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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

TUTORIAL TUESDAY - WAX PAPER BACKGROUND

Hello and thanks for stopping by....
This is an easy way to create a background for your card makes and I'm showing you 3 different looks using the same technique.  There will be a YouTube video available later today at:
Poppyfield Card Crafts JF


All the cards are 5"x7" with 3 panels decreasing by an eighth of an inch

Glue the top 3 panels together and set aside








 You must use glossy card for this technique

Cut the card to size then scrunch a piece of wax paper tightly then open it out

Place one glossy card face up, cover with the wax paper then place the second glossy card face down

Cover the area with a piece of copy paper then, with a hot, dry iron apply the heat to this area for approximately 1 to 2 minutes
Cover the glossy card with your chosen ink colour then, using a paper towel, polish the card (this removes the excess ink and leaves a shine).  Glue this to the panels then adhere to the card base

On the blue card I added a die cut from the striplet range (Creative Expressions), a swirl of black gems and a sentiment (Chinese Proverb)

The red and black card had black ribbon adhered to it, the sentiment was stamped and heat embossed onto black card, this was then glued to red card, mounting foam added to the back and 3 black gems adhered to the ribbon

The 3rd, white card base, has panels of brown and primrose card.  Once the top panel was coloured and glued to the other panels a yellow ribbon was adhered to it then these were adhered to the main card

Narrow, oblong panels of white, brown and primrose were cut to size and glued together, the sentiment was stamped onto white card with an Archival Ink Pad in Coffee

Until tomorrow....

June x

Monday, 30 October 2017

SPECIAL BIRTHDAY WISHES - CARD WINNER

Hello and thanks for stopping by....

Yesterday was my niece's birthday and this is the card I made for her

I started with an ivory, 18cm square (7") base card and add a panel of 'primrose' card, then black and then the top panel, in primrose, as you can see this top panel was embossed

For the verse I typed, onto lemon paper, 'To Our Wonderful Niece' then, using 2 different stamps, I stamped 'with love' above the typed line and 'awesome, wonderful.... below it.  When I first saw this particular stamp I bought it to use on our grandson's birthday card when he'll be 10 next year

I die cut 4 circular frames in primrose and glued them together and using the smaller of the two circle dies I die cut one black panel

Foam tape was added to the back of the frame and adhered to the card

The sentiment was stamped with a clear embossing ink pad then covered in white embossing powder, the excess tapped off prior to heat setting it.  This was then adhered into the frame

The flowers were die cut, spritzed with water then scrunched and left to dry

I made a narrow bow using white satin ribbon and used both dies in the die set for the ivy

The flowers were then assembled and stamens glued into place.  I lightly brushed the flower heads and stamens with a black ink pen

To complete the card I added white tulle, a white satin ribbon, the largest and smallest flowers to the right of the card and adhered the medium size flower onto the left of the frame

I snipped the black ivy in a few places and adhered them to the top and bottom of the card


The envelope was stamped with the 'Birthday Mail' and the flower stamped twice, second generation stamping for the lighter flower.  I added a little lemon colouring to the flower and green to the leaves

INGREDIENTS:
  • Ivory card ~ CraftUK
  • Primrose and black card ~ Creative Expressions (CE)
  • Special Birthday Wishes Stamp ~ CE
  • With Love Stamp ~ my stash
  • Awesome, Wonderful etc Stamp ~ Woodware
  • Versafine Black Onyx Ink ~ Tsukineko
  • Versafine Clear Embossing Ink Pad ~ Tsukineko
  • White Embossing Powder ~ Hero Arts
  • Sweet William Flower Die Set ~ CE
  • Stamens ~ Club Green
  • Black ink pen ~ ProMarker
  • Ivy Die Set ~ CE
  • White tulle ~ CE
  • Satin ribbon ~ Club Green
  • Birthday Mail Stamp ~ CE
  • Flower stamp on envelope ~ my stash
And now for Saturday's card winner.................................................

Using Random.org Name Picker, it has picked....................................................

Littlelamb!!

Congratulations!  

Your card and stamp will be posted to you and another congratulations as you're the first to have won 3 weeks in a row.... a  'hat trick' !
(I did have a titter when your name was picked)

I obviously confused some of you, my lovely followers, on Saturday, by adding the extra post explaining I had "technical problems and lost my follow button etc" as two ladies commented on that post, thinking it was part of Saturday's card.  As they are regular followers I also added their names into the mix 

Until tomorrow....

June x


Sunday, 29 October 2017

IVORY & BLACK BIRTHDAY CARD

Hello and thanks for stopping by....
 Today's card was given to one of my closet friends for her birthday last week.
We've been friends since the first day at school, some 61 years!  She actually married an ex-boyfriend of mine.... and we're still friends LOL

The card is a 20cm square (8") ivory card with a black panel card stock added to the base card.  A slightly smaller ivory panel was embossed and adhered to the black card then onto the card base

The centre die piece (one of my all time favourites) was die cut and embossed in ivory and black card, the black used to give a shadow

I stamped the sentiment onto more ivory card, die cut it and added fun foam to the back for a little dimension

On butterfly, in black card, was die cut and embossed and adhered to the card and 5 small black gems glued onto its spine
Two stamps were used for the verse

The 'Happy Birthday' stamp is, in my opinion, a fabulous stamp to use with a gorgeous font
I think the verse is very beautiful too.  This stamp set is available from 'The Ducks Doodahs' on-line store, there is a link to it on the right side of my blog.  The products are extremely affordable

 I had already written  inside the card when I realised I'd not taken the photo!
The only decoration on the envelope, this time, was the 'Birthday Mail' stamp

INGREDIENTS:
  • Ivory card ~ Crafter's Companion
  • Black card ~ Creative Expressions
  • Embossing Folder ~ Crafter's Companion
  • Mystical Embrace Die Set ~ Spellbinders
  • Les Papillions Butterfly Die Set (one of 4 butterflies in the set) ~ Spellbinders
  • Happy Birthday and Birthday Mail Stamps ~ Creative Expressions
  • Birthday sentiment stamp ~ KaiserCraft, available from 'The Ducks Doodahs' on-line store
  • Versafine Onyx Black Ink ~ Tsukineko
  • Platinum Die Cutting Machine ~ Spellbinders

Until tomorrow....

June x

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Friday, 27 October 2017

Hello everyone....  I seem to be having technical problems with this blog.  My 'follow' button and followers have disappeared!  I am able to post my daily card thankfully so I hope 'it' rights itself soon!!! 

June x

FESTIVE FRIDAY 13

Hello and thanks for stopping by....

I really like a red and gold combo.... with white as a contrast!

I used elements from the Shadow Box Collection , added polished glitter to the stocking top, die cut 'son' and mounted that onto, yes, mirror card, hence the black shadow!!   I'm a glutton for punishment with this mirri card LOL.  It is red without an ounce of black anywhere! 

INGREDIENTS:
  • White card stock ~ Papermill Direct
  • Red card stock ~ Creative Expressions (CE)
  • Mirror card ~ my stash
  • Shadow Box Collection ~ CE
  • Sentiment ~ CE
It would be good to see you visit tomorrow for the Saturday freebie card plus stamp

Until then....

June x


Thursday, 26 October 2017

NEW CHALLENGE - A 'CHARMED' DISTRESS LOOK!

Hello and thanks for stopping by....

A new challenge for Team B starts today at Moving Along With The Times (MAWTT), the lovely Hazel is hosting this and her theme is:
'Add A Charm Or Tag'
We hope that you'll join in with us and let us see what you can design.  Please take a stroll over to the MAWTT Blog and see the stunning creations from the rest of the team.
This is my contribution....
I first embossed a panel of white watercolour card then sprinkled 3 different Pixie Powders over the embossed image, spritzed with water and let it dry overnight

I realise that the pattern on each bauble is not clear on the photograph but is in 'the flesh' 

I wanted to create a 'distressed look' with this card and whilst it doesn't appeal to everyone (and I used to be one of those people) I must say that I now really enjoy making this kind of 'look' LOL

I highlighted the outer part of the baubles with a gold paint pen then splattered gold liquid onto the card, one of the 'splats' landed right in the centre of a bauble, couldn't have done that had I tried to, so I dabbed gold onto the other centres

I adhered this panel onto a thin darker blue panel and then onto my DL base card

I completed the card by adding a 'Christmas stocking charm' to the top left of the card

INGREDIENTS:
  • Watercolour card ~ Crafter's Companion
  • Blue card ~ my stash
  • DL card ~ Woodware
  • Pixie Powders: Midnight Blue, Aqua Lagoon, Peacock Green ~ Creative Expressions
  • Gold Paint Pen ~ Pen-touch
  • Christmas Stocking Charm ~ Hobby House
Until tomorrow....

June x

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

CARD COMMISSION - WELCOME LITTLE ONE

Hello and thanks for stopping by.... 

A warm welcome to two new followers, Max and Greg.  Thank you for clicking the 'follow' button



I used a 5" square (CraftUK), white card base for this commission card and stamped (my stash) the baby's clothes onto white card stock, coloured them with water colour pencils (Derwent) then blended the colour using a damp brush and 'fussy' cut them out

To the card base I added 2 'clothes posts and a washing line, added tufts of grass to the bottom of the posts then gently added a few 'scribbled lines' with a green water colour pencil so that they didn't look as if they were floating mid air

I added mounting foam to the back of the baby grow whilst the bib and socks were adhered to the card flat

The sentiment ('Welcome Little' One Die Set - Creative Expressions) was die cut 3 times, glued together then glued onto a small piece of white card stock that had mounting foam added to the back.  I ran a blending too,l that already had 'broken china' on it, over the lettering then adhered it to the card.  To finish the card I ran double lines around the edge of the card to give it a 'frame'

A personal verse was inserted


The decorated envelope

Until tomorrow....
June x

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

TUTORIAL TUESDAY - LOVE YOU

Hello and thanks for stopping by....
 I started with a 5"x7" white card and taped around the whole card to give me a nice, clean border when removed
 I used 3 Distress Oxide Inks, but you can use any make you have.  I love these particular inks as they blend so well and the finished result is excellent.
I used 'worn lipstick', 'spiced marmalade' & 'cracked pistachio' then, using a blending tool, applied the inks onto the card
 Once the card was coloured I removed the 'easy lift off' tape to reveal a clean, white border
 From the 'Perspective' Range by Creative Expressions, I die cut 'LOVE' three times on white card then once on brown, to give me a shadow affect, the 'YOU' twice on white and once on brown
I then glued them together, adding the white onto the brown but slightly overlapping, for a shadow, applied more Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue to the back of each word and adhered to the card front
 I cut another piece of white card, a little smaller than the original 5"x7" and coloured it to match the card front.  I dried the inks with my heat tool then stamped a verse using a Versafine Ink Pad in Onyx Black.  Double sided tape was applied to the back prior to adding it to the card
 
You could use a combination of blues, greens, greys, browns etc which also would be ideal for the 'male' card

Until tomorrow....
June x

Monday, 23 October 2017

USING YOUR LEFT-OVER PAPERS, CARD AND EMBELLISHMENTS

Hello and thanks for stopping by....

I have a 6" square, white base card today and I added a panel of copper bronze card to it

The spotted paper was left over from a previous card, as was the embossed white card.  I only had to cut both pieces to size for this card

I coloured the rose using one red and one orange water pencil and used two different green water pencils for the leaves

I covered the entire flower and leaves with a clear glaze and when it was completely dry I couldn't resist adding Clear Nuvo Drops to several areas

The sentiment had been previously stamped with, I think, an Archival Ink Pad in 'coffee' and I dabbed the edges with a smoothie that was already inked from a previous project

I do try to make a batch of products and card bases but must start identifying them before I stack them in the appropriate containers!

I also try to make at least two of the same card as I donate to several charities

You will see this flower again in a week or so when I post my card for the new design team I'm also on.... you may not recognise it! LOL

INGREDIENTS:
  • White card base ~ CraftUK
  • Copper Bronze card ~ Creative Expressions
  • White card ~ Papermill Direct (I embossed it using a Crafter's Companion E/F)
  • Rose ~ Digi Stamp
  • Watercolour pencils ~ Derwent Co
  • Sentiment ~ my stash
  • Clear Glaze ~ Pinflair
  • Nuvo Clear Drops ~ Tonic

The winner of Saturday's card is:

Littlelamb

Congratulations!

Until tomorrow....

June x

Sunday, 22 October 2017

MY SOUL IS FED WITH STAMPS AND INK

Hello and thanks for stopping by....

Quite a large card today, 19cm x 30cm

The design was already printed on the paper, I added more colour, with distress markers by Ranger to all the greenery, some turquoise blue to the water, gave the heron and smaller butterfly some colour too

I coloured the larger butterfly, added a little fine gold glitter by WOW then covered it with Ranger's Glossy Accents

I also used glossy accents on various areas on the greenery

The sentiment was stamped with a Versafine Onyx Black ink pad and matted onto white card that had 3D mounting foam added to the back

I used a Wink of Stella Glitter Pen to several areas once the card was completed

I hope to get a suitable picture frame to fit this as I'd like to hang it in my studio

Until tomorrow....

June x

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Friday, 20 October 2017

FESTIVE FRIDAY 12

Hello and thanks for stopping by....

I didn't use any Christmas papers for this card.  Sometimes, when using 'traditional' colours you don't really need to add a lot more to your card

This is an 8" square white card base and I added the red and white checked paper to it


I used gold embossing powder to stamp the heart wreath and branches onto ivory card


I matted both onto a plain red card.  Before adhering to the card I glued 3 varying lengths of gold ribbon to the oblong piece of card and secured the ribbon onto the back of it

The wreath was also adhered to the card.  I used a quickie glue pen to add dots around the wreath and sprinkled red glitter onto them


I then stamped 2 of each baubles onto red card, added gold dots to the top bauble and gold glitter to the bottom one, for the longer ribbon I glued a red star to the bottom of it then attached 3 small gold bows as shown

The embellishments to the top right were made a while ago and I adhered those to the card

The bow was stamped onto glittered red card and fussy cut.  I used a gold paint pen around the edges

The glittered gold sentiment was glued to red card stock that had 3D mounting foam on the back

Hope to see you back tomorrow for our 'give-away' card

INGREDIENTS:
  • White card ~ CraftUK
  • Red card, ivory card & papers ~ my stash
  • Gold embossing powder ~ WOW
  • Red glitter ~ Tonic
  • Gold paint pen ~ my stash
  • MDF Merry Christmas ~ Hobbycraft
Until then....

June x


Thursday, 19 October 2017

TICKLED PINK FOR YOU - FLORENCE THE FLAMINGO!

Hello, thanks for stopping by today....
This is a 6"x6" white card base with a layer of pink, white, and a final top panel of white

This stamp set comes with 3 stamps for the flamingo, as you can see on the package below. I used only  2 stamps for the body, using a 'pale tomato' ink pad (make unknown) then stamped it again with 'tattered rose' ink and finally 'spun sugar'.  I then re-stamped 'Florence' on spare card and fussy cut it to use as a mask, covered her with it so that I could colour the remainder of the card

'Tumbled glass' and 'broken china' inks were used for the water then using the 'ripple' stamp from the set I inked it with 'broken china' but inked it 3 times to give  me a more defined image on the water

Still keeping Florence masked I stamped the 'rushes' with 'bundled sage' distress ink

I added a mask for the sun then dusted  'tumbled glass' 'spiced marmalade' and 'worn lipstick' for the sky

The sentiment, which I love, was stamped with a 'Versafine' Clear Stamp Pad, then 'red regular' embossing powder sprinkled over, excess removed and heat set

I die cut a narrow frame, twice,  on white card, using dies 11 and 12 from the Tonic set, glued them together and adhered them to the finished image

I used the third stamp, inked with 'worn lipstick' to add to the bottom left of the envelope and used the same sentiment and colour to add to the back of the envelope

INGREDIENTS:
  • White card base ~ Woodware
  • Pink card ~ my stash
  • Distress Oxide Inks in worn lipstick, spiced marmalade and broken china ~ Ranger
  • Distress Inks in broken china, spun sugar, tattered rose and tumbled glass ~ Ranger
  • Versafine Clear Ink Pad ~ Tsukineko
  • Red Regular Embossing Powder ~ WOW
  • Square Die Set ~ Tonic
  • Fabulous Flamingo Stamp Set ~ Stampin UP!
  • Platinum Die Cutting Machine ~ Spellbinders

Until tomorrow....

June x

Same card!  How strange there is a whiteish area around Florence! 

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

TUTORIAL TUESDAY - QUICK BACKGROUNDS AND DOUBLE INKING

Hello & Welcome

Rather a  lengthy tutorial today with lots of pictures.  There is also a video on YouTube showing extra cards at:
Poppyfield Card Crafts JF

I'm having to do two separate videos and the first one is still loading on YouTube!! 
I'll start with the....
INGREDIENTS:

  • DL white card stock ~ Woodware
  • 6x6" card stock ~ ?Woodware (unsure about this one as I've had these cards a long time!)
  • Chicken Wire Background Stamp ~ JustRite
  • Never Give Up Stamp ~ Visible Image UK
  • A Friend Is Stamp ~  Creative Expressions (CE)
  • Fossilized Amber & Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide Inks ~ Ranger
  • Bundles Sage Distress Ink ~ Ranger
  • Clear Embossing Powder ~ WOW
  • Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad ~ Tsukineko
  • Pre-inked 'smoothies' ~ CE
  • Masks ~ That Special Touch
  • Just A Note Die ~ CE
  • Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear PVA Adhesive
  • MISTI
  • Platinum Machine ~ Spellbinders
The above items are all the ingredients used for both cards.
The items shown below are used for this first card
I placed my DL card into the MISTI, placed the 'chicken wire'  stamp in position,  inked  it with 'bundled sage' distress ink then stamped the card 

I then swapped the stamp for the sentiment one, placed that into position, picked it up with the MISTI lid and inked it with Versafine Onyx Black then immediately sprinkled the clear embossing powder over it, removed the excess powder, and with my preheated heat tool heat set it.  This creates a very glossy and raised image, and, as you know, one of my favourite techniques, so if you have a clear embossing powder I urge you to give it a try!

On the front of the envelope I inked the same stamp, placed part of  it to the lower left hand corner and stamped the partial image and, on the envelope back,  I stamped 'with love' in the same ink
For card 2 I used a 'home made' mask, if you look again at the picture of the ingredients you'll see part of a die cut black card and this is what I used as a 'mask' for this card.  So remember when you are die cutting flowers etc and before you throw the left over card into the bin you just may be able to reuse it for something else, as I did
The background is subtle but click on the picture and you'll see the outline of the die.  I used a pre-inked 'smoothie' to add colour, over the mask, as a background
Using Distress Oxide Inks I coloured a strip of white card with 'spiced marmalade' and the other side with 'fossilized amber'


I die cut the sentiment twice, glued them together then adhered to the card front.  I placed part of the same mask to the bottom left of the the envelope and added colour using the same blue inked smoothie 
You  could make a batch of 'background cards' with matching envelopes and when you come to need a card in a hurry all you have to do is add the sentiment

Until tomorrow

June x

Don't forget there is a YouTube video on the above and if you do visit please hit the subscribe button then you will be notified of new videos when I add them, as some may not necessarily be shown as a blog post :)  Jx