Catching up with WOW! Makes

Hello everyone…

I thought I’d share some of my WOW! makes on the blog as I normally write straight onto the WOW! blog and so skip my own.  So today I’m just uploading… not going into detail as I’d be here forever!

This make was for the January Challenge and uses the super sparkly Hot Gossip and the beautiful Metallic Gold Rich.

I do love this card… the grungy background is awesome!!

This ‘TIME’ card uses Visible Image stamps on a Distress Spray Stain background which I’ve then splattered with gesso, Posca pen and more spray stains.

Literally only just ‘released’ this one for WOW! A lovely floral card using Tim Holtz Tattered Florals for the die-cuts

I do love a floral card although usually I grunge them up and texturise them but I tried to keep this more mainstream.  Using the Sara Naumann inspired Parc Florals trio, I’ve layered the florals onto a heat embossed background and then added Kiwi Krush for the leaves.  Jury’s still out for me on this one…

I really love using feather stamps and dies and I got this Altenew set, Golden Feather, for my birthday earlier in the year.

Teamed with the Seth Apter inspired Metalz and Cosmic Trio of powders, I love the detail the powders bring out on the feathers.  the Metalz and Cosmic powders are not super fine but still, they pick up all the detail… just superb.

My absolute favourite WOW! make!

My cogs card is right up there as one of my favourite WOW! makes.  Again, I’ve used the Seth Apter powders along with the WOW! Mixed Media Embossing Brush to create this textural patina effect which I’ve seen so many times on other peoples work but never attempted myself before.  I’m waiting to get out of lockdown so I can frame this make for the craft room.

March’s challenge was to use the Glintz powders which I’ve teamed with a simple ‘hello’ stamp and a Tim Holtz die-cut which I then used as a stencil

Beautiful, beautiful colours from Sara Naumann again… Sea Turtle, Sea Salt and Sea Mist

I’m a huge fan of cool colours… maybe it’s because I was bought up by the sea?  I don’t know but I love them.  These Sara Naumann powders are some of my favourites in the WOW! collection.  Here I’ve used the gorgeous Create Your Own Calm from Visible Image to highlight the colours… gosh, they really compliment each other.

April’s challenge is Rainbows! Something I’m sure the WOW! team never anticipated becoming so widely used in April!

The gorgeous and glittery Bundled Up trio from Catherine Pooler sparkling away on this floral card

One of my go-to Visible Image stamps is Creative Chaos so when they released a larger, Total Chaos stamp I was a bit over excited!  I’ve layered the petals using Peppermint Scrub for the edges, Skylight for the skinny flowers on the right and sparkly Sage for leaf.  Got my favourite Metallic Copper on the background too on the computer/digital stamp.

So there you go… just ten cards for now but shows a variety of styles.

Thanks for reading… H xx

October Guest Designer Wow! Embossing Powder

Hello everyone… or should that be ‘Cześć’ as I’ve just come back from a little break in Krakow and Lodz.  Absolutely fantastic place and thoroughly recommend to everyone!!

I was asked a while back if I’d like to be the October Guest Designer for Wow! Embossing Powder and of course I said yeeeeess please!!  Wow’s products are always on my craft desk and I honestly don’t think you can buy better quality powders (I’ve tried – always gone back to Wow!).  The sheer range of colours and genres (metallics, sparkles, opaques, pearl, glitter, even glow in the dark and puff!!) is phenomenal and their Slow Drying Embossing Pad is just perfect.  If you haven’t tried them and you’re into your stamping, just buy a couple (they’re only cheap) and try them for yourself.  You will love them and to watch them melt – so mesmerising!!

Anyway… you might have seen my makes and blog posts for Wow! Embossing Powder over the last few weeks but suddenly realised I hadn’t blogged them on my site… shocker.  My first make for them used their gorgeous Thankful stamp set with Metallic Gold Sparkle powder.

‘Merry and Bright’

Heat emboss with the Metallic Gold Sparkle, colour and add extra sparkle with a Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen

Distress oxide background for a chalky, grungy look with an aperture die-cut. Add more embossing powder to frame.

Finished card with the products used

You can find the full write up for Wow! over on their blog… just press HERE!

My next make for Wow! uses Aall and Create stamps and stencils and looks a little something like this and uses Black Twinkle and Pop from the Confetti Trio (the little polka dots around the edges).

‘Sparkle and Shine’

Heat emboss on watercolour card with Black Twinkle and paint using watercolour paints

Mask the border stamp to add the stencil before adding dimension to the project using glossy/crackle accents and foam dots.  Stamp polka dots around the edge to frame using ‘Pop’ from the ‘Confetti’ trio

Finished card with the products used

Again, the full write up for Wow! can be found HERE!

My next make you make not have seen as it’s part of the inspiration for Wow!’s October Challenge (Christmas) and uses just the one colour – the beautiful Rose Gold.


Ombre a background, spritz with gold ink and heat emboss using the beautiful Rose Gold powder from Wow!

Tear some corrugated cardboard and swipe the slow drying embossing pad over the ridges before dusting with the Rose Gold powder and heating

Layer the elements over one another before matting onto card

Finished card with products used

So there we are.  That’s the first three of my makes although I do have a couple still to share.  Hope you like them… I’m pretty chuffed with them although to be honest the powders make it so easy!  You can see LOADS of inspiration over on Wow!’s Facebook page or upload your own makes to their Facebook Fan Page and see what everyone else has been up to!

I’ll be back soon with new makes to share.

H xx

Christmas Chaos: Visible Image

Hello everyone,

Seems a tad weird posting Christmas makes in this amazing weather (too hot?!) but with Christmas fast approaching, I couldn’t resist playing with the new Christmas releases from Visible Image… so I’ve plonked myself down in the garden under a HUGE umbrella with my two hot water bottles Stan and Syd the Dachshunds next to me (because that’s what you need in this heat… two dogs snuggled right up close!)

Christmas Chaos is a ‘very me’ stamp set.  A mixed media set that is perfect for grunging up and layering and getting inky with… or not… it depends on how you like to work.

I have to admit, I’ve used four of the new stamp sets on this make but the main focal point, the wreath, is made from Christmas Chaos.

I didn’t take any stepped photos for this make (apologies Mark and Helen!) as I got too ‘in the moment’ and this is the only one I remembered!  Having stamped each of the smaller images, the holly, the scribbled star and the number 25 from the number line, I’ve coloured each one using a mixture of watercolours, spritzing inks and watercolour pencils in order to get  vibrant Christmas colours.  Once dried I’ve gone over certain elements using a Tonic Studios Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pens to give a hint of sparkle, scribbled a white Porsche pen over some and added glossy accents to others.

Once dried, they were all fussy cut out (no mean feat I can tell you!) and placed to one side.

The middle of the wreath I decided to make into a shaker, so having die-cut my circles out, I used Distress Oxides (Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire and Faded Jeans) to create a dark sky background.  After a little splatter of Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide Spray and some white Gesso splatters, I’ve heat embossed the gorgeous little roof stamp and some stars from the Christmas Eve set using Wow Embossing Powders.

For the shaker element, used beads and some sequin stars I’ve had hanging around for ages and, after constructing it all together, I added some bells (why not, it is Christmas!) and some small glitter balls I’d saved from some crackers years ago.

As the wreath element is quite busy, I chose a simple background on which it could sit so stamped the larger text stamp from Christmas Backgrounds in Festive Berries – how apt!

The sentiment, from Sentimental Christmas, was stamped using Versafine Clair (in Nocturne) and matted onto red and black card before adding foam tape to the rear to give it a little lift.  I added a sprig of holly to the sentiment and one to the top left of the card and ta-da!  All finished!

Here’s some lovely images of the new Christmas stamps for you to drool over…

Christmas Chaos


Christmas Eve


Christmas Backgrounds


Sentimental Christmas

The Visible Image Facebook and Instagram pages are brimming with inspiration at the moment so check back regularly to keep up to date!

I’ll see you again soon with more Christmas makes… I’m off to enjoy some sun!

H xx




Just Breathe: Visible Image

Hello again…

It’s time again to share some inspiration for the Visible Image design team.  Today’s card uses the totally gorgeous new Just Breathe stamp set that was released in June.

I wanted to make a grungy card using distress oxide ink pads for the background.  Using Walnut Stain, Ground Espresso, Brushed Corduroy and Gathered Twigs, I’ve just smooshed them on a glass mat and layered up the colours until I was happy.

For the die-cut heart, I’ve matted a piece of old map onto card and used the lighter distress oxide ink pads in the same way as before.  The colours I’ve used for this are: Tea Dye, Frayed Burlap and Old Paper.  I’ve then stamped the ‘Breathe’ sentiment all over it with Archival Ink in Watering Can.

The torso stamp (and honestly, how fabulous is it??!) is heat embossed onto white card using Wow’s Metallic Copper heat embossing powder.  To add some depth (and I know I’m not the best at shading) I’ve painted in-between the bones using grey watercolour and added some watered down tea dye distress ink to the edges and bones.

The torn vellum strip at the bottom has had thermal ink splats stamped on and the ‘immortal’ sentiment heat embossed over this.  A ripped strip of card has been tucked in behind it and both have been edges using Vintage Photo distress ink.

To finish, I’ve matted the design onto black card and adhered to a 7×7″ and added a few dabs of Ranger Liquid Pearls in Rose Gold.

Here’s the gorgeous stamp set to swoon over…

And there you have it!  If you haven’t already seen the Visible Image Summer Sale… with a stonking 30% selected stamps and stencils (and there is LOADS to choose from!!) hope on over and grab yourself an absolute bargain.  These stamps are super-duper quality and the stencils are definitely the best quality and thickness I’ve some across – and I have loads of different makes!

Catch up soon folks… H xx


Visible Image: New Releases for June ’19


I don’t know if you’ve seen the new stamps previewing for Visible Image over the past week or so but they’ve just released NINE new stamp sets!! Whoop!!  All are available for pre-order now and will be released on 22nd June for all your inky mitts!  Mark has designed them all in the usual, slightly off the beaten track, Visible Image style and Helen has done an amazing job on the sentiments and all are going to be super popular as always!

Today I’m using the new Guardian Angel set… which kind of reminds me of the statue’s out of Dr Who.  No?  Just me then! Haha…

I love this stamp set, it’s so unusual and quirky and not like anything else on the market and I love that about Visible Image products… all that little bit different from everything else.

Anyway, to start this card I cut up a poster I bought from Paperchase that had an old New York map on it, adhered it to card and used a brayer to apply Gesso.

Using Distress Oxide ink pads in Dusky Concord, Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire I’ve added stripes of colour before spritzing with water to give a mottled effect.  For more texture, I then splattered black and silver ink before drying.

After much procrastination, I decided to add the Strobe stencil using a large die cut circle.  I wanted a graduated colour so used Iced Spruce Distress Oxide ink pad on the centre of the circle, then Hickory Smoke before a light coat of Black Soot.  Looking at it, I felt it needed some light so went around the outside (over the black) using Scattered Straw and while the stencil was still in place I spritzed on gold Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.

To add some interest to the outskirts of the card, I’ve stamped on the little bubble stamp (which I know will be used so much on other projects so thank you Mark for the little background stamps you add to sets!)

I don’t know if it shows up in the photo but the bubbles have been graduated in colour from Ice Spruce at the top to Hickory Smoke in the middle to Black Soot down the bottom.  I’ve used the die cut circle from before as a mask.

The Angel itself was heat embossed using Versamark and Wow’s! British Summertime which is a fabulous opaque grey.

Derwent’s Inktense pencils have been used to add colour.  I love the smooth application of them and the colours are so beautiful.  I opted for the same palette of colours so it echoed the background.

With the Angel and the wings all colours, it was time to start layering up the card.  Having fussy cut the Angel, I added gold wire to the rear to break up the image.  Using foam tape on the wings and the main image, I’ve given the Guardian Angel some dimension and I think looks a bit more dramatic.

For the finishing touches, I’ve stamped, coloured and trimmed the feathers and the dove and secured them to the card (some have foam dots added, some don’t).

To lighten the mood of the card, I’ve heat embossed the sentiment using Wow’s Opaque Bright White powder (this really is the best powder on the entire planet!)

It was then just a matter of adding glossy accent to some of the bubbles and on the dove and crackle accent to the feathers before placing to one side to dry thoroughly.

Here’s some of the products I’ve used… not all as I couldn’t fit them in the picture!

And here’s the Visible Image products I’ve used for this card…

Guardian Angel



And that’s it for today.  Hope you love the new releases as much as I do.  Check out the Visible Image Facebook Group for daily inspiration from the design team and don’t forget… all the new stamps can be pre-ordered before their release on June 22nd.

Hope to catch up soon… H x

PaperArsty Zinksi Florals

Hello everyone…

Something a wee bit off my normal range today.  I’ve, for a loooong time, loved the PaperArtsy Zinski stamps.  Their super quirky and you can really mess around with them, mixing them up.

I’ve had some of the Zinskiart floral stamps for a good while but hadn’t used them in ages… but was recently asked to make a thank you card on behalf of my daughter’s Maths class for their teacher and out they came! I loved putting them all together (and she was chuffed to bits with he hugeA3 card!) so it got me all fired up for them again.

I’ve Gelli printed onto music score paper for this background


The papers I’ve stamped onto have all been Gelli printed and then fussy-cut out.  Before adding them to the background, I’ve added yet more texture using stamps and die-cut clouds.


I love this quirky little bird and have added leaves, stamped using different shades of green Distress Oxide ink and black, so I could perch him up high.  The bird himself has been stamped over card sprinkled with PaperArtsy Infusions so he has a lovely speckled effect.

Once all the elements have been stuck to the card, glossy accents have been added to different elements.  These really draw your eye in and give  different dimension to the card.  I’ve also spodged on Liquid Pearls to mimic the polka dots on the stamps.

So, with this card made, I thought I’d quickly make some cards to have to hand in case there’s a birthday or occasion I forget and came up with these quirky cards…

All quick and easy to make but wow… super therapeutic with all that colouring!  Lovely!!

Catch up again soon people… enjoy the sunshine!

H xx

Visible Image: Destination Adventure Card

Hello everyone!

Well… what a snowy and cold week that was!  I hope you’re all safe and got to throw a few snowballs, if that’s you’re thing, or managed to avoid them if it isn’t!  I love the snow.  I love watching the pupsters jump in it and shovel their nose through the powder only to come up with a big whale-type snort! Ha!

Anyway, enough of the cold stuff… let’s move onto to warmer climes with my latest Visible Image DT make.  So last Wednesday was my birthday and I met my lovely crafty friend for lunch and she suggested a wander round Hobbycraft (how could I refuse!).  I managed to pick up a fabulous little globe die and I knew exactly what stamps would work perfectly with it.

I’m really into my tags at the moment and thought a tag would suit the travel theme perfectly so I layered up two different sized tags that I’ve die cut using a Sizzix/Tim Holtz combo.  The larger tag I’ve then die cut again to add some interest to the bottom.  After heat embossing Fibonacci in bright white, I’ve then built up the colour using Distress Oxide ink pads.  To add extra detail, I stamped Elemental over the top lightly using a Sepia Archival Ink and then used the mesh stamp from the Mesh-ellaneous set around the edges.

For the top tag, I’ve used the fabulous Fibres stencil along with the new Resist Spray from Ranger.  It’s very subtle but you can just see where the colour has resisted and made a mottled effect.  To that, I’ve added Elemental (again using Archival’s Sepia ink pad) before heat embossing the rain stamp from Sparkle in the Rain in that gorgeous copper colour.

After die-cutting the globe, I’ve added the sentiments from the Destination Unknown stamps and layered them together before adhering to the card blank.  Perfect for someone off on an adventure!

The Visible Image stamps I’ve used for this make are… (ta-da!)…



Destination Unknown

Sparkle in the Rain

I hope you like today’s inspiration.  Do check out the Visible Image blog page for some amazing makes but he other DT members… truly stunning work.  Catch you next time…

H xx

Textured ‘Visible Image’ Hanger

Hello everyone and happy Monday to you!

Today I have a little hanging to share with you that uses so many of the gorgeous new Visible Image stamps.  They may not be that ‘in your face’ (so-to-speak!) but they are definitely there when you look a little closer.

Firstly I applied modelling paste through the ‘Fibres‘ stencil and then added acrylic paint to give an ombre type effect.  I’ve then used the new ‘Fibonacci‘ and ‘Elemental‘ stamps’ to add extra interest while also applying some Art Alchemy wax in Brushed Iron to some of the raised texture.

The Fibonacci stamp is just awesome for background interest

The backgrounds for the florals are made using using distress oxide ink pads and the ‘Tattered Floral’ Bigz die.

Tim Holtz’s ‘Tattered Floral’ die was perfect for this project

I’ve loaded different colours onto and craft sheet, spritzed with water and dragged the card through the colour.  Once dry, you can add yet more colour and get fabulous texture before die-cutting. To add the detail onto the flowers, I’ve used the new stamps (and some of the old) to add texture and more colour and then shaped and layered then up.



The florals are joined together using brads or buttons sewn on

Once stamped, I’ve edged the florals using a Vintage Photo Distress ink pad and given them a little spritz with gold ink and splattered lightly with white gesso.

For a sentiment, I chose to use the ‘Creativity’ off the ‘Creativity’ stamp and heat embossed it onto a strip of vellum.  This was then tucked around the hanger and secured using the florals and some small dabs of hot glue under the sentiment itself.

I love the contrast in textures between the crisp vellum and the background

Visible Image products used in this project:

Hope you’ve been enjoying looking at all the design teams inspiring projects over the last week or so… I know there are still some stunning makes to come so keep a look out over at Visible Image!  The Visible Image folks are currently out in Phoenix exhibiting at the wondrous Creativation and I have an inkling it’s going rather well so big up #teamawesome!!

Thanks for looking…

H xx

Quickie Christmas Cards

Hello everyone…

Chilly day here today but thankfully I’m off so am hibernating with a cuppa in the craft room catching up on blogging and Instagram etc.

I’ve been trying to sort out some of the mountain of un-used ‘stuff’ I have in the craft room lately, and thought I could go though the Christmas boxes and make some quick cards.  It all started with a Craftwork Cards workshop I went to a few weeks ago and we were given a sheet of embossed baubles (you may have seen these on my Facebook page if you’re a follower on there.. if not, pop on over as I post much more on there).

You can see I’ve added colour to the embossed die-cut baubles using Distress Oxide ink pads and the rather beautiful sheen comes from a gilding wax.

I so loved the quickness, I decided to make a few more along the same lines-ish!

The wooden embellishments on these two cards have been heat embossed in a sparkly red glitter and the embossed sentiment uses scrap paper and I’ve highlighted the lettering with gold acrylic.

My favourite two cards feature wooden snowflakes from Docrafts Bare Basic range that I’ve had for years and never used.

The snowflakes have been given a coat of Wow!’s Opaque Bright White and then Ultra Shimmer embossing powders and have been glues to a stencil background with some washing tape as the main sentiment.

Super quick cards and I’ve only used scraps of card and left over embellishments!  I’ve got so much Christmas stuff… stamps, embellishments, wash tape, ribbons etc… I should pull my finger out and get making more really!

Catch you again soon, H xx





Stencilled Beneath the Sea Tag

Hello once again,

Really super quick post from me today.  Had a very busy (but lovely) weekend and am heading off for an early night.

After hoovering and washing the car today (taking it round to the car wash counts as washing it yourself, right?!) I had a couple of hours spare and felt the need to create (again) so came up with this little tag:

I started with a white tag to which I colour blended oxide inks and spritzed them while drying to add a subtle texture.  I’ve taken the same Dutch Doobadoo ‘Wavy Bubble’ stencil that I’ve used on a couple of my recent makes and added ‘Salty Ocean’ oxide ink and faded it out in the middle.

The sparkly sunburst comes courtesy of a Tim Holtz stencil and Wow! Embossing powder in (the aptly named) ‘Under the Sea’.  After a quick spritz of gold ink, I’ve stencilled the gorgeous ‘Mini Nautilus’ from Crafter’s Companion in modelling paste to create a raised texture. I love this stencil… so delicate but works beautifully no matter what medium you are using!

The cute dies are Katie Skilton for Sizzix and I just love them! I’ve added some detail on the fish using yet another Tim Holtz stencil and his oxide inks in Wild Honey and Fossilized Amber.

To finish, I’ve scribbled a quick line border, added some ribbon and twine and popped on a hand written sentiment.  Not bad for a quick make!

Right… I’m off to bed although I think pupsters Stan and Syd have already beaten me to it!  Look at cheeky Syd…

Night all xx