A catch up post

lesley birthday card

Last week it was Lesley’s birthday and I wanted to do something to make her birthday special.  I hope she will tell you about it on her own blog soon (thepaperengineer.blogspot.co.uk), but I know she thoroughly enjoyed not one, but two fantastic days.  Plus I got to try out some workshop ideas on her which was good for me too!

Above is the card I made for her.  It features an old Prima mask in the background (no longer available in our shop, but wait til you see the new ones …) and stamps from Woodland Dreams and Nature Swirls.  The trees are coloured very simply with Inktense pencils and I used Distress inks over the mask and Memento to over stamp the background.

A couple of months ago, I made a birthday card for our other ‘Team Chocolate’ member, Val.

This one uses Sunny Sunflowers and our wood mounted Happy Birthday stamp.  I stamped the background with Versamark and used PanPastels over the top.  I don’t have any of the tints (yet) so I used lots of white before rubbing some of the stronger colours over the top.  The large flower is made using the leaves from the stamp set.  They are stamped onto yellow card with a dye ink (can’t remember now what I used, probably Memento) and after cutting them out I sponged some ink around the edges.  The smooth shape means they’re nice and easy to cut out.  I curled them with my fingers and assembled the flower with foam pads to keep the shape.  I was going to put one of the small sunflowers in the middle, but the rose was lying around and just looked perfect, so on it went.

In other news, Adrian’s doing ok, but obviously he is still coming to terms with losing both parents and it’s a slow and painful process.  He’s quite restless, so we have been going out quite a lot and actually been to some lovely places.  We discovered Helmsley last weekend and I might just have to move there.  Not for the picturesque ruined castle or the proximity of the glorious Rievaulx Abbey.  No the thing that would tempt me to sell all my worldly possessions and live rough on the street …. the turkish delight ice cream!  Oh boy, now I understand Edmund’s reaction in Narnia, I’m with the white witch every time if I can just have a little more of that heavenly stuff …




Butterfly Flourish

My customers are awesome.  I am constantly reminded of it by little things like notes on orders or your kind words on the phone.  And occasionally a hand made card lands on the doormat which just makes me smile out loud.

Here’s a beautiful card sent to me by Jean Straw who was the very lucky winner of one of our blog candy giveaways recently.  Jean has used Butterfly Flourish which is currently our best selling stamp and I think I spot some flourishes from Nature Swirls in there too – another hugely popular set.

The butterflies are coloured, decoupaged and glazed and the whole effect is restful and soothing because of the harmonious colours used throughout.

Thanks Jean – it’s gorgeous!


Owl Flourish Cards

Here’s another card featuring chalk inks, this time in a palette of violet, turquoise, lilac and touches of sage green and even pink.  I’m  not very good at remembering which colours I’ve used and of course when it’s finished, there’s a whole load of new colours on the paper as I have mixed and blended them.  These are all Versamagic, so maybe the colour chart will help – click on it for a larger view.

I just love the mix of colours in this range – the soft pastel colours have a sophisticated grey undertone to them so they’re not too sugary and the stronger colours are great for overstamping direct to paper chalk backgrounds.

In the product launch video, I did make a note of the colours I used to make the owl card – Sage, Sugarcane, Aquatic Splash, Sea Breeze for the background and I stamped the owls with Eggplant and the flowers with Red Brick.

Heres the finished card I made with that piece.

I added a touch more Red Brick around the edges using a piece of Cut’n’Dry foam to flick it in from the edge.  The flower is made with Tim Holtz Kraft Glassine paper – it holds a scrunched shape really well and goes soft and leathery when scrunched and spritzed.  Interesting stuff that I’ve yet to fully explore … we’re almost out of stock now, but I have more on order.

Do you have ten minutes? Ten minutes? Yes, ten minutes.

Award yourself a brownie point if you get the film reference in the title.  If you have ten minutes to spare, I have prepared a little video for you showing some of June’s new stamps in action.


If for any reason, you can’t see the embedded video here on the blog, click the link below to watch it on YouTube.