Tuesday, May 28, 2024



This card was made for my Great Granddaughter, who loves, and is very successful in, both gymnastics and modern dance, so what image could I use... I sought Mr G**gle's help, and found an image.

I sized and printed the image which was so full of colour and movement it 'fitted' what I wanted perfectly.  After fussy cutting it, I put it aside to make the background

This was made by 'stamping' (read pounding) onto the card, previously textured with a STAMPlorations Cover Plate Circles All Over , with with TH Distress Stains Barn Door and Scattered  Straw, then sprinkling a sparkly gold embossing powder over the card and heating it from underneath, to give some sparkle.

The sentiment is an old stamp from Ellen Hudson

I also added some pink and purple sequins - the birthday girl's favourite colours.  The front panel was mounted onto a Cranberry card base

The envelope also got the pounded distress stain treatment

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The sentiment stamp and the cover plate are older than I care to remember...

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Floral Eclipse


I'm not sure if I am getting older and slower, or time is speeding up, but I intended to be back much sooner than this..... 
This was the card I made for our wee New Zealand swap group, with the eclipse background technique to be used on the background.

I chose a hollyhock image from Graphics Fairy, and printed it out twice, then went to hunt for a coverdie... and 'she-who-set-the-challenge' only found one in her stash!!  Oooops.
But I am pleased with the result, using the Couture Creations Art Deco Lace Frame. (an oldie that I have had for some years and not used enough)

I stacked the die cut image on another two plain white die cuts - all layers were cut from card, some of which had been used on one side, so it was a great way to use some snippets.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts - the die is two words, but I cut the 'there' off to use just the hello.  Again I layered it, using a pink layer, slightly offset, to define it against the busy background.

After gluing the layered die cut over the bottom image, I added a few pink sequins for a wee bit of sparkle.

The inside was finished with a wee sticker, and a matching one was adhered to the envelope.

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I used snippets of card for the layering of the main diecut, and also the sentiment.   

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Mousie, mousie...


This card was made for a friend's husband, who recently told a tale about a very cheeky mouse in his house, and that was the inspiration for this card!!

It's very CAS, but it works and was appreciated.. I started with the image from Katzel Kraft.  
I know it is a rat, but it served the purpose... 

The image was stamped on the inside of the card in London Fog ink and coloured with watercolour paints and pencil, then masked and a halo brushed around him.
I hand printed the ha ha ha with a fine pen, and added some glossy accents to it's eyes.
The top and bottom edges of the card were accented with geometric washi tape.

I die cut the front panel of the card, and then 'framed' the image with a layer of grey card

The sentiment, a much used magazine freebie, was stamped in London Fog ink, cut into a banner shape, edged with the same  geometric washi tape and mounted on foam tape.

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Smooshed Flowers


I made this for a birthday earlier in the year, but as it went overseas, I waited until it had been received before sharing it.

The card base was white, and layered over it was a blue triangle that I had stamped with the greeting (a magazine freebie) and embossed, and edged with  blue ink before adhering.

The focal point stamping is an Altenew Build a Flower, Camellia stamp, stamped in Catherine Pooler Rouge ink, then fussy cut
I decided to take a leaf, or should that be a petal, out of Kelly's , of Sandcastle Stamper, book, and stamped my flower onto some card that had been smooshed with blue inks.
I then used green ink to stamp it again onto some green smooshed card, fussy cut that, then  layered the fussy cut flowers over it

The finishing detail on the front was to add some faux stitching to the white portion of the card before adhering the floral image

Monday, May 6, 2024

White and Gold


This card was based on this video by Natasha Foote, using white scraps ...

The texture was several layers of an old Spellbinders lace and edge die - there were two dies, which proved challenging at times... it was not a quick card to make because of that.
There are three layers in each 'strip' of lace

The poppy image, from Sweet'n'Sassy is the largest flower in the Precious Poppies set, simply embossed in gold and fussy cut, and mounted over an oval, coloured with Delicata Golden Glitz ink.

The sentiment, from the Hero Arts set Hello There, was also gold embossed, and a few gold sequins finished the card front

The inside liner was brushed with the golden glitz ink around the sides, and a narrow strip of gold washi was added

The envelope was also decorated with the same Washi tape

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This was made for my granddaughter - a (young) teenager
The strips were all snippets