Water Colouring with Distress Oxides and a video!

Hello – I’m popping in with a rare post that has nothing to do with a design team!!  I don’t often get time to make cards other than for the design teams I’m on (Avery Elle and Simon Says Stamp) but today this card is a “just for fun” card using a stamp set called Hello Lovely by Concord & 9th that I’ve been coveting for AGES!!

At the same time as getting this set I also got other happy mail in the form of my latest order from Simon Says Stamp and in it there were some DISTRESS OXIDE INKS!  Yes, been dying to get hold of these since I saw them at CHA in January.  So anyway, here’s a couple of cards I’ve made with this stamp set.  The first uses the Distress Oxides as a water colouring medium (LOVE) and on the second I kept it simple and coloured just part of the design using a couple of Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers.  I even created a video too!!


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Thanks C&9th

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Birthday C&9th

Thanks so much for stopping by xxx


Avery Elle… Wood You?

Popping with a quick post to share my Avery Elle card for today.  I hope you’ve all enjoyed the BEST CHRISTMAS EVER and are not feeling to over-indulged!!  I’ve used the super cute Wood You stamp set and created a thank you card using some wood effect paper and one of the sentiments from the Tag For All die set.


Well, as I said, this is super quick – I’m going to Andorra in a few hours and haven’t even packed, lol!!!



Simon Says … Thanks/Thanksgiving






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

Thank you for joining us for the Thinking Of You 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


This week we are showcasing Tim Holtz 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


Hey there!  It’s a fabulous new challenge and this week we’re featuring Tim Holtz products.  As I’ve said before, I sometimes get a bit intimidated by TH stuff – I’m not an inky type really.  However, I LOVE his stencils and this Autumn Leaves one is gorgeous!  I used a few different Distress Inks to give a variety of shades on the leaves and the Thank You sentiment is cut using the Thank You die from Avery Elle.  I added a border strip to add a touch more detail to the design and finished off with a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.



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 – Little Minds

Hello everyone – today on the Avery Elle blog I’m sharing a card using an awesome set called Little Minds designed with teachers in mind.  I stamped the apple image with Versamark and heat embossed it in white before colouring it with Zig Clean Colour markers.  For the background I used the Pierced Rectangle dies to create a subtle background texture and used some Lemon Grass pigment ink to sponge a small area and placed my die-cut apple over the top.  I mounted the panel onto a Lemon Grass notecard (can’t live without these now!!)

little minds


Well thanks for stopping by today and happy crafting!!


Tea time

Good morning – it’s Monday again and to kick start the week what better than a nice hot brew?  I’ve whipped up this little card using the fabulous Tea Time stamp set from Avery Elle along with some of their yummiest cardstock colours.


tea time



Avery Elle #TBT – Thanks a Bunch


Hello – I’m back with my second post of the day (please scroll down for my Clearly Besotted March release post) sharing an oldie but goodie stamp set from Avery Elle called Thanks a Bunch.  I LOVE this stamp set, the design is genius and every card I’ve ever seen made with it is just beautiful.  I’ve used some of my favourite Avery Elle pigment ink colours and one of the new notecards in Aquamarine (love these).

TBT Thanks a Bunch

I hope you can pop over to the blog to see what the other girls have come up with – you’re in for a treat, their cards are amazing!


Avery Elle – Thank You Die

Hello – I’m popping today with a card I created using the gorgeous Thank You die from Avery Elle.  I absolutely adore the font style and size of this die – it makes the perfect focal point on a card.

Thank you

I used Avery Elle smooth white card for my card base and cut a strip of patterned paper from the Avery Elle Everyday paper pad.  I cut a narrower strip of co-ordinating paper from the same collection and adhered them onto the card front.  One of the flag shapes from the Dotted Elle-ments set was cut from vellum and adhered onto the layered paper strips.  The Thank You was cut from white cardstock and glued in place over the vellum which also helps hold it in place so no glue is visible.  I finished it all off with some twine and a few Doodlebug sprinkles in silver glitter.

Remeber to visit the Avery Elle design blog every day for lots of amazing creations from the rest of the team.  Also, a date for your diary … the CHA release will be available on 26th February.  Can’t wait to start sharing my designs with you!


Avery Elle – BUNTING!

Hey there – I’m over on the Avery Elle blog today with a card I created using the gorgeous Bunting stamp set and dies.  I created the aperture using the You’re Invited dies and backed the negative space with some patterned paper from the Everyday Collection paper pad.  I have a TON of thank you cards to make after the Christmas festivities so this is at least a start!!



I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas – I ate far too much, drank far too much and slept far too little!!  Here’s to a healthier 2015 for me!!



Papercrafts and Scrapbooking Magazine Special Thanks Blog Hop


Hello – I’m delighted to be joining in with this blog hop specially put together to say a big thank you for the amazing contribution this fantastic publication has made to the crafting community for so many years.

You should have hopped here from my lovely friend Jamie at the Avery Elle Blog but if you’d like to go back to the start then you can pop by to the amazing blog of Jennifer McGuire.

I never organised myself to actually submit anything (although I swore EVERY time there was a new call that I would) – but I was an avid reader.  The inspiration that poured from it’s pages was always so fresh and bang on trend.  The designers (so many of whom I am happy to call my friends) were always at the top of their game and I learned so much from them.

To say thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the talented people who put everything into making Papercrafts and Scrapbooking Magazine such a special treat – I created this little card.

pcs bloghop

Thank you for the years, the inspiration, the entertainment and for making the crafting community the place that it is.  We’ll all miss you so much.

The next talented designer on this amazing hop is N@Ali – enjoy the rest of the hop xxx


Caryn xxx


Simon Says…Thanks


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

Thank you for joining us for the  We’re Seeing Stars Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

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


We are showcasing our very own SIMON SAYS STAMP 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


The STAMPtember release had LOTS of gorgeous products that celebrate Thanksgiving and giving thanks in general.  I love the Clearly Besotted/Simon Says Stamp collaboration stamp sets and the Wreath set is just perfect for a Thank You card design.  I stamped and embossed one of the wreaths in gold on cream card (can’t get enough of gold at the moment!) and then die cut it.  The little pine cones are stamped in Avery Elle Truffle pigment ink and then highlighted (which of course you can’t see in the photo) with little touches of gold Wink of Stella ink.  I scored a few lines on the top part of the cream card base and then splatted a few spots of Heidi Swapp gold colour shine on to it.  I made a little bow out of some DMC fine gold thread for the wreath and also wrapped some around the top of the card.  I cut the Thanks Card Die  from kraft cardstock and then assembled everything together.


I hope you get a chance to play along with us this week – make sure you visit the rest of the design team for lots more gorgeous inspiration.

There are fabulous Give Aways and inspiration from fabulous designers on a daily basis over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog , if you haven’t subscribed by email you may want to so you don’t miss out 



Simon Says Stamp

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