Tuesday, 27 January 2015


I wanted to make some Valentine cards to take to my choir and was trying to think of something a little different. I came up with the idea of triple embossing, something I have done many times in the past but always with a deeply etched stamp. This time I used an embossing folder!
Details of the process are in this video.

The tiny hearts are embossed from a Stampin' Up tiny stamp from the confetti set. The scalloped edge is from a Lawn Fawn die, the frilly heart is Simon Says Stamp and the sentiment from a Winnie and Walter Big and Bold set.
The Card Concept Challenge has a Love theme so this is for that.
Timeout has the challenge, Valentine's Day with the optional twist of hearts... there are quite a few hearts here!

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Super Sketches

There are a couple of challenges at the moment with simply terrific sketches which have really fired my enthusiasm.
These are Freshly Made Sketches and CASe this Sketch
I have already made cards for each of these challenges already but here are a couple more.

This is  for CASe this Sketch
I think it's a terrific sketch. I used Memory Box Butterflies, cut from a piece of card which I inked with Distress Inks and water,allowed to dry, then over stamped with gold embossed flowers, which I'd  added a little more colour to.
I also stamped the flowers onto the black panel and clear embossed. This doesn't show up too well on this picture but it does add a little interest to the card itself without detracting attention from the butterflies themselves.

Again I stamped the black card with flowers and clear embossed them. The sentiment from Clearly Besotted is cut from the same piece of water-coloured card as the previous card. It's the larger version of the same Memory Box butterfly, this time with its filigree overlay added.
What a great sketch, I'm sure I'll be using this one many times in future!

Less is More has a sketch!

Here is a simple interpretation of the sketch. The vertical panel was cut with a SSS stitched die, reduced in size to much skinnier proportions. The heart is also from Simon Says Stamp and the butterfly is from Memory Box.

This is another card using the same die as an earlier card.
Here is a little video showing how I made it, with apologies for forgetting to turn the image the right way up!
I hope you like it!
This one is straying a little from the sketch but I couldn't bear to cut dowm the vertical panel any more... I just love the colours in the background.
It was made with Weathered Wood, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Distress ink refills dabbed onto my glass mat, spritzed with water and then dabbed with absorbent card and left a while for the colours to be absorbed by the card. When dry, it was overprinted  with black ink and then other images embossed in gold. The butterfly is from Memory Box and the sentiment from Wplus9.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Case these flowers

As soon as I saw this sketch from CASe this Sketch this week, I just loved it.
Trying to make it work with what I had in mind was another matter. I knew I wanted to inlay the dies and slice through them to have a positive and negative effect, but working out how to cut them and  keep the fiddly bits from going AWOL and match the positive and negative sides was not as straightforward as I had imagined. However I managed to do it, but after selecting the sentiment I wanted to balance the sketch, I somehow managed to get a smear of ink in the bottom right hand corner... hence the extra daisy! Actually I think it balances the card quite well, as I managed to finish up with the flowers a little higher than I ideally would have liked.
Anyway I was pleased with the end result.
I'm off to the theatre this evening to see To Kill a mocking bird in Chichester Festival Theatre. I'm really looking forward to it!