Category Archives: Hello Doily

Time to make a pretty card

My parents asked me to make a golden wedding anniversary card for their friends and I finally got round to it.


I used the Hello Doily stamp (pinched it back off the lose it pile!) And the Everything Eleanor swirl.  Then I brushed round the edge with the stencil brushes.

Next I added a die cut panel using the Apothecary Accents and brushed that too.  Then added a little bit of stamping using Timeless Textures and Butterfly Basics to add a bit of pattern.


The anniversary panel was die cut from the same cardstock as the mount and then added the little bow and some gold peel offs as accents.

I so rarely use peel offs but in this case it seemed to be the best idea and worked really nicely.

So I hope that they like this for their friends and it is a fitting celebration of 50 years of marriage.

Happy crafting!


Use them or lose them re evaluation

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!

A few weeks ago I was undecided about two stamp sets… hello doily and Bliss.  I wasn’t sure if they really needed to be kept or not.   As I felt like doing a journal page I decided to use these stamps within the journal and give them a re-evaluation!

I started with a double spread I had added grunge paste through a finnabair stencil on it.  Then stamped the Hello Doily a few times round the pages in Watering Can archival ink.

Once that was dry I chose some distress stains and added them but tried to leave some ‘white space’.  I struggle with white space when I do art journalling as I seem to want to add colour and pattern everywhere.  So I was pleased I remained restrained and left some of the page untouched.


This was the page when the inks were still wet.  I had used Fossilised Amber, Cracked Pistachio and blue Lagoon distress stains.  Love the way the colours blend even without adding water. 

Once it was dry I added some stamping in Twisted Citron distress ink using the Bliss flourish I love so much.

I also added the Bliss stamp used Peeled Paint. Again it was just for background and what I needed.
Next I added some gesso to tone down the colour and add some more layers

I kept this quite patchy as I didn’t want to get rid of too much colour.

I grabbed a stencil to add some more pattern in the background. It is very subtle but adds to the final finish.
I decided I wanted a bit of spray ink so grabbed the Dylusions yellow spray and added a doily as a stencil and then the white over a squiggly stencil.

Time to add some features and a title. It’s the butterfly from the Bliss which I stamped in the watering can archival in a set of three. I also added some washi tape. Then I decided it needed something else as a pop of colour… so out came the gelatos and some red and metallic green and yellow.

I added the title using stamping and then a wooden word which I added the Pebeo Fantasy paint to. I did plenty of splattering in black and white and then added a little white paint on some of the raised texture.

I also used another happy stamp randomly round the pages.

Love how this came together and although not exactly as white space as I had wanted, I managed to not cover ever last millimetre with colour!

Now are these stamps for keeps or not? I’ve decided no matter how much I like this page I am going to add both stamp sets to the lose them pile as don’t imagine using them again.

Entering this into the challenge over at Anything but Cute as my Earth day themed challenge.

Happy crafting!


Use them or lose them #11 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 have been trying to use the Hello Doily stamp.  I managed to use it again to make this card.  The card started as a Brusho experiment with a stencil.


This was using a Clarity stencil and the black brusho powder to create this amazing background. 

I did this several weeks ago and found it on the desk so decided to grab the Hello Doily stamp and gold embossing powder to make it bling!


After heat embossing the image I then decided it needed some texture and some dimension.  I added a strip of black ribbon, a kraft cardstock die cut panel and the flowers.  The sentiment I also embossed with the gold.

I quite like how the gold worked with the busy brusho background and then the plain die cut. A different but quite cool anniversary card. 

Still undecided about this stamp though.  I do like it but can’t see me grabbing it too many times.  Ho hum!  Think for now it will stay and be re – evaluated at another point.

Happy crafting!


Use them or lose them #11 Hello Doily

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!

Today I grabbed another background stamp, Hello Doily.  I have a confession that I bought this stamp ages ago and once again have rarely used it.

I decided that I would make two cards using slightly different colours but starting from the same base.


I stamped the image in Versamark and embossed using clear embossing powder and this was onto pink cardstock.

Then I grabbed some distress inks and started adding colour.  One I added pinks to and the other I added greys to it. The pink one I also scrumpled up and distressed the edges of! 


Next I decided they needed some more texture so added some elements from them using the Timeless Textures stamps.




I needed a focal image and some contrast for the image…. so I got a bit of ribbon, a doily and then some paper flowers.  Then I stamped the girl stamp I got at AFTH and hadn’t got round to using.  I also used the That’s the Ticket stamp and punch for the sentiments.



The final touch for these had of course needs to be pearls!

Love how these turned out and had forgotten how great the clear emboss resist technique was!  Need to do it more often.  But do I need to do it with this stamp?  It sure is pretty but I find it quite a restrictive image to use as it’s quite pretty pretty and I have other stamps and other ways of doing a pretty background.  So undecided!  Let’s see how the week plays out with this stamp!

Happy crafting!


ATC for class!

What a mad and long day I’ve had today so time for a quick post before I hopefully get some sleep!  

I managed an ATC based on techniques from this weeks class! It was quite challenging though with only wanting a small print whilst working on the 6×6 gelli plate…. But I achieved something! 

The background colour, stamping to the left and the circles to the top right were all created using the gelli plate and ink, the rest was stamping and blending (not particularly well if I am honest but like the finished effect nonetheless!) outside of the gelli plate work! 

And here is the full lot as presents for the gang! 

Happy crafting! 


Second golden wedding anniversary card

Hello dear readers

You may recall that a few weeks ago I posted about a golden wedding anniversary card I made as a commission for my parents. Well I made two as they have two couples to give them to in the coming months.

This one I decided on a blue theme for it, the other a red, this way they were both different… And the designs I chose were indeed very different!


I started with a square of whisper white and decorated it with stamping… Used Hello doily, Bliss, Language of Love, Affection Collection And Everything Eleanor stamps, in all different shades of blues and a bit of Smoky Slate thrown in too! I then cut a small strip out of the square so that it was two panels and stuck them to the Lost Lagoon cardstock. Next some glimmer paper and another mount of white and one in Island Indigo.

I decided to add a doily and I wrapped round the layered panels one of the lovely pleated ribbons… So decadent. This was then affixed to the card blank.

Next I created the topper out of die cut circles, one of which I edged with gold one, and onto this I stamped the sentiment. Not 100% happy with the sentiment… Who would have thought with all the stamps I have I have only one anniversary stamp … And I am not that keen on that!

Overall though, I love this card. Nice a classy and elegant with the right amount of bling for a golden wedding.

Happy crafting!


Colour my Monday! Pink Pirouette!


Happy Monday everyone!

Time for some colour … Well I say that but the colour this week is probably the wishiest washiest colour in the SU collection … No surprise it is in the SUBTLE collection then!


This is definitely not one of my favourites …. But it does have its uses!


This pink thing is becoming an issue in our house now as the princess has decided in the last few months that she doesn’t like pink …. After loving everything pink for years! I don’t have an issue with this… Except clearly I can’t afford to go and rebuy a whole load of stuff just because she no longer likes the colour! Ha ha!

But I still like to make pink girlie cards for her friends regardless! Not that girl cards have to be pink… My favourite colour is blue for example, but sometimes pink dresses are the best!


A Gorjuss girl, coloured with SU write markers, with a Pink Pirouette dress! Perfect! I then teamed it with a panel stamped with the Soft Sky Hello, Doily and another panel where I added some of the pink using the acrylic block watercolour technique. Added a little tag for the sentiment and some bits of blue ribbon to break it up… Perfect girlie card!

Happy crafting!


ATC swap… July … Summer

Today I went back to work after about 7 weeks off sick. I can’t say that I was looking forward to getting in but my team made it easy for me to adjust to work again.

Anyway… As back at work I have a catch up post for you!

Last month I shared with you my Birds ATC’s made for a swap amongst friends… This months theme is Summer … And although the swap was for July I actually made these in June as I enjoyed making the June ones so much I was inspired!

I started in much the same fashion, with using a playing card as a template onto watercolour paper, and some watercolour paints… But this time a sunny yellow sun!

… Well ok, more of a sunny yellow corner!!!

As I was doing this, I was losing confidence in my watercolouring skills … Mainly due to the tools I had to hand, so when I got back to my desk, I grabbed stamps instead!

Out came the fabulous hello Doily stamp, and some Daffodil Delight ink… And a pretty patterned sun was born!


I added the random summer word stamping along the bottom in the Calypso Coral and cut out the little topper.

Next to think about a base. I decided on this fabulous Gumball Green patterned paper from Print Poetry DSP stack which I have had for a while and not touched!


I thought the addition of the washi tape also added a little more to the topper. Then to choose the feature. Well flowers are always fun, but though rather than plumping for my current favourite flowers … Petite petals … I would use the ones from Language of Friendship with the Boho Blossoms punch as I rarely use these and they are cute. I also punched the leaves with the Builder Bird punch.


I finished off with a dot of stickles for the flowers and then mounted them onto Pumpkin Pie cardstock and rounded the corners (& of course added the ATC stamp on the back for the title).

The next months theme is time so going to try different techniques this month… No watercolour paper in sight!

Happy crafting!


Colour My Monday! Perfect Plum

Hello there dear blog reader! Hoping your Monday has been splendid! Mine hasn’t exactly been splendid as once again I negotiate the crap that is depression. But I am determined to get better and not continue in this slump so I went for a run, lay in the garden in the sunshine and had fun playing with some colour! So tonight it’s a bit of a bumper post which should hopefully make you happy even if it’s just looking at pretty colours!


This weeks colour is a lovely calm, serene and sophisticated colour … Which doesn’t mean I kept it that way!


I must admit I do like a purple. Not 100% sure Stamping Up have got a purple that’s perfect for me yet, but do love all the shades of purple they have given us and I pretty much put them all on these cards with some extra pink for good measure. See not so much sophisticated or calm and serene!

And yes … I did say cards!

I did a bit of a one sheet wonder with some Whisper White and made four cards in total with a piece of 7×7″! Here they all are with decorated envelopes for good measure too!


So I stated with some Wisteria Wonder and stamped the Dictionary stamp randomly all over the cardstock. Then added the Rich razzleberry Hello Doily stamp. Next up wa the flourish stamp from the Bliss stamp set. I fell in love with this Sale a bration set at the first SU card class I went to of my friend Helen’s … And this stamp is the reason why! Anyway, this is stamped in Perfect Plum. Finally I added some dots from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set in the bright Melon Mambo!

This then was the paper I created and then cut into panels to create the four card toppers. I layered them with the mat of the Perfect Plum and then created base panels with some of the retired Pretty in pink cardstock as a contrast.

Next I stamped a lot of butterflies from the Papillion Pot Pourri set and punched them out with coordinating punches. I stamped in the Perfect Plum and then coloured them with both the same ink and the Melon Mambo to give them different effects.

The sentiments were stamped from the For my Family stamp set and used the Word Window punch to punch them out and layer them up on the cards. The card blanks were ready made 6×6″ ones, and of course I added some bling!





Next I decided to decorate the envelopes with a little bit of a coordinating look. I used the same stamps and same colours to create the envelopes.


So a bumper post for this CMM! Hope you enjoyed!

Happy crafting!


Finishing off Helen’s class … With my usual differences!

It is a running joke that I can’t follow instructions and always end up doing something different from the rest of the class. Well fortunately Helen is quite relaxed about this and hasn’t got an issue with my completely mucking stuff up and then doing something different as a result!

So it will be of no surprise that I didn’t quite do what Helen was suggesting for this page!

Helen’s guide layout was …


And at the end of my class this was my layout …


Today I started to actually finish it off… But somewhere along the way a piece of DSP has gone missing… Not really a surprise considering the mess in the craft room having made it back into a bedroom for my parents… So I had to make some changes! Of course!

So here is where I ended up!


So a change to Very vanilla cardstock and stamped on it the fabulous Hello Doily stamp in Crisp Canteloupe and then placed the other two pieces of DSP onto the base.

Otherwise I pretty much kept it similar but I do have one little detail to note… I did some sewing! I sewed the Elasticated fringe ribbon onto some cardstock to keep it straight before sewing it down. I do love this knicker elastic as it has been fondly nicknamed in our group of crafters, but it is so difficult to stick down straight due to its elasticity… Apparently sewing it to cardstock works though.

My final touches were that of glitter … Courtesy of ‘champagne’ stickles added to the wooden embellishment and to the little punched circles.

So I hope Helen is her usual relaxed self about today’s layout and likes how I changed it! I must admit I love it!

Happy crafting!