Sunday, 2 May 2021

Gerber Daisies Take #2 (the easy way)


Sometimes I just don't fancy colouring so wanted to make an easy card using the new Whimsy Stamps Gerbera Daisies and Die Combo that I used on the no line watercoloured card I posted yesterday. 

I inked a panel of Bristol Smooth with Distress Inks = Shaded Lilac, Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron, Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold, Kitsch Flamingo and Festive Berries.  I set it aside to dry then stamped out the Gerbera Daisies with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I prefer to ink then stamp, that way the embossing stays bright white rather than discolouring.

The dies hadn't arrived from the USA thanks to the not so fabulous "Covid" postage service, so I fussy cut the border (hence it not being as perfect as using the die would have been).  I stamped a sentiment from the Simple Sentiment Strips Clear Stamps on a panel of white card and adhered the inked flower panel on top.  

I created a scalloped frame using the Quilted Rainbow Inlaid Die and popped this on the card front with foam tape.

A super quick and easy card, I really need to make more of these.

Saturday, 1 May 2021

Gerber Daisies with Zig Markers


Whimsy Stamps  has a new release today, and part of the release is this stunning Gerber Daisies Stamp and Die Combo.  I decided to do a spot of no line colouring and opted for the Zig markers again, but this time instead of using water and a brush I used the blender brush included in the set.  I'm in love!  Seriously it made the colouring an absolute doddle, I thought I would be on forever getting this stamp coloured and definitely would have had I used the traditional water method.  I used one colour per flower/leaf and used the blender brush to spread the colour.  I used Strathmore Bristol Smooth again and got a really great result.  Next project is to try the blender with my Arteza markers and see what sort of result I get.

The Zig colours used are:
055 pale yellow, 052 bright yellow, 054 pale orange, 070 orange
021 light carmine, 024 wine red, 029 geranium red
060 brown
035 deep blue
041 light green, 044 deep green

Once I had coloured the image I used a Uniball Gold Glitter pen to add in some gold dots for a bit of sparkle, then heat embossed a sentiment from the Everyday Scripted Sentiments stamp set then matted this on to some gold pearl card and finished off with some sequins.

I have a pile of patterned papers that will never in a million years get used so I've decided to stop keeping them for a rainy day and have started using them to make envelopes for my cards.  This way I can make the card any size I want and always have a fancy schmancy envelope to match.

Here's a peek at what the DT have done with this newest release

I have another card using this stamp and die set, but very much easier as there's no colouring.  I'll have that up on the blog in the next few days.

Have a lovely bank holiday weekend, even though the weather looks a bit naff.

Sunday, 18 April 2021

Floral Wonder - Watercolour Brush Markers


I've watched a fair few videos demonstrating brush markers/pens whilst being MIA this past year, so I thought I would give them a try.  I did, and failed epically.  I ended up buying three different sets of markers over the past couple of years and eventually decided they were not for me, Copics are my happy place.  

Then I watched more videos, the ones that address the paper and eureka, success at last!  Now I just need to find a way to use up all the watercolour pads I bought and failed on, I don't do things by half, that's for sure,

I stamped the Floral Wonder by Woodware on to Strathmore Bristol Smooth card with Lawn Fawn Jellyfish ink and used Zigs to colour the image.

069 Blush, 230 Pale Rose, 044 Deep Green, 043 Olive Green and 098 Pale Dawn Grey for shading/shadows.

I used a sentiment from the MFT Bitty Birthday stamp set and sequins from Little Things from Lucy - Beauty 

I've made other cards with Arteza brush markers and also watercolours that I will share in the coming days.  I'm rather enjoying having some me time with paintbrushes and markers.

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Slimline Pandas

Two cards in one week, the break must have done me good!  I've used the other new Slimline Embossing Folder for my card, this one is Slimline Embossing Folder Thatched

As with the previous card, I inked up a panel of cardstock with Distress Oxides in Cracked Pistachio, Iced Spruce, Rustic Wilderness and Pine Needles before running it through the die cutting machine with the embossing folder.  I then took a fine sanding block and lightly sanded off the thatched pattern to help it pop off the page.

I die cut three layers of cardstock with the Slimline Waves Die, adhered them together and then adhered to the embossed panel.  This was fixed to a slimline card blank.

I coloured the cheeky pandas from the Panda Butt Clear Stamp Set with copic markers using C9, 7, 5 and C0,00 plus a touch of R30 for the cheeks then cut them out and popped them on the card front with some foam tape.  I also stamped and cut out one of the bamboo images for the panda to climb on.

I finished off the card with a sentiment stamped and heat embossed - I used the Butterflies Clear Stamp Set, the font is just perfect.  I'm trying to make more generic cards, I'm drowning in birthday cards I've made so many!

Back soon with a first attempt with Zig markers.

Products from

Slimline Embossing Folder Thatched
Slimline Waves Die
Panda Butt Clear Stamp Set
Butterflies Clear Stamp Set

Saturday, 10 April 2021

Slimline Embossing Folders and making my way back to crafting


Hellooooo!  So, I'm back ..... more on the sorry saga of my life towards the end of this post for those that wanted to know where I've been.

Whimsy Stamps have a new release today, with a totally new product line ... Slimline Embossing Folders! I have used the Wavelengths Embossing Folder for this card, along with the Butterflies Clear Stamp Set, and the Slimline Birthday Scallops Die for the frame.  I also made a matching envelope.

I started off by inking up a panel of Strathmore Mixed Media card (which was the wrong one to use because it was way too thick for the folder, but I was not going to reink the panel again so persevered).  I used Distress Oxides in Aged Mahogany, Victorian Velvet, Spun Sugar and Antique Linen.  I LOVE this colour combination.  I trimmed off a piece to use for the butterflies then ran the panel and embossing folder through the Spellbinders Platinum.  This is the time I'm so glad I bought the full sized version as I could emboss in one pass.

I die cut the frame three times and adhered them together for stability then assembled the card.  I stamped and heat embossed the butterflies, just reversing the ombre colours when adhering to the card so they would stand out better.  I finished off with a heat embossed sentiment also from the Butterflies Stamp Set and some sparkly crystals.

I truly hope those of you that have stuck with my missing in action stunt are keeping well and safe.  Last year was the worst year of my life, I came really close to losing my hubby and he spent a great portion of last year in and out of hospital.  Add to that I've been cloistered in my home office working from home since last March and I wasn't in a very good place.  But, things are on the up now and I've actually been motivated to make a few cards.  I'd forgotten how to colour, and even had to relearn Photoshop!  This old brain needs to be used else the cobwebs set in!

Thank you for sticking with me ❤️️

Products from Whimsy Stamps 

Wavelengths Embossing Folder
Butterflies Clear Stamp Set
Slimline Birthday Scallops Die