Monday, 25 January 2021

Floral cards

Good Morning all.  

Today is 2 cards i made with a stamp i was given for my birthday last year and i finally got around to using it - i was trying out my new altenew alcohol markers i got in the sales - as you know colouring isn't my forte as i don't have the patience but they are lovely pens to use

6x6 scalloped cardbase.  I first stamped and coloured the flowers and then cut them out - 1 full flower and 2 buds.  I die cut a square from white card and added some soft stencilling with oxide inks and then stencilled on gold dots with acrylic paint.  I stamped the sentiment in black and then matted onto a square of turquoise pearl card and then the base card.  I gently curved the flowers and arranged with glue gel. 

A close up of the flower - i did add some cosmic shimmer opal blaze which had just arrived in the post to the flower tips - think you can just make out the subtle shimmer

and version two is very purple

Items Used:
Crafters companion stamp set 'beautiful peony'
Sentiment stamps
Tattered lace square dies
Stencils - script, triangled & dots
Copper paint
Oxide inks - wilted violet, peacock feathers
Cosmic shimmer opal blaze 'golden blackberry & gilded avocado'
Altenew alcohol marker sets - 'seashore & shades of purple'

Thank you for stopping by once again.  Keep safe. Hugs Emmax

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Monday, 18 January 2021

All at sea

Good Morning everyone

Today im sharing 3 cards i made with my Christmas present - these aall&create stamps - love the sea theme.  Here i just used backgrounds id made before and left the creatures white so they stood out against the colourful backgrounds.

A thank you card for my Uncle

A6 white cardblank.  After picking my background - this one is oxide inks (pistachio & ocean) i die cut the scalloped frame die, on the middle panel i then stamped the image in black and then die cut the tim holtz die from the middle - i thought the little holes could be bubbles.  I then attached a piece of silver mirror card to the back and attached to the middle of the card.  I added foam tape to the back of the frame and attached that.  I stamped the image twice more and just cut out the octopus on one and just the hat on the second one and added colour to the hat.  I then added them to the base card.  Stamped sentiment to finish.

Showing it stood up - please ignore my face showing in the mirror card in the background - getting a good photo was not easy😁

Version 2 is using the whale stamp exactly the same way for a little hello friend card

Version 3 - the seahorse stamp is much smaller so i used a smaller scalloped frame die for a 3x5" card.  This background again from the 'pile' is brushos and pixie powders so has a lovely shimmer. Glossy accents 'water drops' added to embellish. 

Items Used:
aall&create stamps #390 sea life
Sentiment stamps
Tim Holtz Mixed Media die set
Scalloped frame die set
CraftUK ltd white card
Brusho's & Pixie powders
Oxide inks
Glossy accents

Thank yo all for stopping by and all your amazing comments on my mums birthday bee card.  Stay safe. Hugs Emmax


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Thursday, 14 January 2021


Morning everyone.  Thank you for all your amazing comments on my mums birthday bee card.

Today im sharing the beaded suncatcher i made for her birthday

5" in size.  I thought these yellow beads looked a bit like daffodils which are one of her fav flowers, i teamed them up with some little blue beads for contrast which i also thought looked a bit like forget-me-knots and a little swallow charm to finish - Bring on Spring😁

I started with a metal dream catch base hoop to wrap with wires around, blue for the sky and green for the ground.  I used half-hard wire for the flowers so they stand up well.

This one i made for my Uncle for Christmas - its a small 3" circle.  A little poppy field with blue raindrop beads.

 I was pleased with both of them as was something a bit different using the craftwire and beads for me and kept me busy/quiet last lockdown.  This lockdown im still awaiting my mojo to return from its Christmas holiday😊

I hope you all have a good end to the week and weekend.  Stay safe. Hugs Emmax


Monday, 11 January 2021

Birthday Bee

Good Morning everyone

Today im sharing the card i made for my mums birthday which was on saturday - using my favourite stamp - this fab pink ink bee stamp teamed up with chocolate baroque bee stamps & hexagon dies.  The shape was inspired by something i saw on pinterest.

I first cut small hexagons from the same paper pad, i then stencilled and stamped them (see last photo for full details)  I die cut hexagon frames using a bigger die from white card, added foam tape to the back of them.  I glued the coloured hexagons on to black cardstock in the pattern i wanted, adding the frame and leaving a small gap between them all where the black card peeks though. I then used scissors and cut around the outside edge leaving a small black border.  To create the back of the card i then drew around the front panel onto black card and cut out, added a small score line at the top and used that to glue it to the front panel - thus giving me a shaped card that stands up.

I then stamped the bees onto white card, watercoloured with distress inks and cut out.  For the big bee i stamped the wings on vellum coloured with a pale blue alcohol marker. I then arranged the bees on the card and added a stamped greeting.

A close up on the big bee

Close up showing the little bees - an old chocolate  baroque stamp set with bees in various sizes

Showing how it stands up - mum loved it - so thats good

This is the background.  After die cutting my little hexagons i attached them to scrap card with a little repositionable glue - a tape pen is great for this.  I then stamped with the extra stamps in the pink ink stamp set, adding stencilling with a gold paint that really shimmers in the light. By stamping them this way meant that the pattern was more cohesive on the finished layout. 

Items Used:
Pink Ink Bee stamps 'Bee-utiful'
Chocolate Baroque stamps 'honey bees'
Clearly besotted sentiment stamps
Teresa Collins paper pad
Imagination Crafters starlight paint - rich gold
Distress inks - lemonade, persimmon, honey, 

Thank you all for stopping by.  I hope you all have a good week despite the situation we are all in.  Stay safe.  Hugs Emmax

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Thursday, 7 January 2021

Male twist & pop

Good Morning everyone.

Today im sharing the card i made for my brothers birthday.  I made my first twist and pop design and went with a DIY & robot theme as his hobby is metal work, creating amazing things out of scrap metals.

Approx size 6x5"  Using a template from pinterest which took  me to this crafters blog and a very easy step by step twist&pop
I made the twist and pop mechanism from 300gsm white card and then the cardbase.  I then dug out some old papers with a metal plate design and trimmed to the size of the panels and attached. I then glued the twist and pop panel into the cardbase and covered those panels with the black nuts and bolts paper. 

For the front of the card i die cut the sentiment and tools from white card and coloured with orange and blue alcohol markers, i also die cut the tools from silver mirror card, i cut off the coloured handles and glued onto the silver ones. I added the sentiment to a white circle and mounted them all on the card front.

I die cut the robots from white card and coloured with alcohol markers, grey for the bodies and a mix of blue and orange for their arms/legs etc.  I backed them with silver mirror card which shines through their eyes etc. I attached these to the pop out sections.

I did also add a die cut oval panel to the bottom to write the greeting on but forgot to take a photo after that.

A close up on the robots.

For  my first attempt with the twist and pop i was very happy with the outcome and i know my brother will be intrigued how it works - who ever created this first must have an amazing mind!

Thank you all for stopping by once again.   Stay safe everyone.  Hugs Emmax

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Monday, 4 January 2021

A Cube Birthday

Happy New Year Everyone
Lots hope things soon start to improve.  I hope you enjoyed Christmas as much as was possible.   I was thoroughly spoilt with craft goodies - especially stamps so lots to keep me entertained for a while.

Today is a card for my mums best friends birthday in December.  She loves her flowers/garden so i dug out these beautiful toppers from my stash and not being able to decide which ones to use i decided to make a cube card for 4 seasons. It folds flat for posting.

I made my cube out of 300gsm chocolate pearlised card, each side is 5.5x5.5" in size so it took 2 pieces of A4 card.  After cutting each piece to 5.5" i then scored along the length at 5.5" and joined the 2 pieces together lengthwise to form a cube. 

I matted my toppers onto chocolate pearl card and a die cut white card square, added foam tape to the back and attached to the sides.  I went with the chocolate cardstock to pick up the colours in the toppers which are soft.  

Die cut sentiment.  Butterflies die cut from lilac and lemon cardstock - again picking up the colours in the toppers.  Glitter glue highlights to finish.

Having the different images on each side it can be turned around for a different view each time

Showing it from above - i added a chocolate pearl paper insert inside to write the greeting - using the same paper as the box means it doesn't ruin the overall 'look' 

the insert opens upwards so easy to access

and finally showing it flat for posting.  The recipient loved it so thats good and its always good using up very old stash!

Items Used:
Toppers -  Creative Crafting World 'Malcolm Greensmith'
Tattered lace eyelet square dies
Birthday sentiment die
Sizzix butterfly die
Pearlised Chocolate card - payper box
White card - craftUK ltd
Stickles glitter glue - diamond & gold

Thank you all for stopping by.  I hope you have a good week and all keep safe and well. Hugs Emmax


Monday, 21 December 2020

Merry Christmas

Good Morning everyone.

As my regular followers will know I've been playing with craft wire and beads alot this year so decided to make myself a little wire wreath. 
 I used a 7" copper wreath ring for the base and wrapped with copper and bronze tone wires - great to use up all the little bits i had left over.  I then added beads in red, green, bronze and gold.  I wrapped a small battery micro light kit around the wreath tying the battery pack to the back which is hidden by the beads.  I then glued my Mr & Mrs Gnome ornaments on top of the battery pack.  Just a bit of fun and very simple - looks great all lit up.

Close up on beads and gnomes - ive used beads with different finishes so they react differently when the light hits them

Lit up in the daytime (night time below) - i only had a coloured light set in so its blue, green, red & yellow lights

Just showing the back where the battery pack is  - its only a cheap set from poundland .  Ive had my gnomes a few years

Just showing it at night in the window all lit up

Thank you to all of you for all your comments and support on my blog and creations this year - i appreciate every one of you taking the time.  This year my crafting has definitely kept me going and ive certainly got more into stamping and building up little pictures and scenes.  Lets hope next year is an improvement on this one.  Despite the new rules i do hope you can all enjoy a little Christmas as best as possible.  Stay safe everyone, keep calm and carry on crafting. 

Wishing you all A Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year. Emmax