Distress oxide ink, First edition dies, Petal Palette, Petals and more, Spellbinders, Stitched framelits, Succulent Garden, Watercolor words, Watercolour paints

Catch up from class

Earlier this month I held a crafting session with friends and I never got round to sharing the cards I ended up making during the class. As per usual I swapped things up so I wasn’t making the same as the samples…

The theme of the class was watercolour and florals and I love how differently these all ended up.

Happy crafting!


Dies, Petal Palette, Spellbinders

Petal Palette fussy die cutting

I was gifted some fab dies by a kind crafting online friend and this is my first use of them… to make a pretty lemon and craft card with the fab petal palette stamp and coordinating dies. This is very far from my usual style of cardmaking but love the final look.

I used some thin cardstock for the lemon die cut and kept that simple onto the kraft base card. Then watercoloured and die cut the flowers. I then added the leaf die from the set using some old olive cardstock and then the sentiment and label die from the same set.

I then added some pearl gems as accents and my obligatory bling!

So what do you think? Fancy but still sort of clean? This die set comes with a central piece too but that was too fussy for me. There is also another set I’ve been gifted and looking forward to trying out… I’m imagining a white on white card for a wedding with that one though!

Happy crafting!


Happy crafting!


Distress oxide ink, Mediterranean Moments, Spellbinders

Artful ATCs … through the window (221 & 222)

Another monthly swap at Artful ATCs and this time the theme is… through the window.

So I started with a die cut window from my stash that I painted with black gesso. 

I then took a panel I had stencilled and blended distress inks onto and stamped an image from Mediterranean Moments. I then added some Hickory Smoke ink to the edge which would be outside the window and left the inside brighter… I also added some light shading to the image.

I then layered it up and added heat embossing across the whole panel.  I then did a dymo label for the title.

Next I took the stamps from Creative Stamping magazine and made a scene for through the porthole.

I added gesso to a light green piece of card then added layers of distress oxide.  I then stamped the seahorses and the seaweed.

I then stamped the porthole on separate paper and cut it out.  I then added the colour using distress stains.

I once again coated it all with versamark and embossing powder.

Happy crafting!



Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy, Ink & the Dog, Spellbinders, Tim Holtz, YouTube video

Lindsay Mason ATC swap… through the window… 120 – 123

I made another three ATC’S for a swap that Lindsay Mason organises… and the theme this month (Feb) is Through the Window. 

I actually did mine on video… here is the link.https://youtu.be/RvIuJ4XDE50

However it is a little long as three individual atcs takes time. So here are the pics of the final pieces. 

Three very different ATC’S but all featuring windows as per the brief.

Hope you get a chance to watch the process video I made. Sorry it’s so long. Next time will just have to do the whole thing on fast forward and learn to do voice overs. 

Getting there with my videoing skills though and enjoying doing them even if the editing gets a little tiresome! 

Happy crafting!


Howlstooth & Scaringbone, Indigo Blu, Masks/Stencils, Spellbinders, Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz

Postcard swap- all about halloween

The theme for the postcard swap in October was “all about halloween”.

Now I didn’t have a clue where to go with this at first having used up my Halloween thoughts for the ATC swap which I shared yesterday … but then I decided to just start with some dsp that was halloween coloured … the lovely Howlingtooth and Scaringbone dsp that SU did a few years ago that I used for scrapbook pages from our halloween trip to Disneyland Paris. And then I just followed where my mojo took me!

I tore pieces up and collaged them onto a 6×4 piece if packaging I used for the base. Then once that was dry I added some black gesso to blend the papers together into the background.  Then I added some lovely Autumn Fire Fresco finish paint which works perfectly with the papers. I also used a stencil I have that I thought looked a bit like a spiders web and some glass beads gel through it to add some texture. 

Next I grabbed a die that I have had for several years and never used and die cut the gothic arch window from some paper. I coated it with black gesso and then a layer of the glass beads gel too. Yes as regular readers of my blog know I am obsessed with glass beads gel! 

Here they are drying… the glass beads gel dries clear… although the die cut is on the postcard it isn’t stuck down. I knew I had plenty more layers to add! 

Next I felt I needed a scene through the window so I stamped the bare forest from indigo blue in a mixture of distress ink colours and added embossing powder to it, heat set it and added more distress ink over the top! 

I cut it to the right size for the window by die cutting it and then trimming off the ornate frame part. Then my card sat untouched for a couple of days! Well OK it might have been closer to a couple of weeks… but I got distracted! He he! 

OK fast forward to when I finished the card. I added stamping and embossing using some Tim Holtz stamps that I ended up buying due to the realisation that I had no halloween stamps at all!  

I then added the Undertaker skull stamped image that I then embossed too. Lots of fun layering up with muslin and thread. 

Added some white pen outlines and highlights. 

I love how this came together when I finally finished it. Hope the recipient loved it too! 

Happy crafting! 


Digital stamps, Spellbinders

Watercolouring with distressinks Kassa style!

The lovely Karen Haylesden  (aka Kassa) has a really cool way of colouring images using Distress inks as watercolours.  I decided to practice my way of doing this Kassa style. 

I used an image I printed on hammered card. Ideally it would have been watercolour card but it was what I had to hand so went with it! The image was a freebie I was directed to through one of my DT groups from All Dressed Up… and found they have an Anything goes challenge at their blog as long as you are using their images… so I am of course entering that challenge!

I started with a base of spun sugar, then Worn Lipstick, Wilted violet and Salty ocean.  I let it dry in between layers.


How cute?


I dies cut out the image and printed it a second time so I could layer up the sentiment a bit.


Then chose two pieces of paper from the stash box and some stickers and pearls.

Love this style of colouring and whilst I am nowhere near as talented as Kassa I do love how this worked. 

Happy crafting !


Gingham Garden, Gorjuss, Ribbons, Spellbinders

Colour my Monday! Daffodil Delight!


Happy Monday! Time to start this week off with something colourful!

And what better than a BRIGHT colour…


I love this zingy colour ! It always makes me think of summer! So I decided on some summery paper to help show it off!


Gingham Garden from last years catalogue is such a bright and cheery paper. Apart from a bit of scrapping I have rarely used it so it was nice to use both side of this one sheet on this card. The Daffodil Delight for the dress on the Gorjuss girl and bottom mat, and the flowery mixed side for the main background.

I also used some Spellbinders dies for the panel behind the girl, and a docrafts one for the little label.

For a change when using this kind of stamp I didn’t grab my Promarkers and instead used the SU markers. As a result, less blending, but as the main item was the paper pieced dress I don’t think it looks too bad.

I added a little lemon rose bud and some Island Indigo bakers twine. Cute! Hope you liked my zingy card?

Happy crafting!