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Saturday, 2 June 2018

James Dean daydream

Do you think my day needed brightening when I made this card?!  I just had the urge to make something bright & in your face!  I really like it too and I like the fact it uses pretty much one of the first stamps I ever purchased way back in 2006.  I read a statistic a while ago that said stampers only use the majority of their stamps 3 or 4 times.  Isn't that scary when you consider how much we spend on them?  


This was made for our challenge over at Sweet Stampin' this week where we want to see creations with 'presents' on.  I was actually amazed at how few stamps I have with presents on.  Hopefully you'll fare better & come play along with us.

Playing along with a challenge or two:

Always Happy Birthday June - Happy Birthday
Crafts Galore 52 - Anything Goes
Country View Challenges June - The Written Word
Crafting with Friends 68 - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - 147 - Anything Goes
Simply Papercrafts 58 - Anything Goes

The Genius (Occasionally!) xx

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Greatest day of my life

I do love a sketch for inspiration, sometimes your my brain just doesn't know where to start!  So in the interests of efficiency (it does happen occasionally!) I combined this week's card for Sweet Stampin'. where we want to see embossing, with the sketch from Clean and Simple Stamping and ended up with this:


I heat embossed that wee cake from Stampin' Up & i'm really happy with the result so i'm entering in to a few challenges:



Stamping Sensations - One for the Girls

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Then because I was feeling so efficient & I need to make a ton of cards, I went and made a dry embossed card too, the image on this one is a digi from SK Digis (no longer trading)


I'd like to join in a few challenges with this one too:

4 Crafty Chicks - Flowers
Craft Rocket - Flowers
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes (not used the optional Spring theme)
Fussy & Fancy - Add a Sentiment

I love the colours on this one but let me tell you, they look nothing irl like they do on screen, if anyone ever works out how to get a good representation on teals & aquas on a computer I want to know!

Thanks so much for popping by, if you're embossing anything this week why not drop by Sweet Stampin' and share with us :-)

The Genius (Occasionally!) xx

Monday, 2 April 2018

You can buy your hair if it won't grow

I was having one of my rare but welcome bursts of efficiency last week & feeling very proud.  Until I realised I hadn't scheduled this post.  Still I guess there's nothing wrong with 2 day late post letting you know we've got a bingo board challenge over at Sweet Stampin' is there?  You still have 5 days to join us :-)

I loathe green, although not all green.  Just the green green ones, y'know, like on this card!  Despite that, I love this card.  I know, so contrary.

I used a fabulous new digi stamp from Digi Stamp Boutique, Susan made me buy it.  She is a bad influence ;-)


Checking out a few challenges too:

Crafty Catz - Anything Goes (optional old stash)
Daring Cardmakers - Do Something DIGI

Have a great day,

The Genius (Occasionally!) xx

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Let's Dance

I don't do Valentine's.  So to accommodate me, our challenge at Sweet Stampin' this week has an extended theme!  We want to see Valentine's or Love themed creations.  Okay, so it's not all for my benefit.  There might be some single folk playing along or just unromantic souls like me!

There's just a little bit of stamping on the vellum here, I cased this from the Sizzix blog.  There was a gorgeous sky blue & yellow version on there & if I could find it again, i'd link.  It was pretty.


Playing along with some lovely challenges:

Alphabet Challenge - V for Vellum
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes (optional - Something New.  All old for me i'm afraid but I made it with my new Big Shot!)
Southern Girls - Circle Embellishments TOP 3!


Hope you have a great weekend, nothing special in store for me.  I've a lasagne to make as well as a cake to bake.  After that, i'm in my craft room ;-)

The Genius (Occasionally!) xx

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

I heard you got a new girl friend

Men cards are something I never seem to have enough of, are you the same?  Aren't they just so darn difficult to make for?  The new challenge over at Sweet Stampin' this week made me determined to chip in.  I like this one as it's great for men with no hobbies although it would have to be someone you liked quite a bit to use all those superlatives!

Those background stamps are one of my favourite ever stamp sets (Extreme Elements from SU).  I keep looking at the splat dies that are now appearing.....so far I have managed to stop myself and stick with the stamps ;-)


As ever, I'd love to play along in a few challenges:

Addicted to Stamps 276 - Anything Goes
Cardz 4 Guyz 186 - January Blues TOP 3!
Creative Moments 135 - Anything Goes
Shopping our Stash - Birthday!

The Genius (Occasionally!) xx

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Your love is my love

Lots of layers, a toughie for a girl whose heart leans towards CAS design!  Anyway, lots of layers is the theme this week over at Sweet Stampin' so here I am and if you count the card base i've got 10 layers, woohoo!

I'm not a green lover normally but I do love a bit of lime, with black & turquoise especially!  I'm on a mission to make more men cards but honestly think this would work for either species.  


Keeping this short as sneaking a few minutes to post but would love to join in some challenges:

Penny Black & More - Something New (Embossing Folder)
Shopping our Stash - Old (Stamps) & New (Embossing Folder)

The Genius (Occasionally!) xx
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