Monday 28 March 2016


 Hello again my friends. Today I'm sharing a feminine card with you that utilizes a colour that doesn't feature very often in my crafting. Can you guess which one that may be?.....
Those that know me can clearly see that it is the pink......

I knew which image I wanted to use and I decided I wanted to use a tag as well. So I started with a size 8 manila tag and spritzed it with worn lipstick and hickory smoke distress spray. Once dry I distressed the edges with pumice stone, hickory smoke and black soot.
I then stamped the large Harriet in black archival ink. I die cut the TH beehive in the corner and mounted a piece of patterned paper behind it.

I stamped Harriet again onto white card and then onto 3 different patterned papers. Her face and arms are coloured in with a damp brush and tattered rose distress ink. I versamarked her shoe and clear embossed it. I cut her out and different bits of her dress and hat from the papers and paper pieced her. I love doing this with the ladies as it adds so much dimension and I can give them different patterned dresses every time.
I stuck her onto tag.

The rest of the card is padding to frame it. I used the same 3 patterned papers for everything and then the base uses the same paper as I added to base of tag, trying to make everything tie in.
The die is a spellbinders one from a heartfelt creations set.
The sentiment is stamped in black archival ink and clear embossed and die cut using a TH die from the tag set. I inked it slightly before removing it from die.
Various ribbons and twines, pearls and card candy finish the card off.
Both stamps are from Claritystamp Ltd.
And that is my finished card. I hope you like it. I know the recipient loved it, Theresa xx.

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

Claritystamp blog challenge - all about the girls
Simon says stamp Monday challenge - We can see clearly (pink is clearly a colour I                                                                                                              don't like much)

Friday 25 March 2016

best ever nap

Hello again. time is really flying and it is time for another Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge.
This time the challenge is being hosted by the lovely Pat K.
She has chosen the theme Pastel Colours.
This is what she had to say:

Good day everyone,

Pat K here to welcome you to a new challenge at Fussy and Fancy Friday

It’s my turn to host and I’ve chosen the theme “Pastel Colours” .

I would describe my style as very eclectic.  I usually throw everything I have onto a card but there are times when the image yells out to me to be left alone resulting in a CAS design.   I love pastels but don’t shy away from stark contrasts in colour either.  I challenge myself by trying new techniques, not always mastering any of them but it’s fun to experiment.  I hope you enjoy the challenge and get a chance to play along with us. xx

Our challenge this week is being sponsored by The Paper Shelter. They have some lovely digi stamps and their shop is worth a visit. You can go from here.

This is the first image I fell in love with from the site. It is called best ever nap and you can find it here.
i printed him out just as an outline and coloured him in with promarkers. I know I used lime zest and apple green for the boy and various greys and a lilac for the elephant.
I added polar white flower soft to the pom pom on his hat.

I cut the image out using a spellbinders label die. I drew around it on gray paper and cut out a faux nestie.
The polka dot background and the lime panel and gray paper are all from Hot off the Press.
The pearlescent lime green card is coredinations. I die cut a Tim Holtz doily from it and the 1 that is a tonic die.
The white lacy border is another Tim Holtz die.
I assembled it as shown and finished it off  with some pearls.

For more inspiration visit the main FFFC blog and you can see all the wonderful projects created by my team mates.

Tuesday 22 March 2016

Easter blessings

Hello my friends. It is time for another Through the Craft Room Door challenge and this week it is up to my team to offer inspiration.

Our sponsor this week is Digital Delights. She is offering a $5 voucher to the winner this week.

I chose to work with this sentiment which I used in different sizes. I took the opportunity to get some Easter cards finished.
The sentiment is called Flowering Easter Blessings and you can find it here.

For the rest of the details about the cards you will need to wait till the next edition of the TTCRD magazine.

Please do come and join us and remember that the theme is always anything goes. For further inspiration you can have a look at the the projects presented by the rest of the team on the TTCRD blog.

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

Crafting from the heart - anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Theresa xx

Sunday 20 March 2016

bits on the table

Hello. I'm back again with a quick card. This was created literally by bits that were on the table all left over from previous cards.

I got the idea of this card when I thought of a couple of challenges. The base is craft card that was a leftover piece from an A3 card out of which I had cut a 17x17cm card base.

The burlap had been on my table for weeks and finally I found the perfect project for it. All the stars are from a Die'sire die. The central star would have been covered by the central image on other card and so I removed it. It has been gilded with vaious waxes including silver, gold and renaissance gold and sapphire blue.

The sentiment is from the Claritystamp word chains.....I do love them as they are so useful. I had you, a and star so the re is from remember and needed some masking. I stamped in black archival and clear embossed.
Notice the mistake. I forgot the apostrophe. i am pleased to say that I have rectified it but forgot to retake the pic!
The white specks are white frantage from stampendous.
And there you have my card made completely from leftover bits. What do you think?
Theresa xx

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

Simon says stamp Monday challenge - use some lucky stars
Less is more - what's outside your window.... well i see the night stars

and below you can see I did add apostrophe :)

Wednesday 16 March 2016


Hello my fellow crafters. I'm back with a CAS card today. This Friday one of the secretaries is retiring and so I needed a quick card as I have lots of other cards that need doing.

I have received the stencil only a few days ago and was itching to use it. I felt it would be apt for retirement and i could give it a sunset feel representing the end of an era.
So i taped it to the base card (linen effect) and using brushes I started with candied apple, carved pumpkin and squeezed lemonade. I then pulled the remaining ink off stencil with a makeup sponge.
The sentiment is stamped in black archival ink. It is from the word chains by Claritystamp. However retirement is made up from 4 stamps as I didn't have one that retirement. Can you guess which 4? Go on have a guess......

hugs, Theresa xx

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

Simply less is more - one layer card: sentiment

Sunday 13 March 2016

blue and green should never be seen .....

Hello there. I know I am not posting as often as I used to but I am terribly busy at work and so have  a lot less time available.
Recently I attended a couple of workshops by Ken Oliver and learnt some lovely techniques about powder watercolours.

So I tried to recreate  some at home.
I started by laying down stencil on watercolour card and added tiny sprinkles of powder. I used ultramarine (my absolute favourite), sea green and lemon. I know the saying blue and green should never be seen but I love this combination as I can see the colours of the sea.
Then I spritzed water and watched the magic happen. yes I am sad like that, I get excited watching these things!

I lifted the stencil carefully and flipped it over another piece of card....but that is for another project.
I left it to dry naturally. Then I matted on navy blue card and onto a 7x7 white base card.
I stamped the sentiment in deep purple archival ink and fashioned it into a banner.
And voila' my card is ready and is winding it's way to a friend to say thank you.
I think this is such a cool technique to make a background, don't you?

 Theresa xx

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

Simon says stamp Monday challenge - make your own background

Tuesday 8 March 2016


The new TTCRD magazine has been released.
We have another awesome release filled with lots of tutorials, including the continuation of junk journaling by Deonna,  how to turn a mousetrap into a lovely gift and making cool lanterns with your little ones from Popsicle sticks and you certainly don't want to miss the fun cards showcasing the images our Featured Digi Artist, Heather Dennis of Fresh Brewed Designs has shared with us this issue.
you can find a link to a preview on my sidebar.

Now onto this week's card. It is time again for another Through the Craft Room Door challenge.

Our sponsor this week is Just Inklined. They are offering a $10 voucher to be used in store. 
The image I have used is narcissus and you can find it here.
For details about this card you have to go no further than the TTCRD magazine which is jam packed full of inspiration.

I really enjoyed working with this image and in fact I used it in a different colourways as you can see below.

So come and join us and remember that the theme is always anything goes, hugs, Theresa xx.