Special birthday

This is a birthday card for a special young friend on her 18th.

Having masked an area with post-it notes, I sponged on my favourite distress oxide inks Fossilised Amber, Wild Honey and added Cracked Pistachio and sprinkled on water. I stamped the Uniko script, and  a few butterflies and feathers from a mix of sets in the same colours, and added Nuvo drops. Then the big sentiment from Uniko and a set free from a magazine for the numbers.


I think this suits the challenge for a big bold sentiment from Just Add Ink #434


and Watercooler Wednesday’s WWC196 – Heidi’s “All About Occasions” Challenge


It’s a scary world
Don’t let them dictate to you
Always be yourself


Piano accordion

This card was made for a special birthday for a friend who plays the piano accordion. I made it on the day of her birthday celebration, so it went straight to her and she loved it 🙂

I used glittered card and honeycomb paper I’ve had for years and not touched… Also a gold peeloff Happy Birthday: I drew the keyboard and bass button elements on my computer. The card fits nicely in an envelope and the message was written on the back of the keyboard section.


Play your music, friend
The melody of your life
is cheerful and young…

Entered in the Just Us Girls Word week challenge – Music

Also Simply Create Too November challenge #144, “More than One Fold”

and Watercooler Wednesday WWC194  where this week Anything Goes


Splash smile and Mackintosh roses

In fact this card looks SOO much better in real life – I just can’t capture in a photo the richness of the colour (or the fact that the SMILE is actually perfectly straight!)

This one was various sized heart die-cuts (all white card, and all found in my bits box!) coloured via the splash watercolour technique – distress oxide inks Fossilised Amber, Wild Honey and Abandoned Coral popped separately on acetate and spritzed with water, then the die-cuts smoshed through them, with drying between each colour. The Stampendous Agapanthus was then stamped in Abandoned Coral and Nuvo Jewel drops added in yellow and orange.  The sentiment is Uniko Simply Said Blocks in good old Memento black. I’m liking the blocks: may get the other stamp set in the same range.

It’s entered into:

CAS Mixup July challenge:  Coloured die-cut, plus stamps, plus watercolour of course


CAS Watercolour July Challenge Splash Watercolour

And of course, because of the SMILE – Time Out’s Words challenge #113

This  second card uses the same colours. The distress inks were sponged on this background though, and then spritzed, and the Mackintosh roses stamped in Abandoned Coral. The matting panel was coloured with the coral too, by direct ink to paper technique.

It is entered into The Library Challenge: “The Rose Garden”, as I immediately thought of the Mackintosh roses when I saw the book. It’s an old stamp though – one of the first non-rubber, and I find it rather coarse, with the lines too thick for a lot of what I want to do. But for smudgy watercolour effects it works best.

The Nuvo Jewel drops were inspired by the icepop theme at House of Cards, and some of the colours there as well.  Time for an orange ice lolly after all that!


Let me taste sweet ice
Summer has never tasted
so good in England!

Splash Agapanthus

I’m loving these colours as an alternative to my turquoises and blues and purples that I use so much…  I love the fieriness of them. There may be quite a few cards in this colourway coming along – I had a great time trying the splash watercolour technique (and a few others) to make similar coloured backgrounds on a variety of paper types.  As it’s so hot here at the moment it was a perfect time to try a technique involving letting the card dry between layers.

I used Fossilised Amber, Wild Honey and Abandoned Coral Distress Oxides, with Stampendous Agapanthus in Mememnto black embellished with Jewel Nuvo Drops, and a Uniko Simply Said Blocks sentiment. Simple in the end.

Entered into Muse’s challenge #273 this week where Anita’s inspiration card is in colours I’m more likely to use normally, but this time I used from her card the limited blended colour background, and the silhouette flower.

And CAS on Friday’s Challenge #136 Splash – Watercolor

Do not wilt, my dear
I will water you with tears
To save your beauty

Celebrating a love of theatre

Here’s a card for a friend who loves amateur dramatics and all forms of theatre.

The masks were hand drawn inspired by some I found online, and coloured with Emboss pen, and then gold embossing powder. The background is sponged Distress inks, Wild Honey, Fossilised Amber and Abandoned Coral, some fibre from my ribbon box, and a Uniko Simply Said Blocks sentiment.

Entered into:

The Paper Players “Celebration” theme challenge PP400


and CASual Fridays’ Heat Embossing challenge


Put on a bright face
Present a new character
Get lost in the play

Boy’s puzzle present

This project has taken me all week but such a lot of fun!  The Male Room this week want something that little boys will like…  My boy isn’t little any more, but I have plenty of friends with small boys and I hope someone is going to love this!  It’s a card and “wrapping” for a present for any boy who loves spies and puzzles (and to be honest it would work for a girl too!).

I started with a blank box, the kind you can buy for a few pounds. My sister put the hasp on it so there was somewhere to put the wordlock padlock.

Then I varnished the box with tea dye varnish, trying to make it look a bit more like real wood! Then I added a Creative Expressions button to the hasp and triple embossed medallions (created with Autumn Leaves Talking in Circles: Boy stamps and gold and clear embossing powders) to the top.  I was going to add more, but it seemed enough at that point… The box could be the present, but it’s designed to hold the present. Here’s the final version:

I chose a five-letter boy’s name for the wordlock, and locked the box.

Then I created the card. It’s a red reveal puzzle. The five-letter code is hidden in the letters and words. I used several different types of pen and pencil. Start with an aqua pencil, and the rest is red and yellow pens to disguise it. I made the red specs from black card and acetate, coloured with red marker, to attach to it with some red and yellow embroidery thread.

Can you solve the puzzle? Look at the card through red film, red coloured acetate or anything else you have that’s red and translucent (I often use red plastic file folders).

I hope the puzzle is challenging but not too challenging for a small spy! Don’t look at the comments till you’ve solved the puzzle, then why not put in your answer?  Have fun!

No haiku for this one. I think I’ve been creative enough!

So this is for

The Male Room challenge #87: Little Boys


Simply Create Too’s Challenge #139, For a Male


Embossed medallions

Now here is a card I have completely failed to photograph correctly.  I wanted to create some boy-themed medallions for a couple of projects – this and the one in the next post.

I tried several types of paper, and  three different embossing powders.  The best fit was black card, stamped with Versamark and embossed in gold. Then I fussy cut the medallions and covered it completely in clear embossing poweder, and when that was dry, did it again.  The medallions have quite a nice sheen and some solidity to them.  The background card here looks blue, but it is actually a different black. The sentiment is Papermania.The stamps are Autumn Leaves Talking in Circles (boy) which is really a scrapbooking stamp that I’ve never really used.

I’m entering this one into:

CAS Mixup for June – layered embossing powders, stamping and (my choice) fussy cutting 🙂


It’s based on Narelle’s sketch at Freshly Made Sketches #341 this week

And Cards in Envy are looking for masculine cards: Let’s Hear it for the Boys.


A happy birthday
To a much loved boy
Please – never grow up!

Wild thing

This is a quick and CAS card.  The big cat is cut from one of my favourite sheets of patterned paper (can’t remember where from, it was so long ago!). The stamps are mixed too, mostly a free alphabet set from a magazine.

This is entered into:

City Crafter 416: Safari so good


a new-to-me challenge, The Library Craft Challenge 9: Where the Wild Things Are. Love the idea of a challenge based on a book 🙂


What is your totem?
Which animal do you feel
Matches your true self?

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!

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