Monday, 29 September 2014

Blossom. Design team makes.

Hello everyone...Genny here. For this weeks makes I thought that I would have a play with one stamp, similar embellishments and just share how two different cards can be make. And then as a bonus, using the waste paper to make a backing for yet another card. The stamp that I have used is from Sheena Douglas and features the blossom on a branch. Now for a start you could make it whatever colour that you wanted but I chose to make it using pink shades. I stamped with memento ink and coloured with my copics. I cut out the stamped image into an oval and mounted it onto some gold mirri. I edged this with peeloffs. Both cards that I made are an 8x8 card, with a pink background card onto which I mounted some backing papers from my pink and one green with pink flowers. They both have the same flowers at the side as an embellishment.

On one of the cards I have decorated with pearl swirls and on the other I have used green foliage diecuts from my stash. Both cards are embellished with a strip of lace. But as you can see they are very different cards in their makeup. I often do this with stamped images..stamp out 2 of the same design and try to make 2 cards that are similar yet different. Then on the card below I have used the waste paper from the two to make a striped background for yet another card. I had a topper of Boofle

which I had decoupaged ready to use, but hadn't decided where to use. Then I created this background and decided that it would be a great background for him. I have yet to put the greeting on the card but I'm thinking it would make a great 'Oh no I forgot your birthday' card. No matter how organised we think we are we all forget the odd one and this would be a great standby card.
Well I hope you all have a fantastic week and have some great crafting days. So until next time take care and happy crafting.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

DT post

Hi everyone! Can't believe how quickly these Sundays come around - soon be Christmas! Hush my mouth!
I decided Squeak the bear had a bit of decorating to do.
I adhered some brown patterned paper to the top part of a card, then cut a piece of pink patterned paper to cover the rest of the card, leaving some parts unstuck. I cut these parts to look like wallpaper & curled them down the card.
I stamped Squeak (from Daisy & Dandelion clear stamps - Squeak goes decorating) onto some white card using black Archival ink & coloured using Distress Inks as paints.
I cut him out & adhered him onto the card using foam pads for a bit of dimension. Stamped a few paint splats onto the newly decorated 'wall', stamped the paint pots onto card using black Archival, cut these out & adhered using foam pads.
Lastly I stamped the sentiment ( from Pink Cat Studio masculine stamps) onto white card. Adhered this onto some of the brown patterned paper & arranged on the card.
Poor Squeak! Don't think they will be glad to be home - still his heart's in the right place!
Thanks for stopping by, have a great week whatever you're doing.
Bev xx

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Christmas Lanterns..Design Team Makes

Good afternoon everyone...Genny here, with my first official christmas cards of the year. Bring out the glitter. Today I've picked a lantern stamps from the The Elite Collection 2008. I've always had a bit of a thing for lanterns. It could be that when I was little a set of our christmas lights were little lanterns. I thought they were magical and can remember sitting gazing at them for ages.It's strange how some things stop with you. On both cards I stamped the image using a memento inkpad and coloured the images using my copics.On the top card, I mounted the image onto a gold die cut topper. I embellished with some pine boughs,and a mirror board poinsettia. I then added a greeting and a bow. You can't tell from the photo but the card twinkles when the golds and reds catch the light.

The card above is the same idea but I changed the embellishment. On this card I used a diecut ivy flourish from my stash and added a tartan bow. This set of stamps is great value for money, there are lots of different traditional stamps and even the smaller stamps, such as this one is still enough to make a good focal point on a card

Finally I decided to make a couple of gift using the lantern again and one using a set of bells from the set. I cut a tag shape and added embellishments. I tied a piece of tartan ribbon to both. You could match the gift tags to the card..which would make a simple present look co-ordinated. I hope you like the cards and tags. Julie has a wonderful variety of christmas embellishments in the shop..they are always worth a look. I'm so bad I have to have a whole set of drawers just dedicated to my christmas
Tomorrow I will be sharing another card from my design team makes...but it's not christmas. It's a pretty card using a Sheena Douglas stamp. I hope that you will pop back tomorrow and have a look. Until then..take care and happy crafting.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

DT post

Hi everyone! Sunday again so must be time for another DT blog post. Hope you are all ok & have had a good week & weekend. The weather in my part of the world has been mainly dull but quite warm & muggy.
This week I have made a welcome home card using the Pink Cat Studio masculine stamps that Julie sent me.
I stamped the sentiment onto white card & coloured using DI.
Stamped the fish onto white card & coloured using brown ink for the background & cosmic shimmer iridescent watercolours for the fish, they give a sort of metallic sheen which doesn't really show up on the photo. I cut the image out.
Cut a piece of white card, stamped the fishing rod & lure onto this. Adhered the sentiment & fish onto this, edged this with frayed burlap DI.
Adhered the white card to a piece of brown paper, edged a white card using frayed burlap DI. Adhered the image to the card.
Thanks for stopping by,
Bev xx

Monday, 15 September 2014

Design Team Makes

Hello everyone..Genny here. At least today I had remembered to make this month I'm working with stamps and seeing what different type of cards I can make. My first featured stamp is this lovely bough from Sheena Douglas...Seasons branches from her A Little bit Sketchy range. I really like these stamps and have to say that they are a joy to use. For my first card I stamped the design and the sentiment and cut them out using my deckle scissors.I then mounted them onto some burgundy card. I edged the card and the image with a gold pen.As with all the other images today, I coloured my stamped images with my copics. My first card is a very simple one. I thought it would be nice to follow a stream of as I said the first one is simple, so the next I thought I would make taking a step up

This card I stamped and coloured in exactly the same way but mounted the image and the sentiment onto burgundy card after using my distress ink (barn door) around the edges. I then mounted that onto some white card which had also been mounted onto some more of the burgundy, with a piece of burgundy lace across the card. I finally added the burgundy flower from my stash.
As I made this card, I started thinking about making christmas cards. I looked at this image and thought that perhaps I could turn it into a christmas card..perhaps some snow and frost (paint and glitter to us Well that got me thinking even more and in the stamp collection that Julie had posted to me there was a sheet of fabulous christmas I thought that while I was in the festive mood I would make my first christmas card. I'm very late starting this year but I have faith that I will manage it. So for next week I will be turning this Sheena stamp into a christmas card but for this week I made the card below

This stamp is one of 11 stamps on a sheet called The Elite Collection 2008. On the sheet there are some timeless christmas images including 2 sets of christmas corners. They are all classic images of holly, lanterns and this large image featuring the christmas bells. I stamped the image out twice so I could decoupage the bells. I coloured the image and cut out and coloured the second set of bells. I used pinflair gluegel to add the second set, having given them a little shape. Next week I will be featuring this image again but altered to make a totally different card. I think that is one of the reasons that I love stamping so can change the look of a stamp in many ways...making them useful year in year out. I have one stamp that I use every year and it never looks the same every year.

Thankyou so much for stopping by and Julie has a wonderful selection of stamps and embellishments available..well worth a look. So until next time ..take care and happy crafting

Sunday, 14 September 2014

DT Post

Hi everyone - hope your week & weekend have been good.
Time for another DT post using the stamps Julie sent me. I have been busy making boxes this week - well a little obsessed really! This origami box is really easy to make. 
I cut 2 pieces A4 size from some brown wrapping paper, stamped the urban stamps tape measure image onto one of the sheets using black Archival ink. Made the box lid from this sheet.
Stamped the Pink Cat Studio masculine stamps onto some white card using the black Archival. I coloured these using watercolour pencils for the wooden parts & used gilding wax with some solvent blending solution, so that I could paint the silver parts.
I edged around the box lid with frayed burlap Distress Ink. Cut out the tools & arranged on the lid using foam pads. Stamped the sentiment from the Pink Cut Studio stamps onto brown paper using black Archival, cut around & adhered this onto some card, edged around with the frayed burlap DI. Adhered this onto the side of the lid.
Made the base of the box from the other piece of brown paper.
All it needs now is something to go inside it!
Thanks for stopping by,
Bev xx


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Design Team Post..Cupcakes and Daisies

Good afternoon everyone. First let me apologise for being a day late with this post. I will share the reason why because as crafters you will know exactly why this happened. I received my dt parcel from Julie and to my absolute joy it was stamps. So I had it all planned..intending to stamp and make cards ready for Mondays post. Well I got into stamping and colouring so much that it got to Sunday night and I realised that I hadn't even got to making a I messaged Julie and admitted to my crime of not being ready and Julie laughed saying she had done the same thing many times. So yesterday I finally got to make some cards. I thought that I would begin with the cupcakes as we all seem to love them or at least know someone who does. What choices I had to make. My first above represents a mint and chocolate. Simply stamped and coloured and then added to a patchwork background
My second card features the same cupcake with strawberries dipped in chocolate and placed onto another patchwork backing. My final cupcakes I have just coloured in pastel colours..I thought after I had made this card how nice these would be on a baby shower invitation..perhaps I will have a play with that later this week. All my cupcakes I have coloured with my copics.

Finally I have created a small wall hanging using some canvas board. I painted the canvas with acrylic paint, stamped and coloured and then cut out the daisies, finally adding them to the canvas. I put one of my favourite Oscar Wilde quotes in the middle.

I hope you like todays selection..I will try and do some more for later in the week. Until then take care and happy crafting..Genny

Sunday, 7 September 2014

DT post

Hi everyone - hope you have all had a good week & weekend. It's a sign the kids have gone back to school - the sun comes out!
Julie sent me some new stamps to play with for this month's DT work.
At the moment I am slightly obsessed with making ATC's ( artist trading cards). These are small pieces of art that you swap with people. Recently I have sent ATC's to Minnesota, USA, France and Scotland - it's great getting crafty post from far away & seeing other peolple's take on the theme.
The cards are 3.5 x 2.5 inches and are addictive once you get into them.
One of the challenges this month is to use teddy bears, so when the new stamps dropped through the post I knew what I was going to do!
The background is a Papermania 6x6 Urban stamp. 
I stamped it onto white paper using black Archival ink, adhered this to my card ATC then inked around the edges using frayed burlap Distress Ink.
The teddy & paint splats are Daisy & Dandelion clear stamps - Squeak goes decorating! 
I stamped Squeak using frayed burlap DI, coloured him in using watercolour pencils. I stamped the splats onto the background using spiced marmalade DI.
I cut Squeak out, went around his edges with frayed burlap DI & adhered him onto the ATC .
Hope you like him!
Thanks for taking the time to look,
Bev xx