Pretty Aperture and Flowers

Here’s our latest card made at our workshops.

It uses the gorgeous Flower Stamps designed by Trudie Howard, Doodle Borders and Background Stamps.  The dies we have used are the  Double Debossed Circles, Essentials and Inverted Squares.  The flowers have been coloured with the Watercolour Brush Pens.

The Full Card


Stage 1 – Cut out all the layers and die cuts as shown in the photo.  The card is 21cm x 21cm. You will need some scrap white card if you wish to decoupage the flowers.

Stage 2 – Ink the edges of the plain inverted square layer in two colours and then where the circle aperture is with the lightest colour ink.  Ink the skinny circle frame.

TIP – we placed the inverted square aperture layer over the plain square layer and lightly drew around the circle with a pencil.  Then we knew where to ink for the aperture!

Stage 3 – choose a background stamp and stamp over the inked circle area using the darker colour ink.

Stage 4 – ink the doodle border around the edge of inverted square aperture layer

Stage 5 – Stamp the flower stamp using Versafine Black Ink onto the large circle die.  If you are decoupaging the flowers stamp it again on the scrap card.  Take your time and enjoy colouring your flowers!

Stage 6 – assemble your layers, using foam tape to lift the inverted square aperture layer.

Other card samples…

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Here’s what we used with links to our website…

Sentimentally Yours

Other Ranges

Karen Signature



Fancy Flowers Easel Card

Here’s a lovely version of an easel card made at our workshops.

This card uses the gorgeous Stamps designed by Trudie Howard (Flowers and backgrounds), Phill’s Octagon dies and Stately petite Sentiments.  We have coloured in the flowers using the new Watercolour  Blending Brush Pens!

The Full Card – made by Beverley!

Pointy Pretties Stamp,  Delicate Floral Background, Stormy Sky Distress Oxide

Stage 1 – cut out all the layers and die cuts needed as below:

  • 20cm x 20cm – Card Blank
  • 9.5cm x 9.5cm (x3 pieces) – Inked layers
  • 9cm x 9cm – Backrgound Layers
  • 1 x larger octagon (flowers)
  • 2 x medium octagons (creates the easel)
  • 1 x small octagon (stopper)
  • Scrap white card to stamp extra flowers etc

Stage 2 – start by creating your base card using the 20cm x 20cm piece of square card.  Firstly score at 10cm across and up/down to create 4 quarters.  Then score from the top middle score line diagonally down/out towards the two middle score lines.   Cut up the  score line from the bottom middle score line to the centre of the card.  Fold the middle scored lines inwards and use a bone folder to create a crisp crease.  Fold the top two diagonal score lines back and out on themselves. Crease well. (see image)


Stage 3 – cut two of the 9.5cm x 9.5cm pieces diagonally in half to create triangles.  Ink the edges of all these 5 pieces. (4 triangles , 1 square)

Stage 4 – stamp the background onto the x3 9cm x 9cm pieces.  THEN cut two in half diagonally.  Stick these layers to the inked layers.

Stage 5 – stamp your chosen flower onto the largest octagon so that some of the flower is off the edges of the card.   Stamp the flower again onto the scrap card for decoupaging later.

TIP – If you don’t want to decoupage your flower, just stamp if fully onto this piece.

Stage 6 – stamp your chosen sentiment/image onto the stopper octagon and also a verse on the bottom left hand side of the card blank.

Stage 7 – colour in your flowers and cut out the piece you want to decoupage. and stick to the main flower.

TIP – if you are decoupaging all your flowers you don’t actually need to colour these in on the large octagon as you will not see it! But you do need to colour the stems.


Stage 8 – to create the easel, use the x2 medium size octagons.  Firstly, fold one in half and score well.  Create a small tab on side and score.  Glue this to one side of the unfolded octagon. (see image)

Stage 9 – assemble all the layers onto the card blank and add glitter if you wish!

Other samples…

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Sentimentally Yours


I hope you enjoy making this card!

Karen Signature

Sentiment Cloud and Ovals

Hello crafter!

Here is our latest blog post.

This card uses Phill’s Sentiment Cloud Stamps and Rubber Background Stamps, along with Sue Wilson Double Pierced Ovals, Orange Blossom Petals and Whimsical Leaves.

The Full Card


Stage 1 – cut out all the layers and die cut pieces needed as follows:

  • Base Card – 21 x 15
  • Layer 1 – 20.5cm x 14.5cm (inked)
  • Layer 2 – 20cm x 14cm (embossed)
  • Sue Wilson dies:
    • Double Pierced Ovals Set A
    • Orange Blossom Petals
    • Whimsical Leaves

Stage 2 – choose two coordinating Distress Oxide Ink Colours. Our sample card uses Ripe Persimmon and Tea Dye.  Using a Smoothie, ink the 1st layer and middle oval alternately with the two colours. Ink your flowers in the lightest of your two colours. On our cards we have also added colour to the leaves, but have kept it quite pale.

Stage 3 – choose a rubber background stamp and ink alternately with the two colours onto the largest oval, making sure you come in enough. Our sample card uses Leafy Background Stamp.


Stage 4 – Use the darkest ink colour to stamp the background stamp onto your flowers.

Stage 5 – choose a sentiment cloud and use one or two colours to stamp the smallest oval.  Apply Clear embossing Powder if you want a shiny finish!

TIP – to get the sentiment in the right place we have inked the sentiment cloud stamp and pressed the oval layer down onto the stamp and rubbed it gently.


Stage 6 – assemble your layers and use foam tape and glitter where you wish!

Here’s what we have used with links to our website if you wish to purchase any items…

We hope you enjoy making this card!

Karen Signature

Other card samples….

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Nina Frame & Tag

Hello crafters!

Here is our latest blog post.

This card was made by crafters at our regular workshops.  It uses the pretty Nina Frame & Tag Die, Distress Oxides/Chalk Cloud Inks, background stamps and small sentiments from Phill’s Daisy, Blossom or Timeless collection.

Our main sample uses Cracked Pistachio and Broken China Distress Oxides


Stage 1 – cut out all the layers and die cut pieces needed as below:

  • Base Card – 21cm x 14.5cm
    • Layer 1 – 20.5 x 14cm (background stamp)
    • Layer 2 – 18.5 x 10.5cm (inked)
    • Layer 3 – 18 x 10cm (embossed)
  • Sue Wilson Dies
    • Nina Frame and Tag
    • Petite Butterflies
    • Complete Orange Blossom Petals
    • Delicate Daisies

Stage 2 – choose two co-ordinating colours from either the Distress Oxides or Chalk Cloud Inks.  Using a smoothie, colour the plain layer from the Nina die and Layer 2.  You can colour the butterflies at this stage.

TIP – apply the lightest colour first on the Nina layer taking off all the excess colour. T go over the edges with the same colour a little darker and finally add the darker colour over the outer edge to create a nice, faded look.


Stage 3 – choose a rubber background stamp and using both colours work around layer 1 to create a pretty background.

TIP – you will need to ensure the stamping comes in about 2.5cm

Stage 4 – colour your flowers by either using the same background stamp or simply using a smoothie for a full colour.


Stage 5 – stamp your chosen sentiment on the topper in either one or two colours.

Stage 6 – shape your flowers, assemble the layers and add glitter if you wish!

Card Samples


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We hope you enjoy making this card!


Pretty Border Card

Hello crafters!

Here is another beautiful card made by crafters at our regular workshops.

It uses Phills new DL Collage stamps or Sentiment Clouds, with a pretty embossed border and a delicious spattering of flowers!

Stage 1 – cut out all the layers and die cut pieces needed as below:

  • Base Card – 21 x 14.5 cm
  • Layer 1 – 20.5 x 14 cm (inked)
  • Layer 2 – 20 x 13.5cm (stamped)
  • Layer 3 – 19 x 10 (embossed)
  • Sue Wilson Dies:
    • Pierced Flags
    • Delicate Daisies
    • Camellia

Stage 2 – choose 2 coordinating ink colours. On our main card we have used Faded Jeans and Evergreen Bough Distress Oxides. Ink the edges of the 1st layer about 1 cm in. Then ink the larger pierced flag.

Stage 3 – using the same 2 ink colours, stamp your chosen image onto layer 2. To do this we applied both inks to the stamp and stamped the image in the middle of the card layer first, then stamped above/below to fill in the spaces.

TIP – some of the DL Collage stamps are vertical stamps, so make sure you line the image up and fill in top and bottom. Make sure you re-ink every time. This card looks fab in Landscape too! (See slideshow below)


Stage 3 – colour your flowers! We have used a couple of methods on the flowers in the main sample.

  • One uses Phills new Shimmer Shakers with 2 coordinating colours.
  • The other is done with ink and water. This lightens the ink colour first, so that the same colour can be stamped over and seen. To do this stamped the ink pad directly onto a blending mat to add colour. Then spritz with a little water and run the flower into the colour. Leave to to dry and stamp your image over.

Stage 4 – stamp your chosen sentiment onto the pierced flag. On the main sample card we have the Chalkboard Stamps.


Stage 5 – assemble the first two layers. To create the pretty embossed border, hold this layer over the card and decide how much of the image you want to see. Then tear the embossed layer carefully from top to bottom with some wavy edges to add interest. Lift with foam tape on your card.

TIP – you could ink the edges of the embossed layer if you wish

Stage 6 – shape your flowers, add to your card and add glitter, pearls or pearl PVA as you wish!

Card Samples

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Sentiment Cloud with Distress Oxides

Hello Crafters!

Here is a card made by crafters at our regular workshops. All cards featured are made by our crafters 🙂

This card uses Phill’s new Sentiment Cloud Stamps and Distress Oxide Inks.  It also features Sue Wilson Peony Flower, Maidenhair Fern and Pierced Flags.


Stage 1 – Cut out all the layers and die cut pieces needed as below:

  • Card Blank – 21cm x 17.5cm
  • Layer 1 – 20cm x 16.5cm
  • Layer 2 – 19.5cm x 16cm (embossed)
  • Layer 3 – 16.5cm x 13cm
  • Layer 4 – 16cm x 12.5cm (cloud stamp)
  • Pierced Flags
  • Complete Peony

Stage 2 – To colour the embossed layer use a brayer and ink up your chosen Distress Oxide Colour.  Lightly run the brayer over the embossed side (don’t put too much pressure on).  You might need to re-ink a few times.


Stage 3 – To stamp the Senitment Cloud you need to stamp in twice.  Ink the Sentiment Cloud generously with the Distress Oxide and stamp the top half, pressing firmly.  Apply clear embossing powder over the stamped image and use a heat gun to gently set the powder to a lovely glossy finish. Repeat with bottom half of the layer.

TIP – Don’t worry if there is a slight gap where the two stamps meet; this will be hidden with the pierced flag.


Stage 4 – To colour the flowers press the Distress ink onto a blending mat so that there is a good covering.  Spray with water until small droplets appear, then rub the flowers into the colour.  Leave to dry naturally as this will create a lovely effect.

TIP – some of our lovely crafters added a background stamp over their flowers to create more interest.  This is a lovely effect!

Stage 5 – Stamp your chosen sentiment onto the Pierced Flag and add clear embossing powder if you wish

Stage 6 – Shape your flowers and assemble your layers, using foam tape on the top layers to add dimension.  Add pearls or Pearl PVA to the centre of the flower and any glitter as you wish.

Here is the full card in different colour ways….

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Enjoy making this simple, but stunning card!


DL Stamps, Pixies & Hexagons

Hello lovely crafters!

Here is a card made at our regular workshops using Phills new DL collage stamps, pixie powders and Sue Wilson Bella die.  It also features the ever versatile Camellia Flower die and the Essential Sentiments Set.


Stage 1 – Cut out all the layers and die cut pieces needed as below:

  • Layers:
    • Card Blank – 21cm x 21cm
    • Plain Layer – 19cm x 19cm
    • Inked Layer – 18.5cm x 18.5cm
  • Die Cuts:
    • Sue Wilson Pierced Flags
    • Sue Wilson Camellia Flower
    • Sue Wilson Bella Die
    • Sue Wilson Stitched Octagon for layers in centre of Bella Die
    • Sue Wilson Magical Butterflies

Stage 2 – Select your chosen Pixie Powder Colour/s.  Our main sample card uses just Ancient Copper, but a mixture of colours looks just as fab!

(Phill’s new Shimmer Shakers would be fabulous on this card as the colours are more intense)

Arrange the die cuts onto a piece of kitchen roll on top of a blending mat. Tap the powders onto all the flowers, the largest pierced flag, both butterflies and the smallest Octagon.  Spray with water to disperse the powder and leave to dry.

Stage 3 – Select your chosen DL Collage Stamp. (Our sample card uses the Grungetangled DL Stamp and Black Soot Distress Oxide).  Ink up the stamp so that only the middle section is covered, taking care not to leave a hard line across the stamp.  Stamp the image onto the right hand side of the card layer, a little away from the edges.


Stage 4 – Select a different DL Collage Stamp, an A6 Rubber Background Stamp or a small stamp.  The main sample card uses one of the Splats from the Splatterlicious Textures Stamp Set.

Stamp around the edges of the card layer, taking care not to overload the card as it will look too busy.  We have also added the stamp onto the Pixie Octagon.


Stage 5 – Select your chosen sentiment from the new ‘Essential Sentiments’ Stamp Set and stamp onto the smallest flag.


Stage 6 – Shape your flowers and assemble the card! Use Foam Tape where you wish to add dimension.

You can add pearls and glitter if you wish.

The Full Card in different colour ways…

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we hope you enjoy making this card!


Dunking, Stamping, Dipping, Brushing with Distress Paints! (and a giveaway card)

Hi Everyone

You’ve probably heard of (or at least got a few) Distress Ink Pads, maybe Distress Oxide Ink Pads or some Distress Crayons even, but have you ever had a go with the fabulous Distress Paints?! (dabbers)

I have to confess, I’ve had mine for ages and only really ever used them with stencils or mdf, so I had a proper ‘play’ last week and created these cards.

I dry brushed with them, stencilled with them, diluted them with water, flicked them and yes, stamped with them… so many ways to use these and you can even watercolour with them!! (and it’s a very different finish to ink pads)

Now you know I don’t ‘do’ dirty or messy, but, actually, I don’t mind it (as long as the results are pretty!) ha ha

So, as always, here is a little list of what I used (with links to my website, should you ‘need’ to treat yourself to any of the products so you can recreate this card)

This project is a little time consuming, but the results are so worth it!

To begin, I dabbed some of the Distress Paint onto my lovely Sentimentally Yours blending mat (did you know that I have 2 blending mats, one for each stamping mat and they are designed to fit perfectly!) and picked up very little paint onto the tip of my paint brush (any brush will do, but  prefer the longer bristled ones) and then, with a sweeping motion, brushed a little onto the card, repeating the process until you have as much or as little colour as you like,.. I then repeated this with the second colour, just overlapping the first colour.

I love the dry brushed effect, it gives some fab ‘scratchy’ texture that is harder to acheive with ink pads.

I then used my Doodle Hearts stencil and dry brushed some random areas (you can stipple through the stencil if you wish)

Then I used my distress paint dabber to apply paint directly onto my cracked and splattered stamp and just stamped small areas in the background (it adds a little depth and more texture)(I adore this stamp – so useful!)

TOP TIP – Leave all the paint that’s left over on your mat, we’ll be using it all up for the flowers!

Now, the fun part, spritz water onto the paint that’s left on your mat (I tried to keep my two colours seperate so it didn’t mix the colour), I dipped my flowers, face down, into the lighter colour (giving it a good covering), then dunked the flower onto the darker colour (making sure it was all patchy and blotchy!)(trust me – It looks amazing when dried)

(I saved some smaller flowers in plain white)

I’m a great believer in leaving things to dry naturally, but, if you have no patience, you can force dry your flowers with a heat tool.

I then shaped my flowers as you see in the photo’s.

If you have a go at this card, you’ll notice that the paints make the flowers feel chalky and slightly textured (I absolutely love this!!) They all (no matter what colours you use) look really ‘shabby chic’ 🙂

The centre of my flowers is the amazing Pearl PVA Glue (we now call it 3D Pearl Accents!) and one of the benefits of my extensive colour range is that there is sure to be one of my colours that co-ordinates with the distress colours.. (I’ve listed the colours I used on the shopping list at the start of my post)

TOP TIP – The Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels and Diamond Frost Glitters are amazing over the top of the pearl pva glue (doesn’t change the colour of the glue, but gives it some sparkle)

Below are 3 (yep, loved it that much) cards that I made, 2 portrait and 1 landscape, to show you how they look)

As it’s my first post of 2018, I am going to give the first one (Mustard Seed & Spiced Marmalade) card away!

Just make sure you are a follower of my Blog and leave me a comment on here and I will choose a name randomly from the comments on Sunday 21st January (prob in the evening).. good luck!

Happy Crafting!

Phill Signature 2

Weatherd Wood/Vintage Photo
Spiced Marmalade/Mustard Seed
Bundled Sage/Dusty Concord


I hope you like these cards and have a go yourself, the Distress Paints are amazing and so many techniques you can do with them!

Have fun


Chocolate Baroque

Hello crafters!

Here is a card made using the beautiful Chocolate Baroque Stamps ‘Mackintosh Beauty’ coloured with Alcohol Pens and a Pixie Powder Background.  We have also used Phill’s Sentimentally Yours Butterfly Elegance Icons and Crackled Background Stamp and Sue Wilson Cascading Butterflies Die.

Stage 1 – Cut out all the Die Cut pieces and Card Layers needed for your card.

  • 15cm x 15cm – White Card Blank
  • Layer 1 – 14.5cm x 14.5cm – Coloured
  • Layer 2 – 14cm x 14cm – Pixie Powders
  • 4.5cm x 11.5cm – Coloured
  • 4cm x 11cm – White

Stage 2 – Stamp your image with Memento Inks.  Choose your Alcohol Pens for colouring your image.  Try to use darker and lighter shades of the same colour palette to create shading.  Cut out the image. Colour your Butterflies using the Alcohol Pens to co-ordinate with your image.

Image Stamp

Stage 3 – Use one of the Alcohol Pens to colour the edge of the card layers.  If your pens have a chisel tip this will be easier.

Stage 4 – Choose your Pixie Powder colours to co-ordinate with your scheme. On our sample card we have used Purple Violet and White Pearl.  Tap the Pixie Powders onto your card layer and spritz with water until they start to run slightly.  You can soften the intensity of Pixie Powders if you use kitchen roll to absorb the inks.  Allow to dry thoroughly.

Pixie Image

Stage 5 – Using Black Memento Ink stamp your images onto the Pixie Powder layer.

Stage 6 –  Layer up your card using foam tape where you wish and add glitter.

The Full Card

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Here’s what we used with links to our website…

Other card samples made using Chocolate Baroque Stamps

Remember, we are more than happy for you to replicate our cards in your style!

Happy Crafting!



Background Stamps & Distress Oxide

Evening crafters!

Here is a card made at our regular card-making classes. All our featured cards are made by our lovely crafters.

This card was made using Phill’s A6 Rubber Background Stamps, Splatterlicious Sentiments or Baroque Sentiments. Each of our crafters chose a Distress Oxide Ink colour, perfect for blending and stamping! These also have the advantage of been able to add clear embossing powder over the top whilst still wet. Perfect for adding extra shine!

The dies used are Sues Twinkle Star Frame and gorgeous new Pinwheel Floral.

Stage 1 – Cut out all layers and die cuts needed.

  • Card Blank – 18cm x 15cm
  • Layer 1 – 17.5cm x 14.5cm
  • Layer 2 – 16.5cm x 13.3cm (To go underneath the Frame)
  • Twinkle Star Frame outer and smaller inner plain rectangle
  • Pinwheel Floral – All three lacy flowers and two full flowers. Also, Leaves
  • Banner – x 2 from Frame & Tags Pierced Flags

Stage 2 – Choose your Distress Oxide colour. (our main card uses Seedless Preserves) Using a smoothie colour the edges of the first layer about 1cm in and then blend in the next layer that sits under the Twinkle Star Frame about 2.5cm in.  Stick the white Twinkle Star Frame onto this layer. You can also colour in the full flowers from the Pinwheel Floral.

Image 2

Stage 3 – Choose an A6 Rubber Background Stamp for the smallest rectangle. (our main card uses the Leafy Background).  If you wish to add clear embossing powder to the ink make sure that the ink is really wet on the stamp and apply the powder quickly after stamping. Be careful not to overheat the powder.

Image 3

Stage 4 – Choose a sentiment stamp.  On our main card we have used the Baroque Border Sentiment Stamps and added clear embossing powder.

Stage 5 – Put together the layers on the card, using foam tape where you wish. Add the flowers and glitter where you wish.

The Full Card

Image 4

Here’s what we used with links to our website…

Other colour samples…

We are always happy for you to replicate our cards in your own style.

Happy Crafting!