Monday, April 15, 2024

Poppies Pt 1


And a very warm welcome to my newest follower, Kathy A  
I cannot find if she has a blog to be able to link up here :(

I have finally been able to settle down and do some card making these last few weeks, and on two of the cards I used the same Hero Arts Hero Florals Poppy   stamp set - I also have the matching dies

I started this card with a panel of inky goodness - if I remember rightly I did a couple of monoprints off stencils I had used on another card - come to think of it, it was background for the other poppy card!!

I cut a window using anrectangle  Peek a boo die from MFT, then backing it with a snippet of pale blue card that I only attached on three sides, leaving the bottom free.

The poppies were stamped on more snippets and white embossed, before being coloured with water colour paints.  I then die cut them, arranged them in the aperture and secured them on the reverse of the card with some sticky tape.  I then popped some glue under the leaves, and foam bots for some dimension under the flower and bud, which left me some room to attach the clouds.  They were a bit of an afterthought as the blue looked too stark - again white snippets were used.

The greeting (another Hero Arts set)  was stamped in Versa Clear Pinecone ink and clear embossed on a tiny left over piece from the background, and the I edged it with a wee scrap of white I had painted in the same red as the poppies.

When I first started assembling the card it looked very plain, so I added a very sparkly gold ribbon to the left of the focal panel against the cranberry base,  and some red rhinestones

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Ring a Ring of Roses


My apologies for not being present in 'blogland' for the better part of a week - life has been moving faster than I have, and I kept running out of time... 

This was made earlier in the year for an older family member - I was invited to the luncheon to celebrate, but the folk I was going to travel with were unable to go due to a viral infection one of them contracted 48 hours before - it was not covid, but it was a mighty inconvenience!

If you are thinking you have seen this before, I did another similar card in red and white.

This time I stamped, coloured and diecut the roses to form the circle

The centre piece was a silver die cut doily layered over an orange die cut.  The centre of the silver diecut was removed, and a lemon layer, the same as the base inserted before the layered, diecut digits were added, all slightly offset to have the colour peeping through.

The final detailing before I assembled it all was the lace and silver ribbon placed diagonally across the front.

The sentiment was silver embossed on a hand cut fishtail banner.. the main panel was layered over silver before being mounted on the white base

The inside was finished with lace and silver ribbon, as was the envelope.

Friday, April 5, 2024

Rain Drops Keep Fallin'

Thank you for visiting again.

Today I am sharing a card with a 'different' background, made with distress oxides, water and sparkly gold embossing powder!!  I was inspired by this video by Lou Collins.  

Mine didn't turn out anything like hers, but I am still happy enough with the results, although the glitter in the embossing powder went EVERYWHERE, and I ended up using some spray sealant in the end, or it would have eventually all come off... 
Unfortunately my inks 'beaded' and would not roll smoothly with the brayer

The embossed image is an older stamp from Simon Says, and the vertical sentiment is from a NZ stamp company.  This shows off some more of the glitter.

Although the card base I used looks almost red, it was in fact a deep pink that complimented the inks beautifully.

A scrap that I trimmed off the background panel adorns the insert.

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(Raindrops Keep Fallin' - B.J.Thomas)

Sunday, March 31, 2024

A Floral Quartet


I made this set of cards as a birthday gift earlier in March.
I had to keep it simple as I still had my arm in a sling at that point.
It is a CASE from a card set I saw online, but I cannot remember where, to give credit.

I started by stamping the floral spray from Newton's Nook onto various snippets of white card in Momento London Fog ink, then placing the images onto my Waffle Flower sticky mat to hold it in place, (remembering I was one handed) then coloured it with my Polychromo pencils.

The images were cut with the matching die, and layered over snippets of patterned paper.
I had thought to stencil the background, but that was out of the question at the time.

The edges of the paper, the card, and the sentiment were all inked with a matching ink

I used four different sentiments, the 'blue' sentiment came with the floral set, and says 'Thanks a bunch'

I then took a tiny floret from the set and added some stamping inside in the same ink used on the outside of each card

And repeated that on the envelopes also.
I used the same wee stamp on the tag that I attached to the wrapped gift.

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(Snippets of white used for the florets stamping, snippets of paper for the backgrounds)

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Another Fishy Tail....


It was only the other day that I realised that my last post was my 1,500th, and it has occurred in my 15th year of blogging.  An interesting numerical coincidence. I somehow don't think I will be blogging for another 15 years.... 

Once more the birthday's of the fishermen in the family have rolled around, and this was made for a January birthday... 

I saw this technique online, but cannot find the source now.
I masked off the edges, and inked with some deep brown ink, then basically one takes a series of similar coloured washi and or card strips, (snippets) (I also used some hessian ribbon) and about a third of the way up the card, form a criss-cross pattern, then adhere the focal image over it. 

I did that with this fish image, that was embossed on a snippet of ink sprayed card and fussy cut, and mounted on foam dots.
The sentiment came out of my 'magic mug' of stamped and die cut sentiments

I decided the card needed a wee bit more, so masked the image and stripes, and  sprayed a copper mica spray over the opening.   The lower section was a bit messy, but it 'worked', and I was pleased with the result

A few black enamel dots and I called the front finished, then finished the inside of the top opening card with some more of one of the washi taped I used on the front.

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One of the stripes, and the fish

Tuesday, March 19, 2024



I have been intending to post again, but life has moved way faster than me - blame the residual anaesthesia in my system... that sounds better than simply being disorganised.

This card was made for my older brother - who appreciated it!


I saw the sentiment on a card online, and the blogger could not find the source of the quote, or a stamp, so she had computer generated it, and so did I... thank you Kathy of Just Branching Out
I also CASED the sketch, but cannot recall where I saw it - the original was feminine, I made mine masculine

The papers are from an old Stampin' Up pad, and are reversable.  I inked the edges of the papers and hand cut sentiment banner with CP Rouge ink, and also inked the 'parcel' with the same ink.
The oval was cut using two oval dies, using the same card as the base.

The parcel and ribbon are stamps from Uniko's latest release, Mid-century Modern Birthday set.
and I 'coloured' the ribbon and bow with Golden Glitz ink

The birthday greet was from the same Uniko set, stamped with the same ink, which was a fabulous match for the Cranberry coloured cardstock I used for the base
 The scrap strips of design paper were used to decorate the inside, and the envelope.

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Thursday, March 14, 2024



My title refers to the technique I have used - it's called a fractured card!
This was the challenge for my small swap group that I belong to here in NZ.

I started with and inky panel that was on my desk, and I embossed it.
I then went hunting for a specific floral image that I wanted to use, but it eluded me - I tried another small floral, but that was a big fail, as I tried to use watercolour stamping... 

I eventually found this face image, stamped it in Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink, (after more fails at the watercolour stamping) and added some red to the lips, and blue to her eyes, and then mounted her onto cream card. 

The sentiment was also stamped with the same ink on cream cardstock layered over some of the same 
Cranberry coloured card that I used for the 'fracture' lines and base.
A few gold faceted gems and I called the front of the card done.

The inner lining was cream, and I added a strip of the background card to the edge of it

I decorated the edge of the envelope with off  the edge, repeated  stamping of the image

The card and envelope together.

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Thank you for visiting, and hanging in this long - it's taken me hours to do this post, as part way through my trusty mouse once more dropped off the arm of the chair, and this time the 'right click' function died... and i had to learn how to use my mouse pad - thanks to my daughters expertise,  I can now use it, albeit slowly!

Friday, March 8, 2024

China Anniversary


I made it!! I have had my surgery, and am temporarily typing with one hand... 
I made this card in January..
The background was stamped with a large SSS Love Is stamp in Memento London Fog ink.  
I machine stitched around the panel, then sat and thought.... and did sone research, and found that
The 20th Anniversary is the 'China' one, Platinum is the metal and emerald green the colour...

The hearts were die cut from Emerald green glitter card, and adhered to look like steam rising.

I die cut the cup (Stamp Simply Tea or Coffee) from DP, then brushed ink around it. and the number of the anniversary was cut from silver  and adhered to the cup.  

The sentiment was embossed in platimum ep.
The cup was 'grounded' with some washi tape, just the top part of the design.

The internal panel was also stitched around.

Saturday, February 24, 2024

A Textural Swap Card


Once more time is moving faster than me - not hard for it to do at the moment, thanks to an ambush by a ceramic pig - it fell from a cupboard, skinned my shin and now I am sitting with my leg up... the pig survived unscathed!!  The ultimate irony. 

Today's card was for the small swap group I am in, and the challenge this month was to use three textures... I think I managed... 

I started with a piece of card that I had stamped off a back ground text stamp, then smooshed in 'overspray' of mica powders and paints on my work surface... 
(the faint stamping has not shown in the photos, but it is there :)

I used an old NBUS stencil to stencil the butterflies with gold paint mixed with iridescent medium, but it was not satisfactory at all,  I then sprinkled over sparkly gold embossing powder and heated it - which made the butterflies bubble and puff up - a bonus texture

The flower started as a snippet of white copy paper, brushed with red, orange and yellow inks, die cut and pleated before being drawn up into the flower head.  I used a button for the centre of the flower. The stem was some green cord, with a flat green ribbon twisted around it - the leaves were trimmed out of a snippet of green card

The sentiment was silver embossed onto a snippet of metallic blue card, torn down one edge, then mounted over burlap (ribbon), trimmed to fit.

The final detail was the torn corrugated card with some lace layered over it across the base of the featured panel - the panel was then mounted over a deep green base

The inside was stencilled with the same butterfly stencil using the residual green ink on my 'green' brush.

The envelope was stamped with an old wood mounted stamp, using a kaleidoscope ink pad.
I padded the card front with bubble wrap cut to fit around the flower - I just hope it arrived without being too squashed!

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Snippets used were copy paper (flower), blue sentiment panel and green leaves