Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Purple Glitter Flowers

Hi all

I started this card with a white piece of card and using SP labels 46 die I cut an aperture in the centre of the card. Then I randomly stamped a flower  with TH Shaded Lilac and Milled Lavender on to this to create my patterned paper and inked round the edges with Milled Lavender.
For the background of the aperture image I swiped the same ink pads over a piece of white card and spritzed it with water.
 Once dry I stamped the flower image from Glitz Craft stamp and stencil kit. I lined the stencil up over the stamped image and spread purple glitter paste through the stencil. 
Once this was dry I mounted it behind my aperture and added as black frame round the aperture to make the image pop.
To complete the card I added pearls to each corner.

Well I am now officially unemployed!!
It was so sad saying goodbye to everyone on Friday as we have all known each other for many years. 
We are all meeting up again as the end of this month as that it when the remainder of the people leave. It doesn't seem real yet!  but I can now concentrate on the next chapter in my life and look for new employment opportunities.
I hope you can enjoy the sunshine today lets hope it lasts.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Another card using Pixie Powders

 Hi All

I cannot seem to stop using Pixie Powders at the moment they are so versatile. I was only having a play with them (as you do) as I had some new colours and this is the card I  created from it.
I started by die cutting an old SP Vintage Lace border die out twice. I placed the two borders behind a strip of  coconut white Foundations card and mounted this on to a larger piece of embossed card. 
For the focal element I used SW Maggie die and backed it with a piece of the Pixie Powders background. The sentiment is stamped  on to one of SW inner dies from her Melbourne die set with  one of Phil Martin's from his chalkboard range.
Again I Pixied some vellum and once it was dry I  die cut it with SW Camellia dies and popped a pearl in the centre of each flower.  I cut SW tree from her Family Tree die and then snipped into the branches up to create the foliage behind the flowers.

I was so excited on Monday and Tuesday as Julia Watts was on Hochanda and she had asked for people to send in cards that they had made using SW stained glass collection. I sent in two of the humming bird and they were both shown. I must admit it gave me such a buzz to see my cards on TV.
I did blog one of them you can find it here stained-glass-window-humming-bird
I need to take a picture of the other one then I will blog it. Julia has popped them in her gallery on her blog too. All the examples she received were lovely.
I hope you all  have had a chance to enjoy the weather I hope it doesn't rain too much this weekend.
Have a great week.
I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Birthday Butterflies

Hi to everyone
At Ally Pally in April I purchased this lovely stamp from Honeydoo, the first time I have used their stamp and I must say it stamped beautifully.
I stamped with Versamark and embossed with CS detail black embossing powder. I painted the butterflies with my CS Pixie Powders mixed with water. I did stamp the image twice as I hand cut some of the butterflies and mounted them on top of the original image to create some dimension.

I have been so busy since we came back from the the Isle of Wight I haven't had the time to post anything on my blog. But we had wonderful so relaxing and the weather was so nice unlike this week where we have and torrential rain. (urghh) .

Still trying to find a job only 3 more weeks to go .. its quite strange at work now  I've not experienced anything like it before.

I hope you all have a good weekend.
Thanks for stopping by.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
MAWTT #45 - Butterflies
allsorts challenge 46- Happy Birthday
QKR stampede #244 - Things with wings
dream valley -156 things with wings

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Birthday using Altenew Stamps

Morning all
I made this card at the request of my friend for her Auntie.

I used the wonderful Altenew Beautiful Day stamp, using a variety of yellow inks, with the outline stamped in watering can archival.
I cut the image out by hand and shaped it to add dimension.
The sentiment is computer generated and I added some CS Glacier Ice round the edges of the mats and layers.

I had an interview for a job on Wednesday what an experience !! It included a test too!! Its all changed since my last one nearly 16 years ago. I didn't get it as someone else just had an advanced skill on the excel which I don't but I passed everything else so that was a positive. 
I hope everyone has a great weekend.
Were off to the Isle of Wight on Monday for a complete rest so no blogging for me. 
 thanks for stopping by.

I have entered this card in the following challenges:

Monday, 1 May 2017

Owl be... Woodware stamp

Hi all
Happy May Day..
 This Owl stamp is from Woodware. It is so versatile you can colour it in any medium and in a variety of colours. I thought this card looke great for a man so I gave it to my brohter in law for his birthday this weekend.
For this card I started by stamping the Owl in versmark and added CS black detail embossing powder. I then coloured the Owl with my promarkers.
I cut it out with SW square double pierced dies and mounted it on to black and then green card which I embossed with CE falling snow embossing folder.. (I told you this is my new favourite - the texture is gives is amazing it is so tactile).

Well I am back from training in South Yorkshire, a beautiful part of the country. I am back at work this week  and next week I am on annual leave only a few more weeks before I am made redundant.
My CV is written and I have joined a couple of agencies.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
crafting from the heart #157 AG
allsorts challenge 413 - embossing
sweet stampers #6 Animals

Monday, 24 April 2017

Stained Glass Window - Humming Bird

Hi All
I recently purchased Sue Wilson Humming Bird die from her Stained Glass collection and this is the first card I made with it.

I die cut a peice of black card and glued this on to a peice of acetate. I then turned it over and used Pixie Powders mixed with water and CS glue to paint on the back of the die.
I had to do this over a couple of days due the drying time of the 'paint' to minimise it bleeding into the colour next to it.
Once dry I mounted it as shown on blue card which I had embossed with my new favourite CE Falling Snow embossing folder (so you will be seeing a lot more of it lol)

You will be glad to here that Rufus (my cat) is now well and is no longer under house arrest - although he does tend not to wander very far from home now.
I am finally recovering from my bout of flu although my daughter has now got it so she is not happy with me .. It is horrible the cough was horrendous and caused my asthma to flare up which is a nuisance but I am taking more medication to control it.
Back to South Yorkshire on Wednesday to do some more training. I have been working on my CV as June will be with us before we know it. This year is flying by so quickly.

 Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

I have entered this card in the follwoing challenges:
crafting from the heart # 156 AG
allsorts challenge # 412 something beginning with a B
Brown sugar challenge #247 use a die cut
MAWTT #43 birds and feathers

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Baby Girl

Hi all

Here is today's card. I hope you all had a nice Easter.

 A simple but effective baby card. I made the pram using different size circles from Spellbinders.  I embossed The largest circle with a dots mask and just cut into it to create the shape. I mounted it on the scalloped circles and then on  to some papers out of my stash. I added a few butterflies and a little bling and pearls to complete the card.

While I was away in South Yorkshire training the people who are taking over our jobs my husband developed man flu and he has kindly passed it on to me. So although I've had a few days off work for the Easter Break I've been ill. It's been out with the Vicks and popping day and night nurse capsules..

 Thanks for taking the time to stop by.
I am entering this card in the following challenges.
crafting with an attitude - challenge 26 AG
crafting-with-friends.blogspot #41 AG
the crafty addicts #35 AG

Friday, 14 April 2017

Easter Wedding

Good Friday to you all

This card I made for a colleague at work who is getting married tomorrow.(she already has the card so it's ok for me to post it)
I really love the Dottied Daisy embossing folder its my new favourite so I just had to use it. I embossed a piece of white card and coloured the flowers in using  CS colour cloud Basil Leaf and Lemon Meringue and then lightly went over the flowers with CE gilding polish pearl lustre.

For the focal point I used SW Maggie die in lemon card and embossed a matching stamp with CE white embossing powder. Then used a die from SW Melbourne die set in green to frame my sentiment.
The flowers are SW daisies which I glittered with Glamour dust and added pearls too. I completed the card with foliage  some tiny butterflies. I really liked the way this card turned out.

Have a great Easter everyone xx

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Easter Bunny

Hi Bloggers
An Easter card for today
I used a freebie stamp to create this card in pinks and green.
I painted the oval frame with mica powders and the bunny was coloured with promarkers. I die cut it using SP dies and mounted it on to a piece of white card that I embossed with CE dottied daisys folder and inked round the edges with green ink. A pink ribbon and pearls complete the card.

I may not be able to visit blogland as often over the coming weeks as I will be working in South Yorkshire.
This is because everyone on our office (about 300 people) are being made redundant due to the location of our offices being moved from Middlesex to South Yorkshire.  Quite a few people have left already which is so sad. My date is early June but until then we need to train the new people on our roles. So I will we going to South Yorkshire to help with the transistion.

On a more positive note I'm off to Ally Pally at the wekend for the craft show - are you going? I am really looking forward to it.
I have entered this card in the following challenges:
dies r us challenge - Easter
alphabet challenge B for Bunnies
crafting when we can challenge 141- animals

Monday, 27 March 2017

Water Colour Tree

Hi bloggers

For this card I added TH peeled paint and tumbled glass to my acrylic block then spritzed the block with water. I then 'stamped' this ink on to my card.
Once dry I used my tree stamp from Glitz craft  and then I used the  stencil from the set and added touches of brown on the leaves and trunk of the tree.  I used SW double pierced squares to cut it out. Then the mats and layers where in brown and white card which I coloured with Tumbled Glass ink.

Ang, Thanks for asking about Rufus my cat, he is still on bed rest poor love, but he has improved dramatically and put on weight lol.
Here is a pic of him..
My MIL is still quite poorly and remains in hospital, they think her infection may be in the veins leading to her heart, and she is still having daily tests.

Have a great week everyone - hopefully the good weather will stay around for a while.

I have entered this card in the challenges below:
brown sugar challenge - ATG #243
colour crazy challenge colour crazy ATG

Monday, 20 March 2017

Mother's Day is nearly here !

Hi all
Here is today's card

 I created a  background using TH distress inks Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet on water colour card and spritz it with water to mix the colours. I stamped the CE Dandelion Meadow in black archival and added clear embossing powder and heat set it. I added SP cinch and go flowers and inked through the die with spun sugar. I added the Poppystamps butterfly sprinkles as accents and completed the card with CE pva dots in pearl and vintage pink.
 My mother in law is in hospital at the moment she is not well and is having lots of tests  she has a bacterial infection but they are not sure what is the cause of it. I hope this card will cheer her up on Mother's day.
Thank you for stopping by

I have entered this card in the following challenges:
crafty calendar challenge - mums day
crafting from the heart - 151 ATG
cardz 4 galz challenge 43 pretty-in-pink

Monday, 13 March 2017

Altenew- Best Wishes

Hi All

I hope you all had a great weekend my husband mowed the lawn on Saturday.  It was a good job he did as it rained all day yesterday and then we are back to sunny skies today, what a mixture of weather we do have here in the UK.
We had to take one of our cats to the vet as he came home limping. Were not sure what he has done the vet said it was his elbow area, it is all swollen. Anyway he is on painkillers and bed rest -if there is such a term for a cat.
 Anyway on to today's card  which is just clean and simple.
I stamped and embossed the sentiment and then teamed this up with the Peony stamp from Altenew - A beautiful day, using Tim Holtz distress inks in various shades of pink.
The rest of the card is just matting a layering using SW double pierced dies  and is completed with pearls in each corner.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by.
I have entered this card in the challenges below
crafting with an attitude - ATG
the crafty addicts - challenge-34 - CAS/ATG
cards in envy - keep it simple

Monday, 27 February 2017

Silver Frame

Hi all

What a stormy last few days, I hope you have all have been safe and well.
This card was inspired by a milk and coconut white card on Julia Watts blog a while ago. I thought it looked so elegant I thought I would create one of my own.

 I started by stamping the Delicate Deco Square stamp with versa mark ink and embossing with CE detail silver shine embossing powder. I have had this stamp for about a year but had never actually used it. I will definitely be using it again, its gorgeous.
I simply created layers using SW double pierced squares from both sets.
The sentiment is from Justrite and embossed in the same powder as the frame.
 I am really pleased with this card and the shine from the silver embossing powder really makes its stand out.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by, enjoy your week.

I have entered this card in the following challenges:
cut it up challenge #116 - Birthday cards
polkadoodle - week 8- anything-goes
alphabet challengeblog - y- for you choose
brown sugar challenge #239 ATG

Here comes Spring...

Hi all

I coloured a piece of white card with a variety of yellow inks and used this as my background which  I embossed with CE Dottied Daisies folder. Then I swiped pearl lustre gilding polish over the top to give it a lovely sheen. ( I hope I captured this in the photos)

The focal image was stamped with CE Dandelion Meadow in black  ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I cut the image out with SW Innsbruck die and then created a mat for it from black card from the same die set.

Its nice to see my daffodils in my garden, their colour inspired me to do this card.  I just hope the rain stops and the sun shines a I need to get out in the garden to mow the lawn.

Have a great week everyone and thanks for taking the time to stop by.
I have entered this card in the following challenges:
allsorts challenge week 405 - spring inspiration
eclectic ellapu - spring colours or easter
Stamping Sensations - march-close-to-nature
simon says stamp monday challenge- make your own background
craft stamper - ATG

Monday, 20 February 2017

Lighthouse Porthole

Hi All

I made this card for my daughter's boyfriend.  His birthday is tomorrow.

 I dug out my old Kanban stamps and decided on this light house on,  along with some  papers found in my crafty stash.
I created a water colour effect using Tim Holtz distress inks with weathered wood and salty ocean and then I stamped the image over the top.
I created the 'port hole' effect by using two of my SB circle dies in dark blue card.
The sentiment is from CE cut out with a Justrite die.

Thanks for stopping by.
I have entered this card in the following challenges:
simon says monday challenge - transport
addicted to stamps - 229 clean and simple
Moving along with the times- for a man

Monday, 13 February 2017

My first Christmas card of this year

Yes - I thought I would try and set myself a goal of creating one Christmas card each month up to July so at least I can give myself a head start.

I recently purchased some Find It Trading Dies and this card is simply made from Amy design Christmas card set in white and aqua card. The sentiment is called the Spirit of Christmas and is beautiful.
I tried to create falling snow by using white acrylic paint and putting little drops if it on the card with my pokey tool. it sort of worked.

Not long now until the Make It show in Farnbourgh I am going on Friday 24th Feb. I have started to create my need it list lol.
Thanks for stopping by.

I have entered this card in the following challenges:
christmas card challenge #6
CHNC challenge 320
christmas at sweet stampin anything goes

Monday, 6 February 2017

Butterfly Sprinkles

 Hi All

 I recently purchased some Poppystamp dies in the sale.  The Butterfly Sprinkles and Hampstead Butterfly Stem along with a new colour to add to my stash of Pixie Powders Teal Wash.

So of course I had to have a play and was the result..
Aren't the tiny butterflies so quaint.
The sentiment is mounted on to Sue Wilson's snowflake filigree frame die - I don't think it looks to Christmassy  so it can be used all year round. I cut the die in half  to reduced it in size.
I had a nightmare with my car today it wouldn't start. It was sooo cold this morning luckily hubby was able to come home to sort it fingers crossed for tomorrow
I had a nightmare with my car this morning it wouldn't start. I think is was because it was sooo cold this morning luckily hubby was
able pop back home so all good in the end. Fingers crossed for tomorrow morning.


Thank you for taking the time to stop by

I have entered this card in the following challenges
crafting-with-friends - challenge 36 ATG
pink gem challenge - add a butterfly
the crafty addicts - Feb ATG -option sentiment

Monday, 30 January 2017

50th Anniversary

Hi all
I was asked to make this card for a friend.

I knew I wanted to use my newly purchased All Occasion embossing folder, so I started with that. I added the frame in vintage gold card using SW double pierced square dies.The Tied Together embossing folder is another one of my favorites so I added that to the back of the frame.
The sentiment I created on my computer and added the 50 from Phil Martin's from the heart collection and used one of my old SP dies to cut it out and added the heart die so it wraps around the sentiment.
I completeed the card using CS PVA glue dots.
Have a good week every one.

I have entered this card in the following challenges
allsorts challenge 400 - lets celebrate
QKR stampede - ATG
Trimmies craft -Challenge 400 - 26th of January – Love/Valentines/Anniversary

Monday, 23 January 2017

To A Special Friend

Hi bloggers
We woke to freezing fog is morning.. Brrr !!
Well I'm another year older... It was my birthday yesterday so I thought I would take today of work as I have been working 6 days a week  and needed some time to catch up on stuff that was getting left, including my sleep lol..
We  all went out for a lovely curry on Saturday night and yesterday I had some time in my craft room, which is always good.
 I made this card for a very good friend of mine, a lovely caring lady and a great listener.
This is my first attempt using John Lockwood's kitchen roll technique.
I used a lot of pixie powders for my Christmas cards and the kitchen roll was laying under the paper soaking up the excess.
I used this for my background which is sealed with glitter Modge Podge.
I made the card blank from Sue Wilson Ornate Pierced square from her Noble collection, which framed the background too.

 The flowers are made from the same background from Spellbinders cinch and go flowers, completed by pearls in the center. The sentiment is on of John Lockwood's.

 I hope you can see the glitter it was hard to photograph especially as the light has been so terrible recently with the weather being rainy and the grey skies.

Thanks for stopping by I really do appreciate you taking the time.

I have entered this card in the following challenges.
brown sugar challenge 243 ATG
crafting-with-friends challenge 35 ATG
Creative inspirations - challenge 266 fabulous flowers
Winter wonderland spring fever/flowers/sunshine-romance.