Orchid Teabag

September 25, 2016



stamps: Orchid K3350 by PSX

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads

papers: White Matt Card; White & Kraft Bazzill Cards

accessories: A Little Thanks #98575 Memory Box die; Snow Cap Adirondack Paint Dabber; Yellow Pastel & Landscape Green Studio Paints; Ripe Persimmon & Peeled Paint Distress Pens

adhesives: Glue Stick; Two-sided Tape, Magic Mount

tools: Big Shot Machine; Paint Brush; Sponge Block


1. Dry, empty, and iron your teabag. I opened this one right out. Stamp orchid onto teabag in black ink (started colouring before I remembered to take a photo).20160815_164252

2. Colour in orchid with paints. I also used some Distress pens to add definition. They are water-soluble, so you can blend them in with a wet paintbrush. Set aside to dry.20160815_174026

3. Place piece of white card behind teabag in top right corner. Affix with glue stick. The teabag material is not completely flat so there will be folds and wrinkles in it. For that reason I was sparing with the glue, just mainly doing the edges, to allow that softness to remain. Now glue these to center of kraft card. Sponge around edges of kraft card with sepia ink. Attach to folded white backing card with two-sided tape. 20160815_175142

4. Cut out ‘thanks’ word die in white card using Big Shot machine. Attach into position with glue stick. Or you could cut out wording with jac paper/super sheet on the back of the white card, to make sticking it down easier. It is very small and fiddly. Place square of Magic Mount beneath Teabag tag and fix into place.





On the right is another floral sample of a teabag card.

stamps used: Flower Pots F1107 by Impression Obsession, Time to Enjoy F1843 by Hero Arts




Flower Teabag



20160816_123503stamps: Flower amongst Flowers 4155L & To Say Hi 3409E both by Penny Black

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Mustard Seeds, Spiced Marmalade & Barn Door Distress Pads

papers: Ivory & Black Matt Cards; Pomegranate Bazzill Card

accessories: Lipton Teabag (used)

adhesives: Glue Stick; Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Sponging Blocks


  1. Dry, half open back of teabag to empty, then iron flat.
  2. Tear along bottom edge of ivory card. Stamp flower in center in black ink. Stamp flower again over teabag.

3. Using sponging blocks, colour ivory card with Distress inks, starting with the lightest at the top and blending them together as you go. Colour teabag also, just using a dabbing motion so as not to tear the bag. Glue back of teabag and fix into place over main image. 20160816_093602

4. Sponge around edges of main card with sepia ink and attach to matting of black card, which has also been torn across the bottom edge. Attach these to folded red backing card.

5. Stamp wording in black onto scrap of ivory card. Sponge with Mustard Seed Distress ink. Sponge around edges with sepia ink and Magic Mount into place at base of card. Magic Mount teabag tag into position at top of card. 20160816_123437




Inky Teabag

September 20, 2016


20160825_192621stamp: Elegant Stems C8412 by Stampington

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Wild Honey, Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves Distress Stain Sprays

papers: Ivory Matt Card; Brick & Gecko Bazzill Cards

accessories: Buttercup Liquid Pearls; Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls; Copper Swirl Paperclip; Coloured Rhinestones

adhesives: Glue Stick; Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Circle Punch; Paintbrushes; Heatgun; Sponging Block; Water Spritzer


  1. Dry your teabag. I opened this one right out to empty, then ironed it flat.
  2. Spritz teabag lightly with water, then your Distress inks. The water will help the inks blend together. Dry with heatgun or set aside to dry naturally. 20160822_192734
  3. Stamp your Stem collage onto your teabag in black Archival ink. Pick up some Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl powder with dry paintbrush and brush over mesh design of stamped image on teabag. 20160822_191345
  4. Stamp image again onto ivory card. Tear along bottom and right hand side of ivory card and sponge the edges with sepia ink using sponging block. Attach to brick (reddish) layer, then onto folded green backing card with two-sided tape.
  5. Stamp postal mark only onto scrap of ivory card.  Cut out postal mark with circle punch. Sponge edges with sepia ink. Put square of Magic Mount beneath it and set aside.
  6. Squirt some Buttercup Liquid Pearl out, pick up with fine paintbrush and apply to flower heads. Affix coloured rhinestones to base of flowers. Set aside to dry. 20160822_19302420160822_193103
  7. Apply glue stick to back of teabag, then lift gently into place over same image on ivory card, lining them up carefully. The teabag material will not be completely flat so it can be a little tricky, but try to get the sides of the teabag lined up with the edges of the card as much as you can. 20160822_195024
  8. Fix circular postal mark into position. Secure teabag tag to top of card with spiral paperclip. 20160825_192621




Blue Night Teabag



20160814_221537stamps: Birds in the Trees D1365 by Memory Box; Sun 2953C by Penny Black; Live Inspired DD960A by Unity Stamp Co

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Clear Versamark Pad; Antique Linen Distress Pad; Denim Adirondack Pad; Tumbled Glass Distress Stain; London Blue Dylusion Spray

papers: White Matt Card; Mid-brown Prismatic & Fawn Bazzill Cards

accessories: Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls; Silver Alcohol Ink; Teabag (used)

adhesives: Glue Stick, Two-sided Tape, Magic Mount

tools: Sponging Block; Water Spritzer; old Toothbrush; Heatgun (optional)


  1. Dry, empty and iron your teabag. Stamp birds in trees onto teabag in black ink. Stamp them again in the middle of white card.  Dab Tumbled Glass Distress Stain over both to colour. Set teabag aside to dry. Continue colouring white card by spraying London Blue Dylusions ink above the lighter blue. Spritz with water a little to blend. Set aside to dry or speed up process with heatgun.20160814_21274120160814_213050
  2. Sponge white card with Antique Linen Distress ink until all white is covered. Sponge all edges with sepia ink.
  3. Glue stick back of teabag and position on main card, lining up tree branches. Stamp sun (moon) in clear Versamark pad across both. Pick up some gold Perfect Pearls with a dry paintbrush and brush over moon to colour.20160814_21324720160814_215735
  4. Sponge denim ink across top of card to darken night sky. Give silver Alcohol ink bottle a good shake. Tip very small quantity onto tip of old toothbrush and flick with thumb over night sky to create stars.20160814_221427
  5. Stamp ‘live inspired’ wording in black ink vertically alongside outside edge of teabag.
  6. Attach finished card onto mid-brown matting, then folded fawn backing card. Put a square of Magic Mount onto back of teabag label and attach at base of card.

Bike Teabag

September 17, 2016




With this weather being so cold the last few months, I have found myself drinking lots of tea. Rather than throw away my teabags, I have re-cycled them into cards. Something a little different and quirky.

  1. When the teabag is dry, empty it out. Depending on the shape of the bag, I either tear across the top under the staple or open out completely. Each one will be a bit different. I deliberately don’t try to be neat, as I think the torn edges and stains add character to the overall design.
  2. Iron your teabag. This makes it easier to stamp onto. I placed my iron directly onto the bag on medium heat. The bags are quite hardy and (obviously) can take a bit of heat and also water. This particular bag was quite dark so decided to use it for a man’s card.


stamps: Bike from World’s Fair ICO347 by Graphic 45; Leaf Swirl 3968G by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Clear Versamark Pad; Bronze Perfect Pearl Mists

papers: Walnut & Pinecone Bazzill Cards; Copper Shimmer Card

accessories: Mini Gears #98847 Memory Box die; Copper Embossing Powder; Earl Grey teabag (used)

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount; Tombo Liquid Glue

tools: Heatgun; Big Shot Machine


1.Stamp leaf swirl across top of lighter brown card in black ink. Stamp man on bike image below it (doesn’t matter if left side is not perfect as it will be covered by teabag). Stamp man on bike with wording onto teabag. 20160815_174515





2. Fix teabag into place over main image. Because this particular teabag was so dark, I used two-sided tape, knowing it wouldn’t show through. 20160815_174842Put square of Magic Mount onto tag of teabag and secure in position.

3. Apply Clear ink from Versamark pad direct to edges of light brown card. Pour copper embossing powder over while still wet, then heatset using heatgun. Do all 4 sides. 20160816_134543

4. Lightly spritz base of card with Bronze Perfect Pearl Mists. Attach to folded dark brown backing card20160816_134047.

5. Cut out mini gears die twice in  copper shimmer card using Big Shot machine. Randomly ink gears with black ink. Use liquid glue to attach them onto card where desired.



London Gent

September 13, 2016


London Gent 5stamps: London Gent & Old Jalopy (unknown); Measure M2-673 by Stamper’s Anonymous

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Clear Versamark Pad; Walnut Stain Distress Pad; Rusty Hinge & Walnut Stain Distress Stain Sprays

papers: Ivory & White Matt Cards; Brown Bazzill Card; Black Corrugated Card

accessories: Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl; Copper Adirondack Dabber paint; Sizzix “Blueprint” Embossing Folder siz658580, Copper Brads

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Sponging Block; Flathead Screwdriver & Hammer; Paintbrush, Awl; Water Spritzer; Heatgun; Big Shot Machine


  1. Spritz white card with water, then spray with Rusty Hinge & Walnut Stain Distress inks until completely covered. Dry with a heatgun.
  2. Place this into Blueprint Embossing Folder and run through Big Shot Machine. Dip sponging block into Walnut Distress pad and rub across raised areas of card to darken and highlight pattern.London Gent 2London Gent 3
  3. Roughly paint black corrugated card with Copper dabber. Dry with heatgun. Attach this to embossed card.London Gent 4
  4. Stamp “Measure” stamp with clear pigment pad onto brown card piece. Pick up some Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl powder on dry paintbrush and brush over stamped image. The powder will stick to ink, the excess powder should just brush off.
  5. Stamp London Gent in black ink onto ivory card. Sponge around edges with sepia ink. Magic Mount over brown & gold card. Stamp Old Jalopy in black ink onto scrap of ivory card. Attach this behind brown & gold card at top right. Attach brown & gold card onto black corrugated card with two-sided tape.
  6. Pierce holes at bottom right of card with an awl. Push copper brads through and secure at back. Place card flat on the table, position flathead screwdriver in center of brad and hit with hammer to create an indent in the center of the brad. (optional: I used a black Spectrum Noir pen to darken indent).London Gent 8
  7. Attach finished card front onto folded brown backing card.

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Industry Baron

September 9, 2016


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stamps: Stamper’s Anonymous sets: Time Travelers CMS157, Warehouse District CMS124 & RemnantsCMS130, Destiny by Collections

inks: Jet Black, Potting Soil & Sepia Archival Pads; Evergreen Bough, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Black Soot & Rusty Hinge Distress Stains

papers: Pickle, Raven & Fawn Bazzill Cards; White & Ivory Matt Cards

accessories: Subway Embossing Folder siz657948; Brick Wall Sizzlit Strip siz658240; Brass  Bookplate; Brads; Bleach

adhesives: Super Tape; Magic Mount; Glossy Accents

tools: Big Shot Machine; Sponging Block; Waterbrush


Stamp numerous machinery images in sepia ink over ivory card. Sponge around the edges with sepia and potting soil inks using a sponging block. Colour down left side with Distress Stains – Evergreen Bough, Rusty Hinge & Walnut Stain, using a waterbrush to help blend inks. Attach to Pickle (green) backing card with two-sided tape. male cards 008






Open Subway embossing folder and lightly sponge bleach onto top half. Insert black card into folder, close, and put through Big Shot machine as normal. Open folder, take out black card and immediately wash bleach off folder. Leave black card aside to dry. The bleach will discolour card causing brown rusty looking patches around letters. When dry, cut card in half lengthways. Attach half to center of stamped ivory card (leaving other half for future project). male cards 010male cards 015







Cut out brick wall die in Big Shot machine in light brown card. Cut section to fit across bottom of card. Colour with Black Soot & Rusty Hinge Distress Stains. Glue across bottom of card.male layers 014



Stamp gentleman in black Archival ink onto white card and colour with layers of Distress Stains, starting with the palest colour first (see below). Ensure each layer is dry before adding another layer of colour, as you want the underneath layer to show through in areas and not blend in with the next colour. You don’t have to be too particular about staying in the lines, as you are going to cut him out. Cut him out (tearing across bottom section). Magic Mount him to card front. Fill eye glass in with Glossy Accents. Leave to dry. (note: this is not the original sample I used on the finished card).male layers 015

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Stamp wording in black ink onto scrap of white card. Sponge with sepia ink and insert into bookplate. Fix brads through either end and Magic Mount onto card front. male cards 017








See below for an alternative version of this card.



Time Flies

September 4, 2016


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Happy Father’s Day everyone!






Stamps: Time Travelers CMS157 set & Clock Face G11660 by Stampers Anonymous; Number Background 4485E by Stamp-it; Small Clock A923 by Amazing Creations; Time Flies A1506 by Stylish Images Australia

Inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Walnut Stain Distress Pad; Walnut Stain, Forest Moss & Brushed Pewter Distress Stain Sprays; Gathered Twig Distress Pen

Papers: White (12.5×14.5cm plus scrap) & Ivory Matt Cards (scraps); Brown (15x27cm), Saltillo (7.4×13.1cm), Gecko (7×11.3cm) & Kraft (scrap) Bazzill Cards; Copper Shimmer Card (scrap)

Accessories: Mini Time Travel stencil 201s by The Crafters Workshop; Clock Hands from Clock & Gears die 917 by Elizabeth Dies; Texture Paste; Pot Pourri; Brown Brad; Colour Pencils; Chalks

Adhesives: Super Tape; Magic Mount; Glossy Accents

Tools: Sizzix Big Shot; Sponging Block; Heatgun; Scissors; Circle Punches


Spritz white card with water, then with Distress Stain Sprays. Be sparing with the Metallic colour. Dry with a heatgun.clock inks







Lay the stencil over and smear texture paste through with a palette knife. Lift off stencil and wash straight away.clock stencilclock texture paste







While paste is still wet, push some pot pourri flakes into it. Set aside to dry. clock pot pourri


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When dry, brush excess pot pourri back into pot with a soft dry paintbrush. Now lay stencil over design again and colour some of the texture paste with a dark brown pen.

Stamp gentleman from Time Travelers set onto scrap of white matt card with black Archival pad and colour in with pencils. I then went over the pencils with chalks to soften the effect. Cut him out. Put a dab of Glossy Accents over the face of his fob watch. Set aside to dry.

Stamp Numbers Background onto green card in Sepia Archival pad. Sponge around edges with Sepia and Walnut inks using a sponging block. Stamp Time Flies wording onto Kraft card, sponge edges with Sepia ink and attach to top right of green card. Attach these onto matting of rust coloured card, which has also had its edges sponged with Walnut pad. Attach gentleman image to top of green card. Position this to right hand side of card front with two-sided tape.male cards 007

Stamp out two clock faces in black Archival ink onto scraps of ivory card. Cut out with circle punches. Sponge around edges with Sepia ink. Cut out two clock hands from die in copper shimmer card. Attach to larger clock face with a brown brad. Position clocks on card front, Magic Mounting the smaller one over the top of larger clock. male cards 015




The Chemist

September 2, 2016


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“Hope” is my most favourite word in the English language. It is what keeps us going through our ordinary days, never knowing what tomorrow will bring, but anticipating that wonderful things could be about to happen. Keep the faith.




stamps: The Chemist CMS172 & Little Labels CMS120 by Stamper’s Anonymous; Miracles 1714D by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Weathered Wood Distress Pad

papers: White Matt Card; Tobacco Mi-Teintes Card; Jetstream Bazzill Card

accessories: Snow Cap Adirondack Dabber Paint

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount; Glossy Accents, Tombo wet Glue

tools: T-grid; Sponging Block; Paint Brush


  1. Stamp images out in black ink onto ivory card, using the t-grid to aid positioning them if needed.
  2. Using a sponging block, loosely colour (as in don’t worry too much about keeping within the lines) with Weathered Wood ink. Add a bit of sepia ink to contrast and also sponge the edges of card with it.Chemist 1
  3. Layer onto brown matting, then folded blue backing card. Sponge edges of backing card with sepia ink also.
  4. Stamp wording in black ink onto scrap of ivory card. Sponge edges with sepia, then attach to matting of brown, then blue. Magic Mount onto front of card.
  5. Colour test tube with white paint, then cover with Glossy Accents. Set aside to dry.
  6. Stamp out tiny words from Little labels set in black ink onto scraps of white card. Cut out desired words and sponge edges with sepia. Glue into place where preferred.

A Larger Glass

August 25, 2016


I am reading a book by Dr Mike Dow at the moment called the “The Brain Fog Fix”. Apparently drinking a little wine every evening can actually be beneficial for the brain (one glass per day for women and up to 2 for men),  more than that however and it has the opposite effect. My first thought was ‘I’ll need to get myself a larger glass’ (so I can still just have 1 glass per day) and my second thought was ‘Ooooh, I think I have a stamp for that!’ And if you do like to indulge, apparently Champagne and Pinot Noir are the better options.

20160814_162830stamps: Larger Glass 94842X by Inkadinkado

inks: Versamark Clear Pad; Jet Black, Sepia & Library Green Archival Pads

papers: Ivory Matt Card

accessories: Sizzix Frame, Fancy Rectangle 658948; Gold Leaf; Assorted Flowers; Paper Butterfly; Star Dust Stickles; Snow Cap Dabber Paint; White Opal Liquid Pearls; Sunflower Sparkle & Bronze Perfect Pearls; Self-adhesive Pearls

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

tools: Big Shot Machine; Paintbrush; Scissors; Water Spritzer; Sponge block; small Sponge


  1. Cut out the fancy frame from Sizzix die in ivory card. Sponge around edges with sepia ink. Rub clear Versamark ink pad over randomly. Pick up some gold and/or bronze Perfect Pearl powders with a dry paintbrush and brush over frame. The powder will stick to the clear ink. Spritz lightly with water when finished to set the powders. 20160813_16200820160813_162154






2. Stamp the image in black ink onto ivory card. Cut the wording at the bottom off separately and cut out the main image around border. Stamp bottle in image, again onto scrap of ivory card in green ink. Cut out bottle and glue over bottle in main image. 2016-08-11 17.45.40Run Sailor glue pen around border, and also around neck of bottle and stem of champagne glass. Set aside to dry. The glue comes out blue, then dries clear and tacky. When dry, lay bits of gold leaf over glued areas and press gently with fingers. Use a soft brush to remove excess gold leaf back into pot. I preferred to leave it a little lumpy around parts of the frame for a textured look.

3. Because the image is quite dark, I went over the ladies dress with some white paint applied by dabbing with a small sponge to highlight it better. I dotted some White Opal Liquid Pearls around her neck for a necklace and added some Star Dust Stickles to champagne glass. Set aside to dry. I still found the glass not prominent enough, so drew a line around it (a little crookedly, oops) with a black Zig pen.20160814_161330

4. Fix main image onto ivory card with two-sided tape, angled across decorative frame. It does actually fit perfectly within the frame, but I chose to angle it as I felt it suited the ambiance of the sentiment better. Sponge around the wording with sepia ink. Magic Mount the back of it and position on card.

5. Arrange assorted flowers in bottom left corner as desired. Place self-adhesive pearls in centers of them where needed. Glue butterfly cut-out at top of frame.