Hello! I hope your having a lovely start to your weekend. I have some really exciting news. I am now on the design team for Papermill direct. I am so honoured and lucky that they asked me they have the best card stock and paper! The quality is amazing and is perfect for crafts.
I have a tutorial up on the Papermill direct blog on how I made this card. I thought with spring hopefully on the way it would be nice to add some bright colours and of course a hedgehog on a bike!
Papermilldirect raspberry card stock
Papermilldirect white hammered card stock
penny black clear stamps
derwent inktense pencils
I would love you to check out my post and tutorial, thank you so much!
Hello! I hope you are having a great start to the week.
I was very grateful to receive these beautiful dies from Spellbinders and I had so much fun making these cards. They cut absolutely beautifully and I will be using these dies on many more cards.
This beautiful wreath is stunning and I had so many ideas of what to do with it but in the end I chose to make a cute baby card and I added some silver embossing to the edges to really make it pop. This die is great to keep on hand as there are so many different uses and it is just gorgeous!
This beautiful flower die is so pretty and elegant so I knew straight away it would make a perfect wedding card but there are so many uses for this. I added some watercolour on top of the flowers to keep the soft colours and I also added a few sequins.
The flowers also emboss onto the card stock which leaves a beautiful image. So stunning! If you would like to see lots of beautiful dies, stamps and loads of inspiration please have a look at the gorgeous spellbinders website .
Thank you so much to Spellbinders I am truly grateful and I can’t wait to start making more cards with these dies thank you!
Thank you for popping by today
Hello! I hope your having a lovely Friday, sorry it’s been quiet over here on my blog I have moved and finally getting everything unpacked.
I have been making cards some evenings so here’s my most recent makes:
I made this shaker card and used the sweet squirrel from my favourite things. I coloured her in with distress inks and I love the glitter paper from papermill direct it doesn’t shed woohoo!!!
Another card made using my favourite things stamps these bears are so fun for birthday cards. I coloured these with my copics.
This cute little bear is perfect for a masculine card and I have to admit men cards aren’t my thing I find them really hard to make and they usually end up in the bin! This stamp set is by Newton’s nook and is great if your struggling like me with a man card.
Here’s a peek into my card stock I am trying to use up more coloured card as again I sometimes find it a challenge to use them. I usually stick to white and make my own colour backgrounds, but I’m going to challenge myself to use the bright card.
Thank you so much for stopping by I will be back soon with a super exciting post!
Hi! I love this quote from waffle flower crafts “today is a good day to be happy”. It’s so true isn’t it we often wake up feeling the opposite so I am going to keep this quote with me. It’s so important to wake up feeling positive.
I recently got this cute stamp set and wanted to make something straight away.
I love this cute bear on the bike along with the quote so here is the card I made I hope it cheers you up.
I stamped all the images with versamark ink and coloured them in with copics. I also used a metal die to emboss the square which is great as now I can use my dies to emboss along with embossing folders!
This bestie card is made using mama elephant stamps, again I coloured them in with my copic markers. This card took a long time to make but I really enjoyed it, I started with my distress inks to blend the background and die cut the words bestie. I was going to leave it there but I thought it would be fun to turn this into a shaker card, as you know I love a shaker!
I then added all the pieces together and ended up with this as the finished result.
Thank you so much for stopping by today I hope you have a great day!
Happy new year guys!! I hope 2018 is wonderful for you all!
Thank you for all your support it means so much to me!
I can’t wait to start making more crafty bits I hope you enjoy them, and thanks again!
If I see any craft bits with stars I automatically think of Christmas so what better way to use this background stamp than on a Christmas card. I used a grey tone paper and heat embossed white embossing powder onto it, the stamp is by hero arts and I absolutely love it.
I then stamped these my favourite things stamps and coloured them in with my copic markers.
I have so many more cards to make it’s crazy!!!
I did make another card too! I used these adorable mama elephant stamps.
Okay so this doesn’t have stars as a background but it’s got polka dots…
I used some embossing paste for this one which looks like giant snow ha ha! I’ve actually really been enjoying my embossing powders and paste lately and I treated myself to some new bright colours which I will share on another card.
Thanks so much for popping by today I will be back soon!
Have a wonderful day
Hello! I hope you are having a lovely day. I made this Christmas card last night and really wanted to do some embossing so of course I had to bring out the gold embossing powder it’s nearly Christmas after all!
I had no idea what card I wanted to make so I just went with the flow and ended up using this adorable deer stamp from neat and tangled. I think he’s just perfect for Christmas.
I coloured him with copic markers and added a few more details. The circle is vellum which I used a background stamp then added the gold embossing powder I absolutely love embossing onto vellum so I’m sure there will be more cards like this. Thinking about it I maybe should of made some batches of Christmas cards….
I added a few sequins to finish off the card, and embossed the greeting. I bought these greeting stamps from my favourite things and I think they will be used on most of my Christmas cards this year I just love them.
Thanks so much for stopping by I hope you have a lovely day!!!
How are you getting on with your Christmas cards this year? I’ve only made about 5….. every year I always think I will start sooner but it never happens and I never have enough for friends and family…..
I saw these cute mama elephant stamps and I had to have them, actually I don’t own many Christmas stamps so I’m going to have to work on that 😉
I made this card earlier and started by stamping the trees and images. I used my copic markers for this and added some snowy hills using my die cuts. It actually took me ages after stamping and colouring to get the finished result.
I added a heat embossed sentiment to finish the card off.
Thank you so much for stopping by I’m hoping to get a few more cards made this week.
Have a lovely day!
Hello! Lots of people have asked me about ink blending on cards so I thought I would share what inks I use.
I love using Tim holtz distress ink but you can use any pigment ink, the only difference is distress ink will react with water leaving a lighter distressed result. Personally I have found they are not great for stamping images but fantastic for blending and building background colours.
On this card I used distress ink to make the background to the window but I didn’t add water or splotches of water, I used a sponge to blend the ink.
On this card you can see the distressed effect when water is added. This is super fun and you can make all different types of background images. This needs a few different colours of ink and lots of blending so be prepared for an achy arm afterwards…
Here’s a closer look at how you can add water for a fun effect.
For this card I used pigment ink and blended the cloud background with some softer colours. You can’t get the same effect with pigment as you can when using distress ink and adding water but I love using them for a nice background plus you can stamp images and greetings with pigment ink. Totally worth investing a few different colours into your collection and they will last a long time.
How do I blend the ink?
You will need a scrap piece of paper, your inks and sponges and place your card on the paper. Dab the sponge into the ink and don’t add it to the card straight away. Start by adding the ink onto the scrap piece of paper and gently work towards the edge of your card. Keep repeating until you have your background covered. If using distress ink add your other colours. Now you need to add a few splotches of water, wait a few seconds and you should see your ink start to soak into the water. If you need too use a paper towel to pick up the remaining water. Hey presto you have a distressed background that looks pretty cool.
Pigment ink is used exactly the same way but no water is needed. This is great for adding colour to card and stencils will be your best friend.
I find using a small circular motion is the best way to blend the inks.
I hope this was helpful to some of you that are new to cardmaking. If you give this a go don’t forget to comment or tag me on Instagram.
Have a great weekend!
Hello!! It’s a cold and dark day today in the UK so I thought I better make something bright and colourful!
I used some distress ink for the background and watercolored these images, I haven’t done much watercolour lately so I thought it would be a nice change.
I used some stamps from my favourite things, paper smooches and your next stamp.
I added some grass and sequins to finish the card off.
Now to find someone who’s recently had a baby…….
I have also made a start on some Christmas cards so here’s a little peek at a recent one.
Thanks for stopping by I hope you have a great weekend! I can’t believe we’re in November already!!!
See you soon