Monday, 16 October 2017

Make My Monday #57

Morning everyone, I hope that the forecast storm isn't effecting you all too bad. 

So its a new challenge over at Make My Monday  the theme this fortnight is

 I Put a Spell on You (HALLOWEEN)
A Thank You Card

I had great fun making my first real Halloween card.  I dug out the chocolate Baroque moon howling stamp set ive also had for years, my wink of stellas and had fun. 

First i cut a black card blank using the largest Spellbinders grand labels 1.  I used the dies again to cut a black frame that i used silver gilding wax on it to give a distressed moonlit look.  On white card i stamped my little scene using various stamps from the set and extending the path with a black fine liner.  I then added pebeo drawing gum to mask them.

Using Wink of Stella pens in blue, purple, black, yellow & Orange i made a background using the wet into wet technique. Once completely dry, carefully remove the drawing gum mask.  

I glued the spiders web to the back of the frame so that it is hanging over the front.  I also added silver gilding to the web and spiders and crackle accents to finish on the spiders. 

I added a few highlights with a white gel pen. 

The photos don't sadly pick up the amazing sparkle of the wink of stella pens. 

Items Used:
Chocolate Baroque 'Howling Moon' stamp set
Spellbinders Grand Labels 1
Pebeo Gilding Wax Silver
Wink of Stella pens
Spider and Web Dies
Ranger Crackle Accents.

So if you fancy joining in the halloween fun do pop over to 

Im often asked which card i use for my brusho backgrounds and I now use Craft UK white card for everything, they do smooth, linen and hammered, it die cuts, stamps, and takes all wet techniques perfectly and being 300gsm its perfectly for card bases.  

Sorry if i missed you last week, been out with a chest infection, after coming back from france with a cold.  So i will catch up with you all soon.  I hope you all have a good week. Emma 

Monday, 9 October 2017

Grumpy Penguins

Good Morning all and welcome to another new week.  

So today i am sharing the first christmas cards ive made this year.  I just loved these grumpy penguins when i saw them in action last year so just had to buy them. Their expressions just make me laugh. I have combined them with an acetate cardbase and brusho/pixie powder mix for the backgrounds. 

First Make an acetate 6x6" cardblank using the snowfall acetate.  Then using brushos & pixie powders make wintry backgrounds.  Stamped the penguins and added a little colour to the beaks and eyes using wink of stella pens.  I then cut them out.  I die cut a frame from white cardstock and then mounted the penguins.  From left over brusho card i die cut various snowflakes, layered them up and added a gem to finish. 

Just different colours, i also added splashes of white paint to the background to match the snowfall on the acetate. 

I love that using the brusho's and pixie powders that no two backgrounds are the same. 

Just showing the card stood up and showing the acetate better.  I also added matching die cuts to the back of the front and back of the back so that no glue is on show, it also adds more space for writing and little messages that we add sometimes.

 I know im behind the times making my first acetate cards but really enjoyed them, so watch out for more acetate in action!

Items Used:
Katzelkraft KTZ145 'Les Pingouins Grumpy' stamps
Colourcraft Brusho's
Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders
Hunkydory Snowfall acetate
Memory Box 'Shimmering snowflakes' dies

Thank you for stopping by and all your comments last week. I hope you have a good week this week whatever your plans are.  Emma 

Thursday, 5 October 2017

A Mixed Medley of thank yous

Good Morning all.  

Thank you for the welcome back and all your views and comments on mondays card.  Today im sharing a few thank you cards i made recently.  All very different. 

This first one was to thank a good friend who sent me lots of lovely crafty goodies to 'play' with.   First i stamped the lily twice, once onto the topper and the 2nd one to cut out the flower and decoupage.  I coloured it all with Wink of Stella pens and added some splats to the background.  I die cut using tattered lace square die (you don't want to know how long ive had them without using!!!)  Matted onto a Turquoise 6x6 card blank.  Die cut thank you and gems added.

Close up catching the mica in the wink of stella pens.  I also added highlights with a white gel pen. 


This 2nd one was is a thank you for looking after the cats while i was away,  I made 2 the same as Tilly goes to the farm to stay when im away and the other two stay at home being looked after. 

I first die cut the collage circle design then using my stamp platform i lined up the cat stamp so that its front paws were over the die cut as it its was hanging on, using the stamp platform i could stamp over the cat 3 times to get a lovely dark silhouette on the linen card. I then stamped the greeting. Due cut into a square and mounted onto a 6x6 black pearl cardblank. 

Close up, i slotted a scrap of orange card behind the 'aperture' 


And below a simple CAS thank you to thank my neighbour for feeding my hedgehogs while i was away.

  First I die cut the floral border, mounted on foam pads over a scrap of brusho/pixie powder card.  Glitter glue to finish. 3x5" card

Close up showing the die cutting better.

Items Used:
Penny Black Slapstick Tiger-Lily 
Kuretake Wink Of Stella Pens
Tattered Lace 'Decorative Edge Square' dies
Katzelkraft MINI Catz 002 stamp
Poppystamps ring collage die 1760
Floral border die - make unknown
Stampin up 'curly cute' sentiment stamp

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have a lovely day. Emma 

Monday, 2 October 2017

Make My Monday #56

Good Morning everyone, well im just back from a lovely time in france, the weather was pretty good, just a couple of wet days.  So i spent lots of lazy time on the patio watching all the wildlife in the garden and listening to the birds sing.  Lots of socialising with friends and good food too. 

So onto a new challenge at Make My Monday

This fortnight the theme picked by me is


So my second faviourite theme after flowers.  Ive made another male card, after buying this new katzelkraft cat stamp it reminded me of a friend so made this card for his birthday. 

Black 6x5.5" cardblank, greeny/blue patterned paper matted onto white and then the cardblank.  I then stamped the cat and coloured as a Ginger Tom with my wink of stella pens.  Star frame die cut in white which i slotted the cat into and then mounted on black card and stuck to the card front with 3d foam.  I die cut extra stars in white and black and added around the frame.  Be Original chit chat stickers mounted on black card and stuck to the frame. 

Close up of the cat, i added glossy accents to his eyes and nose. 

Items Used:
Katzelkraft MINI 074 'Les Gros Chats 3'
Wink of stella pens
Star frame - unbranded
Tim Holtz chit chat stickers
Vintage Chic creations paper pad (poundland)

So if you fancy joining in please do pop over and see the rest of the design teams work Make My Monday

Thank you for all the comments and visits you made while i was away, i will catch up with all your blogs soon.  I hope you all have a good week.  I now must crack on and start making some Christmas cards!  Emma

Monday, 18 September 2017

Make My Monday #55

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

So once again its time for a new challenge at Make My Monday

The theme this fortnight is


This theme tied in perfectly for the second card i made for my brothers birthday.  He loves his nature so an ideal theme. 

6x5.5" Russet cardblank, i also used the russet for matting as it perfectly picked out the colour in the tree patterned paper i went with.  After gluing the paper to the card base i die cut a frame and added on 3d foam.  I die cut lots of little leaves in autumn colours and arranged them around a stamped greeting.  

Close up and showing 3 little chipboard birdies i added to finish. 

Items used:
Carta Bella 'A perfect Autumn' paper pad
Memory box Cross Stitch rectangle dies
Mama Elephant frame die
Spellbinders 'little leafs' die set
Stampin up 'sassy salutations'
Calico Crafts woodchip birds

So if you fancy joining in and seeing what the rest of the design team came up with and lovely crafters entries do pop over

Thank you for stopping by and i hope you all have a wonderful week. Emma 

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Floral Thank you cards

Good Morning all, i hope its not too windy where you are. 

More thank you cards i made after my birthday. 

The first ones using the rose die but this time i cut it straight into the card front, and added a pattern paper insert to show through. 

5x7 white cardblank.  Rose die cut direct into the front, then i cut a frame from co-ordinating colour cardstock.  Stamped greeting die cut into an oval and a matching butterfly. 

close up showing the aperture/die cut

Another 2 versions

Showing how it looks side on and the insert

4th version, completely flat for posting

and onto a couple of little cards

4x4 little cards, i first die cut the one flower into the blank to create an aperture, then cut the overlay in a contrasting colour.  Cut 2 more flowers and layered up.  Stamped Greeting.  I add a peachy insert to show through the aperture.  

Just showing it open and the aperture

The same but different colour combo.

Items used: 
Cosmic shimmer pixie powder
Stampin up 'curly cute' sentiment
Chocolate Baroque 'pretty poppies' (merci sentiment)
Spellbinders oval and butterfly dies

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Thank you for stopping by and taking a peek.   Emma

Monday, 11 September 2017

Highland Herd Birthday

Good Morning everyone and welcome to another new week, boy do they fly by!

So today i am sharing the first card i made for my brothers birthday.  Some of you know that as a dairy farmer he likes to work with rare breeds and some of the older breeds, they produce less milk but higher quality ideal for Cornish Clotted Cream.  

Although not rare he does have a couple of highland cows in his herd.  Its always difficult to keep coming up with different ideas for the men in my family but found this lovely highland cow stamp by sheena, lots of masking and we get a herd of highlands!

8x8 card blank, image all matted onto chocolate brown cardstock.  Computer printed sentiment. 

I first stamped the front highland cow, then masked with pebeo drawing gum, then stamped the 2 behind and then masked them and kept going until filled the page.  I used lighter inks on the back cows, i used colorbox chalk inks to stamp them all.  I then carefully removed the drawing gum and added a little definition using inktense pencils.  

Just a close up.  Although its a pretty simple card it was time consuming.

Items used:
Sheena Douglass 'Highland Dinner' stamp
Colorbox chalk inks
Derwent Inktense pencils
Pebeo drawing gum

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Thank you for stopping by and all your visits last week.  I hope you all have a good week and find some sunshine. Hugs Emma

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Poppy Birthday

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

So today i am sharing 2 poppy birthday cards, i again used my wink of stella pens, these are my new fav for colouring in images, the sparkle is amazing and they are so easy to use. 

Chocolate Baroque poppy stamp.  I stamped the image twice and cut out the 2nd one and decoupaged onto the first one.  Sue wilson noble dies used for the card, i die cut the frame and mounted on foam pads onto dark green cardstock.  Stamped sentiment die cut with fishtail banners.  I used a fineliner pen to faux stitch around the outside edge. 

Close up, you can just about make out the sparkle of the wink of stella pens.  I also added some ink splats to the background to add some interest. 

A5 cardblank.  I again stamped the poppy twice and cut the flower heads out to decoupage.  Spellbinders embossing folder, all mounted onto dark green cardstock.  I wrapped with ribbon and added a little butterfly charm.  

Close up

Items used:
Chocolate Baroque stamps - Pretty Poppies
Clearly besotted stamp - little sentiments
Stampin up stamp - wetlands
Wink of Stella pens
Distress inks fired brick, tumbled glass
Spellbinders Mbossabilities - EL-005
Sue Wilson dies - noble Rectangles
MFT - pierced fishtail dies

Thank you for stopping by and all your comments on Monday.  I guess i soon need to be getting into Christmas card mode, the year is creeping on fast. Hugs Emma 

Monday, 4 September 2017

Make My Monday #54

Good Morning all and welcome to a new week.  I hope you had better weather than we did down here.

Its time again for a new challenge over at Make My Monday

the theme this fortnight is


So i made this card for a 8 year old boy who is meerkat mad.

A5 white cardblank.  Meercat topper printed using serif, using a digikit, i printed him out twice and cut out the 2nd one and decoupaged him.  Die cut using ovals and matted onto a reddy brown cardstock picking up the colour in the meerkat.  I found a co-ordinating paper in my stash, wrapped with bakers twine and added doodled stitched borders.  

Die cut party time letters and added glossy accents. Faux white enamel dots using a hole punch and glossy accents, i just felt it needed something and didn't think gems would be appreciate by a 8yr old boy! lol

Just a close up of the meekcat, i also added glossy accents to his party hat

Items used:
Daisytrail 'Wild Love'  
Papers - Papermania Mr Smiths workshop
Memory box alpha dies
Creative expressions bakers twine
Spellbinders grand oval dies

Everyone is welcome to join in the challenges so please do pop over to Make My Monday for more details and see what the rest of the team came up with. 

And below a couple of photos of this year's baby hedgehog, he has started eating more to fatten up for the winter

Here he has no intentions of sharing the food bowl! ๐Ÿ˜€

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

Monday, 28 August 2017

Rainbow flower thank you cards

Good Morning all and welcome to a new week, i hope you are all enjoying your bank holiday weekend.  Been beautiful weather down here in Cornwall. 

So today i am sharing a couple of thank you cards i made using a die i was given for my birthday.  It comes in 2 parts, the main floral part which cuts out and then an outside edge die, so you can either cut it into or out of your card. 

5x7" Navy cardblanks.  First i used my wink of stella pens to watercolour a rainbow background (see below), i then die cut the floral frame.  On dark navy cardstock i embossed the floral frame, which i then slotted behind the rainbow front and it gives the effect of quilting, much easier than cutting and gluing all parts back in to get the effect.  

To emboss a die and not cut it, just put it through your machine with a rubber embossing mat, this pushes the card into the gaps on the die.  Sandwich will vary to your machine, i use the embossing folder sandwich on my bigshots.

Wrapped with coordinating twine, stamped greeting die cut into a tag and eyelet added. Gems to finish. I didn't want to cover up too much of the flower so kept the sentiment small.

This one is the opposite of the first, the floral frame is die cut in dark navy card stock and the rainbow panel embossed and slotted in behind.  

Close up trying to catch the sparkle of the wink of stella pens

Just showing the wink of stella panel, i used a wet in wet technique which helps them blend together, you can see the sparkle. I actually used fired brick distress ink for the red, must get a red wink of stella.  So they blend perfectly together. 

Thank you for stopping by, i hope you all enjoy your bank holiday monday.  Emma 

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 here๐Ÿ˜€. 

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