Celebrating Twins

Made for the ModSquad challenge to use patterned paper and also for a friend whose daughter has had twins. I cut out a large heart for the background and then using a Spellbinder die called Layered Happy Birthday, I cut out some balloons from other PP and added them to the heart. Using an unbranded double stitch rectangular die I cut the main panel and added a small scrap of marbled paper on top. I fussy cut two matching little bears from another small piece of PP, after stamping them and colouring in certain parts. I popped them up onto this and added a small fussy cut fairy above. Stamped the sentiment which I also fussy cut out. Added a few small gems here and there. Stamps and card stock all from Gina K. Designs my main go to place for ideas and purchases.

Heart Bloom – My sentiments Exactly challenge.

Used another of my gifted stencils to create this one. First brushed colour in circles using distress oxides. Sprinkled a bit of water and let dry. Using Mowed lawn I sponged through stencil to get design. When dry I added nuvo glimmer paste through stencil. I used a versamark pen and ruler to draw a line around edge of card stock and then added an old glitter embossing powder on top. heat embossed to give the shine at edge. Added sentiment to a piece of vellum and heat embossed in black. Two black gems added to each end. added entire piece to turquoise sea card stock.

A new beginning

I’ve been thinking about creating a blog for over a year now and am finally getting around to actually doing it. In order to showcase some of my cards I needed a place to upload them and display them for others to see so here is my first card for the year.

This card has been created for the monthly challenge at Gina K. Designs. We have to showcase a sentiment and cannot use others stamps on the card.

I stenciled Distress Oxides in several pinks using a lovely hand made heart stencil given to me by a great on line friend. I first masked off the area where the sentiment heart is. I stenciled the butterflies using another stencil from the same friend. I stamped the sentiment onto the die cut heart and traced over it with a gelly roll pen to add a bit of sparkle. I popped it up slightly offset over a black heart which I then glued in the masked off space. Added a few tiny bling gems in places. I added main panel to a black piece of card stock and then adhered it to the card front.

Thanks Friend

Had a few minutes to spare so made this card quickly even though I had to fussy cut everything out except for the wreath which was die cut.

Challenge #348 – Colors

Started with the die cut wreath done with a pear coloured vellum. I then stamped all the flowers and leaves from a Lisa Hetrick set in Oxide inks and once cut out placed them where I wanted them. Added the sentiment which is a combination of two different stamps sets. Cut out the little bird and popped him on top.


Received my new Hero Arts kit today and couldn’t wait to start playing. Double D has a What is your Christmas style challenge on this week. Like one of my stamping buddies I don’t really think I have a particular style. I just like trying things out, but this card leans to the more traditional style.


My kit included both stamps and dies so it was fun to pick images and create a scene. As the door opens I decided to stamp a welcome underneath it with the animals in the doorway. Not seen on photo, but there is a cat as well as the dog on the mat. I marked the door with pencil on the card base so I could get correct placement for the images. coloured them with a combination of pencils and brush markers. Die cut the door front and shaded in the bricks with pencils. Used brush marker for the door and sakura pens for the lights and the wreath. Made silver door handle and letter flap.

Icy World

For the Paper Players challenge this week, I created the following card …


I used a background PP from a winter paper pack and cut it to the size for the card front. I then created my own iceberg with scraps and popped it up. Using a LawnFawn stamp set I stamped the polar bear and coloured him with a gray and a pale yellow copic. Added a bit of sparkle to him and put him on the iceberg. Added the sentiment from the same set.

Truck & Circles

When I started this card yesterday I hadn’t even seen the challenge about circles and was intending this solely for the Mod Squad. This morning I saw the other challenge As You See it and wondered if I could make it fit both. For sure it is okay for the Mod Squad but I’m not 100% certain about the other.

Challenge #213
Mod Squad

Never the less I shall add to both challenges and if it gets eliminated so be it. I did the circles yesterday using one of my Bonnie stencils and distress oxide inks. Left it to dry overnight. This morning I commenced stamping the Penny Black Loads of Love truck but directly on top of the circles made a part of it dull looking so I restamped on a separate piece and coloured it using a combination of Sakura pens, Copics and a pencil. Added some sparkle here and there and also added Liquid glass to the window and headlight for extra shine and dimension. I stamped few tiny snowflakes onto the circles using white pigment ink. Stamped the sentiments, one from the Penny Black set and the other from my mice on ice set by LawnFawn. I fussy cut the entire truck out and adhered it over the top of the original stamping using pop dots. After adding pp to the card front I glued the whole panel on top. Always a bonus is that I actually like this card as it is so bright and cheerful to look at.

Merry & Bright

 #347 – Sketch

The masking I tried had left me with the shape I needed but some very messy lines. After looking at it again I realized that I could rescue the actual stamping and the background by cutting it out in the diamond shape and using it on another card front. Once it was cut out I added a border with a fine gold pen and using the same pen I added some gold to the snowflakes. I also added some sparkle with a Sakura gelly roll pen. I added three gems to the middle of snowflakes for added interest after which I adhered the entire thing to the card front. Added the 2 sentiments on angles and am much happier with the result now.

Diamond Shaped

For this challenge I initially tried to do some masking in the diamond shape and then stamp into the shape. Messed that up royally and couldn’t think what to do with the mess. While I was thinking about it I also had another idea to play with …

#347 – Sketch

… I stamped the gingerbread men in a rough diamond shape with the sentiment in the middle and then coloured them in with a mix of sakura pens and Prisma Colour pencils. Added a few gems and was amazed that it worked out. Then I took another look at my initial mess and had an idea. See next post for that.


Challenge this week is this theme

One of our dearest friends was a highly decorated veteran for the USA and when he died some years ago we were devastated. His wife was almost destroyed by his loss and yet somehow she managed to get herself back together and have a life without him. This card is for her as we found her truly inspiring in how she pulled herself out of the deep mire of grief.

Project 215

I chose the poppies for both her, as she loves them; and also because we have just celebrated Remembrance Day here in Canada. Thought they were appropriate somehow. Stamp set is from Gina K. Designs and was a gift from a stamping buddy. I stamped in Iced Spruce Distress Oxide and then heat embossed clear. Did the same thing with the sentiment. Coloured with Prisma Colour pencils and blended with Gamsol Added the sequins and it was complete.