Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Sweets for The Sweet...

Happy Tuesday,

I realised I haven't stared any of my versions of the Candy Machine.  I hope you managed to catch Sue Wilson's shows on Hochanda last Saturday all about this die.  Don't forget you can watch on catchup for the next 2 weeks!

I thought I would share a couple of the samples I made today, firstly the first one I made using the full pack to make a working candy machine.

For this card I made up the candy machine as per the instructions.  I then altered it by cutting a piece of black gloss card with the outline die from the set.  I then embossed this piece and added gold treasure gilding polish over the top to make the vines stand out

I added a couple of mats and layers in black and gold on the back making sure I cut a door in the back so the sweets can be filled up.

Next I used the main outline die and cut a card blank and used the parts of the die, but not the mechanism, to make this card.  I added a treat cup on the front filled with Jelly Tots and the sweets for the sweet die cut on the front.  I even added a faux handle although this machine is just a card and doesnt work!


Monday, 27 February 2017

A Gilded Rose...

Happy Monday,

I thought it was time for me to start sharing some of the samples I have made of the new Sue Wilson collection for Creative Expressions.  I will be demonstrating all these dies over March on Hochanda so there are a lot of samples to share!

I thought I would start with this card as it combines my love of Sue's backgrounds with my new Circle sentiment stamps!

I stared by covering a sheet of foundation card with double sided adhesive sheet then gilded this with silver moon gilding flakes.  Next I cut a square from the noble double pierced squares and then cut the detail and square die out from the centre using the new Atlantic Collection background.

Next I backed this onto a larger piece of blush card ( from my diminishing stash) and added a few layers of white, blush and silver to make the larger card as shown.

Next I cut four of the spring foliage in the blush and adhered them from the centre of the card.  I then inked up the on your special day circle sentiment which has the peony centre with Cosmic Shimmer flake and glitter glue and stamped the image before cleaning my stamp and adding silver moon gilding flakes.  I cut this out using the noble double pierced circles set A which the stamp was designed to fit the smallest circle even cuts out the flower centre so you can have different flowers or flower circles.

Next I cut the flowers that come in the spring foliage set out of the gilded card and shaped them with my ball tool.  I then added these, with stick on crystals in the centre, randomly over the foliage.

I love the way this has come out with the antique mirror look of the gilded die cuts!


Sunday, 26 February 2017

Language of Flowers...Honeysuckle...

Happy Sunday,

Well it is the last day my stamp release for spring 2017 and the last flower the honeysuckle!  There is, as with the rest of the collection, a large spray of honeysuckle as well as a clear set with smaller flowers and sentiments / meanings.

Here is the clear set followed by the large A6 Honeysuckle spray.  This one is great for colourists however there is enough detail for it to look great just stamped!.

I hope you have enjoyed your glimpse into the Language of flowers they should be available in retail stores and online form this week.  I will be demoing these on Hochanda at the end of may beginning of April.


Saturday, 25 February 2017

The Language of Flowers - Backgrounds

Happy Saturday,

I promised a view of the background today so I thought I should do that The last flower in this release is the Honeysuckle which I will share with you tomorrow!

This first card is simply the background stamped in lilac archival ink with lilc]ac ribbon and one of the matching circle sentiments cut to match.

The three backgrounds which you may have seen throughout this weeks cards start with this one which is the Horticultural Definition A6 rubber stamps.  I designed this to have three of the hand drawn flowers on the 'page' along with dictionary definitions for Horticulture, Flower etc.  I wanted this to look like a page form an old encyclopaedia or book on plants and horticulture and hopefully i have achieved it?!?

Next is the Knotted Woodgrain a really useful stamp again in A6 rubber, here simply stamped in sepia archival ink and again balanced with one of the circle sentiments.

Finally there is the horticultural script this is a script stamp with a difference as I have used a text about the language of flowers however I have hand distressed this so it makes the perfect distressed background.

Here it is used on one of the cards from earlier in the week for the daisy it gives a distressed look without the hassle of distressing it!


Friday, 24 February 2017

The language of Flowers...Tea Rose...

Happy Friday,

No collection of flowers would be complete without a traditional english rose or Tea rose, there are different meanings for this which allowed me to have this standard rose in addition to the vintage rose I shared on Monday.

To me at least this is the Classic Red rose meaning of true Love. There are lots of histrorical meanings for the Red rose from Lust to Love but I fell it really is everlasting and true romance!

 I coloured this using Graphmaster alcohol pens in 10, 15, 11 and orange 22 cover the top to give the shine!

Here is the clear set that contains more detail and again the examining for the flower and a card made using it!

Finally again the standard Rose in A6 rubber jungle stamp, perfect for colouring!


Thursday, 23 February 2017

The Language of Flowers...Lilly...

Happy Thursday,

Today's flower and meanings is the Lily, this image was drawn form a vase of Lilies I had on my mantelpiece I loved the intricate lines of the flowers in the vase and so decided to draw them, this was the first drawing I made for this collection.

This card is a little different with the black and white stamped image overlaid with panels stamped to match and coloured a little different but I love it.

The next card is a little more normal and uses some of the flourishes form the matching Lilly set.  I coloured the image using watercolour pencils pulling the colours out using a water brush.  I followed this side colouring the border strip which is stamped form the clear set in the same manner and using colour cloud in soft cerise and lemon meringue on the background ( made using another of the backgrounds I will share on Saturday)

here is the lily clear set followed by the A6 rubber stamp of the single spray.


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

The Language of flowers...Michaelmas Daisy...

Happy Wednesday,

It wouldn't be one of my collections without a daisy but as the theme of this collection was the Language of Flowers and I wanted a hand drawn encyclopaedic look I went for the more traditional and detail Michaelmas daisy for this set.

I again hand drew the main daisy image then translated this into a clear set as well as using this image on a couple of the backgrounds ( which I will share on saturday) as well as the circle sentiments shown in this card.

for this card I simply stamped the flower in detail true white embossing powder onto kraft card.  I then coloured the image using Aqua lagoon pixie powder mixed with water to make the paint.  I just coloured the petals leaving the white and kraft card to fill the rest of the design.

There is, as before a clear set to match which is shown here.  In this set are the sentiments and maeanings of the day along with some different drawings of the daisy from the top as well as the side.  I have also included mirror image corners which stamps beautifully onto white in black making a detailed card that its easy too make. as shown here.

Finally the main daisy image again as an A6 rubber stamps cut and ready mounted.


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Language of Flowers...Peony...

Happy Tuesday,

Thank you all for the kind and encouraging words about the first release form my Spring 2017 collection the language of flowers.  Today is the second flower from the collection the Peony.  Again there is a single flower along with a  complimentary clear stamp set wit the flower meanings, frames smaller flowers and poems.

Ive chosen a simple cadd too highlight the handdrawn peony image clouded here in Violet shades of Graphmaster alcohol pens and complimented by mats and layers and thin satin ribbon.

The sentiment on this card comes form the clear stamp set that matches on each set I have drawn a dictionary definition of each flower which I just love as it gives the opportunity to make a piece that looks like an old natural history drawing.

Peonies Have many different meanings in different countries and cultures form Wealth and Nobility to the traditional British meaning of Longevity and Happy marriage as well as purity and grace.

Here is the clear set with the definition, peony meanings and the opulent frame made of peonies!

Finally the single A6 sized Peony.  These stamps are all taken from hand sketched flowers I drew for the shows on Hochanda I will be sharing the original drawings to show how the process anion designing stamps starts!


Monday, 20 February 2017

The Language of Flowers...

Happy Monday,

Today is the first day of the launch of my new for 2017 range the language of flowers.  This range is designed around d the victorian language ion flowers where different flowers and colours have different meanings.  I thought I would start today with the Vintage Rose I hand drew 6 flowers which I then converted into an A6 rubber stamp of the flower alone and an A5 clear stamp set with a selection of frames and flowers that match along with the appropriate sentiments that match the meanings of the flowers and the different colours.

This card shows the new stand alone vintage rose with the new Knotted wood A6 background and the definition of Vintage form the clear stamps set.

The next card shows the vintage rose corners that come form the clear set along with one of the sentiments / sayings form this set.

 This card uses the corners stamped and coloured with Graphmaster alcohol markers and cut with the Noble Double pierced background rectangles

Another Flower and clear set tomorrow.


Sunday, 19 February 2017

Vintage Sunday...

Happy Sunday,

as I mentioned on Friday I have moved the Vintage card to today due to the shows last week.  this will continue next week as from Tomorrow I will be revealing my new collection for 2017 The Language of Flowers which launches at the Trade show at the NEC today.

Back to today and I decided to use the New York collection today in this card of Sky Blue, Duck egg and white.

I stared by cutting the largest die in the Union Square die from the New York collection in duck egg.  I layers this with bright white and added it to a panel I had made using a mask and frosty dawn sparkle texture paste.  I cut the next die in the set in bright white and rotated this on top.

Next I cut the next die in the set in sky blue and added this with the final die in the set cut and embossed in bright white foundation card.  I added this again rotated in the centre.

I cut the complete petals form the Peony dies in duck egg and cut the open petals in white adding them together as shown.

I added these around the central element on a bed off the lace edged leaves.  I added pearls in the centres of the flowers and a spray of stick pins to highlight the detail.

A very busy card but I really like this one.

Dies - New York Union Square
Peony open petals
Peony complete petals
lace edged leaves
All from Sue Wilson

card - Foundation card in Duck Egg, Sky Blue & Bright White.

\Back tomorrow for the launch of my new 2017 Range There will be sneak peaks popping up on Instagram and Facebook today at the trade show!


Saturday, 18 February 2017

Colouring Saturday...

Happy Saturday,

Another Stamp to die for coloured with the amazing Graphmaster alcohol pens this time its the Chrysanthemum Bouquet stamp and the matching Bermuda die however I decided just to use part of the design.

I stamped the image using memento black ink ( as I was colouring with Alcohol) and coloured the image as shown using yellows and warm greys.  Next I cut out the inner section of the image and the overlapping flowers.  I added this too a die cut in primrose foundation card with the outer and detail die from the Bermuda set from the new Sue Wilson collection for Creative Expressions.

I made up the card using the corner die form the Atlantic ocean collection cut into papyrus foundation card to make the pattern as shown.  Next I added a strip of matching yellow organza ribbon and a trail of the foliage from the Chrysathemum die set in pale grey.

A few layers of papyrus, primrose and soft grey and finished.

Tomorrow my Vintage card form Friday and news about my new Releases that will be revealed at the trade show tomorrow.

Dies - SW Bermuda, Chrysathemum, Atlantic collection corner, border and tag
Card: papyrus, Primrose and slate grey
Stamp: Chrysathemum Bouquet


Friday, 17 February 2017

Gold Spellbinders...

Happy Friday,

I hope you all don't mind but the shows this week mean that I haven't been able to finish the Vintage Friday for this week However I will post this on Sunday instead!

I thought I would share 2 more samples from this weeks Spellbinders shows starting with this card which was the last demo on last nights show so if you want to see how this one was made simply click on rewind for 7pm Thursday!

I used the Spellbinders Stripe swirl panel to make this the background and main panel is made using this die simply repeated for the background and used with the outline die for the main element.

The centrepiece is made up from the Lacework buttons and the d-lite heart die that was on the show.
The second card is made using the same panel this time cut into a gate fold card with the dot matrix embossing folder and baked peach colour cloud on the insert.  I used the medallion 6 D-lite die for the closure along with more of the lacework buttons.

Spellbinders Swirl stripe panel
Spellbinders Lacework buttons
Spellbinders Medallion 6