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.

My Bias

Challenge #237 – On the Bias

This came about partly due to the challenge and partly due to what was left over on my desk. I had been fooling around with the leftover gold frame wondering how to use it, and a few days ago decided it would look okay if I angled it on a card front. Didn’t have time to continue and was also working on something else so it wasn’t until a few minutes ago that I looked at it again; after seeing the challenge. I had the tone on tone snowflake piece, the plaid paper, and the sparkly snowflake marquee pieces sitting around so instead of cutting the paper in two I decided to let the frame and tone on tone piece do the dividing. The frame is from Paper Roses, the snowflake Marquee is from Memory box and the Happy sentiment is from LawnFawn. Although the tone on tone snowflakes have sparkle, from a Stardust Sakura pen, it doesn’t show in photo, but it is very sparkly in R.L.

Ice Mice

CAS Mix Up October Stencil – Tone on Tone

One of the DT’s here did a design where she cut up the stenciled piece and I liked it so much I decided to do the same to my card. I took a gray piece of CS and sponged through a KaiserCraft snowflake stencil using Distress Oxide ink in Hickory Smoke. At first I thought it was too dark but once dry it was much more subtle. I cut it up and glued to white card front. Then I took my LawnFawn ice mice stamps and dies and did three of the mice. Added them and then stamped the sentiment and die cut it. It took a while for me to settle on best placement of this piece but in the end I thought at the top looked best.

Fall Fun

Just Us Girls #558 – Color Week & October … WHAT does it mean to you??

The colour challenge at JUGS and the October one at Double D gave me the chance to do another fall card today. Stamp set used for most of it came from Gina K Designs – Triple Play Holiday – that I purchased from stamp buddy Diana and first time inking since I got it. The raffia ribbon stamp was stamped first and I added the rest around it. This card kind of designed itself as I didn’t have a plan when I started. Added the sentiment above the ribbon. Then I stamped the pumpkins using some masking to get them to sit together and added the faces to them in black. Then I added the leaves at the top left corner and gave them a bit of sparkle using a copper pen. I was going to try spattering some black but knowing my technique isn’t very good decided against it and instead used some tiny stamps from a different set called Lettered and Lovely. I think I like the effect these small stamps give better than I would have the spattering. Mounted the panel onto some black and then onto the purple card front. Having just had tea (socially distant) with my neighbor who is still battling cancer and talking about my cards which she always enjoys, I’ve decided that this one is for her.


Global Design Project #263 | Theme Challenge

As I haven’t entered a Global Design challenge for a while and because I had been playing around with making some backgrounds with my new colours from Colorburst I decided to create something that combined both. To be honest I didn’t like my background results very much as I managed to use too much of the dark brown and everything was quite dark. Those that know me are aware that I don’t throw much away so I decided to use part of one piece that wasn’t as dark or as bad as the other. I had used some Dusty Concord Distress oxide on a large background stamp first which was clear heat embossed. It is somewhat evident on this piece but a lot got covered up. The card is a leftover piece of kraft that gave me a 4 1/4 square card. Using the Stitched leaves stamp set and dies from Gina K I stamped and cut the leaves as well as the word and shadow pieces all from same set. I used 2 sakura gelly roll starburst pens in gold and copper to add sparkle and some subtle colour on the leaves. Once positioned I added the twine bow and a few metallic gold dots on the background. I really wish the shine would show up on a photo as it is quite pretty in R.L.

A Few CAS Designs

CAS Game #176 – One Corner + optional twist Cosy & Winners Post + DESIGN TEAM CALL

What can be cosier than a small dog curled up on a mat? Stamps are from Hero Arts and from Gina K Designs and the images were coloured using Inktense pencils. Added a bit of sparkle to baubles and edges of the tree, but doesn’t show on the photo. A simple and quick card to make. It was made for the AAA challenge but then I noticed that Perfectly CAS is asking for DT entries and although I don’t have a hope of being picked I thought it would be fun to enter. I’m adding a few other examples to this post.

paper pieced

For this one I used my new MFT kit along with a Sissix folder. Even though I did some paper piecing and the background piece is a layer this is still CAS to me as it has lots of negative space.

Snowflake die cut

Done on navy CS using left over pieces from another project. Heat embossed the sentiment in silver. The pieces are all sparkly white CS by LawnFawn. I think CAS can be done on coloured CS as well as white, although some may not agree with me.

Poinsettia Layers

Just Add Ink #527…Sketch! & Lots of Layers

A few days ago I pulled out my Sue Wilson Festive collection dies thinking I would want to use them soon. Didn’t really have an idea in my head at the time, but after seeing the sketch challenge at Just Add Ink I thought they would work for the challenge. In addition The Sisterhood is asking for lots of layers and this meets that challenge too. One of the DT examples is what inspired mine.

I added a silvery layer to the card front and then added the die cut oval which already had some texture and I added a bit more by dry embossing a few snowflakes. I popped this up on top of the silver panel. I spent some time die cutting all the elements for the poinsettias using a scrap piece of white sparkle, gold foil, silver foil and some green foil. After layering all the pieces I played around until I got them in position and then glued them on top. Added the leaves and smaller flowers around the sentiment. Die cut the sentiment from Essentials in the same sparkle cs. In retrospect I should have die cut one in a dark cs (maybe the green foil) to add behind the sparkle, but even so I’m happy with the end result. Not a card for mailing but I can hand deliver to my neighbor who I know will like it.

Feeling Wicked

Challenge #224 – Picture Inspiration & HALLOWEEN JUMP START

Halloween isn’t my thing and I only make one or two cards each year. This is my first one so far and is intended for our little neighbor down the street. As I don’t do the trick or treat part anymore, this goes to her with some money inside so she can buy whatever treats she wants. I like doing fun folds and this is a double Z fold. The ghosts were fussy cut and I went over them with a white gel pen, but they still look a bit grayer than I wanted. Card stock all from Gina K but the pp is from other sources. Stamp set is from GKD called Feeling Wicked, and I randomly stamped some of the images and the word onto scrap CS and cut it to the size I needed.

From me to You


I had seen a lovely CAS card on a blog (I think Ellen Hutson) and I liked it so decided to create a version of my own. Using a shooting star stencil from Hero Arts, I picked out a few of the stars using a Sakura glitter pen. With some scrap strips of CS I added them as shown and stamped the greeting (Kaiser Mix & Match set) underneath. On a separate piece of CS I stamped the village image from Great Impressions using archival ink. I then coloured this using InkTense pencils and a bit of water. The image was a bit too big for my strips so I cut it into a curved shape and removed one of the houses. Second version shown below. I then popped this up onto the strips. I did add a bit of glitter to the village houses and falling snow.

Second version

Did this one much the same as the first but used different glitter pens for the stars and did a much better job of adding the strips. I like both cards.

Challenge the World

#141 {Around the World} Challenge

After concentrating on Christmas for most of this week, I needed a change in pace. The reminder to play in the Card Concept challenge was in my mailbox and that inspired me to do this card. Several things in the photo inspired my ideas, the books, flowers and the globe and I ended up with this layered card. I’ve had the world die by Sissix for a long time and don’t use it much, so decided that should be part of my design. As I don’t have any book stamps I went to the internet and found some free stock photography which I printed and then cut out the elements I required. I cut the stack down to 3 books as the original was a bit too big. Card front is Peach Bellini from GKD and the vase and flowers are from one of her stamp sets called Vogue Vases. I fussy cut these images out after colouring them with pencils. PP is a scrap piece left over and used to ground the books and vase. I cut part of the world off as it was also too big for this design. Added all of this to the black background and then added the sentiment strips from an Tim Holtz Idea-ology pad. I wanted something to reflect knowledge and the world and these worked the best. Finished it off with some iridescent bubbles from Studio Katia. A nice bonus is I actually like the finished card.


card front

Using my Hero Arts Christmas kit from last year, and an idea from a card I made at that time, I created several of these for family and a couple of special friends we don’t see often due to distance. After die cutting the house panel and folding back the door so it is easier to see behind, I hand coloured everything. Using one of the set stamps I added the welcome mat at the bottom. With other dies from the set I cut the door wreath and the side plants. I added some Stickles sparkle to all the die cuts, and I also added a bead for the door handle.

After getting my hubby to resize and print the selfie photo we did for a particular project gift for my sister earlier this year, I added some gold metallic paper to show through the windows and lanterns and then adhered it to the back of the die cut.

Inside the door

I adhered this panel on to a tent fold card and added a Christmas sentiment inside along with some poinsettia stamped images. These have basically taken me all week to complete so it isn’t a card I will mass produce for everyone. Had fun with it though and am pleased with end results.