Saturday, 21 January 2017



Hallo, nice to see you

Have a card today from
Karen Gist, who's theme
is new baby

Take a look:

I have chosen to make a new baby card as a close friend 
is having a baby boy soon!

Card-I-O stamps are lovely to use in building up a picture. 
They are small and detailed and a brilliant addition to your stamp collection. 

Versamagic inks are chalky so you can get a very delicate feel to your project, though it is harder to photograph!

Firstly I made a background on white card. 
I dabbed some ink onto my craftmat and sprtized with water, 
then swiped the paper over it. 

Because of the nature of the ink you get a lovely soft marble effect.

I cut a circular aperture out of the centre of a square white card blank.
Then I set to with the stamps using the branch from the Oriental Blossom set first stamped with Aquatic Splash and Wheat. 

Then I added a few flowers using Aegean Blue and butterflies 
and leaves using Wheat.

 From the Pitter Patter set I stamped the hearts in Perfect Plumeria

From the Pitter Patter set stamp the babygro in Wheat 

and the rabbits (how cute are they?) in Aegean Blue. 

When they are dry add the teensy clothes pegs in the blue 
and Perfect Plumeria as shown. 

I also 2nd stamped the hearts onto the babygro. 

When dry cut out and glue the pegs to a piece of cord.

Make two holes either side of the aperture and tie the cord in place
 so that it looks like a clothes line. 

Attach some of the marbled card to the inside back of the card. 

Stamp a sentiment onto it so that it shows just below the babygro. 

Add some dots of stickles to add a bit of sparkle.


Thank you Karen - such a cute card

Be good to have a small stock
of these in different colours

'Till tomorrow - stay warm

Mickie xx

Friday, 20 January 2017



Hallo everyone

More stamping fun today
from Helen Chilton:

Hi there, Helen here. 

This time I've made a fairly wintry card 
using Card-i-o stamps and VersaMagic ink pads

Using a circle stencil, rub Sea Breeze directly onto card, blending as you go

Leave centre white.

Stamp branches round circle in Eggplant

while still wet, sprinkle on some Shabby White embossing powder and heat.

Stamp the pine branch in Turquoise Gem.

Then add the needle sprig in Aloe Vera,

the pine cone in Hint of Pesto,

and the same colour for the robins

Finally add flowers in Perfect Plumeria and Persimmon

Finish off with a tiny word and some Stickles glitter.

The finished card

Stamps used: Card-i-o: Tall Trees, Festive Tweets, Festive Fircones

Other materials:

Beautiful card Helen, thank you.
These stamps really do bring out
the artistic designer in us all

Think I will have to keep my Versamagic 
Ink Pads on my desk - they are so easy
to use - need to use them more..........

'Till tomorrow
Mickie xx

Thursday, 19 January 2017



Hi there!

Can you believe we are half way
through the first month of the
New Year?

Time just goes whizzing on.......

Except here, where we aim to
help you rest and relax for a moment

Today, Claire Jackson has an idea
for to take away the "difficult" from
those difficult men's cards.....

 "It’s often difficult to think of designs for men 
but Card-io stamps are very versatile and combine together 
to create an endless variety of scenes, 
which can instantly become more masculine 
with different colour inks. 

Cut a 5” square of white card. 

Stamp the buildings in the foreground in eggplant.

Mask the foreground buildings off and stamp the church 
and a small building in perfect plumeria

Leave the masks in place and use a 
torn piece of card to create a hill line. 

Using a sponge add Spanish olive to create hills and grass

 Stamp the branch around the top in jumbo java,
 repeat each time before reinking to get second and third impressions. 
This helps to add depth. 

Add a row of bottles at the bottom

Cover over the bottles with a piece of card 
so that the bottom edge lines up with the base of the bottles. 

Stamp the leaf in different colours to create a shelf. 

Add the glass and bottle opener

Stamp the leaves and hops over the branches in different colours, 
each time stamping two or three times before inking the stamp again

With a sponge gently add diffuse green ink over the leaves and branches 
and around the edge of the card to create a border. 

Add a sentiment around the edge.

These stamps are great for quickly making batches of cards. 
Play around with different colours for different seasonal effects.

Materials used: 

Thank you Claire for a super card
with a masculine feel.  Normally
so hard to do 

'Till tomorrow everyone

Mickie xx