Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Snowflake Stream...

Happy Wednesday,

Today's card is again made up with pieces I had left in my scrap box.  I always keep all the pieces I cut and make especially during demos its perfect when I want to play and challenge myself.

I found this background and the snowflake in my box obviously from other projects that hadn't worked or left from a demo.  the background is a piece of card I had stamped with the large media plate using the liquid pigment inks in blues and silver.  This gives an easy and more importantly mess free background that shines.  I embossed this with my star stream embossing folder then ran silver pigment ink pad over the top to bring out the embossed stars.

The snowflake was cut form more of the card and I added swirls and a smaller snowflake cut in the new Crafts Too Yale blue lustre print card.  I added a couple of pearls and a strip of a rafia ribbon in the same lighter blue.  The snowflake in the lustre print card was lightly sanded to age it and show a little white in the raised areas.

Finally layers of Cobalt, sh
silver shine and light blue make the finished card.


Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Demo Scraps...

Happy Tuesday,

I had a wonderful time at the mini show at the Holiday in Kent on Sunday meeting so many lovely people.  One of the demos I did was this piece I have used for the centre of this card.  I love getting the pieces I have made on demos home so that I can, with my full craft stash as I can't take everything with me, make these into finished cards and samples.

Today's card is made using my Oval jedi-late as well as just 2 colours of ink and 3 stamps! I stared by adding blue and purple pigment into the media plate.  I then brayered this to smooth the ink and used 2 of the leaves from my circle leaves set to stamp onto the plate to pick up the ink and then stamping this onto the card.  I continued removing the ink and adding it back on 2 corners of the oval.  This gives, as shown stamped images that have both colours.

Next I stamped the oval so that the areas I had removed the ink show as shadowed showing the white card below.  I added more of the blue ink using the mini blending tool ( Finally back in stock for next Tuesday's Hochanda shows) and stamped this to gradient the oval.

I then stamped the butterfly stamp in the blue around the oval.

Once I got the piece home I added some shaded roses at each end along with leaves cut with scraps of card I had cleaned my brayer on ( I run my brayer over plain card to clean it between uses which makes a brilliant shaded piece perfect for die cutting)

I added mats and layers of a matching purple and cobalt blue with a few white layers thrown in for good measure!


Monday, 16 October 2017

Blue Snowflakes...

Happy Monday,

A bright and wintery card for your delectation today!  I live Blue white and silver and thought it was time, after a lot of black, that I went a little more traditional today.

to start I embossed the Yale Blue lustre print card using my snowflake circle embossing folder.  I then sanded back the raised areas to show the white core under the print, for this card i lightly sanded the card so that a soft snowflake look was achieved.

Next I added the die curt form the Amy Design range cut in white over this.  Next came a sanded and embossed panel of the blue embossed with the winter trees embossing folder ( see yesterdays card(

I then added the Crafts Too snowflake cut in card that I had covered in silver kitchen foil.  I then added ranger gloss accents in white on the snowflake to add to the snowy feel.

A layer of mirror card embossed with my star stream embossing folder and a few layers of blue and white finish this 8x8" card.


Sunday, 15 October 2017

silver trees...

Happy Sunday,

Today I am demoing at the Oyster Stamps open day in kent, if you are around the area pop in and say hi!

Todays card is a silver version of a card I posted last month however having just got my hands on the Silver gilt metal sheets I really wanted to see how different it looked and the silver allowed me to add snow at the bottom which didn't work very well in the gold!

I added 2 sheets of the silver gilt to a piece of card with double sided adhesive sheets then embossed it using my Winter Trees embossing folder.  to make the silver show properly I smoothed over black versafine ink and polished the excess off using a soft cloth ( kitchen roll market the silver so I used an offset of cotton)

I then  simply added the 2 Amy design deer dies cut in black gloss card.  I then added glue across the bottom and used the Crafts Too snow over this to give a fluffy base to the card.

To finish I added a few layers of black white and silver to make a large yet flat card perfect for a winter birthday.


Saturday, 14 October 2017

Striped Poinsettia...

Happy Saturday,

Today I am running Workshops at JGD Crafts in Sutton in Ashfield, I'm really looking forward to seeing the ladies and Janet again!

Today's card was made from me experimenting with waste form the fabulous Izink texture pastes.  After making a pink zebra canvas using my large Zebra mask, I was left with a spatula full of pinky texture paste.  As the paste is suitable for card as well as fabric wood etc as it is flexible;e i wondered if it would spread onto card and then, once dry, be able to be die cut.  Thats exactly what I did and I found that once dry I had a flexible and pearlised piece of paper which also die cut, bonus!  I then used the piece to cut all the poinsettias on this card.

The great thing about these is that the texture paste is fully flexible meaning I was able to shape the flowers without them cracking, it helped me to understand why these work so well on fabric!

I embossed a piece of the Christmas red lustre print card from Crafts Too and sanded the raised are back to show the white core of the card.  I love this about the lustre print ( I have some fab new packs coming in November) as it can be used in so many different ways.

I added a stamped sentiment and a few layers to finish the card.  This one is great for posting as the flowers pop back even if squashed!


Friday, 13 October 2017

Glitter and shine...

Happy Friday,

Firstly I would like to say a big Thank You to everyone who wished me a happy holiday and birthday, it really does mean so much!  We had a fabulous Holiday really relaxing and I have come back with lots of new ideas and ranges for next year a few weeks of drawing ahead for me I think!

Today's card uses a few different tecahniques that I love using to give maximum effects with minimum effort.

I stared by cutting a circular aperture in a square of silver scraper foil.  I then embossed the piece using my Snowflake circle embossing folder.  I then sanded back the pattern using a sanding block which revels the silver behind the black ink ( sorry I seem to have used this technique loads recently but it really is easy and effective)

For the centre panel I embossed the largest in the Crafts Too snowflake die set into a piece of silver mirror card ( I used a 300gsm construction mirror card which embosses without cracking)  I then added silver pearl drops and the snowflake for added texture.

The border of the card is really easy to make I simply added double sided tape around a layer of black card and added silver distress glitter over this.  because of the different sized particles in the distress glitter the black shows through adding another level of depth to what is a relatively flat card.

I added a few mats and layers of black and silver before adding to a 8x8" card blank and finished.


Thursday, 12 October 2017

Last Quick Post...

Happy Thursday,

Today is the last quick post as although I will have returned form Holiday by now I allowed a couple of extra days so I could have a chance to catch up!

Today's card is made using my star stream embossing folder mixed with my Winter Trees stamps ( just the snowflakes)


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

A Bit Groovy...

Happy Wednesday,

I am really lucky that when I demo at shows for the Art of Craft I get to work with some fabulous designers and demonstrators such as the Fabulous Maria Simms.  A few weeks ago I asked if I could 'borrow' a piece of parchment she had been creating as a demo, I saw this as a fabulous centre panel from which I could make a card.  The result is shown here.

I love mixing different themes and styles as I have made this piece into a shaker card with snow inside which is only visible in realliufe ( unless you look very carefully!


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Silver Stars...

Happy Tuesday,

Todays card is in the same theme as I have been using for the last few days cu and embossed pieces made using the Crafts Too scraper foil, this time in silver.

I love the way that when you emboss a die ( as I have here with the Woodland Scene die from Press cut) sanded back the pattern really shows especially on the frame.

The poinsettias also sand beautifully when they are embossed as well as all the veins show in silver on black.


Monday, 9 October 2017

Black and Gold...

Happy Monday,

still a quick post but one of my favourite regal colour combinations Black and Gold! I really feel this has an opulent look to it!

I covered a piece of card with the gold metallic gilding sheets and embossed it with my Winter Trees embossing folder.  I added the die cuts in black using a gold marker pen between the dies to add the gold level this is a really cheat way to add different layers to your cards without adding height or weight!

I cut the Craft Too snowflakes ( from my recent shows) in gold scraper foil and sanded back the black giving a gilt metal look to the snowflakes.


Sunday, 8 October 2017

Simple waste...

Happy Sunday,

Still on holiday so its another quick this time in terms of post and in terms of making the card.

To make this card I simply cut one of the Funky trees ( from the Crafts Too die set) in a waste piece I had added the patterned gilding metal sheets to.  I then simply added these in a row on a scrap of vintage gold card.  I then used a leftover piece embossed with the tree of Hearst embossing folder for the sentiment.

Great for using up scraps and for batch card making!


Saturday, 7 October 2017

Celebrate in Gold and Silver...

Happy Saturday,

A few more days of Holiday Quickies as we are still away and as today is my birthday ( I tried to keep this quiet but Facebook always reveals it!) then we should hopefully be celebrating today!

I thought Today I would share a very classic John card bit in more celebration colours lol!

This look was achieved by using Scraper foil from Crafts Too in both gold and silver.  I simply cut the dies and embossed the folders and sanded back the black covering revealing the gold!

This technique is one of my Workshop ideas and I really think works with the embossing folders and especially the dies adding another technique to our Crafting Arsenal!


Friday, 6 October 2017

Red Snowflakes...

Happy Friday,

A holiday quickie but a change of dies for today just using the star stream embossing folder and some inset snowflakes ( from the Crafts Too dies I had on my last Hochanda shows)

I just used the largest snowflake in the set cut once in white and once in red but inset into the circle I love the look.  They do feel like they are popping out from the card!


Thursday, 5 October 2017

More Traditional...

Happy Thursday,

Still on Holiday hopefully enjoying ourselves, there may be some Facebook updates but as Im writing this before we go I have no idea! lol

Today I have teamed the same dies again with a traditional theme of Red and green using a couple of shades of green to give more definition!

I just love the mix of red and green in this thin satin ribbon!