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Saturday, 29 September 2018

LOVE, CARD WINNER & CRAFT SPECIALS!

Good morning blog friends....

This is a 7" square white card base.  I embossed  one of the papers from the New Leaf Premium Paper Pad by Mindy Terasawa (I used the back of the paper) then adhered the gorgeous green ribbon (my stash) onto the card base, then the paper.  I tied the ribbon once it and the paper were adhered to the card base

I also added Tonic's Embellishment Mousse in 'Aloe Vera' onto my Tonic glass mat, added some water then with a wide paint brush I added the colour over the raised embossed areas

I die cut parts of the dies from two Tonic die sets, I don't have the names but hope to be informed of them from the Tonic Facebook page
These were die cut on white card.  I cut both in half and placed one half of the square die set to the left of the ribbon but used both half pieces of the circular die set, also around the ribbon

The embellishments were all die cut from white card and I used the Splendid Swirls/CE and some of the Faux Quilled Blooms/CE for the flowers but also added the larger white pearls embellishments too.  These were in my 'commercial flower box' without a name but I think they could be from Wild Orchard Crafts

The crystal drops (my stash) were adhered to the bottom of the card and to the top right of the card 

I added the letters for LOVE by Simply Creative, above the crystal drops.  These letters are foam and have a sparkle too (The Range)

Using the same papers (there are 3 of each design in the paper pad) I embossed them using Crafter's Companion's Embossalicious Embossing Folder - I really must find out the name of this folder!

The 'Hand Crafted With Love' die cut is from the Dimensions Kaleidoscope Box Insert Panel Set by Tonic

I also used the outer cutting die from Tonic's 'unnamed' circular die set for the large white panel on the card inside.  A verse will be added later

I embossed a strip of the green left-over paper and adhered it to the side of the envelope.  I used the same embossing folder for this










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Pam G

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Your card will be winging its way to you

Until tomorrow....

June 
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Friday, 28 September 2018

FESTIVE FRIDAY 36 - (RUDOLPH DAYS)

Good morning blog friends....

A green theme for this week's festive card


I coloured a small piece of white card with a distress oxide in 'lucky clover' then used a circular die to cut it.  I then stamped the trees and reindeer, using an onyx black ink pad, onto the coloured circle

I also made a mask for the trees so that I could give the impression they were behind each other

This was then adhered to the 6" card base and a silver ribbon string was also adhered to the 'bauble'

I die cut a circular frame 5 times, glued them together then coloured the top, sides and inside the ring before I adhered it over the image

A small green bow was attached and a silver star

The sentiment was also stamped using the same oxide ink

Larger circular dies were used to die cut the green card for the inside of the card and the next size down was used for the white card

I used another two stamps from the freebie stamp set by Sheena Douglass to stamp both sentiments 

Card with envelope 


This week's freebie

Leave me a comment on today's post if you would like your name added to the draw for the stamp

You have until 6pm Saturday to do so and the winner will be announced on Sunday's blog

Until tomorrow....

June 
x

I would like to enter this card into Scraps of Life by Scrappy Mo

Thursday, 27 September 2018

FILL YOUR DAYS

Morning blog friends....

Either this year, or last, I showed you how I made a Christmas card using non-traditional papers/colours, well, today's card is using a Christmas paper but it's not for Christmas.  Another, I think, for the males, even with the swirly bits!  But these could easily be removed

I do apologise for using cream and black card again, but actually it's peach coloured card by Creative Expressions and their black card!

This is a 5"x7" top folding card with a smaller panel of black card then the designer paper

When you take a good look at the design of the paper you can see stars on it although the whole design is subtle

The paper pad is by Craft Sensations and called Christmas Party, bought at The Range

Once the black card and paper were adhered to the card base I wrapped black jute (CE) around it three times and secured it at the back with tape and added the metal charm (make unknown but possible with CE or Ranger) as shown 

I die cut one of the tags from Spellbinder's 'Fancy Tags Three' twice in the peach card and twice in the black.  These were adhered to overlap to create a shadow and the sentiment (unknown make) was stamped using a black ink pad

The two die cuts were then glued together to form the shape as shown on the card 

I added another panel of peach card to the inside of the card to conceal the twine

I scored the back of the card about half an inch from the top then added score pal tape to this so that I could adhere front and back card together 

 Whilst the card has a distinct yellow look in the flesh it is a delicate peach! 

Until tomorrow....

June 
x

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

WEDNESDAY WEEKLY CARD GIVE-AWAY

Morning blog friends....

For today's card I started with a 7" square, ivory coloured card stock then added a smaller panel of black card followed by a smaller panel of designer paper by  First Edition Paper called Mulberry Kisses.  This is an 8"x8" paper pad, bought sometime ago at The Range

I then die cut and embossed the centre design by Spellbinders, called A2 Swirl Background/S5-366,  in black card and ivory card, these two pieces were then adhered together but with a slight overlap to give the shadow effect

I glued a length of ivory ribbon to the back of the black card then adhered it the base card, with the designer paper attached

The die cut pieces were attached at a 'jaunty' angle and the ribbon was tied into a small bow

I added an enamel rose/Creative Expressions, to the centre of the bow and attached two stick pins, that I made, securing them into the knot of the ribbon




The pre-cut sentiment was adhered to the bottom of the card


For the inside of the card I added the designer paper onto black card, the paper is the reverse side of the leaf one, and die cut the centre piece by Vicky Welsby for Pretty Quick also in black card


If you would like to win this card please leave a comment on today's post

Your have until 6pm Friday to do so when the winner will be drawn and announced on Saturday's blog post

Until tomorrow....

June 
x

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

TUESDAY TUTORIAL (in a fashion) - MAKING GOOD OF A DISASTER!

Good morning bloggers....

The original tutorial I had scheduled for today did not go to plan.  It is a fantastic technique using alcohol inks and whilst I tried to use the tools I had it just did not work.... but I'm not a quitter so you will be seeing this eventually, I love it and hope I've now whetted your appetite for the tutorial

It isn't anything like the card below! 


On the card above you should be able to see the pastel colours under the sentiment.  I used 3 alcohol inks but the technique was not working for me.  I tried it twice more, I should mention here that I was using YUPO paper, and I do love using this particular medium, but it still would not work

As alcohol inks dry very quickly I decided to stamp an image onto the 'nicest' result of the three.  It actually looked lovely and I should have left it the way it was but instead I covered it with a clear embossing powder and heat set it....  then watched it melt and run so into the waste bin it went


The image above is the one that went into the waste bin 

I stamped the remaining two pieces and, as you can see on this bottom picture, the stamp dropped off the stamping platform when I tried to do a second application!

The ink wasn't drying either so I left the two pieces on my work table and left the room

On investigating this morning the ink was still wetish  so I tried Crafter's Companion's 'Spray & Shine' on the pieces and voila, it worked

The piece I threw in the waste bin was lying on the top of paper, winking at me,  so I took that out and gave it a spray and that's the piece shown above

I will use that sometime and the one below but that one may be reserved for something grungy/mixed media


So crafters, the moral of the story is, as always, don't throw anything away, leave it to one side and then go back to it and see what you can do, but do buy a can of the 'Spray & Shine' too it may save the day!

PS....  I'm not sponsored by Crafter's Companion! 

Until tomorrow....

June 
x

Monday, 24 September 2018

BACK TO SUMMER

Morning blog friends....

Yesterday we had autumn and today we're back to summer, simply because I came across this unfinished card in one of my 'to finish' boxes. and the reason it wasn't finished is down to this embossing folder AKA 'that folder'....


It was so popular on Facebook card sites and CraftStash made it even more popular and I think, although I'm not 100% sure, CraftStash had different designs made, but all with the common denominator being the wave across it

My folder is not the original and when it arrived I embossed it onto white card then left it for several months...as you do! LOL

So one day I was having a session using Pixie Powders onto white watercolour card  and thought I'd try the embossing folder again.  I used the Pixie Powders onto a half sheet of water colour card so that I could capture the wave and the flowers  when I embossed it


I don't think you would guess the top half is all cascading hearts had you not seen the e/f, no matter which way it was photographed they would not show clearly but, in the flesh, they do look so pretty

Once embossed I stamped the sentiment then sliced the card into two parts.  I used watercolour pencils to colour the flowers and leaves then adhered both parts onto teal coloured cardstock with a slightly larger panel of white card and again a larger panel of teal.  This was then adhered to an 8" white card base.....  and still I didn't like it so back in the box it went.  If by now you're still reading this I commend you as typing it nearly has me asleep LOL


Yesterday the card made a second appearance and after a few minutes looking at it and wondering what was missing, bingo I had it.....  I used my fine nib Copic pen in black ink and added dots around the flowers!

So ladies, don't throw your card away if you're not happy with it, leave it to one side for a while then go back to it.  I only hope it doesn't take you several months like this card has done for me!



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Until tomorrow....

June ~x~






Sunday, 23 September 2018

AUTUMN BLESSINGS

Good Sunday morning blog friends

As the weather is now changing I thought this card to be rather appropriate


It's a DL card base with a smaller white top panel

I stamped the sentiment using an Archival ink pad in coffee

I covered another piece of white card with a double sided sticky sheet then added the gilding flakes in mulled wine (I think this is my favourite colour of them all) then used a piece of 'rubit scrubit' to burnish in the flakes

I used a leaf die set to die cut and emboss the leaves

When these were adhered to the card I only added the glue to certain parts of each leaf so that they would retain their shape from the embossing and getting them out of the die

I also used a blending tool to add colour on the edge of the panel

I adhered the panel onto a piece of cardboard that was just a little smaller than the panel.  I've mentioned using cardboard this way before, as it is practically weightless and you can cover quite an area on the card back to ensure corners/sides don't bend or buckle



I used the same ink pad to stamp the sentiment, leaves and the branch


Then completed the card by adhering the panel to the base card and adding NUVO Crystal Drops in antique rose as well as stamping 3 leaves on the envelope


INGREDIENTS:
  • Archival ink pad/coffee - Ranger
  • Mulled wine gilding flakes - Creative Expressions
  • Leaf die set - Crafter's Companion
  • Sentiment - CE
  • Leaves & branch stamp set - magazine freebie
  • NUVO Crystal Drops - Tonic
  • Platinum Machine - Spellbinders
Now for the winner of the die set:

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Enter all names in the field below, each on a separate line:


Littlelamb

Congratulations!

Your die set will be winging its way to you

Until tomorrow....

June ~x~