Xmas 2015


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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Crafty Cardmakers challenge 164 - Stitching, Faux or Real

Maike is hosting our Stitching, Faux or Real challenge  this week. Your stitching can be embroidery, hand stitching, machine stitching, drawn or stamped stitching or even die cuts that create stitched edges.
You can enter anything you fancy, it doesn't have to just be cards, as long as it meets the challenge, and doesn't exceed the 15 total challenges entered rule!

I do have a sewing machine, but it's currently buried under a mountain of other things, so I decided to rely on my favourite faux stitching for my card.

The base card was a 7 x 5 plain white one, and I layered onto it a black mat with a black and white patterned layer with a strip of ribbon wrapped around it.  

The topper was a diecut figure (tattered lace) mounted onto white card, and then onto black card.  I did the faux stitching on the black card in white, and on the white card in black.  I did the same for the small sentiment, which was also diecut.  I mounted the topper onto the base using foam pads, and used one foam pad on the right hand side with glue on the left to apply the sentiment.  

Final touches was the bow out of the same black ribbon applied to the right of the image and the three gems in the top left hand corner.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Challenge 162 Crafty Cardmakers - 3,2,1

Jenn is hosting our 1, 2, 3 challenge today. We would like to see 1 Image, 2 papers, 3 DIFFERENT embellishments please.

You can enter anything you fancy, it doesn't have to just be cards, as long as it meets the challenge, and doesn't exceed the 15 total challenges entered rule!

We are sponsored for this challenge by


With a prize of £12.00 to spend at your favourite Woodware Stockist, either in store or on line.

Woodware are a Yorkshire based family owned business, as well as distributing Dreamweaver Stencils and Stampendous Stamps we have a wonderful range of stamps designed for us by Francoise Read and Jane Gill. We also scour the world for new and innovative products for the crafty card maker, and have a great range of punches and tools of the trade, to find stockists in your area or to see the range visit the website www.woodware.co.uk.

Woodware design team are playing along with the challenge so check out their blog, which is there for inspiration at Woodware Blog.

To make my card I used

  • a woodware stamp (dogwood wreath),
  • a paper pad from Phill Martin,
  • a paper pad from Create and Craft,
  • some ribbon from my stash,
  • some self adhesive pearls bought from Crafty Devils and
  • a stamped butterfly that I glittered and cut out before attaching as an embellishment.
I also used shabby shutters distress ink and some pink and green promarkers.

My card is my favourite 6 x 6 inch square base (although this one is a lovely pearlescent
green card bought from Anna Marie Designs).

Onto this I layered some paper from a Create and Craft member gift pad. I punched the corners with an inverted rounder so that the green base could be seen. I then cut a ribbon strip and a square from the Phill Martin double sided paper. I attached the patterned side of the strip across the centre of the first layer, and then, using the plain side of the paper square, stamped my image onto it with perfect medium and embossed it with olive green embossing powder.

When I had coloured in the stamp with the promarkers, I distressed the edge and mounted it onto some old gold pearlescent paper, and then stuck onto my card base using foam pads.

I tied some ribbon from my stash around one side of the card, finishing with a bow. Finally, I stuck the stamped and cut out butterfly onto the top of the wreath and the pearls onto the corners.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Challenge 161 - Crafty Cardmakers (a shaped card)

It's me hosting our Shaped Cards challenge today and I would like to see a shaped card. 

This means no rectangles or squares please, and this time it does have to be a card! 

Please remember the 15 challenges total rule too - if you enter more than 15 we won't be commenting and you won't be considered for winner or top 5.

My card is a pop up box card - for this one I used a hunkydory base that had fancy edging on it.  I'm working with my scan n cut to make my own template up using shapes but I haven't mastered the whole welding etc process yet...

My brief was a 90th birthday card for a friends Nan and I was told she loved flowers and butterflies and particularly daisies.

I used my serif programme to make my backing papers for the box base, and I used some tonic dies that I had for the flap tops.  All the toppers were edged with distress inks.   I used another die to make a bunting banner bearing the word "NAN", that I attached to tooth picks and then inserted into the box by attaching them to the "bridges" inside.

The flowers wre all dies, that I coloured with distress inks and a finger dauber to colour the centres.  I coloured the butterflies in the die cut toppers with the same colour distress ink (lemonade?).  I stamped the greeting into the topper on the front flap (which I had cut plain) and finally, attached a triple bow cut from organza ribbon to the front, and a 90 pennant to the back.

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Challenge 160 at Crafty Cardmakers - Easter

Apologies - I thought I had scheduled this for the right date, but apparently not as I have just noticed it is not there and have uploaded manually!


Our hostess for today's challenge, Mary, would love to see your Easter inspired creations. You can enter anything you fancy, it doesn't have to just be cards, as long as it meets the challenge, and doesn't exceed the 15 total challenges entered rule!

My card base was made using a tattered lace die - Ornamental centre stepper.  I really like these die sets - tattered lace dies are often too fancy for me -  but these are really useful.  You get the score and cut lines done for you and more importantly all the mats and layers can be done quickly and easily.  This set in particular came with lots of embellishments.

To "dress" my stepper card I used a background paper I had from a kit which I cut with the dies and distressed the edges.  My brief for the card was easter, lambs, chicks and daffodils so I used some stock images I had on a cd and imported them into my serif craft artist 2 (LOVE that programme) and created the images to embellish my card.  It's not totally to my taste but the commissioner loved it, and that's what counts!

Monday, 7 March 2016

Challenge 159 at Crafty Cardmakers - Go Green

Pam is hosting our 'Go Green' challenge in honour of St. Patrick's Day on 17th March. So let's see all your Green creations please. You can enter anything you fancy, it doesn't have to just be cards, as long as it meets the challenge, and doesn't exceed the 15 total challenges entered rule!

My card  was a simple design that I made for a friend who had a bereavement.  My cards rarely have many layers on them, and this was no exception.

I used my favourite 6 x 6 base card and  a flowery and a striped and a plain green paper from a Dreamees cd for the background paper - I love this part of using cds, you can pretty much guarantee the papers from the same family will go together!  I started with a square of the striped paper and down the centre I stuck a strip of the floral design.  I used the plain green paper to make the mat for my topper, which was a woodware stamp stamped with a green distress ink.  I used distress ink around the edge of the topper after I had rounded the corners, and coloured the flowers with the same distress ink.  I stamped the sentiment onto the same colour card as the topper, and edged it with a promarker and distressed it with the same distress ink as the topper.

Finally, I added some pearls to either side.  

Monday, 22 February 2016

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 158 - A special woman

Marlene is hosting today, and the theme she will be judging is For a Special Woman. As Mothers Day (in the UK) is just a couple of weeks away, we would love to see your cards for a Special Woman. So Mother's Day cards/creations, or cards/creations for any woman who is special, Daughter, Wife, Friend etc. will be fine. You can enter anything you fancy, it doesn't have to just be cards, as long as it meets the challenge, and doesn't exceed the 15 total challenges entered rule!

We are sponsored for this challenge by

With a prize of £12.00 to spend at your favourite Woodware Stockist, either in store or on line.

Woodware are a Yorkshire based family owned business, as well as distributing Dreamweaver Stencils and Stampendous Stamps we have a wonderful range of stamps designed for us by Francoise Read and Jane Gill. We also scour the world for new and innovative products for the crafty card maker, and have a great range of punches and tools of the trade, to find stockists in your area or to see the range visit the website www.woodware.co.uk.

As a rule, I don't really make overly fussy cards.  I admire the skill that goes into making them, but I'm never quite happy with my own efforts.  This card is much more my cup of tea!  I made it for a good friend who had reached the big 50 birthday. 

My base card was a scallop edge 6 x 6 white card.  Onto this, I layered a mat of plain pink and put onto that my topper, which I had stamped with this floral shoe stamp (Chloe's??) and simply coloured it with my promarkers.

Before I stuck the topper down, I wrapped some white chiffon ribbon around the top left corner..  Onto this I stuck a double bow made from the same ribbon, and in the centre of that I suck a white flower, coloured with some distress ink.  My friend wasn't 100% happy about the number of birthdays (lol), so I included it as  a very teeny centre to the big flower! 

Finally, I stamped a small sentiment on the pink base card and stuck that on with a foam pad, and put a couple of stamped flowers  from another impression of the shoe stamp that I had coloured and cut out onto the shoe to give it some texture.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 157 - Love, love, love

Julie is hosting our Love, Love, Love Challenge. As Valentine's Day is just around the corner we want to see your 'love' themed creations. 

You can enter anything you fancy, it doesn't have to just be cards, as long as it meets the challenge, and doesn't exceed the 15 total challenges entered rule!

My own project this time was something I made at a recent craft retreat run by Anna Marie Designs - and it is mixed media.  I am assuming it is for home decor - it's definitely too big to go on a card.  I'm not 100% sure I like it - but I am a firm believer in trying everything, because you never know when a crafty technique will sneak up and hook you!

The base is an MDF heart shape, with a matching frame that was glued onto it.  We then put on our rubber gloves and covered scrap ribbon, hession, gauze and various other materials in a black gunky stuff called structuriser.  It was MESSY.  Having covered all of the heart with the bits, we left it to dry.

The following day, we coated any parts of the MDF showing with black gesso and left that to dry too.

Then the fun part - colouring it!  We used on this occasion Viva Decor Inka Gold colours, but I would imagine you could use any creamy paste or gilding wax to get the same effect.  Finally, we went over the top randomly with a bit of pinflair on our finger and then sprinkled some crystal glass over the top.  

Unfortunately, it doesn't really show very well in the picture (and trust me, I tried very hard to get a good shot!) but I hope you get the idea.

I have come to the conclusion that super messy is not my thing - paints yes, the gunky structuriser?  I think I'll give it a miss...

And as an added extra, I thought I'd add a card I made using a shape from my Brother Scan n Cut.

This was a 6 x 6 black card base with an overlay in white with hearts cut out.  I sized the hearts down slightly and then cut them in red and stuck them inside the apertures.

Finally, I stamped some suitable words on the red hearts and added a hand cut tag with a sentiment on it.

Inside it just says Happy Valentines Day.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Keeping it simple

Last week I made a card for my friends birthday.  My mission to use stash I have bought continues, and I found these white cards with the die cut edge in the drawer.  I used a Woodware Stamp on a piece of white stamping card and stamped it in Black archival ink.  Then, I coloured the centres of the flowers and the leaves with promarkers, and coloured everything with one of the new spectrum noir clear sparkle pens. 

I gave the part of the card under the diecut a bit of glitz by using a Nuovo Glue pen to cover the area and then covered that with glamour dust.  I did the same thing in the black line border for the stamp.

Before I stuck the topper on with 1mm foam pads, I edged it with the yellow promarker.  Finally, I die cut a sentiment and coloured that with the same yellow.

This was a really easy card to make, and very effective.  I really like woodware stamps for this.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

#156 Punches and/or Dies - Crafty Cardmakers challenge

Maike is hosting our challenge today and the theme is Punches and/or Dies
You are welcome to enter anything as long as you have used either punches or dies, or even both, and please don't forget to enter no more than 15 challenges including this one.

For my card I used my tattered lace circle stepper die and the free papers that came in a magazine for the layers, along with a Phill Martin paper pad.

I like a stepper card, because you can decorate them as plainly or elaborately as you like.

For my decorations, I used some die cut tattered lace flowers, that I coloured with my distress inks.  

The topper was from a cd (crafters companion, I believe, but I am not sure without trawling through them all to match the sheet I had printed out).  

Monday, 11 January 2016

Crafty Cardmakers & More challenge 155 New: Baby, Marriage, Home etc...

As it's a brand new year we thought we would go with a 'new' challenge. So you can interpret that in many differrent ways, it could be to welcome a new baby, a new home, marriage etc. I am sure you can think of many different 'news' you can inspire us with. This challenge is being hosted by Sally so it will be her job to choose our winner and Top 5.  

I am still on a mission to use up my stash, so my "New baby" card this time used a sheet I  think I printed off at some time from a crafters companion or Debbie Moore cd (but it might have been one from a kit).

Sometimes, you need a card in a hurry and there is no shame in making use of something ready prepared.  Sometimes I do that by printing off a card kit from a cd and sometimes I use a sheet I have already.

This card uses my favourite 6 x 6 square base, with the corners rounded off.  I don't know why, but it seems to look a bit more professional when I do that...!  The base layer has "layers" already incorporated into it (probably using the shadow tools, such as those in Serifs Craft artist).  However, I cut out and added the pocket and tag separately myself, and the teddy bear topper, at a jaunty angle. The baby's name was added using silver letter peel offs.  

I don't really use peel offs any more (although I suspect their use will be resurrected in time as most things come round again, *grins*) but I do use the border and letters still.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 154 - Snow

Lin is hosting today and she has chosen Snow for her theme. I am sure there are still lots of snowy creations to be made for Christmas!

As it is the last challenge of the year Kim thought that it would be nice to add a prize, and this is the stash our lucky winner will get.
It's another inked background from me... 

My base card was my trusty 6 x 6 square, that I stamped with a snowflake die in silver ink. Onto that, I layered some silvery blue card and then some silver embossed card.

I layered onto this a topper that I had done using a Sheena Douglass stamp, and a selection of pink, blue and lavender distress inks, masking the couple the moon and the lamps. 
My couple were coloured in using speccie noir pencils, which I blended.I decided to use glitter for my snowflakes in the scene, but flower soft for the snow on the bridge and at the base. 
Finally, my sentiment was stamped along the bottom of the card (it came from a woodware stamp set). 

Monday, 30 November 2015

Challenge 153 - Crafty Cardmakers & More - Twas the Night...

Lin is hosting our challenge this time, and her theme is 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. She would love to see your creations that depict one of the lines from the poem.  If you need to be reaquainted with the words, they are set out in full on the challenge website Crafty Cardmakers & More.

 Most crafters will recognise that they have a cycle of favoured techniques... I have always liked stamping and inking and just lately my preference has been for doing that again.

My mum was always the "scene builder" of the two of us, and for some time after she died I just shied away from doing it because it brought back memories of when we stamped together.  But it's almost 4 years now since I lost her, and I've been tentatively "having a go" again.

My base card is my favoured 6 x 6 inch square, onto which I layered a black and white polka dot mat.  I used a square of Sheena Douglass stamping card for my topper and started by masking off the moon with a mask I cut myself and  created hillsides with a clarity mask. (Ink colours were denim blue, chipped sapphire, shaded lilac, Iced Spruce and Soot black and a touch of Brushed Corduroy to tint the roof of each house)

I used Hobby Arts Country scenes stamps to make my village scene - it had the really useful fencelines and small trees!  The Santa and moon stamp was from a set I got free with a magazine, as did the Twas the night before Christmas words that I stamped and embossed with silver fine detail powder.  You can just about read the words - unfortunately it's not come out too clear in the photo...

Lastly, I went over various parts with my wink of stella pen (the moon, the snow) and added a touch of glitter to the trees using a quickie glue pen and some glamour dust.

Now I'm in the mood, I think I will do some more toppers for the remaining Christmas cards I have to make.  Such fun! 

Monday, 16 November 2015

Challenge 152 Winter Birthday - Crafty Cardmakers & More

I am sure we all know some poor soul who has a Winter, or even worse a Christmas Birthday - our Design Team Leader Lin's is 27th December and my late mum's was the 19th! 

So for our challenge this time we want to see your Winter Birthday creations.

Josephine is hosting this one and will get to choose our Winner/Top 5.


I've been venturing back to distress ink backgrounds recently, so I decided to make mine a wintery sunset/sunrise scene, where the sun is pinkish rather than the luscious yellow of summer.

First thing I did was to shade the background of a square piece of stamping card, because my stamp (woodware) is a silhouette.  If you stamp the trees first, there is the chance you can smudge the image during the blending process, and also muddy the effect.

So using a mask, I made the hilly bits at the bottom, then used the same colours to make the top of the sky.  In the middle of the two I blended in two shades of pink - a deeper round area in the middle.  Having done that - I stamped over the top and using a quickie glue pen, added some glitter to my tree branches.

The card base is my favourite 6 x 6 - and I ran the front part of  it through the cut n boss in a creative expressions embossing folder.  Onto this I layered a pink dotty background paper onto which I placed my coloured image.  

It looked a bit flat - so I decided to make it a shaker!  I cut another piece of card the same size as my topper image, and cut the centre out to make a frame using a tonic square die.  After running this through the cut n boss in the same embossing folder previously used,  I backed the frame with acetate (using red liner tape to keep the acetate in place) and then edged the topper image with foam shaker tape.  In the centre of the image I placed a few small scoops of micro beads and after peeling off the shaker tape backing, stuck the frame firmly on top.  

With hindsight, I could have put more beads in there...

To finish my card, I added the sentiment in the top right hand corner.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

So many people leaving... memory books

It's been big changes all round where I work recently, with fair number of people being made redundant.

This month, for a change, we had a number of people leaving because they had other jobs!

My contribution to the farewells was to make a memory book for each of them, to remember their time with us.

 The process for the first one was the same for the covers (greyboard covered with a paper created using serif) but I decided to use my cinch to bind it.  Which was a good idea if I had planned it properly, but I made it incredibly hard for myself because I didn't!

I got a reasonable effect by the skin of my teeth - but it took much effort and I decided not to do that with the last two...
Instead, I used my trusty cropodile and punched two holes and then used book rings!  The effect was pretty much the same and saved me from grinding my teeth right down!

Each of the books had the recipients name on it - you can't really see it in the last one, as the diecut letters were on the panel, white on white.  It looked really effective in real life!  Unfortunately, the photo doesn't totally show it.  Inside was a number of card inserts, onto which I stuck the small cards I had given everyone to write their messages onto, and the photographs we had of people the recipient worked with, and anything relative to their job.

Et voilá !  A lovely keepsake.

What you would need to make one yourself:
  • Two pieces of greyboard cut to size.
  • Two pieces of covering paper, slightly larger, say 1.5 cm or just over half an inch all round.
  • Two pieces of lining paper, slightly smaller than the covered greyboard. 
  • Number of cards cut to size to fit inside the covers (as many as you like)
  • Two Book rings
  1. I covered the greyboard in the cover paper, sticking it down on the inside of the cover with red liner tape.
  2. Then, I stuck the liner paper onto each inside cover.
  3. Using the cropodile, I marked each cover 1 inch in from the long edge each side and cut two holes in  line with the mark (around 1.5 cm in from the short edge).
  4. I then cut corresponding holes in all the insert cards.
  5. I put the covers  (innerside faceing) around the insert cards and put the bookrings through the hole.
  6. And then was the fun bit - I decorated the cover.
  7.  I created a box for each of the books using stiff card - I thought it looked better for presentation purposes - but you could put it in a pretty bag, or cover it with tissue.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Challenge 150 at Crafty Cardmakers & More - Autumn colours

This week it is my challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and more, and I would like to see those glorious autumn colours - oranges, browns, russets, green and dark yellow...

You will see that my wonderful teamies have produced a fantastic array of cards to inspire you - don't forget to visit their blogs to see how they did them!

I decided to make a man's card this time - I KNOW!  I find men's cards really hard, but I'm still chipping away at my crafty stash, and this time I found a sheet of Hunkydory toppers that were perfect for this challenge colours, and bonus, suitable male subject matter.

My base card was plain cream cardstock cut to be a 6 x 6 card (my favourite size).  Onto this, I layered a piece of brown card.  As I don't have much of this card (and can't remember where I got it from) I took the centre out with a layer die to use on another card.  Because I didn't want to have a dip, I cut another piece out  of scrap card the same thickness to put in its place. 

Onto the brown card, I put a piece of decorative paper that I had put through the cut n boss in a Sheena Douglass leaf embossing folder.  Before sticking it down, I coloured it with distress inks and edged it with gold pebeo gilding wax.

I then cut out the orange swirls from some scrap card, and then stuck them to the backing paper.  Using foam pads, I attached my Hunkydory toppers, and the card was done.

This was a comparatively simple card to make and didn't take very long - one of the benefits of using the toppers.  I'm not much of a "pick and stick" crafter by choice, but there are times when having the work done for you is beneficial, and there is a place for all this in the crafty world!

Monday, 5 October 2015

Challenge 149 at Crafty Cardmakers & More - Circular Card

Kim is hosting today and would love to see your Circular Cards.
I finally used my Tattered Lace circle stepper card die to make my card!  I have this very bad habit of spending lots of money on dies and then leaving them pristine in the folder for A Very Long Time... and along with my resolution to use more of my stash, I have resolved to stop doing that!
Anyway, this card was the perfect opportunity to use not only the Tatty Lace die, but also a variety of others that I have available. 
It's very straightforward to make up once the card base is cut, as the score lines are very clearly defined.  I used a pearlescent card for mine.  The "tartan" layer paper came from an 8 inch pad that I had in my stash, and I used some of the off cuts to make flowers.  I then rummaged through my stash for matching tone papers  and luckily found a couple of pieces of lavendar/mauve paper that was suitable.  I used the smallest die in the grand circles spellbinder set of dies to make my base circle, and then cut a circle using a tonic circle die for the topper base.  Offcuts of these papers were again used for flowers. The topper was on a sheet I had printed off (possibly a Crafters Companion Mulberry Wood CD) at some point and only used one image.  It fit the circle perfectly - how cool was that?

I used some scrap pearlescent card to cut out the sentiment and the swirls and then arranged and stuck everything on the card.  The last thing I did was to stick on some creative expressions pearl corners and some diamante stones in the centre of my flowers.

I had to custom make and envelope to fit it, but fortunately, I recently discovered an app from WRMK for their envelope board that I downloaded to my phone which works out the paper size for any size envelope.  Well worth looking out for if you have one of those boards!

Monday, 21 September 2015

Make it Sparkle - Challenge 148 at Crafty Cardmakers and more

Sally is hosting today and wants to see you 'Make It Sparkle' so any form of sparkle is allowed, glitter, gems, pearls, shimmer sprays etc.

Very fortuitously, I was asked to make a wedding card just last week, and theme it "silver and diamonds".

My card was actually very straightforward, as it is largely diecuts!  
I used a 7 x 5 inch pearlescent ivory card base and onto that I layered a piece of the same card, with some silver card that I ran through my cut n boss machine in the lattice hearts embossing folder matted onto it.  

Using the same ivory card, I then cut out the bride and groom figures, the congratulations sentiment and the lattice heart with the birds.  All these dies are from Joanna Sheen's range.  Additionally, I used a small tattered lace heart.  I mounted all of the diecuts except for the tattered lace heart onto the card using thin foam pads - I didn't want them to be too obvious, but did want a little bit of height.  The latticed heart didn't show up against the silver lattice background, so I backed it with some scrap ivory card before sticking it on, and it worked a treat.

Next, I chose some "diamond" small adhesive gems and stuck them on the intersections of the lattice in the heart, and at the top of the headdress of my "bride".

Finally, I diecut the intials of the bride and groom using spellbinders alphabet dies, and attached them to the heart.

Because I used heavy base card, it was satisfyingly weighty, and I printed out an insert with a motivational poem on the inside left cover to go inside.  To finish it off, I presented it in a narrow box, that was made from the same ivory card.


Monday, 7 September 2015

Challenge 147 at Crafty Cardmakers & More - Flower embellishments

This time round at Crafty Cardmakers, Julie is hosting our challenge and she would love to see your creations with additional flower embellishments. 

She wants to see your handmade creations and diecut, and premade flowers, BUT NO FLOWER IMAGES, or rather Flower Images ALONE do not count, there needs to be additional dimensional flowers added to count. 

This is right in my comfort zone - I really like making flowers!  For my project, I  thought I'd show you  a 21st birthday gift box I made  from a template (Arty Farty, I think). 

It's about 6 inches  in diameter and is ideal for a small gift (like the earrings and necklace that was going to go inside this one).

I made the box from plain white card, and distressed  and stamped all the pieces before putting it together. The request was for pink and purple, so that was the colour distress ink I used.

There are a lot of pieces.... 6 individual sides,  a top lid, an outside and an inside bottom and then layering pieces for the side and top inside and out.  Each side is cut out individually and stuck to a base using a tab, and then joined using a piece of vellum (cut to form a hinge????).  I stamped this vellum with the same flower stamp I had used for the inside of the flaps.  The inside flap cover hid where the vellum was stuck down.

On the outside of each "flap" a further piece of card is stuck - I embossed these with my butterfly embossing folder and then coloured them to match before sticking them on.

I used some of my Nuvo crystal drops to put the faux "pearls" all around the edges of the layered panels (this took ages!) and then attached the ribbon and charm onto the front of the box using my hot glue gun.

I stamped the name and the 21 in versamark and then heat embossed it in silver. Then it was time for the flowers!  I used my Dreamees stitched flower stamps to stamp out a number of varying sizes and cut them out.  Then, I used my chameleon pens to colour them in.  I was really pleased with the shading effect I got with the pens!  Before I made the flowers up, I went over them with my clear wink of stella pen, which gave them a lovely shimmer.

 I used my pokey tool end to shape the petals and then layered the different sizes to make a number of flowers, which I stuck (along with the name and number)  onto the top of the box with my glue gun.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Challenge 146 at Crafty Cardmakers & More - no patterned papers

Lin is hosting our challenge today and would like to see your creations without any patterned papers on them! 
For my card, I used a 7 x 5 blank white card.  I distressed around the edges with Victorian Velvet distress ink.
Onto the card base, I layered a piece of scrap white card, that I had run through my cut n boss with a butterfly embossing folder, and which I had coloured with broken china distress ink to bring out the embossing.  I rounded the corners with my x cut large corner rounder.
For my topper, I stamped a woodware stamped image onto a plain piece of white card and rounded the corners.  Then I coloured in the image using promarkers in shades to match the distress inks (sorry, I forgot to note the actual shades used).  
Next, I cut the card into three equal size strips, and distressed all four edges of each with the victorian velvet ink.  Then, I reassembled them onto a piece of black card, leaving a narrow border in between the strips.  I then trimmed the black card to leave a narrow border all round but leaving a gap at the bottom for the sentiment.  I rounded off the corners of the black card to match the base layer.

I attached the sentiment (piece of scrap white card with corners rounded and stamped with versafine ink pad and heat embossed in a turquoise powder) after distressing the edges and stuck two faux pearls on either side.
Finally, I used my wink of stella pen to add some lustre to the leaves and some stickles to add some sparkle to the stamen of the flowers.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Challenge 145 - Warm summer colours

Bec is hosting for us this time and would like to see your creations with lovely warm summer colours. 

I chose to make a card focussing on a seaside view this time, again using some scrap card from my stash.  

I have lots of squares of watercolour card because my watercolour pad is A4 - inevitably I trim it square, so end up with that long strip over!  

The base cards were edged with a punch (sorry - forgot which one!) which had a look of waves about it, and were layered.
For my topper, I used an acrylic block on which I scribbled in random lines using my aqua water colour pens.  When I had the colours about right, I spritzed it with water, and then pressed the block itself onto the water colour card.

This left me with some stripes, and I used some hobbyart stamps to make a scene, using black ink.  I coloured the stamps in using the aqua pens - it's amazing how you can give definition to random lines just with a few images!

I finished the card off with a stamped seashell, that I coloured with one of the pens.

I haven't put a sentiment on there yet - not sure if I want it to be a birthday or what.  I've found myself doing this more often now - it adds a bit of versatility to the cards when I am choosing which occasion to use them for.