Wednesday, April 16, 2014


I wanted to use this roses image in a frame so die cut the frame with a Marianne Designs die from MME DSP and then used an oval die to cut out the centre., With the same oval die, I cut out the image. The metal corner is embossed with Shabby Pink Frantage.

Card - SU Pear Pizazz, Very Vanilla
Paper - Pion Design, MME and Prima Marketing
Other - SU Rose Red seam binding, butterfly sizzlets, Kaisercraft pearls, string pearls, lace and rose from my stash!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Paper Players Challenge #190

I thought it would make a change to make a mainly yellow card so made this one for the Paper Players Challenge #190 which requires us to use three of anything on the card. I have gone with using three paper roses.

Firstly I went through my metres high stash of paper pads and found papers from two different pads -  MME and Basic Grey and layered them on SU Soft Suede and Crushed Curry. The SU wording was stamped firstly with Crushed Curry and then again with Soft Suede, cut out with SU Framelits and a Spellbinders circle punch and then layered on a doily with Dimensionals.

The border punch is an Impression Obsession die, the leaves are cut from an SU leaves die, the brown little branches are punched with my favourite Martha Stewart punch, the corners are pieces cut off a way bigger corner die and the tiny flowers are punched out of an old retired SU colour - Barely Banana and I have used gold metallic Fabric paint for their centres.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sketchy Colours #203

This card is made for the Sketchy Colors Challenge #203. We were to use Lilac, Lime and Cream colours. I found the basket of flowers image somewhere [possibly The Graphic Fairy but not sure], and used retired SU Lavender Lace card stock to match it. The lime green spot paper is from a Lost and Found paper Pad called Rosy and the next layer is from Graphic 45 Secret Garden DSP.

The flowers are actually a perfect match for the rest of the card but they look so dreadfully off colour in this photo! The little butterfly is die cut with an embosslit from SU. The braid is from my stash and the pearls are from Kaisercraft.

I took a bit of inspiration for the sketch from this card belonging to Debby4000! Thank you Debby!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Allsorts Challenge - All about the Boy!

 The theme for the Allsorts Challenge Blog #251 is called All About the Boy. I wanted to use this pocket watch stamp from JustRite Stamps called Time for You so stamped and embossed it with Early Espresso on Soft Suede cardstock and cut it out. Then I just went from there deciding what colours etc to put with it.
The DSP comes from Maja Design Fika  and put on layers of SU Naturals Ivory, Night of Navy and Old Olive. The first circle layer is from a Papermania DSP pad.

The cogs were die cut with Die-Namics dies - one of which is cut from a SU silver foil sheet and raised with a dimensional. These dies cut out so perfectly every time I use them.

The wording from Stampin' Up! was stamped on Very Vanilla card with Early Espresso.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sketchy Colors #202

I love this birds image which I am fairly positive I downloaded from The Graphic Fairy site. The sketch came from Sketchy Colors #202. It is a nice sketch and can be used in lots of ways.

The DSP is from Pion Design and the base card is Stampin' Up! Naturals White. I did have some trouble matching the DSP to cardstock I had and am still not too happy with my choice but it is the best I could find. It is Stampin' Up! Perfect Plum. There are just so many shades of purple out there but I never seem to have the one that really suits! I dyed the seam binding with Tim Holtz Distress pad Dusty Concord and found it was too bright for the paper so mixed some TH Tattered Rose Distress stain with it to tone it down.

The leaves are punched with a Martha Stewart punch, the wording comes from a Stampin' Up! hostess set called Simply Sketched.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Another Sunnie!

While I am enjoying using these Graphic 45 French Country papers, I made this card using the sketch #94 from Cardabilities. This is such a great sketch and I can think of so many other ideas using it.

Here I have simply cut banners using the paper, added a strip of burlap and made a sunflower out of crinoline using a method that Linda at The Funkie Junkie, showed us! Thank you Linda, as I love them and so simple. I always lose a petal or two though you can't tell! I dyed the crinoline with Stampin' Up! Crushed Curry re inker. The wording is also from Stampin' Up! - Curly Cute.

I used Stampin' Up! Card for the base and layers - they go perfectly with these papers - Early Espresso and Crushed Curry. The leaves were die cut from the back of one of the papers and cut with a Tim Holtz leaf strip die.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

French Country

 I had been admiring this beautiful paper by Graphic 45 for a while and over the weekend of the Stamping Retreat, Leigh bought one of the paper pads for me!  Such a treasure! Then I decided I needed/wanted the 8 x 8 pad to go with it. This collection is called French Country and these sunflowers are such happy flowers that I had to use this image first!

I found that Stampin' Up! Early Espresso and the old retired Ruby Red colours went beautifully with the papers, I dyed some bright yellow seam binding with SU Crushed Curry ink and used SU buttons and the set Chalk Talk for the wording. As a suggestion from Leigh, I put a photo corner punched out of one of the papers to finish it off. The jury is still out as to whether this would be a male or female themed card.  I guess more for a female because of the flowers as Leigh said too.