Sunday, 31 January 2016

CE Sunday...

Happy Sunday,

I'm hoping that this card isn't a taste of things to come with snowflakes everywhere!  however I did think they are appropriate for a February birthday as the chances are usually pretty high!

I started by spreading polar white sparkle texture paste through the snowflake flurry mask onto acetate ( yes I do seem to have used a lot of acetate so far this year).  I waited for this to dry and then cut an oval aperture using some of the Creative Expressions festive dies.  I added a thin border around to neaten the edges made using more ovals from the festive die range.

I added this to a frame cut in coconut white with the double pierced squares range of dies by creative Expressions.  I then foam mounted this onto a cobalt piece which I had spread more of the polar white sparkle texture paste this time through the wavy mask.  This, to me, creates a really pleasing background of the different patterns in white over the blue.

 I added the sentiment from my winters child clear stamp set stamped onto a layer of the pierced flags die cut.  I made up a flower in felt ( sorry Mrs D) using the classic folder flower die and added this with a black and natural jute bow.

Finally I added a couple of stick pins  I had made and added the spray to the side of the card.  a few layers, well I do like my layers, and card finished.

To see what the rest of the design team have come up with this week or month then click HERE


Saturday, 30 January 2016

Mondays child differently...

Happy Saturday,

Well I do like to mix things up a bit so this weeks something different is an MDF tag.  I did this piece for a workshop with Gloria and the lovely ladies of Diss.  I started by covering one of the CE MDF Tags in white crackle decoupage paper from Craft Consortium using Cosmic Shimmer Matt glue and seal.  I didn't seal over the top as with these papers you don't need to, if using other brands of Decoupage paper you may need to add a seal over the top so that the stamping and embossing has a surface to cling to.

Next I stamped the Mondays Child poem form my clear stamp set of the same name, onto the tag using perfect medium and heat set it using CS detail white embossing powder.  I then stamped the snowflakes and stars from my snowdrops set in black archival around the left hand side.  I added dots of cosmic white dimensional PVA on some of the snowflakes and stars to add texture.

Finally, I stamped the shaded camellia stamps and cut them out with the matching Sue Wilson dies.  I added these around the bottom right and rubbed pewter gilding wax over the sides and edges before adding a tie of white seam binding.

A little dark but in real life there is a soft white and silver shine, honest!

Card Size: Tag
Colours: White, Black & Silver
Stamps: JL Mondays child & Snowdrop elements
Embossing:Detail white embossing powder
Inks: Perfect Medium, CS True White detail embossing powder
Embellishments: None


For any of my stamp sets please Click HERE 

Friday, 29 January 2016

Its all black and white...

Happy Friday...

Something simpler today again however more striking in Black and White ( with a bit of silver)  This was one of the samples for my Hochanda shows last week using one of my fave combinations of dies and matching stamps the Tuscany and the venetian spirals stamp.

I stamped the image using perfect medium onto vellum  and heat set it with detail silver embossing powder.  I cut the tuscany die in white using the second die in the set to make this into a frame.  I then inset the vellum to this and added a shadow mat in black by cutting just the outline die in the set.

Net I stamped the camellia shaded stamps to die for again in perfect medium and silver detail embossing powder onto vellum.  I cut these out with the matching die set, shaped them and added 2 of each size together with a black stick on pearl in the centre.

I added these around the bottom right with a double bow of black satin thin ribbon.  I also used a scary of three smaller flowers after the sentiment stamped on the white layer of the card.  A layer of black and a hand cut card blank and finished!


Card Size: 14 x 16cm
Colours: Coconut White, Black & vellum
Dies: Tuscany die set, camellia complete petals
Stamps: Venetian Spirals, shaded camellia stamps
Inks: Perfect Medium, CS Silver Shine detail embossing powder
Embellishments: None

For any of my stamp sets please Click HERE for Julia Watts Crafts website

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Daisy Simple...

Happy Thursday,

Here's a closer look at one of my samples from my shows on Hochanda last week!  It does feature one of my favourite striplet stamps the Daisy Striplet.

I started by making the background, to do this I placed drops of Acrylic drawing ink onto white gloss card.  I then, using a cotton wool pad, dabbed at the ink to make a textured background to look like a coloured granite.  Where the drops of ink are then darker veins are apparent with lighter texture around them.

Next I heat embossed the daisy striplet onto the heat resistant acetate.  I then made a frame using the outline die from the bevelled glass striplet set.  I foam mounted this over the acetate and added more foam tape before mounting this onto a square layer of coconut white onto which I had stamps the sentiment, from my daffodil elements clear stamp set for Creative Expressions.

I finished the card using a few layers of sky blue and white to make the finished card.

Julia Watts is continuing her One Day Special on Hochanda today at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and last chance at 7pm.

Card Size: 21 x 21 cm
Colours: Coconut White, Heat emboss acetate, white gloss card
Stamps: JL Daisy Striplet
Inks: Perfect Medium, CS True White detail embossing powder
Embellishments: None

For any of my stamp sets please Click HERE for Julia Watts Crafts website

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Its all about...the bow...

Happy Wednesday,

Well the title says it all I actually made this bow first and then needed a card to show it off!  I know that large bows split opinion right down the middle but IMHO there is a place for them, even if you have to invent the card to hold it.  Despite the size of the flourish on this card it is a small card and could easily be adapted without the bow.

I stated by tying a double bow of silky crush ribbon in champagne.  I then twisted 2 of the pearl sprays around the know and added small pearl embellishment in the centre.  Next I cut a had made card blank, in hammered cardstock to 14cm x 16cm and added matts of vintage gold and white.  Next I cut 2 frames, one in gold and one in coconut white from the Tessa die using the inner, outer and filigree dies in the set.  I flat mounted these offset to create a shadowed frame.

I stamped the sentiment, from my Camellia ring elements clear stamp set for Creative Expressions, in black archival in the centre of a mat of coconut white.  I added a thin layer of vintage gold and tied a strip of the silky crush ribbon to the top of these layers.  I then added the frames, threading the ribbon over and under the frame.

Finally I added the bow and stuck down the frame set with foam tape to add a little dimension.  A few stick on pearls around the frame and a simple yet expansive is finished.

Julia Watts is launching the One Day Special on Hochanda this evening don't forget to tune in at 8pm to catch her wonderful tips and techniques!

Card Size: 14 x 16 cm
Colours: Coconut White, Vintage GoldFoundation card
Dies: Tessa Frames and tags
Stamps: JL Camellia Ring Elements
Inks: Jet Black Archival
Embellishments: 5mm white stick on Pearls, small Pearl Embellishment, Pearl Sprays, Champagne Silky Crush Ribbon

For any of my stamp sets please Click HERE for Julia Watts Crafts website


Tuesday, 26 January 2016

More time for Teal...

Happy Tuesday,

Today's card is one of the demos from my Hochanda shows last week however you may not have seen the demo yet!?!  Whilst there I filmed a pre-record show that can be repeated and this this is one of the 2 demos I did on that show.  so if you missed the original live shows you may still get a chance to catch this one being made in a repeat.

This is s deceptively simple card to make, honest, I stared by stamping the delicate deco stamp to die for in perfect medium onto teal card then embossed it with Cosmic Shimmer true White detail embossing powder.  I repeated this until I had three copies of the image.

Next I cut out the stamped images using the largest and smallest dies in the Herald square die set making three decorated frames.  I simply mounted these together in a row and threaded the white seem binding through in a similar fashion to a buckle card and added a bow in the centre

Hopefully an effective yet simple card dressed up for a lady or left plain for the gents?


Monday, 25 January 2016

Shaded pansies...

Happy Monday,

I have had a few questions about The Creative ExpressionsBearded Pansy die designed by Sue Wilson and how to use it.  I was asked a few times at my demo at the Newbury paper show on Saturday so I made these flowers to demonstrate how they can look.  I thought it would be nice to work these into a card and so this is what I came up with.

I stated by using Indigo Mist and Lilac Whisper colour cloud to make a Bokah background using the mini smoothies to make circles of the colours over a piece of white card.  Next I placed the outline die over this piece and taped them down to places where the colours seemed to fit.  After cutting I cut the outline and the detail, die from Coconut White foundation card and shaded through the dies using the same 2 colours to give the effect of the shaded petals as shown.  Next I simply glued these together to give the white outlines and the shade petals.

I then stamped the orange blossom leaves stamps to die for in indigo mist colour cloud and cut them out with the matching die.  I then shaded the foliage with the lilac whisper colour cloud then shaped the leaves.

To make up the card  I cut the background die from the Cathedral background die and cut this in the middle.  I then adhered each piece to a square of wisteria foundation card to make a square.  I stamped the sentiment from my Mondays child clear stamp set, in blue violet archival ink onto coconut white card.  I cut this out using the decorative frames form the Italian collection.  I shaded through the die, and round the sentiment, using more of the lilac whisper and mounted this onto a circle of wisteria card.  I then arranged the pansies around the bottom left of this frame adding the foliage which I had cut into sprigs so that I could tuck these between the flowers.

I made up the card using wisteria and coconut white card using the double pierced squares.  I embossed the back panel, whilst in the die, with the leafy quad embossing folder and added pearl moon gilding wax to add some shine.

Card Size: 21 x 21 cm
Colours: Coconut White, Wisteria Foundation card
Dies: Italian decorative Frames, Bearded Pansies, Orange Blossom,  Leaves, Cathedral Background, Double Pierced Squares
Stamps: JL Mondays Child
Embossing: Leafy Quad
Inks: CS Colour Cloud blending Ink - Lilac Whisper & Indigo Mist, Blue Violet Archival Ink.


Sunday, 24 January 2016

Creative Sunday...

Happy Sunady,

I had a fabulous day yesterday at the Newbury paper crafts show thanx especially to Wendy and Janyne for organising the show I hope all those in attendance enjoyed themselves as much as I did!

back to today and once again its time for my design team inspiration for the Creative Expressions design team.  Just a reminder but we are working this month with our own personal favourites from last years DT packs and I chose my fave die the Lisbon and colour Periwinkle !

I stated this by cutting a repeating background using the filigree section from the eternal rings triplet die. I demoed the technique for repeating a day like this on a Hochanda last week so hopefully you were able to catch this.  If not it is a simple technique to achieve you cut the first panel and then slide the die along so that the beginning of the panel fits into the last area cut in the die. You keep doing this until you have a panel as long as you want with all the interlocking circles .

I attached this using double sided adhesive sheet stuck to another piece of coconut white card and in the spaces, where the adhesive is exposed, I added Periwinkle polished silk glitter. This technique gives this beautiful glittery yet soft velvet feel background.  I then used PVA dimensional glue in Phil Martin's decadent denim to place pearl dots in the centre of each ring.
 Next I cut the filigree frame in coconut white card using the outside die (the filigree section) and the next die in the Lisbon set, in my calculation is die 1, 2 and three. I then cooked a frame using just dies one and three in more of the card stock covered with a double sided adhesive sheet.  I peeled off the backing and added the filigree frame over the top and again filled the exposed area with polished silver glitter.

I stamped the sentiment, from my Monday's child clear stamp set for creative expressions, in watering can archival Ink. I selected the Sunday's child tag who is Bonnie and Blythe according to the old poem, As I felt this was appropriate for a card to be published on a Sunday.

To finish the card I made up some of the camellias using Sue Wilsons camellia complete petal dies and added white PVA in the centre .  There is a thin double sided satin ribbon bow in silver which finishes off The design. To mount the card I ran double sided adhesive tape around a larger square and added more of the periwinkle polished silver glitter to balance.  A few layers of white and vintage silver and a 21 x 21 cm card is complete.

 If you would like to see what the rest of the team has come up with this months using their favourites from 2015's range of products then click HERE.


Saturday, 23 January 2016

Something Different Saturday...

Happy Saturday,

I hope you all enjoyed yesterdays shows sorry about the coughing lol!  Im at the Newbury paper crafts show today from 10am to 4pm at Newbury Racecourse on the Art of Craft stand with the lovely Jayne and Penny.  If you are in the area this is a great show with loads of demos and make and takes etc great for a cold Saturday!

  Todays something different really is different for me as I don't get the chance to do a lot of altered art!  This was a project made for the Craft Clearance website and I got the chance to play with some brilliant retro stock such as this nestling album and matching bling from Want to Scrap.

I mixed this project with Cosmic Shimmer and tried a few new things just to see if they worked.  This whole book is covered with a combination of shimmer paint and Sparkle Texture paste.  I stared by covering the pre-cut book cover of cogs with silver shimmer paint, whilst wet i stippled over midnight sparkle texture paste.  To add some difference and more texture I then stippled over silver moon sparkle texture paste.  I used the two colours to create light and saved and give the impression of age.

Next I added the matching rhinestone bling on some of the cogs and in the centres.and embossed one of the nesting shoes, uncoloured, with the fine finials 5 x 7 embossing folder.  I then rubbed over some pewter gilding wax in a heavy handed manner so that it appeared tarnished.  I added my initials on the edge and some old CE metal embellishments I have had for an age.

For the background i cut a piece of black card to the same size and embossed it with the linen 8 x 8 embossing folder then covered this with more of the heavy handed pewter gilding wax.

Finally IU used the jump rings that come with the book and added bakers twine and organza ribbon tied to these along with a few more metal keys etc.

All the ingredients used are available on the Craft Clearance website along with a short video introduction to this project (and a few others) by me!


Friday, 22 January 2016

Feeling Regal...

Happy Friday,

Don't forget Im back on Hochanda today at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and last chance at 7pm.  Today's card, which in my opinion has a really regal feel to it, is one of today's demo cards so tune in to see how I have done this one!

The background is stamped onto acetate in black archival using my daffodil Burst triplet stamp.  I then used red blaze and Egyptian gold gilding flakes on the background to create the swirl.  The glazed tile effect is made by stamping the glazed tile stamp to die for in red blaze gilding flakes and cutting it out with the matching Kefalonia die.

Card Size: 21 x 21 cm
Colours: Coconut White, Black Foundation card
Dies: Kefalonia, Trailing Ivy, Bevelled Glass striplet, 
Stamps: JL Daffodil Burst
Embossing: None
Inks: CS Flake & Glitter Glue

To see how this card was made tune in I will however do a tutorial on this card later in the month as I have a couple of cards in my mind that will use this technique.


Thursday, 21 January 2016

More Shows...

Happy Thursday,

Don't forget I have shows today on Hochanda, I will be launching the one day special at 8 PM tonight. For the show I have selected a beautiful range of stamps to die for along with the matching dies from the range designed by Sue Wilson for creative Expressions.

I was able to select some of my favourite dies and matching stamps for the show and so have hopefully come up with some lovely demos and techniques to share with everyone.

I'm showing two cards today which should hopefully give you some ideas of the Demonstrations that I will be doing over the course of tonight.  The shows continue throughout tomorrow  at 9 AM, 12 PM, 4 PM and last chance at 7 PM it would be great if you tune in and say hi if you get chance.

 Both of these cards will eventually get a day on the blo with instructions however to see how these were made tune into one of the shows.

Back tomorrow with another sneak peak.


Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Keeping it simple...

Happy Wednesday,

I promised that this card, from my stamp release in December, Would have it's day on the blog and I thought today would be perfect. The reason is that I am busy preparing for the launch of the stamps to die for one day special on Hochanda which starts tomorrow night at 8 PM.

 I will be sharing samples, demos and techniques using some of my favourite Sue Wilson dies and stamps to die for. The launch is at 8 PM tomorrow night (Thursday) and continues throughout Friday.

Back to today and although this is a simple card I do feel that the rainbow of colours is really effective. I started by stamping the happy birthday tag from my pierced tag sentiments clear stamp set in black archival ink onto Coconut White foundation card. I then cut these out by hand around the stamped image, as you can see from the picture the stamp has shading dots all-around which add interest to the tag as well as giving them an antique look.  With the right shade of colour cloud these could be made to look old and distressed!

I then selected a rainbow of six colours of colour cloud blending Ink and gently shaded each of the tags, concentrating on getting a darker shade around each edge, fading to pale in the middle around the happy birthday. I punched a hole in each tag and arranged them in the following order along a piece of thing double sided satin ribbon in black, lilac whisper, clear the fresh grass, Lemon Moran, Baked Peach, and crimson kiss. I added to these to a piece of white card edged in black and taped the ends of the ribbon to each side.

 I then arranged each of the tax overlapping each other so that the colours went through all the colours of the rainbow. I finished with a hands tied bow on each end and added a further mat of white and black. I feel the card works best portrait style however it can be used landscape.

Back tomorrow with a sneak peak of the shows.

Card Size: A5 (UK Size 14.5 x 21cm)
Colours: Coconut White, Black Foundation card
Stamps: JL Pierced tags
Embossing: None
Cosmic Shimmer: Colour Cloud Blending ink- Crimson Kiss, Baked Peach, Lemon meringue, fresh grass, clear day, lilac whisper.


Tuesday, 19 January 2016

More Masking...

Happy Tuesday,

I thought you might like to see a close up of this card as it didn't get any time on Hochanda at the weekend!  I had prepared this as a demo however a last minute change in the items meant we didn't have this mask to show!

Lots of people have asked how to use this technique of using sparkle texture paste onto acetate. Therefore I hope you were able to catch the demo on Sundays shows.  This works really well if you're using two different masks.

I started by spreading Phill Martin's Frosted Mink sparkle texture paste through the mask onto acetate ( I use heat emboss acetate to answer a question, you don't need this but I prefer to use one that will work for everything so its easy lol)  I allowed this to dry for a couple of hours then I cut a small frame using the 2 smallest dies in Sue Wilson's double pierced squares.  I then used the smaller die from the set to cut an aperture in the acetate to make a window.

I then placed the smaller frame around the aperture and used a larger frame I had to around the outside of the acetate. Next I embossed the same mask onto another piece of taupe foundation card and shaded this with frosty mink coloure cloud blending Ink. I mounted the acetate above the embossed panel and then mounted this on a card blank made from layers of taupe and Chestnut foundation card.

To decorate the front I then stamped the sentiment, from my pierced tags clear Stamp set, in Coco archival ink before cutting this out and making this into a tag with some string. This was all framed around the smaller frame on the bottom left of the card to focus attention on the Centre Square.

Hopefully you can get a sense of what I did from the pictures as well as my description I love this technique of the sparkle texture paste on acetate as it really shows the difference in the colours and makes quite a subtle card yet one that pops.


Monday, 18 January 2016

Masks on Monday...

Happy Monday,

I hope you all enjoyed the Takeover at the weekend on Hochanda I know we did!  Here is a close up of the card I made up from the piece I made on my Mask show yesterday with my New* technique.  I say now as I haven't seen anyone do this before so its new to me lol.

I think it looks like enamel or Chinese cloisonne well that's what I thought of when this experiment came out like this.  I stated by using the A4 leaves mask over a sheet of CE heat restitent acetate and spread Copper Kettle texture paste through this to cover the area.  I left this to dry overnight however it should be dry in an hour or two.  Next I covered the uncovered area with Gold pearl texture paste using a smoothie.  This gives a cloudy effect to the background and you can use different colours together to create more effects!

I mounted this over a piece of milk card then added frame cut in Milk using Sue's double pierced rectangles for Creative Expressions.  This neatens the edges and frames the piece like a screen.

Next I added this to layers of ginger and milk adding the largest pierced rectangle toggle a faux pierced layer.

To finish I made up an orange blossom flowers using the 2 largest dies in the set and one of the matching leaves.  I coloured the edges of these with Natural Rosewood colour cloud and added a messy bow made from London Tan seam binding

Card Size: 16 x 21 cm
Colours: Milk & Ginger foundations card
Dies: Orange blossom complete petals & matching foliage
Cosmic Shimmer: Copper Kettle & Royal Gold texture paste
Mask: A4 autumn Leaves
Inks: Natural Rosewood Colour Cloud

I have added a close up of the texture paste background below!


Sunday, 17 January 2016

Ce Sunday...

Happy Sunday,

well the gang get thrown out of Hochanda tonight at 8pm so today is the last chance to see us takeover the channel!  Today I will be working with a fabulous range of masks and this also coincides with todays DT inspiration for Creative Expressions design team how lucky is that?

I will be demoing lots of different techniques with masks such as todays sparkle texture paste on acetate so tune in at 2pm to see how this technique is achieved.  I have also prepped a couple of demo cards so as well as showing lots of different things to do with make I will still be trying to finish some cards.  I hacv come up with a new ( well to me anyway) technique using masks, acetate and texture paste so that should be fun hope it works!

Back to today's DT project and I made this especially s I have daffodils blooming o my kitchen windowsil ( in a planter of course) that I have grown from blue.  This card reminds me of the view out the window as the daffodils are blooming as the snow is falling!

I started by stamping the main element from my daffodil elements clear stamp set for Creative Expressions in perfect medium onto acetate.  I then heat embossed the image using cosmic Shimmer detail what embossing powder.  I then rubbed lemon meringue colour cloud over the top and rubbed off the excess so there is just a hint of yellow.

For the bakcground I spears polar white sparkle texture paste through the snowflake flurry mask onto acetate and arranged this behind the daffodils.  I placed this image behind a frame of coconut white foundation card made with the double pierced rectangles and added a strip and bow of ribbon before finally adding a tag stamped with my pierced tags clear stamp set  and the with love sentiment.

To see what other stunning inspiration the design team have come up with this week, or this month so far, click HERE.