Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Just a Little Distressed...

Hopefully the distressed wood and inked edges (using Parchment Distressed Ink) is distressed enough to play along in this weeks The Pink Elephant Distressed / Paper Tearing Challenge. It was too distressing to distress it anymore LOL!

How gorgeous is the inspiration photo from this fortnights Festive Friday Wreath Challenge?!? Playing along with this rustic card created using Crate Paper distressed wood paper, a collection of old letters from Scenic Route and Lil Davis, My Favorite Things wreath and these cute holly berry brads from Making Memories.  I remembered I had these brads when prompted by this weeks Little Red Wagon Brads or Eyelets Challenge. How many brads and eyelets do you have lurking in your stash LOL! 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Seize the MUSE...

Inspired by the colours and flowers from Darnell's gorgeous MUSE card this week, my card then hightailed off in a totally different direction!  Papers from Amy Tangerine Yes Please, with Memory Box Cheshire Branch Outline and sentiment from Annabelle Stamps Standing Tall, stamped in Hero Arts Tidal Pool. Playing along with Seize the Birthday too.
Darnell's MUSE card

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Peace on Earth...

"Hasten the time when, from every clime,
Men shall unite in the strains sublime:
Peace on earth, good-will to men;
Peace on earth..."

Combining negative die-cut Lil Inkers Stitched Snowflake and Stitched Rectangles, Lil Inkers sentiment and papers from MME and Echo Park, with a Neat & Tangled Crystal Clear sequins.

Playing along with Addicted to CAS Transparent Challenge,  

Thursday, October 24, 2013

It's a Spring Thing...

Can you tell we're heading into Spring this side of the world... just thought I'd let you know in case my last few floral creations didn't give the game away!

Inspired by these gorgeous strong hues of pink and orange from Runway Inspired Challenge and The Alley Way Stamps Be Inspired, together with this fabulous Freshly Made Sketch.  Combining Memory Box Cluster of Carnations with the sentiment from The Alley Way Stamps Wish BIG... I love that the "c" ducks down perfectly to fit around the die-cut! This Rose Moka paper combines oranges and pinks perfectly and would be fun to re-create with inks.

Playing along with Seize the Birthday too!

CAS(E) this Sketch & Dash

11 Minutes and 12 seconds later!
This was originally a 10 Minute Craft Dash Card, but I ran overtime when I decided at the last minute that it would look cute to have the Lily Bee gingham check as a background as well as for the banner - but I think it was worth it!! Joining in the fun at CAS(E) this Sketch with this amazingly versatile sketch - you should see the DT samples and gallery - just FABULOUS!  Playing along with Sparkle Creations Weekly Christmas Card Challenge for the first time too - this weeks theme is Flowers.  The flower featured is Uniko Studio Poinsettia - the perfect Christmas flower, stamped on some old Basic Grey papers from my scrap stash, and the Uniko Studio sentiment stamped on a Paper Smooches fishtail banner.

Monday, October 21, 2013

A-Muse Me...

Marion's gorgeous MUSE card
Yes, I have used Memory Box Glorious Gardenias Outline, again!!! 

This time I'm playing along with this weeks Muse Challenge. I was inspired Marion's card layout and the single layer die cut, and created this card using Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangle and Memory Box Glorious Gardenias Outline - yes I love them LOL!  I backed the panel with a second piece of black cardstock before insetting the black panel and outline with patterned paper from Basic Grey and Rose Moka (I don't even know if this company still manufacture or not!), and added a couple of MME enamel dots.  

I think I'm drawn to these colours as a hang-over from my childhood when our bedroom curtains were these colours - well, it was the '70s!!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

A Little Trigger...

Playing along with this fortnights Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger, I knew I wanted to use this gorgeous WPlus9 Background Builders - Knit, but had no idea what would happen from there!  I stamped the background by repeatedly inking up the stamp with Hero Arts Red Royal and Orange Soda at opposite ends and layering Bubblegum Pink in the middle.  I had a leftover Memory Box Gorgeous Gardenia Outline in white from this card I made yesterday, and paired this with a piece of MME Cut & Paste ombre paper I had previously overstamped using Avery Elle All Squared Up in Hero Arts Tidal Pool for the flower background, and leaves.  I thought about adding a sentiment, but figured it had enough going on already!
Tuesday Trigger: Apache Tears in the Key of Autumn

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Wanna Sketch in Colour...

Had a play with my new Memory Box Gorgeous Gardenia's paired with Avery Elle's tag die cut and sentiment stamp to play along with this fabulous Dahlhouse Designs Wanna Sketch?, the gorgeous bright colours from Colour Q and City Crafter Give Thanks Challenges.  I love that I used up some more Basic Grey paper scraps - the Lollipop Shoppe Raspberry is at least 7 years old!

Linking up with Moxie Fab World Handmade Cards Colour Week Challenge and
Runway Inspired Challenge - with the contrast of black & white, flowers and POP of colour!

This made me smile...

Friday, October 18, 2013


LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this fortnights FUSION photo inspiration!  Originally my card was going to be based more on the sketch, and incorporate a glass half full of orange juice...  then I took a step back and focussed on the oranges, and everyone knows oranges grow on...  an orange tree LOL!

I went super CAS this week, with this darling cut out tree from Amy Tangerine Yes Please Bits, pop dotted and backed with some coloured paper from the same paper range. This gorgeous sentiment "It takes a long time to grow a true friend" from Mama Elephant is stamped in Hero Arts Soft Pool.

What will you be inspired by this fortnight...The fabulous colours, leaves, themes or textures from this fabulous FUSION photo, or this funky FUSION sketch? Hope to see you at the FUSION Challenge Blog soon, in the meantime, here's some more FABULOUS inspiration from the Design Team...
Playing along with this fortnights Keep It Simple Be Inspired Challenge,

and Friday Mash Up "Tree or Leaves" and "The colour Orange",

Merry Christmas Smooches...

Had some fun adding to my Christmas card collection, playing along with this fabulous colour combo from The Paper Players Colour Challenge, and this versatile sketch from Paper Smooches Sparks Designer Drafts Challenge.  I thought this gorgeous snowman was perfectly whimsical and joined him in the fun at Festive Friday Whimsical Challenge and Simon Says Stamp Christmas / Happy Holidays Challenge too! Paper Smooches Freezy Fellas snowman, Christmas Sampler sentiment, Swanky Snowdudes snowflakes stamps are inked in Hero Arts Navy (the closest I had to Midnight Muse) and Soft Pool inks with Echo Park Winter Park, and Lil Inkers stitched polariod frame.


Thursday, October 17, 2013

May All Your Days be Dashing...

3 minutes and 54 seconds later...
With officially less than 10 weeks til Christmas, this combo of 10 Minute Craft Dash and CAS(E) this Sketch may go some way towards catching up on my Christmas Card to do list LOL!  A super fast card today - especially as Simple Stories had so perfectly designed this 3x4 flash card. All I needed to do was adhere it to a sheet of Authentique paper, round the corners and pop dot.  Now only nine hundred and ninety-nine to go!!!

Playing along with Simon Says Stamp Christmas / Happy Holidays Challenge too!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

It's All White (Almost)...

Just Keeping It Simple today, all white! A super quick Christmas card (can't believe it's only 10 weeks away - EEK!) featuring Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder (haven't reached for this in a while!), Memory Box Landscape die and Annabelle Stamps sentiment in embossed Gold Mirror.  Playing along with Shopping Our Stash Embossing Times 2 Challenge (hot and dry).

Monday, October 14, 2013

Smooching with Lace...

A quick card from our crafting session yesterday, this time a Paper Smooches and Kaisercraft lace combination, just in time (I hope!) for the Paper Smooches Sparks Lace Trend Watch.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

A Dashing Thank You...

7 minutes and 23 seconds later...

Can you guess why I love this fortnights 10 Minute Craft Dash colours???

Meet the newest member of our family... Muggles,
so named by DDs English teacher, former Mum to Muggles and Harry Potter fan.
We adopted him as his previous family moved to China, and we love him!!!

This 10 Minute Craft Dash card was created using a combination of papers from American Crafts and Crate Paper, combined with Lil Inkers Stitched Rectanges die, WPlus9 pumpkin stamp and diecut, Paper Smooches Fishtail Flag die and Avery Elle sentiment.  

Thank you for stopping by, hope you are having a fabulous weekend wherever you are!!!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Breast Cancer Awareness - Think Pink...

I loved the colours and textures in Laurel's Inspired By - but as I've been away, I only just got a chance to play!  I created this for Link Up for Pink in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month too - I think this sentiment from Verve "She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her away she adjusted her sails" is just perfect.  Converting left-over paper scraps into butterflies and fishtail flags always come in handy and are just right for this fortnights Use it Tuesday Scraps Challenge.  Sketch is from this fabulously versatile Seize the Sketch!
Inspired By...

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

All that Glitters...

Inspired by this A Little Thing Called Love Art Print (below), a quick card to play along with Moxie Fab World All That Glitters Is Gold Challenge.  Paired this gorgeous Uniko Studio Congratulations sentiment heat embossed in Whisper Gold Mirror with this cute Kiwi Wedding Couple stamp, Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles mat and some Neat & Tangled Birthday Bash Sequins.