Tuesday 28 June 2022

Hand Stamped Sentiments - SC392

Welcome to another sketch challenge here at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  I used a background I had in my stash made with my gel press, some Arteza acrylic paint and a stencil from my stash.  The stamps I have used are from Aallandcreate by Bipasha Bk and are called Little Wren and Background Voices.  I added some thread at the back of the birds tail.

Sunday 26 June 2022


I'm joining in with the challenge over at International Art and Soul which is our Four Legged Friends.  

I've just recently purchased this set from Tracy Evans and really wanted to use the boots again - then in my stash I found an image of this cute little cat someone had stamped for me years ago from my Facebook group The Joy of Sets.  I have no idea what stamp company produced this little cat but I am now on a mission to try and find it.  I knew he would fit perfectly with the boots.

I started off by using my gel press for the background using Tim Holtz Distress Pain in Victorian Velvet with some Speckled Egg spray over the top.

When dry I stamped the image of the boots in Versafine Clair Shady Lane.  I coloured in the boots with Tim Holtz new Distress Oxide in Uncharted Mariner and added some Glossy Accents to the bottom portion.  I added one of Tracy's birds from Nesting Bird set. The sentiment is just perfect or this card and is from another of Tracy Evan's sets called Floral Friendship.

I'm adding this into the following challenges:
International Art & Soul - Four Legged Friends 
Sunday Stamps - On the Side 
Inkspirational - my cats are precious to me 
Alphabet Challenge - F is for Friendship

Thursday 23 June 2022


That's enough of the CAS cards for a while - that was very hard using Tracy Evans' stamps to do a CAS card but now it's business as usual and I can collage away.

My card today uses a few of Tracy's stamps.  I started out with some Tim Holtz Watercolour paper and used some Saltwater Taffy and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Inks.  I used flowers from Friendship Florals and Worded Petals for my flowers.  The background uses Foliage stamp set.  The little jar is from Containers.  I added some washi tape at the bottom and top left.

I'm adding this into the following challenges:

Create a Smile - Mood Board colours and flowers 
Allsorts - Summer Flowers

Wednesday 15 June 2022

CAS for a change

I've been making lots of collage style cards recently having found Tracy Evan's stamps so I thought I would challenge myself and make a CAS card and see  if I could do one with her stamps.  I'm joining in with the challenge over at 
Addicted to CAS  which is Dots.
I've chosen her new set Robin and Nuthatch and have just used the Nuthatch and the sentiment.

I used a Tim Holtz stencil for the background and some Speckled Egg Distress Ink.  I added some Washi Tape from Aallandcreate and used a tag to cut out the bird image and add to the white background.

Tuesday 14 June 2022

Hand Stamped Sentiments - IC391

Here's our mood board for you this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments - what will you choose to inspire you?  I chose the bottom left picture of the meadow.

I started by blending some Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks in Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire for the sky and Bundled Sage for the grass at the bottom. The tree stamps are from Visible Image stamps Into the Woods.

The flowers are from Tim Holtz Flower Jar. The grass stamps are from an old SU set High Tide.  The sentiment is from Tracy Evans set Pinecone.

Monday 6 June 2022


It has been a four day weekend of celebrations here in the UK to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee - 70 years on the throne - such an achievement.  Across the country there were tea parties so this was on my mind for my card today.  I've taken the sketch from Sunday Stamps and the idea of food and drink from The Paper Players.

I used some Ranger Dylusions Ink Spray in Postbox Red for the background and went over it with a stencil to remove some of the colour.  For my background panel I found a blue background I had previously done in my stash and stamped the images from Kaisercraft Tea Party stamps in Versafine Black.  I coloured the roses in Red to represent the Red Rose of England.  

The sentiment comes from Clearly Besotted Warm Solutions.

The Paper Players - Food/Beverage
Sunday Stamps - Sketch 
Taylormadecards4u - Red White and Blue AG 
As You See It - Beverages 
The Card Concept - Red White and Blue 


Nothing quite says summer like a sunflower.  My niece has a birthday soon and she loves sunflowers so this was a must when I saw it in Tracy Evan's set Friendship Florals.

The background was one I had in my stash of backgrounds when I was playing with my gel press.  The colours used are Arteza acrylic paints in golds, reds and purples - I also went over it with a stencil to give that swirly background.  I thought it would look great with the sunflower against it.

I inked the sunflower in Versafine Black in k and used Tim Holtz distress inks to colour it in.  I then fussy cut it out - not my favourite thing to do and I'm not very good at it but it worked out not too bad.  The little pot is another of Tracy Evan's stamps called Containers.  I added some of the stamps from Friendship Florals in the background and cut out a few of the birds to add to the card.  The Happy Birthday is from Clearly Besotted.

I'm adding this into the following challenges:

Make My Monday - Summer 
We Love Stamping - anything stamped 

Wednesday 1 June 2022

New Design Team - The Male Room Challenge

I am delighted to be part of the Design Team at The Male Room Challenge.  It will be a challenge for me too to think of 'male' cards - I wonder why we find them so difficult.

Our theme this month is Tag.  I added my tag to my card.  I started off by creating my background with my brayer and a gel press. I used blues and purples for my card and used Arteza acrylic paints.  I used a Shawn Petite stencil of the feathers for the background and added some washi tape to the sides.

For the tag I used a Tim Holtz die cut to create the tag.  I used similar paints for the background.  The feathers are from an old set by Stampin Up called Feather Together.  I added some background stamps from one of Tracy Evans sets and added a real feather in the middle.  I added a brad to the top and some more of the washi tape.  The Happy Birthday was white embossed.

I'm adding this into the following challenges:

Crafty Friends - For a Man 
Creative Inspirations - Masculine 
Paper Funday - Masculine