Monday, 21 August 2017

Make My Monday 53#

Good Morning all and welcome to another new week. 

Its the start of a new challenge over at Make My Monday

the theme this fortnight is

Lazy Summer Days

I found this fairy silhouette in my stash which i backed with acetate and then painted the back with starlight paints.  The mica in the paints shines beautifully through the acetate. As ive done alot of beach scenes lately I wanted to think of different ways to spend a lazy summer day, and i think many of us love to lounge in the garden among the flowers and listen to the birds singing.

6x6 black card blank.  White card embossed with flowers.  I built up the starlight paints on the back of the acetate panel, i sponged a little of the sun colours around the outside of it for a sun halo.  Once completely dry i added to the white panel with glue gel so that the light can get behind it and help with the stained glass effect.  I found it better to build up thin layers of the paint.

I added some die cut leave and birds to the outside frame and a die cut dream. White gel pen highlights 

i also added glitter glue to the fairy's wings

Items used:
Imagination Crafts starlight paints 129, 135, 136, 139, 144, 161
Stickles tutti fruitti
Spellbinders mbossibilities EL-005
Memory box 'serene bird'

If you fancy joining in and seeing the rest of the teams creations please do pop over

Thank you for stopping by and all your comments last week.  Wishing you all a good week.  Hugs Emma

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Birthday Thanks

Good Morning Everyone

Thank you so much for all the amazing handmade cards and goodies i received, every single one is unique and individual.  Thank you for all your little messages too and im pleased so many of you enjoy viewing my little blog and crafty attempts when you can.  Its always nice to know im not just talking to myself here😀. 

I had the perfect birthday celebrations with family and friends, several crafty gifts too with the main one being the Tim Holtz stamp platform, so can't wait to get playing with that. 

So today im sharing all your beautiful cards, thank you all.  In no particular order, and ive taken several together but if you click on the photo it should enlarge it for you if you would like to look more closely at the details.  

Marilyn, Kate, Wendy  and Jools

Ginny, Sue, Faye, Kirsty, Pauline & Sara

 Bernadette, Jenny, Sandra, Sonia, Kitty & Val

Carol, Pam, Gwnen & Dee

Gloria, Mary & Angela

Betty, Gemma, Steph & Jenny  (oops sorry Steph ive missed the S of Somerset!)

Marie, Miella, Helen & Jacqui

Claire & Helen

Caroline & Kathleen

Clare & Beryl

Kathy & Jean

Kathleen & Debs

and below i just had to share this gift handmade by a good friend.  Its MDF decorated with lots of sparkle, the photo really doesn't do it justice.  

and a late arrival.

Thank you Laine for this gorgeous painted card.

A big thank you to you all for making my day extra special.  Hugs to you all.  Emma xxx

Monday, 14 August 2017

A little cat card

Good Morning everyone, 

Today im sharing a simple little card to thank a friend who sent something for Suki the cat, Suki is black so thought it was apt trying out my new katzelkraft stamp.  The design is by katzelkraft and just my take on it.  

Ironically as id added the ink splats Suki came to add a helping hand and they turned into drops, so this card was definitely a joint thank you from Suki and I.  Many of you know the state Suki was in when I took her on, a year on and she is an amazing healthy fit cat, so all those vets bills and TLC were worth it, she is also settling down and much less nervous.  

DL white card blank, black patterned paper, white card layer, i found the card easier to roll back after wetting it to soften the layers.  I had stamped the cat first so could get the right placement of the 'tears'  Ink splats and sentiment to finish. 

Items Used:
Katzelkraft Cat - Mini 002
Penny Black - Kool Kats (sentiment)
Distress inks cracked pistachio, tumbled glass & ripe persimmon

As many of you know its my birthday today and i have a lovely big pile of amazing handmade cards to open, so thank you to you all, i will of course get around to thanking you all personally in a few days.  I have blood tests to kick start the morning - what fun, but then its a day with the family, with lunch in a restaurant over looking the beach and sea which im sure we will get down onto afterwards with the children.  

Ive been spoilt with lots of crafty presents too.  

I hope you all have a good day too.  Hugs Emma 

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Floral birthday cards

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

Today im sharing some floral cards, i made the first one for my best friends birthday and decided to make a couple more for the box. Once again brusho and pixie powder papers in use. I tend to have an afternoon making papers with my brusho's so they are ready to use another day.

6x5" cardblank.   I die cut the floral spray from green and blue/purple brusho paper and snipped and layered it together.  Stamped greeting die cut into a banner. Orange pearls to embellish.  I doodled with a blue fine liner around the card edge to add a border. 

Version 2, the same details as above just a different style floral spray die. Yellow pearls on this one. 

Peach/orange version, dark plum pearls.  Border doodled with orange fine liner. 

and the last on in the set.  You can't really see the pearl shine of the pixie powders on them until the light hits it. 

Items used:  
Kaszazz Craft Dies 
Justrite - graceful sentiments - CR-02147
Brusho powders
Cosmic shimmer pixie powders

Thank you for stopping by and all your comments on my monday make.  I hope you enjoy the rest of the week.  Emma 

Monday, 7 August 2017

Make My Monday #52

Good Morning all and welcome to a new week, i hope you enjoyed the weekend.

So today is the start of a new challenge over at Make My Monday

the theme this time is


I decided this would be the ideal time to use some double sided pink and grey papers i have.  I found this idea on pinterest for taking circles and folding them to make a square.  Turned out not quite as easy as it looked trying to get the folds square (so don't look too close😏).  

First die circles from the double sided papers and score on 4 sides and fold upwards, these i arranged in a square onto a square of charcoal paper.  White A5 cardblank, matted with white hammered card and charcoal grey paper.  I added pink buttons threaded with thread where the squares joined. 

Stamped greeting die cut into an oval and layered on a strip of pink paper. 

A close up of the square circles or round squares

Sorry the photos are a bit dark, we haven't seen much sunshine lately down here.

Items used:
Papers - Crafts you create (B&M) - 'Bold & Beautiful'
Stampin up - wetlands stamp set
Spellbinders Circle & Oval nestabilities

So please do pop over to join in and see what the rest of the team has come up with Make My Monday

Thank you for stopping by as always and i hope you all have a good week whatever you have planned.  Emma 

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Happy 2nd Birthday Alice

Good Morning all.

So today is my niece's 2nd birthday, where did that time go?  As for all family birthdays i make 2 cards, one from my parents as well, so im sharing both cards today. 

Unicorn Rocker card.  I die cut various circles using spellbinders grand circle dies.  I then cloud embossed 2 layers and inked them up so that the clouds show up.  I then die cut the sun and rainbow from white card and watercoloured them.  I added touches of pink to the unicorn and layered her up on the card with some clouds.  Computer printed 2 today.

Close up, i added glitter to the sun and unicorn.  I was sent the unicorn die cut by a friend. 

Just showing it stood up.  

and below showing the second card i made, I always try to make the 2 completely different, not always easy. 

6x6 cardblank.  I first die cut the fox from orange, white and brown cardstock and made him up.  Die cut trees from silver glitter card and added a shadow with brown cardstock, matted onto pale blue paper, orange and silver glitter card.  A scrap of brusho card die cut into a curve for him to sit on. Computer printed sentiment. 

Just a close up of the fox. 

Items used:
Sizzix fox die
Curved border die
MFT rainbow and sun die set
Cloud die set
Spellbinders grand & fancy circle die sets
Crafters companion cloud embossing folder

Thank you for popping by and all the comments you left recently.  I hope you are having drier weather than we are down here.  Hugs Emma 

Monday, 31 July 2017

Blue Iris

Good Morning all, i hope you had a lovely weekend and found a bit of sunshine. 

Today im sharing a little card I made for a friend, i treated myself to a set of 12 Wink of Stella pens recently so this is my first outing with them.  I used them to both colour in the image and make a matching background. 

I first stamped the iris twice and coloured with 2 blue, 2 green and a touch of orange stella pens, i used them like watercolour and you still get the full sparkle effect.  I then die cut one into shape, using a mixed media die i cut out the hole detail, i then decoupaged the 2nd iris flower on top. 

I die cut a matching size and shape as the topper and using the stella pens made a background, once dry i glued it behind the topper, and mounted onto a cardbase using foam tape.   

Close up to try and show the sparkle, you can just about catch it, i had also shaded around the iris with yellow ink to give a softer effect. 

Items Used:
Chocolate Baroque 'elegant iris' stamp
Tim Holtz 'Mixed Media' dies
Sizzix framelits '658204'
Kuretake Zig Wink Of Stella pens

Thank you for stopping by and all your amazing comments last week on my crazy birds.  I hope you all have a good week. Emma 

Thursday, 27 July 2017

A Flock of Crazy Birds

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

So today i am sharing a batch of crazy birds.  Back when i wasn't really crafting i was playing around with my various mediums, stamps and stencils with my crazy bird stamps.  Sometimes its fun to just let loose and play, learning how mediums work together or not.

I first stamped the birds and doodled some simple scenes and extras like flower, butterflies and masked them all with drawing gum.  Once that was dry i got out the brushos & pixie powders for the backgrounds.  Again once the background was dry i dug out my stencils and masks and used starlight paints to stencil on extra metallic details. Once dry remove all drawing gum.

Stamp and colour the birds with distress inks, just cut out the main body and shape it, using glue gel place them onto the panels, lining up with their legs.  Then use distress ink to add the grass and colour the flowers etc.  Shade around the birds with charcoal pencil to add shadow and depth.  Then mount them into the Polaroid frames. 

Close up, you can just about see the sparkle of the red starlights in the background.  I coloured these birds with cracked pistachio, lucky clover & salty ocean.  

Different colour combination which gives a completely different look.  I used blues and purple brushos and pixie powers for the backgrounds and stenciled in silver. 

I coloured this batch of cards in squeezed lemonade and ripe persimmon.  You can see the purple pixie powder and the silver stenciled flowers.  I added glossy accents to all the eyes.

I had great fun just getting inky and trying out new mediums together, not really with an end plan, but in the end turned these into simple cards, as the toppers are so busy and colourful Ive kept the card bases very plain. 

Black A5 card blanks, computer printed sentiments onto white card which is matted onto the black base, i mounted the Polaroid frames onto black card and mounted on 3D foam onto the base card.  I wanted the sentiments to be as quirky as the images so used a mix of capital and lower alphas. 

Items used:
Tim Holtz Crazy bird stamps
Sizzix Polaroid Frame dies
Brusho Powders
Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders
Imagination Crafts starlight paints
Tim Holtz Distress inks
Tim Holtz 'shatter - THS014'
Sheena Douglass 'Wildflowers & sunburst'
The crafters workshop 'mod circles - TCW424'

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Thank you for stopping by and taking a peek at my crazy mixed media birds, thank you for your comments on my monochrome upload too.  Enjoy the rest of the week. Emma 

Monday, 24 July 2017

Make My Monday #51

Good Morning all, welcome to a new week. 

So today is the start of a new challenge over at Make My Monday

The theme this time is


I decided to go with blue and white.  

A5 white card blank.  First i stamped the iris script image onto white card in blue ink and die cut with the leafy frame, keeping the die in place after embossing gently ink through it, so you get a blue frame around the image.  I then stamped the iris twice more and simply watercoloured in and cut out and decoupaged onto the main image.

I then cut a panel of white card bigger than the leafy frame and inked it up with the same blue inks, i then stamped the woodpanel on top to add interest. I added stickles frosted lace glitter to highlight the flower and around the frame edge. 

Close up of the flower, i layered up the flower head with glue gel. 

Items Used:
Chocolate Baroque 'Elegant Iris - UA5SP0318'
Stampin up 'Hardwood - 133035'
Spellbinders die 'Branching out - S6-006'
Archival ink - colbalt blue
Distress inks - tumbled glass, salty ocean & chipped sapphire

Please do pop over to join in and see the rest of the DT work.

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

Monday, 17 July 2017

Scribble Roses thank you cards

Good Morning all and welcome to a new week, don't they fly by. 

So today im sharing a set of thank you cards made using those scribble roses again.

First die cut 2 rectangles using spellbinders die, score a line on the back panel and glue together to make a stand up card.  From the front panel die cut the large rose negative, use dotty paper as the insert which then shows through the apperture.  Then die cut the rest of the rose layers and layer up, die cut leaves and butterflies and stamped greeting to finish.  Touches of glitter glue.

Showing it stood up with the light shining through the rose aperture. 

Same design just opposite colours, orange and teal. 

close up again showing the aperture better.

and below another set of 4 i made 

First die cut the Stitched label and layered onto dotty red card and white card blank.  Die cut the pierced topper from white and stamp the sentiment.  I then die cut the topper again in matching colour card and off set to help it stand out.  Die cut the roses and leaves from red and lilac dotty cardstock.  Pearls to finish.  

Same just opposite colours 

Just showing that they stand up easily. 

and 2 more in different colour combo, again the orange and teal.  

Items Used:
Spellbinders card creator - 'Valiant Honor' - S5-217
Spellbinders D-lites - 'Pierced Delight' - S2-143
Memory Box mini butterfly dies
Justrite - 'lrg fancy sentiments' - CR 03815
Stampin up sentiment -  'kinda Eclectic' 
Chocolate Baroque - 'pretty poppies'  (merci sentiment)
Dotty card - Anna Marie Designs

Thank you for stopping by and all your comments last week and on my painting.  Wishing you all a good week. Emma