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Monday, 13 August 2018

Sweet Home Alabama

I'm two days late with this offering to let you know that we have a Christmas in August theme over at Sweet Stampin' this week.  I've had this stamp for over a year but felt a little intimidated to ink & colour him.  But he was too fab to resist any longer & I got my watercolours out & coloured with those for a change.  I like the end result even though he may be too CAS for some. 

I organised a baby shower over the weekend, apparently these are now quite a big thing in the U.K.  Who knew?!  It was hard work but fun, lots of baby themed games & quizzes created lots of fun & giggles! 


I'd love to play with some other fabby challenges:

Allsorts - From boys to men
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - Anything Christmas (optional girl)

Thanks for stopping by,

The Genius (Occasionally!) xx

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Lost in the Millions

It's the second Wednesday of the month & that means another CaSS project.  It's been a pleasure over the last couple of weeks to be thinking about Christmas, cold weather & snow.  Ooh I have wished to be able to make snow angels just to cool down!  I confess, Summer is not my favourite season.

I had postage costs in mind making this card.  Christmas is expensive enough so flat-ish cards are a necessity.  I'd dithered about glittering the balls & still might tbh.


I'd also like to play in some other fab challenges:

12 months of Christmas - Anything Christmas, optional greenery
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas - Anything Goes, optional embossing

The Genius (Occasionally!) xx

Monday, 6 August 2018

Sick & tired of your attitude

Over at Sweet Stampin' this week, there's a theme of TRAVEL for you to play with.  I've gone for a rather sedate but very necessary form of travel and one that I am well used to seeing around.  We'd love to see your travel themed cards too, so get crafting & come play along with us!


I'm also playing along with some other fabulous challenges:

Crafty Calendar - Dots and/or Stripes
The Male Room - Birthday

The Genius (Occasionally!) xx

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

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Been wishing for you, am I lucky or not?

Happy New Year to all!  Did you make New Year resolutions?  For the first time in a long while, mine was not to blog more.  I've finally admitted defeat on that one & decided blogging is just not a major priority right now.  I'll stop kidding myself that I am going to make it a regular habit.

However, here I am right now and showing a Christmas card for this month's CASS challenge.  Without a sentiment because I couldn't find the perfect one in my stash, hard as that is to imagine.  I have 11 months to find one though, i'm thinking a die cut swirly one but not too big.


Taking part in some challenges:

As You Like It - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge 367 - Anything Goes but optional something old, how about this mirri card? I'm thinking it must be 7 years plus!
C.R.A.F.T. - Christmas
Crafting with an Attitude 35 - Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts - Anything Goes
Crimbo Crackers 149 - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Something New, the bauble die was picked up just before Christmas.  This is it's first outing.
Shopping our Stash - Out with the old (Mirri card), In with the new (Bauble die)

The Genius (Occasionally!) xx
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