Thursday, 17 August 2017

Just Peeking In!

It's time for a new challenge over at Cardz4Galz
and Hosting this time is  Jan choosing Cats or Kittens.

I have this fabulous stamp set from Crackerjack Palace
which was just perfect!
I inked it up with SU Close to Cocoa then set it aside while I
went to work on my brick wall.
I embossed my Kaisercraft Brick folder onto Kraft card stock
 then randomly added a couple of coats of white texture paste.
I did a bit more sponging to finish off the brick wall.
Sponged TH Antique Linen around the cat image then 
attached it to brown card stock.
Added the sentiment and tore the edges to show my
peek a boo cat. Touched the eye with glossy accents.
Finished my sentiment inside.

And that's my card for this fortnight's challenge.
Hope you get a chance to pop over and see what
 the Team created and come join in.

Thanks for dropping in

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Meet 'Megan'

Meet 'Megan'

I love this big Julie Nutting stamp as it is perfect for paper piecing
and that is what the optional 'Twist' is this month at
Mix It Up Challenge. It is always Anything Goes
and if you love paper piecing - come join us this month
and if you just want to play that's fine too.
There's still a few weeks to go.

I rummaged through my odd bits of DP using
a large piece for the background and again for
attaching Megan. This was cut from TH Mixed Media.
I coloured Megan's flesh lightly and then got into
stamping her top and skirt then cutting various pieces
to paper piece. I even cut out her boots.
I haven't been in my flower supplies for an age and
once again they have come in handy for my floral spray.
They were placed in front of some Kaisercraft leaves.
Added the Beautiful die from CUTplorations
and finished with randomly scattered pearls.

Thanks for dropping by today.
Till next time Cherrrio from

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Let it 'SHINE'

Hi there Crafty Ones! It's time to show/tell you what our 
New Challenge is over at Just Us Girls and 
Hosting is Judy. She has asked for 'SHINE'
So 'Shine' it is!
I took several shots trying to showcase how shiny my card is.

I got out my Gilding Flakes to use as my 'Shine'
trying once more not to get sticky fingers (alas it failed)
So onto the start of my card - 
Card Base is white and I stenciled a feather on the side with 
Gold Colour Blast Paste. For my feature I stenciled
another feather with white texture paste and randomly adding
a little Inka Gold and splatters. This was popped.
My feathers are from SU 4 Feathers - the middle one
inked with TH peacock Feathers and dipped in Inka Gold.
The other 2 are covered with Autumn Leaves Gilding Flakes.
Stencil Feathers are from Crafters Workshop/Hero Arts.
Added a small stitched circle from MFT with a simple sentiment.
Finished with some gold cotton.

Darnell is again with us as our August Guest so please
pop over to Our Blog and see what we have all
created for your inspiration. 
This certainly is a fun challenge - the sky is the limit
with the word 'Shine' especially as foiling is all the rage
at present. I don't have anything in that line hence
the reason I went with my trusty sticky flakes.
Hope to see you there.
Thanks for dropping in this week.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Wishing you 'Brighter Days'

Hello Crafty Ones - so glad you popped in.
This week at Just Us Girls we have a new
Guest Designer - Darnell Knauss - Welcome!
and a new Challenge from our Host the Lovely Lisa

I wasn't sure which way to go with this one -
no weddings or babies on the horizon here so
I found a card I had made at a recent card class
so am cheating here. Thanks to Tania for the inspiration
for the card I am posting here. I have chosen the word Rain
even though there are no raindrops on my card
 - an umbrella instead.
Could I count the sequins as rain???

Thanks for dropping in.
Be sure to pop over Here and see what our 
August Guest Designer Darnell and the Team
have created for you then link up your card for a chance to be
Chic of the Week and be in the running
 to be our Guest in October.

'tis my Favourite Christmas Flower

When it comes to Christmas I always look for
a Poinsettia to use on my cards.
Whether it is a stamp or die
it screams Christmas to me. 

Our latest Christmas Challenge over at
Now I don't always use traditional colours
but I went close here using Rose Red Brusho's
for my Poinsettia flower which is from STAMPlorations
  heat embossing on water colour paper in white.
Added a little brusho powder touching it up
here and there to get the effect I liked.
I then heat embossed a script stamp in white
also to add a background. 
In the centre of my flower I have added a 
sprinkling of Diamond Dust which has given it a lovely finish.
(Very hard to see)
My Merry Christmas sentiment is from Paper Smooches
I used  metallic card stock as my base.

Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon 
to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.
  I hope we have inspired you to
join us for this months Christmas Challenge.

Thanks for dropping in - 
Till next time Cherrio from

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Live with Passion

Hello Crafty Ones - 
Time again for a new challenge over at Cardz4Galz 
and hosting is Helen choosing Pretty Pastels.

This is a quick post as we have long time friends visiting
from over the other side of Australia and my craft time is short.
You can understand!
 I started with grey card stock as my base topping it with 
stitched white card stock to stencil my 
Hero Arts Peacock Feathers Stencil. 
with Nuvo Burnished Bronze Mousse. 
The beautiful butterfly is from CUTplorations
and the top part is also coloured in the Nuvo Mousse.
My sentiment is from STAMPlorations and inked in
Memento London Fog.
I finished with a few gems.

Hope you can join us this fortnight!
Thanks for dropping in.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Just For You

It's my turn to Host this weeks Challenge over at
Just Us Girls and it is our WILD CARD WEEK!
Once again as Host  I chose an easy one -
your choice of using
  something old or something new or both like I did.

I decided to go with both old and new 
using green card stock from SU
I cut out a die from TH Mixed Media and
behind the cut out i added some shimmery red paper.
My poppy stamp is a recent new purchase 
and sentiment an old one from JustRite
The poppy is heat embossed and coloured with
Brusho's Rose Red/Black - Leaves with TH Mowed Lawn.
Sentiment inked with Altenew Ruby Red
and cut from Spellbinders Fancy Tags and popped.
Added a few pearls to finish.

Hope you will join us over at Our Blog to see what 
Our July Guest Aileen and the Team have chosen
to go with old/new or both and link your card so
You could be our Chic of the Week and be in the running
for our Guest in September. 
Thanks for dropping in.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

It's So 'SWEET'

Hello Crafty Ones
Hosting our Photo Week Challenge
at Just Us Girls is Bobby
with this mouth watering photo.

I'm afraid watermelon isn't on my mind at present
(not at 4c and my wood fire burning nicely)
but it didn't stop me finding a perfectly suitable
piece of DP in my stash to make my 'Sweet' card.
I simply cut the dp on an angle added it to a
mat and card stock to match.
The sentiment is from Pink & Maine.
The Sweet stamp was heat embossed
with TH Worn Lipstick.
Added some coloured circles inking the
rubber end of a pencil and finished with 
variegated cotton.

Don't forget to pop over to Our Blog
to see what our July Guest Aileen Ryan
and the Jugheads have created.
Join us and you could be Chic of the Week
and in the running for Guest Designer in September.

Thanks for dropping in -
Love reading your comments.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Bling on Christmas!

Hello there Crafty Ones
Yes it's early but it IS July and a lot of people
Celebrate Christmas in July so ....
Here is my Blingy Christmas Card.
and a close up of the stars in the background.

It's Challenge #52 over at
Cardz 4 Galz and choosing the theme of
Christmas/Winter is Donna.

Here are the products I used - 
Spellbinders Snowflake Die
Silver Glitter Paper.
Memory Box Breezy Waves
Hero Arts Die/Stamp for sentiment
Zing Metallic silver embossing powder
SU Stary Stencil on background
(see close up)
Clear Texure Paste and Glitter for background stars
Red Sparklet  and a few punched stars.

Now pop over and see what the Team have created - 
Such Lovely Creations to inspire you. 
You know it is never toooooooooo early to make
Those Christmas or Wintery creations.
Hope to see yours there.

Cherrio from 

Saturday, 15 July 2017

A Reminder from a 'Mixed Up Girl'

It's the Middle of the Month and time for me to remind you
Our Current Challenge over at Mix It Up has been
running for a few weeks now. Have you checked it out yet?

Here is what I had fun making and playing with our
optional twist of Distressing!
It can be using inks or tools. I chose both.
There is a lot going on here so I will start with
my background. I had a fellow Mixed Up Girl
Cheryl (big Thank You) come to stay with me 
after we went to a craft show and 
she brought with her -  her gelli plate.
Well I had soooooooo much fun playing with this
new technique to me and I found a perfect piece 
to start off my creation (if you call it that)

Here's a few close ups

These are the products I used here - 
Texture Paste
Pop Art Stencil
Inka Gold - Apricot/Hydrangea
Dylusions Spray - Fuchsia
SB Die cut from gelli plate background
STAMPlorations Artful Flutters/Mixed Grunge
Metallic Thread
Distress Inks - Black Soot/Aged Mahogany
and Dried Marigold.
Think I got everything!

Thanks for dropping in - love reading your comments
Hope to see your project Here

Thought I would join in the current
Mixed Media challenge at

There's lots of Texture here. Check it out Here

Wishing You Happiness

It's Colour Week at Just Us Girls and our Host is Nancy
choosing Dark Pink Pink & Blue.

I'm afraid my photograph hasn't shown the true colours
of my stenciled flower. The darker pink looks quite red here
but in fact is a really nice pink. 
I made this a fairly cas card by stenciling the
ARTplorations Rose Duet  in Altenew Frosty Pink & Coral Berry
I then sponged Sparkle Medium over the flowers 
for a little shimmer.
The border dies are from 
and the top one is popped to show a frame.
I splattered some blue acrylic paint to add a bit of interest
after I had stamped my sentiment from
I inked it with SU Brilliant Blue but was a little dark so
inked it again with Hero Arts White Pigment Ink to lighten it.
This card was not my idea. I saw This One
 from Wei Wei Wang and cased it. 

Don't forget to pop over to our blog Here
and see what our Guest Aileen Ryan
and the Team created. Hope you come join us this week.
You could be our Chic of the Week 
and then be in the running for Guest Designer in September.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

It's a Classic Oldie

Hello Crafty Ones - 
Time for our Trend Week at Just Us Girls
and we are Trending Blending with Nancy as Host.
I have had this stamp for an age and had stamped and
blended it some time ago. It was still sitting waiting to be completed
so it was a perfect opportunity to  do so with this blending trend.
The stamp brand is unknown as I bought it in a set of 2.
I simply added it to a matching coloured background
and brown card stock. 
Finished with a brown brad for the door knob and some
coloured cotton on the side.
Another male card for my small collection.

Hope you will pop over Here and check out what our
July Guest Aileen Ryan and the Team created
and come join in this week.
Hope to see you there.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Live with Passion!

My card is for the current challenge over at
Cardz 4 Galz. It's Challenge #51 and choosing 
the Theme of Butterflies is Babs
Now don't we all just love them?

I'm Lovin' one of my new favourite craft supplies
Nuvo Mousse which I have used here for my 
stenciled background. 
You can see the beautiful shimmer you get above.
This one is called Burnished Bronze.
The stencil is a new one recently purchased at a craft show
called Peacock Feathers and from Hero Arts.
The butterfly is from CUTplorations Flutter Zen 1
inked with TH London Fog with a touch of shimmer.
Card stock is grey. Added a few gems to finish.

Come join us over at Our Blog with your 
Beautiful Butterflies and check out what the Team created.
  Loved to see you there.
Till next time Cherrio from 

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

I'm a Happy Little Christmas Stamper!

Hello there my Crafty Friends
I have some really exciting news for you - 
I have been invited to be on the 
Design Team for Happy Little Stampers.
 I am on the Christmas Team
so you will see Christmas coming monthly from me.
Thanks Kylie for the opportunity to be part of your Amazing Team.

The Christmas Challenge for July at
Happy Little Stampers is

Here is my first card - with lots of die cuts!
I am also excited about this card because I got to
play with new 'stuff'' from my recent Crafty time away.
First of all I HAD to (being a Scot) have the Scottie Dog - 
I have wanted him for ages and when I saw him
 he just jumped right out at me.
He is from Cottage Cutz
Next my Christmas sentiment die is a newbie from Paper Roses.
I love it as it is nice and small - will get lots of use!
Okay - now on to the rest - 
The hills were cut out with stitched dies.
I should have used some glitter paper but I forgot and
sprinkled glitter all over my glued paper cuts then I had to
wait till it dried - you know how it is waiting for paint to dry
well I landed up leaving it overnight.
The trees are also die cut and inked with 
Hero Arts White Pigment Ink
to try and give them a snowy look.
Unfortunately the ink soaked in a bit.
Added some snowflakes which are stamped from
a stamp from the SU Avant Garden on to my blue paper
and because the ink stayed wet for some time 
sprinkled some glitter to them and the trees
(a little hard to see here)
As you can see the hills have been popped.

I hope you will pop over to The Happy Little Stampers Blog
and check out what the Christmas Design Team created
and come join in the fun.
It's never tooooooo early to make those Christmas Cards. 
You know it always comes around all too quickly.
Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon 
to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.

Thanks for dropping by today.
Love reading your comments.
Till next time it's Cherrio from

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Celebrating Challenge #400 at Just Us Girls

WOW! It's our #400th Challenge
and we are celebrating with PRIZES
from 2 Generous Sponsors

The Chic of this Week will win a $15 gift certificate AND 
1 random winner has their choice of a 4x6 stamp set or 2 (in-stock) 3x5 stamp sets.

 Your choice of any stamp set, and 1 ink pad!
How COOL is that!

And what a Fantabulous feat to be Celebrating 
such a milestone!

Since I got back from my Craft Show I have had  my
fingers playing with lots of new goodies from STAMPlorations.
As you will have seen in a previous post  Here
I have been in Celebration Mode.
Hence my card is made using some of their amazing products.
My card base (Hello Honey)
 and DP (Going Places) are from SU 
I die cut the 3 balloons CUTplorations Shaker Balloons
from the DP above.
My sentiment and squiggle are from 
inked along the border with
Tim Holtz Peacock Feathers
SU Hello Honey and Memento Tuxedo Black.
Celebrate is cut from black card stock from 
Added a scrap piece of DP to the bottom 
strip of gold glitter some coloured cotton
and a few inked stars to finish.

Here is a quickie I made up while playing with the balloon die.
I saw something similar on Pinterest so thought I would
have a bit of fun with it.
I just cut out a heap of balloons in white card stock
added a few touches of Brusho's to a few
popped them on to the card base, inked the sentiment
in various bright colours and finished with some sequins.
Again using products from STAMPlorations.

Now pop over to Our Blog to see how
Our July Guest - super talented Aileen Ryan and the Team
 have 'Celebrated' this huge milestone.
I feel so honoured to be part of this Amazing Team.
Welcome Aileen. So so glad to have you join us this month.

With such wonderful prizes being offered I can 
look forward to seeing great Celebration Creations
and by linking up you could be the lucky Chic of the Week
winning Big! and could be chosen as our Guest for September.

I will pop over to the
Here with my top card.

Thanks for dropping in. 
Love ready your thoughts!
Till next time - Cherrio from

It's STAMPlorations 4th Birthday!

It's STAMPlorations 4th Birthday 
and we are Celebrating!
Just look at all those Prizes to be won!

I hope you have been over checking out the Amazing Artwork
on display from the Designers during the week. 
You really NEED to and there is also
so much info on how you can win those amazing goodies.

Here is my first card as part of the Team - 
Cupcakes are part of any Party aren't they?

Here are the products I used - 
A Snarky Birthday to You  - the Cupcake
the inked party background bits
ARTplorations Retro Circles - added dimension
with Texture Paste and Glitter
Inks - TH Peacock Feathers
CTMH - Thistle
WOS - shimmer on Birthday Sentiment.
Own Ribbon
Tom Bow pens and Glossy Accents for candle flame.



What's a celebration without Balloons!
This was an easy card thanks to the fabulous
balloon die which cuts beautifully -
CUTplorations Shaker Balloons 3 Oval
I got out my glitter paper and cut away.
Card stock is metallic grey topped with mottled paper.
Attached another sheet of grey card stock for my balloons
popping them with different sized dimension squares.
Added the bow from CUTplorations Gift Builder 2
Punched a few stars added a pearl and
 heat embossed the sentiment
STAMPlorations Party Time in Metallic Silver.


I will pop this second card over to the


Hope you have enjoyed looking at what I created.
Thanks so much for dropping by today.

PS There is another Celebration happening a little later
so come back soon to see what it is!
Till then Cherrio from