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Dear Dad

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Mr L and I are both fortunate to still have our Dad around and in good health so this weekend, I’m sharing the cards I made for them for Father’s Day.   They each have completely different interests so rather than my usual two same-but-different cards, I opted for completely different cards this year. For my F-i-L, I used Visible Image’s 99% Chance of Wine stamps and dies.   I started with the background, using Versamark ink and clear embossing powder to give a tone-on-tone look and repeat stamped the wine bottle. Next, I stamped the bottle and wine glass separately, colouring the bottle with markers and adding the wine stamp from the set. As you can see from the finished card, I had to redo the glass as when I added clear Nuvo Drops, the water-based ink spread and was really blurred so I restamped and coloured with alcohol markers instead.   The sentiment is from the Time To Par-tee stamp set. For my Dad’s card, I used the Fisherman Boating stamp set by Inkylicous.   All o

Cone-gratulations!

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My card for this week’s DT post is the one I made to accompany last month’s “Celebrations” ATC swap.   Since I thought that summer was just around the corner, I thought I’d celebrate the warmer weather with some yummy ice-cream cones using the Better With Ice-Cream set.   It seems that this corner is a very long one though as that warmer weather hasn’t quite materialised yet! I dug out some watercolour paper and used Versafine Onyx Black ink as I wanted to watercolour my cards.   Since the watercolour paper isn’t quite as smooth as card, I like to use my MISTI so that I can repeat stamp areas as necessary.   I started with the cones, added a flake on one and then added some candles from  Blow Out The Candles , since it was a celebration!   I just used some bits of sticky note to mask the bottom of the candles. I also gold heat-embossed the glow around the flame of the candles and stamped the sentiment on the ATC.   The panels were taped to a board to help prevent warping. After

Follow The River

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It’s been all change at our house this week with the arrival of our 8-week-old Cocker Spaniel puppy, Delta.   She’s such a cuddle-monster and loves nothing more than going to sleep on your lap!   However, trying to get her to sleep in her bed is tricky as she’s such a nosey whatsit so I set her bed under my desk so she’s near me and she finally went to sleep.   As a result, my card making had to be quiet so no heat-embossing.   Argh!!   It’s good to have a little challenge now and again though. My plan was to use the Windswept stamp by Inkylicious which is a silhouette stamp so I needed to make a background.   Whilst it is technically summer, that cold wind has taken the edge off the summery feeling so I decided to create a sunset scene to warm me up!   To begin, I masked off the horizon and used yellow, orange and red Distress Oxides for the sky.   The sun was a negative mask, simply a hole punched out of a piece of paper.   For a bit more interest, I stencilled some clouds in purpl

Box of Chocolates

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I’m a bit late with my blog post this week as it’s been quite a hectic weekend.   Mr L and I had the privilege of hosting a very special D-Day veteran and escorting him to a D-Day 80 Commemoration Dinner organised by Project 71 .   The event was held at Southwick House in Hampshire, which houses the huge wooden D-Day map used to plan Operation Overlord.   The theme was 1940s so I had a bash at putting my hair in victory rolls and here I am in the map room.    Onto my cards for this week, which feature a new die set I bought recently, Box of Chocolates by MFT.   To begin, I die-cut a load of thevarious chocolates, wrappers and boxes using dark and light brown and cream card for the chocolates. Next, I glued the various elements together and added some acetate to some of the box lids. At this point, I realised that my wrappers and boxes were the same shade of pink so wouldn’t show up so I die-cut some more heart inserts and lightly stencilled a pattern using Fern Flourish by Sweet