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Saturday, 19 August 2017

Purple Hearts...

Happy Saturday,

Im in louth today at H&J crafts running workshops on the new media plates and stamps masks etc. Ive just completed one day of workshops so I am writing this quickly on the free hotel WiFi!   So its just pictures today!

Friday, 18 August 2017

Wot more green...

Happy Friday,

Another card in green today a colour I used to say I rarely use however the freshness just appeals and I seem to have been using it loads recently.  This card doesn't use a media plate so is quite easy on resources!

I stared by cutting card blank and then cutting a plain circle in the centre towards the top.  Next I used the Crafts Too mini blending tolls and added emerald and verbena dye based inks over the card messily to make the background.

Next I added the card to the press to impress stamp press and positioned the floral circle stamp over the 'hole' in the centre.  I inked the stamp randomly with the same two colours and stamped this around the aperture.

Finally I added the three butterflies to one side and 2 smaller ones on the other.  I inked these in the petrol ink and stamped them.  I then inked them with the emerald and moved the card slightly so that i got a shadow stamp ( far easier in the stamp press) as shown

I the  stamped the sentiment into the centre by mixing the inks again and using the stamp press i was able to stamp through the aperture ensuring I got it in the right place!
Really simple but hopefully great for inspiration!


Thursday, 17 August 2017

More Inky...

Happy Thursday,

I promise the theme will change shortly as I have some new things to share with you starting next week!  For today I thought I would share this card I made yesterday using a variation of a technique I saw on Facebook!  We all get inspiration all over the place and I always like to share where I got it from however this was a random post.

The original technique was adding watercolour pens to a piece of plastic and scrunching this over a p[iece of wet card.  I thought what a great idea for the media plate so I changed it.

I coloured on the media plate using true colour watercolour markers.  I then sprized the plate with water then stamped the plate, using the press to impress, onto a piece of watercolour card.  this results in the swirly colour background you can see here.

Next I added three of the silhouette stamps from my first release and coloured the stamps with the same markers.  I stamped this which gives the different coloured flowers as shown ( i love the fact that silhouettes don't have to be just done in black!)

For the background piece I respired the media plate and got it very wet before stamping onto another piece of watercolour card.  this gave a lot more misty piece which I stamped the butterflies and dragon flies on from the second release of stamps.

I added a panel of embossed card with the Crafts Too dandelion embossing folder and made up the sections to an 8x8" card blank.

There are 2 places for the full day that have become available at the Coventry workshop.  If you missed to and are interested in the spaces please email


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Misty Flowers...

Happy Wednesday,

Another simple stamped card today that anyone can achieve honest.  I just used honey, south seas and cherry inks for this one and just two flower stamps and a sentiment!

I stared by picking up the three colours of ink form the large media plate then ran this over a piece of white paper.  I then added the rectangular media plate into the press to impress and added the three colours of ink and brayered over this to merge the colours.  I then stamped the small dandelion heads from my Spring flowers clear stamp set in the south seas and cherry over the plate before stamping this onto the background.

Next I stamped the small stamp using the same two colours over the whole area.  I then placed the larger dandelion stamp in the press and inked it with cherry and stamped this.  I reined the stamp with south seas and moved the card slightly before stamping this over the card so that a faint edge of the cherry shows around the image.

Finally I inked the sentiment with both col,oyrs which gave me the grey shade for this.


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Purple Peacock...

Happy Tuesday,

I showed this card during the launch but didn't explain how it was made.  Now that some of you have seen the shows it will seem quite easy, it is!

Using the large media plate I added shades of pink and purple izink dye ink pad and a little of the silver pigment ink to the plate.  I brayered over this to merge the colours then added a peacock feather over the top of the plate.  Next I added a piece of paper over the top of the plate and feather and brayered over this.  This makes the pice that can be seen in the back of the card.

I removed this piece and then removed the feather before printing the plate onto a piece of card in the press to impress stamp press.  Where the feather is the ink is left in place with the detail of the feather 'stamped' onto the card.  I matted each piece onto a deep purple before adding to a large card blank.

For the main panel I cut a circle of white card using the stitch dot press cut dies.  I stamped the floral circle onto this using the Ink colour of the izink ink pads.  I rotated the circle and stamped a second generation stamp over the top to fill out the circle.  I stamped the sentiment, from the same set, in the centre using blackcurrant ink.

Finally I matted this onto more of the purple and the card is finished.


Monday, 14 August 2017

Floral Leaves...

Happy Monday,

Today I thought I would share a card made by mixing one of the media plate backgrounds with a die cut frame mixing my two loves of stamping and die cutting!

This creates quite a simple yet hopefully elegant looking card that is all made form white card a real bonus!

I stared by making the background using the large size media plate I covered the plate with verbena and wax colours of the Izink dye ink pads.  Next I took some of the small leaves from the Circle Leaves clear stamp set and created a resist in the plate.  To do this simply inks the stamps with perfect medium and stamp thrips not the plate.  The resultant ink is then used to stamp the leaves onto the paper.  Once this has been done in servile locations I then inked the stamps with more of the verbena and stamped these onto the plate.  To finish I closed the stamp press pressing the media plate onto the card making the textured background I used for this card.

For the central element i used another piece of background made in similar colours and cut the 2 outline dies from the floral frame form Find it media.  I repeated this with a piece of white card to make drop shadow around the die cut ( by cutting the white frame into two pieces and adhering it into the back of the coloured one.

I cut the pattern in white and added this into the correct place on the frame adding white stick on pearls for detail and highlight.

I stamped the sentiment form one of my new stamp sets in white embossing powder cutting it out with the press cut stitch dot circles.

I made and added a silk ribbon messy bow and foliage again cut from the scrap piece of background. I arranged it as shown adding mats and layers of white and green to highlight the design.


Sunday, 13 August 2017

Quatro Leaves...

Happy Sunday,

Ive got to admit this is one of my favourite cards form the last lot of samples I made.  The simplicity and ease of this card just sings to me!

I stared by pressing in turn the following izink dye inks pads directly onto a square of white card ( Petrol, Verbena, Emerald and soft seas)  This gives a pure square of the colour and is a really effective way to add colour blocks.

Next I simply stamped the two circle leaves stamps ( form the set of the same name) in versafine onto the centre of each square.  I then stamped the silhouette tree circle stamp into the centre and matted the card with blue before adding to a 6x6" card blank.

Really Simple card but hopefully you will agree effective!


Saturday, 12 August 2017

Butterflies in flight...

Happy Saturday,

Another card sample made using the card die set from Press cut and the large media plate ( along with some of my stamps ion course!  For todays card I again used pieces I had made on this weeks shows and neatened pop this demo card that I did on the 3pm show!

I stared by using one of the backgrounds I made using the green shades of ink as well as a peacock father and the large media plate.  I then added a panel using ink through the Squares quarto mask again directly onto the media plate. Finally I stamped three of the butterflies from the butterfly frames set over the panel.  I cut this out and matted it onto the front of the card blank.

For the interior I cut a random background using the 2 dies included in the set that match the centre panels.  I then stamped them using the butterflies and dragon flies from the butterfly frames clear stamp set.  Too get the two tone look I inked the stamps with one colour then masked off part of the card in the stamp press and stamped this.  I then inked the stamps again in another colour and masking the already stamped side I stamped the other half.  By using the press to impress stamp press neither the card or the stamps move meaning I can make this work.

I added the two panels in the respective places on the centre of the card having made up the card with the die set.  I added borders down each side using the scraps form the front piece and finished.  I love the way this die lets you turn your backgrounds and stamping projects into a finished kinetic, yet flat for postage, card.


Friday, 11 August 2017

Green Leaves...

Happy Friday,

Todays card is a hybrid of a background acrd I made and the topper I brought home with me form my Hochanda shows.  I simply loved how this came out so wanted to make it into a finished card straight away!

The background is made by stamping the small solid leaves form the circle leaves clear stamp set onto the large media plate in Wax, verbena and emerald ixzink dye ink pads.  I stamped the leaves randomly over the plate and stamped this onto the card, I continued adding layers using the different colours of the inks and the plate.  Once I was finished I cut the background into three panels and matted them with dark green card.

For the topper I made a peacock feather print using the pigment and dye inks and again the media plate.  I then stamped over this with the floral circle stamp using the verbena, petrol and emerald inks.  I rotated the stamp in the press so that I built up layers of colours and design.  I cut this to a 4" square and again matted this onto dark green card.

Finally I used another piece of scrap from the shows to cut a selection of leaves and foliage and added this along the edge to add a little more detail to the card.


Thursday, 10 August 2017

Dont waste ...

Happy Thursday,

Ive called today's post don't waste as the card is made from the pieces I made whilst demoing on Hochanda on Tuesday!  rather than wasting these I took everything home to use for more projects and this card is made with the bits left form three demonstrations!

I started by cutting the background paper ( made on the 12pm show I think) into a square for the front of the Card Fold die I had on the shows ( This is a press cut die which must the card base and the opt out section for the middle)  The paper was made by using the larger media plate, the izink dye inks and the solid leaf stamps from the circle leaves clear stamp set.  Next I cut the circle out form a piece I again made on air using the plate, this time masked off with a circle die cut.

I used a further piece of card scrap to cut the leaves I placed over the messy bow.

For the centre I used 2 pieces left from the main card front down each side of the card.

The centre panels are cut form again another background I made on the show ( again the 12pm I think)  I made this using the palette along with my new landscapes mask which gives the clouds, hills and trees.  I added some dragonflies form the butterfly corners clear stamp set.

Ive added a few more pictures so you can try to get an idea how this was made as I now the instructions really aren't clear!


Wednesday, 9 August 2017


Happy Wednesday,

I wanted to title this post and say a big Thank you for all the support join my shows yesterday I certainly was a roller coaster!  I know the guys at Crafts Too will be working as quickly as possible to get all the orders out however it may take a while as there were so many!

I thought today, especially as I was up before 4am, you would excuse me if i just show some more samples form the shows.  Normal service (ish) would resume tomorrow!