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.

Roll with It

Sketch 507

When the sketch challenge arrived in my inbox from MFT I decided to participate. Without any clear picture in my head except the sketch I began by cutting the pp into the oval shape. Then I had to think because as yet, I don’t have many stamp sets from MFT. I went through my stamp lists to see what I could use and pulled out this retired set called Sushi Date for which I also have matching dies. I’ve had it for a while and have enjoyed using it. Initially I was drawn to the sentiment because it kind of expressed my feeling about making the card. That is how it got created, I just rolled along. I backed the white panel with some blue that is a close match to the blue in the pp and added it to the card front. Then I stamped the sentiment in Blueprint sketch, cut it into two pieces and adhered them to another of the blue paper pieces. I decided to place it underneath the oval. I stamped and die cut the bamboo and played around with placement before gluing. At first I thought I would keep to only the one image, but then decided to stamp the critter image. Coloured that with pencils added a bit of Nuvo Crystal glaze to the eyes and ears and called it finished.

Pet Sympathy cards

One of my friends was complaining about not being able to find good pet sympathy cards and suggested to me that I make a bunch and sell them to stores. Its a flattering suggestion, but not one I’m about to actually do, as I’m not wishing to making my hobby into a business. That said, I thought it would be nice to make her a few she can keep on hand for a future occasion she may require one. She is a huge dog lover and has two of her own. One hopes not to need sympathy cards, but the reality is that we all need them sometimes.

I used a small SSS stamp set to make these along with two Crazy Dog images from Tim Holtz. The middle card has a space left for the pet’s name to be written in and is my take on something seen on Pinterest. I added a sticky note so she knows to add the pet name. PP is from a Recollections collection I’ve had a long time. They all have a sentiment inside with a bit of decoration too. These are the first cards I’ve made for almost a month. Had fun doing them.

True North


When my new Hero Arts kit arrived the other day I was pretty excited as they have had issues with getting orders fulfilled due to Covid-19. Anyway I decided to have a go at playing with it and this is what I came up with. I confess it isn’t my design as I basically CASEd a design from their blog. You can find it here. My version isn’t an exact copy but it is a close one. I had fun following along with the video to get something similar and am happy with how it turned out. I coloured with a combination of pencils, copics and Spectrum noir markers, but my blending leaves a lot to be desired. It took several tries for me to get the cutting and embossing right based on the instructions but I managed it in the end. As it fits the challenge I decided to enter it although when I first started the card I wasn’t really doing it with a challenge in mind.

Flower Field

Create Your Own Background Paper!

Using one of my new MFT Floral background stamps I stamped the image in white pigment ink onto the blue cs and then clear embossed it. I already had the 2 frame die cuts on my desk as they were left from another project and I intertwined them and then laid them on the card to see how it looked. I liked it, so decided to proceed with using these but making part of the stamped image stand out more. I initially coloured in the center parts with a white pencil but it wasn’t quite white enough so went over the top with some white water colour. This I liked. I added some gold water colour to the flower centers and used a pencil on the stems. Didn’t want a lot of colour but it definitely needed the hint. From a Divinity Designs stamp set I chose the sentiment and stamped it with Blueprint Sketch Distress oxide to which I added clear heat embossing. Cut it to the size and popped it up at the bottom. Getting the negative and positive look gave me a background paper and a solid image in the frames and I love the result.


part of the book cover that inspired the background

On previous posts you’ve seen scraps of the background already but this is the card originally created using it. Stamp sets used are from Concord & 9th, Inspired by Stamping with the beach ball coming from a free Internet image. I hand tore the bottom of the background piece to create the illusion of waves on the beach, then I added a piece of kraft that I shaded a bit to create the illusion of sand. Once it was glued to card front I added the chair and the ball. I added the sun and glittered the centre of it then added tiny clouds on top. Added the larger cloud and then the fussy cut sentiment. If all goes well, I hope to be sitting on our boat looking over the ocean pretty soon.

Jungle Friends

Challenge #217- Painting or Colouring

This cute digi was found on Pinterest as a freebie so I decided to use it for this challenge. I resized it a bit in CorelDraw and then printed it onto some cs. Using mostly Inktense pencils, along with one or two copics I coloured all the elements until I was happy with them. The sentiment is combination of several stamps from SSS which I put together after cutting each one to the correct size. I glued these to the card front. This was kept very simple and is for the most part a one layer card. I thought of adding some bling but decided it didn’t need any embellishment.

The Bouquet

“Puzzling TicTacToe”  & https://cupcakeinspirations.blogspot.com/

My card uses the middle line – insect, flowers and woodgrain and it also includes the double dare as it has bling added too. I started with one of my new Taylored Expressions layering stencils called Hexagon and after adding the mask I proceeded to ink up the panel using Distress Oxides. Once that was done I took a Sissix EB folder and dry embossed the bark wood grain. On another piece I stamped the daisies from a GKD set called Daisy Delight and coloured them with a mix of pencils and Copics. When happy I fussy cut them out. Added a few bits of foam at the back and then onto card front. From the same set I used the ladybug stamp, fussy cut and then added in the corner. Sentiment was stamped onto a sss says banner die and I found a small paper bow in my stash and added that to the flower stems. A few gems for flower centers and a pearl on the bow and the card was complete.

Sweet Wishes

FUSION – Floral Cupcakes

My idea to create this card was to fill the divided space with sweet things. All images have been fussy cut after colouring and I used several stamp sets for the images. 3 sets are from GKD and one stamp is from CTMH. I used some left over cut strips to divide up my card and tried to get even spacing considering that anything to do with numbers is not my forte. Coffee, cake and sweet wishes go together in my book. There is a bit of glitter on the card that doesn’t show in the photo. The card base is gray from SSS.

Catch a Falling Star

Stars and or Stripes

In trying out my new Yasutomo mineral paper I created this background. First I inked it completely with various blues and then I added the look of the Aurora Borealis with other inks and by swiping. Using a star stencil, made by my stamping buddy Bonnie, and a squeezed out baby wipe, I placed the stencil and basically wiped off the colour through the stencil. When it was completely dry I mounted it on top of the blue foil and added it to the card front. The birch trees were cut from a distressed foil piece I made a few weeks ago and after adding some dimensionals in strategic places I added it to the side. I let it sit for a day or two because I wasn’t sure which direction I wanted to go next. After some thinking and going through my stamps I decided on adding some falling stars and I stamped these with a set from GKD called All Stars. I added some shine with opal blaze and then added some Nuvo Chrystal drops to the top. I pierced each star to make a hole and added some gold cord through the holes to make them seem as if they are falling out of the tree. Sentiment is from same set and I fussy cut the words to make them fit on the tree. They also have some sparkle and dimension. I figure this card could qualify as a Christmas card so it will get added to that small stash.

Add Plaid

Inspiration from the photo is the pinks and the flowers and the design style is clean and layered.

The Card Concept #138a {Tropical Treats}

After my new goodies arrived I was eager to try them out. Firstly I had bought a couple of Taylored Expressions stencils as well as some paper I had read about and wanted to try. The paper is by Yasutomo and is a mineral paper. The beauty of it is that you can wipe it clean if you don’t like the results. It is very different, but for some things I think a fun product to have. Haven’t tried stamping on it yet.

Using a template given as a freebie by Susie Moore with her clear instructions it was really easy to play at making some plaid. When happy with my plaid and sure it was dry, I cut it with a scallop die and glued to my card front. Taking a small piece of water colour paper I stamped the flower image with my new MFT fine lined floral using antique rose distress ink. Then when that was dry I took my pastel Tombow markers and coloured over those lines spreading the colour with a bit of water. I used 2 different pinks and some green for this step. The stamens were done with a gold pen, then I took a shimmery water colour and added that over the top so that the flowers have a lovely shine to them when card is tilted a bit. Can’t get that showing in the photo. I cut this piece down quite a bit using another of the scallop dies and then grounded the stems with a scrap piece of pp that was already cut into a grass shape. The sentiment is from CTMH and I hung it off a tiny strip of water coloured paper that I had left over from something made long ago. This was fun to make and to get the result I hoped for.