Weekly challenges


First we have CAS challenge #242 is

and I turned the sketch round and did this


which is a very effective way of using up those scraps of dsp we can’t bear to throw out.

The other entries are here

The design actually fits in with the #GDP 107 theme of grateful and you can see the other entries here

I had intended to enter #GDP 106 but missed the deadline – here is my design anyway as I thought you might like to see a Christmas card!  I was preparing ideas for our Charity card event on 14th October.  I won’t show you the final design – you’ll have to be there to see it 🙂


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Jar of love

Sorry I’ve been a bit quiet recently – both ‘children’ are off at university now so , in theory anyway, I’ve got more time….we shall see!

Anyway, this week both challenges were colour themes so I decided to see the different looks you can get with the Jar of love set, I think you’ll agree the cards are very different.

Firstly the CAS#241

and my cards are




You can see the other entries here

The global design project #GDP105 wanted some very different colours

so I came up with


It looks so different doesn’t it?  (Other entries here)

Do let me know which of mine you prefer by leaving a comment below

If you’d like help making these cards do let me know or you can buy all you need from my online shop

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Wedding card

Hi, I missed posting in time for the deadlines for last week’s challenges but thought you might like to see the card anyway.  It was inspired by

(Other entries here)


(Other entries here)

And this is what I came up with 15Aug2017

The little hearts and the background embossing are done with some retired (but still loved!) products.  It was a good excuse to use them again, you can of course substitute any other hearts….and the lovely sweet and sassy framelits would work well, but I don’t have them…..yet.  I think the petal burst embossing folder would be a good choice for the background and would work well with the sponging. The rose red heart was cut using the mini treat bag die and then embossed.

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Eastern Palace continued

What fun I’m having with this set!

This week I’m entering the #GDP097 colour challenge

(other entries here)

and the CAS sketch #233

(other entries here).

I came up with a card to fit with both challenges


I hope you like it.

You can obtain the products I used via my online shop and they are listed below

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More Eastern Beauty

I’m continuing to explore the Eastern Palace possibilities ready for the all day classes I have coming up in August (contact me for details) so thought I’d use it for this week’s challenges


I designed 1 card to fit both so hope you like it

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I was rather pleased with it.  You can see the other entries for GDP here and CAS here

If you’d like to have a go, then contact me or the supplies are listed below

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Hogs and kisses

The new this little piggy set is such fun with loads of potential, which I’m looking to explore lots more …especially as my daughter loves pigs !

So for this weeks challenge I thought the hogs and kisses image would work well


the challenge was CAS #231

and you can see other entries here.  I hope you like my interpretation.

One thing to mention is that normally when I use the softly falling embossing folder I love the variation in the density of the dots, but for the little strips of card I wanted them to be dotty all over – so I just put them sideways into the embossing folder – yet another way of using it!

If you’d like to have a go at this card, the supplies you need (listed below) are available through my online shop
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Eastern Beauty

Well the Eastern Beauty stamp set and matching thinlits are just so beautiful that there’s too much  to choose from for a normal class!!  Instead, purchase either the stamps, dies or bundle (see pictures below) by contacting me and for just an additional £10 you will receive a goody bag and the chance to play with them for a whole day.  I will be on hand with ideas and inspiration.

Here’s just one of the many, many cards you can make with this bundle

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Retiring Products

This is a time of year with mixed emotions – excitement at the up-coming new catalogue and sadness at the imminent loss of the retiring products.  Two I am really sad to be losing are the decorative label and petite petal punches so I thought I’d use them for this week’s challenges.  Both are sketches this week

CAS colurs and sketches challenge #218 is

And here are my entries using some retiring colours and some that are continuing



The other entries are here

The Global Design Project GDP#082 was similar

I used the same supplies again and came up with these



Other entries are here .

I hope you like my interpretations. I particularly like the combination of mint macaron (retiring) with sweet sugarplum – even better in reality than in the photos.  The backgrounds were made by inking up the retiring lovely lace embossing folder before putting it through the big shot, one using the ‘front’ and one the ‘back’, I’m always torn between which I prefer!

If you’d like to get your hands on some of these products – especially the ones that are about to retire – you can do so through my online shop above or by clicking below .

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Well my Make a Medallion stamp set arrived and I’ve been having a great time playing with it.  It’s one of the sets you can get for free until the end of March and it’s just beautiful.

As they say  ‘ a picture is worth a thousand words’ so I’ll let you be the judge.  I used it for this week’s challenge blogs, which were both sketch challenges.

The global design project #GDP078 is this

and my interpretation is this:



The other entries can be found here

The  CAS colours and sketches challenge #214 is

and for this I did a monochrome card :

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The 2 colour effect is achieved by using 2nd generation ink i.e. stamping on scrap paper first so that the 2nd image is lighter.  I love the effect that gives.

The other entries can be found here

Although both of my cards use the same set the effect is quite different, and in my classes this month we’ll be doing at least 1 other variation, using the same colours but for different parts of the stamp set.  I’ve also enjoyed trying out different backgrounds including using cling film which was a recent tutorial on splitcoaststampers.

******A special note if you are a UK demo (near Hampshire) who is not going to On Stage in Amsterdam then please contact me for details of my Off Stage event asap.*******


As usual all materials can be purchased from my online store and are listed below:

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The new catalogue

For our group Christmas get-together the challenge was to make a swap using some of the products from the new catalogue.  Well one of the fun parts of being a demo is doing a pre-order from the new catalogue and what a lot to choose from.  i drew inspiration from this


And this was my version


Sadly I was too late to enter the challenge but you can see the other entries here 

These are the products I used

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