Month: May 2019

Plant Crazy

Hi everyone!

It’s that time of year when I usually go plant crazy in my garden… not so much at the moment…. My garden has started to resemble a jungle – all my shrubs have been growing like crazy and I have been spending quite a bit of my spare time in the garden trying to restore some semblance of order…. I’ll get there, I’m sure!

Anyway, when I saw that  the Paper Players’ current challenge was a CAS card with the theme of ‘plants’, I knew I had to play along. I pulled out my older and less-used Garden Grow (pretty apt name for the set, don’t you think?) stamp set my Altenew and got to work!

I masked off each of the plants as I stamped them, and stamped the table last. I coloured the images with my twinkling H2O paints and then added a sentiment from Clearly Besotted.

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Butterfly hugs

Happy Sunday!

Today I’m playing along with the current Memory Box challenge. The theme is embossing and so of course I chose one of my favourite techniques – dry embossing… although heat embossing is super cool too of course!

As I was flicking through my Memory Box dies, I found the Floating Butterfly frame. It reminded of a card I made a few weeks ago, when I CASE’d one of my older cards and inlaid embossed die cuts using a Memory Box die. I decided that the large ‘sky’ portions of the die would be great for dry embossing, so got to work!

I created two background panels using Distress Oxide inks: one using Wilted Violet, Abandoned Coral and Dried Marigold – for the butterflies and another using just Tumbled Glass – for the sky.

I die cut the Tumbled Glass panel first and then embossed the large sections of sky using a Cuttlebug embossing folder. Then I die cut the butterfly frame twice from white card and adhered the layers onto the coloured panel. Finally, I inlaid the sky sections – they really make those colourful butterflies pop I think!

To finish off my card, I added a sentiment, also by Memory Box, and a few gems for a bit of sparkle!

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Embracing the Bright Colours

Happy Saturday everyone!

There’s another great sketch for the Freshly Made Sketch challenge this week – it gave me so many ideas! In the end, I decided to use stamps from my Hero Arts Flowers for Coloring set and a couple of Memory Box dies, but I may use this sketch again for other cards, it’s a fabulous design!

I decided to step outside my pastel-coloured comfort zone and embrace the bright colours! I pulled out the brightest Twinking H2O paints and got colouring. Usually I choose the background paper before I colour as I find it easier (and quicker) to create that way… but today I didn’t and spent a happy time flicking through my old Basic Grey paper pads…. and changing my mind several times before making a decision….

I knew I wanted to dry emboss a centre panel as I had planned to play along with the current Flower Challenge which has the theme of embossing. I spent a little while trying out a few designs before alighting on this Spellbinders / Tammy Tutterow Picnic embossing folder. Yep, this card took MUCH longer than it should have!

Anyway, to finish off the card I used some older dies from Memory Box – the Garland Greenery from 2015 and one of my very first Memory Box sentiments that I got in 2013 – A Little Thanks!

And a big thanks to you for stopping by! Enjoy the weekend!


Daisy and dots


Hello everyone!

As soon as I saw the sketch for the current CAS Colours & Sketches challenge, I thought of an older Memory Box die which I hadn’t used for quite a while – the Bubble Burst die. When I pulled it out, I was actually surprised to see that the date on the packaging was 2017 – I had thought it was a little older than that!

Anyway, I used the die to cut a white panel and then used Distress Oxide inks (Tumbled Glass, Cracked Pistachio and Shaded Lilac) to create a blended background. I cut a strip of the blended background and adhered it to my card base before adhering the white panel on top. I then die cut a circle and the sentiment from the unused section of the blended background and adhered them to my card. Finally, I die cut my newest Memory Box die (Daisy Silhouette) three times. I coloured one stem and then stuck the die cuts together. Originally I had planned to cut off the long stem but I liked how it aligned with the lines created by the Bubble Burst die so I didn’t!

I added some sparkle to the daisy with a Nuvo glitter gloss pen – it’s quite shimmery in real life, but so difficult to capture on my camera…

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You are amazing – border card

Hi everyone!

Today I’m playing along with two of my favourite challenges – the Color Throwdown, which has another beautiful palette for us this week – aqua, green and grey, and Case This Sketch.

I used my distress oxide inks to create a blended panel for die cutting and ran the beautiful Simon Says Stamp Corbel Border through my die cutting machine.

I also cut the die cut from a grey panel, which I adhered to a base card and then inlaid the little pieces that I had cut from the blended panel.

To finish off my card, I added a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Everyday Words in a Line die set.

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All white thank you

Hi friends!

I am back with my entry into the current CAS on Friday challenge which has the theme of white on white.

I love white on white but I rarely create all white cards unless it’s for a challenge. I must rectify that! Anyway, after a LOT of dithering and die cutting, I finally used one of my favourite dies from Simply Graphic – the die étamines which was the die of the month in April 2018 .

I die cut a circle in my base card and a white panel. After adhering some acetate over the circle on my base card, I stuck on the white panel using some foam tape before adhering the die cut image. I then die cut a Savvy Stamps sentiment three times before sticking them all together and on to my card.

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