Friday, 31 October 2014

This Month's Sketch Challenge

Materials used:-
Dreamweaver stencil LM119 Candle & Holly
Dreamweaver stencil LS 92 Merry Christmas
Clear Scraps mask CSSM holly
Brilliance Galaxy Gold
Splendor multi inkpad- Antique
2" circle punch
Gold & crystal superfine glitter
Organza & satin stripe ribbon
Red A5 card blank
DSA sheet
All available at:-
Your local Exmouth stockist is:-
Liberty Craft (opposite the library)
33, Exeter Road
01395 273238
I'm confused!! I'm not sure if this is October or November's  sketch challenge! Anyway here it is! Quite a different one this time dreamed up for us by our own Jane Gill. I started by using the holly mask to create the black background using Galaxy Gold which I then cut in half & punched the half circles in the appropriate places.
Next I turned my attention to the Dreamweaver stencils & I decided to use the "double glitter technique".Cut a piece of card & a piece of double sized adhesive sheet to approximately the same size as the stencil -I used a larger strip here as I wanted it to go right across the card blank & use the  2 stencils side by side. Peel off one side of the sheet & attach to the card. Use a natural soap to rub over the back of the stencil  -this makes it easier to remove from the sticky sheet. Peel off the other side from the sheet & place the stencils over the top. Add ultra fine gold glitter & shake off excess. Carefully remove the stencil & cover the remaining sticky surface with Crystal glitter. Replace the clean stencil & add some colour using inkpads & a 1/8" stencil brush.
I attached the black holly  background with 3D foam tape to raise it slightly off the card blank. I added a little twist of black ribbon to the central image before attaching to the card. To finish add a strip of black satin stripe ribbon. 

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Just One Colour

For this week's demo at Liberty Craft I was using some of the new Christmas stamps from Woodware & choosing to work in just one colour. This is a technique which I really like although I have to admit my favourite combination is black & white- very elegant! It's also very useful if, like me, you have difficulty in deciding what colour combinations to use sometimes. Believe me I can agonise for hours! 

Here's the results!   

FRS 270- Curly deck the Halls
Here I've clear embossed using Versafine Majestic Blue & coloured with Sakura gelly roll glaze pens.

Next we have JGS347 Under the Mistletoe. Stamped onto patterned paper using Versafine Olympia Green & coloured lightly using Tombow pens. Add Stickles "Diamond" for fat, sparkly berries  

Lastly we have JGS360 Poinsettia Corner. I have embossed onto patterned paper using white powder & highlighted using a Sakura gelly roll pen. The sentiment was stamped using Versafine  Crimson Red.OK so I've let a little green into this one but I just couldn't resist this tartan paper.

That's all for this week but I'll be back at Liberty Craft when I'll be indulging in a little "Cute & Cuddly" so hope to see you then!

All products available at :-

(opposite the library)
01395 273238

Saturday, 25 October 2014

White Christmas

Materials used:-
CRS5057 Jumbo Snowflake Trio
FRS177 Good Wish
Stampendous Detail white & silver embossing powder
Brilliance Platinum Planet
1" & mini Snowflake punches
Dreamweaver embellishment pins
Mark Richards clear rainbow Elements
250 mm white organza ribbon
3 mm s/a diamantes
Stardust Stickles
8" x 8" card blank
Silver mirror & white glitter card
All available from:-
Your local Exmouth stockist is:-
Liberty Craft
33 Exeter Road (opposite the library)
Exmouth EX8 1PT
01395 273238
Ah... White Christmas, my very favourite Christmas song guaranteed to bring a lump to my throat!! That's the theme for this week & I've decided to go white, sparkly & icy. I have used the gorgeous new Jumbo set from Stampendous- Snowflake Trio & embossed the card blank using white powder mixed with a little crystal glitter. I then over stamped with one of the other snowflakes & Platinum Planet. The sentiment is a new stamp from Francoise Read which I have embossed with silver powder & layered onto silver card. I have embellished with punched snowflakes,jewels,Stickles & the pretty new rainbow Elements from Mark Richards. You'll see that I've used the new Dreamweaver embellishment pins which I've given some sparkle with Stickles & inserted into the knot of the ribbon. All ready for Christmas!! 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Christmas with Little Claire

Gosh doesn't Thursday come around quickly?! This week I was using some of the cute Little Claire stamps with various techniques, embossing folders & gilding wax. 

Here I've used Distress inks to brayer the background,coloured George with Promarkers & added some Chunky white embossing powder for the snowy effect. The embossed panel has been given a gorgeous pearly effect with Creative Expressions "Pearl Moon" gilding wax. 

Here's George again with a little decoupaging & sparkly snowdrops with the aid of some Stickles. 

Lastly we have "Snowy Village" which has been stamped onto pale blue card & coloured with pencils. Add some Chunky White for a snowy effect.

Next week it's "Just One Colour" monochromatic effects for Christmas & I'll be using some of the new Woodware Christmas stamps. Hope to see you then at

Liberty Craft (opposite the library)
33 Exeter Road
01395 273238

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Colours of Autumn at Liberty Craft

It was great to be back at Liberty Craft today for my Thursday morning demo & the theme this week was "Colours of Autumn" There are some lovely leafy, autumnal stamps from Woodware & I was embossing, using Distress inks & colouring with Promarkers.

FRS254 "Curly Leaves" with Promarkers

JGS304 "Kim's Coppice" embossed with copper powder 

Kim's Coppice again this time randomly embossed with gold & red powders

JGS273 "Wheat"- Direct to paper technique with Distress pads

Next week it will be "Christmas with Little Claire" so hope to see you at
Liberty Craft
33 Exeter Road (opposite the library)
01395 273238

Monday, 13 October 2014

Traditional Christmas

Materials used:-
Dreamweaver stencil LL334 Manger 
Dreamweaver matt white embossing paste
FRS305 Bethlehem
Splendor inkpads Antique & Circus
Versafine Majestic Blue
Stickles Frosted Lace
DL card blank
All available from:-
Your local Exmouth stockist is:-
Liberty Craft
33 Exeter Road (opposite the library)
Exmouth EX8 1PT
01395 273238
When you think of traditional Christmas designs what springs to mind? Snow scenes? Robins? Laughing snowmen? For me it has to be the nativity as this is what Christmas is all about after all. I've chosen this simple stencil from Dreamweaver which I have embossed with white embossing paste. When the paste was dry I replaced the stencil & softly coloured with inks from the Splendor pads. The words come from last year's set from Francoise Read  "Bethlehem" which I thought went very well with the manger scene. Now simply layer onto silver pearl card & add a die cut & some dots of Frosted Lace Stickles.   

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

A Christmas Decoration

Materials used:-
FRS270 Curly- Deck the Halls
Sakura Stardust pens
Versafine Onyx Black
Stampendous Detail clear embossing powder
2" Holly punch
Woodware buttons
Jingle bells
Woodware Fancy Twine
Mark Richards Gold Metals
Red & green gingham ribbon
All available from:-
Your local Exmouth stockist is:-
Liberty Craft 
33. Exeter Road (opposite the library)
Exmouth EX8 1PT
01395 273238
Stepping away from card making this week to create a decoration & this idea is something that has been buzzing around in my mind for a while now so time to finally let it out. I've used the fun new "Deck the Halls" from Francoise Read as the focal point of my Christmas wall hanging which has been stamped with Versafine & embossed with clear powder before being coloured with Stardust pens. Cut loosely  around the image before mounting onto bright blue, red & lime green card. As you will see I've randomly stamped the sentiment which comes with the set onto the card layers & added some faux stitching too. The corners gave been rounded with the large corner rounder punch. 
The base of the hanging is made from wide lolly sticks which have been stuck together at varying positions .I've also stamped the sentiment onto the lolly sticks & added some Jingle Bells suspended with some Fancy twine. Now just punch some holly leaves & add some suitable buttons as your berries. To finish I have added some gold "Metals" & some gingham ribbon.