Thursday, 28 July 2016

That die again - snippets time

You may have seen my post for this month's Rudolph Day here using this same outer die. I had started to play with it using a snippet of black gloss card I had and the CE gilding polishes on some snippets of card left over from cutting circle frames. I then used the free die set based on CRM which I got with a magazine a few months ago - actually tracked down with help from Miss Di. I then coloured the stamped images with cosmic shimmer drawing inks and also some of the die apertures.
I'm popping to the Snippets playground with it now.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Fabric paints for Creative Expressions DT

My latest make for the Creative Expressions DT is this tote bag decorated using the CE lustre fabric paints. When I opened my DT package to see fabric paints I thought they'd sent me the wrong items! I've never done any fabric painting before so I was completely out of my comfort zone, but I have to say it was so easy and the paints are just luscious.

I used a Special touch mask and stamps from the lovely Lisa Horton for CE which are Summer Meadow and Wildflower stamps.

Edited - I've been asked a question about washing - you must heat set the item to be able to wash it and probably best not to wash above 40 degrees.

To see how I did it you can view the powerpoint tutorial below.


Monday, 25 July 2016

July Rudolph Day


It's time for Rudolph Day over on Mo's blog where we get to show our Christmas cards and hopefully make a few so there is no rush nearer the seasonal time. I haven't been doing as many Christmas cards this year and so decided to pull out all the stops and make two. I also wanted to use this beautiful CRM inspired die which I had yet to use. I also realised that a die by a completely different company worked well on the corners.

I actually made a non Christmas card first which I will share later this week. It was then that a little plan hatched, how would the die cut in in metallic with glitter paste behind it look? The top card is that technique and for the other card I used some extra sparkly red glitter paper I have (which I had totally forgotten about!). I did wonder after wards whether the sparkle paste looked any better than the glitter paper for all the effort but in real life they do look very different.

The images and papers I had printed last year and they never got used. They are from MCS Festive Deco Follies.

I'm also going to enter the challenge on CD Sunday which is Fab and Feminine. 


Friday, 22 July 2016

LIM week 285 Repitition

I was lucky enough to be ShowCASed at Less is More challenge last week for my "kitchen colours" card here. I really loved used the new Spellbinder Seth Apter die and had it in my mind to use it three times across a card. So when I checked the LIM challenge and found this week was repetition I felt I had to use it again -  more repetition!

I used a pad of industrial style papers with the die and then a set of stamps from Happy Stampers which was my prize when I won a few months ago the LIM monthly prize.

It's taken me three days to get this idea on a card - due to the heat and no mojo after our trip to London which you can see pics of in my last post.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Little foxy snippet

I'm really struggling to get my mojo back after a break away in London for five days. We had a fantastic time - some pics below.

I already had this stencilled background and so decided to use a die cut from a brusho background from my stash and then a little fox cut from my snippet box. Some Hobbyart stamps for the background and a Phill Martin corner sentiment.

Off to the snippet playground to show everyone and my London photos.

Day at the Star Wars exhibition at the Excel Centre
A glimpse at the costumes for the new film.
James Bond exhibition at London Film Museum. This model car was made using a 3d printer!!!!!


 Madam Tussaud's Fashion week

and Star Wars exhibition

River cruise and we also went up onto the Tower Bridge exhibition on our last day.

It always pays to look up! Inside the one of the towers there are mannequins as workmen.
Maybe not look down though! 42m above the bridge road level.



Little jars are all over London in association with BFG,



Monday, 18 July 2016

Add some texture at ooh La La Creations Challenge blog

My latest DT card for Ooh La La Creations challenge blog is to fit the theme chosen by Avril which is to add some texture.

I printed all the elements from the Paula Oakley cdrom.



Then to add my texture I ran the main image through an embossing folder, and lightly inked over with TH old paper and pumice stone distress inks.

We do hope you can join us for the latest challenge over on the blog where my teamies have provided lots more inspiration, and we look forward to seeing how you add texture.

mid month reminder for anything goes at Penny Black & More

A little reminder of our challenge over on Penny Black & More which this month is anything goes - as long as you use a stamp (no digis!).

For my card I've used one of my latest purchases from Penny Black the Petal Party set. The lovely big flowers and leaves in this set are giving me so many ideas but the first one I tried was to stamp the flower onto parchment paper. I then used Inktense pencils to colour them and added a little stamp paint too. I then used the stamp paint for the leaves onto CE black gloss card stock, I also stamped a couple of extra leaves which I cut out and mounted up around the flowers.. I then stamped the leaf twice onto some kraft card stock and cut out with CE noble squares twice, using a fine liner to make faux stitching between the holes left by the dies.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Summer vacation at CD Sunday

I made this card for a special blogging buddy and now she has it I can share it. I used the Halycon Days cd rom from Crafters Companion for this card. I did the whole card in a graphics programme to save on the layers for posting!

I added the little sentiment to the card as beach huts have a special significance for her.

I'm entering this into the CD Sunday challenge which this time is summer vacation.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

LIM week 284 - Time - one layer

When I saw this weeks theme on Less is More challenge was Time I knew I wanted to use a set of Uniko stamps called exactly that!

I masked off the top and bottom of the card and stamped the cogs then removed the masking and stamped the sentiment and pocket watch.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Once upon a Time @ CD Sunday

The challenge on CD Sunday is Once Upon A Time - I've used a Ooh la la cdrom Nursery Times with the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe images and backing paper.

My boots are actually Marianne ice skates which I trimmed to hopefully resemble a pair of boots!

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Foxy snippets

I really love reading all the comments on my blog I was blown away by a comment left on my two cards here and here using a Seth Apter die - because they were left by Seth himself - how cool is that! I am still in shock, what a lovely thing to do and means so much to me.

Onto this week's snippet card. I had a piece of wood effect background I had made for my LIM card the other day. I had intended to use the whole piece but only cut a circle from it. So that was my starting point, then I saw another snippet from a card using the impressabilities and inks so that went behind the panel. I've had this little fox sitting on my desk for months and he seemed to just fit so on he went and finally an AG sentiment stamped onto a vellum snippet

Off to the snippets playground now.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Something beginning with F @ Ooh la la Creations challenge

This is one of my favourite images from the Say it with Words from Ooh La La Creations. So it was nice when I realised it fitted with theme of our challenge chosen by Michelle "Something beginning with F" which for my DT card is  "Friends".

I've printed onto kraft card to give a vintage feel to the card and used one of the faux bows. Simple to make but very effective.

We'd love to see what you come up with for our challenge over on the challenge blog and for you to see all the lovely inspiration from the rest of the DT.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Anything with a stamp at Penny Black & More

This is my DT card for our new July challenge over on Penny Black & More where we would like to see anything with a stamp - so lots of scope this month for you to enter. Please do remember we are a stamping challenge and so that must always be the focal point of your work to be eligible to win one of the fantastic prizes we have on offer. Also no digis please.

My card is a little homage to Andy Warhol and his iconic Marilyn painting. I used the Venetian summer stamp four times on a brusho background using a different colour ink each time, and then tinted with a brush and the corresponding ink pad each image.

Thanks for looking and we hope to see you over at the challenge and don't forget to check all the lovely DT work out too.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

LIM week 283 - colours of your kitchen

It's time for colour challenge week on Less is More and this time they want to see the colour of your kitchen. Mine is Cream/browns and black accessories so this was my starting point.

My work tops are dark wood. So I took some scraps of paper and cut them into strips, mounting them onto a piece of card with gesso, leaving a small gap between each one. I then used brown acrylic paints to colour and then cut out to form the wood effect panel in the centre of the card.

I cut a TH ink splat out of black gloss card and a large circle for mounting. I then used cream card to cut out the Seth Apter die (yes I used it yesterday as well!)  once and also out of a piece of pearlescent card that I had embossed and sprayed with TH pewter ink. I then mounted this die cut into the negative space left on the cream card.

Finally I used  little sticker that I had over the top of the design.

Friday, 1 July 2016

one brick at a time snippets

I'm a bit late to the snippets playground this week and with a completely different card than I had decided to make! I've just done a card that needed a brick wall die and I had the little bricks left over, far more than here but it's a start in using them up. So that's how the card began, I also wanted to use my latest Seth Apter Spellbinders die. The splats are a Kirsty Wiseman stamp and the sentiment from Hobby Art stamps.

To complete the grunge look used my verdigris embossing powder and some mirror gold powder. I have had that gold powder since the early 90s when I first got into embossing. It never really gave a nice clean finish, but now I want a grunge look it was the perfect thing!