Handmade Seaside Card

This is the result of my playing with my Woodware ‘Seashells’ stamps, versafine ink and embossing powders.

Seaside Card

Seaside Card Close Up 1

Seaside Card Close Up 2

The background was made from a piece of lining paper I’d used as a drying mat for brusho pieces.

I’ll definitely be using the embossing powders like this again.






As I was testing out the new stamps I got free with the June Issue of Making Cards and Papercraft magazine on a dictionary page and I thought what a shame it was that I’d used a page containing the word ‘alchemy’ rather than using it for something ‘alchemy’ themed. That then gave me an idea for this Cattitude card:

cattitude card front


cattitude card close up curiosity

cattitude card close up manipulatecattitude card close up pleasure

I love cats. I actually like that you have to work for their affection. I can’t have them myself at the moment as I rent a second floor flat. I love to visit my parents though. They have two crazy cats. The cats are currently in the dog house (not a sentence you hear very often) as it’s baby bird season and unfortunately their wild side is coming out :/ I was tempted to use ‘killer’ or ‘master’……but maybe I’ll use them on a later card.

I  would like to enter this card into the May 2018 Be Humorous Country View Challenge.

Does anyone else have these stamps? If so, what did you do with them?






Happy Accident

So I decided to try removing one of my tricky large rubber stamps from the wooden block.

It actually worked well and stamps much better, but there was an unexpected gain.

wooden block with remaining texture

There were bits of rubber left on the block and I thought…that’s a nice texture, so I tried stamping it. And turned it into a card background using Brushos.

brushos card with background texture

And then I did some more!

brushos card with background texture2

brushos texture and flower card

How else could you use some byproducts from your stash?




Best Wishes Handmade Card

best wishes card

Another card made with vintage papers, this time an old dictionary. My friend commented that having the word ‘cuckold’ in the background somewhat takes away from the ‘best wishes’ message, but hey there is also ‘cuddle’ so perhaps that cancels ‘cuckold’ out?!?

I used a 3D embossing folder which I pressed together with Brushos and the dictionary page inside. I then stamped and inked over the top and added the die cut frame.  I’m not yet sure if it’s finished, but then I often say that!



Floral Stencilled Card

floral stencil card

floral stencil card close up 1

floral stencil card close up 2

Just a quick post today.

This is the latest Card I’ve made. I used Brushos on a vintage sheet music and then overlaid a stencil and drew the design through the holes before colouring the shapes in with a black Promarker. I mounted it on cream card and mounted an off-cut with the stamped phrase ‘with love’ on it.




Armillary Sphere Handmade Card

Globe card close up

globe card 1

I created this card using Brushos onto vintage music paper. I then stamped all round the edges to add texture and sponged the edges with white acrylic. I then stamped the sphere in the centre and finally used a credit card to add black paint to the edges, before I attached it to a black card blank.

I’d like to enter it into the That’s Crafty! Going Round in Circles Challenge.



Set Adrift Handmade Postcard

Adrift Card Close Up

Adrift Card

Again I’m trying to use some of the stamps I’ve had for a while and haven’t done much with. This postcard was made using a page from a vintage dictionary decorated with Brushos, a stamp from the Santoro Adrift set and black acrylic paint around the edges. I decided to go over the stamp with black pen to make it stand out more. I also knocked the background back a bit with white pencil and added a little shading.

I’d like to enter it into the Country View Crafts ‘Pimp it Up’ Blog Challenge!