Celebrating Hollyhocks!

Hi All!

So, the other day, I saw Joanna use the Impression Obsession hollyhocks die on a beautiful card – and knew it was time for me to get the die. I had been coveting it for over a year. And guess what, I couldn’t find it anywhere online….

Yesterday, I went to a craft show and was looking through some dies when I FOUND it. Funny thing was I had completely forgotten about it! Anyway, the added bonus was that it was on sale, so big LucieG smiles all around.

I decided to use it for my entry into this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge and cut it from cream card before painting with my Twinkling H2Os. Look at that shimmer.

I also used some Penny Black dies that I have had for AGES and a sentiment from a set by Winnie & Walter.

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Seeing dots


Happy Saturday everyone!

So, it should come as no surprise that I LOVE background dies. The Altenew Doodled Dots cover die is no exception and I was fortunate enough to get mine during Dies to Die For’s recent Easter discount weekend. It is such a beautiful die – I’m looking forward to using it with an ink blended background, but first of all I decided to play along with this week’s Color Throwdown Challenge (pink, red, mint) and used it with some coloured cardstock.

(That cardstock really is mint-like in real life, honest! Unfortunately it looks quite aqua in my photos…)

I’d love to say these were quick makes. That would be a lie! It took HOURS to inlay all those little dots….. I may have got a little frustrated… but now that it’s over, I like having the set of three cards to compare! Plus three more cards to add to my ‘stock’!

To finish off the cards, I used dies from Savvy Stamps and Penny Black.

So, which one is your favourite?

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Purrfect Birthday


Hi Everyone!

I have the honour of being the GD over at the Case This Sketch challenge. This week was a throwback sketch from a few years ago – before I discovered the challenge! I had LOTS of ideas for this one as it’s wonderful for creating CAS cards, don’t you think?

Anyway, for my card, I used some of my patterned paper mountain plus some cute kitty dies from Impression Obsession and a sentiment from Altenew.

There’s lots of inspiration over at the Case This sketch blog – I hope you can play along!

I’m also entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge (a trio of something).


Go wild on your birthday

Hi everyone!

There’s a wonderful photo inspiration over at the Time Out challenge blog – gorgeous spring colours, but I really wanted to ink up my new Hero Arts background stamp, so here’s what I came up with!

I also love layering stamps so used a new-to-me set also from Hero Arts to create the lion. I was so impressed with how easy it was to line up these stamps sometimes it can take me quite a while to get a decent impression as I often misalign one stamp – not with the lion set. This was my first attempt and I just love how that lion turned out. Now that I’ve assembled it, the card and background together kind of reminds me of a lion version of the Bocca della Verita in Rome, don’t you think?!

Anyway, I’m also entering this into the current A Blog Named Hero challenge (favourite products).

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You totally did it

Hi everyone!

It’s been quite cloudy here so I decided to pull out some sunny Distress Oxide inks to play with today.

After creating the blended background, I added some water speckles and then die cut a Simon Says Stamp circle and sentiment. I used another scrap of card to blend some yellow ink for the fringe (cut using a Mama Elephant die).

The embossed sentiment is by My Favourite Things.

I’m entering this into the current Case This Sketch challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge (ink blending).

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Easter Egg Wreath

Happy Easter to all of you who celebrate this day!

As I’ve mentioned before, I love Easter crafty supplies – it’s just a shame that the Easter crafty season is so short! I’m happy to say that I sent out all the Easter cards I made this year!

Today, I’m sharing one more Easter card – this is the one I made for my mum using a sweet Nellie Snellen wreath stamp and a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp. I coloured it with my Twinkling H2Os and then added a few Studio Katia gems to finish it off!

I’m entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (anything goes) and the Just us Girls challenge (CAS cards).

Thanks for stopping by!