Pumpkin spice latte anyone?

Today I’ve played along with 2 challenges at Tic Tac Toe Challenge #19 (I chose the line of coffee, gold & pumpkin) and Just Us Girls #415 (Window/Peek-a-boo card).

I took some liberties with the use of pumpkin and decided to use that in my sentiment rather than an image or colour – LOL.

I used a stamp and matching die set from Stampin Up called “Coffee Cafe”. I die cut out the largest coffee container and filled it up with some gold sprinkles from PTI that I got in a kit some time ago.

I then created the sentiment on my PC using a font called “Dancing Jungle” and then I tied some gold thread to the top for balance.


Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Saturday Funday Creating

I had a lot of time crafting this weekend as Miss K (my daughter) spent the weekend at her Grandma’s house. They love having time together and they were going to see the theater production of Aladdin.

Here’s just a few cards that I made.

Card #1 – I played along with the current Muse #237 challenge where I was inspired by how Tracey just coloured a portion of her stamped flower image and stamped her sentiment in the bottom left corner for balance.


I used a stamp set from Concord & 9th called “Hello Lovely” and created a bit of a highlight effect with the mounted popped up coloured piece of the flower. I used Stampin Up inks in Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo & Old Olive.


Card #2 – I played along with 2 challenges from Merry Monday #260 which was a sketch and Christmas Card Challenges #23 which was a photo inspiration. I loved the simplicity of the sketch and the colours of the inspiration photo and I really really need to get started on my Christmas card stash.

I was inspired by Jennifer McGuire in her recent YouTube video using alcohol inks and remembered I hadn’t used mine in ages; so out they came (Ranger Purple Twilight & Raspberry). I then stamped and gold embossed the middle tree from the Altenew Sketched Evergreen stampset, added from gold Stampin Up thread and Merry Music DSP for the bottom layer. I know I should have used silver embossing powder, but had done the gold before I realised it and I love the background too much to not continue with the card. Continue reading “Saturday Funday Creating”

Crafty Thursday Night

After a long couple of days at work, I really needed to craft to help reset my mind and help me relax.

So I went to my challenges emails and here are the results of my efforts 🙂

Card #1 – I played along with the challenge over on The Ton with a fabulous mood board. I was inspired by the colours of the flowers and the heart image in the board.


I used a gorgeous set called ‘Marvelous Perfumes’ and stamped 2 of the bottles and gold embossed then roughly colouring in with my Zig markers. I added some gold thread in a messy pile and added them to a cream heart doily.


Card #2 – I played along with 2 challenges; CAS-ual Fridays Stamps  sketch and The Card Concept inspiration photo.  I was inspired by the colours of the photo, the creams and subtle blues and the sketch layout lead itself to a clean and layered style card.

I used CAS-ual Fridays stamp set called ‘Loving Thoughts” which I white heat embossed on vellum and then coloured the back with my blue Zig marker; dimensionals, a pearl and some gold tape finish the card off.


I’m feeling pretty relaxed now, so might head off to bed.

Thanks for looking and have a great night/day!

Gerda Steiner Designs October Challenge

For the last 2 months I’ve played along with the Gerda Steiner Designs monthly challenge. Your first month you need to purchase the digital image but once you’ve done that and then entered the challenge you automatically get the next months challenge image and so on.

The image this month is an adorable little raccoon. Now raccoons are not found in Australia so I had to google their colours so I’m hoping I got my colouring in correct – LOL

I printed the image on some SU Whisper White card stock and then coloured him in with my new SU Stampin’ Blends markers. The sentiment is from an SU set called “Jar of Love” and was a perfect fit for his sign. Lastly I added some SU linen thread to the top.


Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Tiddly Inks 2:3 Challenge

I love the digital stamps Tiddly Inks creates and with the launch of their new blog they have a 2:3 challenge this month.

They had 3 themes -> Floral, Girly Girl & Anything Goes (my choice).


Well, I’ve been wanting to colour the frog from their Froggie Thoughts digital stamp and when I received my new Stampin’ Up Stampin’ Blends yesterday, I knew the Old Olive markers would be perfect for my frog prince. You can’t really see it in this photo but I added Spectrum Noir Sparkle to the crown.


Now I know I need to practice my colouring with these markers, but I don’t think this is a bad first attempt.

Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

The Flower Challenge

Today I’m playing along with the current challenge over on The Flower Challenge blog. The challenge is to use your favourite flower, there are terrific sponsors and prizes (I’d love to win the Concord & 9th prize) as this challenge celebrates TFC’s 1st Birthday, so why don’t you join me in playing along.


Well, I found it rather hard to choose just 1 favourite flower stamp set but managed to narrow it down to 2.

The first card uses a background stamp from The Ton called ‘Dahlia Close Up’. I white embossed the stamp and then messy water coloured it using my Zig markers. The sentiment is from Altenew called “Label Love” and I added some silver thread behind the sentiment for that little extra touch.


This next card using a stamp set by Altenew called “Magnolias for Her” which I white heat embossed, coloured with my Zig markers and then fussy cut out and popped up on dimensionals. The sentiment is from a PTI set from the “Beautiful Brushstrokes” kit which is retired.TFS13_2

As you can tell from a number of my posts, I love to messy water-colour. One day I might learn how to neatly water colour!

Thanks for looking and have a great day.



Playing along with StampNation for World Card Making Day

I belong to an amazing member paper crafting site called StampNation and every year they have an amazing set of challenges for World Card Making Day. Last year I was on their WCMD Design Team, this year I just get to play along as a member and be in the running to win some of the amazing prizes donated by the equally fabulous sponsor companies..

So far there have been 5 challenges and I have just finished making cards for each one. I know more challenges will come overnight and I will be playing catch-up during the week.

So get ready for a very long post sharing the challenges and the cards that I made.

Challenge 1 was to make a scenery card (beach, mountains, sunset, forest etc.) – Scenery cards are not really my forte so I turned to a Stampin Up set called ‘Moon Lake’ which made it easier and stamped in Versafine and clear heat embossed to set it. I then used my Zig markers to roughly water-colour the image, mounted it on a green and blue layer and added some twine to finish it off.


Challenge 2 was to create a card with embossing paste, fluff, texture paste or the like which simulates snow – I used stamp sets from Kanban – Reindeer & snowflakes (sentiment) and Hera Arts – Winter Trees. I then added white puff paint to where the snow was falling and along the group and hear set it to make it puff.


Challenge 3 was to create a card using sea creatures, mermaids or inspired by the colours of the Great Barrier Reef – On this one I used a background stamp from Altenew called Tiny Bubbles which I heat embossed in white and then smooched Catherine Pooler Designs inks in It’s a Boy, Aquatini, Fiesta Blue & Something Borrowed on to my craft mat, wet them and then dabbed my background piece in it until I was happy with the colours. I then added a sentiment banner and fish from Unity Stamps called Fishy Philosophy. The fish I coloured with my Zig markers and then popped up on dimensions.IMG_3250

Challenge 4 was to create a card using something ‘old’ from your stash or something to do with a person becoming older or distressing techniques – With this challenge I took the path of an older birthday card with a touch of shabby chic.

I used a stamp set from Unity Stamps called – No Regrets, stamped with Catherine Pooler Designs ink in Black Jack and It’s a Girl sponged around the edges. The paper flowers, pearls and dotty background piece are from my scraps pile.

I love the sassiness of this card.


Lastly Challenge 5 was a photo inspiration card based on flamenco dancing – I was inspired by the black and red dresses of the flamenco dancers.

For this card I CASEd my birthday card I received from Kristie Goulet and I used stamps sets from Catherine Pooler Designs – Best in You and PTI – Birthday Bash Sentiments. The inks are all CP Designs – Rocking Red, Black Jack, Lime Rickey and Garden Party with some added sequins for final finish.


Phew, that was a lot of crafting today. Thanks for looking.


CAS card challenges

I love CAS cards; it’s really where I feel comfortable creating; so when I came across these two challenges I just knew I had to combine them and play along.

Addicted to CAS #121 was to use your favourite stamp and AAA Cards #100 was a sketch challenge = perfect combination.

Currently my favourite stamp is a set from MFT called Color Drops and I used the smallest tear drop for my card.


The inks I used are from Catherine Pooler Designs -> Black Jack, Tiara, Tiki Torch, Bellini, Orange Twist and Tutti Frutti.

The sentiment is from PTI called Birthday Bash Sentiments which is a great collection of birthday related sentiments.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Ok, I know this is my third post for the weekend, but I’ve felt really creative and found a few challenges that I was inspired to play along with.

This time I’m playing with challenges over at Inkspirational Challenges and Just Us Girls.


Here are my card ingredients:

  • Concord & 9th – Hello Lovely stamp set
  • Stampin Up – Alphabet dies
  • Inks – Catherine Pooler Designs – Tiara, Tiki Torch, Bellini, Garden Party, Lime Rickey & Grass Skirt.

I stamped the main floral image and roughly coloured with CP inks, then I die cut out the word hello and popped them up with dimensionals and layered on cardstock I coloured with the inks to match.

Thanks for looking and enjoy your day.


Coffee Cafe Cards

I had some time on Saturday before watching the AFL Grand Final to make a couple of cards using a new to me stamp set from Stampin Up called ‘Coffee Cafe’.

It’s a really cute set with matching dies so I can save on the fussy cutting which is not my forte.

Here’s what I used to make these cards all from Stampin Up:

  • Coffee Cafe stamps
  • Coffee Cafe dies
  • Coffee Break DSP
  • Card stock – Early Espresso & Always Artichoke
  • Inks – Early Espresso, Always Artichoke & Real Red
  • Hexagon Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder
  • Copper embossing powder
  • Misc twine & ribbon

I think I need to go and make myself a coffee now!

Thanks for looking and have a great day.