Hot glue embossing

When I saw the challenge at CAS Mixup to have a go at layered embossing, I thought about the hot glue gun technique which I’ve been wanting to try for a while.  So here are two cards using this technique, with layers of hot glue, and two embossing powders, gold and “midnight sparkle”.

This first one is in Colour Throwdown’s colours of blue, mulberry and gold, though neither colour came out quite as dark as I would have liked. But they are pretty at this intensity I think, so I’ve not added more paint.

Hot glue squiggle made on watercolour paper, dragged with a piercing tool. Heated up once dry (it dried almost too quickly to drag!) and embossing powder sprinkled on, then the heat tool applied again, and in some places more heating and embossing powder. Once dry I watercoloured in between the lines.   I hoped it would come out like waves, but it doesn’t “say” that to me. However – squiggle it definitely is!

Entered in Colo(u)r Throwdown #495  


and CASOLOGY #302 Squiggle

With the second one I resisted the temptation to watercolour as I thought it looked best as it was: just a simple sentiment in Uniko’s Simply Said, in Delicata golden ink, because I am HOPELESS at embossing sentiments! And didn’t want to detract from the rest of the embossing and the wonderful texture.  Tried matting it on different colours and found the right gold and then black card base came out nicest. This is my favourite of the two. You can clearly see the difference between the two embossing powders on this one. I’ve added a couple of extra pics to show the fab texture

Entered in CAS on Friday’s #134 Embossing challenge

Crafty Gals #166 Anything Goes

AAA Cards #116  4th Big Birthday Bash

But actually neither of them are suitable for CAS Mixup, so I will have to carry on experimenting. What fun!


Tired after play
Inspiration fading now
Lots of fun was had!

Birthday Mower

This one is for my other half’s birthday next week. It’s a little cheeky.  Here’s the card.

and inside it says:

Here’s what our buttercup-strewn lawn looked like when I started it:

Then after I’d done most of the card (which of course he doesn’t know about) he went out and mowed the grass, thus spoiling the joke!  (I got him to leave a patch of buttercups – I think they’re beautiful!)  But he’s getting the card anyway. We haven’t got a ride-on mower, or a lawn big enough to justify one, but it would make it more fun don’t you think?

No stamps or watercolours… This was paper pieced from scratch with inspiration from pictures of mowers on the internet, and finished by hand!

My starting point was inspired by and therefore entered into The Male Room’s current challenge #86 Gardening, and Uniko’s picture which looks just like our lawn, and from which I’ve taken the green (obviously) and yellow colours, so entered in Uniko’s Challenge #47 as well (though for once I’ve not used their stamps 🙂 ).


Also entered into Watercooler Wednesday’s Anything Goes Challenge #172

Don’t let me disturb
Buttercup contemplation
With mundane requests!

Birthday feathers

Trying to keep this one simple with bold colours. Sometimes we need more encouragement even on our special day!

Despite the fact it’s noon here, I can’t get the Catherine Pooler Tutti Frutti colour to photograph as vibrant as it is in real life: it’s a fabulous bright orange. I also used Peacock Feathers distress ink and Colorbox brown dye ink on feathers from L’Aquarelle stamped in memento black and fussy cut. Tried handlettering the sentiment but I’m not quite there yet… so it’s computer-generated with Kimberley Geswein‘s beautiful fonts.

This is inspired by All the Little Things #86 with the fabulous feathers in the picture.


Plus Kim’s sketch FMS338 from Freshly Made Sketches – and I knew it would have to be feathers as soon as I saw, it!

Also CAS on Friday’s Birthday challenge #133


Watch the feathers float
Carrying your cares away
Leaving you sweet peace.

Challenge honours

Having spent much of the past two weeks in and out of hospital with a family member needing medical care, I was enormously cheered up to be picked out in various challenges recently.

Agapanthus Drops


Weekly winner at CAS Colours and Sketches Colour Challenge #272  announced 25  May 2018 and Top 3 at Crafty Gals Corner #165 Add a Flower announced 23 May 2018

My 70th birthday card for a friend was Joint challenge winner at


Seize the Birthday “It’s Just a Number” announced 24 May 2018

and Happy Birthday Cat (which was a real challenge for me to make!)

was  and

Muse Challenge #366 announced 22 May 2018, CAS on Friday #132 Cute announced 18 May 2018.

Thank you to everyone who picked my cards. It’s such an encouragement!

When I’m feeling down
My phone chirps to bring good news
of cardmaking joy!

Agapanthus drops

Revisiting a favourite Stampendous Agapanthus stamp, with a masked and watercoloured panel and Nuvo Jewel yellow raindrops…  The sentiment is Uniko Originally Organic (another favourite).

This one is inspired by Time Out’s word challenge #109:

It’s in blue, green and yellow colours reflecting CAS Colours and Sketches #272

Also entering in Crafty Gals #165: Add a flower


Sometimes you must just
Throw out the technology
Return to nature…

Seventy eclipses

A friend is 70. Can’t believe it really. Such a nice guy! So this is his card.

I saw the challenge at Just Add Ink and wondered what on earth Eclipse Stamping is. It seems to be this – where there’s a word or number cut out of the background and barely visible.  I don’t have a die cutter so that makes it difficult. This number was fussy cut. I used my Misti to make two identical panels so I could make more of a mess cutting it out…

You can barely see the top of the 7 in the photo – is that a success or not?

The stamps are Papermania vintage in Distress Oxides Wild Honey, Wilted Violet and Faded Jeans.

So entered in Just Add Ink’s Eclipse challenge #409


and Seize the Birthday’s “Just a Number” topping option. (Second entry)


I wish you happy:
A birthday, however big
Is just a number

Car for courage

This is an encouragement card for a chap who got bad news recently. We’re all ready to do whatever it takes to support him.

This is hand-drawn – well, bits are traced and scaled up and details added from a number of images of Volkswagen cars. Computer printed sentiment and watercolouring with my watercolour paints (really liking yellow at the moment!).

This one is entered into The Male Room’s challenge #85 Cars

and Watercooler Wednesday’s WWC170 – Penny’s Masculine “Anything Goes” Challenge

Whatever you need,
We can do – what are friends for?
Yes, we’ve got your back

Happy Birthday Cat!

This one is so far out of my comfort zone, you wouldn’t believe. Or maybe you will, as you can see the quality of my colouring. But be gentle, I’m a newbie! I don’t normally do cute and I don’t do colouring!

A cute stamp set (free from a magazine years ago!) with watercolour pencils in blue, grey and yellow and sentiments from Uniko and Papermania, in Memento black and fossilised amber Distress Oxide.

I was inspired out of my comfort zone by a few challenges:

Muse #266 – with Tracey’s sweet card to CASE


The colours at Less is More #371

and of course CAS on Friday’s challenge #132 to use a cute stamp 🙂

Perhaps it will be popular in my charity box with the cat-lovers.

Haiku (a loved one’s had an eye op):

Cover your eyes, dear.
Rest, as they heal, and know that
You colour my world

Twenty five!

Here’s a card for a special birthday. The yellow, red and grey colours of Colour Throwdown this week look good together, that red really makes it stand out. And the lovely smoky grey is a nod to silver and 25 years. It looks soooo much better in real life…

Distress oxides Wild Honey, Fossilised Amber and Hickory Smoke smooshed onto watercolour paper and backed and matted with dark red textured paper.

This is entered into

Seize the Birthday It’s Just a Number


and Colour Throwdown #492 Red/Yellow/Grey


Birthday Blossom Burst

Although I don’t have the real colours from CAS Colours and Sketches, I thought I’m bound to have something similar.  But I tried three light blues and three light browns/greys, and they’d nearly all dried up. I was able to get an image from a soft azure blue chalk ink which is my nearest to Blue Sky now, and a chestnut brown which had dried out to a much paler colour than it started out. It wouldn’t have been possible without the MISTI to keep stamping…  Happily the Catherine Pooler Party Dress standing in for the Berry Burst is juicy and colourful.

Then I went looking for the right card to mat the burst onto… I know the colour I wanted, but I guess I must have used that up too! So there was very little left to try this with…  Sentiment is go-to-standard Uniko Simply Said in memento black, and the flowers are Organic Wishes and Kindness Blooms, also Uniko.  I think I need yet more new inks. Shame my Stampin’ Up lady closed up shop.

I think the left hand one is more CAS, so entering that into CAS Colours and Sketches #270


And also entering Seize the birthday Anything Goes

These are going in the box to sell in aid of the activity table for the people with dementia.


Flower heads drift down
Floating on gentle warm wind
I doze in springtime

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