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Hi, I'm Pam and thank you for visiting my blog. I have been making cards for over 10 years and am an independent demonstrator for Creative Expressions. I am lucky enough to teach on cruise ships and also get the chance to demo at The Big Stamping and Scrapbooking Show at Alexander Palace. I run workshops for a local craft shop and if anyone would like details of the them please e-mail me at stephen.smith870@ntlworld.com I love to scrapbook but my all time favourite thing is to get messy with ink!

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Navy and White

Good Morning All and a very Happy Tuesday!  I hope you all had a great Bank Holiday weekend...I know we did!  We were in Huddersfield at the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival...yes, I'm a ukulele player!

Well, I'd better get on with this weeks card.....

Using the Cosmic Shimmer Decadent Denim Spray Mist, spray through the small dot mask onto Coconut White card.
Dry thoroughly.

Turn over and emboss with the A4 Fine Filials Folder.

Stamp the message from the Decadent Damask Birthday Verses and cut to size.
Use this as a template to cut diagonally onto the dotty card.
Fold back the 4 triangles.

Cut the card to size, then using a pencil (or similar) curl the four triangles and glue the tips down.

Stamp the sentiment again onto a piece of card that is larger than the aperture with Black Archival Ink and emboss with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Powder.
Glue into position behind the aperture.
Matt and layer onto Foundations French Navy Card before gluing onto a blank 8x8 card.

 Die cut some Leaves from the Faux Quilled Leaves Set using the French Navy Card. Cut some flowers from the Camellia Open Petal Dies using French Navy Card and Closed Flower Dies using Coconut White Card.  Glue the flowers together.

Place the leaves and flowers onto the card and glue into position.  Add some 5mm and 8mm pearls to the flower centres and the 4 points of the triangles.  Add 3mm pearls to the leaves.  on the wording I've used the the Mini Swirls.
I've also used 2 of the white flowers with some Cosmic Shimmer Decadent Denim PVA Glue in the centres.

And that's the card finished!

Everything used for this card is from Creative Expressions.

Well, that's it for this week.  My day for blogging has been changed to Thursday as from next week so I hope you'll still be able to visit me.  Many thanks for stopping by and leaving comments, they're much appreciated.

So, until next Thursday, have a happy, crafty week!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015


Good Morning All and a very Happy Tuesday!

I've been playing this week with another set of stamps designed by Phill Martin.  This time it's the Decadent Alphabet and Numbers, always useful to have in your stash!

Anyway, here we go......

Die cut 5 Spellbinder Classic Diamonds from the Vintage Rose Garden 12x12 paper pad.
Fold in half and stamp the letters from the Alphabet stamp set to spell out the word "Hello" using Black Archival Ink.

Cut 2 squares of coordinating paper from the same pad, matta nd layer them onto Black Foundations Card.

Emboss a square of Coconut White Card using the A4 Leafy Montage Folder.  Matt and layer onto Black card.  stick on the previous matting and layering.

Draw faux stitching around the triangles before folding them over a length of Bakers Twine.  Glue the tips of the triangles so that you can still move them on the twine.

Drape over the card and tape at the back to fix into position.  Glue onto a blank 8x8 card.

Use 3d foam pads to stick the triangles into position.

Fancy cut some Butterflies and Flowers from the same paper pad as before.  Cut out the word "Smile" from the same pad, matt and layer onto Black card.

Glue the flowers into position.  Shape the butterflies and glue on.
Add the wording with 3d foam pads.

And there's the finished card!

Not my usual style at all!  But sometimes it's good to do something totally different and get out of your comfort zone!  
A bit like this coming weekend when I'll be at the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival in Huddersfield having workshops with some of the best players in the world....I just hope I can keep up!

As always, everything used in this card is from Creative Expressions.  So that just leaves me with a big thank you for visiting and leaving comments.  I'll be back next Tuesday with another design using Phill's fab stamps.  Until then, have a happy, crafty week.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

A Wonderful Birthday

Good Morning All and a very Happy Tuesday!

Well, we're back from our adventures on the high seas and trying to get back to normal...whatever that is!  I'm just happy to have all the unpacking and washing done!!

This week I'm using the Decadent Damask Birthday Verses Stamps designed by Phill Martin for Creative Expressions.  There are 4 large message stamps in the set, all with lovely birthday messages.

Anyway, let's get on with making a card!

Stamp the message with Black Archival Ink onto Coconut White Card.  Heat emboss with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Powder.
Tear around the edges, then add Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Plum Gilding Wax to the torn areas.

Cut a square of paper from the Vintage Rose Garden 12x12 paper pad.  Tear around the edges and apply the Gilding Wax as before.
Stamp a row of the border from the stamp set with Black Archival Ink.
Glue onto the card blank.

Ink up the Skeleton Leaves Striplet Stamp with Black Archival and stamp onto a piece of vellum.  Heat emboss with the clear powder.

Add circles of Gilding Wax to the reverse side of the stamped image.  I've used Vintage Plum, Golden Lilac and Summer Blue.  Trim to size. 

The first photo shows it from the reverse side and the 2nd one is what it looks like when you turn it over.

Glue onto the card with Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue.
Add the message with 3d foam pads.

Colour a 2nd piece of vellum with the same colour waxes.
Cut out flower shapes with the Finishing Touches Classic Rose Dies.
Use a brad to hold the flowers together then scrumple the flowers to give a bit of texture.

Die cut the Faux Quilled Leaves from Coconut White Card and glue into place.  Add the flowers with 3d foam pads.

And there's the finished card!

I wasn't sure if the waxes would work on Vellum but they look gorgeous.

As always, everything I've used is from Creative Expressions.

That just leaves me to say a big thank you for stopping by and leaving comments, they're much appreciated.

So until next time, have a happy, crafty week!

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Lace Background

Good Morning All and a Very Happy Tuesday!

While I was at Ally Pally a few weeks ago, I showed how to make a background for a card using net curtain.  I was asked if I would put the instructions on my blog and here it is!

Cut a square of card slightly larger than needed and put the required size of double sided adhesive sheet on it.

Select your piece of net curtain!  Ideally, it should have a large open weave.  Charity shops are great places for finding nets.

Select 3 colours of Cosmic Shimmer Polished Silk Glitters and apply one colour at a time with a small spoon.  I've used Vintage Violet, Lavender and Sea Green.

Remove the net curtain and add Cosmic Shimmer Diamond Snow to fill in any areas not covered by the glitter.
Matt and layer onto Black Foundations and Coconut White Card.

Stamp the sentiment from Phill Martins Decadent Damask Birthday Verses with Black Archival Ink.  Heat emboss with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Powder.

Cut out using the Sue Wilson Greek Island, Santorini Die Set.  Distress the edges with Dusty Concord Ink.
Using the same set, cut the next size down in black card.  Cut in half and glue to the back of the sentiment.

Add a length of black seam binding to the left hand side of the glittered background.  Attach the background to the card blank.
Add the sentiment with 3d foam pads.

Die cut some Butterflies from the Finishing Touches-Magical Butterfly set using Black Card.
Glue into position.  On the larger butterfly, add 3 dots of Cosmic Shimmer PVA Glue in Decadent Denim to finish.

And there's the finished card!

It's a very old technique and seemed to die out about 9 years ago.  I thought it was time to revive it as the Glitters and Double Sided Adhesive Sheets are so much better now.
Everything (apart from the curtain!) has come from Creative Expressions.

Well, that's about it for today.  I'll be back in the UK tomorrow and normal service will be resumed!  I'm not sure what's happened to the colours in the last couple of photos.....we're having some serious computer issues at the moment...hopefully, it'll be sorted out soon.

As always, many thanks for stopping by and leaving comments.  They are much appreciated.  So until next time, have a happy, crafty week.