Think Summer


As I mentioned in my last post  Julie Koerber and Laura Fredrickson are celebrating milestones on their blogs.  Yesterday I posted my CASE of one of Laura’s cards, today Julie has been my inspiration,  I chose her card ‘Think Spring’ and made my own Think Summer card.  The colours and image in Julie’s card are beautiful and the colouring very delicate.  My tree is a different style altogether, using the cute little bird and bird house  that come with the ‘Branch Out’ tree.   I masked a hill shape and sponged my sky in Bashful Blue then used the reverse mask to sponge a hill in Certainly Celery.  The rest is self explanatory with colour details belov.

Congratulations Julie and Laura, thank you for all the inspiration.


Stamps: Branch Out
Inks:  Ballet Blue, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, More Mustard, Garden Green
Cardstock: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Delicate Dots d.p.
Also: Celery twill ribbon, Hodgepodge Hardware Antique Brass buckle

A little help from my friend


While stamping one night last week my inspiration left me and I fiddled around with designer paper for a while without getting anywhere.  The answer to my problem was of course, to scan through Sharon’s archives at No Time to Stamp.  There are loads of simple but impressive cards over there.  This is the one I chose to CASE


Isn’t this such a cool card and so straight forward to make.  I used my 1¼” punch and my 1 3/8″ punch to make the button and the cropodile for the holes. I tied the ribbon through, popped the buttons up on a few Stampin’ dimensionals and that’s it. Thank you Sharon for your never ending supply of inspiration.


Stamps: Thoughts and Prayers
Inks:Riding Hood Red, Certainly Celery
Cardstock: Whisper white, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Delicate dots d.p., Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Bella Rose d.p.
Also:  circle punches, cropodile, olive grosgrain ribbon, celery twill ribbon

Simply White


Sharon’s Stamp Simply challenge this week is to use a white mat in your card.  I was surprised how hard it was.  I usually pick a colour from the stamped  image for my mats so I ended up stamping in versamark and embossing  a white image on designer paper  then matting each square in white.  Sharon’s design team made some beautiful cards, several using white on white which was lovely, but I couldn’t seem to get that to work for me today.

I gave my white base rectangle a little bit of texture with the Large Dots Texturz plate (which I just noticed you cannot see at all!) and added a strip of Sahara Sand behind my little square images.   I used the bug, butterfly and snail from Garden Whimsy and Delicate Dots d.p. as they were in keeping with my dotty theme.  The  ribbon is  narrow white satin from my ribbon basket.


Stamps: Garden Whimsy
Inks:  Versamark
Cardstock: Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Delicate Dots d.p.
Also: White e.p., white satin ribbon

Simply embossed


Sharon’s Stamp Simply challenge this week really appealed to me as I like to heat emboss.  That being the case it is funny that I ended up with so little embossing on this card.  Just keeping it simple I guess.   This set arrived earlier in the week and last night was my first chance to use it.  I couldn’t resist getting it as it has a tree ( my stamping weakness at present is trees) and lovely wording on the stamps.

I stamped the tree with Certainly Celery and then embossed the sentiment with Gold e.p.  The paper and the ribbon are from the Sale-a-bration catalog.  I thought the celery and white combo was fresh and pretty  for a friend I know who is facing  treatment over the coming months.

Make sure you check out Sharon’s card and you will find links to her wonderful design team on her blog.  I had a great time being part of the team in February and now look forward to seeing the beautiful creations of Barb, the March guest designer.


Stamps: Thoughts and Prayers
Inks: Versamark, certainly Celery
Cardstock: Whisper white, Certainly Celery, Delicate dots d.p.
Also:  Gold e.p. Celery twill ribbon

Black, white and teal


This card is a bit of a departure from the soft spring designs I have been creating lately.  I wanted to use the beautiful digital paper designed by Jak Heath, and decided not to reach for red as an accent colour but teal, a colour I rarely pull out.  The layout is a sketch by Kurt on StampTV.

I embossed the  flowers on the black cardstock with white e.p and stamped the other flowers with black or teal, colouring one in with a teal marker and adding a rhinestone to the other.  Not my usual style, but it is fun to try something a little different from time to time.


Stamps: Boho backgrounds, One of a Kind
Inks: Basic Black, Taken with Teal, Versamark
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Taken with Teal, Damask d.p.(from Jak Heath)
Also: Rhinesones, Boho Blossoms punch, stampin’ dimensionals

Simply Monogrammed


It is challenge time again  with  Sharon over at No Time to Stamp.  The challenge is to make anything with a monogram on it so I decided to make a card with my initials.  Apparenty I have messed up the monogram order though.  I just checked on Sharon’s blog and I should have my surname initial  in the centre!!  I would fix it but I have no time or light to photograph it.  Perhaps I can give it to someone with the right names…if your initials are  ATH leave me a comment and I will send you the card!!

As you can see I have used the textured designer paper again, three different patterns co-ordinated with Always Artichoke and Sahara Sand.  The letters are the stylish Trompe Script Font from Just Rite.   If I had a scallop punch I would have used that for my scallop circle but it’s still on my wish list so I used the scallop edge scissors instead.

Make sure you check out what the rest of the design team have created this week.

Dee, Tammy, Janine, AJJenniferBecky and  Sharon


Stamps:  Trompe Script Font from Just Rite
Inks: Always Artichoke
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Saraha Sand, To the Nines Specialty D.P., Very Vanilla
Also:  Nestabilities circles, circle punch

Muted Silhouettes


Here is another card I made using the To the Nines Specialty D.P.  The overall effect is quite muted as I stamped the images on Sahara Sand rather than a lighter brighter colour.  The images from Pocket Silhouettes are perfect to punch out; I rarely use the whole image.  I didn’t photograph the inside this time as I just matted a piece of Whisper white in Sahara Sand and attached that.

Not much to it really.

Thanks for dropping in, and thank you for the encouraging comments you have been leaving, I really appreciate them.


Stamps:  Pocket Silhouettes
Inks: Always Artichoke
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Saraha Sand, To the Nines Specialty D.P.
Also: Hemp Twine

A Sweet Little Thankyou


I posted a drawing set decorated by my younger daughter a few days ago.  Today I have a little gift bag made by my older daughter.  She didn’t make it with anyone in mind, but just thought it would be good to have in reserve.  I think she did a beautiful job and it is just the size for a few chocolates or cookies or perhaps  some pretty  soap.  The dimensions are 4½” high, 4″ across and 2″ wide.  She made the bag out of Berry Bliss Designer Paper and used Whisper white, Pretty in Pink and Close to Cocoa for the “Many Thanks” panel.


Stamps: One of a Kind, All Year Cheer
Inks: Pretty In Pink,  Close to Cocoa
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pretty In Pink,  Close to Cocoa
Also: Taupe grosgrain ribbon

To the Nines


I have been playing with another new product from the Spring/Summer catalog:  To the Nines Specialty Designer Paper which is textured and cardstock weight.  Like the designer papers there is a different pattern on each side.  I know this cardstock does have hearts and paisley on it but I thought it could almost pass as a “male card”.  I stamped the trees in Chocolate Chip on the front panel and then without re-inking stamped them on the corner of the inside panel and added the sentiment.  I have matted the front with Chocolate Chip  and Sahara Sand and the inside with just Chocolate Chip.



Stamps:  Lovely as a Tree, Pocket Silhouettes
Inks: Chocolate Chip
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Saraha Sand, To the Nines Specialty D.P.
Also: Chocolate grosgrain ribbon

Celery Drawing Set


I mentioned the other day that Certainly Celery is one of my daughter’s favourite papers, so I was not surprised to see that she chose to decorate her drawing book with it.  She has been very keen on drawing for several years now, but when she first started she always did it on many different little scraps of paper.  That’s when we decided that she should always have a sketch book.  The one pictured above is the latest in a long line of sketch books which are filled with all sorts of pictures and designs.  She had fun trying out my new circle nestabilities for the cover adding her own title drawn with a versamarker then embossed with white e.p.  The pencil case is a chocolate tin covered with cardstock, d.p. and ribbon.

Inks: Versamarker
Cardstock: Whisper white, Certainly Celery, Certainly Celery Designer papers
Also:  White e.p. , White grosgrain ribbon, celery organza ribbon, circle nestabilities(Spellbinders)