Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Halloween table decorations...

I'm not a fan of Halloween believe it or not but I do love making Halloween creations and thought for a change I would make some table decorations.

It was a great excuse to use my new Tim Holtz Gothic gate die to add a decorative trim to both the Halloween cracker and my bottle.

  orange H 1    
I've used the same Halloween label stamp as shown in my last post on this gorgeous orange bottle. I love the added feature of the gothic gate die wrapped around the bottle.

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The cracker was made using an A4 cracker die by X-cut. It was a bit fiddly but I used a really lightweight card so that it curled more easily. 

Then I thought of my Tim Holtz Halloween sentiment dies and how fab they would look as table confetti as shown here...

  orange H4

 I can imagine a whole table decorated with these Halloween creations, I really love them.

Hope you love them too, see you soon!

Thursday, 22 September 2016

You have to sleep sometime...

Time is flying by so quickly that I have jumped from making autumnal creations straight into Halloween.

Bat themed creations using Cheery Lynn bat dies. The sentiment I found on the internet was computer generated. It is supposed to say "black cats" but I changed it to "black bats". Artistic licence and all that.


I bought the beautiful black bottle online a long time ago in the hope that one day I would use it as a prop, so I was delighted when I rediscovered an old Waltzingmouse Halloween label stamp that fits my theme perfectly.

Halloween 1

I brushed the bats with a Spectrum Noir black glitter pen to make them all shimmery.

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And finally I just had to use my Tim Holtz Halloween sentiment dies, the first opportunity I have had to use them. I love them and know I will use them in many future creations.

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I hope you like my li'l Halloween creations. Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Season of Change...

Well, the heatwave never happened thank goodness, and there is at least an air of Autumn at last.

A really easy card using Poppystamps Freida leaf die, die cut from card covered in Dylusions ink sprays.

  freida 2

I've added a backdrop of Brushos in oranges and reds.

  freida 3

And a sentiment heat embossed on gold to finish.

  freida 1

I love the drama of this card and hope you do to!

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Hello Autumn...

There's me throwing myself headlong into Autumn, crafting wise that is, and now they've forecast a summer heatwave next week. 

Well it's too bad as I could not resist making another Autumn card with some of some recently aquired new stash. The lovely leaf is from the Sweet Dixie die set called "stylised daisy". Die cut from cardstock coloured with Dylusions inks in pinks and yellows.


The lovely Autumn sentiment at the bottom of the card is by Whimsy stamps called "Autumn Letter Seals"


The die cut Hello is by My Favourite Things, and the Autumn sentiment heat embossed in gold is by Inkylicious.


Oh well, looks like I will have to dig out the Factor 50 sun cream again!

See you again soon x

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Autumn leaves...

Well, even if I hadn't told you, I think by now you will have gleaned Autumn is my favourite time of year.

So another card similar in style to my last creation, but this time die cutting the autumn sentiment form cardstock sprayed with Dylusions ink sprays in pink, orange and yellow to give this graduated  colour effect.

  leaves 2

The leaf is a die I very nearly overlooked as it is part of the Heartfelt Creations Delicate Aster flower die set.

The sentiment at the bottom of the card really sums up Autumn for me.

  Leaves 1

I still have more Autumn crafty ideas floating around in my head, so no doubt will be back with more soon!

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Forever Autumn...

I thought I would use the technique shown in my last post to create this card.

The inky background is perfect for this kind of collage creation. Another autumn card using Memory Box Botanical Stem leaf die and Elizabeth Crafts 4 Seasons sentiment die.


As I don't have that many Autumn sentiment stamps I just used words picked from different stamp sets to sum up how I feel about Autumn!


I know I will be using these inky backgrounds a lot. I hope you like.

Will be back soon with more!

Monday, 8 August 2016

Paint technique using an acrylic block...

I've been experimenting with different paint sprays and paint powders using an acrylic block to help control where the paint ends up on my card. Although spraying ink directly onto an acrylic block is nothing new, I wanted to create a really subtle effect and have control over where I place my ink.

So this is how I did it...


By sprinkling powder onto the block and then spritzing water directly onto the block I was able to create a lovely wash of colour without it going everywhere. Not too much water though or it will seep out underneath the block.


The Lindy's Magicals are fantastic to use for this technique as the colours merge so beautifully.

The sample on the left was created by "dabbing" the block rather than pressing it directly onto the card. This way you can cover a larger area for a more subtle effect with no hard lines.


I tried other colours too...


And then with Dylusions, first with an added spritz of water directly onto the block...


...and without, for deeper colour.


Well, I have enjoyed this little experiment and will no doubt use it a lot. I hope you find it useful too.

Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Industrial Chic...

Here is my creation for this week's Less Is More colour challenge which is to use blue and brown. 

I wanted to use my lovely Lindy's magical powders but also wanted to ensure I still left plenty of white space for the challenge, not that easy when using these powders.

So I made the flower using one of Chloe's designs, and then spritzed water onto a very small amount of blue and brown Magical's over the flower and card leaving one colour to dry before adding the other. I then die cut some leaves using Poppystamps Freida leaf die and painted them using the same powders.

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The Magicals are from the shimmer set called "Industrial Chic".

 bb 2

Love, love these little pots of colour.

OK, I'm off to enter the challenge, have a great weekend!

Thursday, 4 August 2016

A very early autumn...

I know it's still summer and I know I shouldn't wish my life away, but I can't wait for the autumn.

Anyone who follows my blog regularly will know the autumn is my favourite time of year. I just don't do summer-I'm a redhead with freckles. I can't step out of the door in summer without my factor 50 sun cream on.

So I'm a bit early with this card, I make no apologies.

  autumn 3

I created these backgrounds using Tim Holtz distress sprays in Fosslized Amber and Picked Raspberry. I simply spritzed them onto cling film and laid the cardstock on top.

 autumn 1

The gorgeous wheat die is by Impression Obsession, die cut from the same background where the colour was heavier.

  autumn 2

And then just added some May Arts cord in hot pink to finish it off.

  autumn 4

Well I hope you don't mind my early autumnal card. 

I will try to enjoy what's left of the summer I promise!

See you soon x

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

How to make a simple paper bag without a template.

Been a bit of a while since my last post, but the sweltering heat here has not been conducive to crafting.

It has only slightly cooled, but I could wait no more to try making these simple paper bags. My reason for making my own bags is threefold,

One: pre-made bags are generally not that good a quality
      Two: it is difficult if not impossible to stamp on a pre-made paper bag
Three: You can make the bags to any size without a template.

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For this example I've used an A4 sheet of paper, but once you know the principles of how to make the bag, you can use any size sheet of paper.

alte bag 5

Fold the A4 sheet of paper in half. Score as shown below. My score lines are the width of double sided tape as I've used 100gsm paper and wet glue would have just been too soggy.

Score a line at the top and bottom of the bag to whatever size you wish the bag to be, the bottom of the bag will be folded and stuck to the back of the bag, and the top will fold forward as shown in the final photo.

I can't emphasise enough to score accurately using a scoring board, and use a bone folder to crease the folds, otherwise your bag will just end up all wonky.

alte 7-with arrows 

At this point, don't stick anything if you want to stamp, otherwise you will be stamping over lots of bumps.

So just score your paper and stamp away! I've used Altenew's "Beautiful day" stamp set. 

alte bag 1

When your stamping is complete, stick down one fold on the open side of your paper (inwards- towards what will be the front of your bag). Then fold the one remaining score line inwards each side as shown below.

  alte bag 2

Use a bone folder again to ensure a crisp edge. Then open the bag out each side and invert the crease as shown.

I've then used scallop scissors top and bottom for a pretty effect.

alte bag 3 

Then just fold the bottom of the bag back and stick, and fold the top forward-your bag is complete!

I've made a slightly larger one as well using an A3 sheet of paper. To finish I've used May Arts cord in navy and the "gift for you" stamp is by Woodware.

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 It is definitely easier making them than it is to post photos and write down instructions, but I hope you can follow OK.

I really hope you like and maybe have a go yourself. It took me a few times to perfect it, even though they are simple!

See you soon x

Saturday, 9 July 2016


Time is one thing I have been short of of late, hence the lack of posts over the last few weeks, but I was determined to find time today to join in this week's Less Is More challenge aptly called "Time".

I've used Lindy's magicals to create the painted backdrop for my stamp. I didn't realise until recently that there are two types of magical powder, flats and shimmers, and it is the shimmer powder that has mica. I have to say whilst I love the flat colours, the shimmer colours really are something else.

I've used "Cape Cod Coral" from the Nantucket Pearls set for this creation, which splits into gorgeous coral, orange and pink tones when water is added.

  time 1

The beautiful stamp is from the Sizzix framelits stamps and dies set called "clocks"-perfect for this challenge.

  time 2

Well, I hope you like, I'm off to enter the challenge. Have a great weekend!

Sunday, 19 June 2016

It's a beautiful day...

I'm loving the new Altenew stamps and although I only possess one set at the moment I am going to make the most of them.

Now don't get me wrong, I love the flowers with this gorgeous set called "Beautiful Day", but it was the leaves that caught my eye first.

I chose to stamp the leaves in quite unconventional colours of bronze and beige. The lovely frame is by Papertrey from their Boutique Borders range: Sympathy.

Altenew 1 

All I did was simply mask off the middle so that the leaves frame the sentiment.

  altenew 2

Well, it really is a beautiful day today, hope it is wherever you are too!