MakeItMonday | A la Carte

30 December 2014

Hi all! It's been too long! I hope those that celebrate Christmas had a lovely time. Having started work in 2014 for the first time in 8 years I was certainly grateful for a peaceful time with family.

Today I am joining in with the final Make it Monday of 2014 with Papertrey Ink. This week it is a chance to create something from a summary of all the Mondays of the past year. I have chosen to go with envelope wraps from Danielle Flanders. These are absolutely perfect to go along with my Christmas thank you cards (a post about those and the SimonSaysStamp card kit coming up very shortly).

So here are my creations ~

I hope you like them and if you are joining in with the Make it Monday challenge please leave a comment so that I can be sure to visit your blog and give your creations some love too!

Thanks for all your awesome comments and support in 2014. And thanks to Nicole and the DT at Papertrey Ink for the awesome challenges every Monday. I wish you all a great 2015! Have a lovely day.x

Supplies ~

Cardstock and envelopes - Papertrey Ink
Ink - PTI Berry Sorbet, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Limeade Ice, Aqua Mist, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold. SimonSaysStamp Fog
Die - PTI wine bottle tag die
Stamps - PTI Background Basics Art Deco, Wet Paint, Pretty Petals

Papertrey Ink November Blog Hop

25 November 2014

Today I joining in with the Papertrey Ink November Blog Hop. This month the theme is SNOW.

Here is my creation, a Snow Globe ~

I am planning on making a number of these as my table decoration for our family Christmas meal.

To create my Snow Globe I used the Tinsel & Tags kit. This is mounted on a mason jar top, which I have sprayed silver to match my planned table colours.

Thanks for looking and have a great day. If you are joining in with the blog hop please leave a comment so that I can visit your blog and leave your creations some love too.x

OnlineCardClasses | Holiday Card Workshop 2014

5 November 2014

This week I am taking a class from OnlineCardClasses called Holiday Card Workshop 2014. We will be taught various techniques including Easy to Duplicate cards and Interactive Cards. Today I am showing a card I made after watching the videos yesterday on Interactive Cards. I have a created a shaker card using the Lawn Fawn *Joy to the Woods* stamp and die set.

Here is my shaker card ~

Sorry for the poor lighting, we are experiencing the start of Winter here!

Are you participating too, if so please leave a comment so that I can visit your blog and leave your creations some love too :)

Thanks for looking and have a great day.x

Supplies ~

Stamps & Dies - Joy to the Woods (Lawn Fawn)
Card stock - Stampers Select (PTI), Clear card stock (PTI), Vellum (Bazzill)
Other - Copic Markers, Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh & Avery Elle), Liquid Platinum embossing powder (Ranger), dimensional adhesive

Papertrey Ink October Blog Hop

25 October 2014

Hello and I'm here today to join in with Papertrey Ink's October blog hop.

There are some gorgeous colour combinations and the challenge is to make a head start on your Christmas cards. I chose the second colour combination of Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores, Raspberry Fizz and New Leaf.

Here is my card ~

Of course it is a shaker card! I also added in a touch of Aqua Mist to compliment the white.

Thanks for looking, enjoy the hop and remember to leave a comment so that I can visit your creations and leave them some blog hop love too! Have a great day.x

Supplies ~

Stamps & Dies - PTI Tinsel & Tags MakeitMarket kit
Card stock - PTI stampers select white and aqua mist
Inks - PTI pure poppy, hawaiian shores, raspberry fizz and new leaf
Other - dimensional adhesive, German&Mica Flitter, Zig Wink of Stella, Ranger multi medium matte adhesive

MakeItMonday | Faux Stained Glass

21 October 2014

I'm here today with a fabulous technique shown by Betsy in Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday number 185. This week is Faux Stained Glass. This is an amazing technique, just watch Betsy's video - so pretty!

Here is my card ~

Thanks for looking and remember to comment so that I can visit your cards and show them some love too.x

Supplies ~

Stamps & Dies - PTI Fancy That, County Fair, Shakers & Sprinkles
Card stock - PTI Stampers Select White and Hibiscus Burst, PTI clear card stock, SimonSaysStamp Fog
Ink - PTI Hibiscus Burst
Other - Foam adhesive, Copic markers, Sprinkles from MakeitMarket kit

clearly besotted challenge | merry christmas

14 October 2014

Hello, I'm back today with a card that joins in with the challenge for October by Clearly Besotted stamps. Challenge number 14 is Christmas! And who can resist a shaker Christmas card!

Here is my card ~

I used Distress Inks to create the night sky within the globe. This is my first time using the Bazzill Basics Marshmallow card stock too :)

Thanks for looking and have a great day.x

Supplies ~

Stamps & Dies - Clearly Besotted Set the Scene, Christmas Sparkle
Inks - Distress, Versamark, Versafine Black Onyx
Other - Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder, Zing clear embossing powder, Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins, Meyer Imports Flitter, Ranger Multi medium matte, Zig Wink of Stella clear
Card/Paper - Bazzill Basics Marshmallow, Inkadinkado stamping mask paper

WCMD | Autumn is here!

8 October 2014

Hello, today I am here to share a card that I made for World Card Making Day and joining in with the challenge from 4enscrap.

Here is my card for the first challenge set by ScrappyGeri ~

First I stamped a selection of images from the *Cueillir des noisettes* stamp set with Versamark ink and then heat embossed with Zing clear embossing powder. Then I used my Ranger mini ink blending tool to blend some Autumnal coloured inks from Papertrey Ink. When the panel was dry I die cut it using Mama Elephant's Femme Frames and heat embossed the sentiment from the 4enscrap set on vellum using Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  I then popped the panel onto a PTI Dark Chocolate card base using dimensional adhesive. Finally I added some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh's Nature collection.

A simple card to celebrate the season! Thanks for looking and have a great day.x

MakeItMonday | Dry Embossing over Heat Embossing

6 October 2014

Hello, I'm joining in today with the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday challenge of dry embossing over heat embossing. 

Dawn McVey has shown this awesome technique and here is my card ~

I love this technique - the card screams at you to touch it !

Thanks for looking and please leave a comment so I can give your creations some love too.x

Supplies ~
PTI *Fancy That* stamp set, *Modern Cross Quilt* die, dark chocolate card stock
Zing embossing powder in White, Leaf, Rouge & Apricot

jump ...

29 September 2014

Hello there! It's already Autumn, it seems like this year is flying by!

Today I am here with a scrapbook layout from our holiday in July to the south of France. Already two months ago and I am longing for some sunshine! I used my recent Studio Calico's Poet Society scrapbook kit for this layout and it came together very quickly. Beautiful co-ordinating products in my kits :)

The photo was taken the first morning of really good weather on holiday. The first few days were a bit windy and the sea a little choppy. But the children were delighted to find gentle waves lapping the shore and boats back in the bay. I crept up behind them and captured them jumping the waves!

Here is a detailed shot showing the dimension ~

Thanks for looking and have a great day.x

Papertrey Ink September Blog Hop

25 September 2014

Hi there, today I am joining with the Papertrey Ink's September Blog Hop.

I based my card around the colours in the first recipe and used the last sketch as inspiration. Here is my card ~

I used an image from the Fancy That stamp collection and heat embossed it on watercolour paper and then added the colours from the recipe. The sentiment is heat embossed in silver on vellum and is from the Ballerina Beauty stamp set.

Thanks for looking and remember to add a comment so I can hop along to your blogs and give your creations some love too.x

MakeItMonday | Paper Weaving

16 September 2014

Today I am joining in with Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday #180 which challenges us to make projects using the Paper Weaving technique demonstrated by Ashley Cannon Newell. This was a lot of fun!

Here is my card ~

I used my PTI Monthly Moments August 2014 journal card collection to select some pretty papers and then weaved them as taught. On top of this I added a white die cut which I popped some of the pieces back in to highlight the sentiments. I also added a die cut word and adhered the panel on to a kraft card stock base.

Thanks for looking and remember to leave a comment so I can visit your projects and show them some love too.x

Supplies used ~

Stamps & Dies - PTI County Fair MakeItMarket kit
Paper & Cardstock - PTI Monthly Moments August 2014, PTI Stampers Select White card stock, PTI Raspberry Fizz card stock, Neenah Dessert Stor
Ink - My Favorite Things Black Licorice

MakeitMonday | Emboss resist using die cuts

8 September 2014

Happy Monday everyone. I'm here today with a card for the Papertrey Ink Make it Monday challenge number 179. This week it's Laura Bassen again and we are using die cuts to do emboss resist.

Here is my card ~

I love this technique :)

Thanks for reading and if you are joining in the challenge be sure to leave a comment so that I can visit your blog and see your creations.x

Materials ~

Card stock PTI Stampers Select, Bassill Basics Vellum
Dies & stamps  PTI Modern Quilt die, PTI Fancy That stamp set
Inks PT - Pure Poppy, Raspberry Fizz, Orange Zest, Harvest Gold, Limeade Ice, Aqua Mist, Spring Rain
Other Hero Arts White embossing powder, Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder

Make the Day Special September challenge

5 September 2014

I'm back again with an entry for the September challenge at Make the Day Special stamp store.

This month's challenge is a sketch and here is my entry ~

I used the Mama Elephant stamp set Around We Go over a panel with blended Distress Inks. I embossed the clouds and the sentiment on a transparency.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.x

simon says .... stamp it and blog hop!

5 September 2014

Today I am joining in with the SimonSaysStamp Stamptember 2014 Hop and Challenge. This coincides with an amazing new product release from SimonSaysStamp including lots of Autumn, Thanksgiving and Christmas goodies. So I decided to make a Christmas card for this challenge. It's never to early to plan for Christmas, is it?

Here is my card for the challenge ~

For this card I used a Distress Ink technique shown here by Jennifer McGuire.

Thanks for looking and remember to leave a comment so I can hop to your blog too and admire your creations. Have a great day.x

project life 2014 | weeks 31 & 32

3 September 2014

As promised I'm here today with two more weeks of my project life (ETA - see bottom of post for reasons why this will be my last detailed project life share).

We got back from holiday and were grateful for to the grandparents for house and pet/animal sitting whilst we were away. It gives peace of mind to know that the cats are happy and the house in clean and safe whilst we are having lots of fun in the sun! This week our kitten Lea ventured outside for the first time, which was very exciting for her and stressful for me! We got a new cooker also and were grateful to our neighbour and friend for helping remove the old beast from the kitchen! I completed a couple of mini albums this week about our vacation, you can find these posts here and here on my blog. The weather was a bit hit and miss this week. We are getting one hot day and then a couple of days of mist and rain :(

Week 32 saw the departure of the grandparents and Noah & Molly visited a waterpark near Lyon with their summer atelier. Zachary and me went for a 22km bike ride along the Rhone using the Via Rhona cycle path. I'm loving my road bike, makes hills so much easier!

Here are my pages, week 31 ~

Left side ~

right side ~

and full page spread ~

Week 32 left side ~

right side ~

and full page spread ~

As usual I am linking to Thanks for reading and have a great day.x

NB - I have decided that this will be my last project life blog post in any details. There are certain details of my life that I wish to keep private, I am sure you all understand the reasons for that. I will, however, return with ad-hoc project life posts relating to events like holidays and Christmas. Thanks for your understanding.x

project life 2014 | weeks 29 & 30

2 September 2014

Today the children go back to school after the long summer break of 8 weeks. We've had lots of fun but not lots of sun but have still managed to tick off those wishes from the bucket list!

So here are my project life weeks 29 and 30 - couldn't be simpler - I have two photos to represent these weeks. The first week we were really busy with the grandparents visiting and photos did not take a priority but I did steal this one of Molly and Grandma reading in the garden. 

Week 30 we were on holiday and this week is covered by a couple of mini albums so I chose my favourite photo of Noah jumping on the beach and used that in my Style A pockets.

Here are the pages ~

And week 29 ~

I'll be back tomorrow with weeks 31 and 32. Today has been a little hectic! Thanks for reading and have a great day.x

I'm linking to

just a note ...

1 September 2014

Today I am joining in with Papertrey's Ink September 2014 Inspiration Archive. I have created a card using the Color Play combo as detailed. Here is my card ~

I had to cheat a little in the colour combo because I don't have PTI's Spring Moss, so I substituted it with Limeade Ice :)

First I stamped a medallion pattern from Fancy That in Versamark ink and then embossed it using Clear embossing powder. Then I blended in the inks per the Colour Combo with my Ranger mini ink blender tool. Finally I added a sentiment from Fancy That on vellum and heat embossed it in Rangers Liquid Platinum.

I hope you liked my card and if you are playing along to please leave me a comment so I can visit your blog and check your cards out too. Have a great day.x

hang in there ...

27 August 2014

I'm here today with another entry for the MamaElephant August 2014 challenge which is all about Watercolour and Birthdays. My card was inspired a technique taught recently in the Stretch Your Stamps 2 Online Card class by Debby Hughes. Her cards are amazing :)

For my card I have used the MamaElephant *Up and Away* stamp set and my Gansai Tambi watercolour set. Here is my card ~

Thanks for looking and have a great day.x

Papertrey Ink August Blog Hop

25 August 2014

Today I am joining in with the Papertrey Ink August blog hop challenge. The challenge was to create something inspired by the photo on the blog. The colour scheme is white, pink and gold! Well I couldn't resist that - add in embossing and I was hooked!

Here are my cards for this challenge ~

My first card ~

For the first one I die cut a small butterfly from the Life is Beautiful set and then heat embossed it with Ranger's Liquid Platinum embossing powder. 

I then backed this with a couple more die cuts to give it dimension and adhered just the centre of the butterfly to a stitched die cut panel in Berry Sorbet and stamped a sentiment from the Ballerina Beauty stamp set. This I added to a white card base with dimensional adhesive.

My second card ~

Again I used the Life is Beautiful set (can you tell how much I love that set!). First I embossed the large butterfly on white card stock and then using Versamark ink and Ranger's Liquid Platinum embossing powder I used the outline stamp to add the details in side the butterfly's wings. I did this three times to really make the gold embossing powder stand out. 

I then added a sentiment from the Bold Bouquet set stamped in Raspberry Fizz ink. I backed this panel with a piece of patterned paper from the 6x6 LemonLush paper pad by Studio Calico and then added these to a white card base.

Hope you enjoyed my cards and if you leave a comment here linking your blog I can check out your cards too :) Have a great day.x

if you want to know ...| scrapbook layout

23 August 2014

I'm back today with a scrapbook layout! I know, it's been a while and I do like the quick creativeness of cards but I have some special holiday photos to scrapbook and yesterday I felt the urge to get out my papers :)

I spotted a cut file recently in the Silhouette online store by Kolette Hall that was perfect to scrap about our summer vacation. I had lots of fun with Noah taking this photo and I knew it needed some special scrapbooking treatment. I teamed this with some pretty papers from my recent Studio Calico scrapbook kit. Adding in a few embellishments and some gold splatters and it was finished. Quick and easy, that's always good during school breaks with limited time for scrapping!

Here is my layout and a close up ~

I have combined a few of my recent kits from Studio Calico here, their choice of embellishments and papers in each kit are awesome. Not only that, you can combine kits too as I have done here.

Entering this in the weekly challenge over at Studio Calico.

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend.x

MakeitMonday | Using cover plate negatives

20 August 2014

Hi all and I'm here today with a card for Papertrey Ink's MIM#177 challenge using cover plate negatives on your card.

My card is very CAS today and super quick to make. I'm thinking of making a set of these for Christmas presents too :)

Here is my take ~

I used the PTI cover plate stars die for my background. I used this cover plate/die last week too - I love it, so versatile! On top I added a vellum tag using a die from SimonSaysStamp. Over the top I placed a die cut in black card stock from the Wet Paint set. A little sparkling twine completes the card :)

Thanks for looking and have a great day.x

friendship ...

19 August 2014

Only two weeks left of the summer vacation, I cannot believe how quickly this year is flying by! We are out and about having fun and ticking items off our summer bucket list. Last week we visited the Parc des Oiseaux, always a favourite :)

Today I am here with a couple of cards made using Altenew's Modern Beadwork stamp set. This set is amazing, there are so many possibilities with these stamps and I finally got a chance to play with it over the weekend. I made two cards, both are based around the same simple design of colour, white and one layer.

Here are my cards ~

I used ink by Papertrey Ink as I love their vibrant colours :)

I added WinkofStellar glitter pen to the heart in the middle to make it stand out ~

When I get a moment I will pop these in the shop!

Thanks for looking and have a great day.x

introducing ... ohlalacards

15 August 2014

Hi all and hurray for the weekend! Today in France we have a bank holiday but unluckily the sun has chosen to take a vacation and we have not seen much of it this week. It does promise to be better for the weekend though :)

Today I am here with a little announcement. Those that follow me on Instagram may have seen that yesterday I opened up a little shop on etsy. My cards are beginning to overflow and of course I don't want to stop making them!

So I decided to see if they could find good homes. The cards that I list are ones that I would be happy to receive myself. Namely good quality card stock and embellishments and beautifully stamped and/or embossed. Each come with a quality envelope too.

I have named my shop ohlalacards - well I live in France!

So pop by and have a little look and maybe you will see something that you like. They are all priced very reasonable and all cards are shipped in padded envelopes. I would like to say a big thank you to my first customers yesterday also :)

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend.x

MakeitMonday | Backgrounds with embossing paste

13 August 2014

Today I am joining in with Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday number 176 backgrounds with embossing paste. It is Laura Bassen's first MIM and she rocked it!

Here is my card ~

I used the cover plate stars die to create a stencil for my embossing paste. Then I coloured the Wendy Vecchi paste with PTI inks in Hibiscus Burst, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise and Harvest Gold.

When that was dry I trimmed down my panel and added a die cut in Berry Sorbet card stock from the wet paints die cuts and stamped a sentiment from the matching stamp set.

I then popped my panel on dimensional adhesive and added this to a Berry Sorbet card base from PTI.

Here is a close up of the embossing paste ~

Thanks for looking and have a great day.x

stretch your stamps 2 | happy birthday

11 August 2014

We are into week two of Stretch Your Stamps 2, the latest class by Online Card Classes. Today we are looking at Graphic Stamps and I do not have any of these in my stamp collection - so I had to improvise!

I very recently received the Papertrey Ink latest Make it Market kit County Fair and I found some stamps in there that I could use if I placed them on my acrylic block upside down. So here is my card for my homework ~

I am in awe of Laura Bassen, how cool is this technique?

I used coloured inks by Papertrey Ink and Versafine Black Onyx for the sentiment which is by Clearly Besotted Stamps.

For my next card I turned the stamp over and used it how it was intended and the sentiment for this one is from Papertrey Ink's Life is Beautiful set ~

Thanks for looking and have a great day.x

wherever you go ... | MTDS August challenge

10 August 2014

Hello and happy weekend! Today I am showing a card that I made for the Make the Day Special August challenge. This month's challenge is a colour challenge and here is my card ~

I based my card around colour palette A. 

First I took a piece of Neenah solar white card stock and masked off an area around the edge. Then I used my distress inks and mini blending tools to create a sunset background and water in the foreground.

MaketheDaySpecial stock MamaElephant products and I used their products to create the scene on my card. First I used the cityscape stamp from the Central Park set,  stamped in Ranger Archival black ink. Over the top of this I added a piece of vellum cut with the Femme Frames die (shortened to fit the card). Onto this I stamped the bridge die from the Sightseeing set in versamark ink and heat embossed it in Ranger Liquid Platinum. I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed this with Hero Arts white embossing powder. Lastly I stamped and die cut the bus and added it to the scene with dimensional adhesive.

I really enjoyed this challenge, I love the colours and a chance to play with my distress inks :) 

Thanks for looking and have a great day.x

stretch your stamps 2 | merci

6 August 2014

As soon as I saw the next class from online card classes, I signed up immediately! Jennifer and Kristina are such awesome teachers and they are always joined by other inspiring card makers.

On Monday and Tuesday we were concentrating on getting the most out of background stamps and Shari Carroll showed a technique incorporating distress inks - one of my favourite mediums! 

Here is the card that I produced ~

I love the way distress inks work with water, you are never quite sure what you are going to produce and when the card stock dries it looks even better!

Here is a close up, the butterfly die cuts are from Papertrey Ink ~

I'm impatient for Day 3! Thanks for looking.x

oh happy day

5 August 2014

Today I am joining in with the MamaElephant & Me August challenge Watercoloring & Birthdays.

You probably know by now that one of my favourite techniques to use on cards is watercolouring and I absolutely love MamaElephant stamps - so I really enjoyed making this card. 

Here it is ~

First of all I took a piece of watercolour card stock and then stamped an image from Clearly Besotted stamps set Fresh Flowers in versamark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.

Then I painted the flower and background using the Gansai-Tambi-24 watercolour set. This is incredibly relaxing whilst sitting in the garden on a sunny afternoon.

When completely dry I selected a sentiment from Mama Elephant's Bountiful Blessings set and another from 4enscrap and stamped these in versamark ink then embossed with Rangers Liquid Platinum embossing powder. I then trimmed the card stock with the Femme Frames die and added this panel to a top folding Neenah Desert Storm card base.

Here is a close up of the watercolouring ~

Thanks for looking and have a great day.x

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