Thursday, 10 April 2014

Cute Card Thursday - Easter!

The theme for Cute Card Thursday this week is
It will soon be here!
I had a look around the internet for some inspiration and came across this very cute little basket and just had to try to make one.  It was so simple, I will definitely be revisiting this tutorial again soon!
I used the Whimsy Stamps Mini Chalkboard Sentiment stamp - Home Sweet Home as I want this to be a home decoration rather than as a gift.

We are sponsored this week by Whiff of Joy, hope you can join us!

Monday, 7 April 2014

Whimsy Stamps Facebook Challenge

The Whimsy Stamps Facebook Challenge for the month of April is
Something Sweet!

How perfect are these new Whimsy Clear stamps for this challenge?

Thank you for dropping by!

Friday, 4 April 2014


Another Project Life card from me.  Dressed up this time with a fabulous stamp by Whimsy Stamps!
This one is from the Mini Chalkboard sentiment set by SC Designs.
 I love the Mini chalkboard die frame which matches these stamps. The embossed texture on it is so perfect!
Thank you for dropping by, have a great weekend!

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Cute Card Thursday - All Boy!

The theme on Cute Card Thursday this week is
All Boy
we want to see masculine cards/creations.
We are sponsored this week by Bunny Zoe's Crafts.
I am entering this card into the CAS-ology challenge this week the cue is JOKE!
Many thanks for dropping by!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014


For the first time in a while I have thought the week is going slowly!  The snow forecast all week isn't helping much!  Roll on the weekend, some warmer weather, I hope!
Today I have been working on a card, this one for my younger son's birthday so keeping it suitably masculine in colour!
For those interested in the books I posted about last week here they are a series of historical fiction with a sci-fi twist.  It is not my normal type of book, I don't go in for romance novels as such and there seems a lot of it in there!  Still, it is turning out to be a bit of a page turner and with another 5 books + in the series that is a good thing!  They start out set in post WW2 Scotland but with a bit of time travel it mostly takes place in 18th Century Scotland.  The later books do arrive in the US in North Carolina but I am way off reading those just yet!  More info here!
Once I realised she was an American writer I was ready to nitpick at the language and realism but I have been pleasantly surprised and often thought she must be British to use those phrases!  She has certainly done her homework although I have found a couple of little things I thought were out of place but then I was being very picky! So far it hasn't spoiled my enjoyment of the book!
Homemade enamel dots.
 Another update from last week - the hama beads that I tried to melt last week were totally unsuccessful so I headed out to Walmart and got these Pony beads which had great reviews.  The result is below.  They melt very quickly, within 10 minutes and there is very little smell so I didn't mind doing a couple of batches in my regular oven.  I did 400 degrees F.
The results are super shiny enamel dots.  Some turned out better than others but the success comes from having a very flat piece of parchment and watching them and removing them from the oven as soon as they have closed so you retain the rounded top and then they don't spread so much. 
My little treasured purchase this week!  I have been wanting one of these for a while, do we all know what it is yet?

Sorry for going on but I thought I should answer some of the questions from last week and this seemed the most sensible place to do that!
If you are wondering why I am showing all this stuff head over to Julia's blog for more details of our little Wednesday party!

Friday, 28 March 2014

Project Life cards.

Here are a couple of quick Project Life cards I whipped up.
They both use PL 3 x 4 cards for the base.  
The white frame is a Technique Tuesday die.
All other stamps and dies are Whimsy Stamps from the new Clear Stamps line. (Links to all stamps and dies below)
The sweet card has some space for journalling and I plan to use it for Easter week.  The lemons card is purely  a decorative filler.

Lemons sentiment - Feeling Fruity Stamps
Lemon die -  Fruit Trio set
Lollipop stamps - Sweet as Candy stamps
Many thanks for dropping by, have a great weekend!

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Cute Card Thursday - Floral Delights!

The theme for Cute Card Thursday this week is
Floral Delights.
The sentiment is part of the Spring Notables 8 set and was cut out with the matching Notables 8 Die. 
We are sponsored this week by Bugaboo, hope you can join us!

Thank you for dropping by!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014


I hope some of you are enjoying a lovely spring day like we had today, it felt so much like summer was just around the corner but I am not fooled, it will probably snow tomorrow! 
It has been a busy day on my desk!  This is going to be a travel album, only doing as far as the background up to now as I am waiting for something to arrive before going any further!
It is a Little Yellow Bicycle album that I have been hoarding for a few years, not wanting to break into it, well, finally I am going to be brave and use it!
 Have you seen this craze?  It is all over Facebook just now!  Just had to give it a whirl.  These are old Hama beads that my kids had years ago.  They have been in the oven for some time now and still have a hole in the middle.  I hope after a bit longer I might have some enamel dots!
If they don't I may have to pop to Michaels and pick up some newer ones, maybe the old recipe doesn't work!
 After I put the album aside I got to work on a small project life card for last year's Halloween page.  You might recognize the Halloween stamp as one I was embossing last week, see, I knew I would need them soon!  I am very erratic in my way of doing Project Life, I tend to do random cards which I hope will fit in somewhere rather than working on a page at a time in order!  I don't like that kind of discipline, rather do what I feel like when I feel like it! 
Has anyone read this book series?  They have been around for a while.  I had  a couple of books from the series since picking them up in a Yard Sale last year but not the 1st book so I ordered the ones I was missing after being recommended them by some friends.  These just arrived this evening, perfect timing as I just finished my last book!
Sorry, it has been a long post, I do normally try to keep them short but I had a bit more to share this week!
If you would like to join in with us pop on over to Julia's blog for more details! 

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Day 4 Whimsy Stamps March Release

Welcome to the 4th Day of the Whimsy Stamps March Release event.
We are releasing a fabulous selection of new rubber stamps, clear stamps, shapeology dies and papers this month.  Today the Whimsy DT is holding a blog hop to share sneak peeks of some of the brand new stamps by Crissy Armstrong and Elisabeth Bell. The entire new release is now available to buy from the Whimsy Stamps store!

We have hidden FOUR prizes of 2 new release rubber stamps somewhere on the DT’s blogs throughout the 5-day release event.  As the location of the prizes are secret, be sure to leave a comment on ALL the stops on each daily blog hop to maximize your chance of winning! We will draw the lucky winners over the weekend and announce them here on the Whimsy blog on Monday (March 24th).

Today I have created a Project Life card which is my current crafting addiction!
I used Crissy's Strawberry Mouse (what a cutie!!) and the new Clear Stamps Scrapbook Tiles by Raindrop Echo Designs.  I am going to be using these lots in my Project Life album throughout the year! The mouse is coloured with Prismacolor pencils and the memories was stamped in black pigment ink and heat embossed with ultra fine black embossing powder.
I have attached the image and sentiment with temporary adhesive so when I have a suitable photograph I can place them slightly over the photograph.
This is also my card for Cute Card Thursday this week where the theme is It's a Wild World and we just so happen to be sponsored by Whimsy Stamps!
I am also entering this Project Life card into the Pocket Page Challenge which is asking you to Make it Clear or Cut it Out.  I did the cut it out challenge, fussy cutting my little mouse image and also the sentiment!
Thank you so much for dropping by!

Tuesday, 18 March 2014


My table was this clear when I started working on it, it has since become a little more cluttered while I have been working on the card!
Doing a little colouring today with some new images just released this week from Whimsy Stamps. 
I have once again made a PL card, a bit of an addiction going on here!
Not a lot of creativity going on this week again because of the paintwork in the house.  I am working my way through all the bathrooms. My eldest daughter's this week while she is away for Spring Break!
I took some time out this morning to make this card but it is back to the grind this afternoon stripping everything out the bathroom and prepping it for painting!
and here is what I did a little later (just putting off the inevitable!) a bit of heat embossing with some new Whimsy sentiment stamps!
Don't look at some of the messy edges, I was less careful where I knew it would be die cut off! Totally loving these new Chalkboard stamps especially!

Hope you will play along with us this week, for more details pop on over to Julia's blog!

Whimsy Stamps Sneak Peek Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of the Whimsy Stamps Rubber Stamp and Die March Release Sneak Peeks!
Tomorrow Whimsy Stamps will release 25 new image sets, 7 new rubber sentiments sets, 3 new clear sentiment sets, 7 new shapeology dies and 1 new 6x6 paper pack!
Also tomorrow, on launch day, Whimsy is collaborating with Kit and Clowder for an exciting special release event!
We are also having week long blog hops and special prizes throughout the week!  Make sure you comment on all posts throughout the week to increase your chance of winning a prize!
Today we are showcasing the new sentiment and dies being released this week!
for my card I used the incredible Mini Chalkboard Sentiments and Mini Chalkboard Die both by SC Designs.  I totally love these, the sentiments come in a set with different sentiments for many occasions such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, friendship, love, Halloween and also this fabulous birthday stamp!  
I stamped this one with white pigment ink and heat embossed it with white fine embossing powder.  I just love the chalkboard effect!
 I used the Mini Chalkboard die which gives you a perfect frame for your sentiment.  I layered it up to give a 3d effect.
I also used the Spiral notebook border die also from Whimsy Stamps!

 The papers I used for this project are Echo Park 'This and that'!
***Edited to add a tutorial I created a few years ago for this style of card***
 Don't forget to visit the other DT members showcasing the release today
Thank you so much for dropping by today, don't forget to visit the Whimsy Inspirations Blog the rest of the week for details on the rest of the week's blog hops!

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Cute Card Thursday - Girls, girls, girls!

If you hadn't already heard, Whimsy Stamps debuted their Clear Stamps this week.  They are a very high quality clear stamp.  They ink perfectly and they have renewed my love of clear stamps!  
I have to give our new Stamp artist a special shout out, the Clear Stamps designer is our very own, long standing Whimsy Stamps multi-talented, designer Simonne Clay!  
You can still join in the release blog hop, it runs until Sunday and there are prizes to be won!  Pop along to the Whimsy Inspirations Blog for more details!
I used the new Sweet as Candy stamps to create the sweetie jar and used the Sweet as Candy - sweet sentiments for the words.
This week the theme on Cute Card Thursday is Girls, girls, girls.
 Hope you will join us both with the Whimsy blog hop and also on Cute Card Thursday where you can win a stamp from Whiff of Joy!
Many thanks for dropping by!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Whimsy Stamps Clear Stamps Release Blog Hop!

Hi everyone and welcome to the Clearly Whimsy Stamps release BLOG HOP! If you stopped by over the past couple of days, you would have read the announcement that Whimsy Stamps have added a whole new line and style to their existing product range ...
Photopolymer Clear Stamps
The brand new debut release of photopolymer clear stamps and coordinating shapeology dies are now available to buy from the Whimsy Stamps store!
 To celebrate this new release, we are holding a new release blog hop today. We have hidden TWO prizes of 2 new release clear stamp sets and 1 matching die somewhere along the hop. To be entered into the draw, simply leave a comment on every stop along the hop! 
 You have until Sunday March 14th at 12.00PM EST to leave comments and the lucky winners will be announced on the Whimsy blog on Monday (March 15th).
 You should have hopped here from Michelle's blog. If not, and you would like to hop along with us today, please CLICK HERE to start the hop at the Whimsy Stamps blog. Your next stop on the hop is Maureen

Finally, here is a complete blog hop list in hopping order:
For a full reveal of the new release, be sure to stop by the Whimsy blog.
Thank you so much for dropping by!

Tuesday, 11 March 2014


This came around so quickly.  Must be that hour we lost this week!  
Definitely time this outdated activity was done with, I don't mind gaining an hour but I so dislike the spring forward malarkey! 
I managed to get the one wall finished then other things got in the way after straightening this side up I didn't get around to painting the other wall yet!  
This week I am starting on my son's bathroom while he is away for Spring Break so the other half of my room reorganization and paintwork will have to wait!
So, on my desk this week is a card in progress which I have since finished and I actually put everything away and cleared off my desk again! We will see how long that lasts!
As you can see I have some new found space so, what is a girl to do with space?
Go shopping of course!
come and join us for our weekly jaunt around the world's craft spaces!  For more info pop on over to Julia's blog!

Whimsy Clear Stamps sneak peek day 2

Hi everyone and welcome to Day 2 of the Clearly Whimsy Stamps debut release sneak peeks! Yesterday, Whimsy Stamps announced that they have added a whole new line and style to their existing product range ...
Photopolymer Clear Stamps
Today, myself and the rest of the team are holding another sneak peek hop, and if you hop along with us and leave a comment at every stop along the way, you will be entered into the draw to win a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE to spend at the Whimsy Store!
 Here is today's hop list:
For today's creation I used ...  Wrapped Candy Dies and Sweet as Candy sweet labels stamps.

 Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to join us tomorrow for the grand BLOG HOP.  We have 2 fantastic prizes of new release goodies to give away to 2 lucky hoppers!

Monday, 10 March 2014

Whimsy Stamps Clear Stamps Sneak Peek

Hi everyone! If you stopped by the Whimsy Stamps blog today, you would have read the announcement that they have added a whole new line and style to their existing product range ...
Photopolymer Clear Stamps
Whimsy Stamps has put together a DREAM TEAM of crafters to help them launch their debut clear release, and I am thrilled to be part of that team.
 Myself and the rest of the team will be sharing some fabulous sneak peeks of the first release of this new clear line over the next 2 days in the lead up to their release on Wednesday 12th March.Then on Wednesday, we will be holding a fantastic BLOG HOP to celebrate the new release where 2 lucky hoppers will win 2 amazing prizes! 
 Today we are holding a sneak peek hop, and if you hop along with us and leave a comment at every stop along the way, you will be entered into the draw to win a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE to spend at the Whimsy Store! Here is today's hop list:
For today's creation I used ... Feeling Fruity

 Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check the Whimsy blog tomorrow for more sneak peeks!

Friday, 7 March 2014

Whimsy Stamps Challenge

Just about got some creating space on my desk now (see post below!!!)!  
I managed to rustle this quick little project life card up this morning before I go off and clean the house!
The Whimsy Stamps Challenge for March is
Spring Colours!

I love spring and can't wait until my garden is awash with yellow from my hundreds of daffodils!
I used Whimsy Stamps Cup of Joy sentiment stamp set  I love this set, have already used it numerous times and I am not finished with it yet!
I simply layered up some patterned papers on top of a 6 x 4 Project Life card.  The tea cups are paper pieced to make them pop.  The little happiness button is one from a set from Reflections that I picked up in Michaels this week.  
To post your entry you need to come along and join the Whimsy Stamps inspiration Facebook page and post your entry there anytime during March!
Some exciting news from Whimsy, next week we have a brand new range of stamps, I will be back with sneak peeks on Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday is the release day.  They are so amazing, don't miss them!
Thanks for dropping by, have a great weekend!

Tuesday, 4 March 2014


Do you ever wish you hadn't started something?
This is one of those snowball effects!  I decided to change out some furniture in my craft room, removing a cupboard and chest of drawers.  Unfortunately, it left me with scuffed walls which I then repaired and decided to repaint the whole wall in the same paint colour.  This is what I did this morning but once dried it is obviously a shade or 2 darker than the original!  Not so bad on one wall but silly me touched up a couple of patches on another wall!!! Now I have to do the rest of the room!
You can't really see my desk today, it is there beneath those piles!  I was hoping it would be clear to create on by tomorrow but this job looks like lasting out the week!
 This is the reason for all the drama!  I wanted to change out the existing furniture for a nice white Expedit!  The idea being I can see my stash therefore might use it and not forget I have it!  
If you want to see some more productive desks than mine pop on over to Julia's blog for links and more info!

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Cute Card Thursday - Springtime!

The theme on Cute Card Thursday this week is
I am longing for spring but in my part of the world it is always a lot later than other places due to living in the mountains!  Still, it is a lot warmer this week than is normal so I can pretend that spring is here even with the absence of spring flowers!
I have altered a project life 6 x 4 card for my PL album.  

We are sponsored this week by Inspired by Stamping who offer a $10 gift voucher for their store to one lucky winner!
Thank you for dropping by!

Tuesday, 25 February 2014


Time for WOYWW!
Some card making going on, an image to colour and a new stamp/die set which was my valentines pressie from Hubby!   I thought he chose well!
My desk is seriously cluttered just now, just be thankful that I zoomed in!  I feel a huge shake up in my craft room coming  in the near future! 
Keeping it short and sweet this week, if you want to see more desks pop on over to Julia's blog!

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Cute Card Thursday - Buttons and Bows

The theme for Cute Card Thursday this week is Buttons and Bows!
I got so carried away creating this card this week I almost forgot the buttons and bows!  Can you tell they were a last minute thought?  That is the nice thing about embellishments, you can always find a place for them!
This cutie is from Whimsy Stamps, she is Sweetheart by Time for Tea. She is coloured with Prismacolor pencils.   The sentiment is also from Whimsy Stamps from a collection called Love Tiles.  Behind that I used the Whimsy Stamps Shapeology die Fancy Square Die by Raindrop Echo Designs.
We are sponsored this week by Whimsy Stamps with a prize of 5 digital stamps!
Whimsy Stamps are also holding a DT call right now! Pop on over to the Whimsy Blog for more details!
Thank you so much for dropping in!

Tuesday, 18 February 2014


I can't believe it is Tuesday already!  I have lost a couple of days this week, was very sick Sunday and slept most of the day and Monday I stayed in quarantine so I didn't pass the bug on to the kids.  Hubby already had it and very quickly passed it onto me, very kind of him!
I am pretty much back to normal now, just not much of an appetite which is no bad thing, dropping a few pounds at this time of year!  I do prefer to do it through diet and exercise though, that bug was vicious!
I am still working on a card I am now way behind with, hoping to get this finished swiftly!
 While I was quarantined on Monday this was my workspace!  My bed.  I made good use of the time though, finished up my bunny and stuffed and stitched her up and got a good start on her knickerbockers!
Join us and share your workspace this week you can find more details over at Julia's blog!

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Cute Card Thursday - Clever Cutting!

The theme for Cute Card Thursday this week is 
Clever Cutting!
Lots of fussy cutting around this image!  She is 'The Fairy' by Cathy Delanssay for Whimsy Stamps. She is coloured with Prismacolor Pencils.  Isn't she amazing?  Love the brand new images by Cathy for Whimsy Stamps!  The sentiment stamp is also by Whimsy Stamps it is part of the Fairy Tale Dreams stamp set by SC Designs. 
I can't get past working on my project life just now so decided this would make a perfect PL card.  

We are sponsored this week by Whiff of Joy who offers a stamp of the winner's choice!
Please pop over and join us, you can also get more inspiration from the rest of our fabulous Design Team!
Thanks for dropping by!

Tuesday, 11 February 2014


Time once again for WOYWW!
This week just like the past few weeks Project Life is taking centre stage!    This is my 2013 album, not quite finished.  
The way I do it is to fill the protective sleeves with the photos I want to use for that week then go back and fill in the gaps with embellished cards or any photos I might have missed out. Finally I will do the journaling. 
As you can see I still have quite a few gaps in the album!  This is the fun part though where I can get creative! 
You can see the first page (the one I was working on a couple of weeks ago) of my 2014 album here!
 While enjoying the Olympics I picked up my knitting again.  Hoping this little bun will be finished by Easter!  I have actually done quite a bit more than this in the last couple of days since I took this photo! I have since finished her head so time to stuff and give her a face!
If you want to know more about WOYWW and snoop on some more workspaces pop on over to Julia's blog!

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Whimsy Challenge and Cute Card Thursday!

The Whimsy Facebook Challenge this month is Something New!  I used new stamps and a die for my 'something new'. 
The fantastic prize is a $15 Whimsy gift voucher!
This is also my card for Cute Card Thursday this week.  The theme is Lots of Love!
We are sponsored by Bunny Zoes Crafts.
I would also like to enter this card into the Simon Says Stamp Challenge which is to have a heart somewhere on your card~
Thank you so much for dropping by!

Monday, 3 February 2014

Mini Album

I made this album way back in the summer as a memento of our Whimsy Stamps trip to CHA and as a thank you to Denise for making it happen!
It appeared in the last Whimsy Stamps Inspirations magazine as part of a product review for Beacon Adhesives.  Their Zip Dry glue is my favourite adhesive for this type of project.  It is a liquid glue, holds fast and there is never any puckering of the paper!
 The stamps I used in this project are

The papers are Authentique and the embellishments are a variety of bits I already had.  The enamel brooch on the front is Bo Bunny.
Thanks for dropping by!