Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Hero Arts and Papertrey Ink Valentine card

Hello there, and Happy Valentine's Day to you. We have a CAS week over at Addicted to Stamps and More, so I couldn't resist making another Valentine card.

1)Die cut a heart out of white card, and a tiny heart from red card.

2) Stamp a little cupcake on the heart and colour it in. Stick the tiny red heart in the top right of the white heart.

3) Die cut a rectangle shape and stamp the happy Valentine's Day (from PTI 2010 Love Tags) in Versamark ink before embossing it with white detail embossing powder.

5) Adhere the red rectangle to the base card and stamp the sentiment (from Hero Arts Friendship Messages) beneath it. Finish off by adding glossy accents to the cupcake and tiny heart.

This CAS design could be adapted to any occasion and can be whipped up in no time.

As always, there is lots of inspiration from the team over on the ATSM blog, and it would be great if you visited before deciding to join us this time.

I'd like to play at

CASology # 287 - together

Die Cuttin' Divas # 356 - Valentines Day

Tuesday Throwdown #379 - Sweets for my Sweet

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge 439 -

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Personal Impressions Word Tree Christmas card

Hello there. Well the weather hereabouts is cold, grey and snowy but to my mind, that is a great excuse to get cosy in the craft room, so welcome back to a new challenge over at 

Our themes this time are

C- Clean

and or

D_ Distress

and our kind
Sponsor is

Lawn Fawn

$25 gift certificate to www.lawnfawn.com

I went for a clean design that will be easy to mass produce and be light on postage charges.

1) Take a rectangle of white card and use a corner rounder on the bottom before stamping the word tree stamp from Personal Impressions Peace stamp set in red ink.

2) Use a glue pen on the pot bow and trim, and add glitter.

3) Mat onto red card and round the corners again before raising it onto the base card with fun foam.

4) Finish off by adding a couple of die cut bows from the Penny Black Little Ornaments die set, and a red pearl at the top of the tree.

There were 94 entries last month, so it seems like lots of people want to get a head start on next year's cards! Why don't you hop over to the blog to see some fabulous inspiration from my talented teamies and join in with us to get your pile started?

I'd like to play along at

Christmas Crafts All Year Round - Use mainly red

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge # 23 - anything goes

The Merry Christmas Challenge #5 - anything goes

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Paper Smooches and Little Claire Christmas card

Hello and welcome to the new challenge at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge. It may seem early to start on Christmas 2018, but you'll be glad you did when you see your pile growing through the year. This is an anything goes as long as it's a Christmas challenge, but this time we have a 'heart' twist going on. Well, it is February!

Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.


Here is my card

1) Take a side stepper card blank - mine is from Crafter's Companion. Die cut a pierced square from the Lawn Fawn Let's Bokeh in the Snow paper pack and mat it on the front of the card. Add some more of the paper along the side stepper.

2) Stamp the Wavy At Home stamp from Little Claire and colour with Zig Watercolour pens.

3) When it is dry, add glue to the roofs and hillside before sprinkling on some glitter.

4) Die cut three baubles from the Penny Black Little Ornaments die set and arrange them on the right of the card.

5) Finish off by putting some glaze on the little tree hearts, add the sentiment cut from the Merry Christmas die from Paper Smooches, and pop a couple of little die cut hearts to the image.

We are lucky enough to have Liz join us as Guest Designer this month and you can find her lovely card and inspiration from the team over on the blog.

I'd like to go and play at

Allsorts Challenge Week 453  - spots and/or stripes

Tic Tac Toe ChallengeC033 - I used the top line - sentiment, red, heart.

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' January - anything Christmas goes

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Happy Little Stampers and Heidi Swapp Valentine card

Hello there and welcome to the February Watercolour Challenge over at Happy Little Stampers. We are an anything goes with watercolour challenge but each month we have a fun twist that you can play along with to make it more fun. This time our twist is 'heart'.


Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.


I came up with this Valentine card.

1) Die cut a pierced square from red card and a smaller one from white card. I used Sue Wilson dies.

2) Mask off the pierced edges and watercolour on the white square. I used Gansai Tambi paint.

3) When the paint is dry, take the Heidi Swapp Confetti stencil, place the hearts over the square and stencil through with red ink.

4) Stamp the sentiment from Happy Little Stampers Rainy Day stamp set with red ink. Mat the square onto the red mat, raising it on fun foam, and adhere it to the base card.

5) Finish off by using a glaze pen on three of the hearts to give them some shine. I used the Sakura clear glaze pen and gave it 3 coats, allowing it to dry in between. You can see this better in the first photo.

We are lucky enough to have Marianne join us as Guest Designer this month, and you will find her lovely card and lots of inspiration from the rest of the team, over on the blog.

I'd like to play along with

The Paper Girls Challenge #144 - watercolour

Mod Squad Challenge-Valentine - love.

Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge #135 - all you need is love.

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Penny Black and Paper Smooches You're Special card

Hello everyone,

Very belated wishes for a Happy New Year and I  hope it is going well for you so far.Thanks so much for your good wishes while I've been absent, and things are almost back to normal for me and my husband who is recovering well from his operation. I'm so pleased to be back in the craft room, especially when it involves using one of my favourite Penny Black images. We are ready to start another Make Your Mark challenge over at Addicted To Stamps and More

and I have this card to share with you:-

1) Stamp the hedgehog from Penny Black Hugs stamp set onto masking paper and cut it out. 
Stamp the image again onto a piece of white card and then colour with alcohol pens.

2) Stamp additional tiny hearts and colour them in before placing the mask over the hedgie. Stamp the grass over the mask and then remove the mask. 

3) Put the card with the image on through a die cutting machine with the Canvas Impression Plate from Papertrey Ink to add some texture. 

4) Cut a stitched rectangle from another piece of white card and cut an aperture from it with the MFT Rectangle Peekaboo Window die.

5) Stamp the sentiment from Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler in red ink.

6) Layer everything up and raise it onto a red mat with fun foam, before adhering it to the base card.

7) Finish off by adding glossy accents to the heart bubble.

You'll find plenty of inspiration over on the ATSM Challenge blog, so why not hop over to have a peep before deciding how you will make your mark this time. I'm looking forward to having a catch up on your blogs.

I'd like to play along with

Dream Valley Challenges #171 - Love

The Rubber Buggy Challenge #10 - Valentine, Love, Wedding

Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Valentine or Love

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Top 10 Christmas cards of 2017

Hello everyone,

I'm back as promised with a look back at my favourite Christmas cards of 2017. I made more Christmas cards this year than ever before, thanks to doubling up each one I made, but I still had a shortfall in the end and had to buy some. I'm thinking that next year I'll make a few designs suitable for mass production and do a few piles to give me a good start. I also need to give some thought to postage costs and do some cards with a slimmer profile. How did yours work out? I hope you had enough for your needs and didn't have a last minute panic. The regular challenges really helped me and, although I won't be able to join in with the January ones because of my current home responsibilities, if all goes to plan, I'll be back again in February with Happy Little Stampers and ABC Christmas challenges.

This was the first Christmas card I made last year and it was my favourite. I love that silver burst in the background and the scarlet jewel card and ink really pops against the white.

You can find the original post here.

I really like the traditional look of this card. Red, green, cream, and gold coupled with that gorgeous sentiment from Clearly Besotted Most Wonderful stamp set made a pretty card. It still looked in need of something though, until I added the little gold dots that were waste from another die cut that I hadn't been able to throw away. 

You can find the original post here.

I tried a lot of masking techniques this year, and I enjoyed playing with this one. This is my favourite Christmas tree and was a freebie from Penny Black which came with a magazine. I added a lot of sparkle to the tree, which sadly doesn't show well in this picture

but you can see it a little better here:-

You can find the original post here.

The colours on this card make me happy and I love the mugs with the hearts and creamy swirls from My Favorite Things. The sprinkles are a perfect finishing touch and the stripey paper from Papertrey Ink is so cheery and festive.

You can find the original post here

I really like this clean design and I enjoy mixing my supplies on my cards. This one used Penny Black, Clearly Besotted, Papertrey Ink and Happy Little Stampers products and I love the way they come together.

You can find the original post here.

The My Favorite Things Merry Christmoose stamp set is really cute, and I loved creating a sitting room scene for him to sit and drink his hot chocolate next to the tree. I found some patterned paper in my stash that reminded me of some wallpaper we had years ago, and I hung a picture on the wall to show the sentiment.

You can find the original post here.

I always find white on white cards difficult, but the addition of the silver embossed sentiment and spots of red for the berries really lifted this design. The die cut flowers and leaves were made with Creative Expressions dies and I love how you can add texture with the embossed detail.

You can find the original post here.

For this card, I used the Papertrey Ink Scene it: Bethlehem die set. I love using kraft card and I was so pleased with how it took colour. I inked the buildings with distress ink and the palm trees with alcohol markers. Paper piecing the windows and doors is little fiddly but it really adds interest to the finished card.

You can find the original post here.

This card used a non-Christmas stamp in an attempt to stretch my supplies and was another of my masking experiments. I did a step by step photo tutorial on the blog if you'd like to see it.

You can find the original post here.

I loved blending the background of this card using distress inks. I used some Oxide inks alongside the original ones and they worked beautifully together. I don't have many silhouette stamps, but this one from Paper Smooches is gorgeous. I really like those stars from Clearly besotted too, but I'm looking for small Christmas star dies if you can point me in the direction of some.

You can find the original post here.

Well that rounds up my look back at 2017, and all that remains is for me to wish you a very happy, healthy and crafty New Year, and I hope 2018 brings all that you hope for. It's going to be a better one for me with my husband being able to get on with things again, my daughter buying her first house and most of all with the addition of this little darling to our family.

Thank you so much for visiting and leaving lots of encouragement throughout the year - it means such a lot.

Sending big hugs.

Carol xx

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Top 10 cards of 2017

Hello everyone,

I do hope you have all had a lovely Christmas if you celebrate it, or at the very least enjoyed some time off with friends and family over the holiday period. It has been pretty chaotic in our household with my husband having his second hip replacement just before Christmas. You may remember that he had one hip replaced in June and it did not go very smoothly. However, I'm pleased to report that this one went according to plan and we just have the normal slow recovery process to go through in January. The highlight of Christmas day was having our four-week-old Grandaughter, Alice and her parents join us for the day and as I looked around at my three gorgeous adult children, it took me right back to when they too were little babies. How time flies. Happy days!

The period after Christmas always sees me looking back at the year gone by, so I have been looking through the blog to pick my favourite makes of 2017. Here they are, in no particular order.

I have a good friend with a February birthday, and I bought this stamp from Papertrey Ink with her in mind. I really liked the vivid yellow and orange colours for brightening up dreary February days. I don't know about you, but I am not a big fan of February. I have trouble with January too but I think when we have got through it, we should be rewarded by being able to fast forward to spring. Of course, those of you in other areas of the world probably don't agree because it would speed you through your summer days.

You can find the original post on this card here.

My Favourite Things design some fabulous images and I just love these cute little Harvest Mice. I'm ashamed to say that I had these stamps in my stash for far too long before they saw ink, but I think they really suited this CAS design

You can find the original post here

This card used a large Creative Expressions stamp by John Lockwood called, appropriately 'Daisy Heart Stamp' I really enjoyed creating the little raised circles around the heart and adding the tiny little bow.

You can find the original post here.

You will have noticed that this one isn't a card, but it makes me happy and I wanted to include it here. Penny Black is so good at character dies and I really took to this FeLINE die with all the cats having their heads tilted at slightly different angles. I did a little snipping to remove the cats from their frame and watercoloured a background for them.

You can find the original post here.

I've added this card because it took me outside my comfort zone and is not my normal style. I used tone on tone black by clear embossing on the black card to add some shine and used a blue watercolour spray to make the background. The silhouette fairy is a Lavinia stamp and I added sparkle to her wings which is sadly difficult to see in the picture.

You can find the original post here.

Several members of our local book group are cat lovers so I made this card for one of them and it fitted the bill perfectly. The stamp is from Newton's Nook and I coloured the cat to match her own little kitty.

You can find the original post here.

This one has to be my favourite card of the year because I made it to celebrate the birth of my first Grandchild, Alice who was born at the end of November. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the stork and the film strip, and  I love the curved 'welcome' die cut from Paper Smooches. I cut Alice's name from an ancient alphabet die set from Sizzix called Mac'n'Cheese which has a whimsical feel to it that I really like.

You can find the original post here.

This card was made for a young friend who had just been told she was expecting a little boy. The rocket is from an old Papertrey Ink 'Out of this World' stamp set. I'm pleased to report that Sam arrived safely and is a delightfully cuddly baby boy.

You can find the original post here.

It was a big year for new babies and this one was made for another new arrival. I used a Crafter's Companion baby quilt embossing folder on patterned paper to make the background tag and then sanded it down to expose the white core of the paper. The sweet little eggs and nest are again from Papertrey Ink.

You can find the original post here.

Finally, I have included this one because I love the textured sponging technique I used through a masked off oval shape. The sentiment reminds me that this is the attitude I should have about every day in 2018 - even those that occur in February.

You can find the original post here.

Well, that is it for today but I'll be back in the next day or so with my Top 10 Christmas cards of the year. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x


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