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Fly away with me

So what do you do when you create a blended background that you can’t bear to cut up?

Me? I make a BIG card with it! This card is 20cms x 20cms. But how could I cover up/cut up this:

When I saw this week’s Less is More challenge (take flight), I decided to use my fabulous Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous flying witch stamp. I know I wanted to create a night sky/moon background but hadn’t attempted one before. Then, as luck would have it, the talented Vicky Papaioannou did a You Tube video using distress oxide inks to create the very background I wanted yesterday! Perfect timing! Thanks Vicky!

Anyway, I LOVED creating this background. You will see more of them in future, I think!

I made a very large frame for the panel and luckily I have a couple of base cards that were just a tiny bit smaller! Finally I added a sentiment from Krumspring stamps.

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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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Green and…blue leaves?

Hi everyone!

I’ve been playing with my Distress Oxide inks and Color Bursts today and had great fun making different backgrounds for future projects. It was my first time using colour bursts! Oh my! They are amazing! I only have a couple of colours (at the moment) so I decided to combine them with my distress oxide inks to see what happened – love the effect!

I used one of my backgrounds to make this card. Believe it or not, I actually used Lucky Clover distress oxide ink here but somehow it looks much lighter in places – almost like Cracked Pistachio. Weird, but I like it!

I used a fabulous background die from Altenew and inlaid the pieces that I’d cut from my coloured background into a white die cut panel. To finish it off, I added a small piece of vellum and a greeting cut using some of the Altenew inline alpha set.

I’m entering this into the current Color Throwdown challenge – blue, green and white make up this week’s colour combo!

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Fabulous You!

Hi everyone!

So today I stepped away from the Simon Says Stamp Fractile Leaves set and played with some of my other new Stamptember goodies – including the gorgeous Fabulous You set by Altenew for Stamptember.

I must say, I found this set very easy to use and just created this very quick card using Altenew inks, some distress inks and my Twinkling H2Os, stickles and some sequins to add a bit of sparkle. Looking at it now thought, I’m wondering if I added too many ink splatters to the background?

I’m entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge – ‘stamp it’.

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Repurposing fractile leaves


I really think that the Fractile Leaves stamp set is my favourite Stamptember set so far this year. I could not wait to ink it up and start playing when it landed on my doormat yesterday!

As I was playing, I was thinking about how I could use the set in different ways – I find Simon Says Stamp sets lend themselves to repurposing very nicely – I’ve already shared some cards where I used the Artsy Flower Parts in a different way – here and here.

Anyway, for this card, I thought one leaf could be easily converted into a petal – so here is my Fractile Flower card. Embossed in silver and coloured as ever with my Twinkling H2Os!

I couldn’t resist using one of my new Simon Says Stamp background stamps as well – I embossed it in white and then lightly smooshed on some distress ink.

I’m entering this into the current SSS Flickr challenge – ‘stamp it’.

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Starting to feel like Autumn

There’s definitely a touch of Autumn in the air! Leaves are beginning to fall and I think that the days are feeling a little shorter.

For today’s card, I used the current sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, but instead of 3 die cuts, I chose a Memory Box stem die with three seed heads. Hope this is OK for the challenge!

I created a background panel using some distress stains and then added a Concord & 9th sentiment to finish it off!

I’m also entering this into the current Memory Box challenge which has the theme ‘falling for fall’.

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