With the festive season upon us once more we shall all have a reason to say "Thank you" to our nearest & dearest soon. It was quite nice to step away from the Christmas stamps after the Christmas crafting fest & create something a little more spring-like. I've used 3 stamps for this one which is based on a 5 x 7 cream card blank. I've taken a piece of flat cream card & used FRS627 "Wood Panel" from Francoise Read with Versafine Vintage Sepia for the background of the design. I've then stamped JGS480 "Bubble Bloom- Lilly" from Jane Gill over the top with Onyx Black. I've stamped again on papers from the Perfect Prints range & used these to paper piece the petals & leaves. Then came the fun part! I filled in the "bubbles" with Card Candi, Liquid Pearls & Stickles. To finish, the sentiment comes from JGS483 "Butterflies" & I've added some brown & white dotty organza ribbon.
We come to our last Crafty Cardmakers challenge for the year & this time they are asking us for a non traditional Christmas card. So what does that mean to you? I've gone for a different card blank & unusual colours for Christmas for our cute little elf. The stamp I've used is FRS338 "Little Elf" by Francoise Read which I've stamped with black ink onto cream card & coloured with Sakura Bruynzeel coloured pencils. The card blank itself is a DL measurement but stands upright as you can see in the photo below. The card has been made with Hairy Manilla craft card & I've used a mid blue card for layering. The sentiment comes from the stamp set but I've tinkered with it a little by masking to make it fit the punched label (blue punch). I've also pricked some stitching all around the edges of the card blank with a pricking tool & then added some Card Candi to finish.
I recently got out some of my older stamps from Woodware, Stampendous & Inkadinkadoo to create some cards for my friends at my Alpha group. It's lovely to re visit some stamps which you haven't used for a while & get creative with them all over again. Hope you enjoy them too.
Here we are at last sketch challenge of 2016 & one more Christmas design. The stamp I've chosen is JGS110 "Music Notes" by Jane Gill which I have embossed onto a piece of bronze pearl card using Stampendous Detail Gold powder. The background to the cream A5 card blank comes from Craftwork Cards paper pad "Christmas Cheer" & I've layered the paper onto the bronze pearl card. The strip across the centre comes from a piece of Natural Burlap Trim & I've added some punched foliage which has been created with the yellow holly punch & the blue fern punch. I punched some cork berries to add to the rustic look of this design & to finish I added some strips of gold "Nailheads" & some gold "Metals" both from Mark Richards.The peel off message is from the "Francoise" Collection.
So we come to the last Stix2 calendar page for 2016 - where did the year go!? For this page I've taken a piece of white pearl card embossed the Jumbo Stampendous Snowflake using silver powder & sponged with some pearly Brilliance inks. I've made the centres of the snowflakes by stamping into hot glue & then dusting with Dreamweaver Metallic FX powders.
It's nice to make your own tags for Christmas gifts sometimes especially for the special people in your life. I've designed a selection using Woodware stamps but in keeping with the theme for last week , quick Christmas cards, they could just as easily be mounted onto a card blank for a speedy card. Here's what I came up with.
All the tags I've used I have made myself & they measure approx 6" x 3.5" with the bottom corners rounded with a corner rounder punch. For the above design I've sponged some red & green ink onto the tag & the stamp I've used is FRS029 Holly & Ivy Tag. I've added some punched holly leaves using the yellow holly punch & paper from perfect Prints pad "Dark Spots". The "ivy" leaves at the bottom come from the peach maple punch. To finish add some Card Candi & tartan ribbon.
Here we have a craft card tag & the stamp set is FRS025 " Snow Post". I stamped the main image onto white card & coloured with pencils. I cut this out & mounted into the image which I had stamped onto the tag. To finish I added some strips from Perfect Prints pad "Tis the Season" & some green rik rak braid.
Lastly I took a plain black tag & stamped the sentiment from the stamp set JGS457 Hand drawn Greetings using Brilliance Moonlight White inkpad. I highlighted the letters using a white gel pen & the stars come from FRS345 "Seeing Stars".To add a little sparkle I've added some Mark Richards s/a Crystal Stars & white spotty organza ribbon for the tie.
Here's something I've had buzzing around in my mind for quite some time now if only I could find some "me" time. Sound familiar? At last I got to rummage in the darkest corners of my craft room (& jewellery box) & let my imagination run riot. As you can see, minimalist it ain't! Planned & carefully executed....nope!! But isn't that what "mixed media" is all about? It's about gathering around your crafting cauldron & seeing what your crazed (in my case!) mind will produce. Sometimes it goes wrong & after much chest beating it goes in the bin but in this case.. well I'm quite proud of my result. May I present my "Canvas of Curiosities" !
OK so I started by taking a A4 box canvas which had been lurking at the back of one of my cupboards for a while. Using a stencil & Dreamweaver white embossing paste I pasted the textured flourishes in the corners then when dry I painted the whole thing with black gesso. So I could have used black paste after I'd applied gesso but guess what? Only had glossy not matt. So next came the fun bits. I took some Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Gilding Polish to added some gorgeous blue sheen to the canvas & pasted bits. I also sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer mists in Antique Brass & Pink Ice.
Now it was time to go mad with the glue gun & use all those jewellery pieces which you know you'll never wear again but which you're loath to put in the bin. The heart you see in the above pic I made with my Melt Pot when I first had it (had to have one, ask me how many times I've used it!!) . I used a silicone mould UTEE & embossing powders but to age it a bit I've given it a coat of metallic acrylic paint & the gilding polish. You can also see some skeleton leaves (used to love those!)
So the keys to life on the tree of life? A bit cryptic perhaps. You never know what you're going to find when you have a rummage do you? I unearthed the little tree which I found in a pound shop intending to enamel it in said Melt Pot but I'm glad I didn't now. Now you may notice the "trails" of hot glue left from my glue which I didn't notice until I'd done my photos (muttered curses!) however the more I looked I kind of liked the cobwebby effect which seemed in keeping with the general look I'm going for so I decided to leave them.
At one side I added some old paint brushes with some chains, shells old earrings.
More jewels, buttons & charms.
Lastly I went over the whole thing with the gilding polish & sprays & left over night to dry.
Here it is on the wall & as you can see I've allowed the chunky chain to trail off the canvas a bit. I'm really pleased with the end product but the only trouble is... I can feel another one coming on!! Now where did I put all those other treasures??
This week we're looking to make some quick Christmas designs & I got carried away & made 3 so you can see how quick they were to do. They may look a bit more than a quick card but trust me gentle crafter they are easy to do! Here's how......
This is based on a 5x7 white card blank with a red & green mat & layer. The candles have created from some strips of corrugated & textured card from my stash (approx 3cms wide & varying lengths) & then I've clipped a semi circle from the top with the yellow punch.The flames of the candle come from gold mirror card & are the petals punched with the yellow orchid punch. The flowers come from Woodware's "Santa Flower" punch which is great as it embosses as it punches. The flowers are teamed with gold holly leaves also from a yellow punch. The sparkly background I made by covering a piece of flat white card with DS sheet & covering with Stampendous crystal glitter- easy to do if you don't have a piece of glitter card to hand. Here are the punches used.
Punches again for this fella & he's sitting on a 5 x 7 craft card blank.This has a piece of white vellum on the top which has been passed through a swirly embossing folder. The snowman face is made with the 3" circle punch & strips of red card for his scarf which have been embossed. Card Candi for his eyes & to embellish &a scrap of orange card for his nose. The sentiment, which is from FRS622 Santa Post Elements, has been printed onto a punched circle & given the silver Stickles treatment.
Lastly we have a really quick card as the background is all done for you! It comes from Craftwork Cards 8" x 8" paper pad "Christmas Cheer". I've punched some stars from the other papers in the pad using the green 1" punch & formed them into some Christmas bunting. The sentiment comes from JGS457 "Hand Drawn Greetings". Just to make the design pop I've added some Platinum Stickles.
We're looking at decorations for our festive table this week & OK I admit it I'm cheating... again!! This was a project which I designed for a workshop at Liberty Craft few weeks ago but why reinvent the wheel?! Here we have a wreath which can be hung or is just as at home being used as a candle ring for the table (although I would probably say use a battery candle for health & safety reasons). Here's how...
the ring on top of the red card & draw around with a pencil. Cut out &
2.Take pieces of patterned paper & tear into strips around 1” wide.
PVA glue cover the top of the ring with the paper alternating the pattern. Set
aside to dry.
the Gingerbread Men (GBM) onto the cork sheet twice. Colour hats bowties &
buttons etc. with red. I found that fabric pens of permanent marker dried best & quickest on the cork.
cut out the individual Gingerbread men & set aside.
dark green holly leaves with blue punch & ferns with the bright green card &
leafy branch blue punch. Punch gold holly leaves with yellow holly punch. Use a
DEET give some vein character to the holly leaves.
the red card circle to the back of the wreath.
ribbon to top of wreath. Glue first GBM over ribbon. Position remaining 4
evenly around wreath & glue in place.
holly & fern leaves around GBM. Use glue gun to adhere red beads among the
10. Cut the gold wire into even portions (you have
1 metre) fold in half & curl each half around a wooden stick to produce
holes at intervals in side of wreath & add a little hot glue to folded end
of gold curls before inserting into hole.
For our monthly sketch challenge I've chosen "Santa's Silly Jumper" from Francoise Read which is a wonderful fun design with plenty of scope for "colouring in" ! I've printed with black & embossed with clear powder which I always chose to do when using Sakura gel pens as the embossed outline contains the flow of the gel. I've made 2 copies & used the second to cut out the small rectangles for the bottom of the large image. The background is made from the Perfect Prints papers but that's not part of the sketch. All the sentiments you can see come with the stamp set & to finish I've added some sparkle with the Stickles.
I've been playing with some Sizzix Thinlet dies again with Stix2 sticky & sparkly products.
Stix2 Products used:-
S57361 2 in 1 glue pen
S57126 Clear Foam Pads
S57304 Rainbow White Iridescent Glitter
S57076 Seed bee'd & Fine Glitter Red
Stix2 5x7 white card blank
Here I've used the new Stix2 2 in 1 glue pen to add some Ulta Fine Iridescent glitter. I've also used the Stix2 clear mounting pads covered with Ultra Fine red glitter to embellish the corners of the design.
Stix2 Products used:-
S57361 2 in 1 glue pen
S57126 Clear Foam Pads
S57304 Rainbow White Iridescent Glitter
Stix2 6 x 6 white card blank
S57103 Double Sided Tape sheet (A4)
Tinted Blue card
For the snowman I've covered a piece of flat white card with the DS sheet before die cutting the body. After assembling the snowman I've covered with the glitter. For the background I punched some stars paced them onto the blue card & then removed the second backing sheet before adding glitter. I've used the clear pads again at the corners of the card.
This design I used in a workshop a while ago but I just felt that it fitted the bill
perfectly for the theme this week
your card blank with the fold at the top. Score & fold half way along the
front horizontally so that the fold is pointing upwards. (Mountain fold). This
forms the easel card.
the black piece of card & wipe it well with an anti stat bag.
Using Versamark, “ink” your stamp well before stamping onto the black card.
Cover with silver embossing powder & remove any stray specks of powder with
a soft brush before heating with a heat tool.
the image to edges of design & mount onto silver mirror card with just a narrow
the tartan paper to the bottom of the front of the card & to the bottom of
the inside. Also attach the narrow bands of silver trim. Attach the image to
the front/top of the card.
the silver punched circle with the appropriate sentiments taking care to line
up the circular stamp! Add to the centre of the bottom tartan band using a foam
pad. This forms your “stop” bar.
“Noel Tags” onto the inside of the card using Versafine. Add the silver
“Nailheads” to the letter of the silver embossed piece & to the bottom
I've recently acquired this lovely set of Tim Holtz Thinlets dies from Sizzix & have had great fun playing with them. I did this one for our anniversary last week (Dave knows that the cards I make for him are only "on loan" !) We have the Woodware "Love Collage" printed with Momento London Fog for the background & the sentiment comes from "Hand Drawn Sentiments".
Here we are at November & the penultimate page of the Stix2 calendar. As it's remembrance day this month I wanted to go with a poppy theme. I have used Woodware's FS228 Field of Poppies with JGS267 Grasses in the background. I have kept the look mainly monochromatic just adding a splash of red for the poppies. All the card used comes from the Stix2 "tinted" range.
Atlast we’re reunited for our workshop day! Yay!!
beginning to talk!!
We have 2 great workshops for you & not a Christmas
project in sight but some lovely ideas & techniques.
JAN’S WORKSHOP – Flowery Bicycles 9.30 – 12.30
bringing bicycles and surprises to the mix for November – not Christmas!
stamp- Francoise Read’s FRS619 Flowery Bicycle stamp set.
designed a 8” square card with a little surprise inside…quite a simple box…and
it all folds flat for posting! We like that don’t we? This will
incorporate simple stamping techniques with some perfect shading using a large
stencil brush, pretty papers and punch craft pieces.
We will be
using Flowery Bicycle stamp set in the large card…for the inside surprise and
on a glass plaque for a cute gift idea too!Jan also has a yen to print this
cute bicycle on a silk scarf too…watch this space. You will definitely be
kept busy in this workshop!
DEB’S WORKSHOP- A Time to Sew
The accent is on the use of pretty papers & unique
layouts incorporating a delicate needlework theme for this workshop. Your
included stamp will be FRS626 “Embroidery Hoop” which has some charming sewing
related icons & pretty flowers plus sentiments too.We shall create a
“starburst” layout & quirky 2 fold card & who knows maybe more…..! Make
the most of your papers! We’ll include stamping, colouring with pencils &
creating feminine embellishments. So may ideas & only 3 hours!!
Book your place & pay your deposit with Sarah at
Liberty Craft or call 01395273238
I just love this little pup & the ideal stamp to use for our theme this week. I stamped with Versafine which is perfect for the fine detail in this stamp & I have softly coloured with pencils. I stamped the image again onto white card & cut out just the brim & pompom of the hat before attaching to the image & giving the "Frantage" treatment with Shaved Ice. The image has been mounted onto red, green & the tartan paper & to finish I've added the sentiment, ribbon, punched holly leaves & Candis.
It's nearly Halloween & the time of year again when "things go bump in the night" It's also time also for the Crafty Cardmakers Challenge. For this one I took a A5 card blank as my base & tore up some strips of linen card for the bandages of "the mummy"! I punched the circles for the eyes & placed them on the brown card background then laid the strips of bandage around to make it look like it was peering out. I edged the torn strips with the grey ink to "age" it. I used the Artemio alphabet to spell "Boo!",cut out the letters & mounted them on some 3D foam pads. To finish add the googly eyes & some black Stickles to the letters. Pop over to see what the ladies of the Crafty Cardmakers design team have come up with.