Finished card

Finished card

It’s blog-hop time again over at the Enjoy Michael Strong Stamps Yahoo group – hopefully you have arrived here from Inge Postma‘s place.

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The theme this time is Owls. Now, I don’t yet have the wonderful Owlish stamps which Mike recently produced so I had to search my stash and I found this stack of 7 owls but unfortunately can’t tell you who made this stamp, sorry. I printed out Mike’s background panels which he gave to us a couple of months ago and proceeded to play with them.

I laid out the three panels on a card base (made simply by folding an A4 sheet of card in half) but decided they looked a little cramped all together on there so I used just two of them for my card and the other one on a layout page. I am working on a scrapbook for my grand-daughter …well, 4 different ones actually for various family members…so this was a nice opportunity to complete another page.

On two of the printed panels I cut apertures for the owls to peep through using small Spellbinder circles and the third one I simply cut around the full stamped image and adhered it over the green vellum I’d placed on top (adhered that to the printed panel using a Xyron). The owls were stamped with Versamark and embossed with a bronze powder and also one called Jasper which gave a slightly ‘redder’ look to them. I layered these panels onto some cream pearlescent card before sticking two of them between some embossed lines on the card base. The images of the two owls are from Mike’s site, and the owl peel-off was changed from a silver colour to the coppery one you see there by using a brown ProMarker pen. I added the Cosmic Shimmer pva glue drops around the panels to add some texture and light to the card.

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One of Mike's panels before I cut holes in it!

Mike’s panel

Stamped and embossed, cut out ready to adhere to panel.

7 owls stamp

The images looked far too squashed laid side-by-side.

Too cramped

These really are grumpy-looking owls peeping through the apertures!

Peeping owls

CLose up of the right side panel of the card

7 owls

Peel-offs can be coloured easily with all sorts of pens - took me a while to realise that!



Scrapbook Page
Scrapbook page

Scrapbook page

The photo on the layout is Millie, our grand-daughter. I made a frame using some Grand Labels with pink paper to match the pink of her top which can just about be seen. The butterfly was cut out of the same paper (as was one layer of the rosette) and I added a little orange ink to it while it was still in the die. More of the pva dots were used for its body. The background card has butterflies on it which you may not be able to spot in the photo. I cut a couple of starry borders (another decorative strip die ) from pink paper and green vellum and a second layer for the rosette from vellum also. I printed out the ‘question’ and layered that onto a little more of the vellum after colouring the edges lightly with orange ink, the same for the owls in the bottom corner. Millie loves a video of the rhyme ‘Twinkle, twinkle little star‘ which has an owl flying off into space to play with a star – hence the nod towards owls and stars on this page…. she calls it Winkle Tar!

So, Millie is now 2½ years old and I’ve completed maybe 3 layouts for her scrapbook! Mind you, the other three I’m working on are one each for my two sons (who are in their 30’s) and one for my hubby & I who are……. a little bit older than that!!! 😉 What a pity real-life has to get in the way of playing!


Silly question!

Silly question!

I think it looks better with the two-toned rosette added.


Butterfly before

Butterfly before

Butterfly  after I'd added the pva dots

Butterfly after

The image on the left doesn't look much like a butterfly but it is, honest!

Butterfly paper and stars

This is what Mike's owl stamps look like - soooooo cute.

Owl stamps

Hop along now to Lori Rife‘s place to see the wonderful creativity on show there.

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