Fabulous florals

I really enjoyed the extra challenge of combining a different theme and a sketch yesterday so I thought I would give it another go today.

Try stampin’ on Tuesday have the below sketch, and Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge has the theme of Fabulous Florals.


When I first saw the theme I thought about large florals and I have a lovely hibiscis print I was keen to use, but with this sketch I thought a smaller neater print would work better, so I used The Goods paper from American Crafts. The stamps are Anita’s and I used Tsukineko’s brilliance Dew Drop inks in three colours (pearlescent sky blue, rocket red gold and pearlescent ivy). I was so tempted to leave the ribbon off and keep this as a very linear style, but as I didn’t have a sentiment short enough to fit within the centre panel, the ribbon then helped to make the greeting not look like it was just sticking off the edges!

Green card with a strip of floral paper, three stamped flower toppers and get well soon message

Two is better than one

I had a request this week for two 18th birthday cards for twin girls, one who likes pink and the other who likes nature, so when I saw this sketch over at Pals Paper Arts I instantly saw a large flower in the design.


I used flower die-cuts in multiple colours pinned with a decorative split pin (both from DCWV), which I then laid over a strip of card from DCWV’s blossoms and butterflies mat stack. The numbers are peel-offs which I coloured to match both designs and added with foam pads, finally I added small gems as accents.

A white card with a pink and orange flower with the number 18 White card with orange flower and number 18

Double trouble!

I am trying out not one, but two new challenge blogs today – over at Fab Friday they have a sketch (below), and at Seize the Birthday the theme is pink and brown.

Fab Friday Sketch 93

This is what I came up with:

A pink card with brown ribbon, a stamped image and a Happy Birthday message with a butterfly gem

The stamp is by Daisy & Dandelion and I used a dew drop ink in pearlescent orchid (although I did originally want to stamp this in brown, I didn’t have quite the right shade for this card). The card, ribbon and gems came from my stash. The card under the stamp was actually an off-cut from an octagon card!

Holidays are coming!

I saw on a Facebook post this week that Christmas was only 20 weeks away – that sure has crept up on me this year! So in the festive spirit I made my first holiday card. This time I am trying out a new challenge blog over at Paper Craft Crew which has a sketch this week:

Paper Craft Crew Sketch #205

I used the purple patterned paper from the winter mat stack by DCWV, layered with black glossy card, and then a Christmas pudding in metallic black, with gems added for berries and the icing added using Ranger liquid pearls in white opal. The sentiment is a gold peel-off that I coloured black with a permanent pen and added to metallic purple card, which is then mounted on foam pads.

A white card with a purple patterned paper background with a large Christmas pudding on with gems for berries and a Happy Christmas sentiment

I am looking forward to seeing future challenge from PCC and playing along again!


Reach for the stars!

I am really starting to get back into the swing of things with these challenges and I returned to one of my favourites: Cute Card Thursday, whose theme this week was outer space/moon/stars/sun, and I pondered on this one as there was so much to choose from! I was so tempted to use some very cute outer space paper from DCWV’s For the Boys set, but I couldn’t find a topper that would match, so I went with stars instead:

Card with star paper, silver Happy Birthday greeting and gift box and star embellishments

I stayed with DCWV and used sheets from the Rockstar matstack and used a die cut sentiment on mirror card and stickers from my stash, which I put on card, cut out and then added with foam pads to add dimension (detail below).

Happy Birthday Card featuring paper with stars, gift box and sat embellisments Star Birthday card detailed

Getting my mojo back!

My first card is inspired by this sketch from Mojo Monday, who are giving away some great Verve stamp sets this week:

Mojo Monday sketch 459

I thought it might be tricky re-visiting craft challenges after taking a break from crafting, but I really enjoyed it – especially with this sketch, which I flipped to horizontal to make this Father’s Day card.

Top Dad Happy Father's Day Card


The papers are from American Crafts (The Goods), and the t-shirt and sentiment stamps are from Personal Impressions.

I was planning on trying to do another entry for this one, but with trying to get to grips with the new blog and still having to do my crafting whilst standing only, (I am still recovering after a small surgery which currently hinders sitting), I didn’t quite manage a second, but I am looking forward to trying a new design next week.

A new crafting area to match the new blog!

After happily using blogger for my previous blog I am dipping my toe in the water of WordPress – so please bear with me as I utilise the new functionality, it may take me a little while!

To match my new blog, Mr H has also helped set-up my new crafting area, which has me all excited at the prospect of having all my crafty supplies to hand and I can’t wait to get stuck in and start crafting. So watch this space!

A room with patio doors, a wooden desk, and storage units full of crafting equipment.
Ready for hours of crafting fun!