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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Sunday Stamping...

Happy Sunday,

It was brilliant to meet so many people yesterday at Daisies don't forget we are doing it all over again today!  Today's card is a simple stamped card perfect for a lazy sunday which I won't be having this week either!

I stated by stamping the rose trellis triplet stamp successively down a sheet of pink card from my stash with perfect medium.  I them dusted pearlescent mica powder across the stamped area.  Perfect medium makes the mica adhere to the stamped image and on a deep shade gives a beautiful shine as well as looking like a watermark.  I cut this piece into a panel and added it to a 18x18cm square of coconut white foundation card which I had matted onto vintage silver foundation card (I am kind of running a pink, white and silver theme this week as we all do when we get crafting!)


Next I stamped the rose bud from the rose bud elements stamp set on to the pink and heat set it with cosmic shimmer detail silver embossing powder adding a sentiment from the same set.  I then cut it out using the centre die from the Sue Wilson Caribbean collection background die.  I matted it onto a piece of silver foundation card and hand cut a border around it.

To make the medallion I die cut a piece of vintage silver foundation card and drew around the outside of the die as this die is an inset and doesn't cut around it.  It is then easy to cut the shape using a pair of scissors.  I then added this to a pice of the pink card and cut the pink card along the line of the silver. Finally I added PVA pearls around the frame, this die gives you a little circle to place the glue dots on which means you can't get them in the wrong place! A simple 21x21cm card blank with a layer of coconut white just finishes the piece.

Ingredients:
Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson
Caribbean collection Background
Creative Expressions Clear Stamps - Rosebud Elements by me! 
Cosmic Shimmer detail silver embossing powder
Cosmic Shimmer Deep Rose PVA Pearls
Vintage silver foundation card
Pink card from my stash!

Enjoy...

Saturday, 18 April 2015

SA Crafty 3sum!

Happy Saturday,

No you haven't stumbled onto the wrong web page with the header I'm demoing all weekend at Daisies Jewels and Crafts in Coventry with Hels Sherriden and Pauline Wheeler, therefore the owner Wendy has called the event a crafty 3sum!

I thought you might like to see a couple of the projects I will be demoing over the weekend as well as my usual die fest and playing with Cosmic Shimmer.  If you are in the area pop in and say hi!

This first card is made using both the classic and striped weaving dies from Sue's latest release and the Charming Hearts corner, a beautiful die with stunning detail that can make a card all on its own!  The design is symmetrical as well as asymmetrical as you can clip the flourishes away to make it into a different pattern.  I have done this with the larger ornamental corner for a demo on Create and craft next week, tune in if you want to see how!?!  The centre heart is stamped using my new Flower Hearts elements set and em,based in detail silver embossing powder.


The second card, believe it or not, is made using the waste from making the first!  I needed 4 of the corners and so I cut them laid out in a pattern to make the frame around the stamped sentiment.  I added a waste piece of Creative Expressions double sided adhesive sheet behind, stuck ti a piece of vintage silver foundation card and added in 4 of the corners cut from Coconut white card.  I then covered the aperture in diamond sprinkles which adds a lovely shine to the piece in real life!  Finally a few mats of the silver, lilac and coconut white and a card bank made by folding a piece of A4 card in half and a simple (almost free as its made with scrap) card is finished.

Here's a shot of the two... taken in my cart room so if you look closely you can see one of the Creative expressions Big Boy storage units behind along with my collection of chalk paint!

It would be great to see as many of my wonderful blog family who can make it over the weekend, click HERE for details on daisies!


Ingredients:
Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson
Charming Hearts Corner
Classic Weaving Die
Striped Weaving Die
Ornamental Corner
Lilac, Rich Plum, Vintage Silver and Coconut white foundation card
Diamond Sprinkles (one of the glitter jewels collection)
Creative Expressions Clear Stamps- Flower Heart Elements - by me!

Enjoy...


Friday, 17 April 2015

Lilac Hearts...

Happy Friday,

Its another stamp heavy and die cut low post today Im Afraid I hope you all don't mind, next week is a die fest I promise!  Todays card is made using another of my new stamp sets that will be showcased on Craete and Craft on the 30th April (Times TBC).  This set is called Flower Hearts elements and I drew four separate hearst and filled them with flowers, either as outlines or in shadow.

I have matched these with the ivy trellis triplet stamp which was drawn again to match this set however will work in many different ways with any of the sets.  I stared by stamping this in perfect medium and again, like yesterday, heat set it with cosmic shimmer detail silver embossing powder.  I set this in an aperture using the triplet outline die.

To make the main elements I stamped three of the hearts in perfect medium and again heat set them with Cosmic Shimmer detail silver embossing powder.  I cut this out by hand and added a mat of vintage silver foundation card.  I then hand cut three flags using Creative Expressions satin ribbon in Orchid and placed the hearts over these.  Finally I foam mounted them floating over the parterre and added the whole piece on a few layers of Lilac and silver foundation card.













Ingredients:
Creative Expressions Clear stamps - Flower Hearts elements by John Lockwood
Lilac & Siver foundation card
Orchid double sided satin ribbon (CE)
Cosmic Shimmer detail silver embossing powder
Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson
Quilted Blocks striplet outline die

Enjoy...

Thursday, 16 April 2015

In The Pink...

Happy Thursday,

I keep forgetting to mention for those of you who wanted to get to Ally Pally to see the demonstrations I am working with Hels Sheridan and Pauline Wheeler this weekend at Daisies Jewels and Crafts in Coventry all this weekend.  This is one of my local craft shops and so I love demoing there as the people are lovely.  They are having a free demo weekend so pop in if you get chance click HERE for details.

Today's card is another using one of my new striplet stamps, this time the Rose trellis which is designed to match both the new Rosebud elements set as well as the scribble rose from the last release.  I have designed all of my stamp sets to coordinate with each other or to be used separately.  I love the idea of being able to make simple quick cards just by using one stamp.

I stated by stamping the triplet onto a piece of pink card from my stash using perfect medium.  I then added Cosmic Shimmer detail silver embossing powder and heat set it.  Next I die cut an aperture in the centre of  spice of Vintage silver foundation card using the outline die from the Quilted Blocks striplet by Sue Wilson.  I then added this over the stamped using foam tape and cut a larger border around the silver piece.







To finish the card I stamped the Happy Anniversary from my Flower Hearts set ( a sample from this set is tomorrow's card in lilac) in silver again on the pink and die cut it using the medium sized flag from Sue's pierced flags die.  I made a larger mat for it in the silver using the largest size of the flags and mounted the pink on top.  I stuck the flag over the aperture and added a ribbon rose along with some tulle and ribbon for balance to the left hand edge.



A very simple card where I have let the stamp, and a couple of die cuts, do all the work for me.

Ingredients:
Striplet stamps by John Lockwood - Rose trellis
Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson
Quilted blocks striplet 
Pierced Flags
Cosmic Shimmer detail silver embossing powder
Vintage Silver foundation card
Remainder from my stash.

Enjoy...

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Daisy daisy...

Happy Wednesday,

Give me your answer do! lol  I keep being asked when my daisy Corner Elements stamp set is back in stock, I am reliably informed that it will be back in about a weeks time.

Today's card is my inspiration for the Creative Expressions design team and blog, you can have a look what the rest of the design team have come up with with my stamps and Phill Martins cosmic Shimmer range by clicking HERE.  I must say its been brilliant to see what others can come up with my stamps!

I stared by making the background using Sue Wilson's Triple stamping technique which she demonstrated on her last shows on Create and Craft.  I used cobalt foundation card cut into there panels and stacked together and stamped over the edges using Adirondack Snow cap white ink and the largest daisy from my stamp set.  I separated the stack and bordered each piece with a thin mat of silver foundation card, this fools your eye into thinking the daisies flow over the edges between the layers.





To make the central element I used the new Sticky embossing powder form creative Expressions.  I stamped my daisy triplet stamp using perfect medium, added the sticky embossing powder and heat set it.  This embossing powder, from Cosmic Shimmer, stays sticky once it has been heat set which allows you rot add glitter or mica etc however the main use for this is with gilding flakes.  I love stamping with gilding flakes however I find cleaning the glue off my stamp a little laborious so this is perfect for me.  I rubbed over the raised are with silver dream gilding flakes and rubbed off the excess using a piece of Rubit Scrubit foam.  This reveals the stamped design and removes any excess flakes, it doesn't damage the image either which is goof as I can be a bit heavy handed at times!

I cut this out using the outline die from the new quilted blocks triplet and mounted it onto a piece of coconut white foundation card and from mounted it onto the background.

Next I repeated this process using the main element form the Daisy Corner elements set and mounted this again with coconut white foundation card.  I foam mounted this over the triplet image which I had placed on one side.  I also added one of the sentiments from the set "you are the daisy in my chain!'


Ingredients:
Creative Expressions clear stamps - daisy Corner elements by John Lockwood
Creative Expressions Craft dies by Sue Wilson - Quilted blocks triplet
Cosmic Shimmer sticky embossing powder
Silver dream gilding flakes
Cobalt & coconut white foundation card

Enjoy...

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

feeling Cherry!

Happy Tuesday,

I promised some pictures from Ally Pally so there a couple at the bottom of a late night visit to a well Known American burger chain for dessert.  Today's card is form my favourite from the new stamp sets I have designed this set is called Cherry Blossom Elements and in this card I have used the main element and one of the sentiments.












The whole set looks like this...

I stared this card by stamping the main element with perfect medium onto lilac foundation card and embossed the design with Cosmic Shimmer true detail white embossing powder and heat set it.  I cut a mat out using the square die from the New York collection herald square die. I then hand cut the stamped image out and mounted it, with a couple of layers onto the square.

The background is made using the New York collection background which I know is rectangular however I have med it into a square.  To learn how you will need to tune into my stemming shows at the end of the month as I have a demo planned for this one.

I simply added a seam binding bow and a few pearls as well as my usual set of layers which just frame a simple stamped image (IMHO)

Ingredients:
Creative Expressions Clear Stamps by John Lockwood
Lilac & Milk foundation card
Cosmic Shimmer true detail white embossing powder
Creative Expressions craft dies by Sue Wilson
New York background
Herald Square

Enjoy...

Firstly we have Mr Phill Martin who was caught unawares eating a donut!

The second picture is Sue Wilson and Julia Watts enjoying a McFlurry, its the first time Sue has been in this chain for years so I am informed.

Sorry but these are the only pictures that came out I will check my phone for any more tomorrow.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Don't Trust hotel wifi! lol

Happy Monday,

Sorry for the late arrival of today's blog post!  I wrote the post last night in the hotel (was too tired to drive home so stayed an extra night) but when I got on the road this morning my wake up call informed me this hadn't gone live!  Getting home I find that it is missing!?! lol

As its a beautiful spring day her I thought you might all like to see some bright daffodils so I thought it was time to show you all my new Striplet stamp Daffodil Burst.

I had so much fun drawing this one as it just looks like an explosion of daffs seen through a window.  This striplet stamp is designed to match with an elements set featuring a field of daffodils however that will be revealed on my shows on C&C at the end of the month.


I have coloured the image using the new Mica Watercolour paints that will alas feature on the shows these proved so popular at Ally Pally and should be hitting a shop near you very soon.  I just coloured this stamp in a very naive style to give the feeling of the colours changing and the movement in the flowers.

The sentiment is a sneak peak as it is from the Daffodil Elements set released at the end of April!














I hope you don't mind this quick post as a replacement, more on the weekend as well as the usual giveaway tomorrow, I even have pictures !!!

Enjoy...