Saturday 30 November 2013

Mini Gallery of my Christmas card makes today

Used part of a Hobby Art Set for all of these cards today. The 2 reindeers were made using paper piecing, something I had not done before. Worked out quite well I think. The one to the right is a stamped image then worked with the Hobby Art Set to finish and used a star border punch for detail. On the Card below I mounted the Reindeer onto acetate for a change. The other 3 cards are stamped images with Distress Inks and Promarkers. Fairly self explanatory.

Friday 29 November 2013

Freebie Spellbinders Stamps


Embossed the background with an EF I had and then used watered down acrylics to finish the background. Stamped holly with Versafine and added holly berry pearls. The Spellbinders Stamps were free with a magazine. Stamped them onto coloured card with Versamark and then used a Cosmic Shimmer powder. Ribbon bow and a jewel on each baubles, some matt and layering and that's it.


Thursday 28 November 2013

Hobby Art Christmas Card

Hobby Art Stamp
This card was shown on Create and Craft on Wednesday!
Stamps from a Cute Christmas set from Hobby Art that has a variety of Stamps in it. 
Cut  squares of white card. Thought about design and then stamped up. This square will be cut into 4 so place your images so you don't chop something in half!!
Used Pro Markers to colour. I used white acrylic paint to add snow detail and a fine black pen for the snow hills.
When dry, cut into 4 and matt and layer onto green card. Cut a piece of black card, mounted the 4 squares as shown and then did faux stitching. Matted and layered as shown to finish.

Wednesday 27 November 2013

Christmas Card and Distress Inks

Sentiment Stamp as focal point
My card today used a background sentiment stamp ( will add the brand when I find out - a bit of a senior moment!) Used a platinum EP Distressed to create the shading, cut into 3 panels,  and mounted onto a white background card. Distressed the backing paper and mounted onto card base and the added to panel. Used a holly leaf punch, punch a few, again Distressed  and creased them and arranged them onto the card. Made a sentiment tag with the background paper on white card and added holly. Used blue crystal effect embellishments to finish.
Thanks to Julie for the idea
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Tuesday 26 November 2013

Lavinia Stamps


Lavinia Zentangle Stamps

My card for today uses Lavinia Stamps. I created the background first using Distress Inks. Stamped the images and coloured using Pen Touch Fine Tip Pens ( got mine from Tiger Pens). Left a few areas white for interest. Added a few butterflies and matted and layered to complete.
I am entering this card into MIM.

Monday 25 November 2013

Jofy Stamps for a Best Wishes Card

Best Wishes Card
A quick card today using two Jofy Stamps. Made a background with Distress Inks and cut into 3 equal panels. Used the sentient stamp in the middle and duplicated the other stamp for the other 2 panels. Then coloured inwith pen touch fine pens. Matted and layered up adding 2 strips of dotty ribbon.

Sunday 24 November 2013

Acrylic Canvas

Hero Arts Stamp and acrylics on canvas
Used acrylics and a coarse 3/4" 'ish width old brush to streak the colours in vertical bands using 3 colours plus white. Blobbed the white circles and then stamped the images using Versamark ink.Highlighted the flowers in a white pen on the edges of some of the petals to make them "pop" a bit.

Saturday 23 November 2013

Lavinia Zentangle Stamp

A touch Zentangle Digital Stamping
Had great fun using a range of pens to colour this digital stamp From Lavinia Stamps
Used Distress Inks for the background and a Brilliance ink pad for the leaf stamping

Winter Scene

Card with Deer and Christmas tree

Distress Inks and Embossing Powders are the techniques I used for this Winter Scene card. I  distressed the winter sky and shadowing for the snow furrows, which I highlighted with a fine black pen. Used the Lavinia large Christmas Tree stamp and the tree set. Stamped the Deer which I had in my stamp box and then paper pieced the body for interest.

Friday 22 November 2013

Spellbinders Christmas Card sample

Christmas Card
My Christmas Card for today uses the Spellbinders Poinsettia Die Set and the large ivy flourish from Tattered Lace. The flower cut in mirri gold card and the ivy in a matt gold. Cut a scalloped edged shape using Spellbinders scalloped edge set and distressed the edges. Stamped a sentiment in gold EPowder and heat set.Used a black card base and cut a piece of  music paper for the background. Assembled as shown.
I like the effect of gold and browns - think they work well together.

Tuesday 19 November 2013

Spellbinders Christmas Card

Spellbinders Card

   My Spellbinders Card today is made up of  3 layered ovals (which I decoupaged) , a gold poinsettia and 3 gold leaves. The large ivy flourish is a Tattered Lace Die which I cut from fgeen card. Assembled as shown  onto a white card base, I added some gold Stickles onto the leaves and "piped" gold pearls onto the card to finish.

Monday 18 November 2013

Poinsettia Christmas Cards

Mondays make are  a couple of Poinsettia Christmas Cards...

This first card used a Spellbinders embossing folder ( free with a magazine!),  The poinsettia which is a Spellbinders Die set was cut in a printed matt gold paper. The ivy flourish is a Tattered Lace Die. The yellow stamens are Liquid Pearls. That's it apart from the assembling onto a white card base.
 The second card involved more matt and layering. The green worded paper matted onto dotty paper, then red Mirri card, then a stripy paper. I plaited ribbons for detail and added the 2 strips onto the worded paper as shown. 3 Spellbinders Poinsettias and leaves, again Tattered lace ivy flourishes to finish apart from mounting onto an 8" card base.




Christening Card

A CAS Christening Card today....

A quick card today for my dear Grandson's Christening. Just wanted to keep it simple and used the cross from Spellbinders Di'lites. The background was a sparkly parchment and the top was a piece of stock card I had with lemon and blue dots. The wording is printed from Office and the finish was just a piece of twisted blue ribbon and freehand penning before matt and layering.

I am entering this card into Craft Creations Challenge Blog

Saturday 16 November 2013

Christmas Card using a Sweet Poppy Stencil

Used Forest Moss to Ink through stencil first. Carefully removed and cleaned stencil and replaced when ink had dried. Used a translucent paste to complete the stencil. Removed stencil and left to dry overnight . Distressed the edges before stamping with a cone and fir tree stamp in my stash and stamped using Forest Moss and Twig  Distress Inks  .Matted onto Mirri card and a green backing paper before mounting onto base card.

Thursday 14 November 2013

It's All White!

My Card today is all White for a Challenge I am entering.............

 I used White Centura Pearl card for this and started by embossing the background. Apart from a Marianne /die for the butterfly everything else is cut using a selection of  Spellbinders Dies and  D'lites - blossoms and sprigs a window and a base ornate oval. Mounted onto card on which I embossed a trellis on the bottom and a double line around the edges for effect. That's it as there is no colour or technique today just a crisp visual design I think!

I am entering this card into Ali-Craft challenge.

Rhedd and Rosie Bird and Blooms

Birds and  Blooms

I used a Chocolate Baroque set  to make my card today. Created the background using Distress inks. Used them very lightly as I only wanted a very subtle effect. Stamped the flowers and birds onto the card and off to make a few decoupaged pieces. Used various pens to colour including Gelly Roll and Sakura fine pens. Matt and layered onto Mirri /card and a patterned paper before mounting onto the card base.

I am entering this card into the following challenge:~

Wednesday 13 November 2013

Hero Arts stamp again today

A second card as Monday but in a different colour way and finished with string.

Same technique as Mondays card but used red and orange for the colour and still lots of water. This is a lovely stamp from Hero Arts.

Tuesday 12 November 2013

Hero Art Stamp

Todays Blog is a Card using a Hero Art Stamp......
I used a largish fairly coarse haired brush to apply vertical lines of acrylic paints to create the background. Versamark to stamp the flowers and a fine Cosmic Shimmer EP. Stamped the leaves, again with a Cosmic EP. The veins of the leaves I highlighted in silver to make them "pop" a bit and then a few white dots using a Jelly Roll pen. After matt and layering I tied 2 knots using cream spiders web and stuck them with a hot glue gun to make sure they stayed put!. 

Monday 11 November 2013

Water - lots of it

Distress Inks , a Hero Stamp and lots of water

Had a lot of fun making this card based on a technique we used at Eileen's Workshop a while ago
Stamped the Blossom Hero Art Stamp with Versamark and White fine EP.I used cream double sided pearlescent card.
Spritzed back with water and then the front with water too.
Chose Distress Ink for the flower and stamped splat of colour onto craft mat. Built up the colour of the flowers first, using a medium paintbrush using water which helps the colour to spread, then the leaves, keeping the clean water coming! Used a very dilute flower colour to fill each tiny background flower with a small paintbrush. Left to dry over-night and then added a knot of cream spiders web and a few jewel embellishments and matt and layering to finish.

Lavinia Stamp - Nigella

Today's Card Uses a  Lavinia Floral Stamp
I embossed the card base using a leaf folder. Put artists mask on the square and left to dry before using 3 Distress Inks to create the background. Left to dry ( how patient - of course you could heat dry it!) and then rubbed the artists mask off to reveal the white. Stamped the image with black Versafine and added Liquid Pearls to highlight. Added some raffia string and mounted to finish.
I am entetring thiscard into Make it Monday Challenge

Sunday 10 November 2013

Christmas Card

Tattered Lace Stag
For my card today..........
Used green gingham paper and distressed the edges using Forest Moss. Used a foliage stamp to create a circle and an extra stamp  in each corner area. Cut a stag with the die, coloured with Distress Inks and mounted him onto the card. Did some ribbon folding in green and red and mounted it under the Stag to finish.

Friday 8 November 2013

Winter Scene/3

Winter Scene/3 
Lavinia Tree Stamp and Tattered Lace Stag

For this card I used Pan Pastels to make the wintry sky background and stamped the large tree and tree set from Lavinia using black Versafine
 Over stamped with Versamark and fine White EP for the snow effect .
Added a little white acrylic paint and fine black liner for the ground snow and die cut a Tattered Lace Stag in cream card to finish.

Lavinia Stamps


Lavinia Stamps and Distress Inks

Morning All - this is one of my cards for today. I cut the Square of Centura Pearl and used the white side to create the background. Chose 3 inks to work with and made diagonal sections, giving each colour their own space but then blending into the previous colour. Used Versafine black to stamp the Lavinia Flower and added a little white liquid pearls on each lower head. Twist of string and the butterfly to finish.

I am entering this card into this months Lavinia Stamps Challenge Blog


Thursday 7 November 2013


Hello all and thank you for popping over. I have got back into the swing of things now post op and the knee is doing well. I wish I could say the same for the new computer.
 Cannot find the Photo editor like wot I had on the old one and so will have to take the photos again tomorrow in the photographic studio. ( my pieces of card assembled to make a "box"!!
Hope my makes take your fancy too....
Catch up on Friday

Tuesday 5 November 2013

Lavinia Stamps Winter Scene

My first Blog piece since my op which went well. Now I just have to keep doing the exercises!!
I love the tree stamps which Tracey has designed and thought I would use them again..... so here is todays cards
Lavinia Stamps Winter Scene / No2
This is my 2nd winter scene using Tree Stamps from Lavinia
I used PanPastels for the sky. Stamped trees in black Versafine and highlighted the horizon with a very fine black liner. I also used the pen for the "snow mounds" and added slight shadowing. Drew the birds freehand and then thought on this card I would add a little colour and have seen red on conifers - so that's where the colour went! Ranger Liquid pearls were just the job!!
I am entering this card into MIM