Technique Tuesday

Along the Edge

Hi there!

It’s time for a new challenge at AAA Cards! The theme for this fortnight is ‘along the edge’ with the optional twist of sewing. Our sponsor is Stamplorations.

I had originally planned to use one of my pretty edge punches that I have been hoarding keeping hold of for the past decade. Although I happily moved to wafer-thin dies some time ago, I have never been able to part with my punch collection. I think it’s because I invested so much in them at the time. I remember how difficult it was for us in the UK to get hold of those Martha Stewart punches when they first came out…. and how I used to love looking at them in person whenever I went to craft stores in the US.

Yes. Well, that’s a nice memory…. because I very quickly remembered WHY I was so happy to move to wafer-thin dies.

Punches are a complete nightmare with thicker cardstock. I really tried with one beautiful edge punch which got stuck on multiple occasions… and accidentally fell into the bin at one point. I fished it out.. but it’s fair to say that my romantic memory of punches has been eroded and quite a few punches will be finding their way out of my house imminently!

So I turned to my die collection – lots of choice there and requiring MUCH less elbow grease! I chose the Cascading Hearts die from Technique Tuesday. I didn’t want to fill in all the hearts as I liked seeing the white of the back of the card through the open hearts. Instead I added some patterned vellum to just a few of them.

The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.

My team mates have come up with some beautiful cards which are on the AAA Cards challenge blog. We are also joined by the talented Michelle from Seashell Creations – she has some beautiful cards on her blog!

Thanks for stopping by!


Day 13 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2018

Hi everyone!

I’m playing along with Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags event again this year.

The sponsor for Day 13 was Technique Tuesday. I don’t have many of their stamps but I do have a Christmas set, Twinkle On, which I bought many years ago in Archivers while on a work trip to the USA! I loved how Jill Dewey Hawkins used patterned paper for her tag base, so I just had to use that for my inspiration!

I stamped the small fairy lights image from the set multiple times across the tag base and then coloured it with my Twinkling  H2Os before adding a bold sentiment from the same set.

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Day 19 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags

Hi there!

I’m playing along with Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags event this year.

The sponsor for Day 19 was Technique Tuesday – they have some wonderful stamps and dies! I particularly love some of their sentiment sets and so I decided to use one of my favourite sentiments from an older TT set that I haven’t used for quite a while.

I loved Jill Dewey Hawkins’ pink/mint tag – so simple but effective and this is my take. It was fun to create with non-traditional colours!

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First galaxy card

Hi everyone!

The theme for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is ‘Written in the stars’. I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to attempt my first galaxy background. There are some amazing galaxy cards on Instagram and I have been itching to give it a go.

It turned out to be super easy and incredibly quick!

Step 1

I used a few bright distress inks to create my first layer. I didn’t worry too much about smoothing out the blending as I knew any uneven patches would be hidden by the next layer.






Step 2

 Next, I added a layer of dark ink – I chose to use Black Soot Distress Oxide. On reflection, maybe this could have been a bit darker. I’ll see what that’s like next time I do a galaxy background.






Step 3

I added some splashes of water to give the impression of distant light. I decided that OI wouldn’t add any white splatters to this background as I was going to be adding a busy die cut to the foreground. Otherwise, I would definitely add them!






To finish the card, I added a Technique Tuesday die cut, a Dienamics frame and a sentiment from Hero Arts.

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Happy Birthday Bro!

Hi everyone

I have the honour of being a guest designer over at the Less is More challenge blog this week.

The theme is ‘personalise it’ and here is the card I made for my DJ brother using dies from Technique Tuesday and My Favourite Things.

I created the personalised sentiment using good ol’ MS Word and the Bradley Hand Font, which I love to use for my personalised cards!

The design team have created some wonderful cards for this challenge over at the Less is More blog – I hope you have a chance to check them out and join in the challenge!

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You’re so wise

Hello everyone!

When I saw Barb’s guest post for Technique Tuesday a few weeks ago, I just HAD to have the sweet owl stamp. It landed on my doormat yesterday and I inked it up straight away!

I coloured it using my Twinkling H2Os and added a touch of Nuvo Aqua Glimmer Gloss for extra shimmer. I then masked off the image and used a stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop to anchor the little owl. Finally I added a cute sentiment from My Favorite Things.

Thanks for looking!