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FSC Is Saying – Thanks/Gratitude

The first challenge of the New Year at FSC this month is ‘Thanks/Gratitude’.  The lovely Esther picked the new theme.

Made my card along the same lines as my previous post.

The circle this time has been made using a different background stamp and only three colours are used.  The words THANK YOU you are stamped over the top.  A very pretty floral stamp from Stampin Up adds extra dimension over the inking and stenciling.


For the floral and butterfly corsage I added white acrylic paint to the tips.  The butterflies were cut from kraft cardstock.

Next I masked off the whole of the card before spraying only the corsage with dylusions White Linen ink spray.

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I would love it if you hopped on over to see all the DT’s work as they are simply stunning.  Also don’t forget that the winner of this challenge has $20 to choose anything they like from Flonz’s store.


Cabinet Card For FSC

Thanks to each and everyone of you who left a lovely comment on my blog whilst I have been away.  Chasing my tail as usual but will pop over to each of your blogs to see everything I have missed over the next few days.

Fashionable Stamping Challenges want to see ‘Colour Between The Lines’ on whatever you decide to make.  Our Laura picked this fabulous theme.

Colouring in is such a stress releasing pastime which is made even more relaxing when you cut out what you have created and place onto a piece of painted grey board for all to see.

Joined together two Cabinet die pieces to make a little book with a Mini Cabinet die frame in the middle.  Ran each of the pieces through a wood grain embossing folder before layering with chalk paint and White Fire Treasure Gold gilding wax.

Cannot show the outside at the moment as my little pink camera started flashing to warn me it was about to shut down so only managed to take this pic.

Colouring in

 Stamped the bird onto acetate and coloured in with a few different Fresco Finish chalk acrylics.  Placed the acetate onto the cut out frame before glueing to the main Cabinet die.


Lady In Blue

This is the little project I promised to show which my sweetie of a SIL Irene taught me how to make … eh this is not exactly the one Irene and I made … think I left the original at Clare’s house!!!!

Printed off lots of Victorian lady images then edged with gold embossing powder.

I know I said yesterday that I had not used pink … well the pictures don’t count because they are already coloured.
Can you guess what we used … it’s a recycled envelope … so cool eh. Very very easy to make but only when someone shows you how … Thanks I.

Stitched down the middle to make two pockets and with this version I cut off the flaps because of the lace on the tags.

Guess who couldn’t find any decent envelopes to use, Irene had some beautiful Stampin Up ones which worked really well so I used the Craftwork Cards Envelope Template and made my own. Much better because I was able to stitch on the lace at the front then covered with paper on the inside before putting together. In the original we made a ribbon tie to close but I have put magnetic dots inside so it closes beautifully


Shopping With Little Miss Muffet

Who doesn’t love shopping and the NEW Little Miss Muffet image Eleanor May Hatter has just finished her little trip lol.
Covered a card with acetate this time round but before I attached to the card I cut the acetate on the diagonal. Next a strip of punched paper was added, a die cut and flower. For the inside to look as pretty as the outside it is best to use double sided paper. Coloured with Pro-Markers and Copics but also stamped onto her hat, bags and the boots, you can just see the hint of a little shine which I did with a Sakura glaze pen

Paper pad used is – My Mind’s Eye – Honey Cake
Stamps – Art Impressions – Vine and Hobby Art – Ink Splat
Punch – ek Success Scandinavian Lace Chain
Flower – Prima
Entering for: CMC Copic Challenge Group – Anything Goes

Butterflies Galore & First Video Tutorial

It’s Sunday and you know what that means for this week … Fashionable Stamping has a new challenge for you and this time we would like to see all those …

Butterflies Or Bugs. I decided on butterflies because they are so delicate and pretty … not that bugs aren’t but the word bugs just puts me off … what a wimp I am!!!!

For my DT card I first painted a chipboard butterfly with black acrylic paint … twice. When dry patted Versamark all over then added black ultra thick embossing enamel … did this three times . For the last time Versamark was patted onto it so that I could add the perfect pearls mica powder … this made it shimmer and shine. Melted all this again then stamped into it with my Artemio Butterfly Collage stamp which was inked with Brilliance Galaxy Gold … you can buy all these items from our sponsor Marina at Cottage Crafts. Stamped and embossed onto a piece of acetate with the same ink pad and added to the front of the card which had been cut out with a spellbinders frame die.

This is a first for me girls … so excited … my very first Video Tutorial on how to make the second butterfly on the card. This is a concertina butterfly and at the moment my favourite item to make … have a box full of them 😀 If you would like a copy of the Butterfly Template please click the email button above and type Butterfly in the subject box and I will send to you..

Today is the day you have to see all the DT’s creations because everyone is a wowser.


Lots Of Love

The Stamp Man want to see your best/favourite project over last year.

I have so many cards/projects that I really enjoyed making last year but this is probably the one I had most fun doing … Andrew’s last year’s Valentine’s card (to me) … you will have to see the original post HERE to see why I make my own Valentine’s cards!!!!

The letters are all stamped onto shrink plastic, the working out of how to space the apertures, then to make the letters fit and still spin around was so rewarding. Stamped and embossed the lovely Sketched Lady and Eiffel Tower from Clarity stamps

Entering for The Stamp Man 3rd Annual Awards Challenge


The Bold & Beautiful

Sunglasses needed as a requirement to view this card 😎
Little Miss Muffet Stamps
have three new releases today and I chose to use Paprika – her smile would cheer anyone up.
All the new stamps have been used on different creations by the DT so take that stroll over to the Little Miss Muffet Challenge blog …
(the challenge is still running for one more week so you still have time to enter) – Multiple Images … to see an array of fantabulous styles of work.

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Above are the other two new releases
School Turtle & Summer Monkey … sweet or what!!!!


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


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Thought it was time I did another Christmas card while I am still in the mood and some colouring in. When last back in the UK, Irene, Diane, Clare and myself made a couple of these slider cards and I fell in love with them. Irene found a tutorial for them and we set about trying to follow it …. after a lot of confusion, laughing, swearing, huffing and puffing, we finally deciphered the instructions and made one.

Coloured image with a mixture of copics, markers and staedtler pens but left the card quite simple with hardly any embellies because the image is so cute.

Allsorts Challenge – Plain & Simple
I Did It Creations Challenge – Keep It Simple
Sew Many Challenges – Santa’s On The Way
Paperminutes – Countdown To Christmas
Fun At Fairy Knoll – Colourful, Christmas
Winter Wonderland – Holly Red & Green




This is the first time I have used this freebie stamp from the Craft Stamper Magazine, she is called Visage, and is designed by The Stamp Man. Isn’t she just so sultry and elegant when stamped and embossed.

I used two embossed frames for the centre piece, taped them together at the left hand side then scored a line so they would open. Stamped and embossed the image with black embossing powder then cut out with a Nellie Snellen die. For the corner of the card I stamped and embossed with white embossing powder the PB Fantasy stamp …. just the tip of the stamp is all I used. The flowers were fun to do, punched out 4 little flowers and spritzed with glimmer mist and the rose for good measure.

Let’s Ink it Up wants a charm for their challenge and The Ribbon Girls want Black, Orange & White for their very first challenge, didn’t have a black charm but found this beautiful pendant in my stash and coloured with an overhead marker. Stitched on the delish ribbon and made a large bow with the rest.

Meljens Designs challenge want to see Autumn Colours for their challenge this week. The Corrosive Challenge – Clean up the dust. Stamp Something with fall colours. Stamptacular Sunday Challenge – Season’s Change. Wild Orchid Challenge – Ribbons & Bows

I really love the overall result of this image she looks mesmerising, enjoy.