Saturday, 21 May 2011


Good afternoon. Happy Saturday.

Sorry for not being around for a couple of weeks. We went up to Northumberland for a holiday and there was no broadband , mobile service or anything. Shock, horror! Still, I am back now with a card for 5 challenges to make up for it.

CES Challenge #37 - Embellish It. - 3 different types of embellishments required
Crafty Catz #83 - Anything Goes
Totally papercrafts #67 -- Don't be Square - any shape of card but square
Crafty Creations #119 - Mayflowers - flowers, patterned paper and ribbon
Sentimental Sundays #55 - Handmade flowers (and a sentiment)

The base card was card from and A5 pearl cream card using a Grand Nestie. The backing paper (Joanna Sheen) was cut from the next size down and the sentiment card from the smallest of the series, again from the Pearl card.

The gorgeous sentiment, (Elusive Images - or Chocolate Baroque as they are now known), stamped in red chalk ink says - "Feeling gratitude and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it".

The flowers were printed from a MCS CD rom, layered up with Pinflair glue and the flowers highlighted with crystal glitter.

The ribbon was wrapped around the bottom of the sentiment which was then mounted onto the backing paper and base card. The bow and flowers were added with more Pinflair glue and the swirl of individual crystal gems finished the card with a bit of bling.

Sunday, 1 May 2011


Wow, 2 posts in one morning! I obviously have some catching up to do!

This is a card for two challenges:

CES Challenge #34 - Inspirational picture from which I took the gingham and flower elements.

Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge #80 - Congratulations

The image was created with Sheena Douglass' Paint Fusion techniques and using the Daisy set of stamps to create the picture before applying the acrylic paint. A thin laminate of wood was used as the substrate for painting on and I made a simple crackle background before starting to paint the flowers.

The card is A5 in size in a gorgeous turquoise blue. Layered onto this is navy blue, blue gingham, turquoise blue and then the image which has been framed using a gold Krylon pen.

To match this, the word Congratulations was stamped using an Elusive Image (now Chocolate Baroque) stamp with Versamark ink and gold Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder.

A turquoise ribbon and bow completes the look.


Good morning.

I hope that you are all enjoying your long weekend.

Here is a card for 3 challenges:
Cards for Men #9 - Circles
Crafty Creation #116 - White Space
Totally Papercrafts #64 - Glitter

Leaving so much of the card white was quite a challenge but I managed to restrain myself.

The base card is A5 white pearl card onto which I have directly stamped the sentiment. Both the sentiment and main image are from Sheena Douglass' Sketchy range. The image was stamped onto white card with Timber Brown Stazon and then was shaded with Espresso Adirondack ink.

As this is a card for a man I was not too heavy on the glitter. In fact I am not sure if it shows up too well on the photo but I used a gorgeous dark brown glitter on the edge of the main image and on the scalloped edges of the two smaller Nestie cut outs. I used glue that would dry clear.

The two small circles of white card were put through a Cuttlebug embossing folder before being mounted onto the scalloped circles. I left them plain white to continue with the white space theme.

I like to think that this is a good man's card. In fact, I think it will be the one I give to my father who is 83 this month.