Tuesday, September 27, 2016


A friend wanted to borrow this stamp so while I had found him I quickly stamped him without the stars etc in the corner but in the end I cut him out. It just so happens that Everybody Art Challenge this week is for Stars and this Hedgie was perfect.

The papers are some new ones from Echo Park, no idea where the sketch came from. My stars are Memory Box but they have been cut out from glitter card. The snowflakes are Stitched Snowflakes dies from Simon Says Stamps and cut out of fun foam.

You can't say I didn't warn you the sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Christmas Toys. All thats left is the mixture of Fun Flock and Flowersoft to made the fluffy parts of his hats.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Sunflowers for Heidi

At the beginning of September it was Heidi of Simon Says Stamps Birthday so I made a Simon says Stamp Birthday card for her.

The wonderful flowers which I usually used for daisies are now sunflowers, I used yellow card but used an orange inkpad to make some shading in the centres. I also did that for the centres but obviously not with orange.

The Cluster of Leaves which I use a lot especially on 12 by 12 scrapbooking did get cut up a bit to fit my card.
I used Stitched Rectangles for the white centre mat and I stamped Happy Birthday from their stamp sets but I made this card a while ago I know it was a Simon Says Stamp set but for the life of me can't work out which one.

The patterned paper is MFT and the Scallop mat is Avery Elle.

Last weekend we went away to Norwich we had never been to Norfolk at all but I think we returned and I arranged to met my crafty friend Marianne and Hubby. We went for a meal but to be honest we could have eaten anything we were that busy talking. Graham took a pic which I have downloaded from FB.

Trouble was I woke on Tuesday morning with a sore throat which lasted a couple days, just when I felt ready to go and make some cards one of my dodgy shoulders decided it would have a bit of meltdown so more forced resting. Its not quite right but its better than it was and just have to be careful not to over do it.

But I have piles of cards with inserts now but from now on when I photo a card I'm going to put an insert in and not wait till I nearly have hundred cards. Once I found where the safe place for my Christmas card I had a count up and I'm still halfway done, so be warned Christmas cards need to made as often as possible.

Saturday, September 24, 2016


I've had Snowy from Penny Black for a few years but I noticed that Penny Black have now brought out a die which I'm hoping will fit my old stamp and they haven't  tweaked the design so I have to buy the stamp again as well! To be honest if it doesn't fit when it arrives I will have to sell it, the die not the stamp.

So in preparation for the new die I used the stamp with my favourite Christmas Papers at the moment from Doodlebug I may have to buy a third pack. I've used the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and I have their new Scallop Stitched Borders which you can just make out on my middle panel.

The Snowflake cut from Fun Foam is again a Simon Says Stamp and so is the tiny Snowflake which is from the Stitched Snowflakes. And yes thats this year's favourite sentiment from the Simon Say Stamp Christmas Toys which is now been left on the acrylic block for continuous use.

I've come back from a few days away with a sore throat but it hasn't turned into anything too nasty but I do feel really tired but one job I want to do this weekend is to have a count of the Christmas cards made so far this year and to finish off the my version of Wedding Pocket Pages.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Snow Tot One

Apologies for the crooked and awful photo, I'm sure it didn't look that bad when I took it. But it is a square even though he doesn't look like it.

I used the cute Snow Tot One image from Mo Manning, isn't she/he cute, I've coloured using traditional Christmas Colours because initially I was going to use more of the Doodlebug papers instead the card turned out completely different.

First of all I decided to used the Memory Box Warm Wishes, I cut the words off in white added some double sided tape under the holes and added the red version to the back. I did have to save all the red dots so I could place them in the white, it was far too fiddly and probably won't be done again.

My Memory Box trees are newish (this is not a word but it should be) so I felt the need to use them and then I added the hills from My Favourite Things and before I knew I hardly had any space for my little Snow Tot. She was easy to cut out so I found a little space at the beginning of the words.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Cheeky Monkey Gift Card


Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Anything Goes Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
We will be back soon with the name of the lucky winner of the $50 Voucher
This week the challenge is

Gift It 

make a gift card/bag/box, or a gift for someone special.
This week we are showcasing Clearly Besotted Products.  You don't have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

Making a gift card is not something I do often and having brought the Clearly Besotted Cheeky Monkey stamp set for this challenge I had to work out how to use them for this challenge.

In the end I decided my cheeky monkey should hold the gift card and since they are hanging they would need a tree to hang from. I used the Memory Box Birch Tree and their Woodland Branch dies. I then had to work out what to use to stop my gift card falling out of the monkey's arms and thats where the My Favourite Things Grassy Fields die came in. I stuck the three strip together and then use a thin bit of tape ad the bottom leave a bit of a pocket for the gift card.

The patterned paper is Echo Park I Love Family  and I used one the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Ovals to help bring your eye to the centre. I only put glue under the monkey bottoms so that the gift card can slide into place whilst doing this I got glue on the white oval so I used the Simon Says Stamp Mini Flowers die which had little leaves just right to hide a little mess.


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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Bella Sketch

Its sketch time on Everybody Art Challenge and it just so happens I had some new Doodlebug papers and I decided since we were in the middle of a heat wave maybe a cocktail was necessary of course now I need Hot Chocolate. But I love this fabulous Stamping Bella image isn't she great.

Not much in the way of embellishments, just the pesky retro punch from EK success which I added some tiny white flowers for the centres and for some reason I decided it needed jet pearls. I would have added more but I restrained myself.

The brilliant sentiment came with the stamp, although it should read one, red wine, two red wine, three red wine, floor.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Cheque Card

A friend ask for a gift card suitable for a cheque. Well I knew what I wanted to use but to get the right size was a bit tricky.

First of all I used this die from Stampin Up and added the pink since that was the colour of the wedding. My friend already had a proper wedding card so I added the Penny Black lots of love die keeping everything simple.

As you can see inside I added another piece of the die cut to hold the cheque. What should have taken no time at all took ages.