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Friday, 1 July 2016

glitter angel...

Happy Friday,

A simple Christmas Card today using the amazing new Festive Striplet from Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions.  Im not usually one for simple cards however I feel that the glitter on the backing of this just gives the impact that I like ( along with a large bow in the corner of course lol)

As the festive Die range has been launched, and excluding my Stamp and Christmas range launch next week, I thought it was time to return to Christmas Friday!  This means that I will post a Christmas Crad every Friday from now until the big event!  Hopefully over the next 6 months I can show you at least one Christmas card a week that I hope will everyones Christmas Mojo in gear!

I started this card by die cutting just the angel in bright white foundation card in the centre of a panel.  next I spray glued this to a sheet of heat emboss able acetate.  I then carefully, using the Cosmic Shimmer glue highlighter which comes with a small brush) painted glue on the reverse of the acetate in panels and added Pale Bronze cosmic shimmer polished silk glitter.  I repeated the process on the other panels and added sahara gold polished silk glitter.  Finally I added more glue on the detail of the Angel and added silver chrome in these spaces.

Once dry I simply mounted an embossed and die cut panel, embossed whilst in the die, over the top lining up the aperture that I cut with the outline form the same die set.

To finish the card I added a bow made with champagne wrinkle edges ribbon, some gold twine from my stash .  I tied Tim Holtz christmas Muse tokens at the ends of the gold twine and added a Creative Expressions metal button in the centre to hide the mess of knots!


Thursday, 30 June 2016

Festive Die Release 2016...

Happy Thursday,

I thought I should share some of the samples I have made using the fabulous new Festive die range designed by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions.

the first sample today is made using the Ornate Holly Framed Peace die along with the Bold Snowflake Flurry, two of my favourites form the die launch ( although its hard to choose as one of my blog family said all of them are her favourites!)  There is also a little sneak peak in here as the stamp is form my new Christmas Range which I will be sneak peaking form Monday next week!

I stared by making the background using the Midnight Blue, Purple Violet and silver shine pixie powders.  The technique for this is one I am currently work shopping so I don't want to give too much away!  I added Silver Moon gilding flakes and some of the little snowflakes that come in the set.  There is even a little diamond snow in there as well ( talk about throwing everything at something!)  I will be demoing this very soon and am planning my first new Video on this one!

I stared by cutting a piece of watercolour card to which I had added the midnight blue and Purple violet pixie powders to with the largest snowflake in the bold snowflake set.  I covered it in spare glue and added diamond snow highlight the detail.  I cut the next size false in bright white card and the final one in a scrap of the pixie powdered piece.  I stacked these with mounting cushion and added stick on diamante ( form the wedding collection from Craft Consortium)  at the points and in the centre.

I added this to the edge of the frame I made with the pierced background rectangles cut in bright white.  I stamped the sentiment in jet black archival ink ( wait till Monday to find out which set this is from lol) on more of the pixie powder paper and cut it with the medium pierced flags die.
Next I cut the Ornate holly framed piece die in bright white foundation card, sprayed it with glue and added more of the diamond snow.  I cut the largest oval in the set in the pixie powder paper then the smaller oval in bright white.  I stacked these with Mounting Cushion and added some more of the diamante to accent the sentiment.

I made up the card as shown using Bright white and black to allow the background and focus element to be framed.

I hope you have enjoyed the amazing samples Sue Wilson has shown over the last few days showcasing this beautiful new collection of Dies.

More Tomorrow,


Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Pastel Polish...

Happy Wednesday,

It seems its the week for new releases form Creative Expressions with the stunning new festive collection from Sue Wilson, if you missed any of the beautiful samples view Sue's blog HERE.  I will be showcasing some of the samples I have made using the from Tomorrow and Monday brings the start of the Sneak Peaks for may new Christmas Ranges!  However back to today and its another new release and as the blog title suggests its all about the new collection of Pastel colours added to the Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Gilding Polish!

I have, of course, made a card to highlight three of these shades and have added a few more pictures of some of the colours.

Shown here are the Blossom, Powder Blue and Enchanted gold and I have to say that the colours in real life are not as bright as shown the flash just kept wanting to go off with the amount of shine in these.

I have used to polish to colour MDF ribbon spools, MDF Ovals, Seam Binding as well as the pearl section of the stick pins!

The full colour range is:
Enchanted Gold
Powder Blue
Fern Green

Back to todays card and it is all made with bright white foundation card and the polish!  I stared by colouring a piece of card using the Powder blue, Lavender and the blossom gilding polishes.  I then simply cut the background pieces ( using the Double pierced background rectangles set)  I the  added panel cut in bright white using the Belgian collection background.  The centre panel is embossed velum coloured with the powder blue polish!

I cut the flowers form the waste using the equisite poppies set and added the centre panel, stamped in watering can with a sentiment from my Larkspur sentiment set, across the middle.  I made up the flowers to look more like Iris's and added bows of blue and lilac to match.

I have added a few more picture so you can get an Idea of how to put this together!


Tuesday, 28 June 2016

A Fancy Fan...

Happy Tuesday,

I thought I had shared this card with you all however after a look through my blog for the last 3 months I cant find it.  Therefore I apologise if you have seen this already!

This was one of the first cards I made with the double pierced oval dies designed by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions.  As I am sure you know I have a soft spot for Ovals ( still loving the Austrian Collection!)   I love the way that this set will match with previous Oval sets released by Sue but this in perfectly, as used here, with the Geneva die from the Swiss Collection.

I teamed frames form the double pierced cut in varying sizes in periwinkle and coconut white and the dies in the geneva set.  The large band of piercing comes from the Geneva set which has this large oval with the random pierced elements around it.

The main feature of this card is the fan on the base which is the easiest part!

To make the fan I simply cut the larger die from the ornamental accents die ( from the configurations collection) in coconut white. I the cut just the outline form periwinkle and added the two together.  I repeated this until I had 5 of the fan shapes and then 'hooked' them together to make the fan effect. This happens quite easily honest!

Tons of pearls and pearl strips, a set of messy bows in silky crush white and bluebird thin satin ribbon to embellish.  Next I made this into a large ( almost A4 in size I'm afraid) with an embossed layer and a few mats and layers.

A complex looking card that is worth the effort!


Monday, 27 June 2016

Blue Lattice...

Happy Monday,

One of my favourite cards using the Lattice Background die that I love so much!

I cut the lattice section twice, once in periwinkle and once again in bright white foundation card.  I then offset these to make the argyle pattern and added a frame, using the stitched rectangles in the set, in the bright white.

Next I cut the gillian die in white and backed it with blue studding it with pearls.  I cut the lace edged leaves and added these before adding the requisite poppies.  For the poppies I cut each size die rice and edged them with Frosted Sky colour cloud blending ink with a mini smoothie.  I shed the petals and made up the flowers using different sized petals for each flowers.  I cut the centres, coloured them with the same colour cloud and shed these before adding them in the centre with a pearl.

I embossed a large panel with the floral brocade embossing folder and highlighted the embossing with Pearl Lustre metallic gilding polish.  A few more layers of whiote and periwinkle, pearl corners and stick on pearls and finished.


Sunday, 26 June 2016

More Kitchen Foil...

Happy Sunday,

Another show sample today this one using a variation of the Kitchen Foli technique I came up with a couple of months ago.  This time I embossed the foil covered card ( just Kitchen Foil spray glued to foundation car) and rubbed Jet Black Archival ink over the surface.  Next I added matt clear embossing powder and heat set this to make the tarnished metal look shown here.


Saturday, 25 June 2016

Something Different Saturday...

Happy Saturday,

There are probably far too many pictures on todays post but I got a bit camera happy with this box.  I made this box for my let lockers loose show to highlight a different technique with gilding fakes and I have to admit I love how it has come out.

I stared by covering all the parts of the MDF treasure box using fake and glitter glue and cut n dry foam.  I left the glue for about 5 minutes to make the glue key to the surface.  It takes a little bit longer on MDF to go off but the best way to tell is that the glue goes clear form a blueish colour.

Next I added Verdigris gilding flakes form Cosmic Shimmer and smoothed off the excess with Rubit Scrubit.

Next I covered the other side of each of the pieces then glued the box together using Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue ( its great that the same glue I use for papercxrafts works just as well for MDF)  Once together I used the flake and glitter highlighter to add gilding flakes to the edges that join the box.

I then added the metal corners from Creative Expressions again using cosmic shimmer glue.

I used some of the metal leaf embellishments in the centre.  I then added gold silk roses and threaded some of the small metallic linx in gold around the centrepiece.

I hope you don't mind all these pictures!