I have just stumbled on this challenge website, and I simply  love it. I wanted to make a mini album for my friend’s little boy who is about to turn a year old and thought this design will be just right.Image



Stamp – Fiskars Beary Fun

Ink – Memento Espresso Truffle

Embossing Powder – Ranger Clear Super fine detail

Twine – The Twinery Ocean

Cardstock – American Craft Pastels, Best of K & Company

Pop Dots

While I was at it I used some of the older designs too for this album, for example this page was inspired by challenge number 80


I absolutely love this sketch by Jen B.


I decided to combine it with the September ScrapMuch colour challenge


I didn’t add a sentiment to the card as it is not clear just as yet what it will be used for.  For some reason the yellowy golden background came out a lot lighter in the picture.



Paper – I used some unknown cardstocks (the navy blue, reddish orange and the golden background), the teal is from the Basic Grey Lime Rickey paper pad.

Dies – Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations mini gears set, Die-namics bicycle

Ink – Tim Holtz Rusty Hinge Distress ink

Brads – Making Memories Harvest

Washi tape – no idea which brand this gear wahshi tape is


EDIT: I am thrilled to add that I have won the September ScrapMuch colour challenge.  Thank you so much.

october 2013 i won at scrapmuch

It has been a very long time since I last made a card and even longer since I last posted here. My whole life revolves around reading and writing articles, studying for exams and generally feeling either miserable or sorry for myself, and at times (very few) feeling quite pleased and privileged to be doing it.  

As I have a few weeks break before the next semester starts, I am trying use the time as much as possible to make cards and mini albums which I will be able to use later on in the year. I have never used heat embossing before, and decided to plunge in, ordered a heat tool, two embossing powders (Ranger’s Sea foam White and Super fine detail clear), a Ranger clear embossing ink pad and emboss it pens.

With the help of brilliant  Youtube I can now safely emboss anything and everything. I am totally in love. It will surely die out one day, but until then, it is sheer fun.


As I have started studying (decided it was finally time to do my second degree), I guess I will (or rather, I SHOULD) be spending a lot more time doing school work and much less scrapping. Trust me to stop the very same day I receive a lovely large parcel with lots of inks, stamps and patterned cardstock.

The Play Date Cafe is celebrating its 3rd anniversary, and although I am very new to their little community, I think it is absolutely incredible that they have been around for so long, providing a different challenge once a week without fail, giving attention to so many participants by leaving kind comments in all blogs, putting so much effort, time and creativity for the pleasure of others.

I decided to show my appreciation for these wonderful ladies by making a card celebrating the challenge’s 3rd anniversary. It turned out to be less of a card and more of a modest 15cm x 15 cm mini album as I wanted to fit so many ideas in.

I used the current colour palette on all pages, bearing in mind that I do not have to use the exact colours but rather providing a platform to a variety of hues being one of the Cafe’s motos. I wanted to pay tribute to the wonderful designers that have won one of the three challenges which pinpoint the milestones in the Cafe  history: the very first challenge ever, the 1st anniversary challenge, and the 2nd anniversary (I must emphasize that ALL challenges throughout the 3 years were just as important to sustain the Cafe, but unfortunately couldn’t choose them all… so please do not be offended…) I used the designer’s sketches (here are links to the relevant websites: 2009, 2010, 2011), added pictures to remind us of those three Cafe challenges, chose some of the sentences from the very first post that I thought were still very true in describing the way this challenge is functioning even to this day. I decided I will not use any manufactured patterned paper or cardstock, just a bit of acrylic paint, aquarel paper and my dysfunctional printer. I also used the Spellbinders Pebbles Impresssabilty on the first page.

I really enjoyed making this little gift, I hope you do too, and I wish The Play Date Cafe will be here next year too, and more years to come.

Here is the complete open mini – 


and here are the individual pages –


Two days ago I was given some ancient beautiful large wooden buttons that date back to the 50’s. They remind me of an owl with holes looking like big round eyes and marking which make them seem feathery. I thought this week’s Freshly made sketch would match them nicely. I started with a card with a blue background, and made another with very light green. I can’t decide which one I like more.


The first card –



Cardstock – Recycled paper 216g

Patterned Paper – Best of K & Company

Ink – stormy sky, spiced marmalade distress markers

Stamp – Stampendous Popular phrases

Embossing Folder – Cuttlebug Swiss Dots

The second card –



Cardstock – Recollections Precious Metals

Patterned Paper – Best of K & Company

Ink – old paper, forest moss, spiced marmalade distress markers

Stamp – Stampendous Popular phrases

Embossing Folder – Cuttlebug Swiss Dots

I have discovered the world of challenges and am about to become an addict… 

The colours on The Play Date Cafe challenge number 152 made me think of outer space.


I saw this sweet free digital stamp of a rocket and instantly decided to use it. I must confess I tried sewing the frame, but I am so useless with the sewing machine it came out all crooked and I had to redo it with a white gel pen. 

Cardstock – Recollections Precious Metals and some unknown purple cardstock

Ink – Tim Holtz Dusty Concord distress marker, Sakura white Glaze pen

Font – Pea Amie downloaded from here


Wow, I must have linked it at the very very last moment. At least I hope I did

I do apologize for the quality of the photographs, they were hastily taken, indoors, without a flash.

Only a few hours ago I have found this adorable website and decided to try and participate as I adore the colour scheme. I was so lucky as today I finally received my very first Spellbinder Impressabilities and was really pleased I could use them.

I made a spinner card using these materials:

Cardstock – Recollections precious metals

Impressabilities – Flower Silhouette

Ink – Tim Holtz barn door ditress ink and stormy sky distress marker

Brads – Eyelet Outlet stitched flower fall, Making Memories harvest

Punch – EK success

Font – Pea Mily Bee downloadable for free here

and some detail:


I saw this wonderful and easy guide that explains how to make a mini album from scratch and decided to have a go and make a 7″ x 7″ mini.

The obvious candidate for the very first mini was a blank album for the birth of a baby girl, a present for the brand new addition to a friend’s family. I decided to leave it all blank so that the parents can write the titles to the photographs themselves which will make it much more personalised and turn it into a joint project.

Here are a few pages, starting with the cover.

Cardstock – nameless single sheets that I got at a stationary shop

Stamp – Fiskars New Baby simple stick rubber stamps

Ink – ColorBox Lavender pigment ink

Embossing Folder – Cuttlebug Swiss Dots

This page was made with Inkadinkado Patterned Bugs clear stamp, ColorBox Lavender, Aqua and Seagull pigment ink, EK Success butterfly mini punch

This page was made with Inkadinkado Patterned Pets clear stamp, ColorBox Lavender, Aqua, Robin’s Egg and Seagull pigment ink

And the last photo is of  the concertina fold spine which was made with same inks and stamps as above

I was inspired by the wonderful vibrant colours of ColourQ 150 challenge, although I didn’t participate.


Made my very first spinner card for a 10 year old boy who loves football. I must say that rolling the little football is totally addictive . It is very tempting not to give it away…


Paper – Premium Stacks Citrus matstack, best of K & Company

String – plain string from some hardware shop which I painted with yellow acrylic paint

Stamp – Stampendous popular phrases