Monday, 19 October 2020


Good Morning everyone

Today is a little fun mixed media project inspired by 
 Make a halloween scene  

I started with an MDF frame, dug out lots of stamps and mediums and got playing.  Whereas last week my katzelkraft owl was out in the daytime, today its full on night time.  There is an owl that sits on my parents chimney at night hooting - always sounds spooky in the dead of night when everything else is silent.

Ive had this MDF box frame for years, i had the idea of the owls living in an owl barn and looking out the window to the dark of the grave

Frame approx 8x8" Inside frame size 6x6"  Please see last photo for how i did the frame & background.  I then found a chipboard grave stone in my stash which i covered with black gesso and dry brushed on some silver & gold paint.  I added with glue gel and added a skull and leg bone and a fly.  I die cut my spider & web from black card and brushed on silver & gold paint, i added crackle accents to the spiders body.  I glued the web to the top left behind the front frame.

I had the die cut ivy left from another project - its been coloured with brusho's.  I stamped and coloured my owls with inktense pencils and cut them out.  I went with bright colours as i didn't want my project to be too dark on the wall.  I got a dried hazel twig from the hedge and attached to the frame and then arranged my owls.  Tim Holtz words to finish.

I like using inktense pencils to colour images for home decor as ive found they are much more colour fast than using inks.

Of course i had to add glossy accents to the owls eyes

Peeking inside - these fab plastic flies i found in morrisons a few years ago

I first used a brick stencil on the outside frame with texture paste and on the middle piece i just added texture paste with a pallette knife to give a rough texture, once dry painted all with black gesso.  Once the gesso was dry i painted on patches of purple, yellow, green and blue paints to pick up on the colours i used on my owls.  I then dry brushed on more black to help the bright colours blend in but you can still just see them.  I then dry brushed over the top with silver & gold paint to highlight the textures. 

For my scene i cut a piece of white card for fit inside, i added a circle mask to act as the moon and then sprinkled on brushos in colbalt & prussian blue and purple pixie powder to add some shimmer.  Once completely dry i removed the mask and using a brush added a little colour to the moon to make it less white and stark.

I then stamped the big tree & eyes (sheena) in black and the smaller trees and the one with owl (choc baroque)  I coloured them with walnut & black soot oxide inks and added some shadow in the bottom of the frame and around my eyes.  The eyes i coloured with lime/lemonade oxide ink and a white gel pen.

Items Used:
Katzelkraft stamps - KTZ237 'Les Super Chouettes'
Chocolate baroque stamps 'howling moon'
Sheena Douglass stamps 'Little Red' & 'Scary tree'
Ivy, Spider & web dies
Brick stencil
Golden texture paste
Pebeo acrylic paints
MDF box frame
Derwent inktense pencils
Brushos & Pixie powders
Tim Holtz chit chat stickers

Thank you all for stopping by once again.  I hope you have a good week and we have a bit less rain than last week.  Stay safe. Hugs Emmaxx

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Thursday, 15 October 2020

Christmas Candles

Good Morning everyone.

Today im sharing my next batch of Christmas cards, using this fab stamp from woodware, ive teamed it up with a paper pad and kraft card.

Approx size 5x7"   I first stamped my image onto kraft card and cut out with the arch die, i then stamped again onto patterned papers, cut out the candles and holly leaves and paper pieced on the base image.  I coloured the candle flames with wink of stella pens so them shimmer in the light.  I went around the outside of the image with watered down white gesso to help the image stand out, i then splatted on the watered down gesso to add a snowy effect.

I die cut a cardbase from kraft card with the largest arch die and a piece of patterned paper with a smaller one. I also added a strip of paper across the card.  I die cut a fishtail banner and stamped my sentiment, this is attached to my topper with an eyelet for a bit of fun interest.  I then mounted the topper with foam tape for a bit of dimension.

Just a close up

This shows how i did my background, to make my paper pad go further i cut the middle out of my paper arch with a smaller die, and the strip across the middle was made from smaller off cuts - it all gets hidden so no one knows any different. 

Items Used:
Woodware candle stamp
LOTV sentiment stamps
Crealies stitched arch dies
MFT fishtail banner die
Paper pad - Pink Paislee 'Together for Christmas'
CraftUk ltd Kraft card
Daler-rowney white gesso
Wink of stella pens - yellow, orange, red

Thank you for all your amazing comments on my owl card. Stay safe. Emmax

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Monday, 12 October 2020

In the Autumn Woods

Good Morning everyone.  

When i saw the challenge over at the male room and the quote it sparked my little grey cells  into whirling and i came up with this.  I started with a piece of printed clock paper and added my background over the top of that and it worked really well. And im always happy making a mens card - this will be perfect for several that i know who love their nature.

Approx size 5x7"  I die cut my cardblank from kraft card for a more rustic wood feel, i then die cut my piece of patterned paper smaller, i sprayed with water and sprinkled on brushos in turquoise and a touch of sea green to give a nice sunny sky feel - as its thin paper i was careful not to over saturate it with water.  Once it was completely dry i stencilled on some dots with rich gold paint and some triangles with amber and marmalade oxide inks, i edged the panel with more of the gold paint to give a gilded effect edge.

 I die cut the leaf wreath from kraft card and extra leaves from kraft card, gold mirror card and yellow/orangy/red card - all autumnal colours.  The middle piece that came out of the kraft wreath I stamped a woodgrain on with grey ink, i added this flat to the card and then added the wreath with foam pads for dimension and then arranged all the extra leaves. I stamped the greeting onto a strip of kraft card and edged with gold paint and added to the bottom of the card.  I stamped my owl and coloured with inktense pencils and cut him out, gently curved him and added with glue gel. 

I added glossy accents to the eye of  my fab owl.  Id also edged the kraft wreath with the gold paint - it really shimmers in the light.

You can really see the background here, i love how the printed pattern of the clocks and script on the paper still comes through the brushos.  The lovely quote is by Inkylicious. 

Items Used:
Katzelkraft owl stamp 'KTZ237' Les Super Chouettes
Inkylicious quote stamp 'peaceful forest'
Stampin up stamp - 'Hardwood'
Crealies stitched arch die set
Joy crafts leaf wreath die set
Spellbinders little leaf die set
Stencils - Clearly besotted triangles, little dots
Papermania wellington bear design paper
Brushos - Turquoise & Seagreen
Oxide inks - Fozzilised Amber, Spiced Marmelade
Imaginations Crafts Starlight paint - Rich gold
Gold Mirror card
Derwent Inktense pencils

Thank you all for stopping by, i will try and catch up with you all during the week as ive been missing for a couple of weeks.  Hugs Emmax

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Monday, 28 September 2020


Good Morning everyone

Today im sharing a circle card with the Lavinia dragon stamp and an inked, stamped and stencilled background

Approx 8x8" in size.  I first made a circle mask using a large circle die and piece of card, i attached to a piece of white card painted the inside with clean water and sprinkled on brusho's & pixie powders, let them do their magic and dry completely.  Keeping the mask in place i stencilled some stars and spiral detail with oxide inks.  I stamped the lavinia verse with grey archival ink in the middle so it draws the eye into the middle.  I Stamped feathers with grey archival ink. I then removed my mask and using my stamp platform stamped the dragon 3 times with black ink and then die cut into a circle, as i then decided i wanted a bit of dimension the stamped the dragons again on white card and cut out the bulk of the body, curved gently and added over the top with glue gel. Mounted onto a black circle and then a white circle.

To make it stand up i die cut another of the biggest circles from white card, folded it in half and attached to the back.  I then added some stickles with a  purple tone onto the purple stars to add a little more sparkle.

Side on showing it stood up and you can see the dimension on my dragons better too 

A close up of the background, you can really see the vibrancy although not the shimmer from the pixie powders when the light hits them.  Now you might think red and purple is a weird combo and not one i would think of but its actually one of the brusho powders - violet i think or maybe just the purple one but it has both purple and red in that little magic pot. 

Items Used:
Lavinia stamps dragon 'ollar' & verse 'spiral of spells'
Sheena Feather stamps
Stencils - stars & circle spiral
Spellbinders grand circle dies
Brushos - orange, violet
Pixie powder - red
Oxide inks - wilted violet, fozzilised amber
Archival ink - jet black & watering can
Ranger stickles - twinkle
Black card payper box
white card - craftUk ltd

Thank you all for stopping by and all your amazing comments.  I hope you have a good week even though its all still all over the place, thank goodness for my crafting this year to keep me sane!  Stay safe. Hugs Emmaxx

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Thursday, 24 September 2020

Circles galore

Good Morning everyone

A birthday card today using lots of die cut circles. This actually started out as i had little offcuts left over and a few white circles so i cut the rest into circles and hey presto!  I luckily found a paper pad in my stash that went perfectly with my marbled card and green mirror card.  Some of circles weren't whole as I didn't have enough card scraps but that wasn't a problem as i have hidden that edge behind others or off the edge of the edge of the card so no one knows any different😀 
Approx 6x6"  I first die cut lots of different size circles from a marbled background, gold mirror card coloured with green alcohol inks, white card and forest green pearl card.  I found this fab paper pad in my stash that fitted the colours perfectly, i covered my cardfront with a green spotty paper and then die cut the edge with a curved edge die, the off cut/waste i glued to the inside back card so that when the card is closed they join up (see photo below) I then cut another piece of paper with the same curved edge top and bottom to fit across the middle of the card on foam tape.
 I cut lots of circles from white card, forest green pearl card,  green/purple marbled card, and gold mirror card inked with green alcohol inks - so its all very green just broken up with a splash of purple.  I die cut the sentiment from the forest green card and mounted on a white frame. Butterfly die cut from a piece of paper from the same pad. Touches of glitter glue to finish. 

Showing it closed and how my curve lines up

and showing it side on how it stands up easily with the curved front.  I made my marbled card using the shaving foam technique - very messy but great fun. See here if you would like more details.

Items Used:
Circle dies
MFT birthday circle die
MFT curved scalloped edge die
Sizzix butterfly die
Bobunny 'enchanted garden' paper pad
Tim Holtz alcohol inks - greens

'My' hedgehogs this year 
These 3 guys always arrive together so i think they must be siblings

These 3 also always arrive together, baby, medium & large

I also have at least 2 others another baby and a very big one thats been coming for years. Although in my garden revamp ive just put another couple of hedgehog houses in these guys don't all live in my garden....they just found the go-cat and seem to far prefer it to slugs and snails and to the hedgehog foods ive tried over the years😁   The other day on my walk i found a very young hedgehog in a bad way in that awful heat at midday, managed to wrap my cardigan around and bring it home...several phone calls later found a place for it to go to for more expert care than i can give. I always make sure pots of water around my garden for all the wildlife to drink from, especially in that awful hot weather.... anyway hopefully the little mite makes it 

Thank you all for stopping by.  I hope you have a good rest of the week and weekend.  Stay safe. Emmax

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Monday, 21 September 2020

Flower Power

Morning everyone, i hope you enjoyed the weekend.

Today is 3 cards made using the same flower die and a pink/purple mirror card I made with alcohol inks - what a nightmare getting decent photos with all the mirror card! I used plum, slate, twilight & denim TH alcohol inks on gold mirror card.

4.5x5.5" card - I die cut the floral die from navy card, my plum mirror card and a teal paper.  I attached the frame to a piece of white card which was slightly bigger and then inlayed the flowers and leaves.  I die cut the happy birthday from my plum mirror card, attached to a white frame, added a butterfly to the centre - adding a little glitter glue to the butterfly to finish.

Version 2 used a plum mirror card frame, gold mirror card flowers and the teal paper leaves on a white card.

Version 3 used a gold frame, the plum mirror card flowers and a light teal for the leaves.  This frame is great as you can use it any way up.  The photos really don't do my plum mirror card justice, even using my photo light box taking photos of mirror card is a nightmare!  

Items Used:
Pink Fresh die 'ornate floral'
MFT birthday circle die
Sizzix butterfly die
Spellbinders circle dies
Tim Holtz alcohol inks - plum, twilight, denim, slate
Gold mirror card
Patterned paper
CraftUK ltd white linen card
Payper box navy card
Stickles glitter glue.

Thank you all for stopping by, i hope you all have a good week. Stay safe. Emmaxx

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Thursday, 17 September 2020

Moo Cows

Good Morning all.

Today im sharing the 2nd card i made for my brothers birthday - with those quirky cows and sorry its a DL card again too.

Gatefold DL (approx 4x8") I covered the front with a pale yellow paper and lined the inside with a grassy looking paper.  I inked all the edges with pistachio oxide ink. I mixed some gold mica with clear gel medium and put through a cow print stencil on the front and flowers on the inside, once dry i stamped foliage to help build up a meadow mica/gel medium mix acts as a resist.

I stamped the cows, simply watercoloured with oxide inks and cut them out and arranged them on my card, i stamped and cut out to words too.  I then doodled in some ground with a fineliner pen to give them a little ground to stand on.

Showing it beginning to open up peeking into the inside.  My mica stencilling shimmers when the light hits it and of course i just had to add glossy accents for their eyes

and the inside, my 3 little cows are frolicking in the meadow among the buttercups.  

Items Used:
Paperartsy Zinskiart cow stamps (AZ42)
Lavinia foliage stamps
Stencils -cow/leopard print, flowers
Oxide inks
Gold mica powder

Thank you all for stopping by again.  I hope you are enjoying this little bit of sunshine we are having if here in the UK.  Stay safe everyone.  Hugs Emmax

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