Love and Friendship

This category includes: Valentines Day, engagement, wedding, anniversary, friends

Share your umbrella

Hello everyone!

Today I’m playing along on two challenges using an older wood-mounted stamp – ‘Walking in the Rain’ by Art Impresssions.

As time was pretty short this evening, I kept it very simple using the colour palette from this week’s Color Throwdown Challenge (coral red, blue, green and kraft). The Case This Sketch challenge sketch calls for a sentiment in the right corner under the image, but as my image has a text frame, I decided to add three nailheads instead.

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Lucie G

Amazing Mother

Hello everyone!

I am back with my second Crafts-U-Love DT card for February using the two Julie Hickey stamp sets that I received: Family Sentiments* and Floral Fusion*.

Today’s card took a long time to create mainly because I got inky and then had to do a ton of fussy cutting!

I decided that I wanted to create a flowery wreath for a Mother’s Day card. Well actually it can be an ‘Any Day’ mother’s card really! I started off by stamping the sentiment in the centre of my card base and then added a few stamped swirls from the Floral Fusion set.

Then I turned my attention to creating a base panel to use for the flower images.

First, I applied three shades of purple distress oxide ink repeatedly, drying each layer with my heat tool.

As I wanted a bit of shimmer, part way through the process, I added some Cosmic Shimmer ‘Silver Dream’ powder. Ordinarily, I would stop altering the background once I had added a metallic/shimmery powder, but I wanted a little more intensity from the purples so I continued to add more ink!





Eventually I stopped and stamped the smaller outline flower a number of times before fussy cutting them out and arranging them in a circle around the sentiment.


For the leaves, I stamped the larger solid flower image using two shades of regular distress ink and then cut completely around all the petals and slotted them between the flowers.


To finish off the card I added some Nuvo Glitter drops to the centres of each flower.

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


Seeing Purple

Hi there!

I’m back with another card using a stamp from my wood-mounted collection. Today, I chose Penny Black’s ‘Portraits’ stamp and decided to play along with the photo challenge over at the Just Us Girls Blog.

I coloured the flowers in purple watercolour and added some details with my Twinkling H2Os. I dotted a ton of silver stickles over the flowers and adhered a glittery Waffle Flower die cut sentiment to finish off my card.

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Butterfly Bear


Today I’m playing along with the February Penny Black & More challenge where the theme is ‘anything goes’ with the option of tags.

For my take, I pulled out another of my adorable bear stamps – ‘Butterfly Bear’ by Penny Black. After stamping and colouring the image, I cut it out using a Penny Black tag die and added a Clearly Besotted sentiment.

I wanted to add a little something to the background and was delighted to stumble across my old ‘Butterfly Edge’ stamp, also by Penny Black. Originally I was going to stamp this using some pink or purple ink but I kept it simple in the end and used Pumice Stone distress oxide. I’m glad I did, I really like the subtle image it created!

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Hey there, flower!

Hello everyone!

I’m back with my entry for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

I used another older wood stamp (Tigress by Penny Black) that I stamped a couple of times at the base of my card. Once the ink was dry, I blended a little distress ink into the background before colouring the image with my Twinkling H2Os. Can you see that shimmer?

I added a few dots of stickles and a die cut sentiment from Simon Says Stamp to finish off my card.

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Spring Gems

Happy Saturday everyone!

So I was doing really well with my attempt to catch up with the Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge and then life suddenly got a bit busy!

Luckily I was able to spend a lot of time in my craft room today so I can start catching up. AGAIN!

Today, I’m playing along with an amazing colour challenge from the Color Throwdown. Rust, purple, grey and white. Isn’t that a great combo? Actually quite Halloween-like, but including grey rather than black softens the palette I think!

Anyway, I struggled to find a suitable wood-mounted stamps to showcase the palette properly… and then I came across my fabulous Spring Gems stamp from Hero Arts. I stamped the image using Brilliance ink in Pearlescent Rust and then coloured the dots using my Twinkling H2Os. I added a sentiment from Mama Elephant cut from glitter card and finished off the card with a few sequins – you can never have too much sparkle in my view!

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