Monday, 31 October 2016

Blue Monday Deco...

Happy Monday,

First I must admit that I forgot to mention in yesterdays post that the idea of Framing the card was Mrs Duck's!  I thought I had typed that but it was missing and so sorry I don't want to claim an idea form anyone else!

Back to today and its the start of the cards I have made for this weeks shows with the amazing Art Deco inspired die range from Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions.  I thought I would start with a simple blue card ( It being Blue Monday of course) and although this card may not look simple it's not as complicated as some I have to show you lol

I stared by cutting the outline detail die form the Indian Ocean background in bright white foundation card.  Next I cut the next detail section in cobalt card and mounted these together to create the background.  The main element may look complex but is relatively simple I will be demoing this card over the period of the One Day Special ( Starts Tomorrow at8pm and continues Wednesday at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and last chance at 7pm)

To make this I cut the Mauritius die three times using the outer detail and inner dies ( numbers 1, 2 and 3) in cobalt, Iris and periwinkle foundation card and backed them with bright white.  I then cut each die cut down the centre and rejoined the different colours to make 3 shapes.  I simple mounted these over each other, rotating the orientation each time, and added it to the front of the card.

Using the centre of the die cuts i made a couple of tags by punching a hole in them and threading them with thin satin ribbon from my stash and stamping the sentiment the top tag.

Finally I added some flowers made using the Cape Daisies and the centres as the smaller flowers.  Snow White microbeads in the centre and finished.

Tune in to the shows If you would like to see how this, and many others, are made.


Sunday, 30 October 2016

Something Different Sunday...

Happy Sunday,

something different for today's post and a sneak peak of one of the demos I have prepped for next weeks shows on Hochanda which start at 8pm on Tuesday.

I cut the upper case Art Deco alphabet die twice across a square of pearl card.  The best thing about this die is that the whole alphabet is on the one die meaning you don't need to choose which letters you want to use and cut them separately.  This also means that you have a negative piece as I have used her.

Once I removed all the letters I added the square top a piece of double sided adhesive adhered to another piece of icicle pearl foundations card.  Next I cut the font die again in ruby foundation card and selected the L O V E and U dies and placed them back into the corresponding sections.  I then simply added Midnight snow to the exposed adhesive which gives a really bright yet dark shine.

I added layers of graphite, steel and Ruby pearl card and then simply mounted the piece into a box frame.

A different piece of wall art that, once the shows are over, will look great in my Craft Cave!


Saturday, 29 October 2016

Christmas Saturday extra...

Happy Saturday,

Join me today at Samuel tailors in Leeds if you around why not pop in and say hi!

I thought I would go for a Christmas weekend theme as I seem to have made so many Cards for the festive season this year!

This is an simple card that could be altered for any season.

I stared by adding silver moon sparkle texture paste through the snowflake mask onto gloss black foundation card.  Next I removed the mask and sprinkled midnight blue and aqua lagoon pixie powders over the top.  Once dry, which takes about an hour, I gently dusted off the excess powder using a soft brush.  The powder only sticks where the texture paste is and because Sparkle Texture paste by Cosmic Shimmer is water based the pixie powders spread through the paste showing all the different colours.

Next I cut the layers in the snowflake filigree frame die form more black gloss card and backed wit with card I had coloured using the same pixie powders.  I added a strip of seam bonding and bow made with white seam ending coloured again with the pixie powder ( I do
like things to match)

I finished with a pearl embellishment form the Craft Consortium always and forever range over the silver 4mm metallic linx pulled out to add some more sparkle  A few layers of cobalt and aqua and finished.

A technique you could use through any mask to change the colour and texture of you Sparkle Texture pastes for any season or occasion!


Friday, 28 October 2016

Christmas Friday...

Happy Friday,

Its back to Christmas fridays today as I have so many samples to show and so little time left lol, in fact it may be christmas weekends from now on!

Today's card is a sample I made for my last Festive dies hspows last week and a lady emailed me to ask if I could show this card in detail, happy to oblige but sorry can't remember who!

I cut the centre die from the poinsettia mini background die in icicle pearl card. I then added a backing of double sided adhesive sheet and covered the exposed adhesive with gold microbeads.  Finally I added gold sparkle PVA dots in the centre of the flowers.

I repeated the above 3 times to make 3 panels and added these to a larger piece of the icicle pearl card matted with antique gold pearl card.  I added the whole piece to a larger set of icicle and gold and tied a peice of silky crush ribbon in gold around the side.

I cut the two wreath die twice in white and gold and tucked it behind the ties on the ribbon.  I cut one of the merry christmas perspectives die and added this across the front.

A few layers of icicle and gold and finished.

A modern card with a traditional twist.


Thursday, 27 October 2016

Start the deco...

Happy Thursday,

art deco


    a style of decorative art developed originally in the 1920s with revival in the 1960s, marked chiefly by geometric motifs, curvilinear forms, sharply defined outlines and often bold colours.

    I thought I should start today by giving a dictionary definition of Art Deco, the reason is that I felt the indian ocean collection was the very deco and I wanted too make sure that my feeling is correct!  Im glad to say I was lol

    I thought I would share this demo card from jy shows with the indian ocean collection on Hochanda starting at 8pm next tuesday.  I really felt that whilst dark this was the perfect deco style card the demo is planned for this card to nee made in the pearl card so tune in to see how this was made and in a different colour!

    I started by cutting the indian ocean corner ( one of the 2 different corners in the set) into a piece of cocoa foundation card at each corner.  I backed this with chestnutscard and adde players of kraft card and more cocoa and chestnut ( a real autumnal range)

    Next I cut three of the corners with the outside die and backed these with craft card.  I then made a frame of circles using the double pierced circles set A and B and placed the 4 corners around the frames.  I find it amazing that the square corners work on a circle it really is art deco.

    I cut 4 of the other corners in the set and backed these in chestnut, i mounted the four together into a square and added black pearl in the centre.

    I mounted the square in the centre of the frame over a shaker section I made with acetate and nebula ice ( part of the glitter jewels range)  This adds a shine to the card.

    I know its a little dark but would work in any colour and makes a great mens card not a flower in sight!


    Wednesday, 26 October 2016

    Purple & Blue Wednesday...

    Happy Wednesday,

    I thought I would make a change and go with a blue card lol ok that's not much of a change for me to be honest lol but this is with purple and pixie powders so its a little different.

    Today I am running my regular monthly workshop at Crafty Corner in Breedon Priory  .  Its going to be a day with the pixies in the Indian ocean lol a bit like today's card.

    I stared by making a pixie powder background using m,midnight blue and purple violet mixed which gives this rich colour and the stunning mica shrine.  I took a print from the water clout card with a piece of vellum which I used for the flowers.

    I cut the detail and outline using the Mauritius die set form the watercolour pixie paper.  I backed this with double sided adhesive and added white opaque microbeads over the top to fill the gaps.  I cut another of the outlines using white card which I cut in half to make a drop shadow behind.  I repeated the process with the other detail die in the set and foam mounted this in the centre.

    Next I made a spare of the cape daisies ( I love these so much I have bought a second set!) in the velum, shaped them and added the centres in  pair and microbeads in the very middle.

    For the foliage I letterpressed the bold scroll dies using perfect medium and then cut them out.  This leaves the debossed area with perfect medium allowing me to fill it with detail white embossing powder its a lot easier to show this so I will demo this technique on my Hochanda shows next week.

    Finally I frames the card as shown and added matts a layers of amethyst and white and finished.


    Tuesday, 25 October 2016

    Autumn Colour Pixies..

    Happy Tuesday,

    A peak at the new autumnal colours of Pixie Powders today which make this subtle yet shiny background.

    I stared by spritzing watercolour card with water then added Burnt Orange, scattered straw and Aubergine dream pixie powders before adding more water.  I the took a print form the watercolour card using a sheet of vellum.

    I cut a larger panel of the scalloped trellis die by slotting the die back into place got make a large piece.  Next I cut a frame using the stitched dies that come with the lattice using the largest and smallest in taupe foundation card and the 2 medium dies in the pixie powder papers.  I then  mounted the piece left from the frame behind the lattice.

    I then cut the cape daisies in the coloured velum, shaped them with my ball tool and mounted them with centres cut fro the pixie powder paper.  I added white microbeads in the centre of the flowers.

    I stamped the sentiment from my autumns child stamp set onto a strip of the velum and cut not with the stitched flags die adding a white mat.

    Finally I arranged the flowers around foliage made with a selection of the festive foliage dies ( I love dies that last all year)


    Monday, 24 October 2016

    Blue Monday...

    Happy Monday,

    As I have such a fondness for Blue I thought it might make sense to have the occasional Blue Monday featuring a card with my favourite colours.

    Todays card is also a snake peak for my shows next Tuesday on Hochanda where I will be premiering the recent die release from Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions.  Todays card uses some of the dies I have on the show.

    I stated by cutting the Indian Ocean collection border strip across the bottom of a piece of icicle pearl foundation card.  I then used the outline die to cut just the bottom edge ( I will be demoing this technique on the shows next week)  Next I matted this onto a piece off cobalt foundation card again using the outline die to cut the shape.  Next I added a couple of strips of self adhesive pearls and mounted the panel onto an embossed background made using the pinpoint cross stitch embossing folder ( really one of my faves especially with the art deco Indian Ocean range)

    I cut the Mauritius die in colblt using dies 1, 2 and 3 in  the set in cobalt and backed with more of the icicle pearl card studding 3mm white pearls where they seemed to fit.

    I made up a spare of cape daises by cutting them in cobalt card and softening the edges and adding shading using a mini smoothie and white clouds colour cloud blending ink ( this works really well for toning down colour and making things look more realistic)

    I used the smaller centre die twice in the middle of each flower and added white microbeads in the very middle.  Don't you just love the way these give a realistic centre! I added these to a bow made of tulle and leaves cut with the laced edged foliage die.

    Finally a couple of stick pins a few layers of icicle and cobalt and finished.  very Blue but also very me!


    Sunday, 23 October 2016

    Simple Pixies...

    Happy Sunday,

    A simple christmas card today just featuring white pearl card and purple violet pixie powders that couldn't be simpler.

    I sewed by spritzing a piece of watercolour card with water then added pixie powders in purple violet, I know its annals for me too use just one colour but I wanted the intensity and of course the pixie powders contain more than one colour in each bottle.  I smoked the acrd with water and left the piece to dry naturally this let the different colours spread and colour thew whole sheet.

    Next I cut the background die, from the festive collection, into white pearl acrd and cut around the edges of the die to get a piece the same size of the die.  I then mounted this onto a pice of the piece powdered paper.  I next used the snowflake filigree frame and cut the detail of both main dies in the set in white and backed these with more of the purple.

    I added 2 strips from the triple merry christmas, using just the negative pieces, and added these to a strip of the purple.

    Finally I made up the card as shown and studded 3mm rhinestones to highlight the detail and add to the bling.  This card really shines in real life thanks to the pearl card and the mica in the pixie powders.


    Saturday, 22 October 2016

    Something different Saturday...

    Happy Saturday,

    I thought it was time I revisited the something different as I have been showing  slew of paper crafting projects recently so how about some MDF?

    This is a really simple item to make honest its just 2 shades of the Cosmic Shimmer metallic gilding polish.

    I stared by covering an MDF shaker heart form CE with Heather and powder blue gilding polish.  I then simply stamped my Christmas rose clear stamp set around the top using the powder blue polish.  Next I stamped one of the christmas rose sentiments in the centre of the heart.

    For the 'frosting' i added cosmic shimmer dies clear glue all around the piece and added iced snow which, when dry, is clear so adds the frosted look where you can still see the colour and stamping.

    For the roses I covered a sheet of foundation card half in heather polish and half in fern green.  I stamped the roses and cut them out with the matching dies.  I cut the free card using the foliage die in the christmas rose set, embossed them and added enchanted gold gilding polish over the top to make the embossing shine.

    I added gold microbeads in the centres of the flowers and arranged it all along the bottom.

    something different that would hopefully  are a really different christmas present, all I've got to do now is work out who this should go to!


    Friday, 21 October 2016

    Traditional twist christmas...

    Happy Friday...

    Wow what a  few days I can honestly say Ive been racing this week but its a gentler day for me today promise.

    I thought i would share a christmas card form my shows earlier in the week that uses traditional chitsmas colours but with a modern twist.

    I stared by using silver moon sparkle texture paste through the that special touch holly background mask and left it to dry.

    Next I cut the triple merry christmas perspectives die in white pearl card and took the merry christmas strips out.  I added these to a piece of card which I had cut with stripes of rich red and brunswick green foundation card ( 1cm strips)

    I simply matted and layers this overt the masked background ( one dry about 1 hour)and added a spray of striped ribbon from my stash and one of the pine cone em,belishments.


    Thursday, 20 October 2016

    Stacks of Stacks...

    Happy Thursday,

    This is a very quick post as Im writing this after my show on Wednesday night with the fabulous Light up and pop up card stacks.  I can't believe how quickly these were selling I know I love them but Im so glad so many people agree with me! lol

    Dont forget Im back at 9am this morning and through the day with more form DCWV so I thought I would share loads of pics of the samples I made for the show using the amazing DCWV elegant holiday pad and the decorations stack.

    I will hopefully be demoing how to make these crackers and decorate them as well as a host of gift bags and of course the Light up, pop up, honeycomb and other cards in these packs!


    Wednesday, 19 October 2016

    DCWV shows light up your Christmas...

    Happy Wednesday,

    Another day another Hochanda show this time the amazing Die Cuts With A View stack this time to make different christmas cards.  I thought I would share a project made with one the the socks the Light up set.  This set has everything you will need to make 4 cards that all light up!  I have used one here to  make into a larger card ( I do like my larger cards!)

    Everything you need for this  card is contained in the stack thats forms just one part of the One Day Special.  It has 4 sets of lights and everything you need to make 4 light up cards.