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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Christmas is on its way

Hi there my friends. I seem to have rediscovered my blog which I must say I had really neglected. This time I have a CAS card on offer.

It was inspired by the LIM challenge blog. It sent me looking for this Sheena Douglass stamp which I have had for ages and never got to use. I used watercolour card and stamped in watering can archival ink.

I then used distress markers and a damp brush to colour it in; twisted citron, mermaid lagoon, blueprint sketch, hickory smoke, lucky clover and a bit of ground espresso.
Considering it is a Christmas card, some glitter had to be used. So I added some Stardust stickles to highlight the snow.
I also added glossy accents to the glass panels.

The sentiment is embossed with a wow embossing powder. And another one off the list! 
Hugs Theresa xx

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Simply less is more - one layer card: vehicle
Addicted to CAS - one layer card
HLS August Christmas challenge - anything goes with optional twist

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

mistletoe aka to be or not to be...

Hello, my friends. I nearly didn't make it for this week's TTCRD challenge. My printer broke so I couldn't make the card as I couldn't print anything off.

So I thought to myself that maybe I could get the stuff printed at work. It was all going well until I saw the black line across the sheet and the smudge in another area. So I set myself the challenge to work with what I got!
This week we are being sponsored by Dr Digi's House of Stamps. I chose to work with mistletoe which you will find here.

I used my neglected sakura glaze pens to colour in the mistletoe. The sentiment is from Claritystamp and is embossed with a wow powder.

The positioning was more or less out of my control. The red strip of card hides the smudge and the sentiment is around that area too.
So hopefully I managed to make a decent card against all odds.

Now it's up to you to join with your makes. Remember that it is always anything goes.
See you there, hugs, Theresa xx

Sunday, 6 August 2017


Hello, my friends. This card was inspired by a card I saw on Papercraft inspirations magazine and was made using the free stamps that came with it.

I must confess that I love orchids and I find the flowers fascinating. Back to the card. I stamped 3 outline orchids in watering can archival ink and then added 3 leaves and buds.
I stamped 3 more orchids on a separate piece of card. I filled in the colour using the solid stamp and second generation love letter memento ink. The inner darker colour was stamped in 1st generation love letter ink.
I painted the buds with the same ink and a damp brush and for the leaves, I used ivy cottage ink.

I fussy cut the 3 flowers and overlayed onto the card to give a bit of dimension.
As for the sentiment, I used Sue Wilson Happy Birthday dies. The birthday is die cut directly onto the white card so that the base colour peeps through. The happy is done on kraft card so the white peeps through. I used kraft card for the base and added some pearls to finish off.
I must say I really like the way this card turned out, what do you think? Hugs, Theresa xx

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Simply Less is More - tropical fruit
Happy Little Stampers - watercolour challenge: anything goes optional twist - bloom
Happy Little Stampers - CAS challenge: bloom
Casology - juicy (colour of watermelon, apple)

Tuesday, 1 August 2017


Hello, my friends. I'm back with another card. This is the card I made for my father on father's day just gone.

I started with a Kraft stepper card as a base card. Next, I set about creating the wall. I stamped in the watering can archival ink and then painted with watered down distress inks. I used several from the earthy colours and then added some green to give it a more authentic feel of age.

Next, I set about the shelf. I used a scrap of kraft card, a woodgrain stamp and potting soil archival ink. Then I used a scoring board to create the shelf and stuck it down as shown.

It was now time to make the jars and pot to go on the shelf. I die cut all the pieces from Sheena stamping card, apart from the lids which I cut from black card. I then stamped the pieces with the corresponding stamps.
The pickled onions were hand drawn by yours truly. 

Now, I chose these particular foods as my father tends to make them. His pickled onions are the best and the lemon syrup is made with lemons from the garden and is a wonder for a sore throat.
The flower pot is there because he is also proud of his plants and has loads of them in the yard and the garden.

Everything is coloured with distress inks and a damp paint brush. To make the jars look more realistic, I added highlights with a white pen and then sprayed them with spray and shine. For the lids, I added gilding wax to the black cards and this makes them look like metal. I used silver and gold.

The stamps and dies are from Sheena's perfect partners range apart from the woodgrain one which is a Tim Holtz stamp.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Soccer Player

Hello! I'm back again with another card. This time it is the inspiration for the new TTCRD anything goes challenge. This week we are sponsored by KennyK Stamps.

I chose to work with this little fella. who seems to be having loads of fun playing football. He is called Soccer Player.


I think you can see that I had fun colouring him in. I used a combination of Spectrum noir illustrator pens and promarkers. 
The background is also drawn. The grass is all made with the pens. For the sky, I used a hand cut cloud mask and broken china distress oxide. 

Then  I matted again on white card and attached to base card. I added some embellishments from my stash and the sentiment is an old Kanban one from Patch Pals. 
So now I hope you come and join us and for further inspiration please hop onto the TTCRD site to see what team mates have come up with, hugs Theresa xx.       


Sunday, 23 July 2017


Hello there my friends. I created this card a few months ago and was waiting for the right time to blog it. As I flicked onto the LIM challenge yesterday I realised that it fitted the bill perfectly.

It is a very CAS card. I started with a base of kraft card. I then cut some silver and black glitter card strips from the Crafter' Companion and stuck them to the bottom. 
For the sentiment, I taped a strip of black and silver to copy paper and then die cut the word which is from Sarah's Glamour Signature range. I added some gems in complimentary colours and the card was finished.
It is a great way of using scraps, hugs, Theresa xx

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Less is more - anything but stamps

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Wild roses

Hello there my friends. Time is just flying and it is time for another TTCRD anything goes challenge. This is a scheduled post so I hope it will work.

Our sponsor this week is Sheepski Designs. She has some gorgeous designs in her shop so be sure to visit.
The lucky winner will get 3 digi images.

I chose to work with the image wild roses which you can find here. I must say I love this image and to me it says Christmas. So I decided to make a Christmas card and get the list moving.

So it is printed on coconut white card and then I added drawing gum to it to mask it so I could work on background. I overstamped with watering can archival ink (I don't know where the stamp is from, somewhere in China, but I love it).

I brushed distress inks all over the background and added shadow with a damp brush and brushed corduroy. I rubbed off the drawing gum and then added some highlights with Victorian velvet to flowers. The leaves I coloured with peeled paint and forest moss. 
I then tore all around it and inked it with distress inks. I matted on torn black card and stuck to the base card.
Finally, I added a bow in matching ribbons and a flower from my stash. I added a bit of sparkle with the Crafter's Companion clear sparkle pen.

I would like to enter this card in:

Sunday, 9 July 2017

teal christmas card

Hi there. I have started on the Christmas card list and some challenges are really inspiring me to go after the Christmas cards.

This week's challenge over at LIM is the one layer card with a coloured base card. I know that teal is not a colour associated with Christmas but I felt that this colour combo worked well. Obviously, I am open to your suggestions.

So I basically die cut the baubles into the base card. They are from the Sara's Scandinavian collection by Crafter's Companion. I then stamped the string in versamark and embossed in gold. Then I went over the baubles with a versamark pen and gold embossed as well. The sentiment is from Claritystamp Word chains and I gold embossed it too.

I thought I had finished when I realised I had smudges across the sentiment. So I had to hide it or else bin the card. So I got out an Imagination Crafts stencil and sparkle paste and added some sparkly snowflakes all around for balance. So now I'm keeping everything crossed that I won't get told that it is too busy!

Hugs, Theresa xx

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Simply less is more - one layer: colour base card
AAA cards - collaboration with LIM

Sunday, 2 July 2017

red and white

Hello there. It has been a while since my last post. However this weekend I found a bit of time to create 3 Christmas cards.

They were inspired by the challenge on LIM challenge blog. This week they asked for cards created in the colours of the flags.

Now since I'm Maltese, this gave me a limited palette of red and white. So I thought that this would work for Christmas.

So I got out a Claritystamp stencil with snowflakes and used it to make all 3 cards. For the first one, I used sparkle gel from Imagination crafts. The sentiment is from the word chains by claritystamp. I used red geranium archival ink and clear embossed.

For the second one, i used red geranium ink and dabbed it through stencil with a stencil brush. I heat set it and then 'foiled' it with the sparkle medium. it gives a beautiful effect as you can see from the pics below. The sentiment is one that came as a freebie with a magazine. 

 The last one is using polar Cosmic Shimmer white sparkle paste. It is then finished in the same way as above. So 3 more done, hugs Theresa xx.

I would like to enter these cards in the following challenges:

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

hawaii flower

Hello there. I am very late on parade with my post, as I should have posted this yesterday. It is time for another TTCRD anything goes challenge.

This week we are being sponsored by Little Blue Button. they are offering a $10 voucher from their store.

I chose to work with this image called Hawaii flower. I found it to be a beautiful image to colour and in fact, I have used it again since. I used spectrum noir illustrator pens to colour it in and also added detail with spectrum noir pencils.
The sentiment is from a Sheena Douglass set that features similar images.
I finished it off with some sequins.

So now it is over to you to come and play. Don't forget to hop over to the main TTCRD blog for further inspiration. See you there, hugs, Theresa xx