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Saturday, 27 May 2017

SATURDAY CARD GIVE-AWAY

Hello and welcome...
I hope you like today's give-away.  I must say that it is one of my favourites and I think it may have a lot to do with the aqua coloured card!


If you would like to give this card a new home please leave me a comment, the link is at the bottom of this post.
We will use Random.org Name Picker to choose a winner on Monday morning.
We also welcome international friends to join us too

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

Friday, 26 May 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ~ YOU ROCK!

Hello and welcome...
Today's card was made for a dear friend of ours who loves playing his guitar
Today is his birthday and I thought this to be a fitting card for him
  • I started with a white 8" square card ~ my stash
  • from my files I printed the 3 musical images ~ my stash
  • I used an oval die to cut and emboss the musical notes and circular die for the guitar ~ dies by Sue Wilson for CE
  • the coloured musical notes were 'fussy' cut
  • I typed the sentiment and die cut and embossed  it using one of the pierced square dies by SW
  • I kept the sentiment in the die and using a smoothie ~ Creative Expressions,  and without adding extra ink, I gently coloured around the sentiment
  • I used other pre-inked smoothies to add a little colour around the other die cuts
  • The sentiment had mounting foam added to the back for dimension, all other elements were adhered, flat,  to the card using Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue
From my stash I added sheet music to the inside of the card and my verse was die cut then adhered to the inside as shown below
 To complete I stamped, very lightly, sheet music to the envelope
 
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

Thursday, 25 May 2017

THURSDAY TUTORIAL ~ AND NOT WHAT TO DO!!

Hello and welcome...
It's so annoying when you have finished making a card to then smudge it just as you're ready to photograph it!  I caught the centre of 2 flowers leaning over to position my card which is why I have had to glue a huge black dazzler to the centre of one flower and there's a smaller centre just down from it that was also smudged...grrrr LOL
You will see what I mean now
  • the base is a white 5"x7" scalloped card
  • I cut mats and layers decreasing an eighth of an inch in sherbet and black foundation card by Creative Expressions
  • I then cut 3 circles from white card stock using the doubled pierced circles die set by SW for CE as a 'stencil'
  • this was then placed onto the top card 
  • I stamped the images using a flower stamp by CE with StazOn black ink 
  • as I already had Pixie Powder 'Sun Yellow' and 'Lava Red' in my painting palette I add a little water to activate the powders and coloured in the flowers
  • I used a Spectrum noir pencil 050 to colour the leaves
my apologies as I am unable to capture how pretty the pixie powders are, the mica in them really makes them shine and 'pop'
  • I stamped two freebie sentiments onto my card using a black StazOn ink pad
  • I attached a thin, white satin ribbon around the layers and adhered it to the card
  • to complete I added small, white flat back pearls in 3 places and Cosmic Shimmer Black PVA to all the centres of the flowers.... which is how I came to smudge the PVA glue and had to replace 1flower head with a black dazzler! 
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

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello and welcome...

and an extra welcome to my new followers

I am thrilled to let you know that I am now part of the design team for
Moving Along With The Times (MAWTT)

I've admired the work of the team for such a long time and I'm really looking forward to working with these talented ladies

You can see their work by clicking on the link below:


it's well worth a visit
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

BIRTHDAY WISHES

Hello and welcome...
I have a sweet card for you today

  • I used a pale pink card as my base card, scored it to make an A5 portrait card
  • I added a mat of white, pink then white card again to the base card
  • I also die cut the butterflies on the final white card then embossed the card with an old favourite embossing folder of mine by Spellbinders.... I love that design
  • once embossed I added double sided adhesive to the back of the butterfly apertures, removed the backing and sprinkled Gold Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flakes to the area and burnished them in with a rubit-scrubit
  • Mounting foam was then added to back of the card and adhered to the base card
  • I used only 3 butterflies on the card and glued them with Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue, I always use this glue, it really is fantastic
  • I added 2 flat back pearls to the bottom left corner
  • the pearl embellishment in the top right is by Hobby House
  • Finally I stamped the sentiment onto white card, die cut it with one of the pierced flags and dusted the edges with a smoothie that already had a little pink ink on it
INGREDIENTS
  • Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flakes/Creative Expressions (C E)
  • rubit-scrubit/CE
  • butterflies die set/C E
  • dries clear glue/C E
  • pierced flag dies/C E
  • smoothies/CE
  • flat back pearls/CE
  • pearl flower embellishment/Hobby House
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

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

FEEL BETTER SOON

Hello and welcome...
Another 'dinky' card today!
  • I started with a piece of black card stock and rubbed my anti-static bag all over it
  • using a clear embossing ink pad I stamped the 'rose vase' stamp then covered it with white detail embossing powder
  • I used left-over Pixie Powders from my palette to paint the roses
  • with a white pencil I randomly added dots around the petals
  • I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment to the bottom right of the card using the same ink pad and embossing powder
  • I assembled all my  black and white mats and layers then used a blue water pencil to colour 3 parts of the vase followed by applying glossy accents over that area to give an appearance of water.  I don't think the 'water' will look as deep as this once thoroughly dried

The card measures 5"x5.5"
INGREDIENTS
  • black and white card stock ~ Creative Expressions (C E)
  • anti-static bag ~ Woodware
  • rose vase stamp ~ Clarity
  • white detail embossing powder ~ C E
  • pixie powders ~ C E
  • sentiment ~ C E
  • clear embossing ink ~ Tim Holtz for Ranger
  • glossy accents ~ Tim Holtz for Ranger

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

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