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Q&L #16

The new words for this fortnight’s Quote and Lyrics challenge at Craft Barn are Family and/or Thing.

My Family quote comes from a man I admire greatly, Desmond Tutu. If I was to become a believer then this is the man who could convert me! I love his sense of humour, the way he looks at life in a down to earth manner and his strong convictions.

Quote by Desmond Tutu

Quote by Desmond Tutu


Stamp – Crafty Individuals CI-152

Inks – Versafine Onyx Black

             Colorbox Primary

Quote from Brainy Quotes.



This one brings back memories of school assemblies as a child in primary school! All things bright and beautiful.  I seem to have unintentionally gone for a slightly religious theme this time around for both the words. A chance to use a fairly new stamp too.

All things bright and beautiful

All things bright and beautiful


Stamp – Woodware Grasses

Inks – Colorbox Primary

             Brilliance Pearlescent Rust

Liquid Pearls Platinum Pearl

Sakura Gelly Roll pens

Marker pens -Whispers Strokes in blue

                            Marvy Le Plume 11 Pale violet, brilliant yellow


Thank you for looking x



Book Card.

The talented Sara from Cardmaking Paradise came up with a lovely project of making a Book Card. Open the cover of the ‘card’ and a frame is revealed. When closed it does indeed look like a book and is so easy to make. This is such a versatile project as it can be a gift and card in one, made for male or female recipients and for any occasion.

I can envisage this being made for special people for Christmas; the ‘book’ part would easily hold a gift card, small silk scarf, piece of jewellery or….I think you get the idea!! The beauty of the Book Card is that it can be made to be simple and elegant or as decorated as you would want. The samples made by the Design Team are lovely and one was made for a Christening.

This is the one I made for a friend’s recent birthday:

Book Card cover

The cover is created from Bazzil cardstock, sponged with Spun Sugar Distress Ink and stamped with this owl/leaf flourish from Katzelkraft Autumn stamp set. Love those owls!

Inside Book Card

Now my friend loves birds ….would you have guessed??? The back of the frame is lined with handmade paper – piece of copy paper ‘painted’ with mica paints, scrunched up whilst still damp and then opened out again, a Brilliance ink was lightly dragged across to just catch the creases and then a script stamp stamped in Versafine Smoky Gray. The feathers are ones I have collected over time when out on walks and the bird (Papermania Urban Stamps) was stamped onto paper and cut out and mounted on top of the feathers. The frame edge was embossed (Sizzix leaves and swirls) and then an ink pad dragged over the top to just catch the embossing.

All of Cardmaking Paradise’s projects are available as downloads in various formats so that if you are one of the lucky ones with a cutting machine (e.g. Cameo, CraftRobo) you can use your machine to cut out the templates; for those not so fortunate then the templates can be downloaded to your computer in a pdf format and printed directly from your computer and hand cut. Click on one of the links to check out the Cardmaking Paradise site and become a member, we’d love to see you there!

Thank you for looking

Those experimental pieces :)

In my post Experimenting I showed all the pieces of cardstock where I had tried to get to grips – and practise – with a roller ball brayer. The brayer work will never win prizes but I kept the pieces to use for stamping on and perhaps make up card fronts with them.

Here are a few of the pieces I used:


This first piece I stamped the feather (stamp unknown) in Versamark three times and used silver ep, black detail ep and gold detail ep and heat embossed. I cut the card into three and matted onto black cs and edged with a gold pen.

corner stamps

One of the pieces that Leslie said looked like a kaleidoscope! Using a Clarity corner stamp to create a central pattern made it appear like those patterns that show in the bottom of a kaleidoscope! Well that was the intention 🙂 Another Clarity corner stamp used in the four corners. This was matted onto cream cs and edged with a silver pen.

corner stamps

Yet another corner stamp by Clarity; didn’t quite get this centralised on the card! These corner stamps are so versatile and love experimenting with them to see what patterns can be created. This panel is mounted on to navy blue cs (looks black in the photo!) and edged with gold pen.


second dragonflies

The stamp used on these two pieces is quite a large one from The Stamp Man’s Aspects of Design line. These are lovely deeply etched rubber stamps with lots of detail. The first panel is matted on to gold cs and the second one is on black cs edged with gold pen.

I used either Versafine Onyx black or Stazon black ink for the stamping and the panes can either be used as card fronts or as postcards in their own right.

With the stamped images on them it doesn’t matter whether there are any brayer lines on the backgrounds!

Many thanks for looking 🙂

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