Monday, 28 November 2016

Countdown To Christmas

Hi Susan here today sharing with you a recent make at my daughter's birthday crafty workshop held at Country View Crafts with some of her closest friends. They picked the Dimensional Art MDF Countdown to Christmas as their make
 They firstly applied gesso to all the individual pieces to seal the MDF and we had a fantastic lunch while we waited for them to dry. Two coats of paint were applied to each piece and then they glued & constructed. This is a great product as it also comes with it's own number stencil sheet. We found it easiest to cut the stencil sheet into individual numbers. Finishing touches were then applied and here are some of their fabulous makes, including mine which I have yet to finish :0)

I used PaperArtsy Paint, Chalk and added some Ranger Holiday Foiil Sheets around the edges. I've still got to put my stencil numbers on but I have a couple of days
Claire used PaperArtsy White Gold Chalk Paint & Little Black Dress, DecoArt Acrylics Santa Red, Ranger Gold Embossing powder

Amy used DecoArt Acrylics Santa Red and PaperArtsy White Gold Chalk Paint
Di used PaperArtsy Paint Chalk and DecoArt Acrylic Santa Red
We hope you like these and you still have time to order yours and create your own in time for the Countdown to Christmas

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Wishes from the Heart

Hello Jennie here with you again sharing another card using some of Tammy Tutterow's latest dies and a link to my blog for another flower tutorial using the Shabby Posies Die.

My card measures 6" x 3" and is one of my favourite sizes being extremely economical in terms of a 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock! Cut the sheet into four 6x6 pieces and score down the middle for four great cards.

It is also a great size for using up oddments of lovely patterned paper stock too. I cut a backing from the lovely script paper and used the Waterfall Die to create a small fancy edged pocket.

You all know how much I just love Vintage Photo Distress Ink and I have used the ink here to die my seam binding, but also to make this rolled rose using the  Shabby Posies die. Please click the link HERE to go straight to my blog and a tutorial for the flower.

I layered everything onto my card base creating the pocket first and then decorating it with some lace and a strip of matching cardstock. A Tim Holtz Flashcard fits perfectly into the pocket! I decorated the flashcard with some background stamping and a few Remnant Rubs before blending more Vintage Photo around the edges.

I finished the cluster with a stamped butterfly and some pins. 

Tammy has a great tutorial HERE for tying a fabulous ribbon bow. I wouldn't do it any other way now - it always works a treat!

I used a tab from the Frayed Tabs Die which is  just perfect for this small card too. Again a small scrap of matching paper is all it needs. Blend a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges to keep everything in harmony!

Another vintage card for the card box for next year's birthdays.
Working with dies certainly makes things so much easier and I particularly like these ones!

Thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x

Friday, 18 November 2016

A little secret

I am really embracing these new Elenazinski stamps and chose to make a journal page with a secret!
In a black journal I started by brayering the page white and also brayering both sides of a piece of black card. I scored a bend about 1cm from the top of the piece of card.
I then added blue and yellow paint (remembering to dry each colour first) to the journal page and both sides of the piece of card. Adhere the card to page. Don't worry about trying to match up the paint so far - that comes next!
Then I added black painted stars through a stencil. When dry, open the flap you've created with the piece of card, reposition the stencil and stencil the areas under the flap.
When all is dry add borders to the stars using a white pen.
If you look carefully at the figures there are little lines that extend past the drawing. To save cutting all those little details out I stamped the figures onto my page meaning I only had to cut out the solid sections - much easier!
Colour the images in - as they are monsters let your imagination run wild! As my background is very strong I coloured my monsters pretty simply so they'd stand out. Adhere the solid areas to the journal page. I drew over the black lines of the stamps that I used for the clouds, for the monsters to stand on and the legs and eye stalks of the monsters.
And now for the secret...! Under the flap...
I love the secret but I am so proud of the pattern matching under the flap!
Thank you, as always, for popping by

Monday, 14 November 2016

'Tis the Season Christmas card

Hi it's Brenda here and am sharing a card design I created using the gorgeous Scribbly Woodland stamps from Tim Holtz.

I had found a piece of left over infusions drenched paper and cut it in half so I could create two of the same cards (my box needs so many more cards before the beginning of December!!)

I took the scribbly woodland stamps and olive, watering can, coffee and black archival inks and stamped over the scribbly twig and snowflakes.

I love using my Tim waterbrush and took stormy sky, vintage photo and ground espresso distress inks to colour in part of the snowflakes.

You can probably make out that although these two deer heads were coloured with the waterbrush and brown distress inks, I actually stamped them in different colours to begin with. The on stamped in black on the right looks very striking but the one on the left was originally stamped in coffee which made this gorgeous creature look quite insipid, so I took a black posca pen and did my own scribbles over the top to create a more stronger looking deer head.

The sentiment was stamped onto left over card from another project and I was ready to put the card together.

I found some paper string and small holly die-cuts ...... 

 .... and put the cards .........

..... together.

These are gorgeous scribbly images and I can see me using them alot for Christmas cards this year.

Have a great week.

hugs Brenda xxx

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Remembrance Day Poppies

For Remembrance Sunday I have made some felt poppies using the Sizzix Brenda Walton Thinlits Die 661090 Large Poppy
Using your cutting machine cut out 2 pieces in black, 2 pieces in green and 4 pieces in red

I've trimmed roughly the black felt to give an irregular stamen and cut the petals to make a smaller poppy

Roll the black felt and glue
Wrap & glue each petal around the stamen

Glue & stick on the leaves