Monday, 25 October 2021

When The Witch Is Away The Cat Will Play

Hello Nomad friends.  It's time for some more inspiration from me for the 31 Days of Halloween celebration at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  It's also time for the 2021 Cat Lovers Hop!!!!!   Get out your pussies and join the fun.   I've gone all Halloween colours and lots and lots of cats!!!!

I used Lost Coast Designs Many Cats ATC and Yoga Cat 2 stamps.  The sentiment is Carmen's Veranda Givashitometer stamp and cat borrowed a hat from Carmen's Veranda Oz Witch.  Naughty pussy!!

Thanks for dropping by.  Don't forget to check out the 31 Days of Halloween and the 2021 Cat Lovers Hop for many chances to win!!  Hugz

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2021 Cat Lovers Hop
Country View Challenge - Autumnal Colours/Halloween
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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Spooky/Halloween
Kreativtanten Challenge 58 - Trick or Treat

Sunday, 24 October 2021

Pink Bamboo

Hello Nomad friends.  I have a little pink creation and inspiration for the current Let's Squash It! Double Emboss challenge.  I have used two embossing folders to make the background for this card and I really recommend this fun technique.  It can make a great background awesome, if you pick the right folders LOL.  Today I used Darice Retro Circles and Crafts-Too Bamboo folders with an oriental beauty from PaperBabes stamps.

So pretty!   Hop over to the Let's Squash It! Blog for all the details and more lovely inspiration from Jo and an awesome gallery and link up your Squashy makes.  We have a real prize which we send anywhere, to anyone, but you gotta follow the rules and you gotta be in it to win it.  Chicken Dinner and all that jazz.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 154

Thursday, 21 October 2021

Through The Keyhole

Hello Nomad friends.  Did you know the original Wizard of Oz film was made in 1939!  Wowzer!!!   I have a little alternative take on ways to Oz today with my make for Day 21 of Lost Coast Designs 31 Days of Halloween marathon.  The team are sharing every day this month with awesome inspiration on the blog, so do hop over and check it out, leave a little love and also join the fun!  Here's Oz Witch climbing through the keyhole.....

I used Carmen's Veranda Medium Keyhole, Oz Witch and Flying Monkey Background and Lost Coast Designs Drips and Crackle Backgrounds.  I stamped with various archival inks and coloured with distress markers.  Hop over to the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity for more pictures and details.

Link up your stamped Halloween themed makes for a chance to win.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge - October
Country View Challenge - Autumnal Colours/Halloween
We Love Chocolate Baroque - Anything Autumn

Allsorts Challenge Week 646 - Anything Autumn
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Spooky/Halloween


Saturday, 16 October 2021


Hello Nomad friends.  I love October!  Autumn is here, leaves are falling, pumpkins have been picked and it's soon Halloween!!!!  Today I am celebrating the season with a little nod to the great E.A. Poe and lovely stamps from Lost Coast Designs.  The traditional 31 Days of Halloween is happening over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity so do hop over and check our all the awesome makes from the team and join the fun.  

I used Lost Coast Designs M Raven 2, Pieces of Calligraphy and Carmen's Veranda Nevermore word stamp for this card.  I created my moon by blending ink through a circle stencil I cut with a die.  


 Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge - October
Country View Challenge - Autumnal Colours/Halloween
We Love Chocolate Baroque - Anything Autumn

Thursday, 14 October 2021

Orange and Ginger

Hello Nomad friends.  I found a new to me place to play on fb and they wanted Christmas in Black, White and Orange!  Sometimes these things grab Mr Mojo and give him a swifty shake.  Many Norwegian sites also like to see inside the card decorated.  Not something I often do, but I stretched myself a bit cos, like I said, Mr Mojo was all shook up, Uh huh uh!!!


In order to deal with the inside decoration I made a trifold card.  Here it is closed up.

Opened out it looks like this.  I used black Bazzill Dot card for the base.  Then I gathered lots of black, white and orange scraps and Papirdesign God Jul, Gingerbreadman and Football Pattern dies and got busy with the Big Shot.  I also used a Papirdesign stamp set for the sentiment and also the little stars in the center of the big stars!!!  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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Papirdesign Oktober Utfordring - AG with Papirdesigns
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 563
Christmas Craft Creations Challenge - Black, White plus One
Christmas Kickstart Challenge 55 - Make One For A Loved One
Allsorts Challenge Week 645 - Embellish It

Sunday, 10 October 2021

Keeping Off The Rain

Hello Nomad friend.  It's the 10th of the month so time for the new challenge at Let's Squash It!!  This month the theme is double emboss.  I did a Technique Time post the other day with some tips and ideas so do check that out.  Here's a card I made using one of the panels that I showed in that post.

I used a plaid embossing folder that came with Lisa Horton Inspired to Create issue 68 magazine.  

I inked the flatter side of the folder and embossed my off white card with Vintage Photo distress powder.  Made me think industrial....

I inked the edges of the panel and added it to a kraft card base.  I die cut Sizzix Umbrella Man and Creative Expressions chain from black card, and added some bronze flower sequins and half pearls.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Do hop over to the Let's Squash It! blog and check out Jo's fabulous make and join the fun this month.

Friday, 8 October 2021

Check Your Boobs

Hello Nomad friends.  It's October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Have you checked your boobs recently??  With so much chaos happening I know regular routines are disrupted, but we need to keep an eye on these things.  It's also the 8th of the month and I have a Technique Time post over at Let's Squash It!!  I'm investigating double embossing and here's the UFO that became a finished object today.....

I went pink, in honour of the whole boob thing.  This Unity stamp is making her second outing this week, but she is rather sweet isn't she.  I've used two embossing folders in the background and a little subtle Spun Sugar distress ink.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hop over to Let's Squash It! and check out my Technique Time post and we will be back in a couple off days with the new challenge.  Hugz

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Time Out Challenge 198 - Breast Cancer Awareness
Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 153

Thursday, 7 October 2021

It Moose Be Love

Hello Nomad friends.  They say giving is better than receiving and I think they may be right.  It's fun to make people happy by surprizing them with a gift.  I often surprize people with gifts cos it usually takes me so long to get things organised that by the time the gift arrives the person has totally forgotten about why they should be getting something in the first place.  Surprize!!  Anyway, enough of my bad memory and slow habits.  Here's something you may not know about my story.  I moved to Norway to be with my man.  Here's a card that sums it all up!!

Yes, that's right, we are very deer to each other!!!  I just got these Christmas Ephemera 1 from Stamplorations and it includes these two deer.  Well, they look him and her to me, and they are very Norwegian, although the wild ones don't tend to wear scarves, and then there's the whole heart thing, Stamplorations Clustered Heart die cut from red and brown card.  The deer are standing on some ripped book paper cos Unstampabelles want that as a twist, and I used a slightly grungy beige base card.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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Unstampabelles Challenge 116 - Everyone Has a Story twist use bookpaper somewhere
Stamplorations CAS Challenge - October
Stamplorations Anything Goes Challenge
AAA Cards Game 200 - Celebrate celebrating loveđź’–

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Go Rams

Hello Nomad friends.   52 Weeks to Christmas, of which there are so few left, want a tag card.  Shaped cards always add a touch of fun so I decided to give it a go.  I actually cut the tag card base a few days ago and it, and a few other UFO's, have been hanging out on my desk.  I wanted a nice big image to colour so I rummaged through the Unity stamps for a winter girl.  

I cut my card base from Kort og Godt patterned card using Stamplorations large Stitched Tag die.  I stamped the Unity girl, coloured her with distress markers and fussy cut.  I liked the blue and gold so I cut a Papirdesigns vertical God Jul (Merry Christmas) from gold and blue scraps.  The gold was a bit bright so I used a text stamp and Dandelion archival to add a bit of texture and tone it down at the same time.  I found some gold ribbon and used the Dandelion ink to tone it down a bit as well, which also brought out the pretty texture.  I was gonna go with a brad, but then I found this pretty chipboard heart that seemed perfect.

The double sided card is paler on the inside so I edged it all with brown ink and returned a couple of pieces of the dark brown card at the bottom to make two pockets.  I cut two old fashioned pre-printed tags and slipped them in the pockets to make a pretty picture, but a gift card would probably turn this card into a nice present.

Thanks for looking.  Hugz

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52 Weeks to Christmas - Tag Card
Allsorts Challenge Week 644 - I Love.... shaped cards and blue/yellow together
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge 562
Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 153
S-Craft Utfordring - UFO

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Forever Friends

Hello Nomad friends.  It's the annual 31 Days of Halloween celebration over on the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity and the team are stamping up spooktacular makes every day.  Today it's my turn and I teamed Carmen's Veranda Happy Skeleton with this awesome saying......

Yeah!!  Friends forever!!!!!!  

I made a smeared distress ink background using Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet and Cracked Pistachio.  Then I randomly stamped three of the stamps from Lost Coast Designs Pieces of Calligraphy set with the same inks to give some nice texture.  I stamped Carmen's Veranda Ghost Friends sentiment with black ink, stamped, coloured and fussy cut Carmen's Veranda Happy Skeleton and added him to the card.

Thanks for dropping by.  Link up your stamped anythings to the 31 Days of Halloween fun for a chance to win Lost Coast dollars.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge - October
Country View Challenge - Autumnal Colours/Halloween
Kreativtanten Challenge 58 - Trick or Treat
Kaartjes Inspiratie Challenge - Herfst/Halloween

Monday, 4 October 2021

Thanks for Everything

Hello Nomad friends.  Autumn has my part of the world firmly in it's grip.  It's the time of year when the harvest is mostly in and things are winding down.  It's the time when I look at the year and what I have accomplished, things I have done, how the garden has performed and it's the time when I reflect on things I am grateful for.  So autumn and thanks go together perfectly for me.  I thought this card was going to have more flowers, but there you go.........

I've used Marianne Designs Shabby Chic patterned paper and cut it with two Marianne Design dies, one for the fancy square edge and the other one for the pretty centre detail.  The Doily Round die also has some pretty emboss detail that I detailed with brown ink.  I used a red base card and a mottled red layer and I've also used scraps of these for the matching sentiment panel.  Then I used Marianne Design Eline's Dog dies and more scraps to build my puppy.  So cute!!

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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Marianne Design Challenge 278 - Autumn COL1464,LR0168,LR0224,PK0121
Country View Challenge - Autumnal Colours/Halloween
Allsorts Challenge Week 644 - I Love.... cute and autumn colours
Pixies Snippets Playground Challenge 412
Friendship Challenge 70 - Haustiere

Sunday, 3 October 2021

Wearing Autumn Colours

Hello Nomad friends.  Do you ever start putting things away and see something and end up taking more out than was out in the first place???  Tonight I spotted this Uniko Background Blocks Wonky Stripes stamp and decided to make a card in shades of autumn.

I stamped the Wonky Stripes with red and orange archival ink and then coloured some of the blocks with orange and yellow distress markers.  I stamped the stamen stamp from Uniko Kindness Blooms using brown archival ink randomly over the blocks.  Then I stamped the santa from the Jolly Christmas set and coloured him in shades of green and brown.  The little thanks is from the Kindness Blooms set.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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Uniko Challenge 67 - Anything Goes
Country View Challenge - Autumnal Colours/Halloween

Saturday, 2 October 2021

Food For Thought

Hello Nomad friends.  It's World Card Making Day and I hope you have had a chance to get crafty.  The day started rainy, and I thought I would be card making all day, but the sun came out and there were pumpkins to pick......  But I did manage to finish this card inspired by The Paper Events challenge and also De Egel, where they want patchwork

When I think paper-patchwork my mind immediately goes to my Star Quilt die.  I used a medium grey card base and cut the star quilt from black card.  The card is glossy on one side and matt on the other so I pieced the central rays back in reversing alternate pieces.  Then I used more of the base card and pale grey woodgrain card to piece the rest of the design.  I used Stamplorations Stitched Tags to cut more of the woodgrain card and stamped with various food related sentiments from Carmen's Veranda.  A bit of polka dot ribbon, a couple of brads and a few odd patchwork pieces to break up the open space at the bottom  of the card.  

Thanks for dropping by.  I do hope you have had a wonderful day.  Hugz

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De-Egel Challenge 127 - Quilts/Patchwork
Stamplorations Challenge - Photo inspired by stars
Papercraft Challenge 74 - Sentiment as Focus


Hello Nomad friends.  Happy World Card Making Day (WCMD).  Today is the day to kickstart your festive makes.  There are undoubtedly plenty of extra challenges going on so do let me know if you have found a fun place to play.  It's the 2nd of the month so also time for the Card Chain Challenge reveal.  The Card Chain Challenge is an international card exchange that happens every month, come rain, come shine, come gloom of night or pandemic!!!!  It's been interesting, sometimes the mail has been slow, but the Card Chain Challenge ladies have been producing amazing art and sending love and joy around the planet, one card at a time, over 3,434 cards since the whole thing started!!.  So here's my card, which only had to hop across the country this month to Pia in Norway.  Hi Pia.

I used Kort og Godt patterned card for the card base and the sentiment is also from K&G.  The Postritch is from Pink Ink and I was lucky enough to win this set from Hobbyhimmelen who were sponsoring the Scrappesyken August challenge.  My first Pink Ink stamps and so cool!!!   The sentiment says Friendship is Life's Joy.  I used dies and a bit of flower ribbon to make it look like a prize ribbon.  

Do hop over and check out the awesome REVEAL

If you want to join the fun then check out the SIGN UP post. 

Thanks for dropping by.  I will be back later with some more cards hopefully.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Allsorts Challenge Week 644 - I Love.... these fun ostrich stamps
Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 153 - Anything Goes

Thursday, 30 September 2021

Joyful Ginger

Hello Nomad friends.  Gosh, I seem to have lost a day or so.  Suddenly realised it's the last of September and I haven't joined the Rudolf Days challenge.  So here goes.....

I used Papirdesign Mens Vi Venter and Tur i Skogen papers.  The snowflake border is the bit with the paper details on that you usually cut off and throw away, or use to pop something else up.  I love when paper producers make the backside of that strip pretty.  Very environmentally friendly and great for us to have a little extra pattern.  I flipped the Christmas Craft Creations sketch cos the yellow piece was leaning that way.  The gingerbread man and sentiment are Papirdesign dies.  I dug in the scraps bag to find suitable bits.  The pale brown is actually a piece of white card coloured with caramel alcohol ink and spritzed with tattered angel gold shimmer I think.  Been a while since I've had the TA sprays out!!!

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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Christmas Craft Creations Challenge - Sketch 
September Rudolph Days Challenge
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge 561
Pixies Snippets Playground Challenge 412
Papirdesign Utfordring for September - Hyggelig Hilsen

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Sketchy Autumn Birds

Hello Nomad friends.  I sat down today and just had a play with autumn colours and some of Rubber Dance's lovely stamps.  The new Sketchy Birds are so cute, a little bit bigger than their Textured Bird friends, and really fun to use as a focal point.  

I made a simple stamped background using Rubber Dance circle, feather and leaves stamps from the lovely Carved Collection 3 set with distress ink colours.  I stamped and fussy cut the Sketchy Birds for 4 quick and easy cards.  

Hop over to the Rubber Dance blog for all the details and more photo's and don't forget to leave a comment on the GIVEAWAY post in the fb group.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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Creative Fingers Challenge 215
Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 152
Allsorts Challenge Week 643 - Anything Goes, Optional Nature
Country View Challenge - The Leaves Begin to Fall
Kreativtanten Challenge 57 - Im Garten
Kaartjes Inspiratie Challenge Wereld Kaarten Maak Dag 2021 1/2

Friday, 24 September 2021

Pull my Bell

Hello Nomad friends.  I'm here with some more inspiration for the current 'use an embossing folder that includes numbers or letters and sand it challenge' at Let's Squash It!  I used a scrap of a blue metal sheet for my inspiration post and Nellie Snellen Let It Snow folder, so I decided to make it into a card.  This lovely folder is one of the amazing prizes on offer to our random winner each month.  You get a choice from our prize vault.  Ain't that great???

I was inspired by the sketch at Christmas Craft Creations and cut the bottom edge of the embossed sanded metal with a snowy landscape stitch die from Stamplorations.  I added a fun little elf from PaperArtsy who always makes me think of a stick of dynamite!!  His bell is usually on a thin line coming out of his hat but decided to fussy cut it off and give him a more scotch bonnet look.  I stamped and fussy cut him and coloured with Promarkers.

Dig out your wordy/numeric folders and sand paper and get squashing.  Linky is open until the end of the month so you have another week to join in. 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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Christmas Craft Creations Challenge - Sketch
Christmas Kickstart Challenge 54 - Funny Ho Ho
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 560
Stamplorations September Challenge
Stamplorations Anything Goes Challenge