Candi Cards

Hello Everybody,

today I got 2 cards to share. They are made using Card Candi, available from Craftwork Cards.

Here they are:

Candi Blossoms

I just simply stamped a daisy chain using the freebie Candi stamps from Simply Cards & Papercraft’s January issue, coloured them in with promarkers and added a piece of Candi to the centres, finishing off with a little bit of glitter, ribbon and scored lines.

Here is the 2nd card:

Candi Heart

It uses the heart from the same stamp set. I think it looks a bit like a gingerbread heart and the Candi looks as if it is decorated with smarties … maybe I should have drawn some smily faces on them …

Hope you like them.

Back shortly with more …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Hidden Twinchies

Hello Everybody,

so here it is my interpretation of this week’s Out of a Hat Creations Challenge. Remember in yesterday’s blog I mentioned that I was waiting for some spray-on varnish, well the postman tried to deliver it yesterday when I was out. After picking it up from the sorting office this morning, I finally finished the card. It is based on the ‘Hidden Panel Card’ I saw demonstrated on one of the Crafter’s Companion Ultimate Pro DVD’s. Part of the card looks like wowen squares. I changed the measurements to fit the decorated ‘Twinchies’.

Below is the front of the card. I wanted to keep is simple to reserve the wow-effect for the twinchies.

This is what it looks like from the inside …

… and here they are the hidden twinchies … appearing after gently pulling the tabs .. 6 2×2 inch decorated squares.

The varnish was sprayed on the butterfly panels only to give them a bit of a lift. The leaf panels were already highlighted by being fitted to the golden mirri card.

Here is what I used: burgundy card stock and sentiment stamp from Craftwork Cards; bravo burgundy ink, bravo burgundy Stamp’n’write marker, En Francais, Woodgrain and French Foliage stamps from Stampin’UP!; golden mirri card, ribbon, white card stock, sepia versafine ink and clear embossing powder from my stash; check paper from the Bouffle Papers by DoCrafts; crushed olive and tea stain inks by Tim Holtz/Ranger; Butterfly stamp from this month’s issue of Craft Stamper Magazine; Spray-on Varnish from Crafter’s Companion

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

One Layer Wonders

Hi Everybody,

Back from my holidays and enjoying crafting again!!! Holidays tend to be a bit of a craft-free zone and I didn’t get round to fully trying my new Ultimate Pro out to feel confident enough to take it on holiday to do some crafting. Never mind there is always a next time …

For today’s post I want to start with the cards we made in last Saturday’s Class. They were all one layer only to make them very postage friendly. We used some clever sponging and stamping to create some interesting cards. It just goes to show that one can create interest and detail without putting layer upon layer. See what you think and please let me know.

 This card makes me dream of far away places and adventure … I used the ‘Open Sea’ stamp set from Stampin’UP!. The inks I used are pool party, island indigo and night of navy also from SU, peel off border and white card from my stash.

This is a card I love sending to friends … the little sentiment stamp from Wild Rose Studios expresses it very well. Again the panel is sponged using river rock, old olive and always artichoke ink from Stampin’UP! so are the always artichoke stamp’n’write marker and the stamps All a Flutter & Beautiful Thing (retired); white card from Craftwork Cards.

 This pink wonder uses the pocket silhouettes stamp set, pink pirouette, rose red regal rose inks plus rose red stamp’n’write marker from Stampin’UP; the sentiment stamp is from Wild Rose Studios and embossed using versafine crimson red ink and clear embossing powder from my stash; white card is from Cardwork Crafts.


I love the sunny colours of this card. For contrast I sponged a border on the inside of the card using the same colours as for the main image. The pre-shaped blank card and the sentiment stamp are from Craftwork Cards; daffodil delight, tangerine tango & cajun craze ink pads, cajun craze stamp’n’write marker, mixed bunch stamp set and blossom punch from Stampin’UP!; glitter pen from my stash.

And here is the same idea slightly different, I used a square card and a corner rounder punch from Xcut.

I hope you liked what we made in our last class. Just a quick reminder the next card class will be on Saturday 11th August 3- 6pm. I am just in the process of planning the projects we will make and I shall post them soon on my stamping classes page.

Right it’s time to go and cook dinner now. I shall be back tomorrow with my entry to the ‘Out of a Hat Creations’ Challenge, I am just hoping that the spray-on varnish I ordered from Crafter’s Companion will arrive in time for me to finish and post the card tomorrow otherwise it will have to be a half-finished project to be updated later in the week. Keep fingers crossed.

Until then ..

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Brayer Creative

Hello Again!

Going to Aintree last week, inspired me to try using the brayer a bit more often. In my last post you saw the background I created by simply applying ink with a brayer to a sizzix texture plate, placing a piece of card on top plus the ‘sandwich’ to go with it and then putting it through my Cuttlebug. For today’s card I’ve taken this a step further by blending the edges in, using a brayer. It is faster and less messy on your fingers than using sponges. See for yourself:

Sorry about the long shadows on the picture, but I had to be quick, work is calling in a few minutes and then we’re off to Wales again for the weekend.

If you wonder how to make one of these, the class in june will be on using the brayer to create backgrounds, blending etc.

For the card I used:

white card blank and card stock, ribbon, glitter glue and perls from your local craft shop; island indigo and pool Party ink & cardstock, Island i digo Stamp’n’Write Marker, Butterfly punch, Flight of the Buttterfly and Just Believe stampsets from Stampin’UP!; texture plate from Sizzzix; Sentiment ‘with love’ from Craftwork Cards

for the tag I used: Everything Eleanor stamp set, Island Indigo and Pool Party inks from Stampin’UP!; white card stock and ribbon from your local craft shop; sentiment stamp from Dimension Stamps

Hope you like it. Have a great Bank Holiday Weekend!!

Happy Crafting!!!