Technique – heat embossing

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Yes – a lyre on one of my cards!

Happy Friyay everyone!

Well, I can honestly say that I never thought that I would make a card with a lyre on it, but here it is! I was using the Waffle Flower ‘Currently Listening’ stamp set and spotted the lyre and just had to include it on this card, even thought I don’t know anyone who plays it!! Such an unusual instrument to include in the set!

I embossed the images and a sentiment stamp by Hero Arts and then stuck them in the frame that I cut from glitter paper using a Memory Box die. I added black glitter paper where the sections were too small for an image.

I adhered the die cut to a panel that I embossed with a Darice folder.

I’m entering this into the current Less is More challenge – music.

Thanks for stopping by!


Embossed branch hearts

Hello everyone!

I’ve been playing with the Simon Says Stamp Brushed Branches background stamp today. For these cards, I embossed the image and then blended some distress oxide inks over them. I just LOVE those inks. They blend so nicely.

As Valentine’s is less than a week away, I decided to turn my backgrounds into CAS Valentine cards using a die from Memory Box and a couple of sentiments from Simon Says Stamp.

Which is your favourite??

I’m entering these into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (It must be love) and the Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge (Love/hearts).

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All you need is love

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards. This fortnight’s theme is ‘love’ and Uniko is our sponsor.

For my card I embossed and coloured a cute stamp from Impress Cards & Crafts. I bought it years ago – I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to use it! I added a simple sentiment from My Favorite Things to complete my CAS card.

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog and we are also joined by two Guest Designers Bev from Uniko and Sue from Sue’s Card Craft.

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


You have a heart of gold

Hello everyone!

Busy week this week, with limited craft time, but I did find a little time tonight to play with this beautiful ribbon heart die from Poppystamps. Super simple card – just a die cut and a stamped/embossed sentiment from My Favorite Things. This wasn’t ANYTHING like I’d originally planned for this die, but I like the simplicity of this card. Think I’ll be playing more with this die before Valentines!

I’m entering this into the current Poppystamps challenge – ‘My Heart’.

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New Year balloons

Hi there everyone!

For this card, I finally inked up the gorgeous balloon background stamp from Create a Smile stamps. I’d wanted this stamp for a while and was so pleased to see it in stock when I placed an order with them earlier this month.

Anyway, I embossed it with white embossing powder and then set to colouring! I decided to try out the ‘Stained Glass Watercolour’ technique Jennifer McGuire showcased a few weeks ago. I decided to use distress markers. Not sure if it was me, but I found it quite difficult to move a lot of colour and went back to a number of balloons several times until I was happy with how they were looking… I have a few Tombow pens so I may try with them….

Once I was happy with the balloons, I had to cut the watercolour panel. I was a bit hesitant because I often change my mind about the design of a card when I’m assembling it….. However, I was following a sketch, so bit the bullet and cut! I ended up making a birthday card with the other half.

I layered my panel onto some coloured card and finished off the card with a Hero Arts sentiment stamp.

I’m entering this into the current Freshly Made sketches challenge and also the current Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge .

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Silver Christmas wishes

Hi Everyone!

For today’s card, I pulled out one of the new Hero Arts background dies that I bought with the November kit – isn’t it pretty!

After embossing the image in white, I blended some distress ink over it. I mounted the background onto some coloured card – in real life, the cardstock is much closer to the shade of purple ink I used, honest!

I cut a Simon Says Stamp word die three times – once in silver glitter paper and then twice with plain cardstock and adhered the die cuts together. I added an embossed word banner and called the card finished…. well, almost!

I felt it needed a little something extra so I added some snowflakes from the Simon Says Stamp snowflake banner die as a finishing touch!

I’m entering this into the current challenge over at a Blog Named Hero and also the Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge (anything goes).

Thanks for stopping by!