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Hello amazing friend, you rock!

Hello Friends! Happy Saturday!

I’m excited that today marks the first day of another 30 Day Colouring Challenge. My mojo has been AWOL recently, so I’m hoping this challenge give me the inspiration I need. I love playing along and I’m hoping to colour something every day during this challenge. Let’s see how that goes!

Last time, I set myself my own sub-challenge – to only use wood-mounted rubber stamps for my colouring!  I recently went through my old cards and Hero Arts stamps for the Hero Arts’ 45th anniversary Show & Tell. It made me want to reach for my wood-mounted stamps again. So, I’m aiming to use them most days during this challenge, but in the second half, I plan to devote myself to Christmas in July and will be using Christmas stamps. Pretty excited about that actually! I’m ready to play with my festive stamps again!

So with that in mind, here is my car/colouring for Day 1 using the fabulous Flowers and Leaf background stamp by Hero Arts, made in 2007. How can that be 12 years ago? Anyway, I coloured it with my Twinkling H2Os and adhered it to a card base that I’d covered with old patterned paper. I stamped a few Clearly Besotted sentiments and added them to the card, following the sketch for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.

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Black and white

Hi there!

It’s time for a new challenge at AAA Cards! The theme for this fortnight is ‘one layer card’ with the optional twist of black and white only. Our sponsor is Stamplorations.

What an interesting challenge! I actually love making one layer cards, but always use colour to add interest to them! I knew I wanted to use one of my older wood mounted stamps for this challenge as some of the designs are intricate and perfect for simple stamping.

After a LOT of playing around, in the end I chose this beautiful Allium Border stamp from Memory Box. I stamped it using versafine onyx ink and then stamped the Cleary Besotted sentiment underneath.

I added a little bit of shimmer to the allium heads using my Nuvo Aquashimmer pen.

My team mates have come up with some beautiful cards which are on the AAA Cards challenge blog. We are also joined by the talented Nancy from Made by Nananas – she has some beautiful cards on her blog!

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AAA Fifth Birthday

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards and we are celebrating our fifth birthday with a blog hop and a treasure hunt this fortnight!

Five of the design team members have a picture hidden somewhere in their blog post. Simply find all the pictures and work out the one word that connects them all (hint: it begins with the same letter as the name of our blog!). Then email your answer to our lovely team admininstrator, Jane, at aaacardchallenge at

Our sponsors have been very generous and we have lots of prizes which can be won in a number of ways:

  • Create a card – make a CAS birthday card and link it over at our challenge post in the usual way
  • Enter our treasure hunt
  • Like, comment and follow us on social media (Facebook and Instagram)
  • Visit each of the 8 design team members’ blogs and leave a comment

Here are the blog hop links:

Lucie – you are here!

For my card, I used the Brilliant Presents die from Simon Says Stamp which I cut from black glitter cardstock. I cut the image a second time from an old panel that I’d created with Color Bursts and Cosmic shimmer powders. It is so sparkly in real life! I lightly stencilled a background using a Simon Says Stamp stencil and adhered the black out line and inlaid the pieces cut from the bright panel. The sentiment is by Clearly Besotted.

And for those of you looking… here is the treasure hunt picture!

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog – I do hope you can join in with all the fun this fortnight!

I’m also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge (anything goes) and the Seize The Birthday challenge where the theme is ‘anything goes’ and the optional topping is ‘presents’.

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Sweet Tulip

Happy Friyay friends!

It’s been a super busy, but very productive week and I’m looking forward to a long weekend of crafting!

I received a very small order from Simon Says Stamp yesterday including this gorgeous Sweet Tulip die that I have been thinking about getting since Diecember! I had to play with it as soon as possible.

I die cut the image from white card and then coloured sections using ink distress ink. I also used a blended background to cut the die a second time and then inlaid the background panels.

I added the image to an embossed card base and adhered a sentiment from a Clearly Besotted stamp set to finish off my card.

I’m entering this into the current Flower Challenge where the theme is ’embossing’ and I’m also entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge (‘anything goes’).

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Plant Crazy

Hi everyone!

It’s that time of year when I usually go plant crazy in my garden… not so much at the moment…. My garden has started to resemble a jungle – all my shrubs have been growing like crazy and I have been spending quite a bit of my spare time in the garden trying to restore some semblance of order…. I’ll get there, I’m sure!

Anyway, when I saw that  the Paper Players’ current challenge was a CAS card with the theme of ‘plants’, I knew I had to play along. I pulled out my older and less-used Garden Grow (pretty apt name for the set, don’t you think?) stamp set my Altenew and got to work!

I masked off each of the plants as I stamped them, and stamped the table last. I coloured the images with my twinkling H2O paints and then added a sentiment from Clearly Besotted.

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Just for you

Good morning everyone!

This week, I have the honour of being the Guest Designer over at one of my favourite challenges – the Color Throwdown Challenge.

The palette for this challenge is pale pink, brown, black and white, another fabulous combination, don’t you think?

I had an initial plan of a card for this combo and knew I wanted to play with Poppystamps’ Whittle Bird dies, but that’s the only thing that stayed the same! Once I stumbled across my old Simon Says Stamp Woodland rectangular frame, the card changed completely! I added another older SSS die – Fresh Daisies – and got to work. So amazing to see these dies were produced in 2013 and 2014! Time flies!

Anyway, I coloured the flowers and birds with Nuvo alcohol pens and added a bit of detail using a Prismacolor pencil before adhering the die cuts to my card base. I added a Clearly Besotted sentiment to complete my card.

There’s some amazing inspiration from the Color Throwdown DT over on the challenge blog – I do hope you can play along this week!

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