Alcohol ink part 2

Good evening, second of my alcohol ink cards today this time using Woodware Vellum instead of Glossy card. I used Aqua and Pool with some Blending Solution in a swiping motion. I used Nellie Snellen dot mask to create the background using some more blending solution on a foam pad .The mermaid is from Hunkydory and the little stamps and sentiment are included in the set . I added some Glamour Dust to her tail and body. The Black frame is made using Square nesting dies.

Hope you like it, back tomorrow with a card using Yupo paper.


Alcohol Ink class part 1

My class last week used alcohol inks, it was lovely to go back to a product I have not used in years. There are some new colours coming out soon. The card I am posting today uses the inks the original way on glossy card and adding dots of glue to a felt pad on a rectangular Ranger blending tool. I used Pink Sherbet and Wild Plum along with some of the Silver Mixitive and a little Blending Solution. Unfortunately, it doesn’t show well in photo, but it makes a lovely marbled effect.

I cut out the coloured piece of glossy card using one of the new Creative Expressions Sue Wilson release called Sophia. The flowers are from John Next Door as is the sentiment.

Back tomorrow with another Alcohol ink card this time using vellum

Have a great Sunday


Mask Technique part 3

Last card today using the Nellie Snellen Swirls Mask. This time I used Pixie Powders Scarlet Mist and Bronze Blush. Instead of spraying I sprinkled some onto my mat and sprayed with a little water and then using one of the smoothies carefully sponged it through the mask in random areas and I didn’t go right over to the edge , which I quite like. The photo doesn’t show the mica unfortunately. The card is in the shop if you want a better look.

I went around the edge with a glue pen and sprinkled Wow Fools Gold on top, tapped off and then heated to make a nice edge. I stamped my Nellie Snellen flower stamp with embossing ink pad and used the Fools Gold again and heat set. The sentiment is from Woodware Special Birthday Sentiments set. The Oval die is from John Next Door tags set. Copper Mirror card has been used to mat, as it goes well with the embossing powder.

Have a great weekend


Mask Technique part 2

Back again, this time same stencil but its been embossed with Wow embossing powder Silver Sparkle.

I taped the mask down so it didn’t move and then with a embossing ink pad pushed the pad through the mask. It helps if you use an antic static pad first. I then tapped off the excess and heated it . The bow is from Sue Wilson called Itty Bitty and the heart dies are from Sweet Dixie. The sentiment is from John Next Door Everyday Sentiments and its been stamped onto a vellum heart and inked with Black Stazon. Finished off with a little Silver heart pearl.

Tomorrows card uses Pixie Powders.


Mask Technique class part 1

Todays card is the first of three post using the same Nellie Snellen Swirls mask. I recently run a class that included the mask in the price so everyone got to keep the mask to play with at home. I did different techniques for each card.

First up, simply using Distress Inks to blend through the mask. I had already decided on my fairy stamp from Nellie Snellen so I picked some pretty colours of ink to use. They were Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Squeezed Lemonade and Cracked Pistachio. I just picked up one colour at a time and randomly sponged through the colour in different areas, blending and overlapping as I went.

I used some circle dies to mat and layer and then created an aperture to sponge through for where the Fairy was going. The sentiment is from John Next Door Everyday sentiments. I added some essential twinkle with a glue pen and some Glamour Dust glitter.

Tomorrows card uses Wow embossing powder.


Dotty Flowers

Good morning, todays post uses the Lisa Horton Dotty Flowers stamp set. It was a card I created for my Card & Cuppa class a few weeks ago. I used Distress Oxides ink pads to stamp the flowers and leaves and then cut them out. The background has been created with a Nellie Snellen Dots mask and some Distress ink Pumice Stone through it.

The sentiment is from John Next Door Everyday Sentiments stamp and I finished off with a fine liner pen around the edges.

Back tomorrow with more ideas.


Christmas Club with Kerry

Kerry’s Christmas cards to show you today, from her club class.


Dies are from Creative Expressions and we still have some Christmas dies left that are part of the product of the month so 15% off, great time to grab a bargain.

Kerry runs her Christmas class twice a month on a Wednesday and repeated on a Saturday. Its a great way to get ahead start on this years cards and get them done before the rush kicks in.

Back tomorrow with a card from my Card & Cuppa class.


Easter Bunny Egg die from Creative Expressions

Another die set from the recent release today using the Bunny Egg die. I did two cards using this die set, one using the rabbit and another chocolate version !

For this card I die cut the large carrot and used it as a mask and sponged some Creative Expressions Cloud ink Frosted Jade through the template to create the background. I die cut the rabbit die and coloured the flowers etc with some Zig Clean pens. I cut this die again and cut out the rabbit to make the card more 3d with foam pads, if you emboss it as well it makes it easier to sponge through with some ink so you highlight the embossed areas to add definition.  I attached it to some double sided adhesive that had been cut with the egg die to create the glitter effect behind the rabbit. I die cut the outside edge die and the bow, which I love ! To keep the glitter effect going I added some to the outside edge of my patterned cardstock with a Zig chisel pen and the glitter is Glamour Dust.

This version  is for the chocolate lovers lol, I found that the card tipped over once it had the eggs in it so I made a tent card which supports it better. I cut two square of card  5 3/4″ as my base and I scored the back one down about 1/2″ and then attached the glue above the score line and attached to front card. I actually did this last as I wanted to die cut a hole in the back of the front panel so you can get the eggs out without destroying the whole card. I matted with some aqua colour cardstock then I embossed the plum cardstock with a Creative Expressions folder called Dotted Daisy. I die cut the egg shape in the plum and the custard card and on the reverse of the aqua I used a perforated tool to make a cross that can be torn open. The fillable cups fit perfectly , I like to attach with double sided and then I die cut the frame and slipped it over the cup and attached with Cosmic Shimmer glue. The bow is cut from pink cardstock to finish and yes I did match the cardstock to the eggs lol.

For anyone who doesn’t do Easter cards , here is an alternative birthday card. This time I die cut the rabbit in grey and I used the same sentiment die as yesterdays card. I cut away the Happy Easter part from the frame and turned it upside down.

Hope you like them and they are 15% off this month as they feature in the Product of the month promotion.

Back tomorrow with Kerry’s Christmas cards from this months Christmas Club.





Februarys product of the month….Creative Expressions dies

Good afternoon, hope you have a lovely Sunday and managing to fit in some crafting time in the warm.

The product of the month for February is 15% off all Creative Expressions, that includes the new release dies from Sue Wilson from January.  If you are doing a class this month you will get the additional class 10% discount as well.

Todays card is one from my class this week that is proving to be very popular and ideal for men’s cards or someone that’s off on their travels. Its called City Skyline and you get 5 dies in total. A large and small circle and 3 skylines in different sizes.

For my card I used the largest circle die and cut it out with watercolour card, I then used some Distress Inks to create a night sky. I used Spiced Marigold, Fired Brick, Wilted Violet and Black Soot. I die cut the skylines inside the circle die, they are shaped to fit, in Black cardstock. Then I die cut the skylines again in Silver mirror card and attached to the backs of the Back  die cuts, slightly off setting them as they dried. I like the difference you get by adding the mirror card but it still looks fab in just Black. I finished it off by adding a white gel pen to create some stars.

The sentiment at the bottom is the same technique and is also a new die from Creative Expressions. Its part of a range of different smaller sentiment that they are doing now.

Be back tomorrow with some ideas for Easter cards using some of the new dies.



Sue Wilson Lift Your Spirits

Last card from my new die class that I held on Tuesday, it is being repeated on the Saturday 27th January.

I created the cloud effect by using the Stitched Hills and Clouds did set. I took one of the cloud dies and run it through on some scrap card to create a mask and then using Cosmic Shimmer Cloud Ink Clear Day and a smoothie blended the ink over the mask.

The hot air balloon has been cut out of some scraps of Foundation card and the grass has been created using the Hill dies from the Stitched set. The sentiment die is also in the set. I cut down the front of a 5″ square card blank to make a more 3d style card.

Hope you like it, back tomorrow night with a card from Kerry from her Woodware class.