31 May 2017

How to make a faux quilted card - Robins Nest Design team

Hey crafty friends

Today I have a post on http://chatteringrobins.blogspot.co.uk/ showing how to make a faux quilted Card, it's a full step by step tutorial. 

Here is a sneaky peek, but you'll need to go to their blog for the full post.

I hope you like it.

29 May 2017

Box Framed Butterflies - Colourcraft DT


Today I am sharing a project over on the Colourcraft blog.  Here's what my finished piece looks like, If you'd like to know how I made it then please pop over to the blog for step by step details.


22 May 2017

Baby Zoo - Take one stamp and Die set and achieve 5 looks.

It's Monday morning and I have some spare time on my hands so thought I'd share some inspiration with you all.

I am currently working with Altenew's Baby-zoo-stamp-die-bundle
It's an older set thats been designed for new baby cards.

I dont know anyone who is expecting a new addition at the moment so I wanted to see what other types of cards I could make.

The card above utilises the die set to create an aperture along with stamps from another set to give a striking effect.

This time I've created an aperture and stamped behind it with flowers and foliage creating a feminine look.

Washi tape adds a modern touch, keeping it in a grey allows the Giraffe to stand out.

Here I have used all of the animals from the stamp set and added a black and white strip of washi tape

This card is very different, I used a technique my daughter taught me; you add ink onto a plastic food bag, spritz with water and lay it on top of your card, you can scrunch it up a little to create movement in the ink.  I cut the lion from the card and placed black card behind to give a very strong look.  I added some Nuvo drops to give some dimension.

As you can see a stamp set designed for baby cards can be so much more.

21 May 2017

Altenew Painted Jellyfish

Today I am sharing a card made with Altenew's Painted Jellyfish

I created my background using a marbling technique.

I added some shaving foam (the cheap stuff) to a baking tray and smoothed it in to a layer about 1cm thick, I then added drops of Alcohol Inks and used a tooth pick to move some of them around. I left some of the drops in place and they had a reaction with the shaving foam and created a really cool effect.

I laid a piece of card on top and rubbed it over making sure all of the card came into contact with the card. I then peeled it back and used the edge of a ruler to scrap the excess shaving foam away.

I left it to dry completely before stamping the Jelly fish using Altenew's Crisp dye Ink.

I added a sentiment in black and embellished with a few drops of glossy accents to give the effect of bubbles.

I then added the main panel to a black card blank to help the colours pop.

I love how different this card is, it has such a abstract feel to it.

See you in the week with more craftiness.

19 May 2017

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #48 - DT inspiration

Today we have a new challenge on the Paperbabe Stamps Blog

This time it's a picture inspiration

Use the picture any way you like, take inspiration from the colours, layout or image. Just let your imagination run wild.

I used the whole picture as inspiration, the daisies and the colours.

I stamped my Daisies using the flowers in the Day of the Dead stamp set, I love taking stamps that were intended for a particular theme and changing it up and using them in different way.

Now it's over to you 

To join in visit the blog here>>>paperbabe stamps blog

Use the inlinkz button and add your project and you could be the lucky winner of a prize from Kim.

Good luck

18 May 2017

STAMPlorations CAS Challenge - May mid way reminder

Hey crafters

We are mid way through our May CAS Card challenge over at STAMPlorations so here's a little reminder about the challenge

I have created a second card for the challenge using the Bold sentiments:Hello and the Retro mod shapes.

You can join in with the challenge by visiting the blog http://stamplorations.blogspot.com/2017/05/cas-challenge-may.html

Stamps can be purchased at  STAMPlorations store

Eight ways to achieve different looks with Altenew's Layered Medallion stencils

Morning crafty friends

When I buy a craft product I have one rule that I always stick to!

"The item must perform more than one role"

So when I saw Altenew's layered stencils I put my thinking cap on.  I knew I could stretch their use and do more with them.

Today I am going to walk you through my results from experimenting with the Layered Medallion stencils

There are 2 stencils in the set

Medallion A 

Medallion B

The stencils can be used alone or together, I wanted to play around and see how many looks I could achieve.

Look 1

This is both stencils together as they were intended. I inked through stencil A and then through B using a different ink each time. (I spritzed water on mine to distress them)

Look 2

This was Stencil A alone with one ink colour

Look 3

and Stencil B with again with one ink colour.

Look 4

Here both stencils were placed on the card at the same time, Stencil.A first and then stencil B, I then applied the ink through them at the same time.  This gives a busy pattern but I like it.

Look 5

Here I  placed Stencil B on the card and inked it up and then Stencil A and inked that - This effect doesn't really work well with tonal inks, I will have to try it with different colours. Stencil B seems to hide what stencil A created.

Look 6

Again both stencils were placed on the card together, this time I placed B first, then A on top and used just one ink colour.  I really like this effect.

Of course depending on the colours and how you apply them you can achieve even more looks

Look 7

This is both layers together as they were intended using 2 different ink colours.

Look 8

Here's a finished card I made recently, I used 4 ink colours and applied them in concentric circles.

I can see that these stencils are going to play a big part in my crafting as they are so versatile.

Maybe you'll consider adding them to your collection too.

17 May 2017

How to make a Tri-fold shutter card - Robins Nest Design team

Hey crafty friends

Today I have a post on /http://chatteringrobins.blogspot.co.uk/ showing how to make a Tri-Fold shutter card, it's a full step by step tutorial. 

Here is a sneaky peek, but you'll need to go to their blog for the full post.

I hope you like it.

16 May 2017

Altenew Garden Hydrangea - For you card

I thought it was about time I got my Garden Hydrangea stamp set out and made something pretty. I've had it in my collection for a while now but have been busy with other things but now is the time....

I have put together this stunning card using some of my favourite craft items

Stamps, Ink, Vellum, sequins and Nuvo drops.

The shapped piece of white card has been sat in my drawer for a while, I had cut a piece of card using an edge die and used the bottom section on a previous card. I thought using the left over piece with some vellum would add a soft feminine feel to the the card.

I decided to go with soft lilac colours and use black ink and Nuvo drops for my highlights.

The sequins add a sparkle and texture to the card.

As you know I am a big fan of layering stamps as they give me the detail and depth to my images that I am yet to achieve with colouring.

Thanks for stopping by today, I will be back tomorrow with something different.


15 May 2017

Stamping and Stenciling with lusture paints - Colurcraft DT

Today I am sharing a new project for Colourcraft C&A

You can find more details about how I created this project at the Colourcraft blog 

14 May 2017

Tattered Lace Back to Black Launch - Design team samples

Monday will see the launch of a new die collection from Tattered Lace dies.

Back to Black is a collection full of stunning nature themed dies, landscapes and animals are the focus of this launch and boy is this a must have.

I was given 3 dies from the collection to use for my samples and here's what I made.

This simple card uses an embossing folder in the background for some subtle texture. The sunflowers with the script give a lovely card which could be used for so many different occasions.

Again I used an embossing folder for a soft textured back ground and then paper pieced the flowers using brown, orange and green card. I added the script in orange to tie everything together.

I've found that I like to stick with a colour pallet and theme when making my samples, this way I find my inspiration comes easier and I can create more sample in the time I have. 

This time I utilised the torn edge hexagons to mat and layer and then cut the flower heads from the facing the sun die to create a little flourish of flowers in the corner. I used the script die and separated it in to two pieces to tuck in behind the hexagons.

I wanted to make something a little bit more grand and decided to use the Vase die for an earlier release along with the flowers.

I placed the flowers from the Hazy-days-sunflower-die into the vase and used the Script-background-die waste to add some Versafine ink through and apply some bonding powder which I heated the placed transfer foil on top.

The vase was foiled using sticky roll (double sided sticky sheet)

I hope you'll watch the launch at 8am Monday on Create and Craft TV

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12 May 2017

Simple one layer cards using Altenew stencils and inks.

Good morning Crafters

I was recently luck enough to win a £20 gift voucher from Bumbleberry Papercrafts in their monthly competition and I couldn't wait to spend my prize on some  Altenew goodies.

I ordered 3 stencils which I had wanted since they launched.  I was thinking it would be good to have the option of creating backgrounds for simple one layer cards.


I used the Filled Alpha stamp setSketched Lines Stencil and Basic Borders on this card. 

This time I used the Filled Alpha Stamp Set for my sentiment and the  Tiny Bubbles Stencil for my background.

For this card I've gone all dotty, using the Halftone Happy Stamp Set and Tiny Bubbles Stencil.

The Halftone Happy Stamp Set is such a useful set to have as you can mix and match the sentiments. I used the Stone Wall Stencil with some yummy yellow ink in a ombre effect. The chevron side detail was made using the Basic borders stamps.

I love Teal and black together so this was a fun card to create. Again i used the Halftone Happy Stamp Set, but this time with the Sketched Lines Stencil.

This time I used Halftone Happy Stamp Set with some foil! and used the Stone Wall Stencil so a teal ombre.

Hopefully I've showed you just how many looks and feels you can create with limited items. It's so nice to have a stock of simple one layer cards ready to go in the drawer, especially for those last moment birthdays that the kids forget to tell you about in advance.


10 May 2017

Tattered Lace discover the orient Launch - Design Team Samples

Today I am giving you a look at a few items I made with Tattered Lace's Discover the Orient collection.

I was given the Japanese Lace panel, Champagne glass and Vintage keys dies to work with aswell as the backing papers and scene papers.

I created this bookmark and pouch using the following items -

Next up I created a fan using -

I created a card using -

This card was made using the lace panel as a stencil and the die cutting the glasses and separating them from the floral section.

I cut several sets of the keys and separated them to make a background

I wanted to make something totally different and decided an oriental building that could be used as a lantern. You could place a large LED candle inside, it would look amazing in the dark.

Lastly I made an oriental screen, I used the lace panel die to cut the screen shape and then the smaller die to cut the scene paper

As always I have included direct links to the dies and papers  used, so if you want to buy you can find them easily.

You can watch the launch show on Create and Craft TV at 7pm Thursday 11th May

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