Thursday 10 December 2015


Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge is Favourite Technique...
I have lots of favourites but at the moment I enjoy sprays with Mica in them, 
mixing mica to colour with and glossy accents for super shine.
This is my Favourite technique CAS Card......
After stamping the leaves stamp from Ryn, I coloured them in 
using a few shades of Mica mixed with water and finished them off with glossy accents on top.
The centre square has been sprayed with several colours of Mica sprays and raised up on foam.
The edges have been embossed with gold EP.
The sentiment has been stamped and embossed and three diamante's added to finish.

Although this is a CAS card I am also entering The Happy Little Stampers MM challenge.
Sprays, embossing, stamping, colouring and mica.
Crafty Hugs x

I am entering the following Challenges...

Tuesday 1 December 2015

3 Very Different Tags.....

I am absolutely delighted and thrilled to be The Guest Designer at City Crafters this week.
The Theme is 123 Tag-Create 3 different tags.
The Tags have to be all different, not making 3 tags of the same design.
They can be Christmas tags or for any occasion.
This initially put me in a tail spin as I had to come up with three very different tags, 
and in my mind it was like making three separate projects.......
So.... one of my tags is a Christmas Tag, the next one for a Guy and 
the last one a homage to Scotland.
All very different...x
For the Christmas Tag the background has been blended with distress inks and the icicles embossed 
using a stencil and glitter embossing paste.
The silver leaves have been die cut and glossy accents added to them. 
The snowflakes are also die cut and glitter added to them. 
The sentiment has been stamped and heat embossed with silver. 
For the edges of the outer layer I have used white and blue frantage, which is so very pretty. 
All finished off with ribbon, star sequins and 
black string with mini snowflake dies dangling from them x
I made the wax crinkled small bag and edged it with gold eyelets.
Inside the bag is a Coffee Gift voucher. The background has been stamped and distressed.
The stamped (stamplorations) and cut coffee container has been layered to give more dimension 
and the cup has been stamped with a love stamp. 
The chevron stamp has been put under the word 'coffee shop' on the background text 
to give the clue of whats in the bag. Also big clue to look in the bag is the die cut arrow!
The corrugated layer has been edged with heat embossed copper.
The tag string is held in place with bits of cocktail sticks heat embossed on the edges.
Finished off with hessian, string and a frantage love heart.
Our Nephew took us for Lunch recently, a first as he is now earning. 
I wanted to 'Thank' him for a really memorable Lunch so The tag and gift card went his way x
The background of the Christmas Tag has been sprayed with several different colours of sprays 
with mica in them, so very pretty.
The background has been stamped, in parts with a script stamp and embossed in gold.
I have also stamped the dream sentiment (stamplorations) and embossed again in gold.
The edges have been blended with black ink and heat embossed, also in gold.
The outer layer has been edged with gold frantage and heated to give great texture.
The thistle have been stenciled with black embossing paste. 
The butterflies have been die cut, stamped with a script text, the edges blended 
and some gold glue for their bodies.
The Frantage gives a beautiful shine and so much texture, just love it!
All finished off with gold, black and tartan ribbon x
Although the tags took me ages, I enjoyed the myself.
I tried lots of techniques, had a few late nights, got messy and loved it! x

Thank you so much for giving me such a wonderful opportunity...I had fun x
Crafty Hugs x
I am entering Three Challenges for The Christmas Tag........
Top left diagonally to bottom right-I used Snowflakes-Sparkle and die cuts

I used The Large Marianna Vine Background Die

Mixed Media Mojo-December Challenge-Sentiment-Twist..Do not use Red or Green

I am entering Two Challenges for The Coffee Masculine Tag
The male Room Theme Challenge-Thanks Giving or Thanks
Our Nephew took us for Lunch recently, a first as he is now earning. I wanted to 'Thank' him for a really memorable Lunch x

Stamplorations-Never Ending-Anything Goes Challenge

I am entering the following Challenges with The Scotland/Thistle Tag
Mixed Media World-Anything Goes

Monday 30 November 2015

Enjoy Today

Here is my card for today......
Update..I was lucky enough to have been a random winner at Stamplorations CASEplorations-
With for this card...Thank you very much x
The bird has been die cut and stamped with a Newsprint stamp and the edges hi-lighted in black ink.
The sentiments have been stamped and hi-lighted with coloured glossy accent colours.
I have used the stencil with black and silver embossing paste and masked it off as I went.
The bird has been popped up onto foam to give a little extra dimension.

The theme and sketch Challenge at Stamplorations is Newsprint and stamping or/and the sketch.
I have gone with the theme of Newsprint and stamping.
I have also CASE'd a card from The Stamplorations Case Challenge.
I picked out the colours from the bird of Suchi's card and 
the clever idea of colouring in some of the text sentiment.
Take a look at Suchi's Cardstock blog here...
Crafty Hugs x
Challenges I am entering.......
Stamplorations Sketch and or Theme-I have gone with the Theme
Stamplorations CASEplorations-CASE'd Suchi's Card
Stamplorations Anything Goes-I have used their stencil and sentiment stamps

Tuesday 24 November 2015

Fun in The Snow

The theme over at Cardz4Guyz is ..... Fun in The Snow.
I am fortunate to be their guest designer again this week.
I was struggling with this one as I don't have Animal/People/Fun/Cutey type of stamps etc 
and haven't ventured into the Digi world, so I have come up with this idea.......
I made a templates with card to do the hills. They have been mounted onto foam to give dimension.
The blue embossing is Frantage Shabby Blue.
The icicles have been stenciled with glitter paste.
The clouds are stamped and Glossy accents added to them.
The snow ball has been covered with white puffy paint and heated...such fun!
The tag holder is parts of a cocktail stick, with silver embossing on each end.
The Elf's legs have been stamped and painted with starlight paints, which are super shiny.
The tag has been edged with silver EP.

The layout is a sketch from Happy Little Stampers
Crafty Hugs x
I am entering the following challenges....

Thursday 19 November 2015

CAS Card......Hero.......

Addicted to CAS challenge this fortnight is .......Code Word:Hero
I was inspired to make this card for the challenge.
Just Us Girls Challenge is Use Water Colour somewhere  in your project so that inspired me to use
Brusho's for the background and sprayed with water.
The Poppy has been die cut from black CS and I stamped in a few birds.
'Hero' made me think of Remembrance and Poppies symbolise that for me.
I initially left the sentiment off as I hoped the card spoke for itself and was more CAS
What do you think?...The sentiment is stuck on temporarily at the moment x
Thank you
Crafty Hugs x
I am entering The Addicted to CAS challenge .......
Code Word:Hero with this card.
Just Us Girls - Use Water Colour somewhere in your project

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Enjoy The Journey ......

Here is my project for 'Guest Designer'
Thank you for inviting me this week to do a project for your blog x
The theme this week is Trains, Planes and Automobiles.
The background is Bistre's, stamping, stenciling, embossing, embossing paste and a white gel pen.
The sentiment has been stamped onto a separate Bistre's CS and cut out individually.
I have used copper EP around the edges of the brown card layer
and Mahogany EP around the corrugated card edges.
A family member is retiring shortly so I have made this with him in mind.
Crafty Hugs x
I am entering the following challenges.....
Mixed Media
The recipient will no doubt have hundreds of memories and favourites but I made the project with the memory of him flying and all the tales he told us and his love of travel....x


Monday 16 November 2015

CAS Santa...............

Two challenges inspired me to make this card.
The card had to be Festive, CAS, Santa theme and be on one layer.
Update .... I madeHeadliner at The Paper Players for this card...
Thank you so much absolutely delighted and thrilled x
This is my card.
I masked and used distress inks to blend inside the square.
I die cut the mittens to use as a stencil, using red pigment ink.
I used white puffy paint for the top of the mittens. 
I hadn't used this before and it is fun.
The pegs have been stamped with a very cute stamp and I drew in the clothes line.
I used my dipping pen and white pigment ink for the snow and also stamped a few snowflakes.
The sentiment has been stamped in black ink.

The card is Festive, CAS, Santa Theme and on one layer,
so I would like to enter my card into the two challenges .......

Sunday 15 November 2015

Clean and Simple........

                   Thinking of You........
Update...Thrilled and delighted to  have been given an Honourable Mention 
at The Male Room for this card...Thank you so much xx
The weather today is really miserable, so I have had a day of crafting.
This is my card....
I started with stamping the Poppy onto CS and heat set with clear EP.
I stamped again on a piece of scrap paper to use as a mask.
I also masked off a strip vertically over the Poppy mask.
Black embossing paste was used through a brick stencil.
I used red mica paints to colour the poppies. 
It has such a pretty shine to it.
Once dried I used a black and white pen to hi-light the poppies and stamped the sentiment.
Crafty Hugs x

I used the Poppy for what it represents and not as a flower as such, so thought it really perfect for a male card for the challenge this fortnight.

This time of year is the time we all Remember and not for one particular memory but remembering the horrors of war. My card represents that with the use of the Poppies as a symbol.

Artplorations-Stencil Blog Hop
Link up projects where you used stencils (any brand).
It can be any type of project, even non-card ones.

I have added another photo of my card, as I decided to pop another layer on it,
as it was starting to go wobbly from the embossing paste and stencilling.

Crafty Hugs x