Category Archives: Word Window

Happy birthday Niamh!

Another friend of the princess turns 13 today… so another card made!

This time I found a stamp I had in the stash that I thought I could make look a little bit like Niamh… so stamped and coloured with promarkers and made a distress ink background to go with the image.

I videoed the process here


Happy crafting!


Countdown to Christmas ATCs pt 10

Another post in my Christmas card topper stack of ATCs….

Today I have two bright pink and purple ones to contrast the last couple of posts where it has been more vintage in cokour and style.

Plenty of yummy distress oxides, stencilling and the cute Winter Friends stamps coloured with promarkers.  I also added some punchinella with a couple of coloured staples. 

I love that the sentiment I chose from the Emma Godfrey Paperartsy set fits in the word window punch too!

Happy crafting! 


Pj day

Today is a rest day for me and the princess. She was sick during the night and then used me as her pillow for the rest of it. She’s currently snoring away next to me.  Poor sunshine! So a leave day from work for me to give some tlc!

Yesterday I managed a fair amount of creativity as I had a few projects to catch up on so here is one of the projects I made just because! I often do this in between DT stuff, class prep, orders, challenge stuff. It keeps me fresh and feeling like there is no pressure.

So I took an image I coloured a long time ago, and tore round it.  I then tore a piece of pink cardstock for the bottom layer and lightly inked both to show the texture.


I used the sentiment stamp to add some texture to the shading on the floor.  I also stamped the same sentiment on a separate piece and punched it out.  A couple of gems and some trim… jobs a good’un. 


Final touch was a bit of gelli roll pen glaze to add  little bit of shine.

Happy crafting!


Three sheet wonder sets 4 and 5 of cards

My final installment for the one three sheet wonder I did with Gingham Garden dsp for you today.  Two sets of cards I made… 

The first set uses the ever so pretty Butterfly basics and lots of fussy cutting! Ugggh!




I coloured the images using a water brush and the coordinating ink colours to the dsp.

I stamped the flower onto the envelopes too to add a finishing touch.


The next set are different in style with a cute little bear which was a Craft stamper stamp from a few months ago. I rarely use the stamps on craft stamper because I forget all about them… but this one jumped out at me to be used for this project!




I used the stamp on the envelope too…

Not a bad little haul from a three sheet wonder project and such a nice set of papers too!

Happy crafting!


UIUS! Batch of ten completed!

Yes I have managed to complete a batch of 10 cards as part of my Use it up Saturday pledge!


I grabbed ten cards which had a fabulous tree paper backed with Old Olive cardstock, this was my batch!


The paper worked perfectly with the Festival of Trees stamp and punch of course… So these were next… On some scrap (of course) whisper white…


Then a delve through the scraps box gave me some lovely Raspberry Ripple to go with the greens, punched and embossed!


A quick rummage in the ribbons basket secured some lengths of ribbon.


Ten cards then assembled, including sentiments stamped from Henry Says and stickles added for some quick and easy bling!


Apart from the cardstock for matting the DSP and the card blanks… A perfect example of how to Use It Up!

Happy crafting!


Advent craftiness! Day 20!

Five days to go!!! And as I’ve got back from picking my parents up rom the airport I can officially start thinking it is Christmas time! (Hence the early morning post)

Today I have some cards in boxes to share with you… Well sort of in boxes!



The cards I made from a kit from a magazine with cute animals in, and added some cardstock, made the card blanks and some glitter glue and ink. The sentiments were stamped separately. I kept them all fairly flat as know how much postage costs these days!

The box was a sort of fail… I made a lovely box and it was all going well and then somehow I sat on the lid and unfortunately I broke it completely. And as I didn’t have another piece of the cardstock big enough decided not to bother with a lid. And so my friend gets this set of cards in with her Christmas presents without a lid! Oops!

Hopefully set number two makes up for it!

These are tiny cards… I used the Michael Powell stamp and used Inktense blocks to colour them. Then I added the glitter glue and a sentiment I cut by hand into funky shapes.

I am putting them into the “box” I made with the little partridge in a pear tree cards I made a while back. I had intended to make more of these for the princess to give, but then her grandfather gave her some bought cards (oh the shame) so I didn’t bother!


Can you see the wallet box to the left of the picture. This is custom made to fit all ten cards into with their envelopes and then the ribbon keeps it closed. Cute!

Really pleased with how I made this… Maybe one for a tutorial for next years blog?

Now to go investigate where all my categories have gone as I seem to have lost most of them in the last WordPress update l! Grrrr!

Happy crafting!


Advent craftiness! Day four!

So today’s advent craftiness is a couple of White Christmas cards using the same technique!

I used the ink to block technique to create the background for both these stamped toppers… And love how different I then made each card!

I used the lovely Lost Lagoon ink and pressed it lightly onto the ink block, then spritzed it with water. Then use that as the stamp and stamped it onto the Whisper White. As I added a different amount of water to each attempt I got a different effect in terms of the density of colour and the way it dried on the cardstock. I love that this simple technique creates a lovely, easy and different background to stamp onto. The White Christmas stamps are then perfect for adding a little scene.



I took each panel and then treated them differently. One I tore the edges to create a more grungy look. The other I kept straight. For both I used a shaving brush to add some ink to the edges of the panels. This creates a different effect than using foam blenders or sponge.

The straight edged one, I decided to just mount straight onto the card as a flat card, and then stamped the sentiment, from the fab Good Greetings hostess set (I adore these stamps!), direct to the card blank. Simple but effective!

The torn edge one I decided to add lots of layers… So took some random stash grey cardstock and emboss it with the words embossing folder. Then took some tracing paper (in place of vellum) and ran that through one of the snowflake embossing folders from the Sheena Douglass collection. Finally I added the sentiment, punched out using the Word window punch.

So different but using the same technique and stamped panel, but treating them both so differently!

Happy crafting!


Colour my Monday! Tangerine Tango

Happy Monday everyone!


Time for some zingy bright colour in your life?


This is a lovely bright peachy orange colour, but not one I use very often. I decided to rummage through the DSP pile looking for it … And found this International Bazaar DSP which I thought was scrummy, but a little busy looking. So I decided to tone it down a bit. I chose Crumb cake as both the layering colour, and to stamp onto, and chose a doily to also make the slightly masculine paper pattern, more feminine.


I decided that the Pleasant Poppies stamp would look good in the ink colour, so stamped it and then water coloured it with the inks in the Tangerine Tango & Pear Pizazz. Then I added the sentiment, and some paper flowers, followed by a wooden flower embellishment with a brad in the centre. Oh and underneath the stamped topped and the flowers is some Crisp Canteloupe stretchy ruffle trim too.

Love the subtle way this card now looks, even though the main colour is the Tangerine tango just by choosing a neutral cardstock like the Crumb cake.

Happy crafting!


Scrap box challenge

Does everyone have a problem using up scraps of paper, or throwing them away, or is it just me? My scrap box gets out of control quite quickly, so a few weeks ago I started to clear it out and use some of the bits that had accumulated and were too small to save, but needed using and not just recycling.

Here is batch number two of said cards!

Bright and busy DSP lent itself to a simple card with the addition of a sentiment, a scrap of ribbon and the two cute butterflies!

Some more chevron ribbon, a punched sentiment, and a lovely stamped and water coloured flower from the classy Everything Eleanor stamp set. Perfect.

Another classy card. This time Four Frames to provide the sentiment frame, and a little bit of decoupage to finish off. Once again chevron ribbon is fab!

Back to the modern look, some cocktails and some texture from the embossing folder. And a different ribbon this time… Some scrap red silky ribbon.

Finally something a bit different again…

The Sunflower stamp, teamed with grungy papers and some print (First Edition) and the added splotches from Gorgeous Grunge. Fab!

Not bad for an hours play and using up scraps!

Happy crafting!