Wednesday, 17 July 2019


I just received a package of goodies from Simon Says Stamp, among which were the sentiment and vented star dies used here. I'm not sure of the make of the ribbon and stars and haven't been able to find the make online... I guess I'll have to rummage through my die packaging. I keep my dies on magnetic sheets in A4 plastic cases according to their subject matter and so file away the original packaging, but it takes a lot of going through to look for and determine the manufacturers, often it's quicker to look online.
Anyway I thought that this card fitted quite well with a couple of challenges.
Just US Girls - Sentiment

Watercolour Tilley

My son has a birthday approaching and I never know what to get him. This time he gave me a hint. For many years he has had a Tilley hat, to which he is enormously attached. Although it looks a though it is on its last legs he wants to keep it. (It could be exchanged for a new one as they have a lifetime guarantee, but he's just too sentimental about his old one to lose it.) SO his present this time is a spanking new one... just the same model as the old one, but more presentable! So for his card I decided to do an image of his hat. I drew this one and watercoloured it ... I think it looks reasonably like the real thing!
The theme at Addicted to CAS is Heat so this image is definitely for that!
The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Christmas in July

For this challenge, I looked for one of the smallest Christmas stamps in my collection, as the brief from AAA Cards is to leave maximum white space. This little wood mounted stamp is from Stampendous, coloured with alcohol markers and cut with a MFT pierced die. The embossed surround on the card front, was made with the next size up of the same set of dies.
I think that this is a potential for mass production as two runs through the Big Shot, one stamp and a little colouring completed the task! The stark simplicity really pleases me.
To give some idea of perspective... the die cut square is about 2.5 cms or 1x inch square.
The Male Room - Christmas in July

She thought she could, so she did!

This card was a bit of an experiment. I made it for the challenge at CAS Stencil which is Alcohol Ink / Alcohol lift. As my friend of many years Anne Ray says... "Alcohol really does give you a lift!"

Anyway for this card, I thought that I would try NOT to use YUPO paper, NOT to use Alcohol Lift ink and NOT to use a commercially produced stencil... I did however use alcohol ink!
To begin with I cut a stencil with a Sizzix flower die from a piece of vellum. I used a piece of the smoothest card in my arsenal and added a few drops of various blue toned alcohol inks and some blending solution onto it. Because this card is more porous than Yupo it dried quite quickly. I then put my 'stencil' over the card and used Stazon Stamp cleaner fluid dabbed onto a piece of paper towel to lift some of the ink through the stencil. It worked reasonably well and gave a somewhat hazy outline but I really rather like the effect!
I used the actual vellum die cut as a bit of an overlay and the glue I used to stick that, makes it somewhat translucent.
The sentiment is from a set by Clearly Besotted.
Now you may see the reason for my post title.. things like this don't always work out, but this time it did!
PS Big WELCOME to Viv on the Design Team at CAS Stencil... what a great addition to the team. well done Viv!
CAS on Friday Use a Stencil
CAS Mix Up Alcohol ink lift
PS Just saw that I had already added three cards to the Mix Up challenge so this one can be ignored!!!!

Monday, 15 July 2019


Here is a card for the challenge at CAS Christmas, which is simply entitled Snowflake

For my card I decided to make a shaker card to use some beautiful jewels, sent to me as a prize. I cut the Memory Box snowflake from the front panel of my card and put a piece of OHP acetate behind the aperture. I cut two snowflakes and layered them over the acetate, into the space on the front panel. I then surrounded the shape with little dimensional pads on the reverse side of the panel and dropped the jewels into the gap.I always used to get into a pickle trying to place the window accurately onto my card front once it was filled with jewels or sequins or whatever, so now I put another piece of acetate over the shape to keep the shakey bits contained. Then I can turn it over to place accurately on the card front. I placed a piece of  a print from a stencil background I made some time ago behind the snowflake to add just a little interest!
It was a little fiddly, but fun to do!

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

More alcohol inks

This is really such a fun technique!
A few drops of alcohol ink onto some Yupo paper, a dash of blending solution and watch the magic happen. When dry, I stamped onto the paper with a Local King stamp of Bluebells... (I'd forgotten I had it and it's so delicate, I love it)  using Alcohol Lift Ink. 
I dabbed away the excess lift ink with a paper towel before gently buffing to bring out the design a little more.
Before cleaning the stamp, I stamped it onto some fresh paper and the ink I'd removed from the Yupo and transferred to the stamp made another image! Here's the card I made with that.
The challenge at CAS Mix Up is for the Alcohol lift technique, so this is another card for that.

I used Stampin' Up Pacific Point Ink to stamp the sentiments; it complements the colours of the alcohol inks really well.

Here's another using the same combo of inks as on the first card. Somehow I forgot to do a secondary stamping with the ink I'd lifted from this one. I think I was foolishly thinking that the sentiment would come out in mirror image which of course is crazy, it would just be a regular stamp and not a kiss technique, so I missed my chance there!

Friday, 5 July 2019

CAS Challenges

When I was looking for something else, I happened upon  this stamp from Rubberneckers, which immediately made me want to do a background for the challenge at CAS Mix Up, which is to use Alcohol Lift Ink!
I used drops of three shades of green alcohol ink om some YUPO paper and then added a little Blending solution an mix up the colours and allow them to mingle. I inked the stamp with Alcohol Lift in and stamped onto the paper once is was totally dry. after dabbing any excess ink with a piece of paper towel I buffed the leaves with clean paper towel, lifting the remainder of the ink. I love the effect it gives.
The sentiment stamps and dies are from Clearly Besotted and I decided to raise the words on dimensional pads for a little more interest.
Alcohol Lift, Stamping, Die Cutting.

Meanwhile over at CAS Watercolour Challenge, a celebration for my lovely friend Darnell's birthday is taking place and she is being presented with heaps of bouquets of flowers!
Mine is a simple bunch of tulips, from stampin' Up, gently coloured with watercolours. I love to watch the reaction of the pigment with the water as it doe its 'thing'!
As she is such a special lady I may have to try another one for her, I must have a rummage through my stamps!
Happy Birthday Darnell.

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Christmas Sparkle

The challenge at Happy Little Stampers Christmas as ever is Anything Goes and this time with the option of adding Sparkle!

For this card I began with a metal stencil from Sweet Poppy and after taping it to my piece of card, I applied some Pearlescent White Embossing paste, also from Sweet Poppy.
After removing the stencil I sprinkled over some Glamour Dust Gold powder and allowed it to dry. I did toy with the idea of adding a sentiment but in the end opted to leave it as is. It is really twinkly and lots of individual flakes catch the light at different angles.
It does seem odd making Christmas cards at all times of the year, but when the festive season comes it's so good to have a ready supply of cards to send to friends and family. I can thoroughly recommend making Christmas cards ahead of time and Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge is a great place to display your creations.... so do join us!
N - No peeking


 O - Ornament

Alcohol lift ink

The joy of the CAS Mix Up Challenges is that is makes you try stuff that you meant to do long ago!
I wanted to try the alcohol lift technique some time ago... got the products I needed but as they arrived in dribs and drabs I didn't get around to trying it! SO here we are with my first attempt. I used a half sheet of Yupo paper and dropped a few colours of alcohol ink onto it together with a few drops of belnding solution then swished them around a bit with a sponge tipped  pad. Then I added a stencil from Stamplorations and tamped over it with a felt tipped dauber with a few drops of Alcohol lift ink. I dried it off and then buffed with a paper towel after removing the stencil
I die-cut  an aperture in the card to put the panel behind and added a stamped sentiment from Clearly Besotted.
I feel a few more attempts with this medium coming on!

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Negative Space

The latest challenge at Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge is to use Negative Space. This is not a term I have come across before although I guess that I have in fact done this technique before but not realised there was a specific term for it!
The leaf die I used is from Simon Says Stamp, cut from a piece of black card, which was mounted over a watercolour background.
The word die was picked up on the internet, not sure if it was eBay or Amazon, but I'm not sure of the manufacturer.

I think that with this colour backdrop, the dark card front makes quite a dramatic contrast.
Do join us!

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Fancy Fold

A little time agao I saw a video from Jennifer McGuire demonstrating a Bridge fold card and so I thought I would try it. I have worked out a couple of sets of dimensions which will fit into British envelopes. This one is for a 150 x 150 mm envelope. The joy of these three dimensional cards is that they readily fold flat for mailing.
I began by making the card base and then searched for a set of heart dies which could make a frame to bridge the gap across the front. I found these from Little B amongst my stash. The Mr & Mrs die is from Kaisercraft, although I think it is now discontinued. It was just too small to attach across the heart so I cut a piece of acetate to put behind the heart on to which I could attach the words. I used an embossing folder from Couture Creations (which co-ordinated really well with the foliage sprig from Sizzix,) for the back panel. To complete the card I added a twinkle of Glamour Dust on the heart and the sentiment and added a few tiny pearls as berries. The edges of the front flaps were cut with a border die from Stampin' Up.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

2 Step Stamping

A friend asked to make a couple of cards and requested her friend's name with some flowers and sparkles on the front.
I made the name on my Silhouette from some thinnish card in Buttercup Sample font. With this particular font I only had to move the first letter a little closer to the second letter in order to weld the letters together, as it is such a flowing font.
The flowers are from Altenew; the secondary stamping with Stampin Up Baja Breeze ink, which matches the colour of card really well. Both the name and parts of the flowers were twinkled with Glamour Dust and a few tiny, tiny gems sprinkled over the flowers. She wanted the birthday greeting to be printed inside the card, so I used the same font for that.

As the flower heads are in one corner of the card I thought that I would include it in the challenge from AAA Cards

This card also has the image in one corner but as it isn't flowers I didn't think I would add it to the AAA challenge.  This one is for the challenge at CASology where the prompt word is Ring.
Here I use a simple image from Winnie and Walter and a sentiment from DoCrafts. I stamped it in Stampin' Up Baked Brown Sugar and simply watercoloured the centre.
I noticed that one of the fabulous DT has used a tree ring for her card, but it's the first thing which came to my mind which I knew I had an image for!

Monday, 24 June 2019


At the end of the week my eldest grandchild will be 11 years old, about to leave Primary school and move on to Secondary school.  In September she will be starting at the Royal High School in Bath and she can hardly wait! We will be going to see her this weekend to help her celebrate!
For this card I made the name with my Silhouette and die cut a few daisies, I think the may be Memory Box but I'm not sure. I dry embossed the centre panel with a Cuttlebug folder, extending it a little to fit the width of my card. It's easy to emboss from both ends matching a symmetrical pattern like this.  The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted. I twinkled the name and the centre of the daisies with a little Glamour Dust.
It's based on the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches
I'm off now to buy her gift!

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Bridge Card

The other day I watched a video of Jennifer McGuire making a card with this different fold, which she called a Bridge Card and I thought I would like to try it out. Being in the UK I had to work out sizes to match our card and envelopes, so after a little experiment with a bit of scrap paper, I managed to work it out.
Despite being 3 Dimensional, it still folds flat for mailing.
I am often asked for cards with specific references, by members of my choir, . This one was for an old Naval friend with whom the choir member had served in submarines many years ago. He was to be having his 68th birthday and he was a Scot. The tartan he wears for formal occasions is the Ancient Lamont. So here is a card with the Lamont tartan, a picture of a submarine, his age and his name. I hope it will do!
My friend sent me a picture of the tartan which I printed out to use as the background. I used a  clipart submarine ( I thought it better to have a cartoon type image rather than risk getting the wrong class of submarine).
I made the name element with my Silhouette, mounting it on an offset and covering with a layer of Glossy accents.
 Seize the birthday  - Topping - Cover the card

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Christmas elf

I have used this little elf from Bugboo once before; that time sitting him on a dry embossed wall. This time I decided to add  a gift box for him to perch on. I drew this in Word and sat him on it. I then decided to paper piece the gift. After cutting it out  thought that I would add a real pice of ribbon to the box. It was a bit of a fiddle but I finally managed to get it on, slitting the card to the side of his feet to draw the ribbon through to make it go behind his feet.
The sentiment is from MFT.
Fusion (Just the sketch)

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Digging out old stamps

When I saw this sketch from CASe this Sketch
I immediately remembered that I had a set of stamps from Artemio which should fit the bill. The fortunate thing was being able to put my hand straight onto them (not a frequent occurrence).
The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted and the die cuts from MFT.
Cleo my granddaughter is taking a nap so hence my haste... a card made and blogged within nap time!

Wednesday, 19 June 2019


Don't you just hate it when a card has gone well during creation only to be ruined at the last moment!
I felt that this one was fine until I stamped the sentiment in my MISTI. Someone once gave me a tip that to make the magnets easier to handle, a cover of Washi tape made them easier to handle. Sadly one of the magnets had got  something on it which transferred to the bottom corner of the card. I'm not really sure what it was but it was indelible. My answer to the problem was to trim the top panel quite drastically from its original size. I think it still just about works.
Inspired by the Ombre challenge at CAS Mix Up I made this one for the Challenge  at Just US Girls.

I even went as far as using similar colours to those in the prompt.
The stamp is from Papertrey Ink, inked with Versamark, sprinkled with three shades of WOW embossing powder and heat set.
The sentiment from Clearly Besotted was stamped with Stampin' Up, Night of Navy ink. The butterfly dies are from Simon Says Stamp.
Here is my second rescue of the day!
I was going to cut out this AI image with a rectangle Framelit die, but somehow the die must have shifted just a tad as I began to wind it through my Big Shot so that the fire extinguisher ended up right at the edge of the cut out and was totally unbalanced. The remedy was to cut the whole thing out with scissors, smoothing the edges with an embossing tool to give  a better finish and mounting  it on dimensional pads. I think in fact that this was a better treatment than the one I originally planned. The sentiment which was part of the original Framelit diecut was just re-cut with a little, stitched, rounded corner, square die.
It's for the challenge at CAS on Friday - People

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Maidenhair fern

There's still time to join in with the challenge at CAS Stencil this month where the challenge is to use Perfect Pearls or Pearl Ex.

Here I used a large stencil from Ryn Stencils. As it is such a huge stencil I used just part of it. I stamped through the stencil with Versamark Ink and the after removing the stencil added Perfect Pearls in two shades of green... Interference Green and Green Patina, using a soft brush. After buffing away all the excess powder I set the image by wafting the card through a mist of water, not spraying directly onto the card. As I wanted to keep some 'white space' in the card, I added the sentiment (Clearly Besotted) over part of the image and dusted the fronds with a few minuscule gems!

It was a real delight to be Guest Designer this month, as I simply love the challenges at CAS 'Central'!