Badass Chick, Claritystamps, Dylusions, Gelli Plate, Happy Moments, Lacy Brocade, Oh So Lovely

Gelli plate background cards

Hello. Today and over the next few days I have a lot of cards I made using similar techniques because I made a lot of backgrounds during a crafting session with friends (and whilst tidying up afterwards too!). 

Here are the backgrounds I made using distress inks and the gelli plate. The first photo shows the cards I made that night too and three I had started off.

I love how this fun technique provides lots of different panels and they are all unique and organic in the way they come together. 

The next step was to choose some stamps to start the decorating. Some of these I didn’t do a brilliant job of stamping… either I rocked the stamp or I dropped it so created some shadow… but given I have this many panels to work with it’s not a big deal if they don’t all end up being used in the end! 

For all of them I used black versatile ink for the stamping and in some cases I masked the edges off so I could preserve the edge of the panels.

Ok so from this point on I needed to cut them all into panels…

… choose card colours for mounts…

… die cut ATCs from the mount card stock… 

… and layer them up! 

The six I am going to focus on today were all done using the Wildflowers stamps by Tim Holtz.  I love these silhouette stamps .. they are so effective and simple to use. I chose to make both birthday and thank you cards.

I started very simple. Some added gems and a heat embossed sentiment on the same colour cardstock as the mount and raised on foam tape to give dimension. I also went over the flower image with Wink of Stella to give it lovely shimmer! 

The next one I chose a crumb cake card for the base and added some patterned paper. 

I kept the embellishment simole with just a heat embossed sentiment and then used glossy accents on the flower to give it texture and dimension. 

The next card I added a embossed piece of ombre cardstock.  For the main feature I cut the panel down a tiny amount so there was less of a frame and added a black outline. I stamped the sentiment directly on the panel and added gems and wink of Stella again for the shimmery finish on the flower.

Next up I took some more of the patterned paper and added a strip to the card blank. Again I kept the panel simple with some gems and a heat embossed sentiment.

The next one I decided on a little bit of doodling and a panel of Lemon lime Twist cardstock. Again gems and wink of Stella added sparkle.

The final one I used crumb cake cardstock for the base again. The turquoise panel is the same ombre cardstock I used earlier and the sentiment is cut from a part that is slightly lighter. I heat embossed the sentiment, added gems and of course some wink of Stella to the flower again! 

So that’s 6 cards made… quite a few left to go but enjoying the challenge of turning these mini panels into something pretty and fun! 

I will share the other finished cards as I get to them over the next few days!

Happy crafting!


Dictionary, Distress oxide ink, Oh So Lovely, YouTube video

Remembrance ATC swap with Lindsay Mason

Today I have another video (3 in a row) to share with you and three ATCs I made for a swap Lindsay Mason organised where the theme was I Remember.

I chose to go for a poppy and Remembrance Sunday interpretation and here is what I made. 

I used distress oxides to create the background and then an old stamp from Stampin Up to heat emboss the poppy image. 

Love how these came out and really enjoyed creating them. 

Happy crafting! 


fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Oh So Lovely, Use them or Lose them

Use them or Lose them #17 project 2

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

This week I am using the Oh So Lovely stamps and on Sunday I showcased them for a very clean and simple set of cards.  I did wonder as they are perfect for that style if I could use them for another style too… well I turned to a page in my dylusions journal and tried them out…

The page had some wipe marks from another project.  I have no idea what stencil I had used but could clearly see a frame taking shape.

I wiped some leftover Nougat fresco paint over the square to act as the base for the page.  Then took a stencil and added the pale green splodges of paint for two corners.

Then I found a framer stencil and placed that over the top and used some more fresco paint to part of this to add some definition and some brighter colour.

Then I added the flowers from the stamp set with only some partial stamping and using paint to stamp. I also stamped in the nougat over the bottom corner of the frame the hessian stamp.
I brushed some Wisteria Wonder ink in the right hand corner and some island Indigo ink in the left hand top corner. Then I stamped the berry image in black archival and coloured the image in lightly with ink and water.

Then used a piece of paper to add a line of shadow to the bottom right of the frame and doodled a frame for the Art with pen and then a brush and Indian ink.


I chose the quote that worked for me at that moment looking at the image and then painted it with my brush and ink diamond ink.

A simple and quick page and yes I can make something with these stamps that isn’t clean and simple.

I knew it anyway though… These stamps are for keeps! Love them too much.

Happy crafting!


Oh So Lovely, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #17 Oh so lovely

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

While I was thinking about the White space challenge over at Paperartsy I decided to grab the Oh so lovely stamps which are have often been my clean and simple go to choice… so decided to keep these cards as CAS as possible.




All three of the floral stems used and stamped in black archival and then the hessian pattern stamp over stamped in a colour… Wisteria Wonder,  Pistachio Pudding and Poppy Parade. 

I then took a water brush and some ink to add a little solid colour wash to the images.  The sentiments were the Made for You stamp set.

Simple, clean, plenty of white space!

Ok as for the stamps are the lose them or keep them? For me they are keepers for now as I still love their elegant design and they make perfect CAS cards everytime.  Wonder if I can challenge myself to use them differently though later in the week or if CAS is all I can do with them?

Happy crafting!