Sunday, 14 September 2014

Sunday and ooo its chilly..

Hi Lovelies

Well I thought we were in for a warm weekend as yesterday was sooo hot here but noooo so thank heavens for the neighbour at the end of my gardens kitty well she came running in at 8 this a.m cuddled up on my lap wrapped in a blanket of course and sat with me while I had my cuppa and warmed me up a treat. Then I twigged I was warming her up as she had her bottom half on my lap top too and did not want to move , even the paint smell did not deter her today. So she won and I had to wait til she was warm and went off home for fear of cat hair in the paint or paint in the cat hair hmm not sure which would be worse lol

Welcome to the couple of new gals joined onto the blog since Friday , we are a lovely bunch of wonderful ladies on here so feel free to leave comments and start chats as I do try to reply as often as I can. Once I reach 200 subscribers as I said last time I will have a nice giveaway so yayyyy , so looking forward to that. love giving things away.

Ok usually you would see me blogging for Visible Image today but we have had a shuffle around so I am now on Wednesday for that and in the meantime I have been showing the cards from my last show with Creative Expressions on Create and craft tv, so here is another.

 This one is a little different in that I used the Hemp ribbon on the show to make a background and coloured the edges with some of the Hazelnut Adirondack and Lord Holtz's Vintage photo, I cut the bottom which I left free into forks so you could see the mat and layer underneath. I also stamped the word Soar 4 times on the bottom of the next mat and layer set. I also stamped out the Hot air balloon from the Just Rite gorgeous set of stamps on the show and cut it out with one of the vintage labels 4 dies also Just Rite, I turned it over and drew around the die also to get a faux mat.
I all stamps out 'Be a traveler not a tourist' and cut it into a ribbon band with fork ends, matted onto black and added to the card with a bend in the middle and some flat back 5mm pearls finished the job. The embellishment consisted of a ribbon bow made from hemp and coloured to match a beige zipper rose atop of that with a couple of the metal tassel's showing from under the rose too.
 Here is another angle so you can see that it really is quite dimensional with all the layering and the way I have encouraged the ribbon to curl in all the same direction etc.

 A close up shows the lovely words on the tag, the shading on the balloon to give a domed appearance and a close up on the hemp.

Here is the full view again what do you think, another winning male one do you think?

Ok here is part two card for Sunday.

Here again I have used Just Rite products , here is the map background stamp in Plum which looks a little more pinky on film but it is very purple in person, I have brushed the colour out with a water brush after stamping as there Adirondacks I am using are die based so I can blend with them and they react to water just as the distress stains do but take a little more work to blend. As you can see this is very simple but looks more because of the extra mats etc. But even the Bike stamp which is gorgeous was so easy to stamp and is a creative expressions one as I just used the one colour and brushed it out a little and added a tiny sparkle to the rims and handle bars etc but it really doesn't show much on here I am afraid.

 I think you can just see it in this close up along with the script in the background behind the bike.
 This simple 3 layer seam binding bow has some tassel's and a vintage flat back embellishment with a 5mm pearl on top and pearls in the corners to finish the look.
Here it slightly laying back to show its layers etc.

And lastly the corner shot which picks up the colours,layers and sparkle more I think and gives you a little close up on how dimensional it is and of course keeping your layers matching and straight makes the over all finish look so much more professional. A little tip when you finish is to make sure you have no fingerprints on the back and if you do simply add a clean sheet over the back and cut the same size of give it another mat the same colour either way but wash those mitts and work surface first and dry them, I have started to keep a dry micro fibre cloth on my lap always usually tucked in my waist band so It is always there each time i wipe down and wipe fingers, silly tip maybe but it really does help me.

Ok my lovelies I hope you have all been watching our lovely Sue today on C&C and wow doesn't she look stunning, although I am not demoing at Aly Paly now this coming weekend I will still be popping in to give them all my support and have a cuppa so if any of you do go please say hi , I really would love it and of course Visible Image and Craftwork cards will all be there too ,so yay all round.

                                                        See you soon my Blogglies.


Friday, 12 September 2014

Its Frrrriday....!

Hi Folks

It's Friday and I have just been back and answered all your lovely comments so don't forget to go check out your replies, I feel so blessed to have you all on here you are all sooooo fabulous darling hehe.
Welcome welcome to all the new ladies who have subscribed since the last C&C shows and I believe we are getting near to some giveaways, 10 more subbies and I have 200 so I will do a big ole giveaway with lots of goodies then so encourage anyone you know who would like to try to win some goodies to come sign up and we will get there in no time I am sure. 
In the meantime starting next week I will go back to giving some cards away etc so we will gradually get all that good stuff going again now I'm back , yup I am definitely back and loving being with you.

So today I am going to show another couple of cards from the show last week and I hope you like them so without further ado.

 Here was my aged sepia toned offering from the show , simply called Bon Voyage. I actually love sepia tones be it in old pictures or mixed media which you all know I love anyway but it is just so warm and yet subtle, I love black and white photos too and have some really gorgeous ones of me and my late husband with the kids which he took with the filters on to make it that tome, brilliant.

 Here is a close up on the gorgeous old car and you can see I used the script stamp in the background which I made inky and flicked water at and dabbed with kitchen paper to create those splatters over it too.
 Another viewpoint to show off the layers and the bow was tied with some of the Bakers twine all Creative expressions which I know a lot of you have of course.
So here is the long angle again the card is actually taupe and the layers are black but for some reason it looks a navy tone on here but it is definitely black.

So on to card number two.

'Carte Postale'
This was the background that Lovely Leonie really wanted me to show but we ran out of time (as always, I definitely need a longer show with her). I will do a background very similar soon so I can show you how it is done with all the layers as I promised on the show I would.
 Here is a longer view and on just the page I used for the backing there is 5 layers of embossing alone, then all the mats and layers build this one up nicely don't you think?
I used the Adirondak Inks on the show in Citrus and Plum to create this one too, Love the combo and still totally possible to give to a man as I kept the bow to the hemp natural material too.

I loved this little verse so I took a close up so you could all read it too (even though it is a little burred tut)

Ok my lovely blogglies I hope you have a wonderful day and that it is sunny and a good one for you all, I look forward to reading all your lovely kind words later and of course answering them too.

While I think of it , I have a new day to blog for Visible Image which will go from Sunday to Wednesday and in the meantime i will be catching up with lots of goodies to show you all.
My next shows at the moment unless anything changes are the 8th and 20th October on C&C so leave a note in your diaries.

Huge crafty hugs to you all



Thursday, 11 September 2014

Creative Expressions Thursday

Hi Folks

I hope you are having a good week and having lovely sunshine again like I am. I was lucky enough on the team to receive some gorgeous dies and stamps from our lovely Sue Wilson's collection's so this month is dedicated on the team,to the Christmasy theme. Ooo that rhymes... come on brain now engage haha

It is so fabulous to be  back with you and covered in glitter haha I really have missed chatting to you all and I hope to catch up with everyone over the coming weeks slowly. I am still going through lots of emails etc.

So here goes. This is the die and stamp combination I have used this time.

The classic Poinsettia from the festive collection Sue Wilson Dies and The stamps to die for collection stamp called Snowflake bauble.
I have started simply with this one so the ladies among you that are not so confident can really get to grips with the easier style today but still keep it clean and elegant.

 So here we are in my favourite colour combination of Coconut white and plum foundation card stock
I started with a piece of white around 5x6 inches and I cut my three classic poinsettia's out of the centre and set the flowers aside , I also cut a few more out of some scrap coconut white left from my recent show to use up.I took another piece of white just half an inch bigger than the first and laid a small amount of double sided adhesive sheet down just in the centre, well away from the edges that would show.
I rubbed in some of the large chunky glitter , snowflake sparkles or something like that haha, after burnishing it into the sheet I set it aside for a moment so I could stamp my Bauble and sentiment.
 I stamped this in Perfect medium and gold embossing powder I also used a fine glitter in the background of the bauble and some pearls to decorate it.
Here is another full view slightly at an angle to see how dimensional the Poinsettias really are and hopefully pick up a little of the shine etc.

 You can see the glitter under the flower apertures quite freely here.
 Of course here is the greeting, simply "Season's Greetings".
 I love this ribbon and how it stays pretty in it's bow and the white almost snowflake looking embellishment.
Another angle to show under the flowers.

From here I did some mat and layering some on foam and some on cosmic shimmer glue. I added some pearls in the corners and as embellishments on the bauble etc I think you will agree once the layering is complete it becomes a very elegant card which could be given generically due to the non sexist connotations on the card.I also used some glitter on the points of the poinsettia and Barnet items so enjoy having a look round.  Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to send me a comment or question and I will answer you later.

Hugs to all now.


Sunday, 7 September 2014

Many thank you's for support and kindness to YOU!!!

Dear Friends and Internet family , Blogglies.

Thank you so much for the huge response I had on yesterday's shows and all my emails and comments from yesterday.
I had such fun with the shows , Stephanie and Leonie are such nice ladies and Leonie is  on my wave length with making craft fun etc.All the staff really look after you too and are extremely helpful wheeling all my stock for me etc.
Both shows I was lucky to receive so many emails the cup was over flowing which is just amazing , bless you all.
I also wanted to say a huge sorry for not being here for sooo long , I need to play a massive catch up with all the stunning brands I design for and say how thankful I am to them for the kind messages of support even when I have struggled to reply quickly due to hospital and planning etc.
That said I have lots of show items to put up here on the blog while I catch up making all he goodies from my lovely collections.
Without further ado.

 Here is My Anchor's away frame which started life as a grey/green plastic frame from a cheap shop and cost .£1.50 I believe.
 I explained on camera that the ship reminded me of the Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean, Mandy my daughter has just spent a week in Aiya Napa, Cyprus  where they had a replica of the Black Pearl too. She had a great time in the sun and is as brown as a berry too.

 Here is a close up , the goodies in the corner was a little bit finnabar inspired , I just added lots of items and painted them all in the matching paint then sanded a little back and added some gilding waxes etc, the backing stamp map was coloured in the same blue, but some in more of a wash while the other was used more opaque
I also used the citrus Adirondack ink on the land areas and mixed it with a little of the opaque bluet o change the tone a little. It is set behind glass and I added a pearl string around the aperture, I hope you like it, I know I enjoy adding this kind of thing to the frames and simply playing .

Next I have a little card showing the Arc de Triomphe in France, I actually have a photo of my lovely late father standing near this building so I loved working with this one.

 A very simple card , the feature stamped three times and matted with black and raised on foam, Then the backing is 1st 2nd and third generation stamping all with the very small date stamp in the set and matted onto black, again raised on foam then a simple double whiite , pierced mat using our lovely Sue's trademark signiture to finish off a card.A tiny piece of ribbon and the Paris logo, a few pearls and VOILA as they say ....
 Simple and elegant all stamped in Black Archival ink from Ranger , no frills just pure class I think.

All that was needed.

Well I hope you enjoyed today's twofer and I look forward to catching up this week and getting things on a more even keel with my design work , Please check back to read any replies from yesterday's post and leave me your comments today and anything you particularly would like to see focused as I am compiling a list for the next few weeks to get done. 
Thank you for all your kind wishes and I will pass them all on at the hospital today .
Hugs and love to you all my family and I will see you tomorrow.

Love always


Saturday, 6 September 2014

Here I am..... Missed you all.x

Hi everyone

A huge huge thank you to everyone for all your emails and well wishes, I am sorry I haven't had chance to answer them all yet but I will this week  but let me just say  right after the last show my mum was taken into hospital and we were all told she was not going to make it and 7 or 8 hospital transfers later she has now defied all odds and has been given 6-18 months to live but is fairly comfortable and getting on although is very confused now therefore we all have been at the different hospitals most days and the days I wasn't this week I was prepping for tomorrows shows, yes that's right folks I am on Create and craft tomorrow( actually its today as its 3 a.m) at 10a.m and again at 4p.m with a stamping show and as most people struggle with male cards I have gone for a more masculine theme with a couple of girly bits too and also a bit vintage, shabby chiq.

I hope you can come join me as I have done a couple of items for people to email in and win as usual so be sure and write into the show for your chance and next week to celebrate my return and some normality I hope .. I will be doing a giveaway and sending some bits out too.

So to wet your whistles as it were I have a look at one of the cards on the shows.

 I will be demoing this one on the show if you fancy a go with me, it doesn't have to be the same mask or inks just have some inks handy and you can play along with me if you would like, I would love to have a class so this is the next best thing, for now.

 I used a just rite stamp for the centre piece and it has some fab elements with it too.
I used lots of little gears in the corners instead of pearls or bling as it is a little more male.

The little script stamp was a creative expression set also coming up on the show.

Anyway my lovely Internet family I am so sorry I haven't seen you all in so many weeks but I really look forward to catching up and showing you all that I have been working on , I also have a whole collection I have drawn for Heartfelt Creations coming out soon and of course I will let you know when that is.

Unfortunately those of you who were looking forward to meeting me at Aly Paly I won't be there now, I was told yesterday that they are having someone else there this time so I am not going to get there (so sad) I really was sooo looking forward to seeing you all there. But I would love to know if any of you will make it cos I could come down and have a coffee with you anyway.

My foot is healing very well and I finally came off the crutches this week so although I still have a fair bit of pain it is becoming more manageable and less relentless as it were so thank you for all your kind thoughts and emails, cards and thoughts in general I really am so blessed to have you all here as I know I have been away a while.

I will leave you all now with kind thoughts and I hope you can make it tomorrow if not huge hugs to you all anyway.

Love and best wishes


Saturday, 19 July 2014

Saturday show cards

Good Morning folks.

Well Not so exiting as the night before however we did still manage to have a little thunder again last night but nothing like the night before. I am not sure what direction the wind is moving the storms in now but enjoy it if you like it and hide if you don't. When I was small my mum had a thunder bolt go through her roof just as the milkman was walking up the path and he got thrown down the path so my mum and brother who was home at the time are terrified of the thunder but I love it and so do my children as I explained to you all yesterday. Isn't it funny some of the tales you recollect as you get older I would love it if we all lived near enough for me to do classes and we could all tell each other life tales in the breaks haha. gosh I don't think those sessions would last an hour do you ?

Well on to the matter at hand again another piccy or two for you to feast on today.

This one I loved as although it has a bright pink in it from the Damask Delight pad it was mixed with a black pattern and I used it here just as a frame so at home do gut out the centre of the page to give yourself enough for another card, it is hard to do that while prepping for the shows as of course time prevails etc but out of a piece say 8 by 8inches here you can cut 7x7 from the middle to use on another project. I am sure a lot of you do do that but sometimes we just forget and do it the other way and then realise later so just a little reminder with all the up cycling we do now.
So I stamped my gorgeous Iris's labels Four image from Just Rite in Cranberry Adirondak dye ink and then used a water brush to simply drag some colour into the centre of each of the flowers featured.
I blasted it with the heat gun and then added a tiny clear sparkle glaze over the flower heads and a little Meadow ink on the leaves and stem. I cut it out using Just rite vintage label four then flipped the die over onto black card and drew around it with my trusty white pen and fussy cut it out by hand to give myself a mat for the focal point to sit on. I also used a tiny Happy mothers day greeting from the set on a small flag cut piece of card to go with my bow.

Here is a close up of the colouring which of course hasn't picked up the sparkle on the Iris's but you can see how crisp the image stamps out even using a dye ink and not a pigment one like we normally use I also pulled the colour into the little dots in the trellis intersections but you could use tiny little stones or pearls if you wanted but I think they would have to be 2mm to not detract from the image.
You can also see under the focal point I incorporated the fudge embossing folder length ways with a tiny bit of Raspberry sorbet ink to match the very bluey pink of the paper, I think you can just pick up the tiny line of glitter on the edge of the embossed piece too. (what is that saying now. "The devil is in the detail").
I used several layers of seam binding around the embossed coconut white card toward the bottom end to look almost like a ruched ribbon in pink and tied a three layer bow from it also and added pearl strings and my little flag sentiment and a small luxury pearl embelly in the centre. I use several mat and layers as usual with foam in between the back double mat and a black mat to bring out the black in the pattern paper and to mat the fussy cut mat under the focal point, this ties all the colours together and keeps it neat as you look at the entire card pulling you eye centrally.
Here is that longer shot I like to use to show off the layers and give you a look at the dimensions, this finished up a fairly large card of around 8x8 inches in the end but I did enjoy building this one.

Next one I have for you today is another one I really enjoyed.
I just loved the packaging on the Just Rite stamp set here so I mixed up the colours to match from the colours on the show only as I didn't want you to have to use things you wouldn't have or similar items.
 Again I chose another of the gorgeous papers to match in from the Damask Delight pad By Couture Creations on the show and chose matching  Silky crush ribbon and the pearls on the show in sprays and embellishments. I used coconut white and black cardstock in between and used Vintage labels three to cut out the focal point and a black mat also. I cut a large piece of the paper for my focal point to sit on one side and wrapped a piece of the ribbon on the left with the focal point just over lapping it slightly.

Here you can see the added sparkle which came out in this picture , typically. Again when colouring use the inks darker in places where there would be a natural shadow this always makes it look more dimensional of course.
The bow is a double layer of ribbon with fork cut ends and another of those pearls in the centre and a couple of the pearl sprays tucked in behind the bow itself. I used the large 8mm pearls just in the corners too.
Obviously this card with its bow etc is fairly feminine but just a couple of tweeks for instance a hessian and raffia strip down the side and not so many mat and layers maybe no sparkle on the image and it would instantly look masculine, you could use some of the metal embellishments we do for the corners and it would look quite regal but definitely masculine too, these pads really are very versatile , well done Couture I say.

Ok folks well that is Saturday's twofer and I will be back of course tomorrow with Visible Image and If you go to their site today you will see they are having a wonderful launch of some fab new images which are gorgeous so I hope they do well with them for sure.
For all those lovely blogglies asking if I will be at Ally Pally in September after having to pull out with the operation this last time the answer is a resounding Yes so I would love to meet some of you if you can and I look forward to that immensely.

Hugs to you all and look after each other.


Friday, 18 July 2014

Show cards.

Hello all my lovely blog family

Thank you for all your kind comments yesterday as always and I will answer them individually today. It is amazing how many people like a pink patterned paper but not really a bright pink on its own just as plain cardstock isn't it, I myself am not a bright pink person but |I love vintage and shabby pinks and baby pink too but not the cerise colours yet I love the Damask paper I used on some of the samples which is in bright pink hmm I'm an odd one.

Well I finally got round to playing back the shows from Sunday and gosh that top made me look chunky pheww lol well more chunky I should say that and standing to one side all the time trying to keep weight off the bad ankle. But I really had lots of fun however I must stop saying yea yea yea all the time in my North London accent oh dear ... I know we never like to watch ourselves but I did smile at some of the funnies in the afternoon show.

Anyway I have another couple of cards today to show so here we go with the 1ST.

 I chose this Thank you card as I always want to say that to all you lovely lot out there who takes time to check the blog and leave lovely kind messages and emails in to the shows , I am so lucky to have you all with me and always appreciate them all.
I chose a yellow and fine black pattern from the Damask Delight paper pad and used that on a black mat to set my colours I added that onto a double matt of coconut white card with foam in between.

You can see I also used one of the couture creations embossing folders for the back ground with a little inking with Adirondack Butterscotch also included in the ink packs. These inks are so pigmented but are dye based so  are very easy to blend or paint with or use with any tool you can think of really as they react with water just like distress inks.

Another angle to show all the mats and of course a yellow seem binding bow with pearls and more pearls haha.
I like this shot and always seem to take one on this angle as it really does give a view of every part of the card I think (or maybe I just like it haha).

Ok for card number two...

I thought I would put this one on as you saw me demo it and then you have a few pictures to work from if you choose to have a go or do a variation with whatever stamps you have similar of course.
Again I chose the gorgeous butterfly paper from the Pad and cut out just a quarter of one page and of course you have 2 of each design and they are all double sided so you can do your turn backs etc so easily too.
Here is a close up of the papillon stamps from Just Rite of course that were on the show and the Vintage labels three dies also Just Rite too. Just like the other card I mounted the paper onto a creamy milk coloured card before wrapping a ribbon around and giving it a think black mat then onto a double white mat with the top one pierced for added effect.

I coloured one of the butterflies in the pink tones of Adirondack on the show and the other I left white for the bow with some pearls strings of course.
You all watched me stamp out the Papillon word stamp if you saw the shows just for a little feature of interest also at the bottom of the card too.

Here again is another long view so you can see all as explained above in the long shot.

Hope you liked today's twofer and you have a lovely Friday whatever you are doing , I am so pleased it has cooled down here a Little after all last nights thunder and lightning storms, I must say it smelled so fresh and cool with all the windows open in the night even though I didn't sleep ( whats new about that my friends hey lol)

See you all tomorrow for more show cards . Lots of crafty hugs to you all.

Love always