Saturday, 23 August 2014

Winter Wishes Stepper Card.

My friend Sharon Bramley has a lot to answer for because she forced me to buy this stepper die just last week! She told me I "needed" to have it and that I would regret it if I didn't. No, only joking but she did show me how fantastic it really is and Yes, it is.

So, the base card is cut using the die - easy peasy, no measuring or folding, it's all done for you. It even has dies that cut the paper for the panels and the inside - a complete card on one die set.
This has been topped with a Nellie Snellen die cut circle, a punched hang tag and a Marianne Bowmaker die, (also a fantastic die to use). Very effective and very easy - Sharon - you were right - I love it!

Friday, 22 August 2014

White Christmas. ( With a bit of blue !)

I really like white on white design for Christmas cards and it can be quite tricky as not all whites are the same, which sounds mad but it's true. This card started out with the intention of being all white but then I decided to use a rich blue to give it a bit of oomph.

The background is an embossing folder with large snowflakes all over it. This has been painted with Mod Podge Sparkle to give it a lovely irridescent sparkle. 
You may just be able to make that out in this image a bit better.

The blue peel off has been mounted onto white card and cut out, then topped with a spotted embossed panel and a die-cut Merry Christmas which has also been Mod Podged. Some pretty white lace and a few blue gems complete the design.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Forest of Christmas Trees.

This card is a tent fold and has a BoBunny Double Dot paper background, framing the chevron cut foiled trees panel. A fluffy bow and some frosted dots finish off. The Merry Christmas message comes ready cut and just needs to be snipped from its surround.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Bunches of Holly.

Again an A6 card but this time it is folded on the left hand side to create a landscape card. The holly design is created with a punch and repeated along the red border but also used as a feature on the central panel.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Winter Wonderland

This card is very fresh looking and quite simple.
A panel of white, star embossed card is layered onto a tent fold white A6 card. Three narrow strips of paper cut with chevron ends, inked lightly create the left hand detail. The house has been die cut from a 12x12 sheet and matted onto a larger white shape. A punched snowflake and a bit of Glamour dust finish the look.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Funky Baubles.

I love this Kaisercraft foiled bauble paper and I found a lovely stamp that complimented it perfectly. So I stamped and embossed the bauble onto minty green card and then matted it onto silver satin card to create a topper. The horizontal panel is embossed with one of the older Cuttlebug folders ( I think it was called Snow Dots) and some spotty ribbon is added across the top of that.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Coffee & Cream Christmas.

This is a zig-zag folded card, topped with card which has a punched edge, ( EK Success, it punches and embosses some detail), embossed paper with the same edge, a label die and a ready made topper. A few topaz coloured gems just finish it off.

The first picture shows how the card is folded and constructed.

This image shows the beautiful embossed pattern on the cream paper a little bit more clearly.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

More from the bumper Christmas workshops.

The next few cards are all from our recent Saturday bumper Christmas workshop. All the ladies produced some lovely cards and we had great fun and consumed lots of cake all washed down with lashings of tea!
The cards are quite simple but then we are talking about speedy crafting!

Hobby House Snow Princess.

Isn't she lovely?
This card shows one of the Hobby House toppers and the snowflake card is also theirs. Teamed with some glittery, swirly hand made paper and some gorgeous pearl trim. The die is a Marianne oval and also the poinsettia is from Marianne. A little bit of stickles and a pearl add the finishing touches.

The workshop ladies were also given an alternative topper for the same card which is layered with
 a square die from Cheery Lynn.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Retro Bambi

The papers used for this card are from an old range by K & Co but I still really like them. The little reindeer remind me of the Babycham deer ( I know showing my age now! ). The topper was again created by cutting up a 12x12 sheet and then using Spellbinders Wonky Squares to mat with. The card has been cut into a funky retro shape and finished with some ribbon and a charm.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Black & White Bauble

These cards are all quite simple really and that was the idea because we had 8 designs and 2 of each to make on the day, so we didn't need anything that was too complicated.
    This one is also quite easy to replicate.
Squares of embossed and stamped white pearl card are gridded onto black velvet paper. The stamps are by Oak House Studio. The addition of die cut labels and a punched bauble and snowflakes complete this monochrome card.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Funky Baubles

I like to try and combine unusual colours sometimes and that is what I've done here. The paper is a really soft khaki colour and it has been embossed with a new 6x6 folder from Crafts Too, of a pine sprig. This has then been sanded to expose the white core of the paper and then glittered. I've teamed it with a strong purple card and used purple glitter film on the chippie bauble to complete.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Cheeky Little Robins

Very cute little robins on a clear stamp, simply coloured using watercolour pencils and lightly blended with a water brush. A stamped greeting, some pretty lace and a complimentary backing paper - quite quick really.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Funky Happy Christmas

This is quite a simple idea really but very effective. Mirri card and Dufex foiled card have been used for background layers with ribbon and a peel off border across the bottom. The focal point is a funky peel off message layered onto three different circles, using the blue as a strong contrast and the top one is again a Little B die. Then some blue frosted dots to finish it off. Easy to ring the changes here with a variety of colours.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Christmas Star

Here's another from our Christmas weekend
     This time we have used one of the new Little B Dies. I love these dies and their unique little details and features. If you look closely at the star in the second image, you can see the imprinted, stitched detail it has.
     So, here we have embossed the background with a pretty starry embossing folder, again teamed up with Kraft brown ( I love this card - can you tell? ).
     The bauble paper across the middle and the three small stars along the bottom have all been covered with double sided adhesive and then glittered. Finished off with a pretty bow.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Jolly Santa

I love this jolly Santa - he's a proper Santa. These images were cut from a 12x12 sheet. The corner die is lovely and is from Crafts Too, this has been cut from a flocked 12x12 sheet and the same paper is used for the background to Santa. The text background is a Stampendous cling stamp and the fancy paper is again from Wild Rose studio. Again, using a Kraft brown card but this one is a little bit different and actually is a white core card, so can be sanded to expose the core.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Christmas in July Weekend.

             Over the next couple of weeks, I thought I would share the samples from our Christmas in July weekend that we have just held. 

              We had a fabulous couple of days to celebrate the launch of Christmas -you need to start early if you are hoping to make all your own Christmas cards and gifts, so we wanted to give you a helping hand to do just that.

This first card features some of the gorgeous Wild Rose Studio printed toppers and papers, teamed up with Kraft brown cardstock. Then we've added a lovely twiddly holly die a poinsettia die and a seasonal message, a few little red gems - et voila!  

Please pop back for more over the next few days.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Mad Hatter Challenge for Woodware.

This is my effort for the Woodware blog challenge. The lovely Dorriedoodles asked me for a theme and the first thing that came to mind was "Mad Hatters" - read what you will into that!
I have been intending to make a top hat for some time and this finally spurred me on to get on with it.
It is a miniature size, only 5cm tall and 5.5cm wide.

I have used Clearly for Art moldable film to shape the brim and attached some 7 Gypsies decorative paper to that. The crown is made using card covered with paper and the top of the hat was made with a circle punch.

I inked all the edges with ColorBox black Crafters ink.

I have added some 7mm black ribbon, a feather and some cogs and clock face charms. I have also sprinkled on some Frantage Aged Spice embossing enamel.

Hope you like it.

Monday, 7 April 2014

2014 Craft Retreat Coutdown.

Only four more sleeps until our 2014 Craft Retreat and I'm very excited and can't wait to share the projects with all of you. Here is a little sneak peek at one of them. Hope you're gonna love them too. See you there.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Craftwork Cards Kitsch Collection

This is the lovely new collection from Craftwork cards that we have been playing with in this week's workshops. The samples were made in a variety of colours and it's interesting to see how different they look made from different papers.

Stamp Pad April Craft Retreat - Sneaky Peek

Hi, Finally I am back to my blog and am going to try to keep much more up to date with it. So just to kick things off I am going to be showing you some of the projects which will be appearing at my next Retreat this April. Here's an image, can you guess what this might be going to be?

Check back later to find out more.

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