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Monday, 24 October 2016

Blue Monday...

Happy Monday,

As I have such a fondness for Blue I thought it might make sense to have the occasional Blue Monday featuring a card with my favourite colours.

Todays card is also a snake peak for my shows next Tuesday on Hochanda where I will be premiering the recent die release from Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions.  Todays card uses some of the dies I have on the show.

I stated by cutting the Indian Ocean collection border strip across the bottom of a piece of icicle pearl foundation card.  I then used the outline die to cut just the bottom edge ( I will be demoing this technique on the shows next week)  Next I matted this onto a piece off cobalt foundation card again using the outline die to cut the shape.  Next I added a couple of strips of self adhesive pearls and mounted the panel onto an embossed background made using the pinpoint cross stitch embossing folder ( really one of my faves especially with the art deco Indian Ocean range)

I cut the Mauritius die in colblt using dies 1, 2 and 3 in  the set in cobalt and backed with more of the icicle pearl card studding 3mm white pearls where they seemed to fit.

I made up a spare of cape daises by cutting them in cobalt card and softening the edges and adding shading using a mini smoothie and white clouds colour cloud blending ink ( this works really well for toning down colour and making things look more realistic)

I used the smaller centre die twice in the middle of each flower and added white microbeads in the very middle.  Don't you just love the way these give a realistic centre! I added these to a bow made of tulle and leaves cut with the laced edged foliage die.

Finally a couple of stick pins a few layers of icicle and cobalt and finished.  very Blue but also very me!


Sunday, 23 October 2016

Simple Pixies...

Happy Sunday,

A simple christmas card today just featuring white pearl card and purple violet pixie powders that couldn't be simpler.

I sewed by spritzing a piece of watercolour card with water then added pixie powders in purple violet, I know its annals for me too use just one colour but I wanted the intensity and of course the pixie powders contain more than one colour in each bottle.  I smoked the acrd with water and left the piece to dry naturally this let the different colours spread and colour thew whole sheet.

Next I cut the background die, from the festive collection, into white pearl acrd and cut around the edges of the die to get a piece the same size of the die.  I then mounted this onto a pice of the piece powdered paper.  I next used the snowflake filigree frame and cut the detail of both main dies in the set in white and backed these with more of the purple.

I added 2 strips from the triple merry christmas, using just the negative pieces, and added these to a strip of the purple.

Finally I made up the card as shown and studded 3mm rhinestones to highlight the detail and add to the bling.  This card really shines in real life thanks to the pearl card and the mica in the pixie powders.


Saturday, 22 October 2016

Something different Saturday...

Happy Saturday,

I thought it was time I revisited the something different as I have been showing  slew of paper crafting projects recently so how about some MDF?

This is a really simple item to make honest its just 2 shades of the Cosmic Shimmer metallic gilding polish.

I stared by covering an MDF shaker heart form CE with Heather and powder blue gilding polish.  I then simply stamped my Christmas rose clear stamp set around the top using the powder blue polish.  Next I stamped one of the christmas rose sentiments in the centre of the heart.

For the 'frosting' i added cosmic shimmer dies clear glue all around the piece and added iced snow which, when dry, is clear so adds the frosted look where you can still see the colour and stamping.

For the roses I covered a sheet of foundation card half in heather polish and half in fern green.  I stamped the roses and cut them out with the matching dies.  I cut the free card using the foliage die in the christmas rose set, embossed them and added enchanted gold gilding polish over the top to make the embossing shine.

I added gold microbeads in the centres of the flowers and arranged it all along the bottom.

something different that would hopefully  are a really different christmas present, all I've got to do now is work out who this should go to!


Friday, 21 October 2016

Traditional twist christmas...

Happy Friday...

Wow what a  few days I can honestly say Ive been racing this week but its a gentler day for me today promise.

I thought i would share a christmas card form my shows earlier in the week that uses traditional chitsmas colours but with a modern twist.

I stared by using silver moon sparkle texture paste through the that special touch holly background mask and left it to dry.

Next I cut the triple merry christmas perspectives die in white pearl card and took the merry christmas strips out.  I added these to a piece of card which I had cut with stripes of rich red and brunswick green foundation card ( 1cm strips)

I simply matted and layers this overt the masked background ( one dry about 1 hour)and added a spray of striped ribbon from my stash and one of the pine cone em,belishments.


Thursday, 20 October 2016

Stacks of Stacks...

Happy Thursday,

This is a very quick post as Im writing this after my show on Wednesday night with the fabulous Light up and pop up card stacks.  I can't believe how quickly these were selling I know I love them but Im so glad so many people agree with me! lol

Dont forget Im back at 9am this morning and through the day with more form DCWV so I thought I would share loads of pics of the samples I made for the show using the amazing DCWV elegant holiday pad and the decorations stack.

I will hopefully be demoing how to make these crackers and decorate them as well as a host of gift bags and of course the Light up, pop up, honeycomb and other cards in these packs!


Wednesday, 19 October 2016

DCWV shows light up your Christmas...

Happy Wednesday,

Another day another Hochanda show this time the amazing Die Cuts With A View stack this time to make different christmas cards.  I thought I would share a project made with one the the socks the Light up set.  This set has everything you will need to make 4 cards that all light up!  I have used one here to  make into a larger card ( I do like my larger cards!)

Everything you need for this  card is contained in the stack thats forms just one part of the One Day Special.  It has 4 sets of lights and everything you need to make 4 light up cards.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

shows continue...

Happy Tuesday,

I hope all of you enjoyed the launch of the festive dies ODS last night.  I haver to admit that working with christmas dies is my favourite time of the year!

Another demo form todays shows remember Im back on at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and last chance at 7pm and will hopefully be working through loads of different ideas and techniques today!

Todays card is a change for me a clean and simple card however there is a twist as this is a light up card using some of the items I have on the DCWV shows tomorrow ( yes its a Hochanda week for me as Im back tomorrow and thursday!)

This is a hard card to explain so tune in or watch on catch up to see exactly how it was made however Ill try to give you a run down.

I stared by cutting the festive shadow box die into white pearl card.  Next I repeated the process with several layers of funky foam to give me the dimension. Next I layered these together and placed the lights inside before adding a layer of vellum, another layer of foam and a final layer of the die cut.

I then cut some of the smaller festive shapes in the set and adhered these to the front in the windows.

I added a spare of roses made with the gilding polish and my Christmas Rose stamps ( I will be demoing this technique on the shows as well)

A really different card for me but I have to admit it is fun!