FMS #285

Front of card

A last minute entry for Freshly Made Sketches this week with a card for my Mum, from my son – where the main image is one painted by my late father – talk about keeping it in the family! The picture is slightly skewed, sorry, I really wasn’t drunk when I took it.

I couldn’t find any matching backing paper for the shape at the back, so I decided to use a stencil by Imagination Crafts instead, carefully moving it around and stencilling in Hero Arts Soft Olive to make the background shape. The greeting was a mixture of stamps by Clearly Besotted, the “gran” being a “grandmother” stamp which I masked off to only use the first part.

close up of image


Autumn has definitely arrived here today and that’s the theme of some of the challenge blogs I follow. I’ve combined the autumn theme with one or two other challenges & this was what I came up with:

The background is by Kaisercraft, stamped in Adirondack Paint Dabber in Terra Cotta. The leaves were created from One Strike Filler (aka spackle) using a stencil I made on my Sizzix Eclips. I coloured them by dropping diluted Distress Inks onto them as they take the colour very easily. I used a mix of inks: Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Rusty Hinge, Gathered Twigs and Barn Door. The greeting is from Clearly Besotted’s Many Messages set, in Memento Potter’s Clay which was also used to stamp the Flourishes border by Marion Emberson Designs.

I’m entering this into the following challenges:

Addicted to CAS: Theme “Stencil”
Virginia’s View: Theme “CAS”
Less Is More: Theme “Autumn’s Bounty”
Stamping Sensations: Theme “Autumn”
CAS(E) This Sketch: sketch below

Third Time Lucky!

This card is for the one-layer challenge over at Less Is More where the current theme is Foliage.
The greeting is by Clearly Besotted & was stamped in Distress Peeled Paint onto watercolour cardstock. The leaf stencil was a downloaded image (modified in Craft Artist 2 Professional to add an extra branch) then cut on my Sizzix Eclips. As embossing paste is all the rage right now I used my own version which is known in the US as “spackle”, but I know it as “One Strike Filler”. I mixed it on my craft mat with Distress Peeled Paint ink. A few arty water splashes were all that was necessary to finish it off.
This was my third attempt – the first couple of attempts initially turned out fine but I managed to ruin each card in different ways! Although I could reuse parts of them they wouldn’t have been one layer so watch out for them over the next few days as they turn up in modified form.

Just in CASE

I often struggle to come up with inspiration for my cards but, for once, I had ideas a-plenty! This card is inspired by two challenge blogs: CAS(E) this Sketch! and CASE Study.

I started with a circles stencil which I designed then cut on my Sizzix Eclips.I tried several different colouring mediums from Promarkers sprayed with a manual airbrush to Distress Inks, until eventually I settled on sponging with Memento inks in Summer Sky & Cantaloupe.

The greeting is by Clearly Besotted.

More Than One Stamp for LIM #174

The challenge this week over at Less is More is to use more than one stamp. Well, for this card I’ve managed three: the flower image, “Happy” and the dotty background. I’ve also just realised that I can enter this months “Tags and Scraplings” challenge over at Virginia’s View. I *just* qualify because the ribbon is recycled (it was originally on a blouse!)

This was one of those cards where everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. Still, the end result was more or less exactly what I’d set out to achieve and as it’s for my oldest friend it’s worth it.

The tag & birthday word (from the Birthday Words set at Miss Kate Cuttables) were cut on my Eclips. The stamped flower was coloured with Promarkers, there’s a close-up of it here (and I did re-do the dodgy petal before I sent it!):

Cardstock: Limetree Crafts, Coredinations Fuchsia Fizz
Stamps: Stampin’ Up Reason to Smile
Inspired by Stamping Fancy Sentiments
Personal Impressions Marion Emberson Designs Polkadot Background PICSA6186
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid
Promarkers: Peony, Fresh Bloom, Pear Green
Doodlebug Designs Enamel Dots


Last week our 14 year old son – after 2 years of extremely hard work – became a 2nd Dan black belt at karate. Not only that, he improved his points score by 6 over his 1st Dan grading score, so to say Mum & Dad are proud would be a huge understatement! He owes his success in no small measure to a teacher called Steve, who notices the little things that make a big difference, so this card is to say thanks (“Arigatou” in Japanese, apparently!) to him.

I downloaded the image as an SVG from the internet & cut it on my Sizzix Eclips. The stamp, by American Crafts, was inked up in 3 colours of Hero Arts ink then embossed with clear embossing powder. Although the ink is supposed to be quick drying I’ve found that if I’ve got everything ready beforehand, the ink stays wet just long enough to emboss it. The background was created using various masks & stamps in second/third generation inking.

 Stamps: American Crafts 59006 Thanks Lg,
Inspired by Stamping Guitars (background splats)
Inks: Hero Arts Soft Granite, Charcoal, Black
Stencil: Crafter’s Workshop Mini Punchinella

Purple Blossoms

The theme over at Virginia’s View Challenge this month is Stencil so I decided to dig out a stencil which I bought some time ago but hadn’t used yet. It’s called Summer Blossom Border by Imagination Crafts and I sponged Adirondack Eggplant through it for the background.

The focal image is a Hero Arts stamp from the Luscious Bold Flowers set, stamped & embossed in white on kraft cardstock then coloured with Adirondacks, and the greeting is by Imagination Crafts.
The finished card was for an elderly relative whose eyesight is failing so I hoped that the bold patterns would be easier for her to see.

LIM – One Layer week 158 Take 2

Wonders will never cease – a second entry for the same challenge. Again, the One Layer Anything Goes challenge at Less is More. For reasons I won’t bore you with, this card was a very quick one to make.

The butterflies are Hero Arts stamps, masked then sponged over the top using an Imagination Crafts Honeysuckle stencil. The greeting was computer-generated in Craft Artist 2 Professional.
The largest butterfly was stamped onto the card & also onto a piece of vellum, which was then attached & the wings lifted. Although it’s difficult to photograph, the smaller butterflies & some detail on the larger butterfly with glittered with some clear Wink of Stella.
Cardstock: Anna Marie Designs
Ink: Memento Elderberry
Stencil: Imagination Crafts Honeysuckle
Stamps: Hero Arts


My mojo seems to have deserted me just lately. Despite having a very enjoyable spending spree at Leigh Craft Village today I just can’t seem to get inspired enough to create a card so thought I’d blog about one I made a month or so back for my nephew. He passed his exams as a train despatcher with Virgin Trains with flying colours. He’s the only person I know who has the job of his dreams & absolutely loves going to work each day, even if his day starts at 4.30! He also knows just how lucky that makes him.

I had intended to do this in Virgin Train’s colours but a lack of yellow ink meant an orangey yellow had to do. The red  star was a chipboard one I’d had in my stash for ages, painted with acrylic paint.

Bus-mad Dave’s 50th Birthday Card

A friend of ours turned 50 yesterday – but we only found out last night that it was his birthday!  So this card was hastily put together this morning and given the short notice I decided to stick with a formula which I’ve used before, but this time with a little twist.

As Dave spends most of his spare time travelling on strange buses I knew exactly which image I wanted to use: it’s from the Papermania Portobello Road range of stamps, bought months ago with him in mind. I stamped it onto an Inkylicious tag inked round the edges once with a light colour & then on the very edges with a dark brown. 
The backing paper was created by scouring the internet for a timetable for a number 50 bus & printing it in sepia tones onto linen finish paper.  I then brayered over the top with Distress Antique Linen & sponged in various brown inks through an Imagination Crafts mask.
The numbers came out darker than I planned.  They started out as plain chipboard, coloured with Memento Rich Cocoa & double embossed with clear UTEE.  To try to balance out the dark numbers I inked the parcel twine I used on the tag with some more Rich Cocoa.
Stamps: Papermania Portobello Road
Cardstock: Papermania Kraft
Tag: Inkylicious
Linen paper: Paperchase Linen Embossed White 100gsm
Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa, Toffee Crunch, Peanut Brittle, Distress Antique Linen