Zebra Music

March 25, 2017


20170316_173137Like with stamps, I try to get the most out of my embossing folders. Using the same Diamond pattern embossing folder from Kaisercraft, I created 2 different looking backgrounds for the following 2 cards:





The backgrou20170106_090226nd for the Zebra card was done by using the folder like a stamp. First spritz the folder with black ink, placing the white card inside, then close it up and push down to imprint the pattern onto the white card.

Zebra stamp 4×502013 is by Deep Red. It is only a single zebra which I masked off and stamped out twice. Wording is from Stamp-it set047.



20170316_181056For this background I first sponged Distress inks over white card to cover, then embossed it with folder through Big Shot machine. I then poured clear embossing powder over and heatset. Next I sanded raised areas, then sponged black ink over.

The drums are made with black clay which has to be cooked in the oven, then I coloured them with dry Perfect Pearl Powders.

African Drums 1962D by Stamp-it; Spirit F612 by Collections




March 21, 2017



20170321_10440920170321_104446Deep Red’s Rhinoceros stamp (SKU3x400116) is featured in both the following cards.

Sorry for lack of instructions, but my students have advised me not to put them up for cards from classes. I am more than happy to answer any queries personally though:)Africa cards-06





March 13, 2017



Here are 2 cards made using Stamp-it’s ‘Elephants’ 4215D woodmount stamp designed by Micky Choo. In the card on the left, I have also used ‘Weathered Clock’ 657190 Sizzix die and the tree from ‘African Savannah Scene’ 724821 die by Couture Creations, plus ‘Limited Cog’ stamp 4906C by Stamp-it. The wording I did on the computer, then cut out.20161231_165258

20170313_144036The card on the right I used the direct to rubber technique to colour as the elephants are solid rubber (as in not an outline design). I used Distress Pens directly onto the rubber, then spritzed the stamp lightly with water and stamped it out. This creates a soft watercolour effect.



March 7, 2017



Shown is my new giraffe die from Couture Creations, which I made 3 different cards from. I hope they provide you with some inspiration.





The backgrou20161222_101724nd for this card was made by swiping alcohol inks across some gloss card, then the giraffes lifted out and used individually on the card.






20170101_135548For this card I used the silhouettes of the entire tower of giraffes. The background was again made with alcohol inks (using the marbling technique) which was then placed behind the black card cut out.



20161230_17504620170101_140153When I was cutting out the die for this card, the giraffe legs got stuck and wouldn’t cut out properly, so I left them in and slid a piece of patterned paper behind their heads.




Bugs Galore

March 2, 2017


stamps: Bugs Ga20170302_112922lore 80347 by Stamps Happen Inc; Bold Birthday 3203D & Number Background 4485E by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads

papers: Kraft, Lava & Yellow Green Bazzill Cards; White & Ivory Matt Cards

accessories: Colour Pencils; Red Fab Foil; Crystal Stickles, Black Accents; Brown Brads, Ideology Stencil Mark #6

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Liquid Glue; Magic Mount; Glossy Accents; Sailor Glue Pen

tools: Awl; Sponge Block; Scissors


  1. Stamp out circle of bugs in black ink onto white card. Colour in with pencils and decorate with Stickles, Glossy Accents and Fab Foils. Set aside to dry.20170301_171340
  2. Stamp out circle of bugs in black ink onto ivory card. Stamp out numbers in bottom left of card and Happy Birthday in top right in sepia ink. Sponge around edges with sepia also.20170301_171327
  3. When the coloured bugs are dry, cut out the bodies only and glue into place over same images stamped onto ivory card. Colour in their legs to match. Choose 1 bug only to lift up with Magic Mount beneath (I chose yellow/green bug).
  4. Matt small rectangle of red card at top right behind birthday wording. Matt finished card with yellow/green Bazzill card.
  5. Pierce 2 holes at bottom right of card front with awl, and secure brown brads through. Slide metal number (appropriate age for child) into place at top left of card. Back number with red card. Magic Mount card front onto folded Kraft backing card. Sponge around edge of backing card with sepia ink.20170302_11265720170302_112847

Floral Rainbow

February 21, 2017











stamps: Poppy Background & Messages of Wisdom by Hero Arts

inks: Jet BlackĀ  & Sepia Archival Pads; Calypso Teal, Lemon Zest, Orange Squeeze & Crushed Grape Dylusion Ink Sprays

papers: White Matt card; Teal Prismatic & Marigold Bazzill Cards

accessories: Elegant FramesĀ  SD050 by Wild Rose Studio; Buttercup & Pale Blue Liquid Pearls; Colour Pencils

adhesives: Liquid Glue; Two-sided Tape

tools: Big Shot Machine; Sponge Block; Water Spritzer

INSTRUCTIONS: similar to previous post.


Colourful Floral Background

February 1, 2017


20170120_133449stamps: Large Blossom by Hero Arts; Mini Frame 850647 by Prima; 3 Wishes 3318B by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Clear Embossing Pad; Wild Honey, Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves Distress Stain Sprays

papers: White Matt Card; Raven & Pickle Bazzill Cards; Orange Prismatic Card

accessories: Gold Embossing Powder; Gold Fab Foil; Gold Stickles; Colour Pencils

adhesives: Sailor Glue Pen; Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Water Spritzer; Acrylic Block; Heatgun


  1. Lightly spritz white card with water, then spray Distress inks over until covered to your satisfaction. 20170119_121811
  2. Place Hero Arts floral cling stamp onto acrylic block, ink up with black archival ink and stamp over sprayed card. In this stamp, the background is solid so will be the colour of your ink (black) and the flowers are open, so they will be the colour of your paper (which is now multi-coloured).
  3. Use colour pencils to add definition and highlights to your flowers. Cut stamp out. Run Sailor Glue pen around perimeter and set aside to dry.
  4. When glue around perimeter is dry (goes on blue, dries clear), gently lay gold Fab Foil sheet over (gold side facing up), press with fingertips, then lift off. The gold colour should be left behind wherever you placed the glue.
  5. Add gold Stickles to center of flowers. Set aside to dry. 20170120_133540
  6. Matt finished card front onto green card, then orange, then folded black backing card.
  7. Mask off ‘Best Wishes’ wording at bottom of stamp (there are 3 wording choices on stamp). Ink up with black ink and stamp onto scrap of white card. Ink up frame with clear embossing ink and stamp over wording. Emboss frame with gold embossing powder. Heatset with Heatgun. Cut out frame and Magic Mount into position.


January 26, 2017


20170121_171145This mannequin stamp is perfect for using up all those small scraps of paper you may have lying about. Too pretty to throw out, but too small to be much use for anything. These came from the front cover of a Basic Grey paper pack so all co-ordinate. But otherwise I store my cut papers in drawers by colour, so it’s easy to find scraps of paper with complimentary patterns and similar tonal values that I can use successfully together on a card.

stamps: Mannequins 3281F and Tiny Birthday 4092C by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black, Coffee and Sepia Archival Pads

papers: Ivory Matt Card; Aqua & Adobe Bazzill Cards; Pink Corrugated Card; Romani Basic Grey Paper

accessories: Ideology Coat Hanger Paperclips; Silver Stickles; Liquid Pearls

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount


Joy Blossoms

January 19, 2017


20170119_105101stamps: Rose 144147 by Crafter’s Companion; Joy Blossoms 3066F by Penny Black

inks: Old Paper, Antique Linen & Spun Sugar Distress Stain Sprays; Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Pebble Adirondack Pad

papers: White Matt Card; Gecko, Reed & Sherbert Bazzill Cards

accessories: Crystal Glitter; Colour Pencils; Metallic Chalks; Pink Funky Fibre

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Glossy Accents

tools: Paint Brush; Sponge Block; Water Spritzer; Heatgun (optional)


  1. Spritz white card with Distress sprays till covered to your satisfaciton. Dry with heatgun.
  2. Stamp fairy onto coloured card with black archival ink. Colour in with pencils. Sponge around edge of card with sepia ink.
  3. Stamp wording using Pebble pad (this is a brown ink leaning towards the green tones).
  4. Add highlights to rose with metallic chalks.
  5. Smear Glossy Accents over fairy wings using a paintbrush. Sprinkle glitter over while still wet.
  6. Wrap fluffy pink cord around top twice and bottom once, securing at back with tape. Attach finished card front onto darker green card, then lighter one. Adhere to yellow folded backing card.


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Blue Sky at Night

December 18, 2016










stamps: Winter Trees SKU 3×505521 by Deep Red; Joy Trio 3063B by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Midnight & London Blue Dylusions Sprays; Silver Alcohol Ink

papers: Watercolour Paper; Mediterranean & Teal Bazzill Cards

accessories: Silver Cord

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Notched Corner Punch; Water Spritzer; Clear Film stencil frame; Scalpel;(clean) pizza box; Heatgun; Acrylic block


  1. Cut a rectangular hole in piece of clear film to fit over watercolour paper. This is to provide a stencil for when you spray the inks onto the watercolour paper, so that the colour stays within that rough area and don’t cover the whole paper. I wanted the edges to remain white.
  2. Spraying inks can be a bit messy, so I use an old pizza box (clean of course). Line with newspaper to soak up the excess ink (change the paper regularly). Then I put some white paper over newspaper in case the ink from the newspaper should transfer onto my work.
  3. Lay watercolour paper in box, cover with clear stencil, making sure it is lined up so there is equal amount of border coverage on all sides. Spritz watercolour paper with water, then blue inks. I didn’t want the ink edges to be straight, but try to ensure the inks don’t bleed under the frame too much. (Have a wet paint brush and some paper towel on hand to mop up and dilute stains if this happens). When happy with coverage – dry with heatgun or set aside to dry naturally.
  4. Stamp trees onto card with black ink.
  5. Squirt some Silver Alcohol ink onto acrylic block and pick up with old toothbrush. Hold over card and run your thumb along toothbrush bristles to create splatter effect across card. Hopefully this will resemble stars in the night sky:)
  6. Stamp peace wording only (from trio of options) onto scrap of card in black ink. Cut to desired size and edge with black ink. Magic Mount onto card.
  7. Using Punch, cut notches out of the corners of the card. Secure a piece of silver cord to the back of card and wind the cord through and around each notch to form frame.
  8. Using two-sided tape, adhere card front to teal matting, then darker blue folded card.