My journey through crafting collecting goodies along the way x

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Noel - 60 days to Christmas

Hey! Hope everyone is well its  been such a busy week once again and there's going to be no let up for the next four weeks at least as I have a demo on every Saturday so it's busy, busy, busy B and no rest for the wicked lol!
Here we go very much in fast forward mode.........................zoooooooomm..................
This beautiful stamp from Woodward - NOEL which says it all for the approaching season.

So this week two cards one 7x7 & one 5x7.

Distress inks
Aged Mahogany
Tea Die
Frayed Burlap
Tumbled Glass

Black Versafine

Gold Embossing Powder

Clear ink pad

I used Gilding Polishes
Gold and Turquoise

I have paper pieced the tags on the Noel stamp with papers from Papermania 12x12 pack.

This time I have stamped and embossed with Silver Powder.

Distress inks
Chipped Sapphire
Iced Spruce

I decided to team up the Noel stamp with a Creative Expressions Christmas background stamp.

I have stamped a background using the Memento Rich Cocoa ink pad.

I die cut two Holly sprigs from a Sue Wilson die set
and coloured with the inks and a touch of the gilding polish.

I have also used a tiny amount of Pearl Gilding Polish around the edges of  two of the panels.

Sorry the photos don't do justice to the finished cards but I will try and take some better pictures first thing tomorrow as I  lost good light by the time I got them finished.

See you all soon x

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Birdy Towers

Hi there, it's going to be a super quick post today as I have been suffering with a painful backache which kept me tossing and turning all night and it seems as if I  have taken all day to get things sorted out for the classes so I am going to give you a somewhat brief description of the cards and what I used on them.  This very cute stamp is from Woodward and is called Birdy Tower and you can see why, they also have a few more in the same style, different designs. So useful for your quick cards but they also work on larger cards as well.

8x8 card

Background panel.
Distress inks
Aged Mahogany
Vintage Photo
Mowed Lawn

Rich Red Gilding Polish

Clear ink and White powder

The stamp is embossed with white powder onto Kraft card.

The birds have been painted with distress inks and Red Starlight paint, I used a round fine tip paint brush

Once the border strip was embossed in my folder (wood grain) I added a touch of Peridot Alchemy wax.

The leaves have been die cut and inked with the Mowed Lawn D.I.
Then I have added Peridot and also a hint of White Gold starlight paint with cut n dry foam.

Leaves from Sara's Autumn Morning collection.

It's such a shame you can't get the full visual effects of the waxes and the paints together.

Decided to make a DL card as I thought this size of stamp was just perfect for a quick make card.

The birds are stamped in black Versafine and embossed in Clear Powder.

Them I painted over the image with my Drawing Gum to protect it before I created the background using a large flat paint brush and Sax Blue Starlight paint and water to thin it out a little.

Once again I have used the Red and also Topaz Starlight to colour in the birds.

So that's it for now and I'm sure you will all be pleased that there is no cutting out by hand this week just a tad of painting to do lol!

At least you will have two more Christmas cards ready to add to your collection, and I haven't even got one as yet maybe one of these days I will sit down with you all during class and make them as well Ha! Well you never know stranger things have happened. : )

Later! x

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Bouquet For You - Stampendous

Hi all,  jeepers these weeks are flying by don't seem to get many things done these days before it's time to post the classes again yet here we are and its that time of the week already so as you may of gathered from the title we are keeping with the florals but to accompany them we also have included on the stamp set are a couple of glass/jam jars, so useful don't you think especially if you need to put your flowers in not to mention lots of other things lol!
Anyhow lets not waste time as it is in short supply it would seem, well in my case anyway and we can take a look at our cards for the coming week. Did I tell you about the stamps? No didn't think so and I guess it might help if you knew what we will be using. A great little set of clear stamps from Stampendous - A Bouquet for you.

Card size is 5x7.
Background panel has been created by using the following:-

Picked Raspberry distress ink.

Hessian embossing folder.

Heather Gilding polish. 

The jars have been stamped onto watercolor card.

The two jars in the background have been stamped with Adirondack Slate which is a Dye based ink pad then the front one has been stamped and embossed with Black Versafine and Clear Powder. They have been painted with Stormy Sky distress ink and a paint brush.

I have stamped and embossed the flowers again in the black ink and embossed in clear then coloured them with my pencils, pink, red and a touch of purple.

These flower stamps are a really good size.

Onto card two which is 8x8.

 I have used two embossing folders on this card, one is the stone wall Distress folder and the other is Trees from Sara's last range Autumn Morning.

The folder has been brayered with Frayed Burlap/Gathered Twigs Distress inks.

The jam jar I stamped twice, once onto white card and embossed in the tree folder and the other one is on Acetate stamped in Black Stazon ink. I added a touch of colour to the acetate jar with a grey/blue alcohol markers.

As with the last card I coloured my flowers with pencils but if you wanted you could use your pens, markers or watercolor pens or pencils it's your choice if you wish to bring your own.

Think that's just about it for now, I have to add that I did enjoy working with this stamp set and the possibilities of creativity with them are probably infinite after all who could go wrong with a glass jar and flowers, somehow it reminded me of my childhood, don't you agree I remember picking wild flowers and putting them in a glass jam jar for my mum, those WHERE the days...............

See you soon x

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Poppies are popular. - Xcut Embossing Folders

Good afternoon folks, I'm not going to spend any time wittering on with Today's Post as I want to make the most of this decent weather and get some more washing pegged out whilst the sun does shine and boy do I need to wash some windows but a wise person once told me never wash your windows when the sun is shining on them! Thanks Mum, she was a wise woman, thank heavens for that lol! Now to move on with this week's classes and as you may have already guessed we will be using two beautiful Embossing Folders from Xcut........ and I should mention that both are a really good size A5 no less, Cherry Blossom Stripe and Large Blossom as they are called but I have somehow managed to see them as poppies which is the theme I went along with but as their names suggest they can be used in so many different ways as I imagine you will see that for yourselves.
Two cards both A4 folded to make A5.........

OK here's the thing cast you minds back to sometime last year when in one of your magazines there was these little goodies as part of your free gifts and seen as I had poppies in my mind I thought it would be perfect to give them another airing so to speak so that's what I did along with my Sakura pencils, clear Embossing Powder, Black Versafine ink pad, and Distress inks Fired Brick, Ripe Persimmon and Bundled Sage, not forgetting a touch of Gold Gilding polish.

I used my Brayer to ink the Embossing folder with Bundled Sage then once dry I started to add colour to some of the embossed flowers with my pencils. I chose reds and orange for this one.

Oi! You! Clear Off! What are you doing?????? Step away from my GEMINI CAT!!!!!!

Poor Human! You Shall Not have use of this contraption today!!!!

Stop trying to turn it off for goodness sakes........

It's amazing what a couple of cat treats can do lol!

That's sorted now I can carry on, here's the finished card and I have used just a touch of black colour Cloud ink around the edges, added my die cut flower and stamped leaves.

Onto the second card.

I started by creating a background with my Pixie Powder Mango Blaze, dried the cardstock thoroughly before adding a touch of Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink and embossing in the folder then using the stamps and Bundled Sage to make the stem and leaves.

The background layer has been coloured with Spiced Marmalade and the sentiments have been stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa.

I do think that the Poppy design has worked out well with both these Embossing Folders but on closer inspection you will see that they will work with a multitude of designs be it floral or otherwise, very pretty and useful.

Just thought I'd try and give you a shot of the Pixie Powders in close up, I simply love using them. : )

Well that's it for today hope you like them, see you soon x

Wait what's this????

Oh your back are you,  don't look at me like that come on Mrs. move I need my machine.

Me Not listening to my human !!
Me Not moving Me staying here...

Oh this could take some time, I'll see you later x