Saturday, 17 March 2018


Hi, thanks for stopping by and welcome to my 'happy place'....

A bright and cheerful card for you today

On a piece of Yupo cardstock I applied one alcohol ink (raspberry) with a blending tool by dabbing it over the cardstock.  I reinked the blending tool with a second colour (peri) and, again, dabbed all over the cardstock.  A further application of alcohol blending solution was added to the blending tool and dabbed over the cardstock

The cardstock was then covered with vellum, this softens the background colour

A sentiment was stamped and heat embossed and a die was used to create a frame around it.  The frame was die cut twice using white then black cardstock and overlapped slightly to give a shadow affect

Another die was used for the black vertical border

Using the same alcohol inks on another piece of vellum numerous die cuts were made for the flowers.  I chose not to assemble the flowers showing the back of the vellum as I wanted a contrast with the background.  The flowers were adhered together with a pearl brad

The smallest leaf die from the set was used for the leaves and I brushed the blending tool over the edge of each leaf.... I know think I should have coloured the whole of the leaf


  • Yupo cardstock ~ Tim Holts/Ranger
  • Vellum ~ Woodware
  • Raspberry and Peri Alcohol Inks ~ Ranger
  • Alcohol Blending Solution ~ Ranger
  • Sentiment/Amazing Sentiments ~ Creative Expressions
  • Java die set ~ CE
  • Edgess die set ~ Spellbinders
  • Rose creation die set ~ Spellbinders
  • Brad ~ Hobby House
  • Platinum Die Cutting Machine ~ Spellbinders

Random Name Picker

Enter all names in the field below, each on a separate line:
auntie Millie


Your card will be posted to you

YUPO Cardstock  comes in a pack of 10 sheets measuring 5"x7" and is ideal to use with watercolour pens/pencils and mixed media techniques and alcohol inks

It is a smooth, synthetic heavyweight surface that resists buckling and dries quickly

Until tomorrow....

June x

Friday, 16 March 2018


Hi, welcome and thanks for stopping by.....

The only Christmas related 'tool' for this card is the stamped sentiment!

I started with an 8" square, white base card and added a smaller panel of red cardstock

The next step was to emboss an even smaller piece of white card stock, once done, this one and the red cardstock were adhered to the card base

I die cut 6 of the 'Petite Peony Clusters' in green card and 12 of the flowers in red glitter card.  Two lots of three green die cuts were adhered together then glued, in a circular shape onto the card, to form the 'wreath'

The flowers were shaped, each one having three layers of the red glitter card then a black gem glued in the centre

I die cut the bow twice and glued the centre of the top one onto the bottom bow, then cut two thin strips of the same red glitter card, adhered them behind the the 'tails' of the bow to extend them

The sentiment was stamped with a red ink pad

This shows the gorgeous embossing

A sentiment stamped with the same red ink pad and a little tree stamped on the corner of the card, using the same red ink pad

Today's freebie background stamp

The winner of this stamp will be announced on Sunday's blog

  • Regency Frame Embossalious Folder ~ Crafter's Companion
  • Petite Peony Cluster Die Set ~ Creative Expressions
  • sentiments ~ my stash
  • bow die ~ my stash
Until tomorrow....

June x

Thursday, 15 March 2018


Hi and welcome, thanks for stopping by....

Some of you may remember this card from my 'original blog' (

This is a white DL card used in landscape to accommodate the sentiment

I used a Martha Stewart Punch to decorate the edge

I still had some wisteria distress ink on my 'splodge away mat' which I spritzed with water and using an ordinary 'sponge' (bought from a certain 'cheap store') I dabbed it into the colour then onto the card.  I repeated this on the inside of the card too and added a little on the envelope

I used one of the stamps from Altenew's 'Crafty Friends' stamp set for the sentiment and  verse.  I stamped the sentiment onto white card with a Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad and, using a different stamp, from the same set, repeated this for the verse

Mounting foam was added to the back of the sentiment then adhered to the card

I already had a supply of butterflies die cut so I glittered them with Glitter Jewels 'Iced Snow' and adhered them around the sentiment  
A very quick and easy card to make once you have all the products at hand!

  • Martha Stewart Punch ~ Martha Stewart
  • Splodge Away Mat ~ Clarity Stamps
  • Wisteria Distress Ink ~ Ranger
  • Crafty Friends Stamp Set ~ Altenew SKU ALT 1688
  • Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad ~ Tsukineko
  • Glitter Jewels Iced Snow ~ Creative Expressions
Until tomorrow....

June x

Wednesday, 14 March 2018


Hi and welcome, thank you for stopping by....

You may recognise the colour of today's card as it was used in last week's give-away

This is a 7" square white card base with a smaller panel of the gorgeous pearlised teal/aqua card

The pretty white centre piece was die cut and embossed then adhered to the card

The flowers were stamped and die cut, shaped then adhered to the card

The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed onto the same coloured card then adhered to white card

Flat back pearls completed the design

For the inside of the card I used the middle part of the same die for the centre piece and backed it onto the teal/aqua card and adhered it inside the card

The winner of this card may, I suspect, need to 'fluff up' the petals on the flowers after the card has been through the postal system!

If you would like to give this card a new home leave me a comment on this post, you have until 6pm Friday to do so and the winner will be announced on Saturday's blog

It doesn't matter if you have won previously or where you live as we ship internationally

I can't accept 'annonymous' comments for the draw, you will need to leave some form of identification


  • teal/aqua card ~ ?Crafter's Companion
  • white card ~ PCC
  • Arianna Blooms Stamp & Die Set ~ Heartfelt Creations
  • Umbria Die Set/Italian Collection ~ Creative Expressions
  • Amazing sentiments ~ Creative Expressions
  • Stitched Flags Die Set ~ Creative Expressions
  • White Embossing Powder ~ Hero Arts
  • pearls ~ PCC
Until tomorrow....

June x

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Painting With Distress Oxide Inks

Hi, thanks for stopping by, welcome to my 'happy place'....

 The above card is the one shown on the video and now complete

NOTE TO SELF.....  Do not make videos when:

1 you're not feeling 100%

2 have a throat problem

3 AND wearing a housecoat!! LOL

Until tomorrow....

June x

Monday, 12 March 2018


Hi, thanks for stopping by, welcome to my 'happy place'....

Yesterday was my youngest brother's birthday and this is the card I made for him.  He is also taking early retirement so the stamp set, in this month's magazine, was ideal for me.  Also a double bonus as it will be a 'special' birthday for my eldest brother, at the end of April, and I will be dipping back into these fabulous papers and stamps from this issue for his birthday

I started with a 7" square, ivory base card and used one of the papers and several of the stamps for this card as well as adding a little red card too

In the video I've mentioned that I don't like using the original papers and will photocopy it and keep it as a master.  I do this 99%  of the time but there is that 1% when I will use the original


Sunday, 11 March 2018


Hi and welcome to my 'happy place'

I hope are having a lovely 'mother's day'

My apologies for this late post!  It was scheduled for the usual 6am posting but when I checked it's gone!

The flowers on this card are by Heartfelt Creations, it's a stamp and die set and I do love using them.  I must have been 'experimenting' with blog names when I made this card too and, unfortunately, I'm not able to remove it from the photograph 

On the original blog post I entered all 4 names from Friday's comments (sorry but I don't think it fair to do it again when a name had already been drawn,)  and Name Picker picked....

Wendy L

Your die set will be on its way to you this week

Until tomorrow....

June x


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