Amazingly, today I’ve made a card (two actually) for a sketch challenge. I find sketches very difficult because usually there is just too much stuff on them. But I’ve found a CAS sketch challenge blog, CAS(E) this sketch. I think I’ll be returning to this site frequently. I made my card and then, just as I was about to photograph it, decided it wasn’t right and so I had to redo it. Here’s my second card:

Stampin' Up! Painted Petals

and here’s the sketch that it’s based on:

All of the images are from the soon to be retiring Painted Petals set. I’ve stamped the lines and dots in hello honey on very vanilla and the sentiment is in mossy meadow. The sentiment is actually a single stamp. I mounted the very vanilla onto a mossy meadow card base.

My original card was more focused on the sketch and the thank and you are further apart. Here are the two cards together. Since I’m entering the second card in the challenge, I clearly like that better. What do you think?

painted petals mossy meadow h honey twoStampin' Up! Painted Petals

See you tomorrow,




A quick and easy CAS thank you for today’s card.

Stampin' Up! Perpetual Birthday Calendar

I used the May image from the Perpetual Birthday calendar set and the retiring colour Strawberry Slush and stamped it multiple times across the diagonal. The sentiment comes from the retiring set Painted Petals – I’m very sad to see this one go. I won’t be retiring it from my personal stash! The piece of very vanilla is mounted onto a base of strawberry slush. And that’s it!

This would be very easily mass produced if you happened to need a stack of thank you cards. And of course changing the colours would make the stamping more interesting after the first five or so!

See you tomorrow,


Here is a card showcasing a couple of sneak peeks from the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue which is due to be unveiled next Tuesday.

Stampin' Up! Yippee-Skippee!

It is also using Yippee-Skippee! which is on the retiring list so if you want it, you need to get it asap! I stamped the sentiment on very vanilla in mint macaron (yes the spelling is correct, it’s the meringue type cookie, not a coconut macaroon), one of the new in colours and cut it out with one of the circles framelits. I used the next size up to cut out the mat. The background is made using another new item in the upcoming catalog, the Boho Chic embossing folder. I used a brayer to ink up the side of the folder that does not have the Stampin’ Up! logo on it so that the colour was pushed into the paper. I then matted that with more mint macaron and adhered it to a very vanilla card base. The sentiment is popped up on stampin’ dimensionals.

I’d like to say that I decided to decorate the envelope flap in the same fashion whilst I still had the brayer and embossing folder inked up, but sadly no. That idea didn’t come to me until today, a couple of days after I’d made the card. I was going to make an envelope using the new envelope paper, but it’s in mint macaron and white, not very vanilla. I’m really pleased with how the envelope matches so I’m happy that I didn’t have any paper with mint macaron and very vanilla.

See you tomorrow,



I didn’t mean to share this card today, I was going to make a card for a challenge but I had news that my amazing physical therapist died yesterday. He was in his forties and leaves behind a wife, two children and an unborn child. He was an incredible person – always happy and joking and absolutely miraculous at his job. I once sprained my ankle nine days before a marathon and called Matt almost in tears the next day. He said to give it a couple of days and then come to see him. I ran that marathon after a couple of treatments. As I said, Matthew Loughlin was miraculous. He will be greatly missed. So a “sending good thoughts your way” card seems apt today.

Stampin' Up! Thoughts and Prayers, Too kind

I used a template that I’d made using a plastic sheet from photopolymer stamp packaging and square framelits and sponged crushed curry and elegant eggplant onto it. I was trying to make a card using these colours and garden green for a challenge but it didn’t work. But introducing gold made me happy. I stamped the tree from the Thoughts and Prayers set in versamark and then covered it in gold embossing powder. The sentiment is from the Too Kind stamp set and is in elegant eggplant. I mounted the piece of whisper white onto an elegant eggplant base. The envelope flap was embossed with the spring flowers embossing folder.

Rest in Peace, Matt.



I’m having a very CAS (clean and simple) week. My cards are usually CAS; CAS is generally defined as having a lot of open space, minimal (if any) embellishments and clean lines. I look at it as not being overly fussy. It wasn’t a conscious choice to fall firmly into the CAS camp, it’s just that I prefer my cards this way. I was happy to find that there’s an official term for it!

This card though, is really ultra CAS!

Stampin' Up! Because You Care

The beautiful border is from a hostess set, Because You Care and is only guaranteed to be available until today; after that it’s available until the stocks are depleted and then only until June 2nd. So if you want it, you need to move quickly!

It’s stamped on very vanilla in one of the new in colors – cucumber crush. I wasn’t crazy about this colour when I saw it online but now that I can see it in person, I love it. The sentiment is from the A Dozen Thoughts set. To stop the card from being too clean and simple, I gave it a skinny mat of cucumber crush which just finishes it off perfectly in my view. Let me know if you agree. Or not! Since I had the stamp out and inky, I added a stripe across the envelope to match.