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Saturday, 27 December 2014

TREES, CLARITY CHALLENGE

       I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas, gosh all that preparation and it is all over so quickly. There was even a little bit of snow on Boxing Day which added to the atmosphere.  We had a great time, thankfully my son had recovered from a nasty bout of flu in time to enjoy the festivities. I really have eaten too many rich things so it will be back on the diet next week. 
      I would like to share with you probably the last Christmas card I made this year.  Claritystamps have set a challenge for December under the theme of TREES, so I am entering this card. I have always enjoyed Iris Folding so I combined that technique with the stamps and stencils from Clarity. The stencil that came with the Clarity Design Club this month was perfect. A little fiddly to cut out but that was ok. 
    
     Firstly I drew round the stencil in pencil onto some 7x7 Gelli card  then cut out the inside of the tree. On the other side I stamped my background design, I did this after the cutting out just in case I spoilt the design.


   
     Then it was just a question of choosing some papers for the tree design. Some gems were added to finished picture to look like lights twinkling on the tree and a little star at the top.


Closer view of Iris Folded design



   All I needed to do then was double mount it onto some blue then silver card  and  then onto an 8x8 card base. 



Completed card
   Stamps I have used are:  NDC  pine forest 
                                                 Santa and sleigh from Christmas remountable set
                                                 Small deer from Remountable Woodland Animals set
                                                 NDC tree stencil

      Hope you all like this card  and I look forward to seeing what the new challenge will be for January. I would also like to say Happy New Year to you all.


 
    

Sunday, 21 December 2014

BEADED SNOWFLAKES

      Hello, thankyou for taking time to visit my blog during what is one of the busiest times of the year. I am sure everyone is getting in the festive spirit now. I do enjoy Christmas and have just been to a lovely Carol service. It was great to join in with all the favourite Carols. We just needed some snow to complete the atmosphere, which brings me onto the theme of my card. 
      I enjoyed making this card, it was very relaxing to sit and sew the beads on. Firstly I  pricked the pattern of the snowflake onto a piece of card cut into a tag shape. The pattern I used on this card was taken from a magazine by Crafter's Companion. Next I sewed the beads into place.





       For the base card I stencilled some snowflakes onto plain card using a lovely stencil from Clarity. I used a matching colour of ink to the tag.




    Adding some gems , flowers, sparkly reindeer and a ribbon bow completed the sparkle.  



Completed card with the addition of die cut snowflakes and a greeting.
  I also made one in red as well.  Very festive.


Red version



    These were special cards for my family but I am also entering the Aqua coloured one into the challenge at Fussy and Fancy. I hope you all enjoy yourselves in the next couple of weeks and have a Happy New Year as well. 



















Wednesday, 10 December 2014

CHRISTMAS CARDS

    Only two weeks and the big day will be here,then we will all be able to take a deep breath and relax and enjoy ourselves. We love Christmas in our family and all try to get together at some point. There are quite a few of us, so sometimes this can be difficult, Nevertheless we eat too much and play silly games. I am on a diet at the moment and have done quite well in the last few months with weight loss, so I am going to be sensible about my food choices. Will have a few small treats though.
     Anyway I have been busy in the last few weeks trying to get my cards completed, all good intentions of being organised did not happen. I have hurt my knee which has slowed me down immensely also we are in the process of having our en-suite and downstairs cloakroom replaced. We are in one big mess at the moment. Should be finished by next week. I have made a selection of cards just a few special ones to finish.



    I made this one using the lovely stencil that was sent from Clarity last month. I am a member of their stencil club and we receive a new stencil every month . Using some black mirri board, I just dragged some glitter paste through the stencil. Quick, easy and effective. I was also able to make quite a few cards in a short time.





The following cards were just made using some pretty papers that I had in my stash.






This would have been a favourite with my dad, he loved robins.

                                 



I have a few more I am making but nearly done now, have even got the ones ready to post. Hope you are all getting on ok with your Christmas crafting and are enjoying the build up to the main event.





  

Sunday, 23 November 2014

CLARITY CHALLENGE ------NOVEMBER

     Challenge time again at Claritystamps.  This time the theme is TRAVEL. Needed a little bit of thought but I know a lovely lady who is going to Australia for Christmas. She is going to see her brothers who she has not seen for many years, so exciting. So I decided to make a card that would be suitable to wish her well on her journey and also double up as her Christmas card. I chose the Hot Air Filligraphy Balloon stamp, as I could make it look a bit festive. Think she will far prefer a plane to get her there though, balloon would be a bit slow and unpredictable. 
       
Completed card

       I started by brushing some hills onto Gelli plate card, using pale blue, mauve and pink ink, and some torn paper as a mask for the hills, blending the edges a little  I also sponged some clouds in the sky.  Next I stamped the Balloon image onto some pink parchment using white ink. Then I embossed all the solid parts of the Filigraphy stamp, rather time consuming but worth it as it brought out all the detail. Good job I like a challenge. I am not an expert at parchment craft but I love the effect that can be achieved, I do admire the wonderful people who are skilled at this craft. 




Balloon detail


          I stamped the image twice more and cut them all out then layered them up, adding some gems to pick out the detail. Before adding the balloon to the base card I stamped on some pine trees and heat embossed them with some glittery embossing powder. Adding a small deer and some foliage at the bottom completed the card.







  
            I have shown some close ups of the different parts of the card as the colours were quite pale not so easy to show in a photo.
Well I hope she likes her card but perhaps more importantly that she has a wonderful trip to see her family.  I look forward to hearing all about it after Christmas. If you are off on your travels over the festive period have a lovely time. 






Wednesday, 19 November 2014

ANNIVESARIES

       I have been asked by a good friend if I would make a card for her Mum and Dad's  Wedding Anniversary. They will have been married for 45 years, which apparently makes it their Sapphire wedding anniversary. Now I only have 18 months to go before it will be 45 years for us, so hey folks I am looking forward to a new piece of jewellery.  Some ear rings might be nice to match the Sapphire engagement ring I had all those years ago. Better start dropping some hints early. Actually 45 years is a wonderful landmark and I hope they have a fantastic day. 
        I decided the card had better be a bit special and as my friend did not ask for any particular design I was free to do what I liked. I chose to make a book on top of the card so that I could add all the details for them. Starting with an A5 card base I covered it with some pale blue paper. The book was embossed and cut out using a board I had a few years ago. I used several different colours of card finishing with a layer of parchment paper. All the edges of the book are finished with peel offs.    


Finished card

      I added some dark blue ribbon down the middle to look like a bookmark.  Also some blue and white flowers from Sweet Lilac .

Close up showing details on book.

    Of course this was never going to be able to go in an envelope so I made a suitable box for it. Hope they like their card and I am sure their lovely family will make sure they have a special day.  Congratulations to both of them. 

Saturday, 8 November 2014

A BOOT FOR HALLOWEEN

    A little late for Halloween proper but the challenge at http://sweetlilacflowers.blogspot.co.uk/ this month is titled Spooky Halloween. My grandchildren always look forward to this event but I must admit now our children have grown up we do not take part in the celebrations any more. I do always have a bag of treats ready though for all the children who visit our house.  I enjoyed making the card for my entry as I have used some Iris Folding and I have not done this for a while. 



        If you have not tried Iris Folding before please have a try, it really is not difficult and there are plenty of free designs available on the internet. You do not need to have special papers just some that is not too thick as the pieces are laid on top of one another. Anyway I made the central design, backed it on some black shiny card and then onto some appropriate spooky paper. 

Some die cut swirls and a few of the lovely flowers from Sweet Lilac completed the design. I added a few matching gems for a bit of sparkle.


Close up of flowers

                                                                  
Iris folded boot


   I hope you all had a fun Halloween and Bonfire night. The weather certainly seems to have changed now and Christmas items are appearing in all the shops.  Please leave a comment if you have time and thankyou for visiting my blog. 


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

CLARITY CHALLENGE----- SEASONS

      I am quite late this month thinking about the Challenge at Clarity which is SEASONS.  I spent some time trying to decide which season to choose or whether to just do a card with all of them on.  Anyway I decided on SUMMER in the end. I had bought the Beachside stamp set earlier this year so chose to make use of it, I had also got a boat stamp which I have used.


Completed card




     The base of the card is a triple stepper and on each step is a different view of the seaside. To start I trimmed a sheet of A4 card to 7" wide and made 4 folds along the bottom, each 1"apart for the steps.  Score the card in the middle widthways and fold in half to make it stand. 
Base card

     I cut three pieces of card to create the seaside views. These had to be different sizes to keep the tiered effect.   Then I stamped  the pictures and heat embossed them so that I could use Pro-Markers to colour in.  Shade in some sky and sea for the boats and sand for the deckchair. It has been very cold today so I wish I was sitting in that deckchair in the warm sun. 
Middle section



Bottom section
                                                                                       
Top boat scene
                                                                        Using double sided tape the pictures were 

stuck to the base card. I had some small beads which look like shells and fish so I added a few of them to complete the Summer scene.                                              

So I am entering this card into the Clarity challenge for October. All the stamps I have used are available on the Clarity website.                                 

Saturday, 25 October 2014

MAGPIES

   Hello, have not blogged for a little while, where does the time go. Anyway I thought I would share the card I have made for my husband's Birthday with you. He loves Magpies and we have plenty of them about where we live. They can be a bit noisy some days sitting on the roof tops calling to one another. Somebody told my husband once that if you saw a lone Magpie you should always say Good day to it, so he does. I think it is because they have the same partner for life. 


Completed card



     


Image on adhesive paper
Blended alcohol inks
      I started by stamping onto some double sided adhesive, using a stamp from Clarity. Thought it was appropriate for my Magpie loving husband. I only needed to add the little bits of white. Then I carefully covered the image with some acetate, do this slowly so you do not get any air bubbles. Next I added some Alcohol Inks to some shiny Clarity card, blue at top and green at bottom. Mixing in a few brighter pink patches. Looks a bit messy at first but end result is ok. 

I removed backing paper from stamped image and laid onto the top of the inked card. This gave a colourful background to the Magpies. Trim picture back and mount onto dark blue paper then onto white card. Take an 8x8 card and cut front in half  add some blue background then stick the picture on the edge. I covered the inside with more dark blue paper. To finish off I die cut a couple of swirls and stuck in each of the front corners with a button to finish.


                       





Close up of the  image on 
background.                        




I hope you like this and try using Alcohol inks, this was a first for me and I quite like the result. Will certainly try it again.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

AUTUMN LEAVES

   Hello, I hope this finds you all well. We are enjoying typical Autumn weather at the moment, this morning was very misty. Still we have been very fortunate up till now but the leaves are changing and the days are getting shorter. My blog today is about Autumn, the challenge at Sweet Lilac Flowers  is  Autumn Colours .  This is my entry.


Autumn colours               

       I started by using the Gerbera stamp from Clarity and forming it into a wreath shape by stamping and masking several times. I used a Distress Ink called Fired Brick and Adirondack Butterscotch. Once stamped I used a very slightly damp paint brush and dragged some of the ink into the petals to colour them. Using  a very light Pro-Marker with a fine nib I went round the edge of the flowers. This makes them stand out a little.  
                                                                                                                 I stamped and embossed two butterflies onto some coloured velum, then cut out. I used a bronze embossing powder which helped to keep the Autumn theme. These were added to the centre of the wreath. I brushed lightly over the white background card with the inks I used to stamp the flowers with, just to take away some of the whiteness.
    The completed picture was double mounted onto some card of similar colours, then added to an 8x8 card base.
    Having done this I could add some of the lovely Sweet Lilac flowers and also a few of their beautiful Maple Leaves. They were just the right colour for this project  A double bow and matching card candi completed the picture.
    I am entering this card in this months challenge at Sweet Lilac. I hope you are inspired to make your own Autumnal coloured card. Thankyou for visiting.                                                                                                                





Thursday, 2 October 2014

ELEGANT IN RED

  I thought I would enter a card into the challenge at  Fussy and Fancy. There is a new challenge every fortnight and I have considered entering several times but somehow never quite round to doing so. Anyway the challenge at the moment is  Main Theme Red. It is always hard trying to decide which image to use on anything I make but I eventually settled on this one by Debbi Moore designs.





     The basic card is quite simple, I just folded the front of a card blank in half outwards and then matted and layered patterned papers to match with the image. Some bright flowers and feathers finished it off nicely.  Thankyou for visiting and I hope you like my card.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

BLACKBERRY PICKING

     We are having lovely weather at the moment considering September is nearly over. All the trees will soon be covered in beautiful golden leaves, I love to see them. Also lots of Blackberries this year in the hedgerows, a good year apparently. We certainly had some huge ones growing in our garden. So that brings me to the title of this post, Blackberry Picking. I have entered a card into the challenge at Crafter's Companion which this month appropriately is AUTUMN.  I  have used an image from the Brambly Hedge CD which is so cute.


Triple stepper card

  I am not going into a lot of details as to how this was made as I think the picture shows you. It is a triple stepper card and there are plenty of templates available for this on the internet. I used Hunkydory  card to make the base as it stood well after folding. 



    The flowers on the middle step were mounted onto a base made from some pretty fabric I bought at one of the craft fairs. I just cut a circle and pleated it up then tied in the middle. Then fanned it out a bit like a bow. I think it added a pretty touch under the flowers.

A piece of the fabric used

  I hope you like this seasonal card and I am keeping my fingers crossed that it might do ok in the challenge.  Enjoy the last bit of warm sun for this year and I hope you might find some of those lovely blackberries.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

FUNKY FLOWERS

      It has been my daughter's Birthday this weekend so of course I needed a special card for her. I have had to wait until I had given her the card before sharing with you all as she was checking my blog to see what I had made for her. So not much has changed since she was young as she used to go looking for her surprises then. 
       Anyway back to the card, I chose to use the Funky Flowers stamp from Clarity. A very versatile set of stamps especially if you have the foliage one as well. 


   To start I placed some masking tape along the length of the card, then stamped the flowers in place adding the single flower as well but bending the stem a little.           
      The masking tape just helps to keep everything straight. Remove the tape and using a black pen and ruler draw two straight lines under the flowers.


  
    In the gap made by the lines stamp a little design. I had a little border stamp that fitted nicely


     Not too sure I have got that quite straight but if you don't tell her I won't. Once that is done colour in the flowers and foliage.  I used pro-markers but whatever you have will do. Choose some bright colours.  I also added a sentiment across the bottom section.



     Just needed to add some gems and a little flower in the top corner. Mounted it onto some black card and then a white card base. I also like to put an insert in my cards just to finish them off.
      Of course it would not be a Birthday without cake so I made her one of those as well. She has taught herself to crochet this year, quite an achievement. I remember trying to teach her when she was young but did not succeed.  Anyway I decorated the cake to show her latest skill and thought I would show you a picture.

Tasted ok too
    Well that is it for Birthdays this month so I suppose I had better start thinking about Christmas cards.  Thankyou for visiting.

                      
        I used the FUNKY FOLIAGE COLLAGE  CLEAR STAMP  from   http://www.claritystamp.co.uk/ 
       

Monday, 15 September 2014

TOADSTOOLS

  Time to think about the new challenge at Claritystamps, thought I would get my entry finished early for a change. The theme for September is NATURE, a lovely topic with lots of options. I had a look through all my stash and decided I would like to use the Toadstool stamp. 
    To start I wanted to make a background so I brayered some inks onto some Centura Pearl card. I used blues and green.  Then I took a piece of clingfilm, sprayed it with some water and laid it over the inked card. Pressed it down then scrunched it a little and left it to dry completely. Once dry remove the clingfilm and you have an original background. Now if I have not explained the process very well please have a look at Barbara Gray's You Tube videos where she demonstrates exactly how to do this. (The clingfilm trick )

Completed background



    Using a stepper card template ( there are plenty of free templates available on the internet ) I scored, cut and folded the piece of card. This is one of my favourite shapes at the moment.On the side panels I stamped some trees in Autumn colours. Aren't the trees gorgeous in Autumn,it is a shame when all the leaves fall off. 
  



    Using black ink I stamped the toadstool onto a piece of Gelli card, made a mask for it from post-it notes and added a moon mask.
     The sky was brayered on using Stonewashed Adirondack ink. I am slowly getting better at using a brayer it does take a little practice but gives a lovely finish. Brush a little pink ink across the bottom of the sky section, do this gently just need the impression of a sunset. Then brayer the bottom section green, I used Juniper, sponging a little extra around the base of the toadstool. 

  Remove the masks carefully and colour in the toadstool, I used Pro-Markers. Add some interest around the edges with a fern stamp and I also stamped a hare under the toadstool.

I cut the card down to fit centre panel of base card and mounted onto some contrasting blue paper. I set the topper at an angle, added some more ferns along bottom panel. Also some leaves which were made from the branch wheelie stencil and cut out.



Completed card
   So this is my completed entry for the challenge. A lovely theme this month and I enjoyed making this card. I hope you will be kind enough to leave a comment.