Monday, 6 July 2015

Chosen by Debs- Inspired by Nature

Materials used:-
    CRS5074 Build a Bouquet
                 DCS5074 Build a Bouquet Die Set
   DCP1001 Pop Up Die set
Magenta 12 x 12 Memor 218 "So Stripy!"
JGCL570 Something to Say
Tombow pens
Mark Richards Copper Nailheads
Stardust Stickles
All available from:-
Your local Exmouth stockist is:-
Liberty Craft
33 Exeter Road
Exmouth EX8 1PT
01395 273238

It's time for the monthly designer challenge & last but not least it's my turn. My theme is "Inspired by Nature" & of course being a keen gardener nature to me at this time of year means flowers, flowers & more flowers. Summer is the time for vibrant, hot colours; reds, oranges & yellows. I've used the Stampendous "Build a Bouquet" trio of stamps & dies & the "Pop up" die set which can be used with other die sets too.This set comes with comprehensive instructions as to how to construct your pop up so it couldn't be easier.
I've water coloured  the stamped & die cut flowers, leaves & butterflies with Tombow pens  I've chosen the Magenta paper which just has all those gorgeous  colours so it's perfect for the background. The sentiments come from "Something to Say" both on the inside & outside of the card & I've finished off with some Copper Nailheads. Can't wait to see what the others come up with during the week.
A closer look at the inside

The outside of the card

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Stix2 demo day at Liberty Craft

It was my first demo day for Stix2 & Woodware as the official South West demonstrator & hosted today at Liberty Craft Exmouth. I've had a great day & a lot of support from our local crafty ladies- thanks girls. The morning was really busy although I did have to compete with a certain tennis tournament this afternoon!!

Here are the photos of the day & the cards produced. All card blanks are from the range by Stix2.
All ready for the off!

Gather around ladies!

 A whole lot of magic going on!

Woodware Bubble Bloom "Felicity" (JGS290)
embossed onto Stix2 Heat Resistant acetate  &
 embellished with Glue gun "Glitter drops", Candis
& Mark Richards s/a embellishments from Woodware.
The white pearl A5 card blank & black glitter card is from Stix2. 

Stix2 Project Acetate treated with Dreamweaver
alcohol inks & topped with black peel offs from Woodware..

Woodware's "Spots & Dots Flower" (JGS382)
coloured with Tombow pens & then covered with
Stix2 S/A Sparkly acetate. The border is made with
Stix2 Ultra Clear tape & Transfer foils.    

Project Acetate from Stix2 with Dreamweaver
Inks again with black Woodware peel offs &
double sided satin ribbon from Stix2. Flowers coloured
with Sakura Gelly Glaze pens from Woodware.

The background for the elephant peel off was
created by printing the ink from the acetate onto
white pearl card. The leopard skin border is a Stix2
transfer foil & the peel off is from Woodware.

Woodware's "Always Remember" (FRS149) is
the sentiment here. The die cut flowers were
created from card with Stix2 Double Sided Poyester
sheet which is ultra sticky. The flowers & border have been
given the "Seed Bee'd & Fine glitter treatment with some foiling too.
 Candis from Woodware applied with the hot glue gun provide the
flower centres 

The designs of the day

All products used today are available from 
Liberty Craft 
33 Exeter Road
Exmouth EX8 1PT
01395 273238

All today's designs are on display also. 

Tuesday, 30 June 2015


Materials used:-
FRS187 Wonderful Friend
Perfect Prints paper pad "Fruit Drops"
Dreamweaver Alcohol inks
Sakura coloured pencils
Brilliance Graphite Black
White pearl card
Green Elements
Narrow green satin ribbon
6 x 6 cream card blank
All available from:-
Your Exmouth stockist is :-
Liberty Craft
33 Exeter Road
Exmouth EX8 1PT
01395 273238
We're looking at "Friendship" this week & what better stamp than this one from Francoise Read. The background was created by adding some drops of Dreamweaver alcohol inks to some acetate & then printing this onto some pearl card. I stamped the image with Brilliance & added some colour with the coloured pencils. Layering onto some black card really makes the colours pop & I've criss crossed the ribbon over the card before attaching to the dotty background on the card blank. To finish I've added some green Elements & some faux stitching.    

Wednesday, 24 June 2015


Materials used:-
Stampendous HMCR18 Birdie Kiss
Versafine Vintage Sepia
Sakura coloured pencils
Woodware corner daisy punch
Ornate Bracket punches 2" & 3" Lilac gingham ribbon
Brown A5 card blank
It's HouseMouse week- don't you just love 'em? I've chosen "Birdie Kiss" but there are so many cute ones to chose from. I've stamped with Versafine as you just can't beat it for the fine details of the HouseMouse designs. Softly coloured with Sakura pencils is all you need. 
The message which i have layered onto the 2 sizes of the Ornate bracket punches cpomes for "Little Messages" by Francoise Read & it's a set I fin myself reaching for again & again as it always seems to say just what you want. The bunting at the top comes from the "waste" after punching a border (just remove the guard) with the daisy corner punch. To finish just add some gingham ribbon & some bows.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Sketch Challenge 43

Materials used:-
Perfect Prints paper pad "Blue Dawn"
5x7 white card blank
peel off 92222 chain "thank you"
1.5" punches circle &  plum flower
Stamen punch
Gold Metals
Stampendous SSC1158 Thoughtful Wishes
Blue Sakura Stardust pen
All available from:- 
Your local Exmouth stockist is:-
Liberty Craft
33 Exeter Road
Exmouth EX8 1PT
01395 273238
It's sketch challenge time again & we have a very unusual one this time which I must admit has had me scratching my head a bit. So I played it safe & stuck to a bit of paper crafting with my old favourites the Perfect Prints paper pads & this time "Blue Dawn". I firstly die cut the circular part out & cut a frame too onto which I have applied the peel off greeting.I have filled the space with acetate & cut the appropriate panels from the papers. The panel under the acetate on the inside of the card has had a greeting from "Thoughtful Wishes" printed upon it. The small circular embellishment was made from the 3 punches with the stamen punch adding interest to the other areas. To finish just add some gold Metals.
Here's the original sketch

Friday, 12 June 2015

Shadow Box- The Mirror Crack'd

Materials used:-
JGS377 Boxed Daisies Trio
FRS169 Little Messages
Perfect Prints paper pad Fruit Dots
Woodware 1" & 3/4" daisy punches
2" label punch
Tombow pens
Liquid PearlsYellow
Narrow green satin ribbon
Pink chalk inkpad
All available from:-
Your local Exmouth stockist is:-
Liberty Craft
33 Exeter Road
Exmouth EX8 1PT
01395 273238
This week we're joining the ladies of the mirror crack'd for their non card challenge & this time we've been asked to design a "Shadow Box". Well my interpretation of this is a design in a frame & I must admit I've cheated a bit with this one as I haven't constructed my box from scratch. I've used a gift box & cut an aperture in the front but I'm happy with the result. 
For the design I've used the lovely "Boxed Trio Daisies" from Jane Gill. I've stamped twice so that I could decoupage the daisies & I've water coloured with Tombow pens.The spotty background comes from the Perfect Prints pad & I've punched a label to add the greeting from "Little Messages".  To finish I have softly sponged the frame with the pink inkpad before adding the punched daisies.
Why not pop over to the mirror crack'd to see what they've been up to.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Today at Liberty Craft- Colorcore & Embossing Folders

For my usual Thursday morning demo at Liberty Craft I've been playing with some Colorcore 12 x 12 papers & some brand new embossing folders by Sheena Douglas (Crafters Companion). Colorcore papers are black on one side & come in a range of pretty colours for the other side. Just run them through your embossing machine with the chosen folder (make sure it's black side up) & then sand off the black side to reveal the pastel colour. Simples! You can create a background, some punched shapes to combine with a sentiment or create a whole scene as I have with the "Trees". The sentiments come from Woodware's JGCL "Something to Say" & JGCL569 "Inspirational Verse". 

Don't forget that there won't be any demo for the next 3 Thursdays as I'm off to the sun. Hope to see you at my all day demo for Stix2 & Woodware on Saturday 4th July when I will be playing with all sorts of goodies- can't wait! Bye for now!