Gorjuss ‘With Love’ Card

All Occasion Cards, Uncategorized


Hi! I recently made this ‘with love’ card for a friend’s birthday, but you could use it for any occasion. Read on for how I made it!

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I started by stamping this Gorjuss (and she is gorgeous) little girl in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and watercolouring her with Distress Inks (I used the colours Peeled Paint, Victorian Velvet, Gathered Twigs and Antique Linen, and I just kept on layering them to get the shading effect). I then cut her out, leaving a white border around her.

Next, I took a piece of regular cheap white card and cut it down so that it was a centimetre or so smaller than my base card. I then embossed the bottom half of this with a Sizzix embossing folder (this is the one that came free with the Big Shot starter kit) and covered the halfway point with this vintage-style paper from a Hobbycraft paper pad (not sure on the brand I’m afraid, might be Docrafts).

I set the little girl against the white card and decided I didn’t like how that looked, so I die cut a circle from some more patterned paper from the same 6×6 pad. I then took some Lawn Fawn brown twine and wrapped that around a few times. I then tied a little bit more twine around the front of that in a knot. (I’m rubbish at bows so this is what I do instead!)

Originally I wanted this card to be a get well card, as I was going to put ‘Feeling under the weather?’ as the sentiment since she’s got her umbrella. However, once I’d put that circle behind the little girl, there wasn’t much room left for a long sentiment, and I didn’t like how it looked with the words all stacked on top of each other. (I wanted the little girl to remain the tallest thing on the card.) I fished through my stash and found this ‘with love’ sentiment from Lawn Fawn and stamped that instead. Then I decided it could be a birthday card for my friend Jess, who loves anything retro so Tim Holtz and Gorjuss are both perfect for her!

Finally, I adhered the little girl with double-sided foam for a bit of dimension, rounded off the corners with a corner punch and stuck the white card on to a piece of kraft cardstock which was the same height as my base card but left a tiny border around each vertical side.

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Treat Your Gorjuss Mums

Mother's Day and Father's Day

So I recently discovered the full amazingness of the Gorjuss collection from Santoro London. I’d walked past these paper pads and other stationery items before but for some reason I’d never looked properly at them. Today, however, I went shopping and made a beeline for this section after the brand came to my attention on YouTube.

I also bought the Memento Tuxedo Black ink, which I’d heard great things about, and was really impressed with the crisp image I got (above). I decided to stamp the girl with the bunny as I loved my pink bunny toy as a child and immediately thought of an idea for a Mother’s Day card when I saw the stamp set.

I watercoloured the little girl with Distress Inks (Antique Linen, Victorian Velvet, Peeled Paint, Rusty Hinge & Gathered Twigs), then fussy-cut her out leaving a white border.

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I used some vintage-style paper from a 6×6 paper pad (sorry, not sure on the brand) and cut this to the same size as my blank card. Then I trimmed down a strip of normal white card and stamped these sentiments. The ‘to my special Mother’ is from Clearly Besotted’s ‘Fresh Flowers’ stamp set, and the longer sentiment below is from Mama Elephant’s ‘Bear Hugs’ stamp set.

I also blended around the edges of the white strip with Antique Linen to add to the aged look of the card. Then I popped the Gorjuss girl up on some double-sided foam tape and attached.

I got a few other Gorjuss stamps today plus some other bits, and have a couple of deliveries due soon so will hopefully be putting up a ‘haul’ post in the next few days.

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Mosaic Card

All Occasion Cards, Uncategorized

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I recently got some Kuretake Gansai Tambi Japanese watercolour paints and wanted to give them a go with these lovely Clearly Besotted flower stamps.

First, I masked off the edges of my Ranger watercolour card and I stamped the flower images using Versamark onyx black ink (in retrospect I should probably have used a dye ink since this did bleed in some places). I then used a normal black ballpoint pen to add longer stems and an extra leaf to the flowers, as otherwise it would’ve looked like they were floating in mid-air.

I did some very basic watercolouring as I’m only a beginner – as you can see, I’ve tried to do some shading, but I think I need more practice! Then I did a grey-black background and peeled off the masking tape.

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Next, to create the mosaic effect, I used my paper trimer to cut the final image into 6 pieces that I then arranged on the page until I was happy with the layout. I used double-sided tape to stick them all down on my blank card.

The ‘fabulous friend’ sentiment is from a Clearly Besotted stamp set but I can’t find it on their site so it might be discontinued. I stamped this on white card and then coloured in some Anita’s vellum paper with a purple Copic marker and mounted the sentiment on top. Then I cut around the edge with some craft scissors to get the wavy edge.

Finally, I covered all of the flower petals in clear Wink of Stella and then went over this with some Glossy Accents and left that to dry.

I’ve started an Etsy store!


Just to let everyone know, I’ve created an Etsy store where I’ll be selling some of my handmade cards!

You may have noticed I’ve been quiet on here recently, but I’m hoping to get back in the game soon. Christmas is coming and I’ve been crafting all over the place.

If you want to visit my Etsy shop, please go to:


Manly Card Monday #14

Birthday Cards, Manly Card Monday

Sometimes I think I might use puns a bit too much…

This little bear, just look at him. He’s such a cutie. That little sad face. I wanted him to look kind of tatty so I coloured him all in greys, keeping the texture a little less smooth than I would normally try to go for. Then I centred him on a piece of white card and stamped my sentiment around him in Jessie’s ABCs stamps from Lawn Fawn.

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Once I’d done this, I stuck the white card on some patterned paper and trimmed it down so that it left a border. Putting that aside, I ruled some lines in ballpoint pen across a blank card.

This is the first time I’ve used my own handwriting on a card! I don’t mind the effect but definitely need more practice.

Products Used:

Single teddy bear clear stamp & Spectrum Noir coloured pencils – www.hobbycraft.co.uk

Jessie’s ABCs stamps – www.lawnfawn.com

Tiny Tatty Teddy patterned paper – therange.co.uk

Manly Card Monday  #11 – Labrador

Birthday Cards, Manly Card Monday

Darn it, I love dogs. I think most crafters love cats, but I’m not a fan. If I can find a fun dog stamp, I have to buy it.

This labrador stamp just embodies all the stuff that’s great about dogs. He’s definitely got that excitable look because his owner’s just walked in the door. You can just see his tail wagging even though he isn’t moving.

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He’s unmounted, but I didn’t bother buying any special products – I just put a bit of roll-on adhesive on him and stuck him to my acrylic block that way. It’s removable adhesive, so if you rub your finger over it afterwards, it comes right off the stamp.

I stamped the dog and coloured him in with Copic markers. Then I cut him out and shaded with pencil on my blank card, where he was going to go.

Once he was stuck down, I stamped ‘YO DAWG’ out of alphabet stamps and the happy birthday sentiment – and that’s it! A nice easy card.


Labrador stamp – http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00NJZ9RAW?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00

Jessie’s ABCs by Lawn Fawn – www.makethedayspecial.co.uk

‘Happy Birthday’ stamp by Clearly Besotted – http://www.clearlybesottedstamps.com/

Copic markers – http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004BPRAP8?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00

New Product Alert! – Paper Smooches “Zoo Crew” Stamp Set

Birthday Cards, New Product

Every so often you find a stamp set that you just have to have. Payday was just too far away when I ordered this!

Paper Smooches hippo hooray

The main reason I liked this set so much was the ‘I look up to you’ sentiment, which I’m really excited about pairing with the giraffe and probably the hippo. It’ll be a great card for my best friend, since she’s so tall and I’m so incy.

You also get a hippo with the sentiment ‘hippo hooray’, an alligator who says ‘l8r’ and a zebra and camel. (The camel is my favourite.) Besides this, there are some jungle leaves for accents and the odd extra like this zebra-patterned heart.

To make the card, I die-cut some green polka-dot card with a grassy border die, and used a speech bubble die on the topmost piece so that I could stamp my greetings in the negative space.

The hippo goes brilliantly with this die, since her mouth is wide open. I also placed the zebra so it looked like the hippo was talking to someone, and the alligator is there just ‘cause.

I used foam adhesive on the bottom panel so that I could tuck the critters beneath the grass. I coloured them all in Spectrum Noir pens and paper-pieced the hippo’s tongue with more polka-dot paper (I also gave her red nail varnish for fun!). Then I covered them all in clear Wink of Stella and stuck them down.


“Zoo Crew” stamps – http://www.papersmoochesstamps.com/Zoo_Crew_p/m1s-12-092.htm

Wink of Stella in ‘clear’ – http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/zig-wink-of-stella-brush-pen-glitter-clear/600234-1008

Let’s Polka paper & speech bubble die – http://www.lawnfawn.com/

“Happy Birthday” sentiment – http://www.clearlybesottedstamps.com/products/its-your-birthday

Manly Card Monday #10

Birthday Cards, Manly Card Monday

Fun with a new stamp set! My boyfriend is a photographer so I thought this Avery Elle set was a great buy.

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I was also playing with some new Distress Inks, blending 3 together and masking around the side for a white border.

When stamping the camera, I masked out the heart so that it looked more masculine. I then coloured with Spectrum Noir markers and stuck down with double-sided foam for dimension. Finally, I took all of the greetings from the stamp set and stamped them all, stamping #happybirthday in a different colour to highlight it.

A really easy card which I’ll probably duplicate quite a few times!


Distress Inks in Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge & Gathered Twigs – http://www.amazon.co.uk

Avery Elle #Smile stamp set – http://www.makethedayspecial.co.uk/

Spectrum Noir pens – http://www.spectrumnoir.com/

A is for… Art Impressions

Alphabet Series, Birthday Cards

I’ve had an exciting idea for a new card series! To me, it’s important to keep making even during a creative block, and the Manly Card Monday challenge I set myself has really helped me to do that. I’ve now come up with something a bit different – an alphabet series!

I’ll be posting something each week that relates to a letter of the alphabet, whether that is a new card, a brand I like, a review of a new product and so on.

This week A is for… Art Impressions! 


Art Impressions is a US brand with a range of stamp styles, but my favourites are the human images. They have some hilarious grannies and granddads (the “Golden Oldies” range) and also the “Girlfriends” set, on whom the Sex and the City girls are not a patch! 😉

They also have more elegant styles, great sentiments and cute animals, both realistic and cartoony. They’re probably known best for their ‘front-and-back’ images, though. These make for such memorable cards – you can have someone peeking through a window then when opened it reveals the back of the image, which can make for a funny card in a lot of cases. You can also make spinner cards really easily with these kinds of stamps.

I’m not sure if people living in America would consider them expensive, but like with most overseas brands, it can add up a lot if you’re buying them in the UK. So far, I’ve found the best website for them to be Amazon, as you don’t generally get all the extra charges for buying from abroad with them. The UK websites I’ve found that sell them are still a bit out of my budget.

I’ll definitely look into building up my collection of AI stamps, but so far I only own one – a fun, sassy, borderline alcoholic (she’s called Celeste). I’ve made a card to showcase her:

Celeste Art Impressions card Celeste inside of card

My Art Impressions Wishlist:

“Fire Out” – http://www.artimpressions.com/Product.asp?Sku=4371

“Little Monster” – http://www.artimpressions.com/Product.asp?Sku=4320

“Bull Terrier” – http://www.artimpressions.com/Product.asp?Sku=F977&ProductName=Bull+Terrier

“Bummer” – http://www.artimpressions.com/Product.asp?Sku=4241&ProductName=Bummer+Set

“Birthday Whoot Set” – http://www.artimpressions.com/Product.asp?Sku=4125&ProductName=Birthday+Whoot+Set

Products Used on the Card:

Let’s Polka paper, An Otterly Great Birthday & Milo’s ABCs stamps – makethedayspecial.co.uk

Copic markers & Art Impressions “Celeste” stamp set – amazon.co.uk

Sequins & Spectrum Noir markers – hobbycraft.co.uk

New Buy Alert! – Spectrum Noir Coloured Pencils


Hobbycraft “Cheers” stamp coloured with Spectrum Noir pencils and Gamsol

I’m still finding my feet with colouring – I can’t grasp Copics and am an un-talented painter. I’m delving into the realm of coloured pencils to see if I can get more out of them than I did when I was a kid.

Why Spectrum Noir? I already use and like their pens, I haven’t heard any bad reviews about their products and they sell sets of pencils designed to blend together.

My 3 main concerns when using a new product:

  • Can I use it?
  • Can I use it for more than one technique/occasion etc?
  • Was it worth parting with my money?

Can I use Spectrum Noir Essentials coloured pencils?

Most people have played with colouring pencils at some point in their life and would agree that they are easy to use. The Spectrum Noir pencils go on the paper much more smoothly and thickly than your average stationery-shop pencils.

Can I use Spectrum Noir Essentials pencils for more than one occasion/technique etc?

Obviously, you can use any colouring products on more than one occasion, but what about techniques? The set comes with a guide on the different techniques, showing you how you can use a blending product such as Gamsol, or rub the blending pencil (or the white pencil that comes with the set) over your coloured image. You can also use the pencils on their own as they are made for blending, but I liked using the white pencil best as it smoothed everything out as well as highlighting areas.

Were Spectrum Noir Essentials pencils worth parting with my money?

The set was £15-20 in several shops and websites, and I wasn’t willing to pay that. I held out and eventually got the set for £13.50 from eBay – not a huge saving, but it makes all the difference. I am definitely pleased with the set for that price, but I think if I was more of an illustrator/artist I would probably want a better quality, more intense pencil.

Overall rating and why:


This helped build up my collection quickly and for a reasonable price. I was hoping for more intense colours but as I am only using them for card-making it isn’t a problem, and they are easy to blend together, especially with Gamsol. All in all, so far so good!

Get Well Card


The first thing I want to do with any new product is make a card, and not long after the pencils arrived I also got a free stamp set with a magazine so took advantage and made this Get Well card.

I embossed the jar image and coloured the whole thing with Spectrum Noir pencils, keeping the darker colours at the edges for a shading effect, then covered the orange part of the jar in 3D clear gloss.

The label stamp is from the set I featured on the Valentine’s Day card in my last post. I used masking tape to hide the “Hope, Love and Happiness” sentiment and I would just have the square border.

I drew a cross with the black pencil but there wasn’t a bright red in the collection so I used a red Spectrum Noir marker to colour the cross, then I adhered the label with foam tape (no, I wasn’t patient enough to wait for the clear gloss to dry – I hurried the process along with my heat tool) so it sticks up more. I then took this orange patterned paper from my collection and cut down a little bit smaller than my blank card. I stamped “Especially for You” in clear ink and embossed with bright white Wow embossing powder.

I stuck everything down with foam tape and stamped “Get Well Soon” on the inside of the card.

Products Used

Spectrum Noir Professional Coloured Pencils – Essentials –

“Cheers” wooden stamp –

Clearly Besotted Stamps set –

Crafty Impressions Double Sayings stamp set –

Gamsol –

The patterned paper is old so I’m afraid I can’t point you in its direction, I haven’t a clue where it came from.