Blooming Wonderful

Welcome to my fortnightly DT post and this week I’ve got some bright, summery florals, made using the Birthday in Bloom stamp set.   I love all the different flowers that pop up in the garden in summer and as I write this, I’m looking out on wild foxgloves, peonies and roses in my garden.   These stamps reminded me of zinnias, of which I have many trays growing on in the greenhouse. To begin, I stamped the larger vase off centre as I wanted one of the flowers to be disappearing off the page.    I then stamped the flowers, bending the stems to fit my design, and added the sentiment. Next, I used my Altenew brush tip markers to colour the flowers.   They’re not blendable like alcohol markers but I started with the darker colour at the base of the petals and coloured over with the lighter one for some simple colour variation.   To give the vase a glassy finish, I added Glossy Accents all over and set aside for a few hours to dry. To tie in with the grungy edges of the flowers,

Just Eat Cake

It’s been a tough few weeks for us hence why I’ve been absent for the past couple of weeks.   Firstly, we had to return our puppy to the breeder as she just couldn’t settle in a house full of cats.   This was a heartbreaking decision but we had to do what was right for the puppy.   Next, my Mum had to go into a nursing home as my Dad was exhausted, being her full-time carer.   This has been enormously emotional and has really taken its toll on Dad so we’ve been looking after him.   I’ve had no time to do any card making so instead, I’m sharing a cake I made for one of the Project 71 veteran’s 100 th birthday. My card last week (on social media) was for a very special man, Len, who I often give a lift to Project 71 events.   During our journeys, Len and I often chat about growing vegetables and he always asks how my rhubarb is doing.   Not brilliantly, as it goes.   So, an allotment was the theme I decided on, inspired by this cake I made for my dad a few years ago. Whilst I’ve

Deck The Halls

Oh, my word! Have you seen the new Christmas release?   As usual, Mark has knocked it out of the park with these fabulous set of stamps, perfect for quick or more detailed makes.   For my DT make this fortnight, I’m using Sketched Holly, which has two sizes of holly sprig plus separate leaves and berries and two fab sentiments in a really cool font.   What’s not to love? To begin, I gold heat-embossed the single leaves around the edge of a square of green card.   This was the adhered to a 5¾” card blank. For the main panel, I cut a white square and stamped then clear heat-embossed the two sprigs of holly on diagonally opposite corners.   The sentiment was then stamped and clear heat-embossed a couple of times. Using a black fineliner, I added a wonky dotted line to line up with the sentiments to make a rough square. To add some colour, I used a variety of alcohol markers and coloured the berries and leaves. After gluing the panel in place on the card, I used a Wink of Ste