Dylusions spray inks, Masks/Stencils

Playing Dylusions and Alpacas

Again some more ‘found’ treasures on my clearing up mission… some backgrounds I made many years ago at a Dylusions class at Art from the Heart with Dyan. The class was half making these cards and then half decorating them with magazine images. Well the magazine image journal type thing isn’t my style of cardmakind and I’ve fallen out of love with journal pages at the moment so decided to repurpose some of these left unfinished cards into backgrounds for some cards.

Then I stumbled across a part used Alpaca Pals paper kit I’ve had for years … so made these cute cards just because I could and I fancied using these things I had found, knowing if I put them away they would never get used!

I chose backgrounds that were not too heavily decorated … they were mainly the bright colours that I thought were fine with the papers from the Alpaca Pals kit.

I imagine that only some of my friends would really appreciate these … mainly my Alpaca obsessed friends (several have been on take an Alpaca for a walk days out!) … so will send them to those people as little RAK.

Entering these into the cute animals challenge at DLart blog

Happy crafting!


Badass Chick, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Natural Prints, Nature's Prints

Another discovered masterboard project complete

Over the weekend I found three more cards with panels of masterboard on them ready for me to finish … I must have been in a masterboard mood but zero inspiration to turn them into finished projects … or maybe it was because they needed new stash for me to play with to finish them off? In this case … Nature’s Prints.

The colour scheme of the painty background made with Paperartsy fresco finish paints was bright but earthy pinks, oranges and yellows so I grabbed some scraps of cardstock that went with the background and of course white. I ended up with Cinnamon Cider, Calypso Coral, So Saffron. I decided the first one was the large panel that was too busy for me to put something simple on it … so instead I went mad and added three of the wreaths to almost completely cover it up!

I then added a panel of the So Saffron and a smaller layered sentiment and one of the simple daisy type flowers which I stacked to give it some dimension. Handily the gold twine was on the desk as a scrap from something else so that became the embellishment. I stamped the sentiment in Calypso Coral and then again in Versamark and added clear emboss to make it stand out a little more and give it some shine. Entering this into the flowers challenge at Daisy Chain Challenge

The next one I kept simple… one image stamped (and clear embossed over the top) and then die cut. Added with lots of dimensionals and some white twine behind it. Sentiment stamped and layered up from the scraps of cardstock.

The final one I stamped and die cut the two images, but the smaller one I stacked with some more layers of cardstock underneath to give it some dimension.

I decided I just wanted thr thank you part of the sentiment so I cut that out and added some tiny strips of foam underneath it to raise it up in the middle. Then my trusty linen thread for a bow. Kicking myself as have very little left and forgot to order on the latest order so may well run out (disaster looming!).

So pleased with how these turned out … and feel such a sense of achievement to finish off projects that I started so many years ago… I am finding so many treasures in thus much needed clear out and tidy up… I am finding plenty of rubbish too but clearly not going to blog about full bin bags! 🤣

Happy crafting!


Biggest Wish, Papermania, Pinewood planks, Playful Alphabet

Happy Fathers Day

Today I am sharing the card I made for my Dad for Father’s day even though I’ve not been able to give it to him as a result of our Covid filled household.

I made the card a few weeks ago, and would have posted it if i had known we wouldnt be soending the day together, but that wasnt the plan!

Anyways … I was hunting through my stash for the components for this card as I knew I had bought a Papermania kit many moons ago that was for Fathers Day and had barely used it. For some reason it felt like 2022 was the year to use some of it!

So the kit included 12×12 papers and some of those papers had sentiments and words on and some had various elements like tags and frames. So I decided to collage them together and also add in some textures and die cuts and stamping. The kit had also included the metal tool charms so I also added those.

I set to on fussy cutting everything out and then when I had enough elements I decided to add panels of cardstock I had embossed. I love the effect of embossing so much and rarely remember to use my folders.

Once everything was cut out (including the die cut letters for Dad which I had stacked 3 deep) I inked all the edges and the embossed panels using Vintage Photo.

Then I started sticking things down, adding foam layers to sime parts for dimension. I then took some brads and attached the charms and then added some larger brads as ‘nail heads’ on two of the frames.

I added a tiny scrap of string to the tag too.

I decided rather than use the Happy that was in the patterned paper to go with a stamped one from the Biggest Wish set.

Inside the card I created a little cluster of the paper and cut out elements with a stamped Dad. I also added some of the paper and a little panel with a cut out element to the envelope too!

Love how this came out. Lots and lots of fussy cutting and inking … but my Dad is definitely worth the effort!

Happy fathers day to my Dad, to my hubby and to all the Dad’s out there!

Wishing I was spending today with my Dad but as a result of our little run in with Covid this past week we have postponed our plans for another week to be on the safe side!

Entering this into the challenge of Masculine/Fathers Day at Moving along with the times blog

Happy crafting!


Badass Chick, Christmas Greetings, Forever Fern, Forever Flourishing, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons

An old Masterboard unearthed

This tiding up and clearing out is definitely leading to finding some rubbish … but also some really cool things … and todays three cards were as a result of such a find! Some time ago (maybe 2 years?) I made a masterboard using Paperartsy fresco finish paint and stencils and stamping and doodling and cut it into three panels for cards, stuck them onto card blanks, added a doddled edge and then did nothing with them! I found them and decided now was the time to finish them off!

I also had found some papers from Alpaca Pals including this cool text paper and figured that would work well with this graphic background. I then decided that some Bermuda Bay themed leaves from Forever Fern would also be perfect embellishments/focal images … so I set tp and started stamping and die cutting … only using scraps from the scrap folder as I didn’t want to start cutting into anything new.

I added some white twine from the stash and die cut the banners for the sentiment using the Christmas Greetings dies. All of the word paper was raised on foam to give some dimension. And then I called these done.

To say I am happy with how this turned out is an understatement… firstly I forgot how much I love these Forever Fern images and the die cuts… secondly that masterboard has me wanting to play with paint and make more things like this!

I have recently sold some of the stamps that I know I used in this particular masterboard so it was nice to see them in use here. (small amounts of sellers regret but know I have plenty of other stamps that will work similarly so pushing that regret away!)

Entering them into the Anything Mixed Media challenge CREATIVE ARTISTE mixed media blog

Happy crafting!


Boho Indigo, Memories and More, Ribbons

Finding old treasures

So the last few days have been rather stressful.

Firstly my princess is in the middle of her GCSE exams… OK that isn’t massively stressful as she is calm and feels she is doing ok, but as a parent I am of course still nervous for her.

Then hubby starts with a cold on Sunday, and then tests positive for Covid on the Tuesday so I then have to juggle keeping the teenager and myself away from him, whilst continuing normal life. If she weren’t in the middle of exams I wouldn’t have been too bothered, but this really is the worst timing.

Then Wednesday the Internet decides to disappear completely which certainly makes working from home difficult. Thursday the sky engineer confirms he can’t fix the Internet so we have to wait till Monday and then I test positive for Covid.

Teenager is still negative (phew) but now we have to juggle her keeping away from us both and continuing to try and eat and live in the same house. Oh and on top of all that my hay-fever is awful so sneezing every five seconds!

All that being said, nowhere near as poorly with the Covid as we were in Dec 2020, to be honest the hay-fever is worse than the Covid symptoms so it could be a lot worse.

Anyway … some enforced none working days meant I have slowly been working through clearing more of the craft space and trying to be ruthless and get rid of stuff I know I just won’t use. It’s so difficult as it’s all lovely … but just not what I use anymore and I have to limit the amount of cards I need to make in a year as I end up with far too many otherwise with no where for them to go!

Whilst clearing out drawers and boxes I stumbled across some supplies from a pocket letter swap which were from the Boho Indigo stampin up kit. I also found some leftover cards from the Memories and More kit and was inspired to make some cards with the two treasures I found…

I decided they all made nice anniversary cards and I know my parents often need them (they still send anniversary cards to their friends) so thought it was a good reason to make them. So I added the Happy anniversary sentiment from a Paperartsy set.

Love how all three came out I rarely use Very Vanilla in my cardmaking so it was good to use some today and use some of the supplies I found. I’ve not used them all up … still have enough left of both for quite a few projects but maybe now I’ve re-found them I might remember to get them used on future projects!

Happy crafting!


Cottage Rose, Sweet Strawberry

Leaf based notelets

Last week I did some stamping and colouring with no actual outcome in mind. I chose to stamp the leaves from the Cottage Rose bundle and then colour them using the Stampin Blend markers.

Next I decided to fussy cut them out rather than grabbing the die. No idea why, just fancied cutting them I suppose.

I decided to grab some of the leftover papers from the Making Cards magazine kit I used at the beginning of the month and some cardstock scraps from the stash to make these little leaf based notecards.

I then took the rest of the paper and some of the images and made a few more.

Entering these into the plants and leaves challenge at Global Design Project

I finished them off with the Sweet Strawberry sentiment.

Happy crafting!


Biggest Wish, Jar, Jar of Flowers, Nature's Prints, Old Paper

More jar of flowers notecards

I had stamped a few extra floral images so decided to colour then up and use them to create a couple of notecards using the leftover Rich Razzleberry cardstock I had.

I had enough to make the card blanks and the layered panels. I embossed the layered panels using the Old Paper embossing folder. I love this folder for making a grungy texture.

I used the inks to watercolour the images and then fussy cut them out. I decided to have the jars in the Rich Razzleberry too and wrapped them both with some of the linen thread (note to self… must order some more of this as not much left!)

I decided on a different sentiment for each, from the Biggest Wishes and from Cottage Rose.

Quite simple notecards but really pretty I think.

Happy crafting!


Biggest Wish, Sweet Strawberry

Making Cards magazine old stash… thank you bags

As I’ve mentioned previously I have been selling a few bits and bobs from the stash that I no longer use and I’ve been added a little thank you card and decorating a bag to send with the sold items. I had a full afternoon of sorting through old papers and leftover scraps that were on the table and made lots of bags for the next batch of sales.

Nearly all were made using old kits from Making Cards magazines… some of which I had used most of the papers up already pn my Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge design team contributions… one of which is a massive kit so still lots left to make with that one!

Think these are all so cute and good way if me using up the kits I’m unlikely to grab to use again.

Plus it’s such fun making these little collages.

Happy crafting!


Biggest Wish, Cottage Rose, Designer Series Paper, Jar, Jar of Flowers, Nature's Prints, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

Another #sheetloadofcards

I really am on a mission to use up as much of my old patterned paper as I can and grabbed three pieces of floral themed double sided paper from the random stash and made these six cards using the May 2022 Sheetload of cards template by Call me crafty Al.

I chose to also use retired colours of dsp for the card bases and added in a little Petal Pink and Rich Razzleberry.

I made two of each type… as in what I chose to embellish them with…

Two using Nature’s Prints.

Then two with Cottage Rose…

Finally two using Jar of Flowers…

I kept the cards pretty simple although did use dimension for a few bits and bobs to give them a bit of something going on!

Love how these came together and of course the Biggest Wish sentiments just finish them off perfectly. Please to have used up retired cardstock and three pieces of my 6×6 dsp too!

Happy crafting!


Artistically Inked

Bright and cheery slimline cards

I’ve made six cute little slimline cards and I’m really chuffed with them as they are so cute.

I went to my stash of random 6×6 papers (I think I was gifted these three) and picked out some that coordinated and I was drawn to work with.  It turned out that they also coordinated with retired colours of cardstock that I have on my desk and am trying to use up!

I created the card blanks … they are 7cm x 14.9cm … using the Pretty Peacock, Magenta Madness and Cinnamon Cider.

I cut two of the papers into panels … ome of these I mounted onto the card blanks directly, others I mat them onto cardstock panels.

The final piece of dsp had some of the floral images that I could fussy cut out to create embellishments.

I then took some of the remaining cardstock and embossed in silver the thanks sentiment from the Artistically Inked stamp set.  I then fussy cut each of these out and adhered them to the cards.

I really love how these all turned out.  I’ll be using them over the next few weeks as I am still trying to get rid of old stash I don’t use anymore so like to send a little card with the package to say thanks… along with the paper bags I am still making up with scraps off the desk… talking of which there is still a little of this paper left so no doubt it will get used to make up some bags over the next few weeks.

Happy crafting!