Monday, 27 October 2014

Design team make...Christmas Stamping

Hello everyone..Genny here. Today I have been lucky enough to be able to work with a stamp from the Adorables range brought to us crafters by the wonderful Jayne Nestorenko. She is actually one of the crafters that inspired me in the first place to make cards...I loved her ideas. As I've said this stamp is from the Adorables range of 6 different stamp sets. Bev has created some fantastic designs with one of the other sets. This set is called 'Loving'. I stamped the little girl with the cat, the window and the teddy.I then cut them out, including the window panes of the window. I coloured a piece of card dark blue and then stuck the window onto that. All the images I coloured using my copics. I then mounted the picture onto some green mirri. I cut a border of the same colour and added to that some of a gingham ribbon from my stash. The greeting is one of 4 on the stamp set. I finally added a die cut poinsettia, holly leaves and a gold swirl. Finally I added some jewels.

I really like the different range of these stamps ...I'm hoping that I will be able to share another couple with you this week. Once I had started with the stamps..lots of ideas were popping into my head..I just hope that I can get them all made to share with you.
We have had quite a week with the weather here in the it has been the perfect time to stay in and craft. I hope that the weather has been kinder to you all. So until next time...take care and happy crafting

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Crafter's Companion DT post

Hi everyone!
For this weeks make with the lovely Crafter's Companion stamps - Adorable Cute Companions - sent to me by Julie, I decided to make a tealight holder.
I had an empty jar (well empty-ish!) & some spare napkins.
I wasn't sure if what I had in mind would work, but hey if you don't try you won't know!
I first carefully parted the layers of the napkin, I only needed one layer with nothing on it. Then I stamped onto the napkin layer with the stamps, using black Archival ink.
My jar isn't round - it has 4 sides, so I stamped 4 images. I tore around carefully around the images leaving a border. Next was the part I was unsure of as I thought the ink may bleed. I covered one side of the jar with some Decou-Page medium and carefully applied a tissue image, going over the image with the medium once I had it in place - RESULT! no bleeding so I repeated this on the other 3 sides of the jar.
I left this to dry for a while. Then came the next part I was unsure of - would I be able to colour the images? I used my watercolour pencils & they worked a treat.
At the top of the jar I applied some gilding flakes.
Once I was sure it was all dry I applied some glitter in various places using Stckles.
Added some sparkly ribbon around the top & a rechargeable tealight inside.
Here are the other sides of the jar. Hopefully you can see a bit of the sparkle I added.

I'm really pleased with how this has turned out.
Hope you like it, thanks for stopping by.
Bev xx

Monday, 20 October 2014

Joanna Sheen paper pad...Design team makes

Hello everyone..Genny here. I hope that the weather is being kinder to you all than it is to me , here in the mountains of Wales. Between the wild wind and the lashing poor cats don't know what to do for the best. I definitely know what to do...stay in and craft. For todays makes I have continued to use the paper pad from Joanna Sheen. My first card features the pixies and the pinecones. I have embellished using a poinsettia which I die cut in white. some white pine boughs and some small diecut pine cones. I have mounted the image onto some holographic silver board.

My second card I have added a poinsettia coloured red, alongside some holly leaves. All the backing papers are from my stash. I know that Julie has some wonderful papers in stock and are well worth a look. I have been collecting paper for years and really that is why I got into cdrom crafting. Rather than have piles and piles of paper lying around. I have a collection of cds and I can always find a suitable backing paper. It really is like having a library. And on some of the cds..the papers are just so beautiful, I would love them as wallpaper. It's strange thinking about it...I have always had a passion for pretty paper and when I was little..if I liked it, I couldn't bear to use just stroked is really no surprise that I became a crafter is it?

My final card has a mixture of embellishments...pine boughs, poinsettia, holly leaves and jewels as berries. On this is definitely a fairy because it has wings. I love this little image of the fairy giving the card to the robins I hope that you've enjoyed seeing my cards today..I will be back later in the week to share some stamping with you all...until then...take care and happy crafting..

Sunday, 19 October 2014

DT Post

Hi everyone - hope you've all had a good week.
For today's post I have made a 3 step card - this shape is really easy to make & folds flat for posting. It also stands well. If you want the measurements they are on my blog under the templates tab.
I made the basic shape from some white card, covered this with a sheet from the Magic of Christmas paper pad designed by Steph Davies.
Stamped the images from Crafter's Companion - Adorables Cute Companions designed by Jayne Nestorenko, onto white card, coloured in using watercolour pencils.
I cut the images out leaving a small white border. Adhered the images onto some red card & cut out leaving a small red border.
Went around the edges of the card with foil. Arranged my elements onto the card using foam pads.
These images are really easy to work with, the detail on them is lovely.
Check out Julie's shop & have a closer look.
Thanks for stopping by.
Bev xx

Monday, 13 October 2014

Margaret Tarrant Paper Pad..Design team post

Hello everyone....Genny here. I'm so lucky to be able to blog today because I've just spent the morning without electric. Of course it all makes perfect sense when we have no wind or rain to cause a problem!...but thank goodness we're now back on. For this weeks design team makes, I'm featuring again the wonderful paper pad from Joanna Sheen. It features the magical and evocative art work of Margaret Tarrant. My first card has got to be one of my favourites.I just love this image of the little girl holding a rabbit. In my stash I found a backing paper that featured snowflakes and was I thought it was ideal for the project. The image itself is decoupaged with just one layer but manages to give it a lovely dimension. The greeting is on the the only thing I added were some snowflakes that have a pinky shimmer.

This second card features this little pixie sitting on a mushroom.I found some tartan background paper and added a holly leaf die cut and some red jewels. This paper pad is just such good value for money. Each image is repeated so you could make a card and still have another image to do something else with. I intend to frame some of the images...I love them so much...they remind me of images in my childhood books.

My final card is the one featuring the robin sheltering the pixies under it's wings. I decorated this card with some die cut snowflakes and jewels. The cards I have used are 5x7...which is a good size to use if you have to post a lot of cards, as they take a regular stamp. A lot of my customers are requesting the smaller cards for posting and the larger ones for friends and family that they can hand deliver. The good thing with the images on this paper pad is that you can use them on any size card and still make a wonderful card.

I hope that you will consider buying this pad..the images are fantastic and the pad itself is great value for money considering just how many images you get.Julie, here at JB-Crafting Supplies has a range of paper pads available at the shop and they are all of the same quality and offer a wide range of different images. Well worth adding to your crafting stash. Well, I hope that the weather is kind to you until next week..take care and happy crafting.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

DT post

Hi everyone, Bev here with another DT post using the Crafter's Companion stamps & the Christmas papers very kindly sent to me by Julie from her shop.
I made the glove stamp is a corner stamp, which I stamped 4 times onto white card - matching up to make a frame, using black Archival ink. I coloured them in using watercolour pencils. I cut around the outside edge & coloured the centre using the watercolour pencils as a wash.
Stamped the girl onto white card with the black Archival, coloured using the watercolour pencils & cut out.
Stamped the parcel image out four times, coloured & cut out.
Arranged the images onto the frame, adhered using foam pads.
Stamped the sentiment, cut into three pieces, inked around with frayed burlap DI & adhered with foam pads.
Mounted the frame onto one of the sheets from the Christmas paper pad, mounted this onto some blue card then onto some white card.
Added a little bling with some gems on each side.
The stamps are lovely to work with, very versatile.
Hope you like this weeks make, thanks for stopping by.
Bev xx

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Margaret Tarrant Paper Pad..Design team makes

 Good Afternoon everyone. For this weeks design team makes I have been lucky enough to get to work with this wonderful paper pad brought to us crafters by Joanna Sheen. It features the artwork of Margaret Tarrant. To say that I love these images would be an understatement. For as long as I can remember these images have seemed to hold a fasination for me. There is something so magical about them.The first card above features the fairy holding the mistletoe over the rabbits head. I have mounted the image and the backing paper onto some dark green card. The backing paper I have used on all three cards is from my it's a perfect time to go through all your stash of christmas papers and find one you like.I know that Julie here at JB Crafting Supplies has some fabulous christmas papers available.I used my dies to create the bunny border and the mistletoe at the top right corner. The image itself is decoupaged. The only thing I haven't done which I may do is add some fine glitter to the snow.

This second card I have mounted onto gold mirri. I created 2 borders of mistletoe using my dies. For all three cards I seem to have picked the ones featuring mistletoe. The last card has had the image mounted onto some dull gold mirri.I have decorated with gold swirls, holly leaves and berries and some more mistletoe.

If you are into making your own backing paper, using stamps or stencils then you could create something both wonderful and personal to match these images. In the paper pad there are lots of images and each has 2 copies. I have purchased another copy of this pad just to use to frame the images. They are so lovely..they would be perfect for a childs bedroom. 

If you have any questions about any of the different products that I've used..just please ask. I get most of my things from Julie...she is a wonderful source of stash.And if she happens not to stock what you'd like..she will order it for you. So if you have any questions about any of the dies that I have I've said just ask and I will be more than happy to help.

So until next week..I hope that you have a great crafting week and that the weather is kind to you...take care and happy crafting ...Gennyxx

Sunday, 5 October 2014

DT post

Hi Bev here with another DT project. Hope you have all had a good week.
Julie was kind enough to send me some lovely new goodies from her shop - Crafter's Companion stamps, Adorables Cute Companions designed by Jayne Nestorenko & some lovely papers from Craftwork cards - The Magic of Christmas mini paper pad designed by Steph Davies.
I am really into making these box - type cards at the moment. They are really easy to make & fold flat so good for posting.
I made my card from white card - the details of how to make this card can be found on my blog here.
I then stamped the images onto white card using black Archival - I wanted to make the signpost be behind the child & reindeer so made a mask of them, placed this over my image & stamped the signpost.
I coloured the images using watercolour pencils. I cut the image out & decided which die cut to use for it, cut this out using my Grand Calibur.
Stamped the small letter image onto white card, coloured in & cut out. Made a small cut on the child's hand ( OO! that sounded bad!) and placed the letter into the cut so it looked as if the child is holding it.
Stamped the sentiments onto white card using black Archival ink & die cut them using a circle & tag die.
I chose a paper to match my image & colours, then covered the box card with it.
Arranged all my elements onto the card to see where they looked best then adhered using foam pads.
I went around various places with my waterfall Stickles, made a bow from some white ribbon & placed that on the box part of the card.
Placed some gems at various places, coloured a couple red with a Promarker, as on the paper the reindeer has red baubles hanging from his antlers.

Here are a couple more photo's - one to show the side of the card showing the box part & a close up of the stamped image showing the lovely detail on the stamp & I think the glitter shows up a little more on this photo.
Hope you like it.
Thanks for stopping by,
Bev xx