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Monday, 27 September 2021

Christmas cats

Good Morning Everyone

Today is another Christmas card.  A little Christmas window shaker card


A5 Cream card base, i cut a panel of cream card slightly smaller than the card front and die cut the window die from it - i then cut the die again from black glitter cardstock, i added acetate behind the cream frame and glued the black window die cut into place and stamped my greeting.  To the back of the acetate i added pink paint pen behind the curtains and yellow behind the house windows and white snow falling, i added foam tape around the edges. 

On a piece of white card i added aquatint inks to give a blue snowy sky feel and yellow lamp light, this is quite random how the inks dry but i was trying to keep more blue behind where the houses would be and yellow nearer to the lamp...  I added this panel to the middle of the cardfront.  I then added shaker elements and placed the window panel over the top.

I die cut another cat from left over piece of the black glitter card to finish.


Hopefully you can just make out the black glitter card, its very subtle



Items Used:
Christmas cat window die - hobbycraft (I think!)
Sentiment stamp
Ivory embossed cardstock
Black glitter cardstock (jellybean crafts)
Hunkydory acetate
Daler rowney Paint pens, white, yellow & pink
Aquatints - blues & yellows
Shaker bits - sequins, glitter

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Monday, 20 September 2021

Autumn is Calling

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Today is another Autumn card, other years ive not made many autumnal themed cards but this year it really seems to have inspired me, adding a touch of blue to the golds and reds reminds me of the blue skies we often see in Autumn here.  This is another one with oxide inks on soft gold pearl cardstock.  I love how the oxide inks give a mat finish against the pearlescent shimmer shining through.

I first made my hexagon card base using hexagon dies and soft gold pearl cardstock.  I then cut a smaller hexagon and stencilled over it with oxide inks- patina, campfire & amber, i then die cut a smaller hexagon out of the middle - on this piece i stamped the quote in black. I used the same oxide inks to stamp some little dots around the outside of the base card.   I added foam tape to the back of the frame and attached to the card, i then glued the smaller piece back in place but flat - so its inset, lining up all the stencilling.

I added oxide inks to the offcuts of gold pearl card and die cut lots of little leaves, after adding a little shape to the leaves I got arranging them.


Just  a close up - the quote was a magazine freebie years ago
'Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower' 

Items Used:
Lavinia Stencil 'pods'
Lavinia stamp 'mini dots'
Spellbinders dies 'little leaves'
Quote stamp - magazine freebie
Distress Oxide inks - salvaged patina, crackling campfire, fossilized Amber
Soft gold pearl cardstock


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Thursday, 16 September 2021

We three Kings

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So Ive finally made a start on this years Christmas cards.  Kicking it off with these simple ones using a lovely paper cuts die.  Still using up my pile of cardstock, these are using a lovely soft gold pearl card as the base.


6x6 " card.  After making my cardbase from the soft gold card i die cut the 3 kings die from the front and then added a little colour with oxide inks in peacock, pistachio & violet.  I then made inserts from colourful heavyweight Christmas paper which i glued inside, this then makes the card more study to compensate for most of the card front being missing.  I only added a little glue to near the spine on the front of it so that the front is free which hopefully you can see from the photo - just to add some interest to what is otherwise a completely flat card.  I added a strip of the paper i used for the insert to the bottom of the front to help tie it together. 

Soft gold pearl with a blue insert.  peacock, crackling campfire & violet oxide inks

and a purple insert version. Crackling campfire, peacock & pistachio oxide inks.  Sadly the photos don't show how love the gold pearl card is.  This die cut through the 300gsm cardstock perfectly first time - ideal for batch making those Christmas cards. 

Items Used:
Creative Expressions papercuts die 'We three kings edger'
Soft gold Pearl 300gsm cardstock
12x12 paper pads - the works
Distress Oxide inks 'Wilted Violet, Pistachio, Peacock feathers, crackling campfire
 

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Monday, 13 September 2021

40th Birthday

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This is the 2nd card i made for my brothers 40th birthday for me to give him.  Ive gone for a funny one using my new Katzelkraft bird stamps which i got for my birthday last month.


I first made a background with brushos and pixie powders and let dry.  Using my hexagon dies i made a white cardbase.  I then cut a frame from white card.  I then cut my background with a hexagon die and then used a tim holtz die to cut out little circles from the middle of my coloured panel, i added gold holographic card behind this - it kind of gives the effect of a disco ball when the light hits it for my dancing birds.  I added that to the base and then the frame on top with foam tape.

I stamped the birds and simply coloured in grey tones so they stand out with the bright background, just a hint of colour for the beak & feet, i then cut them out.  I computer printed the 40 & no way and die cut into speech bubbles & stamped the happy birthday and die cut into an oval.  I added the birds and sentiment to the base card with glue gel to finish.



A close up trying to show the light hitting the holographic, in life its really shiny and bright


Items Used:
Katzelkraft bird stamps 'SOLO168'  'SOLO167'
Sentiment stamp
Tim Holtz mixed media die set
Stitched hexagon dies
Sizzix oval dies
Speech bubble die
Brushos & pixie powders
Grey promarkers
CraftUK ltd white linen cardstock
B&M Gold holographic card

Thank you all for stopping by once again, i hope you all have a good week.  Hugs Emmax



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Thursday, 9 September 2021

Tower block card

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Today is a tower block card made for my brothers 40th birthday, i was wondering what to make when i was inspired by a friend over on craftworld after she shared her version of the tower block card by Sam Calcott 'made to surprise' you can find the utube here

This was going to be my trial run to work out where the score lines and cuts would be but then life got in the way and i ran out of time so i decorated this one for my brother.  Ive gone with a autumn nature theme with a few owls - apt for a farmer who loves nature. 

Following Sams tutorial i made the 6x6" size from yellow ochre 350gsm cardstock.  I cut all the panels from the same paper pad and inked the edges with brown ink and then attached them to the base. I then die cut lots of little leaves, inked the edges and attached them to the panels adding a little shape to them.   
I die cut the sentiment and numerals from dark brown cardstock, the number 40 i added to yellow die cut circles and attached.  
I found some cute little owl buttons in my stash which i thought would be ideal with the woodland theme, so after cutting off the shank i attached with glue gel.  
I made a box to fit as it folds flat which is ideal.  
Showing side 2

side 3

and side 4.

In the end i added a little tag on twine to the inside to write the message on, using the twine meant it was easy to lift out to read....that was a last minute change of which i didn't take a photo.

Items Used:
Carta Bella paper pad 'A perfect Autumn'
Ochre & Brown cardstock
Various leaf dies
Circle dies
Memory box numeral dies
Birthday die
Owl buttons

Thank you all for stopping by.  I hope you enjoy the rest of the week and weekend. Hugs Emmax


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Monday, 6 September 2021

Into the forest

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Today is another Autumnal card.  Stencilling with oxide inks onto kraft card and i love the effect.

A5 kraft card blank.  I then cut a piece of kraft card slightly smaller than the front and stencilled all over it with oxide inks - patina, campfire & amber and a lavinia stencil.  I then die cut an oval from the middle.  The outside frame i added to the base card with foam tape.  I stamped the sentiment, crow & rabbits onto the oval and then added back into the frame but without the foam tape.

 I had some leaves left from another project and die cut some more from kraft card inked with the same oxide inks, gave them some shape and arranged around the frame.   

On stamping the crow some black ink went where i didn't want it so i hide it behind some leaves😀 

Just a close up.  The oxide inks do show through the black silhouette stamping but i don't mind that effect, using my stamp press i over stamped with the black to get it nice and dark.

Items Used:
Inkylicious verse stamp 'peaceful forest'
Lavinia stamps 'wild hares' 'whimsical hares' 'crows'
Lavinia stencil 'pods'
Tim Holtz distress oxide inks: Salvaged patina, crackling campfire, fossilised amber
Spellbinders little leaf dies
XL oval dies
Kraft card

Thank you all for stopping by once again. Ive had fun in hedgehog land lately, last week my old cat found a poorly hedgehog that went to the vets and onto rehabilitation and then this week i came across this little baby in the garden looking for breakfast and the bowl was empty so i went for a top up....he happily had his snack, drink and toddled off back to bed😁 He is about the size of the food bowl which is just over 3" Ive seen it most days/nights since so he/she is doing ok and putting on weight nicely

and heres another 3 of them, I don't think the feeding station is big enough as they are queuing! 



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Thursday, 2 September 2021

Summer tulips

Good Morning everyone

A birthday card i made for a friends birthday this month, now i know tulips aren't in season in the summer but she is Dutch and loves her gardening so thought this tulip and wellie die would be ideal.


6x5" Green card base.  I die cut the tulipwellie die twice from white pearl card, i kept one complete and cut just the wellies out of the 2nd one, i coloured it all with alcohol markers, i love how the pearl shimmer still shines through. I die cut 2 circles, one from a blue paper and larger one from the green card.  
I cut a panel to fit from white pearl cardstock and embossed with this lovely tulip embossing folder and i added a little touch of colour with alcohol markers.  I cut a small strip of the blue paper and mounted onto a green stripe and added to the base and then added the circle on top.  I added my tulips with glue gel.  Stamped sentiment to finish.

Just a close up, i love how the alcohol markers on pearl card is softer than on normal white

Items Used:
Simon Says Rainboot planter die
Circle dies
Tulip embossing folder - magazine freebie 'simple cards & papercraft #213'
Clearly besotted sentiment stamp
White pearl & green cardstock
Blue paper snippets
Alcohol markers

Thank you all for stopping by once again and waving hello to my email followers.  I hope you all enjoy your week.  Hugs Emmaxxx



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