Earth Laughs in Flowers Card

A birthday card that I made for a friend that loves pink and flowers.

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The theme for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Challenge (Mon) is ‘Flower Power’ – so I have entered this one.


How it was done:

  1. I stamped the background with Versamark ink and heat embossed with green powder.
  2. The sentiment and border were stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with the pink powder.
  3. I used a large floral die as a template to draw around using a fine tipped glitter pen. The background image was coloured with watercolour and glitter pens, using a damp brush to blend out colours.
  4. Grey alcohol marker was used to add a little shading under the sentiment plate to make it appear more 3D.
  5. Pink alcohol pen was used to edge the card blank and background panel before gluing down.
  6. Next I stamped the flowers and leaves with Versafine Ink. These were cut out with dies and coloured with watercolour pens. I used balls tools and a spongy mat to shape and add dimension to the embellishments.
  7. I finished by applying Glossy Accents over the sentiment plate plus extra sparkle with clear glitter glue.

Key to My Dreams card created for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. This is another of my samples created for Chocolate Baroque using the Key to my Dreams stamp set.


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How it was made:

  1. A thin layer of copper paste was spread onto lock and key stamps and left to fully dry before gently peeling away. This can take up to 2 days so you need to plan ahead. StazOn Ink was then applied to the stamps and the moulded pieces pressed back on to transfer the ink into the crevices. The surface was then lightly rubbed over with gold gilding wax to add more depth of colour.
  2. The card blank was textured with the embossing folder and rubbed over with Distress Ink. Faux stitching was added to the main panel using the fine tipped pen.
  3. Background topper panels were created with linen textured card. The keys were stamped with silver ink and the background was lightly spritzed with mica inks. The paper doilies were also coloured with ink sprays and Distress Ink, trimmed and glued to the backgrounds. The edges of the panels were roughened up using the edge of my scissors, encouraging small tears. The edges were inked with Distress ink and edges and tears lightly shaped and curled.
  4. The heart panel and keys were cut from copper card, and the suitcase from Kraft card. The sentiment was stamped onto the suitcase with Versamark and heat embossed with gold powder. Small snips of the coloured doily were glued down and the edges inked with Distress Ink. The handles were coated with Versamark and heat embossed with gold powder. After decorating the suitcase was folded and glued to make the 3D embellishment.
  5. Mats, die cuts and embellishments were glued to the card using foam pads and 3D glue where needed. Finally a little Stickles glitter glue was added for a bit of sparkle.

Thinking of you cards using papers, dies and stamps from Heartfelt Creations

We all need to make these sometimes to let people know that we are thinking of them through difficult times.


Sadly I have had to make a few of these recently. I used pretty printed papers, co-ordinated with floral and butterfly stamps and dies from Heartfelt Creations. I coloured the flowers to match the papers and added a pretty decorative mat to frame the design using a die from Tonic (the cards are large 8 X 8 inches). The big pink lace butterfly was cut with a die from TODO.

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Cards for my little friend Daisy

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Good afternoon. Today I am sharing a couple of cards made for my lovely little friend who was 7 this week.

The remit was something with dancing and something with a horse.

The first card was from Daddy. It is an extra large A4 size. I found the lovely silhouette of dad and daughter dancing in the Silhouette America store and cut out using my Silhouette Cameo. I added some clear embossing over the top for shine. The background was created with an 8 X 8 inch Embossalicious embossing folder and Spectrum Noir water based inks.

I inked some more panels for the sides. Scored the edges so that they folded inward slightly. I then cut border strips using some edger dies from Crafters Companion.

On the back I attached an 8 X 8 card blank – so it opened like a standard card and gave somewhere for Daddy to write a message etc.

The large lettering was cut with TODO dies. The bunting banner, stamp plate, curly foliage and birthday girl were cut using Tattered Lace dies. The butterfly was cut using a Create and Craft Couture die. I then embellished with a variety of flowers and foliage created in silicone moulds using air dry paper clay or moulding paste. The Lets Dance stamp was from Creative Expressions.

I just had to add masses of glitter glue for sparkle.


Daisy horse

I used a variety of stamps to create the background scene for this one. I think that the horse is from Stampman. I used watercolour pens and Distress Inks to colour.

The sentiment was computer printed and cut out using a Tattered Lace die.

The tree frame and background tree were cut using dies from Sheena Douglass. Some of the foreground branches were cut using TODO dies.

The flowers, pretty branches and bird were stamped, coloured and cut out using coordinating stamps and dies from Heartfelt Creations (Flowering Dogwood).

Wishing Tree Mixed Media Canvas created with Pebeo Fantasy Paints

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Good evening (or is it morning?). I am sharing another mixed media canvas that I have just finished – playing with Pebeo Fantasy Moon and Prisme paints along with Vitrail (glass paints) and ceramic paints. I had fun with this one. I first spread my canvas with some left over acrylic texture pastes that I had coloured for another project.

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I then poured on various paints and gold Cerne Relief Paste, making a fantasy tree. I dropped some acrylic gems into the wet paint for sparkle. I called it the wishing tree.


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I mounted it onto a 12 X 12 inch background canvas ‘textured’ with die cuts (Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create set). I painted the background canvas with acrylic paints, stamped the words (Sheena Douglass) and heat embossed with sparkly gold powder. I then rubbed over the edges and some of the texture with Pebeo Gilding Wax (love this stuff).


I was fairly pleased with the results and thought it framed the smaller canvas nicely. I hope that you like it x.

Tribute to lovely Molly

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Sadly we had to say goodbye to this lovely lady a couple of weeks ago – she was 17 years old and had remained happy and fairly healthy right up until her last night.

She was actually my neighbour’s cat but had simply moved in – sharing my bed for the last 2 years. My bed is so empty without her. As soon as I was ready to settle down she would come up and under the top cover with her little head peeping out and her whiskers tickling my face while we went off to sleep – tee hee.

The only good pic I had of her was looking over the top of my notebook while I was trying to type up a beading tutorial. I took the photo into Serif Craft Artist and set her into a garden peeping over the top of a garden wall. She was a mischievous little character so this setting fits her perfectly.

I used craft Artist to draw the arched frame. Printed it separately and used my Brother ScanNCut to cut it out. I glued several layers of card together for strength.

The decorative elements were created with the Flowering Dogwood stamps and dies from Heartfelt Creations.

To protect it and make it longer lasting I used Crafters Companion Spray and Shine on the photo and frame, and Spray & Sparkle on the floral embellishments.

Now I have a lovely tribute to her sitting on my desk.

Sea Dragon card TV show sample created for Chocolate Baroque

Sea Dragon card – TV show sample created for Chocolate Baroque on The Craft Channel this week.

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  • Seadragon (sea dragon, mermaid, sentiment), Underwater Kingdom (mermaid), Underwater (starfish), Seashell Collage (Wheel and Anchor) stamp sets
  • 6 X 6 inch scalloped card blank, white stamping card
  • Versafine Inkpad (Onyx Black), archival dye ink (blue)
  • Brusho’s (Turquoise, Ultramarine)
  • Metallic paint (silver gold) *
  • Pebeo Drawing Gum
  • Watercolour pencils (yellow, golds, oranges) and brush
  • Alcohol ink marker (black)
  • Decorative Lattice Swirl Die (Heartfelt Creations). If you don’t have these dies, swirly or seaweed like foliage dies would produce a similar result.

* I used Starlight paint (Imagination Crafts) but the Aztec Paints featured in the shows this weekend would be perfect.

How to make it:

  1. Stamp the Sea Dragon with Versafine and mask with the Drawing Gum. Trim to approx. 10 X 14cm and edge with black pen.
  2. Drop Brusho crystals onto the card and spritz with water.
  3. Colour extra card with Brusho’s for die cuts. Cut out the swirly trellis with dies.
  4. Stamp the anchor, starfish and wheel with Versafine onto spare card and cut out. Stamp the sentiment with blue ink, cut out and edge with black marker.
  5. Stamp the silhouette mermaids with blue ink. Remove the masking from the dragon, colour the dragon and starfish with watercolour pencils. Add some shimmer paint to the dragon.
  6. Layer elements and glue to card front.

Take Time To Love mixed media canvas created for Chocolate Baroque

This was another of my recent TV show sample created for Chocolate Baroque on The Craft Channel using the Gothic Fragments stamp set. Sorry that it has taken so long to blog the details – never enough hours in a day – tee hee.

I had a lot of fun making this one.

Anne x.

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  • Words of Wisdom, Gothic Fragments and Mini Scripts stamp sets
  • Dark green mount board, smaller piece of cream mount board, white stamping card, black card
  • Inkpads: Versamark, Versafine (Black Onyx), Memories dye based (Blue)
  • Fine detail embossing powders (silver, black)
  • Spectrum Noir alcohol ink pen (black)
  • Polychromos pencils (green, white)
  • Mr Huey’s Color Mist Spritzers (Leaf Green and Sunshine)
  • Viva Décor Kristall Gel (dark cerise – 501) and acrylic paint (lime)
  • Pebeo Gilding Wax (Silver)
  • Inscribe glitter glue (Mermaid)
  • Heart sequin waste (to use as stencil) and Texturised stencil (Crafters Workshop – Ronda Palazzari)
  • Dies: Pin Dot Hearts (Tattered Lace), Ornate Gateway (Heartfelt Creations), optional Small Easel (Tim Holtz BigZ die)
  • 3D glue gel and foam pads

How to make it:

  1. Trim the mount board to approx. 22 X 14cm. Using a craft knife score a border around the edge and peel away the top layer of card from the edge.
  2. Stamp the ‘be the change ……’ sentiment around the edges with Versamark and heat emboss with silver powder.
  3. Stamp the verse onto white card with black ink and cut out sections to create the word embellishments. Edge with black pen.
  4. Stamp the arches onto the background panel with Versamark and heat emboss with black powder. Colour with green and white pencils. Apply glitter glue around the edges. Then lightly apply gilding wax around the edges to give a metallic distressed look.
  5. Spritz some cream board with the green and yellow sprays. Use the Mini Scripts stamp to add texture into the wet paints. Once dry stamp again with blue ink. Cut into three strips and edge with black pen.
  6. Die cut hearts from black card. Using a spatula apply paste or acrylic paint through the stencils to create added texture on the background, plus the hearts and smaller panels. Once dry apply more gilding wax.
  7. Die cut decorative ‘toppers’ from black card. Apply gilding wax to pick up texture, and glue to the back of the upper edge border.
  8. Mount the smaller panels with foam pads (to give even depth) and other embellishments with 3D glue gel.

I die cut an easel from scrap mount board to add to the back as a stand. Alternatively it could be made into a hanging.

I have been playing with the Italiana Riviera Collection from Heartfelt Creations

I have been playing with the Italiana Riviera Collection from Heartfelt Creations. I love this set of stamps, dies and co-ordinating papers.

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Materials from Heartfelt Creations:

  • Italiana Riviera 12 X 12 Paper Pad (for background papers and images)
  • Cut, Mat, Create 12 X 12 Paper Pad (for the wedding card sentiment)
  • Decorative Window Scene Die (HCD708)
  • Ornate Gateway Die Set (HCD737)
  • Italiana Grape Clusters Die and Stamp Sets (HCD1773 and HCPC3697)
  • Italiana Grapevines Die and Stamp Sets (HCD1772 and HCPC3696)

Other Materials:

  • Plain card blanks – A6 in purple and 6 X 6 in white
  • White stamping card (Sheena Douglass)
  • Waste black card (recycled packaging)
  • Happy Birthday sentiment stamp
  • Spectrum Aqua watercolour pens (Crafters Companion): Browns (Fawn, Dessert), Purples (Heather, Orchid, Purple), Reds (Crimson, Burgundy)
  • Inkpads: Versafine (Black Onyx), Distress Ink (Gathered Twigs), and purple dye based
  • Pebeo Gilding Wax (Silver)
  • PVA and 3D glue gel

How it was all put together:

Backing papers were trimmed from the decorative paper pad. Images were stamped with waterproof ink, cut out and then coloured with watercolour pens. They were then shaped with a ball tool and soft mat to give them dimension. The gate and window decorative elements were cut and embossed from black card. Gilding wax was applied sparingly to give a metallic effect.

I have taken a quick pic on my phone to show you the elements that I used on each card.

Variation 1 – small A6 Birthday Card

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Variation 2 – 6X6 Birthday Card

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Variation 3 – 6X6 Birthday Card

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Variations 4 and 5 – 6X6 Birthday and Wedding Cards

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Skirt Restyled using the All Geared Up Collection from Heartfelt Creations

I have used stamps and dies from the All Geared Up Collection to revamp a skirt that I got from the Charity Shop for just £2. I thought that the style suited a Steampunk makeover. I love it.

Sadly this Collection is no longer in stock from Heartfelt Creations but you may be able to get hold of it elsewhere if you don’t already have it. Alternatively use any one of the lovely floral Collections available to jazz up your garments.

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Heartfelt Creations Materials:

  • Cogs and Gears stamp set (HCPC-3636)
  • Tarnished Gears stamp set (HCPC-3634)
  • Shifting Gears stamp set (HCPC-3635)
  • All Geared Up die set (HCD-754)

Other Materials used:

  • Evolon Standard weight – non fray polyester mix fabric (Colourcraft)
  • Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Acrylic Paints in pinks, oranges and yellow (Satin finish: Carrot, Part Streamer, Pollen and Easter Egg. Pearl finish: Tiger Lily and Fruit Punch)
  • Jacquard Lumiere paint with mica – Halo Pink Gold
  • Vallejo Textile Paint – Red and Bengali Rose
  • Badger Airtex Opaque fabric paints – White and Yellow
  • Cut-N-Dry Foam (or sponges)
  • Card – shim for die cutting
  • Fabric to Fabric Matte Decoupage Medium (Martha Stewart)
  • Pinflair Glitter Wand – gold (glitter glue suitable for fabric)

How it was made:

First I used the stamps to create a background along the upper and lower skirt hems, stamping randomly and overlapping some areas. The Martha Stewart and Textile paints are semi translucent and so give subtle results on dark fabrics. I wanted soft results for the background painting. I mixed yellow or white opaque paints in with other colours to create stronger colours for some areas of the stamping along the hem of the upper skirt where I wanted more obvious design detail. Tip: While multi stamping place the stamps face down onto a damp cloth between uses. This helps prevent the paint drying on the stamp. When finished clean the stamps quickly with warm water.

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I coloured a piece of Evolon randomly with the acrylic colours. When dry I cut out using the dies. From the waste I then cut out some swirly stem shapes using scissors. Tip: add a sheet of card over the fabric when die cutting. This gives the die something to ‘crunch’ into and ensures that it cuts right through. Keep the card cuts for another project.

I used the fabric decoupage glue to glue the flowers and stems onto the skirt front, applied with a brush. Finally I added some dots of glitter glue (suitable for fabric), and left overnight to fully dry.

The paints and glue were then heat set by ironing (making the garment washable). Tip: If you intend to machine was your garment it may be an idea to add some stitching to the applique for added security. It is not essential to over sew all the edge as Evolon is non-fray. Just a few running stitches would be sufficient, or maybe embellish with embroidery.