Wednesday, 11 April 2018


The CAS Mix Up Card Challenge this month is to use a rubber
band technique - this involves putting rubber bands around an acrylic block and then either stamping with Versamark or ink to produce interesting patterns.  It's always fun to try out a new technique.  For this card I used Versamark ink and then inked up the card with distress inks.  I die cut the sentiment and then clear embossed it. Finally I mounted the banner on linen card using foam tape and added some sequins for interest.

Techniques used - rubber band technique, die cutting and embossing.

Materials used:-
Distress inks - picked raspberry and abandoned coral
Word die - Penny Black Creative Dies
Lawn Fawn stitched party banners
Sequins - Doodlebug design cupcake

Thanks for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  Margaret

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Let it snow

Another challenge from Muse Christmas Visions - this week's Muse is Cornelia and here is her inspiration card.  I was inspired by the fun element in her card and also the white background.

Here is my take on Cornelia's card - I used my Misti to position the stamps and added some Wink of Stella for the snow.  Unfortunately this does not show up very well in my photo. 
Materials used:-
Stamps - Winter Wonderland free set from a magazine
Sentiment - Uniko Studio Stunning Snowflakes set
Ink - Colorbox pigment cat's eyes and Versafine onyx black
Wink of Stella in silver for the snow effect
Thanks for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  I would encourage you to take part in the Muse Christmas Visions challenge as it is a great way to get your Christmas cards made painlessly!


Wednesday, 4 April 2018

So sorry

The current challenge on Less is More is to CASE (copy and share everything) the lovely inspiration card by Aileen (below).

I like having an inspiration card and find it gets me thinking about stamps I have which I may be able to use to CASE the card.  I remembered I had a lovely flower stamp from Technique Tuesdays which I felt would work.  I stamped the flower in distress ink and then painted it with various colours of distress ink.  I gave the background a light wash with antique linen distress ink to tone down the white card.  Finally I used a stitched die to cut out the image before mounting it on a watercolour card. 

Materials used:-
Watercolour card
Stamps - Technique Tuesday Agapanthus set
Distress inks - chipped sapphire, faded jeans, stormy sky, bundled sage, forest moss and antique linen
Archival ink - cobalt
Die - Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle stackable

Thanks very much for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  Now pop over to the Less is More blog to see how the other participants have been inspired by Aileen's card.  Margaret

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Joyful deer

The current inspiration card for Muse Christmas Visions has been designed by Chriss (shown above). I really liked how the pink background set off the gold embossing. I also liked the deer and the sentiment Chriss used.  I tried to use these elements in my card.  I made the panel first before mounting it on foam tape on a linen card.

I am also going to enter this card into the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge which is embossing.

Materials used:-

Stamps - "Woodland Christmas" which was a freebie from Creative Stamping issue 27
Embossing powder - Gold Pearl by My Colour Studio
Distress inks - picked raspberry and abandoned coral
Dies (all from Lawn Fawn) - "Scripty Joy", "Stitched hillside border" and "large stitched rectangle stackables"
Gold card for the sentiment

Thanks for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  Margaret

Sunday, 25 March 2018


The current challenge on Less is More is the dreaded One Layer Card and you must use stencils.  I have lots of stencils but must admit that I don't use them often.  Here is the card I made using a stencil for the woodgrain background and another stencil for the tools.  This is a useful masculine birthday card to add to my stock.

Materials used:-
Stencils - Tim Holtz woodgrain and Creative Expression tools
Sentiment - Lili of the Valley block sentiments
Distress inks - black soot and tea dye
Versafine black onyx

Thanks for visiting my blog - now pop over to the LIM site to get lots of inspiration for using stencils.

I am also going to enter this card into the AAA card challenge which is to use to use one third of the card.


Monday, 5 March 2018

Holly card

I was delighted to find a new Christmas card challenge blog as I like to make Christmas cards during the year so avoiding any last minute stress.  The added bonus of the CAS Christmas card challenge is that cards must be clean and simple - a favourite design of mine.  The current theme is holly.

I found a simple holly wreath stamp among my stash and decided to keep my card very simple, mounting the stamp on a couple of scalloped circles and adding some foam tape for dimension. 
Materials used:-
Stamps - Jolly Holly Days free set from Simply Homemade magazine issue 48
Inks - colorbox
Dies - 2 sizes
Thanks for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  Now pop over to the CAS Christmas Card blog and see what the other participants have created. Margaret

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Peace on earth

This is the inspiration card on Muse Christmas Visions created by Lindsey.  I really liked the background of Lindsey's card and also the overall design of the snow and sky.  I tried to recreate this in my card.  I used brushos and watercolour paper for the background and die cut the deer.  I think the sky looks like the Northern Lights!
Materials used:-
Brushos - purple and turquoise
Sentiment - Tim Holtz "Simple Sayings"
Ink - Memento sweet plum
Dies - Cottage Cutz "deer set" and Lawn Fawn "large stitched square stackables"

Thanks for visiting my blog - now pop over to Muse Christmas Visions and see how the muse card has inspired other participants.  Margaret