40th Birthday Card

40th Birthday CardHi There. How are you?
This birthday card was made for my sisters fortieth birthday. Happy Birthday sis.

The background was stamped with embossing ink and heat embossed with green embossing powder. I’ve coloured it in with watercolour and matted it onto purple card.

I thought it would look good with a butterfly on it so onto a piece of lilac card I stamped an indigoblu butterfly with flitter glue and used gilding flakes to add a little luxury and shine. ( Flitter glue is a sticky glue that stays tacky till it is covered with something e.g. gilding flakes or glitter.)

I have added a strip of purple ribbon with double sided tape across the bottom and die-cut a sentiment from gold card. This is exciting because it’s the first time out for my new Christmas dies. I think I’m going to get a lot of use out of these.

The purple and green are a nice colour combination, I really like it. I’ll have to try to remember to use it again.

I gave the card to her this weekend and she liked it so I’m calling that a success.
Thanks for stopping by today. Till next time, have fun x

Dies Used:
SizzixAlphanumeric Thinlits Dies
Tattered Lace – Sentiment 2015 Words die
Stamps Used:
Chocolate Baroque – Leafy Trails
IndigoBlu – Flutterby Dinkie
Inks Used:
Embossing ink
Flitter Glue



Birthday Bugs

Birthday BugsHello. How’s it all going. The sun is shining and all is right with the world. Then it rained. Everything is still ok, just wetter.

I was looking through my stash for something to make for a boys card. It’s hard to know which way to go for boys. You don’t want to be too cutesy and you try not to be too boring.

I found my steampunkery stamps and thought mmm, I love the stamps the way they are but really I just wanted to use the wings.

The flying “bugs” were made by stamping about five times onto coloured card, cut them out and trim between each feather to give a little more movement. The bottom of the green set were cut off and were large enough to be placed between the other set of wings.

Happy Birthday was stamped out onto two circles of card and a narrow frame of card placed on top. It was then filled in with glossy accents.

The clouds were made with the outer layers of Sue Wilson’s Gemini Dies – Lyra. When you cut them together without the inside flourish they look like stylised clouds.

The background is something made up in Photoshop with various squiggle brushes. I just wanted something simple and random.

I’ve used the beetle stamp so many times (for examples see here and here ) it’s always nice to find different uses and styles for them. Even though it’s a steam punky set I don’t always want to be stuck using dark colours, I like that this card has a light and airy feel about it.

That’s me for today. Thanks taking the time and stopping by. Till next time, have fun x.

Inks used:
Memento – Tuxedo Black
Stamps used:
Steampunkery – Chocolate Baroque
Happy Birthday – Free From Magazine
Dies Used:
Sue Wilson’s Gemini Dies – Lyra
Spelbinders – Nested Circles

Winter Feathers

Feather BirthdayHello. Hope you are well on this cold wintry day.

Today I have a quick and easy birthday card, because sometimes that’s just what you need.

The band of pattern was blended with distress ink. Stamped all over with a small twiggy stamp and left to dry.

Feathers were stamped with embossing ink heat embossed with silver with embossing powder. It was then trimmed down and matted onto silver card.

I usually do the pattern this way because on the occasions I’ve tried to ink straight onto the card and make a one layer card it’s all gone horribly wrong and I had to cut it out anyway.

So that’s it, Clean and simple.
Till next time, have fun.

Inks used:
Distress Ink – Broken China, Wild Honey
Embossing pad – Clear
Stamps used:
Chocolate Baroque – Eastern Grasses
Stampendous – Cling Plume
Elusive Images – Birthday

Christmas Snowflakes

Hello and hooray. I made Christmas cards!

I had intended to be better organised than this but then don’t we all?

I like the way this card turned out so used it as a template.

Next I made two sheets of patterned paper by blending inks,stamping some swirls and some small snowflakes. The paper was then cut down into strips, and snowflakes were heat embossed in white/silver embossing powder. Embossed the sentiment then put it all together.

I am a bit heavy handed with clear stamps still and muffed the white one so I turned the card around and chopped the rest off.

There you have it, quick and easy Christmas cards. I’ll get a fair few cards out of this paper So it shouldn’t take to long to finish the lot. Maybe next year I’ll be better organised lol

Inks used:
Distress Ink – Broken China,Peacock Feathers,Picked Raspberry, Shaded Lilac
Stamps used:
Artemio – Arabesque
Chocolate Baroque – Small Snowflakes
Free stamp – Big snowflake (also available from Chocolate Baroque as part of a set?)

Mobile Phone


Another little die cut tag, blended with Distress ink and stamped in the same colour with Sea Bubbles. I then went around some of the curls with a Sakura gold gell pen.

The phone was stamped with Versafine and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. It’s coloured with a mixture of watercolour pencils and metallic pro markers.

The telephone was then backed onto black card to make it stand out from the background.

Inks used:
Distress Ink – Walnut Stain
Versafine – Onyx Black
Stamps used:
Designs By Ryn – Sea Bubbles Set
Chocolate Baroque – Steampunk Travel
Dies used:
Sizzix Bigz Die – Tags #3

Blue Flower Tag

Little die cut tag, blended with blue Distress Ink and stamped with a flourish.

The flower is die cut twice and trimmed a little to separate the petals. Both pieces were then blended in blue, moulded around the tip of a paintbrush and glued back to back to give it a little dimension.

I used a small punched circle  stamped and embossed with gold embossing powder for the centre. It was coloured  with yellow distress ink and spritzed with water to lighten it up a little.

All stuck together with a black die-cut flourish for a bit of contrast.



Stamps used:
Nature Swirls – Chocolate Baroque
Wisteria-Lane – Chocolate Baroque
Inks used:
Distress Ink – Faded Jeans, Wild Honey
Dies used:
Sizzix – Tiny Tags and Tags
Spellbinders Shapabilities – Floral Flourishes

Sooo Happy!

A few weeks ago I entered a contest to win some lovely Chocolate Baroque stamps

We had to leave a comment, so I did (you have to try don’t you?) Then cautiously eyed them up on the web site knowing I was just going to have to buy them any way, they were so beautiful.

Come the weekend I was informed that I had actually won some thing, amazing!

My prize arrived today (see left) Fancy Flowers   unmounted stamp sheet.

Off to cut up my new stamps now and when it cools down, have a little play. I’m also going to check out the Design team Blog for some ideas.


Hoppy Birthday

I had been practicing doing a watercolour background as i did in Dreaming Of You The paper I used was a thin lining paper from the  Pound shop.  Since a lot of the things I have been trying are new to me I’m trying lots of different papers and media. I seem to be drawn to watercoloury (I know, not a real word) effects at the moment. maybe a phase? the frogs in this set are really cute and I thought they looked good hopping around in the water.

They were then mounted onto some dark green card in turn mounted onto some cream card stock. I embossed two squares around the edge of the picture to finish.

Stamps Used:
Oriental Crane – Chocolate Baroque
Docrafts  – Hot Diggity Dog (Treats)

Inks Used:
Distress Ink – Peeled Paint, Broken China
Versacolor –  Fresh green