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Thursday, 26 November 2015

Beavering away...

Happy Thursday,

Well as the title suggests I am beavering away as I have received the samples of my new winter stamp range.  Im calling this a winter into spring as one set is designed to cover occasions over winter and early spring.  I can't say any more but there amy be some sneak peaks popping out in the next couple of weeks.  The full range launches on Hochanda on the 7th December.

back to today and here is a sample from my last show of the day yesterday on Hochanda this one was made using just the delicate garden frame this time in Raspberry and coconut white.

I really like the flower sprays on the pearl sprays which make a real statement in the centre of the card.

AS I have 2 copies of this card now lol if you would like to win this card simply leave a comment below and I will send you the one I made on air!

More tomorrow,


Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Fire and Ice butterflies...

Happy Wednesday,

I hope you all enjoyed last nights show those of you who managed to tune in and watch how this card was made  Read below for 2 chances to win this card!   I am back on today at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and last chance at 7pm,  I will be carrying on with demos form the fantastic one day special bundle of Sue Wilsons die range,

Todays card is the demo card I made last last night using Sue Wilson's Fire and Ice technique with floating panels of butterfly mini striplet.

heres a few more close up shots...

I do think that the sentiment looks really nice in the silver dream gilding flakes and saves a lot of time in stamping and embossing to get the same look.

There are 8 more demos to come on todays shows, it would be great if you can tune in for a few of them.

If you would like to win this card there are 2 chances Im giving this version away here on my blog simply leave a comment below and I will randomly select a winner on Thursday.  If you want another chance ti win simply leave a comment join the win this card post on the Hochanda blog HERE


Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Hochanda Ho...

Happy Tuesday,

Im back at Hochanda this evening at 8pm for the launch of the One Day Special of the September release of Sue Wilsons die range for Creative Expressions.  I thought you might like to see a sneak peak of one of the demo cards I have planned for either tonight or tomorrow shows ( tomorrows times are 9am, 12pm, 4pm and last chance at 7pm)  

A card with a difference for todays post and show as Ive used green!  This is a colour I rarely use however this card is completely shaded with colour cloud blending ink for this version i used Decedent Bamboo.  On the show I will be demoing this card in another colour I hope this will show the flexibility of designs.

All the dies and collieries used will be available on tonights ( and tomorrows) shows and the instructions so just an ingredient list today.  I will however list detail instructions for this one at the weekend with the demo card in whichever colour we choose on the show!


Creative Expresions Craft dies by Sue Wilson
Classic Vase
Catkin stems
Ornate Oval
Decadent Bamboo colour cloud blending ink
coconut white foundation card
Star Sparys embossing folder


Monday, 23 November 2015

Something Brighter!...

Happy Monday,

I had a fab day yesterday in Darlington with Frankie , Robyn and the ladies at Frankie's Craft, Coffee and Chat thank you all for a great day and lunch! lol

Back to today and I thought id show one of the samples that displays one of the dies I will be demonstrating on Hochanda tomorrow for the launch of the One Day Special at 8pm.  I used a selection of dies form the release which I have been showcasing for the last few weeks,  Tomorrow is the last One Day special for the September release of dies and there are some beautiful dies in there epically the delicate Garden frame which I used to make the flowers and butterfly on this card.

I stared this by cutting the heraldic square form sky blue card I then mounted this onto a pierced square of coconut white foundation card.  I then cut out the centre aperture using the square outline die from the set and added a thin border of the blue..

I added acetate behind this and made the section into a shaker card by adding foam tape and a piece I had stamped the louts inner stamp to die for onto using the indigo mist colour cloud blending ink.  I poured in grape mica flakes which, because of their big size, make a beautiful shaker card.

I added one of the white pierced squares and another line of the blue before adding the piece to a Bokah background I made from Lilac Whisper and Indigo mist colour cloud blending ink.

Next I cut one of the delicate frames and cut this into four to make corners just to offset the busy look of the background.  I added these in each corner to frame the frame as it were.

Finally i cut a piece of scrap form making the background and cut flowers using the small flower die that also comes in the set, along with the side facing butterfly.  I arranged these along the left hand side to create a focus.

I will be demonstrating this die along with the butterfly triplet and others from the range tomorrow and Wednesday on Hochanda.  Miss Julia Watts is on Hochanda today at 11am, 2pm and 5pm with some stunning Justrite stamps and she will be sharing her fabulous tips and experience, tune in if you can I know I will be (to see what tips I can nick lol)


Sunday, 22 November 2015

Back to blue...

Happy Sunday,

AS I mentioned yesterday I am in Darlington for a workshop today at Frankies craft and chat I can't wait to see some of the ladies again as a couple of them attended my workshop in Northallerton!  I am doing different projects this time as I always like to show something new!

Todays card uses another of the stamps to die for released for the new range of Craft Dies by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions.  I have chosen a simple palette of blues for todays with a simple stamped image that makes elegant ( hopefully) cards easy!  I started by stamping the new corinthium scroll stamp onto blue dusk foundation card using perfect medium.  I then heat set this with cosmic shimmer true white detail embossing powder, which gives a look of porcelain IMHO.

Using my craft knife I hand cut an aperture in the centre of the stamped image to reveal the sentiment which I stamped, in the same as above, onto a scrap of the blue dusk card.  I then foam mounted the sentiment behind the stamped image to give an interesting relief.

I then prepared the top layer for this, firstly I cut the matching aperture using the outline die form the ornate oval my friend set again.  I then cut a strip across the bottom using the filigree section form the opulent octagons die set.  I took a scrap of blue dusk and just embossed the opulent octagons set in it.  I then used Sue Wilson's fabulous technique of cutting out section of this embossed piece, in this case the octagons, and placed them directly behind the white die cut.  The next picture shows what I mean!

I then added the whole front piece over the stamped image so that the blue shows as different levels beneath the striplet die cut.  I added s tie and bow made form blue seam binding with another Pearl Embellishment in the centre.

A few layers of blue dusk and coconut white finish what is hopefully a simple yet elegant card.


Saturday, 21 November 2015

Baby Pink, me...

Happy Saturday,

Im demoing at the Strikes Garden centre in Congleton today it would be great if you could pop in and say Hi, especially as I know so many of you are deep in prep for Christmas!

I know its not my usual colour but all the elements seemed to come together in this card, using the new dies and matching stamps to die for, in baby pink!  I just love the clean crisp yet soft way this harmonises, what do you think are you a pink person?

I started by stamping the brand new tumbling leaves stamp to die for onto coconut white foundation card.  I then coloured the image in using distress markers, worn lipstick and mowed lawn if my memory serves me right!

I then cut the aperture in the centre using the matching die form the ornate oval - my fried set.  I also cut the lovely sentiment that comes in the set and shaded through the die using pretty in pink colour cloud blending ink.  Whilst I had the ink out I colluder a piece of white seem binding using the ink and a smoothie by dragging the ribbon between the top of the felt in the pot and the base of a smoothie.  If you drag the seem binding or ribbon slowly you get a solid colour in difference form the ombre look you get by pilling it quickly.

I threaded the ribbon through the circle fixing it on the back so that it goes over and under the aperture ( this is better illustrated in the pictures!)  I then  adhered a piece of acetate behind the aperture and attached the sentiment to that so that it appears to be floating.

Next I took a piece of double sided adhesive sheet and aded it to another layer of coconut white foundation card.  I the  covered this in marshmallow mica flakes which in real life add a level of depth and subtle sparkle to the card.

To finish I added a few layers of the white and baby pink with a couple of stands of the cream jute twine for balance across the back layers.  I made up a bow using the coloured ribbon and jute and added this at the bottom.  I finished with one of my all time favourite CE embellishments the larger Pearl embellishment which I have on my shows next week as these will always be a stable of my crafting.

I hope you have enjoyed this journey into Pink, another new stamp to die for tomorrow when I shall be in Darlington for a workshop.


Friday, 20 November 2015

Orange Blossom...

Happy Friday,

It seems everyone liked the orange blossom dies, how about a stamp to match?  Today's card uses the brand new shaded orange blossom stamps that match sue's new dies and features a bit of a change for me, not stamped in black or grey?!?

I started by stamping the orange blossom stamps onto coconut white foundation card using deep purple archival ink.  I then cut them out using the matching dies and shaped the flowers using a ball tool and the mat I use for my stamping.  I then cut the matching leaves and shed through the die to get the foliage using the new mini smoothie.  I used the fine point which gave me a great deal of control over the ink.

I then shaded the flower and foliage using the smoothie and a little of the deep purple ink to give more dimension to the flowers.

For the base of the card I cut an aperture using the central die form the new Cathedral background.  I stuck this over a background I created as a test of a technique I have been working on for my new stamping show on the 7th December ( I have been playing with some Brand New stamp designs which will be launched on the 7th December)  I call the technique Seed Pearl background, however this is a sneak peak you may have to tune into the shows or my blog on the 7th ti see how it was done ( I am a tease at times lol)

I made up a set of games using the double pierced rectangles using both A and B sets to give me the central frame with its with of an inch layer.  The new B sets are great as they give you perfect layers with a small neat border and let you have detailed piercing all over!

The rest of the card was put together as shown using a combination of the rectangles with a central spray of the flowers and foliage which highlight the sentiment, from my tulip elements clear stamps set, stamped onto the smallest Pierced flags from Sue Wilson for CE.  I love the way that each collection builds so that the piercing on the tags and flags matches perfectly with the new squares and rectangles.

Another new Stamp to Die for tomorrow!


Edited as spelt really badly lol x