CASE Study #129

Hi everyone,

I missed my usual post yesterday since we had a bit of a crazy day – just super busy!  I had done the basics of this card yesterday after looking at the latest CASE Study challenge.  Teri Anderson is the muse for this month and you can see her card at the CASE Study blog here.  The design of the card with the diagonal stripes is a bit different for me but I think worked really well with the star embellishment to make a masculine birthday card.  The patterned papers I used are from the My Minds Eye Collection – Lost and Found Two 6×6 paper pad which is a little bit of an older collection now. The star die I used is from Sizzix and the button was made using the Martha Stewart Buttons Large Double punch (love this!).  Hope you get a chance to check out the other cards people made on the CASE Study blog.

Thanks for stopping by,



10 Distress Paint Tag Backgrounds

I got some of the new Tim Holtz distress paints this week and have had some fun just making some backgrounds so I decided rather than share a completed project I would share some of the tag backgrounds I have made and the colours that I used for each one. So far I am really enjoying these paints and can see me getting lots of use out of them.  As well as making the backgrounds I made a card for the Stef’s Paper Crafts blog (you can see it here) where I used it on a wood piece by Kaisercraft.  I was really impressed with the coverage of the paint and how quickly it dried.

The basic method for making the backgrounds was to apply a bit of each paint to my craft sheet, mist the paint with water and then swipe my tag through until I was happy with the look.  I sometimes did more than one coat after I dried the first one with my heat gun.  Sometimes I misted the tag before heating it and just generally experimented.  It is important to remember than often this is only part of what would be a finished background.  I would probably add at least some ink around the edges and probably would stamp on the backgrounds or use a stencil too.  Sometimes as I was heating the paint it bubbled and pop which left quite a nice texture but you would want to be careful with this so you didn’t burn your paper!  You will see from the photos that you can get lots of different colours and no 2 backgrounds are the same.  I included the light coloured tag to show that you can also make soft and pretty tags if you want to.



Tag 1 – Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, Barn Door, Tag 2 – Bundled Sage, Snow Cap, Spun Sugar, Tag 3 – Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Walnut stain



Tag 4 – Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Tag 5- Barn Door, Wild Honey, Frayed Burlap,

Tag 6 – Fired Brick, Victorian Velvet, Barn Door


Tag 7 – Seedless Preserves, Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry, Tag 8 – Broken China, Black Sott, Weathered Wood, Tag 9 – Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss, Bundled Sage



Tag 10 – Broken China and Walnut Stain.

Both these tags used the same colours (so technically I have shown you 11 tags 🙂 The second one was made after I had finished the first and I spritzed more water onto the craft sheet.  You can get a totally different look.  The second one reminds me of stormy skies at the beach.

Thanks for reading all the way to the end!  I hope this gives you some ideas of some colour combinations you could use if you decide to dabble with the distress paints.  If you have any questions just leave me a comment.

Have fun,


Case Study Challenge #128

Hi Everyone,

I had some time today to play along with the current CASE Study Challenge.  I had already coloured Popsicle Marci with my copic markers a little while ago and decided that I would still be able to create a card based on this weeks card by Terri Anderson (You can see her card at the CASE Study blog here).

I haven’t done any stamping with paint for a while either so I got out some paint dabbers.  I used a Kaisercraft texture stamp to add a bit of extra interest to the patterned paper.  When I stamp backgrounds like this with paint, I don’t add paint to the whole stamp and tend to roll the stamp over the background rather than using a stamping block.  I also applied some purple paint to the embossing folder before running it through my sizzix big shot.  I used the same purple paint to stamp the sentiment and add some paint to the edges of the papers before adding them to the white card base. Stamping is fun but just remember to clean your stamps and embossing folders.  If you have any questions just leave me a comment.

Thanks for stopping by,





Supplies: Bazzil card, White card, Patterned Paper – Kaisercraft Botanicals Collection, Sizzix Tim Holtz Texture Fades – Honeycomb, Adirondack Paint Dabber – Eggplant and Sunshine Yellow , Kaisercraft Texture Stamp – Friends, We R Memory Keepers Twine, La La Land Crafts – Popsicle Marci, X-press It Blending Card, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Atyou Spica Pen – Lemon and Lilac , Copic Markers – E000, E00, E01, R20, BV00, BV02, BV04, Y11, Y15, Y17, C00, C0, C1

Tea Thyme Many Thanks Card

Hi everyone,

I made this card before Christmas when I was making heaps of thank you cards but I didn’t post it then since I didn’t want my blog to be all thank you cards!  I used some of my favourite products on the card – one of the  Memory Box butterfly dies, Prima Tea Thyme papers, some Prima flowers and some Calico Shine.  It was a fun card to make.

Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by,



Big Love Tag

Hi everyone,

I have had these black tags for a little while and so I pulled some mists, a template, one of the new Kaisercraft texture stamps, silver paint dabber, some ribbon and some embellishments.  My youngest boy (he is 2 and a half) likes to help with the cooking and also likes painting, so he was quick to come and see what I was doing.  My stamping space has moved into an area next to our kitchen so I put the box I do my misting in on the kitchen bench and I think that was what grabbed his interest. So we made him a tag too.  If you have any questions about how I made the tag just leave me a comment and I will be sure to write back.

Thanks for stopping by,



Supplies: Inkssentials Black tag, Perfect Pearls Mist – turquoise , Ribbon, Glimmermist – Mountain Mist, Kasiercraft Wheat Template,  Kaisercraft Secret Admirer Collection Sticker sheet, Kaisercraft Texture Stamp – Believe , Adirondack Paint Dabber – Silver, Prima Flower, Heart Pearls, MME Washi Tape

Heart Key Marci Card

Hi everyone,

I got this cute new Marci stamp a week or so ago and got some time to colour her in today.  I coloured her a little bit differently as I have coloured as though she has socks but on her packaging she has short leggings under her dress – I think she looks ok both ways but confess that I did this without even realising :).   I have teamed her up with some papers from the Secret Admirer Collection, some cute little clouds (Memory Box die) and the heart border ( a new La La Land die).  I cut the sentiment  from the Secret Admirer Collection sticker sheet and I just used letter stickers to make the last word.

Thanks for stopping by,



Supplies: Xpress-It  Blending card, Memento Ink – Tuxedo Black, La La Land Crafts – Heart Key Marci (stamp) and Heart Border Die, Memory Box Die – Puffy Clouds, Kaisercraft Secret Admirer Collection – patterned papers and sticker sheet, SNAP letter stickers, Copic Markers – Skin (E000, E01, E00, RV00), Hair (E71, E77, E79), Clothing and Shoes (Rv00, Rv02, BG10, BG13, Key (R81, R83, R85, C1, C2, C3), Atyou Spica Pen – pink, silver, blossom and clear

Valentine’s Day Card

Hi everyone,

Today I am sharing a Valentine’s Day Card that I have coloured in with my copic markers.  I have already shared this card over on the Stefs Paper Crafts blog but I wanted to share it here as well.  Generally I will show different things but every now again there will be an overlap.

I covered the card base with washi tape and applied black paint to the edges of the white paper and the red paper to add some more contrast to the card.  I used a Maya Road pin, red paper rose, some gems and a Tim Holtz Mini Paper clip to embellish the card.

Thanks for stopping by,




Supplies: X-press It Blending Card, Memento Ink – Tuxedo Black, Black gems, Red paper rose, Natural twine, Maya Road pin, Copic Markers – R32, R35, R37, R89, G94, G99, Flourishes Stamp Set – I Love Roses, Tim Holtz Mini Paperclip, Jenni Bowlin Paint Dabber – Fountain Pen, Kraft card, Washi tape