Sunday, 30 July 2017

Christmas Tree & Snowflakes

Hi, my second card today is very different for me, as in, the colours, I'm loving navy at the minute.

The photo makes the card look much brighter, it is actually navy, I've used a promarker to darken the card and colour the pearls.

I started with a 8 x 8 inch scalloped card blank and cut my navy card using Sue Wilson Stitched Lattice Frames which I extended to make a square.  I then cut my frame out of silver mirri card using Spellbinders large square nestabilities.  I cut various size snowflakes and glued them to the back of my silver frame.

I cut the Christmas Tree in silver mirri card then glued it onto some of my navy card and cut around it, I then added some pearls which I had coloured to match the navy card.

The sentiment is Sue Wilson Merry Little Christmas, which I cut in navy card.

For the inside (apologies for the terrible pic), I've cut the lamppost and the ivy   out of white card and outlined them all with a navy promarker.  I've cut the sentiment (Penny Black wooden stamp) using a circle die in silver glitter card.

Nearly forgot, the Navy ribbon was a bargain from Hobbycraft (£1).

Thanks for looking and any comments you may leave.



Foamiran Poinsettias

Hi, it's another wet, miserable day here in Wales, so I'm huddled in my craft room making Christmas cards.  I've got two cards to share today, this first card is one of my first attempts at making foamiran flowers.

The flowers haven't photographed very well, the colour is much paler in reality.  I started with a A5 card and layered with some gold mirri card.  For the card front, I firstly embossed using my 'snowflake embossing folder', then used an edger die from Aliexpress.
I cut the poinsettias with white foamiran from using Poinsettia Additions dies from the festive collection by Sue Wilson.

I used Pentel Oil Pastels (a few pounds in the works) and blended with a baby wipe before heating and shaping.

For the foliage I have used a Woodware holly punch, berry bough and pine cone & greenery die sets by Sue Wilson and cut them in a mixture of the white and gold mirri card.

The sentiment is Merry Little Christmas.  The ribbon is silky crush from Creative Expressions.

For the inside, I've used a snowflake die and cut into sections for the corners in gold mirri card.  The bauble die was also cut with the gold mirri card.  For the sentiment I've used a wooden Penny Black stamp that comes out every year and the frame is Porto die set from the Portugese collection by Sue Wilson.

Thanks for looking and any comments you may leave.



Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Merry Little Christmas

Hi, it's absolutely pouring with rain here today, so I'm in my craft room again making Christmas cards.  This one was quite a quick make.

I started with a a5 card blank and matt & layered with red card & gold mirri.  I then cut a circle aperture into the top layer of white card using an unbranded die from Aliexpress.

I topped the aperture with a circle frame using the same die as above, and added the ivy die from Aliexpress, I then die cut the picket fence, the lamppost and trees (all unbranded from Aliexpress)
out of the same white card and added some glamour dust.

The sentiment is Sue Wilson Merry Little Christmas and I cut it firstly with red (for the shadow) then in gold mirri.  I finished with the red ribbon and some little golden bells.

For the inside I've used an EK Success corner punch and the same circle dies as above and used a wooden Penny Black stamp for the sentiment.

Thanks so much for looking and any comments you may leave.



Saturday, 22 July 2017

Musical Fairy Card

I have two beautiful Nieces who are also my Goddaughters and they both look forward to their cards off 'Aunty Maria', I think because I try and make the cards personal to them (their names, interests, etc).

My Niece Fabia, who this card is for, has recently passed her piano exams, so I wanted to combine something musical while still keeping it 'girly'.

I started with a 8" x 8" scalloped card blank and I've used tumbled glass and spun sugar distress inks to create my layers, which I have matted onto pink metallic card.  I found the fairy amongst my stash but can't remember where I got the stamp set (if anyone knows please let me know), I stamped her with memento ink in tuxedo black and coloured her with pro-markers.  I then sprayed the entire sheet with pearl lustre spray & sparkle from Crafters Companion and when dry I added some droplets using Dovecraft 3D pearl effects in clear.

I used the Sue Wilson Australian Collection background die to cut the fairy before matting onto the pink card.

The balloon die is unbranded and purchased from Aliexpress, I cut the balloons out with acetate and coloured them with pro-markers, the music notes are also from Aliexpress and they were coloured with tumbled glass and spun sugar distress inks.

For the inside of the card I've used the same distress inks to colour everything and added a piano dimensional die, also from Aliexpress

Hope she likes it, Thanks so much for looking and any comments you may leave.



Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Sue Wilson Christmas Dies

Hi, got another Christmas card to share, I couldn't resist these new dies from Sue Wilson and they were all purchased from Maximum Crafts, great prices and free delivery.

I started this card with a 8 x 8in scalloped card blank and used the stitched lattice frames from the shadow box collection to die cut the lattice into the centre of the card, I cut twice to  extend the lattice to fit the size I wanted.  I then glued a sheet of 8 x 8 blue paper behind the lattice, from the botanical notes 8 x 8in premium paper pad by First Edition (purchased from The Range).

The baubles are a stamp set by Creative Expressions called heirloom ornaments, they're a few years old, so I don't think they're still available.  I stamped them onto silver mirror card and white pearlescent card, which has been coloured using tumbled glass distress ink.  I used Creative Expressions true white embossing powder.

The small snowflakes are dies by x-cut, which were £2.00 in hobbycraft, cut from white card and glamour dust added.

For the 'garland' I've used Berry Bough from the Festive Collection, Pine Cone & Greenery from the Woodland Collection, Lace Edged Leaves &  Poinsettia Additions from the Festive Collection (last year, I think).  I cut the poinsettias from parchment and added some pale blue stamens from Aliexpress and some glamour dust.  For all the other foliage I used pale silver pearl card, silver mirri card and white pearl card, the berry bough was cut with the grey pearl card and I've used a white enamel pen to colour the berries.

The sentiment is the Merry Little Christmas die from the Festive Collection, which I cut in silver mirri card and snipped into it toget the Merry Christmas.

Thanks for looking and any comments you may leave.



Sunday, 16 July 2017

Viva Decor Happy Birthday Stamps

Viva Decor Silicone Motives, sheet 14x18 cm, Happy Birthday, 1sheet.

I absolutely love this stamp set, for this card I've used the Happy Birthday script for the entire background, the tag and the Happy Birthday sentiment.

I started with a 8 x 8 in scalloped card blank and used a pierced circle die to cut out the centre, I then die cut the stitched lattice frame from Sue Wilson and used a section of it to cover the circle.  I then stuck this to pink card and put it on the inside of the card.

The first layer for the front of the card (pink), I cut the next size down of the pierced circle die.  For the top layer I stamped the entire sheet of lemon pearlescent card with Docrafts clear embossing ink and embossed using Creative Expressions true white embossing powder and then cut the larger size pierced circle from the centre, so it leaves an aperture to the inside.

I stamped the centre tag in pink using the same embossing, then cut the centre out using Spellbinders small oval nestabilities, then stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment onto some of the lemon pearlescent card and used the smaller oval to die cut it.

To decorate the circle aperture I've used a mix of paper flowers and also a lily I made out of foamiran, I've also used the lace edged leaves dies from Sue Wilson.  The smaller butterflies are an x-cut die and the larger butterfly was cut using my silhouette cameo.  I finished the card with some flat backed pearls from Aliexpress and some lemon and clear liquid pearl drops from Dovecraft.

Thanks for looking and any comments you may leave.


I've entered this card into the following challenges

The Ribbon Girl  -  Any Image
Crafting by Designs Monthly Challenge
Crafty Catz  Anything Goes Weekly Challenge  -   Inspired by Ice Cream Colours
Creative Inspiration  -  Anything Goes

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Snowflake Embossing Folder

Hi, this white on white card was made using centura pearl card.  The poinsettias were made using Sue Wilson Festive Collection - Poinsettia Additions, die cut from parchment.  I created the apertures by using Spellbinders nestabilities labels one and the stamped sentiment is from Creative Expressions Heirloom Ornaments stamp set.

I wanted a snowflake background, so decided to try and make my own 'embossing folder'.  I started with some scrap card (300 gsm) and some small x cut snowflake dies which I bought in hobbycraft, for the bargain price of £2.

I measured two pieces of 8 x 8 in card and glued them together.  I then cut all the snowflakes out, again stuck two together, layed them all out until I was happy with the pattern and glued them to the 8 x 8 card.  It embossed beautifully (although it doesn't really show up that well on the main picture of my card, probably because of all the glitter I ended up using, lol.

To emboss my design onto card, I used the same plates I would if I was embossing my dies, e.g. I have the big shot plus, so the plates I have used are - The platform, adapter plate B, acrylic plate, my snowflake embossing folder, then my card I want to emboss and finally the rubber embossing mat and black precision plate.

At the moment I'm looking through all my smaller dies to see how many others can be used to make 'embossing folders.

Thanks for looking and any comments you may leave.