Feel Better Flowers

Just Us Girls Challenge #631 – Word Week

Seeing as I needed a get well card, JUG’s challenge is flowers, the banners were already cut with a new unbranded die set and my Memory Box flower dies arrived today, this card was almost a no brainer. The PP is from StampinUp and the small sentiment is from Itty Bitty basics by MFT stamped and heat embossed in white. I used PP for the leaves as well although the slightly darker leaf is not from StampinUp but was left over from something else. Embellishments are from Trinity Stamps. An easy card to make even with the finicky bits of the flowers and I like the end result, I hope you do too.

Whimsical Fantasy

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Recently I tried a new technique that I had seen on Pinterest and guessed at had at how it was done. The piece here uses the same technique and was in fact the test piece for my previous card. I added more to it and cut it down for use on this effort. With a collaboration challenge between two very different blogs the requirements are quite different and as my stamping buddy – Gayle – mentioned needed a lot of thought. The pink part was relatively easy as was the use of something to denote fantasy, but the rainbow was much more challenging. The reason I used the test piece is because all the curves reminded me of a rainbow, even though, strictly speaking there isn’t one. I added more curves using various shades of pink before continuing with the rest. For the stamps I used a set from GKD called Framescapes Enchanted Forest. I stamped the larger fairy in pink and outlined her wings in a darker pink Sakura Glaze pen before fussy cutting her after which I used some foam tape to pop her up in the corner. The spatter was also part of my test piece so I decided to keep it and make it look part of the fairy scene. I also used the smallest fairy stamp in Iced spruce so it would appear the two were meeting. The butterflies were added and a couple of tiny seed heads in the right corner after which I added this panel to the other layers. I put the card to one side as it was close to dinnertime and I wasn’t quite satisfied with it either. This morning I was about to photograph it when I realized that it still needed something and I had the bright idea of adding some pink buttons (from GKD). Adding the buttons alone still didn’t seem to work once I laid them out and I remembered I had some multicoloured (rainbow) fine thread that I thought may be just right. It took a while but I managed to thread three buttons for one side and three for the other and using some glue dots I added them to the card front as you see. The thread looks a lot darker than it is and although it may be hard to discern it truly is a rainbow of colours with a bit of gold sparkle to it. I like that the buttons also reflect one of the mood board pictures and the bonus was my hubby noticed it as I was doing the photo and said how much he liked it. Thanks for spending some time with me and I hope you like it.

How Fabulous

Color Hues #40- Blue and Tan

Having been playing with this idea on a different creation, it seemed natural to continue to make a 2nd card that would fit this challenge. The border die is a Gemini one called Blossoming Borders, the Hexagon dies are also from Gemini, the flourish is an old die but I don’t know the maker, the stamps used are from a GKD set called Fabulous Flowers and I fussy cut the small flowers once they were coloured. The tan PP is from a paper pad I’ve had forever and is made by Momento. I used scrap pieces of blue CS for the hexagons as well as the tan PP which I paper pieced into the white frame. I cut the border on the initial layer and then added the flourish as well as the two blue hexagon shapes. Then I added the larger hexagon which I inked using Blueprint Sketch. I liked the idea of several different blues so the frame, bow and hexagons are all different. The flowers were coloured with Inktense pencils and a bit of old gold pen for the centers. Embellishments are from Trinity Stamps.

Here is the first card I made using a similar design …

Keep in Touch

Birds~Bird Nests~Bird Cages~Birdhouses Challenges

For this challenge I chose to use an older stamp set that I won in a Mod Squad challenge a long time ago. It is by Inspired by Stamping and is called Sweet Aviary. As well I used a bird from a set called Birdhouses by the Cats Pajama’s and the sentiment is from Joy Clair. The gold CS is from my stash and the border die is a Gemini one, called blossoming borders. Initially I had a different idea, but the border piece was already cut and was laying on the gold CS so I decided to use them and my idea morphed. Once I had stamped, heat embossed and fussy cut the cages I laid them as you see on the card and with some foam tape on the top 2, glued them down. I stamped the little bird and die cut him twice so I could glue the two together for extra stability and then I added him to the card front. After adding a few of my new gems that I received from Trinity stamps I called it complete. Have a great day all.

Happy 8th Birthday

Game #214: Moodboard + Birthday & Challenge #463 – One Layer Card

With AAA celebrating an 8th birthday and Less is More requiring a one layer only I decided to combine the 2 challenges with this card. I began with a stamp from a collaborative set from The Stamping Village, designed by Avery Elle, and stamped a little up from the bottom of the card. I extended the lines and balloons by masking and used a ruler to get a better impression of the line. The balloons were coloured using Inktense pencils. I also used a white gel pen to get the balloons to look more realistic and added a tiny hand done #8 in gold on 3 of the balloons. To minimize the starkness of the card I tried something I have viewed on Pinterest and really liked, but with no instructions available it was a bit of guess work on my part. My feeling is that the person who is doing these type of cards is using a Retiform technique that she developed and instead of using straight lines she uses curves. I made a plastic circle, and tested it on a scrap piece with some inks and a brush – liked the result – so used it on my card. For what is basically a first attempt I don’t think it is bad, but I shall try it again to see if I can improve on the technique. I also added a tiny bit of spatter using part of a StampinUp stamp from the Daffodil Daydream collection. The stamp was used because I wanted to control where I placed the spatter. Thanks for spending time with me today.

Love for Mom

SOS469 – What a Difference You’ve Made in my Life & May SPRING Challenge

Both of these challenges refer to Mothers Day and while my own mother made a massive difference in my life, she is now deceased as is my Mom in Law. With that said there isn’t usually a reason for me to make a Mom’s Day card, but this year I have a good reason. Our contractor employs a female carpenter who has seen some of my card making when she’s been here. She recently asked me if I ever made cards for sale, to which I replied that in general, I don’t, but if she would like a card made I would be happy to do it for her. This is the card I made for her and it seems to fit both these challenges so I’m posting it.

The die used is an unbranded die purchased through Amazon and is quite intricate. I added some glitter CS behind the die cut panel. This panel is slightly larger than our standard sizes so I cut the card base accordingly. I love the deep colour of the CS but have no idea where I got that piece from. Using the Tim Holtz/Sissix set of dies called Tiny Tattered Floral, I die cut different sizes of CS for the flowers. I made enough to decorate a box for the card, shown in next photo.

Box for the card

The very tiny flowers on the card were not made by me but came from a small bought package I’ve had for some time. They are a paper flower with a rolled center. The word is a die cut from MFT and was done in silver. I have to say making a display box is not my forte, but I managed without making a huge mess of it. I’ve also since learned a hack to make the flowers stay rolled the way I want them as using a quilling tool means they can be quite loose. At the time I didn’t know this hack so my flowers didn’t quite stay as I wanted them once off the quilling tool. After attending a local gallery that was showing a small exhibition of quilled art, and where the artist was doing a demonstration, she mentioned that she dips her finished pieces into a mixture of Modge Podge and water, as when dry, this stiffens the piece. I shall be trying this in the future. Our carpenter was thrilled and insisted she should be paying for the card. I wouldn’t let her, but she did do a small extra chore in the house at no cost so I guess we are even. Have a great day everyone.

Warmest Greetings

It is an honor to be guest designing for the Peace on Earth Christmas challenge and I had fun figuring out what to create. My inspiration came from the bottom right photo as I liked the idea of a vertical look and embossing in the background. As well something I’ve seen on Pinterest also helped me with this idea. I used a StampinUp folder to give me the embossed background. Long before some of the embellishments and stamps we use today were common, I bought some items that were ready made such as flowers and the pearl spray that I’ve used here. Once it was attached I added some die cut stars which were cut with an infinity set from Hero Arts. Glitter paper from Scrapbook.com and a mirror gold scrap was used for the stars and then I added dimensionals to attach them as you see. The little bird is a CTMH stamp that I’ve had for ages and once coloured using Ohuhu pens, I fussy cut then added to the top of the star. The sentiment if from Divinity Designs and the little embellishments from my stash. Another card ready for Christmas is the bonus here. Hope you like it.

Ladybug Wishes


Spring is kind of here and it is definitely warming up although it is still quite cool at night. We see bees in the garden though, which is a good sign, and I figured if bees are showing up, it won’t be long before we see our first ladybug, hence my card. The stamp is from a collaboration set by the Stamping Village and the one I’ve used is by Pink and Main. Once it was stamped I used an Inktense pencil to colour in the body and added some Sakura glaze to the spots and head of the lady bug. Quick and simple with a ton of white space which I find hard not to add to. The temptation is huge. Thanks for looking.

Smile, Laugh, Shine

Just Us Girls #629 – Photo Week

Although it is photo week at JUG’s they made a small error and put word week on the photo. Made me chuckle as the image is all stones painted with words. I went through my stamp sets and pulled out the mandala maker set by Rina K. Using various inks and stamps I randomly stamped the circles and then added the tiny flowers around them. I thought about colouring in some of the circles but decided against it and I’m glad I left it alone. The word die cuts are from a small set, but as with some of my stuff, it is a set without the brand name. Its a simple card, but I quite like it. Thanks for sharing your time with me today.

Welcome Baby Cards

Anything Goes Embossing With A Twist of PASTELS

One of by besties daughter is expecting her first baby any day now. I don’t know the sex so decided to make 2 generic cards ready to mail (one for the new mom and one for grandmother) and I thought the CYHTP with a twist of pastel’s challenge was the perfect way to make a card and enter a challenge at the same time. Using a new stamp set from MFT that I hadn’t inked yet my first task was to make those images work. Using Tombow markers and a technique seen on A.I, I added colour to the stamp with the markers and then stamped the image onto mixed media paper. With a wet brush I filled in some colour pulling it from the lines of the image. Once they were done I needed backgrounds and on Instagram I viewed a card by Sheri Gilson and another by Gina K – both with ideas I thought would work for the backgrounds. The following cards are what I initially came up with. The one at the top is what I did today when I realized that I hadn’t used any embossing on the my first efforts.

First try
Second try

Once the images were done I die cut them and added some foam tape to the back. Taking a white layer piece I used a stencil, I don’t remember from which company, in various inks keeping them as light in colour as possible. This is the background for the giraffe card. Using the idea on Sheri’s card I also added some pastel strips across the layer. Then I popped the image on top, added the sentiment and a few gems. The one with the elephants is close to being the same except in this case I used Gina’s bubble wrap technique for my background and I added some gold pen to the frame of the image. I also scored the card edge and added the layer between the scored lines. You can imagine my face when I realized that I had met the pastel part of the challenge but not the embossing.

The one I did today is also along the same lines but in this case I used an EF by, I think, Crafters Companion and another one by WeRMemory Keepers. The panel was embossed first and I used the debossed side with soft inks sponged over the top. The strips were done with the triangle folder. And I added a small frame popped up over the image before attaching it to the card front. I added the tiny gems at the top only. I’m happy with all of these although I still need a lot of practice with the water colouring part. Having the cards ready to go as soon as I know the baby is here and one to spare is great. Thanks for spending time with me today.