Monday, 16 October 2017

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Autumn Wreath

Mod Squad "Fall Fest" Challenge; Paper Players Challenge #365

Each leaf was stamped two or three times to combine many colours for this wreath.
Then each leaf was fussy cut and layered to give it fullness. 
A twine bow gives texture and adds a rustic touch.

Thinking of You

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge ~~"Thinking of You~~ theme

Friday, 6 October 2017

Autumn Wishes

Double D "Fright Night" Challenge; Mod Squad Challenge "Color Me Fall"; Paper Players Theme Challenge #364 ~~ Autumn Floral" ~~

This is a Tri Fold Card closed up and held with a decorative belly band. ( photo of the card opened up is below).

The challenge of die cutting the card is keeping the base card stock in one piece while die cutting the top portion through the Big Shot without cutting through the fold.
I then cut two more framelits in descending size.

To stamp the leaves, I used the "baby wipes" technique.

This is achieved by first laying down three layers of aluminum foil. On top of that, layer four moist baby wipes. Next, choose three or four re inker colours and drop about four drops of each colour onto the baby wipes, being careful not to overlap colours. Voila! You have now created your very own, unique "stamp pad".

Next step is to stamp your leaf images by placing your stamp down while overlapping colours on your "ink pad". When you twist the stamps around in different directions, you will get different colour combinations.

I then made the belly band, fussy cut the leaves and applied them with dimensionals.

With the belly band slipped off to open the card, you can now see how I carried the theme of the leaves on the underside of the flap as well. But note that the inside leaves were die cut from the coordinating patterned paper used for the layered frame and side panels instead of stamped images.
In the left corner below sentiment I "stamped off" to create a more subtle image.

What's great about the "Baby Wipe" technique is that you can create any colour combination of your choosing. Think of soft yellows, purples and greens for an Easter theme, a trio of blues for snowflakes and all the endless combinations for Holiday cards.
Leave a comment below and let me know how you used this technique.

Thanks for stopping by!

Autumn Floral

Double D "Fright Night" Challenge; Mod Squad Challenge ~"Color Me Fall"~~ ; Paper Player Theme Challenge #364 ~~ Autumn Floral ~~

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Delicate Greeting

Just Add Ink Challenge # 379 ~~ Inspiration Photo ~~


SUO Challenge # 184 ~~"Shape Up"~~

This card was constructed using the Top Note Die, bat punch, circle punch, ornament punch and the small oval punch.

Homage to Paris

Power Poppy's September "Power and Spark" Challenge

This challenge was to create a card by stamping on Kraft Paper. I created this collage by using various stamps for background and then adding embellishments.

Sunday, 24 September 2017


Thrilled to be chosen as a "Weekly Favourite" on Splitcoast Stampers!!!

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Autumn Birthday

Just Add Ink Challenge # 378~~Add Texture~~

First I stamped background on card layer, then cut an oval for another layer and stamped it as well.
Then stamped the Maple Leaf and fussy cut it. I then touched up all the leaves by blending in some colours with my Spectrum Noir markers.
To fasten the twine on the base layer, I punched two holes behind the oval layer and wove the string through it to secure.
I then used a small clothespin to attach another leaf to the string. To give the attached leaf some texture, I curled the edges up, then added a little bit of Wink of Stella for some glam.
A rather simple design, but with touches of textural interest.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017


SUO Challenge #183~~~"Autumn Colours"
Paper Players Challenge #362

For this card I used a brand new set from the SU 2017 Holiday Catalogue called "Count My Blessings".
I stamped the three acorn images off twice with Soft Suede ink and then coloured them with my Aqua painter.
I used the Wood Textured embossing folder to give interest to the brown cardstock.
I punched two small ovals and mounted the sentiment. Linen thread finishes it off.

Apple Harvest

SUO Challenge #183~~~"Autumn Colours"
Paper Players Challenge #362

My second entry for this challenge had me dig up yet another SU set from years ago called "Countryside".
First I stamped the truck in a light grey ink. For the background, I masked off the truck and used one of the tree stamps from "Lovely as a Tree".
I then used my aqua painter to colour the images. The DSP is from years ago as well.
To add interest and texture, I used linen thread and enamel dots to finish this project off.

Autumn Pear Harvest

SUO Challenge #183~~"Autumn Colours"
Paper Players Challenge #362

For this card I dug out an old set I have not used for years called "Always Thankful".
I then remembered this DSP from years ago that would marry nicely with my design.
I used an aqua painter to colour the image and used my brand new roll of burlap ribbon to complete that rustic feel.
For the decorative edge on the sentiment, I used a square scalloped framelit and then trimmed little strips.


This card was done for the Mod Squad Challenge Blog 

This week's challenges were to use heat embossing on your card, other than the sentiment.
I created the floral background paper by stamping a co ordinating stamp in this set by Power Poppy with Versamark and then heat embossing with red embossing powder.
I then used an aqua painter brush to colour the image.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Sunday, 27 August 2017


Power Poppy ~~ Power and Spark Challenge "Mix and Match" Aug/17

For this card I used two different stamp sets. One set had the Eiffel Tower and sentiment and the other set had the Vespa girl image.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Monday, 14 August 2017

Monday, 7 August 2017

Power Poppy ~~~ Power and Spark Mix and Match Challenge August, 2017

 For the "Mix and Match" Challenge, I used stamps from three different sets.
The Greek letters spelling "opa" is a phrase we Greeks use to express delight.
Over the years I have been fortunate enough to acquire a small collection of very hard to find Greek stamps. And of course, the card was made with the colours of the Greek Flag.  OPA!!


Power Poppy ~~~ Power and Spark "Mix and Match" Challenge August, 2017

For this challenge I used two different stamp sets. 
My first "Power Poppy" stamp set order is in the looking forward to being able to enter Power Poppy's Challenges with those sets.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Enjoy Today

SUO Challenge #180.
I used the Eastern Palace Suite to create this Masculine Birthday Card

Friday, 28 July 2017

Monday, 24 July 2017

Power Poppy ~~ Power And Spark Challenge ~~ July 2017

Made for the "Copy A Bloomie" Challenge for July, 2017.
The inspiration for my card came from Cindy Lawrence with the "Wreath: Boxwood and Cranberry" card she made.
I loved everything about her design and wanted to copy it, yet make it my own for the challenge.
In order to give texture to the white cardstock, I adhered a piece of clear, patterned acetate instead of embossing. I used washi tape for the very first time, but also added ribbon atop for more colour and texture.
Finishing touch, three tiny Ladybugs I found in my stash.
The stamp I used is from Marcella Hawley's "From the Garden" set released in 2010.

Here is my card.

And the card by Cindy Lawrence

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Birthday Wishes


SUO Challenge # 179

Used the brand new "Oh, So Eclectic" set for the florals and the sentiment is from the new "Hello Friend" set.
New In Colours used are Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Keep Calm.....

Mod Squad Challenge......"Make the Sentiment the Main Focal Point" Challenge

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Gatefold Window Card

This is a "Gatefold Window" card. I used three patterned papers for it to also be eligible in this month's STVKC in the Stamp Kit Addicts Group.
The trees from the "Sparkling Christmas" kit were stamped, fussy cut and patina glitter was added to them. The house and sentiment are from the "Home for the Holidays" kit.
I used three coordinating papers. First on the outside flaps, a second on the inside flaps and the third is a very subtle striped paper behind the house. Because the inside flap papers were not visable, I used a fourth on the roof and awnings. To do this, I stamped the house again on a green gingham patterned paper, then fussy cut the roof and awnings and adhered them onto the house image.
To give some interest to the sentiment. I punched out holly leaves and berries and tucked them under the sentiment.
A little glitter on the holly berries and smoke from the chimney finished this off.

Merry Christmas

Early start on my Christmas cards.

Merry Christmas

Early start on my Christmas cards.