Sunday, July 31, 2022



And an especial welcome to Wendy, my newest follower  who has an awesome blog here, please pop over and say 'hi' to her.

This card was made with a specific recipient in mind, who has an engineering background.

The 'design paper' is a piece from an old Websters Encyclopaedia Dictionary, given to me for crafting. Once I found the tables I knew it would be perfect.  So I tore it to size, and then distressed it with Vintage Photo and Faded Jeans D.I.

The car was a magazine freebie die I was given,  it was cut from a low sheen metallic blue card

The sentiment from a new (to me) Newton's Nook stamp set Birthday Sentiments, heat embossed with copper E.P.

The Bakers Twine was on my desk, (it came with the sentiment set) and I wound it around three times and secured it with a knot.

The edges of the inside panel were brushed with the Faded Jeans ink, and then the sentiment from Riley Funny Bones stamped in Espresso Coffee - again the first use of the stamp.
I have heard that the recipient loved the card!

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(the paper reflects the recipients interest in engineering)
(I coloured the background paper)

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Just Truckin' Along


Just a quick note to say I may not be around the blog-a-sphere much over the next two and a half weeks as I am house sitting and have to hotspot  off my phone for data, of which I have a limited amount...

This card was made for a young lad turning eight.
I started off using a layered stencil, but kept it monochrone

The monster truck I found on the internet as free art, so sized, printed and water coloured it then fussy cut it out.
When I went to place it on the card, I grounded it with some ribbon that looks a bit like a road...

The sentiment was embossed in yellow on a banner die cut, and then attached it with a fine metallic thread to the aerial.

I kept the inside simple with some washi tape in 'racing stripes'.

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Thursday, July 21, 2022



This card was made as one that demonstrated to the swap group what I had explained in the technique challenge - an explanation is here..

The die cut was an unbranded one that I had purchased locally, and I used markers for the colouring of the die cuts - the diecut in the front has been used to 'print' on another card, so the colours are somewhat muted than the original (below)

The sentiment was white embossed to show against the blue card base, and accented with a thin strip of silver sparkle paper

I painted the background with watercolour paints after I did the 'printing' of the image and glued the die cut on - not the easiest, but it did work out...

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Masked Orange Butterflies


This card is another exercise in masking

I started with the central butterfly with was clear embossed over the orange ink

The other butterflies were second generation stamped after laying a mask over the central image

The sentiment was white embossed on orange card 

Friday, July 15, 2022

Almost Ethereal Prim Poppy


For our small New Zealand swap group, this month's challenge was to create a card using a (reverse side) of a die cut to created a print to be used on your card, with another die cut that has been coloured on the 'right' side to match. 

I die cut both images from mixed media paper and coloured them with water colour paints, spritzed the one I had coloured on the back generously with water, and flipped it onto the watercolour card front and left it to 'print' for a moment or two.  

Once I had lifted it, I moved the paper around a wee bit to move the wet colour across the top of the poppy blooms, then I left both the card front and the other die cut to dry. 
(I did do a test run using markers, and got a more distinct print)

The sentiment was die cut from card that I had painted using the same colours.

When dry the sentiment and die cut poppy were adhered,  and the card front mounted over red paper then orange card, and I found some perfectly matching orange sequins for a tiny bit of sparkle.

The inside was white card with a piece of gold spotted washi tape down one side, and the edges were brushed with orange ink before adhering it to the card base.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Golden Flowers on a Grey Day


It's proving to be a very wet week here, so I chose to share some flowers today

I made this some time ago, and cannot recall the stamps I used, and I can't seem to find the set  either - oops!  I do know stamped them in London Fog and I took quite some time colouring them with my Polychromo pencils, and then fussy cutting them.

I then added some sparkle with kindyglitz

The sentiment panel was a 'pop out' from the same paper pack that the background came from, and I added some more Kindy Glitz to the edge of that

The card still looked rather 'blah', and I came across my some wee dragonflies I had punched out of gold card ages ago, added them, and I was a lot happier.

I stamped the inside with more of the floral images in London Fog ink.

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Friday, July 8, 2022

Fruity Thanks


I made this card as a thank you to a friend who served a supper accompanied with beautiful paper napkins/serviettes... I slipped one into my handbag, and surprised her with this card some days later

The napkin was split so I had only the printed layer, and then glued it to a white card, folding the edges over as I went and also gluing them back, which gives a very neat edge

I then glued another smaller section to some scrap white card snippets, and when dry, trimmed out the images, mounted them on foam over the originals, and added a layer of Glossy Accents to them

The thanks was cut from a snippet of card that matched the base, I covered it with a strip of clear packing tape before die cutting it, so it looks embossed and so shiny. 

The inside was finished with this wonderful scripture stamp from Stampendous, it is one of my original, wood mounted stamps.
The card was very well received :)

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(Summer Fruits)
(Summer Fruits)

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Pussycat Congratulations


We recently had the joy of seeing an older couple of 'singles' from our church family announce their engagement, and I made this card for them.

The cats are a very old image, possibly 20 years, as it was one of my original stamps.  I cannot read the label now to know who made it. They were embossed in gold on a piece of paper that had been sprayed with Altenew Frayed Leaf Mica spray, and mounted onto some pale green card with gold mirror card under two opposing corners.
The sentiment was also gold embossed, but directly onto the green card base, again a very old stamp but still available from Montarga Stamps

The heart was painted with Cosmic Shimmer Lustre Polish Raspberry Sorbet

The green card was a snippet in my card 'bits' file, and I had already die cut it   The same sprayed card was layered under the apertures - here you can just see a bit of the shimmer from the spray.
I also lightly sprayed the green card with TH Mica spray, Flickering Candle, and after assembling the layers, using gold under the corners of the green before the maroon base, I added the sequins with a tiny gold metallic bead. 

I strip of sparkly Scotch tape finished the inside.
The card was very well received by the couple.

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Sunday, July 3, 2022

Card for a Centenarian

Warning - this is photo heavy post, so I will try to keep the words short...
I was asked to make this card, and I had very little knowledge of the recipient, other than she loved embroidery while she could still stitch, her church, family and an island local to where she lives.  
The customer wanted a larger than usual card

My card is 29 cm x 20 cm (approx 11.4 " x 8"), just under our A4 size made in a a bookbinding style.
The next (metallic paper) layer was A5, and the design paper just under that again 

The layers were adhered together and then punched and the ribbon added

A close up of the centre panel

The die cut numerals and church window were white card covered with gold Perfect pearls.  
Both elements were layered up for effect.

The snippet the greeting was embossed on was a mop-up piece, using ink of the same colour as the greeting was stamped in.  The letters were coloured with a gold ball pen. This was layered over some of the metallic paper and also on card to add dimension.

The flower, leaves and borders were all snippets of white, cut using the Spellbinders large die kit from May 2021 and coloured with Cosmic Shimmer Opal Polish, (flower border) Cosmic Shimmer Lustre Polish (flower and butterflies) and mica paint, (the leaves) stitched with stranded cotton, and stranded rayon.

Here you can see the shimmer and shine of the Lustre polish.  
The final detailing were the tiny metallic gold 'dots' .

As the base card was textured on both sides, I added a trimmed down layer of smooth card for writing on, and trimmed it with a strip of the metallic paper. 
All edges were touched with the same ink I used on the front panel - Catherine Pooler Queen For A Day

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