Sunday, December 23, 2012

Honeycombe cards

I love this honeycombe paper.  I've had it a while but never really thought of a way to use it... until my daughter came home with a card that inspired me. It had a  red honeycombe paper star shape that had to be opened out.. using velcro dots to hold it open... it's fabulous!..  so naturally I had to have a go myself Lol..


I used a bigz bauble die for the shapes.  They are great fun to do.
Thanks for visiting.
Happy Christmas!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thomas Kinkade windows

I love with the Madison Window die by Poppy Stamps, I treated myself to it a few months back.  Here I've used it with some printouts from Joanna Sheens Thomas Kinkade CD Rom.
I used the beautiful Christmas cd from this set - I chose which part of each image looked good 'through the window' and cut to size adding some beautiful stampendous vintage glitter to each scene for some sparkle.  I used a score board to add the embossed lines.
I really like how simple and clean they look. 

For these cards I  embossed the front of the card with a brick effect folder, cutting out the window part first.  I cut two madison window dies for each card - one for the front and one for inside the card to look neat.  The 'stained glass effects' are cut outs from a fabulous book I have had for years and years called:  
I coloured these with promarkers so they didn't warp the vellum.  I think they look simple but nice.

Thank you for visiting today.
Hugs x

Friday, December 14, 2012

Reindeers with template

I'ts been a bit quite on my blog recently because I've been busy away from the computer.  One of the things I've enjoyed is  making stuff with my grandson for Christmas.  The houses are finished but I've changed the lights to red.. and put them on a different shelf..

 Another project we did was to make some paper reindeers.  I printed them onto card, then we had a great afternoon painting them before cutting them out when they dried.. We added little fluffy tails with cotton wool balls.  The name tags and the jingle bells added a nice little touch.  The sleigh is made from one of my favourite materials - foam board - it's easy to cut and is a bit more stable than card.  We covered it with Christmas papers and used peel offs to decorate.. the little Santa is a beany toy that fitted perfectly in the seat.  My little grandson also enjoyed wrapping little pressys he put in the back of the sleigh.

I can't remember where I got this template from as I've had it for ages.  Here it is.  Print it to fill an A4 sheet.  We painted ours before we cut it out to make it easier, but you could print it onto patterned card.. Have fun!  we did!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Finished and on display...

I have finished the little houses.  I found some fabulous little trees and battery multi coloured LED lights.  I made little openings to fix 4 LEDs into each of the backs of the houses to hold them in place and mounted all of the houses onto a board.  They fit really well on my photo shelf.

I think I will be making more of these... especially with the kids..!
Here is the website where I got these fabulous house templates

Thanks for looking.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Putz Houses

I recently saw some little glitter house decorations on the web.  I just love the idea of having little hand made paper houses and being able to make each one as individual as I want.  Of course once my Grandson saw what I was making, he wants to make some too.  I have done these so far..

... I feel that these are just the begining Lol... just to get into doing them.  I have used little red LED battery lights poked in the back of each house, there are 20 lights so we will have to get busy .. with my little grandson's help we will have them made  in no time.. !!He he

If anyone is inspired by the thought of making little paper glitter houses (Putz houses) here is a fantastic website with loads of free templates to give it a try for yourself

I will be back with more Lol..

Thanks for visiting

Friday, November 9, 2012

New inspiration from old stash

How many of you are guilty of buying craft stuff and then it lives in the dark corners of your craft cupboards for a long time.. I have a few things like that too.  I dug out my Daisy Dandilion decopage kit and my Anna Griffin Christmas card kit to play with.. both were TSV's years ago on QVC. both 'must haves' at the time Lol..  

I think that with all the new and wonderful products that keep coming out, new life can be given to old stash.. I don't buy alot of whats out there ( I would if I could afford to LOL) but there are a few things that catch my eye and I just have to have.

This one is using the beautiful Small Madison window die which I simply had to have.  There are some more gorgeous window dies available too.. the large window like this one, and some absolutely fantastic gothic arch windows too.. they are all on my wish list LOL

 I die cut the window where I wanted it to be on a 5" square piece of card - I only wanted the opening left by the die cut so I could  add my silver windows later.. the white diecut I put to one side for another project.
I used one of the beautiful Anna Griffin Christmas trees from a Christmas card set I got years ago from QVC - I glued it to the back of the piece of card.  and mounted the 5" piece of card onto a 6" card with foam tape. I then die cut  2 more windows from silver mirri card.  
 Using pinflair glue I placed the first silver window into the gap so that it was flush to the window gap, then I curved the second window slightly  with my fingers so that this one could be very slightly raised onto of the first one with pinflair again.   I added a few punched snowflakes and a touch of Stampendous silver halo glitter with the greeting to finish it off.

This card uses one of the gate fold flap opening cards that came in the same Anna Griffin kit.  I thought it looked really nice on the card this way. The Poinsettia is die cut from some Anna Griffin paper from the same kit.

   I used some of the Daisy and Dandilion rub ons that came in another card kit from a few years ago for the topper - I used some of the silver halo glitter to sparkle it up.  

This card uses some ribbon I've had for ages.  It is a pretty metallic organsa red berry ribbon. I just added the whole embossed piece from the christmas greeting embossing folder and added a die cut snowflake that I cut from some holographic card. 
 A few punched snowflakes with gems and a pretty spotty bow finished the card for me.

And for the last card I have used a freebie paper for the background, a torn paper tree with bits of My minds eye dear santa card stock.

The teddy bear is a Tear bear.  I used different torn pieces of a lovely paper full of fibres to make up the bear drawing the details on with pen. I think he looks quite happy sitting there in the snow Lol..

Thanks for visiting today, I hope my cards are a bit of fun to look at and maybe get some of you thinking how you can use some of your stash that hasn't seen the light of day for perhaps too long 

See you soon..

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Getting ready for Christmas...

I've been making bits and pieces ready for my grandchildren (and me Lol) to paint and decorate for this Christmas time.  
When I saw this fabulous free Shining Star template from  I had to make some in advance ready for one of the creative days we will have before Christmas.

I used cream card for these and decided to put backs onto each one to make them stronger for little ones to handle.. I simply created another template by drawing round an assembled star... also I punched holes and threaded some wool through so they can be  easily hung up.

I can't wait to start painting them and be one of the kids now LOL!!

Thanks for visiiting..

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Loving thoughts frame

Since getting the beautiful Sizzix 'Loving Thoughts set' of embossing folders I can't stop using them Lol. I've been mixing them with Anna Griffin papers and stamps.

 Here's the embossed frame with some poinsettia diecuts from Anna Griffin Christmas papers and down the edge.  Snowflakes are Martha Stewart punch.
 I recently got the gorgeous Anna Griffin 18th century stamp library to play with and this is one of the first cards I made with them.

 I embossed the frame lightly rubbing metallic rub ons while it was still in the folder (to help keep the colour on the raised parts only).  I made the roses from another sizzix die using Tim Holtz inks to colour them. The rose leaves are also die cut but the Ivy leaves are rubber stamped.. they come from Joanna Sheens Pressed flower stamps.  The lacey border is from the JS Girly things rubber stamp sheet.  I love the spider web netting that I used for the bottom part of the card.

I cut the frame out after embossing for this card. The stamped sentiment is from my stash, I embellished it with tiny gems and stars. Both papers are HOTP.

Thanks for looking today.. I will be back tomorrow with more cards I have made using the beautiful Anna Griffin 18th century stamp set.
Bye for now

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Congratulations! we have a winner..

Good morning,  I numbered all three of the names that left comments on the previous post and randomly picked out no.2 which is....

..... Valerie!

Congratulations Valerie, you have won the bodice card.

 I will contact you by email today to get your address etc.


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Win this corset card!

This bodice is from the Girly Lace Stamp sheet that I designed for Joanna Sheen.

There are so many ways to use it whether it be stamping and colouring, paper pieceing, gilding, but for this card I used heat bondable Angelina fibres.  First of all I inked up the rubber stamp with Stazon Ink, then chose my fibres and layed them over the image, covered with a piece of parchment paper and held an iron on it for a few seconds until I could see the faint image of the bodice through the paper.  When I lifted  the  fibres off the stamp I had this lovely textured bodice.  I repeated the process over the bow and the rose so that I could layer them on top.  I punched holes down the middle and threaded some narrow ribbon.  To finish off I used fabric glue to sprinkle some sparkle fibres at the top and the bottom of the bodice.

I Stamped two lace borders embossing with them with white powder, the lace borders are from the Live each moment Lace set.  I then inked with the lovely new Tim Holtz Shaded Lilac distress ink, cut each one out and stuck them down the sides of the card.  I measured the middle gap, cut a piece of card to size and covered with some beautiful spider web netting, sticking it down on the back with tape.. and then sticking to the card ready to stick the bodice and Happy Birthday down with pinflair glue.
I hope you like it.

Would you like to win this card?  I've decided to extend  this due to the holiday weekend, so please feel free to leave a comment  anytime up to midnight Friday 31st August GMT if you are interested and I will randomly pick a winner.  
Thanks for visiting today.. see you soon

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Wedding samples

All these samples are made using the Joanna Sheen Lace stamps

 (1) This first card is a folded piece of Black A4 card, folded along 2 DL  scored lines.  I have seen this idea for a heart flap on the web so decided to create my own, so I drew a heart template and used it to cut out the heart on the front flap on the black card. Then I cut another heart from some lovely pearly card but before I glued it to the front, I punched a small hole for the ribbon to poke through near the edge on the side and another hole at the same height level on the right side of the middle part. I also punched another hole on the black heart at the same level again,ready to thread the ribbon back inside. 

I printed out the details of the wedding onto some Ivoy paper cutting both this and a blank piece to the same size to fit in the panels. I stamped the Lace border along the top with black Ink then stuck them inside. Once I had done that I threaded the black ribbon  making sure it is level and only then did I stick the Ivory pearly heart onto the front securing the ribbon and it looks neat, plus the ribbon over the middle panel means that extra printed instructions or other info can be added and stay neatly in place.  I also added little pockets, these are cut to size a bit narrower, stamped and embossed with white powder, I edged mine with more black ribbon and stuck down with foam pads around the edges creating a pocket.  All the black card on the pockets and the right flap have pinstripes that I made with a stardust pen. 

 (2) This is a 6 x 6" cream card with the inside pockets added with foam pads.  The front panel is the small flower stamp on the Live each moment Lace stamp sheet stamped and embossed white onto a piece of black card.  Then I layed a piece of Ivory spiderweb netting on the top and taping it on the back to hold it in place. I stamped the Lace border onto black card with white embossing powder, cut out and added it to the panel, after I added a strip of black ribbon, I glued it to the front of the card. I made a simple cream Rose to the ribbon.  The Letters for Invitation on the fron are die cut with cream card using Tim Holtz Decorative Typeset Strip Alphabets die.

 Inside I added a black card panel.  Then I cut a piece of cream card the same width, stamped both the Lace Corners , trimmed to the shape then matt and layered onto black card and stuck it down with foam pads on the edges. I printed out the information, stamped the lace borders along the tops, added the black ribbon bow to finish it.

(3) This invitation used the Goals you reach stamp sheet.   Again it is 6 x 6" cream card.  I used an embossing folder on vellum to create the top panel. The lacey strip is also stamped onto vellum and cut out then stuck onto the embossed panel with thin DST, I added the red ribbon folding it round the edges and stuck it as one panel onto the card.  The Wedding invitation was stamped onto vellum with Mahogany distress ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.

 Inside, again like the previous invite,  I added a panel with rounded corners. To get the exact border I used Mahogany distress ink to colour the edges of a panel and used that to mount the cream cut out panel onto and then timmed it.  I stamped 2 of the corner lace stamps onto vellum cutting the corner edges a bit bigger I scored and folded inwards, rounded the corners then I added pinflair to the folded pieces sticking them down lining them up to the edges. Then I printed out the info, stamped the lace border onto each piece with Mahogany distress ink, rounded the corners again and popped them in the pockets once the pinflair was completely dry.

(4)  This card invitation used the corner stamped onto a panel and embossed with white in each corner, then inked with Antique linen distress ink, then matt and layered onto red card leaving a panel at the bottom where I used a border punch. The layered panel and the words are also stamped, embossed and inked the same way.  Pretty spoty ivory ribbon around the panel and as a bow were added then I glued everything to the card base.
 The inside panel is a printout with the info  and a printed border.  I used the edge of the corner lace stamp to create the borders down the sides.. again with white embossing powder and inked with Antique linen ink.

(5) This card used the Take one step Lace stamp sheet.    On other invites I've made before (with pressed flowers) I have used a piece of long card to fold this type of card, but I don't have any large white card sheets, so I used 2 6 x 6" cards stuck together creating 3 sides. I cut one side to create the bottom flap.I used a pale green/grey colour thin card to add the panels shown.. The front raised piece has tiny white polka dots which I thought looked pretty.  I used both the hearts and the border from the stamp sheet on the front and inside

 For the lacey heart on the printed panels, I stamped with versamark and used chalk to colour, I didn't have the right colour so scraped the dust of a few colours mixing them until I was happy with the shade and dusted the stamped image with a brush.

 (6) This last card used the border from the sheet.  I stamped and embossed it with white powder 4 times then inked with blue distress ink, cut them all out.  On the 8x8" card, I glued a piece of white spider web netting cut to 6 x 6" in the middle of the net.  The middle can be anything, decoupage, a photo, a sentiment... I chose to use a Rose I made.  first I stuck down the borders using only 3 segmants from each border arranged as shown.  Then I added the rose in the middle.  3 pearls in 2 corners balanced the words in the other corners. I added a few punched butterflies too.

Thank you for visiting my blog today, I hope I've inspired someone to have a go at using the Lace stamps to create your own invititions and cards.  
See you soon
Hugs x

Monday, August 20, 2012

Joanna Sheen Nature Lace samples

 I really enjoyed the TV shows Joanna did yesterday and her demos were fab! 
Here are the sample cards I made for her using my latest designs.

This card is 8 x 8".  First I stamped a scene using all the stamps.. masking as I went. Then I die cut it with 2 sizes of die creating both a frame and a topper from the same piece.  I used the topper frame on the front to surround a vellum window  with the sentiments from a Jane Shasky stamp.  The butterflies are stamped on vellum embossed with white and coloured blue from behind with a promarker pen.  The butterfly on the inside with the topper is stamped in black and cut out.

 For the topper, I drew round a circle lightly with pencil to use as a guide to stamp the honesty, I turned the paper as I went keeping the rubber in the same direction as I stamped, when the ink was dry I rubbed out the pencil lines. I used Forest moss distress ink.  I added the pearly look with a glue pen and pearl foil.. I love it because it makes them look like the real pearly honesty seed heads.! I added a tiny bit of  mica powder aswell because I sometimes find that even though I have added foil, it still feels a bit the mica powder eliminates that and looks gorgeous at the same time.
In the background I stamped the Dandilion head randomly and embossed with white powder, then inked with green. The sentiment is a printout.  The butterfly was stamped with black, lightly coloured with ivory and again I added some pearl foil...(probably because I am totally addicted to using foils LOL)..

To create window I masked an oval and the cross then stamped various foliage stamps, leaving the look of a window.  Stamped Jug in blue and coloured with ivory lightly. I stamped the honesty direct to paper (masking the jug).. and also stamped some onto other card to cut out the heads.  I added glue pen and pearl foil and arranged the extra heads with the rest. I used the Lace corner from the Live each moment Lace Stamps sheet to create the table lace.

Most of this topper is stamped on one layer and all with Walnut stain distress ink.   First I stamped the Jug, masked it, then stamped the first leaves, leaving the jug masked and masking the leaves, I stamped more leaves, I stamped the leaves 3 times masking as I went.  The leaves that over hang the jug were stamped on other card and cut out to add on.  To create the table, I left the mask on the jug and then used post it notes to mask the area behind the jug, leaving the table area to stamp.  I used the stem of the dandilion head to create the lines then used a piece of cut and dry foam to shade the area making it more shaded around the base of the jug (which is still masked).. then once all the mask layers are peeled away, you have a pretty little topper.  I stamped and added the Roses from the Girly Things stamp sheet   because they are the exact right size for this. The wooden hanger at the top of the card is a disposable stirrer  availble from most coffee shops LOL..

 Two embossing folders with whitewash co-ordination card were used to create the background.  The topper is just the dandilion head stamped and embossed with white powder and then inked, the sentiment is from the Take one step Lace stamp sheet

Thank you for visiting my blog today.. I'll be back again tomorrow with the wedding card samples shown on TV.


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