Thursday, 21 September 2017


Hi there Crafty Friends
This is going to be a long posting so...
go grab a coffee or 2 or depending on the time of day
a glass or a bottle of wine.
There's much to show you.
Over at STAMPlorations we are continuing on with our
Typografia Stamp Sets and this time its......
get ready for it........ Christmas.
After all Christmas IS just down the road so as part of the
Blog Hop with other STAMPloration gals
 I created a 'few' cards from this collection
and I know you will love them like I do.
Sorry couldn't stop! But it gives me a nice little supply.
These are just perfect for cas and easy posting.
My cards were made with just 3 of the awesome bold sentiments
and I had so much fun with each of them.
I do love making non traditional coloured
Christmas cards so of course I squeezed one in.

Just look at all the fabulous sentiments!
They are in the Store now!
 Check them out HERE

Card 1
I just LOVE my Brusho's so that is exactly what I used here
for my first card. 
Inked the 'tis the Season  with black soot 
As our card stock is a different size here in Australia
I decided to leave it as is and attach some
very out of vogue Starform sticker on 2 sides
to finish it off.

Card 2
This is my non traditional coloured card
and decided on a bokeh effect for the background
inked up with Distress Oxide Inks
and heat embossed Merry Little Christmas
in white on vellum
Finished with a few gems.

Card 3
This was so easy peasy!
Simple red card stock backed with ARTplorations Plaid Maker
using Metallic Gilding Polish
Matted again and stenciled the tree
from ARTplorations Christmas Trees
with the same polish.
Joys of the Season sentiment is heat embossed in red on top.

Card 4
Lots of colour here.
This one is quite different - even the size!
I started by stamping the 'tis the Season onto white card stock
then cut out the CUTplorations Christmas Tree 1
with green card stock
 placing it identically in front of that, I inked
it again to show a touch of the white in the background.
This was cut once again from the
 CUTplorations Double Running Nesting Die
I found this fabulous colourful gelli plate pull
which had the green to match my tree so cut it
to use as a mat. For added interest
I cut a black frame from a SB die.
I needed to add colour around my tree so
inked up similar colours sponging with
STAMPlorations Mixed Media Grunge
and finished with some sequins and tiny stars.

Card 5
Just adding this as a spare as I am not sure if I
really liked it.
The best part is the gorgeous
STAMPlorations Large Christmas Flower
I heat embossed the Joys of the Season which was cut from
Stitched Nesting Die
*** Now that you have finally read all of the above - 
 you will want to see what the
other STAMPloration Gals have made won't you?
Pop over to The Main Blog 
***  A few details for you - 
Commenting closes on Monday, September 25.

Prize: One commenter will win her choice of 
3 Typografia Christmas stamps. 
The winner will be randomly drawn from all comments
 left on the STAMP blog and participating designers' blogs.
Winner will be announced on Tuesday, September 26.

STAMPloration Products used are - 



and the new

Christmas Collection.

# Bonus - There will be an instant
 5% discount on these new sets
But if you want an extra 20% and why wouldn't you?
Use my code STAMPGIRLINA. 

Thanks so much for taking time
(and it was quite a bit) to come by today.
 I really appreciate it. 

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Simply a 'Thistle'

It's Colour Week at Just Us Girls and choosing
those 3 Colours as Host is Maria.
(Neutrals are welcome)

I had recently added a few more colours to my
Brusho stash and they came in extremely handy
for this weeks card. 
I used Yellow and Orange for my background
and since I only needed a small piece I
experimented with 2 different inks.
For my first card I used SU Rich Razzleberry
for my Lavinia Thistle. Everyone knows that is
my Favourite Flower (not a weed to me)
I inked up a script stamp and added it to the
background for effect. Finished with some
scoring and variegated cotton with a bow.
 I heat embossed the image above and found it
wasn't as dark as the stamped one. 
I made this while I had a friend visiting and she said
it would make a nice bookmark so that is just what I did.
I picked out the sentiment especially for her
which is from STAMPlorations and was heat embossed also.
Did a bit of distressing on the edges and 
added some yellow cotton to the top.

Aren't they just a gorgeous combination!
I loved playing with this one and hope you will
pop over to Our Blog to see what 
our September Guest Linda and the Team created
to inspire you to enter this week's Challenge.
You could be chosen as our Chic of the Week!

# Popping this over to the 

Details for their reminder  Here

Thanks for dropping in

Friday, 15 September 2017

You are 'AWESOME'

Hi there Blogger Friends - 
My post today is for the current challenge

After seeing Kylie Purtell's Water Coloured Flowers
I knew I had to ink up my STAMPlorations Blossom Sprays 1 too.
Isn't it gorgeous!
I knew I wanted to just heat emboss it on kraft
as I just love using white/kraft together.
My sentiment is from MFT SimplyFabThings
and cut from a MFT stitched die heat embossed in white.
My other sentiment is from CUTplorations Awesome Word Die.
This was cut from a stitched die and
My card base and die  are from SU Groovy Guava.
A pretty cas easy card that came together nicely. 

Details Here

These are the stamp and die used above.

I will pop this over to the

Details Here
and the

Details Here

Thanks for popping in -
And check out my new watermark 
and signature so very kindly made by
the Founder of so many Fabulous Challenge Blogs
including this one - Kylie Purtell.
Again Many Many Thanks You's.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Cardz 4 Galz Challenge #56

Hello and Thanks for Popping in.
Today's post is for the latest Challenge over at
Cardz 4 Galz and choosing the Theme is Maryvonne.
Welcome Little Baby.
I have very little in the way of baby supplies but
lucky for me I found this Teddy and inked him up
with Altnew Coral Berry
My base is white and I embossed the front with
the old CB Swiss Dots folder.
Scrounged through my dp bits and found
this pinky piece cutting it on an angle and
punching the edge with a SU punch.
I then cut out my Teddy and added a frame
behind from Spellbinder dies.
Added glossy accents to his ears nose heart and paws.
My Congratulations is from paper Smooches
(love the funky font)
Tied some variegated cotton to finish.

That's it for me today.
Hope you will pop over and see what 
The Team have created and come join in.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

A Quick Christmas Card

I was sorting through my Christmas card stash and
was surprised at just how few I have so  thought I would 
have a little play with a few new products.
I decided I would try Tim Holtz Antique Bronze
Distress  Spray Stain (very shimmery) squirting it a few times
on my card stock. This was cut from the
I liked the look for a background
then I cut out my  
Attached that to a cuttlebug embossed background
again using the same nesting die.
Finished with a simple Merry Christmas die from Lawn Fawn.
I kept it simple for easy posting. 
I am just in time to add it to 
#258 Holiday.

Also STAMPlorations are on vacation BUT
we can pop our creations Here
and the never Ending Anything Goes Challenge

Thanks for dropping in

Saturday, 9 September 2017

It's Trend Week at Just Us Girls

Hello Craft Friends - 
It's Trend Week at Just Us Girls and Hosting is Bobby
with an all time favourite - Water Colouring but with a little twist.
You need to use an Acrylic Block.

It may not look like I have used a block for my Water Colouring
but it was a big one and I wanted to fill the page
with all sorts of colours
to depict a glowing sunny sky for my Hot Air Balloons. 
I used several TH Distress Inks for my background - wetting
my acrylic block and inking my card stock.
I repeated it several times to get the overall background.
Touched it up with a bit of white speckle stenciling.
The balloons were inked up with
 TH Black Soot in my trusty stamp positioner making sure
of a good outline. These stamps were a gift from a friend 
and are from an unknown source.
I thought the sentiment from STAMPlorations
called Noteworthy was a perfect match.

Don't forget to pop over to Our Blog to see what
Our September Guest Linda        
and the Jugheads have made.
Love to see you join us this week
By doing so you could be our Chic of the Week
and be in the running to be our Guest in November.

Thanks for dropping in - love reading your thoughts!

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

A Simple Silhouette

Hello there my blogger friends - 
Today I have a simple card experimenting
with some oxide inks (I need the practice)
and came up with

for the September CAS Watercolour Challenge
and for their

I am still having fun playing with some of my new
Lavinia Stamps and there are a few more to come.
My watercolour background has been smooched
several times. I then heat embossed my Lavinia Thistle
in white adding Nuvo Crystal Glaze to the centre.
For interest I stamped around it with a small script stamp
with Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink.
This was cut from a Spellbinder Die
and again with the 2 larger ones and popped.
Sentiment is from
and also has the crystal glaze.
PS I chose the LOVE die just because
I Love Thistles oh! and there is Purple...

#Updated -  Also popping this over to
City Crafter Challenge Blog for their
Challenge #378 Pick One.

I could play with more of these gorgeous colours!
I'm thinking I may just do that.
Thanks for dropping by today.
Love reading your comment. Till next time
Cherrio from