Sunday, 27 November 2016

Rudolph Day - November 16

Hello there,

Just a quick post from me today with a card that I've made for the very last Rudolph Day Challenge of this year.  Many thanks to Scrappy Mo and all of her Design Team for their hard work in running such a warm and friendly challenge.

All of the stamps that I've used on my card are by Inkylicious and the Northern Lights were created with Brushos.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Just a Little Change and a Splash of Colour

Hello there,

Well, as you have probably noticed, I've given my blog a bit of a face lift! I think it looks a lot fresher and I hope that you like it too. I'll keep working on it but I'm always terrified that I might do something that I shouldn't and then it won't work properly!

I have had quite a few new followers join me since my last post so I'd like to welcome you all and say thank you for joining me on my crafting journey.  If you have blogs of your own, then please leave me a comment to let me know so that I can visit you too. :)

As I've been busy making an order for a few of my Christmas ornaments, there hasn't been much going on in the card making department this week but I would like to share a card with you that I made quite recently.  It features one of my favourite silhouette stamps from Inkylicious and the raindrops, and sentiment too.  The stencil that I've used is one that Deby gave me a while back and I really like it in the background of this card:

I hope the rainbow brightens your day a little and I wish you all a very happy day x

Sunday, 13 November 2016

FSC 'Tis the Season'

Hello there,

It's time for a new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges. The theme this time is 'Tis The Season.'  and this one was chosen by our lovely Dot, She was happy for us to choose either an Autumn or Winter theme and as I really like to keep Christmas for December if I possibly can, I've opted for more of an Autumnal theme and here's the card that I've made:

For the main focal point of my card, I've used the 'Owl at Old Tree' stamp from Flonzcraft, and isn't he a beauty.

I coloured the Owl using various inks and watercolor pencils and then used a white pen to highlight some of his feathers. Once I was happy with the Owl, I masked him off before stamping the Midnight Tree in the background.  I used a Post-it-Note mask for the moon and then colored my early evening sky using Ink Dusters.  The sentiment that I've used is a Christmas stamp but as it had the exact wording of Dot's challenge, it seemed like the perfect choice.

For the outer border of my card, I used a the small Midnight Trees stamp by Inkylicious which I stamped with Memento Black Tuxedo before sprinkling over Light Brown and Orange Brusho inks. I then spritz them with water so that the colours would spread and blend into each other. Once this have completely dried, I sponged a little yellow and orange ink around the edges to fill in the gaps and give an extra burst of Autumn colour.

I finished my card by adding some Ivy which I made with a Memory Box die and then I mounted the image onto the background.  I opted for a white border in between to match the Moon and the outer edge of the card. I thinks that's Autumn well and truly done now for another year but it's been such a beautiful Season as always.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Forest Magic

Hello there, I hope that you are all keeping well and happy.

I was having a browse through the Craft Magazines whilst shopping this weekend and I came across a copy of Papercraft Inspirations which came with a free twenty piece stamp set called 'Forest Magic.' It was all woodland animals, trees and a Christmas Robin and as these things are right up my street, I had to buy it.

I had an idea of the sort of card that I wanted to make and here it is:

I started by by using a Clarity Woodland stencil. I masked off the moon and the snowy area and then created my night sky using Distress Bluepint Sketck, Adirondack Denim and Eggplant.  I let this dry before spritzing on white acrylic paint to create a starry night. Whilst the mask was still in place, I stamped the top row of trees.  I then removed the mask and stamped the smaller trees in front to give a more natural looking effect.

As I wasn't sure at this point how many animals I was going to use, I stamped and coloured them in using inks and water coloured pencils before sticking them onto my background.  Once the animals were in place, I then used a stencil to create the snowy hills and to ground the trees. Next, I used one of the snowflake stamps and a sentiment from the set and heat embossed them in white.  I then used my Ink Dusters with the Denim and Eggplant to dust around the edges of the card. I also used a touch of Distress Wilted Violet, which I thought would compliment to blue tone of the card.  I used a selection of the trees to create the bushes in the foreground and then dusted over them in purple. Last of all, I gently rubbed over the snowflakes and sentiment to brighten the up.

I'm really happy with the end result and very happy with my free stamps which I'm sure will get plenty of use, especially on masculine cards.

Wishing you all a wonderful day x

Thursday, 3 November 2016

December Craft Stamper

Hello there my crafty friends and welcome to my two new followers.........Lilian Freeman and Elaine Parsons. Thank you both for joining me and thank you Lilian for taking the time to leave me a lovely comment on my last post :)

Tomorrow (Friday) will be a very exciting day for me as I'm having one of my Christmas ornaments featured in the December edition of Craft Stamper (Page 56.)  It's the first time Iv'e had anything published, so you can imagine just how thrilled I am.  It looks like it's going to fabulous edition with lots of festive features.

I actually made the ornament back in September and I have a full tutorial which I'll be able to post on my blog as soon as the next edition of Craft Stamper is released but just for now, here's a sneaky peak:

My ornament features the wonderful 'Winter Lodge' stamp from Inkylicious, so my thanks go to Deby for making such a fabulous stamp to work with.

The magazine also features a Christmas ornament by a very talented lady, Jannet Blay from Enchanted Place on page 54,  and there's also a feature by the talented Florence Langley of Florence and Freddie part 2 on page 60.  

I'm looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of the magazine so that I can see how many other familiar names I can spot from blog-land.

Until my next post, I wish you lots of 'Happy Crafting' x