Sentiments in Focus…

All last week, I was inspired by an Allsorts challenge to ‘Use Sentiments as a Focus’. Although I’ve missed the challenge (long gone – duh!), I’m going to blog the cards I made because it’s something I don’t do a lot of. I do always like to use an inspirational sentiment but it’s rarely the actual focus of the card and I generally start with an inked background, so it was fun to do things differently for a little while.

The first two are simply stamped in Versamark ink on watercolour paper, then embossed with white EP and painted over with watercolours.



This one was stamped around the edges of glossy card in Versamark (for a resist effect), then sponged over with Distress inks. The sentiment was stamped in the centre – still on Autumn!


This is a Media plate background I played with a couple of weeks ago, adding bits of gold leaf to the flowers and around the edges, using a Quickie Glue pen.


The final card is stamped on a background I made by mopping up remaining Distress inks and adding a little more colour where I thought I needed it.


This last one is just a card I made for a friend who isn’t very well… it’s made with Distress Oxides on watercolour paper, using Lavinia stamps again…. must admit, this is one of my personal favourites!


I’d like to enter this one into a few ‘Anything Goes’ challenges.

Creative Fingers

Inspiration Destination


Creatalicious (with optional background)

I’d also like to enter it into the ‘Show us Your Stamps’ challenge on

Frilly and Funkie

Thanks for looking.

See you soon!




Can’t resist…?

I love techniques of all kinds, but I especially love resist techniques, and I really couldn’t resist playing around with simple clear embossing resist.

This one was for a Christmas in August mingle on KCUK.


I’m not over impressed with the next one and of course I found the stamp I really wanted to use when I’d already stamped it! That one says,

‘We’re all stars…we just twinkle at different times’

…and I agree wholheartedly with that sentiment.


There’s nothing subtle about the next one…

I photographed the inks I used when I’d finished sponging.



I’d like to enter this one into the Try it on Tuesday ‘In my Garden’ challenge’.

The next card was one I made earlier in the year, for the birthday of a very special friend!


Thanks for looking…

See you soon!



Can’t Resist …

This is my favourite technique and has been for about 14 years, so it’s my entry for the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge, which is ‘FAVOURITE’.

When staying with a friend, I promised her I’d show her how to do a Versamark resist, but we were so busy, we left it until near the end of my stay and, of course, events conspired to prevent us getting around to it.  
I’ve just sent her a parcel with instructions and some samples.

I’ve included two samples of each design, though there may be some slight differences in them, to show the background result of Resist and a finished ‘cover’ created by overstamping.
I know I said I was going to use mainly permanent inks from now on, but unfortunately, only water based inks work with this technique 😦
Adirondack Stream, Sailboat Blue and Purple Twilight
Distress Inks Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough and Adirondack Purple Twilight
Adirondack Sunshine Yellow, Butterscotch, Watermelon, Purple Twilight and Sailboat Blue
Adirondack Sunshine Yellow, Butterscotch, Terracotta, Red Pepper, Cranberry, Currant
Then one of my favourite Nancy Curry techniques; using this ‘mask’ made by tearing paper ..
… resulted in these.
Adirondack Terracotta and Eggplant
Adirondack Stream and Citrus
I know that most of you know this basic technique, but for those who don’t, I’ll be uploading this as a Tutorial very soon.
Don’t miss my destashing SALE before they’re all gone or on EBay – I’m putting them up little by little but you can grab a bargain here if you want to… !

Gingersnaps Supply Challenge – WAX

When I saw wax as the theme for this I went into serious panic mode.  Anyone who knows me, knows I HATE wax collage – I’ve tried it, am BAD at it and just hated working with it, although I love other people’s creations.  So I had to approach this from a different angle and here’s what I ended up with.
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I’ve had this candle stamp for years – bought it from someone who, as far as I know, is no longer in business, but I love it. I stamped it on glossy card, using Stazon ink and then coloured the candles with a small, sharpened candle, to create a wax resist effect. I then overstamped with Versamark before sponging various Adirondack green inks over, creating a second resist effect. Once I’d wiped off the wax, I added some shading with Tombow felt tips. The music and candle card is one of my oldest (and favourite) stamps from Embossing Arts and after shading with Tombows I used Sepia accents to age it a bit more.  The Kraft card (Woodware) is stamped with Versamark ink, to give a bit of depth under the layers. All layers (including card) are edged with gold Krylon pen.
The gift card is a Scrapling, one of my favourite things to make and perfect for gift tags. Whenever you make a card which isn’t quite A5/A6, you’ll have a strip of folded card left (if you fold first, as I do) and that ‘scrap’ is perfect for a little accompanying card.

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The candle was white.  I stamped the angels (Beeswax stamps, he, he) on tissue paper, coloured them with Prismacolor pencils, adding some colour for the background, then stippling a bit of ink to add more colour before stamping the text. The silver stars are stamped in Silver Stazon ink.
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There’s an odd wrinkle in the tissue paper because it wasn’t perfectly folded, but I like crinkles 🙂
It’s wrapped with hemp and the candle itself has been finished with a special candle painting medium to make it anti flammable, although I would still recommend burning only a couple of inches, then placing a tea light inside the shell to preserve the decoration.
I enjoyed this so much, I made another matching set …
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… then one using flowers. I’ll probably end up making more of these now that I’ve ‘got my feet wet’ so to speak.
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You can see the fab design team’s inspirational works of art over at Gingersnaps.

Ten minute pear card challenge

Some fool (mentioning no names, ahem – wonder who that was?) set a ten minute challenge on KCUK, with the first part of the challenge being to use pear stamps.

Since I was the one who set the challenge, I thought I’d better get one done before I get busy again, so I got out my pear stamps – didn’t realise I had so many!  I had a real pear fetish at one time, lol.

I opted for two of my all time favourite stamps, the Stampers Anonymous (or is it Stamp in the Hand) solid pear and text.

10 minute pear
You can tell I was rushing because the inks aren’t properly blended and one of the words isn’t stamped properly but it was fun.
I had all the card cut to size (or I’d have been there for another hour, matching, he, he) then stamped the Pear text in Versamark ink. I then added colour to the solid pear stamp with Petal points, blending with fingers (I love inky fingers!).  Background colour was then added (direct to paper and blended with fingers) with the same Petal points and a couple of other colours, wiped over to remove excess from embossed images and clear embossed again.  I’d have positioned them differently if I’d had more time to think about it, but I only had ten minutes.
To be honest, because I used the ATG gun so quickly, I ended up with adhesive on the front of my terracotta layer, so had to rub that off with my adhesive remover rubber (one of the best things I ever bought after the ATG gun) and that took me over the ten minutes, but I wasn’t going to leave it like that!
I may be back with more pear cards because I found some crackers and some other stamps I’d forgotten all about.
Since these are two of my all time favourite images (unfortunately, I have too many ‘favourites’ to choose from) I’ll enter this into this week’s Just For Fun Challenge which is to use one of your favourite stamps.