'What you do speaks so loudly, I can't hear what you say.'
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

All last week, I was inspired by an Allsorts challenge to ‘Use Sentiments as a Focus’. Although I’ve missed the challenge (long gone - duh!), I’m going to blog the cards I made because it’s something I don’t do a lot of. I do always like to use an inspirational sentiment but it’s rarely the actual focus of the card and I generally start with an inked background, so it was fun to do things differently for a little while.

The first two are simply stamped in Versamark ink on watercolour paper, then embossed with white EP and painted over with watercolours.



This one was stamped around the edges of glossy card in Versamark (for a resist effect), then sponged over with Distress inks. The sentiment was stamped in the centre – still on Autumn!


This is a Media plate background I played with a couple of weeks ago, adding bits of gold leaf to the flowers and around the edges, using a Quickie Glue pen.


The final card is stamped on a background I made by mopping up remaining Distress inks and adding a little more colour where I thought I needed it.


This last one is just a card I made for a friend who isn’t very well… it’s made with Distress Oxides on watercolour paper, using Lavinia stamps again…. must admit, this is one of my personal favourites!


I’d like to enter this one into a few ‘Anything Goes’ challenges.

Creative Fingers

Inspiration Destination


Creatalicious (with optional background)

I’d also like to enter it into the ‘Show us Your Stamps’ challenge on

Frilly and Funkie

Thanks for looking.

See you soon!



10 very kind comments from lovely people:

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

WOW what a wonderful collection of amazing creations. My favorite is the last card.
I wish you a wonderful evening,
big hugs Anja

froebelsternchen said...

That's a fantastic collection of cards - youamaze me every time I come see what you are up to.
oxo Susi


Beautiful work thank you for joining us over on
Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog
Dianne xx IDCB DT

SewPaperPaint said...

Every single one of these is oh so pretty but yes, your entry at the bottom really rocks my world! What a great stamp and beautiful background! We are so happy you joined my Use Your Stamps challenge at Frilly & Funkie. Big hugs, Autumn

Loose Stitches said...

Gorgeous cards, love the colors, sentiments and designs! Thank you for sharing with us over at Creatalicious Challenges! We hope to see you again!
Sherry x - DT for Creatalicious Challenges
Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads – My personal Blog

Jackie C said...

Love this entry, thank you for sharing with Creatalicious, Jackie CT member.

hazel said...

A beautiful collection of cards.
xxx Hazel.

Cec said...

Every card is lovely and full of fabulous stamping and lots of colour blending. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

pearshapedcrafting said...

These are all beautiful cards Cath but must admit that the bottom one is my fave too! Hope we get to meet up again sometime! Hugs, Chrisx

Melanie said...

Wonderful cards!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes with optional make your own background” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

(DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

(DT Crafty Friends)

(DT The Sketchy Challenges)