Sunday, 14 February 2016

Going geometric...

Something a little different for me today, a creation using the fab new stamps by Papermania called Geomteric Neon.

I love strong geometric design so these stamps are right up my street.

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Stamped in purple tones and finished with my purple Spectrum Noir sparkle pen just to add a hint of glimmer.

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I think this particular stamp set is going to prove very versatile and look forward to using them again.

Well I'm staying in the warm today as it is freezing outside,

Bye for now!

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Revisiting my old designs...

It all seems so long ago now that I dabbled in my own stamp designs and sadly I recently found out that the clear stamp manufacturer where I used to get them made up is no longer trading. I am now researching other manufacturers as I would love to create more designs in the future, we'll see what happens.

For this card I just simply stamped this design once in a deep aubergine colour, and then stamped it again without re-inking the stamp to create a shadow effect.

Then, to add a bit of contrast I lined the inside of the card with green cardstock and added a couple of green gems to pull it all together. The sentiment is from the Fancy Sayings stamp set by Clearly Besotted.

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Well, that's all for now, have a great weekend and thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

My last Valentine creation...

....well, for this year anyway as the day is nearly here. I wouldn't care, but despite all my Valentine's creations I am a bit of an old cynic when it comes to Valentine's day. I don't mind the sentiment but I hate the commercial side of it. DH knows I would prefer new craft stash to red roses lol.

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Another gift tag, this time made using the lovely Nellie's Curved Tags 4 dies. I particularly love this die set as it includes the little washer, I think it gives a really professional finish to the tag. The beautiful cord is by May Arts.

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Well I've really loved making all these Valentine's creations this year and hope you have enjoyed them too.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

White on White

Many congratulations to Less Is More on it's 5th birthday, with a fab challenge of white on white, and here is my entry...

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I'm sticking to my New Year's Resolution and have chosen to use yet another unused craft item bought many years ago-a Cuttlebug embossing folder called Flourish frame. A very beautiful embossed frame which I have adorned with some lovely Papermania white gems.

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A Hero Arts sentiment finishes it all off.

Right, I'm off to enter the challenge and visit some of my Limettes, have a great weekend!

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Sweets for my sweet...

It's been a while since I have created anything other than a card, so I thought I would try something a little different and create a Valentine's gift tag.

I created a folded tag based on Papertrey's folded tag die which I hope to own soon but was fairly easy to make using a piece of folded card and a corner punch.

I love the chevron ribbon echoing the arrow design, and for drama I added some shredded off cuts of card which always seem to mount up when I trim my cardstock-saves throwing them in the bin!

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The stamps are all by Waltzingmouse.

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I hope to create more tag designs as I really love making them.

Thanks as ever for stopping by, and don't forget if I have lost you as a follower because of changes to Blogger please see my previous post to rectify or sign up for e-mail alerts at the top of my blog!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Attention all Non Google account followers!

I've noticed you, my beloved followers, have reduced in number and I believe it is because of changes to Blogger. You may wish to read the link here if I I have lost you as a follower and you would like to continue to follow me. I would hate you to miss out on my new creations now I've only just returned to blogland!!

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Breaking with tradition...

Well, a little anyway. I have chosen SU's blackberry bliss cardstock instead of conventional red for this Valentine's day card. I have never gravitated towards red in my crafting, so I opted for this gorgeous rich purple colour instead for my latest Valentine creation. In fact my hubby's fave colour is emerald green so I may just recreate this in green just for him.

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This card was a bit more fiddly than I thought it was going to be, lining up the Penny Black Bead stamp with the heart aperture, and then stamping the sentiment within the heart in the right place, then my pearl gems wouldn't stick, phew. I have had the Penny Black stamp for years and have never used it. It is part of my New Year's resolution to use old craft stash, well, that and to keep my craft area tidy at all times but I've already broken that one several times over lol.

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The sentiments are my much used Boutique Borders-love stamps, and the Happy Valentine's Day is a really old much loved Hero Arts stamp.

Well, that's it for today, hope you are having a great weekend!x

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Ornamental Baroque

I don't think I have ever created so many Valentine's day cards...I think maybe in my absence I have been subconsciously storing up all these ideas that they are now just all spilling out of my head!

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This beautiful die is Tattered Lace's Ornamental Baroque, a die I got a while ago but wondered how I would ever use it. I think this works.

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You may recognise the design on the base of the card, I used it on one of my other cards a few months ago. I quite often like to do this to see how many variations I can get out of one design.

Not sure if I have any more Valentine's designs lurking in my head but regardless I hope to be back with my next creation very soon!

Thank you for stopping by x

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Love is in the air...

Continuing with the love theme, I have created another Valentine's card. It is probably the only time I use red as I usually opt for cooler colours or neutrals. In fact it was only when I came to create some Valentine's cards I realised that when I looked through my extensive range of ink pads I don't even own a red ink pad!

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I did however have some red cardstock, so I die cut some hearts and then used my Red Berry Spectrum Noir sparkle pen over the top to create this lovely shimmer. I have to say these pens are just amazing.

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I have used one of my favourite stamp sets from Papertrey Ink, Boutique Borders-Love.

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Well, I hope you like and as ever thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

A New Year, a New Start...

I know, I know. I just make my big blog comeback a few months ago after some 3 years missing in action only to disappear yet again. This time it had nothing to do with my health for a change, just life getting in the way of my crafting and creativity. I'm happy to report things are on much more of an even keel now and I am praying they stay that way. I am really hopeful that this year will be a little more, well, settled and that I can bring you creations on a more regular basis.

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So a simple start again for me-a one layer Valentine's card made using Waltzingmouse "Sweethearts" stamp set. This set is very poignant for me-it was the last stamp set I bought before I became very ill 3 years ago. I remember sitting at my craft desk with my new stamp set and crying because I so desperately wanted to craft with them but I simply felt too ill and could not think of anything to create with them. I almost never picked these stamps up again, but I'm glad I did as they are lovely.

Well thank you for being patient with me! Hope you are having a happy New Year too x

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Anything goes....

...is the challenge over at Papertake Weekly. And here is my creation....

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The lovely swirly circle is by Joy Crafts....

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You can probably tell that I'm into stripes at the moment. For this creation I and just simply drew two lines using Pro Markers and stamped over the top.

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A few chopped up sentiments finish the card!

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Right, I'm off to enter the challenge, hope you all had a great Bank Holiday weekend!

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Frills and mists

This week's challenge over at Less Is More is to use sprays or mists. I can't remember the last time I used a mist spray and it was lovely to blow the dust off a bottle for this creation.

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Rather than use it on the background I've just used it on the focal point, the frilly flower.

I used my Martha Stewart fringe scissors to create the flower. Simply cut a frilly edge along one edge of an A4 strip of copy paper and roll it up.

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The moon shadow ink I've had for years, you can see mine has been well used in the past!

The lovely background stripe is also old now, a stamp set by Impression Obsession but I really do like it.

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The great thing about making this flower from copy paper was the more I spritzed the more curly it became!

Anyway, a very simple card but I hope you like. Thank you as ever for stopping by!