Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Craft Heaven DT - Christmas Countdown

Good morning!  I am so excited today to share my first card for Craft Heaven!  I was so excited when Tina asked me to join the team!  The theme for the new challenge is Winter Wonderland - perfect for getting all of those Christmas cards done!  Mine is actually a countdown to Christmas.  My daughter asked me to make her one the same as one I created for her years ago - how could I refuse?
I have used one of my favourite Christmas Tildas, Holly Wreath Tilda, and painted her with Distress Inks using the no lines technique.  I have added a few details with a white gel pen on her cheeks, heart patch and the holly berries.  I've also used snowflake stamps by Magnolia around the edge of the image mat, stamped with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink.
 My favourite item of all time in the Craft Heaven store is this stunning button!  It was difficult to actually use it - it is one of those stash items that you never want to part with and is for stroking only lol!  As this countdown is staying in my home it made using it easier!
 I cut lots of little tickets using a Doohickey die from the Easter kit and stamped the numbers with some stamps from my stash.  I've attached them with a little drawer pull from Tim Holtz.
 I've added some chipboard holly and flowers from my stash, along with some gorgeous sparkly pomegranates and lace from the Craft Heaven store.
 I hope you like it and I've inspired you to join us at Craft Heaven.  Thanks for looking! x

Sunday, 12 November 2017

70th Birthday Card

 Good morning!  Today's card is an archery themed card.  As several family members are archers it gets more and more difficult to think of new ideas for archery themed cards!  Luckily this time there was a special age involved too - so I came up with part of an archery target on the numbers! 
I cut the card shape by hand from kraft cardstock and then added different segments in the target colours.
 The sentiment was created with Webster's Pages stickers.
I hope you like it and thanks for looking! x

Friday, 10 November 2017

Stempelglede DT - Happy Birthday Grandad

 Good morning!  I have another card to share today using one of the gorgeous new stamps from Stempelglede.  I have used the "It's Your Day" stamp from the Beautiful Day stamp set and stamped it with white ink onto black card, to resemble a chalk board.
 I have layered different papers and textures underneath the sentiment to give a rustic look.
 The pennants were cut with a Doohickey die and tied with white button twine.
 I attached some ribbon from my stash with staples and added "grandad" using Webster's Pages stickers.
I hope you like it and thanks for looking! x

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Magnolia-licious DT - I Believe in Unicorns

Good morning!  Today I'd like to share another card for my inspiration post on the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog.  This one is a card I made for my daughter to give her friend who loves unicorns.
 Of course, I had to use the cute little Unicorn stamp and matching sentiment!  I have painted the unicorn with Distress Inks, cut it out and popped it onto 3D foam pads.  I have also painted the mane, tail and horn with a Wink of Stella brush for extra sparkle.
 The butterflies were cut from some Webster's pages paper and the tiny purple flowers I have made from Foamiran.
 I used the same distress inks that I used to paint the mane and tail of the image to dye white seam binding so that I could make a unicorn tail tassle for the tag!
The tassle is attached to the tag with a single white rose.
 I used a variety of flowers in rainbow colours on the other side of the image to balance with the tassle.
 While I was rummaging for flowers to use I found this stray Christmas leaf which I thought looked a little like a unicorn horn - so I added that too!  The pretty star border is a Doohickey die from one of the kits.
 On the heart tag I have added a winged heart charm with some button twine.
 I have also added some cheesecloth and a strip of diamante trim for extra sparkle.
 I hope you like it and I've inspired you to join us for our challenge at Magnolia-licious.  Pop over to the blog to see some more inspiration from the rest of the team!  Thanks for looking! x


Saturday, 21 October 2017

Stempelglede DT - Anniversary Card

Good morning!  I have another card to share with you today using stamps from the new Stempelglede release.  This time I have used stamps from the Have a Beautiful Day stamp set to make an anniversary card for my parents.
 I have used the 'On Your Special Day' sentiment, stamped onto vellum so as not to detract too much from the lace and ribbon.
 I have also used the butterfly stamp.  I have stamped onto coffee filter paper and painted the centres with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.
 The second butterfly I have attached to the card folded so that it looks like it is in flight.  The gorgeous heart ribbon I have recycled from some flowers I received.
 I have used the Foamiran lilies on that I shared on my blog a few days ago.  I have used the Whimsy Lily die to make them.
 The wire curls were created with special fabric covered wire from Prima.
 I hope you like it and thanks for looking!  Have a lovely weekend! x

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Magnolia-licious DT - Foamiran Lilies

 Good morning!  Today I'd like to share with you some lilies I have made from Foamiran using the Whimsy Shapeology Lily die set.  White lilies are one of my favourite cut flowers to have in the house so the ecru Foamiran was a natural choice for me, but of course you could make lilies in many of the Foamiran colours available!
 I have coloured the anthers with copic markers and added colour and markings to the base of the lily petals with them too.
I hope you like them and thanks for looking!  Check out more Foamiran projects on the Magnolia-licious Challenge blog! x

Monday, 16 October 2017

Magnolia-licious DT - Foamiran Autumn Wreath

Good morning!  I am very excited to share today's Magnolia-licious Foamiran project with you because I have been making it on and off for about a month!  Everything you see on the wreath was made by me - even the wreath itself!  I'm sorry, there are lots of photos because I wanted to capture every detail.
 I'l begin with my favourite flower on the wreath - the hydrangea.  This was created with white, light violet and olive green Foamiran and lilac stamens.  I used a Doohickey from the Vintage Box 1 for the flowers.  Some of the white flowers have been inked with Crushed Olive Distress Ink and the tips of all of them have been inked with Milled Lavender Distress Ink.  Every single flower has been taped and wired so that they could be clustered together to form a hydrangea head.  I love how it turned out!
Next to the hydrangea is a maple leaf that I cut out by hand from light violet Foamiran.  I then inked it with Aged Mahogany and Walnut Stain Distress Inks.  You can also see some oak leaves and birch leaves that I also cut out freehand.  These were cut from yellow Foamiran and inked with various yellow, orange and brown Distress Inks.  I also added some spots with a black pen to make them look more realistic.
At the opposite side of the hydrangea is my white pumpkin.  This was made by covering foil with ivory Foamiran and sectioning off with some cotton to create the pumpkin markings.  The stalk is brown paper!
Behind the pumpkin you can see another maple leaf.  This one was cut from red Foamiran and again inked with Aged Mahogany and Walnut Stain Distress Inks.
 Altogether I made four maple leaves - all finished with different inks to get the full colour range of autumn leaves.  This orange one was cut from lemon Foamiran and inked with Tea Die and Spiced Pumpkin Distress Inks.  You can see the black spots in more detail here.
The next flower is a chrysanthemum that I created using circle dies and cutting the petals freehand.  These were all cut from lilac Foamiran and inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink to make the flower look like it is starting to wither and dry.
Next up is my sunflower.  Of course I had to make a sunflower!  I actually had some real sunflowers on my kitchen windowsill when I made this so it was an excellent reference point!  I tried very hard to get the centre to look realistic.  The whole sunflower is made from lemon Foamiran - yes, even the centre!  I inked the petals with Scattered Straw Distress Ink and the centre with Walnut Stain Distress Ink re-inker.  That was an incredibly messy job!
 Above the sunflower is another pumpkin - this time in orange.  I made it in the same why as the white pumpkin but used lemon Foamiran.  I have inked it with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink.  The wreath itself I made from honeysuckle branches that I collected from my garden.  I tied them together with jute twine and covered one half with hessian to form a backdrop for the flowers.
You can see another oak leaf in this picture, along with a pine cone made from kraft cardstock using Tim Holtz Tattered Pinecone die.
Running along the entire flower section of the wreath is a spray of Callicarpa bodinieri with its luscious purple berries.  I made it with floristry wire, brown florist tape and purple foam flower centres.  It is another favourite part of the wreath as it looks quite realistic! I made one long spray...
 ...and a smaller one to peep out of the bottom of the flowers.  I will leave you with some more snapshots from different angles so that you can see all of the details.

 I hope you like it and I've inspired you to try Foamiran for yourself.  Thanks for looking!  Shawn has a fabulous selection in the Magnolia-licious store! x