Saturday, 30 January 2016

Creative Expressions Saturday - Seasons Change

 Hello everyone and welcome to my Creative Expressions Design Team Post.

This week I've been in a pink mood! I decided to create a gatefold card. However, photographing it didn't turn out quite so simple. So here are a couple of extra photos so show the inside....
and also a close up of the front.


I've used CE foundation cardstock and Phill Martin's Butterflies and Dragonflies paper pads for the outside and inside. The sentiment is from John Lockwood rosebud elements stamp set which I embossed inside and out using CE silver detail embossing powder.
The butterfly stamps are from the Zen Betty Clear stamp set and I stamped them with perfect medium and dusted with CE mica powder in silver.
The die cut is the from the Sue Wilson Refined Rectangle set.

Thanks for looking - see you next Saturday for another Creative Expressions post from me.

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Friday, 29 January 2016

LIM week 260 - Silhouette

It's recipe week over on Less is More Challenge and the challenge is Silhouette.

I decided to use one of my Clarity wee folk days ago - but where does the time go - just getting in under the wire this week.

I used Colour cloud inks to make the background with a little water splattered and removed with kitchen roll in the sky. I wanted to print the sentiment but after a few unsuccessful attempts I have gone with my own handwriting!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Seasons @ CD Sunday

































The challenge on CD Sunday is "Seasons" and I have gone with summer using the Crafters Companion cdrom Halcyon Days.

I wanted this pretty cdrom for ages but convinced myself I didn't need it. How lucky was I when it came up in the sale a few months ago and so I felt justified in buying it LOL!

The first card I used one of the images and printed it out, sticking it onto a Craftwork card dotty card blank and adding a PTI sentiment.

Then I decided to have another play - this time taking some of the images and superimposing them with a little bunting added on. I then printed it and used a scalloped pre made card blank.

Monday, 25 January 2016

January 16 Rudolph Day

Here we are at the first Rudolph Day of 2016 and so of course it's time for the new challenge over at Scrappy Mo's blog and her wonderful new design team.

For my card I've recycled two Christmas cards! The two robins came from one card (some more mileage in that as it had nine photos on it) cut with a pin dot die from Tattered Lace and the centre part was another card that I simply cut down with a TL die, cutting the sentiment with another TL die from the waste.

As I recycled I think I am allowed in the Snippets Playground with this too.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Creative Expressions Saturday - Diagonal Teal



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Morning everyone. Here I am with my latest Design Team creation for Creative Expressions.

I used Sue Wilson Diagonals-labyrinth die with the smaller die from the refined rectangular frame set for the accents cut from CE Teal foundation cardstock. The sentiment is from the CE Elegant Sentiments Clear Stamp set and is embossed using CE ivory embossing powder and cut out with Sue Wilson pierced tag dies.

I used some CE Aqua twinkles behind the main die and on the edges of the accents. I could have used texture paste, but felt this gave a lighter look, with just a hint of the sparkle. I squeezed some onto the card and then spread it with a palette knife.

You can see the sparkle a little better on this close up.


For the final finishing touch I used two CE vintage silver button.
Thanks for looking.
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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Wild flowers @ CD Sunday


I'm getting ahead of the game here with a Mother's Day card - but once I put all the elements together I realised it would be perfect for my MIL this year.

I've used The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady cdrom by Crafters Companion. I have a bit of a love hate relationship with this cdrom, as I always love all the artwork, but when it comes to making a card none of it is really what I want to use. 

I put the elements into MCS software and printed the main backing paper out and the bottom ribbon separately. The bow originally had a bird on the ribbon and I substituted the same daisy image and also imposed the wording on the main image. The ribbon looks very realistic - but it's printed!

Finished with tiny Tattered Lace butterflies (can you spot them?) a spellbinders hedgehog and sentiment die. The stamps are from a Paula Pascale set.

Thanks for looking, I'm entering this card into the CD Sunday challenge which is for Wild flowers. I'm also popping over to the snippets playground with it as the dies were cutting using snippets.

Monday, 18 January 2016

In the Country at Ooh La La Challenge blog

It's Janice's turn to choose our theme at Ooh La La Creations Challenge Blog this fortnight and it's "In the Country".

For my DT card I used the Carnival of Colour cd rom and the image Cottage in Sussex. Isn't this just a beautiful chocolate box image? I loved the co-ordinating paper on the cdrom that used part of the image and repeated it, so that is what I chose to use for my backing paper.

Mounted onto black card with some Tattered Lace birds, Spellbinders frames branching out and a spellbinders die cut sentiment. I rubbed a little gilding wax over the frame to highlight the embossing.
This is my second post today - please scroll down for my Penny Black & More DT card.

mid month reminder for our One for the Girls challenge at Penny Black & More


I'm here to give you a little reminder of our challenge over on Penny Black & More which this month is One for the Girls. There have been some fantastic entries so far, but still time to enter and you can enter up to three times too. As usual there are fabulous prizes on offer.

For my DT card I used PB 40-217 Venetian Summer and 30-297 Sprinkles and Sparkles for the sentiment which I stamped and embossed onto vellum so that you can see as much of the lovely PB paper pad sheet from Beau Jardin.

I stamped my image and then used masking fluid to cover her up while I inked over to create the background. I then rubbed off the fluid and paper pieced her dress and hat. I then used a fleximarker to outline her and a promarker to colour her bag. Here is a close up of the stamped image.

Thanks for looking. I look forward to seeing you at the challenge blog.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Creative Expressions Saturday - Vellum rosebuds





For my Creative Expressions DT card today I have used John Lockwood's Rosebud elements stamp set.
Here's a little step by step tutorial to show how I created it.

Step 1. Dust the cardstock with talc to ensure you achieve a good emboss by reducing the static on the card. Use a brush to clear the card of the talc. 

 Step 2. Take a piece of CE vellum and stamp the large frame from John Lockwood rosebud elements stamp set, using a versamark ink pad. Then use CE silver detail embossing powder and heat with a heat gun.


Step 3. Then stamp the sentiment and emboss in the same way as above. It is easier to do the sentiment after the frame has been embossed as otherwise you may disturb the powder on the frame image. 

Step 4. Take the colour cloud and using the smoothie transfer a little of the ink onto your messy mat. Using a paint brush - paint the back of the embossed frame image using this ink. You could add a little water to the ink for an even lighter colour.
This gives a subtle effect – if you want it to be more vivid paint onto the front of the embossed frame image.
Step 5. To add depth to the embossed sentiment. Use the smoothie to add a little colour in the centre of the frame
Step 6. Cut the mounts for your vellum in your chosen colours. i.e. 13.5x 13.5 cm for the base layer, 11x11cm for the mat layer 10.5x10.5 to mount the vellum. Cut two 10.5 x10.5 to make a frame by cutting away the inside of the square. You will mount the frames one on top of the other to add dimension to your card.

Step 7. Using the refined rectangle frame die cut four of the long side of the die. Then cut four corners. 

Step 8. Assemble the layers of the card and then put the parts of the die cut under the mat. The long ones on each side and then the corners.



Your finished card

Shopping List to make this card:-
John Lockwood Rosebud  Elements stamp set
CE vellum
CE foundation card stock
Versamark ink pad
Cosmic Shimmer Colour cloud  blending inks and smoothies
CE silver detail embossing powder
Sue Wilson Refined rectangle frame dies
Small paint brush

Talc and brush
Please click HERE to see what the other members of the Creative Expressions Design Team have been creating!   

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Graphic 45 snippets and a box covered

I've been cutting into my Graphic 45 pads at last to cover some projects which you can see here. They were all new items that I covered. The latest to get the treatment is an Ikea storage box that was previously covered with K&Co papers - yes a long time ago!
This is it from all angles......





So pleased to be able to use these papers and be able to see them whenever I use this set of drawers. Although I rubbed all the old paper off, I couldn't see the point of doing the draw fronts, I just turned them around lol! 
So - my snippets card is all the pieces I had left over from doing the box. I just scooped them up and using the modge podge put them all together and then added a few stickers from the Graphic 45 set and a little embelishment.
As it's snippets I'm off to the snippets playground now to see who is on the swings in this awful weather and show them my makes.

Monday, 11 January 2016

LIM week 258 - one layer flourish


I saw a technique a while ago of using a die to stamp with. You simply cut the die using some thin foam, and then ink it up.
 This is the die I used to fit with the Less is More Challenge this week of Flourish and one layer card.
As it is one layer week, I simply stamped onto my card and then added a little stickles for some sparkle. The sentiment is from a SU set.

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Creative Expressions Saturday - Counterpane glitter


Good morning everyone. Here is my second DT creation for Creative Expressions. The stencil I have used is called Counterpane. It reminds me of when I said to someone at work that I found it so funny in one of Bill Bryson's books that he talked about not knowing what a counterpane was when he first came to England. To which she replied "I don't know what one is either". Quick straw poll and no one under 50 knew what one was - do you?

Anyway, back to the card. This is the inside for which I used Phill Martin's insert paper pad to complement the paper from his pad that I used on the front of the card.
I used CE flake and glitter glue and spread it through the counterpane stencil. Then I took the stencil away and rubbed cosmic shimmer polished silk glitter over the paper and brushed away the excess.
I then created a sentiment frame using Sue Wilson refined rectangular frame die. I also put a border around using the part of the labyrinth die set. The finishing touch are some pearls cut from CE mini pearl swirls.

Products used:-
Phill Martin Graceful Butterflies and dragonflies paper pad and coordinating insert pad
That special touch "counterpane" stencil 
Cosmic shimmer polished silk glitter in lilac
CE mini pearl swirls 
Sue Wilson Frames and tags refined rectangular frame and diagonals -labyrinth.


Please click HERE to see what the other members of the Creative Expressions Design Team have been creating!   

Thursday, 7 January 2016

It's curtains for snippets!


Don't panic it's not the end for snippets! I just made curtains from them lol!
I got this woodware set of stamps preloved and decided to try them out with snippets and some premade Craftwork card blanks. The view from the window is created using a preprinted pad from Crafty Individuals which I had left over from another project.
I made the pink one first, then thought maybe it was too fussy? So left the bricks off the next one and coloured the frame. Snippets are from PTI and the peach shades are the very last pieces of those papers now - sob.
Just before I skip to the snippets playground to show everyone my makes, here is my ribbon storage now complete with ribbon. You can see here when I covered this the other week along with some other projects. It took me about two hours to do this! Still some ribbon left over, but this is the majority of it, and who knew I had so much brown ribbon! You really do realise how amazing this storage idea is when you come to use it. Before I had tidied my boxes but as you reach in for a ribbon it all just ends up in a mess again. This way I can see what I have and hopefully use.....



Wednesday, 6 January 2016

LIM week 257 - neutrals

Yet again when I saw the Less is More challenge was neutrals I had no idea what to do!

I was browsing the serif sale yesterday and thought I ought to open up craftartist to check I was duplicating a purchase - which I was about to do it turns out! When I spied my Louise Tiler Love Florals collection and this dress on the hanger. It was perfect in the colourway and I just added the corsage which I recoloured and rose on the hanger, then finished with a little shadow effect. I then used three little sequins which I recoloured and a sentiment.

This was originally going to be a one layer card, but my printer got the better of me. So I reprinted and cut out using the Tattered Lace pierced square die and mounted onto the cardstock. I then took the original print and cut that out using a smaller square and mounted on top.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Fav five cards of 2016






Just in time to join in with Debby and share my fav five cards of 2016. I must have had a good year card wise, but it was so difficult this year to narrow it down to five.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Girlie at Ooh La La Creations Challenge Blog

It's time for our New Year of challenges to begin at Ooh La La Creations. The DT had a little break for December but now we are all back and rearing to go with this lovely challenge from Debs who has chosen "Girlie" which is right up my street!

I've used the cdrom All Dressed Up for my image and papers, which I then matted onto some plain burgundy card and then added some gem swirls, a little tiny rosebud flower and some glitter to the detailing on the dress.
We do hope you can join us for the next fortnight - look forward to seeing what girlie creations you come up with.


Sunday, 3 January 2016

One for the girls at Penny Black & More monthly challenge


Our first challenge of 2016 at Penny Black & More and it is "One for the Girls" - I loved this challenge!

For my card I took a sheet from the Penny Black paper pad and using a Memory box stitched circles die cut twice to form the apertures to showcase my stamps.

I then used stamps from the Hello Gorgeous and Summer Fun sets in each circle and for the sentiment. I then added a little colour around each image and on the images. Finally I added a co-ordinating stickeroo.

I do hope you can join in our challenge this month, don't forget to check the challenge blog to see all the lovely inspiration from my teamies, and of course all the fabulous prizes.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Creative Expressions Saturday - Zen Betty

My first post for the Creative Expressions DT. Every Saturday I will be posting a Creative Expressions creation so please check back to see them.

For this card I used Zen Betty from the Betty Boots stamp range. I first created a background for her using Colour Cloud inks in Basil leaf and ocean blue. I then stamped the image and coloured her with the same inks plus decadent grape and pretty in pink. I then added touches to the image with cosmic shimmer aqua twinkles.
I created an embossed mat using the Fine finials A4 embossing folder. The final touch some CE ribbon.

I designed this card to illustrate that even if you feel that you can't colour in - you can use the colour cloud inks to colour an image.

Please click HERE to see what the other members of the Creative Expressions Design Team have been creating!   

Friday, 1 January 2016

Some finished projects

 I've really gone for getting some projects finished this last week. The first two are my storage items from Ali Reeve. This first one is for all my large dies and I was brave and cut into a Graphic 45 pad.

 Then I tackled the ribbon storage. Just need to put the ribbons in now - sooner said than done! Another G45 pad hacked into!



 This is a Cross stitch piece that I bought when I stayed with my friend in the USA in 2005 - finally finished earlier this year and now this week framed it. The stitching extends to the green area and the final pink surround was a mount that came with the kit.
 I got this from the lovely Monica at her retreat in October 2014 - began knitting it up in August and finished this week.
Finally a perpetual calendar that I bought a few years ago - thanks to the lovely decopatch paper I found at Creative Expressions it gave me the impetus to finally get on and decorate it with some more G45 too.



Thanks for looking. Hope to see you again this year and my first post for the Creative Expressions DT is tomorrow.