Bugaboo Stamps Friday Freebie… Fab for male cards!!

Ok all you Bugaboostamps fans.. shake a leg and make sure you don’t miss out on this week’s freebie…GUS FISH WHISPERER.

Yup our darlin’ Gus is this weeks freebie.  
You still have time to grab it and enter our Bugaboo Crafty Challenge before the 15th too…. even more chance to snag some fab freebies  from Bugaboo Stamps if you are our random winner.

While you are there don’t forget to check out the New Releases 🙂  I saw a fun new  one of a guy with a lawn mower… another fun male image to grab for those guy cards.

Guest Designer – Lil’ Man D “Thanks” card

The lil guy is getting in more craft projects than I am this past week lol…  here is a card I helped him put together for his grandparents who sent him a card and Toys R Us gift certificate for his 5th birthday, which is on Thursday.

Can you tell he likes Giraffes?   This time he painted up 4 giraffes and then chose the one he wanted to send to them.  We will make up some more cards with the others.  We added in one of the new frames that I have been  experimenting with using the Gina Marie Designs Dies in a previous post  Sneaky Peek.. You’ve been Framed !






“THANKS” clear stamp…. no idea what set it came with.. sorry LOL

Stampendous “PenPattern Giraffe”


Recollections Value Pack A2 card set

Zig Photo Tape Runner

H2o brush


Gansai Tambi Watercolor set









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Spotlight Series Day 4 – Carol Clarke, CUP Designer

Who are you ?

Carol Clarke, I’m a self employed Artist & Designer, wife, mum of 3 & grandma of 6!

Designer Showcase

Where are you ?

I live and work in a village in  Nottinghamshire.  My commute is horrendous … I roll out of bed, stagger down the stairs …. and settle down with my laptop …. absolutely awful I know …. but I mostly manage to get to work on time every day! lol

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?

 It was around 2006 when I first offered designs for sale but I had been cardmaking for a long while but couldn’t find any designs I liked so I had been drawing my own for a long while …. other cardmakers saw them and wanted to know where to buy them so around 2006 I started putting them on CDs to sell …. and it blossomed from there!!






What was the first product you ever had for sale?

My earliest products were listed on eBay and those listings are long gone …. but this is the 1st item I offered for sale on Craftsuprint in 2009

“Dressing the Tree”





Favorite quote?

My Grandma said ‘Never mind the dust it will still be there when the children have grown up’  She was so right!!



What’s your guilty pleasure ?

chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate!

On_ the_Beach_Old_Man_Ken






What is your favorite piece in the whole store?

“Old Man Ken on the Beach” reminds me of my Dad who will be 90 this year and he always wore a string vest and rolled his trousers up on the beach when I was a child.




How many people work with/for you?

Me, me and only me …. unless you count my hubby who keeps me well supplied with coffee throughout the day! lol


What  job did you have BEFORE you started  drawing/designing for a living?
 I was a doctor’s receptionist and secretary


What’s your favorite color?

Pink …. and I love it even more if it’s got polka dots on it!


What was your favorite subject in school…?

I loved art but I had to give it up in the 3rd year as my parents thought needlework would be a better O Level to take.  They were right in that I not only got an A in Needlework but I went on to make my children’s clothes on an old Singer Treadle sewing machine (and knitted/crocheted all their woollies too) which saed me lots of money when they were small.   but it’s ironic that I went on to make my living from Art! I did go back to school and Art College as an Adult returner once my children were older and took 3 GCSE’s and an A level in Art …. getting A’s in all of those too!


When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?

Oh YES …. unfortunately for anyone who is listening!


What is your most popular item in the store/shop?

This Carousel card has been very popular with customers



What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?

My sticky tape putter onner thingy (otherwise known as an ATG!)


When you get the midnight munchies… what do you grab?

Chocolate, love the stuff …. and I’m sure midnight calories don’t count … they don’t … do they???!!


How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?

It varies from but My On the Shelf Cards was the longest at over a year to get from my head to fruition.  They normally start with an idea or question …. like … Is it possible?   I wonder if I can?  How can I do that?   Will this work? etc


When you are working, what is the view from your window like

Looking over the decking and the garden to the fields at the bottom of the garden and then the Derbyshire hills in the distance … we get cows trimming any plants that dare to grow too high! lol



Who scared you most as a kid when you were being naughty.. your parents or the boogey man?

My parents!!


What’s your favorite event, or holiday of the year?

I love Christmas … I have 3 children and 6 grandchildren and it’s a magical time of year especially when viewed though the eyes of a child,


Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?

oOOooooo disgracefully … of course!!

Show me the drawing you think most closely resembles you physically or personality-wise 


3D on the Shelf Card Kit – Little Rambler Lady Martine

Would you go cave diving with sharks?

No No NO!!

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax?

I love to walk.  I am lucky to have lovely countryside on my doorstep and I walk a minimum of 2 miles every day.  I call it my green stress buster!

Which drawing/product are you the most proud of in your collection?

It has to be my Original concept On the Shelf cards I have now drawn and uploaded nearly 1900 of them …. And my favourite is always my newest one and today that is a little Irish Dancer. irish  but I also love my older ones like Santa santa  and the fun ones too




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KennyK “Sophisticated Gentleman” Birthday Wishes

The minute I saw this image I just knew I had to do this card…..   with a bit of Scottish flare !!  I am Scottish by birth, so it triggers off  images of Scotch Whiskey and  stately homes and the Lairds…. but my sense of humor could not ignore it.

We’ve all seen the “most Interesting man” memes all over Facebook and of course, unless you live in BF nowhere and  have no TV… you have seen the adverts for Dos Equis.  So here is my homage to great booze (Scotch & Dos Equis ), Scotland and our  beloved KennyK family…. CHEERS  to ya’all !!


  • Card Base Black Recollections Card Stock
  • Tartan Strips My Paper Studio “Christmas Plaid”
  • Ribbon  Plaid is edged with a thin ribbed red ribbon
  • Image “Sophisticated Gentleman” from the Gentleman Bundle by KennyK
  • Colored with Chameleon pens & Ranger Distress Pens
  • Sentiment Inspired by Dos Equis, created in Paint Shop Pro and printed on Epson Eco Tank ET2550
  • Glue Xyron Mega Runner 1/4 “
  • Stitched  edge  Gina Marie Rectangular stitched die.
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KennyK New Release & Club Challenge Card

KennyK Just released some fab new images which are perfect for male cards…. and we all know how hard they can be sometimes.  Check these out over at KennyK Stamps

I decided to try something a bit different and  so I printed this guy out on some Canson Mix Media paper I bought to use with my Gansai Tambi watercolor paints.  This is colored with Chameleon Pens and Ranger Distress Pens.


I cut a 6×6 card base on Recollections Cardstock, it’s a deep gray/barely black with texture and kinda cool.

I cut a Oval out and then did a partial cut on the image; so that the main image is behind the oval, but the beer mug is on top.  The inside is lined  to hide the image  on the inside and to give a surface for sentiments messages etc.

Then I popped “bubbles” all over the  card with a 2 inch throat punch lined the inside with yellow Recollections card and colored the bubbles through from the front.


Adhesive Chalkboard Vinyl ~ Home Sweet Home sign






ZiggyBoard Adhesive Chalk Board


Well here is my first completed project using the Ziggyboard chalkboard vinyl. I’m pretty new to this whole vinyl thing, so kept it simple. I’ve played with it a few times just because I had some that came with my original Cricut Expression… yeah I have had it sitting around that long LOL.

But I recently got a kit to review from Ziggyboard.com  Cohas.com who make this vinyl right here in the US. …and so did two of our ladies

…. and a mini challenge was GAME ON!!!

Now I am the first  to admit that I am at a distinct disadvantage here  lol.  NanaDonna is our HTV queen, so she is well used to working with this medium and Deescraps and NanaDonna both…. are just awesome crafters PERIOD.  I have learnt so much from these ladies over on the message board.

Ziggyboard 12x12 Adhesive Chalkboard Vinyl sheets

Ziggyboard 12×12 Adhesive Chalkboard Vinyl sheets

My biggest problem when faced with this challenge…. my handwriting and drawing SUCKS !!! I have spent so many years on a computer, I am surprised I know how to pick up and hold a pen anymore.


One day I will tell you a story about a 30 year old who forgot how to use a knife and fork.. yup that would be me lol…and sadly, it’s a true story haha.

Ok ….so now we have established my lack of ability in this department…. I’ll tell you how I got round it. Where I lack ability, I have imagination and problem solving in abundance.

Zig Posterman Chalk Board Markers


Now the pens that come with these kits, sadly do not fit in the Cricut Explore Explore, not even with an Amy Chomas Adapter. You can remove the original adapter and jerry rig it with some tape to fit,  but the pen priming system makes it a no go anyway… strike one for me… no Bueno!  But does that stop me … oh hell noooo.

ok …. so do I cut a stencil…. possibly…. but it’s a one off project….. heh…. too much work and a waste of materials…. No Bueno

Do I print out my text and use a carbon paper to transfer an outline to follow…. that would work…. don’t have any…. No Bueno

Outlining on the Cricut Explore with Sakura Gelly Roll White Gel Pen

Outlining on the Cricut Explore with Sakura Gelly Roll White Gel Pen

 Sakura Gelly Roll White Gel pen for the win!!!!   so in it goes in my Amy Chomas adapter.  Now the ink on the chalkboard surface is a bit patchy…. so you may have to hit the Cricut button a few times to make it redo the text outlines.

Depending on if you want an outline to go over with the pens, or just an outline to use….you can pick and choose how many runs through you do with the pen.

I love this white pen, but find that it does seem sporadic even on regular card  and paper too. They aren’t designed for the Cricut…. so it’s just something I accept.  I have tried other white pens and  found them no where near as smooth.  It’s easy enough to go back and touch up any missed areas.  I did that with my ‘O’
Outlined and cut... ready to decorate and mount

Outlined and cut… ready to decorate and mount


The heart was cut out of the vinyl and a Red Adhesive Velvet heart  from Elizabeth Craft Designs was inserted, just for a little bit of texture and fun. You could cut out shapes and fill with photos or printed materials …. all kinds of cool possibilities to personalize your chalkboard projects.


Stamping with Chalk pens

Now THIS is what I really do love about these chalk pens….. even though I suck at writing and drawing….  I don’t totally suck at Rubber stamping.  I used one of my clear cling stamps to make the scroll in the top right corner.  If you make a mistake, these can be cleaned off to start over even though it’s not a wet wipe chalk pen.

 Yup….  that is right…. you can ink up your rubber stamps and create beautiful designs. ….Never fear it washes right off.  So the next time you are cruising around Pinterest and looking at all the fab chalkboard vinyl  projects and thinking you could never do it… STOP!!!   …. Where there is a will, there is a way….


ZiggyBoard Pre-cut labels


These ideas can be translated over to decorate ornaments, framed  art, labels, glassware…. and if you don’t have a cutting machine, never fear…  Ziggyboard Chalk Board Vinyl   Cohas.com Chalk Board Vinyl also comes in loads of precut shapes.





Supplies used in this project:

Cheap frame with glass removed
Ziggyboard Chalkboard vinyl 12×12 sheet
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen
Cricut Explore
Zig Posterman Chalk Marker Pen
Rubber Stamp
Adhesive Velvet
Amy Chomas Pen Adapter

…and an idea!

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KennyK Monthly Freebie

I’m so excited, can’t wait to see what we have for August.  July’s Freebie “Unstoppable Mom”from KennyK featured in our Digi Challenge over on the message board.  I’m still working on mine… I am soo behind LOL.

Every Month KennyK releases a new freebie, make sure you  go get yours before the end of the month. KennyK Monthly Freebie

So what do you think we will get next.. last month there was a cute bear, this month a serious shopper.

I’ve been naughty lately and bought about 10 stamps this month… I just can’t resist.  His steampunk ladies are too cool ..I am going to end up with everything on there  by Christmas at this rate haha