Spring Butterflies!

I finally got a chance today to sit and create a card for Scrapbook Boutique October Challenge.  The inspiration Mood Board this month is this collection of images…


I was particularly inspired by the orange, pink and yellow butterflies and went for a very cheery and bright card that showed the movement of the butterflies sweeping across the front as they do in the images.


I’ve used some Distress stain on my coloured butterflies and then left a couple white. They are cut using my Silhouette Machine and I’ve adhered them just on the centre so that they have lots of dimension.

Thanks for looking! Em

‘Tis The Season To Prance…

This week over at CAS Colours & Sketches #197 they are having a sketch challenge.

Here is the sketch that had to be the inspiration for your card creation…


I decided to go with a Christmas theme again for this card as I am determined that come December I will have enough handmade cards to send out. I know now that all my friends and family have come to expect handmade cards so I want to have plenty to chose from.

Here is my card…


My prancing reindeer are from Clearly Besotted and are coloured with Copic Markers. I think they are just so cute! I love the fun sentiment too and how it is a bit different to the usual Christmas messages. I’ve also used some pretty silver paper which has some lovely silver swirls that are hard to see because they are quite subtle but add interest without overwhelming the stars of the show… the prancing reindeers.

Thanks for visiting my blog! Em


PTI Make It Monday #265

This week Lizzie Jones is presenting the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #265 Challenge. She is showcasing a technique called Layered Dry Brushing. When I first saw the instruction video I must admit I was a bit hesitant. Lizzie made it look so easy and I was sure I wouldn’t be able to get results that came close to what she was able to achieve.

I also am not a big fan of getting paints out. I have a four year old whose eyes just light up when he sees paint and I had visions of him splattering paint all around my craft room. In the end though curiosity go the better of me and I decided I had to try this new technique out. I even let my little boy paint and it truly made his day!

Here is my card…


My background isn’t as beautiful as what Lizzie Jones created but for a first attempt I am pretty happy. In fact I made a few different backgrounds as it became quite addictive! I love the subtleness and can see this working on CAS cards beautifully. I am so glad I tried this despite my hesitation to begin with!

I’ve used Papertrey Ink What the Doodle Feather stamp and die set, Shakers and Sprinkles circle die (cut in vellum) and the sentiment is from the Tropics stamp set.

I can’t wait to create a few more cards using these backgrounds!

Thanks for looking! Em

Minc & Mouse!

I never actually thought my card style was CAS until I started making more and more cards and found that it was both challenging and fun. This latest card I have created for the CAS Colours & Sketches #196 Challenge.

These are the colours that we had to play with…


I thought they would work in perfectly for another Christmas card. This time I also pulled out my Minc machine to create a metallic copper effect on a snowflake shape from Heidi Swapp. I’ve used an embossing folder to create a snowflake background and a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die. I’ve then simply layered both white pieces and attached the Minced snowflake and a Copic Marker coloured mouse stamp from Clearly Besotted.


I loved the cute little skates on this mouse – he is simply so sweet! I think he will be a favourite to use this Christmas.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog!  Em

Make It Monday #264

This week on the Papertrey Ink Blog the Make It Monday #264 Challenge is presented by Melissa Phillips and focuses on using die cuts as stencils. I used one of the tree dies from the All Through The House kit that Papertrey Ink released last year. I used the outline to ink the trees onto my white background using hues of blues and greens. I then die cut some extra trees to adhere with foam tape. I stamped them all using the matching stamp and some clear embossing powder so the image is very subtle. My sentiment has been cut from red glitter paper using my Silhouette machine.


I finished it off with some enamel dots for my centre tree as I thought it needed a little more colour.

Thanks for looking! Em

Christmas Mouse!

I am seeing more and more Christmas card creations popping up on lots of different blogs. I already feel behind and it’s only October! Yesterday I got a chance to play along with the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches 259 and was determined to make sure I made it a Christmas card.

Here is the sketch…


And here is my Christmas card…


I’ve stamped the trees and sentiment directly on to the background and then used foam tape on the silver strip and the mouse to give some depth to the card.  They are all coloured with Copic Markers. The stamps are from Clearly Besotted who sadly have shut shop for the remainder of the year. I absolutely love their stamps and always find them such good value.

Have a great day! Em

Just Add “G”

It’s been a little while since I played along at the Just Add Ink Challenge. This week for the challenge is to “just add g.” I have had some small stems of dried grain sitting on my desk for quite some time. I picked them when I was out on a walk with the kids. We quite often bring home bits and pieces like pine cones and gum nuts to make crafty creations with and these were one of the treasure we found. I hadn’t found a use for them until now…


I started out with a piece of vellum that I ran through my Cuttlebug with an embossing folder. Then I used a small piece of a card stock to make a custom paper.  I created this using a cross-hatch stamps that I stamped over and over to get a very random and rustic feel. I’ve used some Distress Ink and water as well as some copper Distress paint. It is very different to my usual style but I had some much fun and love the masculine look of it. I really struggle with masculine cards!

As you can see I also used a stick pin that has a real vintage look to it along with my “just add g” item being my two stems of “grain”. I completed it with a small gold foiled piece of card mounted with a sentiment.

Thanks for stopping to look. Em

October Create Along With Us

Wow I can’t believe it is nearly release time again at Papertrey Ink and once again there are some gorgeous new products. My credit card is already groaning – or is that my husband?! Good thing that just like my kids I have selective hearing!

There were some pretty amazing projects this month but I was particularly drawn to  a card by Melissa Phillips and decided to case it for the PTI October Create Along With Us Challenge. Here is her stunning card…


Melissa’s beautiful card!

For my card I decided to go with the Best Wishes split set heat embossed in white  with a sprinkle of gold glitter powder – you have to look closely to see it! I then coloured with my Zig Markers and cut this out. I stamped a sentiment saying “wishing you” which is from the PTI All Through The House Set onto a kraft circle. I heat embossed this in white.

The card is simply finished off with some similar patterned paper and a bow.

Here is is…


Thanks for looking! Em

Guest Designer At Case This Sketch

I was so excited to be invited by Case This Sketch to be their Guest Designer for the week. I always love playing along with their challenges and seeing all the amazing talent by the design team and all the fantastic entries.

So for the Case This Sketch #194 Challenge they are using this fun sketch…


I still have a few sets from Clearly Besotted that I purchased and have never used. I thought this was a perfect time to create a card with a brand new set.


This gorgeous little skunk is from the Clearly Besotted Forest Friends set. I think that little face is simply adorable. Originally I coloured him in with black but it looked too dark so I went with the blue instead. I kind of figured he was supposed to be cartoon like so I could use a bit of creative license! He is coloured with Copics and then I have used some leaves from a Simon Says Stamp set and layered them to create a little nest of leaves for him to be standing on.

Thanks so much to the team at Case This Sketch for having me as Guest Designer this week. I am so happy to be featured. Em

Cheering For You!

I saw a great tutorial on Jennifer McGuire’s Blog using off cuts to create stripey backgrounds. I created quite a few different pieces and decided to use one as my background for the current challenge at Casology Week 218 with the theme being support. I really liked that I could chose the exact colours I wanted for the background and also the different textures and widths of the cardstock I used which adds some subtle interest to the card.



For my actual card I die cut a white rectangle using a Lawn Fawn die and used one of the very sweet panda images from Clearly Besotted. This was such a quick one to colour with some very simple Copic Markers blending.

Thanks for taking the time to visit. Em