Blog hop

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with Tami White

Sunday, July 31, 2016

This month the Crazy Crafters are CASEing (Copy and Selectively Edit) Tami White in our blog hop.  Here's the card I've chosen:

And here's my card CASEing it:

CASE notes: I swapped up the shape of the card to make mine 4 1/4" square.  Rather than filling the bulk of the card with the beautiful DSP I added a smaller circle and then some baker's twine all round the card to balance it off.  If you make it, don't forget to sponge the edges of the circle for added effect.  I popped my circle and sentiment up together with dimensionals to add dimension (although it's a bit hard to see in the photo.)

Stamps: Thoughtful Banners  Inks: Night of Navy  Papers: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Floral Boutique DSP  Accessories: Duet Banner Punch, Stampin Dimensionals, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Sponge Dauber

Blog hop line up:

Thanks so much for hopping with us today,


A friend in Bella

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Everyone knows dogs are the most loyal of creatures.  I had a few growing up and loved them to bits but sadly can't own one now because of where I live.  So until I move and can get a faithful companion, I'll just stick with Bella!

Fiona's Notes:
  • I chose this particular paper from the A Little Foxy DSP because I wanted it to look a bit like rain but not rain (following?!) which is why I turned it upside down. 
  • Little Bella is lightly coloured in with an aqua painter and some Smoky Slate ink.  Don't go over the lines of the image though or else it will blur.
Stamps: Bella & Friends  Inks: Smoky Slate, Pool Party  Papers: Whisper White thick, A Little Foxy DSP  Accessories: Aqua painter, Stampin Write Markers, Simply Scored board, Stampin Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by today,


Celebrate the 2016-2018 In-Colours

Friday, July 22, 2016

I haven't made a card yet that showcases all the gorgeous new "in-colours." Each year Stampin' Up! releases five new colours which they call "in-colours."  These colours stick around for only two years so it's right that we celebrate their arrival and mourn their ending.  Doesn't this card do just that so well?

Fiona's Notes: I have a confession to make!  When I went to upload the photos I realised with horror that I missed out Peekaboo Peach and made a card in Watermelon Wonder (a 2015-2017 In-Colour!!) instead.  Ooooops.  Oh well, I will make sure I make a Peekaboo Peach card for you very soon to show it off. 

Stamps: Confetti Celebration  Inks: 2016-2018 In-Colours, Versamark  Papers: 2016-2018 In-Colours, Smoky Slate, Whisper White  Accessories: Rhinestones, Stampin Dimensionals, Clear embossing powder

CASED from: Cornelia Jassen - thanks so much!

Thank you for stopping by today,

Returned Kindness

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

You may recall my RAK (Random Act of Kindness) post in May when I promised to send a card to everyone who sent me their address for no reason other than because sending cards makes the world a brighter place!  Well, I have three super big thank yous to send out to the lovely crafters who sent me cards in return!


(From L to R) A super super super big thank you to Annelies in The Netherlands, Nicolette in NZ, and Marigold in Melbourne, Australia for sending me these beautiful cards.  They are still brightening up my living room and I love telling guests who ask all about them and why they were sent.

Random Acts of Kindness make the world a better place!  Send a random card today to a random friend (or stranger!) and brighten up their day.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today and sharing the RAK love with me,

Thank you

A Thankful Kettle

Saturday, July 16, 2016

I love sending people thank you cards after they have hosted me for a lovely meal or a tasty afternoon tea.  After all their efforts in cooking and baking, it seems so fitting to offer them a little handiwork of my own in the form of a card.  Here's one that is just perfect for an afternoon tea thank you.


Fiona's notes: I've had the banner punch for months now and haven't used it once.  Do you have products you buy in excitement and then don't get around to using?  I was determined to use it on a card this month and so I'm excited to finally have given it a go.  I think I will be finding more reasons to after this because I just love the ease of it and how it really jazzes up a card.

Stamps: One Big Meaning  Inks: Bermuda Bay  Papers: Wisteria Wonder, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, A Nice Cuppa DSP  Accessories: Banner punch, Circles Layering Framelits, Silver Metalic Thread, Stampin Dimensionals, Decorative Dots EF

Thanks so much for stopping by today,


Birthday Bella

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

I'm not usually one for cutsie dogs and cats but when the new catalogue was released I couldn't wait to get my hands on the Bella and Friends stamp set.  It is adorable!  I've made a birthday card for you which I think suits a range of ages and based the colours on the A Little Foxy DSP pack.

Fiona's Notes: To help Bella stand out on the white background, I very lightly coloured her in with my aqua painter and some Smoky Slate ink.  Just be careful if you do this that you don't go over the stamped image lines because the water will cause them to blur.

Stamps: Bella and Friends, Confetti Celebrations  Inks: Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral  Papers: A Little Foxy DSP, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Whisper White  Accessories: Stampin Write Markers, Stampin Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by,


Crazy Crafters July Bloghop with Tracy May

Sunday, July 10, 2016

This month the Crazy Crafters are blog hopping with special guest all the way from the UK, Tracy May.  Our task is to CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit) one of Tracy's cards.  Here's the one I've chosen:

And here's my CASE of Tracy's card:

Fiona's notes:  I wanted to highlight Tracy's use of circles and colouring using an aqua painter so that lots of different shades come through in the design.  I picked every blue marker out that I own and gradually descended the them so that they faded off towards the bottom. 

I made five or six cards for this blog hop before settling on the descending shades of blue.  I will blog the others on another day so that you can see the variations of colour. 

Stamps: Playful Backgrounds, Confetti Celebration  Inks: Versamark  Papers: Tempting Turquoise Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Stampin Write Markers

Blog hop line up:

Thanks so much for hopping with us today,


Happy Birthday hats

Saturday, July 09, 2016

One of my favourite techniques is to use my Stampin' Write Markers to colour directly onto a stamp so that I can get a multi-coloured image. 

Fiona's notes: Embossing the sentiment just gives an added dimension to the card and allows the sentiment to really stand out.  For best results with white, use Craft White ink and then white embossing powder.

Stamps: Better Together  Inks: Craft White  Papers: Whisper White thick, Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise  Accessories:  Stampin Write Markers, White Embossing powder, Stampin Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Get well

Candy-striper card

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

A few days ago I posted a get-well card for my friend's father.  While I was making it I was reminded by the Watermelon Wonder stripes in the Fruit Stand DSP of an old American term for hospital volunteers, "candy-striper."  So I made another card still with a get-well theme in mind. (Hopefully I won't have to send it to anyone anytime soon!  But cards like these are always good to have on hand for those unexpected hospital visits.)

Fiona's Notes: Sometimes to get the best out of a sentiment it's necessary to add a bit of a finishing touch.  On this card I got out a ruler, lined it up with the stamp, and made some dots.  It will also help me when writing the card to say what the purpose of the card is for "Just a say that I hope you feel better."

Stamps: Flowering Flourishes  Ink: Watermelon Wonder  Papers: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Pear Pizazz, Fruit Stand DSP  Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Get well

Fruity notes

Friday, July 01, 2016

A good friend of mine's father was recently in hospital for a major operation which will take a good couple of months to recover from.  I wanted to send a card to brighten up his convalescence.  I went with fruit because in the UK, where I've spent many years of my life, people often take grapes when visiting hospital patients.  I paired the fruit with a lovely sentiment from the Flowering Flourishes set.  I have to say, I'm quite a fan of that stamp so you can expect to see it feature on more of my cards this year.


Fiona's notes: The fruit are fussy cut from the gorgeous Fruit Stand DSP.  They weren't too bad to cut out, not as time consuming as I had originally feared.

Stamps: Flowering Flourishes  Ink: Crumb Cake  Papers: Pear Pizzaz, Peekaboo Peach, Whisper White   Accessories: Stampin Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by,