Thursday, 29 December 2016

Cards with Gilding Flakes

Whilst I enjoy the effect gilding flakes have on the cards - the whole stamping procedure is a bit of a faff!

   You have to be organised, with a bowl of warm water ready to immerse the stamps in as soon as you have finished - cos you must get all the flitterglu off asap

Also the flakes float around all over the place and are hard to keep in their containers and the buffing makes so much dust!

So, I really have to be in the mood for a session with gilding flakes 

These cards are made with both by Indigo Blu and Cosmic Shimmer flakes.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

A Few Christmas ATC's

Although I enjoy swapping ATC's on Docrafts and Trimcraft forums, there seem to be less people joining in over the years. 

Perhaps they are going out of fashion a bit, but I still like making the small 3.5 x 2.5" Artist Trading Cards and doing things on a smaller scale than birthday cards!

Anyway - these are the Christmas ATC's that have been sent to me from other crafters this year and are on display in the lounge

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Beautiful Christmas Cards

Today I have decided to showcase the lovely hand made cards I have received from other crafters.
made by Lorna, Wendy, Maureen and Lyn

I love getting cards like these and appreciate the time and care that is put into them.
Made by Sandra, Kathy and Di

These cards have come from across Great Britain and also USA & New Zealand! I've also received some great Christmas atcs and might put them in the next post

Friday, 9 December 2016

Christmas for Pagans

 This year I had done quite well selling non-Christmas cards for those who don't celebrate Christmas. 

They have proved popular with Pagans who send Yule or Winter Solstice cards. 
I have used stages heads, reindeer, mistletoe and woodland scenes and each one has been a unique, one of a kind card! 

Saturday, 26 November 2016

A Little Bit Fed Up With Making Christmas Cards!

You can have too much of a good thing, so I decided to pack away all the red, green, glitter, gold, reindeers and snowmen and make a few men's cards for a change.

Hopefully I will get back into the Christmas card production mood soon, as I still have loads and loads of Xmas stash to use up!

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Let It Snow

Yes, it's another Christmas card featuring a reindeer I'm afraid. I have used this die a lot this year! 

Plus I have added a small black cat padding through the snow

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Just a starter

These are my first  attempts at playing with my freebie Forest Magic stamps (see previous post). 

Just a Reindeer Christmas card and 2 seasonal ATC's.

Next I want to make something that features the cute little sitting rabbit stamp.

Friday, 11 November 2016

My Kinda Stamps

Isn't this Forest Magic stamp set from Papercraft Inspirations magazine just fabulous?

I hope I can mix the stags, foxes and rabbits together with the tree silhouettes and hopefully make some moonlight winter scenes!

I've just put the stamps away in the craft room, as I'm doing a table top sale tomorrow morning and am getting everything ready for that.Plus I have a commission for a birthday card I must make tomorrow - so reluctantly I have put them to one side for now!

Sunday, 30 October 2016

A Sloth of Polar Bears

Who knew a group of Polar Bears is called a Sloth? Not me until I googled it!
This weeks group of Christmas cards all feature Polar bears of one sort or another.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

More Holly !

 A few more Christmas cards featuring  my cute little sprigs of holly. 

I've now made around 50 Xmas cards, but still lots more needed!

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

A Sprig of Holly

One of my favourite embellishments at the moment is a little felt sprig of holly - I have bought 2 packets so far from Hobbycraft. 

They seem to fill up an empty space or add a bit of texture and dimension to many different styles of Christmas cards.

Friday, 14 October 2016

A Herd of Reindeer

 Now that the Christmas Card production line line is in full swing, I've made sure that a few of them feature a reindeer.

I love seeing them in a snowy scene and have several reindeer and stag ornaments that I bring out every year

What's your favourite Christmas character?

Saturday, 8 October 2016

One Christmas Stamp - Several Colourways!

I've got a bit carried away with this oval sentiment stamp that was part of a set from this months Creative Stamping Magazine.

I stamped it out in many different coloured inks and tried it out with different background papers.

Now I've got to try out the other
stamps in the set!

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Cat Number 3

No time to make cards this week as we have a new addition to our household - Jinny!

She is 6 or 7 months old and we have adopted her from Suffolk Animal Rescue after her previous owner died.

She is lively, friendly and very inquisitive.

Our other two cats are getting used to her - but Jinny is quite feisty and will hiss and bat them if they get too close.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Latest Cards

The papers I won this week are so lovely that I just wanted to sit and stroke them,  but I gritted my teeth and have started to make some cards with them!

This glittery flamingo uses the papers from the Paradise Crush pack

Whilst this cute felt hedgehog has a textured leaf background paper from Wild A Heart!

Friday, 23 September 2016

Lucky Me!

I came home today to find I have won 2 packs of paper from Trimcraft!
The 12 x 12 'Wild At Heart ' scrapbook papers are especially lovely

The papers are doubled sided and include these cute bunnies
And also vintage newspapers with embossed stags, deers and hares! The competition closed at the end of July, but the prize was well worth the wait.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Christmas is Coming

I know many of you started making your Christmas cards ages ago - some even make them all the year round!

I could not get started until the weather started to cool a little, I just can't get in the mood when it is so hot!

Anyway, this weekend I finally dug out my Christmas craft box out from under the stairs and started to get a few ideas. In the end I made 11 cards, a good start, but I do need to get a crack on so that I can make enough to give some to a couple of local charities too!

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Embossed ATC's

I've joined in with the technique swap at Docrafts - this months technique is Embossing.

It made me realize that it was ages since I got out my embossing powders and hot air gun.

I enjoyed making these, so perhaps I should make the effort more often!

Friday, 9 September 2016

Bumble Bee Colour Scheme

These papers, tags and embellishments came from my recent USA trip - I like the mix of patterns, textures and colours, a bit different from my usual cards!

Friday, 2 September 2016

American Craft Goodies

I've just come back from a holiday in Florida - in between visiting all the theme parks, I squeezed in a visit to Michael's Craft Store. I had some dollars given to me for my birthday, so I treated myself to this lot of goodies

Some I will be using to put together a scrapbook of the holiday - but most will be used for birthday cards. Now that I have finished all the washing, I shall retreat to my craft room for a play!

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Up in The Air - Creative Stamping Magazine

There are some great stamps in the latest edition of Creative Stamping Magazine. Called Up in the Air, they feature planes, balloons, rockets and kites!
These are a few ATC's that I have made to swap using some of the stamps.