Tuesday, 21 June 2011


  I have always had a bit of a soft spot for Penny Black Stickeroos. I love the way they use the designs that appear elsewhere as stamps. Most of the ones I have bought are ones that match my Penny Black stamps. These are no exception (PB Corner Piece appears in the backgrounds) but I chose them because their colours looked so good next to a sheet of K&Co paper I just could not resist. The paper appears on the base of the easel card below and is from the Blue Awning collection. Although the flower images are printed I was pleased that I managed to use these alongside stamped backgrounds as I often have trouble combining printed papers and stamping.

This (above) is my favourite of the three cards. I've tried to pick out the colours from the Stickeroo to use in my inking. The Stamps are Hero Arts Old French Script, an Elusive Images Happy Birthday scroll (can't find its proper name) and a Craft Individuals crackle stamp. The centres of the flowers have been picked out with microbeads.

This is my least favourite piece. I wanted to use some more papers but the card was just too slim. But I was delighted with the results I got with my new Martha Stewart punch.

I'd never made an easel card before this one and wasn't sure if it would look right as a long narrow card. My favourite part is the stamped script in the panel behind the flowers. The blue paper is an Artylicious Echoes of Italy paper and looks like marble. The Happy Birthday stamp is from Elusive Images

Monday, 20 June 2011

Getting rusty

You'd be forgiven for thinking that I've not done any crafting since Christmas. Because that's not too far from the truth. If you're a visitor to our Craft Stamping Quartet blog then you will see I haven't been totally idle. But I have made little other than the projects you see there. So I was a bit rusty when I needed to make a card for my dear friend Lesley's birthday. This card took a long time to hatch but in the end I was reasonably happy with it. The poppy pods, flourish and sentiment are all from Elusive Images (sadly no more but reborn as Chocolate Baroque). The printed paper is from the Motifica collection by Basic Grey. The filigree piece is by MIC. More on the way. Stay tuned.