Cool penguins in the artic

Cool Penguins in the Artic

Don’t you just love the set of Cool Penguins stamp set made by Mama Elephants. I had so much fun making this card.

Penguins were stamped and coloured using Promarkers, whilst the background was coloured using Distress Oxides – Cracked Pistashio; Salty Ocean and Peacock all blended together and left to dry before spraying with Mica Powder to give a soft sparkle to the background.

The hills were cut from MFT and glitter added to give feeling of crisp snow. Everything was layered and the penguins placed using either foam pads or glue depending on how I wanted them to pop up. 


Holly and the Poinsettia

Stampin’ Up Stylish Christmas

One card many different ways. This card used the Stampin’ Up Stylish Christmas stamp set, using the Poppy Parade and Old Olive dies. The swirl was embossed using classic gold. I do love the tonic embossing powders as they give a lush smooth look when heated. The Poinsettia and holly leaves were fussy cut and layered on to the card, which was in turn layered on to glossy gold card. The background was made using Poppy Parade card and embossed using the Stampin’ Up Holly embossing folder. 

This will be entered in the following Challenges: 

Global Design Project #167: Theme Challenge

SUOC Challenge 212: Anything Christmas

One card, many colours

One card, many colours

Today I am sharing a set of cards, made in bulk, using Stampin’ Up Festival of Trees stamp set and a variety of non traditional christmas colours, but the same layout. 

The back grounds were made using Stampin’ Up inks and then stamped with a snowflake background stamp and clear embossed. The trees too were stamped using the inks, clear embossed and cut out using the tree punch.

The Peek-a-boo die was MFT which I felt gave the tree just that little bit extra class. The card was assembled,the sentiment stamped and heat embossed then layered in front of the tree. 

This will be entered into the following challenges: 

Paper Players – theme #PP421 It beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Inkspirational Challenges: #175 Designers Choice – Anything Christmas

Oh no Santa got stuck

On no Santa got stuck.

Will Santa be able to get out of the chimney in time to deliver the rest of the presents? Stamping Bella Santa got stuck is one of my favourite fun santa stamps. Santa was coloured using Promarker pens in reds, greys and skin tones. The fur trim then had a little bit of glitter added to give a bit of sparkle. The image was layered on to a sunrise background made using pinks, reds, blues and yellow distress oxide ink. Sparkle was then added to the small houses and the bottom of the frame to give a snow shine.

I am entering the card in the following challenges:

CAS Christmas Card Challenge

Crafty Card Makers #222 – Lots of Layers 

Stamping Bella Sistahood!  – November and December Challenge

Merry Merlot and Stylish Christmas

Merry Merlot and Stylish Christmas

Those of you who know me, know that I like a little glass or two or red wine. Therefore I was more than happy when Stampin’ Up brought out a new ink called Merry Merlot as I thought that it was a really deep wine colour and perfect for a number of projects including Christmas.

For this project and inspired by the Global Design Project Challenge I used the Merry Merlot to double stamp and then fussy cut the Poinsettia flowers. Unfortunately I don’t own Tranquil Tide and Crumb Cake another two of the Stamping’ Up colours in the challenge, however I used Emerald Envy for the Holly Leaves and Brown Sugar to stamp some little Snowflakes under the flowers. The Snowflakes had clear embossing powder on them to make them “pop” out. I added Merry Merlot ribbon, layered the card on to a Brown Sugar background, then on to a Merry Merlot embossed background.


I would like to enter the card in to the following challenges

Global Design Project #GDP165 – Colour Scheme

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Stamping Up Only Challenges  #SUOC211


Purple is not just for Halloween

Purple is not just for Halloween – it can be used any time of the year and for any type of card. Using the colours inspired by Halloween, I used my  Concord & 9th Dahlia Turnaround stamp. Colours used were lime, orange, heliotrope and pineapple punch, whilst the sentiment stamped using Concord Crush. The two background layers were coloured with the inks Concord Crush and Orange to match the card. Still haven’t got the hang of it being lined up perfectly, but it is fun practicing.

The card will be entered in the following challenge:

Seven Hills October Challenge – Halloween


Fabulous Flowers

Fabulous Flowers

Is is just me that is addicted to using the wreath builder template? Whenever I look at stamp sets now, I look and think can I use these on a wreath style card?

This card was made using the Gina K Designs stamp – Fabulous Flowers set, I stamped using Versacolour pigment ink to try and get some deeper purple colour as I as struggling to get a really deep purple ink that I really like. Stamped and layered the flowers then used Tonic clear embossing powder to give a lift to the sentiment and circle. The matching layered card was made justing colouring white card with the inks used in the stamping.



Autumn is coming

Autumn is coming. It is that time of year when the days become shorter and the nights grow longer. Leaves change colour and show a spectacular range of reds, browns, greens and oranges. They can provide a beautiful backdrop to many a part of the countryside.

Using the colours as inspiration I made this card using Gina K Wreath Builder Stamps.

Colours were red, orange, marigold, bark, cocoa and green. For the leaves I coloured an acrylic block with the inks and randomly stamped the leaves on to it then stamped on to the card. The sentiment and circle were stamped using orange an bark then embossed using Tonic clear embossing powder. Hope you like the finished product.

This card is to be entered in to the following competitions:


Bloomin’ Marvellous Mixed Bunch

Bloomin’ Marvellous Mixed Bunch

I had such fun making this card. It was a random selection of stamps from Stampin’ Up: Mixed Bunch, Petite Petals and Baby Blossoms, using Pumpkin Pie, Hello Honey, Gumball Green and Melon Mambo. The border was made using coloured Pumpkin Pie paper, using Pretty Pink Posh,  Border Edge 1, while the sentiment was from the Concord & 9th Dahlia Turnabout stamp set. Clear Drops were added randomly.


I would like to enter it in the following competitions:

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