Live Love Grow – PCCCS #214


My card today has a few key reason for being made.  One of those reasons is that I am continuing to share techniques with my Craft-T-Crew gals this months and one of the techniques we are revisiting is masking so in addition to their technique sample I wanted to also create a card to demonstrate just how fun it is to use ‘masks’ to create the perfect image for a card.

I also decided that since I was getting a chance to get ‘inky’ I would play along with my favourite challenge over at Paper Craft Crew this week and the sketch was just too easy not to play along.


The third and final reason is that I really wanted to make a wonderful lady a ‘thinking of you’ card as she is about to have major surgery in the coming weeks.  She is a fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and in fact that is how I met her.  We live miles and miles apart so there is very little I can do from afar except hopefully provide a little bit of cheer when she gets this card in the mail this week.

This card took me ages to make, not because it was overly technical or difficult, just because I wanted it to be ‘just right’.  I had decided right at the start that I was going to ink up my ‘Live, Love, Grow’ stamp set from Stampin’ Up! I wanted to use those super cute succulents and thought that they would be fun to add to a mason jar terrarium.  Seemed simple enough in my head LOL … using post-it notes I was able to mask up the image to get three of the little gems in the medium sized jar and I was chuffed.  The tricky thing was the layout for the front, I wanted to add a pop of colour and not just have a green card so finally settled on Watermelon Wonder as my accent and it worked perfectly!  I even broke out my new sponge roller to ink up the Irresistibly Floral Specialty Paper to match my Watermelon Wonder accent – oh my that was the best fun EVER, I can’t believe I only just bought these sponge rollers what was I thinking waiting so long.  So with a little help from a few of my favourite Thinlit Dies – Circles, Banners, Jars etc I was finally done.  I love making cards at any time but when there is a real purpose like this card there is something just so much more satisfying when you finally finish it.

Stampin’ Up! Pokemon Card


My nephew had his birthday this past week and he is a little bit of a Pokemon fan so really I had no choice but to try and see if I could get on board with this crazy and make him a Pokemon card that would ‘pass the test’.  Now I know very little (okay nothing) about this craze so had to enlist the help of my own 12 year old for some advice.  After getting him to explain ‘how this whole Pokemon thing works’ he mentioned that this ball is thrown and you get a Pokemon (please forgive my very sketchy interpretation and poor use of correct terms).  I immediately thought that I could use my Circle Thinlit Card Die to create the illusion of a ball on the front and then opening the card to reveal a Pokemon.

Now creating the card base was easy with the Circle Thinlit Die, so was the actual ball – the Layering Circles Framelits Dies worked a treat!  I used my favourite Layered Letters Alphabet to add his name to the front of the card.  Now the inside …


The punch out Pokemon provided to be a little challenging – I Googled loads of different Pokemon creatures trying to work out which one I had half a chance of being about to recreated with my dies and punches.  I finally settled on Charmander and set about using the Owl, Cookie Cutter Fox and  Bow Builder punches to create my ‘artist-interpretation’ of Charmander … I am including the reference picture I used from the web for those, like me, who have no idea what a Charmander is! 


I nearly made a fatal mistake by not constantly checking if my punch art figure was fitting inside the circle cut-out of the card (tip!).  So a few minor adjustments i.e. moving his tail closer to his body and shortening his legs and I finally had a close cousin of Charmander to finish my card.


This one was easier than the Tardis creation I made him last year but it was a close second!

PCCCS 213 – Basket of Wishes


End of another month and time again to great my monthly thank you cards to mail out to my customers and this month I decided to use the Basket of Wishes stamp set from Stampin’ Up! which I just recently purchased from the 2016 Occassions Catalogue.  This was a stamp set that I looked over on my first run through the catalogue as I really wasn’t sure that I wanted another ‘colouring-in’ set.  However, I was tempted and so glad I grabbed it because I think it looks fabulous without having to colour it – great for quick and easy cards.  The bonus is that I can add whatever I want to the gorgeous selection of baskets and crates so I get a load of different looks from one stamp set which I love.


As you can see I stamped the little punnet in the set in Soft Suede ink onto a circle of watercolour paper (I was almost thinking of colouring it in!) and added the little flowers to the punnet.  I loved the image enough how it was so decided to leave it as it was.  The accent colour for this card (Watermelon Wonder) is taken from the Affectionately Yours Speciality DSP that I used on the bottom panel.  The Watermelon Wonder scalloped circle just adds the smallest touch of colour behind my stamped image (you NEED the Layering Circles Framelits Dies they make this soooo wonderful) as does the “thanks” greeting from the Weather Together stamp set that I stamped onto a scrap piece of water colour paper.  So once I made my first card for the month I decided to mix it up and try using different colour variations based on all the other lovely pieces of DSP in this pack.

Daffodil Delight

Cucumber Crush

As usual I grabbed my layout inspiration from this week’s Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch, now off to send some happy mail!


PCCCS #212 – Pun Intended Camera Birthday


I have been busy making a few birthday cards for the friends of my children and have been forgetting to get photos but today I did!  My daughter’s friend is a keen photographer so she wanted a camera card for her birthday and the one in the Pun Intended Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up! was just perfect for making this card.  For my colour combo I decided to get inspiration from one of my favourite Challenge sites – Paper Craft Crew and this week’s colour challenge was so fun and just perfect for a teenage girl.


My card was fairly simple to put together and I really enjoyed playing with the camera image to create the fun background using all the colours.  The embellishments for this card are quite plain, a little Night of Navy plain bakers’s twine, a 1 3/4″  Crushed Curry circle with the “snappy birthday” greeting stamped in Emerald Envy, framed by a banner cutout in Tangerine Tango.

Petal Burst – PCCC221


It is that time again where I am in a mad flurry getting my ‘Thank You’ cards sent out to all my customers who placed orders with me for their Stampin’ Up! supplies.  I love making these cards every month, one of my favourite things to do but I often get a little stuck for inspiration on what to make.  That is where I rely on the wonderful sketch challenges that are around and for this round of cards I have joined in on the Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch for this week.


A super fun sketch with so many different options but I finally decided on this design using the Blooms & Bliss DSP from Stampin’ Up! as the base to get my colour combination as well as the type of embellishment I went for at the top.  I love the copper foil and think it does so well with the Flourish Thinlits.  My first go at this card was a little flat because I just used a plain Island Indigo background piece but once I embossed it with the Petal Burst embossing folder the card really came to life so decided to go with it as my final lay out.  

In case you are wondering my little copper accent dots are simply the middle from the Flourish flower, I had one from cutting the flower out and just used up scraps of copper foil to cut two more to complete the look.  For those who have ordered this last month, look out for one of these in your mail box soon.

Flourish Acrylic Block Stamping


Another fun and super easy technique to share as part of my Exclusive Craft-T-Crew Technique Club – this time it is an old favourite “Acrylic Block Stamping”.  This technique is so easy and every time you stamp the block you get a different (an unique) background for your card.  One you create your background you can either stamp a focal image on it using black ink or, like I did for this card, you can use dies to add an accent image.

For this card I cut out the Flourish image from the Flourish Thinlit Dies from Stampin’Up! and removed the cut out image, I replaced the image with another one cut from Basic Black card stock to add a pop of colour and I love it.  This card is one of the first ones that I have never put a greeting on the front of and it was indeed a little strange but I just really liked how it all looked so balanced that I decided to instead add my Happy Birthday greeting to the inside.

A stunning and yet so simple creation and the best bit is I have that wonderful coloured flourish image cut-out to use on another card!

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Cookie-Cutter Reindeers


Over the next few weeks I will be posting a few quick blog posts like this one as my ‘Technique Club’ – exclusively for my Craft-T-Crew team members – gets underway.  

We are trying out some different a whole load of stamping techniques – some are brand new whilst others are a  little bit of a trip down memory lane but it is so much fun to try and apply the older techniques with our new stamp sets and dies.

This week we are starting with the Reverse Spotlight Technique, the girls will all receive a full page with a sample and instructions to store in a  6″ x 8″ Project Life Album so we can keep adding to our collection of ideas – a great resource to keep going back to for classes and workshops.

For each technique I will also do a quick blog post with my card sample using this technique and I have used the Cookie-Cutter Christmas stamp set and coordinating punch to do a little Christmas themed card and I love how it turned out.

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Petals & Paisleys

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Petals & Paisleys

I am so excited that my Stampin’ Up! preorder has arrived and one of the first things I was keen to use was the new Petals and Paisleys Suite of products.  These are going to be a real favourite of mine with so many possible combinations to come up with using the coordinating stamps, framelits, Speciality DSP, Ribbon and Copper Foil Sheets that all make up this wonderful range.

I absolutely love the Specialty DSP so decided to use it as the feature for this card and enter it into the Paper Craft Crew Challenge this week #206 DSP.  A simple card but loved how it turned out using the copper foil sheets to cut out the gorgeous flower image and an embossed greeting using some Copper Embossing powder really tied this all together.

PCCCS#204 – Jar of Love

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Jar of Love Thank You

I know I am a little slow in joining the ‘Jar of Love’ crazy – but this stamp set from Stampin’ Up! is just delightful and I am truly hooked.

I decided to use the sketch from the Paper Craft Crew Challenge this week to create another customer thank you card and ink up my Jar of Love.  This week I have gone with the colour combination of Basic Gray, Soft Sky and Peekaboo Peach which I was really happy with in the end.  The colours where simple a result of me starting this card by inking up the jar (Basic Gray), adding some water to the jar using a little masking technique to get a higher water level (Soft Sky) so I could finally add my fish (Peekaboo Peach).  So really a colour combo by accident but went with it and pleased with the final look.

For the sketch I need to add an accent on the right hand side and without a perfect piece of DSP to use (hard to believe when my drawers are overflowing with DSP) I decided to emboss some of the little fireflies with clear embossing powder and use my Peekaboo Peach ink pad to add the coloured strip.  Embossing is so easy and allows you to create that perfect accent piece to match whatever you are working on – love it!

I added a few bubbles to the background using the image from the Perpetual Birthday stamp set and finished with a little greeting.  I hope my customer likes this card – I really do.



PCCCS #203

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Thoughtful Branches Thank You

It has been a long while since I posted but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been creating, it just means that I have moved house and have no internet at my new address and there are no ‘free ports’ available so I won’t be able to get internet in the near future 🙁


However, with some work arounds I still want to try and post a few things every now and then including my card for this week’s Paper Craft Crew Challenge.  This sketch was just too enticing not to have a good and an even better excuse to give the new Thoughtful Branches Bundle by Stampin’ Up! a whirl!

  Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Thoughtful Branches Thank You Cards

I really loved how the card came out, the colour combo had me a little worried but in the end Pool Party, Peekaboo Peach and Calypso Coral turned out to be perfect together – who’d of thought! The Serene Scenery Paper Pack is not usually my type of DSP but the gorgeous wood panelling is just too cute don’t you think?  There are lots of little elements to this card from the Pool Party ribbon and linen thread on the tag through to the cute enamel element on the leaf.  Can you tell I really love it?  In fact I decided that these would be my customer thank you cards this month – so if you have put in order in with me in June look out for one of these little gems in your mailbox soon.  Each has it own custom make envelop because they are 5″ square a custom envelop is the only way to go!