Thursday, 3 September 2015

Creative Expressions Thursday

Hi Folks

Here is today's card using lots of the items created by our Phil.
This really reminds me of spring days and birds singing early morning , gosh aren't I turning in to an old romantic haha
I love the colourway of this one and the beautiful delicate paper from the ad created by Phil also called Butterflies and dragonflies.

So here is how I created this one .

I chose the paper and the colourway I liked from the pad which is 8x8 and I cut this piece down to the size you see here and wrapped a little piece of pale yellow seam binding around the middle

I then distressed the edges of the paper slightly and inked them in Faded jeans ink to get rid of that white edge syndrome we all don't like lol.

Next I decided to add a mat for this pretty paper to sit on and decided to roll open one of the edges to view something, which at this stage I had not decided between all the gorgeous butterfly choices in this pack.

I chose one of the yellowy peach papers ans stamped this gorgeous butterfly with Rusty hinge distress ink in the top left , I also at this stage chose one of the leaf designs and a flower to stamp along the bottom of the paper, I coloured then slightly with stormy sky distress pen a white gel pen and a gold gel pen. To emphasise the gorgeous patterns, some exhisting already on the paper and some I added, If you look on the original paper above you will see what I added with my over stamping.

 Here is a closer look.

I created a mat and layer in the same eachy paper and stamped Have a magical day in that same Rusty hinge ink in the bottom right corner.

I took a piece of the blue paper and inked the edges, I wrapped some matching seam binging around it and attached to the mat before stamping the sentiment above.

 Here's my little butterfly too, 

A close up on the second sentiment and the seam binding bow above that too

here is another view of this pretty little card for today .

I hope you like today's different card , this one is all mellow yellow and the other one is more mad max don't you think lol
Anyway love to you all

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Visible Image Wednesday

Hi my lovlies,

Hope all is well this week , today I gave myself a little challenge , I decided to limit myself to one stamp set from the gorgeous new Christmas range from Visible Image so I chose The Merry Little Christmas set, Then I decided to keep to one colourway just a few tones of it. I really enjoy doing things like that and sometimes it can give you more inspiration by limiting how much you can choose.

So here is today's card.

Definitely something a little different and almost whimsical don't you think.
So My usual tutorial begins here and I hope you will have a go , it is as complicated or easy as you want it to be, you certainly can leave out any of the fiddly steps and simplify it if you would like a quicker card to do.

 So using the little Christmas tree swirl I stamped it three times on white paper with the Adirondack ink Meadow.

 Using the same stamp and Lettuce ink pad stamp the swirl again , slightly offset the three trees as I have here in the picture.

 Next using a darker green  Archival Ink pad stamp the swirl again but this time in the centre to give the rounded shape of a Xmas tree.

Once you have got the basic shape using the swirl and different green inks you can take a gel en in white and doodle a pattern onto the tree, I went for a sort of ear garland wrapped around the tree branches.

Next Using a gold gel pen I added some droplets to the branches , just a few gold dots in varying sizes made these.
 Using a cold grey 2 promarker I went around the decor with the pen creating a shadow in the tree.

I also added a litte cross hatch sketching to a few of the corners to give it that artsy feel. Using a quickie glue pen and some glitter I added this to all the shadows.

Of course you all know you cannot get the full sparkle on camera whatever you do but here is a litte peep at the gleam lol.

 Cut to size and ink the edges ready to go as your topper for the rest of the card once complete.

I took a larger piece of card and using the swirl stamp again added the three colours and over lapped some of the colours etc. I used the inks and blended the edges so it isn't so stark white at the edges.

 I added  the extras exactly as I did on the tree section we made together so here you can see some of the cross hatch sections and some of the white highlights and the gold little dots in a little garland pattern.You can also see that I added that same grey alcohol marker in sections.

 I added the whole piece onto a mat of very dark aubergine card, I really do love this card and it goes fab with the greens in the inks.

Ok, so next I stamped the sentiment from the set in Black momento ink so we can go very close with the alcohol marker to give the letters a shadow, we also need to add a little highlight on the letters too and then of course mat the whole piece on that same dark card.

So adding everything back together here is the the finished piece again.

Of course whats a tree without something sparkly and pretty on the top..?  

Here is another view which picks up a little sparkle on the tree.

So the fabulous Stamp set I used for this one from Visible Image was 

So I hope you enjoyed today's card and you will have a go at limiting yourself and just see what you can come up with, sometimes if your creativometer is running a little low this gives a boost and kick starts the old brain juices into action again.

So to some exciting news... I will be at Aly Paly this month On the 19th and 20th on the hugely popular Visible Image stand doing make and takes for both days and I will also be in the tent doing some demo's on each day so I hope you will come down and say hello and join us on the table to see what quality these stamps made by Mark and Helen truly are. I cannot wait to meet you all if you can get down to the show and have a good old chit chat and a craft together, it will be AWESOMMME. Huge Thanks to Helen and Mark for asking me to join them for the weekend, what an honour.... Thanks guys. xx

Have a wonderful Wednesday as always.

Huge hugs

From me to you


Thursday, 27 August 2015

Creative Expressions Thursday.

Hi Everyone

Happy Creative Thursday , well i have another card made using the 12 days of Christmas pad which is the last one for this month so I hope you ike it.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Visible Image Wednesday.

Hi Folks

I hope you are all having a lovely week and you all enjoyed the lovely weather we had last weekend and we are on the run up to a nice long weekend hey. How lovely hey... what will you all be doing? let me know down in the comments if you get the chance. Lots of things coming up over the next few weeks so I look forward to keeping you all informed.
I heard some fabby news tonight before we get started on this weeks card and tutorial Visible Image have a 30% off sale on which started at midnight,  They added up the dates for the wedding  now they are back from honeymoon and it came to 30 so that is why you get 30% off and will carry on through til Sunday so If there is anything you would like to purchase  head on over and get yourself a bargain on already fabulous priced stamps I know I am on my way over as soon as I finish typing...
oooo and guess what else you can win tickets to Aly paly in September too if you go over to the Visible Image page too.  They have 12 pairs to give away so if you fancy coming on down and seeing us on the Visible Image stand (hehe) then you have to be in it to win it as the saying goes.

So this weeks card has a Christmassy theme with some of the new  Christmas stamps not long  launched by Helen and Mark my good friends at Visible Image.
Hope you like it.

I love cards like this that have a hand made background using gorgeous stamps and then all the accessories match and make you think the words are perfect which of course they definitely are.

So lets get started on how I put this one together....

So I used Momento Grey Flannel Ink and the White Christmas  snow flake from the stamp set. I stamped the image randomly over the page and made sure lots were dropping off the edge and some just had parts of the very tips showing on the edge of the page too.

Next I used the same ink (which looks a little blue here but it is really a grey with a hint of blue in real life.) to ink the edges well especially the corners as it shows in the above pic.

I then took some scrap paper and again inked my stamp with the very same ink and this time i stamped first onto the copy paper and then onto any gaps on the card , second generation stamping helps to give depth to a backing piece such as this and really can look very pretty, alternate how you hold your stamp so you get different sections in different places to keep it interesting.

Once dry cover the card in double sided adhesive so you can then add glitter over the entire backing section.
 I used Vintage sparkle glitter for this one as I just loved the different colours in it, pinks and greens and white but all very very sparkly and pretty.

 Just a close up here so you can see the shiny adhesive and underneath you can see the stamping and over stamping here.

 I added the glitter onto the adhesive and burnished it for a few seconds to make sure all the adhesive was covered. I took an alcohol pen in Denim blue and just dabbed it in places all over the very edge of the snowflake and glitter. You can touch your alcohol marker onto the actual glitter and some of the alcohol colour will transfer and really give that nice bright edge.

I also wrapped some seam binding in several pieces across the  centre of the card and then added a Soft gold colour mat.

I added another mat and layer to the backing and raised this one onto some Foam to give the card some height but not too much.

I wanted to make a home made accessory so I had these tiny weeny cones in a bag not used yet and decided they would be perfect if they were white so out came the White chalk paints and while it dries I      added the same glitter to match the card too.

So it went from the above picture to this one below in just 2 mins or so.

 This is a Little blurry and so you can actually see the colours in the glitter a little which i think is soooo pretty.

 Taking a smaller piece of card I stamped the sentiment from the set in the same Grey Flannel ink from Momento, I took a Denim blue promarker and added some very gently to the letters just randomly , then using a very light cool grey I gave the letters a small shadow to raise it from the page slightly. I also stamped the very edge of the snowflake around the edge of the card and using a quickie glue pen and some of the same glitter I added it around the whole circumference. I gave it a soft gold mat and raised it up on foam before adding it on an angle to the card front.

 As you can see here once you see the snowflake edge on the topper here it really blends to the background once the two are paired together. You could easily use this as branches etc too.

 So next to the embellishment corner. To start I tied a triple white seam binding bow, I also twisted several stamens from my collection together and glued the stems together before snipping to a smaller length too.
I took two Marabou feathers and glued them to the bottom of the card in an L shape. I added my bow on top and then glued the three little cones in the centre, I glued in some of the stamens in the centre and some behind poking out of the bow slightly. Lastly I glued some flat back pearls along the spine of each feather and into the corners on the card  to finish.

Here is the finished image again in all its feathery floaty glory haha.

So the Stamp set I used was called White Christmas and here is the image.

Its so pretty and you can use it in several ways , you can isolate the centre flower and use the outside pieces as branches as well as using it whole in its intended purpose. Endless possibilities as always with Visible Image.
I hope you have a brilliant Wednesday my lovlies and I will see you all tomorrow.

Love to all



Thursday, 20 August 2015

Creative Expressions Thursday

Hi Folks

Another card made with our Johns Lovely 12 days of Christmas papers pad and Phil's Holly Background stamp from Creative Expressions.
This time I thought Id try some different papers but mix them up and keep it all to the red and white theme with the touches of grey here and there in some of the papers. I like how it turned out and of course where would we be without the chocy box bow.

So to get started you will need the paper pad or papers of your choice , I chose once of the striped ones with just a hint of red in it and some Red Geranium archival ink to stamp Phil Martin's Holly Background onto the patterned paper , I know it sounds a little busy but we will only see flashes of it on the card once it is decorated and it seems to work and its all about giving it a go isn't it folks?

Here is a close up so you can see the paper I used.

 Next I chose the snowflake backing paper and gave it a darker red mat using the usual foundations red card stock.

I went back to the first paper now the ink was dry and gave it a mat of red card and wrapped a piece of white Crinkle edge ribbon around the bottom third of the card , I added some thick foam around 3mm to the back and mounted it on top of the mat we created in the last step. ( as you can see when I stamped the holly I didn't apply enough pressure on one part of the stamp in the middle to the left but it will not matter as I knew this is where the bow would reside haha) happy accidents and it is fun to work out ways to still use any little faux pas' as it were  haha.

I decided as if there was not enough going on to give the top third of the card a little row of swans as they were so cute on the paper so I cut out a strip and inked the edges of course with just a tiny amount of the same ink.I didn't give it a mat I wanted it to blend right into the paper as if it was always there.

So here is how it is looking so far with all the paper mixes and stamped section. 

 I then went to the section of the pad that has these little ready made toppers and cut out the 12 days of Christmas as you see here I used a white gel pen ( this is such an invaluable part of your tool kit if you like to enhance anything or draw etc) I used it to add a few highlights on the music notes and a few patterns on the snow flakes etc just to break up the red a little.

 I just needed to add a couple of the pearls sprays and a bow , which I tied just a single one this time as I didn't want to over power the side as the focus should stay with the papers I feel rather than we focus straight on the pretty bow.

However, here is a close up on the bow with a large flat back pearl in the centre. I also added a couple of pears in some of the corners to match and of course the two pearl sprays under the bow just poking out slightly.

And here is the finished card again, I did go back and just use that white pen again to further outline the inside of the swans necks as in person it gives the shape in between the swans which looks like a heart a little more dept and stands out more as a heart , It is difficult to see on Camera but it works, Just like adding dark gives a shadow and makes things pop or drop back depending how you use it and a white line brings light and helps things stand out too especially if your showing which way a light is cast on an object.

Anyway I won't bore you more,  if you just came to see the card rather than the tutorial haha.  Have a wonderful Thursday and if you have our Johns pad  I would love to see what you have created and would be happy to show it on here if you would like others to see it too.

Crafty hugs as always