Black and White Hug

The Alphabet Challenge has started a new challenge, and as we have reached the letter ‘B’, Veronica has chosen the theme of ‘Black and White’. Here is my card:

The base panel is embossed using a Spellbinders embossing folder – a lovely deep impression of all those flowers.

Into the centre I attached a die cut circle = also from Spellbinders, and part of the Maker Mania 5 kit we received. I layered that with couple of other circles – alternating black and white, then added sentiment.

The butterflies were stamped and die cut and added as you see.

I also added some faceted black gems in the four corners.

I hope you can come and join us with your black and white creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

2 Crafty Critter Craziesanything goes with a critter

A Perfect Time To Craftanything goes

Crafts Galore anything goes

Country View Challengethings with wings

Triple BBirds and/or butterflies and/or blooms

Butterfly Garden Birthday

Hello there. Happy Little Stampers has started a new ‘anything goes birthday’ challenge. Here is my card:

I used a Spellbinders embossing folder to create a panel, then added the Pinkfresh Studio deco frame from white card stock, raised with 3D foam.

The flowers were stamped, coloured using the matching stencils, then die cut. These were arranged as you see, adding some gold butterflies and some gold dots.

The sentiment is from Spellbinders, one of their debossed sentiments into their shiny gold card stock. Spellbinders gold card stock is a particular favourite of mine as it’s double sided, and die cuts so beautifully. It is sometimes a little tricky to glue down – sliding around – so you have to be careful until it ‘grabs’.

I hope you can come and join us with your birthday themed cards. I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge anything goes

Seize The Birthdaybirthday – option things in the garden

CYHTP embossing folder – option of Easter not taken

Krafty Chicks anything goes

Beautiful Blossoms floral

Flowers and Frame

Hello. I have a card to share using a few of the products as part of the kit for the recent Crop and Create Virtual event:

I dry embossed a grey panel with a Spellbinders embossing folder and attached to a card base.

The white pierced frame is also from Spellbinders – part of the event kit – and I used one of the three layers this die cuts out. This was attached with glue to the grey panel.

The layered flowers were die cut out of yellow, the leaves out of green, and I also ink blended a little Distress Ink in Bundled Sage onto the leaves – though it’s difficult to tell from the photos.

The floral die set comes with a flourish stem, but I cut that up to create some smaller leafy areas. The flowers were added with a small piece of 3D foam, the leaves were adhered using glue.

The centre of the flowers are sequins, and I also added three more just under each flower.

I don’t have a sentiment picked out just yet, this could be a ‘just because’ card, and I didn’t want to cover any more of the embossing detail.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends anything goes

Fab’n’Funky lots of layers

Color Throwdown yellow, sage green, grey, white

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge anything goes

Beautiful Blossoms – floral as main focus

Cardz 4 Galz – Spring Flowers

Hello there. I am hosting the new challenge at Cardz 4 Galz. I chose the theme of ‘Spring Flowers’. Here is my card:

The background panel was created using an embossing folder from Spellbinders, and cut down to fit.

The light blue frame is from Pinkfresh Studio, and the bluebells layering dies are from The Greetery.

I played around with different blue card stock until I was happy with the colour, and added some subtle ink blended blue to some of the bases.

The sentiment is a previous foiling session, and some silver drops added for more interest.

I actually lost the layering instructions for the bluebells, and despite an intensive YouTube search – I couldn’t figure them out. I reached out to The Greetery, provided them with a copy of my invoice from when I bought them, and they immediately sent me a download of the instructions – fabulous customer service…..

I hope you can come and join us with your Spring Flowers creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Four Seasons Challenge anything goes Spring

Die Cut Divas anything goes with die cuts

Triple Bbirds, butterflies, blooms – any or all three

2 Sisters On The BlogSpring or Easter

Beautiful Blossoms floral/flowers as main focus

A Robin Christmas

Hello there. A little playing in my craft room yesterday created this card:

I searched through the Color My Life app for a die set I knew I had which contained Robins – but couldn’t remember the make and where I had stored it. I found it was a Creative Expressions die set from Lisa Horton – and an old one as the date on the back was 2017 – but at least I had remembered I had it somewhere.

I first die cut the robins using brown, Kraft and red card stock. I added their little hats – red and a white glittery card stock, then set aside.

The leaves and holly were die cut from a previous created mica sprayed piece of card, which I had also splattered with white Liquitex acrylic paint. The white glittery oval is die cut from a Gina K master Layout’s die set.

I then turned to the card base, added a brown layer, and a white dry embossed panel – a Spellbinders embossing folder – and then played with the layout of all my elements until I was happy, adding a previously foiled sentiment.

Here is a look at all the glitter and shine:

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Sparkles Forum Christmas festive things with wings

Daisy Chain Challenge Christmas is coming

Winter WonderlandChristmas and Robin Red Breast

Allsorts Challenge wings and/or tails

Make My Monday Challenge things with wings

CYHTPembossing folder – twist of thanks not taken


I have a CAS card to share which incorporates several of my favourite techniques – ink smooshing, die-cutting, and using embossing folders:

I dry embossed a white panel and stuck to the card base with 3D foam.

The Tim Holtz flower (Holiday Brushstrokes) was die cut from a previously created orange ink smooshed panel – the different small layers had some extra ink blending on the edges to make them a little darker – and glued together. The yellow centre is from another panel using mica sprays.

I also die cut the leaves in that die set from a brown card stock, then adhered these with a mixture of 3D foam and wet glue.

The sentiment if from Lawn Fawn, die cut three times in white, then a brown die cut on top.

I added some red enamel dots as extra accents.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

TTCRDanything goes

Krafty ChicksCAS

Creative Knockoutsanything goes

Color Throwdown red, orange, brown, yellow

Mix It Upanything goes – option to use a technique

Birthday Bloom

Having recently received a new die set from Altenew, I decided to play with it:

I die cut all the layers for the flower out of previously made Distress Ink smooshing pieces of card. The leaves were die cut from a panel I had created during a virtual mixed media class with Seth Apter, and I’ve been waiting for a time to be able to use that piece – lots of inks, even glitter paint, and texture paste which I think shows up on the second photo.

If I remember rightly, we also did a lot of scoring and scratching into that panel, used a few of his inks and pastes – and it created an overall shiny piece of card.

Onto a white card base I stuck down a panel embossed using a Spellbinders embossing folder recently received as part of the Maker Mania 5 weekend.

I then splattered Distress Oxide sprays onto it to match the colours of the flower.

I stuck together all the layers of the flower and leaves and created the spray as you see.

The sentiment is from an older MFT stamp set. As I had stamped the sentiment in black, I added some black enamel dots to the background to bring it all together.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Tuesday Taggers add some texture

Everybody Art Challenge birthday

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge add a die cut

My Time To Craft embossing – wet or dry

We Love 2 Createanything goes mixed media

Creative Artiste Mixed Media – anything goes mixed media

Sketch and Tulips


Hello again. I have one card for you today. This card took a bit of figuring out, but I managed without too much hassle – but there certainly was hassle!

I used the current sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch, and started by die cutting the circle. Then I wanted a flower, and looked at all my layering flowers, and decided to go with this stamp set from The Ton – ‘Fresh Cut Tulips‘. Then the fun began…..

I wanted the flower to be on the outside of the circle, as well as the inside, and didn’t want to cut around it. I placed both pieces of card into my Misti, decided where I wanted to stamp, and began by stamping the flower and leaves onto the bottom piece. I then took the top piece and laid it down, removed the bottom piece, and stamped again.

I didn’t layer the leaves, I just stamped them in one colour green, but I did layer the tulip itself. I managed to keep each piece of card straight, no moving – this sometimes still happens with the Misti – and I liked how this turned out.

I then took the top piece of card and embossed it with a Spellbinders embossing folder, to add more interest. I didn’t want another colour, and the white looked too plain for me.

I then wanted a sentiment which matched the flower, and I thought this was ideal. This was stamped with Versafine black onyx and stuck down with 3D foam pads.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CAS(E) This Sketchsketch

Addicted To Stamps and Moreanything goes