Thursday two-fer

Hi all. I have a couple of cards for you this time, for different challenges.


For the first card, I stamped some test tubes from Sheena Douglass ‘Alchemy’, coloured with Distress Oxides inks – of which I must have used about 5 colours to get the colour I wanted in the tubes – then die cut them with the matching dies. I curved them a little with my poky-tool, and added 3D foam squares to back of them to raise them a little.

The large sentiment is from the same stamp set and cut with my stitched rectangles from Lawn Fawn, with the smaller part of the sentiment from a Uniko stamp set – which happened to be just sitting there….

This card will be entered into:

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde











The second card is using some of the Brusho water-colouring I did at the weekend.


I placed a panel on a piece of card, then stamped a Uniko floral layering stamp on it several times, making sure to stamp off the page, too. I found the best way to do this was using my Misti, stamping on top of the brown, placed on the card, the  removing the brown panel and stamping directly onto the card base. That way, there isn’t any missing stamping near the edges of the panel, aligning the brown again when sticking it down.

I used Versafine black onyx for the outline, then used Altenew inks for the actual leaves. I didn’t add any other colour, keeping it quite monochrome, but I did add some dew drops to the top of the buds for a little added something.

This card will be entered into:

Uniko Challenge 43: Autumn/Fall (colours)

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: monochrome









Learning and Education card


Hi everyone. Please excuse the way I have photographed this card – it is windy and rainy today so I can’t go outside, and after the way my last card blew into the wet flowers – I just didn’t want to risk getting this card wet.

This simple black and white card is inspiration from CASology. This cue card is ‘Education’. I started with an idea for a mortar board cap – partially covering one of the corners, with a tassel hanging down, and a sentiment, but I couldn’t find a stamp which would suit………..I will keep looking though, as I still have that image in my head.

However, whilst looking through my stuff, I came across a Sheena Douglass stamp and die set I have had for a few months, never used (seems to be a trend for me) and took the book stamp and the sentiment and played with them for a while.

I started one of my ideas with stamping the books, and colouring them with distress inks, and whilst I liked this look, it just didn’t sit with clean and simple for me – looked a little too grungy. As the stamp is quite large, a normal 4 x 5.5 inch card meant there wouldn’t be that much open space, so I turned to a 6 inch square card. I like this look better.

Once I had decided on the layout, I then stamped directly onto the base card in Versafine black onyx – of course – and left it just the way you see it.

I will be using this set again, and making more colourful cards, now I have found it again, adding backgrounds with colour and embossing, but this is the card I am posting today for the CASology challenge.

Now, I’m off to my craft room to see if I can find something which resembles a mortar board tassel…….if I find something – I’ll let you know. 🙂