Recycled panels

In the process of creating one layer cards with the Eastern Influences set last week I ended up with a failed attempt that I cut up and made into a multi-layered card for my older daughter’s birthday.  After sponging and stamping blossoms on the original card I punched out three squares, matted them in black and layered them on more of the blossom panel which became a strip across the new card.


Stamps: Eastern Influences, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Inks: Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Basic Black
Cardstock: Flourishes Classic Ivory, SU Basic Black

Eastern influences

I have been inspired by the beautiful layering of sponging and  images that Vicky does over at Crafting Clare.  I pulled out my Eastern Influences set and used two stamps and two colours for both the cards posted today.  I masked first, sponged, then stamped the small branch of blossoms  in olive, above and bashful blue below.  I then stamped the larger branch of blossoms in black and added the two sentiments.

I have been asked a few questions in the comments section lately that I will try to answer now. Firstly about the brayer I use. I have two speedball brayers but I have been using the soft brayer lately and have had a lot more success than I had with the hard rubber one.  One of the key steps is to start rolling it completely off the cardstock and move onto the cardstock gradually.  It does take longer this way and use more ink but it makes for an smoother coverage.

Someone also asked me how I tied that teeny little bow on my button on this card.  I don’t know-it just worked the first time and I ran with it!!


Stamps: Eastern Influences, All Year Cheer
Inks: Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Basic Black
Cardstock: Flourishes Classic Ivory

CAS23 Showing some artwork


There are several challenges I would like to play along with on a regular basis and the Clean & Simple challenge at Splitcoast is definitely one.   This week the challenge is to get our inspiration from the huge art site I am hoping to go back for more inspiration later, but for starters I chose this asian style piece:   Spring Flowers Light Green

My images from Eastern Influences are stamped and embossed in detail gold embossing powder and coloured with SU markers.  I have added some smudges of red around the images because, after they appeared on the Very Vanilla cardstock on my second attempt, I decided I would rather incorporate a bit of smudging than start on a third try!


Stamps: Eastern Influences
Inks: Versamark
Cardstock: Basic Black, Confetti Cream, Very Vanilla
Also: Detail Gold embossing powder, Real Red, Garden Green, Brilliant Blue, Close to Cocoa markers

Vintage Blue


Although I love lace and the vintage look, I don’t often make vintage themed cards.  I was inspired by a card I saw with an embossed, then sponged background.  I used the Textile cuttlebug folder  and sponged lightly over the top.  I stamped my flower and my sentiment then cut them out.  The oval was cut using the CM oval cutters and the tag with the ticket corner punch and a little trimming.  I wanted the same thread on the tag as is in the lace so I unraveled some of the lace to get enough thread to tie a little bow.

Thanks for dropping in today.  I hope to be back tomorrow with my CASE from the Sunday’s featured stamper on Splitcoast.


Stamps: Eastern Influences, Pocket Silhouettes
Inks: Bordering Blue
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Bordering Blue
Also: Cotton Lace

Beautiful Blue


I finally managed to make another of the CPS Sketches, something I intend to do every week but some how don’t often manage.  When I decided to do sketch #104 I realized straight away that it would take me out of my comfort zone.  It is very asymmetrical, with images coming in from the side not placed in the centre where I usually put them.

Anyway,  I decided that a piece of lovely paper I picked up on sale at Michaels would be just the inspiration I needed to get started.  The paper has very large floral images on it but the bit I wanted to feature on the card was the white flourishes at the top of the card.  The flourishes prompted me to do my stamping in white only and the blue in the paper blended in well with Baja Breeze cardstock.  My stamped images were very simple so I deviated from the sketch ever so slightly with the divided panels and yes, the orientation of the card itself. The darker blue behind my patterned panels is the reverse side  of the designer paper.


Inks:  Versamark
Cardstock: Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Bohemia Paper (My Mind’s Eye)
Stamps:  Ever After, Eastern Influences
Also:  White e.p.

Watercolour blossoms


I am inspired by so many amazing stampers whose blogs I visit when I can.  Some of them have very individual styles, which has prompted me to wonder whether I have any particular style at all?!  When I look back through my archives there are vintage, modern, embossed, watercoloured, overdone, underdone, large, small, etc, etc!  Perhaps I have several styles, I do know that I keep on seeing wonderful  ideas and techniques that I am keen to try.

I have used watercolouring on my cards in the past, but Jerri Jiminez’s gorgeous watercolours have inspired me to try again, with a gold outline this time.    I was fairly happy with the blossoms but could not get the background colour the way I wanted it.  My older daughter, whose style is definitely “less is more”  told me to” leave it alone, it looks  good as it is!”  A few days after I had finished this card Jerri posted a very detailed tutorial on watercolouring, so I shall be trying again, with her instructions to  guide me.


Stamps: Eastern Influences, Sincere Salutations
Inks: Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Garden Green, Almost Amethyst
Cardstock: Pirouette Pink, Whisper White, Bella Rose d.p., Brushed Gold
Also: Gold embossing powder, ticket corner punch

Eastern inspiration

That’s right, another card inspired by my visit to China this summer.  It is hard to believe that I was actually in China two months ago, but I have hundreds of photos, some lovely silk items and some wonderful memories to prove it.  Several of those memories centre around the beautiful paintings and embroideries I saw as well as the intricate designs on all the historic palaces and temples we visited.

Many of the embroideries, fabrics and paintings feature blossoms, similiar to this stamp from the new Eastern Influences set.  When I was making this card by son aged 7, was sitting on the floor beside my craft table going through my paper recycling box and picking pieces out to put through my paper crimper.  He put them through multiple times at different angles creating all sorts of effects.  His creativity inspired the painted blind effect on my card,  crimping the image gave it just the texture I needed to complete the card.

I started by stamping the branches and birds in Basic Black and then using watercolour pencils to colour them.  I sponged in Bashful Blue and stamped the rose blossom in the same ink on the corner several times.  To create the shadowed “Beautiful” character and word I used the stamp-a-ma-gig with Blue then Black.


Stamps: Eastern Influences
Inks: Bashful Blue, Basic Black
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Bashful Blue
Also: Watercolour pencils, crimper

New colours, new papers

I cracked open the new “In Colours” from Stampin Up on the weekend and a beautiful new set of designer paper that features three of the new colours.  I had great fun working with Riding Hood Red, I think it will be my main colour for Christmas designs this year, Kiwi Kiss and Pirouette Pink.  When the designer paper already has beautiful combinations and patterns all over it, it is not that hard to make a pretty card.  I will posting some of my creations using the Bella Rose paper over the next few days.

For this card I divided the card up using a “wall with chair rail” type arrangement.  Perhaps there is a name for this style among card makers, I don’t know.  I’m using the rule of thirds, two thirds at the bottom, one at the top.  The rose I used as my focus is not the one which perfectly co-ordinates with this paper, but I think it works pretty well.  I stamped it in Riding Hood Red classic ink, which is not waterproof and then used a brush with water to draw some of the ink into the petals.  I then painted the branches and leaves using Choc Chip and Old Olive ink.  To create an antique look I wiped each side of the white paper across the Red stamp pad and then pulled some of that ink in with a brush and water.  Using my fingernail as a distressing tool I gave the edge of the red matte an antique look also.  Red hemp twine just happens to be a little darker that the Riding Hood Red, which is great.

Thanks for dropping in.


Stamps: Eastern Influence
Inks: Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Pirouette Pink, Whisper White, Bella Rose designer paper
Also: Red Hemp twine