April 17, 2016


mixed images 038Stamps: Barramundi large 851E, Handwriting 3546H by Stamp-It.

Dies: Ship’s Compass B395 by Cheery Lynn designs & Distressed Baptisia Collage 30044 by Memory Box.

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I have 2 boxes – one full of backgrounds, the other full of stamped images in various stages of completion or rejection. Making a card from scratch can be time consuming, so if I can find a part of it already done, that’s a bonus. If I manage to get a bit from both boxes – double bonus!

Whenever I create a background, be it alcohol inks, Distress/Dylusion Sprays, whatever – I always make multiples (while I’m getting messy anyway). Sometimes I’m just playing with a new stamp, but don’t have a specific purpose for it yet. The background used for the above card has been sponged with Broken China and Vintage Photo Distress Pads and then the script stamped over in a blue ink.

The fish came out of my 2nd box. I was experimenting with an embossing technique where you stamp out the image using a clear embossing pad, then while still wet, add black embossing powder to the top half and silver embossing powder to the bottom half of the image. Heat set. Obviously the left over powder will be mixed, but rather than throw it away, you could store it in a separate container and use for a special effect on other projects. (I often emboss metal brads for doorknobs, the center of flowers etc..). I then used watercolours to colour in fish and a silver metallic pen to add highlights. Black Enamel Accent for fish eye and Hot Cocoa Liquid Pearl for his lips.

Upon completed assembly of all the parts (including dies), I sprayed the card with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl Mist.


Blue Lagoon

March 1, 2016


Teal & brown watercolour -  dolphinTeal & brown watercolour - boatThese scenic cards are quick and easy to make and are great for Men’s cards:

1.  Spritz a piece of watercolour card with water, then add some blue shades of Dylusion or Distress ink  sprays to create your watery lagoon. Try not to get too much colour in the top half of the card.

2. While still wet, run the tip of a Walnut and/or Rusty Hinge Distress re-inker nib across the horizon line. It will bleed into the blue wetness to form your island. You can continue to add more water or ink and manipulate with a wet paintbrush until happy with the result. Dry.

3. Create cloud effects by dabbing Snow Cap (white) and Pearl Adirondack Dabber Paints together across skyline. Or you may prefer a little moonlight instead. Just cut out a circle in matt white card and spritz it with Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist. Dry. Glue Moon into desired position.

4. Attach metal charms of dolphins or yacht. Matt finished picture onto contrasting brown card and mount onto backing blue card.


Silhouette Fred

January 15, 2016


Stencil silhouetteSome people struggle with silhouette stencils as they’re not sure how to use them. Dyan Reaveley has a number of different stencils of full length ‘people’ shapes, both male and female. The design in each stencil is provided in a number of sizes. You can add faces and hair to them if you want, but sometimes being faceless provides an anonymity which makes them more versatile and flexible in their usage – so they are no-one in particular, just a man (or woman).



To create this card, spritz a piece of matt white card with water, then colour with Wild Honey, Iced Spruce & Hickory Smoke Distress Stain Sprays. Dry with a Heatgun.

Lay Dylusions Stencil DYS40811 “Silhouette Fred” onto left-hand side of card and trace around inside stencil using a fine tip Zig black felt pen. With the aid of a palette knife, scrap texture paste (normal white) through left half of stencil. It doesn’t matter if edge is irregular, if fact it’s preferable. Try to bring some paste down into both feet to ground the image. While the paste is still wet, push a piece of corrugated card into it to create grooves. Set aside to dry.

Despite having dried the background before adding paste, some of the colour from the inks will still seep into the white paste providing mottled colouring. I like this look myself. I you don’t, you may have to seal the stencil area of your background first by applying a thin coating of Distress Glaze with your fingertips or use some form of spray sealant.

Stamp “Best Things in Life” wording from Stamp-It’s set083 with black Archival Pad. Highlight word of choice with Glossy Accents. I chose “Kiss”. Set aside to dry.

Matt onto layer  of black card, then backing card of choice. I used Gecko Bazzill card.







Father’s Lighthouse

August 28, 2015


Father's Lighthouse “A Father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way”. Happy Father’s Day card for my dear old Dad. I actually thought it was this Sunday, so I’m way ahead of the game for a change.

“Father Guides” 3820E by Stamp-it

I wet the watercolour paper, then coloured the bottom half with ink sprays (Dylusion: Dirty Martini & Calypso Teal; Distress: Evergreen Bough), then while still wet, ran the dropper from Distress re-inker bottles Spiced Marmalade & Walnut Stain across middle. Set aside to dry. I stamped the lighthouse onto clear film with black StazOn pad, stamped it again onto scrap of white card, which I coloured in and cut out to lay over image on film. I stamped the waves onto scrap of mulberry paper which I tore along bottom and glued at base of lighthouse. I used glossy accents over the glass top of lighthouse. Then because I had used clear film, but didn’t want to spoil the look with split pins in each corner to attach the layers, I had to cut a frame out and mount over to cover up my 2-sided foam tape. Attached the complete frame then onto teal backing card.




Beautiful Boats

August 15, 2015


deep as the ocean discover new oceans   life is a journey   adventure on the seas

Just in time for Father’s Day – more cards with a nautical theme! I did say I love boats didn’t I? The first two beached boats I mainly used chalk pastels to colour with, a great medium for covering larger areas quickly and easily. I then put crackle accents over the boat with the anchor. The second two cards, I was playing with different ways of creating waves. Both were coloured with Distress Stains and Sprays. The paper for the sailboat card was then torn into wavy strips, with the core white card showing through for the tips of the waves. I used mulberry paper for the fishing boat card, that I glued down with a matt glue, wrinkling as I went to create a wavy effect. The definition of Adventure states “an outing full of surprises”. It’s a bit hard to see in the scan, but there is a very large shark lurking just beneath the surface:)

DEEP AS THE OCEAN: 2290F Abandoned Boat, 4880E Deep as the Ocean, 796B Seagulls

DISCOVER NEW OCEANS: 2724E Beached, 4881E Discover Oceans, 3601G Overlapping text

LIFE IS A JOURNEY: 4619E Wind & Sails, 1773D Life is a Journey

ADVENTURE ON THE SEAS: 4620E Ocean Fishing, 695D White Pointer Shark, siset048 Adventure Wording


Sail Away

August 13, 2015


escape motor boat card  4619E Wind & Sails (2)

1073G Windwardyacht origami card

I love boats! And they are a great subject for male cards, which can sometimes be a struggle. I have chosen a line from Stamp-it’s 2911C Journey Words on each of these cards as the common thread to link them.

ESCAPE: 4620E Ocean Fishing; Dylusion Ink Sprays (Calypso Teal, London Blue & After Midnight)

SAIL AWAY: 4482G A Map, 4619E Wind & Sails; Distress Stain background (Tumbled Glass & Bundled Sage)

VOYAGE: 1073G Windward, 3530E Vintage Compass, 4496E Voyage

JOURNEY: 3839E Go Confidently; paper sailboat made using origami folds



Look to the Future

June 23, 2015


John & Bo 63So finally it is happening – my first post:) I wanted to share with you this card I made for John’s 63rd birthday. It is one of the new designs from Stamp-it’s “Whirl” catalogue and it was taken from a photo I took of John one very foggy morning as he walked our dog Bo off down the street into the mist. I thought he’d be chuffed getting such a personalised card with his own image on it. I have used the stamp a number of times since and found it quite a good design for male cards in general.

Materials list: si4965F Going That Way; White and Black Matt Card, Brown Prismatic Bazzill Card, various Bo Bunny scraps of paper; Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads, Clear Embossing Pad, Vintage Photo Distress Powder, Rusty Hinge and Iced Spruce Distress Stains; Alphamix Letter, Harvest Pot Pourri, Camera Charm, Idea-ology Film Strip Ribbon, Twine

Below are some of the other cards I have made using this stamp.

4965F Going that Way - retirement      John and Bo 54