Wednesday 30 September 2020

Merry Christmas

A lovely show of my red Amaryllis lilies

Realising it's the end of the month so today I've quickly put together a card for the Maureen's Rudolph Days.  I blended Distress Oxide inks over a poinsettia stencil for a background panel.  In my stash I found this red and white die cut sentiment to match and so decided to add a matching white glitter strip to mount it on with a few die cut holly leaves.

I am playing along with Rudolph Days September challenge .
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Card Recipe 
Dies: Kaisercraft - mini Christmas foliage,  Lil' inkers design - Merry Christmas
Inks: Distress Oxide - festive berries, candied apple,  fired brick, mown lawn, peeled paint
Other:  magazine freebie stencil - pretty poinsettias, white glitter card

Saturday 26 September 2020

Happy Birthday Nancy

Today I am joining in the fun over at Loll's blog and a Linky Party to
celebrate our special friend Nancy's birthday

The technique for this card is to dry emboss, then brayer Versamark over the raised edges, white heat emboss and watercolour with Distress Inks
Edit - I got this inspiration from our dear friend Loll and the groups Stamp Retreat in 2018

Here is my special card for  Nancy - I've popped it in the mail... and I think she'll be celebrating all month with the mail from Australia taking forevvveerrr.
Huge hugs and very best wishes Nancy.... hope you have a wonderful day    

Sunday 20 September 2020


Started this crochet rug a few weeks ago and it's coming along with me tomorrow as we head off for a couple nights up the coast with the grand daughters as it's school holidays... perfect weather too.   And found a few minutes late this afternoon to finish off this card.

I used a circle border die to impress the edge of white card panel and stamped and clear embossed the sentiment.  Die cut the gum leaves and blossoms and smooched with Distress Inks in greens, masking the flowers then reverse mask to add the red - finished with some fine pencil line details and attached to the card.

Elements used - Stamping, heat embossing, dry embossing with dies, die cuts, smooching
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Card Recipe 
Stamps:  Inspired by Stamping - All Year Wishes 1 -sentiment
Dies: Simon Says  -  circle border, Ultimate Crafts - Eucalyptus Blossom
Inks: Versafine - black,  Distress Oxide - twisted citron, peeled paint, mown lawn, candied apple
Other: clear embossing powder 

Saturday 19 September 2020

Christmas Wishes

Finally I'm back to join Jo and GD Linda for a Christmas card challenge - weird how everything is off kilter a bit at present and my mojo is jumping about everywhere.
I decided to add some glittery silver to my card as there was a rectangle offcut on my desk... so I dry embossed snowflake swirls on white card, die cut the tree and not having silvery glitter glue I drew spots all over the tree with gel pen and added glitter glue.  Die cut the sentiment on white card, silver embossed it and added more glitter glue - then assembled the elements on a white card.

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Card Recipe 
Dies:  Creative Expresssions - sentiment, tree die unknown
Inks: Versamark
Other:  Silver embossing powder, glitter glue, silver glitter gel pen, Cuttlebug - snow flurries

Tuesday 15 September 2020

Two cards featuring Trees.

Two more cards finished today.... for the Twofer Card Challenge #31 - Trees.
I used a small tree die on my cards... creating 
both conventional and non-conventional cards

For my first card I used a hot glue and Brushos background from my stash and then die cut four trees from different shades of green card and arranged these on the panel and frame this with a narrow green border.  I stamped and clear embossed the sentiment on a cream card and attached the panel with foam sheet.

Edit... a few have commented on the hot glue technique... I had tried this a few different ways with a friend who swaps ATCs with me....
here is the link ----  but with no re-inkers I used Brushos instead and a toothpick and small amounts of powder.

For my non-conventional card I die cut a stack of the trees on white card and used tape to hold the little pieces in place.  Used Distress Oxide inks to colour up the petals and leaves and some hand trimmed card for stems.  I found a blue background piece in my stash (unsure how this was made) and as this was a narrow piece I trimmed white card to use as a card base and then arranged the 'tree petals' to form a flower, bud and leaves. To finish I stamped and white embossed the sentiment on dark blue card and added a gem to the flower centre.

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Card Recipe 1
Stamps:   Close to the Heart - Beloved Bouquet
Dies: set of three trees - unknown
Inks:  Versafine - black
Other:   clear embossing powder, foam sheet

Card Recipe 2
Stamps: Happy Little Stampers - Fun Birthday Sentiments
Dies: set of three trees - unknown
Inks: Distress Oxide - Squeezed lemonade, Fossilised amber, Twisted citron, Peeled paint, Versamark
Other:   white embossing powder, gem

Have a tree-mendous Christmas

Some very un-creative times of late but I did manage a couple of cards over the weekend which I finished off today.

Some fun with gold washi tape and white card triangles for trees... then I die cut a curved slope and gold embossed the sentiment and attached the trees.  The smaller white trees were lost so I painted them with gold paint and splattered gold paint over the background.

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Card Recipe 
Stamps: Hero Arts - Tree-Mendous
Dies: Spellbinders - Curved borders 2
Inks: Versamark
Other:  gold embossing powder, washi tape, gold acrylic paint

Wednesday 2 September 2020

Just for You

Badge GrabMy card for the August CCC challenge went off to Arlene in the USA... it's probably still floating over by raft but eventually it'll arrive.

I recently found these square metallic cards on a mark down table and cut the front off one card, trimmed  it to size and die cut the four corners.. then used the cutouts in an embossing folder ti impress a design and did some 'paper piecing' replacing them into the corners... as per the sketch suggestion for this months challenge. Then I stamped the image in grey ink and painted on a Distress Ink wash green and orange before adding some detail with coloured pencils.... I added some black with fine marker and white highlights with gel pen.... finally I traced a circle around the image and hand cut it (no die big enough in my stash) and using Versamark and silver embossing powder to blend the sharp white edge with the background.

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Card Recipe 
Stamps: Chocolate Baroque - Floral and Fauna,  Altenew - Layered Poppy - sentiment
Dies: Spellbinders - square nesting dies
Inks: Versamark, Versafine- smokey grey, Distress Inks - Peacock feathers, Carved pumpkin
Other:  EZCut embossing folder, silver embossing powder