In the round

A super quick post tonight – I made a big mess making cards today and I’ve got to clean up before my other half gets home!

I never make round cards, but was inspired by the current challenge at Card Patterns & I thought I’d give it a try. This little number came together in no time and it is so sweet & cheerful – perfect for a new little boy! A great use of double-sided paper, which I often feel so guilty about using (I can’t stand the thought of one gorgeous side being stuck down forever!). Please excuse the bare nails!

The colors for this challenge are for the CR84FN Color challenge & because I used some chipboard stickers, this is also going into the Wee Memories challenge.

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Oh, Baby!

Wednesday evening already? I seriously don’t know where the time goes!

A couple baby cards to share today – I had so much fun using some sweet My Minds Eye Alphabet Soup chipboard for these.

This first card is a CASE of the super talented Laurie Willison’s card here. I was in love with this card when I saw it and really hope she doesn’t mind that I’ve borrowed the design & her clever use of gingham. She is one of my all time fave designers – I could CASE all her stuff!

Another simple & sweet little baby card – used some buttons & twine on this one for the current CAS-ual Friday challenge. Both cards also use stickers, so they’re going in for the current Wee Memories challenge.
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A vintage birthday

Hey everyone!
Another quick post today – I’m exhausted & ready to call it a day (despite still only accomplishing about a 1/4 of my to do list, again!). I really wanted to squeeze in a card for the Play Date Cafe this week – I love the color combo. And, I really wanted to ink up my new Hero Arts stamp, Sew Stylish. The sketch is based on the current challenge over at CPS. This is also for the ‘Let’s Party’ challenge over at Lawnscapings.

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A crowd of critters!

Another quick blog post today. I’m crazy getting ready to head to the states soon for some family time and my to do list is long & getting longer!

I am lucky enough to have lots of Lawn Fawn stamps and can’t seem to find time to play with that many of them. But, I decided to make a card using a whole lot of them just to spread some inky love!

So, this little cutie is for the twine challenge over at Wee Memories & also the current Hero Arts challenge. The background Hero Arts stamp was from a super generous prize package I received from them – thanks so much Hero Arts! This card is also very kid-friendly, so I’m entering into the current Simon Says Stamp challenge.
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A labour of love!

So, thanks to the great challenge over at Lawnscapings to create your own patterned paper with stamps, there have been lots of great videos floating around the blogosphere to  show different ideas (for example, Kelly’s & Mary’s).

For a long time I’ve wanted the American Crafts City Park papers – especially the balloon one. But, alas, I don’t have it. Thanks to some great inspiration, I decided to make my own balloon paper. Now, if anyone has this particular PTI stamp set, they’ll know the balloon & balloon basket are separate stamps…this sheet of paper took me a looong time!!

And here is the first card I’ve made using the patterned paper. I accented some of the red balloons with glitter, but its hard to see in the pictures. The bird and banner are both embossed with clear embossing powder and adhered to the card with foam adhesive.

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This card is for the In My Beautiful Balloon Challenge in Moxie Fab World and the sketch is based on the current sketch over at the Waltzingmouse blog.
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Cheerful cards for a sunny day!

Hey blog friends! TGIF! It is a beautiful day here in London, so don’t spend too much time staring at your computer ;-)

A pretty long post today – I managed to get a few cards done for some challenges finishing today, so wanted to sneak them all in under the deadline.

First up – a card for a little boy turning 2 soon. I never make cards for little ones (besides baby cards!) so this was a fun change to pace. The sketch is for the challenge over at Skipping Stones Design and the because it is colorful, it is also going in for Wee Memories Color Challenge.

Next up, a sweet little baby girl card using the colors from the Off the Wall Craftiness challenge and the sketch over at Card Patterns. As usual, using my new Lawn Fawn Plus One set – it is getting an unfair amount of inky time compared to some other stamps in my collection ;-) Its hard to see in the picture, but the banner strip is stamped with the new Papertrey Ink Gingham background and its super sweet!

 Last up, a birthday card for my friends father-in-law. I struggle with masculine cards and am always inclined to keep them very clean & simple. Not sure about this one though – it is looking a little too simple for me right now, but can’t put my finger on what it needs! Suggestions welcome! I used the stapled twine element from the card by Angie Hagist on the CPS blog – thought it was perfect for a guy!This card is for the CPS challenge & CR84FN Color Challenge.

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Card details:
Look Who’s 2!
Cardstock: light yellow, gray (Bazzill), Pure Poppy, white (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Dooblebug Designs
Stamps: Stars from Bitty Backgrounds, letters from Jessie’s ABCs (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Cardinal (Versacolor), Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: chipboard animal (Cosmo Cricket), brads (Making Memories)

It’s a Girl
Cardstock: pink, yellow (Bazzill), aqua mist (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned paper: Yellow Distressed Dots (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: mobile from Plus One, sentiment from Sophie’s Sentiments, banner from Bannerific (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Copic markers, glitter (Martha Stewart), Glossy Accents, Ribbon & button (Papertrey Ink), twine (The Twinery)

Banner Birthday
Cardstock: White, Ripe Avocado, Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Origins (Basic Grey)
Stamps: sentiment from CL371 (Hero Arts)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Accessories: double-ended banner die (Papertrey Ink), twine (The Twinery), Tiny Attacher (Ranger), sewing machine

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Happy Birthday Hubby!

It was my husband’s birthday this past weekend and we got away for a long weekend to Budapest to celebrate! It was great to go on a little mini-break from London and we had a wonderful time taking in the sites and food (probably spent more time taking in the latter!).

I wasn’t very prepared with a birthday card and put this together quickly last night when I gave him his present. I went back & forth about whether or not to share it – definitely not my best or most creative card – but still a bit sweet & colorful!

I made this card for the Wee Memories Color Challenge & Lawnscapings Challenge – make your own background paper challenge. I used the star from Lawn Fawn – Bake a Cake to make the background. The rest of the goodies are Cosmo Cricket – my sweet guy loves when I make cards with those cute chipboard critters.

 Here are a couple pictures of us enjoying Budapest!

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Card details:
Cardstock: White, Spring Moss (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned paper: Togetherness collection (Cosmo Cricket)
Stamps: star from Bake a Cake, sentiment from Sophie’s Sentiments (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Cerulean & Poppy chalk ink (Hero Arts), Green Tea (Versacolor), Thatched Straw (Versamagic), Angel Pink, Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Fox (Cosmo Cricket), glitter pen (Sakura), die (Papertrey Ink)

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Not your average baby card

Another baby card to share today and this time using some very nontraditional colors. I loved the colors for the current challenge over The Play Date Cafe, but I had so many baby cards to make & I was determined to make it work! I think it turned out well – who says purple & turquoise can’t be used for babies?



The sketch is based on the current sketch over at the Clean & Simple blog and it is also for the Passion for Papertrey – Hey Baby! challenge. Lastly, as I didn’t use any markers, it is also going into the current challenge over at There She Goes Stamps.



Card details:
Cardstock: Hawaiian Shores, Royal Velvet, Stamper’s Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle
Stamps: sentiment from Plus One (Lawn Fawn), bears from Baby Button Bits, Polka Dot Basics (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Versamark
Accessories: buttons (Papertrey Ink), twine (The Twinery), die cut (Papertrey Ink), clear embossing powder
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Glittery, sparkling prams…

If only they came like this in real life…
As mentioned, the week of baby cards continues (though hopefully I’ll take a break for some other creations too!) & today I am sharing 2 cards featuring Lawn Fawn’s adorable new Plus One set. I looove this set and couldn’t wait to ink it up. Luckily for me, everyone I know is having babies or needs baby cards for their friends! These cards are inspired by the card Nichol Magouirk did for the Plus One release.
It doesn’t come out that well in the pictures, but I highlighted the patterned paper of the 2nd card with a glitter pen and it adds the perfect amount of sparkle to this card. I felt it needed a little something as the colors are pretty untraditional for baby cards, but I think they’re so sweet!
These cards are for the current challenges over at Wee Memories – Anything Goes, A Passion for Papertrey – Hey Baby! & CPS – Card Positioning Systems sketch #211.

And, don’t forget to scroll down to check out my supply purge!

Lastly, there’s a new challenge blog in town with articles, swaps, interviews, videos, challenges, great prizes and MORE! Check out Lily Pad Cards! 

Card details
Card 1:
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Berry Sorbet (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Lillian collection (Crate Paper)
Stamps: sentiment & pram from Plus One (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Dies: Double-ended banner (Papertrey Ink), Circle/Scalloped Circle (Spellbinders)
Accessories: Copics, Glitter pen, border punch (EK Success), corner chomper (We R Memory Keepers), buttons (Papertrey Ink)

Card 2:
Cardstock: Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Lillian collection & Brook collection (Crate Paper)
Stamps: sentiment & pram from Plus One (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Dies: Double-ended banner (Papertrey Ink), Circle/Scalloped Circle (Spellbinders)
Accessories: Copics, Glitter pen, border punch (EK Success), corner chomper (We R Memory Keepers), buttons (Papertrey Ink)
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Happy Mother’s Day

Hey everyone!

Just a quick post tonight featuring another card I did for Mother’s Day – which is coming up in just a couple weeks here in the UK. I used the color combo from Color Throwdown – orange, green & blue.  I used the same sketch as the post below – I have a few more fun color combos with this card for Mother’s Day to share later…

This is also for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge – Mother’s Day

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