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  1. Hi there, I have a clean and simple mixed  media card for you today using distress inks and stencils. I have embellished with a little bit of champagne sparkle medium and added a sentiment stamped onto vellum.

    Stencils                                      Stencils crop

    The key creating this background is building up the layers gradually with different colours of ink and sponge applicators.

    1.       Take a piece of white cardstock, and colour tint very lightly with twisted citron distress ink with blending sponge.

    2.       Lay down the diamond stencil, and sponge through with mustard seed (yellow) a small section of the pattern onto opposite corners.

    3.       Without moving the stencil, highlight one edge of yellow diamond with iced spruce ink, this will add dimension. Remember to add the ink very gently and build up the colour slowly, until you are happy with intensity.

    4.       Randomly apply cracked pistachio ink very very lightly over the whole of the card, going heavier in small sections around the edge.

    5.       Take the iced spruce ink pad direct to edge of the paper and lightly drag down the page. This will highlight the edges.

    6.       Take a piece of spare card, ink the very edge (with iced spruce) and stamp the straight edge, creating criss-cross detail as shown.

    7.       Use cracked pistachio & iced spruce through a section of the leaf swirl stencil, to create a focal detail, to the right of the card. Embellish the leaves with a fine detail liner pen.

    8.       Use Versafine ink to stamp a sentiment onto vellum. Wrap a section of the vellum to the reverse and adhere.

    9.       Spread sparkle medium through the diamond stencil onto card stock tinted with cracked pistachio ink. Allow to dry, then rip and tear a section to layer and adhere over the vellum on card front. This will prevent the need to apply glue to vellum directly.

    10.   Use the small pattern detail stamps from the birthday verse set to accent.

    11.   Mount onto a card blank and wrap a coordinating length of twine or ribbon with a hand tied bow.


    Thank you for visiting today, if you have been inspired to create your own version of this project please share with us.

    I will be making a YouTube tutorial so that you can watch these techniques in action, please come back on Friday for a new project with the same techniques.

    See you again soon,

    Claire x




    Twisted Citron/ Cracked Pistachio/ Mustard Seed/ Iced Spruce

    Distress Ink -

    Champagne Sparkle Medium -

    doCrafts Creativity A5 Clear Stamps, Birthday Verses -

    Imagination Craft Stencils, Diamond Background/ Leaf Swirl -

  2. Good Morning, I have a mixed media piece to share with you today.

    I’ve created this on a journal page, but of course it can so easily be made on a card front perfect for Mothers Day, or even direct onto a canvas.

    This piece really shows off my favourite way to craft at the moment and my favourite set of colours.

    MM Tim Holtz wild flowers

    By gesso-ing the page first, I was then able to lay down a layer of distress ink (weathered wood) taking the ink pad direct to the page, then stamping a wood grain effect into the background with the same colour.

    This built the background for me to arrange a posy of wildflowers, die cut from white watercolour paper. I wanted to use this technique to show you that colouring your elements after die cutting them works really well.

     I have used distress ink to watercolour. To do this apply some ink from the pad direct to a glass mat or an acrylic block, and use a water brush or damp paintbrush to pick up the colour to take to the paper. The effects are a beautiful soft colour wash.

    Tim Holtz wild flowers

    I’ve highlighted around the edge of the page with structure paste, and left it white....combined with the blue/grey background it’s a fresh combination I just adore.

    I like to keep things minimalist so went with embellishments (chipboard & button) that subtly enhance my main focal point, which in this case are the flowers. I just love the addition of the pink enamel dots to complement the pink flowers, and I know the Kerri-Ann has a great range of ‘Just Pearls’ from Imagination crafts on the website that will help you achieve the same look.

    I really hope I have inspired you to create, so please do share your designs with us.... we love to see them all.

    Thanks for joining me, see you again soon

    Claire x


    Weathered Wood/ Tumbled Glass/Seedless Preserves

    Distress ink

    Just Pearls -

    Gesso & Structure paste available here

    Pallette knife

  3. folk floral plaque

    Afternoon everyone,

    I've been experimenting with the folk floral range to see what sort of crafts i can adapt the items to fit it with. I really love the floral style, makes me feel summery. I thought i'd have a go at creating a wall plaque using some of the folk floral deco sheets combined with the folk floral decoupage. I finished the plaque with some ribbon & a bow from the collection too. I'm pleased with how it looks, i wasn't sure if decoupage would work on a plaque but i think it is an effective style.

    If you'd like to have a go at creating this yourself you'll find everything you need in our online shop


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    Simple Palm Punch Papercrafts using Glue Dots.

    I have been asked by a few of my lovley followers to create items showcasing basic palm punches; so here is a simple but cute couple of projects using a circle and snowflake punch.

    Project 1: The snowflake card was super simple to make, you need some co-ordinating festive blue papers / card, your circle and snowflake punches and some gems for added sparkle. Make sure you select the right size snowflake to fit inside the cirle. Use your craft Glue Dots and 'Ultra thin' Glue Dots to stick on the snowflakes.

    Project 2: The sweet filled pillow box decorations are super simple to make. Cut a strip of card and wrap around the pillow box, use a glue dot to secure in place. Punch out your circle and snowflake; use your craft glue dot to stick the circle to the card strip and a 'ultra thin' glue dot to add the snowflake on top. Finally add a self adhesive gem for added sparkle.

    I hope you like these cute little projects.