Saturday, 22 October 2016

It's clear to see...

Two posts in one day, pretty much a record for me!

I could not resist entering the Less Is More challenge this week which is to use acetate or vellum. I love using both but acetate is my absolute fave crafty product to work with.

This is so simple, probably the easiest card I've ever made, but I love the effect.

  ace 1

However, getting a decent photo of an acetate card is the most difficult thing to do, so I just took loads of photos at different angles until I captured a shot without too much reflection.

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I've used the lovely Penny Black Holly Berry die again, cascading down one side of the card. What a beauty of a die

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Well, you could argue I've not left any white space, but I have left lots of clear space instead!

Hope you like, see you soon x

Winter Sky...

I am still enjoying the autumn don't get me wrong, but a chance reunion with an old ink pad got me into a wintry mood and these creations were born.

This particular inkpad (shown below) lends itself perfectly to create these wintry scenes.

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All I did was pressed the inkpad onto my craft mat and spritzed a small amount of water on top, then carefully dipped the edges of the card into the ink.

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The tall skinny trees are from Tim Holtz "reindeer flight" stamp set, and the die cut trees are Tim Holtz Woodland die.

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The pretty trees below are die cut from Impression Obsession "Fir Tree" die.

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I have a lot of inkpads, but my Adirondack ink pads had been buried in a box unused for several years. I do look after my ink pads, storing them in airtight containers, but even I was surprised how much ink they had retained.

I don't know how old this ink pad actually is, at least 5 years old, and I don't think you can even get this rainbow pad anymore. The colours work perfectly when smooshed together on my craft mat. Even though the ink pad isn't available anymore, the colours written on the reverse of the pad are Mushroom, Pesto, Eggplant and Denim.

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The "Holiday" and "Christmas" sentiments are by W plus 9 called "Christmas Greetings", and the "Greetings" stamp is by Papertrey from their "Think Big #21" stamp set.

  Tree 1

I love how every background is unique with this technique and required little effort really.

Hope you like, and as ever, thank you for stopping by x

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

'Tis the Season...

Well nearly. I have been itching to use my Christmas craft stash for a while now and could wait no more.

I had to remind myself of what was in my stash and after a rummage I found an unopened set of Christmas stamps by Kaisercraft called "Tis the Season" that I must have bought some time ago, I'm not even sure it is still available. The holly corner stamp is stunning...

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Also unused was my Penny Black "Holly Berries" die. It just so happens that this design first appeared as a stamp many years ago (which you can see here). I bought the die several years later but I don't think you can get either now in the UK, maybe apart from Amazon who currently are asking mega bucks for the die. It makes you realise that probably many of the dies and stamps that us crafter's own may well become collector's items in years to come if they are not already!

So first up, a card made up in purple tones...

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....then in burnt orange...

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...and a monochrome card in black and silver.

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The gorgeous sentiment stamps are of course by the fab Paula Pascual.

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I would love to have made up one of these in every colour imaginable but had to restrict myself to just three!

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I love the simplicity of these creations and think they look quite striking, hope you do to.

See you soon x

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Ghostly Greetings...

A couple of fun Halloween creations today using some new Halloween stamps.

I decided to make 2 aperture cards, inking the background of the inner rectangle to match the colour of the stamped design on the front of the card.


This gorgeous stamp is by Inkylicious called "Twiggy branch", I really love the delicate design. I carried the stamp through to the sentiment background too.


The lovely sentiment stamps are by Graphic 45 called Rare Oddities.


The next card is for the challenge over at Less Is More, which is "spiders or insects".


The spider's web stamp is an old stamp by Inkadinkadoo.


A couple of toy spiders finish it off. I had to be careful not to leave these lying around and making myself jump!


Well I hope you like!

See you soon x

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

A colony of bats...

I didn't know the collective name for a group of bats and had to look it up. Given how many bats I've used just in this post I felt I had to know and discovered it is either a "colony" or "camp" of bats. There you go!

I wonder what the name for a collection of Halloween creations is called....


I bought the lovely little cake domes from a local independant shop, they were only a few pounds each and I just love them.


Most of the sentiments are of course Waltzingmouse, how glad am I that I bought these before Wm ceased trading. I could never part with them.


The inks used are Tim Holtz distress inks in Pumice Stone and Rusty Hinge. Rusty Hinge is new to me but is now my absolute fave TH colour.

The tag was made using Crealies Extreme tag die No 5, really fab large tag dies that come in a variety of designs.

Of course I've used a Tim Holtz Halloween sentiment die, and most of the stamps used for the tag are by Hampton Art.


And finally more Waltzingmouse sentiments...


Well, I've loved creating these, hope you like them too!

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Ear of corn...

It's been quite while since I've done just simple stamping.

I created this card using the beautiful Leanne Creatief's "Ear of Corn" stamp. To keep the whole thing very light I did second generation stamping all over the card, otherwise I think the ink would have been to heavy and would have spoiled the effect.

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I then folded some black card and used Crealies On The Edge die No 1. I bought this die a while ago now and had never used it, I really love the dots around the edge.

  edge 2

This photo shows the gorgeous edge perfectly...

  Edge 1

Finally I've used one of the Whimsy Autumn Letter Seal stamps for the sentiment quote at the bottom of the card.

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I'm clinging onto Autumn as long as I can!

See you soon x

Friday, 7 October 2016

Pumpkin wishes...

I love pumpkins. There I said it. So why did I leave it so long to use my lovely Inkadinkadoo pumpkin stamps? 

These are very sketchy pumpkins so I created a very inky background using Tim Holtz inks in Ripe Persimmon and Spiced Marmalade. I then heat embossed the pumpkin design in gold embossing powder. How great to use that technique again, something I haven't done for far too long.


The "Pumpkin Wishes"  was made up of stamps from different stamp sets, I just put them together as I thought it was rather a nice sentiment.


The beautiful mini dried pumpkins from Ebay make great props! Contrasting ribbon finishes it all off.

I love this time of year-can you tell?

See you soon x

Monday, 3 October 2016

Wicked bat oil for salads and frightful double strength venom...

The colour scheme for these creations came about quite by accident and not a colour combination I would have intentionally put together for Halloween, but now I kinda like it.

I had picked two colours at random, Tim Holtz Mustard Seed and Cracked Pistachio, for a completely different project but got accidentally side tracked by my Halloween stash. You know how it is lol.

I have a thing for glass bottles and have been collecting them for quite a long time now, all different shapes and sizes. They come into their own for Halloween projects.

The fab labels are by Waltzingmouse. All I did was cut them up a bit to swap the wording around to fit my theme. I am so sad Waltzingmouse is no more and will always treasure my WM stamps.

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The tag was created with a bat swirl by Inkadinkadoo, quite an old stamp now but I love it. Of course I've used my bat dies again, and the brilliant Tim Holtz Halloween sentiment dies for all of my creations. Did I tell you I love them lol.

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I think Mirri card comes into it's own for die cutting sentiments. I like to 3D my sentiments and use Collall decoupage glue to make them stand out.

  wicked 3 

I simply used yellow and green food dye for the liquid. 

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Great for a Halloween party.

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I think I should choose random colour combinations more often rather than trying to think consciously about it all the time.

Well I hope you like, hope to be back soon. x

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.

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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...

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 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.

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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.

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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