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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Honey Doo Flower Anniversary

Hi everyone.  I made this anniversary card back in early December but with all the Christmas cards it has been sitting there waiting its turn.  The new season of anniversary card sending doesn't start until April so this may be the only one on show for a while. 


For the Card I Used:

Honey Doo Crafts - Flowers for Design Stamp Set.
Leonie Pujol - Dotty Heart Embossing Folder.
XCut Hearts and Kisses Embossing Folder (difficult to find at the moment).
Creative Expressions by Sue Wilson - Orange Blossom Leaves Die. 
Sue Wilson Congratulations Sentiment Die.
Tonic Scalloped Square Layering Die Set. 
Adirondack Ink - Cranberry.
Distress Ink - Faded Jeans.
Snippet of White Card.
Snippet of Red Card. 
Cosmic Shimmer White PVA.

I started with a white snippet and made an embossed background with Dotty Hearts Embossing folder.  In order to make it square I had to extend it a bit.  I then attached it to the white square base card.

I found a red scalloped square in my bits box and added it to the middle of the card on top of the Dotty Hearts.

I then found a white heart in my bits box left over from another card and I coloured it using Distress Ink in Faded Jeans applied with one of my new Clarity Brushes.  The colour looks much paler because the brush covers it very slowly and so you can stop when there is as much colour as you would like.  I then embossed it with the Hearts and Kisses Embossing Folder.  I adhered this to the red scalloped square.

I made my flowers by stamping onto a snippet of white card using the Adirondack Cranberry Ink.  I stamped one large and four small flowers.  I blended the ink into the centre of the flowers using a waterbrush and then added a small amount of the Faded Jeans to the outside of the petals.  I cut all the flowers out and shaped them a bit.

I cut both of the dies from the Orange Blossom Leaves die set using a snippet of white card and this gives you a mirror image set.  I cut each of the cluster of leaves into three and using Pinflair Glue gel I attached the flowers and the leaves so they framed one side of the heart.  I finished by adding the centres to the flowers with the White PVA.

I finished with a Sue Wilson 'congratulations' die which was also in my bits box and the blue was the perfect colour to go with the flowers and heart.

Before I go I would like to introduce Kate aka Cuilliesocks whose blog you will find here.  For those of you who haven't come across her before she has a very interesting and varied blog and loves her stamps and getting inky.  She also loves knitting and as her name suggests socks figure highly,  and enjoys singing in a choir, and I'm sure she would appreciate your visit.

Thank you for looking at my blog today.







I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Playground - Weeks 263 and 264 where we use our snippets of card and paper etc.
Simon Say Monday Challenge - Be Square.  (Square card and square white embossed and red mats)
Happy Little Stampers January Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.
Country View Challenges  January 2017 - Anything Goes.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Winter Stag

Hi all.  This will be the last Christmas card on here for a while as now we are into the new year Christmas is definitely over for another year.  It was made for our DS in Australia and I was waiting for it to arrive before showing it here.  Unfortunately it didn't arrive until a few days after Christmas, although I thought I had sent it in plenty of time, but sadly his card to us has still not arrived, although hopefully it may drop through the letter box when we are least expecting it to.

I love this Serendipity stamp call Buck but over here we would normally call it a Stag, hence my title.  It is one of those stamps that you can change to suit the season and that is what I have done here.


Used for this card:

Serendipity Stamp - Buck.
Sheena Douglass Frosty Ice Embossing Folder.
Adirondack Ink - Stonewashed and Espresso. 
Distress Ink - Shaded Lilac.
Memento Ink - Bamboo Leaves.
Snippets of White and Silver Mirri Card.
White Base Card cut to fit a 6" x 4" envelope. 
Cosmic Shimmer White PVA.

I started with a snippet of white card and embossed it using the Frosty Ice EF, and I cut it down so that it would fit the A6 sized card as the original size is 5" x 7".  I then stamped the Stag into the centre using the Espresso ink, but as it is a large stamp I masked off some of the top and bottom so it fitted the space better.  I blended the ink a little with a waterbrush  and then added the sky using the Stonewashed and a little of the Espresso and Shaded Lilac to give the impression of distant trees.  I also added some Espresso and Bamboo Leaves ink for the foliage poking through the snow.

I finished with the White PVA on the tree and the snow in front of the Stag, and then die cut a sentiment from a snippet of Silver Mirri card.  I then layered it up using another Silver Mirri snippet and adhered to the white base card.  I have shown it here without the personal sentiment which obviously I added before sending it.

Thank you for visiting today and I hope to see you again soon.







I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 262 where we use our snippets of paper and card etc.
Penny Black and More Challenge - Anything Goes.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Happy Little Stampers January Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes (no twist).
Happy Little Stampers January Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes (no twist).

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Snowy Umbrella

Hi there everybody.  This is a card I made for my husband using the cute Hedgies from Penny Black.  This image is part of the set called Jolly Friends.  Not the greatest of photos again taken in the evening under my daylight lamp.  In order not to get the flare off the silver mirri it has to be taken to one side of the lamp and then the side away from the lamp looks a bit dark.


Used To Make This Card:

Penny Black Jolly Friends Stamp Set (not easy to find at present).
Versafine Smokey Gray Ink.
Distress Inks - Festive Berries, Mowed Lawn, Walnut Stain and Picked Raspberry.
Adirondack Inks - Sunshine Yellow and Stonewashed.
Marianne Embossing Folder - Snowflakes.
Crealies Nesting Dies with Dots (not available here at present).
White Card.
Silver Mirri Card.
Cosmic Shimmer White PVA. 

I started with a piece of white card on which I stamped the image using Versafine Smokey Gray ink.  I then coloured the image using the inks mentioned above applied with a waterbrush.  To get the paler colour for the body of the Hedgie I mixed a little pink into the yellow and added a little brown.  The hands and feet I added more brown to make them a little darker.

I cut this piece with one of the rectangle dies and then embossed with the snowflakes, and in order to cover the rectangular shape I had to extend it a little.  I then used the next biggest die to cut the silver mirri mat and I adhered the topper to the mat.  I then adhered this to the white base card which started out as an 8" x 8" card and cut a piece off the side and the top to frame the layer nicely.  It ended up approximately 7" x 51/4".

I finished with the White PVA on the umbrella, on the ground around the Hedgies and I added some extra dimension to the snowflakes in the coloured area.  I then die cut the sentiment from some silver mirri card.

That's all for today but I'll be back again soon.






I would like to enter the following challenges:

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Winter or Christmas.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Merry Christmas to All


Hi there.  This will be a fairly short post as the tag was featured in this post here.   I decided to make a card of it and layered it up on a snippet of white card embossed with the freebie Poinsettia Embossing Folder I have used recently, and then on to a snippet of gold mirri which was die cut with one of the Crealies Rectangle Nesting Dies with Dots which I used on the last post.  This was then adhered to the base card, again an 8" x 8" card cut down to suit.


I decided to adhere it at a jaunty angle and it didn't need a sentiment as the tag is covered in greetings.

I would like to thank everyone who takes an interest in my little corner of blogland and wish you all

                        A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY HEALTHY AND 
                                           WONDERFULLY CREATIVE 2017.








Friday, 23 December 2016

Vintage Bauble Part 2

Hi everybody.  Well I thought I would follow up the previous post with another go I had at the Vintage Bauble but this one did not include any inlaying of fiddly little bits..lol.  It did however use up the leftover piece of the bauble.  I used the inner pieces on the last post and all I had to do was to die cut this piece with the edger die.  Sorry the photo isn't the best, but it was a very gloomy day and, like the last post, I did it under the daylight lamp I have, but I think it would have been better with all the other lights switched off as the left had side has caught the more yellow colour of the overhead light.





Used on this card:

Creative Expressions Vintage Bauble Die.
Snippets of Silver Mirri Card.
Poinsettia and Holly Frame Embossing Folder (Magazine Freebie last year).
Crealies XXL 44 Rectangle Nesting dies with Dots.
Britannia Sentiment Die.
Embroidery Thread.

As I have mentioned having used the inner pieces I then used the edge die to cut the die out.  I then cut the under layer with the same die using a snippet of silver mirri card and I also cut the bauble hanger from a snippet of the silver mirri.  Luckily the blue piece had the Stick It adhesive on the back so it stuck down onto the silver mirri fairly easily and only needed some little dabs of glue, and  I then adhered the hanger on top.

Using a new (NBUS) set of pierced rectangles, or as they say with dots, I cut out two different sizes, the smaller from a snippet of white card, and then a slightly larger from silver mirri.  I then used the Poinsettia Embossing Folder on the white layer and stuck the bauble in place.  I used a length of silver embroidery thread (all six threads) threaded on to a needle and pushed it through with the needle just under the hook of the hanger and at the top of part of the flourish and fixed it at the back with double sided tape.  I then adhered this layer to the silver layer.

I finished by adhering this to the base card.  I have a 8" x 8" white base card and I cut it so it framed these two layers nicely.  I think it ended up somewhere in the region of 7" x 5 1/2".  I have already posted the card so can't be precise.  Lastly I added the bow from the silver embroidery thread stuck
with Glossy Accents which sticks really firmly, and then added the die cut sentiment using up the last snippet of the blue coloured card left over from the bauble.

Thank you for dropping by today and I'll see you soon.






I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Weeks 260 and 261 where we use our snippets of paper and card etc.
Happy Little Stampers December Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Sparkle.
AAA Cards Challenge  - No 80 Silver.
CAS-ual Fridays Challenge - No. 163 Christmas and Hanukkah.






Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Vintage Bauble

Hi to you all.  Here is another Christmas card using an inlay technique which was supposed to follow something I saw Jennifer McGuire do but my bauble has lots of very small pieces and wasn't a good choice for the technique and I ended up doing it differently.  I might have another go at some point with a simpler one, but I certainly won't be doing it with this one again as it took rather a long time and a lot of patience to get all the little pieces in place.  Sorry this is not a good photo.  The weather has been so dark and gloomy so I took the photo under my daylight lamp but I think I should have turned the other lights off because there are some horrid yellow light reflections, and no chance to do it again as the card has been posted.


What I used for the card:

Creative Expressions by Sue Wilson Die Set - Vintage Bauble.
Snippets of White Card. 
8" x 8" White Base Card cut in half horizontally. 
Distress Inks - Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers and Faded Jeans.
Silver Mica mixed with a little water in a spray bottle.
Crafters Companion Nordic Christmas Embossing Folder.  (not easy to find at the moment) 
Silver Embroidery silk.
Die cut sentiment using Silver Mirri Card. 

I cut one of the small sized baubles using a snippet of white card and coloured it using the Distress Inks applied with blending foam.  I used the Picked Raspberry at the top and the Peacock Feathers at the bottom meeting in the midddle and blending to give a purple colour.  I stuck this to another snippet of white card ready to have the pieces inlaid.

I cut a second bauble from a another snippet of white card backed with Stick It adhesive and which I had coloured with the Faded Jeans ink using blending foam, but this time only used the inner die.  I carefully removed the outer edges and most of the infill pieces stayed in the die, probably because of the stick it on the back which helped to keep them in place.  I carefully teased off the sticky backing from each of the pieces in the die and laid the die down over the outer edges stuck to the card and gradually, using pokey tool, pressed them into place.  It proved very difficult to remove the backing from some of the very small pieces but I got there in the end and luckily didn't lose any of the pieces.  Some did fall out of the die but I managed to pick them up with my pokey tool and pushed them into place.

At this stage the bauble was standing proud, so I got another snippet of white card and cut it to the width I needed but left it longer, and then using just the outer die cut a hole for the bauble to fit into.  I then embossed with the Nordic Embossing Folder and placed this over the bauble and marked where I needed to cut it to fit the card, and then stuck double sided tape around the bauble shaped hole and pressed this around the bauble to fix it in place.

I then found a piece of silver embroidery thread and using the complete thickness (six threads) I threaded it on to a needle and pushed it through to the back of the top of the bauble and fixed with tape on the back and took it over the top of the card and fixed that at the back too.  I then adhered this to the base card using double sided tape.  I then made a little bow with another piece of the embroidery thread and stuck it with Glossy Accents which sticks nice and firmly.

I finished with a sentiment cut from Silver Mirri card, and I added some WOS to the inlaid pieces to give them more sparkle.  I also added some gold pen dots to the embossed pattern and also some silver snowflakes.  I was pleased with the finished card but what a performance!!  In order to do the technique the way Jennifer McGuire does it here you need to use dies with large open spaces and no miniscule pieces..lol.

Before I go I would like to introduce Nancy who is my latest follower and you will find her blog here.  I'm sure a lot of you will already know her as she is on the Design Team of the CAS Mix Up and Watercolour Challenges run by Loll and Bonnie.  If you haven't seen her blog before do go and take a look, you won't be disappointed as there is a great variety of wonderfully creative inky creations.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and I'll be back soon.
                                                                                                                                                             






I am entering the following challenges:

Happy Little Stampers December CAS Challenge - Favourite Technique or Product (Inlaid Die).


Monday, 12 December 2016

Robin on a Branch

Hi there.  I had this Penny Black image stamped from the other day when I made a tag.  My first go was with Versafine Smokey Gray ink and I decided to use Gold Embossing Powder instead and as this one didn't get used I decided to make a card with it, which is what you can see here.


For the card I used:

Penny Black little bird from a set called Jolly Friends.
Verve Stamp Set Pinecone Christmas.
Simon Says Stitched Square Die. 
XCut Sentiment Die.
Snippet of White Card.
Snippets of Silver Mirri.
Adirondack Stonewashed, Espresso, Lettuce, Bottle and Sunshine Yellow Inks.
Distress Ink - Stormy Sky.
Lyra Aqua Markers.
Cosmic Shimmer White PVA. 
Stick It Adhesive. 

Using a snippet of white card I stamped the branch, foliage and pine cones from the Verve stamp set using the Espresso ink for the branch and pinecones and Lettuce and Bottle for the foliage as I wanted a little variation in the colour tone I added the lighter colour and then a bit of the darker colour to the stamp.

I cut it out using the largest stitched die and then added the Stonewashed ink and darkened with Stormy Sky round the edges and added a few light clouds with a mask I cut to shape blended using one of the Clarity Blending brushes.  I decided to add a bit of yellow to the centre to warm it up a bit.

I then coloured in  the little bird with the Lyra markers and cut the image out.  I adhered it on to the branch using Pinflair Glue Gel.

I finished by adding some White PVA to the robin's hat trim and bobble, and then some on tree branches and cones and also the falling snow.   I found a snippet of silver mirri which I matted the topper on to before adding to my white base card, and another silver snippet for the die cut sentiment which I backed with the Stick It.

Before I go I have a new follower to introduce, it is Liv, otherwise known as Swissie, whose blog you will find here.   She is a very clever all round crafter and she has a lot of very pretty knitted items on show at the moment, and I'm sure she would appreciate a visit.     

                                                                                                                                                          
Thank you for stopping by my blog today and I'll see you soon.







I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 259 where we use our snippets of card and paper etc.
Artistic Stamper December Challenge - Christmas.
Country View Challenge December - Christmas.
Twelve Days of Christmas Cards Challenge - with Kylie and Friends.
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Let There Be Snow.
CAS Mix Up December Challenge - Stamping + Sponging + Your Choice.