Dogwood branch

Hi everyone!

The theme for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is ‘thinking of you’ and when I saw that we were also being challenged to use Memory Box products, I thought I would probably use a Memory Box die… but then I remembered this beautiful wood-mounted stamp! Isn’t it pretty?

I coloured the embossed image with my Prismacolor pencils. I am definitely getting more used to using these!

I found some My Mind’s Eye patterned paper which matched the colours perfectly and then added a strip of gold card to the top, which ties in with the god I used to mount the blossom image.

Finally I added a stamp from a Birch Press set.

I’m also entering this in the current Case This Sketch challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!


I carried a watermelon

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards. This fortnight’s theme is ‘inspired by a film’ and Winnie & Walter is our sponsor.

When I saw the theme, I kept thinking of one of my favourite films – Dirty Dancing. It really is one of the movies of my generation (for the girls at least!) and although I haven’t seen it for a good few years, I know so many of the lines off by heart.

This card was inspired by the scene where Baby meets Johnny for the first time and the only thing she can bring herself to say is ‘I carried a watermelon’. Oh my gosh! We’ve all been there, haven’t we!

I used a Memory Box stamp set and coloured the images using my Twinkling H2Os before I fussy cut them. I stuck them on a base that I had smooshed with distress ink before adding a few enamel dots.

I thought this could be a great friendship card to send to one of my friends who knows the movie just as well as I do and I really wanted to add a sentiment along the lines of ‘I can’t believe we said/did that’ as ‘watermelon moments’ still happen to us all nowadays. But I decided to stick with one of the sentiments from the set for this challenge! I may well replace it with some customised text that I’ll print out before I send it to her!

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog and we are also joined by Guest Designer Melanie from Stitches and Smudges. She has some amazing creations on her blog, so please drop by her site!

Thanks for stopping by – I do hope you play along with us!


Think Big!

The cue word for this week’s Casology challenge is ‘big’ and I thought it would be a great opportunity to play with my fabulous Cityscape dies from Altenew. Alas, EVERYTHING went wrong with this card, and it took me ages to create. I should’ve known it wasn’t going to be easy when the dies weren’t where they should’ve been…. the packaging was, just no dies!

I was sorely tempted to enter yesterday’s HUGE card into the challenge, but I persevered and I’m glad I did! The dies are fun to play with!

I created my own shimmer paper for the buildings using some Tonic Studios Embellishment Mousse. Unfortunately, it had dried up, but I added some water and it seemed to be fine! I also used my Prismacolor pencils to create the background – really unusual for me as I usually rely on my distress inks for that. It was good to practice with my pencils!

I feel I need to add a sentiment to the top right – like I did the first time I used this die set. I’ve seen the ‘perfect’ stamp and it will be going in my basket the next time I place an order!

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Believe in Yourself!

Hi everyone!

The theme for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is ‘add a sentiment’ with a focus on Impression Obsession products.

I love Impression Obsessions sentiment stamps – and have quite a few so I wanted to create another entry for the challenge!

For this card, I created an ink blended background with my distress inks. I then added some Hero Arts die cut butterflies that I had left over from this card that I made last week. Finally I added a fabulous Impression Obsession sentiment to finish it off!

Thanks for stopping by!


Fabulous Flamingos

Happy Saturday!

For today’s card, I masked off a section of cardstock and lightly blended some distress ink. I then stamped a flamingo background stamp from Simon Says Stamp using distress oxide ink. Love how easy it is to stamp with those inks.

Anyway, I used part of a sentiment from a Simon Says Stamp set and then added a die cut word from Ellen Hutson that I cut out several times for depth.

A few yellow enamel dots completed the card!

I’m entering this into a number of challenges – Freshly Made Sketches , the Color Throwdown (raspberry pink, green and yellow) and the Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge (anything goes).

Thanks for stopping by!


Let your dreams take flight

So today’s card started as an entry for the new Color Throwdown challenge, but once I had stamped and coloured the gorgeous Penny Black image with lighter colours in the palette, I just couldn’t add the darker pink! I liked the soft colours too much!

So instead, I added some diamond stickles, smooshed on some Tumbled Glass distress ink and added a Penny Black sentiment and called it a day.

As I used my Twinkling H2O watercolour paints and did some gentle ink smooshing, I’m entering this into the current CAS Watercolour challenge as the theme is ‘butterfly’.

Thanks for stopping by!