Blue is the colour

Blue is the Colour

I like blue. It is a colour which can be warm or cold. As I have recently had a birthday I wanted to make a number of thank you cards. This one was made using one ink – Blue Raspberry and stamped more than one in some areas. The stamp set use was Gina K Designs Painted Autumn. I just love this set which can be used all the time in so many ways.

I am entering the card in the following challenges:

Gina K Designs monthly mix challenge challenge- Flag it

Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge – Make your own background

The colour chose for the card is for the saltire the flag from my home country – Scotland


A little bit of flower

A Little Bit of Flower

Today I would like to share a card made just for fun, which I thought could fit in to some of the card challenges out there.

This one was made using Gina K Designs Petals and Wings and layering on to the Fabulous Frame set. This was stamped, then cut out to fit on to the card. The insert was die cut and stamped with the sentiment Wishing you Sunshine and Love from the Petals and Wings stamp set.

To give an antique look, the base of the card was coloured using Distress Ink Vintage Photo, while the flowers were stamped in subtle colours to compliment the brown, then die cut and assembled on to the frame.

I would like to enter it in the Gina K Design June Monthly Mix Challenge – Vintage Floral



I do like a bit of a challenge. Global Design Projects have a colour challenge and this time I have all 3 colours in my ink collection. So today I made a card using Altenew stamps sets – using the three inks – Night of Navy, Pineapple Punch and Granny Apple.

I decided to use only those 3 inks, so to get variation in colour, for the first layers I inked then stamped on scrap paper then stamped on the card to give a light colour. Second layers were just a normal one layer ink, whilst the deeper colour was stamped a number of times.

The flowers and leaves were then layered on to the Altenew frame using Stixtoanything foam pads. The background was made using the Altenew Gold String Washi Tape

The with love was cut from Pineapple Punch card and layered on to three layers of card to give depth.

A little Bit of Green and Sparkle


Today I am sharing a card made for a young lady at the request of her Gran. It used the cute rabbit download from Lili of the Vally stamps. Although I own the rubber stamp, I wanted a bigger version and as the only stipulations for the card were that it was to be mint and silver with balloons, I thought this would be perfect.

It was coloured using promarkers, and layered on to the mirror card silver lattice, with pearlised mint green card to make the rest of the layers., cut using the Sue Wilson Shadow Box Collection – Stitched Lattice Frames and other Spellbinder layering dies. The sentiment was printed on card, and using a laminator was foiled in silver. Additional balloons were then cut out to add extra to the card. I was told that the Gran and young lady loved it.

I am entering the card in the following challenge;

Passion for #496 – Fur and/or Feathers

Happy birthday to you


Today a friend of my turned that age which you thought was old when you were young, but isn’t really that old. It is just your state of mind that makes you feel old – or your body fighting back!

I used the build a rose stamp set from Altenew. Colours were the Cherry Blossom ink set, but I have not yet got the final inner part of the rose right yet. All I can say is practice, practice, practice. For the leaves I used the Warm Grey ink set.

The background was made using a Sue Wilson die set which was expanded to fit the whole of the card (which was 5×7″) by cutting, moving, matching and cutting again. This technique allows you to get more use out of your dies. The lattice was layered onto a maroon coloured background to create a feeling of shade and bring the pink roses together.

I am also going to enter in the following challenges:

Twist of Autumn


Although we think that summer is nearly here, it doesn’t stop me thinking of using oranges and browns to make cards. Today I am sharing another card made with Altenew Stamp – Beautiful Day; a stamp set which I just love using.

Stamped using Altenew inks (browns and orange), while the foliage was painted with inks and mica powder to add a sheen. These were all layered onto card which was cut and embossed, with an orange ribbon added to give a bit of extra interest.

The card now is just sitting in my card box waiting to to be given to someone – just because ….

I would like to enter it in the following challenges:

Build a Rose

Build a Rose

Today I thought I would share with you a card with you which I made for a old school friends recent 60th birthday using the Altenew Build a Rose stamp set. I used the Glacier Cave blue ink set, with some secondary stamping to create lighter blues to build up the flower. Initially I thought that it would be hard to line all the stamps, but with some practice (and still not all are perfect) I had fun creating these roses. The leaves were made using the Tropical Forest green ink set as I liked the freshness of the bamboo ink.

I used the die set to cut out the embossed card to help the roses to add focus on the centre of the card where I placed the personalised sentiment.

I wish to enter the card in the following challenge.

The Flower Challenge – Sketch #31

Time for spring?


Do you, like me look forward to the time when the days are longer and the sun is shining? This winter ours was not too bad where we stay, however it has had some days when it was wet and windy. There does now though appear to be the small shoots of spring appearing – with daffodils nodding their heads and crocuses and snowdrops adding colour wherever we go.

I did however, decide to make a wreath card – one of my favourite types of cards using the Gina K Designs Fabulous Flower Stamp Set – in particular the tulip and leaves. The solid layer was stamped in orange – Tangerine Twist, and to add contrast I stamped the outline with red – Red Velvet. The stems and leaves were stamped with green – Lucky Clover and outlined with Jelly Bean, whilst the sentiment too was stamped with Tangerine Twist.

I don’t have card stock in those colours, so inked plain white card stock, let it dry and layered up.

The card will be entered in the following challenges:

Gina K Designs Monthly Mix Challenge – Flower Power

Crazy Kimono Kids

Crazy Kimono Kids

Today I pulled out an old Stampin’ Up set of stamps which I love – Kimono Kids.

I started by using the lanterns to make the background, stamping a number of times then embossing with gold. This was then layered onto shiny gold card stock to pull the colours together.

The Geisha was stamped and coloured using my promarker pens in teal and red. A gold pen was used to add the luxury embroidery which always appears on kimonos. She was then fussy cut and layered onto the card uisng STIX pads which help to add dimension to the card. The sentiment was stamped and cut using the banner punch and again layered using the STIX pads.

I am entering the card in the following challenge:

Global Design Projects 178: Sketch Challenge

Happy Birthday Little Sister

Happy Birthday Little Sister

I have been trying to master the art of eclipse cards. Today I am sharing a card made for my sister using the Altenew Bold dies.

I initially stamped the card using my W9Plus Pretty Little Peonies and pinks, purples and green Altenew inks. When the ink was dry, the I ligned up the alphabet dies and cut them out. They were then layered on to letters which had been cut from card stock to raise them when they were placed on the card.

I was then able to give my sister a personalised birthday card which she did love.

I am entering the card in the following Challenge:

Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge: Typography