Thursday, 21 May 2020

Birdie Hugs

Good Morning Everyone

Today im sharing a little Hugs card for a friend.  Using more new Katzelkraft stamps of these fabulous quirky birds, combining them with ombre papers.

DL in size.  I took a piece of this fab ombre paper for the background, i felt it looked like a night sky so after cutting to size i splashed silver paint on to look like stars - its metallic so shimmers in the light, i attached to the cardfront.  I then stamped my birds, once on the base and again onto patterned papers.  
On the paper birds I used white paint on their eyes and yellow paint to their beaks, i then cut them out, gently shaped the bodies and added to the base lining up with their legs. Glossy accents added to their eyes.
I stamped the hugs sentiment. I then took a fineliner black pen and doodled in the ground for them to stand on.  Stamped the berry/flowers using a mini lavinia stamp.
I doodled with a white gel pen and added black glitter to the flowers to finish. 

Close up, you can see their glossy eyes shining.

Items Used:
Katzelkraft bird stamps 'Les zoisos' KTZ217
Katzelkraft sentiment stamps 'Carpe Diem' KTZ206
Lavinia mini berry stamp (LAV509)
12x12 Paper pad 'Ombre Effects' B&M
Silver acrylic paint
CraftUK ltd A3 white cardstock
Black Diamond stickles

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

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Monday, 18 May 2020

Rainbow Flamingo

Good Morning everyone.

This fantastic flamingo stamp from Katzelkraft has been on my wish list since i first saw it - one of those i had to have!  Anyway stock finally arrived and she came into my hands just before lockdown. 

This is essentially A5 in size but the 2 parts make it the full A5.  So first i stamped my flamingo 5 times in black using my stamp platform and stamped the sentiment.  I then coloured them with oxide inks, adding extra detail with fine liner pens in the same colours to their wings and headdress. I cut to size and stamped some dots around the outside edge with the same inks, rounded the corners and matted onto black.

For the base card its approx 6x6 in size. To the sections that would be seen - the top and bottom edges i added the same inks used to colour the flamingos, then i stamped just the beautiful part of the sentiment all over in grey archival ink.  To finish i mounted the topper panel onto the base. 

Glossy accents to their eyes and glitter highlights & a black iridescent gems to the centre of their head dress and by the sentiment to finish.

Side on - you can see how the topper panel overlaps the base card - almost like an artists easel set up.  This came about as once id stamped 5 flamingos that panel was as wide as an A5 card and i wanted to add a colourful background.  Unusually for me not a single die used!

Items Used:
Katzelkraft flamingo stamp
Katzelkraft sentiment stamps
Stampin up Gorgeous grunge stamps
Oxide inks  - picked raspberry, ripe presimmon, twisted citron, peacock feathers, blueprint
Coloured fine liner pens
CraftUK white linen cardstock
black cardstock.

Thank you all for stopping by once again.  I hope you are all doing ok.  Stay safe. Hugs Emmaxx

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Thursday, 14 May 2020

Sympathy card

Good Morning everyone, another sunny day ahead i think.

Today im sharing a Sympathy card, not one any of us like to make.  

Size approx 4.5x6.5" I used a soft pearl grey card for all of it, using oxide inks to add colour to the background and flower.  After die cutting the frame die, i took the middle panel and embossed with a swirl embossing folder i then gently inked with cracked pistachio oxide ink.  I die cut my flower and inked with shaded lilac and some leaves again with the pistachio.  The pearl still shimmers through the inks.  I die cut my candle and coloured the flame with alcohol pens.  
I die cut my fishtail banner and using my stamp platform stamped the sentiment twice.
I added a dark grey gem to the centre of the flower to finish.

Just a close up.  The dark photos don't show it at its best. 

Items Used:
Scalloped frame die
Candle die
Flower & Foliage dies
MFT fishtail banner die
Sizzix swirl embossing folder
Clearly besotted sentiment stamp
Tim Holtz oxide inks - shaded lilac & cracked pistachio
Payper box grey pearl cardstock

I hope you are all doing ok. Keep calm and carry on crafting.  Stay safe. Hugs Emmax


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Monday, 11 May 2020

Birds on a Wire

Good Morning everyone

Today im sharing a little mixed media project. For the background i added lots of die cut feathers - a great way to use up any colour scrap card as you white gesso over it all, it then gives you a faux stencilled texture paste look.

Approx size 12x6".     I cut a piece of white card to fit my frame, after die cutting lots of feathers from scraps of cardstock i glued them to the background - i then stencilled some stars with texture paste.  Once dry i covered it all with a layer of white gesso. I then sprinkled on turquoise brushos and silver pixie powders and sprized with water.  I added a little extra around my feathers so its a bit darker to add some depth. The gesso absorbs the some of the brusho's to give a softer look which i wanted in this case. 

I stamped my crazy birds and coloured with inktense pencils and fussy cut them out. I worked out where i wanted my birds and created my wire with waxed cotton twine, to keep it really taut i stapled it to the frame.  I gently curved my birds and added with glue gel. 

I picked out some tim holtz chit chat stickers, attached to black card, covered with glossy accents to add an enamel finish and attached.  It says:
'Attitude is everything'
'We are fearless, independant and original'
Which i thought was apt for the birds but also to inspire the viewer.

A close up, hopefully you can just make out the feathers and stars in the background.

I also added glossy accents to their eyes

The frame i used is a cheap one from poundland, its comes without glass but i thought ideal for these little works of art.  So to protect the picture i gave it a spray varnish.

Items Used:
Tim Holtz Crazy birds (original size)
Tim Holtz chit chat stickers
Derwent Inktense pencils
Pixie powders
Joy crafts feather dies
Star stencil
Golden texture paste

Thank you for stopping by once again and all the comments you take the time to leave.  I hope you are all doing ok.  The weeks merge into each other these days, im still fighting the infection in my jaw as the operation was understandably cancelled so lots more antibiotics.  I hope its a good week for you.  Stay safe. Hugs Emmax

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Thursday, 7 May 2020

Wire & bead fun

Good Morning everyone.

In my sheilding lockdown bubble i haven't really felt like papercrafting, so ive been playing with my craft wire and beads again, i can just sit and do it, a bit like knitting, once you've started it.

I started with a rainbow heart suncatcher - on my window to share the rainbow love.

A guardian angel - she has a large crystal prism  which when the direct sun hits it it gives out rainbows

Green Angel. 
 The wire is funny, although you start with the same pattern they all come out unique.

A little cat suncatcher

and of course i had to do a little lucky black cat

and lastly a mutant bumble bee😀😀

This guy is my first 3 dimensional piece. About 4" wingspan, as he is going in the garden on a stake he  needed to be big enough to be seen. There is a large yellow glass bead inside his body which the light does shine through.  This was my first attempt so learnt alot for take 2! 

Items Used
1mm craft wire - various colours
0.25 gold tone wire (bees wings)
Various beads

I hope you are all doing ok, im finding my brain really struggling without the daily use/interaction.  I have memory problems anyway so trying to do some brain excersises daily along with all my physio.  Thank goodness for crafting keeping some of my brain active - i have plenty of papercraft projects to share from my 6wks without internet when i was crafting like a demon - think i used up my mojo so its taking a little break😊.  Stay safe everyone.  Hugs Emmax

Monday, 4 May 2020


Good Morning everyone, i hope you are all doing ok.

For all my nieces I've made them some wall art with their names on it.  So this is the one i made for Kitty-Bea's 2nd birthday.  She has a natural affinity with animals and never happier than when out about the farm with all the animals.

So ive come up with this colourful menegerie

(Size approx 20x6")  I stamped Tim Holtz crazy cats and dogs & katzelkraft farm animal stamps and coloured with oxide inks in a rainbow of colours. I went with the rainbow colours as unlike my other nieces Kitty-Bea doesn't have a favourite colour.  I then cut them all out.

I die cut the letters using a bigz die and thick black cardboard & white card, the white version i coloured in a rainbow, i layered the coloured ones over the black off setting for a drop shadow and covered them in glossy accents to give them a lovely shine.

I first added splashes of ink to the background to add interest. I then got to arranging them all - this took a while.  Once i had them all glued into place i doodled in the ground for the to stand on and added green for the grass.

Close up, you can see the shine on the letters here, id also added glossy accents to the animals eyes and touches of glitter - what young girl doesn't like glitter

I really enjoyed making this and it was well received. 

Just showing it in its frame, the black really makes the colours pop.  Sorry for the reflection in the glass😀

Items Used:
Tim Holtz crazy cats & dogs stamps (mini)
Katzelkraft farm animal stamps
Tim holtz sizzix wordplay bigz die
Oxide inks - various colours
Glossy accents
Stickles - unicorn, twilight, diamond & crystal

Thank you all for stopping by.  The days all seem to merge into each other.  Stay safe. Hugs Emmax


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Thursday, 30 April 2020


Good Morning everyone.

Today im sharing a couple of little hello cards, all made with left overs and i loved them.
I had the images coloured and cut out from a previous project and the little frames too.

Approx size 5x3.5".  I first stamped my images and coloured with inktense pencils and cut them out. My little rabbit here as glitter on his tail.  My frame was cut from white linen card, i then folded white linen card and cut to size for my base card.  I splashed on dots of ink in the same colours as my image to add just a little interest to the background and soften all the white. 
I added foam tape to the back of the scalloped frame and added to the middle of the cardbase.  I took the middle panel that comes out of the frame and coloured it with the same inks as the rabbit and slotted it back into the frame.  I then took a 2nd piece that comes out of the middle of the frames - (i have several left over from just using the frames on other projects)  
And after deciding where i would place my rabbit i stamped the greeting, this is using 2 different stamps, one is the happy thoughts and the hello is from a different set - this panel i attached at a angle.
I then gently shaped my rabbit and attached with glue gel.  Little gems added to finish.

Version 2 with a little piggie - this time i didn't add a coloured panel.  After stamping the greeting i attached that panel back in the middle of the frame.  Glossy accents added to the eye and again little gems to finish. 

Hopefully my little cards made the recipients smile a little as they did me while making them.

Items Used:
Katzelkraft farm animal stamps
Stitched scallop frame die
Simon Says stamps - circle sayings
Hello sentiment stamp - magazine freebie
Derwent Inktense pencils
CraftUk ltd white linen card.

Thank you all for stopping by once again and hello to those reading this at home - all my email followers👋😸  I hope you are all doing ok.  Stay safe.  Hugs Emmax