Thursday, April 10, 2014

My first tutorial on A Random Fan

Check out my tutorial on 3d digital stamps.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Happy Easter Everybunny

This week at we have another Picture Inspiration challenge for you to have a play with. I used the retired Pretty in Pink card and designer paper for this little Easter card, along with the stamp set called Everybunny. Check out what the other girls have come up with using the same picture as inspiration. I am also entering this card into the SUO Challenges this week. Check out the link here.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Random Fan - Share a Latte

this week over at A Random Fan we have a springy, pastel challenge for you.
Create a card or project, using Pastel colours to be in the running for some awesome digital stamps.
I used the stamp called Share a Latte, and used (mostly) discontinued papers from Stampin Up.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

So Kind of You

This week over at we have a colour challenge for you to try. I used, apart from the colours above, the Flower Shop stamp set from Stampin Up.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Your Special Day

The challenge over at stampin royalty this week is a sketch challenge. I'm pretty sure I have told you by now, how much I love sketch challenges. Here is my card for this week. I used my new stamp set Peaceful Petals, which is available on my store and coloured in using my copic markers.

The colours I used on this card are Wisteria Wonder and Pear Pizzazz with a little bit of Elegant Eggplant, card stock and matching designer papers.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

How amazingly cute is this little fellow. Absolutely gorgeous, and fun to colour too.
I coloured up this little guy for the challenge this week over at
I have a lot of paper stacks everywhere in my craft room, so I have decided that I really should try and use some of them up on the cards, and this paper here seemed to fit perfectly with this little image. Head on over to the challenge blog where you can see some other amazing cards by the Designer Team. 

Don't forget, all of these images are available for purchase on the blog.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I can not believe I did that.

I can not believe, I have had this card ready to be scheduled, and I forgot. This card was supposed to be for a colour challenge over at Stampin Royalty. So, here is my card. It posted on the team page, but didn't quite make it to my blog. Very busy week. I will do better next week, I hope, anyway.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Birthday Challenge

Here is my take on the Birthday Challenge over at this week. This digital stamp reminded me of France, so I coloured her, what I thought were appropriate colours for a little French birthday. Luckily, I know some people in France, so this little card may find itself on the other side of the world in a few months. I am sure I have, but have I told you how much in love I am with Sherry's digital stamps. Amazing. Pop on over to the DT blog and have a look at some amazing cards by the other Design Team members. Grab some inspiration, and play along.

Saturday, March 8, 2014


Over at A Random Fan this week, we have a new section of challenges, made just for you Sketch lovers. I, know that I will be using this amazing sketch again. I love it. So gather your Random digital stamps, your card making supplies and come and have a play. You will not regret it.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

All that Glitters

All that glitters - Gold is our theme for this week over at Stampin Royalty.
It is pretty simple really. Create a project using something gold.
For my card, I found some gold card stock from Stampin Up, that I had neatly stored away so I thought that I would make a birthday card, paper piecing a balloon and using my star punch to punch out some gold stars. I then paper pierced around the outer edges and used my gold gel pen to create the faux stitching. All in all, I am pretty happy with the way it came together.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

My First Spotlight Card

Faux Stitching Technique

As it is my turn to be the Spotlight Designer this week over at

I have decided to share one of my favourite techniques called Faux Stitching. Although this is not a NEW technique, it is one that I fall back on a lot. If things get a little confusing, I have inserted the link to Splitcoast Stampers, where I first learnt this technique.

  • Paper piercing pad or mousepad
  • Paper piercing template or Plastic Ruler
  • Paper piercing tool or Darning Needle works just as well
  • Marker or gel pens
  • Cardstock

  • Step-by-Step

    Step 1

    Place cardstock piece on top of the paper piercing pad.

    Next, place the clear paper piercing template over the cardstock piece to be stitched.Use the paper piercing tool to poke holes in cardstock, using the piercing template or ruler as a guide.

    Step 2
    Use a marker or gel pen to connect the pierced holes in your cardstock. This will form stitch marks. Make sure to pause at each hole so the hole is highlighted with marker. This helps to form a more realistic stitched look.

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

    Hello There

    I made this card for the challenge over at Stampin Royalty this week. I shuddered when I saw that this challenge was a 'Clean and Simple' type of project. So while I was out watering my garden, I thought that I could use my washi tape. (Never opened). And, yes, there you have it, my very first clean and simple card that I actually like. Oh, and the best thing about this card, is it took longer to print out the image, than it did to make the whole card. I think I may make a few more of these and have then ready for those occasions when you just want to send a card because, you can.

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

    Bedtime Stories - Sketch Challenge

    Over at we have a little sketch challenge for you to try. I must admit, following a sketch makes card making so much easier for me, as I tend to move things around a lot, before sticking them down. Although, I have been known to pull cards apart after I have stuck them down to move things around. For this challenge I have used A Random Fan digital stamp called Bedtime Stories. She is so cute. I have used some colours that I do not usual use when it comes to card making. I thought I would venture outside the square a little.

    Week 3 - 2014

    Week 2 - 2014

    Monday, February 24, 2014

    A Random Fan Blog Hop

    There is some exciting news over at "A Random Fan and we’re having a blog hop to help celebrate.
    We are elated, ecstatic, all worked up to a frenzie to share that some of the adorable A Random Fan images are now available as rubber stamps. 

    I have used "Travel Bug" which is one of my personal favorites.
    Hop to all the blogs to see if your favorite has been made into Rubber.

    If you arrived here from  Eva please continue to Martine.
    Otherwise please start with  A Random Fan.   Here are all the blogs, just incase you get a little lost along the way.

    A Random Fan

    Paula (You are here)

    We have some wonderful projects to show you today so please make sure you hop on over to everyone.
    A Random Fan rubber stamps are available for sale at CC Designs Rubber Stamps!  

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

    It's your birthday

    For this card, I went to My Design Studio from Stampin Up to find the stamps I was looking for. I printed the stamps in the colours (re sizing) below to match the theme at Stampin Royalty this week. I think that this stamp set is called "on the go?"

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

    Party Animal

    It has been so long since I have played with either of these challenge blogs. Actually, I can not remember the last time. So, having said that, I thought that this little fellow from A Random Fan - Party Animal would be perfect for the sketch and colours.

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

    Floral Congratulations

    For Stampin Royalty this week we have another picture inspiration for you. From this picture I decided that more flowers and doilies were in order. I think my card is based on the small picture of the dining setting on the bottom right hand corner. Basically everything that I have used for this card has been discontinued, but having said that, you can substitute the colours if you want.

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

    Love is in the Air

    Here is my card for the new challenge over at A Random Fan this week. We are focusing on Hugs and Kisses - Valentine theme this week. I have used Gemmas' Secret Crush. Which is available on the blog.

    The supplies I have used for this card are all Stampin Up, unless stated.
    Card stock : Close to Cocoa, Whisper White, Red Riding Hood, Pink Pirouette
    Large Heart punch.
    Copic Sketch markers for the colouring &
    my old faithful Brother Sewing Machine

    Check out what the other girls have come up with on the blog. Have a go at making something yourself and post it on the challenge. You could have a chance to win some of Sherrys' amazing images. 

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

    Love Love Love

    This week at Stampin Royalty we have a (love) challenge for you to try. Here is my card for the challenge, luckily for me one of my star pupils sent me some instructions on how to make this amazing rose for the front. Thank you Shirley.

    I used Strawberry Slush card stock and Designer Paper for my card and made the flower using my 5 petal punch. The sentiment is from the Sale-A-Bration set called See Ya Later from Stampin Up. The leaves and doily are an old die I had kicking around my craft room.

    Monday, February 3, 2014

    Cover Page for 2014

    Here is my cover page for my 'project life' or 365 photo or whatever the real name is for this style of scrap booking or memory keeping. I think I will go for pocket pages. I decided that the garden would be the best to highlight on the cover because I spend a lot of time in the garden over the Summer break.
    Although I have finished my 2013 album, I have decided that although it looks good, it took up way too much time to do each page. I am going to try and simplify my album and pages for 2014.

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014

    DIY Photo Light Box

    The theme for this weeks challenge over at Stampin Royalty is ANYTHING but a card. I am guessing that this little project I made would cover the anything part. I decided that I was not very good at taking photos of my finished cards, so I jumped on the ever faithful Pinterest and found a few of these Photo Light boxes. I made this one out of stiff cardboard (Newsagents) and cut three square windows. One on the top and both sides. I then covered the sides with Tracing paper, (that's all I had on hand). There is a sheet of cut down A3 paper stuck on the back of the box, and there you have it. A home made (inexpensive) Photo Light Box. I will let you know how it works out. 

    Before Photo light box.

    After Photo light box.

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

    My First DT Challenge for A Random Fan

    So, here it is. The very first Challenge from A Random Fan Challenge Blog. The challenge is Digital Stamp. Pop on over to Sherry's site and grab yourself a digi, colour it in, and send it off. It's that easy. Oh, and if you win the challenge, there are heaps of awesome Digital Stamps for grabs.

    Card Information

    Pretty in Pink - Designer paper, Card Stock, Ribbon and Button - SU
    Wisteria Wonder - Designer Paper and Card Stock - SU 
    Whisper White Card Stock - SU
    Label Punch - SU
    Hearts Trio Punch - Old SU
    Pearls - SU
    Copic Markers for image
    DIGITAL STAMP - Winter Kiss

    Challenge Information

    Our challenges are run with the following rules:
    Bi-weekly challenge – runs for 10 daysStarts:  Tuesday at 12:00 a.m. (pst)Ends:  The following Friday at 12:00 p.m.

    Follow the current challenge guidelines.
    Only current projects will be accepted.  No back linking.
    Entries must have a hand colored image on them.  Sentiment only cards will be removed.
    You may use any image you desire.  Be sure to use a direct link to your project using Inlinkz, not your entire blog. 
    You may combine up to 5 other challenges.
    If you have word verification on your blog we may not be able to leave a comment.
    You need to link your blog post back to our challenge post. 
    We reserve the right to delete projects that do not follow the listed rules

    The winner will be announced on Monday and will receive 3 free digis.  You need to contact Sherry at   sherrytdesigns at gmail dot com with your digital requests in order to claim your prize.