The last 10 Minute Craft Dash of the year!!

Hey everyone!  Lordy – has it been 2 weeks since I posted a card on my blog??  I’ve been so busy these last weeks  but all my Christmas prep is now done and I’m as organised as I can be!  Phew!!  The kids break up from school for the holidays tomorrow so it’s going to be fun all the way to the big day now!

The card I’m sharing {sniff} is my last one as a DT member for the 10 Minute Craft Dash Challenge {sob}.  The current DT term is coming to an end and I just want to say a HUGE big thank you to Paulina for giving me the chance to be part of such an awesome team.  The Craft Dash is such a fun concept and I really hope Paulina decides to pick it up again in the new year.CD 32 Anything Goes


The challenge is being sponsored by Casual Fridays Stamps and our challenge is running along side theirs so why not try combining for two chances to win!!


Thanks for stopping by.

Caryn xxx


10 Minute Craft Dash Challenge #30

I know I’m 6 days late posting this as the new 10 Minute Craft Dash challenge went live last Wednesday – oops!  As I mentioned in my last post, crafting had to take a very back seat for me for a wee while but I’m starting to get back in there and didn’t want to pass on my DT commitments!Craft Dash # 30


CD_30All I can seem to make are Christmas cards at the moment so I took the colours and paired them up with the In Stitches and Holiday Sentiments set from Clearly Besotted and Holiday Lights from PTI.  I love that little penguin!!  Please pop by Paulina’s fabulous new look blog for all the challenge details and to gather more inspiration from the rest of the DT girls.  There’s also a great prize on offer too from this week’s sponsor!


The Less Is More Challenge this week is also asking us to create a Christmas project featuring birds – how appropriate for this card!!  It’s also a one-layer card so very easy to mail – may add this to the “mass production” pile!

Right, time’s ticking on and I’ve got work to do – have a great day everyone.

Caryn xxx

ps, Inlinkz is playing up for me today so will pop back later and add my supply list.


Peace on Earth

Happy Saturday to you all.  Sorry I’ve been very quiet on my blog lately – it’s been a difficult time for our family with the very sad loss of my lovely father-in-law a couple of weeks ago.  He was a very special guy and is going to be so missed by us all.

Peace on earth (1)Today I’m sharing a card I made a couple of weeks ago that’s basically another version of THIS one!  I quite like this design and it has LOADS of options to change it up – might be a mass production candidate for this year’s holiday cards!

Right, off to get ready – we’re heading to the cinema to see the Hunger Games: Catching Fire this afternoon (v. excited!!).

Hopefully be back to share some more projects again very soon.

Caryn xxx


Better late than never!

ChallengeHello, sorry I’m sharing this a wee bit late but as they say, rather late than never. The November Challenge over at Clearly Besotted kicked off yesterday with a festive CHRISTMAS theme.  My card features the gorgeous poinsettia from Pretty Poinsettias and I’ve layered it a bit and coloured it with Copics.  The sentiment is a couple of Memory Box dies that I’ve coloured in a two-tone effect, again with Copic markers.

pretty poinsettiaRight, better get back to work – Mondays suck!!


Caryn xxx


10 Minute Craft Dash #29 – two for the price of one!!!

CD_29It’s time for another 10 Minute Craft Dash Challenge and this time round Paulina’s asking us to feature buttons.  I have SO MANY BUTTONS but they’re not something I use all that much.  Guess this is the perfect challenge to use those supplies that we all have lurking in our cupboards and drawers!

I actually made two cards for this challenge and both were done in super-quick time – especially the second one – just over three minutes!!In Stiches Snowflake button

I’m really whizzing through these Christmas cards – have a good wee stack sitting there now!

The sponsor this time round is Denami Design who are offering one lucky winner a $20 store credit – woohoo!  Head over to Paulina’s blog Pretty Pink Posh for all the deets and for more button inspiration!




Clearly Besotted Challenge – Colour Inspiration


Hi all, here with my DT card for this month’s Clearly Besotted Challenge.  I’m reverting back to the current season with this card – I feel like I’ve been in full Christmas mode these last few days! Steph has given us a colour scheme to take inspiration from but it doesn’t have to be an Autumn themed card – just take your cue from the colours.


embossed leafThe other day whilst I was digging about looking for my pots of embossing paste I knew I had buried somewhere, I also came across some tubs of UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) that had long since seen the light of day!  So, in the spirit of revisiting some old techniques I thought I’d have a go using the Autumn Flowers stamp set and dies.  I die cut the maple leaf from coaster board – it needs to be thicker than normal card for this.  Then after coating the die cut with a layer of Versamark I sprinkled on some gold and some copper UTEE and heated it.  Whilst it was still “molten” I stamped the co-ordinating leaf stamp into it.  I had forgotten how much fun this is!!

I’m sharing this over at Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge which is to use stamps.

Please make sure you pop on over to Steph’s blog, Stamping and Sharing for all the challenge deets and check out the rest of the DT’s cards whilst you’re there – stunning inspiration as always.

Thanks for visiting.

Caryn xxx


It’s sunny – so here’s a sunshiney card!

Hellooooo!  Here to share a card I made for my lovely sister-in-law Nikki who has recently become the newest member of the “40” club!  She has always loved the colour yellow and sunflowers are one of her favourites (they always remind me of her) so I immediately grabbed the Blooming Marvellous set from Clearly Besotted when I sat down to make her a card.


The little “40” was cut using the modern numbers dies from PTI and the sentiment is from Big Birthday Wishes.

Well, better get back to work – groan!