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.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Concord & 9th Class...


So FINALLY a week later, I have got round to writing this post about the class I went to at The InkpadNYC last Tuesday.

Taught by my friend and mentor Cheiron we used Concord & 9th stamps and dies..Which of course led to a whole new batch of purchases :)

The main card today sums up the little 'lady squad' that we have at the Inkpad..These ladies have been so awesome to me, encouraging me, inspiring me and supporting me on my craft and personal journeys..

We are having our first group playdate on October 15th, so look out for the no doubt hilarious post that will follow that day of boozing, eating, gossiping and crafting!

We made a whopping 6 cards in class!!! It was fierce...

Here are the other 5 in no particular order -

Aren't they gorgeous and despite us all making the same thing, no 2 cards were identical, which is cool.

I bought the You're My Person (has the gang stamp..) and Eat Cake and Celebrate sets..I really want the Wildflower set that we used on the 'Thank You' card.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Small Gang...

Hey there...

Sneaking in a very early morning post, as I REALLY wanted to enter the running for the Concord & 9th Design team..

I really love their stamps and I'd be so honoured to be part of their first ever design team.

My Instagram Crush Jessica Frost Ballas is hosting the call.

I really like Concord &9th stamps, I was introduced to them by Cheiron and the Pop Art Pineapple set is one of my faves..

I made my card using a sentiment and dot stamp from the 'You're My Person' set.

I love this set because, I have a small gang of crafty friends and so this stamp reminds me of them and makes me happy.

My stripes are a stamp by Stampin' Up called Brushstrokes and I inked them up with distress inks and spritzed with water before laying my paper down on top of the stamp.

I mounted the stripey panel onto a piece of orange card and then mounted the whole thing onto my card blank. I added the dots randomly on top of the stripes, before positioning my sentiment and I added a green enamel dot as a finishing touch.

Love it. Simple and fun.

I'd love to make the team, but if I don't  congrats to those that do, I'll be playing along for sure.