Blue Thanks

Hi everyone. The weather has certainly changed today from the past week. It is now raining and 15 degrees – whereas in the week it registered up to 36 degrees – phew it was hot! But it was gorgeous weather, and even though hot – I loved it – as long as I could get cool somewhere.

Today was perfect crafting weather, and I made a card for a couple of challenges:

I first die cut the Altenew ‘Spring Meadow‘ cover die out of a light blue card stock, then cut it again out of a darker blue card – called ‘velvet’ card as a satin but shiny finish.

I cut the dark blue into a rectangle, placed on a light blue card base, and then inlaid some of the shiny blue into the light blue. I did remember to cut the die with double-sided sticky sheets, which made this job so much easier.

The flower is from Altenew ‘Angelique Motifs’ and stamped using Altenew inks, as was the floral stem element.

The sentiment is from Stamps By Me, and all placed together as you see.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Rainbow card ChallengeBlue Breezes

Always Fun Challengesmood board.

One layer card


Hi there. Despite going out this morning to a craft show in Doncaster – no, I didn’t really buy much! – I have had some time to craft.

I was inspired by the one layer card theme from Simply Less Is More, and the colours from Pinspirational.

I struggle with one layer cards. I like layers I can play around with, and I don’t really like masking – probably because I don’t always succeed with the masking. I still persevere, though, and watch numerous hints and tips on YouTube.

I either cut the mask too big, so there is white space between the flower and leaves, or I cut it too small, and the inks overlap – yep, despite having the matching dies as well. Who knew?

This flower is a recent purchase from Seven Hills Crafts, and I couldn’t wait to start stamping with it. I actually didn’t realise until I started, that there is actually seven layers to this flower. Seven – I repeat – seven!! The main flower image is four layers, and the layers I have stamped in blue are another three layers. Thank goodness for my Altenew inks…..!

There isn’t an outline layer for this flower, but I think it isn’t always necessary anyway, and gives a more muted look to the flower.

The green inks are – obviously – Altenew also, but the sentiment is from a Stamps By Me stamps set. I really like the sentiments that Toni puts on her stamp sets, as they are very versatile. The fonts are great, and stamp very well.

I’ll be opening up my purchases from today, and having a go with them later, so I am sure you will get to see what I purchased this morning.

The challenges I will be entering with this card:

Less Is Moreone layer card, thinking of you

Pinspirationalphoto inspiration

Fusion Inspiration Challenge


Hello again. Here is another card I started at the weekend, and finished tonight to enter the Fusion Card Challenge.

Here is the inspiration – sketch and/or photo:

I decided to use both the sketch and the photo as inspiration for this card.
The flowers are Altenew Gardenia and stamped with the grey inks, but one of them using the darker colours, and the other two with the lighter three inks. The leaves were also using Altenew inks and I went for the more teal as opposed to green.
I die cut the Avery Elle Polka Plate die twice out of grey card stock, and trimmed it to fit the card width underneath the circle die cut.
The circle was half embossed with another die from Crafters Companion – I didn’t want it too obvious, but did it because I thought the white circle would otherwise have been too plain.┬áThe sentiment is from Stamps By Me.
This card is the last of my weekend card making marathon, and I really enjoyed sharing them with you. Here’s to continuing mojo…….