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Stampin’ Up! Paisleys & Posies For Global Design Project

Hi! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend? I must admit that the last few weeks of our busy ‘back to school’ routine has me worn out, and by the weekends, I’m just looking for a rest. It’ll get better/easier as we go on, but for now, me and the kids are looking forward to half term next week!

Today I have a beautiful project for you, and I am so in love with it. I think it looks even better IRL! I was inspired by the current challenge offered by the Global Design Project. Run by a talented group of international designers, they always have an inspiring challenge each week. This week is a sketch, and I love sketch challenges the most!

Check out the sketch:


A classic layout (no wonky bits!) – so I’m in love! Here’s my offering:


I’m sorry to blow my own horn – but I love this card! The base is Crumb Cake, and onto it I’ve white heat embossed a background of elements from the Paisley & Posies stamp set. I’ve then added my sentiment layer – the sentiment itself is from Mixed Borders, with another Paisley element. Finally, I’ve finished it with it with Gold Shimmer Card just peeping out top and bottom of the sentiment layer.

To make this card, you can grab everything you need from my Online Shop – just click the images below to add them to your basket:

What You Need To Make This Project 

Versamark Pad


I’m loving this sketch – I’ll be using this one again – maybe even this week!

Many thanks GDP for a great sketch – I’ll be back!

Crafty Hugs, Val. XX


Hip, Hip, Hooray (CCMC297)…

Just popping in with a quick card I’ve whipped up for the Create with Connie and Mary challenge this week, which ends in just a couple of hours!  It’s a sketch challenge to this sketch:

CCMC297Sketch Challenge

I’ve used my Hip, Hip, Hooray kit for this card. I’ve sponged through one of the elements to create the starry background, then used some of the die cut elements and the card blanks for the details.

Stampin Up! Hip, Hip, Hooray Kit - Stamping With Val - Valerie Moody. X

I’m really pleased with how it came out, I hope you like it.

Crafty Hugs, Val. X

Ruffled Ribbon Flower and a Challenge (CCMC261)…

Hi There! Hope you are all doing well?  Week 2 of the summer holidays is nearly under our belts, and I suspect I’ll be shocked at just how quickly it will be over!  I’m managed to keep the girls entertained so far – and today they are out at an Art day, so I look forward to hearing what they’ve been doing.

With keeping the girls entertained, my crafting time is cut seriously short, so any help I can get is always great.  For today’s card I used this fab sketch from Create with Connie and Mary (CCMC261), which gave me a fab starting point:



I did the card then from memory though, so I’m afraid I drifted a little from the original sketch, but they are there for inspiration and to get you started, they don’t have to match perfectly.  I adore sketches to get me started when I’m in need of inspiration.  And here’s my card:

Ruffled Flower Challenge - Stamping with Val. X

  • I’ve used my new Circles Framelits from Stampin’ Up! to create the aperture. I’m so glad SU! brought us these.
  • I’ve used my Modern Mosaic TIEF to the emboss the panel too – I really need to consider the other folders in my stash, I seem a bit stuck on this one just now – love it!

Ruffled Flower Challenge - Stamping with Val. X

  • I wanted something behind too, so I added a little panel stamped with the Dictionary background stamp.
  • Another Ruffled Ribbon Flower – Crisp Cantaloupe ribbon this time.

Ruffled Flower Challenge - Stamping with Val. X

  • The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the From the Heart stamp set – one that has been in my collection quite some time and been sadly overlooked!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s card.  Make sure you give the Ruffled Ribbon Flowers a go – they are super quick to make, so you could whip up a batch and have them ready to pop on a card whenever you need a fab embellishment.

Crafty Hugs, Val. XX

Quartrefancy Trio #1…

Hello!  I hope you all enjoyed a great weekend?  Despite the rain, we had a good one – the girls played out a little and went to a party.  I attended my local crop and had a great time catching up with friends there.  Then on Sunday I made a yummy roast lunch and we chilled out together as a family.

In terms of stamping this week, I have a really busy one as I prepare for my new Stampin’ Up! catalogue launch events.  I need more new projects for my displays, to seriously tidy my house (!) and make some lovely goodies for the attendees to munch on while perusing the new catalogue.

For the blog though, I have a trio of cards for you this week.  And they are all inspired by cards I made earlier in the year during Sale-a-Bration and never got around to sharing with you.  So, I’ll share the original card with you, and then how I used the basic sketch to create a new card using new products.  I was playing around the new Quartrefancy Collection for these – new papers and stamps and colours!  First up this week then is:



  • This is the inspiration piece from a collection I made back in March and never shared!  It used the great papers from Sale-a-Bration – Sycamore Street.


  • And here is the new card using the new DSP – Quatrefancy Speciality
  • This paper is quite bright and full on, so just a little goes a long way!


  • The mosaic shape is from the new Mosaic Madness stamp set with matching punch – I know!

Right, that’s it for today.  I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s card.  Do you ever find yourself inspired by your previously made cards?  I think it’s great to CASE yourself!  Join me later in the week for #2,

Crafty Hugs, Val. XX


Stamps: Mosaic Madness (130249), Petit Pairs (122497)  Cardstock: Strawberry Slush (131300), Pool Party (124391)Whisper White (106549) Ink: Strawberry Slush (131178), Island Indigo (126986)  DSP: Quatrefancy Speciality (130141) Tools: Mosaic Punch (131267) Accessories: Rhinestones (119246)

Supplies in italics will be available 2nd July

Summer Scrapbooking…

Here is the second page from the All Day Scrapbooking event Rachel and I did last weekend.  My second project was a challenge involving Bakers Twine, and a whole pack was included in the ladies kit along with all the other materials.  Below is the sample I created, but I also sugested several other ways they could incorporate the twine into their layout:

This is a really bright and summery layout, perfect for those holiday shots.  The papers are from the Sweet Shop Collection and they are really fun.  I’m actually working with them again this week, preparing an upcoming class – and that’s all I’m saying for now 😉

Rachel and I are planning another All day Scrapbooking event again for later in the year, so if you think you’d be interested in coming along, watch this space for details!

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you’re able to come by again soon, Val. XX

Thinking of You Challenge Card…

A friend of mine last week emailed me about an upcoming class but also mentioned that a family member was ill, so I wanted to send her a card to let her know I was thinking of her.  I was short on time, but felt I wanted to use the Growing Green set.  I also had a colour combo in mind as I had seen the CR84FN challenge and thought it perfect:

How summery is that? Lovely! And perfect for my card:

I watercoloured my Flower with So Saffron and Daffodil Delight.  I’ve also used Marina Mist and Wild Wasabi as my green and blues.  This was a pretty quick card, but it came out pretty to look at too!  Thanks for visiting today, see you soon. XX

Feeling Better…

Thank you to everyone who left me get well messages.  I’m much improved this week – thank goodness.  Means I’m really behind though as I did nothing last week really.  I did manage to whip up a quick card and gift for my good friend Anna.  She’s a lovely lady who helped me out when the girls were little and I felt very lonely.  So I wanted to make a lovely card and pressie for her.

Have you heard of Pinterest?  No, neither had I!  But I’ve seen it mentioned a few places and took a quick look last week.  I found this photo which really called out to me:

So I popped it in my inspiration folder.  I then drew on the colours and patterns in the photo for my card for Anna.  The card layout itself was loosely based on last weeks Mojo Monday sketch.  I didn’t make a note of it, so it’s whatever I could remember in my head!  I made the little Pillow Box to match (love that SU! Big Shot die) and guess what’s in it?  Yep – another button bracelet!  No photo today but I used yellow, blue and white buttons to match the card and box.

I still love the photo so you may see me use it for inspiration again another day!  Thanks for stopping by today, see you again soon I hope.  I hope to get some crafting done this week for sure! XX

A Challenge Card…

Last night I really wanted to create – just because! I knew I wanted to use the colours from this weeks CR84FN colour challenge:

And I knew I wanted to use the Strength and Hope stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  This is their current charity set and I’ve seen some fabbie cards with it.  I then decided to use the current Mojo Monday sketch too:

So, I was all set – colours, sketch, stamps.  And here’s what I came up with:

I did the sketch bit from memory and have just realised that I forgot the little tag, but even so, I am so in love with the result.  This is such a pretty card.  I’ve sponged the edges of DSP and the stamped panel.  I’ve curled the wings of the butterfly and added little pearls down the centre.  This is actually a really nice set to use, especially the butterflies, which could be used on any card.

I’ve been working hard the last couple of days on samples for my June classes.  I’m now giving my desk a final clear up before my craft room gets dismantled for the final stages.  Paul went and bought me some more paint at lunch time today, so this weekend will be all change.  One of my littles has come home for the holidays though with a temperature, so hope that’s nothing serious.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Enjoy your long weekend, and I’ll see you back here next week. XX

2 More Cards Today……

Firstly, one for the ‘Use What You Have’ Challenge.  This is a card a CASE’d from Dawn’s release projects yesterday:

I don’t have any PTI silhouette stamps, but this is a lovely one from the Stampin’ Up! set, Just Believe.  I coloured the image with markers and then spritzed it with water before stamping for a watercolour effect.  I embossed the bottom of the card with the Vintage Wallpaper folder too.  Looking at my list of needed cards for this week, I should have made it an anniversary card, but I might be able to change it, with a bit of cunning!

Secondly I have a great card I made last night.  I suddenly needed a card for a 1-year old boy, and having recently got the Out of This World set from PTI, I put it to good use:

I am totally in love with this card!  In fact I would have made another for the stash if this wasn’t the last of my grey card until my order comes later.  I made the moon from 3 layers of grey circles with other circles punched out them.  I then added the Rocket ship and flames all coloured in with just my SU! markers.  A few stars and a sentiment finished it off.  I had ideas for an easel card for it originally but couldn’t get something I was happy with, so I went this – and glad I did. Hope you like them.  I’ll be back with more tomorrow.  The challenge might be tough today as it’s all patriotic American stuff, and I’m the UK, so it’s not really on my scope.  I’m sure they’ll be something for me to case tomorrow though!  See you then. X

Busy, Busy with Challenges – SSSC116 and CR84FN27…

I promised I’d be back and here I am, with not one, but two posts!  This one showing a card I made for a couple of challenges, and then another doing a ‘Use what you have’ card!  First up is this card which I have made for the following two challenges:


And here is my card:

The colour combination just screamed Rock Chick to me, and I loved the sketch challenge as they are always ones that appeal to my CAS style – although I see many entries who add lots of layers, which you can do, but I love that you can leave them pretty simple too.  I’ve had this card sat on my desk for a day already, but I was waiting for the embossing folder to arrive so I could emboss that grey piece before sticking it down.  Don’t you think it matches the distressed circles in the stamps perfectly!  I was so chuffed with that match.  The stamped panel itself is pretty much a CASE from Dawn McVey’s card, I just changed the colours up.  All in all, I love the card – I just need someone to send it too!  Thanks for looking. X

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