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Glazed distress oxide

Happy Friyay from snowy London! Ugh! I hate this weather, but the snow day has given me the opportunity to play with the brilliant glazed distress oxide technique demonstrated by Jennifer McGuire.

It’s so much fun! I don’t use alcohol inks, so I was happy to hear this technique could be used for a similar effect! I used regular glossy paper that I’ve had for YEARS and Candied Apple and Seedless Preserves distress oxide inks and these backgrounds came together so quickly! After applying the glaze, I splattered some gold paint on the background but as some of it came off when I was assembling the card, I think I’ll try adding it before I apply the glaze next time!

I used one of my favourite Hero Arts background dies to cut up one background and yes, I did put foam on the back of all those butterflies – it didn’t take THAT long. I finished off the card with a die from Savvy Stamps. Now I just have to hope it survives the postal system next week!

Have a great weekend!


Die cuts only

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards. This fortnight’s theme is die cuts only and our sponsor is Stamplorations.

I think this may be my favourite theme to date! I love using my dies – they are brilliant for quick CAS cards!

For my card, I used an image die from Simply Graphic together with a sentiment die from Savvy Stamps and a banner die from My Favorite Things.

I’m also entering this into the current Color Throwdown challenge (lilac, green, grey and white).

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog and Noga Shefer, an instagram follower, is our Guest Designer.

Thanks for stopping by – I do hope you play along with us!


Merry Bauble Tree

Happy Saturday everyone!

I’m spending the day in my craft room, making my Christmas cards! I am determined to get them done before the last posting date….

For this card, I used some glitter cardstock from DCWV and dies from Poppystamps and Savvy Stamps. I stuck the tree onto a vellum base before adhering it to a panel made from a piece of Bazzill Bling cardstock.

I’m entering this into the current Casology challenge (round) and also the Color Throwdown challenge (black, white, gold, grey).

Thanks for stopping by!


Merry Making – Day 1 Holiday Backgrounds

Hi everyone!

Online Card Classes’ Merry Maker class kicked off yesterday and I tried all three of the techniques from the class.

First up, Kristina Werner’s Holiday Bokeh Background. When I saw this video, I thought I would try this first. It has all the elements I love – blending, ink lifting, embossing. I blended three distress oxide inks – Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Vintage Photo and after lifting some of it, I embossed almost all the snowflakes from the Simon Says Stamp Lots of Snowflakes set. Finally I added a sentiment also from Simon Says Stamp.

I’m going to enter this into the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge – ‘Anything Goes’ and the Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday challenge.


Next, Jennifer McGuire’s Snow Flurry Background. OK so you know how sometimes, you’re a bit… reluctant… to try something new and you end up loving it? Well, that’s what happened to me with this card!! In fact, I wasn’t even sure I would try this when I first watched the video. ButI decided this class is all about stretching yourself and learning new techniques so I tried it – and I am so glad I did!

Wow! Just wow!

Watching the blue powder melt into the silver brought back all those memories of heat embossing for the first time! It’s so magical! When I started crafting, my mum and I bought lots of different coloured embossing powders to share. They’ve been at the back of our cupboards for a LONG time but I pulled mine out yesterday… and after this, well let’s just say, I will be seeing a lot more of those coloured powders! The background stamp is by Penny Black and I used a Savvy Stamps sentiment die stuck on vellum to finish it off.

Finally, Cathy Zielske’s Cover plate die background/non-traditional colours. This was such a quick and easy card to make! I took on the challenge to use non-traditional colours and blended three distress oxide inks (Broken China, Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade) for my background.  I tried so hard to avoid making a rainbow, but it looks like I didn’t really succeed, doesn’t it? Anyway, I used a Lawn Fawn cover plate and an Avery Elle sentiment die, which I cut using some glitter paper which I thought I would NEVER use. It was in a DCWV paper pad and I thought it was just too bright for me! Ha! Honestly, it is too bright for me, but worked well for this card.

Thanks for stopping by!