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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Here’s what we used with links to the www…

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


Christmas,… Splatterlicious!

Hello Everyone

Who’d have thought it,… that my Splatterilcious stamps would work so well on a really elegant Christmas Card!?

I adore my Splatterlicious range, it’s a bit different to what you’re used to seeing me design as it’s a bit (just a bit) grungy, but the sentiments are just so gorgeous, with tiny swirls and ‘ink splats’ and they heat emboss so well!

Here is the same 7×7 card, one in Royal Blue and the other in Black, to show you how fab they look..

To recreate this card, 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.

Here’s the Royal Blue version:


I used some of the Splatterlicious Textures stamps to create the wintry, frosty background at the base of the card and again, embossed the large square frame stamp,… they look amazing in white embossing powder and really do add some texture!

Here’s the Black version:


Again, I used the textures stamps (different one from the same set) to create the snowy background… it’s remarkable how different these stamps look in white embossing powder! 🙂

Anyhoo, off for a cuppa!

Hope you like these cards and they give you some inspiration 🙂

Happy Crafting!

Phill Signature 2