Monday, 31 December 2018

Happy New Year to you All!

Good Morning all, well my last post of 2018. Sharing my last Christmas and New Year cards.

The photos don't really do these justice, i used pearlised white card, then a glitter card and then a satin board, so very blingtastic! 

4.4x6" size card.  I cut the first tree layer die from white pearl card, the second tree layer from glitter card, i mounted these onto a matching satin board with foam tape to add some dimension.  I wrapped a vellum strip around the front and then added my sentiments die cut from black card. 

A close up, this one shows the light hitting the satin board better.  This version is reds. 

And a pink version

close up

Not a great photo, this is a purple version

You can just see the purple satin board in the background here.

Bronze version with champagne glitter card, i die cut this sentiment from
 chocolate mirror card

Close up.

These tree backing layering dies cut beautifully but very time consuming poking all the bits out.

Items Used:
Christmas tree layering dies
Concorde & Ninth sentiment dies
Jellybean Glitter Card
Mirri Satin board
White pearl card  - payper box

Thank you once again for stopping by and all your support this year.  So its time to wish you all

 A Happy & Healthy New Year! 

Hugs to you all Emmaxxx

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Christmas Penguins Picture

Good Morning all

As i loved those Grumpy penguins so much last year but always give them away i decided to make something for myself for a change.  So ive made a 3 dimensional picture for my wall to come out year after year at Christmas.  

8x8"   On white card i first made a sky scene with brushos, pixie powders and then inked around the edges with black soot & chipped sapphire distress inks.  White paint flicked on to give a snow effect.

I then designed my igloo.  I first die cut a circle , trimmed off the bottom in a curve and using a black fine liner drew my ice blocks in.  I then edged each block with grey pen and glitter.  For the doorway i cut a smaller circle and cut out the centre and mounted using foam over black card to make it look like an entrance. 

Using white paint and texture paste i created the snowy floor for my penguins to stand upon.  I sprinkled glitter and snow flakes into the wet texture paste. I haven't gone right to the edge as it needs to fit in the frame.

 I stamped my penguin family and simply coloured them and then fussy cut them out. 

For my fairy lights i die cut them from white card, coloured with alcohol markers and added glossy accents.  For my moon i die cut the sentiment circle and used distress inks to colour softly add colours. 

A close up on my igloo and you can see the snow better

I then added my scene into a black box frame, i added more texture paste & snow to the front of the frame and splashed on some white paint for snow. 

Well its already been mentioned by my guests this week as its on the mantle piece for all to see but especially me to enjoy when sat in my chair.  Those penguins still make me smile everything i see them. 

Items Used:
Katzelkraft Grumpy Penguin stamps
MFT Christmas sentiment die
Fairy light die
Golden texture paste
faux snow particles
Brusho powders
Cosmic Shimmer pixie powders
Distress inks - black soot, chipped shapphire, wild honey,
 squeezed lemonade, tumble glass
8x8 Black box frame

Thank you for stopping by once again and all your support this year.  I shall take this opportunity to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas &  Happy Healthy New Year!  Emmax

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Cheers to the New Year!

Good Morning everyone, on the countdown now to the big day. 

Its time for the last challenge of the year over at Cardz4guyz with the theme being


So very apt for the time of the year.  I went with making a new year card in black, silver & white

6x6 white cardbase.  I cut panels from frosted patterned silver mirror card, black card and white card to fit the front.  The white panel i embossed with a circle embossing folder, i thought they had the feel of bubbles to go with my champagne glasses.  As i had to extend the patterned i wrapped black twine around the join and attached to the front. Twine bow added on top.

I die cut 2 champagne glasses and the sentiments from silver card, the cheers i die cut again from black card and shadowed them.  I added the banner onto black card and cut around it.  I gently shaped the glasses and attached to the front with glue gel and then arranged my sentiments. 

Just a close up on the sentiments

On this one you can see the frosted pattern in the silver mirror card better.  Not quite as bright as normal silver and adds a bit of interest. 

Items Used:
Concorde & Ninth season of cheer dies
Champagne glass die - magazine freebie
Sizzix embossing folder
Frosted Silver card - payper box
White pearl & black card - payper box
Black waxed cotton twine

So if you fancy joining in one last challenge of the year and just see what everyone else comes up with do hop over to cardz4guyz

I hope you all have a good week.  Hugs Emmax

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Birthday Girls

Good Morning all.

Well today im sharing the birthday cards i made for 2 of my nieces, the sisters birthdays are within 2 days of each other so i always make the same design of card but suited to each girl, i also always make the cards that my mum gives them, so 4 cards to show you today.

The first 2 are penny slider cards.  Last year i bought a die set to make slider cards, but its in a very very safe place! lol  So i went with plan B which is thanks to a birthday card sent to me by blog buddy SomersetSteph, you can find it here, actually i think i like plan B better, hardest part was finding which 2 of my circle dies worked the best for the channel that it slides in.  Thank you Steph for the inspiration.

6x6 scalloped white cardbase.  Ive then used a pretty patterned paper and copper satin board.  After working through my circle dies to get the right sized channel for my pennies joined together with a circluar foam pad i die cut circles into the middle of my patterned paper.  I then used 2mm foam tape to attach to the copper satin card, making sure to leave enough room for the pennies to slide easily around. 

I computer printed the sentiment and die cut into a circle and added to the middle of the card.  I then worked out what i wanted to add to my slider and for Sophie i decided on a butterfly to go with the flowers on the paper.  My butterfly die wasn't big enough to completely hide the penny so i die cut a flower from lilac glitter card, glued it to the penny and my butterfly on top. 

Pearls, gems and glitter glue to finish.  I found the weight of the pennies helps the butterfly slide around, so easy for the children to use. 

A close up, this shows the true colours better and the butterfly slide to another position.  

and on to the one for Little Lizzy

This time i used a honeycomb neon paper along with pink satin card and a lovely big bumble bee picking up on the honeycomb in the paper.  Made exactly the same way, i just added a flower from purple mirror card and i added acetate behind my bee's wings to make them stronger for little hands - Lizzy LOVED it.  Their dad who is an engineer was intrigued too! 

This show the pink better and my bumblebee in a different position.

I decided to use the circle frame that was left after die cutting my slider channel for gift tags for them both.  I used left over scraps to build them up. 


and onto the 2nd cards i made for them, using my new favourite tri panel fold design, i used animals stamps that came free with creative stamping magazine and are actually the twelve days of Christmas, but i thought the pig and calf perfect for the girls living on a farm and winter birthdays.

From white A4 card i scored/ folded it at 3", 1", 2.5", 1" and cut the last bit to 3", it is 7" High. 

I first stamped and coloured my dancing piggy, Sophie took up dancing this year, so an ideal image.  I stamped with archival ink and coloured with alcohol markers. I decoupaged the skirt.  I cut papers and charcoal card to size to matt onto the panels.  I die cut the topper into an oval and matted onto a larger charcoal oval and added to the middle panel. 

I die cut the name and sentiment from white and charcoal card and off set for a drop shadow and added glitter on top.  Stamped age die cut into a circle.  Die cut flower & black pearls to finish. 

Close up on the dancing piggy

And the one i made for Lizzy, exactly the same way, but using this cute calf image, chocolate brown card for matting.  I coloured the calf kind of in Jersey colours as they have several of those on the farm.  I used wink of stella pens so they really glitter in the light. 

A close up, i added white gel pen highlights to the calf. 

Items Used:
12 days of christmas stamps with creative stamping magazine
Spellbinders circle dies
Spellbinders Oval dies
Bumble bee die
Sizzix butterfly die
Flower dies
Alphabet dies
Sentiment dies
Various design papers
Chocolate & Charcoal cardstock - payper box
Scalloped cardblanks - craftUk ltd

Thank you for stopping by, i hope you all have a great weekend. Emmax

Monday, 10 December 2018

CAS Christmas

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

Time for the last challenge of the year over at Make My Monday

The theme for the next 2 weeks is

So Clean & Simple designs

A6 white card blank.  Ive gone with a completely flat one layer design, again making use of a die that cuts into the card so adds extra interest and depth.  I added a coloured insert to contrast with the ink i used. 

I first die cut the snowflake burst into the cardbase to the right side.  I then used purple wink of stella pens and the wet into wet technique around the snowflakes.  Once dry i added a white die cut angel.  A pale teal patterned paper as the insert to peak through the snowflakes, i used a strip of this paper on the front left edge with a strip of card coloured with the same wink of stella pens just to tie all the colours & design together. 

I found this tiny joy to the world sentiment stamp from Penny Black in my stash which was the perfect fit for the bottom right corner. 

A close up, you can see the teal inside peeking through, just about making out some of the sparkle.  The Echo Park Angel die is the perfect size for the middle of the memory box snowflake burst die.

2 tones of blue wink of stella pens, sadly the photos don't pick up the amazing sparkle they give.  And yellow insert

Showing the yellow shining through

orange/red version.

Close up, you can just see the sparkle.

Items Used:
Echo Park Angel die
Memory box snowflake burst die
Penny Black Joy sentiment stamp
Wink of Stella pens
Various patterned papers from stash

Do pop over to MMM to join in our last challenge of the year and to see all the other CAS Christmas card designs and entries.

I hope you all have a good week, i shall be getting the decorations up this week. Hugs Emmax 

Friday, 7 December 2018

Seasons Greetings

 Good Morning everyone, where do the days go to?

Time for a new challenge over at Alphabet Challenge

The theme for the next fortnight is:

So a really easy one, anything christmas goes

Approx 7.5x7.5" in size.  I first stamped my bells twice, i cut one into a hexagon, coloured the 2nd one with wink of stella pens and fussy cut out.  Using yellow/orange inks i stenciled stars around the base layer of bells. 

Using white and black card i cut a base card and frames to surround my bell layer.  The white frame i mounted on foam tape and glued my base layer of bells into the middle. I gently shaped the cut out bells and glued on top of the base layer with glue gel. 

For the floral arrangement i used rolled roses handmade for me years ago by the lovely ChrisLee from docrafts - thank you Chris😀.  I added pine leaves under the rose. 

Close up shows the shimmer of the wink of stella pens better, i added some white gel pen highlights to the bells too. Ive had this bell stamp for years on a stamp plate by chocolate baroque so good to finally make use of it. 

A blue version

and a purple version

This close up really does show up the shimmer of the wink of stella pens.  Most definitely my favourite buy of 2018. 

Items Used:
Chocolate Baroque stamps 'A child is born'
Cheerylynn pine branch dies
Star stencil
Large Stitched hexagon dies
Wink of stella pens
White gel pen

Do hop over to Alphabet Challenge to join in with your Christmas cards or just seen what everyone else comes up with at Alphabet Challenge

Well the first week of December has flown by, we have a party to attend this weekend for 2 of my nieces birthdays, so looking forward to that, im sure there will be lots of fun and laughter.  So i hope you all have a good weekend too. Thank you for stopping by. Emmax

Tuesday, 4 December 2018


Good Morning all.  

Time for a new challenge over at Cardz4Guyz  with the theme being

So Snowman/men as the main feature

6x5.5" white cardbase.  I cut a panel of white card smaller than the cardfront and die cut the memory box snowflake circle into the middle top, stamped the sentiment, then i dry embossed the panel with snowfall EF.  I lightly inked around the edges and around the snowflakes, mounted onto silver mirri card with foam tape and then the base card. 

I then stamped the quirky snowman onto white card with archival ink and coloured with alcohol markers. The little rabbit and present stamps came free with a magazine, i also coloured them with markers.  I then fussy cut them all out and arranged on the card front, i added the snowman in the middle of the snowflake. 

Close up, you can see the silver peeking through the snowflakes better here.  I added glossy accents to the snowmans eyes and 'buttons'

Items Used:
Paperartsy Zinski Art - totem
Memory box 'Snowflake Burst' die
Crafters companion snowfall embossing folder
Evergreen bought distress ink

So if you fancy joining in or just seeing all the other snowmen, do hop over to cardz4guyz

Thank you all for stopping by and i hope you all enjoy the rest of your week. Emma

Thursday, 29 November 2018

2nd Blog Birthday - wire wrapping

Wow today my blog is 2 years old, the time has flown by.  Thank you to all of you that have supported me since the beginning and continue to, and all the new friends ive made along the way.

I thought I would share my ongoing practice with craft wire and beads to make some wirework suncatchers.

Green & Blue Flower, broken up with orange.  Approx 6" in size. The different beads catch the sunlight. 

A close up. 

A more dainty copper version for a lass that loves clean and simple.  This one i just added the beads on the inside of the petals.  

A close up, i used a mix of yellow, orange, brown beads on the petals

Purple Dragonfly.  Approx 6" in size.  I used purple and silver wire and beads in purples, blues & pinks

A close up shows the true colour better. 

And my take on a peacock feather.  A short version, although its still 10" long!  This one took loads of wire in blue, green and yellow.  Beads in a mix of blue, greens, yellow, orange. 

A close up on the eye of the feather, a blue bead wrapped in blue and then surrounded by a row of yellow beads and wire and the finished with green wire.  

Im still very much a beginner with the craft wire but each time i use it i learn something, like anything, practice makes perfect - long way to go before i get there but im really enjoying my new hobby.   

Weather been a bit wild and windy down here last few days - ideal crafting weather!  I hope you all have a good weekend. Hugs Emmax

Monday, 26 November 2018

Non Traditional Christmas Colours

Good Morning everyone.

Its time for a new challenge over at Make My Monday.  The theme for the next fortnight picked by Mia is:


So not really a challenge for me as those of you following me over the years know any colour goes for me even at Christmas.  For this set of cards i have gone with a more traditional Christmas image though of the Angel. 

Purple and green version.  Full details are below. 

I first die cut black card using a spellbinders grand label 1 and folded it in half to create my base card.  I cut a smaller white size, cut in half and counted on the front and back of the base, i then added a strip of inked card the same as ive used on the topper panel.

For the topper panel i die cut a white scalloped label 1 die and then die cut into it with a Tim Holtz mixed media die.  I mounted over inked card using foam tape and then added to a black labels 1 die cut.  I then die cut the Angel in contrasting inked card - ideal for all those little snippets i have amassed over the year from my brusho/pixie powder backgrounds.  I also cut the Angel from black card and added to the back as a shadow to help her stand out on the card.  I gently shaped her and added to the front with glue gel.  I only added glue to her body so her wings are free. Stamped greeting.

I then added the topper panel to my base card and added some gems picking up on the base colours.  Finished size is approx 5x5"

View from the top, a easy design to make with any square shaped dies.  

Just a close up of the angel

Purple & Green version, here i used the memory box collage die for the background.

Red and blue/lilac version

Red & Glittery Purple version.  I am slowly making a dent in all the off cuts ive collected all year from my sheets using brushos, pixie powders, inks etc and here the Angel is small enough to use up the little bits (approx  2x2").  I also seem to be using alot of dies this Christmas that cut into the card rather than out.  They seem to be a good way to add interest and depth without lots of layers. 

Items Used:
Echo Park Angel die
Tim Holtz Mixed Media dies
Memory box collage die
Spellbinders Labels 1 and grand labels 1
Brushos, pixie powders & wink of stellas

So if you fancy joining in with us and make a Christmas card with unusual colours and to just see what colours the others come up with do hop over to MMM

Thank you for popping by, I hope you all have a good week. Hugs Emmax