Sunday, 25 July 2021

AAA Cards Challenges #195- Along the Edge + Dry Embossing, with video

 This fortnight we play along the edge, plus the optional twist to use dry embossing as chosen by our dt member Lucie.

I dry embossed a corner die into my panel. I was given this to sell for a friend, but I liked it so much I've kept it. Only thing my friend remembers it was pricey , but no name and no brand. No China stuff though!.

I don't have  many if any embossing folder anymore, but you can dry emboss with stencils too, or just a scoreboard, but today I'm used a die.

I'm inking it with Distress inks Mowed Lawn and Wilted Violet, rather gently so to catch

only the cutting edges, then the tricky bit is to place it on your cardpanel/base without it moving or bumping, cos the ink will transfer immediately. So I stuck it down for good measure and passed it throught my Bigshot as you would do with a normal embossing folder.

Cut the panel 1cm smaller than the cardbase to create a border but also to tuck it into the corner a bit more.

The sentiment is from Concord and 9th (Butterfly beauty) as I felt Thinking of you is a good match and the card feels appropriate for a condoleances card.

Mounted the panel with foamtape and adhered it to the cardbase.

For more information, or to play along the AAA Cards Challenge, see this.

Saturday, 24 July 2021

Orange , orange, orange

 The New Less is More Challenge is to CASe a card from Elaine's as it's her birthday: happy birthday Elaine.

For my card I took the squares and the orange and tried to make ethereal flower like  shapes with alcohol inks, then cut them out with square nesting dies, mounted them with foam and stamped the sentiment from Whimsy Stamps (Simple sentiment strips), pretty straight forward, but now to clean everything that got ink on it, like my plates and dies and table and hands haha...

Anyway,  who cares about a little ink?

For more information on the Less is More Challenge, see this.

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Christmas Craft Creation - July Theme- Anything goes, with video

This month it's Anything Goes at Christmas Craft Creations,so I  made little treatboxes, party favors, stocking fillers if you will.

The finished project measures 2"x 2"1/4x 3/4',  the paperyou need is 3"c6"and you'll get 8 out of one sheet of 12"x12". You can put anything inside, over here we have these chocolate coins for Christmas and Sinterklaas. But I also found some littl chocolate baubles, I'm sure there's lots of things you can stick in there like candycanes.

Cut your paper to 6"x 3". Score on the short side at 3/4"turn and score on the long side at3/4", 2"3/4, 3"1/2 and 5"1/2

burninsh the scoreline, remove bits as shown in videoor on pattern. glue together . I like to

use glue gun, strong, bit of wiggle room and quick.

 For more information or to play along the Christmas Craft Creations challenge, see this.

Sunday, 11 July 2021

AAA Cards Challenges #194: a Twinchie + Christmas in July, with video


This fortnight we play the One inchie game again, with the optional twist of Christmas in July, This twist was chosen by  Nancy.

We have recently changed the requirement to a two inch block or circle, but I had already made my card and video, so I left it. We felt 2 inches might give you a bit more options..

I've printed a free digi from Tiddly Inks to measure 1 inch. it printed a tad smaller, but that's fine.

I've coloured it with my fine line alcohol markers from Graph it.

Matted the panel as one of the edges was a bit chomped up. Then adhered it to the cardbase with tape runner.

For more information on the AAA Cards Challenge, or to play along, see this.

Saturday, 10 July 2021

Christmas in July

 The new Less is More Challenge is: Christmas in July.

For my card I used a Gerda Steiner Llama and colored her with my markers, cut it out.

For the background I've inkblended Distress inks: Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon and Chipped Sapphire, then splattered with white paint for the snow.

Added the layer with the sentiment on top with foamtape, so I could neatly tuck in the llama.

For more information on the Less is More Challenge, see this.

Wednesday, 7 July 2021

The Male Room Challenge July: Christmas in July

 This is the perfect month to start with Christmas cards and of course our theme is: Christmas in July.

For my card I printed a  freebie digi from Dustin Pike, if you want it you might still be able to find it on his blog.

I printed it on watercolour paper. Added the sentiment while I was  prepping the image in Photoshop.

Coloured the image with Talens Ecoline and adhered the panel to a cardbase.

For more information, or to play along the Male Room Challenge,

see this.

Monday, 5 July 2021

AAA Birthday Challenge #27 : use an Embossing Folder, with Video

 This month our challenge is: use an embossing folder. I bought this one on purpose, as I had none, but you can use any you have.

You need an iron without steam, wax paper an embossing folder and Dye inks, like I've used Distress inks: Candied apple, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon and Wilted Violet.

I cut the wax paper to the size of my card panel, placed it into the embossing folder and passed it through the diecutting machine as usual.

To transfer the "print" I put the wax paper in between two cardpanels

and then into a carrier sheet, and then ironed it. If you're lucky and your embossing folder is a bit  bolder in it's print, you might see a  shine on your panels.

 But once you start to inkblend you will really see the  pattern appear, it's quite cool.

For my Hoorray in Dutch Hoera, I've used the dieset from Carlijn Design.

Rounded the corners of my inkblended panel and mounted it with foamtape before adding it to the cardbase.

Mounted the black shadow with foamtape also and I;ve used liquid glue on the white letters.

For more information or to play along the AAA Birthday Challenge, see this.

Sunday, 27 June 2021

AAA Cards Challenge #193: Sketch + Critters, with video


This fornight we're playing with a sketch over at AAA Cards Challenges and the optional twist of Critters was chosen by Joy.

For my card I flipped the sketch upside down, you can do that as long as we can see the sketch in your card.

I've masked off a strip at the bottom and instead of making it straight I went for grass as I thought critters live in grass, hadn't decided on which critter I would use just yet, but figured you can't go wrong with grass. Applied Distress ink Mowed lawn and for the "sun" Mustard seed and carved pumpkin. 

Now I went with the circle in the sketch, but offset it a little as my cardbase if rectangular,

not square as in the example. but as it could be any shape, my gnome could have been the circle with in the sketch. I just thought this would look more recognizable.

the Gnome was in my precoloured stash and is from StampinBella (the Gnome and the Birdie). For the sentiment I went with one from Woodware stamps (Good Friends set) and stamped it with Versafine ink and then heat set it.

Mounted the Gnome with foamtape and adhered it on top.

For more information, or to play along the AAA Cards Challenge, see this.

Saturday, 26 June 2021


 The new Less is More Challenge is : ONE layer and Monogram....pfff that threw me

My Initials are really not the prettiest, especially the U...but hey.

For my card I decided if I did a monogrammed card it still had to be "me", so I 've used a funky font and printed my initials with my laserprinter, so I could foil them.

But before foiling I added the butterflies from Concord and  9th (Butterfly Beauty), stamped them with Memento ik on the cardbase.

Took Rose Gold Thermoweb foil and passed it through the laminator.

I think pewter would also be nice.

I'm sorry about the angle, need to catch the shiny surface...

For more information on the Less is More Challenge, see this.

Friday, 25 June 2021

Octopi Guys


#19 and the last in my Whimsy Stamps Fan month :-(. I have many more stampsets left I didn't use, ah well...there might be a sequel? We'll see

Today I have used the recently released Octopi Guys the stamp set I mentioned was on it's way in an earlier video.

Remember I placed them all in a nice playlist if you want to revisit them or if you're just joining in.
I thought it was perfect for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: we can see clearly now.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this.

Sunday, 20 June 2021

Summer fun

 The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is: Animal Antics.

For my cards I 've used an array of Whimsy stampsets ( Simple Sentiment Strips, Hippo Fun in the Sun, Hippo Beach fun, Dragons fishing).

I stamped them al on Copic safe paper and colored them with different alcohol markers (Copic, Triblend, Graph-it Brush markers).

For the Backgrounds I've inkblended Distress Oxide on Craft card. (Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean), Splattered with water, white ink and Normal Distress ink Blue Print sketch, which kinda faded into the background.

I thought the kraft could be the beach and the blue the sea or lake.

I've stamped the sentiment with Versafine

black ink.

Mounted the critters with foamtape to adhere it to the cardbase.

For more information or to play along the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this.

Distress inks and refills vs Alcohol inks

Sunday, 13 June 2021

Apology make up giveaway, open till June 30th 2021

AAA Cards Challenges #192: One Corner_+ Childhood memories, with video

 This Fortnight the AAA Cards Challenge is: One Corner+ Childhood Memories as a twist. The twist was chosen by Ishani.

As I say in the video I mention I say I think I was read bedtime stories when little, but that was  about half a century ago, so I can't remember, sorry I'm old haha.It probably is someone's childhood memory though...

For the card I printed a free digi from Sliekje Stamps you can find on her blog.

I had to print it twice to make sure it was tucked in the corner as much as possible, so ignore the backside  of the panel.

I coloured the image with fineliner

alcoholmarkers from Graph-it.

Adhered the panel with tape runner to a cardbase.

For more information or to play along the AAA Cards Challenge, see this.

Saturday, 12 June 2021

Forget me not


The new Less is More Challenge is pale blue and yellow and that immediately sparked Forget- me-nots in my head.

So I went on the look out for a digi stamp and found many, but one I liked enough to  buy it. It's from Buddly Crafts.

Added the sentiment in Photoshop and printed it with my laser printer , then coloured with Talens Ecoline watercolours., matted it on the cardbase.

Some of the yellow mingles with the blue, and left the stem uncoloured cos green is not in the challenge.

For more information on the Less is More

Challenge, see this.

Updated July 23rd:

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Christmas Craft Creations Challenge, June theme: Heat embossing

 Christmas Craft Creations Challenge, June theme: Heat embossing.

For my card I used the Nellie Snellen Wreath builder stencils and cut my card to  fit 12.5cm square.

For the snowflakes I've used My Favorite Things Simply Snowflakes and Versamark ink.

I have stamped and heat embossed each snowflake and each colour one by one as I didn't want to smudge the power or ink, quite the labour of love, but it looks pretty.

For the snowflakes I've used Wow embossing powders:  Opaque prinary frozen, Under the sea,Oceanic and for the sentiment  Metallic Silver regular.

The sentiment is also from My Favorite Things, from the set Bitty Holiday wishes.

For the cardbase I cut an A4 sheet lengthwise at 14.85cm and folded it in half.

Mounted the panel with snowflakes onto the cardbase with foamtape and the same with the sentiment strip.

For more information or toplay along the Christmas Craft Creations challenge, see this.

Whimsy Stamps Fan Month #7 Hedgie Love

Monday, 7 June 2021

AAA Birthday Challenges #26 Flowers, with video

 This month the AAA Birthday
Challenge is: flowers.

For my card I've used a die/stampset from Marianne Design (col1379)
Off camera I diecut it from three colours of pink card and the freem stem, I've also embossed the details before filming. I've put double sided tape on the back of the coloured card, so the bits become salf adhesive, like stickers.
The dies are designed to cut, emboss details and then to ink those details. For that I've used Distress oxides as they would show up on the darker cardstock.

The sentiment is from Impression Obsessions and I've srtamped it with Versafine ink.
Then I've splattered the backgorund with Lawn Fawn Liquid Stardust.
Mounted the whole twig together on a slant.

For more information on the AAA Birthday Challenges, see this.

I made a second card today , with critter this time ;-) it's from Crafter's Companion Mulberry Wood collection and the sentiment is from Clearly Besotted Laugh out loud, colored with Zig Clean Color real brush pens

Thursday, 3 June 2021

Have a colorful Birthday


The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is: Masculine, schowcasing Tim Holtz.

For my card I've used the Distress inks refills from Tim Holtz.

I've used them on watercolor paper  in two colorful  compositions. I've used the wet in wet technique and then splattered with Finetec Gold watercolor paper.

Then diecut them  with the Craft Emotions set (115633/0270). I've cut a black panel to line my cardbase, I thought that would be more masculine and it also makes the colors pop.

The sentiment is from Your Next Stamp (one in a chameleon) and embossed it with Opaque Bright white super fine embossing powder from Wow.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this.

Whimsy Stamps Fan Month #3 Crazy Cat Lady

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

The Male Room Challenges #151: Dads and Grandads

The June challenge for the Male Room is: Dads and Granddads, it's Father's day over here on the 20th of  June.

I didn't go for a Father's day card, but birthday with a snarky sentiment.

Both the image and sentiment are from Art Impressions (Birthday Laugh Lines). I've stamped the image with My Favorite Things Extreme black and coloured it with Copics, Spectrum Noir and Graph it markers. Cut it out with the Scan N Cut.

For the background I masked of an area and applied Distress inks, Speckled egg and Peacock Feathers, I wanted it manly coloured but not matchy matchy. I

then stamped the dentures from the same Art Impressions set randomly across the area. Mounted the image with foamtape and adhered it to the cardbase.

Stamped the sentiment with Versafine ink. Chronically challenged made me giggle...I think I am too ;-) haha.

For more information or to play along the Male Room Challenges, see this.

Whimsy Stamps Fan Months #2 Early Birds

Whimsy Stamps Early Birds:

Sunday, 30 May 2021

AAA Cards Challenges 2021 - #191 NO Layer card + Hexagons, with video

 This fortnight we're all about NO layers card at AAA Cards.  Nancy chose the twist: use hexagons

For my card I made a stencil with a hexagon shaped nesting die. I chose I size I liked  on the cardbase, not too big, not too small. I also made my hexagons peek in from the left side of the cardbase.

I've used Distress inks: Wilted Violet, Mowed Lawn and Mermaid Lagoon, always blending from the lower right corner.

The sentiment is from My Favorite Things: Bitty Birthday Wishes and I stamped it with Versafine ink.

For more information or to play along the AAA Cards Challenges, see this.