Aqua and Green together

I needed a card for a bridal shower on the weekend.  Looking around for inspiration I decided to take my colour scheme from the gift bag I was using.  The gift bag was very geometric in its design but I didn’t follow that I just needed the pretty summery colours: aqua and green.

I cut a mask in a post it note and brayered tempting turquoise and certainly celery.  I then removed the mask and stamped the daisies in black.  It took countless repetitions with the daisy stamp before I had a solid image.  Even when I stopped it did not quite have complete coverage.  I was using my SU classic basic black ink pad.  It is not that old so I am a bit frustrated that I find it hard to completely ink a larger stamp with it.  If anyone has a favourite black inkpad please let me know.  It might be time to branch out.

I matted the image panel and then tried a white card base and a turquoise; as you can see the turquoise won the challenge.

My daughters and I went to the bridal shower and enjoyed watching the bride ooh and aah about all her lovely homewares.  She is getting married in August and my girls are going to play violin at the wedding.  It will be the first of three weddings they are playing at this summer. I guess I should be thinking about wedding cards too.


Stamps:  Upsy Daisy , Hugs & Wishes(SU)
Inks: Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery, Basic Black
Cardstock: Flourishes Classic White, Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery

Three panel daisies

Here is another spring inspired card using the daisy silhouette stamp from Stampin Up.  I clear embossed the daisies then brayered the whole panel with summer sun and and pumpkin pie.  Before splitting the panel into three I stamped and restamped the daisy stamp in pumpkin pie.  Each panel is popped up on stampin’ dimensionals.

I did try a couple of sentiments both on scraps and on the bottom of the card. None of them added to the design so I sliced the bottom off and left it without any text.  This is the first card I have photographed with the new camera,  I am not convinced my settings were the best but I will keep learning, practising and posting.  I have high hopes.  What is great is that the colour is exactly what is on the card.


Stamps:  Upsy Daisy (SU)
Inks: Versamark, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun
Cardstock: Flourishes Classic White
Also: clear e.p.

Queen of the sponge takes it to the edge!

Ardyth left a comment on my last post which made me laugh  and prompted the title to this post!

You are the Queen of the Sponge. And I mean that better than it sounds! LOL

After a comment like that it seemed appropriate to post my latest card, a one-layer covered entirely in sponging.  This is one of those cards that evolved.  I certainly didn’t set out to sponged the entire card front.  As I sponged and moved the mask to randomly place more sponging I kept wanting to increase the amount of colour until I had covered the whole card.

The inspiration for this card came from my daughter’s violin teacher.  She was wearing a top the other day with these colours and flowers printed in a batik style.  I stamped the flowers in versamark and mustard so I could emboss them in clear.  I then began to sponge in turquoise, garden green, brilliant blue and mustard.  I moved a post-it note around to create criss cross patterns of colour which, now that it is finished, remind me of light coming through stain glass windows.

As this card was quite experimental I am going to play with the technique a little more when I get the chance and see how other colour combinations work.  Thanks for stopping by today and thanks for the kind comments you have left me, they are so encouraging.


Stamps: Upsy Daisy, One of a Kind
Inks: Versamark, More Mustard,  Tempting Turquoise, Brilliant Blue, Garden Green
Cardstock: Flourishes Classic White

More Kraft

I mentioned the other day that the CAS-tastic challenge to use Kraft had inspired me to create a bunch of cards.  I decided to make them all thank you cards and perhaps box them up in a set to use as a gift.  This is the second one I made using white on Kraft again and the same layout.  I stamped the daisy stamp twice to fill the space.


Stamps: Upsy Daisy, Thank you  Kindly
Inks: Versamark, Basic Black
Cardstock: Confetti White, Basic Black, Kraft
Also: White e.p.

I was also inspired by the beautiful card Karen, from the Bald Dragonfly, made,  I made a few changes but basically CASEd her lovely four squared design.

I added a little sponging in rust and matted the foursome in black before adding a little bow and the sentiment.  I’m so glad I came across the Bald Dragonfly; Karen’s blog is full of inspiration and beauty.


Stamps: Simple Sayings 2, With Gratitude
Inks: Versamark, Basic Black, Really Rust
Cardstock: Confetti White, Basic Black, Kraft
Also: Black e.p., Black twine

Cuttlebug music thankyou

As I have mentioned before my daughters are violinists, so I am always on the lookout for nice musical stamps or images.  I have had this embossing folder for a while but I think this is the first time I have used it.  My 15 year old is moving to a new teacher after 10 years with our current teacher.  We prepared sushi as a gift for her and gave her this card when we attended the final lesson.

The daisy image was completed using markers directly on the stamp.  I stamped the “Many Thanks” stamp on the vellum overlay, which unfortunately makes my picture look really out of focus.


Stamps: Upsy Daisy, All Year Cheer
Inks: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Only Orange
Cardstock: Old Olive, Vellum, Whisper White, Confetti White
Also: Artichoke eyelets, Allegro cuttlebug embossing folder

Brayered backgrounds

I  have been working on this trio of cards for a couple of days .  The idea had been in my head for a while but when I saw  Susan’s masked and stippled cards here I was inspired to make these cards with a masked rectangular focus.


There was a bit of trial and error involved.  I masked with post-it notes and then brayered with two colours.  Both the orange card and the grey/green card took four attempts.  Each time the brayering went through the post-it notes or the silhouette touched outside the brayered space or the post-it note tore the cardstock but finally I achieved what I had set out to do.  The grasses card worked first time?!


I stamped over the brayering with Basic Black ink, sometimes more than once to make a solid image.  I had trouble photographing these cards.  I think I need to spend some time with the camera manual.


Things I learnt while making these cards:

  • Sometimes it is necessary to mask with two layers of post-it notes so the brayering won’t go through, mark the edge or the cardstock and turn what was going to be a one layer card into a two layer card.
  • It is probably best to use a fresh post-it note to mask the second, third or fourth attempt, they did come from the dollar store after all.
  • Rather than try and use your stamp-a-ma-jig after you have stamped an incomplete image, stamp with it the first time, them it is in place for the second and third inking.
  • If you stamp on your stamp-a-ma-jig imaging sheet with waterproof black ink you might want to wash it straight away.



Stamps: Upsy Daisy, Inspired by Nature, Garden Silhouettes, Everyday Flexible Phrases
Inks: Pumpkin Pie & Summer Sun,  Brocade Blue & Mellow Moss,  Sage Shadow & Bordering Blue
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla, Brocade Blue, Bordering Blue, Whisper White
Also:  Brayer

Field of daisies


At last… a new card!  This card was something of an experiment, because I was watercolouring the background.  I love the look of watercolouring but I am far from an expert in the technique so I just play around with the colours and hope for the best.  I totally covered the watercolour paper with water and then dropped drips of Brocade Blue ink in the sky area and guided them with my paint brush.  I wanted dark and light areas so I removed ink in some places with paper towel and added more in other places.  On the bottom two thirds I dropped Garden Green ink and kept the coverage fairly uniform.  After it had dried a little I turned the Garden Green ink pad on its side and “painted” the grass.

To create the daisy feature I inked the stamp with versamark and then drew yellow centres with the So Saffron marker and stalks in Garden Green.  I embossed in clear before sponging the background with Bashful Blue and Ballet Blue.   I thought the hemp twine was appropriate for my country scene and added the knots so it would look  a little like a fence.  The left side of the card is scored so it opens like a folio.  The daisies  are stamped on Whisper White but the card base and the distressed matte are Confetti White.

I am so pleased you dropped in ( and pleased I finally managed to post!).


Stamps: Upsy Daisy
Inks: Garden Green and Brocade Blue reinkers, Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue, versamark
Cardstock: Whisper White, Confetti White, Watercolour paper
Also: Natural hemp twine

Splashed Daisies


My post will be short and sweet tonight as I am having issues with my back and cannot sit for long without being in too much pain.   I intend to take my marking and lesson planning off to bed.

I love the way the pink daisies turned out for this card,  I’m not sure that I could make it happen twice though.  I coloured the stamp with markers, the same ones I used for Sharon’s Spring challenge, I seem to be stuck on those three markers (Artichoke, Regal Rose and Rose Red).  Then I spritzed the stamp with water;  I used the perfume method,  where you spray perfume in the air and walk into the spray!  I sprayed water and walked my stamp into the mist… tada… water marked petals.  A little bow and a few more daisies in the background and there you have it.  I did add a white panel inside with even paler watermarked daisies and the birthday sentiment.


Thanks for dropping in, see you soon.


Stamps: Upsy Daisy, Hugs and Wishes
Inks: Rose Red, Regal Rose and Always Artichoke Markers,  Always Artichoke
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Whisper White
Also: Moss gingham ribbon

Saffron Daisies


Yesterday a  friend asked me to make a condolence card for her.  I have a new set coming which would be perfect, but it is not here yet.  Instead I chose to use the  “Thinking of You” sentiment with some saffron daisies.

I inked the whole daisy stamp on the So Saffron pad and then inked  the stems on the stamp with an Artichoke marker.  I spritzed the stamp slightly before stamping and then stamped a second time without reinking to make a pale image to stamp the words on.  I also stamped a few daisies on the inside bottom right corner.

Thanks for dropping in.



Stamps:  Upsy Daisy, All Year Cheer
Inks: So Saffron, Always Artichoke
Cardstock: Whisper White, So Saffron, Always Artichoke, Le Jardin d.p.

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