Wednesday, 7 June 2023

CASimply 'For You'

It's time for the new Anything Goes Stencil Challenge at

A CAS card with textured stencilling
and adding a Tim Holtz Wildflower that was
sitting on my desk left over from another project
 (how good was that)
inked with his oxides, a touch of
shimmer from Lindy's Magical's
and some splatters on kraft card base.
Love how a card comes together quickly 
especially as this needed to be loaded in time
for when our Challenge went live.
Spending a few weeks in the Tropics
made play time short in May.
Head over and see what the rest of the Stencil Team created
and add yours to the Gallery.
Till next time - 

Saturday, 3 June 2023

It's Colour Week at Just Us Girls

Vicki is Hosting at Just Us Girls for Colour Week
and chose Blue Purple and Light Grey tones.
As it is a New Month - 
We Welcome our June Guest - TK  from

A CAS card here using colours above
with a light grey background.
Added a strip of purple to the side,
simple sentiment and a purple bow with grey centre.
Our Guest TK and my team mates
 have created amazing cards for your inspiration. 
Head over and check them out and
join in with yours to our Gallery.
Thanks for visiting

Friday, 2 June 2023

It's Mixed Media Time.

 How time flies when you are having fun!
I have been away holidaying for Mother's Day
Family Birthdays and meeting my new Great Granddaughter
so my craft time is just getting back to some normality.

Our New Anything Goes Challenge over at
has gone live!

As it happens when you spend time away
Mo and Jo seem to tend to come back slowly.
My Mixed Media project luckily was started
while I had my girlfriend visiting and we 
didn't get to finish what we had started so -
that gave me a head start before Mo and Jo returned.

The background and stamped dragonfly from
Visible Image Live in the Moment
were the starting point to go for my simple tag.

Adding Little Birdie stencilled background with DecoArt textured sand paste,
reinking and fussy cutting my dragonfly.
Grungy text stamping from STAMPlorations and AALL&Create.
Washi tape  and sentiment also AALL&Create.

Finished with popping the cut and coloured dragonfly,
 black cotton, posca pen splatters,
 Art Alchemy waxes and a purple backing.
Head over and see what inspiration awaits you in our
Gallery from the Talented Designers.
Hope you can join in with yours this month.
Thanks for dropping in and commenting.

Guest Designing at Tic Tac Toe Challenge

I am thrilled to have been invited to be a Guest Designer
for  Challenge #211 at
Tic Tac Toe Challenge with a 'Crafty Twist'
using three elements from their Mood Board.
Which way will you go with this one below?

Everybody loves butterflies don't they?
As you can see I went with top right, middle and bottom left.
(butterfly, die cut and embossing)
I have just got back from a family holiday so went CAS.
My background is using the shaving cream technique
 inking the Carabelle Studio Libellules & Palillions
Butterfly stamp with Versafine Clair Nocturne 
and Heat Embossed clear.
My die cut sentiment is from Kaisercraft.
Framed and attached to coloured card base.

I also had a girlfriend visiting for some time
 having fun delving into all things creative.
The background for the top card was one of those days.
This card above is one we played with together
after purchasing the Woodware Mini Flower Silhouettes
 I was happy to be able to use it here for the middle row of
(pink, die cut and stencil)
I had already made a card similar
but in different colours Here
All I needed to do with this one was
add a die cut sentiment, a small pearl, 
and a yellow strip on the side before attaching to card base.
The pink flower was inked and heat embossed.
Added some splatters.
Stencilled background is from Clear Scraps Diamonds
and sentiment CUTplorations.
Head over Here
and see what three elements the Talented Designers
chose to inspire you with and add yours to the Gallery.
A big Thank You for inviting me to be your Guest.


Wednesday, 31 May 2023

A Colourful Floral Happy Birthday

I recently had a girlfriend visiting for quite some time
and we had a whole lot of fun creating in so many different ways.
The card I present here is one we made together.
I wanted her to have fun with the layers of the Honey Bee Coneflower Die.

As it worked out it is perfect for the challenges at

We played with a whole lot of different coloured
Lindy's Magical's and each chose the ones we liked together.
Embossed the bottom half using Quickuts Diamonds and Dots 
attached ribbon and layered up my
brightly coloured conflower.
Think it pops with colour and dimension!
The variegated Happy Birthday sentiment is
one my girlfriend bought while here.
It was a whole lot of fun creating this card with my friend.

PS after they left here we met up again when I
spent a few weeks with my daughter for celebrations 
and soaking up the sunshine and warmth in the north
before coming home to the start of winter.

Thanks for coming to visit and leaving 
your kind comments - so appreciated.

Saturday, 27 May 2023

Simply Thinking of You

It's our CAS Week at Just Us Girls and 
Hosting is Lisa E and chose Silhouette 

I had so many ideas running through my head
and decided on a very old Gina K stamp set - 
Follow Your Dreams which had the perfect stamps
for this challenge.
My background sunset is inked with 
Tim's Oxide inks and Nuvo shimmer powder.
Added the reeds, stamped off grass
for a shadow effect then the stag with
Versafine Clair Nocturne.
A little colour and shimmer for grounding
then a simple sentiment from SU.
Die cut from ScrapDragon adhered to
black card base.
What a fun challenge isn't it!
Why not come join in and add your silhouette card
to our gallery. 
I am sure you will after being inspired by
all the different makes from our Guest Claire
and my talented Team Mates.
As this is the last challenge for the month
we bid farwell to Claire
Thanks for sharing your beautiful work with us this month.
Thanks for dropping in

Wednesday, 24 May 2023

Wild and Free...

It's time for our New Challenge over at 
all about BIRDS! Just the birds...

Lightly stenciled the background.
Cut my big bird die from ARTplorations,
 inked her up with Tim's distress inks,
 a little Lindy's shimmer,
heat embossing Kaisercraft script
with SU silver.
Perched on the MB Woodland branch
and inked sisel for the nest.
Sentiment from STAMPlorations.
Attached to brown card base.
My Sistah's have an amazing array
of beautiful birds to share with you
so pop over and check them out and
add yours to the Gallery.
We would love to see them.
Thanks for visiting

Saturday, 20 May 2023

LIfe Under the Sea.

Bobby is our Host at Just Us Girls
for our Photo/Mood Board Challenge.

Here's a larger view!
I wasn't sure which way to go with this Mood Board
Travel or the Gorgeous Colours.
You probably guessed the colours won out
and went under the sea with that
adorable sea horse from AALL&Create.
The background was a big splash of colours
from Lindy's Magical's
Heat embossed the seahorse,
added bubbles (hard to see)
and sentiment from the same stamp set.
Corner rounded and attached to navy card base.
Check out what inspired our Guest Claire and
the Team from the Moodboard.
We would love to see yours in our Gallery.
Thanks for visiting

Saturday, 13 May 2023

Forever & Always

Wedding Bells are ringing for our challenge at

I went really CAS with my card using 
some lovely metallic cream crazed paper
and older Spellbinder dies.
Added ribbon from my stash,
(very deep burgandy)
sentiment from Kaisercraft and pearls.
Head over and check out the Gallery
for wedding creations from our Guest Claire
and the Talents of the Design Team.
Thanks for visiting

Wednesday, 10 May 2023

One of a Kind!

Our New Challenge over at The Sisterhood of Crafters
is a favourite of all crafters - FLOWERS!

The Thistle is my favourite flower and I do love
a nice thistle stamp like the one I have used above.
It's from AALL&Create - One of a Kind.
I wanted to keep it CAS and not colour the flower
but make a background to highlight it
using Lindy's Magical's and some stamping.
Finished with some posca splatters and doodling.
My team mates have created beautiful floral cards
for your inspiration so head over and check them out
and add yours to our gallery.
Thanks for visiting.


It's a 'No Stamping' Challenge at Christmas Craft Creations

It's time for our New Challenge over at

This was a simple card to make.
My background is the fun shaving cream technique.
Stencilled my ARTplorations tree and sentiment with 
Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Gilding Polish.
You may remember I used this stencil a few months back.
It's a favourite of mine and use it every year.
Attached to black card base and it's conplete.
Head over and see what the rest of the
Design Team created for your inspiration
and join in by adding it to our Gallery.

 Please remember to include a link back to our blog
 along with our challenge graphic.
 If you're entering from Instagram, 
you can use the hashtag #ChristmasCraftCreations.

Thanks for visiting


Sunday, 7 May 2023

Happy Little Stampers Stencil Challenge

It's the Stencil Team's turn to inspire you to
enter our Anything Goes Challenge at

The mini silhouettes I used here are from Woodware.
One is stamped off first for the lighter effect
and the main flower darker.
with soft stencilling in the background.
Sentiment is from STAMPlorations.
A very quick card made with my girlfriend
who has been visiting with her hubby while
caravaning around parts of  Australia.
Hope you get a chance to have some play time
like I have had and add to the Gallery.
Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, 6 May 2023

Welcome Harper Jane.

Nancy is our Host for this weeks 
Colour Challenge at Just Us Girls
and chose the perfect colours for a Baby Card.
It just so happened I needed one for my new
Great Granddaughter - Harper Jane.
Also the New Month brings a New Guest Designer
A Big welcome to Claire Apostoloff.

The giraffe is from Sizzix BabyDie/Stamp set.
Papers are Bazzill card stock
Embossing folders - from stash.
Sentiment - computer generated,
Button and yarn from my stash,
Ribbon - SU, tiny heart punch.
As it happens I am heading north for Mother's Day
to my elder daughter
and will meet Harper and get and give lots of cuddles
catching up with other family too.
Now head over and see how our 
New Guest Designer Claire
and the Team chose to use those lovely soft colours.
Hope to see yours in our Gallery.
Thanks for visiting

Friday, 5 May 2023

Imagination is ART!

Our New Anything Goes Challenge at 

I still have my girlfriend visiting and we had a day
of getting messy! We had a great time and
introduced her to the gel press to name just one.
And so our Mixed Media makes began.
We decided to create something similar
Here is hers.

As you can see they are pretty similar.
A few close ups from mine!

As I said earlier we had a play with the gel press
and my background is from that.
Added stenciling, stamping, cheesecloth,
art stones and some waxing.
Just a quick post again. So much happening atm.
Our visitors will be moving on to more travels soon
as I then head north to spend Mother's Day with
one of my daughters, grandchildren and their
young toddlers. So looking forward to seeing
our great granddaughter for the first time. 
Head over and see amazing Mixed Media
from the rest of the Team and hope you
get time to create for our Gallery this month.
Thanks for visitng

Tuesday, 2 May 2023

Guest Designer at Try It On Tuesday

I was thrilled to be invited to be a 
Guest Designer at  Try It On Tuesday
after being chosen as a Top 5 at a recent challenge.
How awesome that their New Challenge is to
Use a Stencil.

Those that know me are well aware of how I
love using my stencils is all different ways.
For my Guest card I used a fabulous stencil from
Scrapmats - ST9088.
I started by adding texture paste to my heavy card base.
Once dry I got out my Lindy's Magical's
and let the colours run through the cracks
to achieve the gorgeous colours.
My dragonfly is from ARTplorations, die cutting
the main image from leftovers on my glass mat.
Cut one again only using the wings and body
for added dimension.
She was popped on top of cheesecloth
and finishing with a vellum sentiment
from STAMPlorations. 
Adhered to matching bright card stock.
Have you been over to check how the
talented TIOT Design Team chose to stencil?
Hope so and  inspired you to create yours 
and add to the Gallery.
Thanks for dropping by for a visit and commenting.