Square Eyes

Who remembers being told they’d end up with square eyes if they watch too much TV by their mum?  Well if you were watching this TV you certainly wouldn’t!

The current challenge over at The Male Room is to create a card with a TV theme.


I was quite literal in my thinking. Growing up we’d often see the TV test pattern when there was something wrong with the transmission and I thought this went well with a sentiment for a person who was feeling under the weather – both having difficulties!


This was nice and CAS to make. I used a die from Whimsy Stamps to make the TV and then printed off the test pattern for the screen, typed the sentiment on my PC, gave the buttons a little bit of silver embossing powder, mounted everything on grey cardstock and the card was done.

I’m also entering this card in the current Watercooler Wednesday Challenge which is any anything goes theme.

WWC155 - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Love Notes

As we are getting closer to Valentines Day I thought I’d better get a card made for my hubby. He’s not into soppy displays of love so I had to keep it minimal while still letting him know that he is loved.

I was inspired by 3 different challenges for my card:

I used the Heart Note die from CAS-ual Fridays  with some scraps of cardstock in a variety of blues with a pop of grey glitter as per the colour scheme and I love how the bottom of the die cut note is a heart. The sentiment is from the Love Notes set also from CAS-ual Fridays stamped in Catherine Pooler Designs Black Jack ink on Whisper White card stock from Stampin Up then popped onto a Stampin Up Basic Grey card base.


Can’t get any less soppy than this card don’t you think?

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

CAS(E) This Sketch

The other week I got a delivery in the mail from Altenew which contained two stamp sets that I can’t seem to get enough of – Halftone Circles and Halftone Stars.

The current challenge over at CAS(E) this Sketch inspired me to get inky with these stamp sets using my Catherine Pooler Designs inks (I think I used every one of them in the range!). I did quite a bit of masking on these cards to keep them one layer and I’m really happy with how they look and my stash is now gradually growing.


Here are the five cards I made!


So, there you have it, thanks for looking and have a great day.


You ever had that moment when you realise you’ve forgotten a friend’s birthday? Yep, think this has happened to me more than once!

So this next card is going into my stash for when I forget again!


I used a rather contrite looking pig from a stamp set I received from a friend of mine in the mail the other day. It came without any brand details so sorry I can’t tell you who made it. I coloured him in with my Stampin Up Blends and added a sentiment I created on my computer.

I kept it simple following the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and used the key word from CASology of Late to inspire my design.

Thanks for looking and I hope you never forget a birthday but if you do, maybe I’ve inspired you!

Coffee Torment

In previous posts I mentioned that I’m taking a break from coffee. I’m trying to kick sugar and I worked out I was having 4 coffees a day with 2 sugars in each which meant 8 teaspoons of sugar a day – clearly not a good thing.

It’s been tough and to compound my pain all I seem to be doing is playing along with challenges that focus on coffee – sucker for punishment I say!


All items on my card are from Stampin Up – Coffee Cafe stamp set, Early Espresso ink, Petal Passion DSP, Linen thread and Whisper White cardstock.

Using the ink and the DSP I sponged an ombre effect for the background piece, stamped and die cut the coffee cup then added it to my base with some dimensionals and linen thread for the final touch.

I’m entering this card in the following 3 challenges:

2 more detox weeks to go then I’m going to try some coffee without sugar  – wish me luck.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Bundled Up Christmas

Hi there – it’s Australia Day here and we’ve expecting a hot one, so trying to keep my cool I decided to play with a couple of winter based challenges.

The challenges I’m playing along with are:

I kept it pretty simple and decided to create a ‘sweater’ for Santa! I used an embossing folder from Stampin Up to create the sweater using some Real Red card stock and then made the belt, buttons and buckle out of some scrap pieces in my stash. I added a little bit of Wink of Stella to the belt for additional sparkle and mounted it all on a white card base and I was done!


After making my card, all I could think about was how hot I’d be if I put it on today so my original thought of keeping myself cool failed!

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Spotlight stamping

Today my card is a technique card. The current challenge over at The Flower Challenge is all about spotlight stamping and I really love the effects you can get with this technique and surprisingly it’s easier that I first thought.


I stamped my main floral image on two pieces of card stock and then coloured just one of them in. When I was starting to construct my card, I realised that when I punched out the spotlight portion  I would have the makings for a second card, I like that my colouring wasn’t wasted!

Card 1: 


Card 2: I stamped the sentiment into the space created when I cut the spotlight piece out.


For both cards I used a gorgeous set from Concord & 9th – Hello Lovely and the sentiments on Card #1 is from The Ton – Basic Labels. I used my Stampin Blends in Old Olive, Rich Razzelberry  and Calypso Coral to colour the flowers and added a bit of gold thread for the finishing touch.

Thanks for looking and I hope I’ve inspired you to try this technique.