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


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.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

A Winter Scene

Hi folks, yet another Christmas card to share with you today, this is one of another small batch I made recently.

I've used another of my stash of festive embossing folders, I love this little Winter scene.  I embossed the front of a C6 card with the folder which left enough room at the bottom for a sentiment.

The sentiment is from a set of stamps and dies by Sizzix as is the snowflake stamp.  I cut out the sentiment layer using a SU! scallop circle punch. 

Finally adding a few touches of Stardust Stickles over the snowflakes for a bit of sparkle. 

Another CAS style card, a style which I'm still loving and, as I send a lot of my cards through the post, these need only a standard price postage stamp and there are no lumps or bumps to upset the machines in the sorting office.

Thanks for dropping by to check on today's project.  I haven't done a lot of card making in the past couple of weeks as I've been staying with my Dad, but I have been busy knitting - can't have idle hands after all !

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Red and Green

Hi Folks, I think you may have guessed from the title of today's post that I'm sharing a Christmas card with you today.

Today's project is my DT card for the new challenge starting today over on the Cute Card Thursday Blog.  This week's theme is 'Red and Green' and our prize is sponsored by Whiff of Joy Stamps.

To create my card I used a festive design fabric square, which I adhered to a square of cardstock and attached over a larger layer of green cardstock.   This was then added towards the top of a rectangle of red cardstock.

Using Washi Tape and a snippet of red Christmas ribbon over white cardstock I created the layer attached underneath the fabric square over the red cardstock layer.

I added 'baubles' to the tree in the fabric square using a gold Waco Pearlmaker pen.  The poinsettia flowers were from my stash and I attached them using PinFlair glue.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing today's project, the creations from the rest of the DT are posted up on the CCT Blog, do check them out they are so inspirational.

Bye for now, hope to see you here again real soon.

Monday, 10 November 2014

A Birthday Card, a Birthday Boy and a Visit to the NEC

Hi there folks, it's been a little quiet on here for a few days as I've been busy spending time with my Dad and helping him celebrate his Birthday.

Here's the card I made for him

I used a scallop edge 8 x 8 base card and created a background using a Memory Box hexagon stencil and Distress Inks.

The cute bees were a free digi from Uprintables by Rebecca B - there are some great images on her site for free download (check her terms and conditions before using).  I fussy cut all the bees and attached them with PinFlair Glue to give them different levels.

The sentiment is a stamp from a set by Stampin'Up! which I stamped using black Archival Ink then cut out using an oval punch.

Dad's birthday started by opening cards and gifts - helped by Miss Tilly, who loves nothing more than opening parcels as you can see !

The day finished off with a family dinner at a local restaurant and more card and gift opening

The birthday celebrations didn't end there, however.  The following day saw us heading off to the Craft Exhibition at the NEC where Dad was a huge hit with the presenters on the Create and Craft stand.  Stephanie Weightman very kindly spent a lovely long time speaking to him - I tell you he was a very happy chappie
Stephanie then gave him a signed photo and asked him to send her some of his cards, being most impressed that at 88 years young he was still an avid crafter.

I did add to my stash, even though I was sure there was nothing I needed !  I went a bit crazy on the Lavinia Stamps stand, but I know I will use my new stash often as I do love there stamps and dies.  I also picked up two great goody bags, the one from Create and Craft was particularly impressive and great value for just £10.   Containing dies, embossing folders, templates and punches plus loads more.

I think this post is about long enough, so I'll save my latest project for posting at a later date.  I hope you've enjoyed this little window into our family celebrations, thanks for visiting.

Thursday, 6 November 2014


Happy Thursday dear readers, hope you've got something nice planned for today, if not I hope my post today will inspire you to get busy on your table of craftiness creating an entry for this week's new challenge for Cute Card Thursday.  Our challenge theme this week is 'Stripes' and we have a prize sponsored by Bunny Zoe Crafts.

Here's my DT card, hope you like it

I decided to dig out my Snowman Blueprint stamp and die set by Sizzix Time Holtz Alterations.  He's such a fun image and great for stamped decoupage.  This time I decided to use a single stamped background image with the whole Snowman layered over the background.  The dies in the set mean you can easily cut out the various elements and layer them up if you wish to make a multi-layer decoupaged image.

I found some sheets from an old Do Crafts Christmas paper/card pack which have stripes on one side and are plain on the other and were just perfect for my design.  The blueprint snowman image was stamped on the plain side using Tuxedo Black Memento ink, then cut out using a deckle edge rectangle nestie.

For the next layer I turned the card over to use the striped side and cut out using a larger nestie die and used the leftover scraps and a snowflake die from a set of framelits from Stampin'Up!.  I punched out some smaller snowflakes from white card and then tiny snowflakes from the scraps of striped card, then just layered them all up.

The white embossed panel on the right was created by cutting out with a deckle edge large rectangle nestie then using a snow embossing folder by Sheena Douglas.

The Snowman was coloured using my ProMarker pens, just his hat and scarf to highlight them, then I added Glossy Accents over the highlighted areas to give them dimension. 

Finally I added a sentiment using a Little Claire's stamp, which I popped up on PinFlair Glue, then added a few touches of Stardust Stickles for a bit of sparkle.

Thanks for dropping by today to check out my project.