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Christmas in July – Day 16

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I’m posting my Day 16 Christmas in July card a little earlier as I want to enter it into this week’s Color Throwdown Challenge which has a palette of pink, gold. black and white. I chose a fun Bubble Tree die by Poppystamps which I cut three times from different card.

Although I was originally planning to just make one card, I used the rest of the die cuts to create two more cards – I thought I’d add them to the donate pile for this year’s Caring Hearts card drive.

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Christmas in July – Day 15


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It’s Christmas in July Day 15 and I finally got to play with my gorgeous festive dies! I chose a fun snowflake die from Simon Says Stamp and a embossing plate from Ellen Hutson for my take on the latest Freshly Made Sketches challenge. I was originally intending to simply add the snowflake die to the centre of the card, but decided to make a shaker at the last minute!

The sentiment is by Hero Arts.

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Christmas in July – Day 5

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I’m still playing catch up with my cards and here’s the card for Christmas in July Day 5 (Day 21 of the colouring challenge). I inked up the fabulous Christmas Color stamp from Penny Black and coloured it with my Twinkling H2Os. I seriously can’t remember the last time I used this stamp!

I used the rather festive colour palette over at the Color Throwdown (red, green, black and white) and the sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

The paper is by Fancy Pants and the small sentiment is from a Penny Black clear set.

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You are Pawesome!

Hi there!

I’m still playing catch up with the Daily Marker 30 Day challenge! This is my rather small amount of colouring for Day 14!

I used one of my Hero Arts wood mounted cat stamps – the Dots Cat. I remember stamping him several times in a circle for a birthday card for my dad back in the day. Things are much easier nowadays with the MISTI!

Anyway, I coloured him with my Twinkling H2Os and added a sentiment die from Simon Says Stamp. I actually think this was be the very first SSS die that I purchased!

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Floral Silhouette


I’m here with my second  Crafts-U-Love DT post for the quarter.

This time, I received the fabulous Penny Black Floral Silhouette stamp set* and a pack of Lawn Fawn ink cubes*. You can see the other cards I made with these products here.

Crafts-U-Love has kindly given me a discount code for you to use for these products – just add LUCIE20 at checkout.

Today I wanted to share some very simple cards I made using repeat stamping.

First up, a good luck card. I selected the leafy frond image and got stamping! Originally I had envisaged it in the soft yellow ink… but once I had covered my card, I felt it was a little too subtle. So I tried a navy/coral combo that I really liked – much more bold! Which one do you prefer?

By the way, the little flower and dot stamps are from previous DT packages – they were from Pinkfresh Studio and Julie Hickey stamp sets. I also added some coordinating Nuvo drops.

The next card I created uses a technique I like to call ‘Baby wipe watercolouring…

I covered a piece of watercolour paper with the Penny Black flower and stem image, using the Lawn Fawn inks. I trimmed the panel to size and then spritzed it with water. I then took a baby wipe and dabbed each image in turn. This process softened the colour without distorting the image too much. In the second photo above, the image on the left has had the ‘treatment’ – I really like the muted effect.

I turned this into a card, by cutting a panel from the centre before adhering the frame to my card base. I adhere the centre panel using some foam tape to raise it. Finally, I added a Creative Expressions die cut to complete my card.

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

Pocketful o’ posies

Happy Friyay friends!

Life just got a little busy so now I’m playing catch up with The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge and my wood stamp challenge. This is my colouring for Day 12. I decided to play along with the current CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. I love how they have such unusual sketches! I immediately thought of my Hero Arts stamps when I saw this one. Back in the day (15 years ago apparently!), Hero Arts produced the ‘Pocket O’ Posies’ sets – a trio of flower stamps in a little box. I LOVED them and collected quite a few sets. I used the Country Garden Posies for this card.

To be honest, I’m not sure about this card now that I have completed it. I feel like I should tweak something, but not sure what. So instead I shall walk away and look at it again tomorrow!

The sentiment is also by Hero Arts and I used dies by My Favorite Things and Simon Says Stamp.

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