Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Keep on Stamping

Happy Tuesday,

 I thought after the success of Monday stamping I should, for a little while at least, keep on stamping!

Today's card hopefully shows how effective a simple image, stamped in detail White embossing powder, can be.  I started by stamping the rose design, from a Sue Wilson single stamp, in perfect medium onto pale blue card and embossed the design. Next I die cut the image using the centre section of the Austrian collection background and inked it in broken china distress ink whilst in the die.

The remainder of the card is relatively simple, just a die cut in cobalt blue card of the full background die. The corners, from the matching Austrian collection tags and corners set, are cut in the same pale blue card and used on opposite corners to highlight the frame and image.

A mat of the pale blue and a matching grosgrain ribbon and bow finished the front.  A monochromatic card that would suit any occasion.

Sue Wilson Singles Rose stamp
Sue Wilson Austrian Collection Background Die
Sue Wilson Austrian Collection Borders and Tags die set
Cobalt and Pale blue card
Pearls and Ribbon from stash.


Monday, 1 September 2014

Monday Stamping...

Happy Monday,

As I know I have mentioned before I started out in craft stamping however it seems to have been sidelined recently (for that read for an age!)  So I thought Id have a go at stamping and challenging myself with some stamping.

Of course I had to add a little bit (for that read a lot) of die cutting as well!  The image is stamped three times on a piece of super smooth card and coloured with a silver gel pen.  I then cut three oval apertures and foam mounted the stamped image behind.  The frames, and apertures, are cut using the Sue Wilson French Collection die in a pastel blue card.

 The top card is then foam mounted onto a pale blue mat which is, in turn, foam mounted onto a hand cut white card blank.

I finally added a strip of matching ribbon and a mixed bow of satin ribbon and 2 shades of tulle.  Of course there are a couple of Wendy's hatpins.

Sue Wilson French Collection borders and tags die
Creative expressions singles daisy stamp
Blue & White cardstock
Ribbon and Tulle form stash
Wendy's hatpins


Sunday, 31 August 2014

Simple Sunday Scraps...

Happy Simple Sunday,

Today's card is the second part form Friday and is, again, made from the scraps left over form that card.  All I simply did was to mount the waste piece form cutting the Delicate Daisies onto a double sided sheet and add Creative Expressions Glacier Ice.  I added some matching gems in the centres and mounted the whole piece on a hand cut Lavender card.

The final detail is the faux stitching around the edges and the stems and leaves.  I drew these on by hand ( difficult as I haven't done much drawing since leaving art college some 15 years ago) with a fine line pen.

A simple and quick card for a Sunday,

Sue Wilson Delicate Daisies Die
Double Sided Adhesive sheets
Creative Expressions Glacier Ice


Saturday, 30 August 2014

Something Different Saturday...Been Playing

Happy Saturday,

Today's different is really different for me as I don't think I have ever shown an unfinished project or a work inn progress however I have had the opportunity this week to play with some different techniques and I so loved the results I thought it was different enough to warrant a post.

I have been playing with the masks I bought at the craft show I went to with Mrs D and using different techniques to makes backgrounds and front pieces for my cards.

 Look out over the next couple of weeks as I will make all of these into finished projects however I think it is fun to see them in their raw state!

The tigerish peacock feathers mask is made using Gilding flakes, a double sided adhesive sheet and Iced snow.

The Black and white is again using an adhesive sheet and iced snow and midnight snow

The flat black and white is made using texture paste and iced snow and finally the brighter one is made using glitter! yes glitter however this is the polished silk glitter from Cosmic Shimmer and is amazing.  once polished it can be stamped on and is so mess free I think I may have to indulge in more colours (no Mrs Duck it wont be peel offs next!)

I hope you don't mind me indulging myself by showing my playing efforts I will show finished products when I have used these backgrounds so that is my defense!


Friday, 29 August 2014

Lavender 2'fer...

Happy Friday,

After the success of the original and scrap made cards of the last two days |I thought I would repeat the experiment however Today's card is the original you will have to tune in for Simple Sunday for the scrap made version!

This is still, however, a simple card.  I started by die cutting the frame using a set of A4 rectangular die I bought at the craft show with Mrs Duck a couple of weeks ago (visitors to her blog will already be familiar with these as she bought a set as well!)  I used three of the nesting rectangles 2 for the frame and one to make a nice embossed line within the frame.  These are offset at the bottom to give a wider border for the sentiment which Is one of the new singles stamps from Creative Expressions.

Next I die cut a background using the Sue Wilson Beveled glass striplet which I cut twice in plain cream card.  I foam mounted the back, then the panel, then the frame to make a simple card.  I added four daisies made using the Sue Wilson Delicate Daisies set to which I added a pearl to the centre.

I did think that the sentiment on this could be anything and would make a nice card idea for loads of occasions.

Sue Wilson Beveled Glass Striplet
Sue Wilson Delicate Daisies die
Creative Expressions singles sentiment stamp (part of a set with a floral stamp designed by Sue)
Cream & Lavender card.Pearls form stash.


Thursday, 28 August 2014

Using Scraps...

Happy Thursday,

Normally I try to avoid posting the same colours 2 days running as I don't think the ascetic on the blog is right however this was too good an opportunity to miss as today's (yes I know I sometimes write Toadys! lol) card is made entirely of the scraps left over from yesterdays card.  The main body is simply constructed using the pieces of pearlised card that I cut the ovals form for yesterdays creation!  The other pieces are either leftovers form that card or were cut using scrap pieces.  I wanted to show that not only can one card lead to another but that it is wise to keep all the spare pieces when you are creating because you never know what will come of them.

I started by simply foam layering each waste piece over the top of each other cutting a wider border on each subsequent layer.  The centre sentiment panel is foam mounted onto a spare oval and is the foam mounted the the back of the card.  This is something I am always doing as I love the differing levels.

I added a few more dots of the perfect pearls and some of the delicate daisies, this time I added bases cut using the whole petal set to offset the cream of the front.  The only addition, again cut using a scrap piece, was the filigree leaves which just set the whole piece off.

Interesting what you can make with scrap isn't it?

Spellbinders Mystical Embrace die
Spellbinders Elegant Ovals Die
Sue Wilson Delicate Daisies Die filigree & Solid petal sets
Sue Wilson Filigree leaves Die
Cream & Brown Pearlised Card
Ranger Perfect Pearls in Gold


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Bring on the Pearl...

Happy Wednesday,

Well what more can I say this is not bring on the pearls, there would be no point as I use them on virtually everything, but bring on the pearl..  What I am referring to is the beautiful Pearlised card I used to make this card.  I went crafty shopping (and to possibly arrange a class and demo) at Mrs Ducks local craft shop I saw this gorgeous pearlised card that they were selling in handy bundles of 5 sheets for a pound. Of course I bought a few packs and colours however it being me the first choice was the chocolate brown and beige.

This is the first card I have made with the cardstock and so I thought I should share it!

I started by cutting the largest die from Spellbindesrs Mystical Embrace in the chocolate card and mounted this, with foam tape of course, with cream then another layer of the brown.  Next I added a strip of a matching Grosgrain ribbon from my stash before layering alternate die cuts from spellbinders Elegant Ovals set in alternate colours.

The final layer was stamped with an old sentiment stamp and eat embossed using CE Gold detail embossing powder. I added a bow and a few of Wendy's hat pins (click the item in the ingredients list to see where to purchase these lovely hand made pins.

The card didn't look finished however so I grabbed my new Die Du Jour the Sue Wilson Delicate Daisies die set and cut a few of the edge daisies using the scraps of cream.  I finished the centres of these and the edges of the large die cut using ranger perfect Pearls in gold.

I really feel that the addition of the finishing touches makes this card.

Spellbinders Mystical Embrace die
Spellbinders Elegant Ovals Die
Sue Wilson Delicate Daisies Die
Cream & Brown Pearlised Card
Ranger Perfect Pearls in Gold
Wendy's Hit Pins