Monday, 26 February 2018

Glitter Flowers

Good Morning everyone, i hope you are all keeping warm with this cold snap.  

Im going to try different layouts this year so joined in a couple of sketch challenges and it also helped me with making this card for my sister in law.  Ive also recently come into some amazing glitter card from Jelly bean so been having fun playing with it. 

6x6 White card.  I then die cut and made up the flower using champagne glitter card, i made up the card layout following a sketch, stamped greeting in grey and some matting and layering.  I broke up the colour with some distress oxide inked foliage and matching green gems. 

Close up of the flowers, showing its sparkle.  this card is actually completely smooth so lovely for die cutting. 

Onto two thank you cards for friends that sent me some lovely craft goodies to play with.

6x6 scalloped card blank.  Pre dotty embossed card from payper box, matted onto teal glitter card, die cut sentiment, i made up the flower with some orange stamens, then found a scrap of brusho/pixie powder card in matching orangey colours for the leaves. .  Gold pearls to finish.

Close up of the flower

Same as above but red and pale green combo. 

You can see the glittering of the card in the close up. 

Items Used:
Jellybean Glitter card
Cheerylynn Thank you die
Spellbinders foliage die
Wonky stitched circle die
Cosmic Shimmer pixie powders
Clearly besotted sentiment stamp
Cracked pistachio & twisted citron distress oxide inks

Thank you for stopping by and all your amazing comments.  I hope you all have a good week and it doesn't get too cold. Emma

Monday, 19 February 2018

Messy Background

Good Morning everyone, and welcome to a new week.

Its time for a new challenge over at Make My Monday  with the theme this time being


So go and dig out all those inks, paints, pencils, texture pastes, pastels and and have fun.   As most of you know i love my brusho's and pixie powders but decided to go with something different and dug out my stencils, texture paste and paints.  There is something satisfying starting with white card and completely transforming it.

6x6 white cardblank.  After making my background (details below) i added it to the card front.  Then die cut lots of small white flowers, green foliage and little berry branches in yellow.  I added yellow enamel dots to the flowers.  I die cut a black glossy pot and then built up my flowers.  Black glossy sentiment and white butterflies to finish. 

Close up of the flowers. 
I didn't have a suitable size flower pot so dug through my die collection and came across this die - it comes from a tea party set, i turned the die cut upside down and cut the bottom of it - i then had the perfect size pot.  So don't forget to look at your dies and see if you can easily turn them into something else. 

below is details of my messy background

I first added texture paste through a brick stencil onto white card.  As you will be painting over it you can use any colour texture/modelling paste you have.  I wanted it rough around the edges so added less paste there and then before removing the stencil use the pallet knife to add texture to the bricks.  Set aside to completely dry. 

Once dry i added imagination starlight paints in red and orange, blending together in places.  I only needed to add one layer of paint as its highly pigmented.  The photo doesn't show the amazing shimmer this paint has. 

Once the red dried, I then added touches of green paint to look like mossy and more weathered bricks, then i added black archival ink by dry brushing over all the bricks to again add that weathered old brick look, adding more ink between the bricks.  Adding the black really brings up the texture in the bricks i added with the palette knife.  I then cut into a square.  

Items used:
Imagination Crafts starlight paints, red, orange and green
Cosmic Shimmer texture paste
That Special touch - brick mask
Memory box massa leaf die, meadow bird branch, mini butterflies
Xcut teaparty die set
Small flower dies
Viva yellow paper pen (enamel drops)

 Please do pop over to MMM and join in and see what everyone else came up with for Messy Backgrounds, i think this challenge will be really fun. 

We had some beautiful weather at the weekend so hope to see some more of that sunshine this week so i hope you all have a good week too.  Thank you for popping by. Emma

Monday, 12 February 2018

Cat & Bird Card Box Sets

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

Today im sharing 2 box sets ive made as gifts.  

The first one is using 2 different cats stamps from Zinski art and the second set is using the Crazy bird stamps.

I decorated the lid of my box with the cat stamps.

I first stamped the cat, doodled in a ground and coloured with wink of stella pens.  I lightly watercoloured blue background and green to the grass.  Die cut into a doublestitched rectangle.  Stamped greeting. Then matted onto black card and coloured card to match the topper colour.  

Im on a mission this year to use up some of the hundreds of coloured card ive amassed over the years!  

As above, the 2nd zinski art cat  stamp, again coloured the same way and matted onto purple card to match the wink of stella pens.

And below shows all cards i made for the set

This shows all 8 of the A6 (4x6) cards i made for the set.  The sentiment stamps came free with a magazine, but i like how they are all different fonts.  This set is for a friend who has a couple of cats and no birthday cards in the set as she always asks me separately to make those. 

and below on to the birdie set

Basically the same as the cat set just using the Tim Holtz crazy birds, as their is 6 different birds and i made 8 cards i used a couple of the birds twice.  This set does have a couple of birthday cards in it. 

Again i coloured them with wink of stella pens, shame the photos don't pick up the amazing sparkle they have. 

I kept the cards completely flat for ease of posting. 

Items used
Paperartsy Zinski art Mini stamps
Tim Holtz crazy bird stamps
Sentiment stamps
Wink of stella pens
Distress inks tumbled glass, cracked pistachio & lucky clover
Double stitched rectangle dies
Coloured card by payper box
Glossy accents

Thank you for stopping by and all your comments last week, also thank you to all of you that are following me by email.  If you are off for half term this week i hope you enjoy it, i shall be spending time with my lovely nieces.  Enjoy your week. Emma

Thursday, 8 February 2018

CAS Hipster Animals

Good Morning everyone, i hope you are having a good week and keeping warm.

Today im sharing my first outing of my new Tim Holtz Hipster Animals stamps.  Ive turned them into CAS male cards for the charity box.  I had originally planned to completely colour the image in but after making up the card thought they worked well left mostly white, just their outfits coloured in. 

6x6 card size.  First stamp the image and add some colour, i used alcohol pens simply on the outfit and eyes, i added glossy accents to the spectacles. Then die cut into a wonky stitched circle.  

I die cut a square and stamped the greeting, i then die cut an aperture slightly bigger than my topper, i then embossed the bigger size of wonky stitched circle around the aperture.  A cheats way if you don't have a set of in/out stitched dies! Then mounted onto blue card to match his outfit with foam pads.  I then added the topper again with foam pads.  The 'moat' around the topper just adds some interest to this simple design. 

All 4 blue circle cards.

Below a green/square version

Made exactly the same as the blue ones just using wonky stitched squares and green outfits/card instead. 

Just showing all 4 of the green ones.  

Items used:
Tim Holtz Hipster Animals stamps
Clearly Besotted Sentiment stamps
MFT wonky stitched circle & square dies

Thank you all for stopping by for a peek.  Keep Warm. Emma

Monday, 5 February 2018

Lots of circles - crazy dogs

Good Morning all and welcome to a new week.

Today is a new challenge starting at Make My Monday

The theme this fortnight is


Make a project using at least 3 circles.  You could go quite simple or all out with lots of circles.  I decided to go circle mad with circle toppers, circle inking and a spotty embossing folder.

Make an XL DL card by folding black A4 cardstock in half lengthways.  

I first stamped the crazy dogs and then die cut into a circle.  I then masked the dogs with drawing gum, using a dotty stencil i applied ink through some of the circles and then stamped in the same ink with a dictionary stamp.  I removed the stencil and drawing gum and watercoloured the dogs with distress inks. 

I then inked around the edge and mounted onto black circles.  Die cut a round birthday sentiment in white and matted onto a black circle.  I then used a large spots embossing folder on a white panel for the background and used the same blue ink on the edges.  

I stamped and coloured some of the tennis balls from the stamp set, covered in glossy accents and used them in the corners to embellish.  A few extra balls and bones to finish. 

Close up detail of the dog and inked and stamped background behind him.  I also added glossy accents to the eyes and nose. 

Items used
Tim Holtz Mini Crazy dog stamps
Distress inks - tumbled glass, peacock feathers, ripe persimmon, picked raspberry, smoked chicory, black soot.
Stampin up - dictionary stamp
That special touch - spot/circle mask
Crafters companion 8x8 spotty embossing folder
Circle Happy Birthday die.

I started seeing dots before my eyes with this one, but enjoyed getting inky.  Please do pop over to see the rest of the teams projects and to join in

I hope you all have a good week. Emma 

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Carabelle Stamps

Good Morning everyone,

Today i am sharing my first outing of my new carabelle stamps, continuing my new found like of quirky.  Their mermaid set is next on my wish list😉. I have coloured them all with Wink of Stella pens, sadly the photos don't show up the amazing sparkle these pens have and aqua tints.  

One of my new year craft resolutions is to use the aqua tints that have been at the back of my cupboard for years.  They are in large open pots so i was always terrified i would knock them over and the ink go everywhere, so i have decanted them into little bottles with tiny nozzles - much safer for me to use!

7x7" white card blank.  I die cut a square and then stamped my little scene, first stamping of them came out perfectly.  I used a black fine liner pen to add some ground and a few extra little plant tuffs.  I used aqua tints to do a wash of the sky in blue and the grass in greens.  

I then went over the flower stems with a green alcohol pen - just easier than tackling with a brush! I also did the girls skin with an alcohol pen.  I then added various colours of wink of stella to a craft sheet and water coloured the images with them. 

I edged the panel with dusty concord and black soot distress inks to help frame it.  Mounted onto black card and onto the cardblank of which i had stamped the greeting in the corners. 

5x7" card.  After die cutting a rectangle i stamped my little scene, again doodled some ground in.  I coloured the same as above, i went over the lines of the yellow flowers as wanted the feeling of dandelion type heads, fluffy.  Once dry i stamped the greeting, this is where the stamp platform comes in great as i could over stamp the sentiment on the unsmooth cardstock until i had it perfect.  Mounted onto black card and then the cardblank. 

As above just a different sentiment.

6x6 card.  Again i stamped the image (don't know the make), its all in one stamp this - then watercoloured with aqua tints and wink of stella pens.  Mounted onto black and then stamped greeting onto the cardblank.

Trying to show the sparkle, think you can just about catch it on the flower heads. 

Items used:
Carabelle 'Zinouk du Jardin'
Clearly besotted sentiment stamps
Stampin up work of art sentiment stamp
Dovecraft friends sentiment stamp
Wink of stella pens
Spectrum Noir Aqua tints.

I am finding stamping so much more fun with the stamp platform, no more dropped inky stamps or smudging.  

Thank you for stopping by and any comments you leave.  

One of my inspirational craft buddies set up a blog this week, if you were on docrafts you will know her as SomersetSteph, im sure she would love to see you if any of you fancy a peek in a spare moment.   Good Luck with your blog Steph. 

Wishing you all a good weekend, hopefully we get to see some sunshine. Emmax