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Friday, 22 May 2015

Wedding Acceptance

Lucie at work asked me to make an acceptance card for a wedding she has been invited to in Valencia.
The bride created her own invitations which showed a row of beach huts with the bride and groom riding a tandem.


I created this one using a range of stamps, the houses are Polka Doodles, the map is Hero Arts and the planes are Woodware.
The idea was their journey to the wedding!


All coloured with Tim Holtz Distress markers and ink pads.


I added a dotted line to destination with a little red heart <3 p="">
Some punched flowers with gems were added and the word stamped with a very old alphabet set I've had for ever!
I punched some hearts and put them on the plane wings coated with glossy accents.

TFL
xxx




Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Bird Garden

I stamped these three together then masked them with Pebeo drawing gum before stamping a multitude of beautiful flowers by JOFY from Paperartsy.



I loved the crisp clean image created by these stamps - these are going to feature a lot too!
The images and background are again coloured using Tim Holtz Distress markers and ink pads and a water brush.


Once dry, I added highlights with a white Sharpie pen and glossy accents.



I mounted it onto some corrugated card by Anna-Marie designs then stamped, coloured and cut out more flowers from the JOFY range and added them with Pinflair glue gel.

Thank-you for taking a look.
xxx






Monday, 18 May 2015

Watch the Birdie

I recently saw a friend using the new Tim Holtz birds stamps and knew immediately that I had to have them!

Theses are my first cards using them.......


A 6x6" card base with mats of brown bazzill, Bo Bunny Basics and some watercolour card.
The image and background were coloured with Tim Holtz Distress Markers and ink pads.
A circle of paper was used as a mask to create a sun which I over stamped with a message from the Stampendous range.


I cut and coloured a flower and leaves from a set of Sheena Douglass stamps and added to the bottom corner.


His beak was coated with glossy accents.


Another 6x6" which I made in the same way - I just love his expression!


Sheena flowers and leaves in the corner....


And more glossy accents.
Not sure who the sentiment stamp is by as I borrowed it from Alison - 
Thank-you for the loan.

I think we can be sure of seeing a lot more of these lovely creatures!
xxx


Sunday, 17 May 2015

Standing Proud

Behind with my blogging again!
This is one I made for Merly Impressions this month using Antique Bazaar papers.



Check it out here 

Friday, 1 May 2015

Happy 50th Dave

My former colleague and friend Charlotte contacted me to make a card for her lovely husbands 50th birthday. She e-mailed me a selection of photographs of him growing up and asked for them to be incorporated - this is the result.


The card is 8x8 " and uses papers from MME.
I cut the photostrip with a Tim Holtz die then added the smaller photos behind.
The 50 was cut by hand (from templates) then embossed and sprayed with Crafters Companion Silver. Once placed with 3d foam I ran a line of Silver Stickles around the edge.


The other photographs are framed using a Kaisercraft polaroid die from Merly Impressions - I can see this one being very useful!.
The white frond is also from there and is already much used!
His name was cut from another Tim Holtz Sizzlet in Antique (I think).

Hope you had a lovely birthday Dave!



Thursday, 30 April 2015

Busy Bees -

Last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting and attending a class by Jo Firth-Young, designer for Paperartsy stamps - JOFY- at the Craft Barn.
We made this wonderful, fun, canvas with her new stamps sets.


The canvas was painted using Fresco paints and the message stamped on directly along with some honeycomb around the edges.
Then began the fun (?) stamping the bee hive onto a book page which had been coated with paint then adding shadows etc, the easy part...............


The flower sprays were stamped onto tissue paper and painted, then cut out!
You've never heard so many "ladies" cussing - very funny!

Next came the gorgeous bees, large and small, stamped, cut, coloured and de-winged for acetate to flutter behind - we couldn't be that cruel and leave them flightless - could we?


The hive and sprays were then added to the canvas so that they wrapped around the edges.


and little bees added too - how sweet are they?


And one lovely bee buzzing around on a wire from the top.


When I got home I took my lovely white sharpie and added further decoration/definition to the blooms and of course some bling and glitter which is obligatory!

Thank-you so much Jo for a lovely class and project - Oh and the introduction to Dame Judi Dench!
Looking forward to next time - hopefully without the tissue paper though :)

Off to play with more sets of Jo's stamps which just happened to fall into my shopping basket - well it would have been rude not to.

xxx

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Rose Tutorial

My third post for Merly Impressions is now available on the blog.

I made this gift box - a much more feminine version than last month - and show how to make the lovely roses - credit to Hels Sheridan for the inspiration.


Papers from the vibrant POP collection and texture from Kaisercrafts new range of Embossing folders.

Check it out here.