Sunday, November 05, 2017

October Offerings

This October, I have been busy
making all my Christmas cards.
But I also had two events to create for.
First up, my sister's Wedding Anniversary.

She likes clean & simple.
I think I achieved it!
Stamps used were all free from
various magazine covers.

 This is the inside.
I made the frame from another
magazine freebie.

 The other event to create for was a
friends birthday on 02 November.
I decided on a detailed card which 
took quite a bit of time to put together.
However, I enjoyed it & would do
someting similar again.

Here is the first view, 
the card when closed.

 This next view is when opened up.

 This final view is sideways on
so you can see the other trellis work.

Crate Die - Stampin' Up.
Trellis, greenery & flowers on trellis
arched embossed area & image behind 
all from Special Edition of
die cutting Essentials
All other stamping (teapot/
table/chair etc) free cover magazine gifts.
I used a large die cut circle to
place on the back for my birthday message.
All floral clusters in the crate are stuck in on acetate strips.
 I am very pleased with the finished result. 

I am also very pleased with the 38 Christmas cards
I have made so far. (6 to go)
Hope to share these at the end of the 
first week in December once sent.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Welcome Autumn

What better way to welcome
this amazing, colourful season, than
to send cards to friends.
Below are two of the four
I made & sent along with
a sachet of Latte for
each recipient.
Except one, & she had tea.

 While the cards are the same,
each are put together differently.
Plus, they had a different 
inside design. 

Prima Amber Moon paper strips
Stampin' Up; Coffee Cafe,
Merry Cafe
& matching thinlits.
Word die; Latte & coffee beans,
 Sugarpea Designs
Leaves, acorn dies,
Embossed folder, leaves
free on magazine cover.
Spotty orange paper from stash.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Gift Card

Today, I am sharing a card I
made for my sister.
It was last year and I had forgot
all about it, finding it in my 
unedited box!!
I remember making it using a technique
from a Tim Holtz class CC103.
Textured Embossing.
Using Flourish Stencil by TH.
Stamps are Papillon, by TH. 
They were heat embossed with
Cosmic Shimmer Silver Pearl Enamel.
The background was made by
dry brushing Pale Duck Egg (Matt Emulsion) onto a
panel of blue paper in various directions.
Once dry, I added light overstamping using 
the same paint.
I added Altenew inks around the edges in
the following colours to build up
a blend that darkened at the edge.
Sea Glass / Carribean Sky /
Evening Frost & Lava Rock.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Sharing cards

First up is a card I made in June.
I was playing with D/Oxides & used
this fabulous background image
from Viva Decor for the focal point.
I coloured the image with regular distress.
This was sent recently to a lady,
who's online order arrived with mine.
I forwarded it on with this card tucked
inside to explain. It got there next day,
so she soon had her goodies to play!

The next card and the one after,
were both made in July.
They were just because cards as well.
But this one was intended for a recipient.
I hadn't seen a friend in a while so
I sent her a reminder, that I missed her.
Everything on the card was free,
except the stitched rectangles.
Background within frame D/Oxides.

Finally I made this card because,
I had just got the brand new released stamps
from My Favourite Things
(Thank You Seven Hills)
and i had a desperate need to create
something very bright. 
 MFT diagonal striped Background
Green card is actually Distress ink.
I did Twisted Citron, direct to paper.
Yummy, love that colour so much!!!
MFT stamps were coloured
then die cut with Co-ordinating dies.
(I blame Jennifer McGuire for my obsession)
Xcut polaroid frame was used
to support the flowers.
I'm thinking this would look good
in Picked Raspberry!!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

With Sympathy

A short while ago, my neighbour
sadly lost her granddaughter aged 32.
She had fought cancer solidly for 3 years,
but eventually after numerous surgery,
her body could not cope with anymore.
I know the entire family so I made
this card for Rose to include them.

 I wanted a simple design,
So I made a watercolour panel slightly
smaller than the main die cut panel.
Inked with altenew Puffy Heart
& Purple Wine.
The panel was die cut with TIm Holtz
Mixed Media & A Sizzix Dandelion
Inside I added to border details
& some Lilies (Viva Decor)
along with a fitting Sentiment
(border & Sentiment free stamps)
Creative Stamping.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

My sister's birthday.

This first card is the actual
Birthday Card.
I made a pop up element
for the inside.
Stamps are Craft Consortium
Tell the Bees.
Gorgeous illustrated range of paper 
is also available, with ribbon
& sequins.
I coloured using Inktense pencils.
 Here is the inside
Showing the pop up.
In hindsight I wish that
I had added a tiny bit more depth
to the section but it was my
first attempt!
 This next card was made
to send her gift.
Here I used distress oxide inks
over heat embossing.
Colours are
Wilted Violet & Broken China.
Stamps are cover gift from 
Creative Stamping Magazine.
The inside was stamped
using the same set. 
I stamped some images, cut them out
then stuck them overlapping
each other slightly.
The fruit are from a
French company Aladine
I cut a slit in the bowl
& tucked them in.
Her gift is a years subscription
to Jamie Oliver's magazine.
I folded the renewal email
confirmation to add inside
with her number etc.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

A Joke Card & New Baby Cards

 This first card was made for a joke.
A friend & neighbour broke a toe
while rescuing a spider in the bathroom.
Photos are poor quality as it
was late by the time they were taken.


 These next two cards were made for a work colleague.
He and his partner have just had a baby girl.
This first card is for the proud parents.

 This second card for the proud big brother.
The photo on the bottom is a little blurred!!
I made both using the free stamps from
Papercraft Essentials issue 145
Safari Friends.
I used Tonic studios scalloped square die,
Spellbinders scalloped circle die,
Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle dies,
XCut mini cloud die,
Sara Davies Banner Die
Watercoloured using Inktense Pencils

Monday, June 26, 2017

Dictionary Pages

I have two more of my
Dictionary art Journal pages
to share.
Spring was made some time ago,
but I thought I would share now 
I have another to show.
These both come before
Architecture in the handmade album.
Spring below uses various stamps
& I painted the texture paste roses.
The background was just a wash of soft

Hares is the next page.
I have to admit to this one
being my favourite!
Background made with brushos
then bleached away so I
had a spot to stamp the Hares.
Moon is by Inkylicious.
I used gilding wax to add shimmer
& Heidi Swapp Gold Shine for dots.
I used a free stencil to add the tiny
stars  all over.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day

Happy Father's Day, to my Dad!
I created another bird themed
card for him.
This time I went for a
water scene.

I blended the background
using my favourite inks,
Chipped Sapphire, Peacock Feathers,
& Broken China distress ink.
I ended up with a background
I am very pleased with.
All dies were free with a
magazine. I cut them
all out of white cardstock
Coloured with Inktense pencils.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

More to share...

I'm beginning to get the hang
of this "Updating the blog" lark!

First up, we have a CAS Thank You.
This was to thank my old landlord
for forwarding on a parcel that should
not have gone to my old address,
but technology isn't always the best!!!

I mixed Golden Light Moulding Paste
with Windsor & Newton Iridescent Medium,
with a few drops of Distress Re-inker
Salty Ocean.
The result, this very soft Eau de Nil shade.
Simple Thank You Sentiment (Freebie)
to complete the design.
Tim Holtz Swirl Stencil.

This next card uses the same stencil,
with just the iridescent medium with the 
texture paste. I love this paste, 
it is like working with air, it is so light.
I used Stripped Santoro Gorjuss paper
with a light scraping of Liqutiex Heavy Gesso.
 All stamps used are freebies from various magazine covers.
This card was for all the staff to sign for
a colleagues birthday on 01 June.

 Finally, for today, I have 
another Dictionary Journal page to share.
I have given up trying to share them in the order
they are made. Purely because some are
taking an age to dry.
This page is Architecture.
I am a bit of a geek. I love
Church Arch windows.
Just love the shapes, (as I do eggs!)
 Anyway, I used texture paste through
a TCW Gothic Stencil & also added
a few texture bits from Hearts Stencil. 
I coloured using Chocolate, Dark Chocolate
and Midnight Rendevous 
Lindys sprays & magicals.
The wording is computer typed and paper stained with coffee.
I finished it with an arched window stamp
from Viva Decor (Sympathy set)
I think I also rubbed dark gelatos over and
possibly some gold highlights using
Gold Brown Inka Gold.

Anyway, I couldn't achieve the depth of
colour I really wanted. I just don't have enough 
shades of brown. (YET!!!)

Monday, May 29, 2017

Thank You & Dictionary Journal

 First off, a Masculine 
Thank You for the gentleman that
lives directly behind me.
He showed patience while I
was having a new fence erected
and let me cut down some
ivy on his side that had taken over.
Can't go wrong with Tartan and a Stag!

Next is a page for my Dictionary Journal.
Page 6 is almost ready and page 7
is complete. So I can share those soon.
This one didn't photograph well.
Looks a bit bright. But I love it anyway.
Stamps & inktense pencils.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Three 2016 Cards

Three cards from last year.
Three completely different cards.
All taken in poor light, so not
the best of photos.

Card 1 - Thank You

Colleague Sharon
 I absolutely love these papers by
The Works. They are a mix of glitter
and texture.
Flower is Altenew Peony Bouquet.
Matching Altenew Dies
Scalloped edge die - Sarah Davies

This is the centre of the design
just two simple matching strips of
paper and a stamped sentiment.

Card 2 - Get Well 
Neighbour Fran

This was made using the same floral
bouquet stamp from in the last post.
I stamped and embossed it white 
along with the dragonflies.
I then blended Distress inks;
Squeezed Lemonade/ Fossilised Amber
Candied Apple / Carved Pumpkin 
Adding a little more Candied Apple
at the very edges to darken.
Butterflies were stamped and
coloured with Inktense Pencils

Card 3 - Sympathy 
Neighbour Eve.

Very plain simple card.
I die cut the Memory Box flowers
and added them over a piece of 
embossed handmade paper.
 Brushos & Floral embossing folder
Stamp - Stampin' Up

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Two more cards

I found these two in the
unedited file.
Along with two others!

First one, A Congratulations Card
for sister, Tracy. She got a new job.
Stamped a free floral bouquet
(Creative Stamping - 29)
 in sticky ink and embossed with 
white detail powder. Background then coloured
with Lindys Nantucket Pearls.
Ironed off the powder once dry. Added 
a Lawn Fawn Stitched frame (made from a
set of rectangle dies)
Die cut Memory Box flowers and
coloured with Lindys.

This next one was a commission
for a neighbour. She lives on the end
of our street, but in the next street.
She wanted something pink,
girly, glittery and soppy for 
her 82 year old Mum's birthday.
She got what she wanted!
Pink Glitter paper - Forgot who made 
Tonic Studio Dies - Heart
Altenen Vintage Roses:- 
stamps & dies.
Altenew ink cubes :-
Frosty Pink / Puffy Heart
Coral Berry / Grapevine 
Frayed Leaf / Forest Glade
I LOVE my Altenew Ink cubes!!!

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Two May Birthdays

 Two of my old train buddies both share a birthday
on Fourth May.
First Card is for Claire.
Gessoed woodgrain paper - Papermaina
Texture paste coloured with Gelatos
Put through Memory box Stencil.
Stampotique Bees stamped and cut. 

Next card is for Rod.
Went all out masculine on this one!
Background is metal tape over card
Embossed with Embossing Folder
Black acrylic paint over several times and excess
wiped away.
Tim Holtz Weathered Clock die 
XCut cogs dies, All painted black
All aged with the distress salt emboss technique.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Sharing Some Cards

 First up is a simple Easter card
for my sister, Tracy.
She loves understated designs & I
think this Tim Holtz stencil with
texture paste gives just that.
Greeting Dina Wakley Stamp.

Next one is another Easter Card.
 This one was friend, Kate.
I used a gesso wash over the 
Papermania Wood panel background 
& then did some stamping.
I added some paper layers and stamped the feathers and
the rabbit.

  Final one, a birthday card
for a relative.
This was a more complex background starting off as
a piece of watercolour card smooshed with
Distress Oxide Inks
Over stamped (Gabrielle Pollacco)
and then die cut added.(Memory Box)
 Dragon fly was stamped and cut by hand.

I am behind with my sharing so will be
back again soon with some to share from last year!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Dictionary Art Journal

 Well I am home for a few days
following my 50th Birthday.
So I thought I would
share more art work.
Above is the title page for
my dictionary journal.
Highlighted the definition for
dictionary then used an
embossing folder.
Rolled gold acrylic over the top.

Here is the Fairytale page.
I used Dylusions stamps,
Lavinia Stamps
Texture paste through a stencil
(Meadow TCW)
Coloured using Inktense Pencils
Die cut Tim Holtz wildflower
Fairy stamp (free cover set)

I love this journal, it is quick
& easy to create which means
I get to play lots!
I consider this more of a
Visual Journal.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Happy Birthday, Dad.

 Today is my Dad's birthday.
I made his card using a free set of stamps
off the cover of a magazine.
(Simply cards & Papercraft issue 158)
Both of us love feeding wild birds.
In our gardens we both have Gold Finches.
So I water-coloured this stamp to
depict Gold Finches on Magnolia.
On the back of the card, I decided
to make them into Chaffinches.
I have a pair of these in my garden every morning.

For the centre of the card, I picked a
panel of my favourite water coloured card
(Bockingford Hot Press 140lb) 
I buy mine from
via Ebay as I love the loose sheets.
It is so smooth it stamps beautifully, but
Takes all the water with little warping.
 Once the water-coloured panel was dry, I
embossed using a tree design.
I painted the branches brown with water colours.
I used Inktense Pencils for all the colouring.

Finally, I made this card to pop his gift card into.
I applied texture paste through a Crafter's Workshop 
Stencil - Meadow.
                                                      Once Dry, I softly coloured it all.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Birthday and a New Art Journal

 First up, today is my beautician's birthday.
Happy Birthday, Hayley, hope it was fabulous.
I selected some soft colours and die cut
Tim Holtz wildflowers.
While they were drying, I used
the negative space as stencils over
the Kaisercraft Stamp.
Colours - Distress Ink;
Spun Sugar/ Milled Lavender/
Dried Marigold & Bundled Sage.
I spirtzed the die cuts with pearlised 
water so they dried shimmery. 

Next is the start of my brand new
Art Journal!
I have a couple of pages left in the last one
to complete. But, i was so
eager to begin.
This format is the same as my last
journal but instead of double page
spreads I have cut them into single pages.

Each page will begin with a dictionary page
and a single word and definition will
be masked off while I create.
The mask will be removed at the end
and the word highlighted.

First page is Courage.

 Stamp - Dina Wakely
Texture paste through home made
stencils using Tim Holtz media dies.
Colours are;
Dylusions paints and LSG sprays
Bo Bunny texture stamps
Heidi Swapp Gold spray splattered
Gold paint.Chit chat stickers.
 The colours are more vivid than they look here.

Second page Valentine
Texture paste through a CW stencil.
Colours; Primary Elements pigments
Chit Chat Stickers.
Heart designed by (I believe) Penny Bearcroft 
for Stamp Bug 
French wording stamp - Lime CitrĂ³n. 

These pages come together quicker than
the double spreads and I have already
got a set more pages to work on.
(Dictionary purchased for 99p 
from The Works just to cut up)