Thursday, 25 June 2015

I Wheelie like you!

When I saw the inspiration tag at Tag You're It this week, the play on words made me think straight away of a cute hamster stamp set I have with a similar play on words, Lawn Fawn's 'Wheelie like you'. I bought it a few months ago to make my daughter's birthday card as she just adores her pet hamster (I'll share her card with you another time). I like the teal/brown combination on the inspiration card & the splattered effect & these 2 elements inspired me to make this:

I sponged Tim Holtz Salty Ocean distress ink through part of an MFT Petal Circles stencil onto a tag cut from white card stock with an MFT 'Tag you're it' die. I then sprayed a mist of water over it to give that 'swooshed' look! Once it had dried, I lightly sponged over with Tumbled Glass distress ink. This ties in with the challenge at Less is More this week where the theme is to use stencilling. The hamster & wheel were die cut from the matching Lawn Fawn die, the hamster was water coloured with Stampin' Up Soft Suede ink.

I hope you wheelie like my card :) Thanks for popping by. Take care.

Tam x


Less is More: Theme Week  and we'd like to see some Stencilling on your project. 

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Home is where the heart is

Popping back for a quick blog post, I know, twice in one day!
I wanted to enter the one layer card challenge at Less is More this week where the theme is 'Home'. Once again, I've combined it with another challenge which is a colour challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches, where the colours are yellow, green & grey.

Forgive the photo quality, as I said this is a quick post!

I used a Stampin' Up embossing folder to create a bit of texture & dimension with the oval frame. The house & sentiment are from Clearly Besotted 'Home Sweet Home' stamp set. The ink pads are Stampin' Up Basic Gray, Garden Green & More Mustard.

Tonilea, your comment below about the bent card stock & placement of the embossing folder; I too dented my cardsstock on the first attempt:

I put the embossing folder over the top of the front of my 10cm by 15cm card base & then secured it on the reverse with washi tape:

Normally to emboss a single sheet of cardstock with a Cuttlebug you  would use an 'A' plate & 2 'B' plates'.I sandwiched the card & embossing folder between an 'A' plate & 'C' plate & ran it through my Cuttlebug.  I found this out through trial & error using different plate combinations! It maybe that you have to try a few different combinations of plates & shims if you have another die cutting machine. I hope this helps. Good luck Tonilea, I'd love to know how you get on!

Thanks for popping by & take care!

Tam x


One Layer Card week
and the theme is 

Father's Day

Good afternoon! Here in the UK it's Father's Day this Sunday. I saw the sketch at Mojo Monday card sketch challenge & thought it could easily be used for feminine or masculine cards. I combined it with Trend week at Just Us Girls where the challenge is to use stacked die cut sentiments.

I used my Spellbinders circle dies to die cut 3 circles from some old Craftwork Cards papers & matching ribbon I found, crumbs I must have had them for 5, maybe getting on for 10 years! Does anyone else hold on to the last scraps of papers 'just in case' or is it just me?!
I ran a strip of navy card stock through my Xyron Sticker Maker before die cutting the word 'dad' out of it 3 times with Clearly Besotted 'Dad' word die. Once the word has been die cut, it's quite small & fiddly to apply adhesive to so I found this method made it much easier! The 3 words were then stacked on top of each other & adhered to the smallest circle. To finish off the card I stamped the sentiment using Clearly Besotted 'All Occasion Sentiments'.

I hope you like it & would love to hear your comments. Finfgers crossed that my Dad likes it. And hope he doesn't look at my blog before Sunday!

Thank you for popping by, take care.

Tam x


Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Teacher tag

The current Tag You're It Challenge #23 is to create a tag inspired by this tag ...

Here's mine:

I like the vibrancy of the red apple in the inspiration, which made me think straight away of 'an apple for the teacher'. I used Clearly Besotted's stamp set 'Teacher's Pet' to stamp the apple, leaves & sentiment, die cutting the apple with the matching apple die. The inks are Stampin' Up Real Red & Wild Wasabi. I like the cute peg & managed to find just one red one in my stash! The tag was die cut from an MFT 'Tag You're It' die from Craftwork Cards white card stock. I echoed the fishtail shape of the bottom of the inspiration tag in my sentiment banner & also the chevron arrow stamp, which was free in a magazine.

I then made the tag into a card:

I hope you like my take on the inspiration tag. Thanks for popping by. Take care.

Tam x

Friday, 12 June 2015


Hello again ... yes I'm back 2 days in a row!

I wanted to enter the challenge at Less is More this week which ends tonight! It's a colour challenge this week ''Sunset'', using colours that this word brings to mind.
I've combined it with the challenge at Addicted to CAS which uses the code word "Butterfly" & also the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.

I used Tim Holtz distress inks in mustard seed, spiced marmalade & fired brick blended together on glossy white card to make the background which I then trimmed into 4 squares. The butterfly was stamped in Versafine onyx black ink & die cut using Clearly Besotted "Butterfly Wishes" stamps & dies.The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

Thanks for popping by & hope you have a lovely weekend.

Tam x


Less is More: For our Colour Challenge this week 
we have chosen

Thursday, 11 June 2015


Well today certainly felt like Summer, I even managed an hour or 2 in the garden reading a book!
The challenge at Just Us Girls this week is word week, with the word 'Summer'. This was perfect timing as at the start of this week I received one of this month's new releases at Clearly Besotted 'On the Beach'. As well as these fab flip flops the set also has a couple of sentiments, beach huts, ice lolly & a seagull. I combined 'Summer' with the sketch at Sketch Saturday & came up with this ...

The papers are Echo Park's 'Here & Now' & the inks are Stampin' Up. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted, 'Fabulous Fuschias'. If you look closely, you might just be able to see I've used some liquid pearls to decorate the flip flops.

Thank you popping by to look at my blog & for the lovely comments, it's nice to know I'm not gibbering away to myself! I was chuffed to bits to see my umbrella one layer card was chosen as a Paper Artist Pick at Paper Pals Arts recently, so I must be doing something right!

Take care & hope we get more of this lovely sunshine.

Tam xxx

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