A Boy’s Birthday!

I really struggle with boys cards but given that the kids get invited to plenty of parties including lots for boys, I really need to stretch my skills as I hate buying cards. Why spend money on store bought cards that could be spent on new craft supplies!

I had an idea as soon as I saw the the latest sketch at Cas(e) This Sketch #232 to use one of my Papertrey Ink split sentiment stamps. I basically lined the stamp up with my Misti and stamped the same image twice to create a similar strip to what is on the sketch.


I then added a strip of patterned paper and used my Copic Markers to add some colour to the lines.

Brown Birthday card

So now I finally have at least one masculine card in my collection! Thanks for stopping to visit today! Em x

Hip, Hippo, Hooray!

My brand new Happy Hippo stamps from MFT arrived this week. They are so cute and I have been super excited to try them out!

Hippo card

Every time I look at this cute little hippo I smile he is just adorable. I masked the hippo so that I could add some balloons and did some Copic Colouring.

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:

Freshly Made Sketches 298 

CASology where the theme is balloon as they are celebrating their 5th Anniversary!

Thanks for stopping to take a peek! Em x

Sunny Greetings!

Well it is already Friday! I’m not quite sure where the week went but it certainly wasn’t spent in my craft room!!! Part of it I know was doing all the dishes by hand as the dishwasher decided to die on me.

Anyway this afternoon I decided no matter what I was headed to the craft room for some “me” time before the chaos of the weekend began. My first project was to create a card for the current challenge at Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #292 where Laurie has made a video on Color Blocking. I decided to use a Papertrey Ink stamp set that I bought ages ago and really have barely inked up from the Canned set.

Sunny Greetings card

I also created some stamped flowers using Papertrey’s Gran’s Garden stamp set. I added some clear Nuvo drops to the centres of the flowers for some extra texture. I finished my card off with a sentiment from the newest My Monthly Hero kit.

Thanks for visiting! Em

Little Fish!

I can hardly believe July is almost over. My kids went back to school today and straight from drop off I made a coffee and started creating for this week’s challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches. This week Cathy has a sketch for us to create with.

The sketch reminded me of a window with a little ledge so I decided to create an ocean background to have a little window in to the water with little fish swimming. I created the background using distress ink and one of the stencils that came in a recent Hero Arts kit. I also used the cute little fish stamps from the same set.

Sea you soon fish card

Don’t forget to visit the CAS Colours and Sketches blog to see what ideas the Design Team have come up with and to link your entry. I can’t wait to see your creations! Em

Poodle Pink!

I am simply amazed that I got my card done this week for the new challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches. It is school holidays here and I haven’t had a moment to myself. I literally made this card whilst 3 kids told me how hungry, thirsty, bored, cold etc they were. I love my kids but I can honestly say the winter school holidays are the worst with everyone cooped up inside because it is so cold and wet!

Cathy is back as our host again this week and she has a brand new trio of colours for us to create with. I really love these tones and will be creating with them again as I think they would be just beautiful for some baby cards!

I kept my card really simple with some striped paper, a Hero Arts poodle stamp and a sentiment from Papertrey Ink

Poodle card

Please check out the CAS Colours and Sketches blog to see all the great ideas the Design Team have come up with and hopefully you will be inspired to come up with your own creation. I’m off now to entertain the kids because they are  apparently soooooo bored! Em x

Gran’s Garden

It’s time for a brand new sketch challenge over at CAS Colours and Sketches and this week our host Cathy has come up with this great design!

I decided to break out a new stamp set that I just received from Papertrey Ink called Gran’s Garden. I just love the name of this set it must be because I have wonderful memories of my Gran’s spectacular garden.  I also used another Papertrey Ink split sentiment background stamp to lightly stamp on my oval shape.

Love & Flower card.jpg

Don’t forget to visit the CAS Colours and Sketches blog for all the design team inspiration and to hopefully add your card to the gallery!

Have a great week! Em

Pizza and a Glass of Red

This week over at Casology Competition #256 the theme is Pizza. I am definately a pizza person whether it is making homemade pizzas as a family or those nights when I am so tired that take-away pizza is a lifesaver! It also just so happens that I actually have a pizza stamp! It is this cute little slice from Simon Says Stamp which I paired with a sentiment stamp from Hero Arts.

Week 256 - Pizza

Bon apetit card

I used some distress stain for my splodge of tomato sauce. My husband kindly mentioned that it looked like I’d spilt my red wine on the card – haha! If only he knew that I learn’t long enough to never have drinks sitting on my craft desk as I have a skill of knocking them over. Either way a glass of red with my pizza sounds very nice!

Hope you are having a nice weekend! Em


Never Change!

It’s been a few week since I played over at the Muse Challenge Blog but when I saw the beautiful card that we needed to use as inspiration I immediately had an idea of a card I wanted to make. Here is the gorgeous card that Anita Bowden shared with us for inspiration…


I decided to use a stamp set from Clearly Besotted that has swipes of paint and try and emulate the bright paint look and I replaced the butterfly with a cute little chameleon.

Never change colour card

Thanks for visiting today! Em

Hello Summer

Can you believe it is July already?! This month Cathy is hosting at CAS Colours & Sketches. Given that is is winter here in Australia and it is cold and dreary I was pleased to see this bright trio of colours for Challenge #230.

The colours reminded me of summer and lead me to create a card using some cute stamps from Simon Says Stamp to create an icy-pole card!

Hello Summer card

I really wanted to create a spattered, drippy sort of icy pole look on my background but I ended up just using some re-inkers to create droplets of the colours. It wasn’t quite what I had originally envisaged but I liked how some of the colours have mixed to give a very colourful background strip!

Don’t forget to head over to the CAS Colours and Sketches Blog to see all the inspiration from the Design Team. I can’t wait to see some bright and bold cards this week and hope you will join in with this week’s challenge.\

Have a great week! Em

Build a Wreath

It has been another crazy busy week here but I just remembered that I had made a card for the latest Make It Monday Challenge build a wreath over at Papertrey Ink and hadn’t actually shared it on my blog.

I have used this technique before and I have to say it really is a great way to use some of those teenie tiny stamps and create lots of unique wreaths. I must note to myself to do some of these for Christmas as they are super quick so perfect for mass producing!

Here is my card… using lots of different small stamps from Papertrey Ink!

Wreath card

Thanks for visiting today! Em