Monday, 7 November 2016

Friends in Need

Sometimes life deals us or a friend a rough hand in life and when things get too much it is nice to know that you have people around that care and are there to support you.  

I created this card after hearing that a friend has been diagnosed with cancer and I wanted her to know that she was in our thoughts.

The card was created using Chameleon Pens, Penny Black's Butterfly Trio stamp set, and Festive Snippets Stamp Set, Crea-lies stitched squares and Tattered Lace Goldwork Lace die collection.

Thanks for joining me today, hugs

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

A Touch Of Modern Christmas Card

Hi all, back to making Christmas cards today after spending several days creating projects for Spring and Easter for a magazine, at this rate I am struggling to know what day of the month it is!!!  I thought I would give my card today a modern twist by using non traditional colours and I think it worked out ok!

Materials used:
Chameleon color tone pens, Green Apple and Lavender, Penny Black Stamp set Winter Joy 30-374, Penny Black dies, O Holy Night 51-259 and Winter Garland 51-249, Memento Ink Lulu Lavender and Memento Dual Tip Markers Purple Grape and Bamboo Leaves, Spellbinders Grand Circles and Grand Stately Circles, Green, Lavender and White card, glue and foam pads.


  1. Stamp poinsettia using lulu lavender ink 3 times, then color using Chameleon Pens, fusing the pen for between 5-10 seconds depending on the size of the petal/leaf.  
  2. Colour the stamp using purple grape and bamboo leaves ink and using a stamp poisoner stamp over the coloured image. Then fussy cut around the flowers (removing the stem).
  3. Die cut card base from lavender card using stately circles and then a smaller white circle to go inside. Die cut sentiment and leaves then cut leaves in half.
  4. Attach all elements to the card using glue and foam pads.
Thanks for joining me today, hopefully I will find time soon to make and share some more Christmas cards.
Hugs Cathy x

Monday, 17 October 2016

Time To Travel

My lovely Daughter has been lucky enough in the last few years to travel to a big part of the world with her work, we miss her, but love to hear all about her experiences far and near to home.  I love to be able to send her little reminders of home every now and again, or a card just to say hi.  I came across this super cute die set by Penny Black called Love to Travel, it is perfect for mini card just to wish her well on her next trip.

Each of miniature images was cut from white card and then coloured using Chameleon pens, the background was created using Memento Bahama Blue ink and Frost Shimmer Spray from Imagine Craft Tsukineko.

Our Daughter sends us a postcard from each destination she visits, we have such a collection now and it will be great to look back on in years to come.

If you are due to go on any travels soon may I wish you a Bon Voyage too!
Hugs Cathy

Friday, 14 October 2016

Winter Peace and Joy

Ok so I have finally succumb to making Christmas cards, in ernest now in the vain hope that by the time Christmas comes I will have enough to send to everyone....Who am I kidding; I know I will end up picking up a box set of cards from the local supermarket at the last minute but at least I will have a few for close friends and family!

Today's card is nature themed with the sentiment that I am sure many of us wish for during this holiday season 'Peace and Joy'.

Materials Used:-
Chameleon Color Tone Pens; Taupe, Bark, Crimson Red, Warm Sunset, Vermillion, Evergreen, Penny Black Stamps; 30-374 Winter Joy and 40-488 Overjoyed, Memento Inks; Love Letter, Rhubarb Stalk and Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Amplify Wedding Dress, Crea-lies Stitched Ovals Nesting Dies.

  • Stamp Overjoyed with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto a 4 1/4" by 6" card blank and partially die cut oval and fussy cut around robin and branch, then take the next size up die and partially emboss the stitched border. Align the sentiment in the oval and stamp using Versafine ink.

  • Color the robin using Crimson Red for the underside of the bird (I fused for 10 seconds to get the color variation) and then follow up from the underside with Vermillion (fusing for 5 seconds). Then color the rest of the body using Taupe (Depending on the area colored I fused for between 3 and 5 seconds). Tip: When cutting oval place area not to be cut over edge of cutting mat that way the die won't cut into the stamped area).

  • Color the berries on the branch using the bullet nib of the Crimson Red pen fusing for 3 seconds.

  • Use the Evergreen pen and color the shaded areas of the holly leaves without fusing and then fuse the pen for 3 seconds and color the other exposed parts of the leaves.
  • Take the Bark pen and using the Bullet nib color the underside of the branch without fusing then fuse for 3 seconds and color the remaining areas of the branch.
  • Fuse the bullet nib of the Warm Sunset pen for 3 seconds and color the beak and feet of the bird.

  • Using a blending tool color the edges of the card using Memento Love Letter and then go around the very edge with Rhubarb Stalk.

  • Apply Wedding Dress Amplify to the areas of the branch that are snowy and then heat to puff up.

Well that is one down, with many more to go.  I hope you enjoyed this mini tutorial and that you have a go creating some home made Holiday cards this year.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Butterfly Thanks

I was recently fortunate enough to spend a Birthday meal with my good friend John Creighton Petersen (you can visit his blog Art New Wave here) and his family.  I wanted to send a thank you to his Mum and Dad for such a wonderful evening and this is the card I made, with a little help from my Daughter's pet rabbit Alfie!!!!

For this project I used Penny Black stamps Butterfly Trio, Mix and Match Card Clear Skies and Fresh Breeze and Stylish Gratitude dies, Chameleon Color Tones Pens; fuchsia, cornflower blue and tangerine and an Anna Griffin Climbing Rose Cuttlebug embossing folder.  I love how the Penny Black Mix and Match card sands back to white once embossed, it really has the softest cotton texture!

Now I did mention my daughter's Rabbit Alfie helped, he is the most inquisitive rabbit I know and I swear he thinks he is a dog!  Here is a picture of him checking out the butterfly coloring.

I hope to share more adventures of Alfie in the future, just wish my Daughter didn't live so far away!

Hugs Cathy