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Saturday, 26 November 2011

Pick a colour and go with it....


I got carried away with my bubble theme, so here is my one colour card.... and it's gold again!

These peel offs (93194) are from the bauble and wreath design and I have made the card up with the new sized card packs from Woodware, they are a whopping 20cm square!

I have cut a 19.5cm square from linen finish card, edged it with a Sakura gold pen and stuck that onto the base card.

The bubbles are filled with micro beads (use glossy accents to stick the beads on) and gold glitter glue. It takes longer to dry that it does to make the card!

I have drawn the swirls across the top with a Sakura gold medium Pen Touch pen (41501) and the extra fine Pen Touch pen (41101). The gold ink in these pens is just wonderful. When you first use the pen, take off the plastic wrapping, and holding the pen upright, press down on the nib with a finger to release the pressure. Then press the nib on some paper a few times to get the ink flowing.

I've drawn the gold lines from the baubles to the swirl with the extra fine gold pen and have added some little bows too. Use the gold peel off circles to decorate the swirl. I love to add a line of gold glitter glue under the greeting, it just finishes the whole thing off.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Wedding Bells.....

....or should that be hearts?
Here is a sneak preview of my new peel offs. A peel off version of my bubble heart stamp set and they are really fantastic! They come in black, white, gold, silver, dark pink, red, purple and lilac. This sample shows the white on a black background and then cut out before mounting on to a white linen finish card.
The wording also comes as a peel off in the same colours. It makes a wedding card look very sophisticated. All it needs is a touch of silver.


Birdie blocks

I'm obsessed with covering wooden blocks!

Remember the good old days when all we wanted was rubber stamps on blocks? Well now we all want clear or cling so this is what you do with unused blocks. They make great alternatives for cards. (Woodware have loads for sale, contact The Stamp Man for more details).
The blocks I've used in this project are about 6cm square. I've covered them in patterned paper and punched out some birds, branches and little leaves all from the new Woodware punch (see a previous entry on my blog for more info).
The message is from my Essential Birthday stamp set JGCL519 and I have added some pearls to the background paper design and edged the punched birds with contrasting ink. Some of the birds have been stuck to the block flat and some are in 3D with the help of some little foam pads.
Draw in the legs of the birds with a fine black pen and add some small dots for eyes.
I display these blocks in a line so remember when you are making it up how you are going to display it and in what order it should be (I've numbered mine in pencil on the base so I know at a glance).

Monday, 14 November 2011

Woodware Challenge Traditional Christmas

Traditional Christmas says to me red and green...so here we have my idea.
I've used Woodware's A4 craft card for my base card which I folded in half, so its quite a big card being A5. The background patterned paper is called Helsinki no 22253.
The stamp is JGS260 Festive Background and I've used a set of embossing powders from Stampendous EK06. It contains just the right colours to match my traditional Christmas theme. Stamp with VersaMark onto cream card, emboss with three or four of the embossing powder colours and I like to add a bit of distressing to the edges created with a VersaFine vintage sepia ink pad.
Punches used to create the wreath are 826-25 and 830-45. And a small circle 815-30. The holly leaves and the berries have been given the floral punch craft treatment to bring them to life. I have stuck all the holly leaves to a doughnut shaped circle about 8cm across which acts as a good base for your wreath. Mount it onto your card with foam tape.
I have spritzed the wreath once finished with a mica shimmer spray to give it some WOW factor, but that's optional!
As you can see another little shrink plastic tag adorns my card which is made from white shrink plastic, JGCL551 Christmas Verse and JGS155 Snowflake Medley.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Woodware sketch challenge


For this weeks challenge I have used my wonderful bubble tree peel off in gold.

I still enjoy filling in all the bubbles on this peel off, it's somehow very relaxing. There are new ones on the way too so look out for my bubble heart designs (similar to the stamp set JGCL549) out as a peel off very soon.

Magenta paper has been used on the background (MEMOR 187) . I have used a die for the cream and brown ovals and the brown oval is edged with the gold Krylon pen. You can decorate the bubbles with anything you like from buttons (colour white ones gold with the Krylon pen), pearls, gems, peel off gems, glitter glue and seed beads.

Use the circles from the peel off once you have removed the outline to decorate the card background.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Just one layer



I was so tempted to make a chocolate cake with 'just on layer' of delicious chocolate butter cream for this weeks blog but then I made these three pyramid shaped cards which have just one layer on them! But still have a 3D effect.
So that will be the punched border using the Crafty Edger and floral lace cassette.
The stamps are from my Tree Quartet set JGCL550 and I have embossed them with gold, purple and red embossing powder to match the borders.
Simple decorations of Woodware gems and dots of glitter glue add a touch of sparkle. These pyramid cards can be sent flat, just apply some double sided tape along a tab along the long edge ready for the lucky person who gets one to assemble it in a flash!
To create the shape, draw three triangles together (joined along the long side) and add a glue flap to one of the long sides. Make a template to use again and again.
Now perhaps I will make that cake after all!!!

On the allotment

On the allotment
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