Marbled backgrounds

Its the summer holidays and I wanted to do some crafting with my daughter so we decided to have a go at marbling.

I don’t have any of the proper marbling inks so we went back to basics and used shaving foam and acrylic paint!

We made the collection of backgrounds!!

When it came to using the backgrounds I was a little more scuppered as they are just so….busy!!

Foe the above card I cut the Hero Arts Star Confetti Fancy die from Creative Expressions Midnight Blue Pearl card and used one of the backgrounds to back it.

The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the Bright Rosa Birthday Words die set.

This card again uses the Midnight Blue Pearl card (which I love!) with a floral cover die that I bought from Ali Express.  I wrapped some twine and added a bow and have left this card as it is.  I didn’t want to add a sentiment to this one.

This card combines a cover die die cut I had already done and was just sitting on my desk so if it feels a bit thrown together then thats because it is!!  Its the Hero Arts Hearts Confetti Cover die which I then I had cut a heart from.

I added a sentiment from Concord & 9th.

Slightly random I know!


Nordic Winter

I love the new Nordic Winter die from Tim Holtz for Sizzix.




It cuts into the card with no border so you can use it to make any size card (although its sized for a US A2 card size).  I used mine on UK A6 card size and so had to cut it very close on the long edges, I think next time I’ll try it on 5×7 cards.



The die creates the most amazing confetti pieces which can either be paper pieced back in (as I have done above) or used to create other cards.  I have seen some great other examples by the Sizzix design team that I want to try.


For my cards I used Creative Expressions Midnight Blue Pearl Foundation Cardstock and some general gold card from the kids stationery section at B&M!

The sentiment is from Crafters Companion Saras Signature Cute Christmas Metal Die and Stamp set.


I stamped with Stazon on the metallic card and white Izink pigment ink on the blue cardstock.

Inspired by….Pete Hughes

I love the design style of the Sizzix designer Pete Hughes and so I have made a few cards in his style.  Heres a few of the ones I’ve made today.




I made the inky backgrounds by smooshing ink onto an acrylic block, spritzing with water and placing onto watercolour paper for 10 minutes.

Once dried I roughly cut these up and ran the inside of my scissor edge along them to ‘rough them up’ and give them some texture.


I used the Starry Creative die by Penny Black to cut through the panel to add some more interest.


I cut the flowers using Cricut Faux leather that I have had for ages and I haven’t known what to do with it.  I also cut some from some Kraft card that I had brayered some white acrylic paint on to.


I didn’t have the sentiments I was after so just printed some on to white cardstock using the computer (I used the American Typewriter font).


I really like that they look so simple.



Unicorn Fairground


Well its been H.O.T here in Kent and I for one do not like it!! (I’m very much like Goldilocks…it’s either too hot or too cold but hardly ever just right!).


I’ve been in my craft room with the windows and blinds closed and fan on, and decided to crack out my Unicorn Fairground by Sticker Kitten Collection to make some cards.




I went with a mix of styles from Z Fold to shaker to just a basic 6×6 card.  Still a bit of my paper pack left to use but I’ve certainly made a dent in it!




  • Unicorn Fairground 6 x 6 Paper Pack
  • Unicorn Fairground Ephemera Pack
  • Unicorn Fairground Wooden die cuts
  • Unicorn Fairground Sequins pack
  • A4 Cardstock (from stash) for card bases.
  • Collall glue
  • Cosmic Shimmer True White Detail Embossing Powder
  • Versamark Ink
  • Versafine Onyx Black Ink
  • Sparkle pen

Sentiment stamps

  • Unicorn Fairground Stamps
  • Apple Blossom Party Banners Stamp Set
  • Pretty Quick Sentiments, Quotes and Verses (used inside the cards)
  • The Artistic Stamper – Frames Words

Mojo Monday 504

I’ve gone back in time for this one. I was looking for a sketch for a square card and found this one by Julee that I liked.

I used some of my Boho Chic Papers from Making Cards Magazine Feb 2018 issue.

Mojo Monday Sketch 504


The ‘Happy Birthday’ die is by The Stamps of Life.  They ship from Canada to UK and the postage is very reasonable compared to what US stamp companies (well, the USPS) charge for postage.

Batch card making – Making Cards Magazine Boho Chic

I found an old set of papers called Boho Chic that came with Making Cards Magazine (Feb 2018) and made the first card from a design in the magazine.  (so annoyed by my foam tape behind the sentiment but nevermind!)


It was such a simple one that I decided I’d make a batch of them using the same panel style.


I spent the evening watching Love Island (don’t judge me!) and cutting up and glueing the panels together.



The large birthday sentiments are from a set of 3 by Woodware Stamps.


I used CraftUK 6×6 card blanks.  The coloured card is cut to 4.5cm x 14cm, and the patterned paper to 4cm x 13.5cm.

Mojo Monday 197

I found an old (2011) Mojo Monday Sketch for a square card to use for this card.


The papers are from Making Cards Magazine (Feb 2018) Boho Chic Collection and the dreamcatcher die is from Love Cardmaking Issue 5 – also the Boho Chic Collection!  The Happy Birthday die is by Crafters Companion.

With Sympathy

I made myself a batch of backgrounds using ink smooshing on an acrylic block so today decided to use some of them.


I’ve created some sympathy cards because I thought they had a nice gentle feel to them.




I cut each one up roughly and ‘roughed’ the edges with my scissors to add more texture.  Some I dry embossed and others I stamped.

This card uses the Boho Chic Embossing folder from Love Cardmaking Magazine issue 5.  I cut the foxglove silhouette using my Cricut.  The sentiment is from Avery Elle Loads of Wishes stamp set.

This card is stamped in pumice ink with a stamp by Art by Marlene.

The embossing folder used is Butterfly Wishes from Love Cardmaking Issue 1.



This one is a stamp set from Visible Image.