Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Cardz4Guyz - #197 Metallic Madness

Good Morning all, one thing ive really noticed with my design team posts is how fast the weeks fly by! 

Time for a new challenge over at cardz4guyz   the theme this time is


So i dug out some mirri card and had a play, ive used 3 colours of mirror card in gold, copper & steel grey, so difficult to take decent photos of it. 

5x7" white linen cardbase.  I have die cut lots of leaves from the mirror cards, layered together on a panel of white linen card, overhanging the edge of the panel (cut off excess), which i then matted onto black card and layered onto the white card front.  

I die cut the happy birthday circle from white card, matted onto a larger black circle and added to the cardfront on foam tape.  I then added a spare gold leaf to the middle of the sentiment. 

This one shows the colour of the mirror card better.  There is 3 leaf outline dies so all 3 are slightly different sizes and shapes.

Items used:
MFT birthday circle die
MFT layered leaf dies
Gold, Copper & Steel grey mirri card
Black & White card

So if you fancy joining in and having fun with metallics or just fancy seeing what everyone comes up with please do hop over to cardz4guyz

Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your week. Emma

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Boys 18th Birthday

Good Morning everyone.  Thank you for all your comments on my wirework attempts, i do appreciate them all and had fun.  

Today im sharing an 18th birthday card i made for my godson's birthday a couple of weeks ago.  Not sure where the 18 years have gone since his mum and I brought him home from hospital!

6x6" white basecard. I then added a panel of rainbow coloured paper and stamped the greeting in the bottom right corner.  
I then cut a square of white card slightly small again, die cut the scalloped border, then randomly die cut lots of 18's out using number dies, this panel i mounted using foam tape, i then glued the little circles back in the number 8
I cut a panel of white card and stamped his name in black, mounted onto a strip of the pattern paper and added on top with more foam tape. I then used a blue fine liner pen and doodled on a border. 

I must have taken the photo on a slight angle as both sides of the name band were equal - looks a bit one sided in the photo! 

Items Used:
MFT dienamics scalloped edge die
Memory Box Parker number dies
Kasiercraft grunge alphabet stamps
Stampin up - into the wild set (sentiment)
Poundland paper pad - Happy watercolour

This seems a good time to share a card i made for Nathan 3 years ago, its one of my most pinned cards on pinterest.  One of the first cards i made when i first bought the fishtail banner dies - still love those dies, so useful. 

This design is easy to replicate and to personalise to any name.  I first cut the fishtails and using alpha dies cut the name, i then added to a white base card, stamped the greeting, few enamel drops to finish. 

Other funky personal Childrens cards made by me. all making use of an alphabet die set.

Funky, modern Teenage Boy male birthday card, Papermania neon card, circle dies and memory box alpha bet die.
This one makes good use of those circle dies and neon card

Funky teenage birthday card, personalised, alphabet dies, black card, butterflies.
square dies in action and lots of butterflies

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you are all having a good weekend. Emma

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Wirework fun

Good Morning all, i hope the week is going well.

Today i am sharing my first attempts in wirework using craft wire.  This is a very soft aluminum wire with a coloured coating.  Ive often admired wirework and then my mum bought me some wire so decided to just go for it.  No tools other than basic pliers and wire cutters.  Just made it up as i went along - so without patterns.  Taking photos of wire is almost as bad as mirror card - so difficult to get true colour. 

This dragonfly is my 3rd attempt, 1 & 2 are below.

Red & gold craft wire.  Approx 8x8" in size.  I just winged it here, and i know technically dragonflies have 2 sets of wings but i didn't want to hide all the candy twist 'body' as rather liked that.  Its just a case of wrapping the wires, i added a lovely big bead for the head and then a few iridescent beads on the wings to catch the light.  I can't say its a quick craft and takes many metres of wire, but i could sit in the evenings and 'play' 

This photo shows the true colour better and the beads, one of the wings

Showing the body detail and that lovely bead for the head.  I worked in a loop on the back so that it can be hung up, maybe at a window.  Catching the light.

The candy twist tail.  He has already flown to a new home. 

Now onto my first attempt, a stylised rose

Red & Copper wire for the rose and green for the stem, head approx 3x3" in size

For my first attempt i was chuffed with the rose head, not so on the leaves but below shows how i improved on that for my 2nd attempt

my 2nd attempt, this time blue and silver wire for the flower, i also added a lovely blue glass bead to the centre of the flower.  Much happier with the leaves on this 2nd one.  I think like most techniques we learn and hopefully improve for next time.

Close up shows the bead too, approx 4x4" rose head

I really enjoyed this so definitely think i will be doing some more, hopefully improving each time and just learning how the wire works and handles.  I used mostly 2mm & 1mm here, the 1mm is definitely more malleable.  And the good thing about this craft is i don't need lots more stash - well other than a few beads - just as well as think that would drive the family potty going by the size of my papercraft stash😀

Thank you for stopping by and all your visits and comments last week.  Enjoy your weekend.  Hugs Emmax

Monday, 11 June 2018

Make My Monday #73 - Emboss resist

Good Morning, i hope you all had a good weekend, we had some lovely weather. 

Its time for a new challenge over at Make My Monday  The theme this fortnight is


My first thought was to dig out my flower stamps but on having a look in my stamp stash found my set of sea themed stamps by chocolate baroque, so went with a sea/water background. 

I first stamped the shells and heat embossed with clear embossing powder, i then die cut into a hexagon and coloured with distress inks in blues and greens.  I added some water drops,dabbed with tissue to remove some of the ink to add 'bubbles'  

I then added to a white card base cut into a hexagon.  I then die cut a hexagon frame, stamped the greeting and added with foam tape.  I die cut 3 seahorses & 'seaweed' from scraps of card coloured with brusho's & pixie powders.

I stamped the anchor and heat embossed with a black glitter embossing powder and cut out.  I stamped the starfish 3 times onto orange card and cut out.  I then arranged them all.

Close up, i added glossy accents to the bubbles on the background, enamel drops & touches of glitter glue to finish. 

The background before i added everything else, you can clearly see the water drops here. 

Items Used:
Chocolate Baroque stamps - seashell collage
Craft stamper magazine stamp - starfish
Cheerylynn seahorse dies
Spellbinders foliage die (seaweed)
Stitched hexagon dies
Tim Holtz distress inks - twisted citron, cracked pistachio,  peacock feathers, salty ocean

We look forward to seeing what you come up with at Make my Monday

I hope you all have a good week. Emma

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Thursday, 7 June 2018

Golden Wedding Anniversary

Good Morning everyone,  I hope you are having a good week.  

Today im sharing a Golden Wedding Anniversary card.  

6x5.5 gold white pearl base card.  I then cut a panel of champagne gold glitter card and smaller panel of gold white pearl card and embossed with that old favourite embossing folder called 'tied together'  Computer printed sentiment die cut into an oval and layered onto a bigger glitter card oval.  I die cut 2 champagne glasses and foliage from the glitter card and added a yellow flower.  Gold gems to finish. 

Close up trying to show the sparkle of the glitter card.  Its from jellybean and totally smooth so lovely for die cutting.   This is a fairly simple design that you could easily adapt for any celebration. 

Items Used:
Creation expressions tied together embossing folder
Champagne glitter card - jellybean
Glass die - magazine freebie
Gold sheen white pearl cardstock - crafters companion

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you are having a good week.  Emmax

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Cardz 4 Guyz - Father's Day

Good Morning all, i hope you all enjoyed some weekend sunshine.  I can't believe how fast the fortnights go, its time for a new challenge over at cardz4guyz with the theme this time being:


So i thought it was the ideal theme for my dad using my new Katzelkraft farm animal stamps.  These really are quirky. 

First I stamped the cow, sheep, pig, duck & cockeral and coloured them in with inktense pencils and cut them out.  I then cut a panel of white card, stamped the cow, sheep & pig, it doesn't matter that they overlapped as i only needed the legs as i laid the cut out versions on top.  I inked a simple sky and grass background.  

Using my new stitched hexagon dies i die cut a white frame and stamped my greeting on the bottom.  I then mounted this over my topper with foam tape, layered onto black cardstock and then white base card cut to the hexagon shape.  I then added my animals with glue gel, adding a bit of shape first.  I added glossy accents to their eyes.  Finished size approx 7x7"

Close up on the animals, the colours i went with are loosely based on the colour of animals he owns - Normandy cow, tamworth pig, shetland duck, suffolk sheep.  The cockeral is cheekily photo bombing the scene as he is cheeky like that. 

and the insert, that cheeky cockeral is about again😀

Items used:
Katzelkraft stamps - KTZ208 'La Ferme des Animaux'
Derwent inktense pencils
Stitched hexagon die set
Glossy accents

Please do hop over to cardz4guyz to join in and see what everyone comes up with for Father's day - it will soon be upon us. 

I hope you all have a good week and thank you for stopping by and waving hello to all of you that are following by email👋.  Emma

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Sunshine & Trees

Good Morning all, i hope you are having a good week, being half term its busy for me with visitors.

Today im sharing 2 cards i made using layered leaf dies that i also thought looked like trees once made up.

6x6 cardblank.  I first cut my 'trees' from orange/red brusho cardstock and the top layer from gold mirror card and glued together.  I cut white card slightly smaller than the cut front and die cut the circle burst from it to act as the sun and lightly inked the edges in blue.  I mounted this with 3d foam over a sheet of yellow paper.  From green patterned paper i die cut 2 curved border panels to act as grass/hills.  Stamped greeting. 

Little birds die cut from the same card as my trees base layers. 

A close up showing how i left the edges of the 'trees' free and only glued the centres,  i slightly bent them up to add dimension.

I then made a version for my sister in laws birthday in her colours of blues and greens.  This time i cut them from card coloured with distress oxide inks and the top layer with silver mirror card. 

Close up, the colours are brighter than the photo shows up. 

Items used:
Memory box lrg circle burst
Memory box bird dies
MFT Dienamics Layers Leaf die set
MFT scalloped edge dies
Clearly Besotted sentiment stamps
Dovecraft papers 'back to basics IV'
Oxide inks - cracked pistachio, twisted lime, peacock feathers
distress ink - tumbled glass
Brusho's vermillion, lemon, 
Cosmic shimmer red pixie powder

Thank you for stopping by and all your wonderful comments.  Enjoy the rest of the week. Emma

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