Sunday, 4 December 2016

Simple bauble wishes

I love the two memory box bauble  dies I have , I love how many different looks you can achieve  and dies are just a fun alternative to colouring when you want to craft but don't have the time to sit and colour .                                        For this card I used Lydia die and cut it twice one in plain mirri silver and once in a patterned mirri silver. I then made the bauble up by inlaying the cut out bits of the patterned mirri card into the plain mirri silver die cut. I love how effective it looks.

I used a white base card and also cut a memory box grand happy christmas die in white.
I used more plain silver mirri card behind the Christmas cut out letters and mounted this onto the white base card along the long edge of an A5 card. 

I could have attached the bauble either way using the card portrait or landscape but I decided to stick with landscape and placed my bauble towards the top right of the card. I really love how simple this card is but effective too.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Outside the box  - metallics

613 Ave create - anything goes twist holiday happiness

come and get it - Christmas

IDIC - square or rectangle

Allsorts - CAS

Simon says Wednesday - anything goes

Ombre snowflakes

I struggle with pink but one my sons friends is pink mad so he wanted a card for her. Pink but not girly , his words not mine.

I decided to use a fiskers board and emboss some copy paper  and colour it with chalks from dark pink  to light pink in lines to give an ombre effect.

I think you can just about see the three different pinks.

I measured the paper against a white base card and cut it so I could have three panels across the card as my base layer.

I used a do crafts set to cut some snowflakes in silver mirri card and took 3 of different sizes and randomly placed them so they each overlapped two of the panels.

I finished the card using a die cut greeting from a Britannia word die again in silver mirri card.

I actually like how this pink card turned out, it's good to step out of your comfort zone once in a while.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

crafting with dragonflies -whatever the weather

the paper shelter - christmas card

AAA cards - CAS Christmas

fab n funky - Christmas

creative fingers - anything goes

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Crisp and Clean

I love stamping but now I have a second love and addiction die cutting. I get the same buzz I get from die cutting as I do from heat embossing and bringing a stamped image to life when its coloured in.

Die cutting also gives you the ability to produce consistent images well sort of images, to produce multiple cards the same. Now ,I don't particularly like being the same as everyone so although very similar all my cards will be slightly different. 

I cut some poinsettia flowers  in white card  using a spellbinders die. I layered them and added 3 dots of liquid pearls for the stamens of the flower.

I used a bauble die from memorybox  and cut it in both plain silver mirri card and some silver glitter wall paper that I got  as a sample to wind my husband up that I was going to paper our living room in, he wasn't impressed, but its great for crafting as it doesn't shed. (It was from B and Q if any one wants to know).

I made two baubles (only using one on this card) and inlaid the plain mirri card into the spaces in the glitter card. I love white on white cards and in my book silver is just an extension of the white palatte. I think it might be my favourite colour scheme and not only for Christmas ,summer cards too as they just look so clean and crisp and elegant.

I finished my card by using a memory box stencil and embossing some white copy paper  and cutting to make a base for my bauble on a white base card. I completed with a Britannia die 'happy Christmas' cut again in plain silver mirri card.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Jingle belles - dreaming of a white Christmas

As you like it - favourite Christmas colour and why
(White on white, clean and crisp like snow you don't have to go out in peaceful as it muffles sound and makes for an elegant card) 

Daisy chain challenges - all that glitters

Crafty girls creations - anything goes

Creative knockouts - Tis the Season

Cute card Thursday - tags,ornament or bauble

Time out challenges - Christmas with optional twist of glitter/shimmer

MAWTT - anything Christmas

Topiary Christmas

It seems like ages since I posted anything but now I am back and have cards lined up to share with you all.

For this card I used a lovely lily of the valley stamp , coloured with promarkers and then fussy cut before adhering to my white base card.

I never was any good at making fussy cards they always looked like someone had had an explosive regurgitation of craft items onto what I was trying to create , and similarly I struggled with clean and simple , although my cards were pretty plain. I am now finding clean and simple easier and no longer have to fight the urges of feeling I need to add more even though it does sometimes feel its cheating a little bit.

I  used one of my dies to emboss the edge of my base card, I love how doing something so simple can turn a plain base card into something that has a classy or elegant look.

I did think about adding a sentiment which would also have been a die cut but decided on reflection that it really didn't need it.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Allsorts -  Christmas

The Pencil case - anything goes

Colour crazy challenge - anything goes 

Alphabet challenge - T for trees

Brown sugar- anything goes

CAS on Sunday - Christmas

Friday, 28 October 2016

underwater crowning glory

I love aurora wings images, I'm not really into digital stamps but when I won some of these I just fell in love with Mitzi's images, have to say she can really draw faces which sadly many digital images seem to fail at doing,in my opinion anyway. I coloured this sea princess with promarkers and added some liquid pearls to her crown for a little added dimension and because it just felt they should be there.
I love how her hair just seems to be flowing in the water. I filled my area with colour and rounded the corners for a softer look.

I wanted to keep the image as the focus of my card so decided on a white square base card and instead of backing paper I decided to use some diecut flourishes for my backing of the image.

I cut them in some metallic card I have had for ages it has like an iridescent blue gold sheen and always reminds me of tropical seas well how I dream they would look never having been anywhere tropical. I added them to form a frame and randomly stuck some water drops to represent bubbles.

I know its not the best photo in the world but I guess you get the idea .

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;-

Aurora wings - anything goes

crafty catz anything goes with a twist of use dies or punches

Polkadoodle -anything goes

daring card makers- sparkle and shine

cardz 4 galz - fairytale /fantasy

crafting with an attitude - always anything goes

crafty girls creations - always anything goes

perfectly created chaos - anything goes

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Watercolour wash birthday

In my family the birthdays and anniversaries are fairly clustered together, there are three groups really, one that runs from the end of July to the first week of September, a smaller group within 3 weeks of October and another cluster from the beginning of December through to 4th February.
If I were to buy cards which I don't there is never much choice during the winter months, I guess in the card industry they think people don't have birthdays during the months leading up to Christmas, and as shops start Christmas earlier and earlier need I say more.

I tried to play with some distress inks and have a go at a water colour wash and make a warm graduated effect, mainly as they are my mums colours, she love autumn.

I also used the memory box chrysanthemum die  corner  as mum also loves the flower.I cut 2 in gold mirri card and placed in the corners of my painted card.

I added a gold mirri card butterfly in the centre and a sprinkling of gold sequins.

I cheated with the sentiments and used peel-off stickers in gold in the corners to balance the card. Hope mum likes it.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Animal friends -halloween/autumn
(hope a butterfly counts for an animal)

HLS - anything goes with dies

fab n funky - fabulous flowers

create and makes - anything goes optional use a die

Monday, 10 October 2016

Memory box art deco roses birthday wishes

I always think it must have been a bit of a magical era especially where fashion was concerned in making the girls and ladies who wore it feel so glamorous ,elegant and girly, how times and fashion changes, although certain elements do seem to reappear all be it tweaked for re-invention.   I do love the idea of the glam dresses and hats but I also think the languid fashions called for long lanky stick insect bodies, something I most definitely have never had and no amount of dieting will ever aid me to achieve and be healthy either lol.
My niece must also share this love of the the period and fashion as she buys many cards with the elegant ladies adorning the fronts. She has a birthday soon so I had a rumage through my stash to see what I could come up with and saw this fab memory box corner die which I thought would be perfect.

Mackintosh roses in abundance I cut them in black glossy card and backed them with red mirri card. I cut 4 and formed a frame on a white base square card.

The central image and alphabet stamps are from the stamp man aspects of design and are among some of my first bought rubber stamps. I stamped in black versafine and fussy cut them all out. I finished my lady with some liquid enamel earings and promarker red lipstick.

Quite a simple design but I think quite striking too.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

simply create too - black white and one other colour

creatalicious - anything goes optional celebrate

cards in envy - frame it

always using rubber - it's not all black and white

morgans art world -anything goes

that's crafty - all of a sparkle