Saturday, April 27, 2024

Ice Cream

Happy to be in my craft room today!   My card uses Simon Says Stamp dies for my CAS card. Pretty quick and easy - just a little bit of ink shading on the cone and ice cream scoop and some liquid glue to adhere. Fun :-)
Ice Cream Scoop and Cone
Happy Birthday Script
Bundle of Stitched Shapes

Inspired by CAS Colours & Sketches #535 and My Time to Craft #532 "Everything Die-Cuts"
and a new to me blog Farm Quest Home Style Kitchen #4 anything food goes theme (thank you Becca for the introduction!)

Thank you for visiting the blog today.


 It is my week to select a theme for the challenge at Allsorts and so I hope you will play along and USE A STENSIL!   Of course, you always have the Anything Goes option if you prefer.

Prizes from Oakwood (2 x A5 stamp sets) and Highlight Crafts (3 x A5 stencils)

My inspiration card for you used Perfect Poppies (a layered stencil) and the Decorative Double stencil from Gina K Designs. I inked the poppies using Red Velvet and Cherry Red Gina K inks, and added some dots of gold to the centers. For the background I used Soft Stone ink. I cut the piece down using a Darice Nesting Book Pages die, then edged it with some gold embossing powder. The sentiment is from Gina K's Ornate Spring set.

Stencils are a fantastic way to create texture, and the layered stencils are wonderful for color. They are usually less expensive as well.  Just a winning combination. I hope you will join in and share your creations at Allsorts this week.

Monday, April 22, 2024

Best Wishes


Good Morning!

 My design team card for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #574

I've been going through some of my favorite Close To My Heart retired paper collections - and have found some very pretty pieces still remaining.

This paper comes from the Charlotte collection and I've used the stamps and sentiment from a set that was meant to coordinate with the papers, Springtime Wishes.

Hope to see your creations with the sketch! Link up at AHSC

Saturday, April 20, 2024


 This week at Allsorts, Mervi has a fun option for the challenge -   Balloons!

You may use the  Anything Goes option if you prefer.  Prizes for this week are from AALL and Create

My DT card for your inspiration uses two new stencils from Gina K Designs: Bold Balloons and Layered Candles. They were inked with Gina K Sweet Corn, Apple Mint, Sea Glass, Wild Dandelion and Sweet Mango inks.  The sentiment and coordinating die are Gina K Birthday Sparkle set.

                                                   Hope you will join the challenge!

I am linking to Freshly Made Sketches which was the design inspiration for my card.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024


 Sketch #645 at Try a Sketch On Tuesday begins today.

My DT card for you uses stamps and papers from Simon Says Stamp June 2022 kit You Shine (still available). I don't have the coordinating dies, so I fussy cut the images and made an arrangement of them. They were colored with alcohol markers.  It seemed like a fun idea to put some Glossy Accents on the lemon segments and that looks great in person - not showing much in my photo. This set has some lovely butterflies and a bee, too, that I used in another card at the end of March.  It's a really fun and versatile set.

This TSOT sketch is fantastic for using all kinds of papers or techniques.  Hope you will give it a try and share your creation on the blog.  We love to see your interpretations!

Saturday, April 13, 2024

It's Spring


Allsorts optional theme for  week #776 challenge is                                                               It's Got to be Spring

Prizes for this month's challenges are from  AALL and Create

I have used some papers from my CTMH stash (Penelope, retired) and a fun sentiment from a long retired stamp set called My Peeps. I had fun inking it in four colors and cutting the scalloped circle with a Lawn Fawn die. The bunny is a piece of a Simon Says Stamp die.  

Spring is full of such delightful colors!   Hope to see your creations on the Allsorts blog.

Monday, April 8, 2024

Blue & Gold



              Monday morning brings a new sketch challenge at

            Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

and my design team card uses some gorgeous origama paper my son brought from Japan. The leaves are cut from gold card using Spellbinder's small die of the month Hiking Through the Meadows. The sentiment is from Altenew's Leaf Canopy set. The oval aperture was cut with Gina K Designs ML1.

All the design team cards post at AHSC every Wednesday. We hope to see your project using the sketch!

Saturday, April 6, 2024


A new challenge at Allsorts has the optional theme  For the Love of Animals

April is National Pet MonthNational Pet Month (NPM) celebrates and raises awareness of responsible pet ownership.

Prizes for weeks 773/4/5 from Highlight Crafts (photo) and Stamp Addicts (2 prizes, stamps and a £15 store voucher)

I have used an image from Ruth Hamilton Designs - a sponsor of Allsorts. It is called Pup in a Box. The dots on the box inspired me to pull out the Fizzy stencil from Gina K Designs so I could create a 'matching' background.  I also used dies from Gina K Master Layouts 4 and an embossing folder from Darice.  The sentiment was computer generated.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Welcome Little One


Happy Tuesday!

Challenge #644 at Try a Sketch On Tuesday begins today.

My design team card uses some papers from my stash and a computer generated sentiment. I fussy cut a piece with the little bird and one of the elephants.  I rarely have need for a new baby card these days- a sign of advanced age :-) - but need one for a young P.E.O. sister.  I am regretting giving away all my baby stamps!

There are some wonderful projects on the blog for your inspiration. Check them out and hope you will get crafty and share your creations.