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

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Vintage Leaves

I haven’t used the vintage leaves set for ages even though it’s really beautiful, so when this week’s challenges made me think of leaves it was these stamps I turned to. They look lovely in all sorts of colours, I hope you’ll agree.

This is my card Slide1

and it was inspired by Michelle Last’s card in the GDP challenge  #GDP100

in that it has an all over pattern, with a large sentiment and some decorative ‘filling’

and by the colours on the colours and sketches challenge #CAS236

You can find the other GDP entries here and the CAS ones here 

If you’ve observed how much I love the Eastern Beauty stamp set you won’t be surprised that I’ve used it on this design !

If you would like to try this card you can come to one of my classes and/or get the supplies which are listed below from my online shop

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Tranquil tulips

I’m loving this new hostess set so thought I’d use it for the challenges this week.  It seems ages since I did a challenge, how did that happen???

Anyway, here goes

For the global design project #GDP094 there’s a sketch

(You can view the other entries here) and this is my interpretation



This was inspired by some of the colours on CAS challenge #230 (other entries here)

which I also used for this card





The sketch was from the previous week but I missed the deadline…..

If you’d like to learn to recreate these cards do get in touch, or if you’d like any of the products you can click on the links below

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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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Special Reason

This week many of my fellow Stampin’ Up! demos are in Amsterdam for our convention known as On Stage. I was unable to go this time 😦 so Amy Gould and I organised our own Off Stage event for the Diamond Stamping team. We had a lovely time and made some really pretty cards and boxes.

One of the stamp sets we used was Special Reason so I thought I’d use it for this week’s challenges.

The Global design project #GDP081 is

For the free choice of colour I used pear pizazz and this was the result


The other entries can be seen here.

The Colour and Sketches challenge #217 used different colours

and here is my version


the other entries are here

I hope this inspires you to look again at this really cute stamp set, As with so many, once you start playing there are loads of possibilities

If you like to come to a class to have a go with it (or any other sets, I like a challenge!) do get in touch.

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More fresh fruit

Does this count as my 5 a day?!

Sadly not but I have enjoyed playing with this stamp set again.  I was inspired by the challenge blogs….

The global design project #GDP076

Isn’t that lovely?

Here is my version, hope you like itfeb-28-17-b

You can see the other entries here

And the CAS challenge #212 is this

So as I was using Fresh Fruit :feb-28-17-a


The other entries are here

I hope my designs will inspire you to try out this lovely set.

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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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Cosy critters

I just love the cosy critters hostess set from the Autumn/winter catalogue and thought I’d use it for this week’s challenges…

CAS challenge #198 this week is


and this is how I interpreted it

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To see the other entries click here

The global design project #GDP061 was also a colour challenge

and here are the cosy critters in those colours


Here are the other entries

Which of my versions do you prefer?

Do let me know and why not come and re create your favourite at one of my classes? Or you can order the supplies you need through my online shop:

A final flurry of leaves

It still feels like September so I’m allowing myself 1 more entry with the lovely vintage leaves!  Well, I made up that rule so I think that’s allowed 🙂

The CAS challenge #193 is a double this week


and I thought I’d combine it with the Global design project #GDP055gdp055-theme-oct-02-16 and create a card to give away to someone special …who shall I pick?  I’m blessed with lots of special people to choose from !  The other entries can be seen here for CAS and over here for GDP.

Anyway I had fun creating some coloured paper by splodging the colours randomly  on a large block, squirting with water and then laying some very vanilla card stock over the top and pressing firmly.  Once dry I then over stamped with rich razzleberry then die cut the leaves to make this

vintage_leaves_oct-wm I was particularly pleased with the border, made by stamping one of the leaves along the edge of the card – any messiness being hidden by the strip of rich razzleberry 🙂

If you’d like to learn how to do this then do come along to a class.  But hurry…soon it will be Christmas card time.  I’m planning several classes including the favourite – 20 cards in a day – a great way to boost your card production especially as I’ll do the preparation for you.

To make today’s card head over to my online shop for anything you’ll need and don’t forget to use the hostess code to get a free gift (see sidebar)

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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.

Items needed to make them are listed below, just hop over to my online store if you’d like to buy any of them
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