Rainbow encouragement card

Hello and Happy New Year to you. Today I am sharing a bright rainbow encouragement card. I love making inky backgrounds the result is different every time and you never know what you will get. Just have fun and enjoy the process and you get some wonderful results.

To start my card I took a piece of watercolour card cut to A6 size. I selected a rainbow of Distress inks. I used Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Wilted Violet. I took my inks and rubbed then on to my slick surface (this is my craft mat from the Tim Holtz glass mat) to make a rainbow slightly bigger than my card panel. I then sprayed water from my Tim Holtz spray bottle.

Next i lay my card panel in to the ink and lifted it away. I dried it with my Ranger heat it tool. Once it was dry I repeated this again in the same ink. Working in layers and drying each time before adding more ink I repeated this until I was happy with the look of my background. A good tip is if the ink starts to get mucky and you want to add more just wipe it away and add fresh ink to your mat. Experiment and see what works for you. tapping the panel will create drips and drops of colour for some additional texture.

I stamped and coloured the mermaid image from the Time For Tea Designs Mermazing stamp set and used the coordinating die to cut it out. I took a strip of white card and stamped the sentiment from the Time For Tea Designs Unicorn in Training stamp set in rainbow colours to match the background I stamped blue bubbles on the strip to go behind the mermaid. Theses are from the Swimming By To Say Hi stamp set. I cut two thin strips of silver glitter card and adhered them behind the white panel to leave a thin silver strip either side.

I adhered my white panel to the background with double sided tape and used foam tape to add the mermaid on top. I added some clear raindrops from Little Things by Lucys Cards and adhered my panel to a white pre folded card base to complete the card.

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Penguin scene bridge card

Hello. Today I am sharing a sneak peek of the upcoming new release from Time For Tea Designs.

To start the card I die cut pieces from the Display Card Builder die set on thick white card stock. I used Distress Oxide and blender brushes to add ink to the pieces of card and added splatters of white paint to the sky area. I then stamped the sentiments and assembled and adhered the pieces together with double sided tape.

I stamped and used Copics to colour images from the Skating By Penguins and some trees from the Winter Background stamp set. I cut them out then adhered them on to the background card using liquid glue. I added glitter to the pond for some sparkle and shine.

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Slimline Thank You Card

Hello. Today I am sharing a card I made for Time For Tea Designs.

To start my card I die cut two slimline card panels using a die from the slimline circle trio die set. Using the first panel I blended Distress Oxide inks in Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed and Picked Raspberry using a blending brush. I then took the starry sky stencil and added black Distress Ink over the top. The stencil is not big enough to cover the slimline card size but as the pattern is repeated it is easy to move the stencil up and match the pattern to continue the further along the card.

I set this panel aside to dry. I took the other slimline panel and used the cloud dies from the landscape edge die set to cut the clouds. I blended some of the pink and yellow ink to add some colour to these. I also cut another cloud edge from vellum. I glued these to the blended panel, layering them over the top of each other making sure the vellum was at the back.

Next I stamped and the cat and mouse images and cut them out with the coordinating dies. The cat is from the crafty cats set and the mouse is from the Mew are the best gift set. I coloured them with Copic markers.

I stamped the sentiments with Versafine black ink and adhered the images with a tape runner. To complete the. card I added some jewels and adhered the panel to the card base.

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Altenew workshop

Hello I hope you are staying safe and well. Today I wanted to share how I hosted an online class as part of my Altenew Educator Certification Programme. This is the final challenge for the level 3 AECP which is to host a workshop creating three cards.

Normally this would be in person but due to the current situation we all find ourselves in this was not possible so I held the class virtually. The stamp set was the Daffodil Paint A Flower from Altenew. This is a lovely versatile set which can be used year round to brighten someones day whether this is by colouring the image as a crafter or receiving a card with the image on. I designed three cards for the class to reflect the versatility of the stamp set.

Prior to the class I created a supplies list for all the participants and created a lesson plan. I set up a private Facebook group to host the class using Facebook rooms to stream the video call. This was something new to me but it worked well and everyone was able to join and hear each other, plus nobody lost connection during the class.

I decided to use one stamp set and make three cards, starting with a clean and simple one, then moving on to add different techniques for the other cards. All the participants for my class had a good general knowledge of card making so I wanted to share some designs and techniques which may be new or challenge them to try something new.

Card one was ink smooshing to create a simple background. We heat embossed the image and the sentiment, finishing off by adding gold ink around the edges.

Participant cards

Card two was ink blending on the backgrounding using Altenew inks and a blending brush. I chose light shades of ink as we would be using alcohol markers over the top so the background would compliment the colouring. The images and sentiment were stamped in black ink then coloured using Altenew Artist markers.

Participant cards

Card three was a rainbow card. We added watercolour paints in rainbow order to a baby wipe then dragged this down the card. We then stamped the sentiment “brighter days’ and stamped over the background in grey ink. The image was coloured and fussy cut using a black marker to fill in and white space outside of the image. We die cut a circle from the rainbow panel and adhered black card behind this. The image and sentiment strip were adhered to finish the card.

Participant cards

The class went by really quickly and we had great fun creating together. Thank you to all the participants and to Virginia and Erum from Altenew for being part of the class.

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Halloween shaker card

Hello. Today I am sharing a card for Time For Tea Designs, using the new release Halloween dies.

To start the card I die cut an A6 card panel and blended Distress Oxide inks in wilted violet, picked raspberry and carved pumpkin over this. I added splatters of metallic watercolour for some texture and interest. I placed the ghost shaped dies on the panel and run through my die cutting machine to leave four ghost shaped holes.

I did consider putting vellum ghosts over the windows but decided against that in the end

Next I die cut some grass from black card stock along with the word Halloween and adhered them to the panel. I stamped the word happy and some black stars.

I adhered a piece of acetate to the back of the ghosts and added foam tape to the back of the panel and around the ghosts to leave pockets of space for the sequins.

I placed white sequins into the ghost windows then adhered a card base to the panel. I added eyes and a mouth to each ghost to complete the card.

Thanks for dropping by and Happy Halloween!


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Hooray autumnal card

Hello. Today I am sharing a card with an autumnal rainbow for Time For Tea Designs.

To start the card I cut two rectangle card panels. To make the background panel I selected Distress Oxide inks in a rainbow of autumn shades and blended them across my card. I then took the Hooray die and run it through my die cutting machine on the centre of each of the panels.

I trimmed the white panel down smaller than the rainbow panel to leave a rainbow border when they are adhered together. I adhered my rainbow panel onto my card base. Using liquid glue I adhered the white letters into the coloured panel then placed the white panel on the top and inlay the coloured letters in place, each time making sure to add the little pieces inside the letters.

I stamped the black sentiment from the hooray hamsters stamp set and added some ink splatters to the white card.

I stamped the fox and squirrel and coloured them with my Copic markers. I then used the coordinating dies to cut them out. They are from the woodland critters stamp set and the bird from the moovellous stamp set. I adhered them to the card with foam pads. This completes the card.

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Cardmaking with Chalkola paint markers.

Hello I hope you are staying safe and well. The people at Chalkola kindly gifted me a set of their Acrylic paint markers to try. They have also given me a discunt code for you to use if yu like the product and would like to purchase from chalkola.com

I have a youtube video to show a close up look at the pens and how I made a card using them. Click here to watch the video

As a card maker I had to see how I could use these markers on card and this is the result.

The pens are acrylic fine tip marker pens in bright vivid colours. They are made to work on a variety of surfaces such as rocks, metal, plastic, glass, ceramics, porcelain and even fabric. They are non toxic and perfect to be used by all the family. After I made my card I let my children play with the pens too. They easily wipe off making them putrefy for rainy day activities with the kids. The marker easily wipes away for mess free fun. Alternatively you can apply a coat of varnish over the top to make the artwork permanent on items such as rocks.

Here my daughter age 7 drew on the window. She loved doing this

The pens are great value and Chalkola work hard to make art accessible to all and these pens are a perfect way to share art with the whole family.

Rock painting

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Thanks for dropping by. I hope you are inspired to have a go with these pens and hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Take care for now.


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Heffy Doodle And Time For Tea Designs Hop

Hi everyone and welcome to the Heffy Doodle and Time for Tea Designs Collaboration Blog Hop! Our design teams have come together to share some amazing inspiration featuring Heffy Doodle and Time for Tea Designs products, and there is a prize up for grabs, too!

When I heard about the collaboration of Heffy Doodle and Time For Tea Designs, straight away I had an idea in mind to combine images from both companies.

I used two stamp sets for this card, you’re weird from Heffy Doodle and baked with love from Time For Tea Designs.

To start the card I cut a slimline panel and used Distress Ink to blend a galaxy. To get a good galaxy it takes a bit of time and patience and lots of layers. It will look a bit of a mess to start with but just keep going, the end result is worth it.

Once I had my galaxy background ready I splattered some silver watercolour and some white gauche paint over the panel using a small paint brush and set it aside to dry.

Next I worked on the images. I stamped the images with Memento tuxedo black ink, on to Neenah 80lb classic crest card so I could colour with my Copics. to get the mouse inside the spaceship I made a mask for the main part of the vehicle, leaving a window for the glass area and stamped the image over the top.

I coloured my images and fussy cut them out. I was going to use the coordinating dies but decided there was better contrast with the dark background with no white border.

I heat embossed the sentiment with liquid platinum embossing powder from Ranger and adhered the images to the card with liquid glue. I added glossy accents on the window area of the ship and the little lights.

I adhered the panel to a white folded card base to complete the card. I hope you like it. It was such a fun card to make.

Giveaway – Heffy Doodle and Time for Tea Designs will each be giving away a £25 to their respective stores. Winners will be chosen randomly and announced onJuly 28th on the Heffy Doodle and Time for Tea Designs blogs.

The next stop on the hop is the very talented Tallie Clewley

The previous stop on the hop Laura Sterckx

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Here is the blog hop line up. Make sure to hop along for a chance to win.

Heffy Doodle Blog

Shabneez Khan-Muztar

Amanda Fitterer

Natalie Seddons

Cassie Trask

Catrin Goodwin

Laura Sterckx

Katrina Howe

Tallie Clewley

Sharon Nettleship

Amy Gould

Laura Volpes

Time for Tea Designs Blog

Take care for now


Mice Day Birthday Card

Hello today I am sharing a card made for Tome For Tea Designs.

To make the card I took a card panel and die cut a stitched rectangle to add some stickers detail around the edge. I then took a piece of masking tape and masked off the bottom section of card. I used the Time For Tea Designs brick wall stencil and used a blending brush to add Distress Oxide inks in Bundled Sage, Hickory Smoke and Tea Dye. I moved the masking tape to cover the inked area and added Antique Linen to the bottom area of the card.

Next I worked on the images. I used my Coptic markers to colour images from the Baked With Love and Bake My Day stamp sets. I used the coordinating des to cut them out.

The oven die cuts out the door so it can open. I stuck a piece of acetate over the back of the oven and coloured a small piece of card brown. I drew a line in silver pen and adhered the pie to the brown card then adhered this to the oven. To make a glass door!

I stamped sentiments on to grey card using Versafine black ink and cut the down.

I adhered the images and sentiments to the card panel the stuck it to a card base to complete the card.

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Unity In Diversity. Paper Crafters Unite Against Racism.

Hello today I am sharing a card using a wonderful stamp set from Altenew called Better Together. Perfect during these challenging times we are currently facing.

Justine Hovey invited crafters to take part in an instagram hop to unite us and show our support for the never ending fight for equality all over the world. I decided to create a card using florals incorporating skin tone colours

I started by stamping out floral images from the Altenew Poppy Garden stamp set. I used Memento Tuxedo black ink and Neenah classic crest solar white card which is great from Copics. Using my markers I coloured the floral images using different combinations of browns to create different he different skin tones for the flowers. I used cool greys for the leaves. I recently took the Altenew class ‘Creative Coloring With Artist Markers’ as part of the Altenew Educator Certification Programme I am currently working towards. This is a great class for beginners and the more experienced and the perfect time to use what I had learnt in class. Once I was happy with my colouring I die cut the images out with the coordinating dies.

Next I worked in the background . I die cut a panel with a stitched rectangle die from white card.

I selected Distress Oxide inks in Tea Dye and Ground Espresso. For each colour I smudged some ink on to my glass matt and sprayed some water on top then mixed with a paintbrush. I then took a piece of cellophane to transfer the ink mix on to my card by pressing the cellophane down where I wanted the ink to go, mixing where I placed the ink and how much I transferred. You will get a different result every time. I love this look on backgrounds. I used a brush to splatter some of the ink on top and set aside to dry.

I spent time working out where I wanted my flowers to go and adhered them with liquid glue once I was happy with the placement.

For the sentiment I took a piece of black card and heat embossed the sentiment using white embossing powder and my heat gun. I added a thin strip of striped card along the bottom for some added interest. I then attached it to the card.

I added some pearls from Little Things by Lucy’s Cards and splattered some gold and silver watercolour over the flowers for some sparkle and shine.

I attached the panel to a card base to complete the card.

I hope you like it.

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