My journey through crafting collecting goodies along the way x

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

A Rose by any other Name, Christmas or not !

Good afternoon hope you are all enjoying a bit of sunshine as I am, looking through my window wishing I was outside right now instead of talking out loud to my tablet with only the cat to hear me, just as well really as I seem to have done nothing but complain about how much my back is hurting me today so typical the sun shines and the breeze is warm and I'm stuck indoors although I did manage to pop down the allotment at 6.30 this morning to rescue my extremely dry tomato, pepper and cucumber plants and treat them to a nice long cool drink of water. Hope they appreciate it and reward me generously lol!  Anyway lets get on to class this week as I really don't feel like staring over this tablet for too long it just makes my back ache more "Woe is me'' come on all together now........... poor you.......... why thank you kindly.
It would appear that we will be carrying on the roses theme this week with yet another but different set of matching stamps and dies from Creative Expressions and with these sets they have the added bonus of being for both Christmas and none Christmas projects.  Ha! how do ya like that??? got the C word in twice and both in the same sentence!   Both cards this week I have made into Xmas cards but by changing the colour and the Holly leaves for the normal rose leaf die which you get in the set of dies then you have the makings of an any occasion card therefore the best of all seasons.

Distress inks
Squeezed Lemonade
Mowed Lawn
Festive Berries
Black Soot

Memento ink London Fog

Perfect Medium or Versamark

Christmas Die'sires Embossing folders

Distress inks
Weathered Wood
Stormy Sky

Silver Embossing Powder

The panel die is from Sue Wilson's
Australian Collection - Background

I have stamped and embossed the flowers with the silver powder then painted them with my Tonic Crystal Drops and a fine round paint brush

I used silver glitter for the centers

Before I go on I must say that both cards are short of a nice sentiment but I just couldn't find my word dies or the right stamp to use

I have die cut the flowers then used the Memento ink to over stamp the detail, it was so easy to do as they match up really well

If you don't like the colours in this card then feel free to bring different ones to the class

Just for a more Christmas look I added a die cut Reindeer from Crafters Companion
which I inked through with the Black Soot

All done for now so see you soon x


Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Can You Smell the Roses

Afternoon everybody, well it seems we are back to normality well at least for now but hey! we all know that won't last for too long and we all need to get to grips with our Christmas card making at some point but not this week. Back to July for us and what better way then for everything round us to be Rosie, well in class at least and this lovely Striplet Rose stamp and Roll up Rose die make a good team when used together. Of course the Stamp is from the Singles range by Sue Wilson and this fab little die which creates the beautiful roses from Sara's English Country Garden collection and are so easy to make.
No point in dragging things out as both these products speak for themselves as you will see......

I started this week with a 7x7 card base and decided to make a background with the lovely Striplet stamp but as you can see it has turned into a frame which by coincidence the stamp works perfectly for this purpose, I have stamped in Clear Ink and Embossed in White powder onto white cardstock.

Here are a selection of goodies I have used in the making of both cards for our next classes.

Distress inks Spun Sugar, Chipped Sapphire and Cracked Pistachio.
A Clear ink pad and White Embossing Powder.

Memento inks Nautical Blue and Paris Dusk,

Ocean Teal Gilding Polish.

Anti-Static bag and A piece of Cut and Dry foam.

Blending Smoothies.

I have added a die cut sentiment from Silver mirror card and stamped the smaller sentiment in the Nautical Blue ink.

Before die cutting the leaves with one of Sheena's dies I coloured white card with a tiny amount of Pixie Powder (I used two different colours for this)

I did use a touch of my Clear Sparkle Pen to the leaves and Roses but you could use the Pearl Gilding polish instead, after doing this I then highlighted the embossing on the leaves with the Nautical Blue ink and cut and dry foam.

Die cut leaves with Clear Sparkle Pen.

Forgot to mention that you need to use a wet dries clear glue for the roses, I used my Collall Tacky glue.

Card two is again on a 7x7 card base but I may change it to an 8x8.

The decorative panel has been die cut from the Sue Wilson Australian Collection Background dies and the center panel is the Rose stamped in Clear ink and then embossed with this beautiful Arctic Lake Cosmic Shimmer Powder which is absolutely Scrumptious and pearly up close you can just about see it in the photo (click on the photo to enlarge)

I simply love this embossing powder, think I'm going to need more colours in it!!!
(Whoooo! Christmas cards with it) sorry couldn't resist lol!

This time I used my Pearl Gilding polish onto the roses and a touch of Chipped Sapphire on the leaves which by the way are stamped and embossed with the same powder as the background panel.

Hope you like this week's cards the colours are much nicer in real time, I enjoyed making them, thanks for dropping by.

See you later x


Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Feeling Festive in July - Snow Globe from Creative Expressions

Well I guess its that time so hello to everybody and brace yourselves as I am actually going to use the C word and it is definitely for the first time this year but I bet it won't be the last. By a much popular demand and as those who already come to our classes know that we did decide earlier this year to add in a few  cards at random which would involve elements that would most definitely relate to that special time of year known to us as the  wonderful season of celebration of the holiday variety....... yes you've got it I'm talking Summer Holidays NOT!  LOL! its CHRISTMAS.......... so now here for you our first Christmas card class in July.
I have kicked off our winter season with this lovely set of dies by Sue Wilson, Snow Globe and Cottage Snow Scene both from her Festive Collection.

As you can see in the photo I have used the Starlight paints Silver, Mediterranean Sky and Platinum.

Tea Dye , Weathered Wood and Antique Linen.

Pearl Gilding polish.

I have embossed a background which I made with Kraft card painted with White Gesso in my Snowflake embossing folder then highlighted with the Pearl Gilding polish.

Glue pen and Glamour dust added to the Village scene and snowflakes.

You can see where I have used the Antique Linen ink to colour and the sentiment is stamped in Tea Dye

I used some of my own snowflake dies from my stash to compliment the snow globe, 
 5x7 card base.

This time I have made the snow globe into a shaker card by adding in one of the plastic domes that go with this die, inside the dome are some glitters and some micro beads.

The Weathered Wood ink plus the Starlight paints have been used on this card.

To embellish I have used the snowflake and the Star Spray die also from Sue Wilson.

You may just be able to see the glitters resting in the bottom of the dome and all that's needed now is to find a center piece for my snowflake.

See you soon, hope you're feeling a little Festive now  lol !