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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:

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

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

Texting to You

Texting to You

Male cards are normally quite difficult to make. My nephew was turning 18 and I decided that this rubber stamp Oliver Texting made by Lili of the Valley. He was coloured in using my Promarkers, fussy cut out and layered on to the black and tangerine background. That colour was selected as he is a Dundee United football supporter.

I am entering the card in the following challenge:

Passion for Promarkers Challenge 476 – Masculine Cards – It was then in  the top 5.

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

As with Olaf in the previous post, there is another birthday in the family. Arthur my husband and twin of my Sister-in-Law so it is double production of cards.

I may have previously stated that my husband is an avid golfer so the stamp from Lili of the Valley is a perfect one to use, seen by the many cards I have made using this stamp. The image was coloured using Promarkers, frame and layer was cut using the Spellbinders dies labels one. The background was made using paper in my stash. The plain blue paper was run through an embossing folder to give a wood look effect.

I am entering the card in the Passion For Promarkers Challenge 475 – dies or punches

Birthday in January

Birthday in January

After the excitement of December, those who have a birthday in January regularly get forgotten. My husband and his twin sister have their birthday in January and I always make a point of making sure cards are made well in advance.

My sister in law is a real Olaf fan – even to the extent that she has a tattoo of him on her. So what do you make for her – an Olaf birthday card of course.

This one was made using dies bought from the Range, cut and assembled. I then painted Oaf with my Wink of Stella pen to give an appearance of frosted snow. The snow background came from a stash of card I have, which I keep forgetting to use, but was perfect for this. I am sure when she receives it she will love it.

Slowly but Surely

Slowly but Surely

Having previously seen a card made with the Altenew Dodec Cover Die, I was inspired to buy it. Then, probably like many other craft stuff you buy, it was sitting in the cupboard waiting to be used.

When I saw the Altenew January 2019 colour challenge, I knew what I could do with this. I had three pieces of card coloured with Dark Knight, Ruby Red and Autumn Blaze. I then cut Ruby Red and Autumn Blaze using the Dodec Cover Die, keeping the cut our pieces. Ruby Red was layered on to the Dark Knight card and then the fun began. Slowly I picked up the small pieces of waste from both the Ruby Red and Autumn Blaze card and glued on the the Dark Knight card to make flower patterns. I actually found it quite therapeutic making patterns up. Some of the petals were painted with the Altenew Autumn Blaze paint to add some depth, whilst some sparkle was added using clear Wink of Stella and small Rhinstones stuck on the centre of the flowers. Everything was layered on to the dark cardstock and the sentiment was stamped using Dark Knight on Autumn Blaze and Ruby Red flag.

This card too will be entered in the Altenew  January 2019 Inspiration Challenge.

Golfer Birthday

Golfer Birthday Card

This card was a bit of a challenge for me as myself and other half were invited to a birthday party. As he was a golfer, naturally I wanted to make a golf related birthday card, trying out the new Golf Course layering stamps from The Ton which I had recently bought and was desperate to try. It did take one or two attempts before I eventually came up with a card I was happy to use. Once the card was ready I thought could I make wrapping paper. This was made using the co-ordinating Golf Therapy stamps from The Ton too. I used plain brown wrapping paper and stamped over with orange and green ink. This was fun making bespoke, personal wrapping paper.

Happy Birthday Sharon

Happy Birthday Sharon

Do you ever have an idea for a card, then half way through change it completely. This is not quite my original card idea and not quite an Eclipse card However this is my first card using Altenew Alphabet Dies and Water colouring of The Ton Peony Duo flowers to create a semi type of eclipse card.

The flowers were painted using Altenew Crimson Red water colour paint, just built up to give darker layers and the outline highlighted with grey.

I then used the Altenew Alphabet dies to spell out the name Sharon (my sister). the name was cut again a number of times and glued to raise the letters on the card. This was then where I found it the hardest – to stick the letters down straight and evenly. Hopefully they don’t look too bad. The sentiment was from Gina K Designs stamped with Altenew Crimson Red ink.

To co-ordinate with her present, I made a small gift tag using MFT dies, and stuck the letter S cut from the waste of the original painting.