Monday, 23 October 2017

New Sneak Peak...

Happy Monday,

Tomorrow sets the launch on Hochanda of my new range of media plates, stamps and masks for christmas and beyond.  Tune in tomorrow at 8am or 12pm to see the full range however I will be revealing these over this week as well!

Today I thought I would start with one of the 5 new media plates and its the one I've been asked for by so many Crafters, a Heart!  Today's sample shows the heart media plate used with the new Festive Scene clear stamp set.

I will be demonstrating how to make this effect on tomorrows shows it really is quick and easy and this whole stamped seven takes less than 5 minutes to make!

Here is the plate and the stamp set used for making this.

And here is the stamp set the Festive Scene set.  his has the hand drawn village in the centre but also more snowflakes along with santa and sleigh and loads of stamps that work perfectly with the media plates.

Join me tomorrow on here for another release or at 8am this morning on Hochanda freeview 85, Sky 663 or freest 815.


Sunday, 22 October 2017

Simple Glitter...

Happy Sunday,

Another simple stamped card today using up scraps from Demoing!

I made the centre panel using the circular media plate and my Winter Trees clear stamp set ( New plates and stamps launch tomorrow!)

For the frame I used a scrap of card that I had stamped covered in glitter and cut the kiddmlke section out for another project.  This is a perfect example of looking at what is left behind as the frame is the waste piece and would be difficult to replicate!

I added layers of blue and silver glitter card finishing this small card ( only 51/2" x 51/2") with a matching silver bow and a random poinsettia cut in white glitter card i found in the scrap box!


Saturday, 21 October 2017

Deja view...

Happy Saturday,

Today's card may look a little similar to Tuesdays card as this was made at the same demos last sunday.  However I wanted to show that you can make a far more simple card just with the stamping and dont have to add lots of layers and die cuts to make a pretty and effective card!

Go back to Tuesday post HERE to read the technique for making this card!


Friday, 20 October 2017

More Purple...

Happy Friday,

Another card made form a demo pice form last weekend today.  this time I have used the pieces to make a multilayered card that looks far more complex than it is!  Plus I thought it was time we had a revisit to my large bows lol

I made the oval stamped front using the oval media plate and my argyle duo mask.  I inked the plate and added the mask over the top and brayerd over this to transfer the pattern to the plate.  I stamped this then stamped the little bubbles form my clear stamp set in a darker blue around one edge of the plate so that when I stamped it it shaded the oval.

Next I stamped the flower silhouette stamp and the sentiment and finished with one of the leaves form my circle leaves set around the edge in the 2 ink colours used.

The background is made using the large media plate and my butterfly and dragonfly stamps using the resist technique ( there is a video on this on youtube and its described on this tuesdays post!)

I made up the card as shown with mats and layers and a large bow with roses in the centre.


Thursday, 19 October 2017

You are Gold...

Happy Thursday,

A different card today with Gold on Gold on Gold but I have to admit i love the different shades of the gold card I have used including a little gilt metal.

The centre panel of this card is made with adding gold metal sheets to card then embossing the piece with my winter trees embossing folder.

I embossed a piece of old gold card using my confetti frame and I rubbed black ink over the surface to darken the colour and make the embossing show.

The next layer is gold mirror card embossed this time with my Star stream embossing folder.  I finished the card with layers of gold in the old gold, mirror card and a little vintage gold to add further light and shade.

The poinsettias are cut in Kraft card and I added gold pen around weach of the die cuts so that they match the gold on gold theme.  I added holly leaves in gold mirror card and an ombre ribbon from my stash.


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Snowflake Stream...

Happy Wednesday,

Today's card is again made up with pieces I had left in my scrap box.  I always keep all the pieces I cut and make especially during demos its perfect when I want to play and challenge myself.

I found this background and the snowflake in my box obviously from other projects that hadn't worked or left from a demo.  the background is a piece of card I had stamped with the large media plate using the liquid pigment inks in blues and silver.  This gives an easy and more importantly mess free background that shines.  I embossed this with my star stream embossing folder then ran silver pigment ink pad over the top to bring out the embossed stars.

The snowflake was cut form more of the card and I added swirls and a smaller snowflake cut in the new Crafts Too Yale blue lustre print card.  I added a couple of pearls and a strip of a rafia ribbon in the same lighter blue.  The snowflake in the lustre print card was lightly sanded to age it and show a little white in the raised areas.

Finally layers of Cobalt, sh
silver shine and light blue make the finished card.


Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Demo Scraps...

Happy Tuesday,

I had a wonderful time at the mini show at the Holiday in Kent on Sunday meeting so many lovely people.  One of the demos I did was this piece I have used for the centre of this card.  I love getting the pieces I have made on demos home so that I can, with my full craft stash as I can't take everything with me, make these into finished cards and samples.

Today's card is made using my Oval jedi-late as well as just 2 colours of ink and 3 stamps! I stared by adding blue and purple pigment into the media plate.  I then brayered this to smooth the ink and used 2 of the leaves from my circle leaves set to stamp onto the plate to pick up the ink and then stamping this onto the card.  I continued removing the ink and adding it back on 2 corners of the oval.  This gives, as shown stamped images that have both colours.

Next I stamped the oval so that the areas I had removed the ink show as shadowed showing the white card below.  I added more of the blue ink using the mini blending tool ( Finally back in stock for next Tuesday's Hochanda shows) and stamped this to gradient the oval.

I then stamped the butterfly stamp in the blue around the oval.

Once I got the piece home I added some shaded roses at each end along with leaves cut with scraps of card I had cleaned my brayer on ( I run my brayer over plain card to clean it between uses which makes a brilliant shaded piece perfect for die cutting)

I added mats and layers of a matching purple and cobalt blue with a few white layers thrown in for good measure!


Monday, 16 October 2017

Blue Snowflakes...

Happy Monday,

A bright and wintery card for your delectation today!  I live Blue white and silver and thought it was time, after a lot of black, that I went a little more traditional today.

to start I embossed the Yale Blue lustre print card using my snowflake circle embossing folder.  I then sanded back the raised areas to show the white core under the print, for this card i lightly sanded the card so that a soft snowflake look was achieved.

Next I added the die curt form the Amy Design range cut in white over this.  Next came a sanded and embossed panel of the blue embossed with the winter trees embossing folder ( see yesterdays card(

I then added the Crafts Too snowflake cut in card that I had covered in silver kitchen foil.  I then added ranger gloss accents in white on the snowflake to add to the snowy feel.

A layer of mirror card embossed with my star stream embossing folder and a few layers of blue and white finish this 8x8" card.


Sunday, 15 October 2017

silver trees...

Happy Sunday,

Today I am demoing at the Oyster Stamps open day in kent, if you are around the area pop in and say hi!

Todays card is a silver version of a card I posted last month however having just got my hands on the Silver gilt metal sheets I really wanted to see how different it looked and the silver allowed me to add snow at the bottom which didn't work very well in the gold!

I added 2 sheets of the silver gilt to a piece of card with double sided adhesive sheets then embossed it using my Winter Trees embossing folder.  to make the silver show properly I smoothed over black versafine ink and polished the excess off using a soft cloth ( kitchen roll market the silver so I used an offset of cotton)

I then  simply added the 2 Amy design deer dies cut in black gloss card.  I then added glue across the bottom and used the Crafts Too snow over this to give a fluffy base to the card.

To finish I added a few layers of black white and silver to make a large yet flat card perfect for a winter birthday.


Saturday, 14 October 2017

Striped Poinsettia...

Happy Saturday,

Today I am running Workshops at JGD Crafts in Sutton in Ashfield, I'm really looking forward to seeing the ladies and Janet again!

Today's card was made from me experimenting with waste form the fabulous Izink texture pastes.  After making a pink zebra canvas using my large Zebra mask, I was left with a spatula full of pinky texture paste.  As the paste is suitable for card as well as fabric wood etc as it is flexible;e i wondered if it would spread onto card and then, once dry, be able to be die cut.  Thats exactly what I did and I found that once dry I had a flexible and pearlised piece of paper which also die cut, bonus!  I then used the piece to cut all the poinsettias on this card.

The great thing about these is that the texture paste is fully flexible meaning I was able to shape the flowers without them cracking, it helped me to understand why these work so well on fabric!

I embossed a piece of the Christmas red lustre print card from Crafts Too and sanded the raised are back to show the white core of the card.  I love this about the lustre print ( I have some fab new packs coming in November) as it can be used in so many different ways.

I added a stamped sentiment and a few layers to finish the card.  This one is great for posting as the flowers pop back even if squashed!


Friday, 13 October 2017

Glitter and shine...

Happy Friday,

Firstly I would like to say a big Thank You to everyone who wished me a happy holiday and birthday, it really does mean so much!  We had a fabulous Holiday really relaxing and I have come back with lots of new ideas and ranges for next year a few weeks of drawing ahead for me I think!

Today's card uses a few different tecahniques that I love using to give maximum effects with minimum effort.

I stared by cutting a circular aperture in a square of silver scraper foil.  I then embossed the piece using my Snowflake circle embossing folder.  I then sanded back the pattern using a sanding block which revels the silver behind the black ink ( sorry I seem to have used this technique loads recently but it really is easy and effective)

For the centre panel I embossed the largest in the Crafts Too snowflake die set into a piece of silver mirror card ( I used a 300gsm construction mirror card which embosses without cracking)  I then added silver pearl drops and the snowflake for added texture.

The border of the card is really easy to make I simply added double sided tape around a layer of black card and added silver distress glitter over this.  because of the different sized particles in the distress glitter the black shows through adding another level of depth to what is a relatively flat card.

I added a few mats and layers of black and silver before adding to a 8x8" card blank and finished.


Thursday, 12 October 2017

Last Quick Post...

Happy Thursday,

Today is the last quick post as although I will have returned form Holiday by now I allowed a couple of extra days so I could have a chance to catch up!

Today's card is made using my star stream embossing folder mixed with my Winter Trees stamps ( just the snowflakes)


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

A Bit Groovy...

Happy Wednesday,

I am really lucky that when I demo at shows for the Art of Craft I get to work with some fabulous designers and demonstrators such as the Fabulous Maria Simms.  A few weeks ago I asked if I could 'borrow' a piece of parchment she had been creating as a demo, I saw this as a fabulous centre panel from which I could make a card.  The result is shown here.

I love mixing different themes and styles as I have made this piece into a shaker card with snow inside which is only visible in realliufe ( unless you look very carefully!


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Silver Stars...

Happy Tuesday,

Todays card is in the same theme as I have been using for the last few days cu and embossed pieces made using the Crafts Too scraper foil, this time in silver.

I love the way that when you emboss a die ( as I have here with the Woodland Scene die from Press cut) sanded back the pattern really shows especially on the frame.

The poinsettias also sand beautifully when they are embossed as well as all the veins show in silver on black.