Sunday 30 August 2015

Up and running again!

Beads Dies and an embossing folder

This is my take on a card made by Julie for a Workshop recently held at

Beaded columns onto a background piece of card and then topped with an embossed topper mounted onto foam pads. Beadsfrom  J and C Creations
Used the Complete and Open Peony dies for the flowers, cut in parchment.
Sentiment from Oak House Studio and stamped onto the Pierced Flag set from Creative Expressions.
Cosmic Dries White for the pearls

Sunday 23 August 2015

Clarity Groovi Plate - card Two

Parchment Card using a Clarity Groovi Plate

Coloured with Spectrum Noir Pens. Added the Holly cut from a die in my stash ( could be a Cheerie Lyn) and the Poinsettia is a Die from a Tattered Lace Magazine.

Thursday 20 August 2015

Clarity Groovi Deer Plate

Parchment Card


The new Groovi plates from Clarity are great for a quick parchment make. This is the Deer plate and I have coloured from the back with Spectrum Noir Pens.  Cut an aperture from a 7" square card.
The Poinsettia is a cut out stencil from Sweet Poppy Stencils.
The Holly and Twigs are Creative Expression Dies
Here are a few links to help:

Tuesday 18 August 2015

Creative Expression Dies

Creative Expressions meets Tesco! 

I used a 7" square card base and the background glitter sheet was a great find - a Tesco Book covering film!! Adhesive backed it worked a dream!!
The top layer I cut the background die out first and then just embossed the remainder. I ike the cards as they come with a mount so no bother matching the right card ( Anna Marie Designs usually have them but they are popular!).
Used the new Cloud inks - Heather - from cosmic shimmer
 ( Phill Martin) - super to work with the blending sponges. Matched one of the foundation cards really well. Pearls from my stash - similar from Anna Marie too....
  7" Square Linen Embossed Cards & Envelopes -Plus FREE MOUNTS

The two dies I used are:-
Greek Rhodes
Caribbean Island Collection Background Die Set
sentiment stamp from a set by Phill Martin.

Monday 17 August 2015

New Designs from Sweet Poppy Stencils

A quick card using the new Sweet Poppy Stencil - Holly Sprig

I used translucent paste and then glitters on top. I also used the Merry Christmas stencil and that's it! A quick card design which would make a quick batch make.
Here's the link for the Craft Station where this, and other new stencils are listed under New Products

Saturday 15 August 2015

Hougie Circle and Creative Expression Peonies

A quick Blog post today - where is the week going?

I pierced a design with the circle template. Made flowers inking with Twisted Citron Distress Ink ( one of this years new colours). Happy Birthday Sentiment Die from Creative Expressions. Hougie Board scoring for framing details.

Quick Overview of the circle template!

Pierce any size circle from 1 ½ cm up to 15 cm wide. Transparent and very easy to use. All you need is a piercing tool and you are good to go.

Thursday 13 August 2015

Creative Expressions Card

Christmas card!
Creative Expressions dies on my card. Hills edged with stickles. Deer's body had double sided adhesive paper and used a fine glitter through for interest.
Dies used
Festive Collection Winter Trees, Festive Collection Deer Family, Festive Collection Santa's Sleigh
Mat and layered onto silver Mirri  and green card. Cosmic dries white to finish

Wednesday 12 August 2015

Honey Doo Stamps

A trio of cards with Honey Doo Stamps - Spring Flora

A quick post today showing a trio of cards I made with Honey Doo stamps.

On this card I used a  Creative Expressions Caribbean Island Collection Background Dies background die to frame the stamping

On this one embossed mat and layering. Flower coloured with Wink of Stella Pens

and the third card an embossed layer and the sentiment is a die from Sue Wilson @ Creative Expressions
links which may be helpful:-


Saturday 8 August 2015

Inks, Inks and more inks!

Had a great day at the Workshop today -

Here are a couple of my results:-
You need a stencil or an image with a positive and negative.
The aperture needs to big enough to take small stamped images or stencils after inking in a background.
When you are happy with the stamping, mask it off and use a darker colour make the frame effect. On this piece I used Designs by Ryn       Maidenhair Fern and a Hibiscus Leaf stamp!/Hibiscus-Leaf-Set/p/48409228/category=2523274
The foxglove is from a Hobby Art Set.
My secong piece again uses the Hibiscus leaf stamp from Designs by Ryn and a flower burst stamp from VLVS stamps. Highlights in white. Butterfly edge with a gold metallic and also a black pen.
for all the inspiration

Thursday 6 August 2015

Sweet Poppy meets Sue Wilson's Dies!

My Christmas card today uses one of the new Backplates from Sweet Poppy Stencils - Snowflakes. A good size as is - A5 but can easily be extended.
Sweet Poppy Stencil: Snowflake Background Stencil

 Inked through with the new
Cosmic Shimmer Colour Cloud Blending Inks from  Creative Expression.    
The dies I have used are
Holly Spray and Poinsettia. I have used Creative Expressions felt for the Poinsettia - it cuts like a dream (I found care needed with very intricate cuts )
Cosmic Shimmer dries white for the berries.
Framed in white and mounted onto silver embossed Mirri card.


Wednesday 5 August 2015

Lavinia Stamps - Anything but a card

Anything but a card......

I used the Hougie Board to create an exploding box and mat and layered 4 squares and 8 trianlges and used a variety of Lavinia Stamps with Distress Inks to decorate. Holes punchedin the "inny" triangle and threaded with ribbon to finish. Good for a table decoration with Pot Pourri  or better still filled with yummy chocolates!!


Tuesday 4 August 2015

How to achieve a Circle Card that doesn't do a Roly Poly!!

Hi - I have been asked how to get a circle card to stand up without rolling around !! Here hopefully is the way I like to do it as I like symmetry and prefer not to have a flat bit in my circle.....I hope you will leave comment on how you feel I managed. Then I might get a few more tutorials done!!I have used the outer circle from the Crealies Patchwork Set. This is a very basic step by step...I hope I can help those who are new to circle dies....

First step is to fold your card. You can use a pre-scored card base if you prefer. Let the die show a small amount as shown on the folded  side. Tape down if necessary

Front of card with die in position. Run through your machine

This is what the folded edge now looks like.

You'll need a scoring board or similar. Line up the folded edge to the left.

to make your card stand flat score a line on the right hand side as shown. This only need to be 1-2mm. I usually use the first channel that I can score. Cut this small piece off

This is what the card base looks like now

This is what your fold line looks like

Now cut a single circle and stick it onto the card base. Voila your little straight line on the fold has gone but...................

Your card is standing!!
          Front of card                                                                                                       Back of card

Thank you for having a look ...Have fun!
Any questions please ask as a  comment and I will try to help

Monday 3 August 2015

Sweet Poppy Stencil

A Card I made using another stencil from the latest release from Sweet Poppy Stencils.....

Winter Scene and "Christmas" from the vertical sentiment "Merry Christmas"

I used translucent paste and glitters for trees and red glitter paste for the sentiment. Mat and layering as shown and a fes pearls to finish...

Some links for you to find the stencils -