Gorjuss 18th

This is a card for a girl at work who is turning 18 this month. I’m hoping she likes it!

I chose a Gorjuss girl with her handbag as the recipient of this card always dresses well and likes her handbags and it’s an appropriate image for someone coming if age.

I used a side stepped card in kraft card for this project and inked the background, the stamped images, the die cuts and coloured the image with the same inks. I used a Dovecraft stamp for the happy birthday. A combination of Kaisercraft “perfume” and Tim Holtz stamps for the background. Then Papermania stamps and dies for the 18TH.

With heartfelt condolences

Cards of sympathy mean so much to the recipient and this one is no different.

I’ve been wanting to use the resist technique again for a while and making this card for someone I’ve know my whole life gave me the excuse to do so. I wanted the card to be quite plain and simple, but also not too somber.

I used:

  • A 5×7″ white scalloped 300gsm blank card
  • A slightly smaller piece of white card
  • A flower stamp
  • 2 x Distress inks
  • A piece of silver ribbon
  • A strip of card for the sentiment
  • Embossing ink
  • Clear heat embossing power
  • Heat gun

I stamped the image in embossing ink onto my white piece of card, then sprinkled clear heat embossing powder over the stamped image and used my heat tool to embossing the image. I was then able to ink over the surface and leave my image white in the background as the embossing powder works as a resist and the ink doesn’t stick to it. It’s such a simple but clever technique. So effective too. I attached the ribbon and the sentiment to this piece of card and mounted it onto the card blank.

Inside I stamped the sentiment “sending you paper hugs”

#456 CRAFT challenge – alien/fantasy

Using Saucer head from Doctor Digi’s house of stamps


White 5″ square card blank

Saucer head digi stamp

Black glittered card

5 white card circles of varying sizes

Fossilized Amber distress oxide ink

Broken china fistress oxide ink

Chameleon pens

Greeting from my stash

I found some black glittered card and decided it looked like a night sky in space, so I made some planets by inking some circles. The craft and alien are coloured with my Chameleon pens. Such a cute alien!

Dream Valley challenge #173 – things with wings

This challenge is sponsored by Fabrika Fantasy and this stamp is the Peonies Fairy.

Using this digi stamp I chose to watercolour with some Marvy pens, some of which were from the twinkle the pigment glitter marker range. Once coloured and dried I used my scan n cut to cut out the image with a 1mm border. I die cut a white oval mat to mount the fairy onto and two of the swirly die’sire diecuts. The background paper was some I had in my stash – you know those boxes that house a multitude of papers that you can’t remember where they all came from! I also stamped a sentiment which was appropriate. Now to put the card together from this pile of loveliness!

This hopefully shows how glittery the MARVY pens are.

#455 CRAFT challenge – Mothers Day / Female

Using Sweet n sassy

I cut a stepper card for this card as I wanted something a little different. The butterflies have a sparkling glitter from the glitter Marvy pens I used to colour these and I inked the card blank up with a co-ordinating colour to the butterflies.

I added a leafy flourish from Tattered Lace and layered up a couple of flowers.

I’d like to enter this into the following challenge:


Dream Valley challenge #172 – Patterned papers

For this challenge I used the All Dressed Up Christmas hair do digi stamp.

Such a cute image. For this I used my chameleon pens to colour the image. I inked around the outside with the fired brick distress ink. I then added this to a kraft card easel base. I added the strips of coordinating patterned papers and card to the base of the easel and stamped a sentiment onto a die cut and inked around that too. I laced the die cut sentiment tag with some thin black ribbon and held it in place with silicone glue to give me some height to the sentiment.

Such a cute design!

Amazing Lucy

I find that I’m scrapbooking less these days as I often don’t get the time. This week I made an effort and used this photo that has been sat on my desk in the craft room for some time!

I’ve recently picked up the x-cut embossing folder frame in a sale and this page gave me the opportunity to use this too as it was just the right size.

For lucy nothing can be too girly so I’ve tried to keep this remind but not girly. Her favourite colour is blue (mine too!) and a lot of her pages are blue so I tried to go out of my comfort zone a little with this page.

I had the grey swirls already die cut in my draws and also the flowers. But to tone these in I stamped newsprint onto them and inked them all up along with the wooden “daughter” phrase I’d picked up in Canada years back. It’s amazing how long stash can sit there but it always has a use and I kinda know where it’s hiding too.

The grunge board I used to cut the brackets is another little something I picked up in Canada years back too. I love that all of these things find their way into projects and bring back crafting (shopping) memories.

The leaves are from a recent set of stamps I got so I stamped and inked these up. They’re cute! Just like my baby girl! She’s amazing.

Very British

I stamped these images out some time ago and had the inspiration today to put them together. The images are from Indigo Blu “pomp and pageantry”. Several of my family are no longer living in the UK so when I found this set I could immediately see some use for the ex-pats in my family among others.

I cut a cream card blank and inked the background lightly with China blue distress ink and then used a newspaper print stamp in the same colour to start my background. Into this mix I used some of the Tim Holtz stamps I had with the weathered wood distress ink and slowly built up a background I was happy with. Then I added some distress ink to the stamped images so that they would tone in and mounted these up onto the card. It quite subtle colours but I love this card.

I’d like to enter this for the following challenge:

Creative Crafters challenge #1

Leaving card

Sadly my boss has just left work and she will be so missed! She’s been there for a long time and she knows that understanding, friendship, trust and flexibility are the key to getting the most out of your staff. She’s a special lady and I wanted to make her a fitting card.

She’s not over the hill yet and is hoping to do a bit more of what she wants including travelling before it’s too late!

I felt “onwards for a new adventure” was a better phrase than “sorry you’re leaving”. Of course my phrase doesn’t exist (as far as I know) so set about creating this in Canvas so that I could cut it out on my scan n cut machine. I love that when you create your own work you have the flexibility to create what you want and that nothing needs to be prescribed.

I hope that she has many adventures to come!