Monday, 24 January 2022

Birthday Fishes

Good Morning everyone.

Today is a card i made for my brothers birthday using Funky Fossil stamps, ive had them a wee while but its their first outing. I decided to make a port hole looking out to all the colourful fish.

7x7" card.  I made my base from kraft card and covered the front with this fab weather wood effect paper and inked the edges with black soot & aged mahogany distress inks.  Using my XL circle dies i cut a circular frame from paper that i backed with cardstock to make it sturdy and inked up the edges to give it a more aged look.  I added acetate to the back and 3d foam tape.  I die cut some screw tops from kraft card and inked with distress inks to age them and added them to the frame.

I stamped and coloured all the fish with inktense pencils and cut out. I found an offcut of seaweed paper which i cut into a circle and glued to the middle of the card front, i then arranged my fish and added with glue gel.  I then added the frame over the top. Stamped greeting onto kraft card to finish.

Just a close up of the fish, of course i had to add glossy accents to their eyes

As i needed my card to be 7x7" to fit my porthole, i fold A4 in half and cut to 7" wide and then added another 7" square of card to the front to make it upto the size i needed.  Of course as always i added detail to the back of my card using an off cut of the paper and left over fish.

Items Used:
Funky Fossil stamps - weird fish
Kraft card
Papermania papers
Seaweed paper - the works
Derwent Inktense pencils

Thank you all for stopping by.  I hope you all have a good week.  Hugs Emmax

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Thursday, 20 January 2022


Good Morning everyone.

More thank you cards today.  I was naughty in the black friday sales and a few pink ink stamps fell into my basket.  These thistlehogs stamps flew into my basket as you how i love my hedgehogs.  Totally flat cards which is rare for me.

5x7" cardbase.  I stamped the images onto white card and die cut into stitched rectangles.   I then simply watercoloured them with distress inks and added a yellow wash around them and stencilled diamonds - that was trying out my new stencil!  Stamped sentiment and a touch of glitter glue on the wings to finish.  Matted onto turquoise blue card and then base.

Version 2.  Id love to see a few of these in my garden flittering among the flowers

I also bought this fungi stamp.  Made the same way and with the same colours, i just added the sentiment to the side as couldn't fit it on the topper nicely.

Items Used:
Pink Ink Stamps - thistlehogs & shitake happens
Stampin up sentiment curly cute
Double stitched rectangle dies
Aall&create stencil - diamonds
Distress inks - Squeezed Lemonade, cracked pistachio, evergreen, ripe persimmon, shaded lilac
Ranger diamond stickles

Thank you all for stopping by once again..  I hope you all enjoy the rest of the week and have a good weekend.  

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Monday, 17 January 2022

Thank yous

Good Morning everyone

For christmas i was given 3 A7 aall&create stamps which i decided to use for some thank you cards, the first one was for the lovely person who gave me the stamps and i decided to use all 3 on one card.  I used ombre ink pads which are great for adding instant interest.

On small off cuts of white linen card i stamped the 3 stamps with ombre ink pad, die cut with stitched rectangle dies, mounted onto gold mirror card and added to a white base card with foam tape.  Sentiment die cut from white and turquoise card to finish.

Small cards approx 3x4.5" - ideal for using up small off cuts of white card from making card bases.  Here i added a snippet of green pixie powdered cardstock that i had lying on the desk.  Stamped sentiment to finish.

Here i stamped with black stazon ink onto previously alcohol inked acetate, stamp on the opposite side to the alcohol ink and then on the side of the alcohol ink i used a clear alcohol blending marker pen and removed the colour from around the flowers.  Added a white card frame and added to the base with foam tape.  Sentiment die cut from gold mirror card to finish

I did this one for my uncle as i thought it had more of a masculine feel, again stamped onto a previously alcohol inked acetate panel.

Items Used:
Aall&create stamps #556 'leaves'  #557'open leaves' #602 'rippled blossom' 
Stampin up curly cut sentiment stamps
Cheerynlynn thank you die
MFT pierced rectangle dies
Kaliedacolor ombre inkpads - 'desert heat' 'caribbean sea'
Tim Holtz alcohol inks

Thank you all for stopping by once again.  Ive been out with a mega migraine so will get around to your blogs soon.  Keep warm, stay safe.  Hugs Emmaxxx


Thursday, 13 January 2022

Mini Miura Fold card

Good Morning everyone

Today is another new fold for me, its called a Mini Miura , i followed a step by step here at Lavendar thoughts blog.  I made 2 but can't have scored/folded the 2nd one perfectly as that one wouldn't stand up independently which this first one could.  So i think this will be a one of card fold for me. 

Showing the front of the card, i made a wrap to keep it closed with a strip of vellum that matches the paper.  Die cut butterfly and gems

I cut panels of papers to mat onto each panel of the front and back, using a less patterned paper for the back so easier to write on.  More die cut butterflies and die cut sentiment.  I added butterflies to the pop up flaps so when its opened it looks like they are flying up

You can see the butterflies a bit better here

Items Used:
Kanban paper pad & vellum 'apricot dreams'
Spellbinders butterfly dies 'papillion'
Sentiment die
Stitched oval die
White cardstock

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Monday, 10 January 2022

Herd of Rabbits

Good Morning everyone

Now thats a question, on going to type up this post I was trying to think what the collective term for rabbits is and found i didn't know.....Mr google and lots of reading and im not much the wiser...herd, colony, warren, flock & nest were all named...So i asked the family, being farmers one would think they would know as they have alot of wild rabbits....after alot of discussion around the Christmas table (i didn't mention google results) they weren't sure but decided it must be warren......   Although I guess as a male rabbit is a buck and female a doe then herd is more likely?  

Anyway i was given this fab tonic rabbit die set for my birthday so decided to use it to make a birthday card for my Niece and also a few more bunnies for the box.  Lizzy was 8 just before Christmas.   

This shows the front and back of the card as i decorated both sides as it only makes a small card...size approx 3x5.5"...  I dug out all the paper scraps for these.  I started with chocolate pearlised cardstock for the base of the rabbit, used  a ivory card for the body layer and decorated using the dies in the set.  Computer printed sentiments onto a very pale pink cardstock and die cut again using a label die that comes in the set.  I added glitter to the flower centre for a little bit of bling.

This shows how they easily stand up.  I die cut the body mat layer from pale cardstock to line inside to write on

A hug version, this shows 2 cards, i did the dress on the front and the male outfit on the back.  For these ones i used a ginger pearl double sided cardstock for the base card.

I also did 2 baby versions, one for a girl and one for a boy

and a get well and birthday version.  The get well sentiment die comes with the rabbits so fits perfectly. The birthday is an old justrite sentiment stamp

Items Used:
Tonic studio dies 'Bernice & Bradley Bunny' 3638e
Various paper scraps
Ginger & Chocolate pearl cardstock
Cream & Ivory cardstock
Justrite sentiment stamp
Ranger stickles glitter glue

I hope you all have a good week.  Ive not yet found my mojo after its Christmas break so still tidying up the craft stash and ive still plenty of projects to share with you😃  Stay safe. Hugs Emmaxxx

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Thursday, 6 January 2022

Lever fold card

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Today im sharing a lever fold card i made for my mum for her best friends birthday.  First time ive made one and as always i learnt from this first one by the mistakes.  I was given these beautiful papers by a friend, its a polish company called AltairArt, a new company to me but the quality is outstanding so i let them do the work here...

6.5x6.5" card. Using instruction i found on pinterest i made up my lever card from A3 cream cardstock, i went with cream as felt it was softer with the papers i wanted to use.  As im dangerous with a craft knife i used a square die to cut the mechanism aperture, marking where i wanted it with pencil as you only need to cut half way...... I then cut and adhered different papers to the sections and glued the 2 parts together.  
I die cut another square the same size as the aperture and glued into place, a smaller one from paper.  I die cut, inked and shaped a flower, added it to the flower with a die cut floral circle.  Gem to finish

Showing it open

The inside

a close up of the flower.

Items Used:
paper pad by AltairArt 'mysterious garden'
Square dies
floral circle die
Flower dies
A3 CraftUk ltd cream cardstock
Distress inks citron, wilderness, picked raspberry, seedless preserves

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I then made a version for my niece Lizzy's 8th birthday, i found this fun ice cream themed paper in my stash and some ice cream dies too so thought it would be the ideal theme as Lizzy does love her food😁

6x5.5" card.  I made up the card using cream pearlised cardstock and a circle die for the lever action & aperture.  I covered the whole front of the card with the ice cream paper after cutting a circle out of the middle, i then used that circle to line up on the middle topper section.  I die cut and layered the ice creams using kraft, gold & pale blue card.  Computer printed sentiments die cut into circles, glued into place.

Showing it opened up, i used a different ice cream paper on the inside panels

To finish i added lots of glitter glues to the ice cream sprinkles and around the toppers

Items Used:
Old Papers from B&M
Spellbinders Circle dies
Itricut ice cream dies
Cream pearl cardstock
Kraft, blue & gold mirror cardstock
Ranger stickles glitter glues

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


Monday, 3 January 2022

Sophie is 10

Good Morning everyone.

Wishing you all a Happy & Healthy 2022

I hope you all had a lovely festive period.  The only new year resolution i always make is a crafty one that im usually good at sticking with, i think this year i am going to continue my stash busting, i made a good dent last year in the thousands of sheets of coloured cardstock that i collected before i started making my own backgrounds so i will continue with that.

My niece Sophie was 10 just before Christmas, these are the 2 cards i made her, as always for family birthdays i make the one my parents give as well so they need to be totally different.

Sophie was fascinated with the box card i made for Alice's Birthday in August that i thought i would make a version for Sophie.  Those 10 years have flown by for sure.  I dug out my katzelkraft flamingo stamp

I made up the box card from this lovely blue cardstock and used sea themed papers from a paper pad from the works last year.  I stamped the flamingo 10 times as it was Sophie's 10th birthday, watercoloured with distress inks and cut them out.  So that i got a balanced placement of them in the box i used repositionable tape to just hold them in place and once happy i then glued permanently into place.

I added touches of stickles glitter glue to add some sparkle and a computer printed sentiment die cut into an oval.  There is space on the back of the box for writing the greeting. 

Just showing it side on

and a close up of the flamingos 

Items used:
Katzelkraft flamingo stamp
The works 12x12 paper pad 'feeling fresh'
Blue cardstock
Distress inks - picked raspberry, ripe persimmon, lemonade, pistachio
Ranger stickles glitter glue

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card 2 i made for Sophie is a handbag card as she's 10 going on 21!  She loves her fashion.  I dug out a very old (10+yrs) kanban paper pad in pink and grey and teamed it with black card.  I founded a silver wired ribbon that was ideal for the handle and a large gem button that i cut off a new cardigan was ideal for the handbag closure. 

I used my grand spellbinders labels 1 to cut a base card from black cardstock.  I also cut a flap using curved edge dies and pockets using smaller labels 1.  I  die cut smaller panels from various papers from the paper pad.  To the back of the bag flap i glued in silver wired ribbon to act as the handle.   I added bling buttons backed with large & 2 tiny flowers cut from one of the papers.  Sentiment computer printed onto a pink pearl card that i die cut into tags with spellbinders labels 4, the 2nd tag hiding underneath says 10 today.

Showing it side on stood up, the wired ribbon stands up nicely

Items Used:
Spellbinders Labels 1 & grand labels1, labels 4, curved border dies
Kanban paper pad
Black & Pink pearl cardstock
Wired ribbon
Bling button and gems

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