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Thursday, 9 July 2020

Believe in Dragons


Good Morning everyone, i hope you're having a good week

Today im sharing my first outing with this Lavinia dragon stamp

8x8" cardbase.  I cut a piece of white card to fit my card front, i made a circle mask using my large circle dies from a piece of spare cardstock, using re-positional glue i attached it to my white card panel.   I then painted inside the circle with clean water and sprinkled on brushos in shades of green and gold & red pixie powders.  Let dry completely.
I mixed up some of the pixie powder with a little water to make a thick paint and stencilled it through a star stencil.
I then stamped some foliage with oxide ink, stamped the verse in grey archival ink in the middle.  I then took a sunrays stencil and oxide inks and inked it all the way around the circle, concentrating more ink on the outside edge and fading inwards. Once completely dry i removed my mask.  
I stamped the dragon 3 times with black archival inks, using my stamp platform i overstamped to get a nice solid black.  I stamped the believe and splashed on some inks to the background to finish.  Mounted onto black card and then my base card after rounding all the corners - to give a softer edge picking up on my circle. 


A close up, you can see that the mica in the pixie powders and the oxide inks adds a slight resist and comes through the dragons so for the middle dragon i stamped him again onto white cardstock and cut out the middle part, i gently curved and added with glue gel which adds some nice dimension. 

For my first outing of this stamp im pleased with it -  it has the feeling of a dragon eye to me.

Items used:
Lavinia dragon & fairy verse stamps
Inkylicious 'believe' stamp
Foliage stamps - magazine freebie
Stencils - stars, sunburst
Brushos - lime, leaf green & yellow
Cosmic Shimmer pixie powders - scarlet mist, mango blaze
Distress Oxide inks - clover, evergreen & fossilized amber
CraftUK ltd white hammered cardstock
Payper box black cardstock

Thank you all for stopping by once again.  I hope you all have a good weekend whatever you get upto.  Stay safe. Emmax


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Monday, 6 July 2020

The 3 Flamingos


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

Today is another card using that fab katzelkraft flamingo stamp.  Ive teamed her up with some acetate scraps that i die cut into circles  - I thought they looked like bubbles - water bubbles which made me think of the sea so i coloured them blues and green like the sea with alcohol inks, so then did i go with under the sea or on the sea - then i saw my flamingo so its a day at the beach paddling their feet, so you need some sunshine too😀 - thats why i love crafting we all have a different style.


4.5x5.5 card base.  I stamped the flamingo, watercoloured with distress inks and cut out, i had originally planned to use one flamingo but she looked lost so did another 2, after colouring them with distress inks realised id coloured the first one with oxide inks but went with it as I thought it helped each one look different.

I die cut a scalloped white frame from white linen card, on the middle panel that falls out i splashed on green & blue inks to pick up on the colours i used on my acetate, i then arranged my acetate bubbles, i used 3 sizes of circles. I glued them down with the inked side facing in.  I added the frame with foam tape.  I then attached my flamingos with glue gel.  I die cut a sun inked yellow and stamped smile, just a little glitter glue highlight on the flamingos to finish. 


Just a close up, i added glossy accents to their eyes


You can see the shine on the acetate better here, you can also see clearly that i dry embossed them after colouring with alcohol inks with a bubble embossing folder - the acetate embossed lovely and deep.
Sun, water bubbles & flamingos so a lovely day at the beach😀 not all beaches have golden sands and here in Cornwall we have several that don't even have sand but they are just as beautifulx

Items Used:
Katzelkraft flamingo stamp
Smile sentiment stamp
Scalloped frame die
MFT sun die
Spellbinders circle dies
Acetate
Tim Holtz alcohol inks
Distress inks - picked raspberry, seedless preserves
Distress Oxides - picked raspberry, wilted violet, cracked pistachio, amber. twisted citron, blueprint
Ranger stickles - diamond
CraftUK ltd white linen card

Thank you all for stopping by once again.  I hope you are all doing ok, im getting fed up with it all now, im just hoping the August date for relaxation for us shielding isn't pushed back - thank goodness for crafting!  Anyway i hope you all have a good week, stay safe. Hugs Emmax


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Monday, 29 June 2020

In the garden


Good Morning everyone, i hope you had a good weekend - boy did it rain!


DL card (approx 4x8")  I cut a scalloped edge (yep its not very even/straight - i blame the heat when making it😀) I then got stamping with my paperartsy flower stamps & carabelle Zinouk in the garden to create a scene.  I added a little water colour and doodled in some ground for them to stand on.  I wanted the middle sunflower to have a longer stem to when i stamped it i didn't ink the very end of the stem so i then took a fine liner pen to extend it to make a nice tall sunflower.  I stamped some dragonflies.  
I splashed some of the inks i used to colour my images onto the background too - i know im doing that alot at the moment but for me personally it just softens all the white without having too busy a background.

I then stamped the flower heads and zinouk onto white card, i then watercoloured the heads with wink of stella pens so they have a lovely shimmer.  I then cut the coloured flower heads out, using a craft knife to cut around the inside design part, i then used glue gel to decoupage them over the ones on the main panel.

I cut Zinouk out and left her uncoloured so she stands out in a bright colourful garden, i gently curved her to add shape and attached with glue gel.  I did give her more of a smile with a fine liner pen as she is a bit moody otherwise😀

You can see the depth on my flowers better here, i added a piece of paper similar colours to those on the front to the inside after cutting it with the scalloped edge die.

Items Used:
Paperartsy stamps Zinskiart ZA38
Carabelle Stamps SA60158 'Zinouk du jardin'
Lavinia dragonfly stamps
Clearly besotted sentiment stamp
MFT scalloped edge die
Wink of stella pens
CraftUK smooth white card
Ombre pattern paper

Thank you for all stopping by once again.  I hope its a good week for you. Hugs Emmax

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Monday, 22 June 2020

Down on the Farm


Good Morning everyone.  
Thank you for your amazing comments on my crow leaf card last week.

Today im sharing a mixed media piece i made for my dad for Father's day.  Its using those fab katzelkraft farm animal stamps again and a view into the barn on the farm.  I started with a cheap plastic white frame which i made more barn like with lots of paints and mediums.

I removed the glass and lightly sanded the white plastic frame to give it a key and coated with gesso.  I added touches of texture paste here and there around the outside, i then sponged on black, copper, brown, blue & green paints, once completely dry i vanished it.

I took a piece of wood grain paper big enough for the inside of the frame, i stencilled on some stars using the copper paint i used on the frame.  I then stamped my animals and coloured with inktense pencils in bright colours, and then fussy cut them out, glossy accents on their eyes. 


Here we have a conference - Mr Cockerel is this weeks speaker.
I added a little bit of copper wire behind, reindeer moss on the floor to act like straw.  My animals were all added with glue gel, adding more on the pig to bring him right to the front. 

This is the Cow Choir - Mr duck isn't impressed😁


Mr Donkey, a giant spider and cobweb in the background with a horseshoe (or donkeyshoe).  The horseshoe was silver so i added black acrylic paint and buffed some off to age it more.  My cobweb and spider were cut from black card and silver paint lightly dabbed on.


In the wood shed where the rabbit is hiding out.  Mini logs layered up.  I added some mini tools to the back with a metal brad and a couple more just left on the wood.  Again i added black paint and wiped off the tools to age them.


This shows the frame before - it came from poundland

Items Used:
Katzelkraft farm animal stamps
Cobweb & spider die
Star stencil
Woodgrain 12x12  paper
Derwent inktense pencils
Reindeer moss & Mini logs - Anna-marie designs
Mini tool charms

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



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Monday, 15 June 2020

Fathers Day

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

Today im sharing the card Ive made for my dad for Fathers Day.  It gets harder each time to come up with something different for him after 15yrs of making them.  After seeing these crow stamps from Lavinia i had the idea.  He has a little family of crows that are friendly with him, whenever he is out in the yard working they are there and he feeds them too....they have little 'chats'😂  So i went with a full on nature theme which is always suitable for a farmer as he is at one with nature😁



8x8" card.  I first downloaded and printed onto card a leaf shape from the internet, i then carefully with craft knife cut the leaf out - making sure to leave the outside in tact as thats the piece i needed for a mask.  Using re-positional glue spray i sprayed the back of the 'negative' piece and attached to a piece of white cardstock.  I then damped the inside section where my leaf was with plain water and sprinkled on brushos in shades of green.  Allow to dry completely.
I then added some light stencilling with oxide inks.  Stamped lots of foliage with oxide inks and grey archival ink.  I then removed my mask - make sure its completely dry before removing the mask or it may tear......yes that was my 1st take😁.

I worked out where i wanted the crows and using my stamp press stamped them in black archival ink, i overstamped a few times to get a really nice black image.  I then doodled in a branch for them to sit on and stamped some leaves on the branch.  i doodled in a little spider hanging from the leaf.  I then stamped my sentiment, caterpillar, hedgehog & dragonflies in black.  I splashed some oxide inks of the background to soften all the white.

I then added a shadow around my leaf using grey alcohol pens. To finish i mounted onto black card and then my base card and rounded all the corners with my crop'o'dile.


Just a close up.
I like using brusho's for the base layer of colour as you cant reactivate it so I don't end up with a muddy mess of inks 😁


I always try and add a little detail to the back of the card too, so added a little panel using the same brusho's/inks/stamps and another little hedgehog to finish.  I did the same to my insert but forgot to take a photo of that.  


Items Used:
Lavinia Stamps - crows, hedgehogs, insects, caterpillar
Foliage stamps - magazine freebie
Justrite sentiment stamp
Various stencils
Brushos - sea green, turquoise, lime
Oxide inks -  peacock, salted ocean, evergreen
Archival inks - black, grey, colbalt


Thank you all for stopping by once again. I hope its a good week for you all. Hugs Emmax



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Monday, 8 June 2020

Birthday Birds


Good Morning everyone.

Today im sharing the second card i made for my sister in laws birthday, very colourful and funky with these fab Katzelkraft bird stamps.  Ive done a fold back card. 


DL in size(approx 4x8").  Out of A3 card i made a DL landscape card with the fold on the short edge.  I then used a scalloped edge die to cut the ends - just to add a bit of fun to the card.  I then folded the front of the card in half back on itself as shown.  Using my stamp platform i stamped a bird in the centre of the card - 1st on the folded back front and then keeping the stamp in the same place on the platform on the back panel, so that these 2 line up - hope that makes sense!
I then stamped a different bird again once on the front panel and then in the same place on the back panel and a 3rd different bird on the right of both the back panel and the front panel - (photos below show this better)  Essentially i have the 3 birds in exactly the same place on the front & back panels. 

I doodled in some ground and added detail with small stamps and stencils to the background.  I coloured the legs and feathers of the birds and added some colour to the ground.

I then stamped the birds again on white card and water coloured with oxide inks, i then cut them out - only leaving the legs on the middle bird that over laps the front the rest i cut the legs off.  I gently curved them and attached with glue gel lining up with the legs on the card base. 

I then stamped 2 sentiments onto coloured paper, cut to exactly the same size, i then attached one to the back panel and then lined up the second one and attached to the front panel so that when the card i closed the front one completely hides the 2nd one.



Showing it stood up - half of the middle bird on the front overlaps the edge.  Of course i had to add glossy accents to their eyes and a few touches of glitter glue. 


Showing it open out.

Items Used:
Katzelkraft bird & words stamps
Lavinia mini stamps - orb & toadstool
Stampin up - curly cute sentiment stamp
MFT scalloped edge die
Stencils
Oxide inks - pistachio, candied apple, peacock, lemonade, citron, amber, evergreen. lagoon
A3 craftUK ltd smooth white card

For family birthdays i always make 2 cards, one from me and one from my parents, I try to make them completely different to each other and when making them i kind of have an idea of which one for mum and which for me but i always give my mum the choice - 9/10 she picks the one i made for her - mind you if dads around and she asks him he usually picks the one i had in mind for me😁

Thank you all for stopping by once again.  I hope you all have a good week. Stay safe and carry on crafting. Hugs Emmax




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http://countryviewchallenges.blogspot.com/2020/06/summer-fields_1.html  - our fields are full of birds in the summer and i just love watching them along with the rabbits & deer

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Thursday, 4 June 2020

Simply Succulents


Good Morning everyone.

At the beginning of the year i won a set of succulent dies and stamps over on Pixies' snippet challenge - they are very different for me but i enjoyed making these 2 cards with them. The first one i had in mind a Mediterranean courtyard with the succulents kept in an inglenook of an old wall.



A5 cardbase. I first stamped the succulents and pots onto white card and water coloured in with oxide inks adding a little clear wink of stella over the top to add some shimmer. I then fussy cut them out and paired up the succulents with a pot. 
 Using 2 papers with a bluey cool tone i used an arch die to cut my arch and attached with foam tape to the cardfront, i then cut strips of the paper and glued in flat to act as the shelves. I also splashed drops of the inks i used onto the background to add a little touch of colour.  I arranged my pots with glue gel to add a little shape to them. 

Stamped sentiment die cut into an oval & glitter gems to finish. 


A close up, you can see the colours better here and just make out the sparkle on the succulents.


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DL cardbase.  I cut a peice of smooth white card smaller than the cardfront and stamped the succulents and unusually for me coloured them with my alcohol pens and then added a little sparkle over the top with clear wink of stella pen.  I stamped, coloured and cut out the pots, gently shaped and added with glue gel.  I doodled in some ground and added shadow with grey pens.  Stamped sentiment and then attached to the card front.
You can really see the sparkle here from the clear wink of stella pen



Items Used:
Clearly besotted simply succulents stamps
Crealies arch die set
Patterned papers
Oxide inks - evergreen bough, twisted citron, pistachio, lemonade, peacock, black soot, marmelade & candied apple
Alcohol markers
Clear wink of stella pen

Thank you all for stopping by once again.  I hope you all have a good end to the week and weekend ahead.  Stay safe. Hugs Emmaxx


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