Saturday, 16 October 2021

Dragonfly Garden Masked


It's time for another hop with:

This month the theme is a Sketch Challenge!

One of the first things I learned when stamping, was to make a mask. You can do this really easily using Post It notes or scrap paper. Simply place the Post It notes or scrap paper over the area you want to keep uncoloured. Then using your choice of blending brushes, daubers, sponges, brayers etc. colour the area that doesn't have the Post It notes or scrap paper covering it.

You could have a coloured strip across the middle (like I have with this card) or at the top or bottom or diagonally! You could even have more than one coloured area, mask the middle only and then colour the top and bottom!

For my card, I decided to make it a little fancier by using a triangular mask from the Plenty of Patterns Decorative Masks and then masked the top and bottom of the card with scrap paper. I was really happy with how it turned out!!

Card Measurements

Card base:    29.7cm x 10.5cm scored at 14.9cm and folded


  • Mask top and bottom of card base front using scrap paper and some washi tape to keep it all in place
  • Add triangular mask over open area in the middle and adhere with washi tape to make sure it won't move
  • Colour uncovered area
  • Carefully remove washi tape and masks
  • Stamp image/s on front of card base over coloured area
  • Stamp sentiment on front of card base under coloured area
  • Stamp image on inside back of card base

As I was typing this blog, I realised my card didn't really meet the challenge. I was trying to figure out how to show the layers on a single layer card. Deciding to change the mask to vertical, met the light gray layer (in reverse). Then I used it horizontally again. Fail!!! Still not meeting the challenge.

Finally I tried masking vertically (in reverse again), then two horizontal masks (only partial width). I think this meets the sketch, but I'm not particularly happy with the result (the bottom horizontal is on a slight slant and the green has turned out murky)!

Never mind, you get 3 for 1!! Also, I think it's good to show how they don't always work how you planned!

Anyway, please check out all the other wonderful blogs listed below. They probably got theirs right!! hahaha

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Let me know which one you preferred!

Deb xx

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Sunday, 10 October 2021

Inspiring Canopy


The theme for our hop today is: Harvest Time

Grab a comfortable seat, your favourite beverage and relax while perusing all the wonderful projects we have for you today in:

Living in Australia, we don't really celebrate harvest time or Fall (only we call it Autumn). I'm not sure why, maybe because we are harvesting our crops all year round, maybe because we don't get a lot of snow in the areas our crops are grown, so they don't all have to be in at the same time. However, we do have wonderful Autumn/Fall foliage, so that became my main inspiration!

Card Measurements

Card base:    29.7cm x 10.5cm scored at 14.9cm and folded

1st layer:    Cork DSP - 10cm x 3cm and 7.5cm x 7.5cm

2nd layer:    9cm x 8cm

Inner layer:    8.5cm x 7.5cm

Scrap/extra card:    for die cutting tree trunks and leaves


  • Cut 7.5cm off front flap of card base and keep
  • Cut 7.5cm piece of front flap into a square
  • Cut 7.5cm square of front flap diagonally
  • Cut 7.5cm square of Cork DSP diagonally
  • Adhere triangular Cork DSP to triangular front flap piece
  • Adhere triangular piece to top right hand corner of the inside of the card base (make sure both edges align) using dimensionals on two edges only - NOT the diagonal edge and not in the middle)
  • Adhere 10cm x 3cm Cork DSP to left edge of front flap leaving an even border
  • Die cut Cork DSP for tree trunks
  • Using re-inkers, randomly put 5 or 6 drops of each colour on a baby wipe (I used Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Cajun Craze)
  • Using scrap, press onto baby wipe. You will need to do this several times, moving and turning scrap until all covered with ink
  • Die cut scrap, once inked and dry, for leaves
  • Adhere Cork DSP tree trunks to 2nd layer
  • Adhere leaves to tree trunks on 2nd layer
  • Using scraps of left overs from die cutting leaves, adhere to bottom of tree trunks and along inner layer bottom edge
  • Using a water painter and Sahara Sand ink pad, I did a light wash between tree trunks
  • Stamp sentiment on 2nd layer
  • Adhere 2nd layer to front flap leaving an even margin (make sure to only place adhesive on back of left hand side (approx 3cm))
  • Adhere inner layer to inside back of card base, lining it up so it will be covered by the 2nd layer on the front

I hope you found something to inspire you on my page today! Chris Smith is next and I'm sure you will enjoy her project! Click on her name to go directly to her page or click on one of the names in the list below to go to that person's page. I hope you visit them all and if you could leave a comment on the pages of those you visit, it helps us to grow our audiences and is much appreciated!


Deb xx

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Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Harvesting Nature's Harvest


It's time for the monthly hop with:

Our theme is: Thank You

I hope you take the time to visit all the blogs but at the very least, please visit the blogs of your 5 favourites! 

This hop is all about what YOU like. Click on the 'Vote for me' button below and then you will have the option to vote for your 5 favourites (of course, I'm sure mine will be one of them đŸ˜‰) but you can vote for any 5! All you need to do is click on the small heart in the top right hand corner of your 5 favourite projects. The top 10 get to hop again at the end of the month in a winner's hop!

Card Measurements

Card base:    29.7cm x 10.5cm scored at 14.9cm and folded

1st layer:    DSP 14cm x 9.5cm

2nd layer:    DSP 13cm x 7.5cm

Inner layer:    14.5cm x 10cm

Scrap for sentiment and matting and for die cuttings


  • Adhere 2nd layer to 1st layer
  • Adhere die cut flower/wheat stalks to 2nd layer using glue dots
  • Adhere ribbon to 1st & 2nd layers 
  • Adhere bow to ribbon using glue dots
  • Adhere 1st layer to front of card base
  • Stamp sentiment on scrap
  • Stamp image on inner layer
  • Adhere inner layer to inside back of card base
  • Using Basic Borders die cut scrap for sentiment matting
  • Adhere sentiment to matting
  • Adhere matted sentiment to front of card using mini dimensionals

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog. Please visit the other blogs too, you will find heaps of inspiration!

Deb xx

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