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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Technique Tuesday #3

** Well this should have gone live this morning. Note to self, when scheduling a post, make doubly sure you hit publish when you're done! But it's still Tuesday, so better late then never right?!**


Sorry there was no technique Tuesday last week, I did have something lined up, but then I came down with the leurgy lol.

Anyway today I have a Christmas card (yup, still plenty of these to come), made using a simple technique that adds extra use to your dies.

I took a piece of medium to heavy plain cardstock and placed the 3 snowflake dies from Whimsy Stamps Layered Snowflake Set in the top left corner of the piece of cardstock. If you aren't too sure of your positioning, you could use a bigger piece of cardstock and just trim it to size afterwards.
To deboss you just need to use an embossing mat between the cardstock and the cutting plate when you run your sandwich though your die-cutting machine. Make sure you get the spacing right or the dies will start to cut through the paper anyway, particularly if your dies are sharp. 

Once I had my debossed pattern, I stamped a sentiment on the cardstock using a stamp from Mama Elephant's Jingle Greetings set, using my Misti (love my Misti for getting the placement of sentiments just right), and some silver ink. I wanted to emboss this greeting ideally, but I couldn't find my anti static tool anywhere (note to self, must tidy my craft space!). 

I made an A2 size card base from white cardstock and cut a piece of silver mirri card I found in my stash a quarter of an inch smaller than my cardbase and adhered that on top of my base.

I added a thin piece of silver organza ribbon and a tiny bow to my top layer before adding that to my base with some foam tape to pop it up a little. Finally I added 3 clear gems to the snowflakes to give it a little sparkle.

I think it turned out quite elegant and sophisticated for a simple card.

What do you think?

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Make it Crafty - Fairy Bauble

There was no technique Tuesday this week as unfortunately I was struck down with the dreaded lurgy. 2 days off work and I couldn't even make use of them to craft as I spent a good amount of that time in bed and really didn't feel up to anything the rest of the time. Even worse I missed going to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them....bummer.

I'm currently working on a card for next Tuesday though.

I have another Christmas card to share with you today that I made a couple of weeks ago. I kept this CAS and zoomed in on and cropped the image a little which is something that's really easy to do with digital images.

This is Fairy Bauble from Make it Crafty, I really don't colour these images up enough, I do so love their artwork.

I've coloured her with my Distress Ink markers to go with this pretty bauble paper from Kaisercraft.

Colours: Vintage Photo, Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet, Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough, Aged Mahogony, Pine Needles.

Once coloured I cut her out with an MFT stitched frames die using the outside the box technique,  I stamped a sentiment from the Mama Elephant Jingle Greetings set, , heat embossed it and mounted her on my card with some shallow foam tape.
A little wink of stella on her wings and the bauble for sparkle (which of course is being camera shy),  and a few gems and the job's done!

Another Christmas card to add to the list.

Crafty hugs,

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Vintage Blue Winter


I know what you're this a Christmas card or isn't it?  Well it can be. I'm calling it a winter card, it has that blue wintery feel and those stamped snowflakes and the sentiment is somewhat non-committal. could use it for Christmas and it would work perfectly well as a non-traditional card, or you can use it for a winter birthday, or for almost any occasion taking place in winter.

I used the die from the new release called Geometric Snowflake. This is a great die, you can use it all together as a focal point or even as a doily, or you can take it apart and use the snowflakes individually. Also it doesn't hit you in the eye as a snowflake and so I think you can just as easily use this die on non winter cards.

I also used a sentiment from an older clear stamps set called Snowflake Wishes and some of the little snowflake stamps from that set and heat embossed them with white embossing powder.

I added a few flowers leaves and pearls and some seam binding and twine to finish my card, just lightly sponging the edges of the white leaves with some distress ink in Weathered Wood and adding a little lightly brushed gesso here and there and on the flowers and finally brushing the flowers with some clear Wink of Stella.

Youy can buy the die and stamps in the UK from Dies to Die for.

I used the following Ribbon Girl embellishments

Ivory White Magnolia Flowers
Ivory Wild Rose
Blue Wild Rose
20 mm Dusky Blue Open Rose
Limoges Blue Vintage Style Seam Binding
Ivory Self Adhesive Pearls
That's all from me, see you next time!