Month: September 2019

Cosmic Shimmer butterflies

Hi Everyone!

Today, I’m playing along with this week’s sketch challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches.

I’ve had Cosmic Shimmer Luna paste for a while now, but I rarely use it. I almost bought some more Nuvo embellishment mousse at the weekend, but decided to try the Luna paste again before pressing that ‘Buy’ button and I’m glad I waited! I’d forgotten how shimmery the Luna paste is. And unlike my embellishment mousse, they were still in perfect condition!

I applied a mix of the paste to a card base and left it to dry overnight. I then cut out some Bright Rosa butterflies and arranged them as per the sketch before adding a few pearls for their ‘bodies’!

The embossed sentiment is by Sugar Pea Designs.

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Deer Family


I’m here with my last Crafts-U-Love DT post . It’s been a fun 15 months or so! Plus, I got to support one of the few bricks and mortar stores that I know of. I love internet shopping, but nothing beats seeing product in real life, does it. I love visiting craft stores when I can and it makes me sad to think that when I started crafting over a decade ago, there were four amazing stores within an hours’ drive of me. Only one, Crafts-U-Love, remains nowadays….

Anyway, as you may recall, this month, I received a couple of products by Marianne Design, the Tiny’s Deer Family die set* and the Classic Label die* . You can see what I made for my first post this month here.

I started by using the label die to create a grey die-cut panel. I simply ensured that my cutting plates weren’t aligned so that I only cut through part of the label die. I then lined up the die and cut part of it a second time from the opposite end of my grey cardstock to create a rectangular panel with that gorgeous die cut section on two sides. I brushed the edges with Distress Oxide Milled Lavender ink – difficult to see in my photos, but I promise you, it’s much easier to see in real life!

I then cut the little deer family from white cardstock and coloured them with various distress inks.

I stuck the deer to my rectangular base, adhered it to a card base and stamped a sentiment from the Julie Hickey Designs Essential Christmas Sentiments set  to finish off my card.

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Products marked with a ‘*’ were sent to me by Crafts-U-Love for this DT assignment.

Thank you bouquet

Hi Everyone!

I’m popping back with my last post of the day and a second entry in the current Memory Box challenge to use a frame.

I’ve had this idea to use the frame from the brand new Pine Tree Frame die set for a little while and when my Simon Says Stamp Stamptember order arrived on Wednesday, I knew exactly what I wanted to create!

Living outside the US means I generally only order a couple of the collaboration sets each Stamptember. This year, the one that stood out to me was the Memory Box Fresh Cut Bouquet stamp set and it was the only one I ended up buying! I knew it would be a big set but I was still a little surprised by the size of the main image! It was actually a bit daunting to colour but I pulled out my trusty Twinkling H2O paints and got to work.

I cut around a few petals and leaves to partially cut the image with the frame die. I then cut the frame from silver card and adhered it to the bouquet die cut with a foam panel, which I then stuck to my card base.

I added an older Memory Box sentiment and a few gems to finish off the card.

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Merry Everything, Mama Elephant!

Hello friends!

Did you all see the amazing Mama Elephant release a few weeks ago? So many beautiful sets. I fell in love with the Pine and Posy set and snapped it up as soon as I could!

I’ve been wanting to ink it up ever since and know exactly what I wanted to try when I saw the beautiful colour palette from the Color Throwdown Challenge this week – cobalt blue, aqua, grey and black.

I coloured the image with my Twinkling H2Os and added a sentiment stamp and die, also by Mama Elephant.

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Happy Autumn Border

Hi there!

I can barely believe that it’s time for a new challenge at AAA Cards! The weeks seem to fly by, don’t they? This fortnight we’d like you to create a one-layer CAS card and the optional twist is autumn. Our sponsor is Winnie & Walter.

Quite honestly, I’m a bit annoyed with myself. I love Winnie & Walter and had previously thought of the perfect set that I could use for my card. I completely forgot they were our sponsor when I made the card last week and ended up using the new Pretty Pink Posh Fall Borders stamp set instead.

If I get time, I’ll try to make another card with the set I’d planned to use.

Back to today’s card. I actually love making one-layer cards and this was so much fun to make! I coloured it using my Twinkling H2O paints. I decided to use a Hero Arts sentiment but wanted to use an ink that was the same colour as some of the leaves. I was so chuffed to discover a perfect match (Cosmic Berry) – love my Altenew inks. I seem to have a colour for every occasion!

My team mates have come up with some beautiful cards which are on the AAA Cards challenge blog. We are also joined by the super talented Joy D’Souza – you have to visit her blog – it’s jammed-packed with inspiration!

Hope you can play along with us!

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Anemone Cluster

Hi Everyone!

Today, I’m playing along with this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge

I used the pretty Anemone Cluster from The Ton – which I coloured with Daniel Smith watercolours. I embossed an oval die onto a piece of kraft cardstock. I’m still having trouble embossing dies using my Gemini Junior, I just can’t find a go-to cutting plate combo for my dies. Quite frustrating at times!

Anyway, to complete my card, I heat embossed a sentiment by Clearly Besotted.

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