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Monday, 19 June 2017

Dad - Father's day card

Good Morning all and welcome to a new week.  

Boy was it hot at the weekend, so i hope you all managed to keep cool, we had the fans going full blast, but of course its ideal hay and silage making weather so the family is busy making the most of the sunshine.  

So today im sharing the card i made for my dad for Father's day.  Its using the diamond fold card die set from tattered lace.



Taking an A4 sheet of white card i used the main die and cut it into the card 3 times, with a slight gap between them, then some jiggery pokery and good scoring of the fold lines it all folded up in the right places, this takes some patience but worth it.  I then cut the wood  paper panels, i used cork for the 'dad' which i cut out with a bigz die.  


Showing it side on and that it stands up easily on its own, but i didn't add to many heavy embellishments


Showing the back, i used another wood grain paper, here i added my sentiment and greeting



Just showing the embellishment close up, i covered chipboard hexagons with metal rust effect paper and crackle accents, once dry i added the screw top brads.  


Items Used:
Papermania 'Mr Smiths workshop' papers
Tattered lace 'diamond fold card' die set
Sizzix Tim Holtz ' word play' bigz die
Ranger crackle accents

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Thank you for stopping by and all your comments last week, wishing you all a wonderful week whatever you have planned.  Emma 


Thursday, 15 June 2017

Scribble Roses

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

So today im sharing the second lot of cards i made with the scribble rose dies. 




5x7" Cards, i embossed the largest double stitched die into the card front, then die cut 2 more layers with the double stitched rectangles and stamped the sentiment on the smaller one.  I inked up white card with distress inks and die cut lots of the scribble roses and stictched leaves and then layered up together.  Ripe persimmon ink for the flowers
Cracked pistachio and lucky clover ink for the leaves


Picked raspberry DI for the flowers 



Squeezed Lemonade DI, i also made a little gift card to go with the birthday card.  



To make the gift card i die cut another stitched rectangle, scored in one end to form a small pocket and then folded the rest in half. 





Items used: 
Stampin up - 'sassy salutations' sentiment stamps
Tim Holtz distress inks - squeezed lemonade, ripe persimmon, picked raspberry, cracked pistachio, lucky clover
Double stitched rectangle dies

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thank you for stopping by, and all your recent comments. Emma 

Monday, 12 June 2017

Make My Monday #48

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

So today is the start of a new challenge over at make my monday

the theme this fortnight is

AT THE BEACH

So if you fancy joining in and seeing what the rest of the teach have come up with please do pop over. 

I once again dug out my Cornish Seashells and had fun




6x5.5" cardblank.  I used gold glitter card for the sand and then tore strips of the patterned paper for the sea, where you tear its white so gives the effect of waves and movement.  

I used a mix of shells and drift wood collected over the years, a little red starfish from my stash, a metal anchor, pearl beads.  Summer tag cut from the paper pad along with the red crab which i thought tied in with the red starfish well.   I found a metal button in my stash which i thought had the feel of a sailors uniform, which i added to the summer tag.   



Close up, i covered the crab in glossy accents and added touches of glossy accents as water droplets over the whole card front. 

Items used:  Bobunny 'boardwalk collection' papers
Ranger glossy accents
shells, pearl, metal anchor, metal button all from stash

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Thank you for stopping by and all your comments on my under the sea project.  I hope you all have a wonderful week. Emma 



Monday, 5 June 2017

Under the Sea Mixed Media picture

Good Morning all, i hope you had a good weekend and had better weather than we do, been lots and lots and lots more rain down here.

So today I am sharing a 3d picture ive made, including a lovely mermaid. 








8x10" Box Frame.  First i made the background, more details of that below.  Then i built up my undersea world with shells and driftwood,  mostly collected on Cornish beaches over the years.  I added clear glitter sparkle to my laser cut mermaid, die cut foliage as seaweed.  I think the mermaid has told the fish on the right a secret and the other fish are rushing to find out first what the gossip is😊



Close up of the mermaid



 a little seahorse is hiding among the shells and seaweed.



The golden octopus is looking after the message in the bottle.  
I used green alcohol ink to colour the clear mini bottle green, a scrap of rolled up and inked paper to act as the letter in the bottle.  You can see the effect of the sea salt in the background on this one 




Background - i first used brushos and pixie powders onto white card, i then sprinkled on chunky sea salt and allowed to dry naturally.  I then stamped lots of different shells in different colour distress inks, using a circle mask (home made) i stamped through with dictionary stamp and grey ink, using the same circle mask i inked through with perfect medium and heat embossed with green pearl embossing powder,  I stamped the little circle border (kinda electic) in dark grey and went over the circles with crackle accents, all of these to give the effect of bubbles. 


Showing more of the detail in the background, you can see some of the stamping, shells and the script bubbles better.


Items Used:
Stamps - Chocolate Baroque 'seashell collage'
Stampin up 'kinda eclectic' &  'dictionary'

Brusho's - sea green, turquoise, lime, 
Pixie Powder - violet
Inks - Distress inks - 
Watering can archival ink
Heritage embossing powder 'green pearl'
Imagination Crafts starlight paints - rich gold, orange oxidized



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Thank you for stopping by, wishing you all a good week. Emma 


Thursday, 1 June 2017

Floral birthday card


Good Morning all, i hope you are having a good week, especially for those of you amid half term. 

So today I am sharing the second card i made for my Sister in law, this one is for my parents to give her.   Luckily my SIL enjoys colour as much as i do so i dug out one of my favourite My Minds Eye paper pads. 



7x7 white card blank. Turquoise, olive & magenta cardstock to match the colours in the paper.  After matting the paper onto turquoise and gluing to the blank i die cut a frame, topper and birthday sentiment.  Die cutting lots and lots of cornflowers i then built up the flowers, very time consuming, but worth it.  A little butterfly and turquoise pearls to finish. 


Close up of the flowers, each flower has at least 6 layers, but the big one 10 layers with all the 'petals' teased apart to add the frill that real cornflowers have.   I find it therapeutic to sit and make up flowers of an evening in front of the tv.  



A second card I made for the box. 

Items used:
My Minds Eye - Kate & Co 'Cambridge Court' papers
Sue Wilson - cornflower die set
Sizzix Butterflies - 659971
Mama Elephant - union square die set

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Thank you for stopping by and all your comments on my vintage card.  Wishing you a wonderful day. Emma 







Monday, 29 May 2017

Make My Monday #47

Good Morning all, i hope you are enjoying the bank holiday weekend and having some good weather, its been a bit mixed down here.  That storm we had Friday night was something else, never seen anything like it before. 

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

Its VICTORIAN ROMANCE

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

This theme is about the furthest you can get from my normal style, so looking for ideas i spent ages going through my stash and found these vintage sepia images.  Ive added lots of lace and pearls.  I imagine these ladies are daydreaming about their love.


The photos are dark but its all matted on dark brown not black as it looks.  A5 brown cardblank.  Soft peach patterned paper wrapped with pale peach lace, I then mounted the 3 images, added 2 beige crochet flowers from my stash and lots of peachy pearls. 

For the sentiment i used a wooden happy and covered it in chocolate pearl embossing powder.  


Close up.

Items used:  Doolicraft images
Paper - poundland 'pretty pastels'
happy wood sentiment - the works
Chocolate brown cardstock - payperbox
Cosmic shimmer cocoa embossing powder

We look forward to seeing your Victorian Romance entries at


Thank you for stopping by and to all of you who left comments last week.  Enjoy your bank holiday monday. Emma 


Thursday, 25 May 2017

SIL Birthday card

 Good Morning all, i hope you are having a good week and plenty of sunshine to enjoy too.  

So today i am sharing the card i made for my sister in laws birthday. 



5x7" cardblank.  I first die cut a piece of patterned paper with stitched die, then using a smaller rectangle die cut a panel in the middle which i then mounted on foam and set back into the aperture.  Matted onto black cardstock, the black then also shows through the middle rectangle from the sides, just adding a bit of interest to a simple design. 

Various die cut flowers from black card stock, twine bow to finish. I stamped the sentiment and die cut with the same stitched rectangle dies and mounted on the edge, this is something i do quite alot, inspired many years ago by a top i was wearing and the brand name was a tag on the side seam.  


Close up, i just added a touch of pink starlight paint to the flower centres.  All flowers were kindly sent to me by a buddy so im not sure on the make of the dies but think they are all memory box. 


Items used:
Patterned Paper - My Minds Eye 'Jubilee'
Double stitched rectangle dies - My Favourite things
Sentiment stamp - stampin up 'curly cute'

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you all have a lovely bank holiday weekend and that the weather is perfect.  Emma 


Monday, 22 May 2017

Splat Well Soon!


Good Morning all and welcome to another new week.  

So today im sharing more splats and neon.  



A6 white card blank.  I then cut to size white cardstock, layered on die cut splats in neon and then dry embossed with rain drops.  Inked the edges, wrapped with 3 colours of neon ribbon.  Stamped sentiment cut into a stitched oval and inked the edges.  Neon glitter gems to finish.  Making for fun funky get well card for all ages. 



Similar but different, debossed rain drops this time as i put it in the embossing folder the wrong way but it adds another interest i think. 

Items Used:
Justriste sentiment stamps ' CR-03815'
Papermania Neon cardstock, ribbon & gems
Creative expressions raindrop embossing folder

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

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Neon Splat flowers!

 Good Morning to you all.  I hope you are having a good week.  

So today im sharing some fun funky cards using neon and splats.  After looking for something in my stash and came across what i had left of my neon cardstock that papermania did in a range a couple of years ago, it seemed to be shouting out to go with my new splat flower die. 




White A6 cardblank, grey leather effect pattern paper, wrapped with neon ribbon.  I then die cut the splat 4 times, once in white and then again in the pink, orange and green neon, cut up the neon ones and layered onto the white one.  Neon gems to finish. Stamped sentiment die cut into a tag and tied on. 


As i had die cut 3 neon's i had enough for 3 cards. 


On uploading i noticed the stray cat hair in the photo on this one!  With 3 molting cats at the moment those pesky stray hairs get everywhere😊

Items used:  Justrite 'graceful sentiment' stamps CR-02147
Neon cardstock and ribbon - papermania
Neon gems - papermania
Splat flower die from china


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Thank you for stopping by and all your comments on monday.  Emma 


Monday, 15 May 2017

Make My Monday #46

Good Morning everyone and welcome to a new week. 

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

The theme this fortnight is SUGAR & SPICE, picked by me this time, so if you fancy joining in just pop over and create something that comes to your mind when you think of sugar and spice, could be sweet and cute, hot and spicy, a mix of both or how about going down the sugar and spice and all things nice, that's what little girls are made of route and a card for a little or not so little girl? 

When i picked the theme i didn't have any ideas of what i would make but on looking through my stash i found a paper pad with the perfect hot warm spicy colours, but broken up with pastel pink and blue which said sugar to me.  So i started with a lovely backing paper which has a brown spicy background and bright flowers. 






5.5x6" card blank, corners rounded. Covered with paper leaving a small border.  Using papers i made up 3 flowers, die cut Sue wilson dies in white linen and a pastel pink paper from the pad and layered together on foam pads with a stamped sentiment. Foliage die cut from a green card that matches the background and the pink paper.  I found these little buttons in my stash that look like sweeties to me so the perfect finishing touch as they picked up on the pink used too. 



Close up to show the flowers better



Items used:
All papers are from - Echo Park 'Simple Life' by Deena Rutter
Sue Wilson -  French Collection 'provence' die set
Memory box 'Massa Leaf' die
Memory box ' Small Olive branch' die
Stampin up 'Sassy Salutations' sentiment



So if you fancy joining in and seeing what the rest of the design team came up with please do pop over to Make My Monday


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



Monday, 8 May 2017

Scribble Roses CAS cards

Good Morning all and welcome to a new week, they do seem to be flying past.

So today i am sharing my first try out of some scribble rose dies, of course also used brushos and pixie powders again, just love how you can take white card and make your own backgrounds and papers.



I first made A4 sheet of coloured watercolour using a mix of brushos and pixie powders in reds and oranges.  the pixie powders add a lovely pearl shimmer and shine.  I die cut 3 roses into white card and stamped a greeting, backed onto the brusho card and a white card blank, with rounded corners.  I then die cut the middle and smaller roses and layered onto the middle one, with some little leaves and a gem centre. 



A close up showing the rose



Similar, just a different sentiment. 

 These have already been snapped up from my charity box so think i will make a few more. 

Items used: Scribble rose die set
Sizzix susans garden leaf die set
Cosmic shimmer pixie powders
Colourcraft brushos
Justrite sentiment stamps CR-02147


Thank you for popping by and also hello to  my new followers last week.
  Wishing you all a good week. Emma 




Thursday, 4 May 2017

Spring flowers


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

So today I am sharing these cards i made to celebrate Spring





Base shape and tree die cut using Spellbinders 'just swinging' , I then used brusho's to colour the frame/tree layer and a light background.  I then die cut lots of little flowers, the sentiment, rabbits, birds from brusho coloured cardstock.  Glitter glue centres for the flowers. 








I made a set of 4, all slightly different. 

Items used:  Colourcraft brusho's
Spellbinder dies - 'just swinging - S4-391',
 'Delightful tree - S2-107',
 'Sentiments two - S2-114'
Sizzix 'susans garden - forsythia'
Impression Obsession rabbits 'DIE269-N'

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Thank you for looking and all your comments on my bluebell card on Monday. Wishing you a wonderful day. Emma 


Monday, 1 May 2017

Make My Monday #45

Good Morning everyone, welcome to May. 

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. 

Today is the start of a new challenge over at Make My Monday
The theme for this fortnight is MAY FLOWERS, so if you fancy joining in and to see the rest of the design teams work do pop over.  

As the bluebells are in full flower here at the moment i decided to go with them as my May Flowers.  As well as bluebells i also have white and pink bells in flower at the moment.





To start with i coloured A4 watercolour card with brushos, one with blues, another with greens and the background panel with a very pale blue sky and grass.  I then die cut lots of stems and flowers and shaped them using a ball tool and foam mat.  I then die cut my fairy from white, green and blue brusho card and paper pieced her so that she matches the colours of the flowers.  

Then using spellbinders grand decorative and plain label's 1, I  die cut the card blank and frames from white and blue cardstock.  I mounted the inner white frame die cut on 2 layers of foam so that i had a nice recess to sit the bluebells into.  Computer printed sentiment die cut into shape, silver eyelets added and ribbons and twine added.  Glitter glue highlights to finish.  8x8" in size. 



Close up, i also added vellum behind the fairy wings, she looks to me like she is dancing among the flowers



Another close up.  To build up the depth of flowers i glued a few on and then let them dry, adding them at different heights and angles makes them look fuller and also laying some on top of others.   



Just to show that it does stand up.  

Items used:
Spellbinders grand labels 1 decorative and plain, 
Spellbinders Fairy Cierra S2-103
Memory box 'Arched stems 98842' & 'Fairy flower drops 98844'
Sizzix 657556
Brushos, stickles 'stardust' 


So if you fancy finding out more or joining in then please click the link


Thank you for stopping by and to all of you who popped by last week with comments.  I hope you all have a wonderful week and enjoy your May day bank holiday. Emma 

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Floral Birthday Stepper cards

Good Morning everyone

So today i am sharing a set of floral birthday stepper cards, made using LOTV art pad images and hand made flowers. 

Ive used happy birthday printed cardstock on them all from Ann-Marie, I also decoupaged the images and added glossy accents to the vases and touches of glitter glue.








Little primroses to go with the primroses in the little vases, made using yellow cardstock and orange ink pad, yellow gem centres. 




Hellobore made with a simple die cut flower, i rounded the petals on a foam mat and added green stamens, dots using a coloured pen.  





This is using the same flower die i used for the hellobore but ive shaped it slightly differently, white stamens to pick up on the peonie in the image. 




These sweet peas i had left over from making a project last year, knew they would come in handy one day, made using sizzix susans garden sweet pea die set.  Link at the bottom if you would like to see the sweetpea project i made before


And last but not lease butterflies, i also used a chocolate pearl embossed cardstock on this one, which matched the basket in the image well.  

Items used:
Presscut stepper card die
LOTV art pad images
Sizzix butterfly dies 659971
Sizzix flower dies (primrose) 658602
Sizzix susans garden sweetpea die set
Spellbinders romantic vines


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Thank you for stopping by and all your recent comments.  Emma