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DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes Birthday

There have been a few changes at Happy Little Stampers and so now we have an Anything Goes Birthday challenge and I’m happy to be on the Design team for this one.

I decided to grab those Expressions in Ink papers that I put aside after failing the sheet load of cards challenge last month and use a couple to make two cards for this months design team contribution.

I used Old Olive as the contrast colour for the mount on the square piece (one of which is a triangle as per the original design on sheetload of cards) and added the sentiment and the die cut from the same Old Olive cardstock. I did also add a panel of the pale Papaya shimmer vellum underneath so that gives it a fancy frame!

Both cards are very similar with the colours and the leaf die cuts but with different papers they look different enough for me to be happy (I never like making the same card more than once).

For the envelopes I used some leftover strips of the cardstock to add a little panel on each.

So off to see what other birthday creations the team have been making … and I encourage you to come and join in on the challenge.

Happy crafting!


Artistic, Artistically Inked, Expressions in Ink

4 artistic thank you’s

A few weeks ago I cut up papers and did stamping with the intention of making a sheetload of cards challenge but then never really finished it (plus messed up the cutting for the template!) So I shared the four I did at the time and put things aside for another day’s play.

Well I decided to grab the pouch that had all the bits and pieces in it and have a go at making some more and managed four more.

Two are pink and two are peach … but all make cute thank you cards!

These pale Papaya ones I used the flower images I had stamped and die cut. As I don’t have Pale Papaya ink I used a mix of retired colours (Crisp Canteloupe and More Mustard) and some Calypso Coral as these all worked with the Pale Papaya.

I mounted both of these onto the Mossy Meadow card blanks I had made. This gave a nice frame to the cards.

The pink ones I actually have a mix of pinks going on as I ran out of the Polished Pink cardstock so had to use a random other bright pink from the stash.

As these also had the pop of Pale Papaya in the patterned paper I used the same peachy themed colours for stamping the flowers … and one of them also got a few of the smaller flowers stamped in Melon Mambo.

Love how summery and bright these cards are… perfect for saying a cheery thank you!

I love too the gold foiling in the papers … really makes them special.

Happy crafting!


Artistically Inked, Cottage Rose, Gelli Plate, Memories and More, Splendid Stems

Desk clearing distraction

Is it just me? Whenever I set myself a task of clearing the desk and the piles of “stuff” that have accumulated I end up finding a “treasure” and making something! And the tidying up concept disappears! 😆

So this card is one of those creations!

I found another gelliprint ATCs that I had started and not finished and decided it worked perfectly with those Memories and More cards that I have been whittling my way through!

A scrap of the Pretty Peacock cardstock, a die cut and Forever gold laser cut and a few Artistically Inked flowers to embellish… with a cute little sentiment … and jobs a good’un … on the cardmaking front that is… the desk tidying… not so much!

Happy crafting!


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#SheetloadofcardsJuly2022 … well not exactly!

Well I attempted another Sheet load of cards using the template by Call me Crafty Al but I messed up the cutting … still i managed four cards, and have plenty of leftovers for other projects, but absolutely not really following the template and not as many cards as it should have been… but you know what I am happy with the results so don’t care that it took a different turn!

I decided to use three sheets of the Expressions in Ink dsp but didn’t quite follow the template on one and also my cutting into triangles went squiffy so ended up giving up on the real template and just winging it. To be honest that’s more my thing anyway otherwise I would have ended up with cards that were all too similar and that’s not really me.

Once I had done the cutting I then set to on all the stamping I thought I might use for embellishment….

As the papers were a mix of Pale Papaya and Polished Pink and I don’t own those inks I did a mix of Calpyso Coral, Melon Mambo, Crisp Canteloupe and More Mustard to get some colours that would compliment the Pale Papaya in the dsp.

Most of the leaves were Old Olive but I did do a few in Pear Pizazz to give some variation.

Then I did all the die cutting and fussy cutting needed (fussy cutting the sentiments mainly). And then started to put together the cards. I did end up die cutting some of the standalone elements from the set too and that added some different finishes to some of the cards. I did assemble most as card toppers and then added them to card bases rather than straight onto card bases as I went along.

I also varied on one card and used Splendid Thoughts and Splendid Stems to embellish … just like to mix things up occasionally!

I didn’t however get round to doing much more than putting four cards together properly … these ones where black became the base!

As you can see most of the stanping I did wasn’t used on these… but I’ve die cut everything and put it in a pouch for coming back to … you never know I might get to it soon but I lost inspiration a little after these ones.

I love the drama of the black and the gold … and that Polished Pink alcohol ink effect is everything!

Entering these into the Anything Goes challenge at Crafty Katz

Next time will definitely make an effort to do more with the Pale Papaya … which is gorgeous but I just don’t have the inspiration right now!

Happy crafting!


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Boho Indigo … final bits

Today I have a final card made using the last of the Boho Indigo kit that I found last week when I was tidying up … it was all bits and bobs that I got in a pocket letter from a crafty friend.

I decided to team it with a few cards from the Memories and More kit.

It might have been a bit mad to have so many die cuts framing the main part but I really love how it came out.

Entering this into the diecuts/punches challenge at Cardz 4 Galz challenge blog

Happy crafting!


Artistically Inked

Bright and cheery slimline cards

I’ve made six cute little slimline cards and I’m really chuffed with them as they are so cute.

I went to my stash of random 6×6 papers (I think I was gifted these three) and picked out some that coordinated and I was drawn to work with.  It turned out that they also coordinated with retired colours of cardstock that I have on my desk and am trying to use up!

I created the card blanks … they are 7cm x 14.9cm … using the Pretty Peacock, Magenta Madness and Cinnamon Cider.

I cut two of the papers into panels … ome of these I mounted onto the card blanks directly, others I mat them onto cardstock panels.

The final piece of dsp had some of the floral images that I could fussy cut out to create embellishments.

I then took some of the remaining cardstock and embossed in silver the thanks sentiment from the Artistically Inked stamp set.  I then fussy cut each of these out and adhered them to the cards.

I really love how these all turned out.  I’ll be using them over the next few weeks as I am still trying to get rid of old stash I don’t use anymore so like to send a little card with the package to say thanks… along with the paper bags I am still making up with scraps off the desk… talking of which there is still a little of this paper left so no doubt it will get used to make up some bags over the next few weeks.

Happy crafting!


Artistically Inked

Artistically Inked… a small notecard

Decided to use up the bits on the desk from yesterday’s slimline card and made this cute little note card.

I did have to stamp one more larger flower and one of the double leaves and fussy cut them out… otherwise this is everything I had already got out and already cut ready for yesterday’s card. The card base itself is also leftover cardstock from the slimline card.

Cute and simple.

Happy crafting!


Artistically Inked

Artistically Inked slimline card

Decided to have a little playtime with the Artistically Inked stamps and made a slimline card.

Chose the gorgeous (now retired) Purple posy cardstock and Wisteria Wonder ink along with Soft Sea Foam for my colours. Then started stamping.

I decided to make a slimline card … 7cm x 21cm and the top panel is 1 cm smaller to give a nice border as these seem to be very popular at the moment and not something I often make.

I stamped the alcohol ink like background 4 times on the panel and then stamped the more circular flower three times onto white cardstock. I also stamped the leaves a few times using soft sea foam.

I decided rather than using the dies to have a bit of chill out time and did fussy cutting instead.

I then layered up the flowers and the sentiment with foam between the top flower and the bottom flowers for dimension. I then added the little dew drop style embellishments for some shine.

Styled the photograph as professionals like Martin Stone do … lots of work but it looks good as a result.

Love the final card. A nice and simple card. I did think when I saw this in the catalogue when it first came out, that I would use this stamp set lots but to be honest I’ve not used it as much as I thought. It is gorgeous though so maybe should make more of an effort to use it.

Entering into the flowers challenge at Beyond the Blue

Happy crafting!


Artistically Inked

More bags for sale stuff from scraps

Been playing with more scraps and bags for selling my craft stash I no longer use…

Here are a few more …

All these have a Peacock theme… and this is a sneak peek to a project I will share in a few months time!

Hope you like what you are seeing … must admit it is fun to play with leftover bits from projects in a safe way and create these fun bags!

Happy crafting!


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DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Hi! Another design team contribution to share with you today… this time my Anthing Goes with Dies one for Happy Little Stampers.

I actually made this card a couple of weeks ago for my friend Valerie who is my Stampin Up upline as her birthday is New Years Day.

I took some old dsp in bright and cheery colours and cut three square panels. I then decided to cut and emboss the Merriest Moments folder and do some cutting and amending to make a square frame. It was Valerie who gave me this idea as I saw she had done the same with some Christmas cards.

Then I added the stitched shape square on top. I also watercoloured onto the leaves using Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight and Gumball Green to keep the colours bright in keeping with the dsp.

I stamped and die cut some foliage from the Christmas Season set using the same colours. Always like using Christmas themed sets in a different way!

I layered them up and added this to the card as the main element. Now for the sentiment.

Of course Biggest Wish got used, as did Artistically Inked for the sentiment… one in white embossing on the yellow cardstock. Then I die cut the Butterfly and added some bakers twine underneath as the embellishment.

Finally I die cut three little butterflies as final elements.

For the inside of the card, some banners punched from the paper, some small butterflies also die cut and the sentiment stamped on a strip of white.

I also stamped the flap of the envelope and added a die cut butterfly to finish off!

Love this bright and cheery birthday card for my good friend Valerie. Lots of layers and interest, plus using those Christmas stamps, dies and embossing folder for a totally none Christmas feel card!

Happy crafting!