Friday, 30 November 2012

Christmas Sparkles

A couple of last minute Christmas cards finished last weekend that I have been meaning to post all week.
I will call this one "SnowFlake Magic";

White card embossed with dots for the background.
The sentiment is from an IndigoBlu Christmas set stamped in Midnight Colorbox Cats Eye pigment ink and mounted on blue velum. Add navy blue velvet ribbon and a wooden snowflake inked in the same colour with a gem in the centre for sparkle.
The sentiment reads "When the moon shines on the snow at the eve of night and everything is silent, listen to the sound of pure magic." 

My second card is not an original idea as it was inspired by an example I saw at The Craft Barn recently. For this card I used a Dreamweaver penguin stencil and Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium in Antique Bronze. This is mounted on copper mirri card for the border.

The challenge at Less is More this week is Week 95 Recipe : Glamour and Glitz so I think I will enter my penguins for that challenge, its glitzy with the sparkle medium and I think the penguins look quite glamourous in their sparkly outfits.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

12 Tags of 2012 : November

Its the last Saturday of November and I have managed to find some time to have a go at the techniques used on Tim's November tag. This one was great fun and I bought the autumn gatherings die last time I went to The Craft Barn so it was a good excuse to try it out. Thanks to my clever friend Sally for suggesting that it can be used in the Cuttlebug without those extender plates, it works, money saved.

Go look at Tim's blog for the step by step guide and all the inspirational examples posted there.
I love the faux batik effect and fortunately I have an encaustic art iron so didn't have to ruin my regular iron in the pursuit of art!
Here is my autumnal November tag.

This is a great technique so I made a Christmas tag whilst the crafty bits were out, I might make more tomorrow. I hope you are all having a great weekend and staying dry if you are in the very wet UK. 
Happy Saturday X

Monday, 19 November 2012

Two Colour Twinchies

This fortnightly challenge is Challenge #10 : Use two colours on the twinchies.

Yesterday I popped in to Hobbycraft and found one of their £1 clear rubber stamps that I thought would work really well on a twinchie. I like the Scandinavian Christmas designs and this one reminds me of knitwear, you know, those jumpers that people wore at Christmas in the 70's and surprise surprise, they are back in the shops again now. 

I made a set of three using pearlescent crimson Brilliance dewdrop ink to stamp the image on white cardstock and the same around the borders of the squares. The baubles are cut using a Sizzix die, masked and stamped using the same stamp and mounted with mini foam pads. I added pearls as accents on the baubles to finish them off.
I hope you like them. 

Saturday, 17 November 2012


CASology Week #19 : Thanks

The cue card for the CASology challenge this week is Thanks so having missed the deadline for last week's challenge I was determined to make sure I photographed my entry in time to post it here. It seems an apt theme given that this week I received a lovely box of chocs from a friend as a Thank You for giving her a lift to the station earlier in the week, she didn't need to do that but I do love chocolate. I've not opened them yet, planning to share them at work!

The recipe for my card:
Paper Flair Laser Words "Thank You", I cut the roses off the image and used them as corner embellishments as I wanted to customise it a bit.
Blue paper background.
Mounted on white A6 card stock.
Doodled lines and dots to finish it off in blue and added a turquoise gem accent to the exclamation mark.

I hope you are all having a good weekend and get some time to do a bit of crafting.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Less is More : Houses

This weeks' challenge at Less is More is a one layer card with the theme being Houses. Here is my Christmas card showing the London skyline including the Houses of Parliament. The stamp is from Crafty Individuals and I have stamped it in black archival ink directly onto the white card added the black Happy Christmas sentiment and red gems to brighten it up.
This is an easy card to make and I love that London image, should be OK to send through the post as well so maybe I'll send this one overseas.

Lucky Black Cat

I was thinking to make a card with a black cat on it for a friend's birthday as she loves cats so I tried making my cat with a Dreamweaver stencil and some sparkle paste, what a mess, its in the bin.
I tried again, this time just using the stencil and colouring the cat in black, much better and very very easy. 
The cue card for CASology Week #18 is orange so I have coloured the cats eyes with an orange promarker pen and used the same to colour some white ribbon. I cut two slits with a craft knife to thread the ribbon through and tie the bow around his neck then mounted it on orange cardstock for the border.
I missed the deadline for the challenge but never mind.
Here he is:

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Poppy Day

Remembrance Day 11th November 2012

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."

I made my twinchie for remembrance day and will enter it in the Show us Your Twinchies Challenge #9 'Hot Colours'.
I used red pan pastel for the background and stamped poppy buds in versmark around the edges, more pan pastel on top to highlight the buds. The main poppy image is a stamped and embossed in balck using an old freebie stamp from a magazine, coloured with promarker and mounted on the background. I used black soot distress ink around the edges.

Here is my remembrance poppy:

Friday, 9 November 2012

Pink Snowflake

I am rushing about, busy, busy all the time but just wanted to post this quick card for the Less is More : Week 92 Colour Challenge which is PINK.
I picked up the December copy of Crafter Stamper magazine last weekend and the free stamp is a lovely holly snowflake. I wanted to try it out so why not stamp it in pink. I used ColorBox pigment cats eye in old rose for the image and the lettering for the sentiment. All mounted on pink and white cardstock and a pink Candi for the "O" in Noel. 
Now I need to rush off and cook dinner.
Here is my last minute entry for this week's challenge: