Tag trio with white faux stitching

The sentiment is from a stamp set which was free with a magazine, but I can’t remember which one. I cut it out with an X-Cut die and then coloured the outside of the shape with Peach Promarker but left the flower centre white.

The tags are Sizzix nesting dies – I bought them in error thinking the biggest size was the Tim Holtz tag but it wasn’t lol. I cut three tags from patterned paper and then three of the next size up from textured card. I stuck the patterned paper to the card tags with double-sided tape and then added washi tape and some faux stitches with a white marker (Pentel). I lined up the tags with a ruler and stuck them to the card blank with double-sided tape. I usually shy away from straight lines as I find it too fiddly to get things accurate. I added faux stitches to the sentiment as well. The sentiment is fixed with sticky pads so it is slightly raised.


Colouring therapy – my favourite stamp

Ever since I discovered stamped images and professional markers, and started seeing what other crafters were making, I have wanted a collection of Magnolia stamps. However, this is the only one I have so far… But I love, love, love her! She is so easy and quick to colour. She is my “go to” image for colouring therapy.

For the above card I have used the following Promarkers:

  • Cocoa
  • Caramel
  • Tan
  • Saffron
  • Blush
  • Dusky Pink
  • Mint Green
  • Bluebell
  • Baby Pink
  • Almond
  • Spectrum Noir BG2 (just for outlining the image)

The shading is done using layers of the same colour rather than different tones of pen. Just let each layer dry before applying another. The flowers are also coloured with Promarkers so that they match the card. I deliberately did not use the same depth of colour all over – you may also see some texture on them and this is where the cutting plate on my Big Shot is getting so worn. I like the effect though.

I needed to keep the finished card quite flat so I didn’t sculpt the die cut flowers (those cherry blossoms again!) and the image is not raised off the card blank. I did outline the mat with Bluebell and with my ink pad. The ribbon is from my stash and came from a market stall in Sheffield.


What image do you see?

I have been trying to add a “Blavatar” – an avatar for my WordPress blog. It seems a simple process in as much as you choose a photo, upload it, crop it – done! However, what is happening next is a mystery as the photo disappears again. I know it is possible because my other blog Bubblewish has a Blavatar that works. I only wish I could remember what I did.

The image below is the one I am trying to use – it is a card I made using die cut flowers and nesting dies. The flower is the Memory Box Cherry Blossom. The nesting dies are X-Cut.


So I am hoping that you can see the image next to the name of my blog as well as in this post. I can’t at the moment but I will keep trying. Wish me luck.



Lily Stamp by Sue Wilson

Mum and I had a fantastic time at Ally Pally. It’s the second year running that we have been. I was a bit disappointed that LOTV stamps weren’t going to be there.

Disappointment was short lived though as I completely fell for the Sue Wilson stamps and dies.

I bought this Lily stamp and a frame, plus a die from the New Zealand collection.

I also bought some Spectrum Noir pens – the brights. Absolutely fabulous colours!

As well as the above card I made a panel for my journal and covered it with clear embossing. I think it looks like water in this picture.   I have updated my wishlist now as I need another die to use with the frame stamp. Then I saw some more stamps on the website I like… I think this could be my new addiction. They are such good value for money too. The London stamp I used for the above is Papermania.  I stamped the Sue Wilson frame and cut out the centre using the die and then stamped the cut out piece. I used Milled Lavender ink around the edges.

Finally, I’ve moved across to WordPress for the time being as the phone app is much easier than Blogger and Blogspot. I was going to call this post “Out Out Damn [Blog]spot” but changed my mind when I thought about how much I disliked English Literature at school!

Thank you for visiting!