Thursday, 20 November 2014

Creative Expression Christmas Post.

Hi folks

I have some show cards on the Christmas theme for the Dt this month as you all know so I have been adding a couple each week so that they all get seen a little more up close.

Here is card 1.

 This first one and the only real stamping it has on it is the sentiments so of course there will be another and a twofer always helps hey... I used several of the different new Couture creations dies from the Christmas lace collection and The Merry little Christmas selection of dies too.

 Here you can see the sentiment from the Just Rite Christmas post series of stamps and the backing is the  Border lace die cut and the trio of trees die cut with the negative areas that popped out used as trees with some glitter just along the edges.
 I also cut the top off the lace border ( another strip of it anyway) and used just the top section along the top of the card just so the patterns all matched up.

Here is the finished card with its gorgeously symmetrical feel to it.

Next is another little number that I love.

 This is a tall thinner card and again I used the ribbons of holly Background in Hydrangea blue ink I then stamped out my sentiment from the Christmas post set from Just rite , It also had that dinky tree flourish that I used on the sentiment tag too and I cut it out using the Vintage labels seven die.

 A close up shows you the two little holly piece I stamped too on the tag and the new white flowers and die cuts underneath the flower also Couture creations.

I used the green crinkle edge ribbon in sheer organza to add to the finished look.

So please leave your comments below as You know how i love to read them all and I will see you all very soon.

Huge Thankyu's for all your kind comments re my mum etc yesterday, I really do appreciate them all and last night very late they moved her from ICU to a ward so that means definite progress, I know they can only get her to a certain point but at least she is now responsive and sitting up. She is still very confused and you have to repeat everything several times and she doesnt really know why shes in there or how ill she has been again but maybe thats a good thing in one way.

Thank you again with lots of love

Huge crafty hugs 

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Visible Image Wednesday

Hi Lovelies

Today as you can tell by the title is of course Visible Image Wednesday and I have a lovely little clean and simple card tutorial for you which utilises some masking with the stamping using the fabulous Visible Image stamps of course and some colouring in with Promarkers and a little glittering too. This one is very clean and simple so should be great for beginners to intermediate levels although could easily be taken to the next level with extra wings or lace used to give another layer of wing, You could add more dimension with decoupage on the heart or even splitting the heart and adding some cogs emerging from the tear. You could add a zip to act like a body to the butterfly looking wings and have the sentiment poking out, you are limited only by your own imaginations and thought process so without further ado let me show you today's card.

 Very clean images for me, I am taking things back a little so we can start the series of techniques we were all talking about a few posts back so today is a simple masking technique.

 I took an A4 piece of white card and stamped my sentiment on the bottom of the page and heat set. At this point I really was not sure if I was going to stamp all my images and cut them out to use separately on a card or to stamp it whole but as You will see I decided to stamp it all and colour it and keep as is, as I hardly ever do this.

I stamped the heart first once on this card and heat set it. Then again on a scrap piece of card which I also set to stop it smudging all over while I cut it out. I took some small scissors and cut out my heart including the winding key and any of the lines that were raised etc., After I did this I took my first wing and placed my heart mask over the heart on the page and then inked and stamped the wing on the page, I left the heart in place and stamped wing number two which left me this beautiful image of the heart with the wings behind to colour.

I used three blues to give depth, I used shale brown to build some brown/purple in the shading on the wings along with white for highlights. I used grey around the image to make it stand from the page and I used 3 greys in the heart and 3 browns on the cogs on the heart too.

I also stamped the little oil can from the OZ tin man set and drew in a drip over "the" in the sentiment I also drew a very loose puddle under the sentiment and coloured , shaded and highlighted the items.
 Here is another view and you can see the mats and layers I then added under the first image along with a ribbon and bow with a sparkly stone to finish the card off but just before the end I thought this card needed some sparkle. Whats the point in having gorgeous wings like that if they don't sparkle so I set about with some Vintage white opalescent glitter and my quickie glue pen, all over the wings and the oil and drip on the sentiments etc, plus a few shadows.

Here is the long view I always show so you can see the layers properly with dimension and my last pictures I tried to show some of the sparkle, but as you know glitter is extremely hard to catch on camera unfortunately but hope you can see it.

Just a tiny bit on the left hand side maybe
 A close up and you can see some glitter through the sentiment and under the puddle here too.

So here are the three stamp sets I used to create this one for today.

                           Live the life.                                                    Fae hope set.

Aren't they gorgeous, I feel very lucky to have them all as part of my collection for sure.

Rumour has it there is an amazing new launch of gorgeous and amazing stamps coming very soon from our lovely Helen and Mark the brilliant team behind Visible Image too so keep your eyes open won't you as they sell so amazingly quick once they launch. Congrats to them also for a fabulous show at the NEC  unfortunately I wasn't there in the end with my mum taking bad etc that weekend either but Mark and Helen did get to meet some of you and had a fabulous  and very busy show. Yayyy.


Some of you have been emailing me re my mum which is very lovely of you all but this last two weeks I have struggled to answer any messages , blog posts  etc so I am so sorry for this as I hate to miss your letters etc, You are all very special to me and I would hate you to think I wasn't going to reply but with mum on ICU this time I have been at the hospital from early until late everyday and have missed everything including shops etc so I am so very sorry about that. You will be pleased she has opened her eyes again now and is starting to have some tubes removed day by day but is still very poorly of course so it s really a case of making her as comfy as possible for as long as we can and hope she can go home again for a while ( they did warn us when she was in last time that she would have spells in and out of hospital and that she had 6 to18months at most when she left hospital last time, although when she went in they told us she would not make it last time, shes a fighter for sure but is very confused now too. We nearly lost her several times last week but today they took her feeding tube out and she had a mouthful of real food so that's progress hey guys.


I have a huge mahoooosive apology to make to all my winners from the last giveaway to especially the ladies who have emailed as I really did just glance at my mail today and saw Id missed Pat and Mrs B's emails asking if there prezzies had been lost on royal mail , NOooooooo I am hugely enormously grovel grovel sorry but I hadn't got time in the last weeks as promised to actually get to the post office to queue to get the parcels weighed to post as I have around 8 to go off to you all. I have been picking my brother up each day and driving to Barnet (40 mins away) to sit with my mum everyday including the weekend and I have also had meetings with work about returning now my foot is settling a little more so its been crazy this past 3 weeks but you will all be glad to hear I am actually not at the hospital until today around 2 so I will be queueing at said post office and getting the parcels to you before the end of this week, I only hope when you see your gorgeousness arrive you can forgive me for the delays.
I truly am sorry Lovely blogglies its just it is only me who does it all here I don't have anyone posting for me or anything so am thankfully I was ahead with the actual blog posts. I hope you all understand and I'm sorry for any worry or concern caused , two of the nights we were called to hospital too so am pretty zonked just now but at least this time she is pulling through again. Sorry again guys for the delay.

Love to all
Look after each other

See you tomorrow


Thursday, 13 November 2014

Creative Expressions Xmas Thursday.

Morning all.

Here we go with some more Christmas goodies taken from the recent showing on C&C TV.
I hope you enjoy them , I know I thoroughly enjoyed making them for you as always.

This first one is one of the demo's I did on air with the negative space from the die cuts of the peace doves by Couture creations and our Mallow and clover misting inks, I used the sentiment stamps from the Just Rite Christmas post set of stamps.

 I used the vintage label seven to cut out the sentiment and I flipped over the die and drew around it and cut It with scissors to create a faux nestie mat with black card. I created the backing by simply dabbing the ink through the negative space from the dove die cut onto a piece of card then covering it in sticky adhesive tape and covering that in the glitter jewels I then took the same sprays and used them with a paint brush to add to the edges of the wings and to frame the image before matting and layering in the same white card stock and adding some ribbon and spritzing one of the white flowers in mallow to bring in the colours through out the card.

 A close up of the clean crisp die cutting on the doves and I used them at a slight over lap with the back ground to create a shadow behind them in the pink.

Here is the bow I made using the gorgeous and very elegant ribbon on the show in a real vintage gold colour.  I loved this one.

Ok next is a complete contrast in terms of colour so here it is.

 I used clear embossing on Plum card stock for this one and I just love that tone on tone look it is totally amazing and very shiny. I also used the mixed Christmas blessings from Just Rite for the sentiment.
 Here is a close up on the Couture Creations central die cut element and my little ribbon tag for the centre with the die cut on it. Also that gorgeous ribbon again.
I thought I would do a long shot with the lights on so you could really see the shine on the embossing powder which was also from Creative Expressions. I had no problem matching up and repeating the pattern from the background stamp for the backing image on the card too.

Ok that is all for today, I hope you enjoyed this Christmas twofer and I will see you very soon.

Hugs for now 


P.s.   I wrote this post before and scheduled it so I just wanted to add A huge thank you to everyone for your kind words and thoughts and wishes I really do appreciate every single one of them and as update my mum is now back in hospital, The rapid response team sent her it hospital yesterday and she is now in the best place for them to get her as well as all the conditions she has allows, she was starting to look a little more rested before we left the hospital yesterday and hopefully had a comfortable night. Thank you again for all your kindness my lovely blogglies , I know I have the best subscribers to the blog anywhere , I really truly feel you are all part of a huge Internet family and I am blessed to have you all here with me. It is funny if one of you regular commenter's don't appear on here I always wonder if you are ok too so this family works both ways my friends. Huge thanks to each of you from the bottom of my heart for all your thoughts, wishes and heartfelt kindness. I am humbled when I read them all and will answer everything as soon as I can. bless you all. xxxxxxxxxxx

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Visible Image Wednesday.

Hi Folks

Well, hasn't it got coldddddd, my fingers and nose actually are bright red as I am typing this they are soooo cold, Think I may invest in some fingerless gloves this year. It is also, Just for variety Raining again in Welwyn garden city tonight. Yawn fest....

So today before I share my little card for the fab Visible Image I wanted to let you all know that my mum has been doing quite well considering all the illnesses and the doctors prognosis being poor for her  up until this weekend and she seems to have taken a downward spiral I am afraid. I was due to go to CE towers yesterday for the start of the new year team but I got called to her house as the rapid response team and doctors were very concerned. They are trying to keep her from going back in hospital as coming out may not be an option as they said she wouldn't make it last time. Anyway I wanted you all to know as a number of you always ask me how she is now doing. Thank you lovelies.

Ok back to the matter at hand. I have used the fabulous Poinsettia stamp From Visible image as the background and also as the main feature on this card, I kept in with the Autumnal theme but also added some Christmas snowflakes in to the mix too. See what you think ?

 I love this combination of colours rustic oranges, and browns with wintery blues with lots of sparkle.

 So to start I took a piece of white cardstock and my Poinsettia stamp which I am so lucky to have boy that thing has flown out of stock through Aly Paly and the Nec shows recently wow! well done Helen and Mark who have worked so hard at the shows and making all the gorgeous stamps to sell at them too, I can't tell you how manic they have been on the build up to NEC week.
I randomly stamped it in Cornflower archival ink then I used potting shed archival and stamped the small leaf from the set randomly too. Next I took Mr Holtz's Rusty Hinge distress and stamped some leaves first and 2nd generation stamping. Then with some perfect medium I stamped out a few leaves ad embossed them with detail clear embossing powder.

 In this photo you can see I have Inked the edges of the card with weathered wood distress ink then covered the entire piece with a sheet of double sided adhesive and then sprinkled some fine glitter jewels all over , burnished it on and dusted off the excess.
Who can resist that sparkle.

Next I took Chipped Sapphire Distress ink and a bit of cut and dry and inked the edges again on top of the glitter, I have shown the technique of inking glitter on several of my shows on C&C and with these really fine glitter they take the colour really well as you can see above.

 I wrapped a small piece of white crinkle edge ribbon vertically on the left hand side (face on  on the card) then mounted it onto black, white then again black card to get some nice border interest going.

 In my stash I have some little chippie frames, fronts and backs but here I just used a front as I wanted the stamping and the sparkle to show through the frame, I spritzed it to start with a couple of layers, drying in between of Acrylic spray inks. If you want more sparkle you can always use a spray with some Mica in or make one from your perfect pearls or equivalent.

 Once dry I took the smallest poinsettia stamp and stamped it tone on tone on the frame to add some texture to it and rubbed a little rusty hinge and Chipped Sapphire around the edges too I also took a white paint marker and shook it up so the colour is loose in the nib, I then shook it at the frame to get a few splats, of course you could always use the Ink splat stamp from Visible image if you didn't want to spill the paint on the frame as above. I also added a few planned dots to highlight a few curves on the frame too.

Once I completed my frame I used a wet glue to adhere it well to the glittered background. I stamped out my Merry Christmas and a happy new year stamp on white card and cut out just merry Christmas and cut the ends into a little pointy end I also inked the edged again with Chipped sapphire ink, I added it with a bowed centre to the top of the frame which I placed at a jaunty angle earlier.

Here you can see a cose up of the frame and also the sentiment you can also see all the glitter making this piece so very sparkly.

So next I stamped and cut out by hand some leaves with the larger of the two in the Poinsettia set. I also stamped out several of the Poinsettias and cut them out too. Run some ink of your choice round the white edges and some sparkle or gold gilding. You can assemble your Poinsettia any way you like it but traditionally if you roll the petal around a paintbrush longways with the veins around the handle of the paintbrush then offset the petals in diminishing size of Poinsettia petal section you will get an elegant pointy Poinsettia haha.
I added one of those to my frame with a couple of leaves, then tied a bow with some of the matching white crinkle edge ribbon. Now usually I take two lengths of ribbon and tie a bunny ear bow and  make it into a typical  'chocolate box bow' as it were but today i took the ribbon and layered it into a nice bow looking shape then wrapped a piece of the wire the three little flowers I used were attached too to hold it securely. then attached it to the card and added my flowers to the knot area to cover the wire.
I think it looks really pretty with two of the leaves cut in half and added under the flowers , I also used a tiny acrylic orange flower with a pearl in the centre to finish off this arrangement and used one in the centre of the main flower too.
Here again is the finished card.

I love that you can see the background stamping and colours through the ribbon and the glitter so you get lovely different textures throughout the card. It certainly is very tactile this one.

Some different views.

Ok so the gorgeous stamps I used on this one were.

                             Christmas and  New Year                   Poinsettia Set.

Well I hope you enjoyed this post. I will be back tomorrow with CE Thursday and there will be the first of the How to series we discussed about techniques over the weekend so keep an eye out for that won't you my lovely blogglies.

Have a lovely Wednesday and Be sure to give someone a nice hug today even if only from me to you.

Best wishes


Thursday, 6 November 2014

Creative Expressions Christmas Thursday.

Hi Everyone

Here we are again with another Creative Thursday , gosh doesn't the time go by sooo quickly. I have another Christmas theme card today for you from a recent show.

I hope you like it

 This one was created using the fabulous signs of Christmas by Just Rite and the background was the Holly Ribbons background also from Just Rite. I love this background the details is so small and pretty.
I used one of the little lantern tops and created a really sparkly little flame in the window which really is so pretty. I used one of the gorgeous ribbons I had in the pack on the Christmas show too, which is gorgeous and Opulent. You can see the Holly and berry swirl die cut from Couture Creations on top of the bow too covered in fire red polished silk glitter which I made using self adhesive sheets attached to the card before going through the die cutting process.
I hope you like this one and I will be back soon with more of course.

Huge hugs from me to you


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Visible Image Wednesday

Hi Everyone

Hope you are all doing well this Wednesday and wow Huge huge thanks to all the wonderful support I have had in emails and messages over the last two weeks of prep and shows , gosh it has been manic but was all worth it. I had a fab time working with Dean, Nigel and Jackie, it's the first times I have worked with the boys too and I had a whale of a time with them, I think it is cos I grew up with three brothers and worked with several fellas over the years so it is like having brothers on air with you messing about.
You really are the best ladies on any blogs you know, you are all wonderful people and support me with your kindness every post and email. Bless you all I wish I was rich so I could stock all your rooms up lol.
Talking of stock I am so sorry I still haven't posted your goodies all out to you all yet, I have just been so manic I didn't leave the house but now that's done I will definitely get it all sorted this week. I also received the sets from CE to give away to the main winners too now so I will get it to you all I promise.
With out further ado I have a little card I made for the Amazing Visible Image this week in one of my fav inky combos too for a real clean and sharp look.  See what you think?

 I used the gorgeous Music Background stamp without a block to give that shabby music backing paper look in random sections. I love to mix that with sharp stamped text too. If I was taking it further I would take a stencil with some modelling paste or texture paste and add some extra layering in the back, plus some embossing with the other backing stamps but for this one I wanted it clean.

 So here is the gorgeous stamps set and I used some Archival Red ink in the Wendy Vechi colours Red Geranium to stamp it as it really is a true vibrant red. Not orangey at all.

After stamping the random background on white card I inked the edges in the same colour and heat set. I then matted and layered in black white and more black, I really like this sharp smart look, its like when your see your kids in their school uniform for the first time it looks so sharp.
I also used the same ink and stamped out the main sentiment Create your future and mounted that onto black too.

I decided I was going to have a side sentiment too but this time I chose jet black and mounted onto red card. I used the amazing new OZ tin man set for the sentiment and the Heart, which I love.

 I stamped the heart and used my promarkers in three red shades to get in and have dark and light areas, I also use two greys and once coloured I went over with my Sakura gel glaze pen and gave it a coat of varnish to make it shine and my gold stardust pen for the sparkle. I added the black dots back in to the design to make sure they stood out too.

 I added mounting foam under all three pieces and added them to the card. I took three small flowers and coloured 2 of them with the same promarkers and used the varying shades again for dimension. I used a little sparkle on the edges too. I took my leaf stamp from the poinsettia set and stamped two in brown and went over with red shading, using my glaze pen to add in the veins so it resisted the inks.

Lastly I added some black gems in various places to give it its finishing touches. This card measures 6x6 inches as a finished piece.

Here are the stamps I used on this one.

        OZ Tin man set, poinsettia Set, Create your future and The Music Background.

If any of you do manage to pop to the NEC please pop over to the Visible Image stand B26 to meet our lovely Helen and Mark and have a look at the teams work on display , I am sure you will be able to pick out mine you always spot mine you guys are so eagle eyed haha.
They are such an amazing warm and special couple you will love meeting them both. Helen gives the best hugs too so dive in haha.. 

Thank you all for your wonderful emails into the shows Monday I had a fab time creating for you all and I look forward to creating lots for you the coming few weeks.

Huge hugs from me to you all as always