Saturday, 31 December 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Years Eve!

I thought I would share my New Year card a day early as I am back on Hochanda tomorrow for the Couture Creations Big Save ( shows start at 8pm) Therefore tomorrow I will be showing some f the projects and cards I will be demoing.

I've made this card especially for all of my Blog family using some of my favourite Dies from Sue Wilson this

I used the Lattice Background, Geneva from the Swiss Collection, the Exquisite Poppies, Trailing Ivy, stitched flags, olive branch and the cornflowers.  A lot of dies I know and air too many to be a favourite but hey Christmas and New Year are well known for excess!

I hope that everyone reading has a peaceful and prosperous 2017!

Friday, 30 December 2016

Review of the year 4...

Happy Friday,

We have reached the final part of my review of the year with a visit to October, November and December the final three months and choices!  starting with October and although most of us were heavily into Christmas cards the classic simplicity of this card just outshone ( for me at least) all the others!  Click HERE to see more detail on this one.

Now november and more blue! I love the complex layers of this card and the simplicity of its making (Honest)  Click HERE to see how this one was made! 

Finally December and It had to be this card if only because it is Charlie form Hochanda's favourite as well as one of the only cards I have framed to put on my wall!  Click HERE to see details on this one.

I would love to hear which of all the cards I have featured is your favourite !


Thursday, 29 December 2016

Review of the year 3...

Happy Thursday,

Today I share the third part of my review of the year where I pick some of my favourite creations of 2016!  WE reach summer today with July, August and September First off with July.  I had to choose the section of project I made using my newly launched festive range featuring my Christmas Shades paper pad and stamps.

 Click here to see these projects in 6 different colours!

Now over to August and how a bout a little drama!  I simply love this card and have kept it on my wall in the craft cave!  Click here for details on how this was made.

Finally over to September when thought turned to winter and christmas however thought id choose a non christmas as we have this all around us at the minute.  This card inspired by Julia Watts just sings to me!  Click HERE to see how this card was made.

Don't forget to let name know what your favourite is!


Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Review of the year 2...

Happy Wednesday,

Here we are with the second part of my Review of the year and this time we reach spring into summer with April, May and June.

I chose this as my favourite form April the card I made for Sali using kitchen fool!  Click HERE to see how this card was made.

Over to May and this creation using Sue Wilsons elegant paper pad and my sentiment stamps.  Click here to see how this card was made.

Finally for today we travel to June and this creation with the lattice frame all my blog family will know my love of a good lattice and this was no exception it also features my favourite Periwinkle blue so a double win!  Click HERE to see how this card was made.

Don't for get to tell me which card you preferred!


Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Review of the Year...

Happy Tuesday,

As per usual at this time of year I like to do a review of the cards I have made and shared this year. I will be splitting this over the next 4 days so we start today with January, February and March.

I just had to go with this box I made using the Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions hexagonal box as I still love it!  To see how this was made click HERE.

For February I chose this card I simply love the colour and style of this card.  To see how this was made click HERE.

Finally for today its March and this creative offering.  To see how this card was made click HERE.  This black and white card is the second card on the post so scroll down to see it lol.

It would be great to hear which card was your favourite form the first quarter off the year!


Monday, 26 December 2016

Show changes...

Happy Boxing day again!

The show times for my One Day Special have changed and I will be launching at 12pm today!  There is also a 2 hour show from 6pm till 8pm as well as 4pm!

I would like to use the 2 hour to answer any of you craft questions related to stamping, Die Cutting or Embossing so if you have any burning questions or techniques you want to see then email me at lockers@live and we will see if we can help!

Also if anyone wants to call and ask your question live on air call the Hochanda Call Centre on 01733602000 and you could be talking to us live on air!

Join me at 12!

Boxing Day Save Shows...

Happy Boxing Day,

A reminder that I will be back with a Creative Expressions Big SAave show tonight at 8pm on Hochanda!  There is a selection of some of my stamps, embossing folders and dies at great prices along with some really nice ink pads and embossing powders.

I know we all have very little time wit the wrapping paper clear up today so juts a few shots of the cards I will be making!


Sunday, 25 December 2016

Christmas Day...

Merry Christmas,

A project I made especially for today for the blog only!  I used a collection of Festive dies designed by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions form the last 3 collections ( some of my personal faves!)

I also used the lights from the DCWV light up kit to light the box and inset everything from the dies into a box frame ( bought cheap form the Range)


Saturday, 24 December 2016

Seasons Greetings...

Happy Saturday,

As promised here are a few snaps of the cards I made for my Friends and Family.  Id like to take this opportunity to say a big Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays to my entire blog family.  Im so grateful for the support and comments I have received this year and for everyone who tunes in each day to see what I have made!

I have made a special project for tomorrow so pop along if theres time amongst the festivities!


Friday, 23 December 2016

Last Christmas Friday...

Happy Friday,

I guess I miscalculated as I had planned to show the simple cards I made for Friends and  family for the last Christmas Friday which I thought coincided with Christmas Eve!

Therefore tomorrow I will show the simple cards I made this year and so I have given this card its day on the blog I thought I had posted it but I can't find it!

I added the retro mask ( from the Christmas range by That Special Touch) to a piece of card covered in double sided adhesive sheet.  I covered the mask with perfect medium so that it didn't stick to the adhesive.  I added mulled wine gilding flakes onto the adhesive through the mask and scrubbed off the excess.

I removed the mask and added white microbeads over the remaining exposed adhesive.

Next I cut the outline form the snowflake die into this "background" then cut the reminder of the dies in the set in antique gold and bright white alternately

I finished with a spray of the foliage from the Christmas rose die set covered in microbeads and gold mica flakes .  A bow and a muse token ( by Tim Holtz) and finished.


Thursday, 22 December 2016

More Purple...

Happy Thursday,

Another quick share today with a rad made using the tahiti die and matching stamp to die for.  I used my favourite combination of Purple Violet and Midnight blue pixie powders on paper and velum tied together with silver and combat.

Just a few more pictures today again!

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

In the Pink...

Happy Wednesday,

Something bright today in a rarely used colour for me pink!

AS its getting near Christmas and timer is short for all of us I thought Id just share some pictures of today's card ( especially as Im busy beavering away prepping One Day Special for Boxing day on Hochanda!)


Tuesday, 20 December 2016

All year round gold...

Happy Tuesday,

I know we use Gold a great deal for Christmas but to be honest that and silver are colours or shades that I use all year round.  Whilst I know it is soon Christmas I wanted to show an alternative way to use gold card that doesn't look like a leftover from the festive period.

U stared by cutting the linear elegance edger central die 4 time down a piece of antique gold foundation card rotating the die each time so that it faces a different direction with each cut. I mounted this over a piece of coconut white foundation card which I had cut the edges using  the smaller looped edger die from the same set.

Next I cut the first three dies in the Fiji set in coconut white and backed this with antique gold.  I then cut the third die form the Bora Bora die set in gold and added this with the next die in the Fiji set cut in white.  The great thing about the pacific ocean set is that each set of central dies in a different design and size across the 3 shape sets ( the pacific Ocean islands)

I mounted this over the centre of the background so the central pattern is visible through the centre ( well its a waste to make a nice background and fully cover it!)

I finished with the three striped nasturtiums cut solid in gold and open petals in white.  I arranged these over a spray of the SW Ivy die and added Olympic gold PVA in the centres of the flowers and around the background.

Another layer of gold cut with the final edger die in the Linear elegance set and a few layers of gold and white to frame the piece.


Monday, 19 December 2016

Black and white Monday...

Happy Monday,

A strong Black and White card today using the centres of the Pacific Ocean collection.  I simply love the way these tessellate together to make complex or simple patterns.

I simply used a variety of the hexagonal shapes to make the pattern in the black foundation card. I then mounted the other shapes within the Tahiti die set to layer through the black and white.

I just love the simple way the Black and white works although I know it's not everyones cup of tea!

I made up the starflowers using variegated black and white adding stick on crystals ( form Craft Consortium) to add some shine and shimmer.

For the foliage I used the Family Tree die cut in gloss black and gloss white snipping the tree down to make the foliage.

The sentiment is from my Rose elements clear stamp set which is one of the first sets I designed and use my favourite font the Draft Handwriting which has the lines on as if it has been drafted.

I thought he black and white would be a good antidote to the bright Christmas colours that are everywhere at the moment!


Sunday, 18 December 2016

Waste not Want not...

Happy Sunday,

A simple card today made from the fall away ( I hate the word waste as I don't believe we create waste as crafters!)  from the Starflowers I used to create tomorrows card.  

I simply carefully placed the dies on a piece of hammered white foundation card and cut these so that the flowers tumble down the page.  I backed trains with Cobalt foundation card and added cosmic white PVA dimensional glue in the dots to give ,more definition.

I mounted this onto a piece of offset embossed card ( again form making a different project) and added layers of white and cobalt.

Finally a stamped tag cut with the stitched tags dies of course cut from snaps with some oddments of thin satin ribbon.