Monday, 28 August 2017

What a nice weekend ........

Happy Bank Holiday Monday .........

I hope you're enjoying the long weekend.  It's been lovely here.

We ventured up to the Grandstand yesterday ..... there was no Grand Prix racing but it was nice up there, not busy at all.   A nice cold beer and one of the best pizzas on the island hit the spot perfectly! We caught up with Chris as well which was nice ..... we only get to see him lately when he's working ..... he's a busy man!

Speaking of busy, my crafty ladies gathered on Saturday and we had a lovely, fun afternoon playing with inks and tissue paper.
They loved it.  Just plain old white tissue paper, nothing fancy, and a whole load of  Distress inks .... great fun!

Inspired by Loll Thompson (, we added colour to the tissue paper using Distress Inks.  Check out Loll's YouTube video to see what I mean.
It's such an easy way to get beautiful coloured pieces of paper with a gorgeous watercoloured look. You can then use these to create beautiful backgrounds for your projects or use them with your dies and punches ........ here's what I mean ....

Pretty textured backgrounds  ........ once it's dry glue the coloured tissue to a piece of white card to make it easier to work with, and it also makes the colours a little more intense .....

Adding more creases and texture whilst gluing it down gives a little more interest.

Die cut it ..... these pretty little dragonflies have been cut from a leftover piece (me and my scrapbox ..... they all come in handy!!)
Add a nice die cut sentiment coloured to co-ordinate ...... and you're done!

Here's another version ....... this time we added in a little touch of embossing powder to highlight the texture ......

Just a piece of the coloured tissue, again on white card, then I've gently rubbed over the top with a Versamark ink pad so that it's just the raised areas that picks up the ink. If not not confident using the whole pad, just dab your finger into the ink and lightly rub over where you want the embossing powder.  Sprinkled over the embossing powder and heat set. If you end up with too much embossing powder, or powder where you don't want it, just take a soft paint brush and brush it away before you heat it.

I love how it highlights the creases and texture .......

A bit of inlaid die cutting (saving the coloured die cut for another project!) and some rubber stamping completes the sentiment ......

You've seen the next few cards on the blog before ...... but these were popular designs on Saturday.  I think they liked how you could get so many different looks from using the same die.
Die cut the hello from a piece of black card .......

Cut one from a piece of your coloured tissue ......

And also a white version .....

Because the die cuts the word and the outline ..... you can mix and match each one.
It was nice and quiet when they were doing this ....... putting all those little inlaid pieces in took some concentration!

We did do a little bit of rubber stamping onto the tissue too ...... but sorry, you'll have to wait to see the finished result of that one ...... it's for a September Blog challenge!!  Check back here on Friday.

Thanks for popping by ..... have a great week and enjoy the Bank Holiday if you have one.
We're off for a sneaky look at Chris's new look pub this afternoon.
Yes, it's almost finished.  We drove past it last night and all the scaffolding from outside has gone. The outside looks really nice ..... I'll try and get some pictures to share but I might have to wait until it officially opens on Thursday.

Cheerio until next time .....


  1. Well, these are a real feast for the eyes, some wonderful designs Linda, I can see why they would be so popular! Hugs, Anne xx

  2. Lovely cards Linda, the crinkled tissue gives a great background, off for a catch up as I've not been around much this last month.
    Avril xx

  3. Sorry, thought I had commented earlier. :) Great mix of cards and different ways to use the tissue. Bet the girls in the workshop had a lot of fun. Thanks for the shout out, my friend. xx


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