Saturday, 16 May 2020


Hi Readers,

Today I am sharing a sweet Flip Album to store New Baby Memories
featuring gorgeous products from Paper Rose.

I adore the Snugglepot & Cuddlepie Gumnut Babies Stamps & dies 
that Paper Rose have in their range.
So beautiful for Baby & Aussie Themed projects.

As well as the focal point on the cover I have featured Gumnut Babies 
on the unique Ticket Embellishment for the Album decoration.  
I have made a tutorial on how these tickets were created on a previous blog post here .

The covers are chipboard from my stash with holes drilled ready for ring inserts. 

The chipboard has been swiped with gold embossing paste. 
Then once dry, covered with a layer of white crackle paste.
The crackle that forms show off the golden underlayer.

The Thanks a Bunch Stamp set was white heat embossed on water colour paper,
then water coloured with Distress reinkers & a water brush forming the background.

were stamped in Black Archival Ink & clear heat embossed before colouring in
& cutting out.  Attached with foam squares to background.

Welcome Baby stamp also in Black Archival ink & heat embossed.

cardstock pre coloured with Distress Spray Stain.
Layered to frame the focal pint on the cover.

The Ticket Embellisments & Charms were attached with Pink Ribbon.
Inside pages were cut to fit from some of my favourite stencilled, coloured & ready made papers from the Dream in Pastel paper range from Paper Rose.

Hope this gives you some inspiration for a gift for a new Mum or Grandma or just for yourself.
Cheers for now    Deb

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Make your own embellishments from Ticket Die Cuts

Hi There,
Today I want to share a fun technique for making your own personalized embellishments 
from Ticket die cuts.

These are the Personalized tickets I created using Paper Rose products.

The Ticket Die set has 5 various shaped tickets.  I cut out multiples of each from white cardstock.

I grouped the tickets in strips sticking them down in a row to pieces of thin paper tape.
I pressed the tape to my clothes first to reduce the stickiness of the tape so easier to remove later.

I then stamped with Black Archival Ink in repetitive patterns across the tickets.  
Any small designs are suitable, or just part of an image.

Some of the stamped images crossed from one ticket to another, 
making a continuous scene or pattern.

Small sayings or words look great too.
It is much easier to stamp on the row of tickets than each individual one.
More Real Estate!

Next it is important to only colour the focal images.
I used Distress Markers & a water brush. You could use any medium you like.
Just remember to leave the backgrounds blank for now.

The colour I used for skin tones was a mixture of Spun Sugar & Tattered Rose. 
Tiny amounts of watered down Aged Mahogany for the blush in the cheeks & shading.

Any colours you like for the Gumnuts!

Brighter colours for the Gumnut Flowers!
And add a tiny speck of blue in each eye!
Dry with a heat tool before going any further!!

Apply glossy accents or matte accents to those focal images that you have coloured
& set aside to dry completely. Try to cover with a fairly thick layer.

To colour the backgrounds once the Glossy Accents was dry,
I used a Distress ink blending tool with foam & Distress Inks to blend over the entire ticket strip.

I blended in cooler blue colours from one side & warmer yellow tones from the other.
This gives the impression of a horizon.

I then used a fine speckle stamp or written text stamp to give more texture to the background.
Flicking water & drying with a heat tool gives even more visual texture.

The glossy accents on the focal image resists the Distress inks used on the background.
Finish by just wiping over the images gently with a soft cloth.
The tickets are then ready to use in other projects, either singly or in a strip.

Here I have used some to embellish card fronts as you can see below.

They are really fun to make & very addictive.
Here is a link to my previous blog post where I have made
other designs of tickets if you want more inspiration.

Wildflowers Stamp
Arty Love Create Words stamp

Cheers for now!   Deb xx

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Steampunk Theme for February at Scrap FX

Hi All,
I wanted to share all my steampunk creations for the Scrap FX Design Team
for the month of February in this post.
More fabulous inspiration can be found on the Scrap FX blog.

This canvas panel features a treasured photo of my Dad on service leave
from the Army in the early 1950's.
Love how the Steampunk & Vintage styles go so well together.

More pictures & information about my creative process can be found here.

Even cards can be made using this theme.

For something a little different I decorated this wire dress form.

You can check out all the Steampunk goodness over at the Scrap FX blog.
Thanks for taking the time to read.

Saturday, 7 March 2020

You Are Beautiful Tag for Paper Rose

Today I am sharing a special tag I created using fabulous stencils & die cuts from Paper Rose.

The base is a scalloped edged chipboard tag from my stash
which I firstly coated with white gesso & let dry.
Crackle paste was then swiped through the geometric stencil & also left to dry 
so perfect cracks developed.  
Blue Mica Spray in areas then highlighted the cracks & texture of the background.

I had been playing with Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals on watercolour paper
making beautiful dreamy papers.
So I die cut one of these papers with the Lots of Circles die  with interesting stitched feature as a focal point on the tag. Elevated this with foam tape.
I die cut the Layered beautiful die from a pink section of the same papers with a shadow of vellum.
Extra stamping for the sentiment comes from the Beautiful words stamp set.

Prima Leaves & Flowers were coloured with Magicals & white gesso.
Pink & Purple Ribbon & pale pink jewels complete this lovely tag.
Hope this inspires you to make something pretty too.
Cheers Deb

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Succulent Birthday Greetings

Hi There 
Today I am sharing cards made featuring the gorgeous Cacti Greetings Stamp set from Paper Rose.

These cards evolved as my stash of Paper Rose products has grown. 
Parts and pieces were made separately then eventually came together in perfect harmony.

Quite a while ago I played with background techniques using my gelli plate, 
alcohol inks & stencils with acrylic paints.
There are lots of You Tube videos on this topic. 
I recommend Kate Crane from Gel Press: Just Add Alcohol Backgrounds

This background was made with the Moroccan stencil. 
I love the distressed terracotta look of this.
Matches well with the cute succulents which I heat embossed then water coloured 
before  die cutting.
The card layers & Happy birthday stitched sentiment were cut from thick cardstock 
I had previously coloured with spray inks in greens & blues. 
I keep any thick cardstock or white packaging that I receive.
 I spray ink a whole lot at once with combinations of colours that complement.
So I then have sturdy custom papers 
for using for die cutting sentiments & background papers when required.

My second card features a very different gelli printed background.

This background was created with a 6" round gel press plate.
I applied sprinkles of Magicals powder then spritzed with water & printed onto thick cardstock. 
The Cacti image was stamped on top in black Archival ink & clear heat embossed.  
Extra light colouring of the Cactus was done with Watercolours.
Sentiment & backing card cut from matching green ink sprayed cardstock & white vellum.

I love how the background colour adds to the colouring of the plant pot.
Sending hugs to you with a cactus is probably a contradiction in terms!!

Paper Rose Products used to create these cards were: 
Cactus Greetings Stamp set #17886, Cactus Greetings die set #17887, Happy birthday stitched die #18442, Moroccan lattice stencil #18138, Hugs Layered die #18300, Happy Birthday to you die #17631

Other products: Gel Press Plate 6" round & 8 x 10" rectangle, Acrylic Paints, Alcohol inks (yellow blue red) Blue & Green ink sprays (Distress oxides, Distress spray stains), 
Meeden watercolours & watercolour brush.

These stamped images are really cute.  Will definitely be making more of these.
Prickly Cheers for now 

Thursday, 16 January 2020

'Cheers' Travel Mug

Hi There,
Today I am sharing my creation for Paper Rose using die cuts to decorate a travel mug.

Originally the plastic travel mug contained an image of Freddo frog. 
Not very appealing, but I knew the mug was functional & had potential.

Firstly I removed the lid, applied masking tape around the screw top above the rim.
The whole surface was painted with Black Gesso & left to dry while I die cut some patterns to apply.
I made sure that I painted in a cross hatch fashion to give more texture to the surface.

The die cuts I used were the
I used quite thin cardstock for this.
The die cuts were applied with Soft Matte Gel Medium from Prima. 
Applied under and over the die cuts to seal them.
The textures were then highlighted with a dry brushing technique 
& Art Alchemy paints. I then applied some Art Alchemy waxes with my finger.
Wink of Stella was applied over the Cheers to give extra sparkle.
Finally I sealed the mug with a layer of  gloss varnish from Decor Art.

The finish has held up really well with hand washing.
Not quite game enough to put it in the dishwasher!
The finish is really glossy so was hard to take good photos.
A matte sealer would also work just as well.
Hope this gives some ideas for different ways to use your die cuts.
Cheers     Deb Adams

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Silhouette Keyholes & Alcohol Ink Background Cards

Hi All,
My first post for 2020 for the Scrap FX Design Team
 is of two sweet cards that I have created featuring Keyhole Silhouettes & Alcohol Ink backgrounds.
really adore these colours & the textures of the alcohol inks & gold mixative.
My first card has a garden theme in lovely pinks, blues & purple.
Framing  of the page was made with flowers from my stash & the Clockhands frame.

The Alice Keyhole Silhouette really pops on the alcohol ink background.
The sentiments are from the Art Phrase transparency.
The butterfly was fussy cut from the Butterfly transparency sheet.

The Alcohol ink background is raised from the metallic gold base card
by 2 layers of mesh chipboard coloured in silver & gold.

The fronds of the fern flourish chipboard complement the curve of the keyhole.
The sentiment is also painted chipboard. Forever in my heart mini.
Pearls & Mini Art stones add some finishing texture.

Hope this gives you some ideas for projects to use those lovely alcohol ink backgrounds that we all hoard!

Cheers for now,   Deb Adams