Saturday, April 21, 2018



This card was made for a New Zealand swap group I am in - and the theme for the month was Windows.  I used a die cut for mine, but others have been very innovative as to how they used the theme - I don't think anyone used the Windows computer operating system for inspiration!

The window was die cut using a S/B Die D-lite Windows 2 from a pale tan cardsatock. 

I then backed the die with kraft paper at the top, a snippet of blue card and I fussy cut the rose from some paper from the MME 6x6 pad In Bloom

The background paper and the sentiment (stamped/sponged with Rhubarb Stalk ink) both came as a freebie from a magazine. 
The card was finished with some bling in opposing corners.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Essentially Black and White

 I recently taught how to use scoring to add interest to a card, and in the same class, I wanted the participants to just use black and white and a touch of colour.

I needed another sympathy card,  so that's what I made.  

I stamped the large image from the SU set 'Lovely as a Tree" in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and also the sentiment (an unmarked stamp)  Unfortunately as they are both wood mounted stamps, I could not repeat the stamping, so the images are not as crisp and black as I would like. 

I added a wee touch of olive green under the trees with my Polychromo pencils.

Here you can see the scoring that I added - there was also one scored line above the image.  the scoring added interest without detracting from the image and sentiment.

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(the stamp set is one of my originals, over 10 yrs old)

Friday, April 13, 2018

Wrapping Paper Sympathy


As you all know, inspiration can come from anywhere. 
I was out shopping with a friend recently and we spotted some very interesting wrapping paper - it was fairly expensive, and it was being sold by the sheet, so we decided on two designs that we both liked, bought them, then halved the sheets, and told ourselves we were shopping wisely!

I made this sympathy card for the family of a lady who had loved gardening, and one of the sheets of wrapping paper was a perfect background, 

as you can see in the above photograph, it had gold highlights on it.

The butterfly die is Pippi, by Memory Box. I sprayed a snippet of card with red perfect pearls, and then with an old silver spray I have.  (The perfect pearls sprays seem to be off the market now) and mounted it over a twist of metallic thread, with three Champagne pearls for the body.

The sentiment, by Our Daily Bread Designs was gold embossed, trimmed, and the edges of the panel were also gold embossed , and this was finished with a strip of Champagne adhesive pearls.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Gold Baptismal Card


Just a short post today, and only one photo!!
I made this for a woman who was baptised in our church recently.

The card base was white, and I sponged the edges with Delicata Gold ink
The next layer was textured using a CTMH 3-D embossing folder
The ribbon was a sheer white with gold on the edges
The cross was gold embossed, and painted with Gold Paint, and mounted with a layer of thin cardboard under it, and on foam dots, to give some dimension.
The sentiment was computer generated and gold embossed on vellum, and adhered using a scotch tape  especially for vellum. 

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Seas The Day


Sorry I have been slow in posting again - I have been having major email issues which have thankfully now been resolved, but they have taken time.

I bought a magazine recently that had a fabulous set of stamps in it with a beach/nautical theme 
by Clear Impressions.

I stamped the images in blue, and then coloured them with my Polychromo pencils, and added a few highlights with my white Signo pen.

While I was colouring the circular image I kept the negative of a circle die cut at the edge of the image to keep the colouring inside the unmarked border.   I then framed the image with a double die cut circle, and added the champagne flat back pearls to give the impression of  a view
 through a  porthole.

The sentiment was stamped in the same blue ink.

I used a lighthouse image from the same set to make a pop-up element on the inside of the card,

and also completed the sentiment on the inside.

The final detail was the coarse linen twine used as an embellishment on the outside of the card

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Confessions of an Untidy Crafter


Yes, I am an untidy crafter - I really do know where most things are on my desk, and I do put away after myself, but somehow no matter how I try, I end up with a 50cm x 50cm (18" x 18") or less,  space to work in!!

This card started with the platinum embossed and painted (with mica based paints) floral stamp on a snippet of black card.

I paired it with the deep red card for the card base, and added a layer behind it from another snippet of the same card.

The blue sprayed card was another snippet sitting in my 'promise box' (I promise I will use it one day) , and I ran the edge of it over a blue ink pad to define the edges and embossed the sentiment on that panel.  Unfortunately the camera did not pick up the sparkle in the spray.

The background layer was embossed in a S/B em-bossing folder, Lovely Lattice
After laying everything out on the embossed layer I jiggled it all around,  added the faux stitching, and was still not happy - then I spied the ribbon, and it was completed in very short time after that. 

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The poppy stamp is at least 10 years old!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Alcoholic Owl Birthday Card


Now I have your attention with that title...

The alcohol is on the background of the card in the form of Alcohol Inks!

I was so pleased with this panel that I did not want to cut it up, or cover it up more than the bare minimum... (slight dose of pride here!!)

So I made a removable bookmark to go on the front of the card, with the sentiment  ( a magazine freebie) white embossed on the hand cut double fishtail banner that holds the bookmark in place.

The bookmark was cut using a tag die by Paper Rose, an Australian company.

The owl on the bookmark is from Unity, a Jillibean Itty Bitty stamp set called Have a Hoot, which appears to have been retired.

He was stamped on kraft card, white embossed and coloured with Polychromo Pencils, and mounted over a snippet of green patterned paper I had on my desk.

I used an irRESISTable Pico embellisher to give dimension and added colour to the eyes and the dots on the hat.