sheen's Blog  for a chance to win this fabulous stamp set - Vintage Floral- Thinking of You

If all else fails - eat chocolate

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Acetate and Tissue

I love this technique!! I followed the instructions given in the tutorial over at SCS.
It's messy so I did remember to wear some household gloves!
I wanted to try this technique and a solid image needs to be used.
Flowers from Hello Sunshine (Gina K Designs) stamped with StazOn Jet Black on piece of acetate sheet. Diamond Glaze and Rangers Reinkers used on the reverse side and blended; sprinkled with some diamond dust; tissue paper laid across the glue and gently tapped over to adhere. Mounted on deep blue card.(Spellbinders large ovals and scalloped ovals). Script dp from Pink Petticoat was stamped with the same flower in Lulu Lavender and heat embossed (but can't be seen very well on the photo!). Mauve ribbon and pearls added.

 These next two were done the same way.

If all else fails - eat chocolate