Sunday, 15 July 2018

A 'Blooming' Fabulous Day

Hello and Welcome to my make for the day.
I recently purchased the Retired SU Botanical Blooms
Stamp/Die Set. It was one that I had let slip away 
but when I saw it on a Retired SU site for sale
I JUMPED at it.
Here is a CAS (I think) trying it out.
Because I have used both required elements for the
Splash Watercolouring and
Colouring our Die cuts
(I used the splash technique)
Die cuts, stamping and pearls
I will add this to their Galleries.
I inked up my watercolour paper
with Tim's Seedless Preserves 
for the main floral die and a smidgen of Magicals
(couldn't help myself as the purple adds a lovely shimmer)
and Mowed Lawn for the smaller blooms.
The leaves were splashed with Milled Lavender
and a hint of Magicals (again)
Added my Darkroom Door Sentiment then
I cut a strip of the green paper tearing the edges
 to add to the background and then 
arranged my leaves and flowers.
Backed this with card stock from SU
and adhered to white card base.
Finished with pearls.

Here is a close up

I plan to play a lot more with this set
and include the matching paper so
be on the lookout! 

Thanks for dropping in
Till next time - Cherrio from

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Simply 'Hello'

Hello and a Big Welcome to this weeks challenge at
Just Us Girls
Bobby is our Host and chose a Big Favourite -
 very in vogue and popular.

Oh how I love making backgrounds!
I have played around with some old and new products here.
Always nice to see how they stack up and I must say
I am REALLY happy how this card turned out.
Wanting to get away from the usual flower thing
I chose a new stencil from Kaisercraft - Bamboo.
This was stenciled with
Golden Olive Metallic Gilding Polish.
My watercolour background(s) were made with
Sea Grass Green Magicals and
Prima Marketing Rustic Brown Metallic Paint.
The front was cut with a circle die
then adding the bamboo stencil which was
smooched on the side with distress ink.
Behind that is corrugated cardboard
sponged with gold paste and a touch of
the green Magicals.
Again I backed that with leftovers from
the front smooching. As you can see it is a lot lighter
and adds another dimension.
I finished with a simple die cut sentiment from Altenew.

Our July Guest Julia and the Team
have also had fun with their watercolour backgrounds.
I look forward to seeing yours in our Gallery.
Thanks for dropping by.
Till next time - Cherrio from

Thursday, 12 July 2018

It's your 'Birthday'

Hello and Welcome to today's make.
Since I still had my CAS-ual Friday's Stamps out
 I made another card for their current challenge
 asking for Heat Embossing

I went into my bits box to see what I could find
and came across the background piece I used here.
It is one I did some time ago at my girlfriend's house
where we were experimenting with shaving cream.
She had never done it before.
I know the re-inkers I used would have been
Tim's Peacock Feathers and Black Soot
 but not sure of the gold.
I heat embossed the flower from 
CAS-ual Fridays Wonderful Words
with Zing Aqua EP
adding Nuvo Crystal Glaze to the petals
(which can't be seen in the photo)
and tiny beads to the centre after I fussy cut it.
I did have another one that had coloured
petals but it landed you know where.
I cut the square peek a boo die from MFT
from white card stock and popped 
in front of the patterned paper. 
Added my heat embossed sentiment from
CAS-ual Fridays Shenanigans
and the Birthday Die from CUTplorations Birthday Word Die
cut from SU Tip Top Taupe card 

Thanks so much for coming by today.
Love to read your comments.
Till next time - 
Cherrio from

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

It's Celebration Time at Addicted to Stamps and More!

There's Big Celebrations at
'cause we are turning 6 and it's our
300th Challenge.
How awesome is that!

Of course Birthday Celebrations
aren't complete without a Prize
which is kindly donated by Kylie - 
The Leader of the Pack

Here's my Happy Birthday Celebration Card.

What is a Birthday Celebration without balloons?
Mine were created by the CUTplorations Balloon Shaker Die
using DP from Stampin' Up.
Behind my popped balloons is the Evolution Stencil
from ARTplorations using white Texture Paste.
My Happy die is from CUTplorations 
popped and cut several times for depth.
Sentiment is out of the
STAMPlorations Balloons & Banners Set.
Added 3 punched glitter stars to finish.

Pop over and see what my Team Mates created
for this Special Occasion
come join our Celebrations.
See you in our Gallery!

Thanks for dropping in.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

It's CAS-ual Embossing

Hi and Welcome.
Today I got to create a card
for the  CAS-ual Fridays
Heat Embossing Challenge.
I started by heat embossing multiples 
of flowers from the 
CAS-ual Friday's Wonderful Words Set
with Ranger Black E/P.
I then got out Distress Inks in 
Fossilized Amber, Carved Pumpkin
and Abandoned Coral and blended away.
The background needed a little something so
stenciled off some colour from Tim's Stone Stencil.
Tried a little Clear Crackle to the flowers
and some Antique Silver Kindy Glitz to the centres.
Haven't used that in an age and surprised it was still fine.
Added a few splatters and then heat embossed
my sentiment from the same set.
Finished by added to black card stock.

Hope you like my make for the day.
Thanks for dropping in and leaving a Comment.

Monday, 9 July 2018

'tis another Poinsettia Card

I'm back with another Christmas card for a couple of challenges
My second one for CAS Christmas Card Challenge
Check out the details Here and
The  City Crafter are Celebrating
Christmas in July with Silver
so will pop this over to their Gallery.

My Christmas cards are not complete until I 
use my Spellbinder Poinsettia Die.

This one wasn't quite as quick as my previous
poinsettia card but is still a CAS style.
I cut my card stock on an angle and then
sponged some Iridescent Medium with a
piece of bubble wrap (Thanks Loll).
Love the shimmer!
I then got to that poinsettia inking 
 card stock with Coral Reef Wax 
wiping some of the colour off the top with a spotty stencil
from Kaisercraft giving it a nice effect.
I cut several flowers and glued them all together.
Behind it is some silver leaves from
Tim's Holiday Greens.
Added grey card stock and my
Merry Christmas die from Paper Smooches 
 cut from the same silver paper
as my leaves. This was the hardest part
trying to keep it all together and getting it straight.
Finished off with pearls and gems

Thanks for dropping in.
Love reading your comments.


Hi there and Welcome to today's Post.
It's for the new Challenge over at
Anything Goes with Dies.

I have this gorgeous Cover Plate from CUTplorations
that I used here and had recently been playing
with a new addiction to me - Alcohol Inks
so decided to cut it up and use on the front
of some pearescent card stock which matched.
Pretty simple right! 
All I had to do then was to cut a few CELEBRATE
dies again from CUTplorations using the same card base
and my card was done. 
Nice when a card comes together easily. We need that
for the other time that nothing seems to go to plan.

Pop over and see what my Team Mates created
with their dies and come join us this month.
Hope to see you in our Gallery.

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.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

A Mix Up Watercolour Card

Hi and Welcome. I have a card for you today for the
CAS Mix Up and CAS Watercolour Challenges.
Same card though!
Check out the details for Mix Up Here
We are asked to show how we colour our Dies
and Watercolour Here to Splash Watercolour.
Loll has an easy peasy Tutorial Here
Now those that know me are aware that I love
messing around with all sorts of techniques.
Here is what I came up with - 
I am using 'those' SU 4 Feathers Dies
but before I got to them I started with my background.
I inked my craft mat with Tim's Mermaid Lagoon
then added some  Perfect Pearls Powder. All I had to do was
a bit of thumping my watercolour cs onto the mat
and drying as I went along making sure I only covered
part of my paper. It has a real shimmer IRL.
I then cut out my feathers and randomly thumped
parts of the feather. The back one I inked the edges.
My twine wasn't the right colour so I inked that up with
the Mermaid Lagoon (with my fingers)
Yes I had nice coloured fingers when I finished.
The feather were then popped after I added my twine.
Sentiment is from 49 AND Market.

My MIX is -  Die Cuts
Splash Water Colouring 
Distress Inks and Powder
My CAS is Splash Watercolouring
on the background and cut feathers.

Clean and Simple on Sunday
have also got a CAS Splash Water Colour Challenge
so will pop this over there.

Since it's Winter here in 
'The Land Down Under'  it's a great time to play
and I have a few other cards in the finishing stages
so there is more to come for those CAS Challenges.

Once more I will add this over at
Monochrome Magic for their latest Challenge Here
This time not with the twist of 'purple'

Till next time
Cherrio from

Celebrate the Season for CAS Christmas

Hello and Welcome
The new challenge over at
and sure to be a big hit with a 
favourite Christmas Flower - Poinsettia
to take pride of place for this month.
Check it out Here
Over at Little Red Wagon their Challenge is
Christmas in July so this card will be in both Galleries.

This was the easiest and quickest Christmas card
I have ever made so it's going to be mass produced
for later in the year to help me out 'cause
I am so far behind and I know I will 
need them in a hurry.
Here is how I made it.
That beautiful poinsettia is the
I saw Shery - the Owner make a card with this flower
and she stamped the back of the stamp then turned it around
and stamped the correct side off centre a bit and that is
what I have done here. Doesn't it look fabulous!
I used Memento Sweet Plum on the background and
Eldenberry on the main image.
Added some WOS Gold/Green
to the centre berries and Nuvo Glitter Gloss
on the front flowers.
Added my sentiment from
Cut this from a stitched die and attached to
SU Rich Razzleberry card stock.
I refrained from added gems or glossy accents
on those berries and think I did the right thing.

AAA Cards are also celebrating
Christmas in July Here so joining in
their Gallery also.

# Update - and how could I not add this card to the
Monochrome Magic with the 
Twist of Purple!
Monochrome as well. Yay!
I do love 'Purple'

Thanks for dropping in.
Love reading your Comments.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

They're So Sweet

Hello and Welcome to my
Saturday Post for Just Us Girls
It's our Word Week and Hosting is Carol
choosing a scrumptious word

It's a New Month and our Guest for July is
the Talented Julia Aston from
A big Welcome Julia - so happy to enjoy your talents
with us this month.

It certainly isn't icy pole weather here
but more like winter fruits of oranges and mandarins.
Don't have any stamps like that so icy poles it is!
I cut them with the CUTplorations Sweet Cravings die
 from white card stock then
and filled the empty space with some squiggles from
STAMPlorations  Balloons & Banners in matching colours
and inking the edges.
I then had fun with the background with Tim's Oxide Inks.
I added some glossy accents and Nuvo Drops to the icy poles
and bows from Waffle Flower.
My Sweet Sentiment is from CUTplorations also.
Finished by attaching to matching orange card stock.

Thanks for dropping in
Love reading your comments.
Don't forget to pop over to Our Blog
to see Julia and the Team's
Citrus Creations.
Come join us in the Gallery.
You could be our next Chic of the Week
by doing so.

A 'Wild One'

Hello and Welcome to today's post for
I'm Guesting this time round for our New Challenge
and we are looking for Animals.
I went 'WILD' here inking up this Lion
stamp set. 
I started the background using 
Tim's Oxide Inks in Fossilized Amber
and Spiced Marmalade onto photo paper
smooching and drying as I went along.
I sealed that with Tim's Distress Glaze
which bring the colours back to life.
I then cut a peek a boo frame from MFT
and a stitched die
from watercolour paper and smooched
the same colours as above only in Distress this time.
Add a few splatters of Black Soot.
This was then popped onto black card stock.
Sentiment is from the same stamp set.

Pop over and see what the Dragonfly Designers
created HERE and hope you get time to
join in the Gallery.

I am going to pop this over to the
Anything Goes with an
Optional Twist of Birthday
and the CAS Challenge with Animal
as the Optional Twist.
Got both covered here.

And something a little different for
The Paper Players
Celebration Theme. It's their 400th Challenge

celebrating  with a Lion's Birthday Message.
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Birthday Celebrations for Someone 'Special'

Hello and Welcome to a Very Special Post.
Over the last month we have had
5th Birthday Celebrations with Designer's from
STAMPlorations showcasing
a few of their favourite cards with a few new ones
thrown in - Well it just happens that our
Amazingly Beautiful Generous and Caring Leader
Shery Russ 
is having a Birthday of her own and to
celebrate her day we have a
Surprise Birthday Post in her honour.
Pop over HERE  to check out all the
beautiful Birthday Projects created just for her.
Here is mine.
Wishing Shery the Happiest of Birthday's
and so privileged to be part of her Craft Family.

For my card I chose Shery's
Before I heat embossed it in white I made my background
from Lindy's Magicals in Sweet Violet Purple Teal
(Shery's favourite colour is purple)
and Lucky Shamrock Green with a bit of smooching
and drying as I added colour.
I had some left on a brush so added  tiny splatters.
I then cut several 
and added several pearls.
This was then taped to a white background and on to
pearlized card stock.

Here are the products used above.

#UPDATE I see The Paper Players are celebrating their
What a fabulous milestone.
Adding my card to the Gallery!
Thanks for the Reminder.

Thanks for checking out this post.
Love reading your comments.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Cherish - Dream - Live

Hello and Welcome to my Post for today.
It's for the July CAS Mix Up Challenge
and this month's Mix is to
Colour Your Die Cuts, Stamping and
Your Choice.
My Choice was to colour my leaf die cuts
using Magicals in 3 slightly different colours,
PearlEx Powder and Artisan Powder
Stamping my Sentiment from Kaisercraft
and scoring using my score buddy.
Sentiment and card stock are from SU in
Calypso Coral and Groovy Guava.

That's it for today but I'll be playing with this challenge
again before the end of the month. I missed last month
as time slipped by me too quickly. 
Thanks for dropping in.
See you again real soon....

Sunday, 1 July 2018

A Magical 'Happy Birthday'

Hello and Welcome to today's post for
It's a New Month and a New Challenge for our

I have been having so much fun with new products lately
and my Birthday Card is doing just that.
I recently purchased a couple of  Lindy's Magical Packs
and just like Brusho's - they are addictive.

The beautiful stamp I used is hot out of my mail box
and from STAMPlorations In Bloom - Precious Plumerials
simply heat embossed in white
then the Magic Began.
I spritzed water on my craft mat and added 
Hydrangea Blue
smooching and drying as I went along.
Added more colour selectively on some of the flowers.
I then did the same only lightly with
 Lucky Shamrock Green
and coloured the leaves the same.

Here's a close up of the shimmer.

My Birthday Stamp is from Happy Little Stampers
inked with Memento Teal Zeal.
This was cut with a stitched die and adhered to
white card base.
Finished with a few gems.

Don't forget - 
Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop!
Check out all the details HERE

Pop over and see how my Team Mates
are celebrating with Watercolour
(and our optional Birthday Twist) this month.  
Will I see yours in our Gallery?