Category Archives: Simply Sketched

Back to Black twinchies

So as per usual I made twinchies for the coin swap peeps… and kept to the same Back to Black theme. This first set of four was using black cardstock and the baked texture embossing powder in Deep Sea to add the dictionary stamping in the background and the butterfly embellishment. Also added the punched leaf from black cardstock and kept it plain as contrast. Then edged the pieces in black embossing powder to finish off.

Second set of four was another scrap piece of black cardstock and this time heat embossed with the handcarved stamp although didn’t ink it fully so it meant it was more of a loose stamping.Then I heat embossed the white splodges on top. Next I coated some cardstock with sparks paint and then heat embossed one of the Watercolour wings stamps before using a punch to punch out the butterfly.

I then used the Tap Tap Tap sentiment which I heat embossed in white and then finished the twinchies off with white gel pen doodles.Pictures don’t really show the sparkle and shine on these but they are fab in real life.Then another pair of twinchies…

Next a set of six…More embossing and this time one embossed background with white craft ink stamped and embossed which created cool effect on the leaves. Then punched and stamped butterflies on top.

Next up a set of eight. Again an embossed background this time using the world map stamp and then the simply sketched leaves using different powders.I found a butterfly in a magazine stamp set and embossed them onto the black card using white powder.Finally two using scraps of patterned paper, and embossed flower and embossed details on punched butterflies.Some fun twinchies … all back to black but also with butterflies thrown in for this month’s theme too!

Happy crafting!


Another sympathy card

Unfortunately last week I had to make another sympathy card ­čśö

Decided to steer clear of Waterfront stamps before I only think death when I use it … and went for an ombre watercolour wash and Tim Holtz wild flowers stamp instead.

I layered yellows and oranges Stampin Up inks using my large flat brush and water. Then I flicked some spots of the darker orange and let it dry.

Once dry I added some subtle pattern through the writing stencil from Donna Downey and the stamped the flower using the stamp platform to ensure I got the impression well. I then flicked some watered down Sparks paint to add some shimmer.

Once that was dry I stamped the flower again, this time using versamark and heat embossed it. This is where the stamp platform came into it’s own as the stamp wad still perfectly placed. I did the same heat embossing with the sentiment.

I then took the stencil brush and made sure I had darkened the edges to frame it.

I am so so so happy with how this card finished up… again I wish it was for a happier reason… but hopefully it will bring some happiness to my friends mum in her sorrow.

Happy crafting!


Brusho sympathy

This card is one I loved making until I had to turn it into a sympathy card.

I was watching YouTube videos and came across one using Brusho and the waterfront stamps and had to give it a try. Here is a link to the blog for the original artist and I encourage you to check out her YouTube channel too. She is amazing.

I love this technique and camt wait try it again… but hopefully next time I don’t have to then turn it into a sympathy card.

Happy crafting!


Watercolour poppies

I love love love this poppy stamps from the Simply Sketched set. Can’t imagine not having it to use. It’s so delicate and pretty.

I decided to play with watercolours and created this ‘No line’ version by using a very light ink to stamp and then watercolouring the image so it looks as though I didn’t stamp it!

I die cut the flower image out using the stitched shape framelits and also die cut the lovely border from the Petals and more set. Then I created a background using the same colours in the focal image. I decided to make the card a bit more earthy by using a kraft card blank.

Happy crafting!


Postcard swap… 100 years since the Battle of the Somme┬á

I’ve joined another swap group…. this time making a postcard on a theme once a month. This was my first contribution.

The theme was to commemorate 100 years since the Battle of the Somme where so many lives were lost. It doesn’t quite make sense to me in terms of the numbers … they are too big and ridiculous to think of. A real loss to the world.

This is my postcard. I started with some handwritten scrapbook paper from Maggie Holmes that I liked the look of …. made me think of the letters soldiers and their families used to write.  I oates it with a light layer of white gesso. Then I added the black gesso, dry brushing it from the right hand side.

Then I coloured some texture paste with the Infusions crystals in Black Knight to turn it grey and added it on the left hand side through a Tim Holt stencil and left it to dry.

I then started on my poppy.  I stamped the image using a SU stamp and then used the Pebeo outlined paint to create the outline for the Prisme paint to sit in.  Once it was dry (it took 2 days!) I cut out the flower and adhered it to the postcard.  I decided it needed more colour so stamped some text stamps down the right hand side in grey ink and then the splashes of red using acrylic paint and some white dotty stamps lightly in the top. 

Once the poppy was dry and glued in place I added some shading and blended in the flower a little more with some ink and water. I then added some Hickory smoke distress ink over the texture paste to highlight the cracks more. 

The title was created using the Tim Holt small talk stickers and I added both pen and charcoal to provide some depth.

Love how this came out. Sombre and hopefully a poetic reminder of the sacrifice made by those brave soldiers during the 1st world war.

Happy crafting! 


Use them or lose them #13 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’ve been using the Simply Sketched stamps and already know this is a keeper.  I did however want to try out a technique I’d never tried before.

I took kraft card blanks and stamped the image using white craft ink and let it dry.  I did this on the envelopes too.


Once the pigment ink was dry I used my spectrum noir pencils to colour the images. 

As the images weren’t particularly big I felt the cards needed something else so grabbed some stencils, stencil brushes and light distress inks (wild honey and Pumice stone) so finish them off.


This one is using the Clarity bubbles stencil and I tried to add more pumice stone on the bottom of the stencil to provide more depth.  I then added the sentiment last using the white craft ink.


This one I kept to the circle shape but this time in addition to adding the Pumice stone down one side I also added the dot fade stencil too to provide a little texture.  This didn’t work as well as I had hoped but still provided some depth and interest.



I kept the envelopes simple with just the colouring (these were taken before I added the stenciling.).

So most defintely a technique I liked and stamps to keep.  Win win!

Happy crafting!