Avery Elle: Party Bunny

Good afternoon – I’m here with my usual Monday dose of Avery Elle goodness and this time I’ve been playing with Party Bunny and the Balloons sets.  It may not look it but this card was a real challenge!  I could’ve done with about 10 hands to make it – the balloons just wouldn’t go where I wanted them!  I probably made it more difficult for myself than it needed to be but I got there in the end!  Look how perfectly lined up the stamps are on those die-cuts.  That’s all down to the MISTI – I didn’t waste a single balloon – love that thing!

party bunny


Well thanks for popping by today and have a good week wherever you are.


A new video – pop up tutorial

Hey there. A few weeks ago I shared a card for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge using some gorgeous Mama Elephant stamp sets and Doodlebug supplies. As promised, I made a video and it’s up on the Simon Says Stamp blog today.

And here’s a reminder of the card:
Girly doodlebug 2 copy


Lawn Fawn 5th Birthday Blog Hop




Hello there – you should’ve arrived here from my lovely friend Lol’s blog (Lorraine’s Loft).  If not and you’d like to hop back to the start then pop over to Jenn’s and go from there.  I am so happy to be joining in with this fabulous blog hop celebrating 5 wonderful years of Lawn Fawn.   I pulled out my all time favourite set for my card – Into The Woods.  I created my sentiment using Milo’s ABC’s, used patterned paper from Let’s Polka and also used the the speech bubble border die.

lawn fawn bh


I wish Kelly and Mike a fabulous 5th birthday and hope for many more years of wonderful Lawn Fawn magic!

Please now pop along to the wonderful Sharna and have fun on the rest of the hop.


Laugh Out Loud

Teaser Time

It’s day 2 of the Clearly Besotted teasers for February 2015 and today I’m sharing a card featuring a FABULOUS set called Laugh Out Loud.  Sometimes you want something on your card a bit different to the usual “Happy Birthday” sentiment.  Well this set has what you need – some funny quotes to give your recipient a wee giggle!  I particularly like “Smile, while you still have teeth”  – LOL!!


Laugh Out Loud 1


I created a bunch of balloons using some simple masking and then coloured them with Copics and finally a coating of clear Wink of Stells (which for once you can actually see in the photo!!).

Make sure you pop over to Steph’s blog and the rest of the design team for more inspiration.


Mmmmmm… donuts!

Teaser Time

Hello again – I’m back with another peek at what’s coming up in the January 2015 release from Clearly Besotted.  Today I’m sharing a couple of cards I made using the With Sprinkles stamp and die collections.  This is a fun set featuring lots of cookie and donut images and as the name suggest – sprinkles!  The font Steph used for the sentiments is gorgeous and goes perfectly with the design.


with sprinkles 1

I created a bunch of donuts and cookies and stamped them before slapping on a good dollop of glossy accents to give them that lovely glazed look – mmmmmm!

with sprinkles 2


Well I’ll be back again tomorrow with yet more samples but please remember to pop along to the rest of the design team (and our fabulous guest teamie, Anita) for lots more inspiration!


SSS Stephanie’s Birthday Blog Hop !!

Celebrate release Hop

Hello there – today is a very special day – we are celebrating the birthday of the absolutely gorgeous Stephanie Lekauf – Marketing Director of Simon Says Stamp with a fabulous blog hop! I had the absolute honour of meeting Stephanie and Heidi in London a couple of weeks ago and can honestly say that they are both the sweetest girls you could meet.  Whilst Stephanie was away powdering her nose, Heidi slipped the rest of us (yes – a lot of the Wednesday team were there too – along with two of my besties Stephanie Wincott and Debby Hughes) a fabulous CELEBRATION stamp and die set designed in honour of the birthday girl.

Celebrate blog hop

It doesn’t come across so well in the picture but I coated the card in a mist of shimmer before adding the balloons and crystals.  Although it looks kind of masculine – it’s very pretty and shimmery in real life – honest!!

So are you ready to carry on hopping?  You should have arrived here from the Simon Says Stamp Blog and your next stop is the lovely Jo Neville (pictured below) but if you get lost anywhere along the way just pop back to the Simon Says Stamp Blog and start from the beginning.

There will be one of Simon’s Fabulous Grab Bags to give away on every blog ! All you have to do is  leave a comment on each of the blog posts (including this one) as you hop along to be entered in the random draws.  You have until Sunday 9th November 12 midday EST to join in!


And just to finish, here’s a wee picture of some of us after our fabulous lunch in London.


Top: Heidi Klausing Crowl, Stephanie Wincott and Lorraine Aquillina Middle: Mandy Stacey, Stephanie Lekauf, Caryn Davies Bottom: Jo Neville and Heather Gilfoy Bond


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Create Your Own Background!


Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the  STAMPtember® Stamp-It Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is ,,,,,,,,


there are so many ways to make your own backgrounds, using stencils, splattering, gelli plate printing etc

We are showcasing GELATOS made by FABER-CASTELL this week. You don’t have to use them to join in but if you have some 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


I am really pleased with how my background turned out for this card – the colours came out just how I wanted them!  I was going for a bokeh effect and used the Hero Arts Bubble Confetti stencil to create it with the Gelatos (Tropical set).  I first scribbled the colours onto my craft sheet and spritzed with water to dissolve the pigment.  I then taped my stencil down over some Tim Holtz Distress Watercolour card and using the bristle brush that came with the Gelatos started dabbing the colour over the stencil one at a time, moving the stencil around to get random spacing of one colour before moving onto the next.  I could’ve used sponge daubers but I’ve ran out and am waiting for some new ones to arrive!!

gelatosI just continued to keep adding spots of colour over the panel until I was happy with the coverage and then took a white pigment ink (Avery Elle) and added random spots of white.  I think it’s this step that really helps to add to the bokeh effect.  I set the background panel to the side to dry and die cut the Simon Says Stamp ice-cream cone parade from white card and pastel card shades.  I used a glue pen to cover the coloured centre pieces before sprinkling them with fine clear glitter.  I assembled them back together and popped them up on foam tape and set aside.  Before adding the sentiment (from Clearly Besotted’s Many Messages) which I stamped in Versamark and embossed in Ranger gold powder, I added a few splats of Heidi Swapp Gold lame spray and a few Doodlebug gold sprinkles.  Finally I adhered the ice cream die cut and mounted the panel to an A2 white card base.

I can’t wait to see all your creative backgrounds this week – thanks for stopping by!



Clearly Besotted September Release – Woodland Pals

Hi – back today with a card featuring Woodland Pals – another of the new sets being released this month at Clearly Besotted Stamps with co-ordinating dies of course!  This is one of my favourites – look at that CUTE fox!!  I adore him!  And the wee toadstools!!

Woodland Pals

There are some other totally adorable little critters in this set – wait till you see them all!!

I hope you’re enjoying everything you’ve seen so far – pop back tomorrow for another hint at the new products available on Friday 5th at 10pm!!


Avery Elle: Balloons

Hi there – today I’m sharing a card I created using the fabulous Balloons stamp set and dies from Avery Elle.

I love the large scale of the balloons mixed with smaller ones giving you so many options to play with.  I used this set HERE to make a shaker card using the dies – they’re perfect for that technique.

Balloons 1

Thanks for stopping by.


Caryn xxx


Avery Elle: #Smile!

Hello there!  Today I’m sharing a card made with the amazing #SMILE stamp set from Avery Elle.  I LOVE this set – the camera is a great size for all kinds of techniques (I loved using it with the paper piecing technique HERE).  Today I’ve just gone with a wee bit of Copic colouring and some perfectly placed Glossy Accents and kept it simple.  The fabulous Avery Elle cardstock strips give it a bold lift of colour too.

Smile 1I love the trendy # sentiments and I think this set is great for the younger generation (so I gave it to my niece on her 13th birthday!!).



As it happens there is a fun challenge going on at the moment over at Moxie Fab World entitled “Clicking Cameras” and so I thought it’d be almost rude not to share this card over there!!!  They’re offering a gorgeous stamp set from Paper Smooches too – yay!