Thursday, 29 November 2018

Mixed Media Book Cover

I took time out from my Christmas card creations
to make a little something for me.
I needed a new notebook for my novel lists.
I bought this one from Home Bargains.
Nice but not me!
 So I turned it into this.
 Here are close ups of the Front & Back covers.
I used any old paper and it shrank from all
the water. Note to self - cut it larger next time.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

 What I should have done is make it
on watercolour paper.
Cut it larger than the cover and not the exact size.
But you know what? I don't care, I love it!
So it shrunk, no worries.
Cover was made by applying Distress Oxides,
Wrinkle free style on my glass mat.
Drying between colours to prevent Mud!
1st application: Dusty Concord / Picked Raspberry
2nd: Mustard seed / Salty Ocean
Once dry all edges blended Vintage photo.
Stamping in same oxide colours.
Stamps: Inkylicious / Rachel Kalbach
Stampotique / Darcies / Mama Elephant
Stampers Anonymous pattern on back
(original designer not Tim Holtz re-make)
Copper & White Gel Pen detail.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Mixed Media Frame

Love & Home.
These are the themes in my house.
From the various hearts hung around to the 
display on the mantlepiece.
Below is the Love
 Here is the Home

 So I purchased this frame from Aldi
and created two pieces of mixed media art.
 Below are two close up photos.
I can't find the book where I wrote my
design idea and materials.
But from the picture I can spot some.
 Tim Holtz paper - Wallflower
Tim Holtz Paper Dolls
Tim Holtz Clippings
House stamp was purchased from Etsy.
Tim Holtz stencils and Golden texture paste
were used on each.
I also used my Big Brush Pens
but I have no recollection of how I 
added the rest of the colour.

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Happy Birthday, Will

Yesterday was also our friend & neighbour, Will's birthday.
Below are photos of my first ever Peek-a-Boo card.
Front depicts a motorcycle and sign post
both free with Creative Stamping issue 54
Will owns a trike & loves the open road.

Inside the theme turns nautical (hahaha)
Will & his wife have recently acquired a boat!
Everyone loves to pull his leg and I saw the perfect opportunity
with this style of card.
Free stamps from Creative Stamping issue 43

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Happy Birthday, Kate

Today is my friends' birthday.
Here is a reveal wheel card I custom made.
First picture shows card side on to catch the light.
She is a huge Autumn fan so it just had to be
autumnal colours & rich gold embossing.
(Distress Oxides: Spiced Marmalade/ Rusty Hinge
Seedless Preserves/ Ripe Persimmon/ Ground Espresso)
WOW Metallic Gold Rich Pale Embossing powder SF.

 The next series of photos show the
pictures in the window.
I printed off photos of Skye
her beloved Black Labrador.

Lawn Fawn: Reveal Wheel Square Add On
Cardstock used: Bristol Smooth
Stamps: Free gift with Creative Stamping issue 60
Ranger Distress Oxide Inks in colours listed
American crafts red cardstock (wheel)

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Another Christmas Card

This is another reveal wheel,
using the same sentiments, 
wheel & frame die by Lawn Fawn.
The stamps are Secret Santa,
Birdie Brown - My Favourite Things.

I used a post it note to mask
off the card to create a clear
area of floor & wall.
I used Distress Oxide Ink to
blend the background.
Weathered Wood for floor,
Victorian Velvet/Festive Berries
blended for wall.
Stamped images coloured with copics.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Christmas Card for 2018

This card has been made for a friend
who does not use social media.
It is four photos of the same card,
showing the changing sentiment in the frame.
This is a Reveal Wheel card.
I am hooked on them!!

Stamps are Mama Elephant Yappy Woofmass
Reveal Wheel is by Lawn Fawn
Inks used;
Distress Oxides;
Tumbled Glass & Salty Ocean
Marvy Snow Marker
Coloured with Copic Markers
WOW Gold Embossing Powder

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Marion's Birthday

My friend & Pen pal had a birthday
at the end of September & I had scheduled
lots of blog posts, but somehow it
had been missed.
Here is the card created for her.
Features Altenew - Beautiful day
Altenew Inks - Shades of Purple Collection 
Other floral sprays were water-coloured
with Inktense pencils.

I am working on a few more birthdays,
Christmas cards and other items so more to share soon.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Autumn Banner

During Spring & Summer I displayed floral
bunting between my wall lights.
My fire is not central on the wall and so it
would stress my OCD to have a picture up
that wasn't central!
I didn't see anything in the shops for Autumn
so decided to make my own.
(Warning - photos)
This shows practically the whole banner.
 This shows pennants 1 & 2
Die Cut Ivy, (TH) coffee cup(SU),
Copic coloured Hedgehog (CS)
& pumpkin head scarecrow (Azeeda)
 Pennants 3 & 4
Pumpkin (CS) Leaf fussy cut & stamped with free stamp
Cat (Lavinia) Tiny cabinet die (TH)
Alpha tiles (TH)
 This shows the centre spelling Autumn
Feather & twig wreaths (CS)
 Pennants 10 & 11
Same pumpkin & leaf plus free stamp Cat (CS)
Squirrel, toadstools, mouse (CS)
 Pennants 11 & 12
12 is a duplicate of 1.
All cardstock from stash
most by Scenic Route
Maple Leaves - The Works
Ribbon - The Range
CS - Creative Stamping Magazine
TH - Tim Holtz /Sizzix
SU - Stampin' Up
I only wish I could get a better photo of
the whole banner as the pictures do not do it justice.

Friday, 2 November 2018

Happy Birthday, Donna

Today is Donna's birthday.
I wanted to make something fun.
I went with a Pop Up Window design.
I used three stamps sets;
Birthday Chicks - My Favorite Things
Party Animals - Mama Elephant
Celebration Box - Honey Bee Designs

 I used a scalloped circle die to frame the window.
I split the greeting to give a more playful look.

Inside, I used my Lawn Fawn Grassy Borders die
to add interest on the ground.
Party - from a Papermania Stamp set.
I layered my critters and added foam to the back 
of a few to give extra dimension.
I then added balloons and gifts everywhere.

My greeting is on the back.
I coloured all my images with Inktense Pencils.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Happy For You Card

A card for my sister, sharing her news.
The black cardstock is cheap & nasty but I
did manage to get all the marks off.
Technique, versamark ink & coloured Perfect Pearls.
Image DoveCraft - Sparrow
Die - Tim Holtz
words - chat chat stickers.

Monday, 29 October 2018

Thank You Card

I made this card for my ex- colleagues.
I was one of three, made redundant on 01 October.
Despite it being a month, I still miss my friends
&  being part of a team.
I stamped & Heat Embossed Altenew Leaf Canopy,
using WOW - fine detail Gold powder.
I decided on a resist background technique.
I created the resist with Distress Oxide Inks;
Spiced Marmalade / Barn Door / Ground Espresso
& added regular distress in Seedless Preserves.

 I then did an inlay frame technique that I had
seen done by Nichol Sphor.
I used a Concord & 9th Thank You die in gold card.

I wished to thank them all for the support
well wishes, kind words & the
card, flowers & money collected.
I worked with the majority of these people 
for 10 years, they were my second family.

Below are photos of the bouquet.
I didn't have a large enough vase for them.

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Commissioned Christmas Cards

I was asked to make three cards
at the end of July 2018, for a friend
who occassionally travelled on the bus with me.
She needed special cards for sets of friends.
I was given the design brief of anything you like
"but about this size."
She showed me a folded newspaper.
I gu-estimated it to measure 5x7.

Here is what I came up with.
Classic Christmas colours, clean & simple.
I created my card bases from pieces of Stampin' Up
Cherry Cobbler cut to 7 x 10, scored at 5"
I added white, dies cut, shaped panels on the insides.
I embossed pieces of Whisper White card with
Gemini Brick wall folder.
I die cut my window from same card & fun foam.
(I can't remember the make of the window die.
Except it is not Memory Box or Tim Holtz)
I used Tim Holtz Garlands die,
X Cut Daisy border punch,
Stampin' Up Fishtail Banner.
Scraps of DoCraft/Papermania papers for blinds
More Cherry Cobbler for pelmets. 
Computer Generated Text - Alex Brush size 16.

These are the first cards for 2018.
I have been made redundant & am taking a few weeks
to rest and create more pretty things.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Pocket Letter

In this digital age, it is still lovely to
send and receive snail mail.
I love it and what's great, is I have a pen friend.
 Marion & I worked together over 10 years ago for about 14 years.
We keep in touch the old fashioned way.
Its great to sit and write as I often only ever
signed my name all day at work.
I also fancied trying something new and below are two
pictures of my first ever pocket letter.
Back of letter;
I stamped in Altenew Ink.
Image: Stampin'Up (a previously loved image)
I used an Avery Elle Stamp pocket
& created the individual pockets with my
WRMK Fuse Tool.
I punched a hole to tie.

Flora imagery,
Summer colours
& sequins.
My letter went in the top left hand side.
I used Altenew / Concord & 9th
Creative Stamping & another previously loved image
of Macaroons which I believe is Impression Obsession.
I absolutely love those colours.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Wedding Anniversary card

Today is my sister's Wedding Anniversary.
She loves muted colours and CAS designs.
Not so certain on the clean & simple but it
is relatively plain for me!

I stamped Natalie Kabach texture stamp 
in Nougat Fresco chalk paint (PaperArtsy),
then over stamped Kaisercraft Dictionary stamp
randomly in Evening Gray ink (Altenew).
This was then overstamped and offset slightly
with the same ink & Kaisercraft Flutter stamp.
I also stamped the greeting from a free set with same ink.
I die cut leaves from plain paper & vellum
to add movement to the card (Tim Holtz Garden Greens)
Adding Resting Birds (Poppy Stamps Dies) before
splattering a little Gold Shine spray on the main image, 
adding shimmer to edges of leaves & birds.

Monday, 22 October 2018

90th Birthday & Encouragement Cards

First up we have a 90th birthday card for Eve. 
I am not 100% certain what I used to make this.
Background is a Heidi Swapp Stamp.
Die cut is Sue Wilson.
I can't locate the book with the sketch & materials list.

This card is again for my friend, Kate.
Encouragement was the aim of this card.
She had a wedding to attend and a certain dress she 
had to fit into. This card was sent to remind her
she only had a tiny way to go.
Images are free from creative Stamping.
Paper pieced using bits from my scraps box.
I added Anita's 3D gloss to the hearts.

Saturday, 20 October 2018

The New & The Old(er)

This first card is the First Wedding Anniversay
for my friends, Kate & Paul.
I embossed the front with a Brenda Walton Folder.
I die cut the heart from an already die cut piece.
Banner & greeting - Stampin' Up.

 This is the card I made for the wedding.
This image was not lost. I was a witness along with my Dad.
The wedding was conducted in secret, we were the only two
who knew! So I have not shared until now.
I used free magazine stamps & dies.
I had to add the dog in the back window as straight after
the wedding, they collected Skye, the labrador, and shot off 
to the Lakes, where they then told family and friends!!

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Mother's Day Commission

I made this for a former colleague, Kim.
Various photos show the card.
First up the side view. Doesn't look much!

This is the inside when you first open the card.
It is held closed by a magnet.

Under the wording at the top of the last photo,
I created a mini card for Kim to write her message.

This final shot shows the front.
I used grape card stock and Stampin' Up thinlits.
The heart was a button I think and the jewels from
my stash.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Pop Up Box Commission

My brief for this commission was quite simple.
Teapot, 60 and wording provided by Lorraine, (the commissioner)
So to begin, I picked my favourite tea time paper
by Lucy Cromwell. Then, raided my stamps for tea themed items.
I decided to do something interactive and to make the 60
less obvious.
This shows the card closed.

This is with the two front flaps down,
giving a peek at the design.
 These next two pictures give you angled views 
of the card.

This last picture shows the card viewed 
when the box opens.
All the stamps were from a free magazine cover gift.
Wording written by Lorraine was computer generated.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Another found image

Here is another card made in 2016!
It is such a relief to recover these
"lost" images.
This was for my friend, Kate's birthday.
Background created by stamping the image
by Natalie Kalbach & blending from the centre out.
Original distress inks Worn Lipstick and Pumice Stone. 
Spritzed with perfect pearls water.
Other stamps;
HOTP - feathers/stars/sentiment
Feathers were coloured with Altenew ink;
Rose Quartz & Sand Dunes

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

New Baby Card...

...except she will be two on 11 November 2018!!!
This was made for my colleague Andy & his wife Rachel
to celebrate the birth of Austen.
Beter late than never, but I can assure you they got
it when it was made!!
I began by creating the basic easel &
die cutting the circle & bookplate.
I then stamped all the imagery
& coloured with Inktense pencils.

 I then set about handmaking the paper.
I had nothing in my stash that spoke to me.
So I used my favourite technique
Stamping and covering with perfect pearls.
I forget the colours used but the stamp was Tim Holtz.
Other stamps from Creative Stamping issue 22.

The star die cut below was another magazine
freebie but it was meant for Christmas
& I decided it was suitable for baby.

 This just shows another closer look at the card.
I die cut mini clouds from XCut to add depth.
I love how this turned out.