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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Glitter Snowflake Card

I also couldn't do a Christmas card series without a snowflake card.  I love snowflake cards, there is something very beautiful about the shapes, symmetry and the variety.  
This card I have done with non-traditional colours, really it would look good with any colours, you could do it in pink, soft blue, electric blue, it would look stunning in red and white, lots of possibilities. 

I have used a range of snowflake dies, there are lots out there, and arranged four of them onto a card panel that is slightly smaller than the purple glitter card piece I have to go behind it, which in turn is just slightly smaller than the card base.  

I ran the dies through my Ebosser, but I made sure I left all the dies and pieces still in the dies.  I flipped it over and put glue on all the internal pieces and the circumference of the dies and card and then flipped it back over and stuck it down on to the glitter card, making sure it was centred.  

Then came the tricky part,  I used my pockey tool to push through the holes of the die, to stick the little internal bits onto the glitter card, so that I just pulled off the snowflake die cut leaving all the negative pieces.  If they came away, I stuck them down using the snowflake die to align it where I could.  This was a bit fidly especially with the large die, as it is very intricate, but I managed to do it, and I think it looks beautiful!

The next thing I did was cut out a few more of the dies and then glued the die cuts onto and around the negative snowflakes to fill in the areas.  

Finally a purple satin bow and a sentiment and then gluing the panel onto the card base and the card is finished.  

If you would like to see the video of making this card it is here

The materials I have used for this card are
Range of snowflake dies in different brands
Card base White linen card 5 x 7"
Purple glitter card slightly smaller than this
White linen card panel 4 5/8 x 6 5/8"
Spare card for the snowflake die cuts
SSS Warm Wishes stamp set
Versafine Onyx black ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Heat tool
Misti stamping tool
Cosmic Shimmer glue
Quilled precision glue bottle
Washi tape
2cm or 3/4 inch purple satin ribbon
Pockie or Deet tool
Quick stick tool
Rubber, pencil and scissors
EK success tweezers
Double sided tape

I hope you enjoyed this card and video,
I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season
I will be back with more posts and videos early next year.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Christmas Scene Bauble Card

I couldn't do a series of Christmas cards without doing a shaker card.  This one I have tried to create a winter tree scene for inside the bauble and to have snow for the shaker material.


I started doing my shaker background with a piece of Tim Holtz water colour card, and masked off an area for a snow bank at the bottom, and the moon/sun and then blended a background using tumbled glass, salty ocean and blueprint sketch distress inks.  Then removed the snow bank mask at the bottom and lightly with the tumbled glass blended in another slightly different shaped snow bank below the first one.  

Then I replaced the top snowbank mask and stamped two trees using an old wooden tree stamp I had, and then removed that snowbank mask, and replaced the second one and stamped two more trees, so they looked like they were more in the foreground.  

Finally I put some snow using a Simon says stamp stencil called falling snow and some texture paste mixed with some iridescent glitter.

To make the actual card, I cut out a circle with a circle die out of the front of my card panel and also with a slightly bigger circle die, I cut a circle into a piece of craft foam.  I stuck down a piece of acetate over the back of the cut circle on my card panel, and then stuck down the craft foam onto that.  I made sure I went thoroughly around the aperture with double side tape on both sides of the craft foam, as I didn't want any of my chunky glitter to fall out.  I had forgotten to put my sentiment onto the card front, so with my misti I stamped the sentiment.

Finally I put the background onto my card base, filled the card panel up with some chunky white glitter that looked like snow and adhered them together.  

Finally I used the very top 'hanger' part of a Christmas ornament die I had to make a hanger for this bauble. and that was the card finished.

If you would like to see the video of making this card it is here

The materials I have used for this card are

Spellbinder Circle die in two sizes
Card base and panel is White linen card 5 x 7"
Small piece of silver foil paper
Paper Artist 3 Lacy ornaments dies
SSS Warm Wishes stamp set
Versafine Onyx black ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Tim Holtz water colour card
post-it notes for masking
Distress inks tumbled glass, salty ocean & blueprint sketch
Ranger mini blending tool and sponges
Misti stamping tool
Craft Foam 
Ranger Non stick mat
Stampfantastic wooden tree stamp
SSS falling snow stencil
Ranger texture paste
Iridescent glitter
White chunky glitter for snow

I hope you will have a go at making something similar to this card, it was really quite easy, and everyone loves a shaker card at Christmas.  
Happy card making 

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Warm Christmas Wishes

This card is for all the people who live in countries where you have a warm Christmas instead of a winter Christmas.We usually have between 25C - 30C, but today was already 28C, so it may be even warmer than that this year.  

This card is using the Warm Christmas Wishes stamp set by Simon says stamp, and has a very cute santa in board shorts and sunglasses!

I stamped the stamps I wanted to use with momento tuxedo black ink and coloured them with a selection of Copics if I had them, or the Reno art alcohol markers I have.  See below for the full list of colours for each image. I then fussy cut them out right to the stamped edge, went around the edge with a black pen.  

To make the background I made a cloud stencil with a post-it and then inked the clouds onto a piece of card with tumbled glass distress ink and a mini blending tool.  I also cut out two curvy shapes that could be sand at the bottom of my scene and inked them with antique linen and a touch of mustard seed.

To do the frame I cut a stitched rectangle into the centre of a card panel the same size as the card base, and then used the inside edge of the same die to cut a rectangle out of the red card, so that it was an even amount on the inside of the frame.  

Then it was a matter of mounting the background to the card base, then the sand on top of that, then the frame over that.  Finally I mounted the scene how I wanted it and think it turned out very cute!

Here is a video to show how it was made

The materials I used are
SSS Warm Wishes stamp set
Momento tuxedo black ink
White card base and front panel 5 x 7"
Card for background, stamping and sand
Distress inks tumbled glass, antique linen & mustard seed
Ranger mini blending tool and sponges
Acrylic block
SSS stitched rectangle dies
craft knife
Emboss black pen
Foam tape
Cosmic simmer glue
Quilled pecision glue bottle
Wink of stella pen
Glossy accents
Cutter bee scissors
Copic and Reno art alcohol makers
Surf board: Copics R22, R35, R49, B00 & B02
Reno art 237, 270, 271 & 273
Beach ball: Copics R22, R35, R49, YG17,
Reno art 158, 224, 225, 24, 240, 242, 192 & 193
Santa: Copics R22, R35, B00, B02, YG17,  E00, E02, E11 & RV 02
RA 259, 260, 225, 192
Drinks Table: Copics E11, E35, YG17, R22, R35, B00, B02
RA 24, 27, 192 & 193
Palm tree: Copics E11, E35, YG17 & R49
RA 24, 248, 192, 225, 242 & 158

I hope you enjoyed this card and video, and I managed to inspire you for something for your Christmas cards this year.  
Happy card making 


Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Christmas Music Book card

This card is part of my Christmas 2016 series by request.  When I first said I was going to do some card videos, I got asked by some friends if I could do a card using this open book die and show how I did the music on it.

I traced around the centre part of the book die with a pencil onto scrap paper, and then cut just inside the lines to make myself a template for cutting out the music.

The faboulous site that I downloaded the music for the book was, she has them to download for free.
I made a copy of the two jpgs of the sheet music I wanted to use, and put them 
on a document, then shrunk them down in size until they would fit into the centre part of the book die.  I also made sure I made a text box behind the two sheet music jpgs, so that it there were areas beyond the music that needed to fill in space on the die it would look like it was part of the open page.  

Here is a video showing how I made the card

The materials I used for this card are
The supplies I used are:
Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Filigree poinsettia additions stamp set
Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Poinsettiea additions die set
Marianne Designs Open Book Die
Marianne Designs Holly Branch die
Pinflair Buff-it Gold
3mm red ribbon
Cheery Lynn Poinsettia die strip
red paper
Gold micro beads
Ranger Gold embossing powder
Versamark watermark ink
3mm red flatback pearls
Heat gun
double sided tape
Green card base
White card
Gold foil card
Crafts too Fancy frame embossing folder
Cosmic Shimmer glue
Quilled precision glue bottle

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Emboss resist background with vellum poinsettias card

This card is using the Emboss resist technique once again, I am going to stamp poinsettias and mistletoe stamps on half of a front card panel with White embossing powder and also some of the largest poinsettia flowers onto vellum.  I cut these out with the matching full petal die. I then blended red distress ink over the stamped panel, going from dark at the outside edge and then lightening the blending towards the middle of the card panel.  

Once I have the blending finished I can trim the panel to fit my card base.  I then stamped the sentiment towards the bottom and to the right of the card, leaving enough space for the vellum poinsettias. 

I had intended to just use the single petals of the poinsettia, but they were a bit lost on the background, so I went with using two layers of the vellum petals, and liked that much better.  I finished off by putting a trio of white flatback pearls into each of the centres to finish the card off.  

Here is a video on how I made the card

The supplies I have used for this card are
Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Filigree Poinsettia additions stamp set
Creative Expressions Sue Wilson  Poinsettia additions die set (kindly provided by
Joy crafts Banner Sentiment stamp set
Kaisercraft Mistletoe stamp set
Versamark watermark ink
Ranger white embossing powder
Card base 5" x 7"
Ranger Water colour card front panel
double sided tape
Heat tool
Candied Apple Distress ink
Ranger mini blending tool
White 5mm flat back pearls
Cosmic Shimmer Glue
Quilled precision glue bottle

This card can be done with other Christmas stamps instead of the poinsettias, and is not necessarily a Christmas card only, you could use other flower stamps and make any other kind of card.  I hope it has given you some inspiration.
Happy card making

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Silver and white poinsettia Christmas card

Another card for my Christmas 2016 series.

This one is an elegant poinsettia card using just silver and white.  I love these simpler colour schemes for Christmas. This card I did for Fat Cats Card Corner back in August, they kindly provided the Sue Wilson Poinsettia additions die set, but I thought it would be a good card to have as part of my Christmas series.

The card front and top panel were both cut out with the stitched frames from the Sue Wilson Lattice frame die set, using the largest and the 3rd size in the set.  

I used the Kaisercraft 'Yuletide' stamp set for the sentiment done in Silver embossing powder.  The top panel was then put onto the card base with fun foam.  

The poinsettias were made with the Sue Wilson Poinsettia Additions die set which has solid dies and outline dies.  So I cut out 1 large and 2 small of the full petal dies with silver glitter card, and then 1 large and 2 small of the outlines dies in each silver mirror card and white card.  I shaped the petals slightly and then glued the mirror die cut onto the silver glitter die and then finally the white on top and finished it off with a silver dazzler gem for each of the flowers.  

The pine bough is an Impression Obsession die and I cut 5 out of them, and then trimmed them down a little.  

Here is a video showing how I made the card

The materials I used for this card are
The supplies I used are:
Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Lattice Frame die set
Card base cut to the same size as the larges of the frames from the frame set
Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Poinsettiea additions die set
Impression obsession Pine bough die
Kaisercraft Yuletide stamp set
Ranger Silver embossing powder
Versamark watermark ink
Heat gun
Fun foam
double sided tape
Silver glitter card
Silver mirror card
White card
Silver dazzler gems 
Cosmic Shimmer glue
Quilled precision glue bottle

I hope this inspired you to look at your poinsettia dies a little differently and maybe to use different types of card together with beautiful results. 

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Rudolf and Santa's list Christmas Card

This is the first card in my Christmas 2016 series and I have kept this one fairly simple

The stamp is from Wild Rose studio and is just called Santa and Rudolf.  I have stamped it, in alcohol marker friendly ink, and then coloured it with the copics I have and some of the Reno Art markers to fill in the gaps of my very small copic collection.  

The sentiment is from a Kaisercraft stamp set called 'Mistletoe' 
Once all the stamping and colouring was done I used the Simon Says Stamp 'falling snow' stencil and with some Ranger texture paste made a snowy background but masked the santa and rudolf off, as I didn't want snow on them.  While the texture paste was still wet, I sprinkled it with some polysparkle embossing powder, and then set it aside to dry completely before heating the embossing powder with my heat tool.

This was then trimmed down and mounted with fun foam onto a card base.

I have a  video on how I made the card.

The supplies I used are:
Rudolf and Santa stamp by Wild Rose Studio
Momento tuxedo black ink
Kaisercraft Mistletoe stamp set
Ranger texture paste
Simon Says stamps Falling snow stencil
Ranger polysparkle embossing powder
Heat gun
5 x 7 card base
double sided tape
Alcohol markers: Browns Renoart 246, Copics E11, E35, E37, E55
Reds Copics R22, R35, R46 & Renoart 159
Green Renoart 13 & 27
Greys Renoart 259, 260, 261, 270, 271, 272
Blues Copics B00, B02
Purples Renoart 192, 195
Yellow Renoart 225
Skin Copics E00, E02, E11
White jelly roll pen

I hope this card inspired you to get started on your Christmas cards, its always a great excuse to make some cute cards. 

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Emboss resist blended Persian Motif Card

There's something almost magical about the emboss resist technique, the way the design appears when you do ink blending over it. It reminds me of the magic paint books I got as a child, where you painted on water, and then a picture magically appeared. 

This card I have used the Altenew Persian Motif stamp set to stamp an all over design in two triangular patterns on the top and bottom of the card, leaving a strip in the middle where I am to put the sentiment. 

I stamped two of the flowers from the stamp set with versamark ink and then embossed it with white embossing powder.

The ink blending I used Distress inks in pretty jewel colours and then stamped a sentiment which would go with my die cut 'thanks' sentiment. I trimmed the panel down, so it would leave a little strip on the left hand side, to do a strip of black and white washi tape. 

I have made a video on how I made the card, although it is a very simple card, depending on what colours you use, the effects are really lovely.

The materials I used to make the card
Card base 5 x 7 inches
Panel also same size
Washi tape
Altenew Persian Motif stamp set
Versamark watermark ink
Ranger white embossing powder
EK success powder tool
Heat tool
Ranger mini blending tool
Distress inks wilted violet, picked raspberry, salty ocean & blueprint sketch
Poppystamps Fancy thanks die
paper xtra sentiment stamp
double sided tape
Versafine onyx black ink
Clear embossing powder

Yet another way to use any stamps you might have in a different way.
I hope I have given you some inspiration, happy card making

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Graciellie Designs Fall Fest Blog Hop and giveaways

I have made another card for Graciellie Designs as a guest designer.  This time it is for their Fall Fest Blog Hop.  This month they have got a 3 day extravaganza with giveaways, sales and inspiration!  Each day you have a chance to win a lovely digital stamp sets of your choice from the Graciellie Design's shop by following their blog hops.  All of the designers have prepared some beautiful projects for your crafty inspiration so we invite you to join in the fun!

Welcome to day 2 of the fall fest blog hop, if you missed day 1, make sure to visit Graciellie Designs blog from the start here, and all the other hops along the way, leave a comment on each of the hops and be into win a digital stamp set of your choice. 

The digital stamp I am using is

This is the card I have made.
I reduced the size of the digital image on the computer to fit the Spellbinder labels 4 die I wanted to use, and printed it out onto water colour paper.

I used my Stabilo 68 water colour pens to paint the image and then attached it with foam tape to my die cut background which I had mounted onto mauve glitter paper. 
The sentiment I cut out with a fancy tag die and finished the card off with a bow I had hand dyed the ribbon for and some flat back pearls. 

Continue with the hop and remember to leave a comment to be in the draw.
The next hop is Karen at Kaleidoscopic Sparkles and visit Graciellie Design on Facebook to have an extra entry by liking, sharing and leaving a comment on today's post.

Please come back tomorrow starting at Graciellie designs where you will get the next hop participants. Please visit the Graciellie Digital shop to see the sales that are going on during Fall Fest.

Winners will be announced on Graciellie Design's Facebook page on October 29th. 

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Small flower from Beautiful Day stamp set Thank you card

This card turned out to be a wee cutie, I wanted to 'hero' one of the smaller stamps in the Altenew Beautiful day stamp set, and so I made this card.

I stamped the Thank you sentiment first onto a scrap of water colour paper, and then stamped the little sprig of flowers from the stamp set, all around it with versafine onyx black ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.

I then set to and coloured the flowers and leaves with my Stabilo 68 water colour pens.

I cut a frame with the Memory box stitched square dies and raised it up with some fun foam.  A sprinkling of sequins and it was done.

A really quick card, and a great one if you like sitting down and colouring.  

A video on how I made the card

The materials I used were
Altenew Beautiful day stamp set
Ranger water colour paper
No 4 paint brush
Versafine Onyx black ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Heat tool
Stabilo 68 watercolour markers
Joy crafts Banner sentiment stamp set
Fun foam
White linen card
double sided tape

 Another way to use the smaller stamps in your stamp sets that get a bit forgotten.
A quick way to make a very sweet card.
Happy Card making

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Floral blooms watercolour background card.

Recently I bought an Australian simply cards magazine and with it was a free set of floral blooms.  There was a stencil, border embossing folder and some clear stamps.
I am making a background with the outline flower and outline leaf from this set

I have stamped these onto some watercolour paper with versamark watermark ink and then embossed it with white embossing powder.

I have then coloured the flowers firstly with distress inks wilted violet, salty ocean, squeezed lemonade (I went back and darkened this a little with mustard seed and picked raspberry. Then the leaves with twisted citron.  Then painted in the background with a spun sugar reinker.
I was going to leave the painting quite light, but decided once it was dried, that it was a bit washed out, so I went back and did another layer of all the colours to brighten it up a little.

Lastly I made a sentiment on a strip of vellum, and folded it over my water coloured panel, cut it out with a stitched rectangle. I then stuck the outside frame to a card base and trimmed it to size, then raised the stitched rectangle panel with some foam tape. 

The materials I have used for this card are:
Floral blooms stamp set from Australian Simply Cards magazine August 2016
Water colour paper
Versamark watermark ink
Ranger white embossing powder
Distress inks wilted violet, squeezed lemonade, mustard seed, picked raspberry and salty ocean, twisted citron
Spun sugar distress re-inker
No 4 paint brush
3M Scotch Foam sided tape
Tape runner
White card base 
Mix of clear and pink clear sequins

This is another way to use any of your flower stamps, especially if they are quite detailed or outline stamps.
I hope this has given you some inspiration
Happy Cardmaking