Love and Friendship

This category includes: Valentines Day, engagement, wedding, anniversary, friends

AAA Cards One Inchie challenge


Hi there!

It’s time for the a new challenge at AAA Cards!  This fortnight we’d like you to create a CAS card using just one inchie only; our optional twist is ‘masculine’.

I kept my card extremely CAS – with an inchie by Darkroom Door. I was going to colour it in but I decided that I actually liked the monochrome effect. No room for a sentiment with this stamp, but that’s fine too. I’m a great believer in ‘less is more’.

My team mates have come up with some beautiful cards which are on the AAA Cards challenge blog. We are also joined a previous challenge winner, Laurie, who has some lovely inspiration on her blog!

Hope you can play along with us!

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Vase for you

Happy Sunday everyone!

Today I’m playing along with this week’s Color Throwdown challenge  which has a fabulous neutral combo of black, grey, cream and kraft.

I decided to create another mini slimline card and started with creating a blended rectangle on my card base. I then cut a vase from the Marianne Designs Vase collection and three Simply Graphic stem dies from various coloured cardstock. After arranging the stems and vase, I adhered them to my card base and added a sentiment by Penny Black to complete my card.

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MFT Card Design Superstar Contest 2021

Hello dear friends!

I’ve toyed with entering the My Favorite Things Card Design Superstar contest over the past couple of years, but either ran out of time, or felt my card design wasn’t good enough. Mainly the latter, to be honest. But this year, I decided to give it a go! As per the challenge rules, I just used MFT products. It should come as no surprise that I chose to enter the Clean & Simple category as that is my favourite style!

I knew I wanted to use one of my newer dies sets (Houseplants), but I also wanted to use a few different colour combos! For the first plant, I stuck with traditional snake plant colours… then I got more adventurous!

I love the spotty Begonia Maculata so I used that as my inspiration for the largest plant. For the next plant, I started off thinking of a Purple Shamrock, but decided that I wanted a plant with more red tones – like a coleus.

Finally I wanted to use my favourite plant die from this set to create an image inspired by the stunning Christmas Cactus. This required a little more work… and a very old die set! I cut the stems twice and coloured them. I then cut up one of the images and adhered the stems to sit behind the other (intact) die cut, creating 12 stems to play with! I added the six leaves from the die set and then pulled out the Wildflowers Centerpieces Dienamics set. It’s not in the MFT shop anymore, but Veronica used it in this challenge in 2015. Anyway, I coloured a few flowers and adhered them to the remaining stems.

I then created an ink-blended circle with the Circle Extraordinaire stencil on my card base and adhered my plants, placing a few of them on a couple of images cut from the Cat and Plant Perches Dienamics set.

To complete my card, I used a sentiment from a set that I managed to get hold of just last week (Itty Bitty Basics), positioned on a strip cut with the Skinny Strips Dienamics.

And so that, my friends, is the story of my entry, finished an hour before the deadline… yep, I’m up very late in the UK tonight!! My craft table is a complete mess – I think I used every ink blending tool I own (and I have a few)… but the tidying up will have to wait until tomorrow (or rather later this morning)!

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PS I wasn’t too sure if I needed to share the contest graphics, but here they are just in case!

Summer Flower box

Hello again everyone!

Next up today I’m playing along with the sketch challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches and this week it’s a slimline card sketch!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m so glad I was able to hold on to all my old pre-creased slimline card bases. I used these so much a decade ago and the card is still beautifully white!

I decided to use a few of my older Memory Box dies (Summer Border die and Grape Vine die) together with a newer Sizzix die. The sentiment is from a Pretty Pink Posh set.

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Playful Petals

Happy Monday everyone!

Today I’m playing along with this week’s Color Throwdown challenge  which has a fabulous combo of navy, blue, green and orange) as well as the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

For my card, I used uneven square dies from Marianne Design plus the beautiful Playful Petals Bundle die from Memory Box. The sentiment is from my go-to set my Sugar Pea Designs.

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Playing with numbers

Hello everyone!

Today I’m playing along with the theme challenge at The Paper Players and the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.

When I saw the Paper Players theme, I immediately thought of my WRMK numbered ‘next level’ embossing folder. Remember those next level sets? I loved them… I think WRMK was pretty much the first manufacturer to come out with 3D embossing folders. I couldn’t stop buying them. Luckily I have a bit more self restraint nowadays!

I kept the card very simple and just added a Savvy Stamps die cut sentiment plus a Hero Arts sentiment.

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