Friday, 20 September 2019

More Reindeer this year ..

Reindeer and stags are a perennial Christmas favourite of mine and have started to appear on this years cards.

I have several dies and stamps that I have collected over the years

You can also see them appearing last year here and in 2017 too!   In fact, I could even find a reindeer  Christmas card back in 2011

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Covering up a mistake!

I decided to do some heat embossing to make some Christmas cards - unfortunately I was a bit slow with the stamping and the embossing ink had started to dry before I put the power on!

The card was supposed to look like this, but was too faint and blurry

So I had to cover up the sentiment and used the new Merry Christmas die that came with Simply Cards & Papercraft Mag this month, luckily I has just cut some out in different colours to try it out!

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Hunkydory Christmas Reflections Topper Deck

To kickstart this years Christmas cards, I've bought a topper deck of cards from Hunkydory. There are 18 different designs from traditional scenes, Santas to stunning wildlife - something for everyone!

They are mirri toppers which make them feel a bit special.

I have loads of backing papers leftover from previous years, so hopefully will be able to use them with these lovely images.

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Christmas starts now ...

As its September, I now feel I can crack open the Christmas stash and start making the Xmas cards!

I usually try to make 300+ cards. as I have several charities who like to use the cards for fund raising

These ones have all use Craftwork Cards' Peppermint Forest' toppers - I'm now off to Hobbycraft to buy lots of card blanks!

Monday, 26 August 2019

Tattered Lace Magazine - issue 69

This months die and charisma from Tattered lace magazine is a heart shaped bunch of flowers. Here used for a Wedding Anniversary card

Two paired together for a C6 sized birthday card

and also 2 hearts on this 6" square card

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

More Moroccan Tiles ...

Made a couple more cards with my new X-cut Moroccan Tile die - experimented using different colour schemes and themes. 

As it is such a fiddly, intricate die I used spray adhesive to make it stick to the backgrounds.

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Inking up old stamps ....

I've had these stamps for several years and haven't used them for ages, so it was about time they had an outing!  The background was made back in April when I experimenting with Brushos.

These stamps I think were from the Jan 2018 issue of Crafts Beautiful mag - and had never been used before. Unfortunately there are lots more stamps in my craft room that have not been inked either, so I must make more of an effort with my stash!

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Baby Girls

There seem to be a lot of baby girls expected amongst friends and work colleagues, so I thought I'd better get prepared!

Made a few different styles and sizes

I went to The Range earlier on to buy a few basics - double sided tape, card blanks and glue dots and this reduced X-Cut Moroccan Tile die fell into my basket too!

I like the effect cut into holographic card on the baby card above - plus its quite effective in plain white as well!

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Bird Watching

I've just bought myself a pack of  topper decks cards by Hunkydory called 'Watercolour Wings' - 54 ATC sized cards with 18 different bird designs

These are Garden Birds - such as Nightingales, Blue Tits and Wrens

I rather like this Barn Owl, I've also treated myself to their Christmas Reflections topper deck in preparation for this years Xmas cards!

Saturday, 27 July 2019

Jeepers Creepers - where d'ya been hiding those sneakers?

Eek! It's been over three years since I last used this Woodware stamp.

Don't know why, as its a great image for teenage birthdays - for both boys and girls!

These cards were all coloured using Promarkers, but I might make a couple with paper piercing like before.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Tattered Lace - Lilies

I'm becoming more of a fan of the Tattered Lace Magazine and have bought issue 68 because of the beautiful lily bouquet dies and papers.

I know it is very expensive at £12.99, but I have found that I have used previous dies over and over again, because of the different colour ways you can download. 

And here is proof of the shoes and handbag design from issue 66, that I have just used in the orange colour with a scrap of my hand made distress oxide inky background

Thursday, 18 July 2019

And now for something a bit different ...

Another card made with my distress oxide inked backgrounds - a change from my previous flowers and butterflies!  I bet you can guess what his favourite film is!

Monday, 15 July 2019

Me Time ..

It's lovely having some time to sit and experiment  with different inks and embossing techniques. I am hoping to have more time to do this in the future, if I can reduce from working full time to only 2.5 days a week.

Not all experiments were successful - but I am pleased with these cards - all with unique backgrounds

I even made an ATC out of one of the scraps!

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Playing with Distress Oxide Inks

Remember back in February, when I told you I'd picked up some crafting bargains at a car boot sale? 
Well, after watching some You Tube tutorials, I decided to make some background papers with the distress oxide inks

It also gave me an excuse to use some stamps that I haven't used before, as well!

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Retirement Cards

Amongst the free stamps with this months Simply Cards Magazine was a 'Happy Retirement'. Very useful as I have several work colleagues who will be retiring in the next few months!

And suitable for both men and women!

Monday, 1 July 2019

Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady

I like the freebie stamps and papers that came with this months Simply Cards Magazine- bought back memories of  the late 70's, when that book was first published and the designs turned up on curtains, mugs, diaries and bedding!

Sunday, 23 June 2019

More Cards made with my New Die

Experimented with different coloured card for the words and backgrounds to make these new birthday cards

The cuts are easy to get out of the die, even though they are so intricate with all those curly bits!