Hi there! We are back with more beautiful inspiration here on the blog today.

Over to Sharon Traynor…

Are you like me? You know exactly what card making style suits you, but you simply have to try something totally opposite every now and then?  That was me last week. So, I had a play with a couple of my fantastic Visible Image stamps and the urge to get all inky again got the better of me.  My crafty session ended up with 2 cards using the same fabulous stamps and inks, but created with 2 completely different styles. One CAS and one full-on inky.

This daughter definition stamp is absolutely wonderful in the beautiful words it uses – I especially love the phrase about a daughter being a little girl who grows up to be your best friend.It is also a perfect sentiment stamp to use for the thin, white embossing on black card sentiment style that seems to be the ‘in-thing’ at the moment. Actually, any of the Visible Image Definition stamps would be perfect for this style.

Anyway, I decided to make a shutter card, so above you can see it partially opened, and here is what it looks like from front on when it is standing up.


1) How to make the shutter card

You can watch my video… 

or follow the written instructions…

Take a piece of card 26cm x 18cm and ink blend a background with the 3 distress inks listed below. Flick some water onto the background and dry it. Then randomly stamp the kaleidoscope of butterflies stamp (isn’t that a wonderful definition of a group of butterflies? a kaleidoscope) in aged mahogany and worn lipstick distress inks as well as worn lipstick distress oxide.

TIP: If the back of the card gets inky, you could colour it with the distress oxide and randomly stamp the butterflies on that to make it all co-ordinate. However, if you are using a lighter weight card, it may become flexible and have trouble standing up. If that happens, you may need to glue some white card on the back to fit over your inking instead.

Heat emboss the sentiment in white onto black card and cut it into each individual line.

For how to make the cuts and scores on the shutter card, please CLICK HERE for a page which gives all the measurements and cuts in photographs. Then carry on as follows:

Once the shutter card has been cut and scored, glue the slivers of sentiment as shown above.


  • the ‘daughter (daw’ter) n.’ and ‘beautiful; she lights up your world;’ are only attached on the beginning half of their length.
  • the ‘a little girl who grows up to be’ is positioned so that it is hidden by ‘daughter (daw’ter) n.’ when the card is closed.

Ink up another spare piece of card in the same colours as the background and randomly stamp the ‘splattery bits’ from the large butterfly  from the Live Life Now set across it. Punch out (or die cut) 3 butterflies from that piece of card. Add a little aged mahogany to their wing edges, and draw in a body in the same colour, then cover them with distress stickle for a sugary sparkle. Once that is dry adhere some clear gems onto their wings.

Take some linen-type material and ink part of it in dried marigold with a hint of aged mahogany, and leave the other part un-inked. Cut 3 pieces of un-inked material, and 3 smaller pieces in the inked material and fray each edge. Adhere these, and the butterflies to the card in layers with glossy accents as shown above.

2) How to make the CAS card


For the CAS card, mask off where you want the inky panel to be and blend the distress inks into it. Spritz water onto the panel, then stamp the butterflies in aged mahogany, and then remove the masking. Heat emboss the first line of the daughter definition sentiment in white embossing powder onto black cardstock and adhere over the inky panel. Attach the whole panel to the front of a card blank and then add the butterfly (made as above in the shutter card). Finally stamp the whole of the daughter definition onto the inside of the card in black ink.

Stamps Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):

https://visibleimage.com/product/live-life-now/      https://visibleimage.com/product/daughter-definition/

Other Supplies:

White cardstock, Blending tools, Distress Ink (aged mahogany, worn lipstick, dried marigold) Distress Oxide (worn lipstick), Ruler, Pencil, Craft Knife, Black Card, Anti-static pad, Versamark Clear Ink, Wow! Opaque Bright White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Butterfly Punch, Distress Marker (aged Mahogany) White Linen, Distress Stickles, Gems, Glossy Accents.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you like my cards, and I really hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx

These cards are so beautiful Sharon.. love how different they are, yet equally as elegant as each other.
Thank you for another fantastic video too ♡

You will find more of Sharon’s gorgeous cards over on her blog.

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Enjoy your Sunday.

Mark & Helen xx


She Lights Up Your World

Hello! Thanks for visiting our blog.

Today we have some beautiful inspiration from Veerle Moreels…

Just parts… that’s all I saw when making this project. Or look at it as making more out of your materials.  You already know I immediately fell for all the beautiful words in the Family definition stamps, and how I wanted to be able to use them on their own too.

Now when seeing the Fibres stencil… yep I was doing the same thing. Looking for parts I could isolate and use on it’s own.

I’ve kept it white but layed down some pearlescent watercolors on my structure paste to give it a soft finish.  A shame it wasn’t that easy to catch in on my photograph.

And then I chose some words that absolutely speak of my sister…

Products Used:

Daughter Definition


Own Kind of Beautiful

Such a delicate project Veerle… stunning! Thank you ♡

You’ll find more gorgeous projects over on Veerle’s blog.

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We will be back with more fabulous inspiration tomorrow!

Mark & Helen xx