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

Wednesday, 18 January 2017



Hallo Everyone!

We have a new theme this week:
Card-I-O stamps 

The DT have been keen to show
what they make of these stamps - 
and it is all good..............

We start off with
Louise Thomson

One of the lovely things about versa magic ink pads 
compared with others is that they maintain their colour 
when stamped on dark card. 

I wanted to make the most of this quality for my project 
and so worked with a black base card for a bit of a change.

Start by inking up a branch stamp with clear embossing ink. 
Sprinkle with white embossing powder, 
tap off the excess and heat to set. 

I used branches from two different Card-i-o sets stamped several times, 
but one would do fine. 

Stamp the small flower from the sakura blooms set using spring pansy ink 

Stamp the side-on flower in pink petunia. 

Add more flowers using purple hydrangea. 

Finally add in some leaves using Aloe Vera. 

Now for the slightly nerve wracking bit... 
line up two nesting square dies 
and cut your image in to three squares. 

Mount each square on a piece of white card with a narrow border. 
Layer them up together and stick down with double sided tape.

Add finishing touches with a stamped butterfly 
and dots of stickles glitter in the centres of the flowers."

Materials used

Card-io Stamps: Summer wreath, Sakura blooms, Pleasant Pastures
Versamagic inks in spring pansy, pink petunia, purple hydrangea and aloe vera Nesting square dies
Stickles – diamond

Lovely project Louise.  Thank you.
Makes me think that Spring is not so
very far away......

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx