Thursday, 8 December 2016

Snowflake Glass Garland

I was thrilled to be asked recently by Shauna if I would like to be a guest designer for The Foiled Fox and I jumped at the chance.

Shauna is one of the lovely ladies behind the Foiled Fox fab online store and blog. Here I have used the beautiful Penny Black Snowflake Duo and sentiment from the Penny Black Yuletide Wishes stamp set, both from the Foiled Fox.

I decided to make a snowflake garland for a wine glass, with white and bronze coloured snowflakes, to which I've added some glitter for a glam look.

Snowflake glass garland 1a 

These would look so good in any colour, especially if colour co-ordinated with other Christmas table decorations. I think most guests would be impressed if presented with these garland adorned glasses over Christmas!

The garland was made just using a strip of card and is not glued to the glass. Because the glass is wider towards the bottom it is holding the garland in place and can easily be removed and used again.

  Snowflake Glass Garland 2a

I think these snowflakes dies are just about the prettiest I've ever seen and know that I will use them over and over again.

Well, I hope you like. Please do pop over to The Foiled Fox blog for fab inspiration and their online store for loads of lovely craft stash!

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Wine Bottle Tag...

I've had this Wine Bottle Tag die by Papertrey for sometime now but just never got round to using it. Having never made a bottle tag it took me a while to think of how to decorate it.

But eventually I got there and here is what I came up with...

  Bottle Tag 1  
I've colour co-ordinated my tag with the bottle...

Wine Bottle Tag 2 

The lovely large snowflake is from the Snowflake and tag die by Justrite and the smaller one is by Crealies. The gift sentiment is from the stamp set by Taylored Expressions called "Wine a Little".

Then I found a beautiful heart button and finished with some silver cord.

  Wine Bottle Tag 4

A lovely way to give someone a bottle of their favourite tipple.

Thank you for stopping by, see you soon x

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Christmas Hugs...

I have been very under the weather this week so could only manage a very simple card today.

However, I do like it's simplicity. Just a couple of Sue Wilson holly die cuts from card inked in Tim Holtz Evergreen Bough and Faded Jeans, and the lovely Hugs sentiment by Papertrey.

Christmas Holly Card

Just tiny amounts of 3D Collall decoupage glue adhere the holly and Hugs sentiment to the card so that it all has a bit of dimension and creates lovely shadows too.

  Christmas Holly card 2

Well, I hope you like this super quick CAS card, I hope to be back soon when I feel a little better x

Monday, 28 November 2016

Poinsettia Garland

I'm always looking into how I can incorporate my crafting into home decor. I thought these Poinsettia garlands would look great on any Christmas table, especially if made up in co-ordinating colours to match the rest of the Christmas decor.

Cake dome 1 

I could have gone really bright but instead chose these muted colours using Tim Holtz distress inks in Wild Honey, Aged Mahogany, Victorian Velvet and Worn Lipstick.

Cake dome 2 

I have used these little cake domes in previous posts, they were bought for a few pounds at a local shop and I just love them. I have used 2 different Poinsettia dies, the smaller one is by Impression Obsession and the other is by Leanne Creatief. The sentiments are by Kaisercraft.

  Cake Dome 3

These garlands could be used to decorate in so many different ways, I think a large garland with Poinsettias going right round a large cake dome would look fab.

Anyway, I hope you like them, see you soon x

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Emboss resist technique...

Every time I think I've made the last autumn card for this year, another idea pops into my head.

The challenge over at Less Is More is to use the emboss resist technique, a technique I really love but haven't done for some time.

I've used the lovely delicate twiggy branch by Inkylicious, heat embossed with white embossing powder.

Autumn 3a

I then sponged Tim Holtz distress inks in Victorian Velvet, a lovely dusky pink colour, and Wild Honey, just down one side of the card to keep it CAS. I also overstamped the branch in both colours on top of the white embossing to add to the effect.

  Autumn 1a

It was a last minute decision to add to the little deer, by Impression Obsession, a perfect excuse to use them.

  Autumn 1b

A really beautiful stamp and I love these two colours together.

Have a great weekend, thank you for stopping by!

Friday, 25 November 2016

DIY Colour Swatches

Forgive me if you have seen this next stamp. I don't know how long it has been available but I accidentally stumbled across it whilst browsing one of my fave online craft stores-Inkylicious, and so this post is for anyone, like me, who did not know of it's existence.

It's called an "Ink Pad ID stamp". It wasn't immediately obvious to me what it was, but on further investigation I realised it had been designed specifically for making up colour swatches. 

I think I actually said "WOW" out loud when I saw it. I knew I HAD to have it. If, like me, you have a little obsession with colour swatches, I can't recommend it enough. I have so many ink pad brands, but I just had to start with the Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

So I started with some blue tones. I've used GIMP image editor to add text, even learning how to rotate the text to line up with the edge of the tags!

Tim Holtz Colour Swatch 3 with text

I even inked the little washers in the same colour to match....

  Tim Holtz Colour Swatch 2a

Not only does it look pretty I know I will actually use these swatches.

I will be pinning my colour swatch on Pinterest, both to my own board and the Tim Holtz Colour board I have created on Pinterest. I will add more colours as I make them up, so keep your eye out on Pinterest for more of my colour swatches!

See you soon x

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Christmas Gift Bags...

As Christmas is fast approaching, I thought I would make some very simple Christmas gift bags primarily using the Penny Black Christmas Banner stamp set and Poppystamps Winter Hollyberry die.

  Christmas Gift bags 1

I've had the banner stamps for quite a while, not knowing quite how I was going to use them. I just sat for some time looking at them until eventually I decided to team them with some chevron ribbon to echo the shape of the banner and add some contrast and it all started to come together.

This is a glassine bag, I love it's sheer quality....

Christmas gift bag 2 

The hollyberries are die cut from card soaked in Tim Holtz ink in Seedless Preserves and Dylusions Pink Fuscia ink spray.

  Christmas gift bag 3

Next up is a bag made using a clear CD sleeve! I have loads hanging around and I thought one would be perfect for this project.

  Christmas gift bag 4

I love the Adirondack Mountain Rose and Watermelon colour ink pads. The little clips are by Stampin Up.

  Christmas gift bags 6

The next bag I made myself, following the same technique I used here....

  Christmas gift bag 6

And there you have it, a trio of gift bags, very simple and easy to make.

  Christmas gift bags 5

Well, I hope you like these little creations, I hope to be back again soon. Thank you so much for stopping by x

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Late Autumn...

I've probably made more autumnal cards this year than any other, but I could not resist one more before autumn is gone and winter sets in.

Inspired by all the beautiful red ivy at this time of year, I wanted to create the effect of trailing ivy. So I used the trailing ivy die by Sue Wilson, die cut from card soaked in Tim Holtz distress inks in Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry and just hooked them around the card secured with a small amount of Herma tape.


I didn't stick the ivy down so it created these lovely shadows...


The lovely main sentiment is by Inkylicious and the quote is by Whimsy stamps.

  ivy 3

Well I'm off to enjoy the beautiful Autumn sunshine we have here today, hope you have a great weekend x

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Holiday cheer...

I don't normally use pinks and yellows to create Christmas cards but I have to say I'm really glad I did for this creation...


The background was created with distress spray inks in Fossilized Amber and Picked Raspberry, all swooshed together on my craft mat with a small amount of water and then dipping a whole sheet of card into it.

I've used Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia die and die cut it from the same inked up card where the ink was heaviest.


Finally I heat embossed the Christmas sentiment from Wplus9 randomly all over the card. The ink and the heat embossing did slightly warp the cardstock so I ironed it before mounting it onto another piece of card to flatten it out.


Well I hope you like, have a great weekend!

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Making spirits bright...

I do love a tree. All kinds of trees. Usually I choose more traditional trees in my crafting, but these little stamps from Memory Box called "Making Spirits Bright" really caught my eye.

The colour scheme of purple and gold is for this week's challenge over at Less Is More. I was thrilled that my acetate Christmas card was showCASed on the Less Is More blog, thank you so much for choosing me for this honour! For those of you who asked I about my acetate card, I used Stazon ink to stamp the sentiment and Herma tape to adhere the die cut holly branches to the acetate, so no mess on the reverse!

P & G 1 

This card was just a case of lots of masking off to create layers. The sentiment stamp is by Kaisercraft simply called "Christmas sentiments" and of course I used a Tim Holtz die cut sentiment from the Handwritten Holidays die cut set. And I like using sentiment die cuts as props for my photos! The free standing sentiment is by Penny Black. 

  P & G 2

I really love these little contemporary trees and will probably use them to batch make cards to send to friends and family this year.

Well, I'm off to curl up on the sofa with my fur throw, it is so cold outside! 

See you soon x

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

The big countdown...

I can't believe we are now into November, my lovely autumn is slipping away and it's the big countdown to Christmas.

Here I've made a very simple Christmas card using little trees from the Anna Griffin Gift wrap stamp set.


I do love the Boutique Borders Christmas frame stamp and sentiments from Papertrey. For this composition I thought the sentiment looked better stamped off centre.

A little gold twine bow finishes it all off.


A very simple and quick card, I'm really loving those trees.

Well, gotta scoot, see you soon x

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Celebrate the Season...

Why is it that even though we have an extra hour today I feel as though the weekend is flying by?

My extra hour has been spent creating some Christmas cards with just one stamp, if you exclude the sentiments.


The lovely holly leaf design is from Anna Griffin Gift Wrap stamp set. 

My next card is for the challenge over at Less Is More which is "Celebrations and Festivals". 


I've simply masked off a small rectangle and used first and second generation stamping around the mask to frame the sentiment. Sentiment stamps are by WPlus9 and Papertrey.


I really love the cascading holly leaf design on a DL card, it really emphasises the effect.


Really simple cards that I think would look great in any colour.


Well, that's my extra hour gone, hope you enjoy yours!

Bye for now x