Thursday, 20 November 2014

Snowy Scenes at Liberty Craft

It's demo time Liberty Craft & today I've been visiting Snowy Scenes with lots of glitz & glitter. I've used Snowy Village from Little Claire &  Winter Cottage from Stampendous. here's what I did.
Stamped onto pale blue card & coloured with tombow pens. Cover with DSA sheet & sprinkle crystal glitter over the entire image. The sentiment is JWS028 Winter Wishes from Woodware.
Next we have "Winter Cottage" from Stampendous. Embossed in white on pale blue card, add some crystal glitter & simply mounted onto an ivory Centura pearl A5 card. The sentiment is from JGCL562 Christmas Greetings from Woodware
Lastly I've embossed with silver onto silver pearl card. I've painted with Brilliance
Moonlight White & Starlite Silver to add some shading  & some stickles for sparkle. The background comes from Stampendous Jumbo Snowflake Trio & the sentiment is also from Christmas Greetings.

Join me at Liberty Craft next Thursday morning when I shall be carrying on this weeks Woodware blog theme to produce some quick Christmas cards with peel offs & Sakura pens.
See you at 
Liberty Craft (opposite the library)
33 Exeter Road

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Speedy Christmas Cards

Materials used:-
FRS177 Good Wish
JGS 317 Many Christmases
Stampendous CRS5057 Jumbo Snowflake Trio
Various inkpads
Detail silver embossing powder
Mark richards embellishments
Hairy Manilla craft card
Hessian ribbon, buttons, organza ribbon
5" x 5" card blanks
Perfect Prints paper pad (Vivid)
All available from:-
Your Exmouth stockist is:-
Liberty Craft
33. Exeter Road (opposite the library)
Exmouth EX8 1PT
01395 273238

The weeks are simply flying past now, soon be time to put the sprouts on!! Have you done your cards yet? Still a few more to do? Here's some ideas for some quick & easy last minute cards. I always find that sticking to one or two stamps & giving them a few different looks depending on who they're intended for is the way to go. Below are the individual cards I've designed for this theme & I'll talk you through each one & what I've used as we go. 

Firstly we have a "chalkboard" effect card using "Every Good Wish" for the main image & "Many Christmases" as the background on the card blank. I've stamped with Brilliance Moonlight White & Graphite Black & then added some touches of silver Stickles & a knot of polka dot ribbon. This would be great for a teacher card!

Next we have a more masculine look or maybe for a gardener. Stamped with Versafine Olympia Green & Vintage Sepia with a knot of hessian ribbon & a button to finish. The card blank is "Hairy Manilla"  

Time for some elegance next with the background stamped with Snowflake Trio & Versafine Smoky Grey & the main image embossed with detail silver powder. Mount onto silver mirror card & add some Glitterdomes for added sparkle.

Last but not least I've stamped onto a piece from the Perfect Prints pad using Versafine Onyx Black, mounted onto burgundy card & added some "Metals" in gold. I've also notched the corners of the stamped piece with a corner punch.

Hope these have given you some inspiration for some quick & easy cards.   

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Snowmen at Liberty Craft

Carrying on the Woodware blog theme today here are the designs I created at Liberty Craft last Thursday using the same Stampendous snowmen stamp but 2 different looks. Take a look!

Here I've made an easel card using Stampendous CRP235 Snowman Friends some punches snowflakes & the sentiment comes from JGCL 562 Christmas Greetings.

I've been a bit tricky here!! I've cut off the end snowman & tucked him behind his friends to create a totally different look. The image is mounted onto a panel of acetate behind which is a piece of embossed card which has had some gilding wax applied. I've coloured with pencils for both cards but kept the colours more pastel this time. Someone suggested that they may be snowgirls!  
 Here's another view

Tomorrow at Liberty Craft I'll be featuring "Winter Birthdays" something that tends to get put aside in the build up to Christmas. I'll be using some Woodware sentiments & some of the pretty new dies from Wild Rose Studio plus lots glitter & sparkle! Hope to see you there!  

Christmas for Kids Large & Small

Materials used:-
Stampendous CRP235 Snowman Friends
JGCL 562 Christmas Greetings
Sparkler peel offs
1.5" circle punch
Stickles Stardust
Versafine Onyx Black
Sakura pencils
Mark Richards Clear Rainbow Elements
All available from:-
Your local Exmouth stockist is:-
Liberty Craft
33 Exeter Road
01395 273238
I've been saving this cute new stamp from Stampendous for the theme this week & aren't they fun? I've chosen to make a rocker card but with added wiggle as the snowmen are mounted onto a "Wobbler" so plenty of movement going on here which is the sort of things kids love- Mr Frosty did too!
I've printed with Versafine & coloured with pencils. The mechanics of the card are quite easy just die cut a 7" circle of white card & fold in half. Cut a 5" circle of silver mirror card plus one in acetate too.Cut the mirror card circle in half & pass through a snowflake embossing folder. Cut the acetate circle in a little over half & attach to the back of  mirror section to form a whole circle again. Attach to the folded white circle with the acetate standing up. Cut out the snowmen & mount onto the "Wobbler" to attach to the front of the card. Stamp "Noel" from "Christmas Greetings" onto a punched circle & mount onto a die cut snowflake & attach with 3D foam pads to the acetate. Add the Sparkler snowflake peel off to edges of the circles,some single snowflakes to the acetate & plenty of Stickles to the Snowmen's hats & buttons.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

A Christmas Collage

Materials used:-
Stampendous CRR214 Christmas Cottage
JGS317 Many Christmases
Clear Scraps mask CSSM Holly
Detail Copper embossing powder
Tombow pens
2" Holly punch
Versafine Vintage Sepia
Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy
Buttons, Fancy Twine, Brads, s/a jewels
Corner rounder punch
Copper pearl card
8" x 8" card blank
All available from:-
Your local Exmouth stockist is:-
Liberty Craft
33 Exeter Road (opposite the library)
33 Exeter Road
01395 273238
We have a Christmas Collage this week using a combination of stamps & embellishments & just the kind of thing I love. I started with the card blank & brayered it all over using a green ink. Next I stenciled the holly leaves using the mask & then overprinted with "Many Christmases" & Vintage Sepia. The 2 stamped images were embossed with Detail Copper & Christmas Cottage was then just given some highlighting & shading with Tombow pens. I then rounded all corners before layering onto the copper pearl card & attaching to the card blank. Now punch some holly leaves from the pearl card & give them some vein character using  a DEET (double ended etching tool). Thread some twine through the button holes before arranging with the leaves at the bottom left hand corner. The brads come from last years set " Christmas Trees & Snowflakes" Glitter brads & I have darkened the gold snowflakes with a permanent marker to be more in keeping with my colours. The gems come from one of the  Mark Richards "Cluster" sets to finish off the collage.

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