Sunday, 30 November 2008
Saturday, 29 November 2008
Friday, 28 November 2008
Thursday, 27 November 2008
Can you see the shape? It's an over lapping gate-fold, cut to a window arch shape - but the flaps are also cut to window arches so it folds out to a triptych.
Experiment with paper until you get a good shape - then make a card template and there you go!!
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
I normally slow down about now anyway to have a big sale in the shop and decide where and what to plans will be for next year. I missed my November holiday and it's starting to show.
Monday, 24 November 2008
Sunday, 23 November 2008
This is - one stamp - one ink pad - and one sponge.
Saturday, 22 November 2008
Friday, 21 November 2008
Cut out the centre panel.
Mat, mat and mat
makes a great topper!
Cut around and keep the top tab and make a small card or gift tag -
use 4 panels to make a screen card.
Thursday, 20 November 2008
Picked up these chipboard 'wings' at a clearance sale. Still not really sure about them!
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
Have you seen my cute little stitched albums??
Quite simple, with pages to stick photos on and flaps to tuck things in.
All you need is 1 12" x 12" sheet of double sided smooth card/heavy weight paper. Now is the time to get a few ready to fill with photos and send as pressies, either now or after Christmas.
FULL INSTRUCTIONS -
Let me know how you get on, if it is easy to follow. or if I need to make any changes
Sunday, 16 November 2008
Saturday, 15 November 2008
Friday, 14 November 2008
Went to collect princelet's Christmas pressie today. Got a second hand drum kit Ebay and had to drive 80 miles to get it. He has been having lessons since January, and seems to be sticking with it.
So here you go - laminated pages of the stamped images - and the stamps just cling to them. Couple of big book rings through punched holes and instant storage system
Thursday, 13 November 2008
Now, vellum is lovely, touchy, feelie, semi-transparent, tinker about-ie, fiddly, type stuff - but it can be hard to work out what to do with it, and you can get a bit stuck in a rut. So what do you do?? You pinch a few ideas from parchment crafters and add it to your own card making techniques, that's what you do.
This is just so gorgeous - straight forward and easy. There is a new embossing powder out called 'Snowflake', it is white with a holographic silver glitter (on the lines of 'Black Sparkle' if you have seen that - but bigger glitter flakes. Use your left button to enlarge the image then back button - and you will see what I mean.
A5 size piece of vellum - stamp and emboss all over with snowflakes. This design happens to be all one quite big background stamp, but you could use a small one repeatedly - just remember to put the embossing powder on each time you stamp or the ink will dry. Fold in half and cover an A6 size card. We punched holes in the top 2 fronts and used ribbon to hold together and hold a tag - but you could use brads/eyelets, silicone glue blobs, double sided tape just on the folding edges, loop ribbon round the whole card, tiny glue dots under the snowflakes.
We also did this one.
Again stamped and embossed - silver this time. Now here is where we steal some parchment craft techniques. If you GENTLY rub on the back, over a stamping / embossing mat (you know those spongy ones) with the ball end tool - the front will take on a white opaque look. The baubles, stars, ribbons and base tub have been embossed and show on the card quite white against the plain vellum outside the tree. Then you can paint colour on the front in the other bits with H2Os / whispers / Marvey pens.
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
While I was sorting out the stock when I came across some cat and dog decoupage toppers that I made up last year. I had forgotten just how cute they are, if they don't sell over Christmas I think I will make them up.
Tuesday, 11 November 2008
passing out card for an Engineer - tank - army stuff - special text.
Found an image in one of the image banks and decoupaged it!! I have a text plate to add to the bottom left corner with all his details. Loads of inking detail and 'camouflage' texture. Not bad for NOW!!
Who can do it - kitten can do it!!
Monday, 10 November 2008
Sunday, 9 November 2008
Painted with H2Os, and multi layered.
The first Christmas fair is next week, so I am keen to see how all the new bits and bobs go down.
Saturday, 8 November 2008
Now, I am not good at stamping on acetate - even though I scrounge A3 sheets from the old goat, I usually manage to make a mess of most of it! But - one small tip I have - secure the edges of the acetate with post-it notes (or masking tape) and it will help stop it slipping.
After stamping - put a double sided sticky sheet over the image (helps protect it) and cover with glitter - back (using brads) with a piece of card the same colour as the glitter, and matt to match the trees - ohhhh yummie!
Friday, 7 November 2008
a son's 30th - well you can see that! - his job involves wild animals (the game type not rabbits). The customer knows my style very well and gave me a free hand 'what ever you do I will like it' - no pressure there then. There is a lower layer of wild animal pattern card and a wide stripe of black mesh for texture. The image is hand painted, matted and raised, while the greeting is just inked and set flat. The zodiac panel is painted and lettered (all by me) on rough watercolour paper.
Thursday, 6 November 2008
Mind you she might not approve - I always seem to go off on a side track!
The 'frame' was stamped onto white card with versa-mark and clear embossed. Then the background colour is mixed directly onto the card with the brayer. The ink won't take over the clear embossing - it resists - hence 'resit embossing'. The top image is part of a set the came from America inked with the multi-colour Kaleidacolor pad, and clear embossed.
I can see doing more on these lines, but tinkering with the background and raising the image. The Kaleidacolor pads are pricey and I only have one - but I expect Father Christmas could bring me another one - I could really do with the greens, wonder if they do a pinks one??
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
Very simple - lump of wood with holes drilled in to store my liquid pearl bottles up-side-down (like you should!). I use these ALL the time - you would be amazed how they lift a flower when you sprinkle tiny bits around it.
You may have to enlarge the image to see it properly (left click - then use 'back' to get back here) - but all the tine dots around the blooms are liquid pearls - and I just love 'em!
Tuesday, 4 November 2008
Ohhhhh - I love my job
Monday, 3 November 2008
Sunday, 2 November 2008
Here is Christmas crowns - done girlie style.
Did a couple for the stall. I might do more - depends it it takes off, but I just wanted to get the thought out of my head.
Saturday, 1 November 2008
Makes doing stuff like this so much easier.