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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!


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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:

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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

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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