5 May 2021

The Male Room Challenge #150

Well hello there!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out the new challenge from The Male Room. Challenge #150 has the theme Water/Beach.

I don’t tend to make many beach themed cards, maybe because I live in the middle of the UK and don’t often go to the beach! So this theme really got me thinking. I remembered a stamp set I received with Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine and wanted to use it as I hadn’t yet had chance to ink it up. 

I wanted to keep the colour scheme simple with just blue, black and white. I gave the sky and sea a watercolour wash after I had stamped the lighthouse and gull.

I layered the focal image onto a slightly larger layer of blue card. I then used foam tape to adhere this to a layer of white card that I have embossed straight lines across. I was reflecting the white planks of a beach hut and it does look good but it’s difficult to pick up on the photo! I wrapped this panel with bakers twine and then attached this to the card blank with more foam tape. Finally I heat embossed the sentiment onto a blue card flag and attached. 

I am really pleased with how this card turned out. I hope you like it too and will join us in the challenge. Inspire me with some beach themed cards! Don’t forget to take a look at the brilliant Design Team makes too. 

I would like to wish AAA Birthday challenge a very happy birthday and enter this card into their challenge #25.

I would also like to enter into the May Anything Goes with Watercolour challenge over at Happy Little Stampers.

See you again soon!

Steph x

30 April 2021

Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #442

Hi all

Another week and another challenge for Color My Heart Color Dare. I only participate fortnightly but the challenges run weekly so make sure you pop over to the blog to check it out on my ‘off’ weeks!! 

This week’s colour prompt is:

When I first saw this I knew I wanted to use the bold colours of Sapphire, Paprika and Sangria. They just stood out to me and I think they are quite retro so I decided to use my Uniko Style stamp set which to me has total 60’s vibes!

In the end I used all six colours to get the layers plus some dark grey for the flower centres. The sentiment is also from Uniko, another great stamp set called Anniversaire Arts Decoratifs. 

So let’s see what you make of the colours by joining in with Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #442. Don’t forget to hop over to the blog to see what amazing inspiration the rest of the Design Team have come up with. 

Much love

Steph x

16 April 2021

Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #440

Good morning everyone 

Today we have a great challenge from Color My Heart Color Dare called Crazy 8! Since there’s more than 8 of us on the Design Team I don’t think it’s referring to us!! 😂

The idea behind challenge #440 is to select at least 4 of the eight blocks shown and they aren’t all colour based so you can do a bit of mixing it up!

As always we reference Close to My Heart colour names but you can use any brand as long as it’s a very close match.

For my card I chose the florals, Glacier, New England Ivy and Sundance (with a little bit of Peach thrown in at the end!).

As I haven’t done a slimline card in a while I decided it was time and I already had the florals stamped and heat embossed with clear powder from another project I had been working on. I have recently treated myself to some Spectrum Noir Triblend markers so I tried them out my flowers and was happy with how they work. I then fussy cut the flowers (I’m one of those strange people who quite likes fussy cutting!) and decided on my arrangement. I wanted to bring my main three colours into the card as much as possible so I used all three for card layers. I already had the sentiment stamped (again from a previous project) and as I’m trying to use up my ‘overflow’ bits and pieces I decided it would be perfect for this card. Finally I added some sequins, which is not like me at all but I seem to be more and more drawn to embellishments these days. 
There’s a fair few stamp sets used for this card so it seemed easier to list them:
Altenew Dahlia Blossoms
Simply Cards and Papercraft Issue 162
Simply Cards and Papercraft Issue 178
Simply Cards and Papercraft Issue 204
Creative Stamping Issue 81
Lisa Horton Crafts Festive Flora and Fauna
Hero Arts Calla Lily (sentiment)

Phew! That’s a fair few stamp sets!

So hopefully you’ve all been inspired to join in and you like the style of this week’s challenge. Pop over to the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #440 and see what goodness the rest of the Design Team came up with.

Much love

Steph x

14 April 2021

Christmas Craft Creations April 2021 - Our First Birthday!

Hi all

Thanks for joining us today as we celebrate our 1st birthday! I might wander off in search of some cake... 

But before I do, this month’s Christmas Craft Creations challenge requirement is to have no stamping on your card.

For my card I started off by dry embossing the top half of a piece of white card cut slightly smaller than the card base. I used a snowfall embossing folder but I only wanted the top half to emboss so I only inserted part of the card into the folder. To this I added my die cut vehicle made from red, black and silver mirror card. Before I attached the vehicle I poked the Christmas tree just under the back portion to look as though it is resting in the truck bed. Finally I added a silver mirror card sentiment and attached the whole panel to the card front with foam tape.

I hope you like my CAS Christmas card and will leave a lovely comment. Please do head over to the blog to check out the rest of the Design Team’s fabulous creations and leave them some love too. As it’s our birthday there are even more prizes up for grabs this month so get your craft supplies out and join in, but remember to leave the stamping for another day!

Much love

Steph x

11 April 2021

Citrus Butterfly Loveliness

Good morning all,

I was working on a butterfly panel over the weekend and heat embossed some butterflies with the intention of doing a lovely multi coloured blended background. However, as I completed the panel I realised it really had not worked the way I had intended!! So back to the drawing board and you will see the results I was really looking for later in the year as I was creating for one of my DT positions. 

So this left me with some lovely Distress Ink blended butterflies to use up. I decided to cut them out and give them a black background to really make them pop!

The Butterflies are from Uniko set English Country Garden - Butterflies and I have heat embossed them in Wow! Opaque White powder before ink blending with Distress Oxides in Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemon and Twisted Citron. I have fussy cut them and layered them onto a narrow black panel before layering this onto a white slimline card blank. Finally I have added the sentiment using the really great Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Background stamps and co-ordinating die.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by today. Nice comments always appreciated and give that warm fussy feeling!
Much love
Steph x

7 April 2021

The Male Room Challenge #149

Hi everyone 

Thanks for joining me today and checking out the new challenge over at The Male Room. Challenge #149 is wood.

I do think a masculine card and a wood theme go hand in hand and I was a little spoilt for choice when I was trying to decide what to make. Initially I was looking towards a wood effect background stamp then I remembered I had a wood grain embossing folder too. I also have a fair few woodland themed stamps and papers so it took me a while to choose a direction! But here it is:

As you can see, the wood grain embossing folder won out! I inked the folder before running a light grey card through it so it gave the slightly darker grey grain. Think silver birch!

I’m constantly thinking ahead to what cards I need to make so I decided to make this into an anniversary card for my husband but as you can see our anniversary isn’t until July. However, July is a particularly busy month for birthdays, anniversaries and carnivals (I’m treasurer for our local carnival event) so I definitely have to get myself well ahead of the game. 

I die cut the heart into the embossed card (I then ran it through the folder again as it had lost some depth) and I stamped the initials, heart arrow and month onto a piece of grey card behind the heart aperture. I layered this onto red card to give a pop of colour and did the same with my sentiment strip which was stamped and die cut using Clearly Besotted products. 

So, how will you interpret the wood theme? Pop over the the blog to see how the rest of the Design Team took on the challenge and leave them some love.

*** Important Note *** Please remember to add the challenge graphic and link back to the challenge on your blog post. We are unable to consider your project for a win or honourable mention if you don’t do this. 

Much love


2 April 2021

Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #438

Good morning everyone 

As I write this post (at the back end of February) I am really wondering what changes may have occurred by the time this post goes live! Here in the UK we are in a third lockdown but with no specific dates given for the end of this one I sit here and wonder. 

What is for sure is that the Easter bunny will be visiting this weekend and plenty of chocolate will be eaten! And that leads us nicely onto this weeks Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #438 and a lovely Spring/Easter inspiration photo.

Just look at those beautiful tulips. I do love a tulip so I used those as my inspiration and a very nicely timed embossing folder from Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine helped a great deal.

I ran a piece of white paper through the embossing folder before highlighting the pattern by gently rubbing a pink ink pad over the surface. The centre of the folder is a blank circle so I die cut a pink circle to match the pink ink. The magazine set did come with stamps and dies but I decided to use a sentiment from the Uniko Spring Botanicals Daffodil set. I used the Clearly Besotted With Love stamps for the tulips in the vase. I mounted the panel onto yellow patterned paper and added a green ribbon to cover the join. I felt it needed a little something more so I added some yellow enamel dots to the centre. 

I hope you feel inspired to join in the challenge. Head over to the blog and leave some love for the rest of the Design Team. 

Much love

Steph x

19 March 2021

Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #436

Hey there!

Welcome to this week’s Color My Heart Color Dare challenge #436 which is a Tic Tac Toe board as follows:

Choose a row, column or diagonal for your initial colour combination. Feel free to add other colours from the grid and of course the ‘free’ colours as listed. We reference Close To My Heart colour names but you can use any brand as long as it’s a very close match. 

For my card I went with the middle row of Peacock, Almond and Sundance but also added in Mint and Fern.

Initially I wanted to use the diagonal of Mint, Almond and Cinnamon but I discovered I didn’t have any card or ink anywhere close to Cinnamon in colour so that’s something I will have to put right as I still think this card would look better with a hefty punch of Cinnamon!

The stamp set I have used is called Simply Succulent Too from Clearly Besotted (UK but can be found at Simon Says Stamps also). I have used Memento inks in Teal Zeal, Toffee Crunch, Cantaloupe and Bamboo Leaves.

If you feel inspired or want to see more fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team please head over to the blog and join in the fun! 

Much love

Steph x

12 March 2021

Inchie Craziness!!

 Evening all,

I’ve been trying to get around to making these cards and joining in with the AAA Cards challenge #185 since it went live on Sunday but everything has worked against me this week. However I have finally managed to get my ideas down on paper (well card!) and I’ve gone inchie crazy!

I do love an inchie challenge and I knew straight away that I was going to use my Clearly Besotted Seasonal Selfies stamps. I have simply stamped, coloured and cut them out leaving a narrow border which I have then coloured in or left white depending on the colour card I was planning to adhere them to. I highly recommend this design for quick batch Christmas cards!

Which one is your favourite? Mine? It’s either rudolf on red card or snowman on black card. 

Since I went with a Christmas theme for my inchies, I’m going to enter Happy Little Stampers March Christmas Challenge also. 

Thanks for stopping by today and lovely comments are always appreciated. 

Much love 

Steph x

Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #435

Morning all

I’m joining in with my teammates for Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #435 (I usually do the even number challenges) because this week’s colour is my favourite colour! 

I wanted to get as many shades of green as possible so I reached for a mandala die and settled in for an afternoon of paper piecing! In my haste to ‘go green’ I forgot to add the one colour of my choice but the patterned paper has a little yellow dot in it so we’ll got with that. 😂

I’m absolutely certain I’ve purchased some adhesive sheets but I cannot find them anywhere so I stuck double sided tape to the back of the card before cutting it and used that instead. Much quicker and neater than trying to glue those pesky little bits in! 

I made this card at the beginning of Feb and since I hadn’t yet managed to make a Valentine’s card I decided to turn this into one. Partly because I’m not a fan of lovey dovey cards but also because my husband is Irish (well Northern Irish) so I thought it was fitting!

So please do pop over to the Color My Heart Color Dare blog and join in the challenge. Check out all the other wonderful inspiration from the rest of the Design Team and leave them some happy feedback. 

They are also having a lovely green themed challenge over at Double Trouble so I will be entering my card there.

And of course with so much die cutting, how could I not enter Happy Little Stampers March challenge!

Much love

Steph x

10 March 2021

Christmas Craft Creations March 2021

Morning all

We are back again with another Christmas Craft Creations challenge and this months prompt is Christmas Flowers:

I had a dig around in the stash and found a lovely Poinsettia stamp I hadn’t yet used from Creative Stamping magazine. It has a stained glass effect so I surrounded it with a stained glass border from the same set. I mounted it onto a black hexagon and layered it onto slightly bigger hexagons in red and black. 

I’ve seen a lot of hexagon cards recently and really like them so I treated myself to a set of dies! 

I hope you like my card and will head over to the Christmas Craft Creations blog to see the rest of the Design Team’s  amazing inspiration. And don’t forget to join in and get your Christmas cards started early!

Much love

5 March 2021

Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #434

Hi everyone 

Oh my goodness how is it March already?? In some ways the year is flying by but in other ways it’s dragging...think lovely craft time versus UK lockdown 3.0 and home schooling! 

Today we go live with a new Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #434. For this challenge choose at least three of the colours shown and create any type of paper craft. We reference Close to my Heart colours but any brand is fine as long as it’s a very close match. 

I decided it was time to get out a layering floral stamp set that I have had for a while but have not yet used...I have a lot of stamps sets like this!! The stamp set is Altenew Modern Anemone for which I also have the matching dies so cutting out the flowers and leaves was very easy. 

I started by stamping the outlines of the flowers and leaves in black. I then stamped the inner coloured parts in Sage, Canary and Grape. Once die cut I settled on an arrangement I liked and decided to bring a bit more colour to the card with a Blue Belle background layered onto Canary yellow card. I added a sentiment strip in Canary and used a stamp from a Clearly Besotted set to finish.

Please head over to the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge blog and join in. This colour scheme would be perfect for some Easter cards. Check out the rest of the Design Teams beautiful creations and leave them some love on their individual blogs. 

Much love

Steph x

3 March 2021

The Male Room Challenge #148

Good morning all

This is my first post as part of the Design Team for The Male Room Challenge so I’m very excited to get straight down to business!!

So here it is! The Male Room Challenge #148 is anything but a card. 

I chose to make a gift box because they are always very handy to have ready. I have had this fabulous paper pack for quite a while and it’s perfect for masculine males.

The centre piece is in fact from the cover sheet that came with the pack but it was the perfect size for my lid so I cut it out and layered it on. I made the box from strong white card and used red tape to secure all the folds. I added the Waffle Flower mini 3D bow and a selection of buttons and brads for some more interest. 

Now hop on over to the blog and see what marvellous creations the rest of the Design Team have made and let us see your brilliant work by joining in the fun! Don’t forget to keep it masculine. ☺️

Much love

Steph x