Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Sparkle Twinchie

My late in the day entry for the Show us your Twinchie's Challenge is a little different for me as its all about the words. I thought this stamp from Kaisercraft would fit the theme as it is an "anything goes" challenge with bling.

The background is Old Paper and Tumbled Glass Distress Stains, my current favourite pair for a nice translucent base.
The stamp is from a Kaisercraft set called Confidence. The words are stamped using Adirondack Earthtones dye ink in Bottle, Denim and Red Pepper and embossed with Ranger holographic embossing powder. A quick spritz of Sheer Shimmmer (frost) and the twinchie is done.
Its a bit more sparkly than the photo in real life and I think it has a sort of graffiti look to it, at least that was the idea.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

TH Christmas Cards

A quick post of two of my Christmas cards using Tim Holtz products.

The backgrounds are tumbled glass, old paper and brushed pewter distress stains on Ranger manilla cardstock. The mini blueprint snowman, wreath and Merry Christmas sentiments are stamped using black archival ink and the snowflakes stamped using blue jeans and gathered twigs distress ink. Both cards finished off with some diamond stickles around the edges.
I quite like the way the snowflakes fade away when stamped on top of the metallic distress stain, I might make some more of these ..... if I have time ....
I hope you like them.

Monday, 11 November 2013


"Less is More" : Week 145 Challenge - A one layer card - Thanks

"Thanks" or "Thank You"? I had this conversation with a friend recently who felt quite strongly that "Thanks" was not so sincere as saying "Thank You". Interesting isn't it. Its even more difficult to describe her reasoning because it needs to be heard not read. Where sentiments on cards are concerned, I tend not to use them very much apart from the standard "Happy Birthday", "Happy Christmas" or the more formal "Best Wishes". Personally, I have no problem with "Thanks", its an informal version of "Thank You". Language is tricky especially when written.

On to the card. My entry for the LIM challenge (because I like the challenge of one layer cards) uses my favourite leaf, a very old wood mounted stamp that I've had for years. I used masking tape to make the stripes in distress ink then masked them out and stamped the leaves in Colorbox chalk autumn shades. Then I over-stamped the red leaves in red pepper archival ink, drew the black lines around my "ribbon" and added the Thank You sentiment (Penny Black Gratitude set).
The colours have not come out to well in the photo which is a shame. I don't like this time of year, difficult to get photos as the light is not so good.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Happy JOFY Christmas

So many ideas in my head for Christmas cards this year and here is a relatively easy make using PaperArtsy JOFY 19 only, no mixing in anything else from any other stamp plates.

For the background I stamped the stars in black archival ink on Kraft paper and stuck it on a white C6 card. The panel uses two of the images stamped and coloured with Inktense pencils. I used exactly the same colours as on the packet that the stamp set came in, what a cheat, but it got me in the mood to do other things.

Here is another thing. I wanted to use my new Jofy JM30 to make a little Christmas card but .... it turned into a birthday card.

The frame and panel were cut from white cardstock using a Spellbinders die, The presents stamped and coloured with Promarkers and some glossy accents added to the green dots. As before, I was looking at the packaging on the stamp and all the JOFY stamps have this really nice faded dot pattern around the edges so I thought I'd have a go add adding that to the frame. I used Festive Berries distress ink through a stencil and then drew around the edges with pastel blue Promarker. To finish it off I added a Happy Birthday sentiment from an old Papermania set and doodled around the edges.

Now I'm off to browse what others having been doing because I need a bit more inspiration right now.