Wednesday, 25 April 2018

MFT Splendid Swans and Clearly Besotted card

Well, the weeks keep zooming by and I can't believe we are so far into April. I'm here to share the start of another challenge at Addicted to Stamping and More, and this week is CAS week!


I came up with this card using my new swan stamps from MFT. It's a pretty general card that could be used for Mother's Day or other celebration occasions depending on what is stamped inside.

1) Take a card blank and mask off a circle at the bottom corner of the card before sponging Broken China Distress Oxide ink inside the circle.

2) Stamp the water ripples and splashes from Clearly Besotted Make a Splash stamp set towards the bottom of the circle and add some white pen and glaze pen to make the water shine. This hasn't photographed well but you can see it a bit better in the small photo at the top.

3) Stamp the 'make a splash' sentiment in the blue ink and then stamp again slightly to the right with white pigment ink to give a shadow effect. Stamp the 'It's your day' from MFT Hog Heaven underneath it.

4) Stamp, die cut and colour the swans from the MFT Splendid Swans set and attach them to the card with some foam tape.

5) Finish off by splattering some dots of ink around the card.

My Teamies have got some great inspiration over on the ATSM blog, and I hope you will play along with us this time.

I'd like to play along at

Always Fun Challenge #55 - CAS

Daring Cardmakers - Feeling blue

Through the Purple Haze Challenge #143 - Spring (Baby swan)

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Altenew Happy Bloom and Clearly Besotted birthday card

Hello there and welcome to another challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More. This time you need to pull out your pencils, markers, paint etc - in fact, anything that helps you make your mark.

I pulled out my Polychromo Pencils and came up with this card

1) Stamp the image from Altenew Happy Bloom stamp set onto a rectangle of white card with Versafine Onyx Black ink, then colour it with Polychromo pencils.

2) Stamp the 'happy birthday' sentiment from Happy Little Stampers Doodled Flowers stamp set onto the banner using Broken China Distress Oxide ink. I love how this ink stamps so well.

3) When the ink is dry sponge the same ink around the image and then splatter watered down dots of it around the image.

4) Mat the panel onto some blue card and raise it onto the base card with some fun foam.

5) Finish off by stamping the sentiment from the Clearly Besotted Celebrating You stamp set underneath the image.

You'll find lots of inspiration over on the ATSM blog, and it would be great if you join in with us this time.
Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Tim Holtz and Happy Little Stampers holly Christmas card

Hello everyone,

Well, Spring is finally springing where I live and now the daffodils and hyacinths are blooming, it is of course time to turn our thoughts to Christmas. What!!!!  Well, I am thinking of it anyway, so I won't have a panic come December, and can really enjoy the run up to the festivities.

If you want to get organised early too, why not join us for the April challenge over at Happy Little Stampers.

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

Our optional twist this time is 'jolly' but any Christmas card will do if that doesn't float your boat. I came up with this card

1) Sprinkle some Brushos onto some card and then spritz with water until you have a background you like.

2) Take a rectangle of white card and impress it with the Papertrey Ink Canvas and Linnen Impression Plate. Place the holly die from Tim Holtz  Mixed Media Christmas die set on the white card and die cut into it before placing it over the background card.

3) Stamp the sentiment from Happy Little Stampers Christmas Joy stamp set in the left bottom corner with red ink.

4) Layer the card onto a red scalloped rectangle, cut with  die from the MFT Blueprints 27 die set, and then place it onto the base card.

5) Paint over the holly leaves with a clear sparkle brush pen and then add some red Tonic Nuvo Drops to make berries. Finish off by die cutting a tiny holly sprig and placing it above the sentiment.

As usual, you will find lots of great inspiration from my talented team mates over on the HLS blog.

I'd like to go and play at

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Christmas Postbox Christmas card

It's time to get your Christmas card pile growing with another challenge for you at ABC Christmas Challenge.

Our themes this time are

H for Hat

and/or I for Ice

Our kind sponsor this time is 

All Dressed Up.

Winner will receive two free digis of their choice
from Wendy’s Etsy shop

Lorraine will be giving away a $25 or £20 Gift Voucher to the store of the winners choice. The winner chooses which currency!

I combined the two themes for my card this month, but you are welcome to make 2 separate cards and really get your stash growing if you like. I used the Sending Christmas Wishes set from Craft Stash, which has stamps, an embossing folder and some little dies.

1) First, make the background by pushing Versamark Ink through a falling snow stencil and then emboss with white embossing powder. Watercolour over the snowflakes with blue paint and cut the card into a rectangle once it is dry.

2) Die cut a snowbank using a Paper Smooches Borders 1 die, spread wet glue over it and add glitter to make the icy snow. Adhere this to the bottom of the background.

3) Use the embossing folder from the kit and emboss the post box in red and then black card before fussy cutting the box and adding some of the black detail. Die cut the opening with the letterbox die from the kit.

4) Stamp and die cut the bird before colouring him and cutting a slit between his legs so he can hold the letter. Stamp and die cut the letter and then glue it and the bird to the postbox. Raise the box on foam and stick it to the background.

5) Stamp and colour the little girl and then fussy cut her before placing her next to the postbox. Stamp, colour and fussy cut the hat and place it on the girl.

6) Mat the background onto black card and adhere it to the base card. Die cut a small stitched arch from the MFT Arch STAX  die set in black card and stamp and emboss the greeting from Lawn Fawn Winter Sparrows in white. Raise this on foam and stick it to the card before finishing off with a tiny holly sprig above the greeting.

You'll find plenty of inspiration over at the ABC Christmas Card Challenges blog and we'd love to see you join us this month.

I'd like to play along at 

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Woodware Bee Happy birthday card

Hello and welcome to the April challenge over Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge. This time our optional twist is Rainbow, and you can choose to play along with that or just submit any watercolour project.

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


This time I decided to make this birthday card for a bee keeping friend who has a birthday this month. When I saw this cute Woodware stamp set at a craft show recently I just had to buy it because it had my friend's name written all over it!

1) Stamp the image onto watercolour paper and colour it using Zig watercolour brush pens and a waterbrush.

2) When it has dried, paint in the sky and grass and let it dry before stamping the flying bees above the hive.

3) Take a square of black card and stamp and white emboss the bee and the sentiments.

4) Place the image on the left of the back card and mount it onto the base card.

You'll find lots of inspiration over on the HLS Blog, so why not pop over there for a gander before you decide on your project for this month.

I'd like to go and play at

A Gem of a Challenge #216 -female birthday with a sentiment

Double D Challenges - just wing it

Crafting with Friends Challenge #64 - anything goes

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Altenew Adore You and Papertrey Ink birthday card

Welcome to Challenge #285 over at Addicted to Stamps and More. This time we have a gorgeous inspiration photo for you

and you can interpret it in any way you like. I went with the ombre cake and flower in the bottom centre photo as my inspiration and came up with this card:-

1) Die cut a rectangle from some white card and paint it with Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens in Ice Drop and Arctic, to give a shimmery ombre effect.

2) Stamp one of the flowers and a couple of leaves from the AlteNew Adore You stamp set in Versamark Ink and emboss with white powder before colouring with Ziggies. Fussy cut around them when they are dry.

3) Die cut a white oval using a Spellbinder Oval Die and stamp the sentiment from Papertrey Ink Signature Greeting 2 using blue ink.

4) Die cut a PTI Photofinisher die from white card and place down the centre of the blue panel, then adhere it to the base card.

5) Add the oval, raising it on foam, and then arrange the flower and leaves at the bottom

6) Finish off by scattering a few pink enamel dots.

Thanks for stopping by, but why not drop by the ATSM blog before you leave, to see how my talented teamies have interpreted the photo.

I'd like to play along with

Cards in Envy Challenge #19 - no patterned paper

Incy Wincy Design Challenge - no more than 3 colours excluding white - I used pink green and blue

The Paper Girls Challenge #148 - embossing

Carol x

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Clearly Besotted and My Favorite Things Little Pudding card

Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More, and this time we have the Holiday theme.

Here is my Christmas card

1) Stamp the dotty pudding from the Clearly Besotted Little Pudding stamp set in brown ink and die cut with the coordinating die. Coat the top of the pudding with glue and sprinkle with some glitter

2) Stamp and die cut three of the holly sprigs from the same set and glue them onto the puddings at different angles.

3) Die cut the three aperture faux stitched die from MFT Blueprints 27 using white card and do the same with the stitched scallop die from the same set. 

4) Stamp the greeting from the Clearly Besotted Most Wonderful stamp set on the scalloped card and ink around the scallop with the same red ink. This is a great cost/space saver to get the right tone of paper to coordinate with your stamped sentiments.

5) Layer everything up on the base card and finish off by adding holly berries with red Nuvo Drops.

You really gave us a hard time choosing the top places in the last challenge - I swear the entries get better each time! Anyway, you'll find lots of inspiration over on the ATSM blog and you can link up your holiday card there.

I'd like to play along with

Winter Wonderland Challenge - stitching real or faux.

Merry Monday #281 - inspiration photo - I used the colours and the idea of a sweet treat for Christmas

Use Your Stuff Challenge #303 - Use die cuts

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x


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