17 July 2017

Men's cards are no longer a problem with this Geometric background.

Have you ever struggled to make a card for the men in your life? 

As someone who loves to make cards I have to admit that I have always struggled to make men's cards that I am happy with.

  There are lots of products out there for male cards but I'm a clean and simple girl at heart so, racing car decoupage and golf stamps really aren't for me.

As soon as I saw the Triangle turnabout stamp from Concord and 9th I knew I had to have it, I know I'm a little late to the party with this but my excitement is too much to contain.

If you haven't seen the Triangle turnabout stamp before here's what it looks like

You're probable thinking how do you make that look like the picture above!  It's all in the name, Triangle turnabout!  You stamp once, ink your stamp with another, turn your card and stamp. You can do this up to 4 times, you are able to create different looks depending on ink colours and the number of turns.

I did 4 turns each with a different shade of ink.  I used the Altenew crisp inks Cool summer night mini cube collection.  The inks are perfect for a tonal look and I use them all the time in my crafting.

While the ink was still damp after my last turn I decided to try throwing some silver WOW embossing powder at it - not literally, I delicately poured it on and tried to save all of the excess as I am such a frugal crafter :)  I was amazed at how the powder stuck fully to the most recent inking and slightly to the earlier inks that I used, It gives a really cool distressed gilded effect.

The stamp will give you a 6"x 6" patterned panel once complete.  I cut this down and was able to make 2 cards with it.  I wanted to keep the design simple and clean so team the background up with Altenews Halftone happy stamp and die bundle.  

I think they are a perfect match for each other and can't wait to make more male cards and experiment with colour to achieve different effects.

Have a super week x

14 July 2017

Paperbabe Stamp Challenge #52 - DT Inspiration

Today on the Paperbabe Stamps Blog we are launching a new challenge
this time it's a layout inspiration

You can use the above picture any way you choose keep it simple or flip it, just let your creativity flow.  If you use Paperbabe products and link the project over on the Paperbabe blog you could be in with the chance of winning yourself a prize from the awesome Kim Costello.

I have put together the card below using the layout as a guide.

All the products I used apart fro the sequins are Paperbabe products. I kept the basic layout the same but change the orientation of the base card.

I applied some light pink ink through the rose stencil using a blending brush to give a soft covering.  I then used the herringbone stencil and added some light green ink. I added this to my card with a white stitched edge circle between. 

 I then cut a banner/pennant and stamped my sentiment using the birthday wishes stamp set, I chose to use grey ink so the look stayed soft and feminine.  I then coloured an MDF wooden rose embellishment and sprinkled a few iridescent sequins to add some texture to the card.

All of the products used can be found in the Paperbabe Store on Esty 
via this link >>>Paperbabe Stamps Shop

I can wait to see what you create.

13 July 2017

Tattered Lace Fantasy Christmas Launch - Design Team Samples

Hi guys
Just a quick post to let you know that Tattered Lace have a launch show tomorrow with their Fantasy Christmas Blockbuster.

There are so many amazing dies and the prices are sure to be fabulous as always.

I have added pictures of my samples below with links to the dies below, this will take you to the die on the Create and Craft website.

Square Holly Die -  This used 4 of the mini holly frames to make the wreath.

The launch show is at 12pm tomorrow (Friday 14th July) and you can watch on 
  • Sky 674
  • Freeview 23
  • Virgin 748
  • Freesat 813
  • Apple TV
  • Amazon Fire

09 July 2017

How to achieve three looks with one set of Altenew stamps

Today were talking about how to achieve three looks with one set of Altenew stamps.

I've had the Tulip set in my collection since it was released but only used it twice, I recently added the coordinating die set to my collections and yesterday decided it was time to get them out and make some cards.

For each of the 3 cards I made I stamped and die cut 3 Tulips

For this card I used the Altenew grid stencil to add a subtle yellow pattern to the background, I glue the stems flat but placed the flower heads on foam pads for added dimension. I stamped a sentiment onto some white card and mounted it on to black, I love the jaunty angle.

This is my favourite of the three I am sharing, the background was created using Altenew's watercolour strip stencil, I used the jet black ink and a foam blending tool to add the background, I then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I added the Tulips the the left of the card and placed a sentiment to the right.  I played around with the look by having the leaf on the left over hanging but having the sentiment to the right cropped. I think it adds extra interest to the card.

This card was a simple one, I added the flowers and sentiment and then embellished with sequins and Nuvo drops.  I think this one is perfect for a friend who is maybe going through a bad time. It's simple and elegant.

I enjoy using different backgrounds to change the feel of my cards, from simple CAS cards to funky bold backgrounds, it's good to have a card for every occasion in your stash. You can also use different sized cards or change the orientation from a traditional right hand opening card to a tent fold.

Which card do you like the best and why?


07 July 2017

Does every card need a sentiment?

Morning Guys

Today I am asking you for your opinions, I recently made a card and was caught up in the moment and didn't think about where I would put a sentiment.

So here is the card in question:

So my question to you is; does every card need a sentiment?  If so where would you place one on this card

Here's a closer look at the flowers I stamped and coloured with Altenew's Garden Treasure and Artist markers.

I still can't decide if it's fine as is or if I should take the plunge and add a sentiment, so please comment below and give me your thoughts.


05 July 2017

Masking technique Altenew Garden Treasure

Today I am a little nervous as I'm sharing a video I made, I really don't like hearing my own voice but as I've been asked several times how I create layers in my stamping I thought it was about time I grabbed the video camera and shot a quick video.

I hope you'll find the technique useful, If there is anything else you'd like me to video then please let me know in the comments below.

03 July 2017

A soft and subtle card using Golden Peach embossing powder from Altenew

Good Morning Crafters, It's Monday and I have a very quiet week ahead so I have the chance to get some crafting and blogging done in advance.

I have recently decided to start a planner, something I've never done before!  I am going tobe using Altenew products and sharing my journey with you here but also on a new Instagram account; https://www.instagram.com/altenew_planner_girl/  search @altenew_planner_girl and follw my progress.

Well enough about that let jump right into a new project.

Altenew layered medallion card by Terri Koszler www.terrikoszler.blogspot.com

I made this card yesterday using lot's of my Altenew stash.



Embossing powder


I started by using layered medallion a and applying rose quartz and sand dunes ink, I then added the b stencil and applied mountain mist ink.

I cut some peach vellum and heat embossed my sentiments from the 2 stamp sets linked above.  I love this embossing powder as it is so fine it melts quickly not buckling your card/paper.  It also has a stunning metallic sheen.

I decided to add some peach sequins and Nuvo drops to embellish.

I love how soft and subtle this card looks, it's so dreamy.....

Thanks for stopping by today.