Saturday, 23 April 2016

Birthday wishes

Hello there,
Well it's almost May and I haven't shared a card this year ! 
We've had a lovely warm summer and autumn. It's been difficult to stay inside and make cards. 

Anyway I've just made this card and I'm sharing it for the  April Scrapbook Challenge 
I've white heat embossed a Stampin Up rose and then added water to the enclosed areas before dropping in the colour. 

Here is the inspiration board  for the challenge.
 As you can see, I went with the rose image.
The square blocks of the board encouraged me to shape my image and card as I have. 
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 28 November 2015


Hello there, time to make some Christmas cards.....and here is a quick card with no stamping. 
Maybe it's a little too glittery...but then Christmas can be sparkle.

I'm placing this into the Merry Monday Challenge 181 which is blue and white with texture. 
 I hope there is enough texture with the glitter paper and the die cut. 
I played with some distress ink and perfect pearls to make the background and then used a Kaszazz die cut.
Great challenge and it has got me started on the cards...I'll be back!.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Pink Cameo

Hello, everyone,
It's been a while since I loaded a card to my blog, because I have such trouble getting a decent photo. The colours are usually too pale or not true to real life. 

I was inspired by the cameo and the pale pinks  in the challenge photo.
 I've used a Diamond Cameo folder by Couture creations and then sponged the pale pink card with a soft pink distress ink.
I've used some MFT blueprint 18 dies and kraft cardstock.

I'm posting this card to the Scrapbook Boutique Challenge. 

and, the Day 5 student gallery at online card classes. devoted to backgrounds! 
Today one of the classes is teaching embossing and sponging backgrounds. 

 It's been great so far.

I hope you like it. I'll be back to look and comment on both galleries shortly.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Merry Christmas

Hello everyone,
It's been a while...I'm making some cards for Christmas and decided I'd enter the challenge. 

I'm afraid I've left it until the last minute (again) and I'm pleased to find the challenge, because I've used the colours as my inspiration.

I'm pleased with how this card has turned out.

I've used an embossing folder for the background ( cream cardstock)  and sprayed with green mist.
I had to use a rub on for the message because the cardstock was difficult to stamp.

The ponsettia is from PTI. I stamped in black and then used distress ink to colour. I've cut it out by hand and addes some sequins to the centre for a bit of bling. 

I've placed it onto some green cardstock and then I rounded the bottom left corner. 
I decided it was ok to stop there!

The inspiration has been useful, so I think I'll have to enter more challenges in 2015.

Thanks for looking. I'll be around to visit posts later tonight. 

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Butterflies and cake

Hello, I decided I should try the June Challenge at Scrapbook Boutique  as I have some stamps which just fit the bill.
 I hope you like them. 

The butterflies are PTI and the cupcakes are from Stampin Up.
I've stamped the images with coloured ink and then clear embossed them. 

I thought the words fitted the images well and they are from Impression Obsession.

Here is the challenge picture. 
I went with the colours and the butterflies and the cupcakes. 

Thanks for looking! I'll be around to comment tomorrow.

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Watercolour flowers

I've been enjoying an online watercolour class. It's been fun and I've been trying some new techniques. 

I'm sharing this at Less is More -week 172 -the challenge is Flowers, and I'll place it into the student gallery at the online watercolour class. 

I've used Distress Inks and some masking and tried to utilise the ideas I've seen in the videos for the class.

The image is from Flourishes Stamps-Zinnias, and the sentiment is from Clearly Besotted-Pretty Petals. 

I'm not so happy with how the leaves look really but as it's a first effort, I hope to improve as I practice.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Red for me!

Hello everyone, here is a quick post for the CASE Study Challenge #185

I've been looking at all the lovely cards for the Case Study challenge for a while now and I've decided to join in. The first challenge for April has a new Muse,  Jaclyn Miller!
I really like the clean lines of  Jaclyn's card and here is my take on the challenge.

I've used a Lil' Inker rectangle die for the top section of the card and created the red flowers with two layers from PTI's Garden Grace. The leaves from the same set are stamped with Encore Metallic Silver.  

I've then used a PTI Garden Grace die to emboss the design. This is the first time I've tried this and I'm happy with the result. I first saw this technique on Iwonas card and you can take a look here  .

The sentiment is Hero Arts -What's Up.

I did enjoy this case so I'll be back again when the next case is offered.
Here is the card from Jaclyn which inspired me.

Thanks for looking.