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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Alice Day .....


Made this Artist trading Coin which is 2.5 inches in diameter as an entry into the 'Alice Day' Challenge running until 5th July over on UK Stampers Forum .... the idea originated from Jannet Blay who is a great 'Alice in Wonderland' fan. If you would like to join in the Challenge click HERE to go to the Forum ... it's free, fun & friendly.  All you have to do to enter is make something with stamping, take a photo and upload to an Album.  The winner will be randomly chosen (so no judging), and will win a fabulous 'Alice' prize kindly donated by Jannet !

I made the background from some tissue paper which came from Jannet and applied this to a die-cut circle made from re-cycled cereal packaging.  I used a brush and acrylic matte medium to apply the tissue.

Once completely dry I directly stamped the Hatter and coloured him with alcohol ink pens and Posca markers. The pocket watch was stamped directly but I also stamped again on white card and trimmed out the numerals which were stuck in place over the stamped image on the coin. Some silver pen dots were added. I then stamped the 'Alice' word in Archival black ink and embellished with three matte metallic heart brads.

I backed the coin with two more layers of packaging and edged with red chalk ink to finish.

Sid xx

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Beautiful .....


Made a mailart postcard for a swap over on UK Stampers Forum .....

I made a background from watercolour card treated with Brushos in Orange & Yellow, applied with a brush in layers with some spattering.  I have then applied leaf veins in white gesso though a stencil.

I used a set of retro flower stamps and Archival black ink as shown and the word 'Beautiful' in the same ink.

I have used black & gold pens to add a border and some highlighting.  The card was backed with a layer of re-cycled board for strength and sprayed with matte acrylic sealer to protect in the post !

Sid xx

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Pink & black .....


I have used a swapped stamp to be the centre of this pink and black folding boxcard over on UK Stampers Forum ...

I wanted to just keep to pink, white & black as the main colourway for this boxcard.

The main image was stamped in Memento ink and selectively coloured in rose pink Copic marker on white card before trimming out.  I applied some Stickles glitter glue to the wings. The box was die-cit and assembled as were the balloon, star & streamer along with the Celebrate sentiment.

I covered the bottom panels of the box in black & white circle print papers.

Some black and iridescent pink sequins were added to finish ....

Sid xx

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Cake .....



A decorated tag made for a swap in UK Stampers Forum ....

The base is recycled packaging and is covered in a watercolour card background which has been coloured with Brushos. The diamonds are stamped in yellow acrylic paint.

The main image and balloon were stamped in Memento ink and coloured with Copic markers before trimming out. The little girls dress is paper pieced with blue gingham paper and treated with Stickles glitter glue. Both this and the sentiment were applied to the tag (the sentiment on foam pads) Some shadowing was added around the image with black Micron pen.

The tag has been edged in metallic brush pen and Posca marker.

A hole with an eyelet was made with the crop-a-dile and this was threaded through with some purple and yellow sari silk to finish.

Sid xx

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Friday, June 07, 2019

Underwater .....


Made a set of 3 'Underwater' themed ATC's for a swap on UK Stampers Forum .....

The base is made from corrugated packaging.  The backgrounds were made on watercolour card with Brushos.

The Turtle (Crafty Individuals) was stamped on white card in Memento black ink coloured with Copic markers and trimmed out.  A fern was stamped in Distress Oxide and some little fishes were stamped in Versafine black ink.  The turtles were then glued in place.

Some dots of Glossy accent were covered in Deco-Balls and the ATC's edged in dark blue Versamagic to finish.....

Click on the link above if you want to join the stamping forum .....

Sid xx

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Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Pearly squares ....



A set of Inchies made for a swap in UK Stampers Forum ....

I punched out the 1 x 1 inch bases from recycled board from cartons and then chose some mushroom fleck card and stamped a flower stamp in Versamark ink which I heat embossed with opal pearl embossing powder.  I then selectively punched out 1 x 1 inch squares from this background and applied to the bases.

I applied a fine stripe of redline adhesive tape to each and sprinkled with Beadazzles to decorate. A thin strip of black paper lace was then applied next to this as shown.

I coloured some adhesive pearls with grey Copics to match and applied as shown.  Each Inchie was then edged in brown Versamagic Chalk ink to finish.

Click on the link above if you would like to join the Forum and perhaps join our swaps too !

Have a super day !!

Sid xx

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Sunday, June 02, 2019

Wishing ....



Made a set of Artist Trading Coins for a swap over on UK Stampers Forum ....

They are 2.5 inches in diameter and the bases are die-cut from recycled packaging.  The background is made with Brusho's on watercolour paper.

The dandelion clock is stamped in Archival black ink, highlighted with white posca pen and decorated with some small dots of Stickles glitter glue.  The flower fronds are die-cut from more watercoloured paper and applied over the background as shown.

The sentiment was stamped in Versafine black on pale mauve card which was trimmed and edged in purple Posca pen.

They were finished with Krylon gold pen ....

Sid xx

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Singing .....


This tag has been made for a swap over on UK Stampers Forum .....

The base tag is made from white card background coloured with Distress Inks in Peeled Paint & Frayed Burlap smooshed to provide the effect seen.

The bird was stamped in Versamark ink on more white card which was heat embossed with fine black embossing powder.  The bird was coloured with watercolour brushpens and mixed with a waterbrush before trimming out.

The leaves were die-cut from green gingham print paper and the bough stamped in Aged Mahogany and die-cut.  The bough, leaves and bird were stuck in place as shown.

Two strips of Washi tape were added, top & bottom, and the tag was edged in brown Versamagic chalk ink.  The sentiment was stamped in Versafine black ink on cream card which was trimmed and matted on mauve card before adding on foam pads.  I added an eyelet with the crop-a-dile and threaded through with purple glitter ribbon to finish.

Sid xx


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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Leafy Bough .....


Made this mailart postcard for a monthly swap over on UK Stampers Forum  ....

Started with a white 6 x 4 inch piece of card and created a background with Brushos & Distress Oxide ink.  Applied a strip of green Washi Tape as shown.

The die-cut tree panel was stamped in yellow, green & brown Impress dye inks with some additional gold pen and green Posca.  The panel was edged in yellow ink and applied as shown.

The punched butterflies were made from an acrylic painted background and were embellished with Posca pen and applied as shown.  The sentiment was stamped in black Versafine ink and edged with Posca and reads 'Keep a green bough in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come'  The whole postcard was edged in yellow ink and a fine squiggly line was applied around its perimeter to finish.

This will travel 'naked' through the postal system so I gave it a spray coat of Acrylic matt sealer to protect.

If you would like to join UK Stampers Forum click HERE it's Free, Friendly & Fun !!!

Sid xx

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Hugs ....


This card is made on a white card blank and has a raised die-cut panel embellished with die-cut flowers.

Some of the flowers are made from watercolour paper, coloured with watercolours, some on watercoloured metallic kraft paper and one on watercoloured matte gold card.

The sentiment is stamped in black Versafine ink and it has 3 blue/violet sequins added to finish ...

Have a fabulous Bank Holiday weekend !

Sid xx

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Eye, Eye, Eye .....


These 3 ATC's were made for this month swap over on UK Stampers Forum ..... in the theme of 'The Eyes Have It' .....

They are made with printed papers, heat embossing, stamped images & brads.  The bases are made from corrugated packaging which I have re-cycled.

The main image (Teesha Moore) has been stamped in Memento black ink and coloured with Copic markers.  I have outlined the eyes with silver pen and infilled with Glossy Accents before mounting on foam pads. The background is on printed text paper which has been stamped in Versafine ink and heat embossed with Moonglow embossing powder. A brad was added, doodling along the edge with purple Posca pen and edging with gold Krylon pen.

If you would like to join the Forum click HERE .... it's free, friendly & fun !!

Sid xx

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Wine .....


This humorous card is made for the 'Less Is More' Challenge for May 2019 whose theme is 'Beverages' ....


It is on a 4 x 4 inch white card base.  I have water-coloured the front of the card with Distress inks and a waterbrush.  The words are stamped in Archival black ink with a couple of dimensional stickers and images to embellish....

Think it is rather reflective of my style of cooking too .....

Sid xx

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Love you ....


Made a 4 x 6 'Love You' card from a selection of desktop items that were close to hand ....

Started with a blue Distress Stain stencilled background which I stamped with some birds in Versafine black ink.  I also added some silver marks with a pen.  This was trimmed and matted onto black card and stuck in place on a white card blank.

The figures were stamped on watercolour paper previously coloured with watercolour brushmarkers, trimmed out and applied on foam pads.

The 'Love' was die-cut from pink paper and the 'YOU' stamped in Versafine black ink.

I added a blue paper flower and three flat metallic pink sequins to finish.

Sid xx

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Prickles .....



Just finished a crochet cactus project contained in a real terracotta pot.

The main cactus was made as one piece in two colours of cotton DK yarn and sewn together before being stuffed firmly with polyester fibres.  The flower and its centre were then made and sewn together.

The soil was crocheted using amigurumi methodology and also firmly stuffed.  All components were then assembled to produce the Cactus.

Beauty is it has no prickles, needs no care and can be used as a pin cushion !

Sid xx

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Thursday, May 09, 2019

Fantasy .....


Another card made with a Brusho background on watercolour paper ....

I used a white 6 x 4 inch card blank and cut a piece of watercolour paper slightly smaller. Now time to get messy .....

I first wet the watercolour paper with water from an spray bottle and then sprinkled Brusho crystals in Violet, Sea Green & Turquoise allowing the colours to develop.  I used a waterbrush to spread the colour to suit and when happy dried with a heat gun.

I then stamped the card with a couple of silhouette fairy stamps and some 'heart' grass using Versafine Onyx Black ink and dried with the heat gun.  I then used a white Posca marker to make highlights as if to mimic a moonlit scene.  The apertures in the wings were glittered with crystal Stickles and some spots in Posca and in Stickles added.

To finish I edged with more Posca , sprayed with acrylic sealer and stuck the design onto the card blank adding a stamped sentiment edged in black on foam pads.

Sid xx

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Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Loved ....


Made this greetings card on a Brusho background on watercolour card ......

The stamps were stamped in Archival black ink and coloured with watercolour brushpens and highlighted with white Posca marker.

The image was matted onto moss green and black card and then added to a 6 x 6 inch white card blank.

The greeting was stamped in Versafine black, edged with crimson ink and applied as shown on foam pads.  Finishing touch was to add 3 pink sequins.

This card is available to purchase in my Etsy Shop - Harpies Crafty Corner .... click HERE to go there !

Sid xx

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Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Abstract ......


Made a set of Abstract design Inchies for a swap this month in UK Stampers Forum ....

Decided on a background made with Distress Oxides onto re-cycled packaging which was punched into 1 inch squares.  These were stamped onto with a variety of stamps in Versamark ink and various Moonglow embossing powders and the design built up with successive layers.

Each Inchie was embellished with a royal blue crystal and each was edged in 18ct gold Krylon pen.

If you fancy joining in with our monthly swaps click HERE to go to join the Forum .... it's Free, Friendly & Fun !!!

Sid xx

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Friday, May 03, 2019

Walking .....


Made a set of Artist Trading Coins for a swap in UK Stampers Forum ......

I used die-cut 2.5 inch card circles mad from re-cycled packaging and use Distress inks to make a background.

I then stamped the swirls, chicken wire & butterflies in black Memento ink, colouring with alcohol inks.

I then added some gold gilding flakes over Quickie glue pen and added a sequin.  The Butterflies were highlighted with Glossy Accents.  Each Coin was edged in Versamagic chalk ink to finish.

Click HERE to join the Forum if you fancy joining in ... it's free, friendly & fun !

Sid xx

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Cosmic Pendants ......



These new handmade Crystal & Silver pendants feature swirly 'Cosmic' designs which are magnified through the crystal domes cabochon .......

They are available to buy Worldwide in my Etsy Shop - Harpies Crafty Corner - click the link to have a look www.etsy.com/shop/harpiescraftycorner 




Featuring an 18 inch silver fine snake chain with lobster-claw fastening . Each glass cabochone is mounted in a silver surround & bale .....




The designs are reminiscent of the Cosmos and feature a myriad of colours in a heavenly swirl ....

Sid xx

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Bloom .....



Another Artist Trading Coin made for swapping ......  This one uses stamping, printed papers, coloured card made on a recycled card base .... it is highlighted with glossy accents ......

Sid xx

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Nay ....


Here is an Artist Trading Coin made recently.   It's 2.5 inches in diameter and contains stamped images, tissue paper, Posca pen on an MDF base .....

Sid xx

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Souvenir ......



I am taking part in a 12 month Challenge in UK Stampers Forum where we choose a stamp which then circulates round to all the 12 participants who each make something using the stamp !  This is my collaged wall-hanger using the postcard stamp ......




I stamped the main image onto Kraft card and trimmed out .... this forms the central image on the collage.  I have also used printed papers, paper tape & a real stamp to decorate.




I have used laser cut edges to frame the postcard which is mounted on foam pads. Some other stamping along with a glass cabochon.




The whole piece is matted on green textured and yellow card with some penwork and brown chalk ink (Versamagic) to edge components.  The collage is hung using a couple of brass hangers fixed with brads and threaded through with some black satin ribbon.

I have tried to preserve the vintage Kraft card look throughout with some little dashes of colour !

Sid xx

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Boxcard ....


Sharing a pop-up folding Boxcard made in an Alice in Wonderland style ....

Die-cut box, decorated panels and printed images with a little stamping ......

Sid xx

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Captivate .....



Decided to make a 3D shadowbox which measures 12 x 9 cms. I wanted to use a pastel pink & blue theme to keep it light and cheerful !

This is also my entry into the Craft Stamper Magazine 'Take It Make It' Challenge for April whose subject is 'Anything Goes' .....




The shadowbox comes in three die-cut pieces and I used a pearlescent pastel pink card for the box and a pastel blue for the frame. The two components were folded and glued together to form the shadowbox which I framed with some blue Stickles glitter glue.




I then chose 3 printed papers from 6 x 6 stock and trimmed out the leaves and flowers which I stuck in place at different levels within the box to produce a 3D effect.




I then stamped the Bird and hearts (Crafty Individuals) in black Memento ink and coloured as shown with Copic Alcohol Ink Markers before trimming out. I then took a wooden cocktail stick, trimmed to size and coloured with brown Copic Markers and stuck this in place with Glossy Accents onto which I attached the bird supported on foam pads.




The pink frame was then also die-cut and stuck in place over the blue front. The stamped hearts were applied on foam pads top left and a number of pink and blue sequins attached with more Glossy accents added to provide some bright elements to the design.

Finishing touches were to add some pink velvet and blue grosgrain ribbons tied through a hole at the top. The word 'Captivate' was stamped on blue card which was trimmed and matted on pink card & applied on foam pads to finish.

Sid xx


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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Amazing ......


Made a collaged mailart postcard for a swap over on UK Stampers Forum .....

I used re-cycled packaging for the base and covered this with a watercolour paper background made with Brushos ....

I have stamped on the background using Archival black & Brilliance inks and embellished with floral diecuts and leaves using handmade mulberry papers applied with Glossy Accents as the postcard will travel 'naked' through the post.

The sentiment is stamped and enhanced with white Posca pen.  The whole postcard is edged with green Versamagic ink and the whole thing sprayed with matte acrylic lacquer to protect.

Click HERE to join the UK Stampers Forum it's Free, Friendly & Fun !!!

Sid xx

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Hello .......


A decorated tag made for a swap on UK Stampers Forum ....

Easter is nearly here so used some cute bunnies to which I added pompom tails.

I have also entered this tag into the Country View Challenge Blog whose theme this month is Spring/Easter ....

Do join the Forum if you enjoy stamping and papercrafts ! Click HERE to go there ... it's free, friendly & fun !

Sid xx

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Crystal .....



New handmade Crystal Pendants with Silver Chains for sale in my Etsy Shop ....

Each is totally unique so you will be the only one to wear each design .....





Click HERE to go to the Shop to browse other designs .....

Sid xx

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Collage .....


Made a rather bold coloured collaged Birthday Card ....

The base was made from bright fuschia Bazill cardstock cut to make a 5 x 7 inch card .....

First I added two strips of purple Washi tape as shown.

Then I took a green hexagonal wooden frame which I backed with coloured and stamped paper and stuck in place. Onto this I applied some green embossed die-cut leaves and a small square of coloured card.  I then added a glas heart cabochon and a gold metal tree embellishment. Two wooden laser cut birds were then added on foam pads.

The sentiment was stamped onto white card in black Versafine ink, trimmed, edged in fuschia chalk ink and applied on foam pads. Some small purple pearls were added to complete the card.

Sid xx

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Rainbow ......


Made a set of ATC's this month for a swap over in UK Stampers Forum .... theme was 'Rainbow'

I used recycled cereal packet for the bases which I cut to 2.5 x 3.5 inches in size.  I then selected some printed paper and cut to the same size.  I then die-cut some circles and stamped with circles.

I coloured a series of adhesive gems with the colours of the Rainbow and applied these on the circles.  Other spots made to sparkle with Stickles glitter glue.

I then stamped the stem in Versafine black ink, coloured with white Posca marker and applied the decorated circles on foam pads to make a sort of flower effect.  I then also stamped the words and the arrow in more Versafine black ink.  The ATC's were edged in black spots made with a Posca pen and edged with brown Versamagic Chalk ink to finish.

If you fancy joining the Forum, Click HERE to go there !

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Monday, April 08, 2019

Lazy Days ......



A die-cut shadowbox made with printed papers and a little stamping .....

I have used sequins, glitter glue and gingham ribbon to embellish .....

Sid xx

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Saturday, April 06, 2019

Ohh La La ....


This CAS card was made for a Challenge on UK Stampers Forum where the participants choose one of their stamps which then travels, on a monthly basis, around the group of 12 where they make something using your stamp !

The stamp was stamped onto white card in Memento ink and was coloured with Copic markers.  It was die-cut out and some Glossy accents were added to highlight areas of the image.

A frame was made with white card which was embossed with a cross design and applied on foam pads.

The printed words were also added on foam pads.

Sid xx

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Friday, April 05, 2019

AIW .....


Made a die-cut AIW shadowbox ....

Sid xx

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Thursday, April 04, 2019

Pastel .....


A set of Inchies made for a swap over on UK Stampers Forum ....

The background was made by stamping with Distress Oxides, the card was then embossed through the Sizzix Bigshot before selectively punching out the 1 x 1 inch squares.

I then decorated the embossing with various pens ... some with glitter !  The printed words were edged in black and applied as shown.  I have edged the Inchies with Versamagic Chalk inks to finish.

If you fancy joining in the swap then click HERE to join the Forum .... its friendly, free & fun !!

Sid xx

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Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Clowning .....


A mailart postcard made for a swap in UK Stampers Forum - it travels 'naked' through the post to the recipient !

I cut a piece of stout white card to 6 x 4 inches and then splatted a variety of colours of Distress Stains onto it to make a background.  I then stamped the clown and the words in Versafine black ink.

The clown was infilled with Posca pens and the edges scribbled in with a black Micron pen to finish. I gave it a spray with acrylic sealer to protect it in transit.

If you would like to join in this swap, click HERE to join the Forum and take part ... it's friendly, free & fun .....

Sid xx

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Leaf .....


Some while back I tried decorating a round teabag with acrylic paints, stamping (Uniko) in Archival Ink and stencilling.

I decided to convert it into an Artist Trading Coin (2.5 inches in diameter) by applying it to an MDF base and adding some decoration with Posca pens, glossy accents and sequins. The Coin is edged with gold Krylon pen. I have also used shimmering gel pens to cover some areas of the stamping.

I have entered this into the Craft Stamper Magazine 'Take It Make It' Challenge for April whose theme is 'Anything Goes'.

Liked the way it turned out and will certainly try to do more this way in future.

Sid xx

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Wishing .....


We run a monthly decorated tag swap over on the UK Stampers Forum Group .....

I decided to make a pastel colour tag this time and used stencils, with acrylic paints. Die-cut wildflowers were cut and applied in contrasting colours.

I used some stamping on the background too. I have applied a few white sequins and edged the tag in brown Versamagic chalk ink.  I used a crop-a-dile to apply a silver eyelet and threaded this through with some decorative fibres to finish. 

The sentiment was stamped and applied on foam pads.

Like the way it turned out and if you would like to join the forum click HERE it's free, friendly and fun ....

Sid xx

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Margarita .....


This is the fourth in my series of 'Boozy' Celebration cards ..... this one 'Margarita'

Sid xx

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Pennants .....


Made a Birthday Card using printed papers, a stamp and metal butterfly & adhesive gems. It was made on a 5 x 5 inch white card blank !

Sid xx

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Tropical .....


Another in my series of 'Boozy' celebration cards, stamped and coloured with Copic markers with the addition of some Glossy accents ....

This one shows a 'Tropical' cocktail .....

Sid xx

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