Sunday, 20 August 2017

Playing with Distress Oxides for the first time!

Those crafty friends who know me well know that I'm a CAS crafter, mainly die cutting, stamping and dry embossing. However, after seeing all the amazing results of the Distress Oxides Inks on other blogs, I decided it was time to go way out of my comfort zone and get inky.  First I watched a couple of YouTube videos to see what I could do with the Distress Oxides.  After playing with them, some attempts being better than others, I made two cards with a couple of the different patterns.

For the background I used 'Salty Ocean' and 'Lucky Clover' and used a blending tool to cover a white piece of card randomly.  I then used a heat gun to make sure the ink was dry.  Next I sprayed a Creative Expressions 'Distress Dots' stencil with water, then laid the stencil down over the inked card, and smoothed a piece of kitchen roll over the top of soak up any excess water.  Finally I dried the card with the heat gun again.  The fairy is an unbranded die which I used with a snippet of black card.  I used the die again with a snippet of red card to add a red heart over the black one.

I used the same colours for the second card, adding the ink with the blending tool again.  This time I sprayed water on the card from a distance to get a fine spray.  I used another unbranded fairy die to make this card.

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Saturday, 19 August 2017

You Whooo!

A card today using one of my favourite owl stamps.

The owl is part of a set of Woodware stamps.  I haven't seen set around anywhere for a while, so sadly it may have been discontinued. I stamped the image with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured it with Promarkers.  The wings are a separate stamp which I stamped, ,coloured, cut out and raised up on foam pads.  The  sentiment is part of the set of stamps and stamped in Versafine ' Onyx Black'.  I used an Embossalicious  'Delicate Floral' embossing folder for the background and added a few Woodware punched leaves.

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Thursday, 17 August 2017


A 70th birthday card for a friend we've known for over 30 years.   He is a keen gardener and has his own allotment, so I wanted to make a card with a gardening theme.

I bought this pre-loved Art Impressions stamp on eBay at least eight or nine years ago for 99p including P & P.  It was at the time when I'd just discovered eBay and it was one of those bargains which seemed too good to miss!  I put in the minimum bid and no-one else wanted it, so it was added to my collection of wood mounted stamps.  However, this is the first time I've used it!  The image is stamped with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured with Promarkers.  The embossing folder I used is Cuttlebug 'Numbers Collage'.  I used MB 'Stitched Oval' dies and Creative Expressions 'Stitched Flags' dies for matting and layering.

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Dragonflies and Butterflies

A birthday card today, which I hope has arrived at its destination, although you never know with the UK post. I'm still waiting for a handmade anniversary card which was sent almost two years ago and it only had to travel about 5 miles! LOL!
I started by covering the front of a 7" x 5" card blank with silver pearlised card.  The embossing folder is by Craft Concepts, 'Dragonfly'. As the folder was only 5" x 4", I decided to use four pieces of embossed card and arrange the pieces leaving a space between each one.  The dragonfly is a Spellbinders die, 'Dreamy Dragonfly', which comes in two parts and used snippets of pearlised blue and silver card.  The circles are MB 'Stitched Circle' dies and I used a die from The Works for the stitched rectangle.

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When I was writing this post earlier today, I thought it would have been perfect for the current Butterfly Challenge, which is to use the colour Wedgewood Blue, if I had used a butterfly rather than a dragonfly.  So, I decided to make another similar card, but with a butterfly.

I didn't have any of the blue pearlised card left from the previous card, but found a few snippets of a slightly paler blue pearlised card.  The colour is probably closer to Wedgewood Blue anyway.  I don't know the name or make of the embossing folder as there are no marking on it.  I made a Get Well card this time, to go into my box of ready-made cards.

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Monday, 14 August 2017


The Less is More Challenge this week is the dreaded One Layer with the theme of 'Vehicle'.  The dictionary definition of a vehicle is 'a thing used for transporting people or goods', so I hope my skateboard counts.
The stamp is a Woodware Francoise Read, 'Skateboard Dude' stamp and the sentiment is a stamp by Funstamps.  Both these stamps are wood mounted and as I now a have a Tim Holtz Stamping Platform I wish I had the courage to remove the stamps from the wood, but I know if I mess it up I can't replace the stamps.  The image is stamped with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured with Promarkers.  The sentiment is stamped with Versafine 'Onyx Black'.

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Sunday, 13 August 2017


I was delighted to be asked to be a Guest Designer again in Pixie's Snippets Playground.  I'm sure I'll never run out of snippets, but I usually forget to use some of my growing pile of patterned paper snippets.  This is the second patchwork die I'm lucky enough to own, given to me by and crafty friend, and I love how placing the papers in a different place makes a totally different pattern.
The die is a Die-namics 'Diagonal Quilt Square Cover-Up' die.  I used two punches to make the flower. The patterned paper and red card were all cut from snippets. When I was making the card, I was reminded of the time many, many years go when I went to patchwork classes, stitching the blocks by hand.  There are so many fabulous patchwork designs, I thought I'd try to make a notelet, with a simple patchwork block design, using just snippets, a guillotine, scissors, a pencil and a ruler.  

I started with snippet of card 4" square and I drew a pencil line across the middle vertically and horizontally.  This can be any colour as it's covered up.  The red and floral patterned papers were cut into 1" x 2" strips.  Then I cut off the corners, as shown in red on the diagram to get the shape I needed for the red patterned paper.
  For the floral patterned paper I needed to reverse the corners I cut off, like this. 
The cross in the middle of the 4" square made it easy to line up the pieces of patterned paper.  I found it easiest to cut the blue squares and triangles slightly bigger than I needed, then trim any excess off after they had been stuck down in the spaces left.  When the patchwork was complete, I layered it on a piece of yellow card slightly bigger than the 4" square and attached to a 5" square card blank. 

Friday, 11 August 2017


A masculine card today, for my niece's husband.
The silver mirror card Sweet Dixie 'Beer Tankard' die cut was mounted on a Poppystamps 'Stitched Main Street Tag'.  I added a brad to the top of the tag.  The black and white backing papers are by Anna Marie Designs.