Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Another Christmas tree for Bah Humbug

A short while ago I ordered a stamp set by Inkadinkado called Artistic Holiday from America and it turned up yesterday only 6 days after I had ordered it.......... fantastic service eh?

Anyway, I was dying to use the lovely Christmas tree and sentiment on this set so decided to do another entry to the Bah! Humbug! challenge.  I stamped the tree in Versamark and embossed with WOW silver glitter e/p onto black card.  This is a lovely glittery e/p but doesn't show up very well on the scanned image.  I did the same with the sentiment.  These were die cut using nesties and the tree mounted onto silver glitter paper.  The black A5 card looked quite stark so I used some silver peel offs as borders and then used gems nearly everywhere!!!  lol

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Die Cut Dreams - Christmas Tilda with flowers

This week's challenge over at Die Cut Dreams is Tilda with Flowers.

The image has been coloured with Promarkers and cut out.  Backing paper is from Papermania Classic Christmas pad.  Nesties were used for the mats in red and green and edged with gold marker pen.  Ribbon is from my stash as are the roses and poinsettia flower.  I used a narrow border in red cut from a Martha Stewart edger punch.  The sentiment is a digistamp from the lovely Lynne at Sentiments4You and punched out and layered using Stampin Up punches.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 28 March 2011

Bah! Humbug! Challenge 12

This week's challenge over at Bah! Humbug! is Christmas Trees.

Rather than going down the traditional route I decided to use my Penny Black Fantasy Tree which was stamped and gold embossed.  I then decided to create a pyramage using a set of nesties that I bought which were exclusive to Create & Craft.  Instead of using all the dies in the normal way I thought I would alternate each die at a 45 degree angle so they all fit inside each other but created a different look.  I also cut the largest shape from a piece of gold mirri and laid this down on my square card blank first so that the gold would glint through the layers.  I then used silicone glue to pyramage all the layers.  I then used various Stickles glue to add colour making it look as though there were Christmas lights throughout the tree.  I then added some ribbon and gems.  The sentiment is computer generated and matted using my Stampin Up oval and scalloped oval punches.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Less is More - Week 8 Sketch

This week's challenge over at Less is More is a sketch plan  as shown here:

I have taken a DL white card blank and scored two parallel lines using my Hougie Board about two thirds of the way down the card.  I then used a Quickutz embossing folder harlequin to emboss the bottom third of the card.  I then took a piece of orange ribbon and used d/s tape to place it between the two scored lines.  I die cut a scalloped oval out of copper mirri card and added a cameo which has been sitting on my desk for absolutely ages.  The sentiment is from the SU Sincere Salutations stamp set and was embossed in copper e/p.

Thanks for dropping by.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Sympathy Cards

Unfortunately I have had to make two sympathy cards this week which is not something anyone likes doing.

I decided to make something very much "white on white".  I have used my nestabilities pendant dies to cut out two sets of outers and inners from pearlised white card.  I then stuck some hand made silver fleck paper onto white card and die cut another set.  Out of what was left of this piece I die cut two corners.  I then used silicone glue to layer up the pendant die cuts with the silver fleck on top.  I added the corners and a ribbon.  The sentiment is a rubber stamp which I heat embossed with silver detail e/p.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Bah! Humbug! Metallics

The challenge over at Bah! Humbug! this week is metallics.

Whilst I was racking my brain trying to think what to do I came across a sheet of Ten Second Studio black metal so thought I would use it.  I cut the sheet to size so I could use a DoCrafts embossing folder with baubles on it.  I ran it through my  JT machine and then sanded over the raised parts which took off the black and revealed the silver underneath.  It's then been mounted onto some white glitter card and black mirri and I punched the corners with an Xcut silhouette corner punch which allowed me to slide the top two layers under the punched area.  This was then mounted onto a 5"x7" card covered with hand made white paper with silver flakes (although I don't think you will see this from the photograph).  I added some clear gems and a small greeting peel-off.

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Monday, 21 March 2011

Die Cut Dreams "Karen's special sketch and Lavender & Lace"

The theme of this week's challenge over at Die Cut Dreams is Karen's special sketch and lavender and lace.

I found some backing paper in my stash which was the nearest colour - I think it is from a Papermania set.  I printed out this great image "mistletoe kisses" from Prairie Fairy  and coloured using Promarkers.  I then used nesties to give a nice die cut shape and mounted on the next size up.  I added some Diamond Glaze on her glasses.  I used a strip of lace from my stash and then computer generated the sentiment which was matted onto some matching cardstock.  I then added some gems and flowers.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Less is More - Week 7 Challenge - Masculine

This weeks challenge over at Less is More is Masculine.

I decided to use this stamp from Lili of the Valley called zooming along and stamped onto white card with Memento ink and coloured with Promarkers.  I decided to try the "inside the box" technique that I saw Sue Wilson doing on C&C the other day.  I frequently use the "outside the box" method but hadn't thought of doing it this way round.  I took the nestie I wanted to use and positioned it on the card where I wanted the aperture.  I then lightly pencilled around the inside of the die and cut out the part of the image which was inside this mark.  I then positioned the die (cut side down) under the part of the image I had just cut out.  This gives the impression of the car being within the window.  I positioned some paper from my stash at the back of the window.  Now I know the challenge is definitely less is more but it did look pretty plain at this stage so I ran the piece of card through my die cutting machine in a Creative Expressions embossing folder and then inked lighly over the raised area.  The edge was cut using a Martha Steward punch.  Sentiment is from a Stampin Up kit and cut out using Stampin Up punches.

Thanks to all for stopping by on this beautiful sunny spring day.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Boys & Girls come out to play

Challenge number 6 over at Do It With Digi's is Boys & Girls come out to play.

I decided to use this digi stamp from Di's Digi's which was a freebie.  Coloured with Promarkers and die cut using nesties and mounted on a piece of sage green Bazzill card.  I decided to make it up into a twisted easel so I scored and folded the top flap of a 6" square card diagonally.  This is covered with some paper I had in my stash and I used the remainder on the inside and created a border out of pink bazzill using a Martha Stewart punch.  The pinwheel flower was created using the new Tim Holtz die.  The sentiment has been die cut using Whimsy Stamps ticket die and sponged with a pink chalk inkpad.  The addition of some flowers and a parchment butterfly completed the card.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Apertures and Starlight, Starbright

This week's challenge over at Bah! Humbug! is apertures and over at Die Cut Dreams it is starlight, starbright.  As I'm desperately trying to sort out my craft room and moving books to our new bookcase I thought I would cover both challenges in one card.

I have taken an 8x8" scalloped card and covered with paper from Dovecraft Let it Snow series.  I then positioned one of my grand nesties (Labels 1) on the front and put it through my JT machine.  The paper I have used for the front of the card is double sided so I cut a frame using the same nesties but turned the paper over to use the plain back as it was a perfect match for the patterned side.  I layered some acetate over the frame and glued it down and then put shaker tape around the back of the frame ready for putting it over the aperture.  The image is from a stamp set by Debbi Moore and has been coloured in with Promarkers and Diamond Sparkles used for the fluffy bits on the dresses/shoes and also the stars.  I then punched out stars of various sizes from red, green and gold mirri to put as the "shaker" element of the card and placed the acetate and frame over the top.  The sentiment is from a clear stamp set by Dovecraft and has been embossed using detail gold e/p.  The snowflakes are made using a die called Winter's Jewel 1 from Whimsy Stamps.  The border has been made using a Martha Stewart edge punch.  I then added a few gems to finish off.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Less is More - Off the edge, one layer, no scored lines

It's Week 6 over at Less is More and the challenge is to make a card with an "off the edge" image, one layer and no scored lines........... hmm so presumably that means no embossed lines to frame anything???  To be on the safe side I decided not to include anything like that.

I took a square white linen card and used the large medallion stamp from Stampin Up which was stamped in Versamark, half off the page, and embossed using detail copper e/p.  I then ran the card through my printer for the computer generated sentiment.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Less is More - Pastels

Week 5's challenge over at Less is More is Pastel Colours.

I used an old Anita's stamp of roses for my main theme.  I stamped in Stampin Up Old Olive and then coloured with Promarkers.  I then die cut the image using a Spellbinders labels nestie - I used the two largest sizes to create a main focal image and a frame.  I tied a piece of ribbon around the frame and put it directly onto my square card.  The main focal image was placed using foam pads with some glue stick on them to allow me to manoeuvre it into the correct position.  The pink swirl is a Marianne's die.  The sentiment is from Stampin Up Sincere Salutations stamp set and again stamped using the SU Old Olive.  I used the same labels set (but a smaller die) to cut this out.

Thanks for dropping by.

Sunday, 6 March 2011


This week's challenge over at Bah! Humbug! is embossing.

For this card I decided to do the double embossing method.  First of all I decided what die to use and I've chosen a Nellie Snellen set.  I then took two pieces of card (same size as the embossing folder that I am going to use) and place the largest die on top and cut out the centre.  I repeated this with the other piece of card and made sure I had placed the die in the exact position by putting the first piece of card over the top and pencilling in the aperture.  When you have both pieces of card cut use some temporary glue to position them together.  These two pieces then get taped on top of the embossing folder (on the outside).  Cut a piece of card to fit the embossing folder - in this case I've chosen a universal e/f - and run through your die cutting machine.  You will see that the whole card apart from the central area where your die had been cut out have been embossed.  Then separate the pieces of card and taking one piece position your die back over the aperture and put this directly over your embossed card making sure everything lines up.  Again run through your die cutting machine  so the outside of the die is actually embossed on your embossed card leaving the central piece untouched.  You may have to have a play to get the correct recipe of plates etc as you don't want the original embossing to be flattened out.  I then took the same die set and made a frame to enhance the unembossed piece, stamped my sentiment (Stampin Up) and embossed in red glitter e/p.  I then placed the frame on top using silicone gel to raise it up, put an embossed line around the edge of the card using red liner tape and then matted and layered as normal.  The only addition it needed was a ribbon and some gems.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Less is More - 3 squares challenge

The challenge this week at Less is More is 3 squares which is a little less frightening than the last challenges!!!  lol

When I was at the Farnborough show last week I bought a new stencil and some red variagated foiling sheets from the Hobby House.  The stencil is part of a new range from Sweet Poppy and they have some lovely designs which are very reasonably priced.  For this card I took the stencil and taped it onto some ice white pearlised card and put transluscent embossing paste over it.  I let it dry for an hour or so and then replaced the stencil and brushed on some size; I left this for about 10 minutes to go tacky and then placed a sheet of the red variagated foil over the top, rubbed gently and then used a fairly stiff stencil brush to remove the excess.  I cut this foiled image into three and mounted onto a piece of red card.  The sentiment is computer generated (I'm getting addicted to these text boxes!!!  lol).  A very simple, but effective card.

Thanks for dropping by.