Friday 29 April 2022


We're celebrating at Daring Cardmakers this week - create a card for any occasion and include the word "celebrate" in your make.

I've combined with the current challenge at Let's Squash It which wants geometric or repeating patterns in our embossing.

I embossed a piece of engraving board (scraperboard when I was a kid!) in an old Spellbinders folder then sanded away the black coating to reveal the copper foil. Some white die cut flowers, a heat embossed sentiment and a little dome made from tomato paste tube metal and call it done.

Bristol board
Birthday (Letter It stamp range by Ranger)
So Trendy (Mbossibilities by Spellbinder)
Wildflower Stems I (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
Copper engraving board
Versmark by Tsukineko
Detail embossing powder (copper)
Tomato paste tube


Sunday 3 April 2022

Link in the chain — March

Ooops, I missed reveal day at Card Chain Challenge - meant to post this yesterday! From the options for March I chose the theme of farm and the colour palette and made a one layer card that went to Marga in Spain

Bossy the Cow was one of the very first stamps I owned. I just checked back and she’ll have been in my collection 15 years come September! I’m not sure she’s ever been a brown and white cow before though. I stamped her with Coffee Bean ink and then coloured her eyes and hooves with a black fine liner.  She has a bit of grass to stand on, a touch of Copic colouring, a sentiment and my usual rounded corner and that’s about it. 

Bossy the Cow (Cornish Heritage Farms, no longer with us)
Totally Toadstools (Visible Image)
Essential Messages (Hero Arts, retired)

Bristol board

Brilliance by Tsukineko (Coffee Bean, Graphite Black)
Tim Holtz Distress inj by Ranger (Mowed Lawn)

Copic markers
Black fine liner
Corner Chomper 

Friday 1 April 2022

April elements

It's the first day of a new month so we have an "elemental" challenge at Daring Cardmakers — Jenny has chosen a pretty spring picture for us to choose at least three elements to inspire our cards.

I chose some of the colours, the eggs and some sprigs of foliage, the watercolour wash was inspired by the bunny and the little dimensional dots by the mimosa flowers. They did actually start off as pale yellow. I then dropped the card face down while they were wet. Having scraped the residue off for some reason I decided I’d prefer white ones instead!

I must have had this stamp set for a decade or so and I think this is the first time those eggs have seen ink!

Bird Sanctuary (Clearly Impressed/Michelle Ward)
Say It All (Hero Arts, retired)

Bristol board

Adirondack dye ink by Ranger (Espresso)
Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Pumice Stone)

Wild flower stems #1 dies (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
Copic markers
White Enamel Accents by Ranger