Monday, 20 October 2014

A Beige Monday...

Happy Monday,

Well it is getting a little greyer outside so I thought a nice homespun stamped design in my second favourite colour combination of Cream, Taupe and Beige might lighten it up a bit!

I started by stamping the country cottage stamp to die for by Sue Wilson in black archival ink onto taupe card then cut it out using the matching die from the French collection Burgundy set.  Next I left the stamped image in the die and using Distress inks in Tea Dye, Antique Linen & Scattered Straw i coloured the image.

I started by colouring the image with the lightest colour first, using cut n dry foam, and worked back to the darkest shade of Tea Dye as the last colour added sparingly from all sides.

I mounted the cut and coloured piece onto a sheet of taupe foundation acrd then cut the largest die from the Auvergne set using the smaller die to create a frame.  I foam mounted this over the stamped image.  Next I cut an aperture using the largest die from the same die set in black card and foam mounted this over the image.  Finally I cut a further aperture into a piece of Milk coloured card and mounted this.

I added the whole piece to a piece of the taupe embossed with the A4 rows of bows embossing folder which I inked again using the tea dye distress ink.

Finally I added the final image to a couple of layers of Kraft and black and added a few inked die cut flowers ( double layered) from Sues Faux Quilled flowers along with the matching foliage. I used ranger Perfect Pearls in graphite for the centre of the flowers and added a few dots to frame the card.

Country Cottage stamp to die for
Sue Wilson's dies
Faux Quilled Flowers
Faux Quilled Leaves
Distress Ink in Tea Dye, Antique Linen & Scattered Straw.
Taupe, Black and Kraft Foundation Card.


Sunday, 19 October 2014

Simple Sunday... distressed flowers

Happy Sunday,

Today's card is relatively simple although It probably doesn't look it however I ma still using the samples I made so here goes...

 There are just 2 simple techniques on this card distressing and die cutting (I am obviously ignoring the stamping and colouring!)

I stamped the image Scenic View stamp to die for by Creative Expressions in perfect medium then embossed it with Detail Black embossing powder.  This allows you to ink over the image and the embossed areas will resist the ink.  I coloured it using a selection of distress inks masking off the different areas using a post it note.

To make the card base I simply ran a piece of Milk foundation card through the Daisy Tiers embossing folder and inked the resultant piece using Forest moss and shaded lilac distress inks.  I covered the whole piece in the lighter shade then added the darker green on top I then intensified the lilac colour by adding more colour in selected areas.

I then cut an aperture in the card base using the plain large shape form Sue's Auvergne die set and cut a navy frame using the die set to frame the image.  The stamped image was foam mounted under the pareture and the frame was simply glued, using cosmic shimmer dries clear glue, over this.

I then cut 2 of each size of the Delicate Daisies full petal dies from a sheet of milk card onto which I had added the 2 colours of distress ink randomly over.  This technique gives a lovely shaded yet random look. I mounted the two cuts in each size together and pinched the leaves to give the flowers a 3D look.

Finally I cut some of the Curled Vines in the scarps of the distressed card and made a spray of the vines and flowers around the edge of the frame.  A few stick on gems and hatpins from my stash and completed.

Scenic View Stamp to Die for
Sue Wilson's Dies
Delicate Daisies full petals
Curled Vines
French Collection Auvergne Die Set
Creative Expressions Daisy Tiers A4 embossing folder
Distress Inks
Detail Black Embossing Powder

Yesterday (Saturday) I popped into Daisies Jewels and crafts as Julia Watts was giving a demonstration and I have a workshop there on the 22nd November.  I was there to talk over what I will be doing in the workshop and to agree to give a demonstration in the afternoon.  It was great to have 5 minutes to catch up with Julia as well as to meet some of the lovely ladies who were in attendance.  Wendy (the owner) informed me that one of her Customers Jane is an avid follower of my blog I did get to say hello to Jane however didn't have time for a chat!  Sorry Jane I am sure we will have chance in November!


Saturday, 18 October 2014

Second Demo, Bue of course...

Happy Saturday,

Well I am classing this as a something different as I did demo this on Thursday's TV shows so this will have to do as something different.  Hopefully a lot of you were able to catch me demoing this however Its always nice to see the finished product in close up along with the full ingredient List.

There is however a technique on this original sample that I didn't demo as a last minute change meant that the product wasn't available on the show.  Therefore I quickly changed the centre panel that holds the stamped image and the flowers to an embossed one.

This original is made using a That Special Touch mask and the beautiful Aurora Texture pastes which adds a stunning shine to your projects and creates a lovely level of texture and dimension.  I am hoping to have these products available on my first Solo show (more about that later) so I thought you would like to see the original card in all its er... glory.

I am hoping to demo this in November because the good news is that I have been talking and planning through my next C&C shows today (no rest for the wicked) I can confirm that I will be appearing again so I can't of been that much of a rabbit in the headlights as I thought!

Therefore as those of you who were able to tune in on Thursday saw most of this card made on air and hopefully in early November (date to be confirmed) I will demo the background its just an ingredient list today!

Dandelion Meadow Stamp to Die for
Cosmic Shimmer Detail Black embossing powder
Sue Wilson's Dies
Delicate Daisies
Austrian Collection Innsbruck
Distress Ink, Stormy Sky, Broken China & Tumbled Glass
That Special Touch Counterpane Mask
Cosmic Shimmer Aurora Texture Paste
Creative Expressions Sea Garden A4 embossing Folder
Foundation card in Duck Egg and Milk.


Friday, 17 October 2014

Christmas Birthday....

Happy Friday,

Sorry today's post is late, I was intending to finish off some of my blog posts whilst in the green room yesterday however in all the excitement and nerves I kinda forgot to finish today's!  Firstly thank you to everyone who tuned in and emailed me or the show It was wonderful to feel such support and friendship from my blog family.  I loved the whole experience and had a wonderful day although was a little unnerving when late last night Mr Next Door put the computer on and played one of the shows while we were eating a late take away!

Another card from Yesterdays shows and whilst this is not strictly a Christmas card, so shouldn't be on a Christmas Friday, it is designed especially for those people who have a December Birthday so It has a Christmasy feel!  This card uses the same technique as I demoed in my first show with Sue however this time I have used the Snowflake lattice and detail white embossing powder on the debased side of the card.  I love this technique!!

This is quite a deceptively simple card as the work is all done by the embossing folder, the stamp and the detail white embossing powder from cosmic Shimmer.  The bow is tied using the striped Grosgrain ribbon with the white tulle added over the top before tying the double bow.  It makes a large knot and takes some tying but its worth the effort to give a different looking bow.

It's really only in this picture that you can see that the colours are Navy and White, I'm sure on most peoples PC's it will look black and white.

The tag is cut with one of the shaped dies form the French Collection set Burgundy I have simply clipped off the top, bottom and the rounded edges to give a different interesting shape.


Scenic View stamp to die for
Creative Expressions Embossing Folder Snowflake lattice
Sue Wilson's Dies
Cosmic Shimmer Detail White embossing Powder
Blue Stripe Grosgrain Ribbon


Thursday, 16 October 2014

Todays the Day Sneak Peak...

Happy Thursday,

Well today's the day my first TV appearance on Create and Craft!  Hopefully it won't be the last lol  I will be appearing with the legendary Sue Wilson in her One Day Wonder shows at 4pm and 7pm.  The plan is that I will share the demo's so should be doing a demo in each hour, just in case I have prepped about 6 as I like to be prepared lol.

Today's card is a sneak peak of the new embossing folders that will be launched on the show as well as the Stamps to die for that match the second release of Sue's own range of dies!

For this sample I have used the new Creative Expressions A4 embossing folder Knotted Trellis however I have used a new technique (for me anyways I'm sure others have used this before!) What I did was to run Perfect Medium  over the debossed side of the card and emboss it with Detail Clear embossing powder.  This, to me at least, looks like a glazed tile.  To show the different Effects available I mounted the tile like piece on to a piece showing the embossed side which I coloured using Broken China Distress Ink.

I have planned a demo for this card and technique for the show so hopefully those of you who tune in will be able to watch me make this!

Therefore I haven't written a description of this one just the ingredients list!

Creative Expressions Knotted Trellis Embossing Folder
Sue Wilson's French Collection Borders and Tags die set
Detail Clear Embossing Powder
Foundation card in Navy, Duck egg and Vintage Silver
CE Friends Sentiments stamp set

It would be great if you could tune in and email in to the show!  Sue will be on from 8am so join her for breakfast and I'll see you at teatime...


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Creative Wednesday...

Happy Wednesday,

Once again its my day for the Creative Expressions design team, seems to come round every week, and it's worth popping over to the Creative Epressions blog as we have three new members of the design team so here's the chance to see some new takes on the fantastic range of Products!

This month we were asked to use the new single and frame stamps shown by Julia Watts last month and I really love this Curled Frame stamp with a beautiful sentiment.

I started by stamping the image onto a pale blue card using a navy ink pad which I then heat embossed using Cosmic Shimmer detail clear embossing powder.  I then added a few dots of cosmic shimmer ivory PVA glue dots to the circles handily provided on the frame.

I then matted this onto a piece of navy card then coconut white.  Next I embossed a piece of the pale blue card using the Sea Garden A4 embossing Folder which I inked using broken china Distress Ink.

I matted this onto another piece of the navy and added a strip of ribbon down the left hand side.

This whole piece, before being finished off was then added to a large 20 x 2o piece of coconut white card with a small, 21.5cm x 21.5cm, mat.  To finish the card I die cut a couple of the butterflies, in more coconut white, using the dies form Sues Magical Butterflies die set. I also added a coupe f the Grand Vinery dies cuts, again in the white peeping cut form the stamped image.

Finally the card was dressed with Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue which I used to make different sized dots, used as the bodies on the butterflies as well as to add some decorative edges in alternate corners.

Creative Expressions Curled frame single stamp.
Sue Wilson's Dies
Grand Vinery
Magical Butterflies
Creative Expressions Sea Garden Embossing Folder
Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA & Detail Clear embossing Powder


& Don't forget pop over to the CE blog HERE and leave a comment if you've got time!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Keeping It simple...

Happy Tuesday,

Today's card is a very simple affair that shows off the beauty of Sue's finishing touches Magical Butterflies set.  The set cuts the intricate butterflies but also, on some of these, cuts a separate border making placement within the apertures nice as a small section of the background shows through.

I started therefore by Die cutting a series of three butterflies in a line from Blush Foundation card.  I then die cut the same three from grey foundation card to give  a strong contrast.  It was only after starting this colour combination I realised how 1980's Terence Conran it was! lol.

I foam mounted the blush piece over a piece of coconut card that I had embossed using the Creative Expressions A4 Sea Garden embossing folder.  I added a thin mat of the grey then placed the grey butterflies inside the apertures.  To give dimension I glued these along the bodies only so that I could fold out the wings.  To make the bodies I added a few dots of Pearl PVA glue dots.

I embossed another full sheet of the blush using the same sea garden folder and mounted the front piece on top again with a grey mat to balance the design.  At this stage the card looked simple, however it also looked unfinished so i grabbed another piece of blush and made one of Sue Wilson's pierced borders, again edged in grey.

The sentiment is simply stamped in Grey Ink onto a waste piece of the embossed blush card cut with the smallest die form the French Collection Auvergne with a edge of grey cut with the plain die shape from the French Collection Burgundy die set.

A very clean and simple looking card in a colour combination, whilst still looking a little 1980's habitat to me, that I really like.

Sue Wilson's Dies
Magical Butterflies
Creative Expressions A$ Sea Garden Embossing Folder
Creative Expressions Sentiment Stamp
Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA
Blush & Grey Foundation Card