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)

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Two More January Birthdays

 First two images are two
slightly different views of
a shaker card made for Pauline.
A 40th birthday so 40 confetti.
 Basic Grey Paper, Tim Holtz Word die
Jar stamp and die.

This image is of the inside stamping.
I just coloured with a shimmer pen.

This next one is a more
colourful, graphic design for
my friend Rachel.
 Word dies were die cut 
from pink glitter paper to
match the triangles on the
Papermania Neon Geometrics paper.
I also added glitter pink dots 
at the top & tiny triangles
inside the squares.
Words and squares are Papermania
Polaroid die set.
Dream Big is a Papermania stamp.

This image shows the paper added on the inside.

Friday, January 27, 2017

January Birthdays

 First card up is for Caitlin
a work colleague. This one was
made at 7:00am!! Forgot she
was going away.

Next three images are of the front,
inside and reverse of Penny's card.
She is the avid Alice Cooper slave &
I try to come up with
something new every year!
 Have to say I am very pleased with this one.
The colours are vibrant making the 
black stamped images really pop out.
(Stamps Inkadinkadoo)

I like to continue my designs
inside where ever possible.

And, I also like to include
an image on the reverse if I have one
I will be back with some more January birthdays soon.
I've also got an Art Journal page to share & a commissioned card.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

New Year!

 First up, I have these 4 New Year cards.
This shows what you can do with a single
sheet of pretty A4 paper.
Paper in question, Prima Marketing Epithany.
Dies Tim Holtz Mixed Media
Distress Inks (colour behind die cut areas)
Glitter paper & number dies.
This next card is a 2nd of January birthday.
This was for craft buddy, Carol Quance.
Tag was a free die from a magazine
Stamp - amazing collage design Carabelle
Florals by Hero Arts.
This just shows the front and the inside detail.
 Love the font of this
free Birthday stamp.

It seems like all I have done is churn out
cards but there is an art journal page
about Christmas, to share soon.
That will be shared along with 
another birthday or two!

Sunday, January 08, 2017

More Cards Still!

First card to share is the one
I made for all of my neighbours.
This street sends a card to each other
so I thought as it was my first
year I must make an impression!
This card was made 16 times.


Next card is a Christmas Day Birthday.
My friend Anne was the recipient.
I made this one based on a Connie Stewart design.
Stamping Up dies & stamps.

The inside was stamped with some free stamps
For the floral image and quote.

This final card for today is a
New Year Day Birthday.
This went out to my Brother-in-law, Martin.
Made completely using free stamps!
 Got to love these magazines,
 giving free cover gifts.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

More Cards

 The top card was created for craft friends. 
It was designed on an idea by Connie Stewart.
Seriously, this flash card system saved
my Christmas. 

Now onto the special ones.
This first card is my Dad's.
Sadly I had no white fun foam and had to use blue.
It does shine through a little but I love it all the same. 
My favourite combination, White, Deer
& trees. What's not to love?

Now for my Sister.
She is a huge fan of clean, simple
uncluttered and uncomplicated. 
I think I achieved this.
I had a go at the inlaid die technique
demonstrated by Jennifer McGuire.
However, as my chosen die cut all the way out, 
I backed it with vellum and added two layers
to make them stand a little proud
of the card front. The snowflake in the centre
is only one layer.
It is a little blurrred and the stamping
doesn't look clear but it is the way the design
was on those white flowers.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Some Christmas Cards

 The top two cards were based on Connie Stewart's
Flash Card technique.
If you have not heard about this, go check out YouTube.
Honestly, they saved my life.

 This one was a masculine card
for my ex train buddy, Martin.

While this one was for
my friend and ex colleague, Kate.

Had issues getting clear shots
of these and getting them posted
in time!
Some people have had to make do
with New Year Cards!

Check out the glitter on the die cut stars.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Altered Tablet Packet

 Here is the front of the altered Panadol packet.
I applied heavy gesso all over to hide
the original design before colouring with Silks.
Then added texture paste.

This is the back.
It shows the texture of the gesso.

The centre shows tissue covering
with photos of Penny and Alice.
 This was how it started.
I made it for Penny to carry with her
during chemo and other hospital sessions.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Catch Up Post

Showing just a few more of the cards
I have been making.
First one was for a birthday
end of June.
Simple multi layer, multi colour stamping
using Altenew Peony.

Next up a blank card selection
commissioned by my sister.
She wanted some water-coloured
images on blanks for grabbing when required.
Various stamps used;
Penny Black/ Tim Holtz/ Papermania

Lastly for now, a commission by
my neighbour, Rose, for her
Great Grand Daughter's 2nd Birthday.
Here I went to town using multiple paper
layers die cut into pretty shapes
to provide some interest for the Gorjuss
Girl Purrfect focal image.
Papers used;
Papermania - Lucy Cromwell.
Images water-coloured with Inktense
I added to the dress & the number
some light pink Prima Art Sugar

More to come soon.
I have an altered tablet packet,
to share using texture & Alice Cooper images
for my crafty friend, Penny.
An Autumn coloured Get Well card
& a few other cards.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Art Journal Spread

This is my first completed Art Journal entry
since November 2015!
I have started 4 others and got nowhere with them,
but today, I wanted to have a little creative 
time just for me after seemingly weeks of
cards etc. made for others.
I made this from scratch and am thrilled with it.

I thought I would enter it for a Facebook
Bingo challenge on the Hey Little Magpie Group.

I ended up using the whole Bingo Board.
When I began the spread the only thing I knew
was i wanted it to be mainly Blue
contain Love and have texture.
I achieved all of this.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Wedding Card

This card was made for Hollie.
She is a work colleague/friend and she
recently got married to Paul.
I realised after making this card
that it was going to be a nightmare to
get a decent photograph.
So I took several!

Front - Stampin' Up die
Heat embossed sentiment

First card stock layer. (Vellum covers it)
Sentiment Stampin' Up.

Inside the card.
Words - Stampin' Up
Rings - wedding set I have

In this final shot, 
I tried to capture all the layers together.
They loved it!