Cards, CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, WoW embossing powder

This is going to be a quick post for a quick card I made. Took me all of 15 minutes I think, and when my teenage daughter saw it, she said, “Mum that is the nicest card you’ve ever made…” and when I think of the hours I slaved over some of my other cards, especially the watercolour or interactive ones, her favourite is one that took me 15 minutes and required no real talent to do it!!

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All I did was stamp the beautiful stamp from Casual Fridays with Versamark clear ink on a red card base, heat embossed it with Wow’s Opaque bright white embossing powder and then blended in Aged Mahogany distress ink on the edges to bring out the centre image even more, sprinkled some white acrylic paint and that was it! Easy peasy!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great creative week!

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I’m sharing this with:

CAS Christmas.jpgCAS Christmas

Cas on fridayCAS on Friday – Make a Christmas card

CASual fridays.jpgCASual Fridays – Inspiration photo. That red caught my eye and all I could only think of was that!

Christmas-Card-Day_1080-01.jpgSimon Says Stamp – Christmas card day

AECP – Impressive Heat Embossing

Altenew Academy, Cards, Heat embossing, WoW embossing powder

The title of my post today is what I hopefully accomplished on my card after watching the 6 videos at Altenew Academy’s “Impressive heat embossing“course, today. I used to be known for my heat embossing when I started making cards but just the basic heat embossing to use as a resist for watercolouring or ink blending.

Ombre embossing products

But after this course, I now know so many other ways of heat embossing. Like the 2 techniques I used today; ombre heat embossing and water splashes heat embossing. For the ombre look, I stamped my “Floral Shadow” stamp from Altenew with Versamark clear embossing ink and added the “Heart Throb” red/gold powder, shook the excess off and added the Tafetta pink, shook the excess off and with the same method, added Emerald City and then Primary Lemon embossing powders from Wow Embossing Powder. I then used my heat gun to melt the powders and set them.

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For the glittering splatters around my ombre flower, I followed the method by Svetlana Marchenko and splattered clear water on my card, added the embossing powder & melted it with my heat gun. Unfortunately it didn’t work for me as I didn’t realise my embossing powder, called “Santorin”, is actually Sparkles premium glitter which means it needs glue. So I added spots of glue and added the glitter powder, pressed them in and shook off the excess.

For the sentiment, I heat embossed a strip of paper in gold embossing powder and then diecut the “Thanks” sentiment from Stamplorations and adhered it onto this panel. I then cut it with Simon Says Stamp rectangle stitched die and added a yellow rectangle border on foam adhesive around the diecut panel to finish.

Well I hope you liked my card and I really do appreciate you taking the time to stop by my blog and leave me a comment. Wishing you a wonderful creative weekend!

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I’m sharing this with:

Southern GirlsSouthern Girls challenge – Use metal. I added gold embossing on my sentiment

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes

stamplorationsStamploration cutplorations challenge – Anything diecut Goes

Wow embossing powder.jpgWow Embossing Powder – Metallics challenge

Inlaid delicate die cutting tutorial

Cards, Die cuts, Distress Oxide inks, Pink Fresh Studio

My head is soooo tired from attending intensive German classes every day. I have 4h every afternoon and I come home completely frustrated after having to figure out the German grammar. I was fluent in French in 6months, although thats probably due to the fact that I was only 25, and I didn’t really have a choice as the French didn’t want to speak English, and I’ve got by in Spanish without having studied it. But after 4 years in Germany, I’m still struggling with the language.

Obviously it doesn’t help my German that everyone here speaks English although it makes life easier of course. We only speak French or English at home, (or Spanish when my mother in law is here) and as the kids are in the International school here, German is not their main language either, (they are actually studying 4 languages at the same time though!), so that doesn’t help with me learning German either! So after (and during) my German courses,  all I want to do when I get home is grab a glass of wine… and look on the bright side of life, which is my  card making!

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I made these ombre inlaid die cut cards last night with the gorgeous NBUS die from Pink Fresh Studio and I’ve also done a photo tutorial, so its going to be a photo heavy post, to help you understand the best way to get those delicate dies onto a card. I decided to do this when I spoilt 2 die cuts trying to glue them onto my card!

I started by die cutting a black card stock with the die and removing it completely. I do this so that I don’t have too many layers to cut through later.

I then sponged some distress inks onto a white card stock, the size of the black card stock, and glued it behind the black card stock I had previously die cut from, with the coloured side upwards . Behind this distressed panel, I glued a sheet of double sided adhesive. (Ignore the pink blobs, I always use scraps to do my card!)

I then laid the die into the cut out area of the black card stock and ran it a few times through my Big Shot Plus. You have to move it around in your cutter to make sure that everything gets cut, as the adhesive behind the distressed panel will be hard to cut through. Once I was sure that everything was well cut through. I gently removed the adhesive, making sure that the parts I wanted to leave on my card did not come off too.

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I then pressed the whole panel onto my black card base and voila le tour est fait! Its done! Obviously, to avoid all those steps, you can always spray the back of the die cut with glue if you have it, but as its so delicate, if it sticks onto your table, it rips off easily!

This was actually my second card as I didn’t take any pics with the first one.

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This is the first one I did. Which colour do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below !

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope this tutorial was useful to you.


I’m sharing this over at:

DiesRUsDies R Us Challenge – Fancy Corners

HLS AG with Dies BadgeHappy Little Stampers – Anything Goes with Dies

Just us girls.png Just us Girls – Color week

double d.jpg Double D Challenges – Sentiment or Quotes


Sparkly ombre background

Cards, Die cuts, Heat embossing

I was on a roll this week, with no kids and no outside commitments, all I did was make cards with my new stash received this week, learnt new techniques, and leave lots of love out in Blog land! I think I must have spent 10h a day just on card making activities…and I still can’t get enough of it! I am sooo lucky to have such a patient husband.

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I made this card using the Easy Ombre background shown on Jennifer McGuire’s blog and I chose to follow the sketch over at Stick It Down and the colours from Color Throwdown. I first stamped this beautiful Floral background stamp from Echo Park in Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Wow clear sparkle embossing glitter. It gives an amazing effect but the stamped background becomes a little “prickly” to the touch, although it doesn’t hinder the shading.

To do the ombre background, I started by shading in Momento’s Rose bud, followed by Rhubarb stalk using Ranger’s mini ink blending tool to blend in the inks. As I didn’t have any chocolate inks, I mixed Potter’s Clay with black and I got chocolate! I then die cut the Love you Xcut die and stuck my embossed resist panel on a card stock, which I had coloured using Rhubarb Stalk again.


The light pink is not so light in real life but the light seems to just bounce off it and so it looks much lighter in the photo. I stamped the sentiment from The Ton on a label I cut using a die from the MFT Blueprint 20 set, using Versamark ink. Even though I used my Misti, it wasn’t easy to get the sentiment in the middle of my label, lol! While the ink was still wet, I brushed Bronze Perfect Pearls on it and the whole label to give it a light brown sheen.

This is going to a good friend of mine for St Valentine’s.

Thanks for stopping by!


Heres the sketch from Stick It Down : stick-it-down

The colours from The Color Throwdown: color-throwdown

I’m also playing at:

The Paper Players – Will you be My Valentine paper players.jpg

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Color of Love ssswchallenge