Monthly Archives: March 2016

Going Global for CAS Colours & Sketches


This week at CAS Colours & Sketches it’s the first double challenge of 2016 – a colour and sketch challenge combined!  Jane came up with this great combo for us:

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I was a bit nervous about this one, seeing as just one of those can be tricky!  But, I settled quite quickly on what I wanted my card to look like:

World Traveller, Going Global, CC&S #167

I used my brayer to ink up the World Traveller TIEF with Pacific Point, then ran that through the Big Shot with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I stamped the sentiment from Going Global in Daffodil Delight on South America – when I told my sister Liz (also on the design team, her blog is here), she said “Well, we are very grateful to them for coffee!” Trust me, we really do both love coffee!

I  trimmed the embossed image down slightly, then divided it into two pieces.  I backed it with a strip of Chocolate Chip as that was required by the sketch and then added a couple of mats.  The first time I tried this card I messed up my sentiment stamping and used a skinny white mat, which was a bit bland.  Second time around I used Daffodil Delight and liked it much better – it really makes things pop, I think!

Hope you like it – we’d love to see your take on this challenge.

Finally, it’s the very last day of Sale-a-bration today – it’s not too late to place an order and grab a freebie for every £45 spent.  To make up for the end of SAB for another year I’ll be introducing my own shopping rewards soon – watch this space!


Clouds for CAS Colours & Sketches


This week’s sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches is a lovely one from Jane – I’ve really enjoyed her month as hostess so far – next week will be the first double challenge of the year, so do check that out!  Back to this week:

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I played around with quite a few variations for this sketch before settling on this interpretation:

Sprinkles of Life, Cupcake Builder punch, CC&S #166

The base is Sahara Sand, and my Night of Navy layer has a Very Vanilla skinny border around it.  I punched the clouds out from one of the gorgeous Going Places DSP stack using the Cupcake Builder punch – I made sure to get variety to represent the swirly clouds!  The sentiment is heat embossed in silver and is from the Sprinkle of Life set – I overlooked this versatile photopolymer set for ages but have used it quite a few time lately.

Finally, I put it all together with tombow – hope you like it!


Thank you for CAS Colours & Sketches


Today there’s a colour challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches:

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I really like these colours and my my mind went to water and sand (I know, it’s a bit red!) although when I started to craft I didn’t start there.  It turned out though, that my crafting mojo had gone on holiday, as I really stugggled.  And the more I worried, the worse it got.  Until I was reminded that I do this for fun and to relax (and get things into perspective).  So, vaguely thinking about my original beach-ish theme, I started again and came up with this:

Butterfly Basics, What I Love, CC&S #165

I have to say that it looks better in real life, as there’s a real sense of perspective leading your eye into the distance.  I scribbled the three colours onto a block and spritzed it and smoothed White Shimmer card over it, using my brayer to ensure even contact.  I spritzed  again, then put it under some grid paper to dry.  I stamped the flower image from Butterfly Basics and the leaves and “Thank You” from What I Love (if you love this set like I do, you can get it free with a purchase of £45 during Sale-a-bration) in Night of Navy.  I lined the sentiment up with the line of the two blues to emphasize the perspective.  I added a mat of Watermelon Wonder and a Night of Navy base and constructed it all using tombow.

A bit different for me – I’m having a lot of fun with watercolouring and other techniques at the moment!

If you like this or the colours, have a look at the rest of the Design Team entries and enter this week’s challenge – we love seeing what people come up with.


World of Thanks for CAS Colours & Sketches


Today it’s a sketch  challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches:

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Sometimes there is flexibility with sketches and we can replace the element with another, for example a circle.  But in this instance Jane has asked us to use a square.  I did decide to rotate it a bit though 🙂

World of Thanks, metallic heat embossing, CC&S #164

My base is Island Indigo, which I love, but sometimes overlook, with a Delightful Dijon square matted with a skinny Whisper White border.  I place the Delightful Dijon square directly on the blue, after wiping both with embossing buddy, then stamped “A World of Thanks” in Versamark and heat embossed in gold.  I like the way the skinny white border breaks it up a bit but you can still see the connection of the words.  I put it all together with tombow.  Simple but effective.

Hope you like it!


Easter Bunnies galore


I’m in the middle of prep for a stall at a pamper night this Thursday.  As usual I don’t think I have enough yet but I’m getting there!  The event is called The Big Night Off and is at a local primary school in Swindon.  Come along if you are local (or if you’re not) and enjoy mini treatments and browse some lovely stalls (like mine!).  Entry is £5.

Chocolate always goes down well at events like these, and with Easter approaching I decided to make some cute curvy gift boxes to put a treat in.  I got a bit of help from the internet but I did then come up with my own design with the help of the Playful Pals stampset and the Flower Fair framelit dies, both of which I had to borrow from my friend Nicki.  You can guess of the items on my next order, I think!

So here they are:

Easter Bunnies, Curvy giftbox, Playful Pals

I’ve made the bunnies in Whisper White thick cardstock and Smoky Slate cardstock, using the Curvy Giftbox framelit die.  I used the Playful Pals stamps for the mouth and whiskers and candy dots for the eyes – you can use a Sharpie to colour them, fortunately.  The white bunnies have Pink Pirouette cheeks and ears and the Smoky Slate have Blushing Bride. They all have a cotton wool tail:

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All that’s left is for me to fill them with an Easter treat ready to be displayed on Thursday.  Think I’ve got enough?

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Hope you like them!


No Bones about It for CAS Colours & Sketches


This week we have a colour challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches, set by Jane:

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She has some great ideas up her sleeve, so be sure to check back each week!

I decided to make a bit of a frivolous, cheeky card this week, mostly suited to a child’s birthday, but I have to admit that I used this set for my brother’s birthday last year and he isn’t exactly a child!  I tried a few other things out first, but then this stamp set seemed to be calling “pick me!” from the shelf.

No Bones About It, Birthday Card, CC&S #163

My base is Real Red with a skinny Cucumber Crush mat around a Whisper White top layer.  I stamped my dinosaur in Mint Macaron and then stamped his skeleton in Cucumber Crush.  He’s walking on stones (?) in both colours and his jaunty party hat and sentiment are stamped in Real Red.  I just can’t leave the hat out when I use this set!  All the stamps are from the No Bones About It stamp set.

So, there we are!  Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team’s take on this design and please play along – we love to see your takes on the challenges.