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


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.



Snowflake Tree Mask

Apologies for the lack of posts of the last few days but I have been playing catch-up and trying to get organised for the big day next week. Hopefully you are all better prepared than me !!

I have been having a “tidy up” in my craft room now all the cards have been made and sent and I have a few more cards that I have not posted on here that have either been made using up bits and pieces left over from class cards or in the case of today’s cards playing with different mediums through a mask.

I used a starry tree mask in my last class from Creative Expressions but saw the snowflake tree mask from the same range and thought it would make some more quick and easy cards. So hopefully you might get a few ideas for cards for Christmas next year.

First one uses Wow Platinum embossing powder and I have used a dauber to sponge Versamark ink through the stencil then sprinkled and heated the embossing powder. The sentiment from Woodward has been stamped on some heat resistant acetate with Black Stazon ink. The frame is the Presscut stitched rectangle dies.

Second one same embossing powder and a little snowflake stamp to create the background sentiment is from Craftwork cards.

Third one uses Distress Oxides to sponge through the mask and then I stamped the Marianne Christmas Song stamp across it. Finished of with some glittery gems.

Last one Distress Oxides again but this time I cut the tree out and mounted it on Black and added another circle sentiment from Craftwork Cards

I will be popping back with a few more ideas tomorrow.


Snowflake Lace Frame part 2

Wasn’t sure which card to post today, but considering the weather this card is very appropriate !!

I had a few die cuts left over from my class preparations from this lovely Sue Wilson set called Snowflake Lace Frame. So I spent some time making up a few more cards to hopefully give you some extra ideas if you  have brought this set.

I have used a stitched Hexagonal die from my own stash as I don’t have the Sue Wilson ones. I made an aperture in the middle of the snowflake using the smaller hexagonal dies that come in the set . I added some acetate to make the window and I added some chunky glitter to the middle to create the shaker effect. You could use the Creative Expressions Cosmic Shimmer Jewels we have in the shop

The sentiment is from Woodware and is called Heartfelt Christmas. I used a little bit of Blue pearl card for he background in the middle and the snowflake. The mirror card is from Hunkydory.

Very quick and easy to make, back tomorrow with some more ideas. Stay warm today and hopefully you can spend the day finishing off your own Christmas cards.



Linear Leaf

Good evening, hope you are keeping warm its been freezing today !!

My card today has an Autumnal feeling again and the photo does not really do it justice. The background has been created using Bronze Blush, Ancient Copper and Burnt Orange Pixie Powders on Watercolour cardstock. The Linear Leaf die is from the latest Creative Expressions release and has been cut from some Chestnut foundation card and attached to the background . The sentiment die is called Ransom Note and has been cut from Copper mirror card.

Don’t forget the sale is still on at the shop in store and online




A change from Christmas for today’s card. Last week I used one of the new Steampunk dies from Sue Wilson in my class. I decided to use Distress Oxides to make a background and from this I die cut out some of the dies fro the set. There are several Steampunk dies in her latest release, this one is called Indusrial Chic Mixed Essentials. The colour Oxides I used are Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Cracked Pistachio, Walnut Stain, Fossiled Amber and Peeled Paint. You don’t need to use that many just have a play, I promise you won’t get the same result each time.  I pressed some of the ink onto my non stick mat and then spritzed with water, I then swooshed the card through the ink and tried each layer. It really brings out the “oxidisation ” look that the inks were designed to do.

The stamps the stamps are from a co-ordinating set called Steampunk Sentiments and I have used some of the Oxides to stamp with.  They have also been used around the edges and I have spritzed with water and then dabbed off excess with kitchen towel.

Finally, I added some Creative Expressions Silver Gilding polish or use you use their Wax to highlight areas and added a few Silver Nailhead’s.

Hope you like it, any questions you can always leave in comments and I will get back to you.