Saturday, 31 March 2012

Stamped Examples

Oh dear – where has the sunshine gone?

I know they have been saying come the weekend its all change but I really did hope they had it wrong as normal!

But no – its been dull and overcast most of the day but then around 5ish the sun did come out enough for us to have to close the curtains in order to see the tv....

On the bright side my new order of rubber stamps arrived this morning as well as a couple of new embossing folders – so had the sun been out I would have HAD to spend the day sat in the garden – as it wasn't sunny I got the chance to play with my new purchases and WOW was I pleased with them!!!

So to follow on with that I am sharing some of the stamped atc's, tags and cards I have managed to make over the past few days....sorry if its a tad boring for you....

This 1st one is a stamp from Little Claire Designs, it was in a big pack of stamps called Floral Wishes...

I stamped it onto an atc sized piece of mount card using a versamark ink pad then heat embossed using white detail embossing powder, I then coloured the flowers, stems and ribbon using the new Limited Edition Spring 2012 Promarkers. Once I had the colouring done I used Tumbled Glass Distress Ink Pad by Tim Holtz to colour the background using a square of Cut & Dry foam and circular movements....the last thing was to run my Versamark Embossing pen along the edges roughly then sprinkled on baby blue metal magic by Debbi Moore and heated to give the fab border!!!

The 2nd atc was stamped using a stamp from Heartfelt Creations which I found in with all my stamps while re-organising my room a week or so ago...

I did this atc the same as the one above but used lilac cosmic shimmer embossing powder on the main stamped image and coloured it in using a selection of Promarkers then coloured the background with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink Pad and again edged the atc but used lilac metal magic for the border

The 3rd atc was something different – I tore up plain copier paper and laid in it sections across the act – then coloured the area with my Tim Holtz distress ink pads, I punched a small circle from a post it and stuck that in the top corner and inked around it.

Once the whole atc was coloured I inked the PRARIE rubber stamp from Inkylicious and stamped over the background using a black memento ink pad – to finish I highlighted parts of the design with a Sakura quickie glue pen then sprinkled with glamour dust!!

The tag was something I made a few days ago and loved it...I used a bought tag from Inkylicious, coloured it with cut & dry foam and distress ink pads until it was all covered – some areas were dark whereas others looked more like I had missed them....I used the shades of browns for the aged look!

Once I was happy with that I used a text stamp from a set I bought by My Paper World using Walnut Stain ink pad, I stamped at an angle rather than straight!

Using stamps from IndigoBlu I stamped a narrow tape measure down the left side and then a deeper tape measure from a set of Kanban stamps across the bottom of the tag.

Next I stamped the bodice and sentiment on to scrap white card, I cut the sentiment out in a wavy fashion and stuck to the centre of my tag using a large sticky pad. I lightly coloured the bodice, cut it out and then rubbed the versamark pad over it and sprinkled with holographic clear embossing powder then heated it. Once it had cooled I attached to the tag using sticky pads.

The last of the stamping was the main image of the young lady, I stamped it direct to the tag first then to scrap card – I cut out the lady and stuck onto the whole stamped image with sticky pads.... I actually then finished the tag off but adding an eyelet to the hole and then slotted brown spotted ribbon and co-ordinating mixed fibres to finish.

And the last card – this was my very first ever attempt at the coloured backgrounds – I have a roller ball brayer and lots of big & juicy ink pads but have never had any joy from this card was again done using scraps of torn paper which I laid over my card and inked away with distress ink pads, changing colours from cream to green to sand to lighter sand to blue – and again I used a punched circle for the light...

Once the coloured background was completed I stamped the bull rushes by Inkylicious to the left near the bottom and then stamped some birds along the top...

Then I noticed somehow I had a few lines from the ink pad at the bottom of the card – I just didnt know what to do other than throw the card – then spotted the flower border on a set of stamps from My Paper World so using Rhubarb Memento ink to stamp and it worked great, I re-stamped without re-inking and it went great! Or at least I thought it did!

As I have said all this week, I really am new to the world of rubber stamping – but I love it – and I know I will continue to play, try new techniques etc. and of course share the end results with you all!

I did make a fab card later this afternoon which I was going to share tonight but when I tool the piccies off the camera they were dreadful so went with this collection and will take new piccies and share then another time....

Take acre and thanks for looking – would love to hear what you think of my efforts so far please.....


Friday, 30 March 2012

Owl Card 3

Good evening

It's me again – all tanned from yet another day out in the garden....looking at the forecast it really does seem now that's the last of the decent weather for now....

So on to the cards...yep – another owl – sorry....

This time I did a gatefold card – I really like gatefold cards but don't do them very often but not sure why!

Mental note to myself – make more gatefold cards!!!!

I used a dark green card that was scored and folded into the traditional gatefold, then using cream pearlescent paper I cut all the edges using a deckle edge trimmer.

These panels were stuck to the gatefold doors using cosmic shimmer pva – then I cut 2 panels of leaf printed backing paper from the Woodland Folk paper pad, I cut these slightly smaller than the cream panels – and I used the corner chomper to round all corners before sticking on place.

I had already cut the light brown shape using the Grand Calibur and my Nestabilities labels and one size down to cut the white card to stamp onto

I stamped the owl by IndigoBlu – I love this even though on Create & Craft they insisted on saying it was a Barn Owl – as we have a barn owl as well as a tawny owl and now a Bengal eagle owl I can assure you it is NOT a barn owl....

I lightly coloured the owl using just 3 promarkers but I did colour the stamped panel with Tim Holtz distress ink pads, I used 2 of the olde type colours but sorry I cannot remember which ones!

I used a Sakura quickie glue pen to add a line of glue around the edge of the mat and the stamped panel, then rubbed in Copper Thunder Gilding Flakes – this was then rubbed to remove surplus bits and also to buff the flakes leaving a lovely bright band of colour!

The circular Just Because,... sentiment was brushed over with the sponge I did the distress inking with so adding colour

The last thing I did was tie a neat bow from green gingham ribbon and add it to panel just under the owl!

Open the doors to reveal the insert!!!

Hope you like this card!!!

Comments welcome.....

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Owl Card 2

Good evening

Well despite the forecast saying it was going to be a dull and overcast day I am pleased to say its been another stunner here in Hull – and naturally I made the most of it after class finished!

As I said yesterday I am sharing the owl cards I have managed to get made up....

so here is the 2nd one....

The stamp is the same as the one I used yesterday from IndigoBlu and I used the same nestabilities too....

This time I used Tim Holtz Old Paper distress ink pad to colour the edges of the white mat and then stuck it direct to the reddish brown shaped mat using Cosmic Shimmer pva glue.

I used just 3 promarkers for colouring the owl and of course the blender pen and was so pleased with the finished results of it – I know its not really colouring but it does look quite realistic!

I used a sheet of brown with dark brown tiny dots backing paper, it was slightly smaller than the mid green card blank and I punched the 4 corners using the Martha Stewart Bird corner punch, then popped a square of gold mirri card behind the bird so it stands out....

Added a circular sentiment that was gold embossed with Best Wishes and attached that to the stamped mat using cosmic shimmer pva then attached the diecut shaped mats to the card using sticky pads...

tied a small bow in brown spotty ribbon and positioned it in the bottom right hand corner to finish!

Can you cope with another owl card tomorrow I wonder....or should I go with something different and come back to the owls....decisions!!! Will decide tomorrow

Bye for today

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

A rubber stamped effort!

Hello my friends

Well it's been another super sunny day here in Hull – so I've had another lazy afternoon in the garden reading my book – oh I love it!!!

As some of you know I am not known for rubber stamping – I buy them – and lots of them too – but don't often do anything with them!

So when I went to the recent Harrogate Show and spent lots on rubber stamps I made a promise I would start using them!

And I did!

I stamped out half a dozen images and coloured them using my pro-markers – and I was so pleased with the results!

On Saturday we came across a new craft shop inside a newly opened Garden Centre and I bought lots more new stamps – again determined to make use of them.

Then my hubby got permission to take and talk about the birds of prey at the garden centre so we decided I would make a few Owl related greeting cards to take along and hopefully sell to raise a little much needed money...

I had bought a super Owl stamp by IndigoBlu so decided I would set to and get some cards made!

I have completely finished 5 x A5 size and have the toppers ready for making into cards on around 12 smaller cards so ok so far!

This card is a normal A5 folded card – I used a piece of pattern paper from The Woodland Folk paper pad – cutting the edges with a deckle edged trimmer. The paper was then positioned centrally leaving a border all round to show the brown card blank.

I used my Nestabilities Grande Labels 4 to create a mat of dark green and then a size smaller to cut the panel to stamp onto.

I stamped the owl centrally on the white panel and colour tinted the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads – in shades of pale greens – sorry cannot recall which ones!

I used a few pro-markers to colour the owl – a couple of light browns and a grey as well as a blender – I was quite impressed with the finished look!

Stuck the stamped panel to the green mat and that to the front of the card

I tied a small green spotty ribbon bow for the top right corner and used a circular printed sentiment which I dabbed with distress ink to finish!

Would love to know what you think of my efforts! And please be totally honest – I will never learn if I'm not told where I am going wrong!!

See you tomorrow with another Owl themed card....


Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Another Teabag....


Only just home from class – and realised I haven't had the chance to upload any new cards! I have made quite a few but today the sun was calling me all afternoon so I just had to sit out...that really put me behind as it was time to start the tea when I came in then a rush about to get ready for class

So what I am saying is sorry, its another old card – and not that inspiring either I'm afraid sorry....

This was something we did in class a few weeks ago when we made the other teabag cards – the ladies had a choice of 3 kits – naturally this one was soon grabbed as people always decide they have to have purple or lilac when its on offer!

So bought from but really cannot recall who created the sheet sorry...

I used an A5 scallop edged card in white, used a sheet of silver metallic paper which was measured to leave a border – it was then cut using a deckle edge paper trimmer, stuck on using double sided tape!

Next the main image was cut out and fixed to the metallic paper using double sided tape – this was positioned so as to leave a border of silver showing!

The tiles were all cut out and folded in the simplest of folds – they were held in a medallion with Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue and I pushed a pretty pearl set brad through the centre and fixed the legs at the back

The medallion was then placed within the scroll area of the backing sheet – it could have been attached anywhere in the panel to suit me...I stuck it in place with silicone glue

I had some scraps of lilac glitter card so I punched a butterfly using my Papermania Pop Up butterfly punch then stuck it to the card front using a strong pva – I folded the wings up so it looked like it was flying!

The sentiment from the sheet was cut out and matted onto a scrap of lilac card that had the corners punched with fancy corner shaper – I positioned this at the bottom of the card and added a couple of gorgeous AB pointed gems to the edges

All in all a pretty little card that can be made in next to no time so great for last minute makes or forgotten events!!!

See ya tomoro xxx

Monday, 26 March 2012

Tatty Teddy!


I really hope the weather has been as nice in your neck of the woods as it has in mine,...I have spent the last 2 afternoons just relaxing in the garden....nothing better than a little sun tan to make me feel on top of the world!

I am short changing you again today I'm afraid....basically I have so much to do and so little time to do it so yet again I am falling back on one of the older cards I have made and kept for just such days!

This card is something I made for Mother's Day from Layton to mummy 2 – or Auntie Nicky – Layton is one lucky little boy as he has 2 mummy's who shower him with love and attention...

Back to the card....

I used the DoCrafts Digital Designer to make the card – it was the Me To You Occasions I believe – but don't quote me as I tend to open up all the cds that are in the system and drag & drop whatever takes my fancy!

I started by using a pink A5 card blank, and to that I stuck a sheet of pale lemon with pink spots backing paper – this was from the above cd rom...

I had printed the decoupage but as there was lots of space on the page I filled it with all manner of banner, sentiments, borders and embellishments – so I used one of the border to go across the card dividing the paper a little

Next I used an oddment of pale pink card stock and stuck a piece of deep pink backing paper that had butterflies on it, this panel was attached centrally to the card front!

Next I cut a mat of white card stock using my Mega Labels 8 Nestabilities, inked around the edges with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink Pad from Tim Holtz and then built up the Tatty Ted decoupage....

This was then attached to the mat and layer panel.

I cut out 3 tiny flowers from the backing paper and stuck them to the shaped mat...then popped a red pearl in the centre of them! I added the same pearls to the flowers on Ted's head...

To embellish the card I used glossy accents on the perfume bottle and all the patch lines on Ted as well as her blue nose

Pretty clear AB pointed gems were added to the corners of the matted section as well as the border – I doubled up a piece of cerise spotty ribbon – tied a bow and fixed to the bottom of the card then used my Label Maker to print a
Happy Mother's day Auntie Nicky message which was positioned along the top of the card!!!

Needless to say Auntie Nicky loved her card.....

See you tomorrow....

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Beautiful Iris?

Good evening to you all

Own up – how many of you forgot to change your clocks??

So to the card....this is another of the pop outs just like the Easter card I shared yesterday

The card was also designed and made up by KATIE so thank you....

The sheets used were taken from Cupcake Crafting cds – Floral Delights... you will find the cd here...

So Katie used a plain white A5 card blank then a sheet of contrasting backing paper which was taken into My Craft Studio and faded out quite a lot – she used a Fiskars border punch to create the outer edges – this was then stuck to the card front using double sided tape.

The iris decoupage was slightly easier to cut out than the tulips as it is bigger sections

Collall photo glue was used to attach this to the card centrally!

The front of the card has been left plain – I can then add a sentiment and embellish to suit the occasion when the time comes!

Inside the card Katie had the backing printed along the fold so it was just a case of the pop out insert to do

A craft knife and small pointed scissors were used to cut out the centre – it meant cutting carefully around the flowers which gave a shaped aperture!

The insert was then folded in half and the sides gate-folded too....

I added DST to the right hand panel and after folding the insert and positioning the left side correctly – I simply closed the back of the card over – making the taped side of the insert stick in the right position! I flipped the card and removed the backing tape on the left side, then closed the card front – hey presto – the insert was perfect!

It was a bit cheeky of me to use almost all the same text from yesterdays card but I am running a little behind tonight so this was a huge help – saved me breaking the New Year Resolution that I have so far managed to keep in tact!!!

Something new tomorrow – promise....

See you tomorrow then...


Saturday, 24 March 2012


Good evening to you all

Before I start with the card – a little reminder


And that means – summer is on the way....lets hope its a good one!

So to the card....

I made and sent to this my friend ANN as I thought she would appreciate the work that went onto making it

The card was actually designed by another friend KATIE so thank you....

The sheets used were taken from Cupcake Crafting cds – Floral Delights... you will find the cd here...

So I used a plain white A5 card blank and using a piece of cut n dry I inked the edges of the card using Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads – Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed – this gave me a lovely warm looking edge to the card.

Next I used a sheet of contrasting backing paper which was taken into My Craft Studio and faded out quite a lot – I used the Martha Stewart Bubble Bath border punch to create the outer edges – this was then stuck to the card front using double sided tape.

I took my time when cutting out the pretty tulip decoupage – it was quite challenging at times but well worth the efforts when it was done....

I used collall photo glue to attach this to the card as there were so many narrow pieces and I was concerned the DST may show in places.
I stamped a short verse onto a piece of white card and coloured it with the same distress ink pads – this was then glued just below the decoupage....

To finish the front of the card I simply used my bow maker to create a lovely bow using orange ribbon with white spots on – this was stuck in the top left corner with a peel off EASTER sentiment below it..

Inside the card I had the backing printed along the fold so it was just a case of the pop out insert to do

I used a craft knife to cut out the centre – it meant cutting carefully around the flowers which gave a shaped aperture!

The insert was then folded in half and the sides gate-folded too....

I added DST to the right hand panel and after folding the insert and positioning the left side correctly – I simply closed the back of the card over – making the taped side of the insert stick in the right position! I flipped the card and removed the backing tape on the left side, then closed the card front – hey presto – the insert was perfect!

This really is a pretty card – I know I did this one for Easter but I have also now got one very similar with a Birthday insert....

Hope you enjoyed the project – I know Ann loved the card....

And again – don't forget those clocks!!!

See you tomorrow then...


Friday, 23 March 2012


Good evening to you all

I hope the weather has been as nice for you as it has been for us here in East Yorkshire... I'm pretty sure I could have had my chair out in the garden today and caught the sun but as I had my daughter and grandson round it wasn't practical as the birds were in the garden and they don't appreciate a young lad zooming around on toys!!!

Today I have to share a last minute card I made – on Wednesday we popped into the post office so the post lady could finally meet the new owl and she asked if I could possibly make her a special Christening card – of course I said yes and then found she would need it on or before Friday!!!!!!!

As I had already agreed to make it for her I couldn't then say no! I had no idea's as to what I would be doing until I sat at the PC and searched through my kits to start with...

Out jumped a lovely kit by Sandie Burchell – bought from quite some time ago, I knew one day it would be needed...

Its actually a Top Slot Kit but I don't like them at all so I did a version that my friend Jae once did and I loved!!!

I printed the sheets onto matt 128gsm photo paper then cut them out and put to one side for now.

I used 2 sheets of A4 baby blue card stock, scored one piece at about 2cm down the card and folded it, then stuck the other piece inside it and cut off the excess to create my card blank.

Next I used a sheet of dark blue holographic mirri card, measured it on the card blank and cut the excess off...then used a lovely EK SUCCESS punch to create a round scallop border across the top and the bottom of the card – this was fixed to the card blank leaving a border.

Then a sheet of silver mirri was measured and cut down – a different EK SUCCESS border punch was used to do a top and bottom border – this was then glued to the blue mirri, leaving a border all round.

The main sheet of printing was cut down – when you print it out there are 3 panels to it which fold to form the top slot – so I cut away the panel that would hold the sentiments and used the other 2.

I used sticky pads to raise the On Your Christening Day panel which went onto the top section.

Then I cut away the stems on the tags and used just the tops – these were attached again with sticky pads and to the bottom of the panel.

There wasn't a great deal of decoupage to add but what I did have was put in place with sticky pads...

To embellish I may have gone OTT but it was crying out for glitz I I used very very tiny gems – I believe they were 1mm – which I added to the background of the 3 tags – it was actually printed with tiny white dots so I put a gem on each dot!

For the top panel I used some beautiful aqua coloured AB chessboard gems...what a shine these gems give off!

To finish it was a small blue stitched edge bow and a touch of glossy accents

A lovely sentimental verse was added to the insert and a as the kit offered a matching gift tag I stuck it to the back of the card!!

Only downside was these cards are too big for envelopes so I had to make one – which isn't a problem using the fab Crafters Companion Enveloplus and a 16x16 sheet of card.

The lady was over the moon with this card – but then so was I!!! And as I uploaded it to my facebook I had lots of lovely comments on it there too!!

I do hope you enjoyed this card – and if you have any of the top slot kits why not try make them this way for a change? I'm sure you wont go back to how they should be made...

See you again tomorrow?

Hope so...


Thursday, 22 March 2012

Swinging Pansies

Today I am back to normal with sharing a card!

This card is from a new style of kits from and it is designed by
Robyn Cockburn – they are called 3d Sphere Kits

The kit is just 4 sheets in all – that's 2 for the card and 2 for the envelope!

I would add if you have these kits, its worth printing out the instructions and reading through before you start – its not that the card is hard – it will just save reprinting...

As I always print to my 128gsm matt photo paper I used the Crafters Companion Stick & Stay to stick the sheet to card stock then cut out – which was what I did with this kit


Had I read the instructions I would have known to just stick ONE sheet to the card stock as when its cut out page one and page two stick back to back – because I had stuck both to card stock it was super thick – yes it worked out ok, but it was so difficult cutting out with the thickness!

All you do is cut around a fake line on all pieces then use photo glue to stick the pieces back to back... once its set you then cut away all the white bits until you are left with large outer circles, medium inner circles and the main image topper

There are clear cut marks on the outer and medium inner circles to cut so they circles can be slotted into each other to form a 3d dome

Once you have the shape you need a needle and thread – there are 3 coloured dots on the sheet which are poked through with a pokey tool... you then stitch through the top of the outer circle into the edge of the medium circle and secure.

Lastly pierce the hole on the image and stitch that to the top hole on larger circles until you are happy the image if free of all sides!

Secure the ends of threads and cut them short so they aren't seen...

All you have left to do is embellish if you wish – and used the base of the dome to write your message on...

The envelope is very straight forward to make and matched perfectly!

The card and envelope are quick and easy to make and really do look good....I think I could get addicted to them – good thing there are loads in the series I think....

Same place tomorrow???

Hope so...