Friday, 3 February 2023

Dear Friend

 Hi!  I'm back with another card for the Tic-Tac-Toe team and this week, I am the hostess.  Here is the board I created:

For my card this week, I went with the right-hand diagonal - Stencil, Friendship, Butterfly - to come up with this card:

If you follow my blog, you would have seen these colours being used on the smaller Pink Fresh hot foil butterflies a few weeks ago.  I actually made this card first and loved the colours so much I re-created the look on the smaller butterflies.  Once I had the hot-foiling, stenciling and die-cutting done, I went to work on the card base.  

I masked off a rectangle and used the Postcard stencil from Stamperia and some white embossing paste for a tone-on-tone look.

The sentiment is also hot-foiled and die-cut with the co-ordinating die.  I finished with some enamel dots to match the butterfly colours.

Thanks so much for visiting.  The design team have some fabulous cards with this board, so I hope you'll check them out and play along with us.

Products used:

Ink:  Blue Suded Shoes, Dress Blues, Sea Glass, Uptown, All That Jazz, Daydream, Black Jack (Catherine Pooler)
Cardstock:  White
Dies:  Butterflies Hot Foil Plate and Die (Pink Fresh Studio), Hello Dear Friend hot foil (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Postcard stencil (Stamperia), White embossing paste, Black Hot Foil, Enamel Dots (WPlus 9 and Altenew)


Thursday, 2 February 2023


 Hi!  I was thrilled when my card was picked by Nancy and the team at Color Hues a few weeks back.  As part of winning the challenge, I was invited to be a guest designer for this new color challenge and what gorgeous colours they are:

I immediately wanted to make a floral card and this is the end result.

I stamped the main image from Garden Roses onto white card and used the co-ordinating stencils to colour it.  My ink colours were Clay Mask (light and darker) and Polished for the flowers and Matcha and Sage for the leaves.  Once finished, I used the die to cut it out and arranged it on a white card base.  My original intention was to have the flowers draping from the top left and the sentiment in the lower right.  After I stamped the sentiment, I realised the off-cut would look pretty in the bottom right.

Then I decided it looked a bit bare and cut a Sage Leaf frame to frame the centre of the card and the sentiment.  Then I decided to go all out and die-cut quite a few different-sized frames and positioned them on the card base just for some added interest.

The CAS-lover in me thinks this is too much, but it is interesting and a bit different from my usual style, so I'm putting it out there!  I finished the card with a wee coral enamel heart.

Thanks so much for visiting and thanks to Nancy and the team for inviting me to play along!  Please head over and check out the wonderful cards made using this gorgeous colour combo.

Products used:

Stamps:  Garden Roses (Pink Fresh Studio)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K.), Versafine Onyx Black, Matcha, Sage, Clay Mask, Polished (Catherine Pooler)
Cardstock:  White, Sage Leaf (Lawn Fawn)
Dies:  Garden Roses (Pink Fresh Studio), Nesting Rectangle Frames (Waffle Flower)
Accessories:  Garden Roses stencils (Pink Fresh Studio), Enamel Heart (Altenew)


Hello Kitty

 Hi and welcome. Today’s card uses the latest sketch from the team at Freshly Made Sketches where our hostess this week is Jen Mitchell.

For my card I coloured up some images from a NBUS set by MFT Stamps. The sentiment is also from a NBUS set and stamped with inks to match the cat and yarn.

Thanks so much for visiting. Please head over and check out the fabulous cards made by the team.

Products Used:

Stamps:  Catitude (MFT), Sentiments Squared (The Greetery)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K.), Versafine Onyx Black, Twilight, Cranberry Fizz (Catherine Pooler)
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It, Floor to Ceiling (MFT)
Dies:  Sentiments Squared (The Greetery)
Accessories:  Copics


Thursday, 26 January 2023


 Hi and welcome!  Jennifer Timko is this week's sketch hostess at Freshly Made Sketches and her sketch allows for lots of creativity.  I went a bit rogue with her sketch but I think you can still see it, sort of 😄

This card is a 180 from what I had planned, which involved sunflowers, but I am quite pleased with how it turned out.  The coffee and hand had already been made over my Christmas break, so once I had the idea, the card didn't take too long to come together.  

I stamped the Notebook Paper background stamp onto white cardstock then die-cut it with the Notebook Edge die.  I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black and adhered it to a white card base with foam tape.

I added the cup and hand and called it done.  My "latte" looks a bit suspect - I was trying to get the milky coffee look but failed miserably.  Never mind, I'd drink it 😆

Thanks for visiting.  Please check out the fabulous cards made by the rest of the design team.

I'm adding this to the current challenge at Just Us Girls with their fabulous moodboard.

Products used:

Stamps:  Notebook Paper Background, Mini Messages & More (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Misty Morning (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Kraft, Cherry Crisp (MFT), X-Press It, Silver Matte Foil
Dies;  Notebook Edge, Creature Comforts, Crafty Hands (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, white gel pen


Friday, 20 January 2023


 Hi all!  I am thrilled to have been invited to join the Tic Tac Toe Team O.  The invitation to join the team came just before we wrapped up the Fusion challenge so the timing was perfect.  For my first challenge with the team, Silke is our hostess and she has a wonderful board to play with (totally my style!)

I chose to play with the left-hand column - White cardstock, CAS design, Gold/Silver Embossing - to come up with this card.

I have wanted this Tufted embossing folder from Spellbinders since I first saw it, and took the opportunity to purchase it during one of their sales.  Once it arrived, I knew it would be perfect for this challenge.  I embossed it onto a smaller panel of white cardstock and adhered it to a white card base with foam tape.  For the sentiment, I die-cut the word "grateful" three times from black and once from matte silver foil and adhered them together.  The sub-sentiment was silver-embossed onto black.

I positioned the sentiments and adhered them, then added some silver pearls to finish the card off.

Thanks for visiting!  Please head over and check out the fabulous cards made by the rest of Team O.

Products used:

Stamps:  Grateful for You (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Black, Matte Silver Foil
Dies:  Grateful for You (MFT)
Accessories:  Silver EP, Tufted Embossing Folder (Spellbinders), Silver Pearls (Honey Bee Stamps)


Thursday, 19 January 2023

From My Gnome

 Hi everyone!  Today's card uses the new sketch from the team at Freshly Made Sketches, where our hostess this week is Jacquie Southas.  She has a great sketch with wide open spaces.

Even though I am so over making Christmas cards, I got some new supplies and decided to use these adorable gnomes.  I am not a fan of complementary colours so red and green together make my eye twitch.  I therefore decided to go with red and teal and coloured up these cute gnomes before die-cutting them with the co-ordinating dies.

For the background, I stamped another NBUS Christmas stamp onto white cardstock with Fog ink and die-cut it with a rectangle stax die.  I created a mat with Amarena Cherry cardstock and adhered both panels to a Fog card base.

The sentiment was white-embossed onto some Caribbean Sea cardstock and then I positioned the gnomes on the sentiment to ground them.  

Thanks so much for visiting.  The design team have created wonderful cards with the sketch so please head over and check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Gnome for the Holidays (MFT Stamps), Holly Jolly BG (Honey Bee Stamps)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K. Designs), Versamark, Fog (SSS)
Cardstock:  Fog (SSS), Amarena Cherry, Caribbean Sea (MFT), White, X-Press It
Dies: Gnome for the Holidays (MFT Stamps)  Rectangle Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, white EP

Thursday, 12 January 2023

Butterfly Trio

Hi and welcome!  Today's card uses the new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches where Judy Rozema is our sketch hostess this week.

I had already hot-foiled and stenciled the butterflies when I first got the set so I pulled them out and used them as the basis of this card.  Onto a white panel I ink-blended the same ink colours as the butterflies, then added a stencil and went over it again but with a bit more pressure.  Once it was finished I rounded the corners and added the sentiment with black ink.  

I wanted a bit more black on the card so added a strip down the left hand side of the stenciled panel.  I added the butterflies then adhered it to a white card front using foam tape.

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you'll check out the fabulous cards made by the rest of the design team.

Products used:

Stamps:  Butterflies (Pink Fresh Studio)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Blue Suede Shoes, Dress Blues, Sea Glass, Uptown, All That Jazz, Daydream, Black Jack (Catherine Pooler)
Dies:  Small Butterflies hot foil plate and die (Pink Fresh Studio)
Accessories:  Small Butterflies stencils (Pink Fresh Studio), Compass stencil (Stamperia), Silver hot foil, Clear Drops