Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Tea Leaves

Hello.  Welcome.  We've gone from a warm and wet summer to a warm and wet autumn.  Only thing to do is craft!!

I used Sizzix Labels Ornate #3 dies to cut my rust Bazzill dots card base and DCWV domino patterned paper.  I cut Poppy Stamps Tea Pot Stack from gold mirror card.  The leaves are cut from orange and gold metal sheets using dies from Spellbinders Orchard Harvest Tags and Accents set.  Pile of teapots in a pile of leaves!  Perfect.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at

Autumn Wishes

Hello.  Welcome.  The Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop is running and the entries sure are pouring in.  If you have used stamping and numbers the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity has a numbers challenge running til the 25th of the month. This is my second entry for the Coffee Lovers hop using stamps from Unity and their fb challenge sketch.

I couldn't find a card base the colours I wanted, so used Dried Marigold and Worn Lipstick distress inks on a piece of cream textured card.  I embossed a piece of orange metal with Sixxix Leaves folder and die cut it using Taylored Expressions Frame In Frame 2 dies.  I stamped and coloured the Unity girl using promarkers and distress inks and stamped and embossed the sentiment on a piece of ribbon.  

Thanks for dropping by.   Hugz

Joining the fun at
Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
Hjerteboden September Utfordring - Bruk Høstfarger
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Shimmer and Shine
Country View Challenge September 2017 - Metal

Allsorts Challenge Week 433 - Feels Like Autumn 
Ribbon Girls September Any Image Challenge

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Wildling Winter

Hello.  Welcome.  Today I have an unusual style christmas card to share at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  Do hop over and check it out and leave me a little love so I know you passed by.  Hugz

There is a NUMBERS challenge running over at the Portal.  
Link up your numerical stamped makes for a chance to win some Lost Coast dollars.  Hope to see you there.  Hugz

Cuppa Love

Hello.  Welcome.  It's time for the fall coffee lovers hop and I am ready to cocoa.  Or in this case coffee.

Starting simply with this cool stamp from Kreativ Hender and a sentiment from Unity.  I stamped the cup with Potting Soil archival and used orange for the sentiment with a brown card base and an orange mat for autumn colours.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
Hjerteboden September Utfordring - Bruk Høstfarger
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - CAS
Stamplorations Summer CAS Challenge
Through the Craft Room Door Challenge 12 - Anything Goes 

Friday, 15 September 2017

Why Just One?

Hello.  Welcome.  The new theme challenge is up at Rubber Dance and it's your favourite stamp.  Easy right??   Noooooooo!!!!!!!!!  Well, obviously, I only need to look at Rubber Dance stamps for this project, but there are just so many favourites.  So I put my most 'favourites' into a pile.  A huge pile!!  How do I choose??  I decided to just go with it.  I closed my eyes and did a bit of Mr Random in the pile and came up with Milky Way.  Hmmmm, Mr Random has taste.  

I'm glad I started this without any preconceived ideas cos I never saw this coming!
But it's pretty cool.  

I started by stamping Rubber Dance Milky Way stamp in stripes across the card with Versamark ink.  Then I embossed with white powder to give a resist.  I coloured randomly with Dusty Concord, Hickory Smoke and and that other purple colour distress inks.  Don't forget to wipe the ink off the embossed areas.  

Then I remembered this very cute star swirl stamp from the Winter Wonderland set.  I haven't used it for a while but it is just so pretty.  A tiny little wonder of a stamp for giving a beautiful accent, or in this case, a glorious explosion of detail.  I stamped it many times with Plumeria Colourbox chalk. 

The large swirl from Round in Circles.  Swoon.  Love this stamp!  It is so big and beautiful.  I decided to stamp it on black glossy card and emboss with white powder again.  Then I ripped the edges and applied black archival ink.  And now for the topper....

Whale Wishes is a recently released set, but that doesn't mean that that gorgeous whale hasn't stolen my heart.  I stamped, embossed with black powder and fussy cut.  I started colouring with Promarkers and then added some distress inks when I ran out of shades of green.  The sentiment is from the Happy Birthday set.  I have a lot of favourites in this set LOL.  I stamped the sentiment and embossed with green tinsel embossing powder.  Then I coloured with distress inks and matted it onto a scrap I had left over from the Milky Way background.  I stamped, embossed, coloured and fussy cut the swirly stamp, also from the Whale Wishes set.  I tried it in the whale's blowhole but didn't like the way the sentiment hid it so I played around a bit.  Then I realised I needed another one.  Watch out!  The Kraken has grabbed the sentiment!!!   What fun.  

Thanks for dropping by.  I can't wait to see your favourite stamps.  You don't need to use Rubber Dance stamps to join the challenge, but we do love to see them.  You can link up you projects HERE.  

All the stamps used here are from Rubber Dance and there are many more in the Rubber Dance webshop.  
Remember, if your order is over $15 you can use the code GTFreeShip to get free worldwide shipping.  Hugz

Whale is joining the fun at
Mod Squad Challenge - The Heat Is On
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - It's Written in the Stars 
WOW! September Challenge - Resist Technique
Crop Stop Challenge Link Party 32 
Scrappelyst Utfordring for September - Striper 
Tuesday Throwdown 360 - Happy Birthday 

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Turning Hope to Ho Ho Ho

Hello.  Welcome.  Frank was promised a real Santa hat if he would just pop up and remind all you lovely people that the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Tip Your Hat event ends tomorrow, midnight, one of those american time zone times.  Well, they have so many!!!!!

I stamped Carmen's Veranda Frankenstein and embossed with black powder.  Then I stamped the first two letters of Carmen's Veranda Zen Hope stamp 3 times and embossed with white powder.  I gave the background a watercolour wash using Festive Berries distress ink.  I cut Taylored Expressions die Party Hat from some snippets from the scraps box.  Ho Ho Ho indeed.  So stamp and leave the hat on and hop on over to the Portal and link up your hatty projects before midnight tomorrow.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Frank is joining the fun at
WOW! September Challenge - Resist Technique
Penny Black and More Challenge - Get Ready For Christmas
Papirplaneten Utfordring #21 - Jul i September
Dream In Darkness - Celebrate
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 350 
Mod Squad Challenge - The Heat Is On

Gorgonzola Art

Hello.  Welcome.  I missed joining the Happy Little Stampers ATC challenge last month due to incompetence, so I was waiting eagerly to see what the topic was this month.   They have chosen Shapes.  So I decided to start with circles. 

Here's the background I started with, chalk inks over a Stamplorations stencil, die cut with my Sizzix ATC die

I stamped the Unity sentiment with VersaMark and embossed with black powder.  Then I decided my ATC needed to look like a Swiss Cheese!!!!

I used a small Sizzix circle die to cut the centers out a number of circles.  Then I backed it with some scrunched up silver foil.  I am so using that idea again.  What yummy texture that is!

Then, in keeping with the time references in the sentiment, I added some vintage metal clock charms.  These are all from  I had 4 different clocks.  The two round ones fitted perfectly with my circle shape.  The cuckoo clock was too cute not to use and it's little dangles fitted perfectly into that semi circle cut at the bottom.  Then I added the wristwatch to balance it all up.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Happy Little Stampers September ATC Challenge - Shapes
Korthobby September Utfordring - Alt Er Lov 
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge 40 - Vintage 
Scrapy Land Challenge 73 
Country View Challenge September 2017 - Metal

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Frog Juice

Hello.  Welcome.  Last evening I was trying to do a few things and get a bit ahead, but ended up with lots of starts, none of which I was totally happy with.  So I decided to go and do nothing instead.  Then, this morning, when I looked at my desk, I though hmmmm, maybe that ain't so bad afterall......... 

I'm playing with VLVS stamps and keeping it CAS.  I thought this frog, clutching his bottle of wine, fitted perfectly with the 'Is it wine o'clock yet?' sentiment.  Inside I stamped a partially masked xmas sentiment which now reads 'A merry wish for lots of happiness'.  That seemed perfect.  My man likes wine, so this will work for him.  

Frog and sentiment stamped with black archival and coloured with ink joy and neon pens.  Background a weak stripey wash of Pumice Stone and Stormy Sky distress inks.  Frog panel cut using Sizzix TH double stitched rectangle die.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at


Saturday, 9 September 2017

One Of Our Birds is Missing

Hello.  Welcome.  The House That Stamps Built has a Sympathy challenge.  This is a difficult subject but the DT has produced some lovely inspiration.  I was particularly struck by the fact that they have steered away from the usual neutral colours.  So I decided to use a distress ink background that I had made and Stamplorations For The Birds stamp.  

I swooshed distress inks on my card base and cut it with Stamplorations Double Stitch Rectangle die.  I stamped For the Birds stamp and Unity's With Sympathy sentiment and embossed with black powder. 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at

The Years Fall Away

Hello.  Welcome.  I wanted a tag for a friend who is turning 40 soon and, since we are into Autumn, I decided to use the colours of fall.  I also decided to rattle through my stash of embellishments and see what treasures I could turn up.  Found some Basic Grey chippies and a sentiment that worked perfectly for the season and the passing years.  

I coloured some card with Mustard Seed, Tea Dye, Spiced Marmalade and Festive Berries distress inks.  I embossed the card with Sizzix Leaves embossing folder and cut out my tag using Sizzix Ornate Labels #3.  

The embossed leaves weren't very clear so I inked them with the Mustard Seed DI.  I die cut Memory Box Tree of Wonder from an orange metal sheet.  The alpha stickers and chippy sentiment are both by Basic Grey.  Some funky wool and my tongue in cheek tag is ready to wow the birthday boy.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Crop Stop August Challenge Link Party 31
Hjerteboden September Utfordring - Bruk Høstfarger 
Country View Challenge September 2017 - Metal

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Eye Of Newt Runs In The Family

Hello.  Welcome.  Decided to have another play with Taylored Expressions Birthday sketch.  Did a little halloween birthday combo and made a Happy Booday card for a friend who has a birthday next month.  Bwahahahahaa

I flipped the sketch this time and I've altered the proportions a bit as well.  Isn't that the cutest little witch?!!

I started by making this panel using an orange base.  I cut Taylored Expressions Spider Web Cutting Plate and 13 Dead End Drive from black card.  I paper pieced the 13 Dead End Drive die and glued it all together.  Love 13 Dead End Drive and what a bootastic name!!  Just saying......  Then I attached the panel to a black base card. 

I stamped Taylored Expressions Moka Tabitha with archival ink and did a bit of fussy cutting of her hat, feet and broom before die cutting using a Sizzix circle die.   I coloured her with distress inks and ink joy pens.  Then I edged the circle with wilted violet distress ink and covered the white space with glitter glue.  I added some of the pieces cut out of the spider web to each side of the circle and added some bats cut using a sizzix die.  I used part of the sentiment that comes with Tabitha, stamping and embossing with white powder.  After searching for dies to make my Booday word I decided to write it myself using a white gel pen.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Papirlosjen Utfordring September - Mixed Media
Hobbygarasjen Utfordring 51 - Glitter


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Into The Future in a Pink Cadillac

Hello.  Welcome.  Taylored Expressions are celebrating their 9th anniversary with a fun sketch challenge.  I decided this was a great opotunity to make a wedding card for my pink loving friend.  

Isn't that just such a cute image!!!  I used Taylored Expressions Lifetime of Love set 4 for the happy couple in the car and the sentiment.  

Just wanted to share this gorgeous die cut, which got mostly covered up as my card came together.  This is Taylored Expressions Southwest Cutting plate, cut from silver glitter card and mounted on a pink card base. 

I used Taylored Expressions Tag Stacklet 1 set to cut a tag from white card and music printed vellum.   I stamped one of the sentiments from the Lifetime of Love set on the white tag so it shows through a gap in the printed vellum.  The main image was stamped and cut out using a Sizzix circle die.  I coloured with distress inks and added some glitter tape to the tag top and sides of the circle panel.  I also cut some tiny hearts from the glitter tape and scattered them down the side of the card.  

This was such a fun card to make.  I am sure I will be using this sketch again and I'm all set when the wedding comes around in the spring.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

The happy couple are joining the fun at

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Riot Of Colour

Hello.  Welcome.  I've coloured another of the Stamplorations Bloomtangled samplers.  This time I just grabbed some sharpies and then switched to distress inks.  Any bright colour fitted the bill.  Then I cut the piece in half and mounted it on a black card base.

I really liked that just as it was.  

But I decided to add a black die cut of Stamplorations three birds and I like that as well.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Stamplorations Bloomtangled Linky Party

De-Egel Challenge 41 - B blooms, blue, black, birds


Hello.  Welcome.  Fun challenge over at Stamplorations where Shery wants us to colour a page from her new colouring book and make something from it.  Don't have the book?  No problem.  Shery has supplied a digi sampler.  Here's a card I made using colours from the Calling All Sistahs challenge.

I've used Distress Inks to colour the sampler and craft card for the base and sentiment strip.  The sentiment is from Sprinkle and Sparkle stamped and embossed with white powder.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Stamplorations Bloomtangled Linky Party
Stamplorations Summer Theme and Sketch Challenge 
Calling All Sistahs Challenge 4 
Crop Stop August Challenge Link Party 31 
The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge 

Monday, 4 September 2017

Marmalade Me

Hello.  Welcome.  I am posting over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity today with this sad eyed kitty......

Hop over to see the complete trainwreck and don't forget to leave a little love so we know you dropped by.  

The new challenge of NUMBERS is up and running, and we still have our TIP YOUR HAT event ongoing, so get stamping and share your numerical hatty makes.  Hugz

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Book Bunny

Hello.  Welcome.  As we wend our way through life, some challenges can seem very large.  I hope all your struggles bring their own rewards.  Hugz

I made a watercolour background with brushos, lots of water and iridescent watercolour medium.  I stamped the books from Do Craft's Gorjuss Librarian and fussy cut them.  I water coloured them with distress inks and stamped the Sparkle and Sprinkle sentiment.  Then I added Tilda Bunny Baby.  So cute and obviously fearless.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Dare 2 B Artzy Challenge - Pastel Colors
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes   
Craft Stamper Take it Make it Challenge September 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - School or Study Related
Stamplorations Summer Theme and Sketch Challenge

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Little Helpers and CCC

Hello.  Welcome.  Crafting is my therapy.  It's always wonderful to pull out the paper and card and dies and stamps and inks.  It would be even more wonderful if someone put it all away for me when I was finished ROFL.  Think of all that extra crafty time if Rumplestillskin was on clean up crew.  Bwahahahahaaahhhaaahaa. 

I think that's why so many lovely ladies join the Card Chain Challenge every month.  Not only do we create, but we send our creations and also receive something in return.   For me, creating is usually a solo occupation, so being a part of this chain of amazingly creative ladies is something I love and look forward to.  Thank you to all my CCC friends.  
Here's the card I sent to Cheryl in Michigan this month.

 I used some patterned paper and cut it with Poppystamps Hello Background Plate die and mounted it on a blue card base.  Rubber Dance Curious Cat was stamped and embossed and fussy cut.  I coloured with distress inks and added some white gel pen highlights.  

If you would like to join the fun the September sign up is still open.  There is also a chance to win this gorgeous cat stamp from our lovely sponsor Rubber Dance Stamps.  All you need to do is visit the September Sign Up post and leave a comment.  There is also a code on the post for free worldwide shipping if you would like to buy this, or any of the other wonderful stamps, available at Rubber Dance Stamps

 Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz