Simon Says … the colour of love

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

The Colour of Love

This week we are showcasing Reverse Confetti Products 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


This week’s challenge is all about love and I just LOVE this combination of stencilled background using the Hearts stencil and a bold, black, graphic sentiment.  I’ve always loved this combo.  The touches of gold add a little drama too – can’t go wrong with a bit of gold I say!!  I used my Clarity brushes with Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry Distress inks – these are amazing things – if you haven’t tried them I’d highly recommend them!  I was having so much fun I thought I’d carry on and whip up a second card while I was at it!

colour of love RC

So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting
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You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in

Avery Elle … Love Puffin

I’m up on the Avery Elle Blog today sharing this card using the cute Love Puffin stamp set.  The Rocky Shores dies are absolutely amazing and pair with this set beautifully.  Such a wee stroke of genius.  I coloured the puffins with Copics and added a little Kraft ink to the edges here and there to soften the colours.


Thanks for stopping by.


Avery Elle… Viking

Sorry I’m posting this a day late – it should’ve gone up yesterday!  My pattern is still totally off since returning from CHA in Anaheim – this jet lag is really something else!!  I can’t say I’m complaining though – I had the BEST time in the world.  Meeting up and getting to know some of my other Avery Elle teamies was just amazing.  Love those girls Jamie, Heather, Karolyn and Katie.

So onto today’s card.  I’ve been playing with the cuter-than-all-get-out Viking set and I LOVE it.  So fun to colour and at only $4 is a must-have!


How adorable is he??  This is a wee 4-bar sized card and I used the smaller Wonky Stitches frame on some woodgrain cardstock for my panel.  He was coloured with Copics then mounted on foam tape.  The hearts were stamped and cut using some red cardstock then I filled them in with a white gel pen.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Simon Says Stamp February 2015 Card Kit



I got home to some gorgeous happy mail today … my Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit!  This is one of my favourites yet – the colours are perfect and the stamp set is just gorgeous.  I didn’t waste any time getting stuck in – here’s what I’ve created so far:

1 3 2

I don’t think I’m done with this kit by any means – I absolutely LOVE IT!  Looks like hubby will be getting a few extra Valentine’s this year, lol!


Simon Says … Have a Heart


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

Thank you for joining us for the It’s a Guy Thing Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is


We are showcasing GLITTER RITZ AND WINK OF STELLA PRODUCTS 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


When I saw the featured companies this week were Glitter Ritz and Wink of Stella how could I not be more thrilled.  Glitter just makes EVERYTHING BETTER!  I created this little 4-bar sized card (my new favourite size) with just a few gorgeous supplies – the Mini Hearts die from Simon Says Stamp (probably one of the items that would be on my desert island assuming there was a Big Shot too!!), some narrow double sided tape, glitter and a stamp!  I love the fine glitter from Glitter Ritz and the Robin’s Egg colour is just STUNNING!  The red hearts are actually cut from my everlasting sheet of red glitter wrapping paper I bought about 2 years ago!  I love these two colours together – so pretty!

have a heart

So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting
You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in
No backlinking allowed, Only 5 new creations will be eligible in the prize draw





Hello and happy new year!  I’m here with my first post of 2015 and it happens to be day one of the January 2015 release teasers from Clearly Besotted.  The release goes live at 10pm on 5th January but Steph and the rest of the design team will be sharing some projects up till then featuring the fabulous new stamps and dies.

Today I’m focusing on the gorgeous Je’taime stamp set and dies.  This set has so many uses – I LOVE the Eiffel Tower image and champagne bottle images!

Teaser Time

J'taime 1

I used a Tim Holtz sponge applicator with Gold Delicata ink and sponged an area on the card panel and then added a few drops of Heidi Swapp Gold Lame spritz to add big dots of gold (it’s meant to represent the champagne bubbles!!).  The bottles are a 2-step design so I stamped them first in Jungle pigment ink (Avery Elle) and then the labels in Gold Delicata.  This scene is a good representation of a typical Valentine’s day for hubby and me – plenty of Prosecco flowing!!  (The “hic” by the way is stamped using the Avery Elle Ell’s Alpha’s stamps – it’s not in the set).

My second card features the Eiffel Tower image and bit more more ink blending!  This time I used Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar Distress inks and some Stuio Calico spray shine .

J'taime 2 copy

I’ll be back tomorrow with more sneak peeks at this month’s fantastic line up of new products but in the meantime make sure you visit the rest of the design team to see their amazing creations.  We are also being joined this month by the sweet Anita Bowden (Neet and Crafty) so please pop by and see her stunning samples too x


Bee Mine – Avery Elle

Hi there – I’m over on the Avery Elle blog today featuring the cutest little stamp set ever, Bee Mine.  This also has a co-ordinating die set with a sweet little dotted “trail” for the bees  – how gorgeous is that?  For the diagonal strip behind the focal image I used two of the border dies from Dotted Borders and also used Finished Frames on the front mat of the card.  I coloured the images with Copics and finshed it all off with a bit of dazzle with some red Stickles and Wink of Stella.


Bee Mine


Simon Says Stamp – Better Together Release

better together

Hello – just popping in with a card I created using the gorgeous Locking Hearts stamp set from Simon Says Stamp from their brand new Better Together release.  I used Bundle of Stitched Shapes again on this card – I think it’s my most used set of dies of ALL time!!

Better TogetherI cut the banner from acetate and then used gold flakes on the back of it to give a fabulous gold shimmer – I LOVE this product!  I used Simon Says Stamp Red Lipstick ink (such a deep red – it’s gorgeous) to stamp the larger of the interlocking hearts and the smaller one in Versamark which I embossed in Gold Tinsel EP from Ranger.  I did actually attempt a video for this card but my camera died halfway through and it was all a bit of a disaster!  Maybe I’ll try again on my next card!

Ok , time to get the kiddos to bed and open a teeny bottle of wine – well, it is nearly Christmas!


Kiss, kiss <3

Been playing in my crafty space with the gorgeous Mama Elephant PANDAMONIUM stamp set and, what I now know to be a retired stencil from Memory Box!  I ran my card panel through my Big Shot to emboss the design before blending a combination of distress ink in Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar onto the raised pattern.


The wee pandas were then stamped and die cut (I love them SO much) and placed with a simple heart between them (coated in glossy accents).  The sentiment has been stamped onto a word bubble die cut (from Talk Bubbles by Simon Says Stamp).

This is the first card I’ve shared in AGES that hasn’t been a DT project – feels very weird!!

Thanks for dropping by!


Channeling my inner Debby!

Hiya!  Did you follow the Online Card Class: Stencilled recently?  I did and have to say it is one of my favourites yet!  I LOVED it!  I have a few stencils in my stash and now have so many more ideas to use them.  My lovely friend Debby Hughes once again was such an inspiration and so I took her ideas and came up with this card:

OCC day 3 stencilled

The chicken wire background is actually super-sparkly but it doesn’t show in the photo at all – neither does the shimmer on the birdcage!!  I went over it with a coat of Wink of Stella – Crystal {LOVE}.  Bought myself a few Heidi Swapp mists too – this one is called Seafoam – gives a nice subtle background without overpowering anything – could get addicted to these!