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Distress Ink Background & Silhouette Stamping

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Made it my mission this week to create a card for Make My Monday Challenge #65 - Messy Backgrounds and here it is.  Yeah a challenge entry done and dusted!  Decided to use my good old faithful distress inks and chose some brighter colours (worn lipstick, ripe persimmon, crushed olive & scattered straw) firstly to brush onto some white card then inked through part of a mask and randomly stamped in places too - a bit of everything really.

Love the look of black silhouettes so stamps were added with Versafine onyx black ink, heat embossed with clear EP for that shine effect (though sadly I haven't captured any shine in the photo).  My finishing touch was a freebie Birthday Wishes sentiment stamp, die cut from a spare piece of the same inked background.  Decided on a yellow matt for mounting to keep the same colour theme.
I've used - 5x7 card blank; Clarity stencil matte card; Distress Inks; Lindsay Mason Hope Blooms stamp set; Grunge Texture Mica Mask Entered in Make My Monday…

Rose Elegance - Enjoy your Day

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On Issue 3 of Love Cardmaking magazine was a free cover mount of lovely stamps, dies & embossing folder called Rose Elegance from which I've created this floral card.  I also rediscovered in my stash some shaving foam backgrounds I’d made ages ago, one was just perfect to use.

The embossing folder has lovely fine detailed lines, didn't want to cover too much of the design up so just placed the die cut rose to one side and the sentiment on the other to balance.  The embossing folder has a dividing space just right for some ribbon but I decided to place a strip from my shaving foam background instead.  The rose has a black offset shadow just to give it some lift.


I've used - 13.5 cm sq card base; white metallic linen card stock mounted on a black layer
These are the rediscovered shaving foam backgrounds ... I seem to remember I used some old Pergamano paint/inks (kept from my parchment days) dropped on the shaving foam with textured card ... now they are handy I'm sur…

With Love 2 U - Valentine Birds

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Found a set of bird clear stamps in The Works recently so chose a couple of them to feature on my Valentine card to OH this year along with some die cuts I received as a lovely gift from a fellow crafter ... this is what I came up with.


Decided to colour the birds in turquoise and tulip yellow promarkers so they stood out against the red heart.  The Love die cut sentiment has a black off-set shadow layer and peel offs.  Added two red metallic confetti hearts, some random curved strips in turquoise and two little rub on transfers to finish.

I've used: 5x7 white card base; grey linen card stock in pearl cut with unbranded stitched rectangle dies; The Works clear bird stamps; gifted die cuts
Thank you for visiting - I'd love you to leave a comment if you have time - Steph x

Thank You Card with Quilling

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I've seriously neglected quilling of late so this year I'm determined to quill more often even if it's only to add small embellishments which is what I've achieved on this Thank You card.  Used quilling strips in purple and green to edge the leaf topper, quilled a couple of multi-coloured scrolls and a butterfly.  ChrisLee over on docrafts inspires me everytime she posts a new creation with her quilling, here's a link to her gallery: ChrisLee docrafts gallery it's really worth a look.

The sentiment stamp I've used is really sweet as it includes flowers as well.  I've also extended a stitched rectangle die to create the square matt layer.


I've used: 13.5 cm card base, patterned paper - The Works, unbranded stitched rectangle die, Xcut Leaves nesting die, mag cover mount sentiment stamp, Promarkers
Thank you for visiting - I'd love you to leave a comment if you have time - Steph x

Two Male Birthday Cards

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Here are a couple of male cards made recently which I'm sharing with you today.

This first one uses a Majestic Stag stamp and outline die that came from a magazine around Christmas time along with some American Craft free patterned papers - just goes to show our crafty buys can be used all year long.
I've used:
5x5 kraft card blank
American Craft free patterned papers cut with unbranded dies
Pine cone & stag head stamps plus outline die from the same mag
Xcut sentiment dies
Decided on a DIY theme for my second card using non-DIY dies for all the elements - just hope they look realistic enough.  Since taking the photo I added more washers so it didn't look like one of those big birthday numbers! I've used:
6x6 card base
Papermania Capsule Elements Wood papers
Sentiment die cut gifted by a lovely crafter
Wood offcuts, nails, nuts, washers are made up from non-DIY dies

Thank you for visiting - please leave a comment if you have time - Steph x

Hello & Welcome to My New Blog

Well I'm here in blogland finally!

A place to share the projects I create AND I can enter some challenges along the way too.  Now expect some changes here and there while I get used to making my blog look friendly and inviting.

Shhh not many peeps know I'm here yet but if you find me I'd love you to leave a comment and say Hi