Saturday, March 29, 2014


I've been missing playing along with Merry Monday challenges, so decided to put things right while I had a chance to play in my craft room last night.

Here's this week's challenge:

I inked up, in Basic Gray ink, the Santa stamp from "Best of Christmas".  Using a Cherry Cobbler marker, I coloured only his hat ... and added a bit of colour to Santa's cheeks using a blender pen and colour pulled from my Cherry Cobbler stampin' pad.
Stamps: Best of Christmas; Oh, Goodie!; Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
DSP: Season of Style Designer Series Paper
Ink: Basic Gray stampin' pad, Cherry Cobbler stampin' pad and marker
Other: Blender pen, On Film framelits, Bitty Banners framelits, Word Window punch, Large Scallop Edgelits, Delicate Designs embossing folder, Cherry Cobbler seam binding, Delicate Details Lace Tape, sponge dauber, Essentials Paper-Piercing pack, Paper-Piercing tool, White gel pen, glue dots

Friday, March 28, 2014


This week's colour challenge, over at Just Add Ink, inspired me when I sat down to make a card for hubby.  Yesterday we celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary.  We went out for a meal together - just the two of us.  I can't quite remember the last time we made time to do that, so it was a special way to mark the occasion.

Here is the very cool colour combo Mae suggested for our challenge this week:

My card, for the world's luckiest husband (ha ha), turned out like this:

Stamps: Hearts A Flutter, Morning Post Numbers, Off the Grid, Banner Blast, Express Yourself
Card: Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Calypso Coral
DSP: Pacific Point and Smoky Slate Patterns Designer Series Papers
Ink: Calypso Coral, Smoky Slate and Pacific Point stampin' pads
Other: Banners framelits, 1 3/4" Circle punch, Decorative Label punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Smoky Slate chevron ribbon, Hearts A Flutter framelits, Brights and Neutrals candy dots, sponge daubers, glue dots
Make sure you check out the awesome cards the rest of the Design Team have made, using this colour combo.  Why not play along with us?  We'd love to see what you come up with.

Friday, March 21, 2014


This week at Just Add Ink, Kim has come up with a sketch that has yielded really different, beautiful, results from the Design Team.  Here's the sketch:

I've used some of Stampin' Up!'s In Colors, and a couple of Sale-a-Bration items, to make this card:
Stamps: Petal Parade, Nature's Hello
Card: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding and Baked Brown Sugar stampin' pads, Crisp Cantaloupe marker
Other: Decorative Dots embossing folder, Secret Garden framelits, Essentials Paper-piercing pack and Paper-piercing tool, Pistachio Pudding and Baked Brown Sugar stretch ruffle trim, Needlepoint Border embossing folder, Whisper White organza ribbon, Chalk Talk framelits, Angled ,Tag Topper punch, sponge daubers, stampin' dimensionals, glue dots
Be sure to check out the rest of the Just Add Ink Design Team samples.  We hope you'll play along, too!

Friday, March 14, 2014


This week at Just Add Ink, our challenge is to use Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration products on a papercraft project.  There are so many gorgeous products to choose from this year.

I have chosen to use the delicious Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper, and You're Lovely stamp set, along with the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack.  Each of these items can be earned for FREE with a qualifying order before the end of March.

Stamps: You're Lovely, Petite Pairs
Card: Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, Basic Black
DSP: Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper
Ink: Basic Black craft stampin' pad (retired), Crisp Cantaloupe stampin' pad and marker, Pistachio Pudding marker, Basic Black marker
Other: Clear stampin' emboss powder, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, paper-piercing tool, Large Scallop edgelits, Delicate Designs embossing folder, Crisp Cantaloupe baker's twine (from Sweet Sorbet accessory pack, Deco Labels framelits, Beautiful Wings embosslits, Basic Rhinestone, multipurpose liquid glue, glue dots, sponge dauber
Be sure to check out the rest of the Just Add Ink Design Team's samples.  We hope to see you playing along with our challenge this week!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


On the weekend I had a play with a couple of new-to-me products.  Well, not so new - but unused.  I am such a 'collector' of Stampin' Up! products, and lately have been rather guilty of buying but not using a number of things.  I get a lot of enjoyment from having a craft room set up with so many supplies that it's like going shopping in my own personal shop! LOL.

I used Stampin' Up!'s beautiful coaster board (thinner than chipboard, but sturdier than cardstock) with the Hexagon Hive thinlits die; it cut beautifully.  I'd bought, but not inked up, the Tape It stamp set, so that formed the starting point of my card.  My Color Coach suggested I use Chocolate Chip, Calypso Coral and Wild Wasabi together - and I love it!  Here's what I came up with; a masculine card, which (as you may know) is my favourite kind of card to make:

Stamps: Tape It, Starburst Sayings
Card: Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Coaster Board
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake
Other: Starburst framelits, Hexagon Hive thinlits die, Basics Glimmer brad, Finishing Touches edgelits die, Stripes embossing folder, sponge dauber

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


I recently used, for the first time, the fabulous big birthday stamp from Another Great Year, to make a birthday card for a dear friend.  My colour choices were dictated by the gorgeous Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper stack.  LOVE.

Stamps: Another Great Year, Petite Petals
Card: Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red
DSP: Naturals Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper, Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper stack, Polka Dot Parade
Ink: Basic Black craft stampin' pad (retired), Coastal Cabana and Crumb Cake stampin' pads, Basic Black marker
Other: Clear stampin' emboss powder, Coastal Cabana stretch ruffle trim, Squares framelits, Petite Petals punch, Itty Bitty Shapes punch, Neutrals candy dots, sticky strip, glue dots, sponge dauber, paper snips

Friday, March 7, 2014


The Just Add Ink challenge this week, courtesy of Tina, is to add a SUNBURST to our papercraft project.  I had to think long and hard about this one!!  I ended up making a rustic (naïve?) sun using twine and ribbon.  I've deliberately cut the ribbon a little "untidily" for this look, which was rather liberating, given that normally I need everything to be "just so"!!

Stamps: Perfect Pennants
Card: Naturals White, Summer Starfruit, Chocolate Chip
DSP: Soho Subway Designer Series Paper
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Summer Starfruit and Crumb Cake stampin' pads
Other: Scallops embossing folder, Early Espresso stitched grosgrain ribbon, Banners Framelits, Summer Starfruit 1 1/4" Striped grosgrain ribbon, Summer Starfruit Baker's Twine from Sweet Sorbet Accessories Pack, Neutrals button, Hung Up cute clip, sponge dauber, 1 3/4" Circle punch, Tombow liquid glue, sticky strip
Be sure to check out the rest of the creations from the Just Add Ink Design Team.  We hope you'll play along with us this week!

Monday, March 3, 2014


Happy Monday, everyone!  (Truthfully, I'm not feeling that cheery - it was hard to get out of bed this morning!)

My nephew recently turned 17.  I'd had a dream about the card I made for him, so went to work to make it a reality.  I think it has turned out a little 'dark', but Ethan (my 13-yr-old) said dark is good, because it's "more masculine".  Bless him!

I used the fab-o Hexagon Hive thinlits die with Soho Subway Designer Series Paper.  I overlaid that on some Early Espresso card that had been stamped with a couple of Gorgeous Grunge stamps.  After adding washi tape to the bottom strip of Summer Starfruit card, I decided it looked a bit like a road sign .... but left it 'as is' anyway!  Here's my creation:

Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Morning Post Numbers, Sketched Birthday, Simply Stars
Card: Basic Gray, Early Espresso, Summer Starfruit, Naturals Ivory
DSP: Soho Subway Designer Series Paper, Summer Starfruit Patterns Designer Series Paper
Ink: Basic Gray, Early Espresso and Summber Starfruit stampin' pads
Other: Hexagon Hive thinlits die, Banners Framelits ,Bitty Banners Framelits, Finishing Touches edgelits, Epic Day This & That washi tape, paper snips, sponge dauber, Hung Up cute clip, Basic Gray stitched grosgrain ribbon