Tuesday, 16 October 2018

A Happy Birthday Tic Tac Toe

Hi and Welcome to today's post.
It's for the current Tic Tac Toe Challenge  at
 Retro Rubber where we get to play with stamps
older than a year. 
For my Tic Tac Toe I chose the Middle Line
Masking Birthday Flowers.


It's funny how your mind works.
I was happily stamping/cutting away yesterday
making my card for this challenge and ready to
photograph it and when I woke up this morning
I realized I had used the same Spellbinder dies
on the last challenge I made for Retro Rubber!
I had better not do that next time.
I thought of making another one wondering if
the Designers would think this girl only has 2 Dies.
Since time is of the essence I had to go with it.
Sorry it is so similar to my last one.

The stamp I used is another retired SU set
called Avant Garden which
I have finally used for the first time. 
I cut out a mask for the flower and then inked 
in 3 different colours from the Altenew 
Red Cosmos set. The leaves were inked with
Memento Olive Grove and Pistachio.
Sentiment in Memento Luxe Northern Pine.
This was then cut with a SB circle die
and attached to the lacy circle die.
I backed that with a Cuttlebug folder 
and corner rounded it.
Adhered to green card stock adding some ribbon
to match the flowers and on the white card base to finish.

Thanks so much for dropping in.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Just for 'CAS Mix Up Challenge'

Hello and Welcome to today's post for 
one of my favourite challenges
CAS Mix Up and this month's technique is
This is my second card and chose to
try my hand at Black Ice - one I only found
some short time ago so I wanted to have fun 
with it in a different way and see how it ends up.

I did start with gold foil as my base
but you would never know.
The next step was to swipe with
Black Archival Ink and dry.
I then went on to dry emboss, ink again
and then added gold and copper embossing powder
finishing with Ranger Red Cinnabar.
Sealed it with clear embossing powder.
Added a tiny gold frame behind it.
Sentiment is from Happy Little Stampers
inked with Tim's Black Soot and
 the edges with Colorbox Archival Gold.
Attached to coloured card base to finish.
If you are a little confused by my explanation
check out how I got the idea Here
I did go a little overboard but it was fun.

A close up

I hope I have left enough open space.
My MIX is Metal, Heat and Dry Embossing
and Stamping

Thanks for dropping in
Till next time - Cherrio from

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Wish Upon a 'Star'.

Hello and Welcome to my post for
Just Us Girls 
Hosting our Trend Week is
Carol choosing a Celestial Theme.

I do love the results you get with Lindy's Magicals
 as they make spectacular backgrounds and this
is what I used here.
After I got the result I liked I inked up
trees from Repeat Impressions  with 
Tim's Black Soot. Splattered some twinkling stars
with iridescent medium. The hill was die cut and 
coloured with Starlight Black Wax.
Attached in front of the trees. 
Added some glittery punched stars and sentiment
cut twice from ARTplorations.
The front die has been heat embossed 
with metallic silver powder with the white
 one added for a shadow effect.
Finished by attaching to navy card base.

Pop over and see what our Guest Linda
and the Design Team created.
Love to see you in the Gallery this week.

Thanks for popping in.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

It's 'Enchanting'

Hello and Welcome to today's post for
It's time for our Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.
I recently received this gorgeous 
and was itching to try it out.
I decided to use a piece of Yupo Paper
that I inked up with Alcohol Inks as it was thin
and hoped it would cut nicely in my old Cuttlebug.
It did take some cutting and even after several attempts
there was a teeny bit I cut with some fine point scissors.
I know I NEED a new die cutting machine just don't know
which way to go!
I put some Tombow glue on my craft mat and
sponged the back of the die and adhered it to
 metallic card stock.
All I needed to do now was add a sentiment and I chose
Pop over and see what die cuts my Team Mates used
and join us in the Gallery this month.

Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop!
 Check out all the details HERE.



Thanks for dropping in.

Monday, 8 October 2018

I'm 'Metal'ie Thinking of You.

Hello and Welcome.
I am finally getting back to normal after my
recent Birthday Celebrations.
 Today I am posting for the New Challenge
 over at CAS Mix Up where my
 Super Talented Good Friend
MacMable is Host choosing

Here is my first take on this challenge
(yes there will be more)

My Mix is Metal, Stamping
Heat Embossing and more...
I started by cutting out my background from
Uniquely Creative Cross Hatch Texture Die
Heat embossing with Stampendous 
Aged Copper Embossing Enamel
(don't you love the 2 toned colours)
You need to heat emboss from underneath
otherwise the enamel will fly off somewhere else
I then cut 2 dies from Tim's Wildflowers.
These were heat embossed differently with
Stampendous Chunky White and Aged Copper
also adding Cyan Pearl Pigment Powder
while still melting. I did have a bit of trouble
with the white trying to hang on to the thin stems
while heating from the bottom.

Here's a close up!

My background is lightly sponged with
Ken Oliver's Liquid Copper Powder.
I distressed the edges and inked with Versacolor Bronze
I then attached the Cross Hatch Die and flowers.
Inked my sentiment from 49ANDMarket.
Attached a tiny die cut bow from Waffle Flower
and finished by adhering to white card base. 

Thanks so much for dropping in.
Love reading your Kind Comments.

Saturday, 6 October 2018

What's the 'Word' at Just Us Girls

Hello and Welcome to my Saturday post for
Just Us Girls
Our Host this week is Nancy
and has chosen Sympathy for our Word Week.
It's one that pulls at our hearstrings - but also
gives comfort to the recipient.

As it is a new Month we have a
New Guest Designer. Linda Snodgrass from
Welcome Linda. So glad you are joining us and
looking forward to seeing your creations at JUGS this month.
I started my card with inking up the
SU Stippled Blossoms floral images in
Memento Angel Pink and Rhubarb Stalk
and fussy cutting them. Went on to the leaves
with Memento New Sprout.
For the background I added a butterfly
from SU Nature's Walk
and some script from
Happy Little Stampers Thinking of You
in SU Tip Top Taupe
 cutting that out with a stitched die.
Sentiment is heat embossed from the same stamp set.
Popped my floral display after adding a touch of WOS
to the top flower and some Liquid Pearls to the centres.
Randomly dropped a few glossy accents to the script.
Finished by attaching to Tip Top Taupe card base.

Pop over and see how our Guest Designer Linda
and the Team chose to use our Word
then join us in the Gallery.
You could be our Chic of the Week and
may be chosen as a future Guest.

Thanks for popping in.
Love reading your comments!

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

It's Time to - MAKE YOUR MARK

Hello and Welcome to our New challenge over at
where we need to see colouring in some way or other.
Make your mark with pencils, pens, sponges
water colours, inks etc - you get the drift.

Here's my Make.
I started by randomly inking my 
STAMPloratons Trendy Leaves
with Memento Olive Grove/Peanut Brittle
and Rhubarb Stalk.
Added small dots from SU Timeless Textures
with Tim's Gathered Twigs.
Backed that with torn card stock.
Added some jute for interest.
Finished by adding a touch of WOS
to the Rhubarb Leaves
and the CUTplorations Thankful Word Die.

Hope you will pop over and see what my Team Mates
created and come join us in our Gallery.

Thanks fro dropping in.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

The CUTplorations Gals are 'Back'

Hello and a Big Welcome!
Our hiatus  over at STAMPlorations is over
and it is the CUTplorations Gals turn to inspire you
to join us for our Brand New Challenge Here
Now I know it's Pumpkin Time over the Pond
so what better way to celebrate than by making a card
for our October Challenge. 
It doesn't have to be a pumpkin -  you can interpret
the photo any way you choose.

I chose the 
to showcase, playing around with a technique
 I had never tried before until recently.
I started my background by randomly inking up stamps from
STAMPlorations Mixed-Media-Grunge
with  Tim's Distress Inks in Gathered Twigs
Crushed Olive/Carved Pumpkin
and Fossilized Amber.
I then started on my pumpkin with colours above
 and die cutting.
I then added lots of layers of clear embossing powder
heat setting after each application. I quickly
put it in my freezer hoping I would be successful
in getting it to crack. And it worked!

I inked the CUTplorations Thankful-Word-Die
and did the same to that but not quite as pronounced.
Cut out my background with the
CUTplorations Crazy-Double-Running-Stitch-Rectangle-Nesting-Dies
and adhered some inked up dry wall tape for interest.
Popped my pumpkin and attached the sentiment
to basic white card base. 


Hope you will pop over to our Blog
and check out what my Team Mates created
for your pleasure and would love to see
you in our Gallery this month.

A Little Reminder - 
  • Players can link up as many projects as they want (1 project per blog post)
  • Players must use at least 1 STAMPlorations product (stamp, stencil, die, or coloring page, or digi stamp)
  • To qualify for the prize, players must display challenge graphic and link back to the challenge post (blogs only)
  • Prizes: $15 GC for the winner (voted by the team); $5 GC to three (3) randomly picked players
Thanks for dropping in.
Love reading your comments.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Did someone say GOLD!

Hello and Welcome to a New Month of Challenges
at Happy Little Stampers where we start off with our
and we are looking for GOLD! as our Optional Twist.

My card is pretty simple with Magicals as my background
and heat embossing my hibiscus stamp from
49andMarket with gold embossing powder.
Added a heat embossed sentiment from
Happy Little Stampers Dandelion Wishes
in gold matted with gold
 and on to gold card base.
Finished with a few gold pearls.

Pop over and see what my Team Mates
created and come join our Gallery this month.

Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon
 to spend at the shop! 
Check out all the details HERE.


Thanks for dropping in

Saturday, 29 September 2018

We're Going 'Wild' at Just Us Girls

Hello and Welcome to my Saturday Post for
Since there are 5 weeks in September we have our

Angie is Hosting this week.
Pop over and see what our Guest Julie
and my Team Mates striped out on.
I wanted to move away from the florals
 so went a bit grungy here.
As I have had a busy month getting my DT cards
up and scheduled, spring cleaning and gardening
all in the ready for relatives and friends invasion
this is a QCAS card - quick clean and simple card.
Got out my STAMPlorations stamps -
Celebrate Artsy for the sentiment and
Art Marks, Mixed Media Elements and
Scribbly Splattery Grunge
Inked them up with Tim's 
Carved Pumpkin/Mermaid Lagoon
and Black Soot on the sentiment.
Basic bright card stock used and
finished with striped washi tape.
That's it.

Just like to say Thanks to Julie for being our
Super Guest this month. We all loved your work.

Also when this goes live I will be in the thick of
Birthday Celebrations with some very Special People.
Back to normal next week!

Thanks for popping in

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

I'm Guest Designer at the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog

Hello and Welcome to today's post.
Several weeks ago I was invited to be Guest Designer over at the
Thank You so much Jane for the Invitation.

Their New Challenge is this Sketch below.

Lots of potential here that you can go to town on
BUT you must use a stamp that is at least 12 months old.
After all it is nice to get those older stamps out 
and ink them up isn't it?
I had so much fun working out which ones to use and 
landed up with a couple of older Retired SU ones - 
even using Retired Designer Paper and Inks.
Just don't know how old they are as I bought them
as Retired Items! 

I started by inking my background from
SU Creative Elements several times.
I then got out the SU Delicate Details stamp
with it's lacey border inking and placing it underneath.
Both were inked with SU Tip Top Taupe.
My flower is from the same set as above
 in Calypso Coral first then I inked
two more in Tangarine Tango and fussy cut them for dimension.

This was attached to a MFT stitched circle die
and backed with a Spellbinders Scallop die 
from Groovy Guava DP.
Sentiment is from Altenew.
Finished by sponging the edges, adding cotton,
a bow and some tiny beads to the centre of the flower. 

Thanks for dropping in.
Love to see how you interpret the Sketch
and add to the Gallery Here. 
Of course you checked out what the 
Design Team created first didn't you?

Saturday, 22 September 2018

It's Photo Week at Just Us Girls

Hello and Welcome to today's post for
Photo Week at Just Us Girls.
Maria as Host has chosen this gorgeous photo.

I love seeing the changing colours of the trees as it
doesn't happen in my neck of the 'bush'
As it is coming into that time of the year over the pond
it's perfect timing for all those 'fall' coloured creations.
As I had only recently got a new to me stamp/die set from
STAMPlorations called Oh So Grateful
ohsogratefulstampsdie I had to play with it especially as I
wanted to focus on the pumpkins in the truck.
I got out Tim's Oxide inks and inked away
on glossy card stock wiping it with a
paper towel then adding layers of
clear embossing powder. I tried the crackle effect
by putting it in the freezer but didn't quite work out
as good as I wanted.
My background was smooched and then I cut out part of the
inked birch tree die putting them behind my cut out oval die.
The sentiment as you can see is from the stamp set above
I love how motley it stamps.
Finished my card by attaching to orange card stock.
Hop over and see how our Guest Julie and the Team
were inspired by that gorgeous photo and
come join us in our Gallery this week.
So much happening for me in the next few weeks
so if I don't get to comment much I apologize.
Life will get back to normal after
all my family and friends from far and wide
 return to their own homes at the end of the month.

Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Go After Your Dreams

Time for the latest Challenge over at
It's our Photo Inspirations and hasn't
Kylie chosen a beauty!
I've gone for a mixed bag here
focusing on the flowers in the background
but colouring mine in the yellow tones
of the light and using
similar words to the above sentiment.
I recently got this gorgeous stamp called
Darling Dog Roses from STAMPlorations
and this is the second card I have made with it.
You may have seen it Here
I heat embossed the flowers in white.
Once more I got out Tim's Distress Inks this time in
Squeezed Lemonade Fossilized Amber and Mowed Lawn
using a water brush to colour.
I added some splatters and inked my sentiment
from STAMPlorations Noteworthy in Fossilized Amber.
Attached my floral image onto SU card stock
after cutting with a stitched die.

Pop over and see what my Team Mates have created
and come join in our Gallery this week.
Love to see you there!
Thanks for dropping by.
Till next time - Cherrio from

Sunday, 16 September 2018

This IS for 'Someone Special'

Hello and Welcome
Today's card was made for my BFF so
of course it had to be 'Special' and her birthday
is just a few days before mine.

I was keeping this for a challenge that I thought
fitted in with my card above and I found that at
Seize the Birthday for their current challenge to use

I recently bought the Retired SU  Botanical Blooms Set
and a few of you would have seen me use it before.
It was perfect for this card with all the dies.
I wanted the background to be a little subtle and
knew I had some patterned vellum in my stash. Perfect!
I know she likes browns/copper colours so I went with that
and some gorgeous teal card stock that was purchased
when I was staying with her a while back.
I cut out a number of flowers and stamens
and the leaves from gold card stock and some 
painted paper using Rustic Brown Metallic Paint.
I inked the stamped centres with Tim's Gathered Twigs.
I decided to add a strip of embossing on the side
from Couture Creations. Adhered it to my card base
with the vellum and gold ribbon from Christina Re.
Sentiment is from STAMPlorations Fluttery Set
 heat embossed in gold with gold thread
added to the back and popped.
Finished with a tiny flower on the side,
Pearls and a sparklet to the centre of the flowers and vellum.

Thanks for dropping in