Monday, 1 July 2019

Magical Seahorse

Good Morning everyone, i hope you are keeping cool.

Today im sharing a second seahorse card i made for a friends birthday.  Again lots of inks, stamps and stencils in use. 

A5 white cardblank which i rounded the corners on. I cut a piece of white card smaller than my cardbase to work on.  I first added colour to the panel with oxide inks in tones of green, blue & violet.  I then built up with stencils and shell stamps in the same inks. I added glossy accents to some of the circle stenciling to act as bubbles.  I inked around the outside edge in distress inks sapphire & black soot.
 I then die cut 2 ovals into the middle, I added 2mm foam tape to the back of the main outside panel, 1mm tape to the largest oval frame and then i adhered the middle oval back into place flat. So its like steps going inwards, just to act as a frame and draw the eye into the beautiful seahorse. 
I stamped the seahorse onto card inked with yellow/orange oxide inks and cut around him, i gently added some shape to his body and glued him in place with glue gel. 
I then die cut the swirly waves and fish from scraps of previously inked card and arranged them around my seahorse.  
Chit chat stickers to finish.

A close up of the top half, you can see the oval die cuts better here.  

Close up on the bottom.  I used the swirls on the spine of the seahorse to stamp the seaweed along the bottom and added in some doodled seaweed with a black fineliner pen too.  The chit chat stickers read 'embrace & cherish magical world' - words close to my heart, take time to see the magic in nature everyday.  I doodle around them with a white gel pen. 

Items Used:
Lavinia Stamps - sebastian seahorse
Chocolate Baroque seashell collage stamps
Circles & mini dots stencils
Waves & fish dies
Distress Oxide inks, wilted violet, twisted citron, salty ocean, 
cracked pistachio, squeeshed lemonade, 
Purple wink of stella pen
Tim Holtz Chit chat stickers

Thank you for all stopping by once again.  I hope you all have a good week. Emma

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Thursday, 27 June 2019

Blue Dragonfly

Good Morning everyone, i hope you are having a good week and keeping cool. 

When i saw the Sue Wilson triple layer dragonfly die it flew straight into my basket😀.  This is its first outing.  Id made the dragonfly up from little snippets of paper and card to make sure the dies cut ok and he was sat on the side for many weeks.  I then joined in a sketch challenge with friends and decided it was time he got a new home.

5x7" Ivory cardbase. I finally found some patterned papers that toned in with the blue/green of my dragonfly.  I layered the papers up onto navy cardstock. On all the panels i rounded all the corners except the top left one - just for interest.  I stamped the sentiment onto ivory paper and die cut into a circle.  I cut the fishtail banner from a piece of the inked card i used for the dragonfly.  Blue gems to finish.

A close up on the dragonfly, the bottom layer i cut from blue glitter card, the middle layer from navy blue pearl card and the top layer from some card i had previously inked with distress oxide inks in salty ocean, evergreen bough & lucky clover. 

Items Used:
Sue Wilson triple layer dragonfly die set
Simon says sentiment stamp
MFT fishtail banner die set
Spellbinders circle dies
WRMK corner chomper punch
Poundland paper pad - 
B&M glitter card
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks
Blue self adhesive gems

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

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Saturday, 22 June 2019

Neon Butterflies

 Good Morning all.

Now that the problem with the challenge link up tools seems to have been sorted out i can once again join in some challenges.  So i really wanted to join in the neon rainbow over at rainbowcardchallenge

I do have some neon card somewhere - obviously in a very safe place😀, i then had a brainwave and found my neon highlighter pens and had a play.  Only a couple of the colours seemed to like playing with water so i decided to just use them like marker pens to colour in white card.  Im rather pleased with the effect so think i shall have to use the pens again in the future. 

I also decided to make an Acetate card blank for a change too.

I folded a piece of A4 acetate in half and cut to 6x6" for my cardbase.  I die cut a white frame and attached to the acetate front with foam tape.  I then die cut lots of butterflies from white card and coloured them with my neon pens, on some i coloured the solid base layer and on others the fancy lacy top layer, I then glued the 2 layers together.  I then arranged them on my acetate front.  I then die cut lots of tiny butterflies and arranged.  Neon glitter gems to embellish.  

'Embrace Everyday' chit chat stickers attached to a little patterned paper and then the card front to finish.  I went with Embrace Everyday as the butterfly makes the most of their short lives and we need to appreciate everyday and the magical world that is around us.  

From this angle you can hopefully make out how i only attached the insert to the spine & left the rest loose so that the light can shine through the acetate and the butterflies kind of look like they are floating.

It took me ages to find a suitable patterned paper to use as my insert to match in with the rainbow theme and that went with the butterflies.  I decided on this watercolour effect paper in a bluey/purple shade to add the last couple of rainbow colours.  So i folded the single sided paper with the pattern on the outside so the pattern shows through the acetate. 

Butterfly close up, i added two layered butterflies to the middle one.  I only glued them all in the middles so the wings are free.  I added a touch of glitter glue to the centres of the small butterflies. 

Just a photo to show the neon highlighter pens i used and the butterfly dies.  The sizzix butterfly set is one of my most used as you get several sizes and a bottom solid layer and a fancy top layer which can also be used on their own.  And of course my memory box mini butterflies - again one of my most used dies. 

Items Used:
Sizzix Butterfly die set
Memory box mini butterfly dies
Square frame die
Hunkydory acetate
Papermania 12x12 patterned paper
Papermania Neon glitter gems
Stickles Glitter glue - diamond
Tim Holtz chit chat stickers
Neon Highlighter pens

Thank you all for stopping by once again.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and get to see some sunshine. Emmax

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Monday, 17 June 2019

One Layer Card

 Good Morning everyone.  

Today im sharing a very rare one layer card for me.  So again i dug out the inks, stencils and a couple of stamps.

I first folded a piece of CraftUk ltd smooth white card in half for my base.  I stamped the flower stamp to the left side and masked them with pebeo drawing gum.  I then inked up the background with original distress inks in tones of greens, i then splashed with water and dabbed dry with tissue.  I then stenciled over the top with Oxide inks in the same greens. I splashed some ink over the white section just to tie it all together.  I then removed the masking gum to reveal the white untouched flowers.  I coloured these with Clear wink of stella pen so they glitter in the light.

I then stamped my 2 lavinia hares, i used my stamp platform and over stamped them a few times to get them a nice solid black.  I then doodled in some ground for the flower & hares with a black fine liner pen.  I then lightly stamped in grey a dictionary stamp for the ground.   

A close up. When i took the photo i hadn't decided on a sentiment but then a friend had a little accident so sent it to her to give her a smile hopefully.  

Hopefully you can just make out the shimmery glitter of the clear wink of stella pen i added to the flowers. 
Items Used:
Honeydoo flower stamp
Lavinia Hare stamps
Stampin up Dictionary stamp
Altenew Stencil
Distress Inks Evergreen bough, twisted citron, peacock feathers
Distress oxide inks Evergreen bough, twisted citron, peacock feathers
CraftUk ltd smooth white card
Clear wink of stella pen

Thank you all for stopping by once again.  I hope you all have a brilliant week, maybe we will see some sunshine😊.  Emmax

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Thursday, 13 June 2019

Happy Fathers Day

Good Morning everyone, thank you so much for all your amazing comments on my seahorse creation. 

Today Im sharing the card Ive made for my dad for Father's day, I've used the sizzix slider die again and gone with a farming theme.  

This first photo shows the slider panel closed.

6x6 White cardbase.  Ive used beautiful papers in blues & greens from B&M.  I first die cut the sections of the slider mechanism from my chosen papers, these B&M papers are ideal for this as a good weight but also light enough to fold easily.  I stamped my greeting on the panel that is revealed when you pull the slider part back.  I added an eyelet in the hole and added some green paper raffia to make it easier to pull the slider up. 

I cut a panel of the green leaf paper and layered onto a large piece of the blue paper and attached to the card front. I then attached the slider to the card front with foam tape. I attached the bull & cow chipboard after painting it black to the front part of the slider. 

From a scrap of yellowy inked card i die cut some flowers and die cut leaves from the green and blue papers. I then arranged these around my slider panel. I added some pale green enamel drops to the flower centres to finish. 

This photo shows the slider panel open to my (wonky) stamped greeting, i used 2 different sentiment stamps.

This photo shows the card laid down and the slider open so that the cattle are then stood up and sort of looks like they are in a field.  My yellow flowers could be buttercup's, celandine's, or primroses, alot of my dads fields are meadows so full of lots of flora & fauna.

Items Used:
Sizzix tropicool slider die set 662783
Tim Holtz funky foliage 663087
Cow&Bull fence chipboard
B&M Papers 12x12 'Seas the Day' & 'Botanical Bloom'
Justrite & clearly besotted sentiment stamps
Oxide inks twisted citron, lemonade & pistachio

You can see my first card made with the slider set here for more details

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Monday, 10 June 2019

Swim Free Seahorse

Good Morning everyone.

Today im sharing the card project i made for my sister in laws birthday, as they live near the sea I had the idea that she can frame it with a box frame and add some of those lovely Cornish seashells she's collected.  Its 8x8" in size.  My first outing for the beautiful Lavinia Sebastian seahorse stamp - I love him. 

8x8 cardbase.  Right quite alot of layers went into the background. 
1. I first heat embossed the shells with clear embossing powder on a piece of white card.  
2.I then stamped the water drops with blue colbalt arcival ink and added glossy accents to them. 
3. I then coloured the panel with green, purple & blue aquatints using wet into wet, so i brushed the panel with plain water and then dropped the aquatints onto it so that they merge together, the shells & water drops resist the inks to stay white.  Once dry i splashed water on top and dabbed dry with a tissue.
4. Once dry i stenciled over the top with large and small circles for a bubble effect using oxide inks in green, purple & blue. 
5. I stamped some fragments of a text stamp & a swirl in soft grey ink.  I removed any ink on the shells with a soft cloth. 
6.  I stamped the 'swirly fronds' along the spine of the seahorse along the bottom to act like seaweed.  I also added in some more with a black fineliner pen. 
7. I inked around the outside edge with chipped sapphire & black soot inks.

When it was completely dry i die cut an oval big enough for the seahorse to the right side.  I attached the panel to the base card, using 3d foam tape behind the main panel and adhered the oval back into place flat so its a little recess.  I did this so it really draws the eye into the seahorse. 

I stamped the seahorse in black archival ink onto a piece of card inked with yellowy oxide inks and cut around him.  I stamped the small seahorses, painted them a yellow/orange and fussy cut out.  I added more detail to the little seahorses with a black fine liner pen along their backs.  I gently curved the seahorses before attaching into place with dimensional glue gel. 

On a scrap of card inked with green oxide inks i stamped the saying and cut out.  I thought it the perfect sentiment as my SIL is a graphic designer & artist and also loves her colour. 

Close up on Sebastian the seahorse, i added a touch of diamond glitter glue to all the seahorses for some bling.

Another close up, you can see the stamped and doodled 'seaweed'

I have mixed alot of different stamps and love the outcome but still keeping the beautiful seahorse as the focus point. I just needed to be patient on building up the background so it came together over a few craft sessions.  I think i shall do myself one for my own wall and add some of my collection of Cornish Seashells. 

Items used:
Sebastian seahorse - Lavinia Stamps  
Small Seahorse - Craft stamper magazine freebie
Seashell stamps - Chocolate Baroque 'seashell collage'
Waterdrop stamp - Designs by Ryn 
Dictionary stamp - Stampin up
Swirl stamp - Inkadinkado 98980 'Gem stone flowers'
'Life is A Canvas' saying - BeeCrafty Stamps
XL Stitched Oval Dies
Stencils - small & large circles
Spectrum Noir aquatints
Distress Inks & Distress Oxide inks

Thank you all for stopping by and all your comments last week.  I hope this week is a good one for you. Emma

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Thursday, 6 June 2019

Triangle Trees

Hello everyone, thank you for stopping by once again.  

Now i normally don't even think about Christmas cards until August/September but when i was playing the other day with my triangle dies and my marbled papers i was laying out the triangles in various ways to see what i liked and one of them looked like a tree i thought, so made a couple up.I think come September i shall make a few more. 

5x7white cardbase.  I die cut a mixture of the small and large triangles from my marbled paper and the fancy top layer from white card and adhered together.  I cut a piece of white card smaller than the card front and dry embossed with a snowfall EF, i splashed on some of the same inks i used on the marbled paper.  I layered onto a piece of purple card and then the cardbase. 

On a piece of white card i die cut a curved border edge die and a stitched line die.  I stamped the sentiment using colbalt archival ink.  I then die cut a few stars from the little left over pieces of marbled paper. I added one of the larger stars on top of the tree.  A few touches of glitter glue to finish. 

A close up showing my pink, purple & blue marbled paper better.

Second version using marbled paper in blues & greens.  

Items Used:
Altenew Shattered Triangle die set
Star dies
Stitched Curved border edge dies
Justrite sentiment stamps
Aquatint inks
crafters companion snow embossing folder

If you missed my marbling fun, you can find the details here

I hope you all have a good end of the week and weekend. Emma

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