Thursday, 17 August 2017


This week I've been creating an end of term project for the craft barn using Woodware stamps.
Lots of the new Woodware stamps have got a patchwork style to them making them ideal for paper piecing. I stamped these lovely owls several times on different papers to give me plenty of choice.

Lots of cutting out then followed!

Using a square die I cut an aperture from a square card. I mounted the cut out square on another card to get two cards for the price of one. I stamped a Woodware sentiment on both using cobalt archival ink.

Then all that remained was to stick together all the paper pieces and finalise the layouts.

I chose the owls as I thought they were perfect for an end of term teacher card, but the cards could be used for lots of other occasions too.

Square white card
Craft stamper - anything goes
Stamping sensations-anything goes
Penny black at allsorts- all creatures great and small
Simon says stamp Wednesday- add a sentiment

Wednesday, 2 August 2017


Hey there!

Following on from the little star cards last week, I made these 'Pawsome' cards for the work star box. I used the lawn fawnatics colour inspiration to get me going. The stamps are from LF Happy Howlidays and Miaow you doin'.

I used distress inks and promarkers, and finished with some punched daisies with liquid pearl centres.

Friday, 28 July 2017

On to new things

Hi there!

I started this project for the craft barn by applying strips of random Washi tape on to a piece of white card.

 I gave it a coating in Nougat fresco paint, followed by some jade paint.
 I added water and wiped back some of the jade fresco paint to keep it light and textured.

 Using more fresco paints as an ink, I stamped the IO clouds stamp.
 The archival ink used here is permanent and perfect for stamping over shinier surfaces like that of the Washi tape.
 I ended up using three of the four colours in the new archival mini set one.
 I wanted a bit more texture so I used a set of nesting circle dies to create rings.
 Then on a spare piece of paper I stamped the air balloon again, cut it out and mounted using lots of 3d foam pads.
 Next I used dies to cut out the lettering I wanted...
 and spritzed with colour bloom for a shimmery, textured finish.
 I added the lettering and highlighted it using fineliner, then popped a border around the edge to finish.

Washi tape
Fresco paints (Nougat and jade)


Tuesday, 25 July 2017

A summer star

Hi there!
I've had a go at making some dinky little cards today for our 'star box' at work - it's a box in which we post notes to our colleagues thanking them for the good stuff they've done. At the moment these notes are usually written on little scraps of paper, so I thought it would be fun to make a bunch of cards to use instead.

I was inspired by the lawn fawn colour inspiration board, and also Simon says stamp's star challenge. This is what I came up with.

The cards are wallet sized and were made using distress ink smooshed on a craft mat and spritzed with water. I stamped the lawn fawn starfish and coloured with pro markers, before die cutting. I added a sentiment, border and glitter and hey presto :)

Penny black and more- for the boys (well I guess they could be for either!!)

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Here we go Christmas!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday have set the challenge of using plaid this week. When I think plaid, I tend to think Christmas, and since I have been meaning to get started on my Christmas cards much earlier this year, it seemed like a good opportunity.

So here we go...


I used a variety of papers from a do crafts pad, ribbon from crafty ribbons and dies and stamps by lawn fawn.

It's a simple start to what I'm sure will become many, many more Christmas cards for 2017!

Thursday, 6 July 2017

We are sailing!

Hi there!

I seem to have gone down a very 'beachy' route recently without realising it - must be in need of a holiday!

Anyway, it is hard to resist the lovely beach themed stamps from impression obsession...

I stamped this tranquil scene using archival ink so that the detail would remain when using watercolours. It is coloured with inktense pencils which are another current favourite of mine.

The pencils work fine on their own but adding water to them really brings them to life. I ran the archival pad around the edge of the card to give it a border. 

I masked most of the picture and then sprayed with colour bloom for a bit of sheen, added more archival ink and some scribbley bits with the inktense pencils to give the whole thing a slightly antique look.

Next to mount it on to my background. It is my first time playing with a cover a card stamp so naturally there had to be a bit of experimentation before I committed to anything too serious!

 Take one - inked up with brushos, spritzed with water, with a paintbrush dragged across for good measure.
 Take two - inked with pale blue versa mark pads - no good in this instance but I think it would have been fine if I chose a darker shade of blue.
 Take three - using fresco paints applied with cut n dry foam.
Take four - Using distress oxides applied to wet paper. 

Plenty of options to choose from but I went with the frescos this time as I liked the way the paint colours blended. 

I inked it twice to cover this long thin card. If you want a more subtle join you can avoid inking all the way to the straight edge, however it didn't really matter to me as the join was going to be covered up. I also gave the card a border using more fresco paint applied directly with a sponge.

I laid out a few scraps of paper from my stash which had nice textures to them. 

Using an Impression Obsession die I cut a couple of nautical shapes and coated them in alchemy wax...

...and layered them all up together.

I added a couple more die cuts and a few enamel accents to finish it all off.

 Naturally it only seemed right to make the card insert and envelope match as well - partially inking the cover a card stamp worked really well for this.
 Well, that's all for now!

Materials list;

Impression Obsession stamp - seaside scene
Io Cover a card stamp - clouds
Archival ink - potting soil
Derwent inktense pencils
Impression obsession die - seagulls
Impression obsession die - nautical
Fresco finish paints - turquoise, antarctic, nougat
Colour bloom - sherbet
Cut n dry foam
Alchemy wax - inca gold
Distress oxides - faded jeans, broken china

I'd like to enter this in to the following challenges;
Impression obsession - is getting hot in here
SSS - red, white and blue (if you'll forgive the green and gold?!)
Sss- summer sunshine
Penny black and more- for the boys
Allsorts- a question of sport

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Playing with inks

A little late to the party I know but I recently purchased some dylusions ink sprays from the craft barn and have been having a lot of fun playing and experimenting with them.
This is one of the first cards I have made with my experiments. I played around spraying ink directly in to card, on to a may and then picking it up, through a stencil and directly on to a stencil then making a print. This is what I did with this card;

I love the vibrancy of colours that you get with these inks! I simply mounted my stencil print panel on to a card blank, added some butterflies punched from more ink sprayed card along with some diamantes. The die cut is from lawn fawn fixed to vellum. Everything is finished off with a bit of compulsory stickles glitter.