Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Flower photocard

Good morning all!
I have been neglecting my photographs for a while so I thought, I would use them for the cards I make this week.
so, here goes...

The focal image is a photograph which I took of a pretty flowering bush in a nearby garden. To showcase it, I used a stamp from the Hero Arts Clear Design 'Mixed Design' stamp set. 
The ric-rac die is from MFT and the sentiment is by Danielle Johnson, cut with my spellbinders label die.
Inks are Pear Tart and Lady Bug from Memento.

I am entering this card for...

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Have a wonderful day!!

Monday, April 29, 2013


I made this really fun card for a very very dear uncle who used to have  a beautiful blue Lambretta for the longest time! As a child I have so many fun memories of riding on his scooter!!
This stamp set was just too perfect!
He really loved the card and that makes me really happy!

The scooter and one sentiment are from the Paper Smooches Spiffy Scooters stamp set. The birthday sentiment is from Stampendous and the background stamp is fro Stampin' Up.
I added a white gemstone on the light for some fun and dimension!

I am entering this card for the Paper Smooches Anything  Goes Challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great night!

Sunday, April 28, 2013


I took a while to figure this one out, but here is my card for the Case Study challenge no 138. and the Friday Mashup 107 Challenge showcasing Sunshine.

The stamp that I heat embossed with White embossing powder is from the 'Meadow' stamp set from Inkadinkado. 
The sentiment is from Verses rubber stamps.
For the background I used water colours from Camel and then intensified the colours with Tim Holtz Crushed Olive distress ink  and Summer Sky ink from Memento. 
I made the sun's rays by masking them one at a time  and colouring over with dandelion ink from Memento. 
I think the effect looks lovely and peaceful.

 Here are my challenge inspirations

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Have a good night!!

A Cut Above at the Paper Players!!!

I am so thrilled! This card was a truly light bulb moment..it came together in 5 minutes flat!!!

Thanks again for all the love!!!
Have a very good night!!!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

A pretty rainbow

I pulled out my MFT rainbow die today for th first time. And look what fun this was!!

The background stamp is current favourite, starburst cling stamp from Hero Arts! Stamped with Memento Dandelion ink.
The sentiment is from Hero Arts too.
The butterfly punches are from Punch Bunch and Jef. I punched them out of vellum to add some transparent fun!

I am entering this card for the Clean&Simple FTL236 challenge

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Have a good night!!

Proud to be Awesome

Here is another fun card! 

I used the MFT graphic t-shirt die and stamp set. For the background I used the Paper Smooches 'Vogue Abode'  stamp set. 
I coloured the back ground with Camel Artist's Water colour cakes and added a couple of Washi tapes for some extra pop!
The birthday sentiment is from Hero Arts 'Birthday Messages' stamp set.
The DAD sentiment is stamped in layers with Smokey Grey and Onyx Black from Versafine inks.

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Enjoy your day!

Smiles and Laughter

 Good Morning!!

This is really sweet card...hopefully it will make you smile! It makes ME smile!!

I made this card for the Stampawaywithme Monday Mood board 10 challenge and the 

The background Chevron is from Technique Tuesday, heat embossed with American Crafts Zing! embossing powder.
The lace stamp is heat embossed with white on vellum . 
I adhered it to the card using my trusted companion, my  Xyron 150 sticker maker. 
It is one of my most valuable tools!!!

The sentiments are from Hero Arts...I heat embossed them over the embossed chevron with Zing! detailed silver embossing powder.
Hence the shine...I find it  hard to photograph metallic surfaces...any tips anyone?

The little baby stamp is from an unknown stamp set...one of the first I ever bought and never used untill now!!

Here is my inspiration...

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Have gorgeous day!!!


This is such a darling stamp set!!
I love what I managed to make with it  for the Paper Smooches Picture Perfect Challenge.

The background stamp is from Impression Obsession, which I heat embossed with American Crafts White embossing powder.
I heat embossed the background and then stamped the sentiment and the steam. Hence the very soft effect!
Love the white on white look!!
Double sided tape is adding some dimension!
Inks as always are from Memento.

Here is the inspiration..

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Good night!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Polaroid fun!

Happy Wednesday!!!
I LOVE the nostalgia of polaroid photos, so today I have a card  today for my weekly post at
Craft Adda that indulges this nostalgia!

To make the Polaroid frame, I used my square nestabilties die on white cardstock. 
I was inspired by this blog post by writescrapbook .com.
I then cut around it to create the frame. 

I stamped the cupcakes from the Stampendous 'Hey there cupcake' stamp set  with teal zeal and summer sky ink from Memento and cut them out. 

The background is embossed with a Cuttlebug dots embossing folder. 
The background stripes are from Impression Obsession, stamped with Memories sand ink . 
I then put it all together using some double sided foam tape to add dimension.
The  fabulous sentiment is from Hero Arts.

I'm really happy about the way this card has turned out!!
Try it...its really easy!
I am entering this card for the SimonSays Stamp 'Anything Goes' challenge featuring Impression Obsession.

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I am a perfect princess!!!

I am a Perfect Princess at Freshly made sketches!!! Yay!!

And, Hero Arts tweeted about my card!!!! Double YAY!!!
This is what they said...
Yes, we'd say this card by Paru is most definitely brilliant! Great use of the Starburst Background with masking:

I am thrilled!!!
Thanks guys for all the love!!!

Sending love in the mail...

I struggled with the Friday Mashup Challenge this week...But then inspiration came by way of
'Nicole's Craft Nook' and this card.

Here's my card..

The stamps I have used are from the lawn Fawn 'You've got mail' stamp set. 
Inks are from Versafine (imperial Purple), Memento (lulu Lavender) and Memories(Sand).
Here is the image for the Mashup...I got inspired by the little packet of mail in the mailbox!

I hope you are inspired to play too!
I will be back later today with my post as DT for the Craft Adda Blog so stay tuned!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

You're so special

Here is my take on the Tuesday Trigger from Moxie fab World this week.
I am happy to note that I am the first to link up to the challenge!!

The  flower stamps I have used are from Stampendous, the background stamp is from Stampin' Up and the sentiment is from Hero Arts.
Inks are Rich Cocoa from Memento, Sand from Memories and Onyx black from Versafine.
The watercolours are Camel Artists' watercolour cakes.

Here is the Trigger...

I am also entering this card for the Moxie fab wonder of watercolours challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Good night!

You're Brilliant!

Good morning all!!
I have made a card I am thrilled with and I am having a brilliant start to my crafting day!!
Here it is...

I created a rectangle mask with my nestabilities rectangle die and stamped over it with my  Studio Calico Hero Arts cling 'sunburst' stamp in Memento 'Dandelion' ink.
The light and sentiment are from Technique Tuesday's 'Bright idea stamp set' stamped with Versafine Onyx black ink.
Quick and easy and quite brilliant..don't you think?!!

I am entering this card for the CAS(E) this sketch challenge 24 this week as well as the Paper Players PP142 CAS one layer card challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!
Enjoy your day!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Happy memories

I am playing three challenges with this card...the PlayDate Cafe no.178, CASE study Challenge 137, and Freshly Made Sketches 82.
I took me all day to figure out...is my mojo on the wane??? I hope not!!

I turned out quite well though...

The ric-rac die is from MFT, the butterfly and the flowers are punched... the flowers are from Carla craft and the buttterfly is Jef. the sentiment is from Verses rubber stamps.
Here is my inspiration!

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Runway Inspired...

I am playing the Runway Inspired Challenge for the first time.
I saw it on fellow crafter Gayatri's fantastic blog and got inspired to play.

Here is my card...

...and here is my inspiration!

The doily stamp is from  Hero Arts. I heat embossed it with American Crafts black opaque, cut it out and adhered it to the card.
The fabulous sentiment is from Hampton Art, again heat embossed with American Crafts rouge red embossing powder.

I love it...don't you?1
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New Digs

This is such a fun stamp set to play with!!! It is the 'Paper Smooches' Vogue Abode Stamp set!
I decided to use it to make a card for the Paper Smooches Cool shades challenge.
I have done some paper piecing here as well as some heat embossing for the cute phone and sentiment, which is from Danielle Johnson!

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Friends Forever...

I haven't used Vellum in a while...so, I decided to try it for this card.
I stamped this gorgeous lace pattern stamp (I don't know where it's from...does any one recognise it?) with Versamark and heat embossed it with off white embossing powder from american Crafts.
The words  die is from Cuttlebug.
Sweet and simple isn't it?

I am entering this card for the 'Stamp Away With Me'  Monday Mood Board no.9

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Retro sketches challenge no.59

It's really late and I am playing two challenges tonight...

The Retro sketches challenge no.59

And the Paper Players Challenge no. 141...I just missed this one!!!

Here is my interpretation!

Stamps are from Stampendous 'hand of friendship' stamp set  and Verses Rubber stamps.
The bangles, flower and sentiment are heat embossed with American crafts and Stampendous embossing powder. 
I used my Versamark pen to ink the bangles and the flower before I heat embossed them.
The background stamp is from Stampendous..'Marble texture cube'.
Inks are from Versamark, Versafine  and Memories.

I like this one...
What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by...

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Friday mashup challenge 105

Had my thinking cap on for this one...

Here is my take on this weeks Friday Mashup challenge sketch.

Here I have heat embossed the background with the 'houndstooth' background stamp from Impression Obsession and dry embossed the square panel with my cuttlebug Happy Birthday embossing folder.
The sentiment is a peel off sticker and I finished it off with a gold flecked cord (unfortunately not very visible!).
This card was hard to photograph!!!

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One Layer Card inspired by a film

Good morning everyone!
Happy Wednesday to you!!
Today I have a one layer card for you which I created using the 'Masking' technique and heat embossing.

To make this card, I first stamped and heat embossed the  greeting, buildings, clouds and hot air balloon from the 'Metropolis' stamp set from Paper Smooches, with black opaque embossing powder from American Crafts. 
I then stamped the images on a scap paper and cut them out. 
After placing them on the corressponding images, I then stamped the background with the  background 'map' stamp from Impression Obsession and heat embossed it with American Crafts blue embossing powder.

I then coloured in the buildings and the hot air balloon with my Faber Castell sketch pens.
Easy Peasy!!!
Looks WOW, doesn't it!! 
Don't tell anyone how easy it is...Try it!!

I am entering this card for the 'Less is more' One layer Week 115 create a one layer card inspired by a film challenge. 
the film I chose is 'Around the World in 80 days'.

I am also entering it for the Dynamic Duos challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!
Enjoy your day!