Mermazing birthday – emboss resist

Hello Again,

Just to continue with MFT Camp Create 2017, day 2 is all about Remarkable Resist. Heat embossing is one of my favourite techniques, so versatile and stunning results. I needed another birthday card for a little girl and I just couldn’t let the mermaid theme go.

Here is my card for Day 2:

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I started with heat embossing in blue the MFT Whimsical waves background stamp on Bristol smooth cardstock. Then I applied blue/green shades of Distress inks with a sponge applicator. When it was done, I went back with a paintbrush and added more intensity of the same colours to the waves. I also used a Spectrum Noir shimmer pen to add sparkle to these lovely waves.

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While I set it aside to dry a bit, I stamped and coloured another mermaid from the Mermazing stamp set. I used Copics/Shinhan markers and used the coordinating die to cut it out. I also die cut several times the “Make a wish” sentiment from white cardstock and mounted them on top of each other for more dimension.

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When my background panel was dry, I used a stitched rectangle die from Simon Says Stamp to trim it down a little and adhered it on a white card base. I added the stamp and die cut pieces and embellished the card with some coordinating iridescent sequins from Studio Katia.

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I will also link this project up on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Emboss it!

Until I am working on the Day 3 homework, I will bring you another nautical card, so stay tuned.

See you soon!






Mermaid wishes – watercolour card

Hello everyone,

Every year My Favourite Things is organising Camp Create, which is like an online crafty camp: every day there is a different task to fulfil to earn that day’s badge. I love the intensity of it as it gives me an excuse to make a card every day, yay!

The task for Day 1 in Camp Create 2017 is Wonderful watercolour.

This is my card:

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I started with a piece of Ranger watercolour paper and applied some blue and purple shades of Gansai Tambi watercolours on it randomly. I made is very thick, did not water it down too much, only to make the paint creamy. When a heavy coat was done, I took a piece of kitchen cling foil, crumpled it and placed it on top of the wet watercolour. I pressed it well into the paint and set it aside to dry for about an hour or so. Then I carefully removed the foil and I was left with this pretty marbled look. (The idea I got from Jennifer McGuire, here is a link to her technique video). I also added some Shimmer Spritz for a sparkly effect.

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I trimmed the piece down to be 2 and 1/4 inch wide and added a silver mat to it. I adhered it to a textured white card base and stamped a sentiment from black under it (MFT More Essential sentiments). I also die cut the word Happy 3 times from silver cardstock and mounted them on each other to have more dimension. I used the Zig Quickie glue pen to adhere them together.

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While my watercolour was drying I stamped and coloured the mermaid and turtle from the MFT Mermazing stamp set, and the little present from the Beast Friends stamp set. I used Copics/Shinhan markers to colour them in and the cut them out with the coordinating dies.

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I adhered them flat to the watercolour panel, just used a tiny bit of thin foam tape under the tail of the mermaid as it was hanging off the raised panel. I used a Spectrum Noir shimmer pen and glossy accents to make it even more special. A few clear sparkling crystals from Studio Katia finished this card off.

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I hope you like it and will return soon to see my Day 2 homework.

“Sea you soon”



Masculine inspirational card #3

Hello Everyone,

I am back today with a card I made for the current Inky Paws Challenge #48 Use stripes as a continuation of my masculine encouragement card series. I love patterned paper and I wanted to play with them for a funny effect design.

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I started with stamping all the images from the Newton Scoots by stamp set on Copic friendly paper, coloured them with Copics/Shinhan markers and cut them using the coordinating dies. I cut a piece of patterned paper from Lawn Fawn and gold heat embossed the sentiment from the set on the bottom of it.

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I created a slightly larger mat from Peacock cardstock (Lawn Fawn) and die cut a stitched arch frame from kraft cardstock (using 2 arches together to create a frame). I also cut another patterned paper from Lawn Fawn with the bigger arch die, making sue that the stripes run in the opposite direction. I adhered everything flat on the background panel and mounted it all on a kraft card base.

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As a finishing touch I added some Spectrum Noir Clear Shimmer to the scooter and emphasized some details with glossy accent. I love the raised feel it gives.

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I will submit this project to the above mentioned Inky Paws Challenge as my second entry. I will also play along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Masculine theme and the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Touchy Feely.

I hope you like my card and will return soon for another fun one.

Have a lovely day,



Masculine inspirational card #2

Hello Everyone,

Here I am with my second encouragement card for men, this time using Paper Smooches dies.

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I started with covering a piece of cardstock with double-sided adhesive (Sookwang). After removing the release paper (which I kept for my next card), I placed the gilding flakes on the adhesive and rubbed it in with my fingers first then I used a stencil brush to make it smoother and even. I die cut the Paper Smooches feathers from the created panel. 

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I die cut a stitched rectangle from chocolate brown cardstock and gold heat embossed my sentiment (Altenew) on the bottom. I adhered 3 feathers above, gave the panel a golden mat and used 3D foam tape to layer it on a piece of patterned paper (Lawn Fawn). I adhered it all to an A2 sized card base.

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In the inside I also put a strip of the patterned paper with a golden mat (I just forgot to make a picture of it).

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I will submit this project to the Paper Smooches June Challenge (Men), to the Simon Says Stamp Monday and Wednesday Challenges as the theme is masculine on both sites.

I hope you liked my card and will return soon for more inspiration.

See you,



Masculine inspirational card #1

Hello Everyone,

I have finally finished a huge project I was working on for the KG of my daughter and I hope to get back to normal with card making. I missed it so much. To get back to “business” I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and challenged myself to make some masculine encouragement cards. Here is the first one:

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I saw a video recently from the amazing Jennifer McGuire using gilding flakes and I dug out mine from the bottom of my crafty box to give it a try. I took a piece of chocolate brown cardstock and added stripes of double sided tape. I used 2 different width for more interest. I removed the release paper and covered it all with gilding flakes. The one I have is kind of rainbow coloured, beautiful. I used a stencil brush to brush the access off.

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I also covered a scrap piece of white cardstock with the adhesive and added gilding flakes to it before I die cut it with the Splendid Stags die.

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I used a Simon Says Stamp Stitched rectangle die to give the faux stitching to the striped background and I also cut 2 stitched arches with an MFT STAX die. I used the smaller one to trace it on the back of an orange foil cardstock and fussy cut it. I got 3 layers of arched this way, the foiled mat emphasizes the shine of the gilding flakes even more. On the kraft arch I heat embossed a sentiment in gold, from the Beautiful Plumage stamp set.

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I adhered it all on a kraft card base.

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I will submit this project to the Newton’s Nook Designs Inky Paws Challenge #48: Use stripes, to the Simon Says Stamp Monday and Wednesday Challenge: Masculine.

I hope you like this inspirational card and will pop in again soon for the second one.

See you,



Flower from Jana

Hello Everyone,

Today I am just popping in with something my daughter (6 years old) made for me the other day. She wanted to cheer me up as I hade a horrible headache and laid down a bit in the afternoon. When I woke up I found this beauty on the kitchen counter.

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She coloured a pre-stamped image (Wild Rose Studio) which I made for her a while ago using her Crayola and ICO markers. She knows me well, I love colours and flowers.

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I could not imagine a sweeter gift.

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As it is Anything goes on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog, I will submit Jana’s project to cheer others up also.

I will be back soon with another card project.

Have a lovely day,


Rainbow birthday

Hello Everyone,

This card is long overdue as it was for my mum’s birthday in mid May. I put all my heart in it and I have to admit that this is my favourite card out of the recent ones I have made. She loved it too.

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I started with stamping the gorgeous floral background stamp from Simon Says Stamp with Versamark ink and white heat embossed it. Then I used some of my favourite distress inks in rainbow order and using a mini ink blending tool I added them in a diagonal direction. I pushed the same ink pads on my laminated white cardstock and painted the flowers to make the colour stronger. I also used a Spectrum Noir shimmer pen to make it sparkly.

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When it was dry, I used a stitched rectangle die (SSS) to cut it smaller than an A2 sized card base. I also die cut the word Mum (SSS) from Blue Violet cardstock 3 times and layered them on top of each other. I took a piece of aqua cardstock and white heat embossed the Happy Birthday sentiment on it (MFT Essential sentiments). I used 3D foam squares to pop it up.

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As a finishing touch I added some clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh in the middle of the flowers, it makes them so pretty.

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I will submit this project to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Anything goes.

I hope you like my card and will return soon for more inspiration.

See you soon,