Using Stamp, Ink & Paper's tic-tac-toe challenge.
I've gone for embossed-green-tree.
Winter Wonderland wants white & one other colour.

I've had a wonderful weekend with lots of crafting ;)

Time to head down to the kitchen to get dinner on the go.

It's a DVD night with BBQ spare ribs, spicy wedges and homemade guacamole & hummus on the menu.

Quite fancy some popcorn too!


Uniko Studio stamps, Paradise


Daring Cardmakers want bright pink and lime.
Less Is More want 'exotic'.
Allsorts want 'fabulous florals'.
Stamplorations want CAS cards with a touch of gold.

I have an Hibiscus plant in my garden, which I planted 2 years ago and still has yet to bloom.

It's so long since I bought it, I can't remember what colour flowers it is meant to have (coupled with the fact, that it's never been blessed with any as yet) !

However, it actually has some buds now.

Fingers crossed ...



Allsorts want 'fabulous florals'.
Stamplorations want CAS cards with a touch of gold.
Color Dare wants yellows & gold.

I love yellow!
Some bright blooms to cheer your day.
Hope you are having a lovely weekend.

Uniko Studio stamps



Using the photo from Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration.

Less Is More want 'exotic'.

AAA want to see blending.

The CAS Mix Up Challenge for August is stamping, sprays & one other.


I started out with my mini Distress Ink cubes and good intentions ..

I frequently see wonderfully blended Distress ink backgrounds around blogland and try and jump on the bandwagon.

Then inevitably give up and turn to my fave Brushos and Mica Powders.

All thoroughly blended together!!

Another ridiculously rubbish day for the weather.

But you know what that means - don't you?!


.... a house strewn with wet washing inside ...

And a spell of crafting!



Using the sketch from Inspire Me.

The CAS Mix Up Challenge for August is stamping, sprays & one other.







Dull, wet and chilly day today ...

But I'm not complaining.

I spent yesterday's glorious sunshine doing lots of gardening.

With today's weather I can justify spending the day indoors ...

I have a new steam cleaner to unbox and work out how to use, then some crafting :)





Uniko Studio stamps, Brushos

We're asking you to get inspiration from a song title for the Uniko August challenge.
I'm frequently reminded of the Dolly Parton song "Love Is Like A Butterfly" when I see butterflies.
It's a real "golden oldie" but a lovely one at that.
It was the title track for the 70s sitcom "Butterflies", another "golden oldie" ! 

What song have you got humming in your head then?!
Are you feeling inspired?
There are some lovely ideas from the rest of the DT over at the main Uniko blog HERE.
As usual, Bev has some great prizes.
So why not get creative and upload your creation?!

Have fun ;)



Using CASe This Sketch.

A very simple card I put together from scraps piled up on my desk,

so I'm also heading over to Di's playground with this one!




Gorgeous sunny day out there!



Stampin Up, CAS cards


In the Pink challenge has 'anything goes', as long as it's pink you understand!






And the last Butterfly Challenge was for pink and punched.

You notice I said "last".


I had better get my thinking cap on for the current Butterfly vanilla and vases challenge ;)


Welcome to Uniko's August Bloghop.

This month we are revisiting the Chrysanthemum stamp set.

Uniko Stamp sets, CAs cards

The set combines outline as well as 'in-fill' images of chrysanthemums.
So you can mix and match as you wish!
I also love how the sentiments are in mix & match different fonts.


You can purchase the Pure Florals: Chrysanthemum stamp set over at the Uniko website HERE.

Meanwhile for more inspiration, and the chance to win the stamp set for free,

please do join in on the Design Team bloghop.

The giveaway for the DT Blog Hop is the Pure Florals: Chrysanthemum stamp set,

or a £15 gift certificate if you already own the set.

Simply leave a comment by Midnight Sunday 21 August 2016 to be in the chance of winning.

Best of luck!


Stampin Up, CAS cards



AAA cards challenge is 'stitching'.

Addicted To Stamps have anything goes.

As does Stamping Sensations.

I love my stitched square dies - regular visitors to my blog will notice they feature quite a lot!

I keep meaning to get some stitched circle dies to ring the changes.

And it's looking decidely dull and breezy outdoors.

A brisk walk with the dog & maybe a spot of crafting!

School holidays are especially great when you work in a school ;)



Uniko Studio stamps, masculine cards



Using the sketch from Inkspire Me.

Less Is More wants blue & brown.

Allsorts want to see spots and stripes.





It's very peaceful chez moi at the moment and

I'm making the most of it with some card-making :)

My sons are still snoozing - either they are growing lots and need their sleep ..

or they're lazy teenagers!




I flipped the sketch; placement on the right side of a card comes more naturally to me!


Famous last words on my log some time ago ...

"Fingers crossed I may get a bit of card-making in"

Since then both boys asked to re-decorate their rooms in lieu of birthday presents.

So after a lengthy sojourn at Ikea, 3 trips to the tip,

multiple visits to the charity shop, many postings on Gumtree & Freecycle, 2 weeks

and 4 huge tins of paint later ... I've finally got some time back to myself ;)

Their bedrooms do look fabulous too!