Friday, January 20, 2017

Stitch It

Hello Everyone.
I hope you are keeping warm this week.  Its very cold here in France but beautiful sunny days so that makes it for the temperature drop.
Its challenge time over at Daring Cardmakers.  Its Nat's turn to host this week and she wants you to feature stitching on your card.
For this you could get your sewing machine out, use dies, stamps or like me use the faux stitching technique.
(lots of dashes)
I decided to give my card a spring feel with a little pin wheel and a row of bunting which if you look closely does have stitching around the edge.
I then used some design paper which featured clouds and sky and added some die cut clouds around the pin wheel.  They are actually frosting from a cupcake die set but I thought they looked like clouds.
I then finished with a simple sentiment.
Thanks for stopping by and please stop by the Design Team Blogs for more inspiration.
Have a great day.

Monday, January 16, 2017


Hello everyone.
Time for another challenge at Daring Cardmakers.
This week its Kathy's turn to host and its all about trying something new.
So this could be a new technique, a new fold or something else that you have never done before.
For this challenge I wanted to try and get inky again so I had ago at making my own background.

To make my card I inked up an acrylic blocked with a couple of colours.  I then sprayed it with water and used the block as my stamp.

I waited for the ink to dry and added the black image, a few sequins and the twine.
I then went on to stamp a few fire flies and the greeting.
I think it turned out great for my first attempt and kind of looks like a sunset.
The stamp set I used is called Jar Of Love from Stampin up.
Don't forget to stop by the design team blogs for more inspiration and we can't wait to see what you create.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Elemental Inspiration

Hello Everyone.
Sorry for this late post.  I am not sure where this week is going and I have found it very difficult to get time to blog as my little boy does not like me to leave his side at the moment.
Anyway its elemental inspiration time over at Daring Cardmakers and this week we have a wonderful picture to spark your creativity after the New Year.  All of us at Daring Cardmakers hope you had a lovely Christmas break and we are hoping you will join us this year with our fabulous dares.
Here is this weeks picture.
Remember to use at least 3 elements from the image.
Here is how I was inspired.
The elements I picked were the colours, jar, wood grain and the foliage.

I used my favourite stamp set from Stampin Up called jar of love and I turned the jar into a shaker coffee jar.
The cup, coffee beans and sentiment are from a stamp set Paper Sweeties called Coffee, Yes Please.
I then used a wood grain embossing folder also from Stampin Up and added a little bit of white embossing powder to it just to give it that white washed looked.
Hope you can stop by the Design Team Blogs for more lovely inspiration
Enjoy your week.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Paper Sweeties

I am currently guest designing over at Paper Sweeties for this months inspiration challenge and I have just received some new stamps and dies as I won a lovely gift certificate for a recent inspiration challenge.
I was really hoping they would be here in time for the start of the January challenge but as it was Christmas they took a few weeks to arrive from America.

As soon as they arrived I had to have a play and here is what I came up.

I used the stamp set called Snow Time with the matching sweet cut dies.  Two different looks from one stamp set and they will be stashed away for next years Christmas cards.

Of course I had to add one of the lovely sequins from Paper Sweeties to the top of the little trees.

I hope you can stop by the Paper Sweeties BLOG for more lovely inspiration and also check out their Facebook page.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Paper Sweeties Inspiration - January

Hello All and Happy New Year.

I am super excited to be sharing my card with you today as its my first post of the year and especially  as I am guest designer over at Paper Sweeties.

Here is this months inspiration picture.  Its so cute.

I decided not to make a winter themed card as here in France it never snows just rains a lot!
So I have been inspired by the lovely bright colours in the picture and the little buttons on the snowman.

I wanted to try and make my card bright and cheerful.

I have used two stamp sets from Paper Sweeties called Sending Sweet Thoughts and Coffee Yes Please along with the matching sweet cut dies.  I had to include a little sparkle somewhere so I cut the frosting for the cupcakes from white glitter card and added a little red heart to the mug.

I love these two sets as they are great for all kinds of occasions. 

I finished by adding some little buttons for the decorations on the top of the cupcakes.

I hope you can stop by the Paper Sweeties blog for more lovely inspiration and to check out the gorgeous products.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Giving Thanks

Hello everyone.
Not long to go now and it will be Christmas and I haven't started the Christmas shopping yet.  Thank goodness for online stores.  My daughter wants aquabeads and they are so hard to get hold of here in France.  If I mange to get some I will feel like Super Mam.
This is the final challenge at Daring Cardmakers until the first Friday of the New Year.
So I would like to wish each of you a very Happy Christmas and a fantastic 2017.
This weeks challenge is all about saying Thank You as I think we will have a few cards to make after the Christmas holidays so here is your chance to make a start.
I used my favourite stamp set from Stampin Up called Jar of love and of course used my favourite technique.  I love adding shaker elements to cards.  I filled this one with lots of little love hearts.

I also made a little box to go with it but haven't decided want to fill it with yet.  Its super cute and small great for a little token of appreciation. 

Don't forget to stop by the Design Team Blogs for more lovely inspiration and thanks for stopping by.
Also I would to thank you all for taking the time to read and leave comments on my blog this last year.  Each one is greatly appreciated.  So this card is for you all.
See you all in 2017!!!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Step Away From The Cards.

Its another step away from the cards challenge this weeks at Daring Cardmakers.
We are mixing things up with our usual card challenges to get you in that festive party spirit.
So this weeks we want you to
Decorate It

This could be a something to decorate your home, a table decoration, a banner, Christmas cracker or something to hang on your tree.
And remember it doesn't have to be festive.
Here are my little creations.
I made a little candle holder from an old jar.
Sorry its not a good picture but I was trying to show the battery tea light glow.
I added a little glitter and some die cut houses and finished with a bit of trim around the top.

I then made a cork tree.
Again I die cut some snow flakes and added a few gems and sequins.

I have made a few more for my daughters school Christmas market.
By the way all the wine corks are not mine.
We cant wait to see what you come up with and don't forget to stop by the Design team blogs for more lovely inspiration.