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Friday, 26 May 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ~ YOU ROCK!

Hello and welcome...
Today's card was made for a dear friend of ours who loves playing his guitar
Today is his birthday and I thought this to be a fitting card for him
  • I started with a white 8" square card ~ my stash
  • from my files I printed the 3 musical images ~ my stash
  • I used an oval die to cut and emboss the musical notes and circular die for the guitar ~ dies by Sue Wilson for CE
  • the coloured musical notes were 'fussy' cut
  • I typed the sentiment and die cut and embossed  it using one of the pierced square dies by SW
  • I kept the sentiment in the die and using a smoothie ~ Creative Expressions,  and without adding extra ink, I gently coloured around the sentiment
  • I used other pre-inked smoothies to add a little colour around the other die cuts
  • The sentiment had mounting foam added to the back for dimension, all other elements were adhered, flat,  to the card using Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue
From my stash I added sheet music to the inside of the card and my verse was die cut then adhered to the inside as shown below
 To complete I stamped, very lightly, sheet music to the envelope
 
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog, I hope my designs have given a little inspiration.
I read all your comments and really appreciate you leaving me a message
June x

Thursday, 25 May 2017

THURSDAY TUTORIAL ~ AND NOT WHAT TO DO!!

Hello and welcome...
It's so annoying when you have finished making a card to then smudge it just as you're ready to photograph it!  I caught the centre of 2 flowers leaning over to position my card which is why I have had to glue a huge black dazzler to the centre of one flower and there's a smaller centre just down from it that was also smudged...grrrr LOL
You will see what I mean now
  • the base is a white 5"x7" scalloped card
  • I cut mats and layers decreasing an eighth of an inch in sherbet and black foundation card by Creative Expressions
  • I then cut 3 circles from white card stock using the doubled pierced circles die set by SW for CE as a 'stencil'
  • this was then placed onto the top card 
  • I stamped the images using a flower stamp by CE with StazOn black ink 
  • as I already had Pixie Powder 'Sun Yellow' and 'Lava Red' in my painting palette I add a little water to activate the powders and coloured in the flowers
  • I used a Spectrum noir pencil 050 to colour the leaves
my apologies as I am unable to capture how pretty the pixie powders are, the mica in them really makes them shine and 'pop'
  • I stamped two freebie sentiments onto my card using a black StazOn ink pad
  • I attached a thin, white satin ribbon around the layers and adhered it to the card
  • to complete I added small, white flat back pearls in 3 places and Cosmic Shimmer Black PVA to all the centres of the flowers.... which is how I came to smudge the PVA glue and had to replace 1flower head with a black dazzler! 
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog, I hope my designs have given a little inspiration.
I read all your comments and really appreciate you leaving me a message.
June x

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello and welcome...

and an extra welcome to my new followers

I am thrilled to let you know that I am now part of the design team for
Moving Along With The Times (MAWTT)

I've admired the work of the team for such a long time and I'm really looking forward to working with these talented ladies

You can see their work by clicking on the link below:


it's well worth a visit
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog, I hope my designs have given a little inspiration.
I read all your comments and really appreciate you leaving me a message.
June x

BIRTHDAY WISHES

Hello and welcome...
I have a sweet card for you today

  • I used a pale pink card as my base card, scored it to make an A5 portrait card
  • I added a mat of white, pink then white card again to the base card
  • I also die cut the butterflies on the final white card then embossed the card with an old favourite embossing folder of mine by Spellbinders.... I love that design
  • once embossed I added double sided adhesive to the back of the butterfly apertures, removed the backing and sprinkled Gold Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flakes to the area and burnished them in with a rubit-scrubit
  • Mounting foam was then added to back of the card and adhered to the base card
  • I used only 3 butterflies on the card and glued them with Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue, I always use this glue, it really is fantastic
  • I added 2 flat back pearls to the bottom left corner
  • the pearl embellishment in the top right is by Hobby House
  • Finally I stamped the sentiment onto white card, die cut it with one of the pierced flags and dusted the edges with a smoothie that already had a little pink ink on it
INGREDIENTS
  • Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flakes/Creative Expressions (C E)
  • rubit-scrubit/CE
  • butterflies die set/C E
  • dries clear glue/C E
  • pierced flag dies/C E
  • smoothies/CE
  • flat back pearls/CE
  • pearl flower embellishment/Hobby House
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog, I hope my designs have given a little inspiration.
I read all your comments and really appreciate you leaving me a message.
June x

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

FEEL BETTER SOON

Hello and welcome...
Another 'dinky' card today!
  • I started with a piece of black card stock and rubbed my anti-static bag all over it
  • using a clear embossing ink pad I stamped the 'rose vase' stamp then covered it with white detail embossing powder
  • I used left-over Pixie Powders from my palette to paint the roses
  • with a white pencil I randomly added dots around the petals
  • I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment to the bottom right of the card using the same ink pad and embossing powder
  • I assembled all my  black and white mats and layers then used a blue water pencil to colour 3 parts of the vase followed by applying glossy accents over that area to give an appearance of water.  I don't think the 'water' will look as deep as this once thoroughly dried

The card measures 5"x5.5"
INGREDIENTS
  • black and white card stock ~ Creative Expressions (C E)
  • anti-static bag ~ Woodware
  • rose vase stamp ~ Clarity
  • white detail embossing powder ~ C E
  • pixie powders ~ C E
  • sentiment ~ C E
  • clear embossing ink ~ Tim Holtz for Ranger
  • glossy accents ~ Tim Holtz for Ranger

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and I hope my designs have given a little inspiration
 I read all your comments and really appreciate you leaving me a message
June x

Monday, 22 May 2017

NEW CHALLENGE AT CRAFTY CARDMAKERS ~ FLORAL PROFUSION

Hello and welcome...


Today is a new challenge at Crafty Cardmakers
Jackie is hosting this and the theme is Floral Profusion!
We would love to see your creations covered in flowers .. lots of flowers!!
As always, anything you make is fine as long as it fits the theme
Please read the rules and take note of our '15 Challenge Limit'

This is my contribution:
as well as a commission
  • I began with a white 8" square card and added a mat of gold mirri card
  • I then embossed another piece of white card with the cascading hearts embossing folder and used a corner punch to all 4 corners
  • Using 2 of the pierced oval frames dies, I cut and embossed a frame 3 times and adhered these together, added mounting foam to the back, prior to adding the frame to the centre of my card
  • I cut all the petals for the flowers by hand, shaped them then added several shades of distress inks to each one
  • I made a 'floppy' bow with white satin ribbon and attached it within the oval then added the flowers
  • The leaves were left over from a previous card and I covered them with diamond snow
  • I also added strands of pearls to the flower arrangement and pearl hearts to one corner of the card and one pearl heart to the sentiment
  • The personal sentiment was typed then die cut and glued to the card and to complete I inserted a personal verse
INGREDIENTS:
  • gold mirri and white card ~ my stash
  • corner punch ~ my stash
  • satin ribbon ~ my stash
  • pearl strands and hearts ~ my stash
  • cascading hearts embossing folder ~ Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions
  • pierced oval dies ~ SW for CE
  • pierced flag dies ~ SW for CE
  • diamond snow ~ Glitter Jewells - CE
  • tattered rose, victorian velvet, spun sugar ~ Distress Inks by Ranger
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog, I hope my designs have given a little inspiration
 I read all your comments and really appreciate you leaving me a message
June x

SATURDAY'S CARD WINNER

Hi, thanks for stopping by...

The names from Saturday's comments have been entered into
RANDOM NAME PICKER. ORG
and the name chosen is....

aunty Millie
please email me your postal address to

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and hope my designs have given a little inspiration. I read all your comments and really appreciate you leaving me a message. June x

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Hi, thanks for stopping by...

This is a 'blast from the past' card and why it isn't showing in colour I've no idea!  It is a white and deep gold colour combo





Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and hope my designs have given a little inspiration. I read all your comments and really appreciate you leaving me a message

June x
I'll be back to tomorrow at 10am with the name of the winner for yesterday's card

It's also a new challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and I will post my contribution at 1pm tomorrow

All for now x





Saturday, 20 May 2017

HEARTFELT THANKS ~ CARD GIVE~AWAY

Hi, thanks for stopping by...
If you would like to give this poppy card a new home all you need to do is leave me a comment. 
The winner will be drawn Monday at 10am.

Anyone may enter, we ship international but, and please note, we can not accept 'anonymous' you will have to leave us some form of identification please.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.... where has this year gone?

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and hope my designs have given a little inspiration. I read all your comments and really appreciate you leaving me a message.

June x

Friday, 19 May 2017

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY ~ CARD COMMISSION

Hi, thanks for stopping by...




This card was made for the same recipient as yesterday's card.
It is an 8" square white card base and I added this rich red paper that already had the  black and white card heart printed on it.  I added the 'scroll' lines to the bottom using a quickie glue pen then sprinkled WOW Black Twinkle Embossing Powder over it and heat set.
I did the same with the True Love sentiment.
I used an old Spellbinders Die Set to cut and emboss the three layers shown at the top of the card.  My apologies as I no longer have the package this die set came in. 
I typed the sentiment that is on the white topper and added one very small red heart and 3 tiny red gems.
To complete I added 3 gems to the top right and a personal verse to the inside of the card.

Please pop back tomorrow for the

SATURDAY SPECIAL GIVE ~ AWAY CARD

All you have to do is to leave me a comment on tomorrow's post and a winner will be drawn on Monday.
Please also remember that if you comment under anonymous you will need to add some sort of identification eg ABC, 123, Craft-woman..... you get the gist LOL

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and hope my designs have given a little inspiration. I read all your comments and really appreciate you leaving me a message.
June x

Thursday, 18 May 2017

CARD COMMISSION

Hi, thanks for stopping by...
When I was asked to design a card for this particular lady, and as it was a 'special' birthday, I was told not to hold back on the on the decoration.
The lady in question happens to be a relative of mine too so...
Happy 50th Birthday Moya!
As it was for a 50th I thought it appropriate to use gold card

This is a white,  8" square card base with a gold narrow mat then another mat of white card
  • I used one of the corners dies from the 'Decorative Blossom Corner' and die cut the top left corner
  • I die cut just below the centre of the white card with the Lavish Swirls from the Diagonals Range
  • The floral element was made using the Cape Daisy from the Finishing Touches Collection
  • These were die cut and embossed with alternate gold and white card
  • I made three of these flowers in different sizes and glued them to the top right corner
  • The bling is from Hobby House.   I used only a partial amount from the set 
  • I typed the sentiment, die cut it using the penultimate oval die from the set followed by die cutting another oval, in gold, using the eighth die from the set. I matted the sentiment onto the gold card and glued it to the bottom right
  • To complete I typed a personal verse and adhered it to the inside of the card
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and hope my designs have given a little inspiration. I read all your comments and really appreciate you leaving me a message.
June x

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

FOR SOMEONE SO SPECIAL

Hi, thanks for stopping by...
I love an aqua and white card!
  • This is an 8" square white card base with thin mats of aqua and white foundation card
  • I die cut  the Quilted Blocks Striplet Die twice on a piece of aqua card and covered the backs of both with some double sided adhesive sheet
  • I removed the backing sheet and added white card ~ there wasn't any need for extra adhesive as the adhesive sheets are very sticky!
  • Next I sprinkled Cosmic Shimmer Diamond Snow over the front of both striplets
You can see the sparkle a lot better in the above picture
  • For the next step I did exactly the same as above but reversed the colour combination
  • I added this piece onto mounting foam and adhered it in between the two striplet panels
  • The sentiment,  Sweet Wishes, was stamped onto white card then die cut using the two outer dies from the Indian Ocean Collection - Tag Duo, mounting foam was applied to the back then placed onto the centre of the card
  • To complete I added flat back pearls to the four corners of the card
INGREDIENTS:
  • Foundation Card
  • Striplet Die by Sue Wilson
  • Indian Ocean Collection - Tag Duo by Sue Wilson
  • Flat back pearls
  • Cosmic Shimmer Diamond Snow
  • Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue
  • Sweet Wishes Stamp Set  ~  all the above by Creative Expressions
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and hope my designs have given a little inspiration. I read all your comments and really appreciate you leaving me a message
June x

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY


Hi, thanks for stopping by...

We have a notelet card for you
 today.
A white card base, top folding, measuring 4"x5.5"
  •  I blanked the circle in the middle using my round paper punch on a post-it, ensuring the adhesive part stayed in tack and placed it onto the card
  • I used Ranger's Tattered Rose Ink Pad and a Smoothie by Creative Expressions to add the colour around the post-it circle
  • This was followed by stamped two swirls, in Black StazOn Ink, as shown.  These were part of a free gift and my apologies as I no longer have the details
  • I had several butterflies already die cut and, after removing the mask, adhered one flat to the card using Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear PVA Glue
  • I used acrylic paints in a red and yellow colour to paint the butterfly and also painted the whole of the underneath with the yellow acrylic paint
  • When dry this was adhered to the card
  • I added white flat back pearls to the spine of the butterfly and carried on adding them to create a butterfly 'trail'
  • I then stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment using the Black StazOn Ink onto white card and 'fussy' cut it out.  Mounting foam was added to the back of this then adhered onto the card
  • To complete I dotted faux pearls around the card using White Twinkles PVA Glue by Creative Expressions






Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and  hope my designs have given a little inspiration.
I do read all your comments and really appreciate you leaving me a message.

June x



























































































Monday, 15 May 2017



From Saturday's comments, Random.org, has picked a winner

Pam G
Meglet 52
Margaret F
Sarah T
Judy-Darlington
and that is...

Judy/Darlington

Please email  your postal details to:

BLAST FROM THE PAST! - CARD WINNER

Hi, thanks for stopping by...


I really like the simplicity of this card!  It was also another commission.
It is an A4 white card and scored to make a top opening A5 card.
  • I embossed the card front using Spellbinders Garden Lattice embossing folder
  • On lilac card I cut and embossed the Aster Flower Topper Die Set by Spellbinders and glittered it
  • Next were the Spellbinders's 2 flourishes, also die cut, this time in green foundation card
  • I then typed the sentiment onto white foundation card and reduced the size of it to make the card topper
  • I added a pearl brad to the flower centre, punched a small hole in the white topper card and inserted this through the punched hole
  • I also added a little glue to the flower then adhered it to the corner of the topper card.  That done, I glued the flourishes below it then matted it onto lilac card
  • This was then matted onto the main card and glued to the base card 
A quick and easy card today

THE WINNER OF SATURDAY'S CARD WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT
10am

Pop back then to see if you are the lucky one!

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and hope my designs have given a little inspiration. I read all your comments and really appreciate you leaving me a message.
June x

Sunday, 14 May 2017

YOU ARE SO SPECIAL ~ ONE FOR THE BOYS

Hi, thanks for stopping by...
It can be so difficult making cards for the male species at times.  This was a card commission.
The man in question was moving house and doing some DIY as well as turning a 'special age'
  • I used the Shadow Box Die Set ~ Sue Wilson/Creative Expressions and die cut the frame in a brown foundation card ~ CE.  It was adhered to ivory foundation card ~ CE that I embossed using a 'dotted' embossing folder.  This was then adhered to the white card base, A5 size
  • The charms are by Hobby House and I glued those into the two cubbies, a silver 60 was also glued in the smallest cubby
  • As the charms were silver I die cut and embossed the house, by Joanna Sheene Die Set, in a pearlised light grey card stock to coordinate.  I also used mounting foam on the back for dimension and cut around 3 sides of the door to enable it to open a little
  • I stamped the sentiment onto white card using a brown ink pad, used a light brown felt pen to edge the sides then die cut it using one of the Pierced Flags by SW/CE.  I backed it with mounting foam to give it some dimension and curled it slightly
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I read all your comments and appreciate you leaving me a message and hope my designs have given a little inspiration
June x

Saturday, 13 May 2017

YOU ARE SO SPECIAL ~ CARD GIVE-AWAY

Hi, thanks for stopping by...



If you would like to give this card a new home please leave me a comment and your name will go in the draw.  You have until 9.45am Monday.... and remember we ship overseas too!


Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I read all your comments and appreciate you leaving me a message and hope my designs have given a little inspiration
June x

Friday, 12 May 2017

SENDING BUTTERFLY WISHES YOUR WAY

Hi, thanks for stopping by...
THE BEFORE AND AFTER SHOT!
Can you believe the difference?  Same photo taken on same camera!

If you read my post, I think it was two days ago, I mentioned about using left over card stock by making flowers, frames, borders etc rather than just storing it in a container/drawer.  So doing a quick tidy in one are of my studio I came across the above card base and decided to make something with it!
What I find strange is that when photographed the background looks a pale and delicate pink, it is actually white!  The card looks a muted beige when in fact it is the delicate pale pink showing behind the card as well as the top left of the card!  OK... enough about the colours LOL.
  • This is a 5.5" square card with thin mats of copper, white and pink foundation card by Creative Expressions.  I covered another piece of white card with double sided adhesive sheet , removed the backing and covered it with gorgeous Gilding Flakes/Mulled Wine by Creative Expressions, and I apologise as, again, the true colours are not showing up well at all!
  • I die cut this piece using only the inner die of the Finishing Touches - Cascading Butterflies Die Set by Sue Wilson/Creative Expressions then, using both dies, die cut it again on white card, to give me the white 'frame' to adhere around the butterflies
  • I used a stamp that was a free gift from a card crafting magazine for the sentiment.  I stamped and embossed it onto white card and used WOW Metallic Gold Sparkle Embossing Powder
  • I backed this onto a thin mat of the copper card and added a small heart to the bottom left of the sentiment
  • I used the smallest butterfly from the die cuts, sprayed it with adhesive and covered it with Glitter Jewels Diamond Snow by Creative Expressions. I added two flat back pearls by Creative Expressions to its spine and adhered this to the top left of my card
  • To complete I added more of the same flat back pearls
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I read all your comments and appreciate you leaving me a message and hope my designs have given a little inspiration
June x
I am entering this card into the following challenge:

 MAWTT Challenge ~ #45 Butterflies

Thursday, 11 May 2017

THURSDAY TUTORIAL

Hi, thanks for stopping by...
This is the card for today's tutorial
On a piece of black card I rubbed an anti-static bag over it then stamped the flower stamp, 'Arianna Blooms Stamp' by Heartfelt Creations , twice, using a clear embossing ink pad, followed by sprinkling 'Cosmic Shimmer Detail Embossing Powder True White' by Creative Expressions, over the flowers and heat setting them


I am fortunate to have two sets of this particular die set, which helps save time when I am making several flowers for a card
Once heat set I die cut and embossed the flowers using my Platinum machine

I placed the die cut flowers onto a paper towel and spritz water over them

scrumpled each flower and dried them with my heat tool.  Normally I would set them aside to dry naturally

Next I used a Japanese 'hole punch' and punched a hole in the centre of each flower


I carefully opened each flower, applied clear glue around the centres and added the individual flower layers.
Whilst the glue dried I used stick pins to hold them together  as shown above.
When dried I gathered several white stamens and glued them into the centres of the 3 flowers


Using one of my old Spellbinders A4 embossing folder I embossed the white base card.  I've had this folder for years and one time it became wedged in my very first Grand Calibur machine, it was totally my fault as I used the wrong sandwich combination LOL!  My husband eventually managed to  release it but you can see the damaged top part, that is not a problem as I can still use it, the pattern is a favourite of mine


The above is the embossed base card.
For the next step I used the second largest oval die to cut a piece of black card

I will make more flowers with the leftover black card (below, centre) and with the oval frame that was left over I will keep for another card.

I did stamp the 'Birthday wishes' sentiment onto the bottom of the leftover black card and using another Spellbinders die set cut and embossed it

With another piece of white foundation card I die cut it using the third largest oval die then embossed it using the 'Falling Snow' Embossing Folder by Sue Wilson ~ Creative Expressions 



I then adhered the white and black ovals onto each other then onto the card base.  The flowers were then added and I attached black mounting foam to the sentiment and adhered it to the card.
The finished card is 6"x8"

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I read all your comments and appreciate you leaving me a message and hope my designs have given a little inspiration

June x

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

SUMMER

Hi, thanks for stopping by...
Two days of sunshine here and it inspired me to use a new stamp by Clarity as well a few Pixie Powders to add the lovely burst of colour.  It is such a shame that the mica, in the Pixie Powders, don't show very well when photographed!
I am really enjoying using 5"x7" cards of late, as opposed to, for example, an 8" square and an A5!
This card is a white 5"x7" base. 
  • I used water colour card and sprayed water to one small area then sprinkled Peacock Green PP to it, I dabbed the excess with a paper towel and dried that area with my heat tool
  • I did the same with the other two Pixie Powders and that gave me my burst of colour
  • The word Summer was stamped in black
  • I used a corner punch to all four sides then, with a grey Spectrum noir pen, coloured the edges
  •  Next, using foundation card, I created layers of custard, pink and green to tie in with the pixie colours and adhered this, to the base card, at a jaunty angle
  • I did the same with the water colour card, as shown above
  • Using the camellia open and closed petals die set I cut and embossed several flowers from the custard and white card.  These were then shaped and glued together before adding them to the card
  • I already had a spray of leaves cut and embossed, an extra bonus was that I had previously glittered them LOL, I snipped off individual parts and attached them around the flowers
  • To complete I added 2 butterflies, already cut and embossed from a previous card project and added pearls to the spines of each butterfly then, to complete, added flat back pearls in two lots of threes
HELPFUL TIP ~ when you are cutting and embossing elements for a card and have left over card, instead of putting it away for 'another time' I encourage you to make flowers, butterflies, tags, or whatever, depending on the products you have of course.  You can then 'store' these in individual containers and name them with whatever it is you have made.  This will save you a lot of time when making future cards

INGREDIENTS:
  • Water colour card ~ Crafter's Companion
  • Spectrum noir 1G9 pen
  • Foundation card ~ Creative Expressions
  • Pixie Powders, Candy Pink/Peacock Green/Sun Yellow ~ Creative Expressions
  • Camellia open and closed petals die set by Sue Wilson ~ Creative Expressions
  • Flat back pearls ~ Creative Expressions
  • Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear PVA Glue ~ Creative Expressions
  • 'Summer' stamp ~ Clarity Stamps
  • Corner punch ~ Woodware
  • Butterflies ~ my stash


Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I read all your comments and appreciate you leaving me a message and hope my designs have given a little inspiration
June x