Monday, 16 April 2018

Make My Monday

Good Morning all.

Its time for a new challenge over at Make My Monday 
The theme this fortnight is


5X5 Octogen Card.  I first die cut a stitched octogen from white card.  I then stamped the leaf stamp with embossing ink and added clear embossing powder.  I then added colour to the background with H2O's that ive had for years, this year im trying to use all those ink products hiding at the back of the cupboard!  These ones are full of mica and sparkle.

I added green and ochre around the leaves to give the feeling of depth and surround greenery.  Blue for the sky, once dry i added water drops to the blue to add interest. 

Butterflies stamped in blue ink on a scrap of card coloured with oxide inks and cut out.  Die cut sentiment from the same piece of red/pink card and added on a strip of vellum to help it stand out from the background. 

Ive then matted onto a very dark green cardstock and then the white cardblank.  

Just showing it stood up. 

Items Used:
Stampin Up Kinda Eclectic
Clearly besotted butterfly stamps
H2O's Radiant Rain inks
Oxide ink Candied Apple & Raspberry
Memory box stitched octogen dies
Thank you die

Please do pop over to Make My Monday  and see what everyone has come up with and to join in, we always love to see your entries.  

I hope you all have a good week. Emma

Monday, 9 April 2018

Cattitude Canvas

Good Morning all, don't know where the weeks are going as its Monday again.

Today i am sharing a canvas ive been working on for Weeks/Months - i think its now finished, my first real attempt at lots of paint, stamps and layers of mixed media in the background.  The original idea was to use all the different quirky cat stamps ive collected lately.  Nothing like i imagined! 

10x14" Canvas, once building up the background (see below) i stamped and coloured the cats with inktense pencils as these are permanent & colour fast once water is added.  I then cut them all out.  I die cut white circles and added a little background stamping to them, i added the circles and cats to the canvas.  

I added black around the circles to help them stand out from the background.  I then die cut the title in black card and added with gel medium.  I computer printed out lots of little words associated with cats and added again with gel medium.   To finish i sealed the whole canvas. 

Just showing from different angle.

Close up of the Ginger Tom - leader of the gang😃

Just a close up of the left side

close up of the right side. 

This is the background before adding the cats.
1. I attached various shapes i found in my stash of grunge board - flowers & swirls

2. Texture paste added through a 'dots' mask & free hand

3. Coated everything in gesso and then once dry I added yellow, orange, purple & blue acrylic paint - picking up on the colours of my cats.

4.  Added tissue paper with a script pattern.  I wet around the tissue paper i wanted with a brush and water and once it has soaked in gently tore it out - the ends blend in better with the background that way instead of using scissors. 

5. Added Stamping of butterflies, alpha stamps with black paint. Then dry brushed with white to soften that layer.

6. Added tissue paper paw prints using gel medium.

7. Using the edge of a card i added black 'scratches'

8. Edged the whole canvas in black acrylic paint to frame the edge.

Items Used:
Tim Holtz crazy cat stamps
Katzelkraft Cat stamps
Paperartsy Zinski art cat stamps
Small cat stamps came free with a magazine
Stampin up 'kinda eclectic'
Alpha stamps
Tim Holtz word play bigz die & Small Alpha dies 
Circle dies
Tim Holtz grunge board shapes
Script & paw print tissue paper
Golden Texture paste
Spot/dot stencil
Pebeo acrylic paints & gesso

I think i will try a canvas with dogs on now.

2 of my nieces are coming down to spend the day with me today so im looking forward to that, they are growing fast.  

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

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Thursday, 5 April 2018

This Little Piggy....

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

Today im sharing 3 little pig CAS cards. 

6x6 white cardblank.  I stamped the pig and coloured in with a mix of aqua tints and wink of stella pens to get the shade i wanted.  I doodled in grass for him to sit on.  Added a pale blue sky with tumbled glass distress ink diluted with water.  I then die cut into a wonky stitched circle and matted onto a bigger circle in silver mirror card. 

I embossed a panel of white card and layered onto card coloured with the same inks as the pig and then onto silver mirror card layered onto the card base.  I stamped my greeting in black.  Pink sequins to add a finishing touch. 

Just a different pig and sentiment.  I watercoloured in a blue sky and dabbed out some clouds with tissue.  To me he looks like he is attempting to fly😀

Again a different sentiment and pig. 

Items used:
Pig stamps Unbranded
Clearly besotted sentiment stamps
Sizzix Embossing folder - '658455 - Basketweave'
Wonky stitched circle dies
Spellbinder circle dies
Wink of stella pens
Distress inks - tumbled glass

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you all have a good weekend.  Emma

Monday, 2 April 2018

Make My Monday '68

Happy Easter Monday everyone, i hope you are enjoying the Easter weekend.

Where do the weeks go, its time for a new fortnightly challenge over at 

The theme this time is


Ive made a fun cheerful card with children in mind but of course would fit many different people Male or Female. 
This quirky bird stamps came free with the most recent craft stamper magazine.  I stamped him 3 times in black ink and then coloured in primary colours with wink of stella pens so they have a lovely sparkle in the light. I doodled some ground in for them to walk on and added a little green for grass. 

I then mounted the topper onto mid blue cardstock, stamped the sentiment onto white linen cardstock and wrapped with red and yellow twine and mounted onto a blue DL cardbase.  (DL is just over 8x4" or 21x11cm in size)

Items Used:
 quirky bird stamp -Craft Stamper Magazine (April 2018 Issue)
Kuratake Wink Of Stella pens
Justrite sentiment stamp
Red & Yellow waxed cotton cord
Black fineline pen
Blue card from Payper Box
White linen card by craftUK 

So please do pop over to Make My Monday to join in and see what everyone is creating.  

Enjoy the rest of you long weekend and have a good week. Thank you for stopping by and supporting my blog.  Emma

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Male Birthday cards

Good Morning..

Today im sharing 2 male cards i made, once again i used alcohol inks on silver mirror card, its a nightmare to take decent photo of it though.  The finished effect is brilliant.

6x5.5" white cardblank.  I then embossed a piece of silver mirror card and used purple, blue & green shades of alcohol ink on a blending pad to colour it.  I then cut it into 3 panels and mounted onto grey pearl card and added to the card base.  This embossing folder from spellbinders is actually 5x7" so on cutting up the sections i used the label section to add my sentiment.  

I die cut various cogs from white card and layered up with 'screw tops' die cut from silver mirror card.

This 2nd card is made the same way but mounted on a black 6x5.5" card base instead. 

Close up trying but not really succeeding in showing the colour better! 

Items Used:
Spellbinders Mbossibilities folder - EL-017 Industrial
Spellbinders De-lites 'S2-228 - Nuts & Bolts'
Cheerylynn cog dies
Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol inks
Birthday sentiment die

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Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you all have a good Easter weekend and enjoy whatever you get upto.  Emma

Monday, 26 March 2018

Easter Bunnies

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

Easter will soon be here now, this year seems to be flying so far. 

6x6 green cardblank, i die cut the foliage from the same green which is much brighter than the photo shows, i layered up several of the branches to get the wreath.  Little 'primroses' die cut from yellow card, inked the centre and pearls added to match my bunny.  The bunny was cut from card coloured with oxide inks. 

Sentiment stamped in green archival. 

A close up on the wreath.

and below i made little tags for my nieces 

I first die cut a fishtail banner, glued on a die cut sentiment and then i embossed it.  Little die cut bunny rabbits in various colours, i then mounted them onto matching coloured card.  Ribbon to finish. 

The same as above but just in a large tag shape.  3 are made in the girls favourite colours, of course little baby not got a fav colour yet and she's obviously not getting a chocolate egg from her aunt, ive got her a little something else! She is growing fast, nearly 1 month old now. 

Items used:
Impression Obsession Easter die
Rabbit die
Foliage die
Sizzix flower dies
Justrite sentiment stamps
Sunrays, puff ball, leaves, birds embossing folders

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

Id like to enter the following challenges

Friday, 23 March 2018

Doodling fun

Good evening all, back with another upload this week.  

I saw the challenge for Zentangle and had to join in, Id forgotten how much i enjoyed doing it and its so calming, ideal for passing time in waiting rooms as all you need is paper and a fine pen. Its certainly encouraged me to get 'tangling' again. 

This time i started with a stamped image, then just picked up the black fineliner and doodled, i then doodled a border to frame it.  Stamped sentiments.  I did add a touch of pencil shading blended with a paper stump.  Matted onto black and then a white A5 cardblank.

Just a close up of my doodling. 

This is the stamped image i started with, it was perfect already having lots of lines to guide me.  

I would love to enter this at 

Items Used:
Honeydoo stamps - fancy flourish
Clearly Besotted stamps - little sentiments
Uniball black fine liners 0.2, 0.5 & 0.8
4B pencil & paper stump

Thank you for stopping by today, i hope you all have a lovely weekend. Emma

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