Saturday, 27 October 2012

Carried away with chevrons...


Yay for the weekend, yay for half-term and yay for holiday! :)

Speaking of holidays (smooth link there, don't ya think?!), Uniko Studio have a holiday-themed Super Free Saturday for you! It's called 'Ho Ho Ho' and I reckon you're gonna love it *wink*

My projects with this freebie are super fast and super simple - my kinda crafting when I've got a suitcase to pack and a million and one other things to do!

First up a simple tag:

Sending you Joy

I simply printed the lovely bauble, coloured, stamped a custom sentiment from the Uniko Studio set Pure Florals: Gebera, threaded silk ribbon through and finished with gems. Easy peasy.

For my next project, I got a little carried away with chevrons:

Celebrate the Season

As soon as I printed that fab, fun chevron DP I just knew that I had to pair it with the chevron trees from my own set, O Christmas Tree. It's a match made in Lapland methinks!

Now I'm no digi master - this is just me printing out and having fun. Be sure to see what the rest of the Uniko Studio DT whipped up, especially the *new* Uniko Studio Digital DT! Oh and be sure to grab the freebie for yourself and have a play with it - digi isn't half as scary as some of you may think, I promise!

Pssst: did you know that Uniko Studio have a sale on? Hurry, it ends on Nov 1st and there's a bargain (or two!) to be had....*wink*

Catch ya later

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Happy Holidays and Sad Farewells....


The day is here! The sneaky peeks from The Craft's Meow October Release we've been showing you the past week are now available to view in full, and purchase!

The Craft's meow

We're celebrating the new release in the traditional TCM way with a blog hop and a chance for you to win the entire release! You should have hopped here from the TCM Blog.

For my blog hop card I combined three sets - I surprised myself with that. Ha!

Happy Holidays

This card features a fab, distressed sentiment from Holiday Foundations; some funky retro snowflakes from Christmas Cheer and some trees from the set that's free with a $50 spend at the TCM Store this month, O Christmas Tree (designed by myself!)

The smaller tree is simply a larger tree trimmed down - easy peasy! I really do have a soft spot for the chevron tree even though there are many other designs to stamp from the set. Just don't tell the other trees in the set, OK? *wink*

In order to qualify for the chance to win the entire October release, be sure to comment on every blog in the hop. Next up is the super Elizabeta Kushner so hop across there for more inspiration!

Now I don't like to end my blog posts on a sad note, but after an amazing 7 months with The Craft's Meow it's now time for me leave. :( I'd like to take the opportunity to thank the whole of the TCM DT (both past and present) for being so fun, fabulous and supportive. I'd also like to extend a HUGE thank you to Lisa, who had so much faith in my designs. I would never have been able to have achieved my dream of designing my own stamp set and getting it manufactured without you, thank you so much! You made this inky gal's dream come true and I'll never forget it :) 

Catch ya later!

Card Deets
{Happy Holidays}
Stamps: Holiday Foundations, O Christmas Tree, Christmas Cheer (The Craft's Meow)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)/Latte, Fern (A.Muse Ink)
Cardstock: Kraft, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Gems (Hero Arts)/Promarkers (Letraset) - to create coordinating bling!

From a leaf to a Christmas tree...


Taking a brief pit-stop from the TCM October Release Festivities to welcome Friday-Eve in the usual manner:

You guessed it. Time for another CASE Study. And time for yet another fabulous card from our muse, Julia Stainton to admire and CASE:

Check out the original post of this card here.

I was taken by aspects of Julia's layout, the use of felt and the sweet strip of card upon which the sentiment is stamped. I took yet another Holiday-esque approach to my stamping (please, somebody stop me, this isn't normal to have so many Christmas cards whipped up so soon!)

Happy Holidays
Tip: Mix and match sentiments from different sets for a custom stamped sentiment in a font you desire! Here I stamped 'Happy' from the set, Modern Basics and 'HOLIDAYS' from a longer sentiment I masked from the set, Stocking Prints.

Simple red buttons turn this leaf die into a Christmas tree! So very, very simple and fun too. I stamped a panel of gingham down the side of my focal point to echo Julia's gorgeous green gingham on her original card.

I'm keeping it super short and sweet today (I have A LOT to get done before we break up for half term and before my guy and I jet away for a week!) but be sure to get a mojo boost by checking out the rest of the CASE Study DT:

And after all that inspiration - ink along with us and join in the fun! :)

Thank you soooooooo much for your visits to this corner of Blogland - they're much appreciated!

Catch ya later!

Card Deets
{Happy Holidays}
Stamps: Modern Basics, Stocking Prints (Papertrey Ink)/Debonair (Paper Smooches)
Ink: Latte (A.Muse Ink)/Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: Kraft, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Pure Poppy Buttons, Canvas and Linen Impression Plate (Papertrey Ink)/Gentle Leaf Die (Poppystamps)

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Trust me....he'll love it even if you don't!


Welcome back for day 3 of the countdown sneaky peeks from The Craft's Meow!
The Craft's meow

As you already know, we're getting festive with this release and today we get to give you a sneaky peek of two more sets - one of which is designed by myself.

First up is a fab set by Karen Baker called Holiday Foundations. I love the grungy feel to it! Now for my sneak peek, you'll either love it or hate it. The good news is that I reckon the recipient will love it.

Merry Christmas

I've been hooked on the TV series and comic graphic novel The Walking Dead. So has my guy. I couldn't help but create a Christmas card inspired by it when I combined those distressed candy stripes, cool font with the splatter stamp from Karen's previous set, Typically Teen. So this card is heading to my guy this year - trust me, he'll love it even if you don't! *wink*

Next up is a set that I designed that is free when you spend $50 at the TCM Store this month. O Christmas Tree takes the stress out of mass producing and masking with your holiday stamping. No more cutting isosceles triangles out for masks and stamping patterns through to make Christmas trees; the hard work has already been done for you! :)

O Christmas Tree

See what I mean? No masking involved, simply stamp and go (to the post office to post this to someone!) There's a variety of trees in the set as well as sentiments, so it takes some of the boredom out of mass producing too - bonus!

Now be sure to leave a comment on the TCM Blog by 9pm PDT tonight if you fancy the chance of winning one of these set! Oh, and while you're over there, take a peek at what the rest of the TCM DT whipped up (especially if you're not a fan of my zombie inspired Christmas card!) :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Catch ya later!

Card Deets
{Merry Christmas}
Stamps: Holiday Foundations, Typically Teen (The Craft's Meow)
Ink: Red Pepper (Adirondack)/Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: White, Soft Stone (Papertrey Ink)

{O Christmas Tree}
Stamps: O Christmas Tree (The Craft's Meow)
Ink: Fern, Buttercup (A.Muse Ink)/Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Cardstock: Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Canvas and Linen Impression Plate (Papertrey Ink)

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

One of two sneaky peeks....


Ready for day 2 of the October release sneaky peeks from The Craft's Meow? I hope so!
The Craft's meow

Now today we're sharing peeks of two more sets, but you'll only see one on my blogeroo today. Mr Postman is yet to bring the set, Winter Fibi and Lilly by Mabelle R-O, but I can assure you it's a cute set and I guess you'll have to check out the rest of the TCM DT for a good peek at it! :)

However, one set I can give you a peek at is the set, Christmas Cheer also designed by Mabelle R-O. This set has a fun, retro kinda feel to it - great for the guys or gals you're stamping for. I focused in on a funky snowflake stamp and a sentiment for yet another holiday card:

Let it Snow
Tips: Staz-on ink works a treat when stamping on glimmer cardstock.
Place small dots of adhesieve on the reverse side of the embossed snowflakes to avoid marks showing through the vellum.

Vellum. I forget how it can transform a project so easily! I simply stamped snowflakes over a panel of vellum with clear ink and embossed with white embossing powder. My bottom panel of card is actually glimmer cardstock (my camera hasn't picked it up). At first I was going to have snowy hills of glimmer cardstock, but changed my mind and kept it clean and graphic with a straight strip; we can say that the snow is falling evenly on this ground *wink*

Before you dash, be sure to get a good peek at not only this set but the set I haven't been able to ink up yet by checking out the TCM DT. And if you like what you see, then be sure to leave a comment on the TCM Blog by 9pm PDT tonight for your chance to win either set!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by today!

Catch ya later!

Card Deets
{let it snow}
Stamps: Christmas Cheer (The Craft's Meow)
Cardstock: Spring Rain, Vellum, Glimmer Cardstock (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Black (Staz-on)
Accessories: Detail White Embossing Powder (Stampendous)

Monday, 22 October 2012

Holidays, TCM Stylee....


Happy Monday! Happy sneaky peeks to commence here for the October release at The Craft's Meow!
The Craft's meow

As we hit the October release, we're getting very festive (good for a procrastinator like myself!) and today we're sharing not one, but two sneaky peeks of two sets available from October 25th. We're also welcoming on board with us as a guest designer for October, Emily Keaton!

First up is Christmas Angels by Nina.B which is a set that begged me to go traditional with my seasonal stamping:


Super simple but that's my style when whipping up Christmas cards (and cards in general I guess!). I like to produce a few of the same design (not too many - I can't mass produce as my brain gets bored easily!) so it needs to be simple and it's a total bonus if it's flat for posting too *wink*

I decided to stick with the traditional combo of red and green for my next project which gives you a sneak peek of the set, Hearth and Home by Elizabeta Kushner.

happy holidays  

Tip: Add detail with a white gel pen to give the shine-factor - because your colouring's 'worth it'! :)

A simple tag that involves repeatedly stamping that cluster of holly and colouring. Not one for mass production as it took me a while to colour this little tag with my markers!

Right, that's two sets sneaky peeked - another four to go! Take a peek at the rest of the TCM DT and if you like what you see today, then be sure to leave a comment on the TCM Blog by 9pm PST tonight. One randomly selected peep will win today's sets!

Catch ya later!

Card Deets
Stamps: Christmas Angels (The Craft's Meow)
Card: White, Pinefeather (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Red Pepper (Adirondack)

{Happy Holidays}
Stamps: Hearth and Home (The Craft's Meow)
Card: White (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Promarkers (Letraset)/Pure Poppy Grosgrain Ribbon, Pure Poppy Baker's Twine (Papertrey Ink)/White Gel Pen (Ranger)

Saturday, 20 October 2012

New challenge, new digs...


Happy Saturday! Happy weekend! :)

So it's been a while since I shared a new challenge from A Passion for Papertrey. The reason for this is because we've moved to new digs (Blogger wouldn't play ball so we'be moved to WordPress) 

Our new challenge is a friend themed challenge. We want to see your creative projects using at least one PTI product that celebrate friendship.

Here's a card I've whipped up for a friend of mine (just need to pop it in post!)

Girly you rock!

I'm still on the old washi tape bandwagon and covered a die cut butterfly with the stuff. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

So we'd not only love to see you playing along with us, we'd also love it if you could check out our new site (HUGE thanks to Kate for designing it!) and follow it/bookmark it! :)

Keeping it short and sweet today - it's my last weekend before I head  to London to catch a show, (a belated birthday present or my guy) and then hop on a jet plane to Canada. I need to get organised!

Catch ya later!

Card Deets
{Girly, you rock!}
Stamps: Signature Greetings (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Button, Twine, Butterfly Die (Papertrey Ink)/ Washi Tape (MT Tapes)

Thursday, 18 October 2012

A wreath that's anything but traditional...


Happy Friday-Eve! Only one more of these after today to see until we break up for half-term and I jump on a plane bound for Canada and jet outta here. Sooooooo giddy with excitement (especially as I only found out about it on Sunday - a surprise from my guy who has had it planned since May!)

Anyways enough excitable babble from me, it's time to get down to business:

Yup, it's time for a new CASE Study courtesy of our muse, Julia Stainton. Feast your studying eyes on this!

Check out the original post of this card here.

I was really taken by those strong colours and the layout to put my own spin on a Christmas card that's anything but traditional:

Christmas Greetings

Tip: Add dimension to stamped images by shading with a marker as I've done on the bow of this wreath.

Now I'm a sucker for tradition when it comes to seasonal stamping, but I do realise that not everyone is! As much as it pained me to stamp that wreath in pink ink and decorate it with orange bling, I think the recipient I have in mind for it will prefer it to the good ol' red and green combo :)

Be sure to check out what the rest of the CASE Study DT created to get your mojo tickin':

We're really hoping you find a chance to ink along with us!

Thank you so much for visiting today; your visits are always appreciated!

Catch ya later!

Card Deets
{Christmas Greetings}
Stamps: Signature Christmas (Clearly Besotted Stamps)
Ink: Bubblegum (A Muse)/Orange Zest (Papertrey Ink)/Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: White (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Circle Nestability (Spellbinders)/Bling (Want 2 Scrap)/Promakers (Letraset)

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Going dotty for Christmas...


Happy Friday-Eve! Ready to check out a new CASE Study? I hope so!

We've got this beauty to study from our super muse for October, Julia Stainton:

Check out the original post of this card here.

I was taken by Julia's layout, circular embellishment and her fun polka dots. Taking all of this along with a pinch of premature Christmas cheer resulted in this:

Season's Greetings

Oh I'm feeling so smug that I have a Christmas card whipped up in's not my usual approach to my Christmas crafting! Note to self: Don't feel too smug, there's a load more of these to whip up before Dec 25th! *wink*

This card features another great set from Clearly Besotted Stamps called Signature Christmas. I love the mix and match elements in this set!

Be sure to feast your eyes on what the rest of the CASE Study DT created for your viewing pleasure and inspiration:

We hope you find time to study along with us :) 

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Catch ya later!

Card Deets
{Season's Greetings}
Stamps: Signature Christmas (Clearly Besotted Stamps)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)/Fern (A Muse)/Red (Versamagic)
Card: White (Papertrey Ink) 
Accessories: Polka Dot Impression Plate (Papertrey Ink)

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Getting a head start on Mother's Day...


Swingin' by the ol' blogeroo to announce some happy news (you may have heard it already but I'm late to the celebration party - ha!)

Clearly Besotted Stamps is a new stamp company started by the super talented and lovely, Stephanie. I've known Stephanie since my very early stamping days - in fact it's thanks to herself and Kate that I got introduced to Papertrey Ink and Blogland - they have been there since the start. The rest, as they say, is history!

Anyways, I digress! I'm totally honoured to have been asked by Stephanie to be on her DT! I'm in awesome, talented company - pinch me! Check out the rest of the fabby team here!

I got the stamps on Friday and have been itching to ink them up all weekend. However the wonderful weather this past weekend meant I only had time to whip up one card, but I have more in my mind ready to create, I promise!

Happy Mother's Day2

The rose and leaves from the set 'Blooming Marvellous' were just begging to be paired up with the set 'Happy Everything' IMHO. The result was a very early Mother's Day card - still, better to be early than late, right?!

Now I urge you to check out the Clearly Besotted Stamps store: there's a total of 10 fabulous new stamp sets to feast your eyes upon. I plan on inking my other sets up this week, and lemme tell ya, this gal is not going to be making her Christmas cards during December this year! *wink*

Thank you so much for your visit today!

Catch ya later!

Card Deets
{Happy Mother's Day}
Stamps: Blooming Marvellous, Happy Everything (Clearly Besotted Stamps)

Ink: Tattered Rose (Distress Ink)/Tuxedo Black (Memento)/Spring Moss (Papertrey Ink)
Card: Solar White (Neenah)
Accessories: Canvas and Linen Impression Plate (Papertrey Ink)/Promarkers/Pearls (Stash)

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Happy WCMD


Happy weekend! Happy World Card Making Day! :)

Well, it's officially October 6th 2012 this side of the pond anyways! *wink*

Now there's lots of fun to be had on this day dedicated to this hobby of ours; grab a cuppa and then be prepared for lots of inky fun!

First up, The Craft's Meow are having a sale to celebrate the occasion! Grab a 15% discount on all orders from now until Sunday (October 7th) 11.59pm PST and the discount is in addition to any products in the sale too! Simply enter WCMD2012 at checkout to receive your discount!

I'm celebrating the occasion with a card I've whipped up with some of my own TCM goodies:

you're my bestie

Very simple, but I'm letting those bold colours take the stage on this one *wink*

TCM is also participating as a Pink Ribbon sponsor of Splitcoaststampers' 3rd Annual Hope You Can Cling To campaign for breast cancer awareness and support. Check it out - there's plenty of fun to be had over there with a new challenge every day!

If you do manage to craft for the occasion, be sure to share your work in the WCMD gallery!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and happy WCMD!

Catch ya later!

Card Deets
{you're my bestie}
Good Times (The Craft's Meow)

Ink: Versamark/Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: Hawaiian Shores, White (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Pink Embossing Powder (POP Embossing Powder)

Thursday, 4 October 2012

A mish-mash of products!


Happy Friday-Eve! :)

I hope you're ready to start the pre-weekend celebration with a new CASE Study...

 ....and not only do we have a new CASE Study, but as it's now a new month (Seriously? October already? Oh my!) we have a fantastic new muse on board with us! This month we are studying from the talented Julia Stainton! 

Check out this super pretty card of Julia's up for us to study and CASE away this week:

 Check out the original post of this card here.

So much attention to detail on this card! I was taken by a number of things:
  • The kraft card base (I hardly ever use them!)
  • The stamping on fabric (after my last successful attempt I wanted to try again)
  • The flowers
  • Those sweet staples Julia used to attach that tag next to the clock
  • The soft, pretty pinks
  • The twine
I could have gone on; I really admire the way Julia pulls off this style so beautifully!

So after putting all those elements in my CAS comfort zone, this is what I ended up with:

be yourself.

Yup - another fabric butterfly (bear with me; it's the only fabric thing I've got to stamp on!) with some soft, stamped flourishes and inked edges.

This card contains a real mish-mash of product, (including my guy's stapler!) I literally rooted through my box of goodies like a kid at Christmas. I love mixing different brands of product - makes me feel like I'm really getting my penny's worth :)

Now don't just take this card for your starting point before you study - check out the rest of the CASE Study DT:

It would be lovely to see you studying along with us! :)

Thank you so much for stopping by today - have a super duper weekend!

Catch ya later!

Card Deets
{be yourself.}
Stamps: Fancy Flourishes (Uniko Studio)

Ink: Tattered Rose (Distress Ink)
Card: Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Fabric Butterfly, Pink Flower (Maya Road)/'be yourself.' embellishment (Pink Paislee)/Cream Twine, Linen and Canvas Impression Plate (Papertrey Ink)/Stapler (Office Supply!)


I am on various design teams and receive free product to use and promote. I geniunely love the products of the companies and all opinons are honest and my own.

I'm flattered if I've inspired you and you want to CASE anything of mine, but please don't enter it for commercial publications or competitions.
Thank You!
All designs, text, and photographs on Crafting Confessions are ©2009-2016 to Amy Gray unless stated otherwise.