cards, Challenges


I wasn’t sure if I would get to join in on this colour challenge.  I really wanted to.  The colours are so pretty together and it has been on my mind the last 2 weeks.  Yesterday was a rainy day here which meant I could sneak away and play. 🙂

These are the colours for the Colour Inkspirations #27 challenge this week. Powder Pink, Pool Party, Melon Mambo, Island Indigo.

When I sit down to make a card for a challenge I pull out the inkpads first and see how they sit together.  Then pull out the stamps that I think might work well with these colours.  After tossing around a few ideas and looking on Pinterest for some inspiration I decided to work with the Lift Me Up set.  (well dusted it off!!).  This is the card that resulted.  Have to say it didn’t take that long to pull this all together.  For me that’s pretty good. 🙂


I gave the Hot Air Balloons a 2-tone effect.  To do this I first inked up the balloon in the lighter ink, for example the Powder Pink, then patted on the darker ink on to the lower half of the balloon.  Then stamped the balloon on to the Whisper White card.  I cleaned the stamp before inking again using the same process.  Then changed inks and did the same with the Pool Party with Island Indigo.  I will say I was a little nervous  stamping it straight on the card in case I messed it up. Also, it was a little tricky to see how much I have inked the stamp but you know, it’s only a little bit of white card.  If it doesn’t work well just turn the card over and try again OR get another piece of card.  No stress. 🙂

To assemble the card I adhered the stamped white piece on to a mat of Powder Pink and on to a card base in Pool Party.  The sentiment was stamped on a strip of Powder Pink card.  Then to finish I cut a detailed Hot Air Balloon from the Up and Away Thinlits in Silver Foil and a few clouds in Vellum.  Of course, Rhinestones were added for the bling factor.

So I got it done in time- and posted to the Facebook group Thankfully.  If you want to join the group and see all the creations then head -> HERE.

Thanks for stopping by,


cards, Classes, Tutorials


This project for today’s Wednesday’s WOW! is a card we made at class a couple of weeks ago using the Stampin’ Blends. I thought it might be a good technique to share with you.

I have used the Lift Me Up set and heat embossed it with white embossing powder and then coloured it with the Blends markers.

Do you want to see how to do this? 

I haven’t done a video as yet but I have an earlier tutorial from some time ago using the Blendablilities.  They work the same way.  To find out head -> HERE to see the blog post.

Happy Colouring!


cards, Techniques, Tutorials


I was asked by a friend to make a special birthday card for her 1 year old grandson.  The birthday theme was Red, White, and Blue and bubbles and balloons and if I could incorporate those.  Or at least either the balloons or the bubbles with the colours.  My mind started ticking over.  What to do???

So here is the card that I made.

What do you think??  

The colours were Real Red, Pacific Point and Whisper White.

The Balloons were stamped with the Balloon Celebration set and punched with the co-ordinating Balloon Punch. The number 1 is cut with the small letters alphabet dies which is now retired but they are a useful size when you need small numbers.  I added some Snail Adhesive behind  the balloons, then added a length of White Baker’s Twine.  The three strands were then adhered down near the bottom of the card and then the sentiment was added over it.

The sentiment was from the Lift Me Up set.  I went over the “Happy Birthday” with the black marker and then stamped it on to white card.  It was then cut with the Bunch of Banners Framelits.

For the bubbles effect I used the Bokeh Technique.  Have you tried that technique before?  It has been a while since I have done it.   You can find other samples HERE. with this technique. I thought I added a tutorial back then but hadn’t.  So I will add a quick one below.  There are a number of different tutorials on the internet but to be honest I find them messy.  I am so not a messy stamper.  Maybe occasionally a little inky techniques but usually I need quick and clean – and done!!

So here is a non-messy Bokeh Technique Tutorial for you.  Hopefully soon I will create a video to share with you.

Firstly, You need a piece of acetate the size of your card front and cut 3 circles of different sizes over the card.  This creates a mask for the sponging.

On a piece of Whisper White card the size of your card mat, (This piece was 10.1 cm x 14.4 cm) sponge your chosen ink colours randomly over the card.  For this I used Real Red and Pacific Point. Sometimes it can look pretty ordinary at this point but persevere.

Once your card is covered with ink then place your acetate template over the card.  Sponge Whisper White craft ink over the circles.  You will want to dab or pounce the white ink on DO NOT RUB THE INK. Move your acetate template, if you are using a smaller piece over the card to different places to sponge more circles on. If you like, overlap some circles and have some going off the edge of the card for a good effect.   Let the card dry before you finish off the card.

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