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Craftie Cafe: Taylored Expressions Florals

Hi All,

Thank you for visiting my blog again. Today I have used this gorgeous stampset from Taylored Expressions again. This time I have used the coordinating die as this particular  die cuts only on one side of the floral arrangement, so I have created a card front that has been partially cut creating an off the edge look.


To start the card I have stamped towards the bottom of the card with Onyx Black ink which I then masked off so I can do some ink blending over the top with distress inks.  I have done some pencil colouring on the stamped image with Prismacolor pencils.  In my video tutorial I have double the speed of the colouring as I really just took the time to enjoy the colouring process and didn’t want to bore you. I usually leave this part out of my videos as it can be quite lengthy to watch so I do hope you enjoyed this sped up version.

Once I am happy with the pencil colouring I moved onto ink blending the card front  with Distress Oxide Ink Work Lipstick & Squeezed Lemon Distress Ink.  I started the ink blending process on the inside of  my card where I have used a scrap piece of copy paper as a mask so I only blend the part you actually see behind the die cut front of the floral.

I continued the ink bending process on the card front but went with a light hand in addition using Distress Oxide Ink Tattered Rose to give a more ombre look as I blended up towards the top of the card front. Can you tell the theme of this card ? lol

Similar process was followed with the Distress Oxide Ink “Squeezed Lemonade”.

To create the platter look I have used a very wet ink brush with water and flicked it all over my card front and picked up any excess ink with a paper towel .

I then moved on to the Impression Obsessions “Wishes” sentiment and dies which I have cut with the die in black and in pool coloured cardstock. To add a bit of depth to the pool sentiment I have ink blended some ink  towards the bottom of the sentiment for an ombre type of look. To add depth and be able to see the sentiment more I have placed the sentiment die cut in black cardstock offset behind the ink blended version to add a shadow.


To embellish the card off I have used some natural wine, ballerina sequins and clear sparkle marker on the sentiment.

You will see at the end of my video I first thought I had finished my card once I have added the embellishments then I noticed my MFT Black and White Stripes paper pack sitting there staring at me so I cut a strip off and placed this on the inside of the card enough to be peaking through either side of the off the edge floral die cut front. I felt this tied the whole card together really well.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card creation.

Paper Crafting Hugs




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Craftie Cafe: Taylored Expression Flowers Stamp with WOW Embossing


Hi All, welcome to another fun blog post for the Craftie Cafe Store. Today I will be focusing on this stampset from Taylored Expressions “Cutting Edge Flowers stamps and dies”


Today I thought I would show you how the Lawn Fawn Yeti ink looks on Kraft coloured cardstock.  I have repeat stamped the large floral image from the stampset several tines in random order.  Even though this is rather subtle it is just another nice way to have created your own “pattern paper” as such. This is great way for maximizing your supplies with minimal effort.

I find having the Lawn Fawn Yeti ink is ‘must have’ in my ink collection.  I love using my white ink in a variety of ways. In my process video for today’s card I have used  this ink to make the WOW Embossing Powder which has an iridescent glitter throughout it stand out a little more instead of having used a clear sticky ink such as a versamark. This was a way for the opaqueness of the white ink to make the glitter stand out the little more.


To add a pop of colour I have used Distress Oxide inks and created my own “coloured cardstock ” as such as I have generously applied the Distress Oxide ink on white cardstock with a blending tool.  In hind site I could have just swiped the ink pad directly on the cardstock ….. a mental note for myself for next time. Do you have those moments where you realize after the fact there could have been an easier way. Yep that was one of those moments for me here.

Once the distress oxide ink is dried I ran through the Sizzix Bigshot with the Lawn Fawn Mini Pop Up Butterflies dies to cut out these bold butterflies.

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Jo Herbert 040618 Flowers Card Pic 1I have layered the butterflies that are the same sizes doubling up to add another element to these which I have placed these randomly on the card. The single butterflies that I had remaining I placed on the inside of the card.

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Here is the process video for you to watch.



Craftie Cafe · Design Team · Lawn Fawn

Craftie Cafe: Lawn Fawn Meow Colour Burst Card

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Hi All, welcome to my card set creation for the Craftie Cafe design team. I had so much fun playing along with the Ken Oliver Colour Burst range to add some intense vibrancy to my cardset. I have played with these before and let me just say I am so glad I have rediscovered them. I love that initially it doesn’t look like you have put that much of the pigment down but once touched with water it was like an explosion of intense , vibrant and beautiful colours on my cards. I have added water with my Distress Sprayer as it disperses a fine mist when pulled in full spritz mode. Now my biggest tip when it comes to handling these powders is to make sure they are thoroughly dried before touching with your fingers as most likely you will get them on there. Now if you don’t mind having them on your fingers feel free to continue on. But because in my case I was using a white top folding card base I had to be a little more mindful of my hands.

The 3 Colorbursts I have used are Violet, Ultramarine & Phthalo Green. All Ken Oliver colour ranges have an array of pigments in the same colours leaving a range of intensity leaving a WOW factor behind.

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For my product focus I have chosen this adorable Lawn Fawn “Meow You Doin” stampset. I hope you enjoy my process video with this stampset.

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For the dies I have used the Lawn Fawn Cross stitched in the small rectangle and circle range.

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Here are the ink colours I have used from the Lawn Fawn range.

I feel like my cardset has a mixed media to it with the stencil, texture paste and the colour burst. I don’t know why I felt compelled to make this type of card but I just had all these items out on my desk and just went for it. My layering process started with the colour burst panel, then stencils and texture paste then dies.

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Thanks for visiting and would love to hear from you.




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Craftie Cafe · Design Team · Lawn Fawn

Craftie Cafe: Lawn Fawn Meow You Doin?

Hi All, Welcome to today’s blog post for the Craftie Cafe online store. 

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Today I made a cute card with the Lawn Fawn “Meow You Doin?” stampset. One of my all time favourite techniques is creating my own background by repeat stamping. In this case I have heat embossed by using the a clear sticky ink as well as a clear hologram sparkle embossing powder from WOW Embossing.

I am very excited to announce that Craftie Cafe now stocks WOW embossing powders! Who doesn’t love the WOW Embossing powder range.

  I have kept today’s card very simple which I have added bold bright colours from the Lawn Fawn Rainbow 6 x 6 inch Paper Pack placed behind the die cut heart window of the heat embossed panel & rainbow cardstock pack.

The card base is a white top folding base as this is my favourite type of card to use which I cut an score in bulk to have handy at all times. I stamped the cat and the tin of tuna stamp with Versafine Onyx Black ink which I have hand cut out. I chose not to colour the images in this time as I liked the stark white that coordinates with the card base and to coordinate white on the pattern paper.

Using the same paper pack I chose to heat emboss with Lawn Fawn White embossing powder on a panel for the sentiment. To finish the card off I have added some pretty pink posh clear sequins.

If you wish to see this process unfold click on the you tube to take you to this fun cute card.

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Craftie Cafe: Avery Elle Tea Time : Watercolouring with Distress Oxides


Hi Everyone and welcome to today’s blog post for the Craftie Cafe Design Team. I will be focusing on the Avery Elle Tea Time stampset again which I have watercoloured with Distress Oxide Inks.

I left my colouring to be a more of a free hand watercolouring effect. I was not concentrating to stay within the lines nor was I  being precise. I let the inks do the work and blending themselves by using a saturated wet brush.

I have ink blended with a range of Distress Oxide Ink colours and an ink blending tool on Ranger watercolour cardstock.  When I personally work with Distress Oxide Ink colours and watercolour cardstock I feel that the watercolour cardstock saps up the inks so I usually add more layers than I would on normal cardstock.  Each panel has been blended then spritz with the Ranger Distress Sprayer and picked up with a cloth (you can use a paper towel also).

TIP: When watercolouring use a Archival type ink so the ink does not run when watercolouring in.

To watercolour Distress Oxide inks however is another matter, I find the pigment picks up really well so if you would like a more watercolour effect I personally use a saturated brush. Everyone find their own methods and tricks , each to their own when it comes to watercolouring. I am no expert by all means and I just love to play and have fun.

I have created 3 different cards using the coloured tea cups and distress oxide blended panels.

The sentiments can be interchangeable with other stampsets. For today I have used those that are part of this Avery Elle stampset but with Mother’s day just around the corner you can use Mother’s Day stampsets that suit tea cups.  My mother in law has the best fine china tea cup collection and I just love going over there as I am mesmerised by the design, details and feminine touch they all have.  This card set will be given to my mother in law as her Mother’s Day gift. I love how my mother in law has taught me so much about hand made gifts as she is a seamstress by trade and can make anything look fabulous.

Let me know which additional stampset you would use to make these more for Mother’s Day.

Check out my video on how these all came together.

Here are the 3 card creations.






Avery Elle · Craftie Cafe · Heat Embossing

Craftie Cafe – Avery Elle Tea Time : 3 Cards 3 ways



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Hi All, welcome to today’s blog post where I show case the Avery Elle Tea Time stampset and dies for the Craftie Cafe Online Store.  I made these cards with the same layout but different textures and layers using the Chevron cover die, watercolour inks and texture paste. All subtle differences that slightly alter the look of each cards.

For each card I have used the Avery Elle Watercolour inks which I have used as a watercolor wash for each background.

I have also heat embossed the cups of tea and saucers with Lawn Fawn white heat embossing powder which I then coloured them in Clean & Clear Zig watercolour markers.

Here is the first card where I use the Chevron Die as a stencil then add Ranger Texture Paste in Opaque Matte.


For the next card I have ink blended with Distress Oxide inks over the Chevron die as a stencil.


The last card I have simply added the Chevron die over the top over the colour wash background.


Each card is a top folding white card base. The layers added have either been foam mounted on coloured cardstock or adhered down with liquid adhesive.


I have made a You Tube making this card trio.

This blog post is for the Craftie Cafe online store.

Happy Paper Crafting Hugs