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Monday, 22 May 2017

NEW CHALLENGE AT CRAFTY CARDMAKERS ~ FLORAL PROFUSION

Hello and welcome...


Today is a new challenge at Crafty Cardmakers
Jackie is hosting this and the theme is Floral Profusion!
We would love to see your creations covered in flowers .. lots of flowers!!
As always, anything you make is fine as long as it fits the theme
Please read the rules and take note of our '15 Challenge Limit'

This is my contribution:
as well as a commission
  • I began with a white 8" square card and added a mat of gold mirri card
  • I then embossed another piece of white card with the cascading hearts embossing folder and used a corner punch to all 4 corners
  • Using 2 of the pierced oval frames dies, I cut and embossed a frame 3 times and adhered these together, added mounting foam to the back, prior to adding the frame to the centre of my card
  • I cut all the petals for the flowers by hand, shaped them then added several shades of distress inks to each one
  • I made a 'floppy' bow with white satin ribbon and attached it within the oval then added the flowers
  • The leaves were left over from a previous card and I covered them with diamond snow
  • I also added strands of pearls to the flower arrangement and pearl hearts to one corner of the card and one pearl heart to the sentiment
  • The personal sentiment was typed then die cut and glued to the card and to complete I inserted a personal verse
INGREDIENTS:
  • gold mirri and white card ~ my stash
  • corner punch ~ my stash
  • satin ribbon ~ my stash
  • pearl strands and hearts ~ my stash
  • cascading hearts embossing folder ~ Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions
  • pierced oval dies ~ SW for CE
  • pierced flag dies ~ SW for CE
  • diamond snow ~ Glitter Jewells - CE
  • tattered rose, victorian velvet, spun sugar ~ Distress Inks by Ranger
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog, I hope my designs have given a little inspiration
 I read all your comments and really appreciate you leaving me a message
June x

SATURDAY'S CARD WINNER

Hi, thanks for stopping by...

The names from Saturday's comments have been entered into
RANDOM NAME PICKER. ORG
and the name chosen is....

aunty Millie
please email me your postal address to

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and hope my designs have given a little inspiration. I read all your comments and really appreciate you leaving me a message. June x

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Hi, thanks for stopping by...

This is a 'blast from the past' card and why it isn't showing in colour I've no idea!  It is a white and deep gold colour combo




Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and hope my designs have given a little inspiration. I read all your comments and really appreciate you leaving me a message
June x
I'll be back to tomorrow at 10am with the name of the winner for yesterday's card

It's also a new challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and I will post my contribution at 1pm tomorrow

All for now x





Saturday, 20 May 2017

HEARTFELT THANKS ~ CARD GIVE~AWAY

Hi, thanks for stopping by...
If you would like to give this poppy card a new home all you need to do is leave me a comment. 
The winner will be drawn Monday at 10am.

Anyone may enter, we ship international but, and please note, we can not accept 'anonymous' you will have to leave us some form of identification please.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.... where has this year gone?

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and hope my designs have given a little inspiration. I read all your comments and really appreciate you leaving me a message.

June x

Friday, 19 May 2017

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY ~ CARD COMMISSION

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This card was made for the same recipient as yesterday's card.
It is an 8" square white card base and I added this rich red paper that already had the  black and white card heart printed on it.  I added the 'scroll' lines to the bottom using a quickie glue pen then sprinkled WOW Black Twinkle Embossing Powder over it and heat set.
I did the same with the True Love sentiment.
I used an old Spellbinders Die Set to cut and emboss the three layers shown at the top of the card.  My apologies as I no longer have the package this die set came in. 
I typed the sentiment that is on the white topper and added one very small red heart and 3 tiny red gems.
To complete I added 3 gems to the top right and a personal verse to the inside of the card.

Please pop back tomorrow for the

SATURDAY SPECIAL GIVE ~ AWAY CARD

All you have to do is to leave me a comment on tomorrow's post and a winner will be drawn on Monday.
Please also remember that if you comment under anonymous you will need to add some sort of identification eg ABC, 123, Craft-woman..... you get the gist LOL

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and hope my designs have given a little inspiration. I read all your comments and really appreciate you leaving me a message.
June x

Thursday, 18 May 2017

CARD COMMISSION

Hi, thanks for stopping by...
When I was asked to design a card for this particular lady, and as it was a 'special' birthday, I was told not to hold back on the on the decoration.
The lady in question happens to be a relative of mine too so...
Happy 50th Birthday Moya!
As it was for a 50th I thought it appropriate to use gold card

This is a white,  8" square card base with a gold narrow mat then another mat of white card
  • I used one of the corners dies from the 'Decorative Blossom Corner' and die cut the top left corner
  • I die cut just below the centre of the white card with the Lavish Swirls from the Diagonals Range
  • The floral element was made using the Cape Daisy from the Finishing Touches Collection
  • These were die cut and embossed with alternate gold and white card
  • I made three of these flowers in different sizes and glued them to the top right corner
  • The bling is from Hobby House.   I used only a partial amount from the set 
  • I typed the sentiment, die cut it using the penultimate oval die from the set followed by die cutting another oval, in gold, using the eighth die from the set. I matted the sentiment onto the gold card and glued it to the bottom right
  • To complete I typed a personal verse and adhered it to the inside of the card
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and hope my designs have given a little inspiration. I read all your comments and really appreciate you leaving me a message.
June x

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

FOR SOMEONE SO SPECIAL

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I love an aqua and white card!
  • This is an 8" square white card base with thin mats of aqua and white foundation card
  • I die cut  the Quilted Blocks Striplet Die twice on a piece of aqua card and covered the backs of both with some double sided adhesive sheet
  • I removed the backing sheet and added white card ~ there wasn't any need for extra adhesive as the adhesive sheets are very sticky!
  • Next I sprinkled Cosmic Shimmer Diamond Snow over the front of both striplets
You can see the sparkle a lot better in the above picture
  • For the next step I did exactly the same as above but reversed the colour combination
  • I added this piece onto mounting foam and adhered it in between the two striplet panels
  • The sentiment,  Sweet Wishes, was stamped onto white card then die cut using the two outer dies from the Indian Ocean Collection - Tag Duo, mounting foam was applied to the back then placed onto the centre of the card
  • To complete I added flat back pearls to the four corners of the card
INGREDIENTS:
  • Foundation Card
  • Striplet Die by Sue Wilson
  • Indian Ocean Collection - Tag Duo by Sue Wilson
  • Flat back pearls
  • Cosmic Shimmer Diamond Snow
  • Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue
  • Sweet Wishes Stamp Set  ~  all the above by Creative Expressions
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and hope my designs have given a little inspiration. I read all your comments and really appreciate you leaving me a message
June x

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY


Hi, thanks for stopping by...

We have a notelet card for you
 today.
A white card base, top folding, measuring 4"x5.5"
  •  I blanked the circle in the middle using my round paper punch on a post-it, ensuring the adhesive part stayed in tack and placed it onto the card
  • I used Ranger's Tattered Rose Ink Pad and a Smoothie by Creative Expressions to add the colour around the post-it circle
  • This was followed by stamped two swirls, in Black StazOn Ink, as shown.  These were part of a free gift and my apologies as I no longer have the details
  • I had several butterflies already die cut and, after removing the mask, adhered one flat to the card using Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear PVA Glue
  • I used acrylic paints in a red and yellow colour to paint the butterfly and also painted the whole of the underneath with the yellow acrylic paint
  • When dry this was adhered to the card
  • I added white flat back pearls to the spine of the butterfly and carried on adding them to create a butterfly 'trail'
  • I then stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment using the Black StazOn Ink onto white card and 'fussy' cut it out.  Mounting foam was added to the back of this then adhered onto the card
  • To complete I dotted faux pearls around the card using White Twinkles PVA Glue by Creative Expressions






Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and  hope my designs have given a little inspiration.
I do read all your comments and really appreciate you leaving me a message.

June x



























































































Monday, 15 May 2017



From Saturday's comments, Random.org, has picked a winner

Pam G
Meglet 52
Margaret F
Sarah T
Judy-Darlington
and that is...

Judy/Darlington

Please email  your postal details to:

BLAST FROM THE PAST! - CARD WINNER

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I really like the simplicity of this card!  It was also another commission.
It is an A4 white card and scored to make a top opening A5 card.
  • I embossed the card front using Spellbinders Garden Lattice embossing folder
  • On lilac card I cut and embossed the Aster Flower Topper Die Set by Spellbinders and glittered it
  • Next were the Spellbinders's 2 flourishes, also die cut, this time in green foundation card
  • I then typed the sentiment onto white foundation card and reduced the size of it to make the card topper
  • I added a pearl brad to the flower centre, punched a small hole in the white topper card and inserted this through the punched hole
  • I also added a little glue to the flower then adhered it to the corner of the topper card.  That done, I glued the flourishes below it then matted it onto lilac card
  • This was then matted onto the main card and glued to the base card 
A quick and easy card today

THE WINNER OF SATURDAY'S CARD WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT
10am

Pop back then to see if you are the lucky one!

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and hope my designs have given a little inspiration. I read all your comments and really appreciate you leaving me a message.
June x

Sunday, 14 May 2017

YOU ARE SO SPECIAL ~ ONE FOR THE BOYS

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It can be so difficult making cards for the male species at times.  This was a card commission.
The man in question was moving house and doing some DIY as well as turning a 'special age'
  • I used the Shadow Box Die Set ~ Sue Wilson/Creative Expressions and die cut the frame in a brown foundation card ~ CE.  It was adhered to ivory foundation card ~ CE that I embossed using a 'dotted' embossing folder.  This was then adhered to the white card base, A5 size
  • The charms are by Hobby House and I glued those into the two cubbies, a silver 60 was also glued in the smallest cubby
  • As the charms were silver I die cut and embossed the house, by Joanna Sheene Die Set, in a pearlised light grey card stock to coordinate.  I also used mounting foam on the back for dimension and cut around 3 sides of the door to enable it to open a little
  • I stamped the sentiment onto white card using a brown ink pad, used a light brown felt pen to edge the sides then die cut it using one of the Pierced Flags by SW/CE.  I backed it with mounting foam to give it some dimension and curled it slightly
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I read all your comments and appreciate you leaving me a message and hope my designs have given a little inspiration
June x

Saturday, 13 May 2017

YOU ARE SO SPECIAL ~ CARD GIVE-AWAY

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If you would like to give this card a new home please leave me a comment and your name will go in the draw.  You have until 9.45am Monday.... and remember we ship overseas too!


Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I read all your comments and appreciate you leaving me a message and hope my designs have given a little inspiration
June x

Friday, 12 May 2017

SENDING BUTTERFLY WISHES YOUR WAY

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THE BEFORE AND AFTER SHOT!
Can you believe the difference?  Same photo taken on same camera!

If you read my post, I think it was two days ago, I mentioned about using left over card stock by making flowers, frames, borders etc rather than just storing it in a container/drawer.  So doing a quick tidy in one are of my studio I came across the above card base and decided to make something with it!
What I find strange is that when photographed the background looks a pale and delicate pink, it is actually white!  The card looks a muted beige when in fact it is the delicate pale pink showing behind the card as well as the top left of the card!  OK... enough about the colours LOL.
  • This is a 5.5" square card with thin mats of copper, white and pink foundation card by Creative Expressions.  I covered another piece of white card with double sided adhesive sheet , removed the backing and covered it with gorgeous Gilding Flakes/Mulled Wine by Creative Expressions, and I apologise as, again, the true colours are not showing up well at all!
  • I die cut this piece using only the inner die of the Finishing Touches - Cascading Butterflies Die Set by Sue Wilson/Creative Expressions then, using both dies, die cut it again on white card, to give me the white 'frame' to adhere around the butterflies
  • I used a stamp that was a free gift from a card crafting magazine for the sentiment.  I stamped and embossed it onto white card and used WOW Metallic Gold Sparkle Embossing Powder
  • I backed this onto a thin mat of the copper card and added a small heart to the bottom left of the sentiment
  • I used the smallest butterfly from the die cuts, sprayed it with adhesive and covered it with Glitter Jewels Diamond Snow by Creative Expressions. I added two flat back pearls by Creative Expressions to its spine and adhered this to the top left of my card
  • To complete I added more of the same flat back pearls
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I read all your comments and appreciate you leaving me a message and hope my designs have given a little inspiration
June x
I am entering this card into the following challenge:

 MAWTT Challenge ~ #45 Butterflies

Thursday, 11 May 2017

THURSDAY TUTORIAL

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This is the card for today's tutorial
On a piece of black card I rubbed an anti-static bag over it then stamped the flower stamp, 'Arianna Blooms Stamp' by Heartfelt Creations , twice, using a clear embossing ink pad, followed by sprinkling 'Cosmic Shimmer Detail Embossing Powder True White' by Creative Expressions, over the flowers and heat setting them


I am fortunate to have two sets of this particular die set, which helps save time when I am making several flowers for a card
Once heat set I die cut and embossed the flowers using my Platinum machine

I placed the die cut flowers onto a paper towel and spritz water over them

scrumpled each flower and dried them with my heat tool.  Normally I would set them aside to dry naturally

Next I used a Japanese 'hole punch' and punched a hole in the centre of each flower


I carefully opened each flower, applied clear glue around the centres and added the individual flower layers.
Whilst the glue dried I used stick pins to hold them together  as shown above.
When dried I gathered several white stamens and glued them into the centres of the 3 flowers


Using one of my old Spellbinders A4 embossing folder I embossed the white base card.  I've had this folder for years and one time it became wedged in my very first Grand Calibur machine, it was totally my fault as I used the wrong sandwich combination LOL!  My husband eventually managed to  release it but you can see the damaged top part, that is not a problem as I can still use it, the pattern is a favourite of mine


The above is the embossed base card.
For the next step I used the second largest oval die to cut a piece of black card

I will make more flowers with the leftover black card (below, centre) and with the oval frame that was left over I will keep for another card.

I did stamp the 'Birthday wishes' sentiment onto the bottom of the leftover black card and using another Spellbinders die set cut and embossed it

With another piece of white foundation card I die cut it using the third largest oval die then embossed it using the 'Falling Snow' Embossing Folder by Sue Wilson ~ Creative Expressions 



I then adhered the white and black ovals onto each other then onto the card base.  The flowers were then added and I attached black mounting foam to the sentiment and adhered it to the card.
The finished card is 6"x8"

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I read all your comments and appreciate you leaving me a message and hope my designs have given a little inspiration

June x

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

SUMMER

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Two days of sunshine here and it inspired me to use a new stamp by Clarity as well a few Pixie Powders to add the lovely burst of colour.  It is such a shame that the mica, in the Pixie Powders, don't show very well when photographed!
I am really enjoying using 5"x7" cards of late, as opposed to, for example, an 8" square and an A5!
This card is a white 5"x7" base. 
  • I used water colour card and sprayed water to one small area then sprinkled Peacock Green PP to it, I dabbed the excess with a paper towel and dried that area with my heat tool
  • I did the same with the other two Pixie Powders and that gave me my burst of colour
  • The word Summer was stamped in black
  • I used a corner punch to all four sides then, with a grey Spectrum noir pen, coloured the edges
  •  Next, using foundation card, I created layers of custard, pink and green to tie in with the pixie colours and adhered this, to the base card, at a jaunty angle
  • I did the same with the water colour card, as shown above
  • Using the camellia open and closed petals die set I cut and embossed several flowers from the custard and white card.  These were then shaped and glued together before adding them to the card
  • I already had a spray of leaves cut and embossed, an extra bonus was that I had previously glittered them LOL, I snipped off individual parts and attached them around the flowers
  • To complete I added 2 butterflies, already cut and embossed from a previous card project and added pearls to the spines of each butterfly then, to complete, added flat back pearls in two lots of threes
HELPFUL TIP ~ when you are cutting and embossing elements for a card and have left over card, instead of putting it away for 'another time' I encourage you to make flowers, butterflies, tags, or whatever, depending on the products you have of course.  You can then 'store' these in individual containers and name them with whatever it is you have made.  This will save you a lot of time when making future cards

INGREDIENTS:
  • Water colour card ~ Crafter's Companion
  • Spectrum noir 1G9 pen
  • Foundation card ~ Creative Expressions
  • Pixie Powders, Candy Pink/Peacock Green/Sun Yellow ~ Creative Expressions
  • Camellia open and closed petals die set by Sue Wilson ~ Creative Expressions
  • Flat back pearls ~ Creative Expressions
  • Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear PVA Glue ~ Creative Expressions
  • 'Summer' stamp ~ Clarity Stamps
  • Corner punch ~ Woodware
  • Butterflies ~ my stash


Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I read all your comments and appreciate you leaving me a message and hope my designs have given a little inspiration
June x

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

BEAUTY IS TRUTH, TRUTH IS.......

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This is a 5"x7" black card base and I used a corner punch top and bottom of the card.
The flower stamp is quite an old one of mine and I think it's by Heartfelt Creations.  I stamped the image onto white card stock with a slate grey ink pad.
I wanted to add just a little bit of colour and bleached the tallest flower to enable me to colour it.  I used a pink and red ProMarker for this.  The middle flower I coloured a very dark brown  then added a clear glaze to both flower heads and also directly onto the flower head lower down.  One stalk was coloured using a green ProMarker.
I backed this onto gold card and left narrow side boarders only.
I then used a perfect medium to stamp the sentiment, covered it with bright white detailed embossing powder and heat set it.  Even though I used an anti-static bag prior to embossing little dots of powder remained on the card which prompted me to add a few silver sequins over them!

The 'Tuesday Tutorial' has now moved to a permanent Thursday slot

INGREDIENTS:
  • Black card, white card and gold card ~ Creative Expressions
  • ProMarkers in red, pink and green
  • Perfect Medium Embossing Pad ~ Ranger
  • White Snow Ink Pad ~ Adirondack
  • Clear Craft Glaze ~ Pinflair
  • Sentiment ~ my stash
  • Silver sequins ~ my stash
  • Corner punch ~ Clarity
  • Anti-static bag ~ Woodware
  • Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue ~ Creative Expressions
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog.
I read all your comments and appreciate you leaving me a message and hope my designs have given a little inspiration.

June x

Monday, 8 May 2017

ALWAYS KEEP YOUR BEAUTIFUL IMAGINATION & EXQUISITE HUMOUR

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It's a new challenge at Crafty Cardmakers' Blog today, the theme is
 'Add A Sentiment' 
the above card is my contribution but please pop over to see my design teamies' cards, there is a gorgeous selection of their beautiful cards.

If you click on the link below it will take you directly there:




I have used a new stencil to create part of the focal point on my card and dusted the flower heads with a distress ink pad.  I then used a different distress ink for the background and applied 'splatters' of clear water to lift some of the colour.
The sentiment, which I call a filigree font, was stamped using 'Rich Cocoa' ink pad.  The wording is a little difficult to read, hence my take on 'filigree' and I have typed the words in full on the title post.
The stencil is an ideal size should you want to cover the front of an A5 card, and it gives you a lovely border, that I think that is a bonus!
So if you have 5 minutes click on the above link and see the other gorgeous cards from the design team and if you would also like to enter the challenge I will look forward to seeing your card too!


INGREDIENTS:
  • A4 white foundation card ~ Creative Expressions
  • Harebells Stencil ~ Clarity
  • Sentiment ~ Indigoblu
  • Mustard Seed and Tattered Rose Distress Inks ~ Ranger
  • Rich Cocoa Dye Ink Pad ~ Memento
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I read all your comments and appreciate you leaving me a message and hope my designs have given a little inspiration

June x

AND THE WINNER IS......

Hi, thanks for stopping by...   today's card will be posted at 1pm


Using Random Name Picker.org, it has chosen.........


Aunty Millie
please email me with your postal details to:

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I read all your comments and appreciate you leaving me a message and hope my designs have given a little inspiration
June x
  • Margaret F
  • Pam G
  • Aunty Millie










CARD WINNER AND NEW CHALLENGE

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Saturday's card winner will be announced at 10am, so please pop back to see if it is you


It's also a new challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and my design will be posted here at 1pm


It will be good to see you back then


June x

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I read all your comments and appreciate you leaving me a message and hope my designs have given a little inspiration

Sunday, 7 May 2017

FEEL BETTER SOON

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Good morning!
Today's card is a 7" square.  From the Lemon Craft Paper Pad I chose the pretty blue paper and matted that onto a thin black card.
Using a few of the dies from the Frames And Tags range I die cut the Jessica die in a bright blue card then matted it onto ivory card to match the ivory base.
I die cut the Daisy Cluster using one blue and 2 ivory pieces of cards, and adhered them together to give both dimension and a shadow effect then glued them to the sides of the main card.  I then added mounting foam to the main focal point and added that also to the centre of the card.
The three flowers were die cut in the same blue card stock, using the two smallest dies from the Perfect Peony Complete Petals range, I then added an ivory pearl to the centres and used my 'Wink Of Stella' Clear Glitter Pen to brush across the top petals.  I also die cut the three sets of leaves from the same set.
On ivory card I stamped the sentiment and added it to the centre of the main focal point

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I read all your comments and appreciate you leaving me a message and hope my designs have given a little inspiration
June x
INGREDIENTS:
  • 7" square base card
  • Blue card ~ my stash
  • Paper background from 'LEMONCraft ~ Gossamer Blue
  • Frames And Tags Collection ~ Jessica Die Set by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions
  • Finishing Touches Collection ~ Daisy Cluster by Sue Wilson for CE
  • Finishing Touches Collection ~ Perfect Peony Complete Petals by Sue Wilson for CE
  • Clear Stamp Set by Creative Expressions
  • Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear PVA Glue ~ Creative Expressions
  • Ivory flat back pearls ~ Creative Expressions
  • Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Pen