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.


Well one couldn’t get easier than this card or more CAS in my world. The die is a new one from Your Next Stamp that I was looking forward to using, and the bee stamp is from Kitchen Sink received as a thank you gift with purchases. I debated using black CS for the card base but in the end went with white.

First I cut the hive section using a scrap piece of yellow CS. To ensure I kept all the pieces together I lifted it from the machine using low tack tape, added glue and then straight onto the card base. I popped the card into my Misti once glue had dried and stamped the bee in black several times. Added the sentiment which is from an MFT set called itty bitty basics and the card was done. So simple and so quick. There is another idea I had planned to try but it requires much more work and in the interest of time I decided quick and simple was best.

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It’s Birthday Time

I don’t play in the Krafty Chicks challenges as often as I would like, so it is nice to have a card that fits their current challenge. The embossed background is a new folder that I was given and is unbranded. I ran it through and then used a sponge to add a bit of colour over the raised bubble edges. I also edged the card with ink. The rings were cut in a group using Hero Arts infinity dies and I had done them as a test. They stayed linked together so I separated them just enough to be able to add glue and stick them onto the background. For a day or two I wasn’t sure how I wanted to use the panel but when putting some items away I found my StampinUp otter set and I thought they would look cute. I coloured them with pencils after stamping and then fussy cut the images and added them to the panel as you see. The sentiment was also cut with an unbranded banner die after it was stamped.

The past few days have been spent cleaning my craft room and doing some gardening so it is good to get back to creating for an hour or two this afternoon. And as an aside, otters look cute and are fun to watch in the wild, but they are terrible if they get onto your boat as they did recently on ours. The stink was unbelievable and it took hours to clean up the mess. We brought home the cockpit mats to clean them outside and fortunately Oxyclean worked its magic and all stains came out. Needless to say we have found way to barricade the area we think they got in.

Hope you are all enjoying some decent weather and thanks for taking a look.

Colour Challenge Love

Earlier I was watching a YouTube Video found on Pinterest https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLUCCMPZLv0, which had various ideas for using up left over strips. This is my take on one of the ideas shown and I felt it was perfect for the colour challenge at Just Add Ink this week. In cleaning up my craft room I came across a few small card blanks that I had forgotten about and decided to use one here. Card measures 5″ X 31/2″ and the blanks came with envelopes. The word die is from MFT and the tiny hearts are from an infinity set by Hero Arts cut in the same colours. I kept the card as simple as possible because the stripes make it busy enough. I quite like it and hope you do too.

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hip hop hooray

choose two, and mine are pastels and a banner.

Just Add Ink has a Choose Two challenge and as I had this sponged piece left over from my frame card I decided to use it here. I also had the stamp set out and this little banner stamp spoke to me. Set is from The Stamping Village and is by LDRS Creative. Embellishments are Studio Katya I think. I kept it really simple and only added some Nuvo Crystal drops to the banner and the balloon.

For me this card is unusually bare and it is quite small too, but I like it. A good way to use up an inked piece.

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in the pink

Birthday greeting is inside.

When I started this card yesterday I had something slightly different in mind – then I messed up the entire thing because I forgot that the flower centers hadn’t dried and I smeared it everywhere. The air was colourful around here – LOL. At first I wasn’t sure if I could fix it so I left it overnight and sure enough this morning I figured out how to rescue it.

The puzzle strip hadn’t been fully glued down around the edges so I carefully cut off the messed up top and bottom part and basically started over. The two small flowers floating above and below the puzzle piece were easy to remove from the messed up panel so I was able to use them again as shown here. I also used a tiny fussy cut butterfly to cover up another area. Flowers are a die from Memory Box called Layered Impatiens. Sentiment is from a GKD incentive set and was fussy cut so it would be small. I doubled up a few of the flowers after adding a hint of pink to them. I hadn’t intended to use any dry embossing in my original idea but decided to add it to this version and the folder is from Tim Holtz. I can’t remember where the puzzle die is from and I sponged 3 different pinks over a panel before die cutting. Inks are Distress Oxides, Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet and Worn Lipstick.

The card works for 3 challenges AAA Cards, Fourseasons and CYHTP.

Thanks for taking a look, it is appreciated.

inside the card

shades of blue

I think this card works for three challenges which I will list at the end, but I followed the recipe at As You See It for the general idea. I also CASE’d a frame done by one of the DT’s (Deborah Wheeler) as I liked it a lot. She used a different die and colours but the idea came from hers. The challenge at JUG’s is a mood board and I obviously used the colours from one of the images and the one at Double D is flowers. The main stamp set is from GKD and was gifted to me by a treasured stamp buddy. There are a couple of images that are from other sets. I took my photo and then realized I had forgotten one of the ingredients so I quickly added a sequin bow and took another photo. The die cut butterfly is from Crafters Companion and the fussy cut smaller one is from some DSP by StampinUp and I added a tiny bit of sparkle to both. The frame die is unbranded and I had issues with the last cut piece. Why a die cuts beautifully for a few and then terribly for one boggles my mind. Anyway suffice to say that I was able to hand cut the spots that weren’t’ cut through and then stacked the die cuts together to get a bit of dimension. The sentiment was initially stamped onto the layer but I didn’t check it carefully enough and the frame ended up covering the top word. I was going to float another piece over the top but I didn’t like it so in the end I cut off the missing word and added it alone. All in all I like the card which always a bonus.

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Just Us Girls #680 – Photo/Moodboard Week

tissue paper background

For a long time I have been wanting to try the tissue paper background technique and I finally found time to play. I made quite few backgrounds with this technique but haven’t used them all as yet. I decided on this one for the Cardz 4 Galz inspiration idea card. It is a very strong coloured background but so pretty with the white die cut added on top.

To do the technique I crumpled up tissue paper and without smoothing it too much, (I wanted the wrinkles). I glued it to some scrap card stock. As I glued it down I kept wrinkling the tissue so a few small ridges occurred. When the glue was dry I used Colour Burst powders and a spritz of water to blend them with this result. After the colour had dried I took some gold paste on my finger and gently added it to the ridges here and there.

The die cut was cut down to fit and then glued on top of the background. Die is from Stamplorations. I had the gold frame circle leftover and added a thin sentiment strip behind it. Sentiment from Itty bitty Basics by MFT. Using some fine thread I added some to the layer winding it round and round until I felt there was enough and then I tied a small bow. Also added some thread to the bottom of the card for more interest. I kept the sentiment very simple and small because this is a busy card. For the same reason I’ve not added any additional embellishments.

Thanks for dropping in to take a look and I wish you a beautiful day. Your comments are appreciated and welcome.

a classic

Although orange isn’t a colour I use very often it can be quite good at times. I needed a card for my BIL who loves motor bikes so I decided these colours would work for him as they are not too girly. The white die cut is from an unbranded die and the orange coppery embossed paper in the background is a leftover piece from so long ago I’m surprised it was still intact. I used a slate gray card base and Hickory Smoke ink to stamp the bike. I added a bit of silver pen here and there. Stamp set is classic motorcycles by Darkroom Door. Once it was dry I fussy cut around it before popping it on top using foam tape. Believe it or not the hardest part of this card was making the coppery paper fit the center of the die cut piece. It was awkward because the paper was a weird shape from use in a previous project.

I quite like the end result and think it is a decent masculine style card. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day.

bubble wrap background

I was supposed to go paddling in the Angel’s Abreast dragon boat today, but I’m not allowed and I can’t go to yoga tomorrow either. I woke up this morning with some issues at the tooth socket and after a visit to the dentist am now stuck at home instead of enjoying the outdoors. Fortunately the issue isn’t serious and the area is healing but my stitches aren’t holding as well as they should so I now have to be extra careful. Hopefully by the end of the week they can come out and I can go back to normal.

In the meantime I’m watching how to videos and making a card or two. I really like watching Natasha Foote and my post today features one of her techniques using bubble wrap. The challenge at Colorful Options called for blue and this is my take on both Natasha’s card and the challenge colours. I found a piece of the larger sized bubble wrap and followed along with the tutorial getting this background. I added a bit of blue embossing powder to the wet areas so a couple of my bubbles change colour slightly but the main colour used was Blueprint Sketch. I cheated a little bit as the butterfly is from a deconstructed card, received from a stamping buddy, as it was too pretty to discard. Thanks Gayle – it really is a lovely butterfly. Various dies were used for the foliage all cut from scraps of white CS and I added the pale gray blue Lavender stems as well. The sentiment is from an MFT set called Itty Bitty Basics and is one I go back to a lot because sometimes a tiny sentiment works best. The texture one gets from using bubble wrap creates a lovely and different background and it is fun to play with too. I really like how this card turned out and plan on doing more backgrounds using the technique.

Thanks for taking a look, it is appreciated. Hubby wants me to make a larger background for him to photograph. He turns them into textures for his photography projects. Maybe I’ll do that next and he can have fun too.

Love bubbly

Bubbly, flowers with love.

Since having my tooth extracted I haven’t felt in a creative mood, but I really did want to enter a few challenges if I could so yesterday this is what I came up with. It works for four challenges which I’ll link to at the end.

Although it is hard to see in the photo the background heart is embossed with a folder called Brocade by Craft Concepts. Die used is from Hero Arts infinity dies. The champagne bottles were cut using a die from Tattered Lace and some scrap CS. The word is from a set I got in Hobby Lobby when visiting a friend in the USA and the flowers are an unbranded die cut with a scrap piece of glitter paper.

It took me a while to decide on how to use the champagne bottles, but when I thought of the heart it all fell into place very easily. Lately I don’t seem to need wedding cards but the theme at JUG’s is weddings so I kept my card with the theme, but ensured it could be used for other events rather than have a specific wedding sentiment. The purple the Fourseasons challenge inspired the colour, A twist of floral on top of the embossed heart works for CYHTP and anything goes works for Crafting Happiness.

Considering my mood yesterday, I’m surprised at how this card turned out as I actually like it. Sometimes I don’t as you know.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your Sunday is lovely. Our weather has turned hot and sunny and my garden is beginning to look beautiful.

Just Us Girls #679 – Word Week
May: 142 Anything Goes – Optional Flowers theme