Wednesday, 30 August 2017


Hello.  Phew, I can exhale!
It's my last week as Guest Designer for the SSSWednesday challenge.
I hope you've enjoyed seeing my cards and playing along - I have had a blast.
Thank you to all the Simon Says team for having me and being so welcoming, and special thanks to the lovely Lols for her amazing support and encouragement  xxx


Don't forget, if you join in the fun you'll be in with the chance of winning a
$50 gift voucher to spend in the store.
We all love a shopping spree, right?



Here's my card for this week's challenge,
where the theme is ....


Easy right?

This week we are showcasing Hero Arts.
If you have some of their goodies we would love to see them,
but you can enter with any supplies you have.

I love stamp sets that have all the little extras to complete your card.
This little monster comes with, the cake, the candle, the hat, the bow tie, various sentiments AND the dies.
Hero Arts Eat Cake All Day

I've coloured him with Copics and popped him up on foam tape.

For the background I've used MFT's stitched scalloped edge rectangle,
stitched scalloped basic edge die , and their calm and cozy chevron dp.

Simon Says Stamp

Monday, 28 August 2017


I'm sharing some llama love today with a cute, birthday card.

The inspiration for my card came from Stephanie Klauck with this card.
I loved her placement of the image and sentiments.

For my card I die cut the 'happy birthday sentiment', then I cut and coloured some of the cactus stamps from the llama set.
I stuck the cacti onto my base panel, placing them so that they could be seen peeping through the birthday letters.
Then I attached the birthday panel over the top of them, with foam pads.
Finally, I added my llama and the embossed sentiment.


MFT - Llama Love and Happy Birthday Dienamic
Lawn Fawn -  Stitched Rectangle
Copics. White Embossing Powder.

Thursday, 24 August 2017


Are you playing along at Muse this week?
Kim has a fabulous pineapple card as our inspiration.
This one really got me thinking and I had a good rummage through my old stash.
I came up with this, little used, typewriter stamp from Hero Arts.

This was a super quick and easy card to make, and a style I might try again
 if I can just shut up the Virgo in me whispering "it's not neat" "it's too messy" blah blah...  ;-)

I started with my die-cut panel and then stamped the typewriter and sentiment.
I smooshed some distress oxide ink onto an acrylic block and then just painted it on with a brush.
Then I just scattered a few sequins and attached the panel to my base card with foam pads.

Card by Kim Heggins

  • scalloped edge border
  • one main image
  • yellow and green colour combo
  • sequins
Hero Arts - Typewriter Notes
Distress Ink - Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio
MFT - Stitched Scalloped Edge Rectangle Die

Wednesday, 23 August 2017


Here I am with another card, for my Guest Designer spot at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.


August is usually a quiet month for crafters, with lots of people enjoying a  summer break,
but I hope you'll have time to get into your craft rooms and play along this week.
 As usual, you could be the lucky winner of the $50 gift voucher to spend in the store.


Here's my card for this week's challenge,
where the theme is ....


This week the challenge is showcasing Avery Elle products.
If you have them, we'd love to see them, but you can enter with any make of stamps.


When I saw this challenge theme, the old joke popped into my head -

I know the kids don't like you, and pick on you,
but you have to go to school dear, 
you're the teacher!

So, I made a simple card, aimed at all the teachers out there.

I used a few of my favourite supplies on this card -
the stitched scalloped edge rectangle die and stitched alphas from MFT,
Mama Elephant's Tiny Ninjas,
and Lawn Fawn's Smitty's ABCs

Simon Says Stamp

Friday, 18 August 2017


Here's my card for this week's Muse Card Club Challenge

I started by stamping my 'Birthday' sentiment with VersaMark and embossing it in white. Don't look too closely, it's a bit wonky :-)
Then I added some blue distress ink - keeping it light towards the edges.
I attached a piece of scalloped edge die-cut and popped up my piggy and flowers with foam tape.
The sentiment was stamped on black card and embossed in white.

Tracey's card is so cute, as soon as I saw it, I new I would pretty much stick to her design. My main inspiration was
  • blue inked background
  • placement of image and sentiment
  • overall cuteness :-)

MFT - sow much cuteness + stitched scalloped basic edge die
SSS - thoughtful messages
Distress Ink - tumbled glass
Lawn Fawn - stitched rectangle die.       Copics. White embossing powder

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Add A Sentiment

Here I am with another card for my Guest Designer Spot at the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge


As usual, Simon Says are offering a generous $50 voucher to the challenge winner,
so play along, and you could be filling your basket with goodies from their store.


Here's my card for this week's challenge,
where the theme is



This week the team are showcasing Impression Obsession stamps.
Pop on over to the blog and check out their fabulous work.

Unfortunately I don't have any of their stamps -
something I really need to remedy -
so I dug around in my stash and came up with this pretty sentiment
from MFT together forever.

Remember a few years ago, when this chalkboard technique was all the rage.
I decided to resurrect it!
I cheated a bit, by starting off with dark grey card, which I stamped
my sentiment on and heat embossed it in white.
Then I sponged on some white and black chalk to get that 'just wiped' board look.

This was my second attempt at water colouring those gorgeous
modern anemones from WPlus9,
with distress inks in spun sugar, pickled raspberry, scattered straw and
mowed lawn.

I resisted water colouring for a long time, cos I am so NOT 'arty',
but I am amazed with what I managed to do.
So, if you haven't tried it yet - give it a go - and let me know how you get on.

I arranged my blooms and leaves, popped up on foam tape,
onto an MFT stitched scalloped edge rectangle.

Simon Says Stamp

Saturday, 12 August 2017


I love alphabet stamps and dies, and adding words and sentiments to my cards.
So I was excited to get my hands on this alphabet stamp set.
It turned out to be a little larger than I expected,
but I think it's going to be used a lot :-)

I started with a white card panel and added my stripes using an Altenew  stencil with spiced marmalade Distress Ink.
Then I held my breath as I stamped the individual letters for my sentiment.
Some of them came out a little patchy, so I just filled them in with a fine black marker.
I definitely need to get my hands on one of those stamping platforms.

Then I mounted my panel onto black card, with foam tape and attached it to my base card.


MFT - well connected alphabet   Distress Ink - spiced marmalade    Altenew - stripes stencil

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

For A Child

Here I am with my second card as Guest Designer for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

I hope you'll play along this week -
Simon Says Stamp has lots of amazing goodies and
you could win a fabulous $50 gift voucher to spend in the store.


Here's my card for this week's challenge,
where the theme is


This week Neat & Tangled goodies are being showcased.
You don't have to use them to enter the challenge,
but if you have them, we would love to see them.

I asked myself  "what do kids like on cards?"
and I came up with - colour, cute animals, and their name.
I threw in some interaction, and here's my card...

I started with my usual MFT stitched scalloped rectangle die
that I inked up in distress oxide, broken china
I used MFT surf and turf dienamics to cut the slider piece from the centre of the rectangle.

This cute fox is from Altenew, hug me and I die-cut him, coloured him with Copics 
and popped him into the slider channel.
I added some clouds, so the fox looks like he's floating in the sky,
and then the name, using MFT stitched alphabet dies

Simon Says Stamp

Tuesday, 8 August 2017


I have a craving this week, and I blame Less is More  ;-)
Their challenge is 'Tropical Fruits', and seeing all those cards in tangy colours
has made me desperate for  Opal Fruits.
Remember them - before they were Starburst?
I don't know how long I can hold out.

Here's my own 'tangy' card.

I needed a New Home card and thought it would be fun to use this chair stamp with tropical colours.
I die-cut my scallop edge rectangle and then stamped the centre piece using distress inks, before re-attaching the scalloped edge.
Then I popped it up with foam tape onto my card base and added the embossed sentiment.
Very quick and simple.


Tropical Fruits

Clearly Besotted - Time To Relax
Sentiment - Avery Elle, Home Sweet Home
Distress Oxide Inks - Cracked PIstachio, Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber
MFT - Scallop Edge Rectangle Die

Friday, 4 August 2017


Today, I'm back in my comfort zone,
playing with these cute pups from MFT.

I die-cut my panel and stamped it with the different pups.
Then I coloured them with Copics and added a little, white gel pen.
If anyone can recommend a good gel pen I can get here in the UK that would be great. The ones that I buy never seem to quite work properly.
The sentiment was embossed in white onto a strip of black card and popped up with foam tape.
I love this design. It's a nice clean and simple one, that works for a lot of different stamps.


August Anything Goes

MFT - Four Legged Friends
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Rectangle Die
Copics. Sequins. 

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Splatter It

Eek, I'm excited.
For the whole month of August I will be Guest Designer for the
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.


We have some fun challenges lined up for you, so I hope you'll play along,
and you'll be in with the chance of winning a $50 gift voucher to spend in the store.
We all love a shopping spree, right?


Here's my card for this week's challenge,
where the theme is



This week SSS are showcasing Ranger inks, so I've used them to
water colour my blooms.
My first EVER attempt at water colouring flowers !!

I embossed my Wplus9 modern anemones in white, die-cut them, and then used distress inks to water colour them.
I'm not really sure how most people do this, but I smudged some ink from the pad, 
onto an acrylic block,  added a little water, and picked it up from there with my paint brush.
It's kind of addictive, isn't it?

I popped the blooms and leaves up with foam tape, onto a stitched scalloped rectangle die from MFT, 
that I splattered with the same distress ink.
(I think I could be a bit bolder with my splatter)  :-)

Distress Inks - Pickled Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Fossilized Amber and Mowed Lawn

Simon Says Stamp