The Artful Stampers Blog Hop Challenge 8

Who made me in charge of The Artful Stampers Blog Hop Challenge?  It looked good in the sketch, but boy oh boy, it was a challenge!  I ended up going for something very simple, (my first attempt ended in the scrap pile).  Time to pull out the Santa & Co Designer Series Paper.

Santa & Co

I first tried this with the All is Calm Designer Series Paper, but I don’t think the colours in it had enough oomph to it.  So after I scrapped that idea, and spent some time down the beach with the family, this is what I came home to create.

Barely any stamping on this one. I think the Less is More theory worked well for this sketch.  Going clock wise from the Santa’s the sizes are 50 x 90mm, 40 x 45mm, 40 x 45mm, 65 x 40mm and 25 x 40mm.  I have also used the Paper Piercing Tool and Essentials Template to prick holes around the outer edge of the Designer Series Paper.

The sentiment has been stamped from the Ornamental Pine stamp set in Real Red.  I cut V’s into the ends of the card to create a banner using the Hexagon Punch.

You can’t see in the photo, but I’ve added some Wink of Stella to parts of the patterns to create a nice glittery shimmer that you can see when you turn the card.

This one would be quite an easy card to replicate for mass production.

Santa & Co

And of course here’s the mild looking graphic that I thought wouldn’t cause me so much drama!

Challenge 24th November

Card Recipe

  • Stamp Set: Ornamental Pine
  • Card: Whisper White, Santa & Co Designer Series Paper
  • Ink: Real Red
  • Tools: Paper Piercing Tool, Stampin’ Pierce Mat & Essentials Template, Hexagon Punch
  • Non Stampin’ Up!: Wink of Stella

Next on our Artful Stampers Blog Hop is Anna Foster   :)

Don’t forget you can purchase all your Stampin’ Up! goods from my ONLINE STORE

Stampin Up Get Your Santa On!

I was feeling bit low the other, colouring always makes feel better, bit therapeutic don’t you think?  I pulled out my Get Your Santa On from Stampin Up, and my Blendabilities, along with a coffee and coloured away.  I must say I did feel a lot happier after :)

Of course then you get engrossed in making your card, and you forget everything else.

Stampin Up Get Your Santa On

I’ve used Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler (even though it looks a little Real Red in the photo)  This colour combination seems to be my go to one when I’m looking for traditional Christmas Colours.

I’ve used a double layer of Cherry Cobbler, the top layer has been run through the Big Shot with the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder.  I’ve added some Wink of Stella over the raised stars, I think you can just see it in the photo.

Next I’ve wrapped some Cherry Cobbler Chevron Ribbon around the middle of the panel and tied it off with some Whisper White Bakers Twine.  I then tied an All is Calm Snowflake embellishment to the bakers twine.

I was going to use a different shaped layer for the next Garden Green piece, but then thought maybe a star from the Stars Framelits set would be cute instead, it matches in nicely with the embossed background.

My Santa has been cut out using the Oval Framelits, and of course coloured in with Blendabilities.  I added a touch of Wink of Stella to the trim on the hat and coat.

Stampin Up Get Your Santa On

Here’s your Card Recipe

Most products are from Stampin’ Up!

  • Stamp Set: Get Your Santa On
  • Card: Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
  • Ink: Memento Black
  • Blendabilities: Cherry Cobbler, Smoky Slate, Colour Lifter
  • Embellishments: Cherry Cobbler Chevron Ribbon, All is Calm Snowflake, Whisper White Bakers Twine
  • Big Shot: Lucky Stars Embossing Folder, Stars Framelits, Oval Framelits
  • Non Stampin’ Up!: Wink of Stella

You can order all of your Stampin Up supplies from my ONLINE STORE

I also invite you to join my ONLINE OPPORTUNITY EVENT I’ll be holding next week, if you’d like to know more about joining Stampin Up.

Origami Triceratops!

If you’ve been a follower of mine for a few years, you’ll know that my eldest son Karl is into Origami BIG time!

He’s moved past the basic Cranes and constructs all sorts of flying dragons and animals.  On Friday his teacher asked him to make her a Triceratops.  He doesn’t get a lot of Japanese Origami Paper, but instead uses my Designer Series Paper, which he complains about as it’s a bit thick to get good folds.

I told him to try out the Newsprint DSP as it’s thinner than our regular DSP.


Here is Karl’s effort.

Origami Triceratops

Of course he had to make another!

Karl is so great at Origami, I’ve even had him teach my Club ladies in the past with different types of baskets. In fact, if you’d like to see him action, check out THIS POST where he makes a cute box that requires no cutting or adhesive.   I think he was about 7 in this video, and it’s funny to hear his little voice again :)  Too cute!

If you’re dropping by, I’m sure he’d love a little comment love :)

The Artful Stampers Blog Hop Challenge 7 – Woven Star Ornament

Welcome to Monday, and The Artful Stampers Blog Hop Challenge number 7!  This week I’ve not created a card, but a Woven Star Ornament.

When I came up with the Colour Challenge for this week, I thought I’d make a nice Christmas Card using one of the star stamp sets. I was going to have White and Crushed Curry Embossed stars, Silver Glimmer Paper stars etc, but all that went out the window when I saw a Woven Star on Pinterest (danger danger!)

My first star was a simple one and it turned out good, a little too big but still nice.  BUT then I found some more images on Google, but sadly no instructions so it was time to nut it out myself.  I knew the basics already, it was just the weaving I had to manage.

Here’s what I ended up with – LOVE!!

Woven Star Ornament

I made this one a lot more smaller and compact, LOVE the way it turned out!

My strips are 5mm thick and the length of an A4 sheet.  Once I’d mastered all the weaving in the centre, I trimmed the strips to 80mm.  I’ve used my colour challenge colours which are Strawberry Slush, Crushed Curry and Sparkly Silver.  The Sparkly Silver is the Silver Dazzling Details I’ve added around the edges of the star. It’s not perfect, but I’m pretty happy with it for my first go at one.   I’m going to try another one with Gold Glimmer Paper!!

I don’t have a tutorial for it yet, but if I get enough comment love asking for one, I’ll make up a video during the week ;)  I can tell you know those Mini Gold and Silver Pegs come in real handy!

Right, want to see a graphic of the challenge?  We’d love for you to play along at home.

Colour Challenge

Our next player in the Blog Hop round is Alison Barclay  I cannot wait to see what the other ladies have come up with this week.


Don’t forget you can grab all your Stampin’ Up! Supplies from my ONLINE STORE, and if you’d like to JOIN MY TEAM, you can join our Team Blog Hop too.

Stampin’ Up! Love & Sympathy

Sadly I’m making another Sympathy Card.

I did wonder whether to write about sympathy cards, but as card makers it is something we make too.

stampin up love and sympathy

I started off with a Butterfly that I had coloured and cut sometime ago, using the same colouring technique as shown in my Blendabilites Video.  The image is a My Digital Studio one called First Edition Butterfly.  I’ve used Melon Mambo and Calypso Coral Blendabilites to colour this one in.

The two cardstock colours didn’t look right together so I’ve used Blushing Bride with Melon Mambo to create a softer feel.

The top Melon Mambo layer has been stamped with the Dictionary and Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Sets, and sponged around the edges.  I also sponged around the edges of the base card.

I then added a thin strip of Blushing Bride card to the left hand side, secured some Blushing Bride Ribbon to the back with Fast Fuse and tied some Whisper White Bakers Twine into a bow around the ribbon.

Now silly me went and stuck my card together, using Dimensionals to adhere the top panel to the base card, and then I realised that I hadn’t stamped my sentiment to the card!  I decided to take a risk and see if I could stamp the sentiment anyway, figuring I’d just have to bin the card and start again if it didn’t stamp nicely.  Thankfully it did stamp up well. The sentiment is from Love & Sympathy Stamp Set.

Finally I added my butterfly to the card front with Dimensionals.  You can’t see in the photo, but I’ve also added some Wink of Stella to parts of the butterfly and around the tiny border of Blushing Bride that you can see under the Melon Mambo layer.  Wink of Stella isn’t a real glitter, but more of a soft shimmer which made the butterfly look very pretty.

Love & Sympathy 2

Card Recipe

  • Stamps: MDS First Edition, Love & Sympathy, Dictionary, Gorgeous Grunge
  • Card: Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride, Whisper White
  • Ink: Melon Mambo, Memento
  • Blendabilities: Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral, Smoky Slate
  • Embellishments: Blushing Bride Ribbon, Bakers Twine

Supplies can be purchased from my ONLINE STORE.

Around the World Stampin’ Up! Challenge 29!

It feels like forever since I’ve done an Around the World Stampin’ Up! Challenge!

The challenge for the second half of November is another Colour Challenge.  I must admit I was a little freaked by the colours, definitely not my colours.  Real Red, Crumb Cake and Hello Honey.  Hmmm.

Thankfully my son is going to a Birthday Party this weekend, so the challenge came in handy to make a boy card :)

I love that I can use my Little Letter Thinlits with the Big Shot to create a card specially tailored to suit the recipient.


The card base and first set of double layers are Crumb Cake.  The top layer has been run through the Big Shot with the Stars Embossing Folder, and sponged around the edges with the Crumb Cake Ink.

The Real Red panel is also double layer, with the top layer sponged around the edges.  I’ve stamped and embossed Happy Birthday to You with Versamark Ink and Crushed Curry Embossing Powder.  You really can’t tell that I’ve used a different shade of yellow on the greeting.  As I mentioned earlier, I’ve used the Little Letters Thinlits to cut out the name Cooper.  I’ve added some Dazzling Details on his name (the ladies on my Facebook page said it was fine to use glitter on a boy’s card!)

The banner is left as is, no sponging or stamping on it.  I did add a Crumb Cake Star from the Stars Framelits, covered with Dazzling Details and topped with a Nordic Button.


I hope Cooper likes his card, my son assured me that he would appreciate it ;)

Here’s the Around the World Stampin’ Up! Challenges Graphic, for you to use when you create your own card *hint hint*


Card Recipe

All products by Stampin’ Up!

  • Stamp Set: Cycle Celebration
  • Card: Crumb Cake, Real Red, Hello Honey
  • Ink: Crumb Cake, Real Red, Versamark
  • Big Shot: Little Letters Thinlits, Stars Framelits, Stars Embossing Folder
  • Embellisments: Dazzling Details, Nordic Button, Bakers Twine

You can order all your Stampin’ Up! supplies from my ONLINE STORE

The Artful Stampers Blog Hop Challenge 6

Welcome to another Artful Stampers Blog Hop Challenge.

This week we are using a Sketch.

I can tell you now, I did NOT intend to fussy cut this image, but when my colouring got a little ugly, it was cut or bin!

Christmas Cardinal

Here’s the sketch, for your inspiration should you wish to play at home.

I’ve used the colours for the Around the World Challenge for this week too.  Those colours were Baked Brown Sugar, Cherry Cobbler and Mossy Meadow.  The Cardinal is a My Digital Studio image which has been resized and printed.  Coloured with Blendabilities of course.  The leaves are done in Old Olive, but they work really we with Mossy Meadow.  You can still see a little bit where I’ve gone out the line, but hey ….

Do I dare to show you a close up?

Christmas Cardinal

Lots of layering in this card!  Double layers on all of them except the base card.  All top layers have been sponged around to separate them from the bottom layers.  The Cherry Cobber base and top layer have been embossed with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder.  The top Whisper White and Baked Brown Sugar have been stamped with Dictionary and Gorgeous Grunge, just lightly to give a vintage feel.

I’ve left the Mossy Meadow panel plain to break the card up as it is quite busy.  Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine is my only embellishment on this card, I almost forgot to use an embellishment!

Here’s the entire Card Recipe for you:

  • Stamp Set: Christmas Cardinal (MDS), Ornamental Pine, Dictionary, Gorgeous Grunge
  • Card: Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow, Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White
  • Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow
  • Blendabilities: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Skin Tone, Smoky Slate, Colour Lifter
  • Big Shot: Decorative Dots Embossing Folder
  • Embellishments: Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine
  • Non Stampin’ Up!: Wink of Stella

All Stampin’ Up! Items can be purchased from my ONLINE STORE


Next on our Blog Hop, we visit Alison Barclay who I’m sure will wow us :)

Quick Card Making with Washi Tape

We all love quick card making right?  Washi Tape makes card making ultra quick.

For this card I just used Whisper White Cardstock and Beach House Washi Tape.  I tore strips of the Washi Tape and angled them on the first layer of Whisper White.  It makes such a good background piece.

The entire card took me around 14 minutes to create.

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Here’s a close up of the flower I made for it.  I cut out a scalloped circle, stuck it lightly onto some scrap paper, popped it pack into the punch on opposite scallops to create the spiky petals.  It matches the button a little better now :)

Washi Tape Card

The best part, is that with all the patterns of Washi Tape we have, you can mix match and create an ensemble of cards.  You could even bundle them up and give them as a gift.

To show you just how quick and easy it was, I created a video for you :)

Card Recipe

All products from Stampin’ Up!

  • Stamp Set: A Dozen Thoughts
  • Card:  Whisper White, Crushed Curry
  • Ink: Real Red
  • Embellishments: Beach House Washi Tape, Nordic Button, Bakers Twine
  • Tools: Scallop Circle Punch, 3/4″ Circle Punch

Grab some Washi Tape from on ONLINE STORE :)

5 Free Card Sketches!

Quick little announcement today!

I’ve just created 5 FREE Card Sketches for you when you sign up for my newsletter.  You can do this by entering your details in the Stay Updated box on the right hand side bar.

Then every week for 5 weeks, you’ll receive an email from with me a FREE Card Sketch to help get your creative juices flowing.

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The Artful Stampers Blog Hop Challenge 5

Welcome to another Blog Hop Challenge with my team from The Artful Stampers.

This week it’s time for another Colour Challenge.

I’ve used Festival Of Trees for my card.

Festival of Trees

Here is the challenge graphic in case you’d like to play along along too.

Team 3rd November-001

Initially I was going to use Island Indigo as my main colour but being a woman I can change my mind at the at the last minute ;)

I’ve started off with the base in Pear Pizzazz.  My first layer is Pool Party, then another layer of Pear Pizzazz.  I’ve cut out a circle using one of the larger Circle Framelits, and have then run it through the Big Shot again with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder.  I’m not sure if you can see in the photo, but I’ve used a  Non SU (shock! horror!) item called Wink of Stella to colour the dots.  This leave a light shimmer on the card.

I then stamped the trees in Pear Pizzazz and the dots in Cherry Cobbler, and covered the dots with Dazzling Details in Cherry Cobbler too.  The tree baskets are stamped in Island Indigo.

Festival of Trees 2

Whoa!! Now you can see how messy I was with my Dazzling Details!  It is hand made though right? :)

To finish my card, I added some Cherry Cobbler Ribbon and Bakers Twine, and the stamped sentiments.

Here’s a list of all the products I used from Stampin’ Up!

  • Stamp Set: Festival of Trees
  • Card: Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Whisper White
  • Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler
  • Embellishments: Cherry Cobbler Ribbon, Bakers Twine, Dazzling Details
  • Tools: Big Shot, Circle Framelits, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Sponges

All these items can be found in my ONLINE STORE


We only have a small blog hop this week, next we are onto Tamsin Adams