Monday, 20 November 2017

Its A Double Diamond Christmas

 Good Morning everyone and welcome to a new week. I hope you are all keeping warm and those of you with that nasty cough and cold are on the mend. 

So today i am sharing a set of double diamond fold cards i made for Christmas.  These are really fiddly to make up, although i use a die to cut them out. I dug out all those old Christmas papers and sat die cutting for several evenings. 

These first two use LOTV nitwit papers.  Using the tattered lace diamond fold die, line it up and cut twice, then carefully using a bone folder manipulate all the score lines until it all comes together.  Then i die cut the papers using the matting dies in the set. 

For my embellishments i picked up on the christmas roses and holly in the paper and built up simlar toppers with flower, holly and pine dies.  Pearls to finish.

This one is the opposite colours with buttons to finish.  Also shows them standing up easily. 

I computer printed the sentiment and die cut and added to the back of the card, plain paper added to the sides to write the message on. 

Button Holly.  Picking up on the holly and colours in the LOTV/Nitwit papers.  I die cut the holly from pearl olive and soft gold cardstocks, they matched the paper colours pretty well.  Buttons used as the holly berries. 

Just showing the front. 

Red & Gold Poinsettia.  Spellbinder poinsettia die cut from ruby red and green cardstock, gently shaped and a pearl centre.  All papers from Kaisercraft 'holy night'  The papers have gold foiling which doesn't show up too well. 

 Showing from the front.

and below a fun one with those grumpy penguins again

Katzelkraft grumpy penguin, stamped, coloured and fussy cut out, spellbinders snowflake die cut from white card and added behind the penguins. Papers poundland 'pure frozen', glitter glue to finish.  

Items Used:
Tattered Lace 'Diamond Fold' card die set
Brittania Holly die
Elizabeth Crafts Pine branch die
Spellbinders Poinsettia die
Spellbinders Build a snowflake die
Katzelkraft 'grumpy penguin' stamp set
LOTV Nitwit papers
Kaisercraft 'holy night' papers
Poundland 'pure frozen' papers

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Thank you for stopping by and taking a peek and all your comments last week.  I hope you all have a good week. Emma

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Floral Birthday Set

Good Morning All, i hope you are having a good week.

So today i am sharing another Card and Matching chocolate wrapper set.  On a roll with these at the moment.  

A5 white cardblank.  I then coloured white card with various distress oxide inks and die cut alot of flowers, butterflies and foliage.  I also used the same oxide inks to colour a background which i matted behind a white dry embossed panel. 

Computer printed sentiment which i backed behind a die cut frame.   Then arranged all my flowers and some gold die cut foliage. Glitter glue accents to the centre of the flowers. 

I first wrapped the chocolate bar with a pale blue ombre backing paper. Computer sentiment.  I used just one part of the frame this time to frame the sentiment.  Arranged left over flowers. 

Just showing them together.  This was my first outing with Distress Oxide inks, i put off buying any as did i really need more inks.....well turns out that yep i do, so more colours on the way and hopefully time in the new year to really play with them. 

Items Used
Distress Oxide Inks - twisted citron, picked raspberry, fossilized amber, peacock feathers, cracked pistachio, candied apple.
MFT Frame die
Spellbinders m-bossibilities EL-006
Various flower and foliage dies
Stickles waterfall, fruit punch, diamond

Thank you for popping by and all your comments on my penguins this week.  Im planning to finish all my Christmas Crafting by the end of this week if i can as i then have lots of December family birthdays to make for.  Well thats the plan anyway.  Emma

Monday, 13 November 2017

Make My Monday #59

 Good Morning Everyone, welcome to a new week.  I hope you all had a good weekend.

So today is the start of a new challenge over at Make My Monday

The theme this fortnight is


So back to playing with those wonderful grumpy penguins, snowy acetate & yep you guessed it Brusho's and Pixie Powders.  Im sure getting my money's worth out of those little pots of colourful magic.  Ive made tag shaped cards.

First i stamped the penguins in black ink and added touches of colour with wink of stella pens and fuzzy cut them out. 

Die cut a white cross stitch tag, which i then layered onto brusho card and cut a small border, then i added this to a white 4x6 top fold card blank and cut the top corners to match the shape of the tag.  I added a strip of snowy acetate on to the tag and added my penguins with glue gel..  

Die cut a large snowflake from brusho card, this i put over hanging the edge of the card.  Stamped Joy hand cut and added with glue gel.  Orange gem to pick up on the colour of the penguins beaks and feet. 

Card 2, similar but different colours with the brusho's 

Card 3, different colour again.

Close up, you can also see the acetate strip better here.  This were left over from my first penguin cards.  

I made a small batch of these.  Ive had great fun with these penguins this year. 

Items Used:
Katzelkraft KTZ145 'Les Pingouins Grumpy' stamps
Colourcraft Brusho's
Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders
Hunkydory Snowfall acetate
Spellbinders snowflake die'Snowflake pendant' S4-286
Wink of Stella pens
Cross Stitch Tag Dies

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So if you fancy joining in and to see what the rest of the team came up with please do pop over to Make My Monday

Thank you for popping by and all your visits and comments last week.  I hope you all have a good week. Emma 

Monday, 6 November 2017

Floral Acetate Birthday card

Good Morning all and welcome to Monday.  I hope you all had a good weekend.

Today i am sharing a card and chocolate wrapped set i made for a good friends birthday. 

6x6 Acetate cardbase, i then used this beautiful floral paper as the insert.  A white die cut frame added with foam tape to the front, white die cut birthday sentiment.  I then fussy cut some of the flowers and leaves out of the left over paper, gently shaped and added to the front.  Glitter glue to highlight and embellish. 

Close up showing some detail

Just showing the insert, the paper is double sided with a lovely pale lemon inside. I added the glue for the insert under the frame so you can't see if through the acetate. 

Chocolate bar wrapper.  I wrapped the paper around the bar to make a sleeve, stamped greeting die cut into a rectangle and more fussy cut flowers to finish. 

I just love this paper so was nice to use it as the main feature for the card and not hiding it all.  Its from Crafts you create 'springtime', the papers are very good quality and lovely designs. 

Items used:
Crafts you create 'springtime' papers (B&M)
Mama elephant frame die
Cheerylynn Birthday sentiment die
Stampin up 'sassy salutation' stamp
Hunkydory acetate
Stickles fruit punch

Thank you for stopping by and all your comments last week.  I hope you all have a good week, its a busy one for me starting with dentist today. Emma

Friday, 3 November 2017

Little town of Bethlehem

Good Morning all, i hope you are enjoying some sunshine this week.  

So today i am sharing a batch of Christmas cards i made with a traditional theme but maybe not quite so traditional colours.  Sorry but its a brusho/pixie powder mix again. 

7x7" white card blank.  I first stamped the image onto white card and die cut into a square.  I then using brusho's and pixie powders added colour to the background. Doing it this way i could have alittle control over which area the colour goes in.  Once completely dry i stamped over the top with a christmas script stamp in white gesso.  I then stamped the village again and cut it out and added it over the first image with glue gel.   

I then cut a white frame, matted it onto mirror card, then mounted onto backing 'paper' made with the matching brusho colours as the topper.  Sentiment die cut in same colours. 

Orange and Green version with gold mirri card

Close up.  As the backgrounds are so busy i kept the main focal point white to help it stand out. 

Blue & Orange version with Silver mirri.  

Blue & Gold version with Silver Mirri.  This version i stamped the christmas script with grey ink.  

Pink & Purple version with gold mirri. 

I managed to make 30 of these cards, although the design in the same the different colours and you never get the same background once using the brushos keeps it interesting.

Items used;
Anitas 'Little town of bethlehem' stamp
PSX 'christmas script' stamp K-3221
Cheerylynn Christmas sentiment die
Brushos and Cosmic shimmer pixie powders
Large stitched square dies
7x7 craft uk cardblanks 

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Thank you for stopping by for a peek and all your comments on my last uploads.  I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Emma

Monday, 30 October 2017

Make My Monday #58

Good Morning everyone, i hope you had a good weekend.

So its another new challenge over at make my monday , these fortnights seem to come round fast.  The theme this time is:


So i decided to make some chocolate bar wrappers, makes a little gift idea and can easily be matched to the card.  I use galaxy chocolate bars as they still come with a paper sleeve, you can remove this and it leaves the chocolate always covered with the inner foil. 

Remove the paper sleeve and use this to measure the patterned paper needed, carefully wrap this around the chocolate bar and glue together to form a sleeve.  I die cut lots of daisy flowers and then built up flowers, die cut blue pearl florishes.  Stamped sentiment die cut into a fishtail banner. Pearls to finish.  I stamped the greeting in grey as a bit softer than black.

This one is pale blue and violet combo

and below as i had flowers & die cuts left over ive made matching cards, 

Using dies i die cut a white octogen cardblank, added the patterned paper, die cut a octogen frame.  Stamped sentiment die cut into an octogen.  Then i arranged the left over flowers and die cuts. Pearls to finish. 

The same but different layout. 

Items used:
Crealies Octogen patchwork die set
Memory box Stitched Octogen dies
Daisy flower dies
Sizzix swirl dies
Justrite sentiment stamps
Watering can Archival ink
Blue Coredinations gemstone cardstock
Lilac/ivory centura pearl cardtock
Lemon cardstock 
Botanical Bloom Crafts you create papers (B&M)
Springtime crafts you create papers (B&M)

So if you fancy joining in and to see the rest of the DT's work please do pop over

Big thanks to all of you that stop by for a peek and those that leave comments, i appreciate your visit.  

I hope you all have a good week.  Emma 

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Here Come the Men!

Good Morning everyone.

So today im sharing a couple of Male birthday cards. 

A5 Kraft Cardblank.  First i die cut the wheat from brusho coloured card.  Embossed white card with brick embossing folder and then added some colour using the same brusho's as the wheat.   Printed greeting die cut into a rectangle.  I then die cut a frame from kraft card and mounted on foam pads.  I then added the wheat and a twine bow. 

A close up of the wheat, i shaped it a bit with a ball tool first.  I went with wheat as its for a farmer and also apt for this time of year. 

on to a simple card

6x5 white cardblank.  I then die cut into the card front using the tim holtz mixed media die.  I add an insert from patterned paper, folding so the pattern is on the outside and white on the inside.  Stamped sentiment die cut into an oval.  I cut some of the red paper with the mixed media die and added them to the front for more interest. 

Close up showing the detail.

and below a very simple card for an elderly gentleman with no interests

5x5 white card blank.  Black and white pattern paper matted onto red card.  He had bad eyesight so went with bold colours.  Stamped sentiment die cut into an oval and a strip of the same paper added across the front.  A simple card but might give one of you some inspiration for those pesky males! 

Items used:

IO (Impression Obsession) wheat die
Crafters companion brick embossing folder
Double stitched rectangle dies
Tim Holtz mixed media dies
'Seas the Day' Papers by B&M
Stampin up 'curly cute' sentiment
Bold & Beautiful papers by B&M

Thank you for stopping by and taking a peek.  I hope you are all having a good week. Hugs Emma