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Saturday, 23 July 2016


Happy Saturday,

Today I am demoing at Essentials Crafts in Washington, not america but in Tyne and Weir!  As I am seriously behind with show prep and finalising my Autumn stamps ( Autumn's Child launches on Hochanda on the 25th August) Then I hope you don't mind just a few pictures of todays project!

Friday, 22 July 2016

Christmas Friday...

Happy Friday,

 I did promise I would post the Gold and black card I showed on my shows this week today but Im really sorry to say my camera played me up so it will have to wait for next week sorry!

Well its the hottest week of the year so of course its time for me to start Christmas Friday! I thought I would ease it in with a cool blue card that reminds me of the surface of a swimming pool for some reason.

I stared this card by making the background using the same technique as I showed on Hochanda on Monday however this time a different colour of pixie powder.  I spread Glossy Glue, seal and glaze over a piece of glossy card ( plain card works as well but the glue spreads better on the gloss card!  Next I sprinkled on midnight blue and white pearl mixer pixie powders over the glue surface.  I then simply dragged my brush over the surface so that the pixie powders explode and you get the stripes of colour!

Next I stamped the stars bored all around the piece using sticky embossing powder and added silver moon gilding flakes .  I repeated the above on a  strip of white double sided satin ribbon.

Finally I stamped the star tree in the same gilding flakes this time onto acetate and mounted this onto a frame cut with the double pierced squares.

I made up the card as shown to make a modern christmas card.


Thursday, 21 July 2016

Beaded Circles...

Happy Thursday,

One of the sample cards I made for this weeks shows using the double pierced circles dies ( a new firm favourite) and the matching dies that were in the bundle on Monday.

I cut the mini striplet three times and backed it with double sided adhesive and added three shades of microbeads one in gold, silver and copper.

I then cut the Gillian frames and tags die and cut to the central circle.  I backed this with adhesive and added copper microbeads.  I cut the centre detail and added gold beads and a black 8mm stick on pearl.

I made a circular frame using the double pierced circles dies and added a thing circular frame cut in adhesive with silver beads added.

finally an embossed layer using the cross stitch A4 pinpoint embossing folder and a thin layer of black.


Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Plum Circled...

Happy Wednesday,

Another sample form this weeks hows with the Radiant Circle collection from Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions.  I thought today I would show you the demo card that, to me at least, typifies the radiance and the circle as it uses the radiance Striplet and the Double pierced Circles die.

This card was a demo on the second show so don't forget you can watch this one bring made on catch up HERE

This is a deceptively simple card to make I stared by cutting the insert die from the Striplet three times in a row into a 7" x 7" square of bright white foundation card.  I then backed this onto a piece of rich plum to make the background pattern.

Next I cut a series of frames in the bright white and the rich plum to make the farmers I used the following formula
Dies 1 and 3 for the rich plum and dies 5 and 7 for the white farmers dies 1 and 2 and 5 and 6 ( I hope this makes sense.  I mounted the thinner white frames over the rich plum ones.  I used die 6 to cut into the background added the resultant circle to the smaller farms and foam mounted this over the background.  I added the larger frame so that it looks like I have cut 2 backgrounds which is far too much work lol.

I added mats and layers of rich plum and white too frame the centre piece and added spare of the requisite poppies and olive branch dies which I shaded with the plum cobbler cosmic shimmer colour cloud blending ink.  I stamped the sentiment, form my Lily of the Valley elements clear stamp set onto a piece of white card and cut it out using the largest die in the Pierced flags set.  I shaded the sentiment, whilst in the die, with the colour cloud and added this form the scary of flowers.

I know this looks complex and multi layered but its really not that complex.


Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Mother of Pearl?...

Happy Tuesday,

I thought ou might like a closer view of one of the demo cards I made yesterday on my Hochanda shows the Mother or pearl effect background.  Now to me this is a new technique but Im sure someone has done something similar!

I stared by making the background using white gloss card and adding either glossy glue and seal or cosmic Shimmer glue mixed with water.  Next I added some of the mixer shades of the pixie powders along the side and then dragged them across the card using a wide wash brush.  When dry you get this mother of pearl look with different colours splitting from the pixie powders to give a mica induced pearl sheen ( this one really needs to be seen in real life to get the full wow of the finish)

Next I Cut a frame from the pixie powdered background and added it a larger frame cut from white card.

Next I stamped the Juliette circle stamp to die for in detail silver onto the silver pearl card.  I cut  and the centre out using the matching Gillian die and taped the centre circle in place behind the die cut to make a buckle.  I simply threaded the sentiment flag through this and added pearl in the centre.

I then cut the three largest dies form the requisite poppies die in the silver pearl card and shaped them with my ball tool.  I added PVA glue in the centre and sprinkled over the silver shine pixie powder to make them earliest and shiny.  These were added with a spray of olive branch around the frame.

I added a layer of the silver pearl card embossed with the cross stitch A4 embossing folder and a couple of mats and layers to finish.

I demoed this card on my 5pm show on Hochanda click HERE for the catch up if you want to watch how this was made!


Monday, 18 July 2016

Show Day...

Happy Monday,

As I may of mentioned yesterday I am domino 2 hour special this evening at 5pm on Hochanda ( channel 39 sky 663 and online at on the latest ( non festive) range of dies designed by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions.  I thought I would show young of the demo cards for this evening.  In fact this will probably be the first demo as I really like how this one has turned out!

To me this has a real retro feel to it like a piece of sixties wallpaper!

I started by stamping the Juliette stamp to die for in jet black archival ink all over an 8x8 square of bright white foundation card.  I ensured that I stamped over the edges and tried to fit the stamped images to cover most of the card.  Next I used the centre circle die form the Gillian farmers and tags sets ( which this stamp is designed to match the die)

Once this was completed I foam mounted this piece over a larger square of black foundation card and added a stick on pearl ( 5mm) in the centre of the black.

For the frontispiece I stamped the sweet leaves stamp twice in jet black and cut this one out using the outline die from the gillian die set.  I folder these into quarters cut these along one of the lines into the centre.  I then attached the two die cuts and placed a pearl in the centre so that it fans out.

For the border strip I cut a long strip of white card and cut the insert die from the atlas triplet.  I fitted the die back into the die cut on the last pattern to extend the filigree section.  I backed this with black and added a mat of what card.  I then added this to the left hand side of the card and placed the stamped fan in the centre.

Finally I added a stamped and pierced fall die cut matted in black and finished.

I hope you can tune in to see what I am doing especially as it is a 2 hour show so I will get more time for demo!


Sunday, 17 July 2016

Tram Sunday...

Happy Sunday,

I will be making a return to Crafty Company in Fleetwood for Tram Sunday which is a big Fun Day held throughout Fleetwood.  I love this event and this will be the second day I am here with the love Sandra and Kieron.

I thought Id show a card form my Monday shows today (tomorrow) Im stepping into Sue Wilson's shoes and taking over the 2 hour double bill at 5pm tomorrow.  I have at least 6 demos planned so there is loads to share with everyone!

Todays card focuses on the Sweet Leaves stamp to die for that matches the Gillian farmers and tags die.  I stamped the stamp four times and cut them out with the matching die.  Next I folded the cut shapes cutting into them and folding them to make four fans altho attach together to re make the centre.  I will be demoing a similar technique on the shows so tune in if you are, like me, a visual learner lol
I stamped the stamp randomly over a piece of card for my card base and then cut the base using the Atlas mini triplet.  I slotted the outline die over the card so that it just cut the bottom ( again really hard to explain) and added black microbeads in the gaps ( after adding double sided adhesive behind)

A Twist of black ribbon and thread and a bow form striped ribbon ( from my stash) matts and layers black pearls and finished.