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I do like a bit of a challenge. Global Design Projects have a colour challenge and this time I have all 3 colours in my ink collection. So today I made a card using Altenew stamps sets – using the three inks – Night of Navy, Pineapple Punch and Granny Apple.

I decided to use only those 3 inks, so to get variation in colour, for the first layers I inked then stamped on scrap paper then stamped on the card to give a light colour. Second layers were just a normal one layer ink, whilst the deeper colour was stamped a number of times.

The flowers and leaves were then layered on to the Altenew frame using Stixtoanything foam pads. The background was made using the Altenew Gold String Washi Tape

The with love was cut from Pineapple Punch card and layered on to three layers of card to give depth.

Crazy Kimono Kids

Crazy Kimono Kids

Today I pulled out an old Stampin’ Up set of stamps which I love – Kimono Kids.

I started by using the lanterns to make the background, stamping a number of times then embossing with gold. This was then layered onto shiny gold card stock to pull the colours together.

The Geisha was stamped and coloured using my promarker pens in teal and red. A gold pen was used to add the luxury embroidery which always appears on kimonos. She was then fussy cut and layered onto the card uisng STIX pads which help to add dimension to the card. The sentiment was stamped and cut using the banner punch and again layered using the STIX pads.

I am entering the card in the following challenge:

Global Design Projects 178: Sketch Challenge

Sign of Spring?

Sign of Spring?

Are you waiting for spring to arrive? Today I am sharing a card made using Stampin’ Up Tranquil Tulips.

I stamped using Poppy Parade and Granny Apple green, embossed Poppy Parade card stock embossed with Tufted Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

  • I am entering the card in the following challenge:
  • Global Design Project #175: Theme Challenge

Hello to you

Hello to you

Do you ever make cards then decide that you don’t like it Today I am sharing a nearly card and another one also made which I decided I preferred to enter in to a couple of challenges.

The first was made using Stampin’ Up’s First Frost stamp set. I stamped the Pool Party card with Versamark Ink, then stamped roses and flowers with Pool Party, Daffodil Delight and Grapefruit Grove inks. When I assembled the card I decided that I wasn’t happy with it so decided to stop as it was.

As I had planned in entering two challenges, one stating which colours to use, while the other was a CAS challenge, I picked up an old stamp set I have had for some time – Stampin’ Up Flower Patch. To make the Dahlia flower, I first stamped with Daffodil Delight with the solid stamp, then layered on top with Grapefruit Grove. The other small flower was made using Grapefruit Grove, the stamen was Daffodil Delight and the centre was Pool Party. Leaves were made cutting out Pool Party card stock and stamped with Versamark Ink. I then stamped a swirl on to white card stock using the stamp from Stylish Christmas in Pool Party ink. Everything were layered with Pool Party card stock and the sentiment cut from Pool Party card stock using the greetings thinlet dies.

The card is to be entered in the following challenges:

Global Design Project 172 : CASE the Designer

Paper Players PP424 : A Colour Challenge

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

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


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:


Thank you in Helping Me Grow

This latest project was made specifically for the Global Design Project #GDP137, using colours which I would not normally have used together: Stampin Up Melon Mambo, Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party

For the card I used bubble stencils which were coloured using the three colours for the background. Not sure if I need more Pool Party re-inker as the colour was not as strong as I remember. I then over-stamped the background using the daisy from Helping me Grow in grey I do love the flowers in the stamp set. The border was then cut and coloured with Melon Mambo (as I don’t have any co-ordinating coloured card stock), and the sentiment stamped with the Lime colour.


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

Puff the Magic Dragon

Puff the Magic Dragon

I do so love these My Favorite Things (MFT) Magical Dragons. They are sooo cute. I also have recently bought the MFT Diagonal Stripes background stamp which I couldn’t wait to play with as I could see so many uses.

First use – make a baby pink background using Tonic Baby Pink embossing powder which worked really well. I added interest to the background using the Stampin’ Up Grunge stamp, also embossed with the pink.

My little dragon was coloured using Pomarker Pens in shades of pink and purple, then fine glitter added to the horns and wings. This was then cut and layered on to a circle which had also been embossed to match the stripe background. The small tags were made using a rectangle which were cut in half and the plain one had Baby Girl from Hero Arts embossed.

I would like to enter the card into the following challenges:


Puff the Magic Dragon - MFT Dies

Stamping Bella Posh Girl has a Present – 60th Birthday Bash

Stamping Bella Posh Girl has a Present – 60th Birthday Bash

What do you do when you are stuck at home, it is snowing and windy outside and you have a friends birthday coming up? Make a card – well it would be stupid not to take the opportunity to have an extra day to play!

As it was a 60th birthday coming up, I decided to use a stamp I have recently bought – Stamping Bella Posh Girl has a Present. She is just adorable and looks as if she is going to be so much fun. Lots of presents for everyone.

The image was stamped and coloured using the Hero Arts small ink pads – Raspberry Jam, Ultra Pink and Bubble Gum which all work very well together. I then fussy cut her out, added little black spots to her bag using Black Tonic Nuvo Drops. She was layered on to a lattice cut using Sue Wilson Stitched Latticed Frame Die, cut in to an oval using the Tonic Oval dies and which then had a oval layer placed on top which had been coloured using the Ultra Pink ink. Everything was then layered on to black glitter card, with the birthday sentiment printed and layered last.

This will be entered into:

stamping bella posh girl has a present