Sunday, 28 November 2010

Christmas Food

My second post of the day is for the Critter Challenge #41 - Food.
To stay with the Christmas theme and to added another card to my stash for sending out next month, I chose the good old rib-sticking Christmas Pudding, or Plum Duff as it used to be known.
Both of the stamps are from Elusive Images, from their Christmas 2009 collections. They were stamped in Timbre Brown Stazon Ink to give a softer effect than black. The large pudding and sentiment along with a larger gold mirror card mat were cut out using Nestabilities.
The edges of both images were aged with three different colours of Distress ink to give a vintage look to match the main image.
The back ground was created from white card, coloured with various Distress inks, Versamark ink added directly from the pad randomly across the surface and gold embossing powder sprinkled over and heated. Finally I cut a mask from a design created on my Gypsy and cut out with a Cricut machine which I laid along first one edge, and then the other, dabbing through with Distress ink to create a bit of a border.
The large Christmas pudding was matted onto the Gold mirror mat. The main image was also matted onto gold mirror card.
The background was matted directly onto an A5 Gold mirror base card, the main image applied with Pinflair glue, the pudding added with foam pads to give depth and finally two sprays of holly, cut with a Sizzix die were positioned and the red berries created with a Pearl pen.

Vintage Christmas

Good morning on a another very cold and frosty morning.
This card is an entry for the CES Challenge - Vintage Christmas.
A dark green, A5 size card base is the starting point for for this one. The background is white card which has been distressed around the edges with various colours of Distress ink, using a blending tool. All around the edges has been stamped a lovely Holly branch stamp from Creative Expressions These were then coloured in with ink from distress ink pads. Using a rule and a Versamark Pen, a gold embossing powder border was added all the way around the edge.
The main images (also Creative Expressions stamps by Sam Poole - Christmas Post and Christmas Sleigh Ride) consists of the bird on the branch, Post Card Label and the flourish for the border. These were stamped on white card, coloured with Distress inks and when dry, the edges of the card aged with more Distress ink.
The holly leaf spray is a Sizzix die cut.
To assemble, the main image was matted onto gold mirror card which was then trimmed to size. Green organza ribbon was wrapped around the mirror card and held in place with tape on the back. A bow was manufactured using my Ultimate Pro and bonded in place with Pinflair glue.This was layered onto the background sheet, which, in turn was assembled onto the base card.
The holly spray was added above the bow and the holes cut by the Sizzix die for the berries were filled using a red pearl pen which dries leaving a raised surface.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Untraditional Christmas Card - for 5 Challenges

I am having a crafty type of morning to make up for the lack of crafting over the last few days! Besides which, it is too cold and snowy to go outside.
This card started off from the Totally Papercraft Untraditional Christmas Challenge where no Red or Green was to be featured. Therefore I have gone for golds, oranges and a touch of yellow. There are then 4 other challenges so I will enter those too: Sketch and Stash Challenge #49 gave me the design for the card, Crafty Creations # 95 - Christmas is coming and CraftyCatz - Christmas, Cards for Men challenge #24
The base card is A5 in size and is extravagantly made from a sheet of gold mirror card.
The yellow, orange and white flourish background was made from white card, a Tattered Angels mask and yellow and orange Glimmer mist.
The next layer was white card. A non-stick mat was splodged with distress ink which was sprayed with water and the card dipped in, swirled around and dried. This was repeated until the card was covered satisfactorily. Versamark was dabbed, straight from the ink pad, in random fashion, and the gold embossing powder applied and heated to give highlights on the sheets.
The main image was made by the crystal technique (I believe it is called). The delightful Stag stamp from Elusive Images was added to the front of a sheet of acetate using Stazon ink and allowed to dry. This was then turned over and some clear, runny floor polish was added over the surface, some glitter and alcohol ink added for colour and sparkle and then a piece of white, scrunched up tissue paper was applied which soaked up the polish. This was all moved around until a suitable covering had been obtained and the whole thing was allowed to dry for over 24 hours. Once dry it was trimmed to the required size and the layers applied to the base card with Pinflair glue.
The 3 tabs were cut from and off-cut of the yellow, orange and white layer, trimmed on the diagonal and added to the card.
The three small stars and the snowflake were cut using a snowflake Shapeability (the stars are the centre of three of the snowflakes, waste not, want not, you understand! These were added as the final embellishments.
This card has been entered into the following challenges:

Fancy Box

Good morning. My 2nd post of the day to catch up with Challenges from this week. This is for Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight on Containers and Fancy Envelopes.
This box started out as two pieces of flat white card. These were coloured using Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists and masks and then left to dry thoroughly.
Th top and the bottom of the box were made by trimming the card to give two squares, one slightly smaller than the other and they were then folded up. Amazingly, these keep their shape without the need to use glue, although I do line the lid, with a square of card, to neaten it up.
The 4 hearts were cut using Nestabilities - a wonderful invention - where would we be without them. The largest one was left in the die and coloured with Fired Brick Distress Ink leaving a white border once the die was removed. The three smaller hearts were coloured with the same ink and them over stamped and embossed with gold embossing powder.
These layers were decoupaged with foam pads to give depth and then mounted onto the box with double sided tape. A heart shaped crystal was positioned on the smallest heart for a bit of bling.
I think the end result will be great for next Valentine's Day for a small momento of the occasion. The finished box is about 3" square.

Secrets and Dreams Picture

Good morning one and all.
Sorry for the lack of posts this week but I have been in Slovakia for work. I don't know, how dare work get in the way of crafting! Consequently I have a few Challenges to catch up with.
This project is for Die Cut Dreams Challenge #75 - Anything but a card. So here is one of my canvas board pictures. It is A6 in size.
The white board was painted with acrylic paints in yellows and browns, lightened in places with a bit of white.
For the background, I took a piece of calico fabric, coloured it with patches of Stazon ink, just by pressing the ink pad to the fabric to give random rectangles of colour. This was then stamped with some texture stamps from Elusive images in pumpkin, mustard and brown, layering them up but stamping one image over another. The final layer was made by stamping the key hole and sentiments onto tissue paper in brown. When dry, these were applied over the top using watered down PVA glue. The slight wrinkles giving texture and character. When dry a coat of the PVA was applied over the whole sheet and allowed to dry. This gave a fairly stiff piece of fabric. Note: Stazon ink had to be used for all of this work or else the PVA glue would have made Distress or other dye based inks smudge and run.
For the embellishment, I took another piece of fabric, coloured it with Adirondack ink and stamped the keyhole (again from EI) in a dark brown. No liquid was going near this piece so it did not matter that dye based ink was used. This was cut from the fabric sheet and edged with blanket stitch, in a rusty coloured cotton, to stop it fraying.
The background sheet was trimmed to size with a metal edged rule and knife. No fraying here because of the amount of glue used on it! This was then bonded in place with more PVA glue and allowed to dry. The embellishment was mounted on top with double sided tape and the small pearls and crystals added to complete the effect.
A ribbon was adhered to the back to hang the picture and the back was covered with brown card to tidy everything up!

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Get Well Soon Card

For my second post of the day I have a Get Well Soon card for the CraftyCatz Challenge #59.
The flowers were cut from red, pink and yellow card with a Cricut having set up the design sheets for the various flower shapes on my Gypsy. They were then stamped randomly with a Judikins pattern stamp with black Stazon. The flowers were then coloured with distress inks and a blending tool to age them a bit. Each flower was then constructed by layering up 3 different layers using Pinflair glue gel.
Although it is difficult to tell from this photo, the flowers are stood in a vase which was made from a rectangle of pink card with some acetate wrapped round it. Ribbons were tied around it to make a bow.
The base card is A5 in size and made from pale pink pearlescent card. Immediately behind the vase of flowers is a woven panel of cream and pink patterned card. Once woven, this was matted onto a darker pink card - the same colour that was used for the vase. This assembly was then bonded to the base card with Pinflair glue. The flower heads were arranged and bonded in place with the same glue.
Another panel of the darker pink card was cut and the Get Well Soon Letters, which were taken from a pre-printed sheet, were added. This was mounted on the base card to complete it.

Butterflies and Lace

Another challenge card for you this morning. This is for the CES Challenge #13 - Lovely Lace.
The butterflies were stamped on cream card and embossed in silver using stamps of my own design that I had made for me. They were cut out and coloured with Twinkling H2Os.
The delightful light blue lace paper is one of Joanna Sheen's designs. 2 rectangles were cut from this paper - the smaller one was layered onto cream card, then onto the larger lace panel and finally onto a patterned grey card. On the back of the grey card, double sided tape was run all around the edge, the backing pealed off and the lace ruffle was bonded to it. This had an elasticated edge to it which helped it to go around the corners. More double sided tape was run over this and the whole assembly was bonded to a cream pearlescent A5 size base card.
This is a very different card to the type I usually make so I hope you like it.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Snowflake Christmas Card.

Good afternoon to you all. Here is my offering for the Totally Papercrafts Challenge #43 - Snow and Snowflakes.

The tree baubles are from the delightful Mouse stamps from Crafters Companions. There were stamped onto white card and coloured in with Twinkling H2Os and over sprayed with Crafters Companion glitter varnish.

A non-stick craft mat was splodged with several different colours of distress ink and water was sprayed on it. The card was applied in a random way and dried and then re-applied and dried until a pleasing effect was obtained. Whilst still damp a small amount of cosmic shimmer mica powder was applied to give a bit of sparkle.

A fir stamp was applied at the top and bottom of the card in green ink and then over stamped with Versamark and gold embossing powder applied and heated.

Two different sizes of snowflake stamp (Judikins) were randomly stamped with Versamark and Sheena's White Wow powder applied and heated to give bright white snowflakes.

To assemble: The card was trimmed to size and layered onto gold shimmer paper. The green ribbons were positioned and bonded into place and then the whole thing bonded onto an A5 dark green base card. The baubles were bonded in place over the ribbons and the matching bows attached.

That's it. The entire story. I hope that you feel that it fits the challenge.

To find the challenge, follow the link:

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Matching Card and Present

Good evening.
Here is a card for three challenges plus a matching present for one of them. The challenges are as follows: Crafty Creations #94 - Beautiful Insides, Critter sketch Challenge Blog #40 - Texture and Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #34 - Card and Matching Gift.
The base purple hammered card (for texture) is 5.75 inches square.
The swirly panels started life as 2 A6 white silk cards which were coloured with purple, blue and red ink. They were the run through a Cuttle Bug inside a Swirls embossing folder (to give more texture). Very carefully, by hand, the glitter glue was added to the top of all the embossing for added bling. I had very sore fingers by the time I had done all that!
The tissue paper that is used inside the card as the background (it is also used inside the gift box - scrunched up inside to keep the craft tools in place) was spayed with blue, red and purple Glimmer Mists.
The large and small purple hearts were cut with Nestabilities and the Cuttle Bug from the purple hammered card.
For the front of the card:
A glittered, embossed panel was cut down to a 4 x 4" square which was mounted on a panel of blue card. This had a piece of blue ribbon wrapped round, secured in place with tape on the back. This, in turn, was mounted directly onto the base card. A large purple heart was positioned, with foam pads, slightly overlapping the ribbon. A small bouquet of paper flowers and leaves was made up and this was attached inside the heart, after trimming the stems so that they did not show below the point of the heart.
For the inside of the card:
The back surface was lined with the scrunched up glimmered tissue to give a bit more texture. A small panel of the glitter and embossed card was added, followed by another large heart. One of the pink flowers was broken down, flattened out and a few layers added inside the heart shape.
Once all this was done, more of the blue ribbon was tied around the spine with a bow as a final embellishment.
For the present:
An 8 x 8" square of card was scored on my Ultimate Pro, 2.5 " in from each edge. The corner squares were then scored diagonally so that the corners would fold inwards. The corners were then punched with a Cropadile to give holes for the ribbon to pass through.
The second embossed and glittered panel was cut into four equal pieces, each of which were bonded onto blue panels. These were then bonded into place on the side panels of the gift box. Small purple hearts were added with foam pads and a small paper flower was placed in the centre of each. The end of each flower stem was twisted around a small diameter embossing tool to give a spiral extending below the point of each heart.
Glimmered tissue was scrunched up and place in the centre of the box and ribbon was threaded through the holes and tied in a bow to keep the box in shape. Various crafting tools were added to make the perfect gift for a Crafter!
The links to the challenges are as follows:

Monday, 15 November 2010

Look Mum, No Glue!

Good morning. Happy Monday - and it is happy too as I have a day off work!!
Here is a card for the Die Cut Dreams Challenge #74 - Use staples on your work. Well, I have gone to the extent of only using staples to attach items to this card.
The tag - started off as a plain white tag and it was coloured using two different light blue Distress Ink pads. The flourishes are two of Sheena Douglass' new stamps applied using Versamark ink and embossed with clear powder so that you can see the colours beneath. A darker blue ink was applied over the top and wiped off the embossing. The sentiment (also a Sheena stamp) was simply stamped in the same dark blue ink. Pieces of light and dark blue ribbon were knotted through the hole of the tag and three pieces of ribbon were added to the end of the tag using a Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher to staple them in place.
The layer under the tag is a piece of pale gold pearlescent paper which has been hot foiled, in silver, by myself. This was torn, aged with blue ink and the edge rubbed across the ink pad to give contrast against the layer below.
The next layer is another piece of the pale gold paper which has been punched at both ends with a punch from Fiskars.
To assemble the card, the tag was attached to the foiled layer. The foiled layer was positioned onto the gold layer which was in turn was positioned onto the base card and all three were attached together with 4 mini staples.
Well, that is it. I hope this fits the bill for this challenge at:

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Card for Cool Cats

Good morning to you all. Happy Sunday and I hope that you are enjoying your weekend.

Here is a very different card from me as I am not a "pink" girl. This card is for the CES Challenge #12 - Think Pink! Well, this is about as pink as I could get it. Also for the Craftycatz challnge for paper tearing.

The base card is a pink A5 size and this has a wrap of very pale pink pearlescent card which has had the bottom edge embossed on my Crafters Companion UltimatePro and the square edge cut away so that you can see the base card.

The pink floral ribbon was a freebie from a crafting magazine from years ago. I knew it would come in useful one day!

The images are are from a set of stamps that I designed and had made for me. If anyone is interested in these, drop me an e-mail and I will send you the details. The images were stamped onto white card, embossed in silver and coloured in with Twinkling H2Os.

The image was layered onto pink vellum and onto pink card which has been torn and had its edges inked with a dark pink ink. These layers were held together with 4 pink heart shaped eyelets so that adhesive did not show through the vellum. This assembly was attached to white card with torn edges. This did not have an inked edge as I wanted it to show up against the pink ribbon.

A pink bow, made from ribbon with a silver edge was added to complete the card. I hope it is a fitting entry to the challenge.

Challenge address:
Crafty Catz:

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Christmas Card

Good morning.
Here is my card for today - a Christmas Card with a slightly traditional feel. It is A5 in size with the base card being very dark blue.
The background layer is made from watercolour paper. It was coloured with two colours of blue distress ink and then over sprayed with two colours of Glimmer Mist which was deliberately done to make splatters rather than a fine mist. Once dry, the edges of the panel were stamped with Denim Adirondack ink using one of the new stamps by Sheena Douglass.
The second layer was white glossy card that was stamped using various snowflake stamps using Versamark ink and embossed with white powder. Ink was applied with a blending tool and the ink on the snowflakes rubbed off to leave the flakes white.
Two colours of organza ribbon were wrapped around this layer and tied in a bow at the side.
The image is a stamp from Creative Expressions which was stamped on plain white card with black Stazon Ink and coloured with Twinkling H2Os. It was cut out with a scalloped Nestability and the edges highlighted with Distress ink.
As a final touch the large snowflake was made by using a Shapeability, coloured with Distress ink and over sprayed with silver glitter varnish by Crafters Companion.
To assemble the card, all the layers were attached with double sided tape and the snowflake with foam pads.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Art Nouveauv Lady in Black and Purple.

This is for the Totally Papercrafts Challenge #42 - Black and purple.
The background for the stamped image was created by splodging various colours of Distress ink on a non-stick mat, spraying with water and then dipping the white card into it, drying in, dipping it some more etc until a pleasing effect was obtained.
The stamp - from Art Nouveau Ladies by Creative expressions was stamped with Black Stazon and when dry her hair and the plinth and flowers above her head were painted with Twinkling H2Os.
The purple embossed background - a commercially produced piece - was coloured around the edges with Dusty Concord and Black Soot Distress Inks applied with a blending tool. The colours have picked up on the embossing quite nicely.
The base card is a dark purple hammered effect card, A5 in size. Layered onto this is glossy black stripe embossed card, followed by the purple embossed card. The image was layered onto plain black card which was torn at the bottom and a length of purple ribbon added around it. An off-cut of the purple embossed card was added on top. This assembly was added to the card before three black crystals and the purple bow were added to complete the effect.
I do hope that you like this card. Please feel free to leave your comments as I love receiving them.
The card has been entered into the following challenge:

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Oriental Button Card

Good evening.
Here is my entry for the Crafty Creations Challenge #93 - a card featuring buttons. I had great messy fun making this one.
The card is based on a very dark green A5 size card. I made the background paper, tag and buttons.
The background paper was really cheap card which did not like water much. I added rough splodges (a technical term) of various colours of Distress ink, then added lots of water and screwed the whole thing up into a ball. Very carefully this was flattened back out, extra ink added where required and then screwed up again. Once roughly flattened out it was left to dry thoroughly. Although not too easily seen in this photo the resulting card has great texture. This was then over stamped in black Stazon with a beautiful stamp from Inkadinkado.
The tag was made by putting splodges of three colours of Distress Ink - Spiced marmalade, Worn Lipstick and Fired brick on to a clean non-stick mat and spraying them lightly with water. The tag was dabbed onto them and dried off with a heat gun and the process repeated until the tag was fully coloured with a pleasing design. This was dried thoroughly before the wonderful poppy stamped from Sheena Douglass was added using Versamark ink and Wow Gold Sparkle Embossing Powder. After the embossing powder was heated to set it, extra colour was added to the poppies using Red and Orange Aquamarkers with not too much water to blend them as the tags don't like water much either!
The 3 buttons were made from Fimo clay, rolled into balls and flattened into discs and holes punched through with a ball tool. These were coloured with mica powder before being baked to set the clay.
The card was assembled after organza ribbon was added to the tag and the buttons. The hand coloured background was applied to red glossy card which was layered onto the base card. The tag was bonded in place with thick foam tape. The buttons were positioned with Pinflair glue.
I do hope you like the finished result.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Christmas Card for Three Challenges

Good evening.
Here is a card for the following challenges: Cards for Men Challenge #23 - Animals, Sketch and Stash Challenge #48 and Crafty Cardmakers - Spotlight Dry Embossing. See the links at the end of the blog.
For the animals we have penguins, for the dry embossing we have the snow flake background and the card is made to the sketch with the new stash being a Snowflake Impressibility and snow flake Shapeabilities to revitalise plain white card.
This is based on a dark blue A5 size card. Plain white card was embossed using the Impressability and my Cuttlebug. On the debossed side, three colours of blue Distress ink were applied very gently using the blending tool to tint the raised portions. A quickie glue pen was used to highlight the snowflakes with Glamour Dust which is more subtle then glitter. This was then trimmed and attached to a piece of Silver Mirror card. The trimmings were used to make the two arrow shaped pointers which were also matted onto silver mirror card.
The snow flakes were cut out using some Shapeabilites from white card. These were tinged with blue ink and and over sprayed with silver glitter varnish from Crafter's Companion.
For the main image: The penguin stamp from Encaustic Arts International was stamped onto glossy card and thoroughly dried with a heat gun. A moon shape was cut from a Post-It note and some roughly shaped mountains were torn out of paper. The moon and mountains were positioned onto the card and ink was applied with a brayer to give the sky. More mountains were added using the paper and a make-up sponge to dab the ink into place. Snow was added in the form of a snow writer which had Glamour Dust added whilst it was still wet to add just a touch of sparkle.
I hope that you like my challenge entry. Here are the links to the challenge pages:

Monday, 8 November 2010

Dragon Challenge Card

Here, I hope, is a different card for the Critter Sketch Challenge #39 - Dragons. See below for the web address) This card incorporates several of my favourite crafts - rubber stamping, encaustic art and Friendly Plastic.

For the image, the two dragons (Stamps by Encaustic Art International) were stamped with Stazon ink onto glossy card and allowed to dry. An encaustic art scene was then built up around the images in red, purple, dark blue to give a scene of mountains, plains and an unusual sky.

The card was then mounted into an aperture card which had been inked around the border with Worn Lipstick and Dusty Concord Distress inks. This in turn was mounted onto some purple embossed mirror board and onto a dark purple a5 size base card.

The friendly plastic embellishment was made by lining up some thin stick of plastic, warming them with a heat gun until molten and then dragging a special comb though to give the feathered pattern. This was then cut out with a small cookie cutter and whilst still warm it was domed inwards to give the finished shape. This was bonded in position with several thicknesses of foam pads.

Challenge website:

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Autumn Tag Card

This is a card for two challenges - "Forever Autumn" for CES Challenge #11 ( and Totally Papercraft Challenge #41 - Tag It (

This is an A4 size card with a brown base. The next layer is from a photograph that I took this autumn of masses of various wet leaves on a compost heap! It has been dulled down a bit with Forest Green and Frayed Burlap Distress Inks.

The three tags were coloured with Distress Inks. With the 3 tags carefully aligned the stamped images, both by the wonderful Sheena Douglass, were added in Timber Brown Stazon Ink. Water droplets were splashed around the outside edge, which when moped up with tissue gave some lighter patches of colour in the background inks. A Tattered Angels mask of a branch was applied top and bottom of the tags and sponged over with more Distress Inks. Lengths of autumnal coloured ribbon were added to the ends of the tags using a Tim Holtz Tinny Attacher.

The three flowers used at the end of the tags were made by cutting various layers out on a Cricut Create machine. These were then stamped and coloured with inks, shaped and bonded together to give the completed flowers.

The tags and flowers were bonded into place to give the final look.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Flower Corner Card

Clarity stamps come to the fore on this one. This is a nice delicate card with a lovely sentiment. Three stamps have been used - the floral corner, the sentiment and the circular star burst type one (I can't remember what it was called.

I have worked on a base card A5 in size. All 3 decorated layers have been created on glossy card.

The bottom layer was created with various light colours of glimmer mist splattered onto the surface and allowed to dry.

The middle layer was created using a resist technique. The white glossy card was stamped around the edge using the star burst stamp and Versamark ink. Once dry, this was brayered over using a Big'n'Juicy ink pad to create the colour variation.

For the top layers the floral corner stamp was used 4 times to create the floral motif and the sentiment was centralised underneath. The corner flowers were coloured with Promarkers. The centres were glittered in gold

To assemble, the layers were matted onto the base card with double sided tape. Fine line peel-offs were used on the edges of the lower layer and the base card to add some clear edge lines. A bow was made from ribbon that matched the colour of the flowers and bonded in place with Pinflair glue. Finally gold thread was knotted on the spine to a touch of texture and movement and to match the gold glitter on the flowers.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Flower Decoupage

I love flowers and and the colours and textures of nature. They all add up to make the world a brighter place.

The frame and flowers stamps were designed by myself which makes it all quite exciting. Should anyone be interested in these stamps, please contact me and I will send you details.

A dark green A6 card base was the starting point. A sheet of navy card was sprayed with a silver mica spray and left to dry. A panel was cut out to suit the card size and the bottom edge ripped to give texture. Dark green ribbon was wrapped round the sprayed card and bonded in position before the panel was attached to the card base.

The frame and central bouquet were stamped on a piece of white card and three more bouquets were stamped separately. These were all coloured using Twinkling H2Os to give a subtle sheen. The separate bouquets were cut out to give elements to use for decoupage.

The frame, the base of the decoupage design, was mounted onto another piece of the dark green card, using double sided tape, and this, in turn, was mounted onto the base A6 card with foam pads. The decoupage was then built up onto the frame to give the finished bouquet of flowers.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Christmas Card for 2 Challenges

A lovely, cheerful card for Christmas.

The stamped image of the snowmen - from Creative Expressions - was stamped onto white card and coloured with Twinkling H2Os. When dry it was cut out using a circular scalloped Nestability and this was mounted on another scalloped circle cut from silver mirror card.

The background was made following a session of using Tattered Angels masks and Glimmer Mists. The mask was covered in liquid so rather than just wash it off I turned it upside down onto a clean piece of card and was left with the impression of the mask in amazing colours. This was trimmed down to the required size and the edges coloured with some distress ink to give a slightly aged look.

The background was layered onto some blue card and a ribbon and bow was wrapped around it before it was secured to the A5 white base card. Faux stitching was added around the blue boarder in a Silver Marvy Metallic pen. Finally the the scalloped image was added using foam pads.

This has been entered into 2 challenges: Critter Sketch Challenge Number 38 - Christams at and Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 33 Stitching at


Good morning to you all.

Here is an A6 size card constructed from 3 stamps that I designed and had made for me - the heart, the square and the rectangle stamps.It is actually a very simple card but I love the combination of the gold on the glossy black card.

The heart was stamped with Versamark ink and embossed in gold. The two other decorative panels was stamped with Versamark ink and then Perfect Pearls gold mica powder was stippled onto the design and gently worked into the ink until the whole pattern was visible.

The heart was closely trimmed around the edge as were the two panels. The panels were then matted onto white gloss card to give an extra bit of contrast. The panels were layered onto the glossy black base card before the heart was added, raised on foam pads for dimension.

Multiple strands of gold thread, knotted at the top of the card spine adds the finishing touch to give quite a luxurious looking card.

This card has been entered into the Heart challenge at