Monday, 29 August 2016

The Artful Stampers Blog Hop Challenge 100

WOW 100 Challenges for the Blog Hop !!

Welcome from Mercia's blog this week.

Colours which look a little christmassy.....

And a Christmas Card I did make...

I used some new goodies from the Holiday Catalogue which will be available in a few days.

One colour that I really have never liked is Always Artichoke but It looks really nice with this colour combination. I actually opened my Artichoke ink to make this card as it has been sitting in the colour caddy for the last few years with the plastic still on it.
  • Stamps: Santa's Sleigh
  • Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Pear Pizzazz & Crumb Cake
  • Card: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Flirty Flamingo, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz and Always Artichoke
  • Tools: Santa's Sleigh Thinlits Dies with the Bigshot
  • Embellishments:  Dimensionals, Linen Thread & Wink of Stella

Next on the hop is Annette

Monday, 22 August 2016

The Artful Stampers Blog Hop Challenge 99

Welcome from Mercia's blog this week.

This week is sketch week

My son had his 4th birthday on the 14th of August so I used this sketch for his card.
I couldn't fit all the circles in it but there is no correct way to interpret a sketch
It wasn't quite how I thought it would turn out but he loved it anyway!

Here is his card

I turned one of the circles from the sketch into a peek hole with a T Rex inside the card...

He loves dinosaurs and I love this set!
  • Stamps: No Bones About It
  • Ink:  Memento Black, Emerald Envy, Pumpkin Pie & Tempting Turquoise
  • Card: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Emerald Envy and Festive Birthday DSP
  • Tools: Large Numbers Dies and Layering Circles Dies with the Bigshot Machine
  • Embellishments:  Dimensionals

Next on the hop is Annette

Monday, 15 August 2016

The Artful Stampers Blog Hop Challenge 98

Welcome from Mercia's blog this week.

The Theme is Tiling.

I am not sure if I did the correct thing but here is the card I made using a couple of sneak peeks from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue.

Christmas will be here before we know it.

This is a very simple version of tiling that I have seen many samples of on pinterest.
  • Stamps: Sentiment from Santa's Sleigh Stampset (Upcoming Holiday Catalogue)
  • Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
  • Card: Emerald Envy. Cherry Cobbler, Copper Foil & Presents and Pinecones DSP (both from upcoming Holiday Catalogue)
  • Tools: Perfect Pines Framelits with the bigshot machine
  • Embellishments:  Dimensionals &Wink of Stella

Next on the hop is Annette

Monday, 8 August 2016

The Artful Stampers Blog Hop Challenge 97

Welcome from Mercia's blog this week.

I love colour challenges.

I sat and thought about this for a while and I really wanted to use the new Thoughtful Branches bundle on this card. I finally made it work.

I had a little play with the New Sponge Brayers and this is how I came up with the background using all 5 colours.

This bundle is only available for the month of August.

  • Stamps: Thoughtful Branches
  • Ink:  Emerald Envy, Mint Macaron, Daffodil Delight, Sweet Sugarplum and Rich Razzleberry
  • Card: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Mint Macaron and Sweet Sugarplum
  • Tools: 1 1/2 and 1 3/4 circle punches, Beautiful Branches Thinlits with the Bigshot
  • Embellishments:  Dimensionals, Sweet Sugarplum Ribbon & Wink of Stella in both clear and gold

Next on the hop is Leah

Monday, 1 August 2016

The Artful Stampers Blog Hop Challenge 96

Welcome from Jane's blog this week.

A sketch challenge this week

I just received the gorgeous Flourishing Phrases bundle in the mail so I had to get it out...

This is what I made with it

The labels framelits sizing was a little too big for this card so I cut the white from the second smallest framelit and then traced around the outside and fussy cut the yellow for the border.

The red flowers were cut with the thinlits and then I cut them to place over the cucumber crush stamped image.

  • Stamps: Flourishing Phrases & Sentiment from Sprinkles of Life
  • Ink:  Memento Black, Cucumber Crush & Daffodil Delight
  • Card: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Basic Black and Daffodil Delight
  • Tools: Flourish Thinlits and Lots of Labels Framelits with the bigshot
  • Embellishments:  Dimensionals

Next on the hop is Mercia can't wait to see her great project.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Pals Paper Arts, What Will You Stamp? and TGIF Challenges

Well it's been a while since I did a challenge but when I looked at a few this week I could actually combine 3 together WOW this is great. And this card is going out to a special fellow Stampin' Up! friend too.
These are the challenges
Pals Paper Arts #PPA310 

What Will You Stamp? #WWYS74


The meaning of this particular picture is all about cutting! 
Fussy cutting or die cutting we don't care, we just want to see you Cut. It. Out.
I have combined all 3 challenges here 
The sketch, the stampset and fussy cutting as the leaf, heart and the flamingo are all fussy cut!

  • Stamps: Pop Of Paradise & Timeless Textures
  • Ink: Melon Mambo, Emerald Envy, Versamark
  • Card: Whisper White, Shimmery White, Basic Black, Melon Mambo and Pop of Pink Specialty DSP
  • Tools: Layering Circles Framelits with the bigshot and copper embossing powder
  • Embellishments:  Dimensionals and fine Copper thread
  •  #PPA310
  • #WWYS74
  • #TGIF65

To see the other cards in these challenges (or to enter cards) head on over to

Card Class July

Well I haven't blogged for a couple of weeks due to our camera going to camera heaven....
I am very sad as it was a brilliant digital SLR camera but we did have it for 9 years...
Time to start saving again

I grabbed out our Nikon underwater camera and thought it may work but the quality may not be as good.
I am pleasantly surprised!

I have a small monthly cardmaking group of ladies whom I adore.
They are such a lovely group and generally we make two cards in one of our cardmaking sessions.
We made a shaker card as our first card (see previous post to this) using my daughters 6th Birthday card as the inspiration. (I usually do one more involved card or a card with a different fold/layout first and then the easy card second.

This card above is the easy card using Jar of Love Bundle and it was super quick to make too.

  • Stamps: Jar of Love
  • Ink:  Dapper Denim, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Sky
  • Card: Whisper White, Soft Sky, Dapper Denim, Real Red and By The Shore DSP
  • Tools: Everyday Jars and Layering Circles Framelits with the Bigshot and Confetti Hearts Border
  • Embellishments:  Dimensionals