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My Lovely Friends,

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Exciting News!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi guys, I have some awesome news to share with you, I am one of the brand Ambassadors for

As you know Emilia has some fabulous flower and leaves dies, which are great for
Foamiran as well as paper,

They all cut fabulously and are really easy to use, here are a few of my flowers made with the dies,


Roses made with Lady E Designs -  Flower 003 and Leaves 001




Lady E Designs dies - Flower 001, Flower 004


Flower die - Flower 002,  Leaves 002, Leaves 003


Lady E Designs - Poinsettia dies



You can find them at 
Lady E Designs

Here's the fabulous Brand Ambassadors for Lady E Designs,


Happy Crafting!!!


Tuesday, 11 December 2018

CAS Mans Card

Hi guys, I mean what a CAS card by me, unheard of!!!

Well I went to a craft fair recently and saw one being demonstrated and thought I have to have a go with that, lol

So here it is!!


No flowers, leaves, twine yep defo CAS lol
But i love the effect on it's own,

I made a circle mask for the main circle so I could create the scene onto some black card,
I then using a brush added some hill effects with another mask I made myself,

I then used a smaller circle mask for the moon just using some of it, so it gave a half moon effect,


I placed my scene onto a stamp positioner by Tim Holtz and placed the Trees where I wanted them to be, then I used some watermark pad to stamp the trees, after I poured some fine detail embossing powder over them and heat set them with my heat gun,


I did the same with reindeer and the houses on the left,

Not too bad for a first attempt I think,

To finish my card off I just applied my scene to a larger circle for the card base,

This ones for hubby, he he

Happy Crafting!!

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Foamiran Roses A hint of spring on a Winters day

Hi guys, I've had a change for making Christmas stuff so I thought I'd show you some Roses I've created in 0.6 Foamiran and using the fabulous Lady E Designs die 003 and Leaves die 001

I used Silk Suite foam which I coloured with some Gallery oil pastel - Deep Madder along the petal edges, 


I created various sizes of flowers including buds, as you can see some are more open then others,
I used 0.6 Foamiran for the Calyx's again coloured with the oil pastel,

I took some 0.6 green Foamiran for the leaves and die cut them out, then heated them for a few seconds against a warm iron and placed them straight away onto a mould, I have previous video's showing this step on my tutorials section at the top of my blog if you wish to see it,
after getting the veins on the leaves I went over the leaves with again the same oil pastel, which gives the leaves a different look from being left in their green colour, then I added some wire to the leaf bases,


I had a go at making the bud effects under my flower heads with some air dry clay, then I wrapped some floral tape over the top, this I then coloured with some more of the oil pastel, see how different the colour looks depending on what you've used it,


I also added some thorns with hot glue here and there, think I need to practice or get a new glue gun!!! lol


I made these roses to go in a display, so I kept the stems longer, 


I'm thinking of adding some more leaves or something around the base though, not sure!! hmm decisions, decisions, decisions!!!!
as it is I just added some dry oasis in my plant pot,stuck the flowers and leaves in where I wanted them and added some dried moss over the top,

I will be back soon with more Christmas creations,LOL
Happy Crafting!!

Friday, 7 December 2018

Another card for A Man

Hi guys, I thought I'd show you last fellas card in my series of similar themed Mens cards,


This time I made a shaker card, using the same First Edition papers all that Glistens,
I layered my papers up after distressing the edges, 
Behind the star shaker I die cut a Gummiapan Doodled circle die out of Kraft card, added some sisal over the top, after fixing the shaker in place, I used hot glue to add some cinnamon sticks, dried orange and a little bit of chipboard by Scrapiniec,

I finished the card of with a die cut Deer out of Kraft card,

Happy Crafting!!!

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Winter Song

Hi all, I'm here today to show you another Christmas card I've made for Swedish House Crafts DT,
this time I've used the gorgeous papers by Laserowe Love from the Winter Song collection, wow they are stunning!!!


They come complete with images to fussy cut and a some strips with more images on too, but more on that later,
I started by layering some of the papers on my card in different sizes, then added a strip of paper down the middle but slightly off centre, I die cut a Gummiapan doodled circle die out of Kraft card stock and fixed it in place, you can just see it peeking out from behind here and there,


I cut several layers of the Poinsettia images out as well as some cones, then I added a little water sprayed over the top, I then scrunched and  crinkled the images, then left them to dry, 

After drying layer them up to get the look you wish, I then added some liquid applique on the petal edges and some glitter in the centre of the flower, behind the flower I used a Gummiapan old star die which I cut out in one of the papers then simply edged it with some vintage photo distress inks, I also added some Gummiapan die cut trees which again I added some liquid applique on the edges,


As I mentioned earlier the collection comes with some strips with some more images on this fabulous frame effect is one of them, again I simply fussy cut it out, coloured the edges with vintage photo then added some 3D foam pads behind to raise it up from my card base, I couldn't resist adding this utterly adorable Gummiapan High Reindeer die on the top and I again added some liquid applique onto the Antler sections,



I finished the card off with some more liquid applique on the edges of some of the paper layers to tie in with the theme,


Gummiapan die - Fluffy trees ( grab these quick as they won't be back)
Gummiapan die - High Reindeers( Once the're gone the're gone)


Check out these and more gorgeous products over at Swedish house Crafts,

Happy Crafting!!!

Sunday, 2 December 2018

I'm Dreaming Of.......

Hi guys, I've been playing with some mixed media again, and loved it!!!!

I recently went to a local craft event and one stall had these MDF items for sale and I just couldn't resist it!! well it just had to fall in my basket!!



I've also done a step by step tutorial on the trees,

So ok, I first of all painted the pieces with white Gesso, you know how to do that right? so I've skipped that, then I took a couple of different stencils from my stash and using some handmade paste added the patterns to my trees, I stippled some texture paste onto the smaller tree group without any stencilling and kept the base plate with only the white Gesso,


When the Gesso was dry I took some lace scraps from my stash and cut them up randomly, these I adhered onto the trees in various places, then when dry I wrapped some twine around the larger trees too,


I took some Prima Sparks paints and after first lightly spraying the tree with a little water I added a bit of paint on my brush here and there, then I added a little more water, I went over with some more paint and water till I got the look I wanted,


I still kept the group of trees fairly plain just adding the colours of paint in the same way as above,


I then fixed the trees onto the base,



I had previously stamped a stamp with versamark and heat set white embossing powder over the top onto a piece of vellum, this I then fussy cut around and fixed onto the front of the group of trees, using 3D pads, it looks squiffy on this picture but it is straight honest!! lol

I added some cheesecloth over the base, then added a layer of white Gesso, when dry I added some of my finishing embellishments,


I took some cinnamon sticks, glued them in place, then added a layer of crackle paste over them, this cracked fabulously when dry!! I heat glued a mini Bird by Dusty Attic on the top, which I had painted with the sparks paint then I used some 13 Arts silver Glitter paint on the wings, behind this I added some bird houses, I made the bases by using some waste chipboard, glued the houses and the bases together, then painted them again with the spark paints,


In front of my scene I added a word chipboard covered in stippled white Gesso then the dot on the I was painted with the 13 Arts Silver paint,
Here and there I added some vintage twigs in white by 13 Arts and some pine cones covered with a little white Gesso,
On the trees I added some gems in two colours here and there as well as some Finnabair glass micro beads,





This is the finished scene again, on the top of the house I added a crystal clear gem as a star effect, 
I then went over the edges of the trees with some white crackle paste to get the same effect as the log and to give the look of snow on the trees, lol


It really shines and sparkles in real life, 

Prima - white Gesso
Prima - Sparks Prima paints - Fairy wings/ (Unicorns hair/Birds) Mermaid Sparkle, Magical pond,
Deco Art texture sand, Finnabair Micro beads/ Splash, 13 Arts Silver glitter paint, 13 Arts white Vintage twigs, Dusty Attic - Mini words #1, Dusty Attic - Mini birds #1, Dusty Attic Mini Birdhouses, 

Challenges

It really was such fun to do hope, you like it too!!!
Happy Crafting!!

Friday, 30 November 2018

Christmas Is Coming

Hi guys, well it's nearly December so I've been making some Christmas cards, well as you know I made a few mens cards and so for a change I did one where I could add a little bling etc,
over at Lemoncraft they have a red  colour themed challenge going on, I found some scraps in my stash, as I had just finished making one with the reverse side of it, but that's for another day!! lol

Anyway here it is,


I'm really into narrow cards this year so I did another one, I used the same red paper for both layers simply layering up the inner one with 3D foam, as usual I distressed the paper edges, these paper distress fabulously!!


I took a plastic snowflake from my stash and glued it down first using hot glue, then I added a handmade clock embellishment which I made out of air dry clay and a mould by Prima, when dry I added some gold wax over the top,
I die cut a label die out of two layers of card stock and one out of the reverse of the paper, after gluing these together I added a small piece of the red sided paper behind, finally I added some twine through the hole,
My next layer is a calico star I've had in my stash for years, then I added a air dry bird,


My Poinsettia is made out of the Lady E Design Poinsettia die using white silk foam and the centre stamens from the same die set were made die cut out of Kraft card, I added a pearl style embellishment for the middle, 

Behind the flower I used some cut down frosted berries and some 13 Arts  pieces too, then I simply added some Prima art stones and self adhesive gem stones here and there too,

Well that's another one done, just to make the boxes for them now!!! lol

Challenges:

Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

A Mans card with Gift Envelope number three

Hi guys, I know you've seen my other Mens cards with similar designs but I decided this year for the first time to do a similar set of cards, as I usually make every one different,

so this one is again made using similar products,


I've used the same template as before by the very talented and friend Irene for the design of my card envelope but I used it the other way,

Again I cut the papers in different sizes and distressed the edges, layering some up with 3D foam to give a little depth and interest,


I've again used a die cut star, dried piece of orange, chipboard and the fabulous doodled circle die by Gummiapan from Swedish House Crafts, I find this die very useful especially for Mens cards,

I then found a paper straw in my stash that matched in with the papers so I used that too, lol
To finish off the front I again used dried roots by 13 Arts,

To keep in with the theme I also again used a deer die which I cut out the Deer in Kraft Card,


Inside has again the slits cut on the top paper so I can add some money and the box at the base for some chocolate,

I hope your not bored with seeing my Mens cards,I've  nearly finished showing you, I've only one more of this themed card to go which I will show you all later, lol oh I bet you can't wait!!! he he

Happy Crafting!!!

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Look what's Here

Hi guys, I thought I'd pop on my blog today to let you know that my lovely friend Suha who owns
Swedish House Crafts has got some fabulous dies in for the flower makers among us,

There are flower and leaf dies by Lady E Designs and also Whimsy, whoop whoop!!
As you know these are great for Foamiran and also paper flowers as well,

And now for another bit of info, SHC has got some moulds coming into store soon, the range will be called  FORMA and are exclusive to SHC, I can't wait to check those out!!!! there will also be Foamiran and Silk Foam in store soon too,


Exciting times!!!!
Happy Crafting!!!

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Adding wires to Foamiran Leaves

Hi all, I have been asked by a few of you how you add the wires to your foamiran  Leaves, there are quite a few ways but I thought I'd show you the easiest ways to get you started,

I've again used the fabulous leaf dies by
Lady E Designs Leaves 001 and 003

I will add a video for you to watch as well,

One way is to simply take a leaf shape and glue the wire behind your leaf using hot glue added to the end of wire, if it's lying flat on your project it doesn't need to be bent or shaped,

You can also add your leaves by gluing the wire behind as above but gluing half way down the leaf back, then when the glue has dried you can bend the wire over slightly to give the leaf a little direction,

Another way is to add tiny amounts of the wire along the leaf backs if the leaf your using has more then one leaf, ie two or three leaves on one die, if the stem of the die is wide enough you can also add the wire behind this too,

You can also add some wire to the front of your leaf, then simply bring the two lower edges together which hides the wire from view,

These are the simplest ways to add the wires to your leaves, you can add floral tape around the wires if you wish before or after adding the leaves or not at all, especially if they won't be seen behind the  finished flower display,



Hope this helps if your just starting out,
Happy Crafting!!


Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Vintage Baby Girl Exploding Box

Hi, guess what, I'm here today showing you another creation I've made using the gorgeous Vintage baby collection by Laserowe Love for
Swedish House Crafts,


I couldn't resist making a vintage style exploding box, for the lid I added some cut some paper, then added a fussy cut image from one of the papers raised up with 3D foam, then below this a strip off another sheet of the papers which I raised up slightly higher,


As you can see on the lid sides I used another of the lovely papers to tie in the image on the paper below,


Inside I used more o the papers and some of the fabulous chip boards,


I fussy cut the images again raising them up with 3D foam, I then added some hand drawn lines for the balloon strings, I so love the cute chipboard teddy!!! which I left in it's natural state,


After fussy cutting the banner I again raised it up with the 3D foam, I also fussy cut the rocking horse which I glued onto the base leaving it flat, but then raised up the gorgeous vintage styled teddy bear, I also love this image!!!


On the other side I raised up another vintage bear image and placed a chipboard rattle left again in it's natural state,


The rear of the box has this vintage pram cut out from one of the sheets, look how they all mix and match perfectly!!


In the middle section I used one of the Roxstamps nesting circle dies to cut out a circle giving the appearance of a vintage rug, then I added the 3D cradle,
In the front I glued more adorable teddies,


After making up the 3D cradle I added some paper flowers, cheesecloth as a mock blanket and a tiny doll cut from one of the papers too, this I then glued in the corner of the cot,

Product list:
Laserowe Love - Chipboards

Happy Crafting!!