Monday, August 29, 2016

Tag You're It..


Happy Monday and Happy Bank Holiday to my English peeps..

It's been a long time since I played along with Tag You're It and I saw the current challenge and really wanted to join in.

I loved the featured artist tag..I love the technique that Michelle used.

I opted for a different technique, I blended my background using 3 different distress inks (Peacock Blue, Stormy Sky and Tumbled Glass) and then laid a stencil down over the background and sponged water onto it, you get the impression of the's a cool technique.

Once it was dry, I die-cut it using Xcut Tag dies (a gift from JT).

I used a Stampin' Up bird builder punch for the leaf and their Petite Petals stamps and punch for the flowers. The centres were made using my new Nuvo drops.

The sentiment is by Hero Arts and the ribbon is American Crafts.

Super simple tag, I love the background, I made a few more of them whilst making this card, so easy to do.


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Dragon, Love, Happiness and Joy...


So when I was home last JT bought us this crazy die set by X-cut -

We love a lucky waving cat, so there is going to be a lot of sending each other random cards with this set..I have already received my first one from JT!

I have an Aunt who loves Dragons and when I saw the set had a Dragon die, I thought it would make an awesome card for for her.

I dug out some Chinese word stamps that I got as part of a freebie set last year and created my own background.

I die-cut it using a Simon Says Stamp stitched square and mounted it using foam tape onto one of the mini kraft blanks that JT gave me - LOVE these..

I die-cut the Dragon from a scrap of red paper and mounted him onto the word background.

Pretty damn cool..even if I do say so myself!!



Saturday, August 27, 2016



So today's card I made a couple of weeks ago..

I love this new-ish set Large Desert Bouquet by MFT..

I love the bold, bright combos you can create with the flowers.

I used primary colours here and it worked out pretty well, until I dropped the sentiment stamp..ugh, hence the big ugly die-cut covering it up and ruining my beautiful card..sigh

No matter, add some bling to the flower centres and it's good to go..

Only I will know that the shape shouldn't be there..well I guess you know now too :)


Friday, August 26, 2016



Happy Friday.

I thought I would show you some fun things I made last weekend.

I had a fun time CASEing the wonderful cards that Debby Hughes made using the August Simon Says Stamp cardkit -

I ADORE Debby's work, she is so talented and I have learnt a lot watching her tutorials and reading her blog.

This cardkit threw me a bit, so having inspiration was helpful.

The technique to create the circular blue constellation pool looks like it would be complex, but it was infact very easy.

I punched a large circle out of a piece of scrap paper, I figured that this would help me decide where the blue circle should go and would help me stay circular when painting.

I pretty much followed Debby's instructions - heat emboss the stars in white onto my white panel, so they resist the blue watercolour. Like Debby I used Chipped Sapphire distress ink for the blue and I dug out an ancient silver watercolour pan to create the accents.

I kept drying and pooling more ink into the circle until I achieved the look I was happy with. Also because my silver watercolour is shimmery, the whole circle has a shimmer to it close-up - accidental bonus!

I don't have a white gel pen that I like :( so I used a white chalk marker to add little dots and I stamped stars in a Versafine Majestic Blue ink, so they were visible, but not leaping out at you.

I finished 3 of them in a similar way to Debby, by using a kraft background paper, twine and a star.

This one I finished differently -

I thought because of the heart constellation it would make a nice unusual Anniversary card and so I used a sentiment from Unity Stamp Co. and just rounded the corners of the white panel and the card blank - simple.

I love them all, they were so easy to make, yet look like oodles of time and effort went into them..more of these..

Have a great weekend, I will be packing..1 week until MEXICO!!!!


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Just a nautical note..


I fell in love with this week's sketch over at Retro Sketches -

I decided to stick with the nautical theme implied in the sketch and some of the DT makes.

I wanted to break out a new (on sale) stamp set by Clearly Besotted 'Best Dad II', it has 3 great sailboat stamps and a die.

I stamped it using Majestic Blue ink by Versafine and die-cut it came out so perfectly, I had to stare at it for a little while..

I embossed some grey card using an Anchor folder and dug out two ancient pieces of pre-printed Pink Petticoat digital papers (stars and seashells) for my layers.

The large banner die is by Simon Says Stamp and is from the first ever stitched set I bought, I over use the stitched rectangle from the set :) I wrapped a piece of pale blue / lavender paper twine around the top.

For the sentiment I punched a scrap of the grey cardstock using the Washi Tape punch by Stampin' Up and added a Jillibean Soup sentiment..

I love how it all came together, the colours are so soothing.

I have to confess that I did spend about 25 minutes trying different papers from my pre-printed Pink Petticoat box..but it was totally worth it.