Sunday, 20 August 2017

Playing with Distress Oxides for the first time!

Those crafty friends who know me well know that I'm a CAS crafter, mainly die cutting, stamping and dry embossing. However, after seeing all the amazing results of the Distress Oxides Inks on other blogs, I decided it was time to go way out of my comfort zone and get inky.  First I watched a couple of YouTube videos to see what I could do with the Distress Oxides.  After playing with them, some attempts being better than others, I made two cards with a couple of the different patterns.

For the background I used 'Salty Ocean' and 'Lucky Clover' and used a blending tool to cover a white piece of card randomly.  I then used a heat gun to make sure the ink was dry.  Next I sprayed a Creative Expressions 'Distress Dots' stencil with water, then laid the stencil down over the inked card, and smoothed a piece of kitchen roll over the top of soak up any excess water.  Finally I dried the card with the heat gun again.  The fairy is an unbranded die which I used with a snippet of black card.  I used the die again with a snippet of red card to add a red heart over the black one.

I used the same colours for the second card, adding the ink with the blending tool again.  This time I sprayed water on the card from a distance to get a fine spray.  I used another unbranded fairy die to make this card.

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Saturday, 19 August 2017

You Whooo!

A card today using one of my favourite owl stamps.

The owl is part of a set of Woodware stamps.  I haven't seen set around anywhere for a while, so sadly it may have been discontinued. I stamped the image with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured it with Promarkers.  The wings are a separate stamp which I stamped, ,coloured, cut out and raised up on foam pads.  The  sentiment is part of the set of stamps and stamped in Versafine ' Onyx Black'.  I used an Embossalicious  'Delicate Floral' embossing folder for the background and added a few Woodware punched leaves.

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Thursday, 17 August 2017


A 70th birthday card for a friend we've known for over 30 years.   He is a keen gardener and has his own allotment, so I wanted to make a card with a gardening theme.

I bought this pre-loved Art Impressions stamp on eBay at least eight or nine years ago for 99p including P & P.  It was at the time when I'd just discovered eBay and it was one of those bargains which seemed too good to miss!  I put in the minimum bid and no-one else wanted it, so it was added to my collection of wood mounted stamps.  However, this is the first time I've used it!  The image is stamped with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured with Promarkers.  The embossing folder I used is Cuttlebug 'Numbers Collage'.  I used MB 'Stitched Oval' dies and Creative Expressions 'Stitched Flags' dies for matting and layering.

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Dragonflies and Butterflies

A birthday card today, which I hope has arrived at its destination, although you never know with the UK post. I'm still waiting for a handmade anniversary card which was sent almost two years ago and it only had to travel about 5 miles! LOL!
I started by covering the front of a 7" x 5" card blank with silver pearlised card.  The embossing folder is by Craft Concepts, 'Dragonfly'. As the folder was only 5" x 4", I decided to use four pieces of embossed card and arrange the pieces leaving a space between each one.  The dragonfly is a Spellbinders die, 'Dreamy Dragonfly', which comes in two parts and used snippets of pearlised blue and silver card.  The circles are MB 'Stitched Circle' dies and I used a die from The Works for the stitched rectangle.

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When I was writing this post earlier today, I thought it would have been perfect for the current Butterfly Challenge, which is to use the colour Wedgewood Blue, if I had used a butterfly rather than a dragonfly.  So, I decided to make another similar card, but with a butterfly.

I didn't have any of the blue pearlised card left from the previous card, but found a few snippets of a slightly paler blue pearlised card.  The colour is probably closer to Wedgewood Blue anyway.  I don't know the name or make of the embossing folder as there are no marking on it.  I made a Get Well card this time, to go into my box of ready-made cards.

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Monday, 14 August 2017


The Less is More Challenge this week is the dreaded One Layer with the theme of 'Vehicle'.  The dictionary definition of a vehicle is 'a thing used for transporting people or goods', so I hope my skateboard counts.
The stamp is a Woodware Francoise Read, 'Skateboard Dude' stamp and the sentiment is a stamp by Funstamps.  Both these stamps are wood mounted and as I now a have a Tim Holtz Stamping Platform I wish I had the courage to remove the stamps from the wood, but I know if I mess it up I can't replace the stamps.  The image is stamped with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured with Promarkers.  The sentiment is stamped with Versafine 'Onyx Black'.

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Sunday, 13 August 2017


I was delighted to be asked to be a Guest Designer again in Pixie's Snippets Playground.  I'm sure I'll never run out of snippets, but I usually forget to use some of my growing pile of patterned paper snippets.  This is the second patchwork die I'm lucky enough to own, given to me by and crafty friend, and I love how placing the papers in a different place makes a totally different pattern.
The die is a Die-namics 'Diagonal Quilt Square Cover-Up' die.  I used two punches to make the flower. The patterned paper and red card were all cut from snippets. When I was making the card, I was reminded of the time many, many years go when I went to patchwork classes, stitching the blocks by hand.  There are so many fabulous patchwork designs, I thought I'd try to make a notelet, with a simple patchwork block design, using just snippets, a guillotine, scissors, a pencil and a ruler.  

I started with snippet of card 4" square and I drew a pencil line across the middle vertically and horizontally.  This can be any colour as it's covered up.  The red and floral patterned papers were cut into 1" x 2" strips.  Then I cut off the corners, as shown in red on the diagram to get the shape I needed for the red patterned paper.
  For the floral patterned paper I needed to reverse the corners I cut off, like this. 
The cross in the middle of the 4" square made it easy to line up the pieces of patterned paper.  I found it easiest to cut the blue squares and triangles slightly bigger than I needed, then trim any excess off after they had been stuck down in the spaces left.  When the patchwork was complete, I layered it on a piece of yellow card slightly bigger than the 4" square and attached to a 5" square card blank. 

Friday, 11 August 2017


A masculine card today, for my niece's husband.
The silver mirror card Sweet Dixie 'Beer Tankard' die cut was mounted on a Poppystamps 'Stitched Main Street Tag'.  I added a brad to the top of the tag.  The black and white backing papers are by Anna Marie Designs.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Mr Tumble

Welcome to my new follower Nancy Boyd of Kandy Krazee.  

I made this card for a 'nearly three year old' little boy who has just become a big brother.  He loves Mr Tumble, the TV character, and carries a Mr Tumble soft toy everywhere.  I found a copyright free outline drawing of Mr Tumble online and coloured him in with Promarkers, making sure I used all the correct colours! 
I used MB 'Stitched Ovals and Rectangles' for matting and layering the image and sentiment and added three punched stars to one of the die cuts.  The embossing folder 'Sparkle Squares' by Creative Expressions.

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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Be a Pineapple!

When I saw that LIM Challenge this week is 'Tropic Fruits', my mind drew a blank.  I knew I didn't own and fruit dies, stamps or embossing folders, except for one apple embossing folder....and apples are hardly tropical!  Then I remembered some tropical papers I used when I was on the Readers' DT for the QCME magazine a couple of months ago and I put the pieces I didn't use in my box of patterned paper snippets.  
I used Memory Box 'Stitched Oval' dies to die cut the image and the white mat.  To find a suitable sentiment, I googled 'Tropical Fruit Quotes' and found the perfect sentiment, which I designed and printed in colours to match the patterned paper.  After finishing my card, I re-read the challenge details and remembered that the challenge was to use tropical fruit 'colours'! Hey-ho, at least I've used up a little of my tropical fruit papers, which at least are the right colours.

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Monday, 7 August 2017

Filigree Swallow

A quick card today using a die and embossing folder I was given by a crafty friend.

The die and embossing folder are both by xCut, 'Filigree Swallow' and 'Swallow Pattern'.  I used a Lawn Fawn 'Stitched Hillside Border' die to cut the blue border at the bottom. I finished off the card by adding a tiny, black pearl for the swallow's eye.

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Friday, 4 August 2017

White Poppies

 A second card this week using the Memory Box 'Row of Poppies' die, this time on a White on White card.

For the background I used two Sue Wilson dies from the 'Stitched Lattice Frames' set and one of the 'Double Pierced Oval' dies.  I die cut the poppies and attached to a piece of white card, before die cutting the oval.  The sentiment is grey as it's less stark than using black against the white.  The sentiment is die cut with a stitched rectangle die from The Works.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Framed Poppies

Another rainy summer's day today - perfect for spending in my craftroom!  It's not often I join in a sketch challenge, but I when I saw the sketch for the Die Cuttin' Diva's Challenge, I had a set of die in mind to use.  I'm hoping the stitched dies count as 'piercing' for the Less if More Challenge too.
I made the frame using two (almost) semi-circle cross stitched dies.  The flowers are Memory Box 'Row of Poppies' which I die cut twice from snippets of red and green card.  I snipped off the red flower heads and stuck them over the green die cut.  The two tiny circles are the waste from a previous die cut I used.

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017


A sympathy card today to add to my box of ready made cards.  

This poppy stamp is a favourite of mine by Hero Arts. 'Delicate Blossoms'.  The image is stamped with Memento 'Tuxedo  Black' and coloured with Promarkers, before layering on a green mat.  The die I used is Die-namics, 'Peek-a-boo' Dots' which I used with a piece of white card the same size as the white card blank.  After attaching the white card to the card blank,  I used the die again with snippets of green and red card and used the waste to randomly put in some of the holes.  

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Monday, 31 July 2017

Spirelli Framed Butterfly

A card made today to enter a few challenges.

The butterfly is die cut with Poppystamps 'Elsa Butterfly' and 'Lyndon Butterfly', a lovely giveaway I won on Kath's Blog last year.  I used one of the SB Nestabilities 'Pinked Circle' dies with a snippet of white card.  While the die cut was in still in the die, I used the die as a guide to pierce holes with a piercing tool,  just inside each point.  I haven't done any Spirelli for a long time, but used this technique with a needle and crochet cotton through the holes, instead of winding round the die cut.  This left a lovely white jagged border round the edge.  

Sunday, 30 July 2017

BBQ Season

My DH and I were invited to a barbecue yesterday.  Well.... it turned out to be the wettest evening of the year, with heavy rain starting just as we were walking round to our friends' house and it didn't stop all evening.  Thank goodness for gazebos!!  They were certainly needed for the twenty four of us there.  This is the Thank You card I made today for the hosts.

I printed the DigiStamp Boutique image 'BBQ Alf' and coloured it with Promarkers a couple of days ago.  My intention was to make a summery card, but after the weather we had yesterday evening, I thought this design was more appropriate.  The image was die cut with a MB 'Stitched Rectangle' die, which I layered on navy blue, leaving a thin border.  For the background I used a MB 'A Little Rain' die with a square of blue card.  I backed the die cut raindrops with white, before layering on a slightly bigger square of navy blue card.  To finish my card, I added a Poppystamps 'Heart Showers Umbrella' die cut.

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DigiStamp Boutique July Challenge
City Crafter Challenge Blog Week 372 ~ Something beginning with S (Sausages)
I Love Promarkers Challenge #340 ~ One for the Boys
HLS July Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Birthday Balloons

CASology are celebrating their 5th Anniversary this week with a Balloon Blog Hop, so why don't you hop over to their blog to join in the fun!  

The dies are all from a Trimcraft set of dies, 'Birthday Party'.   I die cut the banner three times, attached the pink one to a piece of a double sided adhesive sheet and inlaid the letters from the two other die cuts.  I wanted to balloons to shine, but my bottle Glossy Accents was running low.   I had a light bulb moment and attached a piece of clear sticky back plastic the snippets of card, before dies cutting the balloons.  The shine on the balloons doesn't show up in the photograph, but look fine IRL.  The balloon dies come with 'string' as part of the die cut, but I snipped it off and added some yellow crochet cotton.  (One day I will get round to learning how to crochet! LOL!)  The balloons and banner were attached with foam pads to add dimension.  I added three drops of Nuvo Glow Drops to the corner.

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Orange Butterfly

I don't usually post twice in one day, but I suddenly remembered that the Butterfly Challenge closes today, and not next Tuesday, and I hadn't made a card for the challenge.  The main reason for this is the theme is 'Butterflies + M is for Matching pairs and/or the colour of Orange peel' and I'd been putting off making a card.  Firstly, I seldom use orange on my cards.  Don't ask me why, but I didn't ever use orange on my classroom displays when I was teaching full time either.  Secondly, I usually add things in odd numbers, so adding two of something made me put on my thinking cap.  So, this afternoon I got out some snippets of orange card and some orange Promarkers and set to work. 
The image is an old wood mounted Francoise Read stamp, 'Glasgow Butterfly', which I stamped with Momento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured with Promarkers.  All the stitched dies I used are from The Works.  The layered image is attached with foam tape to add dimension.  I used a Creative Expression embossing folder, 'Checkpoint' for the background.  I didn't have any orange pearls, so I coloured two white ones with one of the orange Promarkers I used - so that's my matching pair.

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Christmas Penguins

Time for another Rudolph Days challenge, which runs from the 25th until the end of each month.  

For my card I used an old wood mounted Stampendous 'Penguin Pals' stamp, which I stamped in Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured with Promarkers.  The sentiment is from Papermania set of Christmas stamps, stamped in Versafine 'Black Onyx'.  I added a clear gem to the star in the sentiment to add a little sparkle.  The image and sentiment was die cut with a stitched rectangle die from The Works.  I wasn't going to buy this set, even though it's very inexpensive, as I already have MB stitched rectangles.  However, when saw it IRL, I realised that the rectangles are longer and thinner and the smallest ones will be perfect for die cutting longer sentiments.   The Christmas lights patterned paper is from a Docrafts paper stack and five Card Candi finished off my card.

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Monday, 24 July 2017


A card today with a few challenges in mind.  The Color Throwdown Challenge this week is to use the colours green, yellow, red, and aqua.  The Less is More Challenge is 'NO Stamps!' so I've just used dies.  

The frame is one I saw recently on another blog and after a little detective work, I managed to find one on eBay.  I die cut it twice to make it stand out.  The flowers are Sue Wilson's 'String Flowers' dies, which I cut in red and yellow.  I added a drop of aqua coloured Nuvo Crystal Drops, 'Caribbean Ocean',  to the centres.  The green letters are MB 'Parker Upper Alphabet' die cuts.  

This photo shows more clearly how the petals of the flowers can be pulled up to make them 3D.  Everything apart from the card blank was made with snippets, so I'll be off to play in The Playground.

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Less is More Challenge #338 - NO Stamps!
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 291 and 292 ~ Use Snippets
HLS July Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
Color Throwdown Countdown #452

Sunday, 23 July 2017

A Trip to the Cinema

Welcome to my new follower, Cheryl S of Card and Clutter.

A Gift Card Holder today for a 50th Wedding Anniversary present to give to a couple who enjoy going to the cinema.  As well as a gift card for the cinema, I wrapped up a bag of gourmet popcorn!
The patterned paper is from a Docrafts paper pad and the 'ticket' is a SB 'That's the Ticket' die cut.

This shows the gift card holder open.  I made a tutorial last year as I couldn't find the measurements to make this style anywhere online.  You can see it HERE

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

40th Birthday - How did that happen???

Welcome to my new follower, Sharon Gibb.  If you have a blog, please leave me a comment and I'll add a link to it in my next post.

It's my daughter's 40th Birthday today, how did that happen? It seems like only yesterday that I was a young mum looking down at her newborn daughter!  This is the card I made for her.  She has a beautiful cat called Pudding, so I wanted to include a cat.
The image and bottom sentiment are digi stamps from a set from Beccy's Place called 'Catitude'.  The top sentiment is computer generated to personalise the card.  The image is pre-coloured and I picked out the brown and white for the rest of the card.  The frame is made with Sue Wilson 'Ornate Pierced Rectangle' dies and the largest pierced die cut was layered on a 7" white linen card blank, trimming off the excess to match the die, leaving a small border.  For the flowers and leaves I used Sue Wilson 'Finishing Touches - Faux Quilled Blooms' dies.

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Noteworthy Neutrals

The Memory Box challenge this month is 'Noteworthy Neutrals' (cream, white, black, brown, grey), so I decided to use just brown and cream on my card.

I started with a square, cream card blank and die cut a brown and a cream Memory Box 'Fairytale Flower Border', adding the brown die cut to the right hand side.  The e/f I used is Couture Creations 'Chain Link'. I snipped off the top half of the cream die cut and attached it over the embossing.   A strip of striped ribbon, in shades of brown and cream, was attached between the embossed side and the plain side.  The computer generated sentiment was die cut using  a Memory Box 'Stitched Rectangle' die.  

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Gone Fishing

A masculine card today with a summery feel as it's for a summer birthday.
The Little Claire 'Silhouette Boat' and sentiment stamps were stamped in Versafine 'Onyx Black' and the image was die cut with a Sizzix 'Stitched Rectangle'. (I think this particular stamp is only available as a digi now.)  I rarely use yellow on masculine card, but pale yellow kept the card looking light and summery.  For the background I used a Creative Expression Mask 'Wavy',  applying Adirondack 'Stream' and 'Sailboat Blue' ink with an Ink Duster.

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Penny Black and More July Challenge ~ For the Boys
Crafty Friends Challenge #61 ~ Man/Boy
Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge # 173 ~ Beside The Sea

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

One turned into three!

The Less is More Challenge is joining forces this time with  the AAA CAS Cards Challenge, which is a 'One Layer -  Coloured Cardbase' challenge.  I had in idea in my head to used a green card blank with a black MB 'Chloe Stem' die cut inlaid (keeping the one layer) and a black stamped  sentiment.  However, the finished card didn't look quite right, as the die cut in the green card was too low, leaving too much space above.  So I chopped off the front of the card, trimmed it down to make it look more balanced and attached it to a black card blank.
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 As my green card was no longer a One Layer, I started again with a bright pink card blank, inlaying the black die cut.  
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These two cards left me with green and pink MB 'Chloe Stem' die cuts.  Rather than put them in my box of unused shapes, where they would probably get unused and forgotten for quite a long time, I made them into a third CAS card.  

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Inlaid Butterfly

A month or so ago, I saw a card on Carol of Our Little Inspirations blog HERE where Carol had inlaid one of the Memory Box intricate butterflies.  I loved the effect, so I played around with a butterfly and tag die cut and some coloured snippets of card and the result has been sat on my craft table for about six weeks, waiting for some inspiration of what to do with it!  So today, after seeing that the current Color Throwdown Challenge is red, yellow, blue and white, I decided to turn it into a card.

The Memory Box butterfly is called 'Vivienne', which I die cut in black and attached to a white Poppystamps 'Stitched Main Street Tag', matted on a slightly larger black tag. I used the butterfly die again with snippets of red, yellow and blue, inlaying the pieces into the black butterfly.  I put small red and black circles at the top of the tag and five clear gems to add a bit of bling. 

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