Saturday, 20 December 2014

Review of the Year...

Happy Saturday,

As my long term blog family know at Christmas I like to do my own version of the 12 days of Christmas, that is a review of the year!  As I post every day then since the first of january I have posted over 300 different cards and creations this is my chance to showcase some of my favourites form each month.  I have also been told that this is a great way for people who have recently stumbled onto my blog to see what has gone before.

The way this will work is that for the next 12 days I will highlight My 3 favourite projects from a specific month, starting today with Januray and...well I'm sure you understand the rest lol  There will be the odd new thing or different thing thrown in so keep your eyes peeled.

Back to today and january...

Friday, 19 December 2014

Autumn Reminder...

Happy Friday,

An autumnal card for today from the vaults, this was featured in Sues shows on Create and Craft back in October and I've checked the blog and can't find it on the blog.  The reason I am posting this one is that I just lover the shading on the stamped image, made completely with Distress Ink pads and cut and dry foam.  The idea of this one was to show that you don't have to be an expert colourist to use a stamped image.

I also wanted to show that I don't put a big bow on all my cards (just most of them lol)

Creative Expressions Craft die by Sue Wilson
French Background
French Collection Auvergne
Creative Expressions A4 embossing folder Checkerboard
Ginger, Black & Milk foundation Card
Distress Inks In Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade & Scattered Straw
Creative Expressions Grosgrain Ribbon Tan / Ivory


Thursday, 18 December 2014

A Special Card...

Happy Thursday,

I hope you have all got your Christmas Prep almost finished, we are running round maniacally here at casa Next Door as the time seems to have flown away again.  I am starting on prep for next years shows as well as some exciting new projects I will let you know about as we get into 2015!

A quick one today again I'm afraid as the studio is calling me lol (ignoring presents still to wrap, craft first lol)

Today's card is the one I made specially for a certain special lady and friend who has inspired me and done so much this year to bring me all the exciting opportunities so far, and planned into next.  It is always difficult to make a card for a fellow crafter especially one who is a proficient and good as the person this one was given to.

Creative Expressions Craft dies by Sue Wilson
Dainty Rectangular Frame
Christmas Sentiment from a set by Sam Poole
Creative Expressions A4 Embossing Folder Snowflake Lattice
Vintage Gold, Red & Coconut White Foundation card
Cosmic Shimmer detail white embossing powder
Distress ink in Forest Moss, Crushed Olive & Pine Needles


Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Creative Wednesday The final 2014....

Happy Wednesday.

Today's card is my last DT card for this year for Creative Expressions as we take a break for the festive Period!  This month we were all working with the Chalk Board stamps and I thought that I would go slightly out of my comfort zone and do a distressed card for a change.  I found the playing with distress inks, pads and the resist technique really refreshing however I am well aware that this is not to every ones taste, let me know what you think?!?

I started by stamping the background stamp using perfect medium randomly around a square of coconut white foundation card.  I then embossed the piece with cosmic shimmer detail clear embossing powder and heat set it.

Next I used cut and dry foam to swirl different colours over the embossed pattern.  Once I was happy with the shades I polished the piece with a dry wet wipe which removes the colour form the embossed design.

Next I stamped the sentiment stamp with the same method onto another piece of card.  This time i added the distress ink then sprayed the whole piece with chestnut chalk mist.  Once again I polished off the colour from the design to make the sentiment shine through.

To finish the card I matted the pieces with brown and Kraft card and added them to a piece of Kraft card embossed with the A4 pinpoint embossing folder.  For the ribbon and bow I sprayed the chalk mist onto a piece of white seam binding and crumpled it up to give a graduated colouration.

I hope you like my foray into distressed cards, I may try again!

Creative Expressions Espresso Yourself single stamp
Creative Expressions sketchy utensils A6 background stamp
Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade. Fired Brick and Walnut Stain
Cosmic Shimmer Chestnut mister
Creative Expressions A4 Pinpoint Embossing Folder Check board
White seam binding

Don't forget to pop over to the Creative Expressions blog and leave a comment!


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Tuesday Back(ish)...

 Happy Tuesday,

We should be flying back today and hopefully will arrive mid afternoon so hopefully a longer post tomorrow!


Monday, 15 December 2014

Monady Away...

 Happy Monday,

Still Away visiting relatives so another quick post I'm afraid!


Sunday, 14 December 2014

Away Again...

Happy Sunday,

AS you read this we will be visiting my Dad in Spain, he lives about an hour form where I lived until July this year.  Therefore there are a couple of scheduled posts for the next few days,  This means just a pic of the card and an ingredient list I'm afraid!

Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson
Daisies Open & Closed petals
Austrian Collection
Heart Lattice embossing folder
Cosmic Shimmer Pearl Moon gilding wax
Grosgrain Stripe ribbon