Art by Marlene collage papers, Happy Celebrations, Happy wishes

Happy birthday Mum

Yesterday was Mum’s birthday so we celebrated with a meal out.

Here is the card I made for her…

I loved this bold and bright paper from art by Marlene and knew it was perfect for my Mum. I teamed it with the Happy Wishes white embossed sentiment and some light grey cardstock.

I also added in the Happy Celebrations stamp to finish the sentiment and then a scatter of sequins to embellish.

Happy crafting!


Darcy, Distress oxide ink, Emma Godfrey, Happy Celebrations, Summer Silhouettes, Tim Holtz

UK Stampers Forum fireworks and Christmas bunting

I’m on catch up for a couple of projects I never got round to sharing on my blog… two bunting swaps… one themed Fireworks and the other themed Christmas.

So the fireworks one I used paints to create the background and then did lots of stamping using Paperartsy stamps and a few other random stamps that I thought looked a little like fireworks. For each of them I stamped in distress oxide and then heat embossed with clear.

I then stamped the celebrate in versamark and used a sparkly white powder to heat set that. I added the little banner with good times and then some dots of stickles to add more sparkle and shine.

For the Christmas bunting I went for a patchwork background with different papers…

I then cut it down and sewed each of the seams and round the edge.

I then stamped the Darcy snowflakes and heat embossed them and added the Tim Holtz tree die cuts (these were cut from an alcohol ink background)

Next I created the little hill and stamped the snowman and coloured him with water colours.

I added the snow by using some matt medium and then sprinkling on the embossing powder.

I finished off with a Tim Holtz sticker.

Super happy with these bunting… and how different they both are in style.

Happy crafting!


Design Team, Happy Celebrations, Stitched framelits, Tim Holtz

DT: Back to Basics and Beyond: colouring on vellum

Hello… I have another design teteam contribution to share today… this is for Back to Basics and Beyond challenge where the theme for this fortnight is “stamping and colouring on vellum”.

So I actually made this a few weeks ago for my hubbys birthday card. I was heavily inspired by a YouTube video I had watched (Link) and made this cocktail themed card.

I used Tim HolHoltz blueprint cocktail stamps in a few colours of SU inks and made the background. Then I made the topper.

Next I embossed the sentiment onto the vellum panel and used SU write markers to colour the reverse which gives a more muted effect … perfperfect against the busy background.

I wrapped that round the panel and then added the rest of the sentiment and the embellishments to finish off.

So big credit goes to xxx for the inspiration… and now off to see what others have done with vellum for the challenge.

Happy crafting!


Handcarved, Happy Celebrations

Happy Celebrations card

I made this card for a friend a few days ago using two of my favourite SU stamp sets… handcarved background and Happy Celebrations.

I used my stamp platform to get the variation in the colours on the background and then over stamped with black for the sentiment.

I added the smaller part of the sentiment by embossing in white on black cardstock.

I then thought it needed a little something else so punched some hearts from cardstock coloured with the same inks and added black pen doodles and then black splats using the stamp in Timeless Textures.

A fun and easy modern card.

Happy crafting!


P.S. it is also the hubbys birthday todtoday but his card is a design team project so I can’t share it yet. That will have to wait until later in the month

Distress oxide ink, Foiling, Happy Celebrations, Masks/Stencils, Shrink plastic

Happy birthday Kizziya

It’s another of the princess’ friends birthdays… how they are all becoming teenagers already is frightening… Anyway here is the card I made for Kizziya.

I used distress oxides to create the background and added a stencilled pattern using Versamark and some clear embossing. I also added some foil whilst the embossing was hot and this added a bit of a silver shine to the texture.

Next I created the star in the same way using a star stencil and then added some white pen to add edges to the star and the panel.

I then added the shrink plastic embellishment sentiments for the front using both the Happy Celebrations and alpha stamps for including Kizziya’s name.

I finished off with some glitter gems… cute!

Hoping Kizziya had a fab birthday and liked the card I made for her.

Happy crafting!


fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Happy Celebrations, Lawn Fawn stamps, Masks/Stencils

Happy birthday Grace

It’s one of the princess’ friends birthday today so I made her a card.

I wanted to play with my small square gelli plate and so layered a few prints up in zingy bright colours of fresco finish paints.

This provided the backdrop for the focal point … a tag I painted in mermaid paint and a flamingo stamped and embossed onto the wipe off card I had been wiping the brayer off on.

I decided to stamp the happy repeatedly on the card blank in two colours of ink (coastal cabana and pool party SU inks) and this creates a fun background for the topper.

Then I heat embossed the script Happy and added a little ribbon tag for the rest of the sentiment.

And finally… black enamel accents… Will I ever get bored of using these? … and some wink of Stella on the flamingo… after all sparkle is always fun!

I also did a little stamping to the envelope using the Lawn Fawn pineapple stamp set. Thought this added a cute little touch to the envelope.

Happy crafting!


Claritystamps, Happy Celebrations, Magical day

Magical unicorn postcard

Today I have a postcard to share which I made for a swap at Postcard Art swap group over on facebook. The theme for this month was Unicorns and I decided to use the Claritystamp unicorn I had in my stash.

I stamped it with archival in grey and then coloured it with watercolour pencils before blending and activating them with my wink of stella. I added a generous amount of the wink of Stella and then before it had dried I added clear embossing powder. Once the first layer was dried I added more wink of Stella and then more embossing powder. This gave the unicorn some dimension, shine and plenty of magical shimmer.

Then I decided to use the Happy Celebrations paint swipe stamp to add a rainbow behind the unicorn.

I stamped it in the rainbow colours being careful to clean it well between colours and before repositioning. Once I had done that I took a clean tissue and wiped the ink off the embossed image and slightly blended the inks in the background.

Next I stamped and embossed the sentiment in Black and then added the grey ink to the edge. I had used mountboard for this postcard so I knew it would be sturdy and required no other mount.

Finally I added some splashes of ice mixed with water to add yet more magical shimmer!

Happy crafting!


Art and crafting styles, Distress oxide ink, Embossing Folders, Happy Celebrations

Artful ATCS… the Beatles

So this month it was my choice of theme and for a reason I don’t really understand now, when I was asked to choose a theme, I chose the Beatles! Am I big fan? Nope not really. So not entirely sure what made me choose that. So I had to make two ATCs based on this theme.

I first went with a song I know my parents liked… Here comes the Sun.

I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder as a stamp using distress stain to create the impression in spiced marmelade onto the base I coloured with the fossilized amber stain.

I inked it again, this time with versamark and lined it up to stamp again. I used clear embossing powder and heat set it. I then did it again and used gold embossing powder. I love the faint impression this gave and all the texture.

Next I inked the edge with versamark and added the gold to give it a nice border.

I stamped the words onto book print and added them to the front and when dry I went in with some watercolour pencils to add some further definition.

Next I went for another song inspired by the dancers stamp.

I started with the splodges stamp from Happy Celebrations and stamped it with a few of the blue distress oxides until it was nice and solid. I then used the black soot oxide to stamp the dancers. I edged the card with black and stamped the song title.

Next I added versamark across the whole panel and clear embossed it. I did it a few times to end up with a lovely thick glossy card.

So why I chose this theme I will never know but happy with my creations none the less.

Happy crafting!


Designer Series Paper, Happy Celebrations

Making Cards magazine pop up

I made another pop up box card and I loved it so decided to make another using the papers and an image from Making Cards magazine.

Again I started with the same Tranquil Tide cardstock base making the rectangle pop up box.

This time I added die cut flowers and clouds from my stash. The sentiment I embossed on vellum and then fussy cut it out before adhering it onto the box front.

Love how cute this is.

The theme over at the Paperartsy blog challenge is boxes so entering this into the challenge.

Happy crafting!