Hi Everyone. Happy Sunday. It's the fabulous Joanne's turn to host our Paper Players challenge today and it's theme week: I decided to keep this clean and simple and allow the Free As a Bird image to be the undisputed focal point of the card. Mind you, I couldn't help using my new dies as a frame :-) I colored the birds with my Caran D'Ache pencils and added the simple sentiment. Here's my card: As usual, the design team have some fabulous inspiration for you: Ann Claire Jaydee Joanne Laurie Anne Marie Su Wanda Windy On a personal note:... Read more →

HI Everyone. Happy Tuesday. I have another card to share with you from my Sunday crafting spell. As usual, I went looking for some inspiration and found two challenges to play along with at Inkspirational and Casethissketch: Now.... let's talk about Kraft..... Mmmmm.... Not my usual go to color - so this was a real challenge for me and I decided it was time to put my new Caran D'Ache pencils to the test. I began by stamping some sweet peas down the right hand side. I then set about coloring them with my new pencils. I was really pleased... Read more →

Hi Everyone. It's the fabulous Nance's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and she has a great sketch for us: I had so many ideas going around in my head for this sketch, but finally settled on my new Enchanted Iris set from Altenew. I love this set and it's a joy to color. For the vertical side panel, I used my brick stencil to make it feel as though the iris was growing in front of the wall. I needed a thank you card for another colleague who has been a complete brick (excuse the pun!)... Read more →

Hi Everyone. Happy Saturday. I am pleased to say that my Mac is back, all reconfigured and re-built and back in action - just in time for my Paper Players post! It's the fabulous Laurie's turn to host our Paper Players challenge tonight and she has a word challenge for us: I was tempted to go with a fall color scheme, but decided to buck the trend - and go with more summer colors. Is that because I am trying to hold on to summer? :-) I stamped some of the Watercolor Wonders flowers onto a piece of Neenah Solar... Read more →

Hi Everyone. Very quick post for you tonight. Case this sketch has another great sketch on their challenge blog this week: Based on the sketch.... was I tempted to use my "Express Yourself" set again - it seemed a perfect fit. However, I held myself back and decided to do some watercoloring instead. I am really enjoying playing with the Penny Black Berry Kissed stamp for watercoloring - especially with my zig clear brush markers. Here's my take on the sketch: With this card, I really wanted to berries to pop - so added just a little strip of Pumpkin... Read more →