Thursday 28 February 2019

Blow Out The Candles - Day 4

Today's card is a #simplestampin card.
Unusual for me to make so straight forward a card especially as it took me as long to
design this as my other makes do!

I started this one with just a large Whisper White circle and a scalloped mat in Gorgeous Grape cardstock beneath it.  

I sponged lightly across the white circle in Granny Apple Green and also the centre of the white mat. Then I stamped the Happy Birthday message and the Balloons onto a scrap of card.  I fussy cut them out and added them to the front of the card. 
 On the inside, I stamped a few of the balloons along the edge for a little detail. 
Then that's it. 
Tomorrow I will be stepping up this one with a little more .....???
Please stop by and see what I did to up my game on it!

Wednesday 27 February 2019

Blow Out The Candles - Day 3

Today's card is to welcome a new baby.

This card I coordinated with a lovely stamp set called A Little Wild.

It not only shows the front of each animal or cuddly, it has the back of them too.

I used the Balloons from Blow Out The Candles to make the background. 
 I coloured some White Sheer Ribbon using the ink pads in So Saffron, Calypso Coral  and Smoky Slate.

I used Whisper White and Smoky Slate cardstock and the message was cut using the Pretty Label Punch.

Tuesday 26 February 2019

Blow Out The Candles - Day 2

 Today's card is another fairly straight forward one with a stamped mat and cake.

I stamped the 2 candles side by side using Memento then stamped them again just moving them 
along by 1 candle and added colour using Grapefruit Grove Ink pad.

I added the cake onto the smaller mat using dimensionals and adhered both of the mats onto Black Foiled card. It gives a lovely shine around the edges.

I added a piece of Black 1/8" cord and tied it by making a 'tie' knot.

I finished off with a simple Memento message on the inside and added a balloon to
match the colours.
For more information on the stamp set, please click HERE
To see the Bundle with the framelits, click HERE

Monday 25 February 2019

Weekly Inspiration - Stamp Set

Hello, this week I will be showing you some samples of cards that I've made using
the Blow Out The Candles stamp set. 
 This stamp set is a 2 step set which enables you to stamp the outer image and then the inside.

Using a very simple layout, I had a piece of Whisper White card that I had embossed earlier
so I felt it had to be used, It was embossed with the lovely Swirls and Curls Folder. It gives quite a deep impression so I pushed it back a little using a bone folder just to soften it.

I coordinated it with the lovely Granny Apple Green cardstock and Ink for the inside images of the 
balloons and cake. The white balloons are washed over with the Clear Wink of Stella. It gives a little shiny sparkle. Sadly, my camera doesn't show it.

All of the images and the outer text is using Memento Ink Pad. I also edged the banner on the front and the inside white mat with the Memento too. 


I finished off with a little cake and Happy Birthday inside.
My grandsons favourite colours at the moment, so this will be for
 his 10th birthday card for this coming Friday.

So as the message says, Eat Cake and Enjoy Your Day
For more information on the stamp set, please click on HERE 
It comes as a Bundle with Framelits too. Please click HERE to have a look. 

Sunday 24 February 2019


For the last post of the week ....ohps I should have posted on Friday but I spent the day holding workshops at the Make It craft show and had to leave home so early that in all the excitement I didn't get a chance to post 😁
So here is the last sample of the week . I hope you're having a good weekend and enjoying some crafting and relaxing. 
Please join us tomorrow for the first of Gills posts.
Have fun
Cary x

Thursday 21 February 2019

#aquapainters #watercolourwash #colouring

#aquapainters are great for colouring in. You can achieve great, delicate details but for the beginners,  or people like me who are a bit more heavy handed 😉, beautiful results can be achieved with no difficulty at all.
For today's card I first heat embossed the simple outline flower and leaf image randomly across the card. I used white embossing powder but any colour would work. I then used 3 colours applied with the aquapainter . I then took a piece of paper towel and gently buffed the excess colour of the embossed edges . This ensures that the embossed part doesn't get stained by the ink in the watercolour wash.
A simple die cut sentiment and vellum circle, a small piece of ribbon and the card came together with ease.

Wednesday 20 February 2019

#aquapainters #simpletechnique #simplestamping

When you want a quick card why not try a #simplestamping card and why not add a #simpletechnique 😁 all made easy with #aquapainters!!!... I think I've gone # crazy!!! Lol But seriously the card today is super quick and simple. The background is created with a very simple watercolour wash using 3 toning inks to create the ombre effect. Then just stamp the sentiment as the focal point and voila already for a mat and popping onto a card base. The rhinestones have been coloured to match the work by colouring them with Stampin Blends which are alcohol markers so colour onto all sorts of surfaces.

Tuesday 19 February 2019


#aquapainters...they are so useful!!! Not only can you colour in with them you can make many simple backgrounds. Today's card has a striped background created with the aquapainter . Just be bold and go for it is my advice....

Monday 18 February 2019

#aquapainters #wastercolourwash

This week I'll be sharing some of the samples I've made using simple watercolour wash techniques using an aquapainter and Stampin Up classic ink pads.
Today's card features a die cut word. I left the cut out piece in the cardstock and applied a water colour wash starting darkest at the bottom and letting it fade out towards the top giving a rather nice ombre effect.

Friday 15 February 2019


For the last card of the week I decided to add a little something to my #simplestamping card... a punched  out shape! Punches are ideal for those just starting their crafting journey.  They're not to expensive, take up little space and can be used in multiple ways. The stamps I used are the Florentine Filigree photopolymer set from the spring summer catalogue from Stamp Up. As they are photopolymer the enable the crafter to create repeat patterns with no effort or tools other than a block to hold the stamp.
Well that's it for this week's inspiration.  I do hope you've enjoyed seeing my ##simplestampin cards and have maybe inspired you to have a go.
Next week I'll be sharing more cards
 And I hope you'll pop on by and take a peek and maybe leave a comment or 2 😊
Have a great weekend
Have fun
Cary xx

Thursday 14 February 2019

#simplestamping and #valentine

Happy valentine's to you all 💖
We should all be wishing ourselves a happy valentine's as we should all love ourselves.  So make today special for you as well as for others 💖
Today's #simplestamping card is a valentine's is for you all.

Wednesday 13 February 2019


The essence of #simplestamping is ink, paper and stamps. Today's sample shows that a single ink colour can achieve a variety of effects when stamped on coloured card and pattern paper. I chose to  stamp on the coloured card base and the wood textures pattern paper. I like the way the ink gives a depth to the card base and almost seems to  highlight the wood effect.
I hope you give this #simplestamping a go it's good to go back to basics if you've been stamping a while. It also shows that complete beginners can achieve beautiful creations from their very first card 😊

Tuesday 12 February 2019


#simplestamping meets #loveitchopit !!!!
Today's sample show cases the oh so pretty designer series paper called All my love. It's a a beautiful paper that is not just for lovie dovie cards. It's also great for other occasions like today's card for a girlie birthday 😊

Monday 11 February 2019


Wow didn't you just love the beautiful colours Gill used in her fabulous creations last week?? I just loved the bold,  bright gorgeous Granny Apple Green 💚💚💚
I love it so much I used it for today's #simplestamping sample!!!
The check piece is made by stamping the buffalo check stamp in granny apple green on whisper white.
The punched circle piece is made using the happy birthday sentiment from the Amazing Life stamp set. To create different shades I used a technique called generational stamping.  This is very easy it's just ink the stamp, stamp then huff on the stamp and stamp again..tada a second colour!!! Do it again and you have a 3rd colour!!!! So much from one colour ink.
#simplestamping and #simpletechnique