Thursday, 18 December 2014

Sparkles

Hi Folks it's Thursday again and I have something different for you this week for my Cute Card Thursday DT project.  No card from me this week but a festive home décor project. 

This week our theme for the CCT challenge is 'Sparkles' and our prize sponsor is Whimsy Stamps.


 Side view
 
 
close up showing the glitter/sparkles a little more clearly
 

I used a chipboard birdhouse kit from Tando Creative - which I purchased from a craft store at Barleylands in Essex on a day out with my lovely crafting pal Lauren.  I painted the components with PaperArtsy chalk paints before assembling.

Using Aleene's Glitter Snow (I love this product) I added lots of  'snow' and whilst it was still wet dusted the whole thing with lots of Glamour Dust for maximum sparkle.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing today's project, do check out the fabulous creations from the rest of the DT over on the CCT Blog.

Thanks so much for finding time to visit Stamping Grandma, I'm sure you're at least as busy as I am right now and I really appreciate you dropping by.  It soothes my soul to spend time creating and is my little oasis in the craziness that is the festive season !

Have a great day.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Bells and Bows

Happy Thursday, got all your Festive preparations finished ?  Gifts all wrapped ?  Cards all sent ? Christmas deccies up ?  Christmas dinner food shopping done ?  No ?  me neither !   Well, some of these things have been completed in the 'House of Happer' but mostly due to the fact that I'm meeting up with my family on Sunday and, as they all live far from me, we'll be doing a gift and card exchange meet up half way between us.  So, this has concentrated my mind somewhat.

Anyway I digress, I'm sure you've dropped by today to see my latest DT project for the Cute Card Thursday Challenge.  This week our theme is 'Bells and Bows' and our prize is sponsored by Whiff of Joy Stamps.


To create my card I used some snippets of lovely rich looking Christmas papers, which I found in my box of 'all things Christmas'.    The NOEL image was already stamped and in the box also, so I coloured it then added Glossy Accents over the top to give the letters dimension.

The central die cut element was made using a Marianne's corner die and I found a scrap of cardstock which was a perfect colour match to the papers. I mounted the NOEL onto another scrap of card and punched out a poinsettia using a Nellie Snellen punch and emboss set using the same cardstock. 

Jingle Bells were also from my Christmas bits box and I attached them using a little red cord, joined just at the top so that they can move around.  The little red ribbon bow was added at the top of the cord to finish it off.

A little red Stickles added over the join between the different papers and a generous scattering of red gems completed the design.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing today's project, I'm hoping to get back to more regular posting on here once I get all the Festive preparations completed.

Have a great day, whatever you have planned.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Gold and Gems

Hi there Crafters, I have just a quick post for you today as I'm up to my elbows in wrapping paper !

I created a base card from gold cardstock just a small 4.5 x 3 inch size - not so good for sending through Royal Mail but fine for hand delivery. 

Using Memory Box dies I cut two layers from gold mirri board and layered them up.  The scrap of pretty gold ribbon was from my stash and the gorgeous gold gem added over the top was also from my stash.

I heat embossed the Merry Christmas sentiment using black sparkle embossing powder.

That's it from me today, short and sweet - I hope you like today's card.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Little Angels

Another Thursday has rolled around again, how the weeks are flying by right now - always way more things being added to the 'To Do' list than the items being crossed off I'm afraid.

We have a new challenge starting today over on the Cute Card Thursday Blog and our theme this week is 'Little Angels' with the prize sponsored by Bunny Zoe Crafts.

Here's my DT card



I decided on a simple layout for my design, making this sweet Angel trio the focal point.  The stamp is from Lilli of the Valley and stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Just a little colour added to the image using my Copics and a sentiment from a set of stamps by Clearly Besotted stamped under the angel image. 

Clear Wink of Stella pen added over their dresses and wings and Stardust Stickles added to the stars in their 'halos' and on the clouds below their feet to give a little sparkle.

Here's a close up shot showing the sparkle a little more clearly


The image was layered over a scrap of gold mirror card then attached to a 5 x 5 black base card.

Thanks for dropping by to check out today's project, I hope you enjoyed it.

Have a great Thursday Everyone.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Merry and Bright Candy Canes

I've been playing with my scrummy Glitzcraft Glitter Paste again


For the elements on this card I used a Christmas theme stencil from Glitzcraft which contained these two candy canes, a sprig of mistletoe and a bell and holly corner. 

Once the Glitter Paste was dry, I fussy cut out the candy canes.  I then embossed the front of a 6 x 6 base card using the Snowstorm embossing folder by Sheena Douglas - this folder is one of my favourites.

I then attached the canes to the front, stamped the pennant shaped sentiment from a set by Stampendous using SU! Raspberry Ripple ink before cutting out and attaching.

A simple design, but I am pleased with the finished card.

Thanks for checking out today's project.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Is a Bird in a Wreath Worth Two in the Hand ?

Hi Folks, how's the weather with you on this Black Friday ?  Well, that's exactly what it is here in my little bit of Cornwall.  Dark, dank, damp and horrid.  I soooo hate these dark days and I'm guessing we'll be getting wet in a short time judging by the black clouds which are gathering overhead.  Time to turn on the lights, turn up the heating and Craft I think - yay !

I've been busy making lots of Christmas cards in the past few days, most of them in small batches of five or ten and the card I'm sharing today is one of my designs which creates a flat and lightweight card.  These are ideal for sending through the mail - postage costs are so high these days, we have to think about how many layers we put on our cards, well I do anyway !

 
I used a C6 base card, the bird in a wreath stamp was a freebie on the Craft Stamper Magazine recently and the square sentiment below is from a set of stamps by Lilli of the Valley.
 
All images were stamped using SU! Raspberry Ripple ink.  The stamped panel way matted over a slightly larger layer of red cardstock then attached to the front of the card.   I've decorated a matching envelope which you can just see at bottom left of the pic above.
 
I'm sharing a table with a lovely pal at a local church Table Top Sale tomorrow, this batch of cards will be up for sale, although if I do sell them I'll need to make more for my own use !  Either way I'll be happy.


I hope you've enjoyed your visit here today, thanks for taking the time to see what Stamping Grandmas has been getting up to.  Thanks in advance if you have the time to leave me a little feedback.

Enjoy the rest of your day.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Gingerspice !

Happy Thursday dear Crafters, I'm a little late with my regular Thursday posting, we had a plumber here at the 'crack of dawn' to fix a problem with our heating/hot water system so the house was in uproar first thing !  A new part was needed in the heating pump, all fixed now so we should be cosy and warm once again thank goodness.

Now, on to the business of the day !  This week's challenge over on the Cute Card Thursday Blog has the theme 'Gingerspice' and our prize sponsor is Sunflower Field.

Here's my DT card for the challenge

My interpretation of the theme was to use ginger/orange colours for my card.  Once again I've been playing with my yummy Glizcraft Glitter Pastes, this time applied through a PaperArtsy JOFY stencil - I love these poppy seed heads.  I mixed a couple of colours of green for the stems and green, red and gold to achieve the bronze/ginger colour on the seed heads.  Now you may think me a little strange, but once I'd applied the paste through the stencil, the first thing that sprang to mind was "We three Kings" - are you still with me ?  Can YOU see the three crowns ?  Oh well, I'm happy in my little world anyway Ha Ha !

I'm not sure who the sentiment is manufactured by, it was loose in my box of Christmas stamps.  I stamped it using Rich Cocoa Memento ink.

This panel was then layered over the gorgeous orange mirri board and attached to a scalloped edge 6 x 6 base card.

Do pop over to the CCT blog to check out the fabulous creations from the rest of the DT if you get the chance.  Thanks for visiting here today, I hope you enjoyed seeing my latest project.

Have a great day



Edited :  Apologies if anyone dropped by a short while ago, my computer had a 'wobbly' and published my half-finished posting Ooopsie !

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Snow and Sparkle

Hi Folks, sorry I haven't shared many projects with you lately, it's that busy, busy, busy time of year and I'm sure many of you are as pressed for time as I am !

Anyway, I wanted to ink up one of the lovely Lavinia stamps I bought at the NEC recently and as their current challenge has the theme of 'Snow and Sparkle' I thought I'd enter this card.


I wasn't quite sure whether to share this one or not, I was very happy with how the centre circle design had turned out...... until I sprayed on some Crafters' Companion silver Spray and Sparkle ! 
It looks fine IRL but the sparkle is reflecting so much light in the photographs that it's a little difficult to see the stamped image.

I used a Memory Box die to cut the centre circles element and then attached a piece of white cardstock behind the cut out section.  Using Distress Inks I coloured the background of the centre circle and then stamped the seed pod image twice using Archival black ink.

Using a water brush, I removed some of the DIs on parts of the image to create lighter areas.  I also added some highlights using a white pen.  I wanted to create the effect of a snowstorm and I certainly have added lots of sparkle !

The circle was then attached back into the centre, a little glue dropped into each of the holes cut around the central circle and a little Lavinia glitter added over it for even more sparkle.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Stars

Good morning Folks, apologies for being a little late with my regular Thursday posting.  This week's challenge theme over on the Cute Card Thursday Blog is 'Stars' and our prize sponsor is Whimsy Stamps.

Here's my DT card for this week


Since my visit to the NEC Hobbycraft show I've been playing with the Glitzcraft Glitter Frosting Paste and stencils I bought there.  I'm loving the sparkly texture I get with this paste and it's great that it dries so quickly and I don't have to wait a long time before I can continue with my project.

Here's a close up shot showing the texture and the glittery finish a little more clearly

 
I used light gold and black glitter frosting paste applied through the 'Profile' stencil.  I applied the gold over the 'hair' first then added touches of the black - one of the great things about this paste is the ability to mix colours by adding one or more coats of a different colour.  As the paste dries so quickly it's easy to achieve the shaded effects.
 
The hanging hearts were cut using a Memory Box die set and the words were cut using a Spellbinders die.
 
That's it, a quick and simple design but I think the use of gold and black cardstock to layer up the main image makes the card elegant and classic looking.
 
Thanks for dropping by to see today's project, I hope you have a wonderful day.




Tuesday, 18 November 2014

More Than One Tree

Happy Tuesday dear Readers, the sun is currently shining on my piece of Cornwall, however there are nasty black clouds floating around, so I'm guessing we are in for a drenching later !

The project I'm sharing with you today was inspired by this week's theme over on the Simply Less is More Blog - 'more than one tree'


I am quite a fan of black and white as a colour combo for Christmas cards and as I had black Imagination Crafts sparkle paste and this lovely Memory Box trees stencil these were my inspiration.

After using the sparkle paste through the stencil onto white cardstock I used a Sizzix Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers 'PEACE' die and a scrap of white cardstock to create the simple sentiment.  I used an oval punch to make it a little smaller then attached it over a scrap of black cardstock cut using the same punch.

The holly border embossing folder was a magazine freebie and I embossed a strip of white card with it and attached next to the rectangular trees panel on the 6 x 6 base card.

I do hope the 'SLIM Ladies' will feel my card is CAS enough for their challenge !

I've been playing around with stencils and texture paste recently and am really enjoying myself, so be warned, you will see a few more projects using this method in the coming days - not all of them Christmas themed you may be pleased to hear !

Have a great day, whatever you have planned.