Last minute tags

These are my last minute tags, inspired by, but nowhere near as gorgeous as, the ones featured here.


Stamps: Baroque motifs, PSX pine bough, Embassy arts trees
Inks:  Bashful Blue, Basic Black, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green
Cardstock: confetti white, confetti cream

Less is more challenge 2

The second Less is More challenge is up and running and it is a one layer challenge featuring a tree or flower theme.

I decided to create a slightly whimsical sponged scene but without snow for a change.  I masked off a rectangle and added a horizon mask.  After punching half a circle and half an oval out of a post it note I randomly sponged amethyst and eggplant curves into the sky.  I stamped a few pale sections of the Baroque Motifs flourish, removed the horizon mask, sponged the ground and stamped the tree and sentiment in black.

Check out the other challenge entries; there is inspiration aplenty!


Stamps: Thoughts and Prayers, Baroque Motives
Inks: Almost Amethyst,  Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant
Cardstock: Flourishes Classic White

Inspired by…

…my glasses case.

When the case for my glasses broke I picked out a much funkier one than the original provided by the optometrist.  The more I looked at it the more I realized that the design would probably make a great panel for a card.  So I brought my new case home and sat down with my stamps to recreate the design.

I stamped the little flowers and flourishes in black, the large flourishes in gold, then embossed in gold and added silver embossed flowers.  Finally I drew some little lines of dots along some of the flourishes with a gel pen.  Then the stamped panel sat on my desk for weeks while I waited for further inspiration.  I decided the design needed very little more so just matted in gold and  added a little sentiment that works well with flourishes.

Look around at the things you use everyday;  you might be surprised at the inspiration you get.

Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Short &  Sweet,  Itty Bitty Buds
Inks: Versamark, Black, Gold, Silver
Cardstock:  Brushed Gold, Eggplant
Also: Silver and gold e.p.,  gold gel pen

Shabby flourish

Inspiration can come from just about anywhere.  This time it came from the backdrop of a concert I was watching last night.  The overall colour scheme was antique browns and  the flourishes extended across the  backdrop as the song progressed.  My aim was to produce something with the shabby antique look.  I have also enjoyed viewing Susan’s One Layer Wednesday challenges over at Simplicity although I haven’t had a chance to participate yet.  The outcome was a one layer, shabby card with some masking as well.

To create this card I cut thin strips from the sticky end of a post-it note and laid them on the card before placing more post-it notes on the top and bottom.  I built up the colours by sponging Chocolate chip, Really Rust and Summer sun ink.  For a little texture I used the dotted stamp from Extreme Elemnts.  I also added tiny dots with markers and stamped the flourish several times to complete the card.


Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Extreme Elements, Short and Sweet
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Summer Sun
Cardstock: Flourishes Classic white

Blue Birthday


This is the birthday card I made my 15year old for her birthday back in August.  I was not late in giving it to her, just late in posting it for you!

I chose these colours because she wears them and looks great in them.  I also chose lots of white space because she is my “less is more” girl.  I inked the flourish in versamark and then Turquoise before stamping and embossing in clear.  The fine shadow details on parts of the flourish were added with the Brilliant Blue stampin’ marker.  The flowers were stamped in Brilliant Blue also.  The matted panel is popped up on stampin’ dimensionals.

Thanks so much for dropping in, I hope to be posting with a little more regularity soon.


Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Fundamental Phrases
Inks: Tempting Turquoise, Brilliant Blue
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Also:  Turquoise grosgrain ribbon, Turquoise brads

Andy Warhol inspired

The title should really read ” Andy Warhol and Lateblossom inspired!  A few days ago Susan at Simplicity by Lateblossom  issued a  challenge to search through our stamp collections and try making a Andy Warhol inspired card along the same lines as her two cards here and here.


I was pretty certain that the only images I had that would work were  flowers and snowflakes.  Susan had already made a striking snowflake card so I tried flowers and then realized I might have enough leaves to try again.  The flowers are stamped on Whisper White and the leaves on Confetti Cream.


Thanks for dropping in, hope you are having a great day.

Supplies (Flower Card):

Stamps: Itty Bitty Buds, Baroque Motifs, One of a Kind, Pocket Silhouettes, Season of Friendship
Inks:  Bravo Burgandy, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Ruby Red
Cardstock: Whisper White

Supplies (Leaf Card):

Stamps: Itty Bitty Buds, With Gratitude, Lovely as a Tree, Pocket Silhouettes, Season of Friendship
Inks:  Ruby Red, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Handsome Hunter, Garden Green
Cardstock: Confetti Cream

Silver on silver wedding


At Christmas time I used the silver on silver embossing technique to make a card very similar to this one, just using a tree instead of a heart.  I love the look of silver on silver so made a wedding card for a friend to use.  There really isn’t much to the card.  I stamped the Baroque Motifs flourish and the Ever After heart in versamark and then embossed with silver e.p.  I attached a piece of pirouette pink cardstock inside the card and stamped the sentiment from Ever After in the centre in silver.  The picture isn’t the best, I’m sorry, I find it hard to photograph the silver well.

Thanks for dropping in.  I hope to have something new to share soon.  I have not done any creating in a week and I am itching to stamp again.  I have eight scrapbook layouts on my craft table which need to be stuck together.  They are the final pages in a scrapbook chronicling the 2007-2008 season of Stellae Boreales , the violin ensemble my girls belong to.  I need to finish that scrapbook and get started on this year’s before the current season is over!


Stamps: Ever After, Baroque Motifs
Inks: Versamark
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Brushed Silver
Also: Light pink grosgrain ribbon, silver cord, silver e.p.

Story-book window & tutorial


I have finally completed a card tutorial!  I had hoped to do one for a snowscape, but the seasons are changing and I have more of a spring scene  instead.  I used some of the same techniques to do this scene as I used for my snowscapes.  The inspiration for this card came from the cover of a children’s novel The Dragonfly Pool by Eva Ibbotson

First I cut a piece of scrap card to be a mask for my hillside.  I kept both pieces so I could mask the sky and the hills at different times.  Of course you don’t need the huge piece I have, I’m not sure why I went so large?


I started with the sky, holding the mask in place while I sponged with both Bashful Blue and Ballet Blue.


To do the hills I swapped masks and sponged down the left hand side and across the bottom with Garden Green.


I then moved the mask a little to make the edge of a hillside and sponged with more Garden Green and some Certainly Celery.



On the right hand side of the hills I sponged with  Summer Sun which I blended into Certainly Celery to create a lighter hillside.



With all the background sponging done I began to stamp the  silhouettes along the bottom of the card.  I used Basic Black,  stamping some of the stamps upside down to use just the stems as grass.   Where the flower stems were a little short I lengthened them with a black marker.  I used two stamps from Garden Silhouettes to frame the picture in foliage.


Around the outside of the scene I embossed a silver border using an embossing marker and ruler to make a line down each edge.


I added a little flourish to each corner with versamark and the large flourish stamp from Baroque Motifs.


Rather than pouring embossing powder over the whole image I dipped the edges into silver e.p. one at at time and then did the corners.


I stamped the dragonfly in black and  coloured the wings with an embossing pen before embossing them in silver.


To make the sentiment I sponged a rectangle of Whisper White cardstock in Garden Green and Certainly Celery, then stamped the words in Basic Black and matted in black.( the photo didn’t turn out, sorry)    I attached silver cord to both ends, wrapped it around the back of the cardstock and taped it. I also added the tiny butterflies from the Branch Out set.


As I was mounting the card on black I needed a white panel inside, so I sponged a bit in both greens and made the silver edges and flourishes using the same method described above.


I hope my instructions make sense, the method is fairly straight forward so have fun if you try it.  Thanks for dropping in and reading this far!  Have a great weekend.



Stamps: Garden Silhouettes, Pocket Silhouettes, Infinite Goodness, Season of Friendship, Baroque Motifs, Branch Out
Inks: Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue, Garden Green, Certainly Celery, Summer Sun, Basic Black, Versamark
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black
Also: Silver e.p., silver cord

Black Ink only


It’s challenge #75 with Sharon at No Time To Stamp again and I had a ball with this one.  The challenge was to use black ink only, no pencils, markers, chalks or coloured inks,  just BLACK!

I have been doing some doodling related art lessons with my children lately so I thought I would do some doodling on my card.  I used the flower stamps from Baroque Motifs and One of a Kind to create a row of flowers, then drew all my stems and leaves with a fineliner.  I gave a few of the flowers  rhinestone centres as well as adding a  matted greeting.  I punched out a red flower and a stamped black flower and layered them with stampin’ dimensionals  to add to the greeting. To make the red lace at the bottom I used decorative edged scissors and a tiny whole punch.

I had a great  time doodling and decorating this card,  I think I will try a few more along the same theme.  Make sure you check out all the design  team’s ideas for this one.

Dee, Tammy, Janine, AJ, Jennifer, Becky, Julie and Sharon


Stamps: Baroque Motifs, One of a Kind
Inks: Basic Black
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red
Also: Fiskars Seagull edge scissors, Rhinesones, Pilot fineliner, Making Memories hole punch from tool kit, Boho Blossoms punch, stampin’ dimensionals

Soft Flourish


The flourish from Baroque Motifs, is such a beautiful stamp.  I rarely add much else when I’m stamping with it because it very stylish alone.  For this card I just stamped and stamped off with both Pretty in Pink and Old Olive, added a couple of pale flowers, a greeting and ribbon.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to use it at my party the other night but I did and as usual my guests loved the stamp.

That’s it for now, just a quick card and a quick hello.


Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Upsy Daisy
Inks: Old Olive, Pretty in Pink
Cardstock: Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, Very Vanilla
Also: Olive Grosgrain ribbon, ticket corner punch