Friday, 26 October 2012

An Adorables Christmas

Can't resist using Jayne Nesterenko for Christmas and her Adorables range just can't be beaten for me! Two little girls playing here so remind me of my own little girls - well, they're not so little now of course!
 
Thought I'd have another go at an easel card just to be different again. Apologies - the photo doesn't really do it justice!
 
Stamps - JN Adorables Waiting and Sharing and Winter Tales Christmas Joy. The images were coloured with Promarkers, cut out and shaped then embellished with glitter before sticking on to the background.
 
Dies - Crealies Creative Shapes flowers and leaves (pearl stamens inserted before attaching to card); Poppy Dies for the window.
 
Background - bit tricky had to divide the picture into three parts - floor, lower wall and upper wall with white strips for the skirting board and dado rail. I mirrored the wall on the base and used the sentiment to hold the easel bit up when opened. All papers were from Jayne's Adorables CD except for the outside scene behind the window which is from my stash of papers.
 
 

H.O.W Cards for Christmas!


Phew, sorry I've not been posting for a while. Its just been one thing after another, but hey ho here are 3 LOTV cards made ready for Christmas for Harvey, Oliver and Will. Three brothers so I wanted a similar theme for them.
 
Stamps – LOTV – Harvey; ‘My Little Tree’, Oliver; ‘Delivering the Presents’ and Will; ‘Cuddling Ted’. All three have a Magnolia Stamp called ‘The Old Swedish Church’ in the background and were coloured with Promarkers before glittering.
Dies – Spellbinders Create a Flake Four; Dee’s Distinctively Dies Stacker Tree; Memory Box Parker Alphabet
Background – Hunkdory cardstock and silver mirri card.
Embellishments – Bells, stockings and rocking horses from Sirstampalot.

Here's a close up of one the designs - super for little boys at christmas! One of the good things about LOTV is that they often do a boy version and a girl version, really useful.
 
Love the stacker trees - they were a bit like gold dust to get hold of but Oyster Stamps came up trumps again.
 
Love the little church, it really adds a bit of character to any christmas scene.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Caught in Crystal Technique


I missed Sue Wilson doing a demo on this on TV the other week but managed to find her instructions on her blog - Particraft. It gives a lovely effect so I thought I'd give it a go. Be warned this can get messy! I read you could also do it with clear liquid polish but as that's even messier (so I read) I thought I'd try Sue's way.


They don't look like much in the picture but they are actually really pretty. You need to close up on the picture to get a better idea.  I wanted to try one in blue for christmas cards and one in autumn colours for some projects I have on the go.

I used heat proof acetate (you can then stamp and emboss on the finished item) and squiggled Clear Crystal Lacquer (I got mine from Joanna Sheen) on one side and then squiggled alcohol inks over the lacquer and acetate in 3 colours. Then I put mica powder on, silver for the blue and gold for the orange before laying crushed up white tissue paper (which becomes a backing) and tamping that down with kitchen roll, this gives a nice marbling effect as the ink catches in the creases of the paper. Leave it to dry overnight before cutting up and using as backing on a card. I use mirri card behind on the finished items which reflected through the ink, try different colours for different effects.


Here is an autumnal ATC I made using a piece, the Clarity stamped image is heat embossed in gold and I used some copper and gold brads to attach it to gold mirri card behind it. The speckles are the mica showing through. Hope my ATC recipient likes it!

Sunday, 7 October 2012


I Do....... again, but as an anniversary card.




And here we have an anniversary card for a special person coming up soon. This style seems to be quite popular at the moment and has a real ooh! factor for the recipient. This is my first attempt at an easel card, think it’s OK maybe just a bit ‘laid back’ will move the sentiment further back next time.

 Stamps – LOTV ‘I Do’ and a sentiment stamp from their set 8 ‘Happy Circular Sentiments’. . The  stamp was coloured with Promarkers, glittered and then Liquid Pearls added.


Dies – Spellbinders Lacy Circle, 2 sizes  - 1 for the picture and one for the sentiment.
 

Background – Wedding Bells papers by Wild Rose Studio matted onto a linen finish gold card. I also used a really pretty fabric with white roses and glitter on one mat – don’t know what it was called it was in a made up pack from Oyster Crafts in Rochester. The sequinned lace is from something I made for their wedding so seemed appropriate to use it for their anniversary.

 

Embellishments – Flowers from Live and Love Crafts, crystals from Oyster, pearl sprays from my stash.

 

So just a quickie for today, I have been away and also doing other crafts – some of which I’ll show soon......

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