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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!

Thanks for stopping by!



Tulip egg

Hi everyone and happy Good Friday to you.

I pulled out one of my old wooden stamps for this card – this one s from Whipper Snapper and has 2005 on it! I think I bought it a few years later, maybe in 2008. You know I have so many of them, but they just aren’t as easy to use as clear stamps with a stamp positioner, are they. However, I love the impression from my wooden stamps and don’t think could ever part with them. Luckily I have a good storage system for them and whilst they do take up a lot of space, it works for me. Anyway, I think I’m going to challenge myself to use at least one a week now.

On to the card. After embossing, I coloured the egg with my Twinkling H2Os – I think it looks a bit like stained glass, don’t you? I then fussy cut it and attached it to an ink-blended strip that I had embossed with a Carabelle Studio folder. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted.

I’m entering this card into the Freshly Made Sketches challenge and the Retro Rubber challenge (anything goes).

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Blended eggs

Hi everyone!

Happy Hump day! Can’t believe it’s Wednesday already, can you?

March is really busy for me with lots of birthdays, but I also enjoy making Easter cards as my Easter supplies get very little love during the rest of the year.

For this card, I used the Poppystamps Ribbon and Bow Egg die that I’ve had for ages, but never used, together with some smaller eggs from the Egg Cetera set.

I actually thought this card idea would be really quick but it ended up being anything but that! I didn’t like my first few ink blended eggs, and then after I had stuck everything down, I decided I didn’t like the background I’d chosen. Luckily everything peeled off easily!

I ended up using a background embossed with a fun folder from Carabelle Studio and I added a sentiment from Woodware.

I’m entering this into the current Time Out challenge (bold) and also the Poppystamps challenge (clean and simple).

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Dreaming of Cherry Blossom Season – Part Two

Hello again!

Apologies for the two posts in one day, but I was so inspired by this week’s colour palette over at the Colour Throwdown challenge that I HAD to make another card. And I really wanted to use my ‘new’ cherry blossom embossing folder. Well new-ish! I actually got it when I was in Washington DC for Cherry Blossom season last March!

Anyway, for my card, I created a background using Tattered Rose distress oxide ink which I then embossed it with the sakura folder. I added  Memory Box die cuts and a sentiment from My Sentiments Exactly to finish off the card.

I’m also entering this into the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

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Bold happy birthday

Hi everyone!

The snow is almost completely gone here after a horrible evening yesterday. Such a relief! We just don’t ‘do’ snow – and I certainly don’t!

Anyway, onto my card. I find ‘cutesie’ really difficult. I see all these gorgeous cutesie cards on Instagram, I buy the stamps and I just can’t seem to use them! Like the Mama Elephant little cat agenda… I got them as soon as they came out and they have sat untouched ever since! I’ve been really inspired by Ellenor’s beautiful creations – I can’t get over how many creative ways she has used the little kitty images! So today was the day I actually inked them up and started to use them.

I’ve also used a Simon Says Stamp die (with another background created with the glazed distress oxide technique) and so I’m entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge. I’m also counting this as my Work Your Stash Wednesday creation on Instagram as I used an unused stamp and die set and an unused embossing folder!

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Purple and Brown….

Hi everyone!

This week’s Colour Throwdown challenge has a beautiful palette – light purple, dark purple, beige/off white and brown. But I liked it so much, I was kind of overwhelmed. Do you ever feel like that? I didn’t feel like any of the designs I thought of would do it justice. So I was stuck…..

Then today, a whole load of Altenew inspiration appeared in my Instagram feed and I decided to play with the Garden Treasure set in the hopes I could make it work with the combo. I think this is the first time with an Altenew layering stamp that I haven’t used different shades of the same colour! I think I quite like that beige base for the flower.

Anyway, I used Altenew inks for the flower and leaf and stuck them to a base I’d created using a Spellbinders embossing folder. The sentiment is also from Altenew. Once the card was assembled, I felt it needed a little something extra so I added a few glittery die cuts from a Simply Graphic die.

Thanks for stopping by!