Saturday, 30 March 2019



Oh wow!
I am so excited today.
I may have finally cracked my issue with flower stamps ;-)

I invested in this set of 3D dies - and they are a-ma-zing!

I usually tear my hair out trying to match ink shades for those multi-step blooms,
but not with this set.
The pieces were all die cut in white card, and the colour was added after, with my zig clean color real brush pens.

They are a bit fiddly to piece together, but the set comes with a guide on how to do this.


Anything Goes


Altenew - garden picks 3d dies
Mama Elephant - labeled messages
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
Versa Color Ink Cyan

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Bloom and Grow


It's no secret that I'm rubbish with flower stamps,
I think the main problem is that I don't have a lot of inks,
so I struggle to match colour shades with these multi-step blooms.

With this new set, I tried.... and tried... and failed!
In the end, I just stamped the main image, and a contrasting centre,
and I think they look pretty good.

I arranged the blooms and leaves onto a die-cut frame, trimming off the outer pieces that hung over the edge.
The frame was then popped up with foam tape onto my base card,
and I added the die-cut MUM letters in gold card.

MFT - painted petals, rectangular stax1, stitched alpha
Versacolor inks - cyan, heliotrope, canary, orchid, sky blue, lavender

Saturday, 9 March 2019



If you ever need a plant killed - I'm the person for the job.
My family has banned me from buying plants, 'cos they only survive a few weeks.
But, today I have green thumb - thanks to all that stamping :-)

Once I'd arranged all the greenery where I wanted it, I took away the sentiment panel and gently put a couple of masking paper strips over the die-cuts.
This kept them all in place while I added ds tape to the back of them and then stuck them down.
The masking tape peels off, but you have to be slow and gentle with it.
(I know, in the US you have some cling filmy type all over sticky stuff for this, but it doesn't seem to have reached us yet).

The sentiment panel was stuck down with foam tape, for some added dimension.


mft stamps - sketchy flowers and handwritten happiness
various green inks
a few clear dew drops

Saturday, 2 March 2019



Do you tend to stick to the same old craft brands over and over?
I do.
And, it's not that I don't love those brands, but I think I'm missing out on some amazing goodies.
My new aim is to be more adventurous with my purchases.

I've started here with my first haul from SugarPea Designs.

I used their large eyelet cover plate - great for creating quick cards - and the 'you' die (slightly offset with a white piece underneath, so that it would stand out a little more).

I'm also playing along at the Inspired By challenge,

where my inspiration was the colour palette and the quilt style.
(I thought this eyelet plate had a kind of  'quilt' pattern to it).

sugarpea designs - eyelet coverplate die, 'you' die
distress ink - twisted citron, spiced marmalade, mermaid lagoon