Simon Says … Cute

New @simonsaysstamp Wednesday Challenge starts today – and it’s all about CUTE!Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the last week’s challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is


This week we are showcasing Wild Rose StudioProducts this week. 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


So I thought I’d pair this ADORABLY cute bear image from My Favourite Things with the sweet little sentiment from Wild Rose Studio – this is a great little set with a few extra flower images which I also used.  I created a cream card base for a change and stamped the Gingham Background from Simon Says Stamp in Kraft pigment ink from Avery Elle.  I stamped the bear in Barely Beige Dye ink and gave the “no-line colouring” technique another go (I seriously need so tips on that – #fail)!  To distract from the shoddy colouring I added some sparkle to the icing on the cake using a Spica pen and then a dollop of glossy accents on top for good measure!!  All products used are listed below!

Cute WRS copy

Cute WRS

So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting
Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too.
You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in

Avery Elle … Simply Said: HUGS


Hey!  I have a card over on the Avery Elle Blog today using the new Simply Said: HUGS stamp set and dies.  I’ve been waiting for Jamie to release a hugs version of the Simply Said collection for AGES so am over the moon that we now have it!  I die cut the mat of the hugs sentiment to match my base card and the layer to match my die cut oval (from Sweet Scallops).  I thought the cat image from Dear Santa (not JUST for Christmas 😉 would go well with the sentiment so stamped her in New Moon dye ink and coloured her with Copics.


Pop by the Avery Elle Blog every day for great ideas and inspiration from the deign team.


Avery Elle Fall Release Blog Hop




Hello and welcome to the Avery Elle August Release Blog Hop!  You should have arrived here from my chum Karolyn Loncon’s awesome blog but if you’re lost and want to go back to the start then head over to the Avery Elle Blog and start from there!

So ……. YAY!  The day is finally here when I get to share, not just an AMAZING new release from Avery Elle (my favourite yet) but also I get to premier my very first stamp set called Pick ‘n’ Mix that I actually designed MYSELF!!  Wait, WHAAAAAT!  I know – unbelievable!!

I can’t express how grateful I am to Jamie and Avery Elle for giving me this opportunity!  What started as a desperate need to find a gummy bear stamp (which I just couldn’t find anywhere) and a poke in the right direction from my sweet friend Heather Campbell I ended up taking the plunge into stamp designing!  Fast forward a few weeks and a few late nights learning the technicalities of Adobe Illustrator and I created my first set which grew from the first image of a little gummy bear to a whole candy shop!  I only had time to create a couple of cards before I left for our trip to Australia but this first card is pretty much what I had in my head from the very beginning.  Each of the bears is coloured with Copics and then coated in Glossy Accents (but you can’t really tell from the photo!).  I had so much fun designing this set and I really hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!

pick and mix 1


pick and mix 3

Your next stop on this amazing hop is my gorgeous, sweet friend Heather Campbell.  She has some fantastic new stamps in this release too!  Happy hopping!

Avery Elle / Jamie
Karolyn Loncon
Caryn Davies (that’s me!)
Heather Campbell
JJ Bolton
Melania Deasy
Katie Gehring 
Amy Kolling
Maska Vanacker 
To celebrate our Fall 2015 Release Blog Hop, Avery Elle is giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to one random winner.  To enter to win just comment on this post.  There is no purchase necessary and you must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  This giveaway is void where prohibited.  You can also do options 2, 3, 4, 5 or all 6 of the following to increase your chances of winning. You have until midnight Sunday, August 30th to enter.  The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle Blog on Monday, August 31st .  All products are available for purchase in the Avery Elle store right now.

To enter to win you can do 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or all 6 of the following to increase your chances:
  1. Comment on any of the design team’s posts and/or here on the Avery Elle Blog
  2. Follow us on Twitter and tweet the contest (we are @averyellestamps )
  3. Follow us on Facebook (we are www.facebook.com/AveryElle ) and share us with your friends – make sure they tell us you sent them.
  4. Follow us on Pinterest
  5. Become a blog follower through email (comment on the Avery Elle blog if you already follow us)
  6. Join our Flickr group (comment on the Avery Elle blog if you already belong)

Avery Elle: Balloon Giraffe

Hello and welcome to another week!  Todays Avery Elle card features another of their fabulous ballon animal stamp sets – the Giraffe!  This goes hand in hand with their other sets Party Bunny and Party Animal! I stamped the balloon Giraffe in Versamark onto black card and heat embossed it in clear powder.  You can just about make out the detail but black is so hard to photograph!!!  I wanted this card to be for my little nephew who just turned 6 so to keep it simple and a bit more “boyish” I added the frame detail using the Scalloped Frame die and die cut some stars from the Finished Frames set.  I also cut the Simply Said: Amazing die from black and used the companion stamp set to finish off the sentiment.

balloon giraffe


Avery Elle / Chameleon Pens Blog Hop


Hello – we have a fabulous blog hop celebration going on all week at Avery Elle.  We have teamed up with Chameleon Pens and every day both design teams are bringing you loads of inspiration with a chance to win some amazing prizes.

I have been playing with the Pastels set of pens and used the Cupcake stamp set.  I started with a Kraft card base from the Natural notecards pack and used one of the flowers from the Cupcake set to stamp a subtle background in Versamark ink.  I coloured the cupcake using the Bubblegum Pink and Bisque pens and chose a red Copic for the cherry!  Although it’s difficult to see I gave the frosting a coating of glossy accents and then stamped the greeting to finish.  I die cut the panel using the smaller frame from Finished Frames and mounted it on the base card.




I hope you can join us throughout the week for more amazing inspiration.  Leave a comment here for a chance to win.

Thanks for stopping by.


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!