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Happy Friyay people!

It’s getting closer to Halloween and I still haven’t got round to using the fabulous Sizzix/Tim Holtz ghost die that was part of the 2017 release. I loved this die so much that I bought the whole set! But, in my defence, I bought it in the sale so I snagged a real bargain!

I created a background with my distress oxide inks and then added the die cut ghosts which I had covered with a generous coat of Nuvo Aqua Shimmer gloss!

To finish off the card, I added a sentiment I cut from a  VERY old Cuttlebug alphabet set.

I’m entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – both have the same theme of Halloween/spooky!

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Happy Halloween to you

Hello Everyone!

I’ve been seeing a lot of colourful Halloween cards in my Instagram feed recently so I decided it was time to pull out my distress oxides and make a few colourful backgrounds myself!

I love how well the oxide inks blend. Still love the original, but the oxide inks are fabulous for creating quick colourful backgrounds!

Once I was happy with my background, I spritzed/blotted some water droplets and then adhered my favourite Halloween purchase from last year – the Sizzix moonlit owl die – which I managed to pick up when my local craft shop was having a sale!

I added a sentiment from Poppystamps to finish off the card.

I’m entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge and the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – they both have a theme of Halloween/spooky.

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Color Throwdown Celebration


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 navy, blush, gold and white, another fabulous combination, don’t you think?

I had a lot of fun with this combo and ended up making several cards!

I wanted to celebrate the 500th challenge – isn’t that an amazing milestone! I’ve only been playing along with the challenge for a couple of years and whenever my mojo goes AWOL I always look back for a past colour combo to get my creativity flowing again! Many congrats to the whole team, past and present!

Right, onto my cards…

For the celebration card, I used a new embossing folder that I found at Michaels during a recent trip to the US. I used dies from My Favorite Things and Crealies for the balloons and added a die cut  sentiment by Penny Black to an Avery Elle banner to finish off the card.



For the hello card, I heat embossed a Penny Black image with Altenew Peach Gold embossing powder and added some die cut butterflies by Simon Says Stamp. The frame and sentiment are by My Favorite Things and Sizzix/Karen Burniston.

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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Birthday Star

Hi Everyone!

I need to rebuild my supply of birthday cards, so I turned to the current Case This Sketch Challenge for inspiration for today’s card.

I used a range of supplies/techniques – inlaid die cutting (with a Poppystamps die), dry embossing (with a Tim Holtz/Sizzix folder) and a tiny bit of stamping courtesy of Clearly Besotted!

ETA: With the encouragement of the lovely Trina, I am also posting this to the current Less Is More challenge (dry embossing). I was reluctant to do so after my last entry into that challenge (I was not aware of their rule change about dry embossing), but I am grateful to Trina for her support and encouragement.

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You can do hard things

Hello everyone!

So, if you read yesterday’s post, you may have already guessed that this card is another by-product from my first session playing with Perfect Pearls and Perfect Pearls medium!

I was practicing with some Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous stamps and the butterflies turned out so pretty, I just had to use them! I used the coordinating dies from Sizzix to cut them out so I had a pile of embellishments, all ready to go. I just love how the Sizzix dies always cut very closely to the stamped image, don’t you?

When I saw the theme for this week’s Casology challenge (encouragement), I thought a simply sentiment and butterfly would work well. I stamped a sentiment from a Dina Wakley using Lightning Black Brilliance ink and then adhered the butterfly using some foam pads.

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