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Purrrrrfect Day For Crafting

Not sure what you have woken up to today but our Saturday is raining, windy, miserable and the only thing to put me in the right mood is paper crafting.

Pat and I had a super retail therapy shop the other day we trawled round three craft shops and bought some goodies …. can’t say too much in case you know who is reading this … no not Voldemort, silly… Andrew

Not going to say what Pat spent … suffice to say no change out of €500 … only kidding Liam


Pat came yesterday so we could play with our goodies and this is what I made, Let’s Ink It Up has inspired me yet again to make another embossed card … still have time to enter your wonderful creations into the challenge girls … take a look at the pretty cat and handbag die on the card … one of my buys … so pretty, the card cried out “emboss me”.

Papermania make these dies … there are four to the set, only bought this one but guess who wants the other three????? They have stamps to match, so after making my card, I had one of my … just because moments … I made a tag, simply because everything was on my desk.

Stamped and embossed the image, chalks were already on the desk so coloured in with these and the edges, masked off the image, stamped and embossed over it with a lovely little Prima stamp … just thought the bird sitting there looked fun.

The die cuts out two cats & handbags so you can mix and match pieces.

Entering for – Really Reasonable Ribbons – They would like to see the colour Green


Tutorial #2 – Embossed Aperture Card


Michele e-mailed and asked if I could give her a few hints and tips on how to make this card so I decided to make my second tutorial.

A big tip for when you are using your embossing folders – put some kind of mark on the front of your embossing folders … I always put my name … because this reminds me which side embosses … especially handy for when I need to de-boss … this lets me know to turn the folder over and have my mark at the back.

The first picture below shows everything used to make the card and the second picture shows how to put the embossing folder over the card, then put through whatever embossing machine you prefer …. aren’t I the lucky one hubby bought me the Big Shot Pro for Christmas and all I can say is wow oh wow, it is the bees knees. The folder used is by Crafts Too called Swirl Frame. Card used is a 6 x 6 Craftwork Cards scalloped and fits perfectly width ways into your cutting machines.


First picture below shows how it should look when you have finished embossing.

Next picture shows the card on the Big Shot plate with the embossing folder, but this time I used the Crafts Too Daisy folder.

Also I wanted to de-boss my card so I made sure my name was at the back when I put onto the card, all will make sense once you have cut out the aperture.


When the card is opened out … the left hand side is debossed and the right embossed.

Second picture shows the front of the card (which is embossed) then you need to cut out the aperture following the inside lines.

I personally always change my mat when I cut out, to a glass one, the difference is tremendous.

The blade just glides over the glass and through the card effortlessly and also the Fiskars finger tool cutter is the best ever.


This is how it should look when you have cut out the aperture.

Last picture shows the inside embossing through the aperture.


Hope all is clear and you enjoy making this card, if there is anything you do not understand please don’t hesitate, just e-mail and hopefully I will try and explain more.

Entering for – Creative Stamp Friends – They want to see Lace
Digi Doodle Shop’s Best – Pearls
Creative Craft Challenges – Lace


Two In One Day Again

As you know once a month Sentimental Sundays challenge falls on the same day as Lets Ink It Up so this month I decided to make two similar cards for the challenges.

This is my card for the SS Challenge which is Pearls & Lace (plus a sentiment … my sentiment is inside this week) please scroll down for the LIIU Challenge.


Our sponsor this week is Deedee Anderson of Deedee’s Digis … the winner will receive a $10 voucher for the store. As you know the lovely Ann V also gives away four individual sentiments from Raindrop Echo Designs Whimsy Stamps Digital Collection.


Inky Impressions Meets LIIU & The New DT

Wahooo what an exciting time for Let’s Ink It Up and what an amazing treat for blogland. Not only have we some fantastic new designers for you to visit but our challenges are now fortnightly with two fantastic teams. Sorry all you sweets out there but absolutely no digis allowed, rubber stamping is definitely what we want to see.

Our A team is kicking off the new show with challenge #10 SHOW US YOUR EMBOSSING with lots of stunning creations from the DT on display at Let’s Ink It Up

and an absolutely awesome B team will be with you on Sunday, 20th March with the challenge …. now as if I would tell you …


Say hello to our sponsor this fortnight Inky Impressions … Tanya will be giving away 1 stamp of your choice and a goodie bag … wahooooo

Embossing is the challenge this fortnight, could be dry or heat embossing … greedy me has both on my card.

I used two embossing folders, one for the outside … which I cut an aperture out so you could see her cheeky little face and one inside. Stamped and embossed this delightful image from Art Impressions … love it because you get to stamp a back and front view.

Entering for:

The Crafty Pad – Use a ribbon