Celebrating Twins

Made for the ModSquad challenge to use patterned paper and also for a friend whose daughter has had twins. I cut out a large heart for the background and then using a Spellbinder die called Layered Happy Birthday, I cut out some balloons from other PP and added them to the heart. Using an unbranded double stitch rectangular die I cut the main panel and added a small scrap of marbled paper on top. I fussy cut two matching little bears from another small piece of PP, after stamping them and colouring in certain parts. I popped them up onto this and added a small fussy cut fairy above. Stamped the sentiment which I also fussy cut out. Added a few small gems here and there. Stamps and card stock all from Gina K. Designs my main go to place for ideas and purchases.

Heart Bloom – My sentiments Exactly challenge.

Used another of my gifted stencils to create this one. First brushed colour in circles using distress oxides. Sprinkled a bit of water and let dry. Using Mowed lawn I sponged through stencil to get design. When dry I added nuvo glimmer paste through stencil. I used a versamark pen and ruler to draw a line around edge of card stock and then added an old glitter embossing powder on top. heat embossed to give the shine at edge. Added sentiment to a piece of vellum and heat embossed in black. Two black gems added to each end. added entire piece to turquoise sea card stock.

A new beginning

I’ve been thinking about creating a blog for over a year now and am finally getting around to actually doing it. In order to showcase some of my cards I needed a place to upload them and display them for others to see so here is my first card for the year.

This card has been created for the monthly challenge at Gina K. Designs. We have to showcase a sentiment and cannot use others stamps on the card.

I stenciled Distress Oxides in several pinks using a lovely hand made heart stencil given to me by a great on line friend. I first masked off the area where the sentiment heart is. I stenciled the butterflies using another stencil from the same friend. I stamped the sentiment onto the die cut heart and traced over it with a gelly roll pen to add a bit of sparkle. I popped it up slightly offset over a black heart which I then glued in the masked off space. Added a few tiny bling gems in places. I added main panel to a black piece of card stock and then adhered it to the card front.


Challenge #23 – Flowers

This card uses a stamp set by Lisa Hetrick (GKD) which is one I used a lot when first purchased and thought it was time to start using it again. I started by stamping the large sentiment and then the small one. After that I stamped the larger flower, masked it and stamped the smaller one. Masked that and stamped the leaves and berry piece. I went over the red image with a sparkle red pen. After stamping the centers to the flowersI used a copper glitter pen to add more depth. Inks used are from Distress Oxides but the sentiment uses a Hero Arts black ink.

Loads of Love

Make the Cards Challenge #47

There are certain days, like Valentines Day and Halloween for example, that I simply can’t be bothered with, although I know for others they are really important. That said, I do make one or two cards for these occasions and this card is one of them. Stamps used are from Penny Black, the Die cut frame is by Recollections. I used Sakura Glaze pens to colour the hearts, Inktense pencils along with Ohuhu pens to colour the hedgehog. I also used the fallout hearts as embellishments. The image was stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed in Champagne from Recollections. Hubby came in when I was finishing this and said he thought it really cute. The pink CS makes it quite vibrant.

More Than Enough

AAA Cards Challenge #207: No Layers + BIG Sentiment

It has been a while since I last played in an AAA challenge and decided it was past time I did. I used a new stamp set from Joy Clare that has this large sentiment and with TomBow pens I inked the words in different colours, huffed on it and stamped. Had to do it several times to get a reasonable impression. Found the tiny bee stamp in a Penny Black set and the seed head is a freebie by Lavinia Stamps that I received in an order some time ago. I added a bit of sparkle to the bee and a few sparkle dots here and there. In general, I’m not that great at CAS cards and don’t do one layer ones very often either, but this worked better than I expected.

Hogs and Kisses

Global Design Project #327 | Theme Challenge & SSC275 COOL WINTER LOVE

A Valentine or a love theme challenge is pretty easy but a colour challenge is, for me, always a bit more problematic. Matching as close as possible to the colours is quite difficult but I think I’ve managed it. The background die is an unbranded one and I used a failed dry embossing attempt for this. I figured some of the poor embossing would show without it being busy and I was right. I added it to a gray card front to meet one of the grays on the colour swatch. Then I took a silver leftover heart die cut and added a smaller one cut in the gingham on top and tucked it under one of the stripes. Using a Divinity Design cute stamp set I stamped and coloured the little pigs keeping as close as possible to the challenge colours. After die cutting this I glued another piece to the back to give it a bit of dimension and added it as you can see. I had stamped the sentiment from the same set and I went over this with a glitter pen before adding it to the layer. Using a small xoxo stamp from Joy Clair I stamped this in several places for added interest and to increase the Love aspect of the theme challenge. This could have been a really busy card but I managed to keep it fairly simple thankfully. Getting a one card to fit two challenges is a nice bonus.


PP575 – A Sketch Challenge from Jaydee

This is my take on the sketch challenge at Paper Players. I used a tulip die I bought in the Netherlands when visiting my sister and it is by Craft Emotions. After die cutting I coloured it with Inktense pencils. Did the flowers first then went over them with a clear Sakura glaze pen so I could do the leaves without worrying that I might mess up the flowers. Added some StampinUp DSP to a gray card front and then added a scrap that was cut into some grass at the join of the 2 pattern pieces. Added the die on top of that leaving a few flower heads loose so they would look more natural. The sentiment is from a Spellbinders set I’ve gotten this year. Decided it didn’t need any embellishments, although I may change my mind before it gets used.

Love is in the Air

Just Us Girls #616 ~ Photo Week

My card uses a small Divinity Design die and stamp set that I got a couple of years ago. I stamped and heat embossed using a Champagne powder from Recollections. The embossed layer is a pre-embossed piece that I trimmed down just enough to give me room for the card front to show as a border. The heart uses a stitched set by Memory Box and a scrap piece of pearlized vellum that I coloured on the back with a pinkish Ohuhu pen. I used the same pens to colour in the image. I kept this card very simple but did add a few Studio Katja gems for embellishment.

The First Sign of Spring

Challenge #266 – Dandy Diagonals

There are times when I can feel truly stupid and making this card became one of them. After I had chosen my image and PP I proceeded to cut the PP. I cut several times and each time the orientation of the diagonal was wrong. Rather than continue to mess up some pretty papers I decided to go with the orientation that resulted and basically turned the sketch to the opposite of the sketch picture. I’m also craving the sign of spring which in my last house was the first snowdrops to appear. I don’t think there are any in this garden, but won’t know for sure until spring really does start to show up. My stamp is from the very first Polymer set I purchased but at that time I didn’t think about knowing the source of the stamp and today have no idea who created it. I can say that it came with a couple of Christmas images as well as an Amaryllis and the Snowdrops. I stamped it in green and clear heat embossed because Snowdrops usually have a slight tinge of green in the petal. I coloured with InkTense pencils and Sakura glaze pens adding a tiny bit of sparkle in one or two places. It was die cut using Hero Arts Infinity dies and a Sissix set of scalloped circles. The sentiment is from Joy Clair and cut with a banner die from an MFT set. I went around the edge of the sentiment with a gold glitter pen and added some Studio Katja gems too. PP is from StampinUp.

Gnome Fun

Peace on Earth Challenge #8

My entry for this challenge was inspired by both the gnomes and plaid as well as the colour red. The stamp used is new and I got it on sale at a local craft store and at the same time purchased the Echo Park Ephemera die cut package. Stamp is by Stampingbella and is called appropriately two gnomes on a log. I coloured it with a mix of Inktense pencils, and Sakura and Ohuhu pens. Firstly though, I stamped it with Versamark and heat embossed in black. I fussy cut it because I forgot to use the stamping buddy and ended up with product in places I didn’t want. Added it to the card using foam tape to give dimension. Used a scrap piece of white sparkle paper which I cut to give the illusion of snow. Added the Plaid sentiment to some white CS and fussy cut that prior to adhering to the card front. I also used the last of the small fallouts from my bird cuts to give the look of snow falling. I really like this fun stamp and may get more from this company down the road.

Slimline in Blues


When I found and used one of the small Asian style dies the other day, another idea come into my head. I had a slimline piece already die cut using an MFT triple stitched circle die and I tested to see whether the small fancy circles would fit into it. As you can see, they fit beautifully so I layered the circle aperture piece onto some pale blue mirrored card and then paper pieced the fancy circles into it. To hide the marks the die left behind I used some white border strips that a good friend cut for me a long time ago. To me this gave the look of some snow. Prior to adding the fancy pieces I also used a tiny strip of white glitter and wove it between the openings of the die cut. Then with all the die cutting I did earlier with the border die that didn’t quite work, I used the fallouts to decorate and embellish. Some I coloured and some I left white. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment which is also from MFT. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out. Whether it is wintery enough I don’t know but it is certainly cool (as in cold) looking.

Border Die Cut


When I first started this card I die cut it using some pale blue gingham paper, but I didn’t like it, although I kept a few of the fallouts available. Then I tried cutting it on a card front and didn’t get the placement right so that too went by the wayside. I will use it, but in a different way than intended. This is my 3rd attempt and I’m still not sure I did it correctly but have made it work nevertheless. I really wanted the card to stand upright but adding more CS made it too thick so instead I used some sky paper from a pad I’ve had forever. I’m not sure it is truly a winter card although my hubby thinks it is, but at least it has the blues and a bird which is the part of the mood board that inspired the card. I used a few of the gingham fallouts as embellishments here and there and I also added some sparkle to both the bird and the fallouts. I’ve also decided to use a sentiment just on the inside of the card as nothing I tried looked right on the front. After thinking about the placement, as I look at the finished card, I think in future placing the die right at the bottom of the card front and preventing the top edge from cutting will work better. Then I’ll use scissors to extend the longer side cuts to the top and bottom of the card so only half of it gets cut away, but still leaves the bird behind. Or I’ll make the card size to fit the die rather than use the usual size. Don’t know why I didn’t think of that before I started.