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 :

19 Mar 2017

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.

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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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Well the Christmas crafting season is in full swing now….we held our Christmas charity event last weekend and raised over £400 for the Ocean Stars trust which is a local charity raising funds to help children in Sri Lanka.  It was a really fun morning and the ladies made some beautiful cards.

This weeks challenges involve a sketch and some colours so I thought I’d combine them and this is the result


I hope you like it.

The CAS colours and sketches challenge #196 was

I chose to just use the garden green and cherry cobbler.  See the other entries here 

The Global design project  #GDP058 was a sketch:

and the other entries are here.

It’s such fun to have a go at these challenges, do have a go !

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Autumn is here!

I’m so loving playing with the vintage leaves set that I thought I’d continue to use it for the challenge blogs. I chose just 2 colours Cajun craze and so saffron.  I hope you like the results

This is the CAS challenge #192



Here is my one


To see more entries for this challenge click here

The global design project challenge #GDP054 was thisgdp054-sep16

and here is my version


To see the other entries please click here

If you’d like to have a go at any of these cards do let me know.

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Vintage leaves continued

This week the challenges are both colour related, here’s the CAS colours


and this is my creation


For the cucumber crush and delightful dijon I inked up the stamps, stamped onto scrap paper and then onto the very vanilla to get a paler (second generation)  image which wouldn’t overpower the beautiful bermuda bay.

To see more entries click here

The global design project had these colourscolour-challengegdp053

and here is my take on them #GDP093



It’s hard to tell from the picture (!) but the top layer has  a leaf shaped hole in it which has been cut with the leaflets die.  On the layer below I daubed with the watermelon wonder and stamped the greeting.

To see the other entries click here

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Vintage leaves

I was so pleased when one of my team members sent me a pin of a card using vintage leaves.  How could I have forgotten about this lovely set?! So I decided to use it for this weeks challenges. The sketch from CAS was


and this is my version #CAS190


I drew round a plant pot to get the curve !  For the large leaf, I inked the stamp all over with the tangerine tango and then gently tapped old olive and soft suede pads around to give a multi coloured effect.

To see the other entries click here 

The global design project challenge was as follows


and here is mine #GDP052


For this one I rested the stamp on it’s back, inked it up as before, then spritzed it with water.  Then I find the best thing to do is to leave the stamp lying on it’s back and carefully lay some card on top and press it down with a spare acrylic block. I dried it with a heat tool and then overstamped using the tangerine tango.  I love this effect.

The other entries can be found here


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